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EU cracks show after Merkel’s tough Huawei stance snubbed: ‘Working more with China!’

Earlier this year, the German Bundesrat passed the IT-Security Law to gain greater control for cybersecurity in a blow to Chinese firm Huawei. It requires telecoms operators to notify the German government if they sign contracts for critical 5G components and gives them powers to block those proposals. Berlin became the last of the big EU economies to regulate the 5G sector over fears of alienating Beijing and its handling of 5G.

The German approach to Huawei largely followed the guidelines the EU laid out in its Toolbox and risk assessment report for cybersecurity of 5G networks which was designed to mitigate potential risks in the European 5G rollout.

And while most EU countries are following guidelines, not all of them appear to be falling in line.

French President Emmanuel Macron last year gave greater control to his cybersecurity agency ANSSI to block 5G contracts between operators and Huawei. 

But France’s major telecom operator, Orange, has announced that it will continue to cooperate with Huawei in Africa’s 5G rollout.

CEO Stephane Richard said: “We’re working more and more with Chinese vendors in Africa.

“They’ve invested in Africa while the European vendors have been hesitating.”

Orange says it will avoid using equipment from Chinese vendors including Huawei when developing Europe’s 5G networks, opting for suppliers such as Ericsson and Nokia instead.

Other countries have taken an even softer approach.

Spain has been cautious not to explicitly ban Huawei, as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is said to be “a strong advocate of Chinese technology companies opening projects and investments”.

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Instead, it took a “neutral and independent” approach that is relying on bureaucratic procedures rather than political evaluations.

The decision whether or not to allow the Chinese company to enter the 5G market will depend solely on the level of risk assessed by experts.

The Spanish government will also draft a list of “safe” mobile technology suppliers for the future local 5G mobile network, to avoid issuing an explicit ban against Chinese giant Huawei.

Despite this, Telefonica Spain is reported to have selected Nokia and Ericsson for its standalone (SA) 5G network.

Other countries are even more hesitant to pass laws that would keep Huawei at bay, including Portugal, Luxembourg, and Austria.

Earlier this month, A1 Telekom Austria Group said it was open to considering Chinese vendors such as Huawei for upcoming 5G networks in several countries.

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A1 Telekom Austria Group’s parent company, America Movil, called Huawei an “excellent telecoms equipment provider” last year.

Telekom Austria has 25 million customers across Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Belarus, Slovenia, the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The UK decided to limit Huawei’s position within the nation’s 5G networks in January 2020, citing fears over national security.

However, by July, it had increased these measures to a full phase-out of Huawei equipment by 2027. 

Huawei, which has its European headquarters in Germany, has received EU innovation funding on multiple occasions, which has sparked criticism in the European Parliament. 

The core issue with Huawei has been concerning its links with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used for spying, a claim which the company has refuted numerous times.

It’s the reason why, in 2012, the US banned companies from using Huawei networking equipment and why the company was added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List in May 2019.

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Manchester United stance on Harry Kane swap deal with Tottenham – EXCLUSIVE

Manchester United aren’t planning a swap deal with Tottenham in order to sign Harry Kane, Express Sport understands. The England international has been linked with a move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ahead of the Euro 2020 final with Italy. But the Red Devils are focusing on other targets instead.

Kane wants to leave Tottenham.

The 27-year-old has grown tired of the north London giants’ failure to win trophies, with the striker yet to win any silverware throughout his career so far.

That could end on Sunday if England beat Italy to win Euro 2020 but, regardless, Kane feels the time is right to try his luck elsewhere.

Over the past 24 hours, a move to United has been talked up. Despite the Red Devils landing Jadon Sancho, they know they can’t rely on a 34-year-old Edinson Cavani for the long term.

With Kane one of the best strikers in world football, Solskjaer’s side could certainly be forgiven for targeting the Spurs marksman.

Yet Express Sport has been told that claims United are readying a swap deal are ‘nonsense’.

