Monday

11th Dec 2017

Ticker

EU parliament committee backs EU-Canada deal

The European Parliament's international trade committee has backed the EU-Canada trade deal Ceta with 25 votes in favour, 15 against, and one abstention. The report now goes to plenary, where a vote is scheduled for February. If Ceta is backed there too, the deal, which eliminates 98 percent of tariffs between Canada and the EU, will be provisionally applied before national ratification by all EU countries.

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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