Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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...

“Suicide Bombers” Known to, Imprisoned by Security Agencies BEFORE Brussels Attack

It is now revealed that not only were at least three bombers involved in the March 22 Brussels attack well-known to Western security agencies, two – brothers Brahim and Khalid El Bakraoui – were both arrested, charged, and imprisoned for violent crimes in 2010 and 2011, the elder brother for shooting at police...

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...

I didn’t think TTIP could get any scarier, but then I spoke to the...

With just eight words she exposed everything that's wrong with the deal, and why it needs to be defeated. I was recently granted a rare glimpse behind the official façade of the EU when I met with its Trade Commissioner in her Brussels office. I was there to discuss the...

Labour accused of covering up warnings about immigration

Secret research commissioned by Labour ministers warned that the number of immigrants moving to Britain threatened to drive down wages and inflame community tensions, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. One of the reports, to be published today under freedom of information laws, showed that immigration into rural areas almost doubled...

Hungary Plans to Crack Down on All Soros-Funded NGOs

Hungary plans to crack down on non-governmental organizations linked to billionaire George Soros now that Donald Trump will occupy the White House, according to the deputy head of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party. The European Union member will use “all the tools at its disposal” to “sweep out” NGOs funded...

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,...

Duisport – The world’s largest inland port and leading logistics hub in Central Europe

Germans are admired around the world for their organisational talent. Thus, it seems apparent that logistical abilities are near and dear to us. And how true that is, is documented by the world’s largest inland port in Duisburg, where ­workers still use the traditional miners’ greeting “Glück auf” (Good...

Lagarde: No grace for Greece on repayment delay

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has rebuffed talk of Greece obtaining a delay on its debt payments to the Fund. Her remarks came at a meeting with the World Bank in Washington. The IMF chief did her best to puncture Greece's hope's at the meeting in Washington. "It's clearly not...

EU summit lines up against Russia

On Thursday, the 28 leaders of the European Union gathered in Brussels at their final summit of the year. The EU is in deep crisis. Following the British decision to leave the EU, the election of Donald Trump as US president, and the rise of right-wing nationalist forces in...

The Budding Autocrats of the Balkans

From Montenegro to Macedonia, a new generation of leaders has learned to tell the West what it wants to hear while crushing democracy back home. At first glance, especially compared to other parts of the world, the Balkans seem to be in great shape. The last few years, in particular, appear...

One Port, Two Worlds: China Seeks Dominance in Athens Harbor

A Chinese executive with shipping company Cosco has helped transform part of Athen's Port of Piraeus into a success story. The multinational firm now has a controversial plan to acquire the whole facility and put it on track to join the ranks of Hamburg and Rotterdam. One could argue that China's...

Germany Can Protect the Liberal Order

As U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Berlin for a farewell visit on Wednesday, German policymakers were scrambling to develop a road map for dealing with the presidency of his successor, Donald Trump. Last week, in a congratulatory note to the president-elect, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gently conditioned Germany's...

France to Escalate Strikes in Syria and Iraq After Nice Attack

Hollande to extend the state of emergency by another three months. French Prime Minister Francois Hollande said Friday morning local time that he would "strengthen our actions" in Syria and Iraq and extend the state of emergency by another three months, hours after a truck plowed into a crowd of...

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,...

3 European Powers Say They Will Join China-Led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

BRUSSELS - Ignoring direct pleas from the Obama administration, Europe’s biggest economies have declared their desire to become founding members of a new Chinese-led Asian investment bank that the United States views as a rival to the World Bank and other institutions set up at the height of American...

EU Now More Vulnerable Than Any Time in Its History

A familiar sight returned to the street of Athens this past weekend: Violent protests over spending cuts pushed through the Greek parliament Sunday by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as a necessary step to receive the latest tranche in a financial bailout worth 86 billion euro ($98 billion). It’s not...

Eurozone Asked to Consider More Concessions on Greece’s Debt

Finance ministers to discuss extending maturities, limiting repayments and capping interest rates. BRUSSELS - A confidential document debated by eurozone finance ministers detailed for the first time what Greece's creditors could do to ease the country’s debt load and how that burden would develop over the coming decades without new...

The global refugee crisis: humanity’s last call for a culture of sharing and cooperation

The real crisis is not the influx of refugees to Europe per se but a toxic combination of destabilising foreign policy agendas, economic austerity and the rise of right-wing nationalism, which is likely to push the world further into social and political chaos in the months ahead. Razor-wire fences, detention...

Greece in talks with Russia to buy missiles for S-300 systems: RIA

(Reuters) - Greece is negotiating with Russia for the purchase of missiles for its S-300 anti-missile systems and for their maintenance, Russia's RIA news agency quoted Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos as saying on Wednesday. The report followed a visit by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras last week to Moscow,...

Despite Mass Protests, France Passes Maligned Labor Bill Without Debate

Members of Parliament call for prime minister to resign after he uses executive order to ram legislation through lower house. As protesters marched through Paris on Tuesday, France's lower house of Parliament rammed through a controversial labor proposal—which would give companies more power to fire workers and extend hours—without a...

Ax-Wielding Terrorists and Germany’s Stiff Upper Lippe

Germans are showing enormous restraint amid the rising threat of homegrown terrorism. But the Islamic State hasn’t really hit them yet. Germany's straight-faced interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, is Chancellor Angela Merkel's point person for keeping the country safe. A lifelong conservative, de Maizière is considered a law-and-order type, about as...

Brexit – What Else Is Wrong with the European Union?

Ever since the inception of the European Economic Community, British politicians across the entire political spectrum have been perceptive enough to realize that Britain will lose its sovereignty and turn into a vassal of the France-Germany axis. This month, in March, an official audit reported that EU auditors refuse to...

After Brussels, U.S. State Department Hits Europe Where It Hurts: Its Economy

The unemployment rate in the eurozone is 10.3 percent. Its economy grew only 1.9 percent last year. There’s a chance Britain could leave, taking with it $3 trillion in GDP. And now, in the wake of Tuesday’s terror attack in Brussels, its economy is being dealt another potentially severe...

Hollande says France in state of economic emergency

President Francois Hollande has set out a €2bn (£1.5bn) job creation plan in an attempt to lift France out of what he called a state of "economic emergency". Under a two-year scheme, firms with fewer than 250 staff will get subsidies if they take on a young or unemployed person...

Here’s What Putin’s Counter-Sanctions Did To EU Exporters

European food exporters have lost nearly a half a billion dollars in Russian business since the annexation of Crimea last March. Back then, Russia imports totaled around $1.2 billion. But then all hell broke loose in Ukraine. A pro-Russian politician got sacked by protesters and the Kyiv government put in Arseniy...

The European Union always was a CIA project, as Brexiteers discover

Brexiteers should have been prepared for the shattering intervention of the US. The European Union always was an American project. It was Washington that drove European integration in the late 1940s, and funded it covertly under the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. While irritated at times, the US has relied...

EU-Turkey deal could see Syrian refugees back in war zones, says UN

Refugees chief questions legality of agreement to send people back to Turkey without guarantees for their protection. A senior UN official says he is very concerned that a hasty EU deal with Turkey could leave Syrian refugees unprotected and at risk of being sent back to a war zone. Filippo Grandi,...

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...

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...

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