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Brexit deal by Christmas

Pay £48BILLION for a Brexit deal by Christmas: EU leaders make demand as they prepare to start talks on trade deal with Britain as soon as next month

  • A senior diplomat reportedly said that EU leaders would accept £30billion, bringing the total bill to £46billion 
  • Emmanuel Macron yesterday warned that UK's divorce bill offer was not even 'halfway' to what the EU wanted
  • Last night it emerged that formal talks on a comprehensive free trade deal could begin as soon as next month 

A Brexit deal could be agreed as soon as Christmas - but only if the UK pays £48bn, EU leaders said on Friday.
In a meeting held after Theresa May attended a Brussels summit, EU leaders gave the order to prepare for a trade deal.
However the talks will only go ahead if the Prime Minister agrees to pay the eye-watering sum, according to reports.


British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a news conference on the second day of the European Council Meeting in Brussels on Friday
British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a news conference on the second day of the European Council Meeting in Brussels on Friday

An unnamed senior diplomat told The Sun that leaders would accept £30billion for future commitments. Along with the 18billion offered for the transition period between 2019 and 2021 this would amount to £46billion.
News of the possible deal comes after  Emmanuel Macron threw cold water on hopes of a Brexit breakthrough - warning that the UK's divorce bill offer was not even 'halfway' to what the EU wanted.
The French president delivered a grim assessment of the standoff, saying Theresa May would have to make more significant concessions for trade negotiations to be able to start in December. 
Last night it emerged that formal talks on a comprehensive free trade deal with the EU could begin as soon as next month.

At one point before her bilateral meeting with Mr Tusk this morning the PM was left sitting all by herself - summing up her status at the summit despite attempts by other leaders to show warmth
At one point before her bilateral meeting with Mr Tusk this morning the PM was left sitting all by herself - summing up her status at the summit despite attempts by other leaders to show warmth

Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel appear to have developed a close working rapport since he became president


Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel appear to have developed a close working rapport since he became president

Theresa May was seen deep in conversation with Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at a breakfast session on the second day of the EU summit   
Theresa May was seen deep in conversation with Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at a breakfast session on the second day of the EU summit 

  
In a breakthrough for Theresa May, the EU said it was starting work on its negotiating stance on trade immediately.

Donald Tusk, EU Council president, said he was ready to receive British proposals for a trade deal – despite the fact EU leaders ruled yesterday that there had not yet been 'sufficient progress' on the 'divorce bill'. 
The move came amid growing concern on the Continent about the possibility of a messy split from the UK, the EU's biggest trading partner.
Belgian economy minister Kris Peeters said a no-deal Brexit could cost 1.2million jobs across the EU and have a 'catastrophic' effect on his own country. He said the figures, from an official Belgian study, showed 'how important it is to reach a deal'.
German chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday said she was hopeful of beginning formal trade talks with the UK in December.
EU officials told the Daily Mail an informal summit in Gothenburg on November 17 could be expanded to include discussions on trade and a two-year transitional deal.
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said Mrs May's Brexit presentation to EU leaders on Thursday night had been 'helpful' – and revealed they had told her: 'You might want to see us in Gothenburg.'
A senior EU official said: 'Of course we can have a meeting before December. It truly depends on whether there will be any step [forward] on the UK side or not.'
Rapid progress will depend on the Prime Minister providing fellow leaders with more detail on how much she is willing to pay in a 'divorce' settlement. Mr Rutte said the EU needed 'more meat on the bone' about Mrs May's pledge to 'honour our commitments' to the EU.
But Mrs Merkel struck an upbeat note, saying there were 'zero indications' that the talks would end without a deal. She added: 'I truly want an agreement – and not an unpredictable resolution.'

