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Mar 04 11:44

Finnish "Soldiers Of Odin" Announce Hunt For Rapists & Pedos In Controversial Video

Authored by Emma R. via The Voice Of Europe,

The Finnish Police investigates a video published recently in social media by the vigilante group ‘Soldiers of Odin’ that announces a “hunt” for rapists and pedophiles.

The video, which is subtitled in English and Arabic, and has since been deleted from both Facebook and Vimeo, shows a group of masked men dressed in dark, armed with bats and chains march onwards to the camera amid winter darkness, accompanied by heavy metal music.

One of them, who acts as a spokesperson, announces that “The pedophile hunting season has been opened!”

The speaker points out that their target are the “sex tourists who have invaded our country” and “hunt our children”. And explains that the Soldiers of Odin are going to take justice into their own hands, since “the authorities and the politicians do nothing”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry, but when did the Europhiles NOt see this coming, in infettered, and unchecked migration from countries where such practices are the norm?!?

And I will make a prediction; other organisations in other European countries will start to create movements like this, if the authorities remain useless in finding, trying, and convicting the people who have done harm to their mothers, their sisters, and their cousins.

Mar 04 11:26

EU SCARED: Attempts to Move ACTA 2 Vote Before Protest Date — See Protest Map To Save Your Internet

By Aaron Kesel

Protests all over Europe have been planned by Anonymous and Pirate Parties International (PPI) for March 23rd, to fight against copyright companies and EU bureaucrats seeking to destroy the internet with their proposed upload filter and link tax, (Article 11 and Article 13.) Meanwhile, the Bureaucrats are trying to push the vote before there is wide scale outrage for their proposals for the Internet.

The first wave of street protests in at least 20 different cities in 15 countries took place on January 19, 2019, all across Europe.

Now, Anons, Pirates and activists alike are planning more massive demonstrations across Europe to show members of the European Parliament (MEPs) that public consensus is against the proposed articles. The Articles 11,12 and 13, were finalized for voting at the end of March...

Mar 04 11:05

NETHERLANDS RECALLS IRANIAN AMBASSADOR IN TIT-FOR-TAT; FOLLOWS EU CHARGES OF IRAN "TERROR PLOTS"

In a diplomatic tit-for-tat the Netherlands on Monday recalled its ambassador to Iran after members of its diplomatic staff at its embassy in Tehran were expelled, Foreign Minister Stef Blok announced on Monday.

"[We] Have decided to recall the ambassador in Tehran for consultations," Blok said in a tweet. "The decision follows the expulsion of two Dutch embassy staff. That is unacceptable."

Though the immediate reasons for this latest spat between the two countries remains unclear, tensions have heightened after the European Union first began accusing Iran of "assassination attempts" and state-sponsored "terrorist plots" in Europe.

Last month Iran slammed EU charges as "groundless" — charges which Dutch officials had helped push into the open in tandem with other European leaders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what can the EU actually prove about these "alleged Iranian terror plots"?!?

Probably absolutely nothing.

Mar 03 13:14

European Tour – The Calm Before the Chaos?

Mar 03 09:55

The American Abrams, M2 Bradley, Apache, UH-60 and Black Hawk arrive at the Mikhail Kogalnichanu airbase in Romania (NATO Air Base in Romania).

Mar 03 09:28

A View From The Brextanic

Longtime Automatic Earth friend Alexander Aston talks about finding himself at Oxford at a point in time when the British themselves appear overcome by a combo of utter confusion and deadly lethargy, and one can only imagine what it must be like for ‘foreigners’ residing in Albion, who face large potential changes to their lives and know there’s not a thing they can do about it, not even vote.

I like the observation that the entire British political system, the place where decisions are made, is the size of a small village. That’s a visual we can all relate to. It’s a physical limit as well as a mental one. I’m all for sovereignty and self-determination, but how’s that going to work if you can’t even see the boundaries of your own territory?

Guys, it’s 4 weeks to D-Day today. How about we call off the landing, get a few pints instead, and talk? First round’s on me.

Mar 02 08:09

What Happens To Europe When Germany's Economy Slows?

Recently released figures also cast large shadows over Germany’s formidable manufacturing sector, with industrial output much lower than expected. In November, industrial output fell by 1.9%, while the year-on-year decline was 4.7%. These figures, the worst since the end of the 2008 crisis, are understandably giving rise to fears among investors and analysts of a nearing recession.

Mar 01 12:08

AMERICAN SECRET SERVICE WARNS: War on the Balkans will erupt this year!

The main US intelligence officer, Den Kouts, announces the new Balkan bloodthirsty this year, and sees the Serbs and Albanians as the main actors.
If this happens, he says, Russia's President Vladimir Putin will be guilty. The report of the US National Security Agency for 2019, which deals with security risks around the world, envisages an armed conflict in the Western Balkans. Given that it is said that Russia will initiate it (in order to halt the progress of the countries of the region towards NATO and the EU) by encouraging interethnic tensions, it is clear that they first of all considered Serbs and Albanians, because among these two nations tensions are most definitely the most prominent.

