Archiv: contracts (deals / treaties)


16.01.2021 - 13:54 [ Fool.com ]

Why Palantir Stock Is Up Today

On the one hand, nothing’s really changed about Palantir’s business except that one market participant (albeit a very influential one) expressed a change in opinion on the stock.

12.01.2021 - 14:28 [ New York Times ]

China’s ‘King of Vaccines,’ a partner to AstraZeneca, is plagued by scandal.

(Dec. 7, 2020)

Kangtai will be the exclusive manufacturer in mainland China for the vaccine made by AstraZeneca, and the companies could work together on deals for other countries. Kangtai is also in early trials for its own candidate.

10.01.2021 - 14:23 [ theCanary.co ]

Coronavirus data contractors engaged in dirty tricks and disinformation campaigns

(10.05.2020)

Palantir was co-founded in 2004 by Paypal owner and billionaire Peter Thiel. What the blog doesn’t reveal is that Palantir’s client list has included amomgst others, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, the Centre for Disease Control, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point and the IRS.

Furthermore, in 2016, it was revealed Palantir had a $34.6m contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and helped the Customs and Border Protection Agency create the Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI) system to track immigrants.

Nor does the blog mention that Palantir worked for UK intelligence and was awarded contracts to handle vast data sets on UK citizens for British spy agency GCHQ.

10.01.2021 - 14:15 [ theRegister.com ]

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

(05.06.2020)

UK government has published the contracts it holds with private tech firms and the NHS for the creation of a COVID-19 data store, just days after campaigners fired legal shots over a lack of transparency.

Available on the openDemocracy website, the contracts describe how the arrangements between the NHS and Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and AI firms Faculty and Palantir (which subcontracts to AWS) will operate.

10.01.2021 - 13:13 [ Washington Post ]

Why are we trusting a company with ties to ICE and intelligence agencies to collect our health information?

(21.05.2020)

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the contract for this platform to Palantir Technologies, a secretive data-mining firm known for its work with the Pentagon, intelligence agencies and law enforcement during the so-called global war on terrorism. The HHS Protect Now platform will aggregate data from at least 187 different sources, including the federal government, state and local governments, hospitals, and the private sector.

10.01.2021 - 09:41 [ NewStatesman.com ]

How Palantir is quietly extending its reach through the British state

As Palantir’s executives were preparing over the summer to release shares publicly for the first time, they faced a challenge: how do you convince investors to buy into a 17-year-old company that has never turned a profit?

31.12.2020 - 06:57 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Brexit deal with EU becomes law as the Queen gives official Royal Assent

Her Majesty’s approval paves the way for the deal to take effect at 11pm on Thursday when the current Brexit transition period, during which the UK has continued to follow EU rules, ends.

25.12.2020 - 05:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

European leaders welcome Brexit deal as least-worst outcome

Merkel said the German cabinet would meet by telephone on 28 December to decide its stance, but added that the agreement “cannot finally enter into force until the European parliament has also given its approval”.

25.12.2020 - 05:26 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit: Labour to back EU trade deal in Commons, Keir Starmer says

“A better deal could have been negotiated, but I accept that option has now gone, the chance for renegotiation is over.

“There are just two paths now left for our country – to move forward with a deal or without one.”

24.12.2020 - 17:29 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

WATCH LIVE: My update on our future partnership with the European Union.

24.12.2020 - 17:24 [ UK Prime Minister / Twitter ]

The United Kingdom has agreed a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. See what this deal means for you

24.12.2020 - 17:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚The war is over!‘ Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage declares victory as Boris Johnson seals historic trade deal with the EU

– Nigel Farage announced history had been made as Johnson sealed a Brexit deal
– The leader of the Brexit Party said today was the day ‚people beat the politicians‘
– He said Johnson was also set to be known as ‚the man that finished the job‘

17.12.2020 - 10:42 [ Globes.co.il ]

Israeli drones leased to Germany to remain unarmed

Felgentreu is considered one of the biggest supporters of the move to arm the UAVs, which was separated from the actual procurement of the UAVs due to previous opposition within the SPD, which caused him to resign over the issue. Felgentreu has told „Globes“ in the past that the German army needs the Israeli UAVs to help protect its combat soldiers on missions in Afghanistan and Mali.

14.12.2020 - 23:16 [ Express.co.uk ]

EU demands rejected as no deal looms – UK warns Barnier ‚we will NOT sign up for this‘

Brussels had been accused of trying to force the UK to sign up to its rules.

The EU wanted the power to unilaterally apply tariffs on UK goods if they felt British firms had an unfair advantage over those on the continent due to a divergence in laws and regulations.

10.12.2020 - 13:54 [ ORF.at ]

Brexit: EU schlägt Notmaßnahmen für „No Deal“ vor

„Die Verhandlungen laufen noch, aber das Ende der Übergangsfrist ist nahe“, schrieb Kommissionschefin Ursula von der Leyen auf Twitter. Es gebe keine Garantie für einen Vertrag. „Wir müssen vorbereitet sein – auch darauf, dass am 1. Jänner kein Vertrag in Kraft ist.“

10.12.2020 - 13:01 [ Sky.com ]

Brexit: EU offers no-deal contingency measures for planes, lorries and fishing boats

It follows her dinner with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday night, after which the pair agreed trade talks should continue despite „major differences“ remaining between the two sides.

Ms von der Leyen on Thursday outlined four areas – air connectivity, aviation safety, basic road connectivity and fisheries – where short-term agreements could be made in the absence of a trade deal on New Year’s Day.

09.12.2020 - 17:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

STEPHEN GLOVER: When will Europe get it? Britain is determined to have its sovereignty back, come what may

Supported by other leaders, President Emmanuel Macron wants an independent Britain to obey future EU regulations — and be fined if it doesn’t.

Do they expect Boris Johnson to cave in during the next 24 hours? If so, they are tragically mistaken.

09.12.2020 - 17:51 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Boris Johnson to meet Ursula von der Leyen for trade deal talks

Time is running out to reach a deal before 31 December, when the UK stops following EU trading rules.

The pair will hold talks over dinner, after negotiations between officials ended in deadlock.

08.12.2020 - 17:42 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

UK and EU reach deal on Northern Ireland as Government DROPS controversial law breaking Withdrawal Agreement in key step towards a final Brexit deal – but PM warns he WON’T cave in on sovereignty

The announcement is evidence of some much-needed goodwill as the sides seem deadlocked on fishing rights, state aid rules and enforcement.

It effectively means all the ‚loose ends‘ left to be resolved after the divorce agreement are tied up.

However, the broader standoff shows little sign of easing ahead of a crucial face-to-face meeting between Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen, with the EU trolling that it is ready to negotiate again next year after no deal chaos.

16.11.2020 - 12:43 [ BBC ]

RCEP: Asia-Pacific countries form world’s largest trading bloc

Fifteen countries have formed the world’s largest trading bloc, covering nearly a third of the global economy.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is made up of 10 Southeast Asian countries, as well as South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

12.11.2020 - 02:26 [ The Sudan Tribune ]

Moscow endorses deal on Russian naval base in eastern Sudan

After the collapse of the al-Bashir regime in April 2019, the Sudanese government did not withdraw from the agreement. The head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, during a visit to Russia in October 2019 called for strengthening cooperation between the two countries.

07.11.2020 - 14:30 [ Indiatoday.in ]

Coronavirus Vaccine Update: India shifts focus on indigenous vaccine as AstraZeneca deliveries run late

India seems to have shifted focus on its indigenous novel coronavirus vaccine soon after AstraZeneca said earlier this week that it was holding back deliveries of its Covid-19 vaccine.

07.11.2020 - 14:21 [ Reuters ]

COVID vaccine deliveries on ice as AstraZeneca awaits trial data

(05.11.2020)

A summer dip in UK coronavirus infections has pushed back test results for AstraZenca’s potential COVID-19 vaccine, leading the drugmaker to delay deliveries of shots to the UK government.

07.11.2020 - 10:50 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson to issue ‚Australia deal‘ ultimatum to von der Leyen TODAY

The Prime Minister will speak with Ursula von der Leyen later today to discuss the state-of-play in the deadlocked trade talks. The move comes after Lord Frost, Mr Johnson’s chief negotiator, was in Brussels to speak face-to-face with his European Union counterpart Michel Barnier earlier this week.

