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Jun 17 17:10

Demographic suicide of Europe

Jun 17 10:52

Sweden to Hire Hundreds of New Police Officers Amidst Rising Sexual Violence

Sweden will employ hundreds of new police officers in an effort to tackle a growing trend of sexual offences against vulnerable people and children.

Mats Löfving, head of the police’s national operational department, Noa, commented on the new policy saying: “For me, this is incredibly big, I think it is the biggest and most important investment I have had in my time in the police. It is perhaps the most vulnerable group that we are helping, women and children, who are exposed to violent and sexual offences,” Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio reports.

According to police, the Prosecutor’s Office, and the Crime Prevention Council, the number of sexual offences within relationships and where children are victims, is increasing with only half of the reported rape cases in Sweden seeing any kind of resolution.

Jun 17 10:52

Sweden: Strong Explosion in Vicinity of Church

Södertälje is the latest city in Sweden to see yet another explosion, with police describing the blast as being strong enough to be heard 100 yards away.

Police say that they are still uncertain as to the nature of the explosion, which occurred at around 3am on Friday in Geneta, a neighbourhood in the Västertälje district of the Södertälje municipality. Peter Asp, the officer in charge of Stockholm Police’s management centre, told Swedish broadcaster SVT: “We are trying to sort out what has happened, but before the technicians have investigated, we do not know exactly what has happened.”

“It was so strong that people some 100 metres from there have reported it,” he added, with the broadcaster noting the blast happened in the vicinity of St. Afrem’s church.

Jun 15 17:38

'Not Enough': US Version Blaming Iran for Tanker Attacks Questioned by European Allies

The Pentagon earlier released a video, claiming to show an Iranian patrol boat removing a mine from the side one of the tankers targeted in the Gulf of Oman as "proof" of the US accusations that Tehran is behind the attacks. The Islamic Republic has strongly denied its involvement and urged Washington to stop false flag ops in the region.

Some European governments have refused to back the US allegations that Iran was responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has, for instance, insisted that the footage made public by the US Central Command allegedly showing Iranian sailors removing an unexploded mine from one of the vessels' hull was insufficient to corroborate Washington's claims.

"The video is not enough. We can understand what is being shown, sure, but to make a final assessment, this is not enough for me", Maas told reporters on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am at least somewhat hopeful, that our European allies would not believe the codswallop the US government was trying to sell them, on this painfully obvious "false flag."

Jun 14 09:35

Senior advisor to EU top court says Israel settlement produce should be labelled

A senior legal advisor to the European Union’s top court said yesterday that products from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory should be clearly labelled as such, reported AFP.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is “considering a request from France’s top tribunal for clarification of rules on labelling goods” from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

According to AFP, the ECJ “is not obliged to follow Advocate General Gerard Hogan’s advice, but the former Irish judge’s legal opinions are seen as highly influential in the bench’s deliberations.”

In his legal advice, Hogan said that “labels must make it clear if products originate in the occupied territories, and in particular if they come from Israeli settlements in those areas.”

Jun 14 09:28

EU and Russia Reportedly Agree to Ditch Greenback in Bilateral Transactions

The decision comes a few days after Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the US dollar as a tool of pressure while speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and Maros Sefcovic, vice-president of the European Commission for the Energy Union, have agreed to set up a working group that will deal with a transition to using the rouble and euro in bilateral payments, Russian media outlets reported, citing Siluanov’s spokesman, Andrei Lavrov.

Both sides have reportedly emphasised that the use of national currencies will be mutually beneficial, as it reduces certain risks for entrepreneurs in Russia and the EU.

Jun 14 09:16

Russia vows 'retaliatory strike' to new US troops in Poland

Russia says a new US military deployment to Poland announced by President Donald Trump on Wednesday would force Moscow to take retaliatory steps.

Trump told Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday that he had decided to send an additional 1,000 troops to Poland to join 4,000 forces already there.

The US will also send a squadron of MQ-9 Reaper Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance drones as well, he added.

The announcement drew response from Russia, which said on Thursday that “its military is tracking these announcements very closely.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow “is analyzing the information, and is doing what is necessary so that such steps in no way threaten the Russian Federation's security.”

Sergei Ryabkov, a Russian deputy foreign minister, said Trump's move probably reflected "aggressive" intentions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is so obvious to me, that Trump, and the US government, are leading this country into a completely avoidable war with Russia, there there are moments when I could just scream.

But screaming... will not help.

What WILL help... is logical, thoughtful pushing this government away from war, and toward peaceful ways of the US getting what it wants without firing a shot.

