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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

Posted by Gary Finnegan

European Commission President weighs into Irish election by helping EPP pals Barroso’s meeting with Irish opposition leader Enda Kenny adds weight to Kenny’s efforts to portray himself as a political heavyweight. But is it right for the Commission President to offer such publicity to Kenny in the midst of a general election campaign? Certainly, the… » read more

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Tajani is a disaster.

Tajani must go. He works half a week, gives glib and disingenuous answers to questions, but somehow he is Vice President of the European Commission. I’m sick of Antonio Tajani and his disrespectful, blasé attitude to his brief. Today he turned up in the press room to launch the SME Finance Forum and spoke in… » read more

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Ireland’s Máire Geoghegan Quinn has been handed the newly-created innovation portfolio at the EU executive. (Full coverage of new Commission, click here). The job is an expanded version of the old Research & Science post, and comes just months before the first European Innovation Act is due to be published. The creation of an innovation… » read more

Posted by Gary Finnegan