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# eu - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

'The people of Europe are still suffering': EU chief calls for stronger health union amid pandemic

Ursula von der Leyen announced the creation of a new agency for biomedical advanced research.

# eu - Monday 14 September, 2020

Boris Johnson's controversial Internal Markets Bill clears first hurdle in House of Commons

Former British prime ministers have all warned against the Internal Markets Bill proposed by Johnson.

# eu - Sunday 13 September, 2020

Simon Coveney says UK suggestion that EU would 'blockade' food to Northern Ireland is 'spin and not true'

“Britain is behaving in an extraordinary way and the British people need to know that,” Coveney said on the BBC.

Where does Ireland's Europe minister think Brexit talks stand now?

The Meath-East TD, who worked in European law and twice ran as an MEP candidate, talks to about an extraordinary Brexit week.

# eu - Saturday 12 September, 2020

Opinion: Is Britain on the path to becoming a rogue state?

The UK government this week told the Commons that it would be breaking international law in relation to Brexit in ‘a limited and specific way’. Rights campaigner Emma DeSouza says she’s seen this before.

# eu - Friday 11 September, 2020

'Terrible mess': UK and EU at odds as trade talks hang in the balance

The UK has said that it won’t drop measures that would undermine the Withdrawal Agreement.

# eu - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Facebook told it can no longer send user data from EU to US

The social media giant said the Data Protection Commission told it the key mechanism it uses to transfer data to the US “cannot in practice be used”.

# eu - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

Defiant Boris 'won't back down': UK front pages react to Brexit latest

The rising prospect that Boris Johnson will backtrack on the Brexit agreement dominates the UK front pages.

Brexit: The adults are no longer in charge in Downing Street

Former ambassador Bobby McDonagh says the Cummings-driven cabal of ‘weirdos and misfits’ are now steering the UK onto a dangerous path in the Brexit negotiations.

UK calls for ‘more realism’ from Brussels ahead of crunch round of negotiations

Trade talks will resume in London today.

# eu - Monday 7 September, 2020

NI protocol must be honoured, pro-Remain parties say amid reports UK 'plans to rip up Brexit Agreement'

Political leaders have described the reported plans as a “treacherous betrayal” by “charlatans”.

# eu - Sunday 6 September, 2020

UK chief negotiator says government 'not scared' of no-deal exit from EU

David Frost was speaking in an interview with the Mail on Sunday.

# eu - Wednesday 2 September, 2020

Michel Barnier says he will miss Phil Hogan, who he met with weekly as Trade Commissioner

The EU’s Chief negotiator said that the UK side “continues to disappoint” on three main issues in Brexit trade talks.

# eu - Thursday 27 August, 2020

From a trickle to a torrent: How days of revelations made Phil Hogan's position untenable

The unending revelations from GolfGate took a toll on the trade commissioner.

# eu - Wednesday 19 August, 2020

EU rejects Belarus' disputed presidential election result as Lukashenko orders clampdown

Protesters have flooded the streets of Belarusian cities since the 9 August election.

# eu - Friday 14 August, 2020

The government wants Irish grass-fed beef and Achill Island Sea Salt to get protected EU status

Eight Irish products have already received the protected status as a Geographical Indications.

# eu - Wednesday 12 August, 2020

European Union threatens tough sanctions over vote-rigging and violent clashes in Belarus

Protests have erupted into violence in Belarus in retaliation against election results.

# eu - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Explainer: Why protests have erupted in Belarus against Europe's 'last dictator'

Alexander Lukashenko just won another presidential election, although the opposition has said it was rigged.

# eu - Thursday 6 August, 2020

Opponents boycott ceremony as Poland's president sworn in for second term

Opponents have accused Andrzej Duda of undermining the constitution and of running a homophobic campaign.

# eu - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

European Council finally agrees €750 billion virus recovery fund - including €390 billion in grants EU

European Council finally agrees €750 billion virus recovery fund - including €390 billion in grants

“It is true that we will pay in more than we receive, but that does reflect our strong economic growth,” Europe Minister Thomas Byrne said.

