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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Ursula von der Leyen

Last month
May 2023
# reykjavik
Zelenskyy thanks Council of Europe for 'damages register' and calls for additional fighter jets
He also called on leaders to support Ukraine’s ‘peace formula’.
This year
# War in Ukraine
'I can count on you to bring Russia to its senses', Macron tells Xi Jinping in China
Western pressure is mounting on China to take a more active role in the peace process in Ukraine.
# Final Countdown
D-Day for Protocol talks as von der Leyen visits Sunak to tackle 'complex challenges'
The two leaders will hold a joint press conference if a revised deal is signed-off.
The visit of von der Leyen to London is seen as a measure of how close the sides are to agreeing a deal.
Sunak is planning to brief his Cabinet before potentially announcing the details of deal.
Former minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he does not believe Sunak has done enough to convince the DUP to re-enter into power-sharing.
# EU summit
Hailed as a hero at EU summit, Zelenskyy urges faster arms supplies
The Ukrainian President is due to hold a series of bilateral meetings this afternoon.
# Summit
EU prepares more Russia sanctions as Kremlin readies offensive
Top EU officials met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv today.
# EU
Croatia switches to the euro and enters Europe's passport-free zone
It is now the 27th nation in the passport-free Schengen zone.
Last year
# Northern Ireland
Von der Leyen quotes The Saw Doctors when speaking about Brexit in the Dáil
Talks between the EU and UK will be done with an ‘honest heart and an open mind’, says EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
# EU
Ursula von der Leyen thanks Irish people for their support in welcoming Ukrainian refugees
Von der Leyen will also address a joint sitting of the Houses of the Oireachtas.
# Leinster House
Ursula von der Leyen to address TDs and Senators on visit to Dublin
The European Commission President will meet with Taoiseach Micheál Martin and President Michael D Higgins.
# EU Sanctions
EU seeks trade sanctions on Russia over ‘sham’ Ukraine votes
Simon Coveney said the results don’t ‘truly reflect what people in those parts of Ukraine actually want’.
# Energy Crisis
EU plans 'comprehensive reform' of electricity market as MEPs back higher renewables target
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said ‘Russia keeps on actively manipulating our energy market’.
# eu application
EU set to decide on Ukraine's bid to join bloc next week, says von der Leyen
Following Russia’s invasion, Zelenskyy started pushing for Ukraine’s rapid admission into the European Union.
# energy shift
EU proposes 300 billion-euro roadmap to ditch Russian energy
The investment initiative is meant to help the bloc start weaning itself off Russian fossil fuels this year.
Russia continues assault on east Ukraine as Finland moves towards joining Nato
Kyiv is preparing for its first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier.
Kyiv is preparing for its first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier.
Gazprom announced it would stop supplying gas via the Polish part of the Yamal-Europe pipeline.
Finland's president and prime minister have said they are in favour of applying for Nato membership.
Russia urged to annex Ukraine's Kherson, Moscow claims Kyiv bombed Russian city
# russian invasion
Ukraine forces accuse Russia of firing during evacuation of Mariupol steel plant
Ukrainian fighters say “assault operations” continued despite a ceasefire.
# European Union
EU leader outlines plan for Russian oil ban in new set of sanctions
Minister Eamon Ryan said that the proposed embargo would likely impact Ireland the least among other EU countries.
# Ursula von der Leyen
Another €500 million EU arms fund for Ukraine proposed, as von der Leyen travels to Kyiv tomorrow
“The Ukrainian people deserve our solidarity,” the European Commission President said.
# new sanctions
European Union backs new sanctions against Russia, including on coal imports
The deal was given the final political go-ahead in a meeting of EU ambassadors and will be enacted once published in the EU’s official journal.
# Ukraine
EU, US and UK pledge to remove ‘selected’ Russian banks from Swift system
The move came hours after Moscow ordered troops to advance in Ukraine ‘from all directions’.
All time
# Armenia
EU leaders look to deepen relations with former Soviet republics
The EU summit with its Eastern partnership came on the same day as Russia issued Washington a series of security demands.
# lost in translation
FactFind: What exactly was said in French PM’s letter about UK fishing row?
The document has been the focus of considerable controversy.
# Vaccines
EU says it has exported one billion vaccine doses to the rest of the world
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the vaccines have been sent to over 150 nations.
# State of the Union
EU to donate 200m more vaccine doses to low-income countries, von der Leyen says
Ursula von der Leyen this morning delivered her annual State of the European Union address.
Opinion: The State of the European Union: why it matters for Ireland
Alexander Conway outlines why we should be listening to Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the Union address tomorrow.
# NI Protocol
Brexit: Von der Leyen tells Johnson ‘we will not renegotiate’ over Northern Ireland
The European Commission President said the EU and UK must jointly work to ensure stability in the North.
# Dublin visit
Von der Leyen says Ireland’s handling of the pandemic is 'exemplary'
The European Commission President welcomed that Ireland has signed up to the EU Green Cert system.
# Hungary
EU to launch action against Hungary over law discriminating against LGBTQ citizens
Ursula von der Leyen has warned that the EU would use “all powers available” to force Hungary to repeal or modify the law.
# Hungary
Von der Leyen 'very concerned' over Hungary law banning LGBT 'promotion' to minors
She said the European Commission is “assessing if it breaches relevant EU legislation”.
# EU US relations
Biden seeks EU support on China, but Europe wants swift end to trade rows
Biden will stop over at EU headquarters en route to a NATO summit and meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
# Migrants
Tensions rise between Spain and Morocco over record number of migrants
The 8,000 migrants landed on the shores of the Spanish city of Ceuta on the North African Coast and many have since been returned to Morocco.
# sofagate
'I felt alone as a woman': von der Leyen says Turkey chair controversy wouldn't have happened to a man
The commission president was denied a chair at top-level talks in Ankara this month.
# holiday! celebrate!
Ursula von der Leyen says fully vaccinated US tourists will be able to visit the EU
Individual member states are likely to adopt the EU’s Green Cert plans at a different pace.
# good news
Vaccine boost: Ireland to get over 500,000 additional Pfizer doses as part of wider EU agreement
The EU is turning more heavily to BioNTech/Pfizer to make up for the suspended Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Pfizer is bringing forward the delivery of 50 million doses to the EU starting this month
The EU is negotiating with for 1.8 billion doses of a 'second-generation' of its vaccine to combat variants
NIAC considers increasing gap between first and second Pfizer vaccine doses
HSE cancels AstraZeneca vaccine appointments for rest of this week
# vaccination cert
EU moves towards vaccine travel certs and more export curbs
The commission is working to have the vaccine travel certificates ready by June.
# covax
EU to double funding to €1 billion for vaccine rollout in poorer countries
US President Joe Biden is also set to introduce significant funding for Covax.
# Coronavirus
EU buys up to 300 million extra Covid-19 vaccine doses from Moderna
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen confirmed the purchase this afternoon.
# Northern Ireland
Von der Leyen 'deeply regrets' proposal to trigger Article 16
The move was quickly reversed after much criticism from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain.
# article 16
Timeline: How the EU provoked anger in Ireland and the UK with plans for a hard border for vaccines
The proposal caused outcry on both sides of the Irish Sea.
# Brexit
EU rejects British fisheries offer of 35% fish-stock reduction over 3 years
A Number 10 insider has described the reported compromise on fishing quotas as “b*llocks”.
# Groundhog Day
Brexit: Taoiseach says 'very significant difficulties' remain as time ticks away
Michel Barnier said earlier: “There is a chance of getting an agreement but the path to such an agreement is very narrow.”