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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

Eurozone: the Great Leap Forward?

Posted on by Ray Donoghue

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels For three years eurozone governments lurched from one crisis to the next, improvising with one ad-hoc solution after another, amid a rising tide of austerity-driven recession. However, having for so long taken the road … Continue reading

Fears for an EU seven-year glitch

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels This week 27 EU leaders will gather in Brussels to thrash out the next seven-year budget round. While Europe needs to demonstrate to the world it can function in the face of a crisis, … Continue reading

A Bank Debt Deal: The Morning After Optimism

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels When back in June eurozone leaders hatched a deal on bank debt in the early hours of the morning during a summit in Brussels, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny described it as a “seismic shift”. … Continue reading

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

Money Talks

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By RTÉ Europe Correspondent Paul Cunningham It’s budget time in Brussels – drafting a trillion euro financial plan for the years 2014 to 2020. EU leaders want agreement by November, and so decision time looms. The EU budget is of … Continue reading

Spanish budget may offer bailout clues

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, in Madrid Now that the Spanish budget has been presented we should know more about when the government of Mariano Rajoy will move into full bailout mode. The centre-right prime minister has delayed long and … Continue reading

If the ECB is eager to do a deal – what happens next?

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By Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent, in Nicosia It now appears inevitable that the Government will reach a deal with the European Central Bank on lowering the cost to the taxpayer of the highly-expensive Anglo Irish Bank promissory note scheme. ECB … Continue reading

Stuttgart seeking Ireland’s IT talent

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By Tony Connelly, RTE Europe Editor, in Stuttgart Stuttgart may live long in Irish folklore as the place where, in 1988, a certain Ray Houghton put the ball in the English net, but could it become the Promised Land for … Continue reading

Norway braced for mass killer verdict

Posted on by Tony Connelly

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

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