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  • Italians to Vote on Referendum with Massive Potential Consquences

    12/03/2016 3:37:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 3, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    Italians will vote on a referendum for reforming the senate on Sunday, but the implications for a loss could collapse the Italian government and threaten the Eurozone. The Italian referendum on Sunday, December 4th, is at face value a vote on constitutional reform of the senate that would limit the power of the upper house of parliament to veto bills, among other proposed amendments to the constitution.
  • Turkey's Erdogan threatens EU with new migrant influx

    11/28/2016 2:00:22 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Friday to walk away from a deal that has substantially reduced the flow of migrants to the European Union and also effectively end Ankara's membership bid by bringing back capital punishment. Erdogan's warning he could open Turkey's borders to illegal migrants bound for Europe prompted an immediate objection from Germany that such "threats" were unhelpful. Greece, which would face a heightened influx of migrants if Turkey made good its threat, also expressed "concern" at what it said would be "an act of aggression." The Turkish leader's comments came a day after the European Parliament angered...
  • Italy NEXT to reject establishment as protest vote set to WIN referendum, shock poll finds

    11/24/2016 1:12:25 PM PST · by Petrosius · 10 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | November 24, 2016 | Rehema Figueiredo
    ITALY is set to deal a hammer blow to its government as the latest polls revealed voters will punish Matteo Renzi's administration in the upcoming referendum. The prime minister's failure to reach out to working class suggest large regions will snub Mr Renzi's plan for constitutional reform. A Demos poll has revealed Mr Renzi's reforms will be rejected by an 11 percentage point margin in the south of the country - where most of the poorest regions are located - compared with a seven-point margin across the country. As the nation prepares for a momentous referendum, which could spark an...
  • Verhofstadt dubs Trump, Farage clowns

    11/23/2016 4:07:26 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies
    Politico EU ^ | November 22 2016 | Esther King
    MEP slams Trump’s suggestion for UKIP leader to move to Washington, former UK ambassador calls it ‘barking mad.’ “One clown in Washington is more than enough,” Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt tweeted Tuesday, in response to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that Nigel Farage would make a good British ambassador to the United States. Verhofstadt, who leads the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in the European Parliament, was not alone in criticizing Trump’s breach of diplomatic etiquette by suggesting the UKIP leader would do a “great job” as Britain’s representative in Washington.
  • The EU might be one step closer to having its own army as it backs a new defence plan

    11/15/2016 6:04:03 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Business Insider / AFP ^ | 11/15/16 | Bryan McManus
    EU ministers approved a common defence plan on Monday despite sharp differences over how far it should go, as Donald Trump's election win stoked fears about Washington's commitment to European security. Trump's campaign threat to think twice about defending NATO allies unless they up their defence spending has driven calls for the European Union to press ahead on its own, despite objections from Britain. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini insisted the plans — to boost the bloc's ability to respond to external conflicts, help partner countries build their defence capabilities and protect EU citizens — would not undermine NATO....
  • European Union Orders British Press NOT to Report when Terrorists are Muslims

    11/18/2016 2:40:57 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 18/11/16 | Yves Mamou
    According the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) -- part of the Council of Europe -- the British press is to blame for increasing hate speech and racist violence. On October 4, 2016, the ECRI released a report dedicated only to Britain. The report said: some traditional media, particularly tabloids... are responsible for most of the offensive, discriminatory and provocative terminology. The Sun, for instance, published an article in April 2015 entitled "Rescue boats? I'd use gunships to stop migrants", in which the columnist likened migrants to "cockroaches"... The Sun newspaper has also published inflammatory anti-Muslim headlines, such as...
  • Europe WHO? Trump's snub to Brussels as he names Britain but NOT the EU among key allies

    11/17/2016 4:37:35 PM PST · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 40 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 11/16/16 | NICK GUTTERIDGE
    DONALD TRUMP delivered a major snub to the beleaguered European Union today in a further sign of the marginal role Brussels can expect to play in his foreign policy plans.
  • Trump and International Security

    11/14/2016 5:03:30 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 14/11/16 | Richard Kemp
    Since Donald Trump's election, media-fuelled panic has engulfed Europe, including over defence and security. We are told that World War III is imminent, that Trump will jump into bed with Putin and pull the US out of NATO. Such fantasies are put about by media cheerleaders for European political elites, terrified that Trump's election will inspire support for populist candidates in the forthcoming elections in Germany, the Netherlands and France. In fact, it is the EU, not Donald Trump, that threatens to undermine NATO and the security of the West. In recent days, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, his foreign...
  • Chaos Ensues As Europe Splinters In Response To Trump: UK, France, Hungary Snub EU Emergency Meeting

    11/13/2016 6:33:27 PM PST · by lafroste · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/13/16 | Tyler Durden
    While America's so-called "establishment", the legacy political system and mainstream media, appear to be melting, and transforming before our eyes into something that has yet to be determined, Europe also appears to be disintegrating in response to the Trump presidential victory: as the FT reports, in a stunning development, Britain and France on Sunday night snubbed a contentious EU emergency meeting to align the bloc’s approach to Donald Trump’s election, exposing rifts in Europe over the US vote. Hailed by diplomats as a chance to “send a signal of what the EU expects” from Mr Trump, the plan fell into...
  • EU goes to WAR on Trump as it threatens to BLACKLIST AMERICA in tax clampdown

