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  • Europol signs strategic agreement with Israeli Police

    07/22/2018 10:36:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 18, 2018 18:24 | Tamara Zieve
    Europol signed a strategic agreement with the Israel Police on Tuesday, marking the first-ever working agreement signed between the European Union criminal intelligence agency and a non-EU country. The agreement was signed in The Hague by Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich and Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol. The signing of the “Police to Police” agreement followed intensive discussions and a vote at the Europol headquarters which was unanimously approved by 28 representatives of member countries. Europol said in a press release that the agreement will be important for tackling priority crime areas affecting both the European Union and...
  • German army mulls recruiting foreign EU nationals to boost recruitment

    07/22/2018 9:21:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.21.2018 | es/jm (AFP, dpa)
    Germany’s long-understaffed army has a new plan to boost recruitment: allowing foreigners from other European Union countries to serve in the unified armed forces (Bundeswehr). The defense ministry confirmed on Saturday that it was seriously considering the idea. “The Bundeswehr is growing. For this, we need qualified personnel,” a Defense Ministry spokesman told German news agency DPA. Speaking with local newspaper Augsburger Allegemeine, Social Democrat (SPD) defense expert Karl-Heinz Brunner said that he could imagine EU citizens serving in the Bundeswehr. But he warned that any soldier who fought for Germany must be promised citizenship. “If citizens of other countries...
  • Bavarian town votes against building mosque [Kaufbeuren]

    07/22/2018 9:14:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.23.2018 | av/es (KNA, DPA)
    In a local election on Sunday, the residents of Kaufbeuren, a small town in Bavaria, voted against providing public land for the construction of a mosque. At issue was the question of whether the city would provide the local branch of the nationally active Turkish-Islamic religious association DITIB with a 5,000 square meter (54,000 square foot) plot in an industrial area. At least 45 percent of the approximately 34,000 voters took part in the election. A minimum of a 20 percent turnout was necessary to make the vote valid. The city must now break off its negotiations with DITIB. According...
  • German politicians allied against Steve Bannon

    07/22/2018 9:04:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.23.2018 | es/se (AFP, dpa)
    Plans for US far-right figure Steve Bannon to exert his influence on the European parliament’s 2019 election have been met with alarm across Germany’s political spectrum. Bannon has become a controversial figure, known for his ties to the campaigns for the UK to leave the European Union and the election of US President Donald Trump. “We have to fight now, with good arguments, confident and true,” said Michael Roth, a center-left Social Democrat (SPD) lawmaker and Minister of State for Europe in an interview with the Welt newspaper. Europe should not “be afraid of nationalist campaigns with which Mr. Bannon...
  • Clean Energy’s Dirty Secrets

    09/24/2014 5:26:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | September 23, 2014 | Rupert Darwall
    Renewable energy has become a potent rallying cry uniting Hollywood and the Beltway. “We can move our economy town by town, state by state to renewable energy and a sustainable future,” Leonardo DiCaprio says in his eight-minute climate movie Carbon, released in August. In his fiscal-showdown speech during his first term, in April 2011, President Obama put Paul Ryan’s proposals for a 70 percent cut in clean energy at the top of his list of reprehensible and unnecessary reductions. “These aren’t the kind of cuts you make when you’re trying to get rid of some waste or find extra savings...
  • Theresa May Agrees to Brexit Hardliner Amendments

    07/22/2018 8:14:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 21, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    British Prime Minister Theresa May has endured swift condemnation from conservatives for agreeing to a "soft Brexit" deal that keeps the UK too closely aligned with the European Union. A few members of her own cabinet, like popular conservative Boris Johnson, resigned. Brexit hardliners are particularly peeved by May's agreeing to a "common rule book" with the EU, which would still tie Britain to some of the EU's regulations. It was the cause for Brexit Secretary David Davis's resignation... the measures would prevent Britain from collecting tariffs on behalf of EU nations unless the EU does the same for them....
  • Poland Moves To Outmaneuver EU On Judicial Reform

