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  • German industry demands subsidies for fossil fuel cars

    05/31/2020 8:46:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.31.2020 | aw/sri (AFP, dpa)
    Germany’s top industry body on Sunday called for sales subsidies on electric cars to be extended to fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. Dieter Kempf, president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), made the demand in the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. Germany’s powerful-but-struggling carmakers have been calling for the expansion of the subsidies on electric cars, in a bid to shore up their positions during the coronavirus-induced economic crisis. “In view of the crisis, it makes sense to introduce a further purchase bonus for at least 12 months in addition to the environmental premium, provided that this premium is part of a cross-sectoral...
  • Britain may offer 'path to citizenship' for nearly 3 million in Hong Kong

    05/30/2020 6:28:46 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 29, 2020 / 3:04 PM | Reporting by William James, editing by Andy Bruce
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is prepared to offer extended visa rights and a pathway to citizenship for almost 3 million Hong Kong residents in response to China’s push to impose national security legislation in the former British colony. China’s parliament has approved a decision to go forward with national security legislation for Hong Kong that democracy activists, diplomats and some in the business world fear will jeopardise its semi-autonomous status and its role as a global financial hub. Britain, the United States, Australia, Canada and the EU have all sharply criticised the move. Foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Thursday...
  • Europe’s social welfare net shows signs of wear from virus

    05/29/2020 9:27:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2020 | Angela Charlton, Colleen Barry and Nick Perry
    Europe’s extensive social welfare net was showing signs of fraying under economic strain from the coronavirus, as protests erupted Friday for a second day in Spain against layoffs by French carmaker Renault, while Italy’s chief central banker warned that “uncertainty is rife.” Elsewhere, New Zealand has all but eradicated the coronavirus with just one person in the nation of 5 million known to be infected. But developments were grim in other nations, with India reporting a record increase in cases, and Pakistan and Russia a record number of deaths. As cases steadily rose across Africa, officials who are losing the...
  • German official invites Twitter to relocate headquarters to Europe amid Trump feud

    05/28/2020 4:52:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 28 2020 | J. Edward Moreno
    A German government official appeared to court Twitter to relocate its headquarters to Europe as the social media giant faces tensions with President Trump. “Hey @Twitter & @jack, this is an invitation to move to Germany! Here you are free to criticize the government as well as to fight fake news,” tweeted Thomas Jarzombek, who oversees tech affairs for Germany’s Economic Affairs Ministry. “We have a great startup and tech ecosystem, your company would be a perfect fit and I will open any doors for you!” he added, tagging President Trump. SNIP
  • Spain WILL NOT ban Hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19, unlike other European nations spooked by reported side effects

    05/28/2020 9:46:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    RT News ^ | 05/28/2020 | George Frey @Reuters
    The Spanish health watchdog has said it sees no reason to stop the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), the potentially dangerous medicine touted as a Covid-19 treatment by the US president. Several European nations, including France, Italy and Belgium, have decided to suspend prescription of the anti-malaria drug, which came to international prominence after US President Donald Trump said the medicine could be used to tackle Covid-19 and that he himself was taking it. The Spanish health watchdog, AEMPS, said the paper published by the magazine Lancet, which warned about health risks associated with HCQ, was not conclusive enough to stop...
  • English Channel: England's "Rio Grande"

    05/27/2020 6:33:29 PM PDT · by River Hawk · 19 replies
    US inc. ^ | May 27, 2020 | Allan Wall
    You might say that the English Channel created England.The English Channel enabled England to maintain its independence from Europe and develop a somewhat different culture. For example, the English legal system (which we Americans inherited) is different from the European civil law system. Militarily, the English Channel served as a natural moat that protected England from more than one invasion. Napoleon himself declared, “Let us be masters of the Channel for six hours, and we are masters of the world.” But he was unable to do that. And yet, if the current inhabitants of England (and the rest of the...
  • French govt authorizes dangerous drug for COVID-19, spurring euthanasia suspicions (clonazepam/Klonopin)

