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  • France shuts oldest reactor amid Macron climate pledges

    07/01/2020 5:57:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07.01.2020, 07:19 | Elena Sánchez Nicolás
    France’s oldest nuclear power plant was finally closed on Tuesday (30 June) — after four decades in operation and a long-standing campaign by anti-nuclear activists. The process to remove the fuel used by the reactors of Fessenheim power plant, which was connected to the grid in 1977, should be completed by 2023 — although the plant is not expected to be fully dismantled before 2040. Following the disaster of Fukushima in 2011, then French president François Hollande pledged to close Fessenheim power plant, after complaints about safety from both the German and Swiss governments. However, his successor Emmanuel Macron only...
  • US kept off European Union 'safe list' for resumption of non-essential travel

    06/30/2020 7:08:48 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/30/20 | Anon
    The European Union has agreed to keep the U.S. off an initial "safe list" of 14 countries from which it will allow non-essential travel starting in July, according to the European Council. The initial list includes Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay, the European Council said on Tuesday. In addition, China could be included if it reciprocates by allowing travelers from the European Union.
  • Orban Laments ‘Firestorm of Violence’ as Police Branded ‘Racist’ and ‘Humiliated on the Streets’

    06/29/2020 6:57:08 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/29/20
    Hungary’s Viktor Orbán has lamented the “firestorm of violence” sweeping Western cities as police are branded “racist” and “humiliated on the streets and in political discourse”. Speaking to police cadets taking their oaths at Buda Castle after graduating from the National University of Public Service, Prime Minister Orbán warned them that “the future which awaits you as members of the uniformed services does not offer the prospect of simplicity.” “Surprising and disturbing developments are taking place,” Orbán explained in his speech, which has been seen by Breitbart London. “The health systems of affluent countries collapsed in a matter of days....
  • China Becoming Concern for U.S. Commanders in Europe

    06/27/2020 10:50:20 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 10 replies ^ | June 27, 2020 | By JIM GARAMONE, DOD NEWS | |
    It seems counter-intuitive, but China is increasingly a concern for the commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and Africa and NATO's Allied Joint Force Command. Navy Adm. James G. Foggo told the participants of a webinar sponsored by the International Institute of Strategic Studies that China is actively working in Europe and Africa to subvert the international rules-based infrastructure that has maintained peace since the end of World War II. China's whole-of-government approach has expanded out of the Indo-Pacific into the Arctic, Europe and Africa. In this region China is conducting unsafe intercepts of aircraft and ships, he said....
  • Most US travelers will be barred from EU when bloc reopens

    06/27/2020 6:52:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 26, 2020 | Matina Stevis-Gridneff
    The European Union will bar most travelers from the United States, Russia and dozens of other countries considered too risky because they have not controlled the coronavirus outbreak, EU officials said Friday. By contrast, travelers from more than a dozen countries that are not overwhelmed by the coronavirus will be welcomed when the bloc reopens after months of lockdown Wednesday. The acceptable countries also include China — but only if China allows EU travelers to visit as well, the officials said.
  • Danish far-right party leader sentenced to jail on racism and defamation

    COPENHAGEN - The leader of Danish far-right party Stram Kurs, lawyer Rasmus Paludan, was disbarred from the legal profession and sentenced to three months in jail on Thursday after being found guilty of racism. Stram Kurs (Hard Line) was close to getting into parliament in the last election in Denmark with a policy based on banning Islam and deporting hundreds of thousands of Muslims. Paludan first came to public attention in 2017 when he started making anti-Muslim Youtube videos. His stunts have included publicly burning the Koran, sometimes wrapped in bacon, in what he said was a tribute to free...
  • French court slaps down Google’s appeal against $57M GDPR fine

