21st Mar 2018


French banks close Le Pen accounts

French bank Societe Generale has closed down the account of populist anti-EU party the National Front after 30 years. The French branch of British lender HSBC has also closed down the personal account of NF leader Marine Le Pen. The banks did not publicly say why, but Le Pen, who is dogged by allegations of misspending, said she was the victim of a political "fatwa".

Whistleblower fears for life as US arrest Malta bank chair

US authorities have arrested the chair of the Maltese-registered Pilatus Bank for tax evasion. The bank facilitated political corruption in Malta but its whistleblower is now facing jail in Malta and fears for her life.

US yet to push on Nord Stream 2 sanctions

Washington would still like to block a planned gas pipeline between Russia and Germany but is not yet considering hitting companies involved in the project.

EU mulls coercion to get refugee kids' fingerprints

EU policy and law makers are ironing out final details of a legislative reform on collecting the fingerprints of asylum seekers and refugees, known as Eurodac. The latest plan includes possibly using coercion against minors, which one MEP calls "violence".

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