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  • France to ban oil and gas exploration

    06/23/2017 5:04:18 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 55 replies
    AFP ^ | 23 June 2017
    PARIS (AFP) - France is to stop granting new licences for oil and gas exploration on the mainland and in overseas territories, Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said Friday. "There will be no new exploration licences for hydrocarbons, we will pass the law this autumn," Hulot said on BFMTV. President Emmanuel Macron said during his election campaign in February that he was opposed to exploration for gas and shale gas in mainland France.
  • EU court: Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof

    06/23/2017 4:29:26 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 21, 2017 | The Associated Press
    "Using those criteria, you could reasonably make the case that someone should be compensated for developing leukemia after eating a peanut butter sandwich"
  • Terror rocks Britain but State deports Christians, EU sanctions East Europe

    06/21/2017 6:18:55 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/21/17 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Who are the terrorists? Depending on who happens to wield the weapon of choice (be it gun, knife, bomb or motor vehicle) there seems to be a real dispute regarding the label’s application. Officials sit on their hands before calling it terrorism when it comes to dozens and hundreds (Paris 11/13/15) of Christians, conservatives, concert-goers or baseball fans losing life and limb. Monday morning’s incident of a van driver mowing down individuals outside of a Finsbury Park mosque in North London was a different story. Politically correct officials had no compunction applying the term terrorist to the vehicle’s operator that...
  • EU, Japan launch big push to seal trade deal by July

    06/16/2017 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies ^ | June 13, 2017 | Hans von der Burchard and Jakob Hanke
    Japanese and European negotiators are redoubling efforts to seal a political agreement early next month on what would be the EUĀ’s biggest free trade deal. Sources from five EU countries said the goal of the latest whirlwind of diplomatic activity is for Japanese Prime Minister ShinzŨ Abe to jet into Brussels for a summit July 5 or 6, ahead of a G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7. The intention is to reach a political deal covering more than 90 percent of a trade agreement, leaving only a handful of issues to be resolved later.
  • Europeans see Germany favorably, but think it has too much power

    06/16/2017 6:46:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 16 June 2017 12:38 CEST+02:00
    A large majority of Europeans have a positive view of Germany, while seeing Berlin as still having too much power in EU affairs, a new survey shows. The Pew Research Center study released on Thursday showed that 71 percent of respondents outside of Germany had a favourable view of Germany, compared to 21 percent who had an unfavorable opinion of the Bundesrepublik. The survey polled almost 10,000 people from France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Greece was the one outlier to the Germany love-in. Seventy-six percent of respondents in the birthplace of...
  • EU countries refusing to take refugees from Germany

    06/15/2017 12:16:35 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 21 replies
    POLITICO ^ | June 12, 2017 | Cynthia Kroet
    European countries failed to take back from Germany tens of thousands of refugees who have to claim asylum in the country where they first entered the EU, government figures requested by the far-left Die Linke party show. Under the Dublin Regulation, migrants must claim asylum in the first EU country they enter. If they apply for asylum in another country, they can be returned to their first port of call. From the beginning of 2016 until March this year, Germany has asked countries in the bloc to take back 72,321 migrants, but only 5,321 of them were accepted, BILD reported...
  • Door still open if Brits give up on Brexit, says German finance minister

    06/13/2017 5:09:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies ^ | 13 June 2017 17:44 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    The European Union’s door remains open if Britain changes its decision to leave the 28-member bloc, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Tuesday, while acknowledging such a move is unlikely. “If they wanted to change their decision, of course they would find open doors, but I think it’s not very likely,” Schäuble told Bloomberg Television in his first public comments on last week’s election in Britain which saw Prime Minister Theresa May lose her parliamentary majority. He noted a pro-European surge in France for President Emmanuel Macron and a youth vote in Britain that swung sharply to the left-wing Labour...
  • Mexico to Merkel: we want 'significant increase' in trade

    06/11/2017 3:54:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies ^ | 10 June 2017 09:16 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    President Enrique Peńa Nieto told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday he wants a significant increase in trade with the European Union, vowing to complete a new trade deal by year’s end. Peńa Nieto’s Mexican government has been actively seeking new trade opportunities since US President Donald Trump came to office with a threat to curb Mexico’s privileged access to American markets. Mexico is currently in negotiations with the European Union to modernize a free trade agreement they signed 20 years ago. Both Merkel and Peńa Nieto vowed on Friday to conclude the expanded deal by the end of the...
  • Soros urges EU to keep Poland and Hungary in democratic check

    06/03/2017 3:23:39 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 28 replies
    Euro News ^ | 06/01/2017 | Tokunbo Salako
    George Soros has urged the European Union to continue pressing Poland and Hungary to preserve the rule of law. Speaking at the Brussels Economic Forum, the American billionaire financier said he welcomed the EU’s recent tough words on both countries which critics accuse of being increasingly authoritarian. Thousands of people have turned out for recent protest in support of Soros’ CEU university, which is under attack from the Hungarian government. “I am full of admiration for the courageous way the Hungarian people have resisted the deception and corruption of the mafia state the Orban regime has established,” Soros said.
  • Germany: Even worst-case Brexit will be bearable for EU

    06/02/2017 11:29:04 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies ^ | 6/2/17 | Jakob Hanke
    Germany has delivered an ominous message to British negotiators in impending Brexit talks by insisting that even the worst-case scenario would be bearable for the EU. Germany’s Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said Friday that “even in the most adverse case,” Brexit would be “bearable for the EU economy and in particular for the German economy.” Zypries said that a new study by Germany’s ifo institute, commissioned by her ministry, pointed to “economic opportunities and risks.” While Zypries said Germany would seek “the best results” from talks, her appraisal of a bearable hard Brexit is bad news for hardline Brexiteers. They...
  • US billionaire Soros warns EU of 'existential danger'