    06/22/2020 9:57:00 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 4 replies
    techcrunch ^ | 6/19/20 | Natasha Lomas
    France’s top court for administrative law has dismissed Google’s appeal against a $57M fine issued by the data watchdog last year for not making it clear enough to Android users how it processes their personal information. The State Council issued the decision today, affirming the data watchdog CNIL’s earlier finding that Google did not provide “sufficiently clear” information to Android users — which in turn meant it had not legally obtained their consent to use their data for targeted ads. “Google’s request has been rejected,” a spokesperson for the Conseil D’Etat confirmed to TechCrunch via email.<<--snip-->>
  • Two Men Shot Dead at Illegal ‘Quarantine Rave’ That Manchester Police Refused to Shut Down

    06/22/2020 11:18:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 6/21/2020 | Kurt Zindulka
    Police in Manchester, England said that it was “unachievable” to safely shut down an illegal ‘quarantine rave’, where two people were subsequently shot dead. In the early hours of Sunday, two men, a 36-year-old and a 21-year-old were gunned down at an illegal ‘quarantine rave’ that took place in Moss Side, Manchester. City police said that while a Black Lives Matter event had taken place in the same area earlier in the day, that authorised event had concluded before the later “unplanned event” took place in the evening.
  • Dutch police detain 400 after protest over coronavirus restrictions

    06/21/2020 11:20:29 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 21 2020 | Reuters
    THE HAGUE – Police in The Hague said they detained some 400 people on Sunday after demonstrators refused to leave a protest against the Dutch government’s social-distancing measures put in place to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Several thousand protesters had gathered in the Malieveld area in The Hague, close to the Dutch seat of government, even though the rally had been banned by the municipality. “We have detained some 400 people today. A large number of them have been since let go,” the police said on Twitter.
  • Sweden: 18,000 Asylum Seekers from 2015 Now Given EU Citizenship

    06/21/2020 7:56:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jun 2020 | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    Over 18,000 people who came to Sweden during the height of the 2015 migrant crisis have been granted Swedish citizenship — and by extension EU citizenship — since being initially accepted for asylum status. The Swedish migration board has revealed that a total of 18,420 people who came to the country in 2015 as asylum seekers are now Swedish citizens, granting full citizenship rights including the right to Free Movement around the EU — including Britain, until the end of the 2020 transition period — and the right to vote. Around 60 per cent of them come from Syria, followed...
  • EU Court: Hungary's 'Stop Soros' NGO Transparency Law Illegal

    06/21/2020 12:44:51 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 42 replies
    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a law passed by the Hungarian government to make foreign donations to NGOs more transparent is against European Union laws. Ad The ruling against the transparency law comes after the case was brought to the court by the European Commission after it had initially begun proceedings against Hungary. The NGO law, which was passed in 2017, required NGOs that took 20,500 euros or more a year from overseas to register all foreign donations above 1,500 euros with the government, which shared the information online in order to make foreign funding of...
  • Germany riot: Gangs smash shops and attack police in Stuttgart

    06/21/2020 8:41:15 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 52 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 June 2020 | Not Listed
    Groups of people have smashed shop windows, looted, and attacked police vehicles in central Stuttgart during hours of night-time disturbances. German police say more than a dozen police officers were hurt during the violence, in south-west Germany. Video clips on Twitter show people vandalising shops in the city centre and hurling big stones and other objects at police vehicles. Stuttgart police say the violence began after police checked a drugs incident. The situation escalated after a 17-year-old was questioned for an alleged drug offence, the city's police vice-president Thomas Berger told reporters. A group of between 100 and 200 people...
  • UK police keep 'open mind' about deady stabbing spree

    06/21/2020 3:27:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    France24 ^ | June 21, 2020
    Reading (United Kingdom) (AFP) -- British police said Sunday they were keeping an open mind about what prompted a lone suspect to stab three people to death in a park filled with families and friends relaxing in the southern English city of Reading. The Thames Valley police said three people were also seriously injured and a 25-year-old suspect from the historic town 60 kilometres (35 miles) west of London detained. They made no reference to reports that the man was a Libyan national. Footage showed what appeared to be a large number of counter-terror police performing a controlled explosion at...
  • Trade Representative Sends Strong Signal Against Digital Taxes

