EU states have decided to move the HQ of their Atalanta anti-piracy mission from the UK to Spain and France due to Brexit. The mission, which has fought piracy off the Horn of Africa for the past decade, will see its command moved from Northwood, in south-east England, to Rota, in south-west Spain, and to Brest, in western France, on 29 March next year, EU diplomats meeting in Brussels on 30 July agreed. Read and decide Support quality EU news Get instant access to all articles — and 18 year's of archives. 30 days free trial. Its British chief, major general Charlie Stickland, will hand over his baton to a Spanish naval officer, vice admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave, on the same date. The diplomats also agreed to extend its life by one more year, until 31 December 2020, and to set aside €11.8m for its operations. The mission currently involves two ships - an Italian frigate called ITS Carlo Margottini and a Spanish patrol vessel called ESPS Meteoro - as well as … [Read more...] about Spain and France to share EU naval mission after Brexit
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France’s Emmanuel Macron makes his first visit as president to Spain and Portugal, starting Thursday (26 July), in his push to overhaul the EU, with the two southern allies seeking French help to connect their energy grids to Europe. Macron will meet first with Spain’s new Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who travelled to Paris soon after coming to power in June. The visit was seen as a sign of Sánchez’s intention to play a bigger role in European affairs compared with his predecessor Mariano Rajoy. A source in Macron’s office hailed Sánchez’s desire to “be more involved in European matters,” at a time when Paris faces resistance to its EU reform blueprint from other countries, not least Germany. The two men, both ambitious leaders in their 40s, “have a very close relationship,” the source said, adding there was “nearly total convergence” on their goals for the eurozone. In particular, Macron is … [Read more...] about Energy, EU reform on the agenda as Macron heads to Spain and Portugal
3486 found Save Search Order by: 0 Filters Follow thinkSPAIN on Facebook or Twitter for the latest News, Jobs, Property & Info Load Previous Politics Thu, Apr 19, 2018 DIPLOMATIC relations between Spain and Venezuela have seen tentative improvements after both countries agreed to reinstate their ambassadors. In a joint communication, the two nations' foreign affairs ministries... Politics Mon, Apr 16, 2018 ANOTHER massive protest took over Barcelona yesterday (Sunday) calling for the release of the nine 'political prisoners' who remain in custody facing charges ranging from sedition and 'violent rebellion'... Politics Sun, Apr 15, 2018 SPAIN has provided logistic support to the USA for its attack on Syria, joined by France and the UK, although has not taken part actively in the air strikes in retaliation over Bashar Al-Assad's alleged chemical... Politics Wed, Apr 11, 2018 SPAIN'S ambassador in Germany … [Read more...] about Truce between Spain and Venezuela: Ambassadors return
All the latest from the action in Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Barcelona strengthen grip on LaLiga title with win over ValenciaBarcelona bounced back from their Champions League exit in midweek by strengthening their grip on the LaLiga title with a 2-1 victory against Valencia at the Nou Camp.Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti scored early in each half to put the hosts in control but a late penalty, converted by Dani Parejo, made for a nervy finish.Barcelona are now 14 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid while Valencia are a further three points back following the end of their five-match winning run.Barcelona did not have it all their own way and Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to make saves from Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo either side of Suarez's opening goal after 15 minutes.Philippe Coutinho was afforded too much space just outside the area, allowing him to roll an inch-perfect pass into the path of Suarez who calmly slotted past Murara Neto at his near post.Umtiti headed home … [Read more...] about Here is how the games in Spain, Italy, Germany and France finished.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was “no practicable alternative to the use of force” to stop the use of alleged use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad, as the UK joined the US and France in launching strikes against targets in Syria associated with the use of such substances. As explosions were being from several locations in Syria, Ms May said she had sought to use every diplomatic channel to avoid the use of force. “This persistent pattern of behaviour must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we cannot allow the erosion of the international norm that prevents the use of these weapons,” she said. “This is not about intervening in a civil war. It is not about regime change. It is about a limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian … [Read more...] about Syria strikes: Theresa May says Britain has joined US and France in attacking Syrian targets