# eu - Monday 20 July, 2020

'Frugals' holding out as EU leaders fail to agree on €750 billion rescue package after late-night talks

The leaders are gathering briefly this morning after spending the night negotiating in smaller groups.

# eu - Sunday 19 July, 2020

'People are dying': EU leaders remain 'fundamentally divided' over €750 billion rescue deal

Frugal states are resisting pleas to agree to a plan to help the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.

# eu - Saturday 18 July, 2020

'A moment of truth': EU Summit to resume amid deadlock over €750 billion Covid rescue plan

The 27 leaders are scheduled to reconvene at 11am local time.

# eu - Friday 17 July, 2020

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says EU needs to show it has 'wherewithal' to deal with Covid-19 crisis

The Fianna Fáil leader is in Brussels for a meeting of the European Council today.

# eu - Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Apple and Ireland win appeal against European Commission's €13 billion tax ruling

The European Commission previously ordered the US company to hand back €13 billion in unpaid tax.

# eu - Sunday 12 July, 2020

'The UK’s new start': £705m to be spent on British-EU borders - Northern Ireland plans yet to be published

£235 million will be spent on staffing and IT systems, while £470 million will be spent on port and inland infrastructure.

# eu - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Michel Barnier travels to London for face-to-face Brexit talks

Significant differences remain between the EU and the UK.

# eu - Saturday 4 July, 2020

Catalonia imposes regional lockdown on 200,000 people following surge in Covid-19 cases

There was a significant rise in cases in the Segria area.

# eu - Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Over 30% of all plastic exported from Europe may not be recycled, according to Irish study

The work was carried out by researchers from NUIG and University of Limerick.

So long and thanks for all the fish: Irish fishermen say UK Brexit position could spell 'unmitigated disaster'

Today had been the date set for both sides to reach an agreement on fisheries. But of course, more time is needed.

# eu - Monday 29 June, 2020

Phil Hogan pulls out from race to take top World Trade Organisation job

Phil Hogan, Ireland’s EU Trade Commissioner, announced the decision this morning.

EU and Britain intensify talks on post-Brexit future

The new round of talks in Brussels will be the first to be held face-to-face since the coronavirus shutdown.

# eu - Monday 22 June, 2020

Opinion: We should have tackled climate change 20 years ago but the second best time is now

Environmentalist John Gibbons says the programme for government, for all its imperfections, is the best step forward in at least a decade.

# eu - Friday 12 June, 2020

Ireland's 'air bridges': Real risks virus could be re-imported from Britain, warns Taoiseach

15 June is too soon to open Ireland’s border, says Leo Varadkar.

# eu - Tuesday 9 June, 2020

Phil Hogan confirms he's looking to run for the top job in the WTO

A departure by Hogan from the European Commission to the WTO would mean Ireland would have to nominate another commissioner.

# eu - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

NI parties deadlocked over whether to extend Brexit transition period

The idea was backed by Sinn Féin and the Alliance Party, but opposed by the DUP and UUP.

# eu - Wednesday 27 May, 2020

EU chief von der Leyen to propose €1 trillion coronavirus recovery fund EU

EU chief von der Leyen to propose €1 trillion coronavirus recovery fund

It comes after Germany and France proposed a €500 billion fund instead of coronabonds – but it’s still not clear if the funds will be loans or grants.

# eu - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

'It delivers on our promise to the British people': UK bill to end free movement of people passes first hurdle

Priti Patel said that the points system was “firmer, fairer and simpler system” that will “play a vital role” in the country’s recovery from coronavirus.

'A financial diuretic': Leo Varadkar and ECB voice support for €500bn Franco-German recovery plan

President Emmanuel Macron said that the funds “were not loans.”

# eu - Sunday 17 May, 2020

Taoiseach discusses lockdown exit and foreign travel restrictions with EC President

He briefed her on the gradual steps Ireland is taking to reopen its economy.

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