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Dec 18 15:51

Dispute over migration brings down Belgian government

Belgium’s Francophone liberal prime minister Charles Michel has resigned in the wake of a bitter falling out with his erstwhile Flemish coalition partner. He told MPs he would offer his resignation to the king after socialists and greens tabled a motion of no-confidence in his minority government on Tuesday .

Mr Michel has being trying to put together a working majority in parliament since the right-wing nationalist New Flemish Alliance (NVA) walked out nine days ago.

Dec 18 11:00

VOX Party Could Gain Seats in Spanish Parliament for 1st Time in 40 Years - Poll

Spain's VOX party is projected to win 12 seats in the country's parliament if the vote were held on Monday, thus becoming the first right-wing party to make it to the parliament in 40 years, a poll by research and communication consultancy GAD3 showed.

VOX, which was created in 2013, already won 12 seats in the Andalusian regional parliament during the elections held on December 2. This situation can lead to the formation of the right-centrist government in the region, that will challenge the position of the Spanish Socialist Worker's Party, which holds power for 40 years already.

Dec 18 11:00

Italian Prime Minister Reiterates Need to Lift Russia Sanctions - Moscow

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte reaffirmed his commitment to the idea that sanctions against Russia should not be tightened, but lifted, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov told Sputnik on Monday.

"Our Italian colleagues, in particular the Italian Prime Minister, are principally stand for lifting sanctions [against Russia] as soon as possible," Manturov said after his meeting with the Italian official.

Manturov added that he had thanked Conte for such a firm position, which he had repeatedly demonstrated, including at the meeting of the European Council.

Dec 18 10:30

All of Europe’s Powerful Countries Are Effectively Leaderless, EU Adrift -  Russia’s Top Anchor (Dmitry Kiselyov)

Kiselyov is excellent again here, nailing the truth about how decrepit Europe is these days.

He thinks the political chaos the worst “since the times of WWII”. Merkel, Macron, and May are all in serious trouble, and unable to lead.

Dec 18 10:25

UK AND EU AGREE TO MAINTAIN COMMON TRANSITION CONVENTION EVEN IF NO DEAL

The UK has negotiated an agreement to stay in the Common Transit Convention (CTC) even if there is no Brexit deal between the two sides. This means that goods can continue to be transported freely between the UK and the EEA with customs declarations and import duties only being paid when the goods arrive at their final destination. It is particularly important for the Republic of Ireland which transports the majority of its exports to the EU across the UK “land bridge”.

Dec 18 09:54

"Wake Up!" Italian MEP REDPILLS EU Lawmakers

Dec 18 09:31

JUNCKER’S CHRISTMAS PAY RISE GIVES HIM €32,700 A MONTH

President Juncker will be able to afford a many more boozy lunches in 2019. As a result of a Christmas pay rise, from January bureaucrats in the EU will be paid more than €20,000 a month, Commissioners will be paid €26,600 a month, and President Juncker will be paid a whopping €32,700 a month.

Dec 18 09:28

Polish President Duda signs bill reinstating Supreme Court judges

Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed legislation reinstating Supreme Court judges who were forced into early retirement despite the EU condemning their removal as a violation of democratic standards.

Dec 18 06:09

Moldova’s integration to NATO to be revised after elections, vows president

Attempts by the current Moldovan government to cozy up to NATO are illegal, because this violates the country’s constitution, Moldovan President Igor Dodon told Izvestia. He noted that all agreements aimed at Chisinau’s integration into the alliance had to be revised after the upcoming parliamentary elections. "Of course, there were attempts on the part of the current government to deepen cooperation with NATO. I strongly oppose these initiatives. We need to strengthen our neutrality status. That’s why an agreement with Romania and other accords on military cooperation contradict the constitution and should be cancelled after the parliamentary elections," he stressed. NATO is trying to drag as many former Soviet states into the alliance as possible under the pretense of its "open door policy" (enshrined in Article 10 of the alliance’s founding document), First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council’s (upper house) Foreign Affairs Committee Vladimir Dzhabarov told the paper.

Dec 17 15:23

Belgian Government Gasses Its Own People At Protest Against UN Migration Pact

The Belgian government gassed its own people on Sunday at a 5,000-strong rally protesting against the government signing the UN Migration Pact, also known as the "UN Suicide Pact," against the will of the public.

Dec 17 12:27

US pushes for Kosovo army, while NATO raises doubts

On Monday, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting at Serbia’s request following the decision by Kosovo’s parliament to create a regular army based on the Kosovo Security Force (KSF). The United States has endorsed this move, while the NATO Secretary-General has branded it as untimely. As for Russia and Serbia, they both condemned the plan, Kommersant writes. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is convinced that Kosovo’s steps have been encouraged by the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. Moscow backed Belgrade’s stance, warning that the creation of a Kosovo army could trigger severe consequences for security in the Balkans. A source close to the Kosovo leadership told Kommersant that Pristina would not have decided to take this crucial step without Washington’s support. However, diplomatic sources in the region are urging everyone not to lose their cool over this decision by Kosovo, stressing that the creation of this army could take at least ten years.

Dec 17 11:25

Kent Ekeroth (SD): "Sweden Was a Paradise, Then You Came". Speech and Debate on Immigration.

Dec 17 11:03

70% Chance Of NATO-Russia Combat: "US Ready To Fight To The Last Brit"

An Interview with George Szamuely
George Szamuely is a Hungarian-born scholar and Senior Research Fellow at London’s Global Policy Institute. He lives in New York City. I spoke to him about escalating hostilities on Russia’s Ukrainian and Black Sea borders and about Exercise Trident Juncture, NATO’s massive military exercise on Russian borders which ended just as the latest hostilities began.

Ann Garrison: George, the hostilities between Ukraine, NATO, and Russia continue to escalate in the Sea of Azov, the Kerch Strait, and the Black Sea. What do you think the latest odds of a shooting war between NATO and Russia are, if one hasn’t started by the time this is published?

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These are, indeed, grim prospects.

Dec 17 09:55

NO DEAL WARNING: Brussels to unveil NEW PLANS to avoid chaos as May's Brexit deal falters

On Wednesday, the European Commission, Brussels’ powerful executive arm, will release more new contingency plans covering up to 13 areas that will be plunged into chaos if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal. Express.co.uk understands the plans will include an offer to Britain to ensure that both parties’ planes can continue land and takeoff in each other’s airports. The Brussels' offer would only be made under the same strict reciprocal terms offered as part of a bid to keep the UK off of the bloc’s ‘visa-required’ list of third countries.

Dec 17 09:51

NORWAY POLICE: We have no control over the parts of Oslo, and migrants rape and strangle women

Police in Norway say it lost control of the city of Oslo because of the radical Islamists taking over the area.

According to the police, Grønland, a district in the city of Oslo, is experiencing "apocalyptic levels of violence and lawlessness."

The Grønland neighborhood in the city of Oslo looks like Karachi, Basra and Mogadishu all in one. People are selling drugs open to the subway station, violence has taken the level of the epidemic, and the police largely give up the implementation of the law. This is no longer Norway or Europe, except for the standard of living.

The police are powerless. Five years ago, Aftenposten, the pro-Islamic largest newspaper in Oslo, said there was a sharia zone in that city, and gay couples are attacking and terrorizing those areas. "Immigrant Fatima Tetouani says that the Greensland is more Muslim than in Morocco."
Women were raped during the night in Oslo, and men were robbing more than ever.

Dec 17 09:09

DAVOS U-TURN: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM WELCOMES ALL RUSSIAN BUSINESSMEN AFTER BOYCOTT THREAT

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has backtracked on its decision to bar three Russian businessmen from next year’s meeting in Davos. The turnabout comes after Moscow threatened to boycott the year's biggest business event.

Russia will participate in January’s prestigious business and political meeting in Switzerland, the WEF announced on Sunday. Managing director and head of compliance at the organization, Alois Zwinggi, said he is pleased to learn that Moscow would be sending “a high-level governmental delegation to Davos,” his statement reads as cited by media.

“I am pleased that after discussions with all relevant parties, careful consideration of international legal frameworks and strong support from the Swiss government, we are able to host business and political leaders from all G20 countries,” Zwinggi said.

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The WEF just blinked!!

Dec 17 09:03

Latest Odds of a Shooting War Between NATO and Russia

Hungarian scholar George Szamuely tells Ann Garrison that he sees a 70 percent chance of combat between NATO and Russia following the incident in the Kerch Strait and that it is being fueled by Russia-gate.

George Szamuely is a Hungarian-born scholar and Senior Research Fellow at London’s Global Policy Institute. He lives in New York City. I spoke to him about escalating hostilities on Russia’s Ukrainian and Black Sea borders and about Exercise Trident Juncture, NATO’s massive military exercise on Russian borders which ended just as the latest hostilities began.

Dec 17 08:39

The ECB's Quantitative Easing Failure

The main reason why the ECB quantitative easing program has failed is that it started from a wrong diagnosis of the eurozone’s problem. That the European problem was a demand and liquidity issue, not due to years of excess.

The ECB had been receiving tremendous pressure from banks and governments to implement a similar program to the US’ quantitative easing, forgetting that the eurozone had been under a chain of government stimuli since 2009 and that the problem of the euro-zone was not liquidity, but an interventionist model.

