Tuesday, 16th of June: Everything is possible in Greek debt dispute, Commission plans consolidated corporate tax, Immigration dominates Danish election campaign

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

Everything is possible in Greek debt dispute: Greece and its creditors swapped recriminations over the breakdown of bailout talks, each side hardening its position after attempts to bridge their differences collapsed. The creditors have lowered their demand for this year’s primary budget surplus to one percent of gross domestic product. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras portrayed Greece as the torchbearer of democracy, standing firm against creditors’ demand for pension cuts.
bloomberg.com, reuters.com, wsj.com

Commission plans consolidated corporate tax: After the so-called Luxembourg Leaks scandal, Brussels is taking a more comprehensive approach to improve corporate taxation in the EU. An Action Plan in June includes a strategy to introduce a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB), to implement measures against tax avoidance, and to further strengthen tax transparency while taking into account the necessity to reinforce the efficiency of the tax environment for businesses in the internal market.
europa.eu

Ministers agree on data protection rules: Completing the Digital Single Market is one of the top priorities of the European Commission. On Monday, the 28 EU governments agreed a new EU-wide data protection law that would tighten privacy provisions for users of online services, including those provided by U.S. tech companies, in a majority of European countries. The draft law now goes into negotiations with the EU Parliament, with the aim of a final deal by the end of the year.
europa.eu, wsj.com

Germany holds on to Schengen: On Saturday, top EU politicians warned against questioning the borderless travel between now 26 countries, in a worsening feud over how to cope with mass migration across the Mediterranean from Libya. Germany has clearly spoken out in favor of borderless travel in the Schengen area and rejects the reintroduction of checks at German borders. Austria and Hungary are threatening to close their borders to migrants, flouting the passport-free travel rules governing Europe’s Schengen area.
theguardian.com, dw.de

Reduction of CO2 emissions: Global energy emissions could peak as early as 2020 but only if governments worldwide phase out fossil fuels subsidies and ban the building of new coal power stations, according to a report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The Council held a debate on the proposal for a directive on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants.
euractiv.com, europa.eu

Dispute over TTIP trade deal: US President Barack Obama’s is having issues with his free trade policies in Congress and is struggling for a majority for the TTP trade agreement with the Pacific region. The EU Parliament has postponed a vote on its negotiating position on TTIP. Behind the scenes, negotiations about the further course of action are taking place. Opponents of TTIP are gaining more support.
euractiv.de, reuters.com

Art exhibit: Donumenta shows art on the banks of the Danube donumenta.de
Anti-nuclear: Protests against restart of Belgian nuclear power plants stop-tihange.org
Legal Affairs Committee: votes on new copyright approach europarl.europa.eu
Joint Parliamentary Assembly: 29th meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, in Suva, Fiji europarl.europa.eu

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

There is a lot that we can be proud of. One has to block the path of all those who want to eliminate Schengen. One accuses Schengen, but one means Europe.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warns against reintroducing border controls.
nzz.ch

I am glad, that our government as well as President Zeman has a clearly pro-European stance. We are not troublemakers, we are trying to be partners. Europe is only strong when it speaks with one voice. Currently, however, some states want to close borders in the Schengen region. This would be a defeat for Europe.
Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Andrej Babis speaks out in favour of Europe.
derstandard.at

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Immigration dominates Danish election campaign: Just ahead of the parliamentary elections in Denmark, immigration has become a hot topic. The number of asylum seekers in the country doubled last year as Syrians fled conflict at home to more than 14,000 people. That compares to 664,000 asylum applications in the whole of Europe, ranking Denmark fifth in proportion to its population.
reuters.com, huffingtonpost.co.uk

Government crisis in Moldova: After four months in office, Liberal Democrat Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici resigned on Friday before the elections. He has been accused of having obtained his university admission with falsified certificates. Gaburici led a minority government consisting of liberal democrats and democrats. His resignation brought financial consequences with it, as an IMF visit has been canceled due to developments in the three main Moldovan banks, which are implicated in the financial scandal.
dw.de

Turkish opposition wants government without AKP: Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has spoken out against forming a coalition government with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP). The president can call an early election if parties are unable to form a coalition. Kilicdaroglu called this a waste of time. Erdogan is widely expected to ask Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a coalition with one of the other parties or seek a fragile minority government.
abcnews.com, bloomberg.com

Italy’s refugee situation: Italy is struggling to cope with boatloads of migrants arriving in unprecedented numbers from Libya. About 200 migrants now have to sleep at Ventimiglia on the France-Italy border as French police refuse to let them in. They were stopped on the border last week, and began a sit-in, some of them camping out at the railway station. The Mediterranean migration crisis has put a huge strain on Italian, Greek and Maltese resources.
bbc.com

Poland names new ministers: Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz appointed a group of relative political unknowns to her cabinet on Monday, after purging three senior officials from her government last week. The new health minister is heart and lung transplant surgeon Marian Zembala; energy expert Andrzej Czerwinski is the new treasury minister; Adam Korol, world and Olympic rowing champion, is the new sports minister; and the new security minister, Marek Biernacki, has served as interior minister and justice minister.
yahoonews.com, abcnews.com

Romania: Romanian legal body rejects changing anti-corruption laws abcnews.com
Finland: Foundation For Science and Politics (SWP) analyses economical and EU political challenges swp-berlin.org
Ukraine: Rebels warn of outbreak of a major war theguardian.com
Bosnia: Serbian President cancels visit amid dispute over arrest of ex-Srebrenica commander foxnews.com

⊂ DATA ⊃

3,500 people in the EU died in fatal work accidents in the year 2012. With 22.2 percent, the most deaths happened in the construction industry.
faz.net

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

politjobs.eu: Fundació Barcelona Promoció seeks Brussels Liaison Officer (German Speaker) *** Verband öffentlicher Versicherer sucht Policy Advisor (m/w) *** Kellen AGEP seeks Stagiaire Consultant *** Inclusion Europe seeks an Executive Director *** VDMA sucht Referent (m/w) Handelspolitik/Wirtschaftsrecht *** Bayer seeks EU Policy Manager *** POLITICO seeks Policy editor/Account Manager *** RISE Foundation seeks Researcher *** ECDHR offers Advocacy & EU Public Affairs Internship
politjobs.eu, politjobs.eu/submit (Inserat schalten)

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

No, the Greeks don’t retire earlier: The conservative German CDU politician Wolfgang Bosbach said in a television debate that he was appalled by the low retirement age in Greece, which supposedly was 56 years. No one on the panel actually objected to his, and several newspapers spread articles last week with the wrong number. Journalist Stefan Niggemeier discovered the mistake and clarified, that the retirement ages in Germany and in Greece hardly differ from each other.
sueddeutsche.de, bbc.com

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