Germany Is Quietly Building a European Army Under Its Command

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Berlin is using a bland name to obscure a dramatic shift in its approach to defense: integrating brigades from smaller countries into the Bundeswehr.

Every few years, the idea of an EU army finds its way back into the news, causing a kerfuffle. The concept is both fantasy and bogeyman: For every federalist in Brussels who thinks a common defense force is what Europe needs to boost its standing in the world, there are those in London and elsewhere who recoil at the notion of a potential NATO rival.

But this year, far from the headlines, Germany and two of its European allies, the Czech Republic and Romania, quietly took a radical step down a path toward something that looks like an EU army while avoiding the messy politics associated with it: They announced the integration of their armed forces. Continue reading

EU SUPERSTATE: Brussels ‘to force EVERY member state to adopt euro by 2025’

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The EU wants every member state to adopt the Euro by 2025, reports claim [GETTY]

 

BRUSSELS officials want every European Union country to be using the euro by 2025, a bombshell new report has claimed.

Nine of the 28 member state in the EU are currently not part of the single currency.

The UK and Denmark are exempt, but the remaining seven nations all agreed to adopt the euro when they joined the bloc. Continue reading

More EU integration Inevitable: Mercron will be forced to federal EU or eurozone will die

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German chancellor Angela Merkel and new French president Emmanuel Macron [GETTY]

 

THE European Union single currency will only survive through even GREATER integrations, analysts have warned.

Eurozone nations will have to find ways of working more closely together despite growing anti-EU sentiment in some countries and the fallout from Brexit.

Analyst Antonio Barroso, managing director at Teneo Intelligence, told CNBC: “I think further integration is inevitable, especially if member states want to make the euro zone sustainable in the long term. Continue reading

Denmark Ready to Rebel on EU Open Borders

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The European Commission recently agreed that Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway, and Sweden to continue checks at their respective borders for another 6 months, but warned that it would be the last time they would be permitted (yes, countries need permission from the EU to protect themselves) to do so.

Prime Minister, Lars Loekke Rasmussen, told the Danish Parliament on Tuesday that the number of people coming from Africa to Europe was “much, much too high”. Continue reading

EU’s preparatory action for defence research officially gets off the ground

The European Commission signed the final details and budget on 11 April that officially launched its preparatory action on defence research (PADR). The three-year programme will test the feasibility of using EU money to finance military technologies that support the Union’s Common Security Defence Policy objectives and is expected to lead to permanent, and far larger, annual spending on defence research and development (R&D) in the EU’s annual budget after 2020. Continue reading

Juncker envisages EU of core groups

Integration and more integration, the only solution the Eurocrats present in the face of political, economic and social instability. Get ready for the German-led United States of Europe, possibly a group of 10 nations.

 

Juncker: “This is no longer a time when we can imagine everyone doing the same thing together” (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

 

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker has said that EU states which wanted deeper integration should press ahead in core groups in reaction to the UK’s departure.

“We can do many things together, but his is no longer a time when we can imagine everyone doing the same thing together,” he said at a speech in the Louvain-la-Neuve university in Belgium on Thursday (23 February). Continue reading

Germany Considers Economic Retaliation Against Trump

Caption: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

 

If America unleashes a trade war starting with BMW, Germany is prepared to fight back.

Senior German politicians have threatened to unleash a trade war on the United States if President Donald Trump follows through his threats to German industry.

President Donald Trump famously threatened to put a 35 percent tax on the German car manufacturer BMW in an interview published by the Times of London and Bild on January 15. German politicians were quick to respond. The next day, German public broadcaster ZDF asked German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble if the world is entering a time of more protectionism. Schäuble said he hoped not but also pointed out one way Germany could hit back.

“I also want to point out that currently American companies don’t have to tax their gains which they make outside of the U.S.,” he said. “That means that hundreds of billions of untaxed gains, of great American companies, rest in a tax oasis” (Trumpet translation throughout). Continue reading

The Alternative Fact of the Cashless Society

Why gold will benefit from the alternative fact of the cashless society

 

Why gold will benefit from the alternative fact of the cashless society

  • Alternative facts prevail in the European Commission’s calls for cash controls
  • Terrorism is blamed for the need to control cash
  • Evidence shows criminals find alternative ways to finance activities
  • Citizens continue to want and to use cash in day-to-day life
  • Cashless society is being used to force through other ‘agendas’
  • Gold and silver will be used as savers are forced to hold assets outside of the financial system

“Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.”

