Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish rather than the uni

PORTRAIT – As soon as the UK-EU divorce agreement is signed, the Scottish First Minister, who is unafraid of obstacles, announced she would call for a new self-determination referendum and strike at the door to the EU.

“We will be back soon.” At the start of 2021, the video spot for the European Union broadcast on social networks by the Scottish authorities is more than nostalgia: it is a declaration of intent. Quite clearly, he postulates that a future independent Scotland will apply for EU membership without delay. There is, however, a long way from the cup to the lips. Such a project supposes that London gives the green light to a new referendum on independence, that a majority of Scots respond with a yes and that Brussels is ready to welcome secessionists.

Nicola Sturgeon is not afraid of obstacles. Immediately after the UK-EU divorce agreement, the Scottish First Minister, who heads the government of Edinburgh and presides over the destinies of the Scottish National Party (SNP), announced that she would call for a new self-determination referendum and knock on the door of the EU.

Is that the lady has character and continuation in

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European populists destabilized by the end of Donald Trump

ANALYSIS – Anti-system leaders, who have lost their role model and mainstay, are forced to reinvent themselves.

The election of Joe Biden is a blow to European populism or illiberal regimes, to which Donald Trump had given credibility and diplomatic support. His defeat, the attack on Capitol Hill and Brexit were all stab wounds to their political certainties.

One after the other, they ended up distancing themselves from the one they considered both a protector and an inspirer. Many had already been shocked by his refusal to accept defeat. But the invasion of Parliament played a big part in this turnaround, which was sometimes spectacular. Czech leaders turned their jackets in the blink of an eye. Prime Minister Andrej Babis took off his red Trumpian baseball cap after the attack on Capitol Hill and sent Joe Biden a warm congratulatory letter. Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic also called for a “strong cooperationWith the new American president. Matteo Salvini, the

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In Congo, Félix Tshisekedi undermines the foundations of the Kabila house

STORY – The new Congolese president has launched a dangerous political offensive to outnumber his powerful predecessor.

Nowhere are duumvirats made to last, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) probably less than elsewhere. The Congolese feared the inevitable struggle between President Félix Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila, who, for two years, had shared the head of the African giant. She started quietly, simple brittle statements or mood swings, before turning, in early December, into a political fight to the death. In this dangerous game, Felix Tshisekedi seems to emerge victorious. “He is much more skilful than one might expect”, comments, half worried, half admiring, a senior French official. The loss of influence of Joseph Kabila was symbolized, ten days ago, in the rallying of Lambert Mende to the presidential wake. The Congolese, yet used to the extreme ideological flexibility of their leaders, expressed their astonishment. Lambert Mende was for a long time a faithful of the strong ex-man, follower of a hard line and

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This trial of an elite soldier that embarrasses the Bundeswehr

Philipp S. is on trial for having stored an arsenal and neo-Nazi relics, raising the question of the infiltration of extremist networks into the army.

Correspondent in Berlin

With its sword crowned with two laurel leaves, the badge of the Bundeswehr Special Forces Commando loses its luster. It is an embarrassing trial for this elite unit of the German army (KSK according to its acronym), which begins on Friday in Leipzig, with one of its members, summoned to the dock, and above which floats a scent of omerta. This 45-year-old soldier, Philipp S., does not explain why he stored in his house in Collm, in the Land of Saxony, an AK 47 assault rifle, several stun grenades, two kilos of explosives, ten detonators, thousands of rifle and pistol ammunition… as well as Nazi relics.

The arsenal was discovered during a search in May 2020. The man has been charged with violating the law on arms control. Forbidden to wear a uniform, he spent a few months in preventive detention before being released under judicial supervision. And Germany, forever

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New hotbeds of infection cloud China’s recovery

SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – The nervousness of the authorities, who have detected more than a thousand new cases in the country, is palpable in Wuhan, the city where the pandemic began almost a year ago.

Par Macarena Vidal Liy (The country)

Zhao, a 33-year-old executive, dressed in a crisp jacket and cropped hair, wears his mask well as he walks through Han Street, one of Wuhan’s most popular shopping areas. He tries to choose where to dine among a dozen restaurants. Before speaking, he readjusts his mask. “I’m a little scared, that’s why I’m wearing the mask again and trying to disinfect my hands regularly”, he admits, pulling on his mask again to make sure it doesn’t fall.

The young executive refers to the Covid epidemics that have appeared in recent weeks in China, bringing the number of infections to more than a thousand in the country. This figure, which had not officially been reached since the spring of 2020, triggered the alert of the Chinese authorities, they who have continued to proclaim since last summer the success of the country in the fight against the coronavirus.

The proximity of two key dates contributes

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What to expect from the first 100 days of the new Biden administration

DECRYPTION – The Democrat could quickly unravel the legacy of his predecessor, especially in the fight against climate change.

