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Posts Tagged ‘Europe’

Mrs May meets Nicola Sturgeon prior to triggering Brexit

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May returned to Scotland today, firstly to broadcast a statement outlining her vision for the United Kingdom to become even stronger after Brexit.

Labour issues list of six key tests for Brexit

EPA photo   By Hazel Speed Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Keir Starmer, has presented a list of six tests which he says are required if Labour are to back any final deal in Parliament regarding Brexit.

Merkel’s conservatives win Saarland vote in boost for national campaign

Ralph Orlowski/Reuters   By Paul Carrel and Hakan Erdem German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives won a regional election in the western state of Saarland on Sunday, dealing a setback to their Social Democrat rivals and boosting her prospects of winning a fourth term in September’s national election.

Britain now needs to get behind Brexit

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May has obviously been deferring the filing of Article 50 in consideration of allowing the EU anniversary celebrations to take place first.

Observations of an Expat: Brexit Goes Nuclear

PA photo   By Tom Arms The EU is worried about losing their American nuclear umbrella. The UK is worried about losing their European market and their seat at the European top table. Britain has nuclear weapons. The EU has markets. Is there a fit?

Brexit – the Movie!

By Hazel Speed It had to happen – inevitably! Five on Brexit Island – (one book but not the last), then of course, there has to be a Brexit movie.

Brexit: Article 50 to finally be filed with the EU

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed It was announced on Monday that the Prime Minister will be sending the formal letter re Brexit (Article 50), to the EU representative on Wednesday 29th March 2017 and will also be present in Parliament to formally notify the House on the same day.

Observations of an Expat: Going Dutch

AFP photo   By Tom Arms Trump lost on Wednesday. I am not talking about the court ruling on version two of his travel ban. Neither am I talking about the mounting incredulity over his wiretapping claims and tax returns. I am talking about an event that took place 3,843 miles away from the White […]

Nicola Sturgeon may be sealing her own fate

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Nicola Sturgeon has painted herself into a corner by thinking it is now or never, to push for another Scottish Referendum.

Dutch PM Rutte on course for big victory over far-right Wilders

Yves Herman/Reuters   By Thomas Escritt and Toby Sterling The Netherlands’ centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte was on course for a resounding victory over anti-Islam and anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, offering huge relief to other EU governments facing a wave of nationalism.

Dutch poll test of anti-immigrant feeling, Turkish dispute

Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/Reuters   By Philip Blenkinsop The Dutch go to the polls on Wednesday in an election seen as a test of anti-immigrant and nationalist feeling magnified by a deepening dispute with Turkey.

House of Lords pass Bill for Brexit to proceed

PA photo   By Hazel Speed   When Democracy can be too Democratic for its own good

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon’s diplomatic gaffe

SG photo   By Hazel Speed It was Commonwealth Day yesterday, and while watching BBC2, around 11am, the network kept updating the viewer that any minute there would be a live broadcast ‘within minutes’/’any minute now’, which then changed to ‘in about fifteen minutes’ as Her Majesty The Queen will be handing a baton to […]

Poaching in Europe’s Suburbs

Reuters photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “There has never been a case like this in a zoo in Europe, an assault of such violence, evidently for this stupid trafficking of rhinoceros horns.” Thierry Duguet, head of Parc Zoologique de Thoiry.

David Cameron – that’s a bit rich coming from you!

PA photo   By Hazel Speed The other day, whilst watching the television coverage in respect to the unveiling of the new Monument at Horseguards to honour the fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan, I noticed that at the end of the formal ceremony, whilst guests were mingling, there was a political ‘clutch’ of Mother Hens […]

Observations of an Expat: The Brexit Elephant

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms There was a massive elephant in the British House of Commons on Wednesday. It was rampaging back and forth across the chamber, overturning tables, loudly trumpeting and waving his trunk from side to side. Its name was Brexit.

House of Lords reject Government’s second Brexit vote

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Peers were advised, apparently, to take a camp bed into the House of Lords, if necessary, the night before to ensure their presence on Tuesday where they debated and voted first of all on Amendment 1 to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill at the report stage.

Mrs May’s unrequited love for the UK

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May, yet again, did not disappoint with her outline of the importance and meaning of the United Kingdom.

Government defeated in Brexit bill

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Peers from the UK’s House of Lords yesterday voted on Amendment 9B to the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill at Committee Stage which would make the Government produce proposals within three months of notification for EU citizens legally resident in the UK to have the same rights of residence […]

Observations of an Expat: Alliance 101

AFP photo   By Tom Arms The Western Alliance is in disarray. Americans are sick of picking up the tab for protecting a rich Europe from a communist threat which no longer exists. Europe is terrified at being abruptly left in the lurch facing a corrupt, authoritarian Russian threat which has replaced the communist one.

France’s Macron raises curtain on election alliance to beat Le Pen

Charles Platiau/Reuters   By Brian Love and Michel Rose France’s presidential race took a new turn on Thursday as independent Emmanuel Macron raised the curtain on a partnership with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou to help him beat the far-right’s Marine Le Pen.

Germany’s ‘man of the streets’ Schulz plots path to defeat Merkel

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters   By Paul Carrel and Holger Hansen His only experience of governing in Germany is as a town mayor. She is Europe’s most powerful leader. Yet Martin Schulz wants to end Angela Merkel’s 11-year run as chancellor and fundamentally shift Germany’s role in Europe. He might just pull it off.

Fears at Munich: The Mattis Pitch on NATO

EPA photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “Ladies and gentlemen, the Transatlantic bond remains our strongest bulwark against instability and Russia.” US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Feb 17, 2017

Tony Blair, have you been sharing the same water cooler as President Trump?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed What is it with people who have had their time in the limelight but want to return to politics like old singers who have numerous final concerts?

Observations of an Expat: Mind The Gap

AP photo   By Tom Arms Mind the Gap. Three very familiar monosyllabic words for anyone who has travelled on the London Underground. The taped announcement is a warning to beware of the potentially dangerous space between the railway carriages and the platform. But it has a political meaning too.

Anti-Islam Wilders frontrunner as Dutch election campaign begins

Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters   By Toby Sterling Campaigning for the Dutch election began on Wednesday with anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders frontrunner in a vote that will test the anti-establishment sentiment that swept Britain out of the European Union and Donald Trump into the U.S. presidency.

Nationalism: Russian Hybrid Warfare

By Cynthia M. Lardner

NATO’s Importance to the Security of the United States

By Cynthia M. Lardner   A Conversation with Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

Brexit: Vote for The Bill to trigger Article 50

Neil Hall/Reuters   By Hazel Speed It is a bit rich that the members of the British public who voted to leave Europe, and who were referred to as not understanding what they had voted for (despite months of media bombardment on the subject prior thereto), suffered such a verbal indignity when, in comparison, Parliament […]

Brexit: Tears before bedtime again for the Opposition

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed MP Tulip Siddiq has resigned from Labour’s Front Bench over Article 50 which Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition, has instructed his Party to support in Parliament with their vote.