The National Observer



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    Angleter's best-selling quality daily newspaper and most prestigious broadsheet, Ðe National Observer, is available in a regional edition in all good stationers and newsagents across the European Union. Founded in 1912 as a merger of two venerable newspapers of record, the National and the Observer, the publication first reached out beyond Angleter's borders in June 2009, soon after the country's accession to the European Union. In Angleter, it is widely considered the nation's most respected newspaper of record, and in 2015 overtook Ðe Brief as the best-selling quality paper nationwide.

    Please note that though the newspaper's title uses Angleteric English forms (Ð/ð, Þ/þ in place of 'th'), International English forms will otherwise be used in the regional edition for the sake of readability.


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    Friday, 19th June 2009

    Article by Mohammed Malik

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    Fears of EU Arms Race Develop as Militaries are Expanded**

    Across the region pacifists have been in uproar as the military power of several key European Union nations has been increased. The first nation to announce military upgrades was the small, inoffensive nation of Brecon, which before expanding on May 24th had the smallest army in the entire region. Angleter responded by increasing its army size significantly on June 16th.

    Angleter, it seems, having cited Brecon for its military development, sparked a series of large-scale military expansions, as many nations expressed their alarm at the fact that Angleter, at that time, had the second-largest army in the whole of the region.

    The Soviet Union expressed the most concern, announcing that their military would expand on June 17th. The Belarian, Gro?deutscher and Duxburian governments have also sought to raise their military power in response to Angleter.

    Diplomats of all nations are currently insisting that their nation is a threat to no nation, and that no nation is a threat to them. Nevertheless, the Soviet Union alleged that Angleter is threatening another offensive alike to the Neo-Venetia War of 2008-09. Angleter deny this, claiming that they intend to defend against nations such as the USSR and Belarum that have previously threatened war with Angleter.



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    Wednesday, 24th June 2009

    Article by **Simon Willis**

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    Khatkar Pledges Constitutional Reform**

    The Leader of the Opposition Democratic Party leader Navdeep Khatkar has announced that if elected he will make numerous changes to the Angleteric political system, most of which will be reverses of the changes made by the CLP and Socialists in the 1990s.

    Khatkar said that 'Angleter, in the last 20 years, has lost many of the traditional cornerstones of its parliamentary democracy...and the main perpetrators of these senseless, supposedly 'modernising' changes, who are they but the CLP!" He revealed his plan for change in the Constitution, which has now been added to the official Democratic Party manifesto:

    -Establishment of the traditional Angleteric provinces in favour of counties (introduced by Socialist Prime Minister Ferrers in 1996).

    -Fixed term of five years for the Speakers of both Houses in Parliament.

    -Abolition of the Executive Prime Minister's role and returning to a parliamentary Premier (EPM role introduced by CLP's PM Jones in 2000).

    -Disestablishment of AGRAM in favour of separate Armaments and Defence ministries.

    -First Past the Post elections (PR brought in by Ferrers in 1993).

    -Legalisation of Independent candidacy (banned by Jones in 1998).

    -Expansion of People's Parliament to around 550 representatives- or MPPs.

    These plans have been received quite well by the public, who are, according to a National Observer poll, 64% in favour of Khatkar's proposals. However 40% are unsure whether Khatkar will 'come good' on these promises if elected.

    The CLP have dismissed the plans made by Khatkar, calling the prospective first Sikh leader of Angleter a 'reactionary'. Christopher Fisher, current leader of the CLP, claimed that Khatkar "calls himself a moderniser, but is deep down the most traditionalist reactionary in Angleter." He continued, "the man has the wrong priorities, which is strange given how he talks so often about 'problems needing to be addressed'. He would, as leader of the People's Parliament, stand in the way of progress. This is true for all of the Democratic Party."

    Unfortunately for Fisher, the Democrats are sustaining their majority support in the electorate, with recent polls putting them on 53%, with the CLP on 22% and the SDP on 17%.



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    Monday, 13th July 2009

    Article by Edward Logan

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    Khatkar's Democratic Party Wins Landslide and Majority**

    Today the Democratic Party was in triumphant mood as the party swept to power in its first ever election campaign. The leader, Navdeep Khatkar, now Leader of the People's Parliament (LPP) announced that 'this great victory is a time for renewal. We must strive forward to bring Angleter into the 21st century, without forgoing our traditions and roots.'

