The European Council on the COVID-19 pandemic


27-03-20 12:05:00,

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Joint statement of the Members of the European Council

The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an unprecedented challenge for Europe and the whole world. It requires urgent, decisive, and comprehensive action at the EU, national, regional and local levels. We will do everything that is necessary to protect our citizens and overcome the crisis, while preserving our European values and way of life.

We recognise the burden these measures put on all our citizens and praise their sense of responsibility. We express our deepest sympathy with the victims of the pandemic and their families. We commend the dedication and tireless efforts of the healthcare professionals at the forefront of the outbreak and the contribution of those who provide essential services to the population. We will cooperate with the international community and our external partners in combating the global pandemic.

We will continue to work along the five strands defined at our videoconferences on 10 and 17 March 2020 and do what is necessary to overcome the crisis.

Limiting the spread of the virus

1. All Member States have taken, based on advice from their national health authorities, decisive action to contain and slow down the spread of the virus. This effort is underpinned and supported by the guidelines of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the recommendations of the Commission COVID-19 Advisory Panel. Further guidelines will be issued as necessary, and we will continue to keep track of developments through the EU’s Integrated Political Crisis Response mechanism (IPCR), activated by the Croatian Presidency.

2. We have reinforced the control of our external borders by applying a coordinated temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU. We will evaluate the situation in due time and decide whether or not to prolong these measures.

3. Where temporary internal border controls have been introduced, we will ensure smooth border management for persons and goods and preserve the functioning of the Single Market, based on the Commission guidelines of 16 March 2020, in accordance with the Schengen Borders Code, and the Commission’s guidance on the implementation of “green lanes”. We will urgently address, with the assistance of the Commission, the remaining problems concerning EU citizens blocked at internal EU borders and prevented from returning to their home countries and cross-border and seasonal workers who have to be able to continue essential activities while avoiding further spread of the virus.

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The European Bank Scandal Nobody Talks About | Armstrong Economics


06-03-20 08:59:00,

Last October, the European Union’s (EU) top court ruled on Thursday in favor of Polish consumers who took out mortgages in Swiss Francs, allowing them to ask Polish courts to convert the loans into the local zloty currency in a blow for lenders. Back in October 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union, based in Luxembourg, gave a judgment in favor of Polish victims of unfair mortgage agreements crafted by the banks. The bankers created mortgage loans in Swiss francs to be reimbursed in Polish zloty claiming that the currency was very stable and it was, therefore, a good deal. When the Swiss franc peg broke on January 15, 2015, mortgages throughout Europe were sent into turmoil for the bankers had been selling their mortgages linked to the Swiss franc.

The banks involved in crafting mortgages linked to the Swiss franc were Santander, BCP, BNP Paribas, and Commerzbank, as well as Poland’s biggest lenders PKO BP and Getin Noble Bank. Crafting such complex structures for the consumer is not something that will hold up very well in Europe moving forward.

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The Death of European Peoples –


23-01-20 04:00:00,

The Death of European Peoples

Europe no longer exists except as a geographical entity.  The peoples have been debased into a Tower of Babel.  The “leadership” of Europe actually stands with the immigrant-invaders against the European peoples who are ceasing to exist.

The same is happening to Americans.

All white people have been thrown into the trash bin of history.  And they accept it.  They are too afraid not to.  If they object, they are branded “white supremacists,”  “racists,” and “Trump deplorables.” White people won’t support their own kind.  Every other race does. Thus, white people are self-terminating.

The French are closest to self-inflicted extinction. A French author, Renaud Camus, received a two month suspended prison sentence for saying that “Immigration has become an invasion.”  The French, Germans, and the Swedes are experiencing The Camp of the Saints.

Americans are also being coerced into insanity. A Denver Post columnist was fired for saying correctly :  “There are only two sexes, identified by an XX or XY chromosome. That is the very definition of binary.” This statement of scientific fact was all it took to be fired.  So much for a free press at the Denver Post, a controlled explanation propaganda organization. 

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The European Commission Is ‘Irresponsible’ in Not Addressing 5G Health Risks – Global Research


16-12-19 08:18:00,

The European Commission is “irresponsible” in not addressing the health risks associated with the future rollout of next-generation mobile network, Bulgarian MEP Ivo Hristov has said.


