AUKUS fiasco: France accuses Australia, US of ‘lying’ in escalating crisis

France on Saturday accused Australia and the United States of lying over a ruptured Australian contract to buy French submarines, saying a grave crisis was under way between the allies. French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday recalled the ambassadors to Canberra and Washington in an unprecedented move to signal his fury over Australia’s decision to … Read more

Germany admits police used controversial Pegasus spyware

The German government admitted Tuesday that its federal police service used controversial Israeli spyware known as Pegasus, parliamentary sources told, drawing immediate criticism from rights groups. Germany‘s BKA federal police bought the software from Israel’s NSO Group in late 2019, a closed-door parliamentary committee heard from government officials. The admission, recounted to AFP by sources … Read more

Europe fears a repeat of 2015 refugee crisis as Afghanistan collapses

Internally displaced Afghan people, who fled from the northern province due to battle between Taliban and Afghan security forces, gather to receive free food being distributed by Shiite men at Shahr-e-Naw Park in Kabul on August 13, 2021. WAKIL KOHSAR | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — European leaders have already spoken of a need … Read more

EU ministers to weigh Afghan security, migrant challenges

European Union foreign ministers are holding emergency talks on Tuesday to weigh the security implications of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan amid concern that widespread fear of hardline Islamist rule will provoke an exodus of people from the conflict-ravaged country. Afghans are among the biggest group of nationalities seeking sanctuary in Europe, after Syrians. According … Read more

Morocco Denies Using Pegasus Spyware to Target French President

Morocco’s government is denying reports that the country’s security forces may have used spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group to eavesdrop on the cellphones of France’s president and other public figures. On Wednesday, the public prosecutor’s office ordered an investigation into what it called false allegations that Moroccan security services used NSO malware to spy … Read more

France has one of the lowest retirement ages in the world. And that’s a big headache for Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron. Chesnot | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — A thorny issue for many years, France’s pension system is back in the spotlight as President Emmanuel Macron prepares his final grand act before new elections in April. Macron had plans to change France’s pension system, where workers can retire at 62, … Read more

US, France warn Iran that time running out to revive nuclear deal

The United States and France on Friday warned Iran that time is running out to return to a nuclear deal, voicing fear that Tehran’s sensitive atomic activities could advance if talks drag on. On the first high-level visit to Paris by President Joe Biden‘s administration, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his French hosts saluted … Read more

Europe’s leaders disagree on Russia talks despite Biden-Putin meeting

Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor, speaks with journalists as she departs a EU leaders meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday, June, 25, 2021. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — France and Germany’s plans to restart talks with Russia have failed, as a number of other EU leaders remain skeptical about re-engaging with the Kremlin. … Read more

Sealed with a kiss: Macron revives France’s cheeky embrace

The double-cheeked embrace that was a customary greeting in France before the coronavirus pandemic saw it largely abandoned as a potential kiss of death is back with a presidential seal of approval. French President Emmanuel Macron made the return of “la bise” all but official Friday by giving warm cheek-to-cheek embraces to two World War … Read more

G7 live: Raab suggests it was ‘offensive’ for Macron to imply Northern Ireland not full part of UK

Latest updates: UK foreign secretary critical of French president over Brexit as final day of G7 sees attention turn to climate crisis 1.19pm BST Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has said that with Joe Biden US president instead of Donald Trump, the world can address its problems “with a new zest”, Bloomberg reports. “Look, the … Read more