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Latest update : 2017-06-12

Northern Ireland's DUP 'are getting a stranglehold on the UK government'

Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to Tony Blair and former UK chief government negotiator on Northern Ireland, gave FRANCE 24 his reaction to the hung parliament in the United Kingdom and the prospect of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party being kingmaker in Westminster. The DUP "are getting a stranglehold on the government", he told Eve Irvine.

She gambled. She lost. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May no longer has a majority in parliament and had to turn to the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland for help. The DUP wanted Brexit, but a softer one than May was pushing for, putting negotiations concerning the UK’s departure from the EU into futher difficulty.

Having the DUP in power in Westminster also raises concerns about the peace process in Northern Ireland, says Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff for Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair. Powell worked directly in the peace process negotiations in Northern Ireland.

Jonathan Powell also worked as Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron's special envoy to Libya. Today he is the Director and founder of Inter Mediate, a charity that works on conflict resolution through dialogue and mediation, and also Co-Chair of Brexit Exchange, a group recently set up to provide international dialogue among businesses as the UK prepares to leave the bloc.



2017-12-09 Africa

Niger's president: 'Amid terror threat, Malian state could collapse, we must prevent that'

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said that if Sahel countries do not take effective measures to restore security in the region, the...

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2017-11-25 drones

Global security adviser Marc Goodman: ‘Cyber threats are everywhere'

He studies the future of crime and terrorism, and he's the first to say he’s afraid of his own discoveries. Marc Goodman, a pioneer in the fight against cybercrime, is our guest...

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2017-11-25 Africa

Condemning migrant slave auctions is ‘not enough’, says Ivory Coast’s Ouattara

In an exclusive wide-ranging interview, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara spoke to FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman in Abidjan. Ouattara expressed his “disgust” at recent...

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2017-11-22 Native Americans

Keepers of the flame: Native American communities seeking to protect their cultural legacy

As the United States celebrates this month the rich culture of its 3.2 million Native Americans, Annette Young meets Theresa Pasqual and Melanie O’Brien who are working to...

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2017-11-20 Middle East

Turkish adviser warns US forces may stay in Syria

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Ibrahim Kalin, a special adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discusses several issues regarding Turkey and Syria. He expresses...

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