World watch – Sunday

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For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. Missy

     /  November 26, 2017

    It has been a week of Ireland headlining the news for some of the wrong reasons.

    The Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, put an ultimatum to the UK regarding the Irish border post Brexit, saying that Ireland would veto trade talks if the UK did not sort the border issues first. This is bluster from Varadkar, and follows on from last week when he suggested Northern Ireland could remain in the Single Market and the border could be placed in the Irish Sea – this was quickly rejected by the leader of the DUP in Northern Ireland, and the UK Government, who both said that the UK voted leave and it would be the whole UK that left.

    In the last couple of days Varadkar has come up against some further domestic problems. The country’s main party of Government, Fine Gael, is in a Confidence & Supply agreement with Fianna Fail, however, this is now in jeopardy. Fianna Fail have called for the resignation of the Deputy PM due to her handling of an historical whistleblower case, (I have to do some background reading on this), however, the Taoiseach has stood by his Deputy PM and refused to sack her. As a result of the Taoiseach not sacking the Deputy PM Fianna Fail have tabled a vote of no confidence in the Deputy PM with the vote on Tuesday, which if passed would force an election. To avoid the election the leader of Fianna Fail agreed to crisis talks yesterday.

    • Missy

       /  November 26, 2017

      A poll out yesterday shows support for Fine Gael has dropped 2 points, to the worst it has been in recent opinion polls.

      This is not good for Varadkar, someone who was supposed to be the shining light for Irish politics – being gay and the first ethnic minority (he is of Indian descent) he ticked all the boxes for showing how progressive Ireland was, only he was not elected by the electorate but rather anointed by his party.

  2. Missy

     /  November 26, 2017

    A snap election in Germany may be averted as on friday the Social Democrats (SPD), who had previously ruled out entering into another coalition with the Christian Democrats (CDU) agreed on Friday to enter into talks with Merkel’s party. This has come about after pleas from the German President who asked the two parties to sit down to talks.

    It is unclear whether the SPD will go into a full coalition or just offer a Confidence and Supply agreement to the CDU. Either way neither party wants another election as they both fear that it will strengthen the far right AfD.

  3. Corky

     /  November 26, 2017

    PNG still understands how to deal with people who cause trouble. It’s not as if these trouble makers didn’t get fair warning and time to comply with official demands. I can only dream of authorities dealing to our feral class in a similar fashion.

  4. Missy

     /  November 27, 2017

    It’s official! In the last few moments an official announcement from Clarence House has stated that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially engaged.

    An official photocall will be this afternoon.