Nearly half of Britons leaning toward vote to leave the European Union

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By Kylie MacLellan

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Nearly half of Britons are leaning towards voting to leave the European Union at a membership referendum due by the end of 2017, according to a survey published on Thursday.

Prime Minister David Cameron will hold talks with other European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday to try to end an impasse over his attempts to win better membership terms ahead of the vote.

The survey funded by Michael Ashcroft, a former deputy chairman of Cameron’s Conservatives, asked more than 20,000 people to place themselves on a scale between zero and 100, with zero meaning they would definitely vote to remain in the bloc and 100 meaning they would definitely vote to leave.

David Cameron

It found 38 percent were inclined to remain, putting themselves between 0-49, while 47 percent were leaning towards leaving, placing themselves between 51-100. Ashcroft said 14 percent were completely…

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Dutch protesters riot against refugee centre — Police shocked by violent incident — “In a democracy, in our society, we debate with words.”

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Dutch police fend off protesters during a demonstration against plans to open a refugee centre in Geldermalse, on December 16, 2015. Credit ANP/AFP

THE HAGUE (AFP) – Dutch police fired warning shots and arrested 14 demonstrators when a protest by hundreds of people against the opening of a refugee centre turned violent, leaving several injured, officials said Thursday.Two policemen were among those hurt late Wednesday when demonstrators began throwing stones, bottles and firecrackers to protest against a planned centre for 1,500 migrants in the small Dutch village of Geldermalsen.

District police chief Lute Nieuwerth said “the atmosphere badly deteriorated” when a group of about 70 to 80 people began to attack the officers called to the scene.

Riot police fired warning shots into the air and charged the crowds to disperse them.

“I’m totally shocked over such a violent incident,” Nieuwerth told a press conference in the village Thursday.

Demonstrators also…

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But Belgium says no thanks


This is decidedly weird.  The High Court were dealing with an application under the Hague Convention for an order to return the child to Belgium. The father alleged that the mother had abducted the child and that the child should be returned to Belgium, where the Belgian Courts could then make the decision about where the child should live.

The problem was, that before anyone started to get stuck into whether there had been an abduction, whether there were defences under the Hague Convention and Child Abduction Act that might mean that the child should not be returned and so forth, that Belgium would not let the mother and child into their country anyway.

Re NA (dismissal of application under Hague Convention) 2015

The entire family had come from Iran. They left Iran in 2008, made their way to Belgium and made a claim for asylum. That claim was…

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