Daniel Howes The Detroit News Published 1:17 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 President Donald Trump thinks we need tariffs, perhaps as high as 25 percent, on foreign-made vehicles to safeguard “national security.” How many trucks do the Russians sell in the United States? Zero. How many cars do the North Koreans export to the States? Zero. How many Iranian-built crossovers, bristling with spyware, ply our suburban streets? Zero. And how many Chinese-brand cars sit in U.S. showrooms? Essentially zero. The president’s proposed tariffs aren’t a “national security” move against the country’s most active geo-strategic adversaries, whatever his invocation of Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 enabling just that. They're not "protecting" domestic automakers, more profitable now in the United States than anytime in the past 50 years. They’re a clumsy slap to the collective faces of America’s most stalwart … [Read more...] about Howes: Trump auto tariffs answer a question the global industry is not asking
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SIR – The Trump administration’s move towards trade protectionism shows the benefit to Britain of being a member of the EU customs union. Liam Fox, the Trade Secretary and arch-Atlanticist, unsuccessfully lobbied Washington for an exemption of UK steel from punitive tariffs. By the effort of Cecilia Malmström, the EU trade commissioner (representing all 28 EU members), such an exemption was secured. It was prolonged earlier this week for another month. The EU has joined a select group of trade partners strong enough to resist American economic bullying. Beyond the EU, it includes only Nafta partners Canada and Mexico. South Korea, Brazil and even Japan have been forced to accept tariffs or are agreeing painful bilateral concessions. Despite the rhetoric about global Britain, had we faced this crisis alone, outside the customs union, we would likely have been treated like Japan (the third-biggest global economy compared to Britian’s position as sixth). The EU … [Read more...] about Letters: The EU customs union is the only protection against American bullying
Hotels are getting in on royal wedding mania, offering $50,000 packages fit for a queen, handing out condoms decorated with the Union Jack and hosting Champagne parties where the wedding will be shown on big-screen TVs. New York's Moxy Times Square hotel is including condoms with a Union Jack logo as part of an overnight stay that also features a travel-sized bottle of gin and a British slang dictionary. Manhattan's Plaza Hotel is asking guests to wear hats, gloves and other finery to a $150 Champagne breakfast beginning at 6:30 a.m., New York time, on May 19. The best-dressed attendee will win a prize of a free night at the hotel. The wedding will be livestreamed in the Plaza's Palm Court on big-screen TVs as it unfolds live midday in England at Windsor Castle. A panel of experts at the Plaza will provide play-by-play commentary on etiquette, the royal family and whatever else needs explicating on this side of the pond. The Plaza even has a legitimate connection to Markle. In her … [Read more...] about Royal Wedding: At Hotels, $50K Packages, Union Jack Condoms
A demonstrator stuck stickers on her glasses reading "My train, I care" during a march by rail workers protesting against French President Emmanuel Macron's government reforms, in Marseille, France, Saturday, April, 2018 (Claude Paris/AP) PARIS — France persuaded President Donald Trump to stay in Syria and launch airstrikes as punishment for an alleged chemical weapons attack, French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday. Appearing in a two-hour live broadcast on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart, the 40-year-old leader said the U.S., Britain and France had “full international legitimacy to intervene” in order to enforce international humanitarian law. The allies fired missiles early Saturday at three chemical-weapons facilities in Syria to punish the regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. “It was retaliation, not an act of war,” Macron said in justifying the operation a day before the French … [Read more...] about Macron takes credit for convincing Trump to launch Syria strike
After Germany let in nearly 900,000 refugees in 2015, the AfD saw their polling figures jump from the single digits up into the mid-teens. The German public was at first largely receptive to the people fleeing war in Syria, Afghanistan and other countries. But mass sexual assaults of women over New Year in Cologne and other cities, widely reported as being carried out by men of North African or Arab appearance, soured the public mood. During state elections in March, the AfD caused a minor political earthquake, gaining the second highest number of votes in Saxony-Anhalt and scoring well in the wealthy southwestern states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. After two Isis-linked terror attacks in the summer, both carried out by asylum seekers, a public debate again raged about whether refugees had increased the dangers of everyday life in Germany. In state elections in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in September the AfD again stole the show, winning over … [Read more...] about Is globalization the real reason the AfD are so strong?