Tuesday, 17 October 2017: Spanish court jails Catalan separatists, May and Juncker want Brexit talks to accelerate, EU rallies behind Iran nuclear deal


Spanish court jails Catalan separatists: A Spanish court ordered the two Catalan separatist leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart to be jailed on Monday pending trial on charges of sedition connected to demonstrations ahead of the region’s pro-independence referendum. Spain’s National Court ordered Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero to surrender his passport after finding evidence that his force spied on its rivals in Madrid. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gave Catalan President Carles Puigdemont until Thursday to specify whether he declared independence for Catalonia after the Catalan leader failed to meet a Monday deadline to clarify the region’s position.
politico.eu, bloomberg.com, dw.com

May and Juncker want Brexit talks to accelerate: Brexit negotiations should accelerate over the months to come, British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed in a joint statement Monday. May was in Brussels for the informal discussions, which also included the Iran nuclear deal, counterterrorism and preparations for the upcoming European Council summit on Thursday and Friday.

EU rallies behind Iran nuclear deal: The EU on Monday reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by US President Donald Trump. EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg said a failure to uphold an international agreement backed by the UN Security Council could have serious consequences for regional peace, and also undermine efforts to check North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
reuters.com, euronews.com

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EU imposes new sanctions on North Korea: The EU has slapped new sanctions on North Korea for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The sanctions agreed by EU foreign ministers Monday include a total ban on EU investment in North Korea, and a ban on the sale of refined petroleum products and crude oil. South Korean and US troops have begun five days of joint naval drills.
washingtonpost.com, cbsnews.com

Iraqi forces retake Kirkuk: The Iraqi government carried out a military assault on Monday to curb the independence drive by the nation’s Kurdish minority. Civilians have been fleeing the area. Early targets for Iraq’s military included the Kirkuk military airport and several oil fields, according to multiple media reports. Iraqi government troops and the Kurdish forces, known as Peshmerga, are both essential elements of the American-led coalition battling Isis. The EU has launched a new mission to help Iraq with its civilian security strategy.
nytimes.com, npr.org, consilium.europa.eu

Afghanistan: Council adopts EU strategy consilium.europa.eu
ECB: New global bank rules will be agreed this year nytimes.com
Lebanese airspace: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under fire dw.com
Venezuela: Vote dispute increases threat of new foreign sanctions reuters.com


Macron has got some good ideas, but he already lost, he is done, belittled by Germany.
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis supports the federalist proposals by French President Emmanuel Macron on the euro single currency, but believes only a real threat could make Germany budge on the issue.


Europe reacts to Austrian election: Sebastian Kurz, leader of the People’s Party (OVP), is set to become the next chancellor of Austria and, at 31, the world’s youngest leader. German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Kurz on his victory and the energetic modernisation of his party, which is aligned with Merkel’s Christian Democrats. Hungary’s foreign minister Peter Szijjarto welcomed Kurz’s stance on migration as close to that of Budapest and expected Austria to work more closely with anti-immigration eastern and central European states.
cnbc.com, dw.com

Panama Papers reporter killed in Malta: Maltese investigative journalist Caruana Galizia, who had exposed her country’s links with the so-called Panama Papers document leak, was killed Monday when a bomb destroyed her car as she was driving near her home, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. Muscat denounced Galizia’s killing, calling it a barbaric attack on press freedom. Opposition leader Adrian Delia spoke of a political murder.
nbcnews.com, euronews.com

Merkel denies major damage after election loss: The German chancellor’s conservative CDU party finished second-best to the Social Democrats in Lower Saxony’s regional election, causing critics to ponder whether Angela Merkel’s fortunes were on the wane. As she heads into negotiations for a broad three-party coalition to form the next government, Merkel said the CDU was going into these discussions secure in the knowledge that they were the strongest party.

EasyJet and Lufthansa make offers for parts of Alitalia: German airline Lufthansa and the UK’s EasyJet have both submitted offers to buy parts of Italy’s Alitalia airline. Lufthansa said it hoped to establish a „new Alitalia“, but was only interested in parts of the existing business.

Spain and Portugal: Deadly forest fires kill at least 39 people nytimes.com


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Austrian police probe „Hitler“ tweet targeting Kurz: Austrian authorities are investigating a tweet on Monday by a German satirical magazine, which depicted crosshairs over conservative party leader Sebastian Kurz with the words: „Finally possible: Kill baby Hitler.“ The tweet came one day after Kurz’s People’s Party (ÖVP) emerged as the top party in Sunday’s parliamentary election.



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