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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.

Sep 04 07:31

Mega Gas Transit Project: TAP Pipeline on Blair's Mind Ahead of Salvini Talks

Plans to extend the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will be on the discussion agenda during the meeting of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, according to reports.

The two officials are scheduled to discuss plans to extend a gas pipeline that will run from Azerbaijan to Puglia in Southern Italy.

Sep 03 17:17

Racism or valid criticism of a broken system? Anti-immigration sentiment grips Sweden

Sweden has long considered itself one of Europe’s most tolerant nations. When, three years ago, Europe was hit with a refugee crisis in which over a million undocumented immigrants arrived on the continent from the Middle East and Northern Africa, Sweden’s share of arrivals was the highest per capita.

Now hostile sentiments towards immigrants are increasingly gripping parts of Swedish society. Swedes will elect their lawmakers on Sunday. Polls show that Sweden Democrats – a party that advocates a freeze on asylum seekers, stronger policing, tougher punishment of crime, and similar policies – may score the second-largest share of seats in parliament.

Some say a radical change in the country’s immigration system is necessary to preserve Sweden’s national identity. Critics call this position xenophobic and racist. Even some asylum seekers, who receive benefits paid for by taxpayers, say the system is failing them, as RT’s Maria Finoshina found out.

Sep 03 07:54

No-Deal Brexit May Disrupt Food, Air Transport Sectors in Short Term - Report

A no-deal Brexit could result in some difficulties for several economy sectors, including food, air transport, pharmaceutical drugs, think tank The UK in a Changing Europe said in a report published on Monday.

"Predicting the short-run effects of a chaotic no deal Brexit is much more difficult. The biggest costs would come not from moving to new regulatory arrangements for trade, but from a partial or complete breakdown of the regulatory arrangements that make trade possible at all. Aircraft could be grounded; British meat may not be certified as safe to enter the EU market; just-in-time production systems used by manufacturers and food producers could break down; border crossings on both sides of the channel could be gridlocked," the report stated.

Sep 03 07:34

Michel Barnier says he strongly opposes May's Brexit trade proposals

Michel Barnier has said he is “strongly opposed” to the prime minister’s Chequers proposals on future trade, as he advised European car manufacturers that they will have to use fewer British-made parts after Brexit.

In his most damning condemnation yet of the UK government’s plans, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said the British offer on customs was illegal and its suggestion of a “common rulebook” on goods would kill the European project.

Instead, in an intervention that will concern the 186,000 people directly employed by the car industry in the UK, Barnier warned European manufacturers that the streamlined system of imports and exports between the UK and the rest of Europe would come to an end.

Sep 03 07:33

Russia and France Should Lead 'European Confederation' – French General

With global tensions reaching a fever pitch, many Europeans, including at the very top, have started to realize a need for good-neighborly and trusting relations with Russia.

While on a visit to Finland, French President Emmanuel Macron suggested revising the relationship between the EU and Russia, raising the issue for the second time in recent days. Sputnik France has discussed this with Didier Tauzin, a French general and a former presidential candidate.

Sep 03 07:33

Macron Believes EU Should Create 'New Approaches to Security with Russia'

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that discussions with Russia were necessary and that he respected Russian President Vladimir Putin, alleging, however, that Putin dreams about "dismantling the European Union."

"I respect Vladimir Putin and I am one of those who believe that we need to create new approaches to security with Russia, we need discussions with Russia, but Putin's dream is to dismantle the EU," the French president said during an interview with Sweden's SVT broadcaster about European values and the difference between France and Russia.

Sep 03 07:32

Luongo: Trump Doesn't Want Peace With The EU

Donald Trump is on a mission. His goal? Destroy the post-WWII institutional order that has outlived its usefulness.

And there have been a number of major moves that fundamentally tear at the fabric of that order. In a span of a day we’ve had the following things occur in quick succession.

French President Emmanuel Macron holds a press conference calling for a new “strategic relationship with Russia and Turkey.”

At the same time he softened the EU’s stance on Russia’s reunification with Crimea, saying Russian – EU relations needed “to be brought up to date.”

On the trade and tariff war with Trump, Germany called Trump’s bluff about free trade on cars by offering to scrap all import tariffs on theirs in exchange for the U.S. lifting them on light trucks and pickups, which Trump promptly rejected.

Trump then called the EU “Worse than China” and threatened to pull the U.S. out of the World Trade Organization.

Sep 01 09:16

Back in the (Great) Game: The Revenge of Eurasian Land Powers

Get ready for a major geopolitical chessboard rumble: from now on, every butterfly fluttering its wings and setting off a tornado directly connects to the battle between Eurasia integration and Western sanctions as foreign policy.

It is the paradigm shift of China’s New Silk Roads versus America’s Our Way or the Highway. We used to be under the illusion that history had ended. How did it come to this?

Sep 01 09:13

Bullhorns trending

A parting of ways? European leaders talk of a future without the US. What is in store for the transatlantic alliance?

Sep 01 09:12

22 cars burned in Sweden as country rocked by rising crime

Up to 22 cars were burned or damaged in several fires across southern Sweden on Thursday. It will likely stoke claims that the current socialist government has abjectly failed at tackling the surge in crime.

