Wednesday, 8 November 2017: EU vows tax action after Paradise Papers leaks, Puigdemont seeks alliance, Ex-Labour minister found dead


EU vows tax action after Paradise Papers leaks: Finance ministers representing the world’s largest market vowed to take action following the leak of records exposing prominent members of the global business A-list. The EU has been working on finalising a so-called blacklist of uncooperative tax jurisdictions by the end of the year. Robert Mercer, whose spending assisted US President Donald Trump’s election win, used tax haven of Bermuda to avoid US taxes.,

Ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont seeks alliance: Ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont called on separatist groups to forge a last-minute alliance for next month’s snap regional election to maximise the chances of another parliament that supports independence from Spain. Puigdemont urged pro-independence groups to join forces for the Dec. 21 election in a radio interview from his self-imposed exile somewhere in Belgium.

EU at impasse before final push to clinch carbon market reform: EU negotiators are split over the uses of a new clean technology fund ahead of talks on carbon market reforms on Wednesday. The last round of talks between EU nations, the European Parliament and the EU executive to finalize reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) post-2020 broke down over the issue in October, and the negotiators remain divided.

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Court rejects bid to restore supplies to refugee camp: Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request by refugees for the island’s authorities to restore power, food and water to an Australian-run immigration center where they are currently being held. Five migrants have died as a German NGO and the Libyan coast guard tried to rescue them from their sinking dinghy in the Mediterranean, with each side blaming the other for botching the operation.,

Competition authorities: EU queries Apple over moving to low-tax Jersey
Climate: Syria to ratify the Paris agreement
Aurora Humanitarian index: Majority of refugees not headed for Germany
Venezuela: Chile willing to offer Venezuelan opposition politician political asylum


There is no point in just having one country on the black list tax havens.
Pierre Moscovici, the EU finance commissioner, said on Monday that governments needed to rapidly adopt a European tax haven list.


Ex-Labour minister found dead: The former Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant has been found dead days after it emerged that a number of women had made allegations of improper personal conduct against him. He is understood to have killed himself. North Wales police said on Tuesday that the death was not being treated as suspicious. Sargeant was sacked on Friday from his post as Wales’s cabinet secretary for communities and children.

Joint anti-terrorism raids: French police arrested nine people and another was arrested in Switzerland in coordinated counter-terrorism swoops that follow a spate of deadly attacks in Europe in recent years. Swiss police took a 23-year-old Colombian woman into custody as part of a Swiss investigation into suspected terrorist activity and Islamist militant groups.,

Scottish Parliament evacuated after suspicious package found: The Scottish Parliament was evacuated on Tuesday after a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) received a suspicious package containing white powder. The building was evacuated as a precaution and inquiries are continuing.

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Merkel and ministers must answer lawmakers‘ questions: On Tuesday, the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled that the German government is obliged in principle to answer parliamentary questions in public — unless they jeopardise the welfare of the state. The judgment is intended to allow parliament to detect legal violations and similar grievances in government and administration.

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Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. allowed to call in: Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton at a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign officials last year will be allowed to phone into a hearing Thursday on a court case underpinning US-Russia tensions. The meeting between Veselnitskaya and Trump campaign officials took place last June at Trump Tower.



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