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Feb 11 08:24

Revealed: Juncker to toast Britain's exit from the EU by spending March 29 in Dublin alongside Irish PM

Jean-Claude Juncker and his right hand man will head to Dublin to toast the night Britain leaves the European Union, it can be revealed.

The president of the European Commission plans to spend the March 29 in the Republic of Ireland to show solidarity with the Irish people.

Negotiators in Whitehall had hoped that Brussels would put pressure on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to compromise as the prospect of a No Deal Brexit approaches.

Feb 11 07:53

Thousands Protest in Madrid Against Spanish PM's Catalonia Proposal

Thousands of people have gathered in the Spanish capital to protest against talks proposed by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez aimed at easing political tensions in Catalonia. The demonstrators gathered at the Plaza de Colon in the city centre under the slogan "For a united Spain, elections now!".

The protest was organised by two centre-right parties, the Popular Party and Ciudadanos, with the new far-right Vox Party also participating.

Feb 11 07:43

Police prevent French yellow vests crossing into Italy

There were more violent clashes in France on Saturday as the Yellow Vest protest movement entered its thirteenth week.

The numbers were down again this weekend estimations of the participation vary from 50 to more than 100 thousand but the confrontations were intense. One protestor lost four fingers witnesses said he’d tried to handle a sting-ball grenade thrown by police.

In the south of France police blocked yellow vest leader Maxime Nicolle from crossing into Italy to join forces with Italian demonstrators.

Feb 11 07:42

Netherlands to recognise Gaza Strip and West Bank as birthplaces

The Dutch government has announced it will begin recognising the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as official birthplaces for Palestinians who were born in the country after the establishment of Israel.

While the Netherlands does not yet recognise the State of Palestine, it will recognise those Palestinian territories as the origin of birth for those born after May 15, 1948, when the British Mandate officially ended.

Feb 11 04:01

Why Brexit is being touted as a military boost for UK against China

Brexit could boost UK’s military standing against China and Russia, says defence secretary Williamson
He intends to argue in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute that a post-Brexit UK should redefine itself as a global power prepared to intervene against countries that ‘flout international law’

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The cabinet minister, who is increasingly keen to talk up Brexit at a time when a deal is elusive, is expected to say leaving the EU will allow the UK “to consider how we not only project but maximise our influence around the world in the months and years to come”.

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Feb 10 08:46

Milan: Migrant Jobs Project Spends 15 Million to Employ Only 120

A Milan project has been revealed to have spent at least 15 million euros over the past three years to help migrants into work, but only 120 have actually found jobs.

The Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (SPRAR) is a government-funded project that aids asylum seekers across Italy and in Milan spent millions on training courses, Il Giornale reports.

The revelations about the lack of success of the project come after local politician Silvia Sardone made a request and found the results of the project to be severely underwhelming, despite it being championed by figures such as left-wing councillor Pierfrancesco Majorino.

A document signed by Majorino reveals that the project looked to find work for 414 migrants in total and enrolled 162 migrants in internships in 2017, but only 40 — or 25 percent — were hired for jobs, the same percentage as in 2016, when 32 were hired.

Feb 10 08:45

Italy-France Spat Escalates: Macron Spokesman Condemns ‘Nationalist Leprosy’

The war of words between globalist France and populist Italy has intensified after the Macron government referred to “nationalist leprosy” and criticised Italy’s Luigi Di Maio’s meeting with Yellow Vests.

France recalled its ambassador to Italy for the first time since the Second World War after Italy’s anti-establishment deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio, of the Five Star Movement (M5S), made an impromptu visit to meet with the anti-Macron government protesters, in what the French government referred to as an “unacceptable provocation.”

In an interview with Europe 1 on Friday, France’s Benjamin Griveaux said: “It’s not a permanent recall, but it was important to make a statement because Italy is a historic ally and is also a founding member of the European Union.”

Feb 10 08:40

Eurozone’s economic growth forecast cut due to ‘large uncertainty’

The European Commission (EC) has slashed its growth forecast for the 19 countries that use the euro. It said even the lower estimate was vulnerable to large uncertainty from slowing growth in China and weakening global trade.

The EC is now expecting growth of 1.3 percent this year, down from 1.9 percent previously. It estimated that the eurozone could have grown by 1.9 percent last year, slowing from a 10-year high of 2.4 percent in 2017.

“A high level of uncertainty surrounds the economic outlook,” said the report. “Trade tensions, which have been weighing on sentiment for some time, have alleviated somewhat but remain a concern.”

Feb 10 08:36

European rail merger blocked, prompting backlash

The European Commission on Wednesday vetoed the planned merger of the rail units of French firm Alstom and Germany’s Siemens, a transaction that the governments in both Paris and Berlin had envisaged as creating a champion that could compete with Chinese competition.

The regulatory body’s decision has set up a confrontation with the European Union’s most influential members and could force changes to antitrust rules.

German Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier announced immediately after the news that a joint effort with the French government was under way to seek reforms.

Feb 09 10:18

EU diplomats warned to stay out of pubs & cafes to avoid Russian & Chinese ‘spies’

Brussels is flooded with hundreds of Russian and Chinese agents, the EU security services warned diplomats, saying they must watch where they go for meals and pastimes, German media reported.

There are “around 250 Chinese and 200 Russian spies” snooping around in the EU’s unofficial capital, Brussels, diplomats told German paper Welt am Sonntag, citing a warning they got from the European External Action Service (EEAS).

The same notice was also sent out to EU military officials. In order to avoid being targeted by Moscow or Beijing, the diplomats were strongly advised to stay out of certain parts of Brussels' European Quarter where the majority of the key EU institutions are based, the paper wrote.

