The row came as Italy's ministry of transport launched an investigation into the company responsible for maintaining the motorway, ordering the firm to commit to rebuilding the bridge at its own expense. A spokesperson for Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters in Brussels the EU had in fact formally told Italy to improve its infrastructure, given it billions in development funds, and even signed off on a plan to specifically improve the motorways around Genoa. © REUTERS / Stefano RellandiniItaly Sets Up Commission to Probe Causes of Genoa Bridge CollapseMatteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right League party and now the country’s interior minister, had suggested that the EU’s fiscal rules could have hampered investment. Sputnik spoke to Philip Gomm, Head of External Communications at the RAC Foundation about if something that happened in Genoa … [Read more...] about Bridge Maintenance Far Beyond ‘Filling Pot Holes or Cutting Verges’
In Europe, November 11 commemorates Armistice Day, a somber holiday marking the armistice preceding the peace treaty that ended World War I in 1918. However, in the United States that day is Veterans Day and carries few of the same connotations, in large part because US forces did not see significant action until the last year of that war. © REUTERS / Mike SegarTrump Cancels Military Parade Over Price Tag, Hopes to Hold It Next Year The mood of Armistice Day clashes sharply with that of Bastille Day, July 14, which France celebrates as the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789, when the Bastille fortress in central Paris was stormed by the Paris militia to seize weapons they later used to arrest the monarchy and form a republican government. Huge festivities adorn Paris, topped off by an illustrious parade of French military units down the Champs Elysee. It was that parade … [Read more...] about Protest Movement Forced US War Parade Delay
Sputnik spoke to Talha Köse, Associate Professor and the Chair of Political Science and International Relations Dept at Ibn Haldun University for more insight on the issue. Sputnik: Is there worse to come for Turkey’s precarious and volatile economy? Talha Köse: The major crisis within the Turkish economy comes down to two big problems. The private sector had some dollar debts but we knew it was coming but it could be managed a lot easily and smoother. © AP Photo / Evan VucciErdogan Trying to Find New Allies, Repair Ties With EU Amid Turkey-US Row - JournoSputnik: What effect will this have on Erdogan position in Turkey? Talha Köse I don’t think so. Turkish people see this as a clear sign of collective punishment of Turkish people. It’s not just targeting Erdogan but the entire Turkish people because the currency will affect the entire Turkish people. The Trump … [Read more...] about US Could Further Escalate Crisis in Turkey, Neglect Intl Laws
SIR – You are right that the EU is scared that Brexit will give Britain a competitive trade advantage. The EU’s obsession with preventing this has been well-known for at least two years, to all except our inept negotiators. The Prime Minister fails to understand that the EU is a political construct, rather than an economic one, and will pursue its dog-in-the-manger approach no matter what. The Government’s failure to prepare for an inevitable no-deal Brexit demonstrates shocking incompetence. Brian Clarke SIR – I enjoyed your front-page report that the British secret service had been bugging the EU negotiating team. At last we can see some signs of competence and drive on our side.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Letters: The EU has never wanted a mutually beneficial Brexit settlement
When I saw the pictures of long queues in front of shops of luxury brands, I asked myself, “Who benefits from all of this?” I bet the representatives of these brands have earned good revenue this week. However, their costs in the import sector are all in foreign currency. How can they make money from now on? How will their businesses continue? Who will buy with these prices? The price of a bag that used to be 8,000 Turkish Liras will rise to 12,000 liras. What if Chanel was a Turkish brand? What if Louis Vuitton was a brand created by Lale Vatman? Actually, the fakes of these brands are being manufactured in Turkey for as little as peanuts. Even if Coco Chanel were to rise from her grave and come and check, she would not see a difference in quality! There is talk about using local products nowadays. I am not sure how I will manage when even lentils are being imported. We have to take a break from construction and start creating international brands in all sectors! … [Read more...] about Why are we late on being local and domestic?