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  • Russian Arms Dealer Accused of Breaking U.N. Embargoes Arrested in Thailand

    03/06/2008 6:28:37 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 10 replies · 281+ views
    Fox News/AP ^ | 3/6/08
    BANGKOK, Thailand — A Russian arms dealer accused of breaking U.N. arms embargoes by supplying weapons to African war zones was arrested Thursday in Bangkok, Thai police said. Viktor Bout was arrested in the heart of the capital city on a warrant issued by a Thai court, said Police Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan, head of the Crime Suppression Bureau. The warrant stemmed from an earlier one issued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, he said. A U.S. Embassy spokesman "congratulated" Thai police for the arrest but could not provide details about the role U.S. officials played in it. Details of...
  • Migrant crisis: EU leaders to approve disputed quota plan

    09/23/2015 2:04:25 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/23/2015 | BBC
    EU leaders meeting in Brussels are set to approve a plan to relocate 120,000 migrants across the continent, despite fierce opposition from some members. Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary voted against the mandatory quota scheme. Wednesday's emergency summit will also focus on tightening EU borders and boosting aid to neighbours of Syria, from where many migrants come...... US President Barack Obama said all European states should accept their "fair share" of asylum seekers, after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.... In a rare move for an issue involving national sovereignty, EU interior ministers approved the resettlement scheme on...
  • Hungary shuts EU border, taking migrant crisis into its own hands

    09/15/2015 9:59:36 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 110 replies
    Ruetes ^ | 9-15-2015 | Krisztina Than and Ivana Sekularac
    Hungary's right-wing government shut the main land route for migrants into the EU on Tuesday, taking matters into its own hands to halt Europe's influx of refugees. An emergency effort led by Germany to force European Union member states to accept mandatory quotas of refugees collapsed in discord. Berlin called for EU financial penalties against countries that refused to accommodate their share of migrants. A Czech official said such threats were empty but nonetheless "damaging". Slovakia said they would bring the "end of the EU". Under new rules that took effect from midnight, Hungary said anyone seeking asylum at its...
  • “Islam will be the death of Europe,” protesters in Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia

    In the Polish capital Warsaw, nearly 10,000 people, many chanting anti-Islamic slogans, marched through the city, an AFP correspondent said. “Islam will be the death of Europe”, one of the banners said. Around 1,500 anti-migrant protestors also rallied in the Slovak capital Bratislava, some holding up banners reading: “You’re not welcome here so go home”, an AFP correspondent said. Police in the Czech capital Prague said some 800 people protested against the arrival of refugees and migrants, holding up banners saying: “Send them back!” and “Protect the borders”.
  • Slovakian Government Refuses to Cave to UN’s Demands to Take in Muslims

    08/22/2015 9:44:51 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 30 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 8/20/2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    Says They Will Only Take in Persecuted Christians The Slovakian government will now be accepting Christians who are persecuted by Muslims. The UN is telling Slovakia that they must, as well, take in Muslims, but Slovakia is firmly responding: 'We will only take Christians!' Interior ministry spokesman Ivan Metik said that Muslims would not feel at home in Slovakia because there are no mosques in the nation. He said: We could take 800 Muslims but we don't have any mosques in Slovakia so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here? Babar Baloch, Central...
  • Migrants crisis: Slovakia 'will only accept Christians'

    08/20/2015 4:11:37 PM PDT · by bad company · 11 replies
    Slovakia says it will only accept Christians when it takes in Syrian refugees under a EU relocation scheme. The country is due to receive 200 people from camps in Turkey, Italy and Greece under the EU plan to resettle 40,000 new arrivals. Interior ministry spokesman Ivan Netik said Muslims would not be accepted because they would not feel at home. The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) called on countries to take an "inclusive approach" to relocation. But Mr Netik denied the move was discriminatory and said it was intended to ensure community cohesion. 'Not going to like it' The number of...
  • We can't take Muslim migrants as we don't have mosques: Slovakia

