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Medics warn on potentially fatal consequences of overusing antibiotics  

By Catherine Shanahan Irish Examiner Reporter Doctors, pharmacists, vets, and government departments are joining forces in an effort to combat the overuse of antibiotics amid the growing danger of simple surgery becoming a deadly event because of increasing drug resistance. The concerted campaign to tackle the growing global problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA comes against a backdrop of the Irish being among the heaviest users of antibiotics in Europe ...

The Irish Examiner Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Fruitless volleys in phoney war over Scotland  

Debates about Scotland in the House of Commons usually attract slightly more members than those on Northern Ireland. Yesterday the green benches had a light sprinkling of bodies, but not much more, for a lengthy if rather fruitless discussion about devolution and the future of the United Kingdom in the wake of Scottish independence. It is a phoney war. Draft Scottish devolution proposals are still awaited as Lord Smith of Kelvin chairs talks with Scottish parties about what should happen next ...

Irish Times Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Burton cant predict test outcome  

21 00:14 Published 20/11/2014 14:08 The Tanaiste says she can not predict if Irish Water will pass a make-or-break European test that could decide the future of the controversial utility. Under EU rules, the semi-state company will have to bring in more than half of its income from non-government funding. Eurostat, headquartered in Luxembourg, will have to rubber stamp the new sums drawn up to allow for lower water charges. It is expected to give its decision on the revised scheme by next April ...

Leinster Express Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Hogan calls on US to make its priorities known as presidential elections loom  

EU trade ministers gather in Brussels today for discussions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) amid increasing concern in Brussels about the commitment of the US to completing a deal before the 2016 US general election. Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton is among those attending today’s meeting which will be the first chaired by the new EU commissioner for trade, Cecilia Malmstrom ...

Irish Times Fri, 21 Nov 2014
EU rights body warns of'corrupt Ireland rsquo  

By Ann Cahill European Correspondent There is growing concern about corruption in Ireland especially about elected politicians, Europe’s foremost human rights authority has warned. Various reforms recently introduced, such as the freedom of information and ethics acts are too complex and in some cases conflict with one another ...

The Irish Examiner Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Investigation will be completed next year says European competition commissioner  

The European Commission’s investigation into the Irish Government’s tax arrangements with Apple should be completed by the second quarter of next year, the EU’s Competition commissioner said yesterday. Speaking in Brussels yesterday, Margrethe Vestager saidthat the four ongoing cases against Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands were “high priority” and would be completed before any investigation is opened into the tax rulings disclosed by the Luxembourg leaks scandal ...

Irish Times Fri, 21 Nov 2014
EU adviser blocks UK bankers'bonus appeal  

Philip Blenkinsop and Huw Jones Britain’s relations with the EU took another knock yesterday when its legal challenge to a limit on bankers’ bonuses was rejected by an adviser to the bloc’s top court. The EU law aims to curb the kind of risk-taking that led to the 2007-2009 financial crisis by limiting bonuses awarded from next year to a sum no more than a banker’s fixed pay, or twice that level with shareholder approval ...

The Irish Examiner Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Turkish guards killed 17 fleeing refugees  

Homer Abdeck Children rest on tyres at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border November 19, 2014 Turkish border guards have abused - and even killed - refugees trying to escape the fighting in Syria, according to an Amnesty International report. Amnesty said at least 17 people were shot and killed by border guards at unofficial crossing points between December 2013 and August ...

Irish Independent Fri, 21 Nov 2014
EU approves final Nama loan transfers two years after sale  

NAMA Chief Executive Brendan McDonagh The European Commission has cleared the final transfers of €47bn of loans to Nama from the main banks. Nama paid the banks €18.995bn for the loans - a discount of around 60pc compared to the face value. However, the Commission's report said the market value of the loans was €15.681bn. The Commission calculated that the value of the properties underlying the loans was €19.6bn. The additional €3 ...

