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Mar 06 14:19

‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, Thousands Protest Proposed EU Regulation on Internet Upload Filters

By Filip Stojanovski

An estimated 5,000 people gathered in Berlin on March 2 to protest a proposed EU copyright rule that could radically shift the dynamics of posting and sharing content online.

Among other provisions, Article 13 of the draft EU Copyright Directive would require internet platforms like YouTube to install “upload filters” — a technical mechanism that would block users from uploading copyright-protected content, effectively imposing a system of “prior censorship” on major internet and social media platforms...

Mar 06 11:58

U.S. Commander: Russian Modernization Efforts ‘Threaten to Erode’ U.S. Military Advantage in Europe

The top U.S. commander in Europe on Tuesday declared that American and NATO troops could not yet mount a credible deterrence against Russian aggression, noting that the Kremlin’s efforts to modernize its armed forces are eroding the United Sates’s military advantage in Europe.
Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) head and NATO’s supreme allied commander, identified a lack of manpower, naval capability shortfalls, and inadequate intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capacity as reasons why American and NATO troops are unable to handle the credible deterrence against Russian aggression.

The general’s comments came as he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about American military activities in Europe, telling lawmakers the United States needs to follow in the footsteps of American rival Russia and modernize its force.

Mar 06 09:29

Italy joining China’s new Silk Road raises eyebrows in Washington

Italy is planning to formally back China’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It would become the first G7 nation to join the ambitious project which promises to significantly boost global trade.

Rome is preparing to sign a memorandum of understanding to officially support the project, championed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, by the end of March, according to Michele Geraci, undersecretary in Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development as quoted by FT.

Mar 06 09:17

THE UNIVERSAL THREAT OF ZIONISM

If Zionist fascists today join forces with Europeans to fight Islam and Muslims under the guise of fighting terror, then we should stand up together and defend ourselves against this kind of racism to save the last of democracy.

Mar 06 09:00

No deal better than uncertainty, says head of German industry

The head of the German federation of industries has claimed the British are “lost” and has thrown doubt on Berlin’s backing for a short Brexit extension, claiming an “economy can live better with bad conditions than with uncertainty”.

Dieter Kempf, the chairman of the Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Industrie, said the 100,000 companies he represents and their 8 million employees have prepared for a no-deal scenario in March, not in May.

Speaking in the wake of the British prime minister’s suggestion that the UK could request a two-month Brexit delay, Kempf told the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad that he felt no relief at the apparent U-turn by Theresa May.

Mar 06 08:47

Report: Immigrants Behind 70 Percent of Violent Crime in Oslo

A report from Norwegian media has revealed that over the last year, around 70 percent of those convicted for violent crimes in Oslo have been immigrants.
Oslo courts have seen a total of 140 individuals convicted of violent crimes and then sentenced in the last year. Two out of three of those convicts have been revealed to be migrants, Norwegian broadcaster TV2 reports.

According to Statistics Norway, the number of immigrants as a part of the total population of Oslo is 33 percent, meaning that in violent crime, immigrants are vastly overrepresented.

Mar 06 08:46

Macron Attacks Brexit, Calls for ‘European Federalism’ in Pre-Election War Cry

Globalist French President Emmanuel Macron has made a direct address to the over 500 million people who live in the European Union, calling on them to support his vision of a more centralised and powerful “project” European Union which, he believes, could even entice the United Kingdom into cancelling Brexit.

The plea to voters to back an enhanced European Union which would take more control over its member nation states comes just months before the continental power bloc holds elections to select Members of the European Parliament for the next five-year term.

Mar 06 08:19

'Europe is in Crisis, But Macron Doesn't Have the Right Diagnosis' - Researcher

Sputnik has discussed with Jan Oberg, director of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, French President Emmanuel Macron's open letter envisaging steps that could lead to a "European Renaissance” in the lead up to May's European elections and Brexit.

Mar 06 08:07

Merkel: Hungary, Poland, Etc Must Surrender Control Over Borders to EU

The Hungarian government is warning that the EU’s unelected executive and Germany’s Angela Merkel want to take away national governments’ power to control their own borders and turn Europe into “a continent of immigrants”.

State Secretary for International Communications and Relations Dr Zoltán Kovács warned that plans to reform and expand the role of the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) were an attempt to “infringe on the sovereignty of member-states” by taking border control out of national governments’ “competence” and handing it to the supranational body.

To support his claims about the European elite’s intentions, he quoted arguably the bloc’s most influential player, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany:

Mar 06 08:06

Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drones based in Poland are now fully operational

U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reapers have been flying unarmed reconnaissance missions from Poland since May, but it wasn’t until this month that the drones became fully operational.

Air Forces in Europe christened a new set of facilities at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, March 1 to help accommodate the Air National Guardsmen and contractors operating Reapers there.

