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Citizenship and Responsibilities

Citizenship entails rights, but rights do not define citizenship.

European Council

Fighting over the EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020

After twenty-six hours of negotiations, the Heads of State and Government sealed an agreement on European Union finances for 2014 to 2020.

European Union

EU Working Time Directive – an evergreen on the EU agenda?

The shelves have been tidied, the goods have been ordered, the book-keeping is done. Now the shop assistant in an ordinary shop is waiting for the next customer to walk in. Is this waiting time part of working time?

European Court of Human Rights

The spotlight turns again on the Cross

Just a couple of years after the big debate about Crucifixes in Italian schools, the Cross is again the subject of a much commented decision of the European Court of Human Rights.

European Court of Human Rights

Religious expression in the public sphere

Rather than seeing these cases principally as attacks upon religious expression in the workplace, it may be more useful to view them as inevitable elements of our public conversation.

European Union

EU-Latin America: rethinking development policy

Should we view development policy solely as a means of economic recovery or rather from the perspectives of sustainability and viability?

European Council

Irish Presidency wants to reform the EU Emissions Trading System

The price of carbon per-tonne was €20 in 2008 and has in recent times fallen as low as €5. This proves to be a real disincentive to investing in low-carbon technology.

European Commission

The Commission fails to mention cooperatives

160,000 cooperatives in Europe employ 5.4 million Europeans. The “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” seems to have been sidelined.


An Irishman absolutely at home in Europe

It may seem coincidental that an Irishman became General Secretary of COMECE in 2013 at the start of the Irish EU Presidency. Fr Patrick Daly’s appointment as head of the COMECE Secretariat, however, could not be further from coincidence.

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