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Wednesday, 12th of November: Germany can deny welfare to EU immigrants, Albania and Serbia clash over Kosovo, Use of EU passenger data

Germany can deny benefits to EU immigrants: The European Union’s top court has found that Germany can refuse to pay out basic welfare benefits to unemployed EU citizens if it is determined that they traveled to the country with the sole intention of drawing benefits. The court had been asked to weigh in on the case of a Romanian woman living in Germany. EU regulations require that immigrants without a source of income have sufficient resources of their own in their first five years spent in a different member state.
dw.detheguardian.combbc.com
EU foreign policy chief in Berlin: European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is on her first Berlin visit as the EU’s high representative for foreign and security policy. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has promised Mogherini his support. Together they discussed whether to increase sanctions on Russia and how to help Ukraine. Steinmeier and Mogherini said sanctions had impacted Russia’s economy but should only be part of the response to Russia.
reuters.comdw.dewallstreetjournal.com
China urges faster APEC talks: The global economic recovery is unstable and nations in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc should speed up free trade talks to spur growth, said Chinese President Xi Jinping. A deal to lower trade tariffs is needed. Xi said the 21-member forum had agreed that economic integration was the driving force behind sustained strong growth. A trade liberalisation framework, called the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific, is being pushed by Beijing.
theguardian.combbc.comreuters.comwashingtonpost.com
Debate about use of EU passenger data: The Civil Liberties Committee discussed a draft law that would oblige airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU, in order to help fight terrorism. MEPs were still divided on the issue, but stressed the need to assess the European Court of Justice ruling annulling the data retention directive, to assess whether existing measures suffice before taking new ones. Supporters say the dangers posed by the return to Europe of militants fighting for IS provide a reason to revisit the plans.
bbc.comeuroparl.europa.eu
European Year for Development: Next year will be the European Year for Development, to celebrate what has already been achieved and seek what still needs to be done. The motto of the European Year for Development in 2015 will be “Our world, our dignity, our future”. The EU is still the world’s largest aid donor and according to a Eurobarometer survey, 85% of Europeans believe Europe should continue to help developing countries.
europarl.europa.eu
EU parliament to discuss the future of copyright: The legal affairs and culture committees discuss the future development of copyright at a hearing on 11 November with academics, representatives of content creators and distributors and European Commission experts. Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker announced that within the first six months of his mandate, he will take steps to modernise copyright rules in the light of the digital revolution and changed consumer behaviour.
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Europarler gegen europaweites Informationsdefizit: Mit einer breit angelegten Info-Kampagne wollen die Macher von “Europarler” die frisch gewählten Mitglieder des Europäischen Parlaments animieren, das vor der Wahl etwas gewachsene Interesse an EU-Themen hoch zu halten. Mittels einer Toolbox sind alle verbliebenen und neuen Europaabgeordneten eingeladen, auch in der komplizierten Findungsphase der ersten Tage in Brüssel und Straßburg den Draht in die Heimat nicht abreißen zu lassen. Europarler verspricht: “Wer als Abgeordneter neben den Political Advisors in Ausschüssen, Fraktion und Delegation eine selbstbestimmte Informationspolitik gestalten will, braucht unsere Produkte.”
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Vodafone shares jump on profit improvement euronews.com
L’Aquila earthquake scientists have their convictions overturned euronews.com
EU allocates additional 12 million euros in aide for Syrian refugees dailystar.com
G20 states still subsidize fossil fuel exploration dw.de
“Further measures are off the table in favour of focusing on the winter and the humanitarian situation and how to get a real ceasefire.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says further economic sanctions against Russia are not planned over its actions in eastern Ukraine.
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“It sends a clear signal to the member states and to the British prime minister in particular.”
German MEP Manfred Weber explains EU countries could avoid social benefits tourism without violating the free movement of citizens.
bbc.com
Albania and Serbia leaders clash over Kosovo comments: A historic meeting between the Albanian and Serbian leaders in Belgrade descended into a row over the independence of the former Serbian province of Kosovo. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama called Kosovo’s independence a European regional reality as recognized by the International Court of Justice. The Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic was visibly angered and responded that according to the constitution, Kosovo is part of Serbia.
euronews.comwallstreetjournal.comabcnews.com
Ukraine’s currency in free-fall: Ukraine’s currency has slumped to a fresh all-time low, in the face of the fraying ceasefire in the east of the country. The prospect of all-out war returning to eastern Ukraine has hit the economy and helped drive the hryvnia down more than 18 percent. The central bank stopped supporting the hryvnia as the bank was running out of foreign currency reserves. Ukraine is near bankruptcy, dependent on international loans, and deeply in debt for natural gas to Russia.
euronews.com
Dublin’s Web Summit attracts record crowds: A record 20,000 visitors converged on Dublin for this year’s Web Summit, one of Europe’s largest technology conferences. Two thousand start-ups from around the globe travelled to the Irish capital to seek out potential buyers and investors. From robotics to smart cars, thousands of young entrepreneurs came to the technology conference to share project ideas.
euronews.com
Briton in Malta urges UK to assist in rescues: A Briton who adopted two rescued migrant children has joined appeals for Britain to help in rescue missions in the Mediterranean. UK Home Office minister Lord Bates said figures suggested that the number of migrants making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean may be starting to fall. The UK refuses to support future search and rescue missions and warns that search and rescue operations might encourage more illegal immigrants to attempt the crossing.
timesofmalta.com
French politics rocked by claims of anti-Sarkozy plot: The former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon is alleged to have instructed chief of staff Jean-Pierre Jouyet to speed up investigations into Nicolas Sarkozy in an effort to thwart Sarkozy’s leadership ambitions. Two journalists cited Jouyet as saying Fillon wanted the judicial probes into alleged misuse of UMP party funds in Sarkozy’s 2012 presidential election campaign sped up. Fillon is suing the journalists and threatening Jouyet with defamation. Sarkozy’s spokesperson said that Jouyet should step down.
euobserver.comindependent.co.uk
Britain protects borrowers with caps on interest payday loans euronews.com
Spain: No negotiation on Catalonia independence euronews.com
Experts work to recover debris at MH17 crash site euronews.com
The European Commission has proposed to provide Poland with 1.2 million euros from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to help workers made redundant by the carmaker Fiat Auto Poland to find new jobs.
europa.eu
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Mystery fog near Moscow For much of the day, Moscow has smelled like a mixture of sulfur and burned popcorn. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry eventually said the cause was a leak at a sulfur dioxide processor at an oil refinery outside town. Gazprom Neft, which runs the plant, denied there was an accident. Authorities were initially silent, then they suggested people stay indoors, before insisting the vapors are harmless.
