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# eu - Wednesday 7 April, 2021

Hotel quarantine: Why is Austria on Ireland's list of 'designated countries' but not France and Germany?
# Oh Vienna
# Oh Vienna

Hotel quarantine: Why is Austria on Ireland's list of 'designated countries' but not France and Germany?

Apr 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 55,569 Views 62 Comments

Officials want to add 17 EU countries to the list.

# eu - Saturday 3 April, 2021

Why did some Irish MEPs vote against an 'urgency' proposal for the EU's Digital Green Certificates?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Why did some Irish MEPs vote against an 'urgency' proposal for the EU's Digital Green Certificates?

Apr 3rd 2021, 6:30 AM 29,573 Views 36 Comments

Some MEPs voted against skipping the committee stage, where legislation underpinning the Certificates would be scrutinised.

# eu - Friday 26 March, 2021

EU says AstraZeneca must 'catch up' on vaccine deliveries
# Vaccine Row
# Vaccine Row

EU says AstraZeneca must 'catch up' on vaccine deliveries

Mar 26th 2021, 6:57 AM 12,196 Views 23 Comments

Some leaders stressed that an embargo should be a last resort if negotiations for a better way of sharing vaccine production come up short.

# eu - Thursday 25 March, 2021

The Explainer: Why is there talk of an EU-UK 'vaccine war'?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why is there talk of an EU-UK 'vaccine war'?

Mar 25th 2021, 8:00 AM 10,438 Views 19 Comments

What’s going on? We take a look in this week’s episode.

'I would have said of German unity 'not in my lifetime'': What can Ireland learn from a united Germany?
# United Ireland
# United Ireland

'I would have said of German unity 'not in my lifetime'': What can Ireland learn from a united Germany?

Mar 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 23,345 Views 81 Comments

“I was a citizen of West Germany and I had never known anything different, I thought that was the world: a divided world.”

# eu - Wednesday 24 March, 2021

EU tightens Covid vaccine export rules, union and UK pledge to seek 'win-win' in jab dispute
# Vaccine Row
# Vaccine Row

EU tightens Covid vaccine export rules, union and UK pledge to seek 'win-win' in jab dispute

Mar 24th 2021, 8:22 PM 16,296 Views 45 Comments

The European Commission said it would weigh how needy countries are, in terms of infection rates and how many vaccines they have.

'Keep supply chains open' Taoiseach says, in response to 29 million AstraZeneca vaccines in Italy plant
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

'Keep supply chains open' Taoiseach says, in response to 29 million AstraZeneca vaccines in Italy plant

Mar 24th 2021, 3:50 PM 31,815 Views 88 Comments

The EU has announced new vaccine export powers amid a contract row with AstraZeneca.

# eu - Monday 15 March, 2021

EU takes action against UK over ‘international law breaches’ on Northern Ireland
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

EU takes action against UK over ‘international law breaches’ on Northern Ireland

Updated Mar 15th 2021, 1:45 PM 16,019 Views 45 Comments

The European Commission is taking steps towards proceedings over the alleged breach of the NI Protocol.

# eu - Saturday 13 March, 2021

Five EU states seek summit on 'unfair' vaccine handouts
# Playing Fair
# Playing Fair

Five EU states seek summit on 'unfair' vaccine handouts

Mar 13th 2021, 12:30 PM 77,821 Views 67 Comments

The five countries want to discuss “huge disparities” in the distribution of vaccines against Covid-19.

# eu - Friday 12 March, 2021

British exports to EU plunged by 41% in January, while non-EU exports increased by 1.7%
# Brexit
# Brexit

British exports to EU plunged by 41% in January, while non-EU exports increased by 1.7%

Mar 12th 2021, 1:01 PM 19,528 Views 46 Comments

The UK officially left the Single Market and Customs Union on 31 December, leading to new trading rules from New Year’s Day.

# eu - Thursday 11 March, 2021

Blood-clot risk 'no higher' in vaccinated people, says EMA after countries suspend use of AstraZeneca jab
# Denmark
# Denmark

Blood-clot risk 'no higher' in vaccinated people, says EMA after countries suspend use of AstraZeneca jab

Updated Mar 11th 2021, 3:21 PM 67,381 Views 64 Comments

EMA said AstraZeneca use can continue pending the blood clot probe.

# eu - Sunday 7 March, 2021

British chief Brexit negotiator calls on EU to ‘shake off remaining ill will'
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

British chief Brexit negotiator calls on EU to ‘shake off remaining ill will'

Mar 7th 2021, 7:51 AM 24,863 Views 69 Comments

Whitehall has extended a series of ‘grace periods’ designed to ease trade between Northern Ireland and Britain.

# eu - Friday 5 March, 2021

The latest Brexit row: UK's solo run has left the EU in a tricky position
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

The latest Brexit row: UK's solo run has left the EU in a tricky position

Mar 5th 2021, 11:20 AM 32,105 Views 48 Comments

This is Brexit: so expect to see more rows between the UK and EU, particularly over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

EU taking ‘very belligerent approach’ to issues caused by NI Protocol, Arlene Foster says
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

EU taking ‘very belligerent approach’ to issues caused by NI Protocol, Arlene Foster says

Updated Mar 5th 2021, 9:28 AM 34,193 Views 83 Comments

The Northern Ireland protocol was designed to avoid a hardening of the border on the island of Ireland.

