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# eu - Sunday 31 January, 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 33,642 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 38,147 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 65,654 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 62,178 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 28,344 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 22,687 Views 62 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 99,952 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 21,392 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 16,457 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 23,190 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.

EU countries move towards vaccine rollout as new virus strain spreads
# Vaccination
# Vaccination

EU countries move towards vaccine rollout as new virus strain spreads

Dec 26th 2020, 10:21 AM 14,648 Views 20 Comments

Several countries have reported cases of the new strain.

# eu - Thursday 24 December, 2020

A look at the detail: What is in the Brexit trade deal?
# And That's A Wrap
# And That's A Wrap

A look at the detail: What is in the Brexit trade deal?

Dec 24th 2020, 8:44 PM 80,347 Views 81 Comments

From what has been published so far, the UK conceded on both fisheries and the level playing field, while the EU conceded on governance.

Brexit trade deal agreed between EU and UK
# A Christmas Miracle
# A Christmas Miracle

Brexit trade deal agreed between EU and UK

Dec 24th 2020, 2:55 PM 52,589 Views 69 Comments
  • After 24 hours of speculation that there was a deal, the news was confirmed this afternoon.
  • “This agreement will write history,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said.
  • A Downing Street source said the deal takes the UK out of the “lunar pull of the EU” and the ECJ.

# eu - Wednesday 23 December, 2020

A post-Brexit trade deal looks imminent as speculation mounts about an announcement
# Brexciting
# Brexciting

A post-Brexit trade deal looks imminent as speculation mounts about an announcement

Updated Dec 23rd 2020, 11:07 PM 35,800 Views 28 Comments

It had been reported that the negotiating teams were pushing to get a deal over the line before Christmas.

# eu - Monday 21 December, 2020

Poll: Will there be a Brexit trade deal before 31 December?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Will there be a Brexit trade deal before 31 December?

Dec 21st 2020, 9:32 AM 30,962 Views 56 Comments

Another weekend of tense negotiations failed to achieve a breakthrough.

Post-Brexit trade talks resume as ‘significant differences’ remain
# Customs Union
# Customs Union

Post-Brexit trade talks resume as ‘significant differences’ remain

Dec 21st 2020, 7:10 AM 7,652 Views 9 Comments

Michel Barnier and Lord Frost met in Brussels yesterday.

# eu - Saturday 19 December, 2020

Path to post-Brexit deal blocked by fish dispute
# Sinking Ship
# Sinking Ship

Path to post-Brexit deal blocked by fish dispute

Dec 19th 2020, 7:20 PM 57,780 Views 24 Comments

Fishing is now the main obstacle to securing a pact by 1 January.

# eu - Friday 18 December, 2020

Brexit: Taoiseach says 'very significant difficulties' remain as time ticks away
# Groundhog Day
# Groundhog Day

Brexit: Taoiseach says 'very significant difficulties' remain as time ticks away

Updated Dec 18th 2020, 7:11 PM 21,599 Views 25 Comments

Michel Barnier said earlier: “There is a chance of getting an agreement but the path to such an agreement is very narrow.”

# eu - Wednesday 16 December, 2020

Green Party Cabinet ministers write to members in a bid to allay fears about the EU-Canada trade deal
# CETA
# CETA

Green Party Cabinet ministers write to members in a bid to allay fears about the EU-Canada trade deal

Dec 16th 2020, 3:15 PM 11,364 Views 31 Comments

Party membership has been told that ratifying the controversial EU-Canada trade deal is “politically important” with Brexit looming.

Covid-19: Curfews, lockdowns and travel limits in place across Europe amid fears of Christmas surge
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Covid-19: Curfews, lockdowns and travel limits in place across Europe amid fears of Christmas surge

Dec 16th 2020, 2:34 PM 19,426 Views 6 Comments

Tougher measures are being implemented across the continent.

'We have found a way forward': Ursula von der Leyen says path to a Brexit agreement is in sight
# Brexit
# Brexit

'We have found a way forward': Ursula von der Leyen says path to a Brexit agreement is in sight

Dec 16th 2020, 9:10 AM 36,114 Views 37 Comments

The European Commission president addressed the European Parliament this morning.

# eu - Sunday 13 December, 2020

Brexit trade talks to continue but Johnson says two sides remain 'very far apart'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Brexit trade talks to continue but Johnson says two sides remain 'very far apart'

Updated Dec 13th 2020, 3:12 PM 33,954 Views 45 Comments

The legal date for the UK to leave the Customs Union and Single Market is 31 December.

# eu - Friday 11 December, 2020

EU leaders agree to cut emissions by 55% over the next decade after all-night summit
# Grumbles In Brussels
# Grumbles In Brussels

EU leaders agree to cut emissions by 55% over the next decade after all-night summit

Dec 11th 2020, 8:09 AM 9,307 Views 41 Comments

Leaders also came to a compromise yesterday to clear the way for a €1.8 trillion Covid-19 recovery package.

