Thursday

19th Oct 2017

Ticker

EU extends life of Russia blacklist

EU states have rolled over visa bans and asset freezes on 150 Russians and Ukrainians and 37 entities deemed responsible for the war in east Ukraine. "The assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the sanctions regime," they said Monday. The measures are to last until 15 September. Economic sanctions and a ban on doing business in Crimea were recently extended until July and June this year.

Focus

Health MEPs want to phase out glyphosate by 2020

A committee resolution said the proposal to renew the glyphosate permit for a decade "fails to ensure a high level of protection of both human and animal health and the environment".

Macron puts trade policy on summit table

France's president wants a "political discussion" on EU trade policies at Thursday's summit, amid domestic concerns over Canada and South America deals. But his colleagues are likely to avoid a lengthy debate.

News in Brief

  1. Spanish government to decide Saturday on Catalonia measures
  2. EU court confirms freezing of Yanukovych funds
  3. UK PM appeals to EU citizens
  4. Catalan leader sends independence ultimatum
  5. Madrid eyes early elections as solution to Catalan crisis
  6. Merkel starts coalition talks to form government by December
  7. Iceland confirms long-standing EU opposition, poll shows
  8. EU summit moved to previous building after fumes scare

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