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Sep 23, 2015

Labour leader’s borough has wealth, poverty and a radical tradition

LONDON (Reuters) – Islington, the north London neighbourhood where Labour’s new hard-left leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has his powerbase is also home to the “champagne socialists” who flourished under the party’s former hierarchy when it ran Britain.

Islington remains solid Labour, although the party languishes in opposition after two national election defeats, and not so long ago the red flag flew over the town hall.

Sep 15, 2015

Merkel calls for European unity, summit on refugee crisis

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called for a special EU refugee summit, urging unity after an angry reaction to a suggestion by one of her ministers that states that did not take in their share of asylum seekers could face financial penalties.

The proposal by interior minister Thomas de Maiziere was forcefully rejected by the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which are among eastern European states that have resisted European Union plans to share out refugees.

Sep 15, 2015

Germany urges penalties for EU states rejecting refugees

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany urged the European Union to consider imposing financial penalties on states that refuse to take in their share of asylum seekers, as the influx of refugees showed no sign of abating on Tuesday despite new border controls.

In a veiled threat that drew an angry response from eastern European states that have resisted EU plans to share out refugees, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said these were the same countries that received funding from the bloc.

Sep 15, 2015

Germany says EU states must face pressure to take refugees

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany on Tuesday urged the European Union to consider putting financial pressure on states that are reluctant to take in their share of asylum seekers, as the influx of refugees showed little sign of abating despite new border controls.

In a veiled threat to eastern European member states that have resisted EU plans to share out refugees, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said these were the same countries that received development funding from the bloc.

Jul 2, 2015

Book Talk: Back to the future with 21st century soldiers of fortune

LONDON (Reuters) – It’s now clear, Sean McFate says in his new book, “The Modern Mercenary”, that when nation states spent nearly 400 years officially discouraging soldiers of fortune, it was the exception rather than the rule.

There were mercenaries on the battlefields of Europe long before the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, when it was agreed that military force was the preserve of governments.

Jun 4, 2015

FIFA: a tragedy tinged with farce

LONDON (Reuters) – In less than a week, the public face of FIFA has gone from something resembling an old-style Communist Party rally, with a defiant Sepp Blatter fronting ranks of flag-bearing youths, to what looks more like a scene from “Reservoir Dogs”.

Despite dawn arrests and U.S. indictments of FIFA men past and present, Blatter opened world soccer’s annual congress on a high last week, knowing he was going to be re-elected president for a fifth term.

Jun 4, 2015

a tragedy tinged with farce

LONDON (Reuters) – In less than a week, the public face of FIFA has gone from something resembling an old-style Communist Party rally, with a defiant Sepp Blatter fronting ranks of flag-bearing youths, to what looks more like a scene from “Reservoir Dogs”.

Despite dawn arrests and U.S. indictments of FIFA men past and present, Blatter opened world football’s annual congress on a high last week, knowing he was going to be re-elected president for a fifth term.

Feb 6, 2015

Trip Tips: 50 years on, quirky guide to London still shows the way

LONDON (Reuters) – Arguably the best guide to London published this season was written nearly 50 years ago.

“Nairn’s London” by Ian Nairn first appeared in 1966 and has been reprinted after fans of the idiosyncratic architectural enthusiast mounted a public campaign.

Dec 5, 2014

Trip Tips: Reading between the lines in Venice

VENICE, Dec 5 (Reuters) – If you find the crowds that swirl
around St Mark’s Square and the Rialto a little dismaying, why
not take a look at Venice through the eyes of a different type
of visitor — the writers who have haunted its canals and
palazzos.

The list is long. One website describes nearly 200 literary
works with links to Venice, from “The Merchant of Venice” to
“Death in Venice” and, more recently, Michael Dibden’s “Dead
Lagoon”, an Inspector Aurelio Zen mystery. (bit.ly/11uRrlG)

Oct 13, 2014

Aperitifs and frescoes: in Venice honoring novelist Anthony Powell

VENICE (Reuters) – After the Clooney wedding and the film festival, Venice played host at the weekend to a gathering concerned more with literature than glitz: the annual conference of the Anthony Powell Society.

One of the most subtle of English novelists, Powell created an intricate comedy of manners that skewers socialites and bohemians alike as their lives unfold and interlock over the course of a 12-volume “A Dance to the Music of Time”.