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Sep 13 12:00

Turkey's Latest Power Grab: A Naval Base In Cyprus?

The possibility of a Turkish naval base on Cyprus does not bode well for the chances of a Cyprus reunification deal, particularly after the breakdown of the July 2017 peace talks, which were suspended when "Turkey had refused to relinquish its intervention rights on Cyprus or the presence of troops on the island."

Turkey has 30,000 soldiers stationed on Cyprus, the northern part of which it has illegally occupied since 1974.

"If Greek-Turkish tensions escalate, the possibility of another ill-timed military provocation could escalate with them... Moreover, such a conflict might open up an even greater opportunity for Russian interference." - Lawrence A. Franklin.

Sep 13 11:19

'Our ABSOLUTE solidarity!' Italy backs Orban as Hungary's EU voting rights under threat

ITALIAN MEP Mario Borghezio gave his support to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as MEPs voted to trigger the Article 7 process against Hungary – threatening to strip the country of its voting rights.

Sep 13 10:47

Polish Leader Says EU ‘Imaginary,’ has Little Relevance

Poland’s president came under heavy criticism from political opponents Wednesday after he called the European Union an “imaginary community” of little relevance to Poles.

Andrzej Duda is aligned with the ruling Law and Justice party, which has been in conflict with the EU over an overhaul of the Polish judicial system which Brussels sees as violating the rule of law.

“When our affairs are resolved, we will deal with European affairs,” Duda said in a speech on Tuesday. “For now let them leave us alone and let us fix Poland, because this is the most important thing.”

Sep 13 10:34

Axel Voss’s JURI Report on Article 13 Would Violate Internet Users’ Fundamental Rights

Last week, the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee of the European Parliament voted in favour of Rapporteur MEP Axel Voss’s proposal on Article 13 of the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The saga surrounding this infamous text is however far from over. A group of MEPs are currently challenging the JURI version of the proposal through the so-called rule 69c procedure. This means that on the 5 July at 12:00, the plenary of the Parliament will vote on whether the JURI report provides an acceptable basis to start “trilogue” negotiations with the Council. This will be a yes/no vote. If the EP decides to vote against the JURI mandate, every MEP will be able to file an amendment to the JURI report in the next plenary session in September. This would allow for Article 13 (as well as the equally contested Article 11) to be reworded.

Sep 13 10:34

Guy In Charge Of Pushing Draconian EU Copyright Directive, Evasive About His Own Use Of Copyright Protected Images

As Mike reported a couple of weeks ago, Voss offered a pretty poor defense of his proposals, showing little understanding of the Internet. But he made clear that he thinks respecting copyright law is really important. For example, he said he was particularly concerned that material is being placed online, where "there is no remuneration of the concerned author." Given that background, it will probably come as no surprise to Techdirt readers to learn that questions are now being asked whether Voss himself has paid creators for material that he has used on his social media accounts:

Sep 13 10:33

‘Serious breach’ or ‘blackmail’: What's EU Article 7 & why has it been used against Orban's Hungary?

What is the sinister-sounding Article 7?

The article – one of eight - is part of the Treaty on European Union, which serves as its equivalent of a constitution, and has existed in various forms since 1992. It is a mechanism for internally punishing any of the 28 states that pose “clear risk of a serious breach” of the “values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.”

While it cannot be used to expel an EU member, a country can be stripped of its voting rights, and turned into a humiliated outcast at every European meeting. More likely, any specific proposed sanctions would incentivize changes to avoid that fate.

Sep 13 10:32

Poland Is Deathly Afraid Of Contracting The EU's "Social Diseases"

Polish “gray cardinal” Jaroslaw Kaczynski warned how his country could be infected by the EU’s “social diseases”.

The influential politician was speaking at his party’s convention over the weekend when he reaffirmed Poland’s commitment to remaining in the EU, though with the important caveat that this “doesn’t mean we should repeat the mistakes of the West and become infected with social diseases that dominate there.”

He didn’t specify exactly what he meant by this, but it can safely be assumed that one of the chief socio-religious ideologues of the EuroRealism movement was referring to the bloc’s policy of so-called “open borders” and attendant lack of interest in assimilating and integrating civilizationallydissimilar migrants, the normalization of non-traditional sexual relations such as homosexuality and other practices, and possibly also the liberalization of abortion laws.

Sep 13 10:31

EU VOTES TO BAN MEMES

The EU Parliament voted by a margin of 2:1 today to adopt Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive, a stringent copyright restriction that has the potential to ban memes. MEPs were made to vote again after having voted to reject it in July. Sound familiar?

