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ALERT Europe: Politics, Trade, NATO. June 2017
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    Europe: Politics, Trade, NATO. June 2017

    Europe: Politics, Trade, NATO. June 2017

    This thread is for news on Europe

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    Russia envoy says Moscow will respond to NATO buildup

    By The Associated Press
    BRUSSELS June 1, 2017, 9:02 AM ET

    Russia's envoy to NATO says Moscow is concerned by the alliance's military deployment in the Baltic states and Poland and will respond to the buildup.

    Ambassador Alexander Grushko said Thursday that "NATO is building a new military security situation that we cannot ignore, that we should address using our own military instruments."

    Twelve NATO countries are deploying a total of around 4,600 troops to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland and all four battle groups are due to be up and running within two weeks.

    NATO says it is aimed at countering aggression by Russia, which annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

    Grushko also says Russia sees no shift in U.S. defense policy since President Donald Trump came to office.

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    NATO and partners hold land, sea exercises in eastern Europe
    By Monika Scislowska, Associated Press
    WARSAW, Poland June 1, 2017, 9:50 AM ET

    Thousands of troops from NATO and its partner nations are training on land and sea in central and eastern Europe Thursday, in two major exercises that aim to demonstrate their cooperation and rapid response capabilities at a time when the region feels threatened by Russia.

    Around 4,000 U.S. and European troops from 14 nations took part in the annual Baltic Operations navy exercise that opened Thursday in Poland's Baltic Sea port of Szczecin. The 45th edition of the so-called BALTOPS exercise involves maritime, air and ground forces with about 50 ships and submarines and over 50 aircraft, and will run through June 16.

    The training includes "tracking down and fighting submarines and sea mines, the use of air defense and landing troops as well as defense against navy vessels," said Lt. Cmdr. Jacek Kwiatkowski, spokesman for the exercise.

    The European troops come from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Norway, Britain, Sweden and host nation Poland.

    BALTOPS began in 1972 as a NATO exercise. Former Eastern Bloc nations joined in 1993, as they opened efforts to become alliance members.

    In Romania, meanwhile, another 2,000 soldiers, 1,000 assistance personnel and 500 vehicles from 11 NATO nations are training within the alliance's so-called "Noble Jump 2017" drill that opened in Greece Monday.

    Poland, Romania and other countries on NATO's eastern flank are concerned for their security and defense following Russia's seizure of the Crimea Peninsula from Ukraine, and because of its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine and its air force activity over the Baltic Sea. To allay these concerns, NATO and the U.S. have deployed thousands of troops to the region and hold regular joint exercises there.

    About 300 troops traveling in a military convoy arrived in Romania from Bulgaria on Thursday. Other troops are expected to join in from bases in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Norway and Albania.

    Noble Jump aims to show the deployment skills of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, established after the 2014 NATO summit in Wales, to provide rapid response to threats on NATO's eastern flank.

    "While this is a first time that this particular set of exercises takes place in Romania, the desired effect is to practice the ability to deliver to our politicians the capability they've requested of us," Maj. Gen. Ian Cave, who commands the exercise, said in Giurgiu, on Romania's border with Bulgaria.

    The Romanian Ground Forces Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Marius Harabagiu, said the exercise is "extremely important because it demonstrates the capacity and the speed of reaction of this alliance to prevent the threats we face in this moment."

    Alison Mutler in Bucharest contributed to this report.

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    Putin Vows Military Response to 'Eliminate NATO Threat' If Sweden Joins U.S.-Led Alliance

    BY DAMIEN SHARKOV ON 6/2/17 AT 5:25 AM

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed deep opposition to the idea of Sweden joining NATO, calling its potential membership of the U.S.-led alliance a "threat" that would need to be "eliminated."

    "If Sweden joins NATO this will affect our relations in a negative way because we will consider that the infrastructure of the military bloc now approaches us from the Swedish side," Putin told state news agency Itar-Tass. "We will interpret that as an additional threat for Russia and we will think about how to eliminate this threat."

    Russian officials have repeatedly treated NATO expansion near or at its borders as encroachment, rather than a desire by their smaller neighbors to deter Russian military incursion as sustained by Ukraine in 2014. Currently only Montenegro is on the list of countries to be inducted into NATO, as Sweden and neighbor Finland opt to stay non-aligned. Currently, three Baltic states and Poland are members of NATO on Russia's borders.

    Last year Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Stockholm that Russia would take a military response to potential Swedish entry into NATO and on Thursday Putin elaborated on the extent of such a response.

    "This does not quite mean that we will become hysterical and we will aim our nuclear missiles at Sweden," Putin said. "But we will be obliged to undertake something because we see this as an additional threat to Russia."

    The Russian leader said "only a sick person" would imagine Russia attacking Sweden but noted that NATO membership would add "simply nil" in the way of defense capability improvements to Sweden.

    In December Russian Ambassador to Sweden Victor Tatarintsev told Swedish public broadcaster SVT that Moscow had "no plans to invade Sweden."

    Both Sweden and Finland have retained a partnership with NATO but have not sought membership, though speculation about them joining has mounted since Russia's annexation of Crimea.

    A report commissioned by the Swedish government voiced the advantages of NATO membership in September, given Russia's increasingly militarized foreign policy, but Stockholm rebuffed suggestions it would seek membership.

    "Our non-alignment policy serves us well," Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem said after receiving the report. Joining the alliance "would expose Sweden to risks, both political and otherwise, and we don't think that's the right direction.

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    German police suspend open-air rock concert due to terrorism alert

    Friday June 2, 2017 11:13pm BST

    German police temporarily stopped an open-air weekend "Rock am Ring" concert near the Nuerburgring race track on Friday due to a possible terrorist threat.

    "Due to a terror danger situation, we told the organiser to temporarily stop the concert as a precaution," police in the nearby town of Koblenz said in a statement.

    Der Spiegel magazine said that all those attending were asked to leave the concert and head to nearby camping grounds "in a controlled and orderly fashion."

    "The organiser of Rock am Ring, working closely with the security authorities, have ended ahead of schedule the festival today," the police said. "The background to this was
    a concrete warning that made it impossible to rule out a terror threat."

    "We cannot provide any further details on the background information," the statement added.

    The suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, England on May 26 led to changes in the security planning for the German concert and the number of security officials was increased substantially to 1,200, the police said.

    "We take all tips and suspicious incidents extremely seriously and investigate closely," they added.

    Last year, the third and final day of the "Rock am Ring" was cancelled after lightning strikes injured 80 people, some seriously.

    (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Diane Craft)

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    Petri Mäkelä‏ @pmakela1 · Jun 1

    Petri Mäkelä Retweeted Russian Exercises

    As i predicted, #Russian army began a #snapdrill of the Southern Military District. Troops moving out and relocating.

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    Wilders: ‘The Bell Tolls for Europe’ as Europeans Are in Danger of Being Replaced

    by Geert Wilders
    2 June 2017

    For Western Europe's ruling elites, protecting the rights of so-called asylum seekers has become more important than protecting their own citizens.

    Recently, Germany provided a staggering example of this. An immigrant from Uganda raped a woman, but the German authorities refuse to expel him because the rapist claims to be gay and homosexuals are prosecuted in his home country.

    The elites also refuse to defend our own identity, and today's Dutch newspapers contain an example of that. A Protestant church proposes that the official holiday, which the Dutch enjoy for the Christian feast of Pentecost, be replaced by an official holiday on the Islamic feast of Eid-al-Fitr.

    With this proposal, the Christian group says, it wants "to do justice to diversity in religion." However, if there is one culture on earth which allows no diversity in religion whatsoever, it is Islam. Just look at Saudi-Arabia, where they do not even allow the construction of a single church.

