⊂ EUROPE ⊃
United States impose new sanctions against Iran: Iran on Wednesday informed signatories to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal that it no longer plans to adhere to certain voluntary commitments made in the accord. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said increased uranium enrichment would begin in 60 days if world powers don’t shield Iran from US sanctions, under the terms of the agreement. The news comes exactly one year after President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the nuclear agreement. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Germany wanted to preserve the nuclear deal, which was why it was important Iran adhere to its terms. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will wait to see if Iran follows through on threats to limit its compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal before deciding how to react. Trump has ordered new sanctions placed on Iranian metals, Tehran’s largest non-petroleum-related sources of export revenue.
dw.com, npr.org, apnews.com, cnbc.com
EU single market boosts income of EU citizens: A study by Germany’s Bertelsmann foundation has detailed the benefits of the EU’s single market according to where people live. The biggest winners of the single market are small countries that trade a lot and have competitive economies. Countries and regions in the geographical centre of Europe also see the strongest per capita gains from the single market and benefit much more than EU members in the south or east of the continent. Germany, Europe’s largest economy, benefited most in absolute terms from the single market, earning an extra 86 billion euros a year because of it. But Germany also shows a major discrepancy between former east Germany, and the western states. Introduced in 1992, the EU single market aimed to sweep away all tariffs or regulations that hinder trade between member states, giving Europe’s companies a giant home market that could rival that of the United States or Japan in size.
dw.com, euobserver.com, reuters.com
EU records decrease in CO2 emissions: After four years without substantial reduction, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion were reduced by 2.5% in the European Union in 2018 compared to 2017, Eurostat figures released on Wednesday showed. Emissions fell in twenty countries, with Portugal reducing the most with 9%, followed by Bulgaria (8.1%) and Ireland (6.8%). CO2 emissions increased in eight countries: Latvia, Malta, Estonia, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Finland and Lithuania.
European Central Bank: ECB chief Draghi against change to inflation target bloomberg.com
⊂ QUOTES ⊃
“Data is the key question.”
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager wants market-dominating companies to disclose the data they collect.
⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃
World alcohol consumption on the rise: The world is consuming significantly more alcohol than 30 years ago thanks in large part to heavier and more widespread drinking in China and India, researchers have claimed. The annual intake of pure alcohol per adult increased from 5.9 litres in 1990 to 6.5 litres in 2017, according to a study published Wednesday in the weekly medical journal “The Lancet”. By 2030 half of all adults worldwide will drink alcohol, and almost a quarter will binge drink at least once a month, according to projections covering 189 countries. In Germany, a study published on Wednesday by the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) found that alcohol consumption among young people was falling. However, the study found that young adults are intoxicated more often. Germany’s Drug Commissioner Marlene Mortler said the figures were encouraging, but the growing trend of intoxication among young adults meant that Germany had to stay on the ball when it comes to treatment and education.
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Italian secretary of state sacked over corruption probe: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday dismissed a member of government from the far-right League who is currently under investigation in a corruption probe. Secretary of state Armando Siri, who has been a key economic adviser to League party leader Matteo Salvini, will no longer serve as an Italian transport undersecretary, Conte said. Siri is being investigated over whether he accepted a €30,000 bribe from a businessman in return for pushing specific renewable energy policies. The case has severely escalated tensions between the far-right League party and its governing partner, the 5Star Movement, which had repeatedly called for Siri to resign.
Germany: Parents could face fine for failing to vaccinate children cnbc.com
Finland: Social Democrats aim to form centre-left coalition government reuters.com
France: 74 years since WW2 victory bloomberg.com
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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃
Uber drivers go on strike ahead of IPO: Uber drivers around the world have logged out of the company’s app to protest its compensation policies ahead of a blockbuster public offering. In addition to powering off their apps, drivers held rallies in strategic locations such as outside local Uber offices. Uber is expected to go public Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. The debut could raise roughly $10 billion for the ride-hailing company. Uber and its rival Lyft have long argued their drivers are independent contractors. That status means workers in many countries don’t get the same rights as employees.