The day that the ECB launched its quantitative easing program, excess liquidity stood at 125 billion euro. Since then it has ballooned to 1.8 trillion euro.

Dec 17 08:38

Psychoanalysing NATO: Schizophrenia

Suffice it to say that this statement would have a closer relationship with reality if the words "NATO's borders" were replaced with "inside Russia". And I would be interested to hear the details of "violating Allied airspace". Why even the Daily Telegraph in 2015 with its suggestive headline of Mapped: Just how many incursions into Nato airspace has Russian military made? had to admit "The Ministry of Defence says the Russian bombers have never violated Britain’s sovereign airspace, which extends 12 nautical miles from the coast." Likewise Violated US Airspace 16 Times In Last 10 Days turns out to be Air Defence Identification Zones which is not the same thing at all. Or Most Russian Plane Intercepts over Baltics Due to Error: NATO General. So NATO's statement needs a further calibration so that "violating Allied airspace" becomes "flying in international airspace close to Allied countries' airspace".

Dec 17 08:36

Water cannon, firecrackers as thousands rally against UN migration pact in Brussels (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Police have deployed water cannon during a rally against the controversial UN migration pact in Brussels. Officers were seen scuffling with protesters, who threw firecrackers before facing off with law-enforcement.

The rally was dubbed the ‘March against Marrakech’ in reference to the city where the pact was signed earlier in December. It was organized by the right-wing Vlaams Belang party which has long been a vocal opponent of the agreement.

While having initially kicked off peacefully, the demonstration started to heat up with some of the participants burning firecrackers and hurling bottles as they marched down the street.

Dec 17 08:11

Check Your Ethics: EU Chief Delivers Stinging Rebuke to 'Authors of Brexit'

European Union Cheif, Donald Tusk, has delivered perhaps his most stinging rebuke yet of Brexit supporters, calling upon them to consider their "ethics."

Speaking at an event in Dortmund, Germany, over the weekend, Mr. Tusk said that he wanted to remind world leaders that political decisions have potentially cataclysmic consequences, pointing to Brexit as an example of a situation where leaders need to consider their choices and actions clearly.

Dec 17 07:19

Who the hell does Blair think he is? DOMINIC LAWSON on the former PM's outrageous one-man mission to Brussels as he pushes for a second referendum

A recent poll showed that only two per cent of the British population have a 'very favourable' opinion of Mr Blair.

It is the sort of approval rating a mass-murderer might be expected to get — which happens to be how many members of his own party describe him, in the wake of the Iraq war.

Dec 16 18:15

Brussels protest over UN migration pact turns violent

In July, 196 UN members agreed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

It was signed by 164 countries in Marrakech last week, with the US and a number of European states - including Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovakia - refusing to formally adopt the agreement.

The deal, which is not legally binding, seeks an international approach to migration that "reaffirms the sovereign rights of states to determine their national migration policy" and asserts the "fundamental" importance of legal migration.

But critics in Europe believe it will lead to increased immigration to the continent.

Bart Claes, the president of the youth wing of the Flemish nationalist party, Vlaams Belang, told the BBC that people should have been consulted before Belgium signed up to the deal.

"It's been approved apparently," he said. "But the opinion of the people was never asked. That's strange for something that goes this far."

Dec 16 09:59

US Demands Europe Join Its War Against Russia

In recent decades, the US Constitution’s clause that requires a congressional declaration of war before invading any country, has been ignored. Furthermore, ever since 2012 and the passage by Congress of the Magnitsky Act sanctions against Russia, economic sanctions by the US Government have been imposed against any company that fails to comply with a US-imposed economic sanction; a company can even be fined over a billion dollars for violating a US economic sanction.

And, so, sanctions are now the way that the US Congress actually does authorize a war — the new way, no longer the way that’s described in the US Constitution. However, in the economic-sanctions phase of a war — this initial phase — the war is being imposed directly against any company that violates a US-ordered economic sanction, against Russia, Iran, or whatever target-country the US Congress has, by means of such sanctions, actually authorized a war by the US to exist — a ‘state of war’ to exist.

Dec 16 09:36

Sweden: Father arrested for beating burglar, who took his 7-year-old son hostage with a gun

A father of a 7-year-old boy in Malmö has been arrested for beating up a burglar who put a gun in the boy’s mouth.

The 45-year-old burglar broke into a flat in Malmö. He was confronted by the family who lives there, whereupon he grabbed one of the children, a 7-year-old. He then allegedly put his gun in the boy’s mouth.

When the child’s grandmother saw this, she screamed and managed to snatch the child. Then the boy’s father came into the room and the two men started fighting.

