Tourists waiting to be evacuated  as wildfires move  towards the shore in Bodrum,  Turkey. Photograph: AP Photo/Emre Tazegul

Villages are destroyed, thousands are forced to evacuate and vast areas of forest are set ablaze

HSE clinics are open to those aged over 16 who have yet to receive a first dose of a vaccine against coronavirus. Photograph of interior of Citywest: Paul Reid/Twitter

Tony Holohan praises young people who queued to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at walk-in centres

Croke Park before the football final in 2018. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Failure to wear masks could hinder aim to have 40,000 spectators at All Ireland finals

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control warned against all but essential travel to much of Spain, including the holiday island of Ibiza. Photograph:  Zowy Voeten/Getty

Germany tightens measures on returning travellers due to tourism hotspots concerns

Photograph: Stock photo/Getty Images

Europe Letter: Scattered friends and family cheer a new start for the bride and groom

Last week the UK’s Brexit minister, David Frost, told the House of Commons there should be a ‘significant change’. Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty

Move follows British government’s call last week for a ‘standstill period’

At her first European Council meeting in December 2005, Angela Merkel emerged in the early hours ‘the deal-maker’ in brokering a budget accord. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Exit of the EU's great deal-maker raises prospect for new configurations of power

Phil Hogan: ‘I have had no commercial or professional engagement with Proof of Trust before the 8th of June 2021.’ File photograph:  The Irish Times

Digital finance firm Proof of Trust and its spin-off, the Astra Protocol, confirm hire

Banknote and coin imitations of the bitcoin cryptocurrency. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images)

Move towards digitalisation of all currency raises questions about privacy of wallets

Brexit minister David Frost pictured speaking at Westminster parliament on Wednesday  where he announced UK government’s bid for  changes to the Northern Ireland protocol.  Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty Images

British government seeks ‘standstill’ period and significant amendments to protocol

European Commission vice-president Vera Jourova has issued a warning to Poland. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

European Commission report highlights rule of law concerns in Poland and Hungary

European commissioner in charge of financial services Maireád McGuinness said: ‘Those involved in the cryptocurrencies space will now realise that anonymity is gone.’ File photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/EPA

New agency would enforce requirement for crypto providers to verify users’ identities

Passengers’ documents are checked at the port of Piraeus, near Athens on Friday. Photograph: Epa/Pantelis Saitas

Dramatic rises in infections among unvaccinated rein in reopening plans

Carrowbehy bog in Co Roscommon is one of Ireland’s wettest and most important raised bogs. Photograph courtesy Ronan Casey/The Living Bog

Funding is Ireland’s slice of €750bn scheme designed to counteract damage of pandemic

The Government submitted its plan on how it would spend the funds in May, outlining a mix of investments and reforms to make the economy more green, improve digital infrastructure and boost economic growth.  Photograph: Getty Images

The €915m will be Ireland’s first part of an EU deal to share €750bn in grants and loans to member states to counteract the effect(...)

 Protesters wearing yellow vests  wave flares and French flags near the Arc de Triomphe during a demonstration over high fuel prices on the Champs Elysee, Paris, in  December 2018. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Europe Letter: EU proposes compensation subsidies to quell fears of revolt

‘Our aim is to ensure that Europeans can recharge or refuel their vehicles seamlessly everywhere, without being worried on whether there is a charging point available and whether it can be accessed,’ an EU official said. File photograph: iStock

More ambitious national targets sought to usher Europe towards carbon neutrality by 2050

 First Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans holds a press conference on EU strategy on adaptation to climate change in Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday. Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Opportunities for ‘carbon farming’ in Ireland cited by Commission vice president

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty

‘Not helpful’ that British taking ‘more robust stand’ on Northern Ireland protocol issues

Paschal Donohoe indicated that Irish support could be possible after he met with United States treasury secretary Janet Yellen in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

State will continue to engage in negotiations within the OECD until October, Minister says

US treasury secretary Janet Yellen is meeting  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde, before joining the Eurogroup meeting of finance ministers. Photograph: Andrea Merola/EPA

Commission makes formal announcement ahead of meetings with US treasury secretary Janet Yellen

British prime minister Boris Johnson told parliament in 2017 that the EU could “go whistle” if it expected London to shoulder a Brexit bill estimated at up to about €45.5 billion.