06.11.2020 - 23:49 [ Reuters ]

Time is running out to enact any trade deal with UK – EU lawmakers

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will call British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday afternoon to discuss the state of negotiations, a spokesman for the head of the EU executive said.

30.10.2020 - 12:46 [ tipranks.com ]

Astrazeneca Scores $286.9M US Army Contract For Covid Vaccine

Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals (AZN) has been awarded a $286.9 milllion firm-fixed-price contract for the delivery of 200 million doses of AZD1222 vaccine for COVID- 19.

Bids were solicited via the internet with one received, the US Department of Defense revealed.

29.10.2020 - 05:51 [ marketscreener.com ]

EU warns not enough COVID vaccines for all in Europe until 2022

(27.10.2020)

The EU has so far secured doses of the potential vaccines being developed by AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson. It has also said it is in talks with …

29.10.2020 - 05:48 [ Times of Israel ]

Germany to include Israel in EU deal for vaccine, citing ‘special relationship’

(14.10.2020)

Berlin’s foreign minister reportedly tells Gabi Ashkenazi that Israel will get AstraZeneca COVID-19 inoculation when it is sold to European countries

23.10.2020 - 14:13 [ Dailymail.co.uk ]

I met Joe Biden for an hour to talk about his family business in China and have three phones to prove what he knew claims Hunter’s former business partner just before presidential debate – as Democrat DENIES foreign dealings

‘I will be providing to the FBI the devices which contain the evidence corroborating what I have said so I will not be taking any questions at this time,’ he told reporters who make up President Donald Trump’s traveling press pool.

‚I have heard Joe Biden say he’s never discussed the business with hunter – that is false. I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family including Joe Biden, said Bobulinski.

23.10.2020 - 03:09 [ Wall Street Journal ]

The Biden ‘Family Legacy’: What we learned from the text messages of Hunter’s partner Tony Bobulinski.

Tony Bobulinski, a Navy veteran and institutional investor, has provided the Journal emails and text messages associated with his time as CEO of Sinohawk Holdings, a venture between the Bidens and CEFC China Energy, a Shanghai-based conglomerate. That correspondence corroborates and expands on emails recently published by the New York Post, which says they come from a Hunter laptop.

23.10.2020 - 03:02 [ Liberal HeartBreaker / Youtube ]

Tony Bobulinski FULL Press Conference 10/22/20

Hunter Biden’s ex-business associate Tony Bobulinski accused Democratic nominee Joe Biden of lying about his involvement in his family’s overseas dealings in a stunning appearance just 90 minutes before Thursday evening’s presidential debate.

23.10.2020 - 03:00 [ fox6now.com ]

Trump to bring Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski as guest to final presidential debate

President Donald Trump is expected to bring a former associate of Hunter Biden as his guest to the final presidential debate on Thursday, according to FOX News.

Tony Bobulinski has claimed that Joe Biden was involved in his son’s foreign business dealings while serving as vice president, which Biden has repeatedly denied.

16.10.2020 - 15:17 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Get ready for no deal, Boris Johnson warns: PM tells Brussels it must ‚come to us‘ and compromise if there is to be a free trade agreement on his Brexit ‚deadline day‘

‘They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is completely unacceptable to an independent country.

‘And since we have only 10 weeks until the end of the transition period on January 1 I have to make a judgement about the likely outcome and to get us all ready.

16.10.2020 - 11:06 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Brexit: UK chief negotiator ‚disappointed‘ as EU fails to commit to intensified trade talks

Britain’s chief negotiator said he was „disappointed“ that European Union leaders dropped their commitment to intensified trade negotiations at a Brussels summit on Thursday night

12.10.2020 - 00:45 [ The Hill ]

Trump hoping to strike last-minute nuclear arms deal with Putin before election: report

Rose Gottemoeller, the chief U.S. negotiator for New START, said an agreement “could be done by tomorrow,” according to Axios.

“Trump has clearly conveyed that he wants the deal to be done, and I think Putin would very much like to sign a deal with President Trump,” she said.

07.10.2020 - 19:59 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Michael Gove puts chance of Brexit deal at 66% but warns UK will not be ‚held hostage‘

Mr Gove said the Internal Market Bill was one of several steps taken „to ensure this country is not held hostage in a negotiation process, but that we honour the vote people made in 2016 and again in 2019 to ensure we are properly independent“.

He added: „No one will be happier than me if we can conclude an agreement but we have an absolute obligation to ensure the country is ready in the event that we don’t.“

04.10.2020 - 17:35 [ Standard.co.uk ]

UK and EU extend Brexit talks by a month in bid to reach trade deal

Following their conversation on Saturday, the pair have tasked their chief negotiators with working “intensively” to resolve the remaining differences in the post-Brexit trade talks.

Fishing rights, state aid and governance continue to be vexed issues between the two sides as they look to ratify a new trading relationship before the transition period ends on December 31.

02.10.2020 - 23:32 [ Xinhuanet ]

Morocco, U.S. sign 10-year military cooperation road map: sources

The agreement was signed in the capital Rabat by Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita and visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

28.09.2020 - 16:26 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Gove in Brussels as EU trade talks resume

Mr Gove is meeting European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic to discuss implementation of the Brexit divorce deal.

And on Tuesday formal negotiations will resume as the two sides attempt to agree a post-Brexit trade deal.

27.09.2020 - 20:47 [ Al-Monitor ]

Egypt boosts naval power in deal with German shipbuilder

The company said that it will built the frigate in cooperation with the German naval shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), as per the contract signed between the two sides, which also stipulates that the Egyptian naval force would acquire four Meko A-200EN frigates.

27.09.2020 - 15:59 [ Ansa.it ]

Italy, USA sign moon-exploration agreement

Italy and the United States on Friday signed a declaration of intent for exploration of the moon linked to the Artemis programme.
The deal was signed in Rome by Cabinet Secretary Riccardo Fraccaro in video link with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

23.09.2020 - 03:24 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Brexit: Boris Johnson clears crucial Commons hurdle in bid to push through Internal Market Bill

The Brexit legislation enabling Boris Johnson to alter key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement cleared a major Commons hurdle on Tuesday night….

20.09.2020 - 10:27 [ Responsible Statecraft ]

Trump was right to call out defense industry influence on the Pentagon

13.9.2020 President Trump’s recent remarks that top Pentagon officials continue to push for war because they want to keep defense contractors “happy” has drawn a firestorm of criticism by those who would like to conflate the remarks with the allegation that the president is anti-military. What’s actually uncomfortable for many of those commentators, however, is the degree to which the president is speaking the truth.

16.09.2020 - 08:37 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

Historic agreement signed to normalize relations in Israel, UAE and Bahrain

Hosted by President Trump at the White House Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the third and fourth Arab nations to move toward normalizing relations with Israel.

15.09.2020 - 18:50 [ The Guardian ]

Big in Japan: UK announces first major post-Brexit trade deal

Bilateral trade is currently conducted under the EU-Japan deal that came into effect last year, but that agreement will no longer apply to Britain from December 31.

15.09.2020 - 08:41 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

We want a great future relationship and a free trade agreement with the EU – but we will not get there if they seek to divide us. We must protect the sovereignty and integrity of our United Kingdom.

14.09.2020 - 20:54 [ QMC Politics / Twitter ]

The government has a Commons majority of 80-87 (depending on definitions). The first key vote on the Internal Market Bill is tonight at 10pm. What do you predict the result will be?

(…)

14.09.2020 - 20:13 [ Lloyd Christmas / Twitter ]

The only time the Internal Market Bill will come into effect is if the EU continues to negotiate in bad faith and no agreement is made.

Boris has, in effect, created our very own backstop.

Oh the irony.