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Instead, the Red Devils are prioritising the arrival of a new centre-back and central midfielder as they target Premier League title glory next time out.

At the back, Raphael Varane is being eyed.

United are making good progress on a deal for the France international, who is ready to leave Real Madrid after a decade of glittering service over in sunny Spain.

Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt but, having signed Sergio Ramos on a free transfer from Los Blancos, are now poised to look at other areas of their squad instead.

United have long admired Varane, with interest dating back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge.

And there’s a confidence over at Old Trafford the player will sign on the dotted line, a decade after he first turned them down.


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In midfield, United are targeting a deal for Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga.

While some concerns exist over the talented 18-year-old, such as his maturity and lack of Premier League football, he’s very much their chosen target at the current moment in time.

West Ham star Declan Rice is also of interest but there’s a realisation the Hammers won’t let him leave on the cheap, with a fee of £100million previously mooted.

And whether United can add more players to their roster is something only time will tell, with Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton already snapped up.

Meanwhile, Kane has spoken about what playing in the final of Euro 2020 will mean to him – and also opened up on potentially matching Sir Bobby Moore by lifting a major trophy.

“Whenever your name is mentioned in the same company as players like that, it only gives you motivation, gives you confidence,” said Kane.

“It will be an incredible achievement, we’ve all waited so long as players and the public as people to see us in the final. These are the opportunities to grab with both hands.

“We have an amazing chance to win our second major trophy as a country. The players we’ve had over the years and produced, we feel proud to be representing them as well.

“We’ve got to be excited for it, we’ve got to enjoy it. We’re all winners here, we all want to win. And we’re going to need every bit of that to get the job done on Sunday.”

Kane also admitted it would be the biggest match of his career so far.

“It’s the biggest game in my career so far,” added the Tottenham star.

“Probably the biggest game of all our careers.

“Doing something special with England would probably surpass anything at club level just because of the magnitude, the long wait for a final, the long wait to win a trophy.

“At the moment, it doesn’t feel too different.

“We’ve come back to camp, pretty much in the same routine we have been for the last few games. A bit of nerves, a bit of excitement. As the game gets closer, you’re more focused.”

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'Grave Sin!' Bishops move to punish Biden for pro-abortion stance with Church ban

The former Delaware Senator is only the second Catholic to be elected US President, after John F Kennedy. He regularly attends Church services, where the ritual of the Holy Communion (Eucharist) is performed. The act commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples and is the most important ritual in the Catholic Christian faith.

However, conservative bishops are reportedly angry that Mr Biden supports the right of women to have abortions.

On Thursday, prelates debated at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) a motion that called for a teaching document on politicians who support abortion.

This could potentially bar the US President from receiving the Eucharist.

Bishops voted overwhelmingly to adopt the motion, by a majority of 168 to 55, with 6 abstentions.

The decision to put the motion to the conference has divided the US Catholic community.

Marianne Duddy-Burke, the executive director of Dignity USA which supports LGBTQ Catholics, accused bishops of behaving “in a brazenly partisan manner”.

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In proposing the motion, he said: “We weren’t targeting particular individuals or limited to one issue, but I think we need to accept the [Church’s] discipline that those who obstinately persist in grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

The document will now be drafted by the doctrine committee of US bishops and will be debated again at the next bi-annual US Catholic Bishops Conference in November.

When asked about the bishops’ decision, the US President replied: “That’s a private matter and I don’t think that’s gonna happen.”

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Maureen Lipman 'quits union Equity' over stance on Palestine conflict: 'How dare they'

Coronation Street star Dame Maureen Lipman, 75, has reportedly resigned from the actors union Equity, following claims the organisation urged members to join a pro-Palestine march. Maureen, who plays Evelyn Plummer in the long-running ITV soap, stated that she “didn’t join a political union” and condemned them for trying to “incite a mob”.
As reported by The Daily Telegraph, the actress also plans on asking for her membership fee of £1,000 to be given back so that she can give it to those in need “on both sides”.

