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Jun 18 09:18

German MEP reveals 'Bavarian revolt' could STOP EU's Brexit bullying amid threat to Merkel

THE Christian Social Union (CSU) in Germany may use Angela Merkel's imminent collapse to push for a softer approach to Brexit and block attempts to punish Britain for voting to leave.

Jun 18 09:13

US To Double Number Of Marines In Norway To Counter Russia, Before Massive Military Exercise

The Norwegian government intends to add another 400 U.S. Marines to Norway before the most significant military exercise since the Cold War this fall, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense.

Jun 18 08:27

EU Extends Sanctions Against Crimea Another 12 Months

The EU sanctions were introduced in 2014 amid a sharp deterioration in relations between Moscow and the West after Crimea rejoined Russia as a result of a referendum which had not been recognized by the EU member states.

The European Union has prolonged its territorial sanctions on Crimea and Sevastpol by one year, until June 23, 2019, the EU Council said in a statement on Monday.

Jun 18 08:23

Market Crashes: The Tulip and Bulb Craze (1630s)

When: 1634-1637

Where: Holland

How Much: This number is difficult to calculate, but, we can tell you that at the peak of the market, a person could trade a single tulip for an entire estate, and, at the bottom, one tulip was the price of a common onion. (Related: How To Avoid Emotional Investing)

Jun 18 08:22

END OF MERKEL would trigger 'uncontrollable' EU-wide break-up: Europe fears 'nightmare'

THE biggest threat to the EU is the imminent collapse of Angela Merkel's fragile coalition, which would lead to a Europe-wide breakup "in an uncontrollable way" according to a leading left-wing and pro-EU commentator.

Jun 18 08:20

Merkel gets two weeks to solve migrant crisis: Chancellor faces near-impossible task to get Europe-wide agreement if she is to hold on to power after coalition partners' ultimatum

Angela Merkel has been given just two weeks to find a Europe-wide agreement over the migrant crisis after receiving an ultimatum from her coalition partners.

The German chancellor is battling to hold on to power amid a bitter row with her allies, the Christian Social Union, over immigration.

Jun 18 08:06

Nigel Farage: Merkel is the past, Salvini is the future

Jun 17 21:14

Trump to Europoodles: “Roll Over. Bark. Beg…Crawl.: With a Korean Preface

I don’t get it. I know, I know, I’m just some mutt in Mexico with a computer, and easily puzzled. But…huh? Trump, we are told, pulled off a master stroke in Singapore. All the world reels at this astonishment. We see Talleyrand and Metternich rolled into one gorgeous taco. But…but….

Who did the doing, and who got done?

Jun 17 10:01

Kaspersky Lab halts European cybercrime work

Computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has halted all cyber-crime collaboration with European agencies and organisations.

The decision is in protest against a European Parliament motion which called its software "malicious".

Kaspersky Lab said the accusation was "untrue" and demonstrated a "distinct lack of respect".

The row comes after the US and UK took steps to remove Kaspersky software from some government systems.

Jun 17 08:59

Merkel Wants to Hold Urgent Summit With EU States on Migration Issues - Reports

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to hold an urgent summit dedicated to the migration crisis and to discuss this issue with a group of the EU member states, local media reported.

The Bild newspaper reported Saturday citing own sources in the leadership of several EU countries that Merkel would like to discuss migration-related issues with leadership of Austria, Greece, and Italy.

According to the media outlet, a final decision about the date of the summit has not been made yet, however it could take place later in the month.

Jun 17 08:52

Nosey neighbors: Austria demands Germany come clean on alleged massive state-level spying

Austria has urged Berlin to “clarify” allegations of large-scale surveillance conducted by German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in the early 2000s, following a damning report on German spying activities in Austrian media.
“There must be no such thing among friendly states,” Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, at an extraordinary press conference in Vienna on Saturday.

According to a report, published by Profil magazine on Friday, from 1999 to 2006 BND carried out surveillance operations based on some 2,000 so-called “selectors” – keywords for search, such as names, phone numbers, e-mails and others. The information on the spying activities is based on an internal BND database, provided by a German source, the report states.

Jun 16 17:52

UN's freedom of expression top dog slams European copyright plans

The campaign against a key aspect of new European copyright legislation has picked up a significant backer: the United Nations' freedom of expression expert.

