Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Europe Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByCeylan Yeginsu July 12, 2018 LONDON — As President Trump heads to Britain, protesters are in battle-preparation mode, with demonstrations planned for every stage of his visit, even as its choreography seems designed to have him spend as little time as possible in London and keep him out of sight of any protests. On Thursday, the president, who is set for a two-day working visit followed by a weekend in Scotland and will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May, addressed the planned protests in a news conference, saying, “I think it’s fine.” “They like me a lot in the U.K.,” he added. “They agree with me on immigration. I’m going to a pretty hot spot right now, a lot of resignations.” But Owen Jones, a left-wing journalist and lead organizer of Britain’s … [Read more...] about Trump Says, ‘They Like Me a Lot in the U.K.’ 100,000 Protesters May Disagree.
Allied within the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), a European Parliament group established two years ago, the parties -- espousing strong anti-migrant and anti-EU views -- say they plan to focus on cooperation within Europe outside EU bodies at the conference. Le Pen, who lost the French presidential election run-off to Emmanue Macron in May, and Wilders, head of the Dutch Party for Freedom, will sit next to Lorenzo Fontana from Italy's Lega Nord or Georg Mayer from the Austrian FPO. The organisers have also listed Belgium's Gerolf Annemans, Poland's Michal Marusik, Marcus Pretzell from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Janice Atkinson, a former member of Britain's UKIP, among the speakers. Czech police tightened security as left-wing groups announced several protests, including a blockade of the suburban area of Prague where the conference will be held on Saturday. Police will also have their hands full with Wilders, who is facing death threats over his fiery anti-Islam … [Read more...] about Le Pen, Wilders to meet European far-right leaders amid protests
A stand off between RGP and Guardia Civil in summer 2013. Photo: AFP Spain's foreign ministry called in the British ambassador to make an official protest over what it described as "reckless behaviour" by a Gibraltar police boat patrol towards a Spanish police vessel. Ambassador Simon Manley was summoned to Spain's foreign office on Monday afternoon by Ignacio Ybáñez to hear the official complaint over an incident in waters off Gibraltar last Friday. Spain complained that a Royal Gibraltar Police vessel had approached a Spanish Guardia Civil patrol twice at great speed and only diverted to avoid a collision at the last moment. "The RGP patrol boat, which was sailing at a high speed, diverted just a few metres from the Spanish boat causing a big wave that unsettled the Spanish police vessel," Spain's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Its irresponsible and reckless manoeuvre created a significant, clear and sudden risk for the safety of both official … [Read more...] about Spain protests over ‘reckless’ Gibraltar police patrol vessel
Margaret Thatcher dominates front page of UK newspaper Evening Standard. The former PM failed to escape controversy in her only official visit to Switzerland. Photo: Will Oliver/AFP Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died on Monday at the age of 87, is remembered in Switzerland for sparking a rowdy demonstration in Bern that led to multiple arrests. The rally occurred during the Iron Lady’s only official visit to Switzerland on September 20th 1990, late in her political career. Around 300 people gathered in the Swiss capital waving banners and shouting hostile chants to protest Britain’s “occupation” of Northern Ireland. A total of 17 people were arrested at the rally outside the parliament building. Thatcher met with members of the Swiss government, as well as representatives from the business sector. The Conservative party leader declared that Switzerland’s neutrality was no obstacle to membership in the European … [Read more...] about Thatcher remembered for sparking Bern protest
Thousands of anti-Brexit marchers are descending on Westminster to demand that Britain stays in the European Union. Organisers estimated at least 50,000 protesters were marching through central London before converging on Parliament Square on Saturday (September 9) for a rally. Later, Sir Bob Geldof and Liberal Democrat former cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey will address the crowds gathered in the square. The People's March For Europe carries the message "unite, rethink and reject Brexit" and organisers said leaving the EU "no longer holds credibility inside Westminster, let alone on the streets of Britain". Read More In other news... It comes days after politicians returned to parliament following the summer recess and ahead of a critical Brexit vote. MPs are set to vote on the repeal bill, formally known as the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, on Monday for the first time, amid concerns over the progress of Brexit negotiations. A sea of blue and yellow Remainers amassed outside the Houses of … [Read more...] about 50,000 anti-Brexit protesters march through central London