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Sep 19 18:35

‘Immigration is not a human right’: Hungary slams ‘pro-migrant’ UN officials for ‘spreading lies’

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has accused the UN human rights watchdog of “spreading lies” about his country, saying that immigration was not a “fundamental human right.”

The official took aim at the “independent experts” with the UN Human Rights Council, stating they “should not be independent from the truth.”

“Recently, unfortunately, some UN officials started to spread lies against and about my country,” Szijjarto told the UN body’s meeting on Wednesday.

Such officials would like to “force on us impossible things,” namely allowing illegal migrants into the country, Szijjarto stated. “They say that migration is a fundamental human right, which is a lie,” he stressed.

Sep 19 12:38

Sweden: Anti-Immigration Party Becomes Kingmaker

Swedish police received more than 2,300 reports of potential crimes linked to this year's election, including voter intimidation and threats of violence against property or persons. An international team of observers found irregularities in 46% of the polling stations visited. The team expressed particular concern over the lack of secrecy in voting. Swedish authorities allow more than one voter (normally from the same family) to enter the polling booth together, ostensibly to ensure that the more literate family member can assist the less literate ones to correctly fill in the ballot paper.

"We are concerned about the significant level of family voting where women, older voters and the infirm can be guided or even instructed how to vote by another family member... We feel this may be a way of suppressing some voters from freely choosing their own choice." - Statement on the Swedish election from Democracy Volunteers,election observers.

Sep 19 11:24

‘UK must SUFFER!’ Angela Merkel makes shocking Brexit attack

ANGELA Merkel was quoted as saying “the UK must suffer a little bit” in the Brexit negotiations, the same day Theresa May warned MPs that if her Chequers proposal is not supported in the House of Commons the UK will face a "no deal" Brexit.

Sep 19 09:20

Spain Becomes Migrant Hotspot | Border Wall Stormed | Socialist Government Encouragement

Sep 19 09:13

Poland Offers US $2 Billion to Establish a Permanent Military Base

Visiting the White House on Tuesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda reiterated Poland’s offer to pay $2 billion to the US if President Trump establishes a permanent military base inside Poland. Duda argues it is needed as a bulwark against Russia.

This is not a new offer, though Duda’s visit gives it a lot more attention. Polish Defense Ministry officials announced the offer back in May, saying they want a US armored division and are willing to defray some of the construction costs of the base.

In reality, the cost putting a US armored base in Poland on a permanent basis is going to be several hundred million dollars per year, and while Poland’s cash may make the initial move into the country cheaper, it will quickly be another costly mission for the US with no end in sight.

Sep 19 05:59

‘Hell on Earth’: MSF doctor tells RT of rape, violence, inhumane conditions in Lesbos refugee camp

One toilet for over 70 people, rape, and mental health issues – a doctor from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and an aid worker told RT about the dire conditions in the overcrowded Moria refugee camp in Greece.

The overcrowded camp on the island of Lesbos, built to accommodate 3,100, houses around 9,000 people. "It's a kind of hell on Earth in Europe," Dr. Alessandro Barberio, an MSF clinical psychiatrist, said, adding that people in the camp suffer from lack of water and medical care. "It is impossible to stay there," he said.

According to Barberio, asylum seekers are subjected to violence "during night and day.""There is also sexual violence" which leads to "mental health issues," he said, adding that all categories of people at the camp may be subjected to it. "There is rape against men, women and children," and the victims of sexual violence in the camp often have nightmares and hallucinations, Barberio told RT.

Sep 19 05:09

NATO's 5,000 warplanes ready to bomb Russia, Chinese media say

The United States of America is used to exercising control over the Russian Federation in cooperation with Europe. However, EU countries have had a plethora of problems lately, and the US will have to count on its own forces in the event of an open military confrontation with Russia. A recent article published on Chinese publication Jinri Toutiao said that the Russian government is confident and correct in its actions. The Kremlin does not even think to obey Washington, nor does it follow the path of aggression. Russia acts solely in its own interests and in the interests of national security, the Chinese publication said. However, the United States follows a completely different path of behaviour. The number of NATO bases in countries of Eastern Europe, such as Poland or the Baltic States, has been growing during the recent years. According to official data, there are several thousands of NATO soldiers and more than 100 tanks in Eastern European countries.

