Europe
Trapped farm animals die due to strong floods in Spain
German theatre offers free seats to spectators wearing swastikas
Manchester City are Premier League Champions
Why slowing ocean could bring harsher winters, rising seas
Violent clashes broke out with 300 protestors and police near Nantes
Richard Labévière : «On ne voit pas pourquoi l'armée syrienne aurait pris un tel risque»
Top Russian, NATO generals to discuss Syria, Europe in Baku - TASS
2018-04-19 11:01:41 MOSCOW (Reuters) - Valery Gerasimov, the head of Russia's military general staff, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Curtis Scaparrotti will meet on Thursday in Azerbaijan to discuss Syria, the TASS news agency reported, citing the Russian defence ministry. Gerasimov has arrived in Baku ahead of talks that are also expected to touch on NATO and Russian military activity in Europe, TASS said   Read More ...
EU waves sanctions threat over Venezuela vote
2018-04-19 11:01:31 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union warned on Thursday that it could impose further sanctions on Venezuela, threatening "appropriate measures" if democracy in Venezuela were undermined by elections to be held in a month's time. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement that she regretted the way the authorities under President Nicolas Maduro had called the May 20 presidential and legislative elections without a consensus on the "conditions for a credible and inclusive electoral process"   Read More ...
Armenia’s changing political system: a parliamentary republic or the President’s third term?
2018-04-19 11:00:12 Armenia is completing its transition to a parliamentary system of government, that the ruling coalition has lauded as a step towards greater democracy. But many argue the change has simply been high-jacked to extend former President Serzh Sargsyan's grip on power.   Read More ...
MEPs ask for Commission reassessment of Secretary General appointment
2018-04-19 10:00:51 MEPs have today adopted a resolution asking for the appointment of the European Commission’s Secretary General Martin Selmayr to be reconsidered, as they called his nomination a “coup-like action”, possibly over-stretching the limits of the law. They are asking for the appointment procedure to be reassessed to give other candidates the possibility to apply and to conduct open and transparent application procedures in the future   Read More ...
Merkel, Macron meet to plot euro zone reform road map
2018-04-19 09:47:48 BERLIN (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany and France meet on Thursday to try to work out a common position on reforming the euro zone, a sensitive issue that is testing the new government in Berlin just a month after it took office. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who hosts President Emmanuel Macron for the working meeting, is under pressure from her conservative bloc in parliament not to agree to any reforms that result in German taxpayers funding what they see as profligate euro zone peers   Read More ...
Malice in Wonderland as Russia dismisses UK poisoning claims as fairytales
2018-04-19 07:45:16 Russia accused London of “lies and conjecture” and concealing information in its investigation, while Britain accused Moscow of being disingenuous. "Russia continues to be asked to be involved in the UK's independent investigation..... As I said before, this is an arsonist-turned-firefighter trying to investigate his own fire," said the UK Ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce. The Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vasiliy Nebenzia was unimpressed, and referenced Lewis Carroll, taking the line that the claims against his country were pure fairytales   Read More ...
Macron visits Merkel in bid to salvage EU reform plans
2018-04-19 07:01:05 BERLIN: French President Emmanuel Macron heads to Berlin Thursday for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, hoping to breathe fresh life into his grand vision for EU reforms in the face of growing German resistance. In a sign of the low expectations for a breakthrough, Merkel said the leaders' brief meeting would be "another building block" on the road to finding "common solutions" ahead of a European Union summit in June   Read More ...
Facebook to change user terms, limiting effect of EU privacy law
2018-04-19 06:00:04 SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect on Friday (April 20), almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. But the online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller. Facebook members outside the United States and Canada, whether they know it or not, are currently governed by terms of service agreed with the company's international headquarters in Ireland   Read More ...
Facebook rolling out privacy choices under EU rules
2018-04-19 05:12:08 Facebook announced Wednesday it would begin rolling out changes to how it handles private data this week to comply with forthcoming EU rules, with European residents seeing the measures first. The social network, which has been rocked by disclosures about hijacking of personal data on tens of millions of its users, said it will start implementing "new privacy experiences" to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which become effective May 25   Read More ...
