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#European Council

# european-council - Monday 25 June, 2012

Creighton takes French lessons ahead of Ireland's stint at EU presidency
# Zut Alors!
# Zut Alors!

Creighton takes French lessons ahead of Ireland's stint at EU presidency

Jun 25th 2012, 7:15 AM 5,590 Views 60 Comments

The junior minister for EU Affairs is preparing for next year’s presidency of the Council of the EU by learning a fourth language.

# european-council - Thursday 21 June, 2012

Noonan to continue promissory note campaign at Eurozone ministers' meeting
# Crunchzeit
# Crunchzeit

Noonan to continue promissory note campaign at Eurozone ministers' meeting

Jun 21st 2012, 3:21 PM 2,237 Views 46 Comments

The minister for finance will meet his Eurozone counterparts this evening, and be joined by the non-euro ministers tomorrow.

# european-council - Tuesday 5 June, 2012

Germany wants state companies privatised, labour markets reformed to promote growth
# Growth Agenda
# Growth Agenda

Germany wants state companies privatised, labour markets reformed to promote growth

Jun 5th 2012, 3:04 PM 4,770 Views 90 Comments

EU leaders are meeting again at the end of the month to discuss a growth agenda. Here’s what Germany will propose.

# european-council - Thursday 24 May, 2012

Stocks open mixed as Europe summit disappoints
# Markets
# Markets

Stocks open mixed as Europe summit disappoints

May 24th 2012, 3:05 PM 1,301 Views 1 Comment

European markets are up – but only modestly – while the US markets tread water after an indecisive summit in Brussels.

# european-council - Wednesday 23 May, 2012

Innovation? Controversy? What's on the table at today's meeting of EU leaders?
# Debt Crisis
# Debt Crisis

Innovation? Controversy? What's on the table at today's meeting of EU leaders?

May 23rd 2012, 9:00 AM 1,008 Views 18 Comments

Promoting jobs and growth along with balancing budgets will be on the agenda today.

# european-council - Tuesday 8 May, 2012

Van Rompuy arranges EU 'growth summit' ahead of Irish referendum
# European Council
# European Council

Van Rompuy arranges EU 'growth summit' ahead of Irish referendum

May 8th 2012, 1:57 PM 2,095 Views 59 Comments

The European Council will meet on May 23, eight days before Ireland’s referendum, in an olive branch to Francois Hollande.

# european-council - Tuesday 20 March, 2012

MEPs approve Ireland's Lisbon Treaty add-ons
# Lisbon Treaty
# Lisbon Treaty

MEPs approve Ireland's Lisbon Treaty add-ons

Mar 20th 2012, 1:24 PM 2,922 Views 11 Comments

A committee of the European Parliament approves a ‘draft protocol’ dealing with Ireland’s post-Lisbon parliament.

# european-council - Friday 2 March, 2012

Enda Kenny signs Fiscal Compact treaty in Brussels
# Referendum
# Referendum

Enda Kenny signs Fiscal Compact treaty in Brussels

Mar 2nd 2012, 8:28 AM 3,456 Views 139 Comments

Enda Kenny and 24 other EU leaders sign the treaty this morning on the fringes of their European Council summit.

VIDEO: Enda Kenny and EU leaders sign the Fiscal Compact treaty
# Referendum
# Referendum

VIDEO: Enda Kenny and EU leaders sign the Fiscal Compact treaty

Mar 2nd 2012, 8:19 AM 659 Views 9 Comments

Live footage from Brussels as the leaders of 25 EU member states – including Enda Kenny – sign the fiscal compact deal.

# european-council - Thursday 1 March, 2012

EU leaders head to Brussels for two-day economic summits
# Referendum
# Referendum

EU leaders head to Brussels for two-day economic summits

Mar 1st 2012, 8:00 AM 761 Views 9 Comments

The European Council will also discuss the need for an Irish referendum on the fiscal compact, and re-electing Van Rompuy.

# european-council - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Ministers recommend that Serbia become 'official candidate' to join EU
# European Union
# European Union

Ministers recommend that Serbia become 'official candidate' to join EU

Feb 28th 2012, 3:56 PM 1,632 Views 24 Comments

Well, that’s good timing…

# european-council - Wednesday 22 February, 2012

EU directive will mean less 'red tape' for small business
# Red Tape
# Red Tape

EU directive will mean less 'red tape' for small business

Feb 22nd 2012, 2:19 PM 1,684 Views 6 Comments

Finance ministers adopt new rules which will allow each EU member to exempt small businesses from publishing annual accounts.

