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  • Wolfgang Schäuble warns against protectionism in US [Germany’s finance minister]

    10/15/2017 7:53:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.15.2017 | ap/cmk (Reuters, AFP)
    Wolfgang Schäuble, who is due to become the next president of Germany’s lower house of parliament, on Saturday made his last appearance at the annual conference of the International Monetary Fund as Germany’s finance minister. During his speech, Schäuble reiterated his warnings against protectionist economic policies and appealed for closer trade cooperation among countries. “We should all be worried about the weak growth of global trade and the increasing anti-free trade rhetoric,” he said. “We need more openness rather than less.” […] Schäuble, the chairman of the G20 finance group this year, said he believed the backlash against globalization was...
  • US rejects French proposal on taxing tech companies

    10/15/2017 9:19:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 15 October 2017 11:55 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    The United States does not support a French proposal to tax the gross revenues of international tech corporations like Google and Amazon, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday. The remarks come as European officials say Washington has softened in recent days on a point that has caused sharp transatlantic tensions in recent years. European authorities have targeted multinational companies that avoid taxation by seeking out cozy arrangements in low- and no-tax jurisdictions. […] In September of this year, French authorities proposed that the European Union impose taxes on gross corporate revenues because they say they have been unable to...
  • Merkel Ally to Theresa May: Sack Boris Johnson

    10/04/2017 3:07:35 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-03-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    The Brexit-negotiations between Britain and the European Union aren't going as any of those involved hoped beforehand. Brits feel that the EU is demanding too much money from them, while the EU argues that Britain isn't willing to pay enough for their "privilege" to regain their independence. Apparently, in the monstrous European construction, national sovereignty has to be bought. Although most European leaders and EU officials feel that they might be able to get Theresa May to back down, they believe there's one major problem. His name? Boris Johnson. Johnson is Britain's secretary of state. He was also one of...
  • 'Shame on You!' Greek Pensioners Take to Streets to Protest EU-Forced Budget Cuts

    10/04/2017 12:49:24 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-03-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    If you thought that the Greek crisis was over and done with, think again. "Hundreds of Greek pensioners have taken to the streets of Athens shouting 'shame on you' as they protested the deep cutbacks to pension payments ordered by the crisis-hit country’s creditors," the UK Express reports. "Dozens of pension cuts have been put in place since the Greek financial crisis of 2010. More will be implemented in 2019, as the latest reforms are passed." German and Dutch taxpayers have been fed up with Greece for years. That's not so strange considering the fact that they have kept the...
  • Brilliant Book About European Immigration Defines Election of Trump

    10/01/2017 5:04:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    Douglas Murray has written what is probably the most important book of the last 50 years. His extremely readable The Strange Death of Europe clarifies so many issues that are swirling around our lives. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the state of the Western world today. I had the distinct pleasure of spending a couple of hours with Murray while he was on a recent trip to Los Angeles. It was hard to focus the conversation because there are so many immense concepts conveyed by Murray in the book even though it is just 320...
  • Austria Bans the Islamic Burqa

    09/30/2017 4:57:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 30, 2017 | Michael Walsh
    As a symbol of Islamic separatism, supremacism and misogyny, the Islamic burqa is hard to beat. Outside of the mosque, it's an affront to every Judeo-Christian sensibility to see it on the streets of the West, a giant middle finger to the host culture, and a promise of more Islam to come. So good on Austria for finally taking action: A law prohibiting any kind of full-face covering, known popularly as the “Burqa Ban,” takes effect Sunday in Austria, where the strong support for it portends potential political upheaval in the upcoming national election. Parties campaigning on an anti-migrant message...
  • Theresa May: UK will 'honour' financial commitments to EU

