Tuesday, 24 September 2019: UK Supreme Court to rule on parliament suspension, UN climate summit in New York, EU states agree migration deal, France, Germany and the UK blame Iran for Saudi Arabia oil attacks


UK Supreme Court to rule on parliament suspension: This Tuesday, the Supreme Court will announce its ruling on the legality of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament. Johnson has refused to rule out seeking to prorogue parliament for a second time if the judgement goes against him. He also indicated he would not feel obliged to resign if the justices rule he misled the Queen in his reasons for suspending parliament. Parliament is currently due to return on 14 October, with the UK scheduled to leave the EU on 31 October.
bbc.com, theguardian.com

Corbyn wins Labour support for disputed Brexit strategy: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn won support for his Brexit strategy at the Labour conference on Monday. The party voted against a motion which would have seen Labour backing Remain in any future referendum. Members fell into line and backed Corbyn’s stance to first try to win an election, renegotiate the Brexit deal and then hold a special conference to decide the party’s position – either to leave with a deal or remain – in a second referendum. Corbyn’s Brexit policy chief, Keir Starmer, said he was disappointed with the result of the vote, and that he would campaign for Remain. Andrew Lewin, the founder of Remain Labour, said the vote represented the grassroots against the party machine – and the machine had won.
uk.reuters.com, bbc.com

Labour plans investments in electric cars and offshore wind: Labour has pledged to invest billion of pounds in electric car production and offshore wind generation to accelerate the green industrial revolution. Thirty-seven publicly-owned wind farms will be built, with the profits used to regenerate deprived coastal areas. The party also wants build a national network of charging points for electric vehicles. Labour would further offer interest-free loans for electric cars. Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell has announced that the average working week in the UK would be cut to 32 hours within ten years under a Labour government.
bbc.com, theguardian.com, bbc.com

Thomas Cook bankruptcy: Ministers accused of sealing Thomas Cook’s fate theguardian.com
Jennifer Arcuri: Prime Minister Johnson defends actions over conflict of interest claims bbc.com


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UN climate summit in New York: World leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the United Nations climate summit on Monday. Merkel said industrialised countries had created the current climate crisis and had the obligation to put their technology, knowledge, and finances into stopping global warming. She pledged to double her country’s climate protection funding and announced her support for a whole package of climate measures in Germany. The United States did not request a speaking slot at the summit, but US President Donald Trump unexpectedly dropped into the General Assembly hall in the late morning. Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an emotional speech criticising adults for making empty statements and worrying about finances in the midst of a climate crisis.
cnn.com, cnbc.com, nytimes.com, euronews.com

EU states agree migration deal: Germany, France, Italy and Malta have agreed on a new scheme to distribute migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea. Details of the accord were not given. The plan will be presented to interior ministers from all 28 EU nations on 8 October. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the number of refugees redistributed through the scheme would depend on how many countries volunteered to take part. Italy has authorised a second NGO rescue boat carrying 182 migrants to disembark in Sicily. Meanwhile, the influx of refugees travelling from Turkey to Greece continues: Between Friday and Sunday, 719 people left Turkey for the Greek islands.
reuters.com, theguardian.com, n-tv.de

France, Germany and the UK blame Iran for Saudi Arabia oil attacks: Britain, France and Germany joined the United States on Monday in blaming Iran for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was clear that Iran was responsible for the attacks, there was no other plausible explanation. They pledged to try to ease tensions in the Middle East and urged Iran to refrain from choosing provocation and escalation. Johnson said he would meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the UN General Assembly this week. Rouhani announced an initiative for long term peace in the Middle East. Iran has announced the release of the British-flagged oil tanker “Stena Impero”. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard had captured the tanker in the Strait of Hormuz in July.
apnews.com, uk.reuters.com, bbc.com

EU to investigate Boeing bid for Embraer: American plane maker Boeing is set to face an EU antitrust investigation into its bid for a controlling stake in the commercial aircraft arm of Brazil’s Embraer. The EU competition enforcer will launch an investigation following a review, which could take up to five months and raises pressure on Boeing to offer concessions to address competition concerns. The deal would give Boeing a foothold in the lower end of the market, enabling it to better compete with the CSeries jets designed by Canada’s Bombardier and backed by European rival Airbus.

EU Commission: Frenchman Mamer to head spokespersons’ service politico.eu
Euro zone: Economy slows amid trade decline and Brexit fears theguardian.com
Europol: Right-wing extremism alarms Europol tagesschau.de
Balkans: Hungary calls for EU membership for Serbia and Montenegro; EU foreign policy chief Mogherini meets with Western Balkans partners handelsblatt.com; neweurope.eu


A tree needs many years to grow, but only few minutes to burn.
European Council President Donald Tusk has pledged EU financial and logistical help to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest.


Thomas Cook’s Condor to continue operations: Hundreds of thousands of vacationers were left stranded when one of the world’s oldest tour companies, Thomas Cook, abruptly announced Monday that it was going out of business. Thomas Cook’s German airline Condor has asked the German government for a bridging loan. Separately, the German state of Hesse, where Condor is based, said it stood ready to support the airline via guarantees, adding it was examining whether conditions for state aid applied. Condor will continue operating despite its parent company’s collapse. Around 600,000 holidaymakers, including tens of thousands from Germany, have been stranded around this world by the demise of Thomas Cook. Governments or insurance companies, depending on individual countries’ laws, will have to step in and bring them home.
nytimes.com, reuters.com

Catalan separatists arrested in Spain: Spanish police have arrested nine Catalan separatists suspected of planning a series of violent attacks for the anniversary of the divisive Catalan independence referendum. Police said they confiscated material they alleged could be used in bomb making during raids early on Monday morning. The detainees belong to a group known as the Technical Response Teams, which are seen as the most militant arm of the Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDRs). The team has previously blocked major roads and railway lines but its principal tactic to date has been passive resistance rather than outright confrontation.
bbc.com, theguardian.com

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Macron urges climate protesters to target Poland: French President Emmanuel Macron has urged climate activists to move their protests from Paris to Poland, a country that is heavily dependent on coal. He told reporters Poland had blocked his efforts to make the EU commit to carbon neutrality in 2050, along with the Czech Republic, Hungary and Estonia. Macron called on people to protest in Poland to help him move those that he could not push forward, adding that marching every Friday to say that the planet was burning was nice, but not addressing the problem. He also suggested that activists do big operations to clean rivers or Corsica beaches instead of protesting.

Greece: Economy shows signs of recovery euronews.com
Portugal: Campaigning for parliamentary election on 6 October de.euronews.com
France: Five women in court over foiled car bomb attack bbc.com
Sweden: Real estate firm Vonovia buys majority stake in Sweden’s Hembla uk.reuters.com


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German court rules hangovers are illness: A German court has ruled that alcohol hangovers are an illness. That means that the maker of an anti-hangover drink is not allowed to make health claims about its anti-hangover shots and drinks powders. The court said illnesses included even small or temporary changes to the body’s normal state. Food products, including drinks, could not be marketed as being able to prevent or treat illnesses.


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