Fianna Fáil MEP Billy Kelleher: ‘The primary function of Cap is to ensure food security, protect farm incomes and develop rural communities. Within the three proposals adopted today, significant progress was made on all three’

Green groups argue Common Agricultural Policy waters down environmental policies

The meat industry is seeking a European Union-wide ban on use of terms like ‘vegan burger’ and ‘veggie sausage’.

Meat industry decries adoption of terms and suggests ‘disc’ and ‘tube’ as alternatives

An October 1st photograph of newly appointed foreign affairs minister Sophie Wilmès. Photograph: HATIM KAGHAT/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

Sophie Wilmès was prime minister until three weeks ago and led Belgium through pandemic

“We could have raised €233 billion, which is a sign of the great market interest and trust towards the EU as an issuer,” EU budget and administration commissioner Johannes Hahn told a news conference. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Europe Letter: ‘Outrageous’ demand by investors to buy EU’s debt seen as vote of confidence in euro

Seán Kelly: Being at home for so long due to Covid restrictions made it very difficult to mount an effective campaign. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

‘While it was always going to be difficult to hold onto it for Ireland, we gave it our best shot’

Michel Barnier referred to British “sovereignty” several times and called it “a legitimate concern of the government of Boris Johnson”. Photograph: EPA

British encouraged by language used in Barnier speech

Green MEP Grace O’Sullivan: the proposed CAP is “regressive”. Photograph: Kathleen Harris

Environmental groups urge greater protections for biodiversity and pesticide curbs

Chocolate shop in Antwerp: Belgium has shut its bars and restaurants, and imposed a midnight curfew. Photograph: Virginia Mayo

Brussels says situation worse than spring as one in four tests in capital proving positive

Labour leader Alan Kelly says an antigen test kit  costs €5-€10. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Rapid testing kits could potentially be approved by the end of the year

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier: he wrote to his British counterpart David Frost on Friday offering to resume talks in London on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

Dutch leader Rutte says negotiations should continue next week despite Johnson warning UK must prepare for no-deal outcome

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and French prime minister Jean Castex  meet members of Civil Protection who organized the Covid-19 test centre at the 4th district City Hall in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

Several countries report record case numbers while virus disrupts Brussels summit

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: ‘We are determined reach a fair deal with the UK. We will do everything we can, but not at any price.’ Photograph: Francisco Seco/Pool/AFP via Getty

EU leaders agree to step up preparations for ‘all outcomes’ as British deadline passes

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier alonside European Council president Charles Michel at the EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Leaders at Brussels summit agree to continue negotiations but step up no-deal plans

Passengers at the Terminal 1 departures check-in area in Dublin airport last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Europe Letter: New EU rules designating what is ‘essential travel’ are an important addition

Arrivals gate at Dublin Airport last week: All those arriving from green regions in the EU will be exempt from any travel restrictions such as quarantine or testing requirements. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ireland backs broad EU list of 'essential travellers' but is wavering on whether to enact it

European Commission’s  Michel Barnier and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: not enough progress to reach a deal with London. Photograph:  Virginia Mayo

No deal ‘very likely’, French foreign minister says, as fishing and competition unresolved

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/Pool/EPA

France and Germany press for swift action in sign of hardening stance towards Moscow

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier departs at the terminal Eurostar in St Pancras Station in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Irish Government warns businesses to prepare for deal or no-deal on December 31st

Health and border matters will be decided by national governments alone and member states have opted to continue to set their own divergent rules for incoming travellers. Photograph: Michael Reynolds

States agree ‘traffic light’ system but governments to set own policy for high-risk zones

A €750bn  stimulus to counteract the economic damage of the coronavirus pandemic and the EU’s next budget were broadly agreed between member states in July but both need MEP approval.  Photograph: iStock

Parliament demands funds be withdrawn from states breaching democratic norms

Brussels minister president Rudi Vervoort: “We decided that bars, cafes but also tea rooms will have to close their doors and remain closed,” said . “One in seven people tested in Brussels returns a positive result, the virus is everywhere in the region.” Photograph: Thierry Roge/Getty Images

Brussels hardest-hit capital after Madrid, while the Netherlands prepares to send hospital patients to Germany

EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell has ruled out military action. Photograph: Yves Herman/POOL/AFP via Getty

Europe Letter: Focus on Brussels to see if bloc is willing or able to bear an influence

 The MEPs approved the appointment of the long time Fine Gael representative with a decisive vote of 583 in favour and 75 against on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/ EPA