Mar 01 12:04

NATO Chief Says Eastern Enlargement Process Not Provocation Against Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday that the alliance’s enlargement to the east was not a provocation against Russia, dismissing such assessments as the concept of spheres of influence that should be left behind.

The statement was made at the GLOBSEC public event in Slovakia, which hosted talks of the Bucharest Nine group — the countries of NATO's eastern flank — earlier in the day.

"It is up for the 29 allies and an applicant country to decide if and when to join. No one else has a say because often I hear If Ukraine joins, If North Macedonia joins, if Georgia joins, that is a provocation against Russia, it is an aggressive action against Russia … This concept is totally wrong because I strongly believe every nation has the right to decide its own path, and NATO totally respects that regardless whether they work for membership in NATO or they say we are neutral," Stoltenberg said.

Mar 01 11:14

NATO steps up naval presence on the Black Sea

Experts say the move sends a signal that the West won't tolerate Russia's expanding military footprint in the region. However, an 80-year-old treaty could limit the alliance's scope for action.

Mar 01 11:10

NATO steps up naval presence on the Black Sea

The background to this is an incident in the Kerch Strait at the end of November. Russian ships off the coast of the Crimean peninsula — which was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014 — seized two Ukrainian Navy boats and a tug by force of arms. Deborah Sanders of King's College London told DW that Europe reacted "quite slowly" to the incident in the Kerch Strait via diplomatic channels, so a "more military" approach was chosen, meaning an increased naval presence. Sanders, an expert on defense and security in the region, said the US had taken on an informal leadership role, the aim being to send a clear signal to Moscow that the Black Sea is not Russian waters. She pointed out that the balance of power in the Black Sea has shifted in Russia's favor, and that Kyiv is worried about a blockade of Odessa, the country's most important port. Since the annexation of Crimea, the Ukrainian navy has been stationed in Odessa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DW, you just lost your credibility - and my respect - with this bit of codswallop.

Are your English language editors so brazenly stupid that they would deliberately blink and miss on one of the most important stories of 2015?!?

You used the word "annexed" twice, indicating that this is how the Russian/Crimean relationship was formed; and that, as you know, is a complete, and utter lie.

President Obama admitted in a 2015 interview, that the US had brokered the deal to get Yanukovich, the duly elected Ukraine President, run over by the proverbial bus, leaving the door open in Kiev for Poroshenko to enter.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

Sorry, DW, this is one doozy of a lie about how Crimea became a member of the Russian Federation, that I CANNOT UN-SEE!!

You owe you readers one hell of an apology for this, DW.

You're welcome!! :-)

Mar 01 10:29

BBC Question Time audience brilliantly PROVE why second Brexit referendum will NOT work

Speaking on BBC’s Question Time, German comedian Henning Wehn used the audience to prove his point that a second Brexit referendum would not deliver another decisive result. Mr Wehn claimed the BBC audience represented the views of the whole of the UK, as he joked about the Brexit debate on the show. He said: “I quite like the whole scenario of what is going on because it is highly entertaining.

“We haven’t had a dull moment since. Every morning you wake up, instantly turn on the radio, has anyone resigned? Have we still got a government? Is anyone saying anything about bananas being too straight or too bendy? Or is there some arch-Remainer going ‘oh if there is a no deal Brexit there will never, ever be another plane taking off from British soil'.

“For me, with the referendum, I would have personally preferred if it was best of seven.”

Mar 01 10:13

City welcome sign with islamist woman in hijab shot to pieces by enraged Swedes

An image of a Muslim woman wearing a hijab was recently published on a digital advertising board at the entrance to the Swedish City of Gävle.

“It is true that the board was vandalised on Friday, and completely destroyed during the weekend”, says Johan Adolfsson, director of communications at Gävle Municipality.

“We select people who have been nominated by the residents to represent those who live in Gävle. Suzan Hindi is one of the 100 Gävle residents nominated for the campaign”.

Mar 01 10:13

Two violent sexual attacks by Muslim immigrants in Spain

Agents of the National Police have arrested an immigrant for sexual assault at a juvenile center in Palma in Mallorca, where the youth was detained after arriving in a boat to the island.

The events occurred when the young man, of Moroccan origin, showed up totally naked and grabbed a 24-year-old social worker, pushing her into a bathroom, when the girl began to scream and narrowly managed to escape from her attacker.

Once the Police became aware of the facts, they went to the juvenile center and proceeded to arrest the refugee for sexual assault.

Mar 01 10:12

Hungary Backs ‘Europe of Families’, Not ‘Europe of Migrants’

Hungary’s foreign affairs minister has warned that Europe will be weakened if it abandons families in favour of mass migration.

“Europe will be strong if it becomes a Europe of families, because if the Europe of migrants is realised, then it will be weak,” Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said during a conference in Budapest on Thursday.

The minister’s comments during the event, entitled Europe’s Future: Family or Migration, comes after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced a series of family-friendly economic policies earlier in February.

Mar 01 09:53

EU Commission strikes back at Hungarian information campaign against Juncker, Soros

The European Commission on Thursday addressed suggestions in a Hungarian government information campaign that Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and billionaire investor George Soros seek to flood the country with migrants, Reuters reports. The Commission published a report debunking the assertions on billboards and full-page newspaper ads. The report rejected Hungarian assertions that the EU executive arm wanted to introduce refugee resettlement quotas, stating that refugee resettlement “is and will always be on a purely voluntary basis.”

