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EUROPE POLITICS: YIEF-2017: Another Test of European Unity

EUROPE POLITICS: YIEF-2017: Another Test of European Unity

The question is: what was Russian motivation for such different politicians to visit Yalta International Economic Forum?

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GERMANY POLITICS: SPD: Barley to UK: Hold 2nd Referendum as ‘Brits Didn’t Understand Brexit’

GERMANY POLITICS: SPD: Barley to UK: Hold 2nd Referendum as ‘Brits Didn’t Understand Brexit’

“When the referendum was held, nobody knew what it would be about, not British people, not political class,” Barley leader of German Social Democrats (SPD).

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GERMANY POLITICS: Schaeuble to Muslims: Accept European Values or Go Elsewhere

GERMANY POLITICS: Schaeuble to Muslims: Accept European Values or Go Elsewhere

“There are better places in the world to live under Islamic law than Europe,” Wolfgang Schaeuble, the German Finance Minister has said.

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EUROPE POLITICS: ‘UK Cannot Pull Back From Article 50 Brexit Process Without Consent of European Countries’: Chief EU Negotiator Michel Barnier

EUROPE POLITICS: ‘UK Cannot Pull Back From Article 50 Brexit Process Without Consent of European Countries’: Chief EU Negotiator Michel Barnier

“Article 50 does not provide for unilateral withdrawal of notification. In any dealings with European Parliament, Michel Barnier reiterated the above principle.”

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FRANCE POLITICS: Macron Clashes With Macron Le Pen

FRANCE POLITICS: Macron Clashes With Macron Le Pen

Macron retorted: “Sorry to tell you this, Madame Le Pen, but you are saying the same lies that we’ve heard from your father for 40 years.”

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UK POLITICS: Brexit: UK-EU Divorce Takes Center Stage

UK POLITICS: Brexit: UK-EU Divorce Takes Center Stage

Forty-four years ago UK joined EU. Nine months ago voters opted to leave in a national referendum. Britain seeks to regain sovereignty. Continue reading.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Resists Theresa May’s Bid to Link EU ‘Divorce’ With Trade Talks

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Resists Theresa May’s Bid to Link EU ‘Divorce’ With Trade Talks

Theresa May is facing resistance from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the European Parliament to her goal of conducting negotiations on Britain’s future trade relations with Europe at the same time as talks on arrangements for Brexit.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Lays Out Vision for Chancellery

GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Lays Out Vision for Chancellery

Schulz, who served as European Parliament president from 2012 and stepped down earlier this year, also vowed to curb executive pay.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Ursula von der Leyen Rejects Trump’s Claim It Owes NATO and US ‘Vast Sums’ For Defense

GERMANY POLITICS: Ursula von der Leyen Rejects Trump’s Claim It Owes NATO and US ‘Vast Sums’ For Defense

“Defense spending goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into European missions and into our contribution to fight against IS terrorism,” von der Leyen said.

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UK POLITICS: Official! Article 50 to Be Triggered By EU Within Days

UK POLITICS: Official! Article 50 to Be Triggered By EU Within Days

European leaders are preparing for formal Brexit negotiations to begin within days should Theresa May trigger Article 50 next week.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Lawmakers Want Visas Imposed on Americans

EUROPE POLITICS: Lawmakers Want Visas Imposed on Americans

European Parliament called on the EU executive to force Americans to apply for visas before visiting Europe this summer, stepping up pressure to resolve a long-running transatlantic dispute on the issue.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Biography

GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Biography

Martin Schulz was born on 20 December 1955 and grew up in Hehlrath Germany, close to the German-Dutch-Belgian borders. Read Martin Schulz Biography.

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USA POLITICS: EU Relieved But Wary After Trump Endorses It As ‘Wonderful’

USA POLITICS: EU Relieved But Wary After Trump Endorses It As ‘Wonderful’

When Donald Trump called the European Union “wonderful” and said he was “totally in favor of it”, some Brussels officials feared the headline was a hoax, given the U.S. president’s earlier apparent disdain for the bloc.

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UK POLITICS: Labour Wins Stoke By-Election, Holds Off UKIP

UK POLITICS: Labour Wins Stoke By-Election, Holds Off UKIP

Labour Party won by a comfortable margin over UKIP, with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives in third.

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UK POLITICS: Court Backs Theresa May On Immigration Income Test

UK POLITICS: Court Backs Theresa May On Immigration Income Test

Supreme Court said the minimum income requirement had caused significant hardship to many, but ruled that in principle it was not inconsistent with the European Convention on Human Rights.

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USA POLITICS: McCain, A Trump Critic, Tells Europe, ‘Trump’s Team in Disarray’

USA POLITICS: McCain, A Trump Critic, Tells Europe, ‘Trump’s Team in Disarray’

“I think Flynn issue obviously shows in many respects this administration is in disarray and they’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Senator John McCain.

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IRAN POLITICS: ‘Iran Implementing Nuclear Deal’: UN Atomic Energy Watchdog

IRAN POLITICS: ‘Iran Implementing Nuclear Deal’: UN Atomic Energy Watchdog

Iran is implementing the deal on its nuclear program agreed with world powers, the head of the U.N. atomic energy watchdog said.

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Spending Rises, Britain Meets Goal

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Spending Rises, Britain Meets Goal

“NATO’s own figures clearly show that the UK spends over 2 percent of its GDP on defence,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Lock in US Support for Stand-Off With Russia

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Lock in US Support for Stand-Off With Russia

European allies are growing confident. They are reassured by Trump’s remarks to U.S. forces in Florida this week, when he said: “We strongly support NATO.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Urges ‘Fairer Germany’, Takes on Merkel

GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Urges ‘Fairer Germany’, Takes on Merkel

“We will make this election really exciting,” vowed Schulz after Social Democratic Party (SPD) leaders unanimously nominated him to run for the leadership of Europe’s top economy.

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