Posts Tagged ‘THE DEBATE’

Waiting for Boris: How will next UK prime minister handle Trump, Brexit?

It quickly became untenable. The UK government had stood by its ambassador to Washington but less than 24 hours after Donald Trump branded Kim Darroch "wacky" and a "pompous fool", and the latter found himself uninvited to a White House banquet, it was time to throw in the towel. It all started when The Mail on Sunday published leaked diplomatic cables in which Darroch described Trump as "radiating insecurity" and his administration as diplomatically "clumsy and inept".

Fair deal? EU top jobs forged by Franco-German compromise

In the end, it was a good old-fashioned Franco-German compromise that broke the deadlock on top jobs for the incoming five-year session. The presidency of the European Commission went to Angela Merkel's own defence minister; the head of the European Central Bank to the French boss of the International Monetary Fund. And the rest? A delicate political balancing act between nations and political blocs.

Who gets the top jobs? EU leaders in hard bargain over future executive

The future of Europe is being decided - at least for the next five years. It's no surprise to see the hard bargaining over top jobs at the Commission, EU Parliament and European Central Bank go to extra time. The stakes could not be higher and citizens know it. They turned out in greater numbers to vote in last May's EU elections, between shades of populists and federalists, left and right, those who worry about Russia, China and the US. Who to represent the continent for the next five years?
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