Europe

To tackle climate change, immigration and threats to democracy, Europe’s fractious new Parliament will have to work together

The European Union has survived its latest contest between pro-EU and anti-EU forces. Garret Martin The Conversation Helped by high turnout, pro-EU centrist and leftist parties together won more than two-thirds of seats in the European Parliament elections held in 28 countries from May 23 to 26. Populist parties intent on destroying the EU from within made only modest gains, increasing their share from 20% to 25% of the 751 seats. The European Parliament – one of the three institutions ... Read More »

Elton John: ‘I am a European – not a stupid, imperialist English idiot’

The singer says Brexit has made him ashamed to be British, while performing in Verona during his final world tour Ben Beaumont-Thomas The Guardian Elton John has said he is ashamed of the UK over its voting for and handling of Brexit. While performing on Wednesday in Verona on his last ever world tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, he said: “I’m ashamed of my country for what it has done. It’s torn people apart … I am sick to death of politicians, ... Read More »

Alex Kane: Unionists need to be ready for eventuality of Border poll

Referendum is inevitable and they should participate in preparing the ground for it Alex Kane The Irish Times In 2017 unionists, for the first time ever, lost their overall majority in a Northern Ireland parliament; in local council elections three weeks ago they lost their overall majority of councillors; and… Surely, some argue, those losses, along with other shifts in opinion and electoral support, suggest that it is not unreasonable to conclude that a victory for unity in a border ... Read More »

What to Make of the European Elections

Right-wing populism is still growing—and has already established itself as a fixture on the political stage. Yascha Mounk The Atlantic The sheer scale of the European elections, coupled with the huge differences among the parties that were on the ballot from Sweden to Greece, makes it possible to find evidence for just about any story about the results. Perhaps because the rise of far-right populism has, three years after the surprise victory of Brexit and the shock election of Donald ... Read More »

UK government ‘risks another Windrush’ over EU citizens, MPs say

The government runs the risk of another Windrush scandal if “serious concerns” about its EU settlement scheme are not addressed, MPs have said. BBC The Commons Home Affairs Committee said technical issues had “blighted” the scheme, with some struggling to navigate the online application system. It said people who have lived for years in the UK could face uncertainty over their rights and eligibility to remain. But the Home Office said the scheme was “performing well”. It had “taken… UK ... Read More »

Julian Assange too ill to appear in court via video link, lawyers say

Hearing is latest stage in possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder to US Ben Quinn The Guardian Julian Assange was too ill to appear by video link for the latest hearing in relation to his possible extradition to the US, lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder told a court. The hearing was the first since 2 May, when lawyers for the US government began pressing its case to extradite him to face trial for what they described as one the largest compromises of classified information ... Read More »

Brexit: UK car production plunges amid ‘untold damage’ of EU leave date chaos

April manufacturing fell 44.5% as factories shut down for an EU exit that never came Rob Davies The Guardian Car production plunged by nearly half in April as factories shut down to prepare for a Brexit date that never came, prompting renewed anguish from the UK motor industry at the “untold damage” done by prolonged uncertainty. In a slump that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) described as “extraordinary”, 70,971 vehicles rolled off the production lines in April, down 44.5% ... Read More »

Which Euroskeptic parties have the most momentum?

League and Brexit Party surge, but there was mixed news for France’s National Rally. By RYAN HEATH, CORNELIUS HIRSCH AND FRANCESCO PICCINELLI Politico Coverage of the European Parliament election often focuses on the 2019 results. But in this graphic we have added the context of 2014 results, to more accurately represent whether a national party has positive momentum. Overall, Euroskeptic parties are on an upward trend, but the picture varies from country to country, and sometimes within a country. In the Czech Republic ... Read More »

Boris Johnson could go on trial for ‘lying and misleading’ in Brexit campaign, judge orders

Judge summonses MP to court after throwing out arguments that allegations are ‘vexatious’ attempt to undermine Brexit Lizzie Dearden Independent Boris Johnson faces trial for allegedly “lying and misleading the British public” about the consequences of Brexit. A judge summonsed the Conservative MP to appear in court after a member of the public launched a private prosecution over claims EU membership was costing the UK £350m a week. District Judge Margot Coleman threw out arguments by Mr Johnson’s lawyers that the case was a… Boris Johnson ... Read More »

Malaysia to send plastic waste back to Australia and other developed nations

Malaysia will send back some 3,000 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries such as Australia, the US, the UK and Canada to avoid becoming a dumping ground for rich nations. ABC Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said Malaysia and many developing countries had become new targets after China banned the import of plastic waste last year, disrupting the flow of more than 7 million tonnes of plastic scrap a… Last week, the Philippines announced it would ship back dozens of ... Read More »

Turkish overseas bases project power in Red Sea, Eastern Med – scholar

Turkey has amassed several overseas military installations around the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf that magnify the country’s regional power projection, Hebrew University of… Ahval With Turkey already at odds with the Arab states led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Turkey’s enhanced strategic powers in the Red Sea and Eastern Mediterranean will lead to volatility, with chances of… Turkey’s alliance with Qatar is of fundamental importance in this strategy, since the 3,000-troop military base opened in the Gulf ... Read More »

In graphics: How Europe voted

Explore the EU election through 5 graphs and charts. The European election resulted in a fragmented European Parliament where the traditional big two groups, the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the center-left Socialists & Democrats (S&D), lost ground and Euroskeptics made gains. By HANNA PAWELEC AND FRANCESCO PICCINELLI Politico Here are the latest results and estimates. Click on the graphic to explore more. Results The European Parliament election is also 28 national elections. Drill down into each national vote with the ... Read More »

Are milkshakes the new politics of resistance?

‘The flinging of milkshakes represents a frustration with traditional media’s failure to hold the far right to account’ Stewart Lee The Guardian Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear what would be said at our own funeral? When Michael Gove attends next month’s An Evening With Michael Gove, at Westminster’s Emmanuel Centre, the… An enterprising promoter should reboot the night as Michael Gove – This Is Your Life, the vengeful foundling wearing a little girl’s party dress, and crying hot tears ... Read More »

Jews are at risk in Germany, says Jewish Council

Germany’s central Jewish council has weighed in on the anti-Semitism debate, saying the security situation for Jews has “deteriorated” in major cities. Israeli President Rivlin has expressed concern over the situation. Deutsche Welle Josef Schuster, the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told the Welt am Sonntagnewspaper that the security situation for Jews in the country has worsened in the past few years. “On the whole I don’t tend to dramatize, but the situation has by and large ... Read More »

Destitute children unlawfully denied support by local councils

Campaigners say policy affecting hundreds of families stems from excessive focus on parents’ immigration status ‘Mummy, are we poor?’: the destitute children denied help by councils Local councils are unlawfully denying destitute children support because their parents’ immigration status is under suspicion, the Guardian can reveal. Aamna Mohdin The Guardian Families whose immigration status becomes insecure can quickly become destitute because they lose their right to work and access benefits. Such families who have dependent children can seek support under ... Read More »

The United States is forcing Turkey to decide its loyalties – analysis

The United States would no longer tolerate Turkey playing a double game between Moscow and Washington and force the latter to decide its loyalties, writer James Gorrie said in the Epoch Times. Tiny Url Ahval “Turkey engages in a delicate and dangerous ballet on the fence which divides its allegiances to NATO and the West on one side, and Russia and militant Islamism on the other. Turkey wants it both ways, but their dance is fooling no one. Trump won’t ... Read More »