Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit in French resort

Author:  Reuters ID:  Sun, 2019-08-25 02:16 BIARRITZ, France: Squabbles erupted among G7 nations on Saturday as their leaders gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Britain’s exit from the EU and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. French President Emmanuel Macron, the summit host, planned
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European Integration is in America’s Interests; Brexit Isn’t

by Paul R. Pillar One of several specters hanging over this week’s G-7 meeting is the prospect that in a little more than two months the United Kingdom will crash out of the European Union. Such a “no-deal Brexit” will… Continue Reading  
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Why economic warnings may no longer be enough to stop Scottish independence

Like their Brexit-voting compatriots, Scots are recognising that there may indeed be more to life and politics than money.  Does money matter in politics any more? It does, of course, hugely — but perhaps not in quite the same ways or with the same potency that it once did. In the era of Brexit and the financial
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Sterling falls as doubts about Brexit backstop hopes grow

Author:  Reuters ID:  Fri, 2019-08-23 08:26 LONDON: The pound on Friday gave back some of the gains it made the day before as investors reassessed whether British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had made any progress in convincing the European Union to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments on Thursday that a
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Five things you need to know today: Macron demands international action over Amazon fires

Plus, Johnson warned Irish backstop is "indispensable", YouTube shuts down 210 China-linked channels, EU considers €100bn fund.  Macron warns of Amazon fires: "our house is burning"    French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that the record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest is an “international crisis” that must be addressed at this weekend’s G7 summit. “Our house
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Academic exposes ‘invisible’ LibDem’s Brexit hypocrisy. Swinson pushing UK toward no-deal Brexit

Swinson and co revealed as ‘conspicuous by their absence’, doing next to nothing in EU referendum campaign LibDem leader Jo Swinson has been widely derided on social media for her […]
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No, Angela Merkel hasn't handed Boris Johnson a lifeline on the backstop

The choice before the United Kingdom remains unchanged.  Has Boris Johnson made a breakthrough in the Brexit talks? That’s the impression you’d get from reading this most of this morning’s papers, which all major on Angela Merkel’s comment that an exit from the backstop could be found in 30 days. But Merkel is neither suggesting that there is about
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John Humphrys and David Davis joke on live radio about a man punching his partner

A Russian dancer was disqualified from the World Tango Championships for assaulting his wife. Bantz! In example number 98374598374 of why John Humphrys should retire and the entire way society is run should be turned on its head, the Radio 4 Today programme host shared numerous jokes with Tory politician David Davis about domestic violence on live radio.
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“Just another item on our to-do list”: The popcorn maker’s Brexit business diary

In the first of our inside stories from British businesses, the founder of a popcorn manufacturer takes us through his no-deal prep. Along with his parents and brother, Adam Sopher is a co-founder and director of Joe & Seph’s, which has been making gourmet popcorn – with flavours ranging from goats cheese and black pepper to gin and tonic to
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Boris Johnson’s Brexit Helter Skelter

Trump sent his national security adviser John “Bonkers” Bolton to London, where the neocon Bonkers could hang out with Trump’s pal BoJo Johnson, absolutely relaxed in the knowledge that this was one place in the world where his host would not treat Bonkers on the latter’s proven merits, that is, as a bona fide nut-case. More The post Boris Johnson’s Brexit Helter Skelter appeared first on CounterPunch.org .
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No Deal Chaos: the Brexit Cliff Face and Operation Yellowhammer

Britain’s Boris Johnson is driving his country to the cliff face, along the way mouthing and spouting all manner of populist reassurances. Still fresh in the job, he declared that UK preparations for a no-deal Brexit on October 31, when Britain would leave the European Union, would receive a boost – a “turbocharge”, no less. More The post No Deal Chaos: the Brexit Cliff Face and Operation Yellowhammer appeared first on CounterPunch.org .
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Five things you need to know today: Johnson to meet Macron after Brexit demands rejected

Plus, Trump plans indefinite detention of migrant families, MPs urge abandonment of car ownership, protesters march on Jacinda Ardern's office.  Macron warns Brexit renegotiation "not an option" Boris Johnson will meet Emmanuel Macron today in Paris hours after the French President dismissed his demand to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement and scrap the Irish backstop as
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Europe on the Brink of Collapse?

