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by Bjinse on Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 at 09:03:28 PM EST
No backstop, no Brexit deal, say MEPs

< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

I for one look forward to the day, when the EU Council makes its decision to proceed with a UK agreement without the consent of the EP and contrary to the instruction of the TEU.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 03:33:32 PM EST
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Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs , Oct 2018

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 31st, 2019 at 04:17:04 PM EST
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BBC considers setting up international base in Belgium after Brexit | Politics | The Guardian
The BBC is considering Brussels as the location for a new EU base after Brexit to allow it to continue to broadcast across the continent.
by generic on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 06:51:35 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 06:56:39 PM EST
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Belgian Broadcasting Corporation. Will they have to broadcast in French and Dutch as well?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 06:58:31 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 07:51:52 PM EST
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Brussels is quite tricky on division ... not Dutch of course but Flemish! 😡

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 07:56:11 PM EST
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When I lived in Brussels (and also worked in Antwerp) everybody I knew called it Dutch (or Nederlands). I think the distinction is mainly made by foreigners, the way German book reviews distinguish between translated from the English or from the American (sorry Australians. You don't count, as usual).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 08:41:51 PM EST
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Je hebt helemaal gelijk! Heel bijzonder, wij in Nederland maken juist het onderscheid: de Belgen spreken Vlaams. Er zijn zoveel bijzondere uitdrukkingen in het Vlaams wat je niet hoort in Nederland. Een van de mooiste vindt ik zelf: kuisvrouwe. Zal je NOOIT horen in Nederland!

Vlaanderen weer beetje minder Vlaams: scholen moedigen allochtonen aan om hun moedertaal in de klas te spreken

Het 'Vlaams', een taal of een misverstand? [pdf]

    Flemish, a language or a misunderstanding?
    My  contribution  "'Flemish',  a  language  or  a  misunderstanding"  describes  the  language  
    development  in  Dutch-speaking  Belgium  and  dwells  on  the  reasons  why  Flemish  is  often  
    considered  an  autonomous  language,  next  to  Dutch.  The  international  misunderstanding  
    about the position of Flemish is due to historical French language ideology and the language
    nationalism  of  both  Dutchmen  and  Flemings.  Dutch  should  be  considered  a  pluricentric  
    language with two natiolects: Netherlandic Dutch and Belgian Dutch (and Surinam Dutch
    as a third one}.


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 08:56:11 PM EST
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There used to be a language called Serbo-Croatian.

Now there are two.

A language is a dialect with an army and a navy (Chomsky?)

(That must explain why there is no "Swiss" language)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 02:10:52 PM EST
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(Chomsky?)

Max Weinreich (but he attributes it to an audience comment in a lecture of his).

(That must explain why there is no "Swiss" language)

Then why is there a North Macedonian language?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 02:16:17 PM EST
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You'll be surprised ... the Swiss are fully prepared for any attack and do have a Navy. 😃
Learned from a few years in a job for a US tech company w hq in Riverside CA and European hq in Zug ... where else 😉
Excellent lunches and wines ... many moons ago.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 03:07:01 PM EST
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Count Bosnian and Montenegrin and you have four.
by fjallstrom on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 04:12:15 PM EST
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Ethnologue
It's a sobering resource about imperial basket cases and "globalism" since, oh, 1945.

archived
Step 1.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 25th, 2019 at 02:35:29 PM EST
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Walp, Varadkar toed his D-K threshold: "Victimized", he says. "Triggers" friend and foe alike, brushes off fleas.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 25th, 2019 at 11:34:29 PM EST
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Also I must note that some fun hating editor changed the headline to "international base" from "international HQ".
by generic on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 07:03:44 PM EST
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[IE] Government publishes plans for no-deal Brexit
The outline of the legislation that will underpin the Government's plan to deal with a hard Brexit has been published.

The legislation will be titled General Scheme of the Miscellaneous Provisions (Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 29 March 2019) Bill

It will comprise 17 parts and encompass nine Government Departments.

The Government is aiming to have the Bill passed by the Oireachtas before 29 March - the day the UK is set to leave the European Union.

BATNA. Who is and who is not "on board," eh.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 06:53:24 PM EST
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Zim 'Government Buildings': We are not amused.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 08:17:20 PM EST
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Queen sends a Brexit message to UK politicians: end your bickering, nuance
"She's been a gold standard monarch for very nearly 67 years now and this is a particularly gilt-edged moment, I think it's very important what she said and how she said it," historian Peter Hennessy said.
Spain wants `new relationship' with Gibraltar, Sanchez tells CNN, "issue of the footnote"
"There is a dispute between the Government of Spain and the government of the United Kingdom concerning sovereignty over Gibraltar.