Article 13 requires web companies to automatically filter out any copyrighted content, from songs to videos to even pictures. Say goodbye to your favourite gifs, movie stills, or other potentially copyrighted material on any social network.

Sep 13 10:14

Paris Mulls Developing New EU Security Framework Involving Russia - French Envoy

Paris wants to cooperate with Moscow on a number of issues, including in the UN Security Council, despite the existing differences between France and Russia, French Ambassador to Russia Sylvie Bermann told reporters on Thursday on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).

“President Macron is holding a very honest dialogue with the Russian party … At the same time he finds it very important to develop relations between Russia and the European Union, between Russia and France … We have some differences but even if we disagree on some issues, Russia is a very important partner in the UN Security Council and it is very important to boost this dialogue,” the ambassador said.

Sep 13 09:40

Swedish election: centre-left coalition leads after all votes counted

The centre-left coalition is Sweden's largest bloc by a razor-thin margin after the preliminary election result was revealed on Thursday afternoon.
Just one seat separates the two main blocs in the initial result, with the votes set to be counted again and double checked before the final result is announced on Friday.

Sep 13 09:38

‘Catastrophic’: EU Passes Copyright Directive Including Internet ‘Link Tax’ and ‘Upload Filter’

The European Parliment has passed a controversial copyright directive that contains provisions which force tech giants to install content filters and sets in place a potential tax on hyperlinking.

The bill was passed in a final vote of 438 – 226 and will need to be implemented by individual EU member states.

Critics of the directive have been laser-focused on two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13, which they have dubbed the “link tax” and “upload filter.”

Sep 13 07:00

Ambassador: EU Is Against Member States Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinian ambassador to the European Union (EU) Abdul Rahim al-Farra denied on Thursday reports that the Czech Republic intends to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, stressing that the EU opposes such a move by individual member states.

He told Voice of Palestine radio that until now there is no official confirmation regarding this issue, pointing out that there were assurances from the Czech foreign ministry that the embassy will not be moved to Jerusalem.

Farra said the European Union, especially its foreign service represented by Federica Mogherini, had called on all EU member states not to move their embassy to Jerusalem because such an act would affect the peace process and the two-state solution, adding that the EU does not have any information about moving the Czech embassy.

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Sep 12 09:40

‘Petty revenge’: Hungary blasts MEPs for supporting punitive measures against Budapest

Hungary’s foreign minister has fired back at the EU parliament decision to trigger Article 7, which can lead to sanctions against Budapest over its immigration policies, branding it the “petty revenge” of pro-migrant politicians.

“Today’s European Parliament decision was nothing but a petty revenge of pro-immigration politicians against Hungary,” Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said during a news conference in Budapest on Wednesday.

“The decision was made in a fraudulent way, and contrary to relevant rules in European treaties.”

Sep 12 09:37

1mn march for Catalonia's independence as referendum anniversary nears

Around one million people have taken to the streets of Barcelona to demand Catalonia's independence from Spain and call for the release of jailed secessionists.

Photos showed a sea of people walking through a six kilometer (3.7 mile) stretch of the city, most of whom were dressed in the colors of the Catalan separatist flag, known as the "estelada."

Sep 12 09:36

Catalonia separatists gather in Barcelona to boost independence bid on ‘Diada’ anniversary

Separatists began gathering in Barcelona on Tuesday to celebrate Catalonia’s commemorative day and boost its bid for independence. The event is expected to draw hundreds of thousands onto the city’s streets. Catalan leader Quim Torra and his predecessor Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Brussels, have urged a big turnout to show continued support for a split from Spain, Reuters reports.

Sep 12 09:36

‘You condemn us because we are not a nation of migrants,’ Orban tells EU before sanctions vote

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a fiery speech to European lawmakers in Strasbourg, before they began deliberations on suspending the country’s key EU rights due to his government’s policies.

Orban accused the “pro-migrant majority” of having “already made up their minds” to invoke the European Union Treaty’s Article 7 against Hungary, for its treatment of migrants and minorities, and the ruling party purported abuse of the law and suppression of media freedoms.

“Hungary will not accede to this blackmailing, Hungary will protect its borders, stop illegal migration and - if needed - we will stand up to you,” said Orban, who was re-elected with an overwhelming majority in April.

