The disproportionate influence of ratings agencies in informing European policy responses to the current crisis is undermining the role of citizens in governing their democracies, President Michael D Higgins said.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

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The EMC is not just central to the management of the policy process; it is central to management of the coalition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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