Monday

11th Dec 2017

Ticker

Le Pen party in new EU fraud allegations

A former aide to French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has said he was offered a fictitious European Parliament (EP) contract while working on the far-right leader's 2012 presidential campaign in France. Gael Nofri, who has since parted ways with Le Pen's far-right National Front party, told French investigative website Mediapart he was offered the EP contract to circumvent the party's overspending on the presidential election.

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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