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A Weaker Euro for A Stronger Europe

A Weaker Euro for A Stronger Europe

What can be done to help the “crisis economies” of southern Europe reduce their external deficits? The debate is often presented as a conflict between the deficit-burdened PIIGS – Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain – and the eurozone’s current-account-surplus countries, particularly Germany. But a new and more important imbalance has emerged in recent years: […]

Demise of the Celtic Tiger

As I write the finance ministers of the EU have approved a complex €85 billion package to rescue the Irish economy from the effects of the recent global recession. The extent of this is perhaps more striking when written as € Problem solved. Or is it? And what is the problem? How did it arise? […]

James Joyce & Bloomsday: Talking Ulysses

Bloomsday: Talking Ulysses When Miss Dunne typed in: “16 June 1904,” she fixed for once and ever the celebration of Bloomsday. In James Joyce’s Ulysses, this is the day on which all the action involving protagonist Leopold Bloom takes place and that has become the day for the celebration of James Joyce himself, as the […]

Book Review: The Years of Bloom, by John McCourt

A Dubliner in Trieste Today, walking through the sleepy streets of Trieste, it is hard to imagine the city James Joyce lived in for a dozen years at the turn of the 20th Century. It was then the fourth largest seaport in Europe, the hub of trade from the lands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a […]

The Irish in Lisbon

An excerpt of a lecture delivered by Rep. of Ireland Ambassador Frank Cogan at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna on Sept. 22, 2009.  The success of transforming Ireland from a rather poor and backwards state on the edge of Europe, living in the shadow of a larger neighbour, to the modern self-confident and progressive country of […]

The Dubliners: “A Time To Remember”

A recent five-night stand by the quintessential Irish folk group The Dubliners answered the question of what to do when members from years past pass on: you keep playing with them anyway. At the timeless old cabaret theater Metropol on the edge of the Gürtel, the Irishmen made another annual visit to Vienna in September […]

Ireland & Europe in Words

“Europeanise Ireland, Hibernicise Europe” – this was the motto of the seventh biannual conference of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) held at the University of Vienna, Sept. 3-6, 2009. The slogan had been provided by James Joyce himself, who had spent most of his writing life in mainland Europe […]

Ireland Must Go?

Ireland should do the rest of Europe a favor and withdraw from the European Union.  That seems to be the only tenable solution to the situation created by the Irish “No” to the Lisbon Treaty. The Irish have created a problem for themselves. They should not let it be a problem for others. It would […]

Ireland Votes NO!

Ireland Votes NO!

Friday the 13th is regarded by some as a harbinger of bad news. In June 2008, it was certainly an unhappy day for the European Union. In a referendum to amend the Irish Constitution to ratify of the Treaty of Lisbon, the electorate said NO! The result was greeted with emotions ranging from outright anger […]

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