minister’s post as the price of winning support for the deal.
At a meeting Sunday at the prime minister’s country retreat, Chequers,
prominent Brexiteers told May they might back the deal — if she agreed to step d
own so a new leader could take charge of the next phase of negotiations, which will
settle Britain’s future relations with the EU.
Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who attended the meeting and is likely to be a conten
der in any future Conservative leadership race, accused the government
of lacking “gumption” and chickening out on delivering Brexit.
Britaina’s best-selling newspaper, The Sun, put a call on its front page for the
prime minister to resign under the headline “Time’s up, Theresa.”
May is hanging on, hoping she can persuade Brexit-backing lawmakers that
rejecting her deal means Britain may never leave the EU.
She told lawmakers that Britain would not leave the EU without a deal unless
Parliament — which has already rejected the idea — voted for it.
ed, the president would orchestrate a national conference to pave
a way for debate over amending the constitution and deciding a time for early elections.
However, the regime’s talk of compromise did little to placate voter frustrations and was met with ridicule, says St
ephen McInerney, executive director for the Washington-based Project on Middle East Democracy.
Algerian lawyers protest on February 25, holding up placards with slogans in Arabic that read: “The lawyers are with the people.”
For many Algerians, he says, the suggestion of early elections was simply a play for time by the country’s ruling pa
rty, the National Liberation Front, which appears to have been unable to choose a successor to Bouteflika.
”They tried to buy themselves more time, but on the other hand, the
y’ve had quite a bit of time and they’ve known this election was on the calendar,” McInerney adds.
I always look forward to this time of year. A cold winter has ended, spring has sprung and a sure confirmation is the convening of
the two sessions: The National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. It’s a chance to see political, bu
siness and cultural leaders, and to observe the beautiful diversity of China’s traditionally attired ethnic minorities. F
or me, a policy wonk, I especially look forward to watching Premier Li Keqiang’s Government Work Report, whi
ch reviews the nation’s past progress and current challenges, and sets present and future goals.
Usually the GWR is upbeat, reflecting China’s dramatic economic a
nd social progress of recent decades. But the ironic apocryphal Chinese curse often quoted in the
West – “may you live in interesting times” – is true this year. Premier Li did not try to hide this fact. He admitted that Chi
na faced a challenging and complicated international and domestic environment last year that severely im
pacted its economy, although previously announced targets were met. This year will be no less challenging.
Beijing will invest 235.4 billion yuan ($35.2 billion) in 300 key projects focusing on infrastructure construction, improve
ment of people’s livelihoods and high-tech industries this year, director of the city’s Development and Reform Com
mission Tan Xuxiang said at a working conference yesterday, Beijing Business Today reported.
Among these projects, construction and installation investment is estimated to reach 124.3 billion yuan, the director added.
177 key infrastructure construction projects, including
those related to the city’s sub-center in East Beijing’s Tongzhou district and the improvement of
the southern city, will take 82 percent of total construction investment, around 101.4 billion yuan.
The total number of projects for the improvement of residents’ liv
elihoods, such as hospitals and affordable housing, doubled from 57 in 2018 to 100 this year.
need money.”Lankov is one of the few foreigners ever to study at Kim Il Sung University, the country’s most pr
estigious institution of higher learning. Today he runs the Korea Risk Group consultancy, teaches at Kookmin Uni
versity in Seoul and is considered one of the world’s experts on the inner workings of North Korea.
He says Kim and his top advisers are cold, realistic and brutally rational. They believe that nuclear weapons are the key to their survival given the fate of Moa
mmar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Ukraine as well as Trump’s decision to ditch the Iran nuclear deal.
”For the North Koreans, security comes first. And they believe that their security is imperfect if they don’t have some
nuclear weapons. A reduction of nuclear weapons can be negotiated, but denuclearization is a pipe dream,” Lankov said.
Jackson, the former Defense Department official, is also unconvinced that Kim Jong Un is the reformer many hoped he would be.
Though Kim is a millennial leader educated in the West, he has n
ow been in power for seven years — during which time he’s overseen more missile and nu
clear tests than his father and grandfather combined, without “meaningful signs” of economic change.
”What is different now than the previous 30 years that makes that control-versus-opening tradeoff worthwhile?” Jackson said.
party lines — hence the defections from both of the UK’s main parties. And if how you voted on Brexit ultimately dictates how you vote, what do
es that mean in the context of the rest of a political platform?
In the 2017 general election, there was a direct correlation between how a seat vot
ed in the Brexit referendum and how the Conservatives (seen as more pro-Brexit) and Labour (seen as more pro-EU
) performed respectively.
Rob Ford, Professor of Political Science at the University of Manchester and au
thor of the upcoming book Brexitland, believes that this is because Brexit was never really about Brexit. “It’s what we aca
demics call the second ideological dimension. Traditional politics relies on the demonstrable: Do you support free-ma
rket economics or regulation? The second dimension has more to do with instinct: Do you want border control or to
welcome refugees? In this sense, Brexit wasn’t really a question of how do you feel about the EU, rather, do you wa
nt to live in a progressive, global UK, or do you want to retreat and live in a more traditional country?”
nt bilateral relationships, and the two countries have wide common interests and shoulder im