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Paul Gillespie

Paul Gillespie

The Irish Times

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History suggests democracy will not be saved by further disconnection of economy from society

Far-right political victories and prospective governments in Europe and the United States are stimulating a search for historical precedents and...

06.07.2024 10

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Paul Gillespie

Englishness and Britishness are not the same. That matters as nationalism resurges in the UK

English nationalism is resurrected by Nigel Farage’s return to the electoral fray as head of the Reform party in the British general election. Yet...

15.06.2024 10

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The five different ‘crisis tribes’ dividing European politics

Interpreting central and eastern Europe to western Europeans is a necessary but difficult or even thankless task during Russia’s imperial...

25.05.2024 20

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Moves to address the decadent and dangerous balance of world power must be based on evidence

“China and the United States should be partners rather than rivals; help each other succeed rather than hurt each other; seek common ground and...

04.05.2024 10

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Overworked, older and mostly male: Ireland has Europe’s weakest local government

Local elections take place in the 31 local authority areas of this State on June 7th, along with European Parliament elections and the first vote for...

13.04.2024 50

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The deep problems facing Britain will continue to dog Labour

Dysfunctional is a term widely used to describe Britain and the UK’s political union in the terminal months of this Conservative government. Hopes...

23.03.2024 10

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Messy peace deal may be better option than continuing war in Ukraine

Amid escalating Russian missile attacks and Ukrainian defensive resistance, preoccupations in Europe are about how to channel more weaponry and...

02.03.2024 10

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Is Ireland ‘an unreliable security partner’ to the UK?

The long-standing strategic aspect of British policy towards Ireland is resurrected in a paper from the right-wing think tank Policy Exchange in...

10.02.2024 20

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‘By the way, Nato is dead’: If Trump wins, Europe is on its own

The spectre of a Trump victory in November’s US presidential elections is haunting European Union and Nato policymakers in Brussels. Donald Trump is...

20.01.2024 10

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Like it or not, the Global South expresses a new geopolitical reality

It has been a good year for the Global South. The term refers variously to the world’s poorer and more marginalised states; to their cross-state,...

30.12.2023 8

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 75 this weekend. But how universal are those rights?

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a...

09.12.2023 20

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