Picardo appears this Tuesday in the House of Lords to explain the Brexit agreement

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, will appear this Tuesday at the House of Lords to explain the agreement reached between Spain and the United Kingdom on the Rock. Picardo will be questioned by him Committee of the European Union at 4:00 p.m. London time (5:00 p.m. in Gibraltar and Spain).

The Committee will question Picardo on how the agreement in principle is likely to affect the Gibraltar’s relationship with Spain and the EU. The session will also cover how the agreement came about, what is the process for it to go into effect, and what does it mean the agreement for the sovereignty of Gibraltar.

Also on the table will be the respective roles of the governments of Gibraltar, the United Kingdom and Spain up to now and how they have interacted with each other, including the EU involvement in the process and how relationships are likely to evolve.

The impact of the agreement on the ground in pports, airports and the border crossing with Spain and the operation of the tailor-made customs union between the EU and Gibraltar they are also among the subjects the Lords will be interested in.


Free trade agreement ‘postBrexit’

CFour years after the United Kingdom decided in a referendum to leave the European Union, and after the end of the planned transitional period, on January 1, 2021 its exit became effective, reaching in extremis a Trade and Cooperation Agreement that was ratified on 30 December and will be applied provisionally until its validation.

Of the measures contemplated in the aforementioned agreement, in these lines we want to refer to the Free Trade Agreement for its transcendence, which, although it will in no way equal the level of economic integration that existed while the United Kingdom was a member state of the EU, it provides a solid foundation for maintaining a high level of cooperation.

In particular, the agreement provides for the exemption of tariffs and quotas for goods that meet the rules of origin, avoiding the adverse effects of a hard Brexit in terms of customs duties. However, the agreement will not prevent the application of all customs formalities and limitations inherent to trade in goods with third countries.

The exchange of goods, until now covered by the harmonized European VAT legislation, will be considered as foreign traffic –imports and exports–, forcing operators to submit customs declarations, requiring adaptation and familiarization with the procedures administrative customs of the different economic operators, as well as their internal management and billing systems.

A direct consequence of the foregoing will be the obligation to settle VAT on importation of the goods in Customs, which will entail a financial cost for the importer until the moment in which he can recover the tax quota paid, an issue that could be mitigated by opting due to the application of the import VAT deferral regime.

Additionally, the United Kingdom’s loss of its status as a member of the European Union has an immediate impact on many other issues that may have some relevance in certain economic sectors. Thus, by way of example, travelers from the United Kingdom may request a refund of VAT corresponding to their purchases during their stay in the European Union, as has happened so far with non-EU travelers.

Likewise, Spanish companies will have to adapt and update the procedure for requesting the refund of VAT payments incurred for the acquisition of goods and services in the United Kingdom. In particular, for the quotas supported as of January 1, 2021, they must request it directly from the British authorities through the procedure enabled for that purpose. Until that moment, this request was made directly through the AEAT electronic headquarters, using form 360. In this regard, it should be noted that the deadline for requesting the refund of the VAT paid in the United Kingdom during the year 2020 ends on March 31, 2021, being reduced with respect to the general application deadline generally established in other member states (September 30).

Given the various changes envisaged, we recommend reviewing the operations of companies that carry out transactions between Spain and the United Kingdom in order to implement the necessary modifications to adapt to the new regulations, minimizing or avoiding new administrative obligations or new financial costs, and taking advantage of the competitive advantages derived from the agreement, being of special interest in this regard the analysis of the possible application of suspensive customs regimes that could lead to cost and supply chain savings, contracts and their inconterms.


Johnson’s Brexit deal turns virulently against him

  • Supermarkets and retailers warn the prime minister that the pact is “unworkable” in Northern Ireland because of excessive bureaucracy and ask him to renegotiate it

  • Scottish fishermen accuse him of having cheated them with the quotas and have to go fishing in Danish waters

  • The situation could become even more complicated when the grace period granted by the EU ends in April

The Brexit promises no longer have any political value since last January 1. Little by little the United Kingdom is acquiring its new form, a form that does not match what some had imagined. There are problems at the borders due to traffic jams and for the complications that come with all the extra paperwork that Brexit brought. In many areas of the country there is a shortage of vegetables, fruits and frozen products from the European continent.

The reason is that trucks with products from France, Spain, Italy and other EU countries have more difficulties to enter the country due to the bureaucracy and the Covid tests. Some companies are not shipping trucks because, at the moment, they are not paying for it. Traffic on the roads is only 25% of normal. Even so, queues of trucks are being held back like Christmas at the exit points of the country towards France through the English Channel. The Road Transportation Association (RHA) has warned that traffic jams will increase when the normal pace of carriers returns.

