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Erdogan Threatens Europe With Refugees After Syria Criticism

Erdogan Threatens Europe With Refugees After Syria Criticism(Bloomberg) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to send millions of Syrian refugees settled in Turkey to Europe, as he bridled at criticism of his military offensive against Kurdish fighters.“If you try to define our operation as an invasion, then our job becomes easy,” Erdogan said on Thursday at a gathering of his ruling party in Ankara. “We open the gates and send the 3.6 million refugees to you.”The president has stepped up attacks in recent months on a deal he struck with the European Union, which included Turkey receiving 6 billion euros ($ 6.6 billion) in aid and other as yet undelivered enticements in return for preventing the movement of migrants. But the stinging condemnation of Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria this week has provoked Erdogan’s harshest reaction in years.“Those who turn a blind eye to all the developments in Syria and make a habit of only criticizing Turkey — we invite them to reason, conscience and morality,” he said.Turkey sees the Kurdish militia as a threat to its security due to its links to separatist Kurds battling the Turkish military. It wants to drive the group from a border zone and then resettle at least 1 million displaced Syrians on the strip of territory. But European officials and others have denounced the offensive for opening another front in Syria’s conflict and potentially fracturing international efforts to defeat Islamic State. Thousands of Kurdish fighters died taking a lead role in dismantling the jihadist caliphate.Migration to Europe has dropped off dramatically since more than a million asylum seekers entered the bloc four years ago, above all to Germany. But not before the influx redrew the EU’s political map, driving a wedge between member states and fueling a rise in far-right populism that exploited social anxiety in the aftermath of the financial crisis.There has been a recent swell of asylum seekers crossing the western Aegean Sea, a sign of trouble in the arrangements hashed out with Turkey that eventually staunched the flow of arrivals during the crisis of 2015 and 2016.A new influx, even if nowhere near the same scale, has the potential to stir up trouble for European leaders such as Germany’s Angela Merkel, who suffered from the populist backlash against her open-door policy.\–With assistance from Taylan Bilgic.To contact the reporter on this story: Onur Ant in Istanbul at oant@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Mark Williams, Onur AntFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Europe Says It’s Ready for a Trade War If Pressured by the U.S.

Europe Says It’s Ready for a Trade War If Pressured by the U.S.(Bloomberg) — Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. France’s finance minister said he doesn’t want the European Union to become the latest front in the global trade war, but that the bloc would hit the U.S. with sanctions if a settlement isn’t reached in a long-running dispute over aircraft aid.“We are all aware of the dramatic consequences of this trade war between China and the U.S. on the level of growth,’’ minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters in Luxembourg on Thursday. “Do we really want to add a trade war between the U.S. and Europe to the Chinese and American trade war?’’The World Trade Organization gave the U.S. the go-ahead as soon as this month to impose tariffs on about $ 7.5 billion of European exports annually in retaliation for illegal government aid to Airbus SE. The EU has said that it will retaliate against any Airbus-linked tariffs when the WTO rules early next year on a similar dispute over subsidies the U.S. supplied to Boeing Co.And while the EU’s top trade negotiator, Cecilia Malmstrom, said she’s hopeful a settlement can be reached that would avoid a tit-for-tat tariff escalation, the bloc has already published a preliminary list of U.S. goods — from ketchup to video-game consoles — being targeted in a $ 12 billion plan for retaliatory levies related to the Boeing case.“I’m still in favor of a settlement,’’ Le Maire said. “But the American administration must be aware that if there is not a settlement, Europe will not have any other choice but to retaliate and to put sanctions.’’“It’s not in the interest of Europe to enter into a trade war with the U.S. and I strongly believe too that it’s not in the interest of the U.S.,’’ he said.\–With assistance from Viktoria Dendrinou, Nikos Chrysoloras and Caroline Connan.To contact the reporters on this story: Maria Tadeo in Madrid at mtadeo@bloomberg.net;Stephanie Bodoni in Luxembourg at sbodoni@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Richard Bravo, Nikos ChrysolorasFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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A secret Russian assassination squad has proven 'they can get to anyone' in Europe but there's just one problem — they're really sloppy about it

A secret Russian assassination squad has proven 'they can get to anyone' in Europe but there's just one problem — they're really sloppy about itEverything you need to know about "Unit 29155".



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Trump news – live: President threatens to release thousands of captured Isis fighters into Europe after extraordinary series of outrageous statements

Trump news – live: President threatens to release thousands of captured Isis fighters into Europe after extraordinary series of outrageous statementsDonald Trump joked about awarding himself the Medal of Honor and trailed the idea of dumping thousands of captured Isis fighters on Europe in an address to the American Veterans 75th National Convention in Kentucky on Wednesday evening.The speech followed a particularly wild day for the president in which he retweeted praise from an evangelical broadcaster likening the affection in which he is held by Israeli Jews to “the second coming of God”, referred to himself as a “the chosen one” in discussion with reporters and labelled the prime minister of Denmark “nasty” over her refusal to consider selling Greenland to him.



