Wednesday, 28 November 2018: Ukraine warns of full-scale war, European court to rule on whether Brexit can be reversed, Macron acknowledges plight of protesters


Ukraine warns of full-scale war: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned of a threat of full-scale war with Russia. The number of Russian units deployed along the Ukraine-Russian border had grown dramatically and the number of Russian tanks had tripled, Poroshenko said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a court in Crimea has ordered the Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia at the weekend to be detained for two months. The EU is discussing sanctions against Russia to punish it for capturing three Ukrainian vessels at sea. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said Germany could mediate between Ukraine and Russia. However, Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said mediation was unnecessary. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and various members of her cabinet have appealed to both sides of the conflict to de-escalate. Green party politician Omid Nouripour criticised that the German government called on both Ukraine and Russia to de-escalate, when in fact Russia bore most of the responsibility. German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen called on Russia to release the Ukrainian servicemen detained on Sunday. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday floated the idea of cancelling a scheduled meeting with President Vladimir Putin because of the Ukraine crisis.,,,,

European court to rule on whether Brexit can be reversed: European Court of Justice (ECJ) judges are considering a legal challenge over whether the UK can halt Brexit by reversing Article 50, the clause that initiated the country’s departure from the EU. A claim by a cross-party group of six Scottish MPs, MEPs and MSPs argues politicians at Westminster can stop the process without needing the consent of the other 27 EU member states. British Prime Minister Theresa May has denied claims from DUP leader Arlene Foster that she had given up on negotiations before agreeing the Brexit deal. May also rejected US President Donald Trump’s suggestions that the deal could threaten future US-UK trade deals. May reiterated that the plan clearly identified that Britain will have an independent trade policy, and that it had already begun discussions with Washington.,,,

EU climate chief calls for net-zero emissions by 2050: The European Union’s Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete has called on the EU to aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. With President Donald Trump pulling the United States out of international efforts to curb global warming, Canete said the EU had to lead by example at the next round of United Nations talks on climate change opening in Katowice, Poland, on Sunday. The 2050 strategy to be presented by the EU executive on Wednesday sets out eight scenarios for the bloc’s 28 nations to cut emissions in line with the Paris Agreement – two of which chart of a course for the Europe to become climate neutral.

Plan to stop time change delayed: EU ministers will call for the European Union to postpone a plan to scrap daylight saving time to 2021, according to a draft text prepared by the Austrian presidency. The text calls for more work from the Commission to outline the impacts of its proposal. The delay follows pressure from countries including Portugal, Greece and the Netherlands to maintain the clock change or provide more information to justify scrapping the twice-yearly shift. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had set out legislation to end the clock change, saying evidence was not conclusive as to whether the benefits of summer-time arrangements outweigh the inconveniences linked to a biannual change of time. Several countries are planning to carry out national consultations to decide whether to move to permanent summer or endless winter time.

Turkish investigators search for Khashoggi remains: A villa searched by Turkish police for the remains of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi belonged to a friend of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, reports said Tuesday. Mohammed Ahmed al-Fawzan is described by „Hurriyet“ as a close friend of the Crown Prince. In a video shared on the Turkish news outlet’s website, large portraits of the Crown Prince and King Salman could be seen hanging on a wall inside al-Fawzan’s villa. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday he has listened to a „disgusting“ tape that allegedly captures Khashoggi’s killing.,

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The outlook ahead of the summit is rather bleak.
The chairman of European Union leaders Donald Tusk and the head of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, have warned that global trade tensions are putting at risk the commitments of the world’s 20 biggest economies (G20) to keep markets open.


Macron acknowledges plight of protesters: French President Emmanuel Macron has said he understands the complaints of anti-government protesters who have blockaded French roads and petrol depots over fuel tax rises, but insisted he would not change his policy. Macron said his administration needed to be smarter in its policymaking to avoid a two-speed France emerging, where workers in outer-urban areas felt left behind. He acknowledged the increase in diesel tax, which kicked in just as pump prices were rising, had inflicted more pain than anticipated. The president also announced that four to six nuclear reactors would be closed before 2030. But that only that of Fessenheim near Mulhouse in northeastern France would be shut before the end of the current presidential mandate.,

Next step in disciplinary action over Italy debt this week: EU government representatives are set to back on Thursday the EU Commission’s disciplinary move against Italy over its debt, according to a document seen by „Reuters“. The move is expected to be approved this week despite signals from Rome that it could tweak its fiscal targets for next year in the direction of EU requirements. Italy is not complying with EU regulations that require it to reduce its excessive debt.

Americans and Germans can’t agree on state of relationship: According to a new study carried out by Pew Research Center in the US and by Körber-Stiftung in Germany, 70% of Americans said the relationship between the two countries was good, while 73% of Germans said the relationship was bad. That’s a big jump on the German side from 2017, when 56% said the relationship was bad. While most Germans said current ties were at something of a low point, a comfortable majority of Americans viewed relations positively. On the level of cooperation between the countries, Germans were also more circumspect. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina on Friday and Saturday. Trump has warned China that he expects to move ahead on the imposition of higher import tariffs on Chinese goods. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has denied meeting Julian Assange, following a report he had met with the WikiLeaks founder at least three times in previous years.,, (Merkel), (China), (Manafort)

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End to Berlusconi’s appeal of public office ban: The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday struck out Silvio Berlusconi’s challenge of an Italian law that bans the former Italian premier from holding public office over a tax fraud conviction. Berlusconi had argued that an Italian law that bans anyone who is sentenced to more than two years in prison from holding public office for six years contravenes human rights law.

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Third of Europeans know little about Holocaust: Anti-Semitic stereotypes are alive and well in Europe, while the memory of the Holocaust is starting to fade, a sweeping new survey by CNN revealed. 34% of Europeans surveyed said they knew just a little or had never heard of the Holocaust, while 20% of French people between the ages of 18 and 34 said they had never heard of the Holocaust, the mass murder of some six million Jews and millions others by the Nazi regime in the 1930s and 1940s. A third of Europeans said Jewish people use the Holocaust to advance their own positions or goals, according to the poll, for which 7,000 people across Europe were surveyed in September.,



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