Archiv: Brussels


19.10.2019 - 10:39 [ theGuardian.com ]

Former navy admiral behind bin Laden raid warns of ‚barbarians at our gate‘

(21.11.2015)

“They have invited young men and some women in so that they can act out their greatest perversion. It’s not about an ideology. It’s not about the caliphate,” McRaven said at a national security conference in Austin, the Austin American-Statesman reported on Friday.

“I believe that they bring people in because they realize they can kill, they can rape with impunity, they can torture, they can do these barbaric things in the name of Islam.”

17.10.2019 - 04:55 [ Mark Knoller ‏/ CBS News White House Correspondent / Twitter ]

One reason VP and SecPompeo needed separate planes for flight to Ankara, State Dept announced tonight atht Pompeo will be also heading to Jerusalem for talks with @netanyahu and then Brussels to see @jensstoltenberg. Pence will be heading to DC. Carbon footprint not a factor.

15.10.2019 - 02:14 [ The Guardian ]

Boris Johnson wins more backing from MPs for Brexit deal

Several of the “Spartans” are now on Johnson’s payroll with government jobs, such as Priti Patel, the home secretary, who is understood to be prepared to support whatever the prime minister brings back from Brussels.

02.10.2019 - 23:34 [ Xinhuanet ]

British PM sends final Brexit plan to Brussels, insisting on exit on Oct. 31

Because if we fail to get an agreement because of what is essentially a technical discussion of the exact nature of future customs checks, when that technology is improving the whole time, then let us be in no doubt that the alternative is no deal.“

25.08.2019 - 07:43 [ Telegraph..co.uk ]

Boris is serious about a deal, but the Brussels Eurocrats still want to punish the British ‘deserters’

Even the civil servants seem suddenly to be standing straighter. After three years of immobilism, dreariness and funk, the Government is again exuding purpose.

01.08.2019 - 06:04 [ menafn.com ]

Stoltenberg: No request for NATO mission in Arab Gulf

„So we continue to follow the situation very closely. We exchange intelligence, information about the situation,“ he said and noted that NATO Defense Ministers in Brussels discussed the American imitative in June where touched on the possibility of NATO members contributing assets but not as part of a NATO mission.
On her part, Kramp-Karrenbauer said the situation in Iran and in Hormuz is very sensitive.

06.07.2019 - 23:43 [ U.S.-Aussenministerium ]

Special Representative Biegun’s Travel to Brussels and Berlin

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to Brussels July 8-9 and Berlin July 10-11 for meetings with European officials and with Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon to advance our shared efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.

19.06.2019 - 19:11 [ Reuters ]

Belgian firefighters light fires, block roads in wages protest

Union leader Erik Labourdette said the firefighters’ monthly average 1,500 euro ($1,680) package was going down by about 300 euros in planned cuts. One firefighter, Jean-Francois Kool, complained they were losing on-call bonuses and extras like sports clothes.

15.05.2019 - 19:18 [ theSun.co.uk ]

PM’s Brexit negotiator jets into Brussels to thrash out a temporary Customs Union compromise

The pair will explore updating the trade blueprint to add a temporary Customs Union, which could be made permanent if Labour wins power in May 2022.

EU officials have given a warm welcome to the plan – so long as the UK signs off on the withdrawal pact including the backstop.

One told The Sun: “This should be workable. The EU never has made any problem about having time limits on a Customs Union.”

21.03.2019 - 14:13 [ Express.co.uk ]

BREXIT ULTIMATUM: Furious Merkel demands UK pass May’s deal or GET OUT of bloc NEXT WEEK

Mrs Merkel said: „We, the EU27, will discuss this today. We can fulfil this wish in principle if there will be a positive vote about the exit deal next week in the British Parliament.

21.03.2019 - 14:08 [ Spectator ]

Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has humiliated Britain

The government has lost the ability to run the country. It is no longer in charge of its own destiny, let alone that of the nation. What makes this so humiliating is that power has been ceded not to parliament, but to the European Union. The immediate future of our country will be decided in Brussels and the capitals of the EU, not in Westminster.

21.03.2019 - 14:05 [ Express.co.uk ]

Corbyn’s BREXIT PLOT: Labour leader to meet EU’s Barnier BEFORE May asks for delay

The EU’s chief negotiator told ministers of the 27 remaining countries in the bloc that the leader of the British opposition had sought a head-to-head meeting with him. Mr Barnier and Mr Corbyn will hold talks in Le Berlaymont, the EU’s headquarters in Brussels, on Thursday morning.

21.03.2019 - 13:59 [ Euronews.com ]

Brexit delay set to dominate EU summit as May goes to Brussels

The European Council is to consider the UK’s request for a Brexit delay. British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will also meet EU leaders in Brussels.

21.03.2019 - 06:12 [ BT.com ]

Theresa May to appeal to EU leaders to give her more time on Brexit

With just eight days before the UK is due to leave the EU, the Prime Minister will make the case for extending the Article 50 withdrawal process to June 30 at a Brussels summit on Thursday.

