Brexit has started the disintegration of the EU, Italy's Europe minister says. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has started the bloc’s “disintegration”, Italy’s minister for European affairs has said.
Sandro Gozi, an ally of outgoing Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, said his country was facing a “period of uncertainty” following the vote this weekend to reject a planned constitutional reform. The centre-left Democratic Party minister argued that the referendum defeat represented a missed opportunity to reform European institutionus and save the EU from falling apart. “I think that the beginning of European disintegration has started with Brexit,” Mr Gozi told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “It is up to the other 27 governments to relaunch Europe. That was our policy, that was our goal as the Renzi government. Speaking on the same programme, a spokesperson for Italy’s anti-politics Five Star Movement took aim at the European single currency.
This is the most dangerous time for our planet. As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble.
Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within that scientific community, the small group of international theoretical physicists with whom I have spent my working life might sometimes be tempted to regard themselves as the pinnacle. In addition to this, with the celebrity that has come with my books, and the isolation imposed by my illness, I feel as though my ivory tower is getting taller. First Brexit then Trump. Is Italy next for the west’s populist wave? In the historic centre of Ferrara, an imposing statue of Girolamo Savonarola confronts passersby.
Savonarola, a local boy, was a 15th-century preacher of fire and brimstone, making his name denouncing secular vanity, pagan idols and the corruption of clerical elites. Trump’s Populism Is Not Just a Western Phenomenon. Last week, a photograph was taken of Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, the far-right English politician who helped steer his country toward Brexit, standing in a golden elevator at Trump Tower, their arms around each other.
Why Brexit Could Be Just the Beginning for an Angry Europe. First Brexit, Then Trump. Can Italy Avoid a Populist Uprising in Crucial Referendum? Marine Le Pen, Beppe Grillo, Geert Wilders, Frauke Petry: has their big moment arrived? Dogged by the migration crisis and the traumatic business of Brexit – to name just two current, existential challenges to their project – those who run the European Union felt they had enough on their plates before Donald Trump seized the White House.
News of his triumph broke on Europe, as had that of the British vote to leave the European Union on 23 June, in defiance of opinion pollsters and the assumptions of political elites that maintained that the world’s most advanced democracy could never deliver such a blow to the established order. Trump’s victory a wake-up call for Europe. Post the EU referendum and Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the US presidential election (Trump prepares for power, 11 November), this populist uprising might not end there, as several European countries go to the polls over the next few months.
Next month Austrians go to the ballot box to elect a new president, with the vote expected to be close between Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration Freedom party and Alexander Van der Bellen for the Greens. In March the Dutch hold their parliamentary elections, with the anti-Islamic Freedom party, led by Geert Wilders, standing on a pledge to “de-Islamify” the Netherlands and hold a Nexit vote. His party is running neck and neck with Mark Rutte’s Liberal party. In May, the French go to the polls, with the presidential race seen as being between the far-right National Front, under Marine le Pen, running on an anti-EU, anti-immigration ticket, and the Republic candidate, who is still to be determined.
History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump – Medium. It seems we’re entering another of those stupid seasons humans impose on themselves at fairly regular intervals.
I am sketching out here opinions based on information, they may prove right, or may prove wrong, and they’re intended just to challenge and be part of a wider dialogue. My background is archaeology, so also history and anthropology. It leads me to look at big historical patterns. My theory is that most peoples’ perspective of history is limited to the experience communicated by their parents and grandparents, so 50–100 years. Marine Le Pen says Trump's victory marks 'great movement across world'
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National, was jubilant on Wednesday as she took to the stage at her party’s headquarters to congratulate Donald Trump, saying his victory showed nothing was “set in stone” and the “political and media elite” could be put in its place.
Shields and Brooks on voter disenchantment across the globe. JUDY WOODRUFF: The presidential nominees also weighed in on the Brexit result today.
During a press conference at his Scottish resort and golf course this morning, Donald Trump praised Britain’s decision to leave the E.U. DONALD TRUMP (R), Presumptive Presidential Nominee: I really do see a parallel between what’s happening in the United States and what’s happening here. People want to see borders. They don’t necessarily want people pouring into their country, that they don’t know who they are and where they come from. They have no idea. JUDY WOODRUFF: Hillary Clinton also responded to Britain’s vote to leave.
Across the world minds are narrowing. We must fight back. Jo Cox.
Amjad Sabri. This may seem like an unrelated pair. One was a British MP, one a Pakistani singer. The scary thinking that drove Brexit isn't unique to the U.K. 51% of the U.K. — a majority, by a slim margin — has voted to leave the European Union. It's a historic decision that is sure to reshape the U.K.'s place in the world and have huge implications on the global economy. In fact, the British pound has already fallen 10% — to a 30-year low — and Asian and American stock markets are currently tumbling. Prime Minister David Cameron resigned shortly after the decision. David Cameron resigning his post at 10 Downing Street in London. Although the vote is nonbinding and was extremely close ("leave" won with 53% of the vote in England and only 52% in Wales; "remain" won in Scotland and Northern Ireland), Cameron's exit signals a dramatic shift in the way the U.K. will be governed from now on.
"The British people have voted to leave the European Union," Cameron said in his exit speech.