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  • I Give Up: A Very Reluctant and Bitter 'Yes' - Dublin European Institute
    German government and most of Germany s opinion leaders appear utterly intransigent In my mind s eye it s Angela Merkel playing a wonderful Herbert Hoover in drag And of course that is the rub as far as the treaty is concerned It s function and purpose is almost wholly political it is to satisfy the not unreasonable demands of eurozone creditor countries that they are not throwing their hard earned cash down the rat hole of Irish Spanish Portuguese Greek French and Italian profligacy Again a resolutely fair demand but one which without the other two aforementioned elements risks plunging the entire monetary union into further crisis Based on the above how can one even contemplate a yes vote It is out of pure national selfishness We have a 16 billion annual funding gap to fill just to keep the lights on I would not bet my son s pocket money on the likelihood that we will emerge from the current Troika programme and launch ourselves proudly into international money markets in 2013 In such a situation we must have access as of right to guaranteed funding out of the European Stability Mechanism Nothing else will do certainly not the kindness of strangers nor the prospect of the imminent popular overthrow of international capitalism We need the legal guarantee of access to cash and credit that only this treaty will deliver Selfishly too we are told that we will not be subject to the strictures of the poorly defined treaty provisions on debt and balanced budgets until 2018 at the earliest Time enough for Europe to sort itself out It s a yes but a bitterly delivered yes Posted in Commentary Fiscal Treaty Uncategorized Post navigation Roubini on the coming Spanish bailout The Greek Bailout Leave a Reply Cancel

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  • What's new (and not new) in the Fiscal Treaty? - Dublin European Institute
    Post navigation The implications of Hollande s victory Roubini on the coming Spanish bailout Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ Eurocrisis Europe s neighbourhood European Commission European Council Summits European Parliament Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Foreign and Security Policy Future of the EU Human rights Immigration Schengen Institutional Reform Ireland in Europe Justice and home affairs Legislative decision making National politics elections Research Single market Social policy Taxation Transparency Uncategorized Recent Posts Schuld I Stay or Schuld I Go Germany Greece and the Politics of Debt and Blame Ideology Morality and Rationality The Uncomfortable Bedfellows of European Integration Saving capitalism for the few or the many Social Democracy a Second Leviathan Money for Nothing Is QE increasing inequality Recent Comments Sean Daly on This time it s different The prospects for change in the European elections Miriam Cotton on Local and European Elections Populist Politics or Effective Problem Solvers Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015

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  • Lessons for the Ukraine crisis from a British television comedy - Dublin European Institute
    at which the map of post war Europe was redrawn to serve the geopolitical requirements of the wartime Allies We have been told that the March EU European Council was not a normal summit that it was a different kind of summit meeting than has previously been witnessed In closed door session absent all officials and note takers EU Prime Ministers and Presidents evidenced real passion as to the fate of Europe and the post Cold War order There was deeply felt emotion on show from the Baltic member states among others We understand that all those present acknowledged this as the first real strategic test of the European Union as a geopolitical actor and that this was a potential turning point in Europe s own political development The key driver as always however was to maintain the unity of the Council On that the conclusion is job done Notwithstanding well informed speculation as to rifts rows and strategic differences the European Council managed to craft a final statement from the summit that was rhetorically strong and potentially substantive In pursuit of de escalation Russia was again offered opportunities and yet also promised additional and far reaching consequences in the event of any further steps by the Russian Federation to destabilise the situation in Ukraine The Union also consciously raised the stakes by accelerating closer ties with Georgia and Moldova as if to underline its refusal to accede to Russia s geo strategic ambitions And yet What are the further steps against which the Union has set its face ludicrous anti Ukrainian propaganda from Russian media designed to foment political unrest The bussing in of Russian civilian activists across the border to assist in the organisation of political protests building occupations and Russian flag waving Diplomatic and political support offered to self styled political councils in Eastern Ukraine demanding referenda for Anschluss with Russia The undeclared movement of Russian special forces without uniforms or identifying insignia natürlich into Ukraine The undeclared and unattributed transfer of weapons in support of local citizen self defence groups remember those amazing army surplus stores in Crimea where you could purchase APCs and Russian made automatic weapons The movement of Russian troops into majority Russian speaking areas in response to heartfelt local pleas for peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention at the outbreak of civil conflict The mobilization of Russian armed forces and entry into Eastern Ukraine at the invitation of the government of the Peoples Republic of Donetsk At each stage at each remove there will be Russian calls for negotiations for de escalation for recognition of facts on the ground At all points too there will be the implicit or even explicit threat of carefully calibrated countermeasures to EU sanctions which will hurt key member states and or political constituencies across the Union And of course Russians know that their capacity to weather economic deprivation vastly exceeds the pain threshold that democratically accountable governments in Europe can weather There is no doubt that Vladimir Putin

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  • Scottish independence - it really matters - Dublin European Institute
    the political and social rights of millions of people This essay by Jo Shaw of the University of Edinburgh explains how complex and important these issues are For a broader sense of the complexities of citizenship in Europe there s no better place to look than the citizenship project of the European Union Democracy Observatory EUDO Posted in Commentary Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Future of the EU Post navigation Merkel Hysteria And you thought QMV was complicated Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ Eurocrisis Europe s neighbourhood European Commission European Council Summits European Parliament Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Foreign and Security Policy Future of the EU Human rights Immigration Schengen Institutional Reform Ireland in Europe Justice and home affairs Legislative decision making National politics elections Research Single market Social policy Taxation Transparency Uncategorized Recent Posts Schuld I Stay or Schuld I Go Germany Greece and the Politics of Debt and Blame Ideology Morality and Rationality The Uncomfortable Bedfellows of European Integration Saving capitalism for the few or the

