Press Review – April 30th 2014 – Elections in Iraq, Merkel meets Obama, Ukraine, Twitter stock down

Elections in Iraq. For the first time after the US withdrawel from the country, Iraqi citizens are called to vote in parliamentary elections. While the BBC  deems any predictions over the outcome difficult, it seems likely that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is going to play an influential role in the after-election coalition building. He already served two terms in office. Security measures in the country have been increased in the face of higher threat levels and attacks accompanying the elections. Up to 22 million Iraqis will have to chose between around 9000 candidates.

Women voters in Baghdad, 30 April

Angela Merkel visits the US. German and international press report on a planned visit of German chancellor Merkel to the US this Thursday. A meeting with US President Barack Obama is scheduled for Friday and will be dominated by the unstable situation in the Ukraine. The initial hot topic of the NSA’s continuous spying in Europe as well as talks about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will therefore not play a major role. The US favours harder sanctions against Russia than Europe, but European governments welcome the willingness of the US for coordinated action.

New hope for OSCE hostages in Ukraine. The 7 OSCE observers which are held in captivity by pro-Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine were announced to be released soon without the previously demanded hostage exchange, said separatist-leader Ponomaryov, the self-announced mayor  of Slovyansk were the hostages are currently held.

Twitter Stock down 10%. Twitter failed to convince investors with its latest quarterly earnings report despite an accelerated increase in user numbers and earnings, reports TIME.

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