Wednesday, 18 October 2017: Protests after Spain detains separatists, OECD calls for second Brexit referendum, EU horrified by killing of Maltese journalist


Protests after Spain detains separatists: Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Catalonia to protest against a judge’s decision to detain Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, two prominent pro-independence leaders. The men were leading figures in the disputed 1 October independence vote, which Madrid has branded illegal. Spain’s Constitutional Court appeared to back central government’s position on Tuesday, ruling the vote void. A military F18 fighter plane crashed on the outskirts of Madrid on Tuesday killing its pilot, the Spanish Defence Ministry said.,,

OECD calls for second Brexit referendum: Britain’s economy would receive a significant boost if Brexit was reversed in a second referendum, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) said in a report published on Tuesday. The international economic body said Britain’s 2016 decision to leave the EU could stifle growth for years to come. The UK’s intelligence services are facing an intense challenge from terrorism, the head of MI5 has warned.,

EU approves financial assistance for Jordan: The EU Commission has approved the disbursement of a 100 million euro loan to Jordan under its Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme. Assistance to Jordan is intended to strengthen the country’s foreign exchange reserve position and to help Jordan meet its balance of payments and budgetary financing needs.

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EU Commission horrified by killing of Maltese journalist: The Commission expressed its horror on Tuesday at the killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bombing, condemning it in strongest possible terms and called for those responsible to be brought to justice. Nine journalists have been killed for their work this year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.,

Security: EU Commission calls on cities to fight terrorism
Climate finance: EU and member states‘ contributions increased in 2016


Schäuble set to wield authority as parliamentary president: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has named Wolfgang Schäuble as their candidate for the role of Bundestag president. The move marks the end of Schäuble’s eight-year reign in the German Finance Ministry. The leader of Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP), Christian Lindner, said he does not want the conservative CDU party to head the finance ministry again. Lindner said he would be on board with a new finance minister from the Green party, his own party, or even Merkel’s sister party, the CSU.,

French police arrest 10 far-right militants: French anti-terrorist police have arrested ten far-right militants after an investigation showed they may have had vague plans of carrying out a violent attack on a place of worship or a person, a court official said on Tuesday. The men, aged between 17 and 25, were suspected of planning attacks on mosques and politicians.

Poland supports Turkey’s EU bid: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on his first visit to an EU country since last year’s failed military coup and subsequent crackdown, received support for Ankara’s bid to join the bloc from his Polish host, President Andrzej Duda, on Tuesday. Erdogan urged EU leaders to simply say whether or not they want to admit Turkey as an EU member.

Gabriel calls for Iraq and Kurdistan to avoid further escalation: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that an escalation of the conflict between the central and regional governments weakened all sides and military action must be stopped immediately. Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq surrendered all disputed oil fields to Iraq’s military on Tuesday. The Iraqi military operation to retake the disputed areas was aided by an agreement with a Kurdish faction to withdraw from them peacefully.

Bulgaria: Anti-corruption law to come as soon as possible
Electricity: Cyprus set to come in from the cold and end energy isolation

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Trump drops 92 places in the Forbes rich list: Donald Trump, whose business empire has continued to operate alongside his US presidency, has fallen close to 100 places in a prestigious ranking of America’s wealthiest people. The „Forbes“ annual list ranking the 400 richest Americans, says Trump has tumbled 92 places to 248th.



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