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Returning to Brussels has reminded me of how officials failed to take his pernicious myth-making seriously, writes the Guardian’s Europe editor Katherine Butler
I was in Brussels when Johnson peddled his original Euro lies – nobody’s laughing now | Katherine Butler
#Brexit #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Worldnews #UKnews #Foreignpolicy #Politics #BorisJohnson
 
Prime minister said migrants from Europe have treated the UK like ‘their own’ country for too long

Campaigners for EU citizens have launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson over his claims that EU nationals who made the Britain their home have treated the UK like “their own” country for too long.

They say his remarks have moved some of their members to tears as they suggest the 3.4m who have settled in the UK have somehow abused freedom of movement laws.
Campaigners attack Boris Johnson for EU nationals remarks
#BorisJohnson #EuropeanUnion #Worldnews #Europe #Migration #UKnews #Brexit #Politics #Generalelection2019 #Foreignpolicy
 
US technology allows fruits to stay ripe for twice as long and reduces plastic packaging
Avocados with edible coating to go on sale in Europe for first time
#Foodwaste #Avocados #Food #Europe #Germany #Denmark #Environment #UKnews
 
Food delivery service agreed merger with Dutch rival in July but tech group intervened
Just Eat: Prosus ups offer to £5.1bn in Takeaway.com battle
#Food&drinkindustry #Business #UKnews #Europe #Worldnews
 
As Britain braces itself for the Brexit endgame, leading poets – from Carol Ann Duffy to Andrew McMillan – take the pulse of our fragmenting world

From the collection Kin, Cinnamon Press, 2018
'Sometimes the world goes feral' – 11 odes to Europe
#Poetry #Brexit #Britishidentityandsociety #Europe #Culture #Books #Immigrationandasylum #EuropeanUnion #Politics #UKnews
 
Arrangement to apply part of EU customs code to region is ‘major’ block to Brexit delivery

Northern Ireland customs arrangements may thwart Boris Johnson’s plan to leave the EU by December 2020, according to a document said to be leaked from civil servants in the Department for Exiting the EU.

In the document, seen by the Financial Times, staff raised concerns about the readiness of the new customs arrangement, calling the protocol to keep part of the EU customs code in Northern Ireland, a “major” obstacle to Brexit delivery.
Northern Ireland customs protocol could thwart Brexit plans
#NorthernIreland #UKnews #Brexit #Generalelection2019 #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Foreignpolicy #Politics #BorisJohnson
 
Magnus Carlsen climbs to third spot of Fantasy Premier League but puts his success down to ‘luck’
World chess champion on the verge of topping fantasy football table
#FantasyFootball #MagnusCarlsen #Norway #Europe #Chess #UKnews
 
19-page report by Graphika does not prove Russian origin but early distribution online similar to Secondary Infektion group
'NHS cache' leak first circulated online by group similar to Russian operation
#Labour #Politics #UKnews #JeremyCorbyn #Reddit #Technology #Russia #Facebook #NHS #Europe
 
European commission surveys companies about agreements they have made to share data

The European commission is launching a new investigation into Google, examining the company’s data collection practices, according to a report from Reuters.

During the past week, the competition commission has sent out questionnaires to companies that work with Google asking them about the agreements they have made to share data with the search firm.
EU to investigate Google over data collection practices
#Google #Alphabet #Technology #Europeancommission #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Worldnews #UKnews #Privacy #Regulators
 
Exclusive: Julian King reflects on his departure which marks the end of a chapter in the UK’s relationship with the EU

The cardboard boxes are packed and the photograph of the Queen is in bubble wrap. After a slight delay to Julian King’s scheduled departure day on 29 March, the 15th British commissioner to take a seat in the EU’s executive branch, and likely the last, will at midday on Friday walk out of the European commission’s Berlaymont headquarters in Brussels with his belongings under his arm – including a couple of EU-branded cushions given by an impish Jean-Claude Juncker.

The commission president had them delivered to King’s office after being unimpressed to learn of the union jack soft furnishings scattered on the Briton’s office sofa. “He is a good man,” King says fondly of Juncker. “I shall miss being hugged by my boss and even getting the occasional kiss.”
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The upcoming election could trigger the breakup of the union, and yet the main all-UK parties have barely mentioned it, says Guardian columnist Martin Kettle
You’d never know it, but the future of the United Kingdom is at stake | Martin Kettle
#Constitutionalreform #Scotland #NorthernIreland #Ireland #Europe #Politics #UKnews #Worldnews
 
Volunteers for the US presidential hopeful run sessions for Momentum activists

Campaigners for US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders have been lending their support to the Labour party, running phone-banking sessions from New York ahead of the general election.