And Mr. President, if any of your people are out there looking at what we write, and listening to what we say; I think it is high time for the US to have a Department of Peace; and hey, if you would like this, I would volunteer to head this.

You are welcome, Mr. President!

Jun 14 09:13

EU blasted for ever closer cooperation with terror regime in Israel

One hundred and fifty five European researchers and academics have delivered a stinging rebuke to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, and Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation.

In a beautifully crafted letter, they express the outrage felt throughout the world, and especially in European countries, including the UK, at the EU’s policy of rewarding the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israel. Each new act of unspeakable brutality, each new onslaught of disproportionate force against civilians brings fresh privileges, fresh cooperation, fresh embraces from an enthusiastic EU elite.

Jun 14 08:38

EU on brink: Emmanuel Macron squirms as Donald Trump orders France leaves EU

EMMANUEL MACRON has dramatically conceded that there have been days when the EU went “faster” in response to an astounding request from US President Donald Trump for France to “leave Europe”.

Jun 14 07:21

Lira Slides After Turkey Vows It Will Retaliate To US Sanctions Over S-400

Two weeks ago, when Trump started rolling out tariffs left and right as a political punishment weapon for any sovereigns who presented hurdles to
Next on Trump’s train of terrifying tariffs: Turkey.

The reason is simple: Turkey's now official stance that it would proceed with concluding the Russian S-400 missile deal despite vocal opposition from both the US president and Congress. And now, Turkey, too, is bracing for what now appears inevitable as it refuses to budge on its commitment to the Kremlin.

Overnight, Turkey said it would hold firm in its commitment to honor its purchase of Russian air defense systems, warning the US that it is prepared to take "reciprocal steps" in reply to any sanctions imposed by Washington, effectively admitting that sanctions by the White House are only a matter of time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please; the more you inflame a country, in terms of attempting to punish it for its choices of weapons defenses, the more that country will turn toward other countries whose policies it feels are more in line with its own.

What you have done here, is make Turkey ripe for acquisition by a Iranian/Russian sphere of influence. So sir, I must ask: was this your design objective?!?

Or is this yet another of the "unintended consequences" of your foreign policy failures with the tariffs so far?!?

Jun 13 19:44

Anger over £440,000 'golden goodbye' payments to EU top dogs Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk when they stand down later this year

Brussels was accused of 'unacceptable greed' last night as it emerged Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk are in line for nearly £440,000 in 'golden goodbyes'.

The Eurocrats, whose terms finish in November, are entitled to the bumper severance payments after leaving office.

It means Mr Tusk, president of the European Council, is in line to rake in up to £288,000 for a 'transitional allowance', while European Commission chief Mr Juncker can pocket £144,000.

Jun 13 11:53

Side Effects of NATO's Yugoslavia Campaign: Cancer, Sterility & Mental Disorders

Aleksandra Stanic - Serbia is planning to carry out scientific research on the effects of the 1999 NATO campaign in Yugoslavia and to prove that there's a connection between the deplorable public health trends and the damage caused by NATO bombs.

According to Serbian oncologists, the number of cancer patients in the country is on the rise, and the mortality rate among them is increasing. The situation with infertility, autoimmune diseases, and mental disorders in Serbia is also alarming.

"Twenty years after the bombing of Yugoslavia, we are seeing an increase in oncological diseases, primarily systemic ones, such as lymphomas and leukaemia, and then solid cancerous tumours. And the most tragic thing is that, compared with the European average, we have 2.5 times more children with cancer".

Jun 13 11:07

Sweden's Electric Car Boom Is Under Threat From Power Crunch

Sweden’s ambitious plan to drastically cut emissions from transport by bringing millions of electric cars onto the road could be derailed by a lack of power capacity for new charging stations in major cities.

An increase in government grants sent sales of electric cars surging by 253% in the first five months this year, but the rally could be over before it’s really started. Demand for electricity in Stockholm and other cities is outgrowing capacity in local grids, forcing new charging networks to compete with other projects from housing to subway lines to get hooked up.

Jun 12 09:15

Insane video of LARGE HAIL in Germany

Jun 10 07:54

PRIME MINISTER OF POLAND SIGNS GLOBAL APPEAL TO STOP 5G TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRANSMISSION

SOURCE: GLOBALRESEARCH.CA
In what is surely an unprecedented and groundbreaking action, the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, has personally backed an International Appeal to stop the controversial roll-out of 5G electromagnetic microwave telecommunication transmissions.

