European Parliament Votes to Give €13 Billion Subsidy to Arms Companies Via European Defence Fund – Global Research

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14-12-18 05:03:00,

Campaigners have condemned the decision of the European Parliament to support a €13 billion budget for the ‘European Defence Fund’ for 2021-2027.

The proposal was included in a report called ‘Establishing the European Defence Fund’ which was compiled by the Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). This committee is formed by politicians from across the parliament.

The Commission proposed €13 billion for the fund for the period 2021-2027 (in current prices), of which €4.1 billion are to be allocated to research actions and €8.9 billion to development actions.

The concept of the fund was announced by President Juncker in 2016 and backed by the European Council later that year. Between 2017-2020, a total of €590 million will be channeled to the military industry through this fund in initial pilot projects. This spending will be totally eclipsed by the proposed increase.

The advisory group/ Group of Personalities that initially developed the policy was dominated by arms companies. This Group was made up of 16 members, 9 of which were from arms companies or private research groups. Six of the companies that have already benefited from pilot phase had members on the group.

Member States refused to exclude funding for the development of fully autonomous weapons in the 2019-2020 pilot phase of the Defence Fund, and the draft Regulation for 2021-2027 specifically mentions “disruptive technologies” as a focus, meaning weapons or technologies which “can radically change the concepts and conduct of” war, such as artificial intelligence.

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said:

“This sets a very negative precedent and will see billions of pounds more of public money being used to subsidise arms companies.

The European Union was envisaged as a peaceful project, it should be investing in jobs and research projects that promote sustainable industries and contribute to the prevention of conflicts.

Whatever your views on Brexit and the UK’s role in Europe, it should not be using public money to fund research for companies that profit from war.”

This represents a major precedent for the EU – which had its roots in plans to bring peace to Europe. It has not funded these kinds of projects in the past.

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European Union Corruption Case Study: Ukraine | The Vineyard of the Saker

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06-12-18 01:33:00,

By Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog

Over the past 4 years, since the coup d’etat in Kiev in 2014 orchestrated by the “civilised” West, a “team of reformers” has been at work in Ukraine. They promised to implement so-called “anti-corruption reforms” in cooperation with European countries, such as France and Germany, who, by the way, both placed a stake on installing project “anti-Russia” aka Euromaidan. But here is where things get interesting. The level of corruption in Ukraine has not decreased!!!! According to independent experts, the virus of corruption has spread even further!!!! In fact, corruption has also captured new anti-corruption bodies that were create post 2014, including the “National Agency of Ukraine for finding, tracing and management of assets derived from corruption and other crimes”, also known as ARMA. On paper, it was conceived to combat unscrupulous business, but in practice it works under the protection of officials and has itself become a hotbed of corruption and lawlessness. But how did this happen?

The creation of so-called anti-corruption bodies in Ukraine, including ARMA, took place at the request and with the assistance of the institutions of the European Union. ARMA was created within the framework of the recommendations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the implementation of which was mandatory for Ukraine in order to obtain the carrot on a stick known as the visa-free regime.

The prerequisites imposed by the West concerning the creation of ARMA were Ukraine’s obligations to implement the UN Convention against Corruption and other acts of international law, to implement the recommendations of GRECO and FATF, as well as one of the main criteria for Ukraine – to implement the Action Plan on visa liberalisation with the EU and one of the conditions for Ukraine to receive macro-financial assistance from the European Union.

However, according to official statements, in the current Ukrainian realities ARMA does not function in the way that the “well-intended” European partners of Ukraine had expected. According to EU officials, it was created as a body to fight corruption in the best European practices, but in reality, ARMA has become a stronghold of corruption and a tool for literally looting local Ukrainian businesses.

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A 1980s-Like European Peace Movement Is Needed and It Will Take a Left-Right Coalition to Build It

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22-11-18 10:22:00,

The right-wing populists are more vibrant and popular, the old leftist peace warriors more consistent

Upcoming Speech to the XII European Russia Forum, Brussels, 25-26 November 2018

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to address here today the question of what we as civil society can do to stop the relentless march towards war of our media and political elites. War on the European continent, including nuclear war, is becoming a real and alarming possibility. The peace project that we know as the European Union is no longer a bulwark against such madness.

