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  • Polish president: No return to imperial ambitions in Europe

    09/01/2016 7:52:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2016 8:17 AM EDT
    Poland’s president has warned that Europe must learn lessons from World War II and must not tolerate any return to imperialist land grabs, an apparent reference to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s region of Crimea.Andrzej Duda was speaking Thursday at a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the start of World War II. […] “We cannot allow imperial ambitions and actions to return to Europe. … We cannot shut our eyes when international laws are violated … or when borders in Europe are moved by force,” Duda said. …
  • Former EU President Hired As New Chairman of Goldman Sachs International

    07/09/2016 7:33:17 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com/london/ ^ | 9 Jul 2016 | Liam Deacon
    The former president of the of the European Commission, the European Union’s (EU) unelected executive arm, has been recruited as the new boss of international operations at Goldman Sachs, who funded the official anti-Brexit campaign. In May, in the run-up to the referendum, figures released by the Electoral Commission revealed that Goldman Sachs had quietly donated £500,000 to Britain Stronger in Europe – the official, government back anti-Brexit campaign – shortly before February when donations had to be declared.
  • E.U. Countries Warn Britain on ‘Brexit’: You’ll Pay if You Leave Us

    06/19/2016 8:58:45 PM PDT · by Theoria · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 June 2016 | Steven Erlanger
    The rest of the European Union nations are looking at the possibility of a British departure from the bloc with disbelief, trepidation and anguish. But they are also preparing to retaliate. If Britons do vote in a referendum on Thursday to leave the European Union, they can expect a tough and unforgiving response, with capitals across the Continent intent on deterring other countries from following the British example, European officials and analysts said. In other words, Britain will be made to suffer for its choice. With other issues pressing, including Greek debt, the migrant crisis and terrorism, the largest and...
  • Italy wants common EU defense after Brussels attacks

    03/26/2016 7:55:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 22 Mar 2016 18:05 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called on Tuesday for a “European pact for freedom and security” following the attacks in Brussels claimed by the ISIS group that killed around 35 people. “Today they hit Belgium, but they also hit the capital of the European Union,” Renzi said in a speech, vowing that “it will take months, perhaps years, but we will beat them”. […] “Europe must go all the way this time. We must invest in a common security and defense structure,” he said, adding that the debate over defense integration has been raging since 1954, when a plan to...
  • 'Brexit' could cost Britain £100 billion and a million jobs - CBI

    03/21/2016 12:10:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Mar 21, 2016 | reuters
    A British vote to leave the European Union could cost the economy £100 billion and 950,000 jobs by 2020, according to research commissioned by employers' group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The CBI said "Brexit" would deliver a serious shock to the British economy, regardless of any trade deals the country could negotiate with its former European partners. "This analysis shows very clearly why leaving the European Union would be a real blow for living standards, jobs and growth," CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn said in a statement on Monday. "The savings from reduced EU budget contributions and regulation are...
  • EU mulls 'large-scale' migrant deportation scheme

    03/03/2016 1:46:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2016 3:31 PM EST | Nicholas Paphitis and Derek Gatopoulos
    Turkey is under growing pressure to consider a major escalation in migrant deportations from Greece, a top European Union official said Thursday, amid preparations for a highly anticipated summit of EU and Turkish leaders next week. European Council President Donald Tusk ended a six-nation tour of migration crisis countries in Turkey, where 850,000 migrants and refugees left last year for Greek islands. [...] Tusk was careful to single out illegal economic migrants for possible deportation, not asylum-seekers. And he wasn't clear who would actually carry out the expulsions: Greece itself, EU border agency Frontex or even other organizations like NATO....
  • Merkel: Germany should play bigger role on world stage

    03/02/2016 10:02:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03/02/2016 | [es/bw (Reuters, dpa)]
    Germany should play a bigger role in world affairs, Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Wednesday. On the campaign trail for her Christian Democrats (CDU) party ahead of regional elections next week, Merkel refused pressure to take a more individual, domestic approach to Europe's migrant crisis. The country should not just spread its influence via, exports, the chancellor argued. "Rather, we will have to take on more responsibility in an open world for what happens outside our European borders," she said from a CDU rally in the town of Wittlich in Rhineland-Palatinate, one of three states about to hold parliamentary ballots....
  • EU launches unprecedented probe into new Polish laws

