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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

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

Taoiseach hopes to leverage fragile goodwill on official visit to Berlin

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor Taoiseach Enda Kenny and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are bound up in an unlikely symbiosis.  The Irish government needs to stay on the right side of Germany for vital political support at a time of … Continue reading