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    Wreath gaffe puts Corbyn in hot water

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 17/08/2018

    » It sounds like a tempest in a teapot, but it could bring down Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's Labour Party -- and that could end up meaning that Britain doesn't leave the European Union after all.

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    Muslims do fit in, though more slowly

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 30/04/2018

    » 'Every Continental [European] under the age of 40 -- make that 60, if not 75 -- is all but guaranteed to end his days living in an Islamified Europe," wrote polemicist Mark Steyn in 2006. "Native populations on the continent are aging and fading and being supplanted remorselessly by a young Muslim demographic."

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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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    US mid-terms reflect an ideologically divided nation

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 10/11/2018

    » Former United States president Barack Obama said of the US mid-term elections that "the character of our country is on the ballot", and the outcome proved him right. The country is a psychological basket case, more deeply and angrily divided than at any time since the Vietnam War.

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    Brexit heads to climax over Irish border

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 03/11/2018

    » It was either ignorant or irresponsible for those campaigning for Brexit (British exit from the European Union) two years ago to claim that the Irish border would not be a problem. In fact, it may lead to a catastrophic "no deal" Brexit in which the United Kingdom crashes out of the EU without an agreement of any kind.

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    No turning point in Brexit bedlam yet

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/07/2018

    » Even with Donald Trump scheduled for a brief visit to the United Kingdom this week amid massive protests, it's still "all Brexit, all of the time" in the sceptred isle -- and the long struggle over the nature of the deal that will define Britain's relationship with the European Union (EU) post-exit allegedly reached a turning point last weekend.

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    EU's survival at risk if Italy decides to exit

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 23/05/2018

    » From the European Union's (EU) point of view Brexit, the impending departure of the United Kingdom, is a pity but not a disaster. Britain never joined the euro, the common currency used by most EU members, and the English were always the awkward squad in the EU's march towards an "ever closer union". Whereas the defection of Italy could threaten the EU's survival.

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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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