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Thursday, February 5th: Tsipras and Varoufakis tour Europe, Separatists start major offensive, Orban between Merkel and Putin

Tsipras and Varoufakis tour Europe: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are promoting their new program across Europe. Tsipras went to Brussels to meet Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Council President Donald Tusk and EU Parliament President Martin Schulz. Varoufakis met ECB chief Mario Draghi in Frankfurt. The European Central Bank does not want to take part in a potential Greek debt cut or extend the term of the Greek government bonds. The political tug of war about Greece’s future is making stakeholders nervous. Brussels is preparing for a panic-stricken run on the banks. ECB is considering the expansion of emergency loans.
theguardian.combloomberg.comreuters.combbc.com
Separatists start major offensive: According to the Ukrainian military, the separatists have started an offensive in the east of the country. The sustained fire around Donetsk is preventing the evacuation of civilians. At least one grenade hit a hospital in separatist stronghold Donetsk. Many have been reported dead or injured. Ukrainian President Poroshenko is still counting on arms supplies from the United States. US President Barack Obama’s choice to become his fourth secretary of defense said he was inclined to provide arms to Ukraine to fend off Russian-backed rebels at his Senate confirmation hearing.
theguardian.comreuters.comwashingtonpost.com
UN Child Rights Committee concerned over situation in Syria and Iraq: Since June, nearly 1,000 Kurdish peshmerga troops have lost their lives fighting against the IS militia in northern Iraq, while over 4,000 militia fighters were injured. The peshmerga play a key role in the fight against IS. After the murder of an air force pilot, Jordan’s king Abdullah II. annnounced a merciless war against the extremists. The UN Child Rights Committee has denounced the systematic killing of children by IS, including several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive.
worldbulletin.netnpr.orgreuters.comhuffingtonpost.com
Malta calls for UN peace keepers in Libya: In Europe, concerns are growing about a disintegration of Libya and the creation of a place of retreat for Islamists. Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat warned Europe not to forget the south because of the Ukraine crisis. He calls for a united government in Tripoli who should then ask the United Nations to send a peacekeeping force. Libya is an important supplier of crude oil for the EU, as well as a transit point for illegal immigration.
europeonline-magazine.eutimesofmalta.com
ECJ debates social benefits for EU citizens: The European Court of Justic is once again dealing with the question of whether or not EU job seekers have the right to receive social welfare benefits in Germany, if they are essential for securing an existence or fascilitating access to the employment market. On November 11th of last year the ECJ ruled that Germany can refuse welfare benefits to EU migrants if they have never held a job in the country or only moved there in order to secure social benefits. It is still unclear whether this rule applies to migrants who live in Germany and become unemployed. A judgement is expected in the next few months.
theguardian.comsueddeutsche.de
TTIP could become blank cheque for financial market regulation: Michel Reimon, MEP of the Austrian Greens, has published a Commission proposal for the regulation of transatlantic financial markets in the TTIP agreement. According to the proposal, a newly created transatlantic committee, called „the Forum“, should negotiate regulations. Reimon sees this as a clear annulment of parliamentarian controls, since the parliaments will then only be able to pass legislation in accordance with the forum. The TTIP treaty outlines the forum and its margins, not the regulations for the financial markets themselves. Reimon warns that support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could result in a blank cheque for financial market regulation.
tagesspiegel.decomputerworlduk.com
Rating agency S&P cuts ratings on several big European banks wallstreetjournal.com
EU agreement Bosnian parties give green light for reforms derstandard.at
Supporting the disadvantaged EU Commission helps unemployed youths with one million euros europa.eu
“These people haven’t dismissed highly paid consultants, for example, but rather cleaning ladies who cleaned the rooms and toilets at night.”
The new Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis criticizes the current crisis policies of the euro zone as wrong and accuses troika of ruining Greece.
zeit.de
“For years, there has been a political debate about the „German question“ and about „German hegemony“ in Europe. Such terms imply that elements of German history are repeating themselves. Publicists such as George Soros and Martin Wolf are even writing about a new „German Empire“. The protests in Athens of the past few years show that this is not just an academic debate.”
Hans Kundnani, Research Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, compares German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Federal Republic with the German Empire under Bismarck.
lse.ac.uk
Orban between Merkel and Putin: Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban does not want to be internationally perceived as becoming isolated and attempted to exploit German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit on Monday to promote his own policies. Merkel put pressure on Orban over Russia, in an attempt to ensure Hungary sticks to the common European line on sanctions against Moscow. Orban voiced criticism over the negative economic effect of the restrictive measures on the EU’s own member states. Russian President Vladimir Putin is the next to visit Hungary on February 17th, followed by the Turkish, Georgian and Nato leaders soon after. Orban’s balance between the West and Russia is becoming increasingly precarious.
euobserver.combbc.comfinancialtimes.com
Sarkozy loses fight on how to handle Front National: The conservative French opposition party UMP under former President Nicolas Sarkozy is fighting over how to handle the increasingly popular far right party Front National (FN). A run-off vote between a socialist and an FN candidate will take place this Sunday. The UMP is debating whether or not to give its supporters a recommendation for the socialist in order to prevent the election of the FN candidate. The party would thus take a clear stance against FN. After heated discussions, the party leadership decided with a narrow margin not to vote and to turn in empty ballots.
reuters.comnytimes.com
Russian mother is released: A Russian mother-of-seven accused of treason has been released from custody on bail. Svetlana Davydova was released Tuesday night after more than 50,000 people, including Oscar-nominated director Andrei Zvyagintsev and Natalya Solzhenitsyna, widow of Nobel literature laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn, petitioned President Vladimir Putin to let the woman return to her children. Davydova was arrested by the intelligence service FSB eleven days ago after phoning the Ukrainian embassy to warn that Russian soldiers, in civilian clothes, may be heading to east Ukraine.
bloomberg.comyahoonews.comeuronews.com
Nice attacker was known to police: The man who attacked three soldiers patrolling outside a Jewish community centre in Nice with a knife was apparently well known to police. French media report that he had already been sentenced six times for theft, insulting an officer, and drug offenses. Authorities searched the 30-year-old man’s apartment. The attacker allegedly attempted to leave for Turkey last week without a return ticket. Turkish officials sent him back to France.
euronews.com, bbc.comcnn.com
Turkish authorities replace management of Gulenist bank: Turkish authorities have taken control of Bank Asya, the Islamic lender caught up in a feud between President Tayyip Erdogan and US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. The banking watchdog BDDK had ruled in favour of the bank’s seizure and sacked the entire existing management team, citing a lack of transparency. Turkey’s move to seize control has prompted accusations of political meddling, the country’s opposition has denounced the seizure as a scandal.
financialtimes.comyahoonews.comreuters.com
Bounty on owner of Charlie Hebdo: The former Pakistani minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour has said he would give an extra 200,000 dollars to anyone who would kill the owner of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Bilour had originally announced that he wants to reward the families of the militants who attacked Charlie Hebdo’s office last month. The former railway minister is known for making political stunts to gain popularity.
dw.de
Spain Migrants attempt to climb border fence of Ceuta euronews.com
Kosovo Controversial minister Jablanovic no longer part of government yahoonews.com
Macedonia Major losses due to flooding euronews.com
4.99 euros spent abroad amount to one euro spent domestically. The Swiss show that they prefer to spent their holidays (and their money) in other countries, more so than any other eurozone nation. The Netherlands are ranked number two (4.35 EUR) before Austria (2.14 EUR). The Greeks are at the bottom of the list. One euro spent in Greece amounts to 0.33 spent abroad.
faz.net
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Customer loyalty in times of Rouble crisis: In order to avoid mass cancellations of Russian holiday trips, Turkey will grant 5,300 euros to all Russian passengers for the next two months to pay for jet fuel. The government took this step because it feared mass cancellation of flights due to the economic crisis in Russia and the depreciation of the ruble. This would boost tourism income and ease the burden for tour operators.
welt.de

Thursday, 5th of February: Tsipras and Varoufakis tour Europe, Separatists start major offensive, Orban between Merkel and Putin