Feb 09 10:13

“EC Vice President Timmermans should withdraw!”

The Hungarian government has called on the European Commission president to withdraw EC vice president Frans Timmermans, who is the spitzenkandidat of the Party of European Socialists, from the commission’s work for the duration of his active campaign to become commission president.

Gergely Gulyas, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, addressed a letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, noting that the commission had been represented in the recent EP debate on the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary by Timmermans, its first vice-president.

“We regretted to see, however, that Mr. Timmermans, as a long-standing critic of Hungary, did not hesitate to use his intervention as an opportunity for his own electoral campaign echoing statements of the Hungarian leftist opposition”, Gulyas said in the letter.

Feb 09 10:12

Orban: “Neglecting the will of the citizens means building a European empire”

No major decisions should be made before the European parliamentary elections “when European citizens will make their choice”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at a meeting of Visegrad Group prime ministers and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Cooperation between the V4 and Germany must continue after the EP elections in May, Orban told the press after the summit. The talks were characterised by “a positive and sincere tone,” he added.

Orban said participants in the meeting had been the EU’s “core states”, countries that “stand out with their performance”.

Feb 09 10:11

Salvini to left-wing activist: “Take in 10-20 migrants in your home!”

When Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini recently held a campaign speech in the city of Giulianova, he was interrupted by an angry left-wing activist who called him a “shitty murderer”.

Salvini patiently explained that communists who are well-off financially are the people who preach the most morals to other citizens.

He then offered the activist an opportunity to host migrants in his home instead of screaming insults.

“A round of applause for the gentleman who has won 10 migrants for his home. Give your first name, family name, fiscal code, and we will send you 20 migrants and you take care of them – lunch, mid day snack and dinner”, he said.

Feb 09 10:10

Hungary Backs Trump’s Wall: ‘Border Protection An Obligation of the State’

Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó has explained how Hungary slashed illegal immigration by building strong border barriers and praised U.S. President Donald Trump in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.

Hungary, a conservative-led Central European country with a population of around ten million, found itself overwhelmed in late 2015 when Germany’s Angela Merkel took it upon herself to invite millions of migrants to the European Union unilaterally.

Hundreds of thousands surged across Hungary’s southern frontier — one of the EU’s external borders — trampling farmers’ crops and stealing food from vegetable patches and greenhouses. Some later turned out to be radical Islamic terrorists, including over ten of the jihadists involved in the Bataclan massacre in Paris.

“It was terrible, there were 400,000 illegal migrants violating our border, and violation of a border means disrespect towards a country,” Mr Szijjártó told Breitbart’s Amanda House.

Feb 09 09:53

Right wing in Spain is booming – a landslide is coming in May

Ever since the leftist coalition’s soft coup last summer, Spain’s immigration policy changed dramatically overnight as we covered in detail at the time. Consequently, as has happened across The West when immigration policies unravel and begin to import chaos in massive numbers, voters turn to the more conservative parties for solutions.

Feb 09 09:47

Greek politician blasts Tusk for 'Brexiteer's special place in Hell' comment and warns there's a similar spot saved for whoever came up with EU monetary union

The 'special place in hell' that Donald Tusk controversially said was reserved for leading Eurosceptics might look very similar to the one for the architects of the EU's monetary union, a leading Greek economist has said.

Tusk, who represents EU member leaders as head of the European Council, triggered outrage across the Channel by issuing a damning condemnation of pro-Brexit politicians on Wednesday.

'I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely,' he said.

Feb 08 08:53

France Recalls Ambassador From Italy After "Unprecedented" Verbal Attacks

The diplomatic row between France and Italy is escalating. More than half a year after Italy summoned the French ambassador over Europe's migrant row, on Thursday France one-upped Italy when it announced it would recall its ambassador to Italy, citing "outrageous" verbal attacks, repeated "meddling" in its domestic affairs and "unacceptable" provocations.

Feb 08 08:50

Future German Leader Calls for EU Army to Avoid Being ‘Plaything’ of U.S., China, Russia

The woman largely expected to take over as chancellor of Germany has echoed calls by her mentor Angela Merkel and French ally Emmanuel Macron for a “European army” to avoid becoming a “plaything” of Russia, China, and the United States on the global stage.

Dr Merkel’s successor as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (also referred to as AKK) made the comments on Tuesday during a speech in the EU capital Brussels where she outlined her party’s campaign themes ahead of May’s European Parliament elections.

Stressing the idea of the “Europe of security,” Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer said Brussels must push forward with a common defence policy, which “must someday also include a European army.”

Feb 07 17:18

Brexit & Pi

Feb 07 15:59

World War 3 WARNING: Russia, US and France launch nuclear-capable missiles HOURS APART

RUSSIA, the United States and France have test-launched nuclear-capable missiles within hours of one another as fears rise of a return to a Cold War-era arms race amid the abandonment of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Feb 07 13:01

Macedonia set to become NATO's 30th member in move that will infuriate Russia

Macedonia has taken a big step towards joining Nato after allies signed a key document that could see the tiny Balkans country become the 30th member of the world's biggest military alliance.

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov led the 'accession protocol' signing ceremony on Wednesday at the alliance's Brussels headquarters.

Greece had previously blocked Macedonia's Nato membership for a decade over a name dispute, but Macedonia has agreed to change its tittle to 'North Macedonia' to gain access to Nato and the EU.

Feb 07 12:19

BREXIT HELL: Brussels to tell May she'll get no help until MARCH - PM's vote DOOMED

THERESA May is expected to leave Brussels empty-handed today after a series crunch meetings with the EU’s most senior officials and politicians in her bid to break the Brexit impasse.

