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The Bratislava Summit – A Declaration of Division?

28 Sep 2016


The much anticipated Bratislava Summit took place on 16 September 2016.  This informal meeting of the 27 Heads of State and Government was convened to kick starting a process of identifying what direction and shape the European Union will take without the United Kingdom. 

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Brexit presents both opportunities and challenges for Ireland’s digital sector

22 Sep 2016

Capitalising on Brexit will require an honest assessment of Ireland's strengths and weaknesses.


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David Cameron – An Early Victim of Brexit

22 Sep 2016

Tony Brown rounds-up the reactions to David Cameron’s resignation from the UK Parliament

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Changing Times, Changing Tunes – Insights From Draghi And Dijsselbloem

16 Sep 2016


Ahead of the informal meeting of 27 EU leaders in Bratislava on 16 September 2016, two influential European institutional leaders have made important remarks about the future economic direction of the EU. Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, and Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup, both emphasised the need for leaders at the national and EU level to take steps to increase their citizens’ sense of economic security and address concerns about inequalities in European society. 

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sets out his vision for the Europe

15 Sep 2016


In the run-up to the Bratislava Summit of the EU 27 on 16 September 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union Address in Strasbourg on 14 September 2016 before members of the European Parliament, the College of Commissioners and the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU. 

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Brexit: Spin, Tumble, Hang Out to Dry?

14 Sep 2016

In this guest blog, John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, examines the aftermath of the UK referendum and sets out his view of Ireland’s role in the coming negotiations.

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On the way to Bratislava

14 Sep 2016

The build up to the Bratislava meeting intensified throughout August, featuring multiple bilateral discussions and meetings of groups of national leaders. IIEA Senior Fellow, Tony Brown, highlights some of the key meetings in the run-up to the summit.

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Ventotene Summit: The Spinelli Factor

13 Sep 2016

In the build up to the Bratislava summit, the leaders of Italy, Germany and France met on on the Italian island of Ventotene to discuss issues arising from the outcome of the UK referendum. Tony Brown writes that the meeting gives rise to interesting historical considerations, in particular about the extraordinary life and ideas of Altiero Spinelli.

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Brexit Brief Issue 11

09 Sep 2016


The debate over UK’s vote to leave the European Union continued throughout August, with little clarity emerging on the nature of the post-Brexit relationship with the European Union, or indeed the timeframe for the commencement of negotiations. The EU27, meanwhile, has begun the process of looking to a future without its ‘awkward partner’. The September issue of the IIEA Brexit brief examines recent developments in the debate in the UK, Ireland and Europe

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How much of Ireland’s “fiscal space” will climate inaction consume?

07 Sep 2016

How much of Ireland’s “fiscal space” will climate inaction consume?


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