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  • Theresa May to set out 12-point plan for Brexit as she vows a clean break that does not leave the UK

    01/17/2017 3:17:02 AM PST · by agere_contra · 50 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 16 January 2017 | Peter Dominiczak
    Theresa May will set out a 12-point plan for Brexit as she vows that the UK will not have “partial” membership of the EU “that leaves us half-in, half-out”.
  • Merkel fires back at Trump, says Europe will choose its own 'destiny'

    01/16/2017 8:28:37 PM PST · by Mariner · 119 replies
    DPA International ^ | January 16th, 2017 | Andrew McCathie
    Berlin (dpa) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday fired back at US president-elect Donald Trump's denunciation of her liberal stance on refugees and his dismissal of the NATO military alliance as "obsolete." "I think we Europeans hold our destiny in our own hands," she said. "We know what his position is," Merkel said in response to Trump slamming her refugee policy as a "catastrophic mistake." "My position is also known," she added. In an interview with Germany's Bild and the Times of London, Trump also threatened to impose a hefty tax on German carmakers for selling vehicles in the...
  • Defiant EU Nations Ready Themselves for Trump Presidency

    01/16/2017 2:22:34 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 19 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | 01/16/2017 | n/a
    European Union nations bracing for the looming Donald Trump presidency showed defiance Monday in the face of the president-elect's stinging comments on everything from NATO and German cars to the crumbling of the EU itself. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the U.S. president-elect's view that NATO was obsolete and his criticism that European allied members aren't paying their fair share had "caused astonishment." Trump also said Britain's decision to leave the 28-nation European Union would "end up being a great thing," and he predicted that other countries would also leave. At a meeting of EU ministers, French Foreign Minister...
  • A warning for the losers of the liberal elite

    01/16/2017 10:03:54 AM PST · by Fhios · 14 replies
    FT ^ | 1/15/2017 | Wolfgang Münchau
    "...Brexit is terrible because it deprives young Britons of the right to choose where to live, study and work. It deprives them of a European identity many believed they possessed forever..."
  • European leaders shocked as Trump slams NATO and E.U., raising fears of transatlantic split

    BRUSSELS — European leaders said Monday that they may have to stand alone without the United States once Donald Trump enters office, raising the prospect of an unprecedented breach in transatlantic relations after Trump’s comments that the European Union is bound for a breakup and that NATO is obsolete. Trump said in a weekend interview with the Times of London and Germany’s Bild newspaper that the 28-nation European Union was a vehicle for German interests and said that he was indifferent to the bloc’s fate. He also said he was committed to European defense even as he expressed skepticism about...
  • German paper accuses UK of offshore tax haven threat

    01/15/2017 9:48:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 January 2017 21:55 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    Germany’s Welt Am Sonntag newspaper has accused British finance minister Phillip Hammond of threatening to drastically slash corporation tax to turn the UK into an offshore tax haven if it is not given a trade deal. In an interview with Hammond, headlined “British finance minister threatens EU partners”, the paper quotes Hammond saying that Britain could be forced to change its economic model if negotiations went badly. “The British people are not going to lie down and say, ‘too bad’,” he said, when asked if the UK could slash corporation taxes. “If we have no access to the European market,...
  • Donald Trump blames dissolution of European Union on refugees — 'all of these illegals'

    President-elect Donald Trump blamed Europe’s acceptance of Mideast refugees — as he put it, “all of these illegals” — for the decision by Britain to leave the European Union, and predicted the organization would disintegrate barring a reversal of immigration policies promoted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “People, countries, want their own identity and the UK wanted its own identity,” Trump told representatives of the Times of London and the German publication Bild about the June Brexit vote. “But, I do believe this, if they hadn’t been forced to take in all of the refugees, so many, with all the...
  • Donald Trump says UK 'doing great' after Brexit vote

    01/15/2017 7:50:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2017-01-15
    The UK is "doing great" following its vote to leave the EU, US President-elect Donald Trump has said. In his first UK interview, with former justice secretary Michael Gove for the Times, Mr Trump said he thought the UK was "so smart in getting out". Mr Trump promised a quick trade deal between the US and the UK after he takes office in five days' time. He also criticised Nato and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's immigration policies. Mr Trump spoke to the Times and German newspaper Bild ahead of his inauguration on Friday.
  • Germany Green Party pledges to pay for free sex with prostitutes for anyone who needs...

    01/09/2017 10:34:57 PM PST · by aquila48 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9 January 2017 | ALLAN HALL
    Sex with prostitutes will be paid for by the Government for anyone too poor for a hooker and deemed to need sexual assistance under German Green Party plans. The party's care spokeswoman Elisabeth Scharfenberg says doctors should have the right to issue the free prescriptions to their patients for ladies of the night. Prostitution is legal in Germany and carries little of the taboos associated with it in many other countries. There are brothels in virtually every town and a trend recently began with working girls offering 'sexual assistance' to dementia sufferers, the handicapped and people living in care homes....
  • EU Boss: Citizens Should Not Get to Vote on Important Issues

    01/06/2017 6:30:34 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 41 replies
    The New American ^ | 05 January 2017 | Alex Newman
    On his way out of office, the rotating head of the European Union Council called on EU leaders to stop letting citizens vote on important issues that could threaten the increasingly controversial super-state. Citing recent anti-establishment votes in Britain and Italy, the EU Council boss blasted the “adventures” of letting citizens decide the fate of their own nations in referenda. The EU boss drew a quick rebuke from advocates of self-government.But while the comments shocked some analysts, the controversial remarks should not have been surprising — especially considering the EU's long history of trampling all over voters to empower the...
  • EU drone spying on Jewish towns crashes near Mt. Hevron