“In addition to the completion of these projects, another important change is the remotely piloted aircraft here are now operated by both contractors and U.S. military personnel,” said Brig. Gen. Greg Semmel, Air National Guard assistant to the commander of Air Forces Europe, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mar 06 08:05

Christian Democrats from Belgium, Luxembourg want Orban’s Fidesz out of EU group

The Christian Democrat parties from Belgium and Luxembourg want to kick Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban out of their European Union EPP umbrella group. The move could impact European elections in May. The Luxembourg and two Belgian member parties wrote to the presidency asking for Orban’s Fidesz to be excluded because the Hungarian leader “has been acting in striking contradiction” with EPP values, AP reports.

Mar 05 12:10

Russia May Deploy Missiles With Range Across Europe if US Puts Such Arms in Area

Russia may be forced to deploy missiles capable of striking the entire European continent if the United States deploys such weapons in the region, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said during remarks at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

"We are very much concerned that after the decision of the United States to withdraw from INF, missiles could be deployed on the territory of European allies," Antonov said on Monday. "We will be forced to deploy our missiles, and here you will see that the whole territory of European countries will be covered."

US Unable to Down Advanced Russian Missiles - STRATCOM Chief
Russian Ambassador to the United States also said that the United States and Russia are destined to cooperate in combating terrorism.

Mar 05 10:48

Why the “Left” is dead in the water

"While the old Left tended to unite us by leading the fight against the horrid capitalists rather than worrying about whether you were a man or a woman, black or white, Jew or Muslim, gay or heterosexual, our present-day “Left” actually promotes racial differences and divisions as it pushes people to identify with their biology (skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, the Jewish maternal gene, etc.)">>

Mar 05 09:30

BREXIT LIVE: EU nations facing ECONOMIC CRISIS in no deal - Brussels issued stern WARNING

The Bank of England has warned that families and businesses across the EU will have higher borrowing costs and financial turmoil as authorities have no prepare for a no-deal Brexit. This comes as Emmanuel Macron has sparked a vicious backlash for claiming Brexit was the result of an “irresponsible lie” and saying the situation represents the worst crisis since the Second World War. In the French president’s letter to the ‘Citizens of Europe’, published in a number of publications across the continent and in the UK, he said: “Who told the British people the truth about their post-Brexit future?"

Mar 05 09:30

Brexit plan REVEALED: May set to fly to Brussels Sunday to seal FINAL DEAL with Juncker

THERESA May is expected to make an eleventh hour trip to Brussels this weekend to finalise an updated Withdrawal Agreement, but furious Brexiteers have said the tight timetable does not leave them enough time to look over the deal.

Mar 05 09:29

Macron letter BACKFIRES: French president accused of presenting 'self-serving' EU vision

Mr Macron was accused of presenting a “french wish list” for the EU by designing a future for the bloc that suits Paris’ “own image”, without much regard for its other members. In the memo, which was published in 24 languages, the French President called for new EU institutions, as well as a common defence strategy, to protect the bloc. But the radical proposals, designed as the starter pistol for Mr Macron’s European Parliament elections campaign, weren’t to the taste of the entire bloc.

Mar 05 09:26

Estonian opposition Reform Party wins general election

Estonia’s liberal opposition Reform Party won Sunday’s general election, while the Euroskeptic ERKE doubled its support.

Estonians voted in a tight general election that saw the ruling Center Party face off against the neoliberal Reform Party and Euroskeptic EKRE.

Former MEP Kaja Kallas’s center-right Reform Party won 28.8 percent of the vote, ahead of Ratas’s Center Party on 23 percent. The far-right EKRE doubled its previous election result to win 17.8 percent of the vote. EKRE has come out strongly against EU-mandated refugee quotas, and has called for a referendum on EU membership.

Mar 04 16:02

EU REBELLION: Anti-EU populist Estonia party sees support SOAR in shock election result

AN ANTI-EU Estonian political party saw its share of the vote soar in parliamentary elections that brought a surprise win for the centre-right Reform Party.

The populist Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) won nearly 18 per cent in Sunday’s ballot, securing 20 seats. The radical right party saw a surge in support with its fiercely anti-immigrant message. Reform Party leader Kaja Kallas is set to become Estonia’s first female prime minister after her party won 29.3 per cent of the vote, increasing their seats by four to 34, but she must now form a fresh coalition government.

Mar 04 12:37

Finnish ‘Soldiers of Odin’ announce hunt for rapists and pedophiles in controversial video

The Finnish Police investigates a video published recently in social media by the vigilante group ‘Soldiers of Odin’ that announces a “hunt” for rapists and pedophiles.

The video, which is subtitled in English and Arabic, and has since been deleted from both Facebook and Vimeo, shows a group of masked men dressed in dark, armed with bats and chains march onwards to the camera amid winter darkness, accompanied by heavy metal music.

One of them, who acts as a spokesperson, announces that “The pedophile hunting season has been opened!”

Mar 04 11:55

Soros Foundation Demands EU Ramp Up Pressure on Poland 'or EU Won't Survive'

The Foundation was founded in the 1980s by George Soros, a vocal proponent of globalism and open borders, and is now trying to portray Poland’s drive for sovereignty as a threat to the entire European Union.

