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The Nordic-Baltic Grouping and Ireland

01 Nov 2017

The Nordic Baltic grouping could prove to be a natural ally for Ireland in the EU of 27. As Tony Brown writes in this blog, the invitation for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to attend their meeting on the eve of the European Council summit of 19-20 October is a significant development. 

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Germany Brief – Issue 4 September 2017 – Election Special

18 Sep 2017

This issue of the Germany Brief focuses on the manifestos of all six parties likely to enter the 19th Bundestag.

 

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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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Germany Brief Issue 3 – July 2017

25 Jul 2017

The July edition of the Germany Brief examines Chancellor Merkel’s statements on European defence, the manifestos of CDU/CSU and SPD, and the vote on same-sex marriage in the Bundestag.

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Estonian Presidency Brief

21 Jul 2017

This brief outlines the priorities and policy objectives of the Estonian Presidency, which commenced at the beginning of this month.

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Conflict over the Code of Conduct

18 Jul 2017

NGOs react to the European Commission’s action plan on 4 July 2017 to create a Code of Conduct for NGOs carrying out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. 

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Coping with the Influx of Economic Migrants

07 Jul 2017

The European Commission released its latest action plan on 4 July 2017 to support Italy and reduce migratory pressure along the Central Mediterranean Route. 

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Europe at a French crossroads?

24 May 2017

In this guest blog, Tony Kinsella, former Irish Times columnist examines Emmanuel Macron’s ascent to the French Presidency, and discusses the prospects of his party in the upcoming legislative elections.

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Germany Brief – Issue 2 May 2017

24 May 2017

This edition of the Germany Brief examines the outcomes of the regional elections in Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia, recent party conferences and the ongoing tensions with Turkey.

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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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Europol’s New Mandate

03 May 2017

On 1 May 2017, a new Europol regulation came into force which establishes Europol as the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, updating their capabilities to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime. 

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