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– Albert Einstein

Politics

Will suspending parliament strengthen Boris Johnson’s Brexit hand?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Queen Elizabeth II on August 28 to suspend Parliament, effective September 10, which will end the current parliamentary session and start a new session on October 14. The move, confirmed by the Queen, will bring to an end the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) longest parliamentary session in nearly four hundred years but could leave parliamentarians little time to debate Brexit plans before the October 31 deadline.

Defense Politics

World Powers Warn Iran To Stick To Terms Of Nuclear Deal

Officials from Britain, France, Germany and other countries met with Iranian officials Friday, in an attempt to get that country to stick with the nuclear deal that the U.S. exited last year. Here & Now's Femi Oke speaks with Sir Peter Westmacott (@PeterWestmacott), a former British ambassador to Washington who was stationed in Iran as a diplomat.

Defense Politics

Dark money flows between Russia and Iran show how vital EU sanctions are against both

On Tuesday 12 March, the European People’s Party (EPP) Vice President Sandra Kalniete presented a report to the European Parliament calling for the EU to reassess its relationship with Russia. It was a small intervention which many will have missed. Kalniete said that “the EU should stand ready to consider adopting further sanctions if Russia's violation of international law continues.”

Politics

‘Political meltdown’ grips UK after Theresa May’s Brexit defeat

The United Kingdom continues to face political turmoil over Brexit, as Prime Minister Theresa May failed to find enough support in Parliament for her amended agreement with the European Union. Judy Woodruff talks to Sir Peter Westmacott, former British ambassador to the U.S., about the most likely courses of action now, May’s “extremely fragile” majority and why Brexit matters across the globe.