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  • bbc Romanian PM ousted in MPs revolt - Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has been forced from power after only six months by his own party, in a no-confidence vote in parliament. His left-wing Social Democrat party (PSD) had accused him of failing to carry out necessary economic reforms. The prime minister was involved in a power struggle with party leader Liviu Dragnea, who was barred from office after a conviction for voter fraud. Mr Grindeanu lost the censure motion by 241 votes to 10. The decision by his own party and its liberal ALDE allies to oust him was seen as a first, even for Romania’s turbulent politics. For the motion to pass they needed a parliamentary majority of 233 votes… Read more : BBC, 21.06.2017
  • dw1 Angela Merkel open to common eurozone budget - Germany’s chancellor says she is prepared to consider a euro budget, as well as a joint finance minister for the eurozone. But she stressed that such profound changes would only make sense if they increased prosperity. Angela Merkel told business leaders in Berlin on Tuesday that she was open to reforms, saying the economic cohesion of the 19 countries in the euro area “leaves something to be desired.” “We could of course consider a common finance minister, if the conditions are right,” and if there is a proper balance concerning risk and liability for debt, the chancellor said in a speech at the annual congress held by Germany’s largest industrial lobby, the BDI (the Federation of German Industries). “We could also consider a euro-budget if it is clear that we ... Lire
  • alj US ‘mystified’ over Gulf states’ position towards Qatar - The US state department says it is “mystified” that Gulf states have not released details of the claims they are making against Qatar, more than two weeks after they imposed a blockade on the country and cut ties with it. Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the state department, said in a press briefing on Tuesday that the more time goes by, “the more doubt is raised” about the anti-Qatar measures imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and their allies. “At this point, we are left with one simple question: Were the actions really about their concerns regarding Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism or were they about the long-simmering grievances between and among the GCC countries,” she said, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council. READ MORE – Qatar-Gulf crisis: ... Lire
  • liberation Ukraine: l’UE maintient ses sanctions contre la Russie - L’UE va prolonger à nouveau ses sanctions économiques contre la Russie en raison de son soutien présumé aux rebelles prorusses dans l’est de l’Ukraine, a indiqué lundi sa Haute représentante Federica Mogherini. Les Européens exigent une mise en oeuvre complète des accords de Minsk conclus en 2015 et censés instaurer une trêve des combats, mais qui n’ont jamais permis de mettre un terme au conflit, avant de lever ces sanctions. «Je dois constater qu’il n’y pas de réelle avancée sur la mise en œuvre des accords, donc j’imagine qu’une décision (sera) prise dans le sens d’une continuation de l’état actuel des sanctions», a déclaré Mme Mogherini lors d’une conférence de presse à Luxembourg. Par ailleurs, fidèles à la politique adoptée au lendemain de l’annexion de la Crimée par la Russie ... Lire
  • usbill US bill on Russia sanctions prompts German, Austrian outcry - A US Senate bill to toughen sanctions on Russia and Iran has been slammed by German and Austrian Social Democrats. Sigmar Gabriel and Christian Kern say it will warp Europe’s natural gas network in favor of US suppliers. The bill passed by US senators 98-2 and forwarded to the US House Representatives prompted a joint outburst Thursday from Gabriel, Germany’s foreign minister, and Kern, Austria’s chancellor. The nub is Nord Stream 2, a pipeline project to pump Russian natural gas via the Baltic Sea to landfall in Germany – involving Russia’s Gazprom and European energy firms, including Wintershall of Germany and ÖMV of Austria. “Europe’s energy supply is a matter for Europe, and not for the United States of America!” wrote Gabriel and Kern, both center-left Social Democrats. To threaten European ... Lire
  • greece Greece’s Too Close For Comfort Relationship with China - According to Reuters, Greece was the final vote separating the European Union making a statement criticizing the human rights record of its economic partner The Peoples Republic of China at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Greek government decided against the statement. 28 EU member states were needed in order for the statement to be made. Many diplomats then criticized Greece for making a decision the was counter to the values that the EU stands for. China has had a long history of suppressing freedom of speech and activists movements against the government, to this end political dissidence has plagued the country for years. This marked the first time the EU had failed to make its statement at the U.N.’s top rights body, rights groups Amnesty International and Human ... Lire
