The EU Summit: Turning Point or Tipping Point?

By Tony Connelly, RTÉ Europe Editor, Brussels Once again an EU summit is pregnant with a sense of impending disaster, with expectations being lowered all week that a breakthrough can be delivered which will reverse, or even just slow down, the escalating debt crisis. In the immediate term Spain and Italy’s borrowing costs are threatening to tip both countries – Spain followed by Italy – into a wholesale sovereign rescue that the two bailout funds cannot afford. In the medium …

Double murder trial in Turkey adjourned

By Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent Shannon Graham came to Izmir expecting to come face-to-face with her former boyfriend, Recep Cetin, who is accused of murdering her mother, Marion Graham. Cetin has already told a previous hearing that he was responsible for stabbing to death both Marion and her friend Cathy Dinsmore. The reason why he carried out the double murder is the focus of much speculation. Cetin’s father, Eyup, is also charged with the killings. Shannon was 15 years old …

Two go on trial for double murder in Turkey

By Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent In the ever-sunny Turkish resort of Kusadasi, conversation is returning to last year’s dark double murder of two women from Newry, County Down. In August, shocking news came that regular visitor Marion Graham and her friend Cathy Dinsmore had been stabbed to death. The bodies of the women, both 53, were found in a wood overlooking the city of Izmir, around 100 kilometres to the north of Kusadasi. Worse was to come – a Kusadasi …

Greece: Sleepwalking to Calamity?

By Tony Connelly, RTE News Europe Editor, Athens Will Greek voters sleepwalk into a potentially calamitous exit from the euro? Around the world central banks, investors, governments and economists are holding their breath. But in Greece a surreal fatalism infects the body politic. “Euro? Drachma? If you have no money then it doesn’t matter if Greece has the euro or the drachma,” one voter told me in Athens. Because it is an election the normal process of promise and seduction …

Eamon Gilmore at the helm of the OSCE

By Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent Ireland is at the helm of a major international organisation and the responsibility for directing policy for its 56 member states falls to Eamon Gilmore. For 2012, he holds the title of Chairperson-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or the OSCE. The OSCE’s mandate is to promote democracy and open government, as well as trying to prevent conflict and to negotiate peace.