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Dec 15 12:23

Who Ya Gonna Fight? Landmark Treaty Signed To Create EU Army

EU leaders formerly endorsed the harmless sounding Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO, pact on Thursday evening in Brussels. After the shock of Brexit, the goal of defence integration was revived by former military foes, Germany and France, supported by Italy and Spain, in a show of EU unity. A similar proposal was blocked by the French parliament in the 1950s (see below). Now a treaty has been signed which sees the defence union complete by 2025 in what has been described as “one of the most tangible steps in EU integration since Brexit”.

Britain, thanks to Brexit, Malta and Denmark, which has an “opt out” on EU defence issues did not sign the agreement. Standing in the front row on the left of the group photo was the President of the undemocratic European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, who has been calling for an EU army for many years. In 2015, The Guardian reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia a threat?!?

All it wants to do, is have its corporations make money, and take care of its people! How in the name of Sam Hill can that be construed as a "threat"?!?!?

Dec 15 08:49

COLOGNE OFFICIALS TO COMBAT NYE SEX ATTACKS WITH 'TOLERANCE' WRISTBANDS

The city of Cologne has announced they will be handing out "respect" wristbands to encourage understanding between individuals on New Year's Eve and prevent the kind of sex attacks that occurred in 2015. The wristbands are part of a new campaign called "respect" which is sponsored by the city government and controversial Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker. Many have slammed Reker and the campaign on social media likening it to comments she made shortly after the 2015 attacks calling on women to keep men at "arm's length", Kronen Zeitung reports.

At a press conference, Reker said that the campaign would focus on telling people not to sexually attack others or shoot fireworks at individuals, buildings or police. The wristbands themselves are meant to inform others to be respectful when approaching the wearer and prevent potential sex attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the women of Cologne: your mayor is an absolute epic fail on this issue.

You will be better served by getting training in those martial arts classes which are still legal, buying personal protection which is still legal, and travelling in groups when you are outside your work environment.

Only when immigrant males understand that you are not to be messed with, because you actually understand how to hurt them if forced to, and badly, will they back off.

Dec 15 07:59

Brexit Breakthrough? Brussels Poised to Greenlight Second Stage of Talks

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit speech was applauded by EU leaders on Thursday night, and hopes are high that progress in the London-Brussels talks on Britain's withdrawal from the EU will continue.

During their summit on Friday, the EU leaders are expected to approve the next stage of Brexit talks on a transition deal.

Earlier, they gave a round of applause to British Prime Minister Theresa May after she delivered a speech to outline Brexit's divorce proposals and call on Brussels to give a green light to the second stage of the UK-EU negotiations.

Dec 15 07:23

No Control Over Jihadi Defectors Enjoying 'Rock Stardom' in Sweden

The Swedish authorities have admitted that they are having trouble keeping track of jihadi returnees. Due to a lack of supervision, former "foreign fighters" walk freely and may contribute to radicalizing others in their already vulnerable environment.

Dec 15 07:13

Presidential hopeful wants Finland out of EU, says nationalists will bounce back

Finland will leave the European Union and position itself as the Switzerland of the north to protect its independence if Laura Huhtasaari, the presidential candidate of the eurosceptic Finns Party has her way.

She also told Reuters in an interview she wants to tighten immigration rules.

Dec 14 15:19

CUTTING THE CRAP: how and why banks and government are preparing to save themselves with your money.

In the UK, the eurozone, the Middle East and Asia, it is Game On for restricting bank withdrawals by customers, sorry, creditors…..hahaha, silly me.

Dec 14 13:48

Norway first country to switch off FM radio...

Dec 14 10:10

Sweden Poised to Raise Retirement Age Amidst Migrant-Driven Population Growth

Six out of Sweden’s eight parliamentary parties are now in agreement that the national age of retirement is to be raised from 61 to 64 years. This comes against the backdrop of a recent report from the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL).