Feb 07 12:17

EU DECEPTION: How politicians ‘CONSPIRED to keep truth about Brussels AWAY from people'

In 2003 documentary “The Real Face of the European Union”, journalist Philip Day claimed that the politicians who took European nations into the bloc deceived their citizens and "conspired" to keep the truth hidden.

Mr Day said: “Only in 1994, Chancellor Khol’s foreign policy spokesman, speaking on behalf of the ruling party of Europe’s dominant nation, Germany, clearly revealed the true plan.

"The plan is to create a federal European superstate and, into it, will be merged up to 25 ancient European nations including our own.

"This new country called Europe will have one parliament, one government, one court of justice, one currency, one flag and one anthem.

"That has been the plan all along but those who favoured it knew that people of Europe would never accept it.

"They would never willingly surrendered their freedoms to become just a province in a vast European superstate. So what did they politicians do?

"They conspired to keep the truth from the people.”

Feb 07 11:41

Maastricht Treaty: How EU's Landmark Deal Became a Ticking Bomb 27 Years Later

While the initial success saw the bloc more than double its membership to 28 states by the time the EU officially became "of age", it was the global economic meltdown of 2009 that finally exposed the deep underlying shortcomings of the "United States of Europe" concept. In the meantime, the Arab Spring turmoil and its lasting aftershocks spilled over into Europe's ongoing migration crisis, making the United Kingdom the first EU state set to leave the bloc in 2019, allowing for critical voices within the union to grow stronger.

Feb 07 11:33

MOSCOW REVEALS: US Plans To Deploy NUCLEAR Weapons In Europe By 2020 Aimed At Russia

The United States plans to begin deploying modified nuclear weapons in Europe in the first half of 2020, said Anatoly Sidorov, UNTSC chief of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

“The US intentions are to further exacerbate the international situation is demonstrated by its advanced aviation nuclear weapons mass production program, approved at the end of 2018,” Sidorov told a news conference.

He added that “the deployment of these weapons at Belgian, Dutch, German, Italian and Turkish air bases, where about 200 previous generation unmanned aerial bombs are stored, is expected to begin in the first half of 2020.”

Feb 07 11:32

Pressure mounts for EU President Donald Tusk to apologise after the Eurocrat said there was 'a special place in hell' for 'no-plan' Brexiteers

EU chief Donald Tusk was under intense pressure to apologise last night after saying leading Eurosceptics deserve a ‘special place in Hell’.

The European Council president hurled a grenade into today’s talks with Theresa May, saying the EU was ‘not making any new offer’ to rescue her Brexit deal.

Mr Tusk, who has previously called for a second referendum, then attacked senior Brexiteers, saying: ‘I’ve been wondering what that special place in Hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.’

Incredibly, he was then caught laughing on microphone after Irish premier Leo Varadkar whispered to him that the British would give him ‘terrible trouble’ over the jibe.

Feb 07 11:24

Claim: Government to Delay Brexit by Another Two Months with ‘Grace Period’

The British government is working in private to engineer another delay to Brexit, this time a two month period pushing back the legally enshrined March 29th departure date.

Christened with another obscuring name akin to the negotiation period, transition period, and even a mooted extension to the transition period — all simply means of delaying the actual date the United Kingdom becomes free of the European Union — the new so-called “grace period” is now being discussed in “secret” meetings in Westminster by senior members of the Government.

Feb 07 11:03

Delingpole: The EU Treated Greece Like a Whipped Slave; Britain Deserves Better

As I mentioned last week, never have I seen a documentary so utterly damning of the EU project, the ruthless technocrats who run it and the complicit politicians who keep their reluctant citizens enslaved within it. Yet amazingly, it was made with these people’s full consent.

No one tricked Donald Tusk, Nicholas Sarkozy, Timothy Geithner, George Osborne, Manuel Barroso, and co into sitting down in front of a camera and revealing how self-serving and arrogant they are, how utterly contemptuous of the ordinary people they are supposed to serve. If the European Union is a conspiracy against democracy — and it is — it’s a conspiracy in plain sight in which most of the key players are more than happy to boast about their role in it.

This week’s episode focused on the brief attempt in 2010 by plucky little Greece to stand up to the EU monolith and defend its people, its traditions, and its sovereignty.

Feb 07 11:02

Dutch Football Fans Chant 'Jews Burn Best' on Holocaust Remembrance Day - Report

The alleged incident took place near the De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on 27 January.

Dutch police arrested five football fans for purportedly chanting anti-Semitic slogans upon the arrival of players from Amsterdam's Ajax Club to the De Kuip Stadium in the city of Rotterdam, according to the Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), a Dutch watchdog on anti-Semitism.

Feb 06 18:53

JACOB REES-MOGG Donald Tusk’s ‘special place in hell for Brexiteers’ comment proves exactly why we need to leave the EU

Donald Tusk’s claim that there is a “special place in hell” for Brexiteers who wanted to quit the bloc “without a plan” shows exactly why the British people rejected the EU in the first place.

Mr Tusk’s arrogant and high-handed approach assumes the public did not make an informed decision to Leave.

He is saying that 17.4million people are stupid and got it wrong primarily because they are objecting to the system that he benefits from.

Britain is implementing the will of the people. That is democracy, but Mr Tusk represents bureaucracy so is incapable of understanding the popular mood.

Considering all the problems going on elsewhere in the bloc - like the violence in France, and the devastation caused by the euro, you would expect them to have some appreciation for the discontent that many people feel with the EU.

Instead, he makes lurid comments about people who want to look after their voters’ interests, and deliver on what they wanted.

