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UK | Brexit: Netherlands talking to 250 firms about leaving UK

The Dutch government has said it is in talks with more than 250 companies about moving their operations from the UK to the Netherlands before Brexit.

The economic affairs ministry said it had lured 42 companies or branch offices and 1,923 jobs from the UK last year, as it increases its efforts to gain Brexit business.

Emmanuel Macron, Pedro Sanchez, Angela Merkel and Theresa May Have No Right to Issue an Ultimatum to Venezuela

by Eric Toussaint, Joaldo Dominguez

On Saturday 26 January 2019, Emmanuel Macron, Pedro Sánchez, and Angela Merkel, followed by Theresa May, gave the government of Venezuela eight days within which to call elections. If the government of Venezuela does not comply with this order by then, Macron, Sánchez, Merkel and May have announced that they will recognize Juan Guaidó, who declared himself president of Venezuela on 23 January 2019.

“Why I don’t recognize North Macedonia as my home country”

by Goran Lazarevski

Last week, Macedonia’s Parliament approved a constitutional amendment to change the country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia. Under the agreement, the country’s language will be called Macedonian and its people known as Macedonians/citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia. The new name will be used both internationally and bilaterally, so that even the 140 or more countries that recognise the name Macedonia will also have to adopt North Macedonia. In Macedonian, the name is Severna Makedonija. While mainstream media have described this vote as “historic” – voices from the Left have been highly critical of it. We present here one such perspective by Goran Lazarevski.

Co-operation to promote Eurasian rail freight

The International Union of Railways and freight association FERRMED signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at promoting a more efficient and sustainable Eurasian logistics chain during the 23rd UIC general assembly which was held in Paris last month.

The two organisations aim to exchange knowledge and best practice to support logistics projects including congestion relief and infrastructure enhancement; the use of intelligent environmental, energy and time saving technologies; integrated management and monitoring of freight trains; longer freight trains; loading gauge enhancement including for piggy-back operation; and encouraging the development of a network of accessible intermodal terminals for freight services between China and Europe.

Mass protests across Europe show that a new politics is on the horizon

by Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

‘No Christmas for the bourgeoisie!’ declared graffiti on a wall in Paris as the Gilets Jaunes protests electrified Europe since their first protest on 17 November.