“I’m going to resign and I’m also going to ask for my £1000 a year membership fees to be given back to me, and I’m going to send it a charity for the victims on both sides,” she told the publication.

“I didn’t join a political union. I joined a union to protect its members.”

She added: “You don’t dictate to artists what they believe in, and don’t incite them to join a mob.”

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“How dare they demand sanctions?

“Where is Maureen Beattie on the Uyghurs, Rohingyas, the Sudanese, the Yemenites?”

The actress, who has been apart of the union for 54 years, isn’t the only one to have opposed Equity’s stance on the conflict.

Comedian Dom Joly and former Eastenders actress Tracy-Ann Oberman have also criticised the organisation.

Equity released a statement to Express.co.uk, saying: “Equity is saddened to hear that Dame Maureen Lipman has resigned membership of our union. We have not yet had direct contact from her, but we will be endeavouring to listen to and understand her concerns privately as soon as she is able.

“Any instance of antisemitism must be rooted out and condemned, including the abhorrent abuse that has been directed towards members of the Jewish community in the past couple of weeks, as well as the small minority of hateful banners and rhetoric present on recent and otherwise peaceful Palestinian solidarity marches.”

They continued: “Equity stands in solidarity with the Jewish community and the fight against antisemitism, and is having ongoing conversations with our Jewish members and their allies on how we can continue to do so. The union has a long and proud history of standing up for peace and justice around the world.”

It comes after the union issued a statement last Thursday, encouraging members to join the “Covid-safe protest organised by Trade Unions for Palestine” over the weekend.

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It read: “Equity has a long, and proud history of standing up for peace and justice around the world – including in Palestine.

“Violence directed against ordinary working people in both Israel and Palestine is appalling, and it is to be condemned by our movement.

“The disproportionate actions of the current Israeli government over the past few weeks, both in the policing of Jerusalem and toward Gaza, are particularly horrifying.”

They concluded: “We stand in solidarity with Palestinians taking industrial action, and workers around the world taking action in support of them.”

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Tottenham chief Daniel Levy sets stance on Nuno becoming next Spurs boss after Wolves exit

Tottenham will not pursue Nuno Espirito Santo although the Portuguese coach will leave Wolves at the end of the season. It was confirmed on Monday that the manager’s four-year Molineux stint will end after this weekend once Wolves conclude their Premier League campaign against Manchester United.
And the 47-year-old former Porto boss, who only signed a contract extension with Wolves to stay until 2023 back in September, has immediately been linked to Spurs.

The north London outfit are yet to name their permanent successor to Jose Mourinho who was sacked in April before the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City.

Ryan Mason has been the temporary stand-in for Nuno’s countryman since then but the 29-year-old is not expected to get the job permanently.

Brighton’s Graham Potter and Erik ten Hag at Ajax, who recently signed a new deal of his own, are among the exciting attack-minded coaches on Spurs’ radar.

Julian Nagelsmann had been a high-profile target but the young German has confirmed he is leaving RB Leipzig to take over at Bayern Munich once this season ends.

Yet while Nuno has now become available and would be a hassle-free appointment, he is not in Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s sights, per reports.

Football.london say the Wolves manager has never been looked at by the Londoners and that even though they are still yet to name Mourinho’s replacement, Nuno is still not in contention.

Nuno has been in charge of Wolves since 2017 and enjoyed huge success in the Midlands, taking them to the Championship title in 2017-18.

Named the LMA Manager of the Year that same season, Nuno went on to take Wolves to back-to-back seventh-placed finishes in England’s top flight.

The club are 12th going into Sunday’s 4pm clash with United but cannot finish any higher with rivals Aston Villa seven points ahead of them in 11th.

