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  • Theresa May faces catastrophic defeat in major Brexit vote as allies warn: ‘Winter is Coming’

    01/15/2019 10:57:32 AM PST · by Blue House Sue · 20 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 1/15/19 | Adam Shaw
    Prime Minister Theresa May was facing a significant and potentially catastrophic defeat on a major Brexit vote in Parliament Tuesday, a defeat that could eventually lead to anything from no Brexit at all to a general election -- as May's allies took a page from “Game of Thrones” and ominously warned: “Winter is Coming.” Parliament will vote later Tuesday on May’s withdrawal agreement with E.U. leaders, ahead of Britain’s scheduled departure from the bloc at the end of March. It is a vote that May is expected to lose heavily, but the severity of the loss is likely to determine...
  • Battle Of Brexit: Today The British Prime Minister Offers "Brexit In Our Time" Because.....

    01/15/2019 4:52:21 AM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 1/15/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    (COMMENTARY) Nigel Farage was explaining to a caller yesterday that 95 percent of British businesses don't do business with the EU. His statement of fact reminds us that the "little people" mean nothing in this debate. As "Mr. Brexit" has often explained, we have a corporatist system of government in the nations of the world where big banks, big business and big government are one. Its been almost 80 years since a British Prime Minister waved a piece of paper with the cameras rolling and even televising to a small audience with the BBC's Richard Dimbleby (David Dimbleby's father) announcing...
  • Brexit is in peril, UK PM May warns ahead of vote on her deal

    01/14/2019 8:52:08 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    reuters.com ^ | JANUARY 14, 2019 | Kylie MacLellan
    Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Monday that Britain’s planned exit from the EU could be derailed, a last-ditch effort to win over Brexit-supporting lawmakers who have repeatedly said they will vote down her divorce deal. The fate of the United Kingdom’s March 29 exit from the EU is deeply uncertain as parliament is likely to reject May’s deal on Tuesday evening, opening up outcomes ranging from a disorderly divorce to reversing Brexit altogether. Amid the deepest crisis in British politics for at least half a century, May and EU leaders exchanged letters giving assurances on her withdrawal agreement, though...
  • Most people don't support changing hospital names to remove religious references [Ireland]

    01/13/2019 11:03:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 01/13/2019 | Órla Ryan
    Most people don’t support changing the names of hospitals to remove religious references. In a Claire Byrne Live/TheJournal.ie opinion poll conducted by Amárach Research, 52% of people said they are against such a move, while 34% are in favor and 14% are unsure. Last weekend, hundreds of people marched through Drogheda to protest a proposal to change the name of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in the town. A petition calling for the name to be retained has been signed by over 8,000 people to date. […] It is understood that staff members were given the option to vote for...
  • EU may need rules to stop doctors emigrating: German minister

    01/13/2019 6:12:44 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 34 replies
    Spahn, a conservative heavyweight among Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats who recently lost a contest to become the party's leader, described a knock-on effect of countries attracting doctors from neighboring countries, as is the case with Switzerland taking in German physicians. "I can understand them. Switzerland is a beautiful country. But what is clear is that there is a shortage of these professionals in Germany. And then Polish doctors work in our country, and in turn there is a shortage of them in Poland," he told Swiss tabloid Blick am Sonntag.
  • Triumph of the Will

    01/12/2019 8:57:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | January 11, 2019 | Lloyd Billingsley
    “In one of contemporary history’s intriguing caroms, European politics just now is a story of how one decision by a pastor’s dutiful daughter has made life miserable for a vicar’s dutiful daughter. Two of the world’s most important conservative parties are involved in an unintended tutorial on a cardinal tenet of conservatism, the law of unintended consequences, which is that the unintended consequences of decisions in complex social situations are often larger than, and contrary to, those intended.” That’s the elephantine lead of George Will’s recent column, headlined “Today’s Germany is the best Germany the world has seen.” The real...
  • Labour set to call vote to topple Theresa May’s government

    01/12/2019 3:35:04 PM PST · by NRx · 59 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 01-12-2019 | Toby Helm and Michael Savage
    Labour MPs have been told to prepare for Jeremy Corbyn to table a dramatic and immediate vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s government as early as Tuesday evening in an attempt to force a general election if – as expected – she suffers a heavy defeat this week on her Brexit deal. Messages have been sent to Labour MPs, even those who are unwell, to ensure their presence both for the “meaningful vote” on the prime minister’s Brexit blueprint on Tuesday and the following day. Labour whips have told MPs the no-confidence vote is likely to be tabled within...
  • 'Yellow vest' protesters call for Taoiseach's resignation [Ireland]

