Tag: Europe

Pentagon Says It Spent $184,000 in 2 Years at Trump’s Scotland Resort

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has spent at least $184,000 at the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland since 2017, as it sent several dozen crews from flights making a refueling stopover to the resort hotel, the Pentagon said in a letter sent to congressional investigators. The spending figure from the Defense Department came after the […]

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Ford Confident Europeans Will Turn to the Blue Oval to Go Green

As it restructures its European business and rejiggers its lineup for greater sales, Ford believes a new product push will reverse the trend of tepid volume. The automaker has already culled certain slow-selling products, promising more SUVs and putting much effort behind its crossoverized “Active” small car variants. Now, electricity will do the rest of […]

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Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker Hold Crucial Brexit Talks

LUXEMBOURG — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain and Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, drew battle lines before their first in-person meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, with the two sides putting out dissonant messages as an Oct. 31 Brexit deadline approaches. Time is running increasingly short to reach a deal on the […]

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Is Trump’s America Tougher on Asylum Than Other Western Countries?

BERLIN — The Supreme Court this week allowed the Trump administration to move forward with a plan to bar most migrants, particularly Central Americans, from seeking asylum in the United States. Under President Trump’s plan, migrants cannot apply for asylum unless they have already tried — and failed — to receive it in one of […]

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‘Protecting Our European Way of Life’? Outrage Follows New E.U. Role

BRUSSELS — When Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming chief of the European Union’s powerful administrative branch, unveiled her top team at a news conference on Tuesday, one new job title provoked a sea of puzzled faces: “vice president for protecting our European way of life.” But when she then tried to explain what the […]

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E.C.B. Acts to Head Off Threat of Recession in Europe

FRANKFURT — The European Central Bank took steps on Thursday to stimulate the eurozone economy, moving to head off a downturn before the problem gathers momentum. In a bid to increase lending, the bank increased the de facto penalty it imposes on commercial banks that hoard cash. The bank’s Governing Council also said it would […]

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Richard Murphy: Brexit Yellowhammer Is Wrong, but That Doesn’t Mean We Should Ignore It

Yves here. Even I am suffering a bit of Brexit fatigue. So many momentous things are happing that it’s easy to become desensitized. But some things, like the Yellowhammer “Reasonable Worst Case” document, turn out to be damp squibs. If you’ve been following Brexit, this document’s take isn’t that surprising, although it does have a […]

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Trump Calls for Fed’s ‘Boneheads’ to Slash Interest Rates Below Zero

WASHINGTON — President Trump urged the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates below zero, suggesting a last-ditch monetary policy tactic tested abroad but never in America. His comments came just one day before European policymakers are widely expected to cut a key rate further into negative territory. In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump said […]

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Brexit Live Updates: John Bercow to Step Down as Speaker

Here’s what you need to know: ImageBrexit has brought chaos to Britain’s Parliament proceedings.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times John Bercow plans to step down by the Brexit deadline. John Bercow, the animated speaker of the House of Commons, said on Monday that he would step down by Oct. 31, the day Britain is […]

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Brexit Live Updates: Battles Over Deadlines and a General Election

Here’s what you need to know: ImageBrexit has brought chaos to Britain’s Parliament proceedings. CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times Extension question sets stage for a battle over elections. Legislation that would require Britain to seek another Brexit extension from the European Union if there is no withdrawal agreement by Oct. 31 is expected to […]

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The World Wastes Tons of Food. A Grocery ‘Happy Hour’ Is One Answer.

HELSINKI, Finland — “Happy hour” at the S-market store in the working-class neighborhood of Vallila happens far from the liquor aisles and isn’t exactly convivial. Nobody is here for drinks or a good time. They’re looking for a steep discount on a slab of pork. Or a chicken, or a salmon fillet, or any of […]

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Take the (Night) Train Redux

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Earlier this year, I posted about the growing movement by European environmentalists to eschew airplanes and take the train (see Take the (Night) Train). When I found myself in High Point, North […]

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US and Iran “At Cliff’s Edge”

Jerri-Lynn here. Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani presented the EU with an ultimatum of two months to save the Iran nuclear deal. In this Real News Network interview,the Independent’s Patrick Cockburn  says  the deal is likely to continue to deteriorate. [embedded content] GREG WILPERT: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore. Iran’s President, […]

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Are Democrats Throwing Away the Senate?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Could Democrats actually retake the Senate next year? Or are they already blowing their best chance? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists talk the state of the other 2020 race(s) worth paying attention […]

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Jo Johnson, Prime Minister’s Brother, Resigns From U.K. Parliament

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s uncompromising, take-no-prisoners approach to Brexit on Tuesday drove the grandson of Winston Churchill from the Conservative Party. On Thursday, it pushed out the prime minister’s brother Jo Johnson, a Conservative lawmaker and government minister. “In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest,” Jo Johnson […]

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Fighting Back Tears, Winston Churchill’s Grandson Exits Politics and Chides Boris Johnson

LONDON — Rising to speak before a half-empty House of Commons on Wednesday, Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, choked up, fighting back tears. Mr. Soames, 71, has served in Parliament for 37 years and is a popular figure, known to have a lively sense of humor. But he now was announcing his decision […]

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U.K. Opposition Lawmakers Plan to Turn Up Heat on Boris Johnson

LONDON — After his stinging defeat in his first parliamentary vote on Brexit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain faced more setbacks on Wednesday, as opposition lawmakers promised to complicate his plan for the swift general election that many believe he wanted all along. The day’s events unfolded against a developing consensus among Mr. Johnson’s […]

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UN High Seas Treaty Looks Set to Founder

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. A two-week long meeting, the third in a series of four substantive sessions of an intergovernmental conference of 190 member states to agree a conservation treaty to regulate the high seas under […]

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