Assassination of Franz Ferdinand still divides Bosnia 100 years on

People in Sarajevo have been very uneasy about marking the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. It’s a big moment for the city. Yet people seemed reluctant to talk to me about the man who pulled the trigger, Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip. That’s because opinions in the Bosnian capital are sharply divided. For Serbs, he is a hero who bravely fought against the occupying Austro-Hungarian Empire. For many Muslims and Croats, he is an …

Not quiet on the Western Front: Why Cameron will go down fighting

Tonight 28 EU leaders will symbolically mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War I by gathering in the West Flanders town of Ypres, the centre of intense fighting a century ago. They will meet first in Flanders Field, the impressive museum in the centre of the city, before walking to the Menin Gate for the Last Post ceremony.

The Long and Winding Road: The struggle to secure a bank debt deal

The odds on Ireland securing a full-blooded bank recapitalisation using Europe’s €500bn  ESM bailout fund now appear low. Time and politics have moved on since the eurozone summit of June 2012, when Taoiseach Enda Kenny secured the promise of help for Irish banks.

This Time It's Different, isn't it?

Voters across the European Union were led to believe that things would be “different” when they cast their ballots in the European Parliamentary elections last month. Not only would they be choosing Members for the 751-member assembly but also, in a new departure, selecting the President of the European Commission.

This Time is Different? How the euro crisis will impact on the European Elections

This week’s European elections are taking place amid unprecedented uncertainty over the European project. The electorate is in a sour mood, the mainstream parties are fearful, and pro Europeans fear that a surge in support for the extreme right and eurosceptic parties will lead to Tea Party-style politics, and ultimately gridlock, in the next legislature, further damaging the reputation of the assembly. Yet the parliament itself is exuding more self-confidence than ever before over its powers, which have risen steadily …

President's visit an emotional and political milestone

Michael D Higgins, the 9th President of Ireland, this week becomes the first holder of the office to pay a State visit to the UK. The busy four-day programme of events is another significant milestone in what has often been a difficult relationship between neighbouring islands.

The Tánaiste, a tractor and a frozen food summit

By Martina Fitzgerald, Political Correspondent What do a Massey Ferguson tractor, the French President, Francois Hollande, and a frozen food summit have in common? They all featured on the Tánaiste’s itinerary during his three-day visit to France.

War in Syria: Three years on

By Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent The United Nations regularly updates its ‘fact sheet’ on the war in Syria – a conflict which is now entering its fourth bloody year. The UN information bulletin is a grim statistical record, and the figures are only increasing. Consider these three shocking extracts: – 9.3 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance; – 6.5 million people inside Syria have fled their homes; – Another 2.5 million have left the country altogether.

In the Shadow of the Fleet

By Europe Editor, Tony Connelly Alexei Alexeivich puts on his Soviet naval cap and strikes a pose in front of his bedroom mirror. With a sheepish grin, which breaks into an infectious laugh, he pulls in his 59-year-old paunch.  The rest of the uniform, he concedes, no longer fits him, but the memories of 27 years serving the USSR by sea are as fresh as ever.

Francis 'The Informal' – One Year On

By Joe Little, Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent This day last year, the Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the first non-European Pontiff in 1,300 years. Since then the 77-year-old has frequently broken with precedent, most notably by choosing to live in a Vatican guest-house instead of the Apostolic Palace overlooking Saint Peter’s Square.