Fringe Parties Unleash a Political Earthquake
Something extraordinary is going on in European politics. The populist rebellion that saw fringe parties secure almost 25% of the seats in the European Parliament in May elections appears to be accelerating, rather than abating as some had predicted.
In the U.K., where the political class is reeling from the Scottish referendum—which saw 45% of Scots vote for independence—the ruling Conservative party has just been hit by the defection of a second parliamentarian to the anti-European Union U.K. Independence Party. In Sweden, the far-right Sweden Democrats took 13% of the votes in this month's general election and now holds the balance of power in parliament. In Germany, the anti-euro Alternative for Germany showed it is now an electoral force by winning 12.2% and 10.6% of the vote in Brandenburg and Thuringia, respectively.
UK could find itself tied to EU rules but with no say
Monday, 29 September 2014 12:15
If investors are nervous about the prospect of Britain holding a referendum that could lead to it leaving the EU, they are not yet panicking – perhaps because any vote is unlikely before 2017. Foreign investment has been flowing strongly into the UK, helped by cuts in business taxes.
In 2013-14, the UK attracted the largest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, up 14 per cent on the previous year, according to UK Trade and Investment, the trade promotion agency.
U.S. trade pact in spotlight as new EU Commission faces grilling
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:57
(Reuters) - The European Union's likely next trade chief will face tough questions about how she would handle free trade negotiations with the United States when confirmation hearings for the new European Commission open on Monday.
Sweden's Cecilia Malmstrom will be among the first group of nominees to former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker's new European Commission to face scrutiny from the European Parliament.
UK under fire after shunning EU law on returning migrants’ benefits
Saturday, 27 September 2014 22:20
Several EU members are outraged that the UK is refusing to pay millions in unemployment benefits to returning immigrants who lost jobs in Britain – and can’t find one back home.
The case is reviving the ferocious March 2013 disagreement between London and Brussels over how the welfare system for migrants is handled and whether the UK or the EU has the final say. Prime Minister David Cameron’s position is that of restricting everything from housing benefits to NHS care for those applying to UK jobs via the EU’s free-movement rules, something Brussels sees as only contributing to xenophobia.
Seventy years on, Arnhem has never forgotten its debt to the thousands of British and Polish soldiers who gave their lives in ill-fated Allied plan to deliver final blow to Hitler
Saturday, 27 September 2014 20:56
Clutching her nine-year-old son, Bertje Voskuil could only sit in terrified silence among the wounded soldiers hiding in the cellar. Up above, vicious fighting raged from room to room. Suddenly, a trapdoor opened and a grenade came flying down.
Bertje grabbed her boy, Henri, and waited for the worst. At the very same moment, Private Albert Willingham of the Parachute Regiment performed an act of supreme gallantry and threw himself on top of the pair of them, taking the full – and fatal - brunt of the blast. Mary came round to find shrapnel in her legs and Henri face down in a pool of blood. For two hours, she presumed her boy was dead, until a German doctor informed her that he would survive. And survive he did, going on to be a doctor himself. Three years later, he would also have a little brother when Robert Voskuil was born.
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20 per cent off your first home: Tories offer first-time buyers under 40 special discount
Saturday, 27 September 2014 20:22
It Was A Bad Weekend For Europe
Monday, 29 September 2014 12:05
It was another weekend of creeping signs that Europe is coming unglued.
First in the UK, the ruling Conservative party saw a second Member of Parliament defect to UKIP, an anti-EU populist party whose popularity seems to be surging.
The defection, by MP Mark Reckless, comes about a month after another MP, Doug Carswell, left to UKIP. The UK is having its next national Parliamentary election next Spring, and the pressure is on the conservatives to fend off the UKIP surge.
Palestinians and the "Death Boats" Scandal
Saturday, 27 September 2014 22:29
As the past few weeks have, shown, hundreds, if not thousands, of Palestinians would rather risk their lives at sea than live under Palestinian governments and leaders whose only goal is to enrich their bank accounts.Instead of creating job opportunities for young men and women, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority [PA] have spent the past 7 years fighting over money and power. They are now busy planning how to lay their hands on the millions of dollars that are supposed to go to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Hamas wants to use the PA as a tool through which the international community channels funds to he Gaza Strip — a move that would ultimately empower Hamas to tighten its grip over the Palestinian population there.
They said that Hamas officials are providing the emigrants with forged visas and travel documents to to enable them to enter Europe.
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Living in comfort in a holiday hotel (at taxpayers' expense), the Calais lorry migrants: Eritrean asylum seekers say they are looking forward to a life in Britain
Saturday, 27 September 2014 21:30
Abrham Embaye, 30, and Abel Teages, 20, are living in a Kent holiday hotel
Asylum seekers travelled across the Channel hidden in a refrigerated lorry
The pair now get three meals a day paid for them at The Grand Burstin Hotel
Home Office is searching for places they can live in Leeds and Cardiff
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Today's politicians are pygmies, says the man who moulded the Iron Lady: He's the spin doctor who became Maggie's close confidant. Now, to launch his memoirs, Lord Bell gives his verdict on today's leaders
Saturday, 27 September 2014 20:42
The PM is labelled a 'pygmy' who has never said anything with conviction
In contrast Boris Johnson is a 'very interesting politician'
Of Maggie Thatcher, Lord Bell said, 'we had a very natural chemistry'
Advertising and public relations legend Lord Bell is holding forth in his Belgravia kitchen. In the space of two hours, he smokes 14 Benson & Hedges cigarettes, drops endless famous (and infamous) names, tells a couple of very funny jokes and opines on anything and everyone.
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BREAKING NEWS: Double blow for David Cameron as minister quits over allegations concerning 'private life' and second Tory MP defects to UKIP ahead of party conference
Saturday, 27 September 2014 20:03
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- Major terrorist attack is ‘inevitable’ as Isis fighters return, say EU officials EU’s 28 governments are said to be struggling to respond to threat of Islamist fighters coming back from Iraq and Syria
- REFILE-No EU plan to undermine Britain on bonus oversight -officials
- EU to crack down on UK attempts to sidestep banker bonus cap
- Beleaguered Passport Office scrapped after summer holiday chaos saw application backlog spiral out of control
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European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Romania on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020
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UK should consider leaving the EU warns Legal & General boss
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EU Supports Moldova To Secure FTA Benefits
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What a waste! Unelected Eurocrats’ trips cost taxpayer £2.5m a year - JET-SETTING round the world by unelected Brussels chiefs costs European taxpayers more than £2.5million a year, it emerged yesterday.
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