Thousands of people have signed up on Facebook to a Dutch beach party for Brexit, featuring food from across the European Union to mark Britain's departure. Created by media worker Ron Toekook, the event calls for partygoers to meet at the seaside village of Wijk aan Zee near Amsterdam on October 31, the date Britain is meant to leave. Suggestions for other songs to be played included Dutch novelty boyband "Breunion Boys" and their single "Britain Come Back".
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching themselves deeper in their irreconcilable positions. Highlighting new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's determination to leave the bloc on Oct. 31 even if no Brexit divorce deal is in place, his government said as of Sept. 1 it would stop attending all EU meetings where its vital interests were not at stake. The EU, which is not known for its speedy diplomacy, took only half a day to rebuff a four-page proposal by Johnson on breaking a deadlock over ensuring a transparent border between the
(Bloomberg) -- The White House delayed the planned unveiling of a package of sanctions related to counterterrorism on Tuesday, in part because Secretary of State Michael Pompeo scheduled travel to New York for meetings at the United Nations and a political lunch, according to two people familiar with the plan.Pompeo’s participation in the counterterrorism event was seen as essential since the White House wanted top national security officials to take part, according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing internal issues. One of the people said the event will take place after the Labor Day holiday in early September.It’s not clear if Pompeo’s absence is the only reason the event was delayed, and the State and Treasury Departments declined to comment. In addition to his UN meetings, Pompeo attended a private briefing over lunch on Tuesday with Republican stalwarts including Arthur Laffer, Steve Forbes and billionaires John and Margo Catsimatidis. The trip comes amid rising speculation that the top U.S. diplomat may run for the Senate next year.The attendees at the lunch hosted by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity were confirmed by two people familiar with the event. The luncheon, though not the names of the guests, is also on Pompeo’s public schedule for his trip to New York, where he is expected to speak at a session of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday as well as hold meetings with the UN’s secretary-general and Serbia’s president.The move comes amid rising speculation that Pompeo, a former House member from Kansas, may step down from President Donald Trump’s administration to run for a Senate seat opening up following the retirement next year of Pat Roberts. Bloomberg reported this month that Republican political donors have been told to hold off contributing to that race in expectation that Pompeo will run.Pompeo, one of Trump’s most trusted Cabinet members, has given mixed signals about his political future. In an interview Monday on Fox News he said “Lots of people talking about me potentially running for the Senate in Kansas, everyone maybe except me. I’m very focused on what I’m doing. It’s an incredible privilege to be President Trump’s Secretary of State. I intend to continue to do this.”But when asked in July about running for the Senate, Pompeo told KCMO Radio -- which broadcasts in Kansas -- that “I always need to be open to the possibility that something will change and my path in life will change too.”John Catsimatidis is the billionaire founder of the Gristedes grocery store chain and president of Red Apple Group Inc. He’s been a vocal supporter of the president and has a history of being a prolific donor to both Republican and Democratic campaigns. He served as a member of Hillary Clinton’s finance team during her unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign but more recently declined former Vice President Joe Biden’s request for fundraising assistance, saying he would continue to support the president.The billionaire’s son, John Catsimatidis Jr., said the lunch discussion focused on foreign policy.““Everyone in the room agreed on the importance of conducting foreign policy that puts the interests and national security of the American people before those of foreign parties,” Catsimatidis, who is chairman and CEO of United Refining Co., said in an interview. “The room was supportive of President Trump and his administration’s approach to foreign policy, and I have confidence Secretary Pompeo has a firm handle on the issues affecting us on the global stage.”Laffer, an adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign, was recently awarded the Medal of Freedom by the president. The economist is best known for his eponymous “curve,” which supposes that taxation rates beyond a certain level can prove counterproductive by discouraging work. Most economists don’t believe the theory has proven accurate in real-world scenarios.The Committee to Unleash Prosperity was founded by Laffer, Forbes and Stephen Moore, who withdrew from consideration for a spot on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors earlier this year following criticism from Republican lawmakers.(Updates to add comments from Catsimatidis’s son on the lunch discussions from ninth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Peter Eichenbaum and Nick Wadhams.To contact the reporters on this story: Jennifer Jacobs in Washington at email@example.com;Saleha Mohsin in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Bill Faries at email@example.com, ;Alex Wayne at firstname.lastname@example.org, Joshua GalluFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday hit out at foreign criticism of its appointment of a general accused of war abuses as the new army commander. The foreign ministry said in a statement that the decision to appoint a new commander was a sovereign decision by the head of state. "Foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka is unwarranted and unacceptable," it said. "Articulating a position of concern on this appointment by certain bilateral partners and international organizations, based on allegations, is regrettable and contrary to the principles of natural justice espoused by all responsible
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - UBS on Tuesday announced the appointment of Christine Novakovic as the chief executive officer of the Swiss Bank's European Union operations. The appointment, which is based in Frankfurt, will make Novakovic one of the most prominent bankers in Germany where women occupy less than 10% of top management jobs in the finance industry. She succeeds Thomas Rodermann, whose contract was not renewed after "friendly, mutual agreement", the bank said. Her appointment is effective Sept. 1. In addition to her new role as CEO of UBS Europe SE, she will continue to oversee wealth management in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as take on head of country for Germany and Austria.
