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  • German political chaos shows France 'needs to take lead in Europe'

    11/20/2017 9:04:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies ^ | 20 November 2017 15:55 CET+01:00 | Ben McPartland/The Local/AFP
    The breakdown in attempts by Angela Merkel to form a government has shown France that is must take the initiative in Europe, the presidency says, but without German backing Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious reforms will stay on ice. France is hoping that Germany will remain a “stable and strong” partner to allow the two partners to “move forward together”, the French presidency said after German coalition talks collapsed leaving the country in political turmoil. The breakdown “only reinforces the need for France to propose, to take the initiative and to work on an ambitious European project that we will put in...
  • Europe's Merkel, Macron, May less popular than Trump

    11/20/2017 9:33:49 AM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 20, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    President Trump’s approval ratings, often mocked by Democrats and the media, top those of Europe’s biggest three leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron. A new Zogby Analytics survey of people in those countries also finds that the disapproval ratings are sky-high.
  • What's your citizen 'trust score'? China moves to rate its 1.3 billion citizens [via social media]

    11/13/2017 12:23:15 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 10 replies
    PRI ^ | November 09, 2017 | By Amulya Shankar
    Take George Orwell’s "1984." Now sprinkle in that episode of "Black Mirror" where characters live in a world in which every aspect of their lives is dominated by ratings. That’s one way to think about the Social Credit System, a plan that the Chinese government will make mandatory for all its citizens by 2020. It’s like a credit score system, but instead of just financial information, this one will also pull together a person's political leanings, purchase history and even their social interactions to calculate their "trust score." Chinese officials say it’s a way to influence their citizens’ behavior to...
  • EU to sign defense pact, may allow limited British role

    11/12/2017 11:44:33 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies ^ | November 13, 2017 | Robin Emmott
    France, Germany and 20 other EU governments are set to sign a defense pact on Monday they hope marks a new era of European military integration to cement unity after Britain’s decision to quit the bloc. In Europe’s latest attempt to lessen its reliance on the United States, the 22 governments will create a formal club that should give the European Union a more coherent role in tackling international crises. “We’ve never come this far before,” said a senior EU official said of EU defense integration efforts that date back to a failed bid in the 1950s. “We are in...
  • EU On The Brink: Hundreds of Thousands March in Catalonia Demand Release Of ‘Political Prisoners’

    11/12/2017 3:40:29 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/12/17 | Jack Montgomery
    Around three-quarters of a million Catalans have marched to demand the release of local politicians arrested for their role in the drive for independence. Spain’s central government has dissolved the Catalan parliament, dismissed the Catalan government, and imposed direct rule following the region’s unilateral declaration of independence on October 27th. This followed a self-determination referendum which the Spanish authorities deemed illegal and attempted to shut down violently, with the blessing of the European Union’s ruling bodies.Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s ex-president — or president-in-exile, depending on your point of view — had given some indication that he would ignore Madrid’s attempts to terminate...
  • German army 'plans for break up of the European Union' in war game scenario

    11/07/2017 9:29:27 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 6 November 2017 • 7:56pm
    Military planners in Berlin played out a scenario in which a growing number of countries follow Britain in leaving the EU, resulting in an "increasingly disorderly" world, Der Spiegel reported.  "The EU enlargement has been largely abandoned, more states have left the bloc," strategists wrote in a study cited by the magazine. "The increasingly disorderly, sometimes chaotic and conflictual world has dramatically changed the security policy environment for Germany and Europe." Der Speigel said the study could inform German armaments programs in the next several years. The scenario was one of six examined in a study of security challenges German...
  • FRIEDMAN: Almost All Countries In Europe Have Border Issues

    10/31/2017 6:59:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Mauldin Economics ^ | OCTOBER 30, 2017 | GEORGE FRIEDMAN
    FRIEDMAN: Almost All Countries In Europe Have Border Issues OCTOBER 30, 2017 BY GEORGE FRIEDMAN For centuries, Europe has fought wars over borders. In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Europe’s borders shifted wildly. As empires fragmented, new nations arose and wars were waged. After 1945 and the beginning of the Cold War, a new principle emerged on the Continent. The borders that existed at the end of World War II were deemed sacrosanct—not to be changed. Europeans knew that border disputes had been one of the reasons of the two world wars and that...
  • Serial Killer Pakistani Asylum Seeker Busted at EU Border

