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Dec 31 08:25

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declares Europe top priority for new government

Chancellor Angela Merkel will tell Germans that European co-operation is "the decisive question of the coming years" in a New Year's Eve broadcast on Sunday, as her conservatives eye tricky coalition talks.
Merkel will say that "27 states in Europe must be persuaded more strongly than ever to hold together as a community," according to a scb ript of the annual televised address released by her office.

Dec 31 06:59

Re-reading the Greats: Jean Paul Sartre, Pepe Escobar, et. al.

For our bi-polar world....

I’ve been reading Pepe Escobar’s articles for over 30 years–since the time I would read re-prints of his “Asia Times” articles in The Japan Times–my daily reading when I lived in Japan. These days, I mostly catch his work at a number of excellent global websites.

Dec 30 11:02

There You Go Again: Yet Another 'Russian Invasion' Reported, Debunked in Norway

A Norwegian defense portal has caused a hullaballoo with its claims that Russia staged a mock invasion of the key Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, despite the Nordic country's own defense and intelligence bosses vehemently denying such assertions.

Dec 30 11:00

'Brexit frees UK from German occupation!' EFTA campaigner SLAMS Germany's control over EU

BREXIT will deliver the final blow to the "failing" European Union concept and spur other EU member states to seek alternatives to the German-led institution, campaigner Hugo van Randwyck said.

Dec 30 11:00

New Dutch EU poll: 56% Nexit (EFTA+FTA), 44% EU

A new EU poll for the Netherlands shows 56% would prefer an option to leave the EU, and 44% to remain in the EU. This compares to an IPSOS poll last year showing 64% preferred to remain in the EU. A big change - helped by offering people 3 choices, EU, EFTA and FTA, with results:

Dec 29 07:45

United States of Europe dream CRUMBLES - Martin Schulz's scheme PANNED in shock poll

Earlier this month Martin Schulz said he wanted a “United States of Europe” by 2025 but dire approval ratings for the superstate may scupper the former European Parliament president’s vision.

A poll by YouGov has put pressure on Mr Schulz to prove a United States of Europe is desired by the bloc - let alone beneficial.

The survey of 8,138 people earlier this month showed disapproval for the project in six European Union member states. Only France of the seven countries surveyed were in favour.

Dec 29 07:40

London Challenged Prague Over the Dissolution of NATO

British government papers from the early 1990s reveal the leadership’s alarm at the “strong neutralist views” of the post-Communist leaders of Czechoslovakia, who advocated the dissolution of NATO. The papers have just been released by the National Archives in London.

Dec 29 07:01

Theresa May warned House of Lords will force through HUGE changes to Brexit Bill

MINISTERS have been warned the House of Lords could force through huge changes to the Brexit Bill over “Henry VIII power” fears as Theresa May braces herself for a showdown.

Dec 29 07:00

Macron to insist Britain must pay for Calais border controls even after Brexit

France is set to make demands on Theresa May over the British border in Calais after Brexit. Hundreds of migrants and refugees remain stranded on the French side of the English Channel.

As Britain prepares to leave the EU, French President Emmanuel Macron will insist the UK must contribute millions for the improvement of border controls in northern France. Denying the request could see the collapse of the Le Touquet treaty, which allows the two states to manage border posts in each other’s territory.

Macron wants new customs posts, which the UK will be expected to fund.

Dec 28 15:13

A short but important story

Italy will be sending 470 soldiers to Niger to help the West African nation stem the flow of Europe-bound refugees, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni says.

Agadez, the main city in central Niger, has become a revolving door for economic refugees seeking to reach Europe via Libya, winning notoriety as Africa’s people-smuggling capital.

“We are going to Niger following a request by the government at the start of December to … reinforce the security measures in the territory and at the borders and to support the police force,” he said.

