Coalition of Those Willing to Go to War – June 26, 2018

PARIS/BERLIN (Own report) – Germany is participating in a new European military formation that was launched yesterday. Originally a French proposal, the European Intervention Initiative (EII) will be open to EU and Non-EU member countries to join. Expanding the existing EU military cooperation (“PESCO”) with a new operational component, the EII should facilitate rapid decisions on joint military interventions. A first meeting of military commanders from the hitherto nine participant states is set for September. The EII includes Great Britain, which plans to continue its military cooperation with the continent, even after Brexit, as well as Denmark. Since the coordination of military interventions is now officially set outside of the EU framework, Denmark can sidestep the opt-out from EU military policy, it had once granted its population. Referred to by experts as a European “coalition of the willing,” it goes hand in hand with the EU Commission’s militarization plans worth billions and the high-cost German-French arms projects.

EU in Disarray as Brussels Demands Bigger Budget Contributions After Brexit

Jack Montgomery – May 3, 2018

The EU is in disarray as member-states push back against its next long-term budget, which will require significantly higher payments once Britain leaves.

Typically, the EU budget does not rise through above limits “equivalent to 1 per cent of the EU’s Gross National Income”, according to The Telegraph — but Brussels is attempting to appropriate funds equivalent to 1.08 per cent of GNI — a 9.3 per cent increase — despite the bloc losing its second-biggest net contributor.

“The European Commission just presented an EU Budget the size of 28 member-states but we are only 27 member-states to finance it,” complained Lars Rasmussen, the Prime Minister of Denmark.

“A smaller EU as a result of Brexit should also mean a smaller budget,” added Mark Rutte, Prime minister of the Netherlands earlier, insisting “this proposal is not an acceptable outcome”.

Cashless society closer than we think

Helen Wellings – July 3, 2015

While the Greeks rush to hang on to any cash they can find, Denmark has predicted it’ll be the first country in the world to get rid of notes and coins altogether.

They’ll be replaced by plastic and tap and go technology as soon as next year.

And Australia might not be far behind.

It’s been half a century since Australian said goodbye to pounds and pence..

Now it’s almost time to farewell dollars and cents.

Reserve Bank data recently revealed ATM withdrawals are at their lowest levels in a decade.

But contactless transactions like tap and go have exploded – in just one year Mastercard PayPass payments increased a staggering 130 per cent and there’s no minimum spend

Bird flu spreading rapidly through Europe, German experts warn



DW – November 23, 2016

The H5N8 virus currently has a “strong tendency to spread,” agricultural experts have warned. The pathogen has been detected in 10 German states, as well as in Denmark and Switzerland.

Since it was first detected in Germany earlier in November, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute, a body tasked with animal health issues, warned on Wednesday that a strain of the bird flu virus was quickly spreading across the country and through Europe.

“We are currently seeing an extremely dynamic process with a strong tendency to spread,” said the institute’s president, Thomas Mettenleiter.

Compared to the spread of the H5N1 bird flu virus that hit poultry farms 10 years ago, Mettenleiter said the current rate of infections was very high. He said that the disease is spreading rapidly from wildfowl to domestic foul kept in sheds.

Germany, Denmark step up bird flu controls



DW – November 14, 2016

Germany’s northernmost state is to increase biosecurity measures, as Denmark destroys thousands of German eggs. An highly contagious strain of bird flu is spreading throughout Europe.

The German state of Schleswig-Holstein widened protection measures on Monday to protect against an outbreak of the H5N8 influenza virus among wild birds, which has spread to poultry.

All farms – including smallholdings – will be required to tighten biosecurity, with the use of protective clothing and footwear, and the widespread disinfection of all farm buildings and vehicles used to transport poultry.

Over the weekend, 30,000 chickens were culled as a precaution at a farm close to the northern city of Grumby, which saw an outbreak of the virus. The affected breeder farm is currently being disinfected and cleaned, Schleswig-Holstein’s environment ministry said on Monday.Two smaller poultry farms in the same state and the neighboring Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania were also affected over the weekend, but neither states registered new H5N8 cases on Monday, local officials said.

More Danes want referendum on EU membership


Danish mermaid statue

– June 8, 2016

Support for a Danish referendum on EU membership is on the rise, according to an Epinion poll conducted for DR News, the national TV broadcaster.

Forty two percent of Danes now want a vote on whether Denmark should continue to be a member of the EU. That is five percent more than just three months ago.

In February, only 37 percent said they wanted a UK-type referendum.