There aren’t many European presidents who’d quote Marxist economists or praise Fidel Castro. But Ireland’s Michael D. Higgins is widely backed across the political spectrum.
Oisín Gilmore is a PhD candidate in economic history at the economics, econometrics, and finance department at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is currently a visiting researcher at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
From the beginning, the European project had more to do with jumpstarting capitalism than ending war.