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Sep 07 22:25

It’s All About Russia

In the real world both Hillary and Wolfie sometimes visit, there is renewed enthusiasm for jumping on the hate Russia bandwagon.

Many issues characteristically beloved by Democrats are being raised to disparage Donald Trump.

Hillary, who has held nearly every senior government office that a human being can reasonably aspire to but the one she is currently lusting after, is unlike Trump only sufficiently deranged to kill people if they live somewhere in the third world and can’t do anything about it.

Sep 07 22:20

The Tide is Turning: The Official Story Is Now The Conspiracy Theory — Paul Craig Roberts

The question is: who are the real conspiracy kooks, the majority who disbelieve the official lies or the minority who believe the official lies?

In a few days it will be the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and this November 13 will be the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. These two state crimes against democracy destroyed American democracy, accountable government, and the Constitution’s protections of civil liberty.

Years after the damage done by these events the American people no longer believe the official stories. Neither does the government, but the government will never validate the distrust that Americans now share of “their” government by acknowledging the truth.

Sep 07 16:15

4mn-Strong Petition Forces MPs To Debate 2nd Brexit Referendum

MPs will debate calls for a second referendum on EU membership after a petition calling for a rerun of the vote amassed more than 4 million signatures—more than any other e-petition in the last five years.

The document calls on the government to hold a re-vote, citing the Leave campaign’s failure to win more than 60 percent of the ballots and noting that turnout was below 75 percent.

Webmaster addition: e-petitions are easy to rig.

Sep 07 09:18

Spain on COLLISION COURSE with EU: Finance chief blasts 'IMPOSSIBLE' budget demands

CRISIS-HIT Spain is on collision course with Brussels after rejecting a demand from Eurocrats to submit a draft of its 2017 budget within weeks.

Sep 07 09:00

‘Disappearing’ migrants on the rise in Switzerland

Over the past three months, up to 40 percent of migrants who told the authorities they wanted to claim asylum in Switzerland subsequently disappeared from Swiss reception centres.

Sep 07 08:58

Was Vienna airport hack attempt politically motivated?

A massive hacking attempt at Vienna’s international airport has triggered an investigation by the Interior Ministry. Austrian media raised the possibility that a political motive might be behind the crime, pointing the finger at Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How can they possibly know who is behind the hack?

Sep 07 08:32

BOOM! George Soros W2EU Group Is Giving Handbooks to Fake Refugee Invaders

Sep 06 16:49

Italy Just Banned Monsanto’s Top-Selling Herbicide From All Public Places

By Christina Sarich

Italy just put massive restrictions on the use of Monsanto’s probably carcinogenic herbicide, Roundup, just as studies suggesting it is more toxic than previously assumed come under public scrutiny.

Italy’s Ministry of Health has banned the spraying of the main ingredient in Roundup — glyphosate — in many public places that affect ‘vulnerable groups,’ including courtyards, gardens, roadways, sports fields, recreational areas, playgrounds, green areas outside of school buildings, and additional green spaces...

Sep 06 08:42

Liberal Sweden turns on migrants amid unprecedented rise in violence and sex attacks

The study claimed the previously welcoming country has now reached its tolerance limit following months of migrant violence, sexual assaults and the death of asylum worker Alexandra Mezher in January this year.

Sep 06 08:34

Le Pen Praises Brexit, Promises Frexit Referendum On EU

French National elections take place in two rounds of voting 2017. Marine le Pen is widely expected to be one of the final two candidates. Today she praised the UK for choosing their own destiny and repeated her pledge to have a referendum on France’s membership in the EU.

Sep 06 08:29

One Trillion Euros Spent & This Is What Draghi Has To Show For It

It's been 16 months since the European Central Bank began its voyage into the unknowable in March 2015, and as The FT notes, this week marks a milestone - it has now purchased over EUR 1 trillion in government (and corporate) bonds since it began QE. And despite utter crap like this from Nowotny: "monetary policy has proved more potent than thought," the big problem is - it's not helping the real world...

Sep 06 06:58

Liberal Swedes Turn Against Migrants as Rape and Crime Explode

The people of Sweden may have finally hit their breaking point.

A new poll shows that in just one year there's been a 26 point swing against taking in more migrants.

Sep 06 06:51

Police free four migrants hidden in car's false bottom

Spanish police freed four young African migrants found squeezed into a hidden compartment of a minivan with no ventilation at a border crossing from Morocco into Spain and arrested the driver, they said Monday.

Sep 06 06:50

Over 11,000 asylum seekers listed as crime suspects in Austria

While the number asylum seekers arriving in Austria has significantly dropped, the number having trouble with the law is on the rise. Some 11,158 were suspected of committing offences in the first half of 2016, compared to 15,236 in the whole of 2015.

Sep 06 06:41

Athens won’t get EU rescue loans after breaking reform promise

The European Union will not release a new bailout tranche to Greece in September, according to EU diplomats cited by the German daily Handelsblatt Global.

Athens has reportedly managed to implement only two out of 15 reforms previously agreed with its international creditors. Moreover, the country has slowed down the privatization process of its public assets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, we will NOT sell you the Parthenon!"