  • euvisa EU visa waiver unlikely to import Ukraine crime - Visa-free travel is unlikely to prompt a Ukrainian crime wave in Europe because its gangsters found ways to get in long ago, an EU police chief has said. Kestutis Lancinskas, a Lithuanian police chief who heads an EU rule-of-law mission in Kiev, told EUobserver Ukraine is currently seeing a spike in “all types of crime”. The recent killings of a Russian dissident, Denis Voronenkov, and of a journalist, Pavel Sheremet, brought back memories of the lawlessness in Ukraine when it split from the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Lancinskas said those cases appeared to be political. “I don’t think they were related to organised crime”, he said. But he said Ukraine suffered from a “very high crime rate” with “all types of crime on the increase”. He listed corporate raiding, ... Lire
  • merkel Merkel attacks latest US anti-Russia sanctions - Shortly after the joint statement of the German and Austrian foreign ministers angrily denouncing the new sanctions against Russia voted on by the US Senate, Angela Merkel has added her voice to the protest and is making her opposition to the latest sanctions clear. In her usual Sphinx like way Merkel avoided making a statement herself.  However her views have been made known by her spokesman Steffen Seibert in a briefing earlier today, There is considerable assent to the contents of this statement. The chancellor shares fears listed in the text……the case in hand are sanctions for Russia’s steps but which affect European companies.  It is inadmissible. Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Foreign Minister who issued the joint statement criticising the Senate’s sanctions with the foreign minister of Austria yesterday, is a ... Lire
  • euobs1 France gives Macron big majority with little enthusiasm - French president Emmanuel Macron won a three-fifth majority in the lower house in the second round of the legislatives elections on Sunday (18 June), but less than half of voters cast a ballot. Macron’s political movement, La Republique en Marche (LRM, The Republic on the Move) won 308 seats in the National Assembly, out of 577, after obtaining 43.06 percent of the vote. Its centrist ally, the Modem party, got 40 seats (6 percent). While not as big as expected after the first round, LRM’s majority left other parties behind and completed Macron’s destruction of the old political landscape. The conservative Republicans party will be the main opposition faction, with 113 seats (22.2 percent), down from 192 in the outgoing assembly. The party leader, Francois Baroin, said he was happy ... Lire
  • gu USS Fitzgerald: missing sailors found dead in flooded area of ship - The bodies of some of the seven US navy sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship off the east coast of Japan have been found. US and Japanese ships and aircraft launched a huge air and sea search for the crew but “a number of bodies” were found on Sunday in the flooded quarters of the damaged destroyer USS Fitzgerald, the US 7th fleet said in a statement. “As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision, the missing sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments,” it said. “They are currently being transferred to naval hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified. The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time. The ... Lire
  • london tower The London Tower Blaze Exposes a Divided Britain - The black, smoldering shell of a London apartment block is the harrowing symbol of everything locals say has gone wrong in their city. The inferno that ripped through the 24-story tower in the small hours of Wednesday morning left at least 30 people dead, 24 hospitalized and many more missing. For devastated locals, some still searching for loved ones, it was emblematic of how they have been abandoned by an uncaring government that spent the last seven years slashing spending on vital services. “Austerity went up in those flames,” said Sarah, a retiree who was born and brought up in London and was going past the area on the tube when she decided to stop and help. “We’re not looking at a building, we’re looking at a graveyard,” added Siobhan, who ... Lire
  • ft Van mows down pedestrians in ‘attack’ near London mosque - A man driving a van has ploughed into pedestrians near a Muslim centre in north London, killing at least one person and injuring 10 in what Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating as a “potential terrorist attack”. Police were called at 00.20 on Monday to reports of a vehicle collision with pedestrians on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park. Counterterrorism police are investigating the attack. A 48-year old white man was arrested in relation to the attack, police said. “He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment,” police said. It was the third incident in London in as many months involving vehicles being driven at pedestrians, following terrorist attacks ... Lire
  • eurobond-wealthcoaching Zone euro/Sovereign Bonds Backed Securities : précédent ou alternative aux EuroBonds ? - Pour approfondir la zone euro, la Commission européenne vient de proposer la création de produits titrisés de dette souveraine européenne. Une proposition qui pourrait être davantage une alternative qu’un précédent pour les Eurobonds. Le 31 mai 2017, la Commission européenne a en effet présenté sa réflexion concernant « l’approfondissement de l’union économique et monétaire »[1], prévue depuis plusieurs mois. Bruxelles profite cependant du moment d’euphorie qui a suivi l’élection à la présidence française d’Emmanuel Macron le 7 mai. Ce dernier a cherché depuis son élection à relancer le chantier du renforcement et de l’approfondissement de la zone euro, notamment en souhaitant bâtir une ligne commune avec l’Allemagne. Lors du premier voyage à Berlin du nouveau président français, le 15 mai[2], Angela Merkel est restée très floue sur ce que l’Allemagne était prête ... Lire
  • macedoine Macedonia will become NATO’s 30th member – Zaev - Zaev told the Podgorica-based daily Pobjeda that membership in NATO was important for Macedonia “because the military alliance, in particular for us in the Balkans, means stability, security and inviolability of borders.” “In addition, NATO is a guarantee of economic growth, economic development, an inflow of foreign investments. Finally, if Macedonia were a member of NATO, the dictatorial regime of Nikola Gruevski, together with his sponsors, would not have dared to cause the crises and the unrest that we unfortunately had a chance to witness in the last few years,” said Zaev. Speaking about ways in which Macedonia intends to solve the name dispute with Greece – which has blocked its NATO integration – Zaev said he believes that dialogue between the two governments, which will take into account the ... Lire
  • nato A personal take on NATO-Russia relations - Marking the 15th anniversary of the NATO-Russia Council, a Russia expert looks back in disappointment at how the high hopes for the partnership have been dashed in recent years. Much of my time, focus and personal energy were devoted to advancing NATO-Russia cooperation for many years. Until March 2014, for over seventeen years, relations between NATO and Russia had developed at a rather good pace and resulted in some concrete and significant common projects. So, watching many years’ worth of difficult negotiations and considerable investments unravel overnight because of a decision taken in the middle of the night on 22/23 February 2014 (as President Putin himself recounted in a documentary aired in 2015) has been extremely disappointing. The honeymoon When I first joined NATO in 2004 to work on the ... Lire
  • putin Le style Vladimir : quand Poutine répond par les actes aux paroles d’Emmanuel Macron - Le prétexte officiel invoqué par le Kremlin? La représentation française à cette réunion, réservée aux N°1 ou N°2 des agences n’était pas appropriée. En fait, Vladimir Poutine a envoyé un message discret mais très clair au nouveau président français qui avait traité, quelques jours plus tôt, en sa présence, des journalistes de  Russia Today et de Sputnik de propagandistes. Emmanuel Macron retiendra-t-il la leçon? Rien n’est moins sûr tant il est vrai que le nouveau président français confond communication et diplomatie. Tandis qu’il fait des coups – en bombant le torse devant Poutine ou Trump quelques jours plus tard – le président russe lui, fait de la diplomatie. Il a dû essuyer, lors de sa visite à Versailles, de longues minutes de “remontrances” du nouveau président français lors de la ... Lire
  • bloomb Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think - Solar power, once so costly it only made economic sense in spaceships, is becoming cheap enough that it will push coal and even natural-gas plants out of business faster than previously forecast. That’s the conclusion of a Bloomberg New Energy Finance outlook for how fuel and electricity markets will evolve by 2040. The research group estimated solar already rivals the cost of new coal power plants in Germany and the U.S. and by 2021 will do so in quick-growing markets such as China and India. The scenario suggests green energy is taking root more quickly than most experts anticipate. It would mean that global carbon dioxide pollution from fossil fuels may decline after 2026, a contrast with the International Energy Agency’s central forecast, which sees emissions rising steadily for decades to come. “Costs of new ... Lire
  • guardian Brazil’s refugee policy needs a radical overhaul in response to Venezuela’s crisis - Brazil is failing to respond to one of the most serious forced migration crises in decades. The economic and political maelstrom in neighboring Venezuela has forced thousands of people to flee into Brazil in search of food, medicine and basic survival. According to Brazil’s border police, more than 77,000 Venezuelans poured into Brazil between 2015 and 2016. While most are eager to return to Venezuela, many are seeking asylum. There are already 8,231 Venezuelans who have officially claimed asylum in 2017 and another 5,000 others waiting for an appointment. Roughly 150 new claims are being received every single day. The situation for the new arrivals is dire. They are living on the streets and in improvised shelters. Many people have contracted diseases associated with poor living conditions and rely on ... Lire
  • brexit No new date for Brexit talks after EU meeting - No date was set for opening Brexit negotiations during a meeting on Monday (12 June) between the EU’s chief negotiator and the UK’s top civil servant dealing with Britain’s exit from the bloc. Michel Barnier, the EU’s top negotiator, and Oliver Robbins, the permanent secretary for the department for exiting the EU, met over lunch in Brussels, along with Tim Barrow, the UK’s envoy to the EU. The three attempted to hammer out a date and a timeline for the negotiations amid concerns the opening of the talks could be delayed due to last week’s British elections, which produced a minority government in London, whose future looks unstable. The top diplomats on Monday agreed to have further discussion at technical level this week, sources said. Negotiations were due to start ... Lire
