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IIEA Irish Presidency Conference. SAVE THE DATE

25 Sep 2012

On 23 November 2012, the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA) will host a pre-presidency conference in Dublin Castle. This one-day conference will examine the policy priorities of the Irish presidency and consider some of the major debates likely to take place during that period. 

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Euro Crisis Working Papers 7 and 8

02 Feb 2012

Peadar o Broin has written the two latest working papers in this IIEA series. The first looks at the reform of European financial supervision and regulation, focusing in particular on the contribution of the European Parliament and its ECON Committee. The second anticipates continuing strain in the Eurozone over the coming months and asks the question: 'Orderly Default or Euro Exit?'

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Ireland’s Banking Debt: Explaining the Cost of Anglo and Irish Nationwide

31 Jan 2012

How to restructure the debt associated with Ireland's banking collapse.

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Fiscal Compact - Final Text

31 Jan 2012

The final text of the 'treaty on stability, coordination and governance in the economic and monetary union' has been released.

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Some Thoughts on the Fiscal Compact

31 Jan 2012

Economic policy-making rarely amounts to picking the best possible policy suggested by economic theory. In a choice between an overly-restrictive and badly-designed fiscal compact and the potential alternative of being denied funding for our fiscal deficit next year (and the more extreme possibilities of sovereign default or exit from the Euro) we should stick with the European project and hope we can work to improve its design in the future.

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Another Summit

30 Jan 2012

The first European Council meeting of 2012 gets underway this afternoon in Brussels, even as a general strike that began across Belgium yesterday evening serves to remind EU leaders of the social burden created by austerity measures

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Was Fiscal Policy Pro-cyclical?

30 Jan 2012

The provisions on structural budget balances in the draft Fiscal Compact Treaty are aimed at separating the structural and cyclical components of signatories' annual budget deficits. The rationale is that because the cyclical component of the deficit will disappear when the economy recovers, policymakers do not have to worry unduly about it. Instead, they should focus on the structural deficit  which will remain when the recovery comes and must therefore be eliminated by policy action in the form of higher taxes and/or lower spending.

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Richard Corbett on the New Treaty

27 Jan 2012

In the midst of negotiations towards the new Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance, Richard Corbett, special advisor to European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, shared his insights on the draft treaty and the wider European response to the economic crisis.

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A Conservative Agenda to Save the Eurozone?

27 Jan 2012

David Cameron offers some advice to the Eurozone.

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