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  • Bulgaria to allow its fourth-biggest bank to collapse

    07/13/2014 9:52:24 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 11 July 2014
    Bulgaria is to allow its fourth-biggest lender to collapse and will hive off its healthy activities into a separate bank as it moves to clear up the mess from the country's worst financial scandal since the 1990s. The central bank said it was removing Corporate Commercial Bank's (Corpbank) license and alerting prosecutors to the possibility that its main shareholder stole money from the bank just before the central bank took over its operations. The scandal broke last month when Corpbank clients unnerved by media reports accusing top shareholder Tsvetan Vassilev of shady business deals dashed to withdraw their savings. The...
  • Europe Takes Rehab Approach to Islamic Extremists

    07/07/2014 4:35:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 7, 2014 | By FRANK JORDANS and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER
    BERLIN - Chris Boudreau's son Damian told her over dinner on a November evening in 2012 that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, the language of Islam. She never saw him again. "He flew to Seattle, then Amsterdam, then into Istanbul," said Boudreau. "There was a training camp just outside the city where radicals train prior to crossing the border into Syria." Fourteen months later, the 22-year-old Canadian convert to Islam was dead, apparently killed in fighting between rival groups of Islamic militants in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Boudreau was left to wonder what she could have...
  • Euro, Technocrats and Media Role in the Undoing of Italy

    07/04/2014 12:23:18 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 27 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is the fourth and final part of the article by Italian journalist Alessandra Nucci. Here are the first three parts: The Looting of ItalyHow the EU and the Left Ruined ItalyEU-Imposed Immigration Is Destroying Italy's EconomyAlso read Italy Invented Banks by Enza Ferreri ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Attack Begins In Earnest2011 is when they began in earnest to train their guns on us, with the military aggression that started with the Nato attack on Libya culminating in half-truths calculated to stampede investors away from Italy in the direction of presumably safe bonds. And what bonds can be safer than Germany’s?...
  • What happened when we tested Google's 'right to be forgotten' tool

    07/04/2014 9:25:45 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    expert reviews ^ | 7-4-2014 | James Temperton
    Google's right to be forgotten system is woefully inadequate and censoring things it shouldn't. We decided to make a number of right to be forgotten claims to see what would happen. One request was to remove search listings for an automated online profile page that contained someone's name and Twitter handle. There are loads of websites that collate information about people and spew out automated profiles – 192.com and Peekyou.com being two examples. These websites might be annoying, but should they ever be censored from search results if all they are doing is collating publicly available information? None of the information...
  • Juncker is galling for Britain, but life-threatening for France and Italy (EU)

    07/03/2014 4:44:33 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 02 July 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Cromwellian method by which Jean-Claude Juncker was foisted upon the nation states is a breach of the Treaties ___ The sovereign parliaments of Europe are victims of a constitutional sleight of hand, though some acquiesce more easily than others. The Cromwellian method by which Jean-Claude Juncker was foisted upon the nation states is a breach of the Treaties. The episode clarifies the need for British withdrawal from the Union, or the withdrawal of France or any other country that wishes to remain self-governing under a rule of law.
  • Google Is Being Forced To Censor The History Of Merrill Lynch — And That Should Terrify You

    07/03/2014 7:10:15 AM PDT · by EBH · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/3/2014 | Jim Edwards
    The European Union's new law giving people a "right to be forgotten," which requires Google to remove links to information about them, is having exactly the effect its critics predicted: It is censoring the internet, giving new tools that help the rich and powerful (and ordinary folk) hide negative information about them, and letting criminals make their histories disappear. Exhibit A: Google was required to delete a link to this BBC article about Stan O'Neal, the former CEO of Merrill Lynch. O'Neal led the bank in the mid-2000s, a period when it became dangerously over-exposed to the looming mortgage crisis....
  • EU-Imposed Immigration Is Destroying Italy's Economy