Tsipras and Varoufakis tour Europe: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are promoting their new program across Europe. Tsipras went to Brussels to meet Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Council President Donald Tusk and EU Parliament President Martin Schulz. Varoufakis met ECB chief Mario Draghi in Frankfurt. The European Central Bank does not want to take part in a potential Greek debt cut or extend the term of the Greek government bonds. The political tug of war about Greece’s future is making stakeholders nervous. Brussels is preparing for a panic-stricken run on the banks. ECB is considering the expansion of emergency loans.
theguardian.com, bloomberg.com, reuters.com, bbc.com
Separatists start major offensive: According to the Ukrainian military, the separatists have started an offensive in the east of the country. The sustained fire around Donetsk is preventing the evacuation of civilians. At least one grenade hit a hospital in separatist stronghold Donetsk. Many have been reported dead or injured. Ukrainian President Poroshenko is still counting on arms supplies from the United States. US President Barack Obama’s choice to become his fourth secretary of defense said he was inclined to provide arms to Ukraine to fend off Russian-backed rebels at his Senate confirmation hearing.
theguardian.com, reuters.com, washingtonpost.com
UN Child Rights Committee concerned over situation in Syria and Iraq: Since June, nearly 1,000 Kurdish peshmerga troops have lost their lives fighting against the IS militia in northern Iraq, while over 4,000 militia fighters were injured. The peshmerga play a key role in the fight against IS. After the murder of an air force pilot, Jordan’s king Abdullah II. annnounced a merciless war against the extremists. The UN Child Rights Committee has denounced the systematic killing of children by IS, including several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive.
worldbulletin.net, npr.org, reuters.com, huffingtonpost.com
Malta calls for UN peace keepers in Libya: In Europe, concerns are growing about a disintegration of Libya and the creation of a place of retreat for Islamists. Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat warned Europe not to forget the south because of the Ukraine crisis. He calls for a united government in Tripoli who should then ask the United Nations to send a peacekeeping force. Libya is an important supplier of crude oil for the EU, as well as a transit point for illegal immigration.
europeonline-magazine.eu, timesofmalta.com
ECJ debates social benefits for EU citizens: The European Court of Justic is once again dealing with the question of whether or not EU job seekers have the right to receive social welfare benefits in Germany, if they are essential for securing an existence or fascilitating access to the employment market. On November 11th of last year the ECJ ruled that Germany can refuse welfare benefits to EU migrants if they have never held a job in the country or only moved there in order to secure social benefits. It is still unclear whether this rule applies to migrants who live in Germany and become unemployed. A judgement is expected in the next few months.
theguardian.com, sueddeutsche.de
TTIP could become blank cheque for financial market regulation: Michel Reimon, MEP of the Austrian Greens, has published a Commission proposal for the regulation of transatlantic financial markets in the TTIP agreement. According to the proposal, a newly created transatlantic committee, called „the Forum“, should negotiate regulations. Reimon sees this as a clear annulment of parliamentarian controls, since the parliaments will then only be able to pass legislation in accordance with the forum. The TTIP treaty outlines the forum and its margins, not the regulations for the financial markets themselves. Reimon warns that support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could result in a blank cheque for financial market regulation.
tagesspiegel.de, computerworlduk.com
Rating agency S&P cuts ratings on several big European banks wallstreetjournal.com
EU agreement Bosnian parties give green light for reforms derstandard.at
Supporting the disadvantaged EU Commission helps unemployed youths with one million euros europa.eu
“These people haven’t dismissed highly paid consultants, for example, but rather cleaning ladies who cleaned the rooms and toilets at night.”
The new Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis criticizes the current crisis policies of the euro zone as wrong and accuses troika of ruining Greece.
zeit.de
“For years, there has been a political debate about the „German question“ and about „German hegemony“ in Europe. Such terms imply that elements of German history are repeating themselves. Publicists such as George Soros and Martin Wolf are even writing about a new „German Empire“. The protests in Athens of the past few years show that this is not just an academic debate.”
Hans Kundnani, Research Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, compares German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Federal Republic with the German Empire under Bismarck.
lse.ac.uk
Orban between Merkel and Putin: Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban does not want to be internationally perceived as becoming isolated and attempted to exploit German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit on Monday to promote his own policies. Merkel put pressure on Orban over Russia, in an attempt to ensure Hungary sticks to the common European line on sanctions against Moscow. Orban voiced criticism over the negative economic effect of the restrictive measures on the EU’s own member states. Russian President Vladimir Putin is the next to visit Hungary on February 17th, followed by the Turkish, Georgian and Nato leaders soon after. Orban’s balance between the West and Russia is becoming increasingly precarious.
euobserver.com, bbc.com, financialtimes.com
Sarkozy loses fight on how to handle Front National: The conservative French opposition party UMP under former President Nicolas Sarkozy is fighting over how to handle the increasingly popular far right party Front National (FN). A run-off vote between a socialist and an FN candidate will take place this Sunday. The UMP is debating whether or not to give its supporters a recommendation for the socialist in order to prevent the election of the FN candidate. The party would thus take a clear stance against FN. After heated discussions, the party leadership decided with a narrow margin not to vote and to turn in empty ballots.
reuters.com, nytimes.com
Russian mother is released: A Russian mother-of-seven accused of treason has been released from custody on bail. Svetlana Davydova was released Tuesday night after more than 50,000 people, including Oscar-nominated director Andrei Zvyagintsev and Natalya Solzhenitsyna, widow of Nobel literature laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn, petitioned President Vladimir Putin to let the woman return to her children. Davydova was arrested by the intelligence service FSB eleven days ago after phoning the Ukrainian embassy to warn that Russian soldiers, in civilian clothes, may be heading to east Ukraine.
bloomberg.com, yahoonews.com, euronews.com
Nice attacker was known to police: The man who attacked three soldiers patrolling outside a Jewish community centre in Nice with a knife was apparently well known to police. French media report that he had already been sentenced six times for theft, insulting an officer, and drug offenses. Authorities searched the 30-year-old man’s apartment. The attacker allegedly attempted to leave for Turkey last week without a return ticket. Turkish officials sent him back to France.
euronews.com, bbc.com, cnn.com
Turkish authorities replace management of Gulenist bank: Turkish authorities have taken control of Bank Asya, the Islamic lender caught up in a feud between President Tayyip Erdogan and US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. The banking watchdog BDDK had ruled in favour of the bank’s seizure and sacked the entire existing management team, citing a lack of transparency. Turkey’s move to seize control has prompted accusations of political meddling, the country’s opposition has denounced the seizure as a scandal.
financialtimes.com, yahoonews.com, reuters.com
Bounty on owner of Charlie Hebdo: The former Pakistani minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour has said he would give an extra 200,000 dollars to anyone who would kill the owner of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Bilour had originally announced that he wants to reward the families of the militants who attacked Charlie Hebdo’s office last month. The former railway minister is known for making political stunts to gain popularity.
dw.de
Spain Migrants attempt to climb border fence of Ceuta euronews.com
Kosovo Controversial minister Jablanovic no longer part of government yahoonews.com
Macedonia Major losses due to flooding euronews.com
4.99 euros spent abroad amount to one euro spent domestically. The Swiss show that they prefer to spent their holidays (and their money) in other countries, more so than any other eurozone nation. The Netherlands are ranked number two (4.35 EUR) before Austria (2.14 EUR). The Greeks are at the bottom of the list. One euro spent in Greece amounts to 0.33 spent abroad.
faz.net
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Customer loyalty in times of Rouble crisis: In order to avoid mass cancellations of Russian holiday trips, Turkey will grant 5,300 euros to all Russian passengers for the next two months to pay for jet fuel. The government took this step because it feared mass cancellation of flights due to the economic crisis in Russia and the depreciation of the ruble. This would boost tourism income and ease the burden for tour operators.
welt.de

Wednesday, February 4th: ICJ dismisses Croatia and Serbia genocide claims, Greece moves away from debt writeoff, Mattarella sworn in