Feb 06 18:51

BREXIT LIVE: ‘Lucifer wouldn’t welcome them!’ Now Verhofstadt MOCKS UK as EU mask slips

BREXITEERS are not even welcome in hell a top European diplomat has said as EU leaders continue to insult the 17.4 million people who voted to quit the bloc.

Guy Verhofstadt, who serves as the European Parliament’s representative in Brexit negotiations, has said the devil himself would turn Brexiters away from the gates of the underworld for fear they would “divide hell” too.

Feb 06 12:12

EU states fold like cheap tents to US demands on Venezuela, Italy one of few to stay independent

As the former British prime minister Harold Macmillan would have put it, "It's not one damned thing, it's one damned thing after another."
For the European Union, Italy has become that turbulent priest of whom they wish they could be rid, the fly in the ointment, the spanner in the works of neo-liberalism and war. If this is what they mean by "populism," it's little wonder that all roads increasingly lead to Rome.

Feb 06 10:55

Reality Check: Is Russia planning to invade Sweden or is UK media spreading more baseless hysteria?

Two of Britain’s leading newspapers have run delirious headlines this week, warning of a potential Russian assault on neutral Sweden.
“Sweden’s first new conscripts prepare to repel Russian invaders” – the Telegraph.

“First Swedish conscripts in a decade begin training to defeat a Russian invasion” – Daily Mail.

Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Poor Sweden (population over 9 million) getting ready to repel an attack from big, bad Russia (population 145 million).

Feb 06 09:25

The trouble in Europe has only begun

Feb 06 09:02

Mount Olympus Drills 'Latest Sign' of US Military Expansion in Greece – Report

Last year, Washington and Athens agreed to deploy US drones to the Larissa Air Force base in Greece. The allies are currently considering deploying US F-35 fighter jets to a base in the Greek city of Volos.

Washington and Athens conducting a joint live-fire exercise at the foot of Mount Olympus in January is "the latest sign" of the US military expanding its presence in Greece, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.

The newspaper cited Greek Brigadier General Georgios Fasoulos, who observed the exercises, as saying that the Athens-Washington alliance equally meets the interests of both sides.

Feb 06 08:56

Panzers on the Rhine: US tanks head for Eastern Europe in hollow show of force

American tanks are floating down the Rhine once again, en route to Eastern Europe as part of ‘Atlantic Resolve,’ a NATO push to force Russia into submission. Moscow shows no signs of being worried, however.

On Tuesday, the German tabloid BILD shared a photo of US tanks sailing past the famous Cologne Cathedral. The M1A1 Abrams tanks were stacked on a river barge, still in their desert camouflage paint, reportedly on the way to bases in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania.

Feb 06 08:54

Italian MEP: “The real fascists are in Brussels”

The European elites are worried that anti-immigration parties will take over, said Lega-member of European Parliament Marco Zanni to the Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap. “The EU elites are attacking politicians because of their stance on migration.”

The Italian politician stressed that the migration policy of the Hungarian and the Italian government is supported by the people, even if pro-immigration elites want to delegitimise these democratically elected governments.

Zanni said that Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wants to lead those parties who want deep changes in three areas: migration, internal security and economic development. His slogan is “let’s do less together, but better”, because Salvini wants more subsidiarity and nation states to return to the EU’s center. The MEP stressed that there should be effective co-operation in some areas, like the single market.

Feb 06 08:54

Dutch delegation not welcome in Hungary – “They compared Hungary to Islamic State”

The Hungarian government will not receive the Dutch parliamentary delegation visiting Budapest to investigate the state of the rule of law in the country, a foreign ministry official told public media on Tuesday.

Tamas Menczer, state secretary for communications and international representation, said The Netherlands was not a Hungarian oversight body, and Dutch pro-migration politicians had no right to carry out an investigation in Hungary.

Feb 06 08:41

Polish Farmers Want to Resume Trade With Russia, Cut Imports From Western Europe

Several thousand farmers from different Polish regions are holding a rally outside the presidential palace in Warsaw, demanding that the government resume trade with Russia and limit imports of food products from Western Europe, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Wednesday.

Farmers demand repayment of various compensations, control over the imports of agricultural products as well as an increase of purchase prices. They are also angered by the absence of access to the Russian market.

"When the Russian market was open, I was able to buy a new tractor from 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of potatoes, while now it is impossible," one of the farmers said.

Feb 06 08:40

EU's Donald Tusk Promises 'Special Place in Hell' For Brexiteers

The European Union is first and foremost a peace project, said the President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Wednesday, adding that this is why the bloc insists on the Irish backstop.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar held a press conference with Mr. Tusk in Brussels, where both leaders addressed the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

During the presser, Tusk employed strong rhetoric when commenting on officials championing Brexit "without a plan."

"I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely."

Feb 05 13:54

Russia blames NATO for dismantling INF due to plans to deploy launchers to PolandMore:http://tass.com/politics/1043106

Moscow is urging NATO to avoid turning Europe into an arena of confrontation, which would certainly happen if US launchers were stationed in Poland.

NATO shoulders direct responsibility for the undoing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty given its plans to deploy US missile defense systems to member states, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

"Unfortunately, Alliance member states have demonstrated that they are not ready for a substantive dialogue on the Mk-41 missile launchers, which are deployed to Romania and are planned to be deployed to Poland next year in breach of the INF Treaty," the statement reads. "These systems are part of NATO’s missile defenses so the Alliance is directly responsible for the destruction of the Treaty," the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although the time frame would be in 2020 for such weapons to be placed in Poland at the moment, Russia may well feel forced to place their version
of the Mk-41 missile launchers in Kaliningrad soon, which is just 128 miles from the Polish border.

