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  • Croatia election: Opposition HDZ conservatives claim victory ('MIGRANTS' MAJOR ISSUE)

    11/08/2015 8:28:40 PM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/9/2015 | BBC
    Croatia's opposition conservatives have declared victory in parliamentary elections, but face a challenge to form a government. Partial results show the HDZ is to win about 60 seats, with more than 50 for the ruling alliance led by the Social Democrats. The conservatives are now expected to enter talks to form a coalition. The migration crisis was one of the main issues. More than 320,000 migrants have passed through Croatia this year. "The victory brought us responsibility to lead our country, which is in a difficult situation," HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko told supporters. "Whoever wants to fight with us for...
  • Tesla to fight Denmark’s new tax on electric cars

    10/18/2015 7:33:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 12 Oct 2015 08:51 GMT+02:00
    The government has defended its move to gradually phase out tax breaks on electric cars as a way to make things fairer for car owners, but the maker of Denmark’s most popular electric model has slammed the plan as anti-competitive and a death knell for the industry. A political agreement reached on Friday afternoon will see tax breaks on electric cars phased out over the next five years. As a result, the costs of some popular electric models will skyrocket. The hardest hit will be the luxury model Tesla S P85D, which will more than double in price from 875,000...
  • How European Social-Democrats support Palestinian Murderers

    09/30/2015 11:39:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | Tuesday, September 29, 2015 3:26 PM | Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
    With the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour party the anti-Israeli incitement by European social democrats has crossed a new red line. Corbyn is not just another pro-Palestinian. Several years ago, he called a Hamas and Hezbollah delegation “his friends,” despite the fact that both organizations promote genocide of the Jews. Ghazi Hamad, deputy foreign minister of the Islamo-Nazi movement Hamas, praised Corbyn at the beginning of September, describing him as “a man of conscience.” Corbyn is open about where he stands by calling such criminals his friends. Many other European social democrats support crime-promoting Palestinians...
  • Jim Messina: Obama Insider To Help Social Democrats Challenge Merkel (fixing German elections)

    09/04/2015 9:27:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 04, 2015 – 01:13 AM | Veit Medick
    If you ask around about Jim Messina in Washington, you will get an extremely wide range of reactions. Some believe he is brilliant; others think he’s ruthless. But there is one impression that everyone seems to share: “Jim is not afraid of anyone.” That isn’t a bad prerequisite for Messina’s next job. The 45-year-old Democrat, who organized Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and this year orchestrated British Prime Minister David Cameron’s spectacular, nail-biting win, is now getting into German politics. Messina has agreed to a consulting job in Berlin: He wants to help the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) beat...
  • Feminism Comes to the Forefront of Swedish Politics

    09/14/2014 2:28:42 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies ^ | Sept. 12, 2014 | Viola Gad
    With its slogan “Out with the racists, in with the feminists,” the party has broadened traditional feminist values to also fight discrimination on the basis of race, sexual identity and physical disabilities.
  • New 'feminist' government with a Green tinge in Sweden

    10/10/2014 7:14:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    afp ^ | 03 Oct 2014
    Sweden's new Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Loefven unveiled what he called a "feminist" government including Green Party ministers for the first time in the Nordic country. ... Sweden is in a serious situation -- unemployment has become entrenched at high levels, school results have collapsed and the welfare system has major shortcomings ...
  • Sweden's Social Democrats set to reclaim power as far-right makes gains

    09/14/2014 10:11:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 1 hour ago | Peter Harmsen
    Stockholm (AFP) - Sweden's Social Democrats look set to reclaim power after eight years in opposition, according to an early exit poll which predicts the far right will make historic gains in Sunday's general election. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats could double their seats in parliament as some in the nation of 10 million known for its liberal asylum rules express frustration with a growing influx of refugees. .... An electoral gain for the Sweden Democrats and their dapper 35-year-old leader Jimmie Aakesson would confirm a Europe-wide trend of soaring popularity for populist right-wing parties. The eurosceptic Alternative for Germany, which...
  • Sweden far-right makes huge election gains