ICJ dismisses Croatia and Serbia genocide claims: The International Court of Justice has rejected claims of genocide by Serbia and Croatia against each other during the Croatian war of secession from Yugoslavia. Neither side had provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate the „specific intent required for acts of genocide“. What is generally called ethnic cleansing does not constitute genocide, Judge Tomka said in his ruling against Serbia’s claim. Acts of ethnic cleansing may be part of a genocidal plan but only if there is an intention to physically destroy the target group.
usatoday.combbc.comreuters.com
Washington will not ship arms in near future: According to Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama, the United States will not be delivering arms to the Ukraine in the near future. The best tool that the US has to apply pressure on Russia is the economic pressure through the sanctions, Rhodes said. The West is exploring several options for increasing pressure on Russia apart from more sanctions. Meanwhile, Russians will no longer be allowed to enter Ukraine without an international passport.
reuters.comnytimes.com
Greece moves away from debt writeoff: The new Greek government has retreated from the idea of writing off debt, instead suggesting that it could be exchanged for bonds that would be repaid only if the Greek economy grew. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has suggested the new deal for exchanging debt with bailout creditors. Varoufakis will meet with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi in Frankfurt on Wednesday and plans to meet on Thursday in Berlin with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Varoufakis added that he would negotiate separately with the European Commission, the IMF and the European Central Bank but not with the troika.
wallstreetjournal.comtheguardian.combbc.com
EU tax probe widened to Belgium: The European Commission has widened its corporate tax probe to include Belgium’s rules on so-called excess profit in its fight against illegal tax advantages for companies. The Commission is investigating whether the tax regimes of certain EU nations amounts to state aid. The Commission said Belgium’s tax arrangements meant as much as 90 percent of the profits a multinational corporation made in the country could be deducted from the its corporation tax bill.
abcnews.comtheguardian.combbc.com
ECJ declares German nuclear-fuel tax to be legal: The Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice, Maciej Szpunar, said that the German nuclear-fuel tax doesn’t violate EU rules on creating taxes on electricity. He also dismissed claims that the tax violated EU state aid regulations. German energy giants RWE, E.ON and EnBW had lodged a complaint following Berlin’s decision to introduce the tax at the beginning of 2011. The tax has cost those companies billions.
bloomberg.comdw.de
European Pegida-offshoots fail to reach masses: The orginial anti-Islamisation Pegida movement in Dresden is currently in a deep crisis, but offshoots of the movement are still rallying in other German and European cities. But while rallies in Germany have often attracted more than 20,000 people in recent weeks, only a few hundred took part in Monday’s rally in Vienna and similar demonstrations in Copenhagen and Pargue. Marches on a smaller scale have since been held in the Czech Republic, Denmark and Norway.
bbc.com
Cheaper Producer prices fell an annual 2.7 percent nasdaq.com
UN Security Council Veto powers and Germany meet with Iran npr.org
IS Jordanian hostage burned alive bbc.com
“Merkel is like Hitler, he took our country, she is waging an economic war.”
Panos Kammenos, the founder of the centre-right anti-austerity party „Independent Greeks“ will continue to make inappropriate statements as the country’s new defense minister.
tagesspiegel.de
“I am not alone. That means a lot.”
The Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink, who is facing five years in prison in Turkey for supposed „terrorist propaganda“ after highlighting the struggle of the Kurds, shows her gratitude for the international support on Twitter.
independent.co.uk
Mattarella sworn in: The 73-year-old Sergio Mattarella, a Sicilian constitutional court judge closely associated with the fight against organised crime, was sworn in on Tuesday in Rome as Italy’s new president. In his first speech, Mattarella has called for more reforms and growth in his country, saying that Italy is in need of a new horizon of hope. Mattarella has promised to fight corruption and organized crime such as the mafia.
wallstreetjournal.comyahoonews.combbc.com
Greece sells government limousines: The new Greek government plans a fundamentally new approach to governing, different from the governments of its predecessors. Tsipras’ government will not just be spending money, it also plans to save some. The company cars of government officials will be sold. Instead, ministers should take cabs or their own private cars. Any business trips by government officials will be booked in the economy class.
spiegel.deeuropeonline-magazine.eu
Podemos campaigns against Germany: The Spanish newcomer party Podemos is attempting to increase its popularity by taking a critical stance against Germany. Cause for frustration are the German consolidation policies. Spain is being called a slave of Germany by Spanish politicians. The better that the party does in polls, the more it emphasizes an anti-German atmosphere with comparisons to the Secod World War and talk of a supposed „Fourth Reich“.
dw.de
Spain’s smallest fishing enterprises are threatened: The traditional small scale fishing in Spain has little chance to keep up with the large high tech fishing fleets. In 2006, more than 10,000 small ships with a maximum length of up to 12 meters were spread out along the coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture now counts only 7,600. The Spanish government is on the side of the large corporations and rejects an EU proposal to ban bottom trawling, although this could save the ecosystem from overfishing and help smaller fishing enterprises.
worldfishing.net
Russia considers price controls for essential food products: Due to the fall of the Russian Rouble and the increasing inflation, Russian officials are thinking about putting a price cap on essential food products. The Russian government may also give the state competition watchdog more power in enforcing existing retail market regulations. Leading retail food chains in Russia have already announced that the price increases of their products are far below the rate of inflation.
businessinsider.com
French police arrest jihadists: French counter-terrorism police arrested eight people in Paris and Lyon suspected of participating in recruiting young people for the fight in Syria. The jihadists are suspected of involvement in a jihadist network organizing recruitment and departures to Syria. According to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, this shows that France is fully determined in its fight against terrorism. The arrests in the Paris and Lyon areas are not linked to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.
bbc.comnbcnews.comcnn.com
Czech Republic Police arrest man throwing wooden blocks at cars n-tv.de
Turkey Intellectuals warn about propaganda against Armenians derstandard.at
France Soldiers in front of Jewish Center attacked with knife nbcnews.com
5,360 people have already died in the conflict in eastern Ukraine according to the United Nations.
theguardian.com
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More new billionaires: The number of billionaires in the world is increasing, but for the first time the rich are not getting simultaneously richer. The new record number of 2,089 dollar billionaires in 68 countries was calculated by Briton Rupert Hoogewerf, who lives in Shanghai. Almost half of all billionaires are from the United States and China. The number of Russian billionaires fell by ten to 93, their assets diminished by five percent.
welt.de

Wednesday, 4th of February: ICJ dismisses Croatia and Serbia genocide claims, Greece moves away from debt writeoff, Mattarella sworn in

ICJ dismisses Croatia and Serbia genocide claims: The International Court of Justice has rejected claims of genocide by Serbia and Croatia against each other during the Croatian war of secession from Yugoslavia. Neither side had provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate the „specific intent required for acts of genocide“. What is generally called ethnic cleansing does not constitute genocide, Judge Tomka said in his ruling against Serbia’s claim. Acts of ethnic cleansing may be part of a genocidal plan but only if there is an intention to physically destroy the target group.
usatoday.com, bbc.com, reuters.com
Washington will not ship arms in near future: According to Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama, the United States will not be delivering arms to the Ukraine in the near future. The best tool that the US has to apply pressure on Russia is the economic pressure through the sanctions, Rhodes said. The West is exploring several options for increasing pressure on Russia apart from more sanctions. Meanwhile, Russians will no longer be allowed to enter Ukraine without an international passport.
reuters.com, nytimes.com
Greece moves away from debt writeoff: The new Greek government has retreated from the idea of writing off debt, instead suggesting that it could be exchanged for bonds that would be repaid only if the Greek economy grew. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has suggested the new deal for exchanging debt with bailout creditors. Varoufakis will meet with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi in Frankfurt on Wednesday and plans to meet on Thursday in Berlin with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Varoufakis added that he would negotiate separately with the European Commission, the IMF and the European Central Bank but not with the troika.
wallstreetjournal.com, theguardian.com, bbc.com
EU tax probe widened to Belgium: The European Commission has widened its corporate tax probe to include Belgium’s rules on so-called excess profit in its fight against illegal tax advantages for companies. The Commission is investigating whether the tax regimes of certain EU nations amounts to state aid. The Commission said Belgium’s tax arrangements meant as much as 90 percent of the profits a multinational corporation made in the country could be deducted from the its corporation tax bill.
abcnews.com, theguardian.com, bbc.com
ECJ declares German nuclear-fuel tax to be legal: The Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice, Maciej Szpunar, said that the German nuclear-fuel tax doesn’t violate EU rules on creating taxes on electricity. He also dismissed claims that the tax violated EU state aid regulations. German energy giants RWE, E.ON and EnBW had lodged a complaint following Berlin’s decision to introduce the tax at the beginning of 2011. The tax has cost those companies billions.
bloomberg.com, dw.de
European Pegida-offshoots fail to reach masses: The orginial anti-Islamisation Pegida movement in Dresden is currently in a deep crisis, but offshoots of the movement are still rallying in other German and European cities. But while rallies in Germany have often attracted more than 20,000 people in recent weeks, only a few hundred took part in Monday’s rally in Vienna and similar demonstrations in Copenhagen and Pargue. Marches on a smaller scale have since been held in the Czech Republic, Denmark and Norway.
bbc.com
Cheaper Producer prices fell an annual 2.7 percent nasdaq.com
UN Security Council Veto powers and Germany meet with Iran npr.org
IS Jordanian hostage burned alive bbc.com
“Merkel is like Hitler, he took our country, she is waging an economic war.”
Panos Kammenos, the founder of the centre-right anti-austerity party „Independent Greeks“ will continue to make inappropriate statements as the country’s new defense minister.
tagesspiegel.de
“I am not alone. That means a lot.”
The Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink, who is facing five years in prison in Turkey for supposed „terrorist propaganda“ after highlighting the struggle of the Kurds, shows her gratitude for the international support on Twitter.
independent.co.uk
Mattarella sworn in: The 73-year-old Sergio Mattarella, a Sicilian constitutional court judge closely associated with the fight against organised crime, was sworn in on Tuesday in Rome as Italy’s new president. In his first speech, Mattarella has called for more reforms and growth in his country, saying that Italy is in need of a new horizon of hope. Mattarella has promised to fight corruption and organized crime such as the mafia.
wallstreetjournal.com, yahoonews.com, bbc.com
Greece sells government limousines: The new Greek government plans a fundamentally new approach to governing, different from the governments of its predecessors. Tsipras’ government will not just be spending money, it also plans to save some. The company cars of government officials will be sold. Instead, ministers should take cabs or their own private cars. Any business trips by government officials will be booked in the economy class.
spiegel.de, europeonline-magazine.eu
Podemos campaigns against Germany: The Spanish newcomer party Podemos is attempting to increase its popularity by taking a critical stance against Germany. Cause for frustration are the German consolidation policies. Spain is being called a slave of Germany by Spanish politicians. The better that the party does in polls, the more it emphasizes an anti-German atmosphere with comparisons to the Secod World War and talk of a supposed „Fourth Reich“.
dw.de
Spain’s smallest fishing enterprises are threatened: The traditional small scale fishing in Spain has little chance to keep up with the large high tech fishing fleets. In 2006, more than 10,000 small ships with a maximum length of up to 12 meters were spread out along the coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture now counts only 7,600. The Spanish government is on the side of the large corporations and rejects an EU proposal to ban bottom trawling, although this could save the ecosystem from overfishing and help smaller fishing enterprises.
worldfishing.net
Russia considers price controls for essential food products: Due to the fall of the Russian Rouble and the increasing inflation, Russian officials are thinking about putting a price cap on essential food products. The Russian government may also give the state competition watchdog more power in enforcing existing retail market regulations. Leading retail food chains in Russia have already announced that the price increases of their products are far below the rate of inflation.
businessinsider.com
French police arrest jihadists: French counter-terrorism police arrested eight people in Paris and Lyon suspected of participating in recruiting young people for the fight in Syria. The jihadists are suspected of involvement in a jihadist network organizing recruitment and departures to Syria. According to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, this shows that France is fully determined in its fight against terrorism. The arrests in the Paris and Lyon areas are not linked to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.
bbc.com, nbcnews.com, cnn.com
Czech Republic Police arrest man throwing wooden blocks at cars n-tv.de
Turkey Intellectuals warn about propaganda against Armenians derstandard.at
France Soldiers in front of Jewish Center attacked with knife nbcnews.com
5,360 people have already died in the conflict in eastern Ukraine according to the United Nations.
theguardian.com
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More new billionaires: The number of billionaires in the world is increasing, but for the first time the rich are not getting simultaneously richer. The new record number of 2,089 dollar billionaires in 68 countries was calculated by Briton Rupert Hoogewerf, who lives in Shanghai. Almost half of all billionaires are from the United States and China. The number of Russian billionaires fell by ten to 93, their assets diminished by five percent.
welt.de