    09/22/2017 8:18:10 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    sky.com ^ | 22 September 2017 | Tamara Cohen
    Theresa May has called on European leaders to strike a "bold and ambitious" trade deal with Britain within two years after Brexit. In a speech billed as the most important of her premiership, Mrs May set out plans for a two-year "implementation period" after Britain officially leaves in March 2019 - before moving to a permanent trade deal. She insisted this period would be strictly time limited, and in an attempt to break the deadlock on the "divorce bill", promised that the UK would "honour its commitments" to the EU budget.
  • Foreigners cast symbolic ballots in new initiative to give voting rights to all [Germany]

    09/18/2017 9:47:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 September 2017 16:47 CEST+02:00 | Shelley Pascual
    Over the past week, 20 polling stations set up in central Berlin invited non-German citizens to cast a symbolic general election vote. Why is the right to vote important for these residents? The Local found out. “I find it bad that I’m not able to vote,” Ania Seroka explained after she slipped her symbolic ballot into the box with her young son by her side. In spite of having lived in Germany for ten years, Polish citizen Ania Seroka will not have a say in the country’s federal election less than a week away. But the social worker considers her...
  • Why the EU sucks! Vacuum cleaner tycoon Sir James Dyson reveals (TR)

    09/16/2017 8:46:16 AM PDT · by DFG · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 09/15/2017 | Jane Fryer
    Sir James Dyson is lithe, rangy, tanned, beadily alert and, despite never using his own award-winning Supersonic dryer, boasts gloriously fluffy hair. ‘It blows my hair to smithereens and gives too much root uplift,’ he says. This week he was particularly busy, even by his exactingly high standards as Britain’s best-known inventor. On Wednesday, fed up with trying to get politicians to do something about the dire lack of engineers in this country, he opened a university to train them; the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology. And, oh yes, he took on Jean-Claude Juncker. When the European Commission president...
  • French university introduces gender-neutral toilets in nationwide first [Tours]

    09/14/2017 9:27:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 14 September 2017 15:10 CEST+02:00
    The University of Tours in central-west France has become the first in the country to offer gender-neutral toilets, in an effort to make transgender students feel more comfortable. As well as the new toilets, the university has also announced that starting from this year, it will recognize transgender students’ preferred names on their student ID cards, university email addresses, and on class registers. In France, legal name changes are often a long and complex process, which means many transgender students have a legal name which does not match their gender identity or outward appearance. The decision comes a year after...
  • Google Detractors Want to Hand Internet Over to European Union Control

    08/31/2017 10:24:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/31/17 | Judi McLeod
    The entire EU out to get Google battle can be framed in one sentence: Google is private in private industry, the EU bureaucracy is an unelected government There’s a new monster out on the trail patiently waiting for the unsuspecting to wander into its mouth before it snaps shut its vizor-like jaws from which there is no possible escape. The monster, the most monolithic of them all, is set to gobble the Internet while piously claiming to save the masses from Google.
  • Machete Jihad in Brussels

    08/25/2017 8:33:21 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 25 Aug, 2017 | Baron Bodissey
    Machete-Wielding Man Shot Dead in Brussels Terror Attack After Attacking Soldiers A knife-wielding man was shot dead on Friday after wounding a soldier in Brussels, in what authorities called a “terrorist attack”. The man, who prosecutors said yelled ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is greatest) during the violence, was shot by soldiers on a street in the city centre. “We believe that it is a terrorist attack,” said a prosecutors’ office spokeswoman, who added the attacker “is dead.” The incident comes after attacks claimed by the Islamic State group in Spain last week killed 15 people and a knifeman’s stabbing spree in...
  • Big egg scandal in the EU

    08/11/2017 10:16:35 AM PDT · by jimmygrace · 26 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 08/11/2017 | Straits Times
    Big scandal brewing in the EU involving tainted eggs. Turns out that Belgium officials knew about this for 2 months but sat on the info, as typical of the socialist oligarchs who only want to help you.
  • Spain won't seek to recover Gibraltar in Brexit talks: minister

