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About James
James Crisp is a journalist based in Brussels, Belgium. He is the Brussels correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, covering the EU, Belgium and Brexit. Over the last seven years, he has covered EU politics, financial services and energy regulation for MLex, EurActiv, The Sun and the New Statesman. He is avaliable for broadcast interview and for event moderation.
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Ukraine’s fresh existential threat – from the polling booths of the European Parliament elections

30 Mar 2024  |  aol.com
Ukraine faces a new threat from the rise of hard-Right parties in Europe, which are expected to perform well in the upcoming European Parliament elections. These parties, including Germany's AfD, Hungary's Fidesz, and Austria's Freedom Party, could form a significant bloc capable of influencing EU foreign policy. Many advocate for ending aid to Ukraine, appeasing Putin, and pushing for peace talks. Viktor Orban of Hungary and other right-wing leaders have expressed reluctance to continue supporting Ukraine financially and militarily. Eurosceptic parties are predicted to win in several EU member states, potentially impacting the EU's stance on the Ukraine crisis. The article highlights the division within the European right-wing parties regarding foreign policy, particularly towards Ukraine and Russia.

Hotel room shampoo bottles to be banned in Northern Ireland but not in the rest of the UK

23 Mar 2024  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Northern Ireland will ban hotel room shampoo bottles under EU net-zero rules, unlike the rest of the UK, due to the Windsor Framework. The DUP criticizes the loss of legislative power, while former Cabinet Minister David Jones calls for government action to prevent disadvantages to Northern Irish businesses. Environmental campaigners urge the UK to follow EU waste laws, but Northern Irish industry groups are concerned about the 2030 deadline. The DUP's use of the Stormont brake mechanism over EU law demonstrates the political complexities post-Brexit.

Hotel room shampoo bottles to be banned in Northern Ireland but not in the rest of the UK

23 Mar 2024  |  The Telegraph
Northern Ireland will ban hotel room shampoo bottles under new EU net-zero rules, unlike the rest of the UK, due to the Windsor Framework. The DUP and other critics argue this undermines Northern Ireland's legislative autonomy. Environmental campaigners urge the UK to follow the EU's lead on waste reduction, while Northern Irish industry groups worry about the feasibility of the 2030 deadline. The DUP recently used the 'Stormont brake' to object to an EU law, highlighting the tension between EU regulations and Northern Irish governance.

Banning Germany’s AfD party would be ‘wrong’, says former president of constitutional court

13 Jan 2024  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Former president of Germany's constitutional court, Hans-Jürgen Papier, has cautioned against banning the far-Right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, despite its association with Right-wing extremism and a secret meeting planning the expulsion of immigrants. The AfD is leading polls in East German states and nationally outpolls the coalition government parties. The constitutional court, which decides on party bans, has been advised by Papier that the legal threshold for a ban is high and an unsuccessful attempt would benefit the AfD. Demonstrations in Berlin have called for a ban, but the AfD argues that the meeting in question does not reflect its official immigration policy. The constitutional court has rarely banned parties, with only two instances in the past.

Banned Russian broadcaster boosts UAE presence in attempt to exonerate Putin

13 Jan 2024  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
RT, a Russian broadcaster banned in the UK, EU, and US, has increased its presence in the UAE and other neutral countries to counteract Western isolation and economic pressure on Russia. The channel has launched advertising campaigns in the Middle East and Africa, including a push for the return of the Koh-i-Noor diamond to India. RT's Arabic channel is promoting its 'Question More' campaign, while its English channel is accessible in Dubai, broadcasting narratives favorable to Putin and critical of Ukraine. UK MP Alicia Kearns criticized Russia's propaganda efforts, and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office commented on Russian interference.