Tuesday, February 3rd: Eurogroup in disagreement on how to handle Greece, US considers supplying arms to Ukraine, Le Pen’s popularity grows

Eurogroup in disagreement on how to handle Greece: The German government sees no need to abolish the role of the troika of inspectors from the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund. France offers its support to Athens in its efforts to get the country back on its feet after five years of austerity, but warned that there would be no write-down of Greece’s debt and pressed Athens to continue with reforms. According to recent reports, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants to scrap the troika as well. President Barack Obama has criticized the EU and warned that imposing tough austerity programmes on Greece could backfire on its creditors. Greece previously ruled out seeking aid from Russia as it seeks better financial bailout terms.
wallstreetjournal.comnytimes.comreuters.comtelegraph.co.ukdw.de
US considers supplying arms to Ukraine: The United States are now considering providing defensive weapons and equipment to Kiev’s beleaguered forces in Ukraine’s fight against the separatists. Secretary of State John Kerry and General Martin Dempsey are open to new discussions about providing lethal assistance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists the conflict can still be resolved with negotiation, and rules out supplying any German weapons to Kyiv. Merkel calls for unified European policies in the crisis. The separatists in Donetsk plan to mobilize 100,000 additional fighters. Ukrainian troops have allegedly been surrounded and trapped in Donetsk.
cnn.comeuronews.comreuters.com
Germany’s trade surplus is a thorn in the side of EU: According to calculations of the Ifo institute, Germany’s current account surplus is likely to have hit a new record of 220 billion euros in 2014. No other country in the world has an export surplus that is this high. China was second with a current account surplus of about 150 billion euros. Ifo said the German surplus was equivalent to 7.5 percent of gross domestic product, meaning it would once again breach the European Commission’s recommended upper threshold of six percent. In March 2014, Brussels admonished Germany. The US Ministry of Finance has repeatedly condemned the surpluses as a risk for the financial stability worldwide.
reuters.com
European Parliamentary Week: The economic policy making of the European countries needs to be increasingly coordinated. This Tuesday and Wednesday, members of the European parliament will meet their colleagues from the national parliaments to discuss what needs to be done to get the EU out of the crisis. The Commission’s Annual Growth Survey calls on the EU countries to continue to cut their budgets, even though the lack of investment is hampering growth.
europa.eu
Suspicious vehicle in front of European parliament: Belgian police evacuated hundreds of people Monday from three buildings of the European Parliament because of a suspicious vehicle. The visitors’ center in central Brussels was also cleared as a precautionary measure while the car was searched. The obviously intoxicated suspect had said to police that he parked his car filled with weapons and explosives near the parliament, and that he wanted to meet the president of the parliament. Police gave the all-clear just before 1 p.m. Brussels time, and staff returned to their offices.
foxnews.comabcnews.com
Kobane IS militia forced back further bbc.com
UN UN condemns beheading of Japanese hostage by IS ibtimes.com
MH17 Team at crash site recovers more remains yahoonews.com
“We estimate the costs for the Greek side to be around 1.5 billion dollars. That is the biggest foreign investment for this country.”
Michael Hoffman, the External Affairs Director of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, sees the pipeline, which is intended to connect the Caspian Sea with Italy, as a growth impetus for Greece.
derstandard.at
“The members of the conservative movement are increasingly talking about the Russian identity, the Russian way, without understanding the processes that are taking place in the economy.”
The former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin criticizes the growing isolation and lack of reforms in Russia.
welt.de
Le Pen’s popularity grows: Marine Le Pen, president of the right-wing party Front National, can celebrate her rising popularity in polls and an electoral win in an eastern French department. The far-right FN came top in the first round of a French parliamentary byelection on Sunday, knocking former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right party out of the running in the process. The FN candidate, Sophie Montel, won 33 percent of the votes in the first round. Le Pen was having trouble to stay on course after the terrorist attacks in Paris, now she appears to be back in the limelight.
theguardian.comindependent.co.uk
Turkey tightens stringent anti-protest laws: The Turkish government wants to strengthen its anti-protest laws and extend the powers of its police force. A legislative package will be discussed in the Ankara parliament this week. The draft proposes a ban of face masks. Even partially covering one’s face with a scarf could result in a prison sentence of up to five years, if the authorities deem a demonstration a supporting event for a terrorist organization.
spiegel.deyahoonews.com
Merkel stresses freedom of the press and diversity of opinion: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emphasized the importance of civil liberties and an opposition to the government at a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Even for a government with a broad majority, as it exists in Hungary, it is very important in a democracy to appreciate the role of the opposition, civil society and the media, Merkel said to Orban.
dw.de
Mother of seven accused of treason: A 37-year-old Russian woman has been arrested by the FSB security service and has been in prison ever since. The mother of seven is being accused of treason for calling the Ukrainian embassy and informing them that a local military base was empty, suggesting soldiers there had been deployed across the border. She had also overheard two Russian soldiers on a public bus saying troops of the Russian military intelligence service would be sent on a mission. The woman is being held at a high-security jail in Moscow in the latest sign of Moscow attempting to cover up its intervention in its neighbouring state.
yahoonews.com
Fight over alleged coup: Macedonia’s chief opposition leader was charged by police with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government. Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democrats, denied the charges, his passport has been confiscated. Three persons were arrested, amongst them former intelligence chief Zoran Verusevski and his wife. The opposition had threatened to publish what it says is evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the government, including accusations he said could harm ethnic relations in Macedonia. The conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is accusing all four of gathering intelligence against the government with the help of a foreign spy service.
abcnews.comreuters.comeuractiv.com
Berlusconi ends community service early: Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was granted a request by his lawyers to end his community service sentence for tax fraud 45 days early for good behavior. Last year, the 78-year-old Berlusconi had a four-year jail sentence commuted into an order to spend four hours a week for a year at a center for Alzheimer’s patients, restricting his movements and political activities. From March 8, Berlusconi will get his passport back and no longer have any restriction on his movement, despite still being banned from public office.
yahoonews.comreuters.com
Greece Defense minister causes tensions with Turkey theguardian.com
Switzerland Expensive Franc dampens industry enthusiasm wallstreetjournal.com
Russia Biggest bank stops cash withdrawals wallstreetjournal.com
66.9 percent of German companies are considered innovative by the European statistical office. Germany is among the top three best countries for innovation in the European Union, ahead of Italy (56.1 percent) and Sweden (55.9 percent).
sciencebusiness.net
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Soccer player Totti received fives votes to be president: The professional soccer player Francesco Totti doesn’t just have fans, he apparently also has political admirers. Totti received five votes in the first round of the Italian presidential election. Those votes were invalid, because the 38-year-old Totti has not yet reached the age limit of 50 years and is thus too young to be the president of Italy. The first election round in Rome ended without results. Not a single candidate reached the needed two-thirds-majority of 673 votes.
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Tuesday, 3rd of February: Eurogroup in disagreement on how to handle Greece, US considers supplying arms to Ukraine, Le Pen’s popularity grows

