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# euro - Monday 19 March, 2012

Translated: The Fiscal Compact rewritten in layman’s terms Exclusive

We’ve translated the treaty, sentence by sentence, to try and make the document easier to read for the general public.

# euro - Thursday 15 March, 2012

Column: Referendum or no, the fiscal treaty should go to the Supreme Court

This treaty will solidify EU control over Ireland, while most of our politicians are effectively silenced. We need a proper legal hearing, writes Dr John O’Brennan.

# euro - Saturday 10 March, 2012

Labour plays down Nessa Childers comments on fiscal compact

Childers told a newspaper that the treaty was “designed to satisfy the Germans”, and would have been voted down by MEPs.

# euro - Tuesday 6 March, 2012

Column: Fiscal compact? Time to send Merkozy back to Economics 101

The EU fiscal treaty shows a level of economic illiteracy that would embarrass most college students, writes Ronan Lyons.

From Business ETC Eurozone growth revised downwards to 1.4% in 2011 Eurozone

Eurozone growth revised downwards to 1.4% in 2011

Eurozone GDP contracted by 0.3 per cent in the final quarter of 2011 – in comparison to a 0.7 per cent rise during the same period last year.

# euro - Monday 5 March, 2012

Dutch politician calls for country to exit eurozone

Populist right-winger Geert Wilders has said the Netherlands should leave the euro – despite its triple-A credit rating.

# euro - Monday 27 February, 2012

Poll: Should Greece be encouraged to leave the eurozone? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Greece be encouraged to leave the eurozone?

Germany’s Interior Minister has controversially suggested that EU member states should encourage struggling Greece to leave the eurozone. What do you think?

# euro - Friday 24 February, 2012

From Business ETC Eurozone in ‘mild recession with signs of stabilisation’ Eurozone

Eurozone in ‘mild recession with signs of stabilisation’

The European Commission says that economic recovery in the eurozone will be sluggish for the first half of the year before a modest pick-up occurs.

Taoiseach meets Angela Merkel and ‘Super Mario’

Enda Kenny discussed Ireland’s attempts at economic recovery with the German Chancellor outside Berlin last night.

# euro - Thursday 23 February, 2012

There’s IR£285m in Irish punts still just lying around

The Central Bank says there are €362.5 million of Irish punts still to be exchanged – that’s £62.32 for everyone in Ireland.

Central Bank still exchanging €10k worth of punts every day

The Minister for Justice has said that there’s nothing suspicious about people exchanging their punts for euro more than ten years after the changeover.

# euro - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Eurozone agrees on new €130 billion bailout deal for Greece

The second bailout will avoid the risk of a Greek default next month and contains strict rules for Greece to control its finances.

# euro - Monday 20 February, 2012

From Business ETC Greek minister ‘optimistic’ about approval of second €130bn bailout Greece

Greek minister ‘optimistic’ about approval of second €130bn bailout

Arriving in Brussels, Evangelos Venizelos says Greece is “ready to conclude this long process” and secure more funding.

Euro ministers to decide on Greece bailout

Days past the original deadline, eurozone finance ministers are to decide on the €130 billion rescue package today.

# euro - Thursday 16 February, 2012

From Business ETC Greek debt deal ‘not enough’ to save country – diplomat Greece

Greek debt deal ‘not enough’ to save country – diplomat

Even with a huge writedown Greece’s debts would still be above the acceptable level, a European diplomat has said.

# euro - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Column: The markets are holding us hostage – but here’s our escape route

We’re running scared from the financial bogeymen, but our governments could easily take control, writes Martin O’Dea.

# euro - Friday 10 February, 2012

‘Memorandum macht frei’: how one Greek paper views the second bailout

The Greek daily Dimokratia isn’t best pleased with the EU-enforced austerity. Check out yesterday’s front page…

EU withholds Greek bailout until new conditions are met

EU finance ministers are refusing to release the aid package despite a deal reached by Greece’s leaders yesterday.

# euro - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Fianna Fáil likely to back ‘Yes’ vote in any EU referendum – Martin

The party leader said: “We have never voted against a European treaty and I don’t believe we will start with this one.”

# euro - Wednesday 8 February, 2012

Greek leaders start crucial austerity talks (finally)

Talks have been delayed for days despite growing signs that the country could be forced out of the euro.

# euro - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

Greece delays crucial talks as EU piles on pressure Greece This post contains videos

Greece delays crucial talks as EU piles on pressure

Prime minister Lucas Papademos blamed the delay on “missing paperwork”.

