Tuesday, July 17, 2018

French Protests: Nuclear Power Strikes Add to Dire Fuel Shortage

Strikes at all French nuclear power stations have added to the energy crisis in France, where one-third of France’s gas station ran out or ran low of petrol on Thursday, as mass protests against proposed labor reforms blocked roads and barred trucks’ access to oil depots and other sites,...

EU signs deal to deport unlimited numbers of Afghan asylum seekers

Plans for dedicated reception terminal in Kabul, but experts warn that violence and instability in Afghanistan make deportations unsafe. The EU has signed an agreement with the Afghan government allowing its member states to deport an unlimited number of the country’s asylum seekers, and obliging the Afghan government to receive...

France’s Perpetual State of Emergency

The country's extraordinary anti-terrorism measures are on the way to becoming entirely ordinary. On Thursday night, France had seemed to dodge the bullet everyone feared. The Euro 2016 soccer tournament had come to a peaceful, though disappointing end, while the festivities for Bastille Day were well underway. But everything changed...

Meet the Motley Crew Charged With Seeing Britain Out of the EU

The new government has no fewer than five officials appointed to implement the Brexit. And no one — including them — knows how they’re going to do it. The prime minister who took power because of the Brexit just formed a cabinet shaped by the Brexit — but it’s not...

Welcome to Greece (but Not to Europe)

Europe's efforts to exclude Athens aren’t about migration or debt. They’re about the continent’s deep-seated racism toward its southern frontier state. Last month, Greece found itself once again facing expulsion from the club. Not, this time, from the single-currency eurozone and not (for the moment) from the European Union. This...

Fukushima rice set to make first EU foray with debut in Britain

Fukushima-harvested rice will hit the stores in Britain in July, which might make it the first member of the EU to import the grain, following a sustained effort by a group of Fukushima natives in London fighting rumors about the safety of the crop. It is also the third nation,...

The problem with Europe is the euro

In this extract from his new book, the Nobel prize-winning economist argues that if the euro is not radically rethought, Europe could be condemned to decades of broken dreams. Europe, the source of the Enlightenment, the birthplace of modern science, is in crisis. This part of the world, which hosted...

Now Poland’s Government Is Coming After the Internet

Warsaw is tightening control over the Web in the name of national security — and setting an ominous precedent for other democracies. “Yesterday, you were defending thieves; today, you’re defending terrorists.” With these words, uttered early this morning, the leader of Poland’s ruling conservative party silenced the parliamentary opposition. Not...

The progressive argument for leaving the EU is not being heard

Europe has been moving in a direction that right-wing Conservatives would tend to support. It is now nearly nine years since the problems of three hedge funds heralded the arrival of global financial and economic chaos. Britain’s EU referendum this week is the latest manifestation of that crisis. That is not...

Legality of deal struck between the EU and Turkey over refugees questioned

A senior United Nations official has questioned the legality of the recent deal struck between the European Union and Turkey in keeping refugees away from the bloc. The deal is not only contrary to international law but also puts the refugees at risk of being sent back to a...

After Brussels, U.S. State Department Hits Europe Where It Hurts: Its Economy

The unemployment rate in the eurozone is 10.3 percent. Its economy grew only 1.9 percent last year. There’s a chance Britain could leave, taking with it $3 trillion in GDP. And now, in the wake of Tuesday’s terror attack in Brussels, its economy is being dealt another potentially severe...

The Roots of Brexit

In their quest for the Conservative leadership, two rival Eton schoolboys have managed to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union—the first by calling for a referendum in 2013 in order to consolidate his hold over the leadership, and the second by joining the leadership of the...
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The Greek Surrender Finance As A New Means Of War

Greece's economic crisis has perhaps been eclipsed by Europe's refugee crisis, terrorist attacks, and by the forthcoming Brexit referendum. But it has not gone away. Greece's Syriza coalition faced violence on the streets and a 3 day general strike last week that had brought much of the country to...

Prisoners of Europe: the everyday humiliation of refugees stuck in Greece

Europe's migration policies are turning the country into a giant holding pen, with the people trapped in it close to breaking point. At the Softex refugee camp in northern Greece, it is lighter by night than it is by day. Inside this windowless former warehouse, the lamps only work in...

France in Chaos: Biggest and longest protests & riots since French Revolution

As the country prepares to host two million visitors at the showpiece Euro 2016 Football Championship in less than two weeks, labor strikes at oil refineries and nuclear power plants; fuel shortages paralyzing aviation and public transport system; violent street protests; nationwide riots; and a state of emergency until...

