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About John O'Brennan

John O'Brennan is a lecturer in European politics and society at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), and a research fellow of the NUIM's Centre for the Study of Wider Europe. Among his books are The Eastern Enlargement of the European Union (Routledge, 2006) and The EU and the Western Balkans: Stabilization and Democratization through Enlargement (Routledge, 2008). His work has appeared in the Australian, Die Welt, El País, the Guardian, the Irish Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Japan Times, the Scotsman and elsewhere 

Articles by John O'Brennan

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Bulgarians confront the oligarchs

The streets of Sofia are awash with demonstrators: the terms of this protest movement, as in Sao Paulo and Istanbul, are the twin themes of justice and equality.

Bulgaria, the end of innocence

The bombing of Israeli tourists in the resort of Burgas suggests that Bulgaria's strategic choices have made it vulnerable to terrorist attack, says John O'Brennan.

Ireland’s existential crisis: a contrary view

Ireland’s acceptance of international financial aid to its stricken finance sector is widely seen in the country as a shameful loss of sovereignty and the prelude to years of austerity. But there is too much hyperbole amid the gloom: Ireland is down, but most definitely not out, says John O’Brennan.

Ireland’s European referendum: second take, high stake

The Irish people's second vote on the Lisbon treaty will have a decisive bearing on the European Union's constitutional future. The political misdirection of the "yes" side and the polemical vigour of the "no" put the result in the balance, says John O'Brennan.

Kosovo: the hour of Europe

Kosovo's imminent independence highlights the problem of the European Union's enlargement policy in the western Balkans, says John O'Brennan.
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