His comments echo concerns recently highlighted by EU telecoms ministers, related to “non-technical” elements of 5G cybersecurity, as the debate continues around Europe’s ability to keep pace with the rest of the world on 5G deployment.

However, discussion over the potential health risks of establishing denser network infrastructures consisting of considerably higher capacities has recently surfaced as a growing concern among Parliamentarians in Brussels.

Speaking at an event at the European Parliament on Tuesday (10 December), S&D’s Hristov hit out at the Commission for failing to conduct a health impact assessment report on 5G, despite warnings being highlighted by many in the scientific community.

“Currently the EU has no assessment of the human health risk of the introduction of 5G technology,” he said. “The European Commission took the position that such an assessment was not necessary, despite warnings of the scientific community. I find this irresponsible.”

He added that he has asked the Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel to prepare a study of the potential effects on health and the environment from the introduction of 5G networks.

Hristov’s point was supported on Tuesday by a contingency of Green MEPs who came out in force to challenge various telecom industry representatives, keen on making sure that Europe doesn’t lag further behind in its deployment of 5G network infrastructure.

5G technologies were described as an “inevitability” by Prof. Vladimir Poulkov, head of the intelligent communications infrastructure R&D Laboratory at Sofia Tech Park.

Poulkov said there were “forces at play” that would mean 5G deployment in the EU would become a necessity in order to keep up with the demand for higher capacity data transfers and speeds, something, he said, may help with wider goals in reducing Europe’s energy consumption.

This point in particular was heavily refuted by Paul Lannoye, former MEP and chairman of the Environmental Group Grappe, who claimed that there are no benefits whatsoever to the application of 5G in the energy sector.

In terms of the environment,

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European Central Banks Are Slowly Preparing For Plan B: Gold


27-11-19 12:06:00,

Written by Jan Nieuwenhuijs of Voima,

It was long believed in the gold space that Western central banks are against gold, but things have changed, for quite some years now. Instead of discouraging people from buying gold, or convincing them that gold is an irrelevant asset, many of these central banks are increasingly honest about the true properties of this monetary metal. Stating that gold is the ultimate store of value, that it preserves its purchasing power through time and is a global means of payment. Such statements, combined with actions that will be discussed below, reveal that more and more central banks are preparing for plan B.

The Bundesbank (the German central bank) published a book last year named Germany’s Gold. In the introduction, written by the President of the Bundesbank Jens Weidmann, the view of this bank leaves no room for interpretation. Weidmann writes (emphasis mine):

Ask anyone in Germany what they associate with gold and, more often than not, they will say that it is synonymous with enduring value and economic prosperity.

Ask us at the Bundesbank what our gold holdings mean for us and we will tell you that, first and foremost, they make up a very large share of Germany’s reserve assets … [and they] are a major anchor underpinning confidence in the intrinsic value of the Bundesbank’s balance sheet.

The Bundesbank produced this publication to give a detailed account, the first of its kind, of how gold has grown in importance over the course of history, first as medium of payment, later as the bedrock of stability for the international monetary system.

Finally got my hands on an English copy of Gold, published by the German central bank. Something tells me the Bundesbank is pro gold.

‘Gold is the bedrock of stability for the international monetary system.’

— (@JanGold_) March 27, 2019

For Keynesians these comments might read like the Bundesbank (BuBa) is a “goldbug.” Its remarks, however, are simply common sense. Gold has enduring value. The world over it is associated with economic prosperity.

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New President of the European Central Bank (ECB) has a Criminal Record. Christine Lagarde – Global Research


14-10-19 08:43:00,

Image right: Lagarde and Moreno at Davos Economic Forum, January 2019

While Moreno’s predecessor Rafael Correa had denounced the IMF and World Bank as “neo-colonialist vampires who want to suck little countries of their sovereignty”, Lenin Moreno has fully embraced the IMF’s neoliberal agenda.

In March 2019, a  4.2 billion dollar “fake loan” agreement with the IMF was implemented, resulting in mass poverty through statutory wage reductions, dismissals of teachers and health workers, a spree of privatization of social services, a process of engineered inflation.

