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There is no planet B!
Make the world #GRETA again!
Everyone of you can be a little #GRETA!
Don’t stop fighting for our favorite planet!
March 15 - Just make a sign and go protest!
#fridaysForFuture #Protest #SchoolStrike #Students #Climate #ClimateChange #Politics #Demo #GretThunberg #environment #resistance #school #youth
The current mood in the Netherlands allows for analysis like this one by Caroline de Gruyter. The original was published in a major Dutch newspaper (NRC) and it shows, I believe, how more and more Europeans prefer to deal with the situation, after the struggle during the past two years. I am feeling very sorry for the many UK citizens that want to remain, but I fear their message is hidden below an avalanche of negative comments and fake facts by their representatives during the past years.
The point Caroline is making, is that a large part of the English population have never embraced the ideas behind the EU, it's raison d'être, but wanted to be part of it for their own economic interests.
The fact that the article has been translated into English and German, to serve international audiences, shows that she has touched on an emotion that is not limited to The Netherlands but is shared by some of the population in the EU.
See the article below in a language of your choice.
Die aktuelle Stimmung in den Niederlanden erlaubt eine Analyse wie diese von Caroline de Gruyter. Das Original wurde in einer großen niederländischen Zeitung (NRC) veröffentlicht, und es zeigt, glaube ich, wie immer mehr Europäer es vorziehen, mit der Situation nach dem Kampf in den letzten zwei Jahren umzugehen. Es tut mir sehr leid für die vielen britischen Bürger, die bleiben wollen, aber ich fürchte, ihre Botschaft verbirgt sich hinter einer Lawine von negativen Kommentaren und gefälschten Fakten, die ihre Vertreter in den letzten Jahren gemacht haben.
Der Punkt, den Caroline anführt, ist, dass ein großer Teil der englischen Bevölkerung die Ideen hinter der EU, ihrer Daseinsberechtigung, noch nie angenommen hat, aber aus eigenen wirtschaftlichen Interessen daran teilhaben wollte.
Die Tatsache, dass der Artikel ins Englische und Deutsche übersetzt wurde, um dem internationalen Publikum zu dienen, zeigt, dass sie eine Emotion angesprochen hat, die nicht auf die Niederlande beschränkt ist, sondern von einem Teil der Bevölkerung in der EU geteilt wird.
(Übersetzt mit www.DeepL.com/Translator)
Caroline de Gruyter on #Brexit in English.
Caroline de Gruyter auf Deutsch.
Original article in Dutch.
#Brexit #politics #EU #Caroline-de-Gruyter #NRC
State Department bars press corps from Pompeo briefing unless they work for “faith-based media,” won't release list of attendees or transcript
The afternoon phone briefing was to discuss international freedom with the secretary -- who rarely participates in such calls -- to discuss "international religious freedom" ahead of his trip to the Middle East. One member of the State Department press corps was invited, only to be un-invited after RSVPing. That reporter was told that the call was for "faith-based media only."https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/18/politics/state-department-faith-outlets-briefing/index.html
Despite repeated inquires and complaints from members of the press corps who are based at the department, the State Department on Monday night said they would not be providing a transcript of the call, a list of faith-based media outlets who were allowed to participate or the criteria to be invited.
Officials would not answer questions about whether a range of faiths was included.
#news #politics #currentevents #religion
To mark 29 days to Brexit I have decided to post a picture of 28 European cakes, one for each EU member state.https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1101419877640884224.html
#politics #brexit #eu
#UK #Politics #Satire #Brexit #SecondReferendum
* allowing a debate in parliament
* defending a vote on independence
* organising peaceful demonstrations
They each face potentially 25 years in prison. These *innocent* people have already been held in prison for up to 14 months.
In Europe. In 2019.
#Catalonia #Catalunya #politics #democracy
Judging from both pictures and the body language, the relationship between the #UK and the #EU has severely been damaged by the political hassle in the UK and the "again and again returning for more favours". It will probably take a political shift in the UK before we can even think about beginning to mend the relationship. It is clear from the body language that the EU and the UK are a long way from calling each other friends.
This is bad, because the EU and the UK will have to negotiate trade deals after #Brexit. If relations are bad, negotiating treaties will be difficult and solely based on economic interests. There probably is little motivation on both sides to consider each other's needs, hence every compromise will be more of a battle, just like what we have seen the past two years.
If there is a lack of willingness to compromise, negotiations will drag on forever.
Who was that, that said negotiating a deal would be easy?
