Monday

11th Dec 2017

Ticker

EU-Georgia visa deal expected this week

Member states and MEPs will agree to grant visa-free travel to Georgians at a "trilogue" meeting, expected to take place on Wednesday, Slovak foreign minister Miroslav Lajcak said on Monday in Brussels. "We really see no obstacles" to clinching an agreement on the same day, he said. "They will get the visa-free regime soon," he said. A similar meeting on Ukraine is due in January.

Romania wants EU signal on Schengen membership

Bucharest expects other member states to decide on its accession to the passport-free area before it takes the rotating EU presidency on 1 January 2019 - amid criticism of a controversial new justice reform.

Germany says China using LinkedIn to recruit informants

Germany's spy agency says the Chinese state is trying to recruit high-ranking German officials via social media outlets like LinkedIn. It accused Chinese intelligence of setting up fake profiles to lure them into becoming informants.

Agenda

Netanyahu, Panama Papers, and Brexit This WEEK

The run-up to the Christmas break sees a packed schedule, including the EU summit on Brexit, migration and other issues, a rare visit by Israeli PM Netanyahu, and issues such as fishing quotas and the Panama Papers.

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