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Spectacular Failure To Deal With Migrant Crisis Sparks Anger in Small Saxony Town

Spectacular Failure To Deal With Migrant Crisis Sparks Anger in Small Saxony Town

The European Union has, in the view of some observers, spectacularly failed to act decisively and in unison over the Merkel-incited “great mass walk-in” across Europe that has thrown member states into turmoil since last summer. In France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Denmark among others, nationalist politicians and supporters have warned repeatedly that […]

EU Migrant Crisis: German Voter Anger Rising – Perhaps Mutti Merkel Faces a Problem?

EU Migrant Crisis: German Voter Anger Rising  – Perhaps Mutti Merkel Faces a Problem?

Björn Höcke, a rising star in Germany’s small but growing anti-immigrant Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, has warned that if the current rate of migrant influx is not halted, Germans face being overwhelmed by end 2016 . A video published to Youtube on November 4, 2015 shows excerpts of Björn Höcke’s address to an AfD Conference in Munich on 22 October 2015. Speaking to an enthusiastic audience […]

The Hungarian Leader – Outcast To Some, Hero To Many – Who Aims To “Defend Europe”

The Hungarian Leader – Outcast To Some, Hero To Many – Who Aims To “Defend Europe”

Hungary’s conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has become an outcast to some and a hero to others for “squabbling” with the European Union over its handling of an historic inflow of mainly economic migrants expected to exceed 3 million by end 2017. The three million figure was released on November 5 by the EU Commission at […]

Does Merkel’s Migrant Muddling Pose a Threat to European Liberal Democracy?

Does Merkel’s Migrant Muddling Pose a Threat to European Liberal Democracy?

Concerns appear to be deepening across Europe about the serious political blowback emerging as Germany now attempts to slam shut floodgates it recklessly opened to millions of migrants in late August. Liberal democracy in Europe is under threat once more writes Cas Mudde, associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia in […]

The “Invasion” of Europe: One Man’s Acerbic View of What Merkel and Allies Have Unleashed

The “Invasion” of Europe: One Man’s Acerbic View of What Merkel and Allies Have Unleashed

Unlike the White House the European Union has no presidential hotline to call during moments of great distress but today with migrant chaos threatening EU crack-up, it might just be wishing for a red comfort pillow. In the video below UK-based Pat Condell gives a personal view of the worsening migrant influx and what he calls German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s European suicide […]

EU Deal on 100,000 Extra Places Along Balkan Migrant Route

EU Deal on 100,000 Extra Places Along Balkan Migrant Route

As winter closes in the EU is struggling to coordinate the handling of an ongoing mass migrant stream from Turkey and the Mediterranean. European Union leaders have agreed to provide another 100,000 spaces in refugee welcome centres along the route from Greece towards Germany. It’s part of a 17 point plan to cooperate on managing […]

‘Europe’s Insane Deal with Greece’ Does it Spell Doom for the EU Project?

‘Europe’s Insane Deal with Greece’ Does it Spell Doom for the EU Project?

Does the German-led punishment beating of Greece — resulting in the “insane (Eurozone debt) deal” imposed on Athens and essentially set up to fail, spell the end of the European Union project as it stands today?  That’s the crux of the issue discussed below by Ronald Asch, a German professor of early modern history at the University of Freiburg and republished here with thanks to author […]

Bankrupt Greece is a Threat to Germany’s EU Hegemony, Hence the Venom

Bankrupt Greece is a Threat to Germany’s EU Hegemony, Hence the Venom

The drawn-out Tiny Greece vs Giant Germany match has reached penalty time amid an acrimonious flurry of yellow cards and verbal venom. The July 5th Greek referendum may just see victory in Lilliput. Germany, the country most threatened by growing anti-EU sentiment and rising Eurosceptic parties, wants to make clear that debtors face a high price for defiance […]

