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Things are hotting up in the Irish presidential race. After the previous favourite, David Norris, and his ill-fated campaign came to an abrupt end following revelations about his private life – step into the ring namesakes Gay Mitchell and Gay Byrne (p…

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Emerging from his bureaucratic hole in Brussels, former Labour MEP Richard Corbett made an appearance on yesterday’s Newsnight to discuss the ongoing eurozone crisis (joined by a Greek communist and Tory MP Douglas Carswell – the discussion wasn’t exac…

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Spring cleaning

The EU has today released its spring forecast, which updates last autumn’s economic forecasts for EU (and related) countries.Despite our (relatively) chirpy title it’s far from happy reading.The EU now expects Greek debt to reach 157.7% of GDP in 2…

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How to prevent bubbles

The new year sees the launch of the EU’s new financial supervisors: the European Banking Authority, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and the European Securities and Markets Authority. If you haven’t already done so, have a l…

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Open Europe has today published a briefing asking the simple question: will an Irish bail-out actually solve anything?A healthy Irish economy is quite clearly in the UK’s interest, and to extend loans to a struggling neighbour (to use Osborne’s rhetori…

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Yesterday saw some interesting reactions from the German papers, in response to the increasingly likely Irish bail-out.A leader in Die Zeit dismisses Herman Van Rompuy’s “exaggerations” and “apocalyptic” comments (“if the Euro doesn’t survi…

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