Dec 14 09:04

EU SUING POLAND, HUNGARY AND CZECH REPUBLIC FOR REFUSING ISLAMIC MIGRANTS

The European Union (EU) is accusing Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic of refusing to share the "burden" of allowing Muslim migrants into their countries.

On December 4 the European Commission — the governing body of the European Union that proposes legislation and implements the EU's decisions — launched "infringement procedures" against the three countries, claiming they are "in breach of their legal obligations."

The EU ruled in 2015 that 160,000 refugees be distributed throughout most member countries of the EU.

Dec 14 08:33

Tory Brexit rebels inflict major defeat on Theresa May

Conservative rebels inflicted a humiliating defeat on Theresa May in the House of Commons as they backed an amendment to her flagship European Union withdrawal bill over parliament’s right to a meaningful vote on the Brexit deal.

Dec 14 07:57

Gorbachev WAS promised NATO would not expand east – declassified docs

In 1990, Western politicians repeatedly assured Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO wouldn’t expand east of Germany’s borders, but broke that promise less than a decade later, say insider archives from both sides of negotiations following the dismantling of the Berlin Wall.

Researchers from the respected George Washington University-based National Security Archive, which specializes in obtaining key declassified information from the government, have put together 30 crucial documents that clearly show several top Western officials vowing to Gorbachev in unison that NATO would not expand eastward. Some of these have been publicly available for several years, others have been revealed as a result of Freedom of Information requests for the study.

Dec 14 07:49

Germany Owes Greece €185 Billion In WWII Reparations, Say German Researchers

Does Germany owe Greeks billions of euros in World War II reparations for the damages and the enforced loan during the occupation of the country by the Nazis? So far, Berlin has vehemently rejected any Greek claims.

Dec 14 07:48

REMAINERS WIN BREXIT BLOCKING VOTE

The government has been defeated on what remainers refer to as a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal – but what is really a naked attempt to subvert the referendum result.

Dec 14 07:48

‘A good day for democracy!’ Guy Verhofstadt GOADS Brexiteers after Commons vote defeat

Mrs May tasted defeat with the EU Withdrawal Bill for the first time this evening after 11 Tories rebelled against her position.

It means her plans for a swift and smooth Brexit have been dealt a huge blow with MPs now assured of a “meaningful vote”.

And last night Mr Verhofstaft stuck the boot in with a mocking tweet at the Government’s expense.

Dec 14 06:24

Bank Of England Warns Of "Economic Collapse" If UK Keeps Borrowing Money

The Bank of England is putting the United Kingdom on alert.  Should the UK keep borrowing money, as Corbyn's Labor Party has advocated, there will be a “Venezuela-style” economic collapse that will devastate normal citizens.

Dec 13 10:14

Stressful Year Ahead for Spanish Banks

The “spillover effects.” 

Dec 13 08:32

Desperate Angela Merkel SLAMMED for snubbing Bundestag ahead of EU summit on Brexit

EMBATTLED Angela Merkel has been slammed for skipping an address to the Bundestag ahead of a key EU summit to decide on the next phase of Brexit talks.

Dec 13 08:32

Farage blasts Theresa 'the APPEASER': Brexit WILL have to be fought ALL over again

NIGEL Farage blasted Prime Minister Theresa May for "giving in" to the demands of the European Union during the Brexit negotiations.

Dec 13 08:31

'EVERYTHING is off the table!' German MEP warns Brexit trade talks could be DITCHED

'EVERYTHING is off the table!' German MEP warns Brexit trade talks could be DITCHED

Dec 13 08:31

'Why for hell would you want to leave!' Verhofstadt RAGES at UK for leaving EU shackles

GUY VERHOFSTADT has shredded the United Kingdom for its decision to leave the European Union during a fiery rant in the European Parliament.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Don't you like your slave chains?!?"

