⊂ EUROPE ⊃
Many dead after plane makes fiery emergency landing in Moscow: Forty-one people were killed on Sunday when a Russian passenger jet made an emergency landing at a Moscow airport, trailing a gigantic plume of flame and black smoke and skidding to a stop on fire. Video showed passengers leaping out of the plane onto inflatable evacuation slides and staggering across the airport’s tarmac and grass, some holding luggage. The airport said in a statement that the plane, which had taken off from Sheremetyevo Airport for the northern city of Murmansk, turned back for unspecified technical reasons and made a hard landing that started the fire. Aeroflot, Russia’s national carrier, said the plane was forced to return to the airport for technical reasons, but did not elaborate. Some passengers blamed bad weather and lightning. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a special committee to investigate the disaster.
nytimes.com, time.com, bbc.com, telegraph.co.uk
Trump vows tariff hike on Chinese goods: US President Donald Trump has dramatically increased pressure on China to reach a trade deal by announcing on Sunday he would increase US tariffs on Chinese goods this week and target hundreds of billions more soon. Trump said tariffs on $200 billion of goods would increase to 25% on Friday from 10%, reversing a decision he made in February to keep them at the 10% rate after progress between the two sides. The president said that trade talks with China were continuing, but were moving too slowly as Beijing tries to re-negotiate. Chinese officials are scheduled to meet their US counterparts in Washington on Wednesday after meeting in Beijing last week for a round that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin described as productive.
G7 debates environmental protection: Environment ministers of the G7 nations met in France on Sunday, a day ahead of the release of what is expected to be another alarming report on the state of the planet. Ministers from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States gathered for the two-day meeting in the northeastern city of Metz to discuss measures to tackle deforestation, plastic pollution and the degradation of coral reefs and try to form alliances between nations to act on them. The mayor of the German town of Konstanz, Ulrich Burchardt, has defended the town’s new climate emergency measures.
france24.com (G7); zeit.de (Germany)
⊂ QUOTES ⊃
“Let’s do a deal.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May has made an appeal for a compromise Brexit plan with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃
Pendarovski wins North Macedonia’s presidential runoff: North Macedonia’s pro-Western presidential candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, appeared set to win a run-off election on Sunday, according to preliminary results. With nearly all ballots counted, Pendarovski, a joint candidate of the governing Social Democrats and 30 smaller parties, had about 52% of the vote, compared with about 45% for his opponent, Gordana Siljanovska Davkova. In February, Macedonian lawmakers ratified a deal to change the country’s name officially to the Republic of North Macedonia, formally ending the dispute with Greece. The current president, Gjorge Ivanov, who opposed the deal with Greece, leaves office this month because of term limits.
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Pope urges Bulgaria to open its heart to refugees: Making his first visit to Bulgaria, Pope Francis on Sunday pointedly appealed for care for migrants in one of the corners of Europe that has been most unwelcoming to them. After a meeting Sunday with President Rumen Radev in the capital, Sofia, Francis noted that Bulgaria was familiar with the drama of emigration. The country is losing its youth and educated classes to opportunities abroad and has, according to the United Nations, the fastest-shrinking population in the world. The Pope called on Bulgaria to strive to create conditions that lead young people to invest their energies and plan their future, knowing that in their homeland they could have the possibility of leading a dignified life. He also urged government officials not to close their eyes and hearts to migrants.
Italy: Strife-ridden coalition faces showdown over graft case reuters.com
France 1: Government to ban electric scooters from pavements after rise in accidents independent.co.uk
France 2: Lowest turnout for “Yellow Vest” protests after May Day clashes reuters.com
Greece: Prime Minister Tsipras on visit to Crete handelsblatt.com
⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃
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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃
Puigdemont can run in EU election: Spain’s Supreme Court has ruled that exiled former Catalan leaders should be able to run in the European election, but left the final decision to a lower court. The court said there were no reasons for ineligibility, but told Madrid judges to make a final decision because it is within their competency to do so. Former Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont and two others had appealed a decision by the Central Election Commission to exclude them from participating in this month’s European Parliament election because they do not reside in Spain. All three fled the country in 2017 following an independence referendum deemed illegal by the Spanish judiciary and a subsequent declaration of independence by the regional parliament.