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This Brexit government’s ignorance is steering us towards disaster | Jonathan Freedland

Clueless about the US, uninterested in Ireland, Boris Johnson and his team are crashing on to rocks they can’t even see There is so much this government doesn’t know. But two particular areas of ignorance exploded into view this week, allowing us to take a long, hard look at the cost they are inflicting on the country. Both are central to the Brexit project that remains this government’s defining mission – but only one of them is surprising.Start with the unexpected ignorance, which is of the US...
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Navalny was poisoned with Novichok on hotel water bottle, not cup of tea, says his team

IMAGE: This photo published by Alexei Navalny on his Instagram shows Alex and his wife Yulia, right, daughter Daria, and son Zakhar, top left, in a hospital in Berlin, Germany. He posted this on Instagram Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020: "Hi, this is Navalny. I have been missing you. I still can't do much, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own for the entire day." Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has survived an attempted assassination with the Russian military nerve agent Novichok. O...
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Germany to take in 1,500 migrants from Greece, after huge fire left thousands homeless

Germany will take more than 1,500 migrants currently sheltering on Greek islands, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert announced Tuesday.
Tags: Europe, News, Greece, Germany, Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert


Ursula von der Leyen says Poland's 'LGBT-free zones' have no place in EU

In her first ‘state of union’ speech, European commission president delivers criticism of Polish ruling partyThe head of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said Poland’s “LGBT free zones” are “humanity-free zones” that have no place in the European Union in her strongest criticism yet of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party.In a wide-ranging 77-minute speech spanning from coronavirus to the climate emergency, Von der Leyen pledged to build “a union of equality” and criticised Eu...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Justice, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, World news, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, European Commission, Donald Trump, Brexit, Black Lives Matter Movement, Ursula von der Leyen, von der Leyen


Stop linking Navalny case to Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Kremlin says

The Kremlin said on Wednesday the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany should not be linked to the case of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who Berlin says was poisoned in Russia with a nerve agent. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced calls to halt the nearly-complete pipeline bringing Russian gas to Germany in response to the suspected poisoning of Navalny in Siberia last month.
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Germany to take in 1,500 migrants from Greece

Germany will take more than 1,500 migrants currently sheltering on Greek islands, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert announced Tuesday.
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Germany to take in 1,500 migrants from Greece, after huge fire left thousands homeless

Germany will take more than 1,500 migrants currently sheltering on Greek islands, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert announced Tuesday.
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Trump is less trusted than Putin and Xi and the US is hitting historic lows of approval from its closest allies

President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and other world leaders take part in a family photo on the first day of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images The United States' image has soured within the international community, hitting all-time lows among key allies since Pew started polling two decades ago.  Among the 13-countries surveyed...
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'It's me, Navalny,' says Putin critic in first post since emerging from coma after Novichok poisoning

"It's me, Navalny." Russian opposition leader and investigative journalist Alexei Navalny posted these words with this photo from his hospital bed on Instagram, with his wife and two children. Navalny is in Germany, where he was airlifted after being poisoned with the Russian chemical weapon nerge agent known as Novichok. Navalny's wit and humor appear to be back. He says he's breathing on his own again, and that he "highly recommends it". "Alexei Navalny is definitely the victi...
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Merkel's party plans December 4 congress to choose new leader: sources

The executive committee of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) wants to hold a one-day party congress in Stuttgart on Dec. 4 to elect a new leader, participants said after the committee met on Monday. Under the plan, the CDU's executive committee and board would meet on Dec. 3, with the congress held on Dec. 4. Party laws stipulate that the CDU must elect a new leader this year.
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China has spent 2020 losing friends. But Brussels can't afford to make an enemy of world's next hyperpower

This year has left the European Union very confused over what to do about China. At the start of the year, the two parties hoped to formalize their economic and strategic partnership at a landmark summit in Leipzig, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, marking a historic breakthrough in China-EU relations.
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Navalny’s No. 2 Suspects ‘Putin’s Chef’ Ordered Novichok Hit on Opposition Leader

