Friday, 13 October 2017: Barnier says Brexit talks are in deadlock, EU countries to set up prosecutor, Eurofighter jet crashes in Spain


Barnier says Brexit talks are in deadlock: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, declared Thursday that talks had reached deadlock over the UK’s financial obligations and that he would not recommend the European Council authorise a shift to the second phase of talks during a summit in Brussels next week. Barnier noted that British Prime Minister Theresa May had pledged in her speech in Florence last month that the UK would continue to pay into the EU budget for two years after the split. He signaled disappointment that this wasn’t followed up in the negotiations.,

EU countries to set up prosecutor: Twenty EU countries agreed on Thursday to set up an EU-wide prosecution service to investigate cases involving misuse of EU funds or large-scale VAT fraud. The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) will take on cross-border cases that national prosecutors alone often find difficult to track. The prosecutor’s reach will initially be limited to the 20 EU member states that signed an agreement on Thursday, though others may join at a later stage. The countries which have not signed up are Malta, Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark and Britain.

Germany urged to revamp its military spending: A survey of some 200 senior figures in Germany’s defence industry reveals they no longer view the United States as their most important ally and believe Berlin should focus on EU mechanisms instead of Nato. The report, written by Brussels press corps veteran Paul Taylor for „Friends of Europe“ on the prospects for closer European defence integration, highlights the crucial position of Germany. It is Europe’s economic powerhouse and the country with the biggest potential to build a European defence union, along with France.,

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Hunger driven by war and climate shocks: Global hunger has fallen more than a quarter since 2000, but conflict and climate shocks are beginning to reverse these gains, an annual global hunger index said on Thursday. The index is based on levels of hunger in the general population, and rates of wasting, stunting and deaths among children under five years old. Women, girls and ethnic minorities are most at risk of hunger, which causes nearly half of deaths in under fives.

UN cultural organisation: Citing anti-Israel bias, US to withdraw from Unesco
EU Commission: Talks about „Nord Stream 2“ could fail


Regarding that question we are at an impasse, which is very worrying for thousands of projects everywhere in Europe and also worrying for those who contribute.
The chief Brexit negotiator for the EU, Michel Barnier, has made clear that the British positions on money, expatriate citizens’ rights and the Irish border still fell short of the progress set as a condition for opening the trade negotiations.


Eurofighter jet crashes in Spain: A Eurofighter combat jet plane crashed near a military base in southeastern Spain on Thursday, killing its pilot. The jet had been taking part in a military parade to commemorate Spain’s national holiday and crashed on its return, a defence ministry spokesman said. Barcelona’s urban guard says that 65,000 people took part in Thursday’s march to mark Spain’s national day and call for the country’s unity against attempts at secession.,

Austria to take Germany to court over road toll bill: Austria is taking the German government to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over its controversial road toll bill, Austrian transport minister Jörg Leichtfried announced on Thursday. The controversy over Germany’s highway toll plans has gone on for several years, with Austria having long threatened to take legal action against a bill which they believe contravenes EU law as it specifically disadvantages foreign drivers using German roads.

Germany extends passport controls on Austrian border: Germany has extended temporary passport controls on its border with Austria and for flights coming from Greece for six more months amid continuing concerns about attacks and illegal immigration. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere justified Germany’s move given continued security concerns, and said a complete return to free travel within the Schengen area was contingent on an improvement in the overall situation.

Inquiry accuses German police of sloppiness in Amri case: Almost a year after Anis Amri drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, startling police failures in the case have come to light. Investigator Bruno Jost said he could not fathom why the killer was not under surveillance. Although the intelligence gathered on Amri’s radical Islamist activities would not have been enough to amount to an arrest, there was enough evidence to detain him for dealing drugs or to investigate charges of forgery.

Romania: News agency chief denounces political takeover of state media

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Chairs fly in Barcelona: Violence broke out in Barcelona on Thursday on the sidelines of a pro-unity demonstration organised to coincide with Spain’s national day. In video footage people waving Catalan and Spanish flags can be seen throwing chairs and tables at each other before police arrived to break them up.



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