Thomas Cook Collapse is Just the Beginning – EU Airlines in Financial Trouble

On September 23, 2019 Thomas Cook halted its operations. The company owned Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia. Thomas Cook was formed in 2007 by the merger of Thomas Cook AG and MyTravel Group. The group operated in two separate segments: a tour operator and an airline. Thomas Cook went into compulsory liquidation on September 23, 2019 and is now under the control of the Official Receiver. The company went into liquidation due to £1.7 billion debt. As a result, the UK Government is having to fly home over 150,000 customers from 18 countries. Brexit uncertainty contributed to the faster demise of Thomas Cook. The company was known for its all-inclusive travel model.

Brexit: Why is UK Still Relying on France?

Brexit continues to dominate world news. If there is a strategy, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s next move will shape the future of the world’s fifth-largest economy. The fate of the Brexit endeavor is at stake, which both sides cast as the United Kingdom’s most significant decision in a century. Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union after the referendum held on June 23, 2016 in which 51.9% of those voting supported leaving the EU. They voted for full independence from all EU mandates and laws across the board. The UK Parliament is now closed for five weeks and the recent political turmoil has caused more questions than answers.

Israel News Roundup: Netanyahu to Meet Mark Esper and Boris Johnson in London

There is controversy today over a potential meeting between Hassan Rouhani of Iran and President Donald Trump. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented about this potential meeting saying he cannot tell the American president who he can or cannot meet, but the two are in agreement about the issue of the Iran Nuclear deal. In the meantime Iran will announce nuclear steps on Saturday. They have stated that they are poised for faster nuclear centrifuges which will mean the collapse of the nuclear deal. Europe is still trying to save the deal with a French proposal offering a $15 billion line of credit. Netanyahu is meeting with US secretary of defense Mark Esper and Boris Johnson in London concerning the nuclear deal.

China and Russia Have a Sinister Plan for Hong Kong and the Demonstrators

Russian media continues to run pro-China propaganda and justifications for the use of force against demonstrators in Hong Kong. The unrest in the former British colony has been ongoing for the past four months. Demonstrators wearing black face masks became the new heroes and modern day revolutionaries, protesting against China’s brutal arrest and prosecution system.

America, Iran Resume Geopolitical Joust over Adrian Darya 1

Almost two weeks after the Iranian oil tanker, Grace 1, was released from Gibraltar, the huge ship has yet to dock. It is still sailing around in the Mediterranean Sea waters, without a clear final destination. The USA nonetheless insists that it is convinced that the ship’s final destination is none other than Syria. Seemingly, Iran is keen on selling the oil on board, but the US is trying to prevent that. The ship is part of escalating geopolitical jousting between Tehran and Washington.

Brexit Cold Hard Facts – The Pros and Cons

Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, after the referendum held on 23 June 2016.  The HBO documentary Brexit depicts the behind the scenes experience of the referendum. The UK is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance that is based off of the Westminster system. Executive power rests in the hands of Her Majesty’s Government, the prime minister and the cabinet who are all members of the Privy Council. Legislative power is held within the bicameral parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the former being elected and the later appointed.

China-US Trade War Drives Chinese Students to UK Universities

According to official British data, the number of Chinese students studying in the UK last year has increased by 30% from the previous year. This fall, the number of Chinese students studying in the UK will reach a new high. Although many universities in the UK have been in the new school year for a while, most students have already received admission notices, and are preparing for admission. That includes Chinese students going to the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Brexit Chaos? Rising Costs, Food Shortages Predicted Once Britain Leaves the EU

Leaked British government documents say the UK could encounter a shortage of fuel, food, and medicine if they leave the European Union without an agreement in October. The documents, published in the Sunday Times, reveal predictions of chaos in the UK, and the return of roadblocks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which could fuel protests.

Tories Lose By-Election, Boris’ Majority Reduced to One

After less than two weeks in office, Boris Johnson appears to have failed his first electoral test as Britain’s Prime Minister.  Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election on Thursday, defeating embattled Tory incumbent Christopher Davies by 1,425 votes, and cutting the government’s majority in the Commons to just one.  That includes the Conservative Party’s shotgun partners from Ulster, the Democratic Unionist Party.  With fears of a no-deal Brexit very real, and very much back on the table, that number could shrink even further by the end of the week.

British Prime Minister Announces Investments of 329 Million Euros in Scotland

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on Monday doubled an offensive to boost his Brexit goals. On the one part, he announced an investment plan of 300 million pounds (329 million euros) in Scotland, a territory mostly contrary to an EU exit, especially without a pact. On the other hand, the conservative leader’s office sent a harsh message to the EU, warning that Johnson will not negotiate with Brussels if the safeguard included in the exit agreement is not withdrawn before avoiding a hard border in Ireland.

As U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, Europe Tries to Save the Deal

Amid ongoing saber rattling between the United States and Iran, two European envoys have been dispatched to attempt to save the Iran Nuclear Deal.  Emmanuel Bonne, representing French President Emmanuel Macron, was in Tehran this week, and British Foreign Minister (and Prime Ministerial candidate) Jeremy Hunt is headed for Brussels.  Meanwhile, Iran says it’s ready to talk, conditionally.  It seems unlikely the United States will be as willing to listen.

