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Biden and Trump vie for answers – POLITICO

Biden and Trump vie for answers – POLITICO

How will responses to the confrontation between Israel, its allies and Iran redefine the line that divides Donald Trump and Joe Biden? Host Anne McElvoy talks to Kim Darroch, the former British ambassador to Washington and former U.K. national security adviser, about the scenarios facing President Biden and what Trump might do if he returns to office. They also discuss the options available to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in responding to Iran’s failed attack. They are joined by Nahal Toosi, POLITICO’s senior foreign affairs correspondent in Washington, who has been reporting on this week’s dramatic developments. Source link

Brussels mayor gives Europe’s hard-right a free hit before EU election – POLITICO

Brussels mayor gives Europe’s hard-right a free hit before EU election – POLITICO

Israel’s Minister of Diaspora Affairs Amichai Chikli, from the hard-right governing Likud party, compared what he described as the tyrannical woke agenda as another kind of totalitarianism, sitting alongside jihadist terror. “They are hiding behind so-called liberal values but the nature of this movement is anti-liberal,” he told POLITICO.  Captive audience Over two days, the conference buzzed with phrases such as “nihilistic atheism,” the “globalist socialist agenda,” “gender ideology,” “Bolshewokeism,” and “activist judges in Strasbourg,” which flew from the stage around the cramped space. Farage, closely tailed by a security detail, raged against the U.K.’s new smoking ban, performed a few Donald Trump impressions, and on Wednesday stood in the wings chuckling along admiringly as Orbán explained why Central Europe is historically suspicious of supranational political structures.  “Mr. Orbán got a new subject for his campaign: Freedom. The city here was very stupid,” Attila K. Molnar, the director of the National University of Public Service in Budapest, said. On social media, Farage also blasted the mayor on Wednesday afternoon.  Source link

EU Leaders Mull New Iran Sanctions After Attack on Israel

EU Leaders Mull New Iran Sanctions After Attack on Israel

By Tassilo Hummel, Philip Blenkinsop and Sabine Siebold BRUSSELS (Reuters) -European Union leaders met on Wednesday to discuss stepping up sanctions against Iran after Tehran’s missile and drone attack on Israel left world powers scrambling to prevent a wider conflict in the Middle East. The two-day summit in Brussels is the first meeting of the EU’s 27 national leaders since Saturday’s attack, more than six months into the war between Israel and the Iran-backed Palestinian militant group Hamas. War in Israel and Gaza Israel has signalled that it will retaliate but has not said how. The EU has urged Israel to exercise restraint while expressing readiness to tighten sanctions on Tehran. “We have to adjust, to expand them (the sanctions) on Iran,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in Brussels ahead of the summit. “We are in favour of sanctions that can also target all those who help manufacture drones and missiles that were used in the attacks last Saturday and Sunday.” Photos You Should See – April 2024 The Latest Photos From Ukraine German Chancellor …

Britain’s Conservatives just agreed the world’s toughest smoking ban. Tory MPs hate it – POLITICO

Britain’s Conservatives just agreed the world’s toughest smoking ban. Tory MPs hate it – POLITICO

Blue fury In the event, 59 Tory MPs voted against the measure at its second reading Tuesday night. Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch — seen as a key contender to become the next leader should the Tories lose the election — was among those in Sunak’s own ministerial ranks voting against the bill, citing what she called “significant concerns.” At least six members of the government payroll voted against Sunak, and Badenoch’s fellow Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt — another post-Sunak leadership favorite — abstained. There were more than 100 Tory abstentions. Ahead of the crunch, and recognizing the likely opposition from his party, which contains a sizable libertarian caucus, Sunak had offered a free, un-whipped vote. That meant his parliamentary troops could rebel without punishment on a matter of conscience. The opposition Labour Party, riding high in the polls in an election year, painted the move as a sign of weakness on Sunak’s part. Labour MPs were ordered to vote in favor of the legislation. Sunak is genuinely set to make history — just don’t expect …

Muslim pupil loses UK court bid over Michaela school prayer rituals ban | Religion News

Muslim pupil loses UK court bid over Michaela school prayer rituals ban | Religion News

Student took legal action against London school, saying policy was discriminatory and ‘uniquely’ affected her faith. A Muslim pupil in the United Kingdom has lost a court challenge against a top London school’s ban on prayer rituals in a case about freedom of religion in schools that has captured national attention. The student, who cannot be named, took legal action against Michaela Community School in northwest London, saying the policy was discriminatory and “uniquely” affected her faith due to its ritualised nature. She argued the school’s prohibition of on-site prayer unlawfully breached her right to religious freedom and was “the kind of discrimination which makes religious minorities feel alienated from society”. In a written ruling, Justice Thomas Linden on Tuesday dismissed the pupil’s arguments, ruling that by enrolling at the school she had effectively accepted being subject to restrictions on manifesting her faith. He concluded that the prayer ritual policy was “proportionate” and its aims and ability to achieve them “outweighs” any “adverse effects” on the rights of Muslim pupils at the school. The student …

