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  • Belgium set Monday deadline over EU-Canada trade deal

    10/23/2016 2:10:10 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies ^ | 23 October 2016 | itv
    Belgium has been given until Monday evening to back an EU trade deal with Canada. The Canadians have said they are "ready to sign" the historic deal and all 28 EU government back the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. However, it has been held up because the regional government of the French-speaking region of Wallonia in Belgium has refused to give the go-ahead, saying the deal is bad for Europe's farmers and gives too much power to global corporate interests.
  • A message to American voters from Belgium

    10/23/2016 9:33:10 AM PDT · by bigbob · 7 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10-24-16 | LucidHurricane via twitter
    A European citizen shows that Trump is about more than just the USA.
  • Hungary PM sees stalemate in EU migrant quota dispute

    10/21/2016 5:56:54 AM PDT · by tekrat · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/21/2016 | Marton Dunai; Editing by Kevin Liffey
    There is a stalemate on the issue of mandatory migrant resettlement quotas in the European Union between proponents of the scheme and opponents such as Hungary, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told reporters on Friday. Orban said he had proposed taking the quotas off the agenda for good as there was immutable opposition to them in eastern Europe, a proposal that EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker dismissed.
  • Scottish independence: draft bill published on second referendum

    10/20/2016 3:07:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies ^ | October 20, 2016 | Libby Brooks
    A draft bill on a second independence referendum has been published by the Scottish government after the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, pledged to hold a new poll in the event of a hard Brexit in a direct challenge to Theresa May. The draft legislation, which was formally unveiled by the constitution secretary, Derek Mackay, despite the Scottish parliament being in recess until next week, sets out proposals for the rules governing the campaign, the conduct of the poll and how votes are counted. Mackay said the proposed franchise would be the same as for the Scottish parliament. ďThat will mean...
  • THE NEW EUROPEANS Voices from a changing continent (Photo Gallery)

    10/19/2016 5:23:07 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 12 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10-18-2016 | Robert Kunzig
    The refugees are arriving on a continent that since World War II has become home to a third of the worldís immigrants. Europeís major countries, which once sent their huddled masses to the United States, now have foreign-born populations comparable to that of the United States. But only some European minds and fewer European hearts have adjusted to that reality. Even in the U.S., which John F. Kennedy called ďa nation of immigrants,Ē immigration is a divisive issueóand always has been. In the 1750s Benjamin Franklin worried that too many Germans were coming to Pennsylvania. He said they had a...
  • (Prime Minister) Theresa May To Step Into Brussels Lionsí Den

    10/18/2016 8:51:03 AM PDT · by tekrat
    One America News Network ^ | 10/18/2016 | Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski
    Theresa Mayís first EU summit was never going to be easy but Thursdayís encounter in Brussels may be a thoroughly bleak affair now that fellow leaders feel she has taken a hard line on breaking away from the European Union. The British prime minister caught the other 27 off guard on Oct. 2 when, having campaigned to stay in the bloc, she thrilled her Conservativesí conference in Birmingham with rousing pledges to start Brexit talks by March, curb immigration and reject EU court rulings ó a recipe, EU leaders said, for "hard Brexit".
  • Merkel: won't drop EU market-immigration link for Britain

    10/15/2016 7:28:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2016 7:37 AM EDT
    Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany wants friendly ties with Britain but wonít drop its insistence that London can only enjoy full access to the European Unionís internal market if it allows free immigration of EU citizens. [Ö] Merkel argues that making concessions on free labor movement would create a dangerous free-for-all in the EU. She said Saturday that, although Britain is dear to Europe and she regrets its decision to leave the bloc, ďwe cannot work toward ultimately putting into question the whole European Union.Ē Ö
  • Europe's prisoner suicide problem

    10/14/2016 10:02:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.13.2016 | Lewis Sanders IV
    Europe has one of the highest rates of prisoner suicides compared to other regions, according to the WHO. Prison reform advocates have called for alternative solutions for tackling the harrowing phenomenon. While questions over security and personal well-being have emerged in the wake of the Chemnitz explosives suspect Jafer Albakrís death, figures show that prisoner suicides happen far too often. [Ö] The UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) suggested in 2014 that suicide among prisoners appeared more frequently in Europe than other geographical regions, averaging 62 suicides per 100,000. Ö
  • Warming Russia-Turkey relations send a chill through Ukraine

