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Sep 06 08:01

TOP EU COURT THREATENS POLAND, HUNGARY, CZECH REPUBLIC WITH FINES IF THEY REFUSE REFUGEES

Concluding a months-long saga in which central and eastern European nations revolted against Brussels' refugee policies, on Wednesday the European Union’s highest court ruled that EU states must take in a share of refugees who reach Europe, dismissing complaints by Slovakia and Hungary and reigniting an angry row between east and west. The Court upheld the EU’s right to order national governments to take in their "fair share" of asylum seekers, arguing that "the mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Did you hear that dull, agonising thud from across the pond?!?

THAT... was the EU, dismembering itself over the issue of refugee immigration.

Sep 05 12:05

Irish Foreign Minister Takes Swipe At Britain Brexit Plans, Border Talks

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has criticized Britain’s Brexit proposal, saying the proposal has been met with widespread skepticism and that implementing an invisible border between Ireland and Northern Ireland as part of the Brexit plan is not a credible solution.

Sep 05 10:51

Blackballed: Merkel Vows to Prevent Turkey from Joining EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed that she will block Turkey's membership talks with the European Union, signaling an apparent pivot from her previous position.

During a Sunday televised debate with her Social Democrat (SPD) rival Martin Schulz, the center-right leader shocked the audience with an unexpected pledge to discuss an end to Turkey's EU membership talks with fellow European leaders, if she returned for a fourth term in the upcoming German federal elections.

"The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU," Merkel said, adding that she never believed it would happen.

"I'll speak to my [EU] colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meanwhile, we have the Turkish Foreign Minister deliver the following remarks on Turkey's accession to the EU getting blocked:

Turkey Says Talk of Ending Its EU Accession Undermines Europe

But considering Erdogan's power-mad, dictatorial and suppressive politics at home, manifested by closing down newspapers, and arresting alleged dissidents, I think Merkel's decision to oppose Turkey's accession into the EU is a wise one, for now.

When Erdogan leaves office, and someone who is more Democracy-oriented becomes President, however, a reconsideration may be possible by the EU.

Sep 05 10:10

Corbyn vows that Labour will vote AGAINST the EU repeal bill as former minister predicts the party will end up backing second Brexit referendum

Jeremy Corbyn was accused of betraying his promises to honour Brexit today after he ordered Labour MPs to vote against the EU repeal bill next week.

Sep 05 10:07

HOW CORPORATE LOBBYISTS DOMINATE MEETINGS WITH UK AND EU BREXIT NEGOTIATORS

The far-reaching Brexit agreement that will govern the UK’s exit from the European Union is not only being shaped at the negotiating table, but also by the lobbyists who are trying to influence each side’s position papers and red lines.

New analysis of official statistics on lobby meetings with ministers from the UK’s Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) and members of the EU’s Brexit Task Force reveals a common willingness to privilege the representatives of corporate interests above all others:

Between October 2016 and March 2017, DExEU staff had six meetings with big business representatives for every one meeting with an NGO, a trade union or a think tank. This figure may even just be the tip of the iceberg, as Brexit lobby meetings are also likely to take place with DExEU officials not required to disclose meetings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such negotiations are never about how the Brexit may positively influence the lives of every-day, working Brits; they are always about how corporations are going to game the system, to better their own financial states.

Sep 05 09:21

Reporter Who Exposed Diplomatic Flights Weapons Transfers Speaks: Azerbaijan Confirms Documents

By Brandon Turbeville

Last week, I wrote an article entitled, “Leaked Documents Purport To Show How The U.S., Gulf Countries Ship Weapons To Terrorists Using Diplomatic Flight Cover,” in which I covered the story broken by Bulgarian reporter Dilyana Gaytandzhieva regarding the use of Azeri diplomatic flights by the United States and Gulf countries to ship weapons to various conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East, including to terrorists organizations. Gaytandzhieva originally came upon the documents as a result of a leak sent to her by Anonymous Bulgaria.

Her report blew the lid on a secret program to provide weapons to terrorists in Iraq and Syria as well as anti-Houthi militants in Yemen...

Sep 05 07:03

Stop working with Israeli torturers, Palestinians urge EU academics

Palestinian academics are urging their European counterparts to end their cooperation with a European Union project that funds Israeli torturers.

The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees and PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, are calling on Belgium’s KU Leuven university and Portugal’s INESC-ID research institute to pull out of the EU-funded LAW-TRAIN program.

They also urge three British academics listed as advisors – Portsmouth University’s Claire Nee and Jo Taylor and William Finn, both of the College of Policing – to end their roles in the project.

Sep 05 07:02

EU Dismisses Hungarian Request for ‘Solidarity’ over Border Controls, ‘We Won’t Support Fences’

On Thursday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sent a letter to Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker asking for €400 million, representing half the amount that the Visegrad nation says it has spent on border protection measures which include erecting a 110-mile fence along its border with Serbia, and another with Croatia.

But a spokesman for the Commission refused the request, telling Hungary that fences are not a border control measure that Brussels is prepared to back.

“We do support border management measures at the external borders. This can be surveillance measures. It can be border control equipment… But fences, we do not finance,” Alexander Winterstein said.

Sep 05 07:01

Peter Mandelson Pledges ‘Serious, Political Trench Warfare’ Against Brexit Bill

The so-called Prince of Darkness — who had to resign from the Blair Government twice before being gifted a job at the European Commission and made a Lord — issued his call to arms in an article for The Times Red Box.

“The most significant development of recent weeks has been Labour’s shift in stance on Single Market and Customs Union membership,” he crowed.

“The party is now calling on the government to keep Britain fully in the Single Market and Customs Union for a transitional period that lasts ‘as long as necessary’. Mr Starmer also said that continued single market and customs union membership after transition should remain on the table.”

