Friday

20th Oct 2017

Ticker

Finnish leaders exclude Finns party from government

Finnish prime minister Juha Sipilae of the Centre Party and finance minister Petteri Orpo, who heads the National Coalition Party, announced on Monday that there is no common ground for cooperation with the Finns Party under its newly-appointed leader, Jussi Halla-aho, Finnish national broadcaster Yle reports. Anti-immigrant eurosceptic Halla-aho was elected leader over the weekend, and replaces the more moderate party chair, Timo Soini, who serves as Finland's foreign minister.

Investigation

The mysterious German behind Orban's Russian deals

Klaus Mangold, a German businessman with good connections in Russia, and who provided a jet for Commission vice-president Guenther Oettinger, played a crucial role in Hungary's controversial Paks nuclear deal with Russia, Direkt36's investigation has found.

Turkey funding cuts signal EU mood shift

EU leaders at their summit spent some three hours deliberating on relations with Turkey before asking the EU commission to come up with a plan on cutting and reorienting some €4.5 billion in pre-accession aid.

Agenda

Posted workers top EU agenda This Week

The posted workers file will be on the table of ministers and MEPs this week, while budget, journalism, Schengen and party funding are also on the EP's plenary menu.

News in Brief

  1. Rajoy to trigger Article 155 on Saturday in Catalan crisis
  2. EU conducts unannounced inspection of German car firm
  3. Lithuania calls for new EU energy laws
  4. EU leaders aim for December for defence cooperation
  5. Juncker says hands tied on Russia pipeline
  6. Czechs set to elect billionaire Andrej Babis
  7. Italian regions hold referendums on more autonomy
  8. EU leaders refuse to mediate Catalonia conflict

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