Boris Johnson on a Tour of Escapades

The new British prime minister presents his contradictions in Berlin and Paris

Boris Johnson at the G7 summit – Twitter: Boris Johnson, 26.08.19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tours Europe as the political Harry Houdini, the legendary escape artist. Observers on both sides of the English Channel are eager to see how he wants to free himself from the contradictions he himself has formulated. His stops are Berlin, Paris and Biarritz. Continue reading

“My feminist heart sings” – Scottish Jo Swinson Wins the Race for LibDem Party Leadership 

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Monday night, one day before the much-noticed change in Tory leadership, the British Liberal Democrats also appointed a new party leader. After predecessor Vince Cable resigned in March, his deputy Joanne Kate “Jo” Swinson became the new incumbent. The 39-year-old Scot cannot only look back on many years of party, parliamentary and ministerial experience, but was also the favourite in the race for the position. Continue reading

Brexit: New Game with Old Pieces

The British House of Commons prepares for the next Brexit battle

Overtime is running. In April, the EU member states’ heads of state and government granted the United Kingdom seven more months to organize their withdrawal from the European Union. Three months have already passed. Both the chance for a second referendum and the risk of a “no deal” departure have increased. Continue reading

A Letter From… United Kingdom! 

 

The best news of the night, consistent with the picture elsewhere in Europe, is that voter turnout went up sharply, from 35.4% in 2014 to 50.5% this time. Europeans are beginning to value Europe, or at least to recognise its importance.

 

In the UK, more people voted for anti-Brexit parties than for pro-Brexit parties (this excludes those who voted Labour or Conservative, since both parties are divided). The result is consistent with recent opinion polls that show 55% of UK citizens now opposed to Brexit and only 45% in favour. It is widely seen to increase the chances of a second referendum on EU membership. Continue reading