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Sep 06 10:36

European Gas Prices Plunge To 10-Year Low

Sep 05 07:20

Erdogan: We'll Flood Europe With Syrian Refugees Unless 'Safe Zone' Established

We will be forced to open the gates. We cannot be forced to handle the burden alone," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Thursday while demanding that European countries give political support to his controversial 'safe zone' plan in northern Syria.

Ankara is currently in tense negotiations with the United States over Erdogan's plan to militarily carve out a large swathe of territory along the Turkish-Syrian border which would serve as a buffer zone of sorts where US-backed Kurdish militias could not operate.

Erdogan said one million refugees could settle in the new buffer territory, thus alleviating the crisis on Turkish soil, and ultimately for Europe as well.
Turkey sees the YPG core of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a terrorist extension of the outlawed PKK. Turkey has of late vowed to carve out the proposed 'safe' territory on a unilateral basis if it can't make progress with Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And right now, the US government and military are in overwhelm elsewhere, a reality upon which Edrogan is counting heavily to have tipped his hand with this threat.

Sep 03 16:34

'He voted against Maastricht, he voted against Lisbon!' Boris RIPS APART u-turning Corbyn

“He is a man who voted against every single piece of EU legislation.

“He voted against Maastricht, he voted against Lisbon, time and time again.

“He has said that we must uphold the results of the EU referendum.

“Time and time again he has said that he’s on the side of democracy and vindicating the will of the people.

“And what do we see now? He has been converted with his Momentum activists trying to take over the streets.

“Converted into the agent of those who would subvert democracy and overturn the will of the people.”

The brutal response came after Mr Corbyn accused the Prime Minister of failing to put forward proposals to the Brexit impasse before MPs.

Sep 03 15:31

Remainer rebels cheer with glee after hijacking Commons to sabotage no deal

The Government was defeated by a margin of 328 to 301 votes in what was a major victory by Remain rebels over the under-pressure Government. Those MPs will now take control of parliamentary business tomorrow and attempt pass legislation which would prevent a no deal Brexit on October 31. This would see Mr Johnson make a humiliating climbdown by forcing him to return to Brussels and ask the European Union to delay Brexit until January 31, 2020 if no agreement has been reached and MPs have not approved a no deal withdrawal.

The humiliating defeat is a huge blow for Mr Johnson, who may now likely call a snap general election to take place in six weeks time - despite being Prime Minister for less than two months.

Sep 03 15:28

Boris Johnson in crushing no deal Brexit vote defeat - snap general election imminent

BORIS JOHNSON has suffered a crushing defeat after rebels voted in favour of a motion designed to block a no deal Brexit, leaving the Prime Minister’s plans in tatters and making it almost certain he will call a snap general election for October 14.

Sep 03 08:57

Why Portugal’s Tax-Free Crypto Trading Matters for Bitcoin

By Lubomir Tassev

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts and businesses in the industry have had to put up with regulatory uncertainty for quite some time. The strong desire to tap into their incomes and profits goes hand in hand with failure on behalf of authorities and regulators to fully understand the nature of decentralized digital assets. Not to mention how absurd the reluctance to legalize something they want to tax anyway. Cases in Portugal show that it’s hard to positively know what exactly traders, investors and companies owe the state. Luckily, the narrow scope of the local tax legislation means they have to pay less than in other countries...

Sep 03 08:39

What We can Learn from Liechtenstein

Op-Ed by Titus Gebel

If one mentions in a discussion that Liechtenstein’s political system could possibly serve as a model for Germany, one usually reaps scorn and ridicule. If you dig a little deeper to find out what they know about Liechtenstein, the result is usually: little to none.

For example, Liechtenstein is the only country in the world to allow its communities to secede and thus grants self-determination by virtue of the Constitution...

Sep 01 08:49

EU Antitrust Chief: “Google And Facebook Are Sucking Up Data From Every Corner”

By Tyler Durden

This is the full transcript of speech delivered by Margrethe Vestager, the European Union Antitrust Chief, held at the Business Forum of the German Ambassadors’ Conference, Berlin, 27 August 2019:

Ladies and gentlemen,

It’s a great pleasure, and an honour, to be here with you today. I want to thank Heiko Maas for those kind words, and for inviting me to join you.

