Monday, 4 December 2017: Half of Britons support a second vote on Brexit, Greece and lenders reach deal on reforms, Trump still undecided on Israel’s capital

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

Half of Britons support a second vote on Brexit: Half of Britons support a second vote on whether to leave the European Union and a majority think the government may be paying too much money to the EU to open the way to trade talks, according to a new opinion poll. The poll, published in the „Mail on Sunday“ newspaper, found 50 percent of people supported another vote on the final terms of Britain’s exit deal. The chair of the UK’s Social Mobility Commission has resigned, accusing the government of having achieved nothing on improving the life chances of people at the bottom of society because of the distraction provided by Brexit. British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday.
reuters.com, politico.eu, bloomberg.com

Greece and lenders reach deal on reforms: Greece and its international creditors reached a preliminary agreement on the measures Athens must adopt, thus paving the way for the disbursement of around 5 billion euros in funds next month and bringing the country a step closer to the end of years of bailout regimes. The agreement covers fiscal issues, energy and labour market reforms, bad loans and privatisations.
wsj.com, reuters.com

Puigdemont to stay in Belgium until after Catalan elections: Catalonia’s former president, Carles Puigdemont, will remain in Belgium until after the Catalan parliamentary elections on December 21, his lawyer said on Saturday. The ousted Catalonian leader kicked off his campaign for regional elections from Belgium in November. He is in the country fighting extradition back to Spain where he is wanted on charges of rebellion and sedition.
politico.eu

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Trump still undecided on Israel’s capital: US President Donald Trump has not yet made a decision on whether to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner said on Sunday. The White House is considering a possible presidential speech or statement on the Jerusalem designation by Wednesday, according to the officials and an outside administration adviser. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his backers to reword a contentious piece of legislation that could potentially stifle a police investigation against him, in what appeared to be an attempt to defuse rising public anger against the Israeli leader.
reuters.com, nytimes.com, theguardian.com

Syria: Kurds seize territory from IS with US, Russian support dw.com

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

In these stormy times, we need that type of press more urgently than ever.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised the „New York Times“ as a lighthouse of reason in an age of pandemic unreasonableness and a flagship of press freedom in laudatory speech on Sunday, as the newspaper was awarded Germany’s Marion-Dönhoff award in Hamburg.
dw.com

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

German SPD urged to join coalition by EU leaders: The head of Germany’s Social Democrats, Martin Schulz has said that he has received a number of phone calls and messages from French President Emmanuel Macron, urging him to form a ruling coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party. Schulz also said that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had asked him not to let this deciding phase in Europe go to pass. Schulz indicated that he would cherish the opportunity to work together with Macron and other European allies, saying that neither France nor Germany would be able to protect social democratic values on its own.
dw.com, euronews.com

Potsdam explosive package not terrorism: German authorities investigating the delivery of a package containing firecrackers, wires and nails to a pharmacy in the city of Potsdam said on Sunday it was criminal activity rather than terrorism. The parcel was delivered to a pharmacy near the Christmas market in the eastern city. It is now thought to have been more dangerous than initially thought. An employee said a loud hissing sound could be heard when the box was opened. Police said it was highly likely that the package could have exploded. Investigators issued warnings to the public to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.
reuters.com, euronews.com

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Germany offers refugees benefits in kind to return home: The German government is offering rejected asylum seekers benefits if they voluntarily return home. For years, Germany has provided rejected asylum seekers and others with financial help to return to their countries, including costs associated with travel and restarting life back home. On top of that, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said individuals can receive up to 1,000 euros if they voluntarily return home by the end of February. Families who agree to leave will be entitled to up to 3000 euros. The idea is meant to help with reintegration once back at home.
dw.com, politico.eu

Turkey: Journalist Deniz Yücel no longer in solitary confinement handelsblatt.com

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

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

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

German politician calls Merkel biggest lawbreaker of post-war history: Beatrix von Storch, a deputy leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany, or AfD, has described German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the greatest lawbreaker of German post-war history. During a speech she gave at the AfD party conference in Hannover on Saturday, Storch also said the real question was whether Germany as it is today would still exist in the future.
stern.de

 

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