The father “flipped out” and hit the gunman so hard that he lost consciousness and suffered severe head injury, a source tells Aftonbladet.

The police then came to the site and seized the burglar – and also the father. Since then, he has been locked up and detained, suspected of aggravated assault.

Dec 16 09:00

EU leaders urge swift action against disinformation ‘to secure fair European elections’

European Union leaders have called for measures to tackle the deliberate spread of disinformation ahead of elections to the European Parliament.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Censor the populists!

Dec 16 08:49

Europe’s biggest test yet

Six months from now, the European Union will face its next big test. Citizens across the continent will head to the polls to choose who will represent them in the European Parliament. The elections arrive amid populist rebellions, debate on how to curb economic inequality within the Eurozone, and questions about who will lead the EU with Angela Merkel on her way out and Emmanuel Macron weakened.

The latest projections have the two largest parliamentary groups, the centre-Right European People’s Party (EPP) and centre-Left Socialists and Democrats (S&D), remaining the biggest blocks, but they may well fail to win a majority of seats (and comparable polls have overestimated support for large and governing parties). Far from having been rejected, populism is going mainstream, and Brussels is braced for the strongest populist backlash on record.

Dec 16 08:43

US Vows to Work With EU States Against 'Russian Aggression' After Kerch Row

"The United States welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine. The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of the Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political project. We urge Germany to heed the concerns of the many neighbours whose security will be damaged by this pipeline," the Saturday statement reads.

Dec 16 08:40

The Zionist Circular Maze

On Thursday Israel cheered as the EU called on its member states that have not yet done so “to endorse the non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism employed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).”

Israel called this move a “breakthrough,” the European Jewish Congress hailed the declaration as “unprecedented.” Both are correct: the Europeans ‘adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism is both a ‘breakthrough’ and ‘unprecedented.’ It confirms that Europe has explicitly abandoned its Athenian ethical ethos.

Rather than declaring its opposition to racism as a universal precept and denouncing all forms of discrimination and prejudice against any group or person of any X’ simply for being X’ (for example, a Jew for being a Jew, a Black person for being Black, a Gay person for being Gay, etc.), the EU has fallen into the most banal trap and subscribed to the primacy of Jewish suffering.

Dec 15 12:30

VUCIC: Behind the decision to form the "army of Kosovo" are America, Britain and Germany

In an extraordinary speech, the President of Serbia said that after many years of threats, the officially formed army of the so-called Kosovo was illegal

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that after the decision to form the so-called Kosovo army, the United States, Great Britain and Germany are standing.

"After many years of threats, today it is officially formed by the so-called" Kosovo Army, illegally. Everything that the Albanians did, they did contrary to international law, and their own legal act to the constitution of Kosovo.

They showed that they never care about respecting rights and justice, but only naked forces, attacking Serbs and Serbia. Serbia wanted peace, invested energy to preserve peace and stability. It was not easy. We accepted the Brussels Agreement in 2013, in order to show how ready we are for reasonable behavior, "Vucic said.

Dec 15 11:49

SERBIA THREATENS MILITARY ACTION AFTER KOSOVO VOTES TO CREATE ARMY

Serbia has threatened military action against neighbouring Kosovo after its parliament approved the creation of a new army.

Kosovar MPs voted on Friday to expand the existing Kosovo Security Force into a 5,000-troop army, plus 3,000 reservists.

Belgrade called the move a “direct threat to peace and stability” in the Balkans and lashed out at the United States for supporting the proposal.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in 2008, but Serbia does not recognise its former province as a state.

Belgrade insists the new army would violate a UN resolution that brought to an end its bloody crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists in 1999.

Serbian prime minister Ana Brnabic said armed intervention was “one of the options on the table”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here is a companion article, dated 8 December:

CIA sending ship full if arms to Kosovo Army

It appears the US's CIA has decided upon which side of the conflict here upon which they are betting; and it doesn't look like that is Serbia's side at all.

This area has been a wellspring of military conflict for years, and was actually part of the history which generated World War 1.

Austria-Hungary declares World War 1

Dec 15 11:38

Hungary Protests: Thousands march in Budapest against 'Slave Law'

Dec 15 11:10

BIG PLUS: SWITZERLAND GUARANTEES TRADE RELATIONSHIP IN CASE OF NO DEAL

The Swiss Government have announced that a trade agreement has been reached between the UK and Switzerland to “maintain existing economic and trade relations with the country after its departure from the European Union” whether or not a deal is reached with the EU. The Swiss Federal Council announced that if the UK leaves the EU in a disorderly manner, it could sign and apply the agreement from the date on which the UK leaves the EU.

