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Better late than never: honour has been restored at the IIEA, eventually The Institute of International and European Affairs – a Dublin-based pro-EU think tank with a record of attracting big hitters to address its high-profile events – has quietly erased two names from its Comité d’Honneur. Bertie Ahern and Padraig Flynn were removed from… » read more

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Engaging with MEPs 2.0

My name is Gary and I have a MySpace account. There, I’ve said it. In my defence, I haven’t used it for five years and I now forget the password. However, for dozens of our esteemed Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), wandering alone in the social media wilderness we call MySpace is a regular… » read more

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Tapping a developing country for cash is a lot to ask so we need not be surprised that China wants something in return So it looks like Europe is asking China to contribute more than €100, 000,000,000 to boost its bailout fund and help save Europe’s single currency. The French President has been delegated the… » read more

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With Greece on the brink, Brussels is dangerously distracted by efforts to invent new European rules and institutions which will help prevent future sovereign debt crises. After protracted negotiations, MEPs and the European Council – which represents EU Member States – came to an agreement on the so-called “Six Pack” economic governance package. The deal… » 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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While thousands of young people are fleeing Ireland as the depression deepens, others who planned to return are stranded overseas. This is my story. Lehman Brothers collapsed the week we landed in Brussels. Two weeks later the Irish government signed a blank cheque guaranteeing the debts of Irish banks. It seemed interesting but incidental to… » read more

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The EU’s clinical trials directive has been a catastrophe but Brussels is keen to make amends “Arguably the most criticised piece of legislation” the EU has ever produced on medicines. That’s how the European Commission describes its own law on clinical trials, drafted a decade ago in an effort to streamline medical research in Europe.… » read more

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Irish health services have been slow to embrace technology and need to mobilise its staff to catch up Electronic patient records, access to specialist services from home, and more efficient use of scarce resources are just some of the much-vaunted benefits touted by advocates of e-health. But while technology has transformed most industries and public… » read more

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A new report paints a stark picture of European healthcare in 2030 but says GPs are the answer I’d recommend reading the latest health report by the Economist Intelligence Unit – if you’re elated and need your mood taken down a few notches. They’ve seen the future and it ain’t pretty. With Europe’s population ageing,… » read more

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