    I have picked these two examples because they pertain to the two most important issues Europe is currently facing: Mass immigration and the surge of Islam. If we do not want to be wiped away, our population replaced and our culture annihilated, it is vital that we start acting forcefully and courageously to protect our citizens and our civilisation.

    Mass immigration is the first major issue we need to tackle. Those who think that since 2015 the worst is behind us, are wrong.

    The African population is bound to quadruple from its present 1 billion to 4 billion by the end of the century. In the coming 30 years, the number of Africans will grow by more than one billion people. That is twice the population of the entire European Union. In fact, Africa's current annual growth of over 30 million people per year is higher than the population of 22 of the EU's 28 member states.

    The demographic pressure will be enormous. One-third of the Africans want to move abroad, and many want to come to Europe. Last year, over 180,000 people crossed in shabby boats from Libya. And this is just the beginning. According to EU Commissioner Avramopoulos, at his very moment, 3 million migrants are waiting to enter Europe.

    How many terrorists, rapists, ISIS sympathisers and welfare abusers will there be among that number?

    Michael Moller, the director of the United Nations office in Geneva warns that the migration process is "just going to accelerate. Young people all have cellphones and they can see what's happening in other parts of the world, and that acts as a magnet," he says. Indeed, they can see on their phones that, while fewer than 3% of last year's migrants were legitimate asylum seekers of refugees fleeing warzones, hardly anyone is being sent back. Instead, they are being welcomed with generous welfare benefits, subsidised housing and public healthcare schemes!

    And, so, the bell tolls for Europe. If Western Europe continues with its present open door policies, the population of the continent will simply be replaced. The potential arrival of possibly 1 billion Africans will simply dwarf the 700,000 million indigenous Europeans. Moreover, many of the would-be immigrants are Islamic, which brings us to the second big issue we are confronting.

    The Pew Forum recently revealed that the world is becoming ever more Islamic. Between today and 2060, the number of Muslims worldwide will grow 70 percent. That is over twice as fast as Christians, three times as quickly as Hindus, and almost five times faster than Jews. By 2060, Islam will have almost as many adherents as Christianity. And soon after, it is bound to become the largest belief system on earth. The entire world will become one giant Islamic state if we do nothing.

    Western Europe will be one of the first dominos to fall to Islam’s expansion. In several European countries, populations are only growing because of immigration.

    Muhammad is already the most popular name among newborn boys in major cities in Britain, France, the Netherland, Belgium and elsewhere.

    In 2016, my country, the Netherlands, saw the largest population growth in 15 years. However, this was caused entirely by immigration. Last February, Elsevier Magazine, the Dutch equivalent of Newsweek, calculated what the effects of immigration would be for our country. Rising costs would lead to the total collapse of the welfare state. But, if immigration were unrestricted, we would also see the Dutch Islamic population grow from to present 6% to 31% by 2060!

    In the case of a restricted, yet still "generous" immigration policy, the Islamic population in the Netherlands would grow to "just" 19%. In case of continuation at the present levels, it would be 14%. And even if all immigration were to be restricted with immediate effect, meaning that we close our borders now, it is still going to double to 12%.

    History shows, however, that the more Islamic a society becomes, the more violent and intolerant it becomes toward non-Muslims. Islam is not a peace-loving religion, but a totalitarian ideology which aims to submit everyone to Islamic law. The biggest threat to the world is not global warming, but global Islam.

    The more Islamic our country becomes, the less safe it is going to be for us. No less than two-thirds of Muslims in the Netherlands find Islamic rules more important than our secular democratic laws. Research from the University of Amsterdam shows that as many as 11 per cent of Dutch Muslims find it acceptable to use violence in the name of Islam. That is more than 100,000 Muslims in the Netherlands. Twice the number of soldiers in our Dutch army.

    Ronald Reagan once said that "government's first duty is to protect the people." Polls indicate that, all over Europe, people are well aware that Islamic immigration poses a threat to the continent. A sizable majority in each of the 28 EU countries feels this way.

    We are in a race against time. Unfortunately, the political elites of most European countries totally disregard the will of the people. Like, for example, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, they are cowardly weak. We cannot accept that. Our existence it at stake. If we want to survive as free nations and free peoples and avoid being replaced, we have to act now.

    Geert Wilders, MP, is a member of the Dutch Parliament and the leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) in The Netherlands

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    I was going to post this on my thread. The whole thing makes me so sad.

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    These programs seem to only work on people who would never have committed terrorism in the first place.

    EXCLUSIVE: Pupil Reported to PREVENT Anti-Terror Programme For Supporting UKIP at School

    by LIAM DEACON6 Jun 2017185
    A member of UKIP’s youth wing has been labelled “far right” by his school and reported to the Government’s PREVENT de-radicalisation programme, which is designed to stop “young people from being drawn into terrorism”.

    Michael Higginson, a 15-year-old year 10 student at Vision Studio School in Mansfield, also claims teachers openly back the Labour Party and said the website for his local UKIP branch is blocked on the school’s Internet service.

    He told Breitbart London the school’s “safeguarding officer” told him he could have committed “a hate crime” and that they “needed to find out if [he was] an extremist” before he was subsequently interviewed by two police officers.

    The student (pictured with former UKIP leadership candidate John Rees-Evans) said he is “vocal” in his support for UKIP in citizenship lessons and has tweeted approvingly about right-wing French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

    But he claims there were two reasons for his referral to PREVENT.
    He had told a mildly politically incorrect joke about transgendered celebrity Caitlyn Jenner, which he admitted was “crude”. He had also brought UKIP leaflets into school, which he intended to hand out after lessons when campaigning for the local elections.
    The literature, which remained in sealed bags, was confiscated and he was told he could only retrieve it with a parent or guardian.

    The school also allegedly tracked Mr. Higginson’s Internet search history and claimed he had viewed the Britain First website – something he strongly denies.
    After the allegations surfaced, he said teachers told him he was not “allowed to discuss [his] opinions with other students in [his] free time”.
    “To tell me that I can’t express any political opinions because it is a public building is a complete contradiction because they [some teachers] back [Labour leader Jeremy] Corbyn,” he told Breitbart London.
    The Vision Studio School on Chesterfield Road in Mansfield (Credit: Google Street View)
    Initially, the “safeguarding officer” promised Mr. Higginson he would not be referred to PREVENT. But to his surprise, he was then interviewed by two officers with no prior warning.

    He said the officers were “friendly”, had no “concerns” about his beliefs, and did not appear to consider him a threat. However, they did question his views on immigration and the school has said he could face a “follow-up” meeting.

    The Vision Studio School was judged to be “inadequate” in all areas in an OFSTED report this year, taking aim at the institution’s “safeguarding” mechanisms.
    “The school’s system for monitoring cases of concern lacks clarity”, the document said, insisting the “system is not well implemented” and lacks “oversight”.

    In particular, staff appeared ill-informed about radical Islamic practices, as they “were not clear about their statutory duties for example regarding female genital mutilation, how to spot the signs of abuse or how to report concerns to the local authority”.

    Responding to the news the schoolboy had been referred to police for supporting UKIP, the party’s education spokesman and member of the London Assembly David Kurten told Breitbart London:
    Once again a normal British teenager has been referred to the Prevent program for being a UKIP supporter by a school which seems to have a majority of Labour-supporting staff and a left-wing bias.

    UKIP is the third largest party in the country and it is an affront to freedom of thought and speech that a teenager should be referred to the police for legitimate political opinions. It is also particularly odious that the UKIP website was allegedly blocked at the school, and he was told that he should not discuss his political views with classmates. It is often difficult to get young people to engage with the political process, so he should have been encouraged rather than silenced.