    10/12/2016 1:33:53 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 99 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 11, 2016 | By Fred Weir
    Moscow ó Leaders of Turkey and Russia signed a long-delayed deal Monday to build the TurkStream gas pipeline under the Black Sea to deliver Russian gas to Europe's doorstep within three years. The rapid warming trend in Russo-Turkish relations holds deep implications for Syria's immediate crisis, which dominated the talks and the subsequent headlines, but the fallout from that pipeline deal is a potentially crushing blow to struggling pro-Western Ukraine and may be rearranging strategic realities around the region for many years to come. Analysts say that if TurkStream goes ahead it will enable Moscow to cut its former main...
  • Norway rejected post-Brexit trade pact with UK

    10/11/2016 6:48:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies ^ | 10 October 2016 12:40 CEST+02:00 | (NTB/The Local)
    Britain wanted to create a formal task force to work with Norway on a post-Brexit free trade agreement, but the Norwegian rejected the overture according to a new report. Business daily Dagens Nśringsliv reported that the UKís international trade secretary, Liam Fox, lobbied his Norwegian counterpart, Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mśland, for Norway to join the United Kingdom in establishing a task force to prepare a new trade agreement for when the Brits formally leave the EU. But when Foxís request was relayed to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, it was rejected. According to Dagens Nśringsliv, the ministryís director...
  • Merkel: EU market access and freedom of movement inseparable

    10/06/2016 11:28:29 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies ^ | October 6, 2016 | dpa, Reuters
    At a meeting of German industry leaders and policymakers in Berlin on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Britain's vote to leave the EU a watershed moment for the EU, adding that "Brexit negotiations won't be easy." She insisted that full access to the internal EU market was conditioned on the freedom of movement, or else "each member state will start doing what it wants." In the same vein, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said it was important to make clear that full access to the bloc's single market was ultimately linked to accepting freedom of movement. "But this should...
  • FREE SPEECH CRACKDOWN: Europe tells British press NOT to reveal if terrorists are Muslims

    10/06/2016 6:51:20 AM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies ^ | Oct. 6, 2016 | KATIE MANSFIELD
    MEDDLING Brussels has said the British press should not report when terrorists are Muslims in a slew of demands to the Government to crack down on the media.A report from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) found there was an increase in hate speech and racist violence in the UK from 2009 to March 2016. Blaming the press, ECRI Chair Christian Ahlund, said: ďIt is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among...
  • Europe's "Good Terrorists": Because They Might Destroy Israel?

    10/06/2016 2:25:59 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 5/10/16 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri would like the Europeans to understand that they need not worry about terrorism by the Islamist movement because the attacks will be directed only against Israel. The European Court of Justice (EJC) is sending the message to Hamas that Europeans see no problem with Hamas's desire to destroy Israel and continue to launch terrorist attacks against Jews. This message also undermines those Palestinians who still believe in a peace with Israel. The EJC recommendation to remove Hamas from the EU's terrorism blacklist comes at a time when countries such as Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab...
  • Big majority of Hungarians rejected migrant quotas but vote invalid

    10/02/2016 7:48:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01 October 2016 | Krisztina Than and Gergely Szakacs
    Almost all Hungarians who voted in Sunday's referendum rejected the European Union's migrant quotas but turnout was too low to make the poll valid, frustrating Prime Minister Viktor Orban's hopes of a clear victory with which to challenge Brussels. Orban said more Hungarians had rejected the migrant quotas than had voted for European Union membership in a referendum ahead of Hungary's 2004 accession to the bloc. Some 3.249 million votes were cast rejecting the quotas, compared with 2003's 3.056 million votes in favor of joining the EU. The National Election Office said on its website that 98.3 percent of those...
  • Russia Today: 98% of Hungarians reject EU refugee quotas, but low turnout rules referendum invalid

    10/02/2016 5:23:21 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 14 replies
    Russia Today ^ | October 2, 2016 | Russia Today Staff
    98.3% of Hungarian voters have rejected mandatory EU asylum seeker quotas in a referendum proposed by PM Viktor Orban. But the opposition boycott of Sunday's ballot appears to have worked, as turnout failed to clear the key 50 percent threshold. Only 1.7 percent of the voters answered 'Yes' to the question ďDo you want the European Union to be able to mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary even without the approval of the National Assembly?" But the turnout of 43.8 percent, or 3.6 million voters, means that the referendum will be declared invalid. Over 200,000 ballots were...
  • Hungary set for landslide win over EU as voters see referendum as huge ĎNO to Brussels'

