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#European Council

# european-council - Friday 21 June, 2013

Menthol cigarettes could be banned across the EU (but not until 2017)
# Tobacco Directive
# Tobacco Directive

Menthol cigarettes could be banned across the EU (but not until 2017)

Jun 21st 2013, 3:33 PM 6,922 Views 47 Comments

Health ministers, chaired by James Reilly, have agreed a ban on menthol cigarettes – but won’t ban slim cigarettes for now.

# european-council - Monday 17 June, 2013

Who's who: Meet the nine men and one woman who make up the G8 leaders
# G8
# G8

Who's who: Meet the nine men and one woman who make up the G8 leaders

Jun 17th 2013, 9:25 AM 11,498 Views 19 Comments

Eight heads of government, and two EU presidents make up the G8 leaders who are gathering in Northern Ireland today and tomorrow.

# european-council - Sunday 16 June, 2013

The next head of the European Commission will probably be chosen in Dublin
# European Union
# European Union

The next head of the European Commission will probably be chosen in Dublin

Jun 16th 2013, 2:34 PM 5,237 Views 17 Comments

The European People’s Party, the biggest group in the European Parliament, is choosing its candidate in Dublin.

# european-council - Monday 3 June, 2013

PHOTOS: PSNI undergo riot training ahead of G8 summit
# Predict A Riot
# Predict A Riot

PHOTOS: PSNI undergo riot training ahead of G8 summit

Jun 3rd 2013, 7:30 AM 6,996 Views 20 Comments

A massive security effort is being organised ahead of the arrival of world leaders like Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and David Cameron to Enniskillen later this month.

# european-council - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

Leaders back EU’s plan to attack ‘tax planning’ by the end of 2013
# Talking Tax
# Talking Tax

Leaders back EU’s plan to attack ‘tax planning’ by the end of 2013

May 22nd 2013, 6:55 PM 5,236 Views 15 Comments

The heads of the 27 EU member states have called for ‘rapid progress’ on plans to stop companies abusing international structures.

# european-council - Tuesday 16 April, 2013

MEPs ask for next year's local and European elections to be moved
# European Elections
# European Elections

MEPs ask for next year's local and European elections to be moved

Apr 16th 2013, 12:15 PM 6,927 Views 22 Comments

An influential committee wants the elections two weeks earlier, giving more time for European Commission elections.

# european-council - Friday 15 March, 2013

Eurozone finance ministers consider Cyprus bailout
# European Union
# European Union

Eurozone finance ministers consider Cyprus bailout

Mar 15th 2013, 9:02 AM 3,320 Views 18 Comments

The meeting of finance ministers will follow day two of a summit by EU leaders which will focus on the Syrian crisis.

# european-council - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency
# 50 First Days
# 50 First Days

7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency

Feb 19th 2013, 7:30 AM 10,281 Views 62 Comments

It’s February 19 – and the 50th day of Ireland’s tenure at the helm of the Council of the European Union.

# european-council - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

Brussels calls for mandatory beef DNA tests across the EU
# Horse Meat
# Horse Meat

Brussels calls for mandatory beef DNA tests across the EU

Feb 13th 2013, 8:40 PM 17,508 Views 25 Comments

Tonio Borg wants 2,500 tests on beef products, and 1,500 on horsemeat products, to ascertain the extent of the labelling problem.

# european-council - Friday 8 February, 2013

Kenny: EU budget 'a good deal for Ireland and a good deal for Europe'
# EU Budget
# EU Budget

Kenny: EU budget 'a good deal for Ireland and a good deal for Europe'

Feb 8th 2013, 10:11 PM 6,809 Views 69 Comments

The Taoiseach has welcomed a deal limiting EU spending between 2014 and 2020 to €960 billion.

European Parliament leaders: We will veto hard-fought EU budget
# Non!
# Non!

European Parliament leaders: We will veto hard-fought EU budget

Feb 8th 2013, 4:33 PM 5,204 Views 21 Comments

The leaders of the four main groups say ‘non’ to the deal – making it virtually impossible for Ireland to steer it past MEPs.

Enda Kenny Doing His Signature Move Pic of the Day
# Pic Of The Day
# Pic Of The Day

Enda Kenny Doing His Signature Move Pic of the Day

Feb 8th 2013, 4:21 PM 13,734 Views 91 Comments

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Leaders strike a deal on EU budget until 2020
# EU Budget
# EU Budget

Leaders strike a deal on EU budget until 2020

Feb 8th 2013, 4:03 PM 3,033 Views 19 Comments

The deal comes in spite of what were seen as key differences between France and the UK over the EU’s fiscal future.