Ukraine backers blast ‘double standard’ after allies rush to Israel’s defense – POLITICO

Ukraine backers blast ‘double standard’ after allies rush to Israel’s defense – POLITICO

“I am sure that Ukraine will raise an argument that if one non-NATO country has been provided with air defense when attacked by a hostile adversary, why should Ukraine be treated differently? Given the dire and urgent situation that Ukraine now faces, that argument is rather convincing,” he added. Asked why Britain couldn’t offer the same type of support it gave Israel to Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron told LBC radio on Thursday that doing so would represent a “dangerous escalation.”  But some Ukraine supporters brushed off that argument. Answering a tweet asking why the West did not shoot down Russian drones and missiles, former French ambassador to Washington, Gérard Araud, wrote: “Good question indeed….” As Kyiv’s ministers plead with Western allies for more help, especially with air defenses, pro-Kyiv allies said the Iran attack episode proved the problem was a lack of will, not one of capabilities. “The common resolute allied response shows how effective our joint efforts can be when there is enough will,” Tomáš Kopečný, the Czech envoy for Ukraine’s reconstruction told …

Europe argues — and prays — for a measured response from Israel – POLITICO

Europe argues — and prays — for a measured response from Israel – POLITICO

“Instead of making accusations against Iran, (Western) countries should blame themselves and answer to public opinion for the measures they have taken against the … war crimes committed by Israel” in its campaign against Hamas in Gaza, said Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani. According to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu’s war cabinet is yet to reach a decision as to how it should respond. Politicians in multiple European capitals took to the airwaves to make clear their fear tit-for-tat attacks could escalate into a full-blown regional war. Sunak’s top diplomat, the U.K. foreign secretary David Cameron, has already commenced a diplomatic push aimed at preventing such an outcome, speaking to counterparts in Iran, Israel, the U.S, Germany, Jordan and Turkey over the weekend. Cameron is set to visit Israel in person this week. ‘Take the win’ Speaking to Times Radio Monday, Cameron called on Israel to “take the win and then move on” — apparently aping the language used by U.S. President Joe Biden. “We’re very anxious to avoid escalation and to say to …

Wars to Dominate G7 Talks as Foreign Ministers Seek Path to Peace

Wars to Dominate G7 Talks as Foreign Ministers Seek Path to Peace

By Crispian Balmer and Angelo Amante ROME (Reuters) – Efforts to end wars in the Middle East and Ukraine will dominate this week’s meeting of Group of Seven foreign ministers, host Italy’s top diplomat Antonio Tajani said on Monday, with the West struggling to get its voice heard. Gathering on the picturesque island of Capri from April 17-19, the ministers from major Western powers will present a united front in demanding a ceasefire in Gaza and a de-escalation of tensions between Israel and Iran. War in Israel and Gaza The ministers from the United States, Italy, Germany, Japan, France, Britain and Canada will also reiterate full backing for Ukraine in its two-year war against a more powerful Russia. “It is not easy in this moment. But I think diplomacy is crucial,” Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani told Reuters ahead of the three-day gathering that he will chair. “Our international position is very clear … We are united. This is crucial.” But having a unified position has not been enough to bring peace either to Ukraine or …

Sack Andrew Bailey as Bank of England boss, says Liz Truss – POLITICO

Sack Andrew Bailey as Bank of England boss, says Liz Truss – POLITICO

Excerpts were released over the weekend and include a scathing view of Britain’s financial establishment. She describes the Treasury, the Bank of England and the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) as a “three-headed hydra” that “wanted to stick as closely to EU law as possible.” But the now-backbench MP went further in the interview, saying Bailey should no longer lead the U.K.’s central bank. She also said she would “like to see the back of the OBR” and called for an investigation into the response to her infamous “mini-budget” in Sept 2022, which resulted in the BoE having to step in to calm markets. Asked whether she thinks Bailey should still be in his role, Truss said: “No, I don’t. I certainly think there should be a proper investigation into what happened in September 2022. And the actions the Bank of England took.” Truss was forced to resign soon after the budget, in which she announced tax cuts for Britain’s wealthiest and opted not to publish the usual economic forecasts from the OBR. Markets spiraled …