As Greece Teeters “Madame Frexit” Promises France will Follow

As Greece Teeters  “Madame Frexit” Promises France will Follow

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French far-Right, has declared she will be “Madame Frexit”, a threat designed to add to the worries piling up in Brussels. The leader of the “Front Nationale”–or National Front–declared that France will follow Britain and Greece in leaving the European Union–unless it can end the free movement of […]

Franco-German Axis Unites Ahead of any Possible Greek Euro Exit

Franco-German Axis Unites Ahead of any Possible Greek Euro Exit

The Franco-German axis is pursuing its goal of crushing national and monetary sovereignty on an unremitting march towards full-on European political union and this despite current eurozone hitches. That’s at least how Don Quijones, author of the Raging Bull-Shit blog and an editor at Wolfstreet sees the recent joint statement by French and German Finance Ministers […]

Muddling Along: The “Old EU Leaders” Lack Steel, Grip and a Vision

Muddling Along: The  “Old EU Leaders” Lack Steel, Grip and a Vision

Worsening Eurozone unemployment, fears of secular stagnation coupled with Europe’s lost generation, middle class pauperisation, welfare retrenching, and rising xenophobic and anti-European forces paint a glum picture of the Europe of tomorrow. Here Lorenzo Marsili, a founder and director of European Alternatives traces the concerns that have seen radical insurgent parties on the Left and Right making strong […]

Could Greece Be the Joker in the EU Pack? Athens Seeks to End Banker-Imposed Austerity

Could Greece Be the Joker in the EU Pack? Athens Seeks to End Banker-Imposed Austerity

Is Greece the joker in the pack, a card waiting to tumble before others such as Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal or even France follow suit? And if so who is to blame if this in turn leads to Eurozone collapse and an eviscerated European Union? Might it be captured politicians and bureaucrats who woefully allowed a global financial industry to drive so many European citizens to […]

As Deepening Economic Failure Dogs the EU, Could City-States Return?

As Deepening Economic Failure Dogs the EU, Could City-States Return?

With France battling a deep economic crisis — projected growth of just 0.4% this year —  Italy reporting  zero ‘growth’ for 13 quarters and ‘punishment interest’ imposed by German banks on savers, little wonder the increasingly-unloved European Union seems damagingly fractured. Here Eve Hepburn, a British academic writing at Open Democracy asks if the numerous breakaway movements in […]

As Growth Stagnates Front National Leader Calls for Referendum on Exiting EU and Euro

As Growth Stagnates Front National Leader Calls for Referendum on Exiting EU and Euro

The Front National, rating the ruling French Socialists at ‘zero’ on their disastrous economic record, are demanding an early referendum on a French exit from the European Union and eurozone as a percursor to recovery. On Monday the hard-right Front National’s Florian Philippot told France Inter, the national broadcaster, that the party, which won 26% […]

Eurosceptic ‘Earthquake’ Rents EU, Hardliners Win 140 of 751 Seats in European Parliament

Eurosceptic  ‘Earthquake’ Rents EU, Hardliners Win 140 of 751 Seats in European Parliament

Eurosceptic parties cause ‘earthquake’ at EU polls (via AFP) France’s far-right National Front and Britain’s UKIP led a eurosceptic “earthquake” in EU parliamentary polls, sending shockwaves across Europe and beyond. The EU Parliament’s own projections early on Monday showed the extent of the anti-EU breakthrough…  

Brussels and Washington In Full Frontal Assault on Democracy? Corporate Lawyer Stranglehold

Brussels and Washington In Full Frontal Assault on Democracy? Corporate Lawyer Stranglehold

The Left and the Right in France appear to agree on at least one thing, a dangerously unbalanced, free trade land grab being negotiated as secretly as possible between the European Union and Washington must be stopped at all costs. While at least one campaigner has become alarmed enough to tread floorboards at civic centres […]