Feb 28 11:50

Anti-Government Protest in Albania Turns Violent

Albanian police used teargas to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters who tried to prevent ruling Socialist MPs from entering parliament.

Feb 28 09:43

BREXIT LIVE: George Eustice QUITS over Brexit delay - Minister savages dishonourable EU

THERESA May has been handed another Brexit blow after influential minister George Eustice resigned over opposing a possible extension to Article 50.

The agriculture minister took a swipe at the Prime Minister’s handling of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union stating “parliament is now in direct control”. The Tory MP indicated the motions passed this week in the Commons meant the EU would now be “dictating the terms” of negotiations and the country was now in danger of being “humiliated”.

Feb 28 09:42

'Italy PRIMED and ready' to follow Brexit Britain and QUIT EU – Brussels 'terrified'

A radio caller has insisted that Italy is ready to follow Brexit Britain out of the European Union. Speaking on talkRADIO, the caller, known as Geoff, whose wife is Italian, claimed the whole of Italy is “watching” what Britain is doing. He said: “We are very lucky, myself and my wife, to own a second home in Calabria in Italy, my wife is Italian.

Feb 28 09:02

17 EU Member States Team Up Against Franco-German Initiative - Reports

France and Germany sought to create a European rail giant, but their push was blocked by the European Commission, which feared the project would harm competition in the bloc. Now, Berlin and Paris want to revise EU competition rules - raising concerns among smaller member states.

About 17 EU member states have forged a coalition against a joint Franco-German push for easing restrictions on free competition in the union.

According to a letter seen by the Polish Rzeczpospolita newspaper, this coalition includes the Baltic States, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden.

They are said to have warned European Council President Donald Tusk against the "growing risk of protectionism" and possible shifts in balance of power in economic matters post-Brexit.

Feb 27 18:28

Farage ‘DISGUSTED’ at vile ’KNIFE to their THROATS’ Brexit comment from EX-EU President

The LBC host Nigel Farage was furious with the controversial statement from ex-EU president Herman Van Rompuy, who claimed the EU had a knife held to the throat of the UK. Mr Farage expressed his disgust at the comment and questioned why any Remainers would want to be part of a union where politicians speak so ill of a nation.

Feb 27 18:26

UK WILL PAY: German businesses to OVERCHARGE Brits after Brexit 'why should WE suffer?'

GERMAN businesses have hatched plans to charge British consumers higher prices in order to make up for potential Brexit-related losses, it has been revealed.

A leading industrial lobby, which is based in the region around car giant Volkswagen’s headquarters, is leading a charge for “price adjustments” to cover the costs of exporting to Britain in event of a no-deal Brexit. Smaller firms are also following the lead after Lueneburg Chamber of Commerce published “five Brexit tips”, which includes charging Britons more to cover potential customs duties. The plans have been pushed out to over 10,000 people as part of an effort to prepare businesses near Hamburg for a hard Brexit

Feb 27 11:48

Final Steps Of The Multipolar Revolution: Containing The US In Europe

The United States has in the last three decades brought chaos and destruction to large parts of Europe, in spite of the common myth that the old continent has basked in the post-WWII peace of the American-led world order. This falsehood is fueled by European politicians devoted to the European Union and eager to justify and praise the European project. But history shows that the United States fueled or directed devastating wars on the European continent in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, with the conflict between Georgia and Ossetia at the beginning of the 1990s, with the war in Georgia in 2008, and in the coup in Ukraine in 2014, with the ensuing aggression against the Donbass.

Feb 27 09:46

The EU27 are far less prepared for no-deal Brexit than you’d think

As 29 March gets nearer and Theresa May tries to get a Brexit deal through parliament, preparations for no deal continue in both London and mainland Europe. It’s been well-documented that the UK government’s preparations haven’t been optimal, and many British companies aren’t really prepared for no deal. However, on the other side of the Channel, things aren’t going all that well either.

Here is an overview of the EU27’s no-deal plans:

Feb 27 09:41

Hungary’s citizens to receive letter from PM Orban on EU’s pro-immigration efforts – spokesman

The Hungarian government is stepping up its campaign against the leadership of the EU, saying that it seeks to promote mass immigration into the continent. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said on Tuesday that citizens will receive a letter from Prime Minister Viktor Orban explaining what Hungary says are the EU’s pro-immigration efforts, which Hungary opposes. EU leaders and European politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have rejected Hungary’s campaign, launched last week with billboards and television and print ads.

Feb 26 10:03

Collapse of EU superstate? Euroskeptics could paralyze Brussels after May elections

Anti-EU parties are set to gain a third of European parliamentary votes in May, a new study says. Analysts warn it may bring down the whole political system in Europe, leaving Brussels powerless, RT.com reports.

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) report describes the vote as “the most consequential parliamentary vote in the EU’s history” and says it is even possible for Euroskeptic parties to gain more than 30 percent of the EP’s seats “if their popularity continues to grow or if some of the fringe members of the mainstream join them.”

