EU’s north-south divide rears its ugly head again as coronabonds are killed off
Hardline opposition to EU solidarity in funding the cost of Covid-19 is driven by German allergy to ‘imprudent’ spending, and by Dutch politicians fearing the transfer of funds to southern countries would provoke a far-right backlash
The devil is in the detail, they say. With the International Monetary Fund warning that the world is facing the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, eurozone ministers last week finally concluded dozens of hours of tortuous teleconference negotiations and announced a €500 billion-plus rescue package for Europe.
Half a trillion euro is a large chunk of money, with €240 billion coming from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and another €300...
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Donnelly fears AstraZeneca may not deliver promised vaccines on time
Minister for Health admits concern after HSE misses last week’s target of 100,000 doses due to pharma company’s delay
Analysis: Lockdown fatigue grows but majority do not want to ease restrictions
Some 85 per cent of the public say current response to Covid-19 is either appropriate or does not go far enough
HSE reviews visitor ban and serial testing in nursing homes
With most staff and residents vaccinated, the health service is expected to make new proposals to Nphet for this sector
Colin Murphy: In law, we are closer to house arrest than a 5km limit
Covid-19 restrictions say you should not leave home at all ‘without reasonable excuse’ – a rule that‘s broader than it need be, is widely misunderstood and of dubious effectiveness