Dec 15 11:00

Hungary wants that Christmas remains Christmas with a nativity scene and a Christmas tree – Foreign Minister

Hungary wants to preserve an EU where Christmas remains Christmas, with a nativity scene and a Christmas tree, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Monday.

According to Szijjarto, Europe must insist on its traditions and heritage and resist all attempts to irrevocably change the ethnic mix of the European Union.

Hungary insists that Europe is faced by a migration issue rather than a refugee issue, and migration processes must be stopped.

Hungary views illegal migrants as illegal migrants and not as refugees, the minister said, adding that the Hungarian government will vote against the UN migration compact in New York.

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Good for Hungary!

Dec 15 10:59

‘Socialist MPs colluding with the Soros organisations have organised violent street protests in Hungary’ – Ruling party

Protesters again took to the streets in Budapest to demonstrate against the “slave law” on Thursday evening. The demonstration started peacefully but police later responded to aggressive protestors with teargas.

The opposition, in a hopeless position, made clowns of themselves in parliament, acting aggressively and colluding with the Soros organisations that organised violent street protests

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we've gone from blaming Putin and Facebook to blaming Soros?

Dec 15 10:58

Sweden is generous to migrants, while its pensioners turn to soup kitchens

While migrants get a lot of things for free, more and more Swedish pensioners testify that they struggle to make ends meet. Many of them are therefore visiting soup kitchens.

In newspaper articles and social media, pensioners tell of difficult circumstances. In a reader’s letter in the magazine Hemmets Veckotidning, the pensioner Anna wrote about her situation and asked the editorial team for advice:

“I have a fistula in my palate since a year back. The dentist said it’s because I have a dead tooth and he wants to pull it out. But because of my low pension, I can’t afford it. The dental nurse tried to persuade me to obtain the money, because it was “dangerous” if it was not fixed. Is it because of the bacteria that might affect the heart?”

Dec 15 10:54

Bizarre moment Jean-Claude Juncker is seen ruffling a woman's hair before claiming he had 'kissed' and made up with Theresa May following confrontation over him calling her 'nebulous' and 'imprecise'

Jean-Claude Juncker was captured ruffling a woman's hair as he arrived at the European Council summit today before claiming he had 'kissed' and made up with Theresa May following a confrontation.

Bizarre footage captured the EU commission president walking up to Pernilla Sjölin - the EU's deputy head of protocol - and erratically running his hands through her hair before kissing her cheek.

Shortly afterwards Mr Juncker brushed off his extraordinary confrontation with Theresa May - insisting they ended up 'kissing' after he explained he had not insulted her by calling her 'nebulous' and 'imprecise' .

The PM and the EU commission president had a 'robust' showdown in the full glare of cameras as she demanded to know why he had branded her with those words in a late-night press conference.

But as the summit in Brussels drew to a close this evening, Mr Juncker insisted Mrs May is a 'great friend' and the incident was down to a misunderstanding.

Dec 15 10:49

NATO Troops in Kosovo Conduct Military Drills on Its Roads

NATO forces have been present in Kosovo since 1999 as a part of an operation to put an end to the conflict between Kosovo Albanians and the Federal Yugoslav Army and police. Following the end of the NATO campaign, some of the alliance’s forces remained in Kosovo after it emerged as a partially recognised state.

The NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) has launched military drills on the main roads of Kosovo and Metohija amid the announcement that the Kosovo Security Force will be transformed into a full-fledged national army. The drills are being conducted to improve the battle readiness of KFOR and its ability "prevent any threat to safety and security", the NATO command in Kosovo stated.

In the video, published on KFOR's Facebook page, NATO armoured transport vehicles and trucks can be seen travelling along major roads in Kosovo.

Dec 15 10:33

Crisis of confidence?

Theresa May survives a no confidence vote, but now is a lame duck. Hard Brexit looms. Angela Merkel has announced her impending political retirement. And Emmanuel Macron's moral legitimacy as president of France is in the balance. The three pillars of the EU are on shaky ground. Is the euro-project suffering a crisis of confidence?

Dec 14 12:06

The Real Game of Thrones

Dec 14 12:06

Serbia ‘Could Send Armed Forces’ In Response To Creation Of Kosovo Army

Serbian Presidential Advisor Nikola Selakovic said that in response to Kosovo’s decision to create an army, Belgrade “could send Serbian armed forces or declare Kosovo an occupied territory.” It became known earlier that the Kosovo parliament voted in the second reading in favor of a new law on the creation of a Kosovo army. This legislation will allow a doubling of the present security force, and will gradually turn the number of security forces into a full-fledged professional army of 5 thousand people. The Serbian authorities will ask to convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the steps taken by the breakaway region of Kosovo to transform its security forces into an army. This news was carried by news agencies including the Associated Press and Tanjug, citing the Serbian Foreign Ministry on Friday, earlier today on December 14th.