There have been reports of Russian military improvements done there last year, as this story from October, 2018, indicates:

Russian SRBM, air force and nuclear build-up in Kaliningrad, can facilitate a maneuver and transfer of the forces from Kaliningrad and to Poland and the neighboring countries.

Although this work appears to be pretty standard, in terms of facilities refurbishments, note the tone of terror in that list line, when they use the phrase "can facilitate a maneuver and transfer of the forces from Kaliningrad and to Poland and the neighboring countries.", as though this is absolutely a war preparation?!?

Feb 05 13:15

Brussels CRACKS: Brexit breakthrough nears as EU united front IMPLODES

Brussels “monster” Martin Selmayr lashed out at Brexiteers and claimed “nobody is considering” legally binding changes to the divorce deal. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel signalled she was ready to find a compromise. The EU powerhouse insisted it was time to be “creative” and said an agreement can be reached if everyone “shows good will”. Mrs Merkel said: “There are definitely options for preserving the integrity of the single market even when Northern Ireland isn’t part of it because it is part of Britain while at the same time meeting the desire to have, if possible, no border controls.

Feb 05 10:26

Juncker's aide 'The Monster' says Brussels will NOT give legal guarantees on the backstop in fresh blow to May - but Merkel insists Northern Ireland border 'riddle' CAN be solved by 'compromise'

A top aide to Jean-Claude Juncker warned today the EU would not give the legal guarantees on the Irish border backstop demanded by Brexiteers.

The EU commission's top official Martin Selmayr - whose nickname in Brussels is 'The Monster' - also delivered a thinly-veiled threat by boasting that Brussels had 'done well' to start its no deal preparations in December 2017.

But in a sign of possible splits, Angela Merkel insisted the 'riddle' of the Irish border could be solved by compromise on both sides.

The German Chancellor said she was determined to do 'everything' to avoid the UK crashing out, saying it could be done if 'everyone shows goodwill'.

The latest signals from the EU came as it emerged the PM will deliver a speech in Northern Ireland tomorrow as she scrambles to find a way through the standoff.

Feb 05 10:25

Merkel says it’s still possible to agree on Irish border with Britain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it is still possible for the EU and Britain to come to an agreement on how the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will function after Brexit, adding that London needs to come forward with a proposal. During a trip to Japan on Monday, Merkel said the already-agreed Brexit withdrawal agreement can’t be renegotiated.

Feb 04 12:36

Israel’s plan for post-Brexit Britain

“If you have been puzzled by the insane campaign against British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, spearheaded by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Chronicle, the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, and others, the Ynet article raises the possibility that the campaign has not actually been about ‘anti-Semitism’. It is more likely about shekels, in that Corbyn in Number 10 Downing Street could easily interfere with ‘Israel’s plans for Britain’.” >>

Feb 04 11:00

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: WASHINGTON RESURRECTED THE ARMS RACE

The meetings in Beijing during January 30-31 between Washington, Russia, China, France and the UK apparently failed to preserve the commitment to prohibit intermediate range nuclear weapons. Washington stuck to its determination to withdraw from the historic agreement of Reagan and Gorbachev to destroy all land-based intermediate range nuclear missiles. This US withdrawal from a nuclear weapons reduction agreement follows the George W. Bush/Cheney regime’s withdrawal from the anti-ballistic missile treaty. Indeed, since the Clinton regime, every US president has produced worsening trust between the two major nuclear powers.

No good can come of this as Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said at the Beijing meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By doing this, President Trump has decided to define himself, geopolitically, as some sort of unspeakable hybrid between Darth Vader and Lord Voldemort, where "bad" competes with "worse than bad", on a moment by moment basis.

Now, what to name this evil entity; Darth Trumper? Lord Trumpdemort? Well let's try Lord Darth Trumpdemort (LDT, for short, and that should make him happy; after all, one of his BFFS in the Middle East, is known by his tag of 3 initials MBS, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman).

But all kidding aside, if there was ever a time when this country absolutely, and desperately, needed a Department of Peace, which would be tasked with providing alternatives to get, or create the outcome, the US government wants to see, without resorting to war, that time is now.

And yes, I know that with weaponry, the US has a great deal of "catching up" to do with both the Russians and Chinese.

But that having been said, what I am hearing is that sweet sound of a collective financial orgasm coming from every CEO of every weapons manufacturer in this country.

Congrats, guys, you must be feeling pretty special right now; you have subsumed this President into your "War-o-Rama Killing Machine", which will make the possibility of some kind of a just and lasting peace, nearly impossible.

And were I a betting woman, one of those ramp-ups to a coming world war, will most probably be some kind of "false flag" on American assets somewhere around the world, to be used as the justification for the resurrection of the draft in this country; that's right, you read that correctly.

So I must ask this question; will walking away from this treaty, as LDT has done, mean that having the ability to murder even more people in the space of one minute, actually make this country more safe?!?

Unfortunately, the short answer here, is "HELL, no!"

What prevents wars, is both enlightened foreign and domestic policies, and unfortunately, right at this moment in history, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika has neither.

It was rudderless, until the Neocons got LDT completely absorbed in its philosophies and to sign off on its action plan, with a huge "To Do" list, including Iran; Africa; and whatever other country on the planet has incredible natural resources, like Venezuela, which, of course, needs a "humanitarian intervention" to make sure that its government is US-centric; that those resources will only be harvested by companies that are US centric, and that those resources ... are only sold in the American collar.

Lather; rinse; repeat. How in the name of heaven, can I make this more clear to you?!?

