Prime minister uses Riga summit to begin his campaign for EU renegotiation, and dismisses objections of foreign politicians as ?noise?
David Cameron has warned fellow European leaders that he wants to get on with EU reform and will bring it up at every summit for the foreseeable future, while dismissing the objections of foreign politicians as ?noise?.
The prime minister said he was not greeted with a ?wall of love? from other leaders as he used Friday?s EU summit about eastern Europe to begin his campaign for renegotiations.Continue reading...
In an exclusive interview in Moscow, Snowden cautions that more needs to be done to curb NSA surveillance two years after his disclosures
Edward Snowden has hailed landmark shifts in Congress and the US courts on NSA surveillance but cautioned that much more needs to be done to restore the balance in favour of privacy.
He also warned this was only the beginning of reform of the NSA, saying there are still many bulk collection programmes which are ?even more intrusive?, but expressed hope that the Senate would act to curb the NSA, saying retention of the status quo is untenable.
The idea that they can lock us out and there will be no change is no longer tenable
You know my work is not finished. In fact, I would argue that it has only begun.Continue reading...
Calls for MP to resign after admission about memo of private conversation in which SNP leader purportedly said she wanted David Cameron to remain PM
Alistair Carmichael, the Lib Dem former Scottish secretary, has come under pressure to resign as an MP after admitting being responsible for an election leak intended to damage Nicola Sturgeon.
Carmichael said he authorised his special adviser to release a memo about a private conversation in which Scotland?s first minister purportedly said she wanted David Cameron to remain as prime minister. As a consequence neither he nor his adviser would be taking the severance pay they were due, the Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland said.Continue reading...
Schools, hospitals and public transport would be covered by ban, but Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte insists it has no religious background
The Dutch cabinet has approved a proposal for a partial ban on face-covering Islamic veils on public transport and in public areas such as schools and hospitals.
After the cabinet backed a bill by the interior minister, Ronald Plasterk, the government said in a statement on Friday: ?Face-covering clothing will in future not be accepted in education and healthcare institutions, government buildings and on public transport.?Continue reading...
Irish people living overseas have been tweeting news of their journeys home to vote in same-sex marriage poll
Irish citizens have been sharing photographs and stories on social media as they travel home to vote in the gay marriage referendum.
Ireland could become the first country to legalise same-sex marriage through a referendum. More than 3 million people are eligible to vote, including 60,000 expats. Those who have left the country less than 18 months ago are able to vote in the referendum, but need to show up at a polling station in person.
History is being made in Ireland right now. Sending love and support from South Africa. #BeMyYesContinue reading...