⊂ EUROPE ⊃
Tsipras threatens new elections: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is struggling to contain a revolt in his left-wing Syriza party. In a clear warning to Syriza rebels, Tsipras said he could be forced to call early elections if he no longer had a parliamentary majority. IMF chief Christine Lagarde has warned that Greece needs significant debt relief, laying down the conditions for the IMF to take part in the third bailout. Greece’s main stock market, the Athens Stock Exchange, is expected to open again at some point this week.
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Schäuble wants Commission to be less influential: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has called for a reduction of the European Commission’s responsibilities in the midst of disputes over respective areas of authority between Greece’s creditors. Schäuble wants to separate the original function of the Brussels agency as the protector of the EU contracts from its increasing political activities.
Refugees storm Channel Tunnel: France is sending 120 extra police officers to Calais where the crisis surrounding the ever-increasing number of migrants trying to reach the UK has been worsening. More than 2,000 migrants had tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in an attempt to reach Britain from France. A Sudanese man was killed overnight in a second storming of the Tunnel. Six migrants were injured in what was the biggest incursion effort in the last few weeks at the tunnel entrance near Calais.
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Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal: Russia has used its veto at the United Nations to block a draft resolution to set up an international tribunal into the MH17 air disaster in July 2014. It was the only nation at the 15-member UN Security Council to oppose the move, triggering widespread condemnation. 11 other members backed the draft resolution. Angola, China and Venezuela abstained.
Disneyland under investigation over pricing: EU regulators are investigating Disneyland Paris after receiving complaints that the theme park had been overcharging customers based on where they live, while offering deals to others. For example, British and German Disney fans paid significantly more for tickets, while French and Belgian customers got cheaper deals. This goes against Europe’s single market rules that aim to ensure all customers across the EU can access the same deals and prices for goods and services.
Debate about hormone disruptors: The European Union has published its public consultation on hormone disrupters. Rising cancer levels and fertility problems have attracted scientists’ attention to endocrine disrupting chemicals. The results of the consultation may be somewhat predictable, but responses from some of the EU’s most important trading partners show more concern for the economic implications of potentially restrictive legislation.
Taliban leader: Afghanistan says Mullah Omar is dead euronews.com
FIFA scandal: UEFA chief Michel Platini to stand for FIFA presidency euronews.com
Eurostar: Europe’s household income per capita increased by 0.9 percent europa.eu
Facebook: European Parliament’s most popular posts so far europarl.europa.eu
⊂ QUOTES ⊃
“It was fantastic, as if I was talking to a Syriza member. A comrade. And then shortly after I realized how he went on about us. Unbelievable.”
Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was disappointed by German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
“Terrorism challenges us to act quickly. Germany wants to contribute to a safe border between Tunisia and Libya.”
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen promises support for the country during a visit in Tunisia.
⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃
Turkey steps up attacks: Turkey stepped up its offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Iraq early Wednesday, attacking targets in six locations from the air. The Iraqi government condemned the airstrikes, calling them a dangerous escalation and an assault on Iraqi sovereignty. The Kurdish PKK killed another soldier. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held arms talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Russian banks turn to China for cash: Russian banks are exploring funding sources in China to help the nation’s companies refinance billions in external debt due in the coming year. Gazprombank, Russia’s third-largest lender, is applying for licenses to offer securities services in Hong Kong. Moscow Exchange forecast last week that Russian companies and banks will list yuan-denominated bonds on its bourse.
Romani people in Hungary: The mayor of Ozd, David Janiczak, is a member of the far-right Jobbik party. Janiczak has Romani people laboring for him in veritable slave camps. His actions are a sign of what could happen should Jobbik win over Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party Fidesz in the parliamentary elections 2018.
France changes Iran policy: On the first visit to Iran for 12 years by a French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius conveyed an invitation from President Francois Hollande to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani to visit France in November. Fabius is seeking to smooth over any strains in the relationship created by France’s hard line during negotiations that produced a historic nuclear agreement on July 14th. France hopes to secure business in Iran once Western sanctions are lifted under the nuclear deal.
Cameron to take action against dubious luxury properties: The British Prime Minister expressed concern that anonymous shell companies are being used to buy real estate in Britain. More than 12,500 London properties with a total value exceeding 48.5 billion pounds were sold by offshore companies from 2012 through 2014. Cameron said the U.K. must not become a safe haven for corrupt money from around the world.
Czech Republic: Finance Minister Babis’ protest group ANO wants to make candidates undergo psychological tests derstandard.at
Finland: Thousands rally against lawmaker’s anti-immigration remark reuters.com
Russia: Nemtsov investigation leads to seven year old murder case derstandard.at
Ukraine: French actor Gerard Depardieu banned over support for Crimea annexation euronews.com
⊂ DATA ⊃
11.2 billion people will live on earth by the year 2100, according to the latest UN projections.
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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃
Italian army grows medical marijuana: In a heavily-guarded lab in Florence, medical marijuana is being grown for the Italian market. It’s part of the Italian military’s latest mission to grow medical grade cannabis for the nation. Italy legalised the use of medical marijuana in 2007, meaning patients suffering from cancer, sclerosis and chronic pain have relied on the plant for relief.