  • roaming La fin du roaming, l’aboutissement d’une bataille face aux opérateurs et gouvernements mais aussi un fantastique coup de poker - La genèse de l’abolition du roaming, un combat inégal mené face aux opérateurs, aux gouvernements et aux lobbyistes, mais un dénouement favorable aux consommateurs. Dès demain, les citoyens de l’Union européenne ne payeront plus aucun surcoût lorsqu’ils utiliseront leur téléphone mobile pour appeler, envoyer des SMS ou surfer sur le net depuis un autre pays de l’Union, la fin d’un long chemin semé d’embuches et l’aboutissement d’une bataille menée face aux grands opérateurs. La fin du roaming, c’est aussi la fierté de Viviane Reding jadis commissaire européenne aux Télécommunications qui a lancé en 2004 la première attaque ciblée sur les frais d’itinérance en Europe comme le rapporte l’Opinion qui l’a interviewée. Cette dernière se souvient d’ailleurs dans les lignes du quotidien français, du bras de fer politique et parfois judiciaire ... Lire
  • Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen arrives for a news conference after the Fed releases its monetary policy decisions in Washington, U.S., June 14, 2017.   REUTERS/Joshua Roberts Fed raises rates, unveils balance sheet cuts in sign of confidence - The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the second time in three months and said it would begin cutting its holdings of bonds and other securities this year, signalling its confidence in a growing U.S. economy and strengthening job market. In lifting its benchmark lending rate by a quarter percentage point to a target range of 1.00 percent to 1.25 percent and forecasting one more hike this year, the Fed seemed to largely brush off a recent run of mixed economic data. The U.S. central bank’s rate-setting committee said the economy had continued to strengthen, job gains remained solid and indicated it viewed a recent softness in inflation as largely transitory. The Fed also gave a first clear outline on its plan to reduce its $4.2 trillion (3.29 ... Lire
  • alj44 Qatar, the UAE and the Libya connection - The recent outbreak of diplomatic and political turmoil between key Gulf countries – namely Qatar on one side and Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain supported by Egypton the other – is probably the most serious since the formation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in 1981. One of the key accusations that has been levelled against Qatar by the other three fellow GCC countries is its alleged support for terrorism and its support for Islamist groups in the region, including in Libya. The UAE, Saudi Arabia and their allies have issued a terrorist sanctions list containing 12 organisations and 59 individuals, whom they claim to have been supported and financed by Qatar. One organisation and five individuals from this list are from Libya, including militia commanders and the Benghazi Defence ... Lire
  • peru Peru’s president warns of refugee crisis in Venezuela - The deadly unrest in Venezuela could lead to “a blood bath” and spark a major refugee crisis, Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski warned as violence continued in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas. On Monday, protesters attacked a branch of the Supreme Court with petrol bombs and damaged a bank in the same building, which was engulfed in flames and smoke. Several protesters were injured as security guards tried to repel them. Speaking in Madrid, Kuczynski said Venezuela’s months-long political and economic crisis, which has seen thousands march for and against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, could force people to leave the country in droves. “If nothing is done, it will end in a blood bath, there will be a [migratory] invasion in Cucuta [in Colombia],” said Kuczynski, a sharp critic of Maduro. ... Lire
  • scmp33 Hong Kong’s electric car market comes to emergency stop after tax waiver scrapped, but does that really mean air pollution will be worse? - In the gloomy indoor car park at the Cyberport 2 business park on Hong Kong Island, a line of immaculate electric vehicles (EVs) are plugged into superchargers adorned with a glowing Tesla logo. Two floors above, at the Recharge café, members of Charged Hong Kong are discussing the impact of recent changes to the tax waiver policy on EVs over coffee at one of their regular Sunday morning meet-ups. “To really be aware of Hong Kong air pollution, you need a drive an open-top EV through Central and just try breathing,” says Mark Webb-Johnson, chairman and co-founder of the group, which advocates EVs to improve the city’s air quality. The government’s decision to scrap the first registration tax waiver on electric vehicles – introduced to cut air pollution – has ... Lire
  • alj Al Jazeera off the table in any Gulf crisis talks: FM - Al Jazeera Media Network is an “internal affair” and there will be no discussion about the fate of the Doha-based broadcaster with nations that imposed a blockade on Qatar, its foreign minister says. Reports have suggested countries behind the economic sanctions on Qatar – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and others – are demanding the closure of Al Jazeera, a media group that has been targeted in the Middle East because of its critical reporting. Speaking at a press conference in Paris, France on Monday, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said he had no idea why the Saudi Arabia-led bloc of nations imposed a blockade on Qatar. “It’s not about Iran or Al Jazeera,” he said. “We have no clue about the real reasons… Qatar is willing ... Lire
