29 February 2016   Leave a comment

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The British government is warning that the British economy would face a “decade” of uncertainty if Britain leaves the EU.  The report suggests that negotiating a withdrawal is much more complicated than simply saying goodbye.  There would be a number of arrangements that would need to be re-negotiated.  Those who support a Brexit believe that the report is nothing more than fear mongering.

The refugee crisis in Europe is boiling over as Austria and 10 other eastern European countries announce that they will no longer admit any additional refugees.  Meanwhile, Greece, the first EU recipient of the largest number of refugees is demanding more help maintaining the refugee camps and has denied access to the media for many of the camps.  It is unclear how Chancellor Merkel can maintain control over EU policy over this highly volatile issue.

The Philippines is asking China to honor the decision of the arbitration court in The Hague which is expected to rule soon on the territorial dispute in the South China Sea.  Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims on the Sea, but China has asserted that most of the Sea lies within its territorial limits.   The Chinese have refused to participate in the arbitration and have publicly stated that they do not consider the issue to lie within the jurisdiction of the arbiter.  The alliances within Southeast Asia are slowly shifting as a result of the competing claims.

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Posted February 29, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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