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  • Europe may be on the cusp of a nightmare, but it’s not too late to wake up

    02/11/2019 5:37:16 PM PST · by Mariner · 28 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | February 11th, 2019 | George Soros
    MUNICH, Germany (Project Syndicate) — Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late. If they don’t, the European Union will go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991. Neither our leaders nor ordinary citizens seem to understand that we are experiencing a revolutionary moment, that the range of possibilities is very broad, and that the eventual outcome is thus highly uncertain. Most of us assume that the future will more or less resemble the present, but this is not necessarily so. In a long and eventful life, I...
  • Pompeo Says U.S. To Be More Engaged In East Europe, Warns Russia Trying To Divide West

    02/11/2019 6:46:10 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Radio Liberty ^ | Feb 11 2019
    On the first day of a five-country European tour that will focus on opposition to the growing influence of Russia and China in Central Europe, Pompeo met with Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban. "We must not let Putin drive wedges between friends in NATO," Pompeo told a joint news conference in Budapest with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. Pompeo specifically pointed to Central Europe's reliance on Russian energy as well as the presence of the Chinese telecom firm Huawei, particularly in Hungary.
  • Orbán Announces Major Family Protection Package for Hungary

    02/11/2019 6:42:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced a seven-point family protection action plan in his state-of-the nation address in Budapest. “This is Hungary’s answer to challenges, rather than immigration”, the prime minister said. Listing the points of the action plan, Orban said: * every woman under 40 years of age will be eligible to a preferential loan when they first get married. * The preferential loan of the family home purchase scheme (csok) will be extended; families raising two or more children will now also be able to use it for purchasing resale homes. * The government will repay 1 million forints...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 2/11/2019

    02/11/2019 4:45:11 AM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/11/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    Chinese government media has produced a video purported to be that of a Muslim Uighur musician reported to have died in a Chinese detention facility. The video dated Sunday shows Abdurehim Heyit saying he is in good health..... The ISIS holdouts are under assault from the US backed Kurdish forces in eastern Syria in what is reported to be the final assault to take the Islamic State out..... Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat Senator from Minnesota, announced her candidacy for President Sunday..... Politics in Israel and Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melcer, chairman of the Central Elections Committee, ordered a probe into...
  • Hungarian PM: We do not want a mixed population, therefore we protect our borders & oppose migration

    12/26/2018 4:29:37 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 24 replies
    Hungary was a loser in the 20th century but it is determined to be a winner in the 21st, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a Christmas interview published in daily Magyar Idok on Monday. [snip] Commenting on recent opposition protests, he said politics is an area where battles can be under way even on a Christmas Eve and protests are part of everyday life in a democracy. However, this does not apply to violence, destruction and vandalism, he added. It is easy to assess the situation: the government stands for work, family and security and opposition policies stand for...
  • We can't take Muslim migrants as we don't have mosques: Slovakia

    08/20/2015 11:38:06 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 17 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Thursday, August 20, 2015 | Staff writer
    Caption -- A Syrian refugee family spend the day in the Aegean port city of Izmir, western Turkey, August 10, 2015. (Reuters) Slovakia will take in 200 Christian Syrian migrants instead of Muslims because of a lack of infrastructure -- including a shortage of mosques in the small Eastern European state -- its interior ministry told the BBC on Wednesday. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33986738 Under a European Union relocation scheme to share the burden of thousands of Syrian migrants fleeing the civil war back home, member states will take in 40,000 new arrivals from Italy, Turkey and Greece. But Ivan Metik, an interior...
  • Slovakia to Welcome Christian Migrants but Reject Muslims; Insists It Is Not Discrimination

    08/20/2015 8:53:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The government of Slovakia has said it will take in struggling migrants from Syria and other countries under a European Union scheme to share the burden of 40,000 new arrivals to the continent, but stipulated it will only be taking Christians, and not Muslims. "We want to help Europe with the migration issue. We could take 800 Muslims but we don't have any mosques in Slovakia so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here?" interior ministry spokesman Ivan Metik said, arguing that the policy is not discriminatory. "We want to really help Europe...
  • Migrants crisis: Slovakia 'will only accept Christians'

