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Emmanuel Macron stands in the way of Theresa May’s Brexit delay (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 131.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at Theresa May’s request to the EU to grant a Brexit extension until the end of June. The European Union appears to be split over how to respond to the UK PM’s extension request.

In the UK, May’s negotiations with Corbyn and Labour, on finding ways to bridge the gap between their respective Brexit deals, appears to have faltered.

May’s fragile grip on power has now been fully exposed for UK MPs and EU oligarchs to contemplate, as the no deal, April deadline fast approaches.

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The European Union is split over how long to allow the U.K. to delay Brexit, as governments look at ways to “future proof” the decision and prevent a hard-line successor to Theresa May damaging the bloc.

May requested an extension to the U.K.’s membership of the EU until June 30, but the prime minister’s fragile grip on power is playing into the bloc’s response, officials said. The 27 national leaders will make a final decision at a summit in Brussels on Wednesday but remain at odds over the length of a Brexit postponement and what conditions to impose.

Many EU governments want to give a longer delay because they think May’s June 30 plan won’t give enough time for the British Parliament to agree on exactly the type of post-Brexit relationship with the EU it wants. But they’re worried about the U.K. disrupting EU business to try to win a better deal, and that’s causing several governments to think that a shorter period might be better.

While May on Friday promised “sincere cooperation” in her letter to EU President Donald Tusk, a French-led group of countries don’t believe that goes far enough, according to EU officials. Some want to be able to make it a clear condition of any extension that the EU will bring it to a halt if the U.K. interferes in EU business.

EU diplomats are working to find a balance of length and conditions before Wednesday’s summit that will satisfy the EU’s 27 remaining leaders, all of whom must agree to the extension offer. Tusk, who chairs the summits, favors a long extension, until March 2020, according to an EU official. That view is shared by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and other governments including Ireland, according to a diplomatic note seen by Bloomberg.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel would be more willing to accept May’s request for a June 30 end-date, while French President Emmanuel Macron is arguing against a lengthy extension without a clear plan to end the deadlock, officials said.

In her letter, May said the government would prepare for European Parliament elections — due to be held May 23-26 — in case the British Parliament hasn’t ratified the Brexit divorce deal in time. The aim would be to cancel the elections if a deal is done in time.

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May’s perilous position as premier, as well as her promise to resign if her Brexit deal is passed, has increased EU governments’ fears that a new harder-line prime minister could replace her before the end of the extension and seek to undermine EU business, officials said.

At the very least, one of the conditions will be that the divorce deal, struck in November, can’t be reopened. Leaders might also seek a commitment that the U.K. won’t vote on future EU budgets or the appointments of the next presidents of EU Commission and Council, which are due later in 2019.

EU officials said a tweet from prominent pro-Brexit member of May’s Conservative Party Jacob Rees-Mogg on Friday morning has added to their concerns.

“If a long extension leaves us stuck in the EU, we should be as difficult as possible,” he said. “We could veto any increase in the budget, obstruct the putative EU army and block Mr. Macron’s integrationist schemes.”

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I can understand why Alex leans toward “This must have been planned all along” scenario but I disagree.
As someone once said “Never ascribe to conspiracy, that which can be put down to plain human stupidity”.
I think this is a case of stupidity, hubris and delusions of competence and power by May and her cohort (both in Britain and the EU).

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Both Alexes express amazement that the Conservative party has not yet got rid of May as leader. Well, one reason is that Jacob Rees-Mogg and the ERG tried to do that towards the end of last year, by holding an internal vote on it, but they failed (also due to bad timing, they held the vote before the Commons rejected her deal the first time. It would have been more effective if they had held the vote after her deal was rejected by the biggest Parliamentary majority in history). Under the Tory Party rules, if there is a leadership challenge… Read more »

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Putin meets Kim for the first time (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 151.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at the historic meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the city of Vladivostok in the Russian Far East.

The meeting marks the first ever summit between the two leaders.

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Leaders of Russia and North Korea sat down for a historic summit in Vladivostok, expressing hope it will revive the peace process in the Korean Peninsula and talks on normalizing relations with the US.

The summit on Russky Island, just off Vladivostok, started a little late because President Vladimir Putin’s flight was delayed. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had made the trip by train, arriving on Wednesday.

In brief public remarks before the talks, the two leaders expressed hope the summit will help move forward the reconciliation process in the Korean Peninsula. Putin welcomed Kim’s contributions to “normalizing relations” with the US and opening a dialogue with South Korea.

Kim said he hoped the Vladivostok summit would be a “milestone” in the talks about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, but also build upon “traditionally friendly ties” between Russia and North Korea.

The North Korean leader also made a point of thanking Putin for flying all the way to Vladivostok for the meeting. The Far East Russian city is only 129 kilometers from the border with North Korea.

The historic summit takes place less than two months after Kim’s second summit with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi fell apart without a breakthrough on denuclearization. The US rejected North Korea’s request for partial sanctions relief in return for moves to dismantle nuclear and missile programs; Washington insists on full disarmament before any sanctions are removed.

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the main subject of the Kim-Putin summit, but there will also be talks about bilateral relations, trade, and humanitarian aid. The first one-on-one meeting is scheduled to last about an hour, followed by further consultations involving other government officials.

Following the summit, Putin is scheduled to visit China.

 

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Kim And Putin: Changing The State Of The Board In Korea

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.

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Today is a big day for Korea. The first face-to-face summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un takes place.

At the same time the 2nd annual Belt and Road Forum kicks off in Beijing.

