Europe

Spain’s Socialists to make way for Rajoy government

Divisive vote result means Spain will see new government following 310 days of political deadlock World Bulletin / News Desk Spain’s Socialists voted on Sunday to facilitate a minority government led by acting conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The move by the… Spain’s Socialists to… Read More »

Last-ditch talks aim to save EU-Canada trade deal

BRUSSELS: The head of the European parliament and Canada’s trade minister held last-ditch talks Saturday aimed at salvaging a trade deal threatened by a Belgian region’s refusal to sign on Agence France Presse EU assembly chief Martin Schulz also planned an 11th-hour huddle with Paul… Last-ditch talks… Read More »

How Erdogan’s Family Uses Non-Profits In D.C. For Lobbying

“We created ‘Everything For Turkey Platform’ as if it was apolitical… a structure that was supposed to voice democratic demands of Turks in the U.S. … But because [Turkey’s ruling party] AK Party is not officially here, all our activities so far have been outright political. I am not disturbed by that. Of course, we… How Erdogan’s Family… Read More »

Italy PM brands UNESCO Jerusalem vote ‘unacceptable’

“It is incomprehensible and unacceptable, it was a mistake,” Renzi told Italian radio. World Bulletin / News Desk Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, on Friday described a UNESCO resolution condemning Israel’s actions in east Jerusalem as “incomprehensible and unacceptable” and said his officials should have voted… Italy PM brands… Read More »

Whisky industry loses battle over minimum drink price

Doctors yesterday hailed a court ruling in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol claiming Scotland’s health would dramatically improve as a result of the measure to reduce heavy drinking. The Court of Session backed the Scottish Government’s controversial plans to impose a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol, taking a… Whisky industry loses… Read More »

Russian warships pass through English Channel

A flotilla of Russian warships is passing through the English Channel en route to Syria. Two British naval ships are shadowing the vessels. The Ministry of Defence said they would be “man-marked every step of the… Russian warships pass… Read More »

Sturgeon unveils indyref2 vote plan `before Brexit’

Nicola Sturgeon has today unveiled the Scottish Government’s plans for a second independence referendum which would take place “before the UK leaves the EU” in just over two years. By SCOTT MACNAB The draft Bill proposes that Scots will again be asked “Should Scotland be an Independent Country?” as happened in… Sturgeon unveils indyref2… Read More »

Towards NAFTA-EU Economic Integration?

 “Back-Door” Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) Sets the Stage… The TTIP is Alive? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky The ratification of the CETA agreement is imminent, with far-reaching economic and social implications. France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls is… Towards NAFTA-EU… Read More »

Pro-West Montenegro ruling party wins, but falls short of single-party government

Montenegro’s pro-West ruling party has won the most votes in the small Balkan country’s parliamentary election on Oct. 16, according to unofficial results, but without enough support to govern alone and assure the country’s chartered course into NATO and other Western institutions. PODGORICA The tense election was marked by the arrest of 20 people suspected of planning politically motivated armed attacks after the… Pro-West Montenegro… Read More »

Belgium split over EU-Canada trade deal Ceta

Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says EU leaders may agree on a landmark EU-Canada trade deal this week – but only if objections from his country’s Wallonia region can be met. EU trade ministers are discussing the Ceta deal in Luxembourg, and Wallonia’s concerns cannot be ignored. Belgium’s national government backs the… Belgium split over… Read More »

Bid to pressure BBC for ‘Scottish Six’ defeated in Commons

MPs have rejected an attempt to increase the pressure on the BBC over a “Scottish Six” news programme after the SNP attached a demand for broadcasting to be devolved to the corporation’s latest charter agreement. By PARIS GOURTSOYANNIS Seeking to amend the motion agreeing the latest ten-year deal on BBC funding, the SNP’s Westminster culture spokesman John Nicolson claimed the… Bid to pressure BBC… Read More »

Ukraine’s Unlucky Town Called Happiness

As great powers debate Russia’s place in the world, its role in eastern Ukraine’s 2-1/2-year-old war, and the Minsk peace process to end it, ordinary people living along the front line in eastern Ukraine are just as worried about many of the local leaders’ Soviet-style habits of governance, corruption and patronage. The small front-line town in eastern Ukraine is called Schastia, or Ukrainian for “Happiness”. Four grandmothers sit outside in the… Ukraine’s Unlucky Town… Read More »

Boris Johnson’s previously unpublished ‘pro-EU’ column revealed

Boris Johnson said the UK remaining in the EU would be a “boon for the world and for Europe”, a previously unpublished newspaper column reveals. He wrote the column in February, along with a pro-Brexit article that was later published in the Telegraph. Mr Johnson subsequently became a… Boris Johnson’s previously… Read More »

Russia’s Gazprom, India’s GAIL Could Correct LNG Contract in 6 Months – CEO

Gazprom’s CEO Alexey Miller said that Russia’s energy giant hopes to agree with India’s state-owned oil and gas company on amendments to the contract on deliveries of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in the next six months. GOA (Sputnik) – Russia’s energy giant Gazprom hopes to agree with India’s state-owned oil and gas company on amendments to the contract on deliveries of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in the… Russia’s Gazprom, India’s… Read More »