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John Hume sits in front of the Stormont Parliament Buildings.

John Hume Left Behind a Peaceful—but Divided—Ireland

The Nobel Peace Laureate helped bring nearly three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland to an end. But reconciliation between the country’s communities remains unrealized.

A U.K. flag flies in front of Big Ben in London

Could the Pandemic Kill the United Kingdom?

Boris Johnson’s bungled coronavirus response could fuel calls for Scottish independence and Irish unification.

Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar meets with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill to discuss the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Not Even the Coronavirus Can Overcome Northern Ireland’s Divisions

Even in the face of an existential crisis, the country’s political leaders default to battles over culture and identity.

Sinn Fein’s Donnchadh O Laoghaire

Ireland’s Populists Are Not Really Populist

After decades of militant radicalism, Sinn Fein won last week’s elections by moving toward the mainstream.

Sinn Fein supporters sing as they hold an Irish flag during the Dublin City count.

Sinn Fein Just Upended Ireland’s Status Quo. What Comes Next?

Disgruntled Irish voters have made their voices heard, but translating that mandate into a governing coalition won’t be easy.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin (left), Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar (center), and Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald take part in the final TV leaders' debate at the RTE studios.

Will Irish Elections Lead to Unification?

After Saturday’s vote, the nationalist Sinn Fein party could form parts of governments in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for the first time in history.

Protesters fly Union Jack flags and hold banners as they demonstrate outside City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 12, 2013, amid protests against City Hall's decision not to fly the Union Jack every day.

Northern Ireland Is in a Culture War. Brexit Is Making It Worse.

Nationalists and unionists are in a battle for cultural supremacy, complicating the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU.

An Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) mural in North Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Brexit Could Spark a Return to Violence in Northern Ireland

Republican and loyalist paramilitary groups are using the U.K.’s departure from the EU as political cover to reignite their once-dormant campaigns of terrorism.

Activists rally for climate action at Sydney Town Hall

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Australia’s climate denialist media, a pro-independence mandate in Taiwan, and power-sharing returns to Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland's new deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill (left) and First Minister Arlene Foster (right) meet with members of the British and Irish governments in Belfast, Northern Ireland, after signing a deal to restore power-sharing.

Brexit Still Looms Over Northern Ireland’s New Government

Northern Ireland’s leaders have reached a deal to restore power-sharing, but several problems remain unsolved.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald sits alongside deputy leader Michelle O’Neill, North Belfast MP John Finucane and Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew.

With Parliament Voting for Brexit, Is Irish Unification Inevitable?

Republican sentiment is rising over fears that Brexit will tank the economy, but Northern Ireland’s unionists won’t go quietly.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, United Kingdom, on Dec. 13, 2019, following his Conservative Party's general election victory.

Will Boris Get Brexit Done?

The British prime minister won an electoral triumph. But can he cut the Gordian Knot of leaving the EU?

Members of the DUP watch on as Sinn Fein candidate John Finucane is declared the winner of the North Belfast seat over DUP candidate Nigel Dodds.

After Brexit, What’s Left for Northern Ireland’s Unionists?

Faced with growing calls for a united Ireland, Britain’s most loyal subjects look to an uncertain future.

Motorists pass an anti-Brexit Irish Unity banner as they drive in Dundalk, Ireland on Oct. 16, 2019.

Will Brexit Stumble Over Northern Ireland Again?

The Democratic Unionist Party’s statement on the latest deal with the European Union.

A man walks past a mural marking unionist territory in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on May 4, 2016.

Northern Irish Politics Are Broken

The Good Friday Agreement is crumbling, and an Irish backstop may not be enough to save it.

Members of the anti-Brexit campaign group Border Communities Against Brexit, dressed up as British Army Soldiers and Customs officials, pose with a wall installed on a road crossing the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, during a demonstration in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 26.

Brexiteers Bear All the Blame for the Irish Border Impasse

The European Union and Ireland are trying to preserve Northern Ireland’s fragile stability. The British government is playing with fire.

Cows stand under a sign for a disused Irish border vehicle registration and customs office outside Dundalk, Ireland on Nov. 14, 2018 near the Northern Irish border.

Don’t Blame Boris for the Brexit Backstop Impasse

Britain’s Conservatives and their Democratic Unionist Party allies aren’t the only obstacles to a deal. The EU and the Irish government are also being needlessly stubborn.

The group “Border Communities Against Brexit” holds an anti-Brexit demonstration near the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 26.

Will Brexit Be the End of the United Kingdom?

The prospect of a hard border is making many Irish on both sides wonder if they’d be better off together.

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