A busy December in Brussels: sprint before Christmas

This December is a hot month for the European agenda. We will have several fronts and many moments of action, with a European Council on December 10 and 11 and a plenary session of the European Parliament that will begin on 14. What are the fronts?

Budget pulse

Hungary and Poland decided last week to cast their veto on the budget package, which includes the € 750 billion Recovery Fund from which Spain could get up to 140 billion. It is in retaliation for the agreement on a rule of law mechanism that could cut off their access to European funds for their attack on judicial independence.

Press conference of the Prime Ministers of Poland (in the foreground) and Hungary.  (EFE)
Press conference of the Prime Ministers of Poland (in the foreground) and Hungary. (EFE)

The safest thing is that this matter is pending until the summit of December 10 and 11. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, intends to hold this meeting in person in Brussels, because the videoconference format has proven to be of little use in solving serious problems.

When Hungary and Poland formalized their veto two weeks ago, it was thought that a change in the wording could be enough, but Budapest and Warsaw are directly opposed, and the rest of the Member States and the European Parliament do not feel like making concessions. That is why many voices in Brussels believe that it is only a matter of waiting for them to continue seeing each other alone and without the possibility of obtaining concessions so that they end up withdrawing their bluff in exchange for some minimum transfer.

The agony of Brexit

After Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the European Commission, traveled to London on Friday after a difficult week, this past weekend has been one of intense negotiations. Many assume that the Frenchman’s trip is due to a good signal from the British side.

Michel Barnier, the EU negotiator, in London for another round of Brexit negotiations.  (EFE)Michel Barnier, the EU negotiator, in London for another round of Brexit negotiations.  (EFE)
Michel Barnier, the EU negotiator, in London for another round of Brexit negotiations. (EFE)

The three pending issues are those already known to all: governance of the agreement, fishing and ‘level-playing field’ or equal conditions. With 95% of the agreement completed in its technical aspects, as they have assured from the European Commission, these three issues are linked to an ideological element. That is precisely what is making them especially difficult to negotiate.

Once an agreement is reached, if at all, the job is not done. The ratification process will not be straightforward either, and Brexit will surely have to continue to be paid attention to well into December. The European Parliament has been willing to ratify the agreement as late as is December the 28th.

If it is not possible to close a deal, it goes without saying that the matter will gain importance as Member States have to prepare for an unknown scenario in their trade with the United Kingdom. as of January 1, 2021. Again, deal or no deal, Brexit will be one of the main issues at this month’s summit and will keep diplomats busy for weeks to come.

Turkey continues to give problems

European leaders promised Cyprus, which was calling for sanctions against Turkey for its oil and gas exploration in Cypriot and Greek waters, that they would take up the issue in December. In the meantime, Ankara would be offered the possibility of building a “positive agenda”. Despite strong friction between Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron, the dialogue between Berlin, Brussels and Ankara has not ceased.

Ships of the Turkish navy in the Aegean.  (Reuters)Ships of the Turkish navy in the Aegean.  (Reuters)
Ships of the Turkish navy in the Aegean. (Reuters)

But the tensions between the Hellenic, Cypriot and Turkish governments have not abated either. “Europe cannot pretend that Turkey is acting as an acceptable player in the regionNikolaos Dendias, the Greek foreign minister, complained last week, calling Ankara’s behavior “delinquent and provocative.” Last week, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy, the Spanish Josep Borrell, explained to the European Parliament that the EU bloc is at a “critical moment” in its relationship with Turkey.

The European Parliament called in a non-binding resolution addressed to the meeting of leaders on December 10 and 11, that the European Union “act and impose harsh sanctions in response to the illegal actions of Turkey.” The atmosphere will heat up in the coming days, especially if there is any kind of tension in the Aegean Sea.

This week

This coming week, the one prior to the key dates of December, it will also come loaded, with meeting of finance ministers of the Eurozone and the European Union this Monday and Tuesday, with a review of the national budget plans, including the Spanish one, which have received the general approval of the European Commission.

Huawei's counter at an electronics conference in China.  (Reuters)Huawei's counter at an electronics conference in China.  (Reuters)
Huawei’s counter at an electronics conference in China. (Reuters)

Also on Monday there will be a videoconference of ministers of Education and also of Youth. It will be the turn of those of Culture and Sports on Tuesday, and on Wednesday that of the Ministers of Justice, who will discuss the launch of the European prosecutor’s office, and also of those of Health, who in an informal meeting will address the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the European Union. Also on Thursday Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, will have a meeting with Ken Hu, CEO of Huawei, and also with Abraham Liu, CEO of Huawei in Europe.

The week will close with an employment and social affairs council. In addition, Yolanda Díaz, Minister of Employment, will see a lot of faces with the commissioner of the branch, the Luxembourgian Nicolás Schmit, because in addition to the Council they will participate together in a videoconference on social economy that same Friday.


Revolut signs a new boss in Spain and will launch for a banking license

19/11/2020 05:00

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Revol wants to take a leap in Spain. British fintech has signed a new manager for your business in Spain, where it already has 650,000 users. It is Ignasi Giralt, who has been appointed ‘country growth manager’ and who will form a team of 3-4 people to promote the Spanish market.

This neobank is organized by small commercial and business development teams in each country where it enters. These are serviced by the central –London-, the European legal structure, of Lithuania, where they have been established to avoid Brexit, and technical assistance, from a team installed in Port. Before joining Revolut, Giralt has spent most of his career in the real estate portals Badi, where he was CEO, and Airbnb.

Ignasi Giralt, of Revolut.Ignasi Giralt, of Revolut.
Ignasi Giralt, of Revolut.

Giralt points out in statements to this medium that his first objective is consolidate the growth of Revolut in Spain, but “profitably”. This manager has the challenge of turning the positioning of the ‘fintech’ from the niche it initially entered, travelers for professional and personal reasons, punished by covid-19, to a broader one within the world of private banking.

In this sense, one of Revolut’s first steps will be to adapt the offer of functionalities to the profile of Spanish customers. They already have 70 options in your ‘app’, which include savings options, cryptocurrencies, rewards … and the most recent novelty, the ‘open banking’, the option to integrate information from other bank accounts in your application.

Banking license

This is an intermediate step, as Revolut sets the medium-term goal of obtaining a banking license in Spain. For the moment, he prefers not to set dates, since the ‘fintech’ thinks about taking it step by step. Following its establishment in Lithuania to avoid Brexit, it is already negotiating a license in Poland.

Giralt is not afraid of the new leaps in digitization that the large Spanish banks are taking – “we are smaller, digital and more agile” – and believes that mergers can bring new customers closer to Revolut.

This ‘fintech’ recorded revenue of 162.7 million pounds last year and reached 13 million users. It was born five years ago, so it has not yet reached the ‘break even’: last year, it presented operating losses of 107.4 million pounds. Revolut closed a financing round of $ 580 million this year, raising its valuation to $ 5.5 billion.

Neobanks, a sector against the tide

While traditional banks merge and announce ERE (employment regulation files), the segment of neobanks, or financial ‘fintech’, lives against the tide. The irruption of these players in Spain has occurred strongly in recent years. On the one hand, international players such as Revol O N26, which are already a reality in the country. And on the other hand, traditional banks are strengthening theirs, such as Santander with Open sofa or Bankinter with Evo. One of the upside competitors is Myinvestor, from Andbank, which has made other banks tighten their belts on mortgages and investment. One of the difficulties of this segment is knowing well the offer and the pros and cons of each neobank, something that offers best-bank. Your responsible, Josep Garcia, considers that the trend of ‘online’ banking is unstoppable, but warns that neobanks sometimes have problems, such as not allowing a check to be issued or not allowing access to certain ATMs.


Not only Brexit: the EU gambles 1.8 trillion in a summit ‘animated’ by Hungary and Poland

New key appointment in Europe. EU leaders meet again this Thursday with several key issues on the table: the financial future of the Union, give a more coordinated approach to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the possibility of a modest post-Brexit trade deal with the United Kingdom. “They are three hard nuts to crack” that can derail the situation, because “the stakes are high.”

These are the words of Berenberg analysts, who believe that the first of the three issues, namely the financial one, “will determine the future of the EU even more than the other two.” And it is that the summit this Thursday must deal with the threat of delaying the ‘mega tax agreement’ of 1.8 billion euros that emerged after the veto of Hungary and Poland to the recovery fund and budget.