MOSCOW—Tears of joy ran down Lyubov Sobol’s face when news came through that Alexei Navalny had awakened after more than two weeks in a coma. The 32-year-old blond lawyer, who cultivates a nerdy look with her dark-rimmed glasses, spent a decade fighting Russia’s state corruption at Navalny’s side. His partial recovery doesn’t make her work any less dangerous.In an exclusive interview for The Daily Beast, Sobol revealed who she suspects of poisoning Navalny and why. With Navalny in a hospital in ...
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Trump's biggest accomplishments and failures as president as he fights for reelection

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media following a Christmas Eve video teleconference with members of the military at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. As a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would “immediately” replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with a plan of his own that would provide “insurance for everybody.” Back then, Trump made it sound that his plan — “much less expensive and ...
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Pompeo: ‘Substantial Chance’ Senior Russian Officials Directed Navalny Poisoning

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that there is a “substantial chance” that senior Russian officials directed the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. “I think people all around the world see this kind of activity for what it is. And when they see the effort to poison a dissident, and they recognize that there is a substantial chance that this actually came from senior Russian officials, I think this is not good for the Russian people,” Pompeo told conservative ...
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Why Trump agreed to be interviewed by Bob Woodward 18 times, despite everyone else's advice

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on June 27, 2017. Alex Wong/Getty Images Top aides are said to be baffled about why President Donald Trump agreed to 18 separate interviews with the veteran reporter Bob Woodward. In the recorded conversations, first unveiled Wednesday, Trump can be heard making damaging admissions, including that he deliberately downplayed the threat of the coronavirus in the early weeks of the outbreak. News outlets including Politico and CNN are reporting that T...
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Why Trump agreed to be interviewed by Bob Woodward 18 times, despite his top aides' advice

Business Insider President Donald Trump speaks on the phone in the Oval Office on June 27, 2017. Alex Wong/Getty Images Top aides are reportedly baffled about why President Donald Trump agreed to 18 separate interviews with veteran reporter Bob Woodward. In the recorded conversations, Trump can be heard making damaging admissions, including that he delibeately downplayed the threat of the coronavirus in the early weeks of the outbreak.  News outlets including Politico and CNN are...
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Germany wants to permit driverless cars across the country by 2022

Despite coming down hard on Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving, Germany isn’t totally against the concept of self-driving cars. Sure, Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t actually a self-driving system, but it is considered a large part of the autonomous or partially automated vehicle landscape. According to a report from local news outlet, The Local DE, some of Germany’s politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, met this week and have agreed that the country should play a “pioneering role” in th...
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No Nord Stream 2? No problem for Germany, economists say

Abandoning the nearly complete Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany could create a legal mess and nudge up energy costs for European households but Germany would cope with any disruption to supplies, economists say. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the weekend questioned the project -- thus far supported by Germany -- following the suspected poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman reinforced the shift in tone on Monday, saying she shar...
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Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Out Of Coma And Responsive After Poisoning

BERLIN (AP) — Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s condition has improved, allowing doctors to take him out of an induced coma, the German hospital treating him said Monday. Navalny, a fierce, high-profile critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was flown to Germany last month after falling ill on Aug. 20 on a domestic flight in Russia. German chemical weapons experts say tests show the 44-year-old was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent, prompting the German government las...
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Merkel doesn't rule out sanctions on Russian gas pipeline, spokesman says

Chancellor Angela Merkel does not rule out imposing sanctions on a pipeline set to bring Russian gas to Germany in response to the suspected poisoning of a Kremlin critic with a Soviet-style nerve agent, her chief spokesman said on Monday. Merkel is under mounting pressure from members of her conservative party to suspend the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a huge project to double Russian gas exports to Germany that is more than 90% complete and due to start operating from early 2021. German Foreign ...
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German Greens well placed for share of power despite Covid setback

Pandemic has stalled party’s momentum but it still has strong chance of entering government next yearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn pandemic times, public health takes precedence over the wellbeing of the planet, as Germany’s Greens have had to learn the hard way. With Covid-19 shoring up electoral sympathies around a crisis-seasoned Angela Merkel, the buoyant upstarts in opposition have lost much of the momentum they had built up over the last 12 months.And yet, ...
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German foreign minister raises spectre of Nord Stream 2 sanctions over Navalny poisoning

