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  • Geert Wildersí anti-Islam PVV (Party for Freedom) ended in second place. It won 5 seats and went from 15 to 20 and Wilders is considered to be the one who lost the election. But from who or what did he lose? From polls and prognoses! Nobody in The Netherlands expected that PVV should become the biggest party; nobody, including his own supporters and probably not even the man himself, expected that Wilders would become the next prime-minister.

    Did Wilders really lose?

    It is not often in politics that you can lose the elections and still call yourself a winner. That's what happened to Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte

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Margaritis Schinas, the European Commission chief spokesman, said that the Barroso doctrine would apply if Scotland was to become independent, which would mean ďIf a country becomes independent it is a new state and has to negotiate with the EU.Ē

Scotland: part of EFTA instead of EU membership?

Last week Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for the Scottish Parliament to vote on whether the executive should seek a Section 30 order to allow Scotland to legislate for a referendum

Timmermans has accused Poland of deploying Ďalternative factsí to justify the changes and has sought a signal from Poland that it would change course. The Polish government accused the VP of trampling over Polandís sovereignty.

Timmermans will lose his battle with Poland

At a time when the EU is confronted with many very serious crises, the European Commission is spending its energy on a dispute with one of the member states, Poland

It looks like British Prime Minister Theresa May can pull the trigger for Article 50 in the beginning of March. Then the real task begins. The forthcoming negotiations could get Ďnasty and acrimoniousí. Donít underestimate the rancour and thirst of revenge on EU side. The result of the Brexit referendum was for Europhiles and Eurocrats a slap in the face.

No apocalypse after Brexit vote

Those who predicted economic apocalypse if the Brits voted for out on June 23 last year were wrong

 It has sparked criticism especially in Germany. Recent ECB policies combined with rising inflation are Ďcatastrophicí for Germany, said Markus Soeder, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The German economy certainly doesnít need a stimulus by the ECB. But elsewhere in the Eurozone, criticism focuses on the ECB failure to revive the many sluggish economies.

Draghi between Scylla and Charybdis

A month after announcing a half-trillion-euro extension of the European Central Bankís Ďquantitative-easingí programme and hinting the bank would do little for most of 2017, its president, Mario Draghi, is in the spotlight amid an anti-European Union backlash

How serious is Timmermansí brave talk? The Commissionís only weapon is the threat of removing Polandí vote in the European Council of Heads of States and Governments. But it is very unlikely that such a move would get the backing of all EU member countries.

Commissionís Christmas Carol for Poland

Three days before Christmas, Commission VP Frans Timmermans gave Polandís rightwing government another two months to reverse changes to its constitutional court or face sanctions.

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