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  • Anderson Resignation Is Rumored; Underwood's as possible Successor's

    Following a heated twitter debate, rumors commence.


    March 26th, 2018 5:50 pm| by Christy Amanpour ||MBC News

    Insistent speculation swept Montague today that Rt. Hon. William Anderson will retire resign as Prime Minister. Judging from Anderson's past habit of confounding forecasters, it still was anybody’s guess. Four Montague newspapers headlined the report he would step down as Prime Minister and make way for Frank Underwood, current Secretary of Defence who opposed a Liberal, Green coalition. This happens due to tabloids of sex scandal accusing Anderson of misbehaving with his son Chester, and also happens to be before Montenbourg's budget is presented to Parliament April 19. These reports included an eight-column banner headline in the Daily Montague, owned by Lord Henri Masoni, Underwood intimate friend and financial supporter of the CMP, also husband of the Duchess of New Monten. His newspapers heretofore have shied away from the periodic, and inaccurate, rash of Anderson-to-quil stories. An official spokesman for the 80-year-old Prime Minister refused either to confirm or deny the reports today. He added however, “eventually it's bound to be true." 

    The Express said that according to present plans Anderson will hand over the top job to Underwood the first week of April just before the Prime Minister leaves for an already-announced Luz da Libertados holiday April 6. Quoting “well-informed opinion in Montague," the Montague Times paper added that Underwood would combine the premier's and defence secretary’s office for a while—then hand over the Foreign Office to Adolf Heinz-Stamer, present Leader of the Opposition. Its also rumored that Claire Underwood, could be in the ticket for Prime Minister.



  • MONTENBOURG PM RESIGNS

    William Anderson resigns from Montenbourg's Parliment.


    March 27th, 2018 8:50 pm| by Christy Amanpour ||MBC News

    From world leader to the wilderness in just days. He has resigned, bringing an abrupt end to his ten-year premiership, just a few year after he clinched a surprise majority in the general election with a coalition, a visibly emotional Anderson, standing outside Premier Residence on Tuesday morning alongside his wife, Samantha, said: “The will of the Montenbourgian people is an instruction that must be delivered.” In the statement announcing his intention to step down, Anderson highlighted the key achievements of his premiership, including rebuilding the economy after the financial crisis and legislating to allow gay marriage.

    The process of chossing his succesor begins, with CMP's MPs selecting a two-person shortlist, which will then be presented to the party’s members in the country to make a final decision.

    Party modernisers are likely to rally around an alternative candidate – perhaps John Adams, Joseph Biden, Xavier Bettel or Claire Underwood – in an effort to stop Francis Underwood and other resignation campaigners, who tend to be on the right of the party.

    The scale of anger about the secretary of defence role in the resignation campaign was laid bare at the heated debates. Also is rumored that the nobility might be controlling the CMP candidates. 



  • Who will replace William Anderson as Prime Minister? The full rundown of favourites in the CMP leadership race

    March 28th, 2018 8:50 pm| by Christy Amanpour ||MBC News

    CMP's MPs must whittle down the contenders to a shortlist of two. Here are the runners and riders

    William Anderson's decision to stand down fires the starting gun on a Classical Monarchist Party leadership contest.

    MPs must whittle down the contenders to a shortlist of two, who will then be elected as leader by party members, and will become Prime Minister. It will be up to the victorious candidate to decide whether to ask Parliament to back a fresh election.

    Here are the contenders:

    • Francis Underwood

    The obvious favorite. He gambled his career on backing Anderson Scandal, as being his secretary of defence, knowing that a vote in parliment to make the PM resign the premiership would all but guarantee that only a figure from the inside camp could become the next CMP leader. That gamble has paid off today. Popular among the party membership, and one of the most well-known political figures in the country, he is the candidate to beat.

    His decision to back the Anderson Scandal was viewed in many quarters as opportunistic and his willingness to head a campaign which at times appeared to be trashing the Classical Monarchist Party government’s record will mean he has bridges to build with many senior CMP figures. He will have to be emollient, and non-triumphalist, and perhaps above all, distance himself from Elliot Timothy, John Adams and John Tallonsi.