Sep 12 01:36

'Crusaders' of Ill Repute: Browder, Menendez, Khodorkovsky

The recent call by the UK's Prime Minister Theresa May for a new round of sanctions against Russia will most likely fall on a fertile ground in the US the EU. But as political passions easily sweep away any "pro-Russian" dissent in both the British parliament and the US Congress, one important question remains: are these sanctions (especially the individual ones) legal? Can someone be deprived of private property simply because a certain president or a certain parliament decides to do so? Making any particular distinction between the standings of the US and the EU on Russia is simply unwise: any hopes for normal treatment from the EU do not have factual basis behind them. On the negative side with the EU, according to the UN's Special Rapporteur, we have the fact that the EU chose to lose $100 billion on sanctions against Russia. On the positive side with the EU, we have empty words on some "dialogue" with Russia.

Sep 11 18:04

‘You condemn us because we are not a nation of migrants,’ Orban tells EU before sanctions vote

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a fiery speech to European lawmakers in Strasbourg, before they began deliberations on suspending the country’s key EU rights due to his government’s policies.

Orban accused the “pro-migrant majority” of having “already made up their minds” to invoke the European Union Treaty’s Article 7 against Hungary, for its treatment of migrants and minorities, and the ruling party purported abuse of the law and suppression of media freedoms.

“Hungary will not accede to this blackmailing, Hungary will protect its borders, stop illegal migration and - if needed - we will stand up to you,” said Orban, who was re-elected with an overwhelming majority in April.

Sep 11 10:43

'We Don't Need Lessons on Immigrants': Italian Minister Firm Against 'Biased' UN

Italian officials have issued a snappy comeback, when faced with an accusation from what they called a "pointlessly costly and badly informed" international organization.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he is considering ending the United Nations funding, after the newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, spoke of anti-migrant violence, reported in Italy.

Sep 10 08:05

Sweden Election: Populists Win Biggest Ever Vote Share, Ruling Leftists Have Worst Result in 100 Years

The populist Sweden Democrats have secured their biggest ever share of the public vote in Sweden, while the ruling Social Democrats put in their worst performance since 1908.

The Sweden Democrats took 17.6 percent of the vote, only slightly behind the establishment ‘centre-right’ Moderate Party, who slipped to 19.8 percent.

Meanwhile, the ruling Social Democrat Party gave their worst showing in a hundred years, while their Green Party coalition partners barely exceeded the 4 percent threshold required for any parliamentary representation at all.

Sep 10 08:05

Verhofstadt plans pan-European liberal alliance with Macron

European Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt said Sunday his group is ready to campaign together with French President Emmanuel Macron in next year’s European election and create a movement that will be a “pro-European alternative to nationalists.”

Verhofstadt’s liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament and Macron’s La République En Marche party would “keep their symbols,” he said. But “our objective is to create a decisive group in the future Parliament, and a tool to stop the nationalistic wave,” Verhofstadt told French daily newspaper Ouest-France.

But Christophe Castaner, the chief executive of La République En Marche, distanced Macron’s party from Verhofstadt’s comments. “We are not ready for an alliance,” he told Reuters on Sunday.

Sep 10 07:55

Sweden: Far-right surge in inconclusive polls

The immigration-averse and eurosceptic party secured 17.6 percent of the vote, up from 12.9 percent in the last polls four years ago. The results indicate that Sweden is headed for a hung parliament as one of Europe's most liberal nations turns right amid fears over immigration.

"We will gain huge influence over what happens in Sweden during the coming weeks, months, and years," Jimmie Akesson bragged to party colleagues.

The Sweden Democrats has been electioneering on a ticket of a freeze on immigration and Sweden’s departure from the European Union.

Sep 10 07:41

Italy’s ‘trump card’ with Russia and US ‘mission creep’ in Syria

Moscow and Rome plan to sign a number of trade and economic agreements during the upcoming visit to Russia by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Italian Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano told Kommersant.

"We have close economic ties with Russia, and during the prime minister’s visit plans are in store to sign some substantive trade and economic agreements. Of course, the two countries’ leaders will discuss key international issues, especially Libya's stabilization, in which we are extremely interested, and also Ukraine, Iran and the Middle East. We believe cooperation with Russia on all those issues will help us find solutions," he said.

Sep 10 06:00

How immigration killed off Sweden’s liberal dream as violence and uncertainty replace tolerance and stability

The open-door policy for refugees – with as many as 165,000 immigrants arriving in 2015 alone in a country of fewer than ten million – has radically changed the composition of big cities like Stockholm or Malmo. A survey by the respected Pew Research Centre predicts that if the high migration rates continue, 30.6 per cent of the Swedish population will be Muslim by 2050. Its researchers estimated the proportion in 2016 at 8.1 per cent.

Sep 10 05:55

The Buck Stops Here: Europe Seeks Alternative to U.S.-Dominated Financial System:

Germany and France complain that the U.S. is abusing sanctions power to bully even its allies.

