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Sep 24 09:02

Can Biden's short-lived honeymoon with Europe be salvaged?

When President Biden stood before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday urging global coordination in battling crises like climate change and COVID while touting U.S. efforts to restore an “era of relentless diplomacy,” the words rang hollow in Europe, particularly in France.

The government of French President Emmanuel Macron has been lambasting the Biden administration over its undiplomatic behavior ever since last week’s announcement that the U.S., U.K. and Australia had formed a new Indo-Pacific security pact called AUKUS, in which Australia will buy $66 billion of U.S.-made nuclear submarines. That alliance, which Macron learned about only hours before being made public, effectively torpedoed a $37 billion Australian order with France for a submarine fleet.

Sep 24 03:24

IEA Demands Russia Deliver More Gas To A Reeling Europe

Over the weekend, Morgan Stanley's global energy head Martijn Rats shared comprehensive yet streamlined analysis of what happened in 2021 that has sent many commodity prices, including Europe's nat gas and electricity prices, surging to never before seen levels.

For those who missed it, Rats explained that A common set of factors has tied all these commodity rallies together. As often happens, the story starts in China.

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Demands?!? It's Russia's gas. They get to do with it whatever they want!

Sep 23 11:51

The Bank of England is lost at sea

Sep 23 06:30

‘From October 20, the Covid pass and vaccination will be abolished on the entire territory of the EU’ – French Doctor

DISTRIBUTE TO EVERYONE who does not want to be “vaccinated”.
All vaccines will no longer be justified from 20.10.2021: verified information.

The European Union has approved (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/fr/ip_21_3299) 5 therapies that will be available in all hospitals in the Member States for the treatment of Covid.

These therapies have been approved by a decree of the European Council (European Parliament) and will be in force from 1/10, so they will be distributed little by little around 20/10.

Vaccines were approved on a “temporary experimental basis”.

Sep 22 05:09

Zelensky meets with European Commission President, U.S. investors

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, as well as with a group of American investors.

The meeting took place at Ukraine’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, according to Ukrinform’s own correspondent in New York.

Zelensky thanked von der Leyen for supporting Ukraine's independence in the face of Russian aggression and supporting the Crimea Platform initiative.

Sep 22 05:08

Poland obliged to defend EU, NATO borders from Belarus: security chief

Statement by Stanis?aw ?aryn, spokesman for Poland’s security services chief:

“…We are dealing with an attempt to use an artificial migration route to destabilize first the Belarusian-Lithuanian, Belarusian-Latvian and now mainly Belarusian-Polish border. Belarusian state structures are involved in bringing migrants to their territory, mainly from the Middle East. More and more often they come to Belarus also from Russia….”

“Poland is obliged to secure the Polish-Belarusian border, which is also the external border of the European Union and NATO. The Polish government makes decisions aimed at neutralizing the actions of Belarus and Russia against the European Union.”

Sep 22 04:56

Netherlands to introduce COVID pass for restaurants, cultural venues despite low cases

The Netherlands is set to abolish the majority of COVID restrictions, according to international news reports, but as has now become increasingly frequent in Europe, a wide-ranging “health pass” will replace them.

As of September 25, leaked information from the “Outbreak Management Team” has revealed that proof of “complete” vaccination, recovery from COVID less than six months ago, or a negative COVID test less than 24-hours old will be required to enter cultural venues except museums and libraries and indoor spaces in hotels, restaurants, and cafés.

Strong opposition in Parliament has already obliged the government to scrap plans to make the pass compulsory on restaurant and café terraces. Some cities such as Amsterdam have made clear that they will not actively inspect or implement fines against restaurant and bar managers on customer checks. Workers in the said venues will not be required to have a valid health pass.

Sep 21 10:04

Covid Pass in Lithuania and throughout Europe:

In this article, I'll describe the details of how the Covid Pass works in my country and how it affects my family. As a start, we're banned from shopping centers, non-essential stores, and restaurants. And my wife and I were both were suspended from our jobs without pay.

But as I'll explain, it's not just Lithuania. Covid Pass restrictions are being imposed throughout Europe. By my count, at least 14 European countries now have different types of domestic restrictions based on the Covid Pass. And every country has travel restrictions within Europe based on the Covid Pass.

There hasn't been much reporting in English-language media about what has happened. So I thought a detailed first-hand account would be useful.

Sep 21 09:32

Operation 'Go It Alone': Disenchanted Europeans May Build Their Own Army

The chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal has renewed talk about striking out and leaning less on the U.S. But is it possible?