Three countries refuse to sign off on EU accounts for 2010
# EU Budget
# EU Budget

Three countries refuse to sign off on EU accounts for 2010

Feb 22nd 2012, 9:37 AM 2,994 Views 8 Comments

The UK, Sweden and the Netherlands refused to sign off after the European Court of Auditors reported accounting errors.

# european-council - Monday 30 January, 2012

Kenny: Government has "nothing to fear" from an EU referendum
# Referendum
# Referendum

Kenny: Government has "nothing to fear" from an EU referendum

Jan 30th 2012, 12:55 PM 2,774 Views 111 Comments

The government has “no fear or concern” about the prospect of having to put the fiscal compact deal to vote.

Welcome to Brussels, EU leaders! Everyone is on strike
# Belgium
# Belgium

Welcome to Brussels, EU leaders! Everyone is on strike

Jan 30th 2012, 10:21 AM 1,682 Views 13 Comments

The summit to sign off on the ‘fiscal compact’ deal has coincided with Belgium’s first general strike in almost 20 years.

Varadkar: Referendums are not "very democratic"
# Democracy
# Democracy

Varadkar: Referendums are not "very democratic"

Jan 30th 2012, 10:08 AM 4,112 Views 130 Comments

He’s not a fan.

EU leaders in Brussels for summit on fiscal treaty
# European Council
# European Council

EU leaders in Brussels for summit on fiscal treaty

Jan 30th 2012, 7:45 AM 767 Views 7 Comments

Enda Kenny joins his European counterparts today to discuss the new intergovernmental treaty and job creation in Europe.

Here's what European leaders might be wearing at their 'informal' summit
# Casual Affair
From The Daily Edge
# Casual Affair

Here's what European leaders might be wearing at their 'informal' summit

Jan 30th 2012, 7:00 AM 3,127 Views 11 Comments

Today’s European Council summit is described as an ‘informal meeting’. So might leaders shed their suits for some casual threads?

# european-council - Tuesday 24 January, 2012

Hungary could lose EU funding over failure to sort domestic budget
# Hungary
# Hungary

Hungary could lose EU funding over failure to sort domestic budget

Jan 24th 2012, 4:46 PM 962 Views 2 Comments

Although the Budget deficit for 2012 will be within EU limits of 3 per cent of GDP, it’s only because of one-off windfalls.

# european-council - Wednesday 18 January, 2012

Kenny says no decision due on holding of EU referendum
# Fiscal Compact
# Fiscal Compact

Kenny says no decision due on holding of EU referendum

Jan 18th 2012, 10:50 AM 1,464 Views 77 Comments

A decision can’t be made on holding a referendum until the final text of the deal is agreed – and that won’t be for a while.

# european-council - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Latest draft of EU deal raises further questions of Irish referendum
# David Cameron
# David Cameron

Latest draft of EU deal raises further questions of Irish referendum

Jan 11th 2012, 10:30 PM 3,974 Views 23 Comments

Even if Ireland does not need a referendum on ratifying the deal this year, one may be required later in the decade.

# european-council - Thursday 29 December, 2011

Recessions, downgrades and Super Mario - 2011: the year in money
# Review 2011
# Review 2011

Recessions, downgrades and Super Mario - 2011: the year in money

Dec 29th 2011, 10:58 AM 1,455 Views 5 Comments

2011 may be remembered in future as the year we sorted out the financial crisis – or the year in which it grew beyond our control.

# european-council - Sunday 18 December, 2011

Cheer up, Enda! EU leader sends Taoiseach 'Book of Happiness'
# Positivity
# Positivity

Cheer up, Enda! EU leader sends Taoiseach 'Book of Happiness'

Dec 18th 2011, 10:22 AM 2,922 Views 18 Comments

European Council chairman Herman van Rompuy sent the self-help tome to Enda and other world leaders for Christmas.

# european-council - Saturday 17 December, 2011

We're heading for a recession... oh, no we're not?
# Recession Nua
# Recession Nua

We're heading for a recession... oh, no we're not?

Dec 17th 2011, 12:01 PM 5,837 Views 48 Comments

Ireland definitely experienced a downturn from July to September – but is that a trend we can ‘look forward’ to in the medium-term?

# european-council - Friday 16 December, 2011

Draft EU deal could commit Ireland to austerity for a decade
# Fiscal Compact
# Fiscal Compact

Draft EU deal could commit Ireland to austerity for a decade

Dec 16th 2011, 4:38 PM 4,020 Views 48 Comments

The first draft of the agreement reached last week could force Ireland to take billions more out of each Budget for years.