On the contrary, with the active assistance of new member states from the former Soviet bloc, with Poland and the Baltics in the forefront, the European Union has become an agent of war-making, not within itself but with respect to its great neighbor to the East. Not a day passes without some new warnings emanating from Warsaw, Vilnius or others in their circle alleging aggressive designs by Russia requiring ever higher military expenditures, forward positioning of NATO forces and the like.

Now, with the pending withdrawal of the United States from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, we face the prospect of reinstallation on European soil of American nuclear-tipped cruise missiles aimed at Russia. This will, of course, elicit a symmetrical response from Moscow, placing the Continent on a permanent war footing notable for a very short warning of incoming attack – 15 minutes or less.

To be sure, the existential threat to Russia posed by the new American ground-based missiles in Europe is being exaggerated by the Kremlin, considering that the country is already surrounded by US-navy based missiles with similar capabilities and similarly short incoming warning times. However, those systems are offshore and do not attract Russian targeting within Europe, as the new systems will. It is the political dimension that is changing, namely the relations between Europe and Russia. Any stationing of American missiles in Europe will represent a further and long-term subordination of the European Union to control of its foreign and defense policy by Washington.

All of this takes us back in time to the period before the conclusion of the INF Treaty in 1987, when the installation of US Pershings in Germany to offset Soviet SS20s was the latest and most ominous turn in the Cold War.

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The European Financial Establishment Just Declared War On Italy

The European Financial Establishment Just Declared War On Italy

21-10-18 12:54:00,

Via GEFIRA,

This week in a CNBC interview Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the former Dutch minister of finance who served as the President of the Eurogroup, declared war on the Italian government. 

The European financial establishment is prepared to destroy the banking system and cause the Italian economy to implode. Like a Mafia boss, Dijsselbloem warned that Italy could run into trouble if it does not comply with Brussels’ directives. Of course, his statement was cloaked in diplomatic language:

“If the Italian crisis becomes a major crisis, it will mainly implode into the Italian economy … as opposed to spreading around Europe,” he said.

“Because of the way that the Italian economy and the Italian banks are financed, it’s going to be an implosion rather than an explosion.”

For a man of this format it is unusual to publicly expose Italy as a state in a weak negotiating position or try to act as a scaremonger. We have never seen anything remotely like that, so we think that the utterance could only serve the purpose of giving the green light to the financial markets to orchestrate an attack on Italian bonds so as to drive Italian yield up.

“And there is gonna be a role for the markets, I mean if you look at what Italy needs in funding next year alone we are talking about over 250 billion Euro, refinancing part of the stock of their debt and also, of course, these new spending plans. So markets will really have to look at that very critically.”

He reminded the Italian government that Italian banks are a sitting target for the European financial authorities. In order to destabilize a country’s economy, one must break its backbone i.e. banks.

“There will also have to be a role for the Banking authority, banking supervisor to look what this does to the Italian banks. We have already seen their stock valuation are going down” Mr Dijsselbloem said with a smile.

Under the leadership of Jeroen Dijsselbleom, Greece was cut off from TARGET 2, the European payment system, so that not a single euro could be transferred abroad for a long time .

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European Firms Hit Hard By U.S. Sanctions On Iran

European Firms Hit Hard By U.S. Sanctions On Iran

03-09-18 12:45:00,

Authored by Scott Belinski via Oilprice.com,

As Iran is turning to the UN’s International Court of Justice to have the US-imposed sanctions against its oil suspended, the EU is preparing for the hit its economies will have to absorb once the full weight of Washington’s punitive measures comes into effect in the fourth quarter of this year.

With these latest moves, American intentions are clear: cut off Iranian oil from the market entirely and reduce Tehran’s financial power.

As oil prices rise, however, the White House’s policy looks set to hurt more countries than just Iran. Will Europe’s economies take the hit – or will they fight back?

Iran is the world’s third largest oil producer within OPEC (after Saudi Arabia and Iraq) with a daily production of 4 million barrels. Currently, major economic regions from North America to Europe and East Asia are witnessing growing economic activity, causing global oil consumption in 2017 to rise by 1.5 million barrels per day, further tightening the market. As Tehran has already warned, OPEC capacity will be unable to meet shortfalls if the US pursues its policy of reducing Iranian oil exports to zero.

