EU Proves It Has Become an Authoritarian Government

The European Commission President JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker, has come out and boldly stated that Poland and Hungary and their refusal to take in a single refugee person under a plan agreed in 2015 to relocate 160,000 asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece, said: ‘Those who do not want to accept people with a different skin colour or a different belief come from a world of ideas that I do not consider compatible with the EU’s original mission.’ Juncker further said that if the refugee crisis existed previously and Poland and Hungary refused to accept the refugees, they would have been denied membership.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Jun 19, 2017.

EU Sues Poland, Hungary And Czech Republic For Refusing To Accept Refugees

The European Commission has launched a legal case against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, for refusing to take in asylum seekers, escalating a bitter feud within the 28-nation bloc about how to deal with the Pandora’s box opened up Angela Merkel’s 2015 “Open Door” policy (since shut).
The reason for Brussels’ ire is that the eurosceptic governments in Poland and Hungary refused to take in anyone under a plan agreed by a majority of EU leaders in 2015 to relocate migrants from frontline states Italy and Greece to help ease their burden. The Czech Republic initially accepted 12 people but has since said it would not welcome more. It is perhaps worth noting that the three countries are among the very few who have had virtually no terrorist attacks in the past two years.
At stake in the dispute is the bloc’s unity, already tested by Britain’s unprecedented decision to leave, weak economies and higher support for eurosceptic parties across the EU. Beyond its borders, the EU is also facing what it says is a “threat” from Russia and a foundering new relationship with President Donald Trump. But two years of arm-wrestling have so far produced no results and EU leaders are unlikely to be able to break the impasse when they discuss the matter next week in Brussels, according to Reuters.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 14, 2017.

7/6/17: European Policy Uncertainty: Still Above Pre-Crisis Averages

As noted in the previous post, covering the topic of continued mis-pricing by equity markets of policy uncertainties, much of the decline in the Global Economic Policy Uncertainty Index has been accounted for by a drop in European countries’ EPUIs. Here are some details: In May 2017, EPU indices for France, Germany, Spain and the UK have dropped significantly, primarily on the news relating to French elections and the moderation in Brexit discussions (displaced, temporarily, by the domestic election). Further moderation was probably due to elevated level of news traffic relating to President Trump’s NATO visit. Italy’s index rose marginally. Overall, European Index was down at 161.6 at the end of May, showing a significant drop from April 252.9 reading and down on cycle high of 393.0 recorded in November 2016. The index is now well below longer-term cycle trend line (chart below).

This post was published at True Economics on June 8, 2017.

Democrats & Republicans Poles Apart On Global Warming

Amid widespread international condemnation, U. S. President Donald Trump has announced that he is pulling the United States out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The leaders of France, Germany and Italy have issued a joint statement saying they regret the decision while affirming their commitment to continuing the global fight against climate change. Senior Republicans and coal industry officials have backed the president’s decision, however.
But as Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, 86 percent of people in Brazil and 76 percent of people in India consider global warming a very serious problem. In the U. S., on the other hand, only 45 percent of respondents were seriously concerned.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 4, 2017.

Former News Corp Boss Admits “The Media Isn’t Going To Change… In Fact It Will Get Worse”

Marty Pompadur is a reference in the global media industry, where he is involved as an investor, advisor and board member. Until recently he was global vice chairman of media and entertainment for Macquarie Capital based in New York City.
In June 1998, Mr. Pompadur became Executive Vice President of News Corporation, President of News Corporation Eastern and Central Europe and a member of News Corporation’s Executive Management Committee. In January 2000, Mr. Pompadur was appointed Chairman of News Corporation Europe. In his decade with News Corporation, he was instrumental in negotiating the merger of Stream and Telepiu to create Sky Italia in Italy, now one of the world’s most successful Pay-TV businesses and in creating and managing several successful businesses across Europe.
He started his media career at ABC, where he eventually became the youngest person ever to be appointed to the board of directors. He then left to pursue senior career opportunities with other media companies. Mr. Pompadur graduated from Williams College with a BA Degree and from the University of Michigan Law School with a LLB Degree.
E Tavares: Thank you very much for being with us today. You are a seasoned veteran of the media industry and as such we very much appreciate your views on something that is very important to citizens in free societies, and that is having access to reliable and trustworthy news and information. Based on your decades’ long experience, what have been the major changes regarding how news media operates and is disseminated? Not just in terms of technology but the actual business model and content strategies.
M Pompadur: I started in the industry in 1960. Back then we had newspapers, magazines, television and radio. Let’s concentrate on the latter two. If you were a television or radio station, distinguished from a network, you were subject to the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (‘FCC’). Some of those rules stipulated that your news had to be fair and balanced, and you had to give equal time to different views. If there was a political race or some kind of a referendum going on you couldn’t just put out one side of the argument. You had to offer equal time to both sides and if you didn’t people would complain to the FCC.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 4, 2017.