    • Claire Underwood

    Wife of hr actual secretary of defence, but with liberal tendencies inside the CMP. She is the longest-serving Chancellor of Exchequer. While backing his husband campaign, she did not hit the campaign trail and delivered only a handful of tweets and interviews, but delivered a motion to debate the resignation of the PM, and was critical of many aspects of Montenbourg's economy, particularly the progress of the private sector and the elimination of the income tax. Hedging her bets allows her to now emerge as a ‘unity’ candidate, and she is said to have been building up her back-room staff in preparation for a leadership bid.

    She has the significant advantage of having served in one of the great offices of state, in a steady and competent manner that has won her many admirers within party and the civil service. At a time of great instability, it may be that she is viewed as steady hand on the tiller. Mrs Underwood does however, lack the ‘star quality’ of a Francis Underwood and party members may doubt her ability to connect with ordinary voters.

     • John Adams

    The First Secretary may be able to set himself up as ‘the thinking CMP Anderson Scandal candidate’. Made an enormous political and personal decision to back the PM. He performed well during the TV debates, and will be an admired figure among CMPs'. Along with Underwood, he will be hindered by the fact that he led a very divisive campaign, characterised by ‘blue-on-blue’ action. MPs may also judge that he lacks Francis Underwood's wider appeal with the electorate. Possibly more likely that he will settle for being his new bosom buddy Francis’s Chancellor. 

    • Joseph Biden

    The Marlbourgian CMP leader is a hugely-admired figure, and would offer the CMP party appeal among voters few other candidates could reach. Leading the Classical Monarchists to a second place finish in Marlbourgh parliament elections was an extraordinary achievement for a party that was close to vanishing off the electoral map in Marlbourgh not very many years ago. However, would have to become an MP first, and will be tarnished in the eyes of many CMP MPs and members by his outspoken support for the Prime Minister. It may well be too soon for him, but he will have a very influential voice in the debate.

    • Xavier Bettel

    The First Minister of Cranford, for years considered William Anderson's natural heir, Bettel would in ordinary circumstances be top of the list of runners and riders. In today’s circumstances, he only just scrapes in as a contender. His stock among CMP MPs and members was already falling as a result of a succession of bungles, culminating in a Budget that was overshadowed by the resignation of Iain John Smith and a U-turn over swingeing disability cuts.

    He was William Anderson's right-hand man arguing for the PM to remain, and attracted furious anger from anti-scandal CMP's after he spearheaded warnings about the consequences of resignation, which were branded ‘Project Fear’, and then proposed a 'Resign Budget' that was viewed as nothing short of blackmail by many CMP's MPs. If he survives the immediate aftermath with his job intact, he could be a contender, but his stock is now so low in the CMP's party he’ll struggle to make it over the first hurdle.



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  • Xavier Bettel officially becomes MTB Prime Minister

    March 28th, 2018 8:50 pm| by Christy Amanpour ||MBC News


    Classical Monarchist Party MP Xavier Bettel has been appointed as Montenbourg's first gay Prime Minister.

    Mr. Bettel, 39, was invited to form a government by King Lawrence I in a private audience at Bourgeon Palace. The 2th PM during the King's reign, Mr Bettel suceeds William Anderson, who tendered his resignation to the monarch two days ago.

    He arrived at the palace by ministerial car with his spouse Gauthier Destenay, having set off from the Council of State after Mr Anderson was officially accepted by the King.

    Mr Anderson advised the King to appointed the former First Minister of Cranford in his place. A spokesperson for the Palace said: "The King received in audience Xavier Bettel and requested him to form a new Administration." 

    In a brief address outside Prime Minister Residence, Lexington Street before he resigned, Mr Anderson said: "It has been the greatest honour of my life to serve our country as Prime Minister over these last ten years and to serve as leader of my party over 5 years. And as we leave for the last time, my only wish is continued success for this great country that I love so very much."

    Mr Bettel is to give an address outside Lexington Street later this afternoon outlining his initial priorities in office. He is also expected to unveil the core members of his Cabinet later this evening, with other appointments to be made clear in the coming days.

    The former First Minister of Cranford, who backed Refugee Protection Act in the European Union referendum debate and the LGBT rights in the region, will steer Europe a bit.





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  • Elizabeth McCord gets appointed as the new Secretary of State

    April 1st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Christy Amanpour ||MBC News


    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    The Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, today announced that unde His Majesty's approval has appointed Elizabeth McCord as an independent to fill a vacancy for Secretary of Foreign Relations.

