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Kick-Starting Brexit?

Posted by hkarner - 25. April 2019

Date: 24-04-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: British Government Tries to Kick-Start Brexit in Bid to Avoid EU Elections

Lawmakers have rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal three times

LONDON—The British government is considering giving lawmakers a vote on a critical piece of Brexit legislation as early as next week, a change of tack as it tries to kick-start the country’s stuttering exit from the European Union.

British lawmakers returned to the Brexit treadmill Tuesday after an Easter break, to face the familiar conundrum: finding a deal on the U.K.’s exit from the EU that can win a majority in Parliament.

Prime Minister Theresa May wants the U.K. to formalize its departure from the trading bloc by May 22, so it doesn’t have to take part in elections for the European Parliament the following day. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The EU’s voting system will help small parties less than they think

Posted by hkarner - 19. April 2019

Date: 18-04-2019
Source: The Economist
Subject: The EU’s voting system will help small parties less than they think

Despite proportional representation, the Remain vote could be fatally split

Britain is set to elect members of the European Parliament on May 23rd, something Theresa May had hoped to avoid. The prime minister is embarrassed to be holding an eu election two months after the country was supposed to have left the club. What’s more, she knows her Conservative Party is in for a drubbing.

The Tories and Labour face competition from a crowd of little parties, some established, others brand new, motivated by Europhobia or -philia. Nigel Farage has launched the Brexit Party to “start the fightback” against the Remainer establishment. Eleven fed-up Labour and Tory mps have formed an anti-Brexit party called Change uk. The Liberal Democrats and Greens are pushing a strong Remain message. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Brexit Impossibility Triangle

Posted by hkarner - 14. April 2019

Emily Jones

Emily Jones is Associate Professor in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

Calum Miller is Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

As the United Kingdom’s chaotic quest to leave the European Union drags on, the country’s leaders need to accept that the primary objectives of Brexit are, and always have been, mutually incompatible. Sadly, their refusal to acknowledge this is indicative of the kind of leadership that led to the current impasse.

OXFORD – With the European Union’s latest extension of the United Kingdom’s membership in the bloc, onlookers around the world are right to wonder why the Brexit process has proved so intractable. The short answer is that the UK’s government and parliament are trying to achieve three incompatible goals: preserving the country’s territorial integrity, preventing the return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and enabling the UK to strike its own trade deals.

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Brexit Agonistes

Posted by hkarner - 13. April 2019

Date: 12-04-2019
Source: YaleGlobal by Jolyon Howorth

With Brexit, the United Kingdom’s notions of global stature with its leaders calling the shots on trade or regulations are in question. “In joining the European Union, the United Kingdom was a supplicant, twice vetoed by France’s General Charles de Gaulle,” observes author Jolyon Howorth, visiting professor with Harvard Kennedy School. “In leaving, the UK again becomes supplicant.” UK Prime Minister Theresa May had to plead for an extension after Brexit plans failed to capture a parliamentary majority. The European Union complied, setting a new deadline with the condition that the United Kingdom “refrain from any measure which could jeopardise the attainment of the Union’s objectives.” Europeans, weary of the battle, are inclined to cut loose a country regularly agitating to get its own way or leave. To ease polarization, the United Kingdom must determine its identity and capabilities, Howorth concludes, and when ready, try rejoining the European Union again as constructive partner. – YaleGlobal

EU members are ready to set the United Kingdom free, setting a deadline for Brexit with an expectation of no disruptions

Rebuffed supplicant: European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker works out a Brexit extension with UK Prime Minister Theresa May; early on, French President Charles de Gaulle twice vetoed British entry into the European Community, suggesting the nation was fundamentally not ready Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Small Band of Skeptics That Helped Snarl Brexit

Posted by hkarner - 12. April 2019

Date: 11-04-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The European Research Group has no website, no office, and only around 15 lawmakers as full members, yet it wields outsize influence

LONDON—Hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May offered to quit to save her ill-starred Brexit deal late last month, dozens of pro-Brexit lawmakers gathered in the iconic Victorian building that contains both Houses of Parliament.

One spoke in Latin, quoting Tacitus on Britain’s valiant if unsuccessful effort to fight off invasion by the Romans. Another declared, near tears, “What is liberty if not to govern ourselves?”

Several lawmakers in the wood-paneled room insisted the U.K. should leave the European Union in days, without any deal, rather than accept the package Mrs. May negotiated with Brussels to smooth its exit. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Britain is dangerously fertile ground for the far right

Posted by hkarner - 12. April 2019

Date: 11-04-2019
Source: The Economist

The failure of far-right parties has made the country complacent about the threat it faces

In the upstairs room of the Friar Penketh pub in Warrington on July 1st 2017, Jack Renshaw outlined his plan to murder an mp with a 19-inch machete. The then 22-year-old told the gathered members of National Action, a banned far-right group, that he had slaughtered a pig in preparation for killing Rosie Cooper, the mp for West Lancashire. After that he would murder a policewoman, dc Victoria Henderson, as part of a campaign of “white jihad”, he explained.

