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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Europe

This week
5th February 2023 - 8th February 2023
# Austria
Eight dead after weekend avalanches in Austria
The eight deaths came as resorts are filled during the February school holidays in Vienna.
Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Eurozone
Eventful night for Mbappe, Barca and Bayern win as Cancelo makes immediate impact
The France and PSG star missed a penalty – twice – and came off injured as PSG won at Montpellier.
Last month
January 2023
# Remembrance
Holocaust Remembrance Day marked as peace in Europe again shattered by war
The is marked annually on 27 January, the day the Auschwitz camp was liberated.
# Czech Republic
Billionaire ex-PM and retired NATO general make Czech presidential run-off
A billionaire, a general and an academic are leading in the first of a likely two-round vote.
# Europe
Cabinet clears way for Irish Defence Forces to send 174 troops to German-led EU Battlegroup
The Battlegroup will be on standby to respond rapidly to major humanitarian incidents and peacekeeping work.
Voices
Analysis: How is Ireland doing after 50 years in the EU?
Emma DeSouza recently visited Strasbourg and looked at how Ireland has been doing as a member state.
Last year
2022
# Northern Ireland Protocol
Sunak and von der Leyen agree to ‘work together’ to find way forward on NI Protocol
There are hopes that improved relations between London and Brussels could lead to a breakthrough
# Netherlands
'A crime against humanity': Dutch PM apologises for 250 years of slavery
The apology comes almost 150 years after the end of slavery in the Netherlands’ overseas colonies
# RIP
Two-month-old baby dies in migrant shipwreck off Lesbos
The baby boy was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Voices
Analysis: Are we seeing a change in mood music when it comes to the Northern Ireland Protocol?
Emma DeSouza writes her thoughts from Strasbourg on whether a breakthrough on the Protocol is possible.
# Aviation
Ryanair CEO raises concerns over potential staff shortages at Dublin Airport this Christmas
He added that a ‘fairer burden of environmental taxes’ could see a 50% increase in air traffic.
O'Leary said that Ryanair was currently engaging with the Dublin Airport Authority over the issue.
The DAA said that it is continuing to recruit for multiple roles at the airport.
Ryanair accused daa of 'incompetence' and 'poor management' over summer travel chaos
Luggage issues continue at Dublin Airport as passengers report delays and lost bags
# Baltic blasts
Swedish prosecutor confirms Nord Stream pipeline sabotage as explosive traces found
Four large gas leaks were discovered on Nord Stream’s two pipelines off the Danish island of Bornholm at the end of September.
# Istanbul
Six dead, 53 wounded in Istanbul explosion
The blast occurred in the well-known Istiklal shopping street.
# Interest Rates
Expected interest rate hike may help 'contain' house prices, says Varadkar
The ECB’s 25-member governing council is likely to lift its key interest rates by 75 points for the second consecutive time.
# Economy
Europe risks 'deeper recessions' due to Ukraine war and inflation, says IMF
Germany and Italy are predicted to slip into recession next year
# Europe
Ange says now is the time for Celtic to make mark on Champions League
The Scottish champions travel to Germany for the first part of their double header against RB Leipzig on Wednesday.
# iran protests
Swiss police fire rubber bullets to disperse anti-Iranian protests
Officers said two demonstrators who climbed over the fence at the Iranian Embassy in Bern were detained.
# Europe
Almost two thirds of people in Ireland are in favour of Ukraine joining the EU, poll shows
That’s according to the latest annual European Movement Ireland ‘Ireland and the EU’ poll.
# Italy
Death toll from Italy storms rises to 11
The storms hit on Thursday evening, with more than 400 millimetres of rain falling in some places in just a few hours.
# France
Louvre and Versailles to turn off lights earlier in symbolic energy savings push
The Louvre Pyramid will go dark at 11pm instead of 1am to remind the public of the energy crisis sparked by the war in Ukraine.
# Energy
Gas companies may have to pay 'solidarity contribution' from excess profits, says minister
The main drive will be to find ways to compensate people struggling to pay their bills.
# Fine Gael Think-In
'Not part of the mainstream': Varadkar says SF Govt would diminish Ireland's influence in Europe
The FG leader hit out against Sinn Féin stating the party would ‘wreck’ the economy.
# Ukraine
Macron urges French to reduce energy by 10%
He said energy rationing plans are being prepared ‘in case’ they are needed, and that ‘cuts will happen as a last resort’.
# On the box
Virgin Media confirm live TV coverage details of Shamrock Rovers group games in Europe
Stephen Bradley’s men begin their Europa Conference League campaign next week.
# Happy Hammers
Irish underage international makes first-team debut as West Ham cruise past Danish side
Gianluca Scamacca, Said Benrahma and Tomas Soucek sealed victory for David Moyes’ side.
# Climate
Parts of EU could be in drought until November
While temperatures won’t remain as high it will take months for soil and river conditions to improve.
# european heatwave
Spain wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate as land destroyed
The fire was raging in the Aragon region where around 300 firefighters are trying to contain the blaze.
# Contrition
Dundee United boss apologises after 7-0 rout in Europe
Jack Ross was critical of his side after their defeat to AZ Alkmaar.
# Sad end
Ailing beluga whale stranded in French river put down during last-ditch rescue bid
The fate of the whale captured the hearts of people across the world since it was first spotted in the highly unusual habitat.
# Europe
EU asks member states to cut gas use by 15% over winter to avoid Russian 'blackmail'
The Taoiseach has said Ireland is not overly reliant on Russian gas but rising cost due to a shortage may be a factor here.
# Europe
Visa-free travel for some refugees suspended over fears of 'abuse' of system - Ukrainians not affected
The Government made the announcement this evening amid a shortage of accommodation for refugees.
# Wildfires
Forest fires rage in scorching southwest Europe
Fire season has hit parts of Europe earlier than usual this year.
# France
10,000 evacuated as wildfires ravage pine forests in south-west France
One of the fires is in woodlands just south of the resort town of Arcachon.
# spot on
Penalty shootout drama as Sligo Rovers go through in Europa Conference League
Ed McGinty was the hero for Sligo Rovers.
# July heatwave
Europe braces for extreme temperatures as a heatwave sweeps across the continent
Temperatures are expected to surpass 40 degrees in parts of Spain and Portugal.
# Europe
EU to slash growth forecast again as high inflation persists
The European Commission is to hike its expectations for inflation.
# how it works
The EU and You: What's working, not working and what we don't understand
In the final topic of our 18-month initiative, we shone a spotlight on the EU itself and our part in it. Turns out we had a lot to learn.
# factfind
Explainer: What counts as EU funding and where does it go?
…And where has Ireland received – and given back to the whole process?
# Backsliding
Why is the EC releasing funds to Hungary and Poland in face of democracy threat?
Both countries have strongly denied allegations of corruption and judiciary interference, despite rulings from the ECJ and proceedings by EC.
# influencers
MEPs, assemble: Could Ireland's MEPs do more to influence Europe?
How do we punch above our weight on the European stage? Get into groupings, get specialised and stick around, writes CJ McKinney.