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Airbus A380: from European dream to white elephant

Airbus A380: from European dream to white elephantThe decision to halt production of the A380 superjumbo is the final act in one of Europe’s greatest industrial adventures and reflects a dearth of orders by airline bosses unwilling to back Airbus’s vision of huge jets to combat airport congestion. Airbus fought back, arguing that travel between megacities would nonetheless dominate air transport.



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UK recognises Guaido as 'interim president' of Venezuela after Maduro rejects European demand for fresh election

UK recognises Guaido as 'interim president' of Venezuela after Maduro rejects European demand for fresh electionThe British government has recognised Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela after Nicolas Maduro rejected an an ultimatum by European countries to call snap elections. Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the United Kingdom considers the 35-year-old opposition leader "constitutional interim president" until "credible elections can be held." "The oppression of the illegitimate, kleptocratic Maduro regime must end," read a statement issued by the Foreign Office.  Earlier this morning Spain also recognised Mr Guaido as "caretaker president" and further European nations are expected to follow suit.  A defiant Mr Maduro refused the demand of seven EU states to call fresh elections by Sunday, saying in an interview with Spanish television station Sexta  that he would not “cave in to pressure” from those calling for his departure. “Why does the European Union have to tell a country in the world that has already had elections that it has to repeat its presidential elections, because they were not won by their right-wing allies,” said Mr Maduro, interviewed in Caracas. “They are trying to corner us with ultimatums to force us into an extreme situation of confrontation,” Mr Maduro said. Mr Maduro warned that the White House would be "stained with blood" and he could not rule out civil war if the US and its allies intervened militarily.  However, he supported plans for a meeting of Latin American and EU states in a “Contact Group” meeting in Montevideo next Thursday as it could lead to a “dialogue among Venezuelans to resolve our issues.” And he called on Mr Guaido for “face to face” talks, which the younger man has already rejected. The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, said on Sunday that his government would join the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Belgium in recognising Mr Guaidó as leader.  In a tweet, Mr Kurz said he had spoken to "President Guaidó" by telephone, and that he had Austria's "full support to restore democracy in Venezuela". "Venezuelans have suffered too long from the mismanagement and disregard of the rule of law by the Maduro regime." Washington also turned up the heat on an increasingly isolated Mr Maduro, as Donald Trump, the US president, again warned that military intervention in the oil-rich South American nation was "an option".  The US swiftly recognised Mr Guaidó as interim president after the parliamentary speaker swore himself in in front of a Caracas rally on Jan 23. Canada and a host of Latin American countries including Brazil, Colombia and Chile quickly followed suit, while longtime allies of Mr Maduro such as Russia and Cuba blasted what they described as imperialist interference. Mr Guaidó and his supporters say that the Venezuelan constitution provides for the head of the parliament to take office in order to hold elections in the event that the presidency is vacant. They argue that the May elections were fraudulent and that as Mr Maduro was sworn in by the Supreme Court and not the parliament, his leadership is illegitimate.  Mr Maduro has not recognised the Venezuelan parliament's authority since the opposition took control of it in 2016. On Saturday, as thousands of Mr Guaido's and Mr Maduro's supporters took to the streets of Caracas for rival demonstrations, the Leftist leader dismissed demands for a fresh presidential vote and instead said he would bring forward parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of 2020. "They want to bring forward elections, let's have elections," Mr Maduro said at a rally to mark 20 years since his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, rose to power.   In a bid to ease Venezuela's acute humanitarian crisis, Mr Guaidó was on Sunday night expected to announce dates for the delivery of international aid at three entry points along its borders with Brazil and Colombia. He said earlier in the day that he would call on the country's armed forces to allow in the aid shipments. Russia's foreign ministry said on Sunday that the international community must help Venezuela solve its problems "without destructive meddling from beyond its borders", the Interfax news agency reported.



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Venezuela braced for rival protests as European deadline for Maduro to call election looms

