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Phil Hogan (l) said he "respected" the Irish government, but refused to comply (Photo: The Council of the European Union)

EU trade chief ignores call to resign in corona-fiasco

EU trade chief Phil Hogan has ignored his national government's appeal to resign for flouting anti-coronavirus rules.

The Irish politician, who has been an EU commissioner since 2014, instead tried to weather the storm by issuing a profuse apology on Sunday (23 August).

"I wish to apologise fully and unreservedly," he said.

"I want, in particular, to apologise to the wonderful healthcare workers ... I am profoundly sorry," he added.

"I am extremely sorry ... I thus...

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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.

Phil Hogan (l) said he "respected" the Irish government, but refused to comply (Photo: The Council of the European Union)

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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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