    Prevent is there to stop people being drawn into terrorism particularly Islamist terrorism. It is hugely ironic that teachers would try to prevent a pupil from supporting UKIP which is the one political party with the courage to address and deal with the growing scourge of Islamism. The boy should be congratulated not condemned.
    Teachers have a duty to be politically neutral, so it would seem that it is actually the school which needs to be investigated and not the pupil, after allegations of bias towards the Labour party. The Education Act 1996 section 407 requires that schools provide ‘a balanced presentation of opposing [political] views.’
    Section 406 also forbids ‘the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school.’

    It is time for an end to persecution of normal teenagers simply for not conforming to the politically correct opinions of their left-wing teachers. Prevent should be reserved for people who are in real danger of becoming terrorists and committing violent acts of terror.
    The school is not alone in reporting UKIP-supporting pupils to authorities. One school in Hampshire called the police in February 2016 after a pupil viewed the UKIP website on a class computer, and a boy in Yorkshire was referred for opposing the burqa.

    Following the killing of Jo Cox MP, police promised to refocus PREVENT on the so-called “far right”, and a large and growing proportion of those targeted come from this group.
    Despite the vast majority of violent extremist being Islamists, in Yorkshire, “far-right” referrals have accounted for nearly 50 per cent of the caseload and 30 per cent of the caseload in the East Midlands.

    This shift in focus comes after a massive anti-PREVENT campaign by Islamists, Muslim groups,unions, and senior Labour politicians, who argue it unfairly targets Muslims and is even “racist”.

    This weekend, Britain’s most prominent Muslim lawyer slammed such groups for hindering the fight against terror and “undermining” and spreading misinformation about PREVENT.

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    Eastern Europe may be the ones who lead us out of this nightmare. Poland reponds to terror in England.

    Polish PM: ‘Europe, Rise Up From Your Knees’
    Szydło rips 'madness' of 'political elites' for meeting terror threat with political correctness
    by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 05 Jun 2017 at 5:53 PM

    As terrorist attacks continue to maim and kill across Europe, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło called on fellow European politicians to “rise from your knees and from your lethargy” or risk “crying over your children every day,” during a Parliamentary address.

    Just days after Szydło issued her rebuke, the United Kingdom suffered its third terrorist attack in the span of three months. Knife-wielding jihadis slammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before exiting and attacking bystanders in Borough Market.
    “Where are you headed, Europe? Rise from your knees and from your lethargy, or you will be crying over your children every day,” Szydło said last week, just several days preceding the attack. “If you can’t see this — if you can’t see that terrorism currently has the potential to hurt every country in Europe, and you think that Poland should not defend itself, you are going hand in hand with those who point this weapon against Europe, against all of us.”
    The Polish prime minister said political correctness and unchecked mass migration of refugees into Europe will increase the threat and frequency of terror attacks.
    "It needs to be said clearly and directly: This is an attack on Europe, on our culture, on our traditions," the Polish prime minister said. "Do we want politicians who claim we have to get used to the attacks, and who describe terrorist attacks as incidents, or do we want strong politicians who can see the danger and can fight against it efficiently?"
    Szydło also blasted "the madness" of European elites, insisting that Poland will not take part in the misguided policies that increase the threat of terror.

    Both Poland and Hungary have clashed with the European Union over their refusal to accept migrant quotas.

    Poland's interior minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, also offered some harsh words for European leaders. Following the latest terror attacks in London, the Polish interior minister blasted the country's previous government.
    "The current government changed the policy of the [previous government], which was based on an open door for refugees. As such, all those mistakes which ended in tragic events in the west of Europe did not affect Poland," Błaszczak said, according to Radio Poland.
    Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of Poland's governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, also blasted political correctness after the London attack.
    "Either Europe … will get up off its knees and start to seriously consider counteraction measures, but that means rejecting political correctness, or these types of incidents will continue," he told Radio Poland, echoing Szydło's rhetoric.
    "We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart, it will only get worse."
    The harsh rhetoric from Polish leaders offered a sharp contrast with the more tepid and "politically correct" reactions from other EU nations to the horrific attack in London.

    Even U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May struggled to strike a strong tone in her reaction. Although she insisted that "enough is enough" and that there has been "far too much tolerance of extremism in our country," she still insisted that "everybody needs to go about their lives as they normally would" while British society continues "to function in accordance with our values."

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged her country's solidarity with Britain, saying, "we are united across all borders in horror and sadness, but equally in determination," she said in a prepared statement.

    "I stress for Germany: In the fight against all forms of terrorism, we stand firmly and decisively at Britain's side," Merkel added.

    She made no mention of the concrete actions Germany would take to counteract the growing terror threat.

    Merkel, a leading proponent of mass Muslim migration to Europe, was joined in her action-free sentiments by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who said, "The coldbloodedness of the perpetrators as they attacked passers-by in London is disgusting and leaves us in mourning. The friends and families of the victims are in our thoughts. I wish the injured a speedy recovery."

    European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his condolences to both May and the U.K., saying, "I know that the people of London will carry on defiantly, just like the people of Manchester showed us such a short time ago."
    Like the German leaders' statements, Juncker avoided addressing the scale of the threat or discussing possible remedies.

    Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron said, "In the face of this new tragedy, France is more than ever at Britain's side. My thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones."

    Macron added that France "will continue to fight terrorism with all its powers, alongside the United Kingdom and all affected countries."

    Trump Post-London Attack: ‘We Must Stop Being Politically Correct’President urges western leaders to name, confront threat of radical Islamic terrorism

    More in line with the concerns demonstrated by the Polish leader, U.S. President Donald Trump strongly condemned the London attack while urging both Europe and the U.S. to cease being "politically correct" while attempting to solve the problem.
    "We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse," Trump had tweeted Sunday.
    In subsequent tweets Trump called for the Supreme Court to swiftly uphold his travel-ban executive order to halt migration from six terrorism-compromised nations.

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    Paris police say they are responding near Notre Dame Cathedral, urge passersby to stay away

    By The Associated Press
    PARIS June 6, 2017, 10:42 AM

    Paris police say they are responding near Notre Dame Cathedral, urge passersby to stay away.

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    Russia says fighter jet intercepts US bomber on border
    By The Associated Press
    MOSCOW Jun 6, 2017, 10:10 AM ET

    Russia's defense ministry said on Tuesday one of its fighter jets intercepted an American strategic bomber that was flying near the border of Russian airspace.

    The defense ministry said in a statement that it had to scramble the Su-27 to the area over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday morning after Russian radars spotted an aircraft flying along the border. The ministry said the Russian jet identified it as a U.S. B-52 bomber and escorted it until it flew further away from the border

    The defense ministry did not specify where exactly the intercept happened.

    In a separate incident, a Russian MiG-31 was dispatched early Tuesday afternoon to intercept Norwegian maritime surveillance aircraft flying over the Barents Sea near the Russian border, the Russian defense ministry said.

    Similar incidents have happened close to Russian airspace in the past. In September, a Russian fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft, in what American officials called an unsafe intercept over the Black Sea. In another dramatic incident last year, Russian jets buzzed over the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea, coming within 30 feet of the American warship.

    Capt. Joe Alonso, a spokesman for U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, said he could not confirm the report, but that the military was aware of it and looking into it.

    David Rising in Berlin contributed to this report.

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    marqs Retweeted

    AFP news agency‏Verified account @AFP · 3h3 hours ago

    #BREAKING Ferry services suspended between Denmark and Germany after 'threat': operator

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    Spain's Banco Popular Bailed In, Acquired By Santander For €1.00

    The ECB forced the transaction, blaming what it called
    a "significant deterioration of the liquidity situation of the bank
    in recent days" in concluding that it "would have, in the near future,
    been unable to pay its debts or other liabilities." Elke König,
    Chair of the Single Resolution Board, an EU agency that winds down
    stricken banks, said that intervention had been needed overnight.
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    Spain's Banco Popular Bailed In, Acquired By Santander For €1.00

    The ECB forced the transaction, blaming what it called
    a "significant deterioration of the liquidity situation of the bank
    in recent days" in concluding that it "would have, in the near future,
    been unable to pay its debts or other liabilities." Elke König,
    Chair of the Single Resolution Board, an EU agency that winds down
    stricken banks, said that intervention had been needed overnight.
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    ISDA Rules Banco Populare Credit Event Took Place: BBG

    Randy Woodward‏ @TheBondFreak 4h
    Uh oh!
    Who's paying out on those CDS contracts?
    Hope it's not Deutsche.

