Thursday, 9 November 2017: British aid minister Patel resigns, Catalan strike severs road links, EU to impose arms embargo on Venezuela

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

Catalan strike severs road links: A general strike called by pro-independence campaigners in Catalonia closed shops and severed transport links on Wednesday. Protesters closed roads, causing huge tailbacks into Barcelona, while some public transport ran minimum services and some smaller stores remained shuttered. Separatist leader Carles Puigdemont accused the EU of supporting a coup by Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy. Catalonia’s declaration of independence has been officially thrown out by Spain’s top constitutional court.
reuters.com

Issues unresolved on citizens rights: Major issues must still be resolved on safeguarding citizens’ rights after Brexit, the European Parliament’s negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said on Wednesday, the eve of another round of divorce negotiations between London and Brussels. While Brexit Secretary David Davis has signaled that concessions could be made on the financial settlement, he hasn’t given any new details and the next round of divorce talks is due to start on Thursday.
reuters.com, bloomberg.com

Dutch to review 4,000 advance tax rulings: The Dutch government agreed on Wednesday to review 4,000 tax deals offered to international companies from 2012-2016 after being stung by leaks that show it failed to follow its own vetting procedures in a 2008 case involving Procter & Gamble. Documents leaked in the „Paradise Papers“ trove of offshore records shed light on a previously undisclosed deal with the Dutch government that gave P&G an estimated tax break of 169 million dollars.
nytimes.com

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EU to impose arms embargo on Venezuela: Ambassadors of European Union member states agreed on Wednesday to impose an arms embargo on Venezuela. They also said there would be a ban on any equipment which could be used to repress opponents within Venezuela. The sanctions come after a UN report released in August accused Venezuela of human rights violations and using excessive force against the opposition.
bbc.com

Juncker wants Bulgaria to join eurozone: EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has thrown his weight behind Bulgaria becoming the newest member of the eurozone. Romania and Bulgaria should be allowed to join the European Union’s border-less Schengen area because they meet all the technical criteria, Juncker said.
zeit.de

Investment plan for Europe: EFSI extension approved by Council consilium.europa.eu
European farmers: Glyphosate deadlock shows mistrust in EU bodies euractiv.com
Germany: Advisers want tighter ECB policy reuters.com

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

Puigdemont is a European citizen who must be held accountable for his actions just like any other European citizen, with rights and obligations … but no privileges. He isn’t a sub-citizen either.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was questioned in parliament by MPs about the presence of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.
euronews.com

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

British aid minister Patel resigns: British aid minister Priti Patel was forced from office on Wednesday over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials. Patel, a Brexit campaigner who is popular in the ruling Conservative Party, had to abandon a trip to Africa earlier on Wednesday after being summoned by May to answer questions on more unsanctioned meetings that breached diplomatic protocol. After a hastily arranged meeting, May’s office released her minister’s letter of resignation.
reuters.com

Marine Le Pen loses immunity: France’s parliament has stripped Marine Le Pen of immunity from prosecution over a series of grisly images she published on Twitter in 2015. The decision opens the way for a judge to summon the former presidential contender, including by police force. In December 2015, Le Pen tweeted three gruesome pictures of Isis crimes, including one that showed the execution of American journalist James Foley.
bbc.com

Germany must allow third gender: Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court on Wednesday called for a third gender option in the registry of births. Intersex people, who are neither male nor female, should be able to register their sexual identity as such, the court ruled. German lawmakers now have until the end of 2018 to implement the ruling. The court said this could mean doing away with gender in official registration altogether, or adding a positive designation of a gender.
dw.com, politico.eu

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France urges Berlin to seize historic opportunity on Europe: Visiting Berlin in the midst of German coalition talks, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire urged Germany to seize a historic window of opportunity to reform Europe, warning that the bloc could succumb to nationalism if they failed. Besides the German acting finance minister Peter Altmaier, Le Maire met with Green party leader Cem Özdemir as well as FDP leader Christian Lindner.
reuters.com

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

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politjobs.eu, politjobs.eu/submit (Inserat schalten)

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

Polish government urges citizens to multiply like rabbits: Poland’s health ministry has created a video to promote procreation, encouraging the country’s citizens to take rabbits as an example. In the 30 second public service announcement, a rabbit narrator reveals the secrets of making a big family, which are a healthy diet, exercise and little stress. Poland has one of the lowest fertility rates in Europe.
dw.com

 

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