    06/02/2017 10:17:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 1 Jun 2017, 18:01 | Eszter Zalan
    The European Union is in “existential danger” because of “dysfunctional” institutions, a persistent austerity policy and outdated treaties, American billionaire George Soros warned in Brussels on Thursday (1 June). The Hungarian-born philanthropist, who was speaking at the Brussels Economic Forum, said the EU should use the Brexit negotiations to introduce far-reaching reforms and be “radically reinvented”, otherwise it risks ceasing to exist. ”If the European Union carries on with business as usual, there is little hope for an improvement,” he said, adding that the bloc was surrounded by “hostile powers”, such as Russia, Turkey, Egypt, and, possibly US president Donald...
  • 2 Republican US senators slam Egypt's NGO law as 'draconian' [guess which ones]

    06/01/2017 10:09:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 1, 2017 10:42 AM EDT | Menna Zaki
    Two Republican U.S. senators slammed Wednesday a law recently passed by Egypt’s president as “draconian” for imposing heavy restrictions and effectively banning the work of non-governmental organizations — the latest among measures cracking down on dissent in the country. Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham urged President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to bring the law on NGOs in line with international standards and the Egyptian constitution. “Congress should strengthen democratic benchmarks and human rights conditions on U.S. assistance for Egypt,” they said in a statement. […] The law has triggered wide international backlash and raised concerns over human rights conditions in...
  • Soros Says The European Union Is Now In An Existential Crisis, Surrounded By Hostile (US) Powers

    06/01/2017 9:02:07 AM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | Silvia Amaro
    Billionaire financier George Soros said Thursday the European Union is in an "existential crisis" and needs to be reinvented in the face of growing threats. "The reinvention would have to revive the support that the European Union used to enjoy," the Hungarian-born Soros said at the Brussels Economic Forum. Such reinvention would have to review the past and explain to European citizens what went wrong and then make proposals to make things right. Soros welcomed a German idea to cut European funds aimed at reducing income inequalities at the regional level for those countries disrespecting the rule of law. Both...
  • British PM, opposition leader clash over Brexit in TV grilling

    05/29/2017 10:21:14 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies ^ | 30 May 2017 | AFP
    ... Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party and a leading Brexit campaigner, said in a surprise tweet that Corbyn came across in the broadcast as being "totally sincere", although he did not agree with him. "Saying 'no deal is better than a bad deal' 4 times will win May the election. But she is a weathercock who believes in very little," Farage said.
  • Merkel Warns US, Britain No Longer Reliable Partners

    05/28/2017 10:42:21 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 76 replies ^ | 28 May 2017
    Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday. “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany. “We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” she added. While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, “we have to fight for our own destiny,” Merkel...
  • UK's Johnson says EU may have to pay Brexit divorce bill

    05/13/2017 8:56:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2017 10:25 AM EDT
    Britain’s foreign secretary says Brussels may have to pay Britain for its exit from the European Union, rather than the other way around. Boris Johnson says Britain’s share of EU assets is so valuable that the EU may have to end up paying Britain when it leaves the bloc. He spoke to The Telegraph newspaper. […] The outspoken politician called Brussels “ruthless in its negotiating techniques” and said “they are going to play dirty.” …
  • China and Europe: Together we can make a difference [Chinese ambassador to EU]

    05/12/2017 10:27:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 05/12/2017 10:09 | Yang Yanyi
    H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi is head of the Chinese Mission to the EU.(The Belt and Road Forum) has attracted broad participation of some 1,500 officials, scholars, entrepreneurs and people from financial institutions and media from more than 130 countries, principals and representatives from over 70 international organizations. […] At a time when the foundation for global economic recovery is not solid, trade investment remains weak, and growth impetus unstable, this Forum, with “Strengthening International Cooperation and Co-building the ‘Belt and Road’ for Win-win Development” as its central theme, will offer an excellent opportunity to take stock of what has been...
  • Europe Day

    05/08/2017 11:30:32 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies ^ | May 9, 2017 | wikipedia
    In Europe, Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. There are two separate designations of Europe Day: 5 May for the Council of Europe, and 9 May for the European Union (EU).[1] The latter is the EU's flag day and has a greater visibility. The Council of Europe's day reflects its own establishment in 1949, while the European Union's day is also known as Schuman Day and celebrates the historical declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman in 1950.[2] Europe Day is one of a number of European symbols designed to foster unity among Europeans.
  • French election results: Emmanuel Macron 'wins 60 per cent of vote,' exit polls suggest

    05/07/2017 10:40:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 49 replies ^ | 7 May 2017 | Rory Mulholland Henry Samuel, Paris James Rothwell
    Emmanuel Macron has beaten Marine Le Pen in Sunday's French election and taken more than 60 per cent of the vote, according to several early exit polls. Polling conducted by Ipsos, Ifop and BVA all gave Mr Macron, the pro-business candidate, a strong lead over Front National leader Marine Le Pen.
  • EU Adds Cost of Migrants in Turkey to Brexit Bill

    04/29/2017 11:30:09 AM PDT · by davikkm · 27 replies
    breitbart ^ | DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
    The bill for Britain’s Brexit divorce settlement is growing ever longer, with leaders in Brussels now saying that Britain should continue to pick up a portion of the tab for migrants living in Turkey beyond accession. Initial demands that Britain should pay into the European Union’s seven-year Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until it expires at the end of 2020 – a year after Brexit – have since expanded to include references to “issues resulting from” the budget, as well as those related to the European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Development Fund (EDF). German representatives are now suggesting that “issues”...