Monday, 6 July 2020: Austrian police probe murder of Chechan critic as political hit, Spain imposes second local coronavirus lockdown in two days, Croatia’s ruling party HDZ wins parliamentary vote

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

Italy allows migrants to disembark rescue ship after suicide attempts: Close to 180 migrants aboard the private rescue ship “Ocean Viking” will be transferred to a quarantine vessel this Monday, soon after Italy carries out coronavirus testing on board. The migrants have been on the ship operated by SOS Mediterranee for over a week, with hunger strikes and suicide attempts on board prompting the charity to declare a state of emergency on Friday. The pandemic had resulted in a refusal to allow the immediate disembarkation of migrants rescued at sea by both Italy and Malta, resulting in heightened tensions. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has called on more EU states to accept migrants rescued from the Mediterranean, stating that only five or six countries have done so. Seehofer told the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” that he hoped a new political agreement on migration will be pushed under Germany’s EU presidency.
dw.com, france24.com, tagesspiegel.de, welt.de

Coronavirus will change global economy profoundly, says ECB: The economic crisis spawned by the pandemic will cause a deep shift in the global economy towards more ecology and digitisation and different ways of working, said European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde on Saturday. The experience of the past few months, in manufacturing, labour and trade, will probably bring about an evolution towards a more sustainable and more ecological way of life, she said. As examples, Lagarde cited telecommuting, which, she said, will transform the ways in which all wage-earners work, at least in the developed countries-, accelerated digitisation in services, and increased automatisation in industries.
brusselstimes.com

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EU Budget Commissioner Hahn says plastic tax and digital tax are possible handelsblatt.com
Competition: EU puts pressure on tech giants wsj.com
Religious leaders: EU must do more for religious freedom dw.com

⊂ QUOTE OF THE DAY ⊃

Greeks have matured a lot. And we want to do our own reforms.
Greece will not accept strict EU conditions on the use of coronavirus emergency aid, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the “Financial Times” in an interview published on Sunday.
ft.com, nytimes.com

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Austrian police probe murder of Chechan critic as political hit: Austrian counter-terrorism authorities have begun an investigation after a man believed to be an ethnic Chechen was shot dead near the capital Vienna, police officials said Sunday. Police detained a Russian man following a car chase in the city of Linz. A second man, who had initially been considered a witness, was arrested later on Sunday and taken in investigative custody. Austrian and Russian media reported that the victim came from the Russian republic of Chechnya in the Northern Caucasus. Austrian media reported that the assassination was possibly politically motivated. Meanwhile, coronavirus cases have been reported at three meat-processing facilities in Austria.
dw.com, foxnews.com (Murder); dw.com (Slaughterhouses)

Spain imposes second local coronavirus lockdown in two days: The northwestern Spanish region of Galicia imposed restrictions on about 70,000 people on Sunday following a coronavirus outbreak. People living in A Marina along Spain’s northern coast in the province of Lugo will not be able to leave the area until Friday. Regional Health Minister Jesus Vazquez Almuina told a news conference on Sunday that the biggest outbreaks were linked to several bars in the area. Spain’s autonomous Catalonia region also had to reinstate a lockdown for some 200,000 residents on Saturday, following a sharp increase in coronavirus cases. Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Sunday that the ministry was following the situations in Galicia and Catalonia very closely.
reuters.com, politico.eu

Croatia’s ruling party HDZ wins parliamentary vote: Croatia’s ruling centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) has won the country’s parliamentary election. The official results after around 60% of votes were counted gave the HDZ 68 seats in the 151-seat parliament, while its top opponent, the Social Democrats (SDP) and its small allies, secured 43 seats. The election was originally planned for the end of this year. But hoping to capitalise on what appeared to be a good performance in tackling the pandemic, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic moved the election a few months forward. Experts believe he also wanted to hold elections before the coronavirus’ economic fallout is fully felt by the public.
reuters.com, dw.com

Italy considers compulsory admission for coronavirus patients: The Italian government is examining the possibility of compulsory hospital admission for Covid-19 patients who could cause new infections if they don’t self-isolate. Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza told “La Repubblica” newspaper that he was considering the possibility of compulsory medical care in cases where a person needs treatment and refuses.
rep.repubblica.it, rnd.de

Greece extends lockdown at refugee camps: The Greek government has announced an extension of its coronavirus lockdown measures in its reception centres for migrants and refugees through to 19 July. Critics have accused the government of using the pandemic as an excuse to further seal off the camps. Meanwhile, the government announced that it would not allow Serbian visitors in from 6 July until 15 July.
stern.de (Migrant camps), nytimes.com (Serbia)

Germany criticises Turkey’s Syria invasion tagesspiegel.de
Poland: President Duda wants to ban adoption by same-sex couples theguardian.com
Netherlands: Identity cards without gender n-tv.de
France: President Macron to reveal new cabinet this Monday politico.eu

⊂ POLITJOBS ⊃

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 interior ministry halts study into racial profiling by police: The interior ministry announced on Sunday that research planned to investigate alleged racial profiling by German police forces had been cancelled. The ministry cited Interior Minister Horst Seehofer as saying there was no need. Seehofer believes that as racial profiling by the federal police is prohibited, it does not have to be separately examined. SPD politician Kevin Kühnert said according to this logic, all speed cameras could be dismantled immediately since driving too fast was also not allowed.
dw.com, welt.de

 

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