The Stefan Batory Foundation, a Polish NGO established by billionaire globalist George Soros and a group of Polish opposition leaders in the 1980s, has issued a paper calling on EU authorities to step up their antagonism towards the ruling party Law and Justice in Poland, saying that the entire survival of the Union depends on it.

"The battle for the rule of law in Poland sets a precedent and is effectively a battle for the survival of the EU", the document reads, defining the EU as a community in which each member nation's laws abide to a "similar standard".

Mar 04 11:44

Finnish "Soldiers Of Odin" Announce Hunt For Rapists & Pedos In Controversial Video

Authored by Emma R. via The Voice Of Europe,

The Finnish Police investigates a video published recently in social media by the vigilante group ‘Soldiers of Odin’ that announces a “hunt” for rapists and pedophiles.

The video, which is subtitled in English and Arabic, and has since been deleted from both Facebook and Vimeo, shows a group of masked men dressed in dark, armed with bats and chains march onwards to the camera amid winter darkness, accompanied by heavy metal music.

One of them, who acts as a spokesperson, announces that “The pedophile hunting season has been opened!”

The speaker points out that their target are the “sex tourists who have invaded our country” and “hunt our children”. And explains that the Soldiers of Odin are going to take justice into their own hands, since “the authorities and the politicians do nothing”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry, but when did the Europhiles NOt see this coming, in infettered, and unchecked migration from countries where such practices are the norm?!?

And I will make a prediction; other organisations in other European countries will start to create movements like this, if the authorities remain useless in finding, trying, and convicting the people who have done harm to their mothers, their sisters, and their cousins.

Mar 04 11:26

EU SCARED: Attempts to Move ACTA 2 Vote Before Protest Date — See Protest Map To Save Your Internet

By Aaron Kesel

Protests all over Europe have been planned by Anonymous and Pirate Parties International (PPI) for March 23rd, to fight against copyright companies and EU bureaucrats seeking to destroy the internet with their proposed upload filter and link tax, (Article 11 and Article 13.) Meanwhile, the Bureaucrats are trying to push the vote before there is wide scale outrage for their proposals for the Internet.

The first wave of street protests in at least 20 different cities in 15 countries took place on January 19, 2019, all across Europe.

Now, Anons, Pirates and activists alike are planning more massive demonstrations across Europe to show members of the European Parliament (MEPs) that public consensus is against the proposed articles. The Articles 11,12 and 13, were finalized for voting at the end of March...

Mar 04 11:05

NETHERLANDS RECALLS IRANIAN AMBASSADOR IN TIT-FOR-TAT; FOLLOWS EU CHARGES OF IRAN "TERROR PLOTS"

In a diplomatic tit-for-tat the Netherlands on Monday recalled its ambassador to Iran after members of its diplomatic staff at its embassy in Tehran were expelled, Foreign Minister Stef Blok announced on Monday.

"[We] Have decided to recall the ambassador in Tehran for consultations," Blok said in a tweet. "The decision follows the expulsion of two Dutch embassy staff. That is unacceptable."

Though the immediate reasons for this latest spat between the two countries remains unclear, tensions have heightened after the European Union first began accusing Iran of "assassination attempts" and state-sponsored "terrorist plots" in Europe.

Last month Iran slammed EU charges as "groundless" — charges which Dutch officials had helped push into the open in tandem with other European leaders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what can the EU actually prove about these "alleged Iranian terror plots"?!?

Probably absolutely nothing.

Mar 03 13:14

European Tour – The Calm Before the Chaos?

Mar 03 09:55

The American Abrams, M2 Bradley, Apache, UH-60 and Black Hawk arrive at the Mikhail Kogalnichanu airbase in Romania (NATO Air Base in Romania).

Mar 03 09:28

A View From The Brextanic

Longtime Automatic Earth friend Alexander Aston talks about finding himself at Oxford at a point in time when the British themselves appear overcome by a combo of utter confusion and deadly lethargy, and one can only imagine what it must be like for ‘foreigners’ residing in Albion, who face large potential changes to their lives and know there’s not a thing they can do about it, not even vote.

I like the observation that the entire British political system, the place where decisions are made, is the size of a small village. That’s a visual we can all relate to. It’s a physical limit as well as a mental one. I’m all for sovereignty and self-determination, but how’s that going to work if you can’t even see the boundaries of your own territory?

Guys, it’s 4 weeks to D-Day today. How about we call off the landing, get a few pints instead, and talk? First round’s on me.

Mar 02 08:09

What Happens To Europe When Germany's Economy Slows?

Recently released figures also cast large shadows over Germany’s formidable manufacturing sector, with industrial output much lower than expected. In November, industrial output fell by 1.9%, while the year-on-year decline was 4.7%. These figures, the worst since the end of the 2008 crisis, are understandably giving rise to fears among investors and analysts of a nearing recession.

Mar 01 12:08

AMERICAN SECRET SERVICE WARNS: War on the Balkans will erupt this year!