# european-council - Wednesday 14 December, 2011

Referendum will effectively decide whether Ireland wants to keep the euro – Noonan
# Treaty
# Treaty

Referendum will effectively decide whether Ireland wants to keep the euro – Noonan

Dec 14th 2011, 10:10 AM 6,595 Views 135 Comments

Michael Noonan also says that only the nitty-gritty of the new European treaty will indicate whether a vote is needed.

DUP MPs warn that EU deal may hit Ireland's corporation tax
# Eurozone
# Eurozone

DUP MPs warn that EU deal may hit Ireland's corporation tax

Dec 14th 2011, 8:34 AM 2,757 Views 23 Comments

Ian Paisley Jr and Nigel Dodds tell the House of Commons that Ireland will face further pressure to raise the 12.5 per cent rate.

# european-council - Tuesday 13 December, 2011

Barroso hails Euro deal - but slams UK's "impossible" demands
# European Parliament
# European Parliament

Barroso hails Euro deal - but slams UK's "impossible" demands

Dec 13th 2011, 9:10 AM 2,303 Views 48 Comments

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso says last week’s deal is a compromise of ’27 minus’, not of ’17 plus’.

Kenny to brief opposition leaders on Brussels deal
# Debt Crisis
# Debt Crisis

Kenny to brief opposition leaders on Brussels deal

Dec 13th 2011, 8:22 AM 824 Views 12 Comments

Representatives of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the independent benches will attend a briefing on the deal struck by 26 countries.

# european-council - Monday 12 December, 2011

Second ratings agency set to downgrade EU member states
# Credit Ratings
# Credit Ratings

Second ratings agency set to downgrade EU member states

Dec 12th 2011, 9:02 AM 1,236 Views 14 Comments

Moody’s follows the lead of Standard & Poor’s, complaining about “the absence of measures to stabilise credit markets”.

Cameron to face Commons grilling after Clegg attacks EU veto
# Referendum
# Referendum

Cameron to face Commons grilling after Clegg attacks EU veto

Dec 12th 2011, 7:51 AM 1,543 Views 16 Comments

David Cameron will defend using his veto to the House of Commons – which his deputy prime minister said was “bad for Britain”.

# european-council - Friday 9 December, 2011

Poll: If there was a referendum, how would you vote on the new EU deal?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: If there was a referendum, how would you vote on the new EU deal?

Dec 9th 2011, 4:07 PM 8,898 Views 156 Comments

Ireland’s one of the 26 Euro members signing up to a new financial agreement. Do you support our signing up?

What's in the new EU deal - and what does it mean for Ireland?
# EU
# EU

What's in the new EU deal - and what does it mean for Ireland?

Dec 9th 2011, 4:06 PM 6,669 Views 40 Comments

We try to cut through the legal language and figure out precisely what 26 EU members have signed up to in Brussels.

Hungary may adopt new EU deal - with UK veto the only obstacle to Treaty change
# EU
# EU

Hungary may adopt new EU deal - with UK veto the only obstacle to Treaty change

Dec 9th 2011, 11:53 AM 2,943 Views 41 Comments

Hungary may now also sign up to the deal agreed by euro members overnight – leaving the UK as the only EU member outside it.

Croatia signs accession treaty to join EU in 2013
# EU
# EU

Croatia signs accession treaty to join EU in 2013

Dec 9th 2011, 9:52 AM 1,538 Views 20 Comments

Croatia formally signs the accession treaty to become the EU’s 28th member in July 2013, pending a referendum next year.

In full: the deal struck by 26 of the 27 EU members
# Eurozone
# Eurozone

In full: the deal struck by 26 of the 27 EU members

Dec 9th 2011, 7:51 AM 5,407 Views 55 Comments

The full text of the deal adopted by euro members, and by at least six – and potentially nine – of the other 10 EU members.

UK and Hungary veto plans for EU Treaty change after all-night talks
# Brussels
# Brussels

UK and Hungary veto plans for EU Treaty change after all-night talks

Dec 9th 2011, 7:47 AM 4,332 Views 51 Comments

Overnight talks in Brussels fail to reach a deal, with at least 23 countries instead signing up to a ‘fiscal compact’.

# european-council - Thursday 8 December, 2011

Kenny and Sarkozy underline differences ahead of crunch EU summit
# Debt Crisis
# Debt Crisis

Kenny and Sarkozy underline differences ahead of crunch EU summit

Dec 8th 2011, 5:21 PM 2,715 Views 37 Comments

Speaking at an EPP congress in Marseille, Kenny wants Europe to use the treaty it has – and Sarkozy demands a new one.