European Headlines: 11-19-2018

GERMANY (DW) Emmanuel Macron calls for unified Europe in Bundestag address; In a speech to Germany’s parliament, French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a new Franco-German alliance to equip Europe for future challenges. His visit came on Germany’s annual war remembrance day.

(DW) Yemen Houthis seek truce with Saudi coalition; Houthi rebels have halted their drone and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia and its allies. The Iran-linked group also said they were ready for a ceasefire if the Saudi-led coalition “wants peace.”

(DW) Paying the price for helping refugees in Germany; Thousands of people in Germany have vouched for refugees in recent years and are now being asked to pay high sums. Were their good intentions misguided?

(DW) Germany plans to fast-track deportations of failed asylum-seekers; Germany’s Interior Ministry has proposed new measures to monitor and deport failed asylum-seekers. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has said he is also looking at ways to repatriate known criminals to Syria.

(DW) Buried ‘Picasso’ painting revealed as hoax – report; Following an anonymous tip, writer Mira Feticu has found a painting buried in a Romanian forest which appeared to be a stolen Picasso. However, two theatre directors now claim it was all part of their publicity stunt.

(DW) Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu refuses to call fresh elections amid growing pressure; The Israeli prime minister said it would be “irresponsible” to call for fresh elections after his defense minister resigned. But he faces an uphill battle in securing support from his government’s coalition partners.

(DW) British Prime Minister Theresa May: Ousting me risks delaying Brexit;
The British PM has said she would not let removal talks distract her from a critical week of negotiations. Some MPs from her own party seek to oust her after seeing the details of the contentious draft Brexit deal.

(DW) Tijuana residents greet migrant caravans with violence; A few hundred Tijuana residents are protesting the arrival of Central Americans in caravans en route to the United States. Defying US pledges to categorically deny asylum, more migrants are preparing to head north.

(DW) APEC leaders fail to agree on joint statement amid US-China tensions;
It is the first time that world leaders meeting at the APEC summit have been unable to sign a final joint communique. The gathering in Papua New Guinea was dominated by diplomatic sparring between the US and China.

(DW) German economy minister moots tax cuts amid slowing economy;
A slowdown in the German economy in the third quarter has raised recession fears. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier thinks a package of tax cuts and other measures are needed to shore up future economic growth.

(DW) Power vacuum in Gabon: End of the Bongo dynasty?;
The president of Gabon, Ali Bongo, has been in hospital for more than three weeks. Now the vice president’s powers have been extended to “ensure the continuity of the state” — a move criticized by the opposition.

FRANCE (France24) Fresh clashes in French ‘yellow vest’ fuel price protests; Fresh clashes in the “yellow vest” fuel price protests across France led to more injuries on Sunday, adding to the more than 400 already reported by the government, as some demonstrators vowed to continue their action over the coming days.

(France24) Yemen’s Houthis say halting missile attacks on Saudi coalition; Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Monday it was halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a demand from the United Nations.

(France24) May defiant ahead of ‘critical’ Brussels talks on Brexit; British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday toppling her would risk delaying Brexit and she would not let talk of a leadership challenge distract her from a critical week of negotiations with Brussels.

(France24) Netanyahu urges coalition partners not to bring down government; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged his coalition partners on Sunday not to bring down the government, citing security challenges ahead and hinting at future Israeli military action against its enemies.

(France24)In Berlin speech, France’s Macron urges EU revival to prevent global ‘chaos’; French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday urged a Franco-German push to make Europe a stronger and more confident global player that could prevent “chaos” on the world stage.

(France 24) C. Africa ex-militia leader detained at ICC ahead of war crimes trial; A former Central African Republic militia leader nicknamed “Colonel Rambo” arrived on Saturday in The Hague, where he will stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

JAPAN (NHK) IOC rejects Taiwan name change; In Taiwan, voters are set to cast their ballots on whether the island should compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and other international sport events under the name of Taiwan, not Chinese Taipei. But the International Olympic Committee rejects the name-change plan.

(NHK) Hun Sen says no to foreign bases; Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed never to allow foreign military bases in his country.

(NHK) Japan-Russia economic conference bolsters ties; Business officials from Japan and Russia have gathered in Tokyo to strengthen economic ties. More than 180 representatives from both countries took part in a conference.

(NHK) Nissan’s Ghosn arrested in Japan; Tokyo prosecutors have arrested Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion of underreporting his earnings.

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