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  • Israel suffers sharp rebuffs from Europe

    12/17/2014 11:03:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2014 12:34 PM EST | John-Thor Dahlburg and John Heilprin
    Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal. In Geneva, the international community delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel’s settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying the practice violates Israel’s responsibilities as an occupying power. The declaration adopted by the conference of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which governs the rules of war and military occupation, emphasized a prohibition on colonizing occupied land and insisted that international humanitarian law be obeyed in areas affected by the conflict between Israel...
  • Juncker warns Cameron against scapegoating eastern Europeans

    12/12/2014 3:55:29 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 12 December 2014 | Ian Traynor
    The head of the EU executive has delivered a scathing denunciation of David Cameron’s proposals to curb the rights of Europeans working in Britain, suggesting the British are stigmatising and “beating up” poorer east Europeans working legally in the UK. In his first comments on the prime minister’s initiative, Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of the European commission, insisted the principle of free movement for labour in the EU meant there could be no discrimination against any EU countries.
  • What Could Go Wrong? Communists Return To Power In East German State

    12/08/2014 12:58:07 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller via Yahoo! ^ | December 6, 2014 4:18 PM
    A left-wing party with communist roots now controls the levers of government in the German state of Thuringia, marking the first time a political party closely linked to East Germany’s communist leadership has gained power since German reunification in 1990. The party is, appropriately enough, the Left Party, reports The Telegraph. This week, the state parliament in Thuringia narrowly voted to authorize a new coalition with the Left Party at the helm. The three-way coalition also includes the Green Party. The Left Party is viewed as the successor to the Socialist Unity Party which controlled East Germany when it was...
  • ECB paralyzed by split as irreversible deflation trap draws closer

    12/05/2014 6:07:09 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Ambrose Evans Pritchard
    The European Central Bank has dashed hopes for quantitative easing this year and acknowledged for the first time that the institution’s elite board is split on plans for a €1 trillion liquidity blitz. Equity markets fell across southern Europe,with Italy’s MIB off 2.77pc, led by sharp falls in bank stocks. Spain’s IBEX dropped 2.35pc. The euro surged by more than 1pc to $1.2455 against the dollar in early trading as speculators rushed to cover short positions. Expectations for immediate stimulus had been riding high after the ECB’s president, Mario Draghi, pledged action “as fast as possible” last month. The bank...
  • EU court orders France to pay thousands to Somali pirates

    12/04/2014 4:39:05 PM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    msmnews ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | France 24
    The EU's top human rights court on Thursday ordered France to pay thousands of euros to Somali pirates who attacked French ships for "violating their rights" by holding them an additional 48 hours before taking them before a judge. The Somali pirates were apprehended on the high seas by the French army on two separate occasions in 2008 and taken back to France for trial. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said that French authorities should have brought the pirates before a judge "without delay" when they arrived on French territory after being held at sea. The EU’s top...
  • China Looks Bad, Europe Looks Worse

    12/03/2014 5:58:31 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 12-3-2014 | Jonathan Cable
    Jonathan Cable, Reuters December 3, 2014LONDON (Reuters) - The euro zone economy may face another contraction after business activity grew less than expected in November despite heavy discounting, surveys on Wednesday showed, although Asian readings were more upbeat. Firms across the euro zone cut prices again. That, and signs that the bloc's core economies are struggling, will concern the European Central Bank which has launched a raft of measures to revive growth and drive up dangerously low inflation. In contrast, a survey covering China's services industry showed slightly faster expansion. But after data on Monday said manufacturing growth was its...
  • EU moves eastward with Tusk taking presidency

    12/01/2014 9:52:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 1, 2014 7:38 PM EST | Raf Casert
    Former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk is pushing the European Union’s center of political gravity eastward by taking over the EU presidency from Belgium’s Herman Van Rompuy. Monday’s transition ceremony highlighted the increasing power of Poland within the 28-nation EU, and the bloc’s ongoing shift from a western European economic association half a century ago to a strong political body uniting some 500 million people from Britain to the borders of Russia. …
  • EU says UK must dole out MORE benefits: Brussels takes legal action ...

