Spain and France agree to ask for more European solidarity and cooperation with third countries for migration

They defend the European fund against Poland and Hungary but disagree on Turkey and do not advance proposals for the EU-Mercosur agreement


The Secretary of State for the EU, Juan González-Barba, and his French counterpart, Clément Beaune, agreed this Monday on the need for greater European solidarity to manage migration and curb illegal migration, as well as the need to work and involve more the countries of origin and transit.

They have stated this at a press conference after meeting in Madrid in which, however, they have not gone down to the details. Beaune has not elaborated his proposal that he has mentioned in interviews about the possibility of restricting visas to personalities from countries that do not accept the repatriation of illegal immigrants.

Thus, he has limited himself to saying that a discussion and an approach is necessary between the European partners on the “levers” and “incentives” that European countries can develop towards the countries that are the origin and transit of migrants and also have their own challenges. “We want to cooperate so that there is European support for these countries but that there is also a commitment on their part to help us,” he said.

The two have agreed on the need to reinforce the external dimension of the migratory pact. According to González-Barba, “the Spanish experience shows that cooperation with countries of origin and transit, operational cooperation and the opening of legal channels are the main instruments to control irregular immigration.”

Beaune, for his part, also pointed out that France has shown solidarity with its European partners every time it has been necessary to welcome immigrants, but that a permanent mechanism is “indispensable”. However, it has not commented on the working document that Spain handed over to the EU last week with other partners from the south of the EU, all of them first-entry countries (Italy, Malta and Greece).


The two officials have also closed ranks regarding the European post-Covid recovery fund and its conditionality to respect the rule of law despite the blockade maintained by Poland and Hungary. Beaune has been convinced that it will be possible to find solutions in a few weeks, but “if the blockade persists, other options can be considered.”

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González-Barba, who will travel to Poland this Tuesday, insisted that, for Spain, the text negotiated by the German presidency of the EU and the European Parliament “is the only one that can generate the necessary consensus.” Spain, he said, does not conceive that on January 1 the recovery fund may not be in force.


At the bilateral level, Beaune has ensured that there are no misgivings between Spain and France regarding the different entry control measures in the framework of the pandemic. Spain requires negative PCR for travelers entering by boat or plane, but France does not.

González-Barba has pointed out that it is a demand of the autonomous governments – “co-governance in the Spanish case, as you well know, is more complicated, he said – and has influenced that, in any case, it is about minimizing the effects on mobility.

From the outset, he pointed out that the French PCR certificates are being accepted, making a “flexible interpretation so as not to create more difficulties.” He also recalled that those who enter by land are not required, so that the inhabitants of cross-border areas are exempt.

In any case, they have agreed to stay in contact to see if improvements in the sensitivity of the cheaper and less laborious antigen tests are announced in the coming weeks, and they can start using them.

The two European officials have highlighted the close cooperation of both countries against terrorism and have jointly committed to strengthening European instruments. At the bilateral level, they are working to hold a Summit of the two governments in the first months of 2021 in France – the last one was held in Malaga in 2017.

However, Madrid and Paris continue to have different positions on how to deal with the tensions between Greece and Cyprus with Turkey. González-Barba has reiterated his solidarity with the European partners and has insisted on asking for a “negotiated solution between the parties avoiding incidents” that could prevent it. Beaune, however, has insisted on making “decisions that translate into collective firmness.”

Another matter of discrepancies is the EU-Mercosur agreement, discussed at the meeting but only to make an “assessment of the status of ratification” of the agreement. González-Barba has insisted on defending that it would be beneficial not only for Spain but also for the EU and to strengthen the European presence on the continent.

France is one of the countries that insist on demanding environmental guarantees from Ibero-American countries, while Spain recently signed a letter together with the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Portugal and Sweden to ask the European Commissioner for Trade , Valdis Dombrovskis, the signing and ratification of the Agreement.


