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Today’s disturbing echoes of the buildup to the second world war | Letters

Bernie Evans and Michael Meadowcroft respond to Martin Kettle’s article on the alarming similarities of Weimar Germany and Brexit BritainAs Martin Kettle says (Brexit Britain and Weimar Germany are perilously alike, 16 May), there exist in the UK at the moment far too many similarities with Weimar Germany for comfort. It is easy to see parallels in the falling out of love with parliament, the lack of cooperation between parties and the far right’s repeated message of national betrayal, and to li...
Tags: Brexit, Politics, Article 50, UK news, European Union, Germany, Europe, World news, Adolf Hitler, Nazism, Labour, The far right


Pelosi warns Trump against war in Mideast; Dems demand info

By LISA MASCARO and SUSANNAH GEORGE WASHINGTON  — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that the U.S. must avoid war with Iran, and she declared the White House has “no business” moving toward a Middle East confrontation without approval from Congress. Pelosi’s remarks to House Democrats came amid growing concerns in Congress over President Donald Trump’s approach to Iran and mounting tensions in the Persian Gulf region over the administration’s claims of unspecified threats linked to Iran. ...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Germany, Iraq, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Iran, Afghanistan, Soccer, House, Middle East, United Arab Emirates


Wall Street rallies as Trump ‘delays car tariffs’ - business live

Germany’s economy has returned to growth, but retail spending has fallen in China and the USLatest: Trump to delay car tariffs US retail sales disappointChinese retail sales growth hits 16-year lowIntroduction: Germany grew by 0.4% in last quarterMinister: It’s a ray of hope 7.21pm BST Technology companies are leading today’s Wall Street rally.Alphabet (Google) is one of the top risers on the S&P 500, up over 4%, with Facebook (+3.3%) and Twitter (+3%) also standing proud on the leaderboard....
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Business, Japan, Washington, White House, China, Germany, US, International Trade, Economics, Eu, UK News, Stock Markets, Beijing, Tokyo


Merkel: Europe must unite to stand up to China, Russia and US

German chancellor also shares views on Brexit and climate crisis in interviewEurope must reposition itself to stand up to the challenges posed by its three big global rivals, China, Russia and the US, Angela Merkel has said before her final European election as German chancellor.Facing challenges that range from Russian interference in elections to China’s economic clout and the US’s monopoly over digital services, Europe needs to get better at putting up a united front, Merkel said in a wide-ra...
Tags: Europe, Politics, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, US, European Union, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Merkel, Brexit, China Russia, European parliamentary elections 2019


Trump Buddies Like Viktor Orbán Are Sucking the Life Blood Out of European Democracy

Akos Stiller/Bloomberg/GettySIBIU, Romania—European leaders met last Thursday in this picturesque town that, as it happens, was once the capital of Transylvania. They were looking for ways to fight increasingly authoritarian leaders and parties in the European Union that are sucking the life blood out of democracy.In contrast, U.S. President Donald J. Trump embraced one of those leaders at the White House on Monday, praising Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, even as he has been censured by ...
Tags: Europe, News, Vladimir Putin, Congress, France, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Eu, European Union, Vienna, Hungary, Britain, Nigel Farage, Poland


Tariffs: The Taxes That Made America Great

America Fist Free Trade Tariffs U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- As his limo carried him to work at the White House Monday, Larry Kudlow could not have been pleased with the headline in The Washington Post: “Kudlow Contradicts Trump on Tariffs.” The story began: “National Economic Council Director Lawrence Kudlow acknowledged Sunday that American consumers end up paying for the administration's tariffs on Chinese imports, contradicting President Trump's repeated inaccurate claim that the Chinese foot...
Tags: Usa, Guns, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, White House, China, Germany, America, Beijing, United States, Ohio, Fox News, Lincoln, Republican Party, Federal Reserve


The United States Constitution is Not Dysfunctional

For the symposium on Sanford Levinson and Jack M. Balkin, Democracy and Dysfunction (University of Chicago Press, 2019).Steven G. Calabresi May 12, 2019 Providence, Rhode Island Dear Jack and Sandy: Thank you enormously for inviting me to comment on your new book.  While I believe the U.S. constitutional system is badly in need of some reforms, I think the U.S. Constitution, as amended, is the best such document in any of the G-20 constitutional democracies today, and I think you bo...
Tags: South Korea, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, Tibet, Supreme Court, Putin, Obama, Congress, Indonesia, Australia, Montana, North Korea, Mexico, France, Scotland


