⊂ EUROPE ⊃
Chaos at Budapest train station: For a second day, around 3,000 stranded refugees have camped out at the main train station in Budapest in critical hygenic conditions. Hundreds of migrants protested again on Wednesday, demanding to be let onto trains bound for Germany from a station that has been closed to them. A camp of tents is planned within the next two weeks to accommodate 800 to 1,000 refugees. Migrants who were trying to cross from Greece into Macedonia clashed with police at the border on Wednesday, protesting the chaos that left families separated on either side of a divider. Italy has temporarily reintroduced border controls at its frontier with Austria to limit the inflow of refugees headed to Germany.
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Call for faster asylum proceedings: Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has suggested opening refugee registration centers not just in Italy and Greece, but in Hungary as well. This could happen with the help of U.N. refugee agency UNHCR. Germany, France, and Italy have called for faster asylum proceedings. The EU is starting phase two of its three-step plan against people smugglers in the Mediterranean Sea, increasing the number of warships patrolling the Mediterranean and start searching and diverting vessels suspected of smuggling migrants.
IMF will probably join Greece’s bailout: The International Monetary Fund will probably agree on debt relief for Greece, allowing the IMF to join the country’s bailout – as long as the elections on September 20th don’t make Greece ungovernable. IMF lending would reduce the amount needed from Europe, possibly by a sum similar to the 16 billion euros the Fund had ready when the second bailout program expired. IMF chief Christine Lagarde is concerned about policy changes in China, new global economic conditions and a coming rise in U.S. interest rates that could increase volatility world-wide.
“Meet the Belgians”: Belgians, non-Belgians and other new citizens should come together faster and more informal on a private basis, according to the Willemsfonds and the German-speaking Lions Club Brüssel Charlemagne. Therefor they invite to join in: come to the park on avenue René Coulbaut in 1160 Auderghem (behind the Saint Anne church at the Chaussée de Tervuren, bus stop 34 Deux Chaussées) on Sunday, September 6, 16h to 20h. The aim of “Meet the Belgians” is to convey an acquaintance by Belgian beer, snacks and enjoying the petanque game. In the park, a playground for children is available. To register please call Wim Vanobberghen from the Willemsfonds 04126.96.36.199 or write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discussion about eurozone reform: Spain‘s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has spoken out in favor of more harmonisation of economic and financial policies of the eurozone countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germany‘s eurozone partners to launch fresh reforms to boost the region‘s global economic competitiveness. Merkel also praised Spain’s reform efforts on Tuesday, saying the country was helping Europe gradually recover from its crisis. Spain‘s growth rate is expected to come in at 3.3 per cent this year – about double the rate expected for Germany.
Ukip goes on Brexit referendum campaign: The UK Independence Party will launch a separate campaign fighting for Britain to leave the EU in the “Brexit” referendum, rather than joining either of the two existing No campaigns. The decision highlights divisions that emerged during the general election in May. Prime Minister David Cameron has accepted a recommendation by Britain’s electoral watchdog that the question to be posed to voters be changed to avoid a perception of bias in favour of the UK staying in the EU.
CETA trade agreement not to be renegotiated: EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström does not want to renegotiate the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada, despite continued criticism especially against the rules for investor protection in the treaty. The CETA document is almost done, soon the parliaments will vote on it. Once the agreement has come into force, the EU will be open for renegotiations.
Humanitarian helpers should have safe access to crisis regions: The EU has called for a better and safer access to crisis areas for humanitarian workers. Some governments are puttig up bureaucratic road blocks and provide too little protection. The EU Commission has adopted a communication setting out the EU’s strategic vision for reshaping humanitarian action ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016.
Competition: EU approves Shell’s takeover of BG Group wsj.com
EMCDDA: celebrates 20 years of monitoring emcdda.europa.eu
Yemen: Statement on the killing of two members of the International Committee of the Red Cross staff europa.eu
Budget: Parliamentary committees determine their positions europarl.europa.eu
Trade relations: Opening of the US market for imports of meat and meat products from Lithuania europa.eu
⊂ QUOTES ⊃
“Those who are overrun cannot take in anyone else. Every European politician who gives immigrants hope for a better life in Europe is irresponsible.”
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban defends the construction of a border fence.
“We will have to prepare for changes everywhere: Schools, police, housing, courts, health care, everywhere! I am also talking about changes to the constitution. And all of that has to happen very fast, within weeks!”
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is considering constitutional changes in order to help German municipalities in the migrant crisis.
⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃
Turkish jets target PKK: With the ceasefire between Turkey and Kurdish PKK militants at an end, violence has returned to the region and tensions are high. Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in southeast Turkeyon Wednesday after one soldier was killed in the area, the army said, and state media reported 20 militants were killed in the air strikes.
Rebels prepare referendum: Two people have been killed and six wounded in an ambush on a Ukrainian army vehicle near the rebel-held city of Luhansk. It was the first major incident since a renewed truce between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels came into effect on Tuesday. The pro-Russian separatists are preparing for their own elections on October 18th and November 1st and, according to media reports, are forcing a referendum on the annexation of the regions Donetsk and Luhansk in Russia.
Austerity in Spain was successful: Unemployment in Spain is still high at 22 percent and a large majority of new jobs are only temporary. In addition, the economic upswing is largely thanks to lower oil prices and low interest rates. Nevertheless, all key figures indicate that Spain has chosen the right way out of its crisis.
Education reform in France: On Tuesday, French students returned to school and France started its education reform. Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem announced plans for new classes which are aimed at instilling the values of liberty, equality and fraternity. Teachers and parents protested against the decision, saying they would not have enough time to prepare the new lessons and demanding the initiative be pushed back by a year. Especially foreign languages and classical education fall by the wayside, critics argue.
Change of government on Faroe Islands: Faroe Islanders headed to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new parliament. Prime Minister Kaj Leo Johannesen called the election on July 29th, three months before an election deadline of October 28th. Johannesen’s liberal-conservative coalition lost the majority, probably to Social Democratic chief Aksel V. Johannesen. The liberal Unionists and the conservative People’s party each lost two seats in parliament.
Russia: China and Russia celebrate end of war 70 years ago with large military parade foxnews.com
Denmark: Andreas Mogensen is the first Dane in space bbc.com
France: Front National activist on trial for burning cars in small town theguardian.com
Greece: Syriza falls behind conservatives ahead of election reuters.com
⊂ DATA ⊃
Only four percent of all Syrian refugees have come to Europe. Ten times as many people fled to the Lebanon. A total of four million Syrians have left their country.
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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃
Friendly police officers: Rumour has it in Belgrade that the Serbian police officers are nice. The Belgraders would like to believe it, however, they are a little surprised. The Serbian police does not exactly have a good reputation. The “rumour” started when the Belgrade city administration set up portable toilets and trucks with water to take care of refugees. A team of doctors and nurses are offering basic health care during the day.