FREE News:14th July

Grexit: “UK to block Greece short-term funding solution” (EuObserver):

“In the wake of the agreement reached Monday (13 July) for a new bailout for Greece, the focus today is on how to provide Greece with short-term funding.

EU finance ministers will discuss the issue on Tuesday at a meeting in Brussels, with the UK saying it would oppose any solution that would include British taxpayers’ money.

“This is very complex. We looked at a number of possibilities. There are technical, legal, financial and political issues to consider,” Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Monday after a Eurogroup meeting…” Continue reading here.

See also: “Britain resists contributing to new Greek bailout” (EurActiv): “British Finance Minister George Osborne will seek to block any move by the European Union to include British money in a new bailout programme for Greece, according to press reports on Tuesday (14 July)…” Read the full article here.

“Merkel faces treacherous Greece vote in Bundestag” (Euractiv): “Following the decision in Brussels on Monday (13 July) to negotiate a third Greek bailout, the Bundestag will vote on Friday (17 July) on a mandate for the German government. Approval is not assured. EurActiv Germany reports…”

Trafficking: “EU condemns Thailand’s deportation of Uighurs to China” (EurActiv): “ Tensions are building between the EU and its Asian partners, after Thailand agreed to Beijing’s demands to “repatriate” hundreds of Uighurs to China.

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Uighurs keen to escape unrest in China’s western Xinjiang region, have traveled clandestinely, via Southeast Asia, to Turkey […] “ 

“Thailand’s deportation of around 100 Uighurs, persons of Turkic origin, including women and children, to China is a breach of the principle of non-refoulement, which is a core tenet of international humanitarian law,” EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday (10 July).

According to Mogherini, Thailand has obligations under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The remaining people of Turkic origin in Thailand should be allowed to depart voluntarily to a country of their choice that is willing to receive them” […] .

Migration crisis: EU discussing common list of “safe countries of origin” and resettlement programmes”( Statewatch): “Today the JHA Counsellors, a secretive working party of the Council of the EU, is discussing draft agreements between the Member States that concern the ongoing migration crisis. On the agenda are a set of conclusions on “designating certain third countries as safe countries of origin”, and recommendations on resettlement programmes for 40,000 people currently in Italy and Greece and 20,000 people currently outside of the EU”.

Germany: “Migration crisis: authorities abandon comprehensive fingerprinting due to refugee numbers” (Statewatch): “Deutsche Welle reports that: “Border authorities in Bavaria have given up trying to take the fingerprints of all the refugees entering the country, reported “Der Spiegel” on Monday.”  […] .

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