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UK PM Says No to 2nd Brexit Vote

May says it would be 'gross betrayal of democracy'

(Newser) - British PM Theresa May is coming down hard against calls for a second Brexit referendum, even as ex-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson slams her stance—setting up speculation that the two are on a collision course, reports the BBC . May wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that it would be a "... More »

Dozens Dead in EU in 'Astounding' Measles Outbreak

There's been an uptick in US, too

(Newser) - Some not-great news out of the World Health Organization regarding one of the most contagious viruses around. Per the BBC , a record number of measles patients has been recorded in the European Union, with last year's nearly 24,000 cases being surpassed by this year's 41,000 figure.... More »

US Makes Good on Promise Against Iran

Sanctions go back into effect at 12:01am Tuesday

(Newser) - The deadline is nearly here: At 12:01am Tuesday, the US will reimpose sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the nuclear arms accord put into place by the Obama White House. President Trump backed out of that accord, though China, Russia, Germany, France, Britain, and the European Union... More »

A Bittersweet Ruling Against KitKat in the EU

High court says shape of Nestle chocolate bar isn't unique enough to merit trademark protection

(Newser) - "Four trapezoidal bars aligned on a rectangular base" may not be instantly recognizable. Put that setup in chocolate form, however, and many people would be able to distinguish it as a KitKat. Even if that's the case, the European Union's highest court just ruled that the shape... More »

Trump: 'European Union Is a Foe'

The president calls out the EU for trade policies

(Newser) - President Trump has raised eyebrows ahead of his meeting with Vladimir Putin regarding who he feels are the enemies of the United States. In an interview from Scotland with CBS News, the president told anchor Jeff Glor that the EU with its 28 members, many of which are longstanding US... More »

Trump to May: Screw Brexit, Sue EU

UK PM says she'll continue negotiations

(Newser) - With Theresa May mired in negotiations and controversy regarding Brexit, she says President Trump gave her some advice : "He told me I should sue the EU—not go into negotiations," the British PM tells the BBC . She quickly added to her interviewer, per the New York Times , "... More »

New Tariffs Force Harley-Davidson to Swallow $2K Per Bike

Will push production abroad to counteract new EU tariff

(Newser) - Harley-Davidson's foreign customers are important ones: International sales were up 12% in Q1, while the US saw a 0.2% decline, reports the Wall Street Journal . In an effort to preserve its good mojo abroad, the motorcycle maker on Monday announced that within 18 months it will be producing... More »

EU's 'First Phase of Retaliation' Against US Launches Friday

The tariffs it threatened in March are on their way

(Newser) - The tariff tit for tat continues, with the EU set to put a wave of new tariffs against US exports into place on Friday. It's a response to the steel and aluminum tariffs that were imposed on the bloc three weeks ago , and the BBC characterizes the to-be-targeted exports... More »

Spain's New Government Makes History in Europe

The new Socialist government has the highest female-to-male ratio ever in Europe

(Newser) - The government cabinet with the highest proportion of female ministers in Spanish and European history was sworn in Thursday, putting the cap on one of the fastest power transitions in Spain's four decades of democratic rule. Per the AP , the new Socialist government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez... More »

New Tariffs on US Allies Called 'Dangerous'

The EU, Canada, and Mexico get hit

(Newser) - The delay is over . The Trump administration is announcing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico, in a move sure to raise worries of a trade war. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says there will be a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10%... More »

Don't Ignore Those Privacy Policy Emails

They reveal important changes in how your data is collected and shared: Mona Ibrahim

(Newser) - You've probably noticed emails about companies' privacy policy changes arriving in your inbox. It's less likely you've read them—though it's important you do, says lawyer Mona Ibrahim. Writing at Polygon , Ibrahim notes the emails may be "asking permission to do and track a lot... More »

Italy Turmoil: 'We Should Now Call This a Crisis'

Once again, the fate of the eurozone is uncertain

(Newser) - The specter of a financial crisis came back to haunt Italy on Tuesday, as its markets plunged on fears that the eurozone's third-largest economy is heading toward an election that will be a referendum on whether to stay in the common currency. The Wall Street Journal notes that the... More »

Ban Proposed on Plastics You Use Every Day

The EU proposed a ban that would include plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds

(Newser) - The European Union has proposed banning plastic products like cotton buds, straws, stirs and balloon sticks when alternatives are easily available in an attempt to reduce litter spoiling beaches and ocean beds, per the AP . The European Commission said its proposal would seek to cut marine litter in half for... More »

Trump Delays Tariffs on EU, Canada, Mexico

Decision on steel imports will be postponed 30 days

(Newser) - The White House said Monday it would postpone a decision on imposing tariffs on US imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico for 30 days, avoiding the potential for a trade battle with Europe as the US prepares for tense trade talks in China this... More »

Facebook Takes 'First of Many Steps' for Privacy

Privacy tools overhaul is in wake of multiple controversies, and to prep for tighter EU rules

(Newser) - Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months. The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of data it gathers on users. But the company hopes its 2.... More »

Taxi Drivers in the EU Took on Uber. They Just Won

Top EU court rules Uber is a taxi service, not a technology service

(Newser) - Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday as the European Union's top court ruled it should be regulated like a taxi company, not a technology service, a decision that could change the way it functions across many countries there. Uber, which is wrapping up a particularly punishing year... More »

'Breakthrough' Made in Brexit Talks

Negotiations ready to move to next phase

(Newser) - Britain and the European Union made a significant step forward Friday in Brexit talks, officials said, after a flurry of overnight diplomacy by phone bridged differences over the Irish border . "I believe that we have now made the breakthrough that we needed," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said... More »

Irish Border Problem Holds Up Brexit Talks

Deal slips away after talks in Brussels

(Newser) - The European Union and Britain ended a flurry of top-level diplomacy on Monday without a deal on the terms of their divorce, as agreement on how to maintain an open Irish border after Brexit slipped out of the negotiators' grasp, the AP reports. British Prime Minister Theresa May went to... More »

Author of Brexit Rules: Yes, This Is Reversible

Author of Article 50 says Britain can halt the process at any time

(Newser) - An interesting wrinkle in Britain's move toward a Brexit: The guy who wrote the rulebook on the process says it can be reversed at any time. "While the divorce talks proceed, the parties are still married. Reconciliation is still possible," said John Kerr, British ambassador to the... More »

UK: There Must Be No Border Posts With Ireland After Brexit

UK commits to free movement for British, Irish, and EU citizens

(Newser) - The British government has said repeatedly that it will end the free movement of people from the European Union when the UK leaves the bloc in 2019. On Wednesday it acknowledged that, in practice, it won't. Britain said there must be no border posts or electronic checks between Northern... More »

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