    11/11/2016 8:35:11 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 102 replies
    Express ^ | 11/11/196 | Siobhan McFadyen
    DONALD Trump's protectionism has already stirred a hornet's nest in Europe with bureaucrats threatening an unprecedented clampdown on the new US president before he's even entered the Oval office. And the European Commission's tax chief has got the president-elect in his crosshairs after a meeting on Tuesday which began identifying countries which the EU intends to place on a tax blacklist. In an astonishing interview European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici refused to rule out putting the USA on its blacklist. And he insulted Mr Trump calling him a “populist provocateur” before branding the...
  • TRUMP TSUNAMI: EU braces for 'revolution' amid Austria, Italy, France and German elections

    11/11/2016 2:47:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Express ^ | Nov 10, 2016 | Laura Mowat
    TRUMP TSUNAMI: EU braces for 'revolution' amid Austria, Italy, France and German elections EUROPEAN leaders will watch Donald Trump and his swathe of promises to decide on counter-measures as the president’s victory sends shockwaves to the fragile European economy. By Laura Mowat PUBLISHED: 09:15, Thu, Nov 10, 2016 | UPDATED: 18:31, Thu, Nov 10, 2016 The crumbling European Union looks especially vulnerable following Mr Trump’s triumph as it has a string of far-right leaders lining up for elections over the next 12 months. Leader of the far-right Dutch Freedom Party Geert Wilders has already said that Mr Trump’s victory is...
  • **End of EU? Brussels devastated over Trump's win...[EU parliamentary President Schulz panicking]**

    11/09/2016 12:22:01 PM PST · by HangUpNow · 46 replies
    EXPRESS (UK) ^ | November 9, 2016 | Rob Virtue
    THE election of Donald Trump could mean devastation for the European Union with the parliament's president Martin Schulz admitted relations just become "harder". Mr. Trump was confirmed as the next United States president this morning and within minutes Mr Schulz spoke out over his disappointment. The EU has enjoyed close links with the US and President Barack 0bama and is a major trading partner. The EU president told Europe 1 radio It will be hard, harder than with previous administrations but he is the freely elected president. "We must respect the future president of the United States (...) I hope...
  • Vaclav Klaus: The European Freedom Award in the Freedom Endangering European Union

    11/06/2016 6:27:03 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 5 replies
    Vaclav Klaus; English pages ^ | 5. 11. 2016 | Vaclav Klaus
    Many thanks for bringing me to Stockholm and for conferring upon me the European Freedom Award. I am really honoured, because the growing loss of freedom is my main concern. Let me express my gratitude to the Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe, to its General Manager Laure Ferrari, to its Vice-President Peter Lundgren and to all of you for choosing me to be the very first laureate of this award. I have never got an award from a Brussels-based institution. It is a special feeling. It proves that there are also some freedom-friendly institutions in Brussels. Your decision, nevertheless,...
  • 'Ethnicity: Italian or Sicilian?' UK schools provoke row with online form

    11/05/2016 5:07:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    The Italian Ambassador to the UK has intervened after parents complained about the distinction made between Italy, Sicily and Naples in school district questionnaires. When selecting their ethnicity from a drop-down menu on school district websites, Italians in the UK faced a surprising choice. They were asked to define themselves as either 'Italian', 'Italian - Sicilian', 'Italian - Neapolitan' or 'Italian - Other'. Complaints initially came from parents in Bradford, north England, but it became clear this was not an isolated case, and that several school districts in England and Wales differentiated between northern and southern Italians. The Italian Embassy...
  • Jeremy Corbyn just signalled that Labour won't try and block Brexit

    11/03/2016 4:11:11 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    BIA ^ | 4th November 2016 | Shehab Khan
    Jeremy Corbyn indicated that the Labour Party will not try and block Britain’s departure from the European Union after the pivotal High Court ruling in London on Thursday said that Prime Minister Theresa May has to get approval from parliament to trigger Article 50. “Labour respects the decision of the British people to leave the European Union,” the Labour Party leader said in a statement. “But there must be transparency and accountability to parliament on the terms of Brexit.”
  • Breaking: PM cannot trigger Brexit, says High Court

    11/03/2016 3:39:09 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 72 replies
    Theresa May cannot trigger Brexit without putting it to an MPs' vote in the House of Commons, the High Court has ruled. In a landmark ruling, Lord Chief Justice Thomas said Mrs May did not have the right to set in motion Article 50, the official start of EU divorce proceedings, without consulting parliament. The Government instantly announced it would appeal the decision and the two sides will now prepare for another showdown at the Supreme Court in early December.
  • European Union Offers a Million Debit Cards for Syrian Refugees in Turkey