    09/14/2014 4:55:18 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 21 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 14 Sep 2014 | Al Jazeera
    Sweden's Social Democrats and their centre-left allies are poised to return to power after defeating the centre-right government, in a general election that also resulted in strong gains for the anti-immigration party. With all but two voting districts tallied on Sunday, the Social Democrat-led bloc won 43.8 percent of the vote while the ruling centre-right coalition, led by the Moderate Party, gained 39.3 percent. But the anti-immigration far-right Sweden Democrats were celebrating large gains as the party won 12.9 percent of votes cast - more than doubling the 5.7 percent of votes won in the 2010 election. "Sweden friends, party...
  • Ex-Prime Minister: Sweden is falling apart

    09/21/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 29 replies ^ | 09/21/2014 | The Local/TT/pr
    Background: The anti-Islamist party of the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna) recently made huge success in national elections. Despite the fact that Swedes drive around in $35 000 Volvos and build even larger homes for themselves than other rich people like Americans and Australians do, something obviously is rotten in this neighbor state of Denmark and it's not surströmming (google it!). Sooner, it's a failed policy on immigration. Anyhow, this is the analysis of former (Socialist or at least Social Democratic) PM Persson who once expressed doubts about the numbers of non-Western immigrants Sweden has let in. The article: "Former Swedish Prime...
  • Sweden passes law to criminalize any criticism of immigration

    10/20/2014 9:18:43 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 55 replies
    A new law will come into effect in Sweden after Christmas 2014, that will allow people to be prosecuted for criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. The Constitutional Committee’s report has been voted for in parliament, seen in a letter from the Parliamentary Offices. Member of Parliament Andrew Norlén, member of the Constitutional Committee, has been pushing the issue and he says it will rapidly become a deterrent. ... Without freedom of speech there can be no democracy. If you are not allowed to say certain things then parties that support your ideas cannot exist and Sweden...
  • Sweden heads for polls after Lofven's parliament defeat

    12/03/2014 10:51:30 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 December 2014
    Sweden's left-of-centre Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says he will call snap elections after his minority government lost a budget vote less than three months after coming to power. He said a new poll would take place on 22 March. ... The Sweden Democrats became the country's third largest party, with 13% of the vote, and is demanding a reversal in Sweden's liberal immigration laws, which party spokesman Mattias Karlsson has condemned as an "extreme immigration policy". Sweden has offered permanent residence to all Syrians fleeing the conflict and has the highest rate of asylum applications per capita of any EU...
  • Greenfield: Sweden Saves the Middle East

    11/04/2014 6:51:10 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 10 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Monday, November 03, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Monday, November 03, 2014 Sweden Saves the Middle East Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog On Thursday, Sweden finally solved all the problems in the Middle East by recognizing the State of Palestine. For decades all the instability in the region had been blamed on the lack of a PLO state. Foreign policy experts stood in line to tell us all that the only thing that could end terrorism in the Middle East was a terrorist state.  It was a plan so crazy that it was bound to either work or kill a lot of people. Mostly...
  • Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

    10/30/2014 9:28:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    front page ^ | 10/30/14 | AP
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem. The European Union member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus, to do so, reflecting growing international impatience with Israel's nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said Sweden, fulfilling a promise it had made when the Social Democratic-led government took office earlier this month, made the move because Palestine...
  • After recognizing Palestine, Swedish legislators spar

    10/31/2014 12:09:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 31/10/2014 - 17:01 | Henriette Jacobsen
    One day after the Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine, members of the Parliament, Riksdagen, disagreed on whether this decision was right or “immature”. The leftist government, which took office only a month ago after winning national elections in September, on Thursday (30 October) became the first European country to recognize the state of Palestine. This prompted Israel to recall its ambassador to Sweden to Jerusalem on the same day. The country also threatened that further cuts to the two countries’ diplomatic relations can be expected. Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sweden “needs to understand that relations...
  • Palestine Wallows With Sweden In Ikea La-La-Land