    Previously a MCIA analyst and Political Science Professor at the University of Bosco. Until she resigned from her position due to her ethical opposition to the MCIA's use of torture, Dr. McCord has enjoyed a distinguished career as a lawyer, professor, and analyst. Throughout her career, she has worked tirelessly to examine and address the inequalities that exist between LGBT, Black and minorities peoples in health care services and delivery, also their treatment in European countries.

    Dr. McCord was recommended by the Independent Advisory Board for House of Lords Appointments and chosen using the merit-based process open to all Montenbourgians. This process ensures public servants are independent, reflect Montenbourg diversity, and are able to tackle the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing the country.

    "Finding your voice as a leader is never easy, but is a challenge as a woman that we all must take. I want that with this appointment make a clear statement we the  Women, are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. As the high rank diplomat of Montenbourg I extend this message, we are gonna use every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security, across europe and the world, promoting free trade agreements between our nearest neighbors and good relations with all. Leaving no one on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one's enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems and determine the solutions.

    Democracy, freedom, and the rule of law are under attack around the world. A rising tide of authoritarianism and illiberalism threatens the foundations of the post-World War II global era that Montenbourg diplomats have built and defended. Our Nation, Our Montenbourg is not defined by ethnicity, by lineage, by names and definitely not defined by where we come from. We Montenbourg are defined by an idea.

    Unlike most other nations, the idea is that all people are created equal and that you can pursue life, liberty, and happiness here. And Montenbourg will extend this message across europe and the world".



  • Montenbourg FM "Misunderstanding" says after the declarations of Angleter

    April 3st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Nigel Poursa ||MBC News


    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    Following the declaration of officials like Mary d’Ivry Foreign Minister of Angleter, Elizabeth McCord agreed a brief statement with the press of MBC News.

    "I wish, obviously I wish that the European community writ large had been able to rein this in. We just know the impact in the children and minority groups. And this is not an Angleterian only issue, is a European issue. We of course are open to negotiate and pursue friendly relations with Angleter, we understand that is in that way of knowing that this is a humanitarian crisis that needs to be resolve. We have asylum seekers at our boarders and also at angleterian borders.

    "And look, this is not a press leak but we have it on good authority that refugees are being targeted for persecution. And under the Refugee Protection Act this can not happen."

    "We want protection of rights to these people, we are humane in this. We of course pursue betterment of our relations with Angleter, in fact HM Government is planning on a summit to invite european leaders... but the fact that we want better for europe, means better for the individual. Thank you..."



  • Prime Minister welcomes UPS's expansion in Montenbourg

    April 5st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Nigel Poursa ||MBC News


    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    In today’s economy, delivery services are essential to connect people and make businesses competitive. Montenbourg welcomes investments from the private sector to create good, well-paying middle class jobs, and generate new opportunities for more people to succeed.

    The Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, today welcomed UPS’s announcement of a $500 million investment that will create more than 1,000 new, middle class jobs in Montenbourg. UPS will also expand its facilities across the country and upgrade its technology so that Montenbourgian consumers can receive products faster and in an environmentally responsible way.

    The construction of a $125-million, 180,000 square-foot automated sorting facility – UPS’s first in Montenbourg– has already started at the company’s Montague hub. This facility, along with investments in new automated sorting technology and compressed natural gas vehicles, will help UPS reach its sustainability goal of running half of its Montenbourgian fleet on alternative fuel by the end of 2018.

    “UPS is the kind of company we want to see flourish in Montenbourg, one that creates better opportunities for hard working Montenbourgians– today and well into the future. I had the opportunity to meet UPS Chief Executive Officer, Mr. David Abney, in a meeting earlier this year, and I am thrilled they are investing in our country, our economy, and our people.”
    — The Rt. Hon. Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Montenbourg

    Facts:

    • UPS's first international expansion was in Montenbourg over 42 years ago, and our country was chosen this year as the location for the company’s first international management conference, which is being held in Montague, from April 19-21.
    • UPS employs more than 12,000 employees at 63 facilities across Montenbourg. UPS has centres in Newcastle, Duke, Bordeaux, New Monten, Apulia, Trebursye, and Montague.
    • Prime Minister Bettell met with David Abney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UPS, on January 23, 2018, where they discussed UPS’s history in Montenbourg, the company’s goals moving forward, as well as investment opportunities.
    • This announcement is the second example of global companies choosing Montenbourg to expand their business and create jobs this week. On Monday, Secretary for Trade and Buisness, Cara Caleton-Fiorina,  announced a nearly $400-million investment in Montenbourg by way of the ENCQOR project that will secure 4,000 new jobs in Strasbourg and Newcastle, and create thousands more.
    • The Government of Montenbourg is committed to deepening Montenbourg's trade relationships with a modern, progressive free trade agreements, including a firm commitment to advancing a draft of a new proposal at the European Council of a North European Free Trade Agreement.
    • The Government of Montenboueg recently launched Invest in Montenbourg, a new federal organization dedicated to attracting job-creating investment and simplifying the process for global businesses looking to make Montenbourg their new home.


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    ((OOC: There is no North European Free Trade Agreement.))



  • @the-united-kingdom said:

    ((OOC: There is no North European Free Trade Agreement.))

     ((OOC: We know there is no North European Free Trade Agreement. Our country is working towards it. Thank you.))


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    @montenbourg ((OOC: Then WHY have you written that it is a new and modernised something when it doesn't even exist!!!?))



  • @the-united-kingdom  ((OOC: It exist a draft. Our country is working on it. Thank You.))


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    @montenbourg ((OOC: Then change the wording. It can't be new and modernised if it has yet to exist in the RP, considering it's a multi-lateral treaty and would involve other countries. Either post the draft now or change your wording.))



  • @the-united-kingdom ((OOC: Don. We are working on it. Thank you.))



  • Backing Central Strasbourg with funding for MONARCH Weir

    April 5st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Nigel Poursa ||MBC News

    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    The Liberal-Classical Monarchist Government will ensure there is long-term water security for Central Strasbourg by providing an additional $4.1 million to support the construction of the MONARCH Weir.

    The announcement increases the Montenbourg Government’s commitment for the project to $176.1 million through the $500 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. 

    This announcement will drive investment, jobs and economic growth in the region for generations to come while securing the future for residents in Central Strasbourg. 

    A new weir capable of supplying 76,000 ML per year of high security water will be built, providing up to 42,000ML of water for irrigated agriculture in the Jon Basin and around 34,000ML for industrial and urban use in the Oldbury region.

    The new weir will increase water security for Strasbourg, the Oldbury region, the Gracemere Industrial Corridor and expand irrigation in the region. It is also expected to generate 2,100 jobs and increase agricultural production in the Riviere River region by up to $1 billion. This investment shows the confidence the Montenbourg Government has in Central Strasbourg as an area which can drive investment, exports and jobs for Strasbourg.

    Building the water infrastructure of the 21st century is a priority commitment of the Liberal-Classical Monarchist coalition Government. The Government committed to providing funding for the MONARCH Weir during the 2016 election campaign and today’s announcement shows we are on course to deliver on our commitment. 

    The Government has given careful consideration to the revised cost and believes the project remains a strong nation-building initiative which will drive economic growth and create new jobs in the region.

    The announcement reaffirms the Liberal-Classical Monarchist coalition Government’s strong commitment to Central Strasbourg. The advocacy of LP and CMP members representing the interests of Central Strasbourg has played a vital role in securing the funding. 

    This project will create new and better paid jobs for Central Strasbourg. In the last 12 months, 420,700 new jobs were created in Montenbourg– an all-time record.

    The Montenbourg Government welcomes the Strasbourg Provincial Government agreeing to fund 50 per cent of the MONARCH Weir project.



  • PM interview after Central Strasbourg funding for MONARCH Weir

    April 5st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Sarah Nickelby||MBC News

    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    SARAH NICKELBY:

    A little earlier, the Prime Minister spoke with me before he hopped on a plane to head north, to give confirmation that the Federal Government has committed half of the funding for the construction of the Weir.

    PRIME MINISTER:

    We committed to it nearly two years ago actually, in May 2016 and it took a long time for the Strasbourg Provincial Government to come on board. But you know, no hard feelings.

    The fact is they're now committed, they committed to half of it but with an increased price tag and we've reviewed the business case for that and we've agreed to increase our participation.