5G, a new millimetre band frequency range being introduced by the telecommunications industry worldwide, has been identified by over 2,000 scientists and 1,400 medical doctors from all over the world, as presenting a direct threat to human health, as well as to animal, insect and plant life.

There have been no safety tests carried out to ensure its safety, in spite of the fact that 5G operates at between 10 and 100 times higher frequencies than current 3 and 4G cell phone tower transmitters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My first question has to be, who paid for these studies?!?

And do they profit from allowing this technology to become commonplace, in the countries which may embrace it?!?

Jun 09 19:15

Something Huge Just Happened In Europe

Jun 09 09:33

The European elections brought no change for the Middle East

At the end of May, almost 500 million citizens across the European Union voted for Members of the European Parliament to represent them over the next five years, shaping the political orientation of the EU for the immediate future. While the results reflect voters’ desire for some real change, they brought no change for the Middle East.

The results triggered mixed reactions and interpretations, but it is obvious that European voters turned their backs on parties which have dominated EU institutions for a decade. Instead, they supported smaller candidates from Green, Liberal and Nationalist parties.

Europe has been largely absent from the Middle East for years, as it has been preoccupied with its own problems, from the 2008 financial crisis through migrant issues and now Brexit. The outcome of the elections is a divisive parliament, suggesting that one can expect a sense of déjà vu with Europe fighting internal battles and largely neglecting issues affecting its near neighbours.

Jun 07 08:54

Election? What Election? EU Elite Will Censor Their Way Out of This Mess (or Die Trying)

The neoliberal establishment is wringing its hands in the wake of European elections that proved a resounding victory for populist parties across the continent, casting around for someone to blame but utterly incapable of realizing their own interference has doomed them. Doubling down on the censorship, they are determined to provoke the catastrophe they need to make free speech history.

The NGO-industrial complex was operating at maximum capacity in the weeks leading up to the election, shutting down hundreds of Facebook pages deemed “fake” or “hate speech” in the hope of controlling the messages reaching voters before they made the terrible mistake of voting for a candidate who represents their interests.

Jun 07 08:22

Trump Brands NATO Chief His ‘Biggest Fan’, Reveals Merkel Laughed Over Defence Spending

During his trip to the UK, where he took part in D-Day commemoration events and met European leaders, the US president sat down with Fox News to debunk critics who predicted his international policy would mean failure, NATO’s fracture, and the isolation of the US.

US President Donald Trump has denounced critics of his NATO policy, saying while the alliance “was going down” over the last 15 years, it is “like a rocket ship up” now. According to the US commander-in-chief’s interview with Fox News, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg sided with him.

Jun 07 08:20

Danish Stand on Nord Stream 2 Contradicts European Laws - Schroeder

Denmark puts at risk timely completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for delivering Russian gas to Europe, and Danish policy contradicts European laws, Gerhard Schroeder, the former German chancellor and the head of Nord Stream 2 operator's board of directors, said on Friday.

"Nord Stream 2 could be put into operation in the end of the year already in order to ensure safe deliveries of natural gas to Europe. However, there is a problem. For many months already, Danish policy has been putting at risk timely completion of the project", Schroeder said at a business breakfast dedicated to Nord Stream 2, held at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Jun 07 08:08

UKRAINE'S NEW PRESIDENT COMMITS TO EU, NATO MEMBERSHIP

SOURCE: DW
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy intends to keep Ukraine "on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration." He also said he is ready to negotiate with Russia to end the war in Eastern Ukraine.

'Ukraine's strategic course remains unchanged'

During his visit to Brussels on Tuesday, newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said his country still aspires to being a member of both the European Union and the NATO military alliance and that he is open to peace talks with Russia.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg had been waiting to hear the foreign policy aims of the former comedian, who was sworn in as Ukraine's president last month.

What Zelenskiy said:

His government intends to keep Ukraine "on its strategic course ... to achieve fully-fledged membership in the EU and NATO." Membership of both entities "is the priority of our foreign policy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Zelenskiy understands that he is walking a geopolitical tightrope, very much without a net, because his reaching out to Russia may cause NATO to spurn his desire to join it.

But IF he can work on these two objectives together, and better the lives of working Ukrainians, he will become a hero to his people; I, for one, hope that he can achieve this, and get rid of the wretched corruption, instigated and encouraged, by his predecessor, President Poroshenko (President Obama's and Victoria Nuland's "golden boy"), so that the nation can become functional again.

My fingers are crossed for this guy, that he is able to do what his country wants him to do, by "hiring" him as their President through the electoral process.