Sep 19 04:52

Russian peacekeepers should stay in Transnistria until conflict settled — Moldovan leader

Russian peacekeepers should not be withdrawn from the unrecognized republic of Transnistria until the conflict is ultimately settled, Moldova President Igor Dodon said on Tuesday. "I stand for keeping the current peacekeeping operation on the Dniester banks in place until a lasting and viable political solution to the Transnistrian problem is reached," he said in an interview with the Moldova-1 television channel. "Peace in the region was restored thanks to this peacekeeping operation," he recalled and voiced criticism of those politicians "who come out with statements on the need to withdraw Russian peacekeepers in a bid to please certain people across the Atlantic." Transnistria, a largely Russian-speaking region, broke away from Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Its relations with Moldova’s central government in Chisinau have been highly mixed and extremely tense at times ever since then.

Sep 19 04:47

Moldovan president calls on government to resign

Moldovan President Igor Dodon has called on Pavel Filip’s government, formed by the ruling Democratic Party of Moldova, to resign in order to call an early election to the parliament, he wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, commenting on the reshuffling in the cabinet of ministers declared yesterday. "I don’t understand why changes should be introduced to the composition of the government with just months left before the election. The people want this government and the parliamentary majority to leave for good. If the Democrats did hear the citizens, they would have dissolved the parliament long ago and declared an early election in order not to drag feet until February," the Moldovan president noted. "I’m waiting for the entire government to resign, the parliamentary election to be held and a new parliamentary majority and a new government to be formed," he concluded...

Sep 19 04:43

Trump can stop Nord Stream 2 project, says Polish president

Polish President Andrzej Duda told the Polish TV on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump can make a decision that would bring the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project to a halt. "The decision is in the US president’s hands," Duda said when asked whether an opportunity existed to stop the implementation of the Russian project. "I hope that the president will make this decision." The Polish leader, who met with his US counterpart earlier in the day, said the Nord Stream 2 project would not benefit the United States, because large volumes of Russian gas on the European market would pose a threat to the sales of US liquefied natural gas there.

Sep 18 15:37

European Union Ready To Break Up

Sep 18 15:27

EU encourages migration by offering large social benefits, why would the flow stop? – Putin

The flow of migrants arriving in European countries is unlikely to stop until the EU itself addresses the issue and reviews its policies, which effectively “encourage” immigration, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

The European Union should address immigration and should not expect the problem to somehow fix itself, Putin said on Tuesday, following talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Moscow.

“If one encourages migration with large social benefits and other bonuses, why should this flow ever stop?” the Russian president said. “Yet it’s up to our colleagues in Europe to decide for themselves what is better for Europe and Europeans.”

Sep 18 15:26

Trump mulls idea of permanent US military base in Poland, says Warsaw ‘likes it very much’

US President Donald Trump is eyeing a permanent military presence in Poland, saying the country “likes the idea very much.” Warsaw had stated earlier it was ready to pay up to $2 billion to have a US military base on its soil.

“Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland, and certainly it's something we'll discuss,” Trump said on Tuesday while speaking at the White House before meeting his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.

Poland “likes the idea very much,” according to Trump, who has been looking at the prospect of putting a permanent military base in Poland “very seriously.” Duda’s statements at the Tuesday briefing indicate Warsaw is indeed more than eager to have a permanent US base on their soil.

Sep 18 09:39

Orban’s Moscow visit a middle finger gesture to EU after last week’s humiliation

Russian President Vladimir Putin is reviled as an enemy of the West in general, and of the EU in particular, and yet Hungarian Prime Minister Orban continues to conduct “business as usual” with the master of the Kremlin.

The “salon des refusés” of political dissidents in the EU is getting bigger by the day. Less than a week after his government was condemned in a vote in the European parliament, Orban is in Moscow for talks about energy with Putin. His visit to Russia is the political equivalent of giving the EU the finger following last week’s humiliation.

Sep 18 09:38

Hungary wants Russia's Turkish Stream pipeline to be extended into Europe – Orban

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has asked Russia to extend the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline to his country and further into Europe.
Orban, who is on a visit to Moscow, broached this potential project during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. "It's no secret that Hungary wants the pipeline that's being built near the south of the country, to go through Hungary,” Orban said. The countries have also agreed a gas delivery service from Russia to Hungary for 2020.

