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  • 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 ^ | 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, 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:
  • 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
    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 ^ | 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...
  • Slovakia: Has the euro been worth it?

    05/17/2011 12:32:15 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Týždeň, Bratislava ^ | 5/16/2011 | Martin Hanus - Lukáš Krivošík
    Adopted just before the financial crisis hit, the single currency is still seen as the recipe for prosperity by most Slovaks. But many economists are beginning to wonder if Bratislava made the right choice. Over the past few months Slovak politicians have been confronted by problems that not even the worst-case scenario had envisaged in the lead-in to Slovakia’s entry into the eurozone. The government of Iveta Radičová, although refusing to take part in the loan to Greece, afterwards did have to contribute to the loans to Ireland and Portugal, since Slovakia is a member of the euro bulwark –...
  • The EU at a glance

    04/16/2011 5:38:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Europa ^ | this it timeless | some committee of moonbats
    Did you know that the EU has ensured that there has been no war between its members for last 60 years?
  • European Court of Human Rights to hear allegations of forced sterilization

    03/18/2011 5:51:26 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Mar 10, 2011 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    On March 22 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will hold a hearing to investigate the allegations of a Slovakian woman of Romani ethnic origin (also known as gypsy) who claims she was the victim of a forced sterilization during the delivery of her second child by caesarean section, in 2000 at the Prešov Public Hospital. The applicant, known only as Ms V.C., claims she was given the sterilization consent form to sign while in pain and neither understood what she was signing nor the consequences of the procedure. She further alleges that her Romani ethnicity was a deciding...
  • Alleged Supporter of Terrorist Group Indicted [Re Hizballah]

    03/17/2011 9:32:04 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies - News Release ^ | March 16, 2011 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: MARCH 16, 2011 PHILADELPHIA, PA Alleged supporter of terrorist group indicted Slovakia native charged with providing material support to Hizballah PHILADELPHIA - A dual citizen of the United States and Slovakia was charged on Tuesday with conspiring to provide material support to Hizballah, which has been designated by the U.S. Department of State to be a terrorist organization. This case was jointly investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the FBI. Dani Nemr Tarraf is among several defendants charged in the conspiracy. According to the criminal complaint,...
  • KUHNER: The Soros empire

    10/29/2010 8:35:43 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2010 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    ...Mr. Soros is the sugar daddy of the Democratic Party and the modern left. His net worth is more than $7 billion. He is one of the richest and most influential men in the world. Almost every major liberal organization, think tank or media outlet has been the beneficiary of Mr. Soros' largesse. The Nation magazine, Mother Jones, Media Matters,, NPR and the Center for American Progress - all together they have received tens of millions of dollars from the financier. They serve as front groups and propaganda vehicles to promote Mr. Soros' brand of transnational socialism. ..Mr. Soros...
  • Machine gun nut kills seven at flat (Bratislava, Slovakia)

    08/31/2010 7:48:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    The SUN ^ | 31-Sierpnia-2010 | NICK PARKER,
    The man, wearing ear protectors, killed six members of a family before being cornered by police and staging a bloody last stand. He fired indiscriminately - his seventh victim a woman who came to her balcony after hearing shots on the estate in Slovakian capital Bratislava. The maniac, thought to be in his 50s, then turned the gun on himself.
  • Archbishop Chaput calls for resistance to intolerance of Christianity

    08/25/2010 8:54:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | August 25, 2010
    Archbishop Charles Chaput Spisske Podhradie, Slovakia, Aug 25, 2010 / 05:48 am (CNA).- Addressing the first session of the 15th symposium for the Canon Law Association of Slovakia on Tuesday, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver called for Catholics in America and Europe to oppose the rise of a “state-encouraged atheism” which reduces religion to “an individual lifestyle accessory” incapable of influencing the world. The archbishop exhorted Christians to respond to these trends by rediscovering their historic faith as the only sound basis for a just society.Recalling the historical experience of the Slovakian Church under Communism, Archbishop Chaput told the assembly...
  • Slovakia under fire over Greece

