Politicians from Spain, Ireland and Luxembourg are competing to become the next President of Eurogroup, the monthly meeting of eurozone finance ministers. The group will vote for their new chairman later on Thursday. The position is a strategic one in coordinating economic policy across the 19 countries that use the euro, and the new President will take up the role at a time when the bloc is facing its worst recession since World War Two. Spain’s Nadia Calvino is running against Paschal Donohoe from Ireland and Pierre Gramegna from Luxembourg.
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France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.
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Geopolitically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. As of 2016, 4.8 million people live in the Republic of Ireland, and 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.
The Irish climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and thus very moderate, and winters are milder than expected for such a northerly area, although summers are cooler than those in continental Europe. Rainfall and cloud cover are abundant.
A strong Irish culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music and the Irish language. The island’s culture shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf.