French people more keen on Brexit than Britons – but still most want UK to stay in Europe | Europe | News | The Independent

The Independent reports that almost half of French people would be delighted to say au revoir if Britain votes to leave the European Union in June, according to a new poll. The survey suggests that a Brexit is marginally more popular in France (45 per cent in favour) than it is in Britain (44 per cent). However, a majority of people in five large EU countries, including Britain and France, supports continued UK membership, according to the Odoxa study.

Source: French people more keen on Brexit than Britons – but still most want UK to stay in Europe | Europe | News | The Independent

Last night I was at a concert with some friends and during the interval, I asked a German friend what German people thought about the Brexit vote. She said that most German people wanted the UK to stay in the EU but that there had to be a stop to the special rules for the UK.

It’s interesting how France has managed to ignore the EU’s rules about adhering to the fiscal compact during recent austerity pressures. Meanwhile, smaller countries, like Cyprus, have had their austerity medicine thrown down throats.

The difference between the UK and France is simple. France ignores the rules when it suits her. Meanwhile, the UK bends over backwards to negotiate special rules which it dutifully follows.

Surely, it’s time for Germans to become more European and consider other countries’ interests as well as their own?

Thoughts?

Mr. Obama goes to Riyadh: Why the United States and Saudi Arabia still need each other | Brookings Institution

Coat of Arms of Saudi Arabia

Coat of Arms of Saudi Arabia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a good read from leading think tank, Brookings Institute. The article argues that the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States has been deteriorating since 2000 due to serious and fundamental differences on Israel, democracy, Iran, and other issues. President Barack Obama’s visit next week can help contain these differences and emphasize common interests but it won’t restore the relationship to its glory days.

Source: Mr. Obama goes to Riyadh: Why the United States and Saudi Arabia still need each other | Brookings Institution

I suggest we watch carefully for the outputs from the meeting. Expect giveaways from Obama and limited concessions from Riyadh. Obama has always been weak on foreign policy and in his lame-duck period he’s still meddling to try to improve his disastrous image, probably to help the royalties of his next book.

Thoughts?