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Europe briefing: Euronews conference on Brexit, Athens struggles with Airbnb

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Europe briefing: Euronews conference on Brexit, Athens struggles with Airbnb
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1) Conference on Brexit

Prominent figures from across the spectrum gathered in London to discuss Brexit from a European perspective.

Euronews' political editor Darren McCaffrey spoke to former European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on the sidelines of the conference. He said he was "very surprised" about the current Brexit negotiations.

"The problem has been not so much with the negotiations of the EU with the UK, but the negotiations of the UK with itself," he said.

2) Athens residents are being priced out by Airbnb

Residents of the Koukaki neighbourhood in Athens told Euronews they are being priced out by Airbnb. Koukaki has been a popular destination for tourists to stay while visiting the Greek capital, which has caused skyrocketing rents and seen locals evicted.

3) Honda to close UK plant in 2021

Japanese carmaker Honda is set to close its only UK plant in 2021, which will result in the loss of up to 3,500 jobs.

The Japanese company said the closure was not related to Brexit but that they were shifting their focus to regions where they expect to sell more cars after struggling in the European market.

The announcement came just over two weeks after fellow Japanese carmaker Nissan reversed its decision to build a new SUV in Britain.

4) French political parties mobilise against anti-Semitism

The French socialist party (PS) organised marches across France to speak out against anti-Semitism on Tuesday, which were expected to be attended by some 20 political parties.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and members of the government were also set to attend but Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National wasn't invited.

It came after French philosopher, Alain Finkielkraut was verbally attacked for being Jewish as he walked past "gilets jaunes" (yellow vests) protests in Paris last weekend.

5) International summit cancelled amid Poland-Israel spat

An international summit in Jerusalem has been cancelled following a row between Israel and Poland that saw Israel’s acting foreign minister said that “many Poles” had collaborated with the Nazis in World War II and shared responsibility for the Holocaust.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki branded the remarks “racist and unacceptable”.