Sep 18 09:31

A European Court Just Ruled NSA Surveillance Practices Violate Human Rights

A European Court Just Ruled NSA Surveillance Practices Violate Human Rights
The suit was brought by Amnesty International, Big Brother Watch, the ACLU, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and other civil liberties groups.

Sep 18 09:19

Disobedient Hungary: From the Soviet to the European Union

CNN recently discovered a paradox. How was it possible, they asked, that in 1989, Viktor Orban, at the time a Western-acclaimed liberal opposition leader, was calling for Soviet troops to leave Hungary, and now that he is Prime Minister, he is cozying up to Vladimir Putin?

For the same reason, dummy.

Orban wanted his country to be independent then, and he wants it to be independent now.

In 1989, Hungary was a satellite of the Soviet Union. Whatever Hungarians wanted, they had to follow directives from Moscow and adhere to Soviet communist ideology.

Today, Hungary is ordered to follow directives from Brussels and adhere to the EU ideology, a k a “our common values”.

Sep 18 08:26

Even The Exiled Dalai Lama Agrees: "Europe Belongs To Europeans"

"Is the Buddhist spiritual leader a white supremacist, an inveterate racist or even a closet Nazi? Only a very misinformed person would suggest such a thing..."

Sep 17 10:15

Jean Cloude Juncker na szczycie NATO 2018

Sep 17 09:27

CREDIT SUISSE LAMBASTED BY FINANCIAL WATCHDOG OVER FIFA MONEY LAUNDERING

Switzerland’s financial supervisor FINMA says one of the country’s largest banks, Credit Suisse, failed to properly oversee its anti-money laundering procedures for FIFA, as well as Brazil’s and Venezuela’s state oil companies.
According to the regulator, the banking multinational showed serious “deficiencies” in its attempts to counter illegal financial activities when dealing with soccer’s ruling body FIFA, Brazilian oil corporation Petrobras, and Venezuela's state energy company PDVSA.

“To combat money laundering effectively, every relevant department within the bank must be able to see all the client's relationships with the bank instantly and automatically,” FINMA said, adding that some progress had been made so far.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from most financial institutions.

Sep 16 18:15

Animated Map: 2,400 Years of European History

Sep 16 12:19

No Chance Berlin Will Buy US LNG, Regardless of Trump’s Efforts – German Media

The US president has criticized European nations, specifically Germany, for continuing to buy Russian natural gas and supporting the construction of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline. Trump suggested that the EU should buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US, despite it being more expensive.

Germany is unlikely to buy the LNG that Washington has offered it as an alternative to Russian gas as Berlin doesn't need it, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt wrote on September 13. The newspaper wrote that the only reason that the German chancellor would be interested in US LNG would be to appease US President Donald Trump ahead of crucial trade talks between the US and the EU.

Sep 16 12:19

Finnish President Tells German Media That He Does Not See Russia as a Threat

President Vladimir Putin has praised Finland’s security policy for providing the “optimum model for guaranteed and sustainable good relations for nonaligned countries.”

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto does not consider Russia a threat. In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine, he said that Russia has no reason whatsoever to attack Finland, that’s why he has no desire to join NATO.

“I don’t think Russia will invade the Baltic States. Neither has it any intention to attack Finland,” Niinisto noted.

Sep 16 09:59

Russian Embassy in Bern Slams Newspaper for Anti-Russia Reports Devoid of Facts

The new article published in the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger with allegations against Russian diplomats again lacks facts, just as it was with its previous two publications about Russians, the Russian Embassy in Switzerland said Sunday.

"We regret to note that groundless and unsubstantiated attacks against Russia continue to emerge from the tireless Swiss journalists from Tages Anzeiger. As with the two previous publications by the authors, the Sunday article on Russian diplomats in Switzerland is characterized by the absence of any facts, as well references to secret documents that no one saw and probably no one wrote," the Russian diplomatic mission in Bern said in a statement on Facebook.

Such publications undermine Russian-Swiss relations, the embassy noted.

Sep 16 09:53

Hungarian FM responds to slander from the European Union

Sep 16 00:46

Georgian official dismisses reports of experiments on humans in Georgian lab

Georgian Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze dismissed as "absurd" reports of experiments on humans in the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center near the Georgian capital Tbilisi. "The reports about secret tests on humans in the [Lugar] center are baseless and absurd. The laboratory works in the regime of transparency, its doors are open for foreign scientists and experts," Abashidze said in an interview with the Georgian Public Television. "In order to ensure the center’s transparency, the laboratory will host an international seminar with the participation of experts and specialists from almost 20 countries," the Georgian official added.

Sep 15 11:43

EU Nations Consider Clearing House to Avoid Iran Sanctions

The big stumbling block with EU companies continuing to trade with Iran is financing. US threats to punish companies involved in such trade have scared away a lot of banks, despite EU assurances that they will protect companies.

This clearing house would aim to avoid banks, and money changing hands across borders, entirely. One European company could pay the clearing house for imported Iranian oil, and the clearing house would give that money to another EU company providing goods or services to Iran.

While the US theoretically wants to sanction all trade with Iran, particularly oil imports, they have limited options to punish a European company whose business is to buy Iranian oil, or European industrial firms with projects inside Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This attempt to deprive Iran it's oil revenue.... was never fully thought through.

So what is President Trump going to do when he realizes that the EU is not going to comply with sanctions, declare war on them?!?

Given his proclivity for preferring war over negotiations, I have to wonder.

Sep 15 10:59

It's Unclear Whether EU Will Fall Apart, But Change is Coming – US Investor

Change is coming, Charles Ortel, a Wall Street analyst, told Sputnik, commenting on the growing discontent with Brussels policies among Europeans and the increasing popularity of nationalist conservative parties. According to the analyst, the EU's swollen bureaucratic apparatus remains a stumbling block in the way of Europe's development.

Sep 15 10:39

Why is Europe still funding occupation profiteer Ahava?

The European Union has broken its commitment to cease funding firms based in Israel’s illegal settlements.

Five years ago, the EU issued a policy paper stating that Israeli companies were not eligible to draw down subsidies if they had been set up in the occupied West Bank.

One such company, the cosmetics maker Ahava, has nonetheless managed to participate in Horizon 2020, the Union’s latest program for scientific research. It is benefitting from a $4.5 million EU-funded scheme on using nanotechnology to develop new skin care products.

Ahava is headquartered in the settlement of Mitzpe Shalem. Like all Israel’s settlements in the West Bank, Mitzpe Shalem has been constructed in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

There can be no doubt that Ahava is based there.

Sep 14 11:08

UK Mass Surveillance Ruled Unlawful in Landmark Judgment

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) today ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached the Article 8 right to privacy enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.

Sep 14 10:39

EU Increasing Size of Military by 700 Percent

Sep 14 09:44

Four Belgian Political Parties Call for Banning of Pro-Sharia Islamist Party

Four political parties are pushing forward laws that could prohibit the pro-sharia Partij Islam ahead of Belgium’s upcoming municipal elections.

The Independent Federal Democrat Party (DEFI), the right-wing Reform Movement (MR), the Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH), and the Socialist Party (PS) have announced a proposal to ban parties “whose aim is to threaten public liberties”, which may include the Islamist party, Le Point reports.

The party gained notoriety earlier this year after its founder, Anderlecht municipal councillor Redouane Ahrouch, declared: “Our goal is a one hundred percent Islamic state.”

Sep 14 09:43

Hungary: EU Sanctions Vote is ‘Petty Revenge’ for Proving Migration Can Be Stopped

Hungary has received the backing of its anti-mass migration allies in Poland and the Czech Republic following a vote of censure in the European Parliament, which the Central European country’s foreign minister has denounced as “petty revenge”.

“Today’s [European Parliament] decision is the petty revenge of pro-migration politicians,” declared Péter Szijjártó.

The Hungarian suggested that the EU establishment was seeking to make an example of Hungary, which was subject to an Article 7 vote, which could see the country stripped of its voting rights.

This is because Viktor Orbán’s government “proved that there is no need for migration and migration can be stopped” and this angered pro-migration politicians, in Szijjártó’s estimation.

Sep 14 09:43

'Little Mussolinis': EU chief angers Italy with comment on rise of far right

The EU’s top economic official has voiced fears that “little Mussolinis” might be emerging in Europe, drawing a furious response from Italy’s far-right interior minister who accused him of insulting his country and Italians.

