⊂ EUROPE ⊃
EU sued by human rights lawyers over migrant deaths: A group of lawyers have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a case against the European Union over its migration policy, according to a request submitted on Monday. The lawyers outlined several EU actions to deter migration which they argue have violated human rights. The filing names no specific EU officials but cites an ongoing ICC investigation into the fate of migrants in Libya. The lawyers especially criticised the start of the Triton operation in the Mediterranean Sea in 2014, which scaled back sea rescues and created large zones off the Libyan coast without any rescue capacities. They also denounced the policy of returning some 40,000 migrants back to militia-controlled camps in Libya where atrocious crimes are committed.
EU, Russia, US send envoys to Moldova: Moldova, a blind spot on the European map for the past years, received three high-level officials on Monday, including EU enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, amid signs that the country’s government could lean more towards Russia than the West. The US State Department Director of Eastern European Affairs, Brad Freden, also visited the Moldovan capital Chisinau, as well as Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, in charge with managing the relations with Moldova.
Nato ready to welcome North Macedonia: Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg commended North Macedonia on Monday for making the reforms necessary to join the transatlantic military alliance next year. After meeting Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Stoltenberg said Nato was ready to welcome the country. Nato members signed an accord in February allowing the ex-Yugoslav republic to become the 30th member of the group after a deal with Greece ended a long dispute over its name. The ratification process normally takes a year.
Brussels: Romanian Prime Minister Dancila meets Timmermans and Juncker zeit.de
European Central Bank: German economist Fratzscher wants Weidmann to be the new ECB president faz.net
European elections: No new phase seen in EU-Turkey relations after European Parliament elections euractiv.com
⊂ QUOTES ⊃
“He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.”
Just moments before landing in England for his second state visit to the United Kingdom, US President Donald Trump revitalised his ongoing war of words with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃
Italian prime minister threatens to resign: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has threatened to step down if the ruling League and 5Star Movement don’t stop bickering. Conte said it only made sense for him to continue if the government’s five-year plan could be implemented. He asked both political forces to make a choice and tell him if they still wanted to honour the government’s obligations. Conte called on his deputies, the League’s Matteo Salvini and the 5Stars’ Luigi Di Maio, to send unambiguous messages to help restore financial markets’ faith in the country. If Italy’s government were to collapse, there has been speculation that parliament could be dissolved, resulting in snap elections. However, any new government would need to deal with mounting concern from the EU over Italy’s public finances and rising debt.
German district president found dead with gunshot wound: A German politician from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political party has been found dead in mysterious circumstances. Walter Lübcke, the president of the regional council of the central German city of Kassel, was shot with a short-barreled weapon from a short distance, according to investigators. There was no indication of suicide. Police said they were looking for a perpetrator and investigating in all directions. However, there was yet no information about possible suspects or a motive. Lübcke came to national prominence in 2015 when he spoke out in favour of providing accommodation for refugees. He reportedly received death threats and was given personal protection after telling a town hall meeting they had to stand up for Christian values.
dw.com, independent.co.uk, bbc.com
Russia rebuffs Ukraine’s case over rebel support: Russia told a hearing at the International Court of Justice on Monday that the court lacks jurisdiction in a case filed by Ukraine against Moscow over its alleged support of pro-Russian separatists in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Ukraine had asked judges to order Russia to stop alleged funding and equipping of pro-Kremlin forces and halt alleged discrimination of the Crimean Tartar ethnic group. Moscow has repeatedly denied sending troops or military equipment to eastern Ukraine.
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Swedish court rejects detention of Assange: A Swedish court has rejected a request from prosecutors for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be detained in absentia over a 2010 rape allegation. The court agreed with prosecutors that Assange could pose a flight risk, but said detention would not be proportionate, complicating hopes to extradite him from the UK. The Swedish rape investigation was the reason Assange spent almost seven years in self-imposed exile in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy. The rape allegation was one of four sexual assault accusations that Assange faced after his visit to Sweden in August 2010. The case has never moved beyond the investigation stage and Assange has not been charged with any crimes in the country.
reuters.com, cnn.com, bbc.com
⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃
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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃
North Korean official reappears in public: Kim Yong-chol, a former North Korean spymaster and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s counterpart in recent diplomatic contacts between the North and the United States, resurfaced in public this week, undermining a South Korean newspaper’s report that he was banished to forced labour in a re-education camp. Analysts had speculated that some of the North Korean diplomats charged with US negotiations were in hot water after the latest round of talks between the two countries ended abruptly in Hanoi without an agreement. But the North’s official Korean Central News Agency on Monday included Kim Yong-chol’s name on a list of officials who accompanied North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un to an art performance given by the wives of military officers on Sunday.