He said Niger was “the main transit country” in Africa for Europe-bound refugees, adding that it was also “perhaps the most willing to cooperate in this matter as it is a transit country,” and does not receive remittances from refugees settled abroad.>>>

Dec 28 10:46

Swedish Church Accused of Peddling 'Immigration Propaganda' During X-Mas Worship

A Swedish church has included praise of immigration in its controversial Christmas sermon, which triggered strong criticism from fellow Swedes.

Policeman, criminologist and journalist Fredrik Kärrholm visited the beautiful Yttergran Church in Uppsala Parish on Christmas Eve and was not impressed with the sermon, which, according to his description, mostly consisted of "political propaganda" for increased immigration.

By Kärrholm's account, the priest preached against measures to restrict immigration to the Nordic country and condemned Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson's recent claim that Sweden has received too many migrants, advising refugees to seek asylum elsewhere in the EU.

Kärrholm argued this was "extremely sad" and urged the church to become "depoliticized."

Dec 28 10:29

Opioids and the Crisis of the White Working Class

A sense of betrayal seems to lie just behind today’s political discourse—a feeling of being left behind, a suspicion that those at the top, in media, corporations, politics, academia, and finance, have motives and goals at odds with those of the broader population. Put simply, Americans of all backgrounds fear and loathe a hostile elite. Political memes like “the Deep State,” “the 1%,” “Drain the Swamp,” “the Davos Set,” and “Masters of the Universe” each capture this feeling of alienation, suspicion, and helplessness.

Dec 28 08:40

Erdogan Tries to Patch Up Relations With EU After Year of Finger-Pointing

Turkey and the European Union have had an ongoing spat since 2016 after Brussels expressed strong criticism of Ankara over mass arrests in the country, connected with the failed coup attempt. Despite Turkey's courting of the bloc with a view to entering it, negotiations have been halted.

Dec 28 08:39

NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990, was part of a cascade of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and on into 1991, according to declassified U.S., Soviet, German, British and French documents posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University (http://nsarchive.gwu.edu).

Dec 27 08:39

Christmas Gifts – Good News from Around the World

The world is full of good news, suitable for Yuletide.

Merry Christmas to you, dear readers! It is a beautiful and serene time of hope, when the darkest time of the year is already behind us. Though the light is still not perceptible, but we know and feel that the change is coming.

The recent vote in the United Nations has been such a glimpse of light, a harbinger of Sun.

Dec 27 08:00

Israeli embassy in Greece vandalized with red paint

Extreme left activists storm the Israeli embassy in Athens and throw dozens of red paint bombs at the front of the building in protest of Israel's 'ethnic cleansing' of Palestinians.

Dec 27 05:48

GAS WAR - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN MAY BE SCENE OF FIRST CONFLICT OF 2018

The eastern Mediterranean is expected to witness the first conflict of 2018, as developments at the end of 2017 are signaling worsening relationships between Turkey and the Greek Cypriot-Greece-Israel-Egypt bloc. Territorial disputes over natural gas and newly discovered hydrocarbon reserves in the eastern Mediterranean basin are the reason.

Up until a few years ago, the hope was that these hydrocarbon reserves would offer a real opportunity for a peaceful settlement of the Cyprus conflict. But these optimistic hopes vanished with both Turks and Greek Cypriots unilaterally speeding up exploration and drilling operations.

In 2004, the European Union had declared the Greek Cypriots the sole entity representing the island of Cyprus and accepted it as an EU member. Feeling that its hand has been strengthened following the EU decision, the Greek Cypriots claimed the right of natural resources exploration in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Cyprus.

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any massive conflicts over oil in the region will cause oil prices to soar.

Dec 26 09:46

The European Union does not intend to regulate Bitcoin

According to CCN, a high ranking European Union official has dismissed suggestions of the EU looking at regulating bitcoin markets and exchanges.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Pierre Moscovici – European Union Commissioner for economic, financial affairs, taxation and customs, played down talk of supposed EU-wide bitcoin regulations while revealing the EU’s view of the cryptocurrency.

“At this stage, we do not consider [bitcoin] as an alternative currency,” Moscovici said, comparing the world’s first decentralized cryptocurrency to EU’s fiat currency, the Euro.

