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# european-union - Thursday 15 October, 2020

How does Ireland compare? How other European countries are handling a surge in Covid-19 cases

Case numbers in some European countries have soared in recent weeks.

# european-union - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Dutch prime minister orders bars and restaurants to close in new 'partial lockdown'

The sale of alcohol and cannabis will also be banned after 8pm.

# european-union - Friday 9 October, 2020

EU members green light 'colour coded' travel policy

Ireland agreed in principle last month to sign up to the EU system.

# european-union - Thursday 8 October, 2020

'A notable shock': Pandemic impact on Ireland's domestic economy worse than most other EU countries, says ESRI

Arts, entertainment and construction among the worst-affected domestic sectors.

# european-union - Friday 2 October, 2020

Mairéad McGuinness tells EU hearing she wants a 'fair and sustainable' tax system

McGuinness was also asked about being Irish, trust, and Michael D’Arcy as part of the three-hour hearing before MEPs.

# european-union - Sunday 27 September, 2020

Swiss voters appear to reject proposal to limit number of EU citizens living and working in country

Projections based on partial counts indicated that most voters had rejected the measure.

# european-union - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Brazil rejects concerns that EU-Mercosur trade deal could increase Amazon deforestation

Brazil argued that a French report raising these concerns “showed the true protectionist interests of those who commissioned it”.

# european-union - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

'The people of Europe are still suffering': EU chief calls for stronger health union amid pandemic

Ursula von der Leyen announced the creation of a new agency for biomedical advanced research.

# european-union - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Pelosi says 'absolutely no chance' of US-UK trade deal passing Congress if Johnson breaches Brexit deal

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the breach of the Withdrawal Agreement would break international law.

# european-union - Wednesday 19 August, 2020

EU rejects Belarus' disputed presidential election result as Lukashenko orders clampdown

Protesters have flooded the streets of Belarusian cities since the 9 August election.

# european-union - Friday 14 August, 2020

A record number of jobs were lost across the European Union in the second quarter of the year

Europe is in recession after two quarters of economic contraction.

# european-union - Wednesday 12 August, 2020

European Union threatens tough sanctions over vote-rigging and violent clashes in Belarus

Protests have erupted into violence in Belarus in retaliation against election results.

# european-union - Sunday 19 July, 2020

'People are dying': EU leaders remain 'fundamentally divided' over €750 billion rescue deal

Frugal states are resisting pleas to agree to a plan to help the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.

# european-union - Saturday 18 July, 2020

'A moment of truth': EU Summit to resume amid deadlock over €750 billion Covid rescue plan

The 27 leaders are scheduled to reconvene at 11am local time.

# 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

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.

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