EU Budget 2.0: Crunch Time for Ireland’s Presidency

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels In November EU leaders failed to agree a new seven-year budget to run from 2014 to 2020. At the time Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland would not have much authority going into our presidency if a deal wasn’t struck. The presidency is now under way, with little indication that November’s failure has had any discernible effect. However, failure to strike a deal this week would not do Ireland’s presidency any favours. “The consequences of …