In a sign of how serious the breach between Europe and the United States is during the Trump era, senior officials in France and Germany are increasingly planning ways to sidestep U.S. financial dominance and the global sanctions power that goes with it.

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Sep 10 05:48

Scissors-wielding man stabs postman, attacks passersby in Paris – reports

A scissors-wielding man in Paris has stabbed a postman in the throat and tried to attack other passersby, local TV channel reports. The attacker was reportedly tasered by police and arrested.

The incident took place in the 11th district of the French capital on Monday morning, France 3 TV channel said, citing police sources. The man has since been interrogated by police.

It comes less than 12 hours after a man, reportedly an Afghan national, attacked people with a knife and an iron bar at two separate locations in Paris. At least seven people were injured by the suspect, four of whom have been hospitalized and are in a serious condition, police said.

Sep 09 16:39

Sweden Democrats break through in parliamentary election, socialists remain biggest party

The Social Democrats achieved their worst result in a century, while the Sweden Democrats will have their biggest-ever faction in parliament following Sunday's election, according to results, with 99 percent of the votes tallied.

The center-left Social Democrats are in first place with 28.4 percent - 3 less than in 2014, the center-right Moderates follow them in second place with 19.8 - down 4 - and the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats are close behind with 17.6 percent. The party first made the Riksdag in 2010, and has boosted its vote by 5 percent in the last four years.

Sep 09 11:22

Sweden Democrats break through, socialists remain biggest party – election exit polls

The Social Democrats have achieved their worst result in a century, while the Sweden Democrats will have their biggest-ever faction in parliament, say exit polls released as voting stations in the Scandinavian country closed.

A survey published by TV4 15 minutes before the voting deadline of 8 pm, claimed that the center-left Social Democrats will have 25.4 percent of the vote, the center-right Moderate Party 18.4, and the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats 16.3.

But an alternative poll published by national broadcaster SVT, put the Sweden Democrats, which first entered parliament in 2010, in second place with 19.2 of the vote.

Sep 09 11:12

Swedish Elelection 2018: 60% of Swedish RAPISTS born abroad – crime stat could tip poll

MIGRANT crime – and the shock report that almost 60 percent of men convicted in Sweden of rape and attempted rape over the past five years were born abroad - was today being blamed for the stunning rise of the hard right in the famously laid-back nation, which goes to the polls today.

Sep 09 07:33

Sixty Conservative MPs to launch plan to take down Theresa May's Chequers deal this weekend

Sixty Conservative MPs are to launch a plan to take down Theresa May's Chequers deal this weekend, with series of reports setting out how a 'clean' Brexit will work.

The plans will argue for a free trade agreement, and present solutions to the Northern Irish question and vexed issues like farming and agriculture.

Sep 09 07:20

Greek PM Tsipras prepares to promise economic relief after years of bailout austerity – report

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to announce on Saturday some economic relief for Greeks. The country emerged from its third international bailout last month after eight years of strict supervision by its eurozone partners and the International Monetary Fund.

Sep 09 07:20

Polish Senator Leaves Party Over Remarks About Putin in Interview With Sputnik

In the interview with Sputnik, Grubski said that he was "very impressed" by Putin and had a "full respect" for the Russian president.

Sep 09 07:17

Italy's Interior Minister Salvini Joins Bannon's Right-Wing Pan-European Group

Having previously supported his Italian colleague in his pre-election campaign in March, Bannon travelled to Italy again in order to officially welcome the country’s interior minister into his up-and-coming pan-European political group.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini met Donald Trump’s former campaign strategist Steve Bannon in Rome on Friday and shortly afterwards Salvini formally joined the Bannon-founded anti-European establishment group called the Movement, as follows from a tweet posted by Mischaël Modrikamen, the Belgian politician and co-founder of the People’s Party, who is also a member of Bannon’s Eurosceptic movement.

Sep 08 09:55

US Sending 1,500 More Troops to Germany

After reports in recent months that the US was considering withdrawing its military from Germany. On Friday, however, the US announced that it will be sending an additional 1,500 troops to Germany in the next two years.

The new troops are headed to Grafenwuhr, and will include field artillery and a pair of multiple-launch rocket system battalions. Other units are being sent to Ansbach and Baumholder.

Army officials issued a statement saying the deployment proves “our continued commitment to NATO and our collective resolve to support European security.” Mostly it’s just an increase in US troops deployed to Europe.

Sep 08 09:36

Protests in Thessaloniki as Greek PM Tsipras Visits International Fair

State TV has shown images of police chasing protesters near barriers in Thessaloniki.

