Political analyst, writer, and senior researcher at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies writing on Ireland, the European Union and more.


Ireland Is Europe’s Weakest Link

08 November 2022
Foreign Policy

Beginning on Feb. 3, only three weeks before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, the Russian navy held military exercises on the edge of Ireland’s territorial waters. The Russian maneuvers took place above the densest concentration of undersea communications cables linking North America and Europe. Six months later, more Russian warships, including the cruiser Marshal Ustinov, were spotted acting unusually in the waters of Ireland’s exclusive economic zone.

The Anglosphere is saving Ukraine while the EU is saving itself

09 May 2022

Judging by the number of European Union leaders visiting Ukraine in recent weeks, it would be easy to assume it is Brussels that’s solely responsible for equipping the brave resistance of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his people. 

But while European Council President Charles Michel talks of the EU’s “unprecedented” response to Russian aggression, saying the EU is “determined to do everything we can to support Ukraine,” the sad reality is that beneath all the rhetoric, the photo ops and recycled pledges, the EU continues to prevaricate while it is the Anglosphere that’s busy helping Ukraine save itself. 

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