Sep 05 06:34

Blackballed: Merkel Vows to Prevent Turkey from Joining EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed that she will block Turkey's membership talks with the European Union, signaling an apparent pivot from her previous position.

Sep 04 18:40

How Corporate Lobbyists Dominate Meetings With UK and EU Brexit Negotiators

The far-reaching Brexit agreement that will govern the UK’s exit from the European Union is not only being shaped at the negotiating table, but also by the lobbyists who are trying to influence each side’s position papers and red lines. New analysis of official statistics on lobby meetings with ministers from the UK’s Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) and members of the EU’s Brexit Task Force reveals a common willingness to privilege the representatives of corporate interests above all others

Sep 03 06:03

USA & EU Differences in Monetary Policy

Sep 02 13:00

EU fatcats demand taxpayers pay £2MILLION to fund travel expenses or else they can't work

EU officials have been plunged into another taxpayer-funded expenses scandal after the European Parliament demanded millions to fund lavish benefits.

Despite overspending its inflated budget, MEPs insisted £2million was needed to travel to and from Brussels and Strasbourg on a regular basis.

The spending demands, branded as a “gravy train farce”, are laid out to pay for hotel rooms and a “daily allowance” for meals and entertainment.

And documents revealed that Euro fat cats want an extra £1.2million to fund a fleet of chauffeur-driven vehicles used by MEPs.

Sep 02 11:34

Washington Is Preparing for Nuclear War in Europe

Amid mounting military and diplomatic tensions between the US and Russia, the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Friday that the American Congress has taken the first steps toward Washington’s annulling of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The INF, or Washington Treaty on Mid-range Nuclear Systems, is a bilateral agreement reached between the United States and the Soviet Union on the decommissioning of short- and mid-range missiles (with a range of between 500 and 5,500 miles), and the banning of their production.

The treaty, signed on 8 December 1987 by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, led to a significant reduction of US nuclear weapons in Europe. The nuclear-armed mid-range Pershing II missiles, whose stationing in Western Europe five years earlier had triggered the largest peace demonstrations to that point in history, were withdrawn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why in the name of all that's holy, would Putin want to invade the Baltics?!?

The guy is many things, but there two things he isn't, and those are stupid and impulsive.

Here's the info on these drills, scheduled to run from 14 through 20 September of this year:

Russia Plans Huge Zapad 2017 Military Exercises With Belarus

These drills have gone off without a hitch, in years before, so why the hype about this year's Zapad drills?!?

If I were a betting person, I would not bet against some kind of "false flag" created by either NATO and/or the US, then blamed on Russia, as the "trigger incident" to get such a war going.

The Deep Staters in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, want to see a war happen, (any war), to precede the collapse of the US economy, and act as a distraction from it.

Magicians do this all the time; in that trade, it is called "misdirection".

Unfortunately, the "misdirection" the US Deep Staters are planning comes with horrific costs in blood and money.

Sep 01 09:46

Stockholm on Lockdown As Police Officer Stabbed in Neck By Moroccan Youth

It is reported the assailant snuck up behind the officer and cut his neck. The attack has been called completely unprovoked in Swedish media.

While the officer was conscious and able to sit up on his own as the ambulance arrived. He was discharged from the hospital Thursday afternoon having sustained only minor injuries.

The attack comes just hours after Swedish police were the subject of another potentially deadly attack Thursday morning, again in Stockholm. Officers were called to a bogus burglar alarm in a suburb to the south of the city, and upon arriving instead of finding a householder in distress, their car was pelted with heavy stones from a 10th floor flat in a tower block.

One of the officers, a police dog handler came close to being killed when his vehicle was struck, reports Expressen. Police were able to raid the apartment and arrested one for attempted murder, but a second suspect remains on the run.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "cultural enrichment" in Sweden, I see.

Sep 01 09:46

SHAKEDOWN: US Forces EU to Pay 50% More for Natural Gas vs Russia

And 50% is only the cost of the gas. Add in the construction of those expensive terminals and rental of the special tankers, and it gets even worse.

Russian gas costs about $170 per 1000 cubic meters. The Americans charge about $260, or perhaps more, the price is a closely guarded secret.

This Russian news segment is fact-filled, and very interesting. Russia has been building supply capacity to Europe for 10 years, deliberately making itself the no-brainer, low-cost supplier.

Aug 31 16:25

Leaked Documents Purport To Show How The U.S., Gulf Countries Ship Weapons To Terrorists Using Diplomatic Flight Cover

By Brandon Turbeville

A recent report by Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva entitled, “350 Diplomatic Flights Carry Weapons For Terrorists,” may very well have blown the lid on a secret program to provide weapons to terrorists in Iraq and Syria as well as anti-Houthi militants in Yemen. Gaytandzhieva’s report claims that the documents leaked to her by anonymous sources show that the Azberbaijani airline Silk Way Airlines was contracted by companies in the United States, Israel, and the Balkans to the militaries of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates as well as U.S. Special Ops. Gaytandzhieva’s own on-the-ground reporting also uncovered many weapons related to this secret trade in Aleppo after she had traveled there to investigate the story.

She has subsequently been fired...

Aug 31 07:58

Poland to be STRIPPED of EU voting rights as MERKEL doesn't agree with domestic reforms

POLAND could be stripped of its voting rights in the European Union after Angela Merkel revealed her outrage with the country’s controversial domestic and judicial reforms.

Aug 31 07:58

EU facing 51 lawsuits worth BILLIONS of pounds for shutting down Spanish bank

THE European Union (EU) is facing 51 lawsuits amounting to billions of pounds for shutting down Spain’s sixth largest bank.

Aug 31 07:44

'Not European': Juncker Cuts Ukraine's Poroshenko Down to Size

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s opinion that Ukraine is neither part of the European Union, nor part of NATO reflects the West’s growing annoyance regarding false statements made by the Ukrainian leader, political analyst Oleg Bondarenko told Sputnik.

