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European Union

European Union

A political and economic union consisting of 27 member countries. It is a trading bloc with common trading laws and product regulation for all of its members. The union was originaly the European Coal and Steel Community and was set up after the Second World War to help improve relations between countries. In 1957 it became the European Economic Community and in 1993 the EU was formally established.

# european-union - Thursday 24 July, 2014

Poland found to be complicit in US torture programme

The ruling makes Poland the first EU member state to be held to account for involvement in the CIA’s rendition programme.

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# european-union - Monday 21 July, 2014

From Business ETC EU hits out at Apple over in-app purchases Unaddressed Concerns

EU hits out at Apple over in-app purchases

The company face criticism about in-app purchases targeted at children.

# european-union - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Opinion: Big Phil wasn’t the best option for Europe… it should have been Lucinda

Creighton could be a better fit for the role of a European Commissioner, while Hogan looks likely to receive a small portfolio.

# european-union - Monday 7 July, 2014

Europe wants to spend €1.2 billion on brains (but scientists are angry about it)

Neuroscientists have warned it could be a waste of money.

# european-union - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

It’s now cheaper to use your phone in the EU

The changes are thanks to the European Commission, with the hope of removing roaming charges altogether,.

# european-union - Friday 27 June, 2014

Ukraine’s landmark EU trade pact has sparked a vow of retaliation from Russia

Moldova and Georgia also signed identical deals with the union this morning.

# european-union - Monday 16 June, 2014

European gas shortage looms after Russia cuts Ukraine’s gas

Last-ditch talks failed to resolve a price dispute.

# european-union - Saturday 14 June, 2014

Ireland imports millions of litres of used cooking oil to meet EU biofuel targets

An Taisce has branded such policies as “unsustainable”.

# european-union - Friday 13 June, 2014

Opinion: Jean-Claude who? Juncker and the the turf war gripping Europe

The former prime minister of Luxembourg is part of a developing crisis that threatens to be one of the greatest faced by the European Union.

# european-union - Monday 2 June, 2014

From Business ETC Criticisms of Irish healthcare overspend and unemployment levels in EU report Rein It In

Criticisms of Irish healthcare overspend and unemployment levels in EU report

The European Commission has recommended that the government ensure that excessive debt is corrected in a sustainable manner by 2015 and beyond.

# european-union - Sunday 25 May, 2014

Many polling stations closed as Ukraine votes in crucial presidential election

While turnout has been strong in Kiev, poll stations have remained closed in many eastern cities.

# european-union - Tuesday 20 May, 2014

Everything you need to know about the European Parliament but were afraid to ask

Don’t know your EPP from your elbow? We’ve got you covered.

# european-union - Sunday 18 May, 2014

Weird Wide Web: Kissing with tongues, rose-tinted glasses and some terrified journalists

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

# european-union - Saturday 17 May, 2014

This Irish woman’s running as an MEP in London but says she has your interests at heart

NoelleAnne O’Sullivan’s focus is on Irish workers and businesses in London and she believes a British exit from the EU could have serious consequences for Ireland and for the Peace Process.

# european-union - Friday 16 May, 2014

Spending cuts and immigration policy main issues in EU Commission presidency debate

The debate was the first of its kind to include all five parties in the running for the highest executive position in the EU.

# european-union - Saturday 10 May, 2014

This MEP candidate doesn’t care who Van Rompuy is because no one voted for him

Raymond Whitehead wants to spread the message that there is a democratic way of running countries – “not the dictatorship we have now”.

Emer Costello: Barroso is to blame for EU unpopularity

Labour’s candidate says it was “the commission of Rehn and Barroso” that imposed hardship.

# european-union - Tuesday 6 May, 2014

From Business ETC This charming robot helps older people stay in their own homes Helpful

This charming robot helps older people stay in their own homes

Robin allows elderly people to connect with friends, family and medical professionals and can also watch for falls and monitor blood pressure.

Irishman appointed as EU ambassador to the United States

David O’Sullivan previously worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

# european-union - Friday 2 May, 2014

From Business ETC Unemployment down in eurozone but 18 million still jobless Crisis

Unemployment down in eurozone but 18 million still jobless

Greece is still the country faring the worst with an unemployment rate of 26.7 per cent.

# european-union - Saturday 26 April, 2014

From Business ETC Could the EU set the standard for digital rights worldwide? Digital Economy

Could the EU set the standard for digital rights worldwide?

After passing new legislation concerning data retention and net neutrality, the next five years will see the EU become a major influence in how digital laws and regulations are shaped.

# european-union - Thursday 24 April, 2014

Go raibh míle maith agaibh: Poland thanks Irish people for 10 years of kindness

The Polish community in Ireland has created this amazing video to thank you.

# european-union - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Ireland a contender for 2020 European Capital of Culture

Dublin hasn’t been chosen in over 20 years.

# european-union - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Agreed … Ukraine, Russia, the US and EU have reached a surprise deal in Geneva

The four parties have agreed on a way forward following half a day of talks, including a call to disband armed groups that have taken over buildings.

# european-union - Monday 14 April, 2014

EU to ‘take stock’ of its relationship with Russia in Ukraine crisis talks

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will travel to Luxembourg to attend the meeting.

# european-union - Sunday 13 April, 2014

“There is no plan B”: EU targets major carbon emitters to reduce emissions

It comes as the IPCC publishes its latest report on climate change.

# european-union - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

From Business ETC The EU wants you to be less stressed at work Healthy Workplaces

The EU wants you to be less stressed at work

More than half of workers find their workplace stressful, a survey revealed.

# european-union - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Ireland officially ratifies arms treaty aimed at regulating the international weapons trade

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty was signed this time last year.

# european-union - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Road deaths falling in Europe – but up 19 per cent in Ireland

The European Commission expressed concern today about trends in deaths of vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists.

# european-union - Monday 24 March, 2014

Taoiseach: Enough banks and bailouts, we need more good news on the radio

Enda Kenny also called for more coverage of European affairs.

Asylum applications in the EU surged to 435k last year

Ireland received just 0.2 per cent of these.

# european-union - Sunday 9 March, 2014

Brian Hayes: This is a serious election for serious people

The junior minister said he definitely won’t be running in the next general election if he makes it to Europe.

# european-union - Thursday 6 March, 2014

Crimean assembly to be dissolved after request to join Russia

The decision on whether or not to join the Russia Federation will be put to the people of Crimea on 16 March.

# european-union - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Barroso: ‘The European Commission is one of Ireland’s best friends’

In a speech to be delivered tomorrow night in Cork, the European Commission President praises the “sacrifices” Irish families have made.

# european-union - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Barroso to receive honorary doctorate from UCC

The European Commission president is due to give a 25-minute speech at the ceremony.

Do hurleys need special EU protection?

One MEP says that hurling “is in the blood of the Irish people”.

# european-union - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

EU to double Ireland’s funding for homeless services like soup kitchens

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said the increase is welcome but it is still too low considering the scale of poverty across the EU.

# european-union - Sunday 16 February, 2014

It could be “impossible” for an independent Scotland to join the EU

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso noted that the formation of a new member state needs approval from all other EU nations.

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