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“REVOLUTIONARY MOMENT” IN SCOTLAND? September 18, 2014

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There is now 15 hours to the opening of the polls in the Scottish Independence Referendum. Polls are suggesting 48% of the voters will choose Yes. Close is not good enough if NO achieves 50% (probably plus one to make it an absolute majority).
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SCOTLAND THE BRAVE (OR NOT)! September 9, 2014

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About one in eight voters in the Scottish Referendum on independence from the United Kingdom seems to have changed their mind in the last month or so. The latest YouGov poll has been a shock to the political establishment in London – both the Conservative and Labour Parties.
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UKRAINIAN CIVIL WAR AND MH17 July 26, 2014

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While we may be aware of Ukraine, and of it’s ongoing civil war, it is disaster of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 that has created a focus of attention.
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ANGELA MERKEL’S THIRD ELECTORAL SUCCESS September 25, 2013

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Angela Merkel has been returned as the German Chancellor, and Christian Democrats will be the majority party in the Bundestag. Which parties will form government and how many members will be elected has not been resolved.
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AN INCREMENTAL EU ADVANCE December 14, 2012

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The Finance Ministers are now discussing and will be deciding the latest proposal to give the European Central Bank supervision over the 6000 banks of the Eurozone, subject to approval by the European Parliament.
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WHY NOT QUESTION ASSANGE? August 19, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, European Politics, LATIN AMERICA, US Politics.
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Julian Assange is the subject of an inquiry in Sweden concerning allegations made against him requiring him to answer questions put by the Prosecutor who adopted his case. She will not travel to London to question Assange or use a video hook-up.
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“POLISH DEATH CAMPS” June 3, 2012

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The striking thing to me was the ¬†description of President Obama’s words as having “misspoke”, evoking Richard Nixon. Now they have cleaned up their act and called it a “misstatement”.
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THE FATE OF EUROPE May 18, 2012

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British Prime Minister, David Cameron lectured Europe, more particularly Greece ,on what is the proper neoliberal economic way to follow, but the Greek voters who are suffering from the politics of austerity are not likely to listen.
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ENFORCING AUSTERITY May 8, 2012

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Austerity economics, predictably were voted down by Europeans over the weekend.
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EURO AUSTERITY POLITICS April 24, 2012

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The first round of voting for the French President was completed, as the Prime Minister of the Netherlands handed in his commission. The common thread is the economics of austerity promoted from Paris and Berlin.
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BRADFORD WEST BY-ELECTION March 31, 2012

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One suspects that George Galloway, a Scot, is not doing the cause of Scottish Independence too much good by winning, one can say without hyperbole spectacularly in Bradford West.
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THE GREEK CRISIS February 15, 2012

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Are we witnessing the South Americanization of Southern Europe?
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INDEPENDENCE FOR WALES? February 3, 2012

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While it might seem incredible at first glance the departure of Scotland from the United Kingdom may herald the further departure of Wales.
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GIFT HORSE FOR GREECE? November 3, 2011

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What to do when the polls are falling, the government has a small majority and there is open dissent in the ranks, even when the EU is offering money in the pipeline? The solution of the Greek PM was to hold a referendum.
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BERLIN VOTES . . . September 20, 2011

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. . . and so has Wollongong. Voting systems determine outcomes, and who gets to participate in government.
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CELEBRATING “LIBERTY, FRATERNITY AND EQUALITY” July 15, 2011

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The invasion of Botany Bay by convicts among lesser other persons was in 1788, but in Paris the prisioners were released from the Bastille on this day in 1789 – 14 July.
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EU DEBT CRISIS April 8, 2011

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Portugal has now asked effectively France and Germany to bail it out of its sovereign debt crisis. Other reports suggest that Spain has found itself in the same position.
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BADEN-WURTTEMBERG ELECTION March 29, 2011

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The elections in Baden Wurttemberg, where the Greens triumphed,held over the weekend may prove more significant that those in New South Wales, where they are said to have failed.
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EIRE ELECTIONS 2011 February 28, 2011

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Such is the nature of proportional representation system used in Ireland that once the seats are confirmed, negotiations begin to form the government.
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UK UNIVERSITY FEES TO TREBLE December 10, 2010

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I had not realized that the UK Coalition Government was proposing to treble fees for university students. Nor is it surprising that the report in The Independent concentrates on the incidents of violent protest around the Houses of Parliament.
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