Gerry Adams, the divisive politician known globally as the face of the Irish republican movement as it moved from violence to peace, said Saturday that he was stepping down as leader of Sinn Fein next year after heading the party for over 30 years.
Ousted Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma pledge to spread his protest against Venezuela’s socialist government across the world on arriving in Spain Saturday, a day after he escaped from house arrest and slipped past security forces into Colombia.
EU ministers will vote on where to relocate two EU agencies from the UK, while later EU leaders will host six eastern European countries in Brussels. Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic awaits his verdict in the Hague.
A Belgian judge made no ruling on Friday on a European arrest warrant issued by Spain for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his lawyer said after a court hearing in Brussels, despite Belgian prosecutors demanding the warrant be exercised.
The Bonn climate talks will continue into Friday evening, longer than expected. Rich and poor countries are at loggerheads over how and when the financial support for developing countries will be determined and will reconvene at 6PM. There is disagreement over how financing of climate action from rich to poor countries will be structured, how it will be monitored, and what predictability of money streams poor countries can expect.
The UK needs to "make progress" by early December in the Brexit negotiations for talks to move on to a transition period and the future relations, European Council president Donald Tusk said Friday after meeting with UK prime minister Theresa May. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier had earlier set a deadline of the end of November. A crucial summit on 14-15 December will decide if talks can move on.
Germany’s would-be coalition partners resumed talks on Friday after all-night negotiations failed to see a breakthrough, with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives saying they would compromise further on climate change policies to secure a deal.
German environment minister Barbara Hendricks said Friday that the US delegation acted "constructively" and "professionally" at the international climate conference in Bonn. She said that she had not experienced any obstruction on the part of the US, whose president announced earlier this year that it will leave the Paris climate agreement. That the US held a controversial side-event on 'clean coal' was "okay", she said, referring to freedom of speech.
Belgian judges will decide on 4 December whether to allow the extradition of Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain. Puigdemont and four other former members of Catalonia's regional government, who are charged in Spain with rebellion, sedition and embezzlement, were heard by judges in Brussels on Friday. Prosecutors called for extradition to be applied. The five politicians' lawyers will plead on 4 December.
Ireland's prime minister Leo Varadkar said Friday he wants written guarantees from the UK before the end of the first phase of Brexit talks that there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. "We want that written down in practical terms in the conclusions of phase one," he said in Gothenburg, adding that "it doesn't seem like they [UK] have thought all this through".
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, European Parliament president Antonio Tajani and Estonian PM Juri Ratas, on behalf of EU member states, signed on Friday the , a document outlining principles for a social dimension to EU policies. The declaration focuses on equal access to labour market and working conditions, social protection and inclusion. EU leaders are meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the social summit.
Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will appear before judges in Brussels on Friday at 2PM. Puigdemont and four other former members of the Catalan regional government are under an EU arrest warrant issued by Spain over rebellion and sedition charges following Catalonia's declaration of independence in October. Judges could decide today whether to extradite the five politicians to Spain. Puigdemont says the charges are "political".