EU leaders battle over budget at tough summit
# EU Budget
# EU Budget

EU leaders battle over budget at tough summit

Feb 8th 2013, 7:36 AM 3,073 Views 13 Comments

Countries like Britain are insisting that the EU has to make the same drastic cuts that member nations are making in their own budgets.

# european-council - Thursday 7 February, 2013

'It might be a late night': EU leaders bunker down for budget talks
# EU Budget
# EU Budget

'It might be a late night': EU leaders bunker down for budget talks

Feb 7th 2013, 9:33 PM 5,508 Views 20 Comments

European Council president Herman van Rompuy hasn’t yet found common ground on a seven-year EU Budget.

# european-council - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Transport grants, promissory notes and WW2 pardon
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Transport grants, promissory notes and WW2 pardon

Feb 6th 2013, 7:40 AM 4,706 Views 5 Comments

Legislation granting a legal pardon to Irish deserters who fought for the Allies in World War II will be introduced today.

# european-council - Tuesday 15 January, 2013

EU considering calling summit next month on seven-year budget
# EU Budget
# EU Budget

EU considering calling summit next month on seven-year budget

Jan 15th 2013, 6:22 PM 4,516 Views 9 Comments

Herman van Rompuy is canvassing member states to ask whether he should call another summit on the budget in February.

# european-council - Wednesday 9 January, 2013

In full: Herman van Rompuy's speech in Dublin today
# EU2013
# EU2013

In full: Herman van Rompuy's speech in Dublin today

Jan 9th 2013, 4:06 PM 5,181 Views 47 Comments

The President of the European Council is in town to mark Ireland’s presidency of the Council of the EU. Here’s what he said.

# european-council - Tuesday 1 January, 2013

Explainer: A crash course on Ireland's presidency of the EU
# EU2013
# EU2013

Explainer: A crash course on Ireland's presidency of the EU

Jan 1st 2013, 4:09 PM 8,590 Views 19 Comments

Ireland’s six-month stint running the Council of the European Union starts today. So what’s involved?

# european-council - Friday 14 December, 2012

Deal on Irish bank debt 'can be reached before 2014' - Kenny
# Brussels
# Brussels

Deal on Irish bank debt 'can be reached before 2014' - Kenny

Dec 14th 2012, 3:23 PM 5,005 Views 70 Comments

The Taoiseach says discussions on the help Ireland can receive from the ESM can continue before a new banking supervisor is set up.

EU leaders repeat aim of splitting bank and sovereign debts
# European Council
# European Council

EU leaders repeat aim of splitting bank and sovereign debts

Dec 14th 2012, 9:52 AM 3,146 Views 16 Comments

Ahead of Day 2 of a two-day summit, EU leaders say a deal on a new banking regulator is “a major qualitative step”.

# european-council - Thursday 13 December, 2012

# european-council - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Oireachtas agenda: CIE debts, employment rights, abortion vote
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: CIE debts, employment rights, abortion vote

Nov 28th 2012, 9:15 AM 2,718 Views 8 Comments

Today’s business at Leinster House will include a debate on employment rights for immigrants of questionable working status.

# european-council - Friday 23 November, 2012

EU budget talks head into second day but no deal yet
# EU Budget
# EU Budget

EU budget talks head into second day but no deal yet

Nov 23rd 2012, 7:44 AM 2,310 Views 21 Comments

Angela Merkel is doubtful as to whether a deal can be reached as the leaders of the 27 EU members meet again today.

# european-council - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Busy man: Taoiseach in Budapest, Vienna and Berlin today
# On The Move
# On The Move

Busy man: Taoiseach in Budapest, Vienna and Berlin today

Nov 8th 2012, 7:11 AM 4,704 Views 52 Comments

Enda Kenny meets with two heads of government and picks up his ‘European of the Year’ award today.

# european-council - Sunday 21 October, 2012

Rabbitte slams 'orgy of negativity' over bank debt deal
# Bank Debt
# Bank Debt

Rabbitte slams 'orgy of negativity' over bank debt deal

Oct 21st 2012, 2:28 PM 5,901 Views 48 Comments

Pat Rabbitte siad that he would have preferred if Angela Merkel had not made the remarks she made but insisted that an agreement to deal with Ireland’s bank debt still stands.

# european-council - Saturday 20 October, 2012

Govt insists agreement to address bank debt stands, FF says it's in denial
# Bank Debt
# Bank Debt

Govt insists agreement to address bank debt stands, FF says it's in denial

Oct 20th 2012, 3:31 PM 3,902 Views 40 Comments

The government has continued to insist a deal on Ireland’s debt still stands despite comments from the German chancellor yesterday.