Germany could drop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as punishment for the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Berlin said for the first time on Sunday as it threatened the Kremlin with sanctions. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that "I hope... that the Russians do not force us to change our position on Nord Stream," in comments made to Bild newspaper. Mr Maas said that Berlin “would be compelled” to raise the issue of sanctions with its allies if Russia did not take steps to...
Tags: Europe, News, Putin, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Berlin, US, Kremlin, Bild, Christian Democratic Union, Heiko Maas, Maas, Navalny, Dominic Raab, Norbert Röttgen


Navalny poisoning forces Merkel's party to ask: how do we hit back at Putin?

The strength of the German chancellor’s condemnation of Russia was a surprise – and the multi-billion Nord Stream project could now be at riskGermany is demanding answers from the Kremlin over the confirmed poisoning of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, but is struggling to find methods to extract them that don’t involve a humiliating loss of face.The assertive manner in which Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday that Navalny, who is lying in an induced coma in a Berlin hospital,...
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Navalny poisoning forces Merkel’s party to ask: how to hit back at Putin?

The strength of the German chancellor’s condemnation of Russia was a surprise – and the multi-billion Nord Stream project could now be at riskGermany is demanding answers from the Kremlin over the confirmed poisoning of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, but is struggling to find methods to extract them that don’t involve a humiliating loss of face.The assertive manner in which Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday that Navalny, who is lying in an induced coma in a Berlin hospital,...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Berlin, World news, Merkel, Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, Navalny


Trump Still Won’t Condemn Navalny’s Poisoning

President Donald Trump on Friday refused to condemn Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, even as world leaders, as well as officials from his own administration, have stepped in to censure the move. Trump said at a press briefing on Friday that he intended to “look at it very seriously” when asked about Navalny’s poisoning.  When pressed about how the United States should react, the President said “I think we will,” while simultaneously appearing to cast doubt a...
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Donald Trump claims US has not seen any proof of Alexei Navalny poisoning – video

The US president declined to accept the German government's assessment that the Russian opposition leader was attacked with a nerve agent. This week the chancellor, Angela Merkel, revealed that tests at a military laboratory had identified unequivocally that the Kremlin critic had been poisoned with novichok Donald Trump says US 'hasn't had any proof' of Navalny poisoning Continue reading...
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Chancellor Angela Merkel is enjoying sky-high approval ratings for her decisive approach to the outbreak, but a recent protest shows skepticism is rising

It was a woman with blonde dreadlocks who capped off one of the biggest anti-coronavirus demonstrations in Europe on Saturday, which saw tens of thousands of anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and the far-right march through the German capital, Berlin.
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Germany is under pressure to abandon a giant gas pipeline from Russia after Putin's government was accused of poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Getty Angela Merkel is under pressure to abandon a giant gas pipeline from being built from Russia to Germany. It comes after members of her party openly accused Vladimir Putin's government of poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The Green party and Norbert Röttgen, chair of the German parliament's foreign affairs committee, called on Merkel to pull out of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. The 764-mile pipeline is nearly completed and would carry natural gas from Russia to north Ger...
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Why Putin deliberately uses Novichok to poison his enemies, even though it often fails to kill them

Russian President Putin takes part in a video conference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia June 20, 2020. Reuters German doctors have accused Russia of poisoning top critic Alexei Navalny with the Novichok nerve agent in late August. Though Novichok was developed in the Soviet Union in 1970s, the Russian state has used it in assassination attempts in recent years. Two Russian agents used Novichok to try to assassinate a defected military intelligence officer ...
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Trump looks alone on the world stage as international leaders line up to condemn the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexey Navalny

Business Insider Getty Donald Trump remained silent on Wednesday as world leaders called on Russian president Vladimir Putin to explain the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexey Navalny. Navalny was taken ill on a plane in August after drinking a cup of tea at an airport in Siberia and is now being treated at a hospital in Germany. German chancellor on Wednesday said that Navalny had been poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent, similar to one which was previously used to poison a fo...
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