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#ECB announces €750 billion Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme

#ECB announces €750 billion Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme

| March 18, 2020

Tonight (18 March), the European Central Bank’s Governing Council decided to purchase €750 billion in a new temporary asset purchase programme, called the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP), reports Catherine Feore. Given the emerging scale of the downturn facing Europe’s economy, national governments, the European Commission and economists have been working overtime trying to find a package big enough to face […]

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EU secures loan for #CureVac to allow a speedy scale-up in Europe

EU secures loan for #CureVac to allow a speedy scale-up in Europe

| March 16, 2020

Today (16 March) the European Commission Chief Spokesperson Eric Mamer announced that the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Council Charles Michel will be speaking with the leadership of CureVac this afternoon on its continued operation and research in Europe. According to a front-page report in […]

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#Coronavirus – Going viral 

#Coronavirus – Going viral 

| March 14, 2020

Where do you want to be if there is a coronavirus (COVID-19) breakout? Well, preferably on an Outer Hebridean island, with a well-stocked larder, plenty of turf for the fire and a pile of books. But more realistically, writes Catherine Feore, assuming that most of us are unable to abscond from work or family commitments, […]

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#AalstCarnaval – European Commission says images like this should not be on our streets 75 years after the Shoah 

#AalstCarnaval – European Commission says images like this should not be on our streets 75 years after the Shoah 

| February 24, 2020

The Aalst Carnaval (23 February) parade has caused widespread offence with participants dressed as Nazi SS officers, Orthodox Jews depicted as insects and a ‘wailing wall’ for those who want to criticize the event, writes Catherine Feore.  The three-day carnival before the start of Lent begins with a parade prepared by local inhabitants.  The festival has a tradition of mocking world events […]

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#Brexit – Signed, sealed, and not quite delivered

#Brexit – Signed, sealed, and not quite delivered

| January 24, 2020

This morning (24 January), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel signed the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the UK in Brussels, writes Catherine Feore. The European Parliament’s plenary will hold a vote on the agreement on 29 January. Once the European Parliament has given its consent, the Council […]

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EU-27 heads of government endorse the #BrexitDeal 

EU-27 heads of government endorse the #BrexitDeal 

| October 17, 2019

The European Council endorsed the newly minted Brexit deal. President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that it looked like the agreement was close to its final stretch, writes Catherine Feore. Tusk explained why a deal that was impossible yesterday, had become possible today. Standing beside Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar he said that Ireland had […]

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#Trade – Hogan faces strong headwinds in new role

#Trade – Hogan faces strong headwinds in new role

| September 10, 2019

Irish Commissioner Phil Hogan (pictured, right), a stalwart supporter of Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar, is promoted to the role of European trade commissioner in the new mandate. One of the most high-profile positions in the EU, Hogan steps up to the plate at a time when the United States is pursuing an unpredictable, […]

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