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Jan 13 10:17

Amsterdam Mocro Maffia drugswar forces KPMG toptalent into hiding

In Amsterdam a deadly drug war reached out from the violent underworld, to the Zuid As, which is the prestigious Business center of Amsterdam.

Financial top adviser Khalil B, one of KPMG’s top talents in M&A, has gone into hiding after his brother, Reduan B, was liquidated. An apparent revenge killing for the testimony of their brother Nabil, who is the star witness in the case against Ridouan T. en Said R., leaders of the so called ‘Mocro Maffia’ of Amsterdam.

This clan, consisting of mostly young men of Moroccan descent, is notorious for its ferociousness and its use of heavy assault weapons like AK47’s, even in public places. In 2014 they committed a “mistake murder” When they shot innocent housefather Stefan Regalo Eggermont to death in the Conradstraat in Amsterdam. They are also widely held accountable for the murder of Martin Kok, famous ex criminal and independent crime reporter in the Netherlands.

Jan 13 10:14

ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER

Jan 13 09:56

Protest Action Against Social Inequality in Latvia Takes Place in Center of Riga

Almost 200 people joined a protest against social disparities in Latvia, which took place in the center of the country's capital, a Sputnik correspondent reported Saturday.

The event was organized by the Latvian Russian Union and was attended by the union's co-Chairwoman, former member of the European Parliament Tatjana Zdanoka and Miroslavs Mitrofanovs, a member of the European Parliament. Protesters gathered at the Dome Square and passed by the building of the country's parliament, the Sejm, heading to the Presidential Palace.

Jan 13 09:55

DEXIT: German Right-Wingers Mull How Germany Could Follow UK and Leave EU

The Alternative for Germany party, which has had a Eurosceptic agenda since its foundation, has included a “Dexit” clause in its programme for the upcoming European parliamentary elections, outlining the conditions under which Germany could leave the EU.

After several days of debate, Alternative for Germany’s party convention in the Saxon town of Riesa dedicated to forming a programme for the 2019 European elections has reportedly articulated how they could set a Dexit scenario in motion.

In the programme, they included a provision stipulating that Germany should either exit the EU or that the bloc be dissolved altogether and another economic community founded, if their reform proposals for the existing union are not implemented within a reasonable timeframe. They insist, however, that the decision be made in a referendum.

Jan 13 09:31

BANK RUNS ARE COMING

Jan 13 09:11

EU ARMY ‘ALREADY TAKING SHAPE’ SAYS GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTER

Germany’s defence minister has confirmed that “a united EU military is becoming a reality,” after her ally and Chancellor Angela Merkel backed Emmanuel Macron’s call for a “real European army.”

Jan 12 13:25

COVERT BRITISH MILITARY-SMEAR MACHINE MOVING INTO US

After mobilizing a disinformation campaign across Europe, documents show that the Integrity Initiative is now infiltrating the U.S., report Max Blumenthal and Mark Ames.

Jan 12 10:14

Catalonia separatists threaten to nix Spanish govt budget over referendum demands

The Spanish government’s bid to pass a national budget is doomed unless it bends to the demands of separatists in Catalonia for a referendum on secession, the leader of the northeastern region has said. Catalan regional president Quim Torra told AP that the representatives of Catalonia’s separatist parties in Madrid’s national parliament “have made it very clear that they will vote against the budget because there has been no movement by the Spanish national government toward what we are demanding.”

Jan 12 09:56

The EU Votes for the Installation of New US Missiles in Europe

Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled “Evil Defeated by Good”, representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987, which banned land-based short- and mid-range nuclear missiles (a reach of between 500 and 5,000 km). Symbolically, the body of the dragon is in fact made with pieces of US Pershing-2 ballistic missiles (originally based in West Germany) and Soviet SS-20 missiles (originally based in the USSR).

But the nuclear dragon, which in the sculpture is shown as dying, is now being reborn. Thanks to Italy and other countries of the European Union, which, at the United Nations General Assembly, voted against the resolution presented by Russia on the “Preservation and Implementation of the INF Treaty”, rejected by 46 to 43 with 78 abstentions.

Jan 12 09:53

“Criminal foreigners who undermine our values ??have no place in our society”, says Danish PM and throws Islamist out

After being declared unwanted in Denmark 58-year-old Moroccan Said Mansour was sent back to Morocco on Friday, Samhällsnytt reports.