David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur, has sent a lengthy letter to the European Commission outlining his concerns about Article 13 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive, which would require large internet platforms to introduce automated upload filters that remove copyrighted content.

Earlier this week, 70 internet luminaries including Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and Jimmy Wales warned that the proposal risked damaging "the free and open Internet as we know it" by shifting legal liability from users to platforms.

Jun 16 09:48

ISRAEL BOMBS SYRIA TO STOP REFUGEES FLEEING TO EUROPE, NETANYAHU SAYS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu openly discussed his nation’s military attacks on targets in Syria, describing them as measures that will prevent more refugees from fleeing to Europe.

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Suuuuuuuuuuure...

Jun 16 09:28

Pro-Brexit group calls for ‘Euromeddler’ Guy Verhofstadt to be ‘locked up’

Euroskeptic campaign group Leave.EU has accused Guy Verhofstadt of “rancid fake news” and called for him to be “locked up,” after the MEP claimed the group’s founder, Arron Banks, had “colluded” with Russia on Brexit.

Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit spokesperson, claimed in a tweet Wednesday that Banks had worked with the Russians to deliver Brexit and took a swipe at UKIP leader and prominent Brexiteer Nigel Farage, calling him one of “Putin’s cheerleaders.”

Jun 16 09:26

Macron Allegedly Pushes to Make French Dominant Language in EU Amid Brexit

With the UK leaving the European Union, the French President is aiming at a linguistic revanche. He aspires to put his native language to the forefront as the main means of communication in the EU, as it once used to be. The idea has found powerful lobbyists at the very top of the bloc.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has set himself on a linguistic crusade against the use of English in European Union institutions, as he aspires to restitute French domination with a number of measures, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Jun 16 09:25

Belgian Minister Hails Italy's Refusal to Accept Refugee Rescue Ship

Italy and Malta refused to grant access to a rescue ship Aquarius carrying over 600 migrants, which caused a Europe-wide row over the fate of the refugees aboard.

Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken expressed his support for Italy concerning the country's decision to deny entry in its port to Aquarius, ship carrying migrants rescued in the Mediterranean.

"It's good that Italy starts rejecting migrants and no longer allows them to come to Sicily," Francken noted as quoted by the Belga news agency.

Jun 15 08:12

The Jewish Lobby's Big Campaign Against Polish Identity

I commiserate with you, my Polish friends. It is very demeaning to be known not for the deeds of your ancestors, nor for mighty sword of Jan Sobieski that saved Vienna for Christendom, nor for the star lore of Copernicus, neither for the gentle muse of Mickiewicz and Chopin, but for something quite marginal for your culture and history, at least as marginal as Rastafarians are for the Brits.

Jun 15 07:34

A Norwegian MP Has Had Enough of Multi-Culturalism - But Who Is Behind It?...

Jun 15 07:21

These European Countries Are Refusing to Accept the Unchecked Influx of Migrants

Some overwhelmed countries have decided that enough is enough with regard to the open-door immigration policy.

They cite the refugees’ refusal to assimilate, increasing crime statistics (particularly against women), and no-go zones in which the migrants have banded together and created areas in which Europeans are not welcome.

Jun 14 16:19

After G7 Summit, Merkel Calls For European Rearmament

Following the collapse of the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada, the German government has intensified its campaign for trade war and military rearmament.

Only a few hours after US President Donald Trump announced via Twitter his refusal to agree to the G7 communique, Chancellor Angela Merkel (Christian Democrats, CDU) was a guest on the Anne Will talk show on Sunday evening. She described Trump’s decision as “sobering and depressing,” and appealed openly for a more independent German-European militarist great power policy.

Jun 14 16:04

Farage Attacks Verhofstadt For ‘Lie’ That He’s A Pro-Putin ‘Fifth-Columnist’ Trying To ‘Kill’ The EU

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is part of a pro-Vladimir Putin “fifth column” attempting to “kill” the European Union, the EU Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator said during a heated session of the body.

Jun 14 16:02

Is Europe Too Brainwashed

Judging from statements made by G-7 leaders at the recent meeting, President Trump’s application of US sanctions to Europe and disregard of European interests, just as Washington dismisses every country’s interests except Israel’s, has not caused Europeans to disassociate from Washington’s hostility to Russia.

