Monday, 03 December 2018: Putin accuses Ukraine of not wanting peace, Thousands march ahead of UN climate summit, French premier Philippe to hold talks with „Yellow Vests“

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

Putin accuses Ukraine of not wanting peace: Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the Ukraine of not wanting a peaceful solution to its conflict with Russia. Putin said during the G20 summit on Saturday that he saw no end to the Ukraine crisis as long as the current Ukrainian government remained in power. German politicians have criticised Putin’s statements and called on the Russian president to work with the current government in Kiev. Putin also said on Saturday there had been no discussion with Ukraine about the possible release of the Ukrainian sailors who were seized along with their ships by Russia last month. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Putin have agreed to hold further discussions on Russia’s recent naval action against Ukrainian ships in the Azov Sea.
stern.de, reuters.com, politico.eu

Thousands march ahead of UN climate summit: Against the backdrop of an alarming rate of natural disasters and warnings of runaway global warming, envoys from nearly 200 countries gathered in Katowice, Poland, to flesh out details of the implementation of the 2015 Paris agreement. On Sunday, four former UN climate talk presidents issued a statement calling for urgent action to tackle climate change. Co2 emissions have risen in the last four years, according to UN data. Each country will decide for itself how it plans to cut carbon emissions. The Paris agreement does not become operational until 2020, but before then, officials will have to decide on how to measure, report and verify greenhouse gas emissions, and how climate finance will be provided to poorer nations. Thousands of protesters gathered on Saturday in Berlin, Cologne, and Brussels to demand bolder measures to combat climate change.
dw.com, reuters.com, euronews.com, bbc.com

G20 nations agree on trade and migration: The leaders of the world’s largest economic powers on Saturday backed an overhaul of the global body that regulates international trade disputes. The Group of 20 industrialised nations called for reforms to the crisis-stricken World Trade Organisation amid growing global trade tensions, in a final statement from the two-day summit in Buenos Aires. The communique recognised trade as an important engine of global growth but made only a passing reference to the current trade issues, without providing any details. On climate change, the United States once again marked its differences with the rest of the G20 by reiterating in the statement its decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and its commitment to using all energy sources. US President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday night during a dinner with world leaders.
cnbc.com, politico.eu

Trade truce between US and China: US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks. Trump will leave tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports at 10% at the beginning of the new year, agreeing to not raise them to 25% at this time, the White House said in a statement. China will buy a very substantial amount of agricultural, industrial and energy products, the US says. Meanwhile, Beijing announced that the two sides agreed to open up their markets. Trump and Xi also agreed to immediately start talks on structural changes with respect to forced technology transfers, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services and agriculture. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to „muck around“ in the US midterm elections, of duplicity in arms control and of acting irresponsibly in last weekend’s naval confrontation with Ukraine.
bbc.com, reuters.com, nbcnews.com (Russia)

Financial transaction tax: Germany and France to outline EU financial transaction tax proposal uk.reuters.com
Khashoggi: US Secretary of State Pompeo doubles down on US support for Saudi Arabia cnn.com

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

I will never forget the role he played in making Europe a safer and more united place following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain.
Following the death of former US President George H. W. Bush, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the world had lost a statesman and a leader who was „an example to us all“.
politico.eu

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

French premier Philippe to hold talks with „Yellow Vests“: French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered his prime minister Edouard Philippe to hold talks with political leaders and demonstrators of the „Yellow Vests“ movement after scenes of chaos erupted in Paris on Saturday. Paris police said 133 people were injured, including 23 police officers, as crowds trashed the streets of the capital Saturday. Officers fired tear gas and used water cannon to tamp down the violence as protesters torched cars, smashed windows, looted stores and tagged the Arc de Triomphe with spray paint. Protesters had scrawled „Macron resign“ and “The yellow vests will triumph” on the monument. Macron visited the Arc de Triomphe and held an emergency meeting on Sunday. The French presidency said in a statement that Macron had asked his interior minister to prepare security forces for more protests and the prime minister to hold talks with political party leaders and representatives of the protesters. Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux had earlier indicated the administration could impose a state of emergency on Sunday, but Macron has opted for dialogue.
euronews.com, time.com

Thousands in Georgia protest against presidential election results: More than 20,000 protesters on Sunday gathered in the Georgian capital Tbilisi to protest the run-off presidential election, saying the vote had been rigged. International observers, in their assessment of the election, said on Thursday that the vote was competitive, but the ruling party had enjoyed an undue advantage and increased misuse of administrative resources further blurred the line between party and state. Earlier this week, Georgia elected its first female president, Salome Zurabishvili, who beat out opposition candidate Grigol Vashadze, who in turn enjoyed the backing of former president and fugitive Mikheil Saakashvili.
reuters.com, dw.com

Migrants brought to Malta after long standoff: Eleven migrants who were stranded on a Spanish fishing boat for more than a week after being rescued off Libya were brought to Malta on Sunday. The vessel was initially refused entry by Italy, Malta and Spain. Denmark’s government has announced that foreign criminals sentenced to deportation are to be banished to a remote island off the coast of Denmark. Finance minister Kristian Jensen said the criminals will be detained at a facility on Lindholm, an uninhabited seven-hectare island in the province of Vordingborg.
reuters.com (Malta), telegraph.co.uk (Denmark)

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Catalan separatist leaders go on hunger strike: Two Catalan separatist leaders said on Saturday they were starting a hunger strike in protest over the treatment they have received by Spain’s judiciary. Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull announced in a joint statement that they had started refusing food to protest at the failure of Spanish courts to process numerous appeals in relation to their cases. Sanchez told „Reuters“ in an interview last week that he was convinced he would not get a fair trial in Spain, but believed he and other separatist leaders would be acquitted by the European Court of Human Rights. Spain’s far-right Vox party won 12 seats in an election in Andalusia on Sunday, in the first electoral success for the far-right since the country’s return to democracy in the late 1970s.
reuters.com, euronews.com, reuters.com (Andalusia)

Sweden: Social Democratic leader gets more time to form a government uk.reuters.com

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

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politjobs.eu, politjobs.eu/submit (Inserat schalten)

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

Hanukkah in Berlin: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal celebrated the beginning of Hanukkah on Sunday by lighting a massive menorah in Berlin. Despite rainy weather, they lit the first light on the 10-metre (33-foot) menorah, which is the largest in Europe. Steinmeier noted that the ceremony at the Brandenburg Gate comes 80 years after the Nazi’s anti-Jewish „Night of Broken Glass“ pogrom and in the shadow of the Holocaust.
dw.com

 

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