President Trump's Tariffs Are 'Distorting' Global Trade, E.U. Warns
2018-04-19 05:05:53 (BRUSSELS) — Europe’s top trade official said Wednesday that new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs are distorting global trade and could damage hopes for economic growth. Cecilia Malmstrom, the European Union’s trade commissioner, also said the bloc would not offer any concessions in order to be exempt from the U.S. import duties ahead of a May 1 deadline in talks. “We are a seeing a recovery and a potential growth in trade and global growth but it is threatened by these tariffs,” she told reporters in Strasbourg, France   Read More ...
EU says US steel tariffs are 'distorting' global trade flows, hurting economic growth
2018-04-19 05:05:27 Boeing shares fell as low as 6 percent after news China is targeting U.S. planes in tariff plans, but its unclear whether its planes will be affected. Jacob Greaves reports. Video provided by Reuters Newslook. BRUSSELS — Europe's top trade official said Wednesday that new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs are distorting global trade and could damage hopes for economic growth   Read More ...
Don’t Rule Out an EU-U.S. Trade War
2018-04-19 05:02:25 So far, the European Union has managed to stay out of the escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Along with other U.S. allies, it negotiated for itself a temporary exemption from the tariffs on imported steel that President Donald Trump announced last month, citing national security concerns. Since then, the U.S. has introduced a further $50 billion of tariffs on an extensive list of Chinese imports in retaliation for what it claims is theft of intellectual property and has threatened a further $100 billion   Read More ...
EU Plans to Pitch Trade Bargain to Trump
2018-04-19 05:02:19 The European Union is drawing up a peace offer it hopes will end trade hostilities with the White House and avoid steel and aluminum tariffs being imposed on the bloc in two weeks’ time, according to European officials.   Read More ...
PM suffers embarrassing Brexit bill defeat in House of Lords
2018-04-19 04:49:15 Britain's House of Lords inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May's government on Wednesday, challenging her refusal to remain in a customs union with the European Union after Brexit. The Lords voted 348 to 225 in favour of an amendment to the prime minister's Brexit blueprint, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which would require ministers to report on what efforts they had made to secure a customs union by the end of October   Read More ...
Trapped farm animals die due to strong floods in Spain
2018-04-19 04:46:53 Animal rights activists filmed pugs and cows trapped in their pens trying to escape the flooding. In the video, pigs can be seen trying to desperately stay afloat any way they can. According to the regional government, at least a thousand pigs were trapped “with water up to their necks,” Spanish newspaper El Pais reported. The government allegedly warned farmers about the floods and said: “it was up to the owners to evacuate the animals   Read More ...
UK: Windrush scandal becomes Brexit issue
2018-04-19 04:46:48 Some of their descendants have been caught up in a tightening of immigration rules. Facing a grilling from the UK parliament Theresa May said: "I want to be absolutely clear, that we have no intention of asking anyone to leave who has the right to remain. And for those who have mistakenly received letters challenging them, I want to apologize to them   Read More ...
German theatre offers free seats to spectators wearing swastikas
2018-04-19 04:46:44 German prosecutors said Wednesday that they would not investigate a theatre offering free tickets to people who accept to wear a swastika during a play named after Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, because of artistic freedom laws.   Read More ...
Facebook complying with new EU privacy law - kind of
2018-04-19 04:46:40 Yet people would still have to accept targeted ads. Facebook has made sure that its voice is heard on the corridors of power in Brussels. Since last year, the company has more than doubled its lobbying expenditure from one million to 2.3 million euro. That makes Facebook one of the most influential corporations in the EU. "Facebook is one of the companies that has had most meetings with the top level of the Commission, with the Commissioners and their cabinets", said Oliver Hoedeman, Director at Corporate Europe Observatory   Read More ...
Hungarian swimming executive accused of murdering business rival
2018-04-19 04:46:36 Police suspect Gyarfas, an executive at the world swimming’s governing body FINA, hired a hit man to kill Fenyo. In the 1990’s he and Fenyo fought for control of a Hungarian television production company, according to public records. But on Wednesday, Gyarfas’ lawyer said he was innocent: “Tamas Gyarfas has announced a complaint against the accusation and denies the act attributed to him in the strongest terms,” said the executive's lawyer Janos Banati in a statement to police   Read More ...
Which country has the most unfair election system in the EU?