The city’s branch of Labour International has been working with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), who have been calling British campaigners with tips on how to encourage people to register to vote and cast a ballot for Labour at the December poll.
Labour gets support from Bernie Sanders campaigners in US
#Momentum #Labour #JeremyCorbyn #BernieSanders #Generalelection2019 #Politics #UKnews #USnews #Europe
 
Brief letters: Russian interference | Oven-ready deal | Athletes’ erections | End of the decade | Moths and lights
End of the decade is still over a year away | Brief letters
#Politics #Conservatives #Generalelection2019 #BorisJohnson #Russia #Brexit #Europe #Worldnews #UKnews #EuropeanUnion
 
Critics say setting up group to consider alliance’s future will let politicians pass the buck
Nato to consider expert panel after Macron brain-dead claim
#Nato #UKnews #Germany #France #Politics #Europe #AngelaMerkel #EmmanuelMacron #USnews #Worldnews
 
Vox refusal to sign joint all-party statement outrages civil rights groups and embarrasses allies
Spain's far-right Vox blocks violence against women declaration
#Spain #Domesticviolence #Thefarright #Europe #Politics #Women #Society #UKnews #Worldnews
 
Dublin court hears of issues with document to transfer Eamonn Harrison to UK

A warrant issued in an attempt to extradite a lorry driver wanted in connection with the deaths of 39 people in Essex was rushed, a court in Ireland has heard.

Eamonn Harrison, 22, from Mayobridge in Newry, County Down, appeared on Thursday in Dublin’s central criminal court regarding a European arrest warrant to have him transferred to the UK.
Essex lorry deaths: warrant to extradite driver 'was rushed'
#Ireland #UKnews #Europe #Worldnews
 
In Denmark, children’s homes are places of stability, comfort and support. Now a British entrepreneur is bringing the model to the UK
The Copenhagen house that's probably the best children's home in the world | Clare Considine and Helen Russell
#Children #Denmark #Europe #Society #Worldnews #Socialcare #Childprotection #UKnews
 
Twenty-five people reportedly found on ship travelling from Netherlands to UK

Dutch authorities have discovered 25 migrants stowed away inside a refrigerated container on a ferry bound for England.

According to a statement published on a local government website, all those found onboard were alive, with one of them thought to be a child.
Dozens of migrants found in refrigerated container on ferry
#Immigrationandasylum #UKnews #Netherlands #Europe #Worldnews
 
The users of one dating site rate good grammar and literacy above erratic spelling in their search for a warm, ideal partner
Dating disasters: why bad grammar could stop you finding love online
#Onlinedating #Lifeandstyle #Literacy #Education #Relationships #Netherlands #Europe #UKnews
 
Concern at Port Talbot plant as company announces it will be reducing European workforce
Unions seek talks after Tata Steel shock plan to cut 3,000 jobs
#Tata #Steelindustry #UKnews #Europe #Tradeunions #Business
 
Wrong minister approved order, court hears during appeal to overturn convictions for escaping Maze prison in 70s

The former SinnFéin leader Gerry Adams was interned illegally at the height of Northern Ireland’s Troubles because the wrong minister approved his detention order, the supreme court in London has been told.

In an attempt to overturn two criminal convictions for escaping from the Maze prison in 1973 and 1974, lawyers for the 71-year-old are challenging the way he was originally held under emergency legislation.
Gerry Adams was interned illegally during Troubles, supreme court told
#GerryAdams #UKnews #Belfast #NorthernIreland #IRA #UKsecurityandcounter-terrorism #Ireland #Politics #Worldnews #Europe
 
Cyril McGuinness collapsed as police searched address in Derbyshire, inquest hears
NI kidnapping suspect 'died of cardiac event' during arrest
#NorthernIreland #UKnews #Ireland #Europe #Worldnews #Crime
 
Why Boris Johnson must publish Russia report | Letters
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/17/why-boris-johnson-must-publish-russia-report
#Conservatives #Politics #Russia #Europe #Worldnews #UKnews #BorisJohnson #JeremyCorbyn #AlexanderLitvinenko #ChrisBryant
 
Businessman who has given party more than £1.3m denies he is spy for Kremlin

The Conservative donor Alexander Temerko has called for the publication of the parliamentary report on Russian influence in British politics, suppressed by Boris Johnson, and denied claims he is a Kremlin spy.