    08/13/2010 12:09:20 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | 8/12/2010 | Jan Cienski in Warsaw, Stanley Pignal and Gerrit Wiesmann
    Slovakia’s new government came under fire from its eurozone partners, particularly Germany, on Thursday after its parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject taking part in a European Union aid package for the troubled Greek economy. The German government criticised the Slovak parliament’s decision in unusually harsh terms. “All member states committed themselves politically to assistance for Greece,” said a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Every member relies on solidarity; solidarity is no one-way street.” Ms Merkel would address the issue when Iveta Radicova, the Slovak prime minister, visited the German capital on August 25, he added. The European Commission in Brussels...
  • Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims' families

    01/20/2009 2:48:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 245 replies · 6,546+ views
    AP via News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims' relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.
  • Explosives end up on fight during failed security test in Slovakia

    01/08/2010 3:09:32 AM PST · by Scanian · 2 replies · 266+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 6, 2010 | AP
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — A failed airport security test ended up with a Slovak man unwittingly carrying hidden explosives in his luggage on a flight to Dublin, Slovak officials admitted Wednesday — a mistake that enraged Irish authorities and shocked aviation experts worldwide. While the Slovaks blamed the incident on "a silly and unprofessional mistake," Irish officials and security experts said it was foolish for the Slovaks to hide actual bomb parts in the luggage of innocent passengers under any circumstances. The passenger himself was detained by Irish police for several hours before being let go without charge Tuesday.
  • U.S. sends three Guantanamo detainees to Slovakia

    01/25/2010 9:49:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 312+ views
    reuters ^ | 1/25/10 | reuters
    The detainees, whom the Justice Department declined to identify at the request of the government of Slovakia, arrived there on Sunday. There are still 193 detainees at the Guantanamo prison. The Slovak foreign ministry said last week that it would take the three detainees under an EU-U.S. agreement aimed at helping President Barack Obama close the controversial prison. His January 22 deadline to shutter it passed unmet.
  • Secretary Napolitano Designates 11 New Countries as Eligible for H-2a and H-2b...

    01/22/2010 2:28:30 PM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies · 852+ views - News ^ | January 22, 2010 | n/a
    Note: Contact info deleted by me. # Note: The following text is a quote: Secretary Napolitano Designates 11 New Countries as Eligible for H-2a and H-2b Nonimmigrant Visa Programs Release Date: January 22, 2010 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano this week designated 11 new countries as eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant visa programs, which allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary or seasonal jobs for which U.S. workers are not available. The 11 newly designated countries—Croatia, Ecuador, Ethiopia,...
  • George Soros and America's Coming Election Crisis (Part 1)

    07/16/2004 5:55:38 PM PDT · by Richard Poe · 109 replies · 12,902+ views ^ | July 16, 2004 | Richard Poe
    <p>IF YOU ENJOYED the election crisis of 2000, you’re going to love what Democrat leaders are cooking up for November.</p> <p>"George Soros has purchased the Democratic Party," charges Republican National Committee spokeswoman Christine Iverson. (2) Some might dismiss Miss Iverson's comment as hyberbole. However, Soros' massive soft-money contributions have indisputably given him power over Democrat strategy.</p>
  • Gates Receives ‘Mounting Endorsements’ of Strategy Proposals

    10/23/2009 4:41:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 297+ views
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Oct. 23, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he’s encouraged by unofficial endorsements NATO defense ministers are expressing for Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s strategy proposals for Afghanistan, along with indications they’re considering additional resources to support the mission there. Gates, here for a NATO ministerial, emphasized that he is in a “listening mode” and not pressing for specific contributions. “This was not the forum for anyone to express a view of any commitment,” he said. McChrystal’s resource requests, including troop recommendations, are working their way through the NATO chain of command and will be addressed...
  • McChrystal to Brief as NATO Ministers Focus on Afghanistan