    01/02/2017 12:19:50 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 15 replies
    Israel National News ^ | January 2, 2017 | Gary Willig
    A drone with a video camera which crashed in a wooded area on Mount Hevron revealed a European Union (EU) espionage operation intended to spy on and gather intelligence about Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. The footage from the drone was retrieved after it crashed in view of residents of the town of Ma'on in Judea, Channel 2 reported. The footage shows the drone flying low over residents before crashing next to a car. It was then retrieved by the residents.
  • EU voters upset but say no inclination to follow Brexit - poll

    12/29/2016 11:33:48 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Dec 29, 2016 | reuters
    European Union voters in France, Germany, Italy and Greece think their countries are heading in the wrong direction but there is not yet any Europe-wide inclination to follow Britain towards exiting the bloc, according to a poll published on Thursday.
  • EU Chief: Borders Must Stay Open Despite Deadly Terror Attacks

    12/27/2016 10:04:36 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec. 24, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    The best way to fight terror is with “openness”, European Union (EU) head Jean-Claude Juncker has said, stressing that Europe must continue to receive migrants in the wake of the deadly truck attack in Berlin. Speaking to Funke Mediengruppe on Saturday, the president of the European Commission warned that the “rhetoric of exclusion” strengthens terrorists, and called for more EU involvement in nations’ internal security. Standing firm on the idea that liberalism is the best response to repeated attacks on Europeans, the EU chief said: “Our values, our way of living together in freedom, coexistence, and openness are the best...
  • Merkel BACKED Hillary: Clinton Foundation received £4M German taxpayer cash pre-election

    12/20/2016 10:10:21 AM PST · by euram · 33 replies
    Express ^ | Nov 29 2016 | Siobhan McFadyen
    According to reports, the failed Democratic nominee's US-based charity received the cash to help plant trees in Africa at exactly the time she declared Angela Merkel her "favourite" politician.
  • Brexit Fuels Record-Breaking Christmas Spending in Britain

    12/18/2016 10:56:05 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-18-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    When British voters were still trying to decide whether they should support or oppose Brexit, the "Remain" camp told them that doing so would result in a horrific economic collapse. Oh yes, the country's economy would go down the drain. There was no stopping it. Brexit meant financial ruin. Well, as it turns out, the opposite is actually happening: This week is forecast to be the busiest yet for retailers as shoppers leave it to the last minute to buy presents. Because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, buyers have effectively been given an extra Saturday of spending...
  • Britain Has to Be Willing to Break with the European Union Altogether

    12/15/2016 4:45:57 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-14-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    In Britain, the debate about Brexit (Britain leaving the European Union) is still taking place. It's clear that Article 50 of the EU treaty will be triggered before the end of March 2017, but that doesn't mean there's nothing left to talk about. Most Brits, the government included, want a free trade deal in goods and services with the EU. That would be logical considering that the European Union and British economies are, to quite a large degree, intertwined. However, as Hugh Bennett -- deputy editor of pro-Brexit website BrexitCentral -- explains in a recent article, this doesn't mean that...
  • Dutch Prime Minister Implies He Will Sign EU Treaty With Ukraine Despite Dutch 'No' in Referendum

    12/14/2016 5:50:23 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-14-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    The prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte (of the supposedly classically liberal VVD party), says in an interview with Dutch website Nu.nl that he realizes that signing the EU treaty with Ukraine could cost him votes. Still, he implies, he intends on doing so. The hypocritical prime minister who, for months, pretended he'd take the referendum results seriously (more than 60 percent of the Dutch voted against the treaty in a referendum earlier this year), has no actual intent of doing so. Yes, he says, he realizes that it may cost him some votes, but hey, he's the Prime...
  • Geert Wilders to PJ Media: 'They Will Have to Kill Me First if They Want to Silence Me'

    12/13/2016 8:04:38 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-13-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    "Freedom will prevail," Wilders tells PJ Media. "The people are with me." As we reported yesterday, Geert Wilders' party, the PVV (Party for Freedom), continues to surge in Dutch polls. The most famous Dutch politician of the 21st century -- and perhaps even in history -- is breaking record after record. If the latest polls are to believed, his party would win 10 more seats in parliament than the second largest party, the VVD (which is currently part of a government coalition with the social democrats of the PvdA). Wilders owes his current success to several factors. First and foremost...
  • EU, Cuba sign cooperation pact, vow Trump will not hurt ties

    12/12/2016 6:39:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2016 5:22 AM EST | Lorne Cook
    The European Union and Cuba signed a first-ever agreement on closer ties on Monday, and vowed that the arrival in office of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump would not impact on their future relations. “This is a historic day; we’ve turned a page. Today we’re starting to write together a new chapter,” said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini as the 28-nation EU’s top diplomats and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez signed the pact in Brussels. The accord, aimed at supporting economic development and promoting democracy and human rights on the island, will form the legal platform for future ties between...
  • EU, Mali reach deal on repatriation of denied asylum applicants

    12/12/2016 12:44:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 5 replies
    dw.com ^ | December 12, 2016 | AFP, Lusa, dpa
    The European Union has reached an agreement with the Malian government to facilitate the return of migrants who have reached Europe but subsequently had their asylum requests rejected by the EU. "It is the first time the EU establishes such a precise mechanism with an African country with regards to returning failed asylum seekers," said a statement from the Dutch foreign ministry, which signed the agreement on the EU's behalf.
  • 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...