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
Bulgarians confront the oligarchs
The streets of Sofia are awash with demonstrators: the terms of this protest movement, as in Sao Paulo and Istanbul,...
Bulgaria, the end of innocence
The bombing of Israeli tourists in the resort of Burgas suggests that Bulgaria's strategic choices have made it...
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...
Ireland’s European referendum: second take, high stake
Kosovo: the hour of Europe