Under Nuno, Wolves also got to the quarter-final stage of the Europa League last season before losing to eventual winners Sevilla.
In a statement, Nuno said of his imminent Molineux exit: “Since the first day we arrived at Compton, our ambition was to make a positive change and push this football club forward, and I am proud to say that we did that every single day.

“We achieved our goals, we did it with passion and we did it together.”
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“We shall focus on the recruitment of a new head coach,” Levy said in a statement.

“We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great club and return to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our academy alongside experienced talent.”

Brighton boss Potter meanwhile says he has paid no attention to the speculation linking him with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium job.

“I don’t pay too much attention to things that are outside of my control, things that get written, or speculation,” he said.

“I am focused on this job, trying to finish the season off as strongly as we can. I am excited by the team, I am excited by the club, so I just focus on that.

“It [the Tottenham job] is nothing I have considered. I have got a contract here. I am committed to this, we’ve got a lot to do, we’re just at the start of what we’re doing.”

Seventh-placed Spurs end their season against Leicester against Brendan Rodgers, another coach admired by Levy, at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. 

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Roger Federer confirms French Open stance after surprise Geneva Open defeat

“I know I will not win the French Open.

“I’m not so sure in the last 50 years in Paris somebody rocked up at 40 years old, being out for a year and a half, and wins everything straight or in five sets.”

Federer went on to admit his frustrations at not being able to progress further in Geneva, but feels better physically on his road to full fitness.

He added: “I was expecting better from myself. I was not able to make a difference in key moments.

“I am disappointed for the organisers who were really happy to see me here.

“The good thing is that I can play tennis again. I feel better physically than Doha. I just have to accept this loss.”

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Solskjaer’s defiant Pogba transfer stance made clear in four words

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his stance clear on a possible Paul Pogba transfer this summer by declaring “I enjoy managing him”.

Manchester United could have a decision to make if they are unable to persuade Pogba to sign a contract extension in the coming months, with his current deal due to enter its final year.

Failure to do so would likely force the club’s hand into selling the Frenchman, but Solskjaer has remained confident United can tie Pogba down for the long-term.

It was only back in December that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed his client’s time in Manchester was over and he needed a “change of air”.

But since then Pogba’s form has vastly improved and he seems a lot happier at Old Trafford, where Solskjaer appears to have little intentions of letting him go.

“No, of course not,” said Solskjaer when asked if he would cash-in on Pogba in the summer., as reports AS. “I have always said with Paul that I enjoy managing him, I enjoy coaching him, I enjoy talking to him and I also enjoy challenging him because he is a winner.

“He wants to be better and that’s why he listens. You can see he’s enjoying himself here as well. He has a smile on his face.”

Real Madrid and Juventus continue to be linked with Pogba’s signature but neither club appears to be in any position financially to launch a bid.

Moreover, Pogba himself has stressed in recent months he is committed to United’s cause, and with the team performing well again, may now be more inclined to stay put.

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He is thought to be settled in the area with his family, and certainly seems to have a great relationship with his manager, as Solskjaer was keen to point out further.

“It’s important we treat each other with respect and I try to treat everyone with the same amount of respect,” the United boss added.

“But there are some players you have known since they were young lads and that’s the case with Paul: the longer you have known them the easier it is to have a bond with them.”

United can go some way to satisfying Pogba’s ambition on Thursday by reaching the Europa League final. They have a 6-2 lead over Roma heading into the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico.

The club will now have to reschedule their Premier League fixture with Liverpool however, which was due to be played on Sunday, until mass fan protests outside Old Trafford forced officials into postponing the game.

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Gary Lineker's cold response to Man Utd fans' Glazers stance amid ownership row

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Gary Lineker issued a cold response to a Manchester United fan’s claim that he wanted to see the Glazers out, regardless of the impact it would have on the club.

The ownership of the Premier League’s top clubs has been a hot topic for debate following the botched Super League breakaway attempt.

The fans of several of the six English sides involved have protested against their current owners.

