I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

Enda O’Doherty

Hearts and Minds

The stubborn obstacles that stand in the way of a unitary state in Ireland

Pass the Parcel

Ways in which knowledge was disseminated in early modern Europe

Doing the Continental

The European dream of perpetual peace

The New Centre

“The political centre cannot hold,” wrote Fintan O’Toole in the opening sentence of his Irish Times column of April 16th. “If this was not...

Speaking in Tongues

Enda O’Doherty writes: Our memories of earliest childhood tend for the most part to be fragmentary – in my own case it is mostly...

German Lessons

Enda O’Doherty writes: Up to his death at the age of ninety-three in 2013, Marcel Reich-Ranicki had long been the most influential literary critic...

The Man From Nowhere

Rallying the great and the good to build the European project from above

A Learning Curve

A German writer learns the cost of making a god of the nation

The Europeans

Eurosceptics have been predicting the collapse of the EU for twenty years now, sure that the citizens would realise it was all an impossible dream

The Necessary Other

Categorising groups of people as ‘Other’ is a practice that seems to be frowned upon in the best intellectual circles. But there are markers apart from ethnicity, nationality and religion. Why shouldn’t we regard those who strongly oppose our values as fundamentally different?