During the Greek prime minister's visit to the TIF, several rallies are being held in Thessaloniki: trade unions, groups of farmers and pensioners are set to organize protests against the government's economic policy, while later in the day a demonstration against the agreement between Athens and Skopje on the new name for Macedonia is also set to take place.

Sep 08 09:26

Why the Whole World Should Be Up in Arms About the EU’s Looming Internet Catastrophe

There’s only one Internet and we all live on it. Europeans rose up to kill ACTA, the last brutal assault on Internet freedom, helping Americans fight our own government’s short-sighted foolishness; now the rest of the world can return the favor to our friends in the EU.

Sep 07 15:02

Swedish far-right leader receives death threat letter with ISIS flag on it, as left-wing protesters rally against his party which looks set to win record support in this weekend's election

A copy of the threat letter, with the Islamic State group's flag at the top, was published by Swedish media.

The chilling letter contains threats both against Akesson and his four-year-old son and calls for the controversial politician to 'Immediately resign from the election'.

'We will behead you if you do not withdraw from the election by the end of this week,' the letter reads, adding a similar threat against Akesson's son.

Sapo confirmed that it has launched an investigation into the incident.

Sep 07 08:16

Austrian FM Kneissl urges EU to launch dialogue with Russia, US on Syria

The European Union should launch dialogue with Russia and the US on the Syrian settlement, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said on Thursday. Talks between the top US and Russian diplomats and the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s session in New York later this month could yield progress on the Syrian issue, the Austrian Foreign Ministry quoted Kneissl as saying after talks with Mogherini in Brussels.

Sep 07 08:12

Norwegian Armed Forces Warn of Collateral Damage During Major NATO Drill

During previous exercises of comparable size, Norwegian farmers sustained damage from NATO tanks that amounted to the tens of thousands of kronor.

The Norwegian Armed Forces have warned of collateral damage during the upcoming NATO drill Trident Juncture, one of the largest in the country's history, national broadcaster NRK reported. Everything from livestock to vehicles may be affected.

According to the military newspaper Forsvarets forum, damage is expected in the following areas: croplands, forests, roads, power and telecom installations, cars and pets (including chickens dying from high vibrations or larger animals becoming overly stressed by noise from the drills).

Hedmark farmer Erling Aas-Eng is also fearful that the damage may be extensive.

Sep 07 07:54

The EU is a Threat to Democracy | Jacob Rees-Mogg | Oxford Union

Sep 07 04:58

‘END OF EU' Macron aide admits French nationalists could STORM to victory in European vote

NEXT year’s parliamentary elections will be “unlike any other” because they could mark the ‘end’ of the European Union, an unnamed ministerial source told Paris Match.

Support for French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party has dropped, with its lead over Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement national ahead of next May’s European Parliament elections now only three percentage points, a poll published on Wednesday showed.

Sep 06 10:32

Gullible, gutless and gagged: Legal advice and common sense jettisoned as UK Labour Party leaders surrender to Zionist diktat

Stuart Littlewood asks why Jeremy Corbyn’s team ignored legal experts’ warnings that adopting the Zionist definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ would contravene the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act, which is part of UK domestic law? >>

Sep 06 10:04

German govt readies for all Brexit options, including ‘no deal’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government said on Wednesday it is preparing for all Brexit scenarios, including “no deal,” Reuters reports. The cabinet also approved a draft law on a transition phase for Britain after it leaves the European Union next year. The draft law on a transition phase, the result of an EU agreement from March, will only come into force if an exit deal is reached, according to a German government spokeswoman.

Sep 06 09:48

Chequers is dead: long live an alternative Europe

Prime Minister May was a remainer, and has remained a remainer. She has ensured that Whitehall leads the negotiation with Brussels. Since Whitehall is part of the Brussels establishment, it is the establishment negotiating with itself about how best to dilute or even negate the referendum result of June 23, 2016.

The same people who negotiated between the time of Prime Minister Cameron’s Bloomberg speech in January 2013 and Cameron’s announcement of his proposed deal with the EU in February 2016 have also negotiated the Chequers deal. Cameron’s February 2016 speech was greeted by a Sun headline: “Who do EU think you are kidding?”. The response to Chequers is similar.

Sep 06 09:42

Stunned British tourists look on as ANOTHER boat filled with migrants washes up on the Costa del Sol before cramming into a waiting van

Footage shot by British tourist Bethany Leith, 20, from Stoke-on-Trent shows over a dozen migrants, believed to crossed from Morocco, storming the popular tourist beach.