    08/20/2015 11:38:06 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 17 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Thursday, August 20, 2015 | Staff writer
    Caption -- A Syrian refugee family spend the day in the Aegean port city of Izmir, western Turkey, August 10, 2015. (Reuters) Slovakia will take in 200 Christian Syrian migrants instead of Muslims because of a lack of infrastructure -- including a shortage of mosques in the small Eastern European state -- its interior ministry told the BBC on Wednesday. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33986738 Under a European Union relocation scheme to share the burden of thousands of Syrian migrants fleeing the civil war back home, member states will take in 40,000 new arrivals from Italy, Turkey and Greece. But Ivan Metik, an interior...
  • Slovakia to Welcome Christian Migrants but Reject Muslims; Insists It Is Not Discrimination

    08/20/2015 8:53:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The government of Slovakia has said it will take in struggling migrants from Syria and other countries under a European Union scheme to share the burden of 40,000 new arrivals to the continent, but stipulated it will only be taking Christians, and not Muslims. "We want to help Europe with the migration issue. We could take 800 Muslims but we don't have any mosques in Slovakia so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here?" interior ministry spokesman Ivan Metik said, arguing that the policy is not discriminatory. "We want to really help Europe...
  • Migrants crisis: Slovakia 'will only accept Christians'

    08/20/2015 2:29:12 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 August 2015 | BBC
    Slovakia says it will only accept Christians when it takes in Syrian refugees under a EU relocation scheme. The country is due to receive 200 people from camps in Turkey, Italy and Greece under the EU plan to resettle 40,000 new arrivals. Interior ministry spokesman Ivan Metik said Muslims would not be accepted because they would not feel at home. The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) called on countries to take an "inclusive approach" to relocation. But Mr Metik denied the move was discriminatory and said it was intended to ensure community cohesion. The number of migrants at the EU's borders...
  • ‘End Austerity Now,’ demand Britons

    06/20/2015 4:35:16 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 6/21/2015 | Parvathi Menon
    End austerity: it’s cheating us all; Jobs not Trident; No cuts; Defy Tory rule; Cut war not welfare; Stop fracking; a Living Wage for mothers; and, The Pope gets it, why can’t you? With the slogans emblazoned on banners, posters and flags, anti-austerity marchers shouted slogans, sang, and beat drums, as they walked through London in what is being called the biggest protest march that the city has seen. The ‘End Austerity Now’ demonstration saw participation by an estimated crowd of between 70,000 and 250,000, all coming together to protest against cuts imposed due to austerity, the threats to the...
  • Video: Cameron angers British Muslims after challenging them to do more to fight radicalization

    06/19/2015 11:10:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/19/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The continuing movement of young Muslims from the UK to ISIS in Syria and Iraq has David Cameron concerned to the point of demanding more action from Muslim communities to fight radicalization. In a speech today, Cameron accused British Muslim leaders of “quietly condoning” the radical theology of ISIS and other Islamist terror groups. In response, leaders from those communities said that radicalization has been amplified by “rampant Islamophobia” in British society, and that Cameron needs to stop lecturing them on citizenship: Speaking at a security conference in Slovakia, Cameron urged British Muslims to do more to stop the...
  • Turkey warns of terror wave if EU membership is rejected

    12/14/2004 10:10:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies · 1,301+ views
    EU Observer ^ | Dec 13 2004 | Lisbeth Kirk
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned European Union leaders that violence from Islamic extremists could escalate if the EU rejects Turkey as a member... Turkey signed the association agreement for EU membership in 1963 and it is expected that a two-day EU summit this week will finally decide to begin formal membership talks, probably in the second half of next year... Taking Turkey’s 69 million, mainly Muslim, population into the Union is widely disputed... In Germany, leader of the Christian Social Union Edmund Stoiber told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that his party in government would do what it...
  • And it's gone...Greek Banks in Macedonia can't withdraw cash - Central Bank's Bogov

