These Countries Have ‘Disgraced Themselves’ in Blocking Russian Sanctions
Umit Bektas/ReutersAs Ukraine buckles under Russia’s brutal invasion, sparking the worst military bloodshed on European territory since the end of World War II, European leaders are haggling over sanctions, making sure being tough won’t hurt their own economies too much in the process.Hours after the invasion began on Thursday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised “massive” sanctions that would cripple Russia’s financial standing. But it was soon clear that Russia’s tentacnews.yahoo.com
Tusk says hacking marks crisis of democracy in Poland
Donald Tusk, the leader of Poland's main opposition party, called Tuesday for the creation of a parliamentary commission to investigate surveillance after reports that powerful spyware was used against three people associated with the political opposition. The ruling Law and Justice party has a majority in the parliament and it wasn't immediately clear if Tusk would succeed in his bid.news.yahoo.com
EU unconvinced by Polish arguments on rule of law changes
Key European Union leaders are unconvinced by Polish arguments that fundamental judicial changes the country has made would not undermine the bloc and said that the withholding of billions in EU recovery funds would likely continue unless Warsaw falls back into line.
Timeline of events in Britain's exit from the European Union
July 13: Following a Conservative Party leadership contest, Home Secretary Theresa May becomes prime minister. June 8: A general election called by May to bolster her party’s representation in Parliament to help with the Brexit negotiations backfires. Her Conservative Party loses its majority and continues in a weakened state as a minority government. Jan. 15, 2019: The Brexit deal comes back to Parliament, where it is overwhelmingly defeated on a 432-202 vote. Sept. 3: Rebel Conservative Party lawmakers vote against the government in protest of Johnson’s strategy.
Polish leader vows to veto EU budget in face of 'blackmail'
“There will be a veto. If the threats and blackmail are maintained then we will firmly defend Poland’s vital interest,” Kaczynski was quoted as saying in an interview with Gazeta Polska, a pro-government daily. Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister and former EU president, said Kaczynski's threat was harmful to his country on more than one level. “Deputy Prime Minister Kaczynski announces that he is ready to block EU aid for Poland so that he can continue to violate the rule of law with impunity. Poland has also come under major criticism from European partners recently for anti-LGBT rhetoric by its conservative president and other top figures from the ruling party.
Sunday election in Poland a test for president and populism
President Donald Trump meets with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Washington. Last weekend, Serbia's autocratic right-wing president, Aleksandar Vucic, strengthened his hold on power there in a parliamentary election that was boycotted by opposition parties. The Polish election is widely seen as an important test for democracy, in this case in the fifth most populous country in the 27-member European Union. Trzaskowski entered the race late after an election originally scheduled for May 10 was scrapped due to the pandemic. The people of Poland think the world of him, Trump said Wednesday at a joint news conference with Duda.
Donald Tusk accuses Boris Johnson of playing 'blame game'
At stake is the future of Europe and the UK as well as the security and interests of our people. You don't want a deal, you don't want an extension, you don't want to revoke, quo vadis [where are you going]?" 10 sources as saying a Brexit deal is "essentially impossible" following a phone call between Johnson and German chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday morning. If the PM doesn't get a deal by Oct. 19, he is obliged by law to seek a new extension to the Brexit process. But Johnson has long maintained that he would take the UK out of the European Union on Oct. 31 "do or die."
Dollar dips after Trump says US should play 'currency manipulation game' like Europe, China
President Donald Trump reacts as he walks with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk (not pictured) after a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. The greenback fell Wednesday after President Donald Trump said in a tweet that the U.S. should match China and Europe's "currency manipulation game." "China and Europe playing big currency manipulation game and pumping money into their system in order to compete with USA," Trump said on Twitter. The president's attack on what he views as unfair tinkering by China and Europe came less than two months after the administration declined to label China a currency manipulator. China has faced international pressure in the past for what other world leaders considered unfair manipulation of its currency.cnbc.com
Biden blasts Russia’s “purposeful ratcheting up of ethnic tensions” in Ukraine
Biden blasts Russia’s “purposeful ratcheting up of ethnic tensions” in Ukraine During a joint statement in Poland with Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Vice President Joe Biden said the United States joins the international community in condemning the “brazen, brazen military incursion” by Russia’s leaders in Ukraine.cbsnews.com