    11/30/2014 3:26:54 AM PST · by moose07 · 40 replies
    .dailymail.co.uk ^ | 23:08, 29 November 2014 | Martin Beckford
    Britain will be forced to pay benefits to even more migrants under EU plans to be fought over in a politically explosive court case. Officials in Brussels last night confirmed that the European Commission is taking legal action to make Britain lift existing restrictions that prevent some migrants claiming child benefit and child tax credit in the UK. The news comes just days after David Cameron pledged to cut handouts in a bid to reduce soaring immigration. The case at Europe’s highest court will further anger the public and politicians who have called on the Government to tighten up Britain’s...
  • EUROPE'S PLUNGE INTO DEFLATION IS COMING

    11/28/2014 7:01:49 AM PST · by blam · 26 replies
    BI ^ | 11-28-2014 | Mike Bird
    Mike Bird November 28, 2014 Eurozone inflation figures just released put the rate at 0.3% in November, down from October's 0.4% and in line with estimates. With the recent impact of oil prices, that means deflation isn't just a possibility for the eurozone: markets are now suggesting it's the most likely outcome in a few months' time. Analysts had forecast that that the rate would come in at 0.3% again, though some suggested it could fall as low as 02% The ECB currently targets 2% inflation, but that target was last reached in the summer of 2012. These numbers increase...
  • The Clock is Ticking in Switzerland

    11/25/2014 2:01:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/25/2014 | Peter Schiff
    For most of my career in international investing, I had always placed a great deal of faith in Switzerland's financial markets. In recent years, however, as the Swiss government has sought to hitch its wagon to the flailing euro currency and kowtow increasingly to U.S.-based financial requirements, this faith has been shaken. But this week (November 30th) a referendum in Switzerland on whether its central bank will be required to hold at least 20% of its reserves in gold, will offer ordinary Swiss citizens a rare opportunity to reclaim their country's strong economic heritage. It's a vote that few outside...
  • European MP: EU Parliament Ignores Anti-Semitism

    11/23/2014 4:17:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/14 | Hillel Fendel
    European Parliament Member Bastiaan Belder of the Netherlands has urged the parliament to hold a debate on anti-Semitism. "It's a shame that this has not been done before,'' he said. Belder made his latest comments in an address at the annual conference of the European Coalition for Israel (ECI), a Christian initiative promoting European-Israeli cooperation. The session took place in the European Parliament on Thursday. Following the synagogue slaughter in Jerusalem last week, the ECI called upon the European Union to halt its funding to the PA until incitement to violence by PA leadership stops. MP Belder deplored the situation...
  • EU parliament to vote on Palestine statehood

    11/21/2014 7:33:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 21.11.14 @ 18:12 | Andrew Rettman
    The European Parliament will next Thursday (27 November) add its voice to the debate on whether EU states should recognize Palestine. The motion was initiated at the 11th hour by the left-wing GUE and S&D groups in the EU assembly. It is too early to say what the final text of the resolution will propose. The GUE group’s draft text “urges all EU member states … to recognize the State of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital”. …
  • Five EU Nations Condemn Demolition of Terrorists' Homes

    11/21/2014 5:25:33 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/11/14 | Ari Yashar
    Ambassadors from five major European Union (EU) member states met with the Foreign Ministry's senior diplomat Alon Ushpiz in Jerusalem on Thursday, where they voiced opposition to the demolition of the homes of Arab terrorists. Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain were the five countries whose consul generals argued that such demolitions, which are meant as a deterrent for future terrorists and a punishment for heinous crimes, are "counterproductive." The ambassadors also denounced the attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this Tuesday in which four Jews and a Druze police officer were murdered by two Arab terrorists, reports Haaretz citing Israeli...
  • DRAGHI: Inflation Must Rise Without Delay(the sky is falling, only inflation can save us)

