Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:8AM
This picture shows the EU flag. (File)
This picture shows the EU flag. (File)

These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

 Ever Closer Union?

It is coming up to 60 years since the creation of the European Union, an historical project that was based on the desire to create peace and stability in the post second world war order. However, the development of this supranational entity has not been a smooth ride, and has neither been linear nor consistent, and many have questioned the uneven development of the EU. One of the most reliably academic views of this is the notion of widening versus deepening. The Deepening refers to the integration in terms of policy development and the creation of institutions, and the widening refers to the increased EU membership through enlargement.

Trump’s defeat

US President Donald Trump, in an embarrassing setback, failed to garner the support of the republican-led House of Representatives to support his health care plan. The republican president decided to pull the bill from the House floor. US House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed his disappointment at the collapse of the bill. Shortly after the bill's defeat, which was a clear result of discord among Republicans, Trump pointed the finger of blame on Democrats.

US killing machine

US wars rage on in other countries long after the 2001 and 2003 invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. The latest in daily airstrikes against the foreign countries targeted by Washington’s aerial campaign has reportedly killed an al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan. The Pentagon has identified the man as Qari Yasin, originally from Balochistan in Pakistan. The US aerial wars are being pushed by warplanes and drones. The notorious unmanned aircraft were ironically designed first for civilian purposes but they are now a potent weapon in America’s military arsenal. The United States says its airstrikes, which are carried out in Muslim countries, target militants from a range of terror groups.