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  • 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...
  • 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
    Express.co.UK ^ | 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 “political correctness” for delays in closing Europe’s 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 blames..as 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 “Cutting the Gordian Knot: A Roadmap for British Exit from the European Union.” 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...
  • ‘I’ve Become a Racist’: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, “I’ve become a racist.” He believes these new migrants are draining Denmark’s cherished social-welfare system but failing to adapt to its customs. “Just kick them out,” 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’s June decision to leave the European Union to her advantage, promising to hold a similar ‘Frexit’ referendum if elected. “The British had the courage to choose independence despite all the prophets of doom,” she said. “This 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,” Le Pen said. “We can again be a free, proud and independent people.” Quoting: [link to www.rt.com...
  • 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 — 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 ‘unstable continent’ __ German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said that Britain must not be allowed to “keep the nice things” that come with EU membership without taking responsibility for the fallout from Brexit. As Theresa May called a cabinet meeting to discuss the UK government’s Brexit strategy on Wednesday, Gabriel warned if the issue was badly handled and other member countries followed Britain’s lead, Europe would go “down the drain”. “Brexit is bad but it won’t 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: Germany’s Angela Merkel urged European Union countries that have refused to take on a share of the bloc’s refugees to reconsider, as a new poll indicated that half of Germans don’t want her to seek another term as chancellor. “What 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 “unacceptable”, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday as Germany called for quotas to divide the influx throughout the bloc. “That’s not right at all that some countries say: ‘generally speaking, we don’t want to have Muslims in our countries’,” 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.
  • Brexit Armageddon was a terrifying vision – but it simply hasn’t happened

    08/20/2016 5:04:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 20 August 2016 | Larry Elliott
    Unemployment would rocket. Tumbleweed would billow through deserted high streets. Share prices would crash. The government would struggle to find buyers for UK bonds. Financial markets would be in meltdown. Britain would be plunged instantly into another deep recession. Remember all that? It was hard to avoid the doom and gloom, not just in the weeks leading up to the referendum, but in those immediately after it. Many of those who voted remain comforted themselves with the certain knowledge that those who had voted for Brexit would suffer a bad case of buyer’s remorse. It hasn’t worked out that way....
  • Brexit most likely triggered by April 2017, British officials say

    08/20/2016 8:03:33 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 3 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | August 19, 2016 | Birgit Jennen
    Prime Minister Theresa May's team is still leaning toward the first part of 2017 as the best moment to trigger the start of formal talks over Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, according to two British officials. While reports in the U.K. media recently suggested May could wait until the end of 2017 before opening two years of negotiations, she is sympathetic to the case for acting by April at the latest as Germany and France prepare for elections and pro-Brexit campaigners at home warn against delay, said the officials, who asked not to be named discussing private conversations.
  • Poland approves bill outlawing phrase 'Polish death camps'

    08/17/2016 12:25:44 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 16, 2016 | AP
    The Polish government has approved a new bill that foresees prison terms of up to three years for anyone who uses phrases like “Polish death camps” to refer to Auschwitz and other camps that Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during the second world war.
  • ‘We’ve had ENOUGH Merkel’ Rest of Europe gangs up on Germany over crippling EU austerity

    08/06/2016 5:33:43 PM PDT · by orchestra · 45 replies
    Express UK ^ | 8/6/2016 | Nick Gutteridge
    ANGELA Merkel cut an increasingly isolated figure in Europe tonight as the rest of the continent ganged up on Germany over its imposition of crippling austerity. Major EU nations including France, Italy and Spain are clubbing together to form a new alliance with the aim of wrestling back economic power from the German leader. Mediterranean economies have been devastated by an EU-wide policy of austerity enforced from Berlin, which has led to massive youth unemployment and soaring poverty. Fiscally conservative Germany, which is the EU’s largest economy, is reluctant to loosen the purse strings and authorise the huge injection of...
  • BREXIT BLOCK: EU bureaucrats tell Britain to PAY £20BN bill or we WON'T let you leave

    08/06/2016 10:06:34 AM PDT · by dragonblustar · 62 replies
    Express ^ | Aug 6, 2016 | Rebecca Perring & Monika Pallenberg
    BRUSSELS bureaucrats are forcing Britain to cough up a staggering £20BILLION before the country unshackles itself from the beleaguered bloc, it has emerged.
  • Witnesses report Paris' Eiffel Tower has been evacuated

    08/05/2016 11:54:38 AM PDT · by Enchante · 108 replies
    Breakingnews.com ^ | August 5, 2016 | Staff
    Witnesses report Paris' Eiffel Tower has been evacuated; cause not immediately known
  • Erdogan’s enabling act

    07/31/2016 6:06:17 AM PDT · by Prospero · 8 replies
    Chronicles ^ | July 20, 2016 | Srdja Trifkovic
    Last Saturday, during lunch with Scott Richert and Aaron Wolf at Rockford’s Prairie Street Brewhouse, I expressed suspicion that the coup in Turkey—just over 24 hours old at that time, and in the final stages of collapse—was Erdogan’s Reichstag fire: a stage-managed event, carried out by clueless stooges, meant to enhance the power of the manipulative autocrat who was its ostensible target.
  • Eurozone likely to get more stimulus as growth halves