Eurogroup in disagreement on how to handle Greece: The German government sees no need to abolish the role of the troika of inspectors from the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund. France offers its support to Athens in its efforts to get the country back on its feet after five years of austerity, but warned that there would be no write-down of Greece’s debt and pressed Athens to continue with reforms. According to recent reports, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants to scrap the troika as well. President Barack Obama has criticized the EU and warned that imposing tough austerity programmes on Greece could backfire on its creditors. Greece previously ruled out seeking aid from Russia as it seeks better financial bailout terms.
wallstreetjournal.com, nytimes.com, reuters.com, telegraph.co.uk, dw.de
US considers supplying arms to Ukraine: The United States are now considering providing defensive weapons and equipment to Kiev’s beleaguered forces in Ukraine’s fight against the separatists. Secretary of State John Kerry and General Martin Dempsey are open to new discussions about providing lethal assistance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists the conflict can still be resolved with negotiation, and rules out supplying any German weapons to Kyiv. Merkel calls for unified European policies in the crisis. The separatists in Donetsk plan to mobilize 100,000 additional fighters. Ukrainian troops have allegedly been surrounded and trapped in Donetsk.
cnn.com, euronews.com, reuters.com
Germany’s trade surplus is a thorn in the side of EU: According to calculations of the Ifo institute, Germany’s current account surplus is likely to have hit a new record of 220 billion euros in 2014. No other country in the world has an export surplus that is this high. China was second with a current account surplus of about 150 billion euros. Ifo said the German surplus was equivalent to 7.5 percent of gross domestic product, meaning it would once again breach the European Commission’s recommended upper threshold of six percent. In March 2014, Brussels admonished Germany. The US Ministry of Finance has repeatedly condemned the surpluses as a risk for the financial stability worldwide.
reuters.com
European Parliamentary Week: The economic policy making of the European countries needs to be increasingly coordinated. This Tuesday and Wednesday, members of the European parliament will meet their colleagues from the national parliaments to discuss what needs to be done to get the EU out of the crisis. The Commission’s Annual Growth Survey calls on the EU countries to continue to cut their budgets, even though the lack of investment is hampering growth.
europa.eu
Suspicious vehicle in front of European parliament: Belgian police evacuated hundreds of people Monday from three buildings of the European Parliament because of a suspicious vehicle. The visitors’ center in central Brussels was also cleared as a precautionary measure while the car was searched. The obviously intoxicated suspect had said to police that he parked his car filled with weapons and explosives near the parliament, and that he wanted to meet the president of the parliament. Police gave the all-clear just before 1 p.m. Brussels time, and staff returned to their offices.
foxnews.com, abcnews.com
Kobane IS militia forced back further bbc.com
UN UN condemns beheading of Japanese hostage by IS ibtimes.com
MH17 Team at crash site recovers more remains yahoonews.com
“We estimate the costs for the Greek side to be around 1.5 billion dollars. That is the biggest foreign investment for this country.”
Michael Hoffman, the External Affairs Director of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, sees the pipeline, which is intended to connect the Caspian Sea with Italy, as a growth impetus for Greece.
derstandard.at
“The members of the conservative movement are increasingly talking about the Russian identity, the Russian way, without understanding the processes that are taking place in the economy.”
The former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin criticizes the growing isolation and lack of reforms in Russia.
welt.de
Le Pen’s popularity grows: Marine Le Pen, president of the right-wing party Front National, can celebrate her rising popularity in polls and an electoral win in an eastern French department. The far-right FN came top in the first round of a French parliamentary byelection on Sunday, knocking former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right party out of the running in the process. The FN candidate, Sophie Montel, won 33 percent of the votes in the first round. Le Pen was having trouble to stay on course after the terrorist attacks in Paris, now she appears to be back in the limelight.
theguardian.com, independent.co.uk
Turkey tightens stringent anti-protest laws: The Turkish government wants to strengthen its anti-protest laws and extend the powers of its police force. A legislative package will be discussed in the Ankara parliament this week. The draft proposes a ban of face masks. Even partially covering one’s face with a scarf could result in a prison sentence of up to five years, if the authorities deem a demonstration a supporting event for a terrorist organization.
spiegel.de, yahoonews.com
Merkel stresses freedom of the press and diversity of opinion: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emphasized the importance of civil liberties and an opposition to the government at a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Even for a government with a broad majority, as it exists in Hungary, it is very important in a democracy to appreciate the role of the opposition, civil society and the media, Merkel said to Orban.
dw.de
Mother of seven accused of treason: A 37-year-old Russian woman has been arrested by the FSB security service and has been in prison ever since. The mother of seven is being accused of treason for calling the Ukrainian embassy and informing them that a local military base was empty, suggesting soldiers there had been deployed across the border. She had also overheard two Russian soldiers on a public bus saying troops of the Russian military intelligence service would be sent on a mission. The woman is being held at a high-security jail in Moscow in the latest sign of Moscow attempting to cover up its intervention in its neighbouring state.
yahoonews.com
Fight over alleged coup: Macedonia’s chief opposition leader was charged by police with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government. Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democrats, denied the charges, his passport has been confiscated. Three persons were arrested, amongst them former intelligence chief Zoran Verusevski and his wife. The opposition had threatened to publish what it says is evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the government, including accusations he said could harm ethnic relations in Macedonia. The conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is accusing all four of gathering intelligence against the government with the help of a foreign spy service.
abcnews.com, reuters.com, euractiv.com
Berlusconi ends community service early: Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was granted a request by his lawyers to end his community service sentence for tax fraud 45 days early for good behavior. Last year, the 78-year-old Berlusconi had a four-year jail sentence commuted into an order to spend four hours a week for a year at a center for Alzheimer’s patients, restricting his movements and political activities. From March 8, Berlusconi will get his passport back and no longer have any restriction on his movement, despite still being banned from public office.
yahoonews.com, reuters.com
Greece Defense minister causes tensions with Turkey theguardian.com
Switzerland Expensive Franc dampens industry enthusiasm wallstreetjournal.com
Russia Biggest bank stops cash withdrawals wallstreetjournal.com
66.9 percent of German companies are considered innovative by the European statistical office. Germany is among the top three best countries for innovation in the European Union, ahead of Italy (56.1 percent) and Sweden (55.9 percent).
sciencebusiness.net
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Football player Totti receives fives votes to be president: The professional football player Francesco Totti doesn’t just have fans, he apparently also has political admirers. Totti received five votes in the first round of the Italian presidential election. Those votes were invalid, because the 38-year-old Totti has not yet reached the age limit of 50 years and is thus too young to be the president of Italy. The first election round in Rome ended without results. Not a single candidate reached the needed two-thirds-majority of 673 votes.
derstandard.at, bleacherreport.com

Monday, February 2nd: Greece between provocation and cooperation, Rapid reaction force for Eastern Europe, Mattarella is Italy’s new President