Police in the southern city of Trollhättan are investigating a fire that left up to ten vehicles damaged, according to local news outlet Aftonbladet. Police and rescue teams were called to the area of the Kronegården at around 3:30 am to tackle a “fully-fledged” fire which had engulfed three cars before spreading to more.

Aug 31 13:41

Matteo Salvini: 'I Want To Be Tried. The Case Will Boomerang On The Prosecutor'

Nationalist Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini says he welcomes the deep state witch hunt against him for acting to protect his nation's borders and predicts the case will "boomerang" on the prosecutor.

Aug 31 09:35

Macron in ‘suicidal position’ in battle against Salvini & Orban on EU migration policy

French President Emmanuel Macron is hypocritical to claim he supports migration while being unwilling to open the door to more migrants, says professor Jean Bricmont, adding that the issue could be used, by the right, against him.

Macron billed himself as a main opponent to the hardline anti-migrant politicians currently holding power in Italy and Hungary. That is after Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban united to fight existing EU migration policies and vowed to take power into their own hands in the next elections for the European Parliament.

During a joint press conference in Milan, Salvini and Orban pledged to take a hardline stance on the immigration issues and to oppose Macron, whom Hungary’s PM described as “the leader of pro-migration parties in Europe.”

Aug 31 09:22

Delingpole: Brexit Is Going to Happen, Whatever the Experts Say…

Remainer Conservatives like Anna Soubry are worried that the party is being infiltrated by right-wing entryists from UKIP and elsewhere and that this may lead to Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister and Britain securing full Brexit.
Yes.

That is the point, you pillocks.

That is exactly what the majority of people want.

Aug 31 09:16

Macron Tells Denmark ‘No Such Thing as a True Dane, True Frenchman’

French politicians have reacted with anger after Emmanuel Macron asserted that “true” Frenchmen and Danes “do not exist”, and attacked the people he rules over as stubbornly resistant to change while on an official visit to Denmark.

The French president made the remarks while on a three-day tour of Denmark and Finland, where he is hoping to establish a “progressive arc” of nations supporting his vision of a globalised EU superstate, which would revolve around a liberal conception of human rights, ahead of European Parliament elections next year.

Aug 31 08:43

NATO: A criminal and a liar

Using a Goebbels-style mechanism to whitewash the truth, repeating lies and inventing non-existent threats to perpetuate itself, NATO uses the media to brainwash a gullible western public, employing a manipulation of fear to implement its trans-national policies, parading Russia as the eternal ogre.

Aug 29 09:47

Italy warns it will REFUSE to pay its EU contributions as its populist coalition expresses fury over the migrant crisis

Despite a sharp drop in refugees entering Europe since 2015, Italy is turning away ships with asylum seekers rescued at sea in a bid to make other nations in the bloc take their share.

In the latest standoff, Rome has threatened to cut its annual contribution to the EU budget, triggering a warning of sanctions from Brussels and dark threats that it would be breaching the very treaties that underpin the bloc's existence.

Aug 29 09:46

Hungary and Italy launch anti-migration plan and vow to 'exclude socialists and the left' in a bid to change the way the EU is tackling the crisis

Hungarian nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has vowed to work together to try to push for a more hardline approach to immigration within the EU.

The pair cemented their political ties in talks in Milan today, where hundreds gathered to protest their right-wing policies.

Aug 29 09:36

Stunned beachgoers watch as ANOTHER boat full of African migrants washes up in Spain before dozens of young men rush on to shore to cheers

A boat carrying young migrants has landed on a beach in southern Spain, catching holidaymakers by surprise in the second such incident in two days.

Video footage shows the boat approaching the shore and at least two dozen people jumping off into the shallows before running across the sand.

The migrants, seemingly all young men, dash past beach-goers on their towels as they try to make it off the sands before being caught by authorities.

Aug 28 11:58

How Macedonia Could Push NATO Into A War

When Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Donald Trump last month why he should send his son to die defending Montenegro, NATO’s newest member, the president seemed to repudiate his own administration’s policy. He indicated that Americans shouldn’t be willing to sacrifice their lives for such a trivial ally. Furthermore, he warned that Montenegro “has very aggressive people. They may get aggressive, and congratulations, you’re in World War III.” As Cato Institute senior fellow Doug Bandow pointed out, Trump’s comment was odd on two counts.

First, the Senate approved the admission of Montenegro on his watch in March 2017. If he thought that latest episode of adding a useless microstate to the Alliance was unwise, he could have withdrawn the treaty from consideration before the Senate vote.

Aug 27 15:53

Ski season starts in... August: European heatwave comes to an abrupt end as snow falls in Germany and Austria

There's been a dramatic plunge in temperature across parts of Europe where searing heat has suddenly given way to heavy snowfall of up to 40cm – despite it still being summer.

About 25cm of snow was dumped on Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze, where temperatures reached a decidedly chilly 19.4F (-7C) yesterday.

The German Weather Service posted on Facebook this morning that the temperature had plummeted 86F (30C)'.

In a press release, it said that those who ventured outside early yesterday would have experienced a 'pretty cold surprise. With only single-digit temperatures, the heat of the previous day was quickly forgotten.'

