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UK POLITICS: Cracking Deadlock on Brexit Bill May Require EU Summit Talks

UK POLITICS: Cracking Deadlock on Brexit Bill May Require EU Summit Talks

A snag though is that EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is bound by his 27 national masters not even to discuss any post-Brexit arrangements until “significant progress” is made on agreeing a divorce.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Will Not Lead Us Into Next Election: Senior Tories Say

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Will Not Lead Us Into Next Election: Senior Tories Say

Former Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said it would be “difficult” for Mrs May to stay on until 2022, when the next election is due. Lord Heseltine, the former deputy prime minister, said Mrs May had no long-term future. Privately, two executive members of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers said “a better campaigner” would be required to fight the next election.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May to Appeal to EU Leaders as Brexit Talks Deadlock

UK POLITICS: Theresa May to Appeal to EU Leaders as Brexit Talks Deadlock

But there are no signs Britain is prepared to change its negotiating strategy. Speaking Thursday during a visit to Japan, Theresa May said, “I think a good trade deal is not just about the UK, it is about what is good for businesses in what will be the 27 remaining states of the EU as well.”

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UK POLITICS: Brits Want US to Have War With Russia to Get Rid of Trump: Analyst

UK POLITICS: Brits Want US to Have War With Russia to Get Rid of Trump: Analyst

“It’s insane and it is part of the general effort by the British and their assets both in the Republican and Democratic Parties to get rid of Trump, precisely because Trump refuses to continue this insane confrontation with Russia and China,” Mike Billington, an editor with the Executive Intelligence Review said.

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UK POLITICS: UK Secretly Selling Used Military Aircraft to Bahrain: Report

UK POLITICS: UK Secretly Selling Used Military Aircraft to Bahrain: Report

“Bahrain has sent F-16 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia to support Yemen operations, so I think that’s how these C-130s will be used, as well as hunting safaris for the King,” an aviation source with knowledge of the sale told the British news outlet.

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FRANCE POLITICS: Most French Voters Dissatisfied With Emmanuel Macron: Public Opinion

FRANCE POLITICS: Most French Voters Dissatisfied With Emmanuel Macron: Public Opinion

Macron, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon, faces a big test next month when the far-left CGT trade union leads a rally to protest against plans to deregulate the jobs market.

“Now is the key time, with the labour executive orders to be presented,” said Francois Savary, chief investment officer at Geneva-based investment firm Prime Partners.

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UK POLITICS: Labour Party to Offer Alternative Policy Ahead of New Brexit Talks in Brussels

UK POLITICS: Labour Party to Offer Alternative Policy Ahead of New Brexit Talks in Brussels

A Labour spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the Guardian report that Labour agreed to back “continued membership of the EU single market beyond March 2019” in an attempt to offer a clear alternative to the Brexit currently proposed by Theresa May’s Conservative government.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Defiant Merkel Takes on Protestors at Rowdy Campaign Rally

GERMANY POLITICS: Defiant Merkel Takes on Protestors at Rowdy Campaign Rally

“I hope you were able to understand some of that even though some of you out there kept on yelling,” a glum-looking Merkel said near the end of her speech to 1,500 people.

“Some believe the problems in Germany can be fixed by screaming – but I don’t think so and the majority of the people here don’t think so either,” said Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term in office and is the heavy favourite to win the Sept. 24 election.

“Some people can’t do anything else but scream and shout – but we’re not going to let them lead us astray.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain, EU Divisions Show as Brexit Talks Resume

UK POLITICS: Britain, EU Divisions Show as Brexit Talks Resume

Time is short in the negotiations, which started in June and should conclude before the expected Brexit date in late March 2019. Otherwise Britain risks leaving the EU with little clarity over what happens next.

“There are no major expectations as regards next week’s round. The documents published by Britain (this week) refer more to the future relationship than the things to settle in the first place,” an EU diplomat said.

“Many matters, including the financial aspect most importantly, remain unclear from the British side. So the EU expects no big progress, which makes any ’significant progress’ less likely in October.”

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UK POLITICS: Job Opportunities Diminishing Because of Brexit: British Employers

UK POLITICS: Job Opportunities Diminishing Because of Brexit: British Employers

The opening rounds of Brexit talks with the EU, which began in June, have made little progress. REC chief executive Kevin Green said the drop in confidence should raise a “red flag” and push London to clarify its Brexit approach.

“The government must do more to create an environment where businesses have clarity,” Green said. “The jobs market is in a good place but employers will only continue to hire and invest if they feel assured about the future.”

“The UK has made little attempt to progress separation issues, while its ideas for transition could require yet more negotiation and risk eroding the benefits of transitional arrangements for business,” said Andrew Goodwin, a researcher at Oxford Economics.

