Ecuador granted asylum to WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange on Thursday in defiance of the British government’s threat to occupy the country’s embassy. Prior to Thursday's announcement London's finest surrounded the Ecuadorian embassy throughout the day. Hundreds of metropolitan police waited on orders to seize control of the embassy as the announcement of Ecuador's decision on Julian Assange's asylum petition approached.
As the European Union continues to assume ever greater powers over the once-sovereign nations of the region, voters in the United Kingdom have been fed up for a while. In fact, if they were allowed to vote in a referendum, polls consistently show the U.K. would overwhelmingly opt to ditch the EU once and for all. And analysts, as well as activists on both sides of the issue, believe the day may soon come where British resistance to the emerging super-state finally prevails.
According to a German newspaper, the will of U.K. voters ultimately being fulfilled has former Prime Minister Tony Blair “deeply worried.” Meanwhile, a strategy paper by Asian banking behemoth Nomura showed that the bank is preparing for what its analysts believe is an increasingly likely scenario: British withdrawal, or at the very least, a mass repatriation of powers usurped by the Brussels-based entity.
Plans announced by French President Francois Hollande to "tax the rich" are driving wealthy French citizens out of the country. Vincent Grandil, a partner in the Paris law firm Altexis which caters to rich French citizens, is increasingly being asked by his clients if now would be a good time to flee France for countries with lower tax rates.
What is certain is that an implosion in Europe's debt crisis is reaching the point of inevitability in much the same manner that the housing bubble came to a head and burst in the United States, but though no one knows when the debt crisis will come to a head, events are happening in September that may push the eurozone over a fiscal cliff.
The Council of Europe convention is attempting to redefine “gender” to mean "the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for women and men.” But the bishops of Poland, joined by a number of pro-life and pro-family groups in Europe, are pushing the Polish government not to ratify the convention.
STOCKHOLM — After walking some 120 miles over six days in the “Walk to Freedom” as a protest against Sweden’s controversial new ban on homeschooling, a passionate group of persecuted Swedish homeschoolers and their supporters boarded a ferry to Finland on Friday in pursuit of educational liberty. The walk, which drew some three dozen participants overall, was aimed at attracting more attention to the unprecedented wave of Swedish political refugees created by the Nordic Kingdom’s draconian education regime.
Moody’s Investors Service announced on July 12 that it was downgrading Italian government bonds by two notches in response to the continuing financial problems of Europe. The Italian bond rating went from A3 to Baa2, which makes the sovereign debt instruments of seventh largest economy of the world just two notches ahead of “junk bonds.” The move — which surprised Italian officials — came at a bad time for the Italian government, which was auctioning off €5.25 billion on Friday.
The unborn are now a little safer in Liechtenstein.
Voters have upheld the right of Crown Prince Alois Philipp Maria of the Central European principality to veto referenda passed by voters — a right that was threatened after he promised to veto a referendum to legalize abortion.
That referendum failed, but introducing what Ann Coulter calls the liberals' "holiest sacrament" of abortion into the Catholic monarchy could have ended the political role of its royals had voters taken away the prince’s right to veto referenda.
After the German government ratified the European Stability Mechanism, a permanent eurozone bailout package, opponents within Germany asked the nation's Constitutional Court for a temporary injunction against the ESM. The court will then rule on the constitutionality of the bailout scheme, possibly leading to a eurozone breakup.