    08/20/2015 2:29:12 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 August 2015 | BBC
    Slovakia says it will only accept Christians when it takes in Syrian refugees under a EU relocation scheme. The country is due to receive 200 people from camps in Turkey, Italy and Greece under the EU plan to resettle 40,000 new arrivals. Interior ministry spokesman Ivan Metik said Muslims would not be accepted because they would not feel at home. The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) called on countries to take an "inclusive approach" to relocation. But Mr Metik denied the move was discriminatory and said it was intended to ensure community cohesion. The number of migrants at the EU's borders...
  • PM: Slovakia is Christian, No to Muslims and Mosques

    01/28/2015 1:14:43 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 18 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 28 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    "Since Slovakia is a Christian country, we cannot tolerate an influx of 300,000-400,000 Muslim immigrants who would like to start building mosques all over our land and trying to change the nature, culture and values ​​of the state," said Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. Slovakia is the country that had its commemorative Euro coin depicting two Christian saints, Cyril and Methodius, at first rejected by the European Commission, which told Bratislava it would need to re-design the coins and remove Christian symbols, including halos and a cross-adorned stole. Eventually the Slovakia Euro was issued with halos and crosses. This...
  • What progressives need to defeat Trump: populism and religion

    11/25/2018 10:02:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 24, 2018 | Luke Bretherton and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins
    Together the two have generated some of the most vital moments of democratic change in the modern era Religion and populism have become dirty words in progressive circles, but despite common assumptions, their combination could serve as a resource for the sort of democratic renewal many societies need. There is plenty of evidence to support the view that religion and populism are bad enough in themselves and even worse when combined. The so-called “Christian-Democracy” of Viktor Orbán’s Hungary, widespread support of Donald Trump by white evangelicals in the United States, the Hindu nationalism of Modi, and the Islamo-Kemalism of Erdoğan...
  • Unfixable? Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen. It was...

    11/21/2018 6:15:04 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | November 16, 2018 | Joshua Kurlantzick
    FULL TITLE: Unfixable? Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen. It was never the same. In April, aided by massive gerrymandering, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling coalition crushed opposition in Hungary’s national elections, claiming a supermajority in the parliament. The prime minister — who had used two prior terms in office to dominate media outlets, alter electoral rules so that urban areas were massively underrepresented and seize control of the top courts — moved to further consolidate his power. He is pushing Central European University, a leading academic institution backed by George Soros, whom Orban has demonized,...
  • EU votes for total ban on organizations opposed to mass Muslim migration, thought police to be...

    11/04/2018 7:49:24 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 41 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | NOV 4, 2018 8:00 AM | ROBERT SPENCER
    FULL TITLE: EU votes for total ban on organizations opposed to mass Muslim migration, thought police to be created “The Parliament is concerned by the increasing normalisation of fascism, racism and xenophobia and calls on EU states to ban neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups.” The problem with this is that the EU labels as “neo-fascist” and “neo-Nazi” all those who oppose their agenda of mass Muslim migration and want to preserve European states as free societies. “MEPs argue, that there is a legal laxity towards ‘right-wing organisations’ in some member states and that this is one of the reasons behind the...
  • Israel backs Hungary, says financier Soros is a threat

    10/31/2018 5:38:15 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 31 October 2018 | Luke Baker
    Soros, a Hungarian-born Jew who has spent a large part of his fortune funding pro-democracy and human rights groups, has repeatedly been targeted by Hungary’s right-wing government, in particular over his support for more open immigration.In the latest case, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has backed a campaign in which Soros is singled out as an enemy of the state. “Let’s not allow Soros to have the last laugh” say billboards next to a picture of the 86-year-old investor, a campaign that Jewish groups and others say foments anti-Semitism. The Israeli Ambassador said: “In no way was the statement (by the...
  • Hungary Bans Gender Studies Since It’s ‘an Ideology, Not a Science’

