What the French elections mean for Americans

April 24, 2017

… endorsed Le Pen last week, against President Obama, who called Macron to wish him godspeed. While the world for the moment may breathe a sigh of relief that a far-left candidate, Jean-Luc Melenchon, was left in the dust, the final round will represent a French vote for or against France’s remaining in Europe — effectively a referendum on Frexit. A vote for Le Pen won’t happen by accident. It will be a conscious choice of the French people, who know very well who they will …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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Gen. Allen: Trump should call Turkey’s President back — and say this

April 19, 2017

(CNN)As the White House defends President Donald Trump’s phone call to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his referendum victory that grants him largely unchecked powers, retired Marine Gen. John Allen is urging Trump to place a follow-up call to the controversial leader — and Allen is giving Trump advice on what he should say. “But,” he cautioned, “my hope would be that there is a second phone call, one that doesn’t require a lot of …

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Turkey’s shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

April 18, 2017

… post-referendum haze — looking for answers to a referendum tainted by complaints during the campaign, the voting and preliminary results. Erdogan declared victory on Sunday night after state-run media Anadolu reported 51.4% voted for his “Yes” campaign. The razor-thin majority of votes had opponents crying fraud and saying the “Yes” side would not have had so many votes and even could have lost, if the Turkish Supreme Board of Elections had followed its …

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Salt Bae sprinkling his vote is the only good thing to come out of Turkey referendum

April 17, 2017

Salt Bae doesn’t just season steaks. He also votes. lem tamam#saltbae #saltlife #salt A post shared by Nusr_et#Saltbae (@nusr_et) on Apr 15, 2017 at 10:46pm PDT Yes, that’s chef Nusret Gke, aka Salt Bae, voting. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory Sunday in a referendum that gives him sweeping new powers. SEE ALSO: ‘Salt Bae’ seasoned Leonardo DiCaprio’s dinner, as is the natural order of things Are the results bad for democracy? You …

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PM suggests free movement extension – BBC News

April 5, 2017

… did not endorse talk in Brussels of a transitional period of maybe three years. But the tone of minister’s discussing immigration policy has changed. Suggestions of a sharp cut in EU migration after Brexit has given way to caveats and qualification. The rhetoric and slogans of the EU referendum and its aftermath have passed – now Mrs May and her ministers are preparing the ground for the give-and-take and compromises involved in their mission to deliver success and stability …

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Brexit sovereignty plan set out in Great Repeal Bill – BBC News

March 30, 2017

… the largest legislative projects ever undertaken in the UK” A Lords committee described it as a “unique challenge”, with EU having accumulated over decades Read more: A guide to the Great Repeal Bill Brexit Secretary David Davis said: “At the heart of the referendum decision was sovereignty. A strong, independent country needs control of its own laws. That process starts now. “Converting EU law into UK law, and ending the supremacy of lawmakers in Brussels, is an …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

The phrase she was keenest to use “now is not the time” – but significantly she didn’t say “never”. So if not now, when? Has she accepted that there will be an independence referendum sometime after Brexit? Both sides say they want the Brexit picture to clear up, so they can offer voters an “informed choice”. The divide is over when they believe this will happen. Ms Sturgeon believes the substantive shape of the Brexit deal should be set in …

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