    05/27/2020 11:34:43 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 33 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | Apr 24, 2020 | Jeanne Smits
    April 24, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Controversy broke out in France at the end of March when a government decree made an anti-epileptic drug — clonazepam, Rivotril in France, known as Klonopin in the U.S. — available outside its specific marketing authorization, in order for it to be used on patients with respiratory distress in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic. Critics say the drug can now be used to kill off the fragile and the elderly. One of the reasons for their fears is that there is a formal contraindication for use of the molecule in case of respiratory distress,...
  • NATO Proves We're Not All in This Together

    05/27/2020 10:54:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2020 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Where has NATO been during this pandemic? U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron have repeatedly referred to their nations being at war with the coronavirus, so why haven't we seen a coordinated international response to the "attack"? The North Atlantic Treaty Organization operates on the premise that an attack on one member country warrants a response by all. In 2003, NATO formed the Multinational Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Battalion. According to NATO's website, this unit is "prepared for deployment in crisis situations such as natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks and industrial accidents,...
  • Watch: Farage Again Catches French Ships Escorting Illegal Migrant Boats Into British Waters....

    05/26/2020 9:01:49 AM PDT · by caww · 58 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/26/2020 | KURT ZINDULKA
    The Brexit Party leader 'turned investigative journalist' took to the English Channel again on Tuesday morning to report on the increased waves of illegal boat migrants sailing from camps in France to the United Kingdom. We’ve given the French 61 million quid 'to stop' illegal boat migrants coming into British waters. What we witnessed again today, was the navy, the French navy, escorting them into our waters,” Farage said. Mr Farage said that he witnessed a French ship escorting a “rib” (a small rubber boat) loaded with 13 illegal migrants into British waters. In the video, the veteran Brexit campaigner...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 5/25/2020

    05/25/2020 7:20:36 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/25/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    A police raid on a business operating in spite of a Repbublican governor's emergency orders but first.... "Analysts have long talked about the end of an American-led system and the arrival of an Asian century. This is now happening in front of our eyes. If the 21st century turns out to be an Asian century, as the 20th was an Amercian one, the pandemic may well be remembered as the turning point of this process" The words of the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell...... In Idaho last Thursday state police raiding the Hardware Brewing Company in Kendrick. The...
  • EU’s top diplomat urges ‘more robust strategy’ toward China

    05/25/2020 3:20:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2020
    BERLIN -- The European Union’s top diplomat has called for the bloc to have a “more robust strategy” toward China amid signs that Asia is replacing the United States as the center of global power. EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell told a gathering of German ambassadors on Monday that “analysts have long talked about the end of an American-led system and the arrival of an Asian century.” “This is now happening in front of our eyes,” he said. Borrell said the pandemic could be seen as a turning point in the power shift from West to East, and that...
  • George Soros says coronavirus may spell the end of the European Union

    05/23/2020 7:18:38 AM PDT · by RandFan · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22nd May 2020 | By JEMMA CARR
    Billionaire financier George Soros said the European Union could be forced to directly tax its citizens as the bloc faces collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 has wreaked havoc across the continent and stalled swathes of the global economy with governments forced to ramp up borrowing to levels not seen in peacetime history. Mr Soros, 89, believes perpetual bonds - bonds that cannot be redeemed but provide continuous interest payments to investors - could keep the EU afloat. But to fund these bonds, the EU may need to directly tax the citizens of its member states. In a transcript...
  • France says no sign of virus rise after lockdown eased

    05/20/2020 11:44:25 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 8 replies
    Medical Press ^ | MAY 20, 2020
    There is no sign yet that France's easing of a lockdown to combat the coronavirus has boosted the epidemic, the health minister said Wednesday, as the latest figures showed daily deaths trending lower.France on May 11 eased its almost two-month lockdown in a bid to revive an economy clobbered by the epidemic. Health Minister Oliver Veran warned that it was too early to assess the impact of the easing. But he added there was so far no sign that the virus was regaining impetus. "It takes at least 10 to 15 days for us to know if there is an...
  • France: Applying sovereignty will have consequences