    ISDA – International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc.

    06/09/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/09/2017 12:42

    ISDA EMEA Credit Derivatives Determinations Committee:
    Banco Popular Español SA Governmental Intervention and Restructuring
    Credit Events

    For Immediate Release
    ISDA EMEA Credit Derivatives Determinations Committee:

    Banco Popular Español SA Governmental Intervention
    and Restructuring Credit Events
    NEW YORK, June 9, 2017 - The International Swaps and Derivatives
    Association, Inc. (ISDA) today announced that its EMEA Credit Derivatives
    Determinations Committee (EMEA DC) resolved that a governmental
    intervention credit event
    (for the purposes of trades entered into using
    the 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions and referencing a subordinated
    obligation) and a restructuring credit event (for the purposes of trades
    entered into using the 2003 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions and
    referencing either a senior or a subordinated obligation) have occurred
    in respect of Banco Popular Español SA.

    This is the first time that a Determinations Committee has resolved
    that a governmental intervention credit event, a new credit event
    introduced in the 2014 Definitions specifically for financial corporate
    transaction types, has been determined to have occurred.

    The EMEA DC also resolved to hold an auction in respect of the relevant
    transactions entered into using the 2014 Definitions. The EMEA DC
    resolved potentially to hold an auction in respect of the relevant
    transactions entered into using the 2003 Definitions (being those
    transactions that are subject to the Small Bang Protocol or that
    otherwise incorporate the 2009 ISDA Credit Derivatives Determinations
    Committees, auction settlement and restructuring supplement).

    A subsequent meeting of the EMEA DC will be convened on June 12, 2017
    to discuss matters relating to the auctions. ISDA will publish further
    information regarding auction-related matters on its website,, in due course.

    Please refer to the credit event webpage for the DC meeting
    statement that includes more detailed information:

    For Press Queries, Please Contact:

    Nick Sawyer, ISDA London, +44 203 808 9740,
    Lauren Dobbs, ISDA New York, +1 212 901 6019,
    Michael Milner-Watt, ISDA London, +44 203 808 9727,
    Amanda Leung, ISDA Hong Kong, +852 2200 5911,


    About the Determinations Committees

    The ISDA Credit Derivatives Determinations Committees (DCs)
    each comprise 10 sell-side and five buy-side voting firms, alongside
    up to three consultative firms and central counterparty observer members.
    Their role is to apply the terms of market-standard credit derivatives
    contracts to specific cases, and make factual determinations on Credit
    Events, Successor Reference Entities and other issues, based on
    information provided to the DCs by credit default swap (CDS) market

    The DCs are also responsible for determining whether a CDS Auction
    should be held following a Credit Event. The determinations are
    governed by the Determinations Committee Rules.

    ISDA acts as a non-voting secretary to each DC, and endeavors to
    co-ordinate this process in a transparent and operationally efficient

    About ISDA

    Since 1985, ISDA has worked to make the global derivatives markets safer
    and more efficient. Today, ISDA has over 850 member institutions from
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    Austrian ‘Migrant Party’ to Stand In National Election

    by Chris Tomlinson
    9 June 2017

    Austria’s “migrant party”, the New Movement for the Future (NBZ), have announced they will be fielding candidates across Austria for the snap national election in October.

    The New Movement for the Future (NBZ) was formed by Turkish immigrants in the city of Voralburg and ran for office in local elections. Chairman Adnan Dincer, originally from Turkey, has now said the party is ready to field candidates in the Austrian national election planned for October 15th, Die Presse reports

    So far the NBZ has not announced where they will be running or who their candidates are but a party spokesman said the party had decided on Sunday to compete in the national elections. The party also announced they will move their headquarters to the Austrian capital of Vienna.

    In the next few weeks, the party is expected to start forming the appropriate structures to run a national election campaign and will likely produce their national platform as well as introduce their leading candidates for the election.

    Previously, party leader Adnan Dincer had claimed whilst the party was largely representative of migrant issues they were neither an Islamic nor a Turkish party. He claimed the party would represent the interests of “the forgotten” and said that whilst many members are Muslim, “religion is religion, politics is politics”.

    In order to win seats in the Austrian parliament, the party needs to win at least four per cent of the vote, something the spokesman for the party saw as unrealistic. Instead, the party is looking to use the election raise its profile and offer voters an alternative.

    The Austrian snap election was called after former vice chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner shocked the country by resigning and leading to a split between the grand coalition of his Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and Chancellor Christian Kern’s Socialists (SPÖ).

    Current polls show the anti-mass migration Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) in second place ahead of the Socialists. New ÖVP leader and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has steadily adopted many policies the FPÖ have promoted for years including the recent banning of the full-face Islamic veil.

    The leader of the FPÖ Heinz-Christian Strache has taken a hard line against Islamisation and has vowed to both ban Islamism and has floated the idea of putting known Islamists on island prisons away from society.

    If the current polling trends continue, a coalition government of the ÖVP and the FPÖ is likely, which has not happened since 2000 when Austria was threatened with sanctions from the European Union for allowing then-leader of the FPÖ Jörg Haider into government.

  17. #17
    Austria to Ban Burqas from October

    by Breitbart London
    9 June 2017

    VIENNA (AFP) – New Austrian legislation came into force Friday that will ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places from October 1.

    The outlawing of the burqa or other clothing concealing the face follows similar moves in other countries in the European Union, starting with France in 2011

    In Austria, people who break the new law could be fined up to 150 euros ($168), according to the legislation approved by parliament in May and signed into law by the president this week.

    Other measures include a clampdown on distributing extremist material, and immigrants being obliged to sign an “integration contract”.

    A 12-month “integration programme” will include courses in “values” and the German language. Failure to attend can result in cuts to social security payments.

    The legislation was hammered out by the centrist government amid strong support for the far-right and the arrival of 90,000 asylum-seekers since 2015.

    The “grand coalition” under Chancellor Christian Kern collapsed last month and early elections were called for October 15.

    The far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), whose candidate came close to winning the largely ceremonial presidency last year, is riding high in opinion polls ahead of the vote.

  18. #18
    Polish ruling party suggests Muslims not welcome at festival
    By Vanessa Gera, Associated Press
    WARSAW, Poland June 8, 2017, 11:59 AM ET

    In some of its strongest anti-Muslim language to date, Poland's ruling Law and Justice party suggested Thursday that it does not want Muslim migrants to attend a major annual rock festival in the country this summer.

    The nationalist party used Twitter to speak out against the Woodstock festival, which will take place in August in western Poland, not far from the German border. It referred to a statement made earlier by organizer Jerzy Owsiak, who said the event was open to migrants living in Germany.

    "Do you really want to have an event in Poland with the participation of Muslim immigrants?" Law and Justice wrote, asking those who agreed to share the message

    Rafal Pankowski, the head of Never Again, an anti-racism group that has been involved with the festival for two decades, said he was shocked at the language.

    "It is a very crude form of Islamophobic propaganda," Pankowski said. "The number of Muslims in Poland is very small anyway, so scaring people by using a supposed Muslim threat is artificial in the first place, but it's also cynical and unpleasant."

    Also Thursday, President Andrzej Duda said he supports holding a referendum asking Poles if they want to accept refugees but not until 2019, when people could weigh in as they vote in general elections, and only if migration is still a "problem" then.

