Friday, 07 December 2018: Boris Johnson apologises for failing to declare income, France plans digital tax without EU, More than 700 students arrested in France, No TV debate between May and Corbyn

⊂ UNITED KINGDOM ⊃

Boris Johnson apologises for failing to declare income: Britain’s former foreign secretary Boris Johnson was ordered by parliament’s standards watchdog on Thursday to apologise for failing to declare almost 53,000 pounds earnings on time. Johnson made the apology to the House of Commons having been told to do so after he repeatedly failed to register payments from his newspaper column and books within the set time limit. Parliament’s Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone had earlier ruled that the breaches were neither inadvertent nor minor. Speaker John Bercow thanked Johnson for his prompt response and said that was the end of the matter.
uk.reuters.com, bbc.com, theguardian.com

UK golden visa scheme to be suspended: The global super-rich hoping to live and invest in the UK will face new visa restrictions as part of Home Office reforms designed to tackle organised crime and money laundering. The tier 1 visa, which provides a fast track route to settlement for people willing to invest millions in the UK, will be suspended from Friday until new rules are put in place in 2019.
theguardian.com

Ministers and NHS England chief at loggerheads over targets: The head of the NHS and the government are at loggerheads over how much the health service can be improved for the £20.5bn extra Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to give it, the „Guardian“ reported. Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has been having major disagreements behind the scenes in recent weeks with Downing Street, the Treasury and Department of Health and Social Care about how much the forthcoming NHS long-term plan can promise to boost care.
theguardian.com

Grenfell Tower fire: Taskforce to oversee cladding removal is not ready, admits minister theguardian.com
Electoral reform: Lower voting age to six to tackle bias against young, says academic theguardian.com

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⊂ EUROPE ⊃

France plans digital tax without EU: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire announced on Thursday that France will tax digital giants at a national level from 2019 if European Union states cannot reach an agreement on a tax on digital revenues for the bloc. Le Maire said he would wait until March 2019 to reach a deal on a European tax on digital giants. If that didn’t work, then France would do it at a national level. EU finance ministers had failed to agree a tax on digital revenues on Tuesday, despite a last minute Franco-German plan to salvage the proposal by narrowing its focus to companies like Google and Facebook.
uk.reuters.com

EU steps up aid for Africa’s G5 Sahel: A two-day donor conference in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott ended on Thursday with pledges from the EU and France to increase their financial contributions to development and security projects in Africa’s volatile Sahal region. The EU said it would contribute an additional €125 million to the G5 Sahel’s Priority Investment Programme, bringing its total up to €800 million. Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou said at the end of Thursday’s meeting that donors had together pledged €2 billion. The five Sahel states of Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Niger have been dealing with insurgent violence, lawlessness and terror attacks since Libya’s political collapse in 2011 and an uprising in northern Mali in 2012.
dw.com

Afghan electoral body invalidates all votes in Kabul: All votes cast in Kabul during the October parliamentary election are invalid, Afghanistan’s Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) announced on Thursday. The commission cited fraud and mismanagement during the conduct of the poll. There were serious outstanding problems in Kabul that could hurt the fairness, transparency and inclusiveness of the election, said IECC spokesman Ali Reza Rohani. The invalidation of votes in Kabul comes as Afghanistan prepares for presidential elections in April amid a deteriorating security situation.
dw.com

Frontex: EU border protection may take longer than planned faz.net

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

More than 700 students arrested in France: The protests against the French government have reached the schools. On Thursday, thousands of high school students took part in protests against cuts in teaching staff and stricter selection criteria for admission to universities. More than 700 students were detained by French police. France will close the Eiffel Tower and other tourism landmarks in Paris and draft in thousands more security forces on Saturday to stave off another wave of violent protests in the country over living costs. French left-wing opposition parties are seeking a no-confidence vote in President Emmanuel Macron’s government amid growing protests and fears of violence.
tagesschau.de, reuters.com, foxnews.com

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No TV debate between May and Corbyn: ITV has cancelled plans to host a live Brexit debate between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday. The announcement comes after the BBC also abandoned a proposed programme earlier this week, meaning there will be no televised debate between the two party leaders ahead of next week’s parliamentary debate. Parliament’s vote on May’s Brexit deal will go ahead on 11 December, her office said on Thursday, rejecting suggestions from lawmakers that she should seek ways to avoid a defeat so big it might bring down the government. The European Court of Justice will formally rule on 10 December on whether Britain can unilaterally cancel Brexit.
independent.co.uk, reuters.com, independent.co.uk (ECJ)

Belgium: Parliament backs UN pact politico.eu
Italy: Mafia said to have learned service secrets from officials nytimes.com
Greece: Government plans crowdfunding for new warships abcnews.go.com

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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

Romania in political mayhem three weeks before assuming EU presidency: In an almost surreal sequence of events, the Romanian government paid a visit to the EU Commission on Wednesday to discuss the country’s upcoming EU presidency, while the opposition in Bucharest mobilised to oust the ruling coalition. Representatives of the opposition said the governing majority of the social democrats and the ALDE party in parliament was crushed, and that a new majority was about to take over. The opposition is now preparing a no-confidence vote next week.
euractiv.com

 

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