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Ireland’s six month EU presidency comes at a crucial moment for the Union, facing vital decisions on policies and a budget that will shape Europe and its role in the world in the next seven years and beyond.
With various opportunities to be seized on the agenda, Ireland has a clear role in steering leadership and decisive action from the EU to effectively address key global challenges such as poverty, hunger and climate change.
But for the EU to be a strong global player, it must first have the requisite means to its ends. The first round of negotiations on the EU long term budget has shown that, in these austere times, there are few ‘friends of development’ who stand ready to protect the EU’s humanitarian and development aid from the fierce bargaining to reach a compromise on the amount of the EU budget for the next 7 years. With the second […]

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