Extending the IMF Role to the EU

The IMF has a longstanding record of triggering poverty and economic destruction under its so-called “Structural Adjustment Programme” (SAP).  The latter consists in the imposition of drastic macroeconomic reforms as a condition for debt relief on more than 100 developing countries.

Will this model of macro-economic management be extended to all the member states of the European Union?

What is the broader relevance of the Ecuador crisis? How does it affect the European Union? What will be Lagarde’s role at the ECB?

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The European Parliament claims that the Soviet Union is responsible for the Second World War


10-10-19 09:16:00,

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European Parliament resolution of 19 September 2019 on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe (2019/2819(RSP))

(Text put to the vote by Michal Šimečka, Frédérique Ries, Ramona Strugariu, Katalin Cseh, Ondřej Kovařík, Vlad-Marius Botoş, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Jan-Christoph Oetjen and Christophe Grudler on behalf of the Renew Group, including the British Libe-Dem and the Irish Alliance.)

The European Parliament,

– having regard to the universal principles of human rights and the fundamental principles of the European Union as a community based on common values,

– having regard to the statement issued on 22 August 2019 by First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová ahead of the Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes,

– having regard to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted on 10 December 1948,

– having regard to its resolution of 12 May 2005 on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe on 8 May 1945 [1],

– having regard to Resolution 1481 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe of 26 January 2006 on the need for international condemnation of crimes of totalitarian Communist regimes,

– having regard to Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA of 28 November 2008 on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law [2],

– having regard to the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism adopted on 3 June 2008,

– having regard to its declaration on the proclamation of 23 August as European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Stalinism and Nazism adopted on 23 September 2008 [3],

– having regard to its resolution of 2 April 2009 on European conscience and totalitarianism [4],

– having regard to the Commission report of 22 December 2010 on the memory of the crimes committed by totalitarian regimes in Europe (COM(2010)0783),

– having regard to the Council Conclusions of 9-10 June 2011 on the memory of the crimes committed by totalitarian regimes in Europe,

– having regard to the Warsaw Declaration of 23 August 2011 on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes,

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European Union: A Massive Expansion Of Top-Down Powers


24-07-19 11:07:00,

Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,

Former German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been narrowly confirmed as the next President of the European Commission, the powerful administrative arm of the European Union.

In a secret ballot in the European Parliament on July 16, von der Leyen, a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, received 383 votes, only nine more than the 374 required — the lowest margin since the position of President was established in 1958. She will take over from Jean-Claude Junker in November 2019 for a five-year term.

Before the vote, von der Leyen promised an ambitious left-leaning policy program on climate change, taxes, migration and the rule of law. Many of her pledges — which would require transferring yet more national sovereignty to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels — appeared aimed at enticing support for her candidacy from Greens and Socialists in the European Parliament.

In the final vote, however, the Socialists were divided in their support for von der Leyen and the Greens formally opposed her. Interestingly, von der Leyen won with the support of eurosceptics in Central and Eastern Europe after she publicly criticized the way the EU has treated them due to their opposition to mass migration.

In the past, von der Leyen has called for the creation of a European superstate:

“My aim is the United States of Europe, on the model of federal states such as Switzerland, Germany or the United States,” she said in an August 2011 interview with the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel. More recently, however, she appeared to scale back her ambitions: she said that her dream of a federalized EU had become “more mature and more realistic.”

In comments apparently aimed at appeasing Central and Eastern Europe, she added: “In the European Union, there is unity in diversity. That is different from federalism. I think that is the right way.”

An examination of von der Leyen’s policy proposals, however, reveals that she is calling for a massive expansion of top-down powers of the European Commission.

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European Union: Toward A European Superstate


09-07-19 10:00:00,

Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,

  • German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, nominated to be the next President of the European Commission, has called for the creation of a European superstate. “My aim is the United States of Europe…” she said in an interview with Der Spiegel. She has also called for the creation of a European Army.

  • Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, nominated to be the next President of the European Council, has said that Eastern European countries opposed to burden-sharing on migration should lose some of their EU rights. He is also a strong proponent of the Iran nuclear deal.

  • Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, nominated to replace Federica Mogherini as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, is a well-known supporter of the mullahs in Iran. Borrell has also said that he hopes Britain will leave the EU because it is an impediment to the creation of a European superstate.