Although the German firm believes that this issue will not be settled at this meeting, but that the countries will take advantage to start negotiating and in the end there will be an agreement “in time” for the December 10-11 summit. They are optimistic in this regard, given that otherwise, the first payments of the aid provided for in the recovery fund created to face the consequences of the coronavirus crisis, which amounts to 750,000 million euros, “could be delayed from the second to the third quarter of 2021, “and that is something the Twenty-seven cannot afford.

“While this would be unfortunate, it shouldn’t make much of a difference as long as major recipients like Italy and Spain can borrow in the markets under exceptionally favorable conditions “, as is the case now, says Berenberg. In fact, he assures that it is “highly unlikely” that the € 1.8 trillion package could permanently derail.

It should be remembered that at the summit held last July, EU leaders laid the foundations for an “innovative agreement” of 1.8 trillion euros: 750,000 million euros to support the post-Covid recovery and 1, € 07 trillion for the EU’s seven-year financial framework (2021-2027). So what is the reason for the veto of Hungary and Poland? Very simple, because the agreement links payments to political criteria and the rule of law, something that these two countries do not share.

According to Berenberg, these are “loosely defined” criteria, and as in everything, “the devil is in the details.” And it is that although from a technical point of view Hungary and Poland cannot prevent the EU from adopting the mechanism of the rule of law to condition the distribution, since it can be approved by a two-thirds majority, it does require a unanimous vote for the seven-year financial framework and to allow the European Commission to issue bonds to finance the support fund of € 750 billion. “This gives Hungary and Poland an advantage”say the experts at the German firm.

Something not trivial, if you take into account everything that is at stake. And is that “the perception of a lack of solidarity within the EU could strengthen the narrative of skeptical populists” with the Union, while a “prolonged fiscal stagnation could undermine the cohesion” of the Twenty-seven. However, Berenberg is optimistic. “It is true that the stakes are high, but the probability that the problem can be solved appears to be even higher“say its analysts.

“A lot of pressure is expected in Poland and Hungary and a lot of discussions in the coming days and weeks. Most likely, the wording of the rule of law mechanism will not be changed, but these countries may obtain minor concessions,” says the German firm. The safest thing, he says, is that “the worst case scenario” does not occur, that is, the blockade, and that the controversy “can be resolved” before the end of the year.


Regarding the other two issues, they worry the experts less. Regarding the pandemicNow EU countries “are cooperating better” than during the first wave, and so even if there is not a “fully coordinated approach”, the exchange of experiences “will probably help countries in their national strategies,” says Berenberg.

And the Brexi? Well, it has become something of a never ending story. Although the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has once again chilled expectations of a possible trade dealThe truth is that there is a certain optimism about it. “The possibilities of an agreement seem to be increasing,” points out the German firm, which despite recalling that the three issues of discord (fishing, equal conditions and dispute resolution mechanism) have not been fully resolved, it seems that “the negotiators are working hard on a legal text “that could result in an agreement. “We expect the negotiators to present it shortly, but probably not this Thursday,” they conclude. Not without first remembering, of course, that “the result is still wide open”.


Europe breathes for the end of the Trump era and launches to congratulate Biden

07/11/2020 19:14Updated: 11/07/2020 20:02

The European Union has followed in silence and with some amazement the last days of the electoral recount in the United States. The final victory of Democrat Joe Biden has been a relief to a community bloc that feared the consequences of another four years of the Trump administration. And yet leaves a bittersweet taste: the days of electoral chaos, the declarations of the still president, and the sensation of lack of leadership, have left in the European Union the sensation that the United States is somewhat adrift, that the idea that “America is back” may be wrong, and there are turbulent years ahead on American soil.

Yes, Biden’s win lets you breathe on some key issues. The new president-elect has shown his commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement, key to the EU and its climate ambitions, and in major European capitals they hope to heal the wounds of recent years. It will not change the general trajectory of the United States, which is increasingly pivoting towards the Pacific in its rivalry with China, and it will not change its demand for greater involvement of its partners in NATO, but at least it will change the tone and forms, and that, after what has happened in the last four years, is seen as a great advance.