The risk is that any constraints on Iran’s exports will only further drive up prices and create major headwinds for the economy of major oil consumers. By law, the US must ensure the global oil market is well-supplied before issuing sanctions on Iranian oil exports. But in light of current demand, this might be a tough argument to land – especially since more oil supply shocks can be expected: Venezuela is struggling, and an agreement between OPEC and Russia is curbing daily oil production by 1.8 million barrels, compared to 2017 levels.

As foreign firms are closing down their operations in Iran, the sanctions-induced oil price surge is already hurting America’s allies, particularly the EU. The bloc is reliant on oil imports for 98 percent of demand, and with the Euro continuing to perform poorly against the Dollar, the impact of rising prices will only be magnified. Higher oil prices are hitting Germany,

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The CIA Owns the US and European Media

The CIA Owns the US and European Media

20-08-18 09:18:00,

The press service of the Patriarch of All Russias announced that the first person in the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, will visit Istanbul on August 31, 2018, for a “very important talk” with his colleague, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

All Russia and all of Ukraine will be watching this meeting with their hearts beating. Bartholomew, even though not playing in the Orthodox world the same role as the Pope plays in the Catholic one, is in a “make or break” position now. Bartholomew has been asked by the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko to separate the Ukrainian “sister church” from the Moscow Patriarchate. The problem is that Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox believers belonged to the same church since Russia’s baptism in 988 AD, which makes it more than 1000 years. (Kirill is traditionally called the Patriarch of All Russias, meaning the White Russia, i.e. Belarus, and Small Russia, i.e. Ukraine.)

The head of the un-recognized pro-Poroshenko “alternative” Ukrainian church, Filaret Denisenko, said that Bartholomew’s agreement will mean an immediate confiscation of all the temples, chapels and monasteries in the country from the “pro-Moscow” church to the newly formed Unified Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which president Poroshenko announced would be founded right after getting Bartholomew’s eventual permission. Bartholomew’s response is awaited in September, so the visit of the Russian Patriarch to Bartholomew’s office in Istanbul has an urgent character. In Ukraine, several deputies warned of “bloody consequences” if the buildings of prayer start to be taken away from the traditional church.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Political Analyst with Sputnik International, Dmitry Babich, discuss the move by Ukraine President Poroshenko to divide the Russian Orthodox Church and execute a massive land grab against the Russian Church that would be historic in size and scope.

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TURMOIL AROUND THE ANNIVERSARY

In The end of July 2018, on the eve of the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus, an Eastern Slavic proto-state, on whose territory the three modern states of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are located today, the events of that long past epoch were suddenly echoed by some very modern pains. The authorities in Kiev, the site of baptism performed by prince Vladimir in 988 AD and currently the capital of Ukraine,

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European Banks Lending in USA Rather than Europe? | Armstrong Economics

European Banks Lending in USA Rather than Europe? | Armstrong Economics

01-08-18 06:50:00,

European banks have been lending in the United States quiet aggressively because (1) the economy is doing good so there is a demand for loans contrary to Europe, and (2) the behind the curtain view that the euro will decline and the dollar will rise. During the first half of 2017, European banks have lent about $53 billion in US dollars taking the currency risk which they have benefited from as the euro declines. According to Bloomberg, Europeans’ combined market share in the United States rose to nearly 24%.

The concern of some has been that the loans are going into leverage structures once again. In total, banks and other companies issued $494 billion in new leveraged loans 2017, which has been the largest amount since 2011. The European banks at the top of the list are the British Barclays Bank, which bought Lehman Brothers Holdings’ US businesses after the collapse. Barclay’s now controls more than 6% of the market for new loans and is the third largest leveraged loan arranger in the US this year. Barclay’s is also big in issuing credit cards in the United States. The second on that list is Credit Suisse Group AG. Then we have Deutsche Bank, which on the one hand wants to withdraw from US markets, has also been looking at lending in dollars for the same reason of gaining on the currency in the face of a collapsing euro. We see similar policies being adopted in the British HSBC, Swiss UBS, French BNP Paribas, Dutch ING Groep and Credit Agricole.