Arsenal and Manchester United are the main two which continue to rumble on, with mass protests taking place outside the Emirates Stadium last Friday.

Spotify co-founder and billionaire Daniel Ek has sparked talk of a huge takeover in north London.

Ole Gunnar Solskjr takes a selfie with Avram Glazer (R) owner of Manchester United during the training session before the second leg Champions League match of Quarter final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United in Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona 15 of April of 2019, Spain.
Manchester United has been owned by the Glazers since 2005

But former Spurs striker and Match of the Day host Lineker raised a good point about replacing one mega-rich businessman with another.

“This is a big part of the problem,” Lineker put on Twitter, referencing talk of Ek’s alleged takeover.

“Fans want these billionaires to buy their clubs….just hoping for better billionaires than the ones they already have.”

This led to a United fan to respond that they want to see the Glazers leave, regardless of the financial situation the club would be left in.

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Gary Lineker has once again retorted to a fan with his views on the current issues in football

And Lineker coldly shot them down, replying: “Excellent, fully admire your stance.

“When the club can’t afford top players and gradually slide into mid-table mediocrity or worse, I hope you continue to feel the same way.”

According to the Telegraph, Ek is still keen to push on with his takeover bid for Arsenal, despite being told by the club’s current owners that the club is not for sale.

Daniel Ek, CEO of Swedish music streaming service Spotify, gestures as he makes a speech at a press conference in Tokyo on September 29, 2016.
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Current owner Stan Kroenke attempted to ward off any interest from Spotify co-founder Ek with a statement renewing their intentions to carry the club forward.

The statement said: “In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club.

“We remain 100% committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the Club. We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.

“Our ambition for Arsenal remains to compete to win the biggest trophies in the game and our focus remains on improving our competitiveness on the pitch to achieve this.

Liverpool maintain Mohamed Salah transfer stance as Kylian Mbappe priority comes to light

Liverpool are reportedly confident Mohamed Salah will stay at the club ahead of the summer transfer window, amid speculation linking the Egyptian star with a move to Real Madrid. Meanwhile, there’s an update on Kylian Mbappe’s future, and Thomas Muller has suggested he could follow in Thiago Alcantara’s footsteps, as Express Sport brings you the latest transfer news on Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah stance

Liverpool remain convinced that Mohamed Salah won’t be leaving Anfield any time soon.

Salah has frequently been linked with interest from Real Madrid, and transfer speculation was ramped up earlier this season when former Egypt striker Mohamed Aboutrika claimed his compatriot was not happy at the club.

But the Premier League club are confident Salah will see out his contract, which expires in 2023 – and are optimistic he will stay longer, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

“Liverpool are convinced that they can keep Mohamed Salah,” Romano wrote in his column for Benchwarmers.

“Soon they will have to talk about his contract expiring in June 2023, but there is no problem with the club.”

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Mbappe priority amid Reds transfer talk

One player Liverpool have freuquently been linked with in recent times is PSG star Kylian Mbappe.

The 22-year-old World Cup winner has long been expected to join Real Madrid if and when he leaves the Parc des Princes.

But he has also spoken of his admiration for Liverpool – and the feeling is mutual, with Klopp a confirmed fan of the forward.

However, Mbappe has not held talks with the Reds, despite rumours to the contrary.

That’s again according to Romano, who said Mbappe’s current focus is on extending his Paris-Saint Germain contract, which is due to expire at the end of next season.


“Kylian Mbappe has not started any negotiations with Liverpool so far despite the rumours,” wrote Romanon in his Benchwarmers column.

“To date, the priority is to negotiate with Paris Saint-Germain for the renewal of his contract.”

Muller hints at following in Thiago’s footsteps

Thomas Muller has suggested he could follow in the footsteps of Thiago Alcantara, who joined Liverpool last summer.

Muller broke into Bayern Munich’s first team in 2008, and has become synonymous with Bundesliga giants’ success ever since.