    10/31/2014 7:41:52 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/31/14 | David Singer
    Sweden has now become stuck with a fictitious and non-existent State of Palestine wallowing in an Ikea la-la-land Sweden Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom’s announcement on 30 October that Sweden has recognized the State of Palestine elicited a response from Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman that will surely go down as one of the most memorable diplomatic quotes of 2014: “It is too bad that the government of Sweden has chosen to adopt the measure that does a lot of damage and has no benefits. Sweden must understand that relations in the Middle East are much more complicated than self-assembly furniture...
  • Caliphate In Europe: Sweden Cedes Control Of Muslim Areas

    11/06/2014 11:37:09 AM PST · by raptor22 · 41 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 6, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Political Correctness: The perils of multiculturalism and open borders have reached critical mass in Sweden. There are Muslim enclaves where postal, fire and other essential services — even police officers themselves —require police protection. A police report released last month identifies 55 of these "no-go zones" in Sweden. These zones are similar to others that have popped up in Europe in recent years. They formed as large Muslim populations emigrating to politically correct and tolerant European states refuse to assimilate and set up virtual states within a state where the authorities fear to tread. Soeren Kern of the Hudson Institute...
  • Muslim Gangs Continue To Terrorize 55 Neighborhoods, Police Powerless

    11/15/2014 10:34:54 PM PST · by Java4Jay · 66 replies
    The situation in the gang-controlled no-go zones of Sweden is deteriorating rapidly. Cars are torched practically every day in the ghettos, and Sweden holds the unflattering world record for the highest number of school fires. Despite being a small country of less than 10 million citizens, a 2012 study showed an average of one school being burned per day in Sweden.
  • Sweden: Police point out 55 Muslim-dominated areas where “criminals” have taken control of the area

    10/31/2014 4:49:51 AM PDT · by wtd · 60 replies ^ | October 29, 2014 | Nicolai Sennels
    With well over 100,000 more Muslims arriving every year, Sweden is changing rapidly. There is no chance that the country can integrate so many Islamic refugees and immigrants, and as a consequence, they create their own settlements with their own values.
  • How Sweden Saved the Middle East by Recognizing Palestine... But Who Will Save Sweden?

    10/31/2014 4:16:57 AM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 31, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    On Thursday, Sweden finally solved all the problems in the Middle East by recognizing the State of Palestine. For decades all the instability in the region had been blamed on the lack of a PLO state. Foreign policy experts stood in line to tell us all that the only thing that could end terrorism in the Middle East was a terrorist state. .... It was a plan so crazy that it was bound to either work or kill a lot of people. Mostly it’s done the latter. .... Sweden’s new Palestine not only dispensed with elections, routing the business of...
  • Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden

    10/30/2014 11:25:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 30, 2014 1:53 PM EDT | Karl Ritter
    Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, and Israel swiftly reacted by withdrawing its ambassador from Stockholm in protest. Coming during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the move by Sweden’s new left-leaning government reflects growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and its blockade of the Gaza Strip. …
  • Seeking the annihilation of Israel: Initiators and accomplices

    10/19/2014 1:07:16 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/18/2014 | Shlomo Slonim
    The announcement by Sweden’s new prime minister that his government plans to extend recognition to a “Palestinian” state raises major questions in both international and United Nations law. Israelis are frequently asked: “Why is Israel opposed to recognizing a Palestinian state? Detach yourselves from the Palestinians like the French detached themselves from Algeria and the two states will live in peace with each other as was originally envisaged under the 1947 Partition Resolution...”
  • Sweden - Ship of fools (video)

    10/13/2014 8:04:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies ^ | 10-13-2014 | Pat Condell
    The shape of things to come on planet "progressive."
  • Sweden to become first major European country to recognize state of Palestine

    10/07/2014 10:06:25 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 22 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 10-03-2014 | Johan Ahlander
    Sweden's new center-left government will recognize the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday. U.S. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki called Sweden's decision "premature," citing the need to first resolve final status issues. The UN General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most EU countries, have yet to give official recognition. "The conflict between Israel can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international...
  • Sweden to recognize Palestinian state