Pierre Moscovici, a Frenchman who is the European Union’s economics affairs commissioner, said the current political situation, with populist, far-right forces on the rise in many nations, resembled the 1930s when Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Italian fascist chief Benito Mussolini were in power.

Sep 14 09:33

Nigel Farage destroys Eurocrats at the 'show trial' of Viktor Orban

Sep 14 09:30

Hungary Attacked by the EU and 1 Evil Woman

Hungary Attacked by the EU and 1 Evil Woman

Judith and the EU take aim and Hungary and Viktor Orban with article 7 sanctions.

Sep 13 17:54

Bulk Data Collection By NSA and GCHQ Violated Human Rights Charter, European Court Rules

By Aaron Kesel

GCHQ surveillance revealed by Snowden breached privacy rights, according to Strasbourg judges.

GCHQ’s methods for bulk interception of various online communications violated privacy rights and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards, the European court of human rights ruled in a 5-2 ruling

The court found that GCHQ’s “bulk interception” violated article 8 of the European convention on human rights, which guarantees privacy due to “insufficient safeguards” relating to the “communications data.”...

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 12:00

Turkey's Latest Power Grab: A Naval Base In Cyprus?

The possibility of a Turkish naval base on Cyprus does not bode well for the chances of a Cyprus reunification deal, particularly after the breakdown of the July 2017 peace talks, which were suspended when "Turkey had refused to relinquish its intervention rights on Cyprus or the presence of troops on the island."

Turkey has 30,000 soldiers stationed on Cyprus, the northern part of which it has illegally occupied since 1974.

"If Greek-Turkish tensions escalate, the possibility of another ill-timed military provocation could escalate with them... Moreover, such a conflict might open up an even greater opportunity for Russian interference." - Lawrence A. Franklin.

Sep 13 11:19

'Our ABSOLUTE solidarity!' Italy backs Orban as Hungary's EU voting rights under threat

ITALIAN MEP Mario Borghezio gave his support to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as MEPs voted to trigger the Article 7 process against Hungary – threatening to strip the country of its voting rights.

Sep 13 10:47

Polish Leader Says EU ‘Imaginary,’ has Little Relevance

Poland’s president came under heavy criticism from political opponents Wednesday after he called the European Union an “imaginary community” of little relevance to Poles.

Andrzej Duda is aligned with the ruling Law and Justice party, which has been in conflict with the EU over an overhaul of the Polish judicial system which Brussels sees as violating the rule of law.

“When our affairs are resolved, we will deal with European affairs,” Duda said in a speech on Tuesday. “For now let them leave us alone and let us fix Poland, because this is the most important thing.”

Sep 13 10:34

Axel Voss’s JURI Report on Article 13 Would Violate Internet Users’ Fundamental Rights

Last week, the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee of the European Parliament voted in favour of Rapporteur MEP Axel Voss’s proposal on Article 13 of the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The saga surrounding this infamous text is however far from over. A group of MEPs are currently challenging the JURI version of the proposal through the so-called rule 69c procedure. This means that on the 5 July at 12:00, the plenary of the Parliament will vote on whether the JURI report provides an acceptable basis to start “trilogue” negotiations with the Council. This will be a yes/no vote. If the EP decides to vote against the JURI mandate, every MEP will be able to file an amendment to the JURI report in the next plenary session in September. This would allow for Article 13 (as well as the equally contested Article 11) to be reworded.

Sep 13 10:34

Guy In Charge Of Pushing Draconian EU Copyright Directive, Evasive About His Own Use Of Copyright Protected Images

As Mike reported a couple of weeks ago, Voss offered a pretty poor defense of his proposals, showing little understanding of the Internet. But he made clear that he thinks respecting copyright law is really important. For example, he said he was particularly concerned that material is being placed online, where "there is no remuneration of the concerned author." Given that background, it will probably come as no surprise to Techdirt readers to learn that questions are now being asked whether Voss himself has paid creators for material that he has used on his social media accounts:

Sep 13 10:33

‘Serious breach’ or ‘blackmail’: What's EU Article 7 & why has it been used against Orban's Hungary?

What is the sinister-sounding Article 7?

