Olli Kotro of Finland’s Finns Party, Jörg Meuthen of Alternative for Germany (AfD), Matteo Salvini of Italy’s League and Anders Vistisen of the Danish People’s Party announced a coalition of the nationalist parties contesting EU elections. They are pictured during a press conference in Milan, 8 April 2019. Photo: Matteo Salvini on Facebook
Fighting nears Tripoli, US-Iran terrorist watchlists and Fiat-Chrysler emissions agreements. Delano’s breakfast briefing for Tuesday.
Populist parties form EU election bloc
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy PM and leader of the far-right League party, introduced an alliance of four nationalist parties who will contest next month’s European Parliament elections together. Joining: Germany’s AfD, the Danish People’s Party and Finland’s Finns Party. Missing: Marine Le Pen of France’s National Rally and Viktor Orban of Hungary’s Fidesz. Reported by the AFP, DW, Guardian and Politico. More on the European elections in Delano’s April/May magazine.
Fighting approaches Tripoli
Forces loyal to the Benghazi militia leader Khalifa Haftar have reached the suburbs of Tripoli, with an air strike closing the Libyan capital’s airport. Haftar has ignored calls by the EU and UN to halt his offensive. Reported by the BBC, France 24 and Guardian.
US to put Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on terrorism list
Donald Trump said he would classify Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organisation, increasing economic pressure on the country. Tehran retaliated by designating US military forces a terrorist organisation. Reported by DW, the Financial Times and Reuters.
Washington threatens tariffs over Airbus
The Trump administration proposed adding tariffs on $11bn worth of European goods in response to EU subsidies to the aerospace giant Airbus, which break World Trade Organization rules. Reported by the AFP, DW and Financial Times.
France’s lower house of parliament approved a 3% tax on (mostly American) digital giants, according to the AFP news service. The measure now moves to the upper house for debate. More on digital taxation in Delano’s February/March magazine. Separately, the French prime minister said his government must quickly lower taxes on its citizens, reported the AFP and BBC. The conclusion came out of the “Great national debate” which followed protests by the Gilets jaunes (yellow vest) movement.
Britain to start tech regulator
The British government outlined plans to regulate social media firms, although it has not yet introduced legislation in the UK parliament. Reported by Channel 4 News, Cnet and the Financial Times.
The UK has started issuing passports without “European Union” written on the front cover, as reported by the BBC, DW and New European.