    10/03/2014 2:41:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2014 2:38 PM EDT | Karl Ritter
    Sweden’s new prime minister said Friday that his government will recognize a Palestinian state, a move that drew praise from Palestinian officials. In a declaration listing his government’s priorities, Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven told lawmakers that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be resolved through a two-state solution requiring “mutual recognition” and a will from both sides to co-exist peacefully. “Therefore Sweden will recognize the state of Palestine,” Lofven said. …
  • Scandinavians Split Over Syrian Influx

    09/23/2014 7:58:57 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | SEPT. 19, 2014 | By HUGH EAKIN
    THE narrow victory of the left-leaning Social Democratic Party in Sweden’s elections last Sunday marked a broad shift in its politics. But a new coalition government is unlikely to reconsider one of the country’s most challenging policies: its response to the Syrian civil war. Sweden has taken an open-door approach to people fleeing the conflict, accepting more Syrians than any other European country. Never mind that Sweden has double-digit youth unemployment. That there have been riots in immigrant neighborhoods in Stockholm...Or that the Swedish Migration Board, which handles asylum seekers, needs a drastic budget increase — almost $7 billion —...
  • Swedish household debt soars as poll nears

    08/24/2014 6:03:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 24 August 2014
    Johan and Alejandra are the kind of Swedes the IMF has been warning about - piling up debt to keep up with an ever-rising property market and fund a lifestyle of travel, maids and nights out. The couple plan to buy a flat in Stockholm for 5 to 6 million Swedish crowns ($724,000 to $869,000), initially with an interest-only bank loan, among other spending plans. "I may travel, I may want to invest in a new business," said Alejandra, who runs a cafe in the city centre. Less than a month away from a general election, there are no votes...
  • Swedish Politician Quits Following Anti-Semitic Facebook Post (religion of peace again)

    08/06/2014 9:38:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 8/7/2014, 5:45 AM | Elad Benari
    A Swedish politician resigned following sharp criticism after he wrote on Facebook that “Jewish pigs” are responsible for mass murders in Gaza, according to the English language Swedish website The Local.Omar Omeirat, Social Democrat candidate for the town council of Filipstad, central Sweden, gave a speech in the town on Friday evening advocating diversity and openness. On Saturday he sang a very different tune. “The entire Muslim world is sitting and watching while our brothers and sisters in Palestine are slaughtered by the Jewish pigs,” Omeritat wrote on his Facebook page, according to The Local. “May Allah strengthen those who...
  • (Swedish party leader and MP) Åkesson: 'Islamism is the Nazism of our time'

    08/05/2014 2:40:09 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 14 replies ^ | 08/03/2014 | TT/The Local/pvs
    Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson kept to familiar themes in his summer speech on Saturday, focusing on Islam, immigration and crime. Swedish party leaders traditionally hold summer speeches on their home turf during the holiday season and Saturday was the turn of the Sweden Democrats' Jimmie Åkesson. A crowd of a few hundred people had gathered in Åkesson's home town of Sölvesborg in Sweden's far south to hear the 35-year-old launch the party's push towards the general election in September. Following a sweeping review of the current global conflict zones, Åkesson shifted focus to Islam. "Islamism is the Nazism and...

    08/04/2014 9:36:35 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 50 replies
    Liberty News Online ^ | 2 August 2014 | Unknown
    Tonight the immigrant population in Stockholm’s suburb of Rinkeby was awakened by riots. Around 200 people took part in throwing stones at the police; cars were set on fire and shoots were fired.
  • Löfven: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself

    07/15/2014 5:07:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Local ^ | 13 Jul 2014
    Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven has been flooded with thousands of negative comments after he posted on Facebook that "Israel has the right to defend itself" in a post about the ongoing Gaza crisis. The election favourite posted the comment on Saturday night and within minutes he was on the receiving end of angry replies from users of the social network. "Israel must respect international law but obviously has the right to defend itself. It is a huge tragedy that the violence escalates," Löfven wrote. Most of the comments were critical of the political party leader's stance with one user...
  • German politician took crystal meth to improve performance

