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Her last friend from a Western European nation who was a diehard conservative and PM May supporter ... a sign of the times. :))

Mark Rutte: "Basta ya de quejarse de Trump, Europa tiene que trabajar con él" | El País |

All the UK has left are the Visegrád group of nations and perhaps a neighbor or two.

Central Europe: Taking up Where the U.K. Left off | Strafor - July 2016 |

Forecast Highlights

  •     The Central European states of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary -- known as the Visegrad Group -- will become increasingly vocal and active in shaping the post-Brexit EU reform process.

  •     The four countries will advocate the repatriation of powers from Brussels to national parliaments and will push for an "intergovernmental Europe" rather than a "supranational Europe."

  •     Because of their relatively small size and peripheral location, the Visegrad Group countries will look for allies within the European Union to advance their goals, aided by the growing Euroskepticism in the region.

The Visegrád Group in the EU: 2016 as a turning-point?

Dutch PM on Brexit: UK is a waning country too small to stand alone | The Guardian |

Britain is a "waning country" and too small to stand alone on the world stage, the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has claimed in a withering assessment of the UK's exit from the EU.

Rutte, who has emerged as a key player in the talks over the past two years, also warned in an interview that the UK looked to be sliding off the "precipice" towards a "devastating" no-deal Brexit.

"Who will be left weakened by Brexit is the United Kingdom," he said. "It is already weakening, it is a waning country compared to two or three years ago. It is going to become an economy of middling size in the Atlantic Ocean. It is neither the US nor the EU. It is too small to appear on the world stage on its own."

Rutte, who also claimed the Dutch would replace the UK in the bloc as the pre-eminent voice for free trade, has been regularly consulted by Theresa May on progress in the Brexit negotiations.

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Asked whether a Brexit deal was likely, Rutte said in an interview with European media outlets, including the Spanish newspaper El País: "My impression is that the ball is heading towards the precipice and everyone screams to stop, but nobody does anything to stop it, at least, from the British side."

Corporate Elitist Rutte Feels May's Pain
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Not unusual act on a day as Europe (Airbus) had to ditch the production line of the A380 ... outdated, so 20th century and its nephews are more lenient, versatile and fuel efficient.

A hard landing ... a no-deal Brexit just ahead.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Feb 14th, 2019 at 11:54:17 AM EST
That is a bad landing. But the airplane survived (after a trip to the maintenance hanger) and so did the passengers.

Question is whether Brexit will work out this well.

by asdf on Thu Feb 14th, 2019 at 06:40:52 PM EST
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