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German anti-euro party scraps congress amid infighting

BERLIN (AP) — An upstart German party that combines an anti-euro stance with tough talk on immigration has become mired in in…

  • Watchdog backs pay rise for MPs
    Watchdog backs pay rise for MPs 41 minutes ago

    The MPs' pay watchdog has reiterated its determination to hike their salaries by 10% to £74,000 as it launched a final review. More »

  • Former UK Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy dies at 55
    Former UK Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy dies at 55 1 hour 4 minutes ago

    LONDON (AP) — Charles Kennedy was a rare thing — a genuinely popular British politician — and brought his Liberal Democrat party record success before his leadership was cut short by alcoholism. More »

  • NHS 'Must Deliver' On Patient Care And Waste
    NHS 'Must Deliver' On Patient Care And Waste 1 hour 6 minutes ago

    NHS bosses have been urged by Jeremy Hunt to focus on finding efficiencies and patient care rather than complain about a lack of funds. The Health Secretary hit out at the NHS saying the Government has provided the extra funding requested by its chief executive and now wants the health service to "deliver its side of the bargain" by eliminating waste. "Simon Stevens (NHS England Chief Executive) said the NHS needed an extra £8bn by 2020 and the Government has invested that. More »

  • Danish rightwing party to push for British-style EU referendum 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    By Sabina Zawadzki VEJLE, Denmark (Reuters) - A Danish rightwing party expected to hold the balance of power after an election later this month has endorsed a British-style referendum on EU membership, a position that could crack the pro-EU consensus of northern Europe's political elite. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who won re-election last month, says he wants to renegotiate aspects of Britain's relationship with the EU and hold an in-out referendum on membership by the end of 2017. Danish People's Party (DF) leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl said the reforms sought by Cameron were similar to those his party was seeking: limits to access to benefits for EU migrants, cutting the EU's budget and bureaucracy, and ending a commitment to an "ever closer union" contained in the Treaty of Rome. More »

  • Warm tributes to Charles Kennedy
    Warm tributes to Charles Kennedy 1 hour 27 minutes ago

    Warm tributes have poured in from across the political spectrum to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, whose death at the age of 55 has shocked Westminster. More »

  • Sturgeon warning on EU exit 'anger'
    Sturgeon warning on EU exit 'anger' 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    A vote to take the UK out of the European Union (EU) could result in a "clamour" for another referendum on Scottish independence, according to the First Minister. More »

  • Osborne 'to start RBS sell-off'
    Osborne 'to start RBS sell-off' 1 hour 45 minutes ago

    George Osborne is reportedly expected to set out plans to start selling off the taxpayer stake in Royal Bank of Scotland in his Mansion House speech next week. More »

  • Charles Kennedy dead: Former Lib Dem leader 'proved to be right' over …
    Charles Kennedy dead: Former Lib Dem leader 'proved to be right' over … 1 hour 56 minutes ago

    Charles Kennedy has been praised for his almost solitary opposition to the Iraq war in Westminster following his death aged 55. The former Lib Dem leader was found dead at his home at Fort William less than a month after losing his seat to the SNP's Ian Blackford at the general election after 32 years as an MP. The world of politics has united to praise the Lib Dem leader, who led his party to one of its most successful campaigns ever in 2005 when it won 62 seats. More »

  • Growth in UK construction picks up, optimism surges after election - Markit …
    Growth in UK construction picks up, optimism surges after election - Markit … 3 hours ago

    LONDON (Reuters) - - Optimism among British construction firms hit a nine-year high last month after Prime Minister David Cameron scored an unexpectedly decisive election victory and growth in the sector recovered from a slowdown, a survey showed on Tuesday. Cameron's Conservative Party won a majority on May 7 and the share prices of Britain's biggest housebuilders have gained around 20 percent since then. The PMI also showed construction firms took on staff at the fastest rate in five months during May. While the Markit/CIPS survey has pointed to solid growth in the construction industry since mid-2013, it has been at odds with much weaker official data. More »

  • Brexit could raise 'clamour' for Scotland independence vote - Sturg …
    Brexit could raise 'clamour' for Scotland independence vote - Sturg … 3 hours ago

    If Britain's European Union membership referendum sees Scotland taken out of the bloc against its will, the voter backlash could result in a "clamour" for another independence vote, Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon will say on Tuesday. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's ties with the EU ahead of a membership referendum by the end of 2017. Scotland First Minister Sturgeon's Scottish National Party has enjoyed a surge in popularity since it led a failed bid for independence last year, winning all but three of Scotland's 59 parliamentary seats in a general election last month. More »

