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The Irish Cabinet discussed this week whether to bring forward the date of the second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty to 5 June – the same day as the local and European elections. Taoiseach Brian Cowen has previously indicated that the referendum will be held in October. There are pros and cons of advancing the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

What an institutional mess!

The Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty is causing headaches and disagreement between institutions. These centre on the appointment of the Commission president and the composition of the college and the number of MEPs. The new Commission should take office on 1 November. The European Parliament (EP) elections are between 4 and 7 June. The… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick