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The Irish Presidency: Priorities and Pitfalls

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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

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

Clarity on Ireland and debt, but confusion in the eurozone remains

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  By Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent After nine hours of talks by eurozone finance ministers, the Irish Government now knows both the process for the renegotiation of its banking debt and the target date for a decision. A statement after … 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

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

Anger, despair as Greece struggles under bailout terms

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, in Athens Outside the unemployment office in downtown Athens the mood among applicants is one of grim resignation. “I’m not optimistic I’ll be able to find something soon,” says Bujar Arapi, a 33-year-old construction worker … Continue reading

Ireland’s star still ascendent in Davos despite Taoiseach’s remarks

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  By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, in Davos Despite the furore at home, Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s remarks that “people went mad borrowing” barely raised an eyebrow in Davos. The Congress Hall in the main Davos Congress Centre was about a … Continue reading

Noonan to meet Draghi as Greek debt talks stumble

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By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, in Brussels Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will meet Mario Draghi, the ECB president, in Frankfurt later today. Although the two men will have met on the margins of EU finance ministers’ meetings, this will … 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