Dec 14 10:52

BREXIT LIVE: How Merkel FURIOUSLY interrupted May - secret talks REVEALED

German news website Merkur.de said the mood in the meeting “was very bad” as EU leaders gave Theresa May an ultimatum to explain exactly what Britain wants. EU patience is wearing out with the Prime Minister as Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said after last night’s meeting the discussions “did not get much further” because the bloc still did not know what Theresa May’s exact demands were. Meanwhiel Jean-Claude Juncker said it was unacceptable for the UK to expect the EU to offer solutions and put the onus on the Prime Minister to make suggestions about what she wants for the EU to decide.

Dec 14 10:51

The Brewing European Debt Crisis

Dec 14 10:17

Recession risk leaves EU acutely vulnerable to a British Brexit walk-out

The balance of economic terror over Brexit has shifted over the last year.

The eurozone is more vulnerable to the shock of no-deal rupture on punitive Macronesque terms than it was at the point of peak hubris in December 2017, when EU negotiators set the trap of the Irish backstop.

Europe’s QE boomlet has since deflated. The underlying pathologies of monetary union are again in evidence. The bloc is stuck with a North-South chasm in competitiveness that has left a string of countries in near permanent malaise, starved of public investment and left with no way out other than internal devaluations. This has led to the Gilets Jaunes in France, and Lega-Five Star revolt in Italy.

Dec 14 10:14

NATO to Provide Secure Comms Equipment to Kiev Before 2019 – Stoltenberg

NATO is going to deliver secure communications equipment for the Ukrainian army before the end of this year, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stated.

"NATO provides Ukraine with strong political and strong practical support. This includes around 40 million euros pledged by allies for NATO-Ukraine trust funds. One such trust fund is helping Ukraine improve command, control and communications. And today I told president Poroshenko that we will deliver secure communications equipment for the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the end of this year," Stoltenberg said after the talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The secretary-general pointed out that NATO had stepped up its presence in the Black Sea because of alleged Russian aggression against Ukraine and would continue to assess its activities in the area.

Dec 14 10:14

Top Russian, NATO generals discuss global, European security at meeting in Baku

The head of the Russian General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe General Curtis Scaparrotti met in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Gerasimov raised an issue of the strengthening of NATO’s advanced military presence near Russia’s borders, “which does not contribute to reducing tensions,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Dec 14 10:08

EU: ‘None of Our Member-States Is Big Enough to Pursue Their Own National Interests’

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has declared that no EU member-state is big enough to “pursue their own national interests” — a pointed warning the United Kingdom and any country thinking of following them out of the bloc.
“I think we all agree that no single European country can respond effectively to any of the challenges of our times, and I think we agree that we, the European Union, have a responsibility to embrace our role as a global power,” the Italy-born technocrat declared in a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

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Dec 14 09:42

Kosovo’s Parliament Votes To Create Army – Russia Firmly Opposes

The head of the committee of the Federation Council on International Affairs Konstantin Kosachev has just condemned the illegal decision of Kosovo to create its own army and pointed out the role of the United States in supporting Kosovo in this matter, as TASS reported on Friday, December 14th. “Those who are behind Kosovo’s daring and illegal act do not even need to guess: the only ones who supported the Kosovars are the United States,” Kosachev said. At the same time, Serbia as a state enjoys particular support – irrespective of its government per se – from several power vectors in the Russian Federation. Putin and Lavrov have both expressed Russia’s position on the question of Kosovo – Russia opposes Kosovo’s move to separate from Serbia, as well as the pressure from NATO countries to recognize it. The EU also is at odds with Serbia on this question.

Dec 13 14:31

OPPOSITION PROTESTS AGAINST LABOUR AMENDMENT: POLICE HAVE USED TEAR GAS, TWO OFFICERS WERE INJURED – PHOTOS, VIDEOS

Supporters of the opposition parties gathered in front of Parliament on Wednesday afternoon to protest against changes to the labour code adopted earlier in the day.

The protesters, many of whom chanted “down with the government”, marched from the Parliament building to Margaret Bridge and then on to ruling Fidesz headquarters near the City Park.

Two demonstrators climbed on a balcony, while others attempted to enter the building.

The demonstration in front of the Fidesz building ended at 7pm, but participants went back to Parliament. By 9pm the crowd filled Kossuth Square in front of the building, and threw objects at the police cordon.

Dec 13 10:13

Czech politicians want to ban Islam completely as it ‘colonises society’

Political leaders in Czech Republic have previously condemned Islam in strong terms. Now, politicians in the Czech Parliament are discussing the complete ban of the religion.