Dec 26 09:43

EU Christmas message BACKFIRES as Eurosceptics heap scorn on the bloc’s legacy

In a festively themed post alongside a picture of the EU flag flanked by blue and gold baubles and tinsel, the European Commission wrote on Twitter: “Merry Christmas and warm holiday wishes!”

However users quickly turned on the 27 nation superstate’s well-wishing – chastising them for their failures on the continent.

Many hit out at the bloc for not reigning in Spain when they imprisoned figures behind the illegal independence referendum in Catalonia.

Dec 26 09:40

Epiphany: Lithuania thinks it might be better to cooperate with Russia

President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, summing up the results of 2017 and describing the future of the republic, stated that it is necessary to cooperate with Russia, not to fight it.

"Relations with our neighbor will remain difficult in the coming years. If the current leadership continues in the country, the situation will not chang "she said.

She noted that Lithuania should not abandon its own values, but it should be understood that the geopolitical situation is changing, so, if necessary, you can revise the position on some issues.

Dec 26 09:22

Spanish King Urges New Catalan Parliament to Respect Different Political Views

The new parliament of Catalonia, where the pro-independence parties won an absolute majority in the December 21 election, should respect different political positions and act responsibly, King Felipe VI of Spain stated in his Christmas address to the nation.

"A few days ago, the Catalan people voted to elect their representatives to the parliament, who now have to solve problems related to all Catalans, respecting diversity and responsibly thinking for the good of all," Felipe said in his address.

Dec 26 09:21

Thousands of Swedes Chip In to Protest Heinous Gang Rape Acquittal

Within only a few hours of the disputed acquittal of five men charged with gang rape in the Fittja case, petitions and crowd-funding efforts in support of the victim were started in Sweden, resulting in over 100,000 signatures and a generous donation to protest what is perceived as an unjust trial.

Following the acquittal of five immigrants in the Fittja gang rape case despite strong evidence, which many Swedes perceived as a travesty of justice, independent journalist Joakim Lamotte, known for his contributions to the Göteborgs-Posten daily, launched a campaign to support the victim, which resonated well with his compatriots.

Dec 26 09:16

Switzerland: 94.9 per cent of asylum seekers in the city of Basel are on benefits

Officially, 25,544 refugees and 55,504 asylum seekers are on benefits or receive “social assistance”. They make up 35 per cent of all welfare recipients in the country, according to the report.

On average 85.8 per cent of refugees and 88.4 per cent of asylum seekers received benefits last year. The study says that the high percentage can be explained by insufficient language skills, invalid qualifications, or weak health.

The highest proportions of the groups on benefits were registered in Switzerland’s urban areas. In the country’s third largest town Basel, 94.9 per cent of asylum seekers received social benefits.

Dec 26 09:09

Turf out all those disloyal Tory MPs, says FREDERICK FORSYTH

The fact that numerous others in Europe are even weaker in government is irrelevant.

They are not trying to leave the union and thus take on the Brussels machine.

We are.

Dec 26 09:07

Scandinavian Streets Awash With Arms Smuggled From Balkans

Scandinavia has seen a dramatic influx of firearms in recent years. The lion's share of the smuggled arms stems from the war-ravaged Balkans and has been used in a number of attention-grabbing cases.

After the conflicts in the Balkans receded, a large number of weapons flooded Europe's black market. Today, Scandinavia's streets are awash with "foreign" and previously unseen gun brands, such as the Serbian Zastava and Czech-Serbian Scorpion machine guns, amid an unparalleled upswing in shooting incidents.

