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Mar 21 09:07

No Other Choice: Greek Employees Agree to Get Paid With Coupons

In Greece, which currently has over one million unemployed citizens, firms have started paying workers in kind, mainly with supermarket coupons.

Mar 21 08:57

Stoltenberg to Baltics: No Russian attack coming, but we're alarmed at Russia's "possible intentions"

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Baltic countries are not subject to the threat of military attack. It follows from this statement that the calls of the heads of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to increase the presence of the North Atlantic alliance in their countries are unjustified, and the already existing NATO armed forces need to be withdrawn from the Baltics as unneeded.

"NATO sees concerns about terrorism and cyberattacks, but nothing points to the possibility of a conventional military attack on any of the NATO countries, including the Baltic countries," said Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg during his official visit to Denmark.

"We are alarmed by the actions of Russia and its possible intentions, but at the same time it is important that we do not overdramatize the situation," said Stoltenberg.

Mar 21 08:27

GREEK POLICE INTERCEPT 8 PARCEL BOMBS HEADED TO EU INSTITUTIONS & COMPANIES

Greek police have reported that they found and neutralized eight suspected parcel bombs at a postal sorting center in Athens on Monday. Last week, two such bombs targeted the German finance ministry and the IMF.

“Eight suspected packages which listed persons in European countries as recipients were located and confiscated today,” police said in a text message to the media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very relieved that these weapons were intercepted; unfortunately, however, with Greece in the throes of the agonising austerity into which the IMF has put it, I am very concerned that these bombs may not be the end of this problem.

As I have said many times before on this blog, as a Christian pacifist activist and witness, I abhor, and never advocate, violence; but I can understand how it can happens, when people get pushed against a wall.

And it appears that Greece's financial problems are about to get a whole lot worse this year:

IMF Warns Eurogroup Loan Measures Not Enough for Greek Debt

Mar 21 07:41

'Brexit’s not a problem, Turkey will join!' Germans RIDICULE UK for leaving EU

A GERMAN satire show has ridiculed the UK as it suggesting Brexit was not a problem because Turkey was lining up to replace Britain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Small difference. Refugees are trying to get IN to Great Britain. Refugees are trying to get OUT of Turkey!

Mar 20 16:01

‘We are being CRUCIFIED!’ Freedom of movement will DESTROY EU, warns top Czech diplomat

FREEDOM of movement could cause the break-up of the European Union (EU), the Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister warned today.

Lubomir Zaoralek said Brexit showed Europeans were tiring of unchecked migration - with the very existence of the bloc now at stake.

He said his country had long respected freedom of movement as one of the European Union’s fundamental freedoms but warned the union itself may not survive because of it.

And the diplomat flatly rejected calls for all EU states to accept some of the more than one million migrants who have arrived in the EU from outside the bloc in recent years.

Mar 20 15:58

Minister told to remind Germany of cancelled WW2 debt amid EU demand for £50bn Brexit fee

Sir Bill, speaking as chair of the House of Commons’ European Scrutiny Committee, urged Mr Jones to consider how Britain has been a “net contributor for many decades” to the EU budget and so “our accumulated liabilities are offset by the extent to which we've made these massive contributions”.

He added: “Perhaps also to bear in mind that back in 1953 there was a thing called the London Debt Agreement, where Germany - for all its malfeasance during the Second World War and its unprovoked aggression - found that in 1953, in circumstances which were quite remarkable, that we remitted one half of all German debt.

“Therefore if you compare that situation with what it is now and given Germany's extremely dominant role in the EU at the moment it might be worth tactfully - not one of my strongest points - but tactfully reminding people that there is a realistic position here that we really don't owe anything to the EU whether it's legal or political.”

Mar 20 11:26

EUROZONE TURMOIL: Spain, Italy and Greece owe massive debt of €1 TRILLION to ECB

Analysts condemned the "flawed economics of this reckless [EU] experiment" and said the ECB faces a rude awakening as states crumble under the burden of debt.

Mar 20 11:05

Businesses Think They Can Dictate to National Government on Immigration Measures

In yet another sign of impending Statism/Corporatism, businesses are appealing to national governments to relax immigration rules in an effort to increase their profits.

Mar 20 10:24

EUROZONE TURMOIL: Spain, Italy and Greece owe massive debt of €1 TRILLION to ECB

EURO states owe the European Central Bank (ECB) a staggering €1trillion as they teeter on the verge of bankruptcy amid warnings a debt bubble is on the horizon.

Analysts condemned the "flawed economics of this reckless [EU] experiment" and said the ECB faces a rude awakening as states crumble under the burden of debt.

Market conditions in Eurozone are showing signs of a return to the conditions that sparked the 2011 European debt crisis which first reared its head in 2009.

The ECB uses a system called Target2 to assess levels of debt and the bank's data appears to show it is only a matter of time before the current system breaks.

At the time several eurozone member states including Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Cyprus were unable to repay or refinance their government debt.

They were bailed out through assistance of third parties including Eurozone countries, the ECB, and the International Monetary Fund.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to get very economically ugly, and very quickly.

The UK had the absolute right idea with its "Brexit" of the EU, and may well have gotten out barely just in time. But as the following article indicates, Europeans may well have to pony up for EU countries' expenses they did not, themselves, sign off on, or create:

EU TAXPAYERS BRACE AS DEEPENING BANKING CRISIS MEANS EURO-TARP LOOMS

Mar 20 10:09

EUROZONE TURMOIL: Spain, Italy and Greece owe massive debt of €1 TRILLION to ECB

EURO states owe the European Central Bank (ECB) a staggering €1trillion as they teeter on the verge of bankruptcy amid warnings a debt bubble is on the horizon.

Analysts condemned the "flawed economics of this reckless [EU] experiment" and said the ECB faces a rude awakening as states crumble under the burden of debt.

Mar 20 07:49

MUSLIM GANG ATTACKS DANISH COUPLE FOR EATING HAM ON PIZZA

Danish police are looking for a gang who beat up a young couple over a pizza slice with ham. The woman now risks permanent damage to her hearing after being punched in the head.

