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EU citizens who applied to stay in Britain facing threat of deportation

The Home Office appears to be in breach of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, says legal charityEuropean citizens who have applied for settled status are being detained and threatened with deportation, a development that contradicts assurances from ministers and appears to contravene the Brexit withdrawal agreement.The Home Office has served EU nationals with removal directions even though they could prove they had applied for settled status, which should protect their rights to remain in the UK. ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Foreign Policy, Home Office, Brexit


The Observer view on the Royal Navy’s operation in the South China Sea | Observer editorial

Sailing into imperial delusions is no way to run foreign policyWhat would Jack Aubrey have made of it? When Patrick O’Brian’s fictitious Royal Navy hero sailed HMS Surprise to the far side of the world, the enemy was the USS Norfolk, a lone American frigate marauding in the Pacific. Full speed ahead from the war of 1812, to 2021, and today’s maritime sparring partners are HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s new £3bn aircraft carrier, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army navy and its 360 “battle-f...
Tags: Politics, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Military, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Royal Navy, Boris Johnson, Defence, Brexit, G7, South China Sea, Ben Wallace, Patrick O'Brian


It’s not Covid that’s damaging British trade. It’s Brexit

Report after report is reaching the same conclusion: exporters, including many in the red wall, will be suffering for a long timeBrexit is beginning to take its toll. Trade with the EU is suffering and foreign investment is heading south. Neither trend is temporary and both harm the government’s stated aim of “levelling up” regions that until now have depended on overseas trade to create well-paid jobs.It’s not clear if the red wall has noticed. Or anyone among the 17.4 million people who voted ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, International Trade, Economics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Global Economy, Brexit, Coronavirus


American imperialism: fat-shaming Uncle Sam

In the years before 1900, the United States was experiencing a spectacular spurt of growth.Not everyone approved: many feared continued expansionism would lead to American imperialism.To illustrate the threat, Uncle Sam was depicted as dangerously or comically fat. Detail from "Charge of the 24th and 25th Colored Infantry, July 2nd 1898", depicting the Battle of San Juan Hill – a turning point in the Spanish-American War. Credit: Kurz and Allison / P...
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France attacks decision to keep it on England’s ‘amber plus’ list

Stricter quarantine measures for fully-vaccinated travellers ‘discriminatory’, says ministerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s decision to keep stricter quarantine measures in place for fully vaccinated travellers coming from France has been branded discriminatory and illogical by the country’s Europe minister.Clément Beaune criticised the decision after England, Scotland and Wales announced plans to significantly reduce restrictions on international travel for...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, Wales, France, Travel & leisure, UK News, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Vaccines and immunisation, England Scotland, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus, Clement Beaune


UK poised to end amber list quarantine for people vaccinated in US and EU

Ministers to discuss plans, with talks also to determine if they will apply to England only or all UK nationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePlans to significantly open up international travel are expected to be announced on Wednesday, with UK ministers poised to let people who have been fully vaccinated in the US and EU avoid quarantine if arriving from amber-list countries.The move would benefit millions of people by finally letting them be reunited with family and ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Politics, UK, England, France, US, Eu, Spain, European Union, UK News, World news, US news, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy


Foreign Office is ‘complicit in British man’s Somalia torture’

‘David Taylor’ claims hooding, sensory deprivation and waterboarding was to persuade him to cooperate with the CIAA British citizen has claimed he was tortured in Somalia and questioned by US intelligence officers, raising concern that controversial practices of the post-9/11 “war on terror” are still being used.The 45-year-old from London alleges he has endured hooding, sensory deprivation and waterboarding at the hands of the Somali authorities to persuade him, he believes, to cooperate with t...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Human Rights, Law, Africa, US, UK News, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Somalia, David Taylor, Foreign Office, CIAA


Labour must say it out loud: Brexit needs to be reversed

In Northern Ireland, the Leavers’ folly is now manifest. How can the opposition stay silent about the root cause of the crisis?‘He did not want to die until Brexit was reversed.” These words were spoken at the funeral last week of my dear friend and former Observer colleague Dick Leonard.Dick died a month ago at the ripe old age of 90. The speaker was his widow, Irène Heidelberger-Leonard, before a group of mourners who included the Labour leader Keir Starmer, to whom Dick had been something of ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Economics, European Union, Foreign Policy, Labour, Northern Ireland, Keir Starmer, Dick, Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Dick Leonard Dick, Irène Heidelberger Leonard


