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Trump and Merkel clash at fraught NATO summit

BRUSSELS, Belgium (UPDATED) – US President Donald Trump traded barbs with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a tense NATO summit on Wednesday, July 11, after he accused Berlin of  being "captive" to Russia and demanded it immediately step up defense spending. The two-day meet in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 11th, 2018

Trump piles pressure on NATO over defense spending

BRUSSELS, Belgium – US President Donald Trump on Thursday, July 12, issued a fresh demand for NATO allies to double their defense spending target as leaders gathered for the second day of a bruising summit. After an opening day of talks marked by clashes between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel , NATO leaders were hoping to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Trump says ‘I believe in NATO’ despite criticism

BRUSSELS: US President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was still committed to NATO despite fierce criticisms of allies over their defense spending commitments. “The US were not treated fairly but now we are. I believe in NATO,” Trump told a press conference after a fraught NATO summit in Brussels. “The US commitment to NATO… link: Trump says ‘I believe in NATO’ despite criticism.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Trump claims Germany totally controlled by Russia

In a combative start to his NATO visit, President Donald Trump asserted Wednesday that a pipeline project has made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" and blasted allies' defense spending, opening what was expected to be a fraught summit with a list of grievances involving American allies......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

NATO insists it s united as Trump lashes allies over budgets

NATO leaders pledged Thursday to stand united against foes like Russia despite a tumultuous summit that saw U.S. President Donald Trump rip into his allies for failing to boost defense spending, casting a dark cloud over the world's biggest security alliance......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

NATO insists it s united at end of raucous, divisive summit

At the end of a bewildering, roller-coaster NATO summit, the military alliance's 29 nations somehow pledged continued unity and kept their long commitment to beef up defense spending amid a barrage of biting criticism from US President Donald Trump......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

NATO insists it s united at end of raucous, divisive summit

At the end of a bewildering, roller-coaster NATO summit, the military alliance's 29 nations somehow pledged continued unity and kept their long commitment to beef up defense spending amid a barrage of biting criticism from US President Donald Trump......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Trump slams ‘captive’ Germany at NATO summit

BRUSSELS: US President Donald Trump launched a blistering attack on Germany at the start of a tense NATO summit on Wednesday, accusing Berlin of being “captive” to Russia and demanding it and other allies immediately step up defense spending. The two-day meet in Brussels was already shaping up to be the alliance’s most difficult in [...] The post Trump slams ‘captive’ Germany at NATO summit appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Trump lashes out at NATO allies as he lands for tense summit

BRUSSELS, Belgium – President Donald Trump told NATO allies to "reimburse" the United States for defense costs as he landed for the alliance's most difficult summit in years. Trump touched down in Brussels aboard Air Force One hot on the heels of a stern warning from the EU's top ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

U.S. envoy to Estonia to retire over frustration with Trump – report

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The US ambassador to Estonia, James Melville, will retire from the State Department next month, a move he said was prompted by Donald Trump's jibes and treatment of European allies. The announcement comes ahead of a summit in Brussels of NATO allies on July 11-12, which has ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Trump and Putin to stage long-awaited summit in Finland

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will hold their long-awaited first summit next month in the Finnish capital Helsinki, at what could prove a historic turning point in international relations. The July 16 head-to-head between the US and Russian leaders will follow a NATO summit in Brussels that Washington’s European partners fear will serve as […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Migration could decide Europe’s ‘destiny’ – Merkel

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Thursday that the migration challenge could determine Europe’s fate, hours ahead of a Brussels summit where EU leaders are expected to clash over the way forward. “Europe has many challenges but migration could end up determining Europe’s destiny,” she told German lawmakers. The path the EU chooses could [...] The post Migration could decide Europe’s ‘destiny’ – Merkel appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Merkel expects difficult G7, will seek out Trump for talks

Germany’s Angela Merkel said she expects ‘difficult discussions’ at a June 8-9 summit of leaders from the Group of Seven leading economies but will try to talk to US President Donald Trump about their differences on Iran and trade tariffs. Source link link: Merkel expects difficult G7, will seek out Trump for talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Merkel warns protectionism not the answer to world problems

DAVOS, Switzerland – German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Wednesday, January 24, "protectionism is not the answer" to world problems, addressing the Davos economic summit before US President Donald Trump appears to defend his "America First" agenda. "We think that shutting ourselves off, isolating ourselves, will not lead us into ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

Merkel Could Join Macron in Davos for Epic Clash with Trump

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of compet.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Merkel could join Macron in Davos for epic clash with Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with US President Donald Trump. Source link link: Merkel could join Macron in Davos for epic clash with Trump.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Anti-Trump rally leaves 26 hurt

A rally against US President Donald Trump in Manila on Monday ended in a clash, leaving 20 protesters and six policemen injured. A shoving match turned into a scuffle when members of militant groups tried to push past the police barricade at the corner of Padre Faura Street and Taft Avenue around 11 a.m. Firemen deployed at the area trained their water hoses on the demonstrators who backed off. Protesters called the activity their "biggest rally" yet against Trump, who is in the country to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit. Carrying placards that read "Trump Go Home" and "Ban Trump #1 Terrorist," the demonstrators also burned an effigy of Trump...Keep on reading: Anti-Trump rally leaves 26 hurt.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

