Pope Francis In Vatican Interview With Eugenio Scalfari Calls For A ‘Federal Europe’ To Be Created ‘As Soon As Possible’

– July 26, 2018

Europe must assume a federal structure as soon as possible. The resulting laws and political behaviors are decided by the federal government and the federal parliament, not by individual confederated countries. After all, this theme has repeatedly raised it, even when he spoke to the European Parliament. “It’s true, I have repeatedly raised it”. And he received many applauses and even ovations. “Yes, that’s right, but unfortunately it means very little: countries will move if they realize a truth: either Europe becomes a federal community or will no longer count anything in the world.

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Almost half of Swedes & Danes reject EU, prefer their own ‘Nordic Union’ – poll

RT – July 27, 2018

Nearly half of Swedes and Danes said they’d rather be in a ‘Nordic Union’ with their neighbors from Norway, Finland and Iceland than in the EU, a fresh poll revealed.

Research conducted by pollster Sentio for Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen showed 47 percent support the hypothetical Nordic Union in Sweden and 45 percent in Denmark.

32 percent of Swedes and 36 percent of Danes were happy to remain in the European Union, while the rest said they were undecided on the issue.

As for non-EU member Norway, only 10 percent suggested that it would be a good idea for the country to join the European Union. The concept of the so-called ‘Nordic Union,’ which would see Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland implementing joint policies, was backed by 32 percent of Norwegians.

The poll was conducted in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, with around 1,000 people surveyed in each of the countries. The researchers didn’t ask those in Finland and Iceland for their opinion.

The respondents weren’t asked in the survey to explain the reasons behind their low level of trust in the EU.

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Tony Blair calls for second vote to fix Brexit ‘mess’

Alice RITCHIE, AFP – July 17, 2018

London (AFP) – “It’s a total and complete mess”: Former prime minister Tony Blair does not hold back when asked in an interview with AFP what he makes of the British government’s approach to Brexit.

Blair, who held the office for 10 years, said he sympathizes with Prime Minister Theresa May as she seeks to unite her party behind a plan for leaving the European Union, suggesting she has “the least enviable job in Western politics”.

But the former Labour leader warned that with the scheduled date for Brexit approaching in March next year, it is time for her to admit “there’s no way out” and call another referendum — with the option of staying in the EU.

“Once this thing has been started by a referendum it can frankly only be finished by a fresh vote,” he said.

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Deaths surpass births among native-born Europeans

WND – July 12, 2018

Newly released European Union figures show deaths surpassed births in 2017 among Europe’s native population.

The office Eurostat released the report ahead of World Population Day on Wednesday, reported LifeSiteNews.

The EU saw 5.3 million deaths and 5.1 million births in 2017 while the overall population increased from 511.5 million to 512.6 million due to immigration.

The report found Ireland retained the highest birth rate and lowest death rate in the EU, making its natural population growth five times higher than the EU’s average. Births also continued to outnumber deaths in Cyprus, Luxembourg, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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Crunch Time for UK PM May as She Seeks Unity on Brexit Plan

Newsmax – July 6, 2918

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing resistance from hard-core Brexit backers in her Conservative government as she gathers her fractious Cabinet to hammer out a plan for future trade with the European Union.

The 30-strong Cabinet is being sequestered Friday inside the prime minister’s Chequers country retreat — without their phones — to discuss a compromise plan that May hopes will unite the government, and be accepted by the bloc.

It’s a tall order.

With just nine months to go until the U.K. leaves the bloc, May says the government has “a great opportunity — and a duty” to agree on a plan.

But pro-Brexit ministers including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have doubts about her proposal, which would see Britain stick closely to EU rules for trade in goods.

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Coalition of Those Willing to Go to War

GERMAN-FOREIGN-POLICY.com – 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.

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NATO chief says alliance might not survive

WND – June 22, 2018

There’s no guarantee these days that NATO will survive, the international alliance’s chief says.

In an AP report, Jens Stoltenberg said there needs to be an immediate effort to “shore up” the group.

That’s because of the widening divisions between Europe and the United States over the Iran nuclear deal, climate change, and more.

The U.S., of course, withdrew from the Iran deal because President Trump said it was a bad deal for America, while European interests have remained dedicated to its provisions.

And Trump has literally no use for the climate change agenda of expensive green energy projects and massive restrictions that appear to land on the United States and few others.

European officials largely are fans of the global warming agenda.

Stoltenberg, secretary general of the group, cited the strain of the coalition right now.

“It is not written in stone that the trans-Atlantic bond will survive forever,” Stoltenberg while delivering an address in London.

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Merkel, Macron announce plans for new eurozone budget

DW – June 19, 2018

Germany and France have agreed to “open a new chapter” in European Union relations, after Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron met to finalize plans for sweeping reforms of the 19-member eurozone, including a new parallel budget.

Tuesday’s talks at Meseberg castle outside Berlin have a lot riding on them: Merkel’s political survival rests on her finding a European solution to prevent another influx of migrants to Germany, while both leaders have staked their reputation on further reworking the eurozone.

“We are working to make sure that the eurozone budget will be used to strengthen investment, also with the aim of strengthening convergence within the eurozone,” Merkel said.

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‘We might have a new situation’ German MP predicts Merkel could be OUSTED end of NEXT WEEK

Alessandra Scotto di Santolo – June 16, 2018

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel could lose her powerful seat in the heart of Europe as soon as next week amid clashes within her coalition Government over EU migration policies, claimed German MP Kai Whittaker.

Speaking on BBC World at One, the German politician claimed clashes between and German interior minister Horst Seehofer could result in a “new political situation” in Germany by the end of next week.

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician said it was still unclear in Berlin what the essence of the disagreement between the Chancellor and Mr Seehofer was and that other members of the coalition had been left “in the blue”.

Mr Whittaker said: “We are in a serious situation because the question of the migration crisis evolved into a power question.

“The question is who is leading the Government? Is it Angela Merkel or is it Horst Seehofer?

https://www.express.co.uk

EU Approves Retaliatory Tariffs Against US Amid Trade Row – Reports

Sputnik News – June 14, 2018

The European Union has unanimously approved a set of retaliatory tariffs against the US trade duties, including those on whiskey and motorcycles, according to AFP citing sources.

“Member states have today unanimously supported the commission’s plan for the adoption of rebalancing measures on the US tariffs on steel and aluminum,” the media outlet reported, citing a source from the European Commission on condition of anonymity.

The retaliatory measures are expected to take effect “in coming days,” the source was quoted as saying.

Other officials claim that the measures will enter into force in early July.

The move came as a response to Donald Trump’s recent decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum exports.

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