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen , Eric Trappier and Emmanuel Macron attend the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport and the unveiling of the French-German-Spanish New Generation Fighter (NGF) model, June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/PoolPhoto by Jacques Witt/Pool/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo by Jacques Witt/pool/ABACAPRESS.COM

Europeans are a moody lot. Whenever they feel neglected by America - meaning most anytime Washington is busy elsewhere - there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth. And endless demands for “reassurance,” as in additional promises to spend and do even more to defend the continent.

Sep 21 07:43

Poland sending 500 more troops to protect Belarus border

Poland is sending 500 additional army troops and special vehicles to its border with Belarus to strengthen it against increasing migrant pressures which the government says is orchestrated by Belarus and Russia to destabilize the European Union.

“We are dealing with a well-organized action directed from Minsk and Moscow,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a news conference Monday.

“We will defend Poland’s border with full determination,” and prevent migrants from crossing in, Morawiecki said after a meeting with Poland’s interior minister and the head of the Border Guards.

Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said 500 more troops and eight specialized vehicles will be sent to the border this week.

Sep 21 07:42

Kosovo deploys police, Serbs protest amid border tension

Tensions have soared at the border between Kosovo and Serbia as Kosovo deployed additional police to implement a rule to remove Serbian licence plates from cars entering Kosovo, while Serbs protested the move.

Kosovo special police with armoured vehicles were sent to the border on Monday as hundreds of Kosovar Serbs reportedly drove to the border in their cars and trucks, blocking a road leading to one of the crossing points in protest.

Sep 21 05:42

Poland must pay €500,000 DAILY for ignoring top EU court’s ruling on Turow mine

Poland must pay a daily penalty of €500,000 ($585,550) for ignoring a previous order from the European Union’s top court to cease operations at the Turow lignite mine, with its CEO slamming the fine as “bizarre”.

On Monday, the EU’s Court of Justice (CJEU) confirmed it was enforcing the financial penalty against Warsaw, stating that Poland must pay the European Commission the daily half-million euro fine until it sees compliance with the earlier order.

Judges from the Luxembourg-based court said that the fine is “necessary… to deter that member state from delaying bringing its conduct into line with that order.”

Sep 20 11:41

Futures Slide, Europe Tumbles As Evergrande Contagion Shockwave Goes Global

In retrospect, China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan picked a great day to take a holiday, which as we noted last night hammered Hong Kong stocks more than 3%, slamming the Hong Kong property sector and sending Evergrande - which is expected to default within hours to a bank loan due Monday while crucial interest payment deadline on its offshore bonds looms on Thursday - to its lowest market cap ever (it closed down 10.2% just off the worst levels of the day) before the rout spread to European bourses and US equity futures as Evergrande's escalating liquidity - and now solvency - crisis spread beyond the sector.

Sep 19 18:14

'Not unusual': No wind causes energy price hike in Europe

The Global Warming Policy Forum's Energy Editor Dr John Constable says Europe's sustained high electricity prices are an indication of an "underlying health condition" in the energy sector.

In Europe, the wind stopped, seeing electricity prices around the continent rise dramatically, with the UK hit particularly hard.

Dr Constable told Sky News host Andrew Bolt this event is "not that unusual".

"This is now quite standard for us," he said.

Sep 19 07:44

'Why Would US Ensure Our Defence?' France Urges EU to Boost 'Strategic Autonomy' Amid AUKUS Fallout

France earlier recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia amid Washington, Canberra, and London creating a trilateral security deal to supply Australia with nuclear-powered submarines instead of French-made conventional vessels.
French Secretary of Foreign Affairs Clement Beaune urged Europe to "strengthen [its] capacities for reflection, strategic autonomy, and defence" when speaking to France24 on Saturday.

Sep 19 06:11

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns Brexit could scupper transatlantic trade deal

There will be no trade deal between the U.K. and U.S. if Brexit tensions between Britain and the EU damage peace in Northern Ireland, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Boris Johnson.

The leading Democrat told the Chatham House think tank during a visit to London that her comment was “not a threat, it’s a prediction.” Pelosi also met Johnson in Downing Street, just days before the prime minister is set to meet U.S. President Joe Biden in the White House.

London and Washington negotiated on a trade deal for about six months, but the talks were thrown into a deep freeze after the Biden administration won the 2020 election.

