Among other feedback to Dublin, the report reveals that, to his hosts’ surprise, at a meeting between Britain’s Brexit secretary, David Davis, and two French ministers, Mr Davis barely mentioned Brexit. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

RTÉ report on memo cites alarm over ‘chaos in the Conservative government’

To raise taxes, or not to raise taxes, that is the question our chancellor faces as he/she make crucial choices. A power plant? A road? A new hotel? Photograph: AP Photo

Europe Letter: It’s official, my tax policies could make a struggling state flourish again

Louise O’Keeffe, who joined the Brussels delegation, said the Irish State’s “very narrow” interpretation of the 2014 ECHR ruling insisted any complaint now by others could only be based “on a prior complaint”. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

Survivors gather in Brussels to address committee of European Parliament

Pierre Moscovici said a number of member states still have high levels of public debt that limit their ability to invest. Photograph: AFP

Review finds that Republic is ‘broadly compliant’ with European Union rules

Dublin ran Paris to the last count for the European Banking Agency, beaten on what Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney described as a “technicality”.

Dublin and Milan lose in drawing of lots for hosting of banking and medicines agencies

Dublin lost out to Paris (above) as the new HQ of the European Banking Authority. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Ireland comes close to remarkable diplomatic coup in securing major EU authority

A laptop displays a map of candidate city locations for the relocation of the European Banking Authority and European Medicines Agency

Dublin loses out against Paris in a drawing of lots for relocation of EBA after Brexit

EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaking  in Brussels  on Monday. Photograph: AFP/John Thysjohn/AFP/Getty

Onus on UK to ‘come forward with proposals’ to avoid hard border

Ireland this morning withdrew its bid to host the European Medicines Agency in a tactical move to help it win the smaller European Banking Agency. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland withdraws its bid to concentrate instead on the European Banking Agency

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would like a new technological university to play a part in the French president’s proposal. File photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Emmanuel Macron aims to create networks where students could move between institutes

Brexit deadlock: Leo Varadkar in Gothenburg on Friday. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty

UK stance forcing Ireland and EU to set own red lines, Taoiseach tells British PM

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte during the European Social Summit in Gothenburg. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Nonbinding ‘pillar’ an attempt to restore the faith of European citizens in the union

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar arrives at  the European Social Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden on Friday. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images.

Taoiseach says pledge made on issue 18 months ago and must be nailed down before trade is discussed

Barry Walsh is the vice chairman of the Fine Gael executive council.

Party member ‘deeply regrets tone and language’ in some Tweets and apologises

Report uses 38 indicators to assess factors such as poverty, education and discrimination

Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, with the help of volunteers, gives food to a homeless man living in the streets of Lisbon, Portugal, this week. Photograph:José Sena Goulao/EPA

Some 117.5m people in EU at risk of poverty

Reporting from Brussels on Brexit, I find myself turning increasingly for understanding of the British position to “Alice in Wonderland”. Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit talks fast-reaching ‘Alice in Wonderland status’

Only 80% of the working-age population have attained at least an upper secondary education, a share that has significantly increased since 2007.

New report criticises low levels of funding and class bias in ‘two-tier’ secondary system

The scheme allows the State to provide aid for transferring the assets and liabilities of a failing credit union to an acquirer. Photograph: Collins

Process aimed at safeguarding financial stability in event of difficulties

Sara Gibadlo (left,19) of Oranmore, Co Galway, and Dace Zarina (22), from Co Longford, who died in a fire at a residence linked to a college in Leuven, Belgium.

Dace Zarina (22) and Sara Gibadlo (19) died in a house fire in Belgium in 2014

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney shakes hands with Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson following a European Union foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Simon Coveney says a move to participate in Pesco would not undermine neutrality

EU special representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini. Photograph: Epa/Julien Warnand

Event in Ivory Coast not just about stemming migration, EU Foreign Affairs Council hears

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney meets Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson at the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Border will remain central issue, Minister for Foreign Affairs says

David Davis, Britain’s Brexit minister:  A European Commission paper suggested that it seems ‘essential for the UK to commit to ensuring that a hard border on the island of Ireland is avoided’. Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images

The hiccup in the talks this week is largely the product of an attempt by London to ‘park’ the frictionless border

Brexit negotiators Michel Barnier (EU) and David Davis (Britain): serious differences remain. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

UK failure to meet deadline would push decision on phase two talks back to March 2018

European commissioner Margrethe Vestager agreed the establishment of a working group with Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Getty