Sep 06 06:40

BLOODY MIGRANT CLASHES: Gangs of Afghan, Syrian and Iraqi youths fight at refugee camp

VIOLENT clashes erupted when gangs of Afghan, Syrian and Iraqi youths fought each other in a Greek migrant centre.

Sep 06 06:35

Popov on the G20: A Geopolitical Stalemate

Today, the G20 meeting in Huangzhou, China concluded. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent the day in very intensive meetings and negotiations. Let us briefly examine some of the issues discussed at the bilateral meetings.

Sep 06 06:34

Rasmussen: NATO to re-arm Ukraine, ''Lethal Weapons''

Former NATO Secretary General, Advisor to the President of Ukraine, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the West will give Ukraine lethal weapons in the event that Russia "destabilizes eastern Ukraine."

Sep 05 21:23

Fact-Check — Top 20 Lies in Hillary’s ‘Alt-Right’ Speech

In his book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!, Andrew recalled how he warned the Tea Party what lay ahead for them: “I said that they’d be labeled racists and hate mongers and violent criminals, that they’d be depicted as the dregs of society, people to be excluded from dinner parties because of their made-up closet KKK status. They were about to be targeted.”

Andrew added:

“They need to marginalize and demonize those that would stand up to their hardball, toxic, and antidemocratic tactics … But it won’t work. Given a fair hearing, given just the slightest exposure — and the American people will rise to the occasion. They see these tactics for what they are.”

Sep 05 14:19

No second referendum on Brexit, says newly-appointed minister

UK Brexit secretary David Davis says there will be no second referendum and that Britain will leave the European Union as planned.

“There will be no attempt to stay in the EU by the back door. No attempt to delay, frustrate or thwart the will of the British people. No attempt to engineer a second referendum because some people didn’t like the first answer,” he told UK MPs on Monday.

“Both sides of the argument must respect the result,” said Davis, who was addressing the parliament for the first time since he was appointed on July 13.

Sep 05 11:23

US Faces Major Setback As Europeans Revolt Against TTIP

France wants to halt thorny EU-US trade talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as President Francois Hollande underlined there would be no deal until after President Barack Obama leaves office in January. Matthias Fekl, the French minister for foreign trade, has said his country will call for an end to the deal. France has been sceptical about the TTIP from the start and has threatened to block the deal, arguing the US has offered little in return for concessions made by Europe. All 28 EU member states and the European parliament will have to ratify the TTIP before it comes into force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the TTIP and the TPP are dead in the water, at least until there is a transition to a new US president.

Obama's corporate masters will NOT be amused, that he proved impotent to push these trade deals through.

Sep 05 10:36

30,000 in danger as terrified expats and tourists are running for their lives from ‘arson’ blaze in resort near Benidorm Spain

More than 2,000 people including Brits had to flee their homes after “suspicious fires” were sparked in a holiday hotspot near Benidorm.

The blazes – feared to have been started by an arsonist – erupted in Javea, south of Valencia, where half of the 30,000 population were born outside Spain.

Those who live near where the inferno broke out were rushed to local schools, restaurants and hostels where it is believed they are still sheltering.

So far, at least 20 homes have been destroyed by the fire and Spanish media is reporting that the cause of the blaze is arson.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire, which they are describing as "suspicious"

Sep 05 09:26

Corruption in the European Union

EU corruption has historically taken a wide range of forms demonstrated so vividly with successive scandals in banking, tax avoidance, a host of malpractice and fraud cases to secretive TTIP negotiations that circumvents public interest needs. The result is that public support for the EU has been seriously undermined with 70 percent of Europe’s population believing corruption is now centred on politics and corporations.

Sep 05 09:11

US Preparing Electronic Warfare for 'Force-on-Force Conflict in Europe'

Having looked at the Russian military’s cyber warfare modernization, the United States rushed to develop similar capabilities that could be used in the event of a “large force-on-force conflict in a place like Europe.”

On August 11, the US Army announced the creation of the Army Rapid Capabilities Office to prevent “capability gaps” that have formed within the American military in recent years.

“Our adversaries are modernizing at a rapid rate, and in some cases, our capabilities are inadequate to keep up, to maintain our edge,” Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, who is in charge of the operations in the new office said in a statement. "We need to … make sure that they are offset from us, not the other way around.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And why and how have these "gaps" evolved?!?

Because the US weapons and electronics contracts procurement process is thoroughly incestuous.

The same weapons and electronics defense contractors who get the contracts, "lubricate" the political campaigns of congressional representatives who green light these contracts in the first place with generous donations .

How that generally translates, once equipment is field deployed, is that this equipment does not function as advertised; is hideously over budget; or, by the time it is field deployed, is already obsolete.

I am a Christian pacifist activist, who hates the idea of war as a way for the US government to resolve its geopolitical differences, and constantly exhorts this government to resolve disputes through hard-won, good faith negotiations.

That being said, when our military needs the best in weaponry and electronics possible, they should never have to do with anything less, period, end of discussion.

Sep 05 01:47

Sweden: Pediatrician Says Some Refugee 'Children' Are Actually 40 Years Old

A noted Swedish pediatrician says he's seen multiple refugee "children" who are actually 40 years old.

