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Just the Facts: Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 1 July 2017, Estonia took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, marking the first time Estonia has held the Presidency since they joined the EU in 2004.  Member States holding the Presidency work together in groups of three, called ‘trios.’  The trio sets out […]

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Just the Facts: Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union Report on Brexit: Implications and Potential Solutions

The Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union was established on 23 February 2017 to “consider the implications [of Brexit] for Ireland and to suggest some possible solutions to identifiable problems”.  The Committee had membership from across political parties and was chaired […]

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Just the Facts: European Council Summit, 22-23 June 2017

On Thursday 22 June and Friday 23 June 2017, EU leaders met in Brussels.  The European Council scheduled one working session on each day of the summit to discuss a range of issues.  UK Prime Minister Theresa May did not attend the talks, but briefed EU leaders on Brexit negotiations […]

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Just the Facts: French Parliamentary Elections, 2017

Parliamentary elections took place in France over the course of two rounds of voting.  Following the election of new President Emmanuel Macron, his centrist movement La République en Marche (LREM) was seeking to win seats in the French National Assembly for the first time. The first round of elections took […]

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