Wednesday, 24th May 2017: Britain raises terrorism threat level after Manchester attack, Turkey cancels visit by German parliamentary delegation, Brussels releases criteria to host EU agencies after Brexit

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

Turkey cancels visit by German parliamentary delegation: A German delegation which was expected to visit Turkey between May 25 and May 28 has cancelled the planned trip. Claudia Roth, vice president of the German Parliament, will make a statement regarding the decision on Wednesday. Turkey is vetoing Austria’s cooperation with NATO. Austria, which has several hundred troops in Kosovo, said the move was irresponsible. Turkish authorities have issued detention orders for 33 people at the telecommunications watchdog and 36 people at the capital markets watchdog.
spiegel.de, politico.eu, reuters.com

Brussels releases criteria to host EU agencies after Brexit: Countries bidding to host the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority have until July 31 to submit their entries, according to the EU Commission. To select the winner, there will be repeated rounds of voting resulting in a final of two countries.  The winning entry will need a majority of votes from fellow EU members. The final decision is anticipated by October at the latest.
politico.eu

Europe’s top destinations for foreign investment: One in five international companies count Germany among the top three investment locations globally, and the country is fast developing a reputation as the best place to do business in Europe, according to a survey of 505 companies by EY. Germany was ranked the third best place to do business, behind China and the United States. Britain and France both came in seventh. The number of foreign investment projects in Germany increased by 12 percent last year to 1,063, just behind Britain with 1,144, which was up 7 percent.
global.handelsblatt.com, independent.co.uk

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Tedros picked to lead World Health Organisation: On Tuesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a health expert from Ethiopia, was elected as the new director-general to lead the United Nations agency focused on international public health. Tedros, who is the first African to hold the position, beat out Britain’s Dr. David Nabarro and Pakistan’s Dr. Sania Nishtar for the role. He succeeds China’s Dr. Margaret Chan, who was WHO chief for 10 years. As director-general of WHO, Tedros will be responsible for deciding which medical issues will take priority and when crises like disease outbreaks will be treated as global emergencies.
time.com, dw.com

Mediterranean: New refugee tragedy feared dailymail.co.uk
State aid: Commission approves reductions on cogeneration surcharges for energy-intensive companies in Germany and Italy europa.eu
Charlemagne Youth Prize: Erasmus project from Poland europarl.europa.eu
Philippines: Duterte declares martial law dw.com
North Korea: South Korean military fires warning shots at object flown from North dw.com

⊂ QUOTES ⊃

It is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack.
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday night that the government had raised its terrorism threat level to the highest level.
nytimes.com

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Britain raises terrorism threat level after Manchester attack: British police on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who killed 22 people in an attack on a crowded concert hall in Manchester. The suspect was named as Salman Abedi, aged 22. Isis claimed responsibility for what it called a revenge attack, but there appeared to be contradictions in its account of the operation. British Prime Minister Theresa May called all acts of terrorism cowardly. Election campaigning in Britain was suspended as a mark of respect. The government raised its terrorism threat level to the highest level. US President Donald Trump, speaking during his trip to Bethlehem, offered prayers for Manchester.
nytimes.com, reuters.com, npr.org

Schäuble sees deal for Greece soon: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble expressed some confidence on Tuesday that Greece’s international creditors would overcome their differences and agree in three weeks on a deal that would release more loans to Athens. Schäuble said no agreement had been reached on Monday, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) proving to be difficult in the talks and one member state refusing to back a deal. The German government is not blocking anything, it is just sticking to the rules, Schäuble said.
reuters.com

Trump in Italy: US President Donald Trump arrived in Italy on Tuesday ahead of meetings with Pope Francis and Italian leaders, on the third leg of his first international trip since taking office. Trump is due to spend less than 24 hours in Italy before flying to Brussels for talks with EU and NATO chiefs. He will return to Italy on Thursday for a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations in Sicily.
reuters.com

Error in German state election: Election officials in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) are re-examining all vote tallies after errors were discovered in the state election a little over a week ago. A spokesman said that officials have asked all 128 voter districts to re-examine their vote tallies for abnormalities. Any errors found are likely to be small ones, and thus would be very unlikely to change the final results. The CDU and FDP parties in NRW have made first decisions at the beginning of their coalition negotiations.
spiegel.de

Germany: Gabriel asks Poland for more commitment to Europe handelsblatt.com
Hungary: Government calls for US support to reach university agreement politico.eu
Netherlands: Coalition talks on hold politico.eu

⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃

politjobs.eu: Club of Rome seeks Associate Project & Communications Manager *** Goethe Institute seeks a manager (m/f) for the European learning platform project for regional training networks *** Goethe Institut seeks an assistant (m/f) for the project European Learning Platform for Regional Education Networks *** GIZ seeks Advisor (m/f) Economic Analysis and Policy *** IASS seeks Two Senior Research Associates (m/f) for the project “Co-Creation and Contemporary Policy Advice” *** CECIMO seeks EU Public Affairs Manager *** Huawei Technologies offers internship *** European Green Party seeks Campaign Manager
politjobs.eu, politjobs.eu/submit (Inserat schalten)

⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

German schools change difficult English exam: German officials are changing a school English exam which many students and teachers deemed too difficult – partly because it included a poor recording of Prince Harry mumbling in a speech that he gave at a children’s centre in Lesotho in 2015. The decision in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia came after an online student petition collected more than 43,000 signatures. The exam was part of the state’s middle-school leaving exams, taken by 16-year-olds, and counted for half of all the marks in English.
bbc.com

 

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