Thursday, November 29th 2018: Merkel, Trump, and Putin to meet at G20 summit, UK worse off under all Brexit scenarios, Italy bows out of meeting on UN migration pact


Merkel, Trump, and Putin to meet at G20 summit: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit to discuss the Ukraine crisis. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has warned that Russia will face serious consequences if it attacks the Ukraine, days after Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crew members claiming they had entered Russian waters illegally. Putin accused Poroshenko of provoking the crisis in the Kerch Strait on Sunday to boost his popularity ahead of an election. The United States has urged its European allies to consider further sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine. Russia on Wednesday said it would send another advanced anti-aircraft system to the Crimean peninsula. (G20), (Poroshenko), (Putin), (Sanctions), (Missiles)

UK worse off under all Brexit scenarios: Britain leaving the EU without a deal could trigger a deep and damaging recession with worse consequences for the UK economy than the 2008 financial crisis, the Bank of England has warned. GDP could fall by as much as 8% next year, exceeding the depth of the recession that followed the financial crisis. House prices could fall by 30% and the unemployment rate could increase from its current level of 4.1% to about 7.5%. Meanwhile, a government analysis showed all Brexit scenarios would hurt the economy, but the impact of leaving under Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans would be significantly less than exiting with no agreement at all. UK Treasury chief Philip Hammond said, under any scenario, leaving the EU would make Britain poorer than staying in. Remaining in the single market would give the country an economic advantage.,,

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Italy bows out of meeting on UN migration pact: Italy has joined a handful of countries and bowed out of a conference next month to formally adopt a UN-backed pledge regulating safe migration. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced on Wednesday that Italy will decide whether or not to support the deal after the Italian parliament considers it. Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak wants to give up his ministerial post if his country doesn’t support the UN migration pact at the UN meeting in Marrakech in December. The German parliament will debate the migration pact this Thursday.,

Geneva Conference on Afghanistan: More EU aid for Afghanistan


Seehofer tells Islam conference Muslims are a part of Germany: Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Wednesday that Muslims belong to Germany, speaking as he presided over the fourth German Islam Conference in Berlin. The comments drew particular attention given Seehofer’s past statement that Islam was not part of Germany – which had prompted stark criticism. Now, however, Seehofer said Muslims had the same rights and duties as all German citizens. There could be no reasonable doubt about that. The Islam Conference brings together German Muslims and officials of the federal and local governments to improve the religious and social participation of Muslims in Germany and to further develop the dialogue between government representatives and Islamic organizations.

Le Pen fined for homophobic remarks: A court has fined French far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen for making a string of homophobic remarks. Le Pen, who founded the National Front (recently renamed the National Rally), already has multiple convictions for xenophobic and anti-Semitic comments. The EU’s top court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by French far-right leader Marine Le Pen against an order by the EU Parliament that she repay €41,554 that was wrongly used to pay her bodyguard.,

Strike in Greece shuts down traffic: Public transport was disrupted and ships remained in ports as Greek workers went on strike on Wednesday, seeking increases in minimum wages and the re-introduction of collective bargaining. Greece’s biggest private-sector union, GSEE, called the 24-hour walkout, demanding tax cuts and a rise in the minimum wage, which was slashed under the terms of the country’s three international bailouts since 2010, which ended in August. The GSEE also held a protest rally in central Athens.,

Germany: Government to double donation for UN climate change fund
Norway: Former Norwegian minister charged with sexual abuse of asylum seekers

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Trump accuses Clinton and Obama of treason: US President Donald Trump appeared to accuse his own deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, of treason on Wednesday, posting a meme to his Twitter feed that shows an image of Rosenstein and a slew of Trump critics behind bars. The image also included special counsel Robert Mueller, former FBI Director James Comey, former national intelligence director James Clapper, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Meanwhile, the lawyers of Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort have briefed Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Manafort’s discussions with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.,


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