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Juncker’s State of the European Union Address: Moving Towards a More United Europe

13 Sep 2017

On 13 September 2017, EU Commission President Juncker outlined his policy programme for 2018 and his vision for the future of Europe. Cian McCarthy analyses the speech in this IIEA blog. 

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Is Donald Trump steeling for a fight in the WTO?

27 Jun 2017

President Trump’s moves to restrict imports of steel could a start a bitter dispute at the WTO, and potentially a protracted trade war. 

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Who does what in the European Semester?

31 May 2017

The Country Specific Recommendations are a crucial part of the European Semester process of economic policy coordination and surveillance. This IIEA infographic provides a guide to the main elements of EU economic governance.

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Chaos of fake news a reminder of the risks of technological progress

17 May 2017

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 As society grapples with the ever-increasing reach of digital technologies, the chaotic state of the news industry may come to be seen as the canary in the digital coalmine. 

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The Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) – Will This Time Be Different?

10 Feb 2017

The European Commission re-launched its proposals regarding a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) in October 2016. The original CCCTB proposals, put forward by the Commission in 2011, did not meet with agreement by Member States. The latest proposals have thus far generated renewed opposition from a number of countries concerned about the implications of CCCTB for their tax sovereignty and for their corporate tax revenues.  

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Skibbereen and Ludgate Hub show the Digital Single Market vision in action

28 Nov 2016


A disused Skibbereen bakery turned digital hub provided the centrepiece for National Digital Week 2016, and aims to demonstrate how digital can transform the local economy. 

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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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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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Green Bonds and COP 21

22 Jan 2016

How can the world begin to shift private investment from brown to green? At a recent keynote address hosted by the IIEA, Sean Kidney, CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, focused on green bonds as an effective instrument for financing the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Osborne’s ‘Grand Bargain’ - Cameron’s ‘TINA’

05 Nov 2015
Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has shared with German industrial leaders in Berlin his vision of a ‘grand bargain’ on the future relationship between those who use the euro and those who do not.


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Costing Election Manifestos – Scaling-up Ireland’s Capacity

17 Jul 2015
On 3 July 2015 Laura van Geest, Director of CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis gave a keynote address at the IIEA on The Costing of Political Manifestos  - The Dutch Experience. Based on that presentation, this blogpost will try to answer three questions: How does the CPB independently cost election manifestos in the Netherlands? Is there a need for such a system in Ireland? How would such a system be introduced in Ireland?  

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