The far right is on the march. One way it manifests itself is through violence. Mr Renshaw’s foiled plot, which can be reported in full following the end of a trial earlier this month, would have meant the second murder of an mp in barely a year. Jo Cox, another Labour mp, was killed in 2016 by Thomas Mair, a far-right terrorist who gave his name as “death to traitors, freedom for Britain” when he appeared in the dock. Darren Osborne, who drove a van into worshippers outside a mosque in 2017, killing one person, had hoped to kill Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, too. Death threats are now common for mps. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Die Revolution ist längst da

Posted by hkarner - 10. April 2019

Date: 09-04-2019
Source: Die Zeit Ein Gastbeitrag von Jan Zielonka, Oxford

Der Brexit ist kein rein britisches Problem, er ist Zeichen eines europäischen Kulturkampfes. Auf die liberale Elite ist kein Verlass mehr. Jeder muss etwas tun.

Jan Zielonka ist Professor für Europäische Politik in Oxford und Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow am St Antony’s College. Im Februar 2019 erscheint in Deutschland sein Buch „Konterrevolution. Der Rückzug des liberalen Europa“, in dem er den (links-)liberalen Eliten die Schuld am Aufstieg von Nationalismus und Rechtspopulismus gibt. Wenige Tage vor der wichtigen Brexit-Sondersitzung des europäischen Rats richtet er mahnende Worte an die europäischen Politiker – und fordert die Bürgerinnen und Bürger auf, ihr Schicksal selbst zu bestimmen.

Der Brexit ist eine lokale Version des postliberalen Zustands, in dem sich das heutige Europa befindet. Durch den Brexit wird die weitverbreitete Ernüchterung gegenüber der herrschenden politischen Klasse veranschaulicht, er zeigt den Aufstieg alternativer Werte und das Chaos, das durch den Bruch mit der Vergangenheit entsteht, wenn klare Alternativen fehlen. Die dadurch entstandenen Konflikte sind dramatisch, ihre Auswirkungen tiefgreifend.  Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Posted by hkarner - 8. April 2019

Date: 07-04-2019
Source: The Guardian
Subject: Brexit: furious Tories will try to oust May if UK fights Euro elections

PM says Brexit could ‘slip through our fingers’ as Conservatives fear taking part in EU election would boost far right

Theresa May is facing growing pressure from Tory backbenchers over the prospect that the UK will have to take part in EU elections in May.

Theresa May’s mutinous MPs are warning her that they will move to oust her within weeks if the UK is forced to take part in European elections next month and extend its EU membership beyond the end of June.

Tory MPs are increasingly angry at the prospect of voters being asked to go to the polls to elect MEPs three years after the Brexit referendum, in an election they fear will be boycotted by many Conservatives and be a gift to the far right and Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party. Senior Tories said one silver lining of a long extension would be that it would allow them to move quickly to force May out, and hold a leadership election starting as soon as this month. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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„Harter Brexit“ oder der Exit vom Brexit?

Posted by hkarner - 7. April 2019

6.4.2019

Großbritannien konnte sich bis zum 31. März nicht entscheiden, was es eigentlich will. Die EU hat eine Verlängerung des EU-Austrittsdatums zunächst bis 12. April genehmigt. Nun soll die Entscheidung am 10. April fallen, wobei bisher keine Lösung in Sicht ist. Am 10. April kommt dann noch einmal ein EU-Sondergipfel zusammen, um den wahrscheinlichen Antrag von Primer May auf eine deutliche Verlängerung des EU-Beitritts zu besprechen. Einige EU-Politiker bereiten sich aber auch schon auf einen „harten Brexit“, also einen Brexit ohne Deal mit der EU vor.

Die Aktienmärkte sehen das bisher noch sehr gelassen und stiegen sogar auf neue Jahreshöchststände. Am besten schnitt in diesem Jahr schon wieder die Moskauer Börse ab mit einem Plus von 16 Prozent in Euro. Wer daran glaubt, dass nun schon wieder bald der Zenit bei den Aktienmärkten erreicht ist, gibt es einige intelligente Anlagealternativen zur Diversifikation.

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6 Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Rupert Murdoch and His Family

Posted by hkarner - 5. April 2019

Date: 04-04-2019
Source: The New York Times

USING 150 INTERVIEWS ON THREE CONTINENTS, THE TIMES DESCRIBES THE MURDOCH FAMILY’S ROLE IN DESTABILIZING DEMOCRACY IN NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE AND AUSTRALIA.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/03/magazine/murdoch-family-investigation.html?module=inline

Rupert Murdoch, the founder of a global media empire that includes Fox News, has said he “never asked a prime minister for anything.”

But that empire has given him influence over world affairs in a way few private citizens ever have, granting the Murdoch family enormous sway over not just the United States, but English-speaking countries around the world.

A six-month investigation by The New York Times covering three continents and including more than 150 interviews has described how Mr. Murdoch and his feuding sons turned their media outlets into right-wing political influence machines that have destabilized democracy in North America, Europe and Australia. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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