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No single market access for UK after Brexit, Wolfgang Schäuble says

In DU Foreign Affairs...

No single market access for UK after Brexit, Wolfgang Schäuble says

... Commentators in Germany point out that Germany has more to lose from a Brexit than a segment of its export market and that the government was able to sideline economic interest to diplomacy in its relationship with Russia.

Until recently, the assumption in Berlin’s political circles had been that Schäuble’s finance ministry was more open than others to the idea of keeping open a back door for renegotiating some form of associate membership for Britain after an out vote.

But the interview in Der Spiegel, which will be published on Saturday but has been seen by the Guardian, indicates a less flexible stance. “Europe will also work without Britain if necessary,” Schäuble said. “At some point, the British will realise they have taken the wrong decision. And then we will accept them back one day, if that’s what they want.”...

... While warning that it would be a “miracle” if there were no economic drawbacks for Britain following a withdrawal, Schäuble also admitted that a Brexit could have dramatic consequences for the rest of the European Union...

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/10/no-single-market-access-for-uk-after-brexit-wolfgang-schauble-says


SPIEGEL: Why is it better for the EU if the British remain? They have repeatedly distanced themselves from the EU in recent years.

Schäuble: Britain is one of the strongest economies in the EU, and London is Europe's largest financial centre. Britain plays a leading role in all matters of foreign and security policy. That is why Europe is stronger with Britain than without it. Besides, the UK consistently advocates market-based solutions in Brussels, which frequently makes it an ally of the German government. And, in my view, one cannot have enough British pragmatic rationality in Europe.

SPIEGEL: And why is it better for the British to remain in the EU?

Schäuble: Britain is economically very closely integrated with its European partner countries. Were these ties to be cut, it would be a huge step backwards for the country and would weaken it considerably. In the era of globalisation, "splendid isolation" is not a smart option...

http://spiegel.de/international/europe/a-1096999.html



My take: Germany will make sure UK suffers economically for Brexit, even at some economic cost to itself, because the future of the whole EU project is at stake, and because, for all concerned, it is better to have UK in EU than out.

Argentina Demands Dialogue With Britain On Disputed Malvinas/Falklands

In DU Latin America...

CO2 turned into stone in Iceland in climate change breakthrough

... The unique project promises a cheaper and more secure way of burying CO2 from fossil fuel burning underground, where it cannot warm the planet. Such carbon capture and storage (CCS) is thought to be essential to halting global warming, but existing projects store the CO2 as a gas and concerns about costs and potential leakage have halted some plans.

The new research pumped CO2 into the volcanic rock under Iceland and sped up a natural process where the basalts react with the gas to form carbonate minerals, which make up limestone. The researchers were amazed by how fast all the gas turned into a solid – just two years, compared to the hundreds or thousands of years that had been predicted...

... Matter said the only thing holding back CCS was the lack of action from politicians, such as putting a price on carbon emissions: “The engineering and technology of CCS is ready to be deployed. So why do we not see hundreds of these projects? There is no incentive to do it.”...

... One potential challenge for the new technique is that it requires large amounts of water: 25 tonnes for each tonne of CO2 buried. But Matter said seawater could be used, which would be in plentiful supply at coastal sites. Another is that subterranean microbes might break down carbonate to methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, but this was not seen in the Iceland research...

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/09/co2-turned-into-stone-in-iceland-in-climate-change-breakthrough

Research paper: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/352/6291/1312

*Nb. "Monroe Doctrine"

The Monroe Doctrine was a U.S. foreign policy regarding domination of the Americas in 1823. It stated that further efforts byEuropean nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression, requiring U.S. intervention. At the same time, the doctrine noted that the United States would neither interfere with existing European colonies nor meddle in the internal concerns of European countries. The Doctrine was issued in 1823 at a time when nearly all Latin American colonies of Spain and Portugal had achieved or were at the point of gainingindependence from the Portuguese and Spanish Empires.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_Doctrine

I think Russia would like to economically and socially develop

the federated territories it already occupies, defend its borders, and do useful business with neighbors and the rest of the world.

