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Monday Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

France wins the World Cup while Trump arrives in Helsinki for his summit with Putin. Before leaving the UK he stresses that the EU is a foe of the USA. Earlier May revealed that Trump told her to sue the EU rather than negotiate with it. The Italian government allowed for the disembarkation of the migrants on board MV Protector. Malta’s Prime Minister agrees to take 50 migrants following the latest issue in the Mediterranean.

Our morning briefing follows.

France Winners.pngFrance have won the 2018 FIFA World Cup after defeating Croatia 4-2 in a thoroughly entertaining Final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in what was a fitting end to an outstanding tournament.


protector.pngThe Italian government authorised the disembarkation of the migrants on board of the ship Protector operated by Frontex in Pozzallo. The authorisation came after the agreement with a number of governments for their distribution.


Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe Times reports that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat defended his decision to accept some of the 450 migrants at the heart of the latest diplomatic standoff between Malta and Italy, saying refusing solidarity could come back to haunt the country. During the day Germany and Malta announced that they will be taking 50 migrants each from the same migrants. The Malta Independent  adds that the decision was taken by the Prime Minister on his own responsibility.


Trump PutinPresident Donald Trump says “nothing bad … maybe some good” will come out of Monday’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he attempted to lower expectations for what the meeting may actually achieve. Trump’s national security adviser said they aren’t looking for “concrete deliverables.”


Secretary of StatesThe U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” it targeted the 2016 presidential election.


Trump PlaneTrump called the European Union a “foe” of the United States in an interview that aired Sunday. “I think we have a lot of foes,” Trump said. “I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe.”


May PollsBritain’s former trade commissioner in Brussels, Lord Mandelson, is making common cause with hardline, anti-EU Tories, saying Theresa May’s latest Brexit blueprint would lead to “national humiliation” and leave the country in a worse position than if it turned its back on the entire European economic system.

Labour has opened up its biggest poll lead over the Conservatives since shortly after last June’s general election, as the government’s chaotic handling of Brexit appears to have triggered a dramatic fall in support for Theresa May and the Tories – and a sudden revival of Ukip.


img_2904The US president said on Friday at a joint news conference he had given Mrs May a suggestion – but she had found it too “brutal”. Asked by the BBC’s Andrew Marr what it was he said, she replied: “He told me I should sue the EU – not go into negotiations.”


Newspaper Headlines MaltaHeads must roll now that the European Bank Authority found the government’s anti-money- laundering agency had broken EU laws, Opposition leader Adrian Delia insisted yesterday.


img_2909Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to clear southern Syria of insurgents.


IsraelAuthorities called for residents of southern Israel to “return to normal” on Sunday morning, as a shaky ceasefire ending one of the most intense days of fighting on the border in years appeared to hold overnight.


Newspaper Headlines MaltaSeventy per cent of the applications for a compliance certificate which states that a building is in line with accessibility guidelines were rejected by the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) over 2017. This statistic was brought to light in the Commission’s Annual Report.


Di Maio CETAItaly’s deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio said that a majority in parliament would reject an EU-Canada free trade deal, thereby threatening to scupper the entire agreement.


Church CzechCzech churches are up in arms against Communist Party plans to tax billions in compensation being paid by the state in return for assets, mostly land, seized by the Communists during their Cold War rule.


Haiti Prime MinisterEmbattled Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned on Saturday following deadly violence and looting sparked by a now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices, triggering a fraught process to form a new government.


Newspaper Headlines MaltaThe new shooting range at Ta’ Kandja, in the limits of Siġġiewi, has cost in the region of €14 million, double the original estimate, the Times of Malta is informed.


The Malta Independent reports that chaining of dogs to a stationary object is still legal in Malta, in spite of it being banned in the majority of EU countries which view the practice as cruel.


Russia World CupGianni Infantino believes that the 2018 World Cup has wrought a sea change in international opinion about host nation Russia. “Football cannot solve all the problems in the world, football cannot change the past, but it can have an impact on the future.”




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