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Jun 29 09:46

Trump Rapidly Expands Cold War-Era Footprint In Europe To Counter Russia

Does ‘America first’ really mean ‘Europe first’ in the preparation for war with Russia?

At the expense of the American taxpayer, the Trump administration wants to restore the Cold War-era footprint in Europethrough massive investments in military infrastructure to deter Russian aggression and reinforce allies.

It is odd that the administration wants to spend massive amounts of money on infrastructure projects in Europe, but has yet to fix America’s crippling D- infrastructure. Somehow, the priorities of this administration of ‘America first’ have been lost through the alignment with the military-industrial-complex and Washington’s warmongers.

The Trump administration asked for $828 million in 2019 to expand and upgrade military infrastructure projects throughout Europe as part of a continuous fearmongering campaign against Russia to allocate more money to defense. Nearly half of that construction funding would go towards U.S. Air Force projects.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but unfortunately, perfectly predictable for this Administration.

Jun 29 08:23

Greece to need MORE debt relief as IMF thinks it will FAIL to meet growth forecasts

Greece is preparing to end its final bailout programme in August, but is still struggling under a debt mountain of £202billion (€228bn).

The IMF fears that without more debt relief it may not be able to hold itself steady in the long run.

Jun 29 07:56

GLOBALIST BEX - Guess who helped the rise of Europe’s mini-Trumps? Brexit-poisoned Britain

The postwar liberal world order risks being torn up before our very eyes. Confronted with Donald Trump and his stupidities, a Russia which is successfully injecting chaos into the west and a China seemingly happy to sit back and await its turn at the top table, the people of Europe have some fundamental decisions to make.

Do we want to inhabit a continent founded on a respect for liberal democracy, the rule of law and a humane approach to migration? Or do we cede to the populists promoting fear over hope and division over unity? Brexit aside, the people of Britain will face these great challenges and their consequences, too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note how Guy Verhofstadt tries to blame Donald Trump for the recent backlash against the globalists and open borders at the polls.

Jun 29 07:47

Deutsche Bank's Troubles Raise Worries About The Future Of The Euro Zone

The euro banking sector is huge: In April 2018, its total balance sheet amounted to 30.9 trillion euro, accounting for 268 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in the euro area. Unfortunately, however, many euro banks are in lousy shape. They suffer from low profitability and carry an estimated total bad loan exposure of around 759 billion euro, which accounts for roughly 30 per cent of their equity capital.

Share price developments suggest that investors have lost quite some confidence in the viability of euro banks’ businesses: While US bank stocks are up 24 per cent since the beginning of 2006, the index for euro-area bank stocks is still down by around 70 per cent. Perhaps most notably, ’Germany’s two largest banks, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, have lost 85 and 94 per cent, respectively, of their market capitalization.

Jun 29 07:46

NEVER FEAR! MACRON HAS A PLAN TO “FIX” THE EU…

Well, no sooner said than done, it appears.

In the latest Solari quarterly wrap up with Catherine Austin Fitts, we had a bit of a discussion about Mad Madam Merkel, her lap poodle Emanuel Macron, and their plans to "fix" the E.U. Catherine drove over, and we talked a bit about this on Friday night and then again on Saturday during the recording session. We both had the impression that the European powers-that-be were a bit "anxious" and in a hurry to "fix" things. We all know who those powers really are; they're certain banking families and dynasties that are looking at the EU fall apart (due to their own disastrous policies), while the world moves on and Mr. Abe, Mr. Xi, Mr. Putin, and Mr. Trump are reordering the geopolitical-financial world. Meanwhile, the world's biggest market - Europe - is beset with disunity and lots of problems. And Italy, home to some of those "old families" has suddenly gone off script and isn't playing ball for the same team any more.

Jun 29 07:29

'The end of the Schengen?' German MP suggests Merkel has GIVEN IN to her coalition demands

A GERMAN MP, who is a member of Angela Merkel's party, has suggested that the Chancellor gave in to the demands for stricter migration controls, amid concerns over the future of the Schengen agreement.

German MP Klaus-Peter Willsch has suggested that the Europe-wide migration deal, struck in the early hours of the morning, could collapse and doom the Schengen agreement.

Mr Willsch is a member of Angela Merkel's same party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), but he has become known as a critic of the Chancellor.

He told the BBC's Justin Webb that Germany may still have to resort to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's controversial suggestion of turning away asylum seekers at the border.

The German politician admitted that this could spell the end of the Schengen Zone, the regime that permits free movement across borders in the EU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now, the people of Europe have all the bad side of being in the EU, and lost lost one of the few good sides.

Jun 29 06:05

‘NGO ships will only see Italy on postcards’: Italy's Salvini vows to keep ports closed all summer

No NGO rescue ship carrying migrants will be allowed to dock in an Italian port, the country’s interior minister Matteo Salvini has said, following a unanimous decision by EU leaders to review migration policy.

Commenting on the outcome of almost 10 hours of tense discussion between he 28 European leaders on the pressing issue of migration, Salvini said the agreement was too opaque, and warned that it had better not bypass Italy’s interests again.

“NGO rescue ships will only see Italy on postcards,” the interior minister told Radio Capital on Friday, reaffirming that Italy would not yield when it comes to migration.

Jun 28 13:06

US Dems, NATO Allies Express Fear Over Putin-Trump Summit

Update: It did not take long for the Democrats to start jumping up and down about this and who else but Rep. Adam Schiff to lead the charge:

“I fear that this summit will prove to be another blow to NATO and our allies, and a gift to the Kremlin,” Schiff says in emailed statement, adding that Trump should use the summit to confront Putin “on Russia’s interference in our elections.”

Trump should also confront Putin on “the invasion of Ukraine, Russian and Syrian war crimes in Syria, and the chemical weapons attack in the U.K.'”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Democrats have absolutely become the party of "NO!", when it comes to any activities that might advance peace prospects, by ratcheting down tensions between the US and Russia.

