Friday, 16 November 2018: May vows to see Brexit deal through, PKK should not be on EU terrorist list, Swedish Centre Party leader to head new government talks

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

May vows to see Brexit deal through: British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to „see this through“ after a chaotic day in Westminster during which two cabinet ministers resigned and a handful of prominent Brexiteers said they would bring down her premiership over the draft Brexit deal she negotiated with the EU. May said that her party and the country should unite behind the draft agreement, warning that to step back now would lead to deep and grave uncertainty for the country. Her Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey resigned on Thursday morning, citing dissatisfaction with the deal, which was approved by the cabinet in a five-hour meeting on Wednesday. Notable Euroskeptic lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said that a number of letters of no confidence had been submitted which could potentially force a vote within the party on May’s leadership. The European Union said the Brexit deal would not be affected by the resignations in May’s cabinet. European Council President Donald Tusk announced that EU leaders will meet 25 November to finalise the draft Brexit agreement.
politico.eu, cnbc.com, politico.eu

PKK should not be on EU terrorist list: The banned Kurdish Workers‘ Party PKK was unjustly on the EU terrorist list between the years 2014 and 2017. An EU Court in Luxembourg announced on Thursday that the decision by the EU member states to put the PKK on the list was void due to procedural errors. In the view of the court, the council of the member states did not provide sufficient reasons as to why it listed the PKK. However, the court’s verdict will have no concrete impact, since the list was updated in 2018 and the ruling did not call the updated list into question.
tagesschau.de

MEPs vote for upgrade to rail passenger rights: Updated rail passengers’ rights will include higher compensation rates for delays and better assistance to people with reduced mobility. MEPs of the EU Parliament have backed changes to the 2009 rules that aim to ensure better assistance to people with reduced mobility, better access for cyclists, and clearer complaints-handling procedures. Furthermore, rail companies should improve information given to passengers about their rights and increase compensation paid to commuters in case of delays. To avoid passengers being left stranded after a missed connection, MEPs clarified that in the case that a passenger has been issued several tickets for a multi-leg journey, the rights to information, assistance and compensation are the same as under a through-ticket.
europarl.europa.eu

US sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi’s murder: The United States government announced sanctions on Thursday against 17 Saudis accused of involvement in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident and journalist. The Treasury Department designated the officials for sanctions over what it called serious human rights abuse. Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has called for the death penalty for five people accused of involvement in Khashoggi’s killing. The office of Prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb issued a statement saying that his office has indicted 11 suspects, adding that the prosecutor has requested the death penalty for five individuals who are charged with ordering and committing the crime. The five members of the team have confessed to the murder, according to the office. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the Saudi Public Prosecutor’s statement unsatisfactory, reiterating a call for the culprits to be prosecuted under Turkish laws.
nytimes.com, politico.eu, npr.org, cnn.com

EU-South Africa summit: Increased cooperation between EU and South Africa consilium.europa.eu
United Nations: Estonia also rejects UN Migration Pact spiegel.de
Myanmar: Bangladesh wants to return Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, but they are too scared to go time.com

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

I believe with every fiber of my being that the course I have set out is the right one for our country and all our people.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to fight on in the face of intense opposition to her Brexit deal.
cnn.com

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Swedish Centre Party leader to head new government talks: Sweden’s parliament speaker Andreas Norlen has asked Centre Party leader Annie Lööf on Thursday to explore the possibility of forming a new government and break two months of political deadlock since an inconclusive election. The Swedish parliament has voted out Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Lofven but also rejected Ulf Kristersson, head of the four-party, centre-right Alliance bloc as head of a new administration, putting attempts at forming a government back to square one. Lööf was given a week, with the possibility of extension, to try to determine what kind of government would win approval from the parliament.
politico.eu, reuters.com

Navalny arrests were politically motivated: Europe’s top human rights court has found that the repeated detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was politically motivated. In a ruling released on its website, the Strasbourg-based court ruled that seven arrests of the Russian corruption whistleblower dating from 2012 to 2014 were politically motivated under the terms of the European convention on human rights, to which Russia is a partner. The arrests were aimed at suppressing political pluralism in Russia, the ruling said. Navalny, a leading critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been repeatedly detained, arrested and charged since 2012, including being convicted for fraud, an act that he has called politically motivated.
bbc.com, theguardian.com

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Protesters call for Babis‘ resignation: Several thousand protesters gathered in Prague on Thursday to demand that Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis resign over suspected criminal corruption. Public criticism against Babis intensified after his son told a Czech media outlet that he had been involuntarily held in Crimea in an attempt to hinder the corruption probe. Czech prosecutors charge Babis, his son and another one of his children with pocketing some 2 million euros from an EU subsidy a decade ago. Babis, a billionaire, has dismissed the allegations. Opposition parties have called for a no confidence vote in Babis‘ coalition government. The speaker of the lower house said the vote is likely to be held on 23 November.
dw.com

Coalition crisis in Israel: Netanyahu cancels trip to Austria next week cnn.com

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

Morocco inaugurates Africa’s fastest train: Morocco has inaugurated Africa’s fastest train which will halve travelling time between the commercial and industrial hubs of Casablanca and Tangier. After seven years of work on the high-speed railway line, King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron boarded the train for the inaugural trip from Tangier to the capital Rabat. The train will more than halve the 200 km Casablanca-Tangier journey to around two hours.
reuters.com

 

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