#politics #trade #treaty #negotiation #deal
14 February: Brexit debate in the Commons. This is most likely to be a general debate following a prime ministerial statement, because Theresa May will almost certainly not have a revised deal by then. But amendments to the motion could lead to “indicative votes” on Brexit options or an extension of the two-year article 50 process, possibly via a relaunched Yvette Cooper-Nick Boles amendment setting a deadline for MPs to back the agreement.
14 February: first statutory instrument deadline. According to the Institute for Government, this is the final day on which about half the secondary legislation needed to import EU laws can be introduced, because parliament must be given 40 sitting days to object to it. EU-related SIs can be passed more quickly in “urgent circumstances”, but still need to be approved by both houses within a 28-day window.
17 February: more trade woes. From this date, ships setting sail for Japan from the UK and vice versa could arrive to find themselves in the middle of no-deal tariff mayhem.
20 February: international treaty ratification deadline. About 80 of roughly 100 international treaties with other countries remain to be ratified by parliament, a process that – barring “exceptional cases” – requires 21 sitting days.
28 February: self-imposed deadline agreed by May and the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, to discuss progress made by the two sides towards a revised deal the prime minister can bring back to the Commons.
Early-mid March: second “meaningful vote”. The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 obliges the British parliament to hold a vote on the withdrawal agreement before the European Parliament has its say.
21-22 March: article 50 extension request? With barely a week to go before Brexit day, EU leaders gather for their annual spring summit. This is when some EU officials think the UK might ask for more time to conclude Brexit by requesting an extension to article 50. This would need to be agreed unanimously by the EU27 and there is no time limit for it to do so – it could happen very late.
By 28 March: UK ratification of extension? If Britain has asked for an extension and the EU27 has granted it, both houses of parliament must vote to allow the legally binding exit date of 29 March to be changed.
Mid-late March: UK ratification of a deal. If MPs eventually back May’s deal without an article 50 extension, the government still has to get the bill through both houses. Primary legislation of this sort can be rushed through quickly, perhaps with controversial elements stripped out. But an avalanche of amendments could still make the 29 March departure date unattainable.
25-28 March:** EU ratification. If there has been no extension, the European parliament’s second Strasbourg meeting would be the last chance for MEPs to vote through the withdrawal agreement to get it agreed before Brexit day. EU ambassadors would then have a few dozen hours to rubber-stamp the final deal.
29 March:** Brexit day? Without an extension, the UK will formally leave the EU on 29 March at 11 pm UK time (midnight in Brussels). EU officials think a last-minute plea for more time by the UK would be unlikely, as, by this late hour, events would have their own momentum. Equally unlikely, they believe, is the possibility of Britain cancelling Brexit – although the European court of justice set no notice period when it ruled the UK could unilaterally revoke article 50, so, in theory, the government could still make a U-turn even at this stage.
15-18 April: EU ratification following an extension. If the UK has been granted a short technical extension to complete the Brexit process, MEPs’ monthly plenary meeting in Strasbourg would be the final opportunity for the European Parliament to ratify the agreement before European elections.
23-26 May: European elections. If the UK sought and obtained an extension to article 50 that went beyond 2 July – the first day of the new parliament – it would have to take part in those elections, EU officials have said.
#brexit #sillymonkeys #politics
Google Urged the U.S. to Limit Protection for Activist Workers
While Google publicly supported employees who protested company policies, it quietly asked the government to narrow the right to organize over work email.
"It demonstrates that Google leadership is not operating in good faith,” said McMillen. “They can have a town hall and try to say soothing words and get people to not want to quit, but then if in the background they’re not just rejecting carrying out most of the demands of the walkout, but also trying to tamp down our ability to even coordinate and talk to each other about these issues, that’s extremely concerning.”https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-24/google-urged-the-u-s-to-limit-protection-for-activist-workers
“In an email to all of Google, Sundar assured us that he and Google’s leadership supported the walkout. But the company’s requests to the National Labor Relations Board tell a different story,” organizers of the employee walkout wrote in a statement. “If these protections are rolled back, Google will be complicit in limiting the rights of working people across the United States, not just us.” They asked not to be named for fear of retaliation.
Google employees have captured international attention in recent months through high-profile protests of workplace policies.
#google #news #politics #work #currentevents #technology
He’ll need to explained to him a few times before he understands she just whacked him with a cast iron pan, though. So no rage tweeting till, what, 3 am?
Hire and fire works both ways. Employers find that disturbing.
#politics #work #laborlaw