The main US intelligence officer, Den Kouts, announces the new Balkan bloodthirsty this year, and sees the Serbs and Albanians as the main actors.
If this happens, he says, Russia's President Vladimir Putin will be guilty. The report of the US National Security Agency for 2019, which deals with security risks around the world, envisages an armed conflict in the Western Balkans. Given that it is said that Russia will initiate it (in order to halt the progress of the countries of the region towards NATO and the EU) by encouraging interethnic tensions, it is clear that they first of all considered Serbs and Albanians, because among these two nations tensions are most definitely the most prominent.

Mar 01 12:04

NATO Chief Says Eastern Enlargement Process Not Provocation Against Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday that the alliance’s enlargement to the east was not a provocation against Russia, dismissing such assessments as the concept of spheres of influence that should be left behind.

The statement was made at the GLOBSEC public event in Slovakia, which hosted talks of the Bucharest Nine group — the countries of NATO's eastern flank — earlier in the day.

"It is up for the 29 allies and an applicant country to decide if and when to join. No one else has a say because often I hear If Ukraine joins, If North Macedonia joins, if Georgia joins, that is a provocation against Russia, it is an aggressive action against Russia … This concept is totally wrong because I strongly believe every nation has the right to decide its own path, and NATO totally respects that regardless whether they work for membership in NATO or they say we are neutral," Stoltenberg said.

Mar 01 11:14

NATO steps up naval presence on the Black Sea

Experts say the move sends a signal that the West won't tolerate Russia's expanding military footprint in the region. However, an 80-year-old treaty could limit the alliance's scope for action.

Mar 01 11:10

NATO steps up naval presence on the Black Sea

The background to this is an incident in the Kerch Strait at the end of November. Russian ships off the coast of the Crimean peninsula — which was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014 — seized two Ukrainian Navy boats and a tug by force of arms. Deborah Sanders of King's College London told DW that Europe reacted "quite slowly" to the incident in the Kerch Strait via diplomatic channels, so a "more military" approach was chosen, meaning an increased naval presence. Sanders, an expert on defense and security in the region, said the US had taken on an informal leadership role, the aim being to send a clear signal to Moscow that the Black Sea is not Russian waters. She pointed out that the balance of power in the Black Sea has shifted in Russia's favor, and that Kyiv is worried about a blockade of Odessa, the country's most important port. Since the annexation of Crimea, the Ukrainian navy has been stationed in Odessa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DW, you just lost your credibility - and my respect - with this bit of codswallop.

Are your English language editors so brazenly stupid that they would deliberately blink and miss on one of the most important stories of 2015?!?

You used the word "annexed" twice, indicating that this is how the Russian/Crimean relationship was formed; and that, as you know, is a complete, and utter lie.

President Obama admitted in a 2015 interview, that the US had brokered the deal to get Yanukovich, the duly elected Ukraine President, run over by the proverbial bus, leaving the door open in Kiev for Poroshenko to enter.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

Sorry, DW, this is one doozy of a lie about how Crimea became a member of the Russian Federation, that I CANNOT UN-SEE!!

You owe you readers one hell of an apology for this, DW.

You're welcome!! :-)

Mar 01 10:29

BBC Question Time audience brilliantly PROVE why second Brexit referendum will NOT work

Speaking on BBC’s Question Time, German comedian Henning Wehn used the audience to prove his point that a second Brexit referendum would not deliver another decisive result. Mr Wehn claimed the BBC audience represented the views of the whole of the UK, as he joked about the Brexit debate on the show. He said: “I quite like the whole scenario of what is going on because it is highly entertaining.

“We haven’t had a dull moment since. Every morning you wake up, instantly turn on the radio, has anyone resigned? Have we still got a government? Is anyone saying anything about bananas being too straight or too bendy? Or is there some arch-Remainer going ‘oh if there is a no deal Brexit there will never, ever be another plane taking off from British soil'.

“For me, with the referendum, I would have personally preferred if it was best of seven.”

Mar 01 10:13

City welcome sign with islamist woman in hijab shot to pieces by enraged Swedes

An image of a Muslim woman wearing a hijab was recently published on a digital advertising board at the entrance to the Swedish City of Gävle.

“It is true that the board was vandalised on Friday, and completely destroyed during the weekend”, says Johan Adolfsson, director of communications at Gävle Municipality.

“We select people who have been nominated by the residents to represent those who live in Gävle. Suzan Hindi is one of the 100 Gävle residents nominated for the campaign”.

Mar 01 10:13

Two violent sexual attacks by Muslim immigrants in Spain

Agents of the National Police have arrested an immigrant for sexual assault at a juvenile center in Palma in Mallorca, where the youth was detained after arriving in a boat to the island.

The events occurred when the young man, of Moroccan origin, showed up totally naked and grabbed a 24-year-old social worker, pushing her into a bathroom, when the girl began to scream and narrowly managed to escape from her attacker.

Once the Police became aware of the facts, they went to the juvenile center and proceeded to arrest the refugee for sexual assault.