Barcelona’s plague of injuries receives a new victim

Coach Ronald Koeman will line up a youth squad and a midfielder as central defenders in the Champions League match on Wednesday

November 30, 2020 · 4:38 PM

The FC Barcelona very comfortable ride in Champions League: classified to the Eighth Final and with full victories in four games. Even so, he will have to face the clash against the Hungarian team of Ferencvaros without three of his four titular defenders.

Barcelona has three of its starting defenders injured

To the already known injuries of Sergi Roberto and Gerard Piqué -who will be out for at least four months- added that of Clement Lenglet. The French central injured his right ankle during Sunday’s game against Osasuna.

A club statement reported on Monday that Lenglet was subjected to medical tests and a minor sprain was detected. Therefore, it is completely ruled out for this week’s matches, included in the league match on Saturday in Cádiz.

In addition to Lenglet and Piqué, the club also suffers the losses of Samuel Umtiti for the central defender position. For this reason, he must once again count on the youth squad Òscar Mingueza and hoping to recover Ronald Araújo, who could receive medical discharge after training this Monday with apparent normality.

The squad Oscar Mingueza will be, practically, the leader of the defense

Now, the recovery of Araújo does not assure him his call to Champions. The Spanish press is committed to lineup of Mingueza and midfielder Frenkie De Jong as a central couple in Budapest. That formula seems the most suitable for coach Ronald Koeman.


Turkey stops searching for oil in the Mediterranean amid new threats of EU sanctions – Ultimas Noticias

By Selcan Hacaoglu in 30/11/2020

Turkey’s Oruc Reis seismic exploration vessel

ANKARA (Bloomberg) – Turkey pulled an energy exploration ship out of the eastern Mediterranean and emphasized its respect for non-Muslim minorities, speaking to European leaders that they will consider tougher sanctions against Ankara next week.

While warning of additional EU sanctions, Turkey has already indicated that it is ready for confidence-building measures and negotiations with Greece on territorial disputes, and recently sent an envoy to Brussels in an effort to defuse tensions.

Turkey’s Energy Ministry confirmed that the Oruc Reis inspection boat was brought home in a Twitter post on Monday.

European leaders have also pushed for greater tolerance in Muslim-majority Turkey towards other religions, and on Sunday, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul met with religious leaders and heads of non-Muslim minority foundations to assure them that the government would work. to solve problems related to their churches, schools and properties.

Among other things, the United States and the EU have long lobbied Turkey to reopen the Halki Theological School that trained generations of church leaders, including Patriarch Bartholomew I, the head of the Istanbul-based Greek Orthodox church. . The school was unable to accept new applicants in 1971, then closed in 1985 after all remaining students graduated.

“Religious minorities are the wealth of our country, based on the principle of equal citizenship and common history,” Kalin said in a Twitter post, adding that discriminating against them would weaken Turkey.

Until now, the EU has been reluctant to clamp down on Turkish activities that it considers controversial, as Turkey acts as a bulwark against a flood of refugees from the Middle East. In February, the bloc imposed asset freezes and travel bans on two Turkish Petroleum Corp. employees in response to Turkey’s search for natural gas off Cyprus. A Cypriot proposal to extend that blacklist has been delayed since June.

The December meeting was scheduled after Cyprus agreed in October to lift EU sanctions against Belarus for its controversial presidential elections, but on the condition that the bloc debate a tougher stance against Ankara.

Since then, Turkey has further irritated the EU by reopening Varosha, a ghost town in the Turkish-controlled part of Cyprus, and housing Erdogan there. The area had been abandoned and sealed off since Turkey seized control of northern Cyprus in 1974, following a coup attempt in which a military junta in Athens tried to unite the island with Greece.

Greece has asked Germany, Spain and Italy to stop exporting submarines, frigates and other military equipment to Turkey, which wants to develop its defense industry, preferably through cooperation with NATO allies. Ankara is pressuring France to agree to joint Eurosam and German missile production to provide engine and transmission systems for Turkey’s first locally developed battle tank.

