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Just the Facts: Finnish Presidential Election 2018

Presidential elections were held in Finland on Sunday, 28 January 2018, with eight candidates contesting the election. Finnish President, Sauli Niinistö, was re-elected for a second term as President. For the first time since 1994, there was no second round run-off as President Niinistö secured more than 50 per cent […]

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Challenging months ahead for the Brexit negotiators

Speaking at the publication by the General Affairs Council of the 27 EU Member States position on a transition period for the UK following Brexit, Noelle O’Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland, welcomed the clarity for businesses and for people across the EU – both UK citizens living in other […]

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Just the Facts: Czech Presidential Election 2018

Presidential elections took place in the Czech Republic over two rounds of voting, which took place on 12-13 and 26-27 January.  Nine candidates stood for election, including the incumbent President, Miloš Zeman, who was re-elected for a second term in office. Background The President of the Czech Republic is elected […]

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Just the Facts | Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 1 January, the Republic of Bulgaria took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Estonia, marking the first time Bulgaria has held the Presidency since joining the EU in 2007.  In 2009, the Lisbon Treaty established a system whereby a trio of Member States […]

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