The Empire’s European castle of vassals is crumbling. Right in front of our eyes. But Nobody seems to see it. The European Union (EU), the conglomerate of vassals – Trump calls them irrelevant, and he doesn’t care what they think about him, they deserve to be collapsing. The post Europe on the Brink of Collapse? appeared first on Global Research .
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The Mad World of Theresa May Has Lured the EU into a Trap

This article was originally published in December 2018. The British Prime Minister’s Brexit has been so epically disastrous that it has trapped the EU into an ideal result for the UK. This is consistent with the upside down world she … The post The Mad World of Theresa May Has Lured the EU into a Trap appeared first on Global Research .
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UK supermarkets test plastic-free zone

Thu, 2019-08-22 00:13 LONDON: British supermarkets are starting to go “nude.” Bowing to pressure from environmentally conscious consumers, big brand shops have begun taking steps to strip their shelves of plastic wrapping over concerns about saving the oceans from waste. “Nude zones” and “Food in the Nude” campaigns are already being rolled out in places such as New Zealand and South Africa, where many fresh fruits and vegetables are grown within
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John Dyson’s memoir A Judge’s Journey deftly combines humility, humanity and historical context

Dyson writes with honesty and humour of his life in the law. Surprisingly for the work of a successful man of any profession, John Dyson’s memoir combines humility, humanity and historical context. This is a rare gift, including among recently unplugged justices of the United Kingdom’s highest court. Lord Dyson retired three years ago as Master of the Rolls,
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Letter of the Week: Hobsbawm the pragmatist

A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email letters@newstatesman.co.uk to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine. Richard J Evans makes a strong case for claiming that Eric Hobsbawm “would have been a Remainer” (“Peering darkly into the future”, 16 August). However, Hobsbawm died almost four years before the UK referendum
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Will the next general election be 2017 all over again?

Labour hope that they can repeat their campaign success. Can they?  Labour’s position in the opinion polls is, by any definition, appalling. Regardless of the pollster it is consistently second, with the only question a matter of degree. More importantly, given that leadership ratings have tended to be a better predictor of electoral outcomes in British politics than headline voting intention, Jeremy
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What Boris Johnson and the Brexiteers get wrong about the backstop

The purpose of the backstop is to uphold the Good Friday Agreement's mandated purposes: it is not anti-democratic. The Good Friday Agreement was not just "agreement between two traditions in Northern Ireland", as Boris Johnson stated in his letter to Donald Tusk, but a democratic covenant between two traditions in Ireland. It was unquestionably endorsed by referendum - north and south
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Why Labour is losing in the north

On the party’s urgent fight for its traditional heartlands in an era of evaporating loyalties.  On 28 September 2018, the annual South Shields Lecture took place in a school on the River Tyne. Previous speakers at the event had included local lad Sting, and the directors Danny Boyle and Sam Mendes; but this year it took the form of a conversation between an
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The great university con: how the British degree lost its value

Never before has Britain had so many qualified graduates. And never before have their qualifications amounted to so little. Each year, we are producing waves of sub-prime students – who are almost all being highly rated.  This summer, a department at the University of Sheffield sent an email to students. A group of them had complained about their marks for an end-of-year
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Will a no-deal Brexit lead to mass culling of sheep?

A price collapse could threaten one of Britain’s oldest industries. Sheep farming was once a mainstay of the British economy – the Speaker of the House of Lords sits on a woolsack in recognition of its power – and it remains significant today. A quarter of Europe’s sheep live here. Britain has more sheep farmers than it has dentists, librarians, paramedics,
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The next recession won’t be like the accelerated 2008 crisis – it will be long, slow and deep

Eleven years on from the crisis of 2008, we are entering a co-ordinated global slowdow, and policymakers must not be complacent.  The world is edging towards a recession once again. The yield curve, which shows the return on US government debt, has inverted for the first time since 2007 – meaning short-term bonds pay out more than long-term bonds. An inverted
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The strange cult of Dominic Cummings

The self-mythologising special adviser is built on studied dishevelment, maverick energy and excoriating irreverence. A few days after Boris Johnson took office, a BBC journalist noticed a striking trend on Amazon. Martin Rosenbaum, a producer for BBC news, was browsing some books when the website handily suggested other related titles. They included The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple
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Football’s adoption of VAR is another symptom of an era that can’t stand nuance