“There is still an attempt to get a response from the German authorities regarding these permits,” Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay told a parliamentary committee on Friday. “If someone is going to impose an embargo on us, it prompts us to produce our own energy package and it will have no other effect than that.

Barcelona: Before Holland, Hungary

Before the arrival of the Dutch school, personified in the figures of the coach Rinus Michels (1971) and the star of the time Johan Cruyff (1973), Barcelona was impacted by other influences. It was to be expected that in a football created by the English they were the ones who set the tone with the famous WM system invented by Herbert Chapman and with his direct, hard and rigid game. But another look at the game was brewing in central Europe, first with the hits from the famous Austrian ‘Wunderteam’ and later with the Hungarian school. Those molecules also arrived at Barça.

Since the 1920s there has been an interest in this football that came from the Danube basin. In 1923 Joan Gamper invited the famous MTK Budapest to play two games and was predating Franz Platko, a blond and agile giant under sticks. That campaign Ricardo Zamora had returned to Espanyol, so Platko would be a good substitute to fill his void. He played from 1923 to 1930 and even Rafael Alberti dedicated a poem to him for his impossible saves. The figure of Platko is the first that unites Barcelona with Hungary and with Jimmy Hogan, the rebel British coach who sowed the seed of that other football.

“Jimmy Hogan taught us everything we know”, synthesized Sandor Barcs, president of the Hungarian Federation after 3-6 to England at Wembley on November 25, 1953. This globetrotting Englishman distanced himself from the ideas of the time and created a methodology in which football was based on the association of players through short passes (keep into the carpet). “The history of Magical Magyars begins in the early 1950s but the foundations are laid much earlier. Hogan was the driving force behind working with MTK Budapest during the period of seclusion that he lived through in the Great War.“explains Álex Couto in his book Total soccer.

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Platko, former Barça goalkeeper.

Szeder, culé in the 30s and then a victim of Nazism

Hogan and Platko did not coincide, but MTK had assimilated that revolutionary football that began to achieve success in Austria. “The continent’s players, unlike the English, were always careful with the handling of the ball and insistently solicitous to improve their technique”explains Couto. In the 1930s, the Hungarians Ernst Löwinger, György Szeder y Elemér Berkessy they played for Barça. Löwinger trained for a year (1933-34) but could not get a place on the team. György Szeder (1934-35), his birth name was Györg Silberstein, he was a leftist only 19 years old when he joined Barcelona, ​​he only played five games when his country claimed him. He returned to Hungary, where he died in a concentration camp in 1945, the day after Adolf Hitler committed suicide. Berkessy (1934-36) arrived in Barcelona from Paris under the direction of Platko. The excellent player became the first Hungarian goalscorer in La Liga history.

But those little seeds multiplied in the 1950s. First with the arrival of Ladislao Kubala after fleeing his country risking his life, passing through Italy and marveling at Samitier when he saw him touch a ball. With the Hungarian came several advances. “Kubala was the first to take fouls over the wall, who was protecting the ball in the last minutes and who made the paradinha on penalties“said former player and Ballon d’Or Luis Suárez at the time.

Kubala and Samitier.

Although Kubala revolutionized Barcelona, ​​the arrival of Czibor y Kocsis in 1958 it was an event in the city. That magical coincidence further marked the personality of a style of play that had led the Magyar team to excellence. Kocsis and Czibor, unlike Kubala, had belonged to the Aranycsapat (gold team) that won the 1952 Games and was runner-up in the 1954 world. His football innovations have another father, Gustav Sebes, a former player and also influenced by Jimmy Hogan.

Sebes and the creation of phase nine with Hidegkuti

With a socialist belief, Sebes distributed the internationals for two clubs in the city of Budapest (MTK and Honved) to be able to train regularly with all of them. His ideas, as Couto collects in his book, are clear advances in the game, germ of the later Dutch school and Barça DNA. Sebes transmitted “attack and defend together“, “the game is part of the group and not of the individual“, “turn the center forward into a more dynamic and less positional player“(Hidegkuti or Palótas developed that false nine function),”play from the stand and not play from the stand” O “Grosics, the goalkeeper, left the area“.