Jun 14 12:41

"I Would Recommend You Panic" - Peso Pounded, Lira Lashed, & Rand Routed As EM Crashes

The big headline maker of the day so far is not stocks but the FX markets as the dollar index exploded to 8-month highs (second biggest daily gain of the year) after a dovish Draghi sent EURUSD tumbling...

Jun 14 10:06

Austria: Police and Army to Stage War Games at Border to Deter Horde of 80,000 Migrants

Police in the Balkans warned against an upswing in migrants, with an estimated 80,000 asylum seekers currently making their way through the region towards Western Europe. Austria’s right wing government will stage border defense war games. Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said the drill will show that his country is serious about stopping illegal immigration and that there will be no “waving people through and registering them” as their predecessors did, which encouraged and increased mass immigration.

Jun 14 09:23

Is Europe Too Brainwashed To Normalize Relations With Russia?

Judging from statements made by G-7 leaders at the recent meeting, President Trump’s application of US sanctions to Europe and disregard of European interests, just as Washington dismisses every country’s interests except Israel’s, has not caused Europeans to disassociate from Washington’s hostility to Russia.

Jun 14 09:15

Viktor Orban: Central Europe is in a period of great creation, we stand on the verge of a true central European renaissance

“Central Europe is in a period of great creation; we stand on the verge of a true central European renaissance,” he said.

Orban expressed thanks to Pellegrini for Slovakia’s help in border protection and for Bratislava standing in support of Hungary “in the midst of a great international storm”.

Commenting on bilateral relations, he said that after linking the gas pipelines of the two countries, work has now started to connect their electricity grids.

Jun 14 09:14

Swedish political leader: What you read about Sweden in alternative media is true, we are in a low-intensive civil war

It is very bad. What you read about Sweden on alternative news platforms is true. We are facing problems more severe than ever before in our history, where Swedes face a situation of being a minority within 20 years if nothing is done to stop the replacement of our people.

Jun 14 09:04

Verhofstadt & Van Rompuy Try To Dump Greek Debt on UK & Others - Enjoy The Backlash 24.02.2010

Jun 14 09:03

EU ERUPTS IN ANGER WHEN SPEAKER SCHULZ ATTACKS ANTI-EU MEPs - ENJOY THE BACKLASH-NOT ON MSM

Jun 14 08:51

Poland to Vote on EU Membership, Christian Heritage in Proposed Constitution Referendum

Questions on EU membership, support for the traditional family, and Europe’s “more than 1,000-year-old Christian heritage” have been included in referendum plans put forward by Poland’s conservative president.

President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday put forward 15 questions that citizens should be asked in a referendum planned for later this year, which will be the first vote of its kind for Poland since it joined the bloc.

Both domestic and international matters are covered in the issues Duda proposed Poles be consulted on in the wide-ranging referendum, which is set to give people a voice on whether to update the nation’s post-Communism 1997 constitution.

Presented by the president after a meeting with his advisory forum, the National Development Council, one question is on whether the nation’s constitution should be guaranteed primacy over European and international law and if it should anchor Poland’s EU membership.

Jun 14 08:49

CLAIM: Pro-EU Tory Ministers Met Soros-Funded Anti-Brexit Group

Three government ministers have met with the Soros-funded group Best for Britain, which is taking foreign money to fight to overturn the Brexit referendum, reports claim.

The anti-Brexit members of the government held a series of talks with the group as it attempts to push them and MPs to oppose Prime Minister Theresa May and her stated aim for the UK to leave the European Union (EU), The Telegraph reports.

The group has accepted hundreds of thousands of pounds from billionaire speculator George Soros, who campaigns for open borders and globalist integration, raising concerns about foreign interference in British politics.

Jun 14 08:46

‘Europe United’ could counter ‘America First’ – German FM Maas

Europe’s response to US President Donald Trump’s “America First” strategy should be “Europe United,” according to Germany’s foreign minister. In his first major policy speech since taking office, Heiko Maas said the EU should strive for a “balanced partnership” with the US, AP reported. This means working with Washington where possible, filling voids in areas where the US is withdrawing, and pushing back where America is seen to be crossing red lines, Maas said on Wednesday in Berlin.