The French president delivered a grim assessment of the standoff today, saying Theresa May would have to make more significant concessions for trade negotiations to be able to start in December
The French president delivered a grim assessment of the standoff today, saying Theresa May would have to make more significant concessions for trade negotiations to be able to start in December

Mr Macron struck a significantly harder tone on Brexit than his fellow leaders, who appeared optimistic about a deal
Mr Macron struck a significantly harder tone on Brexit than his fellow leaders, who appeared optimistic about a deal

Mr Juncker talks with Mrs Merkel in Brussels today. In the background is the commission president's powerful chief of staff, Martin Selmayr
Mr Juncker talks with Mrs Merkel in Brussels today. In the background is the commission president's powerful chief of staff, Martin Selmayr

Donald Tusk and Mrs Merkel both went out of their way to be optimistic about the direction of the Brexit discussions
Donald Tusk and Mrs Merkel both went out of their way to be optimistic about the direction of the Brexit discussions

THE STICKING POINTS


Money:

Wrangling over cash is the stickiest problem and have held up trade talks.
The EU is demanding 60 billion euros – the equivalent of £54billion.
Theresa May agreed to pay 20 billion euros (£18billion) for the current EU budget in return for a transition deal.
The PM said Britain is prepared to meet its 'obligations' but what precisely these are is a matter of dispute.
EU Citizens rights:
Theresa May has tried to settle the issue to provide certainty to the 3.2 million EU nationals living in the UK and the 1.2million Brits living on the bloc, but the EU has refused.
The British think the EU are stalling on an agreement to squeeze more money.
This week the PM wrote an open letter to EU nationals reassuring them that a deal is 'within touching distance'.
Northern Ireland:
The EU and UK do not want to see a return to a hard Irish border fearing it would endanger the peace process.
But the UK says the practicalities on how to maintain a soft border when the UK leaves the customs union means the issue can only be settled if they move on to trade talks.
Transition deal:
The PM wants a two-year transition deal and conceded EU judges will have power over the UK during this time.
But Europe wants more clarity on whether she will accept all parts of EU law and regulation.The German leader conceded for the first time that the EU will have to make concessions from its rigid negotiating position, saying: 'I see the ball not only in the UK's court.'
But she warned that the divorce bill had been 'dominant' in discussions – and that trade talks were likely to be 'much more difficult'.
EU leaders offered Mrs May the olive branch on trade after she warned them her political weakness at home meant she could not be pushed much further.
The Prime Minister is under pressure from Tory Eurosceptics to pull the plug on the talks if they drag on for much longer and to prepare the UK to leave without a deal.
In a presentation over dinner in Brussels, she urged fellow leaders to give her a deal 'we can defend to our people'. Some EU leaders are said to fear they could end up having to negotiate with Boris Johnson or even Jeremy Corbyn if they allow Mrs May to fail.
The Prime Minister yesterday said Brexit negotiations still had 'some way to go'. But officials were privately encouraged by the breakthrough in talks, which the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier this month warned were 'deadlocked'.
Tory MP Michael Fabricant said last night: 'We always knew the EU would play for time and try and bargain for as much cash as possible … But the EU needs trade too.'
In a sign of the tensions Brexit is causing in Brussels, Mr Tusk questioned Mr Barnier's assessment, saying: 'After Prime Minister May's intervention last night and our discussion about Brexit this morning, my impression is that the reports of the deadlock between the EU and UK have been exaggerated.' But Jean-Claude Juncker claimed he 'would have used the word deadlock four times, not only three times'.
The European Commission president added: 'I hate no deal. I want a fair deal with Britain.'
Mr Tusk yesterday said: 'I would like to assure our British friends that in our internal work we will take account of proposals presented.'
This will allow UK officials to influence a deal much earlier than expected. The EU's 27 remaining members took just 90 seconds to approve the so-called 'scoping' work in preparation for possible  
The EU leaders gathered for a breakfast discussion, before Mrs May left the session and the Brexit process was considered
The EU leaders gathered for a breakfast discussion, before Mrs May left the session and the Brexit process was considered


Theresa May held bilateral talks with European Council president Donald Tusk today as she battles to find a way through the Brexit impasse
Theresa May held bilateral talks with European Council president Donald Tusk today as she battles to find a way through the Brexit impasse

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Spain Will Remove Catalonia Leader






 
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced that fresh regional elections would take place in Catalonia within six months. Credit Gabriel Bouys/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

