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  • France to allow trading of securities via blockchain

    12/09/2017 8:41:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 9 December 2017 09:15 CET+01:00 | AFP
    France’s finance minister unveiled Friday a decree that would make it the first nation in Europe to allow the trading of some non-listed securities using the blockchain technology that underpins cryptocurrencies. The decree, presented by Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire to the government, should enter into force by July at the latest and will apply to non-listed financial securities that EU law doesn’t require to be traded via an intermediary, a market worth potentially more than €3 trillion. In particular, this includes shares in mutual and hedge funds, negotiable debt securities, and unlisted stocks and bonds. Blockchain technology debuted in...
  • Germany's SPD leader calls for a 'United States of Europe' by 2025 and says [tr]

    12/07/2017 6:42:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 7, 2017 | Charlie Moore
    he leader of Germany's main socialist party has called for a United States of Europe by 2025. Martin Schulz said any countries who disagree should follow Britain's example and leave the bloc. He made the plea in a speech to 600 of his Social Democrats at a congress to decide whether to start coalition talks with Angela Merkel's party.
  • Marine Le Pen: Is France's National Front leader far-right?

    11/22/2017 7:36:53 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | undated | Hugh Schofield
    Marine Le Pen's political awakening came at the age of eight, when she survived a bombing at her family's Paris home. Five kilograms of dynamite had been placed on the landing outside the apartment at 9 Villa Poirier. The explosion ripped open the entire front of the building. A baby in the next-door flat fell five floors and was saved by the branches of a tree. In her autobiography, the woman who took over the leadership of France's National Front (FN) from her father describes the chaos, the smoke and debris. She and her two sisters “were on our knees...
  • EU moves to speed troop deployments in and outside Europe

    11/10/2017 6:21:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2017 8:12 AM EST
    The European Union is moving to lift barriers to the rapid deployment of the 28 nations’ armies to confront aggressors within Europe or abroad. Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, unveiling the plan Friday, said that “we need to be able to react effectively to internal and external crisis situations.” The aim is to upgrade infrastructure like bridges, roads and runways that can’t handle heavy military equipment and cut customs and administrative red tape, which cause delays, higher costs and leave Europe vulnerable to attack. …
  • German army 'plans for break up of the European Union' in war game scenario

    11/07/2017 9:29:27 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 6 November 2017 • 7:56pm
    Military planners in Berlin played out a scenario in which a growing number of countries follow Britain in leaving the EU, resulting in an "increasingly disorderly" world, Der Spiegel reported.  "The EU enlargement has been largely abandoned, more states have left the bloc," strategists wrote in a study cited by the magazine. "The increasingly disorderly, sometimes chaotic and conflictual world has dramatically changed the security policy environment for Germany and Europe." Der Speigel said the study could inform German armaments programs in the next several years. The scenario was one of six examined in a study of security challenges German...
  • German intelligence agency gets spy satellite system funds

    11/05/2017 7:22:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.05.2017 | Jefferson Chase
    The German government has allocated €400 million ($465 million) to fund the construction of up to three spy satellites for the country’s foreign intelligence service, the BND. This has been reported by a consortium of newspapers and is part of a general trend within Germany of increasing surveillance and surveillance capabilities. It is expected that the system, which has been nicknamed “Georg,” could be launched into space by the early 2020s. A confidential sub-committee within the budget committee of the German parliament reportedly approved the money for the project, away from public scrutiny, this June. The newspapers cited a document...
  • Merkel: EU progress possible even if some members opt out

    10/14/2017 7:20:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2017 7:40 AM EDT
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union can move forward on contentious issues even if some member states opt out. In a weekly podcast released Saturday, Merkel cited defense cooperation and the recent creation of a European Public Prosecutors Office as examples where some EU members are pressing ahead. Merkel say “if there are important topics, then they should always be open to everyone” but added that “not everyone has to join in.” …
  • Eurozone to become 'a great country' like US, says French minister

    10/13/2017 6:56:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 13 October 2017 09:01 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French finance minister Bruno Le Maire called Thursday for the European Union to become a cohesive whole, as unified and ambitious as the United States, adding that it was time for Britain to face the consequences of Brexit. The remarks come as the EU emerges from a rocky period of rising nationalism and challenges to its unity. Talks between the EU and Britain, which voted last year to secede, deadlocked in Brussels on Thursday, leaving future trade relations in doubt. “I think what we need within the Eurozone is more unity and more ambition,” Le Maire said during an event...
  • Germany warns Donald Trump against decertifying Iran deal

    10/13/2017 5:57:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 132 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.12.2017 | amp, dm/bk (Reuters, dpa, AFP)
    The German government has warned the US against withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement. US President Donald Trump is expected to decertify Tehran’s compliance with the 2015 deal in a White House speech at 12:45 p.m. (16:45 UTC) on Friday. “We believe this agreement is an important instrument to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday. “If … an important country like the United States comes to a different conclusion as appears to be the case, we will work even harder with other partners to maintain this cohesion,” he said. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel...
  • Is The EU Heading For An East-West Schism?

