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Europe briefing: Paris Peace Forum, California fires and Brexit deal uncertainty

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Europe briefing: Paris Peace Forum, California fires and Brexit deal uncertainty
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1) Seehofer wishes to resign as CSU leader

Horst Seehofer, German Interior Minister and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria, wants to step down as party chair according to German media reports. Under Seehofer, the CSU suffered their worst results since 1950 in a regional election last month after his anti-immigration campaign backfired.

2) Brexit uncertainty

Former British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday the UK government was "on the verge of total surrender in Brexit negotiations". It came as the Independent website reported that British Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to abandon plans for Monday's emergency cabinet meeting to approve a Brexit deal.

3) Italy hosts conference in Palermo for Libyan stabilisation

Key Libyan and international stakeholders are in Palermo, Italy, for a two-day conference to discuss a peace plan to deal with the political crisis in the African country. The oil-producing country has two governments: a UN-backed administration in the capital and a government aligned with commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces control much of the east.

4) Macron opens Paris Peace Forum, Trump does not attend

After the WWI commemorations last weekend, French President Emmanuel Macron opened the inaugural Paris Peace Forum, which seeks to promote a multilateral approach to security and governance that avoids the errors that led to the outbreak of the WWI. Leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan were among those who listened to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Macron and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres spoke highly of UN institutions that seek multilateral solutions to global problems.

5) Death toll in deadly California fires rises

Both northern and southern California are suffering from two deadly wildfires that show no signs of dying down. At least 30 people are thought to have died and more than 200 are missing as a result of some of the deadliest wildfires in the state's history. With hot, dry winds expected to last until at least Tuesday in the south, there are fears for the wealthy beach town of Malibu, where a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for a quarter of a million people.