    The final results saw Khatkar's Democratic faction with the first ever clear majority of votes in Angleteric parliamentary elections, coupled with a record high turnout of 82.3%. Khatkar's 51.5% of the vote translates to 206 seats in the House. The CLP dropped to 88 seats, with the SDP holding 66 seats. Notable was the shift away from Leftist or minor groups, with three parties losing their representation overall.

    Khatkar will announce his cabinet posts tomorrow, and will also begin his constitutional reform plan within a week. This could spell the end of party-list Proportional Representation, as Khatkar plans for a more traditional FPP style of election. The Executive role of the Prime Minister may be abolished, and the electoral period may become two years, not one.

    The Sikh and Asian community also celebrated as Khatkar became the first non-White to hold such high office in Angleteric politics.

    Here is the National Observer results table for the election:
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    Tuesday, 14th July 2009

    Article by Simon Willis

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    The Khatkar Cabinet**

    Navdeep Khatkar, leader of the Parliament of the People, has announced the details of his new cabinet today, ranked in order of perceived importance. He expects for Prime Minister Monty V. Catt to ratify said cabinet tomorrow on the opening of Parliament.

    In Angleteric politics, the Prime Minister de jure appoints the cabinet, however each cabinet is dismissed with each election and the LPP holds the de facto power.

    THE KHATKAR CABINET IN FULL:

    1. EXECUTIVE PRIME MINISTER- Montezuma Valdemar CATT (CLP)
    2. LEADER OF THE PARLIAMENT OF THE PEOPLE- Navdeep KHATKAR (Dem)
    3. LEADER OF THE PARLIAMENT OF THE NOBILITY- Baron R. QUINCY (Ind.)
    4. MINISTER FOR FINANCE AND ENTERPRISE- Irene ULLERIES (Dem)
    5. MINISTER FOR WAR- Baron O. MONTFORT (Dem)
    6. MINISTER FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS- Alan ARLINGTON (CLP)
    7. MINISTER FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS- Raymond ROYCE (Dem)
    8. MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS- Terry McCAIN (CLP)
    9. MINISTER FOR EDUCATION- Victor TIECKS (Dem)
    10. MINISTER FOR LABOUR- Robert HUBBARD (Dem)
    11. MINISTER FOR RURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS- Peter DE GROOTE (Dem)
    12. MINISTER FOR HEALTH- Baron S. NIJBERG (Ind.)
    13. MINISTER FOR CULTURE AND SPORT- Baroness M. JORDACHE (Dem)
    14. MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT- Carol CRINE (Dem)



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    Tuesday, 21st July 2009

    Article by Mohammed Malik

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    Khatkar Announces Reform Plan for Angleter- Vote on Friday**

    Navdeep Khatkar has submitted to the Parliament of the People the 'Act of Reform', which will consist of his flagship constitutional reforms that were promised in the lead-up to the general election. The key points of the at are to:

    -End the office of Executive Prime Minister as of 8th August 2009, changing the role of Leader of the Parliament of the People into that of the Prime Minister.
    -Establish the ancient Angleteric provinces in place of the county system.
    -Fix the term of the Speakers of both Houses to five years.
    -Abolish party-list PR elections in favour of First Past the Post.

    The Act will go to vote on Friday, and if ratified, will be voted on in the Nobles' Parliament on Monday before going to the Executive Prime Minister in eight days' time. It is largely expected that EPM Catt will dissolve his role to take up the place of the Leader of the Opposition, becoming an MPP as the successor to the late Neil Pauls, who died yesterday. The Grand Marquess must give assent to the Act by 1st August.



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    Saturday, 8th August 2009

    Article by Henry Truss

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    Navdeep Khatkar, Prime Minister**

    Navdeep Khatkar was sworn in this morning as the Prime Minister of the Grand Marquessate of Angleter, as the nation moved from Prime Ministerial to Parliamentary democracy. The Leader of the Opposition, Monty V. Catt, had stepped down from his role as Executive Prime Minister the day before.

    Catt's resignation was seen as mystifying by much of the population of Angleter, however it emerged today that he may have been pressured into the role by Christopher Fisher, who has now become Chairman of the CLP and Harold Tedin, the party treasurer. Fisher and Tedin wished for Catt to step down instead of facing a landslide defeat to Khatkar in the next Prime Ministerial election later this year, with Khatkar then expected to force the Act through with Catt out of the way. By becoming Leader of the Opposition Catt gave the CLP a chance to reinvent themselves as a parliamentary faction under a largely popular leader, instead of being humiliated once more by the Democrats and remaining in limbo as a rump group.