It explained that while temperatures last Thursday climbed to 91.4F (33C) in Offenbach, with many people cooling off in lakes or swimming pools, 'the temperature was only 44.6F (7C) around 6.30am on Sunday.

Aug 27 15:46

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham accuses 'arrogant' second referendum campaigners of ignoring why people voted

Andy Burnham today hit out at 'arrogant' campaigners who are demanding a second Brexit referendum - warning they risk fuelling anger and division.

The Labour Manchester mayor said the call 'further inflames' resentment among voters who already think London-based MPs fail to listen to them.

And Barry Gardiner, Labour's shadow international trade secretary, also said that demanding a second referendum would be 'dangerous'.

Their warnings comes as efforts are being stepped up to try force Labour to change its policy and back a second referendum at its conference next month.

Aug 27 13:33

African Migrant Suspected of Throwing Female Tourist Off Cliff In Italy

An African migrant is in custody, suspected of throwing a German girl off a cliff in Italy after possibly attempting to rape her, authorities say.

Aug 27 10:14

NATO Spots 50 'Suspicious Vessels' Spying on US in Aegean Sea – Reports

Greek media has reported that Washington has stepped up its military activities in the Aegean Sea, which they claimed is turning into a US training ground.

NATO has handed Athens a list of 50 "suspicious vessels" it accuses of conducting reconnaissance missions in the Aegean Sea near the coast of Greece, according to the Greek newspaper Real.

"The vessels include fishing, sailing and leisure ships which are sailing across the Aegean Sea in order to gather information. Apart from Greek military facilities and activities, they are also interested in the movement of Americans, which is currently gathering pace in Greek territory," the Real reported.

Aug 27 09:58

Europe Is Working On Alternative To SWIFT For "Financial Independence" From The US

In the aftermath of a report that Germany was working on a global payment system that is independent of the US and SWIFT, on Monday Germany and France said they’re working on financing solutions to sidestep U.S. sanctions against countries such as Iran, including a possible role for central banks, Bloomberg reported.

"With Germany, we are determined to work on an independent European or Franco-German financing tool which would allow us to avoid being the collateral victims of U.S. extra-territorial sanctions," French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday during a meeting with press association AJEF. “I want Europe to be a sovereign continent not a vassal, and that means having totally independent financing instruments that do not today exist.”

The discussions, which also involve the U.K., are a signal that European powers are trying to get serious about demonstrating a greater level of independence from the U.S. as President Donald Trump pursues his “America First” agenda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever the intent of President Trump's sanctions, the cold, hard reality is that they are uniting Europe and Iran against the US, and these countries are looking to trade without using either the SWIFT global payment system, or the US dollar.

Mr. President, I know you are trying to satiate the desires/demands of Sheldon Adelson, your richest American/Zionist backer, who has, apparently purchased your Presidency, and those of one of your BFFs in the Middle East, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu; but sir, it is painfully clear, and brutally apparent to me, that we are headed to a war against Iran, with Russia and China lined up on Iran's side, and the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and NATO on the other.

Such a war, sir, would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things the United States could do at the moment, because if your military advisors were being thoroughly honest with you, they would tell you that this country's military does't have the money; the weaponry; the troop strength; and the manufacturing to insure a military victory over a combined Russian/Chinese contingent against it in Iran.

Aug 27 09:14

German ‘Teacher Exodus’ Exposes Real Roots Of The ‘Refugee Crisis’

A recent conversation with the director of the language center of a public German university has given me a new perspective, and sparks yet another question related to the so-called “refugee crisis” in Germany. The academic explained to me that there was a shortage of staff available to fill teachers’ roles. This hampers the university’s ability to continue with the language courses. How can this be? Well, it turns out that there is currently a labor exodus of teachers who are certified to teach language to foreign students, the teachers being a facet of the university’s “integration courses.” That is, integration for refugees.

Aug 27 09:08

German FM: Europe Should React to US Sanctions Targeting Russia, China, Turkey

Earlier, Wolfgang Buchele, head of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (OAOEV), warned that the prospects for German-Russian trade are still marred by new US anti-Russian sanctions, which are "dangerous because they can target European partners of Russian companies."

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has urged Europe to react to the US sanctions-related policy on Russia, China, Turkey and other important economic partners.

"Washington prompts us to formulate European responses to its sanctions-related policy, something which pertains to Europe and Germany. We should react to the United States suddenly imposing uncoordinated and rather nonspecific sanctions against Russia, China, Turkey and in the future, perhaps, against other important trading partners," he underlined.

Aug 27 09:07

No-deal Brexit thrusts UK into 'legal vacuum', warns Keir Starmer

Theresa May and the government would face a race against time to pass a slew of new laws, or risk creating an “unsustainable legal vacuum”, if Britain plunged out of the EU without a deal, Labour’s Keir Starmer has warned.

Dominic Raab insisted last week that the government had the legislation in place to cope, if Britain is forced to leave in March 2019 without a withdrawal agreement.

“Our laws will be on the statute book, the staff will be in place, the teams will be in post and our institutions will be ready for Brexit – deal, or no deal,” the Brexit secretary said.

Aug 27 07:37

Europe working on payment system alternative to SWIFT & IMF to attain financial independence from US

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Europe has started work on creating a system for money transfers that will be autonomous from the currently prevailing Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT).