Jun 14 08:45

WATCHING ITALY… AND AUSTRIA… AND GERMANY

I don't know about you, but for me watching events in Europe these days is putting quite a dent in my budget, as my popcorn is now being delivered on pallets. And the problem is that there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to it. For one thing, Germany, or at least some segments of its media, appear to be taking a "tough" position vis-a-vis the new coalition in Rome by referring to the "moochers" of Rome, according to this article shared by Mr. H.B.:

And in an unprecedented move, one story even has German troops moving up to the Brenner pass to help Austria police the border and prevent(!) refugees from streaming across the pass from Italy(article shared by Mr. T.L.):

And all this while the government of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is planning to expel some imams and close down some mosques in Austria for promoting radical Islam, and notably, the mosques have been tied to financing from ottomaniac Mr. Erdogan's Turkey(article shared by Ms. K.M.):

Jun 14 08:25

13.06.2018 - ANTI EU MEPS TAKE ON DUTCH PM – OVER BREXIT & SOROS -

Jun 14 08:15

The Myth of European Democracy: A Shocking Revelation

It’s an open secret that the “Soros network” has an extensive sphere of influence in the European Parliament and in other European Union institutions. The list of Soros has been made public recently. The document lists 226 MEPs from all sides of political spectrum, including former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, former Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt, seven vice-presidents, and a number of committee heads, coordinators, and quaestors. These people promote the ideas of Soros, such as bringing in more migrants, same-sex marriages, integration of Ukraine into the EU, and countering Russia. There are 751 members of the European Parliament. It means that the Soros friends have more than one third of seats.

Jun 14 08:14

Hungary Blasts EU Brexit Negotiator Guy Verhofstadt as ‘Reliable Soros Ally’

Hungary has taken the gloves off in its ongoing struggle with the EU over the forced redistribution of migrants, taking down European Parliament heavyweight Guy Verhofstadt in a pull-no-punches open letter.

The letter, penned by Secretay of State for Public Diplomacy Zoltán Kovács and addressed to “reliable Soros ally Guy Verhofstadt”, takes the Belgian MEP to task for his “recent Facebook rant”, in which he denounced the Hungarian government as “disgusting” for “targeting Mr. [George] Soros in person”.

Jun 14 08:11

Le Pen, Orban, Wilders among Kremlin’s ‘5th column’ hell-bent on destroying Europe, says EU bigwig

The EU Parliament’s Brexit chief has accused Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage and more Eurosceptic politicians of being Kremlin-funded “fifth columnists” working to destroy Europe from within. He even claimed Brexit was a Russian plot.

While addressing the EU parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian MEP and lead Brexit negotiator for the bloc, singled out Britain’s Nigel Farage, France’s Marine Le Pen, and Dutch MP Geert Wilders as “fifth columnists” who “take Kremlin money and intelligence”. The staunchly pro-EU Belgian then warned about a “circle of evil around our continent” stretching from “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and, on a bad day, –and that’s every day at the moment– even [US President Donald] Trump”.

Jun 13 17:19

‘It’s an invasion!’: UKIP leader blasts Brussels’ migration policy in the European Parliament

UKIP leader Gerard Batten has accused the European Union of blackmailing member states into accepting migrants from "Islamic countries", amid boos and jeers from fellow MEPs.

“You used the emotional blackmail argument of talking about helping defenseless refugee families. And yet, the reality is that the vast majority of these migrants are young men from Islamic countries,” said Gerard Batten, the head of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) on Wednesday while speaking in the European Parliament. “This is not immigration – this is invasion!”

He went on to say that, by giving in to uncontrolled migration, the EU leaders “turned many parts of Europe into foreign countries.”“Heroic struggles of the siege of Malta and at the gates of Vienna have now been replaced by abject surrender,” told Batten, referring to Ottoman assaults on the Mediterranean island and Austria’s capital in 16th and 17th centuries.

Jun 13 17:11

Anti-Migration Sweden Democrats Party Surges In Polls Amid EU’s Populism Wave

The poll, conducted for Sweden’s Expressen newspaper and published Monday, has put the Sweden Democrats in second place, with 21 percent of the vote, the highest score in the party’s history. The liberal Social Democrats, currently in a coalition government with the Green Party, are still in first place but polling at 23.1 percent.

The surge in popularity for Sweden Democrats is attributed to voters leaving Social Democrats for other left-wing parties, but also to the country’s open-door migration policy, which has been accompanied by a crime wave.

