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    It just goes from bad to worse.

    Three million new migrants may come to Turkey from Iran: Deputy PM

    A fresh migration wave with three million migrants is currently in the phase of mobilization from Iran to Turkey, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said March 26.

    “According to information we got, there are around three million unauthorized migrants in Iran and they are in mobilization toward Turkey. Unfortunately, they are mostly Afghans again from the further east of Iran,” Kaynak said in an interview with private broadcaster CNN Türk.

    Kaynak also expressed Ankara’s concern over Tehran’s indifference for the migration to Turkey.

    “We have such worry that it is like the Iranian state is disregarding their migration toward Turkey, not to say that they are assisting them,” he said.

    Kaynak said Turkish authorities also launched proceedings on a total of 30,000 migrants who attempted to illegally cross into the country from the border provinces of Iğdır and Ağrı just in 2016.

    He also noted that migrants want to come to Turkey to use it as a transit point rather than stay in the country.*

    “Europe and the world should think about it. They want to come to Turkey as a transit point and they do not want to stay in Turkey. They want to cross into the west and for them, Turkey is an important barrier and is enduring an important cost,” Kaynak said.*

    Some 3,000 unauthorized migrants came through Iran to Turkey in 2017 to border provinces of Ağrı and Iğır, according to information from security forces and the governors.

    Three million new migrants may come to Turkey from Iran: Deputy PM - LOCAL
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    This sounds all too famililar now....


    With the French presidential elections anything is possible

    Lyon: "Tous les scenarios sont possibles. Tous."

    You can hear the frustration in the radio talk show host's voice. He and his panel have spent half an hour trying to predict the next president of France in elections that start in just over a week – or even which two candidates will make the second round run-off, of the four currently within a margin of error difference in the polls........

    This is a country of people sick of the status quo, who feel the country has gone down a dark, depressing alley. They want everything to change, so things can go back to being the same.

    They want a revolution. They want heads to roll. They're angry, and they're about to vote.



    With the French presidential elections anything is possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    This is a country of people sick of the status quo, who feel the country has gone down a dark, depressing alley. They want everything to change, so things can go back to being the same
    Sounds like they don't know what they want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    Sounds like they don't know what they want.
    On the contrary, it sounds like NZT doesn't know what French people want. Mainly because he is not French, and never can be.
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    Who'd have thought that a National Socialist as well as a Socialist who also happens to be a Nationalist actually have a chance of becoming the French President.

    Also, with both Melenchon and Le Pen being Euro sceptics there is a reasonable possibility of a referendum and Frexit by next year.

    Weird times.

    Factbox: Jean-Luc Melenchon's presidential election policies

    EUROPE AND THE WORLD:
    - pullout from the U.S.-dominated NATO military alliance and the International Monetary Fund
    - veto of international free-trade accords
    - end independence of European Central Bank and take control of Bank of France
    - devalue the euro to the exchange rate at which it started versus the U.S. dollar - roughly 1 euro for 1.17 dollars
    - ignore the euro zone "stability pact" on deficit and debt control
    - renegotiate European Union rules to get rid of austerity and other laissez-faire policies as well as rules that allow companies, notably on building sites, hire staff on conditions of other EU countries that are lower than those of France.
    - failure of renegotiation demands would trigger a "Plan B" proposal whereby France's departure from the European Union would go to a referendum vote.


    Factbox: Jean-Luc Melenchon's presidential election policies | Reuters

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    Is there not an official French president thread here?

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    the Dutch king turns 50 tomorrow. Good time for a revolution imo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    the Dutch king turns 50 tomorrow. Good time for a revolution imo
    All chances gone begging, I'm affraid. Our monarch is, thanks to a brilliant effort bij the Royal Information Service (the best marketing machine The Netherlands have, with the psosible exceptions of Heineken & Unilever), even more popular than he was.
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    Any Dutch monarch that gets Tony's Chocolonely into German stores has my vote tbh.

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    Another Western government with nothing to do but 'spin' because its hamstrung both economically and socially. It's going to be a long 4-5 years.

    Emmanuel Macron's wife urges France to 'have faith' as his ratings plummet

    .....At a gathering of French diplomats on Monday, his relatively inexperienced cabinet was urged to be more forceful in defending his reforms and countering claims that his presidency is more spin than substance.

    Emmanuel Macron's wife urges France to 'have faith' as his ratings plummet
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    Unions - go stomp on the creepy lizard.



    France strikes: Workers stage mass protests at Macron's plans to weaken labour laws

    Around 4,000 stoppages were called across the country


    France strikes: Workers stage mass protests at Macron's plans to weaken labour laws | The Independent

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    German election results live: Angela Merkel's CDU largest party, record low for SPD, AfD to be third power in Bundestag

    Chancellor Angela Merkel takes a hit but is set for a fourth term. Who will she pick as coalition allies? The Social Democrats sink to a new low, and the populist AfD could lead the opposition. Live updates here on DW.


    German election results live: Angela Merkel?s CDU largest party, record low for SPD, AfD to be third power in Bundestag | Breaking News | DW | 24.09.2017
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    Going, going......

    A bad night for Angela Merkel
    A weakened German chancellor prepares for her final chapter



    ........Minds are also turning to the chancellor’s departure, which may have been brought forward by the mediocre result. Free Conservative Awakening, an energetic faction on the CDU’s right, is calling on Mrs Merkel to step down as party chairman (a post separate from the chancellorship). Among others it suggests Jens Spahn, the deputy finance minister viewed by some as a possible successor, for the job. The twilight of Mrs Merkel is at hand.

    https://www.economist.com/news/europ...-angela-merkel

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    Absolute scenes at the Catalan referendum today.

    https://twitter.com/orioldebalanzo/s...03962073251840

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    Kind of hard to fathom just how stupid this is by Rajoy et al
    do you think people will be allowed to make violins?
    who's going to make the violins?

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