Thursday, September 19, 2019
Europe’s long-standing resistance to joint policing of its financial system is coming home to roost.  A widening moneyilaundering scandal  has exposed weaknesses that Russian criminals have exploited for years, increasing the prospect of U.S. authorities stepping in with draconian fines of...
Pro-Emmanuel Macron or anti-gilets jaunes (yellow vests)? Protesters took part in a march in response to the French gilets jaunes movement held in Paris on Sunday. They were over 10,000, according to the authorities. Dubbed the "Republican march for the...
Leaders of Italy’s triumphant conservative alliance have called for a radical change in the EU’s negotiating stance over Brexit, describing threats to restrict trade and punish Britain as ideological idiocy. “Great Britain is a friendly country with a long tradition...

Halfway to Brexit

The Brexit negotiations are now at their halfway stage but, as any mountaineer knows, the hardest part of reaching the summit is the final, punishing ascent. With most of the basic ‘housekeeping’ issues of the Brexit divorce deal now resolved,...
Has the bitcoin fever broken? Bitcoin prices plunged sharply to below $11,000 on Friday, shedding a third of its value in just 24 hours, according to data from CoinDesk.com. It later rebounded slightly to around $12,000 -- but that's still a...
Pope Francis warned ideological attempts to sow fear or division in society on Sunday as he paid tribute to Christians in Romania killed or persecuted under Communism. His comments came on the final day of his visit too the majority-Orthodox...

Brexit will mean Brexit

Throughout the long and drawn-out process of leaving the EU, the most baffling thing has been how some seem to regard the pronouncements of that wondrous body, the European Commission. For lo, these are holy writ. When the Commission says...
President Donald Trump is setting up another obliteration of American norms by pushing his Miami golf resort as the venue for the next G7 and proposing an invitation to Russia. If Trump as summit host ignores the substantive opposition to his...
Gun ownership per capita in the US is more than three times that of Europe's highest country. There were 39.1 firearms per 100 people in Montenegro, compared with 120 in the US, according to the Small Arms Survey (SAS) Around 46%...
It is not just “centrists”, that motley crew of Blairites, Left-wing Tories and Remainiac metropolitan graduates, who feel politically homeless, stuck between Jeremy Corbyn's hard-Left army and Theresa May’s Brexit government. Such folk have garnered much attention for their...

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