Monday, 11 November 2019: Chancellor Javid insists that election is free of Russian money, Merkel and Maas defend Nato after Macron’s rebuke, Socialists win election in Spain, Iohannis poised for victory in Romanian presidential vote


Chancellor Javid insists that election is free of Russian money: A row has broken out over the publication of an intelligence report from Parliament’s Intelligence Security Committee (ISC) into Russian covert actions in the UK, with critics saying Downing Street is stalling on its release until after the election. Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid told the BBC on Sunday that he was absolutely sure that no Russian money was pulling the strings of the UK general election. Javid said the timescale for the publication of the report was perfectly normal. CNN reported witnesses told the ISC that Moscow built up a network of friendly British diplomats, lawyers, parliamentarians and other influencers from across the political spectrum.,

Conservatives warn of economic crisis under Labour: Finance Minister Sajid Javid has claimed that Labour’s spending plans would trigger an economic crisis within months if the party won the election, citing a contested dossier published by his Conservative Party. Javid said Labour’s proposals would leave the UK on the brink of bankruptcy. Labour immediately dismissed the report, which said it would increase spending by 1.2 trillion pounds over the next five years, calling it fake news. Labour’s election coordinator, Andrew Gwynne, rejected the figure as an absolute work of fiction. The Labour Party has yet to publish its 2019 election manifesto, detailing its policies and spending proposals. Senior Labour figures will meet next weekend to decide which policies passed by the party’s annual conference will become manifesto proposals for government, with some unlikely to be confirmed.,,

Royal family pays respects at Remembrance Day service: The Queen and members of the royal family paid their respects at the annual Remembrance Day Service at The Cenotaph in London on Sunday to all those who died in conflicts. Prince Charles laid a wreath of poppies during the service on behalf of the Queen, who was watching from a balcony. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrats Party leader Jo Swinson broke away from the election campaign to attend the ceremony. The ceremony is an annual service that is held on the Sunday closest to 11 November, the day World War I ended in 1918.,

Conservatives: Brian Mawhinney, former Tory cabinet minister, dies aged 79
General election: Labour’s Keith Vaz will not stand for re-election
Harry Dunn crash: Parents’ abuse of power claims against Dominic Raab without foundation, says government


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Merkel and Maas defend Nato after Macron’s rebuke: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas defended Nato as indispensable to Europe’s security after French President Emmanuel Macron lamented that US leadership caused the brain death of Nato and criticised the alliance’s lack of coordination. Maas warned that it would be a mistake to undermine Nato. He said Macron was right to focus on building a strong and sovereign Europe and admitted that European countries needed to cooperate better and take on more responsibility for their own security. However, Maas added that Europe would still need Nato for many years to come. Merkel also said European Nato members should take on more responsibility. She praised joint defence projects between France and Germany, including developing fighter jets and tanks. At the same time, Merkel said the German army needed adequate financial resources to meet current challenges. Maas repeated his call for the creation of a European Security Council.,

Bolivian President Morales resigns: Bolivian President Evo Morales has resigned amid turmoil following his disputed re-election last month. The Vice-President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, and Senate President Adriana Salvatierra, have also resigned. On Sunday, the army and police chiefs had urged Morales to quit to restore peace to a country shaken by weeks of protests. Demonstrators and the Bolivian opposition accused electoral authorities of manipulating the vote count in favour of Morales, the country’s longtime socialist leader. Tensions first flared on the night of the presidential election after the results count was inexplicably stopped for 24 hours. Morales denied the allegations and declared himself the winner. International monitors including the Organisation of American States (OAS) called for the election result to be annulled, saying they had found clear manipulations of the vote.,,

Trade: EU-Singapore trade deal enters into force this month
Digital agenda: Parliamentary hearing of French EU Commission candidate Breton on Thursday
Climate: G20 countries miss climate targets


Walls of frustration, walls of anger and hatred; walls of speechlessness and alienation; walls that are invisible but still divide; walls that stand in the way of our cohesion.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned that 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, new walls have been built across Germany.


Socialists win election in Spain: The governing Socialist Party (PSOE) of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has won the most seats in the general election but fallen short of a majority. The opposition conservative Popular Party (PP) came in second place, while the far-right Vox party came third, increasing its vote share by more than double. With Podemos having lost some ground and Mas Pais securing only a handful of seats, there is no clear left-wing majority. The Socialists’ arch-rivals on the right, the PP, have recovered many of the seats they lost in April’s ballot. Both the PSOE and the PP will struggle to form a coalition government without involving smaller parties as 176 seats are required for a majority.,

Iohannis poised for victory in Romanian presidential vote: Incumbent President Klaus Iohannis will likely face a runoff with Social Democrat leader Viorica Dancila, partial results showed. The centrist liberal received some 36% support, with Dancila in second place with 24%. Final results from the first round will take a while to be tallied, due to a record 650,000 votes from Romanians abroad that need to be processed. The second round is scheduled for 24 November. Observers said a win for Iohannis might bolster the National Liberal Party’s chance of forming a stronger coalition after next year’s parliamentary election and restore investor confidence eroded by several years of political instability and high levels of public spending.,

Austria’s Greens open to coalition talks with conservatives: Austria’s Greens have said they are willing to enter coalition talks with former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s conservative party, opening the door to negotiations that could bring them into national government for the first time. Despite their starkly different political programmes, Kurz’s party and the Greens held several weeks of preliminary talks that finished on Friday. Kurz is expected to make a statement formal talks with the Greens on Monday after consulting party allies.

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Thousands march in Paris against Islamophobia: Thousands of people marched through Paris on Sunday in an anti-Islamophobia demonstration. Organisers said they had called the rally in a sign of support two weeks after a man with far-right connections fired shots in a mosque in the southwestern city of Bayonne, injuring two elderly men. However, some critics questioned the very definition of Islamophobia, saying that they felt Islamophobia meant that people were not allowed to criticise Islam as a religion.,

Greece: Chinese President Xi on visit to Athens
France: Government embraces facial recognition tech
Bosnia: Diplomatic blow-up after Macron calls Bosnia a ticking time-bomb
Sweden: Shooting at pizza parlor kills teen

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Piece of the Berlin wall for Trump: A group of German activists have sent US President Donald Trump a piece of the wall that divided East and West for nearly three decades. A section of the Berlin Wall was delivered to the White House on Saturday, however, officials refused to accept it. One of the messages painted on the slab warns that no wall lasts forever. Trump is planning on building a wall on the US border with Mexico.,


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