I’m especially glad to have the chance to meet with you, who represent Germany’s 230 diplomatic missions around the world, as well as German industry. Because all of us here have an important role to play, to prepare Europe’s economy for the challenges of the future.

Aug 25 10:48

Swiss banking collapses says new study

Aug 22 07:20

Is Germany the new sick man of Europe?

Aug 20 11:54

UK plans to end EU freedom of movement immediately in no-deal Brexit

Britain said on Monday it would end European Union freedom of movement rules immediately after it leaves the bloc on Oct. 31 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country would not be hostile to immigration.

Aug 17 16:09

People Already Hurting From 5G in Geneva, Switzerland

By B.N. Frank

In 2017, Swiss doctor Bertrand Buchs launched a petition asking for a moratorium on installation and many doctors and scientists have already signed it.

Worldwide opposition to 5G is growing and includes individuals and organizations concerned about other issues associated with this technology in addition to biological and environmental risks. Regardless, 5G continues to be installed and operated in the U.S. and around the world even though it’s been reported that people and their pets have been getting sick from exposure. This is now also being reported in Geneva, Switzerland...

Aug 15 14:44

Norway election: How 350,000 immigrants can VOTE in elections - ‘Doesn’t make sense’

NORWAY’s local elections are less than a month away and a rule could see up to 350,000 immigrants legally vote in the Scandinavian country.

Aug 15 08:56

Irish Newspaper Calls for Union between Ireland, Wales and Scotland

Writing for the newspaper, Jason O’Toole suggests that a pact of the four nations – Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – would be similar to the Scandinavians with their Nordic Council.

He says Wales and the rest could mimic the inter-parliamentary co-operation between Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Greenland and other smaller islands.

“There would no doubt be countless benefits if we replicated their model, such as with trade agreements and unrestricted borders, which would solve the Irish backstop,” Jason O’Toole.

“And it would collectively make us a much stronger power within the EU too.

Aug 13 11:00

Sweden's Implementing a 26 Dollar Begging Tax

Aug 13 10:54

Hungary Announces Investigation into Social Media Censorship in Europe

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga has announced that she will be starting an investigation into censorship of political views on social media in Hungary and across Europe.

The Hungarian minister made her announcement on social media platform Facebook over the weekend, saying she would be creating a “working group” within the ministry to “investigate the possibilities for a legal environment to ensure the transparency of social media service providers – both on EU and national level.”

“Originally their job would not be to influence societal processes and elections by censoring comments on an ideological basis, however, if they had done it once they shall accept the necessity of the regulation and follow the rules of democracy,” she added.

Aug 13 10:32

‘EU make peasants vote again!’ Trump adviser sends panic through ‘undemocratic’ Brussels

John Bolton, following his first meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London, took aim at the EU for prolonging the Brexit process and not respecting the result of the 2016 referendum. Mr Bolton called the EU’s bluff and insisted its refusal to re-negotiate the failed withdrawal agreement was a ploy to “make the peasants vote again and again”. Mr Bolton said: “The fashion in the European Union is when the people vote the wrong way from the way the elites want to go, is to make the peasants vote again and again until they get it right.

Aug 12 08:09

Pope Francis Proposes ‘Europe First’ Against Populist Nationalism

Pope Francis said that citizens of European nations should put the good of Europe before that of their own countries in a remarkably frank interview Friday.

Aug 12 08:08

Swedish Minister Attacks Polish MEP Who Claimed People Fleeing Sweden

Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson criticised a Polish Member of the European Parliament who suggested Swedes were fleeing to Poland due to mass migration.

Polish MEP Beata Mazurek, a member of the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS), criticised Sweden’s migration policy, saying: “Assassinations, increased crime, rape, fear, and sharia zones. These are the consequences of multiculturalism and open doors for immigrants. Swedes are fleeing their country to find peace and normality in Poland.”

Aug 12 07:50

Spain: Far Left Extremists Vandalising Tourist Attractions on the Rise

Far-left groups have been accused of targetting and attacking tourist areas in Spain, including a recent attack on cars hired by tourists on the island of Mallorca.

Marxist youth group Arran took credit for the attack, posting a video on them painting Communist hammer and sickle symbols on the vehicles before smashing the windows and slashing the vehicles’ tyres, Il Giornale reports.