Aug 30 14:52

EU Demands That Britain Start ‘Negotiating Seriously’ On Brexit

The EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier is “concerned” about the progress of talks and has urged Britain to start “negotiating seriously” as the stand-off over the divorce bill intensifies.

Aug 29 17:07

EU's Juncker Warns Britain To First Agree With Divorce Terms

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said Britain must first agree with its divorce terms before any discussions begin on post-Brexit ties.

“We need to be crystal clear that we will begin no negotiations on the new economic and trade relationship between the UK and the EU before all these questions are resolved …that is the divorce between the EU and the UK,” Juncker said on Tuesday at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

Aug 29 13:02

EU Holds Paris Conference To Set Up Detention Camps For Migrants In Libya

Yesterday, heads of state of Germany, France, Italy, and Spain and of the African states of Niger and Chad, together with UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of Libya attended a summit on immigration hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Aug 29 12:31

STUDY: DOPING WESTERN CULTURES WITH OXYTOCIN WILL CURE HATRED OF REFUGEES

A group of researchers from Germany and the United States have published a study which concludes that doping ‘xenophobic’ populations with massive quantities of the estrogen-linked hormone Oxytocin will cure nationalism – making native citizens more accepting and generous towards migrants who simply want free handouts from Western taxpayers while Islamic extremists peacefully rape and murder infidels.

Aug 29 11:14

Netanyahu Faces Arrest Charges If He Sets Foot in Spain

Israeli Prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and other government officials are to be arrested if they ever show up in Spain.

Former PM and minister of Army, Ehud Barak, current minister of army Avigdor Lieberman, former minister of strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon, former interior minister Eli Yishai, israel geologist and politician Benny Begin and vice admiral Maron Eliezer, were also named in the list of arrest.

Reportedly, Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata ordered the Spanish police to alert him if Netanyahu or any of the other government officials come to Spain.

This is after Israeli forces attacked Gaza Freedom Flotilla in 2010 which is affiliated to a humanitarian solidarity movement that stands in solidarity with Gaza against human rights violations.

Aug 29 10:49

Spain: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

When the Catalans goes to the polls Oct. 1, much more than independence for Spain’s restive province will be at stake. In many ways the vote will be a sounding board for Spain’s future, but it is also a test of whether the European Union—divided between north and south, east and west—can long endure.

Aug 29 10:25

'Absolutely bonkers' EU ban on powerful vacuum cleaners set to spark major sales rush

EU RULES that will suck the power out of vacuum cleaners are poised to cause a stampede at electrical stores.

Aug 29 10:24

SPAIN IN CRISIS: Catalonia vows to hold independence referendum against PM's wishes

SPAIN could be on the brink of collapse after politicians in Catalonia vowed to hold a landmark vote on independence.

Aug 29 10:13

Leaked photo ends Amsterdam Police cover up; names Khalid Karmaoui as man ramming car through crowd, wounding eight

An Amsterdam Police spokesperson has now responded by saying the picture indeed seems to show a police system, and that they’re “taking this very seriously“.

By the way, Maarten van Dun, a Dutch reporter for the local Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool, came out on Twitter saying the man’s name had been known to journalists for a long time, but said that his newspaper decided that:

“Origin and background alone are never news. The same holds for this time.”
In other words: both the police and media withheld this information from the public.

Aug 29 10:10

Moderate Muslim kick a French woman violently into the buttocks. No respect for women! DISGUSTING!

Aug 29 09:18

Four Multinational Battlegroups in Baltic States 'Fully Operational' - NATO

NATO's four multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are fully operational and represent a "defensive and proportionate deterrent force," the alliance said in a statement on Monday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — It was stated that establishment of these multinational troops was a part of the alliance's policy to boost its military presence in Eastern Europe, adopted at the 2016 Warsaw Summit.

"NATO’s four multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are now fully operational. This milestone comes after the Canadian-led battlegroup based at Camp Adazi in Latvia became the fourth battlegroup to complete its Certification Exercise," the press release read.

According to the statement, the battlegroups in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland are led by Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States respectively.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just from where, precisely, does NATO believe that such an "attack" would come from, Russia?!?

Russia's Putin is many things; but one of them is not stupid.

He is a master chess player, who is a zillion moves ahead of NATO right now.

Whatever he wanted to bring to bear, in response and retaliation to those sanctions placed against Russia and the EU would not be military; they would be economic, and asymmetric.

Aug 28 09:12

Europe: How Bond Investors Get Wiped Out

Aug 28 07:40

Thousands of migrants trying to reach Britain from Spanish port of Bilbao

The port has become an alternative route into the UK and has been described locally as “a problem of the first order”.

Police have stopped 1,765 failed stowaways at the port so far this year – five times more than in all of 2016.

Tented encampments have grown up near the ferry terminal, under motorways and in abandoned properties.

Aug 28 06:57

Monkey See: Scheduled Russian Military Border Drills Get Matching NATO Maneuvers

An upcoming series of regularly-scheduled large-scale Russian military drills in the Baltic and elsewhere in the country has NATO scrambling to respond to what it says could be threatening gestures.

A regularly-scheduled series of large-scale military exercises, called Zapad-2017, has gotten the focused attention of NATO brass, who have suggested that similar drills by the west set to coincide with Moscow's established September exercises could create a dangerous situation involving possible military miscalculations, according to military.com.

"It will be getting crowded, especially in the Baltic Sea area," according to the Polish European Leadership Network security analyst Lukasz Kulesa.

"We will be watching each others' exercises," Kulesa said, adding, "so there's always a risk of an incident or accident."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In looking at NATO's military posture, which has included the literal circling Russia's borders, and looking at the massive NATO exercises ongoing, if you were Vladimir Putin, would you not respond in kind?!?

