France and the European Union are ready to retaliate if US President Donald Trump acts on a threat to impose duties of up to 100% on $2.4 billion in imports of champagne, handbags and other French products, the French government said on Tuesday.
France’s defense chief blasted the US for trying to force its NATO allies into purchasing American arms and equipment above anything else, days after President Emmanuel Macron held Washington to blame for the Western military bloc’s “brain death.”
Greece said on Friday it was expelling the Libyan ambassador, furious at an accord between Libya and Turkey signed on November 27 that maps out a sea boundary between the two countries close to the Greek island of Crete.
Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne stepped down Tuesday after the Center Party, a member of the governing five-party coalition, said it had lost confidence in the Social Democrat leader in the wake of a crippling postal strike.
The Kremlin on Wednesday denied the Russian government had been involved in the murder of a Georgian citizen in Berlin, hours before Germany expelled two Russian diplomats over what it said was Moscow’s refusal to cooperate in the investigation.
France’s transport turmoil deepened on Monday with unions staging a fifth day of strikes against President Emmanuel Macron and his plans for a pensions overhaul as the government prepared to unveil details of the reform later in the week.