Mar 01 10:12

Hungary Backs ‘Europe of Families’, Not ‘Europe of Migrants’

Hungary’s foreign affairs minister has warned that Europe will be weakened if it abandons families in favour of mass migration.

“Europe will be strong if it becomes a Europe of families, because if the Europe of migrants is realised, then it will be weak,” Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said during a conference in Budapest on Thursday.

The minister’s comments during the event, entitled Europe’s Future: Family or Migration, comes after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced a series of family-friendly economic policies earlier in February.

Mar 01 09:53

EU Commission strikes back at Hungarian information campaign against Juncker, Soros

The European Commission on Thursday addressed suggestions in a Hungarian government information campaign that Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and billionaire investor George Soros seek to flood the country with migrants, Reuters reports. The Commission published a report debunking the assertions on billboards and full-page newspaper ads. The report rejected Hungarian assertions that the EU executive arm wanted to introduce refugee resettlement quotas, stating that refugee resettlement “is and will always be on a purely voluntary basis.”

Feb 28 11:50

Anti-Government Protest in Albania Turns Violent

Albanian police used teargas to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters who tried to prevent ruling Socialist MPs from entering parliament.

Feb 28 09:43

BREXIT LIVE: George Eustice QUITS over Brexit delay - Minister savages dishonourable EU

THERESA May has been handed another Brexit blow after influential minister George Eustice resigned over opposing a possible extension to Article 50.

The agriculture minister took a swipe at the Prime Minister’s handling of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union stating “parliament is now in direct control”. The Tory MP indicated the motions passed this week in the Commons meant the EU would now be “dictating the terms” of negotiations and the country was now in danger of being “humiliated”.

Feb 28 09:42

'Italy PRIMED and ready' to follow Brexit Britain and QUIT EU – Brussels 'terrified'

A radio caller has insisted that Italy is ready to follow Brexit Britain out of the European Union. Speaking on talkRADIO, the caller, known as Geoff, whose wife is Italian, claimed the whole of Italy is “watching” what Britain is doing. He said: “We are very lucky, myself and my wife, to own a second home in Calabria in Italy, my wife is Italian.

Feb 28 09:02

17 EU Member States Team Up Against Franco-German Initiative - Reports

France and Germany sought to create a European rail giant, but their push was blocked by the European Commission, which feared the project would harm competition in the bloc. Now, Berlin and Paris want to revise EU competition rules - raising concerns among smaller member states.

About 17 EU member states have forged a coalition against a joint Franco-German push for easing restrictions on free competition in the union.

According to a letter seen by the Polish Rzeczpospolita newspaper, this coalition includes the Baltic States, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden.

They are said to have warned European Council President Donald Tusk against the "growing risk of protectionism" and possible shifts in balance of power in economic matters post-Brexit.

Feb 27 18:28

Farage ‘DISGUSTED’ at vile ’KNIFE to their THROATS’ Brexit comment from EX-EU President

The LBC host Nigel Farage was furious with the controversial statement from ex-EU president Herman Van Rompuy, who claimed the EU had a knife held to the throat of the UK. Mr Farage expressed his disgust at the comment and questioned why any Remainers would want to be part of a union where politicians speak so ill of a nation.

Feb 27 18:26

UK WILL PAY: German businesses to OVERCHARGE Brits after Brexit 'why should WE suffer?'

GERMAN businesses have hatched plans to charge British consumers higher prices in order to make up for potential Brexit-related losses, it has been revealed.

A leading industrial lobby, which is based in the region around car giant Volkswagen’s headquarters, is leading a charge for “price adjustments” to cover the costs of exporting to Britain in event of a no-deal Brexit. Smaller firms are also following the lead after Lueneburg Chamber of Commerce published “five Brexit tips”, which includes charging Britons more to cover potential customs duties. The plans have been pushed out to over 10,000 people as part of an effort to prepare businesses near Hamburg for a hard Brexit

Feb 27 11:48

Final Steps Of The Multipolar Revolution: Containing The US In Europe

The United States has in the last three decades brought chaos and destruction to large parts of Europe, in spite of the common myth that the old continent has basked in the post-WWII peace of the American-led world order. This falsehood is fueled by European politicians devoted to the European Union and eager to justify and praise the European project. But history shows that the United States fueled or directed devastating wars on the European continent in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, with the conflict between Georgia and Ossetia at the beginning of the 1990s, with the war in Georgia in 2008, and in the coup in Ukraine in 2014, with the ensuing aggression against the Donbass.

Feb 27 09:46

The EU27 are far less prepared for no-deal Brexit than you’d think

As 29 March gets nearer and Theresa May tries to get a Brexit deal through parliament, preparations for no deal continue in both London and mainland Europe. It’s been well-documented that the UK government’s preparations haven’t been optimal, and many British companies aren’t really prepared for no deal. However, on the other side of the Channel, things aren’t going all that well either.