But the main affected by the Brexit agreement are the british fishermen, that they cannot sell their products to continental Europe because they arrive too late due to all the administrative and logistical obstacles. And the Northern Irish citizens, which are running out of supplies in supermarkets due to blockages in the Irish Sea. In order to close the trade deal, Boris Johnson made concessions on the Northern Irish border and on fishing quotas and now these concessions that he sold as achievements are being turned against him.

The delicate northern Irish border

In the case of Northern Ireland, in November 2019, agreed to move the border to the Irish Sea, the sea that separates the island of Great Britain from that of Ireland. The British Territory of Northern Ireland is located in the northeast of the island of Ireland. Brexit meant installing a physical border on the island between north (United Kingdom) and south (Republic of Ireland) that went against the peace agreements that were signed in 1998 and that ended forty years of warfare pro-British Protestant unionists and pro-Irish Catholic Republicans. The only solution for Brexit was to keep the border invisible and move customs to the coast.

Just two weeks later, Northern Irish supermarkets have pushed the alarm button because, they say, in three or four days they will run out of basic products. The problems are on the coastal border and there are basically two. On the one hand, the entry of British products, especially those that come from animals, is being blocked. Although there are no tariffs or taxes, the paperwork that companies have to fill out to pass the products makes their commercialization unfeasible.

On the other hand, there are products that are imported to the UK from the European Union (EU) and then re-exported again to the EU because then, according to the Brexit agreement, they are subject to taxes. The situation is serious but it can get even worse in April when it ends the grace period of three months given by the EU (during which fewer controls are made) and when the restaurants, bars and hotels that are now closed due to the Covid confinement reopen.

Article 16 of the protocol

The country’s main supermarkets have sent a letter to the Prime Minister warning him that the deal it closed with the EU on Christmas Eve is totally “unworkable” for Northern Ireland. They warn that the situation will get worse when the grace period ends and the paperwork increases even more and they ask him to return to negotiate with Brussels.

The situation has moved to the political level in the region. The pro-British unionists of the DUP They ask him to activate article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol included in the agreement with the EU. This article allows either party (the European or the British) to remove the controls in case of emergency temporarily. While pro-Irish Republicans from Sinn Féin say It is not just a problem for Northern Ireland but for the whole country because it negotiated a bad deal.

The prime minister blames the EU and threatened to activate Article 16 and remove controls if supply problems persist in the region. The chief European negotiator, Michel Barnier has said that “there are inevitable mechanical consequences when you leave the single market and that was the wish of the British” and has made it clear that “this agreement will not be renegotiated.”

Ruin for Scottish fishermen

The Brexit deal is also ruining fishermen and especially the Scots, who make up 60% of the British fishing industry. They have encountered two great setbacks. The first is the new bureaucratic procedures that rrequire each box of shellfish and fish to be unloaded from trucks and inspected by veterinarians before I leave Scotland.

It is taking five hours by truck to obtain a sanitary certificate that is necessary and then request other customs procedures that delay the process even more. Scottish exporters are taking five days to get their fish to their European destinations, a process that before Brexit took them a day, and their European customers are rejecting the product because it is no longer fresh when it arrives.

The second major setback of the Johnson agreement is that British fishermen have fewer fishing quotas in their waters than they did before. In addition, the quotas have been negotiated for each species of fish. This has resulted in fishermen having fewer quotas in eight of Scotland’s thirteen fishing areas. In the other five it has increased. The Scottish Minister of Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, denounced that “small quota gains for mackerel and herring are clearly outweighed by the impact of losses for whiting, cod and saithe [principales pescados del Mar del Norte] and this damages all fish markets and businesses and jobs related to fishing ”.

They go fishing in Danish waters

All this has caused prices to fall between 40 and 50% and, in some cases, up to 80%. Many small businesses have suspended seafood and fish deliveries until the situation is fixed. It is estimated that the annual losses could reach 1,100 million euros. They would leave a death toll on a sector that, although it only employs 10,000 people and represents 0.1% of GDP, has a great emotional and symbolic importance in Brexit, as demonstrated in the negotiations. It was the last hurdle before closing the deal. Many fishermen are going fishing in Danish waters even though it takes three days to arrive because it is more profitable than fishing in their own waters.

