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Trump-Macron Handshake: White-Knuckled, Finger-Crushing Male Peacocking - Newsweek
It's well-documented at this point that President Donald Trump plays an odd game of dominance when he shakes hands--he contorts, jostles and pulls the person he's greeting to make sure he's in charge of the shake. But newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron seems to have studied the American president and was prepared for Trump's odd handshake tactics Thursday when the two met in Brussels.

While seated, Macron gripped Trump's hand very firmly, and by the end, the U.S. president's hand had seemingly gone limp. Trump looked more than ready for his counterpart to let go.

Reporters on the scene noticed. "The two presidents, each wearing dark suits and blue ties (Trump's was thick and royal blue; Macron's was skinny and navy) sat in antique cream-upholstered arm chairs, with two American and French flags behind them," wrote Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker in a pool report. "They shook hands for an extended period of time. Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening."

Later, when a reporter posted to Twitter that Trump seemed to just want his hand back by the end of the shake, Rucker tweeted, "Yep. Trump tried twice to release and Macron held on tight."

Also, this

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Team Trump and international trade:

Trump calls Germans `bad, very bad,' vows to curb car imports: report - Politico

U.S. President Donald Trump said "the Germans are bad, very bad" during a meeting with EU leaders on Thursday, German newspapers reported.

According to people in the room during the meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk and the U.S. president, Trump took issue with Germany's auto industry in particular.

"See the millions of cars they are selling in the U.S. Terrible. We will stop this," Trump said, according to Der Spiegel.

Juncker responded by supporting Germany, Der Spiegel said.

Also:

Trump Reportedly Called Germans `Very Bad,' Vowed To Stop German Car Sales In The U.S. - Huffpo

Another German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, reported that E.U. representatives felt their U.S. counterparts did not understand that the E.U. negotiates trade agreements as a single entity, rather than on a country-to-country basis. That is, the U.S. can negotiate trade deals with the E.U. as a whole, but not individually with the separate members of the E.U.

Der Spiegel reported that Gary Cohn, the director of Trump's National Economic Council, appeared to believe that the U.S. could negotiate different trade deals with Germany and Belgium.  

This is not the first time this basic misunderstanding has cropped up. When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the White House in March, she had to explain how E.U. trade deals were negotiated almost a dozen times, a senior German official told the Times of London.

"Ten times Trump asked [Merkel] if he could negotiate a trade deal with Germany. Every time she replied, `You can't do a trade deal with Germany, only the EU,'" the official said. "On the eleventh refusal, Trump finally got the message, `Oh, we'll do a deal with Europe then.'"

by Bernard on
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In story: Open Thread 15 - 21 May

Re: Open Thread 15 - 21 May
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Seems like May got high off her own supply. Maybe the 3 line whip for Brexit was actually a tactically sound decision?

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In story: Youth unemployment

afew a decade ago ...
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by Oui on
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In story: Youth unemployment

Re: Youth unemployment
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I vaguely recall afew doing a big piece on comparing unemployment rates, but I can't find it using Google at the moment...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on
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In story: Youth unemployment

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I don't remember seeing the ratios laid out before, so I assume lots of other people won't remember either!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: Youth unemployment

Re: Youth unemployment
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I'm sure it's something we've looked at on more than one occasion :-)

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on
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Washington Post
A former neo-Nazi who converted to Islam is accused of killing his two roommates because they "disrespected" his new faith, police said.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: Youth unemployment

Re: Youth unemployment
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Unemployment statistics are complicated. Who knew?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: 15 - 21 May 2017

Corsica is Italian
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In honour or Trump's awarding of Corsica to Italy, here is a chance to practice your Corsu.
U presidente Trump hà publicatu nant'à u so contu Facebook a mappa di u so viaghju in Auropa, Israellu è Arabia.

Ma a carta geugraffica di l'Italia ghjè un pocu sferente da cum'è tutti a cunniscemu... ghjà una penisula, incù trè isule : Sicilia, Sardegna è... Corsica !

Ché u presidente americanu sia in realità... un irredentistu talianu ? O solo ignurante ?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: 15 - 21 May 2017

Re: People & Klatsch
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does anyone know why he thought he deserved an upgrade?