    01/16/2016 2:10:01 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | January 14, 2016 | AFP
    Brussels (AFP) - The European Union launched an unprecedented probe on Wednesday into controversial legal changes introduced by Poland's new right-wing government to see if they violate EU democracy rules and merit punitive measures. The move comes amid growing concern over reforms to Poland's constitutional court and increased control over state media adopted by the conservative, eurosceptic Law and Justice party (PiS), which swept to power in October. "Today we have decided that the Commission will carry out a preliminary assessment on this matter under the rule of law framework," European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans said after a special debate...
  • Germany Segregating Christians As Migrant Violence Escalates

    10/01/2015 9:39:48 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 34 replies
    Christian migrants in German asylum centres are living under threat,fearing for their lives as the hardline Sunni majority within migrant population enforce Sharia law. The situation is so bad Christians claim they live like “prisoners” in Germany, and some have even returned to Middle East. [excerpt] “In Iran, the Revolutionary Guards have arrested my brother in a house church. I fled the Iranian intelligence, because I thought in Germany I can finally live freely,” says Said, a Christian who fled persecution. “But I can not openly admit that I am a Christian. I will be threatened. “We must rid ourselves...
  • Why the EU’s refugee crisis? ‘Lack of central authority’

    09/29/2015 2:44:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 23, 2015 8:36 AM EDT | John-Thor Dahlburg
    The European Union has no border patrol. It’s one of the many ways in which the bloc lacks power, with its member countries jealously guarding their sovereign prerogative to enact their own laws about defense, police and coast guard. This vacuum of authority, and the failure of EU policy-makers to anticipate how events in faraway Libya or Syria might trigger the flood of refugees now swamping Europe, are some of the reasons the group of 28 European nations originally founded as a common market has failed to deal more firmly and effectively with what has mushroomed into a major humanitarian...
  • Cameron denies being 'humiliated' over EC Juncker vote

    07/01/2014 7:12:26 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 30 June 2014 | bbc
    David Cameron has suffered "utter humiliation" over the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president, Ed Miliband has claimed. The Labour leader told MPs the PM's renegotiation strategy for the UK in Europe was now "in tatters".
  • Ukip surges into lead in European election contest: Poll gives Nigel Farage's party 31% support

    04/27/2014 10:08:03 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 39 replies
    Ukip has surged into the lead in the European election contest despite a bruising week of controversies, a poll revealed today. Nigel Farage's party recorded 31 per cent support in YouGov research for a Sunday newspaper, three points ahead of Labour, with the Tories languishing in third on 19 per cent. It is the first time the company has given Ukip an outright advantage in the race, with ballots due to be cast in less than a month.
  • Republic of Ireland back in Commonwealth? Not as mad as it sounds, says senior Tory MP Fabricant

    04/23/2014 2:14:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 23 April 2014 | Rebecca Black
    There have been fresh calls for the Republic of Ireland to rejoin the Commonwealth after the success of the recent State visit. Ireland left the Commonwealth in 1949, but recent historic moves including the visit of President Michael D. Higgins to the UK have reopened the debate. Senior Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said yesterday that the proposal “is not so mad as it might at first seem”. “If a country like the Republic of Ireland joined the Commonwealth, what greater message could be sent to countries facing political upheaval and disputes on the other side of the world than an...
  • Cameron’s bid to put Irish premier in charge at the EU: PM sounds out Enda Kenny…

    11/06/2013 5:22:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:48 EST, 4 November 2013 | Tim Shipman and Daniel Martin
    David Cameron is quietly sounding out Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny about becoming the next President of the European Union in a bid to boost his hopes of renegotiating Britain’s relationship with Brussels. Downing Street officials are seeking a candidate who can stop Socialist Martin Schulz, the German left-winger who is currently President of the European Parliament and is backed by Labour. Senior sources say Britain wants to block Mr. Schulz “at all costs” since his taste for more regulation on business would scupper efforts to make Europe more competitive. …
  • Insight: Merkel’s Europe—how her men run Brussels

    10/28/2013 11:21:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:42am EDT | John O’Donnell
    In Brussels, Germans have shrugged off their postwar reserve and make no apology for shaping Europe’s future, taking key posts in EU institutions and pushing Berlin’s trade interests with vigor.As Angela Merkel forms a new coalition government after a third successive election triumph, the conservative chancellor can build on efforts, in place since her first term in 2005, that have increased not just the number of Germans in senior jobs in Brussels but the extent to which they answer to Berlin. And where that fails to ensure EU policy acceptable to the bloc’s biggest economy, Merkel has shown she is...
  • MEPs: EU needs defense force ‘under Union command’

