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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:12 pm    Post subject: Far-Right Trump Supporters Try to Arrest London Mayor Reply with quote

Far-Right Trump Supporters Try to Arrest London Mayor
After Sadiq Khan said the U.S. president wasn’t welcome in London.

A group of far-right protesters holding American flags disrupted an event featuring London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Saturday, attempting to conduct a “citizen’s arrest” of the mayor after he dissed U.S. President Donald Trump. Khan’s speech on gender equality at the Fabian Society was delayed by several minutes as police ushered the demonstrators out of the building, according to multiple reports. The protesters, believed to be members of the White Pendragons group, accused Khan of “subverting the English constitution” and demanded he be arrested. They were escorted out by police after several minutes of their “non-violent” protest. The incident appeared to stem from Khan’s remarks on Trump’s planned visit to London, which he said was canceled because the American president feared widespread protests. After the protesters were ousted on Saturday, Khan took another jab at Trump. “It is a pleasure to be here even though we were distracted by the actions of what some would call very stable geniuses,” he said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5265647/Far-right-Trump-supporters-try-arrest-Sadiq-Khan.html
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:06 pm    Post subject: Fortunately... Reply with quote

Fortunately these far right supporters of Trump are a minority group and a very small one at that although some people who despise Trump are disappointed they won’t be able to moon him or make fun and embarrass the hell out of him.... The rest of the UK breathed a huge sigh of relief.. super grin
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:59 am    Post subject: Germans Get Blueprint For New Coalition Reply with quote

German Leaders Emerge From Marathon Talks With Blueprint For New Coalition
•January 12, 2018

It may have taken a marathon — but the party leaders who walked into a negotiating room in Berlin roughly 24 hours earlier emerged Friday morning with smiles on their faces and a preliminary deal in hand.

Before a cluster of media in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her center-left counterparts announced they have agreed to a draft deal for a coalition government. The 28-page blueprint lays out a proposed compromise between Merkel's conservative bloc and the Social Democrats, who have governed Germany together for years but lately have shown signs of significant friction.

Now, the leaders must take the deal back to lawmakers in their own parties, who will determine whether to confirm, change or reject Friday's agreement.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:05 pm    Post subject: The Czechs’ Clear Choice: Russia or Europe Reply with quote

The Czechs’ Clear Choice: A Future for the Young With Europe, or Nostalgia and Dependence on Putin
Jiri Drahos, the pro-Europe challenger to incumbent president and Putin crony Milos Zeman, looks like he just might win the second round runoff.
BY Anna Nemtsova

RomanNOVE VESELI, Czech Republic—On the day of the first round in this country’s presidential election, Linda Jamborova, a 23-year-old coffee shop manager, was busy chatting with her clients in a provincial town in Vysocina region. With a big smile, a contagious sense of humor, and her golden skin glowing after a visit to the tanning salon on this gray and misty day, she generated an air of youth and health. Jamborova was speaking about her dreams, her political views, and the generational clash between young and old in the Czech Republic.

Prague was once a cultural beacon, hip and dynamic, led by the literary icon Vaclav Havel through a smooth transition from communism. Now, the country is known for retrograde politics, and strangely, a leaning toward Russia, even nostalgia for old East Bloc ties. Among the elites, at least, the Velvet Revolution led by the late Havel seems to have been folded up and put away in a drawer.

Like many young women in her country, Jamborova was frustrated that all nine candidates running for president in the first round of voting last Friday were male. She seemed to have a hard time choosing which of these unremarkable, gray figures should be the one to represent her country on the international scene.

But one thing Jamborova felt confident about: she did not want to see 73-year-old President Milos Zeman re-elected to stay in Prague Castle on top of the hill in her country’s capital for another term. At least in this, the election offered Czechs like Jamborova a chance to regain some of their country's old moral high ground. “Every time I see him, he is drunk, and his face looks stupid. I would hate it if he wins,” Jamborova told The Daily Beast.

In the event, President Zeman failed to win re-election in the first round, with only 38.5 percent of vote, and after two weeks Czech citizens will vote again. All the other candidates endorsed the leading opposition candidate in the run-off, Jiri Drahos, the former president of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He had placed second with 26.6 percent of the vote, and Czech Television subsequently gave him a 48.5 percent to 44 percent lead over Zeman.

If Zeman is defeated, many would see it as a setback for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to win over the leaders of countries that once were part of the Soviet Bloc.

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-czechs-clear-choice-a-future-for-the-young-with-europe-or-nostalgia-and-dependence-on-putin?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning
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