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A Cross-Party Way Forward on Brexit

Posted by hkarner - 26. Juli 2017

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Britain En Marche ?

Posted by hkarner - 25. Juli 2017

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British politics has become dangerously bad-tempered

Posted by hkarner - 24. Juli 2017

Date: 23-07-2017
Source: The Economist: Bagehot

And if you don’t agree you can get stuffed

THE end of the current parliamentary session, on July 20th, is a good time to reflect on the mood of British politics. Several things catch the attention: anxiety about the future, exasperation at the childish antics of senior politicians, confusion about Brexit. But the most striking thing is anger. Politicians are angry with each other. The public is angry with politicians. The internet throbs with vitriol. American historians have dubbed the period after the war of 1812 “the era of good feelings”. The current period in British politics could be dubbed the era of bad feelings.

This week the cabinet infighting became so vicious that Theresa May, the prime minister, was forced to tell her ministers to shut up or ship out. Even more disturbing is a surge in violent threats. A year after the murder of Jo Cox, a Labour MP, by a far-right extremist, politicians of all stripes say that they fear for their safety, such is the intensity of the insults they face. The threats extend to journalists. The BBC was reportedly obliged to provide its political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, with personal security. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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As long as the government stays in denial about Brexit’s drawbacks, the country is on course for disaster

Posted by hkarner - 22. Juli 2017

Date: 20-07-2017
Source: The Economist
Subject: Britain faces up to Brexit

CRISIS? What crisis? So many have been triggered in Britain by the vote a year ago to leave the European Union that it is hard to keep track. Just last month Theresa May was reduced from unassailable iron lady to just-about-managing minority prime minister. Her cabinet is engaged in open warfare as rivals position themselves to replace her. The Labour Party, which has been taken over by a hard-left admirer of Hugo Chávez, is ahead in the polls. Meanwhile a neurotic pro-Brexit press shrieks that anyone who voices doubts about the country’s direction is an unpatriotic traitor. Britain is having a very public nervous breakdown.

The chaos at the heart of government hardly bodes well for the exit negotiations with the EU, which turned to detailed matters this week and need to conclude in autumn 2018. But the day-to-day disorder masks a bigger problem. Despite the frantic political activity in Westminster—the briefing, back-stabbing and plotting—the country has made remarkably little progress since the referendum in deciding what form Brexit should take. All versions, however “hard” or “soft”, have drawbacks. Yet Britain’s leaders have scarcely acknowledged that exit will involve compromises, let alone how damaging they are likely to be. The longer they fail to face up to Brexit’s painful trade-offs, the more brutal will be the eventual reckoning with reality. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Britain’s European Ties That Bind

Posted by hkarner - 21. Juli 2017

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Nobody is really in charge of Britain

Posted by hkarner - 13. Juli 2017

Date: 13-07-2017
Source: The Economist: Bagehot

The prime minister’s power has drained away, leaving the country adrift

THE basic question of politics is always the same: who’s in charge here? Theresa May has already muddied the answer to this question once. By calling an election two years before she needed to, she turned a majority government into a minority and shattered her authority. Now she is muddying it again. By using the anniversary of her appointment as prime minister to relaunch her premiership, she is reminding everyone how little power she has.

Mrs May introduced Matthew Taylor’s report on the future of work with some reflections about her first year in office. The issue at the heart of her agenda is the same as it always was, she said: recognising that the EU referendum result was not only a vote to leave the European Union but also a call to change the country. But last month’s close election means that tactics must change: if Britain is to get anything done, politicians will have to work across party lines. She challenged Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to “contribute” rather than merely criticising. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Britische Wirtschaft rudert gegen den „Hard-Brexit“

Posted by hkarner - 6. Juli 2017

Während die Regierung erstmals Verständnis signalisiert, wird hinter den Kulissen massiv um Positionen gerungen. Unternehmensvertreter fordern nicht weniger als die Beibehaltung der Arbeitnehmermobilität.

London. Keine Interessenvertretung hat aus dem Ergebnis der Unterhauswahl in Großbritannien so viel Ermutigung abgeleitet wie die Wirtschaft des Landes. Nachdem Premierministerin Theresa May die Anliegen der Unternehmer seit ihrem Amtsantritt vor einem Jahr konsequent ignoriert hatte, „hört man jetzt wieder auf ökonomische Argumente“, sagt ein hoher Beamter in London. Ein Gipfel zwischen Regierung und Wirtschaft heute, Freitag, auf dem Landsitz Chevening House soll auch symbolisch diese Neuausrichtung der Politik demonstrieren.

Während May auf dem G20-Gipfel in Hamburg weilt, wird Brexit-Minister David Davis gemeinsam mit Wirtschaftsminister Greg Clark die Gespräche leiten. Zusammen mit Schatzkanzler Philip Hammond ist hier seit den Wahlen ein informelles Triumvirat in der Regierung entstanden, das den absolutistischen Positionen der Premierministerin („Brexit means Brexit“) entgegenwirken will. In einer Rede sicherte Hammond der Wirtschaft diese Woche zu: „Wir hören auf Ihre Sorgen und nehmen sie ernst.“  Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Britain’s decline and fall

Posted by hkarner - 30. Juni 2017

Date: 29-06-2017
Source: The Economist: Bagehot

The country has not cut such a pathetic figure on the global stage since Suez

WRITING to his wife in May 1942, Evelyn Waugh recounted a true story of military derring-do. A British commando unit offered to blow up an old tree-stump on Lord Glasgow’s estate, promising him that they could dynamite the tree so that it “falls on a sixpence”. After a boozy lunch they all went down to witness the explosion. But instead of falling on a sixpence the tree-stump rose 50 feet in the air, taking with it half an acre of soil and a beloved plantation of young trees. A tearful Lord Glasgow fled to his castle only to discover that every pane of glass had been shattered. He then ran to his lavatory to hide his emotions, but when he pulled the plug out of his washbasin “the entire ceiling, loosened by the explosion, fell on his head.”

A year on from the Brexit referendum Britain feels like Lord Glasgow’s castle. The most visible damage has been done to its domestic politics. With the Conservative Party in turmoil Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s hard-left leader, talks about being prime minister in six months. But just as serious is the blow to Britain’s global standing, which is lower than it has been at any time since the Suez crisis in 1956, when America crushed Anthony Eden’s attempt to reassert British power in Egypt. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Changing Geopolitics of European Emotion

Posted by hkarner - 29. Juni 2017

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China’s Hong Kong at 20

Posted by hkarner - 29. Juni 2017

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