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Social Europe

politics, economy and employment & labour

The rejection by the European Parliament of Slyvie Goulard as French commissioner showed that ‘it’s France’ is not a sufficient excuse for special treatment.

Social Europe

Author: Amandine Crespy
Posted: 17-10-2019

High emigration rates are doing massive damage to the prospects of the western Balkans—would a stronger EU perspective reverse this outflow?

Social Europe

Author: Alida Vračić
Posted: 16-10-2019

Access for the states concerned, most immediately for North Macedonia and Albania, would be many years off—but the symbolism is important.

Social Europe

Author: Anna Nadibaidze
Posted: 16-10-2019

Karin Pettersson argues that ‘free speech’ is not a licence for politicians relying on rage to lie, and for such lies to be amplified by ‘social media’.

Social Europe

Author: Karin Pettersson
Posted: 15-10-2019

If procyclical domestic policies inflated Ireland’s economic bubble, procyclical austerity demanded by the troika which bailed it out makes Ireland’s recovery all the more remarkable.

Social Europe

Author: Paul Sweeney
Posted: 14-10-2019

Europe – The Federal Trust

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 9th October 2019 As the deadline of 31st October approaches, it becomes daily clearer that a plausible path exists for the prevention of a “no deal” Brexit and indeed for the prevention of any kind of Brexit. The dangerous incompetence of Boris Johnson’s government on the European issue has … Continue reading Johnson and Corbyn: Two peas from the same pod?
Author: admin
Posted: 09-10-2019
by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 11th September 2019 Parliamentary opponents of Brexit, and in particular opponents of “no deal”, are understandably encouraged by the passing of legislation designed to prevent the Johnson government from taking the UK out of the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement on 31st October. It would be going too far, … Continue reading The UK needs a Brexit Referendum not a Brexit Election
Author: admin
Posted: 11-09-2019
“We can tolerate neither our vices nor their cures” (Livy, Roman historian, 1st century AD) by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 2nd September 2019 The recent unexpectedly lengthy prorogation of Parliament, carried out with brutal speed and secrecy, should be a salutary reminder to those hoping to prevent a “no deal” Brexit on 31st October … Continue reading Brexit: Moderate Conservative MPs must stop complaining and start acting
Author: admin
Posted: 02-09-2019
by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 12th August 2019 The arrival of Boris Johnson in Downing Street and the impending Article 50 deadline of 31st October have given a new sense of urgency to political players and observers, particularly among those opposed to Brexit. Specifically, it is increasingly accepted that if Boris Johnson is still … Continue reading The Anti-Brexit GNU: Essential, impossible, viable…?
Author: admin
Posted: 12-08-2019
by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 30th July 2019 It was a disappointment to many that the Labour Party and those Conservative MPs opposed to a “no deal” Brexit did so little last week to oppose the installation of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. The summer recess will, however, allow both Labour and moderate Conservative … Continue reading Anti-Brexit forces have five weeks to decide on how to defeat ‘no deal’
Author: admin
Posted: 30-07-2019

British Politics:

Politics | The Guardian

Latest Politics news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice

It is nonsensical for Carolyn Fairbairn to ‘stand by’ the CBI’s analysis, but Labour should publish its costings

There were two important statements from the CBI on Thursday. One, as you’d expect, was a view on the new UK-EU withdrawal agreement. In short, the employer’s body welcomes anything that lessens the chances of a damaging no-deal Brexit but it warned that “big questions remain about the feasibility of negotiating a new trade agreement deep enough in a 14-month transition period.” Yes, entirely fair.

The other statement was an attempt to end the ridiculous row with Labour over the cost of the party’s nationalisation plans. This one was slippery, to put it kindly.

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Author: Nils Pratley
Posted: 17-10-2019

PM insists he is ‘very confident’ his deal will be approved by parliament on Saturday

Boris Johnson has insisted he is “very confident” that his Brexit deal will be approved by the House of Commons in a historic knife-edge vote on Saturday, even without the backing of the DUP.

“I want to stress that this is a great deal for our country, for the UK; I also believe that it is a very good deal for our friends in the EU,” Johnson said at the European council in Brussels, where EU leaders signed off on the last-minute deal.

