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Day: April 5, 2019

How Merkel might save Brexit
Europe, Featured

How Merkel might save Brexit

    Angela Merkel is the Theresa May of Europe. Whenever something goes wrong, she gets the blame. Just look at Brexit. Clearly, there we were many reasons why the UK voted to leave the EU. A deep-rooted national identity crisis, for example, and the pervasive image of the EU as a boring bureaucratic behemoth imposing its will – an idea propagated by many eurosceptics. But shortly after the Brexit referendum, some European commentators quickly found the real culprit to blame for the disaster: the German chancellor herself. Many blamed her immigration policy. In 2015 she had allowed tens of thousands of refugees into Germany. The Ukrainian billionaire George Soros argued – to the glee of the Daily Mail – that Merkel had brought chaos to Europe. It was “an inspiring gest...
EU slaps down Rees Mogg
Featured, United Kingdom

EU slaps down Rees Mogg

    Brussels has slapped down Jacob-Rees Mogg after the leading Brexiteer suggested the UK should wilfully cause chaos at the EU institutions if Brexit was delayed. A spokesperson for the European Commission suggested that the Tory MP was essentially irrelevant and not involved in negotiations. This gentleman is not our interlocutor and I would say then that the principle of sincere cooperation does apply, as prime minister May herself makes clear in her letter, the spokesperson told reporters in Brussels. I would also say that this is a hypothetical question because it supposes, or presupposed an extension, which is yet to be seen by our leaders. Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, also piled in. Seizing on Mr Mogg’s comments, he said: For ...