No 10 expects rebel move against no-deal Brexit on 9 September

Boris Johnson thinks EU will do nothing until it sees outcome of parliamentary battle Downing Street believes rebel MPs will try to make a move to stop a no-deal Brexit in the second week of September, with the EU unlikely to respond until after that battle has played out. A senior government source said the date for a parliamentary battle was expected to be 9 September a week after MPs return from their summer break. Boris Johnson may meet key …

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, …

The Great Hack review searing expos of the Cambridge Analytica scandal

This chilling documentary lays bare the cynicism and chaos surrounding the data research company that harvested information from millions of Facebook users Data rights are human rights is the rallying cry of this gripping, challenging documentary by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, about the biggest scandal of our time: the gigantic question mark over the legality of Trump campaign, the Leave.EU campaign and many other reckless electoral adventures all over the world and their connection with Facebook users and their …

Christine Lagarde will have to confront Berlin if shes to save the euro | Yanis Varoufakis

The European Central Bank chief must call for an end to the eurozones suicidal fiscal rules, says Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece Christine Lagarde was a key member of the infamous closure of Greeces banks. Now, four years later, Lagarde has been anointed to cut our public debt was right and proper. Lagardes priority was holding the troikas line and minimising any challenge to its collective authority. The question now is whether Lagardes skills are in tune with …

EU top jobs explained: who is coming in and what is their role?

From Ursula von der Leyen at the European commission to Christine Lagarde at the ECB, your guide to key EU jobs European commission president Outgoing: Jean-Claude JunckerIncoming: Ursula von der Leyen Ursula von der Leyen. Job spec: Established in the 1957 treaty of Rome, the president of the European commission leads the EUs executive branch, chairing a cabinet of 28 commissioners known as the college, and setting the blocs policy agenda over a five-year term. The commission president designate is …

Women to head top EU institutions for first time

Ursula von der Leyen to head European commission and Christine Lagarde to lead ECB Two women have won the backing of the EUs leaders to head the European commission and European Central Bank, breaking with more than 60 years of male dominance at the top of the blocs institutions. After three days of tortuous negotiations, Germanys defence minister, improved maternity and paternity benefits as Germanys family affairs minister and drove forward boardroom gender quotas. She has been working to increase …

EU to run war games to prepare for Russian and Chinese cyber-attacks

Ministers to be put in fictional scenarios after series of hacking incidents The EU is to conduct war games to prepare for Russian and Chinese cyber-attacks, in response to a series of incidents that alarmed European governments. Pekka Haavisto, Finlands foreign minister, said an increase in the prevalence of meddling required a reaction from the 28 member states. During meetings in Helsinki in July and September, EU interior and finance ministers will be asked to manage fictional scenarios. Finland, which …

Just like the 1930s, this trade war has the potential to turn nasty

Echoes of that decade are getting uncomfortably loud as Trump imposes tariffs and the eurozone devalues its currency A trade war followed by a currency war. Tariffs used as a protectionist weapon followed by attempts to secure a competitive advantage by exchange rate manipulation. That was the story of the 1930s and, the way things are shaping up, it could easily be the story of the 2020s as well. Consider the historical parallels. In 1930, the US Congress passed the …