Mar 20 07:20

The Global Famine Begins: UN Announces That The Worst Food Crisis Since World War II Is Happening Right Now

We always knew that this would start happening. Earlier this month, I wrote about the severe economic problems that are plaguing South America, but up to this point I have neglected to discuss the horrific famines that are breaking out all over Africa.

Mar 20 07:09

Ivanka Trump vs. Angela Merkel?

On Friday, President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a meeting in which vocational training matters were the subject of discussion. The two leaders conversed with American and German officials about various methods that companies can implement to train their workers more effectively. Also present at this meeting was First Daughter, Ivanka Trump.

Mar 19 16:04

UK Police: Nigel Farage Was Victim Of Election Fraud

Nigel Farage might not have lost the 2015 UK General Election, according to UK police, who claim the former UKIP leader may have been the victim of election fraud.

Mar 19 13:44

Germany Threaten Facebook With ‘Huge Fines’ If They Don’t Remove Alternative News

Germany will impose fines of up to 50 million euros if Facebook don’t remove alternative news content from their platform.

Mar 19 13:09

Italy: TV Crew Attacked After Catching Migrants Selling Counterfeit Goods At Illegal Street Market

Newly released video from Italy shows a TV film crew being viciously attacked by a gang of African migrants after catching them selling counterfeit goods at an illegal street market.

Mar 19 08:09

Blair admits he had no idea how many people would come to Britain when he allowed mass EU immigration and gets it WRONG when he tries to claim it happened years later 

Tony Blair has admitted he had no idea how many people would move to Britain when the EU expanded in 2004.

And the ex-Prime Minister appeared to get wrong the facts of what happened to immigration numbers in a major interview to launch his new policy institute.

He said the surge in immigration to Britain did not happen until after 2008 and that Britain could only have imposed controls for four years.

In fact, net immigration leapt in 2004 and other EU nations imposed transitional controls for up to seven years.

Mar 19 08:08

Period of ‘estrangement’: Juncker complains about Trump’s protectionism & chill in US-EU relations

EU-US relations are at historic lows because of the policies of the new US President Donald Trump, Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, has said in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Interactions between the US and Europe “have entered a sort of a [period of] estrangement,” Juncker told the German publication, lamenting the cooling in relations between the two strategic partners.

Mar 19 08:07

Trump says Germany owes NATO 'vast sums'

US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused Germany of owing "vast sums of money" to NATO, and said Berlin should pay Washington more for defense, a day after meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The two leaders showed little common ground Friday over a host of thorny issues, including NATO and defense spending.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted: "Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!"

Mar 19 08:06

Marine Le Pen 'WILL NOT WIN' the French presidential election, Jean-Claude Juncker claims

The European Commission president, speaking in an interview ahead of the European Union’s 60th anniversary next week, said he was optimistic about the outcome of the race.

He said: “The European Union will survive Marine Le Pen because she won’t become President.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We screwed Scottish Independence. We really came close to screwing BREXIT! We screwed Geert Wilders. And WE ARE GONNA SCREW MARINE LE PEN SO BAD SHE WON'T BE ABLE TO SIT DOWN FOR A WEEK!!!!" -- JC Junked

Mar 19 07:49

Is Denmark On The Brink?

The Swedish media, which is quite pro-government and its leftwing policies, does not always report the full extent of the problems in their society. So it is hard to have a very accurate picture of what is going on. But we in Denmark have a good sense. We are very aware of the murders, rapes, riots, violence and the hand grenades that go on there. This does not often make the news but we know it is going on. And we don’t want to go down the same route.

This is the result of decades of policies promoting multiculturalism in Sweden. And what is left is this hollow house. You know, in the Bible it is said that if a house is left swept, tidied and unoccupied it eventually it will be taken over by evil. And I fear that this is what is happening in Sweden. Far from being a multicultural paradise, the problems can no longer remain hidden.

Mar 19 07:45

US landing ship with marines enters Black Sea for drills with Romanian navy

“The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in the Black Sea March 17, to participate in bilateral training exercise Spring Storm 17 with Romania,” the US 6th fleet said in a statement.

Mar 18 09:36

DEEPENING EU BANKING CRISIS MEETS EURO-TARP AND TAXPAYERS

Events are moving so fast in Europe these days, it’s almost impossible to keep up. While much of the attention is being hogged by political developments, including the election in the Netherlands, Reuters published a report warning that the European banking sector may face even higher bad loan risks if the ECB begins to scale back its monetary stimulus programs, something it has already begun, albeit extremely tentatively.

The total stock of non-performing loans (NPL) in the EU is estimated at over €1 trillion, or 5.4% of total loans, a ratio three times higher than in other major regions of the world.

On a country-by-country basis, things take look even scarier. Currently 10 (out of 28) EU countries have an NPL ratio above 10% (orders of magnitude higher than what is generally considered safe). And among Eurozone countries, where the ECB’s monetary policies have direct impact, there are these NPL stalwarts:

Ireland: 15.8%
Italy: 16.6%
Portugal: 19.2%
Slovenia: 19.7%

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, what happens when these toxic loans come due, and cannot be paid, nearly simultaneously?!? These numbers look like the beginning of the end for Europe's "Loanmageddon".

Mar 18 09:07

Deepening EU Banking Crisis Meets Euro-TARP and Taxpayers

Events are moving so fast in Europe these days, it’s almost impossible to keep up. While much of the attention is being hogged by political developments, including the election in the Netherlands, Reuters published a report warning that the European banking sector may face even higher bad loan risks if the ECB begins to scale back its monetary stimulus programs, something it has already begun, albeit extremely tentatively.

Mar 18 08:54

Erdogan Urges Turks in EU to Have More Children to Become 'Future of Europe'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish nationals living in European countries to have five children, to enroll children in better schools, to open businesses in order to become "the future of Europe."

Mar 17 16:11

ECB Trapped in its Own “Doom Loop” as Inflation Surges

Trying to keep a financial system and a currency union from collapsing upon each other.

