Brexit is just one front in Europes battle for its soul | Timothy Garton Ash

Whether its taking on Boris Johnson or Matteo Salvini, this is one and the same struggle, says Guardian columnist Timothy Garton Ash John Bull has been having a breakdown, and hes getting worse, so now his housemates gather in the kitchen to decide what to do about him. Feisty Emmanuel from France thinks John is messing up all their lives, and they should kick him out of the house. After all, that bull-necked English egotist said he wanted to leave three years ago. Living up to her nickname Mutti, Angela is much more sympathetic. Donald, who hails from Poland, says John should be given time and space to sort himself out. Watch the next episode of Brexit, Europes most-viewed soap …

France, Spain and Belgium ‘ready for no-deal Brexit next week’

Chance of May getting 30 June extension appear slim after notes of EU meeting emerge France has won the support of Spain and Belgium after signalling its readiness for a no-deal Brexit on 12 April if there are no significant new British proposals, according to a note of an EU27 meeting seen by the Guardian. The diplomatic cable reveals that the French ambassador secured the support of Spanish and Belgian colleagues in arguing that there should only be, at most, a short article 50 extension to avoid an instant financial crisis, saying: We could probably extend for a couple of weeks to prepare ourselves in the markets. The chances of Theresa Mays proposal of an extension to 30 June succeeding …

The Tory leadership contest: your handy idiots guide | Marina Hyde

The Conservative party is seeking a new face to lead us down the wrong path, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde Theres a photo from Pompeii thats been doing the internet rounds a while, showing the plaster cast of a naked man. He appears to have died masturbating, even as he must have known the Vesuvian ash-cloud was approaching. Did he? Science says so fully Handmaids Tale on May in an interview for the Times that the paper was only able to give a side column to fellow contender going for a run. The same was being said of LET MY PEOPLE GO was not even Boris Johnsons maddest Telegraph column this week. Heres a more Arkham Asylum. Moving on, Amber …

Brexit: as May’s deal is defeated for the third time, the next steps explained

The scenarios still on the table after MPs voted down the withdrawal agreement on Friday It was by all accounts a sobering meeting between the 27 EU ambassadors, the blocs chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and the most senior of its officials, Martin Selmayr, on Thursday afternoon. No deal was now regarded as the Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

UK should leave EU with no deal, says former Bank of England governor

Mervyn King says Britain could ease dislocation costs with six months of planning The former governor of the Bank of England, issued repeat warnings that leaving the EU without a deal would cause significant economic damage and would damage living standards across the country. The Bank published a worst-case scenario last year that included Britain plunging into an Philip Hammond, the chancellor, not to accelerate spending to prepare the country for such a scenario had been disastrous and had cost the UKs bargaining power in talks with Brussels. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

European press gets popcorn out for another chaotic day of Brexit

The latest twist was likened to a TV saga, and no one knows what the ending will be European press and commentators switched on the TV, pulled out the popcorn and sat back to watch the Germanys offered to step down as prime minister if MPs backed her twice-rejected Brexit deal, and parliament Frankfurter said Frances complained Frances de VolkskrantThe Irish Times said Mays deal was still short of a majority despite her offer to step down, while s in Spain thought that even if the prime minister had finally understood that she was the price that must be paid to save Brexit, there remained a great many obstacles on her way to securing it This is not over yet.

Tories fight ‘like rats in a sack’ to hang on to the hard Brexit dream

ERG hardliners who oppose Mays deal are blamed by Eurosceptic MPs for helping remainers Its like rats in a sack on the WhatsApp group today, says one glum Tory Brexit-backing MP. Everyone is turning on each other. Another described the mood as extremely bitter and very depressed among many more mainstream Eurosceptic Conservative MPs who fear they are on the brink of losing the hard Brexit that was almost in their grasp. Their ire is directed mainly at the 70 pro-Brexit hardliners who refused to back Mays deal on the second attempt. The holdouts won approval from their Conservative members who want nothing less than a no-deal Brexit and will be decisive in picking the next party leader. However, they …

Google fined $1.7 Billion by European Union for handicapping competitors

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of London for the "Put It To The People" protest of BrexitImage: Getty Images As the tire fire that is Theresa May’s handling of Brexit continues to burn, a crowd pegged at around a million people flooded the streets of London on Saturday, protesting the disastrous policy and calling on a new referendum.  SEE ALSO: John Oliver shares his thoughts on Brexit and we honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry While the option of a second referendum on Brexit was once seen as highly unlikely, there’s now a semblance of hope for those backing the vote. Prime Minister May has bungled the process and is faced with a variety …

