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EU spurns Catalan independence declaration, backs Madrid

BRUSSELS: The European Union on Friday spurned Catalonia's declaration of independence, voicing staunch support for Madrid in a crisis threatening the stability of a key member of the bloc as Brussels grapples with Brexit. President Donald Tusk said Madrid "remains our only interlocutor" after Catalan lawmakers voted to secede from Spain and appealed for a peaceful resolution to the rapidly escalating standoff. Brussels and EU member states have been steadfast in their backing of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy since the…

Trump scolds NATO on spending and terror

BRUSSELS: US President Donald Trump on Thursday berated NATO allies for not doing enough on terrorism and spending, while stopping short of the public commitment to collective defence they had hoped for. Trump's broadside at fellow leaders during his first NATO summit came as he unveiled a 9/11 memorial at the alliance's new $1.2 billion headquarters in Brussels which is meant to highlight allied unity and purpose. Trump said the bombing in the British city of Manchester on Monday, claimed by the Islamic State group,…

Britain launches EU exit process

LONDON: Britain launched the process to leave the European Union on Wednesday, saying there was "no turning back" from the historic move that has split the country and thrown the bloc's future into question. Just days after the EU's 60th birthday, Britain became the first country ever to seek a divorce from the 28-nation bloc, striking a blow at the heart of an alliance forged from the ashes of World War II. "This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back," Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs.…

Troubled EU renews vows on 60th anniversary

ROME:  European Union leaders renewed their vows at a special summit in Rome on Saturday, celebrating the troubled bloc's 60th anniversary with a commitment to a common future without Britain. Meeting without Britain just days before it triggers its divorce. from the EU, the other 27 countries signed a new declaration on the Capitoline Hill where six founding states signed the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957. With the EU facing crises including migration, a moribund economy, terrorism and populism, as well as Brexit,…