    10/31/2016 6:58:17 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 28 October 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PhD
    In an effort to keep more Syrian migrants from flooding into Europe, the European Union (EU) is providing funding for a million debit cards for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Turkey is currently home to some 3 million Syrian migrants who have been prevented from traveling to Europe thanks to an accord between the EU and the Turkish government that went into effect last March. The debit cards, called the Kizilay card (Turkish for “Red Crescent”), are meant to ease the economic burden on Syrian migrants as well as provide a substantial cash injection into the Turkish economy. The cards can...
  • Is Nazism On The Rise In Germany? Reichburger Movement Rejects Government, Attacking Police

    10/28/2016 9:43:06 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 25 October 2016 | Marcy Kreiter
    Officials in the German region of Bavaria are asking for increased surveillance of the Reichsburger — Reich Citizens — movement, whose members do not recognize the authority of the German state, following two attacks on police this week. Germany’s domestic intelligence services estimate 100 active members in the far-right movement although there may be a few hundred more hangers-on. This week’s attacks left a 32-year-old police officer dead. Bavarian officials said the government has shifted too much focus to Islamic terrorists, neglecting right-wing groups, amid rising xenophobia, anti-foreigner sentiment and increased neo-Nazi propaganda. “Bavaria has not previously witnessed such a...
  • The eurozone is turning into a poverty machine

    10/26/2016 8:30:58 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 24 October 2016 | Matthew Lynn
    We are all tediously aware of how the euro-zone has been a financial disaster. But it is now starting to become clear that it is a social disaster as well. What often gets lost in the discussion of growth rates, bail-outs and banking harmonisation is that the eurozone is turning into a poverty machine. As its economy stagnates, millions of people are falling into genuine hardship. Whether it is measured on a relative or absolute basis, rates of poverty have soared across Europe, with the worst results found in the area covered by the single currency.
  • Orbán Urges Europeans to Stand Against ‘Sovietisation’ of EU, Maintain Continent’s Christian Roots

    10/25/2016 4:30:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/24/16 | Virginia Hale
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán urged Europeans to stand against the “Sovietisation” of Europe and said the continent must close its borders to migrants, at an event Sunday commemorating the anti-communist uprising of 1956.Warning that the European Union (EU) must not be turned into a “modern age empire”, Mr. Orbán defended the nation state and insisted the continent should hold on to its Christian roots. “People who love their freedom must save Brussels from Sovietisation, from people who want to tell us who we should live with in our countries,” the Prime Minister told the crowd gathered in Budapest. He...
  • Africa’s Migration Problem

    10/25/2016 4:05:02 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 25 October 2016 | Philip Giraldi
    The North and East African governments in question mostly blame the surge taking place over the past two years on European Union policies, which have failed to confront the human tidal wave in any realistic way and are lately being described as “humanitarian” in nature even though the would-be immigrants from Africa are only rarely victims of unrest or civil war. They are instead overwhelmingly young males seeking work and opportunities for a better life. When interviewed by the authorities, they almost all cite the belief that if they reach Italy or Greece they will eventually be able to stay...
  • Belgium set Monday deadline over EU-Canada trade deal

    10/23/2016 2:10:10 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    itv.com ^ | 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
    theguardian.com ^ | 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. “That 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 world’s immigrants. Europe’s 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 “a nation of immigrants,” immigration is a divisive issue—and 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 Lions’ Den

    10/18/2016 8:51:03 AM PDT · by tekrat
    One America News Network ^ | 10/18/2016 | Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski
    Theresa May’s first EU summit was never going to be easy but Thursday’s 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 Conservatives’ conference in Birmingham with rousing pledges to start Brexit talks by March, curb immigration and reject EU court rulings — 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 won’t drop its insistence that London can only enjoy full access to the European Union’s internal market if it allows free immigration of EU citizens. […] 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, “we cannot work toward ultimately putting into question the whole European Union.” …
  • 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 Albakr’s death, figures show that prisoner suicides happen far too often. […] 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. …
  • 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 — 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
    TheLocal.no ^ | 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 Næringsliv reported that the UK’s international trade secretary, Liam Fox, lobbied his Norwegian counterpart, Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland, 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 Fox’s request was relayed to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, it was rejected. According to Dagens Næringsliv, the ministry’s director...
  • Merkel: EU market access and freedom of movement inseparable

    10/06/2016 11:28:29 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    dw.com ^ | 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
    express.co.uk ^ | 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: “It 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 “Do 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 ‘NO 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 country’s capital. Today Hungarians will turn out to vote in the country's referendum, to answer a question put by the ruling Fidesz Government’s 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 euroefe.es (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 country’s 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. “FARC currently sits on the list of terrorist organizations in Colombia,” confirmed European Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijancic today (26 September), adding that the EU “has strongly supported the Colombia peace deal”. […] 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
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2016 | Armstrong Williams
    Perhaps one of the most underreported stories of recent weeks was the European Union’s ruling on Apple’s 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 – but it could also have significant implications for the U.S. election cycle. First of all, let’s 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 Merkel’s 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...