    07/30/2016 6:08:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 29, 2016 10:43 AM EDT | Pan Pylas
    It seems that the strong start to the year was another false dawn for the eurozone economy and that the European Central Bank will have more to do in the months ahead to shore up growth. New figures released Friday confirmed that the eurozone, which is made up of 19 countries from Ireland to the west to Cyprus in the east, suffered a sizable slowdown in the second quarter of the year despite a number of stimulus measures that the European Central Bank has thrown at it. In its first estimate for the April to June period, Eurostat, the EU’s...
  • Trade Trap: EU as Model for Misnamed TPP, TTIP

    07/29/2016 5:47:02 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 July 2016 | William F. Jasper
    Two massive and dangerous “trade” agreements, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) loom on the near horizon. Like icebergs of doom, they lie mostly submerged, threatening to rip asunder the hulls of all sovereign ships of state that dare to sail their waters.We place the word “trade” in quotation marks because these twin pacts, which the Obama administration has listed as top priority items on its overall agenda, run to thousands of pages and establish international “rules” for hundreds of domestic issues that have nothing to do with traditional notions of trade, ranging from...
  • Juncker: No Matter How Bad Migrant Crisis, Terrorism Gets, We’ll Never Give Up On Open Borders

    07/26/2016 6:14:10 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 39 replies
    Jean-Claude Juncker has vowed that no matter how bad terrorism or the migrant crisis gets, the European Union (EU) will never give up on open borders. The European Commission president said terrorism could be countered with better intelligence-sharing between member states. On France 2’s Four Truths programme this morning, Mr. Juncker said “a lot of initiatives” will be required to strengthen security in the EU. After a bloody month for Europe in which the continent has seen multiple Islamic terror attacks — four in the last week in Germany alone — the EU president insisted better communication between member states...
  • Labour wanted mass immigration to make UK more multicultural, says former adviser

    07/24/2016 11:28:29 PM PDT · by Enchante · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 23, 2009 | Tom Whitehead
    He said the final published version of the report promoted the labour market case for immigration but unpublished versions contained additional reasons, he said. He wrote: "Earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural. "I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended – even if this wasn't its main purpose – to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date." The "deliberate policy", from late 2000 until "at...
  • Donald Trump: EU was formed 'to beat the US at making money'

    07/24/2016 3:21:46 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07-23-2016 | Ben Jacobs
    Donald Trump has claimed that the European Union was created to “beat the United States when it comes to making money” in an interview with NBC News. Speaking to Chuck Todd, whom the Republican nominee has repeatedly berated as “sleepy-eyed”, Trump also said of the EU “the reason that it got together was like a consortium so that it could compete with the United States”. The European Union was founded as the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952 in an effort to promote strong cross-border ties in Europe and avoid future wars. It has since evolved to a customs...
  • Erdogan targets more than 50,000 in purge after failed Turkish coup

    07/19/2016 12:51:23 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    reuters ^ | Humeyra Pamuk and Ercan Gurses
    Turkey vowed to root out allies of the U.S.-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on Tuesday to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities. Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country of 80 million which borders Syria's chaos and is a Western ally against Islamic State. "This parallel terrorist organisation will no longer be an effective pawn for any country," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, referring to what the...
  • Europe pushes own digital ‘cloud’ in wake of US spying scandal

    08/29/2013 3:20:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 29 August 2013
    The European Commission will redouble efforts to promote EU-based cloud services this fall—including the urgent drafting of a new charter—amid mounting evidence that the US PRISM spying scandal may damage the global market share of US-based tech companies involved in the cloud computing sector. In June and July 2013, the Cloud Security Alliance, an industry group, surveyed members and other cloud computing stakeholders about their reactions to the US PRISM spying scandal. One in ten of non-US residents responding indicated that they had canceled a project with a US-based cloud computing provider in the wake of PRISM, and 56% said...
  • Nostalgic Germans hoarding billions of Deutschmarks

    07/18/2016 12:29:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jul 2016 16:09 GMT+02:00 | [DPA/The Local (With Reporting by Verity Middleton)]
    Fourteen years after the introduction of the Euro in cash, Germans are still holding onto their Deutschmarks (DM), mainly for the sentimental value attached to them. The DM, which was introduced in West Germany in 1948 under Allied rule and adopted in East Germany in 1990, was replaced by the Euro in 2002. On the 31st of December 2001, DM banknotes to the value of €76.57 billion were in circulation. Since then, “more than 95% of DM banknotes in circulation have been exchanged” for Euros, Dorit Feldbrügge from the Bundesbank (German Central Bank) told The Local. But that means that...
  • ‘Massive failure’ as thousands of migrants due for deportation remain in Germany

    07/18/2016 5:12:06 AM PDT · by Scarpetta · 56 replies
    Daily Express [UK] ^ | July 18, 2016 | Allan Hall
    GERMAN officials are reporting a "massive failure in the rule of law" as thousands of refugees due for deportation remain in the country. A secret report by interior ministers of all of Germany's 16 states says tens of thousands of migrants scheduled to be flown to their homelands in the past few months are still in the country being cared for by taxpayers. The problem centres on incomplete paperwork, migrants lying about where they come from and the country's own medical profession. It is reported that hundreds of doctors are refusing to sign certificates stating that those intended for expulsion...