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FRANCE POLITICS: ‘Posted Worker’ Rules Betray EU Spirit: Macron Says

FRANCE POLITICS: ‘Posted Worker’ Rules Betray EU Spirit: Macron Says

“The single European market and the free movement of workers is not meant to create a race to the bottom in terms of social regulations,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters after meeting Kern.

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UK POLITICS: Corbyn Could Be UK PM in Different Vote System: Study

UK POLITICS: Corbyn Could Be UK PM in Different Vote System: Study

The UK’s current first-past-the-post (FPTP) system prevented Labour from getting 35 seats in the House of Commons in the recent general election, where Theresa May saved her position despite losing seats to the opposition, according to the study by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) published Monday.

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UK POLITICS: Corbyn Back on Campaign Trail, Betting Theresa May’s Minority Government Will Soon Collapse

UK POLITICS: Corbyn Back on Campaign Trail, Betting Theresa May’s Minority Government Will Soon Collapse

“This government thinks it is there for some time to come,” Corbyn, 68, told hundreds of people at a rally this month in Pool, a village outside Redruth, a former mining town in a deprived area of southwestern England.

“I’ve got news for them: we are touring the whole country this summer,” he said at the site of a former mine.

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UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

UK POLITICS: Britain Will Not Exclude Possible EU Oversight of UK Borders After Brexit

Van Den Hende said, “In theory you can design that, but in practice neither the UK nor the EU would want that because you would be replicating institutions which already exist. It would be a huge amount of money and effort. This is in one of the fundamental problems about Brexit. The UK wants to retain deep integration but the UK doesn’t like the institutions that administer all this stuff.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Germans Watching Charlottesville Sense Echoes of their Own History

GERMANY POLITICS: Germans Watching Charlottesville Sense Echoes of their Own History

By honouring those who died doing forced labour for Adolf Hitler’s regime and learning their stories, pupils gain a clearer, more visceral understanding of their country’s crimes 75 years ago.

“It is very important for us to bring our pupils closer to what happened to make sure it never happens again,” said Annemarie Sardisong, the school’s head teacher. “Especially now when the world seems to be coming out of joint.”

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SPAIN POLITICS: After Barcelona Attack, Donald Trump Says, ‘Kill Muslims With Bullets Dipped in Pig’s Blood’

SPAIN POLITICS: After Barcelona Attack, Donald Trump Says, ‘Kill Muslims With Bullets Dipped in Pig’s Blood’

US President Donald Trump has suggested, “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”

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SPAIN POLITICS: Barcelona’s Las Ramblas Attack Takes Center Stage

SPAIN POLITICS: Barcelona’s Las Ramblas Attack Takes Center Stage

Keith Fleming, an American who lives in Barcelona, was watching TV in his building just off Las Ramblas when he heard a noise and went out to his balcony. “I saw women and children just running and they looked terrified,” he said.

“We can only confirm one death and 32 injured, some seriously, so unfortunately the number of fatalities will likely rise,” Joaquim Forn, the regional interior chief who is in charge of the police said.

Spain has been on a security alert one step below the maximum since June 2015 following attacks elsewhere in Europe and Africa.

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UK POLITICS: Britain ‘Confident’ of New Phase in Brexit Talks By October

UK POLITICS: Britain ‘Confident’ of New Phase in Brexit Talks By October

Prime Minister Theresa May said, “It’s good that we’ve had a constructive, positive approach to the negotiations so far, and those negotiations are continuing … There’s a lot to be done. We will develop a deep and special partnership with the European Union for the future that’s good for the UK and good for the EU as well.”

A spokeswoman for Britain’s Department for Exiting the European Union said in a statement, “As the Secretary of State (Brexit minister David Davis) has said, it is important that both sides demonstrate a dynamic and flexible approach to each round of the negotiations.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Seeks Brexit Without Borders for Northern Ireland

UK POLITICS: Britain Seeks Brexit Without Borders for Northern Ireland

Britain said it wanted to maintain a Common Travel Area, a pact that allows free movement between the United Kingdom and Ireland for British and Irish citizens, and introduce new ‘trusted trader’ arrangements to help larger companies. Smaller firms would be exempt from customs processes. It rejected the idea of an effective customs border in the Irish Sea that separates England, Wales and Scotland from Ireland and Northern Ireland as “not constitutionally or economically viable”.

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: UK Brexit Customs Union Plan ‘Daft’: Sturgeon

SCOTLAND POLITICS: UK Brexit Customs Union Plan ‘Daft’: Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon posted an initial reaction to the customs union plan on Twitter, saying: “Seems UK gov is back to its daft ‘have cake and eat it’ approach to Brexit. They should commit to staying in single market and customs union, period.”

“You’ve got the UK government appearing to say that they don’t want to say in ‘the’ customs union, but they want to stay in ‘a’ customs union, which would be pretty much identical to the European customs union that we’re in already. It’s nonsensical and ridiculous. “I think it increasingly makes the UK government look like a bit of a laughing stock.”

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