  • International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, nominated to be the next President of the European Central Bank, has supported U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s trade war with China. “President Trump has a point on intellectual property. It is correct that nobody should be stealing intellectual property to move ahead…. On these points clearly the game has to change, the rules have to be respected.”

  • “The best cure for Europhilia is always to observe the EU’s big beasts at their unguarded worst… unencumbered by any attachment to democracy, accountability or even basic morality… [W]e witnessed rare footage of the secretive process that propels so many retreads and second-rate apparatchiks into positions of immense power in Brussels and Frankfurt, utterly disregarding public opinion…. Everything that is wrong with the EU was shamelessly on display.” — Allister Heath, The Telegraph.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, nominated to be the next President of the European Commission, has called for the creation of a European superstate. “My aim is the United States of Europe…” she said in an interview with Der Spiegel. She has also called for the creation of a European Army.

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The European Union approves the nomination of four senior civil servants, by Thierry Meyssan


09-07-19 08:51:00,

Since the European Union has become a super-national structure by the force of Treaties, how can the member-States choose the senior civil servants who are to give them orders? In fact, they are not doing so, but are settling for accepting the choice of NATO, as presented by Germany and France.

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In theory, it had been decided by the United States, Germany and France, before the elections for the European Parliament, that the President of the Commission would be the German Manfred Weber. He had promised to halt construction work on the gas pipeline North Stream 2, and to limit the buying of Russian hydrocarbons by the Union for the benefit of US gas, which is much more expensive in terms of both production and transport.

In order to ensure that European voters remain comatose, an intense propaganda campaign had assured that the President of the Commission would be elected according to « democratic rule » – the winner would be the leader of the most important elected parliamentary group. There was no doubt that this would be Manfred Weber, as head of the conservatives (PPE). Of course, this rule has never been democratic, because democracy would have consisted of specifying a person who had earned the support not of a parliamentary group, but of a majority of voters. However, the Press and the candidates continued to repeat this stupidity, aware as they are that the EU is just a decoy.

But at the last moment, France went back on its promise. President Emmanuel Macron pretended that his parliamentary group (ADLE, now become Renew Europe) had managed to operate a breakthrough strong enough to warrant one of the four most coveted civil servant posts. He therefore arranged to have Manfred Weber insulted by the head of his party’s list, Nathalie Loiseau – who called him an « ectoplasm » and vetoed his nomination. Finally, Weber himself proposed a new German candidate, Ursula von der Leyen, once the nomination of Christine Lagarde at the head of the European Central Bank had been assured.

These two women will therefore be occupying the two most important posts, while the Belgian Charles Michel will preside over the Council of the Heads of State and Government – and also that of the Eurozone – and the Spanish Josep Borrell will be the senior representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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European Council appoints new leaders: Who are they? Quick facts


02-07-19 08:30:00,

The European Council has agreed on nominations for the future leadership of four top EU bodies after three days of intense negotiations. The results were posted on Twitter by current Council President Donald Tusk.

The European Council has agreed on the future leadership of the EU institutions.

— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) July 2, 2019

Ursula von der Leyen – European Commission President

The leaders agreed to nominate German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to be the next European Commission president. Von der Leyen, who was born in Brussels, would become the first female president of the Commission. 

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Von der Leyen has had a varied career, coming to politics later in life after a career in medicine as a gynaecologist. She is also a mother of seven and speaks fluent English and French. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her nomination had been approved “without any opposition.”

Charles Michel – European Council President 

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was named as Tusk’s replacement. Michel will be the second Belgian to take the role, which was first held by Herman Van Rompuy in 2007.

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Michel announced his resignation as PM after a no-confidence vote against his government last year, but still heads the caretaker government, with political talks continuing following an inconclusive election in May.

Josep Borrell Fontelles – High Rep. for Foreign Affairs

Spain’s Josep Borrell Fontelles, a former European Parliament president, was tapped to become High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. 

As Spanish Foreign Minister, Fontelles has hailed European cooperation with China, expressing interest in its ‘Belt and Road’ global trade and infrastructure initiative and hinting at wider EU-China cooperation in the future.

