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  • London mayor calls for second Brexit referendum

    09/16/2018 11:07:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | September 15, 2018 4:53 PM | Paul Sandle
    London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for another referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, saying the prime minister’s handling of Brexit negotiations had become “mired in confusion and deadlock” and was leading the country down a damaging path. […] The backing of Khan, a member of the main opposition Labour party, for a second referendum will put more pressure on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to change his opposition to the idea when the party meets for its annual conference in a week’s time. A second referendum, dubbed a “people’s vote” by its proponents, is not Labour party policy, although finance...
  • French foreign minister: We no longer want to pay for Poland and Hungary

    09/06/2018 8:35:29 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 38 replies
    Euractiv ^ | A. Kondzińska, B.T. Wieliński and T. Bieleck
    France does not want to finance a populist Europe, the country’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has indicated, just as the fight over the EU’s new long-term budget begins in earnest. These strong words were said in Paris on Wednesday during the annual conference of French ambassadors, a meeting at which the French head of diplomacy officially indicates the most important directions of the country’s foreign policy. 71-year-old Le Drian, who after the victory of French President Emmanuel Macron took the helm of French diplomacy, said that France and Germany intend to work out a common position on migration before...
  • French government to push ahead with taking income tax from workers' pay

    09/05/2018 10:31:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 5 September 2018 10:48 CEST+02:00
    The French government announced on Tuesday that it will push ahead with the long-planned reform to deduct income tax directly from workers’ paychecks on a monthly basis from January 2019. After days of wavering and speculation that they would ditch the reform, the French government finally announced on Tuesday that from January 2019 workers will indeed have their income tax taken directly from their paychecks automatically. The change will see most workers in France have their income tax automatically taken out of their wages each month by their employers, as is the case in most other European countries, rather than...
  • Irish activists pledge to protest against Donald Trump visit

    09/01/2018 10:20:25 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 09/01/18
    Politicians and activists in Ireland have pledged to protest against Donald Trump when he visits in November. On Friday, the White House announced the visit to Ireland would take place as part of a European tour that would also see the US president travel to Paris for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice after the first world war. A White House statement said Trump’s visit would “renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations”. The Irish Labour party, Greens and Solidarity – People Before Profit all pledged to organise protests surrounding the visit, within an...
  • Germany says U.S.-Europe trade tensions ease, questions remain on soy

    07/28/2018 10:52:23 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/28/2018 | Maximilian Heath
    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The trade relationship between the United States and Europe is improving, German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said on Saturday, but there is no guarantee the bloc will buy the quantity of soybeans that Washington expects. U.S. President Donald Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, struck a surprise deal on Wednesday that ended the risk of an immediate trade war between the two powers. After the talks, Trump highlighted benefits for U.S. farmers. “The European Union is going to start, almost immediately, to buy a lot of soybeans,” he told...
  • Macron 'not in favor' of vast new US-EU trade deal

    07/27/2018 1:38:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 27 July 2018 08:52 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he viewed talks between US President Donald Trump and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker as “useful”, but he was “not in favor” of a “vast new trade deal” between the European Union and the United States. “Europe and France never wanted a trade war, and the talks yesterday were therefore useful in as far as they helped scale back any unnecessary tension, and working to bring about an appeasement is useful,” the French leader said after a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in Madrid. “But a good trade discussion… can only be...
  • EU commissioner suggests broad cuts to tariffs with U.S.

    07/25/2018 12:25:23 PM PDT · by blueplum · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24 Jul 2018 | Reuter
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union’s budget commissioner suggested on Wednesday the bloc would be ready to discuss mutual tariff cuts with the United States across a range of products, provided Washington lifts recent punitive tariffs first.
  • "I think the European Union is a foe," Trump says ahead of Putin meeting in Helsinki

    07/15/2018 1:39:12 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 64 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7-15-2018 | CBS
    Coming off a contentious NATO summit and a trip to the U.K. in which he seemed to undercut the government of America's closest ally, President Trump took aim at another Western institution just days before his high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an interview with "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor in Scotland on Saturday, President Trump named the European Union -- comprising some of America's oldest allies -- when asked to identify his "biggest foe globally right now." "Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they...
  • EU council chief's riposte to Trump: Respect the allies you have

    07/10/2018 8:16:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 119 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2018 6:33 AM | Robin Emmott
    European Council President Donald Tusk told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday to stop berating NATO allies over military investment levels ahead of what is expected to be a fraught alliance summit. […] “Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have that many,” Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, said after a signing statement on more cooperation between the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. As European Council president, Tusk serves as the chairman when EU leaders meet at summits. Even while in the air, Trump kept up the attack. He said in a Twitter post...
  • France says Europe united against U.S. tariffs as Germany eyes negotiation

    07/08/2018 5:42:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 8, 2018 6:41 AM | Leigh Thomas, Pascale Denis
    The French government insisted on Sunday that Washington should expect united retaliation from Europe to further tariff increases after Germany signaled it was prepared to negotiate. With Germany’s powerful car industry facing the threat of higher U.S. duties, Chancellor Angela Merkel said last Thursday she would back a lowering of European Union levies on imports of U.S. cars. “If tomorrow there is an increase in tariffs, like in the car industry, our reaction should be united and strong to show that Europe is a united and sovereign power,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said. “The question is no longer...
  • China eyes expanded business ties with Eastern Europe amid EU concerns

    07/06/2018 7:45:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 6, 2018 9:37 PM | Tsvetelia Tsolova
    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will offer the leaders of central and eastern Europe on Saturday expanded business ties at a summit in Sofia while seeking to reassure the EU that Beijing is not trying to divide the continent. Li, whose attendance at the seventh such “16+1” summit coincides with an escalating trade war between China and the United States, will also try to dispel growing doubts among some participants about the value of the annual meetings. China has promised billions for development projects in the region as part of its Belt and Road strategy to carve out new export markets,...
  • Trump may have a point about EU tariffs, ifo (Munich)

