⊂ EUROPE ⊃
US Democrats proceed with articles of impeachment against Trump: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday told the House committees investigating President Donald Trump to proceed with articles of impeachment. House Democrats are in the midst of an inquiry into whether Trump abused his power by withholding military aid to Ukraine in exchange for that country announcing investigations for his own political benefit. The House Judiciary Committee announced it will hold a hearing on Monday to hear presentations of evidence from the staff attorneys on the Judiciary and the Intelligence committees. Meanwhile, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been in Budapest and Kyiv this week to talk with former Ukrainian prosecutors for a documentary series intended to debunk the impeachment case, according to the “New York Times”. The Ukrainian government has warned if peace talks between Ukraine and Russia go nowhere and the conditions of a cease-fire are not implemented, Kiev will consider building a wall along its borders with Russia.
cnbc.com, npr.org (Impeachment); nytimes.com (Giuliani); cnbc.com (Ukraine)
European countries accuse Iran of developing nuclear-capable missiles: Ambassadors from France, Germany and the UK have alleged that Iran has developed nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, in a joint letter addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General officially released by the UN on Wednesday. Such activity was inconsistent with a resolution endorsing the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the countries argue. The ambassadors listed four examples of activity indicating nuclear-capable missiles. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denied the allegation.
EU to establish anti-money laundering supervisor: EU finance ministers have backed plans to strengthen the bloc’s powers to combat money laundering after a series of scandals hit European banks. The finance ministers urged the EU Commission to evaluate and develop legislative proposals to establish a new supervisory body and to amend rules to strengthen coordination among national authorities. Anti-money-laundering supervision is largely handled on a country-by-country basis in the EU, rather than by a central agency. The ministers also agreed that private digital currencies like Facebook’s Libra should not be allowed in the EU until the risks they could pose are clearly addressed.
reuters.com, wsj.com (Money laundering); nytimes.com (Digital currencies)
Measures for climate-neutral Europe: The new EU Commission proposed measures to move closer to the goal of a climate-neutral Europe. These include investments to modernise houses, heating systems and public transportation. The European Commissioner for the Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, warned that although the fight against climate change requires a huge investment from the public and the private sector, the costs of non-action would be tremendously high. The EU Parliament and the European Council have reached a deal on a new set of rules governing which financial products can be called “green” and “sustainable”.
zeit.de, euobserver.com, reuters.com
Capital injection: NordLB rescue package gets green light from EU watchdogs news.bloomberglaw.com
Wojciech Wiewiorowski: European Data Protection Supervisor consilium.europa.eu
Energy taxation: Council calls for updated framework contributing to climate neutral EU consilium.europa.eu
⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃
General strike in France: Over half a million people marched in the streets of Paris, Lyon, Marseilles and other French cities Thursday, as more than thirty unions launched a massive workers’ strike that’s meant to force President Emmanuel Macron to reevaluate his plans for pension reform. The Eiffel Tower was shut down as well as most of the light rail lines in Paris. While clashes between small groups of violent protesters and riot police broke out around the country, the walkout was largely peaceful. Protesters in Paris and the western city of Nantes smashed windows and torched cars and riot police charged crowds and used tear gas in response.
EU Parliament concerned about situation in Malta: The arrest of Yorgen Fenech — one of Malta’s richest and most influential men — for his alleged involvement in journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder saw the island nation’s half-million people confront an unprecedented political crisis that reaches the highest levels of government. Fenech has told a court in Malta that he received regular tipoffs about the investigation from the former government chief of staff Keith Schembri. His testimony piled further pressure on Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. The head of an EU Parliament mission to Malta on Wednesday voiced serious concern about Muscat remaining prime minister.
dw.com, theguardian.com, france24.com
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Poland’s Supreme Court says top judiciary panel not independent: Poland’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a judicial oversight panel introduced by the nationalist government to appoint judges was not sufficiently independent. Most of the people serving on the panel, the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS), were chosen by the parliament. It is the latest complication for judicial reforms introduced by the government.
⊂ JOB-BOARD ⊃
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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃
Anti-Brexit protesters gather outside British embassy in Brussels: A small group of demonstrators gathered in front of the British embassy in Brussels on Thursday to protest against Brexit. Demonstrators sang “Imagine” by John Lennon and changed the lyrics to adapt them to fit a Brexit context. They were also protesting against the UK’s policy to prevent British citizens living abroad for more than 15 years from voting in future elections.