Dec 26 07:13

Izvestia: Moldovan leader upbeat on Russia, EAEU ties, positive on Transnistria

The political settlement to the Transnistrian conflict may break new ground after the parliamentary elections in Moldova. In an interview with Izvestia, the President of Moldova Igor Dodon noted that he does not rule out uniting with Transnistria within a federation, and assured that he would not allow the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from the left bank of the Dniester River. Dodon still considers Moldova’s course towards European integration "unacceptable, because it is impossible to make the ideology of any particular party, even a ruling one, into a constitutional norm." ... Dodon added that the Russian peacekeepers mission "has been and still remains successful." "In my opinion, the mission should continue. Political statements by representatives of the Moldovan government in the United Nations and other venues are just a public relations attempt to enlist pro-Western support," he said. "Ties between countries are characterized by contacts on at least four levels.

Dec 25 10:11

‘This will not help Europe!’ Kurz blames rupturing EU on 'failed' migrant quotas

Sebastian Kurz, who heads a right-wing coalition government with the far-right Freedom Party is strongly against the view that migrants who come to a European Union country should be distributed across the member states under a quota system.

Mr Kurz told the German daily Bild am Sonntag: "Forcing states to take refugees doesn't take Europe any further. The discussion makes no sense.

"If we continue this way we will divide the European Union and the Member States will decide on their own how many people they will welcome.”

Dec 25 10:07

'Fake news' blunder from US envoy to the Netherlands - BBC News


The new US ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, has denied he had ever said there were "no-go zones" in the Netherlands, calling it "fake news".

He was being quizzed about comments he had made about Islamic extremism in the country.

But Dutch journalist Wouter Zwart showed him a clip of the comments from 2015.

Dec 25 10:05

Young Catalan liberal rises in challenge to Rajoy's grip on Spanish power

Forget the traditional Socialist opposition and perhaps even the Catalan separatists: the main threat to Spain's conservative prime minister may now come from a Barcelona politician dedicated to national unity - Ines Arrimadas.

The 36-year-old leader of the liberal Ciudadanos party in Catalonia has jumped to the frontline of Spanish politics by coming out on top in elections to the region's assembly. Supporters even compare her performance with Emmanuel Macron's meteoric rise to the presidency across the border in France.

Laying down the gauntlet to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the separatists alike, Arrimadas boosted her party's share of the vote to more than 25 percent in Thursday's snap election, up from just 7.6 percent two years ago.

Dec 25 10:01

Swiss president urges referendum to clarify relations with the EU

A “fundamental referendum” would help Switzerland clarify its relationship with the European Union, Doris Leuthard, Swiss President, said on Sunday. ”The bilateral path is important. […] We have to know in which direction to go,” Leuthard told Sonntags Blick newspaper. The statement came after EU granted Swiss stock exchanges only limited access to the bloc earlier this week. Switzerland decried the move as discrimination and promised to retaliate.

Dec 24 08:13

Labour MPs and celebrities shamed for spreading fake news over cost of blue passports

CONSERVATIVE MPs have hit out at false claims from Labour politicians and left wing celebrities that it will cost the taxpayer £490million to turn the nation’s passports blue.

Dec 24 08:09

'EU should follow OUR example!' Top Tory rips into Brussels over its treatment of Poland

BRUSSELS risks fuelling the rise of further eurocscepticism in Eastern Europe with its botched handling of the political situation in Poland, a top Tory MEP said today.

Dec 23 10:50

'Austria will set agenda for Europe' Coalition looks to 'take back control' from Brussels

The new Austrian government will set the political agenda for the European Union, as its coalition leaders look to change how Europe is run.

Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz struck a controversial coalition deal with the far-right Freedom Party to form a new Government.

In return, the Freedom Party were given top cabinet posts and control over the Interior, Defense and Foreign Ministries.

Dec 23 10:50

Sweden’s Finance Minister: We received too many immigrants

It is in an interview with Dagens Nyheter that Magdalena Andersson paints a least dark image of immigration and the so-called integration in Sweden.

It’s not working. But it has not been done for a long time, according to Magdalena Andersson.

According to the Minister of Finance, Sweden should not have greater asylum reception than it is able to integrate. It will not be good for immigrants who come to Sweden and “it will not be good for society either,” she explains to DN.

