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Kenny reaction to Flannery resignation

Posted on by David Davin-Power

RTÉ’s Political Correspondent David Davin-Power reflects on Enda Kenny’s reaction to the resignation of Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery. Local politics has a way of intruding no matter where you are. That’s part of the reason broadcasters and newspapers like … Continue reading

What Russia wants, and what the West can do

Posted on by Tony Connelly

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

Posted on by Tony Connelly

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

Posted on by Tony Connelly

  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.

The bailout may be over, but don’t expect anything to change

Posted on by David Murphy

By David Murphy, Business Editor Ordinary Irish people won’t notice the slightest difference between life before and after the bailout. Banking problems persist, unemployment is still high and the economy is sluggish. Conditions are improving. But it is far too … Continue reading

Conscientious objection a controversial issue in Italy’s abortion regime

Posted on by Ray Donoghue

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels It may come as a surprise, but a relatively liberal abortion regime has existed in Italy since 1978. Law 194 was introduced following a determined campaign by women’s groups, but also due to the … Continue reading

Bailing in or bailing out: Depositors and the painful road to a banking union

Posted on by Ray Donoghue

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels In Ireland we know only too well the cost of burdening the taxpayer with the fallout from a collapsing bank. The sins of the financial sector placed a €64 billion weight on the shoulders … Continue reading

EU Budget 2.0: Crunch Time for Ireland’s Presidency

Posted on by Ray Donoghue

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels In November EU leaders failed to agree a new seven-year budget to run from 2014 to 2020. At the time Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland would not have much authority going into our presidency … Continue reading

Rough Justice?

Posted on by Ray Donoghue

By Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent The UN court based in The Netherlands, which was established by the Security Council to consider war crimes perpetrated during the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, is facing into its most difficult year since its … Continue reading

The Irish Presidency: Priorities and Pitfalls

Posted on by Ray Donoghue

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels Back in June 2004 Bertie Ahern was showered in adulation by his European counterparts. Ireland had just successfully negotiated the mammoth EU Constitution using its storied negotiating skills to reconcile vastly conflicting agendas – … Continue reading

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