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.