    07/02/2014 12:41:44 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 25 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is the third part of the article by Italian journalist Alessandra Nucci. Here are the first two parts: The Looting of ItalyHow the EU and the Left Ruined Italy ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Never-ending Flow of Illegal Immigrants Overburdens Italian WelfareVery little is ever said about the immigration load, which together with bureaucracy is largely responsible for the burgeoning debt. It is routinely downplayed, while Italy gets lectured to for supposedly not living up to impossible standards that are provably not expected of any other country. The Italian Coastguard and Carabinieri have saved countless lives and generous Italian welfare, including...
  • Obama Advisor John Podesta: ‘Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line’

    07/01/2014 4:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 30, 2014 – 02:30 PM | Susanne Koelbl and Marcel Rosenbach
    Instead of a no-spy deal, the US has begun a Cyber Dialogue with Germany. In a Spiegel interview, John Podesta, a special advisor to President Barack Obama, speaks of the balance between alliances and security and says that changes are being made to NSA espionage practices. […] “(W)ith respect to what German citizens think, the United States has a pretty good track record of standing up for values of global democracy, of free expression, of protecting the rights of individuals, of trying to ensure that people are not discriminated against, of not suppressing free speech. Every country has a history...
  • Fighting Google: Europe Eyes Digital Agenda to Better Compete with the US

    07/01/2014 4:11:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 01, 2014 – 05:51 PM | Frank Dohmen and Christoph Pauly
    Jean-Claude Juncker, the next head of the European Commission, plans to implement a new digital strategy for the Continent. Europe, he believes, needs to become better equipped to defend itself from the US and Asia. […] Part of Juncker’s agenda will be to ensure that Europe challenges market abuse by American Internet giants with greater self-confidence. More important, however, will be for the EU to start cleaning up its own backyard. Juncker wants to take advantage of a broad consensus among European politicians to put enough muscle in the EU’s digital market that European companies can stand up to competition...
  • How the EU and the Left Ruined Italy

    07/01/2014 12:43:38 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 24 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is the second part of the article "The Looting of Italy" by Italian journalist Alessandra Nucci. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How the Looting WorksI will venture to suggest that there must be a blue-print out there on how to manage a country after a revolutionary takeover, such as what has been done to Italy (and to Venezuela? Cuba? China? Russia?) I would say that basically, after A) overwhelming the system (the Cloward-Piven strategy), the revolutionary leader will aim at B) impoverishing the middle class in order to prevent its every chance of rebelling. This can be done in various ways, which...
  • The Looting of Italy

    06/30/2014 12:05:45 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 10 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 23 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is an article that was written and sent to me by Alessandra Nucci, an Italian journalist and friend. It describes what the European Union has done to Italy. Since it's a very long article, I've broken it down in 4 parts. Here is the first part. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How would you feel if for years you had been picking up shipwrecked penniless migrants from Africa, dumped by criminal agents all over the Mediterranean, ferrying them to your shores and taking them in by the thousands, only to see yourself made the butt of sarcasm, reproaches and even pecuniary fines...
  • UKRAINE: Poroshemko states terms of the EU

    06/28/2014 3:31:29 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    svobodaslova.in.ua ^ | 29 JUNE, 2014
    [TRANSLATION] POROSHENKO STATES TERMS OF EU CONDITIONS FOREIGN PRESS ON POROSHENKO According to Western observers, Peter Porošenku with his knowledge of English helped in dialogue with world leaders. The circumstances of the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU and the historical parallels with the first world war - overview of the foreign press on June 28. POROSHENKO AND RUSSIA The probability of zaprovaždennâ sanctions against Russia increased after President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko accused Russia in promoting separatists, who are waging a war in the east of the country, wrote the British Guardian. "Freely communicating in English...
  • Ukraine signs EU economic pact that first ignited crisis (Georgia and Moldova also sign)

    06/27/2014 5:25:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Ukraine on Friday finalized a European Union trade agreement, the deal that led to the ouster of former President Viktor Yanukovych and a Russia-fueled national crisis earlier this year. President Petro Poreshenko, elected in May, called the agreement a huge step forward for the country. "This is one of the most important days in the time since Ukraine won independence. We use this possibility to modernize the country," he said, according to reports. "But we need only one thing — peace and security." The deal would allow free trade between the Ukraine and the European Union and would require Ukraine...
  • Ukraine, EU sign Association Agreement

