Thursday, November 24th: Stricter EU ethics rules after Barroso row, EU Parliament President Schulz moves to Berlin, Germany and France propose new Ukraine talks


Stricter EU ethics rules after Barroso row: The EU Commission has proposed lengthening the period of time its own former leaders must wait before taking up new jobs, following public uproar over its last president Jose Manuel Barroso going to work for Goldman Sachs. High-ranking EU officials should require permission from the bloc‘s executive if they plan to take a new job within two years of leaving their post, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday. The existing code of conduct stipulates a cooling off period of 18 months. Commissioners other than the president – each nominated by an EU member state – would have to wait two years before being completely free to take other work.,

EU Parliament President Schulz moves to Berlin: Martin Schulz is planning to move to Germany, according to the newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. Schulz is not planning to apply for another term as president of the EU Parliament. This decision was made on Wednesday in the North Rhine-Westphalian state association of the SPD party. Schulz had previously denied reports that he would replace Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and then run as SPD chancellor candidate in Germany’s 2017 federal election.,

Turkey and EU near breaking point in membership talks: The EU Parliament is likely to vote on Thursday to suspend negotiations to bring Turkey into the EU, infuriating Ankara and possibly hastening the end of a long and troubled process. The Parliament’s upcoming vote on whether or not to halt EU membership talks with Turkey has no value in Turkish eyes, the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. Erdogan accused Europe of double standards and claimed, once again, that the EU was siding with terrorist organizations. He said Ankara exemplified EU values more than many other countries in the bloc, but had not seen real support from the West.,

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MEPs sound alarm on anti-EU propaganda from Russia: Propaganda pressure on the EU from Russia and Islamist terrorist groups is growing, MEPs warned in a resolution voted on Wednesday. It seeks to distort the truth, incite fear, provoke doubt and divide the EU. To counteract anti-EU campaigns, MEPs suggest reinforcing the EU’s tiny strategic communication task force and investing more in awareness raising, education, online and local media, investigative journalism and information literacy.

EU citizens enjoy longer lives: The average lifespan of people in the EU has topped 80 for the first time, according to the Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 report published on Wednesday by the EU Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Europeans live almost 7 years more compared to 1990. However, health inequality and enormous disparities in access to quality healthcare, especially due to the economic crisis, question both the effectiveness and viability of EU healthcare systems. Gains were uneven as people in western EU countries lived more than eight years longer on average than people in central and eastern countries,

Free trade: EU Parliament rejects motion referring Ceta to ECJ
EU Commission: Changes to global bank capital rules proposed
Air quality: MEPs back new national caps on pollutants
Conflict mineral imports: EU agrees to compulsory checks
USA: Trump names Haley as envoy to UN


In the EU and beyond, too many risk factors – tobacco, unhealthy nutrition, lack of exercise, alcohol abuse, stress as well as broader social issues such as unhealthy housing or working conditions – are ignored, too many deaths are avoidable and too many lives are unnecessarily lost.
EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis warns that a number of risk factors are disregarded at the expense of EU citizens’ health.


Germany and France propose new Ukraine talks: Germany and France have proposed a meeting next week with Russia and Ukraine to quell violence in eastern Ukraine. A meeting last month led to a short deescalation in fighting. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday that he and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault had proposed a meeting with colleagues from Ukraine and Russia next Tuesday in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.,

Dutch far-right leader Wilders in court: Dutch anti-immigration party leader Geert Wilders told judges at the end of his discrimination trial on Wednesday that his trial for alleged hate speech was a charade and a disgrace for the Netherlands. Wilders has denounced the trial as an attempt to suppress freedom of speech. If convicted, he faces a fine and a year in prison. The verdict is due next month. The charges were brought after Wilders led a chant for fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands at a rally 18 months ago.,

Right-wing extremist convicted of murdering Jo Cox: A 53-year-old man with extreme right wing views has been jailed for life after being convicted of killing British politician Jo Cox in a street attack in northern England in June 2016, one week before Britain’s referendum in June on leaving the EU. A jury convicted the man, Thomas Mair, of murder. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of a parole. He had declined to testify at the trial. Labour MP Cox was a prominent supporter of the “Remain” campaign.,

Moscow seeks closer ties with Bulgaria and Moldova: A senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow is planning for more constructive ties with Bulgaria and the ex-Soviet republic of Moldova, following recent presidential elections in the two eastern European countries. In Bulgaria, former air force commander Rumen Radev was elected on a pro-Russian anti-migrant ticket, while Igor Dodon, secured victory in Moldova.

Greece: Tsipras wants to conclude EU/IMF review
Russia: Litvinenko’s widow criticizes silence over his murder

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“Charlie Hebdo” to launch German edition: The French satirical magazine which was targeted in a jihadist massacre in Paris in January 2015, will launch a German edition in December, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. “Charlie Hebdo” will launch in Germany on December 1 with an initial print run of 200,000 issues, although it said it does not know how many edition it will print thereafter. The first issues will mostly comprise of texts and caricatures translated from the original French edition. However, in time editors intend to also create original German content.

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