abcnews.comeuronews.com

Tuesday, 11th of November: Increasing violence in Ukraine, Protests in Hungary and Romania, End of „Too big to fail“ banks

US and EU concerned about violence: The US and the UK joined the European Union in threatening to tighten sanctions against Russia. New columns of heavy artillery made their way towards Donetsk as fears grow of a return to all-out fighting in war-torn eastern Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine’s government of interfering with the investigation into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet. Ukraine separatist leaders met with Russian lawmakers to plot strategy for closer relations.
latimes.comuk.reuters.comyahoonews.combloomberg.com
New bank rules to end „Too big to fail“: Banks may have to scrap dividends and rein in bonuses if they breach new rules designed to ensure that creditors pick up the bill when big lenders collapse. The rules mark a watershed in putting an end to taxpayer bailouts of banks considered too big to fail. The plans envisage that global banks should have a buffer of bonds or equity equivalent to at least 16 to 20 percent of their risk-weighted assets. These bonds would be converted to equity to help shore up a stricken bank.
dailymail.co.ukwallstreetjournal.comreuters.com
Lagarde criticized for rethink of EU fiscal goals: International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde is being criticized for her call to reset the European Union’s fiscal targets to take into account the debt levels of its member countries. Referring to the EU’s ceilings for public debt of 60 percent of gross domestic product, Lagarde said it could well be that some of those numbers need to be reset. Politicians and economists warn that such measures could lead the EU back into the abyss.
reuters.com
European Commission served with lawsuit over TTIP: A group of anti-free trade groups have filed a lawsuit against the European Commission over its failure to publically review its policy over the trade deals TTIP and Ceta. The “Stop TTIP Coalition” served papers at the European Court of Justice, after the commission blocked a request to use a European legislative tool to review its policy on the trade agreements. The campaigners say the deals have been negotiated without democracy and transparency.
ibtimes.co.ukwdm.org.uk
Germany and Britain agree on closing tax loophole: Germany and Britain have reached an agreement on closing a loophole called “patent box” tax breaks. Under the loophole, firms use tax breaks on profits generated from patented research to minimise tax bills. Britain is willing to wind down its patent box rebates and join other OECD countries in only granting tax breaks for patents if they are tied to research and innovation at home.
yahoonews.com
Activists tried to take down EU border: German human rights activists have held a pro-immigration rally near the Bulgarian-Turkish border fence to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The group attempted to breach the borders of the European Union to draw parallels between the EU’s border control measures and the Berlin Wall. The event aimed to attract attention to the plight of refugees trying to enter the European Union.
dw.de
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Europarler gegen europaweites Informationsdefizit: Mit einer breit angelegten Info-Kampagne wollen die Macher von “Europarler” die frisch gewählten Mitglieder des Europäischen Parlaments animieren, das vor der Wahl etwas gewachsene Interesse an EU-Themen hoch zu halten. Mittels einer Toolbox sind alle verbliebenen und neuen Europaabgeordneten eingeladen, auch in der komplizierten Findungsphase der ersten Tage in Brüssel und Straßburg den Draht in die Heimat nicht abreißen zu lassen. Europarler verspricht: “Wer als Abgeordneter neben den Political Advisors in Ausschüssen, Fraktion und Delegation eine selbstbestimmte Informationspolitik gestalten will, braucht unsere Produkte.”
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Secret Luxembourg tax deals trigger ATO investigation reuters.com
European Commission welcomes adoption of Directive on antitrust damages actions europa.eu
Council discusses preventing tax avoidance in the EU europa.eu
“They will not be forgotten, the beautiful warm and touching memories are forever.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte mourns the victims of the crash at the MH17 memorial ceremony.
telegraph.co.uk
“I think we will not only publish all data, but also how much they spend in the EU institutions. We are going to have some fun.”
The Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi stirs up a row with the EU commission.
euobserver.com
Catalans cast symbolic votes on independence: More than 2 million Catalans voted on Sunday, defying two decisions by Spain’s highest court that it was illegal to cast a ballot on independence. The result was heavily in favor of independence, with 80.1 percent voting for Catalan independence. The Catalan president, Artur Mas, called on Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to negotiate a definitive referendum. Rajoy said that he could only talk within the bounds of the Spanish constitution and law.
cnn.comeconomist.comtheguardian.com
Hungarian protesters demand tax chief’s resignation: Protesters in Hungary demanded the resignation of the head of Hungary’s tax collection agency and some of her colleagues after the US issued entry bans against them because of suspected links to corruption. More than 10,000 people took part in the march and demanded the resignation of Ildiko Vida and her deputies, calling on the EU to investigate the tax authority, since the domestic institutions had failed.
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Romanian foreign minister resigns in election row: Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean resigned after thousands of people rallied in support of Romanians living abroad who were turned away as they tried to vote in the first round of a presidential election. Corlatean had been told by leftist Prime Minister Victor Ponta to ensure the runoff vote ran smoothly or risk losing his job. Corlatean said there would be no increase in the number of polling stations abroad. Some protesters called on Ponta to resign, saying he had failed to ensure all citizens could exercise their right to vote.
reuters.comeuractiv.com
Greek consumer prices fall again: Prices for Greek consumers fell some 1.7 percent for October as the deflation cycle continues. Greece has been in deflation mode for close to two years as cuts in wages and pensions and a deep recession forced Greeks to keep their cash close. Prices for consumers across the 18 countries sharing the euro moved up slightly in October to 0.4 percent, well below the ECB’s target of just under 2 percent.
uk.reuters.comeuronews.com
Russian Ruble Recovers on Central Bank Move: Russia’s ruble recovered after President Vladimir Putin dismissed its recent drop as speculative and the central bank said it would reduce its regular interventions and tighten supplies of rubles to discourage local investors from betting against the currency. The central bank said that it thought the currency was now undervalued and that the situation on the foreign exchange market was causing concern among the population.
cnbc.comwallstreetjournal.comabcnews.com
Netherlands as tax haven: Dividend, interest and royalty payments that companies let pass through the Netherlands to avoid taxation have increased substantially in the past decade. Tax laws and treaties that originally were meant to avoid that a company has to pay the same tax twice, have led to a tax climate in the Netherlands which is favourable to multinational companies. The tax office, like its counterpart in Luxembourg, offers multinationals the possibility to receive an advance tax ruling, also called comfort letters.
euobserver.combloomberg.com
Russia to supply more gas to China euronews.com
Netherlands remembers victims of downed MH17 euronews.com
Albania and Serbia leaders clash over Kosovo comments euronews.com
A 10 billion dollar a year effort to protect sensitive US government data is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees. Workers scattered across more than a dozen agencies are responsible for at least half of the federal cyberincidents reported each year.