Biden set to nominate Caroline Kennedy as US ambassador to Australia: report

Caroline Kennedy. Marc Andrew Deley/Getty President Biden is set to nominate Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Australia, per a CNN report. Kennedy served as US ambassador to Japan under then-President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. She is a longtime friend of Biden, who served in the Senate with her uncle, the late Ted Kennedy. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. President Joe Biden is set to nominate Caroline Kennedy to become the next ambassador to Australia, accord...
Tags: Japan, Politics, Obama, Australia, Montana, Senate, White House, China, Massachusetts, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Austria, United States


Harry Dunn: US tries to prevent disclosure of alleged killer’s work record

Government cites national security in civil case over 2019 death of British teenager in road crashThe US government has requested that the country’s civil courts prevent the disclosure of the employment details of Harry Dunn’s alleged killer in the interests of “national security”.The 19-year-old’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, lodged a claim against Anne Sacoolas and her husband after the teenager’s death in a road crash outside a US military base in Northamptonshire two years ago. C...
Tags: US, UK News, Foreign Policy, Northamptonshire, Harry Dunn, Tim Dunn, Anne Sacoolas, Charlotte Charles


China retaliates with sanctions on former commerce secretary Wilbur Ross

The ‘counter-sanctions’ are in response to Washington’s actions and are the first under China’s new anti-foreign sanction lawBarely 48 hours before the arrival in China of one of Biden’s most-trusted diplomats, Beijing has announced its decision to impose counter-sanctions on seven American citizens and entities, including former commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, in retaliation against Washington’s earlier sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong crackdowns.The Biden administration announced ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Washington, China, US, World news, US news, Beijing, US politics, Foreign Policy, Biden, Hong Kong Continue, Wilbur Ross


Check out "Forever Wars," a new newsletter that reimagines national security reporting

I'm a big fan of journalist Spencer Ackerman's work as a national security reporter, hardcore punk drummer, and scholarly Magneto apologist. He was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Guardian that broke the news of the Snowden leaks, and has more recently worked as the senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Snowden, Journalism, War, Surveillance, Foreign Policy, National Security, War On Terror, 9/11, Spencer Ackerman, Surveillance State, Forever War, The Forever War, Late Stage Journalism


Protesters urge Boris Johnson to take Cop26 climate talks seriously

With 100 days to go to crucial UN crisis summit in Glasgow, PM is accused of lack of leadershipProtesters will fill London’s Parliament Square on Friday morning, calling on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade.Giant alarm clocks will show time running out, while 100 protesters chant that Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are “...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Protest, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, US foreign policy, Foreign Policy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Un, Glasgow, Boris Johnson, Green politics, John Kerry, Johnson


100 days to Cop26: protesters urge Boris Johnson to take climate talks seriously

With 100 days to go to crucial UN crisis summit in Glasgow, PM is accused of lack of leadershipProtesters will fill London’s Parliament Square on Friday morning, calling on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade.Giant alarm clocks will show time running out, while 100 protesters chant that Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are “...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Protest, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, US foreign policy, Foreign Policy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Un, Glasgow, Boris Johnson, Green politics, John Kerry, Johnson


Thousands aged over 65 failed to apply for EU settled status – report

Lords report calls on the government to ensure support remains in place to help late applicants secure their statusSignificant numbers of Europeans in the UK aged over 65 failed to apply to the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) before the deadline, a parliamentary report has found, warning that this could make thousands of retirement-aged EU nationals vulnerable to Britain’s hostile environment policies.Just 2% of all applications for the settlement scheme were submitted by people aged over 65, a perc...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Foreign Policy, Home Office, Brexit


Brexit: Von der Leyen rejects Boris Johnson bid to renegotiate Irish protocol

EU has already proposed changes to lessen impact on Northern Irish citizens, say officialsThe president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has rejected Boris Johnson’s move to renegotiate the Northern Irish protocol, raising the temperature of a simmering Brexit row.“The EU will continue to be creative and flexible within the protocol framework. But we will not renegotiate,” she said after a call with the prime minister on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Ursula von der Leyen, von der Leyen, European Commission Ursula von der Leyen