2018-04-19 04:46:32 Viktor Orban’s thumping victory earlier this month gave his Fidesz party two-thirds of seats in the country’s parliament. But his right-wing political movement earned just under half of votes cast in the April 8 poll. That means there is an 18% gap between the proportion of votes won and the share of parliamentary seats given. Lithuania came second in our study, while Poland, Greece and Latvia also had gaps of more than 10%   Read More ...
Queen appoints Prince Harry as Commonwealth youth ambassador
2018-04-16 02:00:04 LONDON (REUTERS) - Queen Elizabeth has appointed Prince Harry as a youth ambassador for the Commonwealth, a role that will see him encouraging young people to use the network of mostly former British colonies to address their challenges. The announcement of Prince Harry's new job coincides with the start of a summit of the Commonwealth Heads of Government in London this week, which will seek to boost the network at a time when Britain is negotiating its departure from the European Union   Read More ...
Mécontentement interne, frappes en Syrie : le grand oral d'Emmanuel Macron face à Plenel et Bourdin
2018-04-16 00:02:18 Dans un contexte national et international tendu, Emmanuel Macron s'exprime pour la deuxième fois de la semaine à la télévision, quitte à rompre sa promesse d'une parole rare. Syrie, SNCF ou encore zadistes : les dossiers chauds ne manquent pas. La situation internationale n'est pas non plus en reste puisque la France a mené, aux côtés des Etats-Unis et du Royaume-Uni des frappes en Syrie le 14 avril contre Damas, que ces pays accusent d'avoir mené une attaque chimique présumée   Read More ...
EU and Britain to start trade talks after Brexit
2018-04-16 00:00:41 Britain and the European Union will start talks this week on their future trade relationship after Brexit. As Ciara Lee reports, with no substantial progress on the Irish border conundrum, negotiations could be challenging. Video provided by Reuters.   Read More ...
EU wants Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify over data scandal
2018-04-16 00:00:23 BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union is calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify at the legislature of the 28-nation bloc about the widening data privacy scandal at his company. EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova had a phone exchange with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and said on Friday that Zuckerberg should act on the Parliament's invitation to come explain the situation   Read More ...
Can the EU Break Out of Its Political Limbo?
2018-04-16 00:00:07 Now that the EU’s electoral cycle is over, difficult decisions about reducing the risk of another sovereign crisis and about asylum policy can no longer be ducked, Simon Nixon writes.   Read More ...
Manchester City are Premier League Champions
2018-04-15 23:00:09 Manchester City were confirmed as Premier League champions on Sunday (April 15) as second-placed Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by bottom club West Bromwich Albion.   Read More ...
Myanmar announces first Rohingya repatriation
2018-04-15 20:47:32 Myanmar says it has repatriated the first family of refugees from its mainly Muslim Rohingya minority, after some 700,000 fled to Bangladesh to escape a military crackdown.   Read More ...
What we know about the strikes on Syria
2018-04-15 20:47:15 It is the biggest intervention by Western powers against Assad in Syria’s seven-year civil war, and has pitted the US and its allies against Moscow. Here’s what we know about the strikes. Who and why? The strikes were conducted by the US, the UK and France following a suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma, which left an estimated 70 people dead   Read More ...
Why slowing ocean could bring harsher winters, rising seas
2018-04-15 20:47:13 A new study in the journal Nature finds that ocean currents in the Atlantic are slowing — and that would spell trouble for the East Coast and other areas.   Read More ...
Violent clashes broke out with 300 protestors and police near Nantes
2018-04-15 20:47:06 Tear gas and grenades were used. The gendarmes were stopping those who wanted to try to rebuild a camp which was destroyed by 2500 police this week. The temporary home at Notre Dame des Landes was built ten years ago to stop plans for a new airport. Sunday's clashes started before a large peaceful rally in support of the evicted residents   Read More ...
Exclusive - EU to demand improvements on tackling fake news by end of year: draft
2018-04-12 20:48:22 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is set to demand tech giants like Facebook The draft document sets out for the first time the measures the EU would like to see the tech giants take within a certain timeline. The companies have come under fire in Europe for not doing enough to remove misleading or illegal content, including incitement to hatred, extremism and the online sale of counterfeit products   Read More ...
Poland takes step back in court reform to please EU, voters
2018-04-12 20:48:19 WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's lower house of parliament on Thursday approved changes to judiciary reforms in a bid to soothe European Union concerns that the rule of law in Poland would be weakened. After a two-year standoff between the bloc's largest ex-communist member and the more liberal founding states, Poland's ruling nationalists have agreed to take some steps back on a court overhaul they see as central to their reform agenda   Read More ...