    06/27/2014 5:24:11 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 27.06.2014 11:08 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 27 /Ukrinform/. Ukraine and the EU have completed the signing of the Association Agreement, particularly its economic part, which foresees the creation of a deep and comprehensive free trade area, a Ukrinform correspondent in Brussels has reported.
  • EU signs Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine (live Feed)

    06/27/2014 12:05:26 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    European Council ^ | 6-27-2014 | European Council
    Signing ceremony of the Association Agreements with Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine EU leaders sign Association Agreements with the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Iurie Leanca, and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The political part of the agreement with Ukraine was signed in March.
  • U.S. will allow EU citizens to sue over data privacy

    06/25/2014 7:40:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2014 | by Renee Maltezou
    The United States will enact legislation giving European Union citizens the right to sue in the United States if they think their private data was released or misused, the U.S attorney general said on Wednesday. "The Obama administration is committed to seeking legislation that would ensure that ... EU citizens would have the same right to seek judicial redress for intentional or wilful disclosures of protected information and for refusal to grant access or to rectify any errors in that information, as would a U.S citizen," Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters. "This commitment - which has long been sought...
  • EU to send security mission to Ukraine

    06/23/2014 11:05:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 23.06.2014 17:58 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 23 /Ukrinform/. The European Union will send a civilian security mission to Ukraine. [....] "The Council agrees to establish a Common Security and Defense Policy mission to assist Ukraine in the field of civilian security sector reform, including police and rule of law," the foreign ministers of EU member states said.
  • White House: Election boosts immigration (Jarrett plotting with Rupert Murdoch, Business Roundtable)

    06/20/2014 10:21:04 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/20/14 | Justin Sink
    The White House believes that the election of a new House leadership team has opened up an opportunity to pass immigration reform this summer, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett said Friday. Jarrett said the change necessitated by Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) surprising primary loss gives new life to immigration reform. -snip- But Jarrett said in discussions with business leaders in recent days that “nobody has said to me they thought his defeat was because of immigration reform.” In recent days, Jarrett shared a dinner with News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and a breakfast with the Business Roundtable to discuss the topic....
  • Russia’s top 40 lies about Ukraine

    06/20/2014 10:35:39 AM PDT · by Agog · 15 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 06/18/2014 | Julia Davis
    Russia’s aggressive propaganda machine keeps churning out falsehoods, provocations and outright lies about the situation in Ukraine. In spite of being repeatedly exposed, it shows no signs of slowing down. Disinformation is being laid on thick and poured out in a variety of forums: streaming down from the Kremlin, to Russia’s mainstream media, on to bloggers, down to useful idiots and hordes of paid trolls, who plague comment sections of articles about Ukraine and spread vitriol, hatred and blatant lies all over the social media.
  • Rise in Female Genital Mutilation, Inspectors Find Entire School Classes Victims ( Sweden )

    06/20/2014 9:44:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Jun 2014 | M.E. Synon
    School health services in the small Swedish city of Norrköping have found 60 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) among schoolgirls since March, with evidence of mutilation found in all 30 girls in one class, 28 of the most severe form. In Sweden, where the EU’s Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) says that FGM “is considered to be a serious problem,” the law enables genital examination of children to be carried out without parents’ consent. ... FGM became widespread in Sweden in the early and mid-1990s with the influx of Somali migrants
  • Greece sues for 7 billion euros over German submarines that have never sailed

    06/18/2014 4:41:47 PM PDT · by Renfield · 7 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 6-12-2014 | Holly Watt
    Greece has launched a multi-billion euro claim against one of Germany’s biggest defence firms who sold the financially-beleaguered country four submarines in a complicated deal which has become symbolic of the country’s economic woes. The controversial deal has threatened Greece’s position in Nato, according to well-placed sources, led to the criminal prosecution of the country’s defence minister and the resignation of a senior Naval figure. The Telegraph today publishes photographs of the four submarines, which are still unfinished in a Greek shipyard almost 15 years after they were first ordered. It can now be disclosed that the Greek Government has...
  • The Bankers Want Putin’s Head

