Mali has sent back two people who were deported from France on the same planes they arrived on, saying they were not sure they were Malian citizens. The government said the pair were flown to the capital, Bamako using European travel permits or “laissez-passer”, not passports or other Malian papers. The government said it could not accept people “simply assumed to be Malian.”
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Italy’s plans to bail out two regional banks pose a tough dilemma to European regulators, who are still considering whether Monte dei Paschi qualifies for state aid, three months after giving a preliminary green light. Source Reuters
Catalonia’s regional parliament, which is dominated by parties that want the region to break away from Spain, approved Wednesday a 2017 budget that includes funding for an independence referendum. Source The Local
Catalonia’s separatist government on Sunday again urged Spain’s central government to let it hold a legal referendum on independence like the one Scotland staged in 2014 with London’s approval. Source the Local