And Representative Schiff, are you suffering from an astonishingly horrific case of SMD (selective memory disorder), when you state that "Russia invaded Ukraine", as though it is something which... actually happened?!?

This is a narrative which is absolutely not backed by reality; and Sir, if you cannot remember Spring of 2014 in Ukraine, you may well be in need of a quick visit to your local neurologist, because your brain has popped a gasket, you should immediately resign from your Congressional seat, and have someone who has the capacity of remembering what really happened here, replace you.

In 2014, the putsch in Kiev threw the duly elected President of Ukraine, Yanukovych, under the proverbial bus, and "annointed" Petro Poroshenko as its president, in an election which was about as crooked as is a dog's hind leg.

Oh, and let's remember; Obama was up to his neck in this, because Poroshenko was considered more western-centric than was Yanukovych, and even admitted US complicity in brokering the deal.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

So understanding, post-coup, that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, Crimean politicians did two things. First, they held a free and fair referendum, asking the Crimean people if they wanted to remain with Ukraine, or petition Russia to become part of the Russian Federation. The Crimean people, voted overwhelmingly, to request attachment to the Russian Federation
Status:
Crimean referendum, 2014
, and then Crimean petitioned the Russian Federation to become a member, and Russia accepted the petition.

The Crimean people were absolutely allowed to do this, under the UN Charter, which holds the principal of "peaceful self-determination" as a highly respected notion, and is clearly articulated in the UN Charter; but the US government, even though allegedly a signatory to the UN Charter, refused to acknowledge this, and accused Russia of having "annexed Crimea", which never actually happened, and power-squeezed Europe into singing the same, tone-deaf,fact-free, and sanction-studded song.

Punishing a country for something it absolutely didn't do, as is the case with Crimea having chosen to become part of the Russian Federation, rather than Russia having annexed it, seems to have become a US norm in the geopolitics of the 21st century.

This is precisely the same song Europe is singing today, demonstrating in the immortal words of the America commedian Ron White, that "you can't fix stupid"; and unfortunately, you can't fix stupid lies, if they are spun to suppport a war-centric agenda which has no basis in actual fact.

Jun 28 11:35

3 Men Gang-Rape Young Woman in Sweden, Broadcast It Live on Facebook

It must come as a shock to all those who worship at the altar of political correctness and multiculturalism, but the rapists are, wait for it, all immigrants.

Jun 28 11:25

Italy pushes for de-escalation as EU moves to renew Russia sanctions

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday the renewal of European Union economic sanctions against Russia should not be automatic, as Rome seeks to resume EU funding to small Russian firms to ease tensions with Moscow.

Jun 28 09:45

EU’S SANCTIONS AGAINST CRIMEA EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER YEAR

The European Union is committing to its policy of perceiving revolutionary determination as its course of legitimacy. Apparently, a referendum gaining nearly 100% popular support isn’t sufficient to qualify for the self determination of a region. Therefore, the EU will continue to consider the Crimea as politically a part of the Ukraine. This, of course, means that the EU has reason for its sanctions regime against Crimea, which it will be extending for yet another year.

Deutsche Welle reports:

The European Union extended economic sanctions on Crimea and its port city of Sevastopol on Monday. The 28-member bloc imposed the measures after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula four years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Deutsche Welle chooses collectively to continue to lie through its teeth in this report, and obviously must well and truly believe that its readers suffer greatly from SMD (selective memory disorder).

So let me correct the record here, again, still, yet; and Deutsche Welle, when will you realise that lying to your readership cannot change the actual facts on the ground?!?

In 2014, the putsch in Kiev threw the duly elected President of Ukraine, Yanukovych, under the proverbial bus, and "annointed" Petro Poroshenko as its president, in an election which was about as crooked as is a dog's hind leg.

Oh, and let's remember; Obama was up to his neck in this, because Poroshenko was considered more western-centric than was Yanukovych, and even admitted US complicity in brokering the deal.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

So understanding, post-coup, that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, Crimean politicians did two things. First, they held a free and fair referendum, asking the Crimean people if they wanted to remain with Ukraine, or petition Russia to become part of the Russian Federation. The Crimean people, voted overwhelmingly, to request attachment to the Russian Federation
Status:
Crimean referendum, 2014
, and then Crimean petitioned the Russian Federation to become a member, and Russia accepted the petition.

The Crimean people were absolutely allowed to do this, under the UN Charter, which holds the principal of "peaceful self-determination" as a highly respected notion, and is clearly articulated in the UN Charter; but the US government, even though allegedly a signatory to the UN Charter, refused to acknowledge this, and accused Russia of having "annexed Crimea", which never actually happened, and power-squeezed Europe into singing the same, tone-deaf,fact-free, and sanction-studded song.

Punishing a country for something it absolutely didn't do, as is the case with Crimea having chosen to become part of the Russian Federation, rather than Russia having annexed it, seems to have become a US norm in the geopolitics of the 21st century.

This is precisely the same song Europe is singing today, demonstrating in the immortal words of the America commedian Ron White, that "you can't fix stupid"; and unfortunately, you can't fix stupid lies, if they are spun to suppport a war-centric agenda which has no basis in actual fact.

Jun 28 09:12

Make Or Break Time For Merkel: What To Look For In Today's EU Summit

Migration, trade, Brexit and the EU budget - but mostly migration - will be the big talking points at today’s EU summit which kicks off in Brussels shortly and continues into Friday.