While many believe that as major central banks continue to push ahead with monetary policy normalization of raising interest rates, they wrongly think that raising rates will hurt the credit market and create a downturn. What they fail to grasp is that rates can rise with no impact provided the economy is expanding, but rates can also rise because there is no demand and government is forced to keep offering higher rates to find buyers of their debt in the real world. It all depends upon what people believe. This is why low rates in Europe have FAILED to stimulate demand when people lack confidence in the future, they will NOT borrow at any rate.

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European Spring startet in Warschau

European Spring startet in Warschau

26-06-18 06:57:00,

Am Samstag waren wir im Kino Wisła im Herzen von Warschau, im Rahmen des Jahreskongresses unseres polnischen Partners Razem. Das Ziel? Den Europäischen Frühling – unsere gemeinsame Liste für die Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament 2019 – in Polen einzuleiten. (Schauen Sie sich den Entwurf des Europäischen Frühlings an!)

Der Tag begann mit einer Pressekonferenz. An der Seite unseres Partners Razem, angeführt von Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, sagte unser Mitbegründer Yanis Varoufakis: “Die größte Bedrohung für die Menschen in Polen, Griechenland und Deutschland ist die Zersplitterung unserer gemeinsamen Heimat durch die Brüsseler Politik und die nationalistische Internationale, die Europa auseinanderreißt.”

Dann begann die Veranstaltung mit einer Vielzahl von Rednern und Freunden des europäischen Frühlings aus ganz Europa: Génération.s aus Frankreich, Alternativet aus Dänemark, MeRA25 aus Griechenland, Razem aus Polen (natürlich!) und andere. Auf der Tagesordnung stand, wie ein Teilnehmer feststellte: ein siebenstündiger Arbeitstag, eine gesündere Umwelt und die umfassende Verjüngung Europas.

Isabelle Thomas von Génération.s sagte: “Wir wollen eine neue Vision davon bieten, was Europa sein könnte.” Sie fügte hinzu: “Der Europäische Frühling wird eine Standardisierung der 35-Stunden-Woche vorschlagen. Das sollte der Standard in ganz Europa sein.“

Als nächstes kam Srećko Horvat, Mitbegründer von DiE25 auf die Bühne. “Der Faschismus ist nie gestorben”, sagte er. “In Europa herrscht ein Bürgerkrieg mit Neoliberalen auf der einen und Rechtspopulisten auf der anderen Seite. Sie sind zwei Seiten derselben Medaille, und sie sind gegen uns: Menschen, die für offene Grenzen und Demokratie kämpfen.

Ein wichtiges Thema des Tages waren die Rechte der Frauen. Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk sagte: “Die Rechte der Frauen stehen im Mittelpunkt von European Spring und Razem, während ihre Kollegin Florentyna Gust ergänzte: “Es kann keine Demokratie ohne gleiche Rechte für Frauen geben. Genau das bietet unser gemeinsames politisches Programm für den Europäischen Frühling: eine progressive Vision für Europa, die die Rechte der Frauen in den Mittelpunkt unseres Kampfes für eine bessere Welt stellt”.

Sodann kam Rasmus Nordqvist von der dänischen Partei Alternativet auf die Bühne und sprach leidenschaftlich über Umweltfragen. “Ich bin stolz, ein Teil des Europäischen Frühlings zu sein”, sagte er. “Wir haben einen neuen Green New Deal für Europa, der dem Ruf des Planeten folgt. Lasst uns das beste Europa für die Welt und den Wandel schaffen,

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“European Spring”: Unsere transnationale Liste macht Fortschritte in Lissabon

“European Spring”: Unsere transnationale Liste macht Fortschritte in Lissabon

30-04-18 04:59:00,

Nachdem wir im vergangenen Monat eine transnationale Liste mit einer gemeinsamen progressiven Agenda für die Europawahl 2019 veröffentlichten, trafen sich DiEM25 und unsere europäischen Partner für eine zweite Ratssitzung am Donnerstag, den 26. April, in Lissabon.

Hier ist eine kurze Zusammenfassung:

Am 25. April gingen wir mit Vertretern des vorläufigen Rats unserer Liste mit Tausenden auf die Straße, um dem “Tag der Freiheit” Portugals zu gedenken und die Nelkenrevolution zu feiern.