# eu - Thursday 10 December, 2020

Brexit: Boris Johnson warns there is 'strong possibility' that trade deal will not be struck with EU
# Brexit
# Brexit

Brexit: Boris Johnson warns there is 'strong possibility' that trade deal will not be struck with EU

Updated Dec 10th 2020, 6:00 PM 23,601 Views 48 Comments
  • UK and EU to "come to a decision" on trade negotiations by Sunday
  • Micheál Martin says he doesn't expect a 'lengthy discussion' on Brexit at today's European Council meeting
  • Senior Downing Street source says it is “unclear” if differences can be bridged
European Court of Human Rights declares complaints by Irish symphysiotomy victims as inadmissible
# ECHR
# ECHR

European Court of Human Rights declares complaints by Irish symphysiotomy victims as inadmissible

Dec 10th 2020, 10:02 AM 27,474 Views 15 Comments

The three women from Dublin, Cork and Meath had sought damages from the State.

# eu - Monday 7 December, 2020

Brexit trade talks: Boris and Ursula to meet in coming days to discuss final 'significant differences'
# End Game
# End Game

Brexit trade talks: Boris and Ursula to meet in coming days to discuss final 'significant differences'

Updated Dec 7th 2020, 6:53 PM 41,898 Views 48 Comments
  • 'Significant differences' remain on the level playing field, fisheries and governance
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said new problems on fisheries had arisen
  • The House of Commons votes to reject Lords' amendments to Internal Market Bill, but UK government agrees to 'deactivate' contentious clauses if there is a trade deal
EU climate service records hottest November on record in Europe
# CLIMATE CRISIS
# CLIMATE CRISIS

EU climate service records hottest November on record in Europe

Dec 7th 2020, 7:59 AM 7,064 Views 22 Comments

November 2020 was 0.1 degrees Celsius hotter than the previous record.

# eu - Friday 4 December, 2020

FactCheck: Was the UK able to approve the Pfizer vaccine before the EU because of Brexit?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Was the UK able to approve the Pfizer vaccine before the EU because of Brexit?

Dec 4th 2020, 6:10 AM 20,418 Views 0 Comments

The head of the UK regulator who approved the Pfizer vaccine said its progress was “totally dependent” on the “rolling review” approach it took.

# eu - Thursday 3 December, 2020

Explainer: Why is Ireland looking for observer status at the Arctic Council?
# Pole Position
# Pole Position

Explainer: Why is Ireland looking for observer status at the Arctic Council?

Dec 3rd 2020, 11:00 PM 15,863 Views 22 Comments

Cabinet has agreed that Ireland should apply for observer status at the Arctic Council.

‘Good chance’ of Brexit trade deal in coming days, Coveney says
# Brexit
# Brexit

‘Good chance’ of Brexit trade deal in coming days, Coveney says

Updated Dec 3rd 2020, 1:39 PM 18,112 Views 23 Comments

Simon Coveney met European leaders in Paris today.

EU agency insists it has the 'most appropriate' vaccine regulation process after UK approves Pfizer jab
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

EU agency insists it has the 'most appropriate' vaccine regulation process after UK approves Pfizer jab

Dec 3rd 2020, 7:04 AM 16,303 Views 37 Comments

The UK formally approved the vaccine yesterday.

# eu - Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Boris Johnson remains ‘optimistic’ of post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels
# Time Is Ticking
# Time Is Ticking

Boris Johnson remains ‘optimistic’ of post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels

Dec 2nd 2020, 6:44 PM 9,199 Views 21 Comments

Michel Barnier has briefed EU ambassadors on the negotiations amid little signs of progress as time runs out.

# eu - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Over half of people believe individuals travelling from 'red' regions should not be allowed into Ireland
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Over half of people believe individuals travelling from 'red' regions should not be allowed into Ireland

Dec 1st 2020, 1:43 PM 23,944 Views 54 Comments

More than half of people also expect to take their next international flight before the end of 2021, according to new figures.

# eu - Friday 27 November, 2020

Talks on 'almost impossible' trade deal spill into weekend as focus shifts to fisheries
# Brexit Saga
# Brexit Saga

Talks on 'almost impossible' trade deal spill into weekend as focus shifts to fisheries

Nov 27th 2020, 2:30 PM 10,031 Views 8 Comments

Although the focus has mostly been on State aid and the level-playing field, that is shifting to fisheries in the past few weeks.

# eu - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

'This is move week': Where are post-Brexit trade talks at right now?
# Level Playing Fields
# Level Playing Fields

'This is move week': Where are post-Brexit trade talks at right now?

Nov 17th 2020, 6:00 AM 8,047 Views 2 Comments

It’s another crunch week on the Brexit front – so what are the sticking points?

# eu - Saturday 7 November, 2020

New travel traffic light system kicks in on Sunday - here's what you need to know
# International Travel
# International Travel

New travel traffic light system kicks in on Sunday - here's what you need to know

Nov 7th 2020, 12:05 AM 121,358 Views 29 Comments

It’s hoped the plan will help jump start the aviation sector in a safe way.

# eu - Thursday 29 October, 2020

Taoiseach says it is 'far too early to say what type of Christmas we will be having'
# Travel
# Travel

Taoiseach says it is 'far too early to say what type of Christmas we will be having'

Oct 29th 2020, 4:58 PM 37,345 Views 60 Comments

Government aims to have travel traffic light system up and running by 8 November.