As DB notes, there’s a laundry list of agenda points to get through for EU leaders with the not so insignificant talking points like Brexit, migration policy, the EU budget, security and the economic and monetary union amongst the big topics. The summit will be of particular significance for Merkel given domestic political tensions of late however yesterday the CDU and Social Democrats confirmed that no headway was made on migration talks in a meeting in Berlin which will only heighten the pressure on Merkel. Notably, the CSU Party leader Seehofer did reaffirm on ARD TV that “I know of nobody in my party who either wants to endanger the government….or bring down the Chancellor”.

Jun 28 08:48

EU faces 'destiny' at crunch migration summit

EU leaders face deep divisions on migration at a summit in Brussels on Thursday that the embattled German Chancellor Angela Merkel said could decide the fate of the bloc itself.

The meeting comes amid warnings that authoritarian and "anti-European" movements will profit from any failure by the 28 leaders to deal with a flare-up of tensions over migrants that has put Merkel's political future in the balance.

Jun 28 08:22

Putin Benefits From Trump’s Anti-Iran Sanctions

Russia is the one country that has arguably benefited the most from the Trump administration’s insistence that other countries (including America’s Western allies) reduce their petroleum imports from Iran to zero or face U.S. sanctions.

Both during Soviet times and under Putin, Moscow has long sought to drive a wedge between the U.S. and its European allies, thereby weakening the Western alliance. Trump’s actions regarding Iran (as well as other issues) have done just this. Not only do most of America’s allies in Europe and outside the Middle East continue to support the Iranian nuclear accord, but they are angered that Trump is threatening them with sanctions unless they comply with what they regard as Trump’s wrong-headed and illegal withdrawal from an agreement that Iran is continuing to observe.

Jun 28 08:05

EU leaders to strengthen defences, seek 'strategic autonomy' at summit

European Union leaders will promise on Thursday to intensify efforts to strengthen the bloc’s military cooperation and reduce its reliance on the United States, according to a draft summit statement.

Jun 28 08:05

Poland backs down on Holocaust law, moves to end jail terms

Poland’s ruling conservatives on Wednesday watered down Holocaust legislation that had angered the United States and Israel, removing the threat of jail terms for people who suggest the nation was complicit in Nazi crimes against the Jews.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poland should not have done that. Now Israel will demand Holocaust reparations!

Jun 28 07:51

‘UK is being bullied’ Theresa May will FAIL to obtain breakthrough at EU summit, MEP warns

A LEADING MEP has quashed hopes of Theresa May achieving a successful breakthrough at the crunch EU summit taking place in Brussels today, accusing the Government of having no control over our own “destiny”.

Jun 28 07:49

BREXIT ABOUT TO GET TOUGH: THERESA MAY FACING STINGING EU RECEPTION LED BY EMMANUEL MACRON

Mrs May will update her fellow European leaders on Britain’s departure from the EU with European Council President Donald Tusk in agreement that the Prime Minister should bring her counterparts up to speed at the Council’s June summit.

While a discussion is not expected between the EU28 leaders on Brexit, the Prime Minister could be subject to a number of demands for further clarity on how the future relationship will shape up between the bloc and Britain, Express.co.uk understands.

A senior Council official says the presentation is solely “in Mrs May’s hands”, however, in order to adhere to the October deadline for competition of the withdrawal agreement the Prime Minister will have to be “quite explicit on the future”.

Jun 28 07:46

Italian Prime Minister to Meet Trump in July

US President Donald Trump will welcome Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to the White House on July 30, his administration said.

"The two leaders will meet for a private conversation, followed by an expanded bilateral meeting," the White House said in a statement.

The two leaders will look to deepen cooperation in addressing global conflicts and promoting economic prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic, it went on to say.

Jun 28 07:46

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras Open to Deal With Merkel to Take Back Migrants

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was ready to strike a deal with Germany that would speed up migrant deportations to the first port of entry, in an interview out Wednesday.

"We don’t care about the fact that maybe we’ll have some returns from Germany if this will help, in order to give the signal to the smugglers," he told the Financial Times newspaper.

Tsipras said he believed the existing Dublin regulation, which requires asylum seekers to apply in the first EU country they enter, to be "out of life."

Jun 28 07:44

Corbyn hammers millionaire Tory Brexiteers shifting their cash out of Britain

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has slammed hardline Brexiteers Jacob Rees-Mogg and John Redwood during PMQs, for making Brexit "their life's work” despite worrying about their "own financial interests," in a post-Brexit UK.
During a tempestuous PMQs, the Labour leader hammered Rees-Mogg for relocating his hedge fund company to Dublin, Ireland, a country in the EU and part of the Eurozone single currency. This move has come as a surprise to many considering the Tory MP for Somerset has been on record as saying that a no-deal scenario should not be ruled out with regards to the Brexit negotiations.

Corbyn, singling out hardline Brexiteers, remarked: "Mr Speaker it's very interesting that even those Brexiteers who have made Brexit their life's work are concerned about their own financial interests.

Jun 28 07:02

Ireland to discuss bill banning Israel settlement produce

Ireland’s parliament will discuss a bill promoting a ban on Israeli settlement goods next month, after a postponement in January, reported Haaretz.

In a tweet posted yesterday, Irish Senator Frances Black announced “on July 11th, my bill to ban illegal #SettlementGoods is in the Seanad”.

Black added: “We’re close to a historic move for justice in #Palestine, but I need your help! Plz take 2m to ask your TDs & Senators to support the bill.”

Jun 27 15:26

'Within a Year, We'll See if a United Europe Still Exists'

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wants to prevent any more migrants from coming to Italy and is skeptical of Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to come up with a joint European solution. DER SPIEGEL spoke with him in Rome.

Jun 27 11:59

Sweden's 'Neo-Nazi' Party Support Surges As Immigrant Gang Violence Soars

Many Swedes were horrified in early 2017 when U.S. President Donald Trump linked immigration to rising crime in Sweden, but an increasing number now agree with him.

Amid soaring crime rates, gang violence, complaints about education, and pregnant mothers even being turned away from maternity wards due to a lack of capacity, resentment in Sweden has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years.