    06/18/2014 10:37:05 AM PDT · by Renfield · 16 replies
    Fig Trees and Vineyards ^ | 5-24-2014 | Ariadna Theokopoulos
    The international bankers want Putin’s head and they have $20,000,000,000 painful reasons. A recent revelation by a French source details Putin’s incredible double coup that made Russia gain $20 billion in a few days and recover most of the shares owned by West European and American investors in Russia’s largest energy companies. The foreign (American and European) ownership of a large portion of shares in the energy industry meant that almost half of the revenues of the gas and oil industry did not go into the coffers of the Russian Federation, but into the pockets of Western financial ‘sharks,’ as...
  • Blowback! U.S. trained ISIS at secret Jordan base

    06/17/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT · by detective · 108 replies
    WND ^ | 6/16/2014 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials. The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq. The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any...
  • Is Spain Regaining Its Faith?

    06/13/2014 9:48:24 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 6 . 11 . 14 | Filip Mazurczak
    Like Quebec, Ireland, or Boston, Spain has epitomized the fading of Catholic faith. In the twentieth century, religious practice in Spain fell sharply, especially as the country transitioned to democracy and resentment of the Church’s support for Franco’s dictatorship surfaced.Recently, however, the downward trend has stopped and is recovering. According to Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS), the proportion of Spaniards attending Mass has increased from 12.1 to 15 percent between 2011 and 2012. In absolute terms, the number of Spanish Catholics attending Mass weekly grew by an astonishing further 23 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to CIS. Meanwhile, between...
  • The European Union -- Coming to a state near you?

    06/05/2014 12:35:35 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 5, 2014 | Dan Miller
    How far down the rabbit hole will we have to follow the mad hare before we realize that we are in a lunatic asylum?On May 12th, I posted an article titled Bureaucratic supremacy, the U.S. and the European Union, suggesting that even though the United States of Obama is not a member of the European Union (EU) it is becoming increasingly similar. Unelected bureaucrats already "enact" more laws than does the Congress, which has transferred much of its legislative power to them. How much further can we fall down the hole before we begin the difficult climb back up? The following video was...
  • ECB hurls cash at sluggish EU economy, seeks to force bank lending [Banks charge for deposits]

    06/05/2014 7:11:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/05/2014 | BY JOHN O'DONNELL AND EVA TAYLOR
    The European Central Bank launched a raft of measures on Thursday to fight low inflation and boost the euro zone economy, cutting rates, imposing negative interest rates on its overnight depositors and offering banks new long-term funds. The ECB cut all its main rates to record lows in a drive to fight off the risk of Japan-like deflation and bring down the euro's exchange rate. For the first time, it will charge banks 0.10 percent for parking funds at the central bank overnight. It stopped short of large-scale asset purchases known as quantitative easing for now, but ECB President Mario...
  • UN, EU back Palestinian unity government

    06/04/2014 12:21:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    The European Union and United Nations on Tuesday offered public backing for the Palestinian unity government sworn in a day earlier in Ramallah. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, said during a meeting with PM Rami Hamdallah that the UN backs the unity government and hopes it will meet the needs of Palestinians in the West Bank Gaza and East Jerusalem. Hamdallah assured Serry that the government would commit to all previous agreements signed by the PLO. The office of the EU High Representative said in a statement that the government was an “important step in...
  • Italy Meets EU Standards by Including Drugs and Prostitution to GDP

    05/31/2014 10:33:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/31/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Just when you thought that Italy’s crazy government couldn’t get any more insane, it hit on a gimmick for improving the international perception of its economy. Just include the black market in its GDP. Never mind that the black market isn’t taxable, difficult to estimate and not exactly a good thing. Italy is changing how it calculates its gross domestic product, a measurement of the overall economy, to include black market activity — everything from prostitution to illegal drug sales to smuggling and arms trafficking. Economists predict illegal sales will add 1.3 percentage points to GDP this year.Hey, it’s one...
  • Cameron's Conservatives Flirt With EU hard-right to Block UKIP's EU Funding

