Monday, 26 October 2020: France recalls ambassador after Erdogan attacks Macron, Far-right protesters clash with Rome police, Spain declares new coronavirus state of emergency

⊂ EUROPE ⊃

France recalls ambassador after Erdogan attacks Macron: France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said French President Emmanuel Macron needed “some sort of mental treatment” over his attitude towards Muslims in France. Macron had vowed to crack down on radical Islamism in France after the country was shaken by the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty over a week ago. In a highly unusual move, a French presidential official said that the French ambassador to Turkey was being recalled from Ankara for consultations and would meet Macron to discuss the situation in the wake of Erdogan’s outburst. The Élysée official, who asked not to be named, also said that France had noted the absence of messages of condolence and support from the Turkish president after Paty’s murder. The official expressed concern over calls by Turkey for a boycott of French goods. French products have been removed from some shops in Kuwait, Jordan and Qatar.
apnews.com, cnn.com, france24.com, bbc.com

Turkey extends controversial Mediterranean gas exploration: Turkey announced on Saturday that it is extending a gas exploration mission in a disputed area of the Mediterranean Sea until 4 November. The Turkish government said the “Oruc Reis” seismic survey vessel, accompanied by two support ships — the Ataman and Cengiz Han — will operate in the area south of the Greek island of Rhodes for an additional week. Greece and Turkey are locked in a dispute over the extent of their continental shelves and conflicting claims to hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean.
dw.com

Climate activist accuses EU Parliament of “surrender” on climate: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has accused MEPs of surrendering on the climate and environment by voting in favour of a watered-down reform of the EU’s common agricultural policy. The European Parliament voted late on Wednesday in favour of proposals put forward by the main political groups that will continue 60% of the current direct payments to farmers with weak or non-existent green conditions attached.
theguardian.com

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Nagorno-Karabakh: US, Armenia, Azerbaijan announce third attempt at cease-fire dw.com
Nuclear weapons prohibition treaty made official with 50th UN signatory theguardian.com
Venezuela: Opposition figure Leopoldo López leaves Spanish embassy bbc.com

⊂ QUOTE OF THE DAY ⊃

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⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Belarus police use stun grenades against protesters: The Belarus interior ministry is checking reports of gunfire during clashes between security services and protesters, Russia’s RIA news cited it as saying on Sunday. Protesters gathering ahead of an ultimatum demanding President Alexander Lukashenko resign by midnight on Sunday clashed with police en route to the Independence Palace in Minsk. Security services used at least ten stun grenades to disperse the crowd, Russian news agencies cited their correspondents at the scene as saying. The interior ministry confirmed that riot control weapons had been deployed, the TASS news agency reported. Lukashenko spoke with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call on Saturday, in which the Belarusian leader said his country and Russia were ready to respond jointly to external threats.
reuters.com, dw.com

Far-right protesters clash with Rome police: The Italian government on Sunday adopted a raft of new measures aimed at curbing a spike in new coronavirus cases, which have been doubling every week for three weeks. Under the new rules, bars and restaurants must close at 6 pm, and can stay open later only for takeaway service. Consuming food and drinks in public places will also be banned from 6 pm. Dozens of far-right protesters in Rome clashed with riot police during a demonstration against the curfew. Police in the Italian capital arrested seven protesters and reported two officers injured, according to the Repubblica daily. Warsaw police detained 278 people on Saturday after thousands protested against new curbs aimed at containing the spread of the virus. Some 2,000 demonstrators gathered at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz on Sunday to protest against the German capital’s coronavirus restrictions.
politico.eu, france24.com (Italy); reuters.com (Poland); dw.com (Germany)

Spain declares new coronavirus state of emergency: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Sunday declared the country’s second state of emergency, imposing a curfew in all regions except for the Canary Islands. The curfew lasts from 11 pm to 6 am local time with regional leaders allowed to vary the times, provided the measures are stricter. Health officials have been targeting nightlife and partying as some of the main sources for the latest revival of infections. Authorities want to avoid a second complete shutdown of the country to avoid dealing another heavy blow to an economy that the pandemic has plunged into recession and destroyed hundreds of thousands of jobs.
dw.com, apnews.com

Conservatives win Lithuania election: The Lithuanian centre-right opposition has won the second round of legislative elections, according to preliminary results. The conservative party, which got 25% of the vote in the first round, took 49 of the 141 seats in parliament, while Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ Union of Farmers and Greens, which had received 17% in the first round, won only 32, preliminary results indicated.
euronews.com

Belgium: Infected doctors allegedly supposed to work anyway spiegel.de
Slovakia: First phase of nationwide mass test ended n-tv.de
Bulgaria: Prime Minister Borissov tests positive for coronavirus politico.eu
Ukraine: Elections a test for President Zelensky faz.net
Germany: President Steinmeier warns not to forget “humanity’s other great challenges” dw.com

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⊂ MALFUNCTION ⊃

France deports Bosnian family: France has expelled a Bosnian family who had beaten and shaved the hair of an adolescent girl who wanted to marry a young Serbian man, the interior ministry said in a statement. The ministry said five members of the girl’s family in the eastern city of Besancon had been deported to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Saturday morning. The girl, a minor, will be taken care of by social services and will obtain the right of residence in France.
reuters.com

 

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