The report argues that if such a situation occurs, the EU could find itself “living on borrowed time” and outlines ways that various anti-EU parties could align with each other to garner more power in Brussels.

Feb 26 10:03

Who’s spreading the fake news: Hungary or the European Commissian?

The European Commission rebuked a media campaign by the Hungarian government aimed at European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.S. businessman George Soros, accusing Brussels of pushing migration plans threatening Hungary, Reuters reports.

Viktor Orbán’s latest campaign, announced in a Facebook post, depicts smiling images of Soros and Juncker with the text “You also have the right to know what Brussels prepares for!” overlaid in red and white block capitals. A caption says the EU plans to adopt mandatory relocation quotas for immigrants, weaken the border protection rights of member states and make arrivals easier with a “migrant visa”.

Feb 26 10:02

Hungary: “Budapest Process to become symbol for stopping pro-migration forces”

The Budapest Process interregional forum on migration will become a symbol for stopping pro-migration forces, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said.

At next meeting, tomorrow in Istanbul, the Hungarian government will not allow the forum named after Budapest to become a platform for bringing more migrants to Europe, Szijjarto told MTI. The meeting will see a fight between pro-migration and anti-migration forces, as usual in the recent period, he added.

“[US financier George] Soros and his network, United Nations officials and Brussels want to use the Budapest Forum to start another wave of migration towards Europe”, he said.

They plan to approve a resolution at the end of the meeting which states the need to open further routes for migrants, he said, adding that the Hungarian government “is most resolutely against this.”

Feb 26 08:18

Workers reject Spanish firm’s bid for Israeli settlement project

Last month, the workers council of Spanish train manufacturer CAF voted against participation in the Jerusalem light rail.

The council urged the Basque Country-based company to withdraw from the tender for the expansion of the tramway linking Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank to Jerusalem.

“Any transit project in any city in the world, including Jerusalem, must be built while respecting human rights and international law,” the workers council stated.

Feb 25 10:52

Vimmer: Kosovo is needed by the Americans as a carrier on the ground

IMPROVED German politician Willie Vimmer said that Kosovo as a state had been planned since the late 1980s and that "its only purpose is to be an American air carrier on the ground".

In an interview for today's "Vecernje novosti", which reminds him that in 2000, he said that Kosovo "is America's need to dominate the Balkans," he pointed out that since the aggressive war against the FRY in 1999, NATO led the United States did not cease its clashes .

The paper transmits his words that "the war coalition in Washington is continuously fighting against President Donald Trump because they want to continue wars, and the main target is Europe."

This former German deputy, state secretary and vice-president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, assessed that the possible offer to Serbia to join the European Union if it recognized the false state of Kosovo, the continuation of the war against Serbia.

Feb 25 08:42

Europeans Are Fed Up With US Behaviour - Putin Gets a Report From The Economy Minister On Davos

Feb 25 08:03

EXCLUSIVE: EU in talks with Egypt and other states over police data-sharing

European Union officials have begun talks with counterparts in several Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt and Turkey, about proposed data-sharing deals that would allow Europol to exchange personal information about suspects with local law enforcement authorities.

In some circumstances, the deals could allow the transfer of data concerning a person’s race and ethnic origin, their political opinions and religious beliefs, trade-union memberships, genetic data and data concerning their health and sex life.

The deals are being sought by the EU as part of efforts to bolster counter-terrorism policing across the continent despite concerns being raised about the human rights records of the countries by the bloc’s own data protection watchdog.

Since the start of the year, Egypt has executed a number of prisoners convicted in cases in which several said they had been tortured into false confessions.

Feb 25 07:53

Police fire tear gas against Algeria's anti-Bouteflika protesters

Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters on a third consecutive day of rare demonstrations against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in the April 18 presidential vote.

Sunday's unrest came in the centre of the capital where hundreds of people took to the streets at about noon despite a significant police presence.

Sofiane Djilali, a coordinator of Mouwatana - the opposition group whose call for anti-government protests sparked demonstrations on Friday - told Al Jazeera, "Algerians showed their high level of [political] awareness once again today and broke the wall of fear."

Feb 24 18:23

Majority want ban on use of controversial weedkiller

Most Irish adults who are familiar with glyphosate are worried about the health effects of the widely used weedkiller and want it banned from use on crops.

An opinion poll found that 64% of adults who know about the controversial chemical are concerned that it may be present in their body through the consumption of food and drink, and 68% favour outlawing its spraying on food crops here.

Feb 24 17:55

Brexit stitch-up: UK’s departure from EU could be DELAYED until 2021, EU sources REVEAL

BREXIT could be delayed until 2021 under outrageous new plans being plotted by senior European Union officials, it has emerged.

The EU are plotting to tell Theresa May if she doesn’t get her Brexit deal through Parliament and wants to delay Brexit, the UK will have to remain in the bloc until at least 2021. Three EU insiders said senior figures and governments are backing an extension of as much as 21 months beyond the current March 29 deadline. Officials on both sides now anticipate some form of extension as a way of avoiding a no-deal scenario.