Dec 13 08:28

BRUSSELS BOOZE-UP BONANZA AS MEPS’ BAR, RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE RENOVATED

Brussels is set for booze-up bonanza after the European Parliament announced it is renovating the MEPs’ restaurant and lounge – and to make up for the inconvenience has built a new bar costing €200,000. Refurbishment works in the Altiero Spinelli building will begin in January and last for six months.

Dec 13 08:26

'Enough is enough' Margaret Thatcher would HATE state of Brexit negotiations, fumes Lawson

MARGARET Thatcher would have been "deeply concerned" about the progress of Brexit and the Government should give up its "fruitless quest" for an EU trade deal, former Chancellor Lord Lawson of Blaby said tonight.

Dec 13 08:25

UNACCEPTABLE! Verhofstadt hits back at Davis in fallout just FOUR days after Brexit deal

GUY Verhofstadt has blasted David Davis for his "unacceptable" remarks after he "undermined trust" between London and Brussels by revealing Britain's Brexit deal was not legally binding.

Dec 13 08:25

Jean-Claude Juncker dragged into perjury and phone-tapping scandal

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker is reportedly involved in a criminal investigation about claims that “tampering” with evidence misled an inquiry into phone-tapping, it has been revealed.

Dec 13 08:10

EU to toughen Brexit stance on 'gangster' Britain, MEPs vow

The EU will harden its position on Brexit trade talks after London said it would only pay its divorce bill if it got a deal, leading European parliamentarians said on Tuesday.

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, said EU leaders meeting for a summit this week would now insist on the divorce terms being legally binding.

He condemned "unacceptable" comments by Britain's Brexit Minister David Davis in which Davis said a deal struck to seal separation arrangements and open talks on future relations was a "statement of intent" rather than "legally enforceable."

Dec 13 08:08

Criticism after Danish school cancels Christmas to avoid ‘preaching’ to non-Christian children

Parents of local children, education officials and leading Danish politicians have criticized a primary school after it chose to cancel the traditional Christmas service, due to the presence of students of immigrant backgrounds.

"We took the decision because we have children who are not Protestant,” Marianne Vederso Schmidt, the head of Gribskolen in Graested, a town of fewer than 5,000 people in eastern Denmark, wrote in an intranet posting earlier this month.

Schmidt noted that the decision may have been overdue, as the education law forbids preaching “and it must be left to the individual families whether they want to privately attend a service.”

Dec 12 09:37

End of EU? Merkel and Macron in bitter stand-off as France backs ‘United States of Europe’

EMMANUEL Macron and Angela Merkel are in conflict over the EU as France’s plans for a “United States of Europe” move forward.

The thought of forming a “European Republic” used to be merely a federalist fantasy.

But it has now become more of a reality after gaining Mr Macron’s backing - much to the chagrin of the German Chancellor, often dubbed 'the mother of Europe'.

Dec 12 09:34

The need for cooperation and unity

Graham Peebles examines the destructive effects of competition – the guiding principle of our time – and argues that “cooperation needs to replace competition in all areas, tolerance substituted for prejudice and hate, sufficiency and sharing encouraged in place of excess and greed”. >>

Dec 12 09:18

Massive Austria gas plant blast plunges Europe into energy crisis as shortage hits

ENERGY prices across Europe have soared after an explosion ripped through one of the continent’s biggest supply hubs.

Pipeline deliveries across large parts of the continent have been thrown into chaos as a result of the deadly blast at the Baumgaerten site in eastern Austria.

In Britain, Europe's biggest gas market, the price of gas for immediate delivery soared by 35 per cent to 92p per therm, its highest level since 2013.

The Italian wholesale day-ahead price surged nearly doubled to £41.44 per megawatt-hour, its highest ever recorded level.

And Italy has declared a state of emergency as a result of the fuel crisis with industry minister Carlo Calenda warning of a "serious" energy supply problem.

