Jon Tonge: A fudge flavoured with constructive ambiguity may be to DUP's taste BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A scrum of reporters, Press releases, meetings, statements, Press conferences and off-the-record briefings. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/jon-tonge-a-fudge-flavoured-with-constructive-ambiguity-may-be-to-dups-taste-37402112.html Email A scrum of reporters, Press releases, meetings, statements, Press conferences and off-the-record briefings. Foster versus Barnier. The showdown. Involving a party with one MEP. This is how you 'de-dramatise' the border, apparently. All the grandstanding told us nothing new. The only single market of interest to the DUP is the UK version. The only single market the EU recognises is its own. It was agreed last December that no new regulatory barriers can develop between Northern Ireland and the UK unless the Executive and Assembly - they're the ones who last met 637 days ago, if your memory is that good - agree. Except … [Read more...] about Jon Tonge: A fudge flavoured with constructive ambiguity may be to DUP’s taste
Sir Keir Starmer, Labour's shadow Brexit secretary, uttered these words, only 24 hours after the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, well, er... ruled out Remain as an option in any second referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.Although Mr McDonnell rowed back over the course of Monday, this is a pretty startling rebuke to the second most senior figure in the Labour leadership.Even more so when you consider that the line was not in the text of the speech which had been pre-briefed to journalists - Starmer was ad libbing. What was behind it?To some extent it is part of the "constructive ambiguity" Labour has deployed since the referendum.At different times, different Labour politicians have pointed in different directions on the Brexit issue.They are acutely conscious of the twin truths that a/ the vast majority of the Labour membership and (to a greater or lesser extent) Labour voters are pro-Remain while b/ the vast majority of Labour constituencies are not.This … [Read more...] about What are Labour playing at with ambiguous Brexit policy?
Source: Focus Information Agency Sofia. Bulgaria’s position on supporting Hungary in its dispute with the EU is unclear and ambiguous, resulting in negative comments, Lyubomir Kyuchukov, CEO of Economics and International Relations Institute, told Focus Radio. He said the unification of Europe happened at institutional level, but not in people’s minds. East and West are still seen as different, which is also reflected in politics. The deepest disagreement is to where the EU is heading, he explained. “Whether the EU is moving towards deepening integration or it will take a step backwards to more powers for national states. Several of them seek a backward step – a looser common market with fewer commitments in the other spheres. A retreat would lead to very serious problems in the functioning of all institutions. Here is the great controversy that, despite all the efforts being made, has not found unequivocal response for the moment,” commented … [Read more...] about Lyubomir Kyuchukov, EIRI: Bulgaria’s position on support to Hungary in dispute with EU is unclear and ambiguous, resulting in negative comments
One of the medical certificates detailing the health problems that led to the release from prison of a power company executive is vague, ambiguous and not supported by evidence, a Supreme Court prosecutor said in an appeal Friday. Aristides Floros, former managing director of power supplier Energa, was recently diagnosed with a disability rate of over 67 percent due to epileptic seizures and other health problems, allowing his release. However, according to the order by prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou, judicial authorities in the Evia town of Halkida have been asked to re-examine the entire case. Her order said that the ruling lacks the proper documentation and doesn’t specify how the disability was calculated. This, according to Vourliotis, makes the ruling “anything but comprehensive and convincing.” Vourliotis’s order also reportedly contains a document by the head of the capital’s Evangelismos Hospital, Panagiota Goulaki-Mitsaki, who states that one of the … [Read more...] about Prosecutor orders probe into ‘ambiguous’ medical certificate that led to executive’s release, Ioanna Mandrou
It began almost immediately. While Pope John Paul II handled his 1979 arrival with theatrical aplomb - kissing the Irish tarmac upon emerging from the plane - Francis's Papal garbs were straight-away swept awkwardly across his head, like Donald Trump's toupee in a gust. Touchingly, he didn't even seem to notice - it took a friendly bishop to straighten him up again. At the Aras, Francis appeared slightly shaky on his feet - he had to be helped down steps - and his face, in moments of repose, seemed weary and lonely, a man imprisoned by his office. From the airport to the Aras to Dublin Castle, every eye in every room bored relentlessly into his little shuffling frame, devouring every detail. And yet if you met his kindly gaze, even for a second, you felt compelled to look away, embarrassed at your curiosity. It's not personal, you wanted to tell him, it's Papacy we're really staring at. In Dublin city centre yesterday afternoon, the atmosphere was muted. Security and tourists … [Read more...] about Noticeable ambiguity in our welcome for Francis