    Ewa Ostaszewska-Zuk with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw said she sees no reason for a referendum because the number of people seeking asylum in Poland is already low and the vote would serve mainly to promote anti-migrant sentiment.

    "Right now the government talks about migrants in only one way: They are a threat to the security, they are dangerous, they are terrorists; we will not take anyone because we are looking after the safely of Poles," Ostaszewska-Zuk said.

  19. #19
    So as Scotland's desire to secede from the UK recedes, Catalonia steps up to the plate.


    Catalonia to Hold Its Own Independence Referendum This October
    • JUNE 9, 2017 - 12:36 PM

    Brexit has created chaos before negotiations have even officially begun; the Scottish National Party lost a whopping 21 seats in Thursday’s snap elections; and Alex Salmond, the champion of Scottish independence in the run-up to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, lost his perch in Parliament. Given the tumult which independence referendums have caused in the United Kingdom, one might think that their continental counterparts would look with a jaundiced eye on such adventures.
    One would be wrong.

    On Friday, Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont said Catalans would have their own independence referendum on Oct. 1 of this year. They will be asked to answer the question, “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?” Catalan parliamentarians, the majority of whom are in favor of independence, are expecting to set the legislative groundwork this summer.
    Independence has long been a cherished dream for many in Catalonia, including its regional president. The region is proudly linguistically different from the Spanish heartland of Castille (not to mention other restive areas like the Basque Country or Galicia) and did not have to chafe under Madrid’s tutelage until the 18th century. And the short-lived Second Republic, just before and during the Spanish Civil War, is fondly remembered in Barcelona.

    More to the point, Catalonia is richer than the rest of Spain, and has Barcelona, one of the grand cities in all of Europe. Despite all that, not everybody in Catalonia is on board: Recent polls say a slight majority prefer to remain in Spain. What’s clear is that a majority of Catalans want it put to a vote. (In 2014, the same year Scots narrowly stayed in the United Kingdom, Catalonia held a nonbinding not-really-about-independence-referendum that received little turnout but resounding support for breaking away from Madrid.)

    Someone who most emphatically does not feel that way: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who has vowed to block the referendum, and who, with overwhelming support in parliament, has the power to do so. He could take the issue to the high court, or, a bit more dramatically, take over Catalan’s regional police to block any independence vote.

    The future of the northeastern Spanish region has echoes in the U.K. There was plenty of concern in Scotland that Spanish fears of a Pandora’s Box would scupper any chance of a successful “Scotchit” from the United Kingdom.

    Spain, however, said that, while it does not support an independent Scotland and believes it should remain a part of the United Kingdom, it would not block Scottish attempts to join the European Union.

    No such olive branches for Catalonia, though: Spain has made clear it will do whatever it can to block even the attempt to hold a referendum.

  20. #20
    I recall that in Winter of 2015=16, after the Paris attacks and San Bernardino, there were high military leaders in Europe who warned that there was going to be civil insurrection in Europe and that they were preparing for it. One was in Sweden (although he included war with Russia) and the other was either in Austria or Switzerland.

    Other than a few PEGIDA marches, the insurrection never happened. But the terror attacks have continued, unabated. So what was the feeling of the rank and file who were being prepared to fire on their own people? It may not be a promising as the governments would like.

    Germany’s Merkel Seeks to Ease Tensions with Military

    Oliver Berg/AP
    by BREITBART LONDON10 Jun 2017100
    BERLIN (AP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel is praising the country’s army as “indispensable” amid friction between military and government over the handling of a series of scandals in the Bundeswehr.

    It is under scrutiny over allegations of abuse, the discovery of suspected far-right extremists in its ranks and questions over its ability to fulfil its missions.
    In a pre-recorded video Saturday, Merkel said “there were events recently that deserved to be criticized.”

    But she insisted that “the vast majority of soldiers are performing an invaluable service.”

    Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen angered some in the military with her sweeping criticism while investigations into alleged wrongdoing were still underway.German weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday that the army filed a criminal complaint against an officer who jokingly called for a military putsch.

    German weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday that the army filed a criminal complaint against an officer who jokingly called for a military putsch.

  21. #21
    EU to open case against Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic over migration

    Monday June 12, 2017 3:26pm BST
    By Gabriela Baczynska and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS

    BRUSSELS The European Union's executive will decide on Tuesday to open legal cases against three eastern members for failing to take in asylum-seekers to relieve states on the front lines of the bloc's migration crisis, sources said.

    The European Commission would agree at a regular meeting to send so-called letters of formal notice to Poland and Hungary, three diplomats and EU officials told Reuters. Two others said the Czech Republic was also on the list.

    This would mark a sharp escalation of the internal EU disputes over migration. Such letters are the first step in the so-called infringement procedures the Commission can open against EU states for failing to meet their legal obligations.

    The eastern allies Poland and Hungary have vowed not to budge. Their staunch opposition to accepting asylum-seekers, and criticism of Brussels for trying to enforce the scheme, are popular among their nationalist-minded, eurosceptic voters.

    Speaking in Hungary's parliament earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said: "We will not give in to blackmail from Brussels and we reject the mandatory relocation quota."

    A spokeswoman in Brussels did not confirm or deny the executive would go ahead with the legal cases, but referred to an interview that Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker gave to the German weekly Der Spiegel last week.

    "Those that do not take part have to assume that they will be faced with infringement procedures," he was quoted as saying.

    Poland and Hungary have refused to take in a single person under a plan agreed in 2015 to relocate 160,000 asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece, which had been overwhelmed by mass influx of people from the Middle East and Africa.

    Poland's Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak was quoted as saying on Monday by the state news agency PAP: "We believe that the relocation methods attract more waves of immigration to Europe, they are ineffective."

    The Czech Republic had initially taken in 12 people from their assigned quota of 2,691, but said earlier in June it would take no more in, citing security concerns.

    A series of deadly Islamist attacks in western Europe since late 2015 has put the spotlight on public security and the easterners say hosting people from the mainly-Muslim Middle East and North Africa increases risks to safety.


    The bloc has fought two years of these bitter migration battles but the two southern states, backed by rich countries like Germany and Sweden that are the final destinations for many refugees and migrants arriving in the EU, have failed to force Warsaw and Budapest to change their policies.

    With others also dragging their feet, the scheme has been a failure and fewer than 21,000 people have been moved so far. Immigration numbers have fallen since the height of the crisis in 2015 after a deal with Turkey, leaving the dispute largely a political one.

    Only Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic do not have pledges pending to accept asylum-seekers under the plan.

    That allows the Commission to single them out on that formal basis, rather than open legal cases against just about every EU state for failing to take in the whole of their assigned quota.
    In his interview, Juncker said: "The decision hasn't been made yet, but I will say this: I am for it - not to make a threat, but to make clear that decisions that have been made are applicable law ... At issue here is European solidarity, which cannot be a one-way street."

    Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania opposed agreeing to the relocation scheme for asylum-seekers in 2015 but were outvoted. Although generally opposed, Poland eventually voted with the majority.

    Budapest and Bratislava have since challenged the system in the European Union's top court, and are backed by Warsaw. The court is due to present a first opinion on the matter in July.

    The Commission will decide on the new infringements at a weekly meeting on Tuesday, and they could formally be launched a day later, the sources said, paving the way for many months - or even years - of legal wrangling before any court sanctions.

    The bloc's divisive migration disputes have come at a time its unity and resolve are already being tested by Brexit, weak economies and higher support for populist, eurosceptic and nationalist-minded parties on the continent.

    It pits the formerly communist easterners against the wealthy westerners and countries on the Mediterranean coast, with Italy leading calls to punish Poland and Hungary by taking away some of the generous EU funds they benefit from.

    Warsaw and Budapest have numerous other disputes open with the bloc's political capital Brussels and the Western states promoting more open world views. They have clashed over the rule of law, democratic checks and balances and the two government's moves to subdue the judiciary and public media, among others.

