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# european-union - Saturday 11 July, 2020

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-union - Thursday 9 July, 2020

Donohoe wins in bid to become president of the group of Euro finance ministers, says EU recovery fund is first priority

Donohoe faced opposition from finance ministers in Spain and Luxembourg for the Eurogroup presidency.

EU leaders remain divided on plans for a €750 billion recovery fund ahead of a vital summit meeting

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte leads a bloc of countries opposed to the deal.

# european-union - Sunday 7 June, 2020

Dependents of EU citizens entitled to claim social welfare benefits, High Court rules

The judgement could allow thousands of dependents of non-Irish EU nationals living in the Republic to claim benefits.

# european-union - Monday 1 June, 2020

Further clarity needed on NI business and trade in UK's protocol plan, EU House of Lords committee says

It has been nearly two weeks since the UK published its proposal for the Northern Ireland protocol.

# european-union - Friday 29 May, 2020

Coveney seeks approval for new Brexit omnibus bill as he warns ministers there may be no trade deal

The UK government has said it will not request an extension to the transition period – and will reject any such request from the EU.

# european-union - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

Explainer: Why is Germany suddenly backing the EU recovery fund?

Experts say the scale of the crisis and a German constitutional court ruling might have something to do with it.

'A financial diuretic': Leo Varadkar and ECB voice support for €500bn Franco-German recovery plan

President Emmanuel Macron said that the funds “were not loans.”

# european-union - Monday 18 May, 2020

Merkel and Macron agree €500 billion virus recovery plan for Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron said today that Europe’s action at the start of the crisis wasn’t sufficient.

# european-union - Friday 8 May, 2020

Top EU court hits back at German ruling on €2 trillion bond-buying scheme ECB

Top EU court hits back at German ruling on €2 trillion bond-buying scheme

The European Court of Justice warns the decision could jeopardise EU legal unity.

# european-union - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

EU co-ordination poor and member states 'did their own thing' at start of pandemic, says Taoiseach

Micheál Martin said if ever there was a time to reflect on the importance of co-operation between states, this is it.

# european-union - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

One-third of Irish people believe there'll be a united Ireland in the EU in the next ten years

Just 26% of respondents in a survey said they believe there will be a UK-EU trade deal agreed by 31 December.

# european-union - Thursday 9 April, 2020

'Very important step forward': EU finance ministers agree to €500 billion coronavirus rescue deal

Demands from Italy and France for pooled borrowing were put aside in order to strike a deal.

# european-union - Monday 9 March, 2020

Explainer: What’s going on between Turkey and Greece and the EU?

Talks on the migrant crisis are being held today – here’s the background to the situation.

# european-union - Tuesday 11 February, 2020

House of Lords warns Brexit deal could see Northern Ireland in different time zone to rest of UK

A report from a House of Lords committee warned Northern Ireland may be legally obliged to be one hour ahead for six months every year.

The EU should support Irish reunification, Mary Lou McDonald tells BBC

The Sinn Féin leader also said the British government needs to start preparing itself for this constitutional change.

# european-union - Friday 31 January, 2020

Opinion: A very Churchillian Brexit

As the UK prepares to leave the EU tonight, Noelle O Connell explores what practical changes it can expect to see.

# european-union - Monday 27 January, 2020

Brexit withdrawal agreement would not have been reached without help from Ireland, says Barnier

Michel Barnier met with Varadkar and Helen McEntee this morning in government buildings.

EU will have upper hand in post-Brexit trade talks, Varadkar warns Johnson

The Taoiseach is meeting with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Dublin this morning.

# european-union - Saturday 21 December, 2019

Boris Johnson sidesteps Taoiseach's allegation that he has put UK on course for a ‘harder Brexit’

Varadkar said he feared the UK wanted to “undercut” its European rivals on food, health and product safety after exit day.

# european-union - Sunday 1 December, 2019

New European Commission begins fresh term under leadership of von der Leyen

The team took the reins as the 28-member union is faced with a mountain of difficulties, including Brexit.

# european-union - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

The new European Commission has been voted in ... here are the key players

The incoming European Commission will take office on 1 December.

# european-union - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

Some Irish communities 'severely affected' by intimidation over drug debt, EU report says

The EU Drug Markets Report 2019 was launched today in Brussels.

# european-union - Sunday 27 October, 2019

'It feels like being in limbo': Two Irish MEPs still unable to take seats due to Brexit delay

All the UK MEPs were due to leave the European Parliament on 31 October, but this now remains up in the air.

# european-union - Saturday 26 October, 2019

Minister blames Bercow for making it 'very difficult' to leave EU by October deadline

“It looks like they may well give us an extension.”

# european-union - Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Crunch time for Johnson as he tries to push through Brexit bill in three days

He faces the first hurdle this evening when MPs vote on the timetable for the bill’s passage through the parliament.

# european-union - Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Downing Street 'working hard' amidst reports of Michel Barnier's midnight deadline

The UK Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Michel Barnier met this morning.

# european-union - Monday 14 October, 2019

'It takes two to tango': UK and EU officials to resume Brexit talks in Brussels

There are doubts about the feasibility of a British proposal to track goods as they move through Northern Ireland.

# european-union - Friday 11 October, 2019

Brexit talks resume in Brussels after 'constructive meeting' between Varadkar and Johnson

The talks will indicate whether discussions between the Taoiseach and Prime Minister Boris Johnson paved way for a potential breakthrough.

# european-union - Sunday 6 October, 2019

Boris Johnson: 'We're walking out of the EU on 31 October'

The British PM has written a column for The Sun on Sunday underlining how his recent proposals are key.

# european-union - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Poor air quality prematurely killing over 1,100 in Ireland each year

A smog incident last year nearly called for a public information alert.

# european-union - Friday 13 September, 2019

'UK must leave as one nation': Foster refutes reports the DUP would accept Irish Sea checks

The London Times reports that the DUP is prepared to accept the North abiding by some EU rules post-Brexit.

# european-union - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

EU accused of 'divisive rhetoric' after appointing Vice President for 'Protecting Our Way of Life'

This title is a rebranding of the Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship portfolio.

Irish people travelling to UK after no-deal Brexit will be able to buy duty free tobacco and alcohol

The EU abolished duty-free shopping between member nations in 1999.

# european-union - Saturday 7 September, 2019

FactCheck: Will Northern Ireland drivers have to display GB stickers on their vehicles if driving in Ireland?

The claim surfaced in the media this week as a result of information published on the UK government’s website.

# european-union - Thursday 29 August, 2019

Irish-based Brits to hold protest against Brexit at Dublin embassy

Brits Not Out are holding the demonstration on Merrion Road at 6pm on Tuesday.

# european-union - Wednesday 14 August, 2019

Boris Johnson says Brexit-blocking MPs and EU guilty of 'terrible collaboration'

Johnson made his comments during a Facebook Live video earlier today.

# european-union - Saturday 6 July, 2019

Quiz: Do you recognise this EU leader?

Can you name those taking up key EU positions for the next five years?

# european-union - Saturday 29 June, 2019

Minister 'very concerned' about impact of EU trade deal on Irish beef farmers

The Agriculture Minister said the deal has come at a time when the beef sector in Europe is “facing significant uncertainty” because of Brexit.

# european-union - Friday 28 June, 2019

'A bad deal for Irish farmers': EU signs massive trade agreement with South American countries

The EU and the South American trade bloc Mercosur today sealed a hugely significant trade deal.

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