Jun 27 11:45

Italy orders seven boats with 1,000 migrants on board to go back to Libya days after turning away another ship carrying 234 people

Italy is seeking to have seven boats carrying roughly 1,000 migrants needing rescue off Libya taken back to North Africa, according to a Spanish aid group.

Proactiva Open Arms, which has rescued thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean, said the Italians want the Libyan coast guard to conduct the rescues and return the migrants.

Proactiva said in a tweet that Italian coast guard authorities who coordinate rescues sent out advisories to all ships in the area but told the aid group: 'We don't need your help.'

In a tweet on Sunday, hard-line interior minister Matteo Salvini said: 'It's right that the Libyan authorities intervene, as they've been doing for days, without having the NGOs interrupt them and disturb them.'

Jun 27 11:43

Dutch parliament approves partial burqa ban in public places

MPs in the Netherlands have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ban on wearing face-covering Islamic veils in some public places, including schools, hospitals, government buildings and on public transport.

The rule – which will outlaw all face coverings including ski-masks and helmets – was approved by 132 members of the 150-seat house.

It will now go before the Senate, where it must be approved before becoming law.

Jun 27 07:26

"You Are Unbalanced": Hungarian Foreign Minister Shuts Down Enraged BBC Reporter Over EU Migration

The newly emboldened populist wave sweeping Europe has begun to clash with establishment EU "open border" advocates, as governments opposed to illegal mass migration dig their heels in and resist the influx of mostly North African migrants.

Europe has been sharply divided over asylum seekers - however words turned to action in early June when Italy's brand new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, closed Italian ports to Non-Government Organizations (NGO) ferrying migrants into the country. The rest of Italy's populist coalition government supported the move, fending off condemnation from "hypocritical" French President Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders.

Perfectly capturing the current rift between populism and progressivism in Europe, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó got in a spat with BBC presenter Emily Maitlis on Monday while trying to explain why his country opposes an open-border policy.

Jun 27 07:24

Holland bans Islamic veils and 'face-covering clothing' as senator declares the move 'the first step to de-Islamize the Netherlands'

The Netherlands has approved a limited ban on 'face-covering clothing' in public places, including Islamic veils and robes such as the burqa and niqab.

Firebrand far-right politician Geert Wilders had pushed for the ban for over a decade.

Parliament's upper chamber made the final approval in a vote Tuesday. The move does not include the hijab, which covers only the hair.

Jun 27 07:22

Britain's Brexit divorce bill could be £10billion higher than the government claims, MPs warn

The Government has admitted UK taxpayers will have to pay up to £39bn to the Brussels budget for decades to come.

But the Public Accounts Committee have warned that the bill could be up to £49bn by the time all bills are settled and urged Theresa May to come clean about the bill.

Jun 27 07:20

Joint Military Force: 'EU Attempting to Solve Something That's Broken' - Prof.

Sputnik: How significant will the creation of the European Union intervention force be?

Beatrice Heuser: It's an attempt to salvage something that is breaking, breaking quite horribly and that is an attempt to salvage British participation in European defense which was at the very beginning of the European defense integration. Let me remind you that it was Britain in 1948 that was the first to try and bring some form of European integration which would've included social, political, economic and defense cooperation.

Jun 26 18:13

Sweden's far-right eyes election gains as gang violence rises

A surge in gang violence has stirred anti-immigration sentiment before an election in Sweden, putting a far-right party on course for big gains in one of Europe's most liberal countries.

Dozens of people have been killed in the past two years in attacks in the capital Stockholm and other big cities by gangs that are mostly from run-down suburbs dominated by immigrants.

In the latest bloodshed, three men were shot dead and three were wounded outside an internet cafe in the city of Malmo on June 18. A fourth man was shot dead days later and another ma

Jun 26 15:31

Is The EU Closer To Recognizing Crimea As Russia?

The ECHR’s admission of 60 claimants as Russian nationals raises the spectre of Europe’s final recognition of the Crimea as an integral part of Russia.

Today we have confirmed reports that the European Court for Human Rights has finally admitted the status of 60 claimants regarding land issues, as Russian nationals. Natalia Poklonskaya, deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, in fact told journalists this very same thing today during a reception in Sevastopol.

Jun 26 11:21

HELICOPTERS, 100S OF AUSTRIAN SOLDIERS & POLICE OFFICERS TAKE PART IN MIGRANT 'DETERRING' DRILLS

Hundreds of Austrian soldiers and police were involved in a border protection exercise that simulated containing migrants amid fears neighboring Germany might begin to turn away new arrivals trying to cross their frontier.
Austrian authorities deployed 600 police, 400 soldiers and two Black Hawk helicopters on Tuesday in an exercise which simulated arrival of hundreds of migrants on the country’s border with Slovenia, local media reported.

"A state that in the worst case cannot protect its borders loses its credibility," Interior Minister Herbert Kickl of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) told reporters, as cited by Reuters. “I am determined that events like those of 2015 must not occur again. And that is exactly the message we want to send from here.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, George Soros; I have the perfect solution for Europe's migrant crisis. Just dump every single illegal immigrant on to any and every property you own.

You're welcome, Sir!

Jun 26 11:19

EU TO FORMALLY MOVE ON CREATION OF MILITARY INTERVENTION FORCE

After agreeing on military cooperation in 2017 when 25 bloc members signed a defense pact, a smaller circle of EU members are going to take formal steps to create the European Intervention Initiative.

This force is designed for responding to natural disasters, crisis intervention or the evacuation of Europeans.

France’s Defense Minister Florence Parly has told the French newspaper Figaro that her country, Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal are to sign a letter of intent for the creation of a joint military intervention force on June 25.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, an army answerable to Brussels, to threaten the EU member states.