14.09.2020 - 20:05 [ Guido Fawkes ]

In Full: Tory MPs Opposing the Internal Market Bill as it Stands

1. Bob Neil
2. Geoffrey Cox
3. Simon Hoare
4. George Freeman
5. Tobias Ellwood
6. Damian Green
7. Damian Collins
8. Sir Oliver Heald
9. Sir Roger Gale
10. Gary Streeter
11. Rehman Chishti
12. Jack Lopresti
13. Sajid Javid
14. Charles Walker
15. Jeremy Wright
16. Andrew Mitchell

14.09.2020 - 20:03 [ UK Prime Minister / Twitter ]

The UK’s Internal Market Bill – Protects the sovereignty of the United Kingdom – Provides certainty for business – Preserves our commitment to the people of Northern Ireland

14.09.2020 - 19:57 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson accuses the EU of putting a ‚revolver on the table‘ during trade talks by threatening to block GB food exports to Northern Ireland as he tries to win over Tory rebels who are against his plans to tear up parts of the Brexit divorce deal

– Sajid Javid and Geoffrey Cox have both said they cannot support PM’s proposal

14.09.2020 - 15:33 [ UK Parliament / Youtube ]

LIVE: MPs debate UK Internal Market Bill in House of Commons 14 September 2020

Watch the House of Commons from 2:30pm on Monday as three days of intensive debate and scrutiny on the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill begins.

Published last Wednesday, the Bill sets out rules for the operation of the UK internal market- trade between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland- after the end of the transition period in January.

14.09.2020 - 14:17 [ Parliament.uk ]

Order Paper for Monday 14 September 2020

BUSINESS OF THE DAY

1. United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Second Reading

Until 10.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(3))

14.09.2020 - 10:59 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The UK has to defend itself against predatory diplomacy, deal or no deal

Europe’s refusal to offer its neighbour and security ally even a bare-bones trade deal is a hostile posture that has consequences

13.09.2020 - 16:41 [ Kate Hoey / Twitter ]

Not surprising that Major and Blair who were amongst the most extreme proponents of Brexit are supporting the EU position on free trade throughout the UK. I predict an even bigger majority for the Internal Market Bill tomorrow

#rightthingtodo

13.09.2020 - 16:34 [ David Frost, EU adviser to Prime Minister @BorisJohnson ]

6/7 The EU’s position is that listing is needed for Great Britain only, not Northern Ireland. So if GB were not listed, it would be automatically illegal for NI to import food products from GB.

13.09.2020 - 14:18 [ PressTV ]

Four major tribes strike non-aggression agreement with Ansarullah fighters in Yemen’s Ma’rib

Major Yemeni tribes, previously sponsored by Saudi Arabia waging a devastating war on the impoverished Arab country, have signed a non-aggression agreement with fighters from the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement in the strategic central province of Ma’rib.

12.09.2020 - 16:40 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

Let’s make the EU take their threats off the table. And let’s get this Bill through, back up our negotiators, and protect our country

12.09.2020 - 16:33 [ Downing No 10 ]

Prime Minister’s article in the Telegraph: 12 September 2020

We decided in the Withdrawal Agreement to create a Joint Committee, in which we would thrash out the details of these new arrangements. It is here that things risk coming unstuck. We are now hearing that unless we agree to the EU’s terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish sea. We are being told that the EU will not only impose tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, but that they might actually stop the transport of food products from GB to NI.

I have to say that we never seriously believed that the EU would be willing to use a Treaty, negotiated in good faith, to blockade one part of the UK, to cut it off; or that they would actually threaten to destroy the economic and territorial integrity of the UK. This was for the very good reason that any such barrier, any such tariffs or division would be completely contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Good Friday agreement. By actively undermining the Union of our country, such an interpretation would seriously endanger peace and stability in Northern Ireland. This interpretation cannot have been the real intention of those who framed the protocol (it certainly wasn’t ours) – and it is therefore vital that we close that option down.

12.09.2020 - 12:21 [ inews.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson accuses EU of seizing ‘power to carve up our country’ as he defends controversial Internal Market Bill

He wrote: “We are now hearing that, unless we agree to the EU’s terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish Sea.

“We are being told that the EU will not only impose tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, but that they might actually stop the transport of food products from GB to NI.

12.09.2020 - 12:17 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson: EU a threat to integrity of the UK

PM defends decision to alter Brexit divorce deal, saying he cannot hand Brussels the ‚power to carve up our country‘

12.09.2020 - 12:12 [ Politicshome.com ]

Boris Johnson Tried To Get His MPs To Back Him Over Brexit On A Zoom Call. It Didn’t Quite Go To Plan

But when the Zoom call attended by 256 MPs suddenly broke off after twenty minutes, the online forum descended into chaos as MP Michael Fabricant started singing Rule Britannia, clutching a piece of paper with the words already printed out.

11.09.2020 - 09:12 [ Express.co.uk ]

Northern Ireland protocol meaning: What is the NI protocol? Why is it important?

Even if the UK leaves without a deal, the Northern Ireland protocol would kick in.

The Northern Ireland protocol replaced the NI backstop created as part of Theresa May’s deal.

The protocol is due to come into force on January 1, 2021, the end of the transition period.

10.09.2020 - 08:40 [ BBC ]

Brexit: UK and EU set for emergency talks as tensions rise

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove will meet EU official Maros Sefcovic in London to discuss how the development could affect the island of Ireland.

08.09.2020 - 16:41 [ Downing Street No. 10 - Gov.uk ]

Prime Minister’s words on EU negotiations: 7 September 2020

We are now entering the final phase of our negotiations with the EU.

The EU have been very clear about the timetable. I am too. There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on 15 October if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year. So there is no sense in thinking about timelines that go beyond that point. If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should both accept that and move on.

We will then have a trading arrangement with the EU like Australia’s.

08.09.2020 - 12:15 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson blasts EU claims he was planning to tear up Withdrawal Agreement

An angry official hit back: “The government is completely committed, as it always has been, to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol in good faith.”

A new law will be published this week that sets out Britain’s position — with No10 arguing it had to come this week in order to get through Parliament by December.

08.09.2020 - 11:50 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Brexit trade deal on the brink: Boris Johnson warns ‚contradictory‘ EU divorce terms on Northern Ireland must be overhauled as Michel Barnier arrives in London for crunch talks

The standoff turned nasty yesterday as Brussels voiced fury at UK threats to override parts of the Withdrawal Agreement thrashed out last year. Legislation would unilaterally ‚clarify‘ key parts of the settlement, including customs rules for Northern Ireland, that the EU insists should be resolved by a joint committee.

Despite Mr Barnier warning that step would end hopes for a trade deal, the PM’s chief negotiator Lord Frost increased the temperature again today, demanding ‚more realism‘ from the EU that the UK was now a sovereign country.

07.09.2020 - 10:12 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU will have just 38 days to strike a Brexit deal, warns Boris Johnson

The UK ‚cannot compromise on the fundamentals of what it means to be an independent country‘

07.09.2020 - 10:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Five weeks to seal Brexit… or we walk: Boris Johnson threatens to TEAR UP Withdrawal Agreement and remove Irish customs pledge as he insists No Deal would be ‚good outcome‘

– Boris Johnson says there is ’no sense‘ in faltering trade talks after October 15
– He says he won’t compromise on UK’s freedom to set own laws and fish in waters
– Mr Johnson insists a No Deal departure would still be a ‚good outcome‘
– Is is also reported today the UK could tear up parts of the Withdrawal Agreement
– Such a move could be seen as ‚bad faith‘ by the EU, lowering chances of a deal

06.09.2020 - 12:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚This time, we won’t blink‘: Boris Johnson’s chief negotiator warns EU that Britain will not become a ‚client state‘ of Brussels on the eve of crunch talks to avoid a No Deal Brexit

– Lord Frost warned Michel Barnier that the UK would not become a ‚client state‘
– He said EU needs to realise PM’s Government is adopting more steely approach
– Comments come ahead of Barnier’s arrival in London for a fresh round of talks

06.09.2020 - 12:25 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brexit LIVE: EU warned UK ‘serious’ about no deal threat – Boris prepared to WALK AWAY

A Government source said: „The EU must also realise that we are serious about leaving with an Australian-style trading relationship and reclaiming our independence as a sovereign nation if we cannot find acceptable terms.”

05.09.2020 - 11:39 [ theHill.com ]

Pentagon reaffirms decision to award multi-billion JEDI contract to Microsoft

The Pentagon on Friday reaffirmed its decision earlier this year to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft over Amazon.

02.09.2020 - 13:12 [ Times of India ]

In change of tack, EU leaves door open to COVID vaccines purchase through WHO

The move could allow EU governments to secure vaccines from companies that are not negotiating with Brussels, such as U.S. firms Merck, Inovio and Novavax. They are all in talks with the WHO scheme, dubbed COVAX, but have so far not been reported to be involved in negotiations with the EU Commission.