Mansour is twice sentenced for incitement to terrorism, and in 2016 he was deprived of his Danish citizenship and sentenced to expulsion.

He was also sentenced for paying tribute to al-Qaeda and 2014, he received four years in prison.

Jan 12 09:12

Why Ireland May Soon Have to Say Goodbye to the Low Tax Rates That Made the Nation Rich

By John Phelan

In 1988, The Economist magazine ran an article on Ireland titled “The poorest of the rich.” The title was well-deserved. That year, Irish per capita GDP was just 70 percent of the figure for the United Kingdom and 52 percent that of the United States. The unemployment rate was 16.2 percent compared to 8.5 percent in Britain and 5.5 percent in the United States. Irish government debt amounted to 85 percent of GDP compared to 60 percent in the United States and 37 percent in the United Kingdom...

Jan 11 12:14

Cancelling Euros

Jan 11 11:40

Serious warnings of a major war in Europe: "The hot heads" threatening the Balkans

New warnings of a possible outbreak of war affecting European countries came from Norway. Defense Secretary Frank Bake Jensen warned that the current disintegration of the situation shows that armed conflict is no longer unthinkable, and that a possible war would have serious consequences not only for the Scandinavian countries, but for the whole of Europe.

The reasons for this, as he said, are many. The first is the increase in defense spending that has been increased by about 30 percent over the past five years, then Russia, which Jensen claims to be trying to undermine Western unity and international co-operation in many areas, followed by religious and political extremism, the problem of migration , but also an increasingly intense supercilious suppression struggle in the world that directly reflects on the stability and security of many countries around the world.

Jan 11 09:12

Greek Minister 'Ready' to Sign WWII Reparation Order for Nazi Massacre

The growing tension between Greece and Germany continues, with Greece's justice minister warning he was ready to enact a High Court ruling, which would allow Athens to seize German state-owned property as part of a compensation package to the Greek victims of a Nazi massacre during World War Two.

Nikos Paraskevopolous' comments come amid ongoing tension between the two countries, as the newly-elected Greek government tries to persuade European Union members to renegotiate parts of its euro bailout package.

The justice minister said that a high court ruling in 2000, which allowed for the confiscation of German property to compensate relatives of the Distimo massacre, still stands and remains valid.

Jan 11 09:10

Merkel Recognises Nazi Crimes in Greece, Remains Silent on WWII Reparations

Greece has raised the issue of war reparations from Germany on several occasions, with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos telling Angela Merkel that Athens has grounds to pursue legal claims for billions of euros.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted Germany's "historic responsibility" for Nazi crimes in Greece during the Second World War, though she failed to address the matter of reparations.

"We know how much suffering we, as Germany in the time of Nazism, have brought to Greece," the German chancellor said.

Jan 11 09:10

DOWN AND ROUT Theresa May’s Brexit deal faces a record Commons drubbing by a majority of 228

CABINET ministers broke ranks to call for a softer Brexit deal yesterday as Theresa May headed for an ever-bigger record defeat.

The PM is on course for an eye-watering defeat by a majority of 228 during the meaningful vote on Tuesday, research by the BBC found.

Jan 11 08:59

Migrant involved in ‘torturing’ dog to death in Sweden

Two men are being prosecuted at Skaraborg District Court for having strangled a dog to death and thus subjected it to suffering.

In connection with a drug investigation, the police searched one of the accused men’s mobile phones – and found a film of the two men and some other unknown people torturing a dog.

In the preliminary investigation, the police describe how the men tighten a strap around a small Pinscher dog’s neck and hold it up in the air. The dog is bloody and seemingly lifeless in the film. Then, it is put in a plastic bag.

One of the men is known to the police and can be heard talking and laughing in the film. “Ah brother. She lives. What the f***? Brother, I beg you. Put the knife in her”, the man says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ooooh; you're criticizing a migrant in Sweden! That's against the law over there, you know!

Jan 11 08:58

Hungary can be proud that it was the first country to prove that migration can be stopped – PM

Addressing an international press conference on Thursday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Hungary’s goal is to have “anti-immigration forces” in the majority in every European Union institution.

Hungary wants to see an anti-immigration majority first in the European Parliament, then the European Commission and eventually, through member states’ national elections, in the European Council as well, Orban said.

