Austria is preparing for an election in September after a video from 2017 appeared to show the far-right vice-chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, offering lucrative public contracts in exchange for campaign support. The country's coalition government, formed between the Freedom party and the Austrian People's party, will end. Twenty-four hours after the video was released Strache resigned.Continue reading...
Firefighters called to tourist attraction as intruder seen dangling near top of tower
The Eiffel Tower has been evacuated after a man tried to scale the Paris monument.
The man could be seen dangling just below the third and highest level of the structure. A rescuer dressed in red could be seen above him. Police confirmed the climber was male.Continue reading...
High-ranking mothers lead sons to groups of females and keep guard while they mate
Their mothers are so keen for them to father children that they usher them in front of promising partners, shield them from violent competitors and dash the chances of other males by charging them while they are at it.
For a bonobo mother, it is all part of the parenting day, and analysis finds the hard work pays off. Males of the species that live with their mothers are three times more likely to father offspring than those whose mothers are absent.Continue reading...
Safwaan Mansur and Hanzalah Patel used travel website to look at area near Syrian border
Two friends who planned their journey to Syria on TripAdvisor have been jailed for 14 years for preparing to join Islamic State.
Safwaan Mansur and Hanzalah Patel, both 22, used the travel review site to check out an area near the Syrian border before travelling to Turkey in 2016 and 2017.Continue reading...
Candidate accused of disloyalty after complaining another female member had been harassed
The far-right Sweden Democrats party has removed a female MEP from its list of candidates for this week’s European elections, accusing her of disloyalty after she complained that another female member had been sexually harassed by a senior party figure, Swedish media have reported.
The incident is the second scandal involving a European far-right party in a matter of days, following the resignation on Saturday of Austria’s populist vice-chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, over a video appearing to show him offering public contracts to a woman posing as the niece of a Russian oligarch in exchange for campaign help. Strache says he was drunk and “acting like a teenager”.Continue reading...
FvD will join divided ranks of Europe’s populist right where alliances are in flux
In the conference room of a slightly soulless hotel on the neat outskirts of the eastern Dutch town of Emmen, a crowd of 100 or so had gathered to hear a former MEP and European commission staffer tell them there is far too much Europe.
“Everyone wants more EU. We want less,” said Derk Jan Eppink. “Take power back from Brussels, return it to nation states. With our French, Italian, Polish, Spanish partners, we will be a united front.”Continue reading...
If Donald Trump and Xi Jinping slide into ongoing animosity, the world will pay the price
A few years ago, as part of a western delegation to China, I met Xi Jinping in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. When addressing us, Xi argued that China’s rise would be peaceful, and that other countries – namely, the US – need not worry about the “Thucydides trap”, so named for the Greek historian who chronicled how Sparta’s fear of a rising Athens made war between the two inevitable. In his 2017 book Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?, Harvard University’s Graham Allison examines 16 earlier rivalries between an emerging and an established power, and finds that 12 of them led to war. No doubt, Xi wanted us to focus on the remaining four.
Despite the mutual awareness of the Thucydides trap – and the recognition that history is not deterministic – China and the US seem to be falling into it anyway. Though a hot war between the world’s two major powers still seems far-fetched, a cold war is becoming more likely.Continue reading...
Presidential candidate’s proposal would fine 1% of profits for every 1% of pay gap between men and women performing work of equal value
A pro-Donald Trump state representative will make a primary challenge to Michigan Rep. Justin Amash after Amash said Trump has committed impeachable offenses, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Rep. Jim Lower said he will run for the seat. Amash in a much-shared Twitter thread over the weekend became the first Republican congressman to voice support for impeachment, saying that after reading special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report, he has concluded Trump committed impeachable offenses.
Donald Trump plans to formally launch his re-election campaign next month, likely with a series of rallies in swing states, Axios reports.
Trump sees the official kickoff as June 16, four years to the day after he first launched his presidential campaign at Trump Tower.Continue reading...
Man arrested after Brexit party leader is latest EU elections candidate to be soaked
Nigel Farage has been hit by a milkshake in Newcastle city centre, after a spate of similar incidents against far-right candidates in the European elections campaign.
The Brexit party leader appeared to be furious after the incident and was heard to mutter, “it’s a complete failure, you could have spotted that a mile off” as his security team led him away.Continue reading...
Survey also finds three in five Britons say politics is broken in both Westminster and Brussels
Three in five British voters say politics in Westminster and Brussels is broken, according to a poll that finds pro- and anti-Brexit parties are running neck and neck ahead of the European elections on Thursday.
The survey, shared with the Guardian by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), found Britons nurture some of the highest levels of political disaffection in Europe, with 60% of those polled saying the system in the UK and the EU is broken. Only in France and Greece are levels of disenchantment higher.Continue reading...
- Paper detailed staff concerns over Trump and Kushner entities
- President says he doesn’t need banks or money from Russia
Donald Trump has denied a New York Times report that Deutsche Bank employees flagged concerns over transactions involving legal entities controlled by the president and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. He also said he does not receive money from Russia.Continue reading...
Foreign minister, Javad Zarif, advises US president to respect country following warning
The Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has hit back at Donald Trump for his “genocidal taunts”, following a strongly worded warning from the US president that Tehran should not think of attacking the US.
#B_Team,” Zarif wrote on Twitter, in an apparent reference to Trump advisers such as John Bolton, “@realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. #EconomicTerrorism & genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran’.”