Joining the EU during a recession is bad enough but Croatia’s own economy is also in severe difficulty: there has been no growth in five years and unemployment is at almost 20 per cent. Photograph: Reuters/Antonio Bronic

Croatia may be just days away from setting off the fireworks in celebration of its entry into the EU, but Luka Zucko is not all that enthusiastic. The(...)

President Michael D Higgins said  EU leaders had signalled to him  there must be an ongoing focus on the stability of the euro,  during a state visit to Croatia.  Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Support is increasing across the EU for an investment strategy to tackle youth unemployment, President Michael D Higgins has said.EU leaders had signa(...)

President Michael D Higgins has warned that speculative markets and rating agencies are now seen as having more power than elected parliaments in addressing economic problems. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Speculative markets and rating agencies are now seen as having more power than elected parliaments in addressing economic problems, President Michael (...)