European leaders react to Brexit: “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”

European leaders react to Brexit: “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”

Leading European figures have already responded to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, admitting they are deeply saddened by the result.   A crisis meeting was held in Brussels between the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and Martin Schulz, the...

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Brexit Pound fall means discount properties for Euro investors

Brexit Pound fall means discount properties for Euro investors

As a result of the depreciation of the pound over the months leading into to the EU referendum, European property investors have saved up to £26,000 purchasing discounted London homes.   Over the 7 month period before the referendum, which could still see the UK leaving the EU, paying for...

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Mario Draghi warns Brexiteers ECB will do “whatever it takes to protect the eurozone”

President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, has said to MEPs that the EU is prepared for “all contingencies following the UK’s EU referendum on 23rd June.     Throughout the referendum, the future of the British economy has frequently been called into question, with many on the...

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No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs

No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs

EU Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs, in a debate with the co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, on Tuesday 14th June, said that “if Turkey goes on undermining rule of law principles and stripping Members of the Turkish Parliament of their immunities, then it should not expect to...

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No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs

EU Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs, in a debate with the co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, on Tuesday 14th June, said that “if Turkey goes on undermining rule of law principles and stripping Members of the Turkish Parliament of their immunities, then it should not expect to...

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Turbulence for UK government after St Helena Airport overspend

Following his defeat in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte was imprisoned on the Island of St. Helena. His island home, Longwood House, was reputedly so damp and windswept that the British government were accused of trying to hasten his death.   Once again, St Helena’s windy climate has led to complaints about...

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EU criticises Turkey for stripping 138 members “immunity from prosecution”

EU criticises Turkey for stripping 138 members “immunity from prosecution”

Europe’s MEPs have criticised the Turkish parliament’s decision to remove the immunity from prosecution of 138 of its members, saying that the decision “undermines the rule of law.”   In a debate with Johannes Hahn, EU Enlargement Commissioner, EU MEPs described the decision as “an attempt by Turkey’s President Erdoğan...

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450 years in the Vatican’s bad books

450 years in the Vatican’s bad books

14th June marks the 50th anniversary of the abolition of the Vatican’s Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a list banning heretical, unholy, and lascivious books.   In 1966 the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith decided no longer to publish the Index, however, they did maintain that the list should...

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The most magnificent medal collection of Andrey Khazin

The most magnificent medal collection of Andrey Khazin

When I arrive in the Promenade bar of the Dorchester Hotel, Russian Professor Andrey Khazin is waiting eagerly for our interview. He sits on the edge of his chair from beginning to end talking with what can only be described as the “zeal of a collector.” This is exactly what...

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First overseas UN Secretary General debate held in London

First overseas UN Secretary General debate held in London

Earlier this month, the Barbican hosted the first ever overseas United Nations debate as part of the 1 for 7 billion election campaign searching for a new UN Secretary General.   While only 3 of the 12 candidates could attend the debate, it was an historic occasion for both the...

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