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In the Shadow of the Fleet

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By Europe Editor, Tony Connelly Alexei Alexeivich puts on his Soviet naval cap and strikes a pose in front of his bedroom mirror. With a sheepish grin, which breaks into an infectious laugh, he pulls in his 59-year-old paunch.  The … Continue reading

What Russia wants, and what the West can do

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Simferopol Although the referendum on Crimea’s future is not until 16 March, Russia’s actions are already birthing a new creation. The speed of Moscow’s invasion-by-stealth has been breathtaking.

Crimea on a knife edge

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By Tony Connelly, RTÉ Europe Editor As Russia intensifies its grip on Crimea, they are creating facts on the ground. But in this most surreal of struggles, facts are never what they seem. At the Perevalnoye naval base, there are … Continue reading

Latvia joins club of 330m Europeans using euro

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  By Europe Editor Tony Connelly The euro has had so few ringing endorsements over the past four years that the accession of Latvia to the single currency on 1 January must feel like manna from heaven.

Nudging Britain towards the exit: The Rise of Tory Euroscepticism

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels By any measure the current brand of Tory euroscepticism is more visceral, and poses more of a systemic threat to Britain’s EU membership than at any other time in the past 50 years. Antagonism … Continue reading

Norway braced for mass killer verdict

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By Tony Connelly, RTE Europe Editor, in Oslo On a tiny island with 600 people there aren’t too many places to hide. Vegard Groslie Wennesland, a 28-year-old member of the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth wing was lucky enough to find … Continue reading

The EU Summit: Turning Point or Tipping Point?

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By Tony Connelly, RTÉ Europe Editor, Brussels Once again an EU summit is pregnant with a sense of impending disaster, with expectations being lowered all week that a breakthrough can be delivered which will reverse, or even just slow down, … Continue reading

Greece: Sleepwalking to Calamity?

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By Tony Connelly, RTE News Europe Editor, Athens Will Greek voters sleepwalk into a potentially calamitous exit from the euro? Around the world central banks, investors, governments and economists are holding their breath. But in Greece a surreal fatalism infects … Continue reading

Lowering Expectations and Rising Tensions: the Informal EU Summit

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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

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