    06/12/2015 7:42:44 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 39 replies
    https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/609341858045497344 https://twitter.com/TraderStef/status/609355146842275840 https://twitter.com/JAFF3/status/609343992803774464 https://twitter.com/russian_market/status/609341880623591424 The bank runs (and capital controls) begin. Macedonia Central Bank Governor Bogov states: *GREEK BANKS IN MACEDONIA CAN’T WITHDRAW CASH: BOGOV*MACEDONIAN BANKS PROTECTED IN CASE OF GREXIT: BOGOV How long before the rest of Europe follows suit and a bank holiday is declared Monday to "Cyprus" depositors? He further added: *MACEDONIAN CENTRAL BANK SEES MAJOR RISKS FROM POLITICAL CRISIS http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-12/macedonia-central-bank-blocks-greek-bank-withdrawals-case-grexit Macedonia Central Bank blocks Greek bank withdrawals FXStreet (Córdoba) - Macedonian Central Bank's Governor Dimitar Bogov has stated that Greek banks are not able to withdraw cash. According to Bogov, this withdrawal halt is protection against...
  • Poles honor Reagan, John Paul with statue

    06/02/2015 10:08:54 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | Vanessa Gera
    (Aug 2, 2012) POLISH officials have unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, honouring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago. The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organising or taking part in strikes against the communist regime. The bronze statue, erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park, is a slightly larger-than-life rendering of the...
  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    06/02/2015 10:18:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 30 replies
    Heritage ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Lee Edwards
    Soviet Communism, the dark tyranny that controlled nearly 40 nations and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 100 million victims during the 20th century, suddenly collapsed 20 years ago without a shot being fired. In just two years--from 1989 to 1991--the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and Marxism- Leninism was dumped unceremoniously on the ash heap of history. There was dancing in the street and champagne toasts on top of the Brandenburg Gate. For 40 years, the United States and the West had been following a policy of containment, détente, accommodation. Ronald Reagan decided it was...
  • TV host Larysa Switlyk kills and cooks baby deer during hunt with controversial Czech 'sexy hunter'

    06/01/2015 7:54:35 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 June 2015 | Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
    A 'sexy' Czech hunter who has been widely criticized for posting photos of her big game trophies and an American TV host paired up for a controversial outing in Slovakia. Michaela Fialova and Larysa Switlyk documented their trip as they hunted roe deer in Europe together, filming as they went in search of the animals. The ladies documented not just the kill, but also the aftermath as they cooked and ate the animals. Fiavola, 27, who is from Litomerice, Czech Republic, spends the rest of her time working as a personal trainer, kick-boxer and guide for other hunters in Africa...
  • Brides for Sale: European Women Lured for Sham Marriage

    05/25/2015 6:34:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    ABCNews ^ | May 25, 2015 | SYLVIA HUI and KAREL JANICEK
    Brides for Sale: European Women Lured for Sham Marriages May 25, 2015, SYLVIA HUI and KAREL JANICEK Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met. She knew he did not want her, or her child. He wanted her European identity card. The marriage was arranged so the 23-year-old Pakistani groom could gain the right to live and work in Europe. Balogova was promised a clean place to stay in Britain and maybe even some money. But she says within days of arrival,...
  • Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment

    04/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, & Mehreen Khan
    Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country's banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.
  • PM: Slovakia is Christian, No to Muslims and Mosques

    01/28/2015 1:14:43 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 18 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 28 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    "Since Slovakia is a Christian country, we cannot tolerate an influx of 300,000-400,000 Muslim immigrants who would like to start building mosques all over our land and trying to change the nature, culture and values ​​of the state," said Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. Slovakia is the country that had its commemorative Euro coin depicting two Christian saints, Cyril and Methodius, at first rejected by the European Commission, which told Bratislava it would need to re-design the coins and remove Christian symbols, including halos and a cross-adorned stole. Eventually the Slovakia Euro was issued with halos and crosses. This...
  • Slovakia to hold referendum on same-sex marriage