Any assistance would need to comply with state aid rules

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made it clear that Ireland believes the UK must be more specific in the phase one talks about the practicalities of achieving the frictionless border that all are agreed is desired. He said  EU negotiators share this view. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Important differences emerge between European Union and Britain over Border

EU commissioner for economic and financial affairs Pierre Moscovici presents the autumn economic forecasts on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

Outlook notes ‘substantial’ Irish contribution’ made by construction

Irish Defence Forces in a mowag tank during an exercise in the Glen of Imall: Irish involvement in Pesco is a significant means of enhancing our Defence Forces’ capabilities. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Europe Letter: Pesco initiative is not an EU army but may niggle at neutrality fears

Swiss minister for the economy Johann Schneider-Ammann  and Estonian finance minister Toomas Tõniste at an EU finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Yves Herman/ Reuters

Action spurred on by publication of Paradise Papers, meeting of finance ministers told

ECHR said Icelandic courts had breached Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights

ECHR said Iceland had breached Article 8 of Convention on Human Rights

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: will visit the United States on an official trip next week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance to tell US congressional leaders global trade should be encouraged

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire. File Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

NI Secretary of State says Britain ‘determined to press on’ despite lack of breakthrough

Catalan rally: demonstrators in Barcelona hold banners reading “Freedom for the Political Prisoners. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP Photo

Catalan leader and four colleagues surrendered in Brussels after warrants issued

European Court of Human Rights: a committee of three judges dismissed the case of Mills v Ireland. Photograph: Jean-François Badias/EPA

ECHR says Robert Mills was not the victim of an illegal Garda sting

“Deeply disconcerting”: an empty butter shelf in France is like a dry baguette, according to the New York Times. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Europe Letter: Looking to France could solve a 50,000-tonne post-Brexit Irish surplus

Deposed Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (C) gives a statement during a press conference at Press club in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Carles Puigdemont says he is not seeking asylum in Belgium but needs guarantees to return

The court unusually reversed – or trumped — its advocate general.

The English Bridge Union, which took the case, expressed disappointment at the ruling

French La Republique en Marche (EM) ruling party deputies stand and applaud French prime minister Edouard Philippe’s answer on Europe’s posted workers directive at the National Assembly. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty

Europe Letter: Macron an unlikely champion of working man in backing directive reform

Ships in Dublin Port being loaded with goods for export. Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

Report predicts Irish agricultural exports to the rest of the world could fall by $6.5 billion

European Council president Donald Tusk during  a debate on the outcome of last week’s European summit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

European Council president says UK must decide between good deal, bad deal and ‘no Brexit’

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: in some eyes, achievements are being made on the road to Brexit.  Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Reuters

There was confusion after last week’s summit about whether sufficient progress had been made

British prime minister Theresa May takes a seat as she arrives for a bilateral meeting with European Council president Donald Tusk during the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP/Getty Images

Leo Varadkar suggests UK stance is gradually moving closer to EU’s position

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: there is deep concern over the autocratic leanings of his government and that  Turkey is “no longer on a European path”. Photograph: Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool

Member state leaders also found time to discuss migration, tax, Turkey and Iran

French president Emmanuel Macron arrives at a meeting in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/AFP/Getty Images

Ahead of this summit, Donald Tusk toured EU capitals to sound out a ‘leaders’ agenda’

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was unwilling to echo more apocalyptic language used by  Commissioner Phil Hogan  warning that the EU is on a cliff edge.  Photograph: REUTERS/Eric Vidal

‘If UK is leaving the EU, it is incumbent on them to put forward detailed proposals’

Flags of EU members in the atrium of the European Council ahead of a two-day EU leaders’ summit in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Commissioner Phil Hogan says EU summit will show 27 member states never more united

Sebastian Kurz, leader  of the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (OVP): likely to bring  Heinz-Christian Strache’s far-right Freedom Party into government. Photograph: Alex Halada/AFP/Getty Images

Success of Freedom Party in Austria’s election shows populism far from a spent force

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Developmenton, said: “What becomes more obvious day-by-day is that the Brexiteers are hooked on brinkmanship – and have been since the beginning”. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘We are now so close to the cliff edge of a hard Brexit ... we can see the drop’ - Ireland’s EU Commissioner

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: says pace of “divorce” talks inadequate. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Simon Coveney welcomes ‘very strong language on Ireland’ in EU summit documents

A report by the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Commission examined progress by 46 countries towards having at least 40 per cent of both men and women taking part in different aspects of political and public life.

