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Barroso’s State of the Union speech defends the role of the Commission

30 Sep 2011

In his second annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament on Wednesday, 28 September 2011, President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, took the opportunity to deliver a passionate critique of intergovernmentalism.

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Euro Crisis Comment Roundup II

30 Sep 2011

Another roundup of reports and analysis on the Euro crisis. 

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EU long-term budget battles

28 Sep 2011

Negotiations on the EU's next long-term budget (2014-2020) have begun in earnest. These negotiations have traditionally proved complex and protracted, given the range of competing preferences held by Member States across a spectrum of issues. In the midst of the Eurozone crisis and with a broadened base of actors on this occasion – including a European Parliament with enhanced status in the negotiations and an expanded EU of 27 – the post-2013 negotiations could well prove to be the most complex yet.

This briefing introduces the debate on the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

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Balkans Update 17

27 Sep 2011

The seventeenth Balkans Update covers a number of current issues at a moment when the preoccupations and fall-out of the Eurozone Crisis, and of its continuing global setting, threaten to overshadow important developments in the Balkans region and in the European Union’s wider neighbourhood.

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German Constitutional Court judgment may have far-reaching implications

26 Sep 2011

The recent ruling of the German Constitutional Court on the EFSF may prove to be one of its most important and could have a long-lasting impact on the future of the European Union.

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Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy – What’s in it for Ireland?

22 Sep 2011

In her address, Commissioner Damanaki presented the Commission’s recent proposals for a radical overhaul of fisheries management in Europe and discussed the challenges and opportunities the reforms present for the Irish fishing industry.

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Thinking Deeper: Financing Options for Home Retrofit

22 Sep 2011

If government plans to retrofit over one million buildings by 2020 are to be met, both the scale and depth of energy upgrades must be increased dramatically. This is a challenge which can only be met if attractive financing options can be made available to consumers.

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The IIEA interviews Peter Sutherland

22 Sep 2011

Peter Sutherland gave a keynote address to a packed house at the IIEA today reflecting on the ongoing crisis in European Union. 

Before he delivered his address, he took the time to talk to us on camera about some of the issues that most concerned him. He first spoke about the reforms needed to sustain the Euro and protect the European Union itself. He then discussed the critical situation in Greece. The third part of our conversation concerned the likely failure of the Doha development round  at the WTO. The last part concerned Ireland, its condition and its prospects. Watch the videos embedded this blog post.

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MGQ at IIEA Brussels

21 Sep 2011

Read the remarks made by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to the IIEA Brussels Branch last night. 

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The Changing of the Guard at the ECB: The SMP – Draghi’s Poisoned Chalice

19 Sep 2011

This is the last of three posts reflecting on Trichet’s period in charge of the European Central Bank and the prospects for his successor, Mario Draghi. Prof. Karl Whelan focus on the ECB’s Securities Market Programme and the challenges ahead for Mr Draghi.

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Beyond Kyoto: An Economic Perspective on International Climate Policy

16 Sep 2011

As preparations for the next round of crucial climate negotiations in Durban commence, Robert Stavins discussed the prospects for the negotiations, the future of climate action beyond the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012, and the economics of climate change policy.

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The Changing of the Guard at the ECB: Trichet’s Two Crises

16 Sep 2011

This is the second of three posts reflecting on Trichet’s period in charge of the European Central Bank and the prospects for his successor, Mario Draghi.

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