    10/28/2017 2:53:49 PM PDT · by davikkm · 4 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    They’re not sending their best is an expression coined by President Trump during last year’s presidential campaign, when he was describing the huge amount of criminals and “bad hombres” who were jumping the fence in the US from Mexico, with almost zero vetting. That phrase just got a new meaning today, as we just got word about a Pakistani serial killer getting arrested as he was trying to enter the European Union as a refugee. Truth be told, the man whose nickname is “The Butcher” was apprehended by Hungarian border patrol. I bet that if he tried to enter the...
  • ‘Soros Plan’: Hungary Slams EU ‘Institutionalisation of Mass Migration’ with New Asylum Rules

    10/24/2017 5:20:28 AM PDT · by davikkm · 9 replies
    breitbart ^ | VICTORIA FRIEDMAN
    Prime minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán blasted the European Parliament for adopting changes to the bloc’s asylum system which the Hungarian government sees as the implementation of the ‘Soros Plan’ to flood the continent with an unlimited number of third-world migrants. On Friday, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) adopted a report on the amendment of the Dublin Agreement, which regulates the EU’s Common Asylum System, which would see all member states forced to accept asylum seekers against the will of their people and for funds to be withheld from nations that refuse to...
  • Trying to Unlock Brexit, Britain's Theresa May to Make Offer on EU Citizens

    10/19/2017 2:17:20 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies ^ | October 19, 2017 | Reuters
    Brussels: British Prime Minister Theresa May will promise on Thursday to make it as easy as possible for European Union citizens living in Britain to stay after Brexit, trying to unlock stalled talks that have spurred calls for her to walk away. Weakened by losing her Conservative Party's majority in a June election and failing to rally support at an ill-fated party conference, May had initially hoped she would regain some ground by persuading EU leaders at a two-day summit starting on Thursday to let Brexit talks move beyond matters of the divorce. But EU leaders have ruled that out,...
  • Eastern European Resistance to Islamization

    10/17/2017 5:43:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/17/17 | William Kilpatrick
    If you’ve ever seen Casablanca, you won’t have forgotten the scene in Rick’s Cafe where the German officers who are singing “Die Wacht am Rhein” are drowned out by the French patrons who burst into a rousing rendition of the “Marseillaise.”Something similar happened last week at the National Opera in Cluj Napoca, Romania. A “multicultural” opera that included a Muslim muezzin chanting the call to prayer was interrupted by members of the audience singing the national anthem. The Romanian national anthem is not quite as rousing as “La Marseillaise” (at least, not to the non-Romanian ear), and the singers were...
  • Polish President Duda says hopes Turkey will join EU

    10/17/2017 10:09:28 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 45 replies ^ | October 17, 2017 | Reuters Staff
    Poland hopes Turkey will eventually join the European Union, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday, days ahead of an EU summit which will discuss the frayed relations between Brussels and Ankara. The EU, particularly heavyweight member Germany, has become increasingly critical of Turkey since President Tayyip Erdogan launched large-scale purges of state institutions, the military, the judiciary and academia after a failed coup in July 2016.
  • BREXIT LATEST: Shock ONS data wipes Ł490 BILLION off UK’s wealth as talks hit vital stage

    10/16/2017 12:35:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | Harvey Gavin
    Revised figures from Office for National Statistics’s (ONS) ‘Blue Book’ - which measures economic activity in the UK - show the Britain’s global investments have collapsed by Ł490billion. The unexpected new numbers come as the UK enters a critical stage in divorce talks with the European Union, and effectively wipe out the country’s safety margin to deal with any economic damage caused by Brexit. Mark Capleton, UK rates strategist at Bank of America, told The Telegraph: “Half a trillion pounds has gone missing. “This is equivalent to 25 per cent of GDP.” The stats also show a sharp decline in...
  • Is The EU Heading For An East-West Schism?