Unfortunately, I think NATO's accusation about potentially "threatening gestures" resulting from these exercises telegraphs that there will be some kind of "false flag", to be blamed on Russia as the prelude toward war against it.

I hope to heck that I am wrong, but this seems to be to where all this is Russophobic talk is leading.

Aug 28 04:16

Apologia of Virginia Raggi, mayor of Rome

Rome is a crossroads of economic, political and religious interests, the seat of the Italian government, but also of the Vatican, the center of world Catholic Christianity. Because of its central role in Italian politics and its history of eternal city, Rome has accumulated a series of problems and conflicts that have brought, in their recent form, to an upsurge of the traditional political structures and the election as mayor of a person who does not belong to the already established political structures. The mayor currently in office, Mrs. Virginia Raggi, comes in fact from a relatively new political party and largely unrelated to those forms of agreement that have transformed Rome and the Italian res publica into a manger for corrupt politicians and ugly dealmakers. In order to understand how this woman became mayor of Rome in June 2016, by harassing her opponents, one must remember well what happened in the months before her election. Remember is the exact word.

Aug 27 10:50

Italy gang rape: Tourist attacked in front of boyfriend at seaside resort

Police said the vicious attack on the Polish couple, who are 26-years-old, took place in Rimini on the Adriatic coast of Italy.

The man was beaten on the head and robbed according to Italian police.

The woman was raped repeatedly by four men early on Saturday on a stretch of the beach in Rimini, which is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Italy.

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Italian newspaper Ansa said the girl's attackers have been described as dark skinned.

Aug 26 10:41

‘You won’t rule Europe’ Poland PM in furious attack on Macron and blasts him as 'arrogant'

EMMANUEL Macron has been branded “arrogant” by Polish Prime Minister Beata Syzdlo as she warned the Frenchman he will not rule Europe.

Aug 26 08:23

NATO says Russia should be transparent about its military drills

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday the alliance would closely watch Russian military exercises in western Russia and Belarus next month, urging Moscow to be transparent about the drills.

The maneuvers, the largest in years, with tanks, naval and air units operating in and around the Baltic and North Sea, have raised NATO’s concern that the official number of troops participating might be understated.

“We are going to be watching very closely the course of these exercises,” Stoltenberg told reporters after meeting Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on a visit to check on the deployment of the U.S.-led alliance’s forces in the country’s east.

“All countries have the right to exercises of their armed forces, but the countries should also respect the obligation to be transparent.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I NATO'S Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, I would not be speaking of "Russian Transparency" in these drills, but rather on the issue of mutual cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

Talking, then acting together, in accord, on these areas, will do far better to ratchet down tensions between Europe and Russia than an accusatory statement about the lack of transparency (whatever the heck that is) in Russia's military drills.

Aug 25 10:34

Emmanuel Macron wants to replicate Merkel and RULE the European Union, says biographer

EMMANUEL MACRON is aiming to replicate his German colleague Angela Merkel as he hopes to “completely reform” the European Union, according to his biographer.

Aug 25 10:34

Macron's Europe ULTIMATUM: French president ORDERS EU to support his reforms… or CRUMBLE

EMMANUEL Macron has risked falling out with his European allies after sensationally claiming the EU risks collapse unless the bloc’s cheap labour rule is overhauled.

Aug 24 08:56

Rome police disperse rioting migrants with water cannons

Aug 24 08:54

'Time for GERMANY to lead Europe!' Merkel urged to boost German military as USA 'is weak'

GERMANY should abandon its military reluctance and lead Europe, Angela Merkel has been told by a leading historian.

Aug 24 08:51

The United Nations Issues A Warning For The US

The indictment for the Awans is missing something very important according to the former State Attorney. The corporate media is trying to push the idea that the incident with the USS McCain might have been caused by hacking.

Aug 24 08:10

‘More jihadists heading to Europe posing as migrants,’ Libya’s PM warns

EUROPE will be at the mercy of terrorists posing as migrants until the refugee tide crossing the Mediterranean is stopped, Britain was warned last night.

Aug 24 01:55

Diplomat says Transnistria will not agree to Moldova’s controlling its borders

The unrecognized Republic of Transnistria will continue to seek Moldova’s refusal to establish control over its borders despite the launch of the first checkpoint, Transnistria’s Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatiev said on Wednesday following meeting with Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Gheorghe Balan in the city of Bender. "If someone has any illusions that this issue will not be discussed, I assure you that it will be discussed at all levels of the negotiation process until the restrictions are removed," Ignatiev said, adding that a note of protest was handed over to Moldova’s representative on Wednesday. In May 2017, first representatives of Moldova’s border guard and customs services appeared on the Transnistrian segment of the border, which is not controlled by Chisinau. They are located at the Ukrainian checkpoint Kuchurgan-Pervomaisk, which handles more than 70% of all trade operations in Transnistria.

Aug 24 01:40

Spy scandal: NATO uses Macedonia against Serbia

Intelligence services of leading NATO countries have recently intensified their subversive activities against Serbia. Today, this is the only republic of the former Yugoslavia that does not want to join the North Atlantic Alliance. Belgrade accuses its neighbor Macedonia of espionage with the participation of a foreign factor, which is, of course, NATO. Will Belgrade be able to maintain its independence in the struggle? Today, Serbia is the only bastion on the territory of the former Yugoslavia that remains opposed to NATO's expansion in the region. All other republics of the former Yugoslavia have either already joined the North Atlantic Alliance (Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro), or are only going to do it (Macedonia). It is no coincidence a big diplomatic scandal has recently broken out between Serbia and Macedonia.

Aug 23 09:06

EU Approves $118Mln Aid Package to Support Reforms in Afghanistan

The European Union approved on Monday an aid package to Afghanistan worth 100 million euros ($118 million) under a State Building Contract (SBC) signed with the Afghan government to support implementation of key reforms aimed at ensuring macroeconomic stability, improving public financial management, state budget transparency and development policies, Delegation of the European Union to Afghanistan said in a statement.

