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  • French lawmakers cry foul after suspected ballot-stuffing in National Assembly

    07/22/2024 11:28:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    France 24 ^ | 07/19/2024 | News Wires/AFP
    A botched vote in France’s newly elected parliament on Friday triggered allegations of ballot-stuffing, with politicians from the left and right pointing to possible fraud. After two and a half hours of voting for the post of the National Assembly’s deputy speakers, the ballot boxes were found to contain 10 envelopes more than the number of eligible voters. Re-elected speaker Yael Braun-Pivet from President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist Renaïssance party duly declared a re-run, prompting deputies to demand an investigation. “Shame on those who committed this fraud,” socialist lawmaker Jerome Guedi thundered in the chamber. Vincent Jeanbrun, a senior figure in...
  • EU parliament refuses to condemn Trump assassination attempt, majority of parties reject Orbán-backed Patriots for Europe group’s resolution against political violence

    07/19/2024 3:31:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Remix ^ | JULY 18, 2024 | DÉNES ALBERT
    Political violence against the right is raging, but the left appears to tacitly — and sometimes openly — endorse it... On Wednesday, the Patriots for Europe Group in the European Parliament initiated a plenary debate and a resolution condemning political violence, including the attempted assassination of former U.S. President Donald Trump, the current presidential candidate, but the majority of MEPs voted against it, Kinga Gál, the group’s first vice-president, said in Strasbourg. At her press conference, Kinga Gál criticized the EU parliament for doing virtually nothing to combat the political violence that has already been rife in Europe. She cited...
  • Paris Mayor Takes Dip in the Seine to Showcase Its Cleanliness as Olympic Events Loom

    07/17/2024 8:25:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Euronews ^ | 17/07/2024
    The French capital's main waterway will be at the centre of the 2024 games' opening ceremony, and authorities have been working hard to purge it of pollution. After months of anticipation, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo finally dipped in the Seine River on Wednesday, nine days before the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympic Games. Clad in a wetsuit, Hidalgo plunged into the river near the imposing-looking City Hall, her office, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet joined her. They followed in the footsteps of French Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, who swam in the Seine on Saturday...
  • WW3 WATCH: Britain’s Leftist Prime Minister Green Lights Use of British Missiles to Strike Russian Mainland

    07/11/2024 9:11:33 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-11-24 | Ben Kew
    Britain’s leftist Prime Minister Keir Starmer has green-lit the use of British missiles by the Ukrainian military to strike the Russian mainland. Starmer, who was elected with a landslide majority despite winning just over 30 percent of the overall vote, attended the NATO summit on Wednesday, where he argued it was up to Ukraine how they use their military aid. “My message to President Putin is this: this NATO summit should be seen as a clear and united resolve by NATO allies and others that are there at the same time to stand with Ukraine and stand up to Russian...
  • NATO: Ukraine on ‘irreversible’ path to membership

    07/10/2024 6:23:39 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/10/2024 | Ellen Mitchell
    Ukraine is on an “irreversible” path to NATO membership, the 32 members of the alliance affirmed in a joint communique released Wednesday on the second day of the summit being held in Washington. Allies had negotiated for months over what language would be published in the joint communique, but discussions on specific words — including “irreversible” — had continued in D.C. throughout the first days of the summit.
  • Polish president: No Ukrainian territory can be ceded to Russia as price for peace deal

    07/09/2024 4:25:10 PM PDT · by McGruff · 122 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2024 | Ben Wolfgang and Guy Taylor
    The president of Poland on Tuesday sharply rejected any cease-fire deal for the Ukraine war that would require Kyiv to cede territory to Moscow — drawing a clear line in the sand at a moment when China, fellow NATO ally Hungary and some leading American politicians are growing louder in their calls for a rapid negotiated end to the conflict. Polish President Andrzej Duda, whose nation is the most powerful NATO member state bordering Ukraine, stood firm on the issue in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with The Washington Times, just as a key summit of NATO leaders got underway in...
  • New British Prime Minister Starmer seeks to improve on ‘botched’ trade deal with European Union

    07/08/2024 3:03:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 8, 2024 | Brian Melley
    British Prime Minister Keir Starmer is seeking to reset relations at home and abroad. During a visit Sunday to Edinburgh, that he billed as an “immediate reset” with the regional governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, Starmer said he would also seek to improve the U.K.'s “botched” trade deal with the European Union. “I do think that we can get a much better deal than the botched deal that (former Prime Minister) Boris Johnson saddled the U.K. with,” he said in reference to the pact negotiated after Brexit. […] Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds said Sunday on Sky News that...
  • French leftists win most seats in elections, pollsters say. Lack of majority to create turmoil

