Thursday, October 17News For London

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President Hollande warns Brexit might have “consequences”

President Hollande warns Brexit might have “consequences”

DontUse, News, Politics
French President François Hollande has warned Britain that leaving the EU could result with “consequences” for both UK’s economy and immigration matters. President Hollande has highlighted his hopes for Britain to stay in the EU during a summit with PM Cameron. The French president warned that Brexit might mean “consequences” for the UK, including the prospect of a border relocation. Earlier today, French economy minister Emmanuel Marcon threatened that France might be tempted to tear the agreement made with the British border police in the case of a vote to leave during next June's EU referendum. Le Touquet agreement is a bilateral treaty made with France which allows British police to operate on the French side of the border. It is aimed at avoiding immigrants from travelling
Italy struggles for same-sex marriage law

Italy struggles for same-sex marriage law

News, Politics
Two men are sitting on a bench hugging each other, in Leicester Square. In front of them, a blonde and blue-eyed child is chasing pigeons. She smiles and shouts at the animals that fly away. One of the two men says to the child: “Come on, princess, it is getting late. We have got to come home.” She holds the hands of the two men and they all go home. A scene like this is usual in London. Gay couples can go out freely, without the fear of rejection or prejudice. And they have rights. They can get married and have a family. From the UK to the USA, from France to Spain, gay marriages are now recognised as a right in the most civilised nations in the world. Though Italy, a member of the G8 and one of the most important countries in the EU, is still lagging behind. Not only are gay peop
EU Referendum: Boris Johnson says ‘No deal’

EU Referendum: Boris Johnson says ‘No deal’

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David Cameron seeks the support of Boris Johnson on the EU deal one day before the Brussels summit. The Mayor of London visited Prime Minister  at 10 Downing Street today for final discussions before tomorrow’s Brussels Summit. Mr Cameron who phone-called European leaders on a final round before tomorrow, wants to gain Johnsons' support in his EU campaign. ‘I’ll be back. No deal as far as I know’ he replied while leaving number 10 and asked whether the deal was good enough. According to BBC’s report, Mr Johnsons' decision on whether to back remaining or leaving the EU is "very finely balanced". What is the Brussels Summit? Tomorrow Heads of state and Government of the European Union will be meeting in Brussels. The summit will be dealing with two main challenges:
Britons react to the death of Giulio Regeni

Britons react to the death of Giulio Regeni

International, Politics
Multiple fractures, cigarette burns and fingernails forcibly extracted. This is how the body of Giulio Regeni was found in Cairo. Meanwhile, in Britain, his friends and colleagues want to know why! Mr.Regeni had spent the last ten years of his life studying and working in Leeds, Oxford and Cambridge. He went to Egypt to conduct a field research on the labor movements and independent trade unions as part of his PhD research on international development. The 28-year-old Cambridge PhD student was reported missing on the 25th of January, 2016. His body was later found in a Cairo suburb, half naked and with torture marks. His friends and colleagues are concerned that in spite of the announced joint investigation led by the Egyptian and Italian governments, the truth might not be reve
UN’s panel declares Julian Assange “arbitrarily detained.”

UN’s panel declares Julian Assange “arbitrarily detained.”

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Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is arbitrarily held in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, the UN’s Group on Arbitrary Detention said earlier on Thursday. Mr Assange took asylum in the embassy in 2012, after Sweden issued an international warrant for sexual abuse. He has always said the sexual abuse was a pretext to extradite him to the U.S. The real reason, in his words, was the reveal of top-secret files in the Wikileaks affair. The UN panel, whose work will be published on Friday, states: “Mr Assange has been deprived of his liberty in an arbitrary manner for an unacceptable length of time.” Mr Assange’s lawyers instantly asked the UK to respect the sentence, unless legally unbinding, and free their assisted. The UN Human Rights account also tweeted a video explaining
Cameron looks for EU-UK deal backing

Cameron looks for EU-UK deal backing

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Cameron’s EU package of reforms to keep Britain in the EU had its first test in the House of Commons today. During Prime Minister Question Time in Parliament, the debate revolved around the EU-UK deal with Cameron defending his plan aimed at keeping Britain in the EU. The PM said: “My plan is to bring welfare, immigration, and bail out powers back to the UK. This will make us stronger and better.” The European Union has recently denied Cameron a full four-year ban on EU migrants’ right to claim benefits. Britain will be only allowed to offer the chance to gradually increase them over the four-year period. Cameron stood by his draft EU deal and tried to persuade MPs to back his proposal which will lead to an IN/OUT referendum that could be held on June 23rd  2016. The PM fa

On the campaign trail with Sadiq Khan – London Mayoral elections 2016

Harrow, Politics, Student
Labour are fighting to win back City Hall in May's Mayoral elections. Westminster World took to the streets of Harrow, to see their candidate in action. It's about 10 O'Clock  when the Labour activists are finally assembled for a day's doorstepping. Outside the entrance to Harrow-on-the-Hill station, activists young and old carry large leaflets, with Labour party stickers on their lapels. Across the country, people very similar to them are carrying out a co-ordinated campaign to spread Labour's message. This specific doorstepping campaign in Harrow is particularly important though. In amongst them is an MP who hopes to become Mayor of one of the most-populated cities in Europe. Fog begins to descend on the high street, as Sadiq Khan starts to address his activists. Dressed in a lo
French public’s ignorance of EU behind far-right party’s rise

French public’s ignorance of EU behind far-right party’s rise

News, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Student
The National Front’s rise in the polls in recent years is due to the public's ignorance of the EU system, according to a French political insider and academic. This statement comes immediately after a week which saw the National Front make major strides in regional election, though the party failed to win control of any of the regions in the final round. Marine Le Pen secured a disappointing 42.8 per cent in the northern region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, with the far-right party finishing in third place in the 2nd round of voting in France. The party achieved 27 per cent, just a few percentage points below their result in the 1st round. The Union de la droite nationale, the coalition of conservative parties, emerged as the victor with 40 per cent, while the Union de la gau
France should avoid “knee-jerk reaction” to far-right party win

France should avoid “knee-jerk reaction” to far-right party win

News, Politics, ReportingWeek1
French leftist parties must prove that they can provide a viable alternative to the National Front, according to an EU delegate. This comes immediately after the party's record breaking majority in the 1st round of the country’s regional elections. Achieving almost 30% of the vote, and coming top in six out of 12 regions, Marine Le Pen’s socially conservative and eurosceptic party has steadily been rising in the polls for months. These results come just weeks after the November Paris terrorist attacks, during which 130 people died at the hand of ISIS perpetrators. Following the release of the results on Sunday evening Le Pen’s niece and member of the French Parliament, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, gave a triumphant speech on France 3 Provence-Alpes. She asserted that the FN were now
Greeks in London speculate over possible Euro exit

Greeks in London speculate over possible Euro exit

Politics
The recent win by Greek left-wing party Syriza  has prompted much controversy. Greeks living in London are speculating over a possible  ‘Grexit’ or Greek exit from the Eurozone.  By Danai Dimitrakopoulos Diz Dimosthenis Mammonas, a well respected and liked member of Greek politics and former Secretary General for Social Security in the New Democracy government,  was born and raised in Larissa, Greece. In 1996 he moved to Belgium upon receiving the ‘Robert Schuman’ Scholarship at the European Parliament and has since served a in a number of roles across the European Union. Mr. Mammonas tells me about the current state of the Greek economy, he says:  “There are specific rules and obligations for countries participating in the Eurozone. I am pretty confident that if the Greek govern