Jun 13 10:28

British and US firms frozen out of €13 billion European Defence Fund

Hopes by British defense firms to keep close links with the EU after Brexit were dashed on Wednesday after they were locked out of a new €13 billion European Defence Fund (EDF).

Designed to give EU governments greater “strategic autonomy” in defense procurement, the EDF aims to help European defense firms to research and develop indigenous technologies in areas such as cyber security and drone technology. Funds will be released from 2021-2027, including €4.1 billion for research and €8.9 billion for developing military capabilities.

Jun 13 09:12

'THE CHEERLEADERS OF PUTIN' VERHOFSTADT LAUNCHES FARAGE ATTACK IN EU PARLIAMENT RANT

The Belgian MEP shouted across the Strasbourg chamber at his British counterpart’s colleagues, suggesting he was part of a “fifth column” inside the European Union trying to destroy the bloc.

Mr Verhofstadt called for an end to cooperation with nationalist leaders, such as Italy’s Matteo Salvini, in order to protect the EU as it is today.

He said: “Inside the European Union we have a fifth column amongst us. I call them the cheerleaders of Putin: Farage, Le Pen, Wilders, and the friends of them are sitting here.

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The globalists are getting desperate!

Jun 13 09:08

FARAGE V VERHOFSTADT

It’s all kicking off between Nigel Farage and Guy Verhofstadt. The European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator has boldly accused Nige of taking Kremlin money:

Jun 13 09:07

Italy REFUSES to go to French migration meeting as Macron BLASTS 'irresponsible' Italians

EUROPEAN Union tensions are at breaking point after Italy threatened to cancel a major summit with France as Paris criticised an Italian decision to close its ports to a vessel carrying more than 600 migrants.

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Send that ship to France! That should make Macron happy!

Jun 13 09:01

Non-western asylum seekers to cost Dutch society billions, study shows

In contrast to what was told, migrants are far from economically beneficial for society. Research by mathematician Jan van Beek shows that admitting non-western asylum seekers into the country, results in high net costs for Dutch society, WNL reports.

In his research Van Beek tries to make a distinction between asylum seekers and migrants that come to work or study in the Netherlands. He sees a high dependence on benefits in the asylum seeking group.

Jun 13 08:59

BREXITERS INSIST THEY’VE NOT BEEN PLAYED, AS REMAINERS CLAIM WE’RE HEADING FOR EEA+

The government ‘won’ the meaningful vote amendment by conceding parts a) and b) of the Dominic Grieve amendment. Those sections say that if there is no deal by November 30 then the Commons must “approve” the “course of action”.

Remainers are briefing out that this means the EU will drag its feet until November 30, by which point parliament takes control of the negotiation, no deal is effectively off the table and the UK position is ultimately watered down to EEA+. If these tweets from two very clued up Brexit journalists prove to be correct, Brexiters have been totally played. We would be heading for the softest of non-Brexits.

Jun 13 08:24

Spanish City Oviedo Rescinds Invitation to Israeli Orchestra, Ballet Amid Support Surge for BDS

The Spanish city of Oviedo disinvited an Israeli orchestra and ballet group arguing “Israeli organizations are not wanted” in its premises in yet another victory for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Presentations by the orchestra and ballet group were scheduled for this autumn, in the city’s cultural program, but Monday an Israeli news site reported the cancellation over political reasons.

Last week, the city of Valencia approved a motion proposed by progressive party Podemos, to declare itself as an “Israeli apartheid-free zone,” becoming the largest city in the world to do so.

Jun 13 08:23

How Trump is killing America’s alliances

The story of the past few days in news has become clear: It was America versus its allies.

After President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un, Trump announced that he would be suspending joint military exercises — “the war games,” as he put it — with South Korea, as a gesture of goodwill toward the North. This seems to have come as a shock to America’s allies in Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office released a statement saying “we need to find out the precise meaning or intentions of President Trump’s remarks,” implying they had no idea this was coming.

Jun 13 08:15

WARNING: Donetsk Says Ukraine Plans To Massacre EU Delegation

The press service of the Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic has reported that Ukrainian forces are preparing a provocation in Donbass which threatens the lives of an incoming EU delegation.

According to the report, an EU delegation has been invited to Ukraine by President Petro Poroshenko, and will visit frontline areas in Donbass and Kiev from June 13-15 to study the humanitarian situation in Donbass.