Here is an overview of the EU27’s no-deal plans:

Feb 27 09:41

Hungary’s citizens to receive letter from PM Orban on EU’s pro-immigration efforts – spokesman

The Hungarian government is stepping up its campaign against the leadership of the EU, saying that it seeks to promote mass immigration into the continent. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said on Tuesday that citizens will receive a letter from Prime Minister Viktor Orban explaining what Hungary says are the EU’s pro-immigration efforts, which Hungary opposes. EU leaders and European politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have rejected Hungary’s campaign, launched last week with billboards and television and print ads.

Feb 26 10:03

Collapse of EU superstate? Euroskeptics could paralyze Brussels after May elections

Anti-EU parties are set to gain a third of European parliamentary votes in May, a new study says. Analysts warn it may bring down the whole political system in Europe, leaving Brussels powerless, RT.com reports.

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) report describes the vote as “the most consequential parliamentary vote in the EU’s history” and says it is even possible for Euroskeptic parties to gain more than 30 percent of the EP’s seats “if their popularity continues to grow or if some of the fringe members of the mainstream join them.”

The report argues that if such a situation occurs, the EU could find itself “living on borrowed time” and outlines ways that various anti-EU parties could align with each other to garner more power in Brussels.

Feb 26 10:03

Who’s spreading the fake news: Hungary or the European Commissian?

The European Commission rebuked a media campaign by the Hungarian government aimed at European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.S. businessman George Soros, accusing Brussels of pushing migration plans threatening Hungary, Reuters reports.

Viktor Orbán’s latest campaign, announced in a Facebook post, depicts smiling images of Soros and Juncker with the text “You also have the right to know what Brussels prepares for!” overlaid in red and white block capitals. A caption says the EU plans to adopt mandatory relocation quotas for immigrants, weaken the border protection rights of member states and make arrivals easier with a “migrant visa”.

Feb 26 10:02

Hungary: “Budapest Process to become symbol for stopping pro-migration forces”

The Budapest Process interregional forum on migration will become a symbol for stopping pro-migration forces, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said.

At next meeting, tomorrow in Istanbul, the Hungarian government will not allow the forum named after Budapest to become a platform for bringing more migrants to Europe, Szijjarto told MTI. The meeting will see a fight between pro-migration and anti-migration forces, as usual in the recent period, he added.

“[US financier George] Soros and his network, United Nations officials and Brussels want to use the Budapest Forum to start another wave of migration towards Europe”, he said.

They plan to approve a resolution at the end of the meeting which states the need to open further routes for migrants, he said, adding that the Hungarian government “is most resolutely against this.”

Feb 26 08:18

Workers reject Spanish firm’s bid for Israeli settlement project

Last month, the workers council of Spanish train manufacturer CAF voted against participation in the Jerusalem light rail.

The council urged the Basque Country-based company to withdraw from the tender for the expansion of the tramway linking Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank to Jerusalem.

“Any transit project in any city in the world, including Jerusalem, must be built while respecting human rights and international law,” the workers council stated.

Feb 25 10:52

Vimmer: Kosovo is needed by the Americans as a carrier on the ground

IMPROVED German politician Willie Vimmer said that Kosovo as a state had been planned since the late 1980s and that "its only purpose is to be an American air carrier on the ground".

In an interview for today's "Vecernje novosti", which reminds him that in 2000, he said that Kosovo "is America's need to dominate the Balkans," he pointed out that since the aggressive war against the FRY in 1999, NATO led the United States did not cease its clashes .

The paper transmits his words that "the war coalition in Washington is continuously fighting against President Donald Trump because they want to continue wars, and the main target is Europe."

This former German deputy, state secretary and vice-president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, assessed that the possible offer to Serbia to join the European Union if it recognized the false state of Kosovo, the continuation of the war against Serbia.

Feb 25 08:42

Europeans Are Fed Up With US Behaviour - Putin Gets a Report From The Economy Minister On Davos

Feb 25 08:03

EXCLUSIVE: EU in talks with Egypt and other states over police data-sharing

European Union officials have begun talks with counterparts in several Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt and Turkey, about proposed data-sharing deals that would allow Europol to exchange personal information about suspects with local law enforcement authorities.

In some circumstances, the deals could allow the transfer of data concerning a person’s race and ethnic origin, their political opinions and religious beliefs, trade-union memberships, genetic data and data concerning their health and sex life.

The deals are being sought by the EU as part of efforts to bolster counter-terrorism policing across the continent despite concerns being raised about the human rights records of the countries by the bloc’s own data protection watchdog.

Since the start of the year, Egypt has executed a number of prisoners convicted in cases in which several said they had been tortured into false confessions.

Feb 25 07:53

Police fire tear gas against Algeria's anti-Bouteflika protesters

Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters on a third consecutive day of rare demonstrations against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in the April 18 presidential vote.

Sunday's unrest came in the centre of the capital where hundreds of people took to the streets at about noon despite a significant police presence.

Sofiane Djilali, a coordinator of Mouwatana - the opposition group whose call for anti-government protests sparked demonstrations on Friday - told Al Jazeera, "Algerians showed their high level of [political] awareness once again today and broke the wall of fear."