BARCELONA — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia’s independence drive took its most serious turn on Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced that he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.
It was the first time that Spain’s government had moved to strip the autonomy of one of its 17 regions, and the first time that a leader had invoked Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution — a broad tool intended to protect the “general interests” of the nation.
The unexpectedly forceful moves by Mr. Rajoy, made after an emergency cabinet meeting, thrust Spain into uncharted waters as he tried to put down one of the gravest constitutional crises his country has faced since embracing democracy after the death of its dictator Gen. Francisco Franco in 1975.
The steps were immediately condemned by Catalan leaders and risked further inflaming an already volatile atmosphere in the prosperous northeastern region, where thousands braved national police wielding truncheons to vote in a contentious independence referendum on Oct. 1, even after it was declared illegal by the Spanish government and courts.

“There’s nothing soft or limited about what he announced today,” Josep Ramoneda, a political columnist and philosopher, said of Mr. Rajoy. “We’re entering a very delicate phase, in which an independence movement that appeared to be running out of options might now draw instead on a collective sense of humiliation at seeing Catalonia being forced under Madrid’s control.”


Fueled by economic grievances and a distinct language and culture, aspirations for an independent state in Catalonia have ebbed and flowed for generations.
But the current confrontation has presented a vexing quandary not only for Spain but the entire European Union, pitting democratic rights and demands for self-determination against the desire to preserve the sovereignty and territorial integrity of an important member state.
Mr. Rajoy took the bold steps with broad support from Spain’s main political opposition, and will almost certainly receive the required approval next week from the Spanish Senate, where his own conservative party holds a majority.
He did so despite repeated appeals for dialogue and mediation by the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, whose independence drive has been shunned by wary European Union officials.
Mr. Rajoy said the Catalan government had never offered real dialogue but had instead tried to impose its secessionist project on Catalan citizens and the rest of the country in violation of Spain’s Constitution.
He said his government was putting an end to “a unilateral process, contrary to the law and searching for confrontation” because “no government of any democratic country can accept that the law be violated, ignored and changed.”
Mr. Rajoy said he planned to remove Mr. Puigdemont, and the rest of his separatist administration from office. The central government was also poised to take charge of Catalonia’s autonomous police force and the Catalan center for telecommunications.
Mr. Rajoy did not ask to dissolve the Catalan Parliament, but instead said that the president of the assembly would not be allowed to take any initiative judged to be contrary to Spain’s Constitution for a period of 30 days, including trying to propose another leader to replace Mr. Puigdemont.


Mr. Rajoy said that his goal was to arrange new Catalan elections within six months, so as to lift the measures taken under Article 155 as soon as possible.
It’s unclear, however, how such elections would be organized or whether they would significantly change Catalonia’s political landscape, let alone help to resolve the territorial conflict.
Mr. Puigdemont led a mass demonstration in Barcelona, the region’s capital, on Saturday afternoon, before giving his official response to Mr. Rajoy’s decision.



Several Catalan separatist politicians, however, reacted immediately to Mr. Rajoy’s announcement, warning that it would escalate rather than resolve the conflict.
Josep Lluís Cleries, a Catalan Senator, told reporters on Saturday that Mr. Rajoy’s decision showed that “the Spain of today is not democratic because what he has said is a return to the year 1975,” referring to Franco’s death. Mr. Rajoy, he added, was suspending not autonomy in Catalonia but democracy.
Oriol Junqueras, the region’s deputy leader, said in a tweet that Catalonia was “facing totalitarianism” and called on citizens to join the Barcelona protest on Saturday.



Significantly, Iñigo Urkullu, the leader of the Basque region, which also has a long history of separatism, described the measures as “disproportionate and extreme,” writing on Twitter that they would “dynamite the bridges” to any dialogue.

