Europe

‘She’s in BIG trouble’ Ministers warn May – Brexiteers will REJECT EU customs union plan

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THERESA MAY has been warned by senior ministers that her latest EU customs plan will be rejected by Brexit-backing Tory MPs. By MACER HALL – EXCLUSIVE Express The Prime Minister is due to brief her top team on a new “third way” compromise proposal for future customs links with Brussels at a crunch Cabinet meeting at her country residence Chequers on Friday. And her officials expressed hope that the blueprint – combining two earlier options that bitterly divided ministers – will be a ... Read More »

Trump tensions peak ahead of NATO summit

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Strains in the U.S.-European relationship are peaking just as President Trump prepares to face allies at this month’s critical NATO summit. Rebecca Kheel The Hill Trump has repeatedly complained that members aren’t meeting the alliance’s defense spending goal. But the meeting comes at a difficult time, with the broader U.S.-European relationship already under stress from Trump’s tariffs, his… Those looming issues have raised fears of a replay of last month’s contentious Group of Seven summit. The mood of the… Trump ... Read More »

6 US “Allies” That Are Russia’s Newest Partners

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Russia has mastered the art of making new partnerships among nations that in the 20th and much of the 21st century were and in some cases still are traditional American allies. Adam Garrie EurasiaFuture As the long dead realities of the Cold War era become dramatically re-shaped by the age of multipolarity and increased interconnectivity between global regions, it is helpful to look at some of the countries with whom Russia is a close partner or healthy friend in spite ... Read More »

Can the bond between Macron and Merkel keep the rest of the EU united?

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Summitry is a staple of international diplomacy and the European Union is no exception. Summits raise expectations: of last-minute, heroic breakthroughs; of meaningful change. Helen Drake The Conversation They exist to punctuate the tensions of international relations with images of harmony and hope that may well be illusory. In the EU, summits are often a last resort to reach agreement. Approaching the EU’s long-awaited summer summit in the final week of June, the stakes were high and expectations already low. ... Read More »

Britain moves big into Brussels

Britain's Prime minister Theresa May (L) walks towards the press as she arrives at the European Council headquarter on the second day of a summit of European Union (EU) leaders on March 23, 2018, in Brussels.
European Union leaders will lay the ground on March 23 for the next phase of Brexit talks after British Prime Minister urged them to seize a "new dynamic" in the negotiations. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

The UK diplomatic footprint in the EU capital is set to be one of the largest globally. Britain is leaving Europe, but it’s hardly leaving Brussels. By TOM MCTAGUE Politico The U.K.’s diplomatic footprint in the European capital — currently hidden behind a congested Brussels roundabout, stretched above a Lloyds pharmacy and a cheap Belgian brasserie — will be bigger than it ever was. Come March 29 of next year, the U.K. Representation to the European Union will be the ... Read More »

Labour is responsible for rise of ‘softcore Holocaust denial’, Dr Deborah Lipstadt says

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The Labour Party is responsible for the rise of “softcore Holocaust denial”, Dr Deborah Lipstadt has said. Camilla Turner The Telegraph The American academic won a high-profile legal battle against the British historian David Irving in 2000 after he sued her for libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. She said that anti-Semitism that has become “embedded” in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, adding that it has become more socially acceptable to “make a crack” at a ... Read More »

“Turkish gov’t takes a page from the Gulenist playbook in Washington lobbying” – 3

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This is the third piece in a series on Turkish government and Turkish-American lobbying in the United States. Claire Sadar Ahval In the first two pieces, I discussed how both the Turkish government and its former ally turned enemy, the Gulen Movement, are courting the Trump administration, and particularly Vice President Mike Pence, through Trump-connected lobbyists. In 2017, both sides spent considerable sums on lobbying. The Gulen-connected Alliance for Shared Values spent at least $310,500 on three lobbying firms. Unsurprisingly, ... Read More »

Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants

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BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build border camps for asylum seekers and to tighten the border with Austria in a political deal to save her… Katrin Bennhold and Melissa Eddy The New York Times It was a spectacular turnabout for a leader who has been seen as the standard-bearer of the liberal European order but who has come under intense pressure at home ... Read More »

Germany’s Angela Merkel prevents the breakup of her government with immigration deal

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BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel avoided the breakup of her government on Monday, emerging from an immigration fight with her coalition intact but fragile. James McAuley and Luisa Beck The Washington Post A clash that lasted weeks ended in an uneasy truce when Merkel and her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), reached a compromise on immigration policy with partner Christian Social Union (CSU). Interior Minister and CSU leader Horst Seehofer backed off his threat to resign and potentially bring down ... Read More »

The EU and NATO and Trump — Oh My!