The article – one of eight - is part of the Treaty on European Union, which serves as its equivalent of a constitution, and has existed in various forms since 1992. It is a mechanism for internally punishing any of the 28 states that pose “clear risk of a serious breach” of the “values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.”

While it cannot be used to expel an EU member, a country can be stripped of its voting rights, and turned into a humiliated outcast at every European meeting. More likely, any specific proposed sanctions would incentivize changes to avoid that fate.

Sep 13 10:32

Poland Is Deathly Afraid Of Contracting The EU's "Social Diseases"

Polish “gray cardinal” Jaroslaw Kaczynski warned how his country could be infected by the EU’s “social diseases”.

The influential politician was speaking at his party’s convention over the weekend when he reaffirmed Poland’s commitment to remaining in the EU, though with the important caveat that this “doesn’t mean we should repeat the mistakes of the West and become infected with social diseases that dominate there.”

He didn’t specify exactly what he meant by this, but it can safely be assumed that one of the chief socio-religious ideologues of the EuroRealism movement was referring to the bloc’s policy of so-called “open borders” and attendant lack of interest in assimilating and integrating civilizationallydissimilar migrants, the normalization of non-traditional sexual relations such as homosexuality and other practices, and possibly also the liberalization of abortion laws.

Sep 13 10:31

EU VOTES TO BAN MEMES

The EU Parliament voted by a margin of 2:1 today to adopt Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive, a stringent copyright restriction that has the potential to ban memes. MEPs were made to vote again after having voted to reject it in July. Sound familiar?

Article 13 requires web companies to automatically filter out any copyrighted content, from songs to videos to even pictures. Say goodbye to your favourite gifs, movie stills, or other potentially copyrighted material on any social network.

Sep 13 10:14

Paris Mulls Developing New EU Security Framework Involving Russia - French Envoy

Paris wants to cooperate with Moscow on a number of issues, including in the UN Security Council, despite the existing differences between France and Russia, French Ambassador to Russia Sylvie Bermann told reporters on Thursday on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).

“President Macron is holding a very honest dialogue with the Russian party … At the same time he finds it very important to develop relations between Russia and the European Union, between Russia and France … We have some differences but even if we disagree on some issues, Russia is a very important partner in the UN Security Council and it is very important to boost this dialogue,” the ambassador said.

Sep 13 09:40

Swedish election: centre-left coalition leads after all votes counted

The centre-left coalition is Sweden's largest bloc by a razor-thin margin after the preliminary election result was revealed on Thursday afternoon.
Just one seat separates the two main blocs in the initial result, with the votes set to be counted again and double checked before the final result is announced on Friday.

Sep 13 09:38

‘Catastrophic’: EU Passes Copyright Directive Including Internet ‘Link Tax’ and ‘Upload Filter’

The European Parliment has passed a controversial copyright directive that contains provisions which force tech giants to install content filters and sets in place a potential tax on hyperlinking.

The bill was passed in a final vote of 438 – 226 and will need to be implemented by individual EU member states.

Critics of the directive have been laser-focused on two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13, which they have dubbed the “link tax” and “upload filter.”

Sep 13 07:00

Ambassador: EU Is Against Member States Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinian ambassador to the European Union (EU) Abdul Rahim al-Farra denied on Thursday reports that the Czech Republic intends to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, stressing that the EU opposes such a move by individual member states.

He told Voice of Palestine radio that until now there is no official confirmation regarding this issue, pointing out that there were assurances from the Czech foreign ministry that the embassy will not be moved to Jerusalem.

Farra said the European Union, especially its foreign service represented by Federica Mogherini, had called on all EU member states not to move their embassy to Jerusalem because such an act would affect the peace process and the two-state solution, adding that the EU does not have any information about moving the Czech embassy.

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Sep 12 09:40

‘Petty revenge’: Hungary blasts MEPs for supporting punitive measures against Budapest

Hungary’s foreign minister has fired back at the EU parliament decision to trigger Article 7, which can lead to sanctions against Budapest over its immigration policies, branding it the “petty revenge” of pro-migrant politicians.

“Today’s European Parliament decision was nothing but a petty revenge of pro-immigration politicians against Hungary,” Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said during a news conference in Budapest on Wednesday.

