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Europeans embrace European Union amid uncertain times

The highest European Parliament election turnout in 20 years saw voters reject rising populism in favour of an institution it trusts and understands, writes Daniel Gros.

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Presidential perks: But what of Juncker legacy?

Let us this week spare a weepy thought for Jean-Claude Juncker, who in November concludes his five-year term as president of the European Commission.

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EU leaders split over top jobs in Brussels

Jean-Claude Juncker will head the European Commission until October 31.

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Low interest rates ‘justified’ according to ECB policymaker

Low interest rates are justified by economic conditions in the eurozone and their impact on banks’ profitability should not be exaggerated, says ECB policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau.

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Varadkar reiterates support for Manfred Weber, despite candidacy doubts

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has restated Ireland's support for Manfred Weber to replace Jean Claude Juncker as Europe's most senior politician.

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Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote

The 32-year-old remains popular with voters and could get a stronger mandate when elections are held.

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Ten local authorities across Ireland to roll out free public Wi-Fi programme

In total, 22 hotspots will be funded in Galway, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, South Dublin, Westmeath and Wicklow.

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Clune happy to learn at European parliament

Election candidate Deirdre Clune recently visited a school where pupils are taught to elect a council. The Cork MEP says she’s learned a lot about politics in recent years too, writes Catherine Shanahan

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Phil Hogan: Kilkenny hub to emphasise Ireland's global leadership in agri technology

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said that a new digital innovation hub in Kilkenny City can drive the digital transformation of Europe's agri-food sector boosting innovation and growth in the region.

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Watch: European election candidate's bizarre video has taken Twitter by storm

Dublin European election candidate Ben Gilroy has raised a lot of eyebrows as he and his "hurley stick" star in a viral campaign video.

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UK to send MEPs to European Parliament – but for how long?

The UK will elect 73 MEPs on May 23, but they could only serve for a few months instead of the usual five years

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Salvini stakes out post as Europe’s populist leader

Matteo Salvini pledged to close Europe’s borders to migrants if the League wins not just the most votes of any party in Italy, but also of Europe.

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European economy clings to green shoots

Europe has a long way to go if it is to deliver on the hope sparked by recent economic numbers.

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Tories braced for electoral mauling in local and European contests

Deputy chairman Helen Whately said the local elections would be ‘difficult’.

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Proposal to ban terms ‘burger’ and ‘sausage’ for vegan products challenged

The Vegan Society says the EU proposal is ‘unreasonable and costly’ and would lead to confusion among consumers.

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EU committee approves proposal for fines over online terror content removal

Internet companies face fines of up to 4% of their revenue if they do not remove terrorist content within one hour of being notified by authorities.

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Brexit 'progress' is not easing exporters' fears

The latest twist in the Brexit saga, promising as it may be politically, does nothing to ease the plight of businesses trading with the UK.

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EU agriculture commissioner: No border ‘under any circumstances’

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan has insisted there will be no hard border in Ireland “under any circumstances” even if Britain crashes out of the EU next Friday.

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Relief palpable as Macron and Merkel ‘come good’

The relief was palpable. The important people in Government Buildings were extremely nervous this week.

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Sustaining progress: Work eligibility

As we approach full employment, it is essential that there is no domestic barrier in the way of either further economic growth or of delivering the Government’s Rebuiliding

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Figures reveal Ireland’s top climate crisis contributors

A morning-after headache may be the side effect of a pint of plain and a whiskey chaser but at least it’s short-lived — the long-term hangover is the thousands of tonnes of carbon emitted during production.

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Clocks to go forward for one of the last times

The government is considering the results of a consultation process on scrapping the seasonal ritual of 'spring forward and fall back'.

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Nike hit with €12.5m fine from EU

US sportswear maker Nike has been hit with a €12.5m fine for blocking cross-border sales of soccer merchandise of some of Europe’s best-known clubs, the latest EU sanction against such restrictions.

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Proof that Big Tech can be regulated without a breakup

The wider aim of the EU crackdown on Google is to give more space to startups or competitors to offer the same kinds of services on a more level playing field, writes Lionel Laurent.

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Ireland selected as EU offshore wind testing site

Ireland has been selected as the location for a European funded testing site for offshore 'floating' wind farms, which are seen as a cheaper and more efficient way of generating renewable energy from wind.

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European Parliament leader under fire over Mussolini comments

Antonio Tajani has apologised for the remarks.

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Air traffic strikes cost €18bn

Air traffic control strikes and staff shortages cost the EU economy €17.6bn in 2018 in the worst year of delays for air passengers in nearly a decade, industry association Airlines for Europe has said.

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Rejuvenating the EU: Macron right to demand EU reforms

Our capacity to absorb, to move on, to learn from trauma is a survival mechanism to try to live contented lives.

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Report finds just one in four believe Ireland would be better off outside EU

Irish people have a more positive image of the European Union than any other member state.

