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‘Shame on you’: Poland’s prime minister slams US Republican Party

Prime Minister of Poland, donald tuskissued a sharp public rebuke to American Republicans.

In a social media post this morning, the centre-right politician said:

Dear Republican Senators of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who helped millions of our people regain their freedom and independence, must go to his grave today. shame on you.

The unusually strong criticism of a politician from Warsaw’s most important bilateral security partner came after a bipartisan $118 billion bill on the U.S.-Mexico border and Ukraine was blocked in the U.S. Senate. The bill was supposed to provide Kiev with $60 billion in military aid.

Tusk is one of Europe’s veteran politicians, serving as Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014, President of the European Council from 2014 to 2019, and Leader of the European People’s Party from 2019 to 2022 before assuming the post of Prime Minister. returned to. The end of last year.

Dear Republican Senators of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who helped millions of our people regain their freedom and independence, must go to his grave today. shame on you.

— Donald Tusk (@donaldtusk) February 8, 2024

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Dear Republican Senators of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who helped millions of our people regain their freedom and independence, must go to his grave today. shame on you.

— Donald Tusk (@donaldtusk) February 8, 2024

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, the president of Iceland, has reassured the public that flights are not impacted by the latest volcanic eruption.

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As before, our thoughts are with the people of Grindavík who cannot reside in their beautiful town. This too shall pass.

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The view outside my residence as I woke up this morning. This is the third eruption in three months. Flights to and from Iceland are not at all affected.
As before, our thoughts are with the people of Grindavík who cannot reside in their beautiful town. This too shall pass. pic.twitter.com/u293VYozQ1

— President of Iceland (@PresidentISL) February 8, 2024

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The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, have flown to Mauritania to sign a series of deals on migration and energy, as data reveals there has been a surge in people-smuggling operations to the Canary Islands.

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Figures soon to be published by Frontex, the EU’s border agency, are expected to show that the number of people risking their lives by making the perilous journey from west African shores to the Spanish islands has risen dramatically in the past year.

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The EU leaders will meet Mauritania’s president, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, on Thursday morning to “discuss security, migration and stability in the Sahel region”, a statement said.

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The west African country, along with its southern neighbour, Senegal, is a significant embarkation point for thousands of people seeking to reach the Canaries. Sources say the route is now the “most active” for people-smugglers luring travellers into high-risk journeys to the EU.

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Data shows 7,270 people were smuggled across the 900-mile stretch of water in January, up from 566 in the same month in 2023, the Spanish interior ministry said last week.

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Last year, Frontex recorded 380,000 irregular border crossings, the highest number since 2016.

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Read the full story here.

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Good morning and welcome back to the Europe blog.

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Today we will be looking at transatlantic tensions, as some European leaders worry that Washington’s commitment to Ukraine is waning.

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We will also delve into the EU’s efforts to curb migration by striking deals with African governments, as senior leaders visit Mauritania.

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And we will be keeping a close eye on realignment of Europe political families, as the EU enters its pre-election season.

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Send tips and comments to lili.bayer@theguardian.com.

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Poland’s prime minister, Donald Tusk, has issued a sharp public rebuke to American Republicans.

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In a post on social media this morning, the centre-right politician said:

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Dear Republican Senators of America. Ronald Reagan, who helped millions of us to win back our freedom and independence, must be turning in his grave today. Shame on you.

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The unusually strong critique of politicians from Warsaw’s most important bilateral security partner came after the US Senate blocked a bipartisan $118bn bill on US-Mexico border and Ukraine. The bill would have provided $60bn in military assistance for Kyiv.

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Tusk is one of Europe’s veteran politicians, having served as prime minister of Poland from 2007 until 2014, president of the European Council from 2014 until 2019 and president of the European People’s party from 2019 until 2022, before returning to the post of prime minister at the end of last year.

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Dear Republican Senators of America. Ronald Reagan, who helped millions of us to win back our freedom and independence, must be turning in his grave today. Shame on you.

— Donald Tusk (@donaldtusk) February 8, 2024

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Icelandic president says ‘this too shall pass’ after eruption

Guzny Th. JohannessonIceland’s president has reassured the nation that flights are not affected by the recent volcanic eruption.

As before, our thoughts are with the people of Grindavik who cannot live in their beautiful town. This too shall pass.

The view outside my house when I woke up this morning. This is the third eruption in the past three months. Flights to and from Iceland are not affected in any way.
As before, our thoughts are with the people of Grindavik who cannot afford to live in their beautiful town. This too shall pass. pic.twitter.com/u293VYozQ1

— President of Iceland (@PresidentISL) February 8, 2024

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The view outside my house when I woke up this morning. This is the third eruption in the past three months. Flights to and from Iceland are not affected in any way.