Obligations relate to past commitments made when UK was an EU member state

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at an EU summit in Brussels in May. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP

Irish access to vaccines would not have been possible without EU, says Martin

People leave flowers, candles and messages of support to Peter R de Vries in the centre of Amsterdam. Photograph: Koen van Weel/EPA

Europe Letter: Peter R de Vries shooting linked to global web of crime that includes Kinahans

European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness: she has launched an initiative to drive money into climate-friendly investments

EU standard to ensure bonds classified as climate-friendly truly meet the description

Restaurants and other businesses in Belgium are being fitted with carbon dioxide monitors  to combat further surges of Covid-19 into the autumn and winter.  Photograph:  Hatim Kaghat/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty

Carbon dioxide monitors must be on public display so customers can see level of fresh air

A representative of the nightclub told local media that the venue had done “everything in our power to get visitors in safely”. Photograph: Getty Images

Suspected mass spreading event in city of Enschede brings scrutiny on 'test for entry' system

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel is expected to remain in hospital for up to four more days. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Pool/AFP

Xavier Bettel tested positive two days after attending European Council meeting

Dr Masoud Eslami, ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with Mick Wallace and  Clare Daly in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Discomfort grows among fellow left-wing MEPs about the Irish pair’s recent behaviour

The system is designed to work as free proof of vaccination, a negative test, or of recovery from Covid-19 in order to make it easier for citizens to travel between countries. Photograph: iStock

State only EU country not to be issuing Covid-19 certificates

 People wave rainbow flags in front of the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich in show of support for Pride. Photograph: Philipp Guelland

Europe Letter: Viktor Orban made a bid to push ideas directly to European citizens

Northern Irish drivers will be allowed to travel to Ireland with existing insurance documents. File photograph: Alan Betson

European Commission announces easing of several aspects of NI protocol

Mick Wallace is MEP for Ireland South.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

MEP tells Global Times Chinese system of government is ‘serving interest of people’

Restrictions on pubs are often tougher than on restaurants, with indoor service banned for establishments that don’t serve food in Croatia and Romania. Photograph: iStock

At least 20 countries have already started issuing digital Covid-19 passes to residents

Clare Daly, above, and Mick Wallace  have repeatedly travelled abroad despite the ban on  European Parliament overseas trips during Covid. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

European Parliament says Irish MEPs undermined its work to promote democracy

Adrian Cummins, head of the Restaurants Association of Ireland: ‘The least the Government can do is give us certainty around whether we’re going to open or not.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hospitality sector calls for increased support as delta variant threatens reopening

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban:   His repressive government has toyed with the red lines of other EU member states for many years. Photograph:  Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu/Bloomberg

Personal testimony by ministers reinforces argument to deprive isolated Orban of funds

Taoiseach Micheál Martin listening to Ruairí Holohan last year. Photograph: Merrion St.

‘I said very clearly to Viktor Orban that your law will harm young people,’ Michéal Martin says

Taoiseach Michéal Martin at the European Union  leaders meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograp: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

J&J and AZ vaccines should be reconsidered for younger people because ‘balance of risk has changed’, Micheál Martin says

There are concerns at senior levels of Government that a delay may lead to further extensions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Scheduled reopening of indoor hospitality grows doubtful amid fears of Delta variant

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, in Brussels on Thursday.  Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu/Bloomberg

Uproar over discriminatory law as 27 EU leaders meet for summit in Brussels

From left, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis, Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State for Northern Ireland Robin Walker

