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Charles vows UK's - special partnership' with Romania will endure

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:43:44 +0100

The Prince of Wales has begun his tour of Europe by pledging Britain's special relationship with Romania will endure as the UK formally began to sever ties with the EU. Charles, who has close ties with the country, reaffirmed his, and Britain's friendship, with Romania and its people on the day Article 50 was triggered - starting the formal process of Brexit.




Essay: Britain strikes historic blow to EU; will go it alone

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:15:25 +0100

Britain will go it alone - turning its back on decades of integration to control its own borders and free itself from the European Union's spider web of rules and regulations. It is a bold and risky move for this proud island nation.




The Latest: Gibraltar leader says British ties not in play

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:15:24 +0100

British Prime Minister Theresa May will invoke Article 50... . Sir Tim Barrow, the UK's permanent representative in Brussels arrives at his office at the UK permanent representation to the EU in Brussels Wednesday March 29, 2017.




Federal government called - irresponsible' for skipping upcoming nuclear disarmament talks

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:47:07 +0100

A former Canadian ambassador for nuclear disarmament is accusing the Trudeau government of "irresponsible leadership" as Canada skips out on "historic" talks at the United Nations this week. Douglas Roche, also a former parliamentarian, said in an interview Tuesday that if Canada wants a seat on the UN Security Council, it shouldn't be so "fearful" of the United States.




NATO, Russia ambassadors to meet to resolve differences

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:12:43 +0100

Ambassadors from NATO and Russia will meet this week for the first time this year in a fresh attempt to resolve some of their differences. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement Tuesday that a NATO-Russia Council - their main forum for dialogue - would be held at the military alliance's Brussels headquarters on Thursday.




Senate Votes to Approve Montenegro's Admission to NATO

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:53:21 +0100

Montenegro is set to become NATO's newest member after the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to ratify the tiny Balkan nation's entry into the alliance. Senators voted 97-2 on Tuesday to admit Montenegro, with only Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah voting "no."




US official: Trump to meet China's Xi first week in April

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:17:10 +0100

In this March 5, 2017 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing's Great Hall of the People. A senior State Department official says Chinese President Xi will meet with President Donald Trump the first full week of April.




Unfriendly fire: US strikes that have killed civilians

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:06:54 +0100

The explosion in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last week, which residents say killed more than 100 civilians, may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike, making it potentially one of the deadliest attacks on civilians ever carried out by American forces. The U.S. military says it is investigating the blast, which may have been caused by an Islamic State truck bomb that was either hit by the airstrike or detonated by the militants near a building packed with dozens of civilians.




Cheney blasts Russia's alleged interference in US election

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:00:31 +0100

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has criticized Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election, calling it a hostile act. Russian President Vladimir Putin made a serious attempt to interfere in the 2016 election and other democratic processes in America, Cheney said.




US Air Force considers dumping undefeated F-15

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:39:11 +0100

A 1980s-era combat jet that has long been hailed as the most successful dog-fighting aircraft in US history may have finally met its match. It is not an enemy plane that is threatening to end the F-15 Eagle's 40-year reign as king of the skies, but rather the US Air Force's latest cost-cutting efforts.




The Offender of the Free World

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:40:53 +0100

Truculent Trump has abdicated responsibility. Europe must step into the void.



For Turkish president, referendum on power is a big gamble

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:56:20 +0100

In a slick online video, 22-year-old Turkish student Ali Gul sits in front a drum kit and framed artwork while making tart remarks about Turkey's political leadership. He wraps up by musing that he'll probably get arrested if the video goes viral.




NATO to spend 3 billion euros on satellite, cyber defences

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:35:59 +0100

NATO plans to spend 3 billion euros to upgrade its satellite and computer technology over the next three years as the Western military alliance adapts to new threats, a senior official said. FILE PHOTO - A NATO flag flies at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, March 2, 2014.




Montenegro's bid to join NATO clears US Senate hurdle

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:38:21 +0100

Legislators and advocates in Kansas pushing to expand the state's health coverage for the poor and disabled to thousands of adults are buoyed by events in Washington. Legislators and advocates in Kansas pushing to expand the state's health coverage for the poor and disabled to thousands of adults are buoyed by events in Washington.




Montenegro NATO accession clears hurdle in U.S. Senate

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:38:20 +0100

The Balkan country of Montenegro was on the verge of becoming NATO's newest member on Monday after U.S. senators voted overwhelmingly to clear the way for a long-delayed final vote on its accession to the alliance. The vote was 97-2 in favour of ending debate and allowing a vote later this week on the ratification of its NATO membership, far more than the 60 needed.




US Senate advances approval of Montenegro into NATO

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:38:19 +0100

The US Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to advance the approval of Montenegro as the newest member of NATO, in what supporters of the alliance's expansion argue would send a stern message to Russia. Republican Senator Rand Paul, pictured in March 2017, warned that it was "unwise to expand the monetary obligations" of the United States.




Merkel Vows to Fight for Re-Election

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:46:02 +0100

German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to fight hard to win a fourth term in September after an unexpectedly clear state election victory, and left the door open to changing her coalition partner after the national vote. Merkel, at the helm of Europe's biggest economy for almost 12 years, said she expects a tough campaign even after her Christian Democratic Union kept its hold on the western state of Saarland, Germany's second-smallest state, in an election on Sunday.




Global Jewish group celebrates new Central Europe office

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:45:57 +0100

The AJC, a 111-year-old organization based in New York, has a long history of engagement in the region. It was the first Jewish organization to call for recognizing German unification after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it supported Central and Eastern European nations as they worked to become democracies and join the European Union and NATO.




Bulgaria’s Ex-Premier Nears Return to Power in a Key Election for Europe

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:33:53 +0100

The result was seen as a sign that Bulgarians still see their future lying more with the European Union and less with Russia.



Germany Reacts to Merkel-Trump Visit: ‘Could Have Been a Lot Worse’

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:32:47 +0000

Germans saw Ms. Merkel’s first visit with Mr. Trump with a pragmatism similar to the chancellor’s, but his remarks 24 hours later pointed to differences on policy.



Trump, Day After Merkel’s Visit, Says Germany Pays NATO and U.S. Too Little

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:42:09 +0000

President Trump, a day after an awkward meeting with the German chancellor, started his weekend at his Florida estate by using Twitter to accuse Germany of shortchanging its allies.



Merkel Meets Trump, the Defender Versus the Disrupter

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:08:24 +0000

Mr. Trump and Ms. Merkel made a show of working together, but they could not disguise the gulf that separates them on many thorny issues.



Merkel’s Playbook for Trump

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:05:47 +0000

Angela Merkel and Donald Trump couldn't be more different. They disagree on immigration, NATO, the European Union and trade. As they meet for the first time as world leaders, here are the factors that may shape their relationship.



Turkey’s Ugly Spat With Europe

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:01:05 +0000

The Turkish prime minister’s accusations are a campaign perk for right-wing European populists.



Mr. Trump’s Threat to Europe’s Security

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:07:33 +0000

Fearing they may not be able to rely on the United States, European leaders seek ways to rely on themselves.



The East Europeans Do an About-Face

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:40:23 +0000

Why would people who fought so hard to join the West now turn against groups that promote human rights?



E.U. Moves to Create Military Training Headquarters

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:02:08 +0000

France and Germany back the plan, despite concerns about possible overlap with NATO.