The prime minister said May’s European parliamentary elections would be historic because Europeans would finally get to have their say on the issue of migration. Hungary so far has been the only member state where the people have been given the chance to express their views on migration, he said. Orban added that his Fidesz party’s aim for the elections was “to be the most successful party” in Europe and in the European People’s Party.

Jan 11 08:57

Greeks slam Bavarian minister for joking that Greece should still be under German rule

German interior minister Horst Seehofer, a proud Bavarian, said during a campaign speech that Greece would be in better shape if it were still ruled by Bavarians. His trademark German humor didn’t go down well.

Speaking in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt ahead of state elections, Seehofer told the crowd “the Bavarians ruled Greece for a time. Maybe it would have been better had it not been temporary."

Jan 11 08:57

Merkel to press Greece on reforms during rare Athens visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will urge Greece to press on with tough economic reforms and maintain strict fiscal discipline when she visits Athens on Thursday for the first time in nearly five years.

Jan 11 08:56

Merkel ‘inspects the desert she made’: Varoufakis slams German chancellor’s visit to Greece

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis slammed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ahead of a two-day visit by Merkel to the austerity-stricken country.

“Mrs Merkel is in Greece to inspect the desert she made and to call it... recovery,” Varoufakis tweeted on Thursday. “Ironically, her Greek triumph unleashed deflationary forces that hit Germany (eg -ve interest rates) and wrecked her career. Never before has a German Chancellor wasted so much political capital.”

Jan 11 08:55

MERKEL RIOTS: German Chancellor Angela Merkel sparks violent clash in Athens

The riots were sparked by the German Chancellor’s arrival in Athens earlier today for talks with Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Mr Tsipras said the visit marked “the end of a difficult cycle between our two countries”.

Germany has been blamed by some Greeks for tough austerity measures imposed after the country required a series of bailouts following the 2008 financial crash.

Jan 11 08:54

Merkel sparks Athens SHUTDOWN to stop furious protests against EU austerity

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel is bracing for an awkward meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras today, with demonstrations over her visit banned in Athens.

Jan 11 08:36

‘Unforeseen problems’: US stalls Israel's $500mn sale of upgraded F-16s to NATO ally Croatia

Washington has virtually blocked a $500mn arms deal by barring Tel Aviv from selling its old F-16 Barak fighter jets to Croatia unless modifications to its electronics, apparently too good for the Balkan NATO ally, are dismantled.
Croatia has been forced to annul the purchase of the 12 used fighters, after Israel’s Defense Ministry acknowledged having run into “unforeseen problems” with the sale. “Unfortunately, we have not been able to realize the deal because of problems that could not have been expected and are not under the control of the countries,” director-general of the Defense Ministry, Udi Adam, said on Thursday in Zagreb.

Jan 11 08:27

The Coming Franco-German Bust-Up

The partnership at the center of European integration is unraveling just when Euroskeptic forces are coming together. If French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel cannot start rebuilding the political center, next year's European Parliament election will produce the biggest victory yet for anti-EU populists.

Jan 10 10:16

BREXIT BOOST: Rolls-Royce commits future to UK after EU exit – brand ‘BELONGS to Britain’

Chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos said the marque “belongs to Britain” and the luxury cars would continue to be built at its plant in Goodwood, regardless of the type of deal struck with the European Union. The announcement comes as the company unveiled record sales. Mr Muller-Otvos roundly rejected the prospect of moving production abroad, saying the idea is a "complete no-go for me".

Jan 10 10:15

May faces vote TROUNCING - even MORE MPs now against PM’s Brexit deal

THERESA May is heading for a trouncing in next week's Withdrawal Agreement vote despite considering a move to cave in to Labour demands on Brexit to win their backing for her maligned deal.

Jan 10 10:09

Prosecutors Investigate Legality of Dutch Christians Affirming Traditional Marriage

Prosecutors in the Netherlands have opened an investigation to determine whether Christians have violated Dutch law by signing the “Nashville Statement” affirming traditional marriage.

Last week, some 250 Dutch Christian leaders, including the leader of the SGP Christian party, signed the statement after it was translated into Dutch and posted on the internet.

As Breitbart News reported, leading Evangelical Christians published the Nashville Statement in August 2017. The manifesto reaffirmed Christian teaching on God’s creation of human beings as male and female, rejecting attempts to normalize “gender fluidity” based on “autonomous preferences.”

