Ireland the most expensive country for tobacco and non-alcoholic drinks in EU

Ireland the most expensive country for tobacco and non-alcoholic drinks in EU

Ireland is the most expensive country in the eurozone for tobacco and non-alcoholic beverages.

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European Central Bank moves to stimulate economy amid trade tensions

European Central Bank moves to stimulate economy amid trade tensions

The bank is extending a pledge to keep rates low.

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Railways are the arteries that keep Europe’s heart beating

Railways are the arteries that keep Europe’s heart beating

Travelling by rail in Europe reminded me of what I knew, but had forgotten.

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‘Hit and hope’ ECB to try ever lower rates

‘Hit and hope’ ECB to try ever lower rates

The clouds are darkening over the global economy.

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Opinion grows ECB rate cut on the cards as early as September

Opinion grows ECB rate cut on the cards as early as September

The weight of opinion is building that the ECB will return to some sort of easing and cut rates as early as September, after the ECB was reported to be mulling changing its inflation target, and S&P Global Ratings projected some sort of stimulus, while a poll by Reuters suggested the central bank will cut the deposit rate.

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German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen resigns to pursue EU’s top job

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen resigns to pursue EU’s top job

The 60-year-old said she ‘will ask for the confidence of the European Parliament’.

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Taoiseach in Brussels for special meeting of European Council

Taoiseach in Brussels for special meeting of European Council

The Taoiseach is in Brussels this evening for high-level talks on who will lead the European Union into the future.

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Majority in favour of Europe, but some reforms are needed

Majority in favour of Europe, but some reforms are needed

Recent elections produced good results for pro-EU parties, but one of the areas in need of attention is the selection process for president of the Commission, writes billionaire lobbyist George Soros

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Brigitte Bierlein becomes Austria's first female chancellor

Brigitte Bierlein becomes Austria's first female chancellor

Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen has named Brigitte Bierlein the country's first female chancellor.

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European relations: Ireland needs our friends in EU

European relations: Ireland needs our friends in EU

Whatever the shape of the next European Parliament and whatever the final outcome of Brexit, it is vital to Irish interests that we maintain and foster good relations with as many of our friends and neighbours as possible, in particular smaller nations that, by virtue of their limited scale, tend to have similar problems to us.

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Ireland among top four most expensive countries for electricity in Europe

Ireland among top four most expensive countries for electricity in Europe

Ireland recorded the fifth highest increase in household electricity costs in Europe during 2018, according to new figures from Eurostat.

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Europe’s only decision: What is the overarching strategic agenda?

Europe’s only decision: What is the overarching strategic agenda?

After months of polling, speculation, and hand wringing over the European Parliament election this month, one might think that nothing else matters, writes Carl Bildt.

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Pay for MEPs: Time to halt the gravy train

Pay for MEPs: Time to halt the gravy train

The European Parliament has an important role in the government of the union, but its enduring reluctance to deal with its warranted reputation as a gravy train damages its standing and emboldens Eurosceptics across the continent.

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Here's how Amsterdam is planning to ban all polluting vehicles by 2030

Here's how Amsterdam is planning to ban all polluting vehicles by 2030

The city of Amsterdam has announced plans to make traffic in the city free of emissions by 2030 in a new 'Clean Air Action Plan'.

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Large demonstrations in Algeria against ailing president’s rule

Large demonstrations in Algeria against ailing president’s rule

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is in poor health, is seeking a fifth term.

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Harry Potter and Star Wars drives Lego sales back to profit

Harry Potter and Star Wars drives Lego sales back to profit

Toy-maker Lego returned to profit growth last year driven by higher sales of Star Wars and Harry Potter-themed products.

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Danes test out ski slope built on top of incineration plant

Danes test out ski slope built on top of incineration plant

The lower half of the slope at the Amager Resource Centre in Copenhagen has opened to the public.

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EU calls for tougher checks on 'golden passport' applicants

EU calls for tougher checks on 'golden passport' applicants

The European Union has warned countries running lucrative schemes granting passports and visas to rich foreigners to toughen checks on applicants amid concern they could be flouting security and tax laws.

