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GERMANY POLITICS: German Coalition Talks Fail: Chancellor Angela Merkel Fourth Term in Doubt

GERMANY POLITICS: German Coalition Talks Fail: Chancellor Angela Merkel Fourth Term in Doubt

“It is a day of deep reflection on how to go forward in Germany,” Merkel told reporters. “As chancellor, I will do everything to ensure that this country is well managed in the difficult weeks to come.”

The failure of coalition talks is unprecedented in Germany’s post-war history, and was likened by newsmagazine Der Spiegel to the shock election of U.S. President Donald Trump or Britain’s referendum vote to leave the EU – moments when countries cast aside reputations for stability built up over decades.

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IRELAND POLITICS: Gerry Adams Steps Down as Sinn Fein Leader

IRELAND POLITICS: Gerry Adams Steps Down as Sinn Fein Leader

“Republicanism has never been stronger… But leadership means knowing when it is time for change. That time is now,” Adams said in an emotional speech to a packed party conference.

“I have complete confidence in the next generation of leaders,” he said.

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UK POLITICS: Pro-Europe Rebels Plotting to ‘Torpedo Brexit’: Senior Conservatives Warn

UK POLITICS: Pro-Europe Rebels Plotting to ‘Torpedo Brexit’: Senior Conservatives Warn

Meanwhile, Cabinet ministers will take part in a series of meetings this week at which David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, will come under pressure to explain what the UK would get in return for an increased divorce bill being demanded by Brussels.

A government source with knowledge of the talks said: “The primary imperative for the British Government now is to weigh up what is offered against what it is politically possible to offer the EU in terms of a financial settlement.” 

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: Scotland May Give Labour Another Chance at British Power

SCOTLAND POLITICS: Scotland May Give Labour Another Chance at British Power

Winning back some of Scotland’s 59 parliamentary seats is key to his plan. With this in mind, Corbyn toured target Scottish constituencies after June’s national election left May’s Conservatives severely weakened.

“There are still many people who need to be persuaded to put their trust in the Labour Party once again,” Corbyn told a meeting in the Highlands ski-resort of Aviemore last month. “But this is the beginning of the rebirth of Scottish Labour.”

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UK POLITICS: New Thinking From UK Needed for Brexit Breakthrough: Ireland Says

UK POLITICS: New Thinking From UK Needed for Brexit Breakthrough: Ireland Says

“The current approach the British government are taking is not compatible with the solutions that we need,” Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said.

“Some of the ideas they published in their paper late in the summer hint towards finding solutions to those problems, but I don’t think they are comprehensive or credible … We need more detail and we need to see some new thinking that is flexible and recognises the unique challenges of the island of Ireland.”

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UK POLITICS: ‘Foreign, European Jews’ Caused ‘Great Problems’ in Middle East: UK Prince Charles Political Quote

UK POLITICS: ‘Foreign, European Jews’ Caused ‘Great Problems’ in Middle East: UK Prince Charles Political Quote

UK Prince Charles says, “To me, the ‘Jewish lobby’ is one of the anti-Semitic themes that have endured for centuries.

It is this myth there are these very powerful Jews who control foreign policy or the media or banks or whatever…”

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU to Sign Defence Pact, May Allow Limited British Role

EUROPE POLITICS: EU to Sign Defence Pact, May Allow Limited British Role

“We’ve never come this far before,” said a senior EU official said of EU defence integration efforts that date back to a failed bid in the 1950s. “We are in a new situation.”

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UK POLITICS: British Ministers Rally Around Boris Johnson Over Iran

UK POLITICS: British Ministers Rally Around Boris Johnson Over Iran

Corbyn, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, also a Labour member, said Johnson had offended states and religions before “bungling” the case of Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in prison after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment. She denies the charges.

“Why would you want to sack him? He’s a good foreign secretary,” Davis told Sky News.

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UK POLITICS: Brexit Never? Britain Can Still Change its Mind, Says Article 50 Author

UK POLITICS: Brexit Never? Britain Can Still Change its Mind, Says Article 50 Author

“Britain can basically change its mind at any time right up to the 29th of March 2019,” Simor told Reuters last month.

“If you can revoke Article 50, then parliament has the power to rescue the country if that becomes necessary – if the government fails to secure a deal, or the deal is terrible, or the people do not want it.”

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UK POLITICS: Number 10 Knew About Secret Priti Patel-Israeli Meeting and Told Her Not to Declare

UK POLITICS: Number 10 Knew About Secret Priti Patel-Israeli Meeting and Told Her Not to Declare

On August 24, the same day Ms Patel spoke to Mr Netanyahu, Middle East minister Alistair Burt and the British Ambassador to Israel met Michael Oren, Deputy Minister at the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, the JC reported.

According to the notes of the meeting, Mr Oren referred to Ms Patel having had a successful meeting with Mr Netanyahu earlier. It is understood that this information was then conveyed to Number 10 – Downing Street have denied knowing about Ms Patel’s meeting with Mr Netanyahu before last Friday.

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UK POLITICS: Priti Patel Biography

UK POLITICS: Priti Patel Biography

Priti Patel was born: 29 March, 1972, in London. Education: Watford Grammar School; economics degree from Keele University, MSc in British government and politics from University of Essex. Family: Born to Gujarati parents who fled Uganda in the 1960s. Married with a seven-year-old son. Career: Elected Witham MP in 2010. Became Treasury minister in 2014 and Minister for Employment in 2015. Appointed Secretary of State for International Development in July 2016.

