In May 1981, @EuroParl_EN passed a Resolution recognising the EU had ‘no competence to make proposals for changes in the Constitution of N.Ireland’.
110 were killed in 1982.
The Troubles were raging. And there was little prospect of resolution.
‘one of the gravest political and social problems existing in the Community’.
And so in 1983 the Political Affairs Committee of the European Parliament commissioned Dutch MEP Nils Haagerup to write a Report.
(a) Explain the root causes of the Troubles to MEPs
[inevitably, in outlining an historical narrative, it stepped into controversial ground] 🇬🇧🇮🇪
(b) To see how the EU could offer assistance
[in addition to economic support already rendered]. 🕊️
TL;DR: Both British & Irish traditions/identities in NI need to be accommodated.
Thus for peace in NI the British-Irish relationship needs to be one of cooperation.
This may surprise some.
It is clear from the Haagerup Report that the EU is acutely aware of the limitations on its capacity to effect change in N.Ireland...
‘provide the #inspiration for the people of Northern Ireland to oppose and reject violence’.
That's quite a quote. And quite a claim.
After all, that's the EU's own self-defined model of conflict resolution: supersede a history of conflict with new forms of cooperation.