9 December 2019

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Johnson faces perilous Brexit ratification after Brexit deal vote blocked

KONFRONTASI-Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s faces a potentially perilous ratification of his Brexit divorce deal in the British parliament after the speaker refused to allow a vote on it on Monday.

With just 10 days left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31, the divorce is again in disarray as Britain’s politicians argue over whether to leave with a deal, exit without a deal or hold another referendum.

Italy's Tria says EU forecasts are inaccurate, incomplete

KONFRONTASI-Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria on Thursday condemned latest European Commission economic forecasts for Italy, which were worse than Rome’s own data, saying the EU analysis was wrong and limited.

“The European Commission’s forecasts for the Italian deficit are in sharp contrast to those of the Italian government and derive from an inaccurate and incomplete analysis (of the budget),” Tria said in a statement.

Brexit: Britain votes to leave EU in historic divorce

KONFRONTASI-Britain has voted to leave the European Union in a referendum, with the result throwing into question the fate of the 28-nation bloc and Prime Minister David Cameron announcing that he will step down by October.

The official results were announced on Friday with the Leave campaign receiving 52 percent in Thursday's historic referendum.

Cameron, who had backed the campaign to remain in the EU, said the British people made "a very clear decision to take a different path.

EU condemns days-long curfews in Turkey’s Diyarbakır

KONFRONTASI-A European human rights body has strongly condemned the Turkish government for its days-long curfews imposed across the country’s predominantly Kurdish southeastern province of Diyarbakır.

In a single-page statement issued on Wednesday by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks, Turkish government’s “frequent and widespread” use of curfews in the towns  of the southeastern region was described as disproportionate and unnecessary.

Sweden wants EU help to relocate refugees

KONFRONTASI-Sweden will ask the European Commission to arrange for migrants to be moved from the Nordic state to other EU countries, joining Greece and Italy among others in seeking help to cope with record asylum numbers.

An official request to be part of the European Union's refugee redistribution system is part of an agreement to tighten immigration rules that Sweden's center-left Prime Minister Stefan Lofven made with center-right opposition parties a fortnight ago.