Jacques Delors

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Leo Varadkar in Davos on Thursday: “America made itself great by trading and accepting migrants from all over the world.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar signalled on Thursday that a rejuvenated Franco-German alliance would face opposition if decisions on the future of the Europea(...)

Franco-Italian summit: Emmanuel Macron reviews an honour guard in Lyons. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Pool/EPA

Over the past year Emmanuel Macron has become a seemingly unstoppable force, first in French politics and now on the international stage. Last week he(...)

Irexit would restore a measure of control over the development of our resources and the autonomy to develop them. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

We need to talk about Irexit. Seriously. If you put your head around the door of any of the innumerable meeting rooms in which all things Brexit are b(...)

“The whole European co-operation project is at a ‘Kairos moment – a crucial moment of truth-telling’.” Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Jacques Delors, speaking as European Commission president in 1990, made a historic appeal to the churches to contribute to giving Europe “a heart and (...)

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(...)

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