TOPSHOT - German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (2ndR) listen to US President Donald Trump at the Belvedere of Taormina during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily.
The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the US and Italy will be joined by representatives of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia during the summit from May 26 to 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s trans-Atlantic policy is a contradiction in terms. Stephen M. Walt FP It is no secret that U.S. President Donald Trump has an instinctive animus against the European Union and NATO. He supported the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, reportedly advised French President Emmanuel Macron that his country should leave the union too, and last week falsely claimed that the EU was created “to take advantage of the United States.” (This last statement raises an… The EU and… Read More »

An Alternative Way to Deal with the Cyprus Co-Op Bank

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Socialising the losses and privatising the gains I have written two articles on the subject of “the Deal” sought and negotiated by the Government for privatising the ailing Co-Op Bank in Cyprus. Savvas Savvides StockWatch I continue here with “Socialising the losses and privatising the gains – Part 3” which provides an alternative proposal than the one that the Government arrived at with Hellenic Bank. It makes the argument that the concessions made in desperation to the Hellenic Bank (which ... Read More »

Trump Warns NATO Allies to Spend More on Defense, or Else

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WASHINGTON — President Trump has written sharply worded letters to the leaders of several NATO allies — including Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada — taking them to task for spending too little on their own defense and warning that the United States is losing patience with what he said was their failure to meet security obligations shared by the alliance. Julie Hirschfeld Davis The New York Times The letters, sent in June, are the latest sign of acrimony between Mr. ... Read More »

HMRC data disaster sees pensions CUT BY HALF – are YOU affected?

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PAYMENTS will be cut by HALF for some pensioners as the HMRC tries to correct a catalogue of catastrophically expensive cock-ups and blunders which went unseen and unchecked for decades. Joe Gamp Express Although they have done NOTHING wrong some pensioners will see £10,000 wiped from their nest-egg. The string of payment errors made by HMRC dating back over four decades will hit tens of thousands of British pensioners. The Inland Revenue cock-ups came to light during a ‘data clean-up’ ... Read More »

EU opens new legal case against Poland over Supreme Court changes

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission opened a fresh legal case against Poland on Monday over changes to the Supreme Court that it fears will further undermine judicial independence in the largest ex-communist member of the bloc. Reuters Staff The European Union’s executive arm gave Poland a month to respond, which means it will not stop changes entering into force on Tuesday under which one-third of Supreme Court judges will retire unless granted an extension by President Andrzej Duda, an ... Read More »

The geopolitics of telecoms: The West vs. China in the 5G race

People walk by a 5G stand at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world's biggest mobile fair, on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona.
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China is beating the world when it comes to 5G deployment. But in the crucial battle for control over the technology’s global standards, Europe and the US are still very much in the game. Mark Scott Politico LONDON — In smoke-filled conference halls and nondescript hotels from Brussels to Busan, South Korea, a yearslong battle has been underway for control over the future of the mobile world. That fight is now coming to an end. More than 600 government officials and telecoms executives agreed in ... Read More »

Army ‘was set to shoot down a jet’

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BRITAIN was prepared to shoot down hijacked civilian aircraft nearly 30 years before 9/11, declassified documents have revealed. By Marco Giannangeli, EXCLUSIVE Express The orders, from senior British Army commanders followed attempts by the IRA to seize control of civilian aircraft from which they intended to carry out “air raids” on British Army checkpoints After the twin towers attack in 2001, it was revealed that RAF Tornado pilots had been authorised to give rogue civilian aircraft just two chances before ... Read More »