21st Mar 2018


EU cuts funds for Turkey's membership bid

Pre-accession funds for Turkey will be cut by €175 million in 2018 in response to "the deteriorating situation in relation to democracy, rule of law and human rights". "We cannot finance such a regime with EU funds," Siegfried Muresan, the European Parliament's chief budget negotiator, told Reuters. On Thursday, German chancellor Angela Merkel promised Turkey's president Erdogan to help expedite EU funds earmarked to help Syrian refugees in Turkey.

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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