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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The Democratic candidate has finally managed to conquer Pennsylvania, adding more than the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the elections

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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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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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

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Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

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Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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▷ Dos ex-Blizzard fundan Frost Giant Studios

From ex-Blizzard they have announced the founding of Frost Giant Studios in Orange County, California.

Tim Morten, CEO of the company, was the chief producer of Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void and has worked for the last six years in the company, although he has gone through numerous studies and has been involved in sagas such as Command & Conquer.

Tim Campbell, meanwhile, was the lead designer for the Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne campaign and has since been involved in numerous projects, most recently Wasteland 3 as director.

The first round of financing has closed with 4.7 million dollars raised by various investors, including Riot Games.

The company’s first game will be an RTS (real-time strategy game) and its goal is for it to be the next great game in the genre.

Real-Time Strategy Returns! We’re launching a new game studio to build the next great RTS! Join us on our journey at! #FrostGiant

— Frost Giant Studios (@Frost_Giant) October 20, 2020


StarCraft 2 stops producing content 10 years after launch, but Blizzard will keep it alive

It seems that new games based on the franchise are not being ruled out, with no sequel announced yet.

In July 2010 it was put on sale StarCraft 2, a game that has remained the dominant RTS as it was with its predecessor. Now, Blizzard announces the cessation of development of new content for this title, which means that we will not have more commanders or chests to buy. But that does not necessarily mean that he will die.

Of course, the lack of news will put off many players, but the servers will remain active as up to now and their developers have confirmed that we will continue to have updates with balance adjustments and bug fixes, “focusing primarily on what matters most to our core and competitive community.”

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Qualifying this last point, Blizzard ensures that SC2 will continue to maintain its usual representation in the eSports scene from the hand of ESL Gaming and GSL. What about the IP as such? In the past, the Warcraft fathers had no qualms about listing their most relevant games for the future. Right now StarCraft doesn’t have a sequel on the horizon, but it seems that something like this is not ruled out.

Or at least, it is what can be read between the lines following the closing of the entry. Producer Rob Bridenbecker concludes, “We will keep you posted on any and all plans we have for future forays into the Koprulu sector.” In the absence of something more specific, we remind you that Blizzard has announced Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV (plus the spin-off Immortal) as well as the imminent expansion Shadowlands WoW, so it will surely be a while until we see their next big game.

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Meghan Markle was accused of plagiarizing a speech

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October 16 2020, 12:02 pm

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Meghan Markle spoke last Tuesday at the Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit on a more than current topic: the tremendous impact that social networks generate.

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The event was organized by Fortune magazine and their participation was highly commented.

“There are very few things in this world where the person who is interacting with it is called a ‘user’. People addicted to drugs are called ‘users’ and people who use social networks, too, ”Meghan said in a section of her presentation.

“They are an addiction,” he added as a reinforcement to this idea and the main reason for his decision to have personal accounts. His ideas were powerful. However, later, a large number of his audience took to Twitter precisely to highlight that Prince Harry’s wife had taken her information from the documentary “The dilemma of social networks” from Netflix.

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