Jan 10 10:08

Ex-Jihadist Reveals Network Smuggling Islamic Radicals to Europe as Migrants

After receiving information from a former jihadist, Italian police have arrested 15 suspects alleged to be part of an organisation that helped smuggle radical Islamic terrorists into the country as illegal migrants and asylum seekers.

The arrests were made in the cities of Palermo, Trapani, Caltanissetta, and Brescia this week with the 15 suspects facing various criminal charges from forming a criminal association for the purposes of illegal immigration and smuggling to terrorism-related charges, newspaper Il Giornale reports.

Jan 10 10:07

EU Grants University Researchers 10 Million Euros to Study Islamic Qur’an

The European Union has granted 10 million euros to university researchers studying the role of the Islamic holy book in the intellectual and religious development of countries across the continent.

The large sum of cash comes from the European Research Council, a European Union body focused on scientific and technological research with researchers working on the hypothesis that the Qur’an has had a major impact on Europe throughout history, Il Giornale reports.

The aim of the research is said to be to “determine how the sacred text of Allah incorporated into the thought of Christians, medieval and modern, Jews, freethinkers, atheists, and European Muslims.”

Jan 10 10:02

EU politicians to join anti-Hungarian Government protests ‘to serve interests of George Soros’

The left-wing RED movement – founded by Socialist MEP Istvan Ujhelyi – holds a protest on Tuesday in Brussels’ Schuman Square.

The Hungarian speakers – MEP Istvan Ujhelyi (MSZP/S&D), Barnabas Mester (RED), MEP Benedek Javor (Parbeszed/Greens-EFA), Balazs Nemeth (Momentum), Janos Kendernay (LMP) and MEP Csaba Molnar (DK/S&D) – will be joined by Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini, the rapporteur of the report about the rule of law in Hungary.

Jan 10 09:45

Far-left Dutch EU politician joins protest against Hungarian Prime Minister

Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini, author of a report critical of the state of the rule of law in Hungary approved by the European Parliament last year, addressed a demonstration against the Hungarian government’s policies organised by the Hungarian opposition in Brussels on Tuesday.

In her speech at the protest organised by the Radical European Democrats (RED) movement, Sargentini stressed the importance of a free media and being critical of governments in a democracy.

Jan 10 09:40

Greg Hands: “The power is with us.” The two EU officials who want to punish Britain, crafted the deal – and claim they are winning.

The Commission’s top German Brexit officials are clear: the Withdrawal Agreement hugely favours the EU, and was always meant to be so.

The word from these top EU officials is that: “Northern Ireland is the price that Britain must pay for Brexit;” that the Withdrawal Agreement shows Brexit “doesn’t work”; that “the power is with the EU” and that “the EU has the best negotiating position for the future relationship”.

Much attention has focused on Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxemburger EU Commission President, and Michel Barnier, the Commission’s French chief Brexit negotiator.

Jan 10 09:39

Italy’s Salvini suggests ‘European Spring’ to bring end to ‘German-French axis’ on continent

Italy’s Euroskeptic deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini has said he wants Italy and Poland to join together to create a “European Spring” which could end the long-standing French and German domination on the continent.

Speaking during a press conference with Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudzi?ski in Warsaw on Wednesday, Salvini said that Poland and Italy “will be part of the new spring of Europe, the renaissance of European values” which would create a “new equilibrium” where the dominance of France and Germany is diminished.

The leader of the Northern League party said that upcoming European parliamentary elections, set for May, could lead away from a Europe “that is run by bureaucrats.”

Jan 09 15:52

Yellow Vests Suggest Bank Run

Jan 09 12:42

'Hate Speech' Convictions Soar Tenfold As Sweden Cracks Down On Migration Critics

Head of online hate speech monitoring group “Näthatsgranskaren” Tomas Åberg receives tax funds for mass reporting pensioners and others who write critically about migration on Facebook.

Jan 09 12:41

In shift, EU sanctions Iran over planned Europe attacks

The European Union on Tuesday froze the assets of an Iranian intelligence unit and two of its staff, as the Netherlands accused Iran of two killings on its soil and joined France and Denmark in alleging Tehran plotted other attacks in Europe.

Jan 09 10:27

FLASHBACK - Japan,Italy,and U.S., 134 Billion in US Bonds Smuggling Case

This would make a great movie. Two Japanese couriers are stopped and searched trying to cross into Switzerland from Italy with 134 Billion in US bearer bonds. The bonds were hidden in a secret compartment of a suitcase.

