Friday Morning Briefing
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Good morning

The dust haven’t settled yet on Monday’s summit Trump invites Putin for a second meeting for Autumn, this time in Washington. The EU issued a stark warning to all member states about the possible repercussions of a no-deal Brexit (or Brexit in any form) as the March 30 2019 date looms. These two items should be enough in terms of international news.

However, there’s more. In our briefing, we try to synthesise what the major news outlets reported from Malta and the World.


Copy of Copy of Europe Explained 3The European Commission has today adopted a Communication outlining the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the EU and become a third country.



Fiammetta Borsellino“Caro nonno mi dispiace per il 19 luglio 1992. Certo se tu fossi vivo avresti capito quanto ti coccolerei. Ti voglio bene. La tua nipotina Fiammetta Borsellino”.  With these words, the grandchild of Paolo Borsellino sends her love to her grandfather who was killed by the Mafia in 1992.



us russia summitPresident Donald Trump has asked national security adviser John Bolton to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington in autumn.

Russian President Putin says his meeting with President Trump was “successful and has led to useful agreements”.



Screen Shot 2018-07-19 at 16.18.23Time Magazine morphed the faces of Putin and Trump in its cover for this week depicting the various controversies and confusion following the Helsinki meeting.




Europe Explained 3Thursday, the EU Commission has sent reasoned opinions to Latvia and Spain, and an additional reasoned opinion to Malta for failing to implement the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive into national law. If Malta, Latvia and Spain fail to bring their national legislation into line with EU law within the next two months, the Commission may decide to refer the cases to the Court of Justice of the EU.




Newspaper Headlines MaltaDaphne Caruana Galizia’s body was only identified after a DNA analysis had been carried out, as her it was beyond recognition, forensic expert Mario Scerri told the court yesterday. (Maltese Media)




AP NovichokPolice believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the novichok attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, the Press Association has reported.




Syrian rebels have reached an agreement with government forces to leave the strategic area of Quneitra along the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.




Newspaper Headlines MaltaHuman life has to always be cherished, whether it is in the form of eight cells in the womb, or in the form of a person in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, said Auxiliary Bishop Elect Joseph Galea Curmi on the Malta Independent’s online interview programme Indepth.




eu hungaryThe European Commission has today decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) for non-compliance of its asylum and return legislation with EU law.



Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Times of Malta reports that persistent complaints that the bus service is not coping with demand on certain routes might force the operator to ask for higher government subsidy to expand the network.



whip.pngThe Conservatives have been forced to admit that their chief whip asked MPs to breach Commons voting conventions in knife-edge Brexit votes on Tuesday, as opposition parties demanded he quit and queried the accuracy of the prime minister’s account of events.




Israel (1)On Thursday, the Israeli government formally passed the “Jewish nation state”law. With the Knesset’s summer recess on the horizon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to pass the law ahead of the break.




The ‘First’ Grandma.pngMaria Tabone, widow of former president Censu Tabone, passed away today. She was 98. Besides being a First Lady, her characteristic care and love towards her family and grandchildren was also expressed in her interpretation of the role, so much, that we can safely and with respect call her Malta’s ‘First’ Grandma.



figure skatingKazakhstan’s Olympic medal-winning figure skater Denis Ten has been stabbed to death at the age of 25.




British Political CrisisTory MP Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May to the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, saying he has “lost trust” in her ability to deliver the EU referendum result.




uk CRIMEMurders have risen by 12% and crimes involving knives or sharp instruments by 16% in England and Wales, new figures show.




Chetcuti (1)Relatives and friends paid their last respects to Hugo Chetcuti, who died last Thursday, six days after being stabbed in the stomach in one of his Paceville establishments.




romaniaSince Romania joined the EU in 2007, successive governments have failed to make the best of bloc membership but there is strong pressure for change in the country, the man who supervised Bucharest’s accession negotiations told




RyanairRyanair announced it had cancelled 600 flights in Europe on July 25 and 26 due to cabin crew strikes in Spain, Portugal and Belgium.




Turkey (1)The Turkish government has ended the nationwide state of emergency that was imposed two years ago after a failed coup attempt, state media say.




fish oilTaking omega-3 fish oil supplements is often touted as a simple way to protect your heart – but experts say the evidence that it does any good is flimsy at best.




NicaraguaNicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians on Tuesday laid siege to and then retook a symbolically important neighbourhood that had recently become a centre of resistance to President Daniel Ortega’s government.




Google EUGoogle accused Brussels of trying to dismantle its lucrative business model for smartphones and other mobile devices on Thursday, as it considered asking for emergency court protection against the EU’s record-breaking €4.3bn antitrust ruling.



A tourist boat apparently capsized on a lake Thursday night in Missouri, leaving at least eight people dead and several others hospitalised, a sheriff said.



Newspaper Headlines MaltaMore than 100 cases of fraudulent or irregular use of EU funds were detected in Malta over the last legislature, according to anti-fraud investigators. Olaf, the European Commission’s anti-fraud office, reported that the Maltese authorities had detected 117 cases of fraud or irregularities in the management of the EU’s structural, investment and agricultural funds between 2013 and last year. (The Times of Malta)







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