Wednesday, 08 August 2018: Sturgeon challenges May over Brexit Plan B in meeting, Erdogan to pay state visit to Germany, Italy passes law targeting temporary work

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

Sturgeon challenges May over Brexit Plan B in meeting: British Prime Minister Theresa May has been challenged to set out a „plan B“ for Brexit during talks with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh. May was in Scotland to mark the signing of a city deal investment package for the south east region. The Scottish first minister complained that there had been no visible progress in the divorce talks since the Chequers plan was unveiled in July and told May that she needed to spell out the future relationship the UK sought to have with the EU. Sturgeon said the prime minister’s Brexit plan „seems to be dead“, asking her to set out an alternative to avoid the UK leaving the EU without a deal. May urged the Scottish government not to sow division over Brexit. She called on Scottish ministers to get behind her negotiating position, adding that a good deal for the UK was a good deal for Scotland.
bbc.co.uk, theguardian.com

EU confronts member states issuing citizenship for money: The European Commission is calling on EU countries to be more cautious when granting citizenships, according to an interview with Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova published in the German daily „Die Welt“ on Tuesday. Jourova said an increasing number of EU member states had been issuing citizenship to third-country nationals if they had previously invested large sums of money in their respective countries. The Commission was extremely concerned about the escalation of „golden passports“ being offered, the Czech politician said.
dw.com

EU defiant in face of Trump threats over Iran trade: US President Donald Trump has warned that countries doing business with Iran will not be doing business with the United States as his administration reimposed sanctions on Iran Tuesday. In an early morning tweet, Trump described the measures as the most biting sanctions ever and warned they would ratchet up to yet another level in November, when US sanctions on Iranian oil will be reimposed. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini directly called on EU companies to defy Trump. Mogherini said it was up to European companies to decide who they trade with. She voiced support for trade as an integral part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, in which Iran pledged to stop its nuclear program in return for the relaxation of sanctions and increased trade relations. Daimler has abandoned plans to expand in Iran.
cnn.com, dw.com, money.cnn.com

EU’s top court backs copyright holder in landmark ruling: Users who publish content freely available on the internet should get consent from the person behind it, Europe’s top court ruled on Tuesday in a boost to the bloc’s creative industries. The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruling came after a secondary school student in Germany downloaded a photograph of Cordoba from a travel website to illustrate a presentation which was then published on the school website. The photographer who took the picture argued the school’s use of his photo was a copyright infringement because he only gave the travel site permission to use it.
reuters.com, politico.eu

EU-Chile: Free trade or neo-colonialism? dw.com
Turkey: Deputy foreign minister to head delegation to Washington reuters.com

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

This is a scandalous and unacceptable decision. The risk of traffic jams if new customs checks are introduced after Brexit is the same for France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Why discriminate against our ports?
Xavier Bertrand, the president of the Calais region in France, described an EU Commission plan that excludes French ports from a new shipping route linking Ireland with the Continent after Brexit as „scandalous and unacceptable“.
politico.eu

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Erdogan to pay state visit to Germany: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will pay a state visit to Germany on 28-29 September, a spokeswoman for German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday, amid efforts by the allies to improves ties strained by a number of disputes. The Turkish president will meet with Steinmeier, with military honours and an official state banquet on the agenda. It was unclear if Erdogan would meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel or other officials. Merkel’s office declined to comment. The number of Turkish citizens who applied for asylum in Germany increased dramatically in July, according to reports on Tuesday. Turkey’s freefalling lira has cranked up the pressure on Turkish banks and corporates, which now account for the bulk of credit ratings downgrades in emerging markets this year, as foreign and domestic debt servicing costs grind ever higher.
reuters.com, dw.com, zeit.de, euronews.com

Italy passes law targeting temporary work: The Italian Senate on Tuesday approved a decree curbing temporary job contracts and penalising firms that move production abroad, passing the first major legislation by the new government. Job security was an election battle cry of Labour Minister Luigi Di Maio, leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement which governs with the right-wing League. The package of measures also includes a ban on advertising of all forms of gambling, which 5-Star says hurts families’ finances and targets the weakest members of society. The legislation aims to fulfill Di Maio’s campaign promise to stop abuse of temporary contracts after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi passed a law to liberalise their use.
reuters.com

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Germany’s government hackers face Constitutional Court: On Tuesday, the data protection group „Digitalcourage“ filed the first Constitutional Court complaint against a German law that permits the use of Trojan spyware by government authorities. The law, which came into effect just under a year ago, allows authorities to read encrypted messages by secretly installing spyware on computers or mobile phones using security exploits. According to the plaintiffs, the laws violate several constitutional rights and jeopardise security rather than guarantee it. Critics fear that the use of Trojan viruses has become the rule rather than the exception for Germany’s security services.
dw.com

Italy: Salvini accuses Spain of fueling European immigration crisis bloomberg.com
Wildfires: Greece to tear down illegal buildings after killer blaze 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 ⊃

Tokyo Olympics to boost security with facial recognition technology: The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are set to make history by being the first to use facial recognition technology, in a move organisers say will boost security and cut down waiting time for athletes. The system is expected to effectively eliminate entry with forged IDs, reduce congestion at accredited waiting lines and reduce athletes‘ stress under hot weather. The facial images of every accredited person for the Olympics and Paralympics will be collected after the approval process and stored in a database to be used to verify identities at accreditation check points. More than 300,000 athletes, Games staff, volunteers and media personnel will have to use the system to enter venues at the event.
euronews.com, cbsnews.com

 

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