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# European Council

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# European Council
Taoiseach to travel to Brussels for European Council meeting on Ukraine and energy
The Taoiseach said that the EU remained “steadfast” in its support of Ukraine.
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# Vaccines
Taoiseach says young people should be vaccinated ‘more quickly’ with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson
The Taoiseach said it is positive that the Delta variant is not having the same impact on hospitalisations in Portugal as other variants.
# Brexit
Von der Leyen says Northern Ireland trade problems are caused by Brexit, not the Protocol
A new raft of checks at the ports of Belfast and Larne under the terms of the Protocol have sparked anger among unionists.
# Tourism
Taoiseach heads to Brussels for sign-off on return of travel between EU countries
It is possible that travel to the UK will be possible in June, and that holidays abroad will be possible in July.
# European Council
EU takes step towards relaxing tourism travel for fully-vaccinated visitors
EU ambassadors have agreed on measures to allow fully vaccinated visitors in.
# level playing fields
'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?
# brexit trade talks
EU chief and Boris Johnson agree to ‘redouble efforts’ to reach a deal in trade talks
The briefing is seen as a key moment in the discussions after negotiations derailed in October.
# Stalemate
EU Summit: Today is Boris's deadline day for a trade deal - but talks are still stuck
A draft deal hasn’t been created yet, with wide gaps remaining between the two sides on State aid and fisheries.
# Micheál Martin
European Council President Charles Michel to meet Taoiseach in Dublin
Michel’s visit today comes ahead of a European Council meeting next week.
# European Council summit
Taoiseach Micheál Martin says EU needs to show it has 'wherewithal' to deal with Covid-19 crisis
The Fianna Fáil leader is in Brussels for a meeting of the European Council today.
# Brussels Summit
Taoiseach travels to Brussels for crunch EU summit, but will take 'special measures' upon return
Martin will be tested immediately on return and again after seven days.
# euro star
It's a dirty, time-consuming job so why would Paschal want to become head of the Eurogroup?
Experts say that increased Irish influence in Europe could come at a cost.
# European Council
Taoiseach to urge EU leaders to do more for member states battling Covid-19
Varadkar is taking part in a European Council meeting in video conference format.
# the 27 musketeers
Did Varadkar worry that the EU would put pressure on him? 'It did cross my mind'
In an attempt to comfort unionists, Varadkar said “the queen will still be the queen; the pound will still be the pound”.
# Who do EU want
Why are leaders deadlocked over the top EU jobs - and who's in the running?
European leaders showed frustration as they entered a third day of discussions on who should fill the EU’s top jobs.
# Up All Night
EU suspends negotiations until tomorrow as Europe's leaders fail to agree who should get top jobs
Talks will resume tomorrow to decide who will get the EU’s top jobs.
# plastics
'Ambitious' single-use plastic straws and cutlery ban approved by European Council
This was the final step in adopting the single-use products ban, which will come into force in Ireland by 2021.
# divided kingdom
A Brexistential crisis: So what happens now?
The best answer to that question is: “F**k knows. I’m past caring. It’s like the living dead in here.”
# Tension
'Completely unacceptable': Britain angered after EU document calls Gibraltar a 'colony'
Gibraltar, home to 33,000 people, was ceded to Britain by Spain in 1713, in perpetuity.
# brexit roundup
After EU endorses Brexit deal, Theresa May tells UK: 'This is all there is'
The biggest hurdle for the Brexit deal is the House of Commons vote – as it stands now, that doesn’t look likely to happen.
# Questions and Answers
Explainer: The EU is trying to force the UK to get real, here's how
There was a lot of activity again in Brussels today but the path ahead isn’t exactly clear. Here’s what we do know…
# enda the line
"The sooner the better" - Fine Gael's Alan Farrell wants to know when Enda will be calling time
Now that the parameters for the Brexit negotiations have been agreed, the spotlight is expected to fall upon Enda Kenny’s leadership once more.
# No regrets
Enda Kenny says he doesn't regret the comments he made in the Dáil about Donald Trump
When asked about Trump’s comments in the Dáil in May, Kenny described the comments as both “racist and dangerous”.
# Talks
Enda off to Brussels for election of new European Council President
The EU leaders will also discuss the Ukraine crisis at the special meeting.
# TAKING ACTION
Some EU countries will be arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq - but Ireland won't be one of them
The decision follows a rare summer meeting of EU foreign ministers, including Charlie Flanagan, in Brussels today.
Voices
Opinion: Jean-Claude who? Juncker and the the turf war gripping Europe
The former prime minister of Luxembourg is part of a developing crisis that threatens to be one of the greatest faced by the European Union.
# Election 2014
Everything you need to know about the European Parliament but were afraid to ask
Don’t know your EPP from your elbow? We’ve got you covered.
# Enda's choice
Taoiseach: I fully expect to lead Fine Gael into the next election
Enda Kenny is “flattered” by being linked to two top European jobs that become available next year, but has insisted he intends to lead his party into the next general election.
# MFF
'A great day for Europe': MEPs approve EU's budget for the next seven years
The agreement brings to near conclusion a lengthy process of getting 28 member states to agree on its spending priorities for the coming years.
# Talks
Buongiorno Enrico! Taoiseach meets with Italian prime minister today
Enrico Letta will meet with Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin later.
# Enda's choice
There's something about Enda: Taoiseach 'being seriously talked about' for EU job
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed that his party leader is being talked about in Brussels as a possible European Commission or European Council president.
# local government
Council of Europe report criticises power of local government in Ireland
The European Council report says that Ireland has improved, but needs to devolve more power to local authorities.
# ESM
Paschal Donohoe: 'The ESM retrospective use is acknowledged in writing by EU ministers'
The Minister for European Affairs said the government would be holding them to their commitment if necessary.
# Bailout exit
Taoiseach expects decision on post-bailout credit facility before December exit
Enda Kenny was speaking at the end of the two-day European summit in Brussels today.
# Spying
Taoiseach on Merkel 'bugging' claims: 'I always operate on the basis that my calls are listened to'
Who knew you could tap a battered old Nokia…
# bank debt
In full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it 'remains imperative' to split bank and sovereign debt
Enda Kenny has written a letter to the president of the European Council and other EU leaders. Read it in full here.
# Richard Bruton
Bruton: At critical moments Angela Merkel has been a very important ally
The Jobs Minister was speaking after the German chancellor’s election win yesterday.
# Latvia
Just like us: Latvia will be using the euro from 1 January next year
The decision was confirmed by the European Council yesterday and will give the Baltic state six months to prepare for the changeover.
# European Council
Youth unemployment tops the agenda as EU leaders head to Brussels
Enda Kenny and colleagues will also discuss signing off on individual budgetary recommendations for each member state.