    So we're all on board and we should get on with it and build it.

    It’s going to be a real game changer. It's going to create thousands of jobs. It's going to result in a real surge in irrigated agriculture. There's going to be a lot of water available for industry in and around Oldbury. This is a very, very big deal and long overdue. I was so excited when I first saw the site with Gauthier a couple of years back.

    I'm just thrilled that we're going to be able to make it happen. It's great credit to him and Governor-Duke of Strasbourg I might say for their advocacy.

    SARAH NICKELBY:

    Of course there’s a requirement now for large new investment in both agriculture as well as industry and access to overseas markets as well. What do you think the Federal Government will be doing to encourage this?

    PRIME MINISTER:

    Well in terms of access to overseas markets, of course we've been signing up one big free trade deal or another. We obviously signed up that Montenbourg-OmnibusFree Trade Agreement, the UK-Montenbourg Trade Agreement, and most recently we are working on a norht free trade partnership which gives us even greater access to big markets in our northern region including Complutum, Austrur, and of course Luz da Libertados.

    We are forging ahead, constantly opening up new free trade opportunities for our exporters.

    A big contrast to the Nationalitz Party I might say, Sarah. When Steimer said that he will pulled out of the MOFTA, you remember how Shorten mocked me for persevering with it? He said that I was “wasting my time,” I was “deluded”, on a “vanity project”. Well, we got it done and what a great opportunity it offers particularly, by the way, for exporters.

    This will gives us a very big advantage over our competitors in the european market.

    SARAH NICKELBY:

    So how affordable will the water be though? Because we're hearing some fears that farmers won't be able to afford it.

    PRIME MINISTER:

    Well, if the farmers don't buy it, the project won't have any income. So I can assure you that the whole basis of the scheme is to make sure that the water is acquired and used. I mean that's the object. The goal is to generate around 76,000 megalitres of high priority water including up to about 42,000 for irrigated agriculture and about 34,000 for industrial and urban use around Oldbury.

    That's the plan.

    SARAH NICKELBY:

    Thank you Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.



  • Montenbourg signs landmark Free Trade Agreement with Luz de Libertados

    April 5st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Sarah Nickelby||MBC News

    HM Foreign Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord with Luz de Libertados Foreign Minister Alexander Mackleford

    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    The Government of Montenbourg remains committed to working with Luz de Libertados government and business leaders to deepen the commercial ties between our countries and create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and grow our economies.

    Today, HM Foreign Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, Libertado's Foreign Minister Alexander Mackleford witnessed the signing of the milestone Montenbourg-Luz de Libertados Free Trade Agreement (MLFTA), which will open our markets to products, grow our communities, and give our citizens a higher standard of living.

    The Agreement is part of Montenbourg's continued commitment to supporting Libertado's efforts to build a stable, democratic, and prosperous country.

    Both Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados are committed to the timely ratification and implementation of MLFTA – so that Montenbourgians and Libertados alike can take advantage of its benefits as soon as possible. 

    "The Montenbourg-Luz de Libertados Free Trade Agreement represents a significant milestone in the relationship between Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados. It will bolster our economies, spur innovation, and lead to long term benefits for the middle class and those working hard to join it.-.
    Rt. Hon. Elizabeth McCord, HM Foreign Secretary of State

    “Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados know that trade is essential to jobs and growth. By improving market access and creating more predictable conditions for trade, the Montenbourg-Luz de Libertados Free Trade Agreement will generate new opportunities for Montenbourgians and Libertados alike.”  Alexander Mackleford, Foreign Minister of Luz de Libertados

    Facts:

    • In 2018, Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados announced the snao conclusion of the Montenbourg-Luz de Libertados Free Trade Agreement (MLFTA) negotiations.
    • Montenbourg’s Trade and Buisness Minister, Cara Carleton-Fiorina, and Libertado's First Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade signed the Agreement in Luz de Libertado's capital during a private visit.
    • Luz de Libertados offers numerous opportunities for Montenbourgian businesses and investors, in areas such as information and communication technologies, agriculture, infrastructure and logistics, aerospace, defence and security, and energy.
    • In 2018, bilateral trade between Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados increased by 13.9 per cent, totalling almost $278 million. Montenbourg's exports to Luz de Libertados totalled over $210 million in 2017. Examples of products imported by Libertados include pharmaceuticals, fish and seafood, and coking coal.
    • Montenbourg’s merchandise imports from Libertados totalled more than $67 million in 2018. Major imports included fertilizers, iron and steel, and anthracite coal.
    • Now that the Agreement has been signed, Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados will go through their respective domestic legislative processes to ratify and implement the Agreement.