Yes, officials are determining if these are counterfeit or legitimate. If real, Italy stands to collect 40 Billion dollars as that is the penalty on the 134 billion amount.

These bonds (#249 500 million notes) are bearer bonds,that is like a check drawn on the U.S. Treasury,payable to the holder.

You just can't make this stuff up,but this story has had almost no exposure by the MSM in this country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because of the globalist links between US and Europe, the 2008 meltdown of the mortgage-backed securities fraud almost wrecked Europe's banks (as it did Lehman Brothers). This 134 billion in bearer bonds was thought by many to be part of a scheme to covertly bail out Europe's banks at US taxpayer expense.

Jan 09 09:40

EU approves sanctions on Iran’s intelligence service

Denmark announced on Tuesday that the European Union has agreed to impose sanctions on Iran’s intelligence service over plans to assassinate opponents of the Islamic Republic across the European Union.

“The EU just agreed to enact sanctions against an Iranian intelligence service for its assassination plots on European soil,” wrote Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen on Twitter. “Strong signal from the EU that we will not accept such behaviour in Europe.”

Jan 09 09:09

Trump Challenges Macron: EU Army 'Didn't Work Too Well' in WWII

Emmanuel Macron earlier voiced the idea of building a European military so that fellow EU nations could defend themselves from wide-ranging threats. The French leader subsequently came under fire from the White House, which called on him to pay his fair share of NATO membership.

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to deliver a rebuke to Emmanuel Macron, chastising the French president's ideas of a pan-European army and divisive environmental policies.

Trump scolded Macron for his proposal to create a single European army so that Europe would have a greater military autonomy. The 45th POTUS has repeatedly claimed that many NATO members have not been dishing out enough cash for the alliance's needs.

"The idea of a European Military didn't work out too well in WWI or WWII. But the US was there for you, and always will be. All we ask is that you pay your fair share of NATO," he added.

Jan 09 09:08

Brussels Angry After US Downgrades EU Mission's Diplomatic Status – Report

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed the European Union and urged its member states to defend their national sovereignty. He also described the bloc as an American "foe" in terms of trade and blamed European countries for their low defence spending.

Brussels has voiced anger over the White House's move to quietly downgrade the diplomatic status of the European Union’s ambassador to the US in 2018, according to The Independent.

The newspaper cited an EU spokesperson as saying that Washington had not notified the bloc of the unannounced "recent change" and that officials had discussed "possible implications" for the delegation in Washington with their US counterparts.

Jan 09 07:23

Italy and Poland discuss UNITING to form an anti-EU alliance ahead of European elections

Italy and Poland will discuss uniting in an anti-EU alliance today ahead of European elections in May.

Italy's far-right Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini is visiting Warsaw to hold talks with his counterpart, the leader of Poland's ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

The election is seen as a potential turning point for euroscpetics who are seeking to bolster their positions across the continent and fundamentally alter the EU project.

'Someone has betrayed the European dream,' Salvini told a League rally in Rome last month. 'We will provide the blood for a new European community based on respect, work, growth and equality.'

Jan 09 07:09

US threatens sanctions against Nord Stream 2 contractors as construction goes at full drive

The US may slap penalties on two European contractors laying the pipeline for the Russian-led Nord Stream 2. The political pressure is still extremely high over the project, which Moscow defines as purely economic.

Jan 08 16:18

What will happen to Bank Carige of Italy?

Jan 08 13:14

The EU bubble is doomed to burst in 2019, financial analyst warns

The European Union is about to implode this year, investor Mitch Feierstein has predicted in a New Year episode of the Keiser Report. He also reveals which country will become the next Greece – and the answer may surprise you.

This year will be harsh for Europe not only due to Brexit, because other member states besides the UK could also bring the bloc down, according to Feierstein. Nationwide protests in France are only the first sign of looming wider unrest, the analyst told RT’s Max Keiser.

“You are gonna see global unrest. I think you’ll it as a feature in Italy when the EU tries to bully them,” the British-American investor noted, citing infective “draconian austerity measures.”

Jan 08 09:40

Here’s Why Trump Could Soon Turn on Europe

Jan 08 09:36

Italy’s Salvini keeps campaign promise and reduces number of migrant crossings by 80 per cent

Spain now leads in number of migrant crossings than any other European country. Whilst at the same time, crossings into Italy have fallen 80 per cent, Reuters reports.

