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Always say never

Over the past 18 months, observers have noted the alarming frequency with which things that were once ruled out of hand by EU leaders have become the norm. It began with the mantra-esque refrain of “We won’t bail out Greece”, which ultimately morphed into a commitment to back Athens to whatever extent becomes necessary. This… » read more

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Fears that Greece could default on its debt tops the EU agenda because it puts the balance sheets of a dozen German and French banks in peril. But Greece has already defaulted on its debts to companies. What is default? EU leaders have been trying to find a way around the fact that Greece cannot… » read more

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At every turn the euro crisis gets harder to solve. With every emergency meeting; with every short-term fix, a credible solution to the eurozone’s debt mountain becomes less likely. Europeans are sick of living in a state of permacrisis. We have grown numb to the real urgency that surrounds the problem because the news headlines… » read more

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Too many Europes

At a time when Europe is in crisis, it’s alarming to see so many conflicting statements from its leaders EU Compeittion Commission Joaquin Almunia said today that Ireland’s bank guarantee, introduced in September 2008, was a mistake. I think you’d struggle to find an Irish person who hadn’t come to the conclusion two years ago,… » read more

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EPP leaders are doing their bit to help elect Fine Gael Last week, I moaned a bit about European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso treating Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny to a photo opportunity in Brussels. I wondered if it was a bit paranoid to think that Barroso was heping his EPP buddy out by… » read more

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The Bilderberg Group is firmly locked into a 20th Century mindset – one that ignores China and a changing world Stephen Gardner has an interesting post on his EU Observer blog about the Bilderberg Group – the shady Masters of the Universe which apparently run the world for their own amusement. The group includes politicians… » read more

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When words like “subprime” and “credit crunch” entered the public lexicon in 2007, commentators said it would pass within a few months. Once banks published their annual reports, they said, we’d know who had toxic assets on their balance sheets and confidence would return to the markets. That was two years ago. Now, as the… » read more

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