Tuesday

23rd May 2017

Ticker

Italy rescues 1,100 migrants at sea in one day

Italian coastguards rescued 1,100 people trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya in 11 different rescue operations on Sunday. Last Friday the International Organisation for Migration said that some 105,342 migrants had reached Italy by boat this year. It said that 2,726 died while trying to cross. In the same period 162,730 people arrived in Greece, and 386 died on their way.

Letter

An open letter to ministers on the audiovisual directive

The ongoing revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive is a key opportunity to reduce exposure of Europe's children to advertisements of health-harmful products – an opportunity that should not be missed.

EU gives mandate for Barnier to take on Brexit

In its final preparatory act before Brexit talks begin, the EU has officially given the negotiating mandate to Michel Barnier. The French politician said he would like to start negotiations on the week of 19 June.

EU wary over Ukrainian weapons in South Sudan

Ukraine, which had signed an EU arms embargo on South Sudan, has since sold attack helicopters used by the government forces in Juba against civilians and hospitals.

Agenda

Trump descends into 'hellhole' This WEEK

Trump, Erdogan, and Macron will all meet in Brussels this week among other Nato leaders, as the US president makes his debut in the European Union.

Portugal held up as symbol of EU recovery

Portugal to sail out of troubled waters after eight years of financial crisis, EU commission predicted, amid broad but "fragile" recovery in European economy.

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