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Open Thread 15 - 21 May

Re: Open Thread 15 - 21 May
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It used to take about three attempts by a student to pass off Google translated work and getting caught before they really GOT the idea that Google-translated J-E was incredibly obvious, and incredibly wrong.

After all, Google says it translates, and it's written down on paper, so it must be true. Or so the student mind goes.

by Zwackus on
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In story: Open Thread 15 - 21 May

Re: Open Thread 15 - 21 May
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As we get closer to election she can't stop herself embodying the Nasty Party at its vilest, it's too deep in her DNA to be anything else.
Strong and stable is what she wants for her party rule, yet the cognitive dissonance is making her come unglued under the stress. As the day gets closer her repellent qualities become ever more obvious to all but the blindest of voters (who don't give a toss about her personal qualities as long as she keeps their gravy train rolling).
It doesn't help that her eyes are as devoid of affect as a week-old pilchard's, and the only human qualities she embodies are unprincipled craftiness and heartless mendacity, (like the rest of her ilk, without any redeeming feature such as Boris' hair to distract people from her utter awfulness and gross opportunism.)
Corbyn doesn't have to be a tactical genius to gain ground against a poor man's Maggie clone, all he has to do is show up and be a reasonable facsimile of a decent human being.
Even dim bulb Guardian writers are grumpily, glumly coming around to supporting his attempt to unseat this self-propagating national disaster that is the Tory/New Lab/LibDem legacy of the last tragic years.
Took them long enough to see which side of their bread had the butter on it.
 As I predicted months ago, Corbyn has what every other candidate conspicuously lacks- an honest bone in his body.
A feature so rare in politicians -and a distressing number of agenda-surfers- that it's the exact medicine people -the ones who have any humanity left, that is- are craving, the oasis ahead that just may not be a mirage this time.
Daniel's heading right into the den... I wish I had more confidence that, even were he to win, he'd have enough of a mandate to take on the powers behind the throne, left as he'll be with the coming trainwreck of Brexit dumped like a ticking bomb in his lap. Getting elected will be hard enough, but pales beside what awaits him afterwards.
Seeing the gap narrow between them and the (reluctant) realisation of the media that they might be about to have their mugs severely egged, a trifecta after the epic fail with their previous Trump and Brexit punts at punditry.
Brits love an underdog, and hate winners generally. An unfortituously contradictory combination that has blighted politics too long. Caffeinated politics in permanent spun froth.
Perhaps maturity is nigh... (clutches faint hope to weary breast).
 

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on
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In story: 15 - 21 May 2017

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Travelers Chant `Lock Him Up' As Man In Trump Hat Is Removed From United Plane
Passengers chanted "lock him up" as United Airlines had a man sporting a Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" campaign hat removed from a flight in Shanghai. The man delayed takeoff for hours as he was escorted from the flight for being belligerent, the airline confirmed in a statement Monday.

The incident is the latest in a slew of mid-air confrontations this year, with United hitting the headlines for an ugly incident involving a staff member. This time, passengers were reportedly upset with the unnamed man in the Trump campaign hat for refusing to allow anyone to sit next to him on Flight 187, apparently because he had been refused an upgrade.

by Bernard on
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In story: 15 - 21 May 2017

Re: Living Off the Planet
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You may be badass, but you'll never be "Mongolian shepherd with an AK-47 and a pet snow leopard" badass.
by rifek on
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In story: 15 - 21 May 2017

Re: India abandoning coal
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if only such clear-eyed thinking informed energy planning in the UK

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 15 - 21 May 2017

India abandoning coal
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The Independent
India has cancelled plans to build nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations - about the same as the total amount in the UK - with the price for solar electricity "free falling" to levels once considered impossible.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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What is the fun in only ever saying one thing about the most significant situation in one's life. The Knight who says Ni not-with-standing?

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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They've fixed it to "Euroraum"....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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"Den" Eurozone?
by generic on
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This is making the rounds in Swedish media.

EU-Kommission fordert mehr Geld für den Eurozone

Brisantes Papier: Die EU-Kommission will den Euro bis 2025 in allen 27 Staaten einführen. Neue Fonds für die Eurozone fordert sie auch, vielleicht auch einen Euro-Haushalt.  

