Wednesday, 6 December 2017: Spain drops European arrest warrant for Puigdemont, EU adopts tax haven blacklist, US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital


Spain drops European arrest warrant for Puigdemont: In another twist in the conflict over Catalonia, a Spanish judge on Tuesday withdrew an international arrest warrant for the region’s ousted leader, making clear he was doing so only to guarantee that every former member of the Catalan separatist leadership would be prosecuted strictly. The judge kept a Spanish arrest warrant in place however, which means the Catalan leader would be detained immediately upon arrival in Spain. The surprise decision came just a day after Puigdemont and his allies attended an extradition hearing from their exile in Brussels.,

EU adopts tax haven blacklist: Panama, the United Arab Emirates, and the Marshall Islands are among the 17 countries that the EU has decided to put on its blacklist for tax havens based outside the bloc. EU finance ministers adopted the blacklist on Tuesday, in an unprecedented step to counter worldwide tax avoidance, although they did not agree on financial levies for the listed countries. The countries on the final blacklist face restrictions on EU funding or potential investments from the European Investment Bank. EU governments, meanwhile, can choose to impose their own sanctions against the blacklisted countries.,

US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: US President Donald Trump told Israeli and Arab leaders on Tuesday that he plans to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a symbolically fraught move that would upend decades of American policy and upset efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Trump is expected to announce his decision on Wednesday, two days after the expiration of a deadline for him to decide whether to keep the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.

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EU sets Brexit deadline: The UK risks delaying getting a green light for Brexit talks on transition, trade and future relations, if prime minister Theresa May does not present proposals for the terms of divorce this week, a senior EU diplomat said Tuesday. With Monday’s breakdown of talks in Brussels on the Northern Irish issue, time is running out for member states to prepare the necessary documents. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he expected Britain and the EU to progress soon into the next phase of Brexit negotiations.,

Foreign Ministers agree new areas of Nato-EU cooperation: Foreign Ministers agreed to step up NATO’s cooperation with the EU on Tuesday. Joint work between the organisations will include three new areas: military mobility, information sharing in the fight against terrorism, and promoting women’s role in peace and security. The cooperation between Nato and the EU will be taken to a new level, said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Malta: Three charged for murder of anti-corruption journalist
Lebanon: Saad Hariri withdraws resignation
UN: Myanmar forces may be guilty of genocide against Rohingya


Only if the European Union defines its own interest and projects its own power can it survive.
The US under President Donald Trump is losing its ability to shape global events, requiring Germany and France to jointly assert European interests, according to German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel.


Austria legalises same-sex marriage: Austria’s Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that same-sex couples can marry beginning in 2019, saying existing laws violate constitutional provisions against discrimination. Same-sex couples in Austria have been able to enter into registered partnerships since 2010, a status that provides most of the same rights as marriage, but were unable to legally marry.

Supporters free ex-Georgian leader from Ukrainian police: Ukrainian supporters of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili freed him from a police van on Tuesday after his detention on suspicion of assisting a criminal organisation led to clashes with police in Kiev. Prosecutors said they would make all efforts to regain custody of Saakashvili. Ukrainian prosecutors suspect Saakashvili of receiving financing from a criminal group linked to former president Viktor Yanukovich which planned to overthrow the current government.

Romania’s ex-King Michael dies in Switzerland: Romania’s former King Michael has died in Switzerland at the age of 96. The former monarch played a part in ousting a Nazi-backed leader during the Second World War but was forced into exile by a Communist takeover. King Michael, a member of the House of Hohenzollern and a distant cousin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, was one of the last surviving links to Europe’s royal heads of state before and during World War II.,

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Poland’s PiS may sack PM Szydlo: Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party may replace Prime Minister Beata Szydlo next week with her government’s finance chief, Mateusz Morawiecki, to prepare for a series of elections in coming years, political sources said. Senior PiS officials have said that a change was needed to prepare the party for a string of elections in the next three years. Local elections will be held in 2018, parliamentary in 2019 and presidential in 2020.

Hungary criticises the EU: Hungary is convinced that the EU institutions are on the wrong side of history in the context of the migration crisis, Zoltan Kovacs, the spokesperson of the Hungarian government, told journalists in Brussels on Monday. Kovacs repeated some of the messages from his previous visits. He stressed that Hungary was the first to introduce working and effective measures on the ground against illegal migration, meaning a border fence and arrangements with countries on the other side to take back migrants.

Germany: SPD voters favour minority government over grand coalition
UK: Security service might have prevented Manchester suicide attack

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Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics: The Russian Olympic Committee has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics over an alleged state-sponsored doping scandal. However, individual Russian athletes — who meet strict anti-doping regulations — will be allowed to compete as an “Olympic Athlete from Russia,” under the Olympic flag. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board made the decision in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday night.



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