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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Yes, we are observing a real ‘Swissness’-trend. The pride of the country increases. Even the identification as a citizen of Switzerland increases. That’s a new phenomenon, while we do not observe a European identity anywhere.”
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  • 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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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Anne Frank stands for tolerance and a friendly joining of different cultures, which is important in times like this. No matter how different the persons selected are, they have something in common: they were curious about the world.”
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  • 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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  • By: Timon Dias
  • This morning, Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont again threatened to formally declare independence if Madrid did not heed his ― rather diffuse ― demands for “dialogue and the cessation of repression”. Madrid now seems to have called his bluff by acting the way they said they would act from the start.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “That’s why many soldiers now use their own money to buy vests like this, the Warrior Plate Carrier. They pay €265 for it, but that’s worth it to them, because they risk their lives every day for the protection of our country.”
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  • 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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