Mar 17 16:01

Shock new German poll: 8 in 10 want European Union to change

EIGHT out of every ten Germans polled in a survey believe the EU needs reforming.

Mar 17 15:53

Brussels plot to TORPEDO Brexit: Eurocrats insist on no trade talks before Britain leaves

BRUSSELS chiefs are plotting to torpedo Theresa May’s Brexit strategy in an extraordinary act of self-harm which will leave Britain unable to seal a trade deal with the bloc before its departure date.

In a bombshell move eurocrats want to seek a legal lock on discussions about the UK’s access to the single market, meaning that the issue cannot be brought up during the negotiations.

Instead they intend to ensure that the two-year period allowed for under Article 50 revolves around just two issues - their £50bn demand for an exit bill and the residency rights of EU citizens in the UK.

Mar 17 15:27

'You Are Europe's Future': Erdogan Tells Turks In EU To Have Minimum 5 Kids

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has urged all Turks living in Europe to have at least five children, saying they are the future of the continent and that it would be the best response to the "injustices" imposed on expatriates there.

Mar 17 15:01

‘Ireland Is Better Off As A United Country’: Growing Calls For N. Ireland Referendum

Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland’s largest Irish nationalist party, says independence referendum should be held ‘as soon as possible.’

Mar 17 10:48

SHOTS FIRED AT THE UN! REX TILLERSON JUST THREATENED TO DO SOMETHING THAT OBAMA WOULD NEVER DO!

The Trump administration is threatening to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Whew! Get us out of there. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned this week in a letter that he sent nine non-profit organizations.

Mar 17 10:29

Muslims Are Secretly Conquering France

A brave undercover camera man has been uploading footage in his community to let the rest of France know what is actually happening to their country. Media, police, and politicians are ignoring facts in the name political correctness. Le Pen might be the only hope left to save France's culture.

Mar 17 10:20

‘We’ll blow your minds’ Turkey threatens to allow through 15,000 migrants a MONTH to EU

TURKEY today upped its extraordinary war of words with the EU as it threatened to let 15,000 migrants a month into Europe.

Mar 17 10:09

Playing Refugee Roulette': EU-Turkey Migrant Deal Verges on Collapse

The 2016 refugee agreement between the European Union and Turkey, which the EU alleges has helped avert a migration crisis, is teetering on the brink - several damning reports on the damaging humanitarian impact of the deal have added further fuel to the growing inferno engulfing diplomatic relations between Ankara and Brussels.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (File)
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Why Erdogan is Likely to Put His Threat Into Action and Rip Refugee Deal Up
The deal was inked in March 2016, and obliged Turkey to stop the passage of undocumented migrants arriving in the EU through its territory, in exchange for the EU accommodating Syrian refugees in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis. In return, the EU pledged to introduce a visa-free regime and provide financial aid to Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about to get singularly unpleasant in a heartbeat.

Europe can barely cope with the refugees it is already trying to absorb, who have had no education or language skills of their adoptive countries, and cannot find work, except for the most menial, which they take away from European nationals.

This will not end well, and unfortunately, we may see a call to arms by many nationals who feel that they have been completely marginalised, and their quality of life diminished intensely by this flood of refugees.

And unlike Holland, where I strongly suspect that there was intense vote-rigging deployed to keep Wilders out of office, there won't be enough vote riggers and electronic systems which can possibly squelch the rage of these people who feel they have been betrayed by their governments to have let this happen.

Mar 17 10:09

NATO Troops to Arrive in Estonia on Friday

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) contingent consisting of 130 British servicemen will arrive in Estonia on Friday, the Estonian Defence Forces inform.

Mar 17 09:09

Shoring Up Defense? US to Deploy Stinger Missiles to Europe

The US is planning to deploy Stinger man portable air defense systems to Europe in support of maneuver units, US Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lieutenant General John Murray said in testimony to the US House Armed Services Committee.

Mar 17 08:10

‘Brexit is the last straw' EU has run out of patience with UK, says ex-EU official

Italian EU diplomat Corrado Pirzio-Biroli revealed his regret at trying to convince Britons to stay in the Brussels bloc during the 1975 referendum.

And the former Commission official attacked British governments for their constant ambivalence towards Europe - claiming attitudes towards the bloc have not changed since Winston Churchill was in charge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe Britain is still holding a grudge for all the times European countries like Spain, France, and Germany tried to invade!

Mar 17 08:08

‘Tear it down ASAP’: French minister issues warning over Dunkirk migrant camp

The news comes less than five months after the Jungle refugee camp in the neighbouring town of Calais was reduced to dust and rubble by the authorities.

The Grande-Synthe tent camp in Dunkirk is currently home to more than 1,500 UK-bound refugees – mostly from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Afghanistan – and is said to be dangerously overcrowded.

Addressing a Senate committee on Wednesday, Mr Le Roux said Grande-Synthe residents were behaving in an “unacceptable manner” and posed a “threat” to public order.

Mar 17 08:00

George Soros Fuels Riots In Macedonia Amid Gov Meltdown

Billionaire George Soros has spent millions of dollars funding violent protests and riots in Macedonia, in a move designed to incite civil war and create a military conflict with Russia.

Mar 17 07:15

Erdogan's blackmail could crash the EU once and for all

Turkey will soon hold a referendum that is very important for Erdogan. If he wins, he’ll gain virtually unlimited power over Turkey. But in order to win, he needs to enlist the support of the multi-million Turkish diaspora living in EU countries, a large part of whom have kept their Turkish passports, and therefore the right to vote.

Mar 16 15:40

'We may CANCEL it' Now Turkey threatens to PULL migrant deal with EU amid Netherlands row

A LANDMARK migration deal between Turkey and the European Union (EU) could be scrapped as tensions between Turkey and the bloc reach boiling point.

The one-for-one migrant deal which has allowed Greece and Italy to redirect illegal migrants back to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s country is being re-evaluated, foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Mar 16 15:11

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Reaches Out to North Korea, Telling Them They “Need Not Fear” The United States.