“The decision was made in a fraudulent way, and contrary to relevant rules in European treaties.”

Sep 12 09:37

1mn march for Catalonia's independence as referendum anniversary nears

Around one million people have taken to the streets of Barcelona to demand Catalonia's independence from Spain and call for the release of jailed secessionists.

Photos showed a sea of people walking through a six kilometer (3.7 mile) stretch of the city, most of whom were dressed in the colors of the Catalan separatist flag, known as the "estelada."

Sep 12 09:36

Catalonia separatists gather in Barcelona to boost independence bid on ‘Diada’ anniversary

Separatists began gathering in Barcelona on Tuesday to celebrate Catalonia’s commemorative day and boost its bid for independence. The event is expected to draw hundreds of thousands onto the city’s streets. Catalan leader Quim Torra and his predecessor Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Brussels, have urged a big turnout to show continued support for a split from Spain, Reuters reports.

Sep 12 09:36

‘You condemn us because we are not a nation of migrants,’ Orban tells EU before sanctions vote

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a fiery speech to European lawmakers in Strasbourg, before they began deliberations on suspending the country’s key EU rights due to his government’s policies.

Orban accused the “pro-migrant majority” of having “already made up their minds” to invoke the European Union Treaty’s Article 7 against Hungary, for its treatment of migrants and minorities, and the ruling party purported abuse of the law and suppression of media freedoms.

“Hungary will not accede to this blackmailing, Hungary will protect its borders, stop illegal migration and - if needed - we will stand up to you,” said Orban, who was re-elected with an overwhelming majority in April.

Sep 12 01:36

'Crusaders' of Ill Repute: Browder, Menendez, Khodorkovsky

The recent call by the UK's Prime Minister Theresa May for a new round of sanctions against Russia will most likely fall on a fertile ground in the US the EU. But as political passions easily sweep away any "pro-Russian" dissent in both the British parliament and the US Congress, one important question remains: are these sanctions (especially the individual ones) legal? Can someone be deprived of private property simply because a certain president or a certain parliament decides to do so? Making any particular distinction between the standings of the US and the EU on Russia is simply unwise: any hopes for normal treatment from the EU do not have factual basis behind them. On the negative side with the EU, according to the UN's Special Rapporteur, we have the fact that the EU chose to lose $100 billion on sanctions against Russia. On the positive side with the EU, we have empty words on some "dialogue" with Russia.

Sep 11 18:04

‘You condemn us because we are not a nation of migrants,’ Orban tells EU before sanctions vote

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a fiery speech to European lawmakers in Strasbourg, before they began deliberations on suspending the country’s key EU rights due to his government’s policies.

Orban accused the “pro-migrant majority” of having “already made up their minds” to invoke the European Union Treaty’s Article 7 against Hungary, for its treatment of migrants and minorities, and the ruling party purported abuse of the law and suppression of media freedoms.

“Hungary will not accede to this blackmailing, Hungary will protect its borders, stop illegal migration and - if needed - we will stand up to you,” said Orban, who was re-elected with an overwhelming majority in April.

Sep 11 10:43

'We Don't Need Lessons on Immigrants': Italian Minister Firm Against 'Biased' UN

Italian officials have issued a snappy comeback, when faced with an accusation from what they called a "pointlessly costly and badly informed" international organization.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he is considering ending the United Nations funding, after the newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, spoke of anti-migrant violence, reported in Italy.

Sep 10 08:05

Sweden Election: Populists Win Biggest Ever Vote Share, Ruling Leftists Have Worst Result in 100 Years

The populist Sweden Democrats have secured their biggest ever share of the public vote in Sweden, while the ruling Social Democrats put in their worst performance since 1908.

The Sweden Democrats took 17.6 percent of the vote, only slightly behind the establishment ‘centre-right’ Moderate Party, who slipped to 19.8 percent.

Meanwhile, the ruling Social Democrat Party gave their worst showing in a hundred years, while their Green Party coalition partners barely exceeded the 4 percent threshold required for any parliamentary representation at all.

Sep 10 08:05

Verhofstadt plans pan-European liberal alliance with Macron

European Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt said Sunday his group is ready to campaign together with French President Emmanuel Macron in next year’s European election and create a movement that will be a “pro-European alternative to nationalists.”

