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Day: April 22, 2019

How EU polls are dividing the European parliament over Brexit
Featured, United Kingdom

How EU polls are dividing the European parliament over Brexit

    EU unity has been one of the great surprises of Brexit: the bloc’s 27 remaining member states have managed to hold a united front in public in a way the UK a single country could only dream of. But with the UK’s departure delayed until October crucially, after the EU elections – that unity is being tested as never before, and the results are surfacing in the European parliament itself. Guy Verhofstadt, long adored by British Remainers for mocking Brexiteers and championing citizens’ rights, surprised a few of those campaigners when he stood up in the European parliament on Wednesday. “The only thing that can save us is Nigel Farage,” the EU federalist said – prompting applause from the arch Eurosceptic himself and nervous glances from the Lib Dem MEP sitting behind...
Why Putin might worry about Ukraine’s president-elect
Featured, Russia

Why Putin might worry about Ukraine’s president-elect

    A landslide victory on the scale of Ukraine's president-elect, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, is the kind of electoral result you might expect from his larger, autocratic neighbour to the east. But there are no question marks over the legitimacy of this vote or the strength of the democratic mandate it gives Ukraine's new leader. This was a cry from the gut of the Ukrainian people that they are fed up with what's gone before. It is as much an expression of rage as it is an endorsement. Between media appearances at campaign HQ, Mr Zelenskiy recorded a video message for distribution on social media. His Facebook and Insta-driven campaign looks set to continue in his presidency. He is promising to listen. His message is power to the people, direct democracy. A populist messag...