POLITICS 09/14/2018 08:48 pm ET Trump's former campaign chair had a lot of help with his Ukraine lobbying work — and he has agreed to testify anywhere. By Jessica Schulberg, Ryan J. Reilly, and Paul Blumenthal Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has, as part of a plea deal, agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller. This is likely bad news for President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign team — but it could also cause problems for a slew of lobbyists and other advocates, including several Democratic operatives. As part of Manafort’s deal with Mueller, he agreed to testify in any case the government asks him to. Court documents show that high-profile lobbying, public relations and law firms worked quietly with Manafort over the years as he brought in more than $60 million boosting the U.S. image of a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. And like Manafort, they don’t appear to have registered as … [Read more...] about Paul Manafort’s Plea Deal Could Be Bad News For A Bunch Of Washington Operatives
World International Affairs The European Union’s top economic official said Thursday that Europe is being taken over by “small Mussolinis,” in reference to Italy's late leader of the National Fascist Party Benito Mussolini. “Fortunately there is no sound of jackboots, there is no Hitler, (but maybe there are) small Mussolinis. That remains to be seen,” Pierre Moscovici, the European Union’s economic affairs commissioner told reporters, according to Reuters, comparing the current political climate to the 1930s, when Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Mussolini were in power. European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici speaks during a news conference in Brussels, Belgium on August 20. Moscovici compared the current political climate to the 1930s on Thursday. Francois Lenoir/Reuters The Frenchman's comments angered Italian government members who have been critical of the European Union’s … [Read more...] about ‘Small Mussolinis’ Are Taking Over Europe, EU Official Says
By Danilo Masoni MILAN (Reuters) - Britain's top share index tracked higher European markets on Friday with the mood buoyed by easing trade worries, while Shire rose after China cleared Takeda's plans to buy the drugmaker. The FTSE 100 <.FTSE> was up 0.1 percent by 0857 GMT, underpinned by gains among the energy and healthcare sectors, which more than offset weakness among utilities, hit earlier this week by a profit warning from SSE <SSE.L>. "Traders (are) hopeful about U.S.-China trade talks despite President Trump being the fly in the ointment, downplaying prospects for quick negotiations," Accendo Markets analyst Mike van Dulken said. Trump said on Thursday that the United States was under no pressure to make a trade deal with China, even as Chinese officials welcomed an invitation from Washington for a new round of talks with more U.S. tariffs looming. The FTSE was set for a small weekly gain following two consecutive weeks of losses partly due to a rally in the pound … [Read more...] about FTSE tracks Europe higher on trade hopes; Shire shines
UK driving licence may not be valid in EU after a no-deal Brexit, according to a Government report. Here is what may happen should the Britain crashes out of the union without making arrangements. Will UK driving licences be valid in Europe after Brexit? After a no-deal Brexit UK drivers may have to get an international driving permit if they want to drive in some European countries. The Government says following March 2019 "your driving licence may no longer be valid by itself" on the EU roads. This emerged in September when the latest no-deal planning papers were published. What is an International Driving Permit? If British licences are no longer recognised after the Brexit deal is signed, drivers will be forced to purchase an International Driving Permit (IDP), which would allow them to drive in the EU for up to 12 months. Recommended for around 140 countries worldwide, the IDP is recognised by the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic and acts as temporary proof of driving … [Read more...] about Will UK driving licences be valid in Europe after Brexit and what is an International Driving Permit?
MOBILE roaming was of 30 new technical notices released after the Downing Street summit in a bid to prepare the country for a no-deal Brexit. Firms were banned from charging customers extra to use their phones abroad under EU rules in June last year and fears were raised that could change if a deal couldn’t be struck. Will a 'no-deal' Brexit bring back roaming charges and data fees in Europe? The four phone company giants – including Vodafone and EE – who cover 85 per cent of the market have said they have no plans to change mobile roaming fees. The government has also said it will legislate to introduce a cap on charges if there is a no-deal scenario. That would set a £45 per monthly billing period limit and force companies to send alerts when 80 per cent of that had been reached. If there is no deal, customers should check their operator's roaming policies, consider switching provider, know how to turn off roaming services and look at using wi-fi for … [Read more...] about Will a ‘no-deal’ Brexit bring back roaming charges and data fees in Europe?