After the group of men rush up the beach towards a row of houses they can then be seen getting into a white van which appears to have been waiting to pick them up.

Ms Leith, who had been sunbathing at the popular Aldea beach on Wednesday afternoon as the incident unfolded, said it was not the first migrant landing she had seen during her week-long holiday.

Sep 06 09:35

EU Approves Prolonging Anti-Russia Sanctions by Six Months – Source

Earlier, Washington announced new sanctions against Russia concerning allegations over its alleged role in the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a claim strongly rejected by Moscow as groundless.

The permanent representatives of 28 EU countries approved on Wednesday a decision to extend for six months individual sanctions against Russia.

"The deputies at the committee meeting approved the extension of sanctions for the next six months," the source said.

Sep 06 08:46

EU ENTERS “FINAL STAGE” OF CRAFTING BILL FORCING BIG TECH CENSORSHIP

The European Union is in the final stages of crafting legislation that will force big tech and internet companies to censor “extremist” content and cooperate with law enforcement, Reuters reports.

The bill is expected to be released by the end of the month and will absolutely require companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter to swiftly remove any content considered terroristic from their platforms.

In March, the European Commission told such companies that they had three months to show they were removing “extremist” content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so.

EU recommendations were sent out at the time regarding the speedy removal of all content including terrorist content, incitement to hatred and violence, child sexual abuse material, counterfeit products, and copyright infringement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me, in this draconian move, is the proclivity for going after sites (like this one) which are fact centric, even though those facts may not be to the EU's liking.

Sep 06 02:55

Spain Cancels Saudi Arms Sale Over Yemen War Crime Concerns

Madrid plans to pay back the $10m it has already received as part of the deal.

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Sep 05 15:22

Farage backs calls to 'boycott' ARMY as British soldiers arrive in Bosnia wearing EU flags

NIGEL Farage has condemned the EU's continuous attempts to create a European [army] as British soldiers arrived in Bosnia on Tuesday wearing EU flags on their sleeves for European training exercise.

Sep 05 12:03

WHO IS INSTIGATING HOT WAR BETWEEN NATO AND RUSSIA?

Over the past few months NATO member states have sharply increased their pressure on Russia. The Euro-Atlantic establishment is strengthening the image of Russia as a fierce enemy. It is very useful to have such a foe to justify your own reckless foreign and domestic policy.

The situation has already led to a recognizable deterioration of the relations between the two sides undermining problem-solving mechanisms, like the UN Security Council or the OPCW.

The most alarming result of these actions is a growing military escalation between NATO and Russia in the Black Sea region and in Eastern Europe overall. NATO member states have increased their airspace activity and the number of ground military exercises near Russia’s border.

Sep 05 08:31

Sweden’s Anti-Immigration Party Set For Record Wins As Election Days Away

A surge in populism has sent Sweden’s far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) Party surging in the polls leading up to the country’s September 9 election – placing them neck and neck with the Moderate party. The current ruling party, the Swedish Social Democrats (S), however, remain strongly in the lead.

Perhaps dozens of cars torched by “misguided youths”, rapes, swiming pool sex assaults, news crew attacks, grenade attacks and government funded sex courses to teach migrants that 14 is just too young, aren’t sitting well with Swedes who may regret following their “feminist” government in welcoming over 400,000 people from countries and cultures not exactly known for their embrace of feminism.

Sep 05 08:06

Against The "Putrid" Euro, Naples' Mayor Plans To Launch Autonomous Cryptocurrency

Naples’ mayor, Luigi de Magistris, has posted an impassioned pledge to launch an autonomous municipal cryptocurrency that, he says, would unshackle the city from “anti-southern discrimination” and “unfair” debt, on his Facebook public profile September 2.

Sep 05 07:29

Marines Begin Amphibious Landing Exercises In Sweden Ahead Of Massive NATO War Games

The Marine Corps Times on Tuesday reported the details of the run-up to what's being described as NATO's largest ever military games in a decade, called Trident Juncture, set to take place right up along Russia's border with Europe.

Currently, the US Marine Corps is engaged in preparatory maneuvers with Swedish counterparts in a training exercise that involves mock raids and amphibious operations up and down Sweden's coastal island archipelagos.

Some 75 US Marines are said to be involved in the training which involves navigating an area of thousands of small islands known as the Stockholm Archipelago and which extend nearly 40 miles to the east into the Baltic Sea.

Sep 05 07:26

'No Time to Google', Swedish City Council Explains Funding of Islamist Movement

An Islamist organization which received municipal funds has previously been accused of denying the Nazi Holocaust, banned from renting premises in the Swedish city of Gothenburg and linked to extremism by the German security service BfV.

