⊂ EUROPE ⊃
Tata and ThyssenKrupp steel merger faces EU probe: The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation into the planned creation of a joint venture between Tata Steel of India and Germany’s ThyssenKrupp. The Commission said it was concerned that customers would face higher prices and fewer suppliers if the merger was allowed to go ahead. The deal includes the UK’s biggest steelworks, at Port Talbot in Wales, and has been welcomed by unions. An initial scrutiny had already raised possible problems over competition in the delivery of specialised types of steel particularly for the car, food packaging and engineering industries that could potentially lead to reduced choice and higher prices for consumers.
Thousands obtained EU citizenship in Bulgarian scam: Bulgarian prosecutors announced they have broken up a scam run by state officials which had enabled thousands of foreigners to obtain Bulgarian passports for cash — and with them visa-free travel across the EU. The recipients are believed to have paid up to €5,000 for a certificate vouching for their Bulgarian origins. The scheme allegedly involved employees of the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad, who are suspected of accepting bribes to issue fake certificates of Bulgarian origin, a document based on which Bulgarian nationality and identity documents can be issued. Reports suggest that most of the fraudulent passports were delivered to citizens from neighbouring countries including Moldova, Ukraine and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
EU tells Italy debt is worry for whole eurozone: The EU Commission has said Italy’s large public debt is a source of concern for the euro area as a whole and has asked the government to address worries about its big-spending 2019 budget by 13 November. Italy’s public debt remained a key vulnerability, the Commission wrote in a letter that was released by the Italian Treasury on Tuesday. The Treasury said it would respond by the middle of next month, as requested.
Trump targets US birthright citizenship: With congressional elections a week away, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he will seek to scrap the right of citizenship for US-born children of non-citizens and illegal immigrants as he tries again to dramatically reshape immigration policies. Under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, enacted in the wake of the Civil War to ensure that black Americans previously subject to slavery had full citizenship rights, citizenship is granted to all persons born or naturalised in the United States. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has referred to the FBI allegations that women were offered money to make false claims about Mueller. Trump has visited the Tree of Life synagogue, site of a mass shooting that killed 11 people Saturday, amid protests of his presence here Tuesday.
reuters.com (Birthright citizenship), time.com (Mueller), nbcnews.com (Synagogue)
European Central Bank: Stalling of bank reform effort may lead to new crisis reuters.com
Brazil: President Bolsonaro announces ministers faz.net
⊂ QUOTES ⊃
“The point wasn’t just talking about Africa, but with it.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for more investments on the African continent.
⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃
Denmark accuses Iran of murder plot: Copenhagen has accused Tehran of planning to assassinate an opponent of the Iranian government on Danish soil. Denmark’s intelligence chief said at a press conference Tuesday that Swedish authorities arrested a Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent on 21 October over the allegations, and the suspect was then extradited to Denmark. A massive police operation in Denmark last month linked to the case led to the bridge to Sweden being closed. A spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry denied the Danish accusations. The Iranian ambassador to Copenhagen was summoned to the foreign ministry over the allegations.
Merkel calls for more Africa investment: German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Tuesday a new development fund to tackle unemployment in Africa, a problem spurring the mass migration that has shaped her long premiership as it nears its end. Merkel hosted a summit of African leaders a day after her announcement that she would retire from politics by 2021. The summit is dedicated to evaluating the effects of the large-scale G20 project, launched under Berlin’s presidency of the group to boost African infrastructure and the economy. It is also designed to showcase the continent as a stable destination for German investment.
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Vatican denies Spain’s claims of deal over Franco’s reburial: The Vatican has denied a claim by the Spanish government that the church would cooperate to ensure the remains of Gen Francisco Franco are not reburied in Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral after exhumation from the dictator’s famous mausoleum. The socialist government of Pedro Sanchez has committed itself to removing Franco’s body from the Valley of the Fallen outside the Spanish capital.
Germany: Longtime Merkel critic Friedrich Merz launches political comeback dw.com
Spain: Sexual abuse to no longer become time-barred faz.net
⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃
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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃
Wikileaks founder Assange loses case over embassy rules: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has lost his court case over new rules imposed by Ecuador’s embassy in London. He claimed the regulations — which included making him clean up after his pet cat and pay for phone calls — were an attempt to push him out. The Australian took refuge in the London embassy six years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden in a sexual assault case that was later dropped.
⊂ EUROPE ⊃