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EU probing Amazon over use of retailers’ data to gain edge

EU probing Amazon over use of retailers’ data to gain edge

Antitrust commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she is taking a ‘very close look at Amazon’s business practices’.

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EU's Vestager set ‘to start Amazon competition probe’ as Ursula von der Leyen talks about US tech firms paying tax

EU's Vestager set ‘to start Amazon competition probe’ as Ursula von der Leyen talks about US tech firms paying tax

Amazon faces a full-blown EU probe as the region’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager prepares for a summer finale to her five-year crackdown on US technology giants.

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Kelly: European Commission candidate should 'not interfere' with Phil Hogan's re-appointment

Ursula von der Leyen should not put forward "flyer" arguments, Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly said.

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Hogan to be nominated for second term as EU commissioner

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed the Government will ask the EU to re-appoint ex-Fine Gael minister Phil Hogan as an EU commissioner - despite the backlash over the Mercosur deal.

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Challenges as Europe’s top jobs are filled

Ireland must do all it can to prevent being caught in Europe’s political slow lane as the leading contenders line up to run the EU and European Cental Bank, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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New EU leaders face an immediate threat of US 100% trade tariffs

The start of any European Commission brings with it a sense of hope, a sense of new beginnings and new possibilities and a feeling curiosity in the face of the unknown personalities taking up the lead roles for the 27 countries of Europe.

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Leo Varadkar: No immediate decision on Phil Hogan’s role in Europe

The Government will make no decision on Phil Hogan’s future as EU agriculture commissioner for at least 10 days amid growing demands from farmers for him to be removed from office.

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Propsoed EU-South American trade deal 'unsatisfactory' for Ireland, Doherty says

Standing in for the Tánaiste at Leaders’ Questions, the Social Protection Minister said the Government believes the Mercosur deal as it stands is “disappointing” but it is a long way from being a finalised legal document.

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Defiance of Angela Merkel exposes power shift

The German chancellor’s attempt to end the deadlock over the selection of the EU’s top jobs has been rejected, even by Leo Varadkar, says Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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Mairead McGuinness re-elected First Vice-President of European Parliament

Mairead McGuinness has been re-elected First Vice-President of the European Parliament securing over 93% (618 votes in a valid poll of 661) of the votes in the Parliament in Strasbourg this evening.

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Varadkar hails nomination of Ursula von der Leyen for top EU position

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hailed the nomination of Ursula von der Leyen for the European Commission Presidency.

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German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen nominated to replace Jean Claude Juncker

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated by EU leaders to replace Jean Claude Juncker to head the European Commission.

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Ursula von der Leyen nominated to lead European Commission

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated by EU leaders to head up the European Commission.

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Varadkar and team keen on Barnier for European Commission President post

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his team are keen for the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier for the job of European Commission President.

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Business Minister Heather Humphreys: Mercosur deal ‘isn’t all bad’

Business Minister Heather Humphreys has said the Mercosur deal “isn’t all bad” for Ireland and that there will be significant benefits for some sectors.

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Talks on EU’s next leaders shelved until Tuesday after marathon session

Negotiators failed to reach a deal despite working all through the night.

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Heather Humphreys says there is 'time and space' to examine full details Mercosur deal

The Mercosur deal would allow for greater imports from Latin American countries to the EU, including cheaper beef.

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EU leaders pull all-nighter at summit on key positions

The appointments must take into account political affiliation, geography – balancing east and west, north and south – population size and gender.

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EU leaders toil to decide on top jobs

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker is among those who will be replaced.

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Vietnam and European Union sign free trade agreement

The deal will eliminate most tariffs for goods traded between Vietnam and the 28 member nations of the EU.

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61% of farmers fail in EU payment appeals

Only two out of five farmers are successful in appealing decisions by the Department of Agriculture over their eligibility for a range of EU payments.

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Varadkar 'flattered' by links to top EU job but has 'no plans for a career change'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is “flattered” to be linked to the role of the new president of the European Commission but that he plans to stay put in Ireland as Taoiseach.

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European Union pushes for eurozone budget funding plan

EU finance ministers must sort out the sources of financing for a future eurozone budget as a matter of priority, EU leaders told their finance ministers yesterday, but remained vague on the idea of a European deposit insurance scheme (Edis).

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Next European Union leaders face online security battle

It was always likely that EU leaders would struggle to agree on who might be the next European Commission president.

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Leo Varadkar dismisses suggestions of alternative arrangements to the backstop

Leo Varadkar has said Ireland will be under an obligation to protect the single market if Britain crashes out of the EU in October.

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Varadkar: Fining countries for missing climate change targets creates sense of 'doom'

Slapping countries with fines for missing climate change targets does not work and only creates a sense of "doom" the Taoiseach says.

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Taoiseach pushing to get ‘influential’ Irish EU role

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has remained tight-lipped on whether the Government will nominate European commissioner Phil Hogan for another term.

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No majority reached on allocation of EU’s top jobs

Leaders of the member states will meet again later in the month.

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Theresa May to join talks to allocate EU top jobs in final Brussels trip as British PM

She will take part in the discussions but is not expected to play a major role in the decision.