Milli Görüs, an anti-Western pan-Turkish organization repeatedly labeled extremist and anti-Semitic, has received support from Malmö City Council, the Swedish tabloid newspaper Expressen reported.

Sep 05 07:25

EU watchdog savages the European Commission for breaking its own rules in letting Juncker promote his aide Martin 'the Monster' Selmayr to top Brussels post

The European Commission was today savaged for breaking rules in allowing the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker's aide to a senior Brussels post.

An EU watchdog said the body risked its reputation by rushing the promotion of Martin Selmayr - dubbed the 'Monster' - as European Commission secretary general.

Mr Selmayr was Mr Juncker's chief of staff before he was suddenly elevated to the very senior Brussels post in February this year.

The appointment sparked a flurry of criticism at the time, and today the EU ombudsman savaged members of the Mr Juncker's team for the promotion.

Tory MP Michael Fabricant told MailOnline Mr Juncker should resign over the scandal.

Sep 05 07:13

Fraudster Convicted for Record £1.8bn UK Bank Trading Loss Accuses Govt of ‘Racism’ Ahead of Deportation

Convicted fraudster and Ghanaian national Kweku Adoboli, 38, who was responsible for the biggest trading loss in UK banking history, has accused the Home Office of “racism” for deporting him for his crime.

Sep 05 07:12

Finland: Most ‘Migrant Crisis’ Arrivals Not Refugees, Are Economic Migrants

The majority of people who travelled to Europe in 2015 at the height of the continent’s Migrant Crisis had made the journey seeking better material living standards and did not fit the criteria to be refugees, Finland’s Prime Minister has said.

Speaking during an interview with Finnish public broadcaster YLE at the weekend, Juha Sipilä asserted that the mass influx of immigrants seen in 2015 and 2016 following Angela Merkel’s suspension of EU Dublin rules has “caused the recent unrest in Europe”, highlighting protests in Germany’s Chemnitz over murders by migrants.

“What made the situation so difficult is that the majority of these people are on the move because of economic reasons – not because they are fleeing war or personal persecution,” he argued, prompting outrage from Finland’s left.

Sep 05 07:12

WATCH: Spanish Police Shoot North African After Two Germans Stabbed

A man of North African origin has allegedly stabbed two German tourists on the Spanish island of Majorca before being gunned down and restrained by police.

Witnesses told local media the man shouted in Arabic during the attack and threatened to replicate recent Islamist terror atrocities.

When he refused to cooperate, police shot the knife-wielding man in the ankle and arrested him before he allegedly shouted “You are racists!” to officers after the incident on Monday.

Sep 05 07:06

EU urges 'amicable' end to Franco-British scallop war

The European Commission on Wednesday urged France and Britain to find an "amicable" solution after fishermen from the two countries clashed in the English Channel over a hoard of scallops.

Brussels insisted however that it could not get involved in the fight as arrangements for trawling for the prized shellfish were made between individual countries, not at a European level.

Sep 05 07:05

Angela Merkel admits collapse of Brexit talks cannot be ruled out

Angela Merkel has warned her country’s business leaders that the Brexit negotiations are in danger of collapse.

With talks in Brussels at an impasse with just months to go before a deal needs to be agreed, the German chancellor made a rare intervention at a conference in Frankfurt.

She told major players in the world of German finance on Tuesday: “We don’t want the discussions to break down. We will use all our force and creativity to make sure a deal happens. We don’t want these negotiations to collapse. But we also can’t fully rule that out because we still have no result.”

Sep 04 09:58

Oslo Norway Police Declare “We Have Lost the City”…Islam Has Taken Over

Grønland, a district in the city of Oslo that is said to have “apocalyptic level of culturally-enriched violence.” It is only two subway stops from the Parliament, one stop from the Central Station, and fairly close to the government offices that were bombed by Breivik.

Sep 04 09:42

PRIME MINISTER OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC CALLED THE MAIN THREAT TO EUROPE

The Czech Republic should remain the Czech Republic, and Europe Europe, but this is threatened by illegal migration from Muslim countries, undermining the Christian foundations of European civilization. This was announced by Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš speaking on the air of the Prague TV channel "Prima".

According to the Czech prime minister, stabilization of the political and economic situation in Libya, assistance to its authorities in stopping the smuggling of "refugees" into Europe, strengthening the external borders of the European Union are a key task in the fight against illegal migration. Babiš pointed out that the Libyan border guard is "very effective," and it will cope with its tasks even better when one government appears in Libya, to which the EU should contribute. The next stage is the conclusion with Tripoli of an agreement on combating illegal migration, such as what the EU has with Turkey.