There are many in Washington who fear the silence of our new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. I just read an article about those in Washington who fear Tillerson will alienate us from the United Nations or the Human Rights Council.

Mar 16 13:04

10,000+ Arsenal Of Weapons Intended For Terrorists Seized By Europol

More than 10,000 assault rifles, 400 howitzer shells, grenades, and anti-aerial machine guns — likely intended for sale to terrorists and criminals — have been seized in a joint raid by Spanish police and Europol.

Mar 16 11:56

Greece: A Democracy In Crisis

The Greek people have just about reached the limits of their strength. The economic situation is tragic. Illegal immigration is out of control, criminality increases day by day. The political system is steeped in corruption and the media have stopped being the communication channel between citizens and the political system. The Greek media are functioning as the praetorian guard of the euro; they favor the massive admission of Muslim populations into Greece and they fiercely attack every voice that disagrees with them.

Bishop Ambrossios is urging people to revolt. He characterizes the illegal Muslim immigrants entering the country as conquerors. He also says that Christianity is under attack in Greece, while Islam is being daily reinforced. He says that Greek Orthodox churches are being desecrated, robbed and burned by Muslim immigrants while the state just sits by and looks on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Greek people are in IMF debt slavery through no fault of their own; they were placed there, through a complex swindle by Goldman Sachs. As reported at the sandiegofreepress.com in May of 2015:

It all started when Goldman Sachs assisted Greece in lying their way into the Eurozone in the first place. They really didn’t qualify for admission but Goldman hid that small detail under a heap of trompe l’oeil, sleight of hand and financial shananigans that got past the critical eyes of the European ministers. They manufactured a highly questionable derivative scheme involving a currency swap that used artificially high exchange rates to conceal Greek debt. Goldman then turned around and hedged its bets by shorting Greek debt just as they had done with the mortgage crisis in the US. Predictably, these derivative bets went very wrong for the less sophisticated of the two players, namely, Greece. A 2.8 billion loan to Greece in 2001 became a 5.1 billion debt by 2005. In the US mortgage fiasco they packaged subprime loans in portfolios, after having loaned money to people with questionable ability to pay back the loans, and then bet that they would default. Goldman made tons of money that way. Now this operation on the part of Goldman should come as no surprise to those familiar with Goldman’s shenanigans leading up to the debt crisis of 2008 in which they packaged a bunch of mortgages that were designed to fail into collateralized debt obligations, sold them off to unsuspecting investors and then turned around and placed bets against them. Such a deal was the Abacus fund designed by John Paulson who made billions on it. The American government then bailed out the too big to fail Wall Street banks while leaving the underwater mortgagees to dangle from a fiscal rope. They did the same thing with Greece. They loaned Greece big bucks for its 2004 Olympic Games. Greece also borrowed a lot of money for its military. In retrospect it was foolish of Greece to borrow all this money. It never got a return on its investment from the Olympic games which it thought would encourage tourism. The Olympic site essentially became a heap of trash and rubble.

What the Greek government should do is declare the debt odious, wipe it off the books, as did Iceland, and throw the existing politicians and bankers who signed off on this monstrosity in jail, and NOT the Greek version of the US's "Club Fed".

At this point, the Greek people may well be ripe for revolution against a governmental body in bed with corporations and banksters, the members of which have absolutely no regard for the immense suffering they have caused the Greek people, through the imposition of extreme austerity.

And also, at zerohedge.com, we see the following, and very disturbing, article related to Greece:

Explosives Mailed To German Finance Minister Were Sent By Militant Greek Group

Unfortunately, until things get very much better for the Greeks and Greek economy, we may continue to see acts like this happen.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I can never advocate physical violence; but I can see why it sometimes happens.

Mar 16 11:41

UK Government To Trigger Brexit Amid Calls For Second Scottish Independence Vote

Prime Minister Theresa May cleared the final hurdle to triggering Article 50 beginning Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) Monday. But she did so amid the crisis generated by Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon demanding a second referendum on Scotland’s independence from the UK.

Mar 16 10:01

Dutch Far-Right PVV Party's Leader Geert Wilders Says Ready to Enter Coalition

None of the parties are expected to get the 76 seats required for a majority in the Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives), so whoever comes first in the Wednesday national elections will still have to form a coalition.

All the main parties have said they would not go into a coalition with PVV.

According to The Guardian, after 28 percent of the votes were counted, the center-right ruling Dutch People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) was projected to get 32 seats, followed by the Christian Democrats with 20 seats, PVV with 19 seats and Democrats 66 with 18 seats.

Mar 16 09:51

Dear New York Times Editors: You just don’t get it, do you?

Do they mean, at what point will the union have the courage to take action against the government of Hungary for protecting the external border of Europe’s Schengen Area?

That’s the real question. And the answer is: they won’t because they see that it’s in the EU’s interest to protect the union’s external border. We’ll hear the usual howls from the liberal critics, but when reason prevails, Europeans understand that protecting the border must be a priority. And, by the way, it’s our obligation under the Schengen treaty.

Mar 16 09:37

COMMENT: Migrant crisis proves we are right to leave the EU

As a measure of how serious this problem is a new report from Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, also says that migrant smuggling is now comparable to the illegal drugs market.

Across the continent people are furious at the huge number of migrants who have arrived, the strain they have placed on resources and the deliberate reluctance of European leaders – not least unelected Eurocrats – to confront these issues.

It is no coincidence that in Holland, France and Germany anti-migrant parties are storming up the polls.

Mar 16 09:35

Udder chaos: Turkey deports Dutch cows in strange show of solidarity with Erdogan

The diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands has taken a bizarre turn with Istanbul sending a consignment of 40 cattle back to the Dutch.

Turkey's Association of Red Meat Producers has sent 40 prized Holstein cattle back to the Netherlands saying that it no longer wants them due to the ongoing diplomatic spat between the two nations.

