"Sunday Morning" begins the New Year with a look ahead for the region, reported by CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata in London: Brexit: the word that dominated debate in Britain in 2018 will define its future in 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May faces a March deadline to broker the U.K.'s exit from the European Union, after fending off a no-confidence vote from opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. Earlier this month, speaking in the House of Commons, May said, "If he wants a meaningful date, I'll give him one: 29th of March 2019, when we leave the European Union." What might Brexit actually look like? (CBS News, 11/15/18) U.K. to put troops on standby for no-deal Brexit "contingencies" (CBS News, 12/18/18) Across the English Channel, French President Emmanuel Macron is facing his own crisis. Paris has become a city under siege, with protesters squaring off against riot police over a fuel tax hike. The so-called "yellow vest" protesters, who confront walls of riot police, have a … [Read more...] about A look ahead: What’s next for Europe and Russia in 2019?
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World International Affairs A Kremlin-linked bank offered to support a lucrative business venture between Russian gold mines and Arron Banks, a wealthy British businessman who donated millions to the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, leaked documents revealed. The offer was made before Banks donated over $11 million to the pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign, a fact that raises further questions about whether Russia attempted to bankroll or support the Brexit movement. Banks has consistently denied that he received financial assistance from Russia, but a seven-slide Power Point presentation published by The Guardian and the Russian website Tzur reveals that the Brexit supporter was offered an exclusive investment opportunity that would allegedly allow him to make huge profits. The presentation noted that the deal was backed by the Russian state bank Sberbank, which was under Western sanctions at the time. The venture was proposed to Banks by the Russian ambassador … [Read more...] about Russia Offered Brexit Financier Lucrative Deal With Russian Gold Company, Leaked Documents Reveal
World International Affairs The U.S. could risk forfeiting its central role on the international stage both politically and economically by splitting with its allies and other major powers that oppose upcoming sanctions against Iran, according to two former State Department officials who helped craft the 2015 nuclear deal. In line with President Donald Trump's withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear agreement in May, the U.S. was set to impose Monday the first batch of sanctions that would affect Iran, as well as European and other international companies. The decision would be only the latest of a series of schisms between the Trump administration and the EU, which has continued to endorse the Iran deal. When asked by Newsweek if top U.S. rivals China and Russia could stand to benefit from the split, former State Department Deputy Lead Coordinator and Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation Jarrett Blanc said "yes." "This is not strategic behavior, we're all over the … [Read more...] about U.S. Risks Losing World Power to China and Russia by Splitting with Allies on Iran, Experts Say
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0 Have your say Theresa May struck a deal with pro-EU rebels in her own party last night after making an appeal for unity ahead of two days of crucial votes on flagship Brexit legislation. The deal avoids what could have been a damaging defeat over the customs union as MPs begin debating amendments imposed on the EU Withdrawal Bill by the House of Lords today.The government still faces a knife-edge vote on how much power the Commons will have over the final Brexit deal.MPs will also draw a line under the long-running row about devolved powers after Brexit when time finally runs out for Edinburgh and London to reach a deal before the bill is signed off.Addressing a meeting of the backbench 1922 committee yesterday evening, the Prime Minister told MPs to consider the signal that would be sent to Brussels if the government was defeated, and asked potential rebels not to undermine her negotiating position.Pro-EU Tories have backed off amid fears Mrs May could be fatally … [Read more...] about May strikes deal with pro-EU rebels ahead of crunch Brexit votes