Boris Johnson has called for ‘radical changes’ to post-Brexit deal on North

EU leaders are expected to confront Viktor Orbán over new Hungarian legislation that prohibits gay people from featuring in educational materials or broadcast content aimed at under-18s. File photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

EU should agree to extend NI chilled meat importation grace period, he says

Mattia Villardita handing Pope Francis a Spider-Man mask: ‘I said these words to him: through those eyes, the eyes of the mask, I see a lot of suffering daily in these children.’ Photograph: Vatican Media/AFP via Getty

Port worker who volunteers in paediatric hospitals gave the Pope a Spider-Man mask

Taoiseach Micheal Martin addresses the media  as he arrives on the first day of a European Union (EU) summit at the European Council Building in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: John Thys/EPA/Pool

Green leader says ‘too early to say’ if Government will delay plans for indoor dining to reopen on July 5th

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control warned the spread ‘could cause a risk for the more vulnerable individuals to be infected and experience severe illness and death if they are not fully vaccinated. File photograph: Bloomberg

Warning puts pressure on Government’s summer reopening plans and vaccine rollout

Plans to set up an EU rapid-response cyber unit that could quickly respond to attacks like the recent ransomware hack of the HSE were unveiled. File photograph: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Commission vice-president notes ‘worrying trend’ of cyberattacks against health systems

A man offers LGBT pride flags to football supporters outside the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Wednesday before the Euro 2020 group F match between Germany and Hungary. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/AP

Europe Letter: Hungarian PM has used EU cash to consolidate power, says opposition MEP

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

NI Secretary says British have yet to agree EU terms for additional time

Activists seen during a demonstration at the Homomonument demanding the European Union  take action against a Hungarian anti-LGBTQ+ law, in Amsterdam on  June 21st.  Photograph: Robin Utrecht/EPA

Law presented by hard-right government of Viktor Orban as measure to combat child abuse

A tram driving through downtown Lisbon.  The Delta variant now accounts for 60% of infections in the Portuguese city, and authorities banned travel in and out of the capital for three days. Photograph: AP Photo/Armando Franca

Race to vaccinate as strain that emerged in India takes hold in UK and Portugal, and shuts schools in Israel

Child victims of trauma die in Gaza attack

Recent Israeli airstrikes killed 11 children in an Irish-funded trauma programme in Gaza

Belgian court said AstraZeneca should use it Oxford Biomedica factory in Britain, if necessary, to meet its contractual obligations to EU.

Belgian judges impose €10 a dose fine on any failure to deliver 50m doses over summer

‘Preliminary studies have shown that . . . the immune response seems to be satisfactory.’ File photograph: Getty

Coronavirus Delta variant: time to consider mixing and matching vaccines – agency chief

US president Joe Biden attends an EU-US summit  in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Europe Letter: Was quoting Easter, 1916 on the presidential trip to Europe a dig at Britain?

The United States and Europe are expected to announce a five-year suspension of tariffs in their 17-year-old dispute over aircraft subsidies. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Agreement is positive for Irish exports that got caught up in the fallout of aircraft dispute

US president Joe Biden and Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg  talk at a memorial for the September 11th terrorist attacks after a summit at Nato headquarters in Brussels. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Group warns about Beijing’s use of disinformation and build-up of nuclear warheads

 Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said China had held joint military training with Russia in north Atlantic waters, was involved in cyberattacks, and was ‘controlling infrastructure in Africa’. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Alliance expresses alarm at Chinese build up of nuclear warheads and ‘assertive behaviour’

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US president Joe Biden among others at  a plenary session of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels. Photograph:  Olivier Matthys

Britain keeps fuelling Brexit tensions while France and Germany less tough on China

Dr Tony Holohan after having received an Honorary Fellowship from RCSI on Thursday.