# euro - Friday 3 February, 2012

Micheál Martin calls for clarification on EU treaty

The Fianna Fáil leader has written to the Taoiseach seeking answers to six questions about the wording of the fiscal compact.

# euro - Tuesday 31 January, 2012

Kenny ‘acted like an eejit’ with Sarkozy, insists angry Adams

The first Dáil exchanges since the EU treaty was finalised are angry ones, as Kenny and Adams exchange particularly harsh words.

Final text of Fiscal Compact deal may allow Ireland to avoid referendum

The final text of the treaty agreed by 25 EU leaders last night says the debt brake will only ‘preferably’ be constitutional.

# euro - Monday 30 January, 2012

EU leaders strike final agreement on new treaty EU

EU leaders strike final agreement on new treaty

Twenty-five countries including Ireland have agreed to introduce the ‘fiscal compact’, with only the UK and the Czech Republic remaining outside.

Interceptions of counterfeit notes down almost a third in 2011

The number of occasions on which counterfeit notes were seized fell last year. How can you tell a note is genuine?

# euro - Sunday 29 January, 2012

From Business ETC Greece nears debt reduction deal with bondholders Greece

Greece nears debt reduction deal with bondholders

A tentative new agreement would see the country’s private debts slashed by around 60 per cent over time.

# euro - Saturday 28 January, 2012

EU could take over control of Greek economy, German official warns

Ministers are discussing a proposal under which Greece would hand the final say over tax and spending to an EU commissioner.

# euro - Friday 27 January, 2012

From Business ETC Fitch downgrades five eurozone countries – but retains Ireland’s rating Eurozone

Fitch downgrades five eurozone countries – but retains Ireland’s rating

Italy, Spain, Belgium, Cyprus and Slovenia have all been downgraded by the American ratings agency.

# euro - Tuesday 24 January, 2012

Enda Kenny: New EU treaty is ‘absolutely in Ireland’s interest’

Speaking ahead of next week’s EU summit, the Taoiseach said Ireland had “nothing to fear” from the so-called fiscal compact.

Hungary could lose EU funding over failure to sort domestic budget

Although the Budget deficit for 2012 will be within EU limits of 3 per cent of GDP, it’s only because of one-off windfalls.

From Business ETC Noonan to hold talks with ECB chief Mario Draghi Eurozone

Noonan to hold talks with ECB chief Mario Draghi

The Finance Minister will try to get a better deal on Ireland’s bailout as he holds talks with the European Central Bank president today.

# euro - Monday 23 January, 2012

From Business ETC As Greek talks continue, eurozone finance ministers to meet in Brussels Eurozone

As Greek talks continue, eurozone finance ministers to meet in Brussels

The finance ministers of eurozone states and the rest of the EU will hold their first meetings of the year this week.

# euro - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

The European Parliament has a new president… but who is he? Martin Schulz This post contains videos

The European Parliament has a new president… but who is he?

Well, he’s a former bookseller, a football fan – and Silvio Berlusconi once compared him to a concentration camp guard.

From Business ETC Inflation drops in December across eurozone and UK Inflation

Inflation drops in December across eurozone and UK

The fall in inflation has raised hopes that the European Central Bank may reduce interest rates.

# euro - Monday 16 January, 2012

From Business ETC Markets dip over eurozone worries after S&P downgrades Markets

Markets dip over eurozone worries after S&P downgrades

The ratings agency said it doesn’t believe European leaders are doing enough to tackle the ongoing crisis.

# euro - Sunday 15 January, 2012

From Business ETC Standard & Poor’s defends mass European downgrade Eurozone

Standard & Poor’s defends mass European downgrade

The US-based credit rating agency has defended its decision after a sharp European backlash yesterday against its move to downgrade nine EU countries.

# euro - Friday 13 January, 2012

From Business ETC Good news for the euro? Italian bond yields fall below 5 per cent Bondwatch

Good news for the euro? Italian bond yields fall below 5 per cent

The financially troubled country received a favourable response to its latest bond auction.

# euro - Thursday 12 January, 2012

Enda Kenny: Ireland faces huge challenges, but I’m an optimist

The Taoiseach said “slow, painstaking” action was needed to fix our problems – but again ruled out imposing losses on private bondholders.

Read: Full text of Enda Kenny’s speech on Ireland’s future

The EU, the bailout and the banks – here’s what the Taoiseach had to say…