    06/30/2018 9:04:12 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies
    https://global.handelsblatt.com ^ | March 15, 2018 | Darrell Delamaide
    A leading German think tank says Donald Trump is right that tariffs between the United States and Europe are asymmetrical, but urges negotiations to lower import taxes across the board. US President Donald Trump may actually have a point when it comes to unfair taxes on US goods coming into Europe. That is the finding of a new study by a leading German think tank. Where they differ is how to deal with it: The group urges new talks to lower tariffs across the board, instead of engaging in a tit-for-tat escalation in new taxes. “The EU is by no...
  • Germany's answer to 'America First' is 'Europe United' [barf]

    06/14/2018 10:15:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.13.2018 | Ben Knight
    Germany has responded to US President Donald Trump’s egotistic policy of ’America First’ by calling on the European Union to “bundle its strength” and show more courage — continuing the more bellicose German rhetoric that followed the US decision last week to withdraw from a G7 statement. “Under President Trump, the Atlantic has got wider,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday, standing at a podium emblazoned with the hashtag #EuropeUnited. “Where the US administration overtly calls our values and interests into question, we certainly need to take a more robust stance.” During the speech, delivered to a room...
  • Angela Merkel accuses US of running trade surplus — if you include services

    06/12/2018 10:29:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.12.2018 | dm/cmk (Reuters, dpa)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday struck back at US President Donald Trump’s repeated complaints over the US trade deficit. Merkel pointed out the United States actually runs a significant account surplus with Europe if one factors services into the equation. She went on to say that the current accounting systems for global trade needed to be updated to also take services into account. “Trade surpluses are calculated in a relatively old-fashioned way nowadays,” she told an audience of businessmen at the Christian Democratic Union’s Economic Council Conference in Berlin. “If services are included in the trade balance, then the...
  • Apocalypse Angie: Merkel's Dark View of the World We Live In

    06/07/2018 10:09:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 05, 2018 04:12 PM | René Pfister
    When Angela Merkel visited her party’s parliamentary group in mid-April, she didn’t talk about how she wants to change the pension system. Tolls on German highways were also not on her list, nor were all the problems with diesel emissions in the country. She didn’t even complain about the Christian Social Union (CSU), the outspoken Bavarian sister party to her Christian Democrats. Instead, she wanted to talk about the Peace of Augsburg, signed in 1555. […] […] If you look at the world through her lens, the riders of the apocalypse are already appearing on the horizon. […] In her...
  • A Vicious Cycle: Berlin Worried about Losing Trump's Trade War

    06/07/2018 9:40:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 06, 2018 12:35 PM | Dinah Deckstein, Frank Dohmen, Simon Hage, Peter Müller and Gerald Traufetter
    It was exactly 4 p.m. last Thursday when Peter Altmaier plopped into his seat. The pilot of the government plane quickly taxied to the runway and the German economics minister was happy to get out of Le Bourget business airport in Paris as quickly as possible. Altmaier had spent two days in the French capital last week as part of efforts to prevent the United States from imposing punitive tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union. And just before taking off for home, he received official word that his efforts had been in vain. […] In contrast to...
  • Calls grow in Germany for expulsion of disputed US envoy

    06/05/2018 11:54:07 AM PDT · by familyop · 40 replies
    AFP ^ | June 5, 2018 | Hui Min NEO
    <p>BERLIN (AFP) - Leading German politicianson Tuesday called for the US ambassador to be expelled, after the staunch ally of Donald Trump was accused of meddling in domestic politics and aggravating already tense ties.</p> <p>Richard Grenell had taken up his diplomatic posting in Berlin on May 8, and immediately irked Germany when he tweeted on the same day that German companies should stop doing business with Iran as Trump quit the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.</p>
  • Merkel predicts 'contentious' G7 summit with Trump

    06/06/2018 10:13:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 6 June 2018 14:55 CEST+02:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she expected “contentious discussions” at a G7 summit this week, given differences with US President Donald Trump on trade, climate and security. Speaking two days before the Canada meeting of the club of major industrialized democracies, Merkel also said the leaders may not necessarily manage to agree on a final joint statement. “I think everyone knows there will be difficult discussions there, because G7 summits deal with the global economy, trade, climate protection, development—and foreign policy,” she told German parliament. […] Merkel vowed to enter the talks “in good faith”, but stressed that...
  • 'Germany vs the rest of Europe' Trump tariffs to rupture EU with backlash against Merkel

    06/02/2018 12:39:37 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 42 replies
    UK Express ^ | June 2, 2018 | Oli Smith
    Europe hit back at the US after President Donald Trump slapped tough tariffs on European steel and aluminium earlier this week. The united front was delivered from European Union's trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom who warned President Trump of retaliation. However, the unity shown in response to the tariffs could quickly change, according to a leading currency strategist. Jane Foley, a senior currency strategist at Rabobank, predicted that over time the tariffs will start to hurt and the rest of Europe will blame Germany. "This could become Germany versus the rest of the EU. "If you look at the US Treasury...
  • 'Illegal' US tariffs risk 'escalation spiral' in global trade, Merkel warns

    06/01/2018 7:12:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 1 June 2018 09:12 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel blasted US import duties on steel and aluminum imports Thursday as “illegal” and said they risked sparking a disastrous “spiral” of retaliatory measures. “The German government rejects the tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminum. We consider this unilateral measure to be illegal; the cited grounds of national security do not stand up,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. “The measure risks touching off spirals of escalation that in the end hurt everyone.” Merkel said the European Union had made the “necessary preparations for appropriate countermeasures” to the tariffs, after EU chief Jean-Claude...