Von der Leyen rejects Boris Johnson bid to renegotiate Irish protocol

EU has already proposed changes to lessen impact on Northern Irish citizens, say officialsThe president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has rejected Boris Johnson’s move to renegotiate the Northern Irish protocol, raising the temperature of a simmering Brexit row.“The EU will continue to be creative and flexible within the protocol framework. But we will not renegotiate,” she said after a call with the prime minister on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Ursula von der Leyen, von der Leyen, European Commission Ursula von der Leyen


US joins condemnation of Turkish plan for Cyprus ‘ghost town’

Turkey’s president told move to open up Varosha in northern Cyprus will clash with UN resolutionsTurkey’s pledge to resettle an abandoned Greek town in northern Cyprus has been universally condemned, with Washington joining the EU and UK in calling the move “unacceptable”.The criticism grew within hours of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, using the 47th anniversary of the Turkish invasion into Cyprus to unveil the plan, as he pushed for a two-state solution to the island’s division duri...
Tags: Europe, UK, Greece, Washington, US, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Cyprus, Turkey, US news, Foreign Policy, United Nations, European Commission, Un


Offering aid without development is costing lives in the global south | Letter

The west is acting like the empires of old and failing to help poor people stand on their own two feet, says Benny DembitzerThe debate in the Guardian (Outrage aimed at No 10 as MPs back £4bn cut to foreign aid budget, 13 July; Letters, 15 July) over the past few days has only contributed to the continuation of a fundamental error that is literally costing millions of lives in the global south. None of the politicians or correspondents who have intervened in the discussions have emphasised the p...
Tags: Politics, Environment, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Farming, World Trade Organization, Aid, Benny DembitzerThe


UK and allies accuse Chinese state-backed group of Microsoft hack

British foreign secretary says Beijing will be held to account if it does not stop ‘systematic cyber sabotage’Britain and its allies have formally accused Chinese state-based hacking groups of being behind the exploitation of an estimated 250,000 Microsoft Exchange servers worldwide earlier this year.The UK foreign secretary said the cyber-attack amounted to “a reckless but familiar pattern of behaviour”, in an announcement released on Monday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, Microsoft, Internet, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Hacking, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Computing, Espionage, Foreign, Cyberwar


Scarborough predicts a bumper tourism season (if it can find enough staff)

Tourists are fuelling record bookings but severe staff shortages due to Brexit and workers self-isolating have kept many hospitality firms closedThe log cabins are gleaming, the tipis look tip-top and the champagne is on ice. Pinewood Park will host its first wedding in 22 months on Saturday as 120 guests descend on the popular glamping site near Scarborough, Yorkshire. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, European Union, Travel & leisure, Life and style, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Yorkshire, Weddings, Scarborough, Brexit, Coronavirus, Pinewood Park, Scarborough Yorkshire


Biden and Merkel vow to defend against Russian aggression in White House meeting

The US president praises the German leader but reiterates his concerns about the pipeline that will run from Russia to GermanyJoe Biden hosted Angela Merkel at the White House on Thursday for bilateral meetings as the outgoing German chancellor prepares to step down, in a visit that marked Biden’s latest attempt to strengthen relationships with US allies.The two leaders met in the Oval Office and later held a joint press conference. Biden and Merkel vowed to work together to defend against Russi...
Tags: White House, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, US, Joe Biden, US news, Foreign Policy, Merkel, Biden, Oval Office, GermanyJoe Biden


UK food worker shortages push prices up and risk Christmas turkey supplies

Dearth of delivery drivers, abattoir staff and fruit pickers caused by Covid and Brexit are fuelling wage rises with 5% hike in prices forecastFood prices could rise by about 5% by the autumn – and turkeys and pigs in blankets could be in short supply this Christmas – as shortages of delivery drivers, abattoir staff and other workers drive up pay and other costs.Industry insiders say that pay for lorry drivers and other supply chain workers, including abbatoir workers, plus vegetable and fruit p...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Economics, European Union, UK News, Pay, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Food & drink industry, Transport, Inflation, Uk Unemployment And Employment Statistics, Transport policy, Brexit


