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German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media following a virtual meeting with the European Council on Thursday. Germany has the European Council presidency and Merkel is seeking a way forward from Poland and Hungary’s blockade of the EU budget and a coronavirus aid package. Photograph: Andreas Gora – Pool/Getty Images

The remarkable success – and speed – demonstrated by the EU leaders’ July agreement on the emergency €750 billion coronavirus rescue package and seven(...)

The imminent arrival of vaccines holds out the prospect that the pandemic may be brought fully under control in the developed world by the end of next year. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty   Images

While there are differences in how severely EU economies have been affected by the pandemic, the pattern of damage and the policy response has been ve(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: His country stands to lose significant sums by blocking the budget and recovery plan.

European Union member states postponed a bust-up over a blockage on next year’s budget and recovery funds intended to stimulate economic growth follow(...)

‘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(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference at the European headquarters in Brussels on November 16th. Photograph: EPA

Europe Correspondent Hungary and Poland blocked the European Union’s landmark recovery package and seven-year budget on Monday in a rebellion over a(...)

While the number of Covid-19 tests being done in the Republic has fallen, the percentage of positive tests has also dropped since late October, indicating that undetected cases are also falling. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland was the first country to go back into a national lockdown in Europe. However, there are signs that this has paid off, as the State has now clo(...)

Then US vice president Joe Biden meets former taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at Government Buildings, Dublin in 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

As the Brexit trade negotiations reach their crunch point, the election of Joe Biden as the next US president has given a last-minute impetus to the p(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden speaks  in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

The president of the US does a lot to set the tone of global politics. The themes and language used by the occupant of the Oval Office are usually swi(...)

Jim Mansfield at the Special Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

A former employee of Jim Mansfield Jnr who claims the businessman set him up to be falsely imprisoned by a gang has denied that he is someone who make(...)

 Danish health authorities assisted by members of the armed forces dispose of dead mink in a military area near Holstebro on Monday. Photograph: Morten Stricker/Dagbladet Holstebro Struer/Jysk Fynske Medier/Ritzau Scanpix/EPA

The Danish government put forward hastily drawn up legislation on Tuesday to back up its order to cull all the country’s farmed mink, admitting it lac(...)

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