    10/17/2018 6:57:56 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 36 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 17 Oct, 2018 | Mary Chastain
    Hungary has banned gender studies from universities due to low enrollment, which causes waste of tax payer money, and because there are no more than two sexes. From Fox News: Left-wing critics say it’s academically problematic, politically unheard of in a democratic society, and argue gender studies degrees do lead to jobs. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has been called the Donald Trump of Europe, signed the decree, which went into effect Saturday, removing gender studies from a list of approved master’s programs, though students already enrolled will be grandfathered in. “The Hungarian government is of the clear view that...
  • Orbán: Hungarian Security, Turkish Stability Directly Linked (Erdogan Visits Hungary)

    10/09/2018 4:31:33 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    Hungary Today ^ | 2018.10.09.
    Hungarian security and Turkish stability are directly linked, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Budapest on Monday. Orbán said Hungarian foreign policy must look to three cities: Ankara, Moscow and Berlin, three great powers around which Hungary has revolved for many centuries. Orbán expressed appreciation to Turkey for accommodating several million refugees that arrived via neighbouring countries and thanked the Erdogan for “fully meeting” Turkey’s agreement with the European Union, which he said was another precondition for European security. On another subject, Orbán said that Hungary and Turkey would raise the level of...
  • Orbán: Europe Locked in ‘Culture War’, But ‘Cultural Peace’ Reigns in Hungary

    10/08/2018 1:29:21 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 12 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7 Oct 2018 | Victoria Friedman
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that the “culture war” is not being fought on Hungary, but it being fought in Europe which is succumbing to a “creeping” cultural surrender. Addressing the audience at a ceremony to celebrate the revamp of the Budai Vigadó, which houses the country’s heritage museum, Prime Minister Orbán remarked that though he “hear[d] that there’s a culture war going on in Hungary”, he believes the central European country is rather existing in a state of “culture peace”. The Hungarian leader warned of a “creeping pan-European cultural self-renunciation”, and argued that if the continent’s cultural...
  • EU parliament votes to punish Hungary over 'breaches' of core values

    09/12/2018 9:19:04 AM PDT · by aspasia · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/12/2018 | BBC
    The European Parliament has voted to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the EU's core values. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has been accused of attacks on the media, minorities, and the rule of law - charges which he denies.
  • 'Join the BREXIT CLUB!' Nigel Farage urges Hungary's Orban to follow Britain OUT of EU

    09/12/2018 9:23:57 AM PDT · by aspasia · 14 replies
    Express ^ | 8/11/2018 | Laura Mowat
    Mr Farage spoke highly about the country’s leader Viktor Orban and urged him to not stand to be lectured by the EU but instead follow the UK’s lead and simply leave the bloc. The comments come a day before MEPs are set to vote on whether to trigger Article 7, which is an EU law drafted to ensure respect for democracy and the rule of law as they are worried Hungary is becoming a dictatorship. Mr Orban has said that triggering Article 7 would be an “abuse of power” of the EU. Brussels is concerned with Mr Orban's attitude towards...
  • Italy and Hungary Create 'Anti-Immigration Axis'

    09/03/2018 8:55:39 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 25 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | September 1, 2018 | Soeren Kern
    "We are close to a historic turning point at the continental level. I am astonished at the stupor of a political left that now exists only to challenge others and believes that Milan should not host the president of a European country, as if the left has the authority to decide who has the right to speak and who does not -- and then they wonder why no one votes for them anymore." — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. "This is the first of a long series of meetings to change destinies, not only of Italy and of Hungary, but...
  • Trump Harms Religious Freedom by Intolerance to Some, Favoritism to Evangelicals, NYT Says

    08/21/2018 10:06:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/21/2018 | Samuel Smith
    Evangelical leaders have responded to the New York Times' claim that the Trump administration is undermining its own priority of protecting religious freedom by emphasizing the policy priorities of evangelical Christians. On Saturday, The New York Times editorial board published an opinion piece titled "A Too-Narrow Vision of Religious Freedom." The piece essentially argues that although "the Trump administration embraces a laudable desire to expand religious tolerance" across the globe, it is the administration's "own intolerance toward some" that "undermines the message." For examples of intolerance, NYT mentions "Trump's disgraceful attempts to ban Muslims from some countries from entering the...