    10/23/2009 4:38:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 221+ views
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Oct. 23, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his fellow NATO defense ministers will hear today from the commander of the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal will offer his on-the-ground assessment of conditions and progress in building the Afghan security forces in both numbers and capability during an alliance defense ministers conference that’s under way here, NATO officials said. Gates will participate in several sessions focused on the NATO mission in Afghanistan. During a working lunch, he’ll meet with allied ministers and their counterparts from non-NATO...
  • Slovakia: No Hungarian spoken in public

    09/02/2009 2:49:48 PM PDT · by lizol · 18 replies · 716+ views
    UPI ^ | Sept. 2, 2009
    Slovakia: No Hungarian spoken in public Published: Sept. 2, 2009 at 12:18 AM BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Ethnic Hungarians in Slovakia demonstrated Tuesday against a new law allowing only the use of Slovak language in public institutions, Hungarian officials said. Slovakia maintains the law comports with European standards, but Hungarian protesters say it violates international law, the BBC reported. The penalty for the regular public misuse of the Slovak language is a fine of up to $7,000, which is close to the average yearly salary in Slovakia, the news service reported. A meeting between the prime ministers of...
  • Round the Danube Bend

    08/26/2009 1:18:34 PM PDT · by lizol · 7 replies · 481+ views
    TOL | 26 August 2009 | Balint Szlanko
    Round the Danube Bend by Balint Szlanko 26 August 2009 Those upstart Slovaks are at it again, sneering at the nation that ruled them for a thousand years. The Slovak thugs have finally shown their true colors. As if their archaic language law limiting the use of Hungarian in public were not enough, last week they banned Laszlo Solyom, the Hungarian president, from visiting Komarno, where he was due to speak at the unveiling of a statue of St. Stephen, an 11th-century Hungarian (and by extension, Slovak) king. The Slovaks have been a thorn in the side of the Hungarian...
  • Slovakia mourns 20 killed in coal mine blast, fire

    08/12/2009 11:40:37 AM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 201+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | Aug. 12, 2009
    Slovakia mourns 20 killed in coal mine blast, fire (AP) BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia is observing a day of mourning for 20 fatal victims of a fire and explosion in a coal mine, one of the worst accidents in the country's history. Rescue officials have recovered 18 bodies from the Handlova mine in central Slovakia and say they are certain that the two missing miners are also dead. Flags are flying at half-staff across the country Wednesday, and radio and television stations have canceled broadcasts of any entertainment programs. The explosion, caused by gases released in the fire, trapped the...
  • An Open Letter to the Obama Administration from Central and Eastern Europe (IMPORTANT)

    07/19/2009 1:35:26 PM PDT · by lizol · 28 replies · 1,993+ views ^ | 2009-07-15 | Valdas Adamkus, Martin Butora, Emil Constantinescu, Pavol Demes, Lubos Dobrovsky, Matyas Eorsi, Istv
    An Open Letter to the Obama Administration from Central and Eastern Europe 2009-07-15 by Valdas Adamkus, Martin Butora, Emil Constantinescu, Pavol Demes, Lubos Dobrovsky, Matyas Eorsi, Istvan Gyarmati, Vaclav Havel, Rastislav Kacer, Sandra Kalniete, Karel Schwarzenberg, Michal Kovac, Ivan Krastev, Alexander Kwasniewski, Mart Laar, Kadri Liik, Janos Martonyi. Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Adam Rotfeld, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Alexandr Vondra, Lech Walesa. We have written this letter because, as Central and Eastern European (CEE) intellectuals and former policymakers, we care deeply about the future of the transatlantic relationship as well as the future quality of relations between the United States and the countries of...
  • European elections: extremist and fringe parties are the big winner(Ancient Regime dying)

