NATO leaders are planning to shake up border controls in Europe to allow troops to race across the continent in the event of war. They will slash red tape in order to create a type of military-only Schengen zone, ending current border crossing waiting times that can reach 40 days. According to The Times, the plan has been put forth by The Netherlands and is expected to be approved at the Nato summit in Brussels this week. Ank Bijleveld, the Dutch defence minister, told The Times that enabling Nato troops to move more freely across borders would help show that Nato was improving its ability to deter threats. The current proposal, if approved, will see the waiting times from when military forces request clearance to cross a border and when they actually are able to slashed from 40 days to five. Bijleveld hopes this will eventually become a "military Schengen" with complete freedom of movement for Nato forces. She added: "It will be the next step but it is quite difficult." Juri Luik, the … [Read more...] about Nato plans borderless ‘military Schengen’ to let tanks and troops speed across Europe to Russia’s border
Europe’s problems with criminal trafficking gangs and illegal immigration are getting worse, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned, just days after the United Nations (UN) claimed that boat arrivals were “necessary” for the continent. Pointing to a sharp rise in the number of attempted crossings from Africa along with the emergence of increasingly sophisticated ways of trafficking people across borders within the EU, the NCA revealed authorities in Europe are struggling to deal with smuggling gangs and immigration-related crime.Criminal networks are making profits of up to £6 billion a year from charging would-be migrants, the majority of whom are from Africa, said Tom Dowdall, the agency’s deputy director of organised immigration crime. According to the Daily Mail, the crime agency chief reported that attempted crossings to Spain and Italy have risen 75 per cent from last year while the Italian government’s crackdown on NGO boats has … [Read more...] about NCA: 700,000 Migrants in Libya Waiting to Board Boats to Europe
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Trump’s NATO trip (all times local): 6:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is tweeting that NATO countries “must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS” as he prepares to depart for his four-nation European tour. Trump is headed to Brussels, Britain and Scotland, then to Finland, where he’s expected to sit down with Russia President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Trump has long been at odds with U.S. allies over NATO spending, pressing member countries to fulfill their goal of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense by 2024. Trump’s tweets would likely set a combative tone for the upcoming meetings. He wrote: “The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer.” ___ 12:35 a.m. President Donald Trump’s four-nation European tour has allies fretting over the risk of damage he could do to the decades-old NATO alliance. … [Read more...] about The Latest: Trump sets combative tone ahead of Europe trip
News / UK and world by Press Association July 10, 2018, 11:02 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Spotting a Loot Llama is a rare sight in the Fortnite world, so you can imagine how lucky fans of the game felt to spot the creatures in the real world. The elusive piñatas have been popping up in cities across Europe – including London, Barcelona, Paris, Cannes, Warsaw and Cologne. Two were seen around London – one in a phone box in Covent Garden, while another was seen with its head hanging out of a black cab. Loot Llamas usually come with a decent amount of material in Fortnite: Battle Royale, so naturally gamers have been trying to prise them open, but so far, to no avail. “No extra clues around it…. although there were clear visible screws on the padlocks,” David Raymond told Reddit users. “No other obvious screws anywhere else on the Llama. (I didn’t have a screwdriver on … [Read more...] about Fortnite’s Loot Llamas pop up in cities across Europe: What does it mean?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByKatie Rogers July 9, 2018 WASHINGTON — After weeks of solo travel around the United States, the first lady, Melania Trump, plans to revive her child-focused project “Be Best” as she accompanies her husband on a weeklong trip through Europe, the White House said on Monday. The trip, with diplomatic-and-golf-focused hops planned between Belgium, England, Scotland and Finland, will be a high-profile re-entry into the spotlight for Mrs. Trump, who has not done much with Be Best since starting it days before she was hospitalized for a kidney condition in May. She sat out the president’s visit to Quebec for the Group of 7 summit meeting and a later meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, in June. In recent weeks she has instead focused on visits with immigrant children … [Read more...] about Melania Trump’s Task in Europe? Show Another Side of the White House