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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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to campaign across Europe in order to mobilize support for his upcoming constitutional referendum, which would further consolidate executive powers. Turkey’s prime minister, Binali Yildirim, already got a head start this weekend. Source: Handelsblatt
Brussels is investigating a showcase Chinese rail project that aims to extend Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative into the heart of Europe, potentially putting the EC at loggerheads with China. The commission’s probe is into a planned 350km high-speed railway between Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, and Budapest in Hungary. Source: FT
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has gained some ground on her main election rivals, independent Emmanuel Macron and conservative Francois Fillon, but would still lose to either of them in the May 7 runoff for the presidency, a poll showed on Monday. Source Reuters