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British businesses “quietly sorry” economy didn’t take a hit, because it emboldens the no-deal Brexiteers

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • So, basically, the economists who predicted mayhem are disappointed that it didn’t happen as it obstructs their political ideals, now predict a “slow strangling of the economy” that they seem to find objectionable, because it will not help them stop, or reverse, Brexit.
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    German Parliament changed a 150 y/o tradition to prevent a 77 y/o AfD MP from becoming “Father of the House”

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • It is a symbolic battle, but the signal it sends is a worrying one. For months now, a discussion has raged in Germany about the Alterpräsident. Traditionally, the Alterpräsident or ‘Father of the House’ is the oldest member of German Parliament (now Bundestag), who presides over Parliament during its first meeting, until a president has been elected.
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    Catalonian President refuses to clarify whether he declared independence or not. Madrid still threatens Article 155

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Mr. Puigdemont has chosen more obfuscation. His four-page reply—two of text and two of links in support of his argument—neither confirmed nor denied he had proclaimed a new Catalan republic last week, but asked for dialogue and set a period of two months for talks.”
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    Recap! How did the EU, if at all, respond to the Catalonian Referendum?

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • During his opening speech for European Parliament, First Vice-President of the European Commission, “Frans Timmermans, repeated this point:”Respect for the rule of law is not optional: it is fundamental. If the law does not give you what you want, you can oppose the law, you can work to change the law, but you cannot ignore the law.”
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    Ireland goes full Liberal College Kid and puts Communist Mass Murderer on Stamp to commemorate his Death

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “It doesn’t matter that it’s an image created by an artist, it’s the image of a murderer. And to me it’s really shameful that Ireland would put the image of someone who was a foreigner, went to Cuba to kill… was a failure in everything he did. So I don’t know what’s there to honour about Che Guevara.”
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    EU’s First VP Frans Timmermans on Catalonia: “Maintaining Rule of Law sometimes requires Proportional use of Force”

  • By: Timon Dias
  • “It is, of course, a duty for any government to uphold the rule of law, and this sometimes does require the proportionate use of force. We understand people wanted to express their views. Freedom of expression is a fundamental right for all European citizens, and thus for all Spanish citizens. But one opinion is not more valuable than another opinion, only because it is expressed more loudly.”
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    Watch! Nigel Farage scolds Juncker over Catalonia and Member State plans for an EU Military Police Force

  • By: Timon Dias
  • The EU’s response to the use of Spanish state violence against an peaceful democratic initiative in Catalonia has varied from calling the referendum a “coup against the EU” and calling the police actions a “legal” means of solving an internal matter, to utter silence. And as one has some to suspect, Farage was having none of it.
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