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

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

North Atlantic’s love affair with isolationism must end

When the authoritarian powers of the East look West, what do they see? Does Russia see a unified European and American alliance acting and speaking in unison, ready to combat an assault on a modern, democratic Ukraine which seeks to immerse itself in NATO and the European Union? Is the European Union, which is now… Read More North Atlantic’s love affair with isolationism must end