01.09.2020 - 09:11 [ Weißes Haus ]

Joint Statement by the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

The UAE and Israel wish to express their gratitude for the overwhelmingly positive response to this historic accord from governments around the world. They are especially grateful to President Donald J. Trump for his leadership and to his administration for the critical role it has played in achieving this diplomatic breakthrough. They are also greatly encouraged by the broad bipartisan support for this breakthrough from the United States Congress.

01.09.2020 - 09:01 [ i24news.tv ]

Historic US-Israeli delegation lands in Abu Dhabi with ‚Message of Peace‘

The first official flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landed Monday in Abu Dhabi, carrying an Israeli-American delegation to advance the landmark peace agreement between the two Middle Eastern states.

Leading the historic occasion, special White House advisor Jared Kushner addressed reporters at the airport promptly after landing, as Arab media televised the event under the title “Message of Peace.”

30.08.2020 - 19:32 [ The Jerusalem Post ]

Gantz to Kushner: Let’s work together to keep Israel’s military edge

Kushner, O’Brien, US Special Representative for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz and US Iran envoy Brian Hook, together with an Israeli delegation led by National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, are set to take the first-ever direct flight from Israel to the UAE on Monday, on an El Al plane bearing the word “peace” in Arabic, Hebrew and English in honor of the historic moment.

30.08.2020 - 12:17 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and a #US delegation are set to visit #Israel on Sunday

27.08.2020 - 20:42 [ Haaretz ]

How the UAE and Saudi Arabia Now Hold Israel Hostage

The UAE and Saudi Arabia now have significant leverage over Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians. And Riyadh is Israel’s real prize

27.08.2020 - 20:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s ‘Normalization’ Policy Will Turn Israel Into an Arab State

The fruits of the prime minister’s labors will ultimately propel Israel toward a single-state solution, but not before a long spell as an apartheid regime

26.08.2020 - 17:46 [ The Jordan Times ]

King holds trilateral summit with Egypt president, Iraq PM, reaffirms centrality of Palestinian cause

His Majesty King Abdullah, Egypt President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, and Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi on Tuesday held the third trilateral summit between Jordan, Egypt and Iraq in Amman.

26.08.2020 - 06:28 [ theGuardian.com ]

UN security council rejects US attempt to extend Iran sanctions

The US has suffered another humiliating diplomatic setback after the president of the UN security council rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to extend economic sanctions on Iran.

23.08.2020 - 12:04 [ MIT Technology Review ]

Inside NSO, Israel’s billion-dollar spyware giant

(19.08.2020)

In an age of ubiquitous technology and strong encryption, such “lawful hacking” has emerged as a powerful tool for public safety when law enforcement needs access to data. NSO insists that the vast majority of its customers are European democracies, although since it doesn’t release client lists and the countries themselves remain silent, that has never been verified.

23.08.2020 - 11:44 [ Haaretz ]

With Israel’s Encouragement, NSO Sold Spyware to UAE and Other Gulf States

The Israeli company has signed contracts with Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

21.08.2020 - 04:28 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

E3 Foreign Ministers‘ Statement on the JCPoA – Statement by the United Kingdom, France and Germany on the JCPoA

On 20 August, the US sent a letter to the UN Security Council requesting to initiate the ‘snapback’ mechanism, which allows a participant to the JCPoA to seek the reimposition against Iran of the multilateral sanctions lifted in 2015 in accordance with resolution 2231, adopted by the UN Security Council.

France, Germany and the United Kingdom (“the E3”) note that the US ceased to be a participant to the JCPoA following their withdrawal from the deal on 8 May, 2018. Our position regarding the effectiveness of the US notification pursuant to resolution 2231 has consequently been very clearly expressed to the Presidency and all UNSC members. We cannot therefore support this action which is incompatible with our current efforts to support the JCPoA.

21.08.2020 - 04:12 [ BBC ]

Iran nuclear deal: European nations ’siding with ayatollahs‘ – Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused European allies of „siding with the ayatollahs“ after they said the US could not reimpose sanctions on Iran.

The UK, France and Germany said the US did not have the legal right to trigger „snapback“ sanctions because it pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

20.08.2020 - 09:14 [ theHill.com ]

Netanyahu calls reported US F-35 sales to UAE ‚fake news‘

(19.08.2020)

But Netanyahu said Israel would oppose such a deal, as the Israeli military must maintain superiority in the region.

The peace agreement “did not include Israel’s consent to any arms deal whatsoever between the United States and the UAE,” according to a statement from Netanyahu’s office.

“The U.S. made clear to Israel that it will always ensure to protect Israel’s qualitative edge.”

20.08.2020 - 09:13 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu told Likud MK about UAE deal but left Gantz, Ashkenazi in dark

(17.08.2020)

The prime minister did not reveal the deal to Gantz or Ashkenazi, even though they are both former IDF chiefs of staff, because he was afraid they would leak the secret negotiations, Netanyahu said in an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper published on Monday.
„I have been working on this for years, and they have been here for just a couple of months,“ Netanyahu said.

20.08.2020 - 09:04 [ Times of Israel ]

Defense minister: It’s not good for Israel if other countries get F-35

(18.08.2020)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday warned that the proliferation of the F-35 fighter jet was “not good for Israel,” following reports that the United States would sell the advanced aircraft to the United Arab Emirates.

“It’s not good for Israel that the plane is going around in other places. We need to talk to the Emiratis, to the Americans, and make sure that our security interests are being upheld,” Gantz told reporters in a press conference.

20.08.2020 - 09:02 [ i24news.tv ]

US confirms review of potential F-35 sale to United Arab Emirates

On Wednesday, Channel 13 reported that Meir Ben-Shabbat, chief of Israel’s National Securit Council, approached Israeli Air Force head Amikam Norkin in June for a review of Israel’s position on such a sale.

According to the report, the move came in a breach of the command chain, as Ben-Shabbat was supposed to first speak with Defense Minister and Alternative Prime Minister Benny Gantz, whom Netanyahu kept in the dark in regards to the upcoming deal with the UAE.

19.08.2020 - 03:20 [ Haaretz ]

UAE Is an ‚Advanced Democracy,‘ Netanyahu Said – Then Deleted

In an interview with Sky News Arabia, the leading television channel in the UAE, Netanyahu was asked how the normalization deal between the UAE and Israel will serve regional peace. He answered: „Vastly. The deal connects the UAE with Israel; both of them are advanced democracies and their societies are advanced.“ Netanyahu uploaded a video of the interview to his Twitter account, and deleted it shortly after.

16.08.2020 - 16:29 [ France24.com ]

Trump promises ’snapback‘ to force return of UN Iran sanctions

The president was referring to the contested argument that the US remains a „participant“ in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — despite Trump’s withdrawal from it — and therefore can force a return to sanctions if it sees Iran as being in violation of its terms.

28.07.2020 - 05:08 [ Al Jazeera ]

Rafale: First French fighter jets head to India after purchase

They will refuel midair several times on the way, and will also make a stopover in Al Dhafra in the United Arab Emirates, where France has an airbase.

15.07.2020 - 15:02 [ Prospect.org ]

How Biden’s Foreign-Policy Team Got Rich – Strategic consultants will define Biden’s relationship to the world.

(06.07.2020)

They turned to an industry of power-brokering little known outside the capital: strategic consultancies. Retiring leaders often open firms bearing their names: Madeleine Albright has one, as do Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. Their strategic consultancies tend to blur corporate and governmental roles. This obscure corner of Washington is critical to understanding how a President Joe Biden would conduct foreign policy. He has been picking top advisers from this shadowy world.

25.06.2020 - 18:39 [ Xinhua ]

Israel agrees to receive U.S. donation of experimental drug Remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment

(17.06.2020)

Israel will receive a donation of Remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug for COVID-19, from its U.S. manufacturer, Israel’s prime minister’s office said on Tuesday.

The Israeli cabinet approved in a telephone vote the decision by the Health Ministry to issue a permit to accept a donation of the drug from Gilead Sciences Inc, the U.S. biopharmaceutical company that produces the drug.