  • Former Lib Dem leader Kennedy dies aged 55
    Former Lib Dem leader Kennedy dies aged 55 4 hours ago

    Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, one of the most colourful characters in Britain's parliament and an opponent of the Iraq War, has died suddenly aged 55, his family said Tuesday. More »

  • Who is in, and about to get in, the GOP race for president 4 hours ago

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is the ninth major Republican to enter the party's 2016 presidential primary contest. Another half dozen or so are likely to get into the race later this summer, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry later this week. Here's a look at the GOP field: Who's in, who's almost in, and who's still waiting for the right moment. More »

  • Former leader of Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy dies at 55
    Former leader of Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy dies at 55 5 hours ago

    Charles Kennedy, a former leader of Liberal Democrats, has died at his home in Scotland at the age of 55, his family announced on Tuesday. Kennedy, whose party were virtually wiped out at last month's general election after five years in coalition with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, led the party from 1999 to 2006. Kennedy, who had a wife and 10-year-old son, died on Monday. More »

  • The Hollande-Sarkozy re-match France doesn't want
    The Hollande-Sarkozy re-match France doesn't want 5 hours ago

    With both having tightened their grips on their parties in recent days, a 2017 repeat of France's 2012 presidential election now looks like the most likely scenario. The snag is that three quarters of the French do not want either the current president or his predecessor to run again, polls show - a fact that could boost the protest vote for the far-right National Front while making for a low turnout that would give any mainstream victor a weak mandate for reforms. "In Britain, party leaders resigned and quit politics after their defeat, even though they're only in their 40s," Gael Sliman of pollster Odoxa said, referring to the Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders who stepped down after being beaten by incumbent David Cameron in last month's election. More »

  • At Iran anti-IS cartoon contest, pens also jab the West
    At Iran anti-IS cartoon contest, pens also jab the West 6 hours ago

    Caricatures of Arab and Western leaders appeared beside those of top jihadists at an Iranian cartoon contest on Islamic State group crimes that drew entries from artists around the world. More »

  • Hammond at talks over tackling IS
    Hammond at talks over tackling IS 6 hours ago

    Philip Hammond is joining international counterparts at a summit to thrash out "what more we can do" to wipe out Islamic State (IS or Isil). More »

  • Big Six urged to cut energy bills
    Big Six urged to cut energy bills 6 hours ago

    Energy firms are facing increased pressure from the Government to pass on a fall in wholesale costs to consumers by slashing household bills . More »

  • Manchester Airport to get 1 billion pound upgrade
    Manchester Airport to get 1 billion pound upgrade 12 hours ago

    The owners of Manchester Airport plan to invest 1 billion pounds over 10 years to upgrade Britain's third largest airport and help it compete harder with Heathrow for passengers. Heathrow, Britain's biggest airport, is operating at full capacity and is vying with Gatwick for backing for expansion from a commission due to report this summer. While London's two biggest airports await the outcome of the three-year commission, Manchester Airport, in north west England, has been expanding its long-haul routes, giving passengers an alternative to travelling south to Heathrow. More »

  • Cameron to chair EU vote committee
    Cameron to chair EU vote committee 12 hours ago

    David Cameron will personally chair a Cabinet committee in charge of the referendum on membership of the European Union as well as a new cross-government task force aimed at meeting his goal of cutting net migration to the "tens of thousands". More »

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  • Analysis: By design, Paul stands alone in presidential race
    Analysis: By design, Paul stands alone in presidential race 14 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For better or worse, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul now stands apart from his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. More »

  • Hammond backs PM over Ukraine talks
    Hammond backs PM over Ukraine talks 15 hours ago

    David Cameron sat out of talks aimed at resolving the crisis in Ukraine because Russia would have refused to engage if Britain was involved, according to the Foreign Secretary. More »

  • Where Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton differ: Social Security 16 hours ago

    Jeb Bush on Sunday said he’s in favor of raising the retirement age for Social Security as a way to ensure the program’s fiscal health. Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” former Florida Governor Bush told newsman Bob Schieffer that the current basic retirement age of 65 needs to go to 68 or 70 as a way to sustain Social Security for those now under 40. “I think it needs to be phased in over an extended period of time,” Bush told Mr. Schieffer, who retired himself following the broadcast. More »

