Category Archives: Europe and Brexit

Back to Lisbon again

As the decisive day approaches, Peter Cheney reviews Lisbon’s current status and weighs up its chances of success or failure this October. While prospects for a ‘yes’ are better than before, victory...

The case for

Brigid Laffan, Chairperson of Ireland for Europe, makes the case for voting ‘yes’ in the Lisbon Treaty referendum. It is generally accepted that the EU has been good to Ireland and that...

The case against

Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald outlines why the Lisbon Treaty isn’t the answer. Last June Irish voters rejected the Lisbon Treaty. 52 per cent of those who voted opted for...

State of the nations

eolas looks at the make-up of the new European Parliament. Looking across Europe, at first glance only the Green grouping had a good election. The European People’s Party (EPP) remains the largest...

Keeping the door open

Peter Cheney reviews Ireland’s possible new neighbours in the EU. Enlarging the European Union was a major EU priority until the economic crisis come along but the debate over its costs or...

Towards Copenhagen

Professor Richard SJ Tol examines the potential impact of recent developments in climate policy and looks ahead to the likely outcome from the climate negotiations in the Danish capital at the end...