  • scmp Panama establishes diplomatic ties with Beijing in blow to Taiwan - Panama has switched formal diplomatic ties to mainland China and broken with Taipei, dealing a major setback to Taiwan and boosting Beijing’s presence in the US’ backyard. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said in a televised address that Panama was upgrading its commercial ties with China and establishing full diplomatic links with the second most important customer using its key shipping canal. “I’m convinced that this is the correct path for our country,” Varela said. Panama’s government said in a statement that it recognised there was only one China – with Taiwan belonging to the Asian giant – and that it was severing ties with Taipei. “The Panamanian government is today breaking its ‘diplomatic ties’ with Taiwan and pledges to end all relations or official contact with Taiwan,” the statement said ... Lire
  • opendemo Terms and conditions apply: Georgia and Ukraine’s visa-free victory - After a rollercoaster ride of seemingly endless delays, foot-dragging and dashed hopes, visa-free travel to the EU has finally become a reality for Georgian and Ukrainian citizens. A political climate hostile to immigration among EU states turned the rather technical procedure of lifting restrictions on short-term visas into a highly politicised ordeal. Concerns over the supposed threat of increased irregular migration and organised crime based largely on anecdotal evidence were used as an excuse by certain EU member states to stall the process and push through a much harsher visa suspension mechanism for all third countries that enjoy visa-free travel to the EU. As part of its strategy of externalising migration controls to third countries, the EU can now swiftly reinstate visa requirements if third countries fail to, for example, ... Lire
  • WTO says US failed to fully comply in Boeing subsidies dispute - The World Trade Organization said Friday the United States had not fully complied with a 2012 ruling ordering it to halt subsidies to Boeing, in a partial victory for rival aircraft maker Airbus and the EU. The ruling from a WTO panel was the latest blow in the decade-long clash between the titans of the civil aircraft industry, which has seen both Airbus and Boeing score points along the way. The WTO ruled in March 2012 that billions of dollars of subsidies to Boeing were illegal and notified the United States to bring them to an end. But just a few months later, the European Union filed a new complaint with the global trade body, alledging that Washington was not complying with that order. In the ruling published Friday, WTO ... Lire
  • alj2 Turkish parliament approves troop deployment to Qatar - Turkey’s parliament has approved a legislation allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar. The bill, first drafted in May, passed with 240 votes in favour, largely with support from the ruling AK party and nationalist opposition MHP. Wednesday’s decision is a show of support for Qatar as it faces diplomatic and trade isolation from some of the biggest Middle Eastern powers. Turkey is a key ally of Qatar and is setting up a military base in the country which also hosts the largest US airbase in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and closed their airspace to commercial flights on Monday, accusing it with financing “extremist” groups. Qatar vehemently denies the accusations. This is the ... Lire
  • “Le Monde” victime d’une épidémie de Macronite aigüe - Les médecins de l’âme avaient mis en garde. Ils avaient décelé depuis quelque temps les risques d’une épidémie de Macronite risquant de se généraliser très vite dans l’hexagone et de contaminer les esprits les plus équilibrés. La lecture du dernier numéro du Monde atteste que ce journal, s’il n’est pas le seul dans ce cas, est fortement touché. Qu’on en juge. En page 24, le chroniqueur Gérard Courtois, d’ordinaire pondéré dans ses analyses, analyse la recomposition politique en cours. Il transforme Emmanuel Macron en deus ex machina qui a mis en place « une stratégie soigneusement pensée et dont on n’a pas fini de mesurer l’onde de choc ». Il poursuit : « Il ne manquerait plus que le chef de l’Etat bénéfice maintenant d’une conjoncture économique favorable »… Lisez ... Lire
  • 北朝鮮で軍事パレード Japan and the North Korean Dilemma: Thinking the Unthinkable - What are the likely scenarios for resolution of the North Korean problem, and how can Japan help bring about such a resolution? In a recent interview, Tokyo Foundation research fellow and security expert Bonji Ohara spoke candidly about the prospects for war and peace on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea has carried out quite a few nuclear tests and missile launches over the years. Why has that activity suddenly created such a high level of international tension? BONJI OHARA: I think the basic reason is a sudden surge in American awareness of the North Korean threat. For the past two decades, Washington has followed a policy of “strategic patience” with regard to Pyongyang and its nuclear weapons program. But recently the administration of President Donald Trump declared this policy a ... Lire