Jun 07 08:02

Brace for Impact: Italy Poised to Launch Euro Parallel Currency

A euro crisis has been brewing for years.

Eurozone officials and the ECB have long held the upper hand vs individual countries like Greece and Portugal.

However, Italy now has the upper hand, if it chooses to wage war.

Jun 07 08:02

EU representatives approve decision to prolong sanctions against Russia over Crimea

Permanent representatives of EU member states have approved the prolongations of sanctions against Moscow over Crimea’s reunification with Russia, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing its sources.

If the decision is finally approved by the EU, the sanctions will be effective till June 23, 2020. The sanctions were initially imposed on Russia in 2014.

Jun 07 07:40

THE LONG ARM OF THE BILDERBERG GROUP. CREATED BY THE CIA AND MI6

The most important “personalities” participating this year, as usual, were those of the USA;

Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg
Henry Kissinger, “historical figure” of the Group, closely linked to the late David Rockefeller (image right, died in 2017) who was founder of The Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission:

Mike Pompeo, ex-head of the CIA and currently US Secretary of State[2];

General David Petraeus, ex-head of the CIA[3];

Jared Kushner, advisor (and son-in-law) of President Trump for the Middle East, and intimate friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Following on, Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, who received a second mandate for services rendered to the USA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You need to look very closely, at the statement from Henry Kissinger, one of the "dark, overlord princes" of this confab, who saw war as a way to fix anything which had gone wrong, or could possibly go wrong:

"Control oil, and you will control the world; control food, and you control people!!"

Then you look at the presidencies of Bush; Obama; and Trump, and you see how transparently this has translated into wars for resources, to which the US has absolutely no moral right.

So let me see if I have understood this correctly; regime change; occupation; and the selling of oil only in US petrodollars.

This policy... has become the despicable, unholy trinity, which moves American foreign policy forward.

And in terms of food, not being GMO?!? You can clearly see that this battle has been brewing for a long time, and at least, at this moment, it appears that the non-GMO proponents, have had some small victories; but not nearly enough to feed the US in the future, coupled with catastrophic floods, which means acreage which used to see the planting of crops right now, cannot be planted.

And folks, if you do not have a freezer right now, talk to your family, and neighbors; getting a freezer, and filling it with non-GMO food, might not be a bad idea. Mike and I went to the local grocery store last week, and the "sticker shock" was pretty amazing.

I swear, we weren't buying either caviar or champagne :-)

But seriously, you need to protect yourselves against the time when the excrement hits the ventilation system, in all possible ways. That means, potable water, storable food, and whatever medications are necessary, for you, your family, and for your pets.

The Mormon Church, does excellent work in this area, and urges their believers to be self-reliant on the issues of food. The following link may be helpful, if you have never considered doing it before:

Later Day Saints: Food Storage

Jun 07 07:01

Russia to launch Nord Stream 2 despite Danish hurdles & US threats to derail project

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Denmark would eventually provide the necessary permits for completing the gas pipeline from Russia to Europe despite aggressive US attempts to block the project.

The undersea pipeline passes through the territorial waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. Only Danish authorities have yet to allow the pipeline in its territorial waters.

The project is being implemented under an avalanche of criticism from Washington.

Jun 06 11:01

Swedish Gov't Intends to Ban Religious Schools, Except Jewish

In an interview with the Christian newspaper Dagen, Ekström suggested that religious charter schools were “bad for society” and that stopping them was a matter of integration.

However, there may be one notable exception. Jewish schools are to be exempted from the ban, fellow Social Democrat Civilian Minister Ardalan Shekarabi assured following the criticism from the Jewish Central Council.

“There are special rules for the minorities we have in Sweden. The Jewish minority is protected in that legislation and this means that they will be able to maintain their structure with special training,” Shekarabi was quoted as saying by Aftonbladet daily.

Jun 05 11:30

"My Bank In Denmark Just Offered Me A Negative Rate Of Interest To Borrow Money"

Authored by Alex Moneton via SovereignMan.com,

Yesterday I called my bank in Denmark, Nordea, and couldn’t believe what they told me...

They offered to lend me money at MINUS 0.12% for a ten-year mortgage.

In other words, the bank would PAY ME to take out a loan.

Of course, as a Sovereign Man editor, I’ve written a lot about negative interest rates. But most of these cases were always reserved for big banks or institutions.

That no longer seems to be the case…

Now, negative interest rates ARE the norm. Thousands, if not tens of thousands of Danes will go out and take out mortgages that will pay themevery month.