A breathtakingly glib solution to a problem that really wasn’t that pressing in the first place.  One of the great fallacies you often hear about sport is that it offers a form of escapism from the problems and dismays of the real world. This is, of course, piffle and nonsense. Turn on the Champions League and you’ll see Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester
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Just when you think it can't get any worse, Boris Johnson’s government wants to scrap HS2

The real reason we need a new rail link can be summed up in one word: capacity. Have you seen the polls? Brilliant, aren’t they? YouGov has the Tories at 30 per cent, nine points ahead of Labour. If that’s not enough for you, Kantar (this one might be a bit dodge) has the Tories at 42 per cent, 14
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Caroline Lucas’s Diary: Women against a no-deal Brexit, luring swifts to my garden and wishing Greta well

Media coverage brushed aside the fact my suggestion of an “emergency cabinet” was in inverted commas, and never meant to be taken literally.  Parliament in recess, the height of summer and a constituency by the sea – Brighton. Everything was in place for a relatively relaxing week to catch up on correspondence. But life doesn’t always work out the way you’d
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First Thoughts: My parents the anti-vaxxers, Paul Dacre on TV, and why Labour isn’t ready for an election

Sometimes it’s helpful to have a rabble-rousing journalist as prime minister. When bien pensant opinion is united against somebody, my instinct is to find something to say in their favour. This has not been easy in Boris Johnson’s case, but I have now found it: at least he’s not an anti-vaxxer. You may say this is not
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Why a government of national unity will not happen, despite it being the talk of Westminster

The story is closer to science fiction than political journalism, but anything will do during the days of late August. One of the biggest and most frequently told lies in the Brexit debate is that there is no majority in parliament for a no-deal exit. It’s true to say that parliament has voted to deplore the idea of leaving the EU
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The traditional business elite won’t stop a no-deal Brexit — only Labour can be trusted to

Faced with a divided and fractured establishment, Labour has become the greatest force for national stability.  There’s an argument swirling around the British left that says: “no deal will be so catastrophic that British capitalism will never let it happen”. The practical consequence is to assume that Boris Johnson must be bluffing and that, once his bluff is called by
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Five things you need to know today: Boris Johnson set for Brexit failure on Germany trip

Plus, Donald Trump cancels Danish visit over Greenland row, Venezuela confirms meetings with US officials, and Walmart sues Tesla.  Merkel expected to reject Johnson's backstop demands  Angela Merkel is set to reject Boris Johnson’s demand that the Irish backstop be scrapped from the EU withdrawal agreement as she meets the Prime Minister on his first overseas
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As a heart transplant patient, I fear no-deal Brexit is truly “do or die”

If I don’t receive my medication on time, my body will start rejecting my heart. In the winter of 2004, I underwent a heart transplant operation. I was 16 years old. The procedure, carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, came at the end of a rapid breakdown in my heart’s ability to function – a consequence of cancer
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Brexit – or Not? Fearmongering. Masters of Manipulating Public Opinion

BREXIT deadline is 31 October 2019. On 23 June 2016, the British people voted 52% against 48% to leave the European Union. In England alone, the margin was somewhat higher, 53.4% for leaving the EU, against 46.6% for staying. The post Brexit – or Not? Fearmongering. Masters of Manipulating Public Opinion appeared first on Global Research .
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Corbyn takes fight to yet more Tory turf

Labour leader in Harlow and Stevenage Largely ignored by the corporate media, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been on a ‘parking tanks’ tour of Tory-held constituencies in preparation for this […]
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Video: Corbyn lays into Johnson – “wise up and stop the nonsense” on no-deal Brexit posturing

Labour leader challenges Johnson after EU’s Tusk says PM’s letter has “nothing new” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has attacked Boris Johnson’s posturing over a Halloween no-deal Brexit after EU President […]
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Increasing the state pension age to 75 is a terrible, divisive idea

A simplistic plan to save money would bring hardship to those least able to cope. It is rare that I see a proposal as potentially damaging as the recommendation, just published by the Centre for Social Justice, to dramatically increase the state pension age – to 70 by 2028 and then to 75 a few years later. This flawed policy thinking
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The Portland rally is a reminder that the risk of far-right street violence is rising

A firm bastion of liberalism known for its hipster culture, Portland has become one of the epicentres of America’s culture wars. Last Saturday, Portland in Oregon saw the largest far-right gathering of Donald Trump’s presidency. Over 500 far-right activists came from across the country to demonstrate under the slogan “End Domestic Terrorism,” with the aim of taking out the local Antifa
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Brexit or Not?

