Pelosi Backs the Good Friday Agreement

Pelosi Backs the Good Friday Agreement

by Editor | Posted on 19 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Nancy Pelosi is the only woman to have served as speaker of the House, and is the highest-ranking elected woman in United States history. Speaking at the London School of Economics on Monday evening, Mrs Pelosi said the 1998 Good Friday Agreement was a model that could not be “bargained away in another agreement… if […] Read more...

Slovenian PM speaks out against Brussels

Slovenian PM speaks out against Brussels

by Editor | Posted on 19 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

It is rare for a small country in the European Union to question the inner workings of Brussels. Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec, in office for less than a year, has called the Euroepan Parliament President Tajani unfit to hold office and accused Jean Claude Juncker of being biased against Slovenia. Italian Antonio Tajani has, […] Read more...

Energy Union Strategy is delivering

Energy Union Strategy is delivering

Posted on 12 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

      The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted this week, highlights the progress of the European Commission’s Energy Union strategy. In recent years, the European Union has been fighting climate change at a rapidly increasing rate. European policies implemented over the last five years have sought to put the […] Read more...

EU-China agree on a joint statement

EU-China agree on a joint statement

Posted on 12 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

          Last week, President of the European Council Donald Tusk urged EU leaders not to support a joint statement with China, saying there has not been sufficient cooperation from the Chinese side to address European concerns on a range of issues. But an intense 72 hours of negotiations eventually led to […] Read more...

EU agree Brexit ‘flextension’

EU agree Brexit ‘flextension’

Posted on 12 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        In the early hours of Thursday morning EU leaders agreed to grant the British Prime Minister an additional extension to Article 50 until October 31st. However, there was significant initial disagreement among the EU 27 over how long an extension to grant to the UK. While the majority of EU leaders […] Read more...

EU pressure tames the Romanian Presidency

EU pressure tames the Romanian Presidency

by Editor | Posted on 04 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

As mentioned in a previous edition of the Vulcan View, the European Parliament recently nominated Laura Codruta Kovesi, to become the European Union’s first Chief Prosecutor. Since her nomination by the European Parliament, she was charged with bribery, abuse of office and false testimony in her home country Romania. The indictment barred Kovesi from leaving […] Read more...

Facebook: lawmakers must regulate platforms

Facebook: lawmakers must regulate platforms

by Editor | Posted on 04 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

In recent years, social media platforms have been ridiculed for an increase in ‘fake news’ and the growth of terrorist content online. In the US, the Cambridge Analytica scandal undermined the reputation of Facebook both politically and amongst the wider public. Nick Clegg has said that national politicians should take a greater responsibility for setting […] Read more...

Erdoğan loses power in Turkish elections

Erdoğan loses power in Turkish elections

by Editor | Posted on 04 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost control of the two largest cities in Turkey – Ankara and Istanbul in Sunday’s municipal elections. However, an AKP official announced the party would contest the Istanbul count. Defeat in Istanbul would hit Erdoğan particularly hard. The president began his rise as mayor of Turkey’s […] Read more...

Brexit rumbles on

Brexit rumbles on

by Editor | Posted on 04 Apr 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Late Wednesday evening the House of Commons voted in favour of legislation which forces the UK government to request another extension to the Brexit process. The bill, tabled by Labour MP Yvette Copper, passed by the narrowest of majorities – one vote. This means that Prime Minister Theresa May is now required to ask the […] Read more...

Parliament fails to truly take back control

Parliament fails to truly take back control

Posted on 29 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        This week the House of Commons voted to endorse an amendment by senior Conservative MP Sir Oliver Letwin which resulted in parliament taking control of the order paper. With the Government effectively losing control over its ability to set its own business, MPs moved on Wednesday to vote on a range […] Read more...

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