EU gears up for propaganda war with Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is set to launch a first operation in a new propaganda war with Russia within days of EU leaders giving formal approval to the campaign at a summit on Thursday. Officials told Reuters that a dozen public relations and communications experts would start work...

Manuel Valls defies calls to resign, forces labor bill through parliament

PARIS — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls used an executive decree Tuesday to force a controversial labor reform bill through parliament, triggering calls for him to step down amid fresh street protests. Valls, who has tied his own credibility to passing the bill, told a group of Socialist MPs that he had...

Europe’s economic powerhouses snub US, sign up to China-led World Bank

France, Germany and Italy have joined the UK in signing on to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, against US wishes. France, Germany and Italy on Tuesday joined the U.K. in signing onto the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), brushing off Washington's reservations about the burgeoning institution and leaving the U.S....

ECB examines possibility of Greek IOU currency in case of default

(Reuters) - The European Central Bank has analyzed a scenario in which Greece runs out of money and starts paying civil servants with IOUs, creating a virtual second currency within the euro bloc, people with knowledge of the exercise told Reuters. Greece is close to having to repay the International...

Brexit: EU considers migration emergency brake for UK for up to seven years

Diplomats working on deal to give Theresa May greater concessions than those won by David Cameron, despite French doubts. Plans to allow the United Kingdom an exemption from EU rules on freedom of movement for up to seven years while retaining access to the single market are being considered in...

Eurogroup ministers back further bailout loans for Greece

EU finance ministers to release €2.8bn after Athens government carried out required reforms relating to privatising state assets, tax and pensions. Greece is on track to receive €2.8bn (£2.5bn) from its eurozone creditors by the end of October, after an agreement on Monday on the latest instalment of its multibillion-euro...

Via container trains from Europe to China and back

About three weeks of transport time and not less than a 10,000-kilometer journey: DB Schenker Develops Eurasian Land Bridge as an Alternative Transportation Route between China and Europe. The first container train of 2012 departed from Chongqing Loading Yard in Sichuan Province on its return journey to Germany in the...

After Brexit Vote, Europe’s Leaders Debate Timing of U.K.’s Departure

Officials in Brussels and Berlin suggest giving Britain a chance to reconsider its decision to quit the EU. Pressure abated on the U.K. to serve swift notice of its intention to leave the European Union after last week’s referendum, as senior European policy makers suggested Britain should be allowed time...

Euro zone monthly economic sentiment falls more than expected

Economic sentiment in the 19 countries sharing the euro fell in August to its lowest level since March, a further indication that morale is weakening after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The European Commission's euro zone Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) fell to 103.5 in August from 104.5 in...

Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment...

The decision by U.K. voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that — for once — their failures have become a prominent part of the storyline. Media reaction to the Brexit vote falls into two general categories: (1) earnest, candid attempts...

European powers seek to bomb Libya to stop migrants

The European Union is preparing to bomb targets in Libya to stop migrants from attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in small boats. EU foreign policy coordinator Federica Mogherini is to brief the United Nations Security Council Monday on plans for a “Chapter VII” resolution that would give a...

Greek PM blasts Russia sanctions at Putin meet

Moscow (AFP) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday lashed out at EU sanctions against Russia during talks with Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin in Moscow that have unnerved Brussels. Tsipras' sit-down with Putin had fuelled fears on the continent that cash-strapped Athens could be cosying up to Moscow with...

World’s longest rail tunnel to open in Switzerland under Alps

EU heads to take 57km maiden voyage in €11bn Gotthard base tunnel on Wednesday. Measuring 57 km in length, situated 2.3km deep under the Alps and having cost €11bn to complete, Switzerland’s Gotthard base tunnel is more than just the world’s longest and most expensive tunnelling project. At a time of...

If the Refugee Deal Crumbles, There Will Be Hell to Pay

It won’t just be the millions of refugees that will suffer. Liberal European democracy may be the ultimate casualty. A strange thing happened in the Aegean Sea last month: No refugees drowned. This modest piece of good news was, however, overwhelmed by the calamity in the Mediterranean, where 1,083 refugees...

Greece: “As a doctor, I feel outraged”

Everything has now changed on the Greek island of Lesbos which last year saw well over half a million refugees and migrants take their first steps on European soil. During the chaos of last summer, 15,000 people were stranded on the island after the authorities stopped running ferries to...

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