Ireland as a small state success story in Europe?

Ben Tonra, Professor of International Relations at University College Dublin, outlines the success and influence of Ireland as an EU member state. This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  As a former colony with a strong sense of independence, Ireland’s willingness to pool its hard-won sovereignty in the European Union has most … Continue reading Ireland as a small state success story in Europe?

Forget punishment: the Brexit deal needs to carve out sectors of exceptional common interest

Michael Grubb discusses how to go beyond the recent obstacles in the negotiations and the negative rhetoric by focusing on key sectors where interests are aligned. In his view, energy, climate and transport are the logical sectors from which to start the writing of a new positive relationship. Continue reading Forget punishment: the Brexit deal needs to carve out sectors of exceptional common interest

Hungary and Poland pose worse threat to EU than Brexit

Ronan McCrea argues that the crisis of trust between EU member states, and more notably between Hungary and Poland and the rest of the EU, is the biggest threat faced by the EU today.  This turmoil questions the core principle of mutual recognition among member states that is vital to the EU functioning.  The Hungarian government forcibly retired judges and gave political figures greater control … Continue reading Hungary and Poland pose worse threat to EU than Brexit

Decision time coming for Ireland on further European integration

The EU has been loyal and supportive of Ireland throughout the Brexit process, but nothing in politics free. Ronan McCrea argues that the time will soon come for Ireland to decide where it stands on future European intregration, and to forge new alliances to protect and advance its interests, especially with regards to taxation and the eurozone. The utter mess of the Brexit process has … Continue reading Decision time coming for Ireland on further European integration

Brexit: Ireland stands to lose the most

Katie Daughen, head of Brexit research and support services at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, assesses the economic risk which Brexit poses to Ireland. She argues that Brexit is especially dangerous for the UK-Irish relationship, and that businesses in both countries need to work together during the negotiations to ensure their interests are represented. From a British and Irish business perspective, Brexit has the potential … Continue reading Brexit: Ireland stands to lose the most