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Putin says U.S. is able to deploy new cruise missile in Europe

Putin says U.S. is able to deploy new cruise missile in EuropeRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the United States was now in a position to deploy a new land-based cruise missile in Romania and Poland, a scenario he considered a threat that Moscow would need to respond to. The Pentagon said on Monday it had tested a conventionally-configured cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500 km (310 miles) of flight, its first such test since the demise of a landmark nuclear pact this month.



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UN urges Europe to allow 500 migrants stranded on rescue boats to be allowed to come ashore

UN urges Europe to allow 500 migrants stranded on rescue boats to be allowed to come ashoreThe UN’s refugee agency made an urgent appeal for 500 asylum seekers stuck on boats in the Mediterranean to be allowed to disembark, calling it a “race against time” as bad weather approaches. The 507 migrants and refugees are stranded on two NGO rescue vessels, which picked them up off the coast of Libya in recent days. “It is a race against time,” said Vincent Cochetel, the UNHCR’s special envoy for the central Mediterranean. “Storms are expected and conditions will only get worse. To leave people who have fled war and violence in Libya on the high seas in this weather will only inflict more suffering.” NGO rescue vessels should be applauded for their work, not “stigmatised and criminalised,” the UNHCR said, adding that many of the migrants have suffered “terrible abuses” in Libya. But the agency got short shrift from Italy, where ports have been closed to rescue vessels since last summer, in a policy forged by Matteo Salvini, interior minister and leader of the hard-Right League party. In a Facebook post, he said he was working to block the boats. "I will let you know how this ends. I will not give up," he wrote. A "rhib", an inflatable dinghy, belonging to the 'Ocean Viking' rescue ship, operated by French NGOs SOS Mediterranee and Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), transports rescued migrants  Credit: Anne Chaon/AFP Around 350 of the migrants are on board the Ocean Viking, a Norwegian-flagged rescue ship operated by the humanitarian charities SOS Méditerranée and Medecins Sans Frontieres. The other 150 are on board the Open Arms, a Spanish rescue ship.  The UN called for them all to be allowed to disembark in a safe port. Mr Salvini and the populist government have repeatedly suggested that  Tunisian ports should be considered safe, questioning why migrants should be brought to Italy, Malta or other European countries. So far this year, around 600 migrants have died trying to reach Europe from North Africa by sea. Mr Salvini has drastically reduced the number of migrants reaching Italy by sea – just 4,265 have arrived so far this year, down nearly 80 per cent on the same period last year. His mantra that “the good times are over” for illegal migration has gone down well with millions of Italians, with the League polling around 38 per cent as Italy looks set to face new elections after Mr Salvini pulled the plug on the 14-month coalition with the Five Star Movement.



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Immigration official Ken Cuccinelli: Statue of Liberty poem refers to immigrants from Europe

Immigration official Ken Cuccinelli: Statue of Liberty poem refers to immigrants from EuropeThe Trump administration's acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director was criticized Tuesday after creating his own revised version of the famous poem on the Statue of Liberty. At day's end, his effort to explain himself was seized on by Democrats as racist.



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Iran steps further from nuke deal, adding pressure on Europe

Iran steps further from nuke deal, adding pressure on EuropeIran increased its uranium enrichment Sunday beyond the limit allowed by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, inching its program closer toward weapons-grade levels while calling for a diplomatic solution to a crisis heightening tensions with the U.S. Iran’s move, coupled with earlier abandoning the deal’s limit on its low-enriched uranium stockpile, intensifies pressure on Europe to find any effective way around U.S. sanctions that block Tehran’s oil sales abroad. While Iran’s recent measures could be easily reversed, Europe has struggled to respond, even after getting a 60-day warning that the increase was coming.



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Ford Cutting 12,000 Jobs in Europe as Global Restructuring Continues

Ford Cutting 12,000 Jobs in Europe as Global Restructuring ContinuesPlant closings and production cuts in Europe will also happen by the end of 2020 while "Smart Redesign" continues at the automaker, even as demand for its SUVs and pickups continues to rage in the U.S.



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Erdogan accuses US, Europe of 'meddling' after Turkey vote

Erdogan accuses US, Europe of 'meddling' after Turkey votePresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused the US and Europe of “meddling” in Turkey’s affairs after statements from Western allies following his ruling party’s challenge to local election results. Erdogan and his AKP suffered an upset in Sunday’s ballot when results showed the party lost the capital Ankara and was narrowly defeated in Istanbul, the country’s largest city and economic hub. While the United States has called on Turkey to accept the results, the European Union urged Ankara to allow elected officials to “exercise their mandate freely”.



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