Fine Gael MEP nominated for role following Hogan resignation over Golfgate scandal

European Council president Charles Michel addresses  a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

MEPs say they will veto €750bn Covid recovery package unless strict guarantees are made

‘How nice would it be to make a super clear plan for the third wave,’ said the comedian presenter Arjen Lubach, in television show that mixed jokes, news commentary and criticism of Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (above). Photograph: Francisco Seco / Pool / AFP via Getty Images

Irish Living with Covid-19 plan: ‘Transparent, predictable and an obvious inspiration for Denmark’

European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen was informed on Sunday that a person that she had been in a meeting with had tested positive. The contact took place last Tuesday during a two-day trip to Portugal. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in self-quarantine after exposure

British prime minister Boris Johnson being interviewed on Sunday by host Andrew Marr on The Andrew Marr Show. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Leaders indicate talks could run to November after week of negotiations fails to break stalemate

A file photograph of Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Taoiseach wishes Trump well and says second Covid-19 wave underway in Europe

EU commissioner designate Mairead McGuinness attends her hearing in Brussels, Belgium.

EU commissioner designate promises to leave green jersey at the door if approved

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen at the EU summit in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Olivier Matthys, Pool/AP

Brussels says movement from British side insufficient to enter intensive talks ‘tunnel’

German chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council president Charles Michel, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte, Belgian PM Alexander De Croo and Luxembourg PM  Xavier Bettel at the EU summit in Brusels on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Cyprus persuaded to stop blocking sanctions with promise that Ankara could be next

Taoiseach  Micheál Martin: will tell his fellow 26 leaders that, contrary to the impression in some continental capitals, the UK’s prime minister Boris Johnson does in fact want a deal. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou

Dublin reassured by spin from Downing Street but UK makes Brexit talks harder

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announcing on Thursday that the EU has formally warned Britain of legal action over its Internal Market Bill. Photo Johanna Geron/AFP via Getty Images

British government says it will respond to European Commission letter ‘in due course’

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP via Getty

Europe Letter: A row is brewing over the best way to tackle brazen flouting of rule of law

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova and European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders give a press conference on the Annual Rule of Law Report 2020 in Brussels on Wednesday. The EU criticised Hungary and Poland in a report on democratic standards across the bloc, as tensions escalate between Brussels and Budapest. Photograph: AFP

Row over EU report on rule of law in bloc threatens to delay disbursement of funds

German minister of state for Europe  Michael Roth: he has warned in an open letter that the UK’s controversial Bill “is casting a dark shadow over the ongoing negotiations”. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/Getty

Europe minister Michael Roth says guarantees of fair competition are 'indispensable'

Ireland’s contact-tracing app is set to be linked with those of Germany and Italy within weeks in an attempt to allow for easier and safer travel between EU countries during the Covid-19 pandemic. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

System allows different apps to ‘talk’ so travellers can learn of possible Covid-19 exposure

British cabinet minister Michael Gove, (centre), leaves the third meeting of the EU-UK joint committee at EU headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

Sharp increase in pace of preparations for Northern Ireland’s ports and airports needed, says EU

Ireland’s official Covid tracker app. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Japan and South Korea trace beyond 48 hours to establish where the sick person caught the virus

The ruling in favour of Ireland and Apple was seen as a blow to the efforts of European commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

Donohoe expects it will take a number of years to resolve the case

Mairead McGuinness is set to face hearings in the European Parliament next Friday October 2nd.

EU legal affairs committee gives clearance to McGuinness and Dombrovskis

The risk to vulnerable people is very high, because of the difficulty of shielding them as transmission levels rise, the report says.

Overall probability of infection is very high, says European Centre for Disease Control

Asylum seekers  on a roadside near the Moria refugees camp that was destroyed in a fire earlier this month, on Lesbos island, Greece.  Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Bid to break deadlock between countries over how to manage arrivals into the bloc criticised as pandering to anti-immigration gove(...)

A sign with a portrait of state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell is hanged at an entrance to a restaurant to instruct people to wash their hands in Sodermalm, Stockholm. Photograph Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Country yet to see sudden spikes which other European countries have faced this month

Mairead McGuinness: nominated for the European Commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish nominee faces vote in the European Parliament after scrutiny by MEPs

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, German minister of foreign affairs Heiko Maas, right, and European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool/EPA

Minister has ‘reassured’ counterparts UK wants deal despite ‘strange’ recent behaviour

 A customer disinfects a shopping basket in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Infections have surged in the Netherlands this month, with a new record of 2,245 infections detected in 24 hours this week in the country of 17 million. Photograph: Evert Elzinga/EPA

Spain struggles to control burgeoning infections while the Netherlands keeps a liberal approach

“National governments have a backlog of policy decisions to make together and consider physical meetings to be vital for forging agreement.”

