- Apr 13, 2011
The f*cking thick little village idiot supports whatever his German masters tell him to support.
"The ball is rolling right now. The Commission is making steady progress," Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said when asked about comments by Gabriel's comments.
"Talks are now indeed entering a crucial stage but ... provided the conditions are right, the Commission stands ready to close this deal by the end of the year," Schinas told a regular press briefing.
The thing for the past 6 months is practically every expert or neutral opinion or analytical piece on political opinion or globalization or just trade agreements has been urging caution and rethinking. Most have pointed out the limited gains in recent past from trade and the uncertainty regarding future such Marginal advantage.
While the bold mr fitz is very much a middling fish in a tiny pond PLEASE tell me no one who posts on POLITICS.ie is unaware of John fitzs background, pedigree and career? Please.....Is that the John Fitzgerald listed as a former ESRI economist? 'a member of the EU "Group for Economic Analysis" from 2002-2004 advising the President of the EU Commission on matters of Economic Policy.'
If it is the same chap then he has an interesting CV although like many an economist not exactly any kind of alchemic soothsayer. https://www.esri.ie/person/?userid=89
'began his career in the Irish Department of Finance in 1972 where he was the Department's macro-economic "fire brigade" - responsible for economic modelling and policy analysis, as well as applied economic research.'
'He is currently a member of the Commission of the Central Bank of Ireland and of the Independent Expert Panel established in 2014 by the Department of Communications Energy and Natural resources'.
Neither Kenny nor FF understand the word NO as it pertains to the EU, they see themselves not as sovereign leaders but lesser administrators whose job it is to rubber stamp what Ger/Fra/Ita decide. You can count on them to oppose NOTHING that the EU decide.
If it is the same fellow I am thinking of he was one of Ireland's most appointed in the quango-fest between 2000 and 2014.While the bold mr fitz is very much a middling fish in a tiny pond PLEASE tell me no one who posts on POLITICS.ie is unaware of John fitzs background, pedigree and career? Please.....
... vice-chancellor, said on Sunday that “in my opinion, the negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it.”
A trade agreement between the EU and the US would benefit Ireland more than most other EU member states because international trade is a far bigger component of Ireland's GDP than the EU average and because a greater percentage of Irish exports end up in the US than of any other EU member state.
There is only one slight problem with free trade deals negotiated with the US. They don't accept the free market unless it benefits their exporters.A trade agreement between the EU and the US would benefit Ireland more than most other EU member states because international trade is a far bigger component of Ireland's GDP than the EU average and because a greater percentage of Irish exports end up in the US than of any other EU member state.
There's no downside in opening up Ireland's manufacturing, energy, natural resources or services markets to American competition as any commercial operations that would have been vulnerable have already disappeared with the introduction of the EU Single Market. The one area of concern would be agriculture and food where differences in standards could expose the beef industry in particular to high-volume American producers. On the other hand, Irish dairy and specialty food producers could benefit from easier access to US markets.
TTIP may be hibernating at the moment but it isn't necessarily dead in the water. Trade negotiations are marathon events that can span several administrations in both parties. Sometimes they're left on hold until more favourable regimes and political climates allow them to resume.