    07/11/2014 4:57:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:26PM BST 11 Jul 2014 | David Millward
    Michael Hartmann, a leading member of the Germany’s left of center Social Democratic Party, has admitted to taking crystal meth. […] He had hoped the drug would improve his performance at work, (his) lawyer said. […] The 51-year-old politician had previously spoken out against cannabis. …
  • Conservative Merkel ally criticizes German foreign minister over Russia

    04/08/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 8, 2014
    A senior Christian Democrat criticized German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's stance on Ukraine and Russia in a signal of a possible rift appearing within Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition over relations with Moscow. Conservative leader Merkel and Steinmeier, who is a senior member of the Social Democrats (SPD), have been at pains to stress how closely they are coordinating on policy since the Ukraine crisis began, despite the traditionally warmer ties to Moscow maintained by the leftist SPD.
  • Germany: Merkel to accept minimum wage demand

    11/21/2013 11:18:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2013 9:41 AM EST | Frank Jordans
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that she is prepared to accept demands for a national minimum wage as part of a coalition deal that would give her a third term in office. Merkel had opposed the center-left Social Democrats’ call for an €8.50 ($11.50) hourly minimum wage in the run-up to the September election. Despite a clear victory at the ballot box, her conservative Union bloc lacks enough seats in parliament to form a government on its own, forcing her into lengthy negotiations for a “grand coalition” with the Social Democrats. …
  • German managers back a minimum wage law

    07/15/2013 10:45:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Jul 13 10:33 CET | (The Local/hc)
    German industry is largely in favor of a minimum wage, a new survey shows. Yet despite the opposition Social Democrats putting it high on their agenda, managers still do not trust the party with the economy. A survey of German managers conducted for the Handelsblatt business newspaper showed 57 percent wanted a mandatory minimum wage in the country. Those in service industries were the most in favor, with 61 percent saying they wanted a minimum wage. An hourly rate of €8.88 ($11.60) was considered suitable, the managers told pollsters from Forsa who carried out the survey. This is more than...
  • The Scotsman tipped to be future leader......of Germany

    01/06/2013 3:05:00 PM PST · by the scotsman · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5th January 2013 | Allan Hall
    'A Scotsman who married in a kilt, supports Rangers, likes white pudding and drinks Irn-Bru is now being tipped as the possible ruler of Germany. After climbing high and fast through the ranks of Germany’s CDU conservative party, pundits speculate great things lie in store for 41-year-old David McAllister, who is up for re-election as governor in the state of Lower Saxony later this month. The son of a German mother and a Scottish father from the tough Gorbals area of Glasgow, he is recognised as one of the leading figures in Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union party. He has...
  • Sweden sparks row over who owns 'Nordic Model'

    03/14/2012 12:23:56 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies ^ | 03/14/2012 | AFP/The Local
    The successful trademark registration of “Nordic Model” by Sweden’s Social Democrats has prompted a sharp reaction from the rest of the Nordic region's political establishment. The move has led other political bodies to protest the Social Democrats' move, which has put the question of who created the Nordic Model into ever sharper focus. "We may have understood if they had (trademarked) the 'Swedish Model', but when it comes to the 'Nordic Model' we have no choice but to protest," Jens-Erik Enestam, who heads the Nordic Council representing opposition parties from across the region, said in a statement Tuesday. Sweden's opposition...
  • NC governor recommends suspending democracy to focus on jobs

    09/27/2011 2:01:44 PM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 235 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/27/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending Congressional elections for the next couple of years. “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, North Carolina, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.” Perdue said she thinks that temporarily halting elections would allow members...
  • Minister says Portugal could be pushed out of euro

