Friday, 10 November 2017: Spanish Supreme Court frees Catalan parliament speaker on bail, Mordaunt replaces Priti Patel in May’s cabinet, Macron flies to Riyadh to see crown prince


Spanish Supreme Court frees Catalan parliament speaker on bail: A Spanish judge on Thursday freed on bail the Catalan parliament’s speaker and four lawmakers while authorities continue to investigate their roles in Catalonia’s banned independence drive. Speaker Carme Forcadell will be transferred to the Alcala Meco prison outside Madrid and kept there until she pays 150,000-euro bail. The four lawmakers must pay bail of 25,000 euros while a fifth was released without bail.,

New ECB rules on bad loans: The European Central Bank (ECB) is prepared to delay and improve its new, stricter rules on bad bank loans after fierce criticism from the EU Parliament and Italy, the ECB’s top supervisor Daniele Nouy said on Thursday. The Italian head of the EU Parliament, Antonio Tajani, said last month they overstepped the ECB’s bounds, a view upheld this week by the assembly’s legal office and by the head of the economic committee.

EU reaches deal to overhaul emissions market: EU negotiators agreed to overhaul the region’s cap-and-trade programme, approving a plan to bolster carbon prices and adjust the emissions market to more ambitious climate goals in the next decade. The provisional deal reached early Thursday between representatives of EU nations and the European Parliament follows more than two years of uncertainty over the fate of the Emissions Trading System after 2020.

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EU fails to agree on glyphosate license renewal: The EU Commission has again hit a wall in renewing the approval for the weedkiller glyphosate. The proposal to renew the EU license for glyphosate for another five years failed to a reach a qualified majority, meaning a decision has again been postponed, according to lawmakers. The current license is due to expire on December 15, but there is an 18 month grace period.

EU Commission: Juncker rejects any form of separatism
Eurogroup: EPP wants Schelling to become new Eurogroup chief
Economy: EU registers highest economic growth rate in 10 years
Security experts: Mogherini fails to counter hybrid threat from Russia


It’s high time to clarify the essential principles of an exit deal with the UK.
EU negotiator Michel Barnier has told the UK time is pressing to get a deal on a divorce bill, as Brexit talks resumed in Brussels.


Mordaunt replaces Priti Patel in May’s cabinet: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday appointed Penny Mordaunt, an ardent Brexit supporter, as Britain’s international development secretary. Mordaunt will replace Priti Patel, who resigned from the cabinet on Wednesday night. Mordaunt, the MP for Portsmouth North, was previously minister for disabled people, health and work in the Department for Work and Pensions.,

Macron flies to Riyadh to see crown prince: French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Riyadh on Thursday for hastily scheduled talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, notably over Lebanon and Yemen. Macron had earlier declined to discuss a wave of high-level arrests for corruption in Saudi Arabia, but said it was vital to work with the kingdom for the stability of the region.

Swiss agent convicted for spying on German tax officials: A Swiss agent was convicted Thursday for spying on German tax authorities. The 54-year-old man was given a suspended prison term of one year and 10 months, and must also pay a 25,000 euro fine. He confessed to working for Swiss intelligence between 2011 and 2015 to try to gather the personal contact details of tax officials in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Malta’s PM discusses business and journalism: Business was on the agenda at the second EU-Arab summit. In a speech at the Athens event, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat emphasised the importance of free trade worldwide. He also spoke about theories surrounding the recent murder of a local journalist.

Greece: Hospital physicians go on strike

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Vatican bans duty-free cigarette sales: Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican, beginning next year. Selling discounted tobacco to employees and pensioners, without the increasingly stringent taxes imposed in surrounding Italy, has long been a source of revenue for the tiny Vatican City State. The sales had been profitable for the Vatican, a spokesman said, but no profit could be legitimate if it puts lives at risk.,



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