These have been very tense days in the EUROPEAN Union. On Wednesday, hours after the polls closed, the only message sent by someone from the institutional leadership of the EU arrived during the most tense days of the count. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy, pointed out the need to count every vote. In the rest of the capitals, in general, silence. After knowing this Saturday the results in Pennsylvania and therefore the victory of Joe Biden, the first European leader to speak has been Michaél Martin, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, a country especially interested in a Democratic presidency, since Biden has repeated on several occasions his full commitment to the peace process on the island and his opposition to Brexit. “I want to congratulate the newly elected president of the United States, Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation his entire life and I look forward to working with him for years to come. I also look forward to welcoming you home when circumstances allow! “Martin wrote on social media.

Biden with the former president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, during his time as vice president of the United States.  (Reuters)
Biden with the former president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, during his time as vice president of the United States. (Reuters)

After the Irish leader came the congratulations of the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and also the Maltese Prime Minister, Robert Abela. Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium, was also one of the first European leaders to react and to send a message especially addressed to future Vice President Kamala Harris: “She will be an incredible example and an important role model for girls around the world.”

The President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausedas, was the first Baltic leader to congratulate Biden, recalling that the United States is the “guarantor of the security of the Baltic countries.” The relations of all these countries, as well as those of the eastern bloc, with the United States is special: they consider Washington their main defender in the face of the Russian threat, and in fact that is what caused some member states to speak in favor of the re-election of Donald Trump, who in some capitals was considered a greater guarantee. In fact, Janez Jansa, Slovak Prime Minister, who was the most vocal in his support for the Republican candidate, has stayed true to the president’s version of electoral fraud, and you haven’t complimented Biden.

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Congratulations from the main European leaders have arrived at seven in the afternoon. According to a European source, the President of the European Council, the Belgian Charles Michel, had been in contact with the main European leaders throughout the day, and They agreed that it would be from seven in the afternoon when they would send their congratulations to Biden after the Pennsylvania results, while showing respect “for the electoral process.”

Emmanuel Macron, French president, has assured that there is “much to do to overcome current challenges”. “Let’s work together!” Asks the French leader. Pedro Sánchez, President of the Spanish Government, wished Biden and Harris luck and has assured that Spain is prepared “to cooperate with the United States and face together the great global challenges”. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, has sent a message through her spokesperson, also congratulating the newly elected US president. They have also been joined by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Biden with the German Chancellor during his time as Vice President of the United States.  (Reuters)Biden with the German Chancellor during his time as Vice President of the United States.  (Reuters)
Biden with the German Chancellor during his time as Vice President of the United States. (Reuters)

Also about that time the three “institutional” congratulations of the Union have arrived: Michel’s; Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; and David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament. “Covid-19, multilateralism, climate change and international trade are some of the challenges that Europe wants to tackle together,” the President of the European Council wrote. Von der Leyen recalled that the European Union and the United States are “allies and friends” and notes the “particular importance” of transatlantic relations in a changing world.

European sources have confirmed that during the last weeks Michel’s team had been preparing all possible scenarios after the American elections. This has also happened in the European Commission and in the offices of the presidents and prime ministers of the entire European Union.

After seven in the afternoon, messages of congratulations continued to arrive. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, a member state that has special relations with the United States, has indicated his desire to speak soon with the newly elected president, while Andrej Babis, Czech Prime Minister, has reminded Biden of the importance that has for Prague and close partners the American commitment to NATO. Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, made special reference in his message to transatlantic environmental cooperation: “Together, we can lead a green transition by creating jobs for the future.”

Beyond European leaders

The reactions have not been limited to European leaders. Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for the Economy, assured that he was embracing himself, assuring that it is “an unforgettable day for Europe and democracy”. Some ministers have also joined in the congratulations, such as the Spanish Arancha González Laya or her Irish counterpart, Simon Coveney. Frenchman Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the European Commission for future relations with the United Kingdom, has also sent him a message.

