Event: Disarmament and Non-Proliferation: Historical Perspectives & Future Objectives

Our colleagues at UCC have asked us to draw attention to the following event on March 28th: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in partnership with the School of History, UCC and the Japanese Embassy in Dublin, is delighted to announce a major multi-disciplinary Disarmament and Non-Proliferation symposium: Historical Perspectives & Future Objectives. TheContinue reading “Event: Disarmament and Non-Proliferation: Historical Perspectives & Future Objectives”

Event: European Democracy in Crisis?

European Democracy in Crisis? Keynote address: President Michael D. Higgins On March 20th we are hosting an event on “European Democracy in Crisis” to re-launch the Dublin European Institute (DEI) at UCD. The symposium will take place in Newman House, St. Stephens Green and will open with a keynote address by the President of Ireland,Continue reading “Event: European Democracy in Crisis?”

A Europe Made of Money: Book Review

The current crisis in the eurozone has roots going back four decades to the negotiations that eventually led to the introduction of the Euro. In A Europe Made of Money, Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol examines those negotiations and the politics and motivations of those that participated. Aidan Regan finds that the book illustrates the important role played by political elites and EUContinue reading “A Europe Made of Money: Book Review”

New post on our sister blog from Prof. David Farrell on different Electoral systems in use for the European elections

Prof. David Farrell of SPIRe and the Dublin European Institute discusses the large and important variation in the electoral systems that will be in use for the European Parliament elections this May. Check it out on our sister blog here

Europe’s ‘structural reform’ agenda is little more than a fairytale

Dr. Aidan Regan blogs about structural reforms as a response to the Eurozone crisis: There are four actors who have dominated the political and policy response to the Eurozone crisis: the executive of the German Federal Republic, now a super majority between the Christian and Social Democrats, Finance Ministers who make up the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) ofContinue reading “Europe’s ‘structural reform’ agenda is little more than a fairytale”

Structural imbalances in the Eurozone

A joint article – entitled ‘Austerity could only ever bring Europe so far’ – has been published in the Guardian newspaper (and elsewhere).  It is signed by the Hungarian EU Commissioner for Employment, a French MEP, an Irish government minister (Joan Burton), a former Belgian politician (and current OECD official) and the French president ofContinue reading “Structural imbalances in the Eurozone”

Armaments, corruption and debt

A recent report found that “the governments of countries of lending countries – like Germany and France – are emphatic on the priority of [Greece] settling outstanding bills with arms suppliers…, while at the same time insisting on swingeing cuts in public spending and other austerity measures”, despite the fact that there is evidence of corruptionContinue reading “Armaments, corruption and debt”

Does the European Union need to become a community?

Analysts of European integration often contend that the European Union must build not only institutions but also an identity. Assuming that the Union cannot get by on (at any rate uncertain) popular perceptions that it is economically beneficial, they argue that only a shared sense of belonging to an overarching European communal unit could helpContinue reading “Does the European Union need to become a community?”

Austerity in the Eurozone periphery

The latest issue of the online journal Intereconomics features articles about Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Aidan Regan and I wrote the article on Ireland. As we know well here in Ireland, they’re an oddly-sorted bunch, because each faces a rather different set of domestic policy challenges. Each also has problems that need to be addressed inContinue reading “Austerity in the Eurozone periphery”