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UK POLITICS: Majority of Britons Now Disapprove of Theresa May Handling of Brexit Talks

UK POLITICS: Majority of Britons Now Disapprove of Theresa May Handling of Brexit Talks

For the first time, more Britons disagreed that Brexit will help the economy than agreed, ORB said.

“There is no sign that the prime minister is beginning to turn things around when it comes to Brexit,” ORB said in a statement. “Overall these poll findings provide little encouragement for a prime minister facing multiple battles.”

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WALES POLITICS: Carl Sargeant Biography

WALES POLITICS: Carl Sargeant Biography

Carl Sargeant was born in 1968. In September 2014, Carl Sargeant was appointed Welsh Minister for Natural Resources.

“He made a big contribution to Welsh public life and fought tirelessly for those he represented both as a minister and as a local assembly member,” First Minister Carwyn Jones said.

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UK POLITICS: Britain Expands Project on Mental Health in Terrorism Nationwide

UK POLITICS: Britain Expands Project on Mental Health in Terrorism Nationwide

Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, told the British Medical Journal in April that a disproportionate number of suspects in 13 attacks foiled by British police since 2013 had mental health issues.

“If part of the terrorist methodology is to prey on the vulnerable … then it stands to reason that there will be people with certain mental health conditions who will be … susceptible to that,” he said.

“Radicalising and inciting someone who is vulnerable to go and carry out some ghastly attack seems to be part of their tactics, and that has brought in a whole load of vulnerability issues, including mental health, that we now have to wrestle with,” said Rowley.

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU to Discuss Blacklist of Tax Havens After ‘Paradise Papers’ Leaks

EUROPE POLITICS: EU to Discuss Blacklist of Tax Havens After ‘Paradise Papers’ Leaks

The subject’s inclusion on the monthly meeting’s agenda came after the weekend publication of media reports citing the so-called “Paradise Papers”, a trove of leaked financial documents mostly from Appleby, a prominent offshore law firm.

EU countries had planned for months to reach an agreement on a blacklist for tax havens by the end of this year. The new revelations prompted the discussion to be brought forward, EU officials said, but no final decision was expected on Tuesday.

The EU has discussed several measures to crack down on tax avoidance in the past, including in the wake of the “Panama Papers”, a release by the ICIJ last year which chronicled a shadowy world of offshore holdings and hidden wealth.

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UK POLITICS: Leaked Paradise Papers Show Queen Elizabeth II Invested Millions Offshore in Predator Firm Preying on UK’s Poorest

UK POLITICS: Leaked Paradise Papers Show Queen Elizabeth II Invested Millions Offshore in Predator Firm Preying on UK’s Poorest

More than 120,000 people and companies have been identified during the leak, including Queen Elizabeth II. According to the leaked documents, the Duchy of Lancaster invested $7.5 million of the Queen’s private income and financial portfolio in Dover Street VI Cayman Fund LP in 2005.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the information revealed by the Paradise Papers proves that “there’s one rule for the super-rich and another for the rest when it comes to paying tax.”

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CATALAN POLITICS: Pro-Catalonia Independence Parties Seen Winning Most Votes in Election: Poll

CATALAN POLITICS: Pro-Catalonia Independence Parties Seen Winning Most Votes in Election: Poll

Catalonia’s statehood push has tipped Spain into its worst political crisis since its return to democracy four decades ago as surging pro-secession sentiment in the region has in turn kindled nationalism across the country.

According to the GAD3 survey of 1,233 people conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3 and published in La Vanguardia newspaper, pro-independence parties ERC, PDECat and CUP would take between 66 and 69 seats in the 135-seat parliament.

A second poll taken over the same period for the conservative newspaper La Razon echoed the GAD3 survey, showing pro-independence parties would capture the most votes though still fall just shy of a parliamentary majority with 65 seats.

Voter participation would rise to a record of 83 percent, the GAD3 poll showed.

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UK POLITICS: Harriet Harman Holocaust ‘Joke’ Backfires

UK POLITICS: Harriet Harman Holocaust ‘Joke’ Backfires

“I cannot recall being so disappointed in a politician,” said Mr Johnson.

“Harriet Harman must surely know better than to repeat a vile Holocaust joke, irrespective of the point she was trying to make. She must apologise and do so quickly. It is a staggering error of judgement.”

In a tweet released following Mr Johnson’s call for an apology, Ms Harman said: “Anti-Semitic `jokes/banter’ perpetuate discrimination & hatred. No laughing matter.”

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CATALAN POLITICS: Political Crisis Increase Catalonia Unemployment

CATALAN POLITICS: Political Crisis Increase Catalonia Unemployment

Catalonia saw unemployment rise by 3.67 percent, or 14,698 people, the largest loss of jobs amongst all the regions and compared to a just 0.08 percent rise in jobless in the region of Madrid.

The Bank of Spain warned on Thursday that uncertainty due to the independence drive, if it persists, could lead to slower economic growth and lower job creation in the next few months.

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UK POLITICS: Gavin Williamson Biography

UK POLITICS: Gavin Williamson Biography

Gavin was born in Scarborough on 25th June 1976. Prior to entering Parliament Gavin was much involved in manufacturing having turned around a Staffordshire pottery. Until May 2010, when he first became MP for Staffordshire South, Gavin was the Managing Director of an architectural design practice which has been involved in the design of many schools, public sector and commercial buildings.

Gavin was elected a County Councillor in 2001. He stood down in 2005 to contest the parliamentary seat of Blackpool North and Fleetwood in Lancashire. Since then he has been Deputy Chairman of Staffordshire Area Conservatives, Chairman of Stoke on Trent Conservative Association and Vice Chairman of Derbyshire Dales Conservative Association.

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