theguardian.com
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Anti-Sarkozy plot claim in France Allegations that former prime minister Francois Fillon tried to halt the ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy’s political comeback have shaken French politics. Fillon denies a report that he had asked the chief of staff to speed up legal cases lodged against Mr Sarkozy. The chief of staff, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, admitted the cases had been discussed. Fillon accuses Jouyet of lying.
bbc.com

Monday, 10th of November: Anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall, Violent fights in Ukraine, Catalan Vote on Independence

25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall: More than one million Germans and visitors from around the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday. A 15 kilometer-long string of 7,000 illuminated helium balloons traced the course of the barrier that once divided Berlin. Chancellor Angela Merkel said the fall of the Wall showed the world that dreams can come true and should inspire people trapped in tyranny everywhere. Merkel noted that people in Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq should feel heartened by the example of the Wall’s sudden demise.
reuters.comtheguardian.combbc.com
Gorbachev and Kissinger warn of new Cold War: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warned of a new Cold War in the Ukraine crisis on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Above all they both sharply criticized the West’s mishandling of the aftermath of the fall of the wall. Kissinger spoke out against sanctions and demanded more initiative in foreign policies, especially from Germany.
usnews.comft.com
Violent fights in Donetsk: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe expresses concern over the aggravation of the Ukraine crisis and aks the conflicting parties to observe the agreed-upon ceasefire. Some of the heaviest fighting in months erupted in and around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday. The US and EU express concern at reports of a build-up of separatist reinforcements in eastern Ukraine.
wallstreetjournal.combbc.comreuters.com
Increasing provocations between NATO and Russia: Since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis there has been 40 incidents between Russia and the NATO that could have ended in a military deployment or even death. Especially Russian planes acted aggressively in many situations according to a report of the European Leadership Network. NATO attributes particular importance to the defenses of the European alliance due to the security changes and demonstrates more commitment to partners in Eastern Europe with a maneuver in Poland at the beginning of September.
bloomberg.comtelegraph.co.uk
EU diplomat Mogherini travels Middle East: The European Union’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said during her first trip to the Middle East that Jerusalem should be the capital of two states, touching on a sensitive issue that has blocked peace efforts for decades. The challenge is to show that Jerusalem can be shared in peace and respect, said Mogherini, calling Israel’s settlement policy illegal. The violence has spiked as Israel has pushed ahead with its policy to build Jewish settlements on lands the Palestinians want for a future state.
yahoonews.comreuters.com
Germany’s BND warns of terrorists attacks in the West: Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency warns in an internal analysis of the medial terror strategy of ISIL of a larger terrorist attack in the West. Since September ISIL has been calling for acts of terrorism in all countries that take part in the alliance against the jihadists. Only a larger act of terrorism would have the desired effect on the public and could be the next logical step of the terrorists, according to analysts.
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Europarler gegen europaweites Informationsdefizit: Mit einer breit angelegten Info-Kampagne wollen die Macher von “Europarler” die frisch gewählten Mitglieder des Europäischen Parlaments animieren, das vor der Wahl etwas gewachsene Interesse an EU-Themen hoch zu halten. Mittels einer Toolbox sind alle verbliebenen und neuen Europaabgeordneten eingeladen, auch in der komplizierten Findungsphase der ersten Tage in Brüssel und Straßburg den Draht in die Heimat nicht abreißen zu lassen. Europarler verspricht: “Wer als Abgeordneter neben den Political Advisors in Ausschüssen, Fraktion und Delegation eine selbstbestimmte Informationspolitik gestalten will, braucht unsere Produkte.”
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US airforce attacks ISIL leader: Fighter jets from the US led coalition have destroyed a moving ISIS convoy in northern Iraq with a series of air strikes. US defense officials were unable to confirm reports that the group’s top commander, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was among the 50 casualties in the vehicles targeted. According to unconfirmed reports the Isis’s leader in the Iraqi province of Anbar and his deputy were killed.
telegraph.co.ukcnn.comtheguardian.com
Luxembourg no longer tolerates tax evasion ft.com
ECB council follows Draghis plan for loan purchases ecb.europa.eu
EU commission cuts eurozone growth forecast wallstreetjournal.com
Great Britain to pay in installments reuters.com
“It was with passion and courage that the people tore down that which divided them, in search of peace, freedom, unity, democracy and prosperity. Two decades later, we must not forget that peace is not a given in Europe. More than ever, Europe must live up to its responsibility to safeguard freedom and peace.”
Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European commission, issued a statement on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.
theguardian.com
“We don’t want a new Iron Curtain.”
Poland’s foreign minister, Grzegorz Schetyna, warned of a repeat of the Cold War which divided communist and democratic Europe for decades.
yahoonews.com
Symbolic Vote on Independence in Catalonia: Hundreds of thousands of Catalans defied a Spanish court and went to the polls Sunday for a symbolic vote on independence. The vote, overseen by volunteers and boycotted by most independence opponents, will not be binding and won’t have much international credibility. Catalans pointed to the high turnout, despite legal hurdles, to bolster their case to be permitted to hold a formal, binding referendum on independence. Provisional results of the informal vote showed more than 80 percent in favor.
wallstreetjournal.combbc.comhuffingtonpost.com
Italien officials protest against Renzi: Thousands of officials protested in Rome against the austerity measures of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. They demand higher wages and the creation of new job opportunities. The trade union CGIL threatens with a strike if the almost three million public servants do not receive better pay. Thousands had already protested Renzi’s labor market reform in Oktober.
wallstreetjournal.com
Russian ruble hits all-time low: Russia’s ruble has hit an all-time low after the country’s central bank said it would dial back its support for the struggling currency in international markets. The Russian central bank is now ready to increase foreign-currency interventions, as well as to use its other financial-market tools. After tumbling to an all-time low for a third day, the currency rallied as much as 2.6 percent amid speculations that policy makers were holding a meeting.
bloomberg.comforbes.com
MH17 Victims’ Remains Flown to Netherlands: Recently discovered remains of some of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were flown back to the Netherlands, nearly four months after the passenger jet crashed in Eastern Ukraine. The remains arrived on board a military transport plane and were being taken to barracks in Hilversum where a team of experts is working to identify all 298 passengers and crew who were on board. The Netherlands is holding a national commemoration service in Amsterdam for the victims on Monday.