In the European capitals, a result in the American elections has been expected with great nervousness. The general rule was total caution. Germany was the only one to break ranks on Friday morning. In an interview, Heiko Maas, the German Foreign Minister, pointed out that “voters always have the last word” and showed his “faith” in the “American legal system”. All hours after a statement by Trump in which he once again questioned the electoral system and claimed victory in the elections. In a clear message to the American president, Maas pointed out that “democracy is based on trust in free and fair elections. Democrats must never undermine this confidence. “

American and European flag in the European Commission.  (EFE)American and European flag in the European Commission.  (EFE)
American and European flag in the European Commission. (EFE)

In another dart aimed at the still tenant of the White House, Maas pointed out that “Honorable losers are more important to the functioning of a democracy than successful winners”. “America is more than a one-man show. Anyone who adds fuel to the fire in such a situation is acting irresponsibly, “he said. Until then, no one in the European Union had spoken so directly about President Trump.

Beyond the EU, Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, although he no longer sits in the European Council room, he was probably the international leader who received the most attention, since the conservative leader always maintained a direct link with Trump and they were considered natural allies. But the premier ‘Tory’ has in fact been the first international leader of weight to offer his congratulations to Biden, who has always been against Brexit and who criticized the Internal Market Act with which the British Government has proposed to blow up parts of the Withdrawal Agreement that would put at risk the Good Friday Agreements that guarantee peace in Northern Ireland.

The European Union thus leaves behind a series of tense days that have made it clear in Brussels that the Old Continent must remain firm in the agenda of strategic autonomy that it has been defending in recent years, especially encouraged by the lack of cooperation with the administration Trump on a number of key issues. Days of chaos, with a president claiming that there is electoral fraud and a divided society, have left Europe deeply concerned about the situation in the United States, and for some Member States it has been the final sign that the EU must take care of herself in the face of an increasingly unstable world from which, as has been demonstrated since 2016 and also in these elections, Washington cannot escape.


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Vox and Trump (fear)

03/11/2020 05:00

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The shards of speech Trump They have had an impact on the body politic of European citizen and political sectors. In 2016, first in June with the Brexit referendum and then in November with the election of the current president of the United States, the Western world entered a new phase. Nationalist populism exploded in the first world power and its great representative was installed in the White House. It seemed that the uchrony of Philip Roth it was fulfilled. The American writer published a disturbing story in 2004 (‘The conspiracy against America’): in 1940, American citizens made the mythical and Phil-Nazi aviator president Charles Lindbergh, apartando a Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

It was a fable, but 12 years later someone with ideas that would not be very different from the Lindbergh that Roth presents us – Donald Trump – settled in the White House. And the fact is that reality always surpasses fiction and there is no event that has happened or is happening – the pandemic, for example – that was not intuited or foreseen by insightful visionaries. Even the cycles of history guide us on the circular nature of collective behaviors with political incidence.

Esteban Hernandez

The motion of no confidence has been yet another setback for the extreme right, who are in retreat everywhere. Will they lose influence for sure? Let’s think about it before answering

The wake of Donald Trump’s abrupt, harsh, sometimes brutal and always arrogant speech has created a school and has made him the leader of the alternative project to conventional and representative democracy that took root in the United States and Europe after World War II. . Trump has impaired American liberties without altering the letter of the old Constitution of 1787, revamped by up to 27 amendments introduced between 1815 and 1992.

It has done so by despising its spirit, breaking the customary conventions that the future of the coexistence of its people has imposed, exploiting its broad presidential powers to the limit and even transferring them with impunity, execrating the critical media both with defamatory speeches and with the use of new technologies, which have caused the collapse of journalistic mediation. Trump reveals in his uncouth ways – speaking, eating, gesturing – the minimal quality of his ideas and of his project. And thus outlines, with extraordinary clarity, his totalitarian drive.

We are not safe from the actual political significance of Trump, win or not the elections, and we incur a serious risk of democratic involution if he is reelected. Because the Western world – and our country – is traversed by a feeling that the President of the United States has exploited with particular skill: fear, because it is a feeling that, in the words of the classic, leads us to see things worse than they are.

