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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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EU leaders seem to have just discovered the EIB but the truth is the bank has grown increasingly active since the crisis broke In the sleepy Luxembourg headquarters of the European Investment Bank they are unsure how to handle their 15 minutes of fame. Suddenly everyone from François Hollande and Angela Merkel to David Cameron… » 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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Three years after it was proposed the EU Information to Patients Directive is in limbo European health ministers have poured cold water on a long-standing EU proposal to allow pharmaceutical companies to provide information on medicines directly to patients. Ministers say the Information to Patients Directive could increase red tape for government agencies and companies… » 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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While closer fiscal union can help solve today’s crisis, the public backlash will cause some Member States to pull away over the next decade. Still, it’s better to separate the currency crisis from the political crisis as simultaneous catastrophes would be unbearable. The future remains uncertain but key elements of a plan to end the… » read more

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Let’s predict the headlines for the next EU summit: – Day before the summit: EU leaders divided ahead of crunch summit This one comes with stories of how impossible it will be to come to any agreement and how Obama has been on the phone screaming at Sarkozy to recapitalise French banks – Night of… » 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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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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