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Two-thirds of Irish people feel attached to EU, survey finds

Irish people have the most positive image of the European Union, a survey of member states has found.

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Majority of Irish people favour year-round summer time as EU to vote on clock change

Clocks changing twice a year could come to an end by 2021.

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Thousands surround Albanian parliament to demand new elections

The building in Tirana is being shielded by hundreds of police and barbed wire.

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European Commission accuses internet giants over disinformation

A new report says Facebook, Google and Twitter have failed to provide enough detail on how they are working to stop disinformation.

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EU net migration falls but rest of the world figure hits highest since 2004

Overall, the balance between the numbers arriving in and leaving the UK remained above 250,000

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EU report focuses on Irish health spending and reforms

Getting a grip on overspending in the health budget and not relying on corporate tax receipts to drive overall spending could help cut debt levels, the European Commission has said.

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Germany and France push to create European industrial policy

Germany and France have launched a drive to overhaul the European Union's competition rules to facilitate the creation of world-leading companies.

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EU proposes emissions standards for trucks

The European Union has reached a tentative agreement on the first specific EU standards for trucks, seeking to get polluting CO2 levels down.

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Merkel suggests rethink of EU competition policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Europe may need to rethink its competition rules if it wants to create companies that can play a significant role on the global stage.

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George Soros: Europe doesn’t know it’s on cusp of a revolutionary moment

The first step to defending Europe from its enemies, both internal and external, is to recognise the magnitude of the threat they present. The second is to awaken the sleeping pro-European majority and mobilise it to defend the values on which the EU was founded, writes George Soros.

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EU launches action against Austria over child benefit move

"There are no second-class workers in the EU and no second-class children either," said EU Social Affairs Commissioner Marianne Thyssen.

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Merkel and Abe to address World Economic Forum in Davos

Mr Abe and Mrs Merkel, who lead the third and fourth largest economies in the world, represent internationally minded governments keen on supporting free trade and co-operation.

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European Parliament backs proposals to help those who lose their passports when travelling outside the EU

The European Parliament has backed new proposals that will help Irish people who lose their passports when travelling outside the EU.

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'I always thought that the next surgery would work. Unfortunately it didn't'

As a teenager he fell off a roof and was paralysed from the hips down.

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Readers' blog: EU needs a secure political pendulum

It’s like someone is trying to pull the pin from the fulcrum in the political pendulum so it skews off balance or breaks, so that the discourse is altered.

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Varadkar concern over potential external interference in 2019 European elections

He said European Union leaders discussed the possibility of external interference in the 2019 poll recently, and warned of the potential impact.

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New EU legislation aims to stop companies taking advantage of tax loopholes

The EU says it' i an important step in the bloc's fight against multinationals trying to take advantage of tax loopholes.

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Polish PM encourages Poles living in UK to return to Poland

Mateusz Morawiecki made the comments after referencing the ‘blooming’ Polish economy during a press conference at Lancaster House.

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European officials agree ban on some single-use plastics

Once the ban is formally approved, countries will have two years to implement it.

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'Breaking down the barriers to e-commerce' - MEP welcomes new geoblocking rules

Irish people are now able to shop online without unjustified geoblocking wherever they are in the EU, according to new rules that came into force this week.

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Migrants sent €785m home to their families

Some €785m was transferred out of Ireland in personal remittances last year, mostly as a result of migrants sending money back to family members in their homeland.

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EU warns Italy over possible legal action amid budget eurozone rules breach

The European Commission could launch an ‘excessive deficit procedure’ against Italy.

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Readers' Blog: Ireland should not join La Francophonie

In 1939 the Irish Government declared that Ireland would be a neutral state, and in 1949 Ireland became a republic and left the British Commonwealth.

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Artists and intellectuals call for a ‘European Republic’

The event is being organised by a group calling itself the European Balcony Project.

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EU’s enlargement commissioner says Turkey membership talks should be dropped

Johannes Hahn instead said the bloc should develop a strategic partnership with Ankara.

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European Commission rejects Italy’s budget

The EU said Italy’s populist government’s budget for next year is out of line and breaks earlier promises to lower public debt.

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Canada could provide model for trade deals, committee told

UK ministers could look to the country for inspiration as they consider how to involve the devolved governments in future talks, experts have said.

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Boats hit by EU fuel ruling

The EU’s top court has ruled that Ireland has infringed EU legislation by allowing cheaper, marked fuel to be sold to the owners of yachts and other leisure craft when it should be restricted to commercial fishermen.

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Defending EU values against populism

Instead of protecting populist governments that are enabling corruption, the EU should ensure that all member-state governments are held to account, says Guy Verhofstadt

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Barnier rules himself out as candidate for EU top job

The Brussels chief negotiator says running to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker would be incompatible with his role in the Brexit talks.

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EU court to rule on release of MEP expenses details

The EU’s top court is to rule this week on whether information about the travel expenses, subsistence allowances and other expenses of MEPs should be made publicly available.

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