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    Brexit: the Commission is actively preparing member states for a “no deal”

    The European Union hopes to break the deadlock with the United Kingdom, but fears a failure. Usually in Brussels, we never speak openly about “plans B”: the subject is taboo. To confirm their existence amounts to killing “Plan A”, it was thought, for example, during the Greek crisis, when the “Grexit” threatened. The European Commission is thus making a historic exception with Brexit, while still hoping to seal a deal in time with Theresa May’s government. In fact, for almost a year now, the Brussels institution, which is in charge of negotiating a divorce with London, is actively working in parallel with the dreaded “no deal” scenario with the United…

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    At Conservative Party Convention, Boris Johnson pummels Theresa May’s Brexit plan

    The former foreign minister is stroking the idea of a failure of negotiations with the EU while the prime minister still hopes to revive them. Boris Johnson would be prime minister in place of Theresa May, but he knows that the conservatives meeting in Birmingham are far too loyalist to like the coups, especially in the final sprint of negotiations on Brexit. He probably has enough realism to know that the Conservative members would not support him. In a solemn speech on Tuesday (October 2nd), the former Foreign Minister pounded Mrs. May’s “Checkers Plan” on Brexit, calling it “dangerous and unstable” and saying it does not correspond to “this for…

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    Midterms J – 35: Democrats retain their advantage for the House of Representatives

    At five weeks of US mid-term elections, Republicans have stopped funding several of their candidates deemed losers. The fact of the day The US Democratic Party remains for the moment best placed in the perspective of the mid-term elections of November 6 for the House of Representatives. It maintains a gap of 7 to 8 points on the Republican Party according to the barometer RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight, which compile the latest polls measuring the balance of power between the two major parties. The Democrats have been ahead of the Conservatives for months, which are penalized by the approval rate of President Trump. The latter remains well below 50% despite the…

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    In Brazil, the bulwark of women against the extreme right

    Faced with the misogynistic, racist and homophobic rhetoric of the extreme right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro, women’s vote is a central issue in the October 7th poll. Ludmilla Teixeira, 36, considers that she has only “scratched a match on a barrel of powder.” Modest, the 30-year-old hopes to tip the presidential election in Brazil. “Impulsive”, “feminist” and “anarchist”, this resident of Salvador de Bahia, regional capital of the Brazilian Nordeste, is at the origin of the Facebook page “Mulheres unidas contra Bolsonaro” (women united against Bolsonaro). A movement that federated the indignation of 3.9 million women on the social network against Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing candidate, getting the support of stars…

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    One year after the independence referendum, the disarray of Catalan demonstrators

    Supporters of secession criticize the government of Madrid, but also regional leaders, unable to have lived the very short-lived republic after the referendum of October 1, 2017. At noon on Monday, October 1, hundreds of people left their offices throughout Catalonia, to celebrate the first anniversary of the illegal referendum of October 1, 2017, marked by the muscular intervention of the national police. On Via Laietana, a busy street in central Barcelona, ‚Äč‚Äčthere are about 50 people who block the road for ten minutes, despite the horns of exhausted motorists. “We are here to remind ourselves that a year ago we voted and we must respect the result or hold…