During his time in Brussels, Phil Hogan used his well-honed political skills to develop important contacts with a range of individuals that further enhanced his reputation as a smart political operator. File photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Given the heights to which Phil Hogan has soared in Irish and EU politics over a lengthy and sometimes colourful career, it was inevitable that any fa(...)

Martin McVicar, co-founder and CEO CombiLift in the Monaghan factory. ‘We have controls in place.’ Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Exporters are turning their attention to the next looming challenge: the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union’s single market (...)

EU commissioner Phil Hogan attended the golf event in Co Galway with about 80 other people during Covid-19 restrictions. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

European Union trade commissioner Phil Hogan did not travel from Kildare to Connemara in violation of Covid-19 restrictions when he went to an Oireach(...)

Pigs at a farm in Yorkshire. The EU will want to ensure that British animals and food products entering the Republic via the North are subject to appropriate customs checks and meet safety standards. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

This time last year the economic concern was all about Brexit and the fear of a no-deal exit by the UK from the EU last December. Now, understandably,(...)

People pass in front of a Huawei newest flagship store in Shanghai, China, 16 July 2020. EPA/ALEX PLAVEVSKI

Over recent months, tensions between the US and China have grown, and Huawei has found itself being targeted as the Trump Administration attempts to d(...)

US president Donald Trump and his China counterpart Xi Jinping at a business leaders’ event in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November, 2017. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

Ferocious partisanship has its uses. If nothing else, a divided nation can console itself that no government idea goes unexamined and unopposed. Scrut(...)

US president Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

These are far from certain to be Donald Trump’s last months in the White House. The US president’s deficit in national and state polls is daunting but(...)

Liz Truss, the international trade secretary, has warned about the UK’s Brexit plans for the Border.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan for the Border could call into question Northern Ireland’s place in the UK customs territory, a key memb(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is a candidate for the eurogroup presidency, a two-and-a-half year term to succeed Portugal’s Mário Centeno. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The outgoing government’s decision to put Paschal Donohoe’s name forward for election to the position of president, in effect chair, of the eurogroup (...)

It is necessary to have access to essential supplies in a pandemic, though it is also necessary to be able to restore production quickly if some of it is disrupted. Image: iStock

“One of the things that this crisis has taught us, sir, is that we are dangerously overdependent on a global supply chain for our medicines, like peni(...)

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