    11/14/2010 6:52:05 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 13:24, Saturday 13 November 2010 | by Axel Bugge
    LISBON (Reuters) - Failure to adopt a broad coalition government to deal with the financial crisis could result in Portugal being forced to abandon the euro currency, its foreign minister said in an interview published on Saturday. The opposition and government must come together to deal with an "extreme situation," Luis Amado told the weekly Expresso. Portugal saw a sharp loss of investor confidence in the past few weeks as concerns over fellow euro zone weakling Ireland intensified over its budget, pushing Portugal's risk premiums to their highest levels since it adopted the euro. "The country needs a grand coalition...
  • Understanding the Social Democratic collapse (perhaps, Europe is more intelligent than USA)

    10/20/2010 9:54:33 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 18 replies ^ | 10/13/2010 | Johnny Munkhammar
    The Social Democrats' stinging defeat in Sweden’s September 19th election has less to do with campaign miscalculations than it does with a systemic shift in European society, write Moderate Party MP Johnny Munkhammar of the Captus think tank. In Sweden, where Social Democrats have been in government for 65 of the last 78 years, they just lost their second consecutive election and ended up with 31 per cent of the votes – their lowest support in a century. The situation in the other Nordic countries, formerly with strong Social Democratic parties, is similar: Norway 35 per cent, Denmark 26 per...
  • It's a Civil War: What We Do Now

    03/23/2010 4:56:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 485 replies · 7,962+ views ^ | March 23, 2010 | Dennis Prager
    A terrible thing happened to America on Sunday, March 21, 2010. The country took its biggest step ever down a road diametrically opposed to its original intent of keeping the state small so that the individual can be free and great. Therefore, in this unprecedented crisis of values, this is what needs to be done: 1. Know and teach America's core values. We got to this point solely because over the past few generations, Americans have forgotten the values that have made America distinctive and great. Even the "Greatest Generation" failed to communicate them. In a nutshell, they are what...
  • (Anti-Muslim) Sweden Democrats at record high: poll

    08/14/2009 1:48:56 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 13 replies · 1,057+ views ^ | 08/14/2009 | TT/The Local
    The far-right Sweden Democrats have increased their support to a record 5.6 percent, according to a new voter poll published on Thursday. The Pirate Party, fresh from its success in the EU elections, has however fallen 1.3 percentage points and enjoys 2.9 percent support, according to the poll by United Minds and Cint which was published in the Aftonbladet newspaper. Since the previous poll in July the Sweden Democrats have increased their support by 1.5 points. Party leader Jimmie Åkesson is aiming for even higher in the general election to be held next year. "Our goal is to land on...
  • Steinmeier promises full employment within 11 years (German Social-Democrats desperate)

    08/02/2009 12:43:02 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 4 replies · 566+ views
    The Local - Germany's News in English ^ | August 1, 2009 | DDP/DPA/The Local
    While the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) takes a summer break before the autumn election campaign, chancellor candidate for the Social Democrats (SPD), Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has unveiled a plan to create full employment in the next 11 years. The ambitious idea centres around turning Germany into what Steinmeier called the "Silicon Valley of environmentally-sensitive industrial production," according to Der Spiegel magazine at the weekend. “We show how with clever policies Germany can create a total of four million jobs in the next decade,” he said. Steinmeier’s 67-page "Plan for Germany" sets out how half of these jobs which will be generated...
  • Czech MPs oust government in vote (4 "Rebel" MPs vote with Commies, Social Democrats)

    03/24/2009 1:04:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 939+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3/24/09 | BBC
    The Czech Republic's centre-right minority government has lost a vote of confidence in parliament midway through the country's six-month EU presidency. The result came after a group of four rebel MPs voted with the opposition Social Democrats and Communists against Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek. Together they garnered 101 votes in the 200-seat chamber, the minimum required. Mr Topolanek said he would step down, but correspondents say it is unclear how long he will remain in the post. Social Democrat leader Jiri Paroubek said ahead of the vote that the government could "complete the Czech EU presidency or its substantial part"....
  • (Sweden) Social Democrat support 'lowest since election': poll