He says around 40 percent of those the authorities have classified as "children" are actually 20 to 25 and some are even in their forties.

Sep 04 16:47

Paris: Meet The New Tourists

Sep 04 16:36

May Warns Of 'Difficult Times Ahead' As Britain Leaves EU

Prime Minister Theresa May warns that there will be “difficult times ahead” for the UK economy as Britain moves to leave the European Union.

“We have seen figures giving some different messages in relation to the economy at the moment. I think the reaction of the economy has been better than some had predicted, post the referendum,” May told reporters Saturday as she traveled to the G20 summit in China.

Sep 04 15:58

Amazon and Starbucks pay less tax than sausage stall, says Austria

Amazon and Starbucks pay less tax in Austria than a local sausage stall, the country's Chancellor Christian Kern has said in a newspaper interview.

"Every Viennese cafe, every sausage stand pays more tax in Austria than a multinational corporation," Mr Kern told Der Standard.

"That goes for Starbucks, Amazon and other companies," he said.

Sep 04 12:01

The Importance for the USA to Join Hands with the World

If America truly believes in its “exceptionalism,” then it should, with supreme confidence, enter the world as an active participant, and not as a spoiled “bully in the school yard.”

Now that former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski has openly declared that the United States of America should abandon their quest for global hegemony, American leadership should take heed and amend their foreign policy objectives accordingly.

Sep 04 11:50

Muslim Press interviews American poet, writer, and columnist Gary Corseri

We live in an Age of Distractions--false premises, false promises.
‘Not only neocons but “neo-liberals” see no space between the interests of the US and Israel!’

Was the human race fated to make the same stupid mistakes over and over? War after war after war?

Sep 04 11:47

Uncle “Sham” Says Dance, And the Band Played On

As usual, I have much to absorb and learn….

Those political, Republicratic “Conventions” clarified nothing and–despite the glitter, sparkle, balloons and flags, the pledges of allegiance, hands over the Constitution &/or one’s heart, the pretty words and gruff challenges—they succeeded in confounding and bewildering.

And this is the US political scene now! A barrage of imagery and fantasies—onrushing and nearly exploding our heads… and the band plays on!

Look for substance, and you will not find it. It’s a mirage. A chimera. It’s smoke in your hands.

Sep 04 11:07

The Neocon in the Oval Office

Neoconservatives are wedded to war, death and destruction. It is the foundation of their policy and it dominates the culture that they have created.

If Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes US President, she will be the first neoconservative to actually occupy that office.

Israel and its supporters were inseparable from the neoconservative movement from the beginning.

Many neocons were already Zionist or pro-Zionist, and their support for aggressive militarism was largely indistinguishable from Israel’s own strategic plans.

To the extent that the neocon movement could sell Israel’s views as solidly American, it could bend the resources of the most powerful military on earth for Israel’s own ends.

Sep 04 09:56

Political Stunt: German Far-Right MP Wears Niqab To Parliament

The row in Europe over what Muslim women should or should not wear has been seized upon by a member of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Sep 04 08:31

Defiant Obama tells Britain it WILL be at the back of the queue for a US trade deal after Brexit as world leaders gather at G20 

Barack Obama has insisted the UK will have to wait for a trade deal with the US as he warned action is needed to stop the Brexit process 'unravelling' the special relationship.

The America president sparked fury during the EU referendum campaign by cautioning that the UK would go to the 'back of the queue' for a transatlantic deal if it voted to leave.

The comments, at a press conference alongside David Cameron in April, were roundly condemned as an intrusion into domestic politics.

Sep 03 07:56

Legend Issues Dire Warning About Deutsche Bank’s Failure To Deliver Gold

Egon von Greyerz: “The Deutsche Bank situation is not new and I have talked about it many times as you know. Deutsche Bank is bankrupt, but you must realize that they are an institution, and therefore the German government will not let Deutsche Bank fail before the country fails.

Sep 03 07:29

Hungarian anti-migrant campaign picks up speed ahead of vote

A month ahead of Hungary's referendum on European Union migrant quotas, the government's relentless anti-migrant campaign has become inescapable and shows no sign of letting up.

Sep 03 07:27

MIGRANT TRUCK ATTACKS IN CALAIS

Sep 03 07:26

Top Academic: Muslims Would Not Tolerate Multiculturalism in Islamic Countries

Professor Afshin Ellian has warned that bleats of “multiculturalism” are a one-way street as Muslims in Europe oppress historic minorities in their own lands and have no intention of showing “tolerance”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not even in Europe!

Sep 03 07:25

Charlie Hebdo Mocks Italy’s Suffering After Earthquake

Italians are up in arms over the most recent issue of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which ridicules the suffering of the Italians after the most recent earthquake that claimed some 300 lives.

An illustration in the August 31 issue depicts earthquake victims as different forms of Italian pasta, with blood representing tomato sauce and a layered “lasagna” composed of bodies caught amidst the rubble from the quake.

