Monday, 04 November 2019: Johnson apologises for missing Brexit deadline, German rescue ship docks in Italy, Macron sparks ire in Bulgaria over migrant remarks

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

Johnson apologises for missing Brexit deadline: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has apologised to Tory members who voted for him to become party leader for not taking Britain out of the EU on 31 October. Johnson described extensions as painful because they caused the country uncertainty. Pressed on whether the public could trust him to keep a promise and deliver on it, he said people should not forget the circumstances in which the Brexit extension happened, as it happened because parliament passed the Benn act earlier this autumn, which required Johnson to ask for an extension if he could not get his deal agreed by 19 October. Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s upstart Brexit Party, said on Sunday he would not stand in next month’s election.
theguardian.com, apnews.com, reuters.com

German rescue ship docks in Italy: After a week stranded at seas with 88 migrants onboard, German rescue ship „Alan Kurdi“ docked in the Italian port of Taranto on Sunday, following a deal among EU nations. Italy granted permission for migrants to disembark on Friday after Germany and other EU countries agreed to take in the migrants. The Italian offshore supply vessel „Asso Trenta“ has brought 151 migrants to Sicily after rescuing them in waters off Libya a day earlier. It wasn’t immediately known if they would stay in Italy or be distributed among other EU countries. While the Mediterranean Sea remains a deadly route for migrants attempting to reach the EU, the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR has warned that the African land journey to reach the Mediterranean coast remains far more lethal.
euronews.com (Alan Kurdi); yahoo.com (Asso Trenta), dw.com (UNHCR)

Turkey to send Isis fighters back to home countries: The Turkish government said on Saturday it would send foreign terrorist fighters captured in Syria back to their countries of origin. Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu criticised European governments for their refusal to take back nationals who joined Isis. Soylu said EU countries including the Netherlands and Britain had stripped some of the fighters of their nationality to prevent Turkey from sending them home. EU governments have been at odds over whether to repatriate people who went to Syria and Iraq to fight with terrorists.
france24.com, politico.eu

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Macron sparks ire in Bulgaria over migrant remarks: Bulgaria has announced that it will summon France’s ambassador to Sofia on Monday after comments about immigration by French President Emmanuel Macron sparked outrage. Ambassador Florence Robine would be asked for an explanation of the remarks in which Macron spoke of „clandestine networks of Bulgarians and Ukrainians“, Ivan Dimov, an advisor to Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, said. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev described Macron’s remarks as base and ham-handed. In an interview last week, Macron said he favoured legal quota-based migration to illegal workers, contrasting Guinean or Ivorian migrants who work legally to „clandestine gangs of Bulgarians and Ukrainians.“
france24.com, dw.com

Migrants found in back of truck in France: Officers carrying out a routine traffic check in southern France uncovered dozens of migrants in the back of a truck on Saturday. All 31 people on board were Pakistani nationals. The driver of the truck, who is also from Pakistan, was arrested by French authorities. Prosecutors will now try to determine whether a human smuggling ring is behind the operation. Should that prove not to be the case, the driver of the truck will be charged with aiding and abetting illegal immigration.
dw.com

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Spain offers to help Greta Thunberg attend UN climate summit: The Spanish government has offered to help Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg cross the Atlantic to attend the UN’s annual climate summit in December. The climate activist found herself on the wrong side of the pond after the COP25 conference was moved to Madrid. Spain offered to host the UN climate change conference, known formally as COP25, after Chile withdrew.
politico.eu, dw.com

Norway: Ugland says nine crew abducted by pirates from vessel off Benin reuters.com
Greece: Government passes tough asylum laws telegraph.co.uk
Ukraine: Trump says he would love to host Ukrainian President Zelensky at White House politico.eu
Germany: Chancellor Merkel wants one million electric car charge points by 2030 dw.com

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

politjobs.eu: Bitkom sucht Referent europäische Digitalpolitik (w/m) *** Int. Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory seeks Innovation Project Manager *** Int. Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory seeks Project Assistant for EU Funded Projects *** PwC seeks Public Affairs Senior Manager Belgium *** Johnson & Johnson seeks Policy Assistant, Government Affairs & Policy EMEA *** Public Policy Manager, Connectivity *** Ryanair offers Public Affairs internship
politjobs.eu, politjobs.eu/submit (Inserat schalten)

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

German city declares „Nazi emergency“: The German city of Dresden has declared a „Nazi emergency“, passing a resolution warning that the far-right was growing in strength in the eastern city. A local councilor said the term „Nazi emergency“ was an exaggerated formulation for the fact that there was a serious problem – similar to the climate emergency – with right-wing extremism and racism. Anti-immigrant sentiment runs high in the state of Saxony, of which Dresden is the capital.
cnn.com, cbsnews.com

 

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