Wednesday, 17th of June: ECB’s bond-buying ist legal, Talks between creditors and Greece without progress, Putin to boost nuclear arsenal

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

ECB’s bond-buying ist legal: The European Central Bank won crucial backing from the European Court of Justice on Tuesday for its pledge to do whatever it takes to save the euro, defeating a German group’s challenge. The ECB’s bond-buying plan crafted at the height of the euro zone crisis is in line with European law, according to the ECJ. The ruling is an endorsement for the ECB, granting it leeway to take dramatic action in an emergency, albeit with some general conditions.
euractiv.com, euronews.com

Talks between creditors and Greece without progress: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras criticized the creditors for their handling of his country’s debt crisis, accusing them of trying to humiliate Greeks with more cuts. However, Tsipras suggested that a coming summit of EU leaders could be the decisive moment in the negotiations. German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a despondent note, saying it was unclear if a deal could be found when eurozone finance ministers meet on Thursday in Luxembourg. The longer the negotiations drag on, the more the emergency loans accumulate and the bigger the risk of losses become for the other EU countries.
reuters.com, wsj.com, dw.de

Putin to boost nuclear arsenal: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will put more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into service this year. The move comes after the US proposed increasing its military presence in Nato states in Eastern Europe. Nato has condemned the Russian announcement, saying the move was unjustified and dangerous.
bbc.com, reuters.com

New extreme right group in EU Parliament: France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen has announced the formation of the new Europe of Nations and Freedoms (ENF) group in the European Parliament. The group will be co-presided by Le Pen and Marcel de Graaff, of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV). The group’s other parties are the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), Italy’s Northern League and the Belgian Vlaams Belang. While the political programme Europe of Nations and Freedoms group is still undefined, it has already committed to strive for the dissolution of the eurozone.
euractiv.com

EU on track to meet renewable energy targets: The European Union is on track to meet its renewable energy targets for 2013-14. The bloc is aiming to cover one-fifth of its energy requirements with renewable resources like solar and wind power by 2020. Germany is expanding its use of renewable energy sources faster than required by the EU, a report showed Tuesday, helping to keep the bloc on track to reduce the demand for fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
europeonline-magazine.eu

Resolutions on copyright, trade secrets, and industrial espionage: Forthcoming proposals to reform EU copyright law for the digital era and EU digital single market must protect Europe’s cultural diversity and citizens’ access to it, said Legal Affairs Committee MEPs, calling for a fair balance between the rights and interests of rightholders and users. MEPs welcome measures to fight against industrial espionage and protect innovation while safeguarding fundamental freedoms.
europarl.europa.eu, facebook.com/socialdemocrats, eppgroup.eu, alde.eu

EU Court: Court rules Lego figures are protected shape bbc.com
2015 drug report: Cannabis still popular in Europe, heroin use declining europarl.europa.eu
Safe food: Committees vote on new rules for cloning farm animals europarl.europa.eu
TTIP: MEPs to hold TTIP talks on June 29th euobserver.com
Greenpeace study: Cocktails made from up to 13 different pesticides threaten soil and water in Europe greenpeace.de
Industry, Research and Energy Committee: Barriers to EU-wide digital services to come down eppgroup.eu

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

The International Monetary Fund bears a criminal responsibility for the current situation. It is time, that the IMF proposals to solve the debt crisis are examined by not just us, but by Europe as well.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attacks the IMF in a speech in front of the Greek Parliament.
telegraph.co.uk

We are not striving towards changes in the Schengen [agreement]. We do not want to reintroduce systematic checks.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere expresses concerns about countries failing to act responsibly towards incoming refugees and said this could lead to restrictions in traveling within the EU.
dw.de

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Italy and France at odds over refugees: On Tuesday, interior ministers from France and Italy tried to end a dispute over the movement of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East. The two countries have been arguing over the thousands of migrants that Italy has allowed to travel to France in recent months, many of which have been sent by the French authorities back to Italy. Clashes broke out on Italy’s border when Italian police were ordered to round up refugees who have been camped on the frontier.
wsj.com, telegraph.co.uk

German Navy rescues more than 500 refugees: On Monday, the crew of the ship “Schleswig-Holstein” rescued more than 544 people in the Mediterranean Sea, the German armed forces reported. Among them were also 61 children. The refugees were found around 85 kilometers off the Libyan coast in wooden boats.
faz.net

Protest in Donetsk: Residents of Donetsk, the stronghold of pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, have staged a rare anti-war protest in the centre of the city. About 300 locals said they they just wanted the conflict to stop. The protesters asked to speak to the self-proclaimed Donetsk separatist leader, Aleksandr Zakharchenko. When there was no response, the demonstrators briefly blocked the city’s main thoroughfare.
euronews.com, nytimes.com

Hollande in Algiers: French President Francois Hollande visited the former French colony Algeria on Monday for talks on security issues. Hollande later held more than one hour of talks with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika which focused on the conflicts in Libya and Mali and other international issues. Hollande called the fight against terrorism a common battle and added that his talks with Bouteflika should reinforce ties between France and Algeria.
euronews.com, yahoonews.com

Kosovo war crimes recounted: The sentencing of 11 former Kosovo guerrilla fighters of the so-called Drenica group, including two high-ranking officers, for crimes during the 1990s war for independence, send the message that UCK fighters were not only heroes and liberators, some were criminals. Because of the judgement, war veterans blocked the freeway and government representatives criticized a staining of the liberation struggle. The international community calls for a court to follow up on UCK crimes from the years 1998 and 1999.
derstandard.at

Turkey: Governor has journalists arrested after press conference derstandard.at
Slovakia: Vazil Hudak appointed Economy Minister derstandard.at
France: Air France takes pilots to court to force through reforms euronews.com

⊂ DATA ⊃

70 percent of Greeks want to stay in the eurozone despite austerity measures.
sueddeutsche.de

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

politjobs.eu: Fundació Barcelona Promoció seeks Brussels Liaison Officer (German Speaker) *** Verband öffentlicher Versicherer sucht Policy Advisor (m/w) *** Kellen AGEP seeks Stagiaire Consultant *** Inclusion Europe seeks an Executive Director *** VDMA sucht Referent (m/w) Handelspolitik/Wirtschaftsrecht *** Bayer seeks EU Policy Manager *** POLITICO seeks Policy editor/Account Manager *** RISE Foundation seeks Researcher *** ECDHR offers Advocacy & EU Public Affairs Internship
politjobs.eu, politjobs.eu/submit (Inserat schalten)

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

Ukip is Europe’s laziest party: Between July 2014 and May 2015, Ukip’s 23 MEPs have on average participated in only 62.29 percent of votes in the EU Parliament, according to data by VoteWatch Europe. Among the parties of Europe’s seven largest states, Nigel Farage’s party is by far the most absent from parliamentary votes. MEPs of Germany’s leftwing Die Linke and Italy’s Forza Italia are the second and third parties with the lowest participation rate.
theguardian.com

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