Faced with Madrid’s decision to remove him from office, Mr. Puigdemont could try to pre-empt Mr. Rajoy’s intervention and instead ask Catalan lawmakers to vote on a declaration of independence in coming days — as he had threatened to do earlier this month.
Mr. Puigdemont could also then try to convene Catalan elections, on his own terms, to form what he could describe as the first Parliament of a new Catalan republic.
Should Mr. Puigdemont resist Mr. Rajoy’s plans, Spain’s judiciary could separately step in and order that he and other separatists be arrested on charges of sedition or even rebellion for declaring independence.
Rebellion carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years. Earlier this week, a judge from Spain’s national court ordered prison without bail for two separatist leaders, pending a sedition trial.
Using Article 155 “was neither our desire nor our intention,” Mr. Rajoy said on Saturday, but had become the only way to to return Catalonia to legality, normality and maintain a Spanish economic recovery “which is now under clear danger because of the capricious and unilateral decisions” of the Catalan separatist government.
Mr. Rajoy highlighted the decision of over 1,000 Catalan companies this month to relocate their legal headquarters outside the region, in response to the uncertainty generated by the possibility of a breakup with Madrid.
Mr. Rajoy received strong backing from politicians from the main opposition parties, with the notable exception of Podemos, the far-left party that wants to use a referendum to convince Catalan voters to remain within Spain.
“We’re shocked by the suspension of democracy in Catalonia,” Pablo Echenique, a senior official from Podemos, said in a televised news conference on Saturday, after Mr. Rajoy’s announcement.

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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

what's about a new Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle cure not only for children but also for some politicians who believe they can do what ever they want?

I wished Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle could cure them.

I'm going to write the ' Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle cure for peaceful politicans'.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's name in the french speaking countries is Madame Bigote-Gigote. 


Do you know her names in other countries? 

I adore  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Won't-Take-a-Bath-Cure.

I need Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's good advice because my two boys are too lazy to take care for their rooms.

I have to remind them all the time and it really nerves me.

I miss our one and only Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli very much.

Mr. Tigerli where are you?


Many greetings and Happy Saturday!

Nadine


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Best wishes and good luck to all Betty MacDonald fan club fans and our Cascanova Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli.

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We don't have any problems with bathing our little son.

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If you have problems you should visit Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fan club blog. 




Take care,


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Many ESC fans from all over the world are so very sad because we lost Joy Fleming - one of the best singers ever. 


Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel sings  'Try to remember' especially for Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund at Vita Magica September

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The Silver Lining in Trump’s Health Care ‘Sabotage’

The Silver Lining in Trump’s Health Care ‘Sabotage’




Here’s where the fix came in. Many states — more than 40 — allowed insurers to compensate for the loss of C.S.R.s by raising the rates of their silver plans. Because the value of the premium tax credits rises and falls with the price of a silver plan, consumers who qualify will not pay more than a set amount of their income. Instead, the federal government picks up the tab of the rising costs.
In other words, insurers are allowed to claim subsidies, but through a different, more lucrative channel. It will also, not coincidentally, cost the government more than if it had simply paid the subsidies in the first place, because of the cost of covering higher premium rates for consumers who, by law, receive subsidies.






 
Senators Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander, who have proposed a bill to restore health insurance subsidies. Credit Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency

These consumers are no worse off whether they purchase silver plans or any other “metal” plan, which might include lower-deductible gold plans that also feature lower out-of-pocket expenses.
Pennsylvania is a good example of this new dynamic. In that state, final 2018 premiums for silver plans increased faster than all others. As a result, a 21-year-old earning $31,000 in Lebanon County can buy a gold plan for less per month than a single Saturday night movie ticket. Last year, that same individual would have had to spend $180 for a silver plan with a much higher deductible.
The Congressional Budget Office expects all states to quickly adopt these strategies that protect their local health insurance markets.


But these are limited strategies: They will make it more complicated to shop for a plan. And they do not immediately help people who do not receive premium tax credits on the exchange.
Here’s where the Alexander-Murray bill could help these individuals, by making the process for approving state waivers to customize their insurance markets faster, simpler and more straightforward. .
States can already apply for waivers from Affordable Care Act regulations. Alaska and Minnesota have received waivers for reinsurance, which helps pay very costly claims without increasing premiums for everyone else. Alaska’s waiver led to a 16 percent to 22 percent drop in premiums that nonsubsidized individuals pay for their insurance. Minnesota’s program dropped some rates by 13 percent, while the largest increases were under 3 percent.

