European Headlines: 11-15-2018

Germany (DW):Migrant arrivals in EU set to reach 5-year low;Illegal border crossings have continued to drop, putting this year’s rate on track to be the lowest since 2013, Frontex has said. Despite this, an EU dispute over the arrivals continues to feed anti-migrant sentiment.

(DW) Migrants refuse to disembark in Libya after being rescued at sea; The 94 passengers were rescued by a passing container ship last week as they were en-route to Italy. After being returned to Libya they have refused to get off the ship.

(DW)Alexei Navalny’s European court date puts pressure on Kremlin; The Russian dissident politician has been repeatedly arrested and tried for his protests. Each time, he has called on Europe’s human rights court for help. But will that path remain open after Thursday’s decision?

(DW) German prosecutors to investigate far-right AfD’s Alice Weidel over donations; Prosecutors have begun a probe into AfD leader Alice Weidel over the alleged use of foreign donations to pay for internet campaigning. The party received large sums of money from donors in Switzerland and Belgium.

(DW) Turkish court sentences German-Kurdish singer to six years in prison; A German woman has been found guilty of being a member of a terrorist organization by the Turkish government. She is the third German citizen in as many months to be sentenced to prison in Turkey.

(DW) Dutch court blocks bid to ban blackface Black Pete character; Activists wanted the court to block broadcasters from showing the character’s “racist characteristics.” One broadcaster justified airing images of Black Pete because he goes “down the chimney a lot.”

(DW) United States risks losing military edge, report says; A commission investigating Donald Trump’s defense strategy has said the US could lose a military conflict with China or Russia. It argued that the US’ ability to defend itself and its allies was in doubt.

(DW)Macedonian ex-PM escapes jail term, flees to Hungary; Hungarian strongman Viktor Orban and embattled former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski have long been allies. Facing extensive corruption allegations at home, Gruevski now appears set to request asylum in Budapest.

(DW) Massive Italian anti-mafia operation results in scores of arrests; Italy’s anti-mafia police have struck a major blow to the Italian mob in an international sting. Rival groups were said to have worked together to make billions through online gambling.

(DW)’These missiles can reach Berlin,’ warns Lithuania’s foreign minister; Lithuania’s Linas Linkevicius tells DW that Russia has been violating the terms of the INF nuclear arms treaty. He says action is necessary to force all parties to comply with the agreement.

France (France 24) France a ‘historic’ ally of US, not a vassal state, says Macron; French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview on Wednesday two long-time allies like France and America should treat each other with respect, after US President Donald Trump attacked him on Twitter.

(France24) EU lawmakers seek checks on arms exports fueling Yemen conflict; Tougher checks on European Union arms exports are needed and sanctions should be imposed on those countries that flout the bloc’s rules, the European Parliament said on Wednesday.

(France24)UN Security Council lifts arms embargo, targeted sanctions on Eritrea; The UN Security Council on Wednesday lifted sanctions on Eritrea following a landmark peace deal with Ethiopia and a thaw with Djibouti that have buoyed hopes for positive change in the Horn of Africa.

(France24) Italy refuses to back down in budget standoff with EU; Italy’s populist government defied the European Commission Tuesday by sticking to its big-spending budget plan, risking financial sanctions in a high-stakes standoff with Brussels.

(France24) ‘Paris Call’: 51 states vow support for global rules on cyberweapons; Fifty-one states, including all EU members, have pledged their support for a new international agreement to set standards on cyberweapons and the use of the internet, the French government said Monday.

(France24) Deadly clashes erupt in Cameroon’s restive English-speaking region; Twenty-five separatists were killed Tuesday in fighting in a restive English-speaking region of Cameroon, security officials said Wednesday.

(France24) Ebola death toll in DR Congo tops 200; The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to more than 200, the health ministry said on Saturday.

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CONTRIBUTOR: Staff

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