The US has been accused of “behaving like a tax haven”, in an escalating war of words between Washington and Brussels over the European commission’s anti-trust cases against Apple, Amazon and Starbucks.
American reaction to Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union was divided sharply along party lines on Friday.
HSBC has criticised the US secretary of state, John Kerry, for asking European banks to do more business with Iran while Washington continues to restrict American financial firms from doing the same.
A US official handed out a pass marked “White House Press Pool”. A US official guided the press into the Locarno Room. A 7ft 6in lantern-jawed CIA operative with thin, ice-blue eyes hovered by the lecterns. There is some corner of the Foreign Office that is, if not forever, at least temporarily, American.
John Cusack, the actor, writer and – increasingly – political pundit, has said Barack Obama is “as bad or worse” than George W Bush when it comes to issues such as the NSA, freedom of the press, civil liberties and drone strikes.
Ed Miliband used a meeting with the US president, Barack Obama, on Monday to discuss the foreign crises engulfing the world and portray himself – to the British electorate as much as his hosts – as a prime minister-in-waiting.