If someone calls for the killing of infidels and Jews, then it is not a religion of peace, says MP Jiri Kobza.

He and his party Freedom and Direct Democracy, which is one of the larger in parliament, believe Islam is not just a religion but also a violent ideology that should be banned.

We have suggested that all ideologies that promote hatred and violence should be banned. One of the ideologies is Islam. And then we have fascism and Nazism, he says.

Dec 13 09:43

The Pathetic, Uber-Conformish Northern Europe Is Possibly the Saddest, Most-Brainwashed Place on Earth

Headlines often don’t reflect the content of stories. Editors know that it’s the headlines that gather readers, and so they do their best to jazz them up so as to make the stories sound far more important or controversial than they really are. In the current frenzy of Russia-related fearmongering, this has meant that followers of the media have been subjected to a deluge of scary-sounding headlines making it seem as if Russians and their agents are spreading chaos everywhere, only to find on reading the stories that it’s a massive fuss about nothing and that substantive evidence supporting the headlines is almost entirely lacking.

Dec 13 09:15

European MPs who oppose Nord Stream-2 possibly pin hopes on firewood, says Moscow

"Opposing energy cooperation and its diversification and measures to adjust it to modern trends is madness for Europe," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said

Dec 13 09:14

Thousands Riot In Hungary Over EU’s Backing For Orban – ‘We’ll SHOW THEM’

Protests by workers and unions spread through the Hungarian capital, where demonstrators shouted “free country!” while stopping traffic and hurling obscenities before they reached the the headquarters of Mr Orban’s ruling Fidesz party to demand he scrap the controversial labour laws of the EU nation. Slamming the new legislation as a “slave law”, they blocked a major bridge while waving flags and placards with shackled farm animals on. The new law triggered furious letters to EU figureheads Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Antonio Tajani, all in the same EPP coalition in the European Parliament with Mr Obran, demanding they intervene.

One read: “We call on you, as prominent figures in the European People’s Party, to demand that the party’s leaders take immediate action to uphold the fundamental principles on which both the EPP and the EU itself are based and make it clear that there is no room in the EPP for parties like Fidesz.”

Dec 13 08:29

Belgrade Hits Back At Croatia’s Ridiculous Claims Of Serbian-Perpetrated Genocide

It would be better for Croatia to first face its own past and stop relativizing the genocide against Serbs, Jews and Roma committed during the Second World War in Croatia and Bosnia, as well as celebrating the persecution of Serbs in “Operation Storm”, Foreign Minister Ivica Da?i? said.

Da?i? reacted to the statement by Croatian Foreign Minister Marija Pej?inovi? Buri?, who said that Serbia was unwilling to face issues from the past.

Dec 13 08:28

Sweden Shuts Down Controversial Equality Body Run Exclusively by Women

The authority disparagingly dubbed "Feminism Ministry" has attracted massive criticism over its feminist slant, being led entirely by women despite its commitment to gender equality and, last but not least, controversial projects involving periods.

The Swedish Gender Equality Agency, proudly unveiled by the government in January, will close down as a result of the parliament adopting a new budget by centre-right Moderates and Christian Democrats.

"We will reduce the allocations to the agency by SEK 40 million in 2019 and grant no funds at all in 2020. This means they will be given one year to wind up the business", Moderate MP Hans Rothenberg told Swedish Radio.

Lena Ag, the Director General of the Authority, hesitated to make conclusions, yet stressed that it "has been demanded by various actors, political parties, and organisations for many years" in order to "streamline and follow up on the policy of gender equality".

Dec 13 08:21

Italy’s Salvini Slams E.U. for ‘Unbalanced’ Approach to Israel

The European Union has done nothing to support the continued existence of Israel, Italy Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said Tuesday in Jerusalem, adding that the Jewish state can rely on the backing of Rome.

“The EU has in recent years been entirely unbalanced, it has condemned and sanctioned Israel left and right, for every step it took,” he told reporters.

The head of the Liga Party is on a 48-hour trip to Israel which includes a visit the Western Wall, the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, AFP reports.

Dec 13 08:20

Migrant Transport NGO Announces Plans for New Vessel to Resume Operations in 2019

Only days after ending migrant transport operations, NGO SOS Méditerranée has announced they will be replacing their current vessel with a new one to resume operations in the New Year.

The group released a statement this week saying that they had not entirely given up on their commitment to picking up migrants off the Libyan coast despite the announcement from their partner Doctors Without Borders (MSF) that the Aquarius would be ending operations last week.

The NGO blamed European governments for the shut down of operations saying, “This is the result of a sustained campaign, spearheaded by the Italian government and backed by other European states, to delegitimise, slander and obstruct aid organisations providing assistance to vulnerable people.”

