Geert Bourgeois (ECR): Pragmatism must prevail in the negotiations with the United Kingdom

The ECR Group in the European Parliament has been consistent in its calls for pragmatism to prevail. Therefore, level-headed discussions must triumph over hysteria and the desire for political retribution. ECR trade spokesperson Geert Bourgeois MEP firmly believes that any distortion of the markets in terms of competition policy, state aid and social dumping should […]

UK applauds key workers in final Clap for Carers – Channel 4 News

Tonight marks the final clap for carers – the community moment thanking key workers started ten weeks ago, and now with lockdown rules easing, it’s coming to an end. But as we stop applauding our carers nationally each week – these healthcare workers are making a silent protest outside Downing Street – to honour their […]

Drive, cycle or walk to work if possible, says UK government – Channel 4 News

The Government is pushing ahead with its plan to restart the economy – albeit gradually – describing transport as the key to getting people back to work in England. There’s advice to wear face coverings, avoid rush hour and to use cars, bikes or walk as much as possible. But critics warn this could just […]

U.S., and British ships conduct exercise in Arctic aim to counter Russia – Defence Blog

The U.S. Navy released a statement on Friday saying that U.S. 6th Fleet (C6F) conducted a bilateral naval anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise with the U.K., above the Arctic Circle. The statement noted the four ships from two nations, a U.S. submarine, and a U.S. P8-A worked together, in the Norwegian Sea, to conduct training in […]

Newborn baby found dead in woodland sparking police search for mother

The child was discovered close to Shore Road in Hythe, near Southampton (Picture: Google) A newborn baby boy has been found dead in an area of woodland in Hampshire. Police are now trying to find his mother, who they say may be ‘very frightened’ after going through a ‘distressing experience’. The child’s death is being […]

‘It’s not just murder, it’s very narcissistic, twisting, ongoing torture’ – Sam Gillingham on not knowing where her mother’s murdered body was left

A bereaved mother has described the “ongoing torture” of seeing her daughter’s murderer released, despite the fact he’s never told police where he left her body. Helen McCourt was 22 years old when she was murdered by Ian Simms in 1988. “Helen’s Law” could see killers spend longer in prison if they refuse to reveal […]

Can the Commonwealth Fill the Gap?

I recently attended a conference at Clare College, Cambridge, organised by The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, considering the role of the Commonwealth in 2019 – its challenges and opportunities. The Commonwealth still struggles to an extent to articulate its role and significance in international relations. One session, which included myself as […]

‘The UK doesn’t need to involve itself more than necessary’, says Dr Lina Khatib on rising US-Iran tensions – Channel 4 News

5 Jan 2020 The Foreign Office has strengthened its travel advice for Iran and Iraq since the assassination of General Soleimani. The Foreign Office has strengthened its travel advice for Iran and Iraq since the assassination of General Soleimani. Only essential travel to the countries is advised. But hundreds of people are still in there. […]

#Brexit – ‘We are ready to start the next phase, to defend and promote Europe’s interests’ #EUCO

  The decisive victory by the British Conservatives in yesterday’s general election was widely and enthusiastically welcomed by European leaders attending today’s (13 December) European Council. Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said that they welcomed the certainty that the election provided and said that it had been difficult when things had been agreed in Brussels, […]