The diplomatic foreign relations of the United Kingdom are conducted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, headed by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The Prime Minister and numerous other agencies play a role in setting policy, and many institutions and businesses have a voice and a role. Britain was the world's foremost power during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, most notably during the so-called "Pax Britannica"—a period of totally unrivaled supremacy and unprecedented international peace during the mid-to-late 1800s. The country continued to be widely considered a 'superpower' until the Suez crisis of 1956, and this embarrassing incident coupled with the loss of the empire left the UK's dominant role in global affairs to be gradually diminished. Nevertheless, the United Kingdom remains a great power and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a founding member of the G7, G8, G20, NATO, OECD, WTO, Council of Europe, … [Read more...] about Foreign relations of the United Kingdom
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Andrew Murray, Jeremy Corbyn’s longtime friend and adviser, ticks off a list of foreign causes that the Labour leader has pursued over almost half a century: Chile, South Africa, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, among others. For Murray, it is an honourable record, and one that has been distorted or lost amid the abuse and vilification Corbyn has faced since he stood for the Labour leadership in 2015. The Labour leader has been accused of racism and antisemitism; of being too close to the men of violence. During last year’s general election campaign, the Daily Mail, under the headline “Apologists for terror”, said Corbyn “personally has spent a political lifetime courting mass murderers in the Middle East, Ireland and elsewhere in the world”. Returning to the theme this week, newspaper articles have implied – in a story subsequently disputed – that Corbyn had paid homage in 2014 to Black September, the Palestinian group responsible … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign causes: a blessing or a curse?
Here is our ultimate guide to the 2018-19 Premier League, including all of this summer's transfers and likely line-ups. ARSENAL Title odds: 25/1 Last five seasons: 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 5th, 6th Likely starting XI (new signings in caps): 4-3-3; LENO; Bellerin, SOKRATIS, Mustafi, Monreal; Xhaka, TORREIRA, Ramsey; Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette Net spend: £68m What’s new? Everything. The Arsene Wenger era is over and Unai Emery's has begun. In the last year Arsenal have not just changed their manager but have a new Director of Football, Head of Recruitment and an entirely new spine of the team. For the first time in years fans don’t know what to expect. Most exciting signing Lucas Torreira is the key summer signing. He looks to be just the player Arsenal need - a tough, no-nonsense defensive midfielder of the type the club has lacked since the departure of Gilberto Silva. How will they play? Emery seems likely to play either a 4-3-3 or an … [Read more...] about Premier League 2018-19 definitive club-by-club guide: Likely line-ups, best signings
Picture: Министерски съвет JB: Thank you very much for taking the time to chat with us this afternoon. Of course we are in Brussels and Mr. Zuckerberg was here in Brussels only a couple of days ago doing his first testimony in Europe since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. Can I just ask you what you thought of the hearing and how he performed? AA: We had meeting with Mr Zuckerberg and Mrs Sheryl Sandberg in California just a couple of weeks ago, and I'm pretty sure I got much more information than people got during this very short hearing here in Brussels. But I think it was nice to be here and to take those questions in the European Parliament. I got the feeling that Facebook is taking all those issues conducted with privacy of our people very seriously. Today we have some problems, some bad people, they know how to use social media channels to manipulate with public opinion, … [Read more...] about CNBC Interview with Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market
After eight years of displeasure with the presidency of Barack Obama and faced with a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Dennis Schminke of Austin, Minnesota, didn't have to think hard about how he would vote in 2016. A retired corporate manager, a staunch conservative and a county Republican official, he supported the New York businessman. Since then, there has not been a day that Schminke wished that Clinton, rather than Trump, were president. But week by week, month by month, as he has watched the events of Trump's presidency, he has become increasingly conflicted and concerned about what he has seen. The turmoil, he said, has often left him feeling "motion sick." By early spring, he expressed a different sentiment. He had not fully broken, but he was no longer as emotionally invested in the president or a reconstituted Trumpian Republican Party. "I find myself drawing back a bit," he said. Schminke lives in a section of the Upper Midwest that responded … [Read more...] about Loyalty and unease in Trump’s Midwest