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            <h2>Naomi O’Leary</h2>


                            Naomi O’Leary is Europe Correspondent for The Irish Times

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                Europe Letter: Painfully often, Irish figures in any given room in Brussels are linguistically limited
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                2020 in review: In March, some of the EU’s most treasured achievements began to unravel
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                Analysis: EU is moving quickly to finalise legalities needed to put arrangements into force for January 1st
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                Negotiations went down to the wire to find an agreement on controversial issue of fishing
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                Deal seals Ireland’s long-term political and economic orientation towards the continent
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                Johnson and Von der Leyen are expected to announce agreement
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                Sides move closer on outstanding issue of fish as they race to seal deal before Christmas
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                Commission to assess what categories of people can travel from Britain into the EU
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                Deal on fish urged as time runs short to avoid deep disruption in less than a fortnight
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                Ireland in line for up to 9,750 Covid vaccine doses just after Christmas
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                Whatever happens, it is broadly expected that a resolution should come imminently
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                UK drive for financial clawback on fish caught in its waters by EU boats opposed
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                Truck queues build up at British ports as Johnson says country prepared for no-deal
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                Barnier says difficult talks have ‘reached the hard nuts to crack’
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                Ireland now in the ‘very high’ camp, ranked joint second with Switzerland and behind only Norway in the ranking
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                European Parliament says it will not ratify a deal by the end of the year if it is reached any later than Sunday
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                Britain plays down chance of Brexit breakthrough but Coveney says there is now a path to a deal
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                ‘It’s Europe’s moment’ - Ursula von der Leyen unveils Covid-19 vaccine start date
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                French president understood to have been a coronavirus contagion risk as of Monday
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                Europe Letter: Boredom with the talks and indifference to the outcome benefits Britain
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                EU proposals criticised by consumer group for being ‘against interests of borrowers’
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                President of European Commission says ‘there is a path to an agreement now’
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                MEPs demand time to scrutinise text of any deal as deadlock remains over key issues
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                New rules to rein in big tech would allow commission to enforce them directly
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                Low level rollout could commence if EMA approves inoculation early, says Donnelly
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                Digital Markets Act takes aim at anti-competitive practices and will include fines of 10% of global revenues
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                Mounting criticism of deal in Portugal after the pandemic forced the event to be held online
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                António Costa warns against UK attempts to negotiate directly with national leaders
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                Man dressed as St Nicholas may have caused 75 residents and staff to test positive
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                Doubts about Johnson’s attentiveness as EU seeks greater London compromise for deal
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                Taoiseach hopeful for agreement but says ‘significant’ challenges lie ahead
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                Shape of agreement is sketched out but differences over governance, fair competition and fisheries could yet prove insurmountable
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                Johnson’s hard line on talks seen by some as a sign that he is preparing to do a deal
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                UK and EU to continue trade negotiations after agreement to ‘go the extra mile’
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                Government preparing special measures to support Irish food exporters
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                Separate bilateral talks ruled out so EU speaks with single voice
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                Taoiseach claims ‘historic development’ as he emerges from marathon debate with fellow EU leaders
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                Gardaí say they have begun issuing fines to people refusing to wear face masks
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                Despite pessimism, Irish Government sources believe agreement is still possible
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                Hardened attitudes among EU states contrast with Taoiseach’s plea for compromise
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                Reassurance for Hungary and Poland unlocks €1.85tn budget and recovery package
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                Measures to allow road traffic between two jurisdictions comes amid ‘significant uncertainty’
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                Coveney warns deal off the table because of how sovereignty perceived by ‘people in London’
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                No-deal Brexit contingency papers may be ‘on table in next 24 hours’ to avoid January chaos
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                Europe Letter: States aim to agree 55% emissions cut and vaccine co-ordination
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                EU and UK have reached agreement on how Irish Sea border checks will work post-Brexit
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                Supermarkets will also be allowed avoid individual health checks on food goods
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                Teams to continue talks on post-Brexit trade deal and ‘we will come to a decision by the end of the weekend’, says EC President
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                Company accused of driving up rents in cities most popular with tourists
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                European Commission chief and British PM to meet as both sides struggle to avert failure
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                Difficult to reconcile EU standards for data protection with UK laws enabling British intelligence services to access such data
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                UK and EU reach agreement on Northern Ireland protocol as Taoiseach warns of possible no deal
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                Britain’s red lines stem from the rationale for leaving the bloc and about sovereign power
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                British PM and von der Leyen to talk face-to-face on fisheries, level playing field and governance
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                Fate of Irish economy in the balance as Taoiseach puts chances of success at ‘50-50’
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                ‘Last throw of the dice’ sees both sides attempting to overcome deep differences
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                Ambition is to to increase platforms’ responsibility for illegal content and take on digital gatekeepers”
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                Johnson and von der Leyen accept ‘significant differences’ remain on future trade deal
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                Two sides split over three issues that have long prevented a breakthrough
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                Johnson still intends to reintroduce treaty-breaking clauses that were removed by House of Lords
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                EU warns UK deal must be reached by tomorrow; talks stuck on fisheries
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                States voice concern that compromise may go too far and no deal is preferable
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                Europe Letter: Sense that Hungary on the back foot as EU budget hangs in the balance
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                Ambitions for co-operation on climate change, tech regulation and China
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                Accord aims to make repeat of debt crises after 2007-2008 financial collapse less likely
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                Governments predict ‘sober Christmas’ with restaurants, bars shut but small gatherings allowed
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                Negotiations intensify with time running out to avoid damaging no-deal exit on January 1st
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                Concerns mount that insufficient time remains to strike a conclusive deal
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                Equivalence permits for UK financial services unlikely to be ready by January 1st
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                But ensuring Irish interests are part of any final Brexit trade deal ‘will not be easy’
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                Emmanuel Macron is eyeing majority of EU pot as compensation for French fishermen
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                Europe Letter: Cillian Lohan is hoping to make the scandal-hit EESC relevant again
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                Goods with ingredients from both sides of Border risk export market exclusion
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                European Commission unveils new strategy to tip data balance away from US tech giants
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                Charlie McConalogue says trade between Ireland and UK will be difficult without deal
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                Restive country could become ‘platform for international terrorists to plan attacks’
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                Both sides strike gloomy note as infection disrupts negotiation and disagreements persist
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                Declaration system may be swamped, leaving trucks stranded, with risk of price hikes and shortages
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                Legal text on Brussels-UK deal said to be 95% agreed, but key stumbling blocks remain
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                ‘Hope for the best, prepare for the worst,’ say diplomats, with talks in danger of timing out
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                Hard bargaining ahead as Hungary and Poland seek to resist rule of law criteria
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                Barnier says teams will continue to work ‘within guidelines’
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                Europe Letter: Covid-19 will see a huge societal shift, but it will have to be carefully managed
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                Executive body advises widespread adoption by member states to help curb virus surge
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                Budget impasse and recovery fund sparks call for expulsion of Hungary’s Fidesz from FG grouping
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