Monday , October 23 2017


May’s Brussels gains eclipsed by domestic Brexit challenge

epa06278096 British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a news conference on the second day of the European Council Meeting in Brussels, 20 October 2017. European leaders meet in Brussels on 19 and 20 October 2017 to discuss most pressing issues, including migration, defence, foreign affairs and digitalisation and to review the latest developments in the negotiations following the United Kingdom's notification of its intention to leave the EU.  EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND

Bloomberg Theresa May’s battle to get her Brexit legislation through Parliament hit a new roadblock as the opposition Labour Party threatened to unite with rebels among her Conservatives, eclipsing the small victory she brought home from a summit of European Union leaders. The UK prime minister returned from Brussels bolstered ...

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Catalans plan human shield to block Madrid takeover

epa06283887 Speaker of the regional Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell (C), attends the meeting of parties spokespeople at the regional Parliament in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 23 October 2017. Forcadell admitted the petition made by Junts pel Si and CUP pro-independent parties to hold a single subject plenary session on 26 October 2017 with a unilateral declaration of independence set on the table to respond to the Spanish central Government, after the approval to apply article 155 of the Spanish constitution to the region, on 27 October 2017 in the Spanish Senate. Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, announced the implementation of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution on 21 October and said the central Government will asume the competence to disolve the Catalan regional Parliament in order to call for elections in Catalonia. The Article 155 of Spain's constitution, allows the government to impose direct rule in a crisis on any of the country's semi-autonomous regions.  EPA-EFE/ANDREU DALMAU

Bloomberg Catalan separatists are mobilizing a human shield to block efforts by the Spanish authorities to take control of the breakaway region as both sides prepare to escalate the political conflict. Groups will concentrate their activists around the regional government’s headquarters in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter and the nearby parliament building, ...

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Japan election: Abe’s coalition retains two-thirds majority

epa06282231 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe puts a red rose on name of a party's candidate to be elected in the Lower House election at headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Tokyo, Japan, 22 October 2017. The LDP and a coalition partner are expected to win landslide victory in the election.  EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Bloomberg Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition retained its two-thirds parliamentary majority in Sunday’s general election, unofficial results showed, bolstering his chances at becoming Japan’s longest-serving leader. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and coalition partner Komeito won at least 310 of the 465 up for grabs, according to results shown on ...

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