Thursday, 7 December 2017: Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, May says good progress made on Brexit, Brussels calls for creation of European Monetary Fund


Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City. The president cast his decision as a break with decades of failed policy on Jerusalem. That policy, he said, brought Israel and the Palestinians no closer to a lasting peace agreement. Recognising Jerusalem, he added, was a long overdue step to advance the peace process. The European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, made clear that Europe saw the president’s decision as a threat to peace in the Middle East.

May says good progress made on Brexit: British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted on Wednesday that very good progress was being made in Brexit negotiations. May is working towards unlocking Brexit talks at an EU summit later this month. Asked whether there was any truth in reports that there would be no deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party over the border with EU member Ireland this week, May’s spokesman said progress had been made but there was still work to do.

Gabriel to present plan for mobile roaming ban with Western Balkans: Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner in charge of digital policies, will announce a plan to get rid of mobile fees between the EU and Western Balkan countries at a May 2018 summit in Bulgaria. Gabriel said she will present a detailed set of steps at the meeting on extending the EU’s ban on mobile roaming charges to Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Commission’s legal advisors are currently preparing the plan.

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Brussels calls for creation of European Monetary Fund: The EU Commission on Wednesday presented its plan for a European monetary fund, an EU finance minister, and more coordinated policies with member states. The package, which will include legislative proposals and positions papers, will be discussed by EU leaders at a euro summit on 15 December as part of a larger effort to relaunch the EU after Brexit and the financial crisis. The main part of the plan is a proposal to transform the European Stability Mechanism into a proper European monetary fund by 2019 or 2020.

Puigdemont: I’m staying in Belgium (for now)
Nato chief Stoltenberg: Iran’s terror threat and nuclear compliance should be dealt with separately


While a too quick end to the buying programme could lead to excessive market reactions, we should not forget that the longer the programme lasts, … the greater the risks will become.
ECB board member Yves Mersch says the European Central Bank should start planning the end of its bond-buying programme since the economic recovery will make such stimulus unnecessary.


Babis appointed Czech prime minister: The billionaire leader of the populist ANO party Andrej Babis was appointed prime minister of the Czech Republic in a ceremony Wednesday. The 63-year-old businessman set up ANO in 2011 as a protest against government corruption. Running on a platform of financial responsibility and immigration control, his party won October parliamentary elections by a landslide, with 29.6 percent of the vote. The billionaire businessman must now focus on securing parliamentary backing for a minority administration.,

German Interior Minister defends deportations to Afghanistan: Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has defended the deportations of refugees to Afghanistan, saying that perpetrators and offenders should be sent back. More than 220 deportations were stopped in Germany when pilots tasked with transporting them out of the country refused to fly the plane with them on board, a report says. Between January and September 2017, a total of 222 planned deportations were classified as “failed” due to a pilots’ refusal to take off, government figures show.

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New jobs for Germans Albig and Kraft: According to reports, former North Rhine-Westphalia State Premier Hannelore Kraft is to join the Supervisory Board of Ruhrkohle AG (RAG), the largest German coal mining corporation. Nearly one year after an electoral defeat, former Schleswig-Holstein State Premier Torsten Albig has found a new job as a lobbyist for the DHL Group in Brussels.

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Putin won’t tell Russian athletes to boycott Winter Olympics: Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics. Putin said Wednesday his government will allow Russians to compete as neutral athletes at the upcoming games in South Korea. The International Olympic Committee has banned the Russian team from games as punishment for doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The IOC, however, plans to invite individual Russians to compete under the Olympic flag.



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