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UK police arrest terrorist suspects: British authorities have arrested four men for suspected terrorism in four different southern England locales. The force’s Terrorism Command made the arrests as part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist-related terrorism. The men were detained and are being held for questioning. The Queen will attend the Remembrance Day centenary ceremony despite police arresting four Islamist terror suspects plotting to kill her on the day.
dailymail.co.ukcnn.combbc.com
Poland’s foreign minister strikes conciliatory tone: Poland’s new foreign minister Grzegorz Schetyna struck a conciliatory tone towards Moscow in his first keynote address. He emphasized the importance of good neighbor relations with Moscow and reminded of the good political and economical relationships with Russia. Nevertheless he stressed the importance of a NATO membership for Poland’s security.
ft.comnzherald.co.nz
German industry criticizes Economic Affairs Minister’s stance on TTIP ibtimes.co.uk
German rail strike ends early dw.de
Protesters and police clash in French city of Toulouse euronews.com
Deadly Legionnaires’ disease alert in Portugal euronews.com
7,000 balloons were supposed to be released and floated to the heavens for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. It ended up being slightly less because people had stolen or destroyed some of the balloons. The police is investigating nine suspects.
yahoonews.com
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Beef-less Burger King Burger King is famous as the home of the beefy hamburger, except in India, where the American fast food chain opened its first franchise Sunday featuring chicken, lamb and vegetarian fare. The debut of the chain’s New Delhi branch marks the 100th country to have a Burger King restaurant. Its establishment in India is beef-free because many people object to the slaughter of cattle for religious reasons.
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Friday, 7th of November: Luxembourg tax schemes, EU supplements Ebola aid, Gorbachev praises Putin

Leak exposes Luxembourg tax schemes: The release of corporate tax documents from Luxembourg raises questions about the role that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker played in helping international companies reduce their tax bills. Hundreds of the world’s biggest companies have supposedly funneled profit through subsidiaries in Luxembourg, avoiding billions in taxes. Hundreds of private tax rulings for corporations seeking favorable tax treatment were approved by the tax office of Luxembourg at a time when Jean-Claude Juncker was the Prime Minister.
wallstreetjournal.comeuobserver.comhuffingtonpost.combbc.com
Gorbachev praises Putin: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev seeks to defend Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s policies when traveling to Germany for ceremonies commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall this week. Gorbachev said that Washington did Moscow wrong and Putin was the best man for the job of protecting the country’s interests. Gorbachev is convinced that the Ukraine crisis provided an excuse for the United States to pick on Russia. In his meetings with EU leaders and public figures Gorbachev said he would seek to protect Russia and its president.
yahoonews.comtheguardian.comeuropeonline-magazine.eu
EU supplements Ebola aid: The Europe Union and drugmakers pledged to invest 280 million euros in Ebola research, with a greater share going to the testing and manufacture of potential vaccines. The funding will be jointly paid for by the European Commission and the pharmaceuticals industry. The EU also begins its biggest single operation of transporting supplies to West Africa, sending more material aid and providing new capacity for medical evacuations of international aid workers. The EU has now pledged more than 1 billion euros in response to the Ebola crisis.
reuters.comeuropa.eu
ECB ready to stimulate eurozone economy: The European Central Bank is considering what more it can do to get the eurozone economy growing again. Things look gloomy for the region’s recovery according to ECB President Mario Draghi, yet there was no cut in the cost of borrowing which remains at a record low 0.5 percent. The ECB is currently waiting to see the effect of stimulus measures rolled out in recent months. The ECB staff was tasked with ensuring the timely preparation of further measures to be implemented if needed. The aim is to keep the eurozone from slipping into deflation.
euronews.com
EU must focus its spending on results: The European Court of Auditors warns in its annual report on the EU budget that the budget system is too focused on just getting funds spent and should place more emphasis on achieving results. As independent auditor, the ECA stresses that the management of EU spending is not yet good enough overall, either at EU level or in the Member States. Throughout the 2007 to 2013 spending period the priority was given to spending the money according to the „use it or lose it“ principle, rather than to achieving good results. The choice of projects to receive EU funds focused first on disbursing the EU money available and only to a limited extent on results and impact.
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Anti-capitalist protests with Guy Fawkes masks in Belgrade euronews.com
German rail strike threatens Berlin Wall anniversary euronews.com
Italy’s Monte dei Paschi bank to boost its capital reserves euronews.com
Russian ship intercepted off Portugal coast euronews.com
“If I was a teenager I would use the term ‘cool’, but let’s leave it at calm.”
The European Commission’s spokesman Margaritis Schinas describes the reaction of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to accusations of involvement in tax avoidance deals.
bbc.com
“I am absolutely convinced that Putin protects Russia’s interests better than anyone else.”
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev seeks to defend Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s policies.
yahoonews.com
Germany to ban EU citizens abusing welfare: The German government approved draft legislation aimed at curbing welfare abuse by other EU citizens coming to the country. German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere stated that the government fully supports freedom of movement as an indispensable element of European integration, but will not close its eyes to the problems linked to it. One of the new provisions is a re-entry ban of up to five years for EU citizens who tricked the system or lied in their applications for welfare benefits. The draft bill also limits to six months the period in which an EU citizen can look for a job in Germany.
euobserver.comwsws.org
Bulgaria’s Borisov forms coalition government: The winner of Bulgaria’s parliamentary election signed an accord to form a minority coalition government after a month of talks. The center-right GERB party of former bodyguard Boiko Borisov will partner with a group of five tiny pro-market parties, paving the way for Borisov to become prime minister again. The new coalition will rely on two other parties to guarantee its survival in parliament. The deal means Bulgaria has avoided yet another snap election. Borisov’s government will be Bulgaria’s fifth in under two years.
reuters.com
German airlines face ban on UK landings: German airlines face being banned from landing in Britain unless they hand over their passenger lists in advance for security screening. The move is part of a package of counter-terrorism legislation designed to keep out foreign fighters trying to travel to Britain. Urgent talks are now underway between London and Berlin to pressure the German government to drop their data protection laws that prevent passenger lists from being provided on privacy grounds. German airline flights are among the 10% of flights that currently arrive in Britain without providing passenger information.
theguardian.com
Belgian protest against austerity: One of Belgium’s biggest labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that supposedly undermine Belgium’s welfare state. Public transport in Brussels was severely restricted. The massive march opened a monthlong campaign by the trade unions against the business-friendly governing coalition. Violence marred the end of the mostly peaceful march, with police firing tear gas and a water cannon to break up incidents. No casualties were immediately reported.
euronews.comuk.reuters.comabcnews.com
Ireland plans new tax loophole: After eliminating a much criticized tax structure known as the “Double Irish”, the Irish government now opens the door to another corporate tax avoidance. A separate provision would allow companies to pay no corporate tax on profits earned from patents, licenses and other intellectual property. The legislation would expand a current tax break that allows companies to shield 80 percent of that income. The expanded tax provision proposed in the Irish budget would give companies an incentive to make Ireland the home for their intellectual property. Irish lawmakers are debating the proposals this week.
businessspectator.com.auwallstreetjournal.com
Catalonian independence referendum prohibited: The Catalan government failed with its attempt to remove the ban on a symbolic independence referendum of the spanish region Catalonia. After Spain’s Constitutional Court ordered the Catalan government to suspend the planned vote, the Supreme Court of Spain rejected a Catalan request to remove the ban. The judges explained that no court is authorized to remove a decision of the Constitutional Court. Catalan officials argue the symbolic vote is legal and plan to press ahead with the ballot. A senior Spanish government official warned Catalonia that it is banned from using public money to stage the referendum.