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    Angleter at War**

    Article by Simon Willis

    In a move that surprised the Angleteric military and government, the dictator of the Empire of Tezdrian, Empress Tan, has declared war on Angleter despite the aggressor being 19 times smaller than Angleter.

    Tezdrian, with a population of merely 14.7 million, exterminated or expelled its entire population of homophobic individuals on August 6th 2009, to the dismay of many nations of the international community. Only some nations supported Tezdrian's purges.

    As a denouncer of the purge, Angleter was rebuked rudely by Empress Tan, Grand Marquess Joseph IV reacting with amusement at Tan's delusions of grandeur in the face of much stronger nations. So, on the night of August 7th, Empress Tan declared war on the Grand Marquessate of Angleter.

    The Angleteric government has already sent a peace offering to Tezdrian, involving a large payment and the establishment of democracy in the Empire. Other nations have asked Tezdrian to surrender and end this lunacy, yet Tan has so far only laughed at the Angleteric peace. Thus Angleter's military, under Lt. Gen. Tentran, has announced the sending of a 125,000 man strong intervention force to Tezdrian, which is expected to land tomorrow.

    A source in the Angleteric Foreign Ministry said tonight, "The general mood is that Empress Tan should be deposed and tried in Tezdrian for crimes against humanity. She is clearly unfit to rule." Military observer Dennis Farnett claimed that Tezdrian had 'no chance' of winning the war, and that Tan's rule is 'finished'. No bombing campaign against Angleter is likely to take place.



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    Tuesday, 1st September 2009

    Article by Edward Logan

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    Angleteric Safety Fears Raised as Mossafa Goes Nuclear**

    President of Mossafa, Tariq Aziz, has enraged the Angleteric government by announcing plans to develop nuclear technology in the Arab state. The Mossafan government has claimed that it only intends to produce nuclear power and not nuclear weapons, although the Angleteric Foreign Minister Ray Royce is not yet convinced.

    Also causing alarm was the chanting in the crowd at Aziz's speech of "Death to Belarum". The general mood in Mossafa is one of hostility to all supposedly decadent, capitalist and largely Christian states. Said international affairs expert Stan Frost MPP, "Belarum is by far the largest and most powerful of all the supposed 'decadent states' in the EU. However Angleter is the most exaggerated in the traits of capitalism and Christianity, and is generally quite libertarian too. Also, we share a long border with Mossafa, so it is likely that were Mossafa to become offensive, we would be the first target."

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    Angleteric Army Returns, Tezdrian Defeated**

    Article by Mohammed Malik

    After 1173 lost lives, the war against Tezdrian has ended with the collapse of the belligerent state. In an alliance with at least five other nations, Angleter did the majority of the fighting against Empresses Tan and Zetia in what was, in effect, a pointless war. However Prime Minister Khatkar claimed, "We had to fight and bring the war to Tezdrian, else it would have continued in its ways. Now we can rest assured that Tezdrian won't bother us any longer.

    Only 10,000 Angleteric soldiers will remain in Tezdrian after the five major partners of the alliance were granted each their own section of Tezdrian to govern in order to recover the costs of the war. 35% of Tezdrian is thus now part of the Angleteric Occupation Tribunal for Tezdrian, which consists of two appointed Angleterics (one military, one civilian) and an elected Tezdrian native. It is expected that the occupation shall end in the near future.



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    Thursday, 12th November 2009

    Article by Henry Truss

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    Prussian Tour of Angleter Team Absconds, Applies for Asylum**

    The nine Prussian riders who entered the Tour of Angleter, including Tour winner Sir Andreas von Gluder, have refused to return to Berlin alongside thirty-three of the forty-one members of the team's backroom staff. The forty-two all entered a registry office in New Birmingham this evening and claimed asylum from Prussia, citing the internal strife there, where Communist leader Walter Gr?hlmann has seized dictatorial powers after becoming President of a Republic formed by a referendum with 'severe irregularities in favour of abolition of the monarchy'.

    They claim that there are now widespread beatings, arrests and executions of dissidents, not reported to the rest of the region as only Gr?hlmann's puppet newspaper, the Daily Socialist Worker, is now published outside Prussia, which has been closed to all foreigners for three days now.