    07/22/2018 5:30:37 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 9 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 7/21/18 | L Todd Wood
    The ruling party in Poland moved to outmaneuver the European Union’s attempts to stop the Law and Justice Party’s judicial reform, what it says is an attempt to remove communist influence from the Polish court system.
  • No to EU migrant camps in Libya, PM al-Serraj

    07/21/2018 12:39:22 AM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies
    Rejects 'migrants-for-money' deal in interview with Bild(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JULY 20 - Libya is staunchly against the idea of the EU building facilities in the country to house migrants that the EU does not want, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj told the German daily Bild in an interview. He added that the country would not sign agreements with the EU to take in migrants in exchange for money, either. Al-Serraj said in the interview that he was surprised that Europe did not want to receive migrants but was at the same time asking Libya to take in hundreds of thousands....
  • NATO's Challenge Is Germany, Not America

    07/19/2018 6:59:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | July 19, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    During the recent NATO summit meeting, a rumbustious Donald Trump tore off a thin scab of niceties to reveal a deep and old NATO wound -- one that has predated Trump by nearly 30 years and goes back to the end of the Cold War. In an era when the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact are now ancient history, everyone praises NATO as "indispensable" and "essential" to Western solidarity and European security. But few feel any need to explain how and why that could still be so.
  • Anti-Semitic online harassment in Germany on the rise, study finds

    07/18/2018 3:15:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.18.2018 | Patrick Grosse
    Yorai Feinberg has gotten used to hearing from “Ludwig Fischer.” Every few days the Berlin restaurant owner receives emails from a man who writes under the pseudonym of one of Hitler’s most notorious SA henchmen. He calls Feinberg a “filthy rat,” says the Holocaust is just a “scam” and rants that all Jews will land in the gas chamber. […] The last few months have seen several high-profile attacks on Jews in Germany. Just last week a Jewish-American professor was attacked by a young German of Palestinian descent in the city of Bonn. In April, an attack on a yarmulke-wearing...
  • Germany's Heiko Maas demands 'minimum degree of reliability' from Donald Trump [more 'demands']

    07/18/2018 2:47:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.18.2018 | dm/jm (dpa, AP)
    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Wednesday spoke out over US President Donald Trump’s attempts to backtrack on comments he made during Monday’s Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin. Maas said Germany and other western allies demanded a “minimum degree of reliability” from Trump and his foreign policy. “It is, quite simply, extremely difficult to craft policies when the information or facts have a half-life of 24 hours. This will not work,” Berlin’s top diplomat added after meeting with his Chilean counterpart Roberto Ampuero. “This also seems to be the unanimous opinion within the United States,” he added. […] Germany’s...
  • EU fines Google $5 billion over Android antitrust abuse

    07/18/2018 7:06:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.cnbc.com ^ | 07/18/2018 | Jillian D'Onfro | Ryan Browne
    The European Union hit Google with a record antitrust fine for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system. It ordered Google to put an end to illegal conduct within 90 days, or else face additional charges of up to 5 percent of Alphabet's average daily worldwide turnover. The ruling comes little over a year after the EU fined the company $2.7 billion for favoring its shopping service over competitors. European Union regulators have slapped Alphabet-owned Google with a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system, which is...
  • Austria 'Refuses' to Take More Boat Migrants After Ship of 450 Arrives in Europe......