British Police Launch Investigation of Kim Darroch Memos Leak

British police have launched an investigation into an alleged leak of e-mails from the British ambassador in Washington criticizing the administration of US President Donald Trump. Deputy police commissioner Neil Basu said there was “clear public interest” in bringing officials to justice. Sir Kim Darroch resigned as an ambassador on Wednesday, saying it was “not possible” for him to continue.

Britain Blamed Iran for Trying to Seize Its Oil Tanker in Persian Gulf

Iranian ships tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the UK government said. This happened a week after British marines detained an Iranian tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar.

As stated by the British government, the incident occurred on Wednesday into the Strait of Hormuz: three Iranian boats tried to prevent the passage of British Heritage a commercial vessel but were forced to retreat when the HMS Montrose tanker escorting crew demanded they withdraw.

Darrexit: British Ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch, Has Resigned

The case is unprecedented: one of the most important figures in British diplomacy, an ambassador to Washington, forced to submit his resignation after his negative analysis of the American administration leaked in the press. On Wednesday, July 10, Kim Darroch felt that he could no longer fulfill his role after the publication of British diplomatic cables in the Daily Mail where he describes US President Donald Trump as “inept,” “unstable,” and “incompetent.”

Leaked UK Memos Reveal Anti Trump Bias – British Ambassador on the Hot Seat

Diplomacy is also an art of courtesy. But not behind the scenes: After Donald Trump’s visit to Europe, the British Ambassador to the US wrote an extraordinary briefing.

Previously, the British newspaper Mail on Sunday reported on Kim Darroch’s secret briefings to the State Department in London, in which the ambassador expressed extremely negative comments about the functioning of the government in Washington – also with regard to Trump’s foreign policy.

Boris Johnson vs. Jeremy Hunt for PM: Winner Gets the Mess

And then there were two.  The race to replace Theresa May as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is down to its final candidates.  Heavily-favored Boris Johnson will face the surprising Jeremy Hunt, who took Johnson’s job as Foreign Secretary when he resigned in protest of May’s Brexit deal.  The winner will be decided by the party’s 160,000 grassroots members some time late next month.  It is a contrast in styles, abilities, and Brexit itself.

Unrest Around the World – A Country by Country Look

Today following the world news can be seen in a world at unrest.  In these countries especially is apparent World Unrest:

Khazakhstan – The world’s largest land locked country and the ninth largest in the world with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometers. It is a democratic secular republic with a diverse heritage. After the elections resulting in the overwhelming victory of interim president Toqaev began wave of protests against the lack of fairness in the elections.

Britons Back Boris to Deliver Brexit, Beat Brexit

The race for arguably the least-desirable job in global politics may be turning in to a cakewalk. Boris Johnson, former London Mayor, Foreign Secretary, and current brash Brexiteer, appears to be cruising to 10 Downing Street, to succeed Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Johnson easily topped his rivals in the first round of voting among Tory MPs Thursday. Eventually, all but two candidates will be eliminated, giving the party’s 160,000 faithful the final choice. As is typically the case in electoral politics, winning the job will be the easy part.

Trump Starts UK Trip with Tweet Against London’s Mayor

US President Donald Trump has landed in London today. On his state visit, he wants to meet with, among others, Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister May. Shortly before Air Force One landed at Stansted Airport, Trump tweeted about London’s mayor.

Audience with the Queen

The focus today for Trump is on ceremonies for his honor. First, he and his wife Melania arrived at Buckingham Palace and met with Queen Elizabeth II. Later, the presidential couple will lay down a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey.

European Roundup: News, Notes, and New National Elections

Austria:

The country’s youngest-ever Chancellor officially became it’s shortest-serving, and the first since the war to be brought down by a vote of no-confidence on Monday. Already headed for snap elections in the fall, the move was largely seen as necessary by the newly-enlarged opposition to avoid giving Sebastian Kurz an advantage. If Austrians were cross with Kurz, they sure didn’t show it on Sunday. His People’s Party (ÖVP) gained two seats, at the expense of his now-former coalition partners, the Freedom Party (FPÖ), and Greens.

UK Local Elections: All Politics is Brexit

In a possible dress rehearsal for European elections later this month, British voters took out their frustrations on the two major parties in local elections on Thursday.  Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives got the worst of it, losing some 1,300 city councilors, and more than 40 councils, compared to their 2015 figures.  Labour fared no better, dropping about 80 councilors, and losing control of a half-dozen city councils.  For good measure, even pro-Brexit UKIP, big winners four years ago, lost almost all their seats Thursday night.

Breakdown of Europe’s Economic Troubles by Country

International Roundup: Bombs, Brexit, Beijing, Border Wall

Prime Minister May Faces Certain Defeat of Brexit Deal on Tuesday

International Roundup: China, Channel, Congo, Colombia

PM May Survives Confidence Vote, But Brexit Uncertainty Looms

World Awaits Tuesday Vote on Brexit Deal

Brexit: May’s Deal That No One Likes