“That won’t be easy, but we have already started to do that,” Maas said at the annual Ambassadors Conference in Berlin on Monday, as quoted by RIA Novosti. “We are studying proposals for payment channels and systems, more independent from SWIFT, and for creating European monetary fund.”

Aug 27 07:23

Remainers try to force Corbyn to back second Brexit referendum, leaked memo reveals plot

REMAIN campaign group The People’s Vote are attempting to force the Labour Party to change its Brexit policy to back a second referendum.

The People’s Vote have been campaigning for a referendum on the final Brexit deal, with Remain backing MPs including Chaka Umunna and Lord Adonis, plus Tory Anna Soubry among its members.

A leaked memo has revealed the group are encouraging MPs and activists to submit a motion at the Labour party conference in September to call on leader Jeremy Corbyn to back a second vote.

Mr Corbyn opposes a second vote, saying he respects the 2016 referendum. But he said the party would consider all options available to the UK if a deal is not agreed between the Government and EU negotiators.

Aug 27 05:53

Europe working on payment system alternative to SWIFT & IMF to attain financial independence from US

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Europe has started work on creating a system for money transfers that will be autonomous from the currently prevailing Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)
“That won’t be easy, but we have already started to do that,” Maas said at the annual Ambassadors Conference in Berlin on Monday, as quoted by RIA Novosti. “We are studying proposals for payment channels and systems, more independent from SWIFT, and for creating European monetary fund.”

Maas also announced plans to reveal a new foreign policy strategy towards the US.

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Aug 26 10:00

No-deal Brexit ‘existential threat’ to UK, London warned

A no-deal Brexit will amount to an “existential threat” to the United Kingdom, says the first president of European Council, citing Scotland.

The idea of leaving the EU without a deal is an “operation fear” tactic by the British government, Herman Van Rompuy told the Observer Saturday.

The former Belgian prime minister suggested that Crashing out of the bloc without any deal would have consequences with impacts going beyond Brussels or London.

Aug 26 08:58

Scandal of the cesspit babies: Liam Neeson joins fight for Pope to confront truth about 800 children dumped in a mass grave by Irish NUNS as star makes film about tragic home for unmarried mothers

No One Had To Tell Us - by Claire Karst Rivero, Performed by Freya Perry Note: This song was written in the aftermath of the revelations of church-run orphanages selling children and in some cases killing them, with bodies buried in mass graves.

The long-running scandal of the Church’s cruelty to more than 30,000 ‘fallen’ women has shaken the country.

The forced adoption of babies born out of wedlock, the harsh treatment dealt out to those falling on the wrong side of respectability – these things have been highlighted by, among others, author and television presenter Martin Sixsmith. His investigation into a woman’s 50-year search for her son was depicted in the Oscar-nominated 2013 film Philomena.

Aug 25 09:27

Lamenting EU ‘mistreatment’ of Israel, Netanyahu seeks out support in Baltics

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set on a trip to the Baltic states – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – in a bid to "balance" what he calls “unfriendly” ties with the European Union, as the bloc continues to chastise Tel Aviv’s settlement activities.

Aug 24 16:55

US slams EU’s $20mn development aid to Iran as sending ‘wrong message at the wrong time’

Washington said the EU’s latest Iran development aid package of €18 million is “sending the wrong message” and apparently undermining its efforts to isolate the Islamic republic with unilateral sanctions.

“The European Union’s August 23 announcement of a new $20.7 million payment that will widen economic and sectoral relations between Iran and Europe sends the wrong message at the wrong time,” US State Department Special Representative Brian Hook said.

The US official went on to claim that Tehran will gratefully take the EU money and use it to “conduct assassinations in those very European countries.”

Aug 24 10:17

Spain Deports Latest African Invasion Force back to Morocco

The Spanish government has—to all observers’ surprise—reactivated a 1992 agreement with Morocco and has deported all 116 African invaders who broke through the border fence this week, ending their attempt to enter Europe and parasite off white liberal largesse.

Aug 24 08:06

A second referendum will spark anarchy

Barry Gardiner, speaking on the Today programme recently, was acute in his analysis of why there should not be a second referendum. His argument was this: that it would be an act of bad faith of such intensity that civil unrest might ensue. That argument is valid as far as it goes, which is not far enough.

The fact is there can’t be a second referendum. Let’s look at two reasons, one practical and one conceptual.

Aug 24 08:02

NATO training Latvian military to quell 'civilian unrest' during largest drills in decades

NATO has launched the biggest war games ever staged on the territory of Latvia since the Baltic state gained independence. The drills are scheduled to include the military tackling “spontaneous” unrest in Russian-populated towns.

“After four years of intensive preparations, this will be the largest military training exercise since the restoration of Latvia’s independence in which we will be test the armed forces’ readiness to defend Latvia from any threats,” said the Latvian Chief of Defense, Lieutenant General Leonids Kalnins. “This exercise is the opportunity to train not only the National Armed Forces but also Latvia’s overall defense capabilities as our partners are involved in the drills as well,” he added.

Aug 23 12:06

Sweden: Study Finds 58% Of All Rapists Were Born In A Foreign Country

A new study from Swedish state-owned media found 58 percent of all convicted rapists were born in a foreign country and the same was true for 85 percent of "assault rapists."