This meeting between Putin and Kim has been in the works for a while but rumors of it only surfaced last week. But don’t let the idea that this was put together at the last minute fool you.

It wasn’t.

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.

I know that sounds bold. But hear me out.

And while no one seems to think this meeting is important or that anything of substance will come from it I do. It is exactly the kind of surprise that Putin loves to spring on the world without notice and by doing so change the board state of geopolitics.

  • Russia’s entrance into Syria in 2015, two days after Putin’s historic speech at the U.N. General Assembly
  • 2018’s State of the Union address where he announced hypersonic missiles, embarrassing the U.S. Militiary-Industrial Complex which accelerated the Bolton Doctrine of subjugating the world
  • Flying 2 TU-160 nuclear-armed bombers to Venezuela, creating panic in D.C. leading to the ham-fisted regime change operations there.
  • Nationalization of Yukos.
  • The operation to secure Crimea from U.S. invasion by marines aboard the U.S.S Donald Cook during the Ukrainian uprising against Viktor Yanukovich.

Both Putin and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping are angry at the breakdown of the talks in Hanoi back in February. It was clear that everyone expected that meeting to be a rubber stamp on a deal already agreed to by all parties involved.

In fact the two meetings between Kim and Trump were only possible because Trump convinced them of his sincerity to resolve the ‘denuclearization’ of North Korea which would clear a path to rapid reunification.

It’s why they went along with the U.S.’s increased sanctions on North Korea as administered through the U.N. in 2017.

That John Bolton and Mike Pompeo destroyed those talks and Trump was unwilling or unable (who cares at this point, frankly, useless piece of crap that he is) to stop them embarrassed and betrayed them.

They are now done with Trump.

He’ll get nothing from either of them or Kim until Trump can prove he’s in charge of his administration, which he, clearly, is not.

And they will be moving forward with their own agenda for security and Asian economic integration. So I don’t think the timing of this meeting with that of the Belt and Road Forum is an accident.

And that means moving forward on solving the Korea problem without Trump.

It is clear from the rhetoric of Putin’s top diplomat, the irreplaceable Sergei Lavrov, that Russia’s patience is over. They are no longer interested in what Trump wants and they will now treat the U.S. as a threat, having upped their military stance towards the U.S. to that of “Threat.”

If Bolton wants anything from Russia at this point he best be prepared to start a war or piss off.

This is also why Russia took the gloves off with Ukraine in the run up to the Presidential elections, cutting off energy and machinery exports with Ukraine.

To put paid Putin’s growing impatience with U.S. policies, he just issued the order to allow residents of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics to apply for Russian passports.

This will send Bolton into apoplexy. Angela Merkel of Germany will be none too pleased either. Putin is now playing hardball after years of unfailing politeness.

It’s also why Lavrov finalized arms and port deals all over the Middle East in recent weeks, including those with Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and India.

Bolton, Pompeo and Pence are ideologues. Trump is a typical Baby Boomer, who lives in a bubble of his own design and believes in an America that never existed.

None of them truly understand the fires they are stoking and simply believe in the Manifest Destiny of the U.S. to rule the world over a dim and barbaric world.

Putin, Xi, Rouhani in Iran and Kim in North Korea are pragmatic men. They understand the realities they live in. This is why I see Putin willing tomorrow to sit down with Kim and flaunt the U.N. sanctions and begin the investment process into North Korea that should have begun last year.

Putin would not be making these moves if he didn’t feel that Bolton was all bark and no bite when it came to actual war with Russia. He also knows that Germany needs him more than he needs Germany so despite the feet-dragging and rhetoric Nordstream 2 will go forward.

Trade is expanding between them despite the continued sanctions.

Putin may be willing to cut a deal with President-elect Zelensky on gas transit later in the year but only if the shelling of the LPR and DPR stops and he guarantees no more incidents in the Sea of Azov. This would also mollify Merkel a bit and make it easier for her politically to get Nordstream 2 over the finish line.

There are moments in history when people go too far. Bolton and Pompeo went too far in Hanoi. He will pay the price now. Putin and Kim will likely agree to something in Vladivostok that no one is expecting and won’t look like much at first.

But the reality is this summit itself marks a turning point in this story that will end with the U.S. being, in Trump’s transactional parlance, a “price taker” since it has so thoroughly failed at being a “price maker.”

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Can Zelensky bring peace to a Ukraine torn apart by Obama’s Maidan coup? (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 150.

Alex Christoforou

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at Vladimir Zelensky’s landslide victory against incumbent Petro Poroshenko in Sunday’s historic Ukraine, second round, Presidential election.

Not much is known about Zelensky’s political acumen, but the job of uniting a country torn apart by an Obama funded Maidan coup in 2014, will prove to be a daunting task for the comedy TV star.

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Ukraine’s ‘Opposition Platform – For Life’ party will support Ukrainian president-elect Vladimir Zelensky only if he takes practical steps to bring peace to Donbass, Chairman of the party’s Political Council Viktor Medvedchuk said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Monday.

“Today, we can’t say that we support him because support is only possible if he truly wants peace in Donbass, if we see that he is taking actual steps to achieve this goal,” he said.

According to Medvedchuk, this is the only condition on which the ‘Opposition Platform – For Life’ party is ready to provide assistance to Zelensky if the need arises.

Ukraine’s presidential runoff took place on April 21. With 99.53% of the vote counted, leader of the Servant of the People political party Vladimir Zelensky has received 73.23% in Ukraine’s presidential runoff, while incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko gained 24.45%.

 

 

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