14 June 2017

Prioritise the economy over immigration in upcoming Brexit negotiations

Former Tory leader William Hague has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to prioritise the economy over immigration in upcoming Brexit negotiations.

Hague backed the Remain campaign in the EU referendum, but is seen as a relatively unifying figure when it comes to Brexit.

He has joined SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Labour MP Yvette Cooper in calling for a cross-party commission to handle the UK's exit from the EU, and has suggested that the UK stay in the European Economic Area (also known as the 'Norway option').


13 June 2017

Michael Gove says Government will `work with everyone´ on Brexit

Neil Carmichael from the Remain camp and MEP Daniel Hannan, a fervent Brexiteer, stressed the need for cross-party collaboration as Britain determines its fateful divorce deal from the European Union.

BBC Newsnight host Evan Davis first asked Mr Hannan if Theresa May “with no parliamentary majority” should reach out to Labour and even the Liberal Democrats to foster a Brexit that will work for the 85 per cent of British voters.

Mr Hannan said: “I do think we should be reaching out. I’ve said ever since the vote, it was a 48…Read

Theresa May survives meeting of 1922 Committee of Tory MPs

Theresa May has survived – at least for now. On Sunday George Osborne said that “we could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her”. But from the moment we heard the reasonably hearty desk-banging as May arrived (see 5.07pm) it was clear that she was not facing an execution squad and, despite squandering a huge lead with the most inept campaign anyone can remember, it seems her MPs are willing to let her carry on in the short to medium term. Her performance seems to have made a good impression,…Read

12 June 2017

Election 2017:How will this minority government actually work?

The incontestable truth of this general election is that the Conservative party does not have enough MPs to win votes by itself in the new House of Commons.

Nothing matters more than the parliamentary numbers and Theresa May's lack of a majority. The politics of the coming months and perhaps years will be dominated by this one fact. Now the prime minister could try to get her legislation through vote by vote, issue by issue. But that would be a recipe for instability and unpredictability. So she has announced that she will try to…Read

11 June 2017

Donald Trump

The $110 billion arms deal President Trump is purported to have signed last month when he visited Saudi Arabia is ostensibly untrue.  It was announced by the Trumps administration that he had concluded the arms deal with Saudi Arabia but this has now found to be fictitious according to the Brookings Institution.


10 June 2017

May clings to power as Tories threaten to split over Brexit

Theresa May was clinging to power last night after her gamble on an early election went disastrously wrong and pro-EU MPs prepared to pounce on her weakness to try to stop the prime minister pursuing a “hard Brexit”.

Mrs May was humiliated at the polls as UK voters refused to give her the “strong mandate” she sought to negotiate a divorce from the EU, leaving her scrambling to form a government with 10 pro-British MPs from a Northern Ireland party and facing a new Tory civil war on Europe.

The prime minister…Read

In brief | Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)

Founded:by Ian Paisley in 1971 Leader:Arlene Foster Deputy leader:Nigel Dodds Political position:In the past the DUP has billed itself as “right-wing in the sense of being strong on the constitution", but “to the left on social policy" Size:It is the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly and the fifth-largest party in the House of Commons with 10 seat

Need to know The DUP is the largest unionist political party in Northern Ireland but one of the smaller parties in the House of Commons.

They became very important following the…Read

8 June 2017

Crossing Fingers for Corbyn

Given Theresa May’s hard line on Brexit, many business leaders in Germany will be quietly hoping she loses today’s general election — even though the alternative is a dyed-in-the-wool leftwinger.

In normal times, German business leaders would tend to root for a Conservative victory in a British general election. After all, the Conservatives usually stand for business-friendly policies such as deregulation, privatization and tax cuts.

But these times are anything but normal. In fact, a victory for Jeremy Corbyn, the die-hard leftist leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party who…Read

6 June 2017

3 June 2017

Climate Change

Which nations are most responsible for climate change?

Based on a work by The Guardin Newspaper UK.


