Friday, 23rd June 2017: EU confirms rollover of Russia sanctions, EU citizens allowed to stay in UK, Germany mourns unifier Kohl


EU confirms rollover of Russia sanctions: EU leaders agreed on Thursday to extend sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine by another six months, European Council President Donald Tusk said, confirming the bloc’s judgment that Moscow had failed to implement the conditions of the Minsk peace agreement. EU leaders meeting in Brussels also agreed on a plan for enhanced defence cooperation that could pave the way for a joint military force operating under an EU flag. Japan and the EU are nearing a broad agreement on a free trade pact, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and a senior EU trade official agreed on Wednesday.,,

EU citizens allowed to stay in UK: More than three million EU nationals living in the UK will be given the right to stay permanently after Brexit and treated like British citizens, British Prime Minister Theresa May told European leaders in Brussels. May also said that she did not want to break up families in a clear indication that the spouses and children of EU nationals who live abroad will be eligible to join them in the UK. A hard Brexit, meaning the UK’s departure from the EU’s single market as well as customs union, would result in thousands of job losses in the German automotive industry, says a new study.,

EU leaders ask for digital talks: On the eve of the EU summit, leaders from 17 EU countries asked European Council President Donald Tusk for highest-level talks on EU digital policy, saying it was the single market’s main engine and should receive stronger political support. The EU Commission announced its 16-point digital single market plan in 2015. Leaders who signed the letter want a plan for EU digital policy once the current Commission term ends in 2019.

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EU wins coveted Spanish award: The EU has won the coveted Princess of Asturias Award for Concord, otherwise known as the Spanish Nobel Prizes. The man behind the EU’s nomination, Socialist MEP Jonas Fernandez, told EFE that he wanted to raise morale at a time of crisis. With Brexit in the spotlight and populist threats circling the EU ship, Fernandez decided to submit the EU as a nominee for the award to the Princess of Asturias Foundation, coinciding with the bloc’s 60th birthday celebrations.

Council: EU leaders will discuss a number of priorities, including the digital single market


Despite gloomy predictions, it’s Europe that again is becoming a stable and positive point of reference for the whole world.
After years of crisis, European Union President Donald Tusk believes that the EU is on the road back to a solid international reputation.


Germany mourns unifier Kohl: Germany’s parliament honored former Chancellor Helmut Kohl in a memorial on Thursday, remembering him as the architect of German reunification. Norbert Lammert, the parliament speaker, said that because of Kohl the peaceful unity of Germany and a free and pacified Europe was a reality today. Kohl, who spearheaded German reunification in 1990 and was an architect of the euro, died Friday at age 87. Even as MPs stood for a minute’s silence, German TV news programmes were running reports of the escalating conflict within Helmut Kohl’s family.,

France presents new security bill: French President Emmanuel Macron’s new government presented a security bill Thursday to beef up police powers amid extremist threats to Europe. Macron insists the bill discussed at a Cabinet meeting won’t infringe on freedoms, but rights groups fear France is heading for a permanent state of emergency. His government is seeking to extend France’s existing state of emergency through Nov. 1, the time it will take the new security bill to pass through parliament. It would be the sixth extension of the measure since deadly attacks by extremists in Paris in November 2015.

Boris Johnson struggles to answer questions: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson struggled to answer basic questions about the Queen’s Speech in a radio interview, stumbling and stuttering several times. Johnson repeatedly paused and sighed, saying “hang on a second” a number of times as he was questioned by presenter Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4’s PM. Listeners can hear the loud rustling of papers in the background as he desperately tries to find an answer.,

Belgium arrests suspected contacts of Brussels station attacker: Belgian authorities made four arrests late Wednesday in the investigation into the terrorist attack in Brussels’ Central Station. Those arrested are thought to be regular contacts of suspect Oussama Zariouh, a 36-year-old Moroccan national who lived in the Molenbeek district of Brussels and was shot dead by soldiers Tuesday after he detonated explosives in an attempted attack at one of the busiest train stations in Brussels. The incident caused panic but no casualties. Later Thursday, prosecutors said all four had been released.

Germany: Bundestag cancels government funding of non-democratic parties

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃ Club of Rome seeks Associate Project & Communications Manager *** Goethe Institute seeks a manager (m/f) for the European learning platform project for regional training networks *** Goethe Institut seeks an assistant (m/f) for the project European Learning Platform for Regional Education Networks *** GIZ seeks Advisor (m/f) Economic Analysis and Policy *** IASS seeks Two Senior Research Associates (m/f) for the project “Co-Creation and Contemporary Policy Advice” *** CECIMO seeks EU Public Affairs Manager *** Huawei Technologies offers internship *** European Green Party seeks Campaign Manager, (Inserat schalten)


Trump doesn’t want poor people in his cabinet: US President Donald Trump offered an explanation Wednesday for why he has one of the wealthiest Cabinets in history. In cabinet positions, he just didn’t want a poor person, he said at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Trump named billionaire Wilbur Ross, who has made a fortune cobbling together dying companies, as his commerce secretary, and Todd Ricketts, part of the billionaire family that owns the Chicago Cubs, as deputy commerce secretary.



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