Aug 23 08:38

EU has just weeks to relocate 130 THOUSAND migrants as bloc to fail on ANOTHER pledge

THE European Union is set to fail on its pledge to relocate hundreds of thousands of migrants across the Brussels bloc as Mediterranean nations deal with the brunt of the crisis.

Aug 23 07:56

Germany MUST pay! Pressure mounts on Merkel as majority of Poles demand WW2 reparations

A recent IPSOS survey for TVP’s News programme found that an overwhelming majority - 63 per cent - of Poles wanted Germany to pay up for damages inflicted on the country during World War 2.

Aug 22 15:47

UK condemned over 'shocking' export of deadly weedkiller to poorer countries

A highly toxic weedkiller not authorised for use in the EU is being exported to developing countries from a UK factory. Paraquat, a pesticide so lethal that a single sip can be fatal, has caused thousands of accidental deaths and suicides globally, and was outlawed by EU states in 2007.

Aug 22 15:10

Polish Government Demands War Reparations From Germany

The Polish government of the Law and Justice party (PiS) announced earlier this month that it would demand reparations from Germany for the massive damage done to the country under the Nazi occupation in World War II. Just a few days earlier, the European Union had initiated legal proceedings against Poland which could result in the country losing its voting rights in the EU.

Aug 22 12:06

EU Enabling ‘Free Movement Of Terrorists’ – Farage

Free movement around the European Union (EU) allows terrorists to easily cross international borders and commit mass murder, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said.

Security forces across the bloc are currently hunting for a terrorist linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) after he rammed a van into tourists on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, killing 13.

Aug 22 10:27

Germany, France and Italy plot EU power to BLOCK 'politically motivated' Chinese takeovers

BRUSSELS should be given powers to rule on whether or not Chinese takeovers of major European companies are motivated by political rather than economic goals, a major report says today.

Aug 22 10:26

'Bad choice' Macron's popularity plummets as he scrambles to please EU on France's deficit

EMMANUEL Macron’s popularity rating has plummeted to one of the lowest on record for a new French president as he struggles to force through unpopular policies designed to placate EU beancounters.

Aug 22 10:23

Armed force ‘led by former MAFIA boss’ causing dramatic reduction in migrants to Italy

A “FORMER Mafia boss” is conducting a “very strong” campaign to stop migrant boats from leaving Libya, causing a sudden drop in numbers over the past month, sources in the area revealed.

Aug 22 10:01

NATO Drills: Bulgarian Soldiers Refused to Shoot Targets with Russian Signs

How fragile the NATO ranks are is illustrated by the following incident that happened at the Noble Jump exercise (NOJP 17) held in June in Romania. Military units from 11 NATO countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Holland, Norway, Poland, Romania and the USA took part in the drills. During the shooting at the training grounds, the Bulgarian soldiers flatly refused to shoot as “Russian identification marks have been placed on the targets, and they won’t shoot at Russians!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does not augur well for NATO readiness at any level, should there be an actual, verifiable "threat" against it.

Aug 22 09:53

Sweden increases military spending and reintroduces conscription as Russia tensions mount

Scandinavian nation's armed forces receive £190 million in additional funding under cross-party agreement to bolster defences against threat posed by neighbouring superpower

Aug 21 09:19

EU is ENDANGERING OUR LIVES: Nigel Farage’s furious attack on weak Brussels leaders

FORMER Ukip leader Nigel Farage accused of "endangering" the lives of EU citizens by failing to establish a stronger security policy to protect them from terror attacks such as Barcelona.

Aug 21 08:31

More Europeans' Consider Idea to Send Those Posing Threat to States of Origin

"We need to resolve the political problems. We need to stop thinking that by putting more police, more military we will resolve the problem," Kader Abderrahim, a research fellow at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) and lecturer at Sciences Po university, told Sputnik.

According to IRIS fellow Abderrahim, in today’s globalized world closing borders does not make any sense.

Aug 20 18:50

Barcelona terror attackers had been making bombs undisturbed for SIX MONTHS

SPANISH police chief Josep Lluis Trapero insisted today his force had a "clear conscience" as it emerged several of the 12 Catalan terror suspects had been using a house where bombs were being prepared for more than six months.

Aug 18 11:22

Caught On Tape: Spanish Police Kill Five Terrorist In Separate Terror Plot

Update: The police force for Spain’s Catalonia region says its troopers shot and killed four suspects and wounded a fifth in a resort town south of Barcelona to “respond to a terrorist attack.” The regional police said in a tweet that they are investigating whether the Cambrils suspects were wearing explosive vests. Its officers planned to carry out several controlled explosions. The force says it is working on the theory that the Cambrils suspects were linked to the Barcelona attack, as well as to a Wednesday night explosion in the town of Alcanar in which one person was killed.

Subsequently, the police said the fifth suspect shot in the resort town of Cambrils has died and six civilians have been injured. Police earlier Friday morning had said four suspects had been killed in the town south of Barcelona during a police operation to “respond to a terrorist attack.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That this is becoming the "new normal" for not only Spain, but also for all of Europe, breaks my heart..

This is why immigrants need to be thoroughly vetted, to attempt to prevent catastrophes like this.

Aug 18 10:39

Two killed in stabbing in Turku, Finland

Two people have been killed by an unidentified knifeman who stabbed several passers-by in Finland’s city of Turku on Friday, a Finnish police official said at a press conference. "Eight people have been wounded and two of them have died," he said. The police authorities noted that one person is suspected in connection with the terror attack. He is in hospital now. Finland’s Ministry of the Interior said he is not a Finnish citizen. Police earlier reported that an unidentified knifeman stabbed a few people in downtown Turku. Police officers opened fire on the attacker, wounding him in the leg. He was detained. Law enforcement authorities ask people to avoid the city center. The Reuters news agency reported that security measures in Helsinki’s airport and railway stations were tightened due to the incident.