    08/10/2017 9:39:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 6 August 2017 16:33 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Spain will not set as a condition in Brexit talks that it recovers Gibraltar, its foreign minister said in a Sunday interview that could ease tensions over the disputed British territory. Nestled on Spain’s southern tip, Gibraltar has been under British control since 1713, but Madrid has long wanted it back. Authorities in the tiny rocky outcrop fear Spain will influence complex negotiations between the EU and Britain to leave the bloc to try and gain authority over Gibraltar. But in an interview with Spain’s conservative daily ABC, Alfonso Dastis said he didn’t want to “jeopardize” the deal by demanding...
  • Macron, Merkel Talk European Hard Core

    07/31/2017 9:39:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Handelsblatt Global ^ | 28. July 2017, 11:50 | Thomas Hanke, Jan Hildebrand
    It wasn’t a bad week for the eurozone. Greece was able to borrow money from the bond market for the first time in two years, securing €3 billion ($3.5 billion). The International Monetary Fund increased its growth forecast for the eurozone as a whole, especially for southern European members, which were hard hit by the financial crisis. But despite the positive signals, the eurozone is hardly crisis-proof and much work remains to shore up the currency union. This was made clear by German Chancellor Angela Merkel two weeks ago, when she visited French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. “We will...
  • Germany urges EU countermeasures against U.S. over Russia sanctions

    07/31/2017 7:54:27 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2017 | Stefanie Loos
    BERLIN (Reuters) - New sanctions against Russia proposed by U.S. lawmakers and which could harm European firms violate international law and the European Commission should consider counter-measures, the German economy minister was quoted on Monday as saying. "We consider this as being against international law, plain and simple," Brigitte Zypries told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain. "Of course we don't want a trade war. But it is important the European Commission now looks into countermeasures." The German government and business leaders have said the new sanctions passed this month by the U.S. House of Representatives could prevent German companies from...
  • EU explores account freezes to prevent runs at failing banks

    07/29/2017 8:45:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | JULY 28, 2017 | Francesco Guarascio
    European Union states are considering measures which would allow them to temporarily stop people withdrawing money from their accounts to prevent bank runs ... The move is aimed at helping rescue lenders that are deemed failing or likely to fail, but critics say it could hit confidence and might even hasten withdrawals at the first rumors of a bank being in trouble. The proposal, which has been in the works since the beginning of this year, comes less than two months after a run on deposits at Banco Popular contributed to the collapse of the Spanish lender. It also come...
  • Poles outraged over controversial bill take to the streets

    07/23/2017 12:57:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 3:29 PM ET, Sun July 23, 2017 | Antonia Mortensen, Joe Sterling and Angela Dewan, CNN
    A top EU official earlier this week threatened the use of Article 7, a mechanism that would allow for sanctions against Poland and possible suspension of its voting rights in the bloc. The measure has never been used before. "Each individual law, if adopted, would seriously erode the independence of the Polish judiciary," said Frans Timmermans, first vice president of the European Commission. "Collectively, they would abolish any remaining judicial independence and put the judiciary under full political control of the government." European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish Prime Minister from the opposition Civic Platform Party, warned Thursday...
  • France's armed forces chief resigns after clash with Macron over budget cuts

    07/19/2017 10:08:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    In a statement, 60 year-old Pierre de Villiers said he had tried to keep the armed forces fit for an ever more difficult task within the financial constraints imposed on it, but was no longer able to sustain that. "In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our country," he said. ... As well as being an early test for Macron, the departure of France's most senior soldier...
  • On hot mic, Israeli PM raps 'crazy' EU, admits Syria strikes

    07/19/2017 5:54:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 19, 2017 4:40 PM EDT | Pablo Gorondi and Ilan Ben Zion
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught Wednesday by a live microphone railing against the European Union’s “crazy” insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties. Netanyahu was meeting with leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at a regional summit. Netanyahu was discussing Iran, Syria, the Islamic State group, and EU-Israel relations when some of his comments — and those of other leaders at the meeting closed to the media — were accidentally broadcast to journalists in another room. Netanyahu also made a rare public admission that Israel has struck Iranian arms convoys...