Aug 23 10:40

MAJOR GERMAN FM STATEMENT: ‘We Will Not Allow The U.S To ACT AT OUR EXPENSE’

The following text in full, was written just yesterday by the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, on the authoritative Handelsblaat. This is a major statement, as it carries weight just below official German policy, which in turn has strong weight on EU policy.

There are a number of highly significant and important phrases he uses in this text. Even American cultural hegemony is rejected, i.e., ‘Bruce Springsteen is not the future’.

FRN has consistently covered the growing rift, with all its nuances, between the U.S and EU since 2014. At the time, many critics believed we were totally wrong. Time has demonstrated FRN’s analysis to be generally correct. – ed

Aug 23 10:38

Bolton: EU has to choose between Iran and US

President Donald Trump's hawkish national security adviser says the Europeans have to make a choice between the US and Iran in observing American sanctions which he claims have been more effective than expected.

“We expect that Europeans will see, as businesses all over Europe are seeing, that the choice between doing business with Iran or doing business with the United States is very clear to them," National Security Adviser John Bolton said Tuesday.

Trump “wants maximum pressure on Iran, maximum pressure, and that is what is going on,” Bolton told Reuters in Israel.

US administration officials have said newly re-imposed sanctions are meant to change Iran’s policies, including its role in the region, making a point that they are not aimed at toppling the Islamic Republic.

Bolton boasted that the sanctions are “already having a significant effect on Iran's economy,” but admitted that they have not led to any change in the country’s policies.

Aug 23 10:29

Brussels-Backed NGO is Vilifying French Right Ahead of EP Vote – MEP

EU Disinfo Lab's attempt to pin the blame on Russia for the Benalla controversy is actually a Brussels-backed effort targeting French conservatives ahead of the EP vote in May 2019, Nicolas Bay, secretary general of Marine Le Pen's right-wing National Rally, told Sputnik.

The EU Disinfo Lab, a Brussels-based non-governmental organization, has kicked off a Cold War-style scandalous smear campaign ahead of the upcoming European Parliament (EP) elections, said Nicolas Bay, an EP member from France and secretary general of Marine Le Pen's right-wing National Rally, formerly known as the National Front.

On August 10, the NGO published a list of names of Twitter users who were actively criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron and his former security aide Alexander Benalla, who assaulted a street protester during a May Day demonstration in Paris. Many of those who found themselves on the list belong to the electorate of Marine Le Pen.

Aug 23 10:20

Credit Suisse freezes $5bn in Russian money in compliance with US sanctions

One of Switzerland’s largest banks, Credit Suisse has suspended 5.1 billion francs ($5 billion) in assets linked to Russia as a result of Washington’s sanctions against the country.

There is reportedly growing fear among Western banks of reprisals from the US for working with targeted Russian individuals and entities.

The bank froze the funds in the second quarter of 2018, according to Reuters.

In an e-mailed statement to RT, Credit Suisse denied freezing Russian assets, explaining that it has reclassified assets of some Russian clients. The bank said that it works with international regulators wherever it does business to ensure compliance, including sanctions involving Russia.

Aug 23 09:37

300 migrants storm Spanish exclave of Ceuta, attack police with acid (VIDEO)

Seven police officers suffered acid and lime burns as more than 100 sub-Saharan migrants jumped the border fence that separates Morocco from Spain's north African exclave of Ceuta.

Approximately 300 people tried to enter European territory by storming the fence on Tuesday night. Press reports state that as many as 200 were successful, however officials in the autonomous city say they have only accounted for 115 new arrivals

The migrants cut part of the, 8.4km-long (5.2 mile) fence and used battery acid, quicklime and excrement to attack police officers, El Pais reports. The police revealed on Twitter that seven members of the force suffered injuries during the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You just have to ask yourself; are people who use acid, lime, and excrement against police the kind of "good neighbors" you want with which to build your society?!?

Aug 23 09:33

Russia forced to respond to US missile defenses near its borders, Putin emphasizes

In reply to a question from a Finnish journalist Putin said that NATO’s military infrastructures were moving towards Russia’s borders and the amount of the alliance’s military equipment and personnel, as well as the number of military exercises near Russia’s borders were growing.

"Naturally, we have to keep an eye on what is going on there and to strengthen our infrastructures. We must respond to the emergence of components of the US missile defense systems near our borders," Putin said, adding that those missile defense systems could be used for launching intermediate range missiles.

Whatever the case, Putin said, "We welcome the Finnish president’s proposal for easing any tensions in the region. This concerns flights by combat aircraft (activation of their transponders - TASS)." Putin recalled that the International Civil Aviation Organization had formulated certain rules but they do not apply to military aircraft. "The rules have the status of recommendations," he recalled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And NATO is refusing to discuss the "mission creep" of more fighter jets, troops, and components shadowing Russia's border?!?

I would like to hope that this changes, but doubt that it will; the US is on a tear about demonizing Russia, and this demonization, coupled with an increase of troops and equipment at a country's border, is always the first step toward a shooting war.