    05/30/2014 10:28:48 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 15 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 28 May 2014 | M.E. Synon
    Conservative Party Leader David Cameron is trying to sabotage UKIP’s influence at the European Parliament, just days after trying to appear sympathetic to euroscepticism by telling the British people that their message at the polls was “received and understood.” Instead of accepting UKIP's victory, Cameron has started a drive to cut off the legs of “the people’s army” in Brussels and Strasbourg. He has assigned Conservative Party fixers to do deals with hard-right and populist parties which, until now, the Conservatives claimed were “unacceptable.” The Tories are trying to stop Nigel Farage from forming a political group in the parliament...
  • Eurosceptic 'earthquake' rocks EU elections

    05/26/2014 8:44:39 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 May 2014
    Eurosceptic and far-right parties have seized ground in elections to the European parliament, in what France's PM called a "political earthquake". UK Independence Party and French National Front both performed strongly. The three big centrist blocs all lost seats, though still hold the majority. The outcome means a greater say for those who want to cut back the EU's powers, or abolish it completely. UK PM David Cameron said the public was "disillusioned" with the EU. Mr Cameron said their message was "received and understood". French President Francois Hollande has called an urgent meeting of his cabinet, as Prime Minister...
  • Anti-EU Parties Soar in "Political Earthquake" Elections

    05/26/2014 7:01:03 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 78 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 May 2014 | Alex Newman
    In elections to the European "Parliament," political parties opposed to the ongoing EU takeover made massive gains. Anti-EU Parties Soar in "Political Earthquake" Elections The New American 26 May 2014 With European Union bosses working overtime to finish crushing what remains of national sovereignty and self-government in Europe, the public across much of the bloc appears to have had enough. In elections to the European “Parliament” — not a true legislative body in the traditionally understood sense of the word, but the only elected outfit in Brussels nonetheless — political parties opposed to the ongoing EU takeover made massive...
  • Anti-establishment parties claim big wins in European parliamentary vote

    05/25/2014 6:01:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/25/2014 | By Griff Witte and Anthony Faiola
    Voters across Europe delivered a stinging rebuke to the political establishment in parliamentary elections Sunday, boosting formerly fringe parties to key wins and giving some of the European Union’s staunchest critics a prominent voice in the body’s future. Parties from the center-left and the center-right managed to maintain their majority in the 751-member European Parliament and will continue to hold sway for the next five years. But the strong showing by anti-E.U. parties reflected widespread anger toward mainstream politicians and the appeal of populists at either end of the spectrum, particularly the far right. Parties hostile toward the European Union...
  • Far-Right National Front Wins EU Vote in France: exit polls

    05/25/2014 11:36:22 AM PDT · by docbnj · 97 replies
    New York Times ^ | 25 May 2014 | Reuters
    France's far-right National Front was projected to win European Parliament elections in France on Sunday with 25 percent of the vote, with exit polls putting Francois Hollande's Socialists in a lowly third place behind the center-right UMP.
  • Election Results: European Parliament Elections In Uk (Ukip In First Place?)

    05/25/2014 9:21:09 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 57 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/25/2014 | BBC
    The election results for the European Parliament will start coming in at 5pm Eastern Time (22:00 British Summer Time). Many voters all over Europe are making their choices today, in the UK the voting was on Thursday. Polling shows the United Kingdom Independence Party at about 30 percent popular support in spite of an intense campaign to discredit it by the major parties and the media. Everything from the race card to the employment of UKIP leader Nigel Farage's wife as his secretary has been thrown on the wall in hopes of something sticking. The immigration police just happened to...
  • 'We were WRONG, we are SORRY' Senior Labour MP pens open letter to Ukip voters

    05/25/2014 9:50:45 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | 5-25-2014 | Owen Bennett
    ONE of Labour's most senior figures has written an open letter to Ukip supporters today, apologising for the party's previous views on immigration concerns and urging them to "keep an open mind". Shadow Justice Minister Sadiq Khan concedes Labour has been "too quick to dismiss concerns about immigration, or even worse - accused people of prejudice" in the letter, which was sent exclusively to Express.co.uk. Mr Khan lists a range of policies designed to entice former Labour voters thinking of voting for Ukip back to his party. The letter comes just days after Ukip saw its number of councillors across...
  • British elections dismay establishment leftists: Voters turning conservative all over Europe

