A no-deal Brexit looms for the UK unless its Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, sticks to the very promises that he made while securing the withdrawal agreement, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier has warned. Barnier accused the Prime Minister of seemingly trying to take an about turn from the written agreement in the political declaration that was arrived at and signed between the UK and the European Commission.
Last week, there was a press conference in Ukraine pertaining to “New facts of the international corruption and external governance.” The event organizers were the non-factional Deputy Andrey Derkach and ex-head of the special group of prosecutors Konstantin Kulik. At the press conference, seven fragments of conversations were released between President Petro Poroshenko, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.
The German Government warned federal employees against using the WhatsApp messenger. The information became available on May 17 via Handelsblatt, a leading German-language business newspaper published in Düsseldorf by Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt. It was founded in the 1946. The newspaper claims the source of this announcement is a letter from the German Government Commissioner for Data Protection Ulrich Wolfgang Kelber. He sent the letter to all the ministries with a warning.
European engineers have proposed a solution that will help the Rover not to loose power in the infinite darkness of the moon’ polar craters. The project is under contract with the European Space Agency, an intergovernmental organization of 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,200 in 2018 and an annual budget of about €6.68 billion in 2020.
The UK and the European Union are still far apart, in as far as striking an agreement of trade arrangements is concerned. This became evident after the UK’s Brexit chief negotiator, David Frost, reported “very little” progress had been made, as per the outcome of the parties’ latest round of talks.
Representatives of the largest conservative faction in the European Parliament— the European People’s Party (EPP)— are demanding that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen take steps to abolish border controls in EU countries from 15 May. This is stated in a letter circulated on Tuesday.
France has asked the European Union to consider a tough response to Israel’s West Bank annexation plans. This is according to three EU diplomats with knowledge on the matter. Ireland, Belgium, and Luxembourg reportedly discussed enacting punitive economic measures on Israel during last week’s foreign ministers’ meeting.
Italy recorded 243 new deaths from coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total death toll to 30,201. The death toll per day decreased from 274 on the previous day. The number of new infections confirmed yesterday was 1,327, a slight decrease. The total number of infected people has reached 217,185.
Greece is planning to restore restore international air traffic as much as possible in June, and and open recreation centers for the seasonal accommodation of tourists by July 1. As the Facebook page of the Argos camp says, the country is “quitting quarantine.” It has a roadmap for lifting restrictions.
Sweden plans to ask the European Union to investigate the origin of the new coronavirus pandemic, joining other countries in a decision that could further strain the already frosty relations between Stockholm and Beijing. Sweden’s Health Minister, Lena Hallengren, notified Parliament of this on Wednesday.
The European Commission opened a legal case on Wednesday against Poland due to its controversial law regarding judges. The new “disciplinary regime” is likely to impact the independence of judges as they go about their work. For Brussels, the legislation may imply “political control” of judicial decisions and “prevent” Polish judges from applying European Union (EU) laws.
Currently there are over 3 million cases of coronavirus and over 211,000 dead around the globe. In the US there are over 1 million cases of the infected documented at present. Many nations are starting to reopen, including Italy. In the US some of the first states to reopen are Oklahoma and Georgia. However, many other states plan to open soon too, but with restrictions. The restrictions include wearing masks and people asked to be 6 feet apart. The US Guidelines on the reopening three phases here.
At present, the number of infected with coronavirus is surpassing 3 million and over 205,000 deaths around the globe. Even though many nations seem to have passed their peak of the pandemic. The concern now is the possible second wave of COVID-19. On April 26th, US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the need to form the World Health Organization (WHO) and the convening of the conference of leaders of the “five” permanent members of the UN Security Council.
As coronavirus continues to be on the forefront of the news, many nations and their citizens are wondering what comes next from an economic prospective. Many workers have been laid off and one of the hardest hit is the service industry. Additionally, it is highly likely the European Union will have a lasting recession, which will turn into hyperinflation by fall.
Coronavirus has been on the forefront of the majority news outlets around the world. Currently, there are over 2.4 million cases around the world and over 165,000 deaths.
A majority of countries are starting to slowly reopen their economies and ease their state of emergency restrictions. US President Donald Trump announced over the weekend a reopening strategy with phase 1 and phase 2. In the US governors are the ones who will decide when to reopen individual states for business. Japan is quite the opposite and only now declared a State of Emergency and a mandatory quarantine.
