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“We must be careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations.” Winston Churchill, Speech after the evacuation of the British army at Dunkirk, 4th June, 1940 Article 50 of the TEU has been activated and the UK and the EU are entering the actual stage of Brexit negotiations and so preparing to write a new page in the history of international relations. Whatever happens in these negotiations, it will go into the textbooks because there is no precedent in history. For both parties, this is a huge quake and managing it properly is a matter of political survival. Theresa May is trying to get back on her feet after a weak and compromising performance at the recent election which she called to strengthen her support. Now
Last week Donald Trump appointed Scott Pruitt, the former state attorney of Oklahoma, for head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt had a difficult time going through his hearing in the Senate, where the left, led by Bernie Sanders, attacked him for his disbelief in man-made climate change. Scott Pruitt has in fact spent the better part of his career fighting federal regulations on coal and oil in court, so it’s no wonder why Trump picked him for this position. The new American president ran a campaign that was based on the promise to return jobs to the states that have been hurt by Obama’s environmental regulations. Alongside the nomination of Pruitt, Trump also introduced a draft budget for the EPA in Congress that proposes 25% cuts in funding (down
There is an old, black and white comedy film by Billy Wilder called “One, Two, Three!”. It tells the story of Mac, chairman of the Western Germany branch of Coca-Cola. While Mac is trying to earn his promotion by negotiating a deal to export Coca-Cola to the Soviet Union (the shootings were made exactly during the construction of the wall), his boss in the US sends his daughter Scarlett on vacation in Berlin and entrusts Mac with looking after her. As it turns out, the young lady is a convinced socialist, rebelling against her father and to Mac’s horror she secretly marries a German from East Berlin, named Otto. They try to escape to Moscow, but thanks to his negotiating contacts in the USSR, Mac succeeds to bring them
What is the agreement between EU and Canada? The Comprehensive economic and trade agreement – (CETA) is the biggest commercial agreement the EU was supposed to sign with a third country so far in its history. The deal removes 98% of all customs, opens doors for direct investments from both sides of the Atlantic and gives companies equal access to public procurements. The negotiations started in 2009 and although the final draft was completed in 2014, the EU is struggling to ratify it because of internal conflicts of interests and the alleged juridical complexity of the matter. In the last two decades Canada has developed into a European-style welfare state with high standards for consumer protection and tight environmental regulations – therefore most of the concerns regarding the other