  • HSBC Poised To Unveil Thousands More Job Cuts
    HSBC Poised To Unveil Thousands More Job Cuts 17 hours ago

    HSBC will next week set out plans to cut thousands more jobs across its global workforce as it tries to reassure shareholders that its focus on costs remains undiminished after a series of reputational crises. Sky News understands that Stuart Gulliver, HSBC's chief executive, will set out a revised target for headcount reductions that will be implemented by the end of 2017 at an investor day next week. It is understood that the headcount reductions figure announced next week will exclude the potential impact of the sale of HSBC's operations in Brazil and Turkey, where the bank does not disclose how many people work for it. More »

  • Government will push benefits of staying in EU if happy with reform - Hammo …
    Government will push benefits of staying in EU if happy with reform - Hammo … 17 hours ago

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will be "selling hard" the advantages of staying in the European Union in a national referendum if it can secure a good enough package of reforms, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday. Prime Minister David Cameron, who won a second term in office last month, has promised to reform Britain's EU ties ahead of a referendum on continuing membership by the end of 2017. More »

  • Midlands 'an engine for UK growth'
    Midlands 'an engine for UK growth' 18 hours ago

    The Midlands can be an "engine for growth", George Osborne said as he visited the area as part of his drive to devolve power from Whitehall to England's cities. More »

  • Ex-Ukip candidate admits fraud
    Ex-Ukip candidate admits fraud 18 hours ago

    A former Ukip parliamentary candidate has been ordered to complete community work after admitting an electoral fraud involving his own grandmother's forged signature. More »

  • Berlin, Paris urge Brussels to rework EU asylum plan
    Berlin, Paris urge Brussels to rework EU asylum plan 18 hours ago

    Germany and France on Monday urged the EU to find a fairer way to admit and distribute asylum seekers, as their leaders met the European Commission chief in Berlin. More »

  • Where They Stand: Lindsey Graham on issues of 2016 campaign
    Where They Stand: Lindsey Graham on issues of 2016 campaign 18 hours ago

    CENTRAL, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has opened his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Here's a snapshot of where he stands on issues likely to be debated in the Republican presidential primaries. More »

  • Obama's trade agenda faces tough battle heading into House
    Obama's trade agenda faces tough battle heading into House 19 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After several near-death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House. More »

  • The Passion of Brad Bird
    The Passion of Brad Bird 19 hours ago

    Brad Bird has been one of Disney’s best regarded directors of family-friendly films for more than a decade. In short, Internet theorists believe Bird’s oeuvre is a thinly veiled homage to Ayn Rand. Critics have long made the connection between Bird and objectivism—the philosophy of rational self-interest espoused by Rand—because of the messages of individuality in his animated films. More »

  • Cameron's EU Reforms Are 'Not Realistic'
    Cameron's EU Reforms Are 'Not Realistic' 20 hours ago

    A key ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cast doubt on the Prime Minister's aim of securing EU treaty change. David Cameron completed a whistlestop tour of the continent last week to rally support for reform ahead of a UK referendum on EU membership, which will take place by 2017. But Norbert Rottgen, chair of the Bundestag foreign affairs council, told Sky News that "within the course of two years... this is simply not realistic". More »

  • The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
    The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet 21 hours ago

    For Lindsey Graham, the timing couldn’t be better. Few analysts offer Graham much of a chance to win the race—although as Molly Ball points out, if you look at him from the right angle, he seems like a natural candidate. It might make the most sense to think about Graham as a Republican counterpart to Bernie Sanders. More »

  • Merkel's party resists calls to embrace full gay marriage 22 hours ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party are rejecting calls to embrace full-fledged marriage for gay couples following Irish voters' decision to legalize it. More »

  • Ally of Germany's Merkel - Britain's EU treaty change plan is unrea …
    Ally of Germany's Merkel - Britain's EU treaty change plan is unrea … 22 hours ago

    By Kylie MacLellan and Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - An ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday it would be unrealistic for British Prime Minister David Cameron to expect to achieve changes to European Union treaties before the country holds a referendum on its membership of the bloc. The comments come days after Cameron, who has said treaty change is needed to reform Britain's EU ties ahead of a vote by the end of 2017, embarked on a tour of European capitals to discuss his plans with key EU leaders. Following a meeting with Cameron in Berlin on Friday, Merkel promised to work with him to clinch a deal, saying treaty change was not "totally impossible". More »