Monday February 13, Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate of the Front Nationale visited the Promenade des Anglais in Nice to pay tribute to the 86 victims of the attack in July 2016. Surrounded by the press under a gray sky, as expected she spoke of a "100% lack of security" due to the presence in France of "people who should not be here", and again, as expected, in Menton she spoke against Schengen: "Without controlling the borders, no one can guarantee the security of the people in a country."
The idea is as simple as it is controversial: an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI), enough money to cover a person’s basic needs, would be paid out each month by the State regardless of whether or not a citizen engages in wage labour. Various conceptions and models have been more or less widely circulated and discussed since the 1960s. But wherever large-scale implementation has been proposed, UBI has always been dismissed as a starry-eyed social utopia.
On Tuesday, 13th December, Macedonia’s opposition group contested their defeat by the country’s ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, which appeared to have won a narrow lead the day before. Tensions between the two sides have begun to reach a dangerous level, experts say, with neither group having won enough votes to form a new government.
Nigel Farage, the well-known comic turn in the European Parliament, has suddenly come from nowhere to become the best-known and most popular British politician in America. This is completely new territory for him, but having finally left the United Kingdom Independence Party (which had some trouble finding another leader) he clearly has time on his hands, and he looks absolutely delighted to have been handed an unexpected chance for a new life as an international statesman.