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Reuters (January 16)

2019/ 01/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Nobody expected May’s Brexit deal to secure a majority. Nevertheless, the scale of the defeat—the worst for a British government in modern history—was startling…. It’s very unlikely the deal can be rescued.” In fact, investors seem to be signaling that “reversing the Brexit decision” is now more likely than “a chaotic exit…. The pound jumped 1.4 percent against the U.S. dollar immediately after the result was announced on Tuesday.”


The Star (May 13)

2018/ 05/ 15 by jd in Global News

“The message from Malaysians, cutting across all races, has not merely been clear, but deafening, too. For the first time in the nation’s history, the people voted single-mindedly. Race and religion…were no longer attractive propositions to the electorate….  The massive defeat of the Barisan couldn’t have happened without the bulk of Malay and Muslim voters pushing for this historic change.”


Washington Post (May 7)

2017/ 05/ 07 by jd in Global News

“The anti-E.U. French leader Marine Le Pen’s larger-than-expected defeat Sunday in her nation’s presidential election was a crushing reality check for the far-right forces who seek to overthrow Europe: Despite the victories for Brexit and Donald Trump, they are likely to be shut out of power for years.”


The Week (October 20)

2016/ 10/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Hillary Clinton finished Donald Trump in the final debate of the presidential election…. There’s no other conclusion. We are now playing out the string. And the only question left after the debate is whether Trump and his hard-core supporters will accept his defeat.”


Wall Street Journal (July 19)

2016/ 07/ 20 by jd in Global News

“What did Winston Churchill say about how politicians should behave—be defiant in defeat but magnanimous in victory? The Donald Trump campaign must have missed that lesson in political manners because it started off the Cleveland convention on Monday by picking unnecessary fights with vanquished foes.”


The Economist (June 18)

2016/ 06/ 19 by jd in Global News

“A vote to quit the European Union on June 23rd…would do grave and lasting harm to the politics and economy of Britain. The loss of one of the EU’s biggest members would gouge a deep wound in the rest of Europe. And… it would mark a defeat for the liberal order that has underpinned the West’s prosperity.”


Financial Times (July 6)

2015/ 07/ 06 by jd in Global News

“In Greece the No vote will widen political fissures in a society knocked senseless by an economic slump. Greeks who voted Yes will treat the outcome as a calamity comparable to the 1922 military defeat at Turkish hands that resulted in the annihilation of Greek civilisation in Asia Minor. Greeks who voted No will rapidly learn that there is no salvation, only misery, ahead.”