Verhofstadt’s liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament and Macron’s La République En Marche party would “keep their symbols,” he said. But “our objective is to create a decisive group in the future Parliament, and a tool to stop the nationalistic wave,” Verhofstadt told French daily newspaper Ouest-France.

But Christophe Castaner, the chief executive of La République En Marche, distanced Macron’s party from Verhofstadt’s comments. “We are not ready for an alliance,” he told Reuters on Sunday.

Sep 10 07:55

Sweden: Far-right surge in inconclusive polls

The immigration-averse and eurosceptic party secured 17.6 percent of the vote, up from 12.9 percent in the last polls four years ago. The results indicate that Sweden is headed for a hung parliament as one of Europe's most liberal nations turns right amid fears over immigration.

"We will gain huge influence over what happens in Sweden during the coming weeks, months, and years," Jimmie Akesson bragged to party colleagues.

The Sweden Democrats has been electioneering on a ticket of a freeze on immigration and Sweden’s departure from the European Union.

Sep 10 07:41

Italy’s ‘trump card’ with Russia and US ‘mission creep’ in Syria

Moscow and Rome plan to sign a number of trade and economic agreements during the upcoming visit to Russia by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Italian Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano told Kommersant.

"We have close economic ties with Russia, and during the prime minister’s visit plans are in store to sign some substantive trade and economic agreements. Of course, the two countries’ leaders will discuss key international issues, especially Libya's stabilization, in which we are extremely interested, and also Ukraine, Iran and the Middle East. We believe cooperation with Russia on all those issues will help us find solutions," he said.

Sep 10 06:00

How immigration killed off Sweden’s liberal dream as violence and uncertainty replace tolerance and stability

The open-door policy for refugees – with as many as 165,000 immigrants arriving in 2015 alone in a country of fewer than ten million – has radically changed the composition of big cities like Stockholm or Malmo. A survey by the respected Pew Research Centre predicts that if the high migration rates continue, 30.6 per cent of the Swedish population will be Muslim by 2050. Its researchers estimated the proportion in 2016 at 8.1 per cent.

Sep 10 05:55

The Buck Stops Here: Europe Seeks Alternative to U.S.-Dominated Financial System:

Germany and France complain that the U.S. is abusing sanctions power to bully even its allies.

In a sign of how serious the breach between Europe and the United States is during the Trump era, senior officials in France and Germany are increasingly planning ways to sidestep U.S. financial dominance and the global sanctions power that goes with it.

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Sep 10 05:48

Scissors-wielding man stabs postman, attacks passersby in Paris – reports

A scissors-wielding man in Paris has stabbed a postman in the throat and tried to attack other passersby, local TV channel reports. The attacker was reportedly tasered by police and arrested.

The incident took place in the 11th district of the French capital on Monday morning, France 3 TV channel said, citing police sources. The man has since been interrogated by police.

It comes less than 12 hours after a man, reportedly an Afghan national, attacked people with a knife and an iron bar at two separate locations in Paris. At least seven people were injured by the suspect, four of whom have been hospitalized and are in a serious condition, police said.

Sep 09 16:39

Sweden Democrats break through in parliamentary election, socialists remain biggest party

The Social Democrats achieved their worst result in a century, while the Sweden Democrats will have their biggest-ever faction in parliament following Sunday's election, according to results, with 99 percent of the votes tallied.

The center-left Social Democrats are in first place with 28.4 percent - 3 less than in 2014, the center-right Moderates follow them in second place with 19.8 - down 4 - and the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats are close behind with 17.6 percent. The party first made the Riksdag in 2010, and has boosted its vote by 5 percent in the last four years.

Sep 09 11:22

Sweden Democrats break through, socialists remain biggest party – election exit polls

The Social Democrats have achieved their worst result in a century, while the Sweden Democrats will have their biggest-ever faction in parliament, say exit polls released as voting stations in the Scandinavian country closed.

A survey published by TV4 15 minutes before the voting deadline of 8 pm, claimed that the center-left Social Democrats will have 25.4 percent of the vote, the center-right Moderate Party 18.4, and the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats 16.3.

But an alternative poll published by national broadcaster SVT, put the Sweden Democrats, which first entered parliament in 2010, in second place with 19.2 of the vote.

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