May to tackle Trump over ‘evidence’ leaks – BBC News

Theresa May is to raise concerns with Donald Trump after evidence from the Manchester Arena bombing was apparently leaked to US media. UK officials were &'8220;furious&'8221; when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in the New York Times. Monday night's attack at Manchester Arena killed 22 people &'' including children &'' and injured 64. Eight men are now in custody following the attack, carried out by suicide bomber Salman Abedi. The prime minister is expected to raise the issue of the leak with the US president when they meet at a Nato summit later. Details about Abedi's identity had already emerged in the US media less than 24 hours after the explosion and against the UK's wishes. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she was &'8220;irritated&'8221; by the disclosure of Abedi's identity and had warned Washington &'8220;it should not happen again&'8221;. However, the pictures of debris &'' which appear to show bloodstained fragments from the bomb and the backpack used to conceal it &'' were subsequently leaked to the New York Times, prompting a furious response from within Whitehall and from UK police chiefs. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera says UK officials believe that US law enforcement rather than the White House is the likely culprit for the leaks. The meeting between Mrs May and Mr Trump, at a Nato summit in Brussels, will take place as British police continue to investigate an alleged &'8220;network&'8221; linked to Abedi. Early on Thursday morning, detectives carried out a controlled explosion as they searched a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester. Two men were also arrested following a search of an address in the Withington area of Greater Manchester. In total, eight men, including Abedi's older brother, and a woman have been arrested in a series of raids across Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton. The woman was subsequently released without charge in the early hours of Thursday. Meanwhile, Abedi's father and a younger brother have been detained by militia in Libya. A Whitehall source described the second US leak as &'8220;on another level&'8221;, and told the BBC it had caused &'8220;disbelief and astonishment&'8221; across the British government. The source said the the issue was &'8220;being raised at every relevant level by the British authorities with their US counterparts&'8221;. The UK's National Police Chiefs' Council described the &'8220;unauthorised disclosure&'8221; as a breach of trust which had potentially undermined a &'8220;major counter-terrorism investigation&'8221;. Counter-terrorism detectives have spoken in the past about how important it sometimes is the names of suspects do not make it into the media. A delay of around 36 hours, before the public know who they are investigating, can allow them to arrest known associates of the suspect before they know police are looking for them. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the leaks had worried him &'8220;greatly,&'8221; and he had raised them with the US ambassador. Mr Burnham told Newsnight a decision had been taken to adopt a &'8220;cautious approach&'8221; to making information public, &'8220;and yet the first reports were coming seemingly out of the United States&'8221;. Abedi's identity was first reported in the US &'' with American TV networks CBS and NBC naming him as the suspect. In other developments, the government has announced that a minute's silence will be held at 11:00 BST on Thursday in remembrance of those who lost their lives or were affected by the attack. The Conservatives and Labour are to resume local general election campaigning on Thursday, and national campaigning on Friday. Eight men and one woman have been arrested in the UK since Monday night, including Abedi's older brother Ismail, 23, although the woman has since been released. Younger brother Hashem, 20, was held by militia in the Libyan capital Tripoli, as was their father. Speaking on Wednesday afternoon, Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: &'8220;I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating. &'8220;And as I've said, it continues at a pace. There's extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester, as we speak.&'8221; As part of their investigation, police raided a block of flats near Manchester Piccadilly station in the city centre, requiring them to carry out a controlled explosion and briefly close the railway line. Police carried out another controlled explosion in the early hours of Thursday morning at an address in the Moss Side area of Manchester. Some of the victims had been making their way outside at the end of the gig when Abedi detonated his &'8220;nuts-and-bolts&'8221; bomb. Others had been waiting in the foyer to pick up children and family. A serving Cheshire police officer &'' off-duty at the time &'' was among those killed. She has not yet been named. The victims include 14-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski, from Leeds, whose grandmother is critically injured in hospital. Others who died are mother-of-three Michelle Kiss, Nell Jones, 14, eight-year-oldSaffie Roussos, Alison Howe, Lisa Lees, Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 51, Martyn Hett, 29, and Olivia Campbell, 15. Kelly Brewster, 32, John Atkinson, 28, Georgina Callander &'' thought to be 18 &'' and Marcin and Angelika Klis, a Polish couple from York, have also been named. South Shields couple Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19 have been named among the dead. Family members paid tribute to the teenagers and in a statement issued by police said: &'8220;They wanted to be together forever and now they are.&'8221; Of the 64 injured, [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2017

NATO will join anti-IS coalition at Trump summit – Stoltenberg

NATO will join anti-IS coalition at Trump summit – Stoltenberg.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017

Trump to reaffirm NATO 'commitment' at May summit

Trump to reaffirm NATO 'commitment' at May summit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2017

