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  • Latest Turkey-EU talks end with no progress

    03/28/2018 6:00:55 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | March 27, 2018 | Semih Idiz
    The latest high-level attempt to normalize Turkish-EU ties has failed. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s much publicized meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in the Bulgarian seaside resort of Varna on March 26, did not produce any results on issues that have been clouding ties.There was no indication that fresh life would be breathed into Turkey’s bid for EU membership. All Turkey obtained was an assurance that its dormant bid remained on the table and that dialogue between Turkey and the EU would continue, even though there is little chance that stalled negotiations will resume...
  • EP Turkey rapporteur Piri: The negotiations should stop

    05/04/2017 6:48:08 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | May 4, 2017 | news desk
    EP Turkey rapporteur Kati Piri answered Turkish President Erdoğan’s comments of “If new chapters with the EU are not opened we will say goodbye” and stated that the negotiations should stop. Erdoğan spoke after he rejoined AKP yesterday and, calling the EU out, said: “The European Union has no option but to open new chapters for the negotiations. And if you don’t, then bye bye.” Erdoğan’s comments received a response from the EU. “If Turkey was truly interested in membership, Ankara should have shown this,” said European Parliament Turkey Rapporteur Kati Piri and added that opening a new chapter is...
  • Turkey can still join EU: Mogherini

    05/02/2017 11:30:05 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    KOM News ^ | 29 April 2017 09:58 CEST | Federica Mogherini statement
    High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference after their meeting at the Ankara Palace on Dec. 8. (© AFP Photo/Adem Altan) Turkey can still join the EU if it meets the necessary conditions, European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday.Speaking to reporters following an EU foreign ministers meeting in Malta, Mogherini said “The accession process continues, it is not suspended, not ended (although) we are currently not working on any new chapters.”“The criteria are very clear, well known and if Turkey is interested in joining, as...
  • Turkey can’t join EU with new constitution: EU lawmaker

    04/26/2017 8:42:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    KOM News ^ | 26 April 2017 12:02 CEST | none stated
    Turkey will close the door on joining the European Union if it adopts constitutional changes backed at a referendum last week, a leading member of the EU parliament responsible for dealings with Ankara said on Wednesday.Kati Piri’s comments come a day after President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters Turkey will not wait at Europe’s door forever and could walk away from EU accession talks if rising Islamophobia and hostility from some member states persist.The Dutch centre-left lawmaker, who is “rapporteur” on Turkey, told reporters ahead of a plenary debate on relations with Turkey that if Erdogan pushed through all the changes,...
  • Germany: Turkey is ‘further from EU membership than ever

    03/18/2017 10:41:00 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies
    Middle East Monitor (MEMO) ^ | March 18, 2017 | none stated
    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview with news magazine Der Spiegel published today that Turkey has never been less likely to join the European Union than now, as relations between Ankara and Berlin hit a low point.“Today Turkey is definitely further away from becoming a member of the European Union than ever before,” Gabriel said in the interview.He also said that he always had doubts about whether Turkey should join the EU but found himself in the minority in his Social Democrat (SPD) party.Before taking power in Germany in 2005, Chancellor Angela Merkel was an outspoken opponent...
  • Obama reluctantly accepted by predominantly Jewish club

    01/25/2017 2:54:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Former US President Barack Obama was accepted to the elite Woodmont Country Club, his hostile policies towards Israel notwithstanding and despite opposition by club members. The Washington Post reported Monday that the predominantly Jewish club admitted the former US president after a fight among members over whether to grant Obama membership. Some opposed it, saying they wanted to exclude him because of actions they considered hostile and damaging to Israel. In an email Monday, Woodmont President Barry Forman told club members that after “many hours in recent weeks considering this matter and the views of our members,” the executive committee...
  • Norway State Church Sees Exodus After Allowing Online Exit

    09/06/2016 6:24:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 9/5/16 | Karl Ritter
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway's state church has seen a record fall in membership after making it possible to join and leave the church electronically. The Church of Norway says almost 25,000 members left in August by using a new function on the church's website. Meanwhile, about 1,200 new members joined online. Even though the church has seen a steady decline in membership in recent decades, that's by far the biggest monthly loss in recorded history. By comparison, the church lost 8,588 members in the first seven months of 2016, before the online option was introduced. Still, church officials appear to...
  • Iceland walks out on EU membership talks

    08/23/2013 5:29:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 23 August 2013
    Iceland said yesterday (22 August) that a recent election that brought euroskeptic parties to power had been interpreted by constitutional advisors as a signal to stop EU accession talks. … Iceland was put on a fast track to EU accession, as it had already taken on board much of the EU legislation as member of the European Economic Area (EEA). It formally applied for EU membership on 16 July 2009 and started accession talks only one year later. The process has taken much longer for any other applicant country. But Iceland is a special case, as the country’s powerful fishing...
  • ICE agents union to AFL-CIO president Trumka: ‘You don’t speak for us’

    02/01/2013 10:01:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Caroline May
    ICE agents union to AFL-CIO president Trumka: ‘You don’t speak for us’ Posted By Caroline May On 12:34 PM 02/01/2013 @ 12:34 PM In DC Exclusives - Original Reporting,Politics,Yahoo! Linkbox,Yahoo! News | No Comments The ICE Agents union responded forcefully to AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka’s assertion Tuesday that “unions did have at one point some differences” but “the entire labor movement is entirely behind” the president’s immigration reform agenda now. “No President Trumka, there are still differences within the AFL-CIO, and you don’t speak for us,” the ICE union dispatched in a press release this week. According to the union,...
  • Unions suffer steep decline in membership

    01/23/2013 8:19:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2013 10:15 AM EST | Sam Hananel
    The nation’s labor unions suffered sharp declines in membership last year, led by losses among public sector workers in cash-strapped states, cities, counties and towns. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unionization rate fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent of all workers, the lowest level since the 1930s. …
  • NRA Membership Increasing 8,000 A Day After Sandy Hook Shooting

    12/21/2012 1:51:55 PM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | December 20, 2012
    NRA membership rolls are rising rapidly at a record-setting pace, increasing by 8,000 new NRA members per day since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. According to Fox News, both the number of individual contributions to the NRA and their average amount have risen significantly in the period following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Unlike many who are using the school shooting as a political club, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been staying quiet out of respect for the Newtown victims. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, on Tuesday the NRA released a statement:
  • Report: Union membership dwindles in WI, across U.S.

