Boris Johnson Loses Majority in Parliament

Daniel Szwec | @szewc_daniel

Earlier today, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government lost its effective one-member majority in the House of Commons. The deed was done by Phillip Lee, the Member of Parliament for Bracknell, who decided to leave the Conservative party for the Liberal Democrats after representing the Conservatives for over 27 years.

All of this occurred only moments before a series of important votes and an emergency debate on the topic of the UK’s departure from the European Union. The MP argued that his decision was completely valid on the basis that Boris Johnson’s government “is aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit”. Some speculate that this single decision was enough to spike the pound against the dollar. The development could spell trouble for a no-deal Brexit.

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Interview with Crypto Cannabis Enterpreneur Maik Pietrowski

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Daniel Szewc | @szewc_daniel

Maik Pietrowski is a Polish entrepreneur, libertarian activist, and cannabis producer in Switzerland. He’s the co-founder of MSL Industries and Cannerald. A major player in the market, he’s also chosen to use the blockchain as a means of funding the project further. 71 Republic’s Daniel Szewc interviewed Pietrowski about his project and how it may affect the future of the cannabis industry in Europe.

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Confederation Coalition: A Polish Right Wing Gamble?

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Daniel Szewc | @szewc_daniel

S?awomir Mentzen, the vice-president of the new Confederation (Konfederacja) in Poland, has a bad reputation. He has directly stated that he doesn’t want Jews, homosexuals, abortion, taxes, or the European Union. Many may ask: what type of totalitarian is he? Who else would base their political program on such things? However, nobody would believe that the party is mostly filled with radical… libertarians!

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Article 13: Europe’s Attempt To Ruin The Internet

Article 13 11 EU copyright directive
Joseph Perkins | @counter_econ

Government regulation usually ruins everything it touches, and the internet is no exception. Whether it is the outdated anti-hacking laws in the United States such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act or the woefully misguided anti-human trafficking laws that are SESTA/FOSTA, governments have repeatedly failed to regulate the internet without unintended consequences. The latest instance of this is the EU Copyright Directive and within it, Article 13.

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