Wednesday, March 22, 2017

#CHINA: Top Police Authority Issues New Guidelines For Protecting Good Samaritans

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China's top police and security authority has announced new guidelines to ensure that Good Samaritans who are injured while helping someone in need are to be better protected. The Ministry of Public Security issued the draft guideline on how to protect and reward good Samaritans, stipulating that medical fees should be paid for by the person responsible for an accident or by those being helped.

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#UK: PM Theresa May Says March 29 Will Start Process Of Leaving the European Union

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Prime Minister Theresa May says she will invoke "Article 50" on March 29, which will start the two-year process of the  UK leaving the European Union. She said she would write a letter to the European Council, adding that it hoped negotiations on the terms of exit and future relations could then begin as quickly as possible. An EU spokesman said it was "ready and waiting" for the letter.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#GERMANY: Merkel, Japanese PM Praise Free Trade During Abe Visit

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met with Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss a free trade deal being negotiated between Japan and the European Union. Merkel's defense of free trade in a speech during a trade show in Hanover was apparently an attempt to rebuke US Pres. Donald Trump's "protectionist" rhetoric. "In these times of inter-connectedness, we want to link together our societies and work together in an equitable way. That's what free trade is about," she said.

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#SWEDEN: Opposition Moderates Slide In Recent Polling

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New polling shows Sweden's largest opposition party, the Moderates, sliding to only 17.6% backing from voters, the worst they've polled since the 2014 election, and less than the 23.3% they won in the last election. The Moderates dropped 2.2% in the poll between February and March, following it announced it would be willing to form a coalition with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Pictured: Moderate leader Anna Kinberg Batra.

Monday, March 20, 2017

#GERMANY: Social Democrats Unanimously Choose Martin Schulz To Run Against Merkel

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Gaining every one of over 600 votes during this weekend's Social Democratic Party conference in Berlin, Martin Schulz officially became Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief challenger in Germany's September general election and will lay out his plans for unseating the world's most powerful woman. Schulz is already credited with giving his ailing party a strong shot in the arm.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#JAPAN: Leader Of Japan's Democratic Party Gets "Cold" Reception At Party Conference

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At only six months on the job as the Democratic Party's president, Renho Murata reportedly got a "cold" reception at her party's conference, and observers say poor election results in July could put her job in jeopardy. She told her party she will draft legislation to phase out the nation's nuclear reactors by 2030 at a party convention, but her audience was skeptical she could raise the party's standing with the public - which is hovering at 10% - before the Tokyo city Assembly elections. One lawmaker attending said the convention's atmosphere was "frighteningly cold" to her, with only a smattering of applause. It was the first convention for the nation's main opposition party, which was formed last March as a result of a merger.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, March 19, 2017

#UK: Former Conservative Party Chancellor Named Editor Of Major London Daily Paper

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Former Chancellor George Osborne is to become editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper, while saying he plans to keep his seat in parliament representing Cheshire. That's angered opposition members of parliament. But he is facing calls to quit politics altogether, with Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn calling the appointment a "joke." What may explain his career move is that Osborne's district is slated to be eliminated this May.

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#CANADA: Jason Kenny Sweeps Alberta Prog. Cons. Party Leadership Election

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Former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney is the new leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party. Kenney easily won the leadership on the first ballot in Calgary with more than 75 per cent of the vote. The former immigration minister ran on an agenda of merging his party with the Wildrose Party to form a united conservative front against the New Democrats in the next provincial election.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Saturday, March 18, 2017

#CANADA: Conservative Party Uncovers 1,351 Invalid Membership Purchases

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The Conservative Party of Canada has removed 1,351 names from its membership list after discovering they were purchased anonymously and inappropriately. The announcement from the party comes a day after reality TV star and Tory leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary alleged "widespread vote rigging" in the race to replace Stephen Harper as the next permanent leader of the Conservative Party.

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#UK: PM Theresa May Rejects Scottish First Min. Sturgeon's Call For 2nd Independence Referendum

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Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will not accept Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a new referendum on Scotland's Independence from the United Kingdom. Last week, Sturgeon called for a second vote on the constitution within the next two years but that has been ruled out by the Prime Minister. The UK government must approve any new referendum. May told ITV News: "My message is very clear. Now is not the time. I’ve explained the reasons why." The UK has approved a move to leave the European Union but many in Scotland wish to remain.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

#IRELAND: Plans To Extend The Vote To Irish Living Abroad Fraught With Challenges

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Politicians and academics alike say that plans to consider extending the vote to those Irish living abroad - perhaps as early as 2025 - carry with them logistical, financial, and ethical challenges. No one really knows how many ex-pats live outside of Ireland, and how much it would cost to create a system to collect ballots from them. And a lack of knowledge of local issues could negate the votes of those living in-country, say experts. Some who carry Irish passports only engage with the country on St Patrick’s Day.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#AUSTRIA: Chancellor Calls for EU-Wide Ban On Turkish Officials Campaigning For Referendum

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Turkish politicians should be banned from political campaigning across the European Union, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said Sunday. Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is sending government officials to European nations to campaign for an April 16 referendum that would greatly expand his powers. Kern said the EU should have a collective response, "to prevent such campaign events."

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, March 16, 2017

#GERMANY: Saarland State Bans Foreign Officials From Attending Rallies Amid Diplomatic Crisis

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The German state of Saarland has banned foreign leaders from attending political rallies in the southwestern state, amid a growing diplomatic crisis with Turkey. Turkey has been waging a war of words with its NATO partner Germany, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing it of "Nazi practices" after several German towns blocked rallies by Turkish ministers campaigning in favor of a referendum designed to greatly expand the president's powers.

[FULL STORY HERE]

#THENETHERLANDS: Geert Wilders' Party Falls Short; Beaten By Pro-EU Prime Minister Rutte

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Dutch anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders' party fell short of expectations Wednesday, beaten by pro-EU Prime Minister Mark Rutte. While Wilders' Party for Freedom gained four seats over their 2012 results, it was not enough, and while Rutte's Freedom and Democracy Party lost 25% of their pre-election seats in parliament, the 31 they kept are enough, with allied parties, to stay in power. The two main pro-EU parties, D66 and GreenLeft, gained 7 seats and 12 seats respectively.

[FULL STORY HERE]