    06/20/2020 5:45:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | June 20, 2020 | Andrew Wilford
    Americans should be encouraged by the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) office’s recent announcement that it is ramping up its defense of innovative American companies from aggressive digital tax plans being cooked up in Europe. For years, foreign countries have been crafting schemes to impose digital taxes that unfairly target American companies in a naked attempt at squeezing them for more revenue. While the Trump administration has long opposed these efforts, USTR has indicated that it is reaching deeper into its toolbox to help mount a defense against these efforts.  The Trade Representative’s announcement stated that it was investigating several...
  • EU parliament declares 'Black Lives Matter'

    06/20/2020 2:34:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    France24 ^ | June 20, 2020
    The European Parliament voted Friday to declare that "Black Lives Matter" and to denounce racism and white supremacism in all its forms. The resolution has no legal consequences but sends a signal of support to anti-racism protesters, and it follows a UN call for a probe into police brutality and "systemic racism." And, one day before President Donald Trump is to hold a rally in Tulsa, a city that saw one of the worst racist massacres in US history, the lawmakers condemned American police brutality. Point number one of the text of the resolution takes up the slogan US campaigners...
  • Macron wants Europe to become less reliant on US, China post-coronavirus

    06/16/2020 7:48:08 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 15 2020 | Marty Johnson
    French President Emmanuel Macron said Europe as a whole needs to be less economically beholden to the U.S. and China moving forward. "This ordeal has exposed flaws and fragilities: our dependence to other continents to get our hands on some goods," Macron said over the weekend in a national TV address, referring to the coronavirus pandemic. "I want us to draw all the lessons from what we have learned." France, the second largest economy in the European Union behind Germany, is beginning to reopen after being shuttered for more than two months because of the pandemic. SNIP The president noted...
  • French Riot Cops Are Getting Beaten Pretty Bad

    06/14/2020 4:29:31 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 54 replies
    Twitter ^ | 06/14/20 | Luke Rudkowski
    Frence riot cops are getting beaten pretty bad.  
  • Italy: Chinese Nationals Arrested for Using Illegal Migrant Slave Labour

    06/14/2020 12:17:36 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 14, 2020 | Chris Tomlinson
    Italian authorities have arrested thirteen Chinese nationals who they say were using illegal migrants in slave-like conditions for a business making medical masks. The Chinese “entrepreneurs” were taken into custody by the Guardia di Finanza in the city of Prato in Tuscany. Police also seized hundreds of thousands of medical masks which were being sold to Tuscan government authorities and handed out free to the public. At least 90 workers making the masks were found to not have work permits or residency permits and many of the workers in one factory were forced by a Chinese man to work shifts...
  • From the lockdown to the destruction of statues, these febrile weeks show the pillars of our freedom and civilization are rotten. As the Left now controls every lever of power, we face nothing less than regime change

    06/14/2020 4:35:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 14, 2020 | Peter Hitchens
    What we now face is regime change. That is why these strange crowds have begun to gather round ancient and forgotten monuments, demanding their removal and destruction. They do not know what they want, or understand what they are destroying. But that no longer matters. They think their moment has come, and they may well be right. This is why the memorial to Winston Churchill, and the Cenotaph itself, were shamefully boarded up on Thursday night – an act of appeasement if ever there truly was one. That is why police chiefs kneel like conquered slaves to the new gods...
  • Rare evidence of 5,000-year-old fabric discovered in Orkney

    06/13/2020 7:12:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 June 2020 | unattributed
    Evidence of woven textile from 5,000 years ago has been found for only the second time in Scotland. The piece of Neolithic fabric has not survived, but archaeologists did find the impression it left on the wet clay of a pot millennia ago. The discovery was made by archaeologists examining markings on pottery from Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. Evidence of Neolithic woven textile in Scotland was first found at Flint Howe, near Stranraer, in 1966. An impression of the fabric had also been spotted on a piece of clay... Organic material from prehistory only survives under certain conditions, and...