  • The King and PM to Permit Young Migrants and Minorities to Remain in Montenbourg

    April 5st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Sarah Nickelby||MBC News

    Activists supporting the Kings Order at Lexington Street

    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the Kingdom of Montenbourg as children will be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation and able to work, under an King's Order in Council action, HM Government announced today.

    Officials said the King used existing legal authority to make the broad policy change, which could temporarily benefit more than 800,000 young people. He did not consult with Parliment, where Nationalitz and some CMP's have generally opposed measures to benefit illegal immigrants.

    The policy, while not granting any permanent legal status, clears the way for young illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows, work legally and obtain driver’s licenses and many other documents they have lacked.

    “They are Montenbourgians in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” The King said in announcing the new policy in the Bourgeon Palace today. The Prime Minister said he was taking “a temporary stopgap measure” that would “lift the shadow of deportation from these young people” and make immigration policy “more fair, more efficient and more just.”

    Under the change, the Home Secretary will no longer initiate the deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the Kingdom before age 16, have lived here for at least five years, and are in school, are high school graduates or are military veterans in good standing. The immigrants must also be not more than 30 and have clean criminal records.

    Young people, who have been highly visible and vocal activists despite their undocumented status, have been calling on His Majesty for more than a year to stop deporting them and allow them to work. Many of them were elated and relieved today.

    “People are just breaking down and crying for joy when they find out what the president did,” said Lorella Praeli, a leader of the United We Dream Network, the largest coalition of illegal immigrant students.

    Nationalitz reacted angrily, saying the King had overstepped his legal bounds to do an end run around Parliment. Some Nationalitz accused the King of violating the law. “The King's action is an affront to the process of representative government by circumventing Parliment and with a directive he may not have the authority to execute,” said Representative Charles E. Grassley of Bordeaux, the senior Nationalitz on the Council of State Judiciary Committee. “It seems the King has put monarchy politics above responsible policies.”

    The Order was the first historic measure by the King that offers immediate relief to large numbers of illegal immigrants, in contrast to smaller steps HM Government had taken that were intended to ease the impact of deportations but in practice had little effect. During the first year of his term, the actual Prime Minister has deported more than 1.1 million immigrants, the most by any PM since the 1950s.

    “Now let’s be clear: this is not an amnesty,” Bettel said in the Lexignton Street, anticipating the Nationalitz and CMP's response. “This is not a path to citizenship. It is not a permanent fix.”

    The group of illegal immigrants that will benefit from the policy is similar to those who would have been eligible to become legal permanent residents under the Immigration Reform Act, legislation that Prime Minister Bettel has long supported. An effort by the Prime Minister to pass the bill in late 2010 was blocked by Nationalitz in the Council of State. The Prime Minister called on Parliment again today to pass that legislation.

    Immigrant student leaders praised The King, saying his action should convince other students that advocacy could be effective, even for immigrants without legal status. Although the reprieve is temporary, the leaders said they expected that the majority of students would seize the opportunity to work and come out into the open.

    “We’ve done away with the fear,” said Gaby Pacheco, 27, an Libertados-born immigrant who was among the first in a wave of students in recent years who “came out” to declare publicly that they were in this country illegally.

    The King also received praise from Liberal lawmakers, including the Black Caucus in the Council of State and  Richard J. Durbin of Strasbourg, the second-highest Liberal in the House of Lords who is the leading author of the Immigration Reform Act. Mr. Durbin first proposed in April 2010 that the King should grant deferred action to young students.

    Over the past two months Mr. Durbin and other top Liberals, including Representatives Harry Reid of Apulia, have quietly urged the Prime Minister to do something significant to help immigrant students.

    Marodette Aguishcot, 21, who was born in Austrur and lives in New Monten, said she was in Monterini with a group of students when the news came of the new policy.

