Robert Schuman

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Robert Schuman served in many governments, as finance minister, justice minister and twice as prime minister. File photograph: Getty

Robert Schuman was born German, died French and in between became a father of Europe. Three days ago, he embarked on the path to sainthood. Before he(...)

As Simon Coveney put it in his speech to the Institute for International and European Affairs on Friday: ‘Even after the virus is defeated, its aftershocks and the new constraints it imposes will define what member states and the union do for the next decade’. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

‘World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.” Today, no doubt, he would h(...)

ECB president Christine Lagarde: ‘Can we respond to the economic threat which as we know is unprecedented in peacetime?’ Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP via Getty

The European Union marks 70 years since the landmark first step towards integration on Saturday, at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is posing unp(...)

 Mary McAleese on the occasion of the presentation of the Dignity of Grand Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mary McAleese said that ‘faced with Brexit’ we are “ reminded of the sheer miracle that brought France and Germany out of enmity and into partnership(...)

Saint Columbanus as depicted in the Irish College in Rome

I’m not sure why Columbanus, the sixth- century holy man whose feastday this is, should be considered the patron saint of motorcyclists.  It see(...)

In his new book, MP Douglas Carswell argues that people want a small state over which they can exercise round-the-clock democratic mastership through some kind of digitised hive mind. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Raised in the Depression, the novelist and Nobel laureate Saul Bellow never forgot the bond between immiserated Americans and their posh, semi-foreign(...)

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(...)

A ceremony on  Europe Day in Rome on Monday. The day is aimed at celebrating peace and unity on the continent. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

On Monday, staff at the European institutions in Brussels took to the summer sunshine as European Union buildings closed their doors for Europe Day. (...)

 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(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has always been in favour of  more integration of defence resources in the EU. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Juncker’s call in a German weekend interview for a European army re-ignites a debate that has existed since the very beginnings of the Eur(...)

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