Jacques Delors

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European Commissioner for Budget Günther  Oettinger. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Although the UK remains a full member of the EU for the duration at least of 2018, Brexit and the tensions surrounding it were inevitably casting a sh(...)

Senior former European politicians including former taoiseach John Bruton have written to EU leaders urging bold actions in advance of a pre-Brexit summit this week. Photograph: David Sleator

A group of senior former European politicians, including former taoiseach John Bruton and former European Commission president Jacques Delors, have wr(...)

France’s socialist leaders Jacques Delors and Francois Hollande. Europe needs more growth: “Delors 2” proposes ways in which public and private investment can be boosted. Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

In the run-up to the budget every year we always observe two constants of economic life. Calls for fundamental structural reform of something or other(...)

 Senator Catherine Noone as she addresses the morning session of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly with on left Aengus O Snodaigh TD and on right Margaret Murphy O Mahony TD. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Parliamentarians drawn from across Britain and Ireland have voiced strong opposition to any reimposition of a ‘hard border’ between the North and Sout(...)

 President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins during his special address at the seventh annual conference of the independent progressive think-tank TASC. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The EU is now “unequivocally, at a point of crisis” and might well “continue to disintegrate,” President Michael D Higgins has said. “The very antith(...)

Ulrike Guérot’s modest proposal offers a new twist on the old idea of more, not less, Europe. Her goal: a three-pillar European democracy offering trans-national sovereignty based on equality of all European citizens – in place of today’s Animal Farm Europe, where some countries are more equal than others. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s 25 years since German MPs voted to pack their bags in Bonn and move from the banks of the Rhine to the river Spree in Berlin. Since the new Berl(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble during a special session of the German Bundestag over the proposed bailout package for Greece last week.  Photograph: EPA/BERND VON JUTRCZENKA

There is no euro zone crisis. It’s impossible to understand what’s going on now if you start out with the assumption that there is a single community (...)

David Cameron: has warned of the UK “sleepwalking towards the exit” and  bizarrely sees his referendum pledge as a way of regaining control. Photograph: Leon Neal/Reuters

The preoccupation and worry in Dublin with the outcome of the UK general election is unusual. They usually matter a bit. This time, a lot. A subtext (...)

French president Francois Hollande: he took drastic action by overriding parliament to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty

French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms, overriding parliam(...)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker: cancelled planned appearance with Jacques Delors yesterday.  Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Five days into his new job as European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker’s honeymoon in the job ended yesterday, following the revelation t(...)

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