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Political Innovation no6: Citizen-control of personal information

This is a cross-post by William Heath – originally posted on the Political Innovation site here. If the big political innovation of the moment is to give power back to people, then a good place to do it is with personal data. Whose data is it anyway? Whose health, whose education, whose identity, whose shopping more…

“with nothing less than Irish economic sovereignty on the line”

Another informative entry from the Irish Times‘ Arthur Beesley’s European Diary.  If you were wondering what the European Commission has in mind for those problem PIIGS, including Ireland, you could try the EU economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn’s recommended reading…  From the Irish Times As the cost of the banking bailout approaches €50 billion, general government debt more…

Brian Lenihan: “It is an urgent and immediate priority to reinforce international market confidence…”

With, as Robert Peston put it, the Irish economy “hideously and perilously balanced between recovery and Armageddon” the Irish Finance Minister, Brian Lenihan, has confirmed that the Anglo Irish Bank bailout will cost between €29.3 billion and €34.3 billion. Additionally AIB and Irish Nationwide will also require more money from the State. The development will push Ireland’s deficit more…

NI Agriculture Minister: “I know that I am not alone in that concern among member states.”

The Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture may have sought £100 million to cover the eventual total disallowance by the EU Commission for the maladministration of EU funds but, as RTÉ reports, the Minister, Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew, has told the Assembly that “the Department is taking the necessary steps today to take a case to the European more…

Robert Peston: “the Irish economy is hideously and perilously balanced between recovery and Armageddon”

As John has noted, the Irish government is teetering on the brink of a lost confidence vote.  And the Anglo-Irish Bank’s credit rating has just been significantly downgraded by credit agency Moody’s, just as the Irish Finance Minister prepares to reveal how much more that bank will cost the state tax-payers.  But a change in government won’t more…

“The pressure is on to re-establish lost market confidence.”

With Irish Government bond yields still above 6%, the Finance Minister, Brian Lenihan, has told the Oireachtas Finance Committee that an estimate for the cost of the Anglo Irish Bank bailout will be published by the end of the month. This will “reassure the public and the markets that the costs of restructuring Anglo, while huge, more…

German foreign minister: “German-French relations are absolutely stable.”

While frustration is taking hold in Europe over financial matters, there appears to be a [distracting?] diplomatic row brewing over France’s repatriation of Roma immigrants.  The BBC’s Gavin Hewitt noted a “fierce row” between the French President Nicolas Sarkozy and European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, following condemnation of France’s actions by the EU Commission. The French President, Nicolas Sarkosy, then more…

Cheap flights explained

I probably wouldn’t usually use Slugger to just post up funny things seen on the internet, but seeing as ‘budget’ airlines business practices and the politiking around City Airport have been a theme here, I thought you’d enjoy this from Fascinating Aida:

EU: “And frustration is taking hold.”

The Irish Times‘ Arthur Beesley with an update on the situation in Europe.  From the Irish Times article One way or another, most of Cowen’s senior counterparts in Europe are on the hind foot politically. Merkel’s room for manoeuvre has been circumscribed ever since she lost her majority in the upper house of parliament; Sarkozy’s more…

“The weakest link? Maybe it’s best not to ask that too loudly.”

The Irish Times‘ Arthur Beesley has been asking some ‘stupid’ questions in Brussels about the Irish Government’s plan for the Anglo-Irish Bank and its dependence on Europe.  From the Irish Times Investor types who lend billions to Ireland want final figures for the Anglo wind-down; the Government can’t provide same yet, its credibility over the more…

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Anglo’s Austrian branch used to launder Mafia money?

Looks like things just got a little more complicated at the end of a very complicated week for the troubled government owned Anglo Irish Bank: Banks in Austria were used to launder about 2 billion euros ($A3 billion) for the Italian mafia between 2005 and 2007, the Austrian weekly profil reports, citing Rome prosecutors. According more…

NI Agriculture Minister: “It is unfortunate that the EU decided to take a hard line…”

In a statement yesterday the Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister, Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew said Announcing the LPIS Improvement project, the Minister said: “It is unfortunate that the EU decided to take a hard line and impose a £31m disallowance for the 2004-6 scheme years at such a difficult economic time both for the Executive and the more…

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Unionists should aspire to the Republic’s public sector model

The Dissenter takes an interesting tack of his own, inspired (if that is the right word) by the News Letter’s Unionism 2010 series. And in the process he says things that should be of interest to all constitutional camps in Northern Ireland: …the business sector is as much grounded in a dependency culture as the more…