Opinion

Co-ordination a must for eurozone survival

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The eurozone crisis is far less dangerous now than during its peak years of 2010-13. Herman Van Rompuy, Fabian Zuleeg, and Janis A Emmanouilidis Irish Examiner Growth has picked up across the EU and 5m jobs were created between 2014 and 2017. But the EU… Co-ordination a… Read More »

The EU’s emphasis on migrant returns has some serious human rights problems

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In yet another move intended to increase migrant returns, the European Commission has presented new measures for an “efficient and credible” return policy in the European Union. Daniela DeBono The Conversation One might read the March 2 2017 announcement as part of the perennial performance put on by EU member states to demonstrate control and assert their authority to affect deportations. Various official speeches… The EU’s emphasis… Read More »

As goes France, so goes the EU

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President of the French far-right party and presidential candidate for the 2017 French Presidential elections Marine Le Pen poses during a photo session in Nanterre on October 17, 2016. / AFP / JOEL SAGET / BLACK AND WHITE VERSION        (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

French voters hold the Continent’s future in their hands. Paul Taylor Politico PARIS — When France sneezes, Europe catches pneumonia. Rarely have the… As goes France… Read More »

Liberal defenders of free speech curiously silent over banning of Bassem Tamimi

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Where were the advocates for changes to 18C, who so fiercely defended free speech, when a Palestinian activist had his visa… Jeff Sparrow The Guardian Less than a fortnight after the 18C debate inspired so many thunderous denunciations of censorship, the Liberals have been… The Turnbull government has intervened to prevent the Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi from lecturing in Australia, cancelling his… Liberal defenders of… Read More »

The Pursuit of Happiness in Work

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Money can’t buy you happiness, but what you actually do for a living is key, according to new research which found not-for-profit workers were among the… Wendy Williams  Pb Curtin University in collaboration with mwah (Making Work Absolutely Human) has launched a new report to find the happiest and unhappiest workers in… The report, Happy Workers: How Satisfied are Australians at… The Pursuit of… Read More »

Noel Dorr: Arguments for Ireland leaving EU do not add up

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For all its faults, the European Union is a worthy project with many… Noel Dorr The Irish Times The decision of the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union could mean that the two most important external relationships of this State, which reinforced each other for 44… As one of many people who worked years ago in foreign affairs to promote both sets of relationships, I find this deeply… Noel Dorr: Arguments… Read More »

Why Does the West Keep Colluding with Terrorists?

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Like other criticisms of Hirsi Ali, the effort was to portray her as the problem itself rather than as the response to a problem. Douglas Murray Gatestone Institute That this type of campaign can succeed — that speakers can be stopped from speaking in Western democracies because of the implicit or explicit threat of violence — is a problem our societies need to face. There is a… Why Does the… Read More »

History: How African Muslims “Civilized Spain”

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  Today marks the anniversary of the end of nearly 700 years of African Muslim rule over Spain, Portugal and Southern France. Garikai Chengu Global Research Four hundred and eight years ago today King Phillip III of Spain signed an order, which was one of the earliest examples of ethnic cleansing. At the height… History: How African… Read More »

State’s brand of neutrality has become obsolete

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World View: Irish ‘neutrality’ is intensely ideological, a luxury and a bit of a… Patrick Smyth The Irish Times When EU leaders met in Rome last month to mark the union’s 60th birthday and respond to Brexit with an optimistic declaration on its… The “taking into account” is diplomatic code for “none of the above refers to, or imposes any obligations on… Since the Nice Treaty in… State’s brand of… Read More »

A healthy environment means healthy citizens and a more vibrant EU

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Europeans have some of the highest rates of anxiety, depression and other non-infectious diseases in the world. Today, on World Health Day, nature is an overlooked remedy, argues Magda Stoczkiewicz. Magda Stoczkiewicz Euractiv Every year, a quarter of Europeans suffer from depression or anxiety – accounting for half of all chronic sick leave. These, alongside other… A healthy environment… Read More »

How emojis can help children learn and communicate

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For young children, emoji can aid inclusion in aspects of society previously closed to them, such as active participation in increasing knowledge of childhood well-being, and being heard in educational and care settings. Jennifer Fane ABC Emoji can also support children’s learning in areas of health, well-being, safety and diversity. These are key… How emojis can… Read More »

The Case for Strikes In Syria Is Better Than The Case For War

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President Trump once said the U.S. should stay out of Syria. Mollie Hemingway The Federalist Then he bombed airbases there. The case for… The Case for… Read More »

Fear, prejudice and gut reactions: is that the future for our politics?

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Be it antisemitism or Islamophobia, in these times of crisis it seems that historic scars are opening up… Rafael Behr The Guardian A young man wearing a top hat cuts a cigar with a red sickle. His nose is distended into a hook. He is surrounded by images of French politicians Fear, prejudice and… Read More »

Protecting high quality of judiciary crucial to Irish democracy

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No rationale for having a majority of lay people choosing judges has been… Paul McGarry The Irish Times In observing the latest volte-face from the Law Society in relation to judicial appointments, it is difficult to see any motivating factor other than a desire to have more solicitors appointed as… However, the… Protecting high quality… Read More »

Let’s do a Brexit deal with the Parthenon marbles

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Britain has the perfect opportunity to return the artefacts to Greece. It’s the right thing to do – and could earn concessions in… Geoffrey Robertson The Guardian Not yet a week since the triggering of article 50, and already hope of cordial negotiations… At the weekend, amid early jostling over the post-Brexit fate of Gibraltar, former Tory leader Michael Howard implied that one way to resolve that situation could be a war with Spain. Let’s do a… Read More »

Reclaim European democracy from an establishment that’s lost its way

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The liberal establishment in London and around the continent is aghast at how populism is tearing Europe apart, writes Yanis Varoufakis Yanis Varoufakis Irish Examiner ON March 25, Europe’s leaders convened in the birthplace of the “European project” to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. But what exactly… Reclaim European democracy… Read More »