Dec 12 09:04

Forced Privatization of Greek Port of Piraeus, One Year Later

Dimitri Lascaris in Greece, speaks with Giogros Gogos, general Secretary of the Dockworkers Union at the Port of Piraeus. The Troika forced the privatization of 67% of Port of Piraeus, this means that the most secure and lucrative asset in Greece, that could have generated money to pay the debt, is now the hands of Chinese shipping company Cosco

Dec 12 07:25

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but met a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.

Dec 12 07:23

'Intifada' in Sweden: Firebombs Hurled at Jewish Sites Amid Anti-Semitic Upsurge

Unrest over Donald Trump's decision to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has spread to Sweden, triggering the rise of militant anti-Semitism. Hardly had immigrants in Malmö proclaimed their own intifada pledging to "shoot Jews" when firebombing synagogues and Jewish chapels in Sweden's largest cities ensued.

Dec 12 07:19

MEPs stunned as British MEP urges Hungary to BREAK FREE from EU 'tyranny'

BREXIT should inspire other EU member states such as Hungary to leave the "stifling" European Union despite the risk of "punishing beatings", Ukip MEP David Coburn has declared.

Dec 12 07:18

Polish reject ‘EU OCCUPATION’: Voices rise for Polexit as Brussels ‘REGRESSING’ nation

A GENERATION of Poles frustrated with the European Union are calling for an end to the economic bloc and for Poland’s immediate withdrawal from the EU.

Dec 12 07:06

End of EU? Merkel and Macron in bitter stand-off as France backs ‘United States of Europe’

EMMANUEL Macron and Angela Merkel are in conflict over the EU as France’s plans for a “United States of Europe” move forward.

Dec 12 07:04

Bus of Polish tourists shot up from a grenade launcher in Lviv

In the Lviv region, in the village of Sokolniki, an unknown man fired from an RPG-26 into a bus of Polish tourists.

"December 9 at 23:36 in the village of Sokolniki, an unknown man, leaving his Toyota SUV, fired a shot into the luggage compartment of the bus, using an RPG-26. Then he returned to the car and left the scene in an unknown direction. According to available information, there are no victims." the Ukrainian police informed.

The bus was touring the city of Lviv. There were 20 citizens of the Republic of Poland on the bus.

Dec 12 07:00

Top Russian senator rules out leaving Council of Europe

The speaker of Russia’s upper house has told reporters that there are no plans to quit the Council of Europe, but added that the Russian delegation would not resume its work in the body’s parliamentary assembly until its rights are restored.

Dec 11 09:37

EU rejects recognising of al-Quds as Israeli capital

Mogherini has joined many EU leaders in expressing disapproval of the U.S. decision to recognize al-Quds as Israel's capital. She said during a joint media address Monday that "the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem (al-Quds) as the capital of both."

Netanyahu insisted that what U.S. President Donald Trump did was "put facts squarely on the table. Peace is based on reality."

He said the reality of seeing al-Quds as Israel's capital "doesn't obviate peace, it makes peace possible."

Dec 11 09:30

Will Dublin Undo Brexit Progress? Ireland Clutches Veto On EU Borders

London and Dublin are on the brink of a renewed row on the Irish border issue. It comes just days after Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker finally signed off phase one of Brexit talks.

Dec 11 09:14

A NEW STEALTH ATTACK IN EU’S “WAR ON CASH”

The EU’s Orwellian-dubbed Civil Liberties and Economic Affairs committee has approved tough new rules on cash that travelers might bring into or take out of the bloc. It’s also broadened the definition of cash to include precious stones and metals and prepaid credit cards.
For the moment the new definition does not include Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, for one simple reason: “customs authorities lack the resources to monitor them.”

Most importantly, the draft law will enable authorities to impound “cash” below the traditional €10,000 threshold, if criminal activity is suspected. The new rules would repeal the First Cash Control Regulation (CCR) from 2005, which requires individuals to declare sums over €10,000 when leaving or entering the EU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, the EU's plans to ban cash transactions have utterly zero relationship to justice, to the average person, who may be involved in a "cash and carry" business; it never touches those with armies of accountants and lawyers on speed dial, who can help them "disguise" their wealth by other means.