    07/17/2018 9:27:34 PM PDT · by caww · 30 replies
    BretBart ^ | 7/17/2018 | Oliver jj Lane
    Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has made clear his strong stance on unlimited mass migration after he refused to take part in an EU-wide effort to distribute the migrants of a fishing boat that landed on an Italian island Monday. Calling on the nations of Europe to work harder to prevent illegal migration to the continent, Kurz also pointed to the fact that migrant ships could be sent to countries outside of the European Union to disembark their human cargo. The comments came after 450 migrants were picked up from a wooden fishing boat on Saturday, and brought to Sicily to...
  • Trump's Nato approach helped make a difference, says May

    07/17/2018 12:25:04 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Jul 2018 | Pippa Crerar
    Theresa May has defended Donald Trump’s approach to last week’s Nato summit, claiming it made all the difference in encouraging European allies to “step up” their defence spending. The US president left the Brussels talks in disarray after setting a January deadline for other alliance members to increase defence spending and hinting that the US may quit Nato if they failed to do so. For the second year in a row, Trump caused turmoil at a Nato summit, criticising the Germans, turning up late for a meeting, ignoring the issues on the table and securing an emergency discussion on spending....
  • US General Ben Hodges: 'Russia only respects strength' [anti-Brexit general]

    07/17/2018 8:59:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.17.2018 | Ben Knight
    At the close of the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki, Hodges told DW that Trump’s attitude toward NATO is worrying, his attack on Angela Merkel was “a terrible mistake” and his friendship with Putin is “inexplicable.” DW: What did you make of President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump in Helsinki? Do you share what seems to be the common view: that it was a diplomatic disaster that undermines multilateral alliances like NATO?Hodges: I’m reluctant to say anything is a disaster so immediately after it happened. It’s just going to take a little bit of time for things...
  • TRUMP SIGNALS TO IRANIAN PEOPLE WE WILL SUPPORT THEIR UPRISING (Hannity)

    07/16/2018 6:23:42 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 28 replies
    Hannity ^ | 7/16/18 | Hannity
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  • Seized archive shows Iran nuke project was larger than thought, had foreign help

    07/16/2018 2:09:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 15 July 2018, 10:15 pm | TOI Staff
    The archive of Iranian nuclear documents seized by the Israeli Mossad from a Tehran warehouse in January shows that Iran’s program to build nuclear weapons “was almost certainly larger, more sophisticated and better organized” than was suspected, unnamed nuclear experts were quoted as saying in the New York Times on Sunday, after being shown selected documents from the haul by US reporters. One of the Iranian documents specifies plans to build a first “batch of five weapons” and discusses sites for possible underground nuclear tests, the Times reported, after one of its reporters was given limited access to the haul...
  • Trump in Europe — American and unbowed

    07/16/2018 6:04:26 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 15, 2018 | Jack Engelhard
    Later they kissed and made up. But before that, at that NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump let them know who’s boss. No more rolling over…and while he was respectful to the Queen, and contrary to the habits of his predecessor, he did not bow. He focused on Angela Merkel, since she represents them all. He schooled her for double-dealing – that pipeline to Russia that puts Germany at the mercy of Putin who can turn off the energy spigot any time he wants, and then who ya gonna call? The United States, of course, which will have to come...
  • Borderline Disorder

    07/16/2018 5:59:32 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 2 replies
    NRO ^ | 12 July 2018 | Douglas Murray
    How Angela Merkel’s open borders roiled Europe and undermined her Across the chancelleries of Europe, a realization is dawning. It began at the outskirts of the continent and has now made its way to the heart of Angela Merkel’s government in Berlin. It is the realization that even Merkel is mortal. For the entirety of this century so far, Merkel has been a constant. She has been leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000, when she publicly turned on her former political mentor, Helmut Kohl, over a party-funding dispute. And she has been chancellor of Germany since 2005,...
  • Justine Greening: New Brexit referendum ‘is only way to end deadlock’

    07/15/2018 6:40:32 PM PDT · by Boomer · 30 replies
    The Times (UK) ^ | 7/15/2018 | Staff
    Theresa May’s hopes of winning support for her Brexit compromise have been dealt a huge blow as Justine Greening has become the first senior Conservative to support calls for a second referendum. The prime minister’s effort to keep Britain in parts of the single market is the “worst of both worlds” and will satisfy no one, the former education secretary says in an article for The Times.