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 Tom Van Grieken, president of the far-right Flemish separatist party Vlaams Belang, leaves after a meeting with Belgium’s King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw – RC1323AA10E0/Reuters

Belgium’s King Philippe has started the rounds again, party by party, to broker what will inevitably be a most peculiar new governing coalition. If ev(...)

Brexit  will mean that Ireland will  no longer be connected to the European electricity network

The Government must consider building “high-cost” post-Brexit projects, including a proposed electricity interconnector to France at a cost of almost (...)

Belgium’s former prime minister Charles Michel leaves a meeting with King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Belgium will have months of minority government after the country’s king accepted the resignation of prime minister Charles Michel but asked him and h(...)

Breandán Kearney with Franklin Verdonck of Siphon Brewing. Photograph: Sophie Callewaert

It was a dark winter’s day in West Flanders in 2013 when Breandán Kearney was drowning his sorrows in a train station bar. It had been a month since h(...)

A police officer is seen on the scene of a shooting in Liege, Belgium. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A man killed two policewomen and a bystander in the Belgian city of Liege on Tuesday before being gunned down at a school in what officials say was a (...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

Profits at the four-star Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare increased by 12 per cent in 2016 as a “bit more confidence” returned to the economy, the com(...)

The European Court of Justice has been described case as the most significant on EU trade policy for 20 years with ‘huge ramifications’ for a future UK-EU deal. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The UK may have to wait – and hope – for every single one of its European Union neighbours to give full legislative consent before it can fully benefi(...)

People attend a demonstration against TTIP and Ceta in the centre of Brussels in September. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Vidal

Environmental and heritage organisation An Taisce has expressed concern that a new EU-Canada trade deal may prevent the Government from introducing st(...)

A blow: Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (right) spars with Yuri Foreman at Gleason’s Gym in New York. Trudeau had to cancel his trip to Brussels to sign the EU-Canada trade deal this week. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

What is Ceta? The EU loves its acronyms and Ceta, like the related TTIP EU-US trade deal, has entered common parlance. It is the Comprehensive Econo(...)

A demonstration against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) in Brussels last month. Photograph: Reuters

It seems that provisional application of Ceta, the controversial Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada, might now be pushed(...)

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