bbc.comyahoonews.com
Greenpeace activists protest against Germany’s coal policy demotix.com
France makes arrests over drone flights near nuclear plants euronews.com
Danish aid organisations criticise ‘catastrophic’ aid cuts thelocal.dk
Greek students protest budget cuts and reform plans euronews.com
100,000 workers protested the government’s free-market reforms and austerity measures in Belgium’s capital Brussels. One of Belgium’s biggest postwar labor demonstrations marched peacefully through central Brussels to protest government policies that will raise the pension age, contain wages and cut into public services.
abcnews.com
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London burns Putin effigy Huge satirical models of former European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have been prepared for traditional bonfire celebrations near London. England holds a nationwide celebration each November 5 to mark the anniversary of the defeat of a 1605 plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The Barroso and Putin effigies, the latter dressed in just a mankini, were set ablaze and paraded through Lewes.
euronews.com

Thursday, 6th of November: EU misspent billions, British soldiers in Iraq, Hungary’s tax chief on U.S. travel ban list

Billions misspent by EU: According to the annual report of the European Court of Auditors, about seven billion euros of the EU budget last year was misspent because of controls on spending that were only partially effective. That is 4.7% of the EU’s annual budget. The two most error-prone spending areas were regional policy and rural development. The ECA president said the EU must find more incentives to deliver value for money and improve long-term forecasts, to curb budget waste. Treasury sources say the disclosure shows that the EU needs urgent reform.
telegraph.co.ukbbc.com
EU travel ban for pro-Russian separatists: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s top foreign policy advisor said he wants pro-Russian separatist leaders who were elected in Eastern Ukraine added to a list of Russian officials banned from traveling to the European Union. Finland warns of a new cold war over the Western countries’ failure to grasp the situation in Russia. An observer drone of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe was the target of military-grade electronic jamming while flying over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine. Russia successfully test-fired an intercontinental missile from a submerged nuclear submarine.
yahoonews.com (travel ban), europeonline-magazine.eu (OSZE), theguardian.com (Finland), ibtimes.com (Russia)
Britain sends army trainers to Iraq: The UK is boosting its military role in Iraq to help local forces in their efforts to halt the advance of IS extremists. Military trainers will be sent to work at a US headquarters in the country’s capital. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the limited mission would not lead to the deployment of combat troops. The exact number of trainers that would be sent had not yet been decided. Britain is also looking to fill gaps in Iraqi military equipment. The UK is already training Kurdish forces in Iraq.
bbc.comuk.reuters.comyahoonews.com
No threat to TAFTA through US midterm elections: The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, estimates that the change of power in the US Senate will not affect talks about the planned Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement. The negotiations about the controversial agreement will take place independently of party politics, said Juncker. He assumes that the TAFTA will be negotiated by the beginning of 2016. The trade agreement is of utmost importance according to Juncker.
theparliamentmagazine.euthelondoneconomic.com
Sinking unemployment in EU crisis states: Unemployment is sinking in the European crisis states of Portugal and Ireland. Portugal’s jobless rate dropped for a sixth quarter to 13.1 percent as the country’s economy shows signs of recovery. The European Commission predicts a growth of 0.9 percent for Portugal in this year. The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Ireland fell again in October to bring the jobless rate down to 11.0 percent. The commission foresees growth of 4.6 percent in 2014 for Ireland.
uk.finance.yahoo.combusinessweek.com
Juncker confronts Cameron and Renzi: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has criticised the leaders of Britain and Italy for their behaviour after the European Council meeting. He singled out Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for his critical comments on the EU and UK Prime Minister David Cameron for his insistence that he would not pay a 2.1 billion euro EU surcharge. Juncker said EU summits were there to solve problems not amplify or broaden them. Juncker says he is not frightened of national leaders and would not accept unjust criticism.
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France and US cite concerns about Iran nuclear talks abcnews.com
Republicans seize Senate, gaining full control of Congress cnn.com
Amnesty International accuses Israel of war crimes theguardian.com
Facebook’s government user data requests up 24% bbc.com
“They have a right to a peaceful program but not a track to a bomb.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry demands for Iran to prove that its nuclear program is peaceful.
abcnews.com
“I have to tell my good friend Matteo Renzi that I am not the chairman of a gang of bureaucrats… I am the president of the European Commission which is a political body.”
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker criticizes the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
bbc.com
France needs British policemen: The French government is overwhelmed by the number of refugees in its country and has asked London for more help. Thousands of illegal immigrant are living in the French coastal town Calais, waiting to reach Great Britain. France is asking the British government to send policemen to Calais to solve the problem. The officials are supposed to convince the refugees that it is impossible to cross the canal. France wants to finance the humanitarian efforts while Great Britain was asked to help with security.
bbc.comtelegraph.co.uk
Georgia in crisis as ministers quit: Georgia’s foreign minister Maya Panjikidze resigned, citing threats to Georgia’s pro-Western course. A junior minister resigned following the dismissal of the country’s pro-Western defense minister Irakli Alasania. Alasania had irked Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili by saying the arrests of several officials in his ministry were politically motivated and meant to undermine supporters of better relations with the West. The defection of the Free Democrats from the Georgian Dream coalition also increases political instability in the country.
reuters.comeuronews.com
Poland buys armed drones: NATO member Poland said it will acquire combat drones as part of a multi-billion-euro revamp of its armed forces amid heightened tensions with Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis. Poland will uses the drones to defend its territory, said Deputy Defense Minister Czeslaw Mroczek. His Ukrainian counterpart had informed him that one of their main problems was the fact that Russian drones were operating in Ukrainian air space to scope out artillery targets. The drones are Poland’s answer.
defensenews.com
German piracy raid: More than 400 police officers in Germany took part in a nationwide clampdown against piracy. 121 apartments across 14 states were searched in the hunt for people sharing music and films illegally online. Officials targeted members of a file-sharing forum who have uploaded movies, music, and software. The German police said some of the suspects were willing to cooperate. The investigating authorities are hoping to gain further insights into the piracy scene on the evaluation of the evidence.
bbc.com
Hungary’s tax chief is on U.S. travel ban list: The head of Hungary’s tax authority, Ildiko Vida, is among six people that Washington has banned from entering the United States over alleged corruption. Vida denied any wrongdoing and said that she has nothing to hide, adding she had no intention of resigning. Vida said the Hungarian government knew of the travel ban list, but declined to name the other five people on the list. Hungary said it was not planning to investigate the charges of corruption and asked the U.S. to provide proof of the allegations.
reuters.comcnbc.com
Turkish prosecutors demand life sentences for Soma mine managers hurriyetdailynews.com
Latvia’s new government gets green light wallstreetjournal.com
Czech nuclear power plant discovered leakage reuters.com
Spain’s Far-Left Party surges to lead in opinion polls wallstreetjournal.com
Russian president Vladimir Putin is at No. 1 on Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People, followed by U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Pope Francis is at No. 4 and the world’s most powerful woman is German Chancellor Angela Merkel at No. 5. For the first time, two women, Merkel and Fed chief Janet Yellen, reach the top 10.