30 May 2017

German chancellor tells election rally in Munich that Europe must take its fate into its own hands

Speaking after bruising meetings of Nato and the G7 group of wealthy nations last week, the German chancellor suggested the postwar western alliance had been badly undermined by the UK’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as US president“ The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over,” she told an election rally in Munich on Sunday. “I’ve experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.”.


29 May 2017

United Kingdom general election, Thursday 8 June 2017

The United Kingdom general election of 2017 is scheduled to take place on Thursday 8 June 2017. Each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies will elect one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament.

In line with the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, an election had not been due until 7 May 2020, but a call for a snap election by Prime Minister Theresa May received the necessary two-thirds majority in a 522 to 13 vote in the House of Commons on 19 April 2017.

The Conservative Party, which has governed since 2015 (and as a senior coalition partner from 2010), is…Read

28 May 2017

Ostensibly, the UK General Election could be a tight finish if the Labour Party continues to advance

Jeremy Corbyn has dramatically cut Theresa May’s previously commanding lead in approval ratings among voters, according to the latest Opinium/Observer poll, in a further sign that the race for Downing Street may be tightening with 10 days to go until the general election.

The narrowing of May’s lead suggests her decision to call a snap election and then focus her campaign almost entirely on her leadership, contrasting it with Corbyn’s, may be backfiring.

More than a third of voters (37%) say their opinion of the prime minister is…Read

23 May 2017

UK Snap Election Date - June 8th 2017

“A general election campaign is meant to offer vision for the road ahead but Labour and Tories are both blocked by a lack of originality and too much nostalgia.”

Theresa May’s constant insistence that Britain needs strong and stable government is banal, since no party in history has campaigned with the intention of forming a weak and insecure one. In the same platitudinous spirit, all parties’ manifestos talk about the future as a place of hope and opportunity for all. The Conservatives encapsulate this idiom in the title of their 2017…Read

22 May 2017

Hassan Rouhani wins Iran’s presidential election

Iran's reformist President Hassan Rouhani has decisively won the country's presidential election, according to official results, fending off a challenge by principlist rival Ebrahim Raisi. "Of some 41.2 million total votes cast, Rouhani got 23.5 ... and won the election," Rahmanifazli said in remarks carried live by state TV. Raisi, Rouhani's closest rival, got 15.8 million votes, he added. The election was seen by many as a verdict on Rouhani's policy of opening up Iran to the world and his efforts to rebuild its stagnant economy. Rouhani swept into office four years ago on a promise to…Read

16 May 2017

France’s Macron calls for ‘historic reconstruction’ of Europe

France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, has called for a "historic reconstruction" of Europe, saying it is "the only reaction" to fight populism. Speaking in Berlin on the first full day of his presidency, he was joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She said the pair had a "joint conviction" that they needed to "deepen the European Union". Both said they would work together more closely on defence, eurozone reform and reducing bureaucracy.




Emmanuel Macron picks centre-right Édouard Philippe as PM

Le Havre mayor from Les Républicains party chosen to lead battle for majority in French parliamentary elections.

France’s centrist president, Emmanuel Macron, has appointed a prime minister from the right to lead his bid for a parliamentary majority in June’s elections and push through his plans to loosen strict labour laws.

Édouard Philippe, 46, the mayor of the Normandy port town Le Havre, comes from Les Républicains, the party that was headed by Nicolas Sarkozy until last year and whose candidate, François Fillon,…Read

15 May 2017

Victory for Merkel’s Christian North Rhine-Westphalia

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s time spent rallying her Christian Democratic troops this week paid off.

In the final state vote ahead of federal elections in September, voters in Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia handed her party a solid victory with 33 percent of the vote, knocking the incumbent SPD state premier, Hannelore Kraft, out of office.


14 May 2017

“I think she really will be chancellor again,” said one stallholder from North Rhine-Westphalia.

Under the wooden beams of Brilon's medieval hunting lodge, Angela Merkel sweeps past a gleaming brass band to address her party faithful. Voters here have yet to make their choice in the regional election. But already there's something of the victory march in the chancellor's step.

This is Social Democrat country. The centre-left SPD currently rules in coalition with the Greens but polls suggest that could be about to change.


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