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Observations of an Expat: Macronian Clouds on the Horizon

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms All Hail Macron! All Hail Macron! The new French President is the latest international political darling, man of the hour and flavour of—well at least a month.

Tim Farron’s Manifesto: Still, there’s always the church!

EPA photo   By Hazel Speed Liberal Democrats – what can be said about Tim Farron‘s Manifesto?

Merkel and Macron agree to draw up roadmap to deeper EU integration

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters   By Paul Carrel and Michel Rose German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on Monday to draw up a roadmap to deeper European Union integration and opened the door to changing the bloc’s treaties to facilitate ambitious reform.

Brexit, Barnier and Irish border issues

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed David Davis, Secretary for Exiting Europe, has voiced his concerns as to the proposed agenda (Phase 1), in respect of discussions between the EU and the UK regarding leaving Europe, and there will be many who agree with him.

EU, GSP+ and Sri Lanka: Promoting or Demoting Human Rights

Reuters photo   By Kumarathasan Rasingam The European Parliament in its session on April 26, 2017 voted in favour of Sri Lanka rejecting a motion tabled by 52 European Union members to deny the additional tariff concessions, approximately 66% on several products including textiles and fisheries imported by European Union members numbering 28 countries. Sri […]

Political Brexit ‘Flapjacker’ Tim Farron

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has repeatedly guaranteed to voters that he will not form any coalitions or deals with any other political parties.

Macron wins French presidency, to sighs of relief in Europe

Benoit Tessier/Reuters   By Mathieu Rosemain and Matthias Blamont Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union.

Stephen Kinnock: The Leader of the Labour Party if they ever hope to win an Election

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Taking a hint is difficult, as is blunt speaking, but when a whole country and someone like Labour MP Stephen Kinnock keeps declaring that the Labour Party, and its present (albeit nice man, but, etc), needs to change its act, perhaps even Mr Corbyn may listen this time.

Macron wins French Election but is that good or bad news for British Brexiteers?

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Mr Macron has had a decisive victory in winning the French election. Marine Le Pen has also reminded everyone that she remains the official opposition Party.

Macron stretches lead as French presidential campaign enters final day

Benoit Tessier/Reuters   By Mathieu Rosemain and Andrew Callus Independent centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron extended his lead in the polls over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Friday, the final day of a tumultuous election campaign that has turned the country’s politics upside down.

Greater Albania and the Balkan Problem

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark The Balkans has always been cursed by a recurring theme: that each entity within it can, at some point, become greater and more consuming in territory than the next neighbour. Each nation has, and in some instances continues, to nurse dreams of enlargement, pecking away at borders and assuming […]

Brexit, EU and the General Election

By Hazel Speed Yesterday a group of younger non-voters were interviewed due to the fact that most had either never voted, nor had any plans to vote this year or ever.

Brexit: No deal is better than a bad deal

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed   At last, the Empire strikes back with a warning for Europe.

The Trade Dreams of Boris Johnson

Reuters photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.” Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary

Mr Corbyn: Your worst nightmare – Blair is back

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! Imagine Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour front bench enjoying a working lunch together…

French voters sceptical Macron and Le Pen have answers on key issues

Robert Pratta/Reuters   By Matthias Blamont A week before the decisive second round in France’s presidential election, many voters are sceptical that either of the two candidates can solve chronic unemployment or tackle security concerns, a poll published on Sunday found.

Mrs May: Why Britain needs her now to deal with EU negotiations

Eric Vidal/Reuters   By Hazel Speed It is a bit incredulous that when the EU Countries could have given a basic guideline once they knew the UK were leaving Europe, they have chosen to outline their categorical imperatives (as opposed to hypothetical ones), or preliminary demands, whilst the UK is in the middle of a […]

Dangerous Political Games

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Prior to the Brexit Referendum itself, announced by the then Prime Minister (Mr Cameron), neither he, The Speaker nor the scribes or legal Members in Parliament (either Houses); nor the months of campaigning leading up to the vote gave mention, nor challenge in respect of any irregularities as to […]

Sarkozy camp eyes power sharing role under France’s Macron

Benoit Tessier/Reuters   By Emmanuel Jarry France’s centre-right party, seeking to rebound after the defeat of its presidential candidate, said it could share power with Emmanuel Macron if he is elected, as pollsters predict, on May 7.

Mrs May vs Mr Corbyn in last pre-election PMQs

Reuters/PA   By Hazel Speed This was the most bizarre and incongruous event.

Macron and Le Pen trade accusations in French election race

Lionel Bonaventure/Reuters   By John Irish France’s two presidential candidates traded barbs on Tuesday with centrist Emmanuel Macron accusing far-right rival Marine Le Pen of promoting hatred, while she labelled him as the “candidate of the oligarchy.”

Sir Keir’s Brexit is as clear as mud

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed I watched Sir Keir Starmer speaking live on TV ‘explaining’ as Shadow Brexit Minister, what Labour’s view of Brexit is, but to be honest, I am not sure I understand it sufficiently myself to outline herein.

The runners in the UK Political Grand National

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Only Nicola Sturgeon has the ability (since the days of Mrs Thatcher) to have the effect on people that when she appears on TV, the First Scottish Minister is at risk of having a similar drink named after her. If she hasn’t already.

Hollande urges French to reject Le Pen in presidential run-off vote

Christian Hartmann/Reuters   By Bate Felix and John Irish France’s outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the run-off represented a “risk” for France.

France’s Macron appears set for Elysee in runoff with Le Pen

Benoit Tessier/Reuters   By Sybille de La Hamaide and Matthias Blamont Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards the French presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Corbyn puts icing on a half-baked cake

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Jeremy Corbyn has proposed four Bank Holidays to celebrate the Saints of each Constituent Country of the United Kingdom.

Le Pen loses ground to Macron in French election race

Martin Bureau/Reuters   By Leigh Thomas French centrist Emmanuel Macron is set to come out on top in the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday as far right leader Marine Le Pen fell further behind him in an Elabe poll published on Friday.

PMQs or a visit to the Hellfire Club?

HOC photo   By Hazel Speed Prime Minister’s Question Time yesterday, (followed by the Prime Minister’s statement, then debate, after which a vote took place in respect of a snap General Election), was such a loud, bawdy and undignified affair, that I am sure the historic Hellfire Club would seem more sedate in comparison.

Observations of an Expat: May U-Turn

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms The Lady turned—big time.

UK General Election: How the vultures are gathering

SNP photo   By Hazel Speed It has been quite sickening to watch the broadcasts today – already ‘wall to wall’ arguing-the-toss between political parties.