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A woman is vaccinated in the new Covid-19 vaccination centre in Slagelse, Denmark. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty

HSE chief executive Paul Reid is an avid soccer fan. He said Irish people may feel like the country is 5-1 down in the Covid-19 battle but “we can slo(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council president Charles Michel and Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s prime minister, at the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph:  Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

European Union leaders reached an agreement to overcome a last-minute blockade of a €1.85 trillion budget and recovery package by Hungary and Poland i(...)

‘We need to make sure that jobs and investment are protected,’ said Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The blocking of the European Union’s €1.8 trillion budget and Covid-19 pandemic fund by Hungary and Poland has led to warnings of a crisis in the bloc(...)

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

As a group of office workers in the Brussels bubble prepared to wind down for the weekend last Friday, an email appeared in their inboxes that made th(...)

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

“The natural disadvantage of democracy is that it is extremely tiring to those who mean it honestly, while it allows almost everything to those who do(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin arriving at the EU summit.

What’s on the table as EU leaders meet in Brussels? A €750 billion recovery plan aimed to dig the continent out of the worst recession in a century i(...)

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban. File photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP via Getty Images

The member states of the European Union face an uphill battle to reach agreement on a common budget and recovery fund this weekend in the first physic(...)

 President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen: has displayed a deft tough, but the name of her new migration brief appears bizarre. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Ursula von der Leyen – or VDL as she is being known – has demonstrated, even before assuming office as European Commission president, quite a def(...)

From left,  Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib listen as Ilhan Omar speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. US president Donald Trump refers to the four Democrats as ‘the squad’. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)

What is racism? “It’s pointing out that I am different to you based on a physical characteristic or an ethnicity or a religion,” says Dr David Ralph o(...)

Italian deputy prime minister and leader of far-right League party Matteo Salvini: League party took  34 per cent of the vote and swept past its coalition partner and rival, the Five Star movement. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo

The “squeezed middle” has become popular among political scientists and sociologists as a way of characterising the plight of the middle class in a ti(...)

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