Friday, March 22, 2019

Welcome to Greece (but Not to Europe)

Europe's efforts to exclude Athens aren’t about migration or debt. They’re about the continent’s deep-seated racism toward its southern frontier state. Last month, Greece found itself once again facing expulsion from the club. Not, this time, from the single-currency eurozone and not (for the moment) from the European Union. This...

Here’s why France is on the frontline of the war with Islamic State

France's persistent targeting by extremists is linked to its secretive war with IS militants being waged across the Mediterranean in the Maghreb. At least 84, perhaps up to 100 people, have been killed in the horrifying attack in Nice, France. In the latest of a series of terrorist attacks in the...

Greece: “As a doctor, I feel outraged”

Everything has now changed on the Greek island of Lesbos which last year saw well over half a million refugees and migrants take their first steps on European soil. During the chaos of last summer, 15,000 people were stranded on the island after the authorities stopped running ferries to...

Brexit could deal major economic, political blow to EU

The European Union could lose its second-largest economy if the UK decides to leave, taking a potentially major economic and political blow at a time when the EU already faces slowing economic growth and an ongoing refugee crisis. The UK is scheduled to hold a referendum on June 23 asking...

The biggest debt write-offs in the history of the world

From ancient Babylon to 1930s Europe, debt jubilees have been far more common than discussions over Greece would suggest. A small southern eastern European country has announced a widescale programme of debt cancellation. No, it's not Greece, but Croatia. The Croatian government will be wiping off the liabilities of around 60,000...

Angela Merkel Doesn’t Have a Brexit Plan, Either

Britain's departure from the EU has made Germany far more powerful than it should be. At Monday afternoon’s news conference in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's body language was a notch less downcast than her post-Brexit vote appearance on Friday, when the dispassionate, even-keeled chancellor actually looked disheartened in a...

French riot police use water cannon to break up fuel depot blockade

Striking workers cleared by authorities as CGT trade union calls for nuclear plant shutdown in protest over labour reform bill. Riot police have used water cannon to break up a fuel depot blockade in northern France as the hardline CGT trade union called for strikes at nuclear plants amid a...

Greece Makes €450 Million Payment to International Monetary Fund

Greece transferred around €450 million to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday. As a result, Athens has repaid its second major loan without being able to access new assistance. The country had already paid the IMF €1.5 billion at the end of March. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis had...

EU wastes migrant aid millions with chaotic and badly managed projects

Ahead of €6 billion bargain with Turkey, blistering report says EU does not even count millions spent overseas on halting migration. European Union aid to halt migration is so poorly managed that Jean-Claude Juncker’s officials are unable to say how much has been spent, a scathing report has found. The finding...

Riot police crack down on Paris protests against labour reforms

Thousands of protesters turn out on streets of French capital as refineries and nuclear power stations across the country come to a halt. Riot police arrested 16 people and fired teargas in violent clashes with protesters marching in Paris as striking workers continued to blockade refineries and nuclear power stations...

Euro zone monthly economic sentiment falls more than expected

Economic sentiment in the 19 countries sharing the euro fell in August to its lowest level since March, a further indication that morale is weakening after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The European Commission's euro zone Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) fell to 103.5 in August from 104.5 in...

Europe’s border policy is designed to push refugees into the sea

Shortly before a huge migrant boat disaster early this month, The Sun, a daily paper owned by Rupert Murdoch, published a column by British TV star and rightwing provocateur Katie Hopkins calling migrants “cockroaches” and “a plague of feral humans.” Not long after it went to press, as many as 850 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean when their...

EU’s secret ultimatum to Afghanistan: accept 80,000 deportees or lose aid

Memo leaked in advance of Brussels aid summit reveals EU plans to make assistance to Afghanistan ‘migration sensitive’ despite security concerns. When international donors and the Afghan government convene in Brussels next week, the EU secretly plans to threaten Afghanistan with a reduction in aid if the war-torn country does...

Spain Runs Out of Workers With Almost 5 Million Unemployed

Spanish headhunter Samuel Pimentel just can’t find the candidates. After a frustrating search for specialist consultants for a client, he’s given up and is casting his net elsewhere. “We were looking for people for two months,” Pimentel, a partner at Ackermann Beaumont Group for Spain and Latin America, said in a...

After Brexit Vote, Europe’s Leaders Debate Timing of U.K.’s Departure

Officials in Brussels and Berlin suggest giving Britain a chance to reconsider its decision to quit the EU. Pressure abated on the U.K. to serve swift notice of its intention to leave the European Union after last week’s referendum, as senior European policy makers suggested Britain should be allowed time...

