- Sep 20, 2020
The people of the United Kingdom will be heading to the polls in a snap election on June 8, a contest the ruling Conservative Party is set to dominate. However, the election will help settle debates within the Conservative Party itself, since British politics is increasingly defined by the localism versus globalism dichotomy that is reshaping the western political discourse, and is present in Conservative disagreements over those who favor a “hard” versus a “soft” Brexit.
Pope Francis will welcome this afternoon Prince Charles of Wales in the Vatican. The two have many issues in common: From the protection of the environment and persecuted Christians, to their reservations about the rise of scapegoating populism. But Austen Ivereigh suggests the two might want to talk about an issue they both consider important, but on which they might not always see eye to eye.
The Vatican has long supported the European Union as the vehicle for the integration of the continent. In the wake of Brexit, will the European project, and the building of a common European identity, fall to the wayside?
Italy’s upcoming referendum might be the final surprise in a year marked by a sharp rise in populist sentiment. After Brexit and Trump’s victory in the U.S., Catholic votes might be the decisive factor in determining the political agenda for Italy and the West.
If, as expected, Pope Francis extends his visit to Dublin in 2018 to Northern Ireland, it could help make the case for Irish re-unification, especially in the context of Brexit.