He previously worked as an engineer for Spain’s state petroleum company Campsa.

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How European Powers Have Sold Iran Out | New Eastern Outlook


27-06-19 01:38:00,


While European powers – the UK, Germany and France – are officially trying to ‘salvage’ the Iran nuke deal, the fact of the matter is that they have already sold out the deal to the US And while European officials continue to visit Tehran, they are not doing this to convince Iran of staying in the deal; their primary purpose has been to convince Iran of the importance of accepting core demands of the US and re-negotiate the deal. It is obvious that the European states have, although they officially continue to emphasize the importance of the deal, already succumbed to the US as far as the desire to re-negotiate the deal is concerned. As such, while British Middle East envoy was recently in Iran to discuss the crisis and salvage the deal, it was the UK that recently deployed UK Special Boat Service (SBS) frogmen to the Persian Gulf. Apart from these, elite commandos and highly-trained Royal Navy divers, who specialize in defusing explosives, have also been sent there to support the SBS to potentially protect British ships from Iranian attacks.

What this development shows in nutshell is that the British authorities believe, just like the US., that Iran is provoking attacks in the Gulf and that Iranian behaviour is unacceptable, completely overlooking the fact that Iran is still in the deal and that it is the US. that has violated the deal and imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran and that the core cause of the Gulf crisis is the US, not Iran.

Unsurprisingly then, Iran was reasonably disappointed at what British minister, Andrew Murrison, had to offer them in Tehran. Kamal Kharrazi, the head of Iran’s Strategic Council of Foreign Relations that works under Khamenei, said that meeting was “repetitive” with nothing new to offer, reiterating also that the three European countries, France, Germany and the UK “did not take serious actions” to save the JCPOA. Equally unsurprising was to see Murrison blatantly accusing Iran for oil attacks in the Gulf, adding UK believes Iran “almost certainly bears responsibility for the attacks”, meaning thereby that if the US retaliates for these [alleged] attacks, the UK will be ‘forced’ to side with it, since Iran, in such a scenario, would have failed to ‘correct’ its behaviour in the Gulf.

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European Commission Unwittingly Echoes ‘1984’ Slogan In Controversial Tweet


20-05-19 08:22:00,

The EU Commission is taking some heat on Twitter after its account tweeted a message that some blasted for perhaps unwittingly echoing “Orwellian” themes from George Orwell’s seminal novel 1984.


Urging Europeans to get out and vote during the upcoming European Parliamentary elections, which begin in a week, the Commission’s tweet read: “The EU is peace. The EU is freedom. The EU is solidarity. The EU is diversity. The EU is human rights. The EU is opportunities. Vote.”

🇪🇺 is peace

🇪🇺 is freedom

🇪🇺 is solidarity

🇪🇺 is diversity

🇪🇺 is human rights

🇪🇺 is opportunities

🇪🇺 is Erasmus

🇪🇺 is research

🇪🇺 is protection

🇪🇺 is equality

🇪🇺 is the future.

Vote. #ThisTimeImVoting

— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) May 18, 2019

Some observers noted that the “creepy” tweet and the slogan it bore resembled the three slogans of ‘the party’ of Big Brother in 1984: “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.” The fact that all of the European Commission’s 28 members aren’t elected might have strengthened the association for some, especially since the tweet didn’t include ‘democracy’ among its ‘virtues’.

Alongside the fact I would dispute most of these, the most important cornerstone of civilisation is missing. 🇪🇺 is NOT democracy

— Annunziata Rees-Mogg (@zatzi) May 19, 2019

Others pointed out that the tweet’s author may not have noticed the connotations of the tweet.


— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 19, 2019

Have you read 1984?

If you had, you’d understand why this tweet is creepy.

— Space Force Medic (@formerlydoc) May 19, 2019

From the Ministry of Love. That’s all, inhabitans of Oceania.

— Alessandro Felici (@alexfelici) May 18, 2019

The Commission is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing policy, enforcing compliance with treaties, and representing the union in trade talks. It has more power than any other European body,

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The European Union, in the moment and in the long run , by Thierry Meyssan


08-05-19 08:26:00,

The citizens of the European Union, who are supposed to elect their parliament on 25 and 26 May, are getting ready to make the wrong choice. By concentrating on their immediate problems, they are hesitating between several different priorities. But on the contrary, if they were to analyse their history over a long period, they would discover the origins of their social, economic and political problems, and without any doubt, would decide differently.