The European border agency, Frontex, reported that 150,000 migrants entered EU countries illegally in 2018. Spain’s portion of those was double previous years’ having 57,000 using the now most active wroute through Morocco. Iraq and Syrian illegal migrants to Cyprus and Greece were up to 56,000.

On the other hand, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has kept his campaign promise of reducing illegal immigration to Italy.

They’ve seen an 80 per cent drop since Salvini said in June, “From today, Italy will also start to say no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration.” There were 23,000 crossings into Italy, the majority during the first half of the year.

Jan 07 16:50

Seven die in massive Alps snowfall from Germany to Italy

Italy is in the grip of a cold snap - snow has even reached Matera, in the far south. There is also snow on Mt Vesuvius near Naples - a rare sight.

The heavy snow has forced many schools to close temporarily across Bavaria, and has disrupted some train services there.

More heavy snow is expected in the coming days - as much as 120cm (4ft) of fresh snow in Austria by Thursday.

Jan 07 11:17

‘Stop the Treason’: Big Turnout in Fifth Week of Rallies Against Serbian Leader

Thousands have taken to the streets in the Serbian capital of Belgrade late on Sunday to protest - for the fifth week in a row - the policies of the country's president, Aleksandar Vucic.

Demonstrators carried banners with the words, "We are the people," "Stop the treason, defend the constitution and back the people" and "down with the thieves" as loudspeakers played recordings of the president's ‘promises.'

Protesters are demanding electoral reform, better living conditions for retirees, public control over the distribution of wealth and various anti-corruption measures.

Jan 07 11:17

‘The TV is Lying’: Massive Budapest Protest Against PM Orban’s ‘Slave Law’

An estimated ten-thousand Hungarian protesters took the streets of Budapest this weekend denouncing the country's new labor code, which increases a workers’ allowable overtime from 250 to 400 hours a year, in a move that union leaders have dubbed the “slave law.”

Union workers claim that the law, proposed by Prime Minister Victor Orban's right-wing Fidesz party, seeks to increase Hungarian company profits at the expense of workers by adding an extra workday per week.

While some protested new courts that many have noted are easily manipulated by the PM, others attacked state-controlled media.

"The TV is lying," protesters yelled while others carried banners with the phrases "sweep away the regime" or "national strike," the Guardian reported.

Jan 07 10:33

The Eurozone Is In A Danger Zone

Submitted by Alasdair Macleod of The Mises Institute

It is easy to conclude the EU, and the Eurozone in particular, is a financial and systemic time-bomb waiting to happen. Most commentary has focused on problems that are routinely patched over, such as Greece, Italy, or the impending rescue of Deutsche Bank. This is a mistake. The European Central Bank and the EU machine are adept in dealing with issues of this sort, mostly by brazening them out, while buying everything off. As Mario Draghi famously said, "whatever it takes."

There is a precondition for this legerdemain to work. Money must continue to flow into the financial system faster than the demand for it expands, because the maintenance of asset values is the key. And the ECB has done just that, with negative deposit rates and its €2.5 trillion asset purchase program. But that program ends this month, making it the likely turning point, whereby it all starts to go wrong.

Jan 06 13:46

A group of masked protesters use a forklift to break into the French Government Ministry

Masked 'yellow vests' break into French Government Ministry
A group of masked protesters use a forklift to break into the French Government Ministry

Jan 06 07:50

Pro-Israel group denies a Palestinian leader entry to public event at Copenhagen synagogue

Fathi El-Abed, who is head of the Danish-Palestinian Friendship Society, has attempted to register (as a private individual) to the event by mail, as is requested in the open and public Facebook event page. The response he got from the head of MIFF Dina Grossman was as follows:

After recommendation of security personnel I must unfortunately deny your participation.

But Fathi is an extremely peaceful man. He has opinions, indeed strong ones, but he is very diplomatic and polite. As he notes himself, he was working for the Foreign Ministry, where he was “security-screened from top to bottom”. This was obviously not really about security.

A veritable farce unfolded before our eyes, as also the major daily Berlingske got interested in the story, and published a piece yesterday, titled “Prominent debater denied entry to Israel seminar out of fear for synagogue’s security” (Danish).

Jan 05 09:34

'It's time for Dexit!': Germany's AfD party say the country should consider following Britain out of the EU if Brussels 'allows the Islamization of Europe' to continue

Germany's AfD party has raised the prospect of 'Dexit', saying it will back withdrawal from the EU if Brussels does not combat the 'Islamisation' of the continent.

