Tuesday, 5 December 2017: Britain and EU fail to reach Brexit deal, Ireland to finally start reclaiming Apple back taxes, Portugal’s Centeno to head Eurogroup

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

Britain and EU fail to reach Brexit deal: Britain and the EU failed to reach a Brexit deal on Monday despite significant progress on key outstanding issues, both sides announced in Brussels. After talks over lunch, British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker acknowledged that some issues remained unresolved. European Council President Donald Tusk is reported to have cancelled a trip to the Middle East where he was to Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
cnn.com, express.co.uk

Ireland to finally start reclaiming Apple back taxes: Ireland will begin collecting 13 billion euros in back taxes from Apple Inc. as soon as early next year, Ireland’s Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said Monday. Ireland and Apple had reached an agreement to the principles and operation of the escrow fund into which the US iPhone maker was expected to pay the money. Donohoe said Ireland was still contesting the EU Commission’s ruling, but would be complying with its obligations in terms of collecting the money from Apple.
wsj.com, dw.com

Portugal’s Centeno to head Eurogroup: Portugal’s Finance Minister Mario Centeno will be the next president of the Eurogroup, after clinching a majority vote from his 18 eurozone peers in Brussels on Monday. Centeno will succeed the incumbent President Jeroen Dijsselbloem in the new year when the Dutchman’s mandate for the post ends. The Eurogroup is an informal but powerful gathering of 19 eurozone finance ministers, who meet once a month to discuss major economic and monetary policies that cut across the bloc.
politico.eu

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Lufthansa prepared to give up most of Niki slots: Lufthansa is prepared to give up a large part of carrier Niki’s airport slots in order to get EU approval for the acquisition of the Air Berlin unit. Lufthansa is also planning to buy Air Berlin unit LGW plus take on other planes from the insolvent carrier but the EU Commission, which is concerned about Lufthansa’s potential dominance in Germany as a result of the plan, last week extended its deadline for a decision on the deal to Dec. 21.
uk.reuters.com

Maltese police arrest ten suspects in murder of journalist: Maltese police have arrested ten suspects in the murder of anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. The family of the murdered journalist took no comfort from the detentions, complaining that they had been announced by the prime minister instead of the police, a blurring of responsibilities. Galizia was murdered in October when her car blew up as she tried to drive away from her house in northern Malta. She wrote a blog in which she persistently exposed cases of alleged graft, targeting government and opposition politicians alike.
euractiv.com, nytimes.com

Pyongyang: UN political chief heads to North Korea on rare visit washingtonpost.com
European Central Bank: ECB to pause bond buys around Christmas reuters.com
Reforms: EU Commission wants to let Italy off the hook welt.de
United States: Trump calls Roy Moore to offer his endorsement cnn.com

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

We can have this Marshall Plan model. Austria and Germany are still recycling this money, using it from this Marshall Plan which was done seventy years ago or so.
The European cohesion policy can be inspired by the post-World War II Marshall Plan model and achieve by 2023 added value of 3-4 euros for every euro invested in the 2014-2020 period, according to Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Cretu.
euractiv.com

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Four top separatists to stay in jail: Two senior figures in the sacked Catalan separatist government must stay in jail but six others can go free, a Spanish supreme court judge has ruled. The six set to leave Spanish jails must post bail of 100,000 euros each. Two top activists must also remain in jail. A Belgian court will decide on December 14 whether to extradite former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four other ousted leaders to Spain, their lawyers said Monday.
bbc.com, politico.eu

German SPD to start talks with Merkel next week: The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats on Monday approved tentative talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats on forming a government if a party conference this week gives the go-ahead. The move closer to a possible so-called „grand coalition“ came amidst growing frustration that Germany has gone 71 days without a new government. The SPD stressed, however, that this did not mean they wanted to rule with the CDU again – it was key for the party that the talks remain non-binding.
dw.com

Ghana’s president surprises Macron with rejection of development aid: Following the fifth AU-EU summit in Abidjan, French President Emmanuel Macron visited a number of African states, including Ghana. Unlike other African heads of state, however, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo found clear words on how he plans to make his country independent of development aid in the future.
euractiv.de

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CSU’s Seehofer to step down as Bavaria’s premier: Horst Seehofer is set to step down as Bavaria’s state premier before local elections next year in order to end an internal crisis within his Christian Social Union, the sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. Seehofer said he would hand over the state premiership to his 50-year-old finance minister, Markus Söder, in the first quarter of next year — giving his successor time to settle in before a state election in the fall.
dw.com, politico.eu

Germany: BMW says exhaust systems do not shut off in road conditions reuters.com

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

politjobs.eu: Bitkom sucht Referent europäische Digitalpolitik (w/m) *** Int. Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory seeks Innovation Project Manager *** Int. Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory seeks Project Assistant for EU Funded Projects *** PwC seeks Public Affairs Senior Manager Belgium *** Johnson & Johnson seeks Policy Assistant, Government Affairs & Policy EMEA *** Public Policy Manager, Connectivity *** Ryanair offers Public Affairs internship
politjobs.eu, politjobs.eu/submit (Inserat schalten)

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

New drone technology wins Innovation Radar Prize 2017: A new drone is making a buzz across Europe: its technology means that risky industrial inspections can become safer and more cost-effective. This project was selected among the 20 finalists of this year’s Innovation Radar Prize – a European Commission initiative to identify EU-funded innovations with high market potential.
euronews.com

 

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