Sep 03 07:22

Putin: I dare you to open Pandora's box, but WWII is over

At the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 1st, Russian President Vladimir Putin once again slammed attempts at revising the history and results of World War II. In an interview with Bloomberg, Putin said that reviving territorial disputes could lead to unpredictable consequences and are tantamount to “opening Pandora’s box.”

“If someone wants to start revising the outcomes of the Second World War, then let’s try discussing the topic. But then we’d have to talk not so much about Kaliningrad as the eastern lands of Germany and all the way up to Lvov, which was part of Poland, and so on and so on. There’s also Hungary and Romania there too,” Putin said.

He continued: “If someone wants to open this Pandora’s box and start working with it, then, please, flag in hand, go ahead.”

Sep 03 07:08

Brexit-bashing Baroness Wheatcroft sparks cruise ship mutiny 

Baroness Wheatcroft must have expected it to be plain sailing after being invited by Cunard to be a guest speaker on the ship’s swanky 14-day cruise from Rome to Athens last month. On the menu was ballroom dancing, bridge and white-gloved waiters serving scones for tea.
However, she hadn’t counted on the swell of public opinion and the waters turned distinctly choppy after Wheatcroft, below, regally set out her campaign for a second referendum to overturn the June vote, saying she would do everything in her power to stop Britain leaving Europe.

Cue maritime mayhem. According to one Brexiteer on board, the Tory peer was ‘nearly lynched’ after several audience members walked out in protest.

Sep 03 07:07

EUROGEDDON: As a Nobel winner warns the euro is doomed, why the political elite's refusal to admit the misery it's causing means there's far worse to come 

The leaders of the EU returned to centre stage last week, strutting across the deck of an Italian aircraft carrier like modern-day masters of the universe.

And if you thought Britain’s vote to leave the EU might have shaken their confidence in the inevitability of federal union, their elaborately staged photo opportunities told a very different story.

To kick off their summit, the leaders of the eurozone’s three biggest powers, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and Matteo Renzi, first visited the island grave of a Communist politician called Altiero Spinelli.

Sep 02 10:19

Reuters Floats Disturbing Trial Balloon: "The ECB May Be Forced To Buy Stocks"

On the verge of running out of bond to monetize, the ECB has engaged in something fed had expected: it is buying bonds from itself. But according to a troubling Reuters "trial balloon" that may be just the beginning: as Reuters writes, the "ECB may soon be forced to follow the Bank of Japan's example and buy equities as part of any expanded stimulus programme."

Sep 02 09:02

US exceptionalism: How dare the EU demand US companies pay more tax!

Boy - what a load of anger. How dare these Europeans expect US multinationals to pay corporation tax at the same rate as everyone else! Don’t they know that US multinationals are different!

What we're seeing here is another aspect of US exceptionalism in the neoliberal/neocon era. The same exceptionalism which decrees the US has the right to bomb/invade countries at will, in blatant contravention of international law - also decrees that its right and proper giant US corporations should be given preferential treatment by foreign tax authorities.

Sep 02 08:46

Chaos in Italy as 13,000 migrants arrive in FOUR days overwhelming response effort

Authorities in the country have been praised for their organisation in the face of the crisis - but witnesses claim they are being battered by a huge "human tide" of migrants.

Every day Libyan and Egyptian nationals are landing in the country, or being rescued at sea before being taken to southern port towns.

In four days, 13,000 have been rescued.

Sep 02 07:50

Physical Gold Delivery Failure By German Banks

The physical gold delivery failure to clients of Deutsche Bank who own Xetra-Gold, the gold exchange traded commodity, was confirmed yesterday by Deutsche Bourse who said that the inability to deliver gold was not limited to Deutsche Bank and that other German banks were having “problems” delivering gold.

Sep 01 17:50

Nobel Winner Stiglitz: Independent Scotland Should Have Its Own Currency, Avoid Euro

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has advised the Scottish National Party (SNP) to abandon the British pound and avoid joining the euro if Scotland wins independence.

Stiglitz, who sits on Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Council of Economic Advisers, has suggested Scotland create its own free-floating currency if it leaves the United Kingdom.

Sep 01 10:48

Europe Reels As A New Wave Of Refugees Begins To Flood The Continent

Angela Merkel, and Europe in general, had hoped they had managed to move beyond the unprecedented wave of refugees unleashed on the content in 2015 courtesy of the German Chancellor's open door policy, with the fragile March 2016 refugee deal signed with Turkey. Sadly - for both Europeans who have suffered a surge in terrorist attacks as a result and for Merkel, whose approval rating has subsequently plunged - Europe is once buckling under the weight of a new wave of migrants.

According to Reuters, some 3000 migrants were saved in the Strait of Sicily in 30 separate rescue missions just on Tuesday, the Italian coastguard said, bringing the total to almost 10,000 in two days and marking a sharp acceleration in refugee arrivals in Italy. The migrants were packed on board dozens of boats, many of them rubber dinghies that become dangerously unstable in high seas. No details were immediately available on their nationalities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US-created and/or enabled wars are driving this migration crisis.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that these wars are going to end any time soon.

Sep 01 09:23

Austria joins calls to stop TTIP trade deal with US

Austrian politicians have added their voice to calls to halt negotiations between the EU and the US on the free trade deal known as TTIP.