NATO Launches Its Own Operation In The Middle East

Authored by Peter Korzun via The Strategic Culture Foundation,
The recent NATO summit took a decision to formally become a member of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS), in addition to its training mission in Iraq.
Last year, NATO started a training and capacity-building mission for Iraqi armed forces. In January, it opened a regional center in Kuwait. NATO AWACS aircraft operate in Syria. But the participation in combat actions against the IS has so far been limited to a few aircraft taking part in the operations of the US-led coalition of the willing. Formally, each alliance member contributes to the coalition, but NATO as its own entity does not. Despite the coalition’s efforts, the IS had grown and expanded in Syria till Russia launched its military operation there in 2015.
France and Germany have always had reservations about the prospect of joining the anti-IS coalition as an alliance, concerned that it would lead to NATO taking over the fight or overshadowing regional partners, such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Italy has been skeptical of the plan.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 2, 2017.

Italy, France, Germany Say Paris Accord Can Not Be Renegotiated

Update 2: Macron is now trolling Trump on twitter.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 1, 2017

Update 1
In a response to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate pact, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday night that the effects of climate change are already evident around the world.
“We will not negotiate a less restrictive accord,” he said, adding that France, Germany and Italy remained united behind the agreement. Macron also reitereated his call that US climate scientists and energy engineers should come to France.
‘The US has turned its back to the world, but France won’t turn its back to the US.”
‘France will not give up the fight. We would have rather led with the U. S. because they are our allies and will always be our allies’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 1, 2017.

Europe’s Blinkered Leaders: Shielding Themselves From Reality Again

Shielding heads of state from seeing the consequences of the policies that they themselves have forced on the entire European continent represents a staggering new level of hypocrisy. Why do the citizens of Europe need to ‘broaden their horizons,’ while the people in power protect themselves from the reality they themselves imposed on everyone else? This attitude, far from democratic, borders on the atmosphere prevalent in Europe during the bygone days of Europe’s absolute monarchs. While it is true that “everyone knows about our prosperity and lifestyle,” the answer to that problem is not fatalistically to sit back and wait for the migrant influx. The answer is, based on a new starting-date, to change Europe’s outdated and unsustainable welfare policies, which stem from a pre-globalization era, and in this way actively work to make it less attractive for millions of migrants to venture to the European continent in the first place. When the G7 heads of state arrive in Taormina, Sicily, for the G7 meeting on May 26, they will find themselves in an embellished, picture-postcard version of European reality. Italy, the host of the G7 meeting, has announced that it will close all harbors on the island to ships that arrive with migrants ( mainly from Libya) for the duration of the two-day meeting. The reason for the closure of the Italian island to migrants is to protect the G7 meeting from potential terrorist attacks. According to Italian reports, “the Department of Public Safety believes that the boats with illegal immigrants could be hiding an Islamist threat”.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 23, 2017.

The Battle Will Only Get Worse, The End Will Be A Disaster Either Way – Episode 1282b

The following video was published by X22Report on May 17, 2017
The deep state continually pushes their agenda to remove Trump. There is a battle going on and it is being waged right out in the open. The deep state and corporate media are trying everything to remove Trump. Senators have now written a letter asking for the memo and all documentation from Trump, Obama and Clinton. Trump wants the pentagon audited. Russia and Italy boost cooperation. South Korea is talking about packing up the THAAD system and sending it back to the US. Nikki Haley speaks in deep state speak, either your with the US or your with NK. Russian Ambassador might have been killed because he could have worked out peace with NK . US admits that they Syrian building is not a crematorium. US and Syrian forces are moving military assets for an offensive.

Italian Supervolcano Is Reaching ‘Critical Stage’ According to Scientists – 360,000 People Could Be Affected

Italy has long been a notorious hot spot for seismic activity. That nation’s history is littered with destructive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that have killed thousands of people. In fact, just last year a 6.2 earthquake managed to kill 120 people in central Italy.
However, those previous incidents could pale in comparison to the destructive capacity of Campi Flegrei; a massive supervolcano that lies just outside of Naples. Researchers in Italy are currently trying to determine if recent activity around the site could be warning us of an impending disaster.

This post was published at shtfplan on May 15th, 2017.

China Warns Trump That Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Will Threaten Future Trade Deals

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Money Morning. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission.
As China warns President Donald Trump not to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, the new POTUS must prepare to face headwinds at his first-ever G7 in Sicily later this month…
You see, seven major world leaders (from the United States, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Italy) will meet on May 26 to talk global economics, international security – and energy policy.
The conference is critical to Trump’s anti-globalization agenda.
But the director of China’s National Center for Climate Change, Chai Qimin, suspects that U. S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord – originally signed on April 22, 2016 – will provoke world leaders to distrust the new U. S. president; the U. S.’ withdrawal would insinuate a lack of international concern.
And so Chai issued this warning to the United States on May 5…

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on May 9, 2017.