    10/02/2016 5:10:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | 02 October 2016 | Zoie O'Brien
    VOTERS in Hungary are getting set to deliver a resounding message to the European Union this weekend - they may be EU citizens, but they will NOT be told what to do, according to politicians in the countryís capital. Today Hungarians will turn out to vote in the country's referendum, to answer a question put by the ruling Fidesz Governmentís on whether or not they will accept migrant quotas. The referendum was called in response to a suggestion by the EU that a quota system could be used to distriibute asylum seekers around the block to help ease pressure of...
  • EU open to removing FARC from terrorist blacklist

    09/26/2016 10:28:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 26, 2016 | By (EurActiv Spain) | Translated By Samuel Morgan
    The European Union could remove Colombian guerilla movement FARC from its list of known terrorists, pending the signing of the peace agreement between the group and the countryís government. EurActiv Spain reports.Ahead of a formalization of the deal between FARC and the Colombian government, the EU indicated that it could soon remove the group from its terrorist blacklist. ďFARC currently sits on the list of terrorist organizations in Colombia,Ē confirmed European Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijancic today (26 September), adding that the EU ďhas strongly supported the Colombia peace dealĒ. [Ö] The European Court of Justice last week recommended that Hamas...
  • EU Launches Program To Issue Cash Cards To Migrants In Turkey

    09/26/2016 12:26:53 PM PDT · by tekrat · 8 replies
    The European Union launched a program on Monday to issue monthly electronic cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey, as part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers trying to enter Europe. The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) will give refugees pre-paid cards for food, housing, schooling or medical expenses in Turkey. Earlier this year, EU countries approved a fund of 3 billion euros ($3.37 billion) to help Turkey improve living conditions for some 3 million Syrian migrants on its territory. The ESSN is part of that deal.
  • Potty-mouthed Philippine President Duterte gives E.U. the middle finger

    09/21/2016 1:18:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/21/2016 | By Max Bearak
    The new leader of the Philippines is in a league of his own when it comes to presidential profanity. Rodrigo Duterte's favorite phrase, which translates roughly to "son of a whore," has been deployed against the likes of President Obama and Pope Francis. On Tuesday, during a speech to local business executives in his hometown of Davao City, he took aim at the European Union with irreverent gusto. The E.U.'s parliament recently told Duterte to "put an end" to the killings of drug suspects, which human rights groups say has claimed the lives of more than 2,400 people. "I have...
  • Italy 'ready to go alone on migrants'

    09/21/2016 10:24:44 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    ANSA ^ | 18 September 2016
    New York, September 19 - Premier Matteo Renzi on Monday reiterated his disappointment at Friday's EU summit in Bratislava, which concluded with him openly coming out against Germany's and France's stance on migrants and economic growth for the bloc's post-Brexit future. "If Europe continues like this, we'll have to get organised and act autonomously on immigration," Renzi said. "This is the only new development to come from Bratislava, where there were so many words, but we weren't capable to saying anything clear about the issue of Africa. "That's why, to use a euphemism, we didn't take it well. "(European Commission...
  • EU: Migrants to stay on Greek islands despite fire

    09/21/2016 10:12:57 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | 20 September 2016 | Derek Gatopoulos
    Authorities on the island of Lesvos called for the immediate evacuation Tuesday of thousands of refugees to the Greek mainland after a fire gutted a detention camp following protests. But European Union officials appeared cool to the idea. More than 4,000 people were housed at the camp in Moria on Lesvos where the fire broke out late Monday, destroying or damaging tents and trailers. No injuries were reported at the camp, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) north of the island's main town. Nine migrants were arrested on public disturbance charges after the chaotic scenes. Families with young children hastily packed...
  • Merkel is 'lying to public' Italian PM in furious attack as he warns Europe is a 'GHOST'