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After the Second World War, in 1947, ambassador George Kennan created the policy of containment [1] and President Harry Truman constituted the apparatus of national security (CIA, Joint Committee of the Chiefs of Staff, National Security Council) [2].

Washington and London then turned against Moscow, which had only recently been their ally. They were planning to create a common Anglo-Saxon nationality, and decided to include Western Europe in this group by creating the « United States of Europe », under their control.

It was important for them to stabilise the part of Western Europe that they occupied, faced with the Soviets in Eastern Europe. They enjoyed the support of the bourgeoisies, in particular those who had collaborated with the Nazi Axis, and who were now frightened by the new legitimacy of the Communist parties, the main victorious forces alongside the Soviet Union.

They based their work on the dream of a French senior civil servant, Louis Loucheur , to join the management of coal and steel necessary for the German and French armament industries in such a way as to prevent them from ever making war on one another again [3]. This idea was the ECSC (European Coal and Steel Community), the ancestor of the European Union.

In the context of the Korean War, North against South, Washington decided to rearm West Germany against East Germany. The Western European Union (WEU) was created in order for the developing United States of Europe to manage a common army under Anglo-Saxon control, but which would not attempt to transform itself into an independent force. The WEU would be responsible for foreign policy and common defence.

Relations between London and Washington became strained during the Suez crisis in 1956.

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The European Union is obliged to participate in US wars, by Thierry Meyssan


23-04-19 12:44:00,

Since the Treaty of Maastricht, all the members of the European Union (including the neutral countries) have placed their defences under the suzerainty of NATO, which is directed exclusively by the United States. This is why, when the Pentagon delegates the economic headquarters of the countries it wishes to destroy to the US Department of the Treasury (USDT), all members of the European Union and NATO are obliged to apply US sanctions.

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After having lost his majority in the House of Representatives during the mid-term elections, President Trump has found new allies in exchange for his discharge by prosecutor Mueller of the accusation of high treason [1]. He now supports the objectives of his generals. US imperialism is back [2].

In less than six months, the foundations of international relations have been « rebooted ». The war that Hillary Clinton promised to start has been declared, but not only by military force.

This transformation of the rules of the game, without equivalent since the end of the Second World War, immediately forced all actors to rethink their strategy, and therefore all the plans for alliance upon which they were based. Those who turn up late will pay for it.

Economic war has been declared

Wars will always be mortal and cruel, but for Donald Trump, who was a businessman before becoming President of the United States, it is best that they cost as little as possible. It is thus preferable to kill with economic means rather than by the use of arms. Given that the United States no longer share trade agreements with most of the countries they attack, the real « economic » cost of these wars (in the genuine sense of the term), is in effect supported by third-party countries rather than by the Pentagon.

Thus the United States have just decided to lay economic siege to Venezuela [3], Cuba [4] and Nicaragua [5]. In order to mask real killing wars, these actions are presented by the media apparatus as « sanctions », without giving us any idea of what law Washington is basing them on.

They are deployed with explicit reference to the « Monroe Doctrine » of 1823,

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European States Destroying Themselves with Servile US Obedience – Global Research


22-03-19 01:34:00,

This article was originally published on August 24, 2017 on The Duran.

This century alone has borne witness to former Warsaw Pact members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania not only joining the European Union, but also NATO – an imperial branch of the United States with aggressive, expansionist ideals. The Baltic States are situated on or nearby Russia’s border, and are currently home to hundreds of US and NATO troops stationed there as a “deterrence” against what is perceived as “increased Russian aggression”.

It is difficult to know whether to laugh or cry at the recklessness of such policies, as these nations’ leaders willingly endanger the safety of their own citizens. Not to mention throwing away any chance of sovereignty or independence by opening their borders to Western imperial power – welcoming American, British, German soldiers, and so on, and exposing their populations to neoliberal globalisation in the shape of the IMF.

What the Baltic leaders, and others, should be doing is engaging in constructive dialogue with Russia that would be of far greater benefit to the security and wellbeing of their people.