Aug 22 12:51

Examining The Economies Of The EU

Aug 22 10:24

Italy’s Conflict with Brussels & EU

Aug 22 09:32

NATO Launches Largest War Games In Decades To Be Staged In Latvia

NATO has launched the largest war games to ever take place in Latvia since the country became independent in 1918. The military games, which have been in preparation for four years, are scheduled to include military and police addressing “spontaneous” unrest in Russian-populated towns, reports RT.

Aug 22 08:48

Germany wants Europe to form a 'counterweight' to US

The German foreign minister has said it was high time that Europe reassessed its partnership with the United States. He advocated an EU payment system independent of the US in order to save the nuclear deal with Iran.

Aug 22 08:41

TRANS-ATLANTIC COLLAPSE: BERLIN-BRUSSELS MAY CREATE ‘SWIFT’ REPLACEMENT

The collapse of the Trans-Atlantic order that emerged out of the US’s occupation of Western Europe following WWII, is yet again yielding very predictable, and rapidly occurring, results.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the European Union needs to create an independent analogue of the American system for transferring information on SWIFT payments in order to protect its companies from US sanctions against Iran.

Aug 22 08:31

Brexit now holds Britain in a headlock – George Galloway

Brexit brew hasn't stopped simmering and will flavour British politics for many years to come.
The defeat for the British establishment in the Brexit referendum was as unexpected (by them) as it was momentous. A rag-bag army of Brexit campaigners with a distinctly unusual Officer class triumphed over the sleek Rolls Royce Brigade of Guards commanded by the entire spectrum of the great and the good.

I was one of the rag-bag army, but more as a guerrilla fighter, often behind enemy lines. I had to be allowed freedom of action because nobody expected me to take orders from the likes of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Liam Fox – and though in touch throughout with the likes of Nigel Farage and his group, we each knew we were better not together. Our view of a post-Brexit Britain was just too different.

Aug 21 12:39

Putin turns screw on EU and demands Brussels PAYS UP to rebuild Syria

RUSSIA President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute to the rebuilding of Syria to allow the millions of people forced out of the country by the civil war to return to their homes.

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This is a more than reasonable request on the part of Russian President Putin.

Aug 21 12:07

Sweden In Crisis: Leading PM Candidate Vows Migration Reforms As Nationalism Surges

After reeling from the sight of approximately 100 burning cars, frequent shootings, grenade attacks and sexual assaults, populism is rising in Sweden - as evidenced by the anti-immigration right-wing Sweden Democrats party surging in polls leading up to next month's September 9 elections. Both the center-left and center-right parties have ruled out working with the Sweden Democrats, a party with neo-Nazi roots that wants to freeze immigration and to hold a referendum on Sweden’s membership of the European Union. That said, the moderate parties may be forced to adopt SD measures in order to assuage public calls for tougher policies on crime and immigration.

Aug 21 11:50

UK Foreign Secretary to Urge EU to Expand Sanctions Against Russia

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, speaking Tuesday at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC, will urge the European Union to expand sanctions against Russia over the Salisbury incident, according to excerpts from Hunt's speech obtained by Sputnik.

"Of course we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt: Russia’s foreign policy under President Putin has made the world a more dangerous place," according to the speech.

"And today the United Kingdom asks its allies to go further by calling on the European Union to ensure its sanctions against Russia are comprehensive, and that we truly stand shoulder to shoulder with the US. That means calling out and responding to transgressions with one voice whenever and wherever they occur, from the streets of Salisbury to the fate of Crimea," it says.

Aug 21 11:46

Europe… what could possibly go wrong?

Aug 21 10:46

Finland Can't Confirm 40% of Migrant Identities

Finland’s Immigration Service (Migri) can’t positively identify 40% of the migrants applying for asylum, according to Finnish media outlet YLE.

IDs and passports are almost exclusively used by western migrants entering Finland and not from their Middle Eastern or African counterparts, says the director of Migri's asylum unit, Esko Repo.

"People who are fleeing do not have the possibility of leaving with the required documents in their pockets,” said Repo. “Some of them come from countries that don't even have passport systems.”

Aug 21 10:46

Italy allows stranded migrants to dock in Sicily

Rome had threatened to return the 177 migrants to Libya amid a standoff with Malta over who should take them. Local media reports suggested it would take some negotiations before the migrants are allowed to disembark.

Aug 21 10:26

Italian cities demand military embargo against Israel

The City Councils of Naples, Turin, Bologna, Florence and Pisa have all demanded their respective state governments and the international community to impose military embargo against Israel and to hold it accountable for its repeated crimes against Palestinians.

The cities called for this action in compliance with the European Union Code of Conduct on arms exports as Italy is considered one of the main arms exporters to Israel.  

The BDS group in Italy urged all Italian City Councils to join the military embargo campaign and to the take real actions to guarantee respect for Italian as well as international humanitarian laws. 

Aug 21 09:58

'Everybody in EU Understands That Russian Gas Cannot be Substituted' – Scholar

During their August 18 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is profitable for both sides and should not be politicized. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Gerhard Mangott, a political analyst from Austria's Innsbrook University, shared his views on the EU's energy issue.

Sputnik: Washington is reportedly working on sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 project that was discussed by Merkel and Putin. How attainable does the threat to impose sanctions make the implementation of the project? Does Berlin have enough leverage and strength to keep the issue from being politicized?

