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  • EU's Brexit negotiator puts time pressure on Britain

    12/06/2016 6:54:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 6, 2016 9:32 AM EST | Pan Pylas
    Britain may not have two years to negotiate its divorce from the European Union after all. The EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit warned Tuesday that the country will have less than 18 months once talks begin and that it won’t be allowed to pick and choose what parts of the EU it wants to keep. While steering away from specifics on what a Brexit deal might look like, Michel Barnier, who took up his post months ago after Britain voted in June to leave the EU, said formal procedures at the start and the end of the talks will cut...
  • Greece must reform or leave eurozone, says German minister

    12/05/2016 1:30:38 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 4 December 2016 | Helena Smith
    Greece must implement economic reforms if it is to keep its place in the eurozone, Germany’s finance minister has insisted, ruling out debt relief for the country ahead of a crucial euro group meeting on Monday. As the finance ministers of member states using the single currency prepared to discuss fiscal plans for the coming year, Wolfgang Schäuble in effect presented Greece with an ultimatum: either it must enforce unpopular structural reforms or exit the bloc.
  • Italian Referendum: PM Matteo Renzi Suffers Heavy Defeat, Exit Polls Suggest

    12/04/2016 2:37:41 PM PST · by goldstategop · 72 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/04/2016 | BBC News
    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has suffered a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution, exit polls suggest. An exit poll on state broadcaster RAI suggests 42-46% voted to back reform, compared with 54-58% voting No. Two other polls gave the No vote a similar lead of at least 10 points. Mr Renzi, who has said he would resign if he lost the vote, is due to make a statement at midnight (23:00 GMT) from his official residence in Rome. The referendum was regarded as a barometer of anti-establishment sentiment in Europe. The vote asked...
  • Is this weekend the EU DIES? Major votes in Italy and Austria could spark end of the bloc

    12/03/2016 7:12:39 PM PST · by aquila48 · 63 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | Dec 3, 2016 | ZOIE O'BRIEN
    THE EUROPEAN UNION looks set to be shattered by a potential influx of Eurosceptic country leaders who refuse to toe the line of the Brussels elite This weekend Austria could be set to elect its first far-right leader while Italy could simultaneously lose its Europhile Prime Minister. Both outcomes would be a massive blow to the Union as fear begins to spread around the the corridors of Brussels - both nations have put a vote to the people and could start the process of engineering themselves out of the EU. The beleaguered EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker is watching his superstate...
  • President François Hollande of France Won’t Seek Re-Election

    12/01/2016 12:00:41 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 1, 2016 | Aurelien Breeden
    PARIS — President François Hollande stunned France on Thursday when he announced that he would not run for a second term in next year’s presidential election. In a televised address from the Élysée Palace, Mr. Hollande said that he was “aware of the risks” of a candidacy that would not “rally” enough people to it. “I have thus decided not to be a candidate in the presidential elections,” Mr. Hollande said. Mr. Hollande, a Socialist, ended weeks of speculation about his intentions to participate in a re-election bid that few observers thought he could win. He has had some of...
  • 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...
  • European Union Orders British Press NOT to Report when Terrorists are Muslims

    11/18/2016 6:00:01 AM PST · by zlando · 80 replies
    Europe-Israel News ^ | November 18, 2016 | 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...
  • Trump: Europe’s Wake-Up Call?

    11/16/2016 8:19:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 16 November 2016 | Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
    It should not be controversial to observe that the EU is in a bit of a mess. It has been one slow-motion disaster ever since the 2008 financial crisis. That was initially because one of the pillars of European unity is the Euro currency, yet the European Union does not have the effective political integration to make a currency union work. Though Europe’s economies, for example, are more similar between themselves than the richest and the poorest states of the US, the United States has an adequate level of political and financial integration to make their monetary union work. Europe...
  • Obama: Merkel was my closest ally

    11/15/2016 4:23:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Nov 2016 10:18 GMT+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    Outgoing US President Barack Obama called Chancellor Angela Merkel his “closest partner” during a press conference ahead of his last trip abroad, which includes a two-day stop in Berlin. Speaking at the White House, Obama said “in Germany, I’ll visit with Chancellor Merkel, who’s probably been my closest international partner these last eight years.” […] In a pre-trip news conference, Obama told reporters he would “signal our solidarity with our closest allies and express our support for a strong, integrated and united Europe.” …
  • Britain and France snub EU’s emergency Trump meeting

    11/13/2016 5:29:55 PM PST · by McGruff · 68 replies
    Financial Times ^ | November 13, 2016 | Duncan Robinson
    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 disarray after foreign ministers from the bloc’s two main military powers declined to attend the gathering demanded by Berlin and Brussels.
  • More than 80 MPs join Lib Dem plot to force Government to hold a second referendum on Brexit terms