    11/21/2014 1:30:29 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    BI ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Mike Bird
    DRAGHI: Inflation Must Rise Without Delay Mike Bird ļµ ļ…¤ European Central Bank boss Mario Draghi is speaking today at a banking conference in Frankfurt, and he has one central message: we have to bring inflation back up, now. ItĀ’s one of DraghiĀ’s most forthright speeches, with one exceptional snippet: Ā“It is essential to bring back inflation to target and without delay.Ā” Draghi added: Ā“We have to be very watchful that low inflation does not start percolating through the economy in ways that further worsen the economic situation.Ā” You can take a look at the full text of the speech...
  • Rochester and Strood by-election results: live

    11/20/2014 8:40:23 PM PST · by gasport · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14/11/21 | Ben Riley-Smith
    Latest 04.21 Reckless won by 2,920 votes in the end - a lead of around 8 percentage points The breakdown of votes... Ukip 16,867 Con 13,947 Lab 6,713 Green 1,692 Lib Dem 349 And the breakdown by share of votes... Ukip 42.05 per cent Con 34.77 per cent Lab 16.74 per cent Lib Dem 0.85 per cent 04.20 MARK RECKLESS WINS ROCHESTER AND STROOD BY-ELECTION 04.00 Farage hints another Tory MP is ready to jump
  • The Road to Happiness According to Federica Mogherin

    11/17/2014 1:34:52 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/14 | Alexander Maistrovoy
    Messianism of new age: The road to universal happiness lays through the creation of Palestinian State Right after taking office, Federica Mogherini, the new EU foreign minister, said she “would be happy if by the end of my term, a Palestinian state existed”. Her words exactly - “would be happy”. The solution of acute and painful conflict in Ukraine, the destruction of the ISIS, anarchy in Libya, hundreds of thousands of African migrants rushing to Italy (home of Mogherini, by the way), massacre in Syria, exodus of Christians from Middle East, stabilization of Lebanon, standing on the brink of chaos...
  • On anniversary of toppling Moscow's rule, Czechs fear back-sliding

    11/16/2014 5:48:26 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:06am GMT | Jan Lopatka
    PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs who helped bring about the "Velvet Revolution" that overthrew Kremlin-backed Communist rule are marking the 25th anniversary this week by accusing the country's present-day leaders of once again cosying up to Russia.
  • Brussels burns as more than 100,000 protesters clash with police during march against EU

    11/06/2014 4:44:16 PM PST · by mojito · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/6/2014 | Peter Allen
    Violence broke out on the streets of Brussels today as more than 100,000 people marched against EU-enforced austerity. Water cannons and tear gas were used in the centre of the Belgian capital as riot police tried to bring the situation under control. Fighting broke out soon after the end of a largely peaceful march organised by trade unions and left wing politicians. For two hours, the demonstrators had peacefully marched down the main thoroughfares of central Brussels to protest government policies that will raise the pension age, contain wages and cut into public services. But violence broke out at the...
  • The Economy Of The Largest Superpower On The Planet Is Collapsing Right Now (EU)

    11/05/2014 3:14:35 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog. ^ | November 5, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    By Michael Snyder November 5th, 2014 How do you fix a superpower with exploding levels of debt, that has a rapidly aging population, that consumes far more wealth than it produces, and that has scores of zombie banks that could collapse at any moment. You might think that I am talking about the United States, but I am actually talking about Europe. You see, the truth is that the European Union has a larger population than the United States does, it has a larger economy than the United States does, and it has a much larger banking system than the...
  • Germany 'Would Accept UK Exit From EU' To Protect Migration Rules

    11/02/2014 2:55:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 02, 2014
    Germany 'Would Accept UK Exit From EU' To Protect Migration Rules Angela Merkel is reported to have told David Cameron that she will not negotiate on EU migration Chancellor Angela Merkel would rather see the UK exit from the European Union than compromise over the principle of free movement of workers, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel. Mrs Merkel is alleged to fear that the UK is approaching a "point of no return". Downing Street would not comment on the reports. Mr Cameron wants to renegotiate the terms of the UK's continued membership before holding an in-out referendum. The...
  • Iran Nuke Deal is Biggest Obama Foreign Policy Focus

