22 June 2017 Week In Brief: INTERNATIONAL NEWS Europe BELGIUM: A suspected Islamist suicide bomber was shot dead when he detonated an explosive device near the ticket offices at Brussels Central Station. FRANCE: President Macron’s party La République en Marche won an absolute majority in the second and final round of parliamentary elections. La… Continue reading Issue 110: 2017 06 22: Week In Brief International
08 June 2017 Week In Brief: INTERNATIONAL NEWS Europe BOSNIA: President Dodik of the Serb Republic in Bosnia banned textbooks teaching the siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica genocide. EU: The president of the European Council has asked the president of the European Commission to block Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2, the proposed Russian gas pipeline… Continue reading Issue 108:2017 06 08:Week in Brief International
08 June 2017 Another ‘Re’ Word The Refreshing French Revolution. by Richard Pooley “How refreshing!” my wife said, as I switched off the radio on my phone. We had been listening to the interview of one of France’s new politicians. It’s a phrase we have been saying to each other almost every day for the… Continue reading Issue 108: 2017 06 08:Another ‘Re’ Word (Richard Pooley)
25 May 2017 It’s My Party I’m the leader, I’m the leader… By Neil Tidmarsh I’m the leader, I’m the leader, I’m the leader of the gang I am… until the music stops, that is. And political parties all around the world have been playing frantic games of musical chairs all week. Leaders in, leaders… Continue reading Issue106:2017 05 25:It’s my party (Neil Tidmarsh)
25 May 2017 “I don’t understand anything anymore.” Where do French voters now stand: to the Right or to the Left? by Richard Pooley It was the afternoon of Monday 15th May. A ceremony was taking place in a sunny Paris outside the Hôtel Matignon, the residence and office of France’s prime minister. The chubby… Continue reading Issue 106:2017 05 25 :“I don’t understand anything anymore.” (Richard Pooley)
18 May 2017 Macron’s discombobulation of the French political landscape. By Richard Pooley Discombobulate has always been one of my favourite words. Like its French equivalent bouleverser it is onomatopoeic: you can hear the world turning upside down. And the election of Emmanuel Macron to the French presidency has certainly bouleversé le paysage politique français. … Continue reading Issue 105:2017 05 18:Macron’s discombobulation of the French political landscape(Richard Pooley).
11 May 2017 Week In Brief: INTERNATIONAL NEWS Europe FRANCE: Emmanuel Macron is to be the new president of France. He won 66.06% of the vote in the second round of the election, beating Marine le Pen of the National Front. But the turnout of 74% was a record low, and the number ballot papers… Continue reading Issue 104;2017 05 11: Week in Brief International