    10/11/2017 10:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/11/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    <p>The European Union is losing a major player in the United Kingdom, but there’s other potential cracks in the alliance showing up and additional wrinkles to resolve. While it’s still far from a sure thing, Catalonia may split off from Spain, leaving a question mark over their future. And some of the established EU members have been making noises about not being terribly happy with the way Brussels runs the operation.</p>
  • European Union to get a single public prosecutor

    10/07/2017 12:57:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Oct 6, 2017 | Dave Keating
    A Luxembourg-based chief prosecutor, tasked with investigating EU budget-related fraud, will start work next year after getting final approval from the European Parliament on Thursday (5 October). The European Public Prosecutors Office, first envisioned in the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, will coordinate national law enforcement efforts with the European police and law agencies Europol and Eurojust, as well as the EU anti-fraud office OLAF. The prosecutor will have the power to coordinate police investigations, freeze and seize assets, and arrest suspects across borders. Until now, only national authorities could investigate and prosecute crimes such as intentional misuse of EU structural funds...
  • Cleaning lady takes anger out on Merkel over meager pension

    09/15/2017 2:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 September 2017 16:09 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    During a meet-the-voter TV show on Thursday night, a cleaning lady asked Chancellor Angela Merkel a question that raised the issue of old-age poverty — leaving her struggling to come up with an answer. “In Austria, there is a citizens’ insurance scheme. Everyone pays into it,” Petra Vogel told the Chancellor on a live show on public broadcaster ZDF on Thursday. Vogel, a cleaner in a hospital in Bochum and trade unionist, went on to explain that if Germany had this too, she would not have to live in poverty as a pensioner. After more than 40 years of work,...
  • Angela Merkel: Hungary Can’t Disobey EU On Immigration Policy

    09/12/2017 2:52:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/12/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Given the recent history between Hungary, Germany and the European Union on matters of immigration policy and refugee resettlement, one can only imagine how well this is going to go over.Angela Merkel is up for reelection this year so she’s making a point of bolstering her open border policies and her support for the EU. That’s apparently why she felt she had to weigh in on Hungary’s recent positions on the subject. Those positions are, basically, that the EU can commit cultural suicide if they want, but Hungary won’t be having any part of it. Still, Merkel clearly wants...
  • Brexit: A view from Germany

    07/16/2017 7:47:20 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 15 Jul, 2017 | Markus Krall
    ‘This is not about punishing Great Britain,’ declared Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s interim foreign secretary, on his recent visit to London. I fell about laughing, because this is precisely what’s going on. It is as obvious to us Germans as it is to the Brits: the EU cannot tolerate the thought of a successful United Kingdom outside the Brussels sphere of influence because, if that were allowed to happen, others might dare to start thinking about leaving the club too. Everything we hear from Brussels flows from this. The EU presents itself as a champion of free trade, especially when its...
  • Merkel rebuffs UK, saying EU future more important than Brexit

    06/22/2017 8:32:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 June 2017 16:04 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the EU’s future took priority over Brexit talks, in a rebuke to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to bring the negotiations up at a Brussels summit. “For me, the future of the (remaining) 27 member states comes before the exit negotiations with Great Britain,” said Merkel, Europe’s most influential leader, as she arrived for the two-day meeting. “We want to conduct these negotiations in a good spirit,” she nonetheless added. …
  • German Senior Defense Official: ‘In the End, There Will Be a European Army’

    06/20/2017 3:49:35 AM PDT · by davikkm · 73 replies
    A German senior defense official called for a European Army on Monday. Hans-Peter Bartels, the German national defense commissioner, “called for Nato’s EU members to organise [sic] their militaries into a single force”. This single force would be wholly detrimental to the sovereignty of individual nation-states and would effectively squash any sort of justified or necessary overthrow of an EU member’s governmental system, perhaps it would even inhibit other “–exit”’s.
  • Soros Says The European Union Is Now In An Existential Crisis, Surrounded By Hostile (US) Powers

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

    05/30/2017 7:25:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 143 replies
    Der Spiegel - English ^ | 5/19/17 | Klaus Brinkbäumer
    Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn't read. He doesn't bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees. He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I...
  • Merkel Warns US, Britain No Longer Reliable Partners

    05/28/2017 10:42:21 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 76 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 28 May 2017
    Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday. “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany. “We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” she added. While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, “we have to fight for our own destiny,” Merkel...
  • Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners

    05/28/2017 6:36:14 AM PDT · by skimbell · 82 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | May 28, 2017 | aP staff
    Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday. "The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days," Merkel told a crowd...