    11/01/2014 6:10:15 PM PDT · by jonatron · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11/1/2014 | By AFP and Times of Israel staff
    In newly surfaced (audio) recording, White House adviser compared possible deal with Tehran to health care coup; Kerry says gaps have narrowed ... The US has indicated readiness for an agreement that leaves Iran with some of its uranium enrichment capabilities. Israel has urged the dismantling of Iran’s entire “military nuclear” capacity. The differing positions are one of the key points of ongoing friction between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government. The main players — Kerry, his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton — will crisscross the globe ahead of the November...
  • Ukraine leader wins pro-West mandate but wary of Russia

    10/27/2014 6:59:20 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/27/2014 | Richard Balmforth
    Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine's parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and steer the country further out of Russia's orbit into Europe's mainstream. Poroshenko planned to start coalition talks on Monday after exit polls and partial results showed most of the groups that were holding up democratic and legal reforms demanded by the European Union had been swept out of parliament on Sunday. He still faces huge problems: Russia is resisting moves by Kiev to one day join the European Union, a ceasefire is barely holding in the east where government...
  • Why Europe is doomed, in 3 paragraphs

    10/27/2014 6:52:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/27/2014 | By Matt O'Brien
    This, from Reuters, tells you everything you need to know about Europe's continued descent into depression: According to German officials, Merkel felt betrayed by Draghi's speech at a central banking conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August in which he pressed Berlin for looser fiscal policy to stimulate the economy. Her entourage is also deeply skeptical about Draghi's plan to buy up asset-backed securities (ABS) and covered bonds in the hope of encouraging commercial banks to lend. Most of all, politicians in Berlin worry that if this scheme doesn't work, the ECB president will be tempted to launch full-blown government...
  • Israeli official: EU proposal to negotiate West Bank redlines is a death warrant

    10/24/2014 4:25:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/23/2014 06:25 | Herb Keinon
    The European Union is asking Jerusalem to weave the rope with which they will come to hang Israel, a senior diplomatic official said Wednesday in response to reports that the EU is interested in negotiating with Israel over its redlines in the West Bank. Haaretz on Wednesday published an internal document drawn up by EU officials in Brussels that outlined the content of a sharp message regarding Israel’s construction beyond the Green Line and its policies in the West Bank that the EU’s Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen has been instructed to deliver at the “highest possible level” in the...
  • Britain will have to pay extra €2.1bn into EU budget by December

    10/24/2014 3:04:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 23 October 2014 | Ian Trayno , Nicholas Watt
    Britain has been told it must pay an extra €2.1bn (£1.7bn) into the European Union budget by the end of next month because the UK economy is doing better relative to other European economies.
  • The Sikorski Flap

    10/23/2014 9:04:14 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 10 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 10/22/2014 | Daniel Larison
    Unsurprisingly, it turns out that an alleged Russian proposal to partition Ukraine with Poland in 2008 never happened. Now the Polish politician who made the claim, the ex-foreign minister and current speaker Radek Sikorski, is in a bit of trouble back home: The claim of a Russian offer was explosive, and dominated Polish media for much of the day Tuesday. But after an embarrassing series of news conferences, Mr Sikorski was forced to admit it had never happened. A media-savvy former reporter who has handled the press with aplomb for years, Mr Sikorski acknowledged that “my memory failed me,” and...
  • Farage thanks Barroso for exposing Cameron's deception

    10/22/2014 3:55:29 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 7 replies
    Today Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP and co-president of the European of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group (EFDD) in the European Parliament, was back in his front row seat at the parliament after his eurosceptic EFDD group defeated attempts by the eurofanatic leadership of the parliament to disband them and take away their speaking rights. The victory of the group meant that the German Socialist President of the Parliament, Martin Schulz, who last week was accused by Nigel Farage of “manipulative backroom politics of the worst kind,” was forced to introduce “EFDD Mr Farage” to address the parliament. Farage rose...
  • Obama Administration Quietly Prepares 'Surge' Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs

    10/19/2014 6:14:12 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 44 replies
    briertbart ^ | Oct 19 ,2014 | J Strong
    Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun. Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards in one year “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.”
  • EU Hangs On with Hookers, Drug Dealers & Gun Runners