And the most frightening, depressing, and crazy-making aspect to all of this is, that even if the American people stood up to LDT, and said, "You're Fired!", please trust me when I say that there is already another LDT in waiting, created by the the military industrial complex and the Deep State, ready to step in to continue the agenda toward a world war.

Americans are still suffering under the delusion that when it comes to national, Presidential elections, they have a choice, when the real "choices" are those vetted and approved by the military-industrial complex; the American Deep State, and the most powerful of corporations, both here, and internationally.

Feb 04 09:01

ITALEXIT? Italy to CRASH OUT of Euro and 'rock EU to its foundations' claims economist

Mr Bootle also made a worrying prediction for the EU economy as a whole. He said: “As and when Italy finally blows up this will cause both a banking crisis that will shake the European economy and a political crisis that will rock the EU to its foundations.” It is now the third time Italy has fallen into recession in a decade. There has been a weakening of growth rates across the eurozone, which led to the EU increasing its GDP by only 0.2% in the final three months of 2018.

Feb 04 08:28

Israel, UK and Brexit

The following is a translation of the last segment of an article in Ynet yesterday on Brexit. The article explains that: the Jewish State has located itself as post Brexit Britain’s gateway to the world: “Once out of the EU, Britain will have to sign separate trade agreements with each state, and Israel will be the first.” And that: “Israel has become Britain’s strategic ally.” And, of course, “the British government totally disregard the boycott campaign against Israel. On a political level, they boycotted the boycott.”

A few years ago we learned that back in 1982 Oded Yinon devised an Israeli ‘plan for the Middle East.’ The following Ynet’s segment provides us with a glimpse into the current ‘Israel’s plan for Britain.’

Feb 04 08:25

Italy vetoed EU recognition of Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido

Rome has effectively derailed an EU statement meant to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim leader if President Nicolas Maduro fails to set up snap elections, a Five Star Movement source confirmed to RT.
Italy announced the veto at an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers that started on January 31 in Romania, the source said. The statement, which was supposed to be delivered by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini recognized Guaido as interim president if snap elections were not held.

Feb 04 08:25

Madrid Church Cancels Gaza Film Event Due to 'Pressure From Jewish Community'

Israel has maintained a blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007, after Hamas militants took over the enclave and replaced Palestinian Authority officials. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement was later launched to pressure Israel to end the blockade.

The Roman Catholic parish of San Carlos Borromeo in Madrid has been ordered to cancel the screening of an award-winning documentary on the Gaza Strip due to pressure from the Jewish community.

The film, titled "Gaza, a look into the eyes of barbarism", received the prestigious national Goya award for Best Documentary Short Film. According to the awarding body's website, the film tells a story about "Israeli aggression" in the Gaza Strip and Tel Aviv's "violation of human rights".

Its screening was scheduled for last Friday, but the parish said that the Archdiocese of Madrid told them to cancel the event.

Feb 04 08:12

Many Europeans Believe Their Values Clash With Islam - Poll

The results of the poll came out the same day the Pope travelled to the UAE with a message of peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims.

A recent survey has found that Europeans and Americans believe to a great extent that Islam is incompatible with Western values.

According to the poll, conducted last month by the British Internet-based data analysis firm YouGov, nearly half of respondents in France and Germany — 46 and 47 percent, respectively — perceive a "fundamental clash" between Islam and the values of their society.

Feb 04 08:11

Finland Wants More Migrants to Leave, Doubles 'Sweetener' Aid

Starting from January, asylum seekers leaving Finland can receive up to 5,000 euros in cash or subsidies in what the Migration Service has dubbed the "cheapest option".

As the repatriation rate has dropped, Finland has decided to double its financial aid to rejected asylum seekers voluntarily leaving the country, national broadcaster Yle reported.

To obtain the maximum sum, eligible candidates must hail from the countries with the highest proportion of asylum seekers in Finland, such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. The reward for leaving the country has been raised to 5,000 euros ($5,725).

"We want to encourage them to go home. There are thousands of people in the country with rejected asylum applications. They don't have a residence permit and supporting them is becoming expensive", Migration Service official (Migri) Tarja Rantala, who manages the voluntary return project, told Yle.

Feb 04 08:06

War Is Coming Back To The Balkans, But Why Do The West Blame Russia?

The United States signals the likelihood of a military conflict in the Balkans starting this year and accuses Russia of being ready to use ethnic dissent to prevent the absorption of Serbia and the Bosnian Serb Republic by NATO.

In the report by the US National Intelligence on potential threats to global security in 2019, in addition to Venezuela, Ukraine, Mexico, the Middle East and other sensitive global issues, the Western Balkans are also mentioned as a source of potential threat.

“The Western Balkans almost certainly will remain at some risk of low-level violence and possibly open military conflict throughout 2019. Russia will seek to exploit ethnic tensions and high levels of corruption to hinder the ability of countries in this region to move toward the EU and NATO,” the document says.

Feb 04 08:06

EU states’ recognition of Guaido is ‘direct interference’ in Venezuela’s affairs – Kremlin

Moscow slammed EU states for trying to legitimize “an attempt to usurp power” in Venezuela after a number of key European countries recognized opposition figure Juan Guaido as interim president.

“Imposing some decisions or trying to legitimize an attempt to usurp power, in our view, is both direct and indirect interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told the media on Monday, while commenting on the recognition of Guaido.

Feb 02 10:55

Norwegian Firm Mulls Suing Government Over Pressure to Spy on Russia – Reports

Norwegian cement maker Olen Betong plans to sue the government over hundreds of millions of kroner in losses from secret service attempts to recruit its staff in Russia, the NRK news channel said.