Aug 12 07:47

End of EU? Farage reveals the shock leader inside Europe that will soon topple Brussels

BREXIT PARTY leader Nigel Farage has predicted “a massive rupture” inside Europe following Britain’s no deal departure - and revealed which EU leader he thinks will bring down the Brussels project.

Aug 11 10:09

US Renews Threat to Withdraw Its Troops From Germany, Send Them to Poland Instead

The American envoy to Germany recently came under fire for his numerous statements criticising the German government's actions with respect to the Nord Stream 2 project and reluctance to participate in US military endeavours.

US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has harshly criticised German military spending in an interview with German news agency DPA, claiming that Berlin abuses its friendship with Washington.

"It is really insulting to expect that the US taxpayer pays for more than 50,000 Americans in Germany, but the Germans use their trade surplus for domestic purposes", he said.

Aug 10 09:11

When in Rome, get Italian citizenship

Aug 09 16:07

‘Don’t go out alone’: Swedish police warn women after four rapes in four days

Police in the Swedish city of Uppsala have warned women to walk in groups and to “think how to behave,” after four women were raped in as many days.

A sleepy college town of 170,000 people, Uppsala is more usually known for its universities and cathedral than for violent crime. However, police are investigating a series of sex crimes in recent days.

Two “completed rapes” took place last weekend, with another attempted rape on Saturday night, and another sexual attack in the early hours of Wednesday morning. All four attacks took place at night, and all four victims were walking alone. Police are treating the incidents as unconnected and no descriptions of the suspects have been released.

Aug 09 09:47

German Media Reveals Perfect New Way for US to Sabotage Nord Stream 2

Last week, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee moved forward with legislation to sanction the Western European energy concerns involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, with a German business association complaining that Washington was trying to “turn European energy policy into a plaything of the United States.”

EastMed, a mixed offshore/onshore Israeli, Cypriot and Greek natural gas pipeline designed to connect gas resources in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to continental Europe via Greece may be the perfect US response to claims that the sanctions legislation currently making its way through Congress would deprive Europe of much-needed energy resources, Junge Welt has reported.

Aug 09 09:46

Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Would ‘Turn EU Energy Policy Into US's Plaything’ – German Businessman

Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved new ‘Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act’ legislation which if passed, would sanction companies involved in Nord Stream 2– a major energy infrastructure project designed to facilitate the delivery of up to 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year to Western Europe from Russia.

US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 would amount to an intolerable interference in European energy policy, Wolfgang Buechele, veteran German business executive and chairman of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, has said.

“The latest US sanctions proposals would primarily harm companies from US-friendly countries like Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland, and turn European energy policy into a plaything of the United States,” Buechele said, speaking to the German Press Agency.

Aug 08 09:12

ITALY TO IMPOSE $1.12M FINES ON NGOS RESCUING DROWNING REFUGEES

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

The Italian government has progressed a law to impose fines of up to €1 million ($1.12 million) for organisations and groups who rescue drowning refugees.

The law has been heavily promoted by far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

The Italian Senate passed the law earlier this week with 160 votes in favour and 57 against.

The controversial law was passed by Italy’s lower house earlier this year, and it is waiting to be ratified by Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Captains bringing in “unauthorised” rescued refugees will face arrest, and a fine of between €150,000 and €1 million ($167,988-$1.12 million).

The UN’s refugee agency UNHCR has expressed concern about this hardline approach, saying it could hinder or even prevent rescue efforts at sea.

Charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Italy condemned the move, saying it will inflict suffering and risk the lives of vulnerable people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps Italian lawmakers would prefer shooting illegal migrants in the head... for sport; and of course, the little ones, the children, here would be the prize targets, because in panicking before their assassination, they would be the ones with the capabilities of moving about the most, and make the worst fuss, before they are gunned down, "with extreme prejudice" by Italian lawmakers.

So, Italian lawmakers, if you don't like the above very sarcastic scenario, something has to change about the way in which refugees are treated by your country.

I am no bleeding heart liberal, but what this law proposes, is cruel and unusual punishment of these people, who are already traumatized.

The UN needs to come up with a mechanism to save these people, if possible.