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Hair removal ad uses al-Qaeda terrorist A Turkish company used an image of the imprisoned al-Qaeda official Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in an advertisement for a hair removal product. The cosmetics company used the photo of the alleged 9/11 mastermind, with chest hair spilling out of his white T-shirt, alongside the caption: “That hair will not shed itself.“ The company quickly pointed out that he was chosen for his profuse body hair, not his terrorist activities. A company representative claims that they did not know that he was a terrorist.
bbc.com

Wednesday, 5th of November: UN ends statelessness, France sends weapons to Lebanon, development aid in tax havens

Growth forecast for eurozone: The euro zone will need another year to reach even a modest level of economic growth. The European Commission cut its forecasts for 2014 and 2015 as the economic recovery struggles to gather momentum. Germany, France, and Italy expect slower growth than the commission had hoped. To blame are tensions with Russia over economic sanctions imposed by the EU on Moscow. An acceleration of investments by EU member states is essential, according to the commission.
reuters.comtheguardian.comwallstreetjournal.com
UN launches campaign to end statelessness: The UN estimates that at least 10 million people worldwide are currently stateless, having neither nationality nor passport. Without papers they are denied access to education, employment and healthcare. The UN wants to end statelessness within a decade by getting countries to grant nationality to stateless children and offer citizenship to ethnic minorities. In 27 countries women are not allowed to pass their nationality on to their children. The UN described statelessness as a hidden human rights tragedy.
bbc.comtheguardian.comfoxnews.com
Aid investments routed through tax havens: A new study from international NGO Eurodad revealed that billions of euros meant for projects in developing countries are being channelled through highly secretive financial havens, which can be used by businesses as a conduit to avoid taxes. The UK’s CDC Group used the jurisdictions for more than two thirds of its total investments. The practice is common among European countries. Developing countries lose hundreds of billions of euros every year through tax avoidance and evasion by companies.
theguardian.comibtimes.co.uk
Higher hurdles for deportation: The European Court of Human Rights barred Switzerland from sending a family of Afghan migrants back to Italy, ruling their well-being could be at risk. Deporting the family without first getting assurances from Italy they would be taken care of and kept together is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. The decision can serve as a precedent for other migrants in a similar situation. The possibility that a large number of asylum seekers would be left without accommodation cannot be dismissed, the court ruled.
theguardian.comhrw.org
Nato demands reinforcements in Ukraine: Nato commander Philip Breedlove has asked the US pentagon for more troops and equipment in the Ukraine crisis. Breedlove warns that Nato has reached a strategic turning point with Moscow. EU and US threaten Russia with new sanctions, Austria rejects further penalties. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls the separatist elections counterproductive. Russia has informed the US that it will boycott the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, potentially hurting efforts to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism.
bbc.comeconomist.comwashingtontimes.comtheguardian.com
US Midterm Elections: Americans are voting in mid-term elections which will decide who controls the Senate. The Republicans, who already control the House of Representatives, need to gain just six seats to take the Senate. Meanwhile the Democrats are battling to stay ahead as President Barack Obama’s approval ratings fall to the lowest they have been since he was elected. The most expensive midterm campaign in American history has cost a total of 3.67 billion dollars so far. Forecasters are putting the Republicans’ chances of taking the Senate at 75% and 76%, respectively.
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Human Rights Watch reports torture of children by Isil telegraph.co.uk
Mystery drones over French nuclear power stations wallstreetjournal.com
Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Thailand theguardian.com
Germany expects 14 lawsuits over nuclear phase-out forbes.com
“The pseudo-elections are a gross violation of the Minsk agreement from September 5th.”
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko criticizes the separatist elections in Eastern Ukraine.
bbc.com
“The economic and employment situation is not improving fast enough.”
European Commission vice president Jyrki Katainen worries about the economy in the eurozone.
bbc.com
Spain suspends Catalonia independence vote: Spain’s Consitutional Court suspended a symbolic referendum on independence for Catalonia. Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said any vote would be illegal as Spain’s constitution prevents any region from unilaterally taking decisions that affect all Spaniards. The Catalan government vows to push forward the vote, in defiance of the court order and the central government in Madrid. Catalonia wants to challenge the central government’s stance in the supreme court, for violating the right to participation and the freedom of expression.
cnn.comwallstreetjournal.comreuters.comtheguardian.com
Libyan soldiers have to leave UK: 300 Libyan army cadets being trained in Britain will be sent home early after five were charged over a series of sexual attacks on local residents. The soldiers were sent back with the consent of the Libyan government because of disciplinary difficulties. Two of the men pled guilty at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court. The UK had agreed to train Libyan security personnel as part of international efforts to support Libya. Now it says it will review whether to continue training recruits in Britain.
theguardian.comuk.reuters.comindependent.co.uk
Slovak Minister resigns over corruption suspicions: Slovak Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenska has accepted the appeal from Prime Minister Robert Fico and decided to step down from her post over suspicions of corruption. Fico urged Zvolenska to assume political responsibility for the suspicious purchase of a CT device by a hospital in Western Slovakia. Before her resignation, Zvolenska also dismissed all ministry nominees on the hospital’s Supervisory Board. Vice-President Renata Zmajkovicova has also resigned at Fico’s request.
globalpost.com
France provides weapons to Lebanon: France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius says his country has signed a deal with Saudi Arabia to provide the Lebanese army with 2.4 billion euros worth of weapons. The agreement is meant to help strengthen the Lebanese army, which is the guarantor of the stability of Lebanon. Fabius added that the weapons will help Lebanon’s military to defend territory in the fight against terrorism, but did not provide any details on the agreement.
foxnews.comreuters.com
Czech president shocks nation with vulgarity: The Czech president Milos Zeman has come under attack from the country’s prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka for his liberal use of profanities in a radio interview that shocked the nation. Zeman’s expletive-filled interview damages the reputation of the presidency and does nothing for the Czech reputation abroad, said an angry Sobotka. Zeman used crude terms while translating the name of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot. The country’s media watchdog received hundreds of complaints following interview.