"They tried to recruit or contact us on about a dozen different occasions", the company’s Murmansk office CEO Atle Berge told the NRK news channel.

Berge and another employee, Kurt Sto, said they had refused to spy for Norway when they worked at the factory in the northwestern Russian city, but Russia found out and expelled them anyway.

Feb 02 10:54

Ex-German Chancellor Says Europe Needs Russia to Withstand US, China

Europe needs Russia's potential and most importantly the country's market and natural resources in order to withstand such superpowers as China and the United States, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told the Spiegel outlet.

"If we, as Europeans, want to survive politically and economically between [such] superpowers [as] the United States and China, we cannot do this without Russia's potential. We need the country's market and, first of all, its resources", Schroeder told the outlet in an interview released on Friday.

According to the former German chancellor, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been trying to build the kind of relations with Western countries that would be based on equality and respect, but he has been repeatedly rejected when trying to reach out to Europe.

Feb 02 10:38

‘Moral disgrace’: EU Parliament lectures world on rule of law, then destroys legality in Venezuela

It’s a moral disgrace when the EU Parliament, which lectures the world on the need to respect the rule of law, uses legal language to tell lies about the legality of the situation in Venezuela, and to destroy that legality.
Exciting news from France: Marine le Pen is the country’s new president. After the Macron regime plunged the country into political crisis, Mrs Le Pen took the oath of office on Place de la Concorde on Friday before a small crowd of gilets jaunes (yellow vests) specially assembled – with the TV cameras – for the occasion.

Feb 02 09:43

Brexit: EU rules Gibraltar is 'colony of British crown' whose sovereignty is disputed by Spain

The EU has provocatively described Gibraltar as a "colony of the British crown" whose sovereignty is disputed by Spain.

In a move branded "completely inappropriate" by the UK government, a proposed EU regulation granting Britons visa-free access to the bloc in the case of a no-deal Brexit made a distinction beween those living in Britain and those who are citizens of the British Overseas Territory.

The row highlights strains over the territory as Britain leaves the bloc and EU states swing its policies behind Spain, which British officials believe Madrid is seeking to exploit to ramp up its claim to "The Rock".

Feb 02 09:37

Attack of the Sofa Samurais

President Donald Trump and the neocon sofa samurais who surround him seem determined to pick a fight with China or Russia, or both at the same time. -- Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev just denounced the Trump administration’s nuclear policies as a gigantic mistake and threat to mankind. NATO, showing its subservience to Washington, bleated its support for US plans to deploy new medium-ranged missiles in Europe. But, in truth, Europeans are aghast at the prospect of a nuclear war fought in their backyards.

Feb 01 23:33

EU laws that cost the UK a fortune and achieve nothing

DO YOU remember the lively debate in the Houses of Parliament about new laws to regulate noise from lawnmowers? Do you recall your MP seeking your views about measures to oblige homeowners to have their properties assessed for energy efficiency? Or reading the Government's consultation on the design of desk lamps? No, I don't either.

That is because they are among hundreds of laws which have been passed in the past 20 years without any meaningful public debate in this country. They have been forced upon us by EU directives which are stitched up by the European Commission, rubberstamped by the European Parliament and then ordered to be incorporated into British law.

Now, the think tank Open Europe has totted up the cost to the UK economy of the most burdensome EU laws. It comes to a staggering £27.4billion a year.

Feb 01 13:14

EU launches mechanism to bypass US sanctions on Iran

The European Union has announced the setting up of a payment mechanism to secure trade with Iran and skirt US sanctions after Washington pulled out of the landmark nuclear deal last May.

The proposal of a financial instrument has been a key element in the EU's strategy to keep Iran from quitting the 2015 nuclear agreement, which was signed to prevent Tehran from building nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.

The new institution, named INSTEX - Instrument In Support Of Trade Exchanges - will allow trade between the EU and Iran without relying on direct financial transactions. It is a project of the governments of France, Germany and Britain and will receive the formal endorsement of all 28 EU members.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has been closely eyeing European efforts to establish the financial mechanism and warned any attempt to evade its "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran would be subject to stiff penalties.

Feb 01 13:03

Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace: Nuclear Israel with Its 400 WMD or Non- Nuclear Iran?

U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday, that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and furthermore had no strategic plans to do so.

This report from the US intelligence community indicate that Israel’s Netanyahu and his American cohort, Donald Trump, have deliberately misinformed the world regarding Iranian nuclear capability. The state of Israel, which is estimated to have in excess of more than 400 undeclared nuclear warheads must be compared to Iran which is not a nuclear weapon state. Who, therefore, is the threat to world peace?

Feb 01 11:31

Did the ECB really end up printing?

Feb 01 09:56

Catalan govt. comes out in support of jailed leaders on eve of trial

Catalonia's President Quim Torra spoke on Monday in defense of the separatist politicians and civil society leaders a few days before they appear before Spain's Supreme Court. The 9 separatists who have been awaiting trial in Catalan jails will be transferred to the Spanish capital on Friday. They stand accused of rebellion, sedition, and misuse of public funds.

Feb 01 09:54

The 'Cartel' Is Back: EU Accuses 8 Banks Of Rigging European Government-Bond Markets

First it was the Libor-rigging cartel, then the FX exchange-rate manipulation cartel, now, European regulators have moved on to prosecuting "anti-competitive" practices in euro-denominated sovereign bond markets.

One month after the European antitrust regulators charged Deutsche Bank, Credit Agricole and Credit Suisse of being a part of a 'bond trading cartel', regulators are bringing a separate case against eight unidentified European banks alleging that they conspired to rigging euro-denominated sovereign bond markets.