A party manifesto released ahead of the European Parliament elections in May said Islam was a 'danger to Europe'.

The AfD, which has risen to prominence in the wake of the migrant influx into Germany, said the EU had become 'undemocratic' and 'occupied by the political class.'

Jan 04 19:02

Has Ebola spread to Europe? Patient in Sweden is feared to have been struck down with the killer virus after vomiting blood following a trip to Africa

The patient, who local reports suggest is a 'younger man', is currently in isolation at the University Hospital in Uppsala.

Doctors treating the man, whose symptoms including blood in his vomit and stools, say he is awake and his blood pressure is normal.

Test results expected tonight will confirm if he does have Ebola - considered one of the most lethal pathogens in existence.

If the unnamed patient does have it, he would be the fifth person to have ever been diagnosed with the virus on European soil, it is believed.

Jan 04 09:00

Sweden invests big in sentencing people who criticise migration: Convictions increase tenfold

Head of online hate speech monitoring group “Näthatsgranskaren” Tomas Åberg receives tax funds for mass reporting pensioners and others who write critically about migration on Facebook.

And now he claims that his reports to the police have resulted in almost 150 hate speech convictions.

Jan 04 08:22

Northern Ireland Puts 1,000 Officers On Standby In Case Of 'No Deal' Brexit

After putting 3,500 troops on standby in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit and barges instructed to reserve place for 'emergency supplies', Theresa May and her government are taking their "Project Fear" - the campaign of doomsaying warnings and threats designed to push MPs to vote for May's Brexit withdrawal agreement - to the next level by reviving fears about violence in Northern Ireland.

According to the Guardian, some 1,000 police officers from England and Scotland are beginning preparations and training for a possible deployment to Northern Ireland in case a 'no deal' Brexit forces the return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the EU - the only land border between an EU state and the UK.

Jan 04 07:42

Dexit after Brexit? Alternative for Germany party threatens EU withdrawal

Germany’s major rightwing party, the AfD, threatens to push for a so-called ‘Dexit’ if the EU doesn’t restore its members’ national sovereignty and takes no action against “Islamization of Europe” within the next five years.

“The European Community has evolved into an undemocratic structure that’s been occupied by Europe's political classes and designed by non-transparent, uncontrolled bureaucracies,” Alternative for Germany (AfD) party claims in the latest edition of their election program unveiled ahead of the 2019 European polls.

Jan 04 07:41

BBC bias risks public violence

The BBC’s biased coverage of the Brexit debate is denying the British public the comfort of knowing the fight was fair – knowledge that may prevent anger from boiling over post-Brexit, says David Hardy.

Jan 04 07:38

The euro has failed, threatens democracy, and should be abolished

To be charitable, you could say the euro has proved itself merely by surviving until its 20th birthday this January. That is a low bar.

Monetary union has otherwise failed as an economic and political endeavour. The evidence of Europe's 'Lost Decade' is that it can only ever be made to work under a regime of technocrat Caesaropapism, that is to say by stripping elected parliaments of their lifeblood control over taxation, spending, and the core economic policies of the nation state.

Jan 04 07:36

Belgian court bans Uber in Brussels

A Belgian commercial court has supported local taxi firms and said that world-famous Uber services are outlawed in Brussels, according to local media reports citing the court decision.

The court order was issued on December 18 by the Dutch-speaking tribunal of commerce, Belgian news outlets La Libre Belgique and La Derniere Heure said on Thursday. The ruling allows only drivers with a Brussels taxi license and a special lamp light on the roof to operate in the Belgian capital, which hosts headquarters of NATO and EU Commission as well as offices of many other key international organizations.

Jan 04 07:33

‘They hate Italians and must resign’: Salvini attacks mayors resisting harsh immigration rules

The times when mayors of Palermo, Florence and Naples could cash in on illegal immigrants are over, Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said, vowing that those resisting the new policies will answer before law and history.
“Those who help the illegal immigrants, hate Italians,” Salvini said, blasting his opponents on Facebook and Twitter.

The minister from the conservative Lega Nord Party promised that the rebelling city heads will “answer before law and history.” And it's no idle threat, as the former mayor of the Calabrian town of Riace is currently under house arrest on charges of aiding and abetting illegal immigration.

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