Sep 01 07:28

Double standards Juncker! EU boss under spotlight over HIS tax deals after Apple debacle

Under his tenure McDonald’s is accused of avoiding a €1billion (£850m) in tax by routing revenue from across Europe through the tiny state, where it is claimed it was given a special deal to lower its tax rate.

Amazon faces similar claims it lowered its tax bill by making sales to European customers through an arm of the company in Luxembourg.

In 2014, the online retailer’s UK business paid £11.9million in tax on £5.3billion of sales to British shoppers.

McDonald’s and Amazon both deny any wrongdoing.

Sep 01 07:17

‘You're not on this planet!' Donald Tusk rants at Euro elite...wonder who he’s on about?

EUROPEAN Parliament chief Donald Tusk has railed against the out of touch EU elite today in a thinly veiled attack on his boss Jean-Claude Juncker.

The top eurocrat was scathing about the attitude of his Brussels colleagues, who he accused of being totally unable to relate to the lives of ordinary people.

His blistering broadside will be seen as a direct attack on bloated bureaucrat Mr Juncker, who is seen by many as the epitome of the out of touch EU’s woes.

Aug 31 09:32

Norway Raids Sovereign Wealth Fund To Cover Government Expenses

Saudi Arabia isn't the only oil-dependent nation struggling to make ends meet in the wake of weak oil prices. For the first time since its establishment in 1996, the Norwegian government is starting to withdraw money from its sovereign wealth fund to cover government expenses. In fact, in the first half of 2016 the government has withdrawn $5.4 billion. Moreover, withdrawals are expected to accelerate in 2H 2016 reaching nearly $20 billion, a run-rate that would have them exceeding the fiscal limits imposed on fund withdrawals of 4% of assets, or $36 billion. To put those withdrawals into perspective, Norway's economy is roughly $375 billion and federal spending accounts for roughly 60% or $225BN. Therefore, a $20BN withdrawal in 2H 2016 represents roughly 18% of total government spending.

Aug 31 09:19

ANTI-GMO PROTESTERS THROW COW DUNG AT SCIENTISTS DURING EUROPEAN CONFERENCE

onday morning at the annual conference European Society for Plant Breeding Research in Switzerland started as planned. Researchers presented a talk on genomics and bioinformatics to the hundreds of scientists attending. But then things took a dramatic turn. “It’s around 11 o’clock when a group of activists enters the conference room of the ETH Zürich, throwing urine on the audience while painting ‘Shit on technology’ on the wall,” said Beat Boller, the president of the society, in a released statement. “When they were gone they left considerable damage, a mess of rotten eggs and poo, and an audience full of incomprehension behind.”

Aug 31 08:44

Finland Unleashes Helicopter Money In "Greatest Societal Transformation Of Our Time"

Finland is about to launch an experiment in which a randomly selected group of 2-3,000 citizens already on unemployment benefits will begin to receive a monthly basic income of 560 euros (approx. $600). That basic income will replace their existing benefits. The pilot study, running for two years in 2017-2018, aims to assess whether basic income can help reduce poverty, social exclusion, and bureaucracy, while increasing the employment rate.

Aug 31 08:27

Finland Unleashes Helicopter Money In "Greatest Societal Transformation Of Our Time"

Finland is about to launch an experiment in which a randomly selected group of 2,000–3,000 citizens already on unemployment benefits will begin to receive a monthly basic income of 560 euros (approx. $600). That basic income will replace their existing benefits. The amount is the same as the current guaranteed minimum level of Finnish social security support. The pilot study, running for two years in 2017-2018, aims to assess whether basic income can help reduce poverty, social exclusion, and bureaucracy, while increasing the employment rate.

Aug 31 07:56

Italian economy shattered as one in three jobless GIVE UP searching for work

A THIRD of jobless Italians gave up looking for work at the start of the year, amid rising fears for Italy’s economy.

A whopping 37.1 per cent of unemployed Italians joined the ranks of those who have stopped looking for a job altogether between the last three months of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, according to Eurostat data.

The number of those now classed as inactive is double the European average of 18.9 per cent.

Aug 31 07:55

Albania in EU: Eastern European nation steps closer to joining bloc after judicial reform

ALBANIA has taken a step towards beginning talks on European Union (EU) membership by passing a raft of new reforms to its justice system.

The impoverished eastern European country has agreed a new law to check the personal and professional backgrounds of judges and prosecutors in a move to convince Brussels to launch membership negotiations.

Aug 31 07:53

Brussels tries to dig itself out of migration hole by REVOKING refugee residency

BRUSSELS is controversially attempting to dig itself out of its huge migration hole by bringing in proposals to forcibly send refugees home.

Eurocrats, speaking at the European Parliament today, have pushed forward bombshell plans to continuously evaluate the residency status of people who have been granted asylum in a landmark move to bring the migration crisis under control.

Other proposals include “harmonising” huge swathes of asylum policy as EU superstate dreamers bind all nations by the same set of rules.

