Tag: European Union

EU planning yet another Google antitrust fine, this time targeting AdSense

Google just can’t catch a break in Europe. The US company has been fined $7.6 billion in the last few years over Android and Search practices, and now the EU is preparing a new penalty regarding what it views as anticompetitive AdSense contracts. It’s not yet clear when the new action will be formally announced, […]

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Putin Gets Red Carpet Treatment in Serbia, a Fulcrum Once More

BELGRADE, Serbia — The water in Belgrade’s central fountain was lit Russian red, ceremonial artillery blasts thundered at the palace, and tens of thousands of Serbs were bused in from around the country to welcome President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Thursday. If the tableau seemed more fitting for […]

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British Parliament’s Bid to Break Its Brexit Deadlock Is Delayed. Again.

LONDON — Time is not on Britain’s side as the clock ticks down to its scheduled March 29 exit from the European Union and its politicians remain paralyzed over how the country should leave. But, on Thursday, decision day was delayed once again when a critical debate and vote in […]

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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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The Rudderless West

In August 1990, George H.W. Bush met Margaret Thatcher in Aspen right after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. The pair resolved not to allow Iraq’s “naked aggression” to stand, and it did not. This was how the West was supposed to work — and how, sometimes, it did. Today the […]

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Theresa May, Britain’s Lady of Perpetual Crisis

LONDON — It’s Wednesday morning. Theresa May’s career is over, as a glance at the morning papers will confirm. Her Brexit deal, the product of two-and-a-half years of agonizing negotiation, has been rejected by a margin of 230 votes, in the worst defeat in British history. “No Deal … No […]

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Britain Races Toward a Cliff. Time to Slow Down.

If there’s an upside to the crushing defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s laboriously negotiated plan for withdrawing from the European Union, it is that staring in the face of an exit without a deal 10 weeks from now may finally compel British lawmakers to accept reality. That was far […]

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After Defeat on Brexit Plan, Theresa May Faces No-Confidence Vote

LONDON — After suffering the worst parliamentary defeat in modern times over her plans for leaving the European Union, Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, braced for another day of turmoil on Wednesday, when she will face a vote of no confidence in her battered government. On Tuesday Mrs. May lost […]

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After Her Brexit Deal Is Crushed in Parliament, Theresa May Faces a No-Confidence Vote

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday suffered a humiliating defeat over her plan to withdraw Britain from the European Union, thrusting the country further into political chaos with only 10 weeks to go until it is scheduled to leave the bloc. The 432-to-202 vote to reject her plan […]

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CRUSHED: Theresa May’s Brexit Deal Defeated by Record-Breaking Margin in Parliament

Members of Parliament have thrown out Theresa May’s contentious Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union in the long-awaited “meaningful vote” on the deal. The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal was crushed by a historic margin of 202 in favour to 432 against, paving the way for a vote of no-confidence in the Government by the Opposition, […]

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Farage: MPs Engaged in ‘Betrayal of Greatest Democratic Exercise in Our History’

Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage has said that the political class ignoring the will of the people is a “complete betrayal of the greatest democratic exercise in the history of our nation.” Calling out the establishment for attempting to frustrate Brexit, Mr Farage said on Jeremy Vine on 5 on Tuesday, “Let’s be clear: we didn’t just […]

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EU Cracks: Eurozone Prez Admits EU Can ‘Change Course’ on Brexit Deal

LONDON (AP) – The president of the eurozone finance ministers’ group has hinted at the possibility of changing the terms of the UK’s Brexit deal – despite the European Union’s insistence it can’t be renegotiated. Mario Centeno said Tuesday that if the British parliament rejects the agreement struck with the European Union by Prime Minister Theresa […]

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Live Briefing: Brexit Vote: Parliament to Decide on E.U. Withdrawal Plan

For Britain, the big vote is finally here. After two and a half years of negotiation, argument, predictions and posturing, Parliament will finally decide on Tuesday on a bill that dictates the terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union, one of the most closely watched votes the lawmakers are […]

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As Leaders Scramble to Stop No-Deal Brexit, Many Voters Dismiss the Panic

SUNBURY-ON-THAMES, England — Britain has been buffeted with high-level warnings in recent days of the grave risks of leaving the European Union without an agreement: A million lost jobs. An 8 percent drop in gross domestic product. Idle factories. Insulin shortages. Capital flight. A plummet in the pound. But at […]

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Theresa May Races to Save Her Brexit Deal From a Historic Defeat

Ahead of a vote on her Brexit plan that could go down to a humiliating defeat in Parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain was fighting on Monday less to avert the loss than to limit its scale. In that vein, Mrs. May enlisted fresh promises from Europe’s most senior […]

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Theresa May Warns ‘No Brexit’ Is More Likely than ‘No Deal’

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to warn Leave voters that the political class are more likely to block Brexit than allow a clean, No Deal Brexit to happen. The Tory leader is expected to issue the threat in a set-piece speech to factory workers on January 14th in a last-ditch effort to cajole Brexit supporters […]

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Brexit Boom: Wages Up, Skilled Jobs Expanding, Says Top Recruiter

Post-referendum Britain is a land of opportunity, according to James Reed, one the country’s top business recruiters. The entrepreneur acts as Chairman and Chief Executive of the REED Group of companies, including Reed Specialist Recruitment, Reed in Partnership, which operates a number of welfare-to-work programmes, and Reed Online, which operates the country’s biggest employment agency […]

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REPORT: Anti-Brexit MPs Plot Coup to Stop UK Making Clean Break from EU

Remain-supporting backbench MPs are conspiring to upend Parliamentary protocol and seize control of Brexit from the Government in attempts to stop a WTO exit or even to prevent the UK from leaving the EU altogether, according to The Sunday Times. A group of cross-party backbench, or non-Governmental, MPs are said to be tabling an amendment […]

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Brexit and the U.S. Shutdown: Two Governments in Paralysis

ImageLeft, pro- and anti-Brexit demonstrators outside Parliament in London last month. Right, a view of the Capitol during the government shutdown in Washington.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times LONDON — In Parliament, lawmakers are mired in gridlock over Britain’s departure from the European Union, with no clear path forward. […]

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Greece’s Great Hemorrhaging

ATHENS — Greece’s government, a coalition of a radical left-wing movement and a nationalist right-wing party in power since 2015, celebrated the end of the country’s third bailout agreement last August as a “return to normalcy.” Our European Union partners and creditors, who disbursed 288.7 billion euros in loans over […]

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Opposition Leader Is Seen by Church as Winning Congo Vote

LONDON — The Catholic Church, one of the few trusted institutions in Congo, has determined that a leading opposition candidate won this week’s presidential elections, a senior Western official and a presidential adviser said on Friday, setting up a potential confrontation with the Congolese government. The candidate, Martin Fayulu, a […]

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