Aug 21 09:56

'We must stand together to deal with aggressive and malign Putin': Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt fires warning to EU over Russian President

Jeremy Hunt will today warn European leaders to stand 'shoulder to shoulder' with Britain and the US over Russian aggression.

In a rebuke to Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, the Foreign Secretary is to demand fresh sanctions from the EU on 'malign' Moscow.

He will use a speech in Washington to urge European and American allies to speak with 'one voice' against transgressions by Moscow 'whenever and wherever they occur, from the streets of Salisbury to the fate of Crimea'.

Aug 21 09:45

UKROPIAN GRANDEUR: “Russia will choke on blood”

- Ukrainian Deputy Minister boasts "increased military power"

If there’s one thing the delusions of Ukropia can bring out of a broken man like a broken army, is self-delusion among its non-combatant politicians.

We have to remember that this over-confidence is what hit the Ukrainians hard the first time, and was memorialized at massive blood-bath battles like Debaltsevo. In that conflict, Ukrainians took disproportionate losses perhaps not seen in modern warfare. This was the result of confusing foreign machinery and foreign support, for sound tactics and logistics.

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Aug 21 08:54

Remainers HOWL as Labour frontbencher trashes calls for ANOTHER vote with SHOCK warning

Hopes for a second Brexit referendum supported by the Labour Party dwindled on Tuesday after shadow Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner trashed calls for a new vote.

Mr Gardiner, who backed Remain at the 2016 referendum, insisted the country had to "respect the people's vote" to leave the European Union to protect British democracy.

Speaking to the Today programme, Mr Gardiner said: "Those people who now want a second referendum are saying ‘because you voted in the wrong way, we’ll give you another chance to get it right,' that undermines the whole principle of democracy in this country.

"What I’m saying in any situation if people feel the root to change is no longer a democratic route then you look to social disruption, perhaps civil disobedience, in a different way and this is playing with our democracy, it’s playing with the foundations of the country in a way that is really damaging."

Aug 21 06:37

Renowned Serbian movie director shrugs off ‘sanction’ threats over visit to Crimea

Serbian filmmaker and musician Emir Kusturica says neither Western nor Ukrainian threats of sanctions against him for his second visit to Crimea, where he will perform together with The No Smoking Orchestra on August 22, will frighten off him in any way. "I always do what I think is right," Kusturica told TASS when asked whether he was afraid of being sanctioned... He did not rule out actualizing one of his projects in Crimea in the future. "I am currently working on a big project, writing a book based on Dostoevsky’s novels, it is somewhere close to his Idiot and Crime and Punishment. I plan to complete it by September and then a screenplay will be written based on the book and a movie will be shot in China and France," Kusturica said when asked if he planned to shoot movies in Crimea. "I intend to incorporate Dostoevsky’s ideas into China’s present-day reality. After this project is over, everything is possible," he said.

Aug 20 12:08

Iran Defends Eurasia Integration By Unveiling New Fighter Jet

Iran served as a critical bridge in the ancient Silk Road, connecting the East and the West. It also has enormous potential to play a significant role in the new Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

With the threat of hot war almost a monthly occurrence, the Trump administration has unleashed economic warfare on Iran, as it has become clear: Iran is a significant piece of the BRI.

The assault of sanctions, launched after Washington’s unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, “should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies in China’s New Silk Road–arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century—and overall Eurasia integration,” said Pepe Escobar, a Brazilian journalist with focus on Central Asia and the Middle East.

The Trump administration’s economic warfare on Iran is evidence of how China’s New Silk Road, or BRI, threatens the American global hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type this, I am taking a peak at my calendar; it is 20 August, 2018.

The world (according to President Donald Trump), has only 75 days before his international and unilateral imposition of a ban against the buying of Iranian oil, which is Sunday, 4 November. Tuesday, 6 November, are the mid-term elections in the US.

Some countries, like China and Turkey, have already scoffed publicly at his threats of punitive sanctions, and other "or else!" language to which he turns his tongue, and are working their way around those threats.

I am seeing a major uptick in US articles demonizing Iran, claiming, for example, that it has "sleeper cells" in the US to wage the kind of mayhem which would make the horrors of 9/11 seem minor, in comparison.

Of course, when you trace those stories back to their origins, they generally have been concocted by none other than "Memri", a division of Mossad which is dedicated to mistranslations, or outright fantastical inventions, concerning what various Iranian leaders are allegedly supposed to have said.

I am deeply concerned about a potential US/Mossad "false flag" to be blamed upon Iran, as a justification for a major military action against it, right around that time, with a complete US Naval blockade of the Persian Gulf, preventing Iranian oil from getting shipped anywhere.Choke Points: Persian Gulf and East Asia, 2017

I understand that a quarter of the oil the world uses is shipped from this area.

I hope President Trump is cogent enough to realize that a war against Iran will most probably lead to wars with Russia and China as well, with them on Iran's side, and the US, NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other.

This will be attempted to regime change Tehran (Israel and Saudi Arabia's alleged "existential threat"); to make sure Iran's oil is only sold for US dollars, and to insure that Belt and Road Initiative, so critical to Eurasian integration, and in which China has become so heavily invested, cannot take place.

