Best Supporting Actor? The EU’s evolving role in the Coronavirus crisis

MOST FILM CRITICS would probably agree that Paul Giamatti is a great actor, admired for his range of roles in a number of films. Think Saving Private Ryan, Sideways, and Cinderella Man, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for best-supporting actor, among others. Giamatti is not as instantly recognisable as most Hollywood superstars,…

The European Union and the Good Friday Agreement: the EU’s involvement in peace

At the end of the First World War, the official war artist and Irishman, William Orpen, was commissioned to paint the signing of the peace treaty at Versailles. What his employers, the British Ministry of Information, had hoped would be a memorialization of the Allies’ victory, became, in Orpen’s hands, a subtle critique of the…

Lithuanian Presidential Election, May 2019

Lithuania held two rounds of voting in May to replace Dalia Grybauskaitė, the seventh and first female President since its Restoration of Independence in 1990.  On 26 May, the ‘independent candidate’  Gitanas Nauseda was elected as the country’s new President.  Background Lithuania operates under a ‘semi-presidential’ system, whereby executive control is split between the President and…