    09/05/2013 10:01:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 04.09.13 @ 09:56 (Sep. 4) | Benjamin Fox
    Europe should create a civilian and military crisis operations HQ under EU command, according to a report by center-right MEPs. The proposal, contained in a policy paper published on Tuesday (3 September) by deputies from the European People’s Party, the largest group in the assembly, said EU “heads of state and government have to start building standby forces under Union command.” It called for EU leaders to commit themselves to defining the union’s security interests, prioritizing its strategic objectives and linking these with operational deployments. They said this should include a definition of European defense interests and its geographical priority...
  • France and Germany seek to revive EU defense policy

    07/31/2013 2:03:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 30.07.13 @ 16:51 | Honor Mahony
    The EU needs to do more for international security, France and Germany have said, as they call for improved battle groups and the use of drones in civilian airspace.In a joint letter and ideas paper, dated Friday (26 July), the foreign ministers of both countries say that amid “asymmetrical threats”, the EU needs to “assume increased responsibility for international peace and security.” They add that they are committed to making a planned EU defense summit in December a “success” with “tangible results.” Among the results they are hoping for is agreement on improved “operational effectiveness” of EU battle groups, clusters...
  • Germany fears revolution if Europe scraps welfare model

    05/28/2013 5:20:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 28, 2013 | by Ingrid Melander
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned on Tuesday that failure to win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart, and dropping the continent's welfare model in favor of tougher U.S. standards would spark a revolution. If U.S. welfare standards were introduced in Europe, "we would have revolution, not tomorrow, but on the very same day," Schaeuble told a conference in Paris. In recent weeks Germany, wary of a backlash as many in crisis-hit European countries blame it for austerity, has taken steps to tackle unemployment in the bloc, striking bilateral deals with Spain and Portugal. "We have to...
  • A new democratic revolution is sweeping northern Europe Nigel Farage (video)

    05/27/2013 10:54:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 5/26/2013 | Nigel Farage
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  • EU threatens tiny Switzerland over low taxes

    11/28/2011 10:43:23 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 11-28-11 | Alex Newman
    Despite not being a member of the European Union, Switzerland is under intense pressure from Brussels to raise taxes as companies flee high-tax EU welfare states in favor of more business-friendly Swiss cantons. And if the nation refuses to bow down soon, so-called “eurocrats” are threatening retaliation. The Swiss government has been in discussions with EU bosses for over a year regarding Switzerland’s non-compliance with the “EU Code of Conduct for Business Taxation.” The EU’s goal, according to the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, is to eliminate what the supranational regime in Brussels calls “harmful tax practices” — low taxes which attract...
  • Demand for forced labor increasing in EU

    04/16/2013 6:08:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 15.04.13 @ 16:45 (April 15) | Honor Mahony
    The economic crisis is leading to a rise in the number of people being trafficked for sex, hard labor or organ donation, the EU commission said Monday (15 April,) but the vast majority of member states have failed to implement an anti-trafficking law. While the Czech Republic, Latvia, Finland, Hungary, Poland and Sweden have transposed the law, the remaining 21 member states—including Bulgaria and Romania, from where most of the victims come—have not. … EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmström put the rise in numbers partly down to Europe’s economic crisis, which has seen public spending slashed and GDP slump...
  • Angela Merkel: Eurozone crisis 'far from over'

    12/31/2012 12:56:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/31/2012
    The eurozone sovereign debt crisis is far from over even though reform measures designed to address the roots of the problem are beginning to bear fruit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year's address. In face of slowing economic growth, Mrs Merkel also warned that conditions could be more difficult in 2013 than in 2012. "I know that many people are naturally concerned going into the new year," she said. "And the economic environment will not in fact be easier but rather more difficult next year. But we shouldn't let that get us down; rather it should...
  • Serbia accuses Hague tribunal of selective justice

    12/03/2012 6:28:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012
    Serbians reacted angrily at the acquittal of a former Kosovo guerrilla leader by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), less than two weeks after the court freed two Croatian military commanders who were accused of war crimes, EurActiv Serbia reports. The acquittal of ex-Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader Ramush Haradinaj was met by fierce criticism of The Hague tribunalÂ’s work. Serbian officials said the decision was a blow to international justice and made the process of reconciliation in the region more complicated. Â… Belgrade considers that the tribunal has lost credibility and has shown bias in acquitting...
  • Tony Blair: the EU needs a president