All this was exhibited in the best showcase: the “match of the century” against England, with Hogan in the Wembley stands watching his country’s team lose to a team that had believed in his ideas. In fact, from that period from 1951 to 1954 Hungary only fell once, the famous World Cup final against West Germany (3-2). The Hungarian school, even if it was disorderly and with players and not coaches, had also left its mark on Barcelona, ​​those first molecules of its later style of play that the Dutch school developed.

Turkey sends military to Azerbaijan to demining recovered territories

Istanbul, Nov 30 (EFE) .- The Turkish Ministry announced today that it has sent military teams to Azerbaijan to assist its army in demining the territories recovered during the war with Armenia, which ended three weeks ago.

“Explosive ordnance clearance and demining teams from the army have started to support the Azerbaijani armed forces in the regions liberated from Armenian occupation,” Defense said in a tweet.

“The teams will carry out mine and explosives clearance work and will also train Azerbaijani units,” the message concludes, accompanied by a photograph with military personnel in protective uniform and demining tools.

The war between Azerbaijan and Armenia concluded on November 11 with an agreement whereby Armenian troops withdrew from various areas bordering the Nagorno Karabakh territory, which they had controlled since the early 1990s.

Ten days ago, Azerbaijani forces entered the Agdam region, in the northeast of Karabakh, and five days ago they also deployed in Kalbajar, in the northwest, after the Armenian troops withdrew.

Russia, the mediating power between the two Caucasian states, has sent nearly a thousand soldiers to Karabakh to guarantee a ceasefire.

Turkey has asked to participate in this peacekeeping force on the ground, a request backed by Azerbaijan, but denied by Moscow.

At the moment, only the participation of the Turkish military is envisaged in an observation center that will be established in Azerbaijan, far from Karabakh, and that will operate remotely with technological means. EFE

Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Granollers and Rosario reaffirm themselves as educating cities

Barcelona, ​​Nov 30 (EFE) .- The governments of Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Granollers and Rosario (Argentina) have reaffirmed their commitment to education on the 30th anniversary of the first Congress of Educating Cities, which was held in Barcelona in 1990.

The Mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, the Mayor of Granollers, Josep Mayoral, the Councilor for Education and the Basque Language of Bilbao, Koldo Narbaiza, and the Mayor of Rosario (Argentina), Pablo Javkin, did so at the opening ceremony of the celebration of the International Day of the Educating City.

At that congress, the Charter was drafted that includes the values ​​and principles that educating cities assume and that, now, the International Association of Educating Cities, which brings together 500 cities in the world, has presented renewed.

In a telematic dialogue, the four have agreed on the educational function of the cities and the importance that the existence of this network has had up to now and that it has to face the challenges posed by the current crises.

The mayor of Rosario, Pablo Javkin, has indicated that the role of the network of educating cities is “decisive” in the task of building “free, diverse and inclusive” cities and “saving our democracies.”

The Bilbao education councilor, Koldo Narbaiza, has defended the importance of “continuing all together, all hand in hand” at this time and that “no one is left behind.”

The mayor of Granollers, Josep Mayoral, has warned: “This pandemic makes us run the risk of shutting ourselves up in ourselves and in our day-to-day life” and the cities that will move forward will be “those that make proximity and shared governance the central element “for the care of its people.

For her part, the mayor of Barcelona and president of the international network of educating cities, Ada Colau has valued the network, its legacy and its future usefulness.

Colau has pointed out that in this pandemic it is “everyone’s co-responsibility, learning individually and collectively”, for which the network is very valuable and the crisis is an opportunity to accelerate changes that they know are necessary.