Greece between provocation and cooperation: Greece no longer wants to work together with the Eurogroup inspectors. A meeting between Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who is looking to write down half of Greece’s debt, and Jeroen Dijsselbloem, chairman of the eurozone finance ministers’ group, ended in a major row. President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, is alarmed at Athens’ „irresponsible“ behavior. Despite this provocation, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is determined to keep Greece in the euro zone. Paris announced a meeting between Francois Hollande and Alexis Tsipras before the European Council summit on 12 February, where the debt question is sure to take centre stage. The French and Greek Finance Minister, Michel Sapin and Yanis Varoufakis, will meet in Paris on 2 February.
bbc.comeuractiv.comyahoonews.com
Rapid reaction force for Eastern Europe: The NATO members at the eastern border of the alliance are set to receive support. An interim force of German, Norwegian and Dutch troops stands ready to respond to any security threat from the east. The rapid-response force will be on seven-day standby in case of an attack and could go into action faster if it picks up signals of an imminent threat. The high-readiness force, made up of land, sea, air and special operations units, is a key part of NATO’s strengthening of eastern Europe’s defenses following Russia’s seizure of Crimea.
latimes.combloomberg.com
Iraq welcomes potential EU police mission: On Sunday, the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz travelled to Iraq. He spoke with Iraqi President Fuad Masum about a possible future EU police mission in Iraq. Masum showed interest, an official request will be sent to the EU shortly. The mission would allow EU states to train Iraqi security forces in the future.
derstandard.at
Ukraine negotiations in Minsk failed: The hopes for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine were dashed. On Saturday, the first meeting in five weeks of the conflicting parties through mediation of the OSCE ended after only four hours without results. The Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels accuse one another of sabotaging the talks. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande in a telephone conference about the tense situation in eastern Ukraine. At least 20 people were killed and more than 40 injured during fights in the east of the country.
cnn.combbc.comreuters.com
Commission reviews German minimum wage: Germany has put on hold rules requiring foreign trucking firms to pay its minimum wage to their drivers while they are on German roads, pending a European Union decision on their legality. Eastern European countries neighbouring Germany had protested against the rules because they fear decreased competitiveness for their companies. Many of those countries’ firms have been able to take a big share of the international road freight business because they pay their drivers less than their Western European competitors. Germany is the only European country not to exclude transit workers from the minimum wage which it has argued was needed to stave off wage dumping.
reuters.comfinancialtimes.comyahoonews.com
War Crimes Tribunal confirms judgements: The United Nations Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has upheld the convictions of five men for their role in the Srebrenica massacre. The men, high-ranking officials in the Bosnian Serb Army in 1995, had appealed against their convictions in 2010 for a range of crimes including genocide. About 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were killed in Srebrenica in just three days in 1995, the worst atrocity on European soil since the Holocaust. The men are among just a few to have been found guilty of genocide and were sentenced to life. 7,000 bodies of victims of the massacre have been found. The search is still on for 1,200 more victims.
bbc.com
Japanese hostage Federica Mogherini expresses condolences to family of Kenji Goto europa.eu
Neighbourhood policy EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn speaks about relations between EU and Jordan europa.eu
Arrests EU demands fair trial for alleged conspirators in Macedonia europa.eu
“Even with lower oil prices and a low level of investment in the oil industry, we still expect growth for this and next year. We are an economy in transition and we are attempting to develop companies in sectors other than oil- and gas-related.”
Norwegian President Erna Solberg believes her country to be well-positioned regardless of low oil prices.
adn.com
“If inflation in the euro area were to rise to 4%, everybody would expect the ECB to do something about it. Consequently, the ECB also has to step in when inflation falls to nearly zero.”
Peter Praet, member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, defends the controversial decision of the ECB to purchase government bonds.
europa.eu
Germany mourns: Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker, the statesman who addressed Nazi crimes more directly than any of his predecessors, died on Saturday at the age of 94. The CDU politician served as German President from 1984 to 1994. Born in Stuttgart in 1920, Weizsäcker was also Berlin’s governing mayor from 1981 until 1984. In his most famous speech on May 8, 1985, the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II, he said the war’s end had meant liberation from the inhuman system of the National Socialist tyranny. Weizsäcker will be honoured with a state funeral February 11th in the Berlin Cathedral.
dw.dewallstreetjournal.comnytimes.comeuropeonline-magazine.eu
Mattarella is Italy’s new President: Italian lawmakers elected 73-year-old Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as new Italien president. After three inconclusive rounds of voting, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s candidate Mattarella was elected in the fourth round, when the required quorum fell to a simple majority. Mattarella, who is little known to most Italians, got 665 votes. The election shows Renzi in firm control of both his fractious party and his allies in the ruling majority.
usatoday.comreuters.com
Thousands rally for change in Spain: Tens of thousands of Spaniards took part in a rally organized by radical Spanish leftwing party Podemos in central Madrid. The party, which was founded last year, is already leading the polls. The „March for Change“ is one of the party’s first outdoor mass rallies, as it looks to build on the recent victory of its close allies Syriza in Greece. Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias has vowed to write off part of Spain’s debt if it comes to power.
cnbc.combbc.comtheguardian.com
Strauss-Kahn on trial: The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is facing trial in France on pimping charges. He is accused of organizing parties with prostitutes. The court case is being stylised as a fight over French values by Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers and parts of the French society. It is the last chance to hold Strauss-Kahn responsible for his offenses.
theguardian.comtelegraph.co.ukreuters.com
Croatia cancels personal debts: On Monday, around 60,000 Croatian citizens will see their debts written-off by banks, telecoms and utilities operators as part of a deal with the government. The aim is to boost the economy by helping households to regain access to basic facilities including bank accounts. The ambitious 273 million euro program has been dubbed „fresh start“ and is set to give some of the 320,000 inhabitants of the country access to their accounts again.
telegraph.co.ukwashingtonpost.comfoxnews.com
Gunman recorded terrorist attack: The terrorist Amedy Coulibaly who gunned down four people at a kosher market in eastern Paris earlier this month recorded the attack on a camera. Investigators have examined computers recovered from the grocery store and are investigating any accomplices in an attempt to find out whether the perpetrator sent the video to anyone before police shot him. Meanwhile, French counterterrorism police arrested five people in an operation aimed at rooting out a suspected jihadist network hat had been recruiting people to join militants fighting in Syria.
usatoday.comcnn.comnytimes.com
Russia State media receive less funding handelsblatt.com
Serbia Army general accused of war crimes europeonline-magazine.eu
The average cost of living in the euro zone dropped to 0.6 percent compared to 2014. In december, consumer prices dropped for the first time since 2009. The ECB insists on preventing deflation and recently started a massive program for the purchase of government bonds.
bloomberg.com
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Creativity counteracting downturn in visitors: Necessity is the mother of invention: A ski resort in Switzerland is fighting back against a recent downturn in visitors with its own exchange rate of 1.35 Swiss Francs for one euro. „So far, we have had no cancellations“, says Berno Stoffel, head of tourism of the municipality Grächen and the initiator of a campaign that aims to defy the Swiss central bank. A model that could prove successful.
telegraph.co.ukfaz.net

Monday, 2nd of February: Greece between provocation and cooperation, Rapid reaction force for Eastern Europe, Mattarella is Italy’s new President

