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  • [Ticker] Belgian region threatens to block EU-Mercosur trade deal

    Elio Di Rupo, minister-president of the government of the region of Wallonia in Belgium said he was against a trade deal between the EU and the South American trade bloc Mercosur, adding that he would not give the Belgian federal government the power to negotiate it. The main reason was that South American beef would compete with beef production in Wallonia and its 9,000 beef farmers, he said.

    Posted: by euobserver

  • [Ticker] EU to cut pre-accession aid to Turkey by 75 percent

    EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has written a letter to the European Parliament in which he states that the EU will cut pre-accession aid to Turkey by 75 percent, Deutsche Welle reports. The cut is a response to Turkey’s invasion of Syria and its illegal gas drilling off Cyprus’ coast. It will receive just €185m for strengthening democracy and rule of law and rural development.

    Posted: by euobserver

  • [Ticker] Libya peace talks: 'new spirit' to find solution

    The Libya conference in Berlin on Sunday concluded with a “new spirit” to find a lasting solution for peace, German chancellor Angela Merkel said. World leaders agreed on applying a stricter arms embargo to Libya and to refrain from intervening in the conflict. But the warring parties of prime minister Hayez al-Sarraj and war lord Khalifa Haftar refused to sit together at the talks.

    Posted: by euobserver

  • [Ticker] Malta: Another minister resigns over Caruana Galizia murder

    Justyne Caruana, Malta’s minister responsible for the island of Gozo, has resigned after a paper reported links between her policeman husband and the man suspected of masterminding the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Reuters reports. “I am submitting my resignation as minister with immediate effect in view of the press story issued, even though I am completely extraneous to it and have no connection to the facts,” she said.

    Posted: by euobserver

  • [Ticker] Norway's government collapses over Isis returnee

    Norway’s populist Progress Party decided to leave government after a decision to repatriate a woman suspected of having ties with the so-called Islamic State during her stay in Syria, Deutsche Welle reports. The woman was allowed to return to get medical treatment for her child. The split means Conservative prime minister Erna Solberg no longer has a majority in parliament, but she said she wants to continue with a minority.

    Posted: by euobserver

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