telegraph.co.ukbloomberg.com
France adopts jihadist travel ban law expatica.com
UK spy chief asks big tech firms to help combat terror cnn.com
Germany’s Deutsche Bahn set for longest rail strike yet bbc.com
France  seeks to break EU financial transactions tax deadlock euronews.com
4.5 million unemployed persons were registered by Spains employment offices in October, almost 80,000 more than in the previous month. October is traditionally a bad month for the Spanish labor market because of the end of the travel season. This is still the lowest increase of unemployment in the month of October in four years.
finances.com
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Turkish President Erdogan reacts to criticism A caricature of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a German textbook depicts Erdogan as a snarling dog on a chain. The drawing has been criticized by Turkey for vilifying Erdogan. The Turkish foreign ministry has now summoned Germany’s ambassador in Turkey, Eberhard Pohl, to the capital, claiming that the impression of the drawing reflects growing racism and xenophobia in Germany.
dw.de

Tuesday, 4th of November: Greece receives aid, Serbia negotiates EU-accession, tobacco firms challenge EU rules

EU condems rebel poll ins Ukraine: The European Union has condemned elections held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine as illegal. The separatists emphasized that the secession from the Ukraine has now been completed. Russia said after the elections that it will respect the will of the people in the rebel-held areas. Germany described Russia’s backing of the elections as incomprehensible. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the polls are a new obstacle on the path towards peace.
bbc.comeuractiv.comwashingtonpost.com
Growth spurt for landlocked developing countries: The biggest Vienna conference in ten years devotes itself to developing countries without direct access to the sea. Over 1000 diplomats and business representatives from over 90 countries wil set measures for the next decade to help the countries with their development. The creation of an infrastructure is especially important for the landlocked countries. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls the conference a milestone.
un.org
EU accession of Serbia and Albania: The EU-parliamentarian David McAllister will join negotiations over the next five years about a possible accession of Serbia to the European Union. McAllister emphasizes that the current progress report reveals that Serbia is ahead of other accession candidates in the Western balkans. Regardless of this there will be no new EU-accession within the next five years. Serbia is the top candidate for becoming part of the EU after the country implemented an impressive set of reforms to get the economy back on the right track. Serbias neighbour Albania is also headed for EU accession.
ibtimes.co.ukforbes.com
EU delays decision on Opal gas pipeline: The European Commission has pushed back a deadline for deciding whether to give the Russian gas monopolist Gazprom more access to the Opal gas pipeline across Eastern Germany. The commission extended its deadline for a decision until the end of January. Reason for the extension is that certain technical aspects require further attention. Gazprom is currently allowed only limited access to the pipeline under a EU law which seeks to prevent energy suppliers from dominating infrastructure.
reuters.combusinessinsider.com
Eurozone manufacturing growth slows: Manufacturing growth in the eurozone was slower than expected with price cutting failing to lift orders. The latest Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index of factory activity was 50.6, better than September’s 50.3. Although any reading above 50 indicates growth, the figure was below initial estimates for October. France and Italy contracted, Germany returned to modest growth, and Spain saw its eleventh straight month of growth. Manufacturing is unlikely to provide any meaningful boost to the union’s GDP growth.
bbc.com
Governments ignore EU building renovation rules: European Union governments are ignoring the benefits of building stock renovation for energy efficiency and security. Member states have only half-heartedly embraced or are non-compliant with the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive, under which countries are obliged to publish national renovation strategies. Out of a sample of ten submitted strategies, just four complied with the directive. Six EU nations missed their publication deadline by six months and face possible infringement proceedings from the European Commission.
euractiv.com
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Tobacco firms can challenge EU rules: Tobacco firms have won the right to challenge new European Union rules on cigarette packaging. The rules make it compulsory to have health warnings covering 65% of the front and back of tobacco packaging. The European Court of Justice must decide if the new directive complies with European guarantees on fundamental rights and whether decisions should be taken on a national level rather than by the EU. The EU says the new rules will deter young people from becoming addicted to tobacco.
bbc.comibtimes.co.uk
EU regulation for food industry: The new EU food labelling regulation on the provision of food information to consumers dictates that in the future, packaged and unpackaged food have to be specifically declared, for example to protect those suffering from allergies. Consumers will also be able to discern where their meat comes from. The regulation is to take effect on December 13th and is aimed at businesses in the food industry. The sale of food through private persons does not fall under the scope of the regulation.
bbc.com
Euro stays below 1.25 dollar nytimes.com
Eurozone manufacturing growth slows bbc.com
Eurosceptic party AfD sells gold in Germany telegraph.co.uk
US restricts travel for European countries abcnews.com
“We are not, here in 2014, going to start questioning one of these core freedoms.”
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker calls the principle of freedom of movement one of the EU’s core freedoms.
uk.reuters.com
“I think we would be better off in the longer term if the UK was to stay in europe and work with some of the Eastern European countries who have a more forward-looking view and will pose a suitable counterbalance to the Franco-German communist ideal.”
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary urges the British Prime Minister David Cameron to stay in the EU.
huffingtonpost.co.uk
Greece to receive new aid package: Greece is unlikely to exit its eurozone bailout programme without additional assistance. Athens is in negotiation with EU institutions and the International Monetary Fund ahead of the expiry of its EU bailout package. Greece has said it wants its bailout to finish when EU funding stops. The Euro zone finance ministers will decide on how best to help Athens at a meeting in december. The official gave no details of what new aid might look like.
reuters.comibtimes.co.uk
EU fight over freedom of movement: Germany has reiterated its rejection of British plans for immigration quotas, stating that free movement in the European Union is non-negotiable. While Germany supports Britain’s fight against the possible abuse of free movement and wishes for an active and engaged Great Britain within the EU, it refuelses to meddle with the higher principle of freedom of movement. Chancellor George Osborne insists the UK will pursue its national interest despite German warnings about its future in the EU.
theguardian.combbc.comtelegraph.co.uk
Ponta wins first round in Romanian elections: Romania’s current Prime Minister Victor Ponta won the first round of the presidential election and has good chances of becoming the next Romanian president. Ponta had won 40.3 percent of the vote with nearly 57 percent of the ballots counted. His nearest challenger, Klaus Iohannis, won 30.4 percent. The results make Ponta a favorite to win a run-off vote on Nov. 16. Meanwhile the election commission in Western Romania investigates the disappearance of content from roughly 400 ballot boxes.
reuters.comabcnews.comwallstreetjournal.com
Last victim found in shipwreck: The body of Russel Rebello, the last person unaccounted for after the Costa Concordia luxury liner sank off Italy’s coast, has been found almost three years after the accident. 32 of the 4200 boat occupants had died in the wreck. The Indian crew member had been the only person missing after the disaster. A DNA test is scheduled for this week to confirm the identity of the body. The captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial for manslaughter and abandoning ship, charges he denies.
reuters.comnbcnews.combbc.comtheguardian.com
Bulgarian woman sets herself on fire in front of presidency reuters.com
Turkey reports 24 dead from sunken smuggling boat latimes.com
Sweden leads way to cashless payments telegraph.co.uk
France treats U.N. Health Worker for Ebola nbcnews.com
Great Britain must pay an extra 2.1 billion euros toward the European Union’s budget by Dec. 1 or face additional interest charges. The European Commission presented Britain with an additional bill equal to nearly a fifth of its annual contribution to the EU budget following revised economic calculations.
wallstreetjournal.com
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Ban Ki-Moon thanks the wrong country Expressing his gratitude to Vienna for the hosting of a major conference on landlocked developing countries, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accidentally offered his thanks to Australia. Tourists often say Australia when they mean Austria, a pet Austrian peeve. Tipped off by aides, Ban apologised, noting he knows full well that there are no kangaroos in Austria.
