Category: Europe


Reforming the EU

Paul Sweeney 07/01/2020

An EU rule which must be radically reformed is the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). It is a set of rules intended to ensure member states in the Union maintain fiscal discipline. The key is that member states must stay within the max of a 3% of GDP budget deficit while maintaining a 60% debt- to-GDP ratio. Governments are punished if they don’t …



Europe

Paul Sweeney 24/04/2019

I am writing this in the south west of France, in one of the many villages which were walled to protect from neighbours, looking out at the …

Ireland and EU Corporate Tax Reform: Part II

James Stewart 13/05/2018

 Ireland and EU Corporate Tax Reform: The Sovereignty Argument.   As noted in a previous blog, the Irish Governments maintains that tax reform …

Ireland and EU Corporate Tax Reform

James Stewart 03/05/2018

Corporate tax reform is a key objective of EU policy. Examples include proposals for a harmonized corporate tax system (Common Corporate Tax Base …

Many Lessons from the Carrillion Collapse

Paul Sweeney 23/01/2018

Many Lessons from the Carrillion Collapse.  The collapse of the huge construction and outsourcing company, Carrillion, in Britain, has many lessons …

The new European Pillar of Social Rights should help address Inequalities

Paul Sweeney 30/11/2017

On 17 November, A European Pillar of Social Rights was declared  in Gothenburg by the European Parliament, Council and Commission. This Pillar …

Should Ireland Stay in the EU?

Nat O'Connor 04/07/2017

Former Irish ambassador Ray Bassett has written a detailed report for the UK think-tank Policy Exchange entitled After Brexit, Will Ireland be Next …

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Sinead Pembroke

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