Feb 24 18:23

Majority want ban on use of controversial weedkiller

Most Irish adults who are familiar with glyphosate are worried about the health effects of the widely used weedkiller and want it banned from use on crops.

An opinion poll found that 64% of adults who know about the controversial chemical are concerned that it may be present in their body through the consumption of food and drink, and 68% favour outlawing its spraying on food crops here.

Feb 24 17:55

Brexit stitch-up: UK’s departure from EU could be DELAYED until 2021, EU sources REVEAL

BREXIT could be delayed until 2021 under outrageous new plans being plotted by senior European Union officials, it has emerged.

The EU are plotting to tell Theresa May if she doesn’t get her Brexit deal through Parliament and wants to delay Brexit, the UK will have to remain in the bloc until at least 2021. Three EU insiders said senior figures and governments are backing an extension of as much as 21 months beyond the current March 29 deadline. Officials on both sides now anticipate some form of extension as a way of avoiding a no-deal scenario.

Feb 24 09:23

US plans to buy weapons for Venezuelan opposition in Eastern Europe, warns diplomat

The US is considering the possibility of buying weapons for the Venezuelan opposition in one of Eastern European countries, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

"We have information that companies from the US and its NATO allies are considering the possibility of buying a large batch of weapons in one of Eastern European countries in order to provide them to the Venezuelan opposition. The batch will reportedly include heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, portable missile launchers and ammunition for light weapons and artillery systems. So this is what they mean when they talk about delivering humanitarian aid," she said.

Zakharova also said that the US and its allies intended to use cargo aircraft belonging to an international freight forwarder to deliver several shipments of weapons to Venezuela in early March "through a neighboring country".

Feb 24 08:50

Security in Europe only exists with Russia

Merkel’s applause was countered by the booming silence with which the traditionally brave transatlantic community in Munich reacted to the remarks made by US Vice President Pence. Not only did he demand dropping out of the Iran agreement, but threatened to deprive Europe of protection if it did not finally call it quits with Russia. For a long time, the federal government believed that it could just sit out Trump. A bitter mistake. The current US administration combines the erratic destructiveness of Donald Trump with the neo-conservative aggressiveness of Pence and Bolton. This is a toxic mixture. It endangers the security of Europe. After the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Iran Agreement and Unesco, the US has kicked the the next international agreement into the trash bin, with the INF Treaty – to Vladimir Putin’s secret joy. How substantiated the mutual reproaches are is secondary. Both have little interest in actually saving the contract in the remaining six months.

Feb 24 08:36

US lawmakers bully Ireland over move to ban Israel’s settlement goods

A grouping of US politicians has threatened Ireland with economic repercussions if it bans goods from Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Both houses in the Irish parliament, the Oireachtas, have approved a bill to outlaw Israel’s settlement exports during the past few months. Ten US lawmakers have reacted to the moves by warning that a ban could have “potentially severe implications” for the country.

In a letter to Irish political leaders, the 10 members of Congress suggested that some corporations investing would be violating US export regulations if the Dublin authorities enforced a ban on Israel’s settlement goods.

That appears to be a reference to rules introduced by the US during the 1970s in response to the Arab League boycott of Israel. Under these rules, US companies may not take part in boycott activities unless they have been approved by the federal government.

Feb 24 08:14

Swedish Court Convicts Pensioner for Saying Somalis Are ‘Lazy’

A Swedish court has convicted a 70-year-old man of “hate speech” for claiming on social media that Somalis are lazy and don’t work.

In a unanimous decision, the district court of Uddevalla handed down a guilty verdict, ordering the man to pay 60 daily fines of SEK 120, for a total of SEK 7200 (700 euros).

The court said that the man’s Facebook post, which linked to an article by Swedish public broadcaster SVT, was “derogatory” to the reputation of Somalis as a group.

Feb 23 08:47

Poland SLAMS Israel: We Will Not Accept ‘Racist Lies And Insults’

After an Israeli minister said that Poles had harbored anti-Semitism since childhood, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki responded by saying that his country would not accept “racist insults.”

Amid a political dispute between Warsaw and Tel Aviv, Morawiecki told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that Poland, where thousands risked their lives to help Jews during World War II, “will no longer yield to the pressure to accept lies, deceptive phrases, and more-or-less racist insults.”

The Polish prime minister was apparently addressing the comment to Israel’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, who upped the ante last week by saying that every Pole “nursed anti-Semitism with his mother’s milk.”

Feb 23 08:46

A Crisis Grips NATO, Germany Trust Putin More Than Trump

The British Financial Times published an article by its columnist Philip Stevens about the crisis in the ranks of NATO.

At the conference on international security held in Munich (February 15-17), German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s speech in defense of the liberal international legal order and, by default, against the policies of the administration of US President Donald Trump , was met with a bang. However, US Vice President Michael Pence , who rose to the podium immediately after Merkel, apparently, did not listen to her speech. The number two man in the current US administration said that US allies should follow the orders of Washington, writes Stevens.