    09/21/2016 10:10:34 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | 19 September 2016 | Alix Culbertson
    In a brutal attack on his fellow European Union (EU) members, he said the first EU summit without the UK amounted to no more than "a nice cruise on the Danube". Having been excluded from a joint news conference by the German Chancellor, Mrs Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, he said he was dissatisfied with the Bratislava summit's closing statement. The outspoken Italian premier hit out at the lack of commitments on the economy and immigration in the summit's conclusions, despite signing it himself.
  • Austria Lays Groundwork For Hungarian Border Fence

    09/20/2016 7:03:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Austria has begun laying a base on which a fence could quickly be erected along a 1.2 mile stretch of its border with Hungary, next to the crossing that hundreds of thousands of migrants used during a wave of arrivals a year ago. The preparations, which involve burying vertical pipes in the ground into which fence poles can be inserted, began on Monday, but a decision whether to put up a fence has not yet been reached, a police spokesman said. The fence near the crossing in the town of Nickelsdorf would be erected if Austria decides to activate tough...
  • Americans Finally Get A Bite At The Apple

    09/20/2016 11:40:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | September 20, 2016 | Armstrong Williams
    Perhaps one of the most underreported stories of recent weeks was the European Unionís ruling on Appleís tax arrangement with Ireland. After a three-year investigation, the EU levied what is believed to be the largest and most controversial tax penalty in its thirty year history. The implications of this are obviously of great importance to Apple and to the Irish government Ė but it could also have significant implications for the U.S. election cycle. First of all, letís make it clear. Apple got a sweetheart deal from Ireland in return for using the country as a tax haven. While the...
  • Angela Merkel damaged as German far-Right surges in Berlin elections

    09/18/2016 7:20:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 18 September 2016 | Justin Huggler
    Angela Merkel suffered damaging losses at the hands of Germany's resurgent far-Right in regional elections in Berlin on Sunday evening. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won the highest share of the vote for the far-Right in Berlin since the Second World War, with around 14 percent, according to public broadcasters' projections. Mrs Merkelís Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered their worst ever results in the German capital, with just 17.5 per cent of the vote. But the results will be viewed with some relief by the chancellor and her allies, after the AfD fell considerably short of expectations. Forecast just...
  • EU should expel Hungary for mistreating migrants, Luxembourg minister says

    09/18/2016 7:15:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13 September 2016 | Madeline Chambers, Marton Dunai
    Hungary should be excluded from the European Union for anti-migrant policies that undermine EU values, including erecting a razor-wire fence, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said, provoking a scornful riposte from Budapest. The unusually strong attack came three days before a crucial summit intended to project the bloc's unity after Britain's shock decision to leave. "We cannot accept that the basic values of the European Union are being so seriously breached," Asselborn told German daily Die Welt in comments published on Tuesday. "Anyone, like Hungary, who builds fences against war refugees or breaches press freedom and the independence of the...
  • Jean-Claude Juncker suggests UK will not have access to single market after Brexit

    09/18/2016 7:12:34 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 14 September 2016 | Peter Foster, James Rothwell
    Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, insisted that Brexit does not mean "the disintegration of the European Union," as he warned that the UK may not be granted access to the single market in his State of the Union address on Wednesday. The European Union is facing an 'existential threat', its most senior official warned, as major splits emerge between East and West countries in the wake of Brexit. He pointed to the murder of a Polish man in Harlow, Essex last month as an example of what could happen if Europe does not unite. "Europe can never accept Polish...
  • 'Those wearing shorts must die!' Man attacked nurse on Turkish bus because of 'revealing' clothes

    09/18/2016 9:41:35 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9-18-2016 | Harvey Day
    A Turkish court on Sunday released a man who confessed to kicking a young woman in the face on an Istanbul bus because she was wearing shorts. The 35-year-old had confessed during his interrogation to attacking the woman but was released by the court after it decided that no crime had been committed. Turkish police had arrested the man on charges of kicking a woman for wearing shorts on a bus in Istanbul. Police detained the suspect on Saturday in Turkey's largest city, the private Dogan news agency reported. He was heard shouting: 'Those wearing shorts must die!' The suspect...
  • Italian PM Renzi says he is tired of wasting time at European summits

