Tuesday

23rd May 2017

Ticker

Germany rejects Trump claim on Nato debt

Germany has rejected US president Donald Trump's claim it owed America "vast sums of money" in return for US defence of Nato allies. German defence minister Ursula Von der Leyen said "there is no account where debts are registered with Nato". Foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel criticised Trump's military spending as reaching "insane heights". Trump's claim came on Twitter after a relatively friendly, but awkward meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Children among dead in UK bomb attack

Children are among the victims after a suspected suicide bomber detonated at the Manchester Arena on Monday, the latest in a string of terror attacks to hit Europe.

Investigation

Fight club: Russian spies seek EU recruits

Russian intelligence services are using martial arts clubs to recruit potential troublemakers in Germany and other EU countries, security experts have warned.

Letter

An open letter to ministers on the audiovisual directive

The ongoing revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive is a key opportunity to reduce exposure of Europe's children to advertisements of health-harmful products – an opportunity that should not be missed.

EU gives mandate for Barnier to take on Brexit

In its final preparatory act before Brexit talks begin, the EU has officially given the negotiating mandate to Michel Barnier. The French politician said he would like to start negotiations on the week of 19 June.

EU wary over Ukraine weapons in South Sudan

Ukraine, which had signed an EU arms embargo on South Sudan, has since sold attack helicopters used by the government forces in Juba against civilians and hospitals.

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