Strained relations between Scholz and Macron threaten to derail EU action against Houthis

13 Jan 2024  |  The Telegraph
Tensions between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron are jeopardizing EU efforts to address the Houthi threat in the Red Sea. Disagreements over military aid to Ukraine and other policy issues have strained their relationship, complicating Berlin's push to expand a French-led EU anti-piracy mission. The EU faces pressure to respond to the Iran-backed Houthis following recent US and UK air strikes. Diplomatic discussions are ongoing, with proposals for a new EU mission in the Red Sea under consideration.

France refused to support British and US airstrikes on Houthis

12 Jan 2024  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
France, along with Italy and Spain, declined to support or participate in US and UK airstrikes against the Houthis, aimed at protecting Red Sea shipping. The airstrikes were a response to Houthi drone attacks on ships, including the destroyer Diamond. While other countries like Germany, Denmark, and Canada backed the strikes, France preferred to maintain its diplomatic efforts, particularly in Lebanon, and continue its maritime security role without direct military action. The French government's stance reflects a desire to preserve its mediating role in the region and avoid being drawn into US-Iran polarisation. Spain and Italy also expressed reasons for not participating, with Italy requiring parliamentary debate and Spain focusing on a non-military approach.

T25 at 75 One and Done

05 Jan 2024  |  fremonttribune.com
Top one-and-done NBA prospects significantly influence their college teams' standings in the AP Top 25, with around 70% of such players since 2006 contributing to teams in the top 10 of the poll. Notable examples include Zion Williamson from Duke in 2019, Anthony Davis from Kentucky in 2012, and Derrick Rose from Memphis in 2008. The AP is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball poll, highlighting the sustained success of teams with one-and-done players.

T25 at 75 One and Done

05 Jan 2024  |  lacrossetribune.com
Top one-and-done NBA prospects have significantly influenced their college teams' standings in the AP Top 25, with around 70% of such players since 2006 contributing to their teams reaching the top 10 in the poll. Notable examples include Zion Williamson from Duke in 2019, Anthony Davis from Kentucky in 2012, and Derrick Rose from Memphis in 2008. The AP is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball poll, highlighting the sustained success of teams featuring one-and-done players.

T25 at 75 One and Done

05 Jan 2024  |  cumberlink.com
Top one-and-done NBA prospects significantly influence their college teams' standings in the AP Top 25, with around 70% of such players since 2006 contributing to teams that reached the top 10. Notable examples include Zion Williamson from Duke in 2019, Anthony Davis from Kentucky in 2012, and Derrick Rose from Memphis in 2008. The AP is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball poll, highlighting the sustained success of teams with one-and-done players.

T25 at 75 One and Done

05 Jan 2024  |  scnow.com
Top one-and-done NBA prospects significantly influence their college teams' standings in the AP Top 25, with around 70% of such lottery picks since 2006 playing for teams in the top 10. Notable players include Zion Williamson from Duke, Anthony Davis from Kentucky, and Derrick Rose from Memphis. The AP is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball poll, highlighting the sustained high rankings of teams with one-and-done players.

T25 at 75 One and Done

05 Jan 2024  |  mcdowellnews.com
Top one-and-done NBA prospects significantly influence their college teams' standings in the AP Top 25, with around 70% of such players since 2006 contributing to teams in the top 10. Notable examples include Zion Williamson from Duke in 2019, Anthony Davis from Kentucky in 2012, and Derrick Rose from Memphis in 2008. The AP is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball poll, highlighting the sustained success of teams with one-and-done players.

T25 at 75 One and Done

05 Jan 2024  |  nwitimes.com
Top one-and-done NBA prospects significantly influence their college team's AP Top 25 standings, with about 70% of one-and-done lottery picks since 2006 playing for top 10 teams. Notable players include Duke's Zion Williamson, Kentucky's Anthony Davis, and Memphis' Derrick Rose. The AP is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball poll, noting that teams with one-and-done players often remain highly ranked.

T25 at 75 One and Done

05 Jan 2024  |  herald-review.com
Top one-and-done NBA prospects significantly influence their college teams' standings in the AP Top 25, with about 70% of such players since 2006 contributing to teams that reached the top 10 in the poll. Notable players include Zion Williamson from Duke, Anthony Davis from Kentucky, and Derrick Rose from Memphis. The AP is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball poll, highlighting the sustained high rankings of teams with one-and-done players.

T25 at 75: One and Done

05 Jan 2024  |  Billings Gazette
Top one-and-done NBA prospects significantly influence their college teams' standings in the AP Top 25, with around 70% of such players since 2006 contributing to teams in the top 10 of the poll. Notable one-and-done stars include Zion Williamson from Duke in 2019, Anthony Davis from Kentucky in 2012, and Derrick Rose from Memphis in 2008. The AP is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball poll, highlighting the sustained high rankings of teams with one-and-done players.

T25 at 75 One and Done

05 Jan 2024  |  The Independent Record
Top one-and-done NBA prospects significantly influence their college team's AP Top 25 standing, with approximately 70% of one-and-done lottery picks since 2006 playing for teams in the top 10 of the poll. Notable players include Duke's Zion Williamson, Kentucky's Anthony Davis, and Memphis' Derrick Rose. The AP is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball poll, highlighting the consistent high rankings of teams with one-and-done players.

T25 at 75 One and Done

05 Jan 2024  |  Longview Daily News
Top one-and-done NBA prospects significantly influence their college team's AP Top 25 standing, with around 70% of one-and-done lottery picks since 2006 playing for top 10 teams. Notable players include Duke's Zion Williamson, Kentucky's Anthony Davis, and Memphis' Derrick Rose. The AP is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its men's basketball poll, highlighting the consistent high rankings of teams with one-and-done players.

‘Dramatic spread’ of woodpeckers in Ireland causes electricity blackouts

24 Dec 2023  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Great spotted woodpeckers, a non-native bird species, have been causing blackouts in Ireland by damaging electricity poles with their drumming, which is a territorial signal. ESB Networks, the state-owned electricity operator, has had to replace the damaged poles, leading to scheduled power outages. The species, which was once extinct in Ireland, has seen a resurgence over the past 20 years, particularly in the counties of Leinster, Kerry, and Mayo. ESB Networks has acknowledged the inconvenience to customers and has carried out substantial upgrade work to address the issue.

‘Dramatic spread’ of woodpeckers in Ireland causes electricity blackouts

24 Dec 2023  |  news.yahoo.com
Great spotted woodpeckers, a non-native bird species, have been causing blackouts in Ireland by damaging electricity poles with their drumming, which is a territorial signal. ESB Networks, the state-owned electricity operator, has had to replace the damaged poles, leading to scheduled power outages. The woodpeckers, which were once extinct in Ireland, have reappeared over the past 20 years, migrating from Scandinavia due to food shortages. They are now particularly prevalent in the counties of Leinster, Kerry, and Mayo. ESB Networks has acknowledged the inconvenience to customers and has carried out substantial network upgrades, including pole replacements.

Prague university shooting: Gunman named as David Kozak, suspected of killing father and baby girl last week

22 Dec 2023  |  www.independent.ie
Czech authorities have identified the gunman in the Prague university shooting as David Kozak, who is also suspected of killing his father and a baby girl last week. The incident resulted in at least 14 deaths, including foreign nationals, and caused widespread panic among students. Authorities warn that the death toll could rise as investigations continue.

Sir Keir Starmer joins ranks of political leaders in military fatigues

21 Dec 2023  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses various political leaders, including Sir Keir Starmer, Margaret Thatcher, Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak, and others, who have donned military attire for strategic purposes. It highlights how these appearances have been used to bolster political images, with varying degrees of success. The narrative includes historical and contemporary examples, emphasizing the symbolic power of military fashion in politics.

France refused to support British and US airstrikes on Houthis

15 Dec 2023  |  www.aol.com
France declined to support US and UK airstrikes on the Houthis, emphasizing its diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions between Hezbollah and Israel. While several countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, backed the strikes, France, Italy, and Spain refrained from military involvement. France's stance aims to maintain its role as a mediator in the region, avoiding entanglement in US-Iran conflicts. The French government condemned the Houthi attacks but chose to focus on maritime security and diplomatic measures. Italy and Spain also cited legal and procedural reasons for their non-participation, with Spain distancing itself from Washington's approach.

Strained relations between Scholz and Macron threaten to derail EU action against Houthis

30 Oct 2023  |  www.aol.com
Tensions between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron are threatening EU efforts to address the Houthi threat in the Red Sea. Disagreements over military aid to Ukraine, energy subsidies, and defense policy have strained their relationship. The EU is under pressure to respond to the Iran-backed Houthis' threat to commercial shipping, with Germany pushing for an expansion of the French-led anti-piracy mission. France, however, remains cautious, aiming to maintain relations with Iran. The EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borell, is proposing a new mission in the Red Sea, with discussions set to continue in Brussels.

Ukraine’s fresh existential threat – from the polling booths of the European Parliament elections

10 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
Ukraine faces a new existential threat from the rise of far-right parties in Europe, which are poised to perform strongly in the upcoming European Parliament elections. These parties, which have gained significant traction in countries like Hungary, Italy, and Austria, largely oppose continued European support for Ukraine and some advocate for appeasing Russia. Key figures such as Viktor Orban and Donald Trump have expressed opposition to aiding Ukraine, raising concerns about the future of European and American support. The potential shift in European politics could significantly impact Ukraine's ability to defend itself against Russian aggression.

‘Beginning of the end’ for EU as we know it after surge in hard-Right support

07 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
Polls predict that hard-Right parties led by figures like Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, Giorgia Meloni, and Viktor Orban will dominate the next European Parliament elections, challenging the EU's current centralized form. Nationalist parties from various EU countries are expected to gain significant seats, potentially altering EU legislation. The rise of Eurosceptic and hard-Right parties is seen as a response to perceived overreach by Brussels, with leaders advocating for national sovereignty and conservative values. The article highlights the potential impact on EU policies and the need for Brussels to address social issues to counter populist gains.

‘Beginning of the end’ for EU as we know it after surge in hard-Right support

07 Oct 2023  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Polls predict that hard-Right parties led by figures like Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, Giorgia Meloni, and Viktor Orban will dominate the next European Parliament elections, challenging the EU's current centralized form. Nationalist parties from various EU countries are expected to gain significant seats, potentially altering EU legislation and policies. The rise of these parties reflects growing Euroscepticism and dissatisfaction with Brussels' overreach. Key political figures express concerns about the EU's future, emphasizing the need for change to address social issues and prevent further populist victories.

‘Beginning of the end’ for EU as we know it after surge in hard-Right support

07 Oct 2023  |  www.aol.com
Polls predict that hard-Right parties led by figures like Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, Giorgia Meloni, and Viktor Orban will dominate the European Parliament elections next year. These parties are expected to be the largest in several EU countries, challenging Brussels' influence and advocating for national sovereignty. The rise of Eurosceptic and nationalist parties could significantly impact EU legislation and governance. Key political figures express both support and concern over this shift, highlighting the potential for a more inward-looking Europe and the need for the EU to address social issues to counter populist momentum.

Prague gunman David Kozak suspected of killing father and baby girl last week

05 Oct 2023  |  www.sundayworld.com
David Kozak, a 24-year-old history student, opened fire at Charles University in Prague, killing at least 14 people and injuring over 20. The incident, one of the Czech Republic's worst mass shootings, occurred after Kozak allegedly killed his father and is suspected of killing a man and his baby daughter. The attack ended when Kozak reportedly shot himself. Authorities are investigating the motive, and the Czech government has pledged to tighten campus security. The event has shocked the nation, highlighting the emerging issue of individual shooters in the country.