Donald Trump, in one of his last campaign acts.  (Reuters)Donald Trump, in one of his last campaign acts.  (Reuters)
Donald Trump, in one of his last campaign acts. (Reuters)

Perhaps we would have to go back to the thirties of the last century to remember a period of social fear as widespread as it is in 2020. For some reason, the Pope has just recalled what happened in those years when alluding to the repeal by Nazism of the Weimar Constitution. The Germans fell into the arms of the ‘strong man’ – by the decision of a weak man, the president Paul von Hindenburg, who in 1933 appointed Chancellor to Adolf Hitler after a spurious election. Then disaster struck.

Saving all the distances, and remembering that Roth’s uchrony already warned us, the shock wave of a Trump electoral victory would reach Europe with force. It would reinforce the English nationalist populism of Boris Johnson and it would give back to the authoritarian leaders of Hungary and Poland, among others, and to the extreme illiberal right in several countries.

And it would have an effect in Spain, where socio-economic, health, labor and institutional conditions are adequate for the most negative feelings to germinate: fear, uncertainty, exclusion and mistrust. Profit from misfortune – such a Trumpist technique – was summarized in the speech of Santiago Abascal, President (figurehead?) of Vox, in the plenary session of Congress on the occasion of the motion of censure against Pedro Sánchez on the 21st. In Spain, this Super Tuesday in the US is also for Vox. Win with Trump in the White House and lose without him in the presidency.

This Monday, both in this newspaper and in others, the scared founders of Vox Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Ignacio Camuñas and Luis González Quirós– they demanded of their own creature “moderation”, nothing less than “liberalism” and abandoning “eccentricities” and “over-excitement”. These characters speak of internal factors in Vox that are “right wing in ‘delirium tremens”. And they get it right, but they do it too late. Hence the speech of Pablo Casado It was produced with a miraculous opportunity, because it was a real rescue of the Spanish democratic right. A dissertation that left Abascal “perplexed” but that disconcerted Pedro Sánchez.

The left – there are tweets from Pablo Iglesias– He believes that confronting Vox is profitable for him and that the return of the PP to its liberal-conservative identity is little less than a setback. The truth is that stopping the dynamics that emerged in the West in 2016 in the two great world democracies – the United Kingdom and the United States – is a task that summons right and left.

This is the time to conduct ourselves as advised Hannah Arendt: “The essence of thought is not knowledge but that which distinguishes good from evil, between the beautiful and the ugly; and what I am looking for is that thinking gives strength to people so that they can avoid disasters in those moments when everything seems lost ”. This is the time when many things seem to be. And it is time to think and not only to feel, to control those fearful emotions that lead us to embrace dictators, to expressions of violence and collective discouragement.


Poland: More than 100,000 protest in Warsaw for the right to abortion

Tens of thousands of women met on friday in Warsaw for to protest against a court decision that would prohibit almost all abortions in Poland.

Crowds of women flooded the streets, sporting the red lightning bolt that has become the icon of the movement and playing music that included the Darth Vader theme from Star Wars.

The demonstrations Friday were the culmination of more than a week of protests believed to be the largest since the Solidarity movement in the 1980s that led to the collapse of communism.

More than 100 thousand demonstrated in Warsaw

The mayor of WarsawRafal Trzaskowski estimated that more than 100,000 people demonstrated on Friday, while organizers of the anti-abortion reform protest said the number of protesters was closer to 150,000.

Protesters also marched in Gdańsk, Białystok, Poznan, Krakow, Wroclaw, Torun, Sczescin, Myślenice, Gorlice and Jasło on Friday.

Protesters also marched in Gdańsk, Białystok, Poznan, Krakow, Wroclaw, Torun, Sczescin, Myślenice, Gorlice and Jasło on Friday.

Thousands of men marched alongside women in the demonstrations, as well as coalition groups concerned that the hard-won freedoms of the post-communist era are slipping away under the rule of the Law and Justice Party.

Police flanked the protesters amid concerns that violence could break out with right-wing activists.

So far the protests have been largely peaceful, but Bartosz Bekier, the head of the right-wing Falanga, gave an interview this week in which he said thousands of nationalists would be attending the protests and that they were “trained in combat tactics.”

Police detained about 37 people on Friday, saying most were right-wing “soccer hooligans” firing flares at protesters.

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On October 22, a court ruled that the abortions fetal defects would be unconstitutional, making abortion almost completely illegal in Poland, although it is still allowed if the life and health of the mother are at risk or in cases where the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest.


Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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