Tuesday, 9 January 2018: EU eyes bigger budget, Nigel Farage meets Michel Barnier, May reshuffles British cabinet

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

EU eyes bigger budget: EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Monday for an expanded budget to cover more spending on defence, security and controlling migration despite the upcoming departure of Britain. Juncker urged the remaining 27 EU member states to agree to pay more to fill the soon-to-be 13 billion euro annual hole in its budget. His budget chief, the German commissioner Guenther Oettinger, said Brussels’ funding should be increased from its current 1 percent of gross national income across the bloc to something a little over 1.1 percent.
uk.reuters.com, theguardian.com

Nigel Farage meets Michel Barnier: Leading Brexiteer Nigel Farage has met with the EU Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels. The former Ukip leader, who is still an MEP, warned Barnier that unless Brussels offered a compromise then support for Brexit without any trade deal would increase. Margaritis Schinas, chief spokesperson for the Commission, said Barnier and Juncker were always open to the possibility of having meetings with members of the EU Parliament or stakeholders, who are interested in the process.
independent.co.uk, euronews.com

Removing illegal content online: Five EU Commissioners will meet on Tuesday in Brussels with representatives of online platforms to discuss progress made in tackling the spread of illegal content online, including online terrorist propaganda and xenophobic, racist or hate speech as well as breaches of intellectual property rights.
europa.eu

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Russia rejects 1.4 billion euro EU sanctions claim: Russia said on Monday it would contest efforts by the EU to impose 1.39 billion euros in trade sanctions over a World Trade Organisation dispute. The EU said in December it was seeking authorisation to impose the annual trade sanctions, alleging Russia had failed to comply with a WTO ruling on pigs and pork.
reuters.com

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

I think Europe is worth more than one cup of coffee a day.
According to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the current budget costs the European taxpayer one cup of coffee a day.
theguardian.com

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

May reshuffles British cabinet: Prime Minister Theresa May’s planned reshuffle of the UK Cabinet was thrown into chaos when two of her top ministers refused to be moved to new jobs. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt eventually won his argument to stay on after May tried to give him a different role but Justine Greening resigned from the Cabinet when the premier attempted to make her work and pensions secretary. May appointed justice minister David Lidington to the post of cabinet office minister. James Brokenshire resigned as secretary of state for Northern Ireland for medical reasons.
bloomberg.com, nytimes.com

National Union Party wins election in Northern Cyprus: The National Unity Party of Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün came out on top with 36 percent of the vote, ahead of the socialist Republican Turkish Party at 21 percent. Projections show that this should give the UBP 21 seats, short of the 26 seats needed for a majority in the 50-member house.
handelsblatt.com

French government to fight gender wage gap: France’s top women’s rights official Marlene Schiappa says the government is working on a concrete plan to make companies more transparent about the pay gap between men and women. French President Emmanuel Macron was in China on Monday for a three-day state visit designed to bolster economic and political ties between Beijing and the euro zone’s second-largest economy.
nytimes.com, cnbc.com

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Greece plans bond market return in 2018: Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras says a full return to markets in 2018 remains an important target, with the country’s bailout funding formally ending in August. Tsipras cited a steady drop in public borrowing rates as the yield on 10-year bonds remain under 4 percent, touching the lowest level in over a decade.
washingtonpost.com

Macedonia takes emergency measures against air pollution: Macedonian authorities have made public transport temporarily free for all in the capital Skopje, as part of a batch of emergency measures to fight high air pollution levels. The government said Monday that pollution in Skopje was recorded at more than four times above safety levels and that it has decided to ban heavy vehicles entering the city center.
washingtonpost.com

Kosovo: Prime Minister Haradinaj angers citizens with luxury vacation and bigger salary handelsblatt.com
Italy: Biodegradable bags cause outrage nytimes.com
Britain: Parliament staff made 24,000 attempts to view online pornography in four months telegraph.co.uk

⊂ 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 ⊃

Trump postpones his „Fake News Awards“: US President Donald Trump has announced his „Fake News Awards“ will be held later on in January instead of Monday. Trump has promised to hold a mock awards show to slam the mainstream media for their coverage of his administration. He originally planned for the awards show to be held on Monday afternoon but announced Sunday he’ll delay it until January 17.
washingtonexaminer.com

 

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