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“It Could Open A Pandora’s Box”: Italy’s 2 Richest Regions Are Voting In Historic Autonomy Referendums

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 22, 2017  Voters in Italy’s two wealthiest northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto are voting on Sunday in referendums for greater autonomy from Rome, in which a positive outcome could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when neighboring Spain is cracking down to prevent Catalonia from breaking away. […]

“It’s A Coup”: Catalan President Slams “Worst Attack” By Spain “Since Franco Dictatorship”

Update: The defiant Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, addressed Catalans, Spaniards, and the rest of Europe on TV saying that the Spanish states' imposition of Article 155 means "liquidation of our self-government and cancellation of the democratic will of Catalans".  In other words, he made it quite clear that the region's leaders would not accept direct […]

Europe’s Secession Problems Aren’t Going Away

Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute, Earlier this week, The New York Times noted that movements for greater local autonomy appear to be spreading throughout Europe. In some ways, the conflict in Catalonia is just the tip of the iceberg. The Times reports:  Coming on the heels of the Catalan vote, the Lombardy […]

Meet The 31-Year-Old Austrian Anti-Immigrant Who Just Became The World’s Youngest Leader

As discussed earlier, Austria’s young conservative star, Sebastian Kurz, is now assured of becoming the country’s next leader, projections of Sunday’s parliamentary election result showed, but his party is far short of a majority and is likely to seek a coalition with the resurgent far right. Sebastian Kurz arrives to cast his ballot on Oct. […]

Forget Catalonia, Flanders Is The Real Test Case Of EU Separatism!

zerohedge.com / by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review / Oct 14, 2017  Catalonia’s separatist campaign has dominated European headlines for the past couple of weeks, but it’s really the northern Belgian region of Flanders which will serve as a barometer over whether large chunks of the EU will fall apart into a collection of identity-centric statelets prior […]

Forget Catalonia, Flanders Is The Real Test Case Of EU Separatism!

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review, Catalonia’s separatist campaign has dominated European headlines for the past couple of weeks, but it’s really the northern Belgian region of Flanders which will serve as a barometer over whether large chunks of the EU will fall apart into a collection of identity-centric statelets prior to the bloc’s […]

The Spanish Civil War, Revisited: Pepe Escobar Fears “Lethal Response” From Madrid

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times, Puigdemont's political twist could invoke a lethal response from Madrid: suspension of Catalonia's government Call it theatre of the absurd – with a lethal subtext. Under pressure from all corners – even Donald Tusk, president of the EU Council – in his fateful date with destiny Carles […]

Bill Blain: “Markets Did Not Melt Down Yesterday As I’ve Been Semi-Seriously Predicting”

Submitted by Bill Blain of Mint Partners “Far across a moonbeam, I know that’s who you are, I saw your brown eyes turning once to fire..” Friday the 13th. Never a lucky day. Already I’m having a difficult time. I was a bit late so I decided to cycle to office this morning, but discovered […]

FBI Reportedly Investigating Harvey Weinstein

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Oct 11, 2017 The FBI has opened an investigation into Harvey Weinstein for alleged sex crimes, the DailyMail reported on Wednesday evening, a move that reportedly came at the behest of the DOJ which instructed the bureau to investigate the mounting allegations leveled at the movie mogul. The move comes amid rumors that […]

7 Independence Movements That Could Destroy The EU

Authored by Alex Christoforou via TheDuran.com, Catalonia continues to press on with its independence movement, much to the dismay of Spain and the European Union. Catalonia is not the only region in the EU demanding more autonomy or independence. Here are seven regions in the European Union that may seek separation, and cause more fragmentation […]