Posts Tagged ‘Europe’

David Cameron: world on brink of new economic crisis

imageThe world stands on the brink of a new economic crisis that would leave countries like Britain “staring down the barrel”, David Cameron has warned.

The Prime Minister said that the failure of leaders in the US and Europe to tackle government deficits now “threatens the stability of the world economy”.

Mr Cameron spoke as stock markets around the world fell sharply again, with the FTSE–100 suffering its biggest drop for more than two years.

Politicians, central bankers and investors are increasingly worried that the world’s biggest economies are sliding back into a recession, dragged down by government debts. (more…)

Arsenal’s new boundaries all too evident against Borussia Dortmund

imageDespite its last-gasp nature the point gained in Germany will ultimately be seen as a good result by Arsène Wenger

Talk to the football fan on the street in England about Europe’s super-clubs and the chances are that Borussia Dortmund will not merit a mention. Bayern Munich will normally be advanced as Germany’s representative, as the discussion incorporates the rival powers of Spain, England and Italy. (more…)

David Cameron’s Big Issue: growing up in his brother’s shadow

The prime minister guest-edits the magazine sold by homeless
people, and writes about his childhood in one of its columns
imageDavid Cameron has admitted that he lived in the shadow of his older brother when he was a teenager, but has advised others in the same boat not to worry and that “you’ll find your own feet in your own way”.
The prime minister’s advice comes in the latest edition of the Big Issue, which he agreed to guest-edit because the magazine’s ethos was “a natural fit” with his political philosophy.

In the publication’s regular column, My Younger Self, Cameron wrote about the inspiration and insecurity of following in his brother’s footsteps through school. (more…)

Phone-hacking scandal – live coverage

Latest as pressure grows on James Murdoch in run-up to BSkyB board meeting and David Cameron says scandal has shaken confidence in Britain ‘to the core’


12.28pm: The Ed Miliband meetings list has been updated again.

A number of meetings from May to September 2010 have been added. They are:

• 27 May 2010: Simon Kelner (Independent) – “general catch up”

• 9 June: Jason Cowley (New Statesman) – New Statesman Labour leadership hustings

• 16 June: Richard Wallace (Daily Mirror) – “general discussion”

• 16 June: News International summer reception (more…)

Chelsea to make Andre Villas-Boas new manager after offering to pay release fee according to reports

imageJose Mourinho’s former assistant Andre Villas-Boas, the FC Porto manager widely regarded as one of the brightest coaching prospects in European football, is set to be offered the chance to follow in the Special One’s footsteps and take over at Chelsea, according to reports in Portugal.

Roman Abramovich is believed to have agreed to pay a £13 million release clause in Villas Boas’s contract and the 33-year-old is expected to travel to London for talks with the Stamford Bridge side. (more…)

Government deal means councils will restore weekly bin days

Weekly bin collections are to be restored across the country,

imageThe Government is to announce a deal under which councils will be offered financial incentives to collect household rubbish every week.

A similar plan using government grants was successfully introduced to encourage local authorities to freeze council tax this year.

The policy is expected to be announced as the centrepiece of a review of waste policy being conducted by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra).

A source close to the review said the funding plans for councils to restore weekly bin collections – estimated to be about £100 million a year – had been agreed and the scheme will be unveiled within the next fortnight. (more…)

European rugby up and running thanks to hot spring treatment

imageChanging of seasons helps Premiership provide the perfect balance of running and attritional rugby – as Gloucester and Leicester have shown Northampton got things rolling, literally, when the prop Alex Waller made the best of a perfectly timed delayed pass from Shane Geraghty to barrel his way over before Tim Molenaar went in untouched thanks to the space spotted by Gloucester’s fly‑half, Nicky Robinson. Two sidesteps and the centre was under the posts and something like 12 minutes later there was yet more Gloucester speed on show when their 21-year-old wing Charlie Sharples burst from the blocks to chase down a neat chip from the full-back on the night, Freddie Burns, who is more frequently a fly-half.

And all that was on top of the 41-41 draw at Leicester three days earlier. Eight tries in two games … Gloucester rugby was not meant to be like that. Nor for that matter was Leicester rugby. Think Welford Road or Kingsholm and titanic forward battles are more likely to come to mind but along with the spring has come a bout of refreshingly ambitious rugby. Why? (more…)

Google Android confirms smartphone dominance

imageGoogle’s Android operating system now powers nearly four in ten of all British smartphones
New research has confirmed Google growing dominance in mobile phones across Europe. In Britain, 38 per cent of all smartphones now run Google Android, compared to 35.9 per cent in France and 35.5 per cent in Germany. (more…)

EU ‘wastes billions in aid’

imageThe EU is spending billions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money on spurious aid projects such as giving dance lessons to impoverished Africans, it was claimed. (more…)