Europe manages to be more screwed up than the US on most days. Which is saying a lot.
First there is the continuing chaos in France. ‘Yellow vest’ protests: cars burn and looters raid shops in Paris.
Can we call it an uprising yet?
The mounted officers advanced behind serried ranks of police on foot holding up their shields like Roman legionaries. In front of them, on the fashionable Rue de Bretagne in central Paris, were the “yellow-vest” protesters and masked, black-clad youths, sending shoppers and patrons of pavement cafés scurrying indoors for cover.
There have been more than 1000 arrests, and this story is from Saturday.
Merkel’s ruling CDU party in Germany thought they put the worst behind them with the recent election of a new party leader. CDU party members quit in protest at Merkel successor as split widens in Germany’s ruling party.
Just a day after the CDU appeared to end weeks of infighting by voting in Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, known as “mini Merkel”, delegates at the party’s congress told The Sunday Telegraph of a wave of resignations among rank and file members.
Victory for Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer is seen by many as a failure of the party to learn from the mistakes of Mrs Merkel, and a missed opportunity to regain ground on the Right on key issues such as immigration.
No word on what party the disaffected will join.
Italy is still on a collision course with the EU over its budget. Italy’s Populist Budget Wins First Key Vote in Parliament
Italy’s populist government won a key parliamentary vote, moving a step closer to final approval of a budget that has been rejected by the European Union.
I’m surprised they didn’t list it as a “far right” government.
And finally in the UK, Prime Minster Theresa May’s government has been found to be “In Contempt of Parliament.” UK Parliament delivers rebuke to government over Brexit.
The Brexit deal she “negotiated” with the EU is tremendously unpopular.
Aside from the vote on contempt…
In another sign of the government’s weakness, lawmakers also passed an amendment giving Parliament more say over the government’s next steps if the assembly rejects the divorce deal in a vote set for Dec. 11.
Many lawmakers saw the government’s defeats as developments of huge significance — a tipping point in the EU saga.