Aug 18 10:19

Spain attacks: Police shoot dead 5 suspects in 12 hours of terror

A wide-ranging anti-terror operation was under way in Spain on Friday after police killed five men wearing fake suicide belts in a town south of Barcelona, hours after a van mowed down dozens of people in the heart of the city.

Why wear a fake suicide belt?

Aug 18 07:58

URBAN WARFARE: NATO ISSUES RFP FOR TRAINING TO FIGHT IN BIG CITIES WITH "DENSE, INTERCONNECTED POPULATIONS"

Throughout the 2016 campaigning cycle, then candidate Trump frequently criticized NATO as “obsolete” and repeatedly knocked allies for not paying their “fair share.”

Then, in a shocking reversal, Trump hosted a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, just a few months after moving into the White House, in which he declared: "I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete."

"The Secretary General and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO could do in the fight against terrorism. I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change. And now they do fight terrorism. I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete."

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It appears that NATO is looking to assassinate whole populations, in Europe and beyond, into slave-like compliance to their dictates, with this kind of training.

Aug 18 06:46

Media: Islamic State Barcelona attack sends ripples

When asked about the consequences of this terrorist attack, Spanish political expert and Director of the El Semanal Digital publication Antoni Naranjo answered briefly, "unity", in an interview with the paper. He noted that, in the wake of the attack, employees of El Prat Airport decided to end the large-scale indefinite strike, which had significantly hampered the work of Barcelona’s major air hub. Meanwhile, member of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party Juan Moscoso del Prado informed Izvestia that the fact that Barcelona had been chosen by terrorists as a target is no coincidence. The politician recalled that the city is very popular with tourists, and it is very easy for terrorists to find a place for a potential attack. Apparently, jihadists are behind the attack, since the greatest number of extremist groups is in the region, he noted. Every successful terrorist attack is replicated, retired FSB Colonel Vladimir Lutsenko explained to Kommersant.

Aug 18 06:44

‘They have caused this’ Nigel Farage blasts European leaders after fatal Barcelona attack

Farage said: “What happens is they all stand up and they say ‘We stand in solidarity with Barcelona, or Brussels, or Stockholm, or Paris, or London or wherever it may be, and this is really truly awful’.

“There is no understanding of why this is going on and not once, not once, do we ever hear a single leader in Europe offer any policy solution whatsoever.

“They are still in denial, and my only guess is that they are so embarrassed by the fact that they have caused this.”

Aug 18 06:38

Spain hopes for cooperation with Russia in fighting terrorism

Successful fighting terrorism requires common effort, and Spain hopes for cooperation with Russia in this sphere, Spain’s Ambassador to Russia Ignacio on Friday after the mourning ceremony by the embassy in Moscow.
Barcelona terror attack caused by illegal migration, Hungarian diplomat says http://tass.com/world/960938

Aug 18 06:17

Up to 3,000 jihadists expected to come to Europe in near future

Up to 3,000 jihadists are expected to come to Europe in the coming years, experts from RAN analytical center said. In their opinion, the militants, who had left European countries to fight on the side of terrorists, are coming back to their homes now. The number of terrorists coming to Europe may increase dramatically should the Islamic State terrorist group declare its defeat. The experts also said that a third of Europeans, who had left for the war, have already returned home. Most of them remain under police surveillance, but others managed to escape from the sight of the authorities. Most of those terrorists have suffered psychic traumas as they have either taken part in brutal hostilities or eyewitnessed violence, RAN researchers say. More than 42,000 foreign soldiers from more than 120 countries joined the ranks of jihadists from 2011 to 2016. About 5,000 people left European countries to struggle "in the name of Islam."

Aug 17 23:45

Spanish police confirm four terrorists shot dead in Cambrils

"Four people were killed in Cambrils, another is arrested, wounded," the police said. The fifth person has since died. According to media reports, the suspects tried to commit a terrorist act in Cambrils, similar to what happened in Barcelona earlier. At least seven people, including a policeman, were wounded in the attack, according to Twitter account of emergency services in Catalonia. The Catalan police believe that the terrorist attack in Cambrils might be related to the previous attack on pedestrians in Barcelona and an explosion in an apartment building in Alcanar, where one person was killed and at least one other wounded in an explosion that destroyed a house.
Citizens of 18 countries suffered in Barcelona terror attack http://tass.com/world/960881
Reuters: At least 100 people injured in Barcelona terror attack http://tass.com/world/960879

Aug 17 12:42

THERESA MAY REJECTS APPEAL FROM 9/11 SURVIVORS TO RELEASE SUPPRESSED SAUDI ARABIA TERROR REPORT

Theresa May has rejected an appeal from survivors of the 9/11 attacks to make public a suppressed report into the role of Saudi Arabia in funding Islamist extremism in the UK. Earlier this summer, the British government announced it had decided not to publish the information, citing national security reasons and the “vast amount of personal information” it contained.

Aug 17 11:49

Latest: Barcelona - Massacre in terrorist attack. Developing story

13 people have been murdered in Barcelona in a terrorist attack, when a van rammed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, a popular pedestrian street with lateral carriageways for traffic. A photograph has been released of one of the main suspects, believed to be the young man who rented the van used in the attack and the one driving it in the incident and there are also reports that he rented a second van; he is described as "a man with 1.70 meters in height" with a North African or Middle Eastern appearance. He left the van and ran off through the neighboring marketplace. The center of the city has been cordoned off by the police. So far the latest information from the Spanish healthcare services indicates that 56 people have been taken to hospitals. Ten people are considered as seriously injured. A second van believed to have possibly been rented by the same man who perpetrated the attack has been found by police in the nearby town of Vic.