Council of Europe report finds target of 40% participation hit by only Sweden and Finland

EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini: said Mr Trump has promised to consult allies on the agreement and to take account of their strategic interests. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Foreign ministers pledge to lobby US Congress over Trump move to repudiate deal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Nobody wants a hard Brexit. Photograph: EPA

EU also notes UK’s lack of ‘concrete commitment’ on divorce bill

 EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has  claimed Donald Trump’s “decertification” of the Iran nuclear deal  was driven by domestic politics and had no standing in international law. File photograph:Domenic Aquilina/EPA

EU foreign policy boss says the US president ‘has many powers, but not this one’

Ireland’s beef sector would be particularly vulnerable to a massive influx of beef, not least with Brexit looming.

Irish minister concerned EU is vulnerable to massive influx of beef from Mercosur countries

Demonstrators fly a European Union flag and a Union Jack outside  the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London,  October 12th, 2017. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Latest round of talks end with no sign of progress hoped for after May’s Florence speech

UK chief Brexit negotiator David Davis (left) and the EU’s chief negotiator  Michel Barnier  give a press briefing at the end of the fifth round of negotiations  at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, today. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Frustration of EU negotiator could be eased if EU leaders give him enlarged mandate

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier  participates in a media conference  in Brussels. Photograph:Olivier Matthys/AP

Barnier says sides are deadlocked over how much Britain should pay when it leaves

Brexit secretary David Davis with Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the EU. Bereft of developments, creative colleagues in the British press have latched on to supposedly significant “angles”. Photograph: Bloomberg

Lack of progress in Brexit talks turns press briefings into a farce

The  European Court of Justice  in Luxembourg ruled on a dispute involving the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland is in effect an arm of State, top European court finds

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan   recently said he is “digging his heels in” to ensure the trade agreement does not allow for the import of lower quality beef into the EU. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

EU trade deals being negotiated may lead to glut of beef in European markets

The ESRI has warned of a potential impact on trade from a hard Brexit - where we are subject to WTO-level tariffs. Photograph: The Irish Times

Analysis: UK is the biggest importer of Irish agri-food, representing 47% of Irish exports

“We never lose our sense of connectedness to our home country. Please don’t make us wait for retirement to be able to vote!” Photograph: Getty Images

Irish official expresses regret at failure of governments to address issue of voting rights

Referendum: Catalans wear pro-independence flags in Barcelona on Tuesday. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Europe Letter: EU will offer Spanish region no favours if it carries through on threat

When a VAT registered trader buys goods from another EU member state, he does not pay VAT on import, only charging and accounting for VAT when he sells the goods on the domestic market.

It estimates fraud costs it €50bn a year

Michel Barnier, the European chief negotiator  on Brexit, and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker attend a session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on October 3rd. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

‘Northern Ireland Brexit solution will be part of the UK solution,’ insists Dodds

People celebrate after the Catalonia independence referendum in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Santi Donaire/EPA

Commission refuses to condemn Spanish government or police for violent scenes

Ireland has expressed a preference for hosting Europe’s drugs regulator, the European Medical Agency (EMA), after Brexit. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is seeking to host European Medical Agency and European Banking Authority

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for the Tallinn Digital Summit in Tallinn, Estonia. “If we want to foster innovation, the solution is not more taxes and more regulation, it’s actually the opposite.” Photograph: Valda Kalnina/EPA

Taoiseach defends Ireland’s low tax stance amid calls for harmonisation of tax rates

Following French president Emmanuel Macron’s strong championing of corporation tax harmonisation in his speech last week, the idea was also backed by German chancellor Angela Merkel on the fringes of Tallinn. Photograph: Valda Kalnina/EPA

Digital summit in Estonia full of futuristic promises but also potential stumbling blocks

European Council president Donald Tusk gives a press conference after the European Union digital summit in Tallinn, Estonia. Photograph: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty Images

Tallinn’s DigitExpo treats heads of EU governments to display of artificial intelligence

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “If you want those companies to generate in Europe it not through heavy taxes and more regulation”. File photograph Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach: solution is not more taxes and regulation, it’s actually the opposite

United Kingdom’s Brexit secretary of state David Davis (L) is welcomed by Michel Barnier (R) in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Parties begin drafting common principles needed to underpin Common Travel Area

'What the Estonians would like is for the leaders to back what will undoubtedly be called the ‘Tallinn Agenda'.' Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Europe Letter: Tallinn digital summit to be attended by all but one of EU’s heads of state

French president Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to set out plans for reforming the European Union at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Photograph:  Reuters/Ludovic Marin/Pool

Angela Merkel’s weakened parliamentary mandate seriously undercuts the possibility of support for the French president’s proposals

No cherrypicking: Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the European Union,  was clear in his message to the UK’s David Davis. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

EU chief negotiator responds to David Davis’s comments about ‘regulatory divergence’

EC vice-president Frans Timmermans. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Andrzej Duda has said he wants greater control over judicial appointments

Irish officials  criticised the fact that those working in European institutions were disenfranchised from Irish elections, unlike Irish diplomats living abroad. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Officials say Irish Government, seeking support for relocation, have neglected them

Michel Barnier: “Today’s speech does not clarify how the UK intends to honour its special responsibility for the consequences of its withdrawal for Ireland.” Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Cautious welcome from EU, but will it mean ‘sufficient progress’ has been made in talks?