In an interview with the Guardian, Temerko said he supported the report’s disclosure before next month’s election: “My position is we should publish it. My party says we need to do Brexit because we are democrats but we can’t release the report. It’s clearly a contradiction.”
Tory donor Alexander Temerko calls for Russia report to be published
#Conservatives #Partyfunding #Russia #MI6 #Politics #UKnews #Europe #Generalelection2019
 
Three lions on a beach: a sculpture for the age of Brexit
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/17/three-lions-pride-of-brexit-sculptor-jason-decaires-taylor-protest
#Sculpture #Britishidentityandsociety #Brexit #Protest #Art #Culture #EuropeanUnion #Politics #Kent #UKnews
 
PM claims it’s a ‘100%’ certainty he would deliver Brexit if Conservatives win a majority

Boris Johnson has said that all Tory parliamentary candidates have committed to vote for his Brexit deal if he wins a majority at the general election.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, the prime minister said this pledge means that voters can be “100%” certain that a Conservative government will “unblock” parliament and deliver Brexit.
Boris Johnson: all Tory election candidates will back my Brexit deal
#BorisJohnson #Generalelection2019 #Brexit #Conservatives #Politics #UKnews #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Foreignpolicy
 
No 10’s miserable pooch has been dragged on to the campaign trail. I know the feeling

My father died more than 20 years ago and I increasingly find that I think of him most on Remembrance Day rather than on his birthday or the anniversary of his death in January. He was 18 when the second world war started and 24 – the same age as my son is now – when it ended and he served in the Navy throughout, first in the north Atlantic, then in the Malta convoys and the Sicily landings and finally in the far east. And yet I have almost no details of his time in the war, because he would never discuss it. He would talk about the war in general, but whenever it became too personal he would close the conversation down. It was a part of him that was unreachable, a place he could not bear to revisit because it was still too painful, even 50 years later. It was only just before he died that he told my mother of his recurring nightmare of the time he had been ordered to sail through a sea of men who had been sunk because to have stopped would have meant getting torpedoed as we... Show more...
 
More people given temporary status as backlog of unresolved cases reaches half a million

The proportion of EU citizens being granted a temporary, more precarious “pre-settled status” in the UK has continued to rise, the latest Home Office statistics show, and the backlog of unresolved cases has grown to more than half a million, causing unease among campaign groups that support EU nationals living in Britain.

All of the estimated 3.4 million EU citizens resident in the UK must apply for settled status if they want to continue living here legally after Brexit. The latest EU settlement scheme statistics show that 590,300 people applied for settled status in October, bringing the total number of applications to 2,450,000.
Rising proportion of EU citizens in UK given temporary 'pre-settled status'
#Brexit #EuropeanUnion #Immigrationandasylum #UKnews #Europe #Worldnews #Politics
 
Outgoing EU council chief gives implicit backing to Boris Johnson’s opponents

Donald Tusk has given his implicit backing to Boris Johnson’s opponents in the general election with a call for anti-Brexit campaigners to keep fighting in the month before Britain goes to the polls.

In what he openly conceded was an unconventional move, the outgoing president of the European council made a pointed intervention in the UK’s general election debate with a thinly veiled message of solidarity for those seeking to unseat Johnson’s Conservatives.
Donald Tusk's message to UK voters: don't give up on stopping Brexit
#Brexit #DonaldTusk #BorisJohnson #Generalelection2019 #EuropeanUnion #VladimirPutin #UKnews #Europe #Politics #Foreignpolicy
 
Figure is down from 2016 peak and UK and Germany account for about half of total

Europe was home to between 3.9 million and 4.8 million unauthorised immigrants in 2017, about half of whom lived in the UK and Germany, according to the first serious estimate in more than a decade.

The Pew Research Center study, based on data from the 32 EU and Efta member states and international organisations, found the range was significantly higher than in 2014 (3 million to 3.7 million) but had fallen slightly since a 2016 peak of 4.1 million to 5.3 million.
Up to 4.8m unauthorised immigrants in Europe in 2017 – study
#Migration #Refugees #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Immigrationandasylum #UKnews #Worldnews
 
People across Europe paid their respects to the dead of the
two world wars on 11 November
Andrzej Krauze on Armistice Day – cartoon
#Firstworldwar #Secondworldwar #EuropeanUnion #UKnews #Europe
 
Speakers at event in Oxford say ‘junk news’ tools pioneered by Russians now originate in UK

Misinformation techniques first deployed by Russian agents are now more commonly used in Britain by the far right, as well as by politicians to convince their own voters, an audience in Oxford has been told.

At an event hosted by Oxford University’s Internet Institute, which has been studying the effects of “computational propaganda” in elections around the world, speakers said the evidence of foreign interference in Britain’s election was slim, but that strategies first deployed by foreign actors were still going strong. The event was held under the Chatham House rule, meaning speakers can be quoted but not named.
Far right 'use Russian-style propaganda to spread misinformation'
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