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Monday, 3rd of November: Merkel fights British plans, New EU Commission starts, Protests against police violence in France

Merkel fights British plans: Great Britain’s prime minister David Cameron has been warned by German chancellor Angela Merkel that she would rather see the UK leave the European Union than change freedom of movement rules. This is the first time that Merkel acknowledged that the UK’s exit from the EU is possible. Merkel had rejected Cameron’s demands for a cap on unskilled migrants, which would violate a fundamental EU principle that allows citizens to live and work in any member state. Cameron wants to renegotiate the terms of the UK’s continued membership before holding an in-out referendum.
theguardian.combbc.comuk.reuters.com
Juncker’s new EU Commission: The new European Commission has formally taken office under president Jean-Claude Juncker. Juncker and his 27 European commissaries want to make the EU’s executive arm less bureaucratic. Juncker also plans to kickstart a 300 billion euro investment plan in an effort to get the EU economy back on track. The Parliament inherited plans from the previous Commission that have to be dealt with, from roaming charges to banking reforms. The completion of negotiations over the disputed Free Trade Agreement with the US is expected in the new commission’s tenure.
businesstimes.com.sgwallstreetjournal.comeuobserver.com
EU starts new border patrol mission: The EU is set to begin maritime patrols in the Mediterranean to help Italy stem the flow of migrants from North Africa. 200 refugees were rescued from the Mediterranean immediately before the start of the new border patrol mission. The refugees are being brought to Sicily. Critics expect the death toll in the Mediterranean to multiply as a result of the EU-mission. The UK has opted out of migrant rescues in the Mediterranean. Germany considers lodging refugees in industrial areas.
bbc.comtheguardian.comreuters.com
IPCC presents findings on climate change: Time is running out if the world wants to avoid catastrophic climate change according to the UN body charged with formulating expert advice for international governments. The Intergovernmental Panel and Climate Change said that it is still possible to keep within the target of no more than a 2C increase in global average temperatures. Fossil fuels will have to be significantly scaled back in the coming decades. The report states that the human influence on the Earth’s climate is clear.
independent.co.ukbbc.comcnn.comtheguardian.com
Former German chancellor Kohl concerned for Europe: Helmut Kohl has lashed out at his successor Gerhard Schröder in a published excerpt from his new book “Out of Concern for Europe”. Schröder made crucial missteps in allowing debt-mired Greece into the eurozone and bending the fiscal rules of its stability pact, writes Kohl, calling it a disgrace in German politics and at the same time a betrayal of German-French cooperation. Kohl dismisses any criticism of his part in setting up the euro common currency. He is to present his book in Frankfurt today with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.
businessinsider.com
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Spain to ask court to block Catalonia vote wallstreetjournal.com
Part of Dachau camp gate bearing Nazi slogan stolen theguardian.com
Lithuania enacts ban on energy drinks for minors yahoonews.com
Hungarian Prime Minister Orban puts Internet tax on hold reuters.com
“We are not communists, we don’t govern against the people.”
Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary explains why he will abandon the proposed tax on Internet usage.
nytimes.com
“I think this will be the last European Commission that governs Britain because within the end of this five years, we will be out of here.”
Ukip leader Nigel Farage expects Great Britain to leave the EU.
europarl.europa.eu
Presidential Election in Romania: 18 million Romanians are eligible to vote in the presidential elections. A runoff vote between incumbent Socialist Prime Minister Victor Ponta and German-speaking mayor Klaus Iohannis is expected. Ponta got 41.5 percent of the votes, Iohannis has 31.2 percent, according to an exit poll. The decision will be made on November 16th. Voter turnout stayed below 50 percent according to estimates of the Central Electoral Office.
bloomberg.comnytimes.comuk.reuters.com
Protests against police violence in France: Riot-control officers clashed with demonstrators in France, a week after the death of an activist apparently killed by a police grenade. Several police and protesters were injured, 34 people were arrested. The protests started as a memorial march before violence erupted. The French government is investigating a series of unauthorised drone flights over seven of its nuclear power stations. The interior ministry stresses that a drone does not pose any concern for the plants.
nytimes.comreuters.comhuffingtonpost.co.uktheguardian.com (nuclear)
Ireland protests against water charges: Tens of thousands of people are protesting nationwide against the introduction of water charges in Ireland. The water charge is part of an austerity measure to pay back the international financial bailout Ireland had to seek in 2010. The average family of two adults will pay between 200 and 400 Euro a year for their water. The protesters announced further protests for December 10th.
bbc.comtheguardian.comreuters.com
Separatists in eastern Ukraine vote: The Austrian politician Ewald Stadler observes the controversial election held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Only Moscow wants to recognize the results. Rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko won over 81 percent of the vote according to exit polls. The Ukrainian military reports Russian armed forces in eastern Ukraine. Kiev initiates preliminary proceedings because of an illegal takeover. 300 people were killed in the past 10 days according to the United Nations. More human remains were recovered from the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site.
telegraph.co.uk (Stadler), reuters.com (exit polls), wallstreetjournal.com (armed forces), dailystar.com (UN), theguardian.com (MH17)
German and Czech officials pay tribute to East Germans in Prague wallstreetjournal.com
Spanish authorities make arrest in prostitution smuggling ring foxnews.com
Boko Haram terrorists threatens to kill a captured German usnews.com
Burkina Faso’s army clears thousands of protesters from capital reuters.com
A 2.1 billion euro capital shortfall was uncovered by a European health check of lenders in the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena. Italy’s third biggest lender is studying the possibility of plugging its capital shortfall entirely through a rights issue. The bank must submit a capital-boosting plan to the European Central Bank by Nov. 10.
reuters.com
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Iranian woman jailed for volleyball game A British-Iranian woman has been sentenced to one year in prison for trying to watch a volleyball game. Iranian women are prohibited from participating in sporting events with men, the Iranian government does not recognize the woman’s dual citizenship. Amnesty International demands her immediate release. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in London expresses concern over the incident.
theguardian.com