Instead it is one case after another of jumping aboard the gravy train as the money rolls in from the West, and into the hands of elite power while populations are cut adrift. Meanwhile, relations across the border continue sinking to dangerous lows as virulently anti-Russian messages are widely expressed.

It has reached a point in which Estonia’s Prime Minister, Juri Ratas, last month openly discussed the possibility of deploying US surface-to-air missiles in the country – directed at Russia. Ratas was enthusiastically mulling over the instalment of the Patriot missiles with US Vice President Mike Pence. The Estonian leader said the

“USA is indispensable to ensuring the security of our immediate neighbourhood, as well as all of Europe”.

Security for “all of Europe” from what one can only speculate in bewilderment. Security from the US would seem more appropriate judging by the superpower’s “indispensable” record in previous decades. Unfortunately for Ratas, Lithuania have already won the race for deployment of US Patriot missiles – with the “sophisticated missile defence system” having been erected there over a month ago.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite gave full backing to this clear breach of her country’s sovereignty,

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Blain: European Banks Are The Most Successful Ponzi Scheme Of All Time


21-02-19 06:29:00,

Blain’s Morning Porridge, submitted by Bill Blain

“Lenin was right. There is subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency.”

I must post this line from one of my favourite Financial sector commentaries – Duncan Farr of Jeffries who covers banks: “Here we are 5 weeks ahead of Brexit, and the top 2 performing banks in Europe are Lloyds followed by RBoS.” If you ever wanted a clearer hint the supposed Brexit crisis and imminent collapse of UK plc might just be a fictitious political construct, then there you are.  Its fascinating just how sanguine the markets have become about the divorce. Sterling is up and who cares?

I have often been told I worry about all the wrong things. According to BAML, (reported on BBerg), the biggest fear of European investors currently is a Worldwide Economic Slump, with 30% of respondents citing it as their primary worry. Yep. I can see why that would be an issue. Only 2% of European investors surveyed by BAML rank Brexit as their primary fear. It’s not even in the top 5! (For the record, my primary fear is a Global Liquidity Storm – the sudden and catastrophic drying up of liquidity following a shock..)

Politics and markets are intertwined, but… maybe no longer in the case of Brexit? It’s just become background noise – meaning it; doesn’t matter, or we’re overly complacent. UK politics has never looked so dire. Markets appear increasingly disinterested. A new UK political party, and unstated threats a whole slew of ministers are set to resign if we get/don’t get a Brexit deal. Rumours are a deal is already inked with Brussels. Rumours are the Tory Brexiteers will reject it – whatever it says. It Theresa May is capable of getting together a deal in parliament – then this would probably be a good time..

It’s beginning to get silly. If I was an Irish farmer, I’d be more than a little concerned by Michael Gove’s comments about imposing the 57% tariff allowed by WTO rules on the 37% of Irish food production sold to UK consumers. (Ouch!) The Irish have gone bleating to Brussels, where the Irish agri-kommitzar has already promised them aid.

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The European Union decrees sanctions against Syrians that seek the reconstruction of their homeland


23-01-19 08:22:00,

On 21 January 2019, the EU Council published a new list of sanctions against Syria. These sanction target businessmen or Syrian businesses that are participating in the Marota City project.‎

The European Union recognises that, apart from rare exceptions, none of the persons sanctioned under the new list have participated in any way in the Syrian conflict. They are being imposed for their intention to participate in the reconstruction of the country. ‎

According to the UN, the Syrian reconstruction process would require a minimum of 300 million dollars. In addition to rehabilitating certain areas, creating new cities will be indispensable, given that important city centres had been completely destroyed. It is in this perspective that Marota City ‎is the most important project being undertaken.

