FREE News: 24th July 2015

Immigration: “Italian general: EU anti-migrant operation likely to fail” (EuObserver): “Italy’s former defence chief has said the EU’s anti-migrant smuggling operation is likely to bring more, rather than fewer, migrants to Europe. General Vincenzo Camporini, Italy’s chief of defence from 2008 to 2011, told EUobserver in an interview that the operation, EUnavformed, will encourage smugglers to set adrift more people in the Mediterranean Sea because there’ll be more EU ships which are obliged, under international law, to rescue them.” Read more here

UK in EU: “Obama tells ‘best partner’ UK to stay in EU” (EuObserver): “US president Barack Obama has repeated his call that the UK remain a member of the European Union. “Having the United Kingdom in the European Union gives us much greater confidence about the strength of the transatlantic union and is part of the cornerstone of institutions built after World War Two that has made the world safer and more prosperous”, Obama said in an interview with the BBC, broadcast on Thursday (23 July).” Read full article

Justice & Home Affairs: “NGOs tell Germany to stop blocking anti-discrimination directive” (EurActiv): “A lesbian couple is thrown out of a café in Vienna for kissing each other. Two gay men from Germany are denied a hotel room in Riga. A German retiree is refused a rental car when the agency is concerned his age will cause him to have an accident.” Read more here

 Terrorism: “Turkish F-16 jets carry out strikes against Isis on Syrian side of border” (The Guardian): “Bombing of Islamic State positions follows deadly terrorist attack reaching into Turkey’s Kilis province that prompted military to move fighter jets to the area. Turkish warplanes struck Islamic State targets across the border in Syria on Friday, a day after the militants fired on a Turkish military outpost and killed a soldier.”  Read more here

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