EU summit cannot solve the blockade on the budget package, Brexit talks interrupted after a positive corona test, Ireland is also planning to kill all mink – European Circle


EU summit cannot resolve the blockade on the budget package: A video summit on Thursday did not bring a solution to the EU budget dispute. Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki reiterated their blockade stance, as EU circles said. After less than half an hour, the actual agenda was dealt with: coordination in the corona crisis. Participants said that the discussions should continue at the expert level. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel sees little scope for Hungary and Poland to give in in the dispute over the link between the rule of law and the payment of EU funds. The German EU Council Presidency will continue to speak to the two countries, said Merkel on the evening after the switch. Germany will explore all possible options. An EU official said videoconferencing is simply not the right format to resolve the complicated dispute. The next EU summit is scheduled for December 10th. A compromise could then be decided there.,,

EU wants to agree on criteria for corona easing: After the video summit on Thursday, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen announced that the EU wants to coordinate more closely how and when it can loosen and lift corona measures in a more coordinated manner. The EU states also want common standards for rapid antigen tests. The rapid tests should work in at least four out of five infected people, according to von der Leyen. There are many different tests of different quality on the market, which is why a common EU framework is needed for the recognition of tests that should be used in addition to the more complex PCR tests. Von der Leyen also announced a pilot project for a digital return travel form, in which two EU countries are initially participating.

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Pompeo visits the West Bank and Golan Heights: Mike Pompeo was the first US Secretary of State to visit an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. Under strict security precautions, he visited the Psagot winery near the Israeli settlement of the same name, according to a spokesman for Pompeos. After the visit, Pompeo announced that the USA would lift the labeling requirement for products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Products manufactured there are now allowed to carry the label “Made in Israel” in the USA. Pompeo’s itinerary also included the Golan Heights, which Israel had conquered from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War. In the meantime, according to Palestinian sources, representatives of Israel and the Palestinian Authority have met for talks in Ramallah. The Minister of Civil Affairs, Hussein al-Sheikh, announced that it had been agreed that Israel would transfer all due financial obligations to the Palestinian self-government. In addition, another meeting should take place soon.,,,

Brexit talks interrupted after a positive corona test: The chief negotiators of the EU and Great Britain have interrupted their talks because of a corona case in the EU team. EU negotiator Michel Barnier announced on Thursday that his team would continue to work in compliance with the safety regulations. A spokesman for the British government said that the EU Commission was in talks about the consequences for the negotiations. The two delegations have been negotiating again since the beginning of the week on the trade agreement sought for the period from 2021. The interruption comes at an inopportune time because there are only a few days left for an agreement. Great Britain left the EU at the end of January, but is still in a transition phase until the end of the year.,

EU imposes new sanctions on Belarus: The EU foreign ministers have agreed on further sanctions against Belarus because of the controversial presidential election in the country. The concrete steps should be prepared within the coming weeks. The situation in Belarus is getting worse, said EU foreign affairs representative Josep Borrell. The oppression by the Lukashenko regime against the people does not stop. The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas declared that punitive measures against the “power clique surrounding Lukashenko” were a suitable means of increasing the pressure. So far, the authorities in Belarus have shown no willingness to enter into the necessary dialogue with the opposition.,

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Ireland is also planning to kill all mink: After the emergency slaughter of millions of minks in Denmark because of a mutated version of the coronavirus, Ireland now also wants to cull all minks. It is feared that the animals carry the same mutation, said a government spokesman. Mink breeding poses an ongoing risk as it could lead to further coronavirus mutations. At the beginning of November, Denmark – the world’s largest producer of mink fur – ordered the culling of up to 17 million mink in the country after a mutated form of Sars-CoV-2 that could be transmitted to humans was discovered on some breeding farms in northern Jutland.

Macron wants to fight Islamist tendencies with a new Imam Council: After the recent attacks in Nice and near Paris, France, on the initiative of President Emmanuel Macron, is to receive a council of imams to monitor the training of French imams. At the meeting with representatives of the Islamic Council, Conseil français du culte musulman (CFCM) and nine affiliated associations, Macron also demanded the adoption of a “Charter of Republican Values” within two weeks. This should make it clear that Islam in France is a religion and not a political movement.

Commission gives green light to national budgets: The EU Commission has approved the drafts of their national budgets submitted by the 19 countries in the Eurozone. These provide for additional expenditure against a renewed recession. At the same time, however, the executive warned of the growing imbalances in many EU economies.

Why Finland is coping well with the corona crisis: Finland is one of the countries in the world that has best managed the pandemic. According to the John Hopkins University, around 19,600 people have been infected with the coronavirus since the beginning of the year, and 371 people have died as a result of the infection. In no other European country are the rates so low. When the number of people infected with corona skyrocketed worldwide in the spring, the Finnish government reacted quickly and imposed a lockdown of around two months. This happened at a relatively early point in time, the number of infections in the Scandinavian country was still manageable. Finland also relies on fast contact tracking of people who have had contact with those who tested positive. In addition, trust in the government is rather high in Finland. The switch to home office and home schooling should also have been easier in the highly digitized country.

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