February 28, 2001 |
European Union governments on Tuesday hailed their agreement on a pioneering plan to allow duty-free access to its markets for virtually all products from the world's poorest countries. "This is a global first," said a triumphant EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy after foreign ministers adopted his hard-won proposal after five months of debate.
February 23, 2001 |
Colin L. Powell leaves today for a whirlwind tour of the Middle East and Europe, but the tenor of his first overseas trip as secretary of State has been transformed as a result of the U.S.-British airstrike on Iraq last week. The secretary may well find that the honeymoon for the Bush administration on foreign policy is already over--at least when it comes to the Mideast, U.S. analysts and Mideast experts say.
February 4, 2001 |
On the Bush administration's maiden voyage into the choppy waters of transatlantic relations, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld put European allies on notice Saturday that the Pentagon will press ahead with a national missile defense despite their objections. Rumsfeld and a chorus of U.S.
December 26, 2000 |
When I first met Brett Ratner, he was basking in the success of having directed "Rush Hour," the Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan action comedy that was the surprise hit of 1998. Then 29, Ratner was living large. He'd been getting congratulatory calls from Jonathan Demme and Roman Polanski. Sony was wooing him to do "Charlie's Angels." Warren Beatty was having him over to his house. But despite all the attention, something was bugging the young director. The one movie Ratner wanted to make was the one no one would let him direct: "The Family Man," the new romantic drama starring Nicolas Cage that took in an estimated $12.8 million this past weekend.
December 18, 2000 |
European Commission chief Romano Prodi will lead a delegation to Washington today for a transatlantic summit with President Clinton that will zero in on issues ranging from a trade dispute about bananas to NATO's future. For the Europeans, the real focus might be on gatherings being lined up on the summit's sidelines with possible officials of the incoming Bush administration.
November 26, 2000 |
The U.N. conference on climate change collapsed in an embarrassing international fiasco after overnight parleys Saturday, as the United States and Western Europe twice failed to agree on the fine print of a plan for reducing polluting gases that are heating up the planet.
September 14, 2000 |
Backed by appeals from Pope John Paul II and the European Union, Italy has unleashed a barrage of e-mails and official protests against the scheduled execution tonight of an Italian American convicted of murder in Virginia. The apparently futile campaign on behalf of Derek Rocco Barnabei, which is to culminate here with a nationally televised vigil counting down what are expected to be the final four hours of his life, has rallied much of this nation in defense of an emigrant's grandson.
July 8, 2000 |
The United States has delayed, possibly until next week, a closely watched decision on rotating sanctions imposed on European Union products, officials said. Under a new law, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative must revise the list of European products affected by the sanctions every six months until the EU changes its beef and banana trade policies to comply with World Trade Organization rulings.
June 28, 2000 |
The United States has asked Germany and Britain for details of their proposed funding for the new Airbus super jumbo to see whether it complies with World Trade Organization rules, U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky said Tuesday. Barshefsky's comments come days after Airbus Industrie partners upped the pressure on U.S. rival Boeing Co., giving the European consortium a new, leaner corporate structure and the green light to sell the 555-seater A3XX.