FREE News: 8th June 2015

Election in Turkey: “Turkish voters snub Erdogan” (EuObserver): “The AKP party lost its majority in Turkey’s elections on Sunday (7 June), putting the brakes on president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plan to consolidate power. With 99 percent of votes counted, the AKP won 41 percent, leaving it 18 seats short of single-party rule – the first time in 13 years.” Read more here

 “Juncker rebukes Tsipras on parliament speech” (EuObserver):European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker Sunday (7 June) publicly rebuked Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, accusing him of not presenting the whole truth during a key parliamentary address on Friday and of foot-dragging on a promised reform plan.” Read full article

Immigration and corruption: “Italy corruption probe targets migrant centres” (EuObserver): “High-ranking officials are under investigation for plundering funds from state-run immigration centres, as thousands of new arrivals reach Italian shores. The Ansa news agency on Friday (5 June) reported that Italy’s undersecretary for agriculture, Giuseppe Castiglione, is under investigation, along with five other officials, for his alleged involvement in the so-called “Mafia Capitale” scandal.” Read more here

 Immigration: “International flotilla rescues 5,900 migrants from Mediterranean” (EurActiv): “An international rescue fleet plucked almost 5,900 migrants from rickety boats making the perilous sea crossing for North Africa to Europe on Saturday and Sunday (6 and 7 June), Italy’s coastguard said.” Read full article

 See also: “Many EU countries say “no” to immigration quotas” (EurActiv): “The European Commission has submitted a proposal to find a fairer way to admit and distribute asylum seekers in the EU. But it’s up to the member states to decide, and many don’t accept the proposed distribution of migrants.” Read more here

“Spain at odds with Commission over immigration” (EurActiv): “The Spanish government has rejected the Commission’s proposal to place refugees on its territory. The executive’s plan should be “proportionate, fair and realistic”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Manuel García-Margallo.” Read more here

UK in Europe: “Resign if you back Brexit, Cameron warns party” (EuObserver): “David Cameron has warned eurosceptic ministers that they will have to resign if they want to campaign for Britain to leave the EU. Speaking at the G7 summit in Bavaria on Sunday (7 June), the UK prime minister insisted that his government would not be “neutral” and planned to “get a deal that’s in Britain’s interest and then recommend Britain stays in it” . Read more here

 Human Rights: “EU says SDGs relevant for human rights, despite scepticism” (EurActiv): “The EU says it is very committed to promoting civil liberties and self-determination through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted globally, in September.” Read full article

 See also: “Gender equality: MEPs debate strategy for the next five years” (Eropean Parliament news): “A new EU strategy for equality between women and men beyond 2015 will be debated by MEPs on Monday 8 June. The draft EP resolution drafted by Maria Noichl states that progress in the EU has been slow and that much remains to be done over the next five years.” Read full article

 AFSJ: “G7 leaders get tough on Russia” (EurActiv): “The Group of Seven (G7) leaders vowed at a summit in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday to keep sanctions against Russia in place until President Vladimir Putin and Moscow-backed separatists fully implement the terms of a peace deal for Ukraine.” Read more here

 Elections in Romania: “Romanian premier Ponta under investigation” (EurActiv): “Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta was questioned Friday (5 June) by prosecutors at the National Anticorruption Directorate. They decided to place him under criminal investigation.” Read more here


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