On Saturday a new parliament will be elected in Ireland. For the Republic of Ireland, the stakes are high: In recent polls Sinn Fein, the former mouthpiece of the IRA, has risen sharply. In an interview withfreiheit.org, Erin McGreehan, city councillor of Louth and a graduate of the European Women’s Academy, explains what the liberal Fianna Fail has to counter this and what the outcome of the election means for Ireland and Europe.Continue reading →
In Brussels, the EU Commission and the British government are struggling to reach an agreement. They want to prevent or at least not be responsible for an uncontrolled withdrawal of the United Kingdom on 31st October. In London, the opposition is wrestling with itself for a second referendum.Continue reading →
Am 26. Februar wurde in der Republik Irland ein neues Parlament gewählt. Nach einer katastrophalen Niederlage vor fünf Jahren wurde 2016 für Fianna Fáil, die zentristisch-liberale Partei, zum Erfolgsjahr. Keine andere Partei hat so viele Sitze hinzugewonnen wie FF, die jetzt eine deutlich größere Fraktion im Parlament stellen wird. Allerdings wird die Regierungsbildung schwierig, da es keine klaren Mehrheiten gibt.
Solidarity among its member states should be a given in a stable and successful European Union – but are large redistribution mechanisms per se an expression of solidarity? Is mutualizing national debt really the right way? Opinions about the practical application of “solidarity” differ vastly between states as well as party lines.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 8.00-9.30
Maison des Ailes, Rue Montoyer 1, 1000 Brussels
In the first half of 2013, Ireland holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Dublin has placed its agenda for the next six months under the motto “For Stability, Jobs and Growth” in order to highlight both the Irish emergence from the crisis and its determination to contribute to the stability of the Eurozone. It may already be a role model in austerity, selecting state-owned venues for the more than 180 EU meetings and advising dignitaries to take public transportation. Another objective for Ireland is to highlight the advantage Member States in the European Union draw from their interdependence and close cooperation. Will Dublin be able to discourage the UK from considering the “Brexit”? Can Ireland, burdened with a critical youth unemployment rate, achieve improvements in the financial and economic architecture of the EU?