    It is expected that all forty-two applications, much to Gr?hlmann's chagrin, will be accepted, as it would be seriously unpopular in Angleter to send an honourary knight and Tour hero and champion back to Communist, strife-ridden Prussia.

    The official declaration will be made in seven days, but they are currently under house arrest at the team base villa in New Birmingham, to ensure that nobody attempts to abscond and live here illegally.



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    Saturday, 28th November 2009

    Article by Simon Willis

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    Coups in Prussia and Spain as Prussian Team Gain Asylum**

    The government of Prussia has finally fallen after what is now apparent to have been a slow-motion Communist putsch. Yesterday, after a seriously rigged referendum, a new Communist constitution has been put in place abolishing Prussian democracy in favour of complete Communist Party control under President Walter Gruhlmann.

    Gruhlmann's Communists joined a pan-Left coalition earlier this year after a general election, before pushing through a Bill calling for a referendum on the end of the Prussian monarchy. The monarchy lost the widely-disputed referendum, with it rumoured that votes from strongly monarchist East Prussia and West Prussia provinces not being counted.

    From there, the Communists demanded from the leading Social Democrats the installation of Gruhlmann as President, a figurehead position with reserve powers. This, inevitably, resulted in the use of those sweeping reserve powers to dismiss the Prussian Parliament and use the army to enforce the Communists' victory in the constitutional referendum.

    The Angleteric government has denounced the putsch, and called for a return to its previous form of consitutional monarchy. As a mark of its anger, the Prussian cycling team's request for asylum in Angleter has been accepted, although the government is refusing to confirm or deny rumours- mostly circulated by Prussia itself- that prominent monarchists (including the royal family) are in hiding in Angleter.

    Meanwhile in Spain the coup was much less convoluted. On Thursday the Spanish military seized control of Madrid and declared themselves the new government of Spain. The Angleteric government is again expected to denounce the coup.

    Experts insist that the recent spree of coups have no link between them and are purely unrelated incidents, however some are worrying of a new era of political uncertainty in the region. It is possible that the problem could be further escalated if the Soviet Union supports the Prussian Communists. No word as yet has come from Moscow.



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    Tuesday, 9th March 2010

    Article by Mohammed Malik

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    Dodd Wins Eurovision Poll, Will Represent Angleter**

    Ken Dodd defeated all competition in last night's 'A Song For Angleter' contest to claim the coveted role of representing Angleter at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, which could be held in Istvansfehervar pending a bidding process.

    Dodd's 'Happiness' won 61% of the vote in the final against Simon Webbe and his song 'Coming Around Again', previously the favourite. Cliff Richard's 'Power to All Our Friends' came third, despite some hilarious dance moves, and Fathers Ted and Dougal brought up the rear with a poor performance of 'My Lovely Horse'.

    You can listen to the winning entry here. Good Luck Ken!



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    Wednesday, 10th March 2010

    Article by Edward Logan

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    General Count Curtis Assassinated, Social Republicans Claim Responsibility**

    Major-General Michael Curtis, 52, the 28th Count Curtis of Neo-Venetia, has been assassinated today in his palace grounds near Acurteis, Neo-Lombardia. At around 7:30am GMT, while Curtis was hunting with his brother Aelfgar, a bomb exploded in the forest, killing the Major-General and seriously injuring Aelfgar. Aelfgar Curtis, 47, is currently in an induced coma at Countess Adelaide Hospital in Acurteis.

    Michael Curtis was born in 1957 to Count Aelfgar and Countess Istvana Curtis, and was forced into the Countship aged 7 after his father's death (also aged 52) in a traffic accident. He grew up to marry the sister of the Grand Marquess- Marchioness and subsequently Countess Maria, and the couple had celebrated their silver anniversary only weeks before this tragedy.

    Unlike his predecessors, Count Michael was aware of the unreclaimed nature of his family's titular territory of Neo-Venetia, and thus entered the military with a view to leading Angleteric troops into the land once more. He rose to the rank of Major-General in 1991, having performed excellently during the South Angleter campaign in the 1980s; and finally achieved his dream in December 2008 as Angleter reclaimed Neo-Venetia. The next year brought opposition to the annexation and required Count Curtis' retreat, but he continued to believe in the people of Neo-Venetia's eventual democratic return to union with Angleter. Indeed, he has always been by far the largest donor to the unionist party CUNVA/NMSV, a major motive for his murder today.

