The interior ministers of Germany and Italy make the proposal in a letter to the Commission
The German and Italian interior ministers called for an EU mission to be installed on the border between Libya and Niger as soon as possible to stem migrant crossings to Europe, news wires reported last week. Thomas de Maiziere and Marco Minniti have sent a letter to the European Com­mission on 11 May, of which AFP obtained a copy, saying they "are convinced that we all must do more" to "prevent that hundreds of thousands of people once again risk their lives in Libya and on the Mediterranean Sea in the hands of smugglers."
Mass protests against new austerity measures turn violent
Greece has fallen back into recession for the first time since 2012, official figures from Eurostat show. The country's GDP fell by 0.1% in the Q1 after shrinking by 1.2% in the final quarter of 2016. According to Markit's chief economist Howard Archer, Greece's return to recession was largely due to uncertainty over the bailout.
 
Two reports aiming to alleviate disparities within the EU regions were adopted by MEPs
Maria Koleva, Brussels
With a wide majority MEPs backed on 18 June at their plenary in Strasbourg a report urging to be preserved EU grants’ schemes for the poorer regions in the next financial period and proposing steps to make it easier to apply for European funds.
 
Member States have say on trade deals
Member States national parliaments have the right to veto an EU free trade deal with Singapore, according to the EU top court ruling issued last Tuesday.
Food squandering should be cut throughout EU
Squandering habits make it possible that every year 88 million tonnes of food, or 173kg per person, which are worth €143 billion, be thrown as a waste throughout the EU.
WannaCry attack signals world is on brink of true cyber war
The world got a hint last weekend how a cyber war in the future would look like after unprecedented in scale malware attack hit hundreds of thousands computers in no less than 150 countries across the globe.
Local values to be respected
Austrian lawmakers approved last week a bill that outlaws wearing a full-face veil in public, the fine will be €150.
Public investment in ports, airports, culture simplified
The Commission approved last Wednesday new state aid rules that exempt certain public support measures for ports, airports, culture and the outermost regions from prior Commission scrutiny, the EU press service reported.
MEPs want Hungary punished
In a resolution adopted on 17 May, MEPs express concern that the recent developments in Hungary have led to a serious deterioration in the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights and call for triggering Article 7(1) of the Treaty that provides a mechanism to enforce EU values by dialogue and investigation, recommendation and if necessary sanctions.
Snap elections in Austria after coalition collapses
The political crisis in Austria, caused by the collapse of the grand coalition is to be solved by snap elections on 15 October, party chiefs agreed last Tuesday.
CDU unseats SPD in crucial state election
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU has beaten its rival Social Democrats in their stronghold in North Rhine-Westphalia, dealing them a serious blow ahead of national elections in September, news wires reported.
Boosting added value of waste-to-energy
Circular economy means creating real economic growth, not fictitious jobs; it means investing in separate collection that creates jobs, sorting that creates jobs, recycling that creates jobs and also creates economic growth and products such as compost and plastic, Vanya Veras, Secretary-General of Municipal Waste Europe said during a public hearing on “Waste-to-energy under the Circular Economy”, organised in Brussels by the EESC.
Losses to reach billions
Global financial and economic losses from the WannaCry cyber-attack that crippled computers in at least 150 countries could swell into the billions of dollars, making it one of the most damaging incidents involving so-called ransomware.
Possible North Korea link to ransom wave revealed
Cyber security researchers have found technical evidence they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry ransomware.
Disney hacked, movies stolen
Hackers have threatened film studio Disney to release one of its forthcoming movies unless it pays ransom, news wires reported.
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Barnier about Brexit: There's no desire for 'no deal'
 
The EU's top Brexit negotiator said talks with Britain will begin on 9 June - the day after the UK's general election. Michel Barnier made the comment on 17 May while speaking to EU lawmakers in Strasbourg. The French politician assured Britain that the talks will be conducted in a "fair" manner and the EU will be negotiating with Britain, rather than against it. According to Barnier, there is no desire in Brussels for talks to break down without a deal. He also dismissed suggestions that the UK will be required to pay up to €100m as an "exit bill".

Talks on airplane laptop ban end with no ban, more talks
 
Talks on a proposed US ban on laptops and tab­lets in flights from Europe ended on 17 May with no ban - and a promise of more talks and better intelligence sharing. The EU officials have been hoping for details on the threat that prompted the proposed ban and that US President Trump discussed with Russian diplomats a week ago. The airline industry came out against the proposal in a strongly worded letter that said it would cause a severe downturn in trans-Atlantic air travel and cost travellers more than a billion dollars in lost time.

EU fines Facebook €110m over WhatsApp deal
 
The EU antitrust regulators fined Facebook €110m ($122m) on 18 May for giving misleading information during a vetting of its deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp in 2014. "The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook's statements in the 2014 merger review process, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users' identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility," the Commission said. 

ECI on wage and economic differences in EU registered
 
The Commission decided last Tuesday to partially register a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) on tackling wage and economic inequality, concerning legal acts within its competences. The formal registration of this Initiative on 22 May will start a one-year process of collection of signatures of support by its organisers. Should the Initiative receive one million statements of support within one year, from at least seven different Member States, the Commission will have to react within three months. The Commission can decide either to follow the request or not.

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