This month's TT Regions returns to the EU as Ireland rebounds to growth, France settles into the new SATT system, and Germany looks to pull together the pieces on tech transfer.


Gregg Bayes-Brown

It is somewhat staggering to think that this time six years ago, commentators around the world were calling Ireland’s economic woes the “death of the tiger”, a reference to the country’s roaring pre-2008 Celtic Tiger period of growth. Just four years ago, the country staved off bankruptcy by accepting a €67.5bn ($87.4bn) bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the EU, in which the country’s credit rating was downgraded to junk as a gloomy portrait was painted of Ireland’s future.

As it turns out, the tiger was only injured. Ireland exited the bailout programme just before the turn of the year, and its credit rating has bounced back to A– with either a stable or positive outlook. And then, just this month, the country announced it was looking to repay €15bn of the €22bn still owed to the IMF. Ireland’s comeback may not yet be complete,…

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