    The Social Republican Party have wasted no time in declaring themselves to be the culprits, claiming "Mr. Curtis [the lack of reference to Count Curtis' noble title is intended to insult him and reflect their Marxist policy] was one of the colonial invasionaries who sought to flood Neo-Venetia with impure capitalist peoples. With the collaboration of the government of Prussia, we have succeeded in eradicating this evil pig from the surface of the Earth.

    "This is not vengeance for the death of our leader-in-spirit, our Roland di Ferroforte. Ferroforte is worth a thousand Curtisses, and the one or two pigs we executed for Neo-Venetia today is only the beginning of our destructive vengeance. In the name of the great Ferroforte, we shall continue to bomb you, shoot you, stab you, and break you pigs and your nation into one thousand pieces. The Social Republicans demand freedom for Neo-Venetia and justice for Ferroforte- until both happen, you shall continue to face our great terror, for Rolando di Ferroforte is with us!"

    Michael is succeeded as Count Curtis by his son Calvert Curtis, who shall become the 29th Count Curtis of Neo-Venetia at the age of 22. He also leaves behind his wife and a daughter, Bernadette, 23.



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    Saturday, 27th March 2010

    Article by Henry Truss

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    Angleter Criticises Prussian Militarisation**

    The Angleteric government today expressed its concern at the actions of the radical Communist government of Prussia in its decision to vastly increase its military size to almost double its previous capacity, at a time when Prussia is suffering economic strife and food shortages due to its rapid de-industrialisation and forced collectivisation. Under the rule of its Communist party, Prussia has continued its militaristic tradition, and maintains an arms manufacturing industry despite the agrarian idealism the government adheres to.

    Europe Minister Alan Arlington MPP claimed that it was "concerning that a nation puts the 'spirit of self-reliance' and this absurd over-militarisation above the well-being of its people in its list of priorities." He continued, "Prussia does not need to increase the size of its army to that of Belarum, and the fact that they have done so worries us about the security of peace in the European Union. We have already seen Spain go to war, and we most definitely do not wish to see Prussia involved in a war- such an event may place the EU in a very unstable situation."

    There has yet to be a counter-response from the Prussian government, however the Prussian President does intend to make his annual 'April These' this week, where he is likely to criticise Angleter and most other European powers. He is also expected to justify his military growth and rapid transition to a subsistence agriculture based economy, which has irked the concern of economists from Angleter to the Soviet Union.



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    Thursday, 13th May 2010

    Article by Simon Willis

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    Who Shall Run for the Commission?**

    As Premier Commissioner Christiane Vooleeck looks set to dissolve the European Commission after a full five-month term this May, Helen Smith shall serve her final day as Foreign Commissioner of the EU after two full terms in office. This has led to questions in Angleter as to who shall succeed Smith as the leading Angleteric candidate for the Commission.

    DAVID DAVIS

    The favourite to run is the Democratic Party MPP David Davis. Viewed largely as a moderate, he has often campaigned for civil liberties in Angleter, while supporting Christian religious values. His policy on Europe is to "emphasise the economic side of European integration," but has also commented on how- in some areas- political integration is needed. He had hinted at a run in February, but has not spoken on the issue since.

    ALAN ARLINGTON

    A Eurosceptic CLP member, he has said that his first act as Premier Commissioner would be to bring in a far looser Constitution. Possible ANE candidate, but a very long shot for the win.

    MOHAMMED WALI ARISH

    A leading Arab politician, also a Democratic MPP and economist by trade, he has expressed interest in European politics in the past. He has been among the most vocal of the supporters of European integration in Angleter, and would be a solid candidate. Wali Arish is more of a centraliser and authoritarian than Davis, and would be eager to see more power transferred to Europe. His Islamic social views are similar to Davis' Christian views.

    Navdeep Khatkar has said that David Davis and Mohammed Wali Arish shall meet over the weekend to discuss who shall run between them. Alan Arlington will make a press conference on Monday to declare his situation, with it being speculated that he shall in fact run.