    07/07/2024 11:10:37 AM PDT · by qam1 · 168 replies
    AP ^ | 7/7/2024 | BARBARA SURK and HELENA ALVES
    PARIS (AP) — A coalition on the left that came together unexpectedly ahead of France’s snap elections won the most parliamentary seats in the vote, according to polling projections Sunday. The surprise projections put President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance in second and the far right in third. The lack of majority for any single alliance plunged France into political and economic turmoil. Final results are not expected until late Sunday or early Monday in the highly volatile snap election, which was called just four weeks ago in a huge gamble for Macron. The deeply unpopular president lost control of parliament,...
  • Oh, the Irony: Illegal Immigrant Tells Investigative Journalist Andy Ngo to 'Go Back to China'

    07/04/2024 11:18:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/04/2024 | Mia Cathel
    While investigating an illegal immigrant encampment in Ireland, journalist Andy Ngo was told to "go back to China." He's not Chinese.According to The Post Millennial, where Ngo is a senior editor, the incident occurred in ultra-liberal Dublin's city center on June 19. The individual who hurled the racist remark at Ngo was an illegal immigrant living in one of the 100 tents lining the Grand Canal. The encampment sprung up along the waterway reportedly consists of all adult male foreign nationals, mainly from the Middle East and Africa.As Ngo was reporting on the European nation's border crisis, the newly arrived...
  • Greece becomes first EU country to introduce a six-day working week

    07/02/2024 9:41:27 AM PDT · by algore · 23 replies
    Greece has controversially introduced a six-day working week for some businesses in a bid to boost productivity and employment in the southern European country. The regulation, which came into force on July 1, bucks a global trend of companies exploring a shorter working week. Under the new legislation, which was passed as part of a broader set of labor laws last year, employees of private businesses that provide round-the-clock services will reportedly have the option of working an additional two hours per day or an extra eight-hour shift. The change means a traditional 40-hour workweek could be extended to 48...
  • Ukraine war will end in surrender

    07/01/2024 9:37:45 AM PDT · by EnderWiggin1970 · 134 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 7/2/24 | STEPHEN BRYEN
    The Ukraine war will end in a surrender, not in a negotiated deal. That is my sense of where the war is headed and why the parties cannot negotiate a settlement. The latest wrinkle in the missing negotiating saga is a declaration in the form of an interview given by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the Philadelphia Inquirer. In the interview, Zelensky said there can’t be direct negotiations between Ukraine and Russia but there could be indirect negotiations through a third party. In Zelensky’s proposed scenario, the third party will serve as an intermediary and any deal will only be...
  • Macron Wipeout in Snap Election he Called, Le Pen Surges and Could Take Outright Majority

    06/30/2024 1:32:11 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/30/2024 | Oliver JJ. Lane
    The Parliamentary faction of President Emmanuel Macron has been utterly destroyed in the unexpected snap election he called just three weeks ago, with Le Pen’s Party looking to nearly treble its seat holding. Polling has closed in France for the first round of this week-long Parliamentary election. While actual seat distribution won’t be fully known, the exit polls following this knock-out round have given a confident answer that Marine Le Pen’s nationalist-populist National Rally (RN) won the day. Per the exit polls, her faction gained 34 per cent of the vote, while the left-wing coalition founded for the purpose of...
  • Government seeks tenders for charter flights to carry out deportations [Ireland]

    06/17/2024 1:51:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Mon Jun 17 2024 - 21:17 | Mark Hilliard
    The Government is to use charter flights to deport groups of people no longer permitted to remain in the State. On Monday, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said the launch of a procurement process for the flights would ultimately give gardaí (police) more options in executing deportations. “The capacity of deportation and return processes are essential elements of any immigration system,” she said. […] The move comes at a time of mounting pressure on Government to deal with the issue of immigration, alongside an inability to provide sufficient accommodation. …
  • Majority in Greece Hold Negative Opinion of the EU, Pew Survey Shows

    06/06/2024 11:21:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | June 5, 2024 | Tasos Kokkinidis
    The survey shows that Greece is an exception in its views on the EU. Credit: European Parliament, CC-BY-4.0 According to a Pew Research Center survey published just ahead of European Parliament elections this week, fifty-three percent of adults in Greece hold a negative opinion of the European Union (EU). Greece ranks at the bottom among countries surveyed. The survey by the US think tank found that a median of 63 percent of adults in nine member countries have a favorable view of the bloc. Among the member countries surveyed, views of the EU are most positive in Poland and Sweden,...
  • France files preliminary terrorism charges against teenager accused of plan to attack Paris Olympic fans