19.03.2019 - 13:46 [ consilium.europa.eu ]

General Affairs Council – March 2019: Arrival and doorstep DE (Roth) – Part 2

Arrival and doorstep by Michael ROTH, Minister of State for Europe of Germany, at the General Affairs Council, taking place on 19 March 2019 in Brussels.

19.03.2019 - 13:38 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit: EU countries ‚really exhausted‘ by UK and could block Theresa May’s delay, Germany warns

“For my Government it’s the key priority to prevent a no-deal Brexit. I don’t have any appetite for substance-less, very abstract discussions and negotiations on Brexit. Please deliver, dear friends in London please deliver. The clock is ticking.”

17.03.2019 - 11:03 [ David Brown ‏/ Twitter ]

It is possible the EU Italy, Poland and Hungary will veto an extension of article 50. Then we are out 29th March.

If she unilaterally cancelled article 50 would MPs vote for that? What would the 17.5 million voters do.

17.03.2019 - 11:01 [ theGuardian.com ]

Revealed: EU war-gaming for fall of May’s government

According to the minutes, the European commission’s secretary general, Martin Selmayr, who is known as a master of strategy, asked: “Imagine that they have a new Brexit secretary or prime minister – what then? Article 50 has been agreed and the process has ended. It must be clear that the starting point is not a renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement.”

17.03.2019 - 10:52 [ theSun.co.uk ]

‚I’LL PULL THE PLUG‘: Theresa May ready to ditch her Brexit deal and trigger two-year exit delay if defeated for a third time

In a stark message to dithering Tory MPs, she vowed there will be no fourth attempt if she fails this time.

She warned it will almost certainly lead to a two-year delay and declared bluntly: “It hardly bears thinking about.”

17.03.2019 - 10:47 [ The Sunday Times ‏/ Twitter ]

EU officials have raised the stakes in Theresa May’s extension dilemma ahead of Thursday’s leaders’ summit, piling pressure on MPs to back her deal now or face a long and uncertain Brexit delay

11.03.2019 - 13:51 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Tony Blair secretly advising Emmanuel Macron on Brexit as former PM accused of ‚unacceptable‘ behaviour

Tony Blair has been accused of “unacceptable” behaviour after it emerged he has been briefing Emmanuel Macron on how to force Britain to stay in the EU.

The former Labour prime minister believes that if the EU stands its ground over the Brexit deal, Parliament will cave in and accept a customs union – which would keep Britain yoked to Brussels – or a second referendum that could cancel Brexit altogether.

09.03.2019 - 15:13 [ Reuters ]

What Brexit game is EU playing? British parliament leader Leadsom asks

The leader of parliament Andrea Leadsom said she was beginning to wonder what game the European Union was playing over Brexit as relations between London and Brussels deteriorated ahead of a vote by lawmakers next week.

01.03.2019 - 14:35 [ David Davis / Daily Mail ]

Former Brexit secretary DAVID DAVIS: The utter folly of defeatist Mrs May taking No Deal off the table

The right playbook however is Churchill’s. Keep buggering on. This is not the time to capitulate, to fold and to be defeatist. Now is the time to stand firm and hold our nerve.

Mrs May’s announcement yesterday in which she conceded two Commons votes on Brexit in mid March is the wrong move. It sends the wrong message to the EU. Opening up the possibility of ruling out No Deal, or extending Article 50, may harm our negotiating position.

07.02.2019 - 15:57 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

May’s Brexit ‚Hell‘ in Brussels: Juncker says the EU WON’T give ground on divorce deal as he holds bruising talks with PM – and warns it could be WEEKS before they meet again

– Theresa May is set for rough ride in Brussels as she fights for Brexit concessions on the Irish border backstop
– The Prime Minister will insist legally binding changes to the Withdrawal Agreement package must be made
– Body language between Mrs May and EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker was distinctly frosty
– Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to the PM with revised demands for backing a Brexit agreement

07.02.2019 - 15:54 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Brexit news latest: Jean-Claude Juncker tells Theresa May withdrawal deal will not be renegotiated at Brussels summit

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has told Theresa May during „robust but constructive“ talks that the European Union will not renegotiate the Brexit deal.

07.02.2019 - 13:35 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

Belgium: ‚Is this hell?‘ – May greeted by Juncker for talks on Brexit deal changes

During the handshake with Juncker, May was asked by several of the press whether she had alternative proposals, with another journalist jokingly asking the UK leader „Is this hell, Prime Minister?“ The question was presumably in response to Wednesday’s comment by Tusk stating that there was „a special place in hell“ for „those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of plan how to carry it safely.“

11.12.2018 - 11:27 [ Ruptly / Twitter ]

France: Juncker warns ‘no room whatsoever‘ for Brexit deal renegotiation

Published on Dec 11, 2018

11.12.2018 - 11:22 [ Catherine Nicholson / Twitter ]

some timings today… #May – #Merkel meeting 1pm CET in Berlin May – #Tusk 5pm in Brussels May – #Juncker 7pmish in Brussels Then back to London… and back again to Brussels on Thursday for the summit

(now enriched with extra-added #Brexit) #carbonfootprint #airmiles

11.12.2018 - 11:13 [ Express.co.uk ]

BREXIT LIVE: May in Europe to BEG Juncker and Merkel for EU concessions to salvage deal

The Prime Minister will meet EU President Jean-Claude Juncker this evening but not before she has met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for breakfast in the Hague.

