Jean Monnet

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General Charles de Gaulle speaking in Bruneval, France, in March 1947.  File photograph: Jean-Jacques Levy/AP

The first biopic of the last great Frenchman, titled simply De Gaulle, opened in French cinemas on March 4th. It focuses on events leading up to Charl(...)

There was ‘a failure to appreciate how divisive and destabilising’ Brexit would be for Northern Ireland, said  Prof Mary Murphy, of the Department of Government and Politics at UCC. File image: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The UK’s decision to hold a referendum on Brexit with little thought to the consequences for Northern Ireland and Anglo-Irish relations follows a patt(...)

Leader of France’s far-right National Rally (RN) party Marine Le Pen  with Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini: want  Eurosceptical, populist parties to obtain a blocking minority in  the Strasbourg assembly. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli

Marine Le Pen and Matteo Salvini launched their campaigns for the May 29th, 2019, European parliamentary elections together in Rome on Monday. Their g(...)

Christine Lagarde: a rainy-day fund could halve the size of a downturn for “the relatively modest cost” of 0.35 per cent of gross domestic product a year. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

“It is not natural for men to unite. It is necessity that pushes them.” Jean Monnet, the architect of European construction, was advising the German c(...)

As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

A van promoting an EU march passes parliament in London. The UK’s impending departure will require Dublin to make a fundamental shift in how it positions itself at European level. Photograph:  EPA/Andy Rain

In their eagerness to forge a sense of continental belonging, the stewards of the European project have always been alive to the value of symbols. Som(...)

Winston Churchill: “I hope to see a Europe where men and women of every country will think of being European as of belonging to their native land.” Photograph: Yousuf Karsh

Most of the discourse on Brexit in this country has focused, not surprisingly, on the rather narrow agenda of possible economic effects on our economy(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on September 22nd. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

There are three types of refugee in Greece today: Syrians, sun-seekers and citizens. The Syrians seek refuge because they can’t go home. The sun-seek(...)

 Boris Johnson and David Cameron: Cameron said whenever Britain turned its back on Europe it sooner or later came to regret the decision while Johnson accused him of scaremongering. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The two sides in Britain’s referendum campaign have clashed over the EU’s role in maintaining peace, after David Cameron warned that a British exit fr(...)

A protest in Athens: people have become more nationalistic in countries that were worst hit economically. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

We tend to think people choose to be nationalist in the same way people choose to be vegetarian or opt to support one football team over another. It’s(...)

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