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  • The Great German Meltdown

    05/24/2018 7:02:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 64 replies
    Defining Ideas: Hoover Institute ^ | May 23, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Every 20 to 50 years in Germany, things start unraveling. Germans feel aggrieved. Ideas and movements gyrate wildly between far left and far right extremes. And the Germans finally find consensus in a sense of victimhood paradoxically expressed as national chauvinism. Germany’s neighbors in 1870, 1914, 1939—and increasingly in the present—usually bear the brunt of this national meltdown. Germany is supposed to be the economic powerhouse of Europe, its financial leader, and its trusted and responsible political center. Often it plays those roles superbly. But recently, it’s been cracking up—in a way that is hauntingly familiar to its European neighbors....
  • Visit of Turkey’s Erdogan to UK backfired - journalist

    05/17/2018 9:09:32 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Ahval (events) ^ | May 17 2018 | none stated
    Contrary to what has been said in the pro-government media in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s three-day official visit to Britain this week has turned out to be counterproductive, London-based journalist Firdevs Robison said on her website. She said that apart from supportive lead articles in the conservative Times and the Daily Telegraph newspapers, British Prime Minister Theresa May and her government were intensely criticised for inviting Erdoğan in the run-up to Turkish presidential and parliamentary on June 24.  Human rights and press freedom organisations meanwhile urged May to publicly call for the release of more than 100 journalists jailed in...
  • Sabah correspondent calls for caliphate (Sabah = Turkish propaganda news source)

    04/20/2018 1:27:43 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Ahval ^ | Apr 20 2018 | none stated
    A Germany correspondent for Turkish pro-government newspaper Sabah has tweeted that the June election should represent the end of the Turkish republic and the beginning of a caliphate, left-nationalist OdaTV said . “95 years ago Atatürk got rid of both the Ottoman state and the caliphate with the words ‘Gentlemen, tomorrow we announce a republic’,” Martin Lejeune said on Twitter. “On June 24, the Kemalist republic will be gotten rid of, and with Allah’s blessing when the time comes the caliphate will again be born in Turkey. May Allah protect Muslims.”
  • Turkey’s Currency Meltdown

    05/24/2018 12:14:14 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 47 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 May 2018 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Turkey’s lira fell as much as 5% on Wednesday (23 May '18), and it’s lost more than a fifth of its value this year... On Wednesday the (Turkish Central) bank lifted a key lending rate to 16.5% from 13.5%... Mr. Erdogan has wanted to keep interest rates low before the June 24 parliamentary and presidential elections when he hopes to consolidate even more power.
  • Oil prices fall as Russia warns of gradual output increase

    05/24/2018 11:55:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 25, 2018 | Henning Gloystein
    Oil prices eased on Friday as Russia hinted it may gradually increase output, after having withheld supplies in concert with producer cartel OPEC since 2017.
  • Brexit: UK official warns EU over talks 'insult'

    05/24/2018 9:48:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    bbc.com ^ | May, 25, 2018 | BBC
    UK officials have warned the EU that its approach to Brexit negotiations risks damaging its security and economic relationship. It comes as a senior EU official said the UK was living in a "let's just keep everything we have now... fantasy". A UK official described those remarks as "laughable" and warned against "trying to insult us". Meanwhile the UK says the EU should repay £1bn if it is excluded from the Galileo satellite navigation system. In a briefing on Thursday, following three days of Brexit talks, a senior EU official told journalists the UK was in a fantasy that everything...
  • Italy president summons Conte, possibly paving way for PM appointment

    05/23/2018 9:02:45 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/23/2018 | Reuters Staff
    Italian President Sergio Mattarella has summoned Giuseppe Conte for a meeting Wednesday, the president's office said, possibly paving the way for him to be appointed prime minister..... A presidential source said before summoning the little-known law professor, Mattarella has contacted the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right Northern League to receive confirmation that he remained their choice for prime minister......
  • Netanyahu awaits EU-28 to follow Jerusalem recognition while Mogherini insists on a shared capital

    12/11/2017 6:33:04 PM PST · by caww · 38 replies
    New Europe ^ | December 11, 2017 | Irene Kostaki
    The EU’s foreign policy chief suggested that the bloc is in “full unity” in support of Jerusalem becoming the capital ...'of both Israel and a future Palestinian state',... adding that the EU’s member states and the EU institutions would not recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital before a final status peace agreement.
  • Turkey can still join EU: Mogherini

    05/02/2017 11:30:05 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    KOM News ^ | 29 April 2017 09:58 CEST | Federica Mogherini statement
    High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference after their meeting at the Ankara Palace on Dec. 8. (© AFP Photo/Adem Altan) Turkey can still join the EU if it meets the necessary conditions, European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday.Speaking to reporters following an EU foreign ministers meeting in Malta, Mogherini said “The accession process continues, it is not suspended, not ended (although) we are currently not working on any new chapters.”“The criteria are very clear, well known and if Turkey is interested in joining, as...
  • Federica Mogherini’s remarks at “Call to Europe V: Islam in Europe”, FEPS conference"

    07/04/2015 2:16:31 AM PDT · by pluvmantelo · 3 replies
    European Union External Action ^ | 25/06/2015 | staff writer
    "The idea of a clash between Islam and “the West” – a word in which everything is put together and confused – has misled our policies and our narratives. Islam holds a place in our Western societies. Islam belongs in Europe. It holds a place in Europe's history, in our culture, in our food and – what matters most – in Europe's present and future."
  • Mogherini to Pompeo: No alternative to Iran deal [EU foreign affairs chief]