The first 100 days of a term are the “la” for a presidency. Four years ago, as soon as he entered the White House, Donald Trump announced the renegotiation of NAFTA to his neighboring countries, launched his project to build a wall on the Mexican border before signing a presidential decree prohibiting the entry for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries. In all, the Republican had signed 24 presidential decrees in the first three months of his mandate, most of them aimed at the legacy left by Barack Obama. Joe Biden’s transition team has been preparing for this moment for several months. The latter will have a lot to do. The president-elect, who moved to the White House on Wednesday, will find himself at the start of his mandate grappling with an unprecedented health crisis. Like his predecessors, the Democrat should however take advantage of his first 100 days at the head of the United States to realize some symbolic promises, well helped by the Democratic majority

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Even bequeathed to the Swiss state, the Rothschild castle remains private

SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – The family of the baron, who died abruptly on Friday January 15, remains the usufructuary of the Pregny estate, offered to the Canton in 1957.

By Marc Moulin (La Tribune de Genève)

After the untimely death of Benjamin de Rothschild, the family castle of Pregny – where the baron expired on Friday January 15, 2021 – is not about to open to the public, although it has been bequeathed to the state there is over sixty years old. The banker’s death, brutally swept away at 57 by a heart attack, does not call into question the usufruct enjoyed by his widow and his mother.

It was in 1957 that Maurice, grandfather of the late Benjamin, bequeathed his estate to the Canton by will, while maintaining a usufruct for the benefit of his son. “The prestigious collections contained in the castle are not part of the bequest”, report it Geneva Journal of September 13, 1957, one week after the donor’s disappearance. “On the other hand, a large sum is intended for the maintenance of the house and the park.” And the daily life of greeting a “Princely gesture”, common in the family, and to express “Recognition of the entire population”.

Extended usufruct

A population which, in sixty-three

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Angry youth defy protest ban in Tunisia

REPORT – For a week, clashes have taken place in several regions. The young people show their exasperation, ten years after the revolution.

Tunis

“They are not demonstrators but gangsters!” gets angry Ahmed *, retiree living in Ettadhamen, a popular city north-west of Tunis and the scene of nightly clashes for almost a week. The man shows the gutter of his building, damaged by stone throws: “They have nothing else to do but break!” Sitting next to him on the sidewalk where they sunbathe, Mohammed intervenes: “You’re exaggerating, they’re angry. They are young and this country offers them no hope. ” As in Ettadhamen, the 10e anniversary of dictator Ben Ali’s flight on January 14 has stirred up tensions in several cities across the country.

While the government had announced a four-day confinement with a curfew from 4 p.m. and a ban on demonstrations and festivities on the occasion of January 14 – measures justified by the progression of the pandemic but which seemed opportune to many observers -, young Tunisians came out en masse, to

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Boris Johnson rid of his former ally Donald Trump

Despite an obvious “anti-system” convergence, the complicity between the two men was not that close.

Correspondent in London

When the Capitol was invaded by the Trumpian cohorts, Boris Johnson denounced “shameful scenes“. And called for a transition “peaceful and orderlyFrom power to Democrat Joe Biden. For a few weeks now, the British Prime Minister has strived to show that he has turned the page of his former “which– ally at least – American.

A few hours before Joe Biden’s inauguration, “BoJo” said to himself “looking forward to working closely” with him. “When it comes to the fight against Covid and climate change, defense, security and the promotion of democracy, our objectives are the same and our nations will work hand in hand ”, he continued. London will have two great opportunities to host the 46e US President: at the G7 held in Cornwall in June, and at the UN climate conference (COP26) to be held in Glasgow in November.

If we have talked a lot about the convergence of the two leaders “antisystem», Obvious

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Matteo Renzi’s daring bet to stay in the game

DECRYPTION – The leader of Italia Viva believes that the strength of his arguments will push the Democrats, annoyed by Conte’s way of exercising power, to follow him.

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But what exactly is he looking for? Matteo Renzi swears that he only wants the good of Italy, that the crises in which the country is plunged demand quick answers, that he wants without further ado to help him change, to make the most of the hundreds of billion that Europe is ready to give it. So on January 13, the leader of Italia Viva bet that by removing his two ministers and his undersecretary of state from the government, along with his 27 deputies and especially his 18 senators, he will bring down Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte , I do not “Danger to democracy” he said then. That same evening, Matteo Renzi said he would see someone else at the head of a government supported by the same majority. As always, the Florentine fires a three-gang shot, with enormous risks involved, that political scientists and even his entourage are struggling to decipher.

Matteo Renzi bets on the fact that the strength of his arguments will push the Democrats, annoyed by the mode of exercise of power

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