I think the Imperialist urge is located elsewhere, these days.

Local press Puerto Rico, lunes, 6 de junio de 2016 - 1:21 AM

http://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/politica/nota/clintonganalaprimariapresidencialdemocrataenpuertorico-2207162/

Con el 69.25% de las unidades reportadas, Clinton tenía 36,026 votos mientras que Sanders alcanzaba 22,768. Un tercer candidato, “Rocky” Roque de la Fuente, tenía 227 votos. Otros candidatos tenían 1,650 sufragios, para un total de 60,671 votantes.

With 69.25 % of the units reported , Clinton had 36.026 votes while Sanders reached 22,768 . A third candidate , " Rocky" Roque de la Fuente, had 227 votes. Other candidates had 1 ,650 votes, for a total of 60,671 voters.

Here's one strong reason why she needs to be careful

with media watching:

... Kessler explained in the book that when Mrs Clinton is in public, she smiles and acts graciously.

'As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness, and imperiousness become evident,' he wrote.

'Hillary Clinton can make Richard Nixon look like Mahatma Gandhi.'...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3626031/A-Secret-Service-agent-protected-Hillary-Clinton-set-publish-tell-book.html

Michael Moore: ‘Trump inspires his side. It’s like Munich in 1932’

...So, do you think we will see President Sanders?
Listen, I think anything can happen in the next two to four months. Seriously. If I’d said to you a year ago, I think there’s a chance Trump could be the next president, I would have sounded like an insane man. But in this election year, I think anything can happen. In every public opinion poll, Bernie beats Trump by many more points than Hillary does. I think the Democrats, by the time of the convention, are going to have to decide – do they want to win or not?

Can you explain Donald Trump to a European? 
I’m thinking how to put this… I’m sure you’ve noticed Americans are very alpha. Like, we’re number one! We’re number one! We’re the best! Trump is that on steroids. And it’s a tune that Americans like to listen to. Not all Americans, not the majority, but this isn’t going to be an election about the majority. It’s about who’s going to vote. We have a country where we try very hard to get 50% of the people to vote. You have to remember, 80% of this country is either female, people of colour or young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. He has offended all three of these groups to such a large degree there’s no way he could win a majority of women, blacks, Hispanics or young people. That’s off the table. But he can win if the other side stays home, and let me tell you something, nobody is going to be excited to get up that morning and vote for Hillary Clinton, even if you like her. She does not inspire that in people. Trump, on the other hand, inspires his side. It’s like Munich in 1932.

Is it? Is it fascism?
It is fascism, of course it is. Absolutely. Yes. He wants to combine the power of capital with the power of the state and to use the “other” to drive a huge amount of fear into people’s hearts. That’s working well with the 19%, that’s all that’s left of white men in America over the age of 35. The country’s changing but they are not going to go quietly and that’s why you see how big and how angry the whole thing is. I have told people to take it very seriously. Look, of course, he’s a clown. He’s a performance artist. He’s a buffoon. He’s all these things...

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jun/05/michael-moore-interview-where-to-invade-next-donald-trump

Italy elections: When in Rome shake up the politics

...Leading the opinion polls is Virginia Raggi, a 37-year-old lawyer who is running on the populist Five Star Movement's anti-politics platform...

... (H)er message strikes a particular chord with many Romans - especially if you look at what is happening at a maximum security, fortified courtroom on the capital's northern outskirts.

There, since November, dozens of former city officials and business leaders have been on trial, accused of corruption and malfeasance that siphoned off millions of euros from the administration - a case known as "Mafia Capitale".

Prosecutors believe that most activities related to running the city - from the management of migrant centres to the handling of rubbish collection - were tainted by a system of influence-peddling, entrenched across all levels of the city's administration...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36433556
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