Some good in there, though the aspect Swedish media is focused on is the claim that the euro will be joined by all EU-countries by 2025, the Commission is claiming that is a misunderstanding.

by fjallstrom on
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The vault was not breached, water seeped into the tunnel leading to the vault, according to the article in Forskning&Framsteg that seems to be the starting-point for the reporting. They have taken steps to ensure that water can't get into the tunnel again.

That shouldn't obscure the real news should be that when the vault was constructed in 2008, not having permafrost there was seen as unthinkable.

by fjallstrom on
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In story: 15 - 21 May 2017

Re: Smoking in the Philippines
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Not quite that severe.

European Tribune - 15 - 21 May 2017

a maximum penalty of four months in jail and a fine of 5,000 pesos ($100)
by fjallstrom on
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European Tribune - 15 - 21 May 2017
A prosecutor may detain ("arrest") a suspect (the "accused") without a hearing of charge(s) of the crime(s) ("arraignment") presented by his or her accuser to a court for preliminary adjudication of  evidence and plea said to warrant custody of the suspect to the state.

Yes, but anhållan is for a maximum of three days. This did not happen with Assange, which one of the womens lawyers has complained about. So this is kind of moot.

Then the suspect needs to be released or häktad, which I have translated to remanded. Remand is decided by a court of law and normally with both the accused and defense  attorneys present, the procedure is called a remand hearing. Remand is for a maximum of 14 days, but can be issued multiple times. Remand in absentia does not appear to have a time limit as such.

Since Assange was not present, he was represented by his defense attorneys. Remand was appealed and after the appelation process was completed a European Arrest Warrant was issued.

So no, it is not only up to the prosecutor to decide remand.

And he has not been charged because that happens after the suspect has been heard and served. Assange refuses to be served, and the prosecutor is now giving up for now, because she can't advance the case. He does know what he is suspected of and he has been well reprensented at each step in the judicial process. His remand in absentia has been appealed time and agian, and the last time the Supreme Court critiqued the prosecutor for not advancing the case. Thus he even got Sweden and Ecuador to make an international treaty in order for him to be interviewed at the embassy.

Yes, he may have perfectly reasonable suspicions that he would be whisked away to a US torture central, but that has nothing to do with the anglo-centric critique of the forms of the Swedish judicial process. Or his previous claim that the actions he is accused of does not constitute rape under UK law (UK courts disagrred, so he seems to have dropped that now). It would be like escaping anglo-saxon law and claim that the court is anyway corrupt because I wasn't even questioned before being charged and besides the court has no nämndemän. The horrors!

The case may even be bullshit, or he raped that girl, but now we will probably never know as there won't be a trial.

As I have been saying for years, the only real issue is Assange's fear of being unlawfully extradited to the US. Which is valid, but he should stick with that and not pile on weaker arguments.

by fjallstrom on
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My window into Nordic bed wetting racists and their very serious conservative enablers is already filling with piss and shit. <runs around covered in crap, hair on fire, shouting "THE CALIPHATE IS COMING, BURN THE BROWN PEOPLE.">
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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Terrible. I can only hope that this doesn't spark some sort of backlash against the muslim community

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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At least 22 dead, 50 injured, in suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena - Guardian
At least 22 people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in a suicide bombing at a crowded pop concert in Manchester, the most deadly attack in Britain in a decade.

The horror unfolded at about 10.30pm on Monday at the end of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande, whose music is popular with children and teenagers.

The attack, which took place in the foyer area of the arena, left hundreds of people fleeing in terror, with young people at the concert separated from their parents in the chaos. It left carnage inside the concert venue, with medics describing treating wounds consistent with shrapnel injury.

by Bernard on
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hahahahahahahaha

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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News and Views

 15 - 21 May 2017

by Bjinse - May 14, 112 comments

Your take on this week's news

 8 - 14 May 2017

by Bjinse - May 8, 48 comments

Your take on this week's news

 Open Thread 15 - 21 May

by Bjinse - May 14, 23 comments

Shake your business up & thread it

 Open Thread 8 - 14 May

by Bjinse - May 8, 25 comments

Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful threads are the cultivated

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