    06/07/2009 10:12:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 1,510+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 06/08/09 | David Charter and Rory Watson
    European elections: extremist and fringe parties are the big winners Millions of voters deserted mainstream parties in the wake of the economic crisis David Charter and Rory Watson in Brussels Extremist and fringe parties were the beneficiaries as voters across Europe deserted mainstream parties or stayed at home in protest at the state of their economies. The Centre Left was set to be the big loser across the 27 European Union countries with the Centre Right consolidating its position as the largest group in the Parliament. Anti-immigrant parties gained MEPs in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands and Slovakia. Governing...
  • Ex-communist thugs find home in Slovakia's mob

    01/04/2009 4:36:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 681+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | January 2, 2009 | Laurie Goering
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — When communist rule collapsed in Central Europe in 1989, taking with it the fat salaries the Soviets once paid to their elite athletes, the thick-necked wrestlers and karate stars of Slovakia began looking for a new line of work. They settled on a growth industry where a steroid-fueled physique was an advantage: the emerging Slovakian mafia. Nearly 20 years later, Slovakia's mob has become an important player in nearly every aspect of Slovakian life. Mob figures who once walked around town with baseball bats extorting money from bar owners now own the bars themselves. Mobsters have taken...
  • U.S. Wants to Expand Visa-Free Entry

    11/14/2008 10:49:54 PM PST · by IdahoPatriot · 445+ views ^ | 11/14/2008 | Not Available
    The upcoming meeting between President-elect Barack Obama and his onetime rival Sen. John McCain was set in motion during a phone call over the weekend between Obama and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), McCain's closest friend. In an interview Friday, Graham said that Obama requested the meeting during a 20-minute phone call that the South Carolina senator described as a "pleasant" discussion about how they could work together effectively. "We just talked about the desire to find something meaningful to work on," Graham said. "He was very nice to me, said that he considered me a serious, reform-minded senator that he...
  • EU climate change cuts: Poland leads revolt over Russia fears

    10/03/2008 11:26:24 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 11 replies · 813+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 10/03/08 | Michael Levitin
    Poland has claimed that it has assembled enough votes to block a landmark EU climate change agreement after spearheading a revolt by Eastern European states that fear the package would increase their dependence on Russian natural gas supplies. A six nation bloc on the EU's eastern fringes signed a pact to fight a proposal designed to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by a fifth by 2020. The target represents the EU's landmark initiative to address the pressures of climate change and would return the continent's output of CO2 to 1990 levels. Poland has led efforts to fend off adoption of...
  • A Euro-army is fantasy land. We need our American ally

    03/29/2008 6:17:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,522+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 29 2008 | Martin Kettle
    Like pensions and insurance, defence is one of those subjects to which too many people only pay attention when things go wrong. You might think, in the light of the past decade, that this would have changed. But you would be sadly mistaken. Even today, even after Iraq, few mainstream MPs without an immediate personal or constituency interest in the subject turn up in the Commons for defence debates. Many politicians who are thoughtful about a range of domestic issues still pass by on the other side when the conversation gravitates to the military. In this they reflect the British...
  • After A Nuclear 9/11

    03/26/2008 12:17:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,311+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2008 | Jay Davis
    The appearance of nuclear weapons materials on the black market is a growing global concern, and it is crucial that the United States reinforce its team of nuclear forensics experts and modernize its forensics tools to prepare for or respond to a possible nuclear terrorist attack. Large quantities of nuclear materials are inadequately secured in several countries, including Russia and Pakistan. Since 1993, there have been more than 1,300 incidents of illicit trafficking of nuclear materials, including plutonium and highly enriched uranium, both of which can be used to develop an atomic bomb. And these are only the incidents we...
  • Heavenly Tax Havens

    02/26/2008 3:57:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies · 624+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | February 26, 2008 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The German government's purchase of data stolen from a Liechtenstein bank has reinvigorated longstanding debates about privacy, law enforcement and international relations. Much of the fallout has followed predictable patterns. Some argue that Germany's richest citizens should be brought to justice for failing to comply with the tax laws, while others point out that it is unseemly for a nation to spy on a peaceful neighbor. The conflict between Germany and Liechtenstein also has triggered a broader debate about tax competition and the role of so-called tax havens. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is trying to use...