21st Mar 2018


Report: Selmayr appointment irregular

The new European Commission's secretary general, Martin Selmayr, was appointed in violation of the institution's rules, according to Liberation. The French daily explained that Selmayr, president Juncker's head of cabinet, had only the rank of director. Last Wednesday, he was appointed deputy secretary general and secretary general in a couple of minutes, without going through the selection process and without commissioner Oettinger, in charge of human resources, being informed.

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".

News in Brief

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