European Council president Charles Michel enters isolation after guard tests positive

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in front of the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Ireland strong supporter of move to include Alexander Lukashenko on list of sanctioned officials

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (L), German minister of foreign affairs Heiko Maas (R) and European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell (C) during a Foreign affairs ministers council in Brussel. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA/

‘British government has acted to try to appease concerns in the Conservative Party,’ Minister says

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: he  is also travelling to Brussels next week for meetings with EU foreign ministers

Strong feeling in Brussels that Brexit has taken up too much of EU’s attention in recent years

European commissioner for home affairs Ylva Johansson. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Time limits needed for how long people can spend in reception centres – commissioner

 European Union competition commissioner    Margrethe Vestager.

It is expected that EU commission will not appeal court ruling

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen gives her state of the union speech in Brussels. Photograph:  John Thys/AFP via Getty

Commission president’s state of the union speech references North and John Hume

Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the European Union (EU). Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Ambassadors describe British bill as conscious breach of prior deal that damaged trust

European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen delivers her first state of the union speech at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA

Commission president tells MEPs chances of final agreement with Britain fading by the day

Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, in London last week.  Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Brexit no longer dominating national capitals as prospect of no deal finds grim acceptance

Covid Tracing app. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Move aims to join app with those of Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia

The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, at Downing Street on Friday, as the EU demands Britain abandon plans to override key elements of the Withdrawal Agreement. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Years of negotiations show that EU has been preparing for UK to renege on agreement

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic leaves Europe House in London after an emergency Brexit meeting.  Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Brussels wants London to reverse plan that would tear up Brexit guarantees on North

European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefèoviè (R) is greeted by Ambassador of the European Union to the UK Joâo Vale de Almeida (L) at London offices of the European Commission. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

UK says parliament would not be acting unconstitutionally by enacting Internal Market Bill

British prime minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference at Downing Street in London, England, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau- WPA Pool/Getty Images

EU leaders voice concerns over legislation that will violate withdrawal deal

 EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and  entourage: There is dismay that London has dragged the intractable Northern Irish issue back into the talks. Photograph: Neil Hall

Europe Letter: UK’s reputation diminished as EU capitals digest declaration to break law

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said: ‘This would break international law and undermines trust. Pacta sunt servanda = the foundation of prosperous future relations.’  Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/EPA

European Commission ‘very concerned’ over plan to break law around agreement on North

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen: she named Mairead McGuinness to succeed Phil Hogan as Ireland’s commissioner. Photograph: EPA/Aris Oikonomou

The confirmation of MEP as new Irish EU commissioner is expected to be fast-tracked

British prime minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

North secretary Brandon Lewis admits new internal markets Bill breaks international law

Mairead McGuinness has  16 years’ experience in parliament and is popular among MEPs

Reputation of incoming commissioner was key to securing significant financial services brief

Mairead McGuinness. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Long-serving Fine Gael MEP replaces vacancy created by resignation of Phil Hogan

A 60-year-old patient leaves the intensive care unit  at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday. Photograph: AP

Infections surge in Spain, France and Britain, with youth warned of long-term health toll

The EU has not formulated a common policy towards the potential breakup of the UK. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Former Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny eased the path for North’s re-entry into bloc in 2017

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness has emerged as the clear favourite to become Ireland’s next European commissioner. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Varadkar says he’s glad Coveney ‘hasn’t allowed’ his name to go forward

The more common approach in the EU is to allow movement inside the bloc as a rule, while imposing additional restrictions on specific regions or countries that are identified as high risk. Photograph: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Commission advises replacing quarantine with testing, with Ireland an outlier in its approach to travel

Other EU countries exclude additional categories of workers including MEPs from needing to observe certain Covid-19 restrictions when travelling due to their work. File photograph: AP

Request comes in wake of resignation of former European commissioner Phil Hogan

Chief negotiator for the European Union Michel Barnier: “Good luck” to Britain if it’s a no-deal he told an Institute of International and European Affairs. Photograph: Cyril Marcilhacy/Bloomberg

Europe Letter: Frustration after fruitless summer of exchanges but no progress on Brexit