Dec 23 10:36

RIP Rudolph: Norwegian Court Orders Mass Reindeer Execution

For the sake of preserving Norway's fragile landscape, judges on the country's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a local reindeer herder must cull 125 members of his herd.

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Dec 23 10:33

JUNCKER'S NIGHTMARE: French opposition leader calls for REFERENDUM on future shape of EU

Laurent Wauquiez, the new boss of the French conservative party, said new plans for an EU in which members could opt for simple economic cooperation should be drawn up and put to the vote.

He said in future the bloc should be based on three tiers, ranging from those countries that want to be part of a federal state through to others that want a simple free trade pact.

The proposals would present an horror situation for Europe’s elite, who are currently trying to railroad through plans for increased integration between all remaining 27 states.

Dec 23 10:22

BEX ALERT - Only a miracle can save Europe; Russia preparing to seize neighbours - BILD

The Russophobic German edition "Bild" has reported a new insidious move of Moscow.

In fact, Moscow's insidious move is nothing new. But, as practice teaches us, if Moscow does not commit insidious moves for a long time and the brain of the frivolous public begins to heal, it must be immediately bombarded by some new Russian threat.

In this case, Bild, citing "two unnamed sources in Western intelligence agencies," reports that the invasion of a number of countries is already in the works.

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Dec 23 10:07

Putin: New US national security strategy is offensive & aggressive, Russia must take note

Washington's new national security strategy is "aggressive," Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that Moscow will take the US stance into consideration.

Both the US and NATO have been "accelerating build-up of infrastructure in Europe," the Russian leader said Friday. Referring to the "defense strategy recently put out" by Washington, Putin said it was "definitely offensive... speaking in diplomatic language."

Dec 23 10:01

Blue passports could send UK citizens to back of queue, EU officials say

European officials have warned that Britain’s new blue passports could spell travel delays and extra paperwork rather than the enhanced freedom promised by the government.

Theresa May sought to end a difficult political year on a high note on Friday by confirming the return of navy travel documents after Brexit. She said that abandoning the EU-style burgundy design introduced in 1988 was an expression of “independence and sovereignty” that reflected “citizenship of a proud, great nation”.

But as the announcement divided domestic opinion along increasingly entrenched cultural battle lines, sources in Brussels pointed out that holders of any colour of British passport could see diminished travel rights after Brexit unless there were further negotiating concessions.

Dec 23 04:40

Make ‘Em Pay’? Trump Spends $5 Billion on Europe’s Defense

The “European Defense Initiative” was launched after the US-backed coup in Ukraine to counter Russian “aggression” in the region. Its budget has quintupled to nearly $5 billion next year. Hundreds of millions will be spent to rebuild military bases in eastern Europe. What happened to making the Europeans pay for their own defense? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Dec 22 14:49

Trump’s Dutch ambassador in row over ‘no-go zones’ in Amsterdam

Are they real or imaginary? Past statement comes back to haunt Ambassador.

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Dec 22 07:41

Number of NATO Troops Near Russian Borders Tripled Since 2012 - Defense Minister

Speaking at the final meeting of the Defense Ministry's board, Sergei Shoigu said that the US missile defense system in Europe has been brought to the level of "initial operational readiness." The number of the bloc's servicemen deployed near Russian borders has grown from 10 to 40 thousand in three years, he added.

Dec 22 07:34

Germany's Merkel Is Headed for a Collision With EU's Slavs

As she fights for her political life, soon-to-be-ex-Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel will go down swinging against her stiffest political opponents in the European Union, the Poles. Merkel and French President Emmanual Macron publicly agreed to back Article 7 proceedings against Poland for refusing to comply with EU immigration quotas and changes to its judicial system.

Immigration quotas, I might add, that are becoming harder to defend as the war in Syria is mostly over and the flow of refugees from there has slowed to a trickle. But, those brought in and stranded in camps in Italy and Greece apparently need to go somewhere else.