Feb 23 08:43

EU Expects UK PM May to Request Three-Month Delay of Brexit – Reports

Discussions between the EU and UK reportedly suggest May will ask for an extension to the two-year negotiating period if the British Parliament backs the Brexit deal but it isn’t signed off until an EU summit on March 21-22.

The EU sees this “technical extension” as an opportunity to give British Parliament time to pass necessary legislation related to its departure from the Union, as anything longer than three months would put the UK under pressure to take part in European elections on May 23-26, Bloomberg reported quoting an anonymous source.

Feb 23 08:42

Chilling Echoes: UK Threatens Trade War With Ireland in Search of EU Concessions

Leo Varadkar’s government will on Friday publish a large parliamentary bill incorporating 16 pieces of legislation, all designed to insulate the country from the deleterious impact of the UK 'crashing out' of the bloc.

Ireland is preparing for a no-deal Brexit, due to widespread fears the Irish economy — in particular agriculture, food processing, transport — could face severe disruption, if not outright collapse.

For instance, over 50 percent of Ireland's annual beef exports are sold in the UK, with the Irish Farmers' Association estimating WTO tariffs — imposed in the event of a no-deal Brexit — would cost Ireland's beef farmers over US$900 million (€800 million) annually, and a system favouring cheaper imports from countries such as Brazil could end Irish beef exports to the UK altogether.

Feb 23 08:42

Ireland publishes no-deal Brexit legislation, hopes law ‘will never be needed’

The Irish government published a bill on Friday designed to ease the damage if Britain leaves the European Union next month without a Brexit divorce deal. However, Dublin hopes the law will never be needed. Ireland plans to fast-track the bill through parliament before the UK’s scheduled departure from the bloc on March 29, AP said.

Feb 22 14:50

European Oil Demand Is Shockingly Weak

Feb 22 09:24

US Military Has Taken Control Of Europe — Wimmer

“We note to our sorrow the fact that our national parliaments and our national governments are no longer in a position to make an independent assessment of other parts of the world, or to ask ourselves whether our policies towards other countries can be upheld or have to be changed, because we follow the lines from Washington and sometimes from Paris and London in a very bad way.”

Feb 22 08:39

Leading Israel lobby group sees massive rise in budget

A leading pro-Israel group in Brussels has seen its budget increase fivefold over the past few years.

The European Jewish Association has become increasingly prominent in efforts to counter the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions. One of its campaign priorities is to convince political parties that they should issue policy statements rejecting the BDS movement as anti-Semitic.

The association has a massive war chest.

The latest annual budget that it declared came to $8.5 million. That is five times the $1.7 million per year figure previously stated by the association.

I asked Menachem Margolin, head of the European Jewish Association, to explain the increase. I asked him, too, how much his group receives from the Israeli government.

Margolin replied that “since we can’t really consider you as a great supporter” of his organization, “we won’t answer your questions and won’t provide you [with] any information” about it.

Feb 22 08:31

Warsaw won’t bow to ‘lies & racist insults,’ Polish PM says amid simmering row with Israel

After an Israeli minister claimed that Poles harbor anti-Semitism from childhood, a Polish PM fired back, saying his country, where thousands risked their lives to help Jews during WWII, will not accept “racist insults.”
Amid a simmering political row between Warsaw and Tel Aviv, Mateusz Morawiecki told Haaretz that Poland “will no longer give in to a pressure to accept lies, misleading phrases, let alone racist insults.”

Feb 22 05:34

Donald Trump Uses Poland to Divide Europe and Undermine EU’s Policy towards Iran

Political analyst Adriel Kasonta believes hosting the Warsaw summit would cause further deterioration of Poland’s relations with the European Union, which attempts to avoid the break with Tehran and works on a mechanism to bypass US sanctions against Iran.
Adriel Kasonta, in an interview with FNA, said that the right-wing ruling party in Poland instead of establishing an independent foreign policy, is strongly influenced by “the xenophobic warmongering Trump administration”.

Mr. Kasonta believes that “there are many Polish politicians that condemn the shameful behavior of the current government” in hosting an anti-Iran summit which according to the analyst does not serve the interests of Poland or that of the European Union.

Adriel Kasonta is a London-based lawyer, political analyst and entrepreneur of Polish-Jewish and Tanzanian descent.>>>

Feb 22 04:01

Anti-Semitism rising sharply across Europe, latest figures show

Anti-Semitism is rising sharply across Europe, experts have said, as France reported a 74 per cent increase in the number of offences against Jews last year and Germany said the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks had surged by more than 60 per cent. The figures confirm the results of three recent Europe-wide surveys showing Jewish people feel at greater risk, and are experiencing markedly more aggression, amid a generalised increase in racist hate speech and violence in a significantly coarser, more polarised political environment ... The French president, Emmanuel Macron, denounced the trend as "unacceptable", telling ministers that anti-Semitism in France was "a repudiation of the Republic and its values". Petra Pau, an MP for Germany's Die Linke party, said more and more people felt free to "deny the Holocaust and engage in anti-Semitic agitation".

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