The Alexander-Murray bill would allow states to use off-the-shelf “me too” waivers with fast approval. It would also require the development of standard reinsurance waivers, which would allow states to use these waivers to lower premiums for nonsubsidized buyers.
The bill also allows for wider sales of catastrophic plans, which have very high deductibles but are usually the lowest monthly premium plans that satisfy the individual mandate. Right now only people who are under 30 or who have a hardship exemption can purchase a catastrophic plan. The bipartisan proposal in the Senate would allow anyone to buy a catastrophic plan, which could lead to lower premiums for nonsubsidized buyers.
By pulling the plug on C.S.R. subsidies, President Trump can claim that he will provide a better deal on health insurance for more Americans. He and his fellow Republicans should declare victory, with or without a version of the Alexander-Murray bill — and check health care reform off their legislative list.




Weakened Merkel launches formal coalition talks i





Weakened Merkel launches formal coalition talks in bid to form government by December






Weakened Merkel launches formal coalition talks i
 
Mrs Merkel, Volker Bouffier, Minister President of Hesse, and The Federal Green Party Chairman, Cem Ozdemir are seen on a balcony of the 'Reichstag' building during first coalition talksCredit:EPA
Angela Merkel began talks on forming a new coalition on Wednesday, more than three weeks after suffering damaging losses in German elections.
“This will be among the hardest coalition negotiations in the history of the federal republic,” Volker Bouffier, one of the most senior figures in her Christian Democrat party (CDU), said.
Mrs Merkel appeared upbeat as she held separate meetings in Berlin with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party. She will need the support of both in order to command a majority in parliament.
But negotiations are expected to be drawn out, with the three parties deeply divided on key issues including immigration and European Union reform, and it could be January before a new government is formed.

Christian Lindner, the FDP leader, called for Germany to start planning for life after Mrs Merkel in an interview ahead of the talks.




Merkel casts her vote at a polling station in Berlin
 
Mrs Merkel casts her vote at a polling station in BerlinCredit:AFP
“I expect the CDU to open a debate over the succession to Angela Merkel over the next four years,” he told Stern magazine, adding that she had suffered a “clear loss of authority” following the election.
But representatives of both parties spoke of a “very constructive exchange” after initial talks over pumpkin soup and meatballs.
Katrin Göring-Eckardt, the Green Party leader, said her party was approaching the talks seriously to see if there is enough common ground for a coalition.
The start of talks was postponed until after last weekend’s regional elections in the state of Lower Saxony. Mrs Merkel took advantage of the delay to patch up differences over immigration with her Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) whose support she will also need if she is to form a government.
But a deal with the CSU to target a limit on migrant numbers of 200,000 a year could prove hard to sell to the other two parties.





Leaders of the German Green Party Cem Ozdemir and Simone Peter and Mrs Merkel are seen through the window of German Parliamentary Society offices during the exploratory talks
 
Leaders of the German Green Party Cem Ozdemir and Simone Peter and Mrs Merkel are seen through the window of German Parliamentary Society offices during the exploratory talksCredit:Reuters
The Green Party is opposed to any form of limit, and Anton Hofreiter, a senior Green, dismissed the new limit as “smoke and mirrors” ahead of Wednesday's talks.
The FDP is insisting on its own alternative proposal of a new immigration law which would distinguish between political refugees, those seeking temporary asylum from war zones, and economic migrants.
“Germany needs an immigration policy that balances our humanitarian obligations with the interests of our country,” Mr Lindner said.
The FDP will also seek assurances from Mrs Merkel over Emmanuel Macron’s proposals for Eurozone reform. Mrs Merkel is thought to want to offer Mr Macron qualified support, but the FDP is implacably opposed to the proposals.
Mrs Merkel’s biggest headache may be getting the FDP and the Greens to work together. The two parties, which are poles apart on most issues, are to meet on Thursday without the CDU present to see if they can find common ground.