TPUSA Member At UN Las Vegas ‘Removed’ From Organization Over ‘White Power’ Video

Turning Point USA, the Trump-aligned right-wing group trying to make conservatism cool on college campuses, had to deal with yet another incident of racism in its ranks Thursday: a video that showed the president of its University of Nevada, Las Vegas chapter endorsing “white power.” In a cell phone video surfaced by the anarchist news website It’s Going Down and other platforms, a man identified as the president of TPUSA-UNLV, Riley Grisar (above, left) is seen making the “a-okay” hand gestu...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, White House, Germany, Adolf Hitler, Trump, Owens, Kirk, Oval Office, International Business Times, UNLV, House Judiciary Committee, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Clarence Thomas, Donald Trump Jr, Eisenhower Executive Office Building


Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' on nuclear deal, urging caution

European powers rejected Iran’s “ultimatum” on the nuclear deal yesterday, urging the regime to stick to the terms of the 2015 agreement despite America’s withdrawal.  The European Union along with Britain, France and Germany – all signatories to the deal – released a statement pushing back on Iran’s warning it could start enriching uranium again in 60 days.  “We strongly urge Iran to continue to implement its commitments”, the statement read, adding that the countries would “reject any ultimatu...
Tags: Europe, News, Germany, US, America, Barack Obama, Eu, European Union, Iran, John Kerry, Kerry, Donald Trump, Trump, Javad Zarif, Zarif, Britain France


The Ten Commandments or ‘Ten Thousand Commandments’

The Ten Commandments or ‘Ten Thousand Commandments’ On Mt. Sinai, the Lord handed Moses the Ten Commandments divinely traced by His own finger. The Torah expounded these into 613 laws; but in 2018 the collected regulations issued by the federal government, known as the Federal Register, took up 61,308 pages. The quantity did nothing to improve the laws’ quality, as the Competitive Enterprise Institute notes in the latest edition of its annual report, Ten T...
Tags: Congress, Germany, Religion, Barack Obama, Eu, Spain, Ted, Italy, Brussels, CEI, Ralph Nader, Federal Register, Trump, Ben, Jehovah, CC BY SA


Why we must not let Europe break apart

The European project is in big trouble – but it’s worth defending. By Timothy Garton AshIt’s time to sound the alarm. Seven decades after the end of the second world war on European soil, the Europe we have built since then is under attack. As the cathedral of Notre Dame burned, Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National was polling neck and neck with Emmanuel Macron’s movement for what he calls a “European renaissance”. In Spain, a far-right party called Vox, promoting the kind of reactionary natio...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Justice, Germany, Berlin Wall, Eu, Spain, European Union, UK News, World news, Hungary, Britain, Foreign Policy, Second world war, First World War, Nigel Farage


Europe hints at sanctions while urging Iran to rethink nuclear deal departure

Britain and other European allies suggested they could be forced to reapply sanctions if Iran follows through with its threat to withdraw from the nuclear deal in 60 days.  Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, urged the Iranian regime to think “long and hard” about breaching the deal’s terms and warned there would be “consequences” to that move. French defence minister Florence Parly said the question of sanctions "will be raised" if the nuclear deal is not respected, while Germany’s foreign mini...
Tags: Europe, London, News, France, China, Germany, Russia, US, America, Barack Obama, Iran, Britain, United States, Hassan Rouhani, Jeremy Hunt, Tehran


Iran threatens to restart nuclear weapon programme if world powers do not keep deal promises

Iran's president said Wednesday that it will begin keeping its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms to its nuclear deal with world powers before it will resume higher uranium enrichment. Hassan Rouhani's address to the nation came on the anniversary of US president Donald Trump's decision to withdraw America from the atomic accord. Mr Rouhani said Iran wanted to negotiate new terms with remaining partners in the deal, but ac...
Tags: London, News, France, White House, Germany, Russia, US, America, Iran, Ap, Britain, Theresa May, United Kingdom, Hassan Rouhani, Oman, Jeremy Hunt


Italian is loved but most Europeans favour own country's food, survey finds

What makes a good meal? Little divides the continent more than this questionSuch is Europe’s love affair with food that when European prime ministers and presidents come to make their big decisions at EU summits in Brussels, there is almost always a plate of something sumptuous in front of them.But should there be any doubt about the scale of the challenge facing the EU’s in-house chefs, a YouGov-Cambridge survey of attitudes in eight major European countries has confirmed that little divides th...
Tags: Food, Europe, Politics, France, Germany, Eu, Spain, European Union, UK News, World news, Globalisation, Italy, British food and drink, Italian food and drink, Brussels, Brexit