    (Additional reporting by Jan Strupczewski in Brussels, Krisztina Than in Budapest, Lidia Kelly and Marcin Goclowski in Warsaw, Jason Hovet in Prague, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Tom Heneghan)

  22. #22
    Finnish government coalition on verge of collapse
    By Jari Tanner, Associated Press
    TALLINN, Estonia June 12, 2017, 11:37 AM ET

    Finland's government was brought to the verge of collapse on Monday as centrist and conservative parties both said the populist The Finns party cannot stay in the three-member government coalition after it elected an anti-EU and anti-immigration hardliner as its chairman last week.

    Prime Minister Juha Sipila of the Center Party and Petteri Orpo of the National Coalition Party said that there was no common ground and "no common value base" for working with The Finns' new leader, Jussi Halla-aho.

    "We (coalition parties) need to have a value base that is sufficiently close to each other and a trust built on that base," Sipila said at Monday's news conference.

    Halla-aho's skeptical views on the European Union and hostile blog writings on immigration were seen as clashing badly with the Nordic country's government program, the two party leaders said.

    Sipila said the floor is now open to start talks Tuesday with other parties to replace The Finns a rare example of a European populist party that had managed to hold Cabinet positions, under the leadership of current Foreign Minister Timo Soini.

    Smaller parties such as the Christian Democrats and the Swedish People's Party, and possibly also The Greens, are likely to show interest in entering Sipila's center-right government, which took office in May 2015.

    The government currently musters a comfortable majority, holding 124 seats in the 200-seat Parliament.

    Halla-aho a 46-year-old European Parliament lawmaker who was convicted in 2012 for making racist and anti-Muslim statements on his blog was elected as the new chairman of The Finns in a landslide vote on Saturday.

    He replaced Soini who served 20 years at the helm of party previously known as True Finns and established it as one of Europe's main populist parties.

  23. #23
    Dutch coalition talks between 4 parties fail again

    By The Associated Press
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands June 12, 2017, 3:20 PM ET

    An attempt to breathe new life into talks between four parties to a coalition government in the Netherlands has failed, with the veteran negotiator leading exploratory discussions saying a coalition is not possible.

    The announcement Monday evening by Herman Tjeenk Willink means that the Netherlands still has no immediate prospect of a new government nearly three months after March 15 parliamentary elections, and opens the possibility of a minority coalition.

    The announcement came after days of informal talks involving election winner the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, or VVD, led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Christian Democrats, the centrist D66 party and pro-environment Green Left party.

    Earlier talks between the parties collapsed mid-May due to differences in their stances on migration issues.

  24. #24
    Islamic State calls for Ramadan attacks in US, Europe

    By The Associated Press
    BEIRUT June 12, 2017, 3:59 PM ET

    The Islamic State group is calling on supporters to carry out attacks in the United States and Europe during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that began two weeks ago.

    In an audiotape circulated online Monday, spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajer praised last week's attacks in Iran's capital, saying the country is "weaker than a spider's web" and calling for more assaults.

    Al-Muhajer also called for attacks in Russia and Australia, saying "heaven is reached under the shadow of swords."

    IS has called for attacks during Ramadan in the past. This year it has claimed responsibility for attacks in Britain, Egypt, Iran and the Philippines that killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds.

  25. #25
    US military: American bombers show commitment to NATO allies
    By The Associated Press
    BERLIN June 12, 2017, 10:13 AM

    A top U.S. military commander in Europe says American B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers currently taking part in exercises from a British air base should reassure allies about his country's commitment to NATO.

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, commander of the Germany-based 3rd Air Force, told reporters Monday the bombers are participating in exercises with NATO partners and other allies.

    President Donald Trump has been critical of NATO but Clark says from a military standpoint there's been no change in guidance and "this exercise underscores our commitment to NATO and our allies."

    Speaking in a phone conference from the bombers' temporary base in Fairford, England, Clark says the Russian intercept of a B-52 over the Baltic last week is no cause for concern, calling it "standard practice."

  26. #26
    Warsaw Muslims call off event following far-right threats

    By The Associated Press
    WARSAW, Poland June 13, 2017, 10:31 AM ET

    The Muslim community in Warsaw has canceled a public event aimed at countering stereotypes about Islam after receiving threats from far-right nationalists.

    A Muslim community leader, Ahmad Alattal, said hateful comments were made online about Tuesday's open house at the Muslim Cultural Center, which many schoolchildren had planned to attend

    The development comes amid rising animosity toward Muslims in largely Catholic Poland. The European Commission launched legal action Tuesday against Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic for failing to accept refugees as part of a legally-binding EU plan.

    Poland's government says it would rather be fined than accept Muslim refugees, whom it views as potential terrorist threats.

  27. #27
    Hungarian Government: Islam and Europe ‘Incapable of Coexisting Without Conflict’

    by Jack Montgomery
    13 June 2017

    Threatened with sanctions for refusing to accept the compulsory migrant quotas being imposed on European Union member-states by Brussels, the Hungarian government has declared that Islam and Europe "are incapable of coexisting without conflict".

    Zoltán Balog, the Central European country’s Minister for Human Capacities, branded the European Commission which leads the bloc as “helpless, bewildered and weak” in the face of the migrant crisis. Mr. Balog added the bloc was incapable of providing a solution and resentful of the fact that Hungary, Poland, and now the Czech Republic, have found one in the form of robust border controls.

    “Islam is a major culture and religion,” Balog explained, “but Europe has a different identity, and it is clear that these two cultures are incapable of coexisting without conflict.”

    The multilingual graduate theologian believes that “The greatest difference is that in Europe, politics and religion have been separated from one another, but in the case of Islam it is religion that determines politics.”

    With Germany, Sweden, and other EU member-states who encouraged mass immigration at the height of the crisis struggling with the exorbitant cost of the influx, the EU forced compulsory migrant quotas on the rest of the bloc despite vigorous opposition from Central Europe.

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been resisting the quota system ever since, and Balog reiterated his government’s intention to resist “arbitrary measures” which they consider “unlawful and dangerous”.

    The EU is, therefore, preparing to impose sanctions on Hungary and other recalcitrant member-states, causing a defiant Orbán to chastise Brussels as being “openly on the side of terrorists” and to vow: “As long as I am the Prime Minister of Hungary and stand here, so will the border fence.”

    He is being supported by the conservative Law and Justice administration in Poland, with Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski declaring: “We do not agree to such blackmail; with the notion that if you do not accept migrants … you will be financially punished.”

  28. #28
    Hungary passes bill regulating foreign-funded NGOs

    By Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press
    BUDAPEST, Hungary June 13, 2017, 8:58 AM ET

    Hungary's parliament on Tuesday approved a law regulating civic groups which receive foreign funding, a move critics see as part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's efforts to stifle dissent and increase control over public discourse.

    The bill passed by the governing parties led by Orban compels groups getting more than 7.2 million forints ($26,200) a year from abroad to register the fact with the courts and announce in most of their online and printed publications that they are foreign-funded.

    Non-governmental organizations will also have to list any foreign sponsors giving them more than 500,000 forints ($1,800) a year.

    The law is nominally meant to increase transparency among civic groups and boost efforts against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Religious and sports organizations, as well as those representing ethnic minorities, are exempt from the law.

    "No one wants to limit anyone's operations in Hungary ... but organizations whose foreign financing is not known can't be allowed to take part in Hungarian public life," said Gergely Gulyas, a deputy parliamentary speaker and member of Orban's Fidesz party.

    Amnesty International described the bill as a "vicious and calculated assault on civil society."

    The law's true aim is "to stigmatize, discredit and intimidate critical NGOs," said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International's director for Europe. "This latest assault on civil society is aimed at silencing critical voices within the country, has ominous echoes of Russian's draconian 'foreign agents' law, and is a dark day for Hungary."

