Friday, 12th of June: EU wants to promote trade with the Caribbean, IMF walks out of negotiations with Greece, Italy’s Finance Minister calls for determined action

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

EU wants to promote trade with the Caribbean: On the occasion of the EU-CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) Summit on Wednesday in Brussels, especially the smallest states of the region showed increased confidence. Countries such as Paraguay and Uruguay want to free themselves from the grip of the Mercosur partners and strive for trade agreements with other states and regions. The EU agreed with Brazil to again try to unblock long-stalled talks with the South American trade bloc Mercosur, committing to exchange offers on opening up their respective markets by the end of this year.
reuters.com, europa.eu

IMF walks out of negotiations with Greece: The International Monetary Fund has stopped talks with Athens, criticizing the Greek government for a lack of willingness to compromise over labour market and pension reforms. The IMF called its negotiating team back to Washington, a spokesman said the ball was now very much in Greece’s court. The uncertainty over a deal intensifies the pressure on Greece, which is quickly running out of money.
nytimes.com, theguardian.com

Italy’s Finance Minister calls for determined action: Despite recent signs of recovery the development of economy and employment in the eurozone is disappointing. According to Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, crisis-ridden Europe should take on challenges with vigour. Padoan calls for the introduction of a European unemployment insurance and for more emphasis to be placed on the irreversibility of the single currency.
cnbc.com

EU investigates Amazon over e-book business: The European Commission’s competition watchdogs have opened a formal investigation into Amazon.com Inc.’s electronic-books business. The EU Commission said on Thursday that it was investigating whether Amazon uses its market power to force illegal terms on to publishers that harm purchasers of e-books. The regulator is concerned that parts of Amazon’s contracts with publishers seem to shield Amazon from competition from other e-book distributors.
wsj.com

Saudia Arabia complains to EU: Saudia Arabia condems foreign criticism of the penalty against the blogger Raif Badawi, which many have said violates human rights. In a letter to the European Parliament the kingdom expressed its dissatisfaction and disapproval of media reports about Badawi’s case. 130 parliamentarians, who in May had called out to King Salman to free the political prisoner, received the letter.
telegraph.co.uk

European security strategy: Several domestic and foreign challenges make strategic considerations obsolete in the EU swp-berlin.org
Women’s rights: Liberals call for safe and legal abortion for abused girls in Paraguay alde.eu
Faux pas: MEP Rainer Wieland got stuck in the Parliament’s elevator and took it with humor facebook.com
TTIP: Federation of German Trade Unions joins TTIP opponents handelsblatt.com
European Socialists women’s’ organization: Zita Gurmai re-elected as PES Women President pes.eu
Imprisoned human rights activist: EU Parliament calls for release of journalist Mazen Darwish from Syria spd-euopa.eu
FIFA: Parliament calls for new interim president europa.eu

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

There is no more space for gambling. We need decisions, not negotiations now.
The European Union president, Donald Tusk, took blunt aim at Greece in the bailout talks.
nytimes.com

In Bonn, not much was visible of the spirit of decarbonization conjured at the G7 summit. The previous climate protection plans of the G7 states and many other countries are not nearly enough to limit global warming. Not a single country showed willingness to improve on its climate protection plans. That would be the requirement for the Paris climate protection treaty to make a necessary contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
BUND chairman Hubert Weiger is disappointed by the Bonn talks to prepare the world climate summit in Paris.
bund.net

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Macedonia crisis talks fail: After twelve hours of negotiations, EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn broke off talks at midnight. Hahn said he was disappointed with the attitude of certain parties. The leaders of the four main political parties in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia were unable to agree on an interim government. The EU Commission will now consider how to best contribute to the political process in the country and remains ready to facilitate discussions.
europa.eu, yahoonews.com

Russia’s junk mail factory: The Kremlin’s spam is produced in around 40 different divisions with each around 20 employees, including a department for special projects and a foreign one, which pays a much higher wage. According to reports, there are surveillance cameras and posts are sampled to see if they meet specifications. These jobs pay 41,000 roubles a month, that’s around 750 euros and a lot more than the average income in Russia. The full wages are only for those who meet the standard of 135 posts per 12 hour shift.
tagesspiegel.de

Great Britain wants to make drastic cuts: The British government is considering reducing tax credits for millions of working families as part of its welfare cuts. Finance Minister George Osborn ewants to reduce government debt. He thinks the state should balance its books “in normal times”. Borrowing should occur only “in exceptional circumstances”. MPs and experts close to Osborne believe reducing current tax credits would see low-income households encouraged to take on more work to keep their family income up.
bbc.com, theguardian.com

Protests in Greece: 200 members of the pro-Communist Pame trade union occupied the Greek finance ministry on Thursday, protesting the prospect of new austerity cuts demanded by the country’s international creditors. Pame and civil servants‘ union Adedy were to hold protests in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities amid reports that the government was nearing a new loan deal that includes fresh cuts.
yahoonews.com, reuters.com

Hackers attack German Bundestag: A cyber attack on the German parliament uncovered a month ago is still stealing data from Bundestag computers. All software and hardware in the German parliamentary network might need to be replaced. Federal investigators are looking into the scope of the attack to see how much data has been taken. It is still unclear who carried out the cyber-attack. Experts were quoted saying there were indications that a Russian intelligence agency had staged the attack.
bbc.com, pcworld.com, telegraph.co.uk

Greece: Holocaust memorial in Athens desecrated derstandard.at
Spain: PP Party loses capital to leftist Ahora Madrid coalition euronews.com
Turkey: Erdogan calls on politicians to put their egos aside euronews.com

⊂ DATA ⊃

15.8 percent of Greek working households live below the poverty line despite having work. In Spain it is 13.6 percent of all working households. Both countries scored the highest in an OECD assessment.
zeit.de

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

politjobs.eu: Fundació Barcelona Promoció seeks Brussels Liaison Officer (German Speaker) *** Verband öffentlicher Versicherer sucht Policy Advisor (m/w) *** Kellen AGEP seeks Stagiaire Consultant *** Inclusion Europe seeks an Executive Director *** VDMA sucht Referent (m/w) Handelspolitik/Wirtschaftsrecht *** Bayer seeks EU Policy Manager *** POLITICO seeks Policy editor/Account Manager *** RISE Foundation seeks Researcher *** ECDHR offers Advocacy & EU Public Affairs Internship
politjobs.eu, politjobs.eu/submit (Inserat schalten)

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃


Varoufakis – the shirt
: Modern heroes of the political left are easy to recognize. They have reached a status of being worshipped, revered, and printed on T-shirts and purses. Yanis Varoufakis is perhaps the first Finance Minister who has received this honor. The designer platform Redbubble for example offers shirts with the slogan “Keep calm and love Yanis”.
welt.de

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