“Activist” Obama Tells Americans “You Get The Politicians You Deserve”

Claiming that he is spending his time “empowering an effective network of global activists,” former President Barack Obama told an audience in Milan, Italy today that “you get the politicians you deserve.”
During a question-and-answer session after the speech on food innovation, Yahoo reports that Obama may have tossed in a dig at people who didn’t show up to the polls in November.
‘You get the politicians you deserve,’ Obama said without mentioning President Trump. ‘And if you don’t vote and you don’t participate and you don’t pay attention, then you’ll get policies that don’t reflect your interests.’
The comments came during a discussion about leadership.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 9, 2017.

Shock Video: Reporter Doing Humanitarian Story On Refugees Is Assaulted Live On Air: ‘What do you want? You’re crazy!’

If you happen to be visiting Rome, Italy anytime soon (or pretty much any Western European country), then you may want to come prepared with pepper spray or other self defense tools, because as you’ll see in the video below, peaceful refugees looking to culturally enhance Europe aren’t always as friendly as you may think.
Italian television correspondent Francesca Parisella was doing a live broadcast about the plight of refugees at the central train station in Rome, when she and her camera crew were attacked by migrants who had sought shelter for the night.
Ms. Parisella was able to find safety with a Taxi driver who happened to be in the area, but the cameraman was not so lucky. According to reports, he was beaten and his camera destroyed:

This post was published at shtfplan on May 8th, 2017.

Boris Johnson fails to secure backing of the G7 nations for swift sanctions against Russia and Syria

Boris Johnson has failed to secure the backing of the G7 nations for swift sanctions against Russia and Syria, leaving the U.S./U.K. plan to pressurise Vladimir Putin in tatters.
Germany and Italy vetoed the idea of targeting Russian and Syrian military leaders until an investigation has been carried out into who was to blame for last week’s nerve gas attack in Idlib province.
The Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said Mr Putin ‘must not be pushed into a corner’, suggesting Italy may not support extra sanctions even if an investigation proves Assad was to blame.
On Monday night President Donald Trump and Theresa May said that there was ‘a window of opportunity’ to persuade Russia that ‘its allegiance with Assad is no longer in its strategic interest’, but it now seems that window is rapidly closing because of Germany and Italy’s lack of support.
The E.U. high representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini, is also understood to have been cool on the idea of sanctions.
It means Rex Tillerson, the U.S. Secretary of State, will fly to Moscow tonight with a hugely weakened hand.

This post was published at The Telegraph

G7 Fails To Agree On New Russian Sanctions: US, UK Push Rejected By Europe

While eager to show a united front against Russia and Syria, G7 foreign ministers meeting in Italy again failed to reach an agreement over new sanctions against the two nations as a British plan to impose targeted sanctions on military personnel in Russia and Syria, supported by the US, was rejected by European allies.
“There is no consensus on additional new sanctions,” Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spearheaded the drive at the G7 for punitive measures against Moscow, but could not win the full-throated backing he wanted from Germany, Italy or the wider European Union. Officials tried to play down the failure to win more vocal support for sanctions, saying gaining backing from the Germans and Italians was always likely to prove difficult.
According to the Independent, British officials insisted that targeted sanctions are still on the table, but that moving forward with them would have to wait for a full investigation into the attack which killed scores in the rebel-held village of Khan Sheikhoun.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 11, 2017.

Soros-Linked “Undesirable NGOs” Fund ISIS-linked Refugee Boats To EU

Investigations by Italian authorities and others have found that NGOs funded by among others George Soros, are actively financing private ships to smuggle tens of thousands of illegal North African refugees into the EU via Southern Italy. The human trafficking is reportedly linked to ISIS smuggling networks. If confirmed by authorities, it could potentially open the NGOs to criminal charges .

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 6, 2017.

The EU Is One Big Fatal Flaw

Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog,
The true face of the EU is presently on display in Greece, not in Germany or Holland or France. Brussels must first fix what’s going wrong in Athens and the Aegean, and there’s a lot going wrong, before it can move on towards the future, indeed towards any future at all. It has a very tough job in Italy as well, which it’s trying hard to ignore.
You can’t say ‘things are fine in Germany’ or ‘Finland is recovering’ and leave it at that. Not when you’re part of a political -and to a large degree also economic- Union, let alone when you’re preaching tightening -and deepening- that Union. Not when parts of that Union are not only doing much worse than others, but are being thoroughly gutted. Then again, they’re being gutted by the very Union itself, so Brussels -and Berlin, The Hague, Paris- can’t very well feign surprise or deny responsibility.
Of course the European continent needs a ‘body’, some form of organization -and it needs it badly- that will allow its nations to cooperate, in 1000 different ways and fields, but the EU is not it. The EU is toxic. It is turning nations against each other as we speak. So much so that it’s crucial for these nations to leave the union and dismantle the entire operation before that happens, because there will be no opportunity left to do it once the toxicity takes over. The UK should count itself lucky for getting out while it did.
In its present setting, the EU has no future. And, more importantly, there is no mechanism available to change that setting. It should have been insisted on when the Union was founded, or in one of its various treaties after. This never happened, though, and that’s no coincidence, it was always about power. It’s therefore very hard -if not impossible- to see how the EU could be altered in such a way that it has a chance of survival.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 1, 2017.