25.06.2020 - 18:32 [ businesstoday.in ]

Coronavirus cure: Gilead signs pacts with 4 more firms for manufacturing of remdesivir

(14.06.2020)

Gilead Sciences Inc has signed agreements with four pharma companies, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, Biocon arm Syngene International Ltd, Zydu Cadila Ltd and Egypt-based Eva Pharma Pvt Ltd, for manufacturing and sale of remdesivir, which has shown greater impact during initial two phases of trials. The company had previously signed pacts with five other companies including Cipla, Jubilant Life, Hetero Drugs, Mylon and Pakistan’s Ferozsons Laboratories.

22.04.2020 - 18:05 [ Daily Beast ]

Team Trump Turns to Peter Thiel’s Palantir to Track Virus

Palantir, the data-mining firm created by investor Peter Thiel, is best known for its work with global intelligence, military, and law enforcement agencies. Now, the company has a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help the federal government create a new data platform called HHS Protect Now.

The Daily Beast has confirmed that Palantir will provide a major aspect of the analytics platform.

29.02.2020 - 16:21 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Strikes Deal With Taliban to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan

The United States signed a deal with the Taliban on Saturday that sets the stage to end America’s longest war — the nearly two-decade-old conflict in Afghanistan that began after the Sept. 11 attacks, killed tens of thousands of people, vexed three White House administrations and left mistrust and uncertainty on all sides.

14.02.2020 - 23:25 [ Reuters ]

Mexico’s oil regulator fires 18 employees from contract oversight unit

Mexico’s oil regulator fired 18 employees on Friday that formed part of a unit responsible for supervising some 100 exploration and production contracts won at auction by private companies including U.S.-based Exxon Mobil Corp and Britain’s BP.

13.02.2020 - 15:41 [ Express.co.uk ]

BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reveals next person set to get top Brexit role in Boris‘ reshuffle

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Laura Kuenssberg claimed Michael Gove could be given the role to look after the last leg of the Brexit trade negotiations in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle today.

08.02.2020 - 02:17 [ Reuters ]

China’s Ganfeng to take control of Argentina lithium project

China’s Ganfeng Lithium Co said on Friday it will take control of an Argentina lithium project it has been developing with Lithium Americas Corp, cementing its control over a key source of the white metal for electric vehicle batteries.

03.02.2020 - 03:22 [ The Times of Israel ]

Morocco’s military said to receive 3 Israeli reconnaissance drones

Morocco’s military reportedly took possession last week of three Israeli-made reconnaissance drones, sold to the Arab nation via France, despite the lack of any formal relations between the two countries.

The drones, of the “Heron” long-endurance models developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, were bought for some $48 million, according to French website Intelligence Online.

02.02.2020 - 11:57 [ BBC ]

Brexit: We won’t take your rules, PM to tell Brussels

The prime minister will use a speech on Monday to toughen his stance ahead of trade talks following the UK’s formal withdrawal from the bloc.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier will also set out his approach to the talks, which are due to start next month.

30.01.2020 - 02:22 [ European Parliament ]

Brexit deal approved by the European Parliament

Qualified majority vote in the Council to conclude the process, Brexit set to take place on 31 January 2020.

The Withdrawal Agreement was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday evening by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions.

29.01.2020 - 10:20 [ BBC ]

European Parliament: MEPs set to approve Brexit deal in historic vote

The landmark session is set to feature valedictory speeches and even music.

It will mark the final stage of the ratification process, ahead of the UK’s exit at 23:00 GMT on 31 January.

24.01.2020 - 20:54 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson signs Withdrawal Agreement in historic moment for UK and EU

Boris Johnson has signed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill that will bring the UK out of the EU on January 31.

The bill has taken two Conservative governments under two different prime ministers and more than a year to pass in Parliament.

Mr Johnson said it was a „fantastic moment“ that „delivers the result of the 2016 referendum and brings to an end far too many years of argument and division“.

18.01.2020 - 16:19 [ Oilprice.com ]

Mnuchin: US Works With China To Cut Off All Iranian Oil Imports

The United States is working closely with China to have it cut off altogether imports of Iranian crude oil, as the U.S. steps up sanctions pressure on the Iranian regime, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, told Fox News’ ‘Sunday Morning Futures’.

11.01.2020 - 18:41 [ Cyprus News Agency ]

Foreign Affairs Minister pays official visit to Greece

Cyprus Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides pays an official visit to Greece, on Monday, during which he is expected to sign with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations and Technical Cooperation and will be received by Greece`s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

07.01.2020 - 19:50 [ Anderson Cooper 360° / Twitter ]

Presidential candidate @BernieSanders hammers Joe Biden for his Iraq War, NAFTA votes. “I just don’t think that that kind of record is going to bring forth the kind energy we need to defeat Trump.”

29.12.2019 - 06:00 [ Greek Reporter ]

Greece Signs Deal with Lockheed Martin to Upgrade F-16 Fleet

The U.S. company will also supply information and continuous technical support for the operational autonomy of Greece’s F-16 fleet and expand its operational capability.

20.12.2019 - 15:59 [ theSun.co.uk ]

BREXIT BEGINS! Britain on way to Brexit as MPs FINALLY back Boris Johnson’s deal just days before Christmas

BRITAIN is officially on its way to leaving the EU on January 31 today after MPs finally backed Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal by a huge majority of 124.

There were loud cheers across the chamber as MPs opted by 358 – 234 to deliver the new deal after three years of dithering and delay.

20.12.2019 - 15:54 [ BBC ]

Brexit: MPs back Johnson’s bill

MPs have backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.

They voted 358 to 234 in favour of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which now goes on to further scrutiny in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

16.12.2019 - 16:42 [ BBC ]

General election 2019: MPs‘ vote on Brexit bill planned for Friday

The bill is expected to pass through Parliament in time to meet Boris Johnson’s promise for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.

15.12.2019 - 01:03 [ Anadolu Agency ]

Turkish lawmakers to ratify Libya military coop deal

The earlier memorandum on maritime boundaries asserted Turkey’s rights in the Eastern Mediterranean in the face of unilateral drilling by the Greek Cypriot administration, clarifying that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also has rights to the resources in the area. It went into effect on Dec. 8.

28.11.2019 - 17:05 [ Wall Street Journal ]

China Protests New U.S. Law Supporting Hong Kong but Signals Hope for Trade Deal

Despite harsh language criticizing what Beijing calls U.S. interference in China’s domestic affairs, and a second summoning of the U.S. ambassador in a week, China’s leadership still wants a deal to help alleviate pressure on its fast-weakening economy.

02.11.2019 - 12:18 [ Daily Mail ]

Boris Johnson takes no-deal off the table: PM’s manifesto will abandon the threat of crashing out of EU – and promise tax cuts – in bid to capture the centre ground after ruling out a pact with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party

– Johnson’s new manifesto will focus on achieving Brexit ‚immediately‘ with his ‚fantastic‘ deal
– According to the outgoing Culture Secretary, Nicky Morgan, a no-deal Brexit is now ‚effectively off the table‘
– Prime Minister promised tax cuts and to lift threshold at which people start paying National Insurance
– Johnson earlier rejected the offer of a pact with Farage and urged all Leave voters to back the Tories
– Decision to reject alliance offer puts the Tories and Brexit Party on course for a showdown at the ballot box

01.11.2019 - 12:29 [ theRegister.co.uk ]

China and Russia join to battle ‚illegal internet content,‘ which means what you fear it does

(09.10.2019)

More disturbing were the extraordinary technical capabilities that were used to remove – in real time – any mention of the death of Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Russia wishes to be equally restrictive although it does not appear to have the technical capabilities and it has not put itself behind a national firewall, at least not yet – it is working on it. It has instead focused on removing people’s ability to access information anonymously.

23.10.2019 - 17:24 [ Kreml ]

Memorandum of Understanding Between Turkey and the Russian Federation

1. The two sides reiterate their commitment to the preservation of the political unity and territorial integrity of Syria and the protection of national security of Turkey.

2. They emphasize their determination to combat terrorism in all forms and manifestations and to disrupt separatist agendas in the Syrian territory.

3. In this framework, the established status quo in the current Operation Peace Spring area covering Tel Abyad and Ras Al Ayn with a depth of 32 km will be preserved.

