Monday, 8 January 2018: EU mourns death of former Commissioner Sutherland, UK Prime Minister May expected to reshuffle Cabinet, France remembers „Charlie Hebdo“ victims


EU mourns death of former Commissioner Peter Sutherland: EU officials remembered former European Commissioner Peter Sutherland as a true and committed European after he died Sunday at the age of 71. Sutherland became the youngest-ever European commissioner in 1985 at the age of 38, in charge of competition and briefly education under European Commission President Jacques Delors. Before that he worked as Ireland’s attorney general and later became director general of the World Trade Organisation.

British Prime Minister May expected to reshuffle Cabinet: The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to undergo a reshuffle on Monday after a series of high-profile departures. According to government sources, several ministers should expect to be axed. The departure of her right-hand man Damian Green before Christmas meant that some changes had to be made, May said Sunday in a recorded interview for the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show.” Key figures like Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Brexit Secretary David Davis are expected to keep their jobs.,

Migrants storm Morocco-Spain border: More than 200 African migrants stormed over a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Saturday, officials said, leaving some of them and a police officer injured. At least eight people died and 86 others were rescued after a rubber dinghy starting sinking in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, according to the Italian coast guard. About 119,000 migrants arrived in Italy from across the Mediterranean in 2017 and, according to the International Organisation for Migration, more than 3,100 died making the crossing.,

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Syrian army presses offensive in rebel stronghold: Syria’s army and its allies pressed further into the country’s largest remaining rebel stronghold on Sunday, capturing a town and several villages as they approached a military airport, a pro-Damascus media unit and a war monitor reported. Jordan said on Sunday that it will permit a one-time crane drop of UN aid to tens of thousands of displaced Syrians stranded in harsh conditions along the Jordan-Syria border.,

Weidmann: ECB should fix date to end bond purchases
BDS movement: Israel announces travel ban on pro-Palestinian boycott advocates


It is clear to me that we will have an enormous piece of work in front of us over the next few days but we are willing to take it on and to bring a good result.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned it will take enormous work to break Germany’s three-month political deadlock and form a new coalition government.


France remembers „Charlie Hebdo“ victims: French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the victims of a massacre at the offices of „Charlie Hebdo“ three years ago, laying a wreath outside the former premises of the satirical weekly on Sunday during a low-key ceremony to mark the attack’s third anniversary. The killing spree in Paris was the first in a series of deadly Islamist assaults in France. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, members of her government and journalists from the magazine were in attendance as the names of the victims were read out.

France plans privatisation law in asset sale push: The French government is planning a privatisation bill as part of its programme of asset sales, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in an interview, confirming that the state could cede control of some companies. Last year, the government outlined plans to sell stakes in order to finance a 10 billion euro innovation fund.

Left-right coalition in Italy possible: Italy could be headed for a left-right coalition government, as none of the three main parties look likely to win a majority, according to Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan. Early opinion polls for the March 4 election showed the populist 5Star Movement leading, followed by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni’s Democratic Party (PD). However, neither party appears likely to win the 40 percent share needed to establish a government.

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Nationalists look set to win Turkish Cypriot election: The conservative National Unity Party looks set to be the largest party in the Turkish Cypriot parliament after Sunday’s election, but it’s not yet clear whether the prior coalition will hold, according to preliminary results. Candidates from eight political parties ran in Sunday’s election in the northern Turkish Cypriot state, which is recognised only by Turkey, with more than 190,000 people eligible to vote.

Germany: Merkel courts SPD in exploratory coalition talks

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CNN host pulls plug on interview with White House aide: CNN’s Jake Tapper shut down his tense interview Sunday with President Donald Trump’s senior policy adviser after Stephen Miller continued to repeat pro-Trump and anti-Bannon talking points while also attacking CNN. Tapper called the aide’s constant interruptions ‚hysterical,‘ as he cut the interview short by announcing, ‚I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers‘ time.‘,



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