    11/27/2014 11:44:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 27, 2014 12:03 PM EST
    Slovakia will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in the predominantly Roman Catholic country on Feb. 7, the president said Thursday. President Andrej Kiska’s move comes after the Alliance for Family conservative group gathered about 400,000 signatures supporting the vote. Slovaks will be asked whether they agree that a marriage can be called only a union between a man and a woman, same-sex partners can’t adopt children, and that children wouldn’t have to attend school classes on sex education if their parents don't agree with them. …
  • Obama releases Gitmo detainees, setting up fight with GOP

    11/21/2014 9:32:15 AM PST · by don-o · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 14, 2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    President Obama has opened a new front in his hard line against the incoming Republican Congress by releasing more detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against lawmakers' objections. The Pentagon announced Thursday that four al Qaeda fighters from Yemen, including a senior figure who facilitated travel to Afghanistan for Arab extremists, and a Tunisian extremist would be transferred to Slovakia and Georgia. The transfers leave 143 detainees at Guantanamo, which Obama has vowed to close. Republican lawmakers, who have been pressing the administration to stop releasing detainees amid reports that some former prisoners had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

    11/08/2014 8:17:44 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 75 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 05 Nov 2014 | Danusha V. Goska
    How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a...
  • Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/20/2014 3:15:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 September 2014 | bbc
    Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers. Defence ministers from the three countries signed the deal on Friday. Poland's defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in their home countries. Poland and Lithuania are eager to bolster defences following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula earlier this year.
  • Slovakia creeps closer to Gripen agreement

    09/02/2014 8:01:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | BETH STEVENSON
    The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden have signed a letter of intent agreeing to co-operate on using the Saab Gripen fighter – paving the way for a potential Slovakian acquisition of the aircraft. “Today's signing will lay the foundation for bilateral co-operation around a common airspace surveillance of Slovakia and the Czech Republic,” a translation of a statement from the Swedish defence ministry on 30 August said. Slovakia is looking to replace its RAC MiG-29s in the next couple of years. Slovak defence minister Martin Glváč has reportedly told local media outlets on several occasions that the Gripen is the...
  • Obama's Logical, Fanatical Foreign Policy

    08/29/2014 7:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    After World War I the third rate minds who brought us the conflict to begin with came up with another stupid idea: They decided to divide up former German, Austrian and Turkish empires into separate countries, like Czechoslovakia, and create makeshifts, like the Danzig Corridor. Germany lost territory to Poland to create a land corridor to Danzig that gave Poland access to the sea.Never mind that it cleaved a country in two. It was these territorial wedges-- wedges that diced up ethnicity-- that Hitler used to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Germans. By cutting up countries in defiance of...
  • 'Miss Slovakia (World) 2014' is Laura Longauerová

    08/14/2014 3:44:24 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 41 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 14 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    photo CAS.sk (Slovakia) More at Reaganite Republican...
  • EU states promote settler boycott amid Israel crisis

    07/04/2014 6:16:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/04/2014 @ 09:27 | Andrew Rettman
    Twelve EU countries have warned investors not to do business with Israeli settler entities, amid a security crisis in Israel and Palestine. The group includes: Austria; Belgium; Croatia; Denmark; Finland; Greece; Ireland; Luxembourg; Malta; Portugal; Slovakia; and Slovenia. Portugal published its statement on Wednesday (2 July) and the others came out on Thursday. France, Italy, and Spain put out similar communiques earlier this week. Germany and the UK already did it months ago. Poland is expected to publish a warning shortly. The Irish foreign ministry said the action “has been coordinated at EU level”. …
  • Slovakia enshrines true marriage in nation’s Constitution

    06/16/2014 9:21:17 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6-16-14 | Hilary White
    Parliamentarians in Slovakia enshrined marriage as a “unique bond between a man and a woman” in the country’s Constitution May 4, with 102 National Council members backing the amendment, 18 opposing it, and three abstentions. The amendment was brought to the National Council by the Christian Democrats, and supported by the government, despite the latter being led by the socialist SMER party. A government spokesman told a press conference that the proposal simply upholds the existing situation. “The marriage amendment will not bring about any drastic changes, it only seals in the constitution what is already defined by law,” said...
  • Slovak PM: Russia says gas to Europe will stop if Kiev does not pay