Italy, and their brother and sister EU countries, have neither the money, nor the talent, for dealing with a massive over-run of illegal immigrants, hence, this legislation. They look at what has happened in Germany and Sweden, with the societal changes, and violence, that unvetted immigration has brought to these countries, and do not want the situation in their country, to devolve any further than it already has, by its acceptance of undocumented aliens.

Good governance attracts; lousy governance repels. And while I feel a great deal of sympathy for those who get caught in the economic/social realities of a visibly repressive government, the world, as a whole, needs to find a better, more enlightened way to deal with these issues.

Aug 08 08:59

Netanyahu: Concern for Palestinian Rights Is “Crazy”

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, was caught on tape on Wednesday urging four European leaders to help him undermine a provision of a European Union trade agreement that imposes an obligation on Israel to respect the rights of the millions of Palestinians it rules in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In private remarks to the leaders of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia that were accidentally broadcast to members of the Israeli media outside the room, Netanyahu was overheard calling it “crazy” for the E.U. to insist that Israel honor Article 2 of an association agreement signed in 1995 which makes trade with the bloc conditional on Israel’s “respect for human rights and democratic principles.”

Aug 07 09:54

Russia, Turkey, Iran: Adversaries Of The West's NATO Alliance

Germany's point-blank refusal to support Washington's proposal for a maritime protection force in the Arabian Gulf to protect shipping from attacks by Iran is yet another example of Berlin's diplomatic and economic sabotage of the Western alliance.

Following the recent upsurge in Iranian aggression in the all-important Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf shipping artery through which flows one-fifth of the world's energy needs, Washington has sought international backing for Operation Sentinel, its naval operation to protect shipping in the region.

This search follows a series of Iranian attacks, including the shooting down of a US Navy drone operating in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz, as well as a number of attacks against merchant shipping, such as last month's seizure of the British-registered oil tanker Stena Impero.

Aug 05 15:46

Sites using Facebook ‘Like’ button liable for data, EU court rules

According to the European Court of Justice ruling, a site that embeds the Facebook “like” icon and link on its pages also sends user data to the US web giant.

“It seems that that transmission occurs without that visitor being aware of it and regardless of whether or not he or she is a member of the social network Facebook or has clicked on the ‘Like’ button,” it said.

Under EU data protection law, therefore, a European retailer and the US platform are jointly responsible for gathering the data and sending it to Facebook’s Irish subsidiary.

Users should therefore be warned and asked to consent to their data being gathered, although the retailer is not responsible for what Facebook does with it later.

“As a result of this case, companies that embed this ‘like’ button on their website cannot hide behind Facebook any longer,” said Monique Goyens, of the European Consumer Organisation.

Aug 05 10:30

EU now funds Israel’s war ministry

Two years ago, Benjamin Netanyahu was heard complaining that the European Union was “crazy” for attaching “political conditions” to its relations with Israel. By the prime minister’s yardstick, matters have become less “crazy” since then: the EU has quietly expanded the financial support it gives to Israeli government bodies directly responsible for oppressing Palestinians.

Aug 05 08:31

What Are You Doing On Hiroshima Day?

It’s old news that the US has A-bombs in Europe, but last month when a Canadian Senator accidentally spilled the beans about where they are, the locals got upset.

Aug 04 08:59

France Is Slowly Sinking Into Chaos

Aug 03 10:18

Swedish Municipality That Took Too Many Migrants Faces Bankruptcy

The Swedish municipality of Bengtsfors has petitioned the national government for aid due to massive costs incurred taking in more migrants than the municipality could afford.

Local Moderate Party politician Stig Bertilsson said the multi-page letter was clear in identifying the cause of the budget deficit as being related to the large number of “new Swedes” taken in and requested aid to cover the costs, SVT reports.

“Costs in municipalities that have received new arrivals have continued to be substantial even when government revenues have stopped. This creates a large negative hole in the municipal cash register,” Bertilsson said.

When asked about tax revenues from new migrants that could bridge the deficit gap, Bertilsson said that in the long run he hoped there would be a rise in revenues but so far there has not been one, adding that the Swedish labour market “has a long way to go”.

Aug 03 10:00

Catholic archbishop warns of ‘rainbow plague’ threatening Poland

The archbishop of Krakow in southern Poland is facing backlash for comparing the “red plague” of Communism to the gay rights movement, describing the latter as a “rainbow plague” brainwashing his countrymen.