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    Monday, 17th May 2010

    Article by Mohammed Malik

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    Arlington, Wali Arish Not To Run**

    Contrary to expectations, it has emerged that neither Alan Arlington nor Mohammed Wali Arish shall run for the European Commission later this month. In recent days Wali Arish had become the slight favourite to be the Democratic Party/EPP candidate from Angleter, having arranged a weekend meeting with rival David Davis to decide on who shall be the candidate. Wali Arish had seemed rather the more positive about Europe and the forthcoming elections, whereas Davis remained more tight-lipped. However, Wali Arish announced today that he has no plans to become a Commissioner, and has formally endorsed David Davis for the job- although Davis has yet to formally declare his candidacy.

    David Davis is now almost certain, however, to run for office- not least since Wali Arish has openly supported his bid. His candidacy should be declared within a day of the dissolution of the Commission, an early candidacy being seen as 'jumping the gun' and prone to 'burnout' before the actual vote.

    Alan Arlington of the CLP and Eurosceptic ANE has also announced that he shall not run, deciding instead to focus on his role within the Angleteric government under Prime Minister Navdeep Khatkar. It is uncertain as to whether there shall be a candidate from the ANE now.



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    Friday, 21st May 2010

    Article by Henry Truss

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    Davis: I Shalln't Run Either**

    In a shock move despite the fact that it should have been anticipated anyway, David Davis has announced that he cannot run for the European Commission this time, largely because the Constitution bars him from doing so. According to the same sentence of the Constitution that enforced the end of Helen Smith's time on the Commission, any nation is in fact barred from having a member on the Commission for three consecutive terms. This eliminates Mr. Davis from the race for the Commission.

    "It was actually a plan hatched by myself, Alan Arlington, and Muhammad Wali Arish to try and fool the Angleteric media," Davis said at a press conference at 5pm today. "And it worked! Between us we managed to convince everyone that there would be at least one Angleteric candidate for the Commission when, in fact, the legislation that makes such a move impossible was right under their noses all along."

    Davis continued, "it's made even more embarassing by the fact that it's the very same sentence that the press cites every time it has to explain why Helen Smith can't run this time." The National Observer has joined the Angleteric press at large in condemning this silly stunt by the politicians, who should know much better.



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    Monday, 24th May 2010

    Article by Mohammed Malik

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    Prime Minister Stuck In Revolt In Unfreedomia**

    The Angleteric nation is shocked to hear that an uprising is taking place in Arangrad, capital of Unfreedomia, where Navdeep Khatkar- the Angleteric Prime Minister- is in talks with Prime Minister Dmitri Lathon over greater co-operation between the two nations. The Unfreedomian Observer announced earlier today that there was a 'Revolution' in Arangrad against the government of Premier Aran, with Lathon being the figurehead of the rebellion movement.

    The report ended with a note that the very fact that the newspaper was able to openly muse about the Premier's possible removal from office shows the revolt to be very serious and possibly successful. It has claimed that Premier Aran's movement towards a free market system in Unfreedomia against 'workers' rights' may have sparked the popular uprising as people favour a Communist-style government. This has led to fears in Angleter of a backlash among the public against Angleter- the (capitalist) nation to whom Unfreedomia has opened up trade links most notably- and thus Mr. Khatkar.

    The government, however, has ensured that Mr. Khatkar is safe in talks with Mr. Lathon, and is not yet in any immediate danger. It has also been said that Mr. Lathon's connections to the rebels is a good omen for Khatkar's safety and Angletero-Unfreedomian relations, as it has emerged that Khatkar and Lathon have gotten along well in the talks between the two nations. It is not yet known what course of action the government shall take as pertaining to the Prime Minister's being in Arangrad. He may either try and stay in Arangrad with Mr. Lathon, or he may be moved to a safe place either in Arangrad or in the Unfreedomian countryside. It is also possible that the Prime Minister and those accompanying him could be airlifted back to Angleter by the Air Fleet.



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    Saturday, 5th June 2010

    Article by Edward Logan

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    Mauresmo Wins Commission Vote, Frobisher Running for ECoJ**

    In a shock result Amelie Mauresmo of French Albyon, an ELDL affiliate candidate, has claimed victory in the European Commission elections. She took 37.5% of the vote ahead of Felice di Francesco, the EPP endorsed candidate and Angleteric choice. Christiane Vooleeck, the German and previous Premier Commissioner, came in a disappointing joint-third, with only 12.5% of the vote. The other Commissioners are Peter Petrenko of Unfreedomia, from the PEL, and the ELDL endorsed candidate Maleeka Liszckoszi, the Os Corelian who saw her Europarty largely desert her for outsider Ms. Mauresmo.