Jun 26 10:40

Car rams into top Dutch newspaper headquarters causing massive fire

A van has crashed into the head office of Dutch daily newspaper De Telegraaf in Amsterdam and burst into flames. The driver is still at large. Police say it was deliberate, but no one was injured.

The paper’s headquarters in the Basisweg area of the Dutch capital was hit by a white delivery van driving at high speed around 4am local lime (2am GMT) on Tuesday. The crash smashed the front windows of the building and caused a massive fire.

The flames were at least 14 meters high, according to a police spokesman cited by De Telegraaf. Photos published on social media show the firefighters battling the massive blaze, which was quickly extinguished, local media reported.

Jun 26 10:39

Massive Gains for Salvini’s Anti-Mass Migration Lega Party in Italian Elections

Candidates backed by Matteo Salvini’s anti-mass migration League (Lega) party have surged ahead of the competition in Italy’s municipal elections, confirming public support for his tough stance on NGOs ferrying migrants across the Mediterranean.

Salvini, who serves as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior in the new eurosceptic, populist coalition government between nationalist Lega and the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement (M5S), took to Facebook to herald the “historic wins for the League in towns that have been administered by the left for decades: THANKS!!!”

“The more the left insults us, the more the citizens reward us,” he added, possibly in reference to Lega wresting control of several key strongholds of the establishment Democratic Party (PD), which formed the previous government.

Jun 26 10:35

'Sky-high' executive salaries slammed by Swiss unions

A 2013 referendum that aimed to rein in sky-high executive salaries in Switzerland has failed to bring about the desired results.
That’s the conclusion of studies published by two of Switzerland's largest unions recently.

The research into executive salaries by unions Unia and Travail Suisse come five years after Swiss voters overwhelming backed an initiative which handed shareholders the final say on the compensation packages of CEOS and board members, making Switzerland the only country in the world where this is the case.

Jun 26 10:05

Spain refuses docking to migrant rescue ship

Spanish authorities said they will not admit the Lifeline rescue boat with some 230 migrants on board to its ports. Spain cannot become “the sea rescue organization for all of Europe,” Spanish Economic Development Minister Jose Luis Abalos said, commenting on the issue, as cited by Deutsche Welle. The decision came after the vessel had already been turned away by Italy and Malta. Earlier in June, Spain accepted another migrant rescue ship called Aquarius in a similar situation.

Jun 26 10:01

EU Says Patriotic Nations Must ‘Pay the Price’ for Refusing Migrants, Backs Macron’s Call for Sanctions

The European Commission has backed Emmanuel Macron’s call for sanctions on EU nations refusing to resettle third world migrants, asserting that countries must be made to “pay the price” for membership of the bloc.

Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said that central and eastern European nations “have a vital need of Europe”, asserting it is “not legitimate that nations which refuse to show solidarity would continue receiving a similar proportion of EU funding”.

“Europe is not well,” lamented the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs on Monday. “Britain is leaving us, we suffered an economic crisis which continues to do damage, we are seeing governments with parties on the extreme right.

“The rise of nationalism is a challenge for Europe,” he told French broadcaster BFMTV, adding: “We must reinvent [the EU] and refresh the notion of solidarity. We need to reinvent Europe, reinvent the notion of solidarity.”

Jun 26 09:58

Over 45% of EU's Leading Businesses Cut Investment in UK Ahead of Brexit - Poll

More than 45 percent of leading European businesses have curtailed their investment in the United Kingdom ahead of the pending Brexit, a survey by the Baker McKenzie multinational law and consultancy company, issued on Monday, showed.

The report "Brexit and Business: The EU Outlook" looks into the impact of Brexit on 800 businesses of six major EU markets, such as France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland.

"[A total of] 46% of respondents from EU27 businesses say that their company has reduced investment in the UK," the report said.

Jun 26 09:55

IN DEPTH: The shifting sands of Sweden's immigration debate

In 2014, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's speech calling on Swedes to "open their hearts" to asylum seekers could have been read as just another chapter in Swedish openness to immigrants. Four years on, it is far more difficult to imagine a leader of the country's biggest parties using the same rhetoric in their efforts to win the 2018 election.

Jun 26 09:01

EU admits: Jihadist terrorism has cost economy hundreds of billions

In a new report prepared by the RAND Corporation for the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the European Union (E.U.) acknowledges what many national security experts have been arguing for years:

This Cost of Non-Europe report argues that since 2004, terrorism has cost the EU about €185 billion in lost Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and around €5.6 billion in lost lives, injuries, and damage to infrastructure. It is argued that terrorism also harms trade, foreign direct investment and tourism (with immediate but often short-lived consequences in this latter respect), as well as transport[.] ...

In most Member States, law enforcement activities have clearly focused on jihadist groups and individuals, as illustrated by 718 of 1002 arrests for terrorist offences across the EU in 2016 related to jihadist violent extremism. According to Europol, in the same year, jihadist attacks accounted for almost all reported terrorism-related fatalities and most of the casualties.

Jun 26 07:07

EU and Western Sahara: The Hassle and the Controversy!

On Monday, June 11th of 2018, the European Commission adopted an agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between Morocco and the European Union (EU) in order to grant preferential tariffs to products originating from occupied Western Sahara, particularly agricultural and fisheries products. This agreement will serve as an amendment to the Association Agreement between Morocco and the EU if later adopted by the European Parliament. The Moroccan authorities have been plundering the natural resources of Western Sahara for many decades with the complicity of several foreign firms and the support of Western powers, such as France and Spain who only run after their own benefits and personal interests.

