Europe can no longer "completely depend" on the US and UK following the election of President Trump and Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says.Mrs Merkel said she wanted friendly relations with both countries as well as Russia but Europeans had to "take their destiny into their own hands".Her comments come after Mr Trump refused to re-commit to the 2015 Paris climate deal at the G7 summit.Mrs Merkel is on the campaign trail ahead of elections in September."The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days," Mrs Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany.The relationship between Berlin and new French President Emmanuel Macron had to be a priority, Mrs Merkel said, adding: "We Europeans have to take our destiny into our own hands." Trump team flummoxed by European quirks What future for the Atlantic alliance? On Saturday, the German leader had described climate change talks at the G7 … [Read more...] about Merkel: Europe ‘can no longer rely on allies’ after Trump and Brexit
Growing economic interest in the South China Sea has led the European Union and its member states to pay more attention to the region, according to an Italian expert. Dr. Nicola Casarini, Senior Fellow and Head of Asia Research at the Institute of International Affairs attends the 11th South China Sea International Conference which opened in Hanoi on November 6 Nicola Casarini, Senior Fellow and Head of Asia Research at the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) in Rome told Dantri/DTiNews Newspaper on the sidelines of the 11th South China Sea International Conference which opened in Hanoi on November 6 that economic interest was one reason for the EU's rising interest in the South China Sea region. "China is the European Union’s second largest trading partner, and ASEAN is the third. But for ASEAN, the European Union is the second-largest trading partner after China. Because of the great economic interest, Europe and its member states are looking more and more to the … [Read more...] about Europe steps up security presence in South China Sea
A candidate of Germany's right-wing nationalist party has said the country should "be proud of" its soldiers in both world wars and people should no longer "reproach" Germans for World War Two. Alexander Gauland's words have been met with some scorn. What pride are Germans likely to muster for the Wehrmacht?Germany is "very devoted to a discussion of its past", Andrew Cohen, a Canadian journalist and professor, tells the BBC."I have not seen a country anywhere that is as committed to a frank and painful discussion of its history as Germany is."Making a Nazi salute or denying the Holocaust in Germany could land you in jail - alongside swastikas and other Nazi symbols they are illegal. And the country takes pains to make sure the horrors of World War Two are remembered, respectfully, with a view to preventing them happening again. Cities are full of sites dedicated to the Holocaust, from big museums and concentration camp memorials to tiny plaques in the ground, the size of cobblestones, … [Read more...] about Storm over ‘pride in WW2 soldiers’ remarks in Germany
This is like no other Nato summit, but then there has been no other US president quite like Donald Trump. Never has there been a man in the White House - commander-in-chief of the most powerful military player in the alliance - who, at least on the campaign trail, described the organisation as "obsolete". Mr Trump - unlike his predecessors - is not a man steeped in the orthodoxy of the trans-Atlantic partnership. He may now have reversed his position on Nato's obsolescence, but he tends to see things in transactional terms and it's clear that he still wonders if the US is getting a good deal from its Nato partners. Indeed Nato officials are playing down any use of the term "summit" at all. I understand that Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is seeking a proper, full-scale summit in 2018. Nato hit by Turkish veto on Austria partnershipTurkey row: Why has Erdogan riled Nato allies?This Brussels meeting is a brief affair; in large part a ceremonial occasion with a dinner attached. … [Read more...] about Nato and Trump: What future for the Atlantic alliance?
Angela Merkel is "taking back control" - to borrow the wildly successful, emotive phrase coined by those in the UK campaigning to leave the EU last year.The German chancellor caused a storm this Sunday, particularly in the English-language press and Twittersphere, when she declared: "The era in which we could fully rely on others is over to some extent."But, contrary to the hysteria about "Iron Angie" signalling a slamming of European doors on Trump USA and Brexit UK, what I mean by her "taking back control" is this:Like the UK's Leave campaigners, Angela Merkel is heading towards a vote. Though Germany isn't debating EU membership, it's in the run-up to an autumn general election.Mrs Merkel is now on the campaign trail and not at all above injecting some populism into her politics. President Trump is hugely unpopular among German voters and his failure to commit to the Paris climate accord, at the G7, and to Nato's Article Five last week angered many Europeans.Mrs Merkel's pointed … [Read more...] about How Angela Merkel is ‘taking back control’ – German style
Tata Steel plans to cut jobs across its European operations as it wrestles with excess supply and high costs, the company said on Monday.Following a weekend interview in the Financial Times with the group's European chief executive, Henrik Adam, Tata confirmed it was planning to announce job cuts across the European business, which employs around 20,000 people.No numbers have been made public. Indian-owned Tata Steel, which launched a transformation programme in June to strengthen its European business, has operations including steelmaking in the Netherlands and Wales and downstream operations across Europe.Close There will be no plant closures but the aim is to shield the company against the "huge number of challenges" it faces, the company said. related news HAM grows substantially in over 3 years, but some cracks are now surfacing on highways: Crisil IT companies may shed 30,000-40,000 mid-level staff: T V Mohandas Pai "We are working hard on our plans to be operationally … [Read more...] about Tata Steel plans to cut jobs across European operations