Dec 22 07:29

Labour Remainer plot EXPOSED: Anti-Brexit MPs plot to change bill to STOP UK leaving EU

DESPERATE Labour MPs have hatched a plot to change the Brexit Bill in a bid to revoke Article 50 and stop Britain leaving the EU.

Dec 22 03:02

The U.N. General Assembly Rebukes the Trump Administration

Almost all of the world’s most powerful states supported the resolution and voted against the U.S.

When that many allied and friendly governments tell the administration that they are in the wrong, it would be wise to rethink the decision that earned the U.S. this rebuke.

Dec 22 01:55

That UN Vote: “How are the mighty fallen”

“How are the mighty fallen!” is a statement that ranges far beyond Gath and Ashkelon. And it is repeated throughout the centuries as empires stumble and fall.

For those keeping score on the Trump Administration versus the United Nations, the final vote on the Status of Jerusalem resolution is recorded above.

The official count was 128 to 9 against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and his pledge to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Thirty-three members of the UN General Assembly abstained.

Dec 22 01:53

Nigel Farage has called on the EU to investigate George Soros for political meddling

George Soros’ Open Society Foundation has far more influence on elections across the Europe and the US. And if investigators are looking for evidence of foreign influence, they should start there.

Dec 21 15:44

Catalan secessionist parties poised to secure absolute majority in regional vote – exit polls

Pro-independence parties are expected to again secure an absolute majority in the Catalan parliament, exit polls published by the La Vanguardia newspaper indicates after snap regional elections.

The trio of pro-independence parties: the Together for Catalonia (JxCat), headed by deposed regional president Carles Puigdemont, the Esquerra Republicana (ERC) and the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) are likely to secure between 67 and 71 parliamentary seats collectively, with 68 required for an absolute majority in the 135-seat assembly.

Dec 21 15:43

Malmo Police’s message after Muslim gangs rape: “Women – do not be afraid”

After Saturday night brutal gang rape of a young girl in Malmö, the police are now out with a message to the city’s population: “Women should not be afraid”.

Dec 21 12:04

Shocking Graphic Report: Swedish Girl Gang-Raped And Tortured, MSM Remains SILENT

A disturbing tweet about this event, which is hardly even back page news, is almost all there is for media coverage. A 17-year-old girl in Sweden has reportedly been gang-raped and brutally tortured in the city of Malmo.

The Swedish online newspaper, Sydsvenskan, reported that this horrific act of brutality occurred at a park. “We urge the public to contact us with the smallest request, or tips,” said Kim Hild, a police officer at the management center.

The vicious attack took place at around 3:00 am local time. Exactly what the woman has been exposed to is currently unclear. But she had injuries requiring ambulance care and she was taken to the hospital.

Dec 21 09:34

WATCH Best Episodes of EU Farmers Reacting to Sanctions War With Russia

The EU is expected to extend sanctions against Russia on Thursday, December 21. Since they were introduced in 2014, sanctions as well as Moscow’s food exports ban have been a headache for European farmers, who have repeatedly protested against them. Sputnik takes a look at some of the most remarkable moments from those protests in recent years.

Dec 21 09:18

'Europeans are profoundly UNHAPPY!' Political expert destroys EU's federalist vision

GUY Verhofstadt's vision of a "united states of Europe" will be destroyed as Europeans grow “profoundly unhappy” at the EU’s federal vision, warned political expert Matthew Goodwin.

Dec 21 09:17

Michel Barnier to be SACKED? EU Brexit chief sidelined by 'furious' Jean-Claude Junker

BREXIT negotiator Michel Barnier has been sidelined from discussions after the Frenchman infuriated EU officials by making unauthorised attacks on Britain’s trade deal hopes.

Dec 20 09:27

Stories from an SHTF Christmas: An Interview with Selco

Have you ever thought about what an SHTF Christmas would be like after an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it event? I'm not talking about a minor issue that just affects a few people, but a full-on disaster that changes everything.