Aug 17 09:37

Spanish coastguard rescues 600 migrants in 24 hours, amid surge in arrivals via Morocco

Since the start of 2017, more than 8,000 migrants have used the so-called Western Mediterranean Route from Morocco into Spain, compared to 2,500 during the same period last year. The IOM says migrants may be choosing it as a “safe route” amid a crackdown in Libya at the behest of the European Union.

Aug 17 08:50

Barcelona: Van hits crowds in Ramblas tourist area

A van has ploughed into crowds in Barcelona's Ramblas tourist area.

Spanish police say several people have been injured in a "massive crash", while emergency services are urging people to stay away from the area around Plaça Catalunya.

Reports from the scene say people are taking cover in nearby shops and cafes.

Reuters news agency reports that emergency services have requested the closure of local metro and train stations.

Aug 16 12:22

European Contaminated Eggs Scandal Broadens

The Fipronil scandal is broadening. Eggs contaminated with the toxic insecticide have now been found in many European countries and in Hong Kong. The European Union (EU) has announced a crisis meeting on the issue but has failed to set a specific date.

Aug 16 02:14

Ex-president advises Poland to avoid disputes with Germany over WWII reparations issue

A research, carried out by the Warsaw mayor’s order in 2004, established that the damage sustained only by the Polish capital in the World War II could be estimated at $45.3 billion... The incumbent Polish leadership has chosen the wrong time to raise the issue of World War II reparations from Germany, Poland’s ex-president Lech Walesa told TASS on Tuesday. "Of course, our country suffered terrible damage. Some questions have been solved, but I’m unaware of all the details," the Nobel Peace Prize winner said. "Germany is our biggest partner. They support us in many issues. Do we need this confrontation now? Instead of solving all issues calmly and wisely, instead of reaching a consensus, they [the incumbent government] are looking for enemies in order to keep their party in power," said Walesa, who served as the president of Poland in 1990-1995.

Aug 15 14:15

UK May Seek Temporary Trade Deal After Brexit

The UK government is seeking an interim trade relationship with the European Union in order to secure the “freest and most frictionless possible trade” with the EU after Britain exits the bloc.

Aug 15 11:56

Insanity: Denmark Gives Homes And Jobs To Former ISIS Thugs For “Hug A Terrorist” Campaign

There’s a very simple principle that helps form the bedrock of any prosperous and civilized society. When people do bad things, they should be punished for it. The moment that rule is turned upside down, and the wicked and weak are rewarded for their behavior, society will crumble. There’s no way around it. Every society that rewards bad behavior is on the fast track to destruction.

You might think that would be obvious, but there are plenty of nations throughout history that have fallen under the weight of corruption, in one form or another. Our species has made this mistake countless times. We never learn, and we always pay for it.

Aug 15 11:08

Rogue state, what rogue state? Burgeoning EU-Iran relations signal US adrift

The phalanx of European leaders, ministers, and dignitaries, attending the inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last weekend was a stunning snub to Washington. It was also a clear signal the US is losing its thrall over Europe.

Think about it. According to US President Donald Trump and the American Congress, Iran is the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism. And yet here we saw European leaders respectfully attending the swearing-in of the country’s re-elected president. A rather big contradiction, don’t you think?

Aug 15 07:24

Unveiling the Polish Controversy

Recently, the newly elect U.S. President, Donald Trump, made his first official visit to Poland - the least powerful new member of the US and NATO - insulting the rest of the EU and prominent NATO members. Poland was ecstatic to host Donald Trump for a few days. Polish citizens have long been known as the vassals of the EU, providing cheap labor to Germany and France. Now with a new status they are ready to give their former toilet cleaning jobs to the Ukrainian enthusiasts, since the latter finally got their much-anticipated free visa to travel, mostly to find jobs. Did I mention that about a million Ukrainians work in Russia? Of course, that's not a publicized fact. How can the 'sworn' enemies be welcomed to work in Russia? Trump's visit to Poland was a punch in the nose for an aging Angela Merkel, who is still balloting for the fourth term to remain as Chancellor of Germany. Certainly, Trump's snubbing of her, would not go unnoticed. Germany was one of the strongholds of the EU.

Aug 15 07:19

European integration brings more Ukrainian slaves to Europe

A group of slave merchants, who were trafficking Ukrainian citizens to the UK, was uncovered in Lithuania. According to the State Border Guard Service of Lithuania, law-enforcers from Lithuania, Ukraine, Great Britain, Poland and Latvia participated in the special operation. They detained three men, in whose house they found eight people, who were intended to be "sold" to Europe. The victims had neither money nor documents with them. The criminals promised to bring them to the UK, but the victims were left unaware that they would have to work like slaves in the foreign country without having any rights for anything. The criminals were arrested for three months. If convicted, they may face prison terms from 4 to 12 years. Many Ukrainians escape from their country mostly to Poland and Lithuania. For many Ukrainians, moving to the UK is a "cherished dream." European "friends" of Ukraine have taken advantage of the situation and willingly hire cheap labor force from Ukraine.

Aug 14 16:32

Turkey’s Drive To Restore Ottoman Era Influence

After nearly a century of being relegated to a smaller regional power acting alongside the Israeli-Saudi nexus, Turkey’s new leadership stands prepared to significantly increase its political power and prestige. Taking advantage of various conflicts around their borders, Turkey has embarked on a bit to expand their influence not just in the Middle East, but also on the borders of an increasingly volatile European Union. These actions, along with consolidation domestically and an increased focus on militarization mean that Turkey’s profile stands a good chance of rising over the next decade.

Aug 14 12:04

Moldova To Become Foothold For US Military

The former Soviet republic of Moldova may actually become yet another foothold for the US military in Europe. The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Southwest Asia (NAVFAC EURAFSWA) plans to construct eight training facilities for military operations in urban terrain at the Bulboaca training base in Moldova. The fact that the US Navy Department is involved makes believe the facility will host American Marines.