The fishermen criticize that this was not what the British government sold them with the agreement. The government said that the treaty “would bring immediate gains for our fishermen across the country.”. In a letter, the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations (NFFO) has accused Johnson of sacrificing the British fishing industry and lying to them. “It is not that I had to give in to an uncompromising and powerful opponent, but that tried to present the deal as a success when it is clearly apparent that it is not”.

For its part, the federation of fishermen, which was in favor of Brexit, says that the agreement leaves them “with the worst of both worlds”. “They told us that there was a 25% increase in quotas, but this is not true and that their agreement does not comply,” he says. the letter. At least until 2026 they will not see their quotas increase by 25%, and not with all species. The Scottish government asks for millionaire compensation. Some sectors say they are going to London with the fish they have to throw away every day because they can’t export it and dump it in front of the prime minister’s residence. Johnson will have to calm them but from reality.


Planas claims a Brexit agreement that Feijóo considers worrying

“Pleasant and productive.” This is how the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, and the president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, have agreed to summarize the meeting held by both and their respective teams at the Galician Administration offices in Santiago.

After this meeting, which revolved around politics and community funds, the two leaders jointly appeared at a press conference in which the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union and its consequences on fishing was the main reason for disagreement .

And is that, after the harsh criticism made in recent weeks by the Xunta towards the Brexit agreement, Planas claimed that the negotiation led by the Commission,

but in which he participated along with seven other ministers, it was “complex” and “hard.”

Concern in the sector

In his words, his Ministry tried to “limit the impact” to the “presence” of the Spanish fleet in British waters. Thus, although he admitted that the sector is “concerned” about its present and future after the agreement, it considered “very significant” the fact that tariffs have been eliminated in the introduction of UK products to the Community market.

However, Feijóo did not hesitate to dismiss the Brexit pact as “worrying” and to highlight the “good negotiation” that the British managed to conclude: “Fishing has been the last part of the divorce and when something is left for last it is because one party has a lot of interest in that ”.

In fact, the agreement to exit the European Union gives the United Kingdom 25% of the fishing quotas, which must be negotiated in 2026, in addition to the introduction of its products on the Community market without tariffs.

In this regard, said the president of the Xunta, the minister said at his meeting: “Hey, it could be worse.” “It’s true, it can be worse, without a doubt,” Feijóo acknowledged, although he did not hide his dissatisfaction with the outcome of the negotiations.

Not in vain, the Xunta will seek to “know the fine print” and plans to prepare two reports, regarding the impact it will have on the extractive activity and the legal situations of the sector, to send them not only to the Ministry, but also to the Commission and the European Parliament.

After reminding the minister of the consequences of Spain’s entry into the Union in 1986, the Galician president thanked him for having Galicia as a consultant in the remaining negotiations both with the United Kingdom and within the EU, ” and if possible, as an advisor ”. “Because we risk many things and we have a very powerful fishing capacity,” he said.

Luis Planas, for his part, expressed his conviction that the fishing sector in Spain and Galicia “have a present and a future” despite Brexit, which was an “institutional, economically and politically traumatic” process of which there is still ” a lot ahead “.


The final Brexit deal will not hamper the province’s exports to the UK – Economy

It was an agreement in extremis, and finally the exports that are made to the United Kingdom from the province of Huesca will not have tariffs. This is good news, since Alto Aragón has quite a commercial relationship with the British, where it sells more than it buys. Specifically, the province exports fresh products (fruit and meat) worth about 22 million euros; imports meat for almost 10 million euros. The British is a fairly important commercial partner for the province of Huesca.

What is sold the most to the British, 77% of total exports, is fresh fruit, a business that has its future assured, because the United Kingdom will have to continue supplying, even if it has left the European Union. The positive is that the exports that were going to be taxed at 8%, will finally have a zero tariff.

Loreto Morlans, head of the Internationalization department of the Chamber of Commerce, indicated that the final commercial agreement assumes that there will be no tariff. Thus, exports, not only fruit but also many other products, are taxed with a zero tariff, at 0%.

Another thing will be the bureaucratic requirements, which are going to increase a lot. There are companies that sell to other countries and are familiar with exporting and the required formalities. But if until now they only had relations with the European Union, the new relations with the United Kingdom will force them to have the figure of the customs representative.

It will be a figure that will greatly facilitate the procedures that are expected to be introduced by the British Government.

The company that wants to work with the United Kingdom from now on must be registered in a specific registry, the EORI and in the REX system, because in this way it can be declared on the invoices that the origin of the merchandise is European, and therefore the tariff must be zero.