This is completely mind-boggling to me. But it just highlights how broken the financial system really is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

Jun 05 08:26

The Center Isn't Holding In Europe

If there is one big takeaway from the recent European Parliamentary elections it is that centrist parties which stand for nothing in particular represent a lot fewer people. From both the ‘left’ and the ‘right’ the center lost ground across Europe.

The Euroskeptics got a lot of press in the run up to these elections and the final result was pretty much in line with expectations, with a couple of exceptions. The pro-EU left lost a lot more ground in Sweden than expected but the Dutch People’s Party were rejected thoroughly in the Netherlands.

Otherwise the polls were mostly in line with the results. And while the early spin tried to put a brave face on results in the U.K. and France Marine Le Pen outpolling sitting president Emmanuel Macron just two years after he beat her in the presidential election is notable.

Jun 04 10:31

Mette Frederiksen: the anti-immigration left leader set to win power in Denmark

She marked her return on Facebook, with a video straight out of a Quentin Tarantino film, buttoning her jacket, arranging her hair and slipping on stiletto heels to heavy metal music. “I’m ready again,” she declared to camera. “Let’s get this bus rolling.”

Mette Frederiksen, leader of Denmark’s opposition Social Democrats, was in hospital with food poisoning when the prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, called a general election last week, and was two days late joining the campaign.

But the 41-year-old has all the momentum, with her left-of-centre bloc starting with an eight percentage point lead, and few doubting that she will become Denmark’s youngest-ever prime minister after the election on 5 June.

Jun 04 10:22

EU defense plan has US up in arms – report

As the European Union moves towards building a common military, the US has reportedly threatened to leave its allies in a lurch if Brussels continues to insist on cutting US weapons makers out of the bargain.

Jun 04 08:42

EU rewards Israel for selling classrooms donated to Palestinians

Israel’s brazenness generated consternation on social media. Even the EU’s foreign policy spokesperson Maja Kocijan?i? tweeted that the decision was “incredible.”

But when Kocijan?i? delivered the EU’s official response at a press briefing on Monday, she indicated that it would be business as usual: Israel can do as it likes and the EU will take it lying down.

Jun 04 08:17

Intellectual Dark Web Founder Eric Weinstein Turns On Jordan Peterson For Meeting With Viktor Orban

Intellectual Dark Web founder Eric Weinstein threw a fit Sunday on Twitter after learning that Jordan Peterson met with Hungary's hugely popular nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban.

Jun 03 18:13

Landscape after EU elections

Jun 03 10:11

EU angered by Israeli theft, resell of aid for Palestinian schoolchildren

The European Union on Friday criticised Israel over plans to sell aid given to Bedouin villages in the occupied West Bank which was seized by Israeli authorities.

The tents and other humanitarian structures will be put up for auction within days by COGAT, the Israel defence ministry unit which oversees civilian activities in the Palestinian territories, according to the EU's spokesman in Jerusalem.

The supplies include "two school structures that had been consigned to Ibziq community; and two tents and three metal sheds to the al-Hadidiya community", Shadi Othman said in a statement.

Jun 03 09:21

The Welfare State is Tearing Sweden Apart

Jun 03 08:44

US Hits EU With Ultimatum to Save Close Ties to American Arms Industry - Report

The Western alliance has come under increasing strain in recent years amid President Trump's insistence that NATO's European members commit more to defence spending, and reports that the president has repeatedly raised the issue of withdrawing Washington from the bloc.

The Trump administration has presented America's European allies with an "ultimatum" demanding that the countries make changes to their defence policy to ensure that Europe remains closely linked to US defence manufacturers in the creation of new arms, El Pais has reported, citing documents from a meeting in Washington, DC on 22 May between US officials and members of the EU's Political & Security Committee.

According to the Spanish newspaper, US officials warned their EU counterparts that they may be left alone in the face of threats, supposedly including Russia, if Brussels rejected the US defence companies' participation in the creation of new weapons systems.

Jun 02 09:48

EU condemns new Israeli settlements in East Jeruslaem as 'illegal'

The European Union has condemned Israeli plans to build illegal housing units in occupied East Jerusalem.

The plans, which were announced on Wednesday by Israel's housing ministry, include the construction of 805 housing units in Jewish neighbourhoods in the city's east, which was occupied by Israel in 1967.

In a statement released Saturday, the EU said it is "strongly opposed to Israel's settlement policy, including in East Jerusalem, which is illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace".

