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World Europe, bid au revoir to American tourists

04:30  01 july  2020
04:30  01 july  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Europeans say they want a ban on British tourists this summer because of the coronavirus

  Europeans say they want a ban on British tourists this summer because of the coronavirus A survey found that 61% of Spaniards want a ban on British tourists entering the country this summer.People in Spain, Germany, France, and Italy were more opposed to visits from British tourists than those from any other European country, reflecting the fact the UK has recorded the highest coronavirus death toll in Europe.

Watch CBSN Live. Tourists Say ' Au Revoir ' To Europe . From luxury hotels on the French Riviera to Viennese cafes and the double-decker buses of London, American tourists have deserted Europe en masse.

For many tourists , the little white tickets -- often purchased in a 'carnet' of 10 -- are inseparable from a visit to the city. They're frequently found years later tucked between the pages of a book, in the back of wallet or under a sofa. But they are also easy to lose, often end up littering the pavements, where they

The Canadians will be in Europe this summer, and the Thais and the Moroccans. You might bump into a Rwandan, and no doubt Aussie backpackers will give it a go. If Beijing reciprocates on border openings, Chinese travelers could be on their way, too.

a close up of a flag: European Flags in front of the European Commission Headquarters building in Brussels, Belgium, Europe © Shutterstock European Flags in front of the European Commission Headquarters building in Brussels, Belgium, Europe

But if you live in the European Union, you probably won't be running into American tourists. The bloc is expected to agree on Tuesday that Yanks will be barred from its member states as the US fights a Covid-19 resurgence.

The move will highlight the failed US effort to suppress the coronavirus pandemic: Charts of new confirmed coronavirus cases on each side of the Atlantic are moving in exactly the opposite direction. Europe's openings could still have the same painful effect that they did in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona. But European states generally imposed earlier, tighter lockdowns than in the US, and mask wearing is not the polarized issue it is here.

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Aims to Fly to 58 Destinations by August

  Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Aims to Fly to 58 Destinations by August Etihad Airways aims to operate at about 45% of its pre-coronavirus capacity by August as airlines across the world ramp up flights. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The Abu Dhabi state-owned carrier plans to fly to 58 destinations, subject to lifting of international restrictions, according to a statement.Thermometers in Hand, Dubai Opens for Tourists Amid PandemicDubai, the neighboring emirate of Abu Dhabi, has opened up for tourists for the first time in months on Tuesday.

The tourist buses have disappeared. The never-ending throngs that used to swarm outside the famous site are no more, and the lines of those waiting to be admitted are Tourism -related development and construction will get tax breaks, and Bertrand also intends to pour far more money into marketing.

For many tourists , the little white tickets — often purchased in a ‘carnet’ of 10 — are inseparable from a visit to the city. They’re frequently found years later tucked between the pages of a book, in the back of wallet or under a sofa. But they are also easy to lose, often end up littering the pavements, where they

If it comes, the EU ruling will be another personal embarrassment to President Donald Trump over his botched management of the pandemic. The President often explodes at perceived slights. But since he's pretty much ignoring the Covid-19 crisis in the US, he might let this one slide. Plus, as the White House has already pointed out, European entry into the US is already suspended.

No-shows by US tourists will hurt the shuttered European tourism industry. Millions bring their dollars across the Atlantic every year, drawn by the continent's history, cuisine and ambience. Italy, France, Germany and Spain welcome the most Americans, according to EU data. But until the two-way flow between the Old and New Worlds is restored, the murmur of admiring visitors in Europe's cathedrals and museums will be missing that certain je ne sais quoi of the overheard American twang.

EU reopening its borders, but not to Americans

  EU reopening its borders, but not to Americans While most of Europe has successfully reduced new cases of the coronavirus​, America's numbers continue to climb.In Greece, the modern economy depends on tourists, but people coming from the United States are deemed too high risk. There are simply too many new infections every day in America, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias told CBS News foreign correspondent Holly Williams.

For the EU, Banning American Tourists Is the Easy Part. It's the thorny challenges to reopening the Tourists and Parisians are once again able to admire the view from the Eiffel Tower, but only if they Still, the comfort of statistics belies the general knottiness of lifting travel restrictions in Europe , which

American politicsDemocracy in America . Charlemagne Au revoir , l’ Europe . What if France voted to leave the European Union? In Spain and Portugal and most of eastern Europe there was little appetite for destruction but scarce will to stem the bleeding.

See you next year, hopefully.

'Oh my God, don't make that phone call'

What has Trump learned of statecraft, after hundreds of "highly classified" phone calls and negotiations with foreign leaders? Not much, according to months of reporting for CNN by veteran Washington reporter Carl Bernstein, whose sources in government say there's little evidence that Trump has become more competent with practice. Rather, staffers say the President still refuses to read briefings before calls, boosts himself personally to strongmen like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and insults female leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel as "stupid" and weak.

Among the revelations: Erdogan's timing for calls was so perfect that some staffers wondered if he had access to Trump's personal schedule. And Trump's haranguing of Merkel was "so unusual" that special measures had to be taken in Berlin to ensure that the calls' specific contents remained secret, according to a German official. No wonder staffers grit their teeth when the President's fingers head for the phone.

Residents of Mexican town block Americans from entering

  Residents of Mexican town block Americans from entering Their informal border wall follows an upsure in Covid-19 cases in Arizona.Arizona has seen a major upsurge in infections and there were worries about intensified contagion during the July 4 weekend.