The Chamber of Commerce of the province has been organizing conferences for more than 4 years to inform and sensitize companies about adapting to Brexit.

We mainly export fruit to the UK, but also live animals and wine. Imports are of live animals (poultry and cattle, especially highly genetic dairy cows), and medical-surgical accessories.


Post Brexit agreement, new horizon for exports

We open 2021 with a new relationship between European Union and the UK. The ironclad decision of the British to separate from Europe has conditioned community policy in the last four years, causing a notable impact and uncertainty at the political, social and economic level.

From the community institutions we have lived the course of this decision with enormous concern for the future of coexistence between UE y UK. We always defend the future of a Europe, strong and united, committed to the interests of all its citizens.

It is, without a doubt, the best way to deal effectively with the enormous challenges health, social, environmental and economic that we have ahead.

Since the ratification of Brexit, the January 31, 2020We worked with great commitment so that the exit from the United Kingdom would take place with an agreement that would defend the interests of people and Spanish companies linked to that country.

Otherwise it would have been a real chaos. With very good will on the part of the EU and not too much of the British Government, this last year of fast-paced negotiations culminated in a satisfactory global agreement for mutual trade relations. Many remain pending issues And, at this point, there is still no authorization for a fishing sector that will be greatly affected by Brexit.

New conditions

After the United Kingdom left the single market on January 1, our agri-food companies can continue to export to the UK on a regular basis and without tariffs. According to data from Bank of Spain and from Institute of Foreign Trade, 7% of Spanish foreign sales are destined for the United Kingdom. In this trade, Spanish and Andalusian agri-food products, with their varied range of fruits, vegetables and wines, among others, have a notable weight and have consolidated links for many years.

A Brexit whitout deal it would have had a high cost for the Spanish and Andalusian agri-food sector. The absence of new tariff barriers is an excellent support for the competitiveness of our companies, for which I congratulate the European Comission and the negotiating team led by Michel barnier, whose solidity and perseverance in the search for reasonable solutions in this difficult context, have been decisive in achieving an agreement that also encompasses areas such as fishing, transport and energy, among other.

The cons

Undoubtedly, the departure of the UK of Europe It will mark a before and after in its commercial relations with Spanish agriculture. As an independent country, it will not benefit from the free movement of goods, and therefore, our agri-food companies will have to face customs controls and greater bureaucratic burden to continue marketing its products and serving its consumers in the UK. All this in a scenario of increasing competition with third countries, whose productive models with lower socio-labor and quality conditions, they have lower costs and therefore will compete in unequal conditions with Spanish and Andalusian products in the British market.

In this context, as a Spanish MEP, from the community institutions, we will support our agri-food sector with all the political tools that are in our hands. Over time, our companies and cooperatives have demonstrated their great entrepreneurial nature, supported by the highest quality, innovation, health requirements and guarantee of food safety of their productions. A great differential value to move forward with confidence.

On the other hand, the establishment of fishing powers has been a source of disagreement and concern until the last moment, as we have been denouncing by the Socialists, despite the relevance of this sector in social and economic terms. The agreement establishes a adjustment period (transitory) of five and a half years, from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2026, during which the transfer of 25% of the value of the catches made to the United Kingdom is contemplated.

At the end of this time, the level and conditions of reciprocal access to the territorial waters of each party.

The fishing setting

The fishing sector will face many difficulties due to Brexit. It is the most negative aspect of this agreement. The United Kingdom wants the management of its waters to be exclusively for the use of its fishing sector, which would seriously harm the EU, which has about 3,000 ships fishing in British waters, of which about 90 are Spanish.

This fleet would have to be distributed to other fishing grounds, which is worrying and generates great uncertainty for the sector. All of this can have a high economic and social impact for our fishermen, who will need support to compensate for the reduction of catches and they should redirect their activity in the medium and long term.

With the Agreement signed and pending ratification by the Plenary of the European Parliament in February, I hope that commercial relations will be normalized and neighborhood relations, as is the case with Norway O Switzerland. This same week, all the committees will meet in Parliament to make an exhaustive assessment by sectors of the agreement. Among the priority issues, UK It must maintain the same requirements in the agri-food and fishing sector so that our sectors defend their competitiveness on equal terms.


Finally, I would like to highlight the social value of the agreement reached by the Spanish Government to Gibraltar, whose application will favor the transit of some 12,000 people and workers between this territory and the Spanish part of the Campo de Gibraltar.

It will be an exceptionally authorized border within Schengen. This commitment must still be ratified within the global agreement, which will contribute to the normality of coexistence relations in this area.