"The policy of settlement construction and expansion in East Jerusalem continues to undermine the possibility of a viable two-state solution with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, which is the only realistic way to achieve a just and lasting peace.

Jun 02 08:48

Hungary: The EU has provided 2 million migrants with unlawful cash cards worth 1.55 billion euros in an effort to legalise illegal migration

“Over two million migrants have received anonymous debit cards. The equivalent of 500 billion forints (1.55 bn euros) has been spent in this manner”, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister György Bakondi said on Hungarian M1 television.

Mr. Bakondi said that the cards are unlawful, because European citizens cannot own anonymous banking cards, they cannot be monitored, and no public procurement procedure was launched for their issuing.

May 31 10:04

EU news: Orban vows to quit Juncker’s EPP unless Hungarian PM handed big role | World | News

The Hungarian Prime Minister has warned his Fidesz party could join another European Parliament bloc if the centre-right grouping does not line up with national interests. Mr Orban’s Fidesz were suspended from the EPP, the Parliament’s largest group, in March after complaints over the rule of law, media freedom and rights of minorities in Hungary. And the rift looks set to continue, with the Hungarian leader yet to commit to rejoining the bloc going forward.

He said: “We are members of the EPP right now and we will see which direction the EPP goes. Whether we can influence it and whether it is in line with the interests of Hungary and the Hungarian people.

“If yes, then we will stay, if not, we will sit in a new formation.”

May 31 09:50

Finland Intends to Put Electronic 'Fetters' on Illegal Migrants

At present, the number of illegal migrants defying Finnish rejections to their asylum application and even deportation rulings is estimated to hover at several thousand.

Finland may put electronic footwear on immigrants who have had their asylum applications rejected, the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported.

If passed, the law will generally apply to immigrants, but especially to those who have received negative decisions on their asylum applications. The idea of electronic footwear, in Scandinavia known as “electronic fetters”, is to serve as an alternative to putting all illegal immigrants in physical custody, an option reserved for individuals deemed dangerous to the public. The Aliens Act lists several conditions for detention, including risk of escape, suspicion of crime or a threat to national security. With footwear in place, the authorities will still be able to keep track of them.

May 31 09:33

‘Donald Trump is going to heaven’: Irish priest backs US president ahead of visit

US President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit his five star hotel and golf course in Ireland next week amid protests. However, the local parish priest believes Trump will not only be welcome in Doonbeg, Ireland, but in heaven.

“Leave us alone” was Doonbeg priest Joe Haugh's message to any protesters thinking of making an appearance at Trump's arrival at his golf course in county Clare next Wednesday.

May 30 11:42

Catalan independence leader 'BLOCKED' from EU Parliament despite winning MEP election

CATALAN independence leader Carles Puigdemont was blocked entering the European Parliament despite being elected as an MEP last weekend.

May 30 11:38

EU SHOCK: How Tony Blair was PAID by EU before helping to DOUBLE UK's budget contribution

TONY BLAIR received a financial reward of around £3,000 from the EU in recognition for his services to European integration just years before he helped to double Britain’s contributions to the bloc budget, unearthed reports reveal.

May 30 10:12

Gold Investment In Switzerland Remains Very Popular

Switzerland has the second-highest per capita gold demand in the world, a significant over-the-counter gold trading market and is home to the some of the world’s largest, most technologically advanced gold refiners. And the Swiss central bank holds a lot of gold too – 1,040t all told – the eighth largest central bank gold holding in the world.

May 30 09:36

EU Delayed Nord Stream 2 Completion so Come New Year’s 2020 Say Hello to Catastrophic Gas Shortages

This is hilarious. EU sabotaged the North Stream so that its completion before 2020 is now highly doubtful. However come 2020 Russia will cease all gas transit to Europe over Ukraine, whether Nord Stream 2 is ready or not.

May 30 09:34

Ex-Austrian Chancellor Kurz May Come Out as Clear Winner in Snap Vote - Analysts

Sebastian Kurz could make a comeback in Austria's September snap vote after being removed as chancellor on 28 May, said Bill Ravotti, moderator of the V4 Report, and EU expert Klaus Jurgens, commenting on the balance of power in the country following the scandalous Ibiza video release.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has been removed from office with the right-wing Freedom Party (FPO), his former ally, and the opposition Social Democrats (SPO) backing a no-confidence vote.

The move followed a scandal involving former Vice Chancellor and FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache who was caught on camera discussing a controversial "deal" with an alleged "wealthy Russian woman" in Ibiza in 2017. Later, Strache said the woman was actually a Russian-speaking Latvian citizen, while Austrian Kronen Zeitung reported, citing unnamed sources, that she was actually a Bosnian student, with no confirmation following.