    “We were all watching and listening and screaming out in joy,” she said. Ms. Aguishcot graduated last month from Bosco University, but feared she would never find work professionally.

    Some students were cautious, recalling that the King had promised them help before. “We don’t want to get too excited,” said Daniela Alulema, 25, an illegal immigrant from Dromund Kass who is a leader of the Bordeaux Youth Immigrant Leadership Council. “We hope that what was announced will be implemented and will actually help our community.”



  • MONTENBOURG ROYAL EDITION

    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    April 5st, 2018  by Dominic Ortega

                          The Queen of Montenbourg Exclusive Interview

                                                             

    Dominic: Well Good evening Your Majesty. Its been a huge day for the King. But today is about you and our special VOGUE Montenbourg Royal Edition, and people are wanting to know this busy life, all the lights all the glamour. Would you tell me how prepared were you for the pressures that came with marrying into the Royal Family?

    Grace:  It is a day! haha.... Its an honor, well where do I begin...ok..At the age of 19, you always think you're prepared for everything, and you think you have the knowledge of what's coming ahead. But although I was daunted at the prospect at the time, I felt I had the support of my husband-to-be.

    D:  What were the expectations that you had for married life?

    G:  I think like any marriage, specially when you've had divorced parents like myself, you'd want to try even harder to make it work and you don't want to fall back into a pattern that you've seen happen in your own family. I desperately wanted it to work, I desperately love my husband and I want to share everything together, and we really are a very good team. Haha.

    D:  How aware were you of the significance of what had happened to you? After all, you'd become Queen.

    G:  I wasn't daunted, and am not daunted by the responsibilities that that role creates. It was a challenge, and it is a challenge. As for becoming Queen, it's, it was never at the forefront of my mind when I married my husband: it was a long way off that thought. 

    The most daunting aspect was the media attention, because my husband and I, we were told when we got engaged that the media would go quietly, and it didn't; and then when we were married they said it would go quietly and it didn't; and then it started to focus very much on me, and I seemed to be on the front of a newspaper every single day, which is an isolating experience, and the higher the media put you, place you, is the bigger the drop. 

    And I was very aware of that.

    D:  How did you handle the transition from being Grace McCorquodale-Kidman Toscana to the most photographed, the most talked-about, woman in the world?

    G:  Well, it took a long time to understand why people were so interested in me, but I assumed it was because my husband had done a lot of wonderful work leading up to our marriage and our relationship. But then I, during the years you see yourself as a good product that sits on a shelf and sells well, and people make a lot of money out of you.

    D:  It's been suggested in some newspapers that you were left largely to cope with your new status on your own. Do you feel that was your experience?

    G:  Yes I do, on reflection. But then here was a situation which hadn't ever happened before in history, in the sense that the media were everywhere, and here was a fairy story that everybody wanted to work. And so it was, it was isolating, but it was also a situation where you couldn't indulge in feeling sorry for yourself: you had to either sink or swim. And you had to learn that very fast.

    D:  And what did you do?

    G: I swam. Hahahaha. We went to Air Springs, to Apulia, and we went and did a walkabout, and I said to my husband: ´What do I do now?' And he said, ´Go over to the other side and speak to them.' I said, ´I can't, I just can't.' He said, ´Well, you've got to do it.' And he went off and did his bit, and I went off and did my bit. It practically finished me off there and then, and I suddenly realised - I went back to our hotel room and realised the impact that, you know, I had to sort myself out.

    We had a six-week tour - four weeks in Apulia and two weeks in New Monten - and by the end, when we flew back from Naples, I was a different person. I realised the sense of duty, the level of intensity of interest, and the demanding role I now found myself in.

    D:  Were you overwhelmed by the pressure from people initially?

    G:  Yes, I was very daunted because as far as I was concerned I was a fat, chubby, 20-year-old, 21-year-old, and I couldn't understand the level of interest.

    D: What do you think about the Monarchy?

    G: For me is the oldest and highest form of government because it focus for national identity, unity and pride; gives a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognises success and excellence; and supports the ideal of voluntary service.

    D: But what is the role of a monarchy in the 21st Century?

    G: Haha, love that question. Today, It's time to show to Europe and the world that we still have monarchies safe, responsible, and above all in favor of the people something that it stills important in 21st Century politics.


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