Today, we have a first-hand look at what a post-collapse holiday is really like. I interviewed my friend Selco, of SHTF School, and his answers are really food for thought.  I have learned more about long-term survival from Selco than probably anybody else and have based a lot of my own plans on things I've learned from him. For most of us who write about preparedness, it's research and theory. For Selco, it's real life.

This interview is in his own words.

I read over the answers to his questions at least a dozen times and thought about how fortunate we are. Even our most difficult times here, in our society, would have been the height of luxury during the war in Bosnia.

But will we always be this lucky?

Dec 20 09:01

EU Accepts New Members When It's Convenient for Brussels – Political Scientists

It appears that the leadership of the Balkan countries is going to do whatever it takes to join the EU, Serbian political scientists have told Sputnik. Referring to Montenegro and Macedonia they noted that the adoption of unpopular measures in order to appease Eurocrats has not resulted in the long-awaited EU membership for the countries.

Although Montenegro has adopted a number of unpopular political decisions dictated by Brussels, this has not accelerated the country's EU accession process.

Dec 20 08:57

Eurocrats celebrate Christmas with huge payrise: Taxpayers fleeced for €100m more annually

Bild in Germany, reporting the pay spikes today, said: “A nice Christmas surprise for the nearly 38,000 EU employees!

“Their salaries and pensions increase by 1.5 per cent retroactively on July 1. EU commissioners and MEPs also benefit from this. There are up to almost €500 more per month for them.”

Eurostat, the statistics office of the bloc, base the raises on the cost of living in Belgium and Luxembourg.

The most basic salaries of EU civil servants rise from €2,830 to €2,872 in the lowest grade and from €19,588 to €19,882 per month in the highest.

Dec 20 08:57

Mass Acquittal in Heinous Gang Rape Trial Ignites Public Fury in Sweden

A Swedish court's decision to acquit five men of immigrant backgrounds accused of a gang rape in the Stockholm suburb Fittja for lack of alleged evidence has sparked an emotional outburst across the Nordic nation.

The 30-year-old victim claimed she was assaulted and raped by up to ten different men for four hours in a doorway. At the scene of the incident, there were up to 20 men who filmed the incident and laughed.

The acquittal of five immigrant men, three of whom were charged with aggravated rape and two with complicity in rape, also means that they won't have to pay any damages, which has triggered strong reactions.

Dec 20 08:48

EU triggers unprecedented proceedings against Poland, sanctions could follow

The European Union has triggered Article 7 against Poland, a procedure that could result in sanctions targeting Warsaw. The EU says Poland has violated democratic values with proposed judiciary reform.

The European Union’s executive body triggered Article 7 of the EU treaty, branded the “nuclear option,” against Poland on Wednesday. It has been triggered for the first time since the foundation of the bloc.

Dec 20 08:45

Britain-US trade deal: May and Trump vow to make SWIFT post-Brexit agreement

THERESA May and Donald Trump agreed on the importance of a swift post-Brexit bilateral trade deal in the the pair’s first phone call since their row over the US President’s retweeting of a British far-right group.

Dec 20 08:45

'BBC cannot hide its bias' Fury over BBC Question Time's Brexit coverage

THE BBC has been accused of being “institutionally biased” against Brexit after new analysis revealed that its flagship political programme had more twice as many Remain supporters as Leavers.

Dec 20 08:21

Swedish police retract safety advice to women despite 3rd gang rape in 1 month

Police in the Swedish city of Malmo have retracted advice given to women in the city following the brutal gang-rape of a 17-year-old girl. The force advised women not to go out alone after dark following the vicious attack.

Officers issued the warning over the weekend following the assault, which occurred on Saturday, and marked the third such vicious rape committed by unknown perpetrators in the city in less than a month.

Dec 19 10:08

‘They're treacherous demons!' RAGING LBC caller FURIOUS at Labour's plan to QUASH Brexit

A FURIOUS radio caller said the Labour Party is full of “treacherous demons” forcing Britons into a soft Brexit – a kind of Brexit that British people did not vote for.

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