The DPR’s ministry claims to have uncovered Ukrainian forces’ plans to use an Igla MANPAD to shoot down the delegation’s helicopter and blame the LPR and DPR.

Jun 13 08:14

Slavoj Žižek: EU must create a new world order to stop Donald Trump

While most other western leaders fiddle and seethe, Donald Trump powers ahead as bully-in-chief. A genuine new world order is the only way to stop him.
Trump’s impulsive decisions, such as his refusal to endorse the G7 declaration agreed upon in Quebec, are not just expressions of his personal quirks.

Instead, they are reactions to the end of an era in the global economic system, reactions which are sustained by an incorrect understanding of what is happening. However, Trump’s misguided vision is nonetheless based on the correct insight that the existing global system no longer works.

Jun 13 08:13

High Court Challenge to Article 50 'Totally Without Merit' UK Judge

A crowd-funded legal challenge to the British government's invoking of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, declaring Britain's intention to leave the European Union has been dismissed by the High Court. The case, spearheaded by former Swindon Liberal Democrat candidate Elizabeth Webster, had intended to halt the progress of Brexit negotiations between London and Brussels by claiming that Britain had not in fact formally declared its decision to leave. The challenge was identified by Ms Webster's legal representatives as a "public interest challenge."

Jun 13 08:07

Defiant Trump Ignites Trade War with Canada and G-7 Allies

Citing national security issues to get around WTO rules, Trump ordered tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports from Canada and EU countries. William Black and Gerald Epstein discusses the implications of these tariffs on the different economies

Jun 12 23:14

G-6? 7? 8? How About the Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight?

I have to say that as much as I don’t like the direction Trump’s foreign policy has gone, there are still plenty of moments of unbridled joy in watching the man work a crowd.

His suggestion of allowing Russia back into the G-7 is one of those moments. Trump has a nearly preternatural way of getting under the skin of his opponents. And this stink bomb was one of them.

It highlighted the divide between the G-7, one of the most important tools of control by the globalists, and Trump.

Jun 12 18:08

EU EXPANSION: Macedonia could join bloc after ending tense row with Greece over name

The tiny Balkan country has repeatedly tried to join the EU and Nato, but its attempts have been blocked by neighbouring Greece.

Athens officials had objected to the name Macedonia, fearing territorial claims on a northern Greek province of the same name.

But Greece and Macedonia have today reached a historic agreement to resolve the long-running diplomatic dispute.

The former Yugoslav republic will now be officially known as the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said the deal would pave the way for the nation's eventual membership of the EU and Nato.

Jun 12 17:59

Italy to do 'SAME THING' with other boats as Salvini demands France and UK STEP UP

Speaking to the press, Mr Salvini said: "Should there be other boats from other foreign ONGs with a foreign flag, we will do the same.

"Hadn’t we stopped this boat, where would it have landed? In Italy. And tomorrow it would have been the same and the day after it would have been the same.

"There will be other arrivals, obviously: I don’t have a magic wand, I am not Superman. I wanted to start a debate on a continental level and to prove Chancellor Merkel’s point that 'Italy was left alone, it can’t go on like this.’

"I wanted to involve those who were not involved like Spain and I’d like Malta to assume its responsibilities, proportionally to its territorial extension.

"I’d also like France to be involved, the UK to be involved. I’d like everyone to feel a bit like Italy."

Jun 12 17:56

Italy threatens to drop France summit over migration criticism

French President Emmanuel Macron, who had been criticized for not offering to take in the boat at a French port, broke his silence on the topic during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, denouncing the “cynicism and irresponsibility of the Italian government,” government spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux said at a press conference. Earlier, a spokesperson for Macron’s party, Gabriel Attal, said on a TV show that “the line of the Italian government is nauseating.”

The Italian government responded with a statement saying “Italy cannot accept hypocritical lessons from countries that in the migration field have always preferred to turn their head to the other side,” Italian media reported, adding that Rome is considering canceling a summit between Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday.

Jun 12 17:53

Italy’s deputy PM Matteo Salvini says turning away migrant boat is just the beginning as rescued 629 start three-day voyage to Spain

Salvini tweeted "Victory!" then said: "The game doesn't end today... It's the first important signal that Italy cannot handle this enormous burden alone.

"The problem was solved thanks to the big heart of the Spanish Government but the EU cannot keep depending on big hearts."

