News of the Week: 27 Nov – 3 Dec 2016


A summary of the week’s main stories


November 27


Fillon sees off Juppe to win conservative primaries – BBC

A new opinion poll suggests Fillon would easily beat Marine Le Pen in the actual election


November 28


Paul Nuttall elected UKIP leader – BBC

The 39-year-old MEP won 62.6% of support among party members


Ohio attack: Somali refugee, 18, thought to have posted rant before going on rampage  – BBC

America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah [community]. We are not weak.”


Germany dominates Europe says former Commission President – Politico

“The [resolution of the] Greek crisis was not a Brussels-Athens decision, it was a Berlin-Athens decision”


November 29


Angela Merkel keeps EU migrants and British expats in limbo – The Telegraph

Merkel refuses to an agreement prior to Article 50 being invoked


German intelligence officer ‘arrested over Islamist plot’ – The Telegraph

The arrest took place over a suspected Islamist plot to bomb the agency’s Cologne headquarters


Dutch MPs vote to ban burqa in public places – The Telegraph

Dutch MPs voted overwhelmingly to ban the burka from some public places, such as schools and hospitals


January 30


Trump says he will ‘leave business’ to focus on presidency – BBC

The President-elect has announced he will leave his business empire to focus on the presidency and avoid a perceived conflicts of interest


Labour MP: Labour “don’t have a clue” how to deal with UKIP – The Guardian

“It is about culture, identity and family and so on. The party centrally hasn’t got a clue.”


December 1


Immigration at record high – BBC

Net migration stands at 335,000 in the year to June, with a record 284,000 EU citizens coming to live in Britain


Francois Hollande decides not to stand again – BBC

Faced with very low popularity ratings, Hollande becomes the first sitting president in modern French history not to seek re-election


December 2


Europol predicts IS will step up attacks in Europe – BBC

Europol has warned that militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) will aim to step up attacks on European targets, as they face defeat in the Middle East


Lib Dems win Richmond Park by-election – FTWC

Ms Olney polled 20,510 votes to Mr Goldsmith’s 18,638


Johnson says UK won’t oppose steps towards establishing EU army – BBC

“If they want to do that, fine”


Chuka Umunna warns of UKIP threat to Labour – Politics Home

“There are no safe seats for Labour any more”


December 3


China lodges complaint against US over Trump-Taiwan call – BBC

China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province