The United Nations' refugee agency and Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday started to consult more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to determine if any want to return home, officials said, as a fresh repatriation bid was launched. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine for neighbouring Bangladesh after a military-led crackdown in August 2017 the United Nations has said was perpetrated with "genocidal intent", but many refugees refuse to go back, fearing more violence. Myanmar cleared 3,450 people to return, from a list of more than 22,000 provided by Bangladesh, authorities said.
Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem made an impassioned plea at the United Nations to save the world's oceans Monday. The Spaniard, a keen environmental activist, called on countries to agree to a treaty that would protect at least 30 percent of seas by 2030.
A course about Brexit, the UK's plan to leave the European Union, is to be offered as an option by the University of Botswana's history department. The course, called Modern Britain, will "study the crisis" as it happens, a notice shared on Twitter said. Students will, however, not sit for an exam. Bruce Bennett from the university confirmed to the BBC that the course will be offered. "[It] is intended to link the present crisis, which is of interest to many people, to the historical background," he said. He said that as an elective course students from other departments would be able to take it. "There has been interest from students from across the university, including of course political
The three most globally admired leaders of the last quarter century had Africa in common — Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. A year has gone by since Annan left us, but those who worked under him at the United Nations still miss him. We loved him dearly. In fact if you got to know him, he took your breath away — it didn't seem possible that a leader could be so genuinely caring and supportive of everyone who worked for him, at any level. And that is how he got the best from everyone, and that is how he was able to redefine the UN in a way no other Secretary-General had done before or since. In the process he redefined himself too. It is safe to say that until he became Secretary-General,
As Eleanor Roosevelt once said,“For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.” Fortunately, there are people who have made it their life's mission to proactively combat evil. Every day, hundreds of thousands of humanitarian workers across the globe put their lives at risk to take action against corruption, disasters, and violence; of those workers, 250,000 are women. Aid work has become increasingly dangerous with over 4,500 aid workers killed, injured, detained, assaulted or kidnapped while carrying out work since 2003. Women humanitarians are at particularly high risk of robbery, sexual assault and other violence. Today, in honor of these workers, the United Nations recognizes
From pushing forward ambitious national strategies to boasting about plans to take over the tech world, nations are racing to achieve a global innovation advantage in the use of artificial intelligence. In 2017, China released a strategic plan saying it will lead the world in AI technology by 2025. China comes in second, and the European Union lags further behind," say the authors of a new CDI report that looked at talent, research, development, adoption, data, and hardware in the AI space.
UBS on Tuesday announced the appointment of Christine Novakovic as the chief executive officer of the Swiss Bank's European Union operations. The appointment, which is based in Frankfurt, will make Novakovic one of the most prominent bankers in Germany where women occupy less than 10% of top management jobs in the finance industry.
public policy new Today the Systemic Risk Council (SRC) announced that Erkki Liikanen, former Governor of the Bank of Finland, has become a member. Welcoming the appointment, SRC Chair Paul Tucker said, “I am absolutely delighted that Erkki Liikanen is joining the Systemic Risk Council. Erkki Liikanen was Governor of the Bank of Finland and a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank from 2004 to 2018.