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Ukraine crisis: Treading cautiously serves India’s long-term interests

Giving  paramount importance to its national interests, India has been sensibly walking a tightrope on the Ukraine crisis. Enjoying good relations with the US, Russia and the European Union (EU), New Delhi has done well […]

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Most significant events in 2021

One good thing can be said about 2021: it wasn’t as tumultuous as 2020, which put in a claim to be the worst year ever. That, however, may be damning with faint praise. Yes, the […]


India must commit to net zero emissions

The country will need to take a stand on climate change action or risk being cast globally as an outlier “The transition of the global economy to net zero emissions is the biggest commercial opportunity […]

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Europe’s vax row deepens

London/Brussels (TIP): Europe’s fight to secure Covid vaccine supplies intensified on Thursday when the European Union (EU) said it would tighten oversight of exports after a row with AstraZeneca. Britain demanded that it receive all […]


UK to consider sanctions against China for breaching Hong Kong treaty

London (TIP): Britain on Thursday said China had broken its main bilateral treaty on Hong Kong by imposing new rules to disqualify elected legislators in the former British colony, cautioning that it would consider sanctions […]


Biden likely to give India more strategic space

Biden has said that he would constitute a united front of the US, its allies and partners to ‘confront China’s abusive behavior and human rights violations’ and ‘place US back at the head of the […]

United States

President Trump to attend G7 Summit, in part

The two-day meeting will be dominated by the possibility of a trade war – prompted by the US levies of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum WASHINGTON(TIP): After initial dithering, […]


UK ready to pay 40 billion euro Brexit divorce bill: Report

LONDON (TIP): Britain is open to paying up to 40 billion euros ($47.1 billion) towards a so-called Brexit divorce bill to the European Union as long as a future UK-EU trade deal can be secured, a media report said on […]


Keep EU doors open to Britain says German Finance Minister and IMF chief

HAMBURG (TIP): The European Union should keep its doors open to Britain if it wants to change its mind about leaving the bloc, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on July 6. […]


Son of an Indian Immigrant is set to be Ireland’s new leader

Leo Varadkar, the son of an Indian immigrant, is set to be Ireland’s Prime Minister after he won an internal contest to lead the Centre-right Fine Gael, the senior coalition partner in the Republic’s minority government. The outspoken Mr. […]


EU leader urges Trump to stay in Paris climate deal

BRUSSELS (TIP): European Council President Donald Tusk made a personal appeal June 1 to US President Donald Trump not to pull Washington out of the Paris climate agreement. Tusk warned Trump on Twitter against such a move as he […]


Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn face tough questions on live TV

LONDON (TIP): Prime Minister Theresa on May 29 and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn faced tough questions and a skeptical audience in a live TV event May night ahead of next week’s parliamentary elections. It was not a debate, but […]


Iran votes for reform

“Mr. Rouhani’s decisive victory is a shot in the arm for the moderates coming after the elections in February last year for the Parliament and the Assembly of Experts where the moderates and the reformists had registered […]


UK Prime Minister May pledges to curtail immigration, including from India

LONDON (TIP): Prime Minister of UK Theresa May, on Thursday, May18, unveiled her Conservative Party’s election manifesto that makes cutting immigration from countries like India, a central poll pledge if her party wins the June 8 general election. The British […]

United States

US may ban laptops on all flights from Europe

US may ban laptops on all flights from Europe WASHINGTON (TIP): The Department of Homeland Security is considering banning laptops and other large electronic devices from carry-on bags on flights from Europe to the United States, a department spokesman […]

Business & Economics

Euro zone economy outperforms US with robust start to year

BRUSSELS (TIP): The euro zone economy started the year with robust growth that outstripped that of the United States and set the stage for a strong 2017, preliminary estimates showed. The improving economy may weaken […]


French elections: At the crossroads

French voters have defied predictions time and again. In 1995, Jacques Chirac, a Gaullist conservative who had been trailing in opinion polls, won the presidency. In 2002, they sent Jean-Marie Le Pen, the far-right, Holocaust-denying […]

Business & Economics

Brexit has already made UK less attractive place to do business, KPMG study says

LONDON (TIP): The UK has already become a less attractive place to do business as a result of the Brexit vote, according to a new survey. Professional services firm KPMG questioned 100 of the largest […]


EU to start checks at external borders

BRUSSELS (TIP): Europeans will face systematic checks at the external borders of the EU‘s Schengen border area from Friday under legislation designed to tackle “foreign fighters” returning from Iraq and Syria. “Member States will as […]

Britain targets legal certainty with plan to convert EU law after Brexit

Britain targets legal certainty with plan to convert EU law after Brexit

LONDON (TIP): The British government set out on Thursday how it will handle the mammoth task of converting European Union laws into domestic legislation in preparation for its exit from the bloc, seeking to ease […]


EU slaps down Poland, reappoints summit chair Tusk

The leaders of the European Union delivered a withering snub to Poland‘s right-wing government on March 8 by disregarding its objections and reappointing former Polish premier Donald Tusk to chair their summits. Tusk’s successor as […]


Central European nations seek stronger EU after UK leaves

WARSAW (TIP): The prime ministers of four Central European nations met Thursday to discuss ways of strengthening the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc. The meeting took place just days before an EU summit […]


Turkey talks tough with the EU

Turkey‘s European Union Affairs Minister, Omer Celik, has yet again said his country cannot overhaul its counter-terrorism laws in return for visa-free travel facilities for Turks. The much-derided quid pro quo forms part of the deal […]

Middle East

EgyptAir Hostage Drama Ends; Hijacker Arrested, Passengers Safe

Authorities arrested the hijacker of an Egyptian airliner that was diverted to Cyprus today, after the plane’s passengers and crew were able to escape unharmed. The hijacker, who officials said was motivated by personal reasons […]

Business & Economics

Coca-Cola can’t trademark new bottle: EU court

BRUSSELS (TIP): An EU court on Wednesday threw out an attempt by US drinks giant Coca-Cola to get trade mark status for a new design of its iconic fluted bottle throughout the 28-nation bloc. Invented […]