Dec 11 08:31

EU rebuffs Netanyahu call on Jerusalem

The EU's diplomatic chief Monday bluntly rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that Europe would follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital, saying there would be no change to its stance on the holy city.

Dec 11 08:27

Welcome To The Hell Hole That Is Brussels

When then-candidate Donald Trump noted in January 2016 that, thanks to mass immigration, Brussels was turning into a hell hole, Belgian and European politicians presented a united front at the (media) barricades: How dare he say such a thing? Brussels, capital of the European Union, the very quintessence of the post-modern world, the avant-garde of the coming new "global civilization," a hell hole? Of course assimilating newcomers is not always easy, and there may be friction from time to time. But never mind, they said: Trump is a buffoon, and anyway, he has zero chance of getting elected. Such were the thoughts of those avid readers of The New York Times International Edition and regular watchers of CNN International.

Dec 11 08:24

How broke Berlin is creaking under the strain of surge in population

The heavily indebted German capital has been on an austerity drive for the last 15 years, leaving some public services in a shamble.

While its lush parks and relatively low cost of living make the city an attractive place to call home, encounters with city authorities are often a different story.

As the last revellers stagger out of the clubs at 5.00 am and road sweepers begin doing their rounds, Alichan Terbulatov has already been queueing for hours outside the civil service office of central Berlin's Mitte district.

"It's a total farce. I got here at one in the morning" to get a birth certificate, the father of three told AFP.

Dec 11 08:22

Blow for Merkel’s EU dream: Bloc not ready for superstate 'THREAT', chancellor's ally says

EUROPE is not ready for a ‘united state’ according to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats as the German chancellor desperately tries to cling to power.

Dec 11 08:20

Eurozone CRISIS: Italy hatches shocking plan to 'LEAVE euro' – and ECB 'APPROVES'

In a move that will spark fears across the EU of an “Italexit”, three of the country’s political parties are backing the introduction of “Fiscal Credit Certificates” as an alternative to the euro.

The complex plan has the approval of the European Central Bank.

Among the parties backing it is Silvio Berlosconi’s Forza Italia, which has enjoyed an astonishing comeback in the polls.

The revelation comes as Martin Schulz, the leader of Germany’s Social Democratic party who is tipped to become Chancellor Angela Merkel’s deputy, last week called for the creation of a United States of Europe by 2025.

Dec 11 08:13

Bucharest Punchup: Romanians March Against Judicial Reforms

Romanians in the thousands gathered on Sunday in capital city Bucharest and many other urban centers throughout the country, protesting a plan by the leading Social Democrats (PSD) party to implement sweeping changes to the nation’s judicial system, a move that according to the opposition will hamstring the ability of judges to combat corruption.

Dec 11 08:07

Zarif Warns Europe Not to Side with US against Iran’s Missile Program

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the JCPOA as a “rare triumph” of diplomacy over confrontation, urging Europe, instead of siding with Washington against Iran’s missile capabilities, to help maintain the nuclear agreement.

“The nuclear deal is a rare triumph of diplomacy over confrontation. Undermining that would be a mistake,” Zarif wrote in an article published by The New York Times.

He added, “Europe should not pander to Washington’s determination to shift focus to yet another unnecessary crisis — whether it be Iran’s defensive missile program or our influence in the Middle East. This would repeat the very dynamics that preceded the nuclear deal.”

Dec 11 07:31

Bulgaria Government Shocked To Discover It Owns $3 Billion In Bitcoin

Bulgaria’s GDP is about $52.4 billion (2016), so it is quite a shock that the Bulgarian Government is sitting on an approximate $3 billion worth of Bitcoins seized in an anti-corruption operation back in May.

Putting this into a little more glaring context, Bulgaria is holding 18% of the national debt in bitcoins.