    05/22/2018 10:35:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 05/22/18 05:37 | Ben Ariel
    The EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, responded on to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on Iran, in which he vowed that Washington would impose unprecedented sanctions against Tehran following its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. In a statement quoted by AFP, Mogherini warned that there is “no alternative” to the Iran nuclear deal. “Secretary Pompeo’s speech has not demonstrated how walking away from the JCPOA has made or will make the region safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation or how it puts us in a better position to influence Iran’s conduct in areas outside the...
  • British MEP: “I’m Convinced We Are Seeing The Great Replacement”

    05/21/2018 6:55:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 52 replies
    Shy Society ^ | 5/20/18
    Independent MEP Janice Atkinson has become the latest high-profile public figure to speak out about “The Great Replacement” which argues that native Brits and Europeans are being systematically replaced through mass, uncontrolled immigration.Writing in the Voice of Europe following an exclusive by Shy Society over an English Heritage training programme excluding white people, the South East England MEP says that when she first read about the theory she thought it was an “over reaction”. But the former UKIP politician has recently changed her mind and is now “absolutely convinced” that The Great Replacement is a concerted effort by globalist elites...
  • Italy Latest: Outsider Parties Propose Prime Minister To President, EU and Pro-EU Forces Furious

    05/21/2018 6:57:30 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/21/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "Italy's insurgents defiant as bond spreads surge and EU threats build" Headline from "The Telegraph" in London May 21, 2018 "They have nothing to worry about. The government that we want to form wants to make Italy grow and create jobs, to bring companies to Italy that invest, to make work more stable" League leader Matteo Salvini as quoted by the Associated Press May 21, 2018 The two political parties who combined achieved 50 percent of the popular vote and solid majority of seats in Italy'a two houses of parliament (Five Star and League) have told the President of Italy...
  • Sweden distributes 'be prepared for war' leaflet to all 4.8m homes

    05/21/2018 4:21:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Mon 21 May 2018 08.36 EDT | Jon Henley
    Om krisen eller kriget kommer (If crisis or war comes) explains how people can secure basic needs such as food, water and heat, what warning signals mean, where to find bomb shelters and how to contribute to Sweden’s “total defence”. The 20-page pamphlet, illustrated with pictures of sirens, warplanes and families fleeing their homes, also prepares the population for dangers such as cyber and terror attacks and climate change?… “Although Sweden is safer than many other countries...If you are prepared, you are contributing to improving the ability of the country to cope with a major strain.” Similar leaflets were first...
  • Germany and EU partners scramble to save Iran deal

    05/21/2018 4:45:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 May 2018 14:54 CEST+02:00
    Germany is leading the charge to rescue the Iran deal and the economic inroads German and European companies have made into the restricted economy since 2016. EU leaders are keen to salvage the deal shaped by Obama’s administration after President Trump on May 12th pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The deal, in which Iran committed to denuclearize in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, was signed by Iran, the US and the international community in 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and a host of other EU leaders have...
  • Trump and Pompeo's plan for Iran: It's risky, but it has a chance of succeeding

    05/21/2018 7:52:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 21, 2018 | 10:31 AM | Mark Dubowitz and Richard Goldberg
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech on Monday outlining President Trump's new strategy to counter the Islamic Republic of Iran: Intensify the Iranian regime's ongoing liquidity and political crisis to induce fundamental changes in behavior across a range of malign activities. In short, maximum diplomacy backed by maximum pressure. Pompeo's speech today was a reply to the critics of the administration's Iran policy who have argued that Trump had no "Plan B" for the day after his May 8 decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. That deal gave the Islamic Republic patient pathways to...
  • Iran accuses Europe of insufficient support for nuclear deal

    05/21/2018 6:17:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2018-05-21
    The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran’s foreign minister told the EU’s energy chief on Sunday. Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for energy and climate, said Tehran wanted the 28-nation bloc to act fast to preserve its oil trade with Iran, and to consider making direct euro-denominated payments for Iranian oil to Iran’s central bank, bypassing the U.S. financial system. “With the withdrawal of America .... the European political support for the accord is not sufficient,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told...
  • Macron rules out trade war over Iran deal as firms flee

    05/21/2018 7:35:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    SOFIA (Reuters) — French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out on Thursday any trade war with the United States over its withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal as a wave of European companies quit business with Tehran, fearing the global reach of U.S. sanctions. European Union leaders united behind the 2015 accord, and Brussels announced it would launch a legal process banning EU-based firms from complying with the sanctions that U.S. President Donald Trump has reimposed on Iran. However, corporations face the choice of trading with the biggest economy in the world, the United States, or with Iran, risking sanctions and...
  • Multinationals abandon Iran despite EU efforts to rescue nuclear deal

    05/21/2018 7:08:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 18/5/2018 | Ahmed Y. Hamza
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The European Commission has launched a process to protect the interests of EU companies investing in Iran as part of its commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal. However, a number of firms are already pulling out to protect their far larger US investments from sanctions. ...snip However, multinational companies have not waited for EU leaders to find a way around US sanctions. Some have already begun cutting trade with Iran. On May 16, French oil company Total announced its intension to end its project in Iran unless it is exempted from sanctions after the US pulled...
  • Mike Pompeo threatens 'strongest sanctions in history' and vows to 'crush' Iranian proxies

    05/21/2018 6:39:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 21 May 2018 • 10:54am | Ben Riley-Smith, Nick Allen
    Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said the Iran nuclear deal put the world at risk. He also called on on European countries to help ramp up economic pressure on Iran as he outlined America's ‘Plan B’ to the nuclear deal. Delivering his first major foreign policy speech since taking the job, Mr Pompeo doubled down on the United States’ decision to quit the agreement earlier this month. He framed the 2015 deal as allowing Iran to increase its malign influence across the Middle East on the back of funding from renewed trade with the West. He said: "The...