George Orwell, 1984

Last week a new phrase was introduced into our lexicon by Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway. When asked about why press secretary Sean Spicer had made statements that were (according to the press) unverifiable she said that he had used ‘alternative facts’. Continue reading

Sigmar Gabriel: Now Is the Time to Strengthen Europe

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Sigmar Gabriel: “We don’t need ‘more Europe,’ but rather a different Europe.” Source: DPA

 

The German Economics Minister and leader of the Social Democratic Party tells Handelsblatt Europe must forge its own trade relations with Asia, and face down Donald Trump’s protectionist threats.

On an intercity train zooming through the lowlands of the German state of Lower Saxony, German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel talked to Handelsblatt about Germany’s role in Europe and the world, the need for investment in infrastructure and the challenges posed by the shift away from nuclear power and toward green energy, known as the Energiewende. Click here for a summary of his comments.

Handelsblatt: Mr. Gabriel, is Germany ready for Donald Trump’s “America First” policy?

Mr. Gabriel: Germany should act with self-confidence and not be fearful or servile. We are a highly successful, technologically-advanced export nation with many hard-working people and smart companies.

Germany is not only stable at this time, but also serves as an anchor of stability for many other countries in Europe. Mr. Trump’s first speech as U.S. president shows that he is dead serious. We will have to put on some warm clothes for the chill ahead. But there is no reason for faintheartedness. Continue reading

It’s just the beginning’ Europe must act NOW to avoid WAR, warns top German politician

EUROPE is failing as a team player and is on the brink of war as rising nationalism sweeps the continent, a former chancellor advisor has warned.

Horst Teltschik said the bureaucratic European Union (EU) is struggling in the face of a catastrophic euro crisis that continues to “gain tract” and a sensational Brexit vote, which prompted an “erosion” of its powers.

Hinting that a break-up of the Union is more than likely, Mr Telthschik said the bloc’s main players France and Germany were “stuttering”.  Continue reading

EU and Switzerland agree on free movement

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The EU approved a new Swiss law on Thursday (22 December) that will allow EU citizens to work in Switzerland, opening the way to solve a two-year crisis.

An EU-Swiss joint committee, where all 28 EU states are represented, said that the law passed last Friday in the Swiss parliament would limit the effect of a 2014 referendum to introduce immigration quotas into the Swiss constitution.

One of the consequences of the referendum would have been to limit the free movement of EU workers to Switzerland, a member of the passport-free Schengen area. Continue reading

Greece will NEVER recover under Europe’s brutal austerity plans – IMF’s shock warning

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GREECE may never recover from its deep recession and financial crisis thanks to the brutal austerity measures demanded by its European creditors, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.

The debt-laden country has been set ambitious economic targets by the European Commission and countries such as Germany, which are not “credible” and will hamper growth, according to the Washington-based organisation.

Only through a “Herculean effort” will Athens be able to meet the demands of its creditors, and through slashing spending in vital services that will derail Greece’s long-term prospects, said the fund. Continue reading

Now pushy European Union angers the US as it tries to control AMERICAN banks

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Brussels is annoying Wall Street banks with new rules (Getty)

 

FURIOUS American banks are fighting back against burdensome Brussels plans, which would allow European regulators to exert more control over foreign lenders.

Wall Street financial giants warned they will not be able to tie up more cash in their operations within the European Union (EU), as proposed by the European Commission (EC).

The rules hand the EU more oversight of foreign firms and are set to cost the likes of Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan, as the banks would need to stump up fresh funds to keep within the bloc. Continue reading

Week in Review: The Iranian Empire Is Back, Europe’s Military, Censoring ‘Fake News,’ and Much More

 

Highlights:

Return of the Iranian Empire

  • “For the first time since 625 c.e.,” wrote Hussain Abdul-Hussain for now media, “Iran has restored its control over a contiguous territory that extends from the east of Afghanistan to the Mediterranean coast.”
  • The Syrian regime recently announced that Hezbollah will play a lead role in the nation’s military.
  • On the other hand, the Iraqi government voted to fully legalize Iranian-sponsored Shiite militias, officially making them a part of the Iraqi government forces.
  • Abdul-Hussain continued: “[T]hese militias will control—on Tehran’s behalf—their respective armies and, by extension, the governments behind these armies.”

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EU Takes Concrete Steps Toward a Military

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini gives a press conference on the European Defense Action Plan at EU headquarters in Brussels on November 30. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

 

EU leaders say Europe needs a defense union so it can be a ‘superpower.’

Nations in the European Union have often talked about working together on defense. Many pro-EU politicians wanted some form of an EU army. But in terms of having actual, practical plans, they have had little success—until now.

On November 14, EU defense and foreign ministers agreed on concrete steps toward greater European military cooperation. Continue reading