...

More than 1.8 million have entered Europe since 2014, with more than 600,000 arriving in Italy alone.

Jun 12 13:01

MPs Vote Down House Of Lords’ Brexit Amendment In Crucial EU Withdrawal Bill Vote

MPs have voted down the House of Lords amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which, if it had passed, would have given parliament the final say over Brexit negotiations.

This is essentially a win for Brexiteers who feared the change could be used to halt Brexit entirely.

Jun 12 11:51

As the G-7 Implodes, SCO Meeting Confirms the New Century of Multipolarity

At the G7 meeting in Canada in recent days, we witnessed unprecedented clashes between Trump and G7 leaders over the imposition of tariffs on trade. We must now conclude that the event has been relegated to irrelevance, as the G7 has heretofore derived its clout from speaking as one voice. Trump even went further, refusing to sign the final draft of the organization’s joint statement after Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau lashed out at Trump’s trade decisions. Trump showed how little he cares for his allies, leaving the summit a day early to arrive early for the meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore to make preparations for the long-awaited encounter between the two leaders.

Jun 12 10:55

PEPE ESCOBAR: PUTIN & XI TOP THE G6+1

All hell broke loose at the G6+1, aka G7, while the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) aimed at global integration and a peaceful multipolar order...

All hell broke loose at the G6+1, otherwise known as G7, in La Malbaie, Canada, while all focused on divine Eurasian integration at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in China’s Qingdao in Shandong, the home province of Confucius.

US President Donald Trump was the predictable star of the show in Canada. He came late. He left early. He skipped a working breakfast. He disagreed with everybody. He issued a “free trade proclamation”, as in no barriers and tariffs whatsoever, everywhere, after imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe and Canada.

Meanwhile, over in Qingdao, the stunning takeaway was offered predictably by Chinese President Xi Jinping; “President Putin and I both think that the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership is mature, firm and stable.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China are thinking long-term; American politicians cannot see their way beyond the next election cycle, and that will be this country's undoing.

Jun 12 08:41

Italy’s Populist League Dominates Municipal Elections Sunday

As the results of Italy’s municipal elections from around the country continue to pour in, the biggest gains are going to the anti-establishment League party, with its 5-Star partner suffering important setbacks.

Sunday’s mayoral elections involving 761 Italian municipalities and nearly seven million Italians—over 10 percent of the population—show a decisive victory for Matteo Salvini’s League (and with it, the broader centre-right coalition).

The League’s governing partner, the leftward-leaning, populist 5-Star Movement, showed unimpressive results and took just 6 percent of municipal posts, just three months after taking the largest share of the vote in national elections on March 4.

Jun 12 08:19

SUN, MAIL, TELEGRAPH WARN MAY

The Sun, the Daily Mail and the Telegraph look to be losing patience with Theresa May’s weakness on Brexit. In the last few weeks their leader columns and opinion pages have issued increasingly ominous warnings to the Prime Minister to change course. The Sun has repeatedly called on her to prepare for no deal and suggested she should be removed if she doesn’t get a grip. The usually ultra-loyal Mail has blasted her for allowing Brexit to drift. The Telegraph is talking about her leading Britain into a worst of all worlds Brexit.

Jun 12 08:13

How Eurosceptics Won the Day in Italy and Outplayed George Soros

A political compromise reached by Eurosceptic parties and the Italian president has prevented the country from rolling into crisis, Daniele Pozzati, an Italian journalist and political observer, told Sputnik, shedding light on the future of Russo-Italian relations and George Soros' potential steps towards the new government.

Jun 12 07:50

END OF NATO? GERMANY, FRANCE AGREE TO CREATE EUROPEAN ARMY

Both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have presented plans to reform the European Union. While there are many aspects that the two leaders agree, there are also some fundamental differences. Most significant of these is the agreement to create a European Army, the creation of an EU Monetary Fund, and a clamp down on immigration. FRN’s parent organization, CSS, has long forecasted the eventuality of European Army which would make NATO a redundant relic of an Atlanticist past.

Jun 12 03:28

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Jun 11 15:04

Italy faces another bond market crisis

Jun 11 12:38

May Could Be Ousted If She Loses Brexit Vote: Brown

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown has said Theresa May could be ousted if the government loses a key vote this week on its Brexit legislation, saying it could determine the premier’s future.

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