“I learnt the lesson” said Juan Manuel Santos, when he reflected on the plebiscite in which the first peace agreement between the Government and FARC was rejected two months ago. Mr. Santos, who is visiting Sweden after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo last Saturday, admitted today in the Swedish Parliament that he shouldn’t have called a Referendum. As it happened to David Cameron last June with the Brexit Referendum, Colombia’s President said that he held it because it was a promise, then for him, it was the “right” thing to do. “I learnt the lesson. You shouldn’t hold a Referendum to vote on something you don’t need to.” Colombia’s President said at a seminar in Stockholm with members of the Parliament’s Commission of Foreign Affairs. The reflection recalls the shocking
Turkish Health Ministry put the death toll at 37. Over a hundred people are injured or reported missing. The explosion that killed several people took place at 18:45pm in the heart of Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Reports state that the deadly explosion took place as the car drove past a bus stop in Kizilay, considered the cities busiest square. Officials reported one female suicide bomber, who is described as being a member of the PKK being amongst those who died. The Kurdish militant organisation PKK is considered responsible for the brutal terror attack. Yesterday, Ankara court imposed an immediate ban on Facebook and Twitter after images from the blast scene were shared on social media platforms. A broadcast ban from the scene was also put in place. Turkish president R...
Nicola Sturgeon announced she would campaign for the EU to stay in the UK at a speech in London this Monday. The First Minister of Scotland said that there was “a real chance” of a second referendum on Scotland’s independence if the UK voted to leave the EU. Polls tend to show that Scotland will indeed vote to stay in the EU. Scottish National Party’s leader asked David Cameron to agree that all four nations of the UK had to vote in favour of leaving to make the exit possible, according to Channel 4 News. Such a decision would make “Brexit” very unlikely to happen since Scotland and Northern Island may both vote to stay. The European Union is an important trade partner for Scotland as 42% of its export out of the UK were with EU members, she said to The Guardian. She
The Brexit issue will be the main topic of discussion at a two-day summit taking place in Brussels this Thursday and Friday. The President of the European Council Donald Tusk called this a “make or break summit”. Indeed the EU and the UK must now find an agreement on David Cameron’s claims before he sets up a date for a national referendum about a leave from the UK (possibly on June 23 according to the Financial Times). The Prime Minister already obtained compromises from the EU as Donald Tusk proposed an emergency possibility of supressing social aids to non-UK European workers for four years if needed. Indeed it goes against the essential principles of the EU to build equality between all European citizens. David Cameron asked for a permanent suppres
A dispute with the government has led to Fire Services striking all over the country. In London, where more strike action could take place, Mayor Boris Johnson has threatened to withhold pay for any firefighter involved. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is unperturbed and insists the Conservatives must concede before Londoner’s lives are put at risk by further action. Reporter: Sonal Gupta Sub editor: Kait Borsay February saw the FBU fight back against what it interprets as a government U-turn over changes to their pension scheme and retirement age. The union accuses Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt of misleading Parliament in December 2014, when she pushed through plans to raise the retirement age of firefighters in England from 55 to 60 years old and to increase their pension contributio