    05/15/2014 9:31:21 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 5-15-2014 | Reuters
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed multiple European states that Moscow will not supply gas to Europe through Ukraine as of June 1 if Kiev does not pay its bills, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Thursday. Fico, speaking to reporters after meeting NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the most pressing threat facing Slovakia was the question of deliveries from Russia that pass through Ukraine. "Today, multiple member states including Slovakia were informed by President Putin that as of June 1, if Ukraine does not pay for supplied gas, it will not be supplied to the European...
  • Inching towards memorandum?

    04/25/2014 10:30:56 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Slovak Spectator ^ | April 24, 2014 | TASR newswire
    Feature Photo Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuri Prodan, Slovak Economy Minister Tomáš Malatinský and European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger (from left) met in Bratislava on April 24 to discuss the launch of the reverse flow of natural gas from Slovakia to Ukraine. The partners said on April 24 that a memorandum on reverse-flow gas supplies could be signed on April 28, the TASR newswire reported.
  • 'Miss Slovakia 2014' is Silvia Prochadzkova

    04/11/2014 8:53:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 69 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 April 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Kinda resembles a young Sophia Loren... More at Reaganite Republican... (borderline SFW, bikinis)
  • 18 countries ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

    04/02/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 1:47 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Eighteen countries, including five of the world’s leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty’s entry into force. […] Five of the world’s top 10 arms exporters—Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain—turned in their ratification documents at the ceremony. The other 13 were Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Among the hold-outs is the United States, the world’s largest weapons exporter. The Obama administration has signed the treaty but there is strong resistance in...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years – growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP – an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • Two unknown soldiers (discovered in the Presena Glacier in the Italian Alps)

    10/19/2013 6:48:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Economist ^ | October 9, 2013
    THE BLACK stain on the ice was instantly recognisable. The technician checking a tarpaulin stretched over a section of the Presena Glacier in the Italian Alps—an experimental attempt to slow the melting— quickly called in a rescue party. The block of ice was airlifted to the nearby city of Vicenza. Inside were two soldiers who had fallen at the Battle of Presena in May 1918 and were buried in a crevasse.Their uniforms and their location indicated that they could well have been Kaiserschützen, specialised mountain troops who fought on behalf of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to defend these mountains from...
  • European banks to quit London if UK left EU: Goldman executive

    09/03/2013 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 2, 2013 1:30pm EDT
    European banks would leave London “in very short order” if Britain voted to exit the European Union, a senior Goldman Sachs executive said in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Michael Sherwood, a vice-chairman at the bank, said the prospect of a British withdrawal was a real worry given Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to hold a referendum on the subject if re-elected in 2015. … Goldman’s Sherwood predicted European banks would quickly relocate if Britain did sever its EU ties. “Forget what we would do. Every European firm would be gone in very short order,” he was quoted as...
  • EU potential for social unrest is world's highest: ILO

    06/04/2013 4:48:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 3, 2013 | By Robert Evans
    The potential for social unrest in European Union countries is higher than anywhere else in the world and the already yawning gaps between rich and poor, a major trigger, are likely to widen globally, the International Labour Organisation said on Monday. Those most vulnerable, the report said, were Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. However the risk of social unrest had declined in Belgium, Germany, Finland, Slovakia and Sweden since 2010. Overall, the risk of unrest in the EU "is likely to be due to the policy responses to the ongoing sovereign debt crisis and their impact...
  • Brussels gravy train like “last days of Rome”: EU MEPs earn up to 740% more than average citizen…

