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German Economy Shrinks by Record 10.1% in Second Quarter

BERLIN – The German economy shrank by a record 10.1 percent in the second quarter as coronavirus lockdowns took their toll, official data showed Thursday, but experts say a recovery is already underway. Federal statistics agency Destatis called the quarter-on-quarter decline in gross domestic product “historic” and far bigger than any slump seen during the […]

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NEW SANCTIONS WAR: EU Imposes Sanctions on Russians, Chinese, North Koreans For ‘Cyber Attacks’, Russia Responds Tit-For-Tat

BRUSSELS/MOSCOW – The EU approved restrictions against structures and citizens of Russia, China and North Korea for alleged “cyber attack activities”. The sanctions are imposed in the framework established a year ago but never applied before allowing the EU to impose targeted restrictive measures to “deter and respond to cyberattacks”, reads the EU Official Journal, […]

MOSCOW: We Couldn’t Care Less About G7

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has not put forward any initiatives related to joining the G7, and the country does not actually seek to become a member of the group, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, commenting on German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas’ fresh statement against Russia’s reincorporation into the format. “President Putin […]

US Intensifies Pressure, Expands Sanctions on European Contractors of Nord Stream 2

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States authorities have intensified pressure on European contractors of construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline recently, threatening with “far-reaching” consequences if they continue cooperating with the project, the German Die Welt paper wrote on Saturday with reference to sources. The United States authorities have started holding bilateral talks […]

REPORT: No-Deal Brexit Now ‘Almost Certain’

LONDON/BRUSSELS – The UK government and the EU will fail to sign a post-Brexit trade deal, with only a few days left before Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s July deadline, due to deadlock on a number of key issues, according to a report. Ministers are working on the assumption that there will not be a deal, […]

Macron Surrounded by Anti Government Protesters Chanting ‘Resign’

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte were at the center of an astonishing security scare when furious anti-government swarmed towards them in a Paris park. “Macron Resign” was the chant as the 42-year-old head of state and the first lady, who is 67, were approached in the Tuileries Garden, close to […]

LAVROV: ‘NATO Aircraft Are Used to Traffic Afghan Drugs’

MOSCOW – Russia insists that reports about the possible use of NATO aircraft to traffic drugs in Afghanistan be probed into, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. “We keep on receiving reports, including via mass media, that contraband of opiates has been organized from Afghanistan to other countries, including to Europe, with the use […]

MAJOR: UK Opts Out of EU COVID-19 Vaccine Program

LONDON/BRUSSELS – The UK government has rejected the chance to join the European Union’s coronavirus vaccine program due to concerns over “costly delays”, according to sources. The EU is planning to spend around €2bln (£1.8bln) on the advance purchase of vaccines that are undergoing testing on behalf of the 27 member states. Negotiations with Brussels […]