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.

Rory Montgomery

A Gallic Potpourri

An idiosyncratic history of France from a skilled storyteller

The Professional

An unequal combat between a divided, shambolic Britain and a united Europe

From Ronald to Donald

US Republican Party strategy and the irresistible populist temptation

Knocking at the Door

The early 1960s saw Ireland engaging in a concentrated round of diplomatic activity focused on a hoped-for entry to the European Economic Community. When the French veto of the UK application in 1963 also derailed the Irish one, attention turned to a free trade agreement with Britain.

Time to Strike Out?

That the EU functions as well as it does is an everyday miracle, made possible by an ingrained culture of compromise and commitment to ‘a shared Europe’. But from a basis of cautious pragmatism, there have also been times when the Union has deemed it essential to take a major step forward.

The Tigress in Winter

Your race is run: the last days of Margaret Thatcher