    05/19/2020 8:07:28 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/5/20
    The French government issued a strongly-worded statement Tuesday urging Israel not to apply sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. The statement calls on Prime Minister Netanyahu and alternate Prime Minister Gantz not to "annex", as the move "will have significant implications for Israel's relations with the EU." The French foreign ministry is aligning with the European foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, who is regarded as the most senior official in Europe who actively opposes the move. "We support the announcement by EU Foreign Minister Borrrell that annexation would be in violation of international law, and would not proceed without implications for...
  • Merkel and Macron propose €500bn EU rescue fund

    05/18/2020 11:25:59 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 18 May 2020 | Daniel Boffey
    Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have proposed that the EU borrows on the financial markets in order to disperse some €500bn (£448bn) through grants to European economies hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Under the Franco-German proposal the member states receiving the funds would not need to repay the cash. Liability for the debt would instead be added to the EU budget, to which member states contributions vary according to the size and prosperity of their economies. Should the proposal receive the endorsement of the 25 other member states, it would amount to a significant move towards a level of...
  • France to Begin Teaching Arabic in French Schools for 'Linguistic Diversity'

    05/18/2020 2:14:45 PM PDT · by Steve1999 · 39 replies
    NN ^ | 05-18-20 | Jay Greenberg
    France will soon begin teaching Arabic in French schools to give children more "linguistic diversity."French President Emmanuel Macron pushed through a new education decree to authorize his new program earlier this month.France is currently battling one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the world amid the global pandemic.
  • Anti-lockdown protests break out in London, Warsaw, other European cities as Coronavirus shutdowns linger

    05/18/2020 8:53:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/18/2020 | By Bradford Betz
    Amid increasing frustration over lockdown measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic, multiple protests took place across Europe on Saturday to demand businesses reopen. In Warsaw, Poland, law enforcement used tear gas on protesters, while police made arrests at a demonstration in London's Hyde Park. Police in several German cities enforced distancing rules as thousands of people gathered to vent anger over economies in freefall and perceived losses of freedom. Police in Stuttgart said that the number of demonstrators exceeded the permitted threshold of 5,000; they directed other protesters to another open space. Police said they were enforcing a mask requirement...
  • Britain's chief Brexit negotiator David Frost warns of No Deal if vital talks with the EU fail in 15 days as he urges Ministers to 'take the moral high ground' when facing their counterparts

    05/16/2020 11:24:41 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | May 16, 2020 | Harry Cole
    Britain’s chief European trade deal negotiator has warned the Cabinet that Brussels talks are heading for collapse and has put Ministers on notice to prepare for No Deal. David Frost, who heads the Prime Minister’s ‘Taskforce Europe’, told Ministers to ‘take the moral high ground’ when speaking to their counterparts across the Channel in the face of stubbornness from Brussels. But he has also urged them to step up their planning in case talks over a new trading arrangement break down. Downing Street is preparing to issue warnings that the UK is heading for an ‘Australia-style deal’ with the EU...
  • Coronavirus lockdown pushes Germany into recession

    05/15/2020 10:13:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.15.2020 | kp/rt (AFP, dpa)
    The German economy contracted 2.2% in the first quarter of 2020, the worst result since the 2008 financial crisis. Experts had expected a contraction of around 2%. The latest data, released by the federal statistics authority Destasis on Friday, also showed revisions to 2019 fourth-quarter figures from zero growth to a contraction of 0.1%. This means Germany is now in a recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. The first quarter figures are only a partial indication of how much the pandemic has harmed Europe’s largest economy. […] GDP is expected to shrink even further in the...
  • Rory McIlroy says he won’t golf again with President Trump, criticizes his leadership

    05/15/2020 8:53:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 95 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2020 | Matt Bonesteel
    Rory McIlroy already had expressed doubts about any future rounds of golf with President Trump, saying in April 2017 that he’d have to “think twice” about it after receiving a considerable amount of heat for his round with the president two months earlier at Trump’s club in West Palm Beach, Fla.