European diplomats vow to work together to preserve nuclear deal with Iran

Europe’s top diplomats have vowed to work together to preserve a multinational nuclear deal with Iran, as US President Donald Trump signed an executive order paving the way for the return of biting sanctions against Tehran on Tuesday.

In a joint statement issued on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain said the remaining parties to the 2015 agreement will maintain “effective financial channels” with Iran and ensure its continued export of oil and gas.… Be Informed

The Netherlands set to become 21st EU member State to join European Public Prosecutor’s Office

New Europe reports that the Netherlands is set to become the 21st EU Member State to join the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) after the European Commission confirmed that Amsterdam plans to take part in the EPPO.

The European Commission hopes the Netherlands’ participation in the EPPO will play a key role in its fight against white-collar crime, including fraud, corruption, and money laundering.… Be Informed

Friday Morning Briefing

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Your Morning Briefing provides you with the salient news of the main happenings in Malta, Europe and the World.

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Greece Wild FireGreece has “serious indications” that a fire that killed at least 83 people near Athens earlier this week was started deliberately. 

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Wednesday Morning Briefing

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The apocalyptic scenes from Greece, the deaths and the drama related to the wildfires dominate European headlines. In Malta the Egrant inquiry publication remains the main story, though as time is passing the internal dissent within the Nationalist Party takes the front stage of the whole drama.… Be Informed

EU expected to publish migration proposals policy changes today

The Financial Times reports that Brussels will offer EU governments €6,000 for every migrant they take in from boats stranded in the Mediterranean, in plans designed to help ease pressure on Italy’s new anti-immigration government.

The European Commission will publish proposals on Tuesday on how to stem the flow of migrants coming into Europe.… Be Informed

Eu Chief’s negotiator raises a series of concerns with May’s Brexit Plan

The Independent (UK)  The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has taken apart Theresa May‘s new Chequers Brexit plan, just hours after the embattled Prime Minister insisted there would be no further compromise on her side.

Speaking in Brussels after a meeting with EU national ministers Michel Barnier raised a wide variety of serious concerns with the PM’s proposals on customs control and single market regulations for goods.… Be Informed

European Commission takes further steps in infringement procedures against Hungary on migration

The 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. The Commission has today sent a letter of formal notice to Hungary concerning new Hungarian legislation which criminalises activities that support asylum and residence applications and further restricts the right to request asylum.… Be Informed

Google accuses Brussels of trying to dismantle its business model

Financial Times: Google 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.

The European Commission has given the US group 90 days to overhaul its Android mobile operating system, demanding that it remove illegal restrictions designed to stymie competition and generate more traffic for Google’s search engine.… Be Informed

Thursday Morning Briefing

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From Trump’s back pedalling to the Queen’s messages hidden in brooches. From the court room in Valletta to the temporary beach volley court in the same city.

Our Morning Briefing for Thursday, bringing you the salient news, as reported around in Malta and around the World.… Be Informed

Wednesday Morning Briefing

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Matteo Salvini denounces photos of people stranded at sea by Libya as fake after being accused that this is a result of his action.

Donald Trump blames his ‘phonetics’ and ‘grammar’ for being understood correct on something he didn’t actually want to say.… Be Informed

European Commission calls on Airbnb to align themselves with EU consumer rules

The European Commission and EU consumer authorities are calling on Airbnb to align their terms and conditions with EU consumer rules and be transparent on their presentation of prices.

Airbnb has now until the end of August to propose detailed solutions on how to bring its conduct in compliance with EU consumer legislation.… Be Informed

The Saturday Morning Briefing

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He came, he disrupted, he conquered. Or not? For sure he conquered the headlines.

In a nutshell that’s the essence of Trump’s visit to the UK impact. However back home in the US, news broke out of the indictment of Russians for hacking his opponent in the Presidency election.… Be Informed

The Friday Morning Briefing

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The world news scene was ‘overshadowed’ by Trump’s tirades and comments at NATO summit and in Britain. He can easily be dubbed as a the ‘agent of disruption’ and not necessarily in a positive way as his comments, actions and views are indicative of a trait aimed disrupting world order.… Be Informed

Unfavourable external environment, such as growing trade tensions with the US, can dampen confidence and take a toll on economic expansion. – EU Commission 

Growth is set to remain strong in 2018 and 2019, at 2.1% this year and 2% next year in both the EU and the euro area.

However, after five consecutive quarters of vigorous expansion, the economic momentum moderated in the first half of 2018 and is now set to be 0.2 percentage points lower in both the EU and the euro area than had been projected in the spring.… Be Informed