⊂ EUROPE ⊃
Pilot dies after Eurofighter crash: Two Eurofighter military jets crashed in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Monday, Germany’s air force, the Luftwaffe, said on Monday. Both pilots ejected and one of the pilots was found alive, hanging in a tree canopy after deploying his parachute. The other pilot was found dead. The mid-air collision happened as three Eurofighter Typhoons were taking part in an air combat exercise. Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced there would be an investigation into the incident. In a press statement, the Luftwaffe denied rumours that the two jets had been armed with explosives, but nonetheless told the public to stay away from the crash sites. At least part of the wreckage fell on the area of Malchow, with police warning locals not to approach.
dw.com, bbc.com, theguardian.com
United States impose new sanctions on Iran: US President Donald Trump has signed off on an order levelling new sanctions against Iran. The measures will target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other Iranian officials, including eight senior commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Trump described the sanctions as hard hitting and said they would deny Khamenei and others in his office access to the US financial system and assets in the US. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he has not consulted with allies specifically on these sanctions, although he has discussed Iran and sanctions with allies recently. The US is largely acting alone among allies as it ratchets up pressure on the Iranian regime. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced US plans to build a global coalition against Iran. A German foreign ministry spokesman said Berlin had taken note via the media of Pompeo’s comments on a coalition, a formulation that indicated the country had yet to be asked to join directly.
cbsnews.com, dw.com, abcnews.com
Poland law reforms break EU law: The European Court of Justice has ruled that Poland had violated EU law as well as the independence of its courts when it enacted a controversial reform to its Supreme Court lowering the age of retirement for judges. The measure had forced 20 of the country’s 72 top court judges to leave the bench earlier than planned. The reform was not justified by a legitimate objective and undermined the principle of the irremovability of judges, that principle being essential to their independence, the European court said in its judgement.
Italy may have more time to address debt woes: The European Commission could give Italy until January to make fiscal policy changes under an EU debt procedure, minutes of an EU meeting show. Unless the Italian government makes concessions this week on its spending plans for 2019 and 2020, the EU Commission is expected to propose in July that a disciplinary procedure be opened over Italy’s rising debt. But Brussels is considering giving Italy six months to address the most urgent shortfalls, according to minutes of the Commission’s meeting.
Migration: Asylum applications in the EU drop for the third year running brusselstime.com
Fake News: MEPs to join forces against disinformation euractiv.com
United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation: China’s Qu Dongyu beats EU candidate for FAO leadership euractiv.com
⊂ QUOTES ⊃
„I don’t see a Franco-German axis. Instead, I see a revisionist Mr. Macron doing everything he can to destroy European democracy.“
The head of Germany’s conservative delegation in the EU Parliament, Daniel Caspary, said French President Emmanuel Macron had adopted an anti-German stance by opposing Manfred Weber as EU Commission president.
⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃
German CDU party leader supports Manfred Weber: The head of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said her party would still stand by European People’s Party (EPP) candidate Manfred Weber in his bid to become the next EU Commission president, despite dwindling support for his candidacy among national leaders. She urged Europe’s socialists and liberals to reconsider their opposition to the conservative candidate. Just before last week’s summit, leaders of the Socialists and Democrats and the liberal-centrist Renew Europe groups in the EU Parliament told Weber they would not support him for the Commission presidency.
Belgium arrests suspect over US embassy attack plot: Belgian police have arrested a man on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack on the US embassy in Brussels, prosecutors said Monday. The Belgian man was taken into custody on Saturday following a string of threats. According to Belgian state broadcaster RTBF, the man had been under police surveillance and was recently seen acting suspiciously near the embassy. He was charged with preparing a terrorist attack. The suspect has denied the charges.
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Shots fired at mosque in Spain: Spanish police are searching for a gunman who fired up to four shots at a mosque in the Spanish exclave of Ceuta, on the northern coast of Morocco. Nobody was killed or injured in the attack, which happened at dawn on Monday as some worshippers were praying inside, police told Spanish news agency EFE. The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.
Germany: Social Democrats adopt gender parity leadership model dw.com
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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃
Winter Olympics 2026 will be hosted in Milan: The International Olympic Committee announced Monday that Italy’s bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2026 has been accepted. The Italian bid was chosen over the only other candidate, a dual bid between Stockholm and the ski resort of Are, Sweden. Northern Italy had been expected to win, given that there was much broader public support there and a greater willingness by government officials to offer financial guarantees.
nbcnews.com, nytimes.com, paralympic.org