    It had been anticipated as a di Francesco/Vooleeck fight, the established candidates seeming the more likely to seize the position of Premier. Vooleeck, despite the general weakness of her PES, was the incumbent and had previously gained the support of most ELDL nations. Di Francesco now had the well-oiled machine of the EPP behind him, having had a successful term as Internal Affairs Commissioner- the turnout at this election was higher than that last time round. Liszckoszi was also expected to figure strongly in proceedings.

    However, it was Mauresmo who stole victory. She was cautious and inoffensive during the debate, whereas her ELDL rival Liszckoszi was more prominent. It is suggested that her surprise victory was due to her early success- with her taking an early lead, many are perceived to have jumped on the Mauresmo bandwagon as she sailed to victory. Also, her past as a popular tennis player may have influenced the vote.

    The new Commission is as follows (in order of line of succession):

    Premier Commissioner- Amelie Mauresmo (French Albyon)
    Internal Affairs- Maleeka Liszckoszi (Os Corelia)
    Defence & Peacekeeping- Christiane Vooleeck (G. Reich)
    Foreign Affairs- Felice di Francesco (Nazione Italiana)
    Economics- Peter Petrenko (Unfreedomia)


    Attention now shifts to the race to become Chief Justice of the European Court of Justice, where veteran Angleteric prosecutor Sir Ken Frobisher is running. After a delay due to lack of candidates, the vote is finally underway and shall last until Friday night. All candidates are guaranteed a position on the Court, but the main crown of Chief Justice is up to the vote. Angleter has already declared its support for Frobisher, as expected, and early indications show Frobisher and Berlusconi of Calabria-Piemonte in the lead. However, it is expected that other candidates shall move up when their home nations turn out to vote. Frobisher is interested in giving the ECoJ a more important role in regional politics, and wishes for every Council resolution to face judicial review to ensure its constitutionality.


    In other news:

    -The ANE Europarty has renamed itself the ECR.
    -Calabria-Piemonte has become a Socialist nation.



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    Tuesday, 29th June 2010

    Article by John Bloom

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    Warrant for Regenschirm Supremo over Spanish bio-attack, Stocks Tumble**

    In a dramatic move yesterday evening, the Major Case Squad of Angleter produced an arrest warrant for Otto Spencer, head of the Regenschirm Corporation, effectively accusing him of complicity in the illegal Spanish biological attack on the Reich that left millions of Germans and seven Angleterics dead. It is alleged that Spencer, being at the head of a German corporation with access to the Animortus virus and the resources to develop it into the weapon used by the Villar regime, visited Spain at the start of the war, thus making a suitable case for an arrest warrant and an extradition request.

    The desire for an extradition request was sent from the Major Case Squad to the European Office yesterday, and it is expected the request shall be forwarded to the Reich government tomorrow. Naturally, this has caused shares to nosedive in Angleter today due to fears of the effect of this warrant on Regenschirm's finances.



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    Monday, July 12, 2010

    Article by Christopher Allen

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    Frobisher Is In!**

    Sir Ken Frobisher is celebrating tonight as he leaves New Birmingham after 17 years of service for pastures new in Europolis, having been elected Chief Justice of the European Court. In a characteristically low turnout for what is the first ECoJ since Angleteric accession to the EU, Frobisher stormed to victory with a strong 38.4% of the vote, leading Putin and Sprengel of the USSR and Brecon respectively, who scored 23.1% each, and Hibus Heth of Borvosky, who scored 15.4%. Carl Bildt of Satelight received no votes, but due to there being only five candidates his position on the ECoJ was guaranteed.

    It has been a long campaign for Frobisher. It took a great deal of time to get the five necessary candidates to run for Chief Justice, and the initial election had to be postponed as Calabria-Piemonte resigned from the EU, invalidating the candidacy of Ana Berlusconi that seemed to be Frobisher's strongest opponent at the time.

    Once the election finally got underway, Frobisher's victory looked for a small time shaky as former Commissioner Putin put forward a strong campaign and gained some of Frobisher's voter base, but the former Chief Prosecutor of New Birmingham has delivered Angleter with its first victory in a European election. Peter Withnail shall succeed Frobisher at the iconic Emperor Stanislas II court, having been Deputy Chief Prosecutor since 2001.


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