How to Get a Visa to Live in Berlin

photos: Vismante Ruzgaite.  No matter how great their love for Berlin is, many non-EU expats agree that the visa process can be quite off-putting. Nevertheless, it’s a challenge that many of the most brilliant members of our community have to deal with. We’ve spoken to some of them – who also happen to be dear friends – and, basing on their personal experiences, we’ve put together a rough overview of the most common visa types.  While this article isn’t aimed at helping you navigate through ...
Tags: Fashion, Politics, Germany, Berlin, Eu, Stories, Expat, Visa, MFA, Goethe Institute, Bürgeramt, Foreigner


Britons most positive in Europe on benefits of immigration

Findings contradict assumption UK is more hostile than European neighboursBritish people are more persuaded of the benefits of immigration than any other major European nation, according to a global survey, which has also found that almost half of Britons think immigrants are either positive or neutral for the country.The YouGov–Cambridge Globalism survey found that 28% of Britons believed the benefits of immigration outweighed the costs, compared with 24% in Germany, 21% in France and 19% in De...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, European Union, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Denmark, Yougov, Brexit, Cambridge Globalism


Biden Unbound, on Foreign Policy

I’ve been publishing a series of emails about Joe Biden and his candidacy. Here I want to share something different. It’s an window into his candidacy and potential presidency. Back in 2004 I was writing an article for The Atlantic about John Kerry’s foreign policy. I did a range of interviews for that piece and one of them was with then-Senator Biden, in his office one evening up on Capitol Hill. It was loose and unstructured. When you talk with Biden he’s thinking out loud, discussing ideas, n...
Tags: Europe, Post, New York, London, News, Supreme Court, Congress, Bali, Washington, Osama Bin Laden, North Korea, France, Saudi Arabia, White House, Germany, Berlin Wall


Brexit: Irish backstop could undermine EU standards, report says

Study for German Green party says backstop could let UK flout EU green and social standardsIt is a dastardly trap, designed to lock freedom-loving Britain into the European Union’s protectionist customs union: that is the argument against the so-called backstop, cited by hardline Brexit advocates as the main reason why they have thrice voted down Theresa May’s deal with the European Union.But as the dust settles after months of chaos in Westminster, suspicions are growing on the other side of th...
Tags: Politics, UK, Germany, Environment, International Trade, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Brexit, German Green party


Irish backstop could undermine EU standards, report says

Study for German Green party says backstop could let UK flout EU green and social standardsIt is a dastardly trap, designed to lock freedom-loving Britain into the European Union’s protectionist customs union: that is the argument against the so-called backstop, cited by hardline Brexit advocates as the main reason why they have thrice voted down Theresa May’s deal with the European Union.But as the dust settles after months of chaos in Westminster, suspicions are growing on the other side of th...
Tags: Politics, UK, Germany, Environment, International Trade, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Brexit, German Green party


Trump’s State Visit To Britain Is Set For June

LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump will pay a state visit to Britain in June as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday. The palace said Trump and his wife, Melania, had accepted an invitation from the queen for a visit that will take place June 3-5. Though many other presidents have visited the monarch, only two — George W. Bush and Barack Obama — were honored with a state visit, which typically features royal pomp including a banquet with the queen at Buckingham ...
Tags: Europe, London, News, France, White House, Germany, Barack Obama, Ap, Britain, United States, Theresa May, Ronald Reagan, United Kingdom, Normandy, Buckingham Palace, Nazi


Huawei gets go-ahead for 5G in the UK

The UK has followed Germany in defying the US push to ban telecommunications giant Huawei - which the White House has accused of espionage and sanctions-busting - according to a media report.British Prime Minister Theresa May has... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, UK, White House, Germany, US, Theresa May, Huawei


Greece to ask Germany for billions in war reparations

MPs vote to put pressure on Berlin as European parliamentary elections loomGreece is poised to send Germany a formal diplomatic note detailing its demand for billions of euros in wartime reparations after MPs voted overwhelmingly for the emotive issue to be raised officially.In a move bound to stir sentiment ahead of crucial European parliament elections, Athens vowed to pile pressure on Berlin, taking legal and diplomatic steps that will throw the spotlight on crimes committed during the brutal...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Greece, Germany, Angela Merkel, European Union, World news, Second world war, European elections, Alexis Tsipras


