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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

Posted by Gary Finnegan

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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“European Research Council in full flight,” screams the July issue of the Europe4Researchers newsletter published by the European Commission, which landed in my inbox on this afternoon. The article boasts that the ERC has “developed into a well-functioning research funding body”. Great news, if it were true. Yesterday a panel of experts – assembled by… » read more

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Irish bookmakers are betting the Lisbon Treaty will win between 60% and 65% of the vote in October’s (2nd) referendum on the issue, but are nervous about getting it wrong (again). Paddy Power – Ireland’s biggest bookie – is offering odds of 1/6 on the Treaty being passed, citing the legal guarantees agreed in June… » read more

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