Mar 16 08:58

Number of Swedish Children Wanting to Change Gender Doubling Each Year

Sweden’s health minister has promised more support for gender identity clinics as it emerged that the number of children claiming to be in the wrong body has risen 100 per cent each year.

Mar 16 08:33

EXPLOSION AFTER ENVELOPE OPENED AT IMF OFFICES IN PARIS, 1 INJURED – POLICE SOURCES

An envelope exploded after being opened at the offices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Paris on Thursday, according to media citing police sources. One person is reported injured.

The IMF building has not been damaged, French broadcaster BFM TV reported, adding that police are on site.

A police operation is underway, law enforcers said in a statement, adding that one person was left injured by a suspicious package with explosives inside.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, here, cui bono?!?

Who benefits?!?

Was this done, perhaps, to build "sympathy" for a tone-deaf and blind organisation, which does not care, or understand, what hardship it places on the people of member countries?!?

At the moment, a true motive cannot be established, and no group has claimed responsibility.

Mar 15 19:25

Today is E-Day! Queen to clear way for Brexit talks as she gives Royal Assent to the Article 50 Bill

The Queen will today give Royal Assent to the Article 50 Bill, clearing the way for Theresa May to trigger Brexit.

She is expected to formally sign off the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, clearing the way for Mrs May to begin the two-year process of leaving the EU.

Mar 15 18:50

J’Accuse! John McCain Slams Rand Paul for ‘Working For Vladimir Putin’ (WATCH)

The international treaty, which would annex Montenegro into NATO’s sphere and incorporate the state into the United Nations, was met with objection in December from Paul as well as Mike Lee of Utah. International treaties require a two-thirds majority to pass.

McCain asked the president of the Senate for permission to call up a resolution for the US to ratify the agreement. "I object," Paul said, before promptly leaving the floor of the Senate.

"That is really remarkable, that a senator blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number, perhaps 98 – at least – of his colleagues would come to the floor and object and walk away," McCain said.

"The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians. So I repeat again, the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin."

Mar 15 18:31

Dutch election: Rutte projected to take just 20% of seats as he LOSES a quarter of votes

According to analysts, Mr Rutte's centrist cum conservative People's Party for Freedom and Democracy party have taken 31 seats so far in this controversial election but this is a far cry from his 2012 numbers.

Mr Rutte's party took 41 seats at the last election securing him the role as the prime minister of the Netherlands.

But his party has lost as many as 10 seats or 24 per cent taking his actual vote share to just 20 per cent.

There are 150 seats in the Dutch parliament and Mr Rutte's party has taken just 31 of them so far, according to pollsters.

Mar 15 18:28

Swedish police launch manhunt for knifeman after two people stabbed near Stockholm

SWEDISH police have launched manhunt after two people were stabbed and a third was injured, on Wednesday evening.

Officials were called to Åkersberga, north of Stockholm, shortly after 21.34 local time after witnesses said they heard several gunshots.

A total of three people have been injured, two have stabbed and a third was dosed with pepper spray but no gunshot wounds have been reported according to police.

Mar 15 13:21

Dutch election: Mark Rutte's VVD party leads in main exit poll – live

If this exit poll is accurate this shows a disappointing night for Wilders’ PVV; it’s also a devastating night for the Labour party who recorded a record low.

Mar 15 10:14

Brexit DELAY: EU could force Theresa May to wait until JUNE to start talks

THE European Union (EU) could force Britain to wait until June to start formal Brexit talks, thwarting Theresa May’s efforts to secure a deal within two years.

EU officials say the 27 other member states are looking to June to officially open negotiations, despite Theresa May planning to trigger Article 50 by the end of March.

Mar 15 09:36

Facebook, Twitter could pay $53 mn for hate speech, fake news in Germany

German authorities have circulated further steps aimed at fighting hate speech and so-called fake news posts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million).

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas announced plans to introduce a new law that would oblige social networks to publish quarterly accountability reports, which would include information on how effectively cases of hate speech and fake news reported by users on social networks are being considered, the German Justice Ministry reported on Tuesday.

Apart from that, social media companies would have to take down offensive posts within 24 hours after a complaint is submitted. As of today, it takes at least a week to delete these kind of posts.

Mar 15 09:24

“The Powers That Be Have Looted Everything.” Greek Farmers Fight Riot Police With Shepherd Crooks

The economic and social disintegration of Greece used to be big news. However it’s largely been overshadowed by the migrant crisis, and the American media hardly reports on Greece anymore. If you’ve been out of the loop, allow me to get you caught up on the financial situation in that country, by giving two answers to the questions you’re probably thinking. Yes, the Greek government still sucks. And yes, the people of Greece are still really pissed off.

Believe it or not, riots are still a common occurrence in that country. In fact there was an incident last week in Athens, after the government tried to increase taxes and social security contributions. In response, over a thousand farmers from Crete, who used to be immune from these taxes, took a ferry to Athens and proceeded to riot outside of the agriculture ministry building.

This however wasn’t an ordinary riot, not even by Greek standards. The farmers fought the riot police with shepherd crooks.

Mar 15 08:13

Geert Wilder’s One Page Manifesto: The Future for Holland?

Barring some surprise electoral catastrophe, Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV), will likely win the popular vote in the Dutch elections today.

Mar 15 08:06

Marine Le Pen may have just won the election. Biggest rival Francois Fillon, the Globalist has been outed for corruption. Just like Trump and Clinton

The similarities are mind-boggling. On the eve of an election the Globalist candidate is being investigated for corruption.

Mar 15 08:04

Brussels Backs Down On £52bn Brexit Divorce Bill

Brussels will no longer force Britain to agree to the exact sum of its divorce settlement before trade negotiations start, it has emerged.

Mar 15 07:59

Dutch Premier Slams Brexit and Trump, Wants to Turn Tide of Populism in Election

“Remember the Brexit. We all thought that would never happen. Remember the U.S. elections,” Mark Rutte told reporters in Rotterdam. “So let’s not make that mistake again. These elections are crucial. Let us stop the domino effect right this week, this Wednesday. The domino effect of the wrong sort of populism winning in this world.”