Aug 31 06:36

A Leading French Intellectual Explains: There is Danger of War in Europe

There is a worrying risk of a military clash between NATO and Russia over the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, jammed between the Baltic countries and Poland, which are all new members of the EU and NATO. Military pressure keeps increasing in the Baltic region. The situation is far more dangerous than it was during the crisis of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, because Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave at the core of the EU and NATO.

Officials and the Western media, as well as the governments of Poland and the three Baltic countries governments – and of course, Washington – are accusing Putin’s government of machiavellianism and ‘provocation’, seeking a casus belli with Kaliningrad. On the contrary, the Russians are the victims of a provocation: NATO is seeking an armed conflict, limited if possible, to be able to put down the regime of Putin that they hate so much. Will Kaliningrad be the pretext?

Aug 30 14:27

The Muslim Brotherhood's divisive dress code for women

Nureddin Sabir says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, including the controversial swimwear, the “burkini”, is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and should concern everyone of us.

Aug 30 12:24

End of the EU? Italian referendum triggers SHOCK ALARMS across the USA and Europe

The Wall Street Journal has said that the outcome of the October referendum on constitutional reforms is “more important than Brexit”, with the future of pro-Brussels PM Matteo Renzi riding on the result.

Other international news organisation have suggested that Italy could become the weak link of European growth and the possible centre of a new political shock ready to weaken the EU.

The Spanish newspaper El Pais called Italy “the new sick patient of Europe that could drag the continent back into crisis”.

Aug 30 08:54

Eruption fear in Iceland as a DOUBLE earthquake rocks massive Katla volcano

Iceland's Meteorological Office says two earthquakes have rocked the caldera of Katla, one of the country's largest volcanos.

The quakes measured magnitude 4.2 and magnitude 4.5.

Aug 30 08:49

Apple paid just €50 in tax for every million made in 2014, European Commission report finds

Tech giant Apple has vowed to overturn a record €13 billion bill after European chiefs found it had a sweetheart tax deal in Ireland.

In a landmark ruling following a three-year investigation, Competition Commissioner said the maker of iPads and iPhones paid just 1% tax on its European profits in 2003 and 0.005% in 2014.

Aug 30 07:43

Vice-Chancellor: TTIP trade deal is dead

Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday that negotiations on a massive trade deal between the European Union and the United States were effectively dead in the water.

"The talks with the US have de facto failed because we Europeans of course must not succumb to American demands," he told public broadcaster ZDF.

"Nothing is moving forward."

Aug 30 07:38

EUROPE: WAR MECHANISM LAUNCHED

Europe is inexorably nearing the brink of civil war. What is the essence of this war? In order to understand this, we should pay attention to the two major forces that are unleashing this war and becoming its main poles. On the one hand, there are the hordes of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa. On the other, there are European nationalists whose influence and determination is growing in strict proportion to the number of migrants. Hence the equation: the more migrants, the more nationalists, and the more that migrants resort to violence, the more hysterical and harsh the nationalists’ response will be.

Aug 29 13:48

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond Works Against May To Slow Brexit

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond is trying to put a halt to the British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for the country to leave the European Union as quickly as possible.

Despite her wishes, Hammond is resisting attempts to speed up Brexit, arguing he wants to ensure that the UK’s financial services sector is protected in advance of quitting the EU.

Aug 29 10:01

German Economy Minister: "TTIP Talks Have Failed"

In the latest blow for Obama's global trade agenda, German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that free trade talks between the European Union and the United States have failed, citing a lack of progress on any of the major sections of the long-running negotiations. "In my opinion the negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it" ZDF quoted the minister, according to a written transcript of the interview to be aired on Sunday. “[They] have failed because we Europeans did not want to subject ourselves to American demands.”

Aug 29 10:00

Norway Builds A Wall, Because Migrants

The Left always complains that the United States isn't more like Europe, particularly Scandinavia, and now the joke's on them because Norway now plans to build a border wall to halt the flow of illegal migrants pouring in from Russia.

This racist display of European white supremacy will be a 660 foot-long steel fence stretching 11 feet high and will run from the Storskog border crossing on the Norway-Russia border.

Aug 29 08:42

Putin now more popular than Merkel in Czech Republic – German media

Vladimir Putin’s popularity in the Czech Republic has surged and could now be higher than that of Angela Merkel, who has seen steadily falling ratings, German mass media report, referring to data from recent opinion polls.

Aug 28 19:57

'Single currency experiment has been a disaster' admits Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz in The Euro

"Europe, the source of the Enlightenment, the birthplace of modern science, is in crisis.” So says Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist and sometime chairman of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors.

“Large parts of Europe” have endured “a lost decade”; incomes per head are “lower than before the [2008] global financial crisis”. While Germany is doing “relatively well”, there’s “soaring youth unemployment” in France, Italy and Spain. “In a well-functioning economy, there’s rapid growth, the benefits of which are shared widely,” Stiglitz writes, but “in Europe we see the opposite”.

So what, he asks, is the “big policy problem”, Europe’s “one underlying mistake”? To some, his conclusion may be surprising. For Stiglitz points his finger squarely at “the fatal decision to adopt a single currency, without first providing the institutions to make it work”.

Aug 28 19:54

Brexit may send EU 'down the drain' - German vice chancellor

Germany's vice-chancellor has warned the future of the EU could be in doubt if the UK's exit is handled badly.

