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Trump, EBS, and Manchester
Global Europe 26-05-2017

Tweets of the Week: Trump, EBS, and Manchester

Happy holiday Friday! It’s no rest for the wicked as this week we’re playing Top Trump Tweets!

Global Europe 25-05-2017

Thousands protest against Trump in ‘hellhole’ Brussels

Thousands of protesters carrying effigies of Donald Trump marched through Brussels on Wednesday (24 May) after the US president arrived for talks with the EU and NATO.

Politics 24-05-2017

Majority of Germans wouldn’t support defending NATO allies in Russia conflict

European approval of NATO is on the rise, according to a US study. Germans support the alliance too but in a conflict with Russia, only a minority would back defending a partner country. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Global Europe 24-05-2017

No bluffing: US preparing to attack North Korea

The United States is advertising its preparations for war. North Korea assumes the attack is inevitable, writes George Friedman.

Global Europe 24-05-2017

US reject talks with Hungary over higher education law

The United States has no intention of negotiating with Hungary about its new higher education law, which could force a top university founded by US financier George Soros out of the country, the US State Department said yesterday (23 May).

Global Europe 24-05-2017

Republicans push back against Trump plan to cut foreign aid

US President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress on Tuesday (23 May) assailed his proposed cuts in the diplomatic and foreign aid budget, making it unlikely the cutbacks in global health, peacekeeping and other programs will take effect.

Politics 24-05-2017

NATO plans ‘feel-good meeting’ to impress Trump

Ribbon-cutting, jets overhead and a dinner in a new, billion-dollar headquarters: Donald Trump's first meeting at NATO on Thursday (24 May) is being choreographed to impress a US president who called the Western alliance "obsolete"

Politics 24-05-2017

Europe braces for laptop ban on US-bound flights

US and EU officials meet in Washington this week for further talks on aviation security, as the European Union braces for an extension of a cabin ban on large electronic devices to US-bound flights from Europe.

Arab Spring 22-05-2017

Trump tells Middle East to ‘drive out’ Islamist extremists

President Donald Trump urged Arab and Islamic leaders yesterday (21 May) to unite and do their share to defeat Islamist extremists, making an impassioned plea to "drive out" terrorists while toning down his own harsh rhetoric about Muslims.

Global Europe 19-05-2017

US officials: ‘Back channel’ between Trump and Putin discussed

A special line of contact between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, bypassing a “hostile” US government, was discussed by the Russian ambassador to Washington and Michael Flynn.

Global Europe 18-05-2017

France, Germany resist US plan for bigger NATO role against Islamic State

France and Germany are resisting a plan by US officials for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in line with calls from President Donald Trump for the alliance to do more to combat terrorism.

Global Europe 17-05-2017

US, Turkish leaders put best face on ties amid tensions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told US President Donald Trump yesterday (16 May) his country would not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region but stopped short of directly criticising a US decision to arm them.

Global Europe 16-05-2017

Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians in Oval Office: officials

President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russia's foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation, two US officials said yesterday (15 May), plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump's short tenure in office.

Politics 15-05-2017

Trump, Macron plan ‘lengthy’ Brussels get-to-know-you lunch

President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron are to hold a "lengthy lunch" in Brussels this month - a bonding exercise for two men the White House believes have much in common.

Global Europe 15-05-2017

Saudi Arabia, Russia agree oil output cuts to push up prices

Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world's two top oil producers, agreed today (15 May) to extend oil output cuts for a further nine months until March 2018 to rein in a global crude glut, pushing up prices.

Global Europe 14-05-2017

At G7 ministerial, US fails to reassure EU, Japan over ‘Trumponomics’

The United States said on 13 May the world's other rich economies were getting used to the policy plans of President Donald Trump, but Europe and Japan showed they remained worried about Washington's shift.

Climate change 12-05-2017

Tillerson gives nod to Paris Agreement at Arctic Council meeting

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement recognising the landmark Paris climate accord at a meeting of Arctic nations in Alaska on Wednesday (10 May) but said President Trump was not rushing to decide whether to leave or weaken US commitments to the pact.

Digital 12-05-2017

EU demands urgent talks with Washington over laptop ban

The European Union has demanded urgent talks with the United States over a possible extension to some European countries of a US ban on airline passengers taking laptops into cabins, saying any security threats faced are common.

Economy & Jobs 12-05-2017

G7 finance ministers in Italy try to gauge Trump’s policy plans

Finance chiefs from the G7 begin a two-day meeting in Italy today (12 May), with Europe, Japan and Canada hoping to come away with a clearer picture of US President Donald Trump's direction on important policies that he has yet to spell out.

Global Europe 11-05-2017

US Defence Secretary criticises Russian build-up near Baltic states

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday (10 May) that a Russian missile deployment near the Baltic states was "destabilising", and officials suggested the United States could deploy a Patriot missile battery in the region for NATO exercises in the summer.

Enlargement 04-05-2017

Chizhov: There is an alternative to Euro-Atlantic integration

Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's ambassador to the EU, told a group of journalists yesterday (3 May) that his country could offer an alternative to Macedonia, to the Western Balkans and to any countries, as, in his view, “there is always an alternative to Euro-Atlantic integration”.

Europe's East 03-05-2017

Romanian MEP calls for EU-funded anti-Russian propaganda project

Romanian MEP Siegfried Mureșan has proposed that the EU fund a project to the tune of €3 million aimed at combatting Russian propaganda on social media networks. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Global Europe 03-05-2017

Trump, Putin discuss Syria ceasefire in first talks since US air strikes

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (2 May) moved to ease the tension from US air strikes in April against Russian ally Syria, expressing a desire for a Syrian ceasefire and safe zones for the civil war's refugees.

Commission will not require visas for US citizens as ‘retaliation’

The European Commission has decided not to require visas for Americans travelling to Europe, rejecting calls from MEPs to retaliate against US visa requirements for citizens of five member states.