Wednesday, 11 October 2017: Catalonia independence declaration suspended, North Korean hackers allegedly stole US military plans, Strikes in France and Belgium


Catalonia independence declaration suspended: Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and other regional leaders have signed a declaration of independence from Spain, following the disputed referendum. However, they say the move will not be implemented for several weeks to allow talks with the government in Madrid. Earlier Tuesday, the Spanish government rejected any offer of negotiation. The far-left anarchist CUP party criticised that Puigdemont stopped short of declaring the region an independent polity.,

German industry warns against hard Brexit: Germany’s heavy-machinery association warned against a disruptive UK divorce from the EU, the second industry group in four days to speak out against a so-called hard Brexit. British Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to say how she would vote if there was another EU referendum. According to news reports, Britain could join a formal trade alliance with the United States, Canada and Mexico if the EU refuses to clinch a post-Brexit trade deal.,,

North Korean hackers allegedly stole US military plans: North Korean hackers stole a vast cache of data, including classified wartime contingency plans jointly drawn by the United States and South Korea, when they breached the computer network of the South Korean military last year, a South Korean lawmaker said Tuesday. The EU has extended sanctions aimed at punishing North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. The United Nations has banned four ships from visiting any global port, after they were found violating sanctions imposed on North Korea.,

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Hungary asks EU to review Ukraine ties: Hungary said on Tuesday it would ask the EU to review its ties with Ukraine over Kiev’s decision to stop secondary schools teaching in ethnic minority languages. Ukraine passed a law on Sept. 5 obliging teachers to use only Ukrainian in secondary schools. Hungary, Russia and Romania have all said the law discriminates against the large minorities in Ukraine speaking their languages.

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Strikes in France and Belgium: Thousands of French public sector workers have gone on strike and staged street demonstrations across France to protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s budget cuts. Public sector workers in the French-speaking region of Belgium also went on a 24-hour strike. France’s lower house of parliament gave its backing Tuesday to a ban on producing oil and gas on French territory by 2040.,,

New Dutch coalition plans: The Netherlands’ new four-party coalition led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte published its policy blueprint Tuesday for the coming four years. The document set out a wide range of policies agreed between Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, the Christian Democrats, the centrist and pro-European Union D66 party and the faith-based Christian Union.

Merkel and Macron appeal to cultural diversity: Speaking at the opening gala of the Frankfurt Book Fair, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have promised to foster cultural exchange and European unity. The leaders appealed to tolerance and diversity. Merkel also stressed the importance of Franco-German cooperation for Europe, emphasising the solidarity and friendship between the two countries that is also fostered through literature.

Migrant health crumbles in Greece: A mental health emergency is unfolding in migrant camps on Greece’s islands, fueled by poor living conditions, neglect and violence, charity „Doctors Without Borders“ said on Tuesday. Medical staff have seen a sharp increase in people trying to get help after attempting suicide, harming themselves or suffering psychotic episodes, it said in a report.

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Erdogan falls asleep during press briefing: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared a little fatigued at a press conference in Kiev with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko. The Turkish leader, who couldn’t stifle his yawns, appeared to fall asleep as many as seven times while Poroshenko made a statement at the Presidency Office.



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