Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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...

Net immigration to UK nears peak as fewer Britons emigrate

UK role as ‘jobs factory of Europe’ draws long-term working migrants with net migration reaching 330,000 in 2015. Annual net immigration to Britain rose to 333,000 in 2015, just 3,000 below its record peak, confirming the UK as a country of mass immigration, figures from the Office for National Statistics...

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...

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...

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-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,...

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...

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...
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The Greek Surrender Finance As A New Means Of War

Greece's economic crisis has perhaps been eclipsed by Europe's refugee crisis, terrorist attacks, and by the forthcoming Brexit referendum. But it has not gone away. Greece's Syriza coalition faced violence on the streets and a 3 day general strike last week that had brought much of the country to...

Europe’s economic powerhouses snub US, sign up to China-led World Bank

France, Germany and Italy have joined the UK in signing on to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, against US wishes. France, Germany and Italy on Tuesday joined the U.K. in signing onto the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), brushing off Washington's reservations about the burgeoning institution and leaving the U.S....

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 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...

John Kerry: Brexit could be walked back

US secretary of state expresses doubts over whether Brexit will happen as David Cameron ‘has no idea how he would do it’. The US secretary of state has raised doubts about whether Brexit will ever happen, suggesting most leave campaigners do not truly believe in Britain’s divorce from the EU...

David Cameron’s Austerity Bomb Finally Went Off

After years of failed economic policy, the British public was ready to lash out. Yes, I’m the guy who said the European Union would disintegrate, but I didn’t think it would happen so quickly. And I didn’t imagine that we would have the ill-timed economic policies of David Cameron’s Conservative...

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...

Paris strikes astonishing partnership with secret Isis sponsor tied to Hillary Clinton

The City of Paris has struck a corporate partnership with French industrial giant, Lafarge, recently accused of secretly sponsoring the Islamic State (Isis or Daesh) for profit. Documents obtained by several journalistic investigations reveal that Lafarge has paid taxes to the terror group to operate its cement plant in Syria,...

ECB examines possibility of Greek IOU currency in case of default

(Reuters) - The European Central Bank has analyzed a scenario in which Greece runs out of money and starts paying civil servants with IOUs, creating a virtual second currency within the euro bloc, people with knowledge of the exercise told Reuters. Greece is close to having to repay the International...

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...

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...

French Far Right Gets Helping Hand With Russian Loan

PARIS — France's far-right National Front party has taken an $11.7 million loan from a Russian bank to help finance various campaigns — money, officials said, party representatives were unable to obtain from any French or European bank, though they spoke to a dozen. In the meantime, Jean-Marie Le Pen,...

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...

Westminster’s Squabbling Is Making Brexit Worse

The simple fact is that political uncertainty hurts the economy. And with chaos reigning in the U.K., the road ahead looks bumpy indeed. When the Brexit vote was still months away, veteran Conservative Party politician Kenneth Clarke predicted that, should David Cameron lose the campaign for Britain to stay within...

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...

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...

Greek PM blasts Russia sanctions at Putin meet

Moscow (AFP) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday lashed out at EU sanctions against Russia during talks with Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin in Moscow that have unnerved Brussels. Tsipras' sit-down with Putin had fuelled fears on the continent that cash-strapped Athens could be cosying up to Moscow with...

UNHCR: More Than 10,000 Died Trying To Cross Mediterranean Since 2014

The United Nations refugee agency says more than 10,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get into the European Union since 2014. The UNHCR's report on June 7 came as the European Union unveiled new plans to try to slow down the flow of illegal migrants...

Should America Care Whether Britain Stays in the EU?

In less than two weeks, British voters will determine the future of not just their nation, but of the European Union. Having just spent a couple weeks in Britain myself, the looming June 23 referendum on EU membership was inescapable, with signs and leaflets everywhere, and just about every conversation coming...

I do not believe that Brexit will happen

There will be howls of rage, but why should extremists on both sides dictate how the story ends? All good dramas involve the suspension of disbelief. So it was with Brexit. I went to bed at 4am on Friday depressed that Britain had voted to leave the EU. The following...

If you’re worried about our sovereignty, read the German judges’ damning indictment of TTIP

A group of German judges have just dealt a serious blow to the European Commission’s desperate TTIP ‘compromise’. They’ve issued a damning indictment on the proposal for an ‘international investment court’, which the EU Commission hoped would get them out of the deep mess that the TTIP negotiations are...

Tech Giants Vow to Tackle Online Hate Speech Within 24 Hours

U.S. Internet giants Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Google and Microsoft Corp. pledged to tackle online hate speech in less than 24 hours as part of a joint commitment with the European Union to combat the use of social media by terrorists. Beyond national laws that criminalize hate speech, there is...

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