Jun 26 06:32

OPCW may gain right to apportion blame for chemical attacks

An extraordinary session of member-states of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) initiated by the UK is starting in The Hague on Tuesday. At the meeting, western countries might attempt to empower the Organization to apportion blame for incidents with the use of chemical agents. Russia considers the proposal self-defeating as it creates a temptation for western countries having a huge influence on decision-making in the Organization, to manipulate its opinion. "Once the OPCW’s role turns from that of an expert involved in technical conclusions on circumstances of incidents with venomous agents into a prosecutor, all without consent of members of the organization regarding this transformation, it may totally undermine its credibility and open a question of the level of impartiality of its decisions.

Jun 26 06:16

Efforts to create isolated NATO, EU 'security islands' doomed to failure

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko at an annual security review conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Tuesday: "Today, NATO and EU countries need to answer one question: what security architecture they perceive: divided, in confrontation with Russia, or united, in joint work with it on common threats. The attempts to build security islands either around NATO or the European Union in the current condition will fail. Unfortunately, multilateral formats are so far used not to restore confidence but to exert pressure on Russia, including by restricting dialogue. These days, only a lazy person does not speak about the need of de-escalation, the prevention of dangerous military incidents and the prevention of ‘the wrong perception’ of the parties’ intentions.

Jun 25 18:54

World Cup outrage: England fans singing Brexit songs during Belgium clash face PUNISHMENT

ENGLAND World Cup fans have been warned not to sing songs about Brexit during this week's match against Belgium by FIFA bosses.

Football's governing body said the FA could be punished if Three Lions fans are caught signing pro-Brexit chants during Thursday's match.

Jun 25 18:50

European Parliament’s committee vote for rule of law action against Hungary

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee voted Monday for launching action against Hungary over allegations that Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government is breaching the EU’s fundamental values. The committee voted Monday for a report that recommends triggering an “Article 7 procedure” amid concerns about judicial independence, media freedoms and the harsh treatment of migrants in Hungary, AP said. The full assembly must still endorse the move for it to happen. The procedure could result in Hungary losing EU voting rights. However, this is unlikely because Poland, which is also facing Article 7 action launched by the EU’s executive Commission, would probably veto it.

Jun 25 18:49

Britain signs up to Macron military pact

THE Ministry of Defence has signed up to a new European military force.

The European Intervention Initiative was formally launched yesterday at a ceremony in Luxembourg after being proposed last September by France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who argued for a European force that could act independently of Nato and the US.

He said Europe needed to be able to provide a rapid military response to possible conflicts on its borders. Defence minister Earl Howe joined counterparts from France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal in signing a “letter of intent”, supporting the multinational alliance.

Jun 25 11:34

Aquarius migrants in Spain throw away towels and clothes donated by the Red Cross

On June 24th several Facebook users criticised the fact that many migrants from the Aquarius boat had thrown away clothes and towels donated to them by the Red Cross.

The clothes were found in a dumpster in Cheste’s Educational Complex, where many of the migrants have been housed until they have finalised their asylum applications.

This, despite the fact that the very first night in Spain, some migrants were spotted at a restaurant in Cheste paying for drinks using €100 bills.

Even the younger migrants, who were housed in a student residence in Alicante as we previously reported, were spotted going out to party on their first night, despite Liberal Spanish commentators stating that they were in “shock” and “traumatised” due to the crossing from Libya.

Jun 25 09:20

Hungarian PM: ‘The Spirit of Marx, Lenin, and the Re-Education Camps’ Lives on in the EU

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has warned that the EU’s hostile reaction to the success of anti-establishment parties shows that “the spirit of Marx, Lenin, and the re-education camps” lives on in Brussels.

Speaking at the unveiling of a monument commemorating victims of the Soviet occupation of Hungary, the Fidesz leader told listeners it was vital to remember “the continent-sized prison world of the Gulag: the lowest circles of Hell, where the rate of mortality sometimes reached 80 per cent – due to frost, hunger, ten, twelve or fourteen hours of hard physical labour every day, overcrowding, the lack of medical care and the brutality of guards”.

He took aim at those in Western Europe who “extolled Communism even after millions had perished under the heel of red dictatorships”, and lamented the fact that “to this day, the European Left continues to see Communism and its crimes in a peculiar, blurred light”.

Jun 25 08:43

Italy Leaves Merkel Stunned, Demands Europe Rip Up Existing Migrant System

In our preview of Sunday's now-concluded emergency EU meeting on refugee policy which the FT dubbed "The summit to save Merkel", we said that the German chancellor fate could be decided as soon as today should a newly populist Italy present a set of insurmountable demands on how to deal with Europe's migrant problem. And judging by the opening salvo, the odds of Merkel's political career just slumped after Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conti demanded the EU rip up its system for dealing with migrants, laying bare seemingly insurmountable divisions in the bloc over migration policy.

The hastily-gathered meeting, a segue to the formal EU summit scheduled for June 28 in which migration will be the key topic, was requested by Berlin as a chance for Ms Merkel to press for stronger powers for countries to send back asylum seekers already registered in another EU country: a key condition in an ultimatum that was handed to Merkel last week and which threatens her tenure as chancellor.

Jun 25 08:42

Italy Says "Arrogant" Macron Risks Becoming "Enemy #1" On Migration, Orders Ships To Halt Refugee Pickups

Italian officials are digging their heels in over EU migration after League leader and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini branded French President Emmanuel Macron "arrogant" for trying to downplay Europe's migration crisis, while Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said that Macron risks making France Italy's "number one enemy on this emergency" in a Saturday Facebook post.

Jun 25 07:59

Will Bulgaria’s Anti-Migration Actions Be Backed By The EU?

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov is moving the country quickly into the front of EU states who oppose the EU’s present border and migration policies. Speaking ahead of today’s meeting of EU leaders on migration and asylum, the PM said that Bulgaria had, through its own efforts, shown that it could cope with the whole slew of pressures brought on about by the refugee crisis.

