Wednesday, August 9th 2017: Minister says contamination of eggs criminal, British judiciary needs more clarity on Brexit, No explosives found in car halted by Brussels police


Minister says contamination of eggs criminal: Germany’s agriculture minister Christian Schmidt said on Tuesday that the contamination of millions of eggs with a potentially harmful insecticide was criminal, as authorities in several European countries continued to investigate the food safety scare. Retailers in several European countries have pulled millions of eggs from supermarket shelves as the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil widened. Millions of hens may need to be culled in the Netherlands.

British judiciary needs more clarity on Brexit: The UK’s most senior judge said the British government must provide more guidance on how British law will be developed and the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) after Brexit. The British parliament must be very clear in informing judges about how to take into account decisions from the EU’s highest court after the UK leaves the bloc, Lord David Edmond Neuberger, who is president of the UK’s Supreme Court, said on Tuesday. Currently Britain must abide by ECJ judgments but Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has said that Britain will leave its jurisdiction after Brexit.,

Leaked transcript of Turnbull’s call with Trump shows him at his worst: About a week after Donald Trump was inaugurated as US President, he had a phone conversation with Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. The call focused on the deal earlier done with the Obama administration, under which the US would take a number of refugees currently held in Australian offshore detention centers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus island and Nauru, and Australia would receive a corresponding number of people the US wanted to resettle elsewhere. The transcript of the phone call, released by the „Washington Post“, discloses several uncomfortable things. Firstly, the number to be resettled in the US is entirely up to them (according to Turnbull).

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Venezuela assembly declares self top gov’t body: Venezuela’s new constitutional assembly has passed a decree declaring itself superior to all other branches of government. The order passed Tuesday bars the opposition-controlled National Assembly and other agencies from taking any action that would interfere with the laws passed by the pro-government super-body. Venezuelan security forces have systematically wielded excessive force to suppress protests, killing dozens, and have arbitrarily detained 5,000 people since April, including 1,000 still in custody, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday.,

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I will obviously stand for reelection at the next party convention. The SPD could use some longer terms for its chairmen.
German SPD chancellor candidate Martin Schulz said Tuesday he intends to stay as leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) even if he fails to beat his rival Angela Merkel in federal elections on September 24.


No explosives found in car halted by Brussels police: Belgian prosecutors said no explosives were found in a car stopped by police gunfire after a high-speed chase in the flash-point Brussels suburb of Molenbeek. Police chased the car after the driver ran a red light and the vehicle was involved in two collisions before it was finally brought to a halt, Ine Van Wymersch, spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor’s office, said. She declined to identify the suspect, but said he was a Rwandan national born in 1981 who was not previously known to police.

Turkey grants German lawmakers access to soldiers as part of Nato trip: The Turkish government will allow German lawmakers to visit soldiers stationed at an airbase in Turkey as part of a Nato delegation next month. In a letter to the head of Germany’s parliamentary defense committee, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the Turkish government agreed to a Nato proposal which allows German members of parliament to visit troops stationed at an air base near Konya on September 8. Under the proposal, Nato Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller can take up to seven members of the German parliamentary defense committee with her on a trip to Konya.

No first lady title for Brigitte Macron: The French president’s wife, Brigitte Macron, will not be given an official “first lady” title or her own budget, the French government has said following a petition against a proposed change to her status. A transparency charter will be published in the next few days to clarify the position of Emmanuel Macron’s wife, but presidential aides insist her role will be strictly public and not political.

Hungary introduces compulsory military training: The Hungarian government is planning compulsory military training in schools, but not at the expense of physical education, said State Secretary for Education Zoltan Maruza for the Mayor Iddo newspaper. According to him, patriotic and military training corresponds to modern realities and knowledge, it is like history and geography.

Italy: Rome is calling for emergency because of drought
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Merkel to face questions of YouTubers: Ahead of the election in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to spend an hour fielding questions from four young YouTubers in a livestream session. The YouTubers represent a broad range of interests, the broadcaster said in a statement, from fashion and lifestyle to gadgets and technology. People are invited to send their questions for the Chancellor via #DeineWahl (Your Choice).



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