    01/12/2019 9:07:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    RTE News ^ | Saturday, 12 Jan 2019 15:28 | Laura Hogan, Multi-Media Journalist
    Dozens of protesters have gathered outside Dublin’s Custom House in the latest “yellow vest” protest in the city. This is the fifth weekend such a protest has taken place in Dublin, sparked by similar demonstrations which started in France last year. In a Facebook post, the group Yellow Vest Ireland listed a number of issues it is calling for action on, including citizen-initiated referendums, the resignation of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and an end to evictions. …
  • EU Army ‘Already Taking Shape’ Brags German Defence Minister

    01/12/2019 8:17:46 AM PST · by KC_Lion · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 January 2019 | Victoria Friedman
    Germany’s defence minister has confirmed that “a united EU military is becoming a reality,” after her ally and Chancellor Angela Merkel backed Emmanuel Macron’s call for a “real European army.” “Europe’s army is already taking shape,” Ursula von der Leyen wrote in an opinion piece for Handelsblatt on Thursday. “Germany and France are the driving forces in defense,” Ms von der Leyen boasted, adding that “We’re moving even further ahead with our close partner France” after the two countries agreed to sign a “new Elysèe Treaty” which, amongst other efforts to, in effect, merge aspects of the two countries, includes...
  • Macron Govt: Yellow Vests Have Destroyed 60 Percent of Speed Cameras

    01/10/2019 7:52:33 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 29 replies
    Many Yellow Vests, whose protests grew from an objection to a “green” tax on fuel — now abandoned — which was seen as falling disproportionately on the non-metropolitan working class, see the country’s thousands of speed cameras as part of a “racket” designed to generate extra revenue for the state rather than preserving life, especially since the speed limit was dropped to 50 miles per hour on many roads in 2018. They did indeed raise over a billion euros in fines in 2017, according to the Court of Auditors, and were expected to raise significantly more in 2019.
  • Hungary's Orban now throws weight behind Italy and Poland's ‘European SPRING’

    01/10/2019 4:30:28 PM PST · by aspasia · 22 replies
    Express ^ | January 10, 2019 | SIMON OSBORNE
    ITALY’S firebrand deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini is trying to create a populist alliance to take on the Brussels establishment in a showdown over the future of the European Union. . . . "Italy and Poland will be protagonists of a new Europe, with less bureaucracy and more attention to families and security. "A great Polish and a great Italian like St John Paul II said Europe must claim its identity, its diversity, its Jewish-Christian origins that only in Brussels dare to deny.” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, another thorn in the side of the EU, called the united front...
  • Taoiseach says he's saddened that nurses decided to strike on a weekday [Ireland]

    01/10/2019 10:52:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 01/09/2019 | Gareth MacNamee
    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was “saddened” to hear that nurses had decided to strike during the week rather than at the weekend. Speaking during his trip to Africa, Varadkar said that the knock-on effect from the midweek industrial action will be greater than if nurses decided to strike at the weekend. Yesterday it emerged that nurses and midwives will hold a strike on Wednesday 30 January, with further days of action planned in February if their issues are not addressed. […] Student nurses and midwives earn €14,243 a year under the current public sector pay deal; staff nurses earn...
  • Parts of Austria, southern Germany sink deeper into snow

    01/10/2019 8:05:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2019
    Heavy snowfall continued Thursday in parts of Austria and southern Germany, with several places cut off and the bad weather expected to persist. Snow was causing problems in other parts of Europe, even in Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago. Austrian police said that a 16-year-old boy from Australia was killed in an avalanche in St. Anton am Arlberg as he was skiing with his family on Wednesday. In neighboring Slovakia, the mountain rescue service said a 37-year-old Slovak man was killed by an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains. That brought to at least 16 the number of weather-related deaths reported...
  • European court rejects German couple’s home-schooling appeal

