Tag: European Union

British Voters Go To The Polls In National Election

Polls are open in the United Kingdom for a general election that Prime Minister Theresa May might wish she hadn’t scheduled. When May called the snap election in April, her Conservative Party was 20 points ahead of the main opposition Labour Party, and she argued that she needed a larger majority in Parliament to negotiate…

Macron, Le Pen Advance To 2nd Round In French Election

Centrist independent Emmanuel Macron led the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday, and will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a May 7 runoff. With nearly all of the ballots counted, Macron led the 11-candidate field with just under 24 percent of the vote, followed by Le Pen with 21.4 percent. The…

British PM Calls General Election in Face of Brexit Fight

British Prime Minister Theresa May stunned political observers Tuesday when she called a snap general election to take place June 8th. In a dramatic statement outside Downing Street, May said she was calling the election to stop the “political game playing” of politicians seeking to oppose or water down the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from…

Truck Driven Into a Crowd in Stockholm, Injuring Several

Authorities in Sweden’s capital say a beer truck was driven into a crowd of people on a pedestrian street and into a department store in the center part of the city on Friday. At least two people have been killed and many more have been injured, according to local reports. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet quoted a…

Britain Formally Triggers Brexit

A letter signed by Prime Minister Theresa May has been delivered to European Council President Donald Tusk, formally triggering Britain’s exit from the European Union. The letter was handed over by Tim Barrow, Britain’s permanent representative to the EU. By invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, Britain now has two years to negotiate an…

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Gets 15 Days In Jail

A defiant Alexei Navalny was sentenced Monday to 15 days in jail for resisting arrest and fined 20,000 rubles (about $350) for organizing Russia’s nationwide anti-government protests over the weekend. With a selfie posted to Twitter from a Moscow court, the Russian opposition leader sent a tweet reading, “The time will come when we will…

Theresa May Will Trigger Article 50 On 29 March for BREXIT

Theresa May will trigger article 50 on Wednesday 29 March, the prime ministers spokesman has confirmed. The UKs permanent representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, notified the EU on Monday morning that a letter should be expected on that date. May, who was visiting Swansea on Monday, intended to visit Northern Ireland and…

North Korea Fires 4 Projectiles Into Sea Of Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, with three landing in his country’s exclusive economic zone. A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman said “several projectiles” fired from North Korea’s North Pyongan province flew about 620 miles. The U.S. and South Korea are conducting…

President Trump To Meet With British Prime Minister Theresa May

President Trump is hosting his first world leader Friday, holding talks and a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May. May and Trump separately addressed congressional Republicans on Thursday, with May touting the benefits of a strong United Nations, NATO alliance, and European Union, all organizations Trump has disparaged. Britain is looking to…

U.K. Court Rules Parliament Must Approve Brexit [VIDEO]

England’s High Court ruled Thursday the British government can’t formally launch the Brexit process without Parliament’s approval. The government can appeal, and it is expected to do so. Still, the ruling marked a clear setback for Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for the country’s exit from the European Union. Lawmakers could demand changes in May’s…

EU: Apple Must Repay $14.5 Billion In Back Taxes To Ireland

A European Union ruling Tuesday determined that Apple owes Ireland $14.5 billion in taxes and must now pay up. The amount makes the ruling the largest the organization has ever issued on a single company. Apple executives said the company will appeal the decision and believe the ruling “upended the international tax system,” CNN reports.…

Brexit Leader Boris Johnson Quits Prime Minister Race [VIDEO]

Boris Johnson, who was favorite to become Britain’s next prime minister a few days ago, sensationally pulled out of the race Thursday. He was stunned a few hours earlier when his closest ally turned against him. Michael Gove, who was going to be Johnson’s campaign manager, announced that he would stand for the leadership himself…

Trump In Scotland: Brexit A ‘Good Thing’ [VIDEO]

Donald Trump is visiting the United Kingdom and has given his perspective on its vote to exit the European Union. “You can’t unite a country by forcing things down people’s throats, and that’s what happened here,” he said at a press conference in Scotland. The presumptive Republican nominee, who recently admitted to a reporter that…

Prime Minister David Cameron Resigns [VIDEO]

David Cameron, the British prime minister, has announced that he will resign following a humiliating defeat in a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. Cameron’s voice cracked with emotion as he revealed he would stand down before the Conservative party conference in October, following a 48-52 defeat in the referendum that he himself…

Britain Votes to Leave E.U. in Historic ‘Brexit’ Referendum

UK broad-casters predict that Britain has voted to leave the 28-nation European Union in a historic referendum. WATCH THE LIVE BROADCAST FROM THE BBC With 323 of 382 counting centers reporting results, the “leave” side is ahead by over 900,000 votes. The British pound plunged to a 31-year low Friday as results in the country’s…

John Oliver on BREXIT. Britain Votes Thurs. To Leave E.U. [VIDEO]

Britain could soon vote to leave the European Union. John Oliver enlists a barbershop quartet to propose a smarter option. The U.K. is poised to decide on its future in the European Union in a referendum on June 23. Voting will take place all day, with polling stations closing at 10 p.m. local time. Once…

Ottoman-era Armenian Killings Recognized As ‘Genocide’ [VIDEO]

Germany’s Bundestag passed a resolution qualifying the Ottoman Era Armenian killings ‘genocide’. The lower house of parliament voted almost unanimously, with one vote against the motion and one abstention. House speaker Norbert Lammert spoke of a “remarkable majority.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the leader of the Socialdemocrats Sigmar Gabriel failed…

The European Union Votes to Protect Edward Snowden [VIDEO]

EU’s parliament voted Thursday to call on its member states to drop criminal charges against Edward Snowden and to protect him from extradition. Approved by a close margin, 285-281, the EU resolution doesn’t change any existing laws or policies but acts as a resolution on the part of the governing body, asking member states to…

EU Court: Hamas Not Terrorist Group [VIDEO]

A top court in the European Union ruled that Hamas be removed from a terrorist organization list on Wednesday. The judges said their decision was based “not on acts examined,” but “factual imputations derived from the press and the Internet.” In its charter, Hamas explicitly states it is committed to the destruction of Israel. The…

Ukraine signs historic deal with European Union – VIDEO

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an association agreement with the European Union on Friday, the same deal whose reversal set off a crisis in the nation. His predecessor’s decision to shun the deal last year and work with Russia instead unleashed deadly strife that led to the ouster of the nation’s President, the loss of…

VIDEO shows aftermath of plane shot down in Ukraine

Watch the vIDEO that shows aftermath of plane shot down in Ukraine: Ukraine’s new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard. Video from The Associated Press shows the scene of the crash…