Tensions rising between Turkish, European leaders before elections – CNN News

Turkey and the Netherlands' diplomatic feud deepened Sunday with the Turkish president accusing the NATO ally of fascism, and declaring the Dutch would &'8220;pay the price&'8221; for harming relations. The Danish Prime Minister also entered the fray, saying he couldn't host a yet-to-be scheduled visit by his Turkish counterpart in light of &'8220;current rhetorical attacks&'8221; against the Dutch. Upcoming votes in Turkey and the Netherlands serve as a backdrop for the dispute: In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has cracked down on opposition &'8212; particularly journalists, academics and the public service sector &'8212; since a July coup attempt, is pushing an April referendum that would expand his powers. In the Netherlands, this week's general elections will pit a hardline anti-Islam candidate in a tight race against the incumbent prime minister. Erdogan is keen to rally the roughly 4.6 million expatriate Turks living in Western Europe, many of whom will be permitted to vote in the Turkish referendum. Following similar moves in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the Netherlands on Saturday barred a plane carrying Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from entering the country, citing security concerns. Cavusoglu sought to address expats in support of the Turkish referendum. The Dutch also stopped Turkey's family affairs minister from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. Protests broke out in both countries, and Erdogan responded by saying the Netherlands is &'8220;sacrificing Turkish-Dutch relations&'8221; and accused the country &'8212; which lost more than 200,000 of its citizens during Germany's World War II occupation &'8212; of Nazism. Rotterdam, where Cavusoglu hoped to speak, was especially hard hit by the Nazis. Next month, Turkish voters will cast ballots in a constitutional referendum that could change their government structure. If passed, it would transform the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one, effectively consolidating the power of three legislative bodies into one executive branch under Erdogan. Critics call the move anti-democratic and say it's indicative of Erdogan's drift toward authoritarian rule since the coup attempt eight months ago. Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, ministers have said those who oppose it stand with the coup plotters and terrorists. Cavusoglu has promised tenfold retaliation against the Netherlands, while Erdogan has likened the country to a &'8220;banana republic&'8221; and called for sanctions, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. A Turkish diplomatic source told Anadolu that Dutch diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul had been closed off due to security concerns. Meanwhile, the agency reported, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has told the Dutch ambassador, who is presently on leave out of the country, he need &'8220;not return for a while.&'8221; The Netherlands isn't the first nation Erdogan has accused of Nazism. Germany, too, became a target of Erdogan's Nazi comparisons after canceling Turkish rallies on its soil this month. Some 1.5 million Turkish nationals living in Germany are eligible to vote in the referendum, according to Anadolu. &'8220;I thought Nazism was over but I was wrong,&'8221; Erdogan said at the International Goodness Awards in Istanbul on Sunday. &'8220;What we saw in the last couple of days in Germany and Netherlands are the reflections of Islamophobia.&'8221; Turkey is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim. Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a sharp rebuke, saying such comparisons serve only to belittle Nazi crimes. German-Turkish relations have been on a downslide of late. Among the incidents chipping away at the countries' security and economic partnership was last month's arrest of Die Welt journalist Deniz Yucel on terrorism charges, and Turkey bristled last year when Germany's parliament declared the 1915 massacre of hundreds of thousands of Armenians &'8220;genocide.&'8221; European governments have been especially critical of Erdogan's commitment to basic freedoms since the coup. The country jailed more journalists than any other country in 2016, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Also, nearly 140 media outlets have been shuttered, more than 41,000 people have been arrested and about 100,000 workers have been dismissed from public service positions. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter interrupted during uprising Affording Turkey some leverage in the international spat is its key role in a Syrian migrant deal in which Turkey will resettle one refugee for every refugee resettled in Europe. In November, responding to European Union freezing EU membership talks with Turkey, Erdogan threatened, &'8220;If you go too far, the border gates will be opened,&'8221; according to Anadolu. Amid Sunday's diplomatic turmoil, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen postponed a yet-to-be-scheduled visit from his Turkish counterpart. &'8220;Under normal circumstances it would be a pleasure for me to greet Prime Minister (Binali) Yildirim in Copenhagen,&'8221; Rasmussen said. &'8220;But with the current rhetorical attacks by Turkey against the Netherlands, a new meeting cannot be seen isolated from that.&'8221; The Danish government is observing developments in Turkey &'8220;with great concern as democratic principles are under considerable pressure,&'8221; he said. &'8220;A meeting right now would be interpreted as if Denmark is viewing developments in Turkey more mildly, which is not at all the case.&'8221; The prime minister's office said Danish representatives and Turkish officials had been discussing the possible meeting for several weeks. It would have been scheduled for later this month in Denmark. In the Netherlands, far-right politician Geert Wilders praised the decision to bar the Turkish minister from entering the country and credited his own party for the decision. The Netherlands is heading for a nationwide vote Wednesday, with concerns about Muslim immigration a central issue. Riding a populist wave that ushered Donald Trump into the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 13th, 2017