Greece between provocation and cooperation: Greece no longer wants to work together with the Eurogroup inspectors. A meeting between Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who is looking to write down half of Greece’s debt, and Jeroen Dijsselbloem, chairman of the eurozone finance ministers’ group, ended in a major row. President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, is alarmed at Athens’ „irresponsible“ behavior. Despite this provocation, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is determined to keep Greece in the euro zone. Paris announced a meeting between Francois Hollande and Alexis Tsipras before the European Council summit on 12 February, where the debt question is sure to take centre stage. The French and Greek Finance Minister, Michel Sapin and Yanis Varoufakis, will meet in Paris on 2 February.
bbc.com, euractiv.com, yahoonews.com
Rapid reaction force for Eastern Europe: The NATO members at the eastern border of the alliance are set to receive support. An interim force of German, Norwegian and Dutch troops stands ready to respond to any security threat from the east. The rapid-response force will be on seven-day standby in case of an attack and could go into action faster if it picks up signals of an imminent threat. The high-readiness force, made up of land, sea, air and special operations units, is a key part of NATO’s strengthening of eastern Europe’s defenses following Russia’s seizure of Crimea.
latimes.com, bloomberg.com
Iraq welcomes potential EU police mission: On Sunday, the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz travelled to Iraq. He spoke with Iraqi President Fuad Masum about a possible future EU police mission in Iraq. Masum showed interest, an official request will be sent to the EU shortly. The mission would allow EU states to train Iraqi security forces in the future.
derstandard.at
Ukraine negotiations in Minsk failed: The hopes for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine were dashed. On Saturday, the first meeting in five weeks of the conflicting parties through mediation of the OSCE ended after only four hours without results. The Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels accuse one another of sabotaging the talks. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande in a telephone conference about the tense situation in eastern Ukraine. At least 20 people were killed and more than 40 injured during fights in the east of the country.
cnn.com, bbc.com, reuters.com
Commission reviews German minimum wage: Germany has put on hold rules requiring foreign trucking firms to pay its minimum wage to their drivers while they are on German roads, pending a European Union decision on their legality. Eastern European countries neighbouring Germany had protested against the rules because they fear decreased competitiveness for their companies. Many of those countries’ firms have been able to take a big share of the international road freight business because they pay their drivers less than their Western European competitors. Germany is the only European country not to exclude transit workers from the minimum wage which it has argued was needed to stave off wage dumping.
reuters.com, financialtimes.com, yahoonews.com
War Crimes Tribunal confirms judgements: The United Nations Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has upheld the convictions of five men for their role in the Srebrenica massacre. The men, high-ranking officials in the Bosnian Serb Army in 1995, had appealed against their convictions in 2010 for a range of crimes including genocide. About 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were killed in Srebrenica in just three days in 1995, the worst atrocity on European soil since the Holocaust. The men are among just a few to have been found guilty of genocide and were sentenced to life. 7,000 bodies of victims of the massacre have been found. The search is still on for 1,200 more victims.
bbc.com
Japanese hostage Federica Mogherini expresses condolences to family of Kenji Goto europa.eu
Neighbourhood policy EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn speaks about relations between EU and Jordan europa.eu
Arrests EU demands fair trial for alleged conspirators in Macedonia europa.eu
“Even with lower oil prices and a low level of investment in the oil industry, we still expect growth for this and next year. We are an economy in transition and we are attempting to develop companies in sectors other than oil- and gas-related.”
Norwegian President Erna Solberg believes her country to be well-positioned regardless of low oil prices.
adn.com
“If inflation in the euro area were to rise to 4%, everybody would expect the ECB to do something about it. Consequently, the ECB also has to step in when inflation falls to nearly zero.”
Peter Praet, member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, defends the controversial decision of the ECB to purchase government bonds.
europa.eu
Germany mourns: Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker, the statesman who addressed Nazi crimes more directly than any of his predecessors, died on Saturday at the age of 94. The CDU politician served as German President from 1984 to 1994. Born in Stuttgart in 1920, Weizsäcker was also Berlin’s governing mayor from 1981 until 1984. In his most famous speech on May 8, 1985, the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II, he said the war’s end had meant liberation from the inhuman system of the National Socialist tyranny. Weizsäcker will be honoured with a state funeral February 11th in the Berlin Cathedral.
dw.de, wallstreetjournal.com, nytimes.com, europeonline-magazine.eu
Mattarella is Italy’s new President: Italian lawmakers elected 73-year-old Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as new Italien president. After three inconclusive rounds of voting, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s candidate Mattarella was elected in the fourth round, when the required quorum fell to a simple majority. Mattarella, who is little known to most Italians, got 665 votes. The election shows Renzi in firm control of both his fractious party and his allies in the ruling majority.
usatoday.com, reuters.com
Thousands rally for change in Spain: Tens of thousands of Spaniards took part in a rally organized by radical Spanish leftwing party Podemos in central Madrid. The party, which was founded last year, is already leading the polls. The „March for Change“ is one of the party’s first outdoor mass rallies, as it looks to build on the recent victory of its close allies Syriza in Greece. Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias has vowed to write off part of Spain’s debt if it comes to power.
cnbc.com, bbc.com, theguardian.com
Strauss-Kahn on trial: The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is facing trial in France on pimping charges. He is accused of organizing parties with prostitutes. The court case is being stylised as a fight over French values by Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers and parts of the French society. It is the last chance to hold Strauss-Kahn responsible for his offenses.
theguardian.com, telegraph.co.uk, reuters.com
Croatia cancels personal debts: On Monday, around 60,000 Croatian citizens will see their debts written-off by banks, telecoms and utilities operators as part of a deal with the government. The aim is to boost the economy by helping households to regain access to basic facilities including bank accounts. The ambitious 273 million euro program has been dubbed „fresh start“ and is set to give some of the 320,000 inhabitants of the country access to their accounts again.
telegraph.co.uk, washingtonpost.com, foxnews.com
Gunman recorded terrorist attack: The terrorist Amedy Coulibaly who gunned down four people at a kosher market in eastern Paris earlier this month recorded the attack on a camera. Investigators have examined computers recovered from the grocery store and are investigating any accomplices in an attempt to find out whether the perpetrator sent the video to anyone before police shot him. Meanwhile, French counterterrorism police arrested five people in an operation aimed at rooting out a suspected jihadist network hat had been recruiting people to join militants fighting in Syria.
usatoday.com, cnn.com, nytimes.com
Russia State media receive less funding handelsblatt.com
Serbia Army general accused of war crimes europeonline-magazine.eu
The average cost of living in the euro zone dropped to 0.6 percent compared to 2014. In december, consumer prices dropped for the first time since 2009. The ECB insists on preventing deflation and recently started a massive program for the purchase of government bonds.
bloomberg.com
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Creativity counteracting downturn in visitors: Necessity is the mother of invention: A ski resort in Switzerland is fighting back against a recent downturn in visitors with its own exchange rate of 1.35 Swiss Francs for one euro. „So far, we have had no cancellations“, says Berno Stoffel, head of tourism of the municipality Grächen and the initiator of a campaign that aims to defy the Swiss central bank. A model that could prove successful.
telegraph.co.uk, faz.net

Friday, January 30th: Schulz in Athens for talks with Tsipras, Mass surveilance to fight terrorism, EU decides to extend sanctions

Schulz in Athens for talks with Tsipras: The provocative course of the new Greek left-wing government is cause for concern in Brussels. Politicans across party lines emphasize that there will be no debt writedown for Athens. Greece will have to play by the rules, the European Central Bank stated. The terms of the shares purchased from the ECB will not be extended. Greek politicans back-pedalled on the occasion of a visit from European Parliament President Martin Schulz, saying that statements made had been misunderstood.
usnews.comtheguardian.combbc.com
Mass surveilance to fight terrorism: After talks in Riga, EU interior ministers called for more rigorous checks on citizens entering and leaving Europe and greater efforts to curb radicalization online with the help of internet service providers such as Facebook and Twitter. The ministers called for a change in the rules governing Europe‘s Schengen border-free area to enable systematic checks against passenger databases relevant to the fight against terrorism. Under the new measures, terrorist suspects attempting to travel on invalidated passports can be detained at EU border crossings and have their documents confiscated.
dw.detheguardian.comeuropeonline-magazine.eu
EU decides to extend sanctions: The EU countries have avoided another divide in their foreign policies. European Union foreign ministers agreed to extend targeted sanctions against individuals and companies in Russia and eastern Ukraine by six months. Even the new Greek government of Alexis Tsipras voted to extend the sanctions in the Ukraine crisis. New foreign minister Nikos Kotzias had swiftly dispelled suggestions that Greece would automatically torpedo any sanctions effort. The ministers agreed to extend travel bans and asset freezes against further Putin supporters.
yahoonews.comwallstreetjournal.comwashingtonpost.comreuters.com
Ukraine introduces bounties: The Ukrainian government plans to motivate its soldiers with bonus payments in the fight against pro-Russian separatists. The administration offers a 10,000 dollar bounty for the capture of every Russian agent fomenting unrest in the east. Nearly a dozen suspects have already been turned in. Each fighter who destroys a bicycle owned by the insurgents will receive around 600 euros. Alarmed by the Ukraine crisis, the Lithuanian defense ministry is passing out survival handbooks at schools. The handbook explains how in case of war shelters can be set up and how war affected areas can be evacuated. A Russian woman is accused of calling the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow and reporting Russian troop movement. The mother of seven is being tried at a court in Moscow.
theguardian.comlatimes.comreuters.com
IS blocks UN aid shipments: The United Nations says it cannot deliver aid to 600,000 people in two Syrian cities controlled by the Islamic State group because the U.N. had no agreement with armed groups there. The terrorists are forcing aid organizations to put a halt on their work. The German Bundestag voted by a large majority to send as many as 100 German soldiers to northern Iraq as soon as next month, to contribute to US-led international efforts to defeat Islamic State militants. The German soldiers will be training and acting as advisors to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
abcnews.comreuters.comdw.de
Spain blames Israel: Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper were killed in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel. Spain’s ambassador to the United Nations, Roman Oyarzun Marchesi, is blaming Israel for the death of the Spanish peacekeeper. The UN Security Council condemned the peacekeeper’s death in the strongest terms and offered its deepest sympathies.
reuters.comabcnews.com
Human Rights Watch Human rights need to be protected in times of crisis hrw.org
WHO End of Ebola epidemic in sight cnn.com
“So far there has been not a single carrot for the Kosovo, and we want to at least taste the carrot of the EU.”
Bekim Collaku, the Minister of European Integration of Kosovo, believes in building closer ties with the EU.
derstandard.at
“The danger is that Russia could drive a wedge between us.”
The Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkevics, stresses the importance of the EU sticking together.
reuters.com
First round of voting in Rome without results: Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hopes to push through his candidate, the constitutional court judge Sergio Mattarella, in a fourth round when the required threshold of votes is lower. Renzi’s proposed candidate angered opposition rival Silvio Berlusconi and may strain the two men’s alliance over electoral and constitutional reforms. More than half of the 1,009 parliamentarians and regional officials had cast a blank ballot, preventing any candidate from reaching the required two-thirds majority.
theguardian.comwallstreetjournal.comreuters.com
Hand-over of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens: Outgoing Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, Evangelos Venizelos, was full of praise for Nikos Kotzias, who will be taking over for him, admiring his experience in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his work by the side of former Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou. This was considered an unparalleled affront, as the new ruling party Syriza has emphasized that it does not want to have anything to do with the established parties which had ruined the country.
faz.nettheguardian.com
Merkel visits Hungary: On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Hungary. Protests are expected, not against Merkel, but against the country’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The opposition hopes for support in its fight against Orban’s attempts to limit freedom of opinion.
reuters.com
Police question eight-year-old: Police in France questioned an eight-year-old boy who allegedly made comments praising the gunmen who staged the deadly attack on the weekly satirical magazine „Charlie Hebdo“. Although school authorities denied having mistreated the child or his parents, the French human rights group Collective Against Islamophobia in France strongly criticized the authorities’ practices. Meanwhile, Bulgaria has extradited a man to France who is wanted in connection with the Paris attacks. The French government has published a video online which is aimed at preventing youths from radicalization.
ibtimes.comindependent.co.uknpr.org
Mafia crackdown in Italy: Police in northern Italy ordered the arrest of more than 160 alleged members of the Ndrangheta mafia, in what prosecutors and politicians hailed as a historic setback for the criminal organization behind much of Europe’s cocaine trade. More than 40 arrests were made in Calabria. The arrests for mafia membership, extortion, usury, money laundering and corruption followed more than four years of investigation. The brother of mafia boss Nicolino Granderacli and Giuseppe Laquinta, the father of worldfamous soccer player Vincenzo Laquinta, were amongst those arrested.
yahoonews.comabc.net.au
Oil exploration off Canary Islands scrapped: Large deposits of crude oil were assumed to be off the coast of Spain’s Canary Islands. Although residents of the Atlantic islands had been fighting for years against plans for oil extraction, Energy giant Repsol started first exploratory drillings in November. Now, Repsol has abandoned its controversial search for oil and gas, stating that it had only found small deposits that were not worth drilling. The abandonment did not appear to be linked to the recent fall in crude oil prices or the outrage of environmental protectors.
theguardian.com
Netherlands Gunman arrested at Dutch news broadcaster bbc.com
Italy Syriza’s win encourages Italian politicians bloomberg.com
31 percent of the votes could go to the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, if France were to vote on Sunday, according to a new poll on potential 2017 presidential candidates. French President Francois Hollande would reach 21 percent.
huffingtonpost.com
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Cologne Carnival is not Charlie Hebdo: Cologne’s Rose Monday Carnival parade draws hundreds of thousands to the city each year and many of its floats are derived from current affairs. Organizers of the parade decided to create a float as show of support for the satirical magazine „Charlie Hebdo“. Now the float has been cancelled due to security concerns. Plans to build a float with a cartoonist forcing a pencil into the barrel of a terrorist’s gun were dropped after locals expressed concerns about their safety. The organizers explained that they wanted the parade to be enjoyed by all in a free and lighthearted way.
dw.dereuters.com

