⊂ EUROPE ⊃
Greek stock market reopens: The creditors want Athens to enact a third wave of reforms before they will release any money. Greece is hoping for more than 20 billion euros in bailout aid. Out of protest against the agreement reached with lenders, 17 representatives from the Communist Organization of Greece resigned from the Syriza Central Committee. Greece had formed a contingency plan to open corruption investigations into German companies in the case of an exit from the eurozone, according to a recent report.
theguardian.com, reuters.com, dw.com
EU succession regulation: New rules being introduced by the European Commission on August 17 will allow individuals across EU member states to choose whether their foreign assets will be governed under local succession rules, or those in their country of nationality. An EU citizen with holiday homes or assets in France, Italy, Spain and other European countries will no longer be obliged to meet local rules that dictate who must inherit their foreign investments.
Refugee situation at the Channel Tunnel: A crowd of around 200 refugees who were attempting to get to Britain made a mass attempt to gain access to the Channel Tunnel near Calais in northern France. Both the UK and France have asked other EU nations to deal with the root causes of the issue. Both British Home Secretary Theresa May and her French counterpart have described the situation as a global migration crisis. On Saturday far-right protesters gathered close to a pro-migrant rally near the entrance to the British side of the Channel Tunnel.
euronews.com (breach), euronews.com (protest)
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EU cybersecurity agency lacks funds for research: The European Network and Information Security Agency has admitted it is unprepared for the advent of the internet of things, lacking the money and expertise to meet the challenges posed by the much hyped move towards digitally connected devices. The internet of things can connect up to 20 billion devices by 2020, according to the EU Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy.
European car manufacturers will profit from TTIP: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is expected to raise EU-US car trade by at least 20 percent, according to a study by the Petersen Institute of International Economics. Mutual recognition of auto regulations across the Atlantic could bring over 18 billion euros per year for the EU and the U.S. economies, with the EU set to win the lion’s share with up to 90 percent of the total gains.
Sea Watch is on a rescue mission: At first the “Sea Watch” crew only wanted to call attention to refugees in the Mediterranean, document what was happening, and provide access to help. Now the crew rescues migrants almost daily. Ships such as the EU border protection agency “Frontex” don’t do anything unless they are directly asked for help, although the agency should know exactly what is happening in the Mediterranean, the activists say.
Unemployment rate: Numbers are stable at 11.1 percent in the eurozone and 9.6 percent in the entire EU europa.eu
Middle East conflict: EU statement on arson attack in the West Bank eeas.europa.eu
Tunisia: EU funding to strengthen security sector and support socio-economic and regional development europa.eu
Eurobarometer: Immigration seen as the major challenge facing the EU europa.eu
Holocaust: Statement by First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Jourova europa.eu
Inflation rate: Eurozone inflation is expected to be 0.2 percent in July 2015 europa.eu
⊂ QUOTES ⊃
“The Greeks have built such high bureaucratic hurdles that foreigners are practically unable to get an island. Whoever wants an island needs up to 30 permits – from the Defense Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry, the forestry office, and from the community. After the eighth permit, most people give up.”
The Greek island broker Mr. Vladi dispels rumors about purchases of Greek islands.
“Under no circumstance will there be independence for Catalonia. My government will maintain unity in Spain.”
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warns of the risk posed by Catalonia region’s drive to break away from Spain.
⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃
Situation in Turkey escalates further: Two Turkish soldiers have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide attack by militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, on Sunday. In a separate attack, one soldier was killed and four others were injured when their military vehicle hit a land mine. Since July 24th, Turkey has carried out hundreds of air raids on PKK bases on both sides of the Iraq-Turkey border.
Decentralisation in Ukraine takes next hurdle: Despite several announcements of a weapons withdrawal in the war zone, the conflicting parties in eastern Ukraine have once again started firing at each other. There was one person reported dead and several injured. On Friday, the Ukrainian Constitutional Court gave the green light for one of President Petro Poroshenko’s most important projects: the decentralisation of the country.
Merkel could have absolute majority: A recent opinion poll shows that German Chancellor Angela Merkel could win an absolute majority if an election were held next week. The Emnid poll for the weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag put support for Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) at 43 percent. Merkel has been chancellor since 2005 and is currently in a coalition with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD).
Crimean Tatar World Congress: Hundreds of ethnic Crimean Tatar groups from around a dozen countries are attending a major world congress in the Turkish capital Ankara. Since the beginnnin of the year more than 15,000 Crimean Tatars have left the peninsula, feeling suppressed by the Russian government. The congress discussed what they call international cooperation against illegal acts and pressure from Russia on Crimean Tatars.
Dispute over warships: Russian media reported Paris and Moscow had reached a compensation accord for the cancellation of the delivery of two French-made Mistral warships. French President Hollande denied the reports that claimed France has agreed to pay compensation. The French-built warships were due to be sold to Russia under a contract struck four years ago. Hollande said no agreement had been reached, though discussions were under way.
Georgia: European Youth Olympic Festival euronews.com
Finland: Neonazi protesters storm departement store derstandard.at
France: Roads gridlocked in holiday getaway euronews.com
Great Britain: Bin Laden family jet crashes euronews.com
⊂ DATA ⊃
20,000 participants are allowed to attend the World Climate Summit 2015 in Paris. Around 24,000 people are vying for the remaining 7,000 available spaces.
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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃
German-Polish memory: The film “Warsaw 44” shows the revolt in August 1944 from the perspective of young Poles. It is the answer to a German film called “Our mothers, our fathers”, which was heavily criticized in Poland. The Poles could see how Germans portrayed crucial parts of the war, now the Germans see the Polish perspective. None of this, however, was planned. The two films with their two perspectives were made independent of each other.