France in Chaos: Biggest and longest protests & riots since French Revolution

As the country prepares to host two million visitors at the showpiece Euro 2016 Football Championship in less than two weeks, labor strikes at oil refineries and nuclear power plants; fuel shortages paralyzing aviation and public transport system; violent street protests; nationwide riots; and a state of emergency until...

Brexit plans in disarray as high court rules parliament must have its say

Government to appeal after judges say article 50 cannot be triggered without MPs’ backing – a major blow to Theresa May. Parliament alone has the power to trigger Brexit by notifying Brussels of the UK’s intention to leave the European Union, the high court has ruled. The judgment (pdf), delivered by...

France’s Perpetual State of Emergency

The country's extraordinary anti-terrorism measures are on the way to becoming entirely ordinary. On Thursday night, France had seemed to dodge the bullet everyone feared. The Euro 2016 soccer tournament had come to a peaceful, though disappointing end, while the festivities for Bastille Day were well underway. But everything changed...

Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment...

The decision by U.K. voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that — for once — their failures have become a prominent part of the storyline. Media reaction to the Brexit vote falls into two general categories: (1) earnest, candid attempts...

Raoul Pal: The Brexit vote is about so much more than Britain leaving the...

Former global macro fund manager Raoul Pal says no matter how the Brexit vote goes it could have really bad unintended consequences for the rest of Europe. Closely-followed former global macro fund manager Raoul Pal says the United Kingdom's European Union referendum — no matter how the "Brexit" vote goes...

Brussels Attack: The True Implications of ISIS Links

Just days after arresting French-born Belgium national  and terror suspect Salah Abdeslam in Brussels, a coordinated terror attack unfolded in the very same city, killing 34  and injuring many more. NBC News has already announced that European officials are linking the attack to ISIS, though it is unclear whether or not Abdeslam’s...

EU allies defy US to join China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The new China-led Asian investment bank, a potential rival to institutions such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, has enlisted more US allies as members after Britain decided to join last week. The membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is set to expand further, with...

Brexit is a fake revolt – working-class culture is being hijacked to help the...

Leaving the EU won’t guarantee a rise in wages, a cap on rents, or a fall in NHS waiting times and class sizes. The only thing it guarantees is more right-wing Tory control. I love fake revolts of the underclass: I’m a veteran of them. At secondary school, we had...

Fukushima rice set to make first EU foray with debut in Britain

Fukushima-harvested rice will hit the stores in Britain in July, which might make it the first member of the EU to import the grain, following a sustained effort by a group of Fukushima natives in London fighting rumors about the safety of the crop. It is also the third nation,...

Manuel Valls defies calls to resign, forces labor bill through parliament

PARIS — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls used an executive decree Tuesday to force a controversial labor reform bill through parliament, triggering calls for him to step down amid fresh street protests. Valls, who has tied his own credibility to passing the bill, told a group of Socialist MPs that he had...

French Protests: Nuclear Power Strikes Add to Dire Fuel Shortage

Strikes at all French nuclear power stations have added to the energy crisis in France, where one-third of France’s gas station ran out or ran low of petrol on Thursday, as mass protests against proposed labor reforms blocked roads and barred trucks’ access to oil depots and other sites,...

UK Government agreed referendum could not be legally binding

Only six years ago, ministers agreed that referendums “cannot be legally binding” – so MPs and peers should decide “whether or not to take action”. Senior Conservative MPs have seized on a forgotten Government promise to let Parliament decide the response to any referendum result – insisting it must hold...

Steamrolled

A special investigation into the diplomacy of doing business abroad. One of Europe’s poorest countries wanted a road, so U.S. mega-contractor Bechtel sold it a $1.3 billion highway, with the backing of a powerful American ambassador. Funny thing is, the highway is barely being used—and the ambassador is now working...

Prisoners of Europe: the everyday humiliation of refugees stuck in Greece

Europe's migration policies are turning the country into a giant holding pen, with the people trapped in it close to breaking point. At the Softex refugee camp in northern Greece, it is lighter by night than it is by day. Inside this windowless former warehouse, the lamps only work in...

EU to set up euro-election troll patrol to tackle Eurosceptic surge

The European Parliament is to spend almost £2 million on press monitoring and trawling Eurosceptic debates on the internet for "trolls" with whom to debate in the run-up and during euro-elections next year amid fears that hostility to the EU is growing. The Daily Telegraph has seen confidential spending proposals...

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