Feb 24 09:23

US plans to buy weapons for Venezuelan opposition in Eastern Europe, warns diplomat

The US is considering the possibility of buying weapons for the Venezuelan opposition in one of Eastern European countries, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

"We have information that companies from the US and its NATO allies are considering the possibility of buying a large batch of weapons in one of Eastern European countries in order to provide them to the Venezuelan opposition. The batch will reportedly include heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, portable missile launchers and ammunition for light weapons and artillery systems. So this is what they mean when they talk about delivering humanitarian aid," she said.

Zakharova also said that the US and its allies intended to use cargo aircraft belonging to an international freight forwarder to deliver several shipments of weapons to Venezuela in early March "through a neighboring country".

Feb 24 08:50

Security in Europe only exists with Russia

Merkel’s applause was countered by the booming silence with which the traditionally brave transatlantic community in Munich reacted to the remarks made by US Vice President Pence. Not only did he demand dropping out of the Iran agreement, but threatened to deprive Europe of protection if it did not finally call it quits with Russia. For a long time, the federal government believed that it could just sit out Trump. A bitter mistake. The current US administration combines the erratic destructiveness of Donald Trump with the neo-conservative aggressiveness of Pence and Bolton. This is a toxic mixture. It endangers the security of Europe. After the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Iran Agreement and Unesco, the US has kicked the the next international agreement into the trash bin, with the INF Treaty – to Vladimir Putin’s secret joy. How substantiated the mutual reproaches are is secondary. Both have little interest in actually saving the contract in the remaining six months.

Feb 24 08:36

US lawmakers bully Ireland over move to ban Israel’s settlement goods

A grouping of US politicians has threatened Ireland with economic repercussions if it bans goods from Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Both houses in the Irish parliament, the Oireachtas, have approved a bill to outlaw Israel’s settlement exports during the past few months. Ten US lawmakers have reacted to the moves by warning that a ban could have “potentially severe implications” for the country.

In a letter to Irish political leaders, the 10 members of Congress suggested that some corporations investing would be violating US export regulations if the Dublin authorities enforced a ban on Israel’s settlement goods.

That appears to be a reference to rules introduced by the US during the 1970s in response to the Arab League boycott of Israel. Under these rules, US companies may not take part in boycott activities unless they have been approved by the federal government.

Feb 24 08:14

Swedish Court Convicts Pensioner for Saying Somalis Are ‘Lazy’

A Swedish court has convicted a 70-year-old man of “hate speech” for claiming on social media that Somalis are lazy and don’t work.

In a unanimous decision, the district court of Uddevalla handed down a guilty verdict, ordering the man to pay 60 daily fines of SEK 120, for a total of SEK 7200 (700 euros).

The court said that the man’s Facebook post, which linked to an article by Swedish public broadcaster SVT, was “derogatory” to the reputation of Somalis as a group.

Feb 23 08:47

Poland SLAMS Israel: We Will Not Accept ‘Racist Lies And Insults’

After an Israeli minister said that Poles had harbored anti-Semitism since childhood, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki responded by saying that his country would not accept “racist insults.”

Amid a political dispute between Warsaw and Tel Aviv, Morawiecki told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that Poland, where thousands risked their lives to help Jews during World War II, “will no longer yield to the pressure to accept lies, deceptive phrases, and more-or-less racist insults.”

The Polish prime minister was apparently addressing the comment to Israel’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, who upped the ante last week by saying that every Pole “nursed anti-Semitism with his mother’s milk.”

Feb 23 08:46

A Crisis Grips NATO, Germany Trust Putin More Than Trump

The British Financial Times published an article by its columnist Philip Stevens about the crisis in the ranks of NATO.

At the conference on international security held in Munich (February 15-17), German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s speech in defense of the liberal international legal order and, by default, against the policies of the administration of US President Donald Trump , was met with a bang. However, US Vice President Michael Pence , who rose to the podium immediately after Merkel, apparently, did not listen to her speech. The number two man in the current US administration said that US allies should follow the orders of Washington, writes Stevens.

Feb 23 08:43

EU Expects UK PM May to Request Three-Month Delay of Brexit – Reports

Discussions between the EU and UK reportedly suggest May will ask for an extension to the two-year negotiating period if the British Parliament backs the Brexit deal but it isn’t signed off until an EU summit on March 21-22.

The EU sees this “technical extension” as an opportunity to give British Parliament time to pass necessary legislation related to its departure from the Union, as anything longer than three months would put the UK under pressure to take part in European elections on May 23-26, Bloomberg reported quoting an anonymous source.

Feb 23 08:42

Chilling Echoes: UK Threatens Trade War With Ireland in Search of EU Concessions

Leo Varadkar’s government will on Friday publish a large parliamentary bill incorporating 16 pieces of legislation, all designed to insulate the country from the deleterious impact of the UK 'crashing out' of the bloc.

Ireland is preparing for a no-deal Brexit, due to widespread fears the Irish economy — in particular agriculture, food processing, transport — could face severe disruption, if not outright collapse.

