Friday, 07 June 2019: Macron and Trump honour veterans of D-Day, EU justice ministers want to use data retention to fight crime, EU restricts visas for non-cooperation on migration


Macron and Trump honour veterans of D-Day: US President Donald Trump left France for Ireland on Thursday after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and attending a D-Day commemoration. Trump marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy at a ceremony at the grave site of more than 9,380 American service members who were killed in the World War II landings and the operations that followed. Macron used comments to mark the anniversary to remind Trump of the importance of the European Union and Nato, two organisations the US president has often criticised. On Iran, Macron and Trump said they shared the same objectives, but the two leaders‘ comments revealed different approaches to tackling the problem. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will travel to Iran on Monday to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Zarif. The minister will push for calm and de-escalation in the crises of the region.,,,

EU justice ministers want to use data retention to fight crime: The EU Commission should look for solutions, even possible new rules, to allow the retention of electronic communications data to fight crime, EU justice ministers said after a meeting in Luxembourg. They agreed that the Commission should look into possible solutions for retaining data, including the consideration of a future legislative initiative. However, in the cases Digital Rights v Ireland in 2014 and TELE2 in 2016, the European Court of Justice prohibited the EU and its member states from laying down rules that would entail general and indiscriminate retention of data.,

EU restricts visas for non-cooperation on migration: The EU has announced plans to tie the issuing of visas to the willingness of third countries to take back rejected asylum seekers. Those countries that cooperate will see shorter processing times, lower fees, and extended visa stays, and vice-versa. Additionally, diplomats from countries refusing to facilitate returns could also be charged for visa processing. The new changes will be entered into the EU’s Visa Code and will go into effect at the end of 2019. Thereafter, the EU Commission will conduct annual appraisals of third country cooperation. In the event that a country’s cooperation should be found deficient, specific restrictive measures will be put in place.

EU 2020 renewables target at risk: Six EU nations are unlikely to hit their 2020 renewable energy targets, putting the European Union’s 20% goal at risk, the bloc’s auditors said on Thursday. While eleven EU countries have already met their targets, the Netherlands, Ireland, Britain, Luxembourg, France, and Poland are also unlikely to reach their individual targets by 2020, the auditors said. Each would need to boost their reliance on renewables by more than 4 percentage points from 2017 levels. An additional eight EU members, including Germany and Spain, also need to accelerate their switch to renewables to meet their goals.

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America, dear President Trump, is never as great as when it fights for the freedom of others.
French President Emmanuel Macron has reminded US President Donald Trump of the historic alliance between the two nations.


Fiat Chrysler blames French government for failed merger: Fiat Chrysler has withdrawn an offer for a merger-of-equals with Groupe Renault, and people close to the negotiations between the two companies have pointed the finger at what they described as meddling by the French government. Fiat Chrysler’s decision to withdraw the proposal came suddenly. The Italian-American automaker said that, while Fiat Chrysler management remained firmly convinced of the rationale behind the proposed merger, it had become clear that the political conditions in France did not currently exist for such a combination to proceed successfully.

Sanchez to try and form government in Spain: Spain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez asked for a wide support to form a government on Thursday after King Felipe VI invited him to seek parliament’s approval to be sworn in as premier. Sanchez’s Socialist party won a national election in April without securing a parliamentary majority. Under Spain’s Constitution, the process to form a government begins with the monarch holding a round of talks with the leaders of political parties in the parliament before proposing a candidate. The far-left We Can party is pushing to enter into a coalition, but the Socialists have said they would prefer to govern as a minority.,

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Babis under pressure over EU agricultural subsidies: Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis’s former businesses will not get agricultural subsidies until an EU investigation of his possible conflicts of interest is completed, authorities said on Thursday. Babis is under pressure from swelling protests demanding he resign because of his business ties and an ongoing criminal case. Babis placed his Agrofert conglomerate in trusts before becoming prime minister in 2017. Leaked preliminary audit findings of possible conflicts of interest carried out by the EU Commission last week showed the assessment that Babis remained in a conflict of interest over EU subsidies despite the trusts.

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German minister slammed over Nestle PR video: German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner has come under fire this week over a video that her critics have called an advertisement for Swiss food conglomerate Nestle. The video, in which Klöckner talks to the head of Nestle Germany about her government’s “innovation and reduction strategy” and the company’s “philosophy”, was part of a wider strategy launched last year between the German Agriculture Ministry and the country’s food industry in which the latter agreed to voluntarily reduce the amount of sugar, salt and fat in processed foods by 2025. Social media users and even politicians criticised Klöckner for the video, saying it amounted to unlabeled advertising.,



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