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Russia's economic development minister Alexey Ulyukaev said on Thursday, according to the Sptunik news agency, that Russia's gas pipeline to Turkey, TurkStream, is on hold as part of a package of sanctions, including a food export ban, to be imposed on Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian jet.
The Grand Mosque in Brussels, a few hundred meters from the EU headquarters was Thursday evacuated and the place sealed off while envelopes containing “white powder” discovered inside the building were being analysed. Brussels is on the highest terror alert since Saturday because of a "serious and imminent threat."
Turkey's EU minister said Thursday the latest chapter in his country's stalled EU membership bid would be opened in mid-December, following Sunday's summit where Europe wants to finalise a migration deal with Turkey. Volkan Bozkir said that Chapter 17 on economy and monetary policy would be opened on December 14-15.
Europe should set a limit on the number of refugees it takes in, German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere told Austrian newspaper Der Standard, without specifying a number. He added Europe should take those most in need of international protection. Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to stick to her open-door policy.
German state North Rhine-Westphalia has handed Athens the names of over 10,000 Greeks suspected of dodging taxes via holdings in Swiss banks. “This is a great opportunity for our community,” said deputy Greek finance minister Trifon Alexiadis. Tax dodging is thought to be the biggest drain on the Greek economy.
Norway introduced controls of ferries and borders on Thursday morning over fears that refugees in large numbers will flock to the country following neighboring Sweden's introduction of border controls on Tuesday. Finland and Sweden have urged the Nordic region to hold joint talks on the issue of immigration.
Greece and Israel agreed on Wednesday to strengthen ties and to bring Cyprus into their discussions, particularly regarding energy issues, reports Ekathimerini. “We are examining ways to cooperate in research, drilling and the transportation of gas from Israel to Europe,” Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said during a visit to Jerusalem.