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Jan 23, 2013

Big words, little action in UK’s campaign against Sahara jihadists

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Britain has vowed a tough
response against militants in North Africa, but behind its tough
language lies the ugly reality of a fast-shrinking army, deep
budget cuts and little U.S. interest in another costly war in a
distant desert.

Enraged by the death of British citizens in a hostage taking
crisis in Algeria, Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a
global response to jihadist threats in North Africa and warned
it could take decades to tame the increasingly volatile region.

Jan 21, 2013

Britain says to act on North Africa terror threat

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Monday it would increase counter-terrorism and intelligence aid to Algeria and consider giving more help to France to fight Islamists in Mali, but ruled out any prospect of direct British military intervention in Africa.

Prime Minister David Cameron last week warned of the need to tackle a “large and existential terrorist threat” from different parts of the world. But a wariness about getting bogged down in another Afghanistan-style conflict may be restraining Britain.

Jan 18, 2013

UK’s Cameron says Britons still at risk in Algeria

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he was disappointed Algeria gave him no advance warning of an operation to rescue hostages held in a desert gas facility and warned that Britons caught up in the crisis were still at risk.

Promising to hunt down the hostage takers for their “brutal and savage attack”, he said that the danger had not passed and that the Islamist militants still posed a threat in one part of the site, despite an assault by Algerian forces.

Jan 14, 2013

Cameron plays down prospect of in-out EU vote

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday played down the prospect of a referendum any time soon on whether Britain should leave the European Union, defying calls from within his Conservative Party and the public.

Cameron is expected to explain how he wants to change Britain’s relationship with the EU next week, in a speech that could set a course for leaving the 27-member bloc, deepen fractures within his own party, and strain ties with his Liberal Democrat coalition partners.

Jan 14, 2013

Britain’s Cameron plays down prospect of in-out EU referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday played down the prospect of a near-term referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, ahead of a long-awaited speech on the issue he is expected to deliver next week.

Cameron says he wants Britain to remain in the EU – a major trading partner – but is under intense pressure from his own party and an increasingly eurosceptic public to repatriate powers from Brussels or leave the 27-member bloc altogether.

Jan 10, 2013

German parliament group warns Britain against “blackmail” on EU

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – The head of the German
parliament’s influential European Union Affairs Committee warned
Britain on Thursday against trying to “blackmail” other
countries in its push to fashion a new relationship with Europe.

Gunther Krichbaum, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, also
said British Prime Minister David Cameron risked isolating the
UK and paralysing European integration if he held a referendum
on relations with the European Union.

Jan 9, 2013

U.S. warns Britain not to drift away from EU

LONDON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The United States wants Britain to
stay in the European Union and fears a British exit would run
against U.S. interests, a senior official in Barack Obama’s
administration said on Wednesday.

In a strongly-worded intervention days before British Prime
Minister David Cameron delivers his most important speech on
Europe, Britain’s closest ally said it needed London to retain a
“strong voice” within the EU.

Jan 7, 2013

Cameron and Clegg pledges no split before 2015 vote

LONDON (Reuters) – The leaders of Britain’s governing coalition parties put on a show of unity on Monday, saying they would stay together until 2015 to try to reduce a large budget deficit despite policy differences over the European Union and state handouts.

Under pressure from supporters to reassert their own party identities, Prime Minister David Cameron, a Conservative, and Nick Clegg, his deputy and a Liberal Democrat, appeared together to list their past achievements and future aims.

Jan 7, 2013

British coalition pledges no split before 2015 vote

LONDON (Reuters) – The leaders of Britain’s governing coalition parties put on a show of unity on Monday, saying they would stay together until 2015 to try to reduce a large budget deficit despite policy differences over the European Union and state handouts.

Under pressure from supporters to reassert their own party identities, Prime Minister David Cameron, a Conservative, and Nick Clegg, his deputy and a Liberal Democrat, appeared together to list their past achievements and future aims.

Jan 1, 2013

Conservative party chief urges no UKIP-led lurch to right

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s ruling Conservatives should not tack to the right to counter the increasingly popular anti-European UK Independence Party, and should instead reach out to new supporters, the party’s chairman said on Tuesday.

Polls this week confirmed the UK Independence Party’s (UKIP) surge in popularity in 2012, with an Observer newspaper survey showing its support had shot to 15 percent from 4.5 percent at the start of the year.