    05/31/2024 8:34:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 05/30/2024
    PARIS (AP) — French authorities on Friday raised preliminary terrorism charges against an 18-year-old accused of a plot targeting spectators attending soccer games at the upcoming Paris Olympics. The interior minister said it was the first such thwarted plot targeting the Games, which start in eight weeks as France is on its highest threat alert level. The man is accused of planning a ‘’violent action’’ on behalf of the Islamic State group’s jihadist ideology, the national counterterrorism prosecutor’s office said in a statement Friday. The man, who was not identified, is behind held in custody pending further investigation. Interior Minister...
  • Europe Just Approved the Worst Communist Law Ever - How It Affects You

    05/29/2024 2:54:50 PM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | May 28, 2024 | Mike Landry
    The European Union just passed a directive requiring ESG mandates for European businesses. ESG, of course, stands for environmental, social and governance standards. Or in the fine print — definite corporate action concerning climate change; social justice; and diversity, equity and inclusion. Basically, it’s applied Marxism without all the goofy theories — tyranny with nuance, we could call it. The EU Council approved what it called the “corporate sustainability due diligence directive” on Friday. Under the new rules, companies “will have to take measures to prevent, identify and mitigate any adverse impact on human rights or the environment,” the council...
  • Israel, US increasingly isolated at UN as countries recognize Palestine [says Irish state media]

    05/28/2024 11:48:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Tuesday, 28 May 2024 14:25 | Yvonne Murray, Global Security Reporter
    After the announcement last week that Spain, Norway and Ireland would recognize the state of Palestine, a visibly-delighted Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations came to talk to the press. “We need somebody to take pictures,” Riyad Mansour said, ushering the Irish, Spanish and Norwegian envoys into an impromptu photoshoot just outside the UN Security Council. “A glorious day today,” Mr. Mansour declared as the four ambassadors stood shoulder-to-shoulder. […] All this, the supporters of Palestinian statehood hope, is gathering momentum towards the implementation of a two-state solution. That is not how Israel, nor its closest ally, the US, see...
  • Irish ambassador reprimanded over Palestine state recognition

    05/23/2024 10:22:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Thursday, 23 May 2024 21:17 | Paul Cunningham, Political Correspondent
    Irish Ambassador to Israel Sonya McGuinness was summoned to the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry in Jerusalem today and reprimanded over Ireland’s decision to recognize the State of Palestine. The ambassadors of Spain and Norway attended the same meeting for the same reason. Before any discussions, they were shown a previously unaired video of Hamas taking female army conscripts captive on 7 October last year. It is understood the Irish Government was disappointed at this, on the basis that it fell below the established procedures and practices regarding diplomatic engagement. What is believed to have been a “forthright exchange of views”...
  • Ireland Is a Cesspool of Antisemitism

    05/22/2024 2:00:39 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    Jim Treacher Substack ^ | 21 May 2024 | Jim Treacher
    I’m allowed to say the following because I’m Irish. We get to say it about each other. Except this time, the N-word is “Nazi.”Ireland, Norway, and Spain are now recognizing a country that does not exist and never has.Ireland Recognizes Palestine As Independent StateSo: Hamas butchers and rapes a bunch of innocent people, diligently documents it all on livestream video, and now the world is supposed to hand them a state? Please take that idea and stuff it up your bottom with a broom handle till your tonsils ache.It’s official: Antisemitism is mainstream, and nobody cares because none of these...
  • Recognizing state of Palestine 'will fuel extremism', says Israel [to Ireland]

    05/21/2024 1:40:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Tuesday, 21 May 2024 20:56 | Paul Cunningham, Political Correspondent
    The Israeli foreign ministry has posted a video message directed at Ireland, which claims that if the Irish Government recognizes the State of Palestine, it will be encouraging terrorism. The headline states: “Recognizing a Palestinian state will lead to more terrorism, instability in the region and jeopardize any prospects for peace. Don’t be a pawn in the hands of Hamas.” In the 35-second video, the script declares: “Ireland: The possibility of recognizing a Palestinian state risks turning you into a pawn of Iran and Hamas.” It continues: “Such a move will only strengthen Hamas and weaken an already dysfunctional Palestinian...