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    British petulance is shaping European Union's future

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/02/2016

    » What would you call a country that called for "a structure under which [Europe] can dwell in peace, in safety and in freedom ... a kind of United States of Europe" at the end of the Second World War (Winston Churchill, 1946), but refused to join that structure when its European neighbours actually began building it (European Economic Community, or EEC, 1957)?

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    If the model is broken, best fix it

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 20/04/2018

    » If the model is broken, should you try to fix it, or should you scrap it and get a new one?

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    Brexit blues sink in for May as deal reduced to farce

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 14/12/2017

    » Politicians never lie. Well, hardly ever. They're not into full disclosure, as a rule, but they know that if you lie, sooner or later you will be caught out, and then you are in deep trouble. So just change the subject, or answer a different question than the one you were asked, or just keep talking but saying nothing until everybody gets bored and moves on.

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    Germany and the rise of the right

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 28/09/2017

    » Angela Merkel's slogan in her campaign for a fourth term as chancellor was terminally bland and smug -- "For a Germany in which we live well and love living" -- but it did the job, sort of. Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is back as the largest party, so Ms Merkel gets to form the next coalition government. But the neo-fascists are now in the Bundestag (parliament) too, for the first time since the collapse of Nazi Germany.

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    May's mess: 'Soft' Brexit or no Brexit

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 14/06/2017

    » 'We don't know when Brexit talks start. We know when they must end," tweeted Donald Tusk, former Polish prime minister and now president of the European Council.

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    So much for the wave of populism

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 26/04/2017

    » In his victory speech on Sunday night Emmanuel Macron, the next president of France, said: "I want to become...the president of the patriots in the face of the threat from the nationalists." The distinction would be lost on most Trump supporters in the United States and on the "Little Englanders" who voted for Brexit in Britain, but it's absolutely clear to the French, and indeed to most Europeans.

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    Erdogan's win will unleash turmoil

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 19/04/2017

    » "The office of the President of the Reich is unified with the office of the Chancellor. Consequently all former powers of the President of the Reich are demised to the Fuhrer and Chancellor of the Reich Adolf Hitler. He himself nominates his substitute. Do you, German man and German woman, approve of this regulation provided by this Law?"

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    Davos rich see their world collapsing

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 20/01/2017

    » 'I can't wait to see how the incoming administration deals with AI [artificial intelligence]," said US Secretary of State John Kerry, in a less-than-gracious reference to the fact that the Trump team hasn't got a clue about the real driving force in the changing world economy.

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    Trump's 'jobs' plan faces uncertainty

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 02/01/2017

    » The main message of 2016 was that we are entering a period of economic and political upheaval comparable to the industrial revolution of 1780-1850, and nothing expressed that message more clearly than Donald Trump's appointment of Andrew Puzder as his secretary of labour. Even though it's clear that neither man understands the message.

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    Where do we go now the jobs are gone?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 04/11/2016

    » One of the judges on an employment tribunal said: "The notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses linked by a common 'platform' is, to our minds, faintly ridiculous." So the tribunal ruled that Uber's 30,000 drivers in London were actually employees, and therefore entitled to be paid the minimum wage, to be given sick pay, even to have paid holidays.

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