A total of $1.6 million has already been invested in the renovation of the Bulboaca base located near Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria or the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic. The largely Russian-speaking region broke away from Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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It is no wonder that Russia sees US troops on its borders as a clear and present danger!

Aug 14 08:56

Muslim takeover of Europe is ‘biggest story of our time’ and nobody knows it

Historian Arnold Toynbee once famously said that “civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.”

Using this as a springboard, commentator Mark Steyn shows in a new video how Western Europe is already in the death throes of “demographic suicide” because couples are no longer having enough children. He then shows how a thriving Muslim population in Western Europe is well on its way to filling all the empty space.

Steyn explained how given the divergent birth rate between Muslims and post-Christian secularists, it will take only two generations for the current Muslim population (sitting at about 10-percent) to have as many grandchildren as post-Christian secularists (who currently make up the other 90 percent). This is due, he said, to Muslims having on average 3.5 children per couple compared to post-Christian secularists who have only 1.3 children per couple.

Aug 13 19:08

‘True’ £660m weekly cost of Britain’s EU membership

THE true cost to Britain of being in the EU has been £660million a week since 2010, a think tank says.

This includes more than £80billion lost to the Treasury after the European Court of Justice forced tax rebates to multinationals and £50billion in Eurozone bailout obligations.

In membership fees alone, after the rebate has been returned Britain has paid out £70.6billion in fees.

But the Bruges Groups says our real financial commitment is £275.08billion.

Over seven years that is £34.3billion a year, or £661,260,000 a week.

Aug 12 09:23

Murakhovsky: New US base notwithstanding, the Black Sea can no longer be turned into a NATO Lake

In late July, the construction of the Operations Center for a US military base on the Ukrainian coast. The base will be located in Ochakov in the Mykolayiv region. This is one of three construction projects carried out by the 1st mobile construction battalion of the US Navy in the Ukrainian Navy Ochakovo Base, where the 5th surface ship brigade of the Ukrainian Navy now officially is based. Earlier it was reported that the US is also going to supply Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine for about $ 50 million.

Pravda asked Victor Murakhovsky to comment on the situation. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Arsenal of the Fatherland, a member of the expert council of the board of the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation, and a reserve colonel.

Aug 12 08:59

Spain sees number of migrant arrivals TREBLE despite ‘overcrowded’ accommodation

More than 11,000 migrants have arrived in Spain in the first half of 2017, 8,300 of whom have come by boat.

The charity Médecins Sans Frontières have warned that Spain’s reception centres are overcrowded and unable to deal with the large number of “desperate new arrivals”.

However, in the whole of last year 13,246 migrants arrived in Spain.

Many of those arriving are from west African countries, such as Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Ivory Coast.

Aug 12 08:27

European Union Criticizes US Nuclear War Threats Against North Korea

The military stand-off that is emerging between Washington and the North Korean regime in Pyongyang threatens the entire world, including Europe, with nuclear war. European Union (EU) officials and European media are warning of the risk of war and ever more openly criticizing the Trump administration’s threats to incinerate North Korea with nuclear bombs.

Aug 12 01:00

Europe is Facing a Major Butter Crisis

Aug 11 15:56

Catalan independence referendum sparks growing concerns in Europe

The Catalan independence referendum, planned for October 1 is setting the stage for a bitter clash between Madrid and Barcelona.

Aug 11 10:00

Amazon paid just £15m in tax on European revenues of £19.5bn

Amazon paid just €16.5m (£15m) in tax on European revenues of €21.6bn (£19.5bn) reported through Luxembourg in 2016.

The figures, published in Amazon’s latest annual accounts for its European online retail business, are likely to reignite the debate about US tech companies using complex crossborder arrangements to minimise the tax they pay across the continent.

Separately, Amazon UK Services – the company’s warehouse and logistics operation that employs almost two-thirds of its 24,000 UK staff – more than halved its declared UK corporation tax bill from £15.8m to £7.4m year-on-year in 2016.

The cut came despite turnover at the UK business, which handles the packing and delivery of parcels and functions such as customer service, rising from £946m to £1.46bn.

Aug 11 07:56

'Putin's laughing at EU!' Ex army chief DESTROYS Brussels' dream for 'pointless' euro army

BRUSSELS’ dreams of creating its own army were today brutally dismissed by a former military chief who said Vladimir Putin will be laughing at the prospect of facing a euro force.

Aug 10 18:20

Spain could top Greece for 2017 migrant sea arrivals, as video emerges of beach being 'stormed'

Spain could surpass Greece this year as a gateway for migrants entering Europe by sea, international monitors warned on Thursday, as the number of arrivals swells to treble that of 2016.

Amid a crackdown on migration through Libya, more than 8,000 people have turned to the so-called Western Mediterranean Route from Morocco into Spain this year, compared to 2,500 during the same period in 2016.

Aug 10 12:17

NATO's Militarization of Scandinavia: Time to Ring the Alarm Bells

Much has been said about NATO reinforcements in the Baltic States and Poland perceived in Moscow as provocative actions undermining security in Europe, while very little has been said about gradual but steady militarization of Scandinavia. The theme does not hit headlines and it is not in focus of public discourse but one step is taken after another to turn the region into a springboard for staging offensive actions against Russia. Ørland in southern Norway is being expanded to become Norway’s main air force base hosting US-made F-35 Lightnings – the stealth aircraft to become the backbone of Norwegian air power. Norway has purchased 56 of such aircraft. F-35 is an offensive, not defensive, weapon. The nuclear capable platforms can strike deep into Russia’s territory. Providing training to Norwegian pilots operating the planes carrying nuclear weapons, such as B61-12 glider warheads, constitutes a violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) of 1968.

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