I would like to quietly and politely suggest to President Trump, that the needs and desires of the governments of Saudi Arabia and Israel, are at times, not at all in sync of those of We the People; the potential costs, in blood and money, completely outweigh the alleged "benefits" of such a war.

Aug 20 09:57

Putin to Europe: Help Rebuild Syria so all “Refugees” Can Go Home

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute financially to the estimated $250 billion needed to rebuild Syria so that the millions of “refugees” elsewhere can go home—because they are “huge burden for Europe.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin has a good idea. It will cost Europe a lot less to rebuild Syria than to care for those Syrian refugees over the long term.

Aug 20 09:28

Putin turns screw on EU and demands Brussels PAYS UP to rebuild Syria

RUSSIA President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute to the rebuilding of Syria to allow the millions of people forced out of the country by the civil war to return to their homes.

The Russian leader said “everything must be done” to help displaced Syrians come home after more than seven years of brutal conflict.

“We must reinforce the humanitarian dimension of the Syrian conflict, and by that I mean boost humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population, and help the regions where refugees living abroad can return to,” Mr Putin said during a weekend meeting with Angela Merkel at the German government’s Meseburg castle outside Berlin.

Aug 20 08:15

Kosovo at Delicate Crossroads Between East and West

The people of Kosovo were and still are cheering for joy. The European Commission (EC) recently decided that Kosovars won’t need visas any more to visit EU countries. Up to now, getting such visas was a horrendously complicated and bureaucratic procedure, especially hurtful, since Kosovo, with a population of about 1.8 million Kosovars living in Kosovo, has a diaspora estimated at 800,000 to a million, most of them in western Europe. For Kosovars, with close-knit families, 90+ percent Albanian Muslims, being able to visit their relatives and friends is a priority. So, this sudden EU opening up, was a great “gift” and a tremendous relief. – But, at what price? What happened? Why did it happen this turnabout by the treacherous EU?

Let’s go back to a bit of history.

Aug 19 20:29

'The country hasn't changed its mind': Downing Street communications chief dismisses calls for second EU referendum as he points to poll showing more Remain voters have now changed to Leave

Theresa May's spin doctor has hit out at calls for a second referendum on Twitter saying 'the country hasn't changed its mind'.

Robbie Gibb, the Director of Communications for Number 10, quoted a poll commissioned by the Sun on Sunday in the Twitter outburst on Sunday morning.

'1.9 million Leave voters say they would now vote to Remain. But 2.4 million Remain voters would now vote to Leave. The country hasn't changed its mind. (Deltapoll, Sun on Sunday) #RoadtoBrexit,' Mr Gibb tweeted.

According to the poll, carried out by survey company Deltapoll, 62 per cent of those questioned said they would vote the same way as they did in the 2016 EU referendum.

While only 15 per cent of people said they wanted a final vote on whether Britain leaves the EU.

Aug 19 17:46

Genoa bridge collapse: Italy will ‘IGNORE EU controls’ to rebuild crumbling infrastructure

THE POPULIST government in Italy is planning to ignore budget rules imposed by the European Union to rebuild the country’s ailing infrastructure following the Genoa bridge collapse, in what has been dubbed a ‘Marshall Plan’, according to reports.

Aug 19 17:41

Even Remainer says she is NOT happy with millionaires 'DRIVING DEMOCRACY' in Britain

Ms Alibhai-Brown told Sky News: “I’m not at all happy about these millionaires driving our democracy.

“Although I’m on his side, our democracy has been totally corrupted by the influence of various millionaires who choose which way the country should be going.

“So, yes, I’m sure some people would be very happy to receive the money because I am on the side where I think we should have a three question decision made by the population on what kind of deal they want, or no deal at all, or stay in the EU. You know that.

“But I really don’t think it’s a good idea for millionaires to start throwing their money around.”

Aug 19 09:42

Populist Swedish Leader Doubles Down on Wanting Out of European Union

Populist Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson has reinforced his stance on wanting to see Sweden leave the European Union, saying that no supranational body should have authority over the Swedish parliament.
Only weeks away from the Swedish national election in September, the Sweden Democrats leader slammed the European Union, saying: “for me, the EU is not the way for cooperation in Europe,” Sveriges Radio reports.

“The EU is a supranational political union where other countries’ politicians, for which we cannot vote… have greater influence over Swedish legislation than I have in Sweden’s parliament,” Akesson said, adding: “I find it very difficult to accept that situation.”

Aug 18 13:25

Fate Of Key Gas Pipeline In The Balance As Putin, Merkel Begin Meeting

“Russian influence will flow through that pipeline right into Europe, and that is what we are going to prevent,” an unnamed U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal just as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel meet outside of Berlin on Saturday centered on the two countries moving forward with the controversial Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but also involving issues from the Iran nuclear deal to ending the war in Syria.

Intense pressure from Washington is overshadowing the project, construction of which is already in advanced stages, as the WSJ cites current and former US officials who say sanctions are under discussion and could be mobilized in a mere matter of weeks.

These potential sanctions, ostensibly being discussed in response to US intelligence claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election, could target companies and financial firms involved in the massive pipeline's construction.

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