Friday, 30th of January: Schulz in Athens for talks with Tsipras, Mass surveilance to fight terrorism, EU decides to extend sanctions

Schulz in Athens for talks with Tsipras: The provocative course of the new Greek left-wing government is cause for concern in Brussels. Politicans across party lines emphasize that there will be no debt writedown for Athens. Greece will have to play by the rules, the European Central Bank stated. The terms of the shares purchased from the ECB will not be extended. Greek politicans back-pedalled on the occasion of a visit from European Parliament President Martin Schulz, saying that statements made had been misunderstood.
usnews.com, theguardian.com, bbc.com
Mass surveilance to fight terrorism: After talks in Riga, EU interior ministers called for more rigorous checks on citizens entering and leaving Europe and greater efforts to curb radicalization online with the help of internet service providers such as Facebook and Twitter. The ministers called for a change in the rules governing Europe‘s Schengen border-free area to enable systematic checks against passenger databases relevant to the fight against terrorism. Under the new measures, terrorist suspects attempting to travel on invalidated passports can be detained at EU border crossings and have their documents confiscated.
dw.de, theguardian.com, europeonline-magazine.eu
EU decides to extend sanctions: The EU countries have avoided another divide in their foreign policies. European Union foreign ministers agreed to extend targeted sanctions against individuals and companies in Russia and eastern Ukraine by six months. Even the new Greek government of Alexis Tsipras voted to extend the sanctions in the Ukraine crisis. New foreign minister Nikos Kotzias had swiftly dispelled suggestions that Greece would automatically torpedo any sanctions effort. The ministers agreed to extend travel bans and asset freezes against further Putin supporters.
yahoonews.com, wallstreetjournal.com, washingtonpost.com, reuters.com
Ukraine introduces bounties: The Ukrainian government plans to motivate its soldiers with bonus payments in the fight against pro-Russian separatists. The administration offers a 10,000 dollar bounty for the capture of every Russian agent fomenting unrest in the east. Nearly a dozen suspects have already been turned in. Each fighter who destroys a bicycle owned by the insurgents will receive around 600 euros. Alarmed by the Ukraine crisis, the Lithuanian defense ministry is passing out survival handbooks at schools. The handbook explains how in case of war shelters can be set up and how war affected areas can be evacuated. A Russian woman is accused of calling the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow and reporting Russian troop movement. The mother of seven is being tried at a court in Moscow.
theguardian.com, latimes.com, reuters.com
IS blocks UN aid shipments: The United Nations says it cannot deliver aid to 600,000 people in two Syrian cities controlled by the Islamic State group because the U.N. had no agreement with armed groups there. The terrorists are forcing aid organizations to put a halt on their work. The German Bundestag voted by a large majority to send as many as 100 German soldiers to northern Iraq as soon as next month, to contribute to US-led international efforts to defeat Islamic State militants. The German soldiers will be training and acting as advisors to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
abcnews.com, reuters.com, dw.de
Spain blames Israel: Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper were killed in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel. Spain’s ambassador to the United Nations, Roman Oyarzun Marchesi, is blaming Israel for the death of the Spanish peacekeeper. The UN Security Council condemned the peacekeeper’s death in the strongest terms and offered its deepest sympathies.
reuters.com, abcnews.com
Human Rights Watch Human rights need to be protected in times of crisis hrw.org
WHO End of Ebola epidemic in sight cnn.com
“So far there has been not a single carrot for the Kosovo, and we want to at least taste the carrot of the EU.”
Bekim Collaku, the Minister of European Integration of Kosovo, believes in building closer ties with the EU.
derstandard.at
“The danger is that Russia could drive a wedge between us.”
The Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkevics, stresses the importance of the EU sticking together.
reuters.com
First round of voting in Rome without results: Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hopes to push through his candidate, the constitutional court judge Sergio Mattarella, in a fourth round when the required threshold of votes is lower. Renzi’s proposed candidate angered opposition rival Silvio Berlusconi and may strain the two men’s alliance over electoral and constitutional reforms. More than half of the 1,009 parliamentarians and regional officials had cast a blank ballot, preventing any candidate from reaching the required two-thirds majority.
theguardian.com, wallstreetjournal.com, reuters.com
Hand-over of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens: Outgoing Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, Evangelos Venizelos, was full of praise for Nikos Kotzias, who will be taking over for him, admiring his experience in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his work by the side of former Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou. This was considered an unparalleled affront, as the new ruling party Syriza has emphasized that it does not want to have anything to do with the established parties which had ruined the country.
faz.net, theguardian.com
Merkel visits Hungary: On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Hungary. Protests are expected, not against Merkel, but against the country’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The opposition hopes for support in its fight against Orban’s attempts to limit freedom of opinion.
reuters.com
Police question eight-year-old: Police in France questioned an eight-year-old boy who allegedly made comments praising the gunmen who staged the deadly attack on the weekly satirical magazine „Charlie Hebdo“. Although school authorities denied having mistreated the child or his parents, the French human rights group Collective Against Islamophobia in France strongly criticized the authorities’ practices. Meanwhile, Bulgaria has extradited a man to France who is wanted in connection with the Paris attacks. The French government has published a video online which is aimed at preventing youths from radicalization.
ibtimes.com, independent.co.uk, npr.org
Mafia crackdown in Italy: Police in northern Italy ordered the arrest of more than 160 alleged members of the Ndrangheta mafia, in what prosecutors and politicians hailed as a historic setback for the criminal organization behind much of Europe’s cocaine trade. More than 40 arrests were made in Calabria. The arrests for mafia membership, extortion, usury, money laundering and corruption followed more than four years of investigation. The brother of mafia boss Nicolino Granderacli and Giuseppe Laquinta, the father of worldfamous soccer player Vincenzo Laquinta, were amongst those arrested.
yahoonews.com, abc.net.au
Oil exploration off Canary Islands scrapped: Large deposits of crude oil were assumed to be off the coast of Spain’s Canary Islands. Although residents of the Atlantic islands had been fighting for years against plans for oil extraction, Energy giant Repsol started first exploratory drillings in November. Now, Repsol has abandoned its controversial search for oil and gas, stating that it had only found small deposits that were not worth drilling. The abandonment did not appear to be linked to the recent fall in crude oil prices or the outrage of environmental protectors.
theguardian.com
Netherlands Gunman arrested at Dutch news broadcaster bbc.com
Italy Syriza’s win encourages Italian politicians bloomberg.com
31 percent of the votes could go to the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, if France were to vote on Sunday, according to a new poll on potential 2017 presidential candidates. French President Francois Hollande would reach 21 percent.
huffingtonpost.com
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Cologne Carnival is not Charlie Hebdo: Cologne’s Rose Monday Carnival parade draws hundreds of thousands to the city each year and many of its floats are derived from current affairs. Organizers of the parade decided to create a float as show of support for the satirical magazine „Charlie Hebdo“. Now the float has been cancelled due to security concerns. Plans to build a float with a cartoonist forcing a pencil into the barrel of a terrorist’s gun were dropped after locals expressed concerns about their safety. The organizers explained that they wanted the parade to be enjoyed by all in a free and lighthearted way.
dw.de, reuters.com