Analysis: Unknown Simon Harris has little time to make himself known in Brussels

The Taoiseach does not have much of an EU network and has his work cut out for him with elections looming

EU Council President Charles Michel, Taoiseach Simon Harris and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk

Taoiseach Simon Harris’s to-do list in Brussels and Warsaw this week was short and to the point: meet “everyone”.

His visit was organised as a statement of intent about Ireland’s ties with Europe.

And it was largely seen that way by the European Parliament’s Roberta Metsola and the European Commission’s Ursula von der Leyen, who are both from the same political family as Fine Gael (the European People’s Party, or EPP).

At a gathering in ...