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  • UK's Johnson says EU may have to pay Brexit divorce bill

    05/13/2017 8:56:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2017 10:25 AM EDT
    Britain’s foreign secretary says Brussels may have to pay Britain for its exit from the European Union, rather than the other way around. Boris Johnson says Britain’s share of EU assets is so valuable that the EU may have to end up paying Britain when it leaves the bloc. He spoke to The Telegraph newspaper. […] The outspoken politician called Brussels “ruthless in its negotiating techniques” and said “they are going to play dirty.” …
  • China and Europe: Together we can make a difference [Chinese ambassador to EU]

    05/12/2017 10:27:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 05/12/2017 10:09 | Yang Yanyi
    H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi is head of the Chinese Mission to the EU.(The Belt and Road Forum) has attracted broad participation of some 1,500 officials, scholars, entrepreneurs and people from financial institutions and media from more than 130 countries, principals and representatives from over 70 international organizations. […] At a time when the foundation for global economic recovery is not solid, trade investment remains weak, and growth impetus unstable, this Forum, with “Strengthening International Cooperation and Co-building the ‘Belt and Road’ for Win-win Development” as its central theme, will offer an excellent opportunity to take stock of what has been...
  • Europe Day

    05/08/2017 11:30:32 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    wikipedia.org ^ | May 9, 2017 | wikipedia
    In Europe, Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. There are two separate designations of Europe Day: 5 May for the Council of Europe, and 9 May for the European Union (EU).[1] The latter is the EU's flag day and has a greater visibility. The Council of Europe's day reflects its own establishment in 1949, while the European Union's day is also known as Schuman Day and celebrates the historical declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman in 1950.[2] Europe Day is one of a number of European symbols designed to foster unity among Europeans.
  • French election results: Emmanuel Macron 'wins 60 per cent of vote,' exit polls suggest

    05/07/2017 10:40:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 49 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 7 May 2017 | Rory Mulholland Henry Samuel, Paris James Rothwell
    Emmanuel Macron has beaten Marine Le Pen in Sunday's French election and taken more than 60 per cent of the vote, according to several early exit polls. Polling conducted by Ipsos, Ifop and BVA all gave Mr Macron, the pro-business candidate, a strong lead over Front National leader Marine Le Pen.
  • EU Adds Cost of Migrants in Turkey to Brexit Bill

    04/29/2017 11:30:09 AM PDT · by davikkm · 27 replies
    breitbart ^ | DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
    The bill for Britain’s Brexit divorce settlement is growing ever longer, with leaders in Brussels now saying that Britain should continue to pick up a portion of the tab for migrants living in Turkey beyond accession. Initial demands that Britain should pay into the European Union’s seven-year Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until it expires at the end of 2020 – a year after Brexit – have since expanded to include references to “issues resulting from” the budget, as well as those related to the European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Development Fund (EDF). German representatives are now suggesting that “issues”...
  • Lloyds picks Berlin to secure its post-Brexit EU operation

    04/15/2017 10:14:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 15, 2017 | Ben Martin
    Lloyds ​Banking Group has chosen Germany as its European base after Brexit and aims to apply for a licence in the country in a matter of months. It is understood that Lloyds has made a final decision to turn its Berlin branch into a subsidiary, to ensure it has a hub inside the European Union once the UK leaves.
  • Tillerson asks European diplomats why US taxpayers should care about Ukraine

    04/12/2017 2:38:18 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asked European diplomats during a Tuesday meeting why American taxpayers should care about Ukraine, according to a Bloomberg Politics report. “Why should U.S. taxpayers be interested in Ukraine?” Tillerson asked the foreign ministers, known as the “Group of Seven," during what Bloomberg said was an offhand remark at meetings in Lucca, Italy.
  • Germany has second biggest tax burden worldwide, report shows

    04/11/2017 5:02:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 April 2017 16:27 CEST+02:00
    A new report by the OECD reveals that Germany is second only to Belgium when it comes to high tax rates in developed countries worldwide. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported on Tuesday that Germany has the second highest tax rate after Belgium, when comparing 35 developed countries around the world. The OECD calculated each country’s tax wedge — the gap between what employers take home in pay and what it costs to employ them, including personal income tax and social security contributions. Germany had a tax wedge for single, childless workers of 49.4 percent, behind Belgium...
  • Scotland Would Be 'Most Welcome' As Full EU Member, 50 MEPs Say

    04/10/2017 10:34:46 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    huffingtonpost.com.au ^ | April 9, 2017 | Steven Hopkins
    A group of 50 politicians from across Europe have signed a letter stating that an independent Scotland would be “most welcome” as a full member of the European Union. In the letter to Holyrood’s Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh and MSPs, the signatories pledge their support in ensuring the transition to membership is “as swift, smooth, and orderly as possible”. The cross-party group includes parliamentarians from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Greece, Hungary and Malta.
  • Spain ramps up border checks with Gibraltar under Schengen move as tensions tighten over Brexit

    04/07/2017 10:15:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:43 EDT, 7 April 2017 | Nick Enoch
    Spain said today it had stepped up border controls with Gibraltar under a scheduled move by the EU’s Schengen zone. The announcement comes amid rising friction over the British territory caused by Brexit. The interior ministry said it had intensified controls at the crossing point to Gibraltar, a rocky outcrop in Spain’s southern tip, in line with rules introduced on Friday for boosting security on the Schengen perimeter. […] The new rules coincide with a flare-up of tensions surrounding the rocky outcrop, which Spain ceded to Britain in 1713 but wants back. The European Union, reacting to Britain’s decision to...
  • European Union Declares Diplomatic War on Israel