    10/11/2017 10:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/11/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    <p>The European Union is losing a major player in the United Kingdom, but there’s other potential cracks in the alliance showing up and additional wrinkles to resolve. While it’s still far from a sure thing, Catalonia may split off from Spain, leaving a question mark over their future. And some of the established EU members have been making noises about not being terribly happy with the way Brussels runs the operation.</p>
  • 7 independence movements that have the potential to destroy the EU (Catalonia is just the start)

    10/05/2017 9:02:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Duran ^ | 10/05/2017 | by Alex Christoforou
    Catalonia continues to press on with its independence movement, much to the dismay of Spain and the European Union. Catalonia is not the only region in the EU demanding more autonomy or independence.Here are seven regions in the European Union that may seek separation, and cause more fragmentation in an already weakened Europe.1. Scotland, Britain In 2014, Scotland had a historic referendum on leaving the United Kingdom resulting in a narrow 55 percent vote against leaving the UK.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, head of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, is now calling for a second referendum once Britain’s exit from the...
  • Angela Merkel Loses Support, But Wins Election

    09/24/2017 11:10:59 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09-24-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    Although Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats have lost 9 percent compared to the last elections, her party has yet again become the largest party in Germany's parliament today. Merkel's CDU won 32.5 percent of the vote. That's significantly less than four years ago, but because Germany's electorate is more divided than ever before, it's enough to make her chancellor once more. Well, if she's able to form a coalition with the liberal Free Democrats and the Greens, that is, who finished the day with respectively 10.5 and 9.4 percent of the vote. For Merkel, the results will leave a bitter taste...
  • Is Spain Going to Explode Over Catalonian Secession?

    09/23/2017 8:09:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/23/2017 | Megan Oprea
    The autonomous region of Catalonia has once again called for a referendum for secession from Spain, and all hell is breaking loose. Although the vote is still two weeks away, this week has seen a marked increase in tension and conflict between the two sides thatÂ’s quickly reaching a boiling point. The government in Spain, which calls the planned vote illegal, has frozen CataloniaÂ’s access to public funds so that they canÂ’t be spent on organizing the referendum. It is also trying to shut down its access to ballot boxes, although the Catalan government says it has 6,000 of...
  • Moody's downgrades UK's rating on Brexit and growth fears

    09/22/2017 6:52:09 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 | William Schomberg, David Milliken
    Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded Britain’s credit rating by a further notch on Friday, saying the government’s plans to fix the public finances had been knocked off course and Brexit would weigh on the economy. A few hours after Prime Minister Theresa May set out plans for a new relationship with the European Union, Moody’s cut the rating to Aa2 from Aa1, underscoring the economic risks that leaving the bloc poses for the world’s fifth-biggest economy.
  • Theresa May: UK will 'honour' financial commitments to EU

    09/22/2017 8:18:10 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies ^ | 22 September 2017 | Tamara Cohen
    Theresa May has called on European leaders to strike a "bold and ambitious" trade deal with Britain within two years after Brexit. In a speech billed as the most important of her premiership, Mrs May set out plans for a two-year "implementation period" after Britain officially leaves in March 2019 - before moving to a permanent trade deal. She insisted this period would be strictly time limited, and in an attempt to break the deadlock on the "divorce bill", promised that the UK would "honour its commitments" to the EU budget.
  • Why the EU sucks! Vacuum cleaner tycoon Sir James Dyson reveals (TR)

    09/16/2017 8:46:16 AM PDT · by DFG · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 09/15/2017 | Jane Fryer
    Sir James Dyson is lithe, rangy, tanned, beadily alert and, despite never using his own award-winning Supersonic dryer, boasts gloriously fluffy hair. ‘It blows my hair to smithereens and gives too much root uplift,’ he says. This week he was particularly busy, even by his exactingly high standards as Britain’s best-known inventor. On Wednesday, fed up with trying to get politicians to do something about the dire lack of engineers in this country, he opened a university to train them; the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology. And, oh yes, he took on Jean-Claude Juncker. When the European Commission president...