Monday, November 11th 2019: Merkel and Maas defend Nato after Macron’s rebuke, Socialists win election in Spain, Iohannis poised for victory in Romanian presidential vote

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

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 criticized 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 defense 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.
dw.com, reuters.com

Bolivian President Morales resigns: Bolivian President Evo Morales has resigned amid turmoil following his disputed reelection 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 favor 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 Organization of American States (OAS) called for the election result to be annulled, saying they had found clear manipulations of the vote.
bbc.com, reuters.com, cnn.com

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

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

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.
dw.com

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

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.
bbc.com, reuters.com

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 November 24th. 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.
dw.com, theguardian.com

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 programs, 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.
reuters.com

Thousands march in Paris against Islamophobia: Thousands of people marched through Paris on Sunday in an anti-Islamophobia demonstration. Organizers 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 criticize Islam as a religion.
reuters.com, france24.com

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

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

politjobs.eu: Alfa Fellowship Program seeks Young German, British, and American Leaders *** FTA seeks Regulatory Affairs Advisor (m/f) *** Bayer seeks Trainee (m/f) *** ISN seeks Advocacy Officer (m/f) *** Politico seeks Lobbying Reporter (m/f) *** EGEC seeks Trainee (m/f) *** Facebook seeks Public Policy Manager (m/f) *** Google seeks Public Policy and Government Relations Manager (m/f) *** DEKRA offers Internship (m/f) *** European Friends of Amernia seeks Communications and Media Engagement Officer (m/f) *** International Crisis Group seeks Analyst (m/f)
politjobs.eu, politjobs.eu/submit (Inserat schalten)

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

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.
dw.com, spiegel.de

 

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