# eu - Thursday 4 March, 2021

AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Australia blocked from leaving EU, says official
# AstraZeneca
# AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Australia blocked from leaving EU, says official

Mar 4th 2021, 10:14 PM 34,106 Views 59 Comments

The move underscores a growing frustration within the 27-nation bloc about the slow rollout of its vaccine drive.

Health Minister asks task force to examine if Ireland can procure extra vaccines alongside EU supply deal
# Vaccine Side Deals
# Vaccine Side Deals

Health Minister asks task force to examine if Ireland can procure extra vaccines alongside EU supply deal

Mar 4th 2021, 5:44 PM 25,210 Views 100 Comments

The Dáil heard that other EU countries are securing more supplies on their own.

Coveney had 'blunt' conversation with UK government over move to extend NI Protocol grace period
# Exports
# Exports

Coveney had 'blunt' conversation with UK government over move to extend NI Protocol grace period

Updated Mar 4th 2021, 12:45 PM 34,598 Views 79 Comments
  • The EU is now considering legal options.
  • Coveney says the move was "disrespectful" and has damaged UK-EU relationships.

# eu - Thursday 25 February, 2021

EU suggests new deal on plant and animal checks in bid to solve Brexit trade issues
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

EU suggests new deal on plant and animal checks in bid to solve Brexit trade issues

Feb 25th 2021, 3:47 PM 15,312 Views 7 Comments

The EU and UK are locked in talks to make post-Brexit trade in Northern Ireland work more smoothly.

# eu - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

DUP urges British government to act 'unilaterally', after EU and UK meet over NI Protocol
# Brexit
# Brexit

DUP urges British government to act 'unilaterally', after EU and UK meet over NI Protocol

Feb 24th 2021, 10:10 PM 19,311 Views 34 Comments

The UK Government recently made a request to the European Commission for an extension of grace periods until 2023.

# eu - Monday 22 February, 2021

EU agrees to impose sanctions on Russia for jailing Alexei Navalny
# Kremlin Critic
# Kremlin Critic

EU agrees to impose sanctions on Russia for jailing Alexei Navalny

Feb 22nd 2021, 10:15 PM 17,091 Views 28 Comments

The EU also agreed on sanctions for Myanmar over the military’s seizure of power.

# eu - Friday 19 February, 2021

EU to double funding to €1 billion for vaccine rollout in poorer countries
# Covax
# Covax

EU to double funding to €1 billion for vaccine rollout in poorer countries

Feb 19th 2021, 12:50 PM 9,170 Views 28 Comments

US President Joe Biden is also set to introduce significant funding for Covax.

# eu - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Top EU official tells Oireachtas: 'We made a mistake but please put it in perspective'
# Article 16
# Article 16

Top EU official tells Oireachtas: 'We made a mistake but please put it in perspective'

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 4:47 PM 47,022 Views 27 Comments

European Commission vice president Maroš Šefčovič addressed TDs and Senators today.

# eu - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

Von der Leyen 'deeply regrets' proposal to trigger Article 16
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Von der Leyen 'deeply regrets' proposal to trigger Article 16

Updated Feb 10th 2021, 9:28 AM 37,468 Views 48 Comments

The move was quickly reversed after much criticism from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain.

Jennifer Whitmore: We need a full debate and proper scrutiny of CETA trade deal
# Trade
# Trade

Jennifer Whitmore: We need a full debate and proper scrutiny of CETA trade deal

Feb 10th 2021, 7:00 AM 11,245 Views 23 Comments

The Social Democrats TD argues that there has been more time dedicated to the controversial Canadian-EU trade deal on the airwaves and social media than in the Dáil.

# eu - Friday 5 February, 2021

EU chief warns of more vaccine production delays ahead
# Vaccine Strategy
# Vaccine Strategy

EU chief warns of more vaccine production delays ahead

Feb 5th 2021, 12:58 PM 24,796 Views 38 Comments

Von der Leyen also admitted she should never “even have thought” of invoking Article 16.

# eu - Wednesday 3 February, 2021

Boris Johnson to consider invoking Article 16 to stop 'barrier down Irish Sea'
# The Protocol
# The Protocol

Boris Johnson to consider invoking Article 16 to stop 'barrier down Irish Sea'

Updated Feb 3rd 2021, 1:15 PM 59,627 Views 96 Comments

Post-Brexit inspections on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain have been suspended amid concerns over the safety of officials.

# eu - Sunday 31 January, 2021

AstraZeneca to deliver nine million additional doses in 'step forward' for vaccinations
# Vaccine
# Vaccine

AstraZeneca to deliver nine million additional doses in 'step forward' for vaccinations

Jan 31st 2021, 7:07 PM 52,953 Views 78 Comments

The EU will receive 40 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the first three months of 2021.

