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Women hold key to No vote in Scottish independence poll  

Tim Ross The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation Two girls walk past Yes graffiti daubed on a wall in Edinburgh Saltire flag flies at The Gretna Blacksmiths shop and visitor centre, ahead of voting in the Scottish Referendum THE fate of the United Kingdom rests in the hands of female voters, according to a poll that shows the Scottish independence referendum is on a knife edge ...

Irish Independent Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Economic growth to speed up as year end approaches economists predict  

The economy was boosted by a growth in exports The Irish economy will expand by 0.9pc in the three months to the end of September with an acceleration of growth heading into next year. That is according to a Bloomberg News survey of 18 economists conducted between September 5 and 12. Growth will increase in the fourth quarter of the year to 1.1pc, the economists forecast. Overall economic growth will be 2.7pc this year, according to those surveyed ...

Irish Independent Wed, 17 Sep 2014
MEP Brian Hayes intervenes in Polish roads dispute  

Gavin McLoughlin 17/09/2014 02:30 Brian Hayes Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has waded into a row between Irish road firms and the Polish Roads Authority. Sisk, SIAC and Roadbridge are among European companies who say they are owed money for work on construction projects in Poland. Funding for the projects was partly backed by the EU , and companies from five other countries are involved in the dispute ...

Irish Independent Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Ukraine's parliament ratifies pact to deepen EU ties  

Ukraine’s parliament yesterday ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the EU and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal. The ratification vote draws a line under the issue that last year sparked Ukraine’s crisis, which resulted in the ousting of the president, the annexation of Crimea by Russia, and a war with the Russia-backed separatists that has killed more than 3,000 people ...

The Irish Examiner Wed, 17 Sep 2014
EU has'wasted'euro 500m on fish farms  

By Ann Cahill European Correspondent Close to €500m of EU funds spent on fish farms was largely wasted, according to a report highly critical of the sector. It warned that money was handed out without proper environmental and health issues being taken into account — at a time when production in countries like Ireland was experiencing a decline in salmon stocks because of disease ...

The Irish Examiner Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Thomas Cook hit by sales slowdown in Europe  

Europe's uncertain economic prospects have cast a cloud over Thomas Cook's recovery after a slowdown in bookings in Germany By Graeme Evans Europe's uncertain economic prospects have cast a cloud over Thomas Cook's recovery after a slowdown in bookings in Germany. The group said its turnaround progress remained on track but shares in the FTSE 250 Index company were down by 5% after the German guidance ...

Belfast Telegraph Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Fyffes and Chiquita in talks with EU over merger plan  

Business Post News Service Chiquita and Fyffes have submitted remedies to the European Union to deal with the likely impact that their proposed merger will have on competition. The European Commission’s competition section said that the remedies were submitted on September 12 but did not outline what specifically the companies had offered. The commission has also extended its deadline for reviewing the huge proposed merger until October 3 ...

The Irish Examiner Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Ukraine and EU in historic agreement to strengthen ties  

Natashya Rovensky Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shows the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement to lawmakers after its signing in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin THE European and Ukrainian parliaments have voted to ratify a major EU-Ukraine association agreement that aims to bring the ex-Soviet republic closer to the EU. Mr Poroshenko said the ratification of the EU deal marked a "historic day". The EU-Ukraine agreement lies at the root of Ukraine's crisis ...

Irish Independent Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Divided we stand Fear factor has Scottish industry running scared about independence day  

The polls are neck and neck for the Yes and No sides. But Colm Kelpie found many Scottish business leaders feeling concerned about the implications of ending the Union Jockey Rachel Grant celebrates after she rode pro-independence horse Yes We Can to victory in a two-horse race against Neigh Thanks at Musselburgh (Wullie Marr/Ladbrokes/PA Wire) Scotch whiskey For a product and brand synonymous with Scotland, it's ironic that many of its major producers are opposed to independence ...

Irish Independent Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Organisation tackling tax avoidance by big business and Ireland under pressure  

Both the scope and the force of the OECD proposals to overhaul global business tax rules herald change to the contested Irish regime. At issue now is the magnitude of the eventual change and its timing. In downtown Paris yesterday, in the glassy headquarters of the OECD, its chief Ángel Gurría described the campaign to eradicate aggressive avoidance by big companies as a moral drive to ensure fair play ...