Sigmar Gabriel said the EU would go "down the drain" if other states followed Britain's lead and that the UK could not keep the "nice things" about Europe while taking no responsibility.

It comes as Theresa May summoned ministers for a meeting on Wednesday to discuss ideas for the UK's withdrawal.

Downing Street said Brexit was "top" of the prime minister's agenda.

Aug 28 18:41

Iceland: PBS News Celebrates Refugees "Diversifying Their Mostly White & Christian Nation"

You can witnesses in this one video how our nations are being destroyed from within.

Aug 28 18:40

Austria: Norbert Hofer Leads by 6 in Presidential Election Do-Over

Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer has extended his lead in new polls heading into the Austrian presidential re-run as he continues to dominate his rival Alexander Van der Bellen.

Aug 28 11:03

Erdogan Set to Flood Europe With Millions of Migrants as EU Refugee Deal Falters

The European Commission is set to release a report finding that Turkey’s human rights practices failed to comply with the terms of the deal – a finding that would end all hope of Turkish citizens receiving visa-free travel and likely forcing Erdogan to open the floodgates.

Aug 28 09:27

German Economy Minister: "TTIP Talks Have Failed"

In the latest blow for Obama's global trade agenda, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that free trade talks between the EU and the US have failed, citing a lack of progress on any of the major sections of the long-running negotiations. "In my opinion the negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it. [They] have failed because we Europeans did not want to subject ourselves to American demands.”

Aug 27 19:09

Google and Facebook could be forced to pay for news stories if they want to use publishers' content

The internet giants will have to reach deals with content providers, such as newspapers, before they can use excerpts of articles on their sites.

Officials at the European Commission in Brussels say the plans, which will be unveiled in September, are being drawn up to dilute the power of big online operators whose market share gives them an advantage in commercial negotiations.

Aug 27 09:33

Plans for EU army back on as Brussels fat cats take advantage of Brexit

The plans are the brainchild of Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who believes that Europe should strengthen its military capabilities to bolster security.

Mr Orban put pressure on Angela Merkel and her band of EU fat cats over the issue at a meeting with the German chancellor and the prime ministers of Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

He said: "We should list the issue of security as a priority, and we should start setting up a common European army."

Aug 27 08:15

Belgium: 15yo Muslim Faces Deportation After His Call for Christians to be Killed Goes Viral

After video of a 15-year-old Muslim "Belgian" calling for Christians to be annihilated went viral last week, this week he's facing deportation.

Incidentally, it turns out his father is a radical Muslim hate preacher who was already facing deportation himself.

What a shocker.

Aug 27 07:49

Sweden To Become The World’s First Fossil Fuel-free Nation in History

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The Swedish government recently announced that their aim is to become one of the world’s first nations to end its dependence on fossil fuels. They will be investing an extra 4.5 billion kronor (US$546 million) into renewable energy and climate change action in their 2016 budget.

Aug 26 20:09

Theresa May will trigger Brexit negotiations without Commons vote

Theresa May will not hold a parliamentary vote on Brexit before opening negotiations to formally trigger Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, The Telegraph has learned.

Opponents of Brexit claim that because the EU referendum result is advisory it must be approved by a vote in the Commons before Article 50 - the formal mechanism to leave the EU - is triggered.

However, in a move which will cheer Eurosceptics, The Telegraph has learned that Mrs May will invoke Article 50 without a vote in Parliament

Aug 26 10:33

EU tries to twist Gazprom's arms before freezing in winter

The ultimate goal of the EU is clear: Russia should not build a pipeline bypassing Ukraine, as Kiev would lose a source of its income, and the EU would lose its leverage for Moscow. The worse it is for Russia, the better it is for the West - this is a well-known postulate. The third energy package of the EU therefore demands the owner of the pipeline and the gas supplier be different subjects. This is a weapon against Gazprom. If there were a Western energy corporation in Gazprom's place, such as Shell or BP, we would not see any form of the Third Energy Package. In addition, the European Union is obsessed with the idea to switch to other sources of fuel supplies, for example from Qatar or Iran. Supplies of liquefied natural gas from the United States are also possible. Yet, the above options require considerable investments that the EU can not afford. For the time being, the EU has TANAP - the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline, approved by the European Commission.

Aug 26 10:00

Kosovo: Europe's grey area used by criminals, extremists

Kosovo is a grey area in the heart of Europe and an abode for criminals and radical extremists, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday as he took the floor at a session of the UN Security Council, which discussed the Kosovo peace settlement. "The feebleness of law enforcement and the security structure in Kosovo has transformed the region into a grey area in the heart of Europe, which Islamic radicals, as well as members of criminal networks use as an abode and a transit point," he said. "This facilitates the use of the territory by extremist groups for the recruitment and training of militants," Churkin explained. "Kosovo ranks among Europe's top three for the number of IS combatants per capita of the local population, and that's why should any measures be taken to check the situation, they would still be clearly insufficient," he stressed.

