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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

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

What next for Promissory Notes?

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Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, in Copenhagen The government is putting the best gloss it can on the Anglo promissory notes deal, but opinion is divided as to how much has been achieved. The exchequer doesn’t have to find €3.06 billion … Continue reading

Anglo “promissory notes” dilemma enters critical phase

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By Tony Connelly,  Europe Editor Across Europe, news organisations will be preparing to cover the Irish referendum on the fiscal stability treaty. It’s never been an easy topic for the uninitiated: in the past correspondents have had to grapple with … Continue reading

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