Their decisions can affect global financial markets, now the EU has set new regulations for rating agencies. The rules are aimed at increasing transparency and accountability, but critics say they dont' go far enough.
Moody's has upgraded Ireland's credit rating from junk to investment grade, the last of the three major ratings agencies to do so. Dublin had already returned to the global bond market after exiting its bailout program.
The Crimea crisis continues to escalate, with the regional parliament voting to join Russia. Meanwhile, the EU has suspended talks with Russia on visa liberalization and threatened economic sanctions. Read updates here.
The crisis centering on the Crimean peninsula could push Ukraine over the brink into bankruptcy. However, analysts believe international markets and European gas imports will not see significant shake-ups for now.
Vitaly Klitschko and Yulia Tymoshenko have addressed delegates at the European People's Party (EPP) convention in Dublin - but it appears they both expect too much from the EU.
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