    At the heart of the issue is the conflict between Orban and Hungarian-American financier George Soros, whose ideal of an "open society" is at odds with Orban's desire to turn Hungary into an "illiberal state."

    Soros' Open Society Foundations support some of the NGOs such as the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a human rights advocate, and corruption watchdog Transparency International. The government sees those groups as "foreign agents" working against Hungarian interests.

    The law "is needed because of the vetting of the Soros network," Fidesz communications director Balazs Hidveghi said. "Soros has declared war on Hungary, wants to dismantle the fence, bring in the immigrants and use his agent organizations for this."

    The Open Society Foundations said the legislation was a "serious attack on Hungarian democracy" and called for the law to be reversed.

    The law "seeks to suppress democratic voices in Hungary just when the country needs them most," said Goran Buldioski, director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe. "The notion that the groups it targets represent a threat to national security is absurd."

    Orban and other government officials have expressed their displeasure especially with the Helsinki Committee's advocacy for refugees and asylum seekers and claim the group is among those working to weaken Hungary's radical anti-migrant policies, including razor-wire fences on its southern borders built in 2015 to stop the migrant flow.

    "The wolf has dressed up in sheep's clothing and this must be prevented," Peter Harrach, a leader of the Christian Democrats who are Orban's coalition partners, said of the NGOs accused of meddling in domestic politics.

    The Helsinki Committee and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union announced boycotts and said they wouldn't comply with the new regulations as their financial situations are already "fully transparent" and vowed to appeal any legal steps taken against it.

    Amendments to the bill took into account some of the recommendations made by the Venice Commission advisers of the Council of Europe, the continent's top human rights organization but most of the disputed regulations remained in place.

    According to the law, the names, addresses and tax numbers of the groups in question will be published on the "Civil Information Portal" and updated monthly.

  29. #29
    EU to launch action against 3 countries over refugee plan

    By Lorne Cook, Associated Press
    BRUSSELS June 13, 2017, 10:31 AM ET

    The European Union warned the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland on Tuesday that they have 24 hours to start taking in refugees under an EU sharing plan or face legal action.

    The European Commission said in a statement that it has repeatedly urged the three countries to relocate refugees or at least pledge to do so under the legally-binding refugee plan agreed two years ago.

    But it said they haven't taken action "in breach of their legal obligations," and that it "has decided to launch infringement procedures."

    The plan to share 160,000 refugees in overwhelmed Italy and Greece among other European countries over two years was endorsed in September 2015 by a qualified majority vote.

    But just three months before the September 2017 deadline, fewer than 21,000 people have been relocated.

    The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia voted against it. Hungary and Slovakia had previously launched their own legal action against the scheme.

    EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland have until Wednesday to change their minds.

    "There is still time ahead. Let's hope that not only reason but also the European spirit will prevail," Avramopoulos told reporters, lamenting that the three "have not done anything for more than one year."

    But Poland said it stands ready to take legal action of its own.

    "Poland is ready to defend its standpoint before the Court of Justice," Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said Tuesday.

    He warned that the commission's action "may deepen the divisions within the EU."

    Avramopoulos praised Austria and Slovakia for recently pledging to do more. But as of June 9, Austria had still not relocated a single refugee. Slovakia had taken in 16.

    The refugee scheme was seen as a major plank of the EU's migration policy, and was lauded as a pan-European show of solidarity in 2015 when more than a million people arrived in Europe seeking sanctuary or jobs.

    Monika Scislowska in Warsaw, Poland, contributed to this report.

  30. #30
    The Latest: Poland reacts to EU legal action over refugees

    By The Associated Press
    BRUSSELS June 13, 2017, 11:02 AM ET

    The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):

    5 p.m.

    The Polish government spokesman says that Warsaw respects but does not agree with the decision of the European Commission to launch legal actions against Poland and two other countries that have refused to accept refugees as part of a European Union resettlement plan.

    The European Commission said Tuesday that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have breached their legal obligations to take some refugees as part of the 2015 plan, which is aimed at sharing the burden of 160,000 migrants at camps in Italy and Greece.

    Rafal Bochenek, spokesman for the conservative government of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, said the Polish leadership does not agree with the Commission's decision. He said it has been saying from the very beginning that the forced relocation of people is not a good solution to the migration crisis.

    4:45 p.m.

    Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says his country is not ready to change its view of a European Union migrant sharing plan, following an announcement that the EU is launching legal action against the Czech Republic and two other countries for failing to take in enough refugees.

    Sobotka said in a statement on Tuesday: "The Czech Republic doesn't agree with the relocation system based on migrant quotas. And given the worsened security situation in Europe and also that the quota system is not functioning, it won't participate in it."

    Sobotka said his government was ready to "consistently defend our view at the EU level and at the relevant court institutions."

    The Czech Republic was supposed to accept some 2,600 refugees until September but so far has taken only 12, all of them from Greece.

    Czech Interior Minister Milan Chvanec said last week his country won't accept any more refugees as part of the EU's obligatory quotas system.

    Sobotka said the quotas system has been very unpopular among the Czech public, and that it has "reduced the trust of the citizens in the EU" and delayed solving the migrant crisis.

    4 p.m.

    The European Commission says it is launching legal action against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for failing to take in refugees under a legally binding sharing plan agreed by the European Union.

    The Commission said Tuesday in a statement that it has repeatedly urged the three countries to relocate refugees or at least pledge to do so.

    But it said they have not taken action "in breach of their legal obligations," and that it "has decided to launch infringement procedures" on Wednesday.

    The scheme to share 160,000 refugees in overwhelmed Italy and Greece among other European countries over two years was endorsed in September 2015 by a qualified majority vote.

    The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland have until Wednesday to change their minds.

  31. #31
    Merkel's party wins deals to govern 2 German states

    By The Associated Press
    BERLIN June 13, 2017, 3:17 PM ET

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party reached agreements Tuesday to form new coalition governments in two German states, party leaders said, a little over three months before a national election.

    Merkel's Christian Democrats beat their center-left rivals, the Social Democrats, in a pair of state elections last month that were the final tests before the September 24 national vote in which Merkel is seeking a fourth term

    In the country's northernmost state, Schleswig-Holstein, the conservatives are heading into government with the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens a combination known as a "Jamaica" coalition because the parties' colors match those of that country's flag. It has been tried only once before at state level, and never in a national government.

    Regional conservative leader Daniel Guenther said Tuesday that "we have agreed on all points," news agency dpa reported. Only the Greens were also in the state's outgoing government, which was led by the Social Democrats.

    In Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, Merkel's Christian Democrats and the Free Democrats last month won an unexpected one-seat majority to govern together. The two parties' regional leaders told dpa Tuesday that they had concluded a coalition deal to govern the state, traditionally a center-left stronghold.

    Polls currently give Merkel's conservatives a double-digit national lead ahead of the September election, with challenger Martin Schulz's Social Democrats sagging following a surge earlier this year. Both parties hope to escape the "grand coalition" in which they now govern Germany together.

    A center-right coalition such as the one in North Rhine-Westphalia or a "Jamaica" alliance like the one emerging in Schleswig-Holstein could be options for Merkel.

    The Christian Democrats and Free Democrats governed Germany together from 2009 to 2013, when voters ejected the latter from the national parliament. They appear well-placed to return this time.

  32. #32
    Leaked Report: Sweden Sees More Than 50 Per Cent Rise in ‘No-Go Zones’

    by Virginia Hale
    13 June 2017

    The number of areas classed as "vulnerable" by Swedish police has risen from 15 to 23 in two years, according to leaked documents held back from release by Sweden's national police chief.

    Police hoped that increased resources would have reduced the number of “vulnerable” areas — typically migrant-dominated neighbourhoods which have been turned into virtual no-go zones as a result of rampant drug trafficking, gang crime, and religious extremism.