Aug 26 09:52

Slovakia's PM speaks out against anti-Russian sanctions

"In my opinion is it is high time to reconsider the sanctions from a rational point of view and say that they are harmful for both the EU and Russia," he said. "They have not settled the problem, which they were supposed to influence." On Thursday, the Slovak prime minister visited Russia, where he had a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. "Yesterday, with Vladimir Putin we came to the common opinion that our purpose is to develop mutual trade," Fico wrote on his Facebook page. At present, Slovakia is currently chairing the European Council for a six-month period. In the past, Slovakia’s prime minister has come out in favor of having the anti-Russian sanctions lifted several times. Fico said that his government is interested in correcting the current situation in the relations between the EU and Russia. According to him, Slovakia is committed to restoring full partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation between Brussels and Moscow.

Aug 26 08:21

Hungary to build a second ‘massive’ wall to keep out migrants heading from Turkey

Hungary will build a new, 'more massive' fence on its southern borders to defend against a possible surge in the number of migrants, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.

Orban, who earlier said migrants were 'poison', said on state radio that there may soon be a 'greater need for security' and the fortified barrier would be able to stop 'several hundreds of thousands of people' at the same time, if needed. He did not say when construction could start.

Orban said the surge could take place if, for example, Turkey allows the millions of refugees living there to leave for Western Europe.

Aug 26 08:02

EU is ‘BIGGER threat than Russia' Danish MP warns of Brussels power as DEXIT calls grow

The ferocious slap-down saw Marie Krarup, of the right-wing Danish People’s Party, dismiss Russia as the country’s main threat and instead pointed the finger at divisive Brussels.

When asked whether the EU was the biggest danger, Ms Kararup replied: “For Denmark? Yes, without a doubt!

“Just Schengen alone is a catastrophe.

“It’s something that will make Denmark disappear from the world map if we don’t pull ourselves together.

“That national borders have been disbanded is a threat against Denmark’s existence.”

Aug 26 07:56

‘We’re not a MIGRANT WAITING ROOM’ Austria blasts Merkel and demands 'deportation summit'

AUSTRIA is not Germany's "waiting room", the country's defence minister has said, in the latest attack on Angela Merkel's immigration policy.

Hans Peter Doskizil claims the beleaguered German chancellor's "welcoming" stance on refugees fleeing the Middle East is creating a new "attraction factor" for those hoping to relocate to Europe.

Aug 26 07:20

Asylum seekers leaving Sweden in record numbers

Sweden received a record 163,000 asylum applications last year, but after the country’s government subsequently tightened its policy in the area – including the introduction of photo ID border checks and temporary residence permits – the numbers applying dropped dramatically to around 19,270 in 2016.

At the same time, according to Swedish migration authority (Migrationsverket) statistics reported in newspaper Sydsvenskan, at least 10,665 people have voluntarily departed Sweden in the period between January and August 2016.

Aug 26 07:13

Portugal to bail out its biggest bank to the tune of €5bn

The European Commission and Portugal have agreed to inject up to €5 billion into the country’s biggest and ailing bank Caixa Geral de Depositos

Aug 25 14:57

Greek Debt And The New Financial Imperialism

This week marks the first anniversary of the 2015 Greek debt crisis, the third in that country’s recent history since 2010. Last Aug. 20-21, 2015, the ‘Troika’—i.e., the pan-European institutions of the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB), plus the IMF-imposed a third debt deal on Greece. Greece was given US$98 billion in loans from the Troika. A previous 2012 Troika imposed debt deal had added nearly US$200 billion to an initial 2010 debt deal of US$140 billion.

Aug 25 13:25

Labour Will Block Brexit, Says Leadership Rival Owen Smith

Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has vowed to stop the government triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the official process to bring Britain out of the EU, unless a second referendum is held on the final Brexit deal.

The leadership challenger said on Wednesday the party wants to stay in the EU and that he will hold a second referendum if he becomes prime minister.

Aug 25 10:51

WHEN WILL IT STOP? Brussels demands even MORE aid from EU members to help stricken Greece

THE European Union has called on member states to cough up more aid money for Greece after the number of migrants arriving on its shores skyrocketed in recent weeks.

Jean-Claude Juncker's EU Commission said other members of the bloc must not "turn their backs" on the impoverished country as it struggles to cope with a refugee influx.

Aug 25 10:50

‘End of road’ for EU: Now France's LEFTIES blast Brussels for plunging Europe into crisis

MORE and more people are calling time on the European Union in France - with even left-wing politicians in the country now saying it is the “end of the road”.

Aug 25 10:46

ITALY REACHES BREAKING POINT: Rome sending migrants BACK to Sudan on private jets

ITALY has started to send migrants back to Sudan on specially chartered flights, with 48 already deported.

Aug 25 10:45

MORE EU FINANCIAL CHAOS: Portugal in desperate £3.8bn bid to stabilise its banking system

PORTUGAL is set to inject billions of euros into its biggest bank in the hope of stabilising the country's economy.

The €5billion (£3.8bn) planned recapitalization of Caixa Geral de Depositos carefully side-steps European Commission new rules that mean state cash can't be used to shore up banks.

Under the plans, the government will put in money into the bank but it's hoped it will get more money back after Caixa will also issue out highly subordinated debt.

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