    10/17/2014 10:00:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    The questionable accounting gimmick countries are using to claim economic progress. Calculating the economic output of hookers, gunrunners and drug dealers to boost GDP Karl Marx was wrong about virtually everything, but he was spot on when he said, “history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” For the third time in six years, the European Union (EU) is on the verge of recession, a tragedy fueled by slow or non-existent growth, a strong possibility of continent-wide deflation, and debt burdens that remain onerous, if not catastrophic. Enter farce: the economic doyens of the EU have determined that Italy...
  • Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg

    10/16/2014 8:36:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 32 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 15, 2014 | Soeren Kern
    Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg by Soeren Kern October 15, 2014 at 5:00 am "We are living in Hamburgistan." — Daniel Abdin, imam of Hamburg's Al-Nour Mosque.One politician has been repeatedly threatened with beheading as the price to pay for leading a fundraising campaign to provide food and water for Kurds in northern Iraq."As a society we must ask ourselves: how can it be that people who live in Germany and... born and raised here, are supporters of a brutal, inhuman and fundamentalist group such as the IS and attack peaceful protestors with knives, sticks and machetes. Here...
  • EU's triple whammy: Recession, deflation, and debt

    10/16/2014 7:34:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/16/2014 | Rick Moran
    Here we go again. Another sovereign debt crisis on the periphery of the EU is underway and many of the same factors that led to previous debt meltdowns are present. Germany is headed for a triple dip recession. Continent-wide deflation is nearly a reality. And many EU nations are smashing the debt limits demanded by treaty, thus threatening the Euro itself. All of this is impacting the percentage of debt in relation to GDP in several countries, making government bonds more expensive and debt servicing a nightmare. The Hill: Among Europe's most recent economic tremors has been the growing evidence...
  • EU to unveil business deregulation plan

    10/12/2014 10:30:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Sunday 12 October 2014 13.55 EDT | Ian Traynor and Arthur Neslen
    A controversial demand for a new deregulation spree shredding the rules for doing business in the European Union is to be unveiled on Tuesday in Brussels. Edmund Stoiber, the former leader of Bavaria, will propose that all small and medium sized enterprises enjoy virtually blanket exemption from the rules governing business practices. His proposal for a “bonfire of red tape” has an explicitly political agenda, aimed at reversing public perceptions of Brussels as a “bureaucratic monster”. British officials are said to be delighted with the Stoiber report and panel participants said that Michael Gibbons, chair of the UK’s regulatory policy...
  • Russian sanctions could be eased soon if Ukraine progress made: U.S. adviser

    10/12/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/2014 | Reuters
    Talks on easing sanctions against Russia imposed over the conflict in Ukraine could begin in the next few weeks, but more measures are possible if there is no progress over a ceasefire deal, the U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser said on Friday. The European Union and the United States have imposed economic sanctions on Russia, with the West accusing Moscow of providing pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine with troops and weapons. Russia denies the accusation. Last month, envoys from Ukraine, Russia, and the separatists negotiated a ceasefire in Minsk, and U.S. adviser Tony Blinken said sanctions could start to be...
  • Eurozone in danger of repeating Japanese stagnation, IMF chief warns

    10/10/2014 6:07:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    euobserver ^ | 2014/10/10 | Benjamin Fox
    Eurozone in danger of repeating Japanese stagnation, IMF chief warns By Benjamin Fox BRUSSELS - International Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde has warned that the eurozone risks following Japan and falling into a prolonged cycle of recession and stagnation. Speaking on Thursday (9 October) ahead of the IMF's annual meeting in Washington DC, Lagarde said: “We have also alerted to the risk of recession in the eurozone", putting the likelihood of a drop in output at "between 35-40%, which is not insignificant". “We are not saying that the eurozone is heading towards recession, but we are saying that there is...
  • 10 Revealing Maps of Religion in Europe

