Daily Archives: May 24, 2012

Lowering Expectations and Rising Tensions: the Informal EU Summit

Posted on by Tony Connelly

By Tony Connelly, RTE Europe Editor, in Brussels The verdict from the markets on the May 23 informal summit in Brussels is already clear. The euro slumped to a 22 month low against the dollar, investors flooded into the safe … Continue reading

What can the EU summit deliver?

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By Tony Connelly, RTE Europe Editor, in Brussels EU officials are playing down expectations of any major decisions at the Informal Summit in Brussels, but there is plenty of scope for an unprecedented clash on the kinds of solutions the … Continue reading

Ratko Mladic called to account at The Hague

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By Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent, in The Hague Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic arrived into the chamber today with a look of defiance. He may face 11 counts of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, but he … Continue reading

Restarting the Franco-German Motor

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By Tony Connelly, RTE Europe Editor, in Berlin What kind of bond will Angela Merkel and François Hollande forge? Until recently the chemistry between French and German leaders provided plenty of chin-stroking for European policy wonks and academics. But these … Continue reading

The Search for Eurozone Growth

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By Tony Connelly, RTE Europe Editor, in Brussels Now everyone is singing from the growth hymn sheet, but not everyone is singing the same tune. At one end of the pew are those that say austerity should be tossed away … Continue reading

France: The Morning After Optimism

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, in Paris And so another European leader has fallen into the eurozone debt crisis vortex. Gone is Nicolas Sarkozy, only the second ever incumbent to be kicked out by the French after one term. In … Continue reading

Fear and Loathing: Understanding the extreme right vote in France

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor In the village of Dugny, to the north east of Paris, a small group of political activists have gathered in the home of Gil Clavel, a local ski instructor. Monsieur Clavel, who drives a peugeot … Continue reading