Irish Times Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Hogan told he must not change course of EU milk policy  

Even though Ciolos is stepping down as Commissioner for Agriculture at the end of the year, the new Commissioner in waiting Phil Hogan has been told he must continue the policy of stabilising the milk market by European Milk Board. The nomination, for the Irishman Phil Hogan, still has to be confirmed by the European Parliament and the Council at the end of October. “We congratulate Phil Hogan on his nomination”, says Sieta van Keimpema, Vice-President of the European Milk Board (EMB) ...

Agriland Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Vote of confidence fails to dispel sense of crisis in French politics  

Prime minister Manuel Valls survived a confidence vote in the National Assembly yesterday by 269 votes for his government, compared to 244 votes against. A total of 53 deputies abstained, including 31 from Mr Valls’s own socialist party. Parliamentary support for Mr Valls has dropped markedly since April, when 306 deputies voted confidence for him. Though yesterday’s score was a majority of votes cast, it did not constitute a majority of the total of 577 deputies ...

Irish Times Wed, 17 Sep 2014
A humane approach to asylum  

Minister of State at the Department of Justice Aodhán O Riordáin has spoken in favour of allowing asylum seekers to work after they have been here for a certain period of time. It is what happens in all but one other EU State and it offers these vulnerable people renewed confidence and a sense of worth. A right to work is, however, just one aspect of the direct provision system that requires urgent reform. Official has always regarded immigrants and asylum seekers as problems ...

Irish Times Wed, 17 Sep 2014
MEPs ratify'historic'EU deal with Ukraine  

The European Parliament ratified the European Union’s association agreement with Ukraine in Strasbourg yesterday, as 2,000km to the east the Ukrainian parliament simultaneously passed a law giving “special status” to two regions in eastern Ukraine under the terms of the ceasefire agreement ...

Irish Times Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Russian ban on EU food is a body blow admits IDB  

Russian President Vladimir Putin; due to sanctions, Russian oligarchs are flocking to buy property in Lucca in Italy The Russian ban on EU food imports could not have come at a worse time for the Irish dairy industry, according to an industry leader. "The timing was absolutely brutal," admitted the Irish Dairy Board (IDB) CEO, Kevin Lane. "We were very, very disappointed when the news broke ...

Irish Independent Wed, 17 Sep 2014
EU data chiefs meet to rein in Google over right to be forgotten approach  

Aoife White Google and Apple have settled their patent dispute Google faces criticism this week from European Union (EU) privacy regulators seeking to rein in the way it has been cutting search links in response to a court ruling on the so-called "right to be forgotten". Data privacy watchdogs are meeting in Brussels today to try to agree on a road map for how Google should handle requests from citizens who want links to websites pulled ...

Irish Independent Wed, 17 Sep 2014
Irish exporters top European confidence league  

Ireland has surged to the top of the European pile in terms of confidence among its exporting firms, on the back of strong growth in key markets. Confidence among Irish firms rose by two points to 119 in the second quarter of the year, according to HSBC’s latest Trade Confidence Index ...

The Irish Examiner Tue, 16 Sep 2014
Huge gap between the haves and the have nots  

By Ann Cahill European Correspondent Ireland has allowed a vast difference to grow between the haves and have-nots that cannot be justified by the weakness of the economy, a study of social justice among EU countries has revealed. The growing number of poor people in crisis-hit countries and among young people threatens the existence of the EU, warned the prestigious German think-tank which carried out the study ...

The Irish Examiner Tue, 16 Sep 2014
EU handling of Russian ban defended by outgoing agriculture commissioner  

The EU’s handling of the impact of the Russian food import ban has been defended by outgoing EU commissioner for agriculture Dacian Ciolos amid calls for more support for producers hit by the sanctions. Mr Ciolos was speaking at a debate on the issue at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday ...

Irish Times Tue, 16 Sep 2014
Close gap or prepare for social chaos EU report on social inequity  

Any country, especially one as rich as this, where the capital’s city council is “seriously looking” at building prefabs on derelict sites to house homeless families probably does not need an outside agency to warn it that destructive and dangerous social inequity is growing ...

The Irish Examiner Tue, 16 Sep 2014




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