Brexit deadline is 31 October 2019. On 23 June 2016, the British people voted 52% against 48% to leave the European Union. In England alone, the margin was somewhat higher, 53.4% for leaving the EU, against 46.6% for staying. In the meantime we know that this result was influenced by Cambridge Analytica, the same as […]
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Boris Johnson's letter to Donald Tusk: What he said, and what he meant

The Prime Minister has kicked off his renegotiation with Brussels with a series of uncompromising demands on the Irish backstop. Dear Donald, The date of the United Kingdom’s (UK) exit from the European Union (EU), 31 October, is fast approaching. I very much hope that we will be leaving with a deal. You have my personal commitment that this
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German economy might continue to shrink, says Bundesbank

Author:  Mon, 2019-08-19 20:41 FRANKFURT: The German economy could have continued to shrink over the summer as industrial production drops amid a dearth of orders, the Bundesbank said on Monday, suggesting that the eurozone’s biggest economy is now in a recession. German growth contracted in the second quarter on slumping exports as a global trade war, China’s own slowdown and Brexit uncertainty
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No Deal Chaos: The Brexit Cliff Face and Operation Yellowhammer

Britain’s Boris Johnson is driving his country to the cliff face, along the way mouthing and spouting all manner of populist reassurances. Still fresh in the job, he declared that UK preparations for a no-deal Brexit on October 31, when … The post No Deal Chaos: The Brexit Cliff Face and Operation Yellowhammer appeared first on Global Research .
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Why stopping no deal isn't as simple as “putting country before party”

The difference between supporters and opponents of no deal is not one of desire or savvy.  If a no-deal Brexit happens, it will be because Leavers just want it more. Or because the various opponents of no deal won’t put country ahead of party. Those interconnected analyses are popular among pro-European activists and are a recurrent theme on
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The government just emailed confidential Brexit information to the wrong person

There's Alok of blame to go around. A confidential email about government no-deal preparations has mistakenly made its way into the inbox of a Labour backbencher. The email, sent by a senior civil servant at the Department for Justice, reminds government departments that today is the deadline set by the Prime Minister for them to submit to No 10 their
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Jeremy Corbyn knows how he wants to attack Boris Johnson – will it work?

Labour's hope is that in the end, distaste for the Conservatives will see off Boris Johnson.  Is Boris Johnson the British right’s Richard Nixon, a politician who successfully reconfigured his party’s electoral base, allowing it to dominate politics for the next quarter-century? Or is he their Hillary Clinton, who came closer to winning Texas than any Democrat for 20 years – but also
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Five things you need to know today: Corbyn denounces Boris Johnson as “Britain’s Trump”

Plus, seized Iranian tanker leaves Gibraltar, Prince Andrew "appalled" by claims against Epstein, Donald Trump confirms wish to buy Greenland.  Corbyn brands Johnson a "fake populist and phoney outsider" Jeremy Corbyn will denounce Boris Johnson as “Britain’s Trump” and warn that the Conservatives have “lurched to the hard right” in a speech today. Addressing supporters in
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Britain’s Uncertain Future: The Downing Street Plan of Chaos

The man behind shaping Boris Johnson’s premiership, the architect of Vote Leave, Brexit and the U.K.’s future in the world also wants radical change in the way Britain is run and to rebuild world politics. This vision includes seeing the … The post Britain’s Uncertain Future: The Downing Street Plan of Chaos appeared first on Global Research .
| English, brexit, Dominic Cummings |

UK Seeking to Enlist 'Five Eyes' Allies’ Support for Satellite to Rival EU’s Galileo - Report

In March 2018, the European Commission in Brussels confirmed the UK after Brexit was likely to be excluded from some aspects of the Galileo project, especially relating to PRS, despite having invested more than £1 billion in the EU Global Navigation Satellite System.
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U.S.-China trade war, Brexit uncertainty pose risks to Africa’s economic prospects-AfDB boss

The U.S.-China trade war and uncertainty over Brexit pose risks to Africa’s economic prospects that are “increasing by the day,” the head of the African Development Bank (AfDB) told Reuters. The trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies has roiled global markets and unnerved investors as it stretches into its second year with no end in sight. Britain, meanwhile, appears to be on course to leave the European Union on October 31 without a transition deal, which economists fear
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