In addition to sanctions that were already in place, the new EU decision, raises the number of persons under sanction to 270 and the number of firms to 72. ‎

In October 2017, the then number 2 in the UN’s hierarchy, the US Jeffrey ‎Feltman, imparted directly to all members of the UN family – without going through the Security Council, the following instructions:
• deny all urgent help to the Syrian population;
• oppose any type of assistance to Syria; and
• oppose all form of reconstruction in this country ‎ [1]. ‎ ‎‎

Anoosha Boralessa

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European Spring Civil war has begun English version – FREESURIYAH


12-01-19 01:40:00,

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The European spring – civil war – has begun
By Sonja van den Ende – January 8, 2019
In Dutch (printed in Belgium by the Uitpers :…/europese-lente-burgeroorlog-is-be…/…

It really started, the uprising, which I will call the “European Spring”, a variation of the Arab, with the big difference that the Arab was a set-up plan and after thorough investigation, this rebellion is NOT a Soros plan or “left” plan. It is the uprising of the people, who are totally fed up with elite politicians and have seen their standard of living go down for years. Add the “refugee crisis” the recipe for revolt is ready.
Did we not predict that a few years ago, when the Western European countries went to war against Afghanistan, then Iraq, the destruction of Libya and finally the war in Syria? ! Then the election of Trump, simply because the American people suffered under the regime of its own governments, not that Trump will solve anything, but it was a sign. This is the sign that Western Europeans are fed up with the Liberal culture of culture and the dictatorial policy of the EU.
The European Union, an institution were citizens do NOT have a say or vote, is deciding for them and not with them. That is called a multi-dictatorship, which the elite presents us as a democracy, a democracy is a sovereign country, where the will of the people happens. Therefore, it is time for revolt!
An overview of the events per country

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France: Of course I start with France, there it started, just like in 1789, the French revolution.
An online petition posted in May 2018 reached 300,000 signatures in mid-October 2018 and was followed by regular mass demonstrations that began on November 17. The reason was the rising fuel prices, the high cost of living and a disproportionate burden of the government’s tax reforms on the working and middle class, especially in the rural areas, also in the other Western European countries first the rural areas were affected, Germany and Belgium are good examples of this.
The protesters have demonstrated for lower fuel taxes,

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The European Union: An Authoritarian Body With A Humanitarian Face


03-01-19 10:51:00,

Authored by Jiri Payne via The Gatestone Institute,

  • What the Lisbon Treaty actually created was an authoritarian political system that infringes on human and political rights.

  • Article 4 states in part: “…The Member States shall facilitate the achievement of the Union’s tasks and refrain from any measure which could jeopardise the attainment of the Union’s objectives.” In other words, the interests of the Union are above the interests of individual states and citizens.

  • In a democratic system with a healthy balance of power, a ruling coalition can be challenged or replaced by the opposition. This is precisely what is lacking in the EU, as the Treaty of Lisbon requires that European Commission members be selected on the basis of their “European commitment.” This means, in effect, that anyone with a dissenting view may never become a member of the Commission. As history repeatedly demonstrates, where there is no opposition, freedom is lost.

The Treaty of Lisbon considers the interests of the European Union to be above the interests of individual states and citizens. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, complained in 2016: “Too many politicians are listening exclusively to their national opinion. And if you are listening to your national opinion you are not developing what should be a common European sense…” (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The Treaty of Lisbon — drafted as a replacement to the 2005 Constitutional Treaty and signed in 2007 by the leaders of the 27 European Union member states — describes itself as an agreement to “reform the functioning of the European Union… [it] sets out humanitarian assistance as a specific Commission competence.”

What the Lisbon Treaty actually created, however, was an authoritarian political system that infringes on human and political rights.

Take the mandate of the European Commission (EC), for instance. According to Article 17 of the Treaty:

“The Commission shall promote the general interest of the Union… In carrying out its responsibilities, the Commission shall be completely independent… the members of the Commission shall neither seek nor take instructions from any Government or other institution,

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The European Countries Home To The Most Migrants


26-12-18 10:16:00,

The latest figures on migrant populations from the United Nations reveal a lot about the movement of people around the world and how this has evolved over the years.

This infographic focuses on the share of the population accounted for by migrants in European countries in 2017.

As Statista’s Martin Armstrong notes, when looking at nations with a population of over 500,000, Luxembourg is top of the list with 45.3 percent.

Infographic: The European countries home to the most migrants | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

The UK, currently negotiating its exit from the EU based in large part on the public’s dissatisfaction with the perceived levels of immigration, has 13.4 percent of its people classed as ‘foreign-born’.

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


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


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


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,


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,

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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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