  • Foto: Silje Katrine Robinson/norden.org Nordic leaders outline visions for European security - The five Nordic countries agree they need to invest more in European security, but differ on whether resources should be spent on Nato or EU defence. “I think the demand that Europe steps up on defence policies and use of money on their defence is very clear and we need to do it because we have a different security situation,” Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg told EUobserver, referring to the new climate in Europe after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. The extra spending is “not because the Americans are asking us [for it],” the conservative Norwegian politician pointed out. For a long time ”both German politicians and French politicians have wanted the EU to have a stronger say on security issues and to work more on that,” ... Lire
  • alj Gunmen attack Iran’s parliament, Khomeini shrine - Gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked Iran’s parliament in central Tehran and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in south of the city, killing at least 13 people. Four armed assailants attacked parliament office buildings on Wednesday morning, while the shrine of revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini was struck by a suicide bomber, state media reported. One of the attackers on Iran’s parliament complex blew himself up on the fourth floor, while under siege by security forces, state broadcaster IRIB reported. Lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television that three attackers, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, raided office buildings at the parliament complex. At least 43 people were wounded in the attacks, according to the interior ministry. ISNA news agency quoted a member of the parliament as saying that all ... Lire
  • swiss Russia threatens retaliation as Montenegro becomes 29th NATO member - Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO on Monday and was praised by the United States for sticking to its path of joining the Western military alliance in spite of Russian pressure. Even as Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic was in Washington for a State Department ceremony to mark the accession, Russia warned of retaliation against Montenegro’s “hostile course” and condemned the country’s “anti-Russian hysteria.” After the ceremony, Markovic met U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the White House, but not President Donald Trump, officials said. Markovic’s first encounter with Trump raised eyebrows last month, when the U.S. president pushed him aside at a NATO summit at which he demanded that allies boost defence spending to ease the burden on the United States. Markovic told Pence that Montenegro aimed to ... Lire
  • toute Le déficit public des Etats de l’Union européenne - Après avoir fortement augmenté en Europe à la suite de la crise économique et financière de 2008, le déficit public tend aujourd’hui à diminuer. Au sein de l’Union européenne, il s’est élevé, en 2016, à 1,5% du PIB pour la zone euro et à 1,7% pour l’UE à 28, soit largement en-dessous du seuil de 3% prévu par le Pacte de stabilité et de croissance. En 2016, le déficit public de l’Union européenne s’est élevé à 1,7% du PIB, soit une baisse substantielle de 0,7 point de PIB par rapport à 2015. Pour la zone euro, le chiffre est de 1,5%. Entre 2015 et 2016, le ratio de la dette publique par rapport au PIB a également reculé, passant de 84,9 à 83,5% dans l’UE, et de 90,3 à 89,2% ... Lire
  • bbc Germany set to quit Turkey’s Incirlik airbase amid row - Germany says it plans to move its aircraft and military personnel out of Turkey’s Incirlik airbase, as Turkey refuses to allow visits by German MPs. Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said they would relocate to Jordan’s Azraq airbase. German Tornado jets fly reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Syria from Incirlik, helping US-led forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS). German-Turkish talks broke down in Ankara on Monday. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said 250 German troops and military equipment would have to transfer from Incirlik, in southern Turkey. The reason, he explained, was that his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu had told him visits to the base by German MPs could not take place. According to Ms von der Leyen, Jordan has agreed to host the German contingent at Azraq. She ... Lire
  • corbyn Corbyn was right in 2003, and he is right again today - Two speeches. Delivered 14 years apart by one British politician, Jeremy Corbyn. Each connected by one word: truth. The shame: the world failed to heed the wisdom of the first speech, and is unlikely to heed the wisdom of the second speech. On February 15, 2003, before millions who had gathered in Hyde Park, London in solidarity and opposition to the impending invasion of Iraq, Corbyn gave a short, butprescient soliloquy that, in retrospect, stands as his defining moment. Though his remarks were brief and made in a plain, largely austere setting, the profundity of what Corbyn had to say that day, like all great speeches, still resonates today. The import of Corbyn’s statement must be considered in its historical context. Despite the legion of people who stood figuratively and philosophically ... Lire