    09/18/2016 9:26:30 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    DW ^ | 17 September 2016
    "We have no use for staged events," the Italian PM has said one day after a meeting of European Union leaders. Renzi had refused to appear during closing press conference with his German and French counterparts. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi blasted the latest European Union summit in Bratislava on Saturday, effectively labeling Friday's high-level meeting a waste of time. "I don't think it would be right for Italy to pretend not to notice when things are not getting any better," Renzi said at a conference in Florence. Hours earlier, he criticized the summit in an interview with TV broadcaster...
  • YOU'VE CAUSED CHAOS! EU chief blames Angela Merkel for migrant crisis and ISIS attacks

    09/17/2016 4:10:47 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies ^ | September 17, 2016 | Alix Culbertson
    EUROPEAN Union (EU) bosses have blamed Angela Merkel and her open-door policy for the migrant crisis and Islamic State (ISIS) terror attacks on the continent. Donald Tusk did not hold back about Angela Merkel's migrant policy As the remaining 27 EU leaders attempted to put on a show of unity at a summit in Bratislava, Slovakia, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council hit out at the German Chancellor. He said she created chaos in the region by welcoming 1.1million Syrian migrants last year. Mr Tusk blamed ďpolitical correctnessĒ for delays in closing Europeís borders in 2015 which allowed more...
  • Juncker proposes EU military headquarters

    09/17/2016 10:26:24 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14 September 2016
    The European Union needs a military headquarters to work towards a common military force, the Commission president has told MEPs in Strasbourg. Jean-Claude Juncker said the lack of a "permanent structure" resulted in money being wasted on missions. Part of his annual state of the union address was devoted to the UK's unexpected vote to leave the EU. He insisted that the bloc was not at risk but called for Brexit negotiations to take place as quickly as possible. Modelled on the state of the union address by the US president, the Commission president's annual speech was introduced in 2010...
  • Now EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker he declares: 'Something is wrong in Britain' [tr]

    09/15/2016 7:33:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 15, 2016 | Matt Dathan
    EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has blamed Brexit on 40 years of 'lies' by British politicians. The European Commission president said the UK's historic vote to leave the EU showed 'something was wrong in Britain'. He admitted Europe was partly at fault for the vote but said people 'cannot be surprised' that voters backed Brexit because for decades politicians in the UK had circulated 'half-truths' and had branded the EU 'stupid'. Responding to his remarks, Ukip MP Douglas Carswell dismissed the EU bureaucrat as a 'parasitical clown,' telling MailOnline: 'Herr Juncker'sarrogant disdain for the views of the British people beautifully explains...
  • How the British Can Leave the EU

    09/08/2016 7:35:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 8, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) issued a study that outlines a roadmap for the United Kingdom's (UK) exit from the European Union (EU), entitled ďCutting the Gordian Knot: A Roadmap for British Exit from the European Union.Ē Authors Iain Murray and Rory Broomfield provide a step-by-step guide on how the UK can leave the EU. The foreword was written by the former private secretary of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Sir Mark Worthington, who noted that "the British people have chosen for themselves" a future where "they are firmly in control." He hoped that with 'Brexit,' the United Kingdom...
  • German growth expected to halve in 2017 as Brexit bites

    09/08/2016 4:09:13 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/08/2016 | Michael Nienaber
    German economic growth will nearly halve in 2017 as Brexit and other risks hit exporters, the DIW institute said on Thursday, although it predicted a pick up to 1.9 percent this year due to strong domestic demand. The subdued outlook followed a string of economic data which painted a bleak picture for German manufacturing, with industrial orders barely rising in July and output posting its steepest drop in nearly two years. "The German economic engine is likely to start stuttering for a while," DIW said in a statement, adding that Britain's decision to leave the European Union would limit Germany's...
  • Muslim council of Sweden behind proposed ban on EU lobster imports

    09/07/2016 5:18:08 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 14 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian ball
    For the past year as some of you know, Sweden has called for a ban on lobster imports from the United States. Without a shred of proof, they claim that American raised lobster threaten their native lobster in its own habitat. Only two forces seem to be fighting this unjustified and uncalled for ban, Nova Scotia and New England Fisherman, particularly those from my home state of Maine. The ban proposal has already cleared its first hurdles despite new data by European scientists that show that American imports have nothing to do with the increase of North American lobsters in...
  • Could Brexit affect beach water quality?

