Theresa May told by the EU to ‘take it or leave it’ as Brexit talks risk collapse

Theresa May

Exclusive: Senior EU source tells Business Insider that they will not budge any further in deadlocked Brexit divorce talks.
Theresa May should “take it or leave it,” the source says at the end of a difficult week for the prime minister.
May is under pressure from Conservative MPs not to make any further concessions to the EU or risk being ousted.
The prime minister faces a perilous few weeks as support among her parliamentary allies begins to fall away.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — The EU is not willing to offer Theresa May any further concessions in order to secure a Brexit divorce deal, a senior EU source involved in the negotiations has told Business Insider.

“We’ve done all we can on this side. It’s basically take it or leave it as far as we are concerned,” the source told BI at the European Council’s October summit in Brussels.

The comments follow a difficult week for the prime minister in which she suffered a major backlash from Conservative MPs after telling EU leaders she was willing to extend the Brexit transition period by a “matter of months.”

May’s offer, and the strength of the backlash, caught EU negotiators by surprise.

“It was really interesting,” a senior EU source told …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

Saudi-Arabien bestätigt Tod Khashoggis

Saudi-Arabien bestätigt den Tod des regimekritischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi. Nach Berichten der staatlichen saudischen Nachrichtenagentur SPA sei Khashoggi in Folge eines Streits und eines Faustkampfes im saudischen Konsulat in Istanbul gestorben. Es seien bereits 18 Personen festgenommen worden. Im US-Kongress gab es parteiübergreifend erhebliche Zweifel an der Darstellung.

US-Präsident Trump hält die Darstellung indes für glaubwürdig: „Aber nochmals, ich meine, es ist früh, wir haben unsere Überprüfung noch nicht abgeschlossen“, sagte er am Freitagabend in Arizona. „Ich denke, wir kommen der Lösung eines sehr großen Problems nahe.“ Die saudische Führung habe einen „vollständigen Bericht“ angekündigt. „Sie haben eine große Anzahl an Menschen festgenommen, das ist ein guter erster Schritt.“ Er nannte den Tod Khashoggis „inakzeptabel“.

Saudi-Arabien bestritt die Vorwürfe zunächst

Am Montag hatten türkische Polizisten gemeinsam mit saudi-arabischen Ermittlern das Konsulat durchsucht. Dabei sollen die Ermittler CNN-Berichten zufolge in erster Linie nach DNA-Spuren gesucht haben. Die Türkei beschuldigte Saudi-Arabien, Khashoggi getötet und seine Leiche fortgeschafft zu haben. Die Regierung in Riad weist dies zunächst zurück.

Khashoggi war mit dem saudischen Königshaus lange eng verbunden, floh jedoch vor mehr als einem Jahr aus Angst vor politischer Verfolgung in die USA. Der Journalist hatte anfangs die Reformen des jungen saudischen Machthabers …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Trending

      

Texas newspaper that endorsed Ted Cruz in 2012 is now throwing its support behind Democrat Beto O’Rourke for the midterm election

Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz

The Houston Chronicle has endorsed Democrat Beto O’Rourke for US Senate in Texas over the Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.
The newspaper endorsed Cruz in 2012, but this time around, it had some harsh words for the junior senator, saying Cruz has “exhibited little interest in addressing the needs of his fellow Texans during his six years in office.”
The closely watched race between O’Rourke and Cruz has helped to boost O’Rourke, who raised more than $38 million in the third quarter. However, his chances of becoming Texas’ first elected Democratic senator since 1993 are long.

The Houston Chronicle has endorsed Democrat Beto O’Rourke for US Senate in Texas over the Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.

The newspaper endorsed Cruz in 2012, but this time around, if had some harsh words for the junior senator, saying Cruz has “exhibited little interest in addressing the needs of his fellow Texans during his six years in office.”

“He’s been running for president since he took the oath of office — more likely since he picked up his class schedule as a 15-year-old ninth-grader at Houston’s Second Baptist High School more than three decades ago,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote.

The closely watched race between O’Rourke and Cruz …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics