Category Archives: United Kingdom

Scotland | Scottish Parliament welcomes founder of Ukrainian neonazi party

by Conrad Landin

SCOTTISH politicians gave a round of applause to the founder of a Ukrainian neonazi party today, prompting calls for a review of parliamentary vetting processes.

Andriy Parubiy, who co-founded the neonazi Social-National Party of Ukraine (SNPU) in 1991, was welcomed to Holyrood in his role as chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament.

Scotland | Far-right ‘fascist’ politician welcomed into Holyrood as guest of honour

by Andy Philip
Andriy Parubiy was at the Scottish Parliament during First Minister’s Questions yesterday, a regular spot for visiting foreign dignitaries.

MSPs were invited to applaud a Ukrainian politician who founded a “fascist” far-right party.

A dramatic break at the G7 summit

Donald Trump has called for Russia to be readmitted to the G7 club of world leaders, opening up a new rift with Europe at the start of an acrimonious summit in Québec.

UK | NATO increases military presence in Black Sea region

On May 1 the ships of the 2nd permanent naval group of NATO entered the Black Sea.
The flagship of the group is the British missile destroyer HMS Duncan (D37). In addition, the group includes the frigates of the Spanish Navy SPS Victoria (F82), the Turkish Navy TCG Gemlik (F492), the German Navy FGS Bayern (F217), and several smaller ships.
In the Black Sea, new members joined the group – the Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand and the Bulgarian BGS Drazki.

UK | Six things we learnt from the Syrian airstrike

by John Rees

John Rees on the immediate conclusions we can draw from the US led airstrike on Syria

1 Trump wanted an immediate and much more widespread bombing of Syria. Secretary of State James ‘mad dog’ Mattis had to ‘walk Trump back’ to a more limited attack, according to the BBC. But we should be clear that this will not always be possible. Nor will the US foreign policy establishment always want the more limited option. Indeed, even now, more extensive bombing may still happen as the divisions within the White House continue.