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Anyone opposed to "populism" is basically telling the people to jump in a lake; dictatorship is here to stay!

Mar 15 07:54

Migrant Crime and Violence Soars in German States

Authorities in two German states have expressed concern over official figures showing a huge rise in migrant crime, with the number of violent attacks having almost doubled in 2016.

Mar 15 07:46

Car EXPLODES at Polish foreign ministry – at least 2 injured

AT LEAST two people are injured after a car exploded in the Polish capital of Warsaw, witnesses have claim

The explosion is believed to have taken place in the entrance of an underground parking lot near the Polish foreign ministry, where over 300 people were quickly evacuated

Emergency services raced to the scene and placed the street on a lockdown that has since been lifted.

Mar 15 07:37

‘The French Ukip’ Marine Le Pen's party praised on Newsnight for ‘pursuit of sovereignty’

NATIONAL Front leader MARINE Le Pen has been praised on Newsnight with her drive for sovereignty and retaking control causing some people to brand her party “the French Ukip”.

Mar 15 07:34

Marine Le Pen HAILS UK Parliament for ‘sticking to will of the people’ & delivering Brexit

MARINE Le Pen has praised the British Parliament for its “remarkable and honourable” respect for the will of the people after Theresa May was given the green light to begin Brexit negotiations.

Mar 15 07:32

Dutch election - live updates

14.07 Voter turnout is expected to be far higher than the last election. Pollsters Ipsos put voter turnout at 15 percent at 10:30 am (0930 GMT), up from 13 percent five years ago, with mild weather playing a part.

In The Hague, the seat of government, the figure was above 23 percent at noon, up from 19 percent in 2012. High figures were recorded in Rotterdam and Utrecht as well.

12.52 National daily "Der Volksrant" is reporting high voter turnouts at several municipalities. In Enschede at 11:00 20 percent of eligible voters had already cast their vote, compared to 16 percent five years ago. In Rotterdam at 10:00 13 percent had voted compared to 10 percent last time.

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Higher numbers of voters mean people voting for a change.

Mar 15 07:29

'Their character is BROKEN!' - 'Hysterical' Erdogan blames Dutch for Srebrenica massacre

TENSIONS between Turkey and the Netherlands are at boiling point after the Turkish President blamed the Dutch for massacring 8,000 Muslim men in Bosnia.

Mar 14 19:18

On Geert Wilders and the Dutch elections

Geert Wilders has Indonesian/jewish/Dutch roots. His schoolmates used to call him "the negro of Venlo'. He started his career as a government official, entered politics in 1990, and has never had 'a real job'. As a young adult he went to Israel where he worked for 2 years and received Mossad training. He also once claimed (while drunk) that he had an Israeli passport and that his marriages were arranged by Israel. He was investigated for spying for Israel in 2009.

Mar 14 17:09

Brexit Drains Swamp in London, Creatures Head to Luxembourg

Tax planning for a post-Brexit world.

Mar 14 16:37

Swedish minister says returning ISIS fighters should be integrated

A SWEDISH minister has been branded “ignorant” and "amateurish" after she suggested municipalities were expected to help integrate Islamic State fighters to the Scandinavian country.

Mar 14 14:53

NEXIT is front and center as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte debates Geert Wilders

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is the Merkel protege, ready to keep the status quo in tact within the Netherlands and throughout Europe, even as Rome burns.

Geert Wilders is a provocative nation-statist who wants to do away with the neo-liberal, Merkel dogma, and return the Netherlands back to its Dutch identity.

With tensions running high, courtesy of Turkish President Erdogan, the two men hoping to lead the Netherlands, laid out their opposing visions for the EU country in a heated televised debate.

Mar 14 14:22

Brexit Could Be Invoked Within Days As Bill Faces Final Parliamentary Hurdle

Britain is poised to begin its departure from the EU as early as Tuesday, as the Brexit bill allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 is approaching its final parliamentary hurdle.

Mar 14 13:00

Sweden Muzzles Its Cops to Uphold Political Correctness

After the example of Peter Springare, a Swedish veteran policeman, who rebelled against overwhelming political correctness and the authorities’ ways of hushing up immigrant crime, the Swedish police have been taking steps to uphold law and order in its own ranks and prevent more dissident outbreaks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is somewhat akin to touching up a patient's x-ray, to assure them that the cancer which they feel is ravaging their body, is really not so bad after all!!

Mar 14 10:36

#IndyRef2: Second Scottish Independence Vote Reignites Online Debate

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of plans for a second Scottish independence referendum has been met with mixed reaction online. While the idea has garnered a lot of support, others feel a second referendum is a little ridiculous.

Mar 14 10:35

Sinn Fein Calls For ‘Unity Referendum’ Ahead Of Brexit

Irish nationalist political party Sinn Fein has called for a referendum to leave the UK “as soon as possible.”

Monday’s call was not the first one for splitting from Britain and uniting with Republic of Ireland.

Mar 14 10:30

What News Will Be Buried on March 15th? Debt Ceiling, Dutch Elections and Brexit. The Best Day to Bury Bad News.

March 15th (or the Ides of March) was a bad day for Julius Caesar, but history aside, is something big going to happen on the Ides? As it goes, there are actually already several fairly momentous things taking place, and as the saying goes “a big news day is the best time to bury bad news”.

Mar 14 10:27

Netherlands mainstream media: The Turkey scenario was planned last week

Relevant quote translation:
On Saturday, that minister (Kaya) became the symbol of tenacity on both sides. But the strange thing was: in the middle of last week I was given a detailed explanation in the Hague on how the weekend would proceed. First the (Turkish) minister of foreign affairs blocked from entering the country, next the arrival of another Turkish minister by car - the whole scenario was already known.