Chief medical officer was speaking after receiving RCSI honour on Thursday

 British prime minister Boris Johnson and US president Joe Biden, speak as they look at copies of the Atlantic Charter during their bilateral meeting in Carbis Bay, Britain. Photograph: Hollie Adams/EPA

UK prime minister plays down dispute over Northern Ireland protocol ahead of G7 summit

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said a Politico Europe report suggesting Ireland’s access to the EU single market could be restricted was “simply not true”. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Europe Letter: Vehemence of denial reflects threat the idea poses to EU’s raison d’etre

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic (L) and his UK counterpart David Frost meet in London. Photograph:  Eddie Mulholland / POOL / AFP

No agreement as talks between Sefcovic and Frost on Northern Ireland protocol break up

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin: seeking to play down tensions between the EU and the UK over the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

London wants more flexibility from EU on goods checks as Biden expected to intervene

Loyalists took part in an anti-Northern Ireland protocol rally in Portadown, Co Armagh on Saturday. Photograph: PA

EU unhappy at delays in building border posts to check goods from Britain going into North

The figure of 15% was reached as a compromise, after an initial proposal by the administration of US president Joe Biden to set a global minimum of 21%. File photograph: Getty

New dispensation represents a threat to the Republic’s corporation tax level of 12.5%

Minister for Finance and Eurogroup president Paschal Donohoe at a G7 meeting of  finance ministers in London today. Photograph: Getty

G7 backs 15% corporate tax rate in move which threatens Ireland’s 12.5% rate

The Irish Government has supported calls for an ‘independent and transparent’ investigation into the deaths in custody of Ashurak and another opposition figure. Photograph: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty

The case of Vitold Ashurak was raised in the Dáil this week. His friends and family describe the man he was

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, which is under investigation from regulators in both the EU and the UK on digital advertising. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

Bodies investigating company’s use of advertising data in its classified ads business

 Shoppers on Grafton Street: During the pandemic, Irish households  built up “historically unprecedented savings”, states an EU and European Central Bank  report. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Europe Letter: Some unexpected winners from pandemic feature in EU assessment

The required majority of EU member states backed the measure in February, ending a deadlock over the issue that had stalled its progress since 2016. Photograph: iStock

Ireland had opposed move hailed by proponents as big step forward in transparency

A woman receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine at a vaccination centre in Garlan, western France. Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP via Getty Images

EMA says the move is expected to have ‘significant and immediate impact’ on deliveries to EU

The European Commission has released new travel recommendations ahead of the launch of the EU digital Covid certificate. Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times

New recommendations come as bloc seeks to allow greater travel this summer

While the digital Covid certificate  system  is set for formal launch on July 1st, Greece has announced  it is ready to use the system earlier as it is keen to start its summer tourism season. Photograph: Getty Images

The system has been developed at the insistence of EU states that rely on tourism in the hope it will ease travel restrictions

The European Medicines Agency is expected to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use in 12 to 15-year olds on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

European Medicines Agency assessment follows approval in the US

Standardising payments would broadly reduce payments to large tillage and beef farmers

Governments are pushing to limit a move to share out subsidies more evenly among farmers

Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi: “The level of interference, whether through spies as we saw recently, or online manipulation, has really become alarming.” Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Europe Letter: Robust digital security in the modern state is basic civil defence

TDs representing regions where beef farming is strong fear a backlash from constituents. File photograph: Getty

Government’s best hopes are staked on flexibility it could have on imposing change

About 300,000 vaccine doses  were administered last week, with a similar amount expected to be done next week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

HSE to outline next phase of rollout which will see 400,000 vaccinations a week in June

Mark Rutte: the Netherlands’ prime minister. “I think a large majority of the European population understands the necessity to fight climate change.”  Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

States agree on a brief uncontentious statement and park the debate for another day

European Union leaders at a round-table meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/EPA

Bloc moves towards easing travel rules with vaccine pass as rollouts accelerate

In a video posted online on Monday, dissident journalist Roman  Protasevich said he is in good health and confessed to instigating unrest. Photograph: Telegram Channel Nevolf/AFP via Getty

