Monday

11th Dec 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.

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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