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# EU

Last week
24th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
European speakers of parliament urge for better protections against abuse towards politicians
Hate speech and violence towards politicians is posing a “serious challenge” to the functioning of democracy.
TikTok launches High Court challenge against €345m DPC fine over processing of children’s data
The Data Protection Commission imposed the fine last month after it investigated TikTok’s privacy settings and features.
Last month
September 2023
'Easier said than done': Micheál Martin on UK Labour leader's comments about reopening Brexit deal
Keir Starmer has promised to seek a major rewrite of the Brexit negotiations if he wins the next election.
President Higgins accuses UN of ‘losing credibility’ amid warning over climate change
Higgins also criticised the EU for promoting a “US style” of agriculture addressing the National Ploughing Championships.
EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen to visit Italian island struggling with migrant arrivals
Italian Deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini called the migrant arrivals an “act of war”.
Poland extends its embargo on Ukrainian grain after EU lifts sanctions in five member states
The ban, placed on the grain in May, restricted imports in five member states seeking to protect their farmers.
EU Chief vows 'agriculture and protection of the natural world can go hand in hand'
Farmers in Ireland this week protested over changes to the nitrate derogation limit which they say will impact their livelihoods.
Opinion: If proper funding is provided, farmers can recover from the nitrates derogation blow
Dr Catherine Conlon says the nitrates derogation is an opportunity for farmers to reduce productivity and meet EU Nature Restoration targets if funding issues are addressed.
Syrian family loses EU lawsuit against Frontex deportation, despite lodging asylum request
The EU General Court determined that border protection agency Frontex was not responsible for the underlying decision to remove the family, only Greece was.
EU labels tech giants 'gatekeepers', announcing new law aimed at cracking down on monopolies
One of the law’s main aims is to stop larger players crushing the progression of smaller potential rivals by gobbling them up through takeovers.
EU chief von der Leyen warns that wolf packs are a 'real danger' in Europe
The EU launched a review of laws protecting wolves from hunters and farmers today.
This year
Brexit a driver in rise of English and Welsh people holding Irish passports, UK figures suggest
Figures show a five-fold increase in people born in England and Wales holding both British and Irish passports.
The European Union's tough new laws on social media content have officially come into force
Platforms with at least 45 million monthly active users will be subjected to fulfil every new obligation.
130 people evacuated as wildfire spreads on Spain-France border
Local people were evacuated overnight from several villages as a precaution.
Northern Irish airports seek return of duty-free shopping for EU flights
Airport bosses said that since Brexit duty-free shopping from airports in Britain has been extended to include EU destinations, but not at Northern Irish airports.
Possibility of sanctions on the cards as West African leaders hold summit over Niger coup
General Abdourahamane Tiani, the chief of Niger’s powerful presidential guard, has declared himself leader of the country.
The EU and the African Union condemn leaders of Niger's coup
General Abdourahamane Tiani decalred himself to new leader of Niger.
Frontex: EU watchdog to investigate border agency after shipwreck off Greek coast in June
The Adriana, an overcrowded fishing trawler, was carrying up to 750 people picked up in Libya who sought to cross the Mediterranean and enter Europe.
The Explainer: What is the Nature Restoration Law and how will it work in Ireland?
This week on The Explainer, we’re joined by Lauren Boland, climate reporter with The Journal, to examine what precisely this legislation is all about and why it sparked so much anger. Do environmentalists think the now-watered-down law will have any impact? And how does Ireland fit into the picture?
EU plans €20 billion Ukraine defence fund
Military aid is being discussed of five billion per year over four years.
Rishi Sunak criticises EU after it signs deal using Falklands’ Argentine name
The Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs hailed it as a ‘triumph of Argentine diplomacy’.
Ireland takes first steps towards joining European security project to protect undersea cables
Ireland is already participating in a number of projects under the Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco) element of the EU Global Strategy.
Nature Restoration Law gets green light from EU Parliament, including all Irish MEPs
Despite previous divisions over the highly debated law, all of Ireland’s 13 MEPs ultimately backed it in this morning’s vote.
Almost 6 in 10 people believe corruption is widespread in Ireland, according to EU report
An average of 70% of people surveyed across the EU felt corruption was widespread in their country, compared to 59% of Irish people.
Climate change and El Nino phenomenon drive hottest June globally on record
The EU’s Copernicus climate unit also noted ‘extreme marine heatwaves’ around Ireland.
Strong support north and south of border for Ireland remaining in EU, poll finds
Just one in four people in Ireland think there will be a united Ireland within 10 years, a drop of seven percentage points on last year.
EU 'unequivocally' supports Ukrainian accession, says Spanish PM
Spain has assumed the rotating EU presidency.
A young man has died after falling from roof during protests in France
The man crashed through the roof of a supermarket.
Poland and Hungary block EU summit over migration
Countries struck a deal earlier this month but Poland and Hungary fiercely oppose the plans.
EU court says Ireland broke nature laws by failing to protect hundreds of sites
The government said it is studying today’s ruling.
EU moves closer to launching digital euro
The ECB has a difficult battle to win over Europeans.
Deadlock over contentious Nature Restoration Law throws its fate into hands of EU Parliament
The EU’s environment committee of 88 MEPs was split down the middle in a highly anticipated vote this morning.
The view from Brussels: What do EU and NATO military leaders make of Ireland's neutral stance?
Last week, The Journal travelled to Brussels to find what international diplomats and military leaders think of Ireland’s non-aligned stance.
EU countries green light disputed law to restore Europe's natural habitats
The 27 member states agreed on the draft law during a meeting of environment ministers in Luxembourg.
Irish general who liaises between State, EU and Nato calls defence links 'a force for good'
Brig Gen Ger Buckley was speaking to The Journal’s Niall O’Connor in Brussels last week.
'Fortress Europe': NGOs and MEPs critical of EU following migrant Mediterranean tragedy
A report by
David MacRedmond
Last week’s tragedy off Greece took place a week before World Refugee Day.
Analysis: In Europe, Ireland is an outlier when it comes to climate action
Emma DeSouza reports on the climate debates in Strasbourg.
Highly awaited EU vote on Nature Restoration Law postponed to end of month
A meeting of MEPs to determine the fate of the legislation went well over time.
EU Parliament backs plan to give extra MEP seat to Ireland
The number of Irish MEPs could rise from 13 to 14 next year.
EU watchdog orders Google to break up digital ad business over competition fears
The European Commission said after an investigation that ‘only the mandatory divestment by Google of part of its services’ will satisfy its concerns.