For instance, over 50 percent of Ireland's annual beef exports are sold in the UK, with the Irish Farmers' Association estimating WTO tariffs — imposed in the event of a no-deal Brexit — would cost Ireland's beef farmers over US$900 million (€800 million) annually, and a system favouring cheaper imports from countries such as Brazil could end Irish beef exports to the UK altogether.

Feb 23 08:42

Ireland publishes no-deal Brexit legislation, hopes law ‘will never be needed’

The Irish government published a bill on Friday designed to ease the damage if Britain leaves the European Union next month without a Brexit divorce deal. However, Dublin hopes the law will never be needed. Ireland plans to fast-track the bill through parliament before the UK’s scheduled departure from the bloc on March 29, AP said.

Feb 22 14:50

European Oil Demand Is Shockingly Weak

Feb 22 09:24

US Military Has Taken Control Of Europe — Wimmer

“We note to our sorrow the fact that our national parliaments and our national governments are no longer in a position to make an independent assessment of other parts of the world, or to ask ourselves whether our policies towards other countries can be upheld or have to be changed, because we follow the lines from Washington and sometimes from Paris and London in a very bad way.”

Feb 22 08:39

Leading Israel lobby group sees massive rise in budget

A leading pro-Israel group in Brussels has seen its budget increase fivefold over the past few years.

The European Jewish Association has become increasingly prominent in efforts to counter the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions. One of its campaign priorities is to convince political parties that they should issue policy statements rejecting the BDS movement as anti-Semitic.

The association has a massive war chest.

The latest annual budget that it declared came to $8.5 million. That is five times the $1.7 million per year figure previously stated by the association.

I asked Menachem Margolin, head of the European Jewish Association, to explain the increase. I asked him, too, how much his group receives from the Israeli government.

Margolin replied that “since we can’t really consider you as a great supporter” of his organization, “we won’t answer your questions and won’t provide you [with] any information” about it.

Feb 22 08:31

Warsaw won’t bow to ‘lies & racist insults,’ Polish PM says amid simmering row with Israel

After an Israeli minister claimed that Poles harbor anti-Semitism from childhood, a Polish PM fired back, saying his country, where thousands risked their lives to help Jews during WWII, will not accept “racist insults.”
Amid a simmering political row between Warsaw and Tel Aviv, Mateusz Morawiecki told Haaretz that Poland “will no longer give in to a pressure to accept lies, misleading phrases, let alone racist insults.”

Feb 22 05:34

Donald Trump Uses Poland to Divide Europe and Undermine EU’s Policy towards Iran

Political analyst Adriel Kasonta believes hosting the Warsaw summit would cause further deterioration of Poland’s relations with the European Union, which attempts to avoid the break with Tehran and works on a mechanism to bypass US sanctions against Iran.
Adriel Kasonta, in an interview with FNA, said that the right-wing ruling party in Poland instead of establishing an independent foreign policy, is strongly influenced by “the xenophobic warmongering Trump administration”.

Mr. Kasonta believes that “there are many Polish politicians that condemn the shameful behavior of the current government” in hosting an anti-Iran summit which according to the analyst does not serve the interests of Poland or that of the European Union.

Adriel Kasonta is a London-based lawyer, political analyst and entrepreneur of Polish-Jewish and Tanzanian descent.>>>

Feb 22 04:01

Anti-Semitism rising sharply across Europe, latest figures show

Anti-Semitism is rising sharply across Europe, experts have said, as France reported a 74 per cent increase in the number of offences against Jews last year and Germany said the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks had surged by more than 60 per cent. The figures confirm the results of three recent Europe-wide surveys showing Jewish people feel at greater risk, and are experiencing markedly more aggression, amid a generalised increase in racist hate speech and violence in a significantly coarser, more polarised political environment ... The French president, Emmanuel Macron, denounced the trend as "unacceptable", telling ministers that anti-Semitism in France was "a repudiation of the Republic and its values". Petra Pau, an MP for Germany's Die Linke party, said more and more people felt free to "deny the Holocaust and engage in anti-Semitic agitation".

Feb 21 11:23

Putin Threatens US Soil If Missiles Deployed in Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual presidential address to the legislature Wednesday, criticized the United States for ignoring the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by deploying missile launchers in Romania and Poland.

"First it started developing and using intermediate-range missiles it deceitfully called targets for missile defenses. Then it began to deploy the Mk-41 launchers in Europe, capable of using intermediate range cruise missiles Tomahawk for combat purposes," he said.

"By doing all this the United States blatantly ignored the provisions contained in articles 4 and 6 of the INF Treaty."

Russia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed but the United States itself, Putin warned.

Feb 21 09:41

Brexit LIVE: Chaos as UK to be blocked from MAJOR EU trade deals in event of no-deal

THE EU’s trade agreements with Japan, Algeria and Turkey will not automatically still apply to the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Government has confirmed.

The revelation was made in the latest document released by Whitehall as the UK gears up its preparations to leave the Brussels trade bloc without a deal. The Government said it was “in the process of transitioning existing trade agreements of which the UK participates as a member of the European Union”. It is hoped a total of around 40 existing trade deals will roll over after March 29 in the event the Brexit deadlock is unable to be broken.

