My Mexican amigo Ricardo Treviño elected as new Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization.

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EU leaders agree today to move on to Phase two in the Brexi talks.

“Congratulations, Prime Minister Theresa May!” wrote Tusk on Twitter since the 27th remaining EU countries’ heads of state and government have made their expected decision.l at the EU Council meeting in Brussels.

“Sufficient progress” in the initial phase 1 negotiations was confirmed. It was last week when a settlement was finally reached between May and the EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. Juncker today said that much remains to be solved on Britain’s way out of the EU.

“The second phase is significantly more difficult than the first one – and the first one was very difficult” said Juncker.

“The first big step now is that Britain must say what they want, in clear words. It will probably happen within a few weeks. Then we will have a very clear European opinion (on the bargaining position) in March”, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on the way to today’s discussions.

I never miss the TV-show ’Nobel Minds’, the round table talk of Nobel Prize winners.

The show is lead by BBC Worlds brilliant Zeinab Badawi from the Grünewaldhall at Concerthall Stockholm. Always an excellent hour.