In a move that Bloomberg has defined as “signalling a turn away from the NATO military alliance that has anchored Turkey to the West for more than six decades” Turkey agreed to pay $2.5 billion to acquire Russia’s most advanced missile defense system, a senior Turkish official told Bloomberg on Thursday. The proposed deal which was first reported here back in November 2016, has been finalized and the preliminary agreement sees Turkey receiving two S-400 missile batteries from Russia within the next year, then producing another two inside Turkey. Continue reading
EU’s currency policy causing huge damage.
Greece has been warned by the EU not to mention its money troubles at a leader’s summit next week, suggesting the country is set to suffer more austerity while EU bosses try to ignore the problem. Greece’s Economic Minister has hit back, claiming that the country is being made a “sacrificial lamb”.
Germany appears to be the hardliners behind the stance, saying that Greece’s finances have to be dealt with by Eurogroup, a meeting of each countries Finance Ministers, but Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, believes a solution is needed higher up. Continue reading
The European Commission has launched a legal case against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, for refusing to take in asylum seekers, escalating a bitter feud within the 28-nation bloc about how to deal with the Pandora’s box opened up Angela Merkel’s 2015 “Open Door” policy (since shut).
The reason for Brussels’ ire is that the eurosceptic governments in Poland and Hungary refused to take in anyone under a plan agreed by a majority of EU leaders in 2015 to relocate migrants from frontline states Italy and Greece to help ease their burden. The Czech Republic initially accepted 12 people but has since said it would not welcome more. It is perhaps worth noting that the three countries are among the very few who have had virtually no terrorist attacks in the past two years. Continue reading
The Swedish government has declared that they will begin drafting those born in 1999 for military service. This reintroduction of military conscription is being blamed on Russia’s invasion of Eastern Ukraine. In fact, it also has a lot to do with the Refugee Crisis. The draft will being as of January 1st, 2018. Sweden had military conscription until 2010, but previously only men were drafted. I know of a number of young women in the United States who were against Hillary because she demanded equal rights for women and thus she supported drafting women into the military. Continue reading
TENSIONS between Greece and Turkey are increasing after Athens accused Ankara of violating its airspace 141 times in just one day.
Twenty Turkish F-16, 5 CN-235 maritime surveillance aircraft and 19 helicopters entered the Athens flight information region without submitting a flight plan, according to Greek reports. Continue reading
The Cold War is back, but it is a different Cold War because it is a different Russia. It is important to know who the Russians are and what has shaped their worldview, including their sometimes justified suspicion and hostility toward the US.
Some features of Russian government go back to their beginnings as a country in the 10th century. Their geography places them very far north, which means that food, particularly grain harvests, are uncertain. The country has experienced more famine than feast. This is one reason for aggressively moving in on neighbors with better geography and better harvests (Ukraine and Belarus). Continue reading
GREEK politicians are being told to go after the country’s already squeezed pensioners as it faces yet more austerity measures.
Germany and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have failed to make an agreement over the conditions of a new bail out package.
With the Geert Wilders loss in the Netherlands, we saw the nationalist movement hit the brakes. If Le Pen loses the election in France, everything will be reversed and the German-dominated EU will continue it’s forced integration of member nations, further subjugation and removal of national sovereignty across the board.
France’s most popular politician believes the ‘German Empire is back’—and that it must be confronted.
France now has two leading presidential candidates that view the European Union as a German empire and want it destroyed. Between them, they have the support of over 40 percent of the voters.
The far right’s Marine Le Pen is tied with the moderate Emmanuel Macron for first place, holding 24 percent of the vote, according to an Ipsos poll. But speeding into third place with 18.5 percent is the far-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
With the first round of the election scheduled for April 23, Mélenchon received a major boost after a strong debate performance on April 4. Another poll found Mélenchon was France’s most popular politician, with 68 percent saying they had a favorable opinion of him. Continue reading
SUPPORTING the European Union goes hand in hand with supporting federalism and Brussels should make a stronger push for ever-closer union, Greek government minister Nikos Pappas has declared.
Mr Pappas said proclaiming a pro-EU stance without backing federalism was “meaningless” and amounted to “talking the talk but not walking the walk”.
In an interview with Greek newspaper Avgi, the Minister of Digital Policy, Media and Telecommunications and a close ally of prime minister Alexis Tsipras, insisted Europe should strengthen its rhetoric promoting serious integration. Continue reading
France and Germany, along with a host of up to 21 other countries, are set to demand Hungary and Poland either accept migrants under the quota system or leave the European Union (EU).
The two nations have ignored Brussels’ insistence that they take migrants presently residing in great numbers in Italy and Greece. Public opinion in Hungary and Poland is also strongly against being forced to accept thousands of migrants from non-European cultures.
Poland’s conservative Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość – PiS) swept to victory in 2015, partly due to voter anger over the previous government agreeing to take migrants under the quota system. Continue reading
They say there is nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal. Perhaps. But there is something far worse for society – a wounded politician. When power begins to slip through their grasp, they ALWAYS turn to seek an external enemy. This is exactly what the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is doing. There are many within Turkey who fear he is trying to be a dictator. He has sought to gain total power and that has many people deeply concerned. Continue reading
Ahead of the upcoming meeting between Presidents Putin and Erdogan, which is set to start later on Friday in Moscow, political analysts from both countries have indicated certain hidden hazards which might hinder the negotiations.
Earlier on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that President Putin, among others, plans to discuss the conflict settlement process in Syria and Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov’s assassination in talks with Erdogan. Continue reading