    09/06/2016 10:43:58 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | Sept. 5, 2016 | Rachael Thorn
    Environmentalists fear Brexit could see European rules on water cleanliness being undermined. But could leaving the EU result in filthy coastlines and smelly beaches? Until recent decades, swimming in the sea off the coast of Britain could be a perilous and unhealthy activity. "We were frequently surfing in poo," says Steve Crawford, who remembers the seas off Cornwall in the 1970s and 80s and is now a member of the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage. "Back then sewage just went straight to sea. There was no treatment - it was just basically chopped and sent, not even that far out...
  • ĎIíve Become a Racistí:Migrant Wave Unleashes Danish Tensions Over Identity

    09/05/2016 11:31:26 AM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 05 September 2016 | DAVID ZUCCHINO
    The thousands of Muslim asylum seekers pouring into Denmark have spawned a backlash, and questions over whether the country has a latent racial hostility at its core. Johnny Christensen, a stout and silver-whiskered retired bank employee, always thought of himself as sympathetic to people fleeing war and welcoming to immigrants. But after more than 36,000 mostly Muslim asylum seekers poured into Denmark over the past two years, Mr. Christensen, 65, said, ďIíve become a racist.Ē He believes these new migrants are draining Denmarkís cherished social-welfare system but failing to adapt to its customs. ďJust kick them out,Ē he said, unleashing...
  • Marine Le Pen calls for "FREXIT", says a Hillary Clinton presidency will lead worldwide devastation

    09/04/2016 6:46:00 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    After announcing her ambitions to join the presidential race earlier this year, Le Pen used the UK‚Äôs June decision to leave the European Union to her advantage, promising to hold a similar ‚ÄėFrexit‚Äô referendum if elected. ‚ÄúThe British had the courage to choose independence despite all the prophets of doom,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúThis referendum on France belonging to the European Union, I will do it. Yes it is possible to change things. Look at the Brits, they chose their destiny, they chose independence,‚ÄĚ Le Pen said. ‚ÄúWe can again be a free, proud and independent people.‚Ä̬†Quoting: [link to
  • Swiss fear EU effort to tighten gun control could disarm law-abiding citizens

    09/02/2016 5:22:56 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 13 replies
    Swiss gun rights proponents fear a new European Union measure to tighten gun control could disarm thousands of law-abiding citizens, Reuters reports. The proposed gun restrictions which Switzerland, a non-EU member, would be obliged to implement under cross border agreements, has raised hackles among the Swiss, who resent intervention from Brussels, the news wire reported. It also comes at a time of increased tensions between Switzerland and the EU over Swiss efforts to curb immigration.
  • Irish cabinet decides to fight EU on Apple tax

    09/02/2016 6:38:09 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ó Reuters ^ | September 2, 2016 | By Padraic Halpin
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's cabinet agreed on Friday to join Apple in appealing against a multi-billion-euro back tax demand that the European Commission has slapped on the iPhone maker, despite misgivings among independents who back the fragile coalition. A government spokesman said that following the cabinet's decision, it would ask parliament to endorse the legal challenge on Wednesday next week. Finance Minister Michael Noonan has insisted Dublin would fight any adverse ruling ever since the European Union began investigating the U.S. tech giant's Irish tax affairs in 2014, arguing that it had to protect a tax regime that has...
  • Downing Street says tech giant 'welcome' to come to UK after EU orders Ireland to claw back £11bn

    08/30/2016 3:12:12 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08-30-2016 | James Titcomb
    Britain could cut corporation tax to attract major international companies under plans being considered by Theresa May after Apple was hit with a record tax bill by Brussels. Downing Street yesterday said it would "welcome" Apple to the UK after the European Commission took the extraordinary step of hitting the company with an £11billion fine. In a damning report published yesterday, the commission found that a deal with Ireland meant the technology giant paid as little as 0.005 per cent tax on its European profits for more than a decade.
  • Apple holds Europe to ransom: Tech giant threatens to cut jobs in EU (excerpt)

    08/30/2016 10:15:29 AM PDT · by plain talk · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 29, 2016 | Martin Robinson
    Apple has already threatened to cut jobs in Europe after Brussels ordered it to repay £11billion ($14.5billion) - the biggest tax bill ever imposed outside the US. The European Commission's three-year investigation into Apple's sweetheart deal with Ireland has found it amounted to illegal state aid. Its damning report published today says the tech giant paid as little as 0.005 per cent tax by funnelling its non-US profits through its Irish headquarters with no staff or premises then on to its $178billion (£120bn) offshore fund.
  • TTIP's 'failure' gives us a clue about Britain's post-Brexit trading future

