News from 06/2017

27 June 2017

Angela Merkel still ahead in the opinion polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives widened their lead over the Social Democrats (SPD) to 15 points in a weekly opinion poll by the Emnid institute published on Sunday, three months before the Sept. 24 election.

The Christian Democrats (CDU) and its CSU Bavarian sister party were steady at 39 percentage points in the Emnid poll published in Bild am Sonntag newspaper, while the SPD fell one percentage point to 24.

(Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Janet Lawrence - Reuters)


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.