MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The UK government is trying to persuade Prime Minister Theresa May to delay the vote on the draft Brexit agreement in parliament, due to be held on December 11, for fear that the cabinet may lose and be dismissed as a result, The Times newspaper reported.
A report by one of Sweden's leading regional dailies on anti-terrorist measures ahead of Christmas, now called "Winter Celebration", has provoked an outcry from fellow Swedes who perceived this newspeak as political correctness gone too far.
In November, the Ukrainian president signed a decree to impose martial law in regions bordering Russia, as well as the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, following a clash in the Kerch Strait.
Calls to impose new punitive measures and incentives, including ones on European-Russian projects upon Moscow, have resumed after the recent incident off the Crimean coast when Ukrainian vessels sailed into Russian waters. Moscow has slammed it as a provocation.
The draft agreement on the Brexit conditions revealed on 14 November, has faced harsh criticism from both the country's opposition and May's own ruling party.
A series of sexual attacks against teenage and even preteen schoolgirls, with the suspected involvement by migrants from the Middle East, has shaken Finland, prompting condemnation from top-ranking politicians including Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and President Sauli Niinistö.
GENEVA (Sputnik) – The Swiss lawmakers elected Ueli Maurer, the head of the Federal Department of Finance, to be the country’s president for 2019.
LONDON (Sputnik) - The UK government encourages Ukraine’s aggressive rhetoric on Russia, ignoring the fact that Kiev has illegally crossed borders of Russian territorial waters in the Kerch Strait, the Russian Embassy in London said on Wednesday.
The French government has totally abandoned the planned increase in fuel taxes that have sparked massive, weeks-long protests across the country. The news comes one day after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the tax hike would be delayed for six months from its planned January 2019 rollout.
LONDON (Sputnik) - The Russian embassy in London said Wednesday the UK government should adopt a more constructive approach toward the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Austrian EU Presidency and the European Parliament reached on Wednesday an agreement on the bloc’s budget for 2019, the European Council said in a statement.
VILNIUS (Sputnik) – Vilnius will voice approval for the UN Global Compact for Migration, but will not sign the agreement, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said Wednesday.
The newly-leaked European Commission plan to substantially reduce the bloc’s dependence on the dollar will not work without Russia's participation, Sputnik contributor Ivan Danilov noted, suggesting that Paris and Berlin would have to strangle their anti-Russian sentiments.
The poll also revealed that close to 70 percent of Brits think the government is doing a poor job in Brexit talks.
The Chinese and Portuguese presidents were meeting to discuss Beijing’s plan to develop its "Belt and Road" initiative, which is expected to become a modern "silk road", when an unpleasant incident happened.
LONDON (Sputnik) – The UK government will allocate 6.2 billion pounds ($7.9 billion) to prepare the country for any scenario of withdrawal from the European Union, UK Chancellor of Exchequer Philip Hammond said on Wednesday.
While President Emmanuel Macron is calling on everyone to help ease tensions, a recent poll has shown support for a declaration of a state of emergency due to the ongoing “yellow vests” protests against the fuel price hike. A columnist for The Guardian predicts that this could empower right-wing and anti-establishment forces in Europe.
Street artists have long been a staple of urban life, but many have condemned new public space protection orders (PSPOs) as a contentious new method of stifling public space usage.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Police in London have been using force against black people at a rate over four times higher than against white Londoners, figures published by The Guardian newspaper have shown.
The coordinated operation resulted in the arrest of some 90 suspected mobsters and is the product of two years of intelligence gathering.