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Leaders warn against rising nationalism as France and Germany renew alliance

Leaders warn against rising nationalism as France and Germany renew alliance

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron were meeting in Aachen as they looked to build on a 56-year-old treaty between the countries.

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As divisions deepen, Europe can provide global leadership

As divisions deepen, Europe can provide global leadership

European countries must continue to pool and share their sovereignty if they want to shape global affairs, writes Jean-Claude Juncker.

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S&P still expects ECB interest rate hike in September

S&P still expects ECB interest rate hike in September

Credit ratings agency S&P still expects the ECB to raise interest rates for the first time in eight years next September, despite growing sentiment of late that no rate rise is likely until the very end of 2019 at the earliest.

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Europe must fight back against own disarray

Europe must fight back against own disarray

Europe, recently the bastion of democracy at work, has seen some of its capital cities burn and member states vote to leave. It must now show unity, writes Richard N Haass.

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Focus on 2019 rate hike ahead of key ECB meeting

Focus on 2019 rate hike ahead of key ECB meeting

The euro could strengthen should ECB president Mario Draghi stick tomorrow to indications that monetary policy could be tightened next year, just as the US central bank’s interest-rate path is thrown into doubt.

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A disunited EU leaves us vulnerable - Europe’s defence obligations

A disunited EU leaves us vulnerable - Europe’s defence obligations

Over recent weeks anyone could choose from a litany of commemorative First World War documentaries to better understand how that catastrophe unfolded, to remember and learn from that war’s enduring legacy.

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Ireland to get two additional MEPs in next European elections

Ireland to get two additional MEPs in next European elections

The Dublin and Ireland South constituencies at the next European elections will each have an extra seat, a new boundary review published has recommended.

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EU may be left rudderless without effective council president

EU may be left rudderless without effective council president

The one upcoming appointment that could make or break the EU over the next five years has been completely overlooked so far, writes Ana Palacio.

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Worrying trend as jobs are created but pay is not increasing

Worrying trend as jobs are created but pay is not increasing

Wage growth is stagnant and worryingly uneven in its distribution as workers struggle to adapt to rapidly evolving world of work, says Stefano Scarpetta.

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S&P: Expect interest hikes next year

S&P: Expect interest hikes next year

Rising consumer prices means the ECB is on course to hike interest rates sometime in late 2019, even though borrowing costs will come too early for Greece and Italy, S&P Global Ratings has said.

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German minimum wage to rise to €9.19

German minimum wage to rise to €9.19

Germany plans to raise the minimum wage to €9.19 per hour next year and to €9.35 in 2020, the labour minister said, paving the way for a possible boost to private consumption in Europe’s biggest economy.

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140 Irish 18-year-olds to be offered free Inter Rail tickets this summer

140 Irish 18-year-olds to be offered free Inter Rail tickets this summer

140 Irish 18-year-olds are being offered free Inter Rail tickets this summer as part of a new scheme to promote Europe to young people.

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In order to survive, EU needs to reinvent itself

In order to survive, EU needs to reinvent itself

There is no longer any point in ignoring the reality that a number of European Union member countries have explicitly rejected the EU’s goal of an ‘ever closer union.’, writes George Soros.

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Macron needs allies for his European project

Macron needs allies for his European project

Emmanuel Macron has set out a potent agenda but cannot achieve the reforms alone so everyone who believes in the EU must step up to strengthen it, writes Ana Palacio.

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Key questions ECB faces this week on cheap money

Key questions ECB faces this week on cheap money

The ECB meets on Thursday against a backdrop of concern about a global trade spat and a softening in eurozone economic data that could potentially hamper its plans to unwind its extraordinary monetary stimulus.

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Avalanche leaves 3 dead, 2 injured, in Swiss Alps

Avalanche leaves 3 dead, 2 injured, in Swiss Alps

Three skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps and two others have been taken to hospital with light injuries, police said.

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Czech court releases former Syrian Kurdish leader

Czech court releases former Syrian Kurdish leader

A Czech court has ruled that the former leader of a Syrian Kurdish party detained by authorities in Prague will be released, despite an extradition request from Turkey.

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