On Wednesday night, reports were filtering through that the House of Lords was determined to stay and debate for as long as it was required on the fate of a backbench bill seeking to block a no-deal Brexit. Some had even arrived with duvets and toothbrushes, anticipating a lengthy battle in the chamber.
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The Brexit no deal prospect is engendering an element of lunacy fast seeping into every pore of the British political establishment. As with all steeped in such thinking, some of it made sense. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been inspired by a mild dictatorial urge, seeking to suspend the UK […]
As British Prime Minister Winston Churchill wrote in his memoirs, the fact that such an agreement between Berlin and Moscow was possible meant that British and French diplomacy had failed: they did not manage to direct Nazi aggression against the USSR, and nor did they manage to make the Soviet Union their ally before World War II.
Britain’s Boris Johnson is driving his country to the cliff face, along the way mouthing and spouting all manner of populist reassurances. Still fresh in the job, he declared that UK preparations for a no-deal Brexit on October 31, when Britain would leave the European Union, would receive a boost […]
According to Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British opposition, US President Donald Trump’s support for Boris Johnson to become prime minister was an unacceptable interference in the country’s internal affairs. “The next prime minister should be chosen not by the US president […] but by the British people”.
There is a venom in international refugee policy that refuses to go away: officials charged with their tasks, passing on their labours to those who might see the UN Refugee Convention as empty wording, rather than strict injunction carved upon stone. They have all become manifest in the policy of […]
President Putin’s refusal last week to implement the crippling sanctions that the Duma earlier proposed allowed the Russian leader to present himself as a “moderate” in the eyes of the West and contributed to the ongoing rehabilitation of his reputation there as his country attempts to make progress on clinching […]
Since the European Union has become a super-national structure by the force of Treaties, how can the member-States choose the senior civil servants who are to give them orders? In fact, they are not doing so, but are settling for accepting the choice of NATO, as presented by Germany and France.
Already, a couple of days after the elections, each party is proposing an interpretation of the results which is in their favour. Any objective reading would be bound to annoy one or the other. And yet the figures can not be denied. The powers are preparing for a new Cold War.
May duly suffered three horrendous defeats in Parliament, all to do with a failure to pass the Withdrawal Agreement, and fought off the daggers of usurpation within her own party. She had also had to convince the EU that two extensions to Brexit were warranted. The last throw of the dice featured bringing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to the negotiating table.
According to a statement issued by the German government, the main outcome of the Western Balkans summit in Berlin was an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo to cooperate in their search for compromises and a solution to the numerous problems in their bilateral relations. Belgrade and Pristina have promised to play a “constructive role” in the talks.
The EU citizens, who are supposed to elect their parliament on May 25-26, are getting ready to make the wrong choice. By concentrating on their immediate problems, they are hesitating between several different priorities. If they analysed their history over a long period, they would discover the origins of their social, economic and political problems, and without any doubt, would decide differently.