"Our land is no longer affected by the red plague, which does not mean that there is no new one that wants to control our souls, hearts and minds," Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said on Thursday, delivering a mass to mark the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising against the Nazi occupation.

Jedraszewski argued that the communist ideology and the LGTB-championed ideas of equal rights for sexual minorities are effectively rooted in the same source.

Aug 03 09:50

Poland Scraps Income Tax for Under-26s to Encourage Young to Stay Home, Emigrants to Return

Poland is abolishing income tax for millions of young people, in order to discourage “brain drain” and encourage young emigrants who have abandoned the country for other EU member-states under the Free Movement migration regime to come home.

Aug 02 11:03

Trump to Europe: Take back your Daesh fighters or they will be released

US President Donald Trump has threatened Europe that if the 28-member bloc fails to repatriate European Daesh members captured in Syria and Iraq, he may release the terrorists to return to the place where they came from.

Aug 02 10:59

French Farmers Protesting EU-Canada Trade Deal Dump Manure Outside Office of Macron Party MP

French lawmakers approved a controversial free trade pact with Canada last week that will remove tariffs on nearly all goods and services between Ottawa and the European Union - a decision that has fuelled fears it will bring unfair competition to French farmers.

Aug 02 10:39

Mario Draghi Lays Out Plan For A Dangerous Round Of Stimulus

Authored by Hans-Werner Sinn, op-ed via The Guardian,

The outgoing ECB chief is locking his successor into a new phase of expansionary monetary policy...

We should remember that the Maastricht treaty assigned the ECB the single, non-negotiable goal of maintaining stable prices, which, if taken literally, would mean an inflation rate of zero.

Then came the euro crisis. With inflation plummeting, the ECB turned the still-tolerable upper limit for the inflation rate into its target. Suddenly, it was argued, the bank would seek to achieve inflation of “close to, but below 2%”. Draghi even went before the television cameras to claim in all seriousness that this was the ECB’s mandate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a really nasty "economic trap" which Draghi has laid for LaGarde; one has to wonder how she will able to maneuver around it, to prevent a further economic worsening in Europe.

Aug 02 09:55

Here Is What Trump's Mysterious "European Trade Announcement" Will Be About

Global markets are reeling Friday morning after President Trump announced his plan to slap 10% tariffs on the remaining ~$300 billion in Chinese imports, sparking fears that the world's two largest economies would hunker down for a prolonged and destabilizing trade war. But adding to the market's anxieties, journalists noticed an entry on President Trump's itinerary ominously titled "announcement on European trade" slated for 1:45 pm ET.

Of course, it's difficult to imagine that a president as obsessed with the stock market as Trump would delivery such a brutal one-two punch to investor confidence by, say, slapping tariffs on European autos. But without any clarification, the worst fears of analysts were left to fester.

But in a report that nearly slipped under the radar, Bloomberg has apparently learned the purpose of Friday afternoon's trade announcement. And it's far less exciting than many had feared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest that European beef eaters, and buyers of beef for various outlets, take great heed of information in the following articles:

5 Dangerous Substances Big Ag Pumps Into Your Meat

Harmful Chemicals in the meat you eat

What You Need to Know About The Beef Industry

These American Meat Products Are Banned Abroad

I would imagine that this is intended for the poorest of the poor, who are always considered replaceable, and irrelevant, by their respective governments; however, thinking people in Europe are going to going to providers of organic beef, and guess who is Johnny-on-the Spot to fulfill this need?!? Russia.

Russia to ramp up global organic meat market

Aug 01 09:37

HACKERS SEIZE CONTROL OF BULGARIAN TAX AGENCY, SPRINKLER SYSTEM

SOURCE: FUTURISM.COM
WET AND WILD

The Bulgarian government is stuck in an unusually comical cybersecurity crisis.

A hacker broke into servers of the National Revenue Agency, according to the Bulgarian language newsroom Media Pool, but also seized control over a city sprinkler system, dousing government officials when they tried to leave the Parliament Building. The government has accused and arrested 20-year-old cybersecurity developer Kristian Boykov, according to Reuters, though Boykov denies the allegations.

While it’s funny to imagine, the hack illustrates how unprepared world governments are to deal with cybersecurity threats.

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