[And indeed PM Rutte is now the hero of the day for kicking out those evil Turks, and will probably win the elections tomorrow. If not, there's always vote fraud to fall back on, because while only paper ballots are used that are counted by hand, the final tally is made by computers owned by an English company called Fox-IT, and they are known to be unsafe. http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/nederland/politiek/onderzoek-bevestigt-verkiez... ]

Mar 14 10:02

European Election Info!! Next Major Upcoming Election March 15 Wilders.

Hey brothers and sisters in Europe- We're counting on you to keep the freedom torch burning.

Mar 14 09:14

Riot police move against Naples protests

Riot police have moved in to quell violent protests sparked by the first major rally in the southern city of Naples by the anti-immigrant, anti-euro Northern League leader.

Police on Saturday fired tear gas and water cannons against the protesters, who tossed bottles, rocks and Molotov cocktails their way.

The protesters were a violent offshoot of an otherwise peaceful march through Naples by people opposed to Matteo Salvini, who recently travelled to Moscow to forge ties with the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mar 14 09:13

SOROS FUNDED THINK-TANK: RUSSIA AND SYRIA TO SEND RAPEY MIGRANTS INTO GERMANY TO INFLUENCE ELECTION!?

Yes - that's it; Russians are hacking Muslims now, with Syria's assistance - and they'll send an army of rapey migrants into Germany to influence their election by sexually assaulting the populace into voting Merkel out. After all, she does love her North African migrants, and Germans certainly don't like being raped. Coincidentally, a good friend of mine from Hamburg said his city has been destroyed.

Let me get this straight - Angela "Don't touch me!" Merkel wants to keep Germany's borders open, making it really easy for women and children men of fighting age to slip into the country and drive trucks through Christmas holiday crowds, or axe a few people on a train, or engage in mass sexual assaults at public pools - or during New Years Eve celebrations, or make neighborhoods so unsafe for non-Muslims they're considered "no-go" zones. Are you noticing a trend?

Mar 14 08:32

Pro-EU Politicians Realize How Harmful Anti-Russia Agenda is to Their Interests

The European Union has extended for another six months its sanctions against Russian individuals and organizations over their alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis. Political analyst Yuri Mukhin told Sputnik that the EU has dug in its heels on anti-Russian sanctions and is simply unable to change its tack.

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Mar 14 08:22

Western chicken hawks are going cold on Turkey

Where is the increasingly vituperative spat between Turkey and The Netherlands (and other EU countries) going to lead? Why is this political fall-out between fellow NATO members happening at this precise moment?

Mar 14 08:13

Thousands Flee Bulgarian Refugee Camps to West Europe

Over 3,500 migrants and refugees have escaped camps in Bulgaria in an attempt to reach Western and Central Europe since the start of this year, official figures seen by local media have revealed.

Mar 14 08:03

‘You’re Erdogan’s hostage, close borders,’ far-right populist Wilders tells Dutch PM

The war of words between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and far-right populist Geert Wilders exploded in a face to face debate on Monday as Wilders called on Rutte to close the Netherlands’ borders.

Mar 14 07:55

Turkey BANS Dutch envoy from returning to Ankara as deputy PM warns ‘Europe will suffer'

TURKEY has banned the Dutch ambassador from returning to Ankara and suspended diplomatic talks as the war of words between the nations escalates.

Mar 14 07:34

‘YOU’RE ERDOGAN’S HOSTAGE, CLOSE BORDERS,’ FAR-RIGHT POPULIST WILDERS TELLS DUTCH PM

The war of words between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and far-right populist Geert Wilders exploded in a face to face debate on Monday as Wilders called on Rutte to close the Netherlands’ borders.

“You are being taken hostage by [Turkish President] Erdogan. Close the Dutch borders,” Wilders told his top rival, Rutte, during the 30-minute televised debate.

“That’s a totally fake solution,” Rutte retorted, hitting back at Wilders’ suggestion that the Dutch borders should be shut.

“You want Nexit, you want the Netherlands out of Europe. You know what it will cost… don’t do it,” he warned.

If the Netherlands were to leave the EU, it would be “the best thing that could happen to us,” Wilders argued.

Rutte responded that a “Nexit” would cost 1.5 million jobs and trigger “chaos.”

“What we have to do to protect our borders is not make agreements with people like Mr. Erdogan,” Wilders said, referring to the European Union’s migrant deal with Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The palpable anger from many Europeans on the effects of unchecked immigration, resulting in many cases, in physical assaults on Europe's women, coupled with a vast lessening of the quality of their lives, may well result in both Wilders' electoral triumph in Holland, Le Pen's electoral victory in France.

The existing governments of these countries have earned the change-up, by not thinking the ultimate effects of such immigration through, as has Germany.

Mar 14 07:26

Full steam ahead! Queen set to sign Brexit into LAW TODAY as May set to trigger Article 50

THE Queen was poised to sign Britain's Brexit into law as early as this morning, it emerged yesterday as Parliament prepared to pass the crucial legislation to put last year’s historic referendum vote into action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now you know how Americans felt back in 1776, your highnessness! :)

Mar 14 07:25

Merkel, Rutte agreed refugee quota in deal with Turkey, did not tell other EU leaders – report

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte secretly agreed to accept hundreds of thousands of refugees from Turkey each year as part of an EU-Turkey deal but did not inform other EU leaders, a book by a German journalist says.

Mar 14 06:54

NATO: A Paper Tiger Trump Should Dump

American President Donald Trump has called NATO “obsolete” in an interview with The Times back in January. The US president’s view mirrors that of generations of Americans and Europeans who’ve wondered at the purpose of the military alliance since the fall of the Soviet Union. In Brussels and Berlin though, the bureaucrats and vested interests scurry like frenzied jungle monkeys posturing to save a paper tiger protector.

Mar 13 20:02

Insanity Still Rules: Bullish For Gold And Silver

The emergence of an unexpected BREXIT victory, followed by an even more unlikely event, a Trump presidential victory are the outgrowth of the global elites having far exceeded their [almost] unspoken, unchallenged rule of the world, accomplished mostly by controlling the world’s money.

