⊂ EUROPE ⊃
No agreement at UN climate conference: Officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States and Iran cast doubt on UN scientists’ findings and their recommendations at the United Nations climate change conference in Germany. The climate talks ended on Thursday with little progress made. Some delegates accused oil producing countries of trying to erase the science on keeping the world’s temperatures below 1.5C. Small island states believe keeping temperatures below 1.5C this century is critical to their survival. Britain’s new target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 became law on Thursday, making it the first among the major G7 countries to set such a goal. The French parliament has declared a climate emergency in the midst of a heat wave. Denmark’s new government has agreed on a political programme that aims to promote one of the most ambitious climate policies in the world.
dw.com, bbc.com (Conference); reuters.com (UK); euronews.com (France); euractiv.com (Denmark)
EU calls for solution for migrant rescue ship: The EU called on Italy on Thursday to help find a swift resolution for the migrants aboard the charity ship “Sea-Watch 3”, which entered Italian waters in defiance of a ban from Rome. EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the EU was coordinating with member states to find a solution but that the ship needed to land. He said a solution for the people on board was only possible once they were disembarked. There were 53 migrants rescued by the “Sea-Watch 3” off Libya and Italy has already taken in 11 vulnerable people on medical or humanitarian grounds. But it has refused to take in the others, saying they should be taken either to Germany or to the Netherlands.
Iran will stick with nuclear deal for now: International powers are set for talks to persuade Iran to abandon its efforts to enrich uranium, after Iran temporarily held back on its threat to breach the 2015 nuclear deal. The temporary reprieve follows pressure from European leaders, especially French President Emmanuel Macron. Iran is now waiting on the outcome of talks at the G20 Summit in Japan this weekend, and more critically, negotiations with EU powers plus China and Russia in Vienna on Friday. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned that US President Donald Trump’s view that a conflict with Iran would be a short war was an illusion and that his threat of obliteration amounted to threatening genocide.
theguardian.com (Deal); reuters.com (Zarif)
EU Cybersecurity Act goes into effect: The EU Cybersecurity Act went into effect on Thursday, creating new measures that give more power and resources to the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) to better support national authorities with tackling cybersecurity threats. The new rules also equip Europe with cybersecurity certification framework of products, processes and services. The threat of electronic security has the EU on high alert, but it is also caused difficulty among member states. Not every member state has the same concern when it comes to electronic security or wants to hand over sensitive information.
Trade: EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreement to be signed this week governmenteuropa.eu
G20 summit: All eyes on Trump-Xi trade war showdown bbc.com
Brexit: Barclay and Barnier clash on citizens’ rights under no-deal Brexit theguardian.com
⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃
Czech prime minister Babis survives no-confidence vote: Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ minority government has survived a no-confidence vote. The no-confidence motion, called by the opposition, secured just 85 votes in the 200-seat lower house of parliament after 17 hours of debate. Babis, a billionaire-turned-politician, faces investigations into fraud accusations, conflict of interest and the abuse of EU subsidies by his business empire. The no-confidence vote was prompted by a preliminary report by EU Commission auditors that found Babis still has influence over Agrofert, a sprawling agriculture, food and media empire.
German Chancellor Merkel seen shaking again: German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady at an event in Berlin on Thursday and was seen briefly shaking for the second time in recent weeks. The incident took place during a farewell ceremony for outgoing Justice Minister Katarina Barley. At one point, Merkel was offered a glass of water but turned it down. Reporters said she appeared fine when she arrived in the German parliament 30 minutes later. Last Tuesday, Merkel’s whole body began shaking as she stood outside alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, sparking concerns about her health.
Gunman wounds two at French mosque: A gunman shot and wounded an imam and another person outside a mosque in the western French city of Brest on Thursday, police said. The suspect was later found dead with a bullet wound in his head in an apparent suicide in the nearby town of Guipavas. It was not immediately clear why he made the attack. France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said it was evaluating the situation and whether there was a reason to suspect terrorist motives.
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Man arrested in Germany over 2015 Paris attacks: A Bosnian national wanted in connection with the 2015 Paris terror attacks has been arrested in Germany, police and prosecutors said on Thursday. The 39-year-old suspect was detained on a European arrest warrant issued by the Belgian authorities. He was accused of abetting a terrorist organisation linked to the terror attacks. The prosecutor’s office said that he had been targeted during a separate investigation against two Bosnian nationals suspected of violating a weapons control law. In 2015, gunmen targeted attacked several sites in Paris, including the Bataclan concert hall, killing 130 people.
Germany 1: Two more arrests over murder of politician politico.eu
Germany 2: Small uptick in far-right extremist violence dw.com
Ceremony: Hungary and Austria mark 30th anniversary of Iron Curtain opening hungarytoday.hu
⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃
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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃
Twitter to flag abusive tweets by world leaders: Twitter has announced that it will start labelling tweets from influential government officials who break its rules against bullying and abusive behaviour. Over the last few years, users have questioned why Twitter does not take down tweets from US President Donald Trump that appear to violate its content policies. While the blog post does not address Trump by name, it says the new rule will apply to verified government officials, representatives or candidates for a government position who have more than 100,000 followers.