Taoiseach still has faith in Commission despite Article 16 move but says 'mistakes were made'
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Taoiseach still has faith in Commission despite Article 16 move but says 'mistakes were made'

Updated Jan 31st 2021, 2:03 PM 33,638 Views 89 Comments

Politicians across Ireland and the UK were left blindsided by the move by the EU over concerns about the supply of Covid vaccines.

Tony Blair says EU was 'very foolish' over NI vaccine move
# Peace Process
# Peace Process

Tony Blair says EU was 'very foolish' over NI vaccine move

Jan 31st 2021, 9:34 AM 38,139 Views 60 Comments

The bloc backtracked on the move, imposed unilaterally as it faces shortfalls on vaccine supplies.

# eu - Friday 29 January, 2021

'The refrigerators will be empty:' Has the EU vaccine strategy gone off the rails?
# Covid19
# Covid19

'The refrigerators will be empty:' Has the EU vaccine strategy gone off the rails?

Jan 29th 2021, 6:34 PM 65,644 Views 55 Comments

The EU is under increasing pressure as member states face unexpected supply issues just one month into their vaccine programmes.

EU medicines agency approves Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for everyone over 18
# Green Light
# Green Light

EU medicines agency approves Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for everyone over 18

Updated Jan 29th 2021, 4:05 PM 62,175 Views 43 Comments
  • Vaccine touted as 'game-changer' due to relative ease of transport and storage
  • EMA notes it cannot estimate efficacy for over 55s
  • AstraZeneca dispute with EU sees contract published
  • Ireland due to receive over 280,000 doses in next two months

# eu - Thursday 21 January, 2021

Michel Barnier says UK should find a 'clever solution' to row over EU ambassador in London
# Brexit
# Brexit

Michel Barnier says UK should find a 'clever solution' to row over EU ambassador in London

Jan 21st 2021, 11:28 AM 28,339 Views 41 Comments

The EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator was awarded the European of the Year award by EM Ireland today.

# eu - Saturday 16 January, 2021

EU urges Israel to facilitate Palestinian vote
# Election
# Election

EU urges Israel to facilitate Palestinian vote

Jan 16th 2021, 6:59 PM 16,511 Views 82 Comments

Palestine intends to hold elections in May and July.

# eu - Thursday 14 January, 2021

The EU's top court has considered its first ever case in the Irish language. It's about labels on dog medicine
# As Gaeilge
# As Gaeilge

The EU's top court has considered its first ever case in the Irish language. It's about labels on dog medicine

Jan 14th 2021, 11:22 AM 22,653 Views 63 Comments

It’s the first time a case at the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice has been conducted through Irish.

# eu - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

Dutch officials confiscate ham sandwiches from UK visitors
# Batch-stop
# Batch-stop

Dutch officials confiscate ham sandwiches from UK visitors

Jan 12th 2021, 9:42 AM 99,919 Views 151 Comments

One driver asked if a border guard could “take off the meat and you leave me the bread”.

# eu - Friday 8 January, 2021

Brexit deal ‘accelerates possibility of a united Ireland within next 25 years’
# United Ireland
# United Ireland

Brexit deal ‘accelerates possibility of a united Ireland within next 25 years’

Jan 8th 2021, 5:03 PM 21,387 Views 85 Comments

Former cabinet minister Lord Blunkett made the prediction as peers debated the agreement between the UK and EU.

# eu - Thursday 31 December, 2020

Brexit to take full effect tonight as UK leaves EU single market
# Final Countdown
# Final Countdown

Brexit to take full effect tonight as UK leaves EU single market

Dec 31st 2020, 7:13 AM 20,545 Views 44 Comments

The UK’s departure from the European Union takes full effect at 11pm.

# eu - Tuesday 29 December, 2020

Johnson wins backing of Brexiteers for trade deal, who say agreement 'preserves UK's sovereignty'
# Brexiteers
# Brexiteers

Johnson wins backing of Brexiteers for trade deal, who say agreement 'preserves UK's sovereignty'

Dec 29th 2020, 4:15 PM 16,451 Views 28 Comments

They concluded that the agreement ‘preserves the UK’s sovereignty as a matter of law’.

# eu - Sunday 27 December, 2020

Simon Coveney: 'Ireland has defended itself against the vulnerabilities Brexit forced upon us'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Simon Coveney: 'Ireland has defended itself against the vulnerabilities Brexit forced upon us'

Dec 27th 2020, 6:30 AM 23,187 Views 30 Comments

The EU and the UK published full 1,246-page text of the treaty yesterday.

# eu - Saturday 26 December, 2020

'The devil is in the detail': Scrutiny of Brexit deal begins after full text of trade agreement is published
# Brexit
# Brexit

'The devil is in the detail': Scrutiny of Brexit deal begins after full text of trade agreement is published

Dec 26th 2020, 12:43 PM 33,639 Views 26 Comments

The 1,246-page document waspublished this morning.