Feb 21 08:54

Israel should apologise to Poland in Holocaust row: U.S. ambassador to Warsaw

Washington’s ambassador to Warsaw on Wednesday called on Israel to apologise to Poland in a row between the two countries over the Holocaust, after Israel’s acting foreign minister said “many Poles” had collaborated with the Nazis.

Feb 21 08:00

Europe to Sign Own 'Suicide Pact' If Hosts New US Missiles – German Politician

Europe’s possible agreement to host US intermediate and shorter-range ballistic missiles will be tantamount to signing a "suicide pact" in light of Russia’s declared resolve to target these potential security threats, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the leader of Germany’s Civil Rights Movement Solidarity party, told Sputnik.

"If Europe were to accept the installation of new US missiles on its territory in this strategic environment, it would sign a suicide pact," Zepp-LaRouche said.

Feb 21 07:55

UK has until mid-March to seal Brexit deal – EU diplomats

Britain has until mid-March to seal a deal with the European Union, diplomatic sources in the bloc said on Wednesday. Otherwise, it would be too late for the gathering of 28 national leaders later that month to approve it before Brexit day on March 29. “They have until March 10, maybe March 15 at the latest,” Reuters quoted one EU diplomat as saying.

Feb 20 12:22

Poland asks Israel to apologise for ‘slanderous’ remarks

The government of Poland said it is still waiting for an apology from Israel following “slanderous” remarks made by senior officials regarding the role of Poles in the Nazi Holocaust.

International media widely reported the Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek saying yesterday: “We leave it to Israeli leaders to choose what form of reaction they will have and who will react, but it should be a unified and definite one.”

The Polish official described the remarks of the acting Israeli foreign minister Yisrael Katz as “shameful, scandalous and slanderous” and they require an “unequivocal and definite” reaction.

Feb 20 12:01

Ukraine President Signs Constitutional Amendment On NATO, EU Membership

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a constitutional amendment committing the country to becoming a member of NATO and the European Union.

Addressing parliament on February 19, Poroshenko said he saw securing Ukraine's membership in NATO and the EU as his "strategic mission."

Ukraine should "submit a request for EU membership and receive a NATO membership action plan no later than 2023," the president told the Verkhovna Rada.

However, he acknowledged that his country needs to come a "long way" to meet the criteria of joining both institutions.

European Council President Donald Tusk attended the signing of the constitutional amendment in the parliament building.

Feb 20 11:56

Russia Will Respond To ANY U.S. Weapons Deployment In Europe

Russian president Vladimir Putin has vowed to use force against the United States should the U.S. deploy any missile weapons in Europe. Putin says the threat is necessary to protect Russia because U.S. weapons will be much closer to being able to destroy his country.

In what could be called Putin’s toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, the Russian president said Moscow was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to deploy missiles in response to Washington’s decision this month to quit a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty. But Putin would take action against the U.S. if the decision is made to deploy weapons in Europe.

Feb 20 11:53

Russia Will Target US With New Hypersonic Weapons If It Deploys Missiles To Europe

In his first major public address since the US formally pulled out of the INF arms-control treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that Russia would point its new arsenal of hypersonic missiles - which can purportedly bypass NATO's ABM systems - directly at the US if it dares to reintroduce ground-based intermediate-range missiles to Europe.

According to Fox, Putin threatened to deploy Russia’s new Zircon missiles, which Putin said can fly at nine times the speed of sound and carry a range of 620 miles and are part of the country's drive to upgrade its defensive capabilities against an increasingly aggressive US and NATO.

Feb 20 11:47

Putin cautions if threatened, Russia could target US missiles ‘hosts’ and America as well

Russia will consider tit-for-tat and asymmetric measures if the United States deploys intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles to Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his annual State of the Nation address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday.

"I’ve already said and I want to repeat - and this is vital - to repeat this specifically, that Russia is not planning to be the first to deploy these missiles to Europe. If they are indeed manufactured and sent to the European continent, and the US does have these plans, anyway, we haven’t heard other statements, this will sharply deteriorate international security and create serious threats to Russia since it takes up to 10-12 minutes for certain types of these missiles to fly to Moscow. This is a very serious danger to us. In this case, we will be forced, and I want to stress this, we will be forced to envisage tit-for-tat and asymmetric measures," Putin said.

Feb 20 11:46

Putin: Russia to Take Steps if US Deploys Its Short, Medium Range Missiles in EU

In an address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin touched upon a spate of pressing international issues related to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Putin Warns Against US Missiles in Europe

During the address, the Russian president specifically touched upon the possible deployment of US missiles in Europe.

He warned that if Washington deploys its medium-and short-range missiles in Europe, it will “dramatically exacerbate international security situation" and create serious challenges to Russia.

Feb 20 11:46

Yellow Vests Go International, Protest in Front of UN HQ in Geneva (VIDEO)

Last Saturday marked the 14th straight weekend of Yellow Vests demonstrations in Paris. The movement emerged in France back in November following the government's fuel tax hikes proposal and while the French government ultimately abandoned its plans to raise fuel taxes, the protests have continued.

Yellow Vests demonstrators gathered in front of the UN headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday to show their indignation with police violence during protests.

