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  • Big egg scandal in the EU

    08/11/2017 10:16:35 AM PDT · by jimmygrace · 26 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 08/11/2017 | Straits Times
    Big scandal brewing in the EU involving tainted eggs. Turns out that Belgium officials knew about this for 2 months but sat on the info, as typical of the socialist oligarchs who only want to help you.
  • Spain won't seek to recover Gibraltar in Brexit talks: minister

    08/10/2017 9:39:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 6 August 2017 16:33 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Spain will not set as a condition in Brexit talks that it recovers Gibraltar, its foreign minister said in a Sunday interview that could ease tensions over the disputed British territory. Nestled on Spain’s southern tip, Gibraltar has been under British control since 1713, but Madrid has long wanted it back. Authorities in the tiny rocky outcrop fear Spain will influence complex negotiations between the EU and Britain to leave the bloc to try and gain authority over Gibraltar. But in an interview with Spain’s conservative daily ABC, Alfonso Dastis said he didn’t want to “jeopardize” the deal by demanding...
  • Macron, Merkel Talk European Hard Core

    07/31/2017 9:39:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Handelsblatt Global ^ | 28. July 2017, 11:50 | Thomas Hanke, Jan Hildebrand
    It wasn’t a bad week for the eurozone. Greece was able to borrow money from the bond market for the first time in two years, securing €3 billion ($3.5 billion). The International Monetary Fund increased its growth forecast for the eurozone as a whole, especially for southern European members, which were hard hit by the financial crisis. But despite the positive signals, the eurozone is hardly crisis-proof and much work remains to shore up the currency union. This was made clear by German Chancellor Angela Merkel two weeks ago, when she visited French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. “We will...
  • Germany urges EU countermeasures against U.S. over Russia sanctions

    07/31/2017 7:54:27 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2017 | Stefanie Loos
    BERLIN (Reuters) - New sanctions against Russia proposed by U.S. lawmakers and which could harm European firms violate international law and the European Commission should consider counter-measures, the German economy minister was quoted on Monday as saying. "We consider this as being against international law, plain and simple," Brigitte Zypries told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain. "Of course we don't want a trade war. But it is important the European Commission now looks into countermeasures." The German government and business leaders have said the new sanctions passed this month by the U.S. House of Representatives could prevent German companies from...
  • EU explores account freezes to prevent runs at failing banks

    07/29/2017 8:45:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | JULY 28, 2017 | Francesco Guarascio
    European Union states are considering measures which would allow them to temporarily stop people withdrawing money from their accounts to prevent bank runs ... The move is aimed at helping rescue lenders that are deemed failing or likely to fail, but critics say it could hit confidence and might even hasten withdrawals at the first rumors of a bank being in trouble. The proposal, which has been in the works since the beginning of this year, comes less than two months after a run on deposits at Banco Popular contributed to the collapse of the Spanish lender. It also come...
  • Poles outraged over controversial bill take to the streets

    07/23/2017 12:57:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 3:29 PM ET, Sun July 23, 2017 | Antonia Mortensen, Joe Sterling and Angela Dewan, CNN
    A top EU official earlier this week threatened the use of Article 7, a mechanism that would allow for sanctions against Poland and possible suspension of its voting rights in the bloc. The measure has never been used before. "Each individual law, if adopted, would seriously erode the independence of the Polish judiciary," said Frans Timmermans, first vice president of the European Commission. "Collectively, they would abolish any remaining judicial independence and put the judiciary under full political control of the government." European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish Prime Minister from the opposition Civic Platform Party, warned Thursday...
  • France's armed forces chief resigns after clash with Macron over budget cuts

    07/19/2017 10:08:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    In a statement, 60 year-old Pierre de Villiers said he had tried to keep the armed forces fit for an ever more difficult task within the financial constraints imposed on it, but was no longer able to sustain that. "In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our country," he said. ... As well as being an early test for Macron, the departure of France's most senior soldier...
  • On hot mic, Israeli PM raps 'crazy' EU, admits Syria strikes

    07/19/2017 5:54:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 19, 2017 4:40 PM EDT | Pablo Gorondi and Ilan Ben Zion
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught Wednesday by a live microphone railing against the European Union’s “crazy” insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties. Netanyahu was meeting with leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at a regional summit. Netanyahu was discussing Iran, Syria, the Islamic State group, and EU-Israel relations when some of his comments — and those of other leaders at the meeting closed to the media — were accidentally broadcast to journalists in another room. Netanyahu also made a rare public admission that Israel has struck Iranian arms convoys...
  • Tony Blair says Brexit must be stopped to halt harm to UK

    07/15/2017 4:47:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2017 8:08 AM EDT
    There’s a chance Britain won’t leave the European Union, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said Saturday, arguing that stopping Brexit is “necessary” to avoid severe economic damage. In an article published by Blair’s Institute for Global Change, he wrote that EU leaders might be willing to “reform and meet us half way” to keep the U.K. in the bloc. He said that might include compromise on freedom of movement — a key EU principle that conflicts with Britain’s goal of placing limits on immigration. […] Blair also told Sky News that “every day is bringing us fresh evidence” of Brexit’s...
  • Italy's 'nuclear option' to migrant crisis: give EU visas to 200,000 incomers and send them north

    07/15/2017 5:06:29 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 15, 2017 | Liz Dunphy
    Italian government officials have threatened to issue temporary EU visas to thousands of migrants in an effort to deal with Italy's escalating migrant and refugee crisis that would allow new arrivals to travel north. In what has been described as a 'nuclear option,' Italian government officials have threatened to allow 200,000 migrants who enter the country to travel across Europe by using a Brussels directive, The Times reports. More than 86,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy already this year. Italy has been struggling to cope with a huge rise in people fleeing north Africa and hundreds of asylum...
  • Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘English is losing importance’

