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Tuesday 3 October 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Brussels

Last month
September 2023
Irish tourist will likely have to pay between €5,000-€7,000 for damaged Belgian statue
Video posted to social media showed an Irish man climbing onto the statue on the newly renovated building.
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary gets pied in Brussels before European Commission protest
‘Welcome to Belgium,’ says one protestor as she smears the cream pie in O’Leary’s face.
This year
Six guilty over Brussels Airport and train terror attack that killed 32 people in 2016
The biggest trial in Belgium’s judicial history unfolded over seven months in a special court to address the exceptional case.
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.
'Fair to assume' Russia is mapping cables and pipelines off Irish coast, NATO General says
The general who heads up NATO’s Critical Undersea Infrastructure unit spoke to The Journal’s Niall O’Connor.
Poll: Do you know who your MEPs are?
Next year Ireland will elect 14 MEPs to represent the country in Brussels.
Police raid European People's Party headquarters in Brussels
The party, of which Fine Gael is a member, confirmed the raid earlier today.
Tánaiste Micheál Martin is ‘developing proposals’ around Ireland’s neutrality
Speaking at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said stakeholders and the public will be consulted in a ‘meaningful way’.
Global trade union leader sacked over ties to EU corruption scandal
The scandal involves allegations that Qatar and Morocco funded cash bribes to influence EU politicians.
Up to 30 Irish troops will travel to Europe to train Ukrainian troops in 'non-lethal' skills
The cabinet confirmed the move this morning and will see the troops deployed in the coming months to the newly established EUMAM Ukraine.
Last year
Riots erupt in Brussels after Morocco stun Belgium at World Cup
Police used water cannon and teargas after coming under attack from football supporters.
Coveney to discuss Ukraine and climate with foreign ministers in Brussels
The minister also spoke out against the Iranian government’s crackdown on protestors
Belgian police officer killed in knife attack in Brussels
Anti-terror prosecutors have taken charge of the inquiry.
'A good day for Europe': Ukraine and Moldova officially granted EU candidate status
EU leaders met to consider applications for EU candidacy from Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
EU agrees ban on more than two-thirds of Russian oil imports
The EU has already slapped five rounds of sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.
EU Commission plans to force web firms to combat child sex abuse images
The plan calls for a European centre to combat child sexual abuse, based in The Hague and working with police agency Europol.
EU member states continue to negotiate details of Russia oil embargo
Several member states, most vocally Hungary, have demanded exemptions from the ban.
Belgium trial starts for alleged Paris attack accomplices
The 14 accused are suspected of transporting, housing or financially helping some of the perpetrators of the 2015 Paris attacks.
Consensus proving difficult as EU discusses fresh sanctions on Russia
Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said banning Russian oil was “very difficult for some member states”.
Leo Varadkar self isolating after positive Covid-19 antigen test
The CMO has not recommended re-introducing measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Biden and other leaders head to Brussels ahead of back-to-back Nato, G7 and EU summits
The Taoiseach Micheál Martin and other leaders are also travelling to Brussels on Thursday.
Ukraine nuclear plant: Russia denies shelling to Security Council; Coveney warns of 'new red flag'
The Foreign Affairs minister spoke ahead of a meeting of ministers to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
All time
Trial of ten men accused of involvement in the 2016 Brussels bombings to open in October 2022
Six of the suspects are already on trial in France over the November 2015 Paris attacks.
Clashes erupt at Brussels protest against Covid rules
Thousands of people gathered in Brussels to demonstrate against the latest restrictions announced on Friday.
Leo Varadkar says gardaí and security companies could check if pubs are following Covid rules
Speaking in Brussels today, he said the Government was looking at further options to ensure Covid rules were being followed.
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”.
Legal showdown between EU and AstraZeneca begins, with EU seeking huge fine
The Anglo-Swedish company is set to provide 70 million doses in the second quarter – it had promised 180 million.
Ancient Roman statue stolen 10 years ago found in Brussels antiques shop
The “Togatus” marble piece was looted in 2011 from a villa in Rome.
Belgian police clash with large crowd at 'April Fool's' party in Brussels park
The festival, dubbed ‘La Boum’ or ‘the party’, had been advertised on social media and police warned that it was a fake event on April Fool’s Day.
EU leaders agree to cut emissions by 55% over the next decade after all-night summit
Leaders also came to a compromise yesterday to clear the way for a €1.8 trillion Covid-19 recovery package.
'This is move week': Where are post-Brexit trade talks at right now?
It’s another crunch week on the Brexit front – so what are the sticking points?
‘Very serious’ gaps remain between UK and EU positions in trade talks
Time is running short for a deal to be in place before the transition period expires at the end of the year.
EU leaders demand Britain budge on post-Brexit deal as UK 'disappointed' at summit conclusion
EU leaders met today in Brussels for a two-day summit.
EU and UK to resume talks next week as time starts to run out for a trade deal
No 10 says there have been ‘useful discussions’ but that differences remain on some ‘important issues’.
Local councillor Colm Markey is set to be Ireland's newest MEP - but who is he?
Colm Markey will replace Mairead McGuinness as an MEP.
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.
MEPs ask Taoiseach to allow Covid testing as replacement for quarantine on return to Ireland
Billy Kelleher, Seán Kelly, and Ciarán Cuffe have written to Taoiseach Micheál Martin to ask for MEPs to be treated as essential workers for travel purposes.
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.
Brexit trade talks resume in Brussels
Officials from the EU and UK sides will enter into detailed haggling today and tomorrow.
'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.