Dec 13 08:18

Polish Parl't Expresses Confidence to Gov't of Prime Minister - Vote Results

The Polish parliament, by a majority vote on Wednesday, expressed confidence in the country's government led by Mateusz Morawiecki, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Earlier in the day, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressed the country's parliament, the Sejm, requesting a vote of confidence to maintain the current political course.

Polish PM to Call for Confidence Vote in Gov’t Ahead of EU Leaders' Summit
The prime minister clarified that he needed the ballot so that the government "could continue its reforms."

Dec 13 08:18

Finnish MP Triggers Debate by Saying EU Creating 'a new Nazi Germany'

Despite criticism from fellow politicians, including Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, Ville Tavio's party, the Finns, has refused to disavow the statement about the "fascist" nature of European federalism.

Finnish MP Ville Tavio from the right-wing nationalistic Finns party has stirred a major uproar in his country by comparing the European Union with Nazi Germany during a parliamentary debate.

"Federalists are threatening the people of Europe and the nation state. They create a new kind of Soviet Union, they create a new Nazi Germany", Tavio said, as quoted by Finnish national broadcaster Yle. Tavio went on to suggest that the EU;s globalisation was a "new form of fascism", which the Finns were unaware of when they voted to join the EU in the 1990s.

Tavio's statement sparked a major debate, with politicians on both sides of the political spectrum reacting strongly.

Dec 12 14:51

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Dec 12 09:42

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Dec 12 09:18

Polish PM to Call for Confidence Vote in Gov’t Ahead of EU Leaders' Summit

Following the recent call for a vote of confidence for UK Prime Minister Theresa May in her leadership of the Conservative Party, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he would call for a vote of confidence in the Law and Justice (PiS) government to ensure it has a mandate for its reforms ahead of this week's summit of EU leaders.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has addressed the parliament requesting a vote of confidence amid a slight fall in the party's ratings following a corruption scandal regarding a financial regulator.

"I appeal to the marshal (chairman) of the Sejm with a proposal for a vote of confidence in the government so that the upper house can express an opinion about the need to continue the reform programme", Polish radio quoted the prime minister as saying.

Dec 12 09:06

European Commission to give Switzerland 6 months to agree new treaty

The European Commission decided on Tuesday to offer Switzerland six additional months to agree on a new treaty that will govern the country’s future relations with the EU, Reuters reported, citing two EU sources. The political decision is to be formalized after talks with EU leaders in Brussels this week.

Dec 12 08:59

Greece MPs to vote on canceling further pension cuts

Greek lawmakers are debating legislation canceling a major round of pension cuts which were to take effect on January 1. Athens earlier secured the agreement of bailout lenders that the cuts were no longer necessary for a balanced budget. Parliament is to vote on Tuesday on whether to cancel articles in a law passed last year that would impose cuts worth 1 percent of GDP, AP reported.

Dec 12 08:54

Spanish govt to send national police to Catalonia if region fails to stop ‘highways disruptions’

Spain’s central government has warned it will send in national police to ensure security in Catalonia if regional authorities fail to stop recent disruptions to major highways by pro-independence protesters.

Dec 11 16:19

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Dec 11 11:57

Europe holds its breath as Macron scrambles to quell protests

Not just France but Europe should hope the tax concessions and minimum wage rise Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday will prove sufficient to quell more than a month of violent and destabilising anti-government protests.

With more than 1,250 people arrested, 400 injured and an economic cost running into billions, the gilets jaunes revolt represents a formidable challenge to the authority of the centrist president, widely seen by his critics as arrogant and out of touch. If he flunks the test, he will not be alone in paying a price.

Dec 11 11:41

Polish border guards detaining targeted human-trafficking ring

Seven suspects of a human-trafficking ring have been arrested near Warsaw in a targeted human-trafficking probe.

The Vietnamese-Polish gang is suspected to have illegally transported at least 100 Vietnamese citizens to Western Europe, PAP news agency reveals.

The illegally smuggled people were taken through Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine to Poland and from there to Germany, France and Belgium, the PAP report states.

Further arrests are potential according to prosecutors.

Dec 11 11:41

Anti-globalist yellow vests movement ‘conquers’ Europe and spreads to fifth country

The yellow vests movement has spread to its fifth country, Sweden. Starting in France on 17 November, protests of the anti-globalist movement have been seen in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Now yellow vest demonstrations against the UN Migration Agreement have been announced in Sweden on Saturday and Sunday.

Last Sunday around 1,000 Swedes gathered outside Parliament in Stockholm to demonstrate against Sweden’s signing of the UN Migration Agreement. This weekend, even larger events with more speakers will be held in the same place.

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