World shares advance on back of rally in China shares

TOKYO (AP) — World shares advanced Tuesday, led by a rally in Chinese markets. Upbeat home price data from China and encouraging talk from the White House on trade negotiations with Beijing appeared to help lift sentiment. Germany’s DAX surged 0.6% to 12,096.93 while the CAC 40 in France gained 0.3% to 5,524.92. Britain’s FTSE […]
Tags: Business, News, France, White House, China, Germany, Ap, Beijing, Britain, Nation, Tokyo, Dax


Nancy Pelosi calls for security review to protect Ilhan Omar from ‘real danger’ after Trump attack

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked House officials on Sunday to review security measures intended to protect Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted a video attacking the Minnesota Democrat using images of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Ms Pelosi was not responding to new information about the safety of Ms Omar, according to a senior Democratic aide.She called for the review based on dozens of threats made on Ms Omar’s life before Trump posted the video on Friday, the aide said.“Following the ...
Tags: Europe, New York Post, New York, News, Minnesota, Congress, White House, Germany, Israel, Elizabeth Warren, US, America, Los Angeles, United States, House, Manhattan


David Lammy says comparing ERG to Nazis 'not strong enough'

Labour MP defends comments likening group to Nazi party and white supremacistsDavid Lammy has said comparing the hard Brexit European Research Group of Tory MPs to Nazis and proponents of South African apartheid was “not strong enough”, and suggested that the Brexit debate has allowed proponents of hard right views to flourish.The Labour MP, who is a vocal campaigner for a second EU referendum, was asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show whether a comparison he previously made to the election of Ado...
Tags: Politics, Germany, Nazis, Conservatives, UK News, Bbc, Labour, David Lammy, Andrew Marr, Boris Johnson, Adolf Hitler, Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Brexit European Research Group of Tory


EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 31 October – as it happened

Follow all the latest as the prime minister hears the EU’s decision on a delay to BrexitFull story: May signals she would accept EU offer of longer Brexit delayTories resigned to long Brexit delay but warn against customs unionEU summit - Mid evening summary 3.28am BST Related: May signals she would accept EU offer of longer Brexit delay 3.27am BST We’re going to wrap up the live blog. Here’s what happened overnight: Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Leo Varadkar, Brexit


Theresa May agrees to October Brexit as Donald Tusk warns UK 'don't waste this time'

UK also has option to leave in June if PM can secure Commons support for dealFollow all the latest developments - liveBritain will remain as a member state of the EU until 31 October, with the option to leave earlier if Theresa May can secure Commons support for the Brexit deal, after a Franco-German carve-up of the UK’s future.A marathon six-hour debate among the EU leaders concluded with the prime minister being offered a longer extension than she had sought but providing a new Halloween no de...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, Donald Tusk, October Brexit


Theresa May agrees to October Brexit as Tusk warns UK: 'don't waste this time'

UK also has option to leave in June if PM can secure Commons support for dealFollow all the latest developments - liveBritain will remain as a member state of the EU until 31 October, with the option to leave earlier if Theresa May can secure Commons support for the Brexit deal, after a Franco-German carve-up of the UK’s future.A marathon six-hour debate among the EU leaders concluded with the prime minister being offered a longer extension than she had sought but providing a new Halloween no de...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Tusk, Emmanuel Macron, October Brexit


EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 31 October – live news

Follow all the latest as the prime minister hears the EU’s decision on a delay to BrexitMay signals she would accept EU offer of longer Brexit delayTories resigned to long Brexit delay but warn against customs unionEU summit - Mid evening summary 11.42pm BST EU sources have confirmed that there will be an article 50 extension to 31 October with a review of British cooperation to determine whether there should be an earlier exit on 30 June – the date Theresa May originally asked for.The June ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Leo Varadkar, Brexit


Brexit: France and Germany split as EU leaders debate length of further article 50 extension - live news

Follow all the latest as the prime minister awaits the EU’s decision on a delay to BrexitMay signals she would accept EU offer of longer Brexit delayTories resigned to long Brexit delay but warn against customs unionEU summit - Mid evening summary 8.38pm BST This is from AFP’s Dave Clark.EU sources are saying Theresa May was 'helpful and solid', not nebulous this time, which presumably means they want to give themselves cover for a lengthy Brexit delay. Or that she was helpful and solid. 8....
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Daily Mirror, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Leo Varadkar, Brexit



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