The mayor has considered that it is time to “demand that national governments allocate budgets to match” the importance of education. EFE

Biden’s Presidency and Economy Boost Turkey-Saudi Arabia Rapprochement | Voice of America

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Turkey’s relations with Saudi Arabia appear to be thawing after years of regional rivalry, with leaders of both countries pledging to improve bilateral ties. Analysts suggest that the factors leading to the progress of the ties could be economic issues, as well as the incoming presidency of Joe Biden.

“President [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan and King Salman [bin Abdulaziz​] they agreed to support open channels of dialogue to improve bilateral relations and overcome problems, “said a statement from the Turkish presidency after the two leaders spoke by phone in early November.

The conversation between the two leaders was followed by similar warm remarks from the Turkish and Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministers who met in Niger to win a meeting of the Order of Islamic Cooperation.

“A strong partnership between Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be beneficial not only for our countries, but for the entire region,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted.

Erdogan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman have been bitter rivals in the past, frequently exchanging outright angry statements as they pursue regional dominance.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a March 2020 photo.

«Saudi Arabia, and MBS [Mohammed Bin Salman] in particular, he tries to be the leader of the Arab world, “said international relations professor Huseyin Bagci from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

“Saudi Arabia is a close associate of the United States, and Donald Trump left them unconditionally free. Turkey was still trying to be the leader of the Arabs and the Islamic world, which Saudi Arabia was opposed to, ”Bagci said.

Observers blame this twofold rivalry for aggravating conflicts in the Middle East and the goal of Africa. But Biden’s flamboyant election win over Trump is forcing the Turks and Saudis to reassess.

«One of the impulses [del acercamiento entre Arabia Saudita y Turquía] it’s Joe Biden’s presentation, ”said former Turkish ambassador to Qatar, Mithat Rende, now a regional energy analyst. “The Saudis should be prepared for a different treatment by the Biden company, so they, and still the Turks, came to understand that this relapse of relations, this crisis in bilateral relations is not sustainable.”

Analysts still cite economic factors in driving Turkey’s rapprochement with Riyadh. “Turkey has dire economic conditions right now, and Saudi Arabia has always been a breath of life for Turkey,” Bagci said.

“In the past, they invested and brought money into the country, so Turkey is probably still trying to renew relations and make some concessions,” he added.

Riyadh is reported to have imposed an unofficial trade blockade on Turkish goods. Turkey’s Assembly of Exporters said exports to Saudi Arabia fell 16% through October this year to $ 2.23 trillion.

But Ankara looks euphoric about a breakthrough.

“We await concrete steps to solve the problems in our trade and economic relations,” Turkey’s Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan was quoted as saying by the newspaper. Sabah. “Our counterparts told us that there was no formal judgment on some exceptional issues.”

Dynamic change

In a possible face to Riyadh, analysts suggest that Ankara is tempering its rhetoric on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi’s killing internally from the Istanbul consulate of Saudi Arabia in 2018 saw Erdogan admit to a leading role in the international condemnation of Riyadh for the murder, which was widely attributed to prominent members of the Saudi regime.

A court in Istanbul is trying Saudi officials in departure for the killing of Khashoggi.

Ankara had drawn publicity to the case, until now.

Last week’s hearing generated no comment from Erdogan or anyone from his party’s top officials, and the case was postponed until March.

“Turkey has stopped making this an international problem,” observed Emre Caliskan of the University of Oxford in Great Britain. “It seems that Erdogan has toned down on the Khashoggi case; this would still be an indication that Erdogan wants to have a better relationship with Riyadh.

Saudi court issues verdicts in Khashoggi killing

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated at the end of 2018 internally at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Without blockade, Ankara’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood remains a major obstacle to any restoration of Turkish-Saudi ties.

“Turkey has supported the Arab Spring and the Saudis were not happy about it. The support of the Ikhwan movement [Hermandad Musulmana]In particular, it was viewed by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Loafer kingdoms as a threat to their rulers and systems, ”Rende said.

Riyadh views the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist order, a designation that Ankara strongly rejects.