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  • Back to the future? Fascism in Europe 21st century-style - Dublin European Institute
    in recent years there is ample reason to fear that Greece s plight today could be Europe s horror tomorrow Consider Hungary where the extreme nationalist and openly irredentist Jobbik is now the country s third largest party The EU needs to make clear to the Greek government that it must put an immediate end to such fragrant violations of democratic order It must also keep a close eye on the activities of Jobbik and its often thuggish supporters which are increasingly setting the country s political agenda due to the weakness of the ruling Fidesz party and the absence of any credible alternative Unless all of Europe s leaders get serious about restoring economic hope across Europe Europeans may well find themselves back to the future living in a world in which ever more extreme nationalist rhetoric irredentism and violence against minorities and other vulnerable groups once again spills across national borders overwhelming national democracies and rights protective institutions at the European level If we are to avoid such horrors Europe s leaders will have to take bold steps now toward debt mutualisation common banking supervision a serious programme of productivity enhancing investments in education and infrastructure supranational oversight of budgetary discipline and a radical increase in democratic accountability at the European level Continued procrastination on these and related measures will only bring us closer to a future that we all thought had been firmly buried in the past Posted in Commentary Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Future of the EU Post navigation EU wins Nobel Peace Prize Cave hic dragones Merkel Hysteria Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ

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  • Getting beyond Europe's spend more / spend less debate - Dublin European Institute
    town near Munich As it shows labour market liberalisation reduces unemployment At a time when joblessness makes so many peoples lives miserable and boosts support for political extremism and given the absence of plausible alternatives to stimulate employment growth without making debt burdens even more unsustainable it seems to me that many European states need to move in this direction But as the report also shows labour market liberalisation is not cost free in social terms so it must not be implemented without off setting measures The real challenge facing Europe then is not captured by the spend more spend less debate The real issue is how to reform fiscal policy both taxation regimes and spending programmes to compensate for the downsides of liberalised labour markets In this context training schemes such as that which the Irish EU presidency seems set to advance could be meaningful But in the absence of greater flexibility at least in those states with highly rigid labour markets they would be spending money to prepare people for jobs that don t exist Posted in Commentary Economic crisis reform Eurozone governance ECB Future of the EU Post navigation The full Monti On structural reforms and job creation Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ Eurocrisis Europe s neighbourhood European Commission European Council Summits European Parliament Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Foreign and Security Policy Future of the EU Human rights Immigration Schengen Institutional Reform Ireland in Europe Justice and home affairs Legislative decision making National politics elections Research Single market Social policy Taxation Transparency Uncategorized Recent Posts Schuld I Stay or Schuld I Go Germany Greece

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  • Victory for Europe? Not yet - Dublin European Institute
    Eurozone states continue the reforms necessary for fiscal sustainability including changes to both spending and taxation they ll be back Note here fiscal reform does not necessarily mean targeting the most vulnerable 2 Given demographic trends at home and competition abroad European states must redouble their commitment to ensuring the structural conditions for sustainable growth Stimulus spending may help in the short term but it must not be done in a manner that interferes with longer term fiscal sustainability point 1 above What s really needed is a robust and balanced combination of flexibility enhancing labour market reforms preferred by the centre right and national EU funded initiatives in education and infrastructure preferred by the centre left to promote well paid internationally competitive employment throughout Europe for decades to come Without such a balanced and sustained agenda the welfare state is just robbing future generations to make today s citizens lives a bit more comfortable not a good bargain 3 The EU and its member states must follow through on their recent rhetoric about making the Union more transparent and accountable to its citizens This could involve a range of measures such as competitive elections for senior EU posts an upper house of the European Parliament representing national MPs and stronger national level commitments to educating citizens about European governance But unless something real is done about the EU s democratic deficit voters across Europe will rightly refuse to support the treaty changes required for a further pooling of economic sovereignty And that would make the gains of this week rather ephemeral Posted in Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Eurozone governance ECB Future of the EU Post navigation Pure fantasy or realistic forecast The full Monti Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are

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  • Francois Hollande upsets Fiscal Treaty apple cart - Dublin European Institute
    more growth friendly measures or as evidence that the FT can be safely rejected because the whole reform package will soon be renegotiated Many such proposals have been mooted before only to be rejected by Angela Merkl but a new tenant in the Elysee will almost certainly cause Germany to rethink its position somewhat if only to moderate the widespread impression that Berlin is calling the shots for Europe Posted in Commentary Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Institutional Reform Post navigation Fear vs Anger Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Categories Commentary Council of Europe Democracy Legitimacy Public opinion Economic crisis reform EU Council EU law ECJ Eurocrisis Europe s neighbourhood European Commission European Council Summits European Parliament Eurozone governance ECB Fiscal Treaty Foreign and Security Policy Future of the EU Human rights Immigration Schengen Institutional Reform Ireland in Europe Justice and home affairs Legislative decision making National politics elections Research Single market Social policy Taxation Transparency Uncategorized Recent Posts Schuld I Stay or Schuld I Go Germany Greece and the Politics of Debt and Blame Ideology Morality and Rationality The Uncomfortable Bedfellows of European Integration

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