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Phil Hogan resigns as EU trade commissioner after breaching Ireland Covid guidelines
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Phil Hogan Credit: European Parliament (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Phil Hogan, the EU trade commissioner, resigned Wednesday after the Irish government accused him of breaching Covid-19 guidelines during a visit to the country.

On August 19, Hogan attended a golf dinner in County Galway after not complying with quarantine rules when he arrived from Brussels.

Hogan said in a statement, "It was becoming increasingly clear that the controversy concerning my recent visit to Ireland was becoming a distraction from my work as an EU Commissioner and would undermine my work in the key months ahead."

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EU and US agree on tariff cuts for first time in two decates
Phil Hogan
Phil Hogan Credit: EU2017EE Estonian Presidency (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The European Union and the United States announced on Friday an agreement to remove and reduce the tariffs they impose on a number of products.

With the first negotiated rate cut in more than two decades, the two blocs are putting aside the disputes of recent months and sending a signal of reconciliation that aims for continuity.

The joint statement signed by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan says: "We intend this package of tariff reductions to mark only the beginning of a process that will lead to additional agreements,"

Both sides encompass this step in an attempt to "improve US-EU relations".