Swiss cocaine so cheap and widely used they’re considering legalising it

05 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
Switzerland's capital, Bern, is considering a pilot scheme to legalize cocaine for recreational use, citing the failure of the war on drugs. The country has seen a significant drop in cocaine prices and an increase in purity, leading to higher usage rates. The proposal, supported by Bern's parliament, aims to control and legalize the drug to curb the criminal market. However, it faces political hurdles and opposition due to the potential dangers of cocaine, which is highly addictive and linked to severe health risks.

Banned Russian broadcaster boosts UAE presence in attempt to exonerate Putin

05 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
RT, a Kremlin-controlled broadcaster banned in the UK, EU, and US, has increased its presence in the UAE and other neutral countries to rehabilitate Vladimir Putin's image amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. The channel has launched advertising campaigns across the Middle East, Africa, and India, promoting narratives that support Putin and criticize the West. RT's efforts include a campaign in India demanding the return of the Koh-i-Noor diamond and extensive advertising in Dubai. Western sanctions have pushed Russia to rely on trade with neutral countries, and RT's propaganda aims to strengthen these alliances. Critics, including UK officials, accuse Russia of using propaganda to sow division and distract from its actions in Ukraine.

Prague university gunman killed father before shooting 14 dead

05 Oct 2023  |  www.aol.com
A 24-year-old student named David Kozak killed at least 14 people and injured 25 others at Charles University in Prague, after murdering his father. The attack, which ended with the gunman being 'eliminated' by police, is the worst mass shooting in Europe since the 2015 Paris attacks. Authorities are investigating Kozak's motives, including potential inspirations from other shootings. The Czech government has declared a national day of mourning, and security measures at the university are being tightened. Key figures such as Czech President Petr Pavel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have expressed their condolences.

Hotel room shampoo bottles to be banned in Northern Ireland but not in the rest of the UK

05 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
New EU packaging waste laws will ban hotel room shampoo bottles in Northern Ireland but not in the rest of the UK, due to the Windsor Framework. This has sparked criticism from politicians and industry groups who argue it imposes foreign laws on Northern Ireland and creates disadvantages for its hospitality sector. Environmental campaigners urge the UK to adopt similar waste reduction targets. The DUP and other political figures express concerns over Northern Ireland's legislative autonomy under the Brexit deal, while the UK Government maintains mechanisms like the 'Stormont brake' to address such issues.

Swiss cocaine so cheap and widely used they’re considering legalising it

05 Oct 2023  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Switzerland's capital, Bern, is considering a pilot scheme to legalize cocaine for recreational use, citing the failure of the 'war on drugs.' The proposal, supported by Bern's parliament, aims to address the high levels of cocaine use and falling prices in the country. The scheme would require changes to national law and faces political hurdles, particularly from the right-leaning canton government. Proponents argue that legalizing and controlling the drug could be more effective than repression, while opponents highlight the severe health risks associated with cocaine use.

Prague gunman David Kozak shared mass shooting fantasies online

01 Oct 2023  |  www.aol.co.uk
David Kozak, a 24-year-old student from Prague, shared his fantasies of mass shootings on Telegram before carrying out a deadly attack. He praised other shooters and expressed a desire to kill, ultimately murdering his father and several others before taking his own life. Czech authorities ruled out links to international terror organizations. Kozak's online posts, which were made public just before the attack, have since been taken down.

The hard-Right is notching up notable election results in Europe, but instead of aiming for more ‘Brexits’, its strategy is to change the EU

29 Oct 2018  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses the recent electoral successes of hard-Right parties across Europe. Rather than seeking to emulate the UK's Brexit, these parties are now focusing on a strategy to reform or change the European Union from within. The article analyzes this shift in strategy and its potential implications for the future of the EU. It may also touch on the reasons behind the rise of the hard-Right in Europe and the response of traditional political parties and institutions to this trend.

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