• Strasbourg terrorist killed in gun battle with police

      Strasbourg terrorist killed in gun battle with police

      The suspected gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg was shot dead last Thursday in a brief gun battle with police after being on the run for 48 hours, police sources said. Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in the Neudorf/Meinau area of the city shortly after a big police operation was launched in the evening.

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    • Divorce deal is not open for rethink

      Divorce deal is not open for rethink

      At their last for this year European Council sitting, held in Brussels on 13 and 14 December, the EU leaders had a lot of pressing issues on their plates, starting with the common long-term budget for 2021-2027, migration, completion of the Single Market and the Economic and Monetary Union, among the long list of items. But they also had to put Brexit again on the table, just 19 days after they endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration, because in London the divorce deal was challenged not only from opponents of the government, but also from some Tory party members.

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    • Italy lowers deficit, Commission to pronounce verdict

      Italy lowers deficit, Commission to pronounce verdict

      The revised 2019 budget plan, proposed by the Italian government, which includes the reducing of its deficit is still not enough to secure EU approval, Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Thursday. "It's a step in the right direction, but nonetheless I have to say we're still not quite there. There are still more steps to take," Moscovici told French senators in Paris, commenting Rome's latest proposal to avoid financial penalties from Brussels.

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    • Switzerland given until June to agree new treaty

      Switzerland given until June to agree new treaty

      The Commission decided last Tuesday to offer Switzerland six additional months to agree on a new treaty that will govern the country's future relations with the EU, Reuters reported citing two EU sources. The political decision, to be formalised at the leaders talks in Brussels, would allow Swiss stock exchanges to maintain access to EU clients until the end of June under a temporary extension of the “equivalence” regime.

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    • New VAT rules to help fight against tax fraud

      New VAT rules to help fight against tax fraud

      The Commission announced last Wednesday new detailed measures that will pave the way for a smooth transition to new VAT rules for e-commerce that come into force in January 2021, the EU press service reported. “The EU is gearing up for a brand new VAT system in 2021 to make it easier for companies to sell goods online and for Member States to recoup lost VAT revenues,” Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said.

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    • Three killed in Strasbourg shooting

      Three killed in Strasbourg shooting

      Three killed and 11 injured, 5 of which very seriously, were reported after shooting in Strasbourg on Tuesday around 8 pm near the Christmas market in the area of the Corbeau bridge and the Orfevres street. Shortly after the attack the gunman, who fled the scene and is still on the loose, has reportedly been identified as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt, born in Strasbourg. Later on, in the southern district of Neudorf, the assailant allegedly opened fire on a patrol of soldiers from the Sentinel force, and was wounded. A soldier was also injured during this skirmish.

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