France Fails to Meet Budget Target, Hollande Seeks to Square the Circle

France Fails to Meet Budget Target, Hollande Seeks to Square the Circle

France fails budget target, Hollande faces reform dilemma (via AFP) France is way behind budget targets, new data shows, deepening a dilemma for President Francois Hollande over spending cuts which could split his allies, or doing a U-turn in dangerous defiance of the EU. The official figures put the budget overshoot…  

In France Support For EU Now a Low 41%

In France Support For EU Now a Low 41%

A recent Pew Global poll shows support for and trust in the austerity-hit EU is declining precipitously. In France it’s at a low 41%  — down from 60% in 2012. Is a political union beloved of federalists, really the answer, asks Barcelona blogger Don Quijones, of Raging Bull-Shit. Reprinted, with acknowledgments and thanks, from Wolf […]

European Democracy Under the Boot?

European Democracy Under the Boot?

The EU is riddled with fatal flaws and defects while its anti-democratic elites and hijacked policymaking pose a great risk to the citizenry’s well-being, suggests Don Quijones, a contributor to the Testosteronepit blog. Death By A Thousand Cuts: The Silent Assassination Of European Democracy By Don Quijones, a freelance writer and translator based in Barcelona, Spain. His […]

Germany: Europe Über Alles?

Germany: Europe Über Alles?

Here according to a preliminary translation of the German coalition’s finalised governing pact, is Frau Merkel’s road map for resolving the EU’s manifold financial and social problems. Two significant points German must be ranked alongside French and English as an official EU working language and the Franco-German partnership must continue.  (Blog reposted from Open Europe […]

1789 France, Turkey and the EU Club

1789 France, Turkey and the EU Club

Recent unrest in Turkey, a candidate for EU membership, has prompted the French and other EU states to ponder whether they share the same values as the former Ottoman Empire. France Sees Shades of its Revolutionary Past in Turkey’s Revolt Translation posted 11 July 2013 14:37 GMT · View original post [fr] Written byMarie Bohner Translated by Carol Bidwell The recent unrest in Turkey […]

Year Five: Banking Thy Name is Obscenity

Year Five: Banking Thy Name is Obscenity

While financial freebooters thrive and ‘quintiply’, much of Europe struggles with Stygian darkness in a Hades of misery as the longest economic crisis since the Great Depression shows no signs of abating.     In an in depth review below,  John Keane reflects on the concerns of those who fear parliamentary democracy is being  subordinated to banking oligarchs answerable to no one. […]

Cyprus: European Economic Heart Attack Ahead?

Cyprus: European Economic Heart Attack Ahead?

Some call what just happened to deposit holders in Cyprus banks ‘daylight robbery’, others suggest the European economy is now likely to suffer the equivalent of a heart attack. An Irish analyst labelled it an EU “smash and grab raid”. Initial Internet reactions appear overwhelmingly negative as seen below.  The Zero Hedge website warns of much […]

Horse Lasagne Canters Through EU Food Chain

Horse Lasagne Canters Through EU Food Chain

What a canter it’s turning out to be. Chevalgate has gripped the media, muckraker Upton Sinclair might make a comeback and horse-meat gourmets shake their heads as France promises to punish anyone selling horse as beef. To date, France, the UK, Romania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Cyprus and Ireland have been lined-up in a high-stake EU horse-meat-turned-beef derby […]

Doggedly Sharing Dodgy Secrets

Doggedly Sharing Dodgy Secrets

Shaggy doggy tales are legion so it comes as no surprise that a recent poll of pet owners across Europe purports to have uncovered fresh insights into Franco-German relationships as far as shared doggy secrets go. Yes a survey of 6000 EU pet owners suggests the French, at just 29% are the least likely to […]

Merkozy Legacy: an EU on Edge of Implosion

Merkozy Legacy: an EU on Edge of Implosion

It will be decades before the deepening financial and social crisis affecting EU democracies is over and along the way the very EU itself may implode. The popular shorthand answer for all the angst caused to largely innocent voters and taxpayers has been “string up the bankers”  but the realities are hugely more complex than […]

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