Borissov expressed satisfaction with the results that Bulgaria had achieved thus far, in protecting itself and EU’s external border. Credit was given to Bulgaria’s Border Police and Frontex. It was also emphasized that such a result would not have been possible without an agreement with Turkey.

Jun 25 07:49

'More than 50' Tory MPs prepared to defy Theresa May to stop no-deal Brexit

More than 50 Conservative MPs would defy Theresa May to block any attempt to crash Britain out of the EU without a deal, a former Cabinet minister says.

The prime minister would be thwarted by her own MPs if she tried to carry out her threat to pursue a “no-deal” exit if the negotiations fail, The Independent has been told.

A “humble address” – the tactic employed successfully by Labour to force the government to release the notorious 58 Brexit economic assessments – would be used, it was suggested.

Jun 25 07:45

Transatlantic Link Breaking Down: Ex-French PM Urges Europe to Rethink Alliances

Former Prime Minister of France Jean-Pierre Raffarin believes that the security and stability of the Eurasian continent should be guaranteed by a group of four countries: France, Germany, Russia and China.

Europe "is experiencing an internal process of disintegration following Brexit, and facing increasing instability in the outside world," Raffarin said in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche.

"The transatlantic link is breaking down. This should prompt us to review our geostrategic alliances, in the interests of our own security and peace," he noted, emphasizing that President Trump's policy was calling the US-European alliance into question.

Jun 25 07:45

EU Turns Into Scattered Archipelago Failing to Find Migration Solutions - Rome

The migration crisis threatens the European Union with the break-up and has already turned the bloc into a scattered archipelago consisting of multiple islands amid its inability to find common solutions, Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said in an interview with the Messaggero newspaper.

"Those who believe that the migration crisis poses a huge threat to the unity of the European Union are dramatizing but may turn out to be prophets. The risk of Europe’s break-up exists. Disagreements among groups of states, difficulties in finding common solutions and making joint efforts may have even more erosive effect that the 2012 financial crisis … [Europe] has turned into an archipelago consisting of multiple islands. The ability to reach compromises, share opinions and practically cooperate has deteriorated," Milanesi said.

Jun 25 07:44

Merkel Says Undocumented Migrants Should Have 'No Choice' of Asylum Country

On Sunday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker convened what he called an "informal working meeting" on migration issues, with all interested EU member states invited to participate

Undocumented migrants should not have the right to choose a country, where they will request for asylum, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

"On the one hand we cannot abandon the countries accepting refugees, because it would mean that they should deal with all the problems on their own, that it was not a common decision. But on the other hand, illegal transporters and refugees cannot chose on their own, in which European state they will request for asylum," Merkel told reporters on Sunday after the meeting.

Jun 24 08:03

French Military Laughs at Idea of Joint European Forces – French Professor

The creation of a joint European military force is again on the agenda after talks between French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. While France's top army official has stated that much progress has been carried out on the matter, French professor Christophe Réveillard told Sputnik that it plagiarizes the NATO system.

As soon as talks between French and German leaders came to an end on June 19, France’s minister of defense, Florence Parly, stated there’d been progress in building up the joint European defense system. Sciences Po and Sorbonne professor Christophe Réveillard has overturned her optimistic claims, saying the concept of a Europe-wide joint army is non-original and would copy NATO documents. According to the scholar, the current programs can be called fully European, as they imply cooperation among four countries at most. Réveillard told Sputnik that the production plan of the defense industry doesn’t apply to the whole European Union.

Jun 24 07:55

France is ‘NUMBER ONE ENEMY’: Italy blasts ‘arrogant’ Macron for causing EU EMERGENCY

ITALY has launched a furious attack on “arrogant” French President Emmanuel Macron warning that France risks becoming its "Number 1 enemy" on migration issues, a day before European leaders meet in Brussels for a hastily arranged meeting on the divisive issue.

Jun 24 07:54

Macron Threatens Sanctions Against EU States That Turn Migrants Away

According to the French president, financial sanctions should be introduced against EU members that refuse migrants who have proven asylum status.

Speaking to reporters Saturday at a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Macron stressed that Paris could not accept a situation where "countries that benefit massively from EU solidarity" give in to "national self-interest when it comes to the issue of migrants."

Jun 23 10:06

‘EVERYDAY CENSORSHIP’ PROPOSED THAT SHOULD ENRAGE US ALL

When one of the creators of the Internet as we know it today (not you Al Gore!) voices their discontent with the latest overstep of power towards full throttle censorship, you know it’s serious business.

Tim Berners-Lee, best known for his work helping to create the World Wide Web, along with other Internet pioneers, have penned an open letter opposing the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) who voted earlier this week in favor of a plan to force publishers to automatically remove any content that appears to violate copyright.

The Independent reports this means “memes, mixes, sampling, and even reuse of news and parliamentary footage, will get caught up and deleted without warning.”

Publishers will be expected to monitor all their content uploads and check for copyright material and remove it immediately, and ostensibly by doing so automatically, as outlined in Article 13 of the proposal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... Which is precisely what the EU hopes to accomplish with Article 13.

Jun 23 09:55

Hungary: It’s Now a Criminal Offence to Aid Invaders in Any Way

The Hungarian Parliament has passed the set of laws known as the “Stop Soros” package which criminalizes any activities which support illegal immigration—including legal and physical aid of any sort.

Jun 23 08:44

Clinton Slams Putin as "Leader of Movement That Wants to Break Up EU"

Former Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin as a leader of a movement that seeks to break up the EU. The comment comes despite Moscow’s numerous statements that Russia wants to see the EU become a strong and independent partner.

Clinton gave a speech at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, as she received a honorary degree from the institution Friday.

Speaking to an audience of mostly Irish students, she slammed both US President Donald Trump and Putin.

"Vladimir Putin has positioned himself as the leader of an authoritarian, white supremacist and xenophobic movement that wants to break up the EU, weaken America's traditional alliances and undermine democracy," Clinton said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; she's gonna run again in 2020.