    10/09/2014 8:46:09 AM PDT · by millegan · 15 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Oct 9th, 2014 | ChurchPOP
    We’ve looked at religion worldwide, and we’ve looked at religion in the U.S.. This week we’re looking at religion in that former bulwark of Christendom: Europe. Where are the adherents of different religions located? Which countries are more religious, and which ones are more secular? You can click on any map to enlarge it. Enjoy!
  • Video: Muslim States at UN Seethe over EU's Pro-Israel Walkout

    10/08/2014 3:52:59 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-8-14 | Gil Ronen
    The decision by the EU and other western countries to boycott anti-Israel proceedings at the UNHRC has many Islamic countries up in arms, as can be seen in the embedded video. Agenda Item 7 of the UNHRC is entitled, “The Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories" and is directed atg Israel. Pakistan, speaking for the Islamic Group at the UNHRC, expressed "deep disappointment that certain member states of the Western European and Others Group had ceased their participation under agenda item 7, which [is] particularly disturbing in the light of the latest Israeli behavior." The United...
  • China Just Overtook The US As The World's Largest Economy

    10/08/2014 5:59:09 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI ^ | 10-7-2014 | Mike Bird
    Mike BirdOctober 7,2014 Sorry, America. China just overtook the US to become the world's largest economy, according to the International Monetary Fund. Chris Giles at the Financial Times flagged up the change. He also alerted us back in April this year that it was all about to happen. Basically, the method used by the IMF adjusts for purchasing power parity, explained here. The simple logic is that prices aren't the same in each country: A shirt will cost you less in Shanghai than San Francisco, so it's not entirely reasonable to compare countries without taking this into account. Though a...
  • Pigs fly, EU walks out of Israel debate at 'human rights council,' Islamic states seethe

    10/07/2014 6:20:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 10/7/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    This is incredible. The European Union has decided to boycott the anti-Israel agenda item that is part of every meeting of the United Nations 'human rights council.' Let's go to the videotape.
  • CBS Highlights Muslim Immigrants Fueling Anti-Semitism In Germany

    10/05/2014 8:03:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Media REsearch Center ^ | 9/5/14 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Once again, CBS has proved that it is the lone “big three” network that attempts to be a real news network. Friday’s CBS Evening News w/ Scott Pelley actually reported on the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany primarily caused by Muslims immigrating into the country. Anchor Scott Pelley highlighted how “tonight, armed guards have been posted at synagogues throughout Germany for the start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. Mark Phillips reports anti-Semitism is once again on the rise in Europe, especially in Germany.”
  • How G. Schroeder, Moron EU Bureaucrats Ignored GWB + Hooked Themselves to the Russian Energy Teat

    10/04/2014 9:23:50 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    With the predictable consequences... The EU's dependency on Russian gas is a direct result of the EU's own catastrophic energy policies in the past. It seems that Europe, having made itself almost totally dependent on Russian gas and oil during the past decade, now wants the US to come and save it from self-inflicted disaster. The Ukrainians by now should have come to realize that with friends like the EU….The fallout is everywhere, from a maimed Ukraine with hundreds of dead, to the West entangled in a trade war with Russia, with sanctions going back and forth. While the West...
  • Germany: Life Expectancy Has Risen in East Since Reunification, Study Says

    10/03/2014 1:26:14 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | SEPT. 11, 2014 | REUTERS
    The life expectancy of East Germans has risen sharply since their state was reunified with the more prosperous West in 1990, a new study shows. Reunification added 6.2 years to the life of men in the former East and 4.2 years to their female counterparts, according to calculations by Tobias Vogt, of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, that were published ahead of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this year.
  • Spain's Fake Recovery is Officially Over

    09/30/2014 3:05:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The alleged recovery in Spain is already over. Retail sales are down month-over-month and year-over-year in July. August and September are both projected to be weak. Vial translation from El Economista, Manufacturers and Retailers Warn of Another Consumption Slowdown. After a slight recovery in the first months of the year, stagnation set in since June, according to almost all employers and associations of producers and distributors. The retail index INE already pointed to stagnation in June and a drop of 0.5% in July from a year earlier. Although the decline in July from the previous month is a somewhat lower...
  • Russia threatens Ukraine with "measures" for Association in November