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Adidas loses three stripes trademark ruling

The EU’s General Court ruled the symbol was not distinctive enough across the 28-country bloc.

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Europeans embrace European Union amid uncertain times

The highest European Parliament election turnout in 20 years saw voters reject rising populism in favour of an institution it trusts and understands, writes Daniel Gros.

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Presidential perks: But what of Juncker legacy?

Let us this week spare a weepy thought for Jean-Claude Juncker, who in November concludes his five-year term as president of the European Commission.

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EU leaders split over top jobs in Brussels

Jean-Claude Juncker will head the European Commission until October 31.

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Low interest rates ‘justified’ according to ECB policymaker

Low interest rates are justified by economic conditions in the eurozone and their impact on banks’ profitability should not be exaggerated, says ECB policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau.

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Varadkar reiterates support for Manfred Weber, despite candidacy doubts

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has restated Ireland's support for Manfred Weber to replace Jean Claude Juncker as Europe's most senior politician.

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Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote

The 32-year-old remains popular with voters and could get a stronger mandate when elections are held.

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Ten local authorities across Ireland to roll out free public Wi-Fi programme

In total, 22 hotspots will be funded in Galway, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, South Dublin, Westmeath and Wicklow.

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Clune happy to learn at European parliament

Election candidate Deirdre Clune recently visited a school where pupils are taught to elect a council. The Cork MEP says she’s learned a lot about politics in recent years too, writes Catherine Shanahan

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Phil Hogan: Kilkenny hub to emphasise Ireland's global leadership in agri technology

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said that a new digital innovation hub in Kilkenny City can drive the digital transformation of Europe's agri-food sector boosting innovation and growth in the region.

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Watch: European election candidate's bizarre video has taken Twitter by storm

Dublin European election candidate Ben Gilroy has raised a lot of eyebrows as he and his "hurley stick" star in a viral campaign video.

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UK to send MEPs to European Parliament – but for how long?

The UK will elect 73 MEPs on May 23, but they could only serve for a few months instead of the usual five years

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Salvini stakes out post as Europe’s populist leader

Matteo Salvini pledged to close Europe’s borders to migrants if the League wins not just the most votes of any party in Italy, but also of Europe.

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European economy clings to green shoots

Europe has a long way to go if it is to deliver on the hope sparked by recent economic numbers.

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Tories braced for electoral mauling in local and European contests

Deputy chairman Helen Whately said the local elections would be ‘difficult’.

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Proposal to ban terms ‘burger’ and ‘sausage’ for vegan products challenged

The Vegan Society says the EU proposal is ‘unreasonable and costly’ and would lead to confusion among consumers.

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EU committee approves proposal for fines over online terror content removal

Internet companies face fines of up to 4% of their revenue if they do not remove terrorist content within one hour of being notified by authorities.

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Brexit 'progress' is not easing exporters' fears

The latest twist in the Brexit saga, promising as it may be politically, does nothing to ease the plight of businesses trading with the UK.

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EU agriculture commissioner: No border ‘under any circumstances’

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan has insisted there will be no hard border in Ireland “under any circumstances” even if Britain crashes out of the EU next Friday.

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Relief palpable as Macron and Merkel ‘come good’

The relief was palpable. The important people in Government Buildings were extremely nervous this week.

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Sustaining progress: Work eligibility

As we approach full employment, it is essential that there is no domestic barrier in the way of either further economic growth or of delivering the Government’s Rebuiliding

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Figures reveal Ireland’s top climate crisis contributors

A morning-after headache may be the side effect of a pint of plain and a whiskey chaser but at least it’s short-lived — the long-term hangover is the thousands of tonnes of carbon emitted during production.

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Clocks to go forward for one of the last times

The government is considering the results of a consultation process on scrapping the seasonal ritual of 'spring forward and fall back'.

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Nike hit with €12.5m fine from EU

US sportswear maker Nike has been hit with a €12.5m fine for blocking cross-border sales of soccer merchandise of some of Europe’s best-known clubs, the latest EU sanction against such restrictions.

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Proof that Big Tech can be regulated without a breakup

The wider aim of the EU crackdown on Google is to give more space to startups or competitors to offer the same kinds of services on a more level playing field, writes Lionel Laurent.

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Ireland selected as EU offshore wind testing site

Ireland has been selected as the location for a European funded testing site for offshore 'floating' wind farms, which are seen as a cheaper and more efficient way of generating renewable energy from wind.

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European Parliament leader under fire over Mussolini comments

Antonio Tajani has apologised for the remarks.

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Air traffic strikes cost €18bn

Air traffic control strikes and staff shortages cost the EU economy €17.6bn in 2018 in the worst year of delays for air passengers in nearly a decade, industry association Airlines for Europe has said.

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Rejuvenating the EU: Macron right to demand EU reforms

Our capacity to absorb, to move on, to learn from trauma is a survival mechanism to try to live contented lives.

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Report finds just one in four believe Ireland would be better off outside EU

Irish people have a more positive image of the European Union than any other member state.

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Two-thirds of Irish people feel attached to EU, survey finds

Irish people have the most positive image of the European Union, a survey of member states has found.

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