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Utrecht shooting, Brexit extension and Macron under pressure | Europe briefing

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1. Several injured in shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands: Police

Dutch security forces were hunting for a 37-year-old Turkish man suspected of having shot several people, one of them possibly fatally, on a tram in the city of Utrecht on Monday, in what authorities said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

The incident took place at about 10:45 CET at the Oktoberplein station and three trauma helicopters were deployed to assist.

2. Brexit: UK lawmakers could vote on May’s deal for third time

The UK is braced for yet another stormy week of debate in parliament, with less than a fortnight remaining before the March 29 deadline for Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May's favoured deal could be tabled again in parliament this week, although both the Finance and Foreign Affairs ministers have said they might not have the votes yet.

3. Macron mulls protest ban on Champs Elysees as pressure grows

French President Emmanuel Macron is considering banning any demonstration from the Champs Elysees, a government official said on Monday.

France witnessed scenes of looting and rioting over the weekend in the latest bout of Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protests. Opposition politicians who accused the government of not being prepared for Saturday's rioting.

Read more: Macron faces renewed pressure as Paris cleans up Yellow Vest riots

4. Crimea: Russia celebrates fifth anniversary of annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to travel to the Crimean port city of Sevastopol on Monday to mark the fifth anniversary of the peninsula’s annexation.

It comes after the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini said on Sunday that the bloc “reiterates that it does not recognise and continues to condemn this violation of international law.”

5. French Cardinal Barbarin to tender resignation to Pope Francis

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was scheduled to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday morning to tender his resignation.

The archbishop of Lyon was convicted on March 7 for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority and received a suspended six-month jail sentence.

Read more: Barbarin resigns after receiving suspended prison sentence over abuse allegation neglect

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