    02/02/2012 5:55:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-1-12 | Kirsten Adshead and Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — If labor unions’ strength lies in numbers, a new report indicates unions’ most powerful days may be behind them. Membership in organized labor unions dropped last year in Wisconsin by 16,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That left 13.3 percent of the employed population — 339,000 workers — represented by unions, down from 14.2 percent in 2010. “I think at this point, we’ve gotten to the point where the unionization rates are so low that for many workers, they don’t have any exposure to unions and unions are not seen as...
  • Mormons opening up in an Internet world [& Losing members accordingly]

    02/01/2012 3:38:25 AM PST · by Colofornian · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 1, 2012 | Michael DeGroote
    Richard L. Bushman...wrote in 2005 "Rough Stone Rolling..." "I first became aware of the problems shortly after 'Rough Stone Rolling' came out...I thought I was getting these emails asking for help..." Then Bushman heard that many other scholars were also being beset with queries from members of the LDS Church who had encountered something on the Internet that had shaken their faith. He began to hear the same thing from ordinary Mormons who had friends or family who were having problems. He also heard from people at BYU how it was a problem there as well. People were encountering things...
  • Number of faithful Mormons rapidly declining

    02/01/2012 3:37:56 AM PST · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    Salt Lake City ABC 4 News ^ | Jan. 31, 2012 | Brian Carlson
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is losing a record number of its membership. A new report quotes an LDS general authority who said more members are falling away today than any time in the past 175 years. At meetings like General Conference, Utahns may be used to seeing members of the LDS Church show up in record numbers. But according to a recent Reuters article citing LDS General Authority Marlin K. Jensen, for the church as a whole, the record in going in a different direction. Elder Jensen told the...
  • Palestinian U.N. Membership a Very Bad Precedent

    10/05/2011 10:54:58 AM PDT · by kathsua · 1 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 10/05/11 | reasonmclucus
    Granting United Nations membership to the Palestinians would create a vary dangerous precedent. The Palestinians aren't the only ethnic group that desire to have their own country independent of the one in which they live. Nor are they the only group that has used violence to try to gain independence. The Kurds have long desired to set up a country they would call Kurdistan including land currently a part of Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran. If the U.N. grants membership to the Palestinians, shouldn't it also grant membership to Kurdistan? The Kurds have their own culture and language. The Palestinians...
  • What Does the Bible Say About Church Membership and Attendance?

    Does the Bible say that we need to attend church? Is it okay for a Christian to not attend church? With so many TV and Internet evangelists, can they replace the local church? Is the local church irrelevant in this modern day and age? Is church membership essential to one’s walk in Christ and to a person‘s salvation? What the Bible Says About Church Membership The writer of Hebrews clearly says that we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves as is the manner of some in Hebrews10:25: “…not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit...
  • FIRST-PERSON: From decline to decision

    09/04/2011 5:24:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 06/13/2011 | Ed Stetzer
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--It is time for the Southern Baptist Convention to move from denial to decision. It has happened again. The SBC reported membership has declined, again. And, baptisms are at their lowest level in 60 years. I remember the first time the membership declined, just a few years ago. I pointed out (based on data from LifeWay's now-retired statistician Cliff Tharp) that it was not an aberration, but a pattern. The 50-year membership trend was moving into negative territory. "Put simply," I wrote in light of 2007 data, "membership may go up next year, but the trend points to...
  • Facebook's Fascism in Group Membership Elimination

    05/24/2011 11:50:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    atlas shrugs ^ | 5/24/11 | pamela geller
    A couple weeks back I described a deeply disturbing development at Facebook here. Facebook management is dismantling groups, eliminating their memberships with an "upgrade" that is only available to some groups. Neil Munro over at The Daily Caller has picked up on the story and done some digging: Facebook upgrade spurs fears of political bias Facebook’s managers are deploying a new software upgrade that will dismantle myriad groups of like-minded political activists unless they get a special software-key from the company. But Facebook managers are providing very limited information about which groups are being favored with the new key, prompting...
  • Unions see sharp membership declines again

    01/21/2011 10:04:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/21/11 | Sam Hananel - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's labor unions saw another steep decline in membership last year, even as the economy showed signs of recovery and job losses slowed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that unions lost 612,000 members in 2010, dropping the unionized share of the work force to 11.9 percent from 12.3 percent in 2009. That follows a loss of 771,000 workers in 2008, continuing a steady decline from the 1950s when more than a third of workers belonged to unions.
  • LDS Resignation: Ex-Letter Instructions

    01/02/2011 4:35:21 PM PST · by Colofornian · 56 replies
    Concerned Christians ^ | 2009 | Concerned Christians, Inc.
    The following are helpful instructions to expedite the process for having your name(s) removed from the membership records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1. One copy of your exit letter should be sent by U.S.P.S. Certified mail with a Return Receipt Requested, addressed to: Thomas S. Monson, President Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 50 East North Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 A carbon copy, also Certified mail with a Return Receipt Requested, should be sent to the home address of the Bishop or Stake President of the last Ward you attended, where your...