Due to the continent's worst migrant crisis since World War II, European populist parties are surging.
GERMANY -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost seats in a backlash against her "open-door" refugee policy. Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 14 percent of the vote.
AUSTRIA -- The Freedom Party (FPOe) narrowly missed winning a May 22 presidential election. Norbert Hofer could be Europe's first populist head of state since 1945.
SLOVAKIA -- In March, the People's Party Our Slovakia won 14 seats in parliament. Prime Minister Robert Fico called EU migrant policy "ritual suicide".Read more
Fillon has a good working relationship with Russia's Putin, financier of M. Le Pen's little club of family members - Grandpa, Mamie and now the Le Pen granddaughter. The FN is not so much a political party as a tribal family with cronies, like the Bush and Clinton dynasties, which have been disavowed.
Fillon's knowledge of Russia will please would-be Le Pen voters, and take votes away from her. Yes, Le Pen is more radical than Trump and that defunct party UKIP. Le Pen wants Frexit plus out of the euro and into France's old currency the French Franc, so that France can devalue, instead of proper reforms.Read more
Article 50 should be enacted immediately yes. There is no point in waiting and negotiations proper cannot begin until it is enacted so what's the hold-up?
I do not envisage an easy ride out as this article implies though. Elected politicians will not be the ones in charge of this, and the commission will want to see us punished.
So I expect tariffs and German and French businesses to suffer the most, but then that is the system they created and today still defend so let 'em have it!Read more