May 30 09:26

Serbs protests against police actions in northern Kosovo

Many people have come out to protest in the central square of Kosovska Mitrovica in the north of unrecognized Kosovo, the Serbian news agency Tanjug reported on Wednesday.

According to the agency’s information, the rally started at noon, local time, mayor Goran Rakic addressed the protesters, calling on them to keep calm and stay patient. "I ask you to resist provocations prepared in the Western kitchens. As long as Serbs remain in Kosovo and Metohija, it will be both Serbian and ours," he said.

Rakic also said that three women were arrested on Tuesday in the Kosovo police operation. Their whereabouts are still unknown. The politician pointed out that a crisis office is constantly monitoring Pristina’s actions to react to the situation in Kosovska Mitrovica in a timely manner.

May 30 09:25

Serbian troops on 'combat alert' after arrests by Kosovo police

Serbia put its troops on "combat alert" after heavily armed Kosovo police entered Serb-populated regions and made nearly two dozen arrests over alleged corruption on Tuesday.

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj confirmed the police action, saying on Twitter an "anti-smuggling and organised crime operation" was under way in northern Kosovo, which declared independence from Belgrade in 2008 after a bloody 1998-99 war that ended only after NATO intervention.

Serbia does not recognise Kosovo's 2008 independence declaration.

Serbian state TV reported shots were heard and tear gas was fired as Kosovo's special police "burst" into several northern villages and the town Mitrovica with armoured vehicles early in the morning.

May 30 06:30

The Welfare State is Tearing Sweden Apart

May 29 12:10

Euroskeptics' EU Parl't Gains to Serve as Foundation for a Strong Faction - AfD

The surge of right-wing parties in the European Parliament elections will enable them to form a strong "patriotic faction," Joerg Meuthen, the federal spokesman for the euroskeptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party and its lead candidate in the vote, said.

"The victory of the 'populist' parties in most European countries will enable us to form a strong patriotic faction in the EU Parliament. We should reach 25 percent of the total number of MEPs [members of parliament]," the politician said, commenting on the election results.

May 29 12:10

Eurocrats, Soros' Allies to Try to Thwart Salvini's New Right-Wing Bloc

The victory of the right-wing parties in Italy, France and the UK is just the first step towards changing EU rules and policies, according to Italian journalist Daniele Pozzati, who shared his vision on opportunities and obstacles in the way of the political right in the European Parliament.

"A new Europe has been born, founded on work, freedom, people and rights," Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini stated following the League's Sunday victory in the European Parliament elections in Italy.

Commenting on Salvini's aspirations, Politico argued that the League's victory is "likely to have more impact at home than in Brussels".

May 29 12:01

German Ex-Spy Chief: Mossad Behind Video Leak That Led to Austria Gov't Collapse

Austrian politics has been rocked by "Ibiza-gate" allegations that the country's vice chancellor was discussing the possibility of a foreign citizen investing into a local newspaper in exchange for favourable media coverage.

Rudolf Adam, a former diplomat and deputy head of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, claims that the scandal that turned Austria's politics upside down was orchestrated by Israeli secret services.

Writing for the political magazine Cicero, Adam argues that the plan to bring down Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache with an explosive video leak was unlikely to have been hatched by the United States, which is currently "fully occupied with Korea, Iran and China".

Nor could be Russia behind the "political assassination", as Adam puts it, given that the now-former vice chancellor had been advocating closer ties with Moscow.

May 29 12:00

European leaders will delay Brexit AGAIN and AGAIN to avoid getting the blame for a No Deal if Boris Johnson or Dominic Raab try to tear up the withdrawal agreement

Brussels will fight any attempts by Britain to leave with No Deal by trying to force multiple Brexit delays on the UK, it was claimed today.

The EU is said to be preparing to extend Article 50 more than once if the new Tory leader tears up Theresa May's deal with the bloc.

Candidates Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey have all said that they would pull Britain out with No Deal unless the EU rips the Irish Backstop from Mrs May's Withdrawal Agreement.

But Eurocrats are ready to shove Britain 'back to the wall' - and delay Brexit after October 31 - if a hard Brexiteer takes over as Prime Minister.

A source told The Sun: 'The new Prime Minister doesn't have any ownership of the deal so the withdrawal agreement seems to be off the table. But similarly No Deal is off the table - the only solution is extensions until something changes in the UK'.