18.10.2019 - 19:35 [ Lawk Ghafuri, Reporter/Analyst covering Iraq for @RudawEnglish / Twitter ]

This is the signed paper deal btw #SDF & #Damascus regarding the distribution of regime army in Northern #Syria: – SAA to be stationed in #Manbij frontline toward #Kobani & all the way to west Tal Abyad. – In Tal Tamir toward Ras al-Ain all the way to #Qamishlo & south of Derik.

(15.10.2019)

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.

15.09.2019 - 09:39 [ NBC News ]

Trump brings up possible defense treaty that could boost Netanyahu’s re-election bid

„I had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel, that would further anchor the tremendous alliance between our two countries,“ Trump said on Twitter.

He added that he looked forward to continuing those discussions later this month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

13.09.2019 - 00:30 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Spain, Saudi sign $991m defence deal

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia signed a $991 million deal to adapt Navantia’s combat management systems for Saudi navy corvette ships.

An announcement, reported by the Saudi state news agency SPA, said the contract was signed earlier in the week at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019 exhibition at London’s ExCeL .

05.09.2019 - 05:53 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Brexit votes result: Bid to resurrect Theresa May’s deal passes by default

Moments before the vote on Wednesday night, Stephen Kinnock asked MPs to vote on his amendment, which would create a vote on Mrs May’s long-dead deal.

Then, in bizarre scenes, the Labour MP’s amendment was approved automatically because nobody from the government volunteered to count the ’no‘ votes.

This means that due to a technicality, the amendment is now part of the Bill and will become law if it is passed by the House of Lords.

05.09.2019 - 01:31 [ Herald-Tribune ]

Pentagon chief says talks ’still ongoing‘ to end Afghan war

Esper said he planned to update NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the Afghanistan situation at dinner Wednesday in Stuttgart, Germany.

Later in the week Esper is meeting with counterparts in London and Paris.

23.08.2019 - 19:37 [ Japan Today ]

Japan, U.S. negotiators fail to reach agreement on trade

Thursday’s talks followed a five and a half hour meeting on Wednesday, suggesting negotiators were making last-minute efforts to reach some agreement when Japanese and U.S. leaders meet on the sidelines of a weekend Group of Seven summit in France.

Motegi said he will fly straight to France and may join the meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump, where the two will likely discuss trade among other topics.

22.08.2019 - 17:48 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea to ditch military info-sharing pact with Japan amid trade fight

The government concluded that it does not meet the national interest to maintain the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), which was signed for the purpose of sharing „sensitive military information,“ he said in a statement.

He pointed out that Japan had dropped South Korea from its whitelist of trusted trade partners „without providing clear ground“ for the move, which has led to a „grave change in security cooperation circumstances between the two nations.“

07.08.2019 - 03:36 [ Naval Today ]

Turkey’s Preveze submarines getting SERO 400 periscopes

Turkish defense technology company STM has contracted Germany’s Hensoldt to deliver SERO 400 periscopes for the Turkish Navy’s four Preveze-class submarines… The contract awarded to Hensoldt is worth some 40 million euros, the company said, adding that this was the first time that two SERO 400 systems would be combined.

04.08.2019 - 09:50 [ theHindu.com ]

Eighth round of U.S., Taliban peace talks to start in Doha Aug. 3: officials

Two sources with knowledge of the talks said an agreement on the withdrawal of foreign forces in exchange for security guarantees by the Taliban is expected before Aug.13

About 20,000 foreign troops, most of them American, are now in Afghanistan as part of a U.S.-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces.

30.07.2019 - 05:24 [ theHill.com ]

Senate fails to override Trump veto on Saudi arms sale

The Senate on Monday failed to override President Trump’s vetoes of resolutions blocking his arms deal with Saudi Arabia, marking the latest setback for critics of Riyadh.

Senators voted 45-40, 45-39 and 46-41 on the override attempts, falling well short of the two-thirds majority needed to nix Trump’s veto.

23.07.2019 - 20:13 [ WaronWant.org ]

Brexit: What now for TTIP, CETA and UK trade?

(24.06.2016)

Brexit has created the potential greater democratic control of trade deals. And we must ensure we use that to craft a trade policy that is geared to justice for the many rather than profits for the few.

20.07.2019 - 18:24 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia agrees with Saudi Arabia to extend OPEC+ oil output deal

(29.07.2019)

Putin, speaking after talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, told a news conference the deal – which is due to expire on Sunday – would be extended in its current form and with the same volumes.

29.06.2019 - 16:12 [ MercoPress ]

EU and Mercosur reach historic agreement creating a 780 million people market

The European Union and Mercosur reached on Friday a political agreement for an ambitious, balanced and comprehensive trade agreement. The EU is the first major partner to strike a trade pact with Mercosur, a bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil Paraguay and Uruguay.

28.06.2019 - 18:38 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Vietnam-EU pacts show trade war reshaping industry

The EU and Vietnam reportedly agreed to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) and an investment protection agreement (IPA) on Sunday in Hanoi, a development that can be seen as a response to US trade protectionism.

27.06.2019 - 17:28 [ Daily Mail ]

Japan’s foreign minister reveals he has privately begged Boris and Hunt to avoid a No-Deal Brexit amid fears it will devastate the automotive industry

Japan’s Foreign Minister has warned that Britain leaving the EU without a trade deal could threaten the UK’s automotive industry.

Tarō Kōno today said that a No Deal exit would have ‚very negative‘ consequences for more than 1,000 Japanese firms operating in the UK.

27.06.2019 - 17:25 [ Asahi Shimbun ]

EU, Japan seek to push through trade deal before Brexit

(01.03.2018)

„It’s a very high priority that it enter force before the end of March 2019,“ he said at a conference at the CEPS think tank in Brussels, referring to the date when Britain is set to leave the EU.

If a deal entered into force before Brexit, it could apply automatically to Britain during a post-March 2019 transition period of around two years. Otherwise, it might not.

27.06.2019 - 17:22 [ BBC ]

Japan urges UK to avoid no-deal Brexit

He also doubted the UK could sign a new trade deal with Japan – or other nations – before leaving the EU.

„I don’t think so,“ said Mr Kono when asked if he thought it was possible, adding there would be „some kind of gap“ before a deal could be agreed.

26.06.2019 - 11:15 [ Medium.com ]

Saudi Arabia, South Korea and the US- A Bid for a Nuclear Deal.

(05.05.2018)

Precisly for that reason, the enrichment provision in the 2011 Saudi-South Korean agreement is of vital: “Uranium transferred pursuant to this Agreement or used in any equipment so transferred shall not be enriched to twenty (20) percent or more in the isotope U-235 unless the Parties otherwise agree.” In other words, the agreement permits KSA to build enrichment facilities generally, and in particular the enrichment to 20% of uranium supplied. The reason this is worrying and eerily reminiscent of the Iran deal, is its counter intuitive nature. To go past 20% enrichment to a bomb explosive level, it takes one-tenth of the work it took to get to 20%. It is especially worrying when the Saudi prince states that if Iran got a bomb, the Kingdom would too, “as soon as possible.”

25.06.2019 - 19:35 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson clashes with Bank of England chief over whether Britain can strike a deal to continue free trade with EU after Brexit

In a stormy LBC interview, Mr Johnson was repeatedly challenged by interviewer Nick Ferrari to say if he was accusing Mark Carney of being wrong.

Mr Johnson insisted Britain would be allowed to use world trade laws to enjoy a period without any changes to tariffs that would endanger exports, something the Bank Governor and many others have stressed would be impossible to demand without agreement in Brussels.

30.05.2019 - 11:27 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚There’s a deep pit in Hell reserved for you, Michael! Boris Johnson allies react with fury as Gove stabs ex-mayor in the back saying he is not up to being PM – and insists HE should get the job instead

(30.06.2016)

– Boris Johnson abandons ambitions of becoming PM after Michael Gove drops him and launches own campaign
– Justice Secretary says Johnson was not up to job and questions if his ‚heart and soul‘ were in pushing through Brexit
– Boris aide said to have vented anger at Gove in expletive-laden text accusing him of plotting to win keys to No10
– Furious Conservative MP Jake Berry says on Twitter that there is a ‚very deep pit reserved in Hell‘ for Gove
– Alliance between Leave campaigners ripped up as Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom enters Tory contest
– Home Secretary Theresa May installed as favourite after delivering bravura performance at her launch

26.05.2019 - 11:50 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson’s allies accuse Michael Gove of ’systematic and calculated plot‘ to destroy his leadership hopes

(30.06.2016)

Until Wednesday night, Mr Johnson had appeared the firm favourite to take over from David Cameron as Tory leader, and therefore prime minister. But shortly after 9am on Thursday, he learnt that he was the victim of the most spectacular political assassination in a generation.