    01/10/2019 7:33:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2019 | David Rising
    The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday rejected the appeal of a German couple who have been fighting for years to home school their kids, saying the government was within its rights to temporarily remove their children. Home schooling is illegal in Germany and the Strasbourg, France-based court noted it had already upheld that law in previous decisions. But Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, who are in their early 50s, had argued their rights to privacy of home and family life were violated by Hesse state authorities when their four children were taken from them in 2013. They were returned...
  • Outrage in Germany after brutal attack on AfD lawmaker Frank Magnitz

    01/08/2019 11:09:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.08.2019 | Peter Hille
    Monday’s attack on Bremen’s Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Frank Magnitz is not the first time the far-right populist party has been targeted in the northern German city. In the past, windows have been smashed and a car vandalized. Yet the brutal beating of Magnitz does mark a new level of violence in Bremen. The 66-year-old Magnitz, who remains hospitalized, was reportedly set upon by masked assailants, who struck the parliamentarian in the head with an object. When Magnitz went to the ground, the attackers apparently continued beating him. Passersby ultimately came to his aid. Bremen’s police and state security...
  • Winter storm blasts Europe; 13 dead amid heavy snow, gusts

    01/08/2019 9:40:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 8, 2019 | Kirsten Grieshaber
    Deadly winter weather blasted Europe for yet another day Tuesday, trapping hundreds of people in Alpine regions, whipping up high winds that caused flight delays and cancellations and raising the risks of more deadly avalanches in the mountains. At least 13 people have been killed in weather-related accidents in Europe over the last week, most of them from avalanches. In Norway, attempts to find the bodies of four skiers were again put on hold due to poor visibility and heavy snowfall. A 29-year Swedish woman and three Finns, aged 29, 32 and 36, were presumed dead after a 300-meter (990-foot)...
  • US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces says it has captured an Irish citizen fighting for Islamic State

    01/06/2019 6:11:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    AFP/TheJournal.ie ^ | 01/06/2019
    A US-backed roup says that it has captured an Irish citizen fighting for Islamic State in Syria. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said that it had arrested five militants who had been fighting for the Islamic State. It reported that one of these was a 45-year-old man originally from Dublin, Ireland. Two of the other men are from the US, while the other two are from Pakistan. In a statement, the SDF — which mainly fights against Islamic State and other extremist groups in Syria — said that it was carrying out Operation Jazeera Storm, which has the aim of...
  • France's Macron reeling as tough stance against 'yellow vests' backfires

    01/06/2019 3:05:15 PM PST · by aquila48 · 36 replies
    Rooters ^ | JANUARY 6, 2019 | Richard Lough, Caroline Pailliez
    PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron intended to start the new year on the offensive against the ‘yellow vest’ protesters. Instead, the French president is reeling from more violent street demonstrations. What began as a grassroots rebellion against diesel taxes and the high cost of living has morphed into something more perilous for Macron - an assault on his presidency and French institutions. The anti-government protesters on Saturday used a forklift truck to force their way into a government ministry compound, torched cars near the Champs Elysees and in one violent skirmish on a bridge over the Seine punched and kicked...
  • Germans happiest to pay taxes to fund infrastructure

    01/04/2019 6:18:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.03.2019 | Alexander Pearson
    People in Germany believe their fellow citizens are happier to pay taxes for public spending than people in many other countries, a United Nations-backed study has found. The news comes as lawmakers call on the German government to increase public investment or cut taxes amid a budget surplus. […] Strong economic growth and low unemployment helped Germany record a €48.1 billion budget surplus in the first six months of 2018. That favorable position has split political opinion on what the government should do with the extra cash. Lawmakers from the Greens and the Left Party want more investment, while center-right...
  • Volkswagen, BMW increased US car sales in 2018

    01/04/2019 1:47:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.03.2019 | dv/sms (dpa, Reuters)
    Volkswagen and BMW increased their 2018 car sales in the United States while major American competitors General Motors (GM) and Ford both had declines in new vehicle sales, according to sales reports published on Thursday. Volkswagen sold over 350,000 cars in the US in 2018, a 4.2 percent increase over 2017. It was the company’s second year of sales increases after sales plummeted following the dieselgate scandal, where a US investigation uncovered massive fraud in its diesel emissions reporting. Volkswagen’s boost in sales figures were helped by popular SUVs Tiguan and Atlas. BMW saw an increase of 1.7 percent to...