‘Hijacking’ of Ryanair jet seen as attack on European Union, Taoiseach says

Taoiseach Micheál Martin in Brussels: ‘Connectivity is important for Ireland, so we have to weigh all of this up as we make decisions on Friday.’ Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AP

Public health advice on travel and assessing EU-wide situation presents ‘only issue’

Ursula von der Leyen: ‘There should be no doubt that there is no alternative to the full and correct implementation of the protocol’ File photograph: Thierry Monasse/Bloomberg

Disruptions due to Brexit, not protocol, says von der Leyen

Protesters hold images of Belarus’s president Alexander Lukashenko,  opposition activist Roman Protasevich and Protasevich’s Russian girlfriend Sofia Sapega  during a demonstration of Belarusians living in Poland at the  European Commission office in Warsaw on Monday. Photograph:  Wojtek Radwanski/AFP via Getty Images

The 27 national leaders demand release of dissident journalist seized in incident

 Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko: Strategically, the timing of the incident is deeply risky, as EU leaders can co-ordinate a response on Monday. Photograph: Pavel Orlovskiy/EPA

Belarusian act before EU summit is a make-or-break moment for bloc’s foreign policy

A Belarusian dog handler checks luggage off a Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS parked on Minsk International Airport’s apron in Minsk, on May 23rd, 2021. Photograph: Getty Images

Video emerges of journalist Roman Protasevich as leaders call for his release

 A Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius  with Belarus opposition activist and blogger Roman Protasevich onboard was diverted to land in Minsk after an alleged bomb threat.

Belarus’s ‘unprecedented actions’ to detain activist spark widespread concern

A Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS (flight number FR4978) is parked on Minsk International Airport’s apron in Minsk. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Plane from Athens to Vilnius was escorted to Minsk airport by a fighter aircraft

There are sources of EU funding that couuld be explored to build houses in Ireland

Naomi O’Leary in Brussels examines the possible sources of financing

‘Unfortunately, Amazon’s reporting of its international affairs is perplexing and raises doubts about its tax affairs,’ wrote the authors of the study, who are three academics at City, University of London. Photograph: iStock

Authors accuse company of reporting earnings in a deliberately confusing manner

Those warning of the imminence of catastrophic climate change have won the argument. Green has become mainstream. Photograph: iStock

Europe Letter: More than 50 green laws and reforms on EU schedule in next 18 months

“Rapid antigen tests play a crucial role to slow down the spread of Covid-19. Diagnostics are a central element for member states in their overall response to the pandemic,” EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

EU leaders are split over whethe tests should be included on digital green certificate

One of the two boats with a total of 415 migrants on board, in Lampedusa, Italy. Photograph: ANSA/EPA

Michael Barnier calls for suspension of immigration and renegotiation of Schengen

The so-called green digital certificates would show if the bearer has been vaccinated, has tested negative for Covid-19, or has recovered from the illness. File photogrpah: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Bloc secures 1.8 billion more doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to be received fully by 2023

 French president Emmanuel Macron said ‘the Anglo-Saxons block many of these ingredients and vaccines’. File photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA/

Bloc leaders urge Biden to lift export restrictions to have a global impact on crisis

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: she  said the EU was ready to discuss any proposals that addressed the Covid crisis in an effective and pragmatic manner. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Supporters see waiver as vital in supply of vaccines to developing countries

An Amazon delivery driver in Hawthorne, California. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP via Getty

Europe Letter: Web of subsidiaries makes question hard to answer, which is the point

The rolling reviews will continue until enough evidence is available for the vaccine manufacturers to make a formal application for conditional marketing authorisation. Photograph: iStock

Evidence will be scrutinised in real time as it emerges from animal and human trials

Corporate filings in Luxembourg showed that Amazon EU Sarl had record sales of €43.8 billion last year, up from €32 billion in 2019.   Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

EU Commission will ‘continue to monitor Amazon’s behaviour’ on corporate taxation

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