Economics Blog

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IIEA12th June 20192min

In the Brexit debate, there has been relatively little focus on the issue of services, which make up about three quarters of the UK’s economic output. How might Brexit impact on this vitally important, and growing, sector? This IIEA paper, by Gavin Barrett, Professor of Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, aims to address this question, and to focus attention on an issue that is, and will continue to be, of key importance in the years and decades after Brexit has taken place.

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IIEA29th June 20183min

At the Euro Summit today, Friday 29 June, Leaders of Eurozone countries will discuss the proposed programme of limited reforms agreed by Germany and France at a recent bilateral meeting. It is important for countries such as Ireland to understand changes in the approach of both countries to EMU reform since the crisis.

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IIEA13th September 20175min

On Wednesday, 13 September 2017, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered the annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The speech, and the subsequent debate by the European Parliament, are intended to give MEPs the opportunity to review, critique and shape the policy programme of the European Commission for the coming year. The State of the Union has been held annually in September since 2010, when it was instituted by the Lisbon Treaty.

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Michael G Tutty31st May 20171min

The global economic and financial crisis exposed shortcomings in the economic governance and budgetary surveillance in the European Union (EU). When Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) was adopted in the EU, Monetary Union was achieved by the establishment of the euro as the single currency and the creation of the independent European Central Bank (ECB) to set a single monetary policy. However, Economic Union was left in a much less developed and formalised position. Economic and budgetary policies were left in the hands of the individual Member States, with a relat