Reuters reported Thursday that the European Union’s antitrust authority has charged the banks with operating the cartel behind 2007 and 2012.

Jan 31 11:47

EU Popular Parties Using Pressure Against Maduro as Own Political Tool - Prof

Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK have demanded to recognize Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as the head of the crisis-torn country if the new elections are not announced in Venezuela until the end of this week.

The EU's ultimatum was vehemently rejected by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who slammed the European calls as an infringement on Venezuela’s sovereignty.

In general, the European Union has expressed its support for dialogue between the Venezuelan parties and has suggested an International Contact Group be set up in order to settle the crisis in the Latin American country. Sputnik has discussed the issue with Hugo Perez Hernaiz, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Jan 31 11:41

Finance Expert on How France & Italy May Bring Down European Community, Euro

The failure of France and Italy to lead their economies out of the crisis may bring down the European Community and the euro, Fabien Chalandon, a French private investor, banker, and writer told Sputnik. He explained how the impoverishment of the lower part of the middle class had given a boost to the rise of populism in Europe.

Sputnik: While Eurosceptic parties came out on top in Italy, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May have found themselves in dire straits. Meanwhile, Angela Merkel announced that she would step down in 2021 as chancellor. What's your take on the changes going on within the Big Four of Europe? What are the major causes behind this shift? Can we compare the ongoing changes to what happened to Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain?

Jan 31 11:30

EU Parliament Boss: Efforts to Prevent Mass Migration From Africa a ‘Betrayal of Europe’

Italian efforts to block migrant boats from Africa is a “betrayal” of Europe and of its citizens, EU Parliament boss Antonio Tajani has alleged, insisting Brussels must put in place a permanent mechanism which would spread third world migrants throughout the bloc.
Ahead of a visit to the Aosta Valley, a region of Italy home to a number of ski resorts, the ‘centre-right’ politician branded it “unacceptable” that EU nations had chosen to “turn away from what is happening in the Mediterranean”.

“In so doing, they betray the European project and citizens’ expectations. Immediately approve the accord on mandatory distribution voted by the European Parliament,” stated Tajani, according to reports from the news wire service, ANSA, on Tuesday.

The Italian’s remarks came as open borders-backing NGOs were attempting to increase pressure on Rome to open the country’s ports to a Sea Watch vessel carrying a batch of 47 migrants it picked up off the coast of Libya last week.

Jan 31 11:11

'This is what the EU does - no deal until the last moment': May plays hardball with the EU and will not fly to Europe until next week as Juncker flatly dismisses her new plan

Theresa May played hardball with the EU today as she put off travelling to Brussels until next week after Jean-Claude Juncker insisted the Brexit deal was the 'best possible' and could not be renegotiated.

Cabinet ministers dismissed the EU's scramble to reject Mrs May's demands on Brexit today as 'just what the EU does'.

European Commission president Mr Juncker and negotiator Michel Barnier led the 'noise' from Europe and warned last night's showdown votes in the Commons 'do not change' the divorce terms.

British ministers stayed cool in the face of the rush to condemn last night's showdown votes in Parliament that handed Mrs May a mandate to renegotiate the backstop plan for the Irish border.

They told MailOnline the EU 'never makes any kind of deal until the last moment' and today's 'blank denials' were just 'noise'.

In response, the Prime Minister is expected to hold off face-to-face talks for days as she undertakes a frantic round of phone diplomacy.

Jan 31 10:31

'I'm onto something' Nigel Farage reveals moment EU leaders gave away TRUE Brexit feelings

Nigel Farage pointed out the "odd” reaction he received from Jean-Claude Juncker, Michel Barnier and Guy Verhofstadt in European Parliament on Wednesday, after giving a speech on why no-deal Brexit is the “only constructive” way forward. Mr Farage pointed out how none of the EU leaders “shook their heads” or “gave any forms of abuse”, but instead just “sat there and stared”. Speaking on his LBC radio show, Mr Farage speculated: “The odd thing was that Juncker, Barnier, there sitting within feet of me, Verhofstadt opposite me, none of them actually shook their heads, none of them gave me any forms of abuse at all. They all just sat there and stared, and that made me think maybe I’m onto something.

Jan 31 10:30

EU parliament urges member states to recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president

The European Parliament voted to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela and urged EU leaders to do the same.

The resolution, voted on Thursday, called on the EU leadership to adopt “a strong, unified stance,” and recognize Guaido as the “only legitimate” interim president of the South American nation until new elections are held to “restore democracy.”

The MEPs also pledged “full support” for Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament, the National Assembly, urging the EU states to “accredit” the envoys appointed by the opposition.

The document was adopted with 439 votes to 104, with 88 MEPs abstaining.

Jan 31 10:29

Britain Calls for EU Sanctions on Venezuelan President Maduro - Reports

Earlier in the day, the European Parliament announced it is planning to consider a draft resolution on recognising self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido as head of the Latin American country.

"Targeted sanctions against the kleptocrats who have enriched themselves on the back of the rest of the population who are very poor, that is something I think can be effective", UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt stated Thursday during an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Romania, according to Guardian.

Jan 31 09:57

Brexit: BBC could move base to Brussels

Belgian officials are lobbying for a BBC move to Brussels after Brexit, the director-general has revealed.

Lord Tony Hall said there were also efforts to set up a base for the broadcaster in Amsterdam dependent on the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

The director-general said it would be a means to maintain channels on the continent, which would require licences in the European Union to continue being broadcast.

Lord Hall said he hoped BBC operations can all remain in the UK and no decision had been made ahead of the Brexit deadline of 29 March.

He also said any BBC presence across the Channel would be minimal and constitute just a “handful” of staff.

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