The European Union continues to meddle in Libyan internal affairs. The High Representatives have opened a 'technical office' in rebel-held Benghazi. They say this is to coordinate 'humanitarian' support for Libyan insurgents and the establishment of the Temporary Financial Mechanism which was endorsed by foreign ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday.
German environmental experts doubt that developing shale gas is economically profitable and worthwhile for the country's energy transition. They also question the technology of fracking and call for a European Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure to be adopted. EurActiv Germany reports.
The Conservative Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has this week announced plans to force future immigrants to wait a minimum of six months before they can receive benefits, and to declare how they have spent their time in Britain before they start receiving them.