Finland might leave the European Union. The conundrum for Finland is that after the coronavirus pandemic, EU member nations will have financial difficulties. It is highly likely many EU member nations will also enter full recession. The way the EU functions, the debt is shared. Therefore, Finland has no desire to repay the debt of others.
Under the new Saudi- Russo oil deal, Saudi Arabia and Russia lead the record for oil cuts as part of the agreement committed by 23 countries to withhold 9.7 million barrels a day from markets. Western publications, including The New Yorker, ran articles this week with headlines such as “How the Russian-Saudi Oil War Went Awry—for Putin Most of All.”
Coronavirus continues to the major issue facing the world, with Spain reopening its economy and China as well. However, China is reporting new cases of so called reinfection, but claims the virus has been reimported. At this time there are claims of three types of coronavirus roaring around the globe. The numbers of infected is close to 2 million with over 100,000 deaths reported.
The number of infected and mortality form the coronavirus continue to rise. Thus far, the COVID-19 pandemic around the world has not been contained. However, according to Chinese media Wuhan is lifting its restrictions and starting Wednesday April 8th the high speed trains will start running again.
Coronavirus continues to be a serious issue in Europe. At this time Europe is one of the hardest hit continents due to this pandemic. The European Commission has actually announced that it intends to postpone the entry into force of Regulations on Medical Devices (MDR) and In Vitro Devices (IVDR) until 2021. The European Union’s (EU) Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), originally published on May 5, 2017 by the EU Parliament, sets forth new and important requirements for medical device and in vitro diagnostic manufacturers that distribute products in the EU.
The European Union has pledged €20 million in aid to help Iran mitigate the effects of coronavirus, which is ravaging the economy. According to EU Foreign Affairs representative, Josep Borrell, “we’ve not been able to provide a lot of humanitarian help, but there is some €20 million in the pipeline . . . that we expect to be delivered over the next weeks.”
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the number of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus cases worldwide is accelerating. According to the news sources, the virus has already entered 195 countries and territories. The causative agent of pneumonia COVID-19 was detected in 378,000 people.
US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the new coronavirus epidemic, stressing that he was somewhat dissatisfied with China. On the same day, after the governors of many states in the United States asked the federal government for more medical protective equipment, Trump announced that he would declare a state of emergency in New York, California, and Washington.
The situation around the globe pertaining to coronavirus continues to escalate. The number of infected continues to rise, including the death toll. At this time, even high ranking politicians are testing positive for COVID-19, the latest being Senator Rand Paul in the US, who tested positive on March 22. As everyone is aware by now, the coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China. Due to the Chinese regime’s failure to identify and contain the virus immediately, the virus spread around the world. Additionally, nations around the globe did not suspend travel in time and it became a full blown pandemic.
Coronavirus has forced a majority of nations around the globe to implement drastic measures. These include the support of businesses and private citizens to alleviate losses and financial strains. In the US and Canada unemployment applications are reaching all time highs. A majority of nations in the West embraced an approach adverse to globalism.
The virus originated in China and they didn’t take initial reports seriously, instead they threatened doctors and closed a laboratory that published an open source genome sequence of the virus. If it wasn’t for conglomerates craving marginal profits and moving a majority of manufacturing from the West to China, it wouldn’t have such catastrophic effects on the global population.
The Chinese company EHang announced the signing of an agreement with the Spanish government for development of infrastructure in the city of Seville to provide the services of their unmanned air taxis. The service is meant to reduce traffic congestion on the ground. The City of Seville experiences traffic jams, especially during the tourist season, between the old part of the city and historic sites within the city limits.
Leaders of the European Union have agreed to to implement a 30-day travel ban on those traveling from outside the EU, with a limited number of exceptions. The German government has also ordered the federal police to prevent those who are not EU citizens from entering German territory. This was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday, after a video conference with other EU member states.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s four-day summit with European leaders was scheduled to take place in Istanbul, but was cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Instead, the meeting was held by video conferencing. Heads of state and government discussed ways to send humanitarian aid to Idlib, in northern Syria, and the issue of Syrian refugees.