    08/30/2016 7:58:56 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Source material cannot be posted to FR | 28 August 2016
    see link in post below __ some interesting comments in article regarding reservations about TTIP
  • UK must pay for Brexit or EU is in 'deep trouble', says German minister

    08/30/2016 7:54:11 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 57 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 28 August 2016
    Economy minister Sigmar Gabriel warns UK must take responsibility for vote that has left Europe as an Ďunstable continentí __ German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said that Britain must not be allowed to ďkeep the nice thingsĒ that come with EU membership without taking responsibility for the fallout from Brexit. As Theresa May called a cabinet meeting to discuss the UK governmentís Brexit strategy on Wednesday, Gabriel warned if the issue was badly handled and other member countries followed Britainís lead, Europe would go ďdown the drainĒ. ďBrexit is bad but it wonít hurt us as much economically as...
  • Apple Must Repay Record EUR 13 Billion in Back Taxes Over Irish Deal: EU

    08/30/2016 6:43:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 71 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 30 August 2016
    The European Union on Tuesday said US tech giant Apple must repay a record 13 billion euros ($14.3 billion or roughly Rs. 95,910 crores) in back taxes after ruling that a series of Irish sweetheart tax deals were illegal. "The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to 13 billion euros to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid," a Commission statement said. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Apple's "selective treatment" in Ireland...
  • As the End Looms For Mutti Merkel, What Next?

    08/29/2016 5:43:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 29, 2016 | Michael Walsh
    "Guests" Angela Merkel will go down in history as the woman who destroyed theBundesrepublik Deutschland, and for absolutely no reason. The childless Ossie, with zero stake in the future of a country she was raised to loathe, opened up the heart of central Europe to Muslim "immigration" -- and now, finally, the Germans have had enough: Germanyís Angela Merkel urged European Union countries that have refused to take on a share of the blocís refugees to reconsider, as a new poll indicated that half of Germans donít want her to seek another term as chancellor. ďWhat I still say...
  • Poland: Germany wrong to criticize anti-migrant EU partners

    08/29/2016 4:16:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 29 August 2016
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland says German Chancellor Angela Merkel is wrong to criticize European Union partners who are refusing to give refugee protection to Muslims. Poland's deputy foreign minister, Konrad Szymanski, said in an interview Monday on state-run Radio Three that countries such as Poland which reject EU-negotiated refugee quotas are in line with the public mood. Szymanski was responding to Merkel's criticism of EU countries, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, that have rebuffed EU plans to share responsibility across the 28-nation bloc for sheltering people fleeing war and poverty. "I believe it is harmful to Europe and...
  • Merkel: EU Nations Must Not Refuse Muslim Migrants

    08/29/2016 8:08:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 29, 2016 | Staff
    The refusal of some EU countries to accept Muslim refugees is ďunacceptableĒ, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday as Germany called for quotas to divide the influx throughout the bloc. ďThatís not right at all that some countries say: Ďgenerally speaking, we donít want to have Muslims in our countriesí,Ē Merkel told German public television channel ARD.
  • Germany stabbing: Knifeman 'shouts Allahu Akbar' as he attacks couple at music festival

    08/28/2016 7:32:45 AM PDT · by traumer · 49 replies
    The two victims - a 66-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man - were attacked but managed to overpower the man who was then arrested by police in Oberhausen A couple at a German music festival have been attacked by a knifeman who witnesses claim was heard shouting "Allahu Akbar". A 66-year-old woman, believed to be the other victim's wife, is said to be fighting for her life. The other victim - a 57-year-old man - is seriously injured however he still managed to overpower the man who was then arrested by police officers in Oberhausen. The attack took place just...
  • Theresa May will trigger Brexit negotiations without Commons vote

    08/27/2016 12:06:08 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08-27-2016 | Steven Swinford
    Theresa May will not hold a parliamentary vote on Brexit before opening negotiations to formally trigger Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, The Telegraph has learned. Opponents of Brexit claim that because the EU referendum result is advisory it must be approved by a vote in the Commons before Article 50 - the formal mechanism to leave the EU - is triggered. However, in a move which will cheer Eurosceptics, The Telegraph has learned that Mrs May will invoke Article 50 without a vote in Parliament.