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Trump, Trade and Tantrums

Trump, Trade and Tantrums







In 1994, when the agreement went into effect, many people hoped that it would jump-start rapid growth in the Mexican economy; it didn’t. Some proponents also argued that the United States would run large surpluses in its trade with Mexico; in fact, after its 1995 financial crisis Mexico began running surpluses instead.




 
President Trump and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico at the Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, in July. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Furthermore, growing trade definitely hurt some U.S. workers. Some U.S. companies laid off workers and moved production to Mexico (although others added jobs to produce goods for Mexican markets, or gained a competitive advantage from the ability to purchase components from Mexican suppliers).
By any measure, the costs inflicted by Nafta were far smaller than those created by imports from China — and these in turn were far smaller than those created by changing technology. For example, the decline in coal-mining employment — caused almost entirely by technological change — or the collapse in truckers’ wages — reflecting deregulation and the collapse of union power — had nothing to do with Nafta. Still, the trade deal caused some real pain.
But admitting this unpleasant reality has almost no bearing on the question of what to do now. Nafta’s disruptions are mostly in the rearview mirror.
We now live in a North American economy built around the reality of free trade. In particular, U.S., Canadian and Mexican manufacturing are deeply enmeshed with one another. Many industrial plants were built precisely to take advantage of our economic integration, buying from or selling to other industrial plants across the borders.
As a result, breaking up or degrading Nafta would have the same disruptive effects that came from Nafta’s creation: Plants would close, jobs would disappear, communities would lose their livelihoods. And, yes, many businesses, small, large and in some cases huge, would lose many billions of dollars.
Oh, and it’s not just manufacturing. What do you think would happen to the farmers of Iowa if they lost one of the most important markets for their corn?


So what I and others have been assuming is that these realities would stay Trump’s hand. No matter how ignorant he may be about the realities of North American trade, we assumed that he would in the end balk at alienating big businesses and big money.

But now I’m not so sure.
For one thing, Nafta negotiations are going very badly. America’s demands — requiring renewal every five years, taking away the ability of businesses to appeal government actions — would undermine the predictability, the assurance of future market access, that was the trade agreement’s main point.
Meanwhile, documents leaked to The Washington Post show key administration advisers attributing virtually every social ill, from spousal abuse to divorce, to the loss of manufacturing jobs — and we know that the administration, wrongly, believes that trade treaties are the cause of those job losses.
Most important, look at what Trump has been doing with his open, indeed gleeful sabotage of the U.S. health care system. Never mind the huge human costs he’s imposing; he isn’t even following any plausible political strategy, since he and his party are likely, with good reason, to be blamed for the damage. Furthermore, his actions will cost big businesses — insurers and health providers — billions; he’s even boasting about how much he has hurt their stock prices.

So we’ve now seen Trump deliberately hurt millions of people and inflict billions of losses on a major industry out of sheer spite. If he’s willing to do that on health care, why assume he won’t do the same thing on international trade policy?
Nafta, then, is at real risk. And if it does get destroyed, the only question is whether the consequences will be ugly, or extremely ugly.


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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

my family and friends are devoted Betty MacDonald, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Mr. Tigerli  fans.

I hope you'll enjoy my contribution - a new Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle cure - in Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter November.

It's very good to know that Betty MacDonald fan club reserarch teams support Wolfgang Hampel's Betty MacDonald biography.


If you need our support we are here!

We have three children and I know these problems very well mentioned in Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle won't take a bath cure, although I have to say that they might not be so dirty I could plant something on their heads.

Not yet!!!!

Ilona 


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Many ESC fans from all over the world are so very sad because we lost Joy Fleming - one of the best singers ever. 


Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel sings  'Try to remember' especially for Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund at Vita Magica September

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Happy Anniversary dear Toby Keil

Dear Toby, your wife and family, Happy Anniversary from 
Linde, Astrid, Greta, Lund family and Betty MacDonald - and Mary Bard Jensen fans from all over the world


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Happy 27th Anniversary to this awesome woman. Your love of life, family and friends, your laughter and wit, your commitment to our marriage through the good times and bad, both amaze and inspire me. I love you so very much!!!


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