May 29 12:00

EUROPHILE SUPERGROUPS LOSE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MAJORITY FOR FIRST TIME EVER

The final results of the EU elections are still trickling in, however the overall picture is pretty clear already. Eurofederalists have lost ground although they still outnumber Eurosceptics. Incredibly, it’s the first time ever in the European Parliament’s 40-year history that the giant Europhile EPP (Christian Democrat) and S&D (Socialist) blocks haven’t had a majority between them. However the equally Europhile ALDE group has 115 MEPs to throw into the mix now so the EU Parliament can continue its rubber stamping untroubled…

May 29 10:51

KOSOVO FORCES RAIDS IN SERB-MAJORITY AREAS SPARK NEW ROUND OF TENSIONS IN BALKANS

On May 28, Kosovo Police’s Regional Operational Support Unit (ROSU) carried out mass raids in areas of compact settlement of ethnic Serbs in the northwestern part of the breakaway region. ROSU units, reportedly supported by over 70 vehicles, detained more than a dozen ethnic Serbs, mostly persons influential in the local community. Besides this, the ROSU briefly detained and beat a Russian member of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo.

The targeted area is 90 percent populated by Serbs, who refuse to be part of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo.

ROSU actions faced resistance from the local population. According to the Kosovo side, at least two police officers were injured. Several media outlets also reported gunfire, but no details of the supposed live fire usage have appeared so far.

May 28 11:38

Where do the elections leave Europe's nationalists?

It had been portrayed as a day of reckoning between pro-European and anti-European forces - between those who want greater integration, and those who want to retreat into their nation states.

The European Parliament election results, however, tell the story of a much more fragmented European Union, where mainstream parties on both the left and the right are losing voters' confidence - a trend that reflects European national politics in the past few years.

Nationalist parties took home impressive results in countries such as Italy, France, Belgium, Hungary and Poland.

"The result was mixed for nationalists as they are for other forces," Doru Frantescu, CEO of Brussels-based think-tank Votewatch Europe, told Al Jazeera.

May 28 11:38

Europe's leading parties lick wounds after bruising election

In Europe's powerhouses, supporters of mainstream parties have woken to a bruising defeat and are carefully considering their future.

More than 400 million Europeans in 28 member states including Brexiting Britain had been asked to cast a vote for a renewed five-year term of the European Union's only directly elected body, the European Parliament.

Germany's governing parties were dealt their worst results for 70 years, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Union bloc taking just 28.9 percent of the vote (down from 35.4 percent five years ago) and their Social Democrat allies receiving just 15.8 percent (down from 27.3 pecent in 2014).

In France, President Emmanuel Macron has faced calls to dissolve parliament after the far right stormed to victory in the European Parliament elections. The results did not trigger "a national crisis", a government spokesperson told BFM TV, and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe "has all the confidence of the president".

May 28 10:37

EU election results show people are ‘fed up with fake democracy’

Anti-establishment forces had major gains in the EU elections because voters are tired of parties refusing to challenge Brussels, analysts told RT, saying the results also show that migration is still a top issue.
Euroskeptic parties made considerable gains in the European Parliament elections, leaving the bloc’s establishment parties badly battered and searching for answers. Ultimately, analysts told RT, it illustrates how Europeans have run out of patience for politics as usual.

In the past, whenever the EU found itself in trouble, Brussels would always remedy the crisis by calling for more European integration, Dr. Werner Patzelt, a political science professor at the Technical University of Dresden, noted. And until now, Brussels always got its way.

“This time it was different,” Patzelt told RT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a turning point for the EU; I hope their leadership absorbs the true meaning of this vote.

May 28 10:29

'Troubled times': what European papers say about the election results

Many European newspapers have focused on the strong showing of far-right parties across the continent in the parliamentary elections.

In France, where Marine Le Pen’s National Rally has beaten Emmanuel Macron’s centrist grouping, Le Monde says: “The extreme right comes first in France, Italy and the UK”. Le Figaro says “Macron sets up duel with Le Pen” after the the president’s group won 22.5% compared with Le Pen’s 23.5% in France.

Suddeutsche Zeitung leads its e-paper with the headline: “Greens are second biggest party for the first time” in Germany, while also looking at losses for the centre-right CDU and the socialist SPD. The parties are facing “troubled times”, it says.

It also looks at the wider European trend, however, and how populists and nationalists have gained ground in Poland, Italy and the UK. It says the main takeaways from the elections are “losses for the centrist parties, success for Eurosceptics and an increased turnout”.

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