The wave of Yellow Vests rallies — named after the garment all drivers are legally required to carry in their vehicles in France — started in mid-November.

Feb 20 11:45

Swedish-Hungarian War of Words Escalates as Minister Called 'Sick Creature'

Sweden and Hungary have been embroiled in a bitter quarrel after a Swedish cabinet minister made a controversial comparison between Budapest's pro-family policy and that of Nazi Germany.

The Hungarian ambassador to Sweden has been summoned to a meeting with representatives of the Foreign Ministry as part of the escalating verbal exchange of fire between the two nations.

The war of words broke out when Swedish Social Insurance Minister Annika Strandhäll compared Hungary's new pro-family policy, which includes complete tax exemption for mothers of four children, to Nazi Germany, claiming it "reeked of the 1930s". In turn, Hungarian Vice Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen called the Swedish minister a "poor sick creature" in a talk show on Echo TV.

Feb 20 11:26

Hungarian 'Conspiracy Theory' Over Soros, Juncker 'Beggars Belief' - EU

The new campaign of the Hungarian government targeting the European Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker and Brussels' migration policy promotes falsehoods, the European Commission said Tuesday.

"The Juncker commission made the commitment to fight disinformation and fake news. And this case is no exception. The Hungarian government's campaign beggars belief. It is shocking that such a ludicrous conspiracy theory has reached the mainstream to the extent it has… Hungarians deserve facts, not fictions," Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas told a press conference.

The spokesman stressed that the European Union was not undermining national border protection.

Feb 20 10:10

Putin: If mid-range missiles deployed in Europe, Russia will station arms to strike decision centers

If the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Moscow will respond by stationing weapons aimed not only against missiles themselves, but also at command and control centers, from which a launch order would come.

The warning came from President Vladimir Putin, who announced Russia’s planned actions after the US withdraws from the INF Treaty – a Cold War-era agreement between Washington and Moscow which banned both sides form having ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles and developing relevant technology.

The US is set to unilaterally withdraw from the treaty in six months, which opens the possibility of once again deploying these missiles in Europe. Russia would see that as a major threat and respond with its own deployments, Putin said.

Feb 20 09:52

Europe Slowing Into Recession

Feb 19 10:26

The Worst Possible Version of the EU Copyright Directive Has Sparked a German Uprising

By Cory Doctorow

Last week’s publication of the final draft of the new EU Copyright Directive baffled and infuriated almost everyone, including the massive entertainment companies that lobbied for it in the first place; the artists’ groups who endorsed it only to have their interests stripped out of the final document; and the millions and millions of Europeans who had publicly called on lawmakers to fix grave deficiencies in the earlier drafts, only to find these deficiencies made even worse. The epicenter of the uprising is Germany, which is only fitting, given that German MEP Axel Voss is almost singlehandedly responsible for poisoning the Directive...

Feb 19 10:14

Gibraltar row EXPLODES as Spain defends warship’s actions in 'Spanish territorial waters’

Madrid stated they left the area after being contacted by the Spanish warship. Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said a Spanish navy ship named Tornado was policing the area on Sunday in what he said was a standard procedure. Mr Borrell told reporters in Brussels, “The Tornado called three commercial ships that were breaking maritime security law in Spanish territorial waters by standing still”

Feb 19 09:23

Poland pulls out of Israel meeting over 'anti-Semitism' and Nazi comments

Poland's prime minister canceled plans for his country to send a delegation to meeting in Jerusalem on Monday after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."

The Polish pullout triggered the collapse of a planned summit of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu with leaders of four Central European nations known as the Visegrad group.

Feb 19 08:49

Reform Now: Russia Wants A ‘Strong, Independent And Open’ Europe, Says Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the European project failed to provide security and prosperity for the continent while the European Union (EU) is wasting its energies to confront Russia to please Washington.

“A unified Europe has not yet been built,” Lavrov said in his speech at the Munich Security Conference. “Everyday issues – from eradicating terrorism to steady economic growth – have not been addressed with adequate solutions.”

Instead, the Russian diplomat said that Europe has enjoyed being a “follower” of Washington’s “lead” while pursuing a “NATO-centered” foreign policy.

Feb 19 08:26

Huge statue that depicts Donald Trump as a Warhammer warrior with Twitter engraved on his sword and Vladimir Putin is unveiled in Italy

A huge statue of President Trump dressed as a Warhammer warrior with Twitter birds on his sword and the head of Vladimir Putin on his shoulder has been unveiled in Italy.

Covered in golden armour and wearing a gold leaf crown, the gigantic effigy brandished a huge claw hand with long talons and a Twitter-themed blade.

As it moved through the streets the animated Caesar-like figure turned from side-to-side and moved its arms, as people stood at its feet waving US flags.

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Feb 19 07:46

European Trees With The Most Interesting Stories

The Environmental Partnership Association (EPA) is seeking votes from the public to help them select the winner of the European Tree of the Year competition 2019. Each year participating countries select an entrant by holding a national poll, from which a winner is selected in the European round by an online poll that runs throughout the month of February. The winner is announced at an awards ceremony in late March held in the EU Parliament, Brussels.

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