Dec 11 05:39

A NEW STEALTH ATTACK IN EU’S “WAR ON CASH”

The EU’s Orwellian-dubbed Civil Liberties and Economic Affairs committee has approved tough new rules on cash that travelers might bring into or take out of the bloc. It’s also broadened the definition of cash to include precious stones and metals and prepaid credit cards. For the moment the new definition does not include Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, for one simple reason: “customs authorities lack the resources to monitor them.”

Dec 10 09:08

Cabinet big-hitters back PM's EU deal as a step towards a soft Brexit... as rival Gove camp push May in relentless drive towards harder terms

Michael Gove was last night accused of undermining Theresa May and promoting himself as her successor by saying voters could use the next Election to rip up her EU deal.

The Environment Secretary, who led the Brexit campaign with Boris Johnson, said that after a two-year ‘transition’ when the UK leaves the EU in 2019, it would have ‘full freedom to diverge from EU law on the single market and customs union’.

If the public thought the Government was being too timid, an Election could force a more radical split and ‘divergence’ from Brussels, he argued.

Dec 10 06:11

Buchanan: The Nutball the Neocons Wanted in NATO

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What triggered this observation was an item on Page 1 of Wednesday’s New York Times that read in its entirety:

"Mikheil Saakashvili, former president of Georgia, led marchers through Kiev after threatening to jump from a five-story building to evade arrest. Page A4"

Who is Saakashvili? The wunderkind elected in 2004 in Tbilisi after a "Rose Revolution" we backed during George W. Bush’s crusade for global democracy.

During the Beijing Olympics in August 2008, Saakashvili sent his army crashing into the tiny enclave of South Ossetia, which had broken free of Georgia when Georgia broke free of Russia.

In overrunning the enclave, however, Saakashvili’s troops killed Russian peacekeepers. Big mistake.>>>

Dec 09 13:22

Jerusalem’s fate – Grant F Smith

Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem signals Washington now deems this to be Israel’s capital.

How this is in America’s interest is difficult to fathom.

The law of unintended consequences is surely in play.

Dec 08 08:45

‘Refugee quotas are nonsense’: Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic ready to fight Brussels in court

Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic have defended their sovereign “right” to reject EU-imposed refugee quotas after the European Commission referred the “breach of their legal obligations” to the European Court of Justice.

The EU introduced migrant quotas in September 2015. It was conceived as a temporary emergency scheme to relocate some 160,000 refugees across the bloc's 28 member-states, in order to help Greece and Italy who were suffocating from a refugee influx. At the time, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia voted against the relocation mechanism, with Budapest and Prague refusing outright to accept the EU-mandated number of refugees. Poland also declined to take in its share of immigrant quotas.

Dec 08 08:34

‘United States of Europe’ by 2025, Demands Former EU President

The European Union should transform into a federal “United States of Europe” by 2025 says Martin Schulz, the former President of the European Parliament and contender for German Chancellor.

“I want there to be a constitutional treaty to create a federal Europe,” Mr. Schulz said Thursday during a speech at a Social Democratic Party of Germany (SDP) convention in Berlin.

He told members of the party, which he leads, that the EU should rapidly expand its power and erode the sovereignty of nation-states, and that any country standing in the way must be ejected from the bloc.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Euro!"

Dec 08 08:05

Belgian university to end partnership with Israeli torturers

Belgium’s KU Leuven university is to end its role in a European Union-funded “research” project carried out in partnership with Israeli torturers.

Luc Sels, the university’s rector, announced on Wednesday that researchers would be able to complete the current stage of the LAW-TRAIN project ending in April 2018, but would not take part in future phases.

“LAW-TRAIN cannot be judged separate from the composition of the consortium,” Sels stated.

Dec 07 16:02

RAW STREET VIDEO | French President Macron Tells Migrant Woman ‘Go Back To Morocco’…

She's attempting to milk the system and Macron knows it. This is remarkable video to see him talk and argue this way with someone on the street. Very cool footage.

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