The transatlantic relationship in the face of the challenge of China and Russia | Opinion

The abandonment of multilateralism and international institutions by the United States since 2016 has been condemned. Joe Biden will reincorporate the United States into the Paris Agreement to combat climate change and the World Health Organization. He is considering restoring the agreement that six powers signed with Iran in 2015 to curb its nuclear program. The president-elect will not impose more tariffs on Chinese exports, but will not repeal existing ones. The US has suspended tariffs of 25% on 1.3 billion dollars of French exports that it planned to apply after the French government has collected the digital rate again. Unlike Trump, Biden prioritizes deepening the relationship with the EU to signing the bilateral free trade agreement with the United Kingdom that Boris Johnson longs for

The objectives of its Green New Deal are practically identical to those of the EU. Five days after Biden’s triumph, the Vice President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, announced the application of tariffs on 4,000 million US exports of aircraft, aviation parts and agricultural products. The EU has signed an investment agreement with China without waiting for Biden to take office. To believe that the status quo of the Obama years will be returned is a profound mistake. The president-elect will not ignore China’s campaign of infiltration of US institutions or the 2,000 active FBI investigations into Beijing’s technology spying. China’s trade surplus with the United States reached a record high of 418 billion in 2018, an imbalance that has increased fivefold since China’s entry into the WTO in 2001.

Biden will not be able to run for re-election in 2024 because he will be 82 years old. You will need to manage your political capital with great caution. The reactivation of the economy and the containment of Covid-19 with vaccines that are being administered more slowly than expected will absorb the attention of his Cabinet. The left wing of the Democratic Party will continue to demand that economic, labor and environmental policies be formulated in the key of fighting racism and increasing inclusion. The supporters of the still president rage against the Republican legislators who did not oppose the certification of Biden’s victory. Caught between the anger of Trump’s rank and file and Democratic attacks, Republican lawmakers likely will not endorse another stimulus package and will not join the new administration’s more ambitious legislative initiatives. The 51 Democratic votes in the Senate are insufficient to pass substantial spending increases or an infrastructure renovation plan.

Biden intends to couple his internal measures to the national security of the United States, especially in relation to Covid-19, climate change, migration and China. He argues that the United States should formulate its foreign policy based on the impact of these aspects on American families. He warns that the policy towards China will be tougher than in previous Democratic governments. In 2015, the Chinese Communist Party approved the Made in China 2025 strategy to achieve world economic supremacy. It sets content targets for Chinese parts (70% by 2025) and has awarded $ 200 billion in grants to domestic companies in ten high-tech sectors. Xi Jinping is holding a million Uighurs in re-education camps, has suppressed Hong Kong’s freedoms and militarily intimidates countries that resist his illegal claim to seize the entire South China Sea.

After achieving a duty-free Brexit with the UK, the EU has a small window of opportunity to forge deals with the US It will begin to close due to the German general elections in September and the French presidential elections in 2022. With the exception Of the OECD’s achievements in eliminating tax havens, since the end of the Cold War the new international organizations (G8, G20) have not achieved any substantial multilateral agreement on climate change, financial, monetary system or pandemic management. The round of trade liberalization launched by the WTO in 2001 has failed.

The European Commission declares that the US and the EU have achieved the most integrated economic relationship in the world. The EC details that the stock of foreign direct investment (FDI) of the United States in the EU is three times greater than that of all of Asia. That of the EU in the US is eight times higher than its investments in China and India. Between 2000 and 2019, the stock of US foreign direct investment in the EU has grown by 500% and that of the EU in the US has increased by 300%. Due to a ruling by the European Court of Justice, the Commission only has the power to negotiate the commercial side of EU agreements. In matters of investment and dispute resolution, sovereignty is shared with the member states. Instead of forging the transatlantic common market that Angela Merkel once pioneered, Brussels allows China and Russia to divide the free world.

Alexandre Muns is Professor at EAE Business School and international economics analyst


Atlético, close to closing an agreement with Lyon for the loan of Dembélé

Atlético de Madrid is in talks with Olympique de Lyon to sign French striker Moussa Dembélé on loan until the end of the season, according to the Ligue 1 club’s sports director Juninho.

Atlético are looking for a forward to reinforce their presence in La Liga and Champions League competitions after Diego Costa has left the club this month.

Dembélé, 24, has scored 31 Ligue 1 goals in his first two seasons with Lyon since leaving Celtic, but has only made six league appearances this season, scoring one goal.

