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Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Israel was in 'flagrant breach' of its EU association agreement (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

EU summit risks failing Gaza once again, Ireland warns

The Austrians and Czechs might block an EU statement calling for an Israeli ceasefire, Ireland has warned, as leaders met in Brussels amid starvation in Gaza.

"Austria and the Czech Republic are currently hold-outs. I think they're warming to it, but we'll have to convince them," said Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar, while arriving at the EU summit on Thursday (21 March).

The draft summit communiqué was to call for a humanitarian pause in fighting, leading to a sustainable ceasefire...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Israel was in 'flagrant breach' of its EU association agreement (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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