    09/29/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 14:37 29.09.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, September 29 /Ukrinform/. Russia is ready to take action in response for the entry into force of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU in November this year.
  • Czech apple, vegetable prices fall markedly due to loss of Russian market

    09/28/2014 3:18:58 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 13 replies
    The Prague Post ^ | Czech News Agency
    he ban on imports of selected food products to Russia has led to a fall of purchasing prices of summer apples and vegetables in the Czech Republic, according to a poll carried out by ČTK. According to Agriculture Ministry spokesman Hynek JordĆ”n, retail chains have made use of the situation and have cut purchasing prices of apples as well as processed products, such as apple juice, by at least 20 percent. Apples, for instance, are being sold for about one half of last year's price. Ā“Poland started placing apples on the market for almost zero prices to get rid of...
  • Tory MP Mark Reckless defects to Ukip

    09/27/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    ITV ^ | One Minute Ago
    Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood Mark Reckless is joining Ukip. Developing
  • European fruit growers bruised by Russian sanctions

    09/26/2014 8:14:34 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 3 replies
    The UK Guardian ^ | September 18, 2014 | Jennifer Rankin
    Moscow's tit-for-tat ban on imports of fruits and vegetables over Ukraine crisis leaves EU producers facing bleak autumn When Russia banned imports of Polish apples in July, politicians and the public laughed off the move by posing with the forbidden fruit on Twitter. Everyone from the head of the national security bureau to TV presenters posted gleeful photos, making the "Eat apples to annoy Putin" campaign a social media hit. Six weeks later, after the Kremlin extended its ban to all European fresh produce, from Greek peaches to German gherkins and Lithuanian cauliflowers, eating apples as a political statement is...
  • Denmark: Christians flee Muslim-dominated areas, “They tell me I ought to be stoned to death”

    09/26/2014 1:12:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/26/2014 | Nicolai Sennels
    Translated from TV2 (note: strong language is included in this account). Sign up for more translations and support at 10news.dk Christians with Middle Eastern backgrounds in Denmark experience harassment, verbal attacks and in some cases direct violence from Muslims. TV2 News has been in contact with a number of Christians here in Denmark who tell of violent experiences.Jojo was born in Denmark of Lebanese parents. She lived in Gellerupparken (a major Muslim area) until she was eight.One day she sat in her car in Nųrrebro (a Muslim-dominated area in Copenhagen). Seven young people with Arab background surrounded the car. One...
  • Islamic State crisis: '3,000 European jihadists join fight'

    09/26/2014 7:09:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2014 Last updated at 11:46 GMT
    The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000, the EU's anti-terrorism chief has told the BBC. Gilles de Kerchove also warned that Western air strikes would increase the risk of retaliatory attacks in Europe. US-led forces have launched more than 200 air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq since August and on Monday began targeting IS in Syria. The UK parliament is due to vote on possible air strikes in Iraq on Friday.
  • Germany's Ukip threatens to paralyse eurozone rescue efforts

    09/25/2014 3:05:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 23 September 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Alternative für Deutschland has swept through Germany like a tornado, winning 12.6pc of the vote in Brandenburg and 10.6pc in Thuringia ___ The stunning rise of Germany’s anti-euro party threatens to paralyse efforts to hold the eurozone together and may undermine any quantitative easing by the European Central Bank, Standard & Poor’s has warned. Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has swept through Germany like a tornado, winning 12.6pc of the vote in Brandenburg and 10.6pc in Thuringia a week ago. The party has broken into three regional assemblies, after gaining its first platform in Strasbourg with seven euro-MPs. The rating agency...
  • Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko Lays Out 'Strategy 2020' for EU Membership

    09/25/2014 12:41:43 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | LOUISE DEWAST
    Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko detailed his "strategy 2020" for EU membership consideration Thursday during his first major news conference in the Ukraine since assuming office in May. Poroshenko urged the European Union to confirm its doors were open, giving details on 60 separate packages of radical reforms to be implemented as soon as November and over the next six years.