    05/23/2013 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:46 EST, 23 May 2013 | Alan Hall
    The gilded lifestyle of MEPs has been compared to the uncontrolled excesses of ancient Rome after research showed their perks have not been dented despite biting austerity measures. From Italian MEPs who enjoy free haircuts to Maltese ones who get 52 free gallons of petrol a month, the perks—and expenses—continue unabated for the representatives of European Union nations. MEPs from the 27 EU nations are paid salaries of Ł137 million ($207 million) a year, according to research by German pricing watchdog Preisvergleich.de, and some earn 740 percent more than the average citizen. …
  • EU to ban olive oil jugs from restaurants

    05/17/2013 9:57:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:52PM BST 17 May 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The European Union is to ban olive oil jugs and dipping bowls from restaurant tables in a move described by one of Britain’s top cooks as authoritarian and damaging to artisan food makers. The small glass jugs filled with green- or gold-colored extra virgin olive oil are familiar and traditional for restaurant goers across Europe, but they will be banned from 1 January 2014 after a decision taken in an obscure Brussels committee earlier this week. From next year, olive oil “presented at a restaurant table” must be in prepackaged factory bottles with a tamper-proof dispensing nozzle and labeling in...
  • UKIP will cause political earthquake in European elections, says Nigel Farage

    05/05/2013 11:06:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Sunday, May 5, 2013 | Nicholas Watt
    Amid growing calls from Tory MPs for David Cameron to respond to the Ukip threat by bringing forward legislation on an EU referendum, Farage warned that his party would not go away even if No 10 "starts singing the same song". William Hague, who famously suffered a major defeat in the 2001 election after tacking to the right, called for a cautious response to Ukip as he warned of the dangers of "quick fixes". Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, said many Ukip voters were "frustrated Conservatives". As the Tories work out their response to Ukip, which won nearly a quarter...
  • MEPs to vote on EU 'ban on all forms of pornography'

    03/09/2013 5:05:58 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/08/2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    Controversy has erupted over next Tuesday's European Parliament resolution "on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU", meant to mark international women's day, after libertarian Swedish MEPs from the Pirate Party spotted the call for a ban in the small print. While not legally binding, the vote could be the first step towards European legislation as the EU's assembly increasingly flexes its political muscle within Europe's institutions.
  • EU to set up euro-election “troll patrol” to tackle Euroskeptic surge

    02/03/2013 6:32:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:33PM GMT 03 Feb 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The Daily Telegraph has seen confidential spending proposals and internal documents planning an unprecedented propaganda blitz ahead of and during European elections in June 2014. Key to a new strategy will be “public opinion monitoring tools” to “identify at an early stage whether debates of political nature among followers in social media and blogs have the potential to attract media and citizens’ interest”. Spending on “qualitative media analysis” is to be increased by Ł1.7 million ($2.7 million), and while most of the money is to be found in existing budgets, an additional Ł787,000 ($1.24 million) will be need to be...
  • Twelve EU countries likely to back Palestine’s UN bid

    11/10/2012 8:34:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09.11.12 @ 09:27 (November 9) | Andrew Rettman
    Palestine can count on about 12 Yes votes by EU countries when it tries to upgrade its UN status, in a move expected later this month. … A senior EU diplomat told this website the Union remains divided on the question, however. He noted that member states’ votes “will probably follow the same pattern as with UNESCO,” referring to a decision by the UN’s Paris-based cultural wing to admit Palestine as a member last year. At the time, 11 countries—Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia and Spain—backed Palestine’s UNESCO bid. Another 11—Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Italy,...
  • Clegg brands those seeking to reform the EU 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues'

    11/15/2011 11:34:28 AM PST · by wolfman23601 · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/15/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Nick Clegg clashed with the Prime Minister today after criticising plans to claw back powers from the EU. The Deputy Prime Minister said that only 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues' could benefit from a treaty negotiation, even though David Cameron yesterday re-affirmed his intention to repatriate powers. Mr Clegg warned that European politicians should focus on 'jobs and growth' rather than attempting to reform EU institutions. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2061798/EU-treaty-change-Nick-Clegg-clashes-David-Cameron-reform.html#ixzz1dnt5E4wa
  • New cars in Europe may have to cut carbon emissions by one-third

