I am Emeritus Professor @EUI_Schuman @EUI_EU since my retirement as Director at the @EUI_Schuman in September 2021. My views as always are my own

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❗️Today I secured an unprecedented €72.8 million in funding for Mental Health in Budget 2023. This represents the largest Mental Health Budget in the history of the state, for the third year in a row, since I took office. @roinnslainte @fiannafailparty #Budget2023
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.@derspiegel reports the CIA warned German counterparts weeks ago about possible attacks on Nord Stream. Two Qs: 1️⃣ Was German security increased following the warning? 2️⃣ Did Berlin share the intelligence with Sweden, Denmark and Poland?
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Odey has just argued that "the historic rout in the wake of Kwasi Kwarteng’s tax cuts was triggered by Remainers in the City who “hate” the Government" So global trade is run by UK Remainers now? Well! I never thought we had such supernatural powers... telegraph.co.uk/business/202…
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Massive attack on Kharkiv an hour ago. 5 missiles landed nearby. Electrical substation hit. There is no electricity in many areas. Intense fire in the vicinity. Terrorist state attacks civilian infrastructure while UNSC meets to condemn it. Russia should be stripped of UNSC seat.
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While waiting for #Budget2023 bumf to land, worth recalling that more than 80% of income tax went on paying the government's interest bill in the mid 1980s.
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How is the Budget going down? Here is the latest analysis of the from our political team. @rtenews
WATCH: The Your Politics podcast with the latest on #Budget2023. Presenter @sandra_hurley is joined by Political Correspondents @MichealLehane and @RTENewsPaulC, and Political Coverage Editor David Murphy | Read more coverage: bit.ly/2vlICPd nitter.fdn.fr/i/broadcasts/1Od…
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🇩🇪 🇩🇰 🇸🇪 Irish authorities must voice support for swift but comprehensive investigations by Germany Denmark & Sweden in to Nordstream incidents in the Baltic Sea. Strong security as well as environmental concerns to be fully examined. bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-…
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A military commissariat in Moscow has handed a draft notice to Georgy Golokolenko, a 21-year-old man diagnosed with schizophrenia and an autism spectrum disorder. According to his relative, the young man cannot talk or take care of himself. novayagazeta.eu/articles/202…
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The distributional impact of #Budget2023Ireland Quite the difference to Ireland's UK neighbour. #DivergentIslands @DanielaGabor
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Read this 🧵👇 What Russia's doing in occupied Ukrainian territories isn't some "fake democracy." It's a genocidal tool aiming to erase Ukrainian people and identity. Stalin used same tactics in Estonia - decades of repression followed. We mustn't let it repeat now in #Ukraine.
🧵 on the "referenda" in Russian-occupied Ukraine. Understandably, many people call these illegal, rigged, & a "travesty of democracy." But portraying them merely as fake democracy misrepresents and understates what Russia is actually doing. Let me explain. 1/
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Love watching the seasons change in the garden. Now orange, gold, brown. Have loved watching my DUblin garden develop over the last two years; an ever changing view.
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Does anybody believe the Russians aren’t prepared to blow up the transatlantic cables south of Ireland to catastrophically disrupt business, government and a whole lot more? Because I certainly believe they are absolutely prepared to do it.
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Just an amazing photo @AJamesMcCarthy thank you for sharing
After staying up all night shooting it, here's my shot of Jupiter at "Opposition". This is the closest its been to Earth in 59 years.
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I was very pessimistic about the consequences of utterly irresponsible UK policy on Friday. But, I did not expect markets to get so bad so fast. A strong tendency for long rates to go up as the currency goes down is a hallmark of situations where credibility has been lost.
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Russia🇷🇺 is most likely the first and only country in the world where people flee not because someone invaded their country, but because they invaded another country.
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Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Vladimir Putin's historical achievement: "Russia is most likely the first and only country in the world where people flee not because someone invaded their country, but because they invaded another country"
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If you said to someone in 2008 that Russians would be fleeing their country because they are scared of facing the Ukrainian army you would have been asked to hand back your PHD
Russians are fleeing because their country invaded another country. Not because their country was invaded.
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The consequences of the last week is that this UK government's prospects for serious policy-making, whether you'd have liked it or not, have diminished to virtually zero. In every direction there are obstacles which are just getting higher.
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“I see the media as one of the key actors when we talk about the rule of law. We need to take systematic measures against #disinformation.” Vladimír Bilčík, MEP, at ‘In defence of democracy in the EU political system’ conference
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