EU flags flying at the Berlaymont European Commission building in Brussels. 67% of EU citizens think that EU membership has benefited their country.
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Poll on benefits of EU, Trump targets auto imports, Uber improves working conditions, Israeli minister attacks EU, Trump cannot block Twitter. Delano’s breakfast briefing.
EU support at 35-year high
The latest Eurobarometer survey indicates that that 67% of EU citizens think that EU membership has benefited their country, Reuters reports. This represent the highest level of support for the EU since 1983. Even in Britain, which is set to leave the EU next year, 53% of those surveyed thought membership had been a benefit. Nevertheless, this was the second lowest level of support after Italy, where only 44% said benefits of membership outweighed disadvantages. The recent low point of support for the EU according to the Eurobarometer survey was 52% in 2011.
US looks into auto imports threat
The United States commerce department has launched a national security investigation into car and truck imports, The Guardian reports. The aim of the investigation is to ascertain whether imports posed a threat to the US domestic industry, and in particular its research and development capabilities. “There is evidence suggesting that, for decades, imports from abroad have eroded our domestic auto industry,” said commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross.
Uber to provide health insurance
In a move that could entice the Luxembourg government to rethink its opposition to Uber setting up in the grand duchy, the ridesharing company is to provide sickness and maternity cover for its drivers across Europe. The Guardian reports that sick pay for injured drivers after a week is capped at £1,125.
Israel minister says EU should go to hell
Israeli energy minister Yuval Steinitz has slammed the EU as being hypocritical after it called for “a swift investigation into circumstances surrounding” the injury and detainment in Haifa of Jafar Farah, the head of an NGO, Newsweek reports. “Let them go to a thousand, thousand hells. The EU is now sucking up to Iran and will help [Tehran] against U.S. sanctions,” Steinez told a local radio station.
Trump loses Twitter case
US president Donald Trump has lost a court case brought against him for attempting to block people from viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. A New York judge ruled that the account is presidential, not personal, and that blocking users violates their first amendment rights. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald “suggested that Trump could have simply ignored the replies that upset him, rather than blocking the users involved” The Guardian reports.