News of the Week: 20 – 26 November 2016

A summary of the week’s main stories

November 20

Fed up with EU, Turkey could join Shanghai Bloc – Reuters

President Tayyip Erdogan is quoted as saying that Turkey doesn’t need to join the European Union “at all costs” and could instead become part of a security bloc dominated by China, Russia and Central Asian nations

Le Pen takes huge poll lead over Sarkozy – The Independent

Le Pen is eight points ahead of the former President, with her support at 29% in the polls

November 21

Angela Merkel to seek fourth term – BBC

She admits this will be her toughest campaign yet

Sarkozy exits politics after defeat in primaries – BBC

Mr Sarkozy endorsed Francois Fillon, a free-market liberal who won Sunday’s first round with 44% of the vote

November 23

Man jailed for “terrorist” murder of Jo Cox MP – BBC

Thomas Mair has been jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox

November 24

Brussels & Paris terror suspect “was given £3000 in UK park” – BBC

Zakaria Boufassil, 26, who is accused of handing over the cash, denies preparing for acts of terrorism

November 25

Authorities prevent Islamist attack in Paris planned for next week – BBC

Five suspects have been arrested, one of them Moroccan, and four of them French nationals of North African origin (two of whom have travelled to Syria in the last year)

Turkey’s President Erdogan threatens to let 3 million migrants into Europe – Telegraph

Erdogan threatened to throw open his country’s gates for migrants and refugees after the European Parliament voted to suspend EU membership negotiations with Ankara

November 26

Fidel Castro dies aged 90 – BBC

Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90

Britons could pay for EU citizenship, says top EU negotiator – Telegraph

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator, said he supported the principle of the idea