Channel patrol: Priti Patel’s harsh regime is ‘answer to a crisis that doesn’t exist’

The home secretary has pinned her future on cutting the refugee influx. But critics say her tough measures could quickly unravelBlue skies appeared above Dover, and for the crew of the Valiant, moored off the harbour wall, it was a signal to start readying for action. Fine weather meant more migrants would soon be heading towards them. For those on board the Border Force cutter, it was a familiar routine. Already this year it has brought ashore hundreds of asylum seekers, another 65 last Sunday ...
Tags: Politics, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Migration, Home Office, Refugees, Inequality, Focus, Dover, Border Force, Priti Patel


Johnson is no Machiavelli: his ruthless streak serves only himself

The Renaissance thinker, despite his reputation, believed politicians should act decisively to benefit the state. The PM has not done soThe Queen has recognised the achievements of doctors, nurses and ancillary staff by awarding the National Health Service the George Cross. Honours do not come much higher than that. And the government of Prime Minister Johnson and Chancellor Sunak? It has rewarded NHS workers with a 2% wage cut.The figure of 2% is the real wage cut that results from the already ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Economics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Foreign Policy, NHS, National Health Service, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Brexit, Machiavelli, Rishi Sunak, Sunak


China is far from alone in taking advantage of Australian universities’ self-inflicted wounds | David Brophy

Having long encouraged universities to find funding elsewhere, politicians now home in on their ties to China to argue that they’ve lost their wayOutside the political sphere, much of Australia’s China panic centres on university campuses. This is hardly surprising, given the deep connections of the Australian higher-­education sector to China.In 2019, before the Covid-­19 pandemic hit, higher education brought in some A$12bn in export revenue, most of it from China. With more than 150,000 Chine...
Tags: Books, Australia, China, Australia news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Australian politics, Australian education, Australian Universities, MoUs, David Brophy, Confucius Institutes, Australian books, Australian foreign policy


UK at loggerheads with EU again over £41bn Brexit ‘divorce bill’

Brussels’ accounts reveal amount expected, but London says: ‘We don’t recognise that figure’ The government has rejected claims it owes the European Union £41bn for a Brexit “divorce bill”, even as it emerged the first payments have been made.Brussels and Westminster reopened a dispute about the size of the bill, after the publication of the EU’s 2020 accounts revealed the European Commission expected €47.5bn (£40.8bn) from the UK, a sum higher than British estimates.
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, London, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, European Commission, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Westminster, Brexit


Boris Johnson announces end to UK military mission in Afghanistan

Hasty and secretive exit of last remaining troops 20 years after invasion prompts criticismBoris Johnson has announced the end of Britain’s military mission in Afghanistan following a hasty and secretive exit of the last remaining troops 20 years after the post 9/11 invasion that started the “war on terror”.The prime minister confirmed to MPs that the intervention, which claimed the lives of 457 British soldiers, would end even as the insurgent Taliban have been rapidly gaining territory in rura...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Britain, Military, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office


UK must match rhetoric with action on China’s treatment of Uyghurs, say MPs

Foreign affairs committee calls for import ban on products from Xinjiang, where it says there is ‘industrial-scale forced labour’Britain must act to stop China’s atrocities against Uyghur Muslims by banning the import of Chinese cotton and solar panels from Xinjiang province, as well as by announcing that no government officials will attend the Winter Olympics in Beijing, a report by MPs says.The chair of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Tom Tugendhat, said that without action the UK woul...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, China, International Trade, UK News, World news, Beijing, Britain, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Xinjiang, Tom Tugendhat, Uyghurs


Why 6m settlement applications doesn’t mean 6m EU citizens live in the UK

Home Office figures caused speculation that number of Europeans in UK had been underestimatedLast week, the Home Office announced it had received 6m applications for the EU settlement scheme, prompting some to conclude the number of Europeans living in the UK was almost double previous estimates.Some on social media claimed that it meant 9% of the UK’s population of 67 million was now made up of Europeans. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Home Office, Brexit