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Danziger on British Parliament dumping Trump

Danziger: The (Formerly) Special Relationship

In America, Donald Trump’s popularity may be plumbing historic lows for a new president, but across the Atlantic he is still more widely disliked — especially, as Danziger notes, among our British cousins. So negative is the public reaction to Prime Minister Theresa May’s invitation for a Trump state visit that he has postponed it until next October.

March 1, 2017

U.N. Atomic Agency Chief Confirms Iran Is Fulfilling Nuclear Deal

Confirming the findings of a confidential report, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said Tehran has observed the deal, opposed by Iran’s hardliners and Western skeptics.

October 1, 2016

Following Brexit Vote, Hate Attacks Sweep the U.K.

A mosque, a Polish center and refugees have reportedly been targeted. The Muslim Council of Britain said today it has compiled “over 100 incidents reported of hate crimes following the referendum result.”

June 28, 2016
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool

How Scotland And N. Ireland Could Retain EU Membership

There has as yet been no Brexit, and there will not be—because there is no such entity as “Britain.” There could, however, be a U.K. exit. But those who insist that a 52-48 vote is good enough to take the entire U.K. out of the EU would trigger a serious crisis of legitimacy.

June 28, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks following a news conference, at his Turnberry golf course, in Turnberry, Scotland, Britain June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Donald Trump Praises Brits For Taking ‘Their Country Back,’ But Only After He Promotes His Golf Resort

Trump said he would let his children and financial advisers run his businesses if he wins the election, but would not walk away from his operations before that. He said the campaign had not been used to build his brand, but had in fact put it at risk because politics is so polarizing.

June 24, 2016
A British Union Jack flag and an European flag fly on the Amiens city hall during a a Franco-Britain summit in Amiens, northern France, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Britain Votes To Leave The European Union

Britain voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two. Global financial markets plunged on Friday as results from a referendum showed a 52-48 percent victory for the campaign to leave a bloc Britain joined more than 40 years ago.

June 23, 2016
Director Ken Loach (L), Palme d'Or award winner for his film "I, Daniel Blake", reacts next to producer Rebecca O'Brien during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Ken Loach Wins Second Cannes Palme d’Or With ‘I, Daniel Blake’

“When there is despair, the people from the far right take advantage,” Loach said. “We must say that another world is possible and necessary.” “I, Daniel Blake”, shows how Britain’s social security system conspires to drive a downtrodden carpenter and a single mother of two into poverty in the northeastern city of Newcastle.

May 22, 2016

Clashes Break Out As France Begins Clearing Calais Migrant Camp

Clashes with police broke out on Monday as work got underway to clear part of the shanty town outside Calais in northern France where migrants are trying to reach Britain.

February 29, 2016

Cartoon: British Worry About Sending Military To Syria

“Keep Calm and Have a Drink”

November 5, 2015

Britain Halts Flights To Sharm el-Sheikh Amid Fears Russian Jet Was Downed By Bomb

Citing concern that a Russian airliner “may well have been brought down by an explosive device,” the British government Wednesday canceled all flights to Britain from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

November 4, 2015

Man Dies In Channel Tunnel As Migrant Crisis Deepens

France said it was sending 120 more police officers to the site. Britain said it would erect a nine-foot (three-meter) fence to protect the terminal.

July 29, 2015

David Cameron’s Wizardry

Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The center in Britain held and flew apart at the same time.

May 11, 2015

Britain’s Cameron Promises Reforms, EU Referendum After Election Win

Cameron earlier hailed the “sweetest victory” of his political career, with the win giving the Conservatives around 330 seats and a clear mandate for another five years in office.

May 8, 2015

6 Lessons Drawn From Cameron’s Big Victory

The British election results Thursday night took even the seasoned by surprise. A race that was supposed to be tighter than a bearskin hatband and even potentially set off a parliamentary crisis turned out to be a romp for David Cameron’s Conservatives.

May 8, 2015

Scottish Nationalists Set For Historic Victory

The pro-independence Scottish National Party was set for a historic victory in Britain’s general election, according to an exit poll on Thursday that showed them winning 58 out of 59 seats in Scotland.

May 7, 2015

U.S. Ambassador Roasted Over British Food Jibe

London (AFP) — The U.S. ambassador to Britain sparked annoyance in his host country by criticizing the local traditional food in a magazine interview this week. Asked what he would serve at his ideal dinner party, envoy Matthew Barzun replied somewhat undiplomatically. “I’ll tell you what I would not serve — lamb and potatoes. I […]

September 4, 2014

Britain Raises Security Threat From ‘Substantial’ To ‘Severe’

By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times Responding to recent events in Syria and Iraq, Britain has upgraded its security threat level to “severe,” the government announced Friday, meaning a terrorist attack there is “highly likely.” The nation’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, an independent body, made the determination based on its latest intelligence, officials said. This […]

August 29, 2014

Britain Arrests Hundreds Of Suspected Pedophiles

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — In a massive national dragnet, British police have arrested more than 600 suspected pedophiles who allegedly accessed pornographic images of children on the Internet, authorities said Wednesday. The sweep comes at a time of heightened sensitivity over pedophilia in a country where sensational stories of the sexual […]

July 16, 2014

Britain’s Phone-Hacking Trial Ends With Just One Conviction

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — A jury failed to reach a verdict Wednesday on the remaining counts against two defendants in Britain’s phone-hacking trial, bringing to a close one of the longest court proceedings in British history in a case that lifted the lid on the sometimes unsavory nexus of media, celebrity and […]

June 25, 2014

Britain To Reopen Embassy In Tehran

London (AFP) – Britain plans to reopen its embassy in Iran, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced Tuesday, as the West steps up its engagement with Tehran amid rapid jihadist advances in neighboring Iraq. Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group are moving towards the Iraqi capital Baghdad after a […]

June 17, 2014

Eurosceptic Parties Cause ‘Earthquake’ At EU Polls

Brussels (AFP) – France’s far-right National Front and Britain’s UKIP led a eurosceptic “earthquake” in EU parliamentary polls, sending shockwaves across Europe and beyond. The EU Parliament’s own projections early on Monday showed the extent of the anti-EU breakthrough, with eurosceptic parties set to win around 140 seats in the 751-seat assembly. The most emphatic […]

May 26, 2014

Britain Hails Conviction Of Radical Muslim Preacher In Manhattan

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — The British government Tuesday praised the terrorism conviction in New York of a radical Muslim cleric it spent a decade trying to expel to the U.S. for prosecution and vowed to prevent such drawn-out extraditions from happening again. Abu Hamza al-Masri faces life in prison after being found […]

May 20, 2014

Jury Deliberates In Abu Hamza Trial

New York (AFP) – A New York jury began deliberating Thursday over its verdict on the terror and kidnapping charges brought against Islamist preacher Abu Hamza by the United States. The 56-year-old, who was extradited from Britain in October, faces up to life in prison if convicted on the 11 counts against him. Blind in […]

May 15, 2014

Talks Over Iran’s Nuclear Program Get Underway

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau VIENNA — Iran and six world powers Wednesday formally began a two-month diplomatic sprint to complete a deal aimed at preventing Tehran from developing the ability to build nuclear weapons. Top diplomats from the world powers — the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — met with the […]

May 15, 2014

British Economic Recovery Picks Up Speed

London (AFP) – Britain’s economic recovery picked up further speed in the first quarter, official data showed on Tuesday, boosting the coalition government one year before the country’s next general election. The economy has expanded for five successive quarters, but has struggled to return to the levels of output witnessed before the 2008 global financial […]

April 29, 2014