    11/11/2016 10:11:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11 November 2016 • 9:54PM | Christopher Hope and Peter Dominiczak
    More than 80 MPs are plotting to stage a Parliamentary vote calling for a second Brexit referendum. In a move that prompted anger from Conservative ministers a coalition of MPs led by Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, said that they now intend to force a vote calling for another referendum of the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU. Theresa May’s Government is appealing a High Court ruling which stated that she must get Parliament’s approval before triggering Article 50, which formally begins the Brexit negotiations with Brussels. If she loses the appeal, Europhile backbenchers have vowed to lay...
  • Google Defends Android in European Antitrust Case (Link Only due to copyright issue)

    11/10/2016 2:32:03 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    PCMag | NOVEMBER 10, 2016 03:01PM EST | BY TOM BRANT
    Google is defending itself against anti-competition charges in the EU over three accusations over Android. Link only due to copyright issues: Google Defends Android in European Antitrust Case (link only).
  • **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,...
  • 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.”
  • Hungarian and Polish Leaders Denounce “Sovietization” by EU

    10/28/2016 10:18:13 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 8 replies
    New American ^ | 25 October 2016 | Steve Byas
    The spirit of Brexit — the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) — is continuing, with the government leaders of both Hungary and Poland publicly denouncing the efforts of the EU to dilute their country’s national sovereignty, especially in the area of immigration from Middle Eastern countries. They also condemned the globalist hostility to the Christian faith. “People who love their freedom must save Brussels [the headquarters of the increasingly powerful and despotic EU] from Sovietization, from people who want to tell us who should live within our countries,” asserted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Sunday...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.” …
  • Swedes up in arms over EU Christmas glögg 'ban'

    10/11/2016 9:36:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 11 Oct 2016 15:33 GMT+02:00 | Lee Roden
    There are few things more precious to Swedes than their traditional drinking habits, and a new EU-wide rule change affecting one of their favorite Christmas drinks has some of the normally tranquil Scandinavians up in arms. A yuletide tradition in Sweden since the 1800s, glögg (a variation of mulled wine) is consumed at parties and gatherings throughout the Christmas period, and is often strengthened with additional spirits to give it an extra kick. But now, some drinks previously labeled as glögg will no longer be allowed to carry that name, with revised EU legislation on the labeling of aromatized wine...
  • 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...
  • Hungary PM claims EU migrant quota referendum victory

    10/02/2016 9:35:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | Oct 3, 2016 | BBCNews
    Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has declared victory in a referendum on mandatory EU migrant quotas, despite a low turnout that appeared to render it invalid. Nearly 98% of those who took part supported the government's call to reject the EU plan. But only 43% of the electorate voted, short of the 50% required to be valid. A government spokesman said the outcome was binding "politically and legally" but the opposition said the government did not have the support it needed. Mr Orban urged EU decision makers to take note of the result and said he would change Hungary's constitution to...
  • 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...
  • Secret Meetings with Campaign: Germany Prepares for Possible President Trump

    10/01/2016 8:36:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 30, 2016 06:49 PM | Holger Stark and Christoph Schult
    The meeting with Donald Trump’s emissary was discreet, the location carefully chosen — it was supposed to seem informal. Ultimately, an unremarkable café in Washington D.C. was picked. And in April, Markus Ederer, state secretary in Germany’s Foreign Ministry, met there with Trump advisor Sam Clovis. Ederer was tasked with finding answers to a central question. What would a Trump victory mean for German-American relations? And how serious is the Republican candidate with his foreign policy blustering? The German government long doubted that the real estate magnate would even become the Republican candidate for president. Now, though, even after the...
  • Brexit begins: Theresa May takes axe to EU laws

    10/01/2016 2:23:29 PM PDT · by NRx · 35 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10-01-2016 | Ben Riley-Smith
    Theresa May will on Sunday announce she will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act in a move that will formally begin the process of making Britain’s Parliament sovereign once again. Addressing the Conservative Party Conference for the first time as leader, Mrs May will declare that her government will begin work to end the legislation that gives European Union law supremacy in Britain. In its place, a new “Great Repeal Bill” will be introduced in Parliament as early as next year to put power for the nation’s laws back into the hands of MPs and peers. The announcement is Mrs...
  • Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency

    10/01/2016 10:29:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 30, 2016 | James Crisp
    The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming. The European Environment Agency this week said that larger numbers of electric vehicles will not be enough to make to the transition to a low-carbon economy. The EU’s transport sector still depends on oil for 94% of its energy needs. The reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in road transport gained from the scaling-up of electric vehicles would...
  • Russian MP: ‘We will buy Bulgaria, we already bought half of the coast’

