European Mean Time


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD with President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker at Government Buildings last June: Mr Juncker mentioning Ireland during his final ‘State of the European Union’ speech yesterday

Reg writes:

Just when we needed the EU to give us us a break during Brexit negotiations and the emergence of an Irexit party, its outgoing Commission President on the one hand says the EU will show loyalty to Ireland and on the other attacks our corporate tax rate.. With friends like this…

Previously: It’s Druncker He’s Getting


There could be two time zones on the island of Ireland from October 2019, under a proposal announced yesterday by the European Commission.

The proposal, announced by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union Address, would end the tradition of member states alternating between summertime and wintertime every year.

However, Britain, which is due to leave the European Union on Friday 29 March 2019, would continue to change between Greenwich Mean Time and British Summer Time every year.



Clock changes may result in border time difference (RTÉ)

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30 thoughts on “European Mean Time

  1. Joan

    In fairness, we are a tax haven. It doesn’t do the vast majority of Irish people any favors. We don’t benefit from it. And it’s anti-social as hell and unfair to the working populations of other countries.

    1. Conski

      Large corporation need to pay a reasonable amount of tax. We all pay tax. its for the greater good. We’re not gonna lose a ton of jobs based on that

    2. McVitty

      you would have to look at effective rates to say that. we have done unilateral deals like Apple and we advertise at 12.5% but the general findings suggest France is lower than us on effective tax rate at least. Luxembourg has a deeper history as a centre for tax avoidance.

  2. Joe Small

    These are two entirely separate issues, not dependent on each other. Any changes to the Member State veto on taxes at EU requires Treaty changes, meaning, in Ireland, another referendum. That isn’t happening anytime soon.
    Ireland agrees and disagrees with the Commission at dozens of meetings in Brussels every week – this is what EU membership involves. We win some and we lose some. Its just how it works.
    Friends don’t always agree with each other on everything but have their backs at key moments. Brexit is such a moment.

    1. ReproButina

      “The European Commission, this parliament and all other 26 member states will always show loyalty and solidarity with Ireland when it comes to the Irish border. This is why we want to find a creative solution that prevents a hard border in Northern Ireland. But we will equally be very outspoken should the British government walk away from its responsibilities under the Good Friday Agreement,” Mr Juncker said.

      The EU has absolutely got our back and talk of EU wide tax rules is not new. There’s nothing to fear there.

        1. Ollie Cromwell

          You don’t think he updated the headline to reflect the updated story about different time zones ?

      1. DeKloot

        I imagine it’s the notion that neoliberalism is a cancer with Trump, Putin and now Brexit the chemotherapy

        1. Clampers Outside!

          “The European banking crisis is just that – a European crisis.  But as we know, this has not been addressed at European level.  Rather, the cost has been delegated to individual countries regardless of their size or ability to pay.” Michael Taft

  3. baz

    EU genii can only fudge job numbers by increasing layers of bureaucracy

    Trump grows job numbers rebuilding a real inter relational economy

    one will rise the other will fall

    1. ReproButina

      Don’t you start! Just because I swore off responding to the chief idiot doesn’t mean you need to borrow his hat.

      There was a meeting of ministers from the EU27 a fortnight ago. The polish representative, frustrated with the border issue, asked if they could move on with Sasamach and come back to the border. This was met with a stunned silence followed by the other representatives explaining why that was not possible and, finally, with a unanimous vote to issue a statement reaffirming their commitment to back Ireland over the border.

      So it seems you’re the deluded one.

  4. Ollie Cromwell

    Ah yes,the EU who made sure Paddy bailed out their banks and will spend the next half a century having to find six billion euros a year interest payments.
    Of course they ” have our backs ”
    Poor,deluded saps.

  5. McVitty

    I can almost smell the stales cigarettes and morning alcohol, crossed with cheap cologne off Jean Claude.

    It’s our border, not his. Double-speak or double-time?

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