British Foreign Secretary Matt Hancock said that as the epidemic is getting worse, the elderly and vulnerable groups need to be “protected through self-isolation.” So far, more than 1,100 people have been diagnosed in the UK, and the death toll among infected people has risen to 21.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that until the EU agreed to meet all of his demands, it would continue to open the border and allow refugees in Turkey to travel to Europe. “Until all expectations are met in a concrete way, we will continue our current practice at our borders,” Erdogan said.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported that the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Turkey. “The infected individual contracted the virus after returning from Europe. He has been completely isolated,” Koca said. “The patient’s general condition is good. All of his family members and those who came into contact with him are under surveillance,” he added.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday he would meet next week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and, possibly, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. They will meet on March 17 to discuss the refugee problem, Erdogan told the Turkish state news agency Anadolu on his return to Turkey from Brussels.
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The European Union and NATO have welcomed the start of the criminal trial for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. MH17 was shot down over the Donbas region of Ukraine in July 2014. Russia has been called upon to cooperate in the investigation of this tragedy, which killed all 298 people aboard the airliner.
The European Union and India announced the cancellation of their planned summit due to the threat of the coronavirus. Furthermore, voting on a joint resolution submitted by the European Parliament against a controversial law amending Indian citizenship will be deferred until March 31.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that resolving the migration crisis requires European support in Syria, as new clashes between refugees and police on the border with Greece began. “If European countries want to resolve the issue, they must support Turkey’s efforts for political and humanitarian solutions in Syria,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara on Wednesday.
Coronavirus has become a global scare. The World Health Organization considers coronavirus “High Risk.” The emergence of an economic storm could be inevitable. Kondratiev cycles predicted economic slowdown. Kondratiev explained the existence of large economic cycles by the fact that the duration of functioning of various created economic goods fluctuates. Similarly, they require different time and different means to create them. Large cycles can be seen as disrupting and restoring the economic equilibrium of a long period. The main reason for them lies in the mechanism of accumulation, accumulation and dispersion of capital sufficient to create new elements of infrastructure.
The United Kingdom is on a collision course with the European Union even before Brexit talks begin. On Thursday, London rejected proposed post-Brexit rules by the union. Cabinet minister Michael Gove told embers of Parliament that the country was not going to forfeit its sovereignty in its quest for political and economic independence.
Last week, the Hague Court of Appeal stated Russia is responsible for paying $50 billion to former Yukos Shareholders. OJSC “Yukos Oil Company” was an oil and gas company based in Moscow, Russia. Yukos was acquired from the Russian government by Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Bank Menatep during the controversial “loans for shares” auctions of the mid 1990s.
The results of the new survey are available pertaining to the approval of the head of state of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The poll results were posted on Twitter by the @Metropol. The survey posed a straightforward question of whether or not the public approves of the current head of state’s activities. Thus far Erdogan is at a 41.9% approval rate.
On February 19th, UK unveiled its new points based immigration system. The system is very similar to the current Canadian immigration system. The post-Brexit period will end by the end of 2020.
The new system will come into effect on January 1, 2021. This will mean controlled border access points. Unskilled labor by foreign nationals will be absolute banned. It would also mean that former Soviet Baltic republic nationals will no longer have access to such jobs. It would add additional poverty to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Even though they get aid and funding for being NATO strategic locations. It would hit their economy, due to an immediate decrease in spending.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference that the International Berlin Follow-up Commission on Libya agrees that the UN Security Council resolution on Libya is binding to all parties. Four weeks ago, world leaders in Berlin pledged to comply with the UN arms embargo on Libya and not support parties involved in Libya. But the negotiations were unsuccessful, because, through land, and sea, weapons entered the battlefield in Libya.
Belarus is planning on changing its coat of arms. The official announcement has not been made, however the new changes are already circulating on Vkontakte, a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in multiple languages, but it is predominantly used by Russian-speakers.
The United Kingdom and the European Union negotiators will be locked in dialogue until the end of the year to iron out delicate Brexit divorce nuances. Britain is already drawing up plans to reinforce its coastal defenses. This is in line with anticipated changes to the existing fishing rights accord. The United Kingdom is looking to take back control of its waters and restrict E.U. members’ access.
Austria is part of a small group of EU countries that are standing up against an increase in contributions to the community budget. As net contributors, Austria— like Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany— takes the position that contributions must not increase exponentially.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged Europeans to play a more direct role in the face of global turmoil by participating fully in upcoming negotiations on arms control. Macron also invited European partners to engage in a “strategic dialogue” on the deterrent role of France’s nuclear capacity as the country embarks on a costly modernization of its arsenal.