    09/20/2016 9:28:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 20, 2016 | Georgi Gotev
    A statement by a Russian parliamentarian has sent shockwaves through Bulgaria, as the country begins to realize that the many Russians who bought real estate in the country may sooner or later become a powerful political force. The MP, who is from Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, was asked on Bulgarian television if his country would pursue a benevolent policy towards Bulgaria, if his party won the Sunday elections (18 September). In fact, United Russia won with more than 50% of the votes. “Of course,” Piotr Tolstoy answered, adding: “We will just buy out the entire [Bulgaria]. Half of its...
  • Court to rule on same-sex marriage in conservative Romania

    09/19/2016 4:12:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2016 6:56 AM EDT
    A same-sex couple has asked Romania’s Constitutional Court to legally recognize them as married, which would be a landmark and surprising ruling. Commentators predict the court will reject their case this week. […] U.S. graphic designer Claibourn Robert Hamilton and Romanian rights activist Adrian Coman are seeking to be recognized as married — a position opposed by the influential Romanian Orthodox Church and most of the public. …
  • 'Times are changing, pay your taxes', euro zone chief tells corporations

    09/10/2016 12:53:00 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News — Reuters ^ | September 10, 2016 | By Francesco Guarascio and Jason Hovet
    Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Multinational companies should refrain from tax-avoidance practices and pay their fair share, the head of euro zone finance ministers said on Saturday in a new endorsement of the European Union's fight against tax-dodging. In the wake of the 'Panama Papers' revelations of widespread tax-avoidance practices, Brussels has toughened up its drive for fairness by tightening controls and adopting stricter rules. The recent shock multi-billion euro tax demand on Apple was part of that trend as the EU also drafts plans for a common corporate tax base and a single...
  • 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...
  • Germany's far-right AfD unseats Angela Merkel's party in key regional vote

    09/04/2016 9:44:30 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 26 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 4 SEPTEMBER 2016
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats fell to third place in a state election on Sunday behind the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, TV exit polls showed. In a stinging defeat for Merkel one year ahead of parliamentary elections, the upstart AfD won 21 percent of the vote in their first election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state by campaigning hard against the chancellor's policies on refugees, according to an exit poll by the ARD TV network.
  • Marine Le Pen Promises EU Membership Referendum If Elected French President

    09/03/2016 11:02:35 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 12 replies
    France’s National Front (FN) leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Saturday she would hold a referendum on France's membership of the European Union if she won the 2017 elections. The French presidential elections are scheduled for spring 2017.
  • The EU's Taxing Problem

    09/03/2016 5:26:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Economics was not one of my favorite subjects in college, so I avoided economic courses. But I do know a few things about human nature. If you tax income at too high a rate, corporations will look elsewhere for relief. Take Ireland. In 1991, Apple Corporation cut a deal with the Irish government so that only a certain bracket of its earnings would be taxed, giving it, writes Business Insider, "...a dramatically lower tax rate than it would have to pay in the U.S." In return, Apple promised jobs, lots of jobs, which it provided. The company currently employs 4,000...
  • China Heads West: Beijing's New Silk Road to Europe

    08/31/2016 4:11:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 31, 2016 – 06:40 PM | Erich Follath
    China is building new roads, railroads and pipelines from Central Asia to Europe in an effort to build new connections to the rest of the world. The results may be good for the Chinese — but less so for the other countries involved. […] Xi Jinping, 63, the president of China and general secretary of the Communist Party, wants to revive the myth and build a New Silk Road, in large parts along the old trade route. It would mark the return of a legend. For some time now, many of his speeches have included references to “yi dai yi...
  • Record 125k people file suit against Canada trade deal (CETA; German plaintiffs)

    08/31/2016 4:04:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 31 Aug 2016 15:27 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    More than 125,000 Germans have filed the largest citizen lawsuit in German history against the controversial proposed CETA trade deal between Canada and the EU. The lawsuit’s power of attorney letters filled some 70 boxes and were brought by truck on Wednesday to Germany’s top court located in Karlsruhe, the Constitutional Court. The proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) would eliminate about 98 percent of the tariffs between the EU and Canada, but it has been condemned by opponents who say it will too greatly expand the power of corporations and may lower certain EU standards for things like...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eastern Europe pushes Germany for joint EU army