The European Commission suggested that EU plans to harmonise tax rules across the bloc could be used to incorporate new rules on digital taxation. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Commission paper set outs roadmap for reforming how digital firms should be taxed

Migrants at a detention centre in Zawiyah, Libya, in 2015: there are claims Rome has been paying off Libyan warlords and militias linked to people-traffickers. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

Europe Letter: Warlords and militia play dark role in curbing flight of refugees

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings  stressed the need to  pay increased attention to prevention and protection measures addressing the particular vulnerability of children to trafficking. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Department of Justice defends accommodation but promises it will be reviewed

 An engineer monitors a cyber threat map.  “Businesses are divided in two. Those who believe they have been attacked. And those who don’t know they have been attacked.” Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Beefed-up EU Cybersecurity Agency will share threat knowledge to prevent cyber attacks

Ireland  has seen some €10bn   invested here in the last decade by biopharmaceutical and biologics businesses

Dublin one of 19 cities vying for EU’s medicines regulatory agency

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said Ireland is opposed to what it sees as proposals which undermine its corporate tax system. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The proposals plan to tax giant digital companies on turnover rather than profits

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the European Parliament during a debate on the state of the EU, in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The EU’s game plan has been laid out but what about the Brexit-shaped elephant in the room?

Brexit had the potential to adversely affect Ireland “more than any other EU state” in terms of security, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said, because of the national threat from dissident republicanism. File photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Minister for Justice says UK must clarify position on security co-operation post-Brexit

 Brussels’ new   site aimed at countering Russian propaganda – “EU vs disinfo”, euvsdisinfo.eu – makes for compulsive reading, documenting the more far-flung claims – 3,000 in the last year – and tracking their emergence

Europe Letter: Moscow’s disinformation campaign covers the seedy and the political

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg: he said the EU must seize the moment of economic upturn  and “catch the trade winds in our sails”. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

European Commission president calls Brexit ‘tragic’ in brief mention in state of union speech

Demonstrators head towards Parliament Square during the anti-Brexit People’s March for Europe, in central London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/Reuters

Multiple programmes – the fruit of the Belfast Agreement – are threatened by Brexit

The European chief negotiator  Michel Barnier called on Britain not to use the Irish Border as a test case for wider Brexit border issues. Photograph: EPA

EU sets out position on Border, criticising UK negotiating stance

The Commission task force insists that any solution involving the creation of a “frictionless” Border will have to be unique to the island of Ireland. Photograph:Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Any Irish Border solution must respect integrity of EU’s legal order and single market

A Union Jack and an EU flag fly outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

European Commission to publish its long-awaited Brexit paper on Ireland

Border defence: Hungarian prisoners build a fence at their country’s border with Serbia, as part of its efforts to keep migrants and refugees from freely entering the country. Photograph: Csaba Segesvari/AFP/Getty

Europe Letter: Pair have rejected refugees and threatened the rule of law

Hungarian hostility: migrants face police at Budapest’s main railway station in 2015. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Decision underpins principle of burden sharing after Greek and Italian crises

Sara Gibadlo (left,19) of Oranmore, Co Galway, and Dace Zarina (22), from Co Longford, who died in a fire at a residence linked to a college in Leuven, Belgium.

Lawyers for the families welcome verdict but say ‘unfortunately a lot of questions remain’

German chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the beginning of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7th. Photograph: John MacDougall/Reuters

Any decision to suspend stalled talks a matter for heads of government, European Commission says

Coveney-Barnier talks: Ireland and the commission are disappointed with the UK’s lack of detail. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Republic in ‘uniquely vulnerable position’, Minister tells chief negotiator

Expat Brits: UK citizens living abroad are to keep their pension and welfare entitlements after Brexit. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty

Progress is slow in talks about 3.5m EU nationals in the UK and 1.2m Britons in the EU

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (r) participates in a press conference withBritish Brexit secretary David Davis in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

British side guarantees free movement of all EU citizens between Ireland and Britain

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