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Even a consolation prize is not evident for prince Charles

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At the end of this week to choose the British Commonwealth may be a possible successor to queen Elizabeth. The United Kingdom hopes that prince Charles, the confederation of states should lead, but not everyone sees it.

In London to keep the leaders of the members of the British Commonwealth this week for their biennial meeting. Except for the official calendar will be there Friday also time for a more informal …

In London to keep the leaders of the members of the British Commonwealth this week for their biennial meeting. Except for the official calendar will be there Friday also time for a more informal meeting where the leaders without interference from the outside on a variety of topics. There will undoubtedly also talk about the succession of queen Elizabeth II, 91 meanwhile, since her coronation in 1952 to the head of the Commonwealth.

The British prime minister, Theresa May made clear that the United Kingdom prince Charles is the perfect man to see to that task. Charles shows, according to a spokesperson of May already forty years a ‘proud fan’ of the Commonwealth, and had been repeatedly enthusiastic about the ‘unique diversity’ of it.

The Commonwealth can decide for yourself

It would be a nice consolation prize for Charles, but not on the British throne hit. But there is a but. Queen Elizabeth may have been her father, king George IV, succeeded, the position is not hereditary and will not automatically from father (or mother) to child. It is thus no foregone conclusion that Charles is actually the job get assigned. The member states must of this in mutual consultation, reach a consensus and not everyone is convinced that he is the designated person is. With an equal power of decision for each member, no matter how small, is far from a run race.

Also in England itself, some that it is time for a new wind. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, for example, had been told that after the Queen perhaps time is a kind of rotating leadership. “The queen is clearly personally very committed to the Commonwealth, but after her it might be time that the Commonwealth itself to decide who should lead.’

Bye, said Jammeh

Besides, it is not the first time that there are critical remarks about the Commonwealth. The Gambia withdrew in 2013, for example because it no longer wanted to be part of a ‘neo-colonial organization’. It should, however, be noted that president Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia, the British it beschuldige his political opponents have supported during the elections in 2011. The UK criticized the country in turn, then again a lack of respect for human rights. Under current president Adama Barrow joined the Gambia came at the beginning of this year to the Commonwealth.

What is the Commonwealth?

• The British Commonwealth – the Commonwealth of Nations is an association of countries with roots in the British Empire. Today membership is voluntary and based on equality.

• The Commonwealth now consists of 53 countries, which together have 2.4 billion people.

• Countries such as India or South Africa are republics with a president as head of state, while the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Barbados queen Elizabeth II as their sovereign erekennen.

• Central setting is the Commonwealth Secretariat, meetings of member states to organise and, for example, gives advice about the conduct of policy.

What does it do?

• The common objective of the member states: ‘Freely cooperating in the pursuit of peace, freedom and progress.’ Those values are recorded in a charter and are carried out in the Commonwealth Games, which recently took place in Gold Coast, Australia.

• The members have to own say a lot of common language, legal systems, values, … – what makes it easier to communicate, collaborate and trade.

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