Sep 04 08:18

Foreign Interference: French Prez Macron Slams Swedish Populist Leader Days Before Election

French President Emmanuel Macron has blasted populist Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Åkesson claiming he is “not compatible with Swedish values” during an interview one week before the country’s national election.

The comments from the French president came after the Sweden Democrats leader was asked in a debate whether he would choose to side with either Macron or Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sep 04 08:17

PM Warned Soft Brexit Plan Even Less Popular with Voters than Poll Tax

Slammed by both sides of her party, Theresa May’s super-soft Brexit plan has suffered a fresh blow as a pro-EU former Cabinet minister warned the Prime Minister’s blueprint was “less popular than the poll tax”.

Remain supporter and former Education Secretary Justine Greening said the plan unveiled at Chequers was “now dead”, and argued there was “no point having a government spending two vital months working on that” when it should be drafting a new pathway to Brexit.

“The Chequers deal is now more unpopular with the British people than the poll tax was, and that is why it’s untenable to take forward,” she told BBC Radio 4’s World at One on Monday, urging the Prime Minister to “accept it has not worked and look for alternative routes through”.

Sep 04 08:08

“Minor” migrants set fire at refugee hot spot in Greece, because they didn’t like the food

A fire was started at the minors’ refugee camp of Pylaia,Thessaloniki last month, in a protest against “poor living conditions” and low quality of food provided.

The protest was organised in the early hours of the morning. During this protest the “minors” started self harming with razors and setting mattresses alight. The Greek fire brigades fought the fire immediately to prevent spreading to other areas of the camp.

Sep 04 08:07

‘We don’t want to live in Middle East & Africa’: Czech PM blasts EU migration policy

Europe must fight for its culture and values amidst the migration crisis, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has declared. He says recent riots in Germany show how the uncontrolled influx of migrants leads to explosive situations.

“Chemnitz is just right around the corner!” Babis said on Sunday, recalling the chaos that engulfed the eastern German city last week during pro and anti-migrant rallies held there. “I’ve been thoroughly explaining that this is a fight to preserve our European civilization and culture. We don’t want to live in Africa or the Middle East here. We must fight for our values.”

“Have you seen the pictures of migrant ships heading for tourist beaches? Europeans are shocked and frightened. The same thing happened in Chemnitz. There was not only a murder committed, but also the murders of teenage girls and sexual assaults,” Babis went on.

Sep 04 08:02

Rees-Mogg: Barnier agrees that Chequers proposal is 'rubbish'

Jacob Rees-Mogg has claimed that he and the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, bonded in a meeting in Brussels over their shared assessment that Theresa May’s Chequers plan is “complete rubbish”.

The Tory MP, who was visiting the European commission with the cross-party Brexit select committee, said he had been encouraged by the lack of enthusiasm he had found for the prime minister’s plans.

Emerging from the commission’s headquarters, Rees-Mogg told reporters that both Brussels and Eurosceptic MPs agreed that a free trade deal on the same lines as that signed between the EU and Canada was the most promising way forward.

Sep 04 07:33

Brexit Won't Turn UK Into 'the Empire on Which the Sun Never Sets' – Analyst

While seeking a return to imperial hegemony, the UK is neither dominating the world nor taking care of its own people, Adam Garrie, a geopolitical analyst and director at Eurasia Future, told Sputnik. The bold Brexit rhetoric and the idea to turn the Commonwealth of Nations into a new trading bloc might ultimately face stark reality, he believes.

"A very rude awakening is in store because unless the UK settles on the Norwegian or Swiss style model — which I suspect they ultimately will, the EU will show the UK the door and slam it shut," Adam Garrie, a geopolitical analyst and director at Eurasia Future, told Sputnik, commenting on the UK's post-Brexit prospects.

Sep 04 07:32

EU Should Challenge Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon Payment Systems, ECB Says

A European Union board member gave a speech criticizing the weak presence of European fintech businesses in the continent’s own market. The leader’s comments come in response to several major clashes with American multinationals over their unscrupulous practices.

Sep 04 07:31

Arrivederci: Mogherini Not Seeking Reappointment as EU High Commissioner

The European Union's high-ranking foreign diplomat has decided not to serve another term in the European Commission, a speech on Monday stated. The news was announced during an annual conference on foreign policy and comes as a surprise to the international community.

European Union high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini stated that she will not seek reappointment after her term ends next year, AFP reported on Monday.

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