Irish Independent Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Irelands governance crisis far wider than issues surrounding Irish Water  

Ajai Chopra The team who monitored our compliance with the terms of the EU-ECB-IMF bailout left Dublin at the end of 2013. Since the beginning of this year, the Fine Gael-Labour Coalition has struggled again and again with a series of grave difficulties, mostly of the Government's own making ...

Irish Independent Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Kosovo leaders in coalition pledge  

Kosovo's prime minister Hashim Thaci is to form a coalition in an attempt to break the political deadlock Kosovo's prime minister and main opposition leader have pledged to form a coalition government, ending five months of political fighting plagued by accusations of government corruption ...

Irish Independent Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Farewell again to the Troika and to our chances of the real reform we desperately need  

The Troika told us what to do and we didn’t do it – we’re the losers from this lost opportunity for reform. Photo: Tom Burke THE bailout boys were back in town this week. IMF, ECB and European Commission folk must now realise their exhortations on us are to be ignored. Since the bailout exit, there's been abandonment of the agreed agendas to stimulate efficiency, competitiveness and growth in sheltered sectors of the economy ...

Irish Independent Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Two decades after tunnel opened Eurostar shows UK EU still on track  

Zipping through the sedate countryside of northern Belgium , the distinctive blue and yellow blur of the Eurostar can be seen, darting through the tunnels towards Calais. Twenty years ago this month, the first Eurostar service left London’s Waterloo station for Paris. Since then, the high-speed train has shuttled more than 150 million passengers between London and the French and Belgian capitals ...

Irish Times Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Hogan slams US over trade deal talks  

Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent The US was accused by Phil Hogan, the EU Agriculture Commissioner, of creating suspicion and conspiracy theories over their handling of the trade agreement between the EU and the US. The Americans may not be interested in going ahead with the negotiations before the presidential elections in 2016, and the commission may decide to park the talks until after that, he said ...

The Irish Examiner Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Rehn claims he may not have much to offer inquiry  

Olli Rehn Former EU Economics Commissioner Olli Rehn says he has yet to decide whether to appear in front of Ireland's forthcoming Banking Inquiry. His decision on whether to attend the inquiry would be based on the scope of the probe and how it would be organised, he said. He speculated that he may not have that much to offer, saying the discussions on the banking front had centred on the Central Bank and European Central Bank ...

Irish Independent Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Ireland needs EU allies who share unique combination  

By Stephen Cadogan Moves in Brussels to reduce money for agriculture in the 2015 budget have predictably been opposed by agriculture and fisheries ministers. However, heads of state, the European Parliament, and the Commission could have different views when they eventually agree the EU budget for 2015 ...

The Irish Examiner Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Easy win expected for former Tory MP despite immigration row  

MARK HENNESSY London Editor The UK Independence Party is set to win its second seat in the House of Commons in a month, despite a last-minute controversy over whether it would expel European Union citizens. Former Conservative MP Mark Reckless , who provoked the Rochester and Strood byelection by quitting his seat, is expected to win easily under the Ukip banner when voters in the Kent constituency go to the polls today ...

Irish Times Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Decision to suspend metered charges was surprise to European Commission  

Senior European officials have raised concerns about the potential for the new water regime to jeopardise the Government’s fiscal planning. A source close to the European Commission said the move to suspend metered charges in favour of a flat rate had come as a surprise, even though it was recognised that the political situation had become considerably more difficult in recent times. The flat rate was unveiled two days ago as part of moves to defuse the prolonged water charges controversy ...

Irish Times Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Ireland cleared to pay IMF loans early after Swedish vote  

Agreement has been secured from Europe to pay the IMF before it repays aid from the European bailout funds The Swedish parliament yesterday said Ireland may pay back part of its bailout loans early to the International Monetary Fund. This was the final EU approval needed for the Government to begin repayment of the IMF loans ...

RTE Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Insurers warn on undue incentives  

Reuters Jean-Claude Juncker - preparing investment plan. The European Union's top insurance watchdog has warned against giving insurers strong enticements to invest in particular asset classes, saying this would run counter to prudent supervision ...

Irish Independent Thu, 20 Nov 2014




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