Juninho told the French television program Telefoot that Dembélé had asked him if he could leave, adding that the forward had reached a personal agreement with Atlético, but that both clubs were still negotiating.

“He told me that he had lost a bit of motivation. We still have him, but he came to see us and thinks that it is time to change teams. It would not be good to retain a player who does not want to live intensely for the next five months. Juninho said.

Atlético, which leads the league with one point more than the second-highest ranked and with three games less, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


About Brexit and the investment agreement with China

Finally, the United Kingdom and the Union have prevented the end of the transitional period, which ended with the last financial year 2020, from leaving trade relations within the framework of the WTO. That would have meant the imposition of renewed tariffs or quotas, a scenario that both actors wanted to avoid. The latest disputes focused on the management of British fisheries, to which the European fleet has had access in recent decades, but the negotiation had already left out issues related to defense, internal and foreign policy from the beginning. In turn, the negotiation had excluded a more ambitious chapter on financial matters. So the agreement essentially incorporates issues related to trade in goods and some services, as well as elements on dispute resolution systems. This pact, together with what was agreed a year ago on citizenship issues to formalize the departure from the United Kingdom, offer a framework of stable relations, although, obviously, far from the rights and obligations shared by the States that continue to be part of the Union club. However, it is very likely that in the coming years we will experience future negotiations to modernize this minimum agreement, agreed in extremis and that Parliament will validate this January.

Regarding the agreement with China, the pact essentially obliges to increase the transparency of aid and anti-competitive behavior adopted by Beijing. In addition, legal certainty is increased for European investors in Chinese territory and, for example, mandatory technology transfers are eliminated. The pact tries, in some way, to improve the balance between the requirements that Europe imposes on foreign investments, and those that the Chinese government sets on European ones. However, this agreement will be met with harsh criticism due to the scarce labor, social or environmental commitments of the Chinese authorities, in addition, obviously, to the political (in) convenience of signing this type of pact with dictatorial countries, without political freedom, such as the Chinese system.

In this regard, the sensitivities in Parliament are multiple. On the one hand, there are deputies who always uncritically support these agreements. The expansion of investment possibilities underpins these valuations, without questioning the redistributive effects of the expansion of the market or the competitive conditions of third countries. At the other extreme, there are also deputies who are permanently opposed to these agreements, whether with Canada, Mexico or China. Finally, the bulk of the Chamber shows an ambivalent position, pending a more detailed analysis and political considerations on the power that these agreements grant the Union to pressure those countries when it comes to reorienting their regulations. Thus, there are those who affirm that a pact offers the means to redouble the tension towards a certain convergence, but there are also those who consider that the pressure must always be prior to the signing of the agreements.

We European socialists always find ourselves in this deliberative space. Beyond the a priori positions at the two ends of Parliament, we Socialists need an internal debate that evaluates the characteristics of the agreements first, and the political considerations later. We are therefore facing a serene analysis that will incorporate a reflection on the strategic autonomy of the Union, but also on transatlantic relations with our American partners. Attentive


Mesut Ozil, close to an agreement with Fenerbahçe (press)

Istanbul, 6 Jan 2021 (AFP) -The former German international Mesut Ozil, separated from the team at Arsenal, his club since 2013, is close to signing for the Turkish Fenerbahçe, reports the Turkish press on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old midfielder and Fenerbahçe reportedly reached an agreement for a three-and-a-half-year contract, according to the DHA press agency.

The sports newspaper of reference Fanatik reported for its part that a “principle of agreement” was reached and that the 2014 world champion would receive about five million euros (6.1 million dollars) per season.

Various media also reported that Ozil was also negotiating with the American club DC United.

In conflict with Arsenal, Ozil, a German of Turkish origin, has not played for his club since 7 March 2020. In October, the Gunners did not enroll him in the Premier League squad, reinforcing questions about his future in London.

Ozil, the highest-paid player at Arsenal, with an estimated annual salary of 20 million euros ($ 24.5 million), expires at the end of this season.

Rumors about a transfer from Ozil to Fenerbaçe have been multiplying in Turkey for weeks. The club’s president traveled to London twice in recent days to try to convince the player, according to the press.

If Ozil’s arrival in Fenerbahçe is confirmed, he would be living in a house near President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s home in Istanbul, according to DHA.

The player had been widely criticized in Germany after posing for a photo with Erdogan in 2018. Denouncing “racist” attacks, Ozil ended his international career after this controversy.

Fenerbahçe, one of the three big clubs in Istanbul, is currently fifth in the Turkish championship.