Macron: UK heading for no-deal Brexit if MPs reject May’s plan

French presidents warning comes as Theresa May set to ask EU leaders for extension Emmanuel Macron has warned that Britain is heading for a no-deal Brexit unless the House of Commons ratifies the withdrawal agreement negotiated with Brussels. The stark choice for MPs was laid out by the French president shortly before the 27 EU heads of state and government listen to an appeal by Theresa May for a lack of European elections in the UK. France has been one of the most vocal EU members in insisting a long Brexit delay should only be granted if there is a big change in British politics, such as a Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using …

Mind the gender pay gap: Berlin women to get public transport discount

Gender-specific Frauenticket will be 21% cheaper than usual and available on 18 March in stunt to flag German pay gap Women travelling on Berlins metro, buses or trams will pay 21% less than men next Monday in a stunt to boost the visibility of Germanys gaping gender pay gap. The citys public transport operator, BVG, said its Frauenticket will be available on 18 March only, to mark Equal Pay Day in Germany. Under the slogan Mind the pay gap, it said its cut-price ticket was intended to flag the 21% difference between men and womens average earnings, one of the biggest gender pay gaps in Europe. You have to speak out when people are treated differently for no reason, the …

Elizabeth Warren Fires a Warning Shot at Big Tech

The tech industry is already under siege by the press, the public, and regulators around the world. But on Friday, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren lobbed a bomb onto that battlefield, designed to crack the fortresses that have formed around tech monopolies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon. In a Medium post, the US senator from Massachusetts laid out her presidential platform for breaking up these big tech companies, unwinding their past mergers, and preventing giant platforms like Amazon from also selling their own products on those platforms, potentially stifling competition. "As these companies have grown larger and more powerful, they have used their resources and control over the way we use the Internet to squash small businesses and innovation, and …

Facebook leaks reveal unethical global lobbying strategies

Image: bob al-greene / mashable Facebook’s whole business model hinges on collecting data and breaching users’ privacy, so it comes as no surprise to learn that the company has been currying favor with politicians around the globe to stymie legislation that protects people’s privacy. Leaked internal documents from Facebook, reported on by The Guardian and Computer Weekly Saturday, outline a litany of ways that Facebook was using its power, money, and influence to sway politicians including a former UK chancellor, a former prime minister of Ireland, and a former president of India. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s search feature has some pretty creepy suggestions The leaks show specific tactics that Facebook used to get on the good side of politicians and push …

The utter absurdity of Trump’s July Fourth bash

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump likes big productions. Big bashes. Ideally to honor him. But consider what we are talking about here: The President of the United States is planning to give a speech that, knowing him, will almost certainly be political in nature.  And he is going to give it on the day in which we, as Americans, celebrate our independence. The thing is: We already have a big celebration on the Fourth of July! In Washington! I’ve been. It’s wonderful! The National Symphony Orchestra plays! There are fireworks! Given that fact, it’s not hard to see what Trump is doing here. He wanted a giant military parade in Washington on Veterans Day. That got postponed due to cost concerns — …

Coast Guard officer accused of wanting to kill Democrats and journalists was inspired by Norwegian mass shooting, feds say

(CNN)A Coast Guard lieutenant arrested last Friday on gun and drug charges allegedly wanted to conduct a mass killing. The government says Hasson also stockpiled steroids and human growth hormone “to increase his ability to conduct attacks,” consistent with the directions in Breivik’s manifesto. “The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct,” prosecutors wrote. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Barry Lane, spokesman for US Coast Guard Headquarters, said in a statement that the arrest was part of an investigation led by the Coast Guard. “An active duty Coast Guard member, stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug …

Trump tells Europe to take back ISIS fighters, warns they could be released

(CNN)In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump has said European countries should take back and put on trial hundreds of ISIS fighters who have been captured in Syria. “The US does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go.” Trump’s comments come as the area that ISIS now controls has shrunk to just 700 square meters, a commander with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday. The SDF has launched an offensive to oust ISIS from its last enclave in Syria, in the small town of Baghouz Al-Fawqani in the country’s east. At its height, the group controlled an area the size of Great Britain and ruled …

Commander of US-backed forces fighting ISIS asks US to keep troops in Syria

(CNN)The commander of the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces is asking the US and its coalition partners to provide air support and keep up to 1,500 troops in Syria as part of an effort to stabilize the country. Mazloum told reporters that Votel is “working” on his proposal for an enduring coalition presence but Votel later emphasized to reporters that all US ground units are coming out of Syria in accordance with President Donald Trump’s orders. “Our mission, the task given to us right now, and the President’s direction is to withdraw, and that’s where we are, and that’s what we’re focused on doing,” Votel said. The US currently has over 2,000 troops in Syria, where they are primarily …