Tag: European Union

European Union’s Message to U.K.: Just Leave Already

BRUSSELS — Breaking its own deadlines, reopening negotiations on a Brexit agreement with Britain it had said was sacrosanct and then approving a new version before it could be fully digested by its member states, the European Union showed considerable strategic flexibility on Thursday. The Europeans got the better of the accord, most analysts agree, […]

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A Scotch Maker’s Challenge: First Brexit. Now Tariffs.

ISLAY, Scotland — Britain’s planned departure from the European Union has turned distiller Anthony Wills’s workdays into a marathon of logistics. For months, he communicated with importers to ensure that his single malt, whisky distilled from barley harvested from his farm on the windswept isle of Islay, could be shipped to the Continent and the […]

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What Is in the New Brexit Deal?

The knotty details of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal with the European Union are contained in 64 pages of revisions to the old withdrawal agreement, and an accompanying road map to future relations. After days of shadowy negotiations, the documents set out how Mr. Johnson’s deal differs from the one struck by his […]

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Ambassador to E.U. to Testify That Trump Delegated Ukraine Policy to Giuliani

WASHINGTON — Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, will tell House impeachment investigators on Thursday that President Trump essentially delegated American foreign policy on Ukraine to his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, a directive that he will say he disagreed with but nonetheless followed. Mr. Sondland, a Trump campaign donor […]

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Brexit Live Updates: E.U. and U.K. Come to an Agreement

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, left, and the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, at a news conference in the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.CreditFrancisco Seco/Associated Press Britain and the E.U. say there is a deal. Britain and the European Union announced on Thursday that an agreement […]

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Brexit Deal Between U.K. and E.U.: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: Britain and the E.U. say there is a deal. ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain called the draft agreement a “great new deal that takes back control.”CreditAndy Rain/EPA, via Shutterstock Britain and the European Union announced on Thursday that an agreement on the draft text of a Brexit deal […]

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Sea of Troubles

In June, I joined the crew of the rescue ship Alan Kurdi. It was a cantankerous old brute of a boat, a former East German research vessel that now belongs to a small German nonprofit called Sea-Eye. “You are an eye on the sea,” the crew manager told us at our first briefing on board, […]

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Blow to Boris Johnson’s Brexit Plan as He Heads to Brussels

BRUSSELS — Britain’s frantic efforts to negotiate a Brexit agreement with the European Union hit a last-minute snag on Thursday morning, after Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party said it could not support the deal “as things stand.” The statement, hours before Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain was to present the deal to European leaders […]

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Gordon Sondland Elbowed His Way Into Ukraine Policy. It Could Cost Him.

WASHINGTON — To foreign policy experts, it is no mystery why President Trump’s national security adviser tried in May to block Gordon D. Sondland from becoming a player in United States diplomacy with Ukraine. As the American envoy to the European Union, Mr. Sondland managed a portfolio unrelated to Ukrainian issues. And beyond that, he […]

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Signs of Brexit Progress, but Doubts Remain, E.U. Official Says

LONDON — Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said on Wednesday that negotiators would know “in seven to eight hours” whether Britain had struck a deal to leave the European Union, setting the stage for down-to-the-wire talks that could shape the fate of Brexit. But a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson of […]

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E.U. May Be on Verge of Brexit Deal, Though Approval in U.K. Is Not Assured

ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain leaving his residence in London on Tuesday.CreditIsabel Infantes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Hopes for a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union have surged in recent days, but the positive mood music from diplomats masks a harder reality for Mr. […]

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Boris Johnson’s Hopes for E.U. Deal Could Falter With Parliament at Home

ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain leaving his residence on Tuesday in London.CreditIsabel Infantes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Hopes for a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union have surged in recent days, but the positive mood music from diplomats masks a harder reality for Mr. […]

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Among Brexit Foes, a Second Referendum Is Gaining Traction

LONDON — As Britain and the European Union grope for an elusive new agreement on Brexit, an old idea is suddenly getting new traction in the halls of Parliament: putting Britain’s departure from Europe back up for a popular vote. Labour members of Parliament said they would push to attach an amendment to whatever agreement […]

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This Right-Wing Party’s Big Win in Poland Is Very Bad News for Liberal Democracy

Poland’s nationalist Law and Justice party won a second term in power in Sunday’s national elections, in a result that critics fear could hasten the country’s slide toward authoritarianism. With 99.5 percent of votes counted Monday, the right-wing populist Law and Justice party had won 43.8 percent of the vote, comfortably ahead of the biggest […]

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In Pivotal Vote in Poland, Many See a Test for Democracy

WARSAW — For three decades, Poland was held up as a paragon of how a country could peacefully transition from authoritarian rule to liberal democracy and as proof that a capitalist society allows men and women to flourish, while communism crushes the soul and saps the spirit. Now, as the country goes to the polls […]

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Britain and E.U. Step Up Last-Ditch Brexit Talks

ImageThe Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, left, and the European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, met in Brussels on Friday.CreditPool photo by Francisco Seco LONDON — Britain and the European Union agreed on Friday to “intensify” Brexit talks, building on fresh optimism that has kept alive the possibility of an agreement that could allow Britain to […]

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Volodymyr Zelensky, Man in the Muddle

In April, Ukrainian voters took a desperate gamble and elected as their president a television performer who played a humble 30-something schoolteacher, Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko, on a show called “Servant of the People.” On the show, a rant by Mr. Holoborodko against Ukraine’s culture of corruption had gone viral, capturing the mood of a young […]

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How John Bolton Botched Venezuela

During John Bolton’s recently ended tenure as national security adviser, he convinced President Trump that the Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro was on the verge of losing power. Mr. Bolton is reported to have been the architect of the several failed attempts to unseat President Maduro, a frequent target of Mr. Trump’s bluster. We now know […]

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Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson Clash Over Brexit Proposal

LONDON — The prospect of a Brexit deal between Britain and the European Union appeared fainter than ever on Tuesday, after an early-morning phone call between Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany underscored the deep differences between the two sides. Hopes for a deal before the Oct. 31 deadline […]

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Britain Once Held All the Cards With Ireland. Brexit Turned the Tables.

LONDON — A day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented his plan to lead Britain out of the European Union — a dense farrago of details about customs unions, regulatory zones and borders running in two directions — Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, offered a simple response: Why not just vote again? “All the polls […]

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