    But the classified report, which was produced by the intelligence department of Sweden’s National Operations Department (NOA) and has been seen by Dagens Nyheter, showed that law enforcement has been helpless to halt the spread of criminality and extremism.

    Police forces “find it difficult to carry out [their] mission” in neighbourhoods classed as “vulnerable”, according to NOA’s research, for a number of reasons which include “an unwillingness of the population to participate in legal proceedings”.

    Local media reported that the Police Board intended to publish the updated list of vulnerable areas last month, but national police chief Dan Eliasson prevented its release.

    “This information is very sensitive,” a source said of the report.

    “Eliasson is making every effort to get the results turned around, but they have been going in the wrong direction.”

    “There is an atmosphere of crisis and management recognises the need to present a credible plan of action,” the source told Dagens Nyheter.

    In February, U.S. President Donald Trump was scorned by the establishment and media in Sweden after he told a rally that the Nordic nation is “having problems like they never thought possible” as a result of mass migration.

    But just hours after the president’s speech in Florida, riots in which cars were set ablaze and shops were looted broke out in the notorious “vulnerable” zone of Rinkeby.

    In April, Breitbart London reported that dozens of homes in the Stockholm suburb were no longer receiving postal deliveries after the company responsible judged the neighbourhood, where a majority of residents were born overseas, to be too dangerous to send their staff.

    Construction on Rinkeby’s fortified police station was put on hold in March as authorities could not find a contractor willing to send his workers to the site as the area was “too dangerous”. Many officers due to be stationed there fear they will be targets on their daily commutes, and will likely not be able to travel on public transport.

    In 2015, Breitbart London reported from Rosengård, a no-go suburb of the migrant-populated and heavily government subsidised Malmö, that the newly-built police station was closed and not a police officer was to be seen in the area.

    Swedish feminists have also been moving out of the no-go zones of Husby and Tensta following intimidation from local Muslim men.

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    STOP TERROR‏ @S_T_O_P_TERROR · 17h17 hours ago

    #Germany: the Monday protest of the patriots of #PEGIDA today in #Dresden. As always very well attended!

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    Maurice Schleepenþ @MauriceSchleepe · 4h4 hours ago

    After the Visa-free regime of #Ukraine with the #EU started,Thousands of #Ukraine citizens took advantage and Stormed the #Polish border.

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  36. #36
    EU launches legal action against 3 countries over refugees

    By Lorne Cook, Associated Press
    BRUSSELS June 14, 2017, 7:49 AM ET

    The European Commission on Wednesday launched legal action against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for failing to respect their commitment to take in refugees.

    The Commission, which polices EU agreements, sent formal letters of notice to the three states giving them one month to respond to its concerns. They could be taken to Europe's top court, the European Court of Justice, if the matter is not resolved.

    EU countries agreed in September 2015 to relocate 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy as the two countries struggled to cope with more than a million migrants who entered Europe mostly through their borders that year.

    The Commission said in a statement that despite "repeated calls for action, these three countries remain in breach of their legal obligations and have shown disregard for their commitments to Greece, Italy and other member states."

    The two-year relocation scheme is a major plank of the EU's migration policy, and was lauded as a European show of solidarity in 2015.

    But just three months before it expires this September, fewer than 21,000 people have been relocated.

    The plan was endorsed by a "qualified majority vote" roughly a two-thirds majority with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia voting against. Finland abstained. Hungary and Slovakia later launched their own legal action over the scheme, refusing to have migrant quotas imposed on them by what they saw as bureaucrats in Brussels.

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday that "it's a question here of observing European law, it's not a question of sanctions."

    He told EU lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, that "European solidarity cannot be a one way street."

    As of June 9, the Czech Republic had accepted 12 refugees from Greece. Hungary and Poland had taken in none.

    On Tuesday, the EU's top migration official, Dimitris Avramopoulos, praised Austria and Slovakia for recently pledging to do more. But as of June 9, Austria had still not relocated a single refugee. Slovakia had taken in 16.

    Germany, France, the Netherlands, Finland, Portugal and non-EU country Norway have so far been taking in the largest number of refugees Germany received more than 5,600, France around 3,500.

    Countries usually have two months to reply to formal EU letters of notice, but officials say the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland have already been repeatedly warned so they will only get one. The three could avoid going to court if they start relocating refugees over the next month, but their governments have already vowed to resist legal pressure.

  37. #37
    At Auschwitz, Polish leader appears to defend migrant stance

    By The Associated Press
    WARSAW, Poland June 14, 2017, 10:32 AM ET

    Poland's prime minister has made comments during a memorial observance at Auschwitz that appear to defend her anti-migrant policies.

    Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said: "In today's restless times, Auschwitz is a great lesson showing that everything must be done to protect the safety and life of one's citizens."

    Her comments come as Poland defends its refusal to accept refugees as part of a European Union resettlement plan.

    The European Commission launched legal action Wednesday against Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary for refusing to accept refugees as part of the plan.

    Szydlo's Law and Justice party tweeted her comment but removed it following accusations that she was misusing history for political gain.

    Spokesman Rafal Bochenek says the entirety of her speech makes clear that no ill will was intended roll_articleroll_hed

  38. #38
    Poland, Czech Rep. Slam Forced Migration Plan as EU Imposes Sanctions

    by Liam Deacon
    14 June 2017

    Poland and the Czech Republic have slammed the European Union's (EU) decision to "sanction" them for rejecting compulsory migrant quotas, with the latter citing "security" issues and promising to defend the right to reject migrants.

    Rafal Bochenek, a spokesman for the conservative Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło, said the Polish leadership does not agree with the unelected Commission’s decision, reiterating the argument that forced relocation is not a good solution to the migrant crisis.

    Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka was even more blunt, insisting his country will not change its view of the forced migrant relocation plan.

    According to AP, he said Tuesday: “The Czech Republic doesn’t agree with the relocation system based on migrant quotas. And given the worsened security situation in Europe and also that the quota system is not functioning, it won’t participate in it.”

    He said his government was ready to “consistently defend our view at the EU level and at the relevant court institutions”.

    Numerous asylum seekers from Syria and other countries have been implicated in recent terror attacks in Europe, including Paris, Germany, and London.

    The EU’s interior ministers forced through the plan to relocate 160,000 migrants across member states in September 2015 – regardless of the views of national governments and their populations.

    The plan stated that countries refusing to accept the quotas can be fined 0.002 per cent of their GDP by the EU – meaning Poland could be fined nearly ten million U.S. dollars based on its 2015 GDP.

    The method the EU used to force through the policy is called “qualified majority voting” (QMV), and was predicted by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage in a Breitbart London column just four days before.

    Objections from Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary were overruled, as a QMV vote is heavily weighted in favour of larger, more powerful states such as France and Germany.

    Hungary and Slovakia have since launched their own legal action against it. Just three months before the September 2017 deadline for the completion of the relocation, fewer than 21,000 migrants have been moved.

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  40. #40
    Sweden: Extremism grows, chiefly radical Islamists.

    By The Associated Press
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark June 16, 2017, 7:05 AM ET

    The Swedish security service SAPO says the number of people in Sweden with extremist views has grown to several thousands, mainly among people with sympathies for radical Islam.

    Its head, Anders Thornberg, says "we have never seen anything like it" and propaganda from the Islamic State group was a key factor.

    He says the figure was in the hundreds a few years ago, adding it was "a historic challenge with extremist environments growing."

    Thornberg told Sweden's news agency TT Friday that SAPO gets about 6,000 pieces of intelligence every month, up from 2,000 five years ago. He didn't go into specifics.

    Sweden's threat assessment remains three on a five-level scale. On April 7, the driver of stolen truck killed five pedestrians and injured 14 in central Stockholm roll_articleroll_hed


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