Angela Merkel: Conquerer of political rivals Friedrich Merz — back again Friedrich Merz was ousted by Merkel as the head of the CDU/CSU parliamentary party in 2002. He ended up leaving the Bundestag in 2009 and later became the chair of the world's biggest wealth manager, BlackRock. When Merkel announced her decision to step down as the head of the CDU, Merz made a surprising return to the German political scene and threw his hat in the ring to replace her. … [Read more...] about France’s Emmanuel Macron pins pro-EU reforms success on ‘Germany’s ambitions’
“The new colonialism takes on different faces. At times it appears as the anonymous influence of mammon: corporations, loan agencies, certain ‘free trade’ treaties, and the imposition of measures of ‘austerity’ which always tighten the belt of workers and the poor,” he said. … [Read more...] about Unbridled capitalism is the ‘dung of the devil’, says Pope Francis
Cook's art was always more saucy than kinky, closer to the seaside postcard. Her women belong in the same world as Victoria Wood's Dinnerladies, the Two Fat Ladies of television cookery fame, Hetty Wainthrop, Elsie Tanner, Mrs Merton and, of course, Cynthia Payne. Weirdly, photographs of Cook make her look very like the late Mary Whitehouse in her prime. Pam Ayres should have written Cook's catalogue. She makes art for people who don't much like art, which is fine. Perhaps the only people who don't like her paintings are sniffy art critics like me - though the British Medical Association would probably have a go at her for so many images of the happily overweight, and for all the positive depictions of smoking and drinking. … [Read more...] about Call this a national treasure?
Their release was part of a Russia-brokered deal that saw Damascus return the remains of an Israeli soldier who had gone missing in 1982 during the Battle of Sultan Yacoub between Israel and Syria in the Lebanon War. … [Read more...] about Israel releases Druze spy to Syria
Europe's major plane crashes of the 21st century Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 Rebels in eastern Ukraine were accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014 during a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board died, 193 of them Dutch. A Dutch investigation found pro-Russian rebels shot the plane down with a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from separatist territory in eastern Ukraine. … [Read more...] about Boeing discovers new software problem in 737 Max