    08/26/2016 10:12:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Aug 2016 16:19 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Eastern EU countries on Friday pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe’s post-Brexit future. “We must prioritize security, and let’s start by building a common European army,” Hungary’s rightwing prime minister, Viktor Orban, said at talks with Czech, German, Polish and Slovak leaders. […] Leftist Czech Premier Bohuslav Sobotka, for his part, said that “we should also begin a discussion about creating a common European army.” […] In an early response to Britain’s shock vote to exit the EU, Poland’s powerful rightwing leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski called for EU...
  • Foreign Election Observers in U.S. to Increase Tenfold Since 2012

    08/24/2016 2:14:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 24, 2016 | 4:09 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    When Americans went to the polls four years ago, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) deployed 44 observers, a quarter of whom came from countries deemed by a leading democracy watchdog to be “not free” or “partly free.” This year, the OSCE plans to send more than ten times that number — and some civil rights groups in the U.S. say even that won’t be enough. Following a “needs assessment” visit earlier this year, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) decided to send 100 long-term and 400 short-term observers to monitor the November...
  • Show of European unity: Merkel, Hollande, Renzi meet to discuss gameplan

    08/21/2016 6:40:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:31pm EDT | Isla Binnie
    The leaders of Germany, France and Italy will meet on Monday to discuss how to keep the European project together in the second set of talks between the premiers of the eurozone’s three largest economies since Britain’s shock vote to leave the bloc. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on an island off the coast of Naples ahead of September’s EU summit called to discuss reverberations from the Brexit vote. “They will be coming to discuss how to relaunch Europe from the bottom up; there’s a big need,” Renzi said on...
  • 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.
  • Putin Flies Into Crimea As Ukraine "Prepares For An Invasion"

    08/19/2016 1:38:30 PM PDT · by amorphous · 118 replies
    ZeroHedge.Com ^ | 19 August 2016 | Tyler Durden
    At the same time that Russia is condicting its latest massive military drill on the border with Ukraine, and one day after the latest stark warning by Ukraine' president Poroshenko that the simmering conflict with Russia may be set to explode again when he said on national TV that “the probability of escalation and conflict remains very significant" adding that "we don’t rule out full-scale Russian invasion", Russian president Putin made a not so subtle point that Crimea will not be relinquished when he flew into contested territory on Friday, one day after staging war games there, and said he...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • UK finance body urges courting 'old' friends like U.S., Japan post Brexit

    08/03/2016 7:42:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 2, 2016 7:42pm EDT | Huw Jones
    Deepening ties with European companies and “old friends” like the United States and Japan would help Britain preserve its global role in finance after leaving the EU, an industry body said on Wednesday. TheCityUK published a to-do list for the financial sector and government, saying June’s vote to leave the European Union magnified the challenge of keeping up with global competition in finance. Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and Milan all hope to win a slice of London’s market share in financial services. …
  • German FM: Trump victory could affect trans-Atlantic ties

    07/28/2016 5:19:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 3:26 AM EDT
    Germany’s foreign minister says a victory for Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections could affect trans-Atlantic ties. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview published Thursday that if the Republican candidate wins the presidency it would mean “a lot of uncertainty for the trans-Atlantic relationship.” …
  • EU-SSR: Bleeding Utopia

    07/24/2016 7:50:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/24/16 | Alexander Maistrovoy
    One more experiment comes to an end, leaving behind anarchy and ruin. The EU-SSR elite has destroyed prosperous countries just in a few decades – ironically, they’ve achieved even more than the geriatric Soviet elite. After the Brexit and recent attacks against migrants in Britain I can’t get rid of deja vu feeling. As if I’ve already watched this movie a quarter of a century ago. I know its end and it’s not a happy one. In the summer of 1989, the Lithuanian Sejm decided to withdraw from the Soviet Union and establish Lithuanian laws in the country. It was...
  • MUNICH SHOOTING: 10 dead including 'IRANIAN' gunman & 20 hurt after shopping mall attack

    07/22/2016 6:50:59 PM PDT · by freespirit2012 · 171 replies
    Daily Express ^ | ZOIE O'BRIEN
    POLICE have revealed the gunman who killed nine people and injured at least 20 others at a Munich shopping mall is an 18-year-old German of Iranian descent.
  • 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...
  • EU slaps record cartel fine of $3.24 billion on truck firms

    07/20/2016 10:01:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 19, 2016 10:45 AM EDT | Raf Casert
    The European Union has slapped its biggest ever cartel fine, worth $3.24 billion and twice the previous record, on several of Europe’s top truck producers for colluding to keep prices artificially high at the expense of consumers. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said EU-based MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF “colluded on the pricing and on passing on the costs for meeting environmental standards to customers.” Germany’s Daimler received the biggest fine of €1 billion ($1.1 billion), followed by €752 million ($832 million) for DAF of the Netherlands, €670 million ($741 million) for Volvo/Renault and €494 million ($546 million) for...