11.12.2018 - 00:42 [ Beth Rigby ‏/ Twitter ]

So, that was today. Tomorrow: May on her European tour (do you remember Cameron did that once to try and get a better deal with EU). She goes to The Hague, Brussels and Berlin. 1/

22.11.2018 - 06:05 [ theGuardian.com ]

May plans Brussels dash to finalise Brexit deal on eve of summit

Theresa May is to make an emergency dash to Brussels on Saturday to complete the Brexit negotiations after the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, threatened to pull the plug on the Sunday leaders’ summit.

As she emerged from talks in Brussels lasting nearly two hours with the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, the British prime minister admitted that there were some major issues to resolve.

22.11.2018 - 06:04 [ BT.com ]

May to return to Brussels on Saturday for last-minute Brexit talks

The surprise move was announced after a meeting with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

22.11.2018 - 06:00 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Brexit latest: Angela Merkel ‚threatens to boycott summit if deal not reached first‘

EU diplomats have said they had been told the German Chancellor is not willing to come to Sunday’s summit for any negotiations, meaning a text must be ready beforehand.

22.11.2018 - 05:59 [ fxstreet.com ]

UK PM May leaves meeting with EU’s Juncker

According to several news outlets, British Prime minister Theresa May has left her meeting with the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels without speaking to the press.

21.11.2018 - 09:05 [ Politico.eu / Facebook ]

Ryan Heath, POLITICO’s Political Editor, sits with the foreign minister to discuss a multitude of hot topics including Catalonia, the Spanish political economic landscape, Brexit and the 2019 European election.

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21.11.2018 - 09:03 [ Politico.eu ]

Spanish foreign minister: UK will split before Spain

And he reiterated Spain’s insistence that negotiations over the future relationship between Gibraltar and the EU should be handled separately to those with the U.K.

“I am very much [more] worried about the unity of the United Kingdom than the unity of the Kingdom of Spain. I think the United Kingdom will split apart before the Kingdom of Spain,” he said, in an apparent reference to movements in both Scotland and Northern Ireland to leave the U.K. over its EU departure.

21.11.2018 - 08:56 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brexit SPLIT: UK will BREAK UP and Scotland should rejoin the EU, says Spanish minister

Spain has faced its own independence claim from the region of Catalonia, which voted to separate in a referendum dubbed illegal by Madrid. The Spanish government has always opposed Scotland being allowed to join the EU, apparently worried that it would start a precedent for newly independent European states to join, encouraging Catalan separatists.

20.11.2018 - 18:35 [ theGuardian.com ]

Theresa May to head to Brussels to finalise Brexit deal

Theresa May is to travel to Brussels on Wednesday evening to finalise the Brexit deal in a meeting with the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.

23.07.2018 - 10:08 [ Haaretz ]

EU Foreign Policy Chief to Meet With Israeli Arab Lawmakers

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will meet a delegation of Israeli Arab lawmakers, headed by Joint List head Ayman Odeh in Brussels on September 4. This is the first time Mogherini would be meeting with Israeli Arab lawmakers.

16.05.2018 - 08:31 [ Mehr News ]

EU, Iran regret US withdrawal, recall commitment to continued implementation of JCPOA

According to the official website of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, following the US announcement of its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini held talks with the Foreign Ministers of France (Jean-Yves Le Drian), Germany (Heiko Maas), the United Kingdom (Boris Johnson) and of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Mohammad Javad Zarif) on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

According to the press release, the top diplomats attending the meeting:

16.05.2018 - 08:27 [ Washington Post ]

Europe adopts defiant stance in attempt to save Iran nuclear deal

“We are operating in a very difficult context,” Mogherini said after an intense day of diplomacy that included meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany. All of those countries were signatories of the deal that aimed to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon in exchange for economic incentives. She said European leaders hoped to have a firm plan within a few weeks.

15.05.2018 - 16:30 [ European External Action Service - EEAS / Twitter ]

„The EU is determined to preserve this deal“ @FedericaMog on the #IranDeal and on today’s meetings with @JZarif and E3 foreign ministers (France, Germany, UK)

30.04.2018 - 18:13 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Pompeo Backs Israel’s Right to Defend Border With Gaza

President Donald Trump’s chief diplomat was concluding his first-ever international trip after being sworn in on Thursday. He landed in Amman on Sunday after stops in Brussels, Riyadh and Tel Aviv.

“We do believe the Israelis have the right to defend themselves, and we’re fully supportive of that,” Mr. Pompeo said at a joint press conference with Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.

26.04.2018 - 10:25 [ europa.eu ]

2018 Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region: Departure and doorstep DE (Maas)

As the situation on the ground in Syria deteriorates, the second Brussels Conference on „Supporting the Future of Syria and the region“ focuses on humanitarian support and bolstering the UN-led political peace process in Geneva. The conference takes place on 24 and 25 April 2018 and is co-hosted by the European Union and the United Nations.