Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

Social network targeted legislators around the world, promising or threatening to withhold investmentFacebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while se…

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Ireland must plan for possible EU breakup, says economic adviser

Sean Barrett calls on government of Enda Kenny to support France’s attempts to win concessions from Brussels to stop a ‘Frexit’

Ireland should be drawing up contingency plans for the EU unravelling after Brexit and a possible French departure, an economic adviser to successive Irish governments has said.

Dr Sean Barrett urged Enda Kenny’s administration in Dublin to strongly back any French attempt to gain more concessions from Brussels to prevent a possible “Frexit”.

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Irish leaders fear Brexit will bring economic disaster

Enda Kenny prepares for unprecedented cross-border talks amid fears over future of Ireland’s borders, exports, security and economy

Irish leaders have warned of an economic “disaster” on both sides of the border without decisive action to confront the effects of Britain’s impending departure from the EU.

Amid warnings of “incalculable consequences” for the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland as the Brexit process unfolds, Ireland’s prime minister Enda Kenny will convene an unprecedented cross-border summit of political leaders to consider what steps to take.

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Ireland budget: hopes rise for first tax cuts since 2008 crisis

Enda Kenny’s government expected to introduce first marginal giveaway budget since Ireland’s multibillion-euro bailout

The Irish government’s improving finances have raised expectations that Tuesday’s 2016 budget announcement will include the first tax cuts since the 2008 financial crisis.

Given a surplus of tax revenue over public spending, Enda Kenny’s government is widely expected to introduce the first marginal giveaway budget since the crash, the recession and the previous Fianna Fáil-led administration went cap in hand to the IMF and the EU for a multibillion-euro bailout.

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Greece bailout talks – the main actors in a modern-day epic

The Syriza-led coalition’s long fight to end years of austerity by striking a deal with the troika is nearing its end. Here are the main players of the eurozone crisis

Greece is almost entirely friendless as it enters the final phase of talks over a multibillion-pound rescue deal. The prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, was elected to end austerity, but he has no money, and few allies.

Athens has tried for the last four months to reverse six years of post-crash austerity policies while extracting a better deal from the EU – and in the process upset almost everybody who might have had the power and inclination to help.

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