“I don’t think Erdogan will break his position on the Muslim Brotherhood at least in the near future because this support has a direct impact on Turkey’s policy in Libya, Syria and QatarCaliskan said.

History and pragmatism will be central to any approach, predicts Caliskan.

“We must not forget that these two countries had a very good relationship yesterday after the Arab Spring. Turkey and Saudi Arabia must be trained to work together with their different agendas and backgrounds. But when it comes to pragmatism, Erdogan is the champion of pragmatism; I am confident that Erdogan would establish a dialogue with the Saudi leadership and vice versa, “concluded Caliskan.

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Seedorf invites Depay to sign for FC Barcelona

The days of Memphis Depay are counted in the Olympic lyon. And more, after the message that the Dutch striker has sent to the followers of the ‘lions’. A message that has sounded like goodbye.


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Depay’s contractual relationship with Lyon ends in June 2021, but his departure could take place during winter market which opens this Friday, December 4.

And the FC Barcelona It is the best place to take over your services if it manages to solve the financial limitations that prevented the operation from closing in the summer.

Depay is an express request of the Blaugrana coach, Ronald Koeman, who has insisted on the need to reinforce the attack line in the face of the decisive phase of the season, especially after the injury suffered by Ansu Fati, who will have him four months apart of the playing fields.

The possibility of the Lyon forward landing at the Camp Nou has prompted countless comments and analysis. The last one has come from the mouth of an ex-Madridista, Clarence Seedorf, which, curiously, has invited Depay to sign for Barça.

I think Memphis Depay is one of the best talents in Europe right now. He had a serious injury, but he is a player who has to be in a great club sooner or later “, the former Dutch international begins in an exclusive interview with ‘Stats Perform’.

Seedorf endorsed his recommendation based on the excellent performance that the current Barça coach managed to elicit from the forward during his time on the bench for the Netherlands team: “He and Koeman have worked very well together. Koeman has done a great job with the national team and especially with players like Depay, giving them the confidence to come out and show their talent.. I have no doubt that any great club that signs him will be delighted with his talent. “

Depay has revived his career at Olympique Lyon after a bad experience at Manchester City. With the ‘lions’ He has scored 59 goals in 147 games.


The opposition María Corina Machado sees in Venezuela a ‘criminal’ project to ‘destabilize the hemisphere’ – In Spanish

“It is not only a link with the Cuban regime,” he said, “it has become more than evident, in addition, its blatant relations with regimes such as Russia, China, Iran, Turkey and Syria.” In addition, he has emphasized that Venezuela “represents a threat to security in the hemisphere and runs the risk of suffering an armed conflict.”

The fine that Barcelona must pay for Messi’s tribute to Maradona

BARCELONA. FC Barcelona will be sanctioned with a fine for the tribute that its star, Lionel Messi, dedicated on the pitch to his compatriot Diego Armando Maradona. Thus, in addition to the yellow warning that the forward received, the club will have to face a financial sanction.

The culé celebrated his team’s fourth goal during the league game that faced CA Osasuna, getting up and taking off his Barça shirt to show that of Newells Old Boys, the Argentine team in which Maradona played and in which Messi would love himself retire in the future, as a tribute after the death of someone who has been considered by many to be the best footballer in history.

The gesture, which was shared on the networks by the Argentine club, led to a yellow card for the player, as well as an economic sanction that can be raised up to 3,000 euros.

According to the regulations of the Spanish league, which is not the only one with these types of provisions, the footballer who “lifts his shirt and displays any kind of advertising, slogan, legend, acronyms, anagrams or drawings, whatever its contents or the purpose of the action will be punished, as the author of a serious offense, with a fine of up to 3,000 euros and a warning ”.

In Spain, these sanctions are always paid by the club to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and are included in the bag that all teams have open with the RFEF itself, so it will be FC Barcelona who must take charge of the fine. Its payment is not immediate, but occurs at the end of the season when the amount of penalties that each entity has to pay is set.