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Just the Facts – Germany’s New Government

On 22 September 2013, Germany went to the polls to elect a new parliament. The Results The Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel achieved their best result since 1990, with nearly 42% of the vote and nearly 50% of the seats. However, their coalition partner the […]

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Just the Facts – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Background Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme is an initiative of the European Union which enables young aspiring entrepreneurs from around Europe to spend a period of time on an exchange placement with an established entrepreneur in the same field.  Established in 2009, the programme has proved very successful in establishing […]

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Just the Facts – Ireland Exits EU/IMF Bailout Programme

Background On the evening of 21 November 2010, the then Taoiseach Brian Cowen confirmed that Ireland had formally requested financial support from the European Union’s European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As part of this request for financial support, the Irish government had to seek […]

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Just the Facts – Budget 2014

Yesterday the Irish Government through Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, announced the details of the budget for 2014.  The Government has claimed that this budget will be the last of the austerity era with a package of spending cuts […]

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