Britain’s election – and a damaged prime minister

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Another election came to an end on June 8, 2017, called specifically to give Theresa May, the incumbent prime minister, a ‘stronger hand’ in her dealings with the European Union (EU), when Britain goes to Brexit negotiations on June 19, 2017. She offered Britain’s decision to leave the EU — officially known as the triggering… Read more »

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Theresa May is right to stay. For now.

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Prime Minister Theresa May got into her armored Jaguar mid-morning Friday and, with her husband Philip, was driven to Buckingham Palace, where she told the Queen that she would form a new government. The Queen, as she has done for over six decades, agreed with her prime minister. May returned to Downing Street where, looking… Read more »

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By staying in office, UK’s Theresa May courts disaster

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Despite her dramatic electoral upset, British Prime Minister Theresa May appears determined to stay in office. In the short term, she could yet manage it. But the longer-term consequences may well be disastrous for her country. Negotiations on the U.K’s exit from the European Union are scheduled to begin on June 19—less than two weeks… Read more »

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Merkel is wrong about Trump and Brexit

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The chancellor of Germany no longer trusts the United States or the United Kingdom. In a May 28 campaign speech in Bavaria, Angela Merkel signalled distance from the two “Anglo Saxon” states, telling her audience “we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.” German commentators were quick to point out that the… Read more »

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For Britain, the real work on Brexit starts now

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On March 29 British Prime Minister Theresa May will begin Britain’s exit from the European Union by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. It will start a two-year process of departure – and for now, we know little about what that will look like. When its members signed the Treaty in December 2007, no… Read more »

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A messy march of folly to Brexit — and beyond

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Barbara Tuchman published her masterpiece, “The March of Folly,” in 1984. It explored what the American writer and historian called “one of the most compelling paradoxes of history: the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests.” Today she might have explored the march of folly by “the people” as well as governments… Read more »

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