German MPs to probe military’s use of ‘experts’ Dec 13, 2018 0 311 12345 BERLIN: Opposition German lawmakers will launch a parliamentary probe into hundreds of millions of euros of contracts awarded by the military to outside consultants, an issue that has sparked a political firestorm in Germany.Wednesday’s move ratchets up pressure on Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Opposition lawmakers agreed to convene a special committee to investigate possible misconduct over the use of outside consultants after failing to get sufficient answers from the defence ministry. (Reuters) Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Climate talks work on fair way to phase out coal use: Canada Dec 13, 2018 0 665 Former Trump lawyer Cohen gets three years in prison Dec 13, 2018 0 739 France hunts gunman after three killed at Strasbourg market Dec 13, 2018 0 620 UK’s May faces party no-trust vote, warns Brexit is at stake Reuters LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to win a vote of no confidence triggered by angry Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party on Wednesday, saying her ouster would jeopardise Britain’s divorce from the .. Germany in push to speed up ‘green’ power grid FRANKFURT: Germany’s cabinet backed plans on Wednesday to increase compensation paid to land owners affected by the construction of new electricity grids needed to carry green power produced in the remote north to .. France puts forward food price rise plan PARIS: Weighing up pressure from both France’s powerful farmers and violent “yellow vest” protests, the government on Wednesday put forward a schedule for next year’s postponed rise in minimum food prices and curbs on .. Swedish crisis deepens as oppn gets budget passed Reuters STOCKHOLM Sweden’s political crisis deepened on Wednesday as parliament rejected the caretaker government’s budget in favour of a tax-cutting one from the opposition. The vote is a blow for acting Prime .. Poland’s govt wins vote of confidence WARSAW: Poland’s government of the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party won a vote of confidence in the lower house of parliament on Wednesday. A total of 231 MPs voted in favour of the government, 181 were against and .. Top French court rejects ruling in migrants case Paris: A top French appeals court on Wednesday overturned the suspended prison terms handed to two activists for helping migrants who entered the country illegally. It was the first such ruling since the Constitutional .. Spanish PM hardens Catalonia stance with eye on election Reuters MADRID Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Wednesday he would stand firm against what he called “inflammatory” Catalan separatist rhetoric, hardening his stance towards the region and upping the .. New Mexican govt ‘great’ on immigration: US WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday praised the new government of Mexico on immigration issues and said the two sides have discussed the importance of stemming the flow of undocumented migrants ..