Relations between Britain and the U.S. soured further during the fraught withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan, and Johnson’s visit to the White House is being seen as an attempt to rekindle the relationship, which was given a boost this week with the launch of a strategic partnership between the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

Sep 19 05:13

EU Parliament Threatens Sanctions on Lebanon Amid Economic Crisis

EU’s parliament is threatening potential sanctions on Lebanon as the country is mired in an economic crisis.

Lebanon formed a new government last week after over a year of being under an interim government since August 2020, when Lebanese officials stepped down over the Beirut port blast.

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrel, said because Lebanon formed a new government, the time for sanctions had passed. But on Thursday, the EU’s parliament passed a resolution that said sanctions were still on the table.

“The introduction of targeted sanctions for obstructing or undermining the democratic political process remains an option,” the resolution said. The parliament called on Lebanon’s leaders “to keep their promises and be a functional government.”

Sep 16 09:51

EU s biggest corruption scandal unfolds as €4M appear on Commissioner s account

One of the biggest corruption scandals in the history of the EU is unfolding, Miklos Omolnar said in his video blog. The case focuses on Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, who signed the EU s flawed and belated vaccine procurement contracts, according to the journalist.

According to Mr Omolnar, 4 million euros appeared in the Health Commissioner s bank account that she holds jointly with her husband. Media outlets in Cyprus have already floated the idea of passive bribery. The money landed on the Commissioner s family bank account through the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank and, in order to fend off any scandals, they tried to portray the amount as some type of loan. However, the politician has no financial coverage whatsoever to take out such a huge loan.

Sep 16 09:37

Hungary PM Viktor Orban Gave Pope Francis A 'Provocative Gift'

"At the meeting on Sunday, according to state media, Orban even handed the Pope a provocative gift: A copy of a letter from a 13th-century Hungarian king to then-Pope Innocent IV, asking for Rome's help to defeat an onslaught of foreign invaders — an apparent reference to migrants in the 21st century."

Sep 16 07:36

U.S., Britain, Norway and Finland Came to Monitor Russia's Arctic Exercises - Interfax

Russia's military said on Wednesday that the United States, Britain, Norway and Finland had sent vessels and aircraft to monitor military exercises involving the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet in the Arctic, the Interfax news agency reported.

The manoeuvres this month involved 8,500 people and 50 vessels, and the Northern Fleet is now beginning to return those forces to base as they draw to a close, Russia's military was quoted as saying.

Sep 16 07:27

Italy readies law to make COVID health pass mandatory for all workers

Italy is poised to become the first country in Europe to make it obligatory for all workers to have a COVID-19 "Green Pass", with the cabinet due to approve the measure at a meeting later on Thursday, officials said.

Sep 16 06:52

24,526 Deaths 2,317,495 Injuries Following COVID Shots Reported in European Union’s Database of Adverse Drug Reactions

The European Union database of suspected drug reaction reports is EudraVigilance, and they are now reporting 24,526 fatalities, and 2,317,495 injuries, following COVID-19 injections.

A Health Impact News subscriber from Europe reminded us that this database maintained at EudraVigilance is only for countries in Europe who are part of the European Union (EU), which comprises 27 countries.

The total number of countries in Europe is much higher, almost twice as many, numbering around 50. (There are some differences of opinion as to which countries are technically part of Europe.)

So as high as these numbers are, they do NOT reflect all of Europe. The actual number in Europe who are reported dead or injured following COVID-19 shots would be much higher than what we are reporting here.

Sep 15 07:14

Spanish Gov't Announces Temporary Tax Cuts To Relieve Consumers After Record Power Prices

Spain's Socialist-led government announced temporary tax cuts on power prices in an attempt to drive down household electricity costs, which have surged this summer and triggered outrage among working-poor, according to FT.

Pedro Sánchez, Spain's prime minister, addressed the nation on Monday night to minimize political damage from the hyperinflationary rise in power prices. He said taxes on electricity would be significantly reduced, and energy companies would be taxed on their "extraordinary profits" and "redirected to consumers."

Sep 15 07:14

Live Updates: Von der Leyen Says EU to Give Extra 100 Mln Euros in Humanitarian Aid for Afghanistan

In early August, the Taliban* stepped up their offensive against Afghan government forces and entered the capital, Kabul, on 15 August, completing the takeover of the country. The events prompted a mass evacuation of western citizens and Afghans who had aided or worked for foreign troops and organisations.

Secretary General of Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Stanislav Zas stated on 15 September that