    07/12/2012 4:53:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 12 July 2012 | Fiona Harvey for the Guardian, part of the Guardian Environment Network
    New cars and vans in the European Union will produce one-third less carbon dioxide within eight years, under proposed new rules set out on Wednesday (11 July) in Brussels. By 2020, the average emissions from new cars will have to be no more than 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer driven (5.4 oz/mile), a cut of more than 40 grams from today's levels and of 35 grams per kilometer compared with the 2015 target, if the proposed new regulations are accepted. Connie Hedegaard, climate chief of the European commission, said the goals were "ambitious but achievable" and would benefit...
  • MEPs agree on proposals towards (EU) 'fiscal union'

    06/13/2012 3:51:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.06.13 @ 18:09 | Honor Mahony
    The European Parliament on Wednesday (13 June) approved draft laws that would strongly increase Brussels' power over eurozone countries' budgets. But they tempered the previously austere proposals with measures for growth, debt redemption and democratic scrutiny. "This is the core of a fiscal union," said Austrian MEP and socialist leader Hannes Swoboda. "This is the first time that there is a structural solution [to the eurozone crisis] on the table," said Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt. His Green counterpart Daniel Cohn-Bendit called it a "milestone" for the strength of agreement among MEPs. The pair of laws—also known as the two-pack—is among...
  • 'Real Rebound' in World Economy: Barclays' CEO

    02/29/2012 6:53:08 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies · 3+ views
    CNBC ^ | February 29, 2012 | Margo D. Beller Special to CNBC.com
    Once again the world economy has proved the naysayers wrong and there's been a "real rebound" so far this year, Barclays CEO Robert Diamond told CNBC Wednesday. "One of the lessons we’ve learned in the last couple of years is every time it’s doom and gloom ... the economy is far more resilient," he said. "We see China at 8 percent to 9 percent growth, and reduction in unemployment [cnbc explains] in the U.S. So we’ve seen a real rebound." That even extends to Europe, which was stabilized by the European Central Bank's [cnbc explains] second liquidity injection. President Mario...
  • Slovakia’s Nuclear Schizophrenia – Shut Down, Continue As Usual, or Boldly Go - Where?

    01/06/2012 10:11:53 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 04/01/2012 | John C.K. daly
    The implosion of the USSR in December 1991 produced massive economic “collateral damage” in its East European allies, as they simultaneously sought both to assert their new-found independence and draw closer to their potential European allies on the western side of 1946’s “Iron Curtain.” Following the euphoria amity quickly devolved down to practical issues, one of which was that the European Union was leery of welcoming new members after the collapse of Communism that relied on power from Soviet-era nuclear power facilities, especially in the wake of the April 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine. Accordingly, the last two...
  • Eurozone crisis: Slovakia backs larger rescue fund

    10/13/2011 10:22:44 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 13, 2011 | Staff
    Slovakia's parliament has ratified a plan to bolster a eurozone rescue fund, just two days after MPs rejected it. The vote came after the government and opposition agreed to hold snap elections next year. The decision means all 17 eurozone states have now approved the plan to tackle the eurozone debt crisis.
  • Greece on course to miss deficit target (Slovakia to kill Euro??)

    10/02/2011 12:14:50 PM PDT · by milwguy · 7 replies · 1+ views
    guardian ^ | 10/02/2011 | David Gow
    Greece is likely to miss the deficit targets agreed as part of July's bailout package, which would cast further doubt on its ability to steer safely through its current financial crisis and will send new tremors through global financial markets. As the country's cabinet agreed a controversial plan to begin laying off 30,000 state workers, its latest budget plan reportedly indicated a deficit of 8.5% of GDP this year, missing the 7.6% target agreed with the European Union and the IMF. In 2012 the deficit is expected to fall to 6.8% of GDP – above the year's 6.5% target. A...