26.05.2019 - 11:39 [ theGuardian.com ]

Michael Gove delivered the biggest blow to Boris Johnson’s career yet

(30.06.2016)

Michael Gove’s sensational entry to the Tory leadership race has electrified a contest that had hitherto been proceeding predictably enough towards a final round between Theresa May and Boris Johnson. The justice secretary’s statement tore up the script and, extraordinarily, persuaded the former London mayor not to run.

23.05.2019 - 17:30 [ Evening Standard ]

Theresa May halts vote on new Brexit deal as her leadership enters ‚death spiral‘

Theresa May caved in to her Cabinet today by dramatically halting her Brexit withdrawal Bill in a move that heightened expectations she will resign as Tory leader tomorrow.

23.05.2019 - 17:29 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tories urge Philip May to make the PM accept ‚reality‘ and QUIT after she humiliatingly PULLS her hated Brexit Bill – as the party faces disaster in EU elections today

MPs have been told the legislation will not now be published tomorrow and the second reading will not take place in the first week of June – despite Mrs May previously laying out the timetable.

The humiliating retreat is the clearest sign yet that Mrs May’s time in power is drawing to a close, after fury at her compromise offer for the Commons to vote on whether to hold another Brexit referendum.

23.05.2019 - 01:10 [ Tagesschau ]

Weiterer Rücktritt im Brexit-Chaos

Leadsom nahm als „Leader of the House of Commons“ eine zentrale Rolle im britischen Kabinett ein. Die Brexit-Befürworterin war nach dem Votum der Briten für den EU-Austritt 2016 und dem Rücktritt von David Cameron als Regierungschef zunächst gegen May angetreten, hatte sich dann aber aus dem Rennen zurückgezogen.

22.05.2019 - 18:37 [ Sam Coates Times ‏/ Twitter ]

Theresa May looks like she’s trying to tough it out. 1. @Steven_Swinford reportings she’s refusing to see ministers tonight. 2. Tomorrow EU elex polling day mean broadcasters cannot report politics, scuppering momentum. 3. Then it’s recess until June 4. #JapaneseknotweedPM

22.05.2019 - 17:41 [ Jason Groves, political editor of the Daily Mail. / Twitter ]

Rumours – unconfirmed, but also not denied – that the PM is planning a statement from Downing Street tonight

22.05.2019 - 17:28 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚She needs to go‘: Now May’s Cabinet ministers line up to face the PM in private meetings as MPs demand she quit TODAY amid fury at disastrous Brexit Bill second referendum promise

– Theresa May’s plan to bring forward new Brexit Bill is in tatters after repeated attempts to woo Labour MPs
– Her chances of getting the deal through are fading as Tories voice opposition with 65-plus set to rebel
– Michael Gove has refused to guarantee that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill would come to the Commons
– Tory 1922 committee is meeting at 4pm – after PM faces Commons – with members pledging to topple her

22.05.2019 - 17:28 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Brexit latest news: Theresa May faces full-scale revolt as Tory MPs call on 1922 Committee to pave way for fresh confidence vote

Theresa May’s premiership is on the brink amid a full-scale revolt over her new Brexit deal, with Tory MPs calling for a change in the party rules to facilitate a leadership challenge.

22.05.2019 - 17:26 [ theSun.co.uk ]

END GAME: Cabinet abandons isolated Theresa May as Brexiteers plot to kick her out TODAY

As Mrs May faces her final battle:
– Tory grandees threaten to change party rules so the leader can be removed immediately
– Fed-up backbenchers said she should go now and leave Brexit to her successor
– The PM’s DUP allies warned she is leaving Britain at the mercy of the EU
– Even Mrs May’s most loyal MPs said she should scrap the planned vote on her deal

22.05.2019 - 17:24 [ Evening Standard ]

Brexit latest: Cabinet ministers meet to plot call for Theresa May’s resignation

Environment Secretary Michael Gove gave an apparent hint that a big Commons vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, due in the week of June 3, should be pulled.

Sources said several Cabinet ministers agreed with him that the vital Bill should be kept back for a new Tory leader to manage.

22.05.2019 - 17:21 [ BBC ]

Brexit: No 10 plans to stand firm as PM’s future unclear

A long-standing – but not usually a very public – critic likened me to a spectator at the guillotine as I stalked the commons corridors.

I asked him when he felt the political blade would fall on Theresa May’s premiership.

With a smile, he said: „Soon – very soon.“

22.05.2019 - 05:03 [ Laura Kuenssberg, political editor / Twitter‏ ]

3. But senior govt figure tonight absolutely adamant vote on the bill will happen, suggesting some Labour MPs are privately making positive noises

22.05.2019 - 05:01 [ Labour Leave ‏/ Twitter ]

May now offering MPs second referendum if they vote for her colony agreement. This government is just beyond shameless. This whole stitch up really is deplorable to watch unfold and will only increase resentment and alienation among leave voters #brexit

22.05.2019 - 04:35 [ Andrea Jenkyns, Member of Parliament / Twitter ]

!!!!!!! How to Not deliver Brexit! Farcical.

22.05.2019 - 04:26 [ Zac Goldsmith, Member of Parliament / Twitter ]

I supported the PM’s rotten deal last time as I felt we could then draw a line and select a new PM to pick up the pieces. But I cannot support this convoluted mess. That it takes us towards a rigged referendum between her deal and no Brexit is just grotesque. The PM must go.

22.05.2019 - 04:21 [ Patrick O'Flynn, East of England MEP (SDP) / Twitter ]

Total betrayal of the British people. If the parliamentary Tory Party does not remove her now I think the Tories are headed for Canada-style wipeout.

22.05.2019 - 04:02 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

You could almost hear MPs headbutt the wall in anger: HENRY DEEDES sees the PM deliver an emotional plea

I fear we are in for a long, hot summer.

22.05.2019 - 03:52 [ theSun.co.uk ]

ULTIMAYTE BETRAYAL: Theresa May faces new coup after gamble to force deal through by offering second referendum backfired

Senior Tory backbenchers will now try to force a confidence vote in the PM when the party’s grandees meet at 4pm on Wednesday.

Brexiteer Nigel Evans said: “She has U-turned on absolutely everything. We cannot put up with this any longer.

22.05.2019 - 03:42 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Theresa May Backs Vote on Second Referendum

Theresa May has committed to ‘ten commandments’ as part of the new offer she is putting before Parliament in one final attempt to pass her Withdrawal Agreement. They include a vote on a second referendum. Read them here:

21.05.2019 - 17:31 [ Patrick O'Flynn, East of England MEP (SDP) / Twitter ]

If May paves way for 2nd referendum the Brexit Party goes over 40%.

21.05.2019 - 17:24 [ Bloomberg Brexit ‏/ Twitter ]

The pound surged on news that Theresa May is set to offer British MPs a vote on a second Brexit referendum

20.05.2019 - 08:45 [ theSun.co.uk ]

DOOMED FOR DEFEAT: Cabinet Ministers set to urge Theresa May to scrap her final Brexit Vote

“We can’t just go on using up all the lifelines.”

Another Cabinet source said they couldn’t see the point of holding a vote on the Withdrawal Bill when Labour was against it, and several Tories who backed it in March were now opposed.

“It’s only going to stoke up more anger,” they said.

20.05.2019 - 08:34 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Theresa May’s ‚bold Brexit offer‘ is just a ‚retread‘ of old ideas, leaked document suggests

Theresa May’s final attempt to get a Brexit deal through Parliament appears doomed after a leaked document suggested it was nothing more than a “retread” of old ideas.

17.05.2019 - 05:18 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Theresa May resists calls to name date of departure but vows to discuss leadership election timetable after vote on Brexit deal

Mrs May will meet Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, to set out a timetable for her departure after the second reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning June 3, he said today.

11.05.2019 - 13:31 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Theresa May REFUSES to set a resignation date despite Tory demands ‚because she believes it will make passing her Brexit deal impossible‘

Setting a definite date could see the Prime Minister’s Brexiteer critics hold out for her departure, rather than backing her deal for the UK to leave the EU.

But chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers Sir Graham Brady is still insisting Mrs May sets a leaving date when she meets with his executive team next Thursday, the Sun reported.

06.05.2019 - 11:04 [ Bloomberg Politics / Youtube ]

Trump Ramps Up Pressure on China to Complete Trade Deal

May.05 — President Trump is ramping up pressure on China to finalize a trade deal during talks in Washington this week. He’s threatening to more than double tariffs on $200B of Chinese sales to the U.S. and he posed new import taxes.

30.04.2019 - 15:10 [ Brendan Chilton / Twitter ]

Trade Union movement is not in favour of a second referendum. Tonight the Communication Workeea Union reaffirmed their opposition. ASLEF is opposed as is UNITE.

30.04.2019 - 15:08 [ BBC ]

Labour’s NEC Brexit meeting: What is at stake?

But the need to fight European elections – taking place on 23 May – has led 34 of the party’s candidates to say that this ambiguity is no longer sustainable.

Around 100 MPs from across the party agree with them.

They want a clear commitment to a referendum under all circumstances.

30.04.2019 - 14:08 [ CorporateEurope.org ]

ECJ confirms legality of unfair corporate tribunals in EU trade deals

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today ruled that provisions for investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS, rebranded as ICS – Investment Court System) in the EU-Canada trade deal CETA are compatible with EU law.

This decision dangerously legitimises a mechanism that enables companies to claim multi-billion sum damages from governments that dare to stand up to their power. The ruling also comes as a blow to millions of citizens who have spoken out against this parallel justice system for corporations, most recently, more than 555,000 petitioners from all over Europe demanded an end to the ISDS system in all its forms.

30.04.2019 - 13:59 [ CBC.ca ]

EU court rules in favour of Canada’s free-trade deal with bloc

The European Union-Canada free-trade agreement’s provisions to protect investors do not breach EU law, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday in a major relief for proponents of the deal that came into force in 2017.

30.04.2019 - 13:20 [ Paul Embery, Blue Labour / Twitter ]

Daniel Hannan and David Willetts on Newsnight telling us that trade unions have no role in the modern workplace. Really? Austerity, precarious employment, zero-hours contracts, the gig economy? Trade unions are as vital as ever. Never. Vote. Tory.

30.04.2019 - 12:41 [ Martin Durkin ‏/ Twitter ]

For ‚productive talks‘ read ‚disgraceful conspiracy‘. Conniving Remainers are racing to kill Brexit before we get to the ballot box.

30.04.2019 - 12:31 [ Telegraph Politics / Twitter ]

Jeremy Hunt warns Theresa May Tory support will collapse if she signs up to a customs union with Labour

Live Brexit news:

30.04.2019 - 12:29 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

Hopes of Brexit breakthrough rise as Labour and Tories hail ‚productive‘ talks

Hopes of a Brexit deal being struck between Labour and the Government have risen after both sides said progress had been made in the latest round of talks.

30.04.2019 - 12:26 [ Exiting the European Union Committee / Twitter ]

Tomorrow morning we will be examining the post-#Brexit trading relationship between the UK and EU, focusing on a customs union:

20.04.2019 - 11:13 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Nancy Pelosi steps up pressure on UK over Irish border

(18.4.2019)

So this was a message to some Brexiteers: if the Irish government is not happy, we will block a trade deal.

A US deal is perhaps the ultimate prize for the free-trading, ‚Global Britain‘ branch of the Brexit movement.

It would demonstrate that Brexit was worthwhile, that it allowed the UK to land big deals as an independent trading nation.

11.04.2019 - 15:10 [ Metro.co.uk ]

Theresa May announces yet more votes as she faces MPs after Brexit delay

Theresa May has announced she will hold yet more votes with MPs to determine what kind of deal they want if Labour and the Tories can’t work out a new Brexit deal amongst themselves.

10.04.2019 - 11:51 [ ITV.com ]

Another year in Brexit limbo dominates the front pages

Brexit leads most of Wednesday’s papers as EU leaders gather in Brussels for another crunch summit when they will be asked to sign off on a second extension.

09.04.2019 - 15:30 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Liam Fox tells Tory MPs that Customs Union will be ‚worst of both worlds‘ in leaked letter

Liam Fox has told Tory MPs that a Customs Union is the „worst of both worlds“ and will leave Britain unable to set its own trade policy in a leaked letter obtained by The Telegraph.

The International Trade Secretary said that the UK will itself be „traded“ by the European Union as it sells access to British markets as part of future deals after Brexit.

09.04.2019 - 13:42 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Nein means NEIN! Merkel ‚will rebuff May’s desperate pleas‘ in Berlin as Macron vows to get even TOUGHER on year-long Brexit delay with a ’stop Boris‘ clause to prevent a new Brexiteer PM ‚vandalizing‘ the EU

– Theresa May will jet to Berlin and then on to Paris today to urge Merkel and Macron to agree Brexit delay
– Their price is expected to be to refuse to let the UK have any say in future EU budget talks and trade deals

09.04.2019 - 13:40 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Brexit news: Behave to earn long Article 50 extension, EU set to tell Theresa May

Theresa May was today ordered by Germany and France to accept “very strict” conditions in return for a Brexit delay.

In a fresh humiliation, the Prime Minister was told she can only have a longer extension of Article 50 if Britain is bound by a good behaviour contract.

07.04.2019 - 23:47 [ Reuters ]

Iran says reaches understanding with Iraq to develop two oilfields

Iran and Iraq have reached an understanding about developing two oilfields on their mutual border, Iran’s oil minister was quoted saying on Sunday, a day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for increased trade between the two countries.

04.04.2019 - 12:47 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

May-Corbyn customs union is constitutional nonsense and a total victory for Brussels

So we lurch towards a permanent customs union and British infeudation as a non-voting member of the EU legal and regulatory system. This can end only in acrimony and years of bitter conflict with Europe.

Sooner or later an explosive issue will arise. It will become clear why a G7 industrial democracy with 65 million people cannot subcontract swaths of policy-making to a foreign power.

04.04.2019 - 12:39 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

By allying with Corbyn, our kamikaze PM has declared war on her own party

Has it really come to this? Are we really stuck with a Tory Prime Minister who believes Jeremy Corbyn to be the country’s last hope of salvation? Is this just a nightmare from which we are all about to awake, or is Theresa May actually for real?

04.04.2019 - 12:32 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Hammond: Second Referendum is ‘Perfectly Credible Proposition’

This will go down like a cup of cold sick with Tories already incensed by Theresa May’s approach to Jeremy Corbyn. Both Steve Barclay and May herself refused to rule out second referendums yesterday, a Government source confirmed to Guido then that nothing was off the table besides a full-on revocation of Article 50. Brexiteers fear an even greater betrayal coming…

04.04.2019 - 09:33 [ Shehab Khan, Journalist & television pundit / Twitter ]

Wow – interesting development. Philip Hammond just said there is a „credible case“ for a second referendum and it should be „tested in Parliament“. His rhetoric on a second referendum has been moving quite drastically in recent weeks:

04.04.2019 - 09:28 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Philip Hammond seeks to soothe Brexit fears at Goldman Sachs party

Industry sources said Mr Hammond tried to strike an upbeat tone on Brexit at the US investment bank’s 150th anniversary party in the Natural History Museum, which Mr Solomon travelled to London to attend.

A Treasury spokesman confirmed that Mr Hammond met with Mr Solomon as well as other senior figures at the event. About 700 guests listened to a speech by Mr Solomon, who replaced Lloyd Blankfein in October, on the „challenges“ posed to Europe by Brexit.

04.04.2019 - 08:43 [ Express.co.uk ]

Theresa May and Corbyn COALITION? Will May TEAM UP with Labour leader in new governmen?

THERESA MAY and Jeremy Corbyn have agreed to further cross-party talks in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock – but could we see a coalition between the two party leaders?

03.04.2019 - 18:09 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Jeremy Corbyn says crunch Brexit talks with Theresa May went ‚very well‘

After the talks, which lasted just over two hours, Jeremy Corbyn told the Mirror that they had gone „very well“ and that he expected to sit down again with the PM soon.

Talks between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were took place in the Prime Minister’s office in the Commons.