As before, our thoughts are with the people of Grindavik who cannot afford to live in their beautiful town. This too shall pass. pic.twitter.com/u293VYozQ1

— President of Iceland (@PresidentISL) February 8, 2024

A volcano has erupted in Iceland. Here are the latest images:

Aerial view of an erupting volcano, north of Grindavik, Iceland. Photo: Associated Press
People watch an erupting volcano north of Grindavik, Iceland. Photo: Marco Di Marco/AP

Spain and EU to sign migration agreement with Mauritania in response to increase in people smuggling

Lisa O’Carroll

The President of the European Commission is Ursula von der LeyenPrime Minister of Spain, Pedro SanchezHe flew to Mauritania to sign a series of agreements on migration and energy as data revealed a sharp increase in human smuggling to the Canary Islands.

Statistics to be released soon by EU border authority Frontex show the number of people risking their lives by making the perilous journey from the West African coast to the Spanish islands has increased dramatically over the past year. It is expected that this will indicate that

EU leaders will meet with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani on Thursday morning to “discuss security, migration and stability in the Sahel region,” the statement said.

This West African country, along with its neighbor Senegal to the south, is an important jumping off point for thousands of people heading to the Canary Islands. Officials say the route is now the “most active” route for smugglers luring travelers on risky journeys to the EU.

Spain’s interior ministry said last week that 7,270 people were smuggled across 900 miles of sea in January, up from 566 people in the same month in 2023.

Last year, Frontex recorded 380,000 unauthorized border crossings, the highest since 2016.

Read the full text here.

The background is as follows donald tusk‘s candid post this morning.

Joan Greve, senior US political correspondent for the Guardian, writes:

The Senate on Wednesday blocked consideration of a bipartisan border and national security bill as Democrats accused Republicans of bowing to President Donald Trump’s political will at the expense of voters.

The vote was 49-50, with 45 Democrats and 4 Republicans supporting the bill. The bill needed 60 votes to begin consideration.

New York Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer initially supported pushing the bill, but later changed his vote. This is a procedural ploy that would allow the House to revisit the proposal in the future.

With the border deal falling apart, the Senate tried to move forward with another foreign aid package that included only the funding for U.S. allies outlined in the bipartisan bill. There was apparent confusion over the bill’s support, forcing senators to put their first vote on the measure on hold for four hours as they debated the best way forward.

When voting finally concluded Wednesday evening, 58 out of 100 senators were on record in favor of moving the bill forward. However, the bill currently lacks the support needed to pass the Senate, as it would ultimately require 60 votes for approval. Schumer took to the Senate floor Wednesday night and announced that the chamber would reconvene Thursday for another vote on the bill.

But it remains highly uncertain whether a foreign aid package without border measures could pass the Senate, which considered a similar proposal in December. Republicans had previously blocked the bill from moving forward, saying it needed to address border issues.

The $118 billion bipartisan bill would give the president new powers to close the border if daily crossers exceed certain limits, while also expediting the asylum review process and allowing many immigrants to move faster. This may have led to deportation.

The bill provides $60 billion in military aid to Ukraine, $14 billion in security assistance to Israel, and $10 billion in humanitarian aid to civilians affected by the wars in Ukraine, Gaza, and the West Bank. was scheduled to be provided.

‘Shame on you’: Poland’s prime minister slams US Republican Party

Prime Minister of Poland, donald tuskissued a sharp public rebuke to American Republicans.

In a social media post this morning, the centre-right politician said:

Dear Republican Senators of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who helped millions of our people regain their freedom and independence, must go to his grave today. shame on you.

The unusually strong criticism of a politician from Warsaw’s most important bilateral security partner came after a bipartisan $118 billion bill on the U.S.-Mexico border and Ukraine was blocked in the U.S. Senate. The bill was supposed to provide Kiev with $60 billion in military aid.

Tusk is one of Europe’s veteran politicians, serving as Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014, President of the European Council from 2014 to 2019, and Leader of the European People’s Party from 2019 to 2022 before assuming the post of Prime Minister. returned to. The end of last year.

Dear Republican Senators of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who helped millions of our people regain their freedom and independence, must go to his grave today. shame on you.

— Donald Tusk (@donaldtusk) February 8, 2024

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Dear Republican Senators of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who helped millions of our people regain their freedom and independence, must go to his grave today. shame on you.

— Donald Tusk (@donaldtusk) February 8, 2024

welcome to the blog

good morning. Welcome to the European blog.

Today we look at transatlantic tensions, as some European leaders worry that Washington’s commitment to Ukraine is fading.

As senior leaders visit Mauritania, we will also delve into the EU’s efforts to curb migration through agreements with African governments.

And as the EU enters the pre-election season, we will be keeping an eye on Europe’s political realignment.

Send tips and comments to lili.bayer@theguardian.com.

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