Wednesday

29th Mar 2017

Ticker

Germany rejects Trump claim on Nato debt

Germany has rejected US president Donald Trump's claim it owed America "vast sums of money" in return for US defence of Nato allies. German defence minister Ursula Von der Leyen said "there is no account where debts are registered with Nato". Foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel criticised Trump's military spending as reaching "insane heights". Trump's claim came on Twitter after a relatively friendly, but awkward meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel.

'Unhappy' day as UK delivers Brexit letter

European Council chief Donald Tusk said that "damage control" starts for the EU, as British PM Theresa May has invoked Article 50 nine months after the UK voted to leave the bloc.

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Let's not lecture Trump, says top German MP

Europeans need to propose "projects of common interest" to the US president to preserve "Western unity" on Russia, Norbert Roettgen, the chair of Bundestag's foreign affairs committee said.

News in Brief

  1. UK delivered its Article 50 letter to the EU
  2. Support for Germany's anti-EU party fading
  3. Turkish intelligence not welcome in Germany
  4. US senate approves Montenegro’s Nato bid
  5. Scottish MPs give go ahead to seek referendum
  6. Uber pulls out of Denmark over new taxi-regulation
  7. EU court validates sanctions on Russia's Rosneft
  8. Luxembourg to team up with Ireland in Apple tax appeal

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