Category Archives: Europe

Local views ‘needed in EU debate’

Ireland’s outgoing Europe Minister has called on Northern Ireland to make its voice heard in the debate over the UK-EU relationship. Paschal Donohoe (pictured) was speaking at the Linenhall Library in Belfast...

Italy takes up Council Presidency

Italy has assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union with new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi keen to put his stamp on the EU’s policy agenda. Renzi (pictured) took office...

Mixed fortunes in European results

The province’s MEPs remained unchanged but the European election provided a boost for the unionist right and also a centre-ground protest vote. Northern Ireland has returned the same three MEPs to the...

Manifesto progress report

Peter Cheney reviews how Northern Ireland’s MEPs delivered on their 2009 election pledges. European manifestos often set high ambitions but an MEP’s ability to deliver is closely tied to their place in...

MEP performances

agendaNi compares the track records of Northern Ireland’s European representatives over the last term. The non-profit www.votewatch.eu website tracks how MEPs vote and speak in the European Parliament. Its data for 2009-2014...

Digital innovation in Estonia

Estonia’s digital success is being closely followed across Europe. The country’s Permanent Representative, Matti Maasikas, shares its story of innovation with Peter Cheney. One of the EU’s smallest states has attracted attention...

Life outside the EU

Norway’s status outside the European Union is generating more interest as the UK membership debate continues. Niels Engelschiøn, its Deputy Ambassador to the EU, talks to Peter Cheney about how his country...

All change in Europe

Rising extremism and high apathy were two key themes in the overall election but the Parliament also has more power than before. The European Parliament election returned a total of 751 members...

Tackling the jobs crisis

Irish Minister of State for European Affairs Paschal Donohoe wants Europe to translate growth into employment as Ireland integrates its economy further into the euro zone. He discusses his role with Peter...

The Executive’s presence in Europe

The Head of the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels, Gerry Mulligan, talks to Fiona McQuade about the devolved administration’s European presence. Gerry Mulligan conveys the Office of the Northern...