Once upon a time… there was a brotherhood of giants. They were loved by all for their seeming altruism. Everyone agreed with their founding goal of improving humans’ lives through the values for sharing, exchanging, or even being free of charge. Their technologies had changed the daily life of men, women and children, who were grateful. Scrooge had revolutionized the way we search for things. Azon had transformed our access to books. Fbok had invented a new way of communicating with friends and finding new ones. Aple had made wonderful tools for creating, or for consulting, one’s favorite works. Toutoub had built the world’s biggest video library. Moft had invented a new language to allow all the machines in the world to talk with one another. Authors particularly loved these giants who allowed them to be closer than ever to their admirers and to find new ones. New creators were born at the same time as the giants, they grew together — with goodwill toward … [Read more...] about Open letter to the Members of the European Parliament
By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Monday morning. Brexit Day is now meant to be 18 days away. But let’s see what happens this week. DRIVING THE DAY PARLIAMENT TAKING CONTROL? Theresa May is this morning ready to propose plans to hold indicative votes on different Brexit options as parliament prepares to seize control of the Brexit process. The under-pressure PM will convene a special meeting of her Cabinet at 10 a.m., with Downing Street officials indicating she is now ready to offer MPs the chance to vote on alternatives to her own Brexit agreement. The hope inside No. 10 is this might head off another attempt by backbench MPs this evening to grab control of the Commons order paper and stage their own votes on how best to break the current impasse. But it’s far from clear whether her efforts will be enough, or whether tonight is the night parliament finally starts to take back control. How today pans … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Parliament taking control? — Sunday roasting — No collusion
Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY GOOGLE Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser NO COLLUSION! Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year-long Russia probe concluded without finding adequate evidence to show that officials with Donald Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign aided Russian attempts to interfere with the election. “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” Trump tweeted overnight. But if the U.S. president didn’t collude with Russia, POLITICO’s Blake Hounshell asks, why does he love Putin so much? GOOD MORNING. Theresa May’s strategy of schmoozing the hardcore Leavers in her Conservative Party appears to be on the brink of backfiring now that she is no longer useful to them. There’s Brexit movement in the U.K. on various independent but intertwined fronts. … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: No collusion! — May on the wane — Macron’s friends and foes
The populist Forum for Democracy last week stunned the Dutch political establishment. By winning the most votes in provincial elections, the upstart party — founded in 2016 — will have the most seats in the upper house of parliament, ahead of Prime Minister Mark Rutte's liberal VVD. It also makes Forum for Democracy (FvD) leader Thierry Baudet more powerful, if less high-profile, than the long-standing face (and hair) of Dutch populism, Geert Wilders. A proponent of Dutch-first cultural, social and economic policies, Baudet has called for less immigration, improved relations with Russia, and for the Netherlands to leave the EU — although he has also said he will see how Brexit plays out first. “I am ideologically against the EU, against the internal market, against the open borders, against the euro, against the whole thing," he told de Volkskrant last month. With the FvD on course to do well in the European Parliament election … [Read more...] about 5 things to know about Dutch far right’s new figurehead
No collusion. That’s the clear interpretation of Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s findings, at least as they were conveyed Sunday by Attorney General William Barr. And it’s certainly the line President Donald Trump’s gloating defenders are promoting today. But without access to Mueller’s full report, we can’t know just how damning — or not — this investigation is for Trump. Justice Department rules say a sitting president can’t be indicted, while other Justice Department rules also say it’s wrong to release derogatory information about someone who isn’t charged with a crime. So unless Barr decides the president is a special case, we might never learn the full extent of Trump’s actions. And we might never learn how close Mueller’s team came to charging Donald Trump, Jr. and Jared Kushner, let alone others caught up in the Russia scandal. Still, even if Barr does release the bulk of the report, the task was to … [Read more...] about Trump didn’t collude with Russia. So why does he love Putin so much?