    04/06/2017 3:54:33 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/06/17 | David Singer
    The 28 Ambassadors--carrying their demarche between their tails - should be sent packing to Europe for a period of reflection and introspection Ambassadors to Israel representing 28 European Union States (EU) behaved most undiplomatically in ambushing the recently appointed Director of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and former Ambassador to Australia - Yuval Rotem - at a meet and greet function Rotem had organised at the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv last week.
  • EU to cut gas dependency on Russia with Israel pipeline

    04/03/2017 11:50:19 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    dw.com ^ | April 3, 2017 | uhe/nz (Reuters, AFP)
    Israel and several EU nations have pledged to move forward with a Mediterranean gas project, aiming to pump natural gas from Israel to Europe through the longest undersea pipeline ever built.
  • Conservatives must not forget EU is an irreplaceable asset for US

    04/03/2017 11:37:44 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 121 replies
    thehill.com ^ | April 3, 2017 | ROLAND FREUDENSTEIN AND EMANUELE OTTOLENGHI
    Pro-European Union parties won the Dutch elections, despite concerns that the far-right Freedom Party might ride a Europe-wide tide of populism to victory. For now, the threat of the EU's demise has been postponed, but not eliminated. American conservatives do not seem particularly bothered by the possible demise of the EU. President Trump, for his part, has expressed ambivalence over the EU, embracing Euro-skeptics such as the U.K. Independence Party, even saying the EU's future does not matter to the United States. The truth is, it matters tremendously — not least for American trade, foreign policy and national security.
  • EU trusts Vucic will confirm Serbia’s EU path

    04/03/2017 11:18:15 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    euractiv.com ^ | April 4, 2017 | afp
    Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has won Serbia’s presidential election in the first round, nearly complete official results showed yesterday (3 April). The EU said his election was “a vote of confidence” showing that the people of Serbia fully endorse the EU path. Vučić won about 55% of Sunday’s vote, clearing the 50% threshold required to win in the first round, according to results released by the electoral commission based on more than 90% of polling stations. Two obstacles for EU membership talks, started in 2014, seem to have been removed. Vučić’s predecessor Tomislav Nikolić, a pro-Russian member of Vučić’s own...
  • Spain drops plan to impose veto if Scotland tries to join EU

    04/03/2017 10:25:07 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | April 2, 2017 | Jennifer Rankin
    Spain has said it would not veto an attempt by an independent Scotland to join the EU, in a boost to Nicola Sturgeon’s campaign for a second independence referendum and the clearest sign yet that Brexit has softened Madrid’s longstanding opposition.
  • True blue passport REBORN: Ł500million project will replace EU document post-Brexit

    04/02/2017 9:32:41 AM PDT · by thecodont · 3 replies
    Express / express.co.uk ^ | PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sun, Apr 2, 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47, Sun, Apr 2, 2017 | By Caroline Wheeler and Camilla Tominey, EXCLUSIVE
    In the week Britain began the formal process of leaving the European Union with the triggering of Article 50, the Home Office put a contract out to tender for the “design, production and personalisation of the UK passport” post-2019. High-level discussions have already taken place with potential bidders to reintroduce the traditional navy design, below, as a backdrop to the iconic gold lion and unicorn royal coat of arms.
  • David Cameron joins the Brexiteers saying he never 'liked' the EU and is glad he called a referendum

    03/30/2017 7:09:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:21 EDT, 30 March 2017 | James Tapsfield
    David Cameron has reinvented himself as a Brexiteer — saying he never “liked” the EU and is glad he called the referendum. The former Prime Minister, whose political career was brought to a shuddering close when he lost the historic vote last year, made the comments as he addressed an event in Ukraine. It is not known whether he was paid for the speech at the National University in Kiev — although he has racked up hundreds of thousands of pounds in earnings since leaving Downing Street last July. […] Despite masterminding the desperate Project Fear campaign with George Osborne...
  • Brexit sovereignty plan set out in Great Repeal Bill

    03/29/2017 11:17:39 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    bbc.com ^ | March 30, 2017 | bbc
    The government is due to set out how it plans to remove EU law from the statute book when it publishes details of its Great Repeal Bill later. Having formally triggered Brexit, ministers are promising a "smooth and stable transition" with legislation ending the supremacy of EU judges. It will also incorporate thousands of pieces of EU law into UK legislation. The publication comes the day after the UK started two years of talks using Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
  • Danish minister: 'We will not pay more' to EU after Brexit

    03/28/2017 3:49:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 28 March 2017 10:11 CEST+02:00
    Minister of Finance Kristian Jensen says he is determined that Britain’s imminent exit from the EU will not mean more expensive membership for Denmark. The Scandinavian country currently benefits from a membership discount due to the contribution made by the UK for its membership. Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Löfven said Monday that the EU would have to adjust its budget for the multi-billion euro hole left in its finances by Britain’s exit. But Jensen said that Denmark would rather focus on the total amount it pays into the European Union. Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands currently benefit from...
  • McCain: World 'cries out' for US and EU leadership

    03/27/2017 9:13:24 AM PDT · by yoe · 31 replies
    EUObserver ^ | March 26, 2017 | Eric Maurice
    The world "cries out for American and European leadership" through the EU and Nato, US senator John McCain said on Friday (24 March). In a "new world order under enormous strain" and in "the titanic struggle with forces of radicalism … we can't stand by and lament, we've got to be involved," said McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate who is now chairman of the armed services committee in the US Senate. Speaking at the Brussels Forum, a conference organised by the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank, he said that the EU and the US needed to develop...