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A couple wear surgical masks while shopping in the Grafton shopping area of in Dublin on March 12, 2020. - Ireland on Thursday announced the closure of all schools and colleges, and recommended the cancellation of mass gatherings as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said "schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow (Friday)", as would state-run cultural institutions. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)
A couple wear surgical masks while shopp […]

Does virus crisis stoke case for united Ireland?

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland, as the disease spreads without regard for borders, but will the crisis bolster the case for unification?
Commuters talk after being rejected by the Hungarian police at the Nickelsdorf-Hegyeshalom border crossing on the Austrian-Hungarian border on March 18, 2020. Photo: Alex Halada / AFP
Commuters talk after being rejected by t […]

Virus frontier closures hamper cross-border workers

Workers who rely on shuttling across frontiers in Central Europe face a difficult dilemma now that the coronavirus pandemic has seen several countries shut their borders
A Eurotunnel employee stands in front of a truck heading for Britain during Brexit test day at the entrance of the Channel tunnel in Calais, northern France on September 17, 2019. Photo: Denis Charlet / AFP
A Eurotunnel employee stands in front of […]

No-deal Brexit: How EU members are preparing

With the spectre of a no-deal Brexit looming on October 31, EU members are taking measures to cushion their economies, safeguard trade with Britain and protect citizens' rights
Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in June 2016. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP
Britain voted to leave the European Unio […]

Britain ‘turbo-charges’ no deal Brexit plans

London – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has hit the ground running and held a series of meetings designed to ramp up preparations to leave the European Union without a Brexit deal on October 31. Government departments and businesses made extensive preparations ahead of the original March 29 deadline for Brexit, but after two […]
A French Gendarme stands guard at passport control at the airport in Montpellier, southern France, on November 20, 2015. Photo: Pascal Guyot / AFP
A French Gendarme stands guard at passpo […]

Europe’s Schengen area: border free, with exceptions

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for reform of the Schengen system, which currently involves 26 countries: 22 EU countries, plus non-EU Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
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