Tag: Brussels (Belgium)

What’s the Plan for Brexit? There Is No Plan

The chaos of a British exit from the European Union without a deal has been often foretold, and in frightening detail — goods stranded for weeks, shortages of medicines, flight of businesses and jobs. The deadline, 11 p.m. London time on March 29, is so close that the civil service […]

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In Mattis’s Shadow, Acting Pentagon Chief Tries to Reassure NATO Allies

BRUSSELS — On his first international trip as Pentagon head, Patrick M. Shanahan entered NATO headquarters on Wednesday with a key question hanging over him: Would he be the stalwart ally and buffer against President Trump’s whims that the former defense secretary, Jim Mattis, had been? He departed the NATO […]

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Firms Recruited by Paul Manafort Investigated Over Foreign Payments

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in recent weeks have been interviewing witnesses about the flow of foreign money to three powerful law and lobbying firms that Paul Manafort recruited seven years ago to help improve the image of the Russia-aligned president of Ukraine, people familiar with the questioning said. The previously […]

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Theresa May Wants the E.U. to Renegotiate Brexit. Will It?

BRUSSELS — To try to preserve her support within her own fractured Conservative Party, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain said on Tuesday that she would seek to reopen the withdrawal agreement painfully negotiated with the European Union to alter what is known as “the Irish backstop.” That may have […]

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Theresa May Calls for Reopening Brexit Pact With E.U.

LONDON — Facing a series of critical votes in Parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday raised the stakes by promising to reopen Britain’s withdrawal agreement with the European Union, putting her on a direct collision course with the bloc. Mrs. May told her cabinet, according to an official spokesman, […]

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Watching Brexit Fall Apart

PARIS — If French voters, unsettled by the revolt of the Yellow Vests, are tempted to use referendums to enhance the democratic process, they should look at the sad spectacle across the Channel: the British people trying to pick up the shards of their future after their House of Commons […]

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Amid the Brexit Chaos, E.U. Sees a ‘Catastrophic Success’

BRUSSELS — Confronted with the ever more chaotic and confusing debate in Britain over Brexit, frustrated European Union officials have decided to sit tight until British democracy can provide some kind of answer to what the country really wants. It could be a long wait. While leaders of the various […]

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Belgian Prime Minister, Facing Populist Revolt Over Migration, Offers Resignation

BRUSSELS — Belgium’s prime minister, under pressure from the right and left, submitted his resignation Tuesday in the face of a populist revolt over his migration policy, which opponents say threatens Belgian sovereignty. Prime Minister Charles Michel’s problems echo those of other European leaders, including President Emmanuel Macron of France, […]

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Theresa May Finds No Joy in Brussels. Now What for Brexit?

BRUSSELS — Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain headed home flustered and empty-handed on Friday after a blunt exchange at a European Union summit meeting, where Mrs. May’s entreaties for help to amend a withdrawal deal that would satisfy her Parliament were rejected. The outcome, which the British press described […]

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Fighting on All Fronts, Theresa May Starts New Brexit Battle

BRUSSELS — After winning a confidence vote and saving her job for now, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain on Thursday faced the even tougher task of extracting concessions from European Union leaders to try to salvage her embattled agreement on leaving the bloc. It may prove impossible, given the […]

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E.U. Hoped to Put Its House in Order This Year. Not Even Close.

BRUSSELS — This was supposed to be the year Europe put its house in order. It would finally ratify a deal with Britain on its departure from the bloc. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, with his grand plans to revitalize the Continent, would succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany as […]

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U.K. and E.U. Leaders Cinch Brexit Divorce Terms

BRUSSELS — More than four decades after Britain tied itself to its Continental neighbors, Prime Minister Theresa May obtained the approval of the other 27 European Union members on a formal divorce pact from the bloc, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said on Sunday. It is a […]

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U.K. Agrees on Brexit Plan With Europe’s Negotiators

LONDON — Britain’s painful path out of the European Union crossed a crucial threshold on Thursday when negotiators from London and Brussels agreed on a text outlining future ties, a document replete with promises of ambition but artfully ambiguous on crucial questions that have cleaved British politics. The 26-page draft […]

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Brexit: A Series of Unfortunate Choices

No sooner had Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her 585-page draft of a deal on withdrawing from the European Union than all hell broke loose. Ministers resigned, hard-core Brexiteers began stirring up a leadership challenge; in the House of Commons, Mrs. May’s talk of a “smooth and orderly” divorce drew […]

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Mueller Passes 3 Cases Focused on Illicit Foreign Lobbying to Prosecutors in New York

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has referred three investigations into possible illicit foreign lobbying by Washington insiders to federal prosecutors in New York who are already handling the case against President Trump’s former lawyer, according to multiple people familiar with the cases. The cases cut across party lines, focusing on both […]

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Larry David: The Most Important Meal of the Day

“No, they don’t care. Get the eggs.” “And make sure not to put the eggs on the pancakes — I want them on the side. The pancakes are not a substitute for toast.” “How do you take them?” “Over-easy. And if the yolk is broken, don’t bother. I’m not eating anything with a broken yolk. […]

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The Interpreter: Trump Shakes the International Order. Could It Break?

LONDON — The world’s first-ever theory of war, concerning two Greek cities, might appeal to President Trump. Athens and Sparta, old allies, went to war 2,500 years ago, according to the historian Thucydides, when plucky Athens grew powerful enough to rival Sparta, then the pre-eminent Greek power. The natural order could not abide two peers […]

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Trump Got From NATO Everything Obama Ever Asked For

Now that the smoke has cleared from the NATO summit meeting, the most tangible result is apparent: President Trump advanced President Barack Obama’s initiative to keep the allies on track to shoulder a more equitable share of NATO’s costs. Mr. Trump even signed on to a tough statement directed at Russia. For once he saw […]

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Four Countries. Two Games. One Goal.

Advertisement Watching the World Cup semifinals brought together fans across France, Belgium, England and Croatia who never set foot in Russia. Clockwise from top left: World Cup fans in Croatia, Belgium, France and England.CreditClockwise from top left: Zoran Marinovic; Virginie Nguyen; Pete Kiehart; Andrew Testa, all for The New York Times By Rory Smith July […]

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Live Briefing: NATO Summit Live Updates: Trump Pushes Allies to Increase Spending

I am in Brussels, but always thinking about our farmers. Soy beans fell 50% from 2012 to my election. Farmers have done poorly for 15 years. Other countries’ trade barriers and tariffs have been destroying their businesses. I will open…

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Germany ‘Captive to Russia’ for Energy, Trump Claims

By charging that Germany is in thrall to Moscow, Mr. Trump appeared to be attempting to deflect criticism that he is too accommodating toward President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who he meets on Monday in Helsinki, Finland, suggested Derek Chollet, a former assistant secretary of defense who is now with the German Marshall Fund […]

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