  • may The Snap: politicians spar over security after London Bridge attack - What’s happening? It was supposed to be the Brexit election. Instead it is the issue of security that dominates today after another terror attack struck a British city and election campaigning was suspended for the second time.   Sunday’s suspension was more brief than that agreed after the Manchester Arena bombing, and different in tone – perhaps inevitable after the second terrorist strike in a fortnight, and with just days to go before voters head to the polls. Theresa May emerged from a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee to announce: “Enough is enough.” While we have made significant progress in recent years, there is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country. On what she thought still needed to be done, May ... Lire
  • bloom Saudi-Led Alliance Cuts Ties With Qatar - Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries cut off most diplomatic and economic ties to Qatar, in an unprecedented move designed to punish one of the region’s financial superpowers for its ties with Iran and Islamist groups in the region. Oil gained and Qatari stocks plunged after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt said they will suspend air and sea travel to and from the Gulf emirate. Saudi Arabia will also shut land crossings with its neighbor, potentially depriving the emirate of imports through its only land border. Qatar called the accusations “baseless” and said they were part of a plan to “impose guardianship on the state, which in itself is a violation of sovereignty.” Qatar is one of the world’s richest countries and of strategic importance, ... Lire
  • bloom A Realist’s Guide to Euro-Zone Integration - The European Commission is once again busy drafting plans for the future of the euro zone. This week’s “Reflection Paper on the deepening of the economic and monetary union” follows a long string of reports, which have often promised much more than politicians and bureaucrats were then able to deliver. Still, there is hope in Brussels that this time things may be different. European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis is relatively optimistic that member states can be persuaded to integrate further. “We see there is determination from EU-27 to continue to move forward, and we believe this momentum is there also to complete the monetary union,” he tells me in his office in Brussels. “Certainly, with a clearly pro-European president in France, we see there can be more momentum behind ... Lire
  • mark Mark Zuckerberg supports universal basic income. What is it? - Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg supports an idea called universal basic income. “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas,” Zuckerberg said at his Harvard commencement address Thursday.  So, what exactly is it? It’s a concept that’s getting a lot of attention, especially in Silicon Valley. A country that has universal basic income guarantees every person a set minimum income regardless of criteria — age, wealth, job status, hometown, family size, etc.That means everyone gets a paycheck, whether they have a job or not. However, the countries actually experimenting with the concept, Canada and Finland, aren’t embracing the universal nature of it. So far, they’re only giving guaranteed income to residents who were were either recently on ... Lire
  • euobs EU-China united on climate, divided on trade - EU and Chinese leaders emphasised on Friday (2 June) the need for closer relations in an unstable world, whilst concealing disagreements behind their unity on fighting climate change in the face of the US retreat from the Paris agreement. “My impression is that it was the most fruitful and most promising summit,” European Council president Donald Tusk said after a meeting with Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. He said that they “found what [they] have in common”, but admitted that they “still need more time to be more precise in some aspects”. “Stable” EU-China relations are “useful to counter instability in this world,” noted the Chinese premier, who added that this “requires our constant efforts to resolve existing issues”. The 19th EU-China summit signified ... Lire
  • xinhua Spotlight: Reactions to G7 summit outcome mixed - Reactions were mixed to a final statement by Group of Seven (G7) leaders at the close of their two-day summit in the Italian town of Taormina on Saturday. Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan plus the European Union (EU) found common ground with the United States on counter-terrorism and trade but failed to do so on climate change. This outcome has triggered divided reactions. The 43rd summit of industrialized nations was “a substantial success,” according to Professor John J. Kirton, who directs the G7 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. “The G7 leaders delivered… useful steps forward on a broad range of sustainable development and economic fronts,” said Kirton, a political science professor and a non-resident senior fellow at the Chongyang ... Lire