David Charter's book Au Revoir , Europe contests the fundamentals of mainstream centre-left European thinking. The last chapter tracks back from a hypothetical British application in 2023 to join NAFTA, the North American free trade agreement.

Up to 2.5 million French people now live abroad, and more are bidding “ au revoir ” each year. A French parliamentary commission of inquiry is due to publish its report on emigration on Tuesday, but Le Figaro reported yesterday that because of a political dispute among its members over the reasons for the

Spies who love the spotlight

For an intelligence service that is supposed to operate in the shadows, Russia's GRU seems to attract a lot of headlines. The GRU -- formally known as Main Directorate of the General Staff -- has long been accused by the West of orchestrating brazen and high-profile attacks, including the hacking of Democratic Party email accounts during the 2016 US presidential election and the 2018 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England.

Now the spy agency is again at the center of international attention, after reports that US intelligence concluded GRU operatives offered cash incentives to the Taliban to kill American and British troops in Afghanistan. But strangely, the alleged operation could potentially conflict with Russia's own stated goal to bring warring parties to the table in Afghanistan.

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Russia has cultivated contacts with the Taliban and other warring parties in Afghanistan as a way to influence outcomes in a region it considers its strategic backyard. "It's long been known that there were Russian contacts with the Taliban and at minimum some greasing of the relationship with benefits as a hedging technique," says Laurel Miller, program director for Asia with International Crisis Group.

16 banks launch pan-European payment

 16 banks launch pan-European payment © Ouest-France The objective of EPI is to standardize payment practices in Europe. Payments Europe wants to be independent of foreign solutions, in particular the American Visa or Mastercard. This requires the disappearance of current national systems. In project since 2018, EPI, the European payments initiative, was officially launched on July 2. Six French banks are participating: Société Générale, BNP, Crédit Mutuel, Crédit Agricole, Banque Postale and the BPCE group.

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As Europe ’s economies reel from the impact of the coronavirus, southern EU countries like Greece, Italy and Spain are desperate to entice back Still, many people both inside and outside Europe remain wary of travel in the coronavirus era, given the unpredictability of the pandemic and the

However, she added, an operation to put bounties on US troops would be far more provocative and a "different thing" from its typical behavior. "It conflicts with what Russian official policy is," she said. In other words, the alleged GRU operation targeting US and coalition troops could have blowback: potentially undermining US support for withdrawal, or perhaps prompting fresh sanctions on Russia.

Yet the agency has a reputation for brazenness -- and has operated seemingly opportunistically or independently of official policy before. Andrew Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, points out that the GRU does aggressively pursue operations that cause diplomatic fallout.

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Intelligence experts say the Salisbury poisoning -- which led to the investigative outlet Bellingcat unmasking the alleged GRU operatives through open-source research -- showed a pattern recklessness and overt brutality, rather than a secretive approach to spycraft. And that sent a message to the GRU's enemies.

"That was a pattern we've seen many times in Ukraine," Weiss said, referring to Russian intelligence activities there. "The Kremlin is hardly a well-oiled machine, but time and again, Putin -- either by denying blatant Russian misdeeds or throwing a safety blanket over his security establishment -- does little to improve Russia's international image." -- CNN's Nathan Hodge writes to Meanwhile from London

Merkel makes a fiery plea for Europe

 Merkel makes a fiery plea for Europe Chancellor Merkel insists on the preservation of fundamental rights in Europe. Freedom of speech, equality and religious diversity are central. To emphasize this is the focus of the German EU Council Presidency. © picture-alliance / AP Photo / F. Seco Provided by Deutsche Welle "Fundamental rights is the first thing that is close to my heart during the presidency of the Council", said the CDU politician in the EU Parliament in Brussels. They are the foundation on which Europe rests.

Trump says he was never briefed about the GRU's alleged bounty scheme. Asked about that by CNN's Jake Tapper, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded, "If they had this intelligence, they should have briefed the President. Why didn't they? Because they know it makes him very unhappy, and all roads for him lead to Putin" -- a phrase she's used before about Trump's Ukraine and Russian election interference scandals.

In fact, intelligence about the apparent plot did appear in one of Trump's daily briefs early this year, a US official with direct knowledge also told CNN on Monday -- and that it was considered serious enough that the National Security Council staff met to discuss "possible response options," including sanctions, if the intelligence developed.

'If I could build a wall around us...I would'

Trump's not the only US leader itching to build a wall. In light of a massive resurgence in coronavirus cases across the United States, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Monday that he wouldn't mind a wall just for his region. "We have lived through hell in this state to get to where we are," he said, referring to New Jersey's battle with Covid-19. "Frankly, I'd never thought I'd say these words, but if I could build a wall around us or around our region I would. But we can't, so we have to rely on personal responsibility and the right behavior, the common sense for the common good." Out-of-state visitors must now quarantine for 14 days after arriving in New Jersey.

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A majority of people polled across Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, and Portugal have lost trust in the US because of its disastrous handling of the coronavirus pandemic .
"Europeans' trust in Trump's America is gone," according to the poll. "Many of them have been appalled by the country's chaotic response to COVID-19."According to a poll released by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) last week, citizens of Denmark, Portugal, Poland, France, Germany, and Spain said that their view of the US had worsened during the pandemic. The poll, commissioned by the ECFR and conducted by YouGov, surveyed 11,000 citizens across nine European countries and discussed changing attitudes brought on by the coronavirus. The polling took place for several days in April and in early May, depending on the country.

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