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: with Mairead McGuinness and Frances Fitzgerald, he is one of three potential candidates for the role of EU commissioner. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two names expected to be forwarded with portfolio depending on ‘competences’

Tourists wear protective face masks as they fill in a form for the the novel coronavirus before embarking on a small cruise boat along the waterfront of the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, on August 31st. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Hungary to close border to non-residents as authorities across Europe expand testing

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen with former commissioner for trade Phil Hogan. Questions have been raised in Brussels about whether the Commission should have a better process for dealing with ethical infractions. File photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Well-made regulations would allow for as little misinterpretation as possible

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: allocation of commission cabinet jobs is at her discretion. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard

Party leaders’ discussion favours replacing Hogan with politician not former official

Former EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan: There is a perception he opted to fight himself into a corner rather than coming clean early and possibly keeping his job. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

‘Transparency’ of published itinerary led to public and press scrutiny for discrepancies

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen: may opt to move the commissioner of another member state into the trade role and allocate Ireland whatever vacancy arises. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/AFP

Ireland retaining portfolio ‘a hope, not expectation’ as candidates sought urgently

Former taoiseach Leo Varadkar with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at Government Buildings in Dublin last January.  Photograph: Fran Veale/The Irish Times

Ursula von der Leyen asks the Government to suggest a man and a woman as candidates

Phil Hogan departed after conversations with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen yesterday, though he insisted the decision was his own. File photograph Nick Bradshaw

Commissioner insists decision to quit was his own after talks with Von der Leyen

Phil Hogan. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Former EU trade commissioner baffled even staunch allies with his approach to the story

There have been further contacts between Phil Hogan and Ursula von der Leyen since he submitted his report on his movements. File photograph: Bloomberg

Former FG minister under scrutiny over alleged breaches of coronavirus restrictions

 EU commissioner Phil Hogan’s future is being considered by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Collins

Coalition leaders say ‘concerns remain’ over commissioner’s movements after arriving in Ireland

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Commission left with unpalatable choice between losing Hogan and tarnishing image

Phil Hogan has been  under pressure since attending  an Oireachtas Golf Society event in Co Galway. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Ryan: EU Commissioner should have limited movements for 14 days

Phil Hogan’s team have admitted he returned to Co Kildare on his way to the golf event in Clifden, Co Clare, to collect items from his residence at the K-Club. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Government expects clarification from EC president Ursula von der Leyen over account given by EU trade commissioner

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan would have a better chance at weathering the scandal were it not for a series of traps he set for himself. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

Analysis: EU trade commissioner’s reputation as canny operator suffers major damage

Under the European Commission’s SURE initiative, €100 billion in cheap loans are being made available to member states to continue wage subsidy schemes.  Photograph: iStock

State has not yet applied for loan due to lengthy delay in forming a Government

Some EU countries exempt politicians who are travelling for work reasons from their Coronavirus restrictions, but Ireland has no such provision.

EU Commissioners have no special pan-European exemptions from local regulations

EU Commissioner Phil Hogan who has been asked for more information by  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Bloomberg

Taoiseach confirms Calleary has also resigned as Fianna Fáil deputy leader

Taoiseach Micheál Martin leaves an EU Council meeting in Brussels on July 19th. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Many Irish MEPs have stayed in Ireland and worked remotely during the pandemic

British cabinet office minister Michael Gove visited the Ulster Carpets factory in Co Armagh on Friday in the course of his visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Press Eye/PA Wire

Planned trader support service leaves many issues unresolved despite £650m pledge

Cyclists wear protective face masks as they ride on a street in Antwerp. Britain and Belgium have imposed travel restrictions on one another. Photograph:  Francois Walschaerts/AFP via Getty Images

Italian governor warns of travel risks as virus makes inroads into places that had escaped worst

French civil security personnel    heading for Beirut as France sends search and rescue teams on three military planes a day after a powerful explosion tore through Lebanon’s capital. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty

Europe Letter: Europe faces instability on its borders as regional rivalries focus on Libya

GP Eva von Ehren performs a Covid-19 test at her practice in Kamp-Lintfort, Germany. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

Record rise in Polish cases as Netherlands sees large number of under-60s hospitalised

France’s European affairs minister Clement Beaune: Paris will push for rules to would bar countries that do not respect democratic norms from receiving aid from the EU’s €750 billion coronavirus recovery fund. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

Call for EU to stall aid due to media curtailment, court interference and LGBT rights issues

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