Der vorläufige Rat trat am folgenden Tag in der Lissabonner Biblioteca de São Lázaro zusammen, wo sich folgende politischen Kräfte als Beobachter beteiligten: ActúaBarcelona en ComúDie LinkeNouvelle DonneParty of the European GreensParty of the European Left, und Transform!

Auch aus Deutschland war ein Vertreter gekommen um die in Gründung befindliche “Sonstige Politische Vereinigung” zu repräsentieren, die am 02.06.2018 in Frankfurt ins Leben gerufen wird.

Während einer achtstündigen Sitzung behandelte die Gruppe eine umfangreiche Tagesordnung, die unter anderem darin bestand, einen gemeinsamen Namen, eine gemeinsame Haltung zu anderen Bewegungen, Parteien und Listen sowie einen  Ethical Code für die transnationale Liste zu vereinbaren. Außerdem bildeten sich, aus den Mitgliedern jeder Organisation , einzelne Arbeitsgruppen, die in den nächsten Wochen eine gemeinsame Kommunikationsstrategie, Online-Präsenz und einen Zeitplan für die Kampagne entwickeln werden.

Während alle Vereinbarungen des Rates den internen, demokratischen Verfahren jeder Organisation unterworfen werden, sind hier einige der Hauptpunkte, die der Rat während des Treffens bestimmt hat:

Es wurde einstimmig beschlossen, der transnationale Liste den Namen “European Spring” zu geben. Ein Name der aus der von DiEM25 Mitgliedern vorgeschlagenen Liste von möglichen Namen ausgewählt wurde um unser gemeinsames Anliegen zu symbolisieren.

Ebenfalls ohne Gegenstimmen ließ  sich ein gemeinsamer Ethical Code bestätigen, der von allen Kandidat*innen, für die Europawahl, zu respektieren und fördern ist.

Neben  den Abgesandten der transnationalen Liste, kamen auch die eingeladenen Beobachter zu Wort. Oliver Schröder, Mitglieder der Partei “die Linke”,

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Our new European party can unite Britain’s feuding Remainers and Leavers – by Yanis Varoufakis, Benoit Hamon (Generation-s), Luigi de Magistris (mayor of Naples), Rasmus Nordqvist (Alternativet); Rui Tavares, former MEP from Portugal (Livre); & Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk (Razem), op-ed in The Guardian

Our new European party can unite Britain’s feuding Remainers and Leavers – by Yanis Varoufakis, Benoit Hamon (Generation-s), Luigi de Magistris (mayor of Naples), Rasmus Nordqvist (Alternativet); Rui Tavares, former MEP from Portugal (Livre); & Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk (Razem), op-ed in The Guardian

15-04-18 09:32:00,

The European Union and the UK are on a cliff edge. Left to its Brussels-based establishment, the EU continues to turn against most of its people who, as a consequence, turn against Brussels. Meanwhile, facing an immensely damaging Brexit, the people of Britain are becoming despondent. This is the moment for British and continental progressives to forge a close alliance.
Next year’s European parliament elections will not, sadly, be contested in Britain. And they are not capable of toppling the current EU regime, since the European parliament has no such authority. Nevertheless, this vote involving the electorates of 27 member states offers us a splendid opportunity to have the debate that we have been denied so far across Europe. Britain’s people – indeed, its MPs – never got a chance to debate the relationship they want the UK to have with the EU post-Brexit. Similarly, the peoples of mainland Europe have never had an opportunity to debate the clear and urgent changes that the EU needs to implement if it is to become a force for good.
We think that we have a duty to spearhead these debates in both Britain and on the continent, using the European parliament elections as our focal point. We also think that this is an opportunity to heal the rift between progressive remainers and leavers in Britain, as well as between continental progressives who have given up on the EU and those who disagree that the EU’s disintegration is the right agenda to take to Europeans.
To this end, we have decided not only to contest European elections in May 2019 on the strength of a single manifesto, mapping out a clear path to a democratic, ecological, egalitarian and ambitious Europe, but also to campaign in Britain. Naturally, we intend to do so in association with our natural allies in the country: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party, our colleague Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green party, and other progressives in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Why campaign in the UK? To what effect? We believe strongly that a common crisis is undermining our societies and our democracies. As with climate change or tax avoidance, solutions cannot emerge either from the British establishment or from Europe’s pseudo-technocracy. “More of this Europe” won’t do the trick,  » Lees verder