    02/21/2009 1:15:03 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 26 replies · 820+ views ^ | 02/21/2009 | The Local
    The times they are a-changing. However, in some parts of the world, the winds are blowin' in quite a different direction than they are in the US. At least in terms of political support for Conservatism vs Socialism they are (no offense, as a Scandinavian I sure don't mean any malice towards America!). Scandinavia (and Finland) still is more PC, Liberal and Socialist than America, but people are beginning to wake up. The article: "The opposition Social Democrats are now at their lowest level of voter support since the 2006 general election, according to a new poll. "The gap is...
  • GOP dragged back to its roots—fiscal warriorism

    02/14/2009 6:35:26 PM PST · by PrairieFireConservative · 5 replies · 443+ views Francisco ^ | 02/15/2009 | Arthur Bruzzone
    The Republican Party has been dragged back to its core – repelling cancerous, engulfing Federalism. Also known as ‘big government’. For 15 years social issues have dominated the GOP. The abundance of wealth, extraordinary wealth, now $14 trillion less, for American households, made fiscal attentiveness boring. (Note, not for this writer.)
  • Swedish leading Social democrats in rally with Hizbollah flags

    01/12/2009 4:36:27 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 19 replies · 847+ views
    Mona Sahlin, leader of the Social Democratic Party in Sweden, participated today in a rally where Hizbollah flags waved in the air and an Israeli flag was set to flames. Other participants in the demonstration were Jan Eliasson, former social democratic Minister of Foreign Affairs and former President of the United Nations General Assembly, and Wanja Lundby Wedin, chair of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation. The rally was organised by the Network Gaza Solidarity, in which members of the extreme left work together with immigrant organisations. The demo started at Sergels Torg, in downtown Stockholm, and then paraded to the...
  • Austria is stunned by right's election gains

    09/30/2008 9:26:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 832+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/30/08 | Veronica Oleksyn - ap
    VIENNA, Austria - Austrians wrestled Monday to understand the reasons behind a resurgence of the far right, a day after the country's two anti-immigration parties soared to almost 30 percent of the vote. Some experts suggested the results Sunday reflected a deep-seated discontent with the country's outgoing governing coalition rather than a sign that Austrians were becoming more extremist. The governing coalition between the center-left Social Democrats and the conservative People's Party collapsed in July after a shaky 18-month alliance that hit snags over tax reforms and EU policy changes.
  • 'Deport people smuggled into Sweden'

    11/27/2007 1:12:22 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 3 replies · 103+ views ^ | 11/27/2007 | TT/The Local
    People who have been smuggled into Sweden should be deported, a leading Social Democrat politician has said. Allowing those who have paid thousands to people smugglers to stay is not fair on people who can't afford to pay to leave their homelands. Göran Johansson, leader of Gothenburg Council, said he based his views on the fact that many of the 20,000 Iraqis expected to come to Sweden this year came here illegally, often with the help of people smugglers. "If it is obvious that someone has been smuggled in they should be sent back again," Johansson told newspaper GT. People...
  • (Dismantling Scandinavian Socialism?) Key parties will press for new social welfare changes

    11/01/2007 7:14:21 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 10 replies · 136+ views
    The Copenhagen Post ^ | 11/01/2007 | The Copenhagen Post
    "Lars Barfoed, a leading Conservative MP, said: 'We either need to come up with another welfare reform in the coming term, or we need to adjust the old one.' Negotiations leading to the 2006 reform were accompanied by a number of popular demonstrations protesting the changes. With those scenes in mind, parliament's two largest parties, the Liberals and the Social Democrats, appeared unwilling to re-open a discussion about further reform."
  • Gorbachev Sets Up Russia Movement (Sole Committed Marxists In USA Alert)

    10/20/2007 10:30:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 87+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10/20/2007 | BBC News
    The leader of the former Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, has founded a new political movement in Russia. Mr Gorbachev told the founding congress of the Union of Social-Democrats that its mission was to fight against "negative tendencies" and corruption. He said it supported President Vladimir Putin's efforts to reform Russia. The new movement will not take part in general elections in December, which are expected to be won by the United Russia party, backed by Mr Putin. "We are fighting for power, but only for power over people's minds," Mr Gorbachev told the 200 delegates gathered in Moscow. Among the...