    05/24/2014 11:01:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/24/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    All over Europe, voters are turning in a conservative direction, and against the autocratic European Union and its big government enablers. New York Times reporters Steven Erlanger and Stephen Castle write a dripping-with-disdain account of local election results in the UK, which will be followed tomorrow by results for the European Parliament. To them, conservatgives are “right wingers” or “far-right” and those who object to EU takeover of sovereignty are “anti-Europe.” Voters in Britain sent a forceful message of discontent to established political parties on Friday, as returns from local elections showed an even stronger following than expected for the...
  • Despite flak, polls show UKIP on track to top Europe vote

    05/22/2014 1:59:39 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 24 replies
    (Reuters) - The UKIP party will likely top European elections on Thursday or come a close second, according to opinion polls that suggest a barrage of criticism accusing it of racial slurs and bigotry has failed to put off voters. All three of Britain's three main political parties have strongly criticised the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which wants Britain to leave the European Union and to impose much tougher immigration controls, prompting the party to take out an advert in a national newspaper to assert that it is not racist.
  • ‘Best-before’ labels on rice, coffee and pasta reach their sell-by date (in European Union)

    05/19/2014 5:21:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:08PM BST 19 May 2014 | Bruno Waterfield
    The European Union is poised to scrap compulsory “best before” labels on coffee, rice, dry pasta, hard cheeses, jams and pickles to help reduce the estimated 100 million tons of food wasted across Europe each year. Officials of the European Commission will table proposals next month allowing national governments to extend the list of foods that do not require best-before dates, in a move which they believe will mean 15 million tons less food a year is discarded by households wrongly worried that it is no longer fit for consumption. […] EU legislation on labeling currently requires all food to...
  • Would you vote for Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton for president?

    05/16/2014 1:20:15 PM PDT · by ncfool · 156 replies
    St. Louis Business Journal ^ | 5-16-2014 | St. Louis Business Journal
    Who would you vote for in 2016 St. Louis Journal Business Journal poll....
  • What the Tea Party can learn from UKIP

    05/14/2014 3:21:23 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    lauraingraham.com ^ | Laura Ingraham
    Look out, European Elites: the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) led by Nigel Farage, whose main focus is to force Britain out of the European Union, is riding high ahead of the May 22 EU Parliamentary vote. Watch one of the most powerful political videos I have seen in ages, which was launched last month by UKIP. The UKIP has been rallying support on many of the same issues that Tea Party and other traditional Reagan conservatives are concerned about in the U.S.—a declining middle class, stagnating wages, unrestricted immigration, an expanding dependency class, and affronts to national sovereignty.
  • UKIP Set For Comfortable Win In Euro Elections

    05/12/2014 2:34:28 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 37 replies
    UKIP is on course for a massive political upset with victory in the European elections in its sights, according to an exclusive Sky News/YouGov poll. The poll confirms that in recent weeks Nigel Farage's party has leaped ahead of Labour, with the Conservatives in third place and the Liberal Democrats lagging well behind. The poll, which was carried out last week, shows UKIP on 31%, while Labour has slipped back to its lowest YouGov showing in weeks on 25%. With both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats reasonably steady in the polls (the Sky News result shows Tories on 23%, Lib...
  • Bureaucratic supremacy, the U.S. and the European Union

    05/12/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | May 12, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The United States have a bloated, unelected bureaucracy answerable only to unelected political appointees to whom they must "suck up" should they desire promotion and more power. It creates more laws (Federal regulations) than the Congress and then interprets them to its advantage.The Federal bureaucracy has grown more vigorously than Topsy. The notion probably had its American origins with Theodore Roosevelt's idea that a bureaucracy of experts could guide the legislative branch and those who administer our laws along proper paths. Not necessarily a bad idea but we now have -- instead of a bureaucracy of experts -- one intent upon "implementing" Federal legislation along lines helpful...
  • EU could replace Russian gas within a year - report

    05/08/2014 11:17:18 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    Warsaw Business Journal ^ | 26th March 2014 | Warsaw Business Journal
    According to Brussels based think-tank Breugel, the EU could replace all of the gas it receives from the EU within the year. “It would be a significant challenge, but not impossible,” the report wrote. EU imported 130 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia in 2013, with some significant changes in its energy policy, such volume could be replaced by gas from other sources. Breugel proposes increasing gas imports from North Africa and Norway, using and importing more LNG, switching energy consumption for natural gas to other fuels are a number of solutions the think-tank proposes. EU countries, especially the...
  • North American Union: US & Canada in play?