    05/06/2017 12:01:02 PM PDT · by HonkyTonkMan · 48 replies ^ | 5/5/17 | RYAN HEATH
    FLORENCE — Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, opted to deliver a speech in French on Friday morning because he said “English is losing importance” in Europe. He gave the comments, which are unlikely to mend fences after a war of words between Brussels and London over Brexit negotiations, at the “State of the Union” conference in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio — an annual event for European dignitaries. Juncker said he was opting for French because “slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe and France has elections this Sunday and I want the French people to understand what I...
  • UK to pull out of fishing deal that let others in its waters

    07/02/2017 3:48:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2017 9:02 AM EDT | Danica Kirka
    Britain is pulling out of an agreement that permits fishermen from five other countries to operate in U.K. waters, the first step in reasserting control over its fishing industry as it prepares to leave the European Union. The government announced Sunday it will trigger the two-year process of leaving the London Fisheries Convention, which allows vessels from France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands to fish between six and 12 nautical miles off the U.K. coastline. Britain signed the convention before it joined the EU and would be bound by its terms after leaving the bloc unless it starts to...
  • Google hit with record Ł2.1bn EU fine for abusing internet search monopoly

    06/27/2017 3:42:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 27, 2017 | by James Titcomb, technology editor
    The European Union has fined Google €2.42bn (Ł2.14bn) after a seven-year investigation into claims the technology giant abused its internet search monopoly. The penalty is the biggest ever competition fine from the European Commission, doubling the previous record handed to Intel in 2009.
  • France to ban oil and gas exploration

    06/23/2017 5:04:18 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 55 replies
    AFP ^ | 23 June 2017
    PARIS (AFP) - France is to stop granting new licences for oil and gas exploration on the mainland and in overseas territories, Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said Friday. "There will be no new exploration licences for hydrocarbons, we will pass the law this autumn," Hulot said on BFMTV. President Emmanuel Macron said during his election campaign in February that he was opposed to exploration for gas and shale gas in mainland France.
  • EU court: Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof

    06/23/2017 4:29:26 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 21, 2017 | The Associated Press
    "Using those criteria, you could reasonably make the case that someone should be compensated for developing leukemia after eating a peanut butter sandwich"
  • Terror rocks Britain but State deports Christians, EU sanctions East Europe

    06/21/2017 6:18:55 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/21/17 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Who are the terrorists? Depending on who happens to wield the weapon of choice (be it gun, knife, bomb or motor vehicle) there seems to be a real dispute regarding the label’s application. Officials sit on their hands before calling it terrorism when it comes to dozens and hundreds (Paris 11/13/15) of Christians, conservatives, concert-goers or baseball fans losing life and limb. Monday morning’s incident of a van driver mowing down individuals outside of a Finsbury Park mosque in North London was a different story. Politically correct officials had no compunction applying the term terrorist to the vehicle’s operator that...
  • EU, Japan launch big push to seal trade deal by July

    06/16/2017 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies ^ | June 13, 2017 | Hans von der Burchard and Jakob Hanke
    Japanese and European negotiators are redoubling efforts to seal a political agreement early next month on what would be the EUÂ’s biggest free trade deal. Sources from five EU countries said the goal of the latest whirlwind of diplomatic activity is for Japanese Prime Minister ShinzĹŤ Abe to jet into Brussels for a summit July 5 or 6, ahead of a G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7. The intention is to reach a political deal covering more than 90 percent of a trade agreement, leaving only a handful of issues to be resolved later.
  • Europeans see Germany favorably, but think it has too much power

    06/16/2017 6:46:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 16 June 2017 12:38 CEST+02:00
    A large majority of Europeans have a positive view of Germany, while seeing Berlin as still having too much power in EU affairs, a new survey shows. The Pew Research Center study released on Thursday showed that 71 percent of respondents outside of Germany had a favourable view of Germany, compared to 21 percent who had an unfavorable opinion of the Bundesrepublik. The survey polled almost 10,000 people from France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Greece was the one outlier to the Germany love-in. Seventy-six percent of respondents in the birthplace of...
  • EU countries refusing to take refugees from Germany

    06/15/2017 12:16:35 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 21 replies
    POLITICO ^ | June 12, 2017 | Cynthia Kroet
    European countries failed to take back from Germany tens of thousands of refugees who have to claim asylum in the country where they first entered the EU, government figures requested by the far-left Die Linke party show. Under the Dublin Regulation, migrants must claim asylum in the first EU country they enter. If they apply for asylum in another country, they can be returned to their first port of call. From the beginning of 2016 until March this year, Germany has asked countries in the bloc to take back 72,321 migrants, but only 5,321 of them were accepted, BILD reported...
  • Door still open if Brits give up on Brexit, says German finance minister

    06/13/2017 5:09:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies ^ | 13 June 2017 17:44 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    The European Union’s door remains open if Britain changes its decision to leave the 28-member bloc, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Tuesday, while acknowledging such a move is unlikely. “If they wanted to change their decision, of course they would find open doors, but I think it’s not very likely,” Schäuble told Bloomberg Television in his first public comments on last week’s election in Britain which saw Prime Minister Theresa May lose her parliamentary majority. He noted a pro-European surge in France for President Emmanuel Macron and a youth vote in Britain that swung sharply to the left-wing Labour...