Mar 13 17:46

Dutch Elections – Ides of March is Upon Europe

On March 15th, 2017, the Ides of March, we will see the Dutch elections which are the next big test of nationalist populism as it is being called by politicians.

Mar 13 17:17

The Poorest of the Poor - On the Edge of Europe

As I watched this video all I could think of was all the money that Europe has squandered on assistance to invaders from Islamic countries all the while the people of Europe starve and freeze to death.

Mar 13 16:46

Welcome to Sweden! – where men wear pink pussies

Long gone are the days of Viking warriors.

Mar 13 16:30

Stabbing in Swedish street hours after restaurant shooting

Witnesses have described another brawl on the streets, the likes of which have been seen in recent weeks, along with arsons and violence around schools.

Earlier today a man was shot in Malmö, according to Swedish media. Several shots were fired outside a restaurant in the so-called 'no go zone' of the southern city. Police have denied such areas exist.

The stabbing and shooting came a day after a powerful explosion at a block of flats in Gothenburg. What is believe to be a hand grenade as set off in the stairwell. Police spokesperson Stefan Gustafsson said several people were seen running from the scene.

No arrests have been made.

Last week two men were shot in the head in an area of Stockholm.

Mar 13 15:06

EU To Force Countries To Receive Refugees/Migrants

All EU countries should be forced to accept refugees, suggests the Swedish EU parliamentarian Cecilia Wikström in her report on the future refugee situation, now to be negotiated within the EU.

Mar 13 12:07

EU extends sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis for six months

The European Union (EU) has formally extended for another six months its sanctions against Russia-linked individuals over their alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that the sanctions are causing harm to ordinary Europeans is of course no concern of Brussels!

Mar 13 12:05

Turkey warns 'fascist' Netherlands will pay in rally row

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday warned the Netherlands would pay for blocking his ministers from holding rallies to win support in a referendum on expanding his powers, as a crisis escalated with Turkey's key EU partners.

Mar 13 11:39

The Empire Should Be Placed On Suicide Watch

In all the political drama taking place in the USA as a result of the attempted color revolution against Trump, the bigger picture sometimes gets forgotten. And yet, this bigger picture is quite amazing, because if we look at it we will see irrefutable signs that the Empire in engaged in some bizarre slow motion of seppuku and the only mystery left is who, or what, will serve as the Empire’s kaishakunin (assuming there will be one).

Mar 13 09:34

Iceland to end capital controls more than 8 years after banking crash

The tourism boom, strong investment by business and in the housing market, helped Iceland’s economy grow 7.2 percent in 2016.

"The removal of the capital controls, which stabilized the currency and economy during the country's unprecedented financial crash, represents the completion of Iceland’s return to international financial markets," said the country’s central bank.

Mar 13 09:20

BREAKING: SCOTLAND TO HAVE NEW INDEPENDENCE VOTE

Although a referendum on Scottish independence was held in 2014 which was narrowly won by the ‘remain in UK’ side. However, with Scottish people voting strongly against Brexit, the issue of independence is very much on the table. In 2014, the word Brexit did not exist and the natural assumption was that Scotland was voting to remain in a UK that would forever be in the EU.

Mar 13 08:43

French Political Parties Disintegrating

While Marine le Pen has reversed her position on introducing a new French franc saying she will set the rate at one-to-one to the euro and then allow it to float, whereas previously she said she would peg it to a basket of currencies.

Mar 13 08:35

Viktor Orban - EU Migration the Trojan Horse

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has taken a firm stand for his nation against illegal immigration – the most determined all of Europe.
This speech was given last week as Orban swore in 462 new border guards to patrol an enhanced fence across Hungary’s southern border.

Mar 13 08:28

Turkish Riots in Rotterdam Threaten Dutch Political Stability Ahead of Elections This Week

The Reuters picture above of supporters of Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan are not from Istanbul or Ankara, but from riots overnight in Rotterdam that threaten the stability of the Netherlands ahead of Dutch parliamentary elections later this week.

The Rotterdam riots, which required a state of emergency to be declared by the Dutch government, are part of a larger unfolding drama involving provocations by the Turkish government inciting millions of Turkish citizens living in European countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, how is that open borders thing working out for you?

Mar 13 08:27

The Election of Geert Wilders and the Next Step in the Great, Global Revolution

On March 15th, the fate of the EU just might be decided. In the much anticipated Dutch election, Geert Wilders is looking set to take the Establishment by storm. The election that could shape Europe’s political landscape is tighter than most people think and will likely come down to the wire.

The latest polls have shown Wilder’s PVV party slip to a point behind current Prime Minister Mark Rutte, but Wilders has had the lead since September, leaving many to question whether this latest poll is just a blip:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or rigged...

Mar 13 07:55

From trolling to insults: How Dutch-Turkish row escalated quickly, in 9 quotes

From a Dutch leader telling a Turk to see tulips instead of rallying, to a top Turkish official comparing the Netherlands to “Nazi remnants” and a “banana republic,” the two sides didn’t pull their punches in the two countries’ worst diplomatic crisis so far.

Mar 13 07:49

Fillon Accuses Hollande of Breaking Solidarity by Allowing Turkish Rally

French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon accused President Francois Hollande on Sunday of violating the European solidarity by allowing Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to hold a campaign meeting with Turkish expats in the northeastern city of Metz.

Mar 13 07:49

Dutch embassy & consulate in Turkey closed off as diplomatic row escalates

The Dutch embassy and consulate in Turkey have been closed off for security reasons, Reuters reported citing Turkish foreign ministry. A mass rally took place outside the consulate in Istanbul after Turkish Foreign Minister was refused landing in the Netherlands.

Mar 13 07:46

EU Summit Reveals the Discontent – Are its Days Numbered?

The EU summit on Thursday ended illustrating the deep divisions and how the EU is collapsing.

Mar 13 07:23

Article 50 Brexit Bomb Being Triggered: This is What Happens Next

This Monday or Tuesday sees the “Ping Pong” of the Bill for triggering Article 50 (the mechanism that allows the UK to withdraw from the EU), shuttling between the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

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