Venezuela braced for rival protests as European deadline for Maduro to call election loomsTens of thousands of protesters were set to pour onto the streets of Caracas on Saturday to back opposition leader Juan Guaido's calls for early elections as international pressure increased on President Nicolas Maduro to step down. The demonstration comes as a general from the Venezuelan air force announced he no longer recognises Maduro as the country's president, in what appears to be the highest ranking military defection to hit the regime.  Major European countries have set a Sunday deadline for Mr Maduro to call snap presidential elections. Failing that, they will join the United States in recognising National Assembly speaker Mr Guaido as Venezuela's interim president. "Maduro's tyranny must end and must end now," US Vice President Mike Pence told a rally of exiled Venezuelans in Miami on the eve of the protest. Mr Guaido's call for a massive show of popular support coincides with a huge pro-Maduro demonstration. The ruling Socialist party celebrates the 20th anniversary of the rise to power of Hugo Chavez, Mr Maduro's deceased predecessor, on Saturday. The "clear goal" of the march was "to accompany the ultimatum given by members of the European Union," Mr Guaido said ahead of the march, which will begin outside the EU offices in eastern Caracas. "We are going to stage the biggest march in the history of Venezuela and our continent," he added. The rival marches will take place in different districts of a tense Venezuelan capital. Mr Maduro's supporters will concentrate in Plaza Bolivar in the heart of Caracas, 10 kilometers (six miles) from the EU offices. Clashes last week around the country left some 40 people dead, according to the United Nations. Chavez, the army officer whose oil-fueled spending raised millions of Venezuelans out of poverty, assumed office as Venezuela's president February 2, 1999 at the head of a socialist movement. Government supporters are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hugo Chavez's rise to power Credit: Ariana Cubillos/AP His hand-picked successor, Mr Maduro, has presided over the oil-rich country's economic collapse and is widely denounced as a dictator for ruthlessly cracking down on dissent amid chronic shortages of food and medicines. Mr Guaido, 35, is trying to force the socialist leader from power so he can set up a transitional government and hold new presidential elections. The United States and a dozen Latin American countries rapidly recognised Mr Guaido after he declared himself acting president in a January 23 speech, posing a direct challenge to Mr Maduro's authority. European Parliament lawmakers recognised Mr Guaido on Thursday as the acting head of state. And four major European powers – Britain, France, Germany and Spain – have said they will do so if Mr Maduro fails to call presidential elections by midnight on Sunday. The international heave against Mr Maduro's leftist regime came after weeks of behind-the-scenes diplomacy including secret talks in Washington between Mr Guaido and US officials. "Nicolas Maduro will do well not to test the resolve of the United States of America," Pence warned on Friday. "Let me be very clear: this is no time for dialogue. This is time for action," the vice president said. "The time has come to end Maduro's dictatorship once and for all." In a letter to the presidents of Mexico and Uruguay published Friday, Mr Guaido ruled out any negotiations with Maduro unless they "start the transition process, culminating in the holding of free elections." Mexico's Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Uruguay's Tabare Vazquez have jointly called a conference in Montevideo next Thursday for "neutral" countries to discuss the crisis. Previous negotiations all had the same "unsatisfactory result," Mr Guaido wrote. "The dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has not changed its position. They have mocked the Venezuelan people to their face." The last 10 days of political upheaval have exacerbated economic meltdown in Venezuela, which has the world's largest proven oil reserves but has suffered hyperinflation and shortages of basic necessities. The UN says 2.3 million people have fled the country, unleashing a migration crisis in South America. Mr Guaido has acknowledged "clandestine meetings" with members of the armed forces and security forces, who he is trying to woo with an amnesty offer. So far, the military high command has remained loyal to Mr Maduro.



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European powers poised to recognize Venezuela's Guaido

European powers poised to recognize Venezuela's GuaidoBritain, Germany, France and Spain all said they would recognize Guaido unless fresh elections were announced. Venezuela has sunk into turmoil under Maduro with food shortages and daily protests amid an economic and political crisis that has sparked mass emigration and inflation that is seen rising to 10 million percent this year. Maduro cruised to re-election in May last year amid low turnout and allegations of vote-buying by the government.



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'Enough is Enough.' How European Media Responded to the Brexit Deal Defeat

'Enough is Enough.' How European Media Responded to the Brexit Deal Defeat"Enough is enough," the French daily Le Monde wrote in an editorial. "The time has come for them to make up their minds."



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European politicians call for new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

European politicians call for new sanctions on Russia over UkraineA Russian minister said further sanctions would solve nothing and that the incident should not be used to derail the Minsk accord, which aims to end fighting in eastern Ukraine between Kiev’s forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels. Russian assets have come under pressure on financial markets amid concerns that possible new sanctions could hurt the economy, though the rouble on Tuesday clawed back some earlier losses as investors bet any sanctions would not be swift. Russia opened fire on the Ukrainian boats and then seized them and their crews on Sunday near Crimea – which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.



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Trump, Macron agree on defense after 'insulting' European army spat

Trump, Macron agree on defense after 'insulting' European army spatMeeting for talks at the Elysee a day before commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Macron welcomed Trump under rainy Parisian skies with a firm handshake. Seated on gilded chairs in the ornate presidential palace, Macron placed his hand on Trump’s knee and referred to him as “my friend”, while Trump kept more distance, although he also talked up common ground on an issue that had caused friction. “We want a strong Europe, it’s very important to us, and whichever way we can do it the best and more efficient would be something we both want,” said Trump.



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Trump, Macron may clash on European defense in Paris talks

Trump, Macron may clash on European defense in Paris talksFresh off U.S. congressional elections that saw his Republican Party’s power erode, Trump is spending the weekend in Paris to bolster the U.S.-European alliance at World War One remembrance ceremonies. Discussing cyber security threats and global instability in general, Macron said Europe needs to protect itself against China, Russia and the United States.  Later in the interview he spoke about the need for a European army.



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Mattis looks to calm European allies nervous about INF treaty

Mattis looks to calm European allies nervous about INF treatyPresident Donald Trump said on Oct. 20 that Washington planned to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty which Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, and Ronald Reagan had signed in 1987. Washington has cited Russia’s alleged violation of the treaty as its reason for leaving it, a charge Moscow denies. Russia in turn accuses Washington of breaking the pact and says it is working to answer U.S. questions about the pact.



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Stocks recover in European trading; Wall Street seen rising

Stocks recover in European trading; Wall Street seen risingBANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets turned higher in European trading Thursday as investors settled somewhat after steep declines in Asia and the U.S. spurred by worries over trade and the U.S. economy.



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