Crises have always been an accelerant for EU integration. Agreement on massive joint debt issuance to finance grants to recession-hit member states broke a long-standing taboo. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s an iron law of political commentary that the European Union cannot have problems, only existential crises. While governments may suffer any numbe(...)

European commissioner for economy Paolo Gentiloni.

The European Union will cooperate with the United States on finding a global deal on taxation after Washington proposed a global 21 per cent minimum c(...)

Italian ambassador to Ireland Paolo Serpi: Ireland has mistakenly targeted Italy

Italian citizens and business leaders residing in Ireland have hit out at Italy’s inclusion on the Government’s “red list” which requires arrivals to (...)

The Government’s exemption to mandatory hotel quarantine would only apply to those vaccinated with jabs approved in the EU. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is considering plans to allow people with domestic vaccination certificates exemptions from mandatory hotel quarantine – but only for s(...)

The European Commission contacted Irish authorities seeking clarification on the criteria used to designate countries to the mandatory hotel quarantine list, after five EU member states were added. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has said the Government is confident mandatory hotel quarantine is “proportionate and reasonable” but people need t(...)

Poland’s human rights ombudsman, Adam Bodnar. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Poland’s top court has ruled that the country’s human rights ombudsman must leave office, clearing the way for the removal of a figure who has often b(...)

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen was left without a chair as male counterparts sat down at a meeting with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Did you ever have an Ursula Von der Leyen moment? I mean the moment you suddenly found you were not in the middle of things, but out on the edge, gobs(...)

Nurse vaccinators Francis Galvin, Joan Love and Mary Hanafin  at the HSE Vaccination Centre in the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new plan on recalibrating the vaccine rollout in light of a raft of changes governing the availability and distribution of vaccines will be submitte(...)

The Government has said it will provide an additional 2,000 third-level college places in high-demand courses this year.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Higher education institutions are “creaking” and will struggle to provide additional college places in key areas this year aimed at easing CAO points (...)

Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue, who received cabinet approval for the plan today, said his aim was to protect incomes and the environment. Photograph: iStock

A new strategy from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine will consider income and other supports for farmers as part of a broader strateg(...)

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