# european-council - Friday 19 October, 2012

Here's the exact transcript of Angela Merkel's comments in Brussels
# Oh Mein Gott
# Oh Mein Gott

Here's the exact transcript of Angela Merkel's comments in Brussels

Oct 19th 2012, 7:27 PM 11,196 Views 103 Comments

“It will not be a retroactive direct capitalisation. If recapitalisation is possible, it will come for the future.”

Merkel rules out backdated ESM help for bailing out Europe’s banks
# European Council
# European Council

Merkel rules out backdated ESM help for bailing out Europe’s banks

Oct 19th 2012, 3:56 PM 8,128 Views 225 Comments

The German chancellor tells a news conference there “will not be any retroactive direct recapitalisation”. That’s us told.

# european-council - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Ireland to promote EU presidency with branded ties and scarves
# Eu Presidency
# Eu Presidency

Ireland to promote EU presidency with branded ties and scarves

Oct 17th 2012, 7:15 AM 5,822 Views 53 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs will offer branded ties and scarves as ‘promotional mementoes’ for the European Council presidency.

# european-council - Sunday 9 September, 2012

Ireland making 'such good progress on all fronts' - Van Rompuy
# Good Hustle
# Good Hustle

Ireland making 'such good progress on all fronts' - Van Rompuy

Sep 9th 2012, 7:30 AM 5,944 Views 106 Comments

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy had some kinds words for us in Italy yesterday.

# european-council - Sunday 26 August, 2012

Germany to seek new EU treaty on budget rules - report
# European Council
# European Council

Germany to seek new EU treaty on budget rules - report

Aug 26th 2012, 4:28 PM 5,222 Views 54 Comments

Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine says the federal government wants a convention on a new treaty this December.

# european-council - Sunday 19 August, 2012

Taoiseach resolves to work ‘harder than ever’ to restore Ireland’s finances
# Béal Na MBláth
# Béal Na MBláth

Taoiseach resolves to work ‘harder than ever’ to restore Ireland’s finances

Aug 19th 2012, 4:12 PM 11,095 Views 111 Comments

Enda Kenny’s address at Béal na mBláth also reveal details about the overall themes of Ireland’s EU presidency.

# european-council - Monday 16 July, 2012

After 16 months in office Taoiseach to address Seanad for the first time
# Debut
# Debut

After 16 months in office Taoiseach to address Seanad for the first time

Jul 16th 2012, 6:30 AM 3,175 Views 17 Comments

Enda Kenny has not got around to addressing the upper house in the 16 months since he took office. That all changes on Wednesday.

# european-council - Friday 29 June, 2012

European Union leaders agree to €120 billion stimulus package
# Stimulus
# Stimulus

European Union leaders agree to €120 billion stimulus package

Jun 29th 2012, 11:22 AM 3,318 Views 17 Comments

The European Investment Bank will be given more cash to lend out, while other unused funds will be redeployed.

Explainer: What did the EU leaders agree overnight in Brussels?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: What did the EU leaders agree overnight in Brussels?

Jun 29th 2012, 9:15 AM 8,337 Views 40 Comments

The leaders of the Eurozone countries have agreed to allow bailout funds be used by banks. What’s it all about?

Gilmore says new eurozone deal is a 'game-changer' for Ireland
# Debt Crisis
# Debt Crisis

Gilmore says new eurozone deal is a 'game-changer' for Ireland

Jun 29th 2012, 8:51 AM 4,478 Views 34 Comments

The Tánaiste has also said that it reduces the chances of Ireland needed a second bailout.

# european-council - Thursday 28 June, 2012

Merkel blasts ‘fake solutions’ as EU leaders head to Brussels
# Crunchzeit
# Crunchzeit

Merkel blasts ‘fake solutions’ as EU leaders head to Brussels

Jun 28th 2012, 10:26 AM 2,788 Views 34 Comments

The German chancellor says short-term measures to stop Spain and Italy from going under won’t cut it.

# european-council - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Mortgage relief, EU summit, the IRA and an Anglo default: an eventful morning in the Dáil
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Mortgage relief, EU summit, the IRA and an Anglo default: an eventful morning in the Dáil

Jun 27th 2012, 12:50 PM 3,775 Views 37 Comments

It was a busy session of Leaders’ Questions…

Kenny calls for sharing of bank debts - as Merkel again rules out Eurobonds
# Battle Lines
# Battle Lines

Kenny calls for sharing of bank debts - as Merkel again rules out Eurobonds

Jun 27th 2012, 9:15 AM 2,997 Views 58 Comments

There’ll be no Eurobonds “as long as I live”, insists a defiant Chancellor, as the Taoiseach calls for federalised bank debts.