    05/07/2014 6:35:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Prince Arthur Herald ^ | April 30, 2014 | Jack Maggiore
    Diane Francis, National Post Editor-at-Large and Bestselling Author of Merger of the Century, toyed with the idea of merging the US and Canada. In fact, Ms. Francis states that “a merger between the two countries isn’t just desirable but inevitable”. She goes on to say that the US and Canada are culturally compatible on all fronts from lifestyles, to values, and aspirations. According to Ms. Francis, over the last several decades, “Canada has become more like America and America more like Canada”. For instance, the US has become more progressive on civil, gay, and women’s rights; and even recently universal...
  • European Parliament Mulls Putting Right Sector On Terrorism List

    05/07/2014 7:48:55 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    Latvian MEP Tatjana Zdanoka urged her colleagues to support her motion to put the Ukranian radical group Right Sector on the terrorist organizations list, reports ITAR-TASS. ...
  • Closing the European Trade Barrier Gaps

    05/07/2014 6:55:20 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 1 replies
    Supply Chain 24/7 ^ | 7 May 2014 | Patrick Burnson
    As the EU slowly recovers from its economic doldrums, member nations vie for U.S. investment and logistical services while shippers increase their willingness to enlarge operations on the continent. With $1 trillion in trade taking place between the U.S. and the 27 nations comprising the European Union (EU), the potential impact of a new transatlantic trade pact is truly significant. The combined population of 800 million generates almost half of the world’s gross domestic product and represents 40 percent of global trade. But while negotiators for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have yet to iron out a deal,...
  • Podesta: Congress Can’t Stop Obama On Global Warming

    05/05/2014 3:11:33 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 5,2014 | Michael Bastasch
    White House adviser John Podesta told reporters Monday afternoon that Congress could not derail the Obama administration’s efforts to unilaterally enact policies to fight global warming. Podesta said that the president was committed to using executive orders to pass regulations under the Clean Air Act to limit carbon dioxide emissions that they say cause global warming.
  • REX: Carl Bildt thinks Eastern Orthodoxy is main threat to western civilisation

    05/05/2014 1:07:56 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 21 replies
    Focus News Agency ^ | 5/4/2014 | Staff Writers
    Stockholm. Carl Bildt, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and one of the architects of the EU Eastern policy, thinks Russia has changed for the worse in the past several years. While it demonstrated attachment to western values in the first decade after the Soviet Union fell apart and tried to impose them on its citizens, Russia’s current leadership takes a firm stand against the West, the Russian agency REX reported. In the words of Mr Bildt, Vladimir Putin demonstrates attachment not to world but to Eastern Orthodox values, which becomes clear from a Twitter post of his [Bildt’s]. ”The new...
  • The European Union Hasn't Made Any Difference At All To Britain's Trade

    05/05/2014 8:39:43 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/5/2014 | Tim Worstall
    One of the standard arguments about Britain’s membership of the European Union is that it’s vital that we stay in because so much of our trade is with other European Union countries. Implicit in this is the claim that this is a result of our being in the EU. The dropping of trade restrictions resulting from the Single Market rules for example. The problem with this argument is that it depends upon an empirical claim: that Britain’s trade with the European Union countries has increased since the foundation of that Single Market. And it turns out that that doesn’t seem...
  • Ukraine's Tragedy Unfolding in Several Acts

    05/05/2014 8:30:37 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | May 3, 2014 (Issue # 1808) | Joschka Fischer
    But Putin's aim has never been Russian control only of Crimea; he has always wanted all of Ukraine, because he fears nothing more than a successful, democratic, modern neighbor that undermines by example the authority of his own "managed democracy." So now we have reached the tragedy's fourth act, in which Russia attempts to grab eastern Ukraine, and the West responds.