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Author: Heather Stewart, Daniel Boffey and Jennifer Rankin
Posted: 17-10-2019

‘Spartans’ had originally indicated they would follow DUP, but now several hardliners suggest they will back Johnson

All the day’s developments

The 28 Eurosceptic Tory hardliners have not said “no” to Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, giving No 10 hope that they will swing behind the prime minister.

The group, known as “the Spartans”, had indicated they would take a lead from the Democratic Unionist party, which categorically said it would vote against Johnson’s deal. But several of the Tory hardliners – from Peter Bone to Andrew Bridgen – suggested they were likely to vote for the agreement.

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Author: Rowena Mason and Rajeev Syal
Posted: 17-10-2019

PM will hope to pass his deal on Saturday but knows rejection will set him up for a general election

Boris Johnson’s team were pasty-faced with exhaustion as they briefed journalists about the details of the Brexit deal in Brussels on Thursday afternoon – but the PM himself was unable to suppress a beam of triumph, as he glad-handed his fellow leaders.

Just a week after Johnson’s meeting with the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, at a wedding venue on the Wirral, Downing Street hopes it has now engineered that rare thing in politics – a win-win situation.

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Author: Heather Stewart and Lisa O'Carroll
Posted: 17-10-2019

Beyond the bonhomie at EU summit, leaders fear PM’s deal could meet same fate as his predecessor’s

There wasn’t even a Brexit deal yet when the Democratic Unionist party announced it could not support it. “As things stand we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues and there is a lack of clarity on VAT,” the party said in a dawn statement.

Customs, consent and VAT: three technical issues that have weighty implications for Brexit and the UK’s political future. Customs and consent had been the two big stumbling blocks since serious talks on Boris Johnson’s renegotiation of the Brexit deal began this month. The tricky VAT problem wasn’t yet settled when the DUP put its cards on the table, raising the possibility of the EU’s worst nightmare – a fourth rejection in the Commons of the withdrawal agreement.

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Author: Jennifer Rankin in Brussels and Rowena Mason in London
Posted: 17-10-2019

LabourList

Labour Party News

Geoffrey Robinson, the MP for Coventry North West who is retiring at the next election, has submitted a…

The post Coventry MP complains to party about “shambolic” selection process appeared first on LabourList.

Author: Sienna Rodgers
Posted: 17-10-2019

LabourList has been sent the following shortlist of three candidates for Labour’s Bassetlaw parliamentary selection by a reliable…

The post Exclusive: Labour’s Bassetlaw selection shortlist appeared first on LabourList.

Author: Sienna Rodgers
Posted: 17-10-2019

LabourList has been sent the following longlist for Labour’s Rother Valley parliamentary selection race by a reliable source:…

The post Exclusive: Labour’s Rother Valley MP selection lists appeared first on LabourList.

Author: Sienna Rodgers
Posted: 17-10-2019

MPs have voted in favour – by 287 votes to 275 – of being able to move multiple…

The post Multiple amendments to be allowed on Brexit motion appeared first on LabourList.

Author: Sienna Rodgers
Posted: 17-10-2019

Women’s rights are being used as a bargaining chip by the Conservative Party in the Brexit process, Stella…

The post Tories using women’s rights as bargainings chip for Brexit, says Creasy appeared first on LabourList.

Author: LabourList
Posted: 17-10-2019

The USA – a viewpoint from Reuters

Reuters: Politics

Reuters.com is your source for breaking news, business, financial and investing news, including personal finance and stocks. Reuters is the leading global provider of news, financial information and technology solutions to the world's media, financial institutions, businesses and individuals.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has told President Donald Trump he will step down, a day before a deadline set by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives for him to turn over documents in the impeachment probe, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Posted: 17-10-2019
Two American businessmen charged with conspiring to violate campaign finance laws with former associates of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani pleaded not guilty on Thursday.
Posted: 17-10-2019
President Donald Trump's withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim - debunked as a conspiracy theory - about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.
Posted: 17-10-2019
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democratic leaders cut short a meeting with Republican President Donald Trump after he had a "meltdown" over a House of Representatives vote condemning his Syria withdrawal and showed no signs of having a plan to deal with a crisis there.
Posted: 17-10-2019
U.S. President Donald Trump will host next year's Group of Seven economic summit of developed world leaders at one of his own properties, the Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, a White House official said on Thursday.
Posted: 17-10-2019

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