Populism only wins when a citizenry becomes complacent

President Emmanuel Macron won such a decisive second victory over Marine Le Pen because France refused to be complacent in the face of populism. Many French moderates of all persuasions also discarded their loyalties in foresight of the consequences of inaction. France refused to lean into its Brexit or Trump moment, in favour of Europe… Read More Populism only wins when a citizenry becomes complacent

French election crucial to Ireland and Europe’s future

The second round of the French Presidential Election is due to take place on Sunday the 24th of April, where centrist and pro-European incumbent Emmanuel Macron hopes to beat back the tides of Eurosceptic right-wing populism embodied by Marine Le Pen. Europe and Ireland cannot afford another Brexit-style shock to European power structures and domestic economies.… Read More French election crucial to Ireland and Europe’s future

America critical front in the global battle between democracy and autocracy

Almost 15 months ago supporters of former President Trump stormed the US Capitol building during the Joint Session of Congress to certify the results of the November 2020 election. That day was the culmination of years of lies, a vicious polarisation of American society and a rapid depreciation in the values and standards of American… Read More America critical front in the global battle between democracy and autocracy

Ireland should expel Russian ambassador

The Russian Federation’s illegal recognition of Luhansk and Donetsk as independent states, followed by a Russian military invasion and occupation of the sovereign territory of eastern Ukraine is an egregious act which threatens to destabilise European security and plunge the world into a new era of military confrontation. Ireland can no longer conduct business of… Read More Ireland should expel Russian ambassador