Hong Kong’s Legislature Falls Silent

Following the dismissal of four members of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council today, the remaining 15 members of the pro-democracy opposition have said they will resign. The four lawmakers who were dismissed by Hong Kong’s CEO Carrie Lam are Alvin Yeung, Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok of the Civic Party and Kenneth Leung of the Professionals…

Defending our Values and our Freedom

Yesterday (Tuesday 10th November) Chancellors Merkel and Kurz and President Macron held an online summit on the implications of the latest Islamist terrorist attacks in France and Austria. They agreed that they wanted to work on reforms for the Schengen area, which consists of Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,…

The Fifth Season

For most of Europe 11th November is remembered as commemorating Armistice Day and the declaration of peace at the end of the First World War in 1918. But in Germany, it marks the start of the “Fifth Season” or Carnival which begins at 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th day of the 11th month…

UK Expels Belarusian Diplomats

Following the expulsion of British diplomats in Minsk for allegedly observing street demonstrations against President Lukashenko, the Foreign Office in London yesterday expelled two Belarusian diplomats from the United Kingdom in direct retaliation for an action they condemned as unjustified. The UK Foreign Office said in a statement: “The UK government reiterates that the only…