The delegates cut ribbon to open VTVGo agency in Prague (Photo: VNA) Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Pham Anh Chien, Head of the VTV Digital, said 20 years ago, Vietnam Television launched its channel for external services VTV4 and now VTVGo is a more suitable platform to bring the image of Vietnam closer to the overseas communities. Mr. Tran Vinh Bac, Counselor of the Vietnamese Embassy to the Czech Republic and Mr. Hoang Dinh Thang, Head of the Union of Overseas Vietnamese Associations in Europe, both supported the opening of the first VTVGo agency in Europe, saying that it will strengthen the connection between the overseas Vietnamese in Czech in particular and in Europe in general, to the homeland. After a short time of test, VTVGo has won the trust of thousands of Vietnamese families in the Czech Republic. In the coming time, tens of thousands of Vietnamese families in the Czech Republic as well as in many neighbouring countries will easily watch Vietnamese television channels as … [Read more...] about VTVGo opens its first agency in Europe
BERLIN (Reuters) – The United States must reckon with Europe responding in kind if it declares “America First” and places its own economic interests before those of others, Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said. In an interview with ARD television, Altmaier attributed the United States’s desire to block the building of a new pipeline linking Russia and Germany under the Baltic Sea to its need to secure markets for its own liquid natural gas (LNG) exports. “They have a large LNG terminal infrastructure to get value out of,” said Altmaier, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, “but that LNG will be significantly pricier than pipeline gas, so blocking Nord Stream 2 will not on its own guarantee exports.” He added that Europe would respond firmly to U.S. attempts to place its own economic interests before those of partners. “The U.S. are our friends and partners, and we want to defend our common values. “But … [Read more...] about If it’s America First, then Europe will respond in kind, Altmaier says
Iranian state TV has reported the country has signed an agreement with a British consortium to develop an oil field, just as another major company, France's Total, says it will withdraw from Iran because of renewed U.S. sanctions.The new agreement is the first between Iran and a company from a key Western ally of the United States since Washington last week announced it will pull out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.The U.S. said it would reinstate sanctions that were lifted under the deal, which would potentially bar European companies from doing business in both the United States and Iran.Officials from Pergas International Consortium and National Iranian South Oil Co. signed a preliminary deal on the partnership in the presence of the British ambassador in Tehran late Wednesday. The project would entail the investment of $1 billion to produce 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day during the next decade in the 55-year-old Karanj oil field, which … [Read more...] about Europe v Trump: Iran signs oil deal with UK as John Bolton threatens sanctions
May 17, 2:01 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Himanshu Goenka @HimGoJourno 05/16/18 AT 7:03 AM European countries are considering dumping the dollar in favor of the euro when it comes to making payments to Iran for its crude oil, Russian media reported Wednesday, citing a diplomatic source who had knowledge of the development. Since President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal May 8, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), European nations who were also part of the deal have been working with Iran to prevent it from collapsing.“I’m privy to the information that the EU is going to shift from dollar to euro to pay for crude from Iran,” the diplomatic source reportedly told Russian news agency RIA Novosti.The purpose of the JCPOA was to limit Iran’s nuclear activities to peaceful uses, and its collapse risks the country … [Read more...] about Europe To Pay Iran In Euros For Oil, Abandoning The Dollar
May 17, 2:06 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Julian Kossoff 05/17/18 AT 1:37 PM Growing tensions over President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal is threatening to put unprecedented strain on the post-war transatlantic alliance.As European powers and Tehran committed to keep working together to rescue the 2015 deal, the hawkish White House National Security Adviser, John Bolton said it's "possible" the United States would impose sanctions on European companies that continue to do business with Iran. In the CNN interview he went on to say it was dependent on "the conduct of other governments."The veiled threats did not stop a London-based consortium of international companies striking a deal to develop an oilfield in Iran for 655 million barrels of oil in the southwestern Kernaj field.It was the first such contract since Washington withdrew from a nuclear agreement on May 8 and said … [Read more...] about Is Donald Trump Prepared To Wreck The Historic Alliance With Europe Over Iran?