"The territory is registered on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories of the United Nations, subject to decolonisation."



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by Cat on Sat Jan 26th, 2019 at 10:39:39 PM EST
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Yvette Cooper's Article 50 amendment [sic] takes us in right direction - Sturgeon
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford is also expected to table an amendment on Monday calling on Mrs May to note the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Commons all voted "overwhelmingly" to reject her deal.
They will not be amending the TEU. They will attempt to amend the UK (Withdrawal) Bill, ppl, establishing parliamentary authority to consider either to revoke A.50 nottice or petition to EU for extended negotiation period.
"That's why I think now Article 50 should be extended, there should be a request made for that [TO WHOM? BY WHOM?] and the SNP were the first party to call for that.
compulsive "stitch up" "fudges" onanism
"We'll have to wait and see what Labour's position would be. Firstly we'd have to wait and see if there would be a general election. It's pretty inexplicable that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leader here in Scotland (Richard Leonard) doesn't seem to be able to say what position on Brexit they would take in a general election."
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She added: "I'm simply recognising the many hypotheticals underlying. I've always said - I said in the 2015 general election if you recall, I said it in the 2017 general election - that the SNP would want to be part of a progressive alternative to a Conservative government if the arithmetic leant itself to that. That remains the case. ...Until now the blockage to working together like that has come from the Labour side but I would always do whatever I could as leader of the SNP to keep the Tories out of Downing Street."
What is the matter with your government?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 27th, 2019 at 08:08:31 PM EST
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there was at least a glimmer of hope among the fudge.
Today, the European Parliament's Civil Liberties committee approved proposals to changes to the EU's visa rules that, with or without a Brexit deal, UK nationals will not need an EU visa for short-stays of up to three months.

The change now needs to be backed by governments before being signed off by MEPs in March, allowing it to enter into force before the 29 March deadline when, as it stands, the UK will formally leave the EU.
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Provided that the UK does not revoke visa-free access, freedom of movement - albeit for up to three months - will not be ended by Brexit.

Tear up Irish backstop, MPs tell May in [old, frayed, soggy] Brexit twist
"The Withdrawal Agreement is and remains the best and only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal," stated European Council President Donald Tusk. "The backstop is part of the Withdrawal Agreement and the withdrawal agreement is not open for re-negotiation," he added.
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In a series of other votes, MPs also voted to reject [1] an attempt to extend Article 50 until the end of 2019 if May could not secure an agreement on her Brexit deal, [2] an amendment allowing MPs to take control of Brexit policy, and [3] an amendment by the Labour party to keep the UK in a permanent customs union.
o. Look. Mme May has not called for a general election.
May now has two weeks to obtain new concessions before presenting a revised deal to the UK Parliament on 13 February.
Maybe she'll "mull" the general election option tomorrow.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 12:49:22 AM EST
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In past 24 hours the Tories, Brexiteers (ERG group) and PM May cabinet ministers managed a deal to keep the party together thereby saving her skin. May will stay in power blaming the failure on the EU for not reopening negotiations on Irish backstop clause in WA. Next general election in 2022. No chance for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn to grab power. Too many Labour backbenchers voted in accordance to the referendum outcome of their constituencies and split the vote last night in favor of PM May's preferred result. A hard exit ahead, keeping the €39bn exit fee and a middle finger to mainland EU states. What about Spain and the Rock called Gibraltar?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 05:13:32 AM EST
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"A whiff of grapeshot and the taste of cold steel will see off Johnny Foreigner."

Don't 'cha know.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Jan 30th, 2019 at 06:23:07 PM EST
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Three more days until Elizabeth II, Regina, dissolves parliament.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 4th, 2019 at 08:11:54 PM EST
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Uncommon protagonist: Speaker John Bercow in Brexit drama spotlight, (AFP) no by-line
Worryingly for the government [?], he has shown he is happy to rip up the rule book to allow parliament to have its say.

'Referee of our affairs'

Bercow was first elected as an MP for May's[?] Conservative party, but his elevation to Speaker in 1999 means that he is supposed to be politically neutral.

Animal Farm
He has also been accused of presiding over a culture of bullying in the Commons, and did not deny he [?] referred to a senior female government minister [?] as "stupid".
[...]
Another challenged him over a sticker spotted in the car he drives, saying "Bollocks to Brexit".
&tc

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jan 29th, 2019 at 08:03:08 PM EST
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by generic on Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 at 08:01:28 AM EST
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