Germany extends checks at Austrian border, cites deficits in EU controls
2018-04-12 20:48:09 BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government on Thursday said it would continue border controls at its border with Austria for six more months to ensure Germany's security and deal with ongoing migrant flows. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he valued Europe's Schengen zone of free travel as one of Europe's greatest achievements, but he had no choice but to extend the checks at the Austrian border for now   Read More ...
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces another request to testify — in Europe
2018-04-12 20:46:32 Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg barely left his grilling in Congress before another group of lawmakers is asking him to testify — this time, in Europe. Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, is set to send a letter to Zuckerberg on Monday insisting that the Facebook co-founder come to testify, a spokesman for Tajani said Thursday, amid heightened concern about Facebook's privacy practices   Read More ...
Richard Labévière : «On ne voit pas pourquoi l'armée syrienne aurait pris un tel risque»
2018-04-12 20:00:23 Richard Labévière de la revue Proche & Moyen-Orient s'interroge sur les sources d'information en Syrie, quant à une supposée attaque chimique le 7 avril à Douma : «Les Casques blancs ne sont en tout cas pas une preuve fiable et indiscutable.» Invité de RT France, Richard Labévière, rédacteur en chef de la revue Proche & Moyen-Orient, reste dubitatif sur les preuves apportées par les sources d'information concernant la supposée attaque chimique du 7 avril à Douma   Read More ...
Democracy’s retreat in Europe
2018-04-12 19:46:41 If you are glum about the state of democratic institutions and norms in the United States, the state of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe should leave you thoroughly depressed. Freedom House is out with its annual report on the region, finding that illiberalism is the “new normal” in countries once optimistically considered as fertile ground for Western democracy in the post-Soviet Union era: The version of illiberalism taking root in Central Europe is distinct from the violent authoritarianism that dominates the Eurasian half of the coverage area   Read More ...
Forget Congress. Facebook’s real problem is in Europe.
2018-04-12 19:46:16 Over the last two days, U.S. observers of Facebook have been focusing on Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress, and the question of whether U.S. politicians might introduce new regulations of Facebook’s privacy and data sharing practices. They have been missing the real story. Facebook faces a far more immediate threat from European regulators. Next month, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, potentially forcing Facebook to introduce major changes to its privacy practices, or face massive fines   Read More ...
820 North Korean defectors win EU citizenship in 2007-2016
2018-04-12 15:18:24 A total of 820 people from North Korea acquired citizenship of member countries of the European Union in the 2007-2016 period, with nearly 90 percent of them living in Germany and Britain, the EU's statistics office has shown in a report. Most of them are believed to have defected to and settled in Europe after escaping from North Korea, given that the acquisition of a European citizenship is made through naturalization, marriage or asylum   Read More ...
Syrie : la France veut (de nouveau) imposer le départ de Bachar el-Assad
2018-04-12 15:01:50 Le président de la commission de Défense de l'Assemblée nationale, Jean-Jacques Bridey (LREM), estime qu'un maintien au pouvoir de Bachar el-Assad en Syrie, n'est «plus d'actualité»... même si Emmanuel Macron soutenait le contraire en juin 2017. Alors qu'une intervention militaire en Syrie sous l'égide des Etats-Unis devient de plus en plus concrète, Jean-Jacques Bridey, membre de La République en marche (LREM) et président de la commission de Défense de l'Assemblée nationale, a jugé le 12 avril que l'hypothèse d'un maintien au pouvoir de Bachar el-Assad en Syrie n'était «plus d'actualité», après l'attaque chimique présumée à Douma du 7 avril   Read More ...
L'armée syrienne a repris Douma et la totalité de la Ghouta orientale
2018-04-12 15:01:47 Douma, le dernier bastion qui était encore aux mains des rebelles dans la Ghouta orientale a été libéré par les forces gouvernementales syriennes, selon un responsable militaire russe cité par une agence de presse. «Un drapeau syrien a été hissé sur un bâtiment de la ville de Douma, annonçant la prise de contrôle de la ville et donc de toute la Ghouta orientale», a déclaré le 12 avril le major général Iouri Ievtouchenko, qui dirige le centre russe pour la réconciliation en Syrie   Read More ...