Jun 23 08:43

Italian Deputy PM: Very Existence of United Europe to be Decided Within the Year

Ahead of the EU summit at the end of June, where the latest disagreements within the bloc over migration policy are expected to be on the agenda, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has lambasted Paris for “lecturing” Rome and resisted Germany’s plans to turn away refugees which have been registered in other countries.

The leader of the Italy’s Euro-sceptic League party, Matteo Salvini, who was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister at the beginning of June, has warned that the future of the European Union is at stake in an interview with the German weekly news magazine Spiegel. According to the top Italian official, the upcoming talks on the joint budget and the results of the European elections, scheduled for 2019, will show if the whole creation “has become meaningless.”

"Within a year, it will be decided whether a United Europe will still exist or not," Salvini told the German media outlet.

Jun 23 08:42

Now even Tony Blair lectures the EU on tackling immigration to stem the growing influence of hard-line leaders

Tony Blair yesterday told the EU to overhaul its approach to immigration to stem the growing influence of hard-line leaders.

The former Prime Minister said the bloc faced an ‘insidious and dangerous challenge’ that would be worsened by ignoring concerns about immigration.

His intervention comes despite his decision not to introduce border restrictions to new EU countries in 2004 being blamed for fuelling anti-immigration sentiment in the UK.

Jun 23 08:41

Infighting and boycotts mar Brussels mini-summit called by Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker

EU leaders are preparing for a mini-summit in Brussels tomorrow called by Germany’s Angela Merkel and Brussels chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

The event, to be attended by 17 EU leaders, has already been thrown into chaos after Italy accused France and Germany of trying to impose proposals.

The flare-up unfolded after Mr Juncker’s chief aide Martin Selmayr penned a draft statement on behalf of leaders due to attend.

Jun 23 08:36

All Disquiet on Western Front

The US-led NATO military alliance earlier this month committed to a major escalation in force buildup on Russia's western flank. The development underscores Russia's long-held concern that the 29-member alliance is inevitably moving dangerously on a war footing.

At a summit in Brussels, June 7, defense ministers from NATO countries gave the go-ahead for a new, vast mobilization of troops, navy and air forces which would spearhead through eastern Europe up to Russia's western borders. The initiative encompasses two new NATO command centers, one based in Norfolk, Virginia, on the US eastern seaboard, and the other at Ulm, in Germany.

The stated purpose is to expedite transatlantic coordination of NATO forces of up to 30,000 troops, 30 aircraft squadrons and 30 large warships, deployable within 30 days.

Jun 23 08:32

Bulgarian PM Vows to Press for Closing EU External Borders for Migrants

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said Friday that he would exert efforts to close external borders of the European Union for migrants with the only exception being people fleeing military conflicts.

"I will insist on the adoption of an immediate decision for closing the EU’s external borders and admitting only people fleeing war," Borissov was quoted as saying by the Focus information agency.

It is necessary to keep refugees in special facilities located outside the European Union, the politician stated. According to the Bulgarian prime minister, the protection of borders is more important than the protection of refugees.

Jun 23 08:32

Council of Europe Urges Hungary to Repeal Part of 'Stop Soros' Bill Harming NGOs

The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe urged Hungary on Friday to repeal the key provision of the so-called Stop Soros initiative, Article 353A, as it criminalizes, among others, lawful help to migrants.

"As it criminalizes the initiation of an asylum procedure or asserting other legal rights on behalf of asylum seekers, it entails a risk of criminal prosecution for individuals and organizations providing lawful assistance to migrants … It should be repealed," the commission said, as quoted in the press release.

It is noted that these lacks of "requisite precision" may harm legal work of the NGOs.

"The Hungarian provision … unfairly criminalizes… ‘preparing or distributing informational materials’ or ‘initiating asylum requests for migrants.’ Criminalising such activities disrupts assistance to victims by NGOs, disproportionally restricting their rights as guaranteed under Article 11, and under international law," the press release added.

Jun 23 08:20

TRUMP'S TRADE WAR CAUSES EU MELTDOWN - EU IS IN BIG TROUBLE - EARL OF DARTMOUTH & FARAGE DEFEND US

Jun 23 08:19

Hungarian PM Speaks - Merkel Not Happy

Jun 23 08:18

Priceless: NATO Members Look Less Than Thrilled When Trump Calls Them Out For Slacking on Defense Spending

Earlier today President Donald Trump visited the newly unveiled NATO headquarters in Brussels, where he gave a much anticipated speech.

During his remarks, Trump pointed out 23 of 28 NATO member countries aren't paying the required two percent of GDP to sustain the alliance and took a shot at the cost of the fancy new building they were all standing in.

"The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia and on NATO’s eastern and southern borders. These grave security concerns are the same reason that I have been very, very direct with Secretary Stoltenberg and members of the Alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense," Trump said.

Jun 23 08:18

An EU Army to face Russia? Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Juncker? - Nigel Farage

Jun 23 03:27

Multi-Decade Outsourcing Boom Comes to Sticky End in the UK

After scandals, collapses, and the government’s off-balance-sheet debt.

Jun 22 16:07

Number Of Terrorist Attacks In Europe Has Doubled – Europol Report

The number of terror attacks carried out by radical islamists in Europe has doubled in the last year, according to a newly released report.

Jun 22 09:05

Swedish Farmers Slammed as 'Racist' for Flag Image in Support of Football Squad

To support their national football team during the ongoing World Cup in Russia, Torpshammar natives Per Johan Andersson and his wife Katrine created a vibrant image of a national flag made of hay sacks and posted it on Facebook. While welcomed by thousands of buoyant Swedish fans, the image also inspired "anti-racists" to fill the comments section with hatred against the farmer and his wife.

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