    10/30/2012 12:39:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:29PM GMT 29 Oct 2012 | Rowena Mason
    Tony Blair has said the EU would be better off with a directly elected president, as he warned deep political rifts between countries could lead to a break-up. In a move interpreted by some as a job application, the former prime minister said the EU could do with a strong leader approved by the people. … Europe’s millions of residents might feel “alienated” unless they have a direct say in who is governing them, Mr. Blair told the Nicolas Berggruen Institute on Governance. …
  • ECB: Crisis nations have lost their sovereignty

    10/28/2012 9:13:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Oct 12 21:14 CET | AFP/DAPD/The Local/jlb
    The head of the European Central Bank (ECB) on Sunday threw his weight behind a German scheme to allow the EU to intervene in countries' budgets and propose changes before they are agreed in parliaments. The EU should have the power to police and interfere in member states' national budgets, Mario Draghi told Der Spiegel magazine in an interview due to be published on Monday, saying he “completely supported” the suggestion by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to give more autonomy to the EU's economic and monetary affairs commissioner. … "Several governments have not yet understood that they lost their...
  • Merkel speaks out for two-speed Europe

    06/07/2012 2:42:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.06.07 @ 09:29 | Honor Mahony
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will use the gathering of EU leaders at the end of the month to push ahead with plans for a political union, including more sweeping powers to Brussels. "We do not just need a currency union but also a so-called fiscal union—more common budget policy," she told Germany's ARD television early Thursday (7 June). She emphasized that a political union was also necessary: "That means that step-by-step in the future we have to give up more powers to Europe and grant Europe more oversight possibilities." While there has been a concerted effort over...
  • The triumph of Margaret Thatcher: why Europe’s love affair with the European project is ending

    06/01/2012 12:05:12 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/1/12 | Nile Gardiner
    Earlier this week the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project released a major report entitled ‘European Unity on the Rocks’. Its survey, involving more than 9,000 respondents across eight European Union nations as well as the United States, is the stuff of nightmares for EU officials desperately trying to keep the European project together against the backdrop of the biggest economic crisis in Europe since the 1930s. In the words of the report’s authors the European project “is a major casualty of the ongoing sovereign debt crisis,” with deep-seated disillusionment with the European single currency and the broader process of...
  • EU commission to outline plans for political union

    05/22/2012 2:56:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.05.22 @ 17:16 | Honor Mahony
    The European Commission has said it will soon bring forward plans for an economic and political union it says is necessary for the creation of debt-mutualizing eurobonds—one of the most controversial proposed solutions to the current eurozone crisis. "We need to reflect what kind of European union would be required to deepen economic and political integration, for instance so that joint issuance of debt would make sense for all member states sharing the single currency," economics commissioner Olli Rehn told MEPs on Tuesday (22 May). He said the commission would "soon" come up with a "medium to long term roadmap"...
  • EU takes aim at Israeli settlement products

    05/15/2012 11:06:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.05.15 @ 09:22 | Andrew Rettman
    EU foreign ministers have "warned" Israel that they will take a tougher approach to exports originating in illegal settlements on Palestinian land. The ministers in a statement on Monday (14 May) detailing Israel's long-term campaign to expropriate Palestinian farmers in the fertile West Bank said: "The EU and its member states reaffirm their commitment to fully and effectively implement existing EU legislation and the bilateral arrangements applicable to settlement products." Under current EU law, settlement products are excluded from preferential import tariffs granted in the 12-year-old EU-Israel association agreement. Israel is obliged to indicate the originating postcode of each shipment,...
  • (European Central Bank president Mario) Draghi: Euro countries to lose even more sovereignty

    05/04/2012 1:18:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 04.05.12 @ 07:13 | Valentina Pop
    European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi has urged eurozone leaders to come up with a 10-year target for the common currency, saying they should accept more transfer of powers if they truly want a fiscal union. Held exceptionally in Barcelona instead of the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, the monthly meeting of eurozone's central bank governing council on Thursday (3 May) was an opportunity for Draghi to explain what he meant last week when he said a "growth compact" is needed along with the deficit-cutting measures taken by most governments. "There is absolutely no contradiction between a growth compact and...