  • 20161101 Ny logotyp. Nordiska rådets session i Köpenhamn 2016. Foto: Magnus Fröderberg/norden.org Nordic contribution to global goals - Two years ago, we joined leaders from all over the world and set ambitious targets for global development. At summits in New York and Paris, we agreed to halt climate change, eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. Achieving the historic goals set in the Paris climate agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda will require much hard work from all of us. As part of our contribution, the Nordic prime ministers are launching the initiative: Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges. We want to enter into dialogue and partnerships with other regions, share our good solutions with them and get to know about theirs. We all have a lot to learn, including here in the Nordic Region. Decades of working together have helped our countries to enjoy economic growth, protect the environment and ... Lire
  • gu2 Philippines steps up bid to drive Isis-linked group from Marawi - The Philippines military has mobilised attack helicopters and special forces to drive Islamic State-linked rebels out of a besieged southern city. Six soldiers have so far been killed in street combat amid the heavy resistance that has followed. Ground troops hid behind walls and armoured vehicles and exchanged volleys of gunfire with Maute group fighters, shooting into elevated positions occupied by militants, who have held the city of Marawi on Mindanao island for two days. Helicopters circled the city, peppering Maute positions with machine-gun fire to try to force them from a bridge vital to retaking Marawi, a mainly Muslim city of 200,000 where fighters have taken more than a dozen hostages and burned down and seized a school, a jail and a cathedral. “Our troops are doing deliberate operations ... Lire
  • gu Greg Gianforte wins Montana race for Congress after ‘body-slamming’ Guardian reporter - The Associated Press called it after 522 of 681 precincts – or 77% – reported. At that point Gianforte had 163, 539 votes, or 51% of the vote, compared with challenger Rob Quist’s 140,594 votes, or 44%. After emerging from a blue curtain to greet a cheering crowd, Gianforte apologized for his actions on Wednesday, talking past the laughter of the crowd to say, “Last night, I made a mistake and I took an action that I can’t take back, and I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded the way that I did and for that I’m sorry.” A member of the crowd shouted: “And you’re forgiven.” Gianforte continued: “I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I’m sorry, Mr Ben Jacobs.” ... Lire
  • kushners The Kushners, the Saudis and Blackstone: Behind the Recent Deals - When Saudi Arabia announced last week a $20-billion investment in a U.S. infrastructure fund managed by Blackstone Group LP, many noticed that it came shortly after presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner personally negotiated a $110-billion arms sale to the country. What went unnoticed — and is largely unknown — is how important Blackstone is to the Kushner family company. Since 2013, Blackstone has loaned more than $400 million to finance four Kushner Cos. deals — two of which have not been reported — making it one of the business’s largest lenders. And their ties go beyond the loans. Stephen Schwarzman, Blackstone’s co-founder and chief executive officer, heads Trump’s business-advisory council and was in Riyadh with the president and Kushner. The Saudi promise to invest in Blackstone’s fund drove the firm’s stock up ... Lire
  • nato Nato hit by Turkish veto on Austria partnership - Turkey has vetoed Nato’s co-operation with Austria, a move which had blocked the alliance’s partnership activities with 41 countries. As a result, Nato members recently agreed to change its procedures, allowing partnerships to go ahead on a country-by-country basis. Austria is not in Nato, but co-operates closely with it and has more than 400 troops serving in Kosovo. Turkey is angry with Austria for trying to block its bid to join the EU. It has the second-largest military in Nato, after the United States. Austria has condemned the Turkish action, calling it “irresponsible”. A well-informed source told the BBC that heightened tensions between Turkey and Austria had essentially blocked Nato co-operation with the government in Vienna for the past year. The veto originally affected all the Western alliance’s partnership activities, ... Lire
  • arctic Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts - It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel. The vault is on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen and contains almost a million packets of seeds, each a variety of an important food crop. When it was opened in 2008, the deep permafrost through which the vault was sunk was expected to provide “failsafe” protection against “the challenge of natural or man-made disasters”. But soaring temperatures in the Arctic at the end of the world’s hottest ever recorded year led to melting ... Lire
  • bloom Move Over Tesla, Europe’s Building Its Own Battery Gigafactories - Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla Inc. is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday is scheduled to break ground at a 500 million-euro ($543 million) plant to assemble lithium-ion energy-storage units for Daimler AG, which produces Mercedes-Benz and Maybach luxury cars. The facility 130 kilometers (81 miles) south of Berlin highlights a push by both major automakers and power companies into energy storage. The technology is crucial to drive the next generation of green vehicles and to hold electricity from wind and solar farms for when it’s needed most. With two dominant industries moving in the same direction, the cost of batteries is ... Lire