Tuesday, December 11, 2018

For sale: Greek islands, hotels and historic sites

As privatisation agency chairman, Stergios Pitsiorlas is seen as the right man to expedite disposal of a growing list of assets. In Greece today, government power comes with few trappings. Unable to tap capital markets and dependent wholly on international aid, the debt-stricken country’s senior officials are acrobats in a...

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...

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,...

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...

Mobilize European workers to defend French strikers!

As oil refinery blockades and occupations, port walkouts and calls for further strike action in defiance of attacks by riot police spread across France, the working class is emerging as the leading force in the struggle against the Socialist Party (PS) government's reactionary labor law. The movement is beginning...

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...

French strikers to shut nuclear power plant in bid to see labour reforms scrapped...

French workers threatened to shut down the country's nuclear power stations on Wednesday as it emerged that the state has been forced to delve into emergency petrol reserves for the past two days. As the standoff continued between hardline unions and the ruling Socialists over a controversial labour reform, the...

Brussels police fire water cannon at anti-austerity protesters

Belgian police have fired water cannon during clashes with protesters at a demonstration in Brussels against the centre-right government’s austerity measures. A 100-strong group of masked protesters broke away from the peaceful main rally of about 60,000 people in the Belgian capital and started hurling objects and firecrackers at riot...
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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...

EU draws up plans for military attacks on Libya targets to stop migrant boats

Britain drafting UN security council resolution that would authorise mission to hit vessels used by human traffickers for dash across Mediterranean. The European Union has drawn up plans for military attacks in Libya to try to curb the influx of migrants across the Mediterranean by targeting the trafficking networks. It...

Germany Appears to Cave on Greek Debt

What a difference a meeting makes. Hours after Europe and Greece appeared far apart on the latest bailout payment to Athens, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble late Monday signaled a readiness to make some kind of deal on Greek debt. His acquiescence came after a meeting of European finance ministers...

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...

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...

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...

How NATO-linked Think Tanks Control EU Refugee Policy

A flood of uncontrolled war refugees from Syria, Libya, Tunisia and other Islamic countries destabilized by Washington’s ‘Arab Spring’ Color Revolutions, has created the greatest social dislocation across the EU from Germany to Sweden to Croatia since the end of World War II. By now it has become clear...

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...

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...

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...

IMF Internal Meeting Predicts Greek Disaster, Threatens to Leave Troika

Today, 2nd April 2016, WikiLeaks publishes the records of a 19 March 2016 teleconference between the top two IMF officials in charge of managing the Greek debt crisis - Poul Thomsen, the head of the IMF's European Department, and Delia Velkouleskou, the IMF Mission Chief for Greece. The IMF...

Europe’s Big Freedom Fail

It's time for the European Union to get serious about enforcing democratic standards. The European Union doesn’t give a damn about democracy. Yeah, sure, they keep saying they do — and they’ve been saying it again in the wake of this week’s terrorist attack in Brussels. But their actions are...

“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...

EU Focuses on Security Measures After Brussels Attacks

European Union justice and security ministers hold talks in Brussels Thursday on ways to shore up intelligence and security, as police search for yet another suspect in the attacks in the Belgian capital that killed at least 31 people and wounded 300 others. Police have launched a manhunt for a...

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...

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 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...

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...

Here’s What Happens if Britain Dumps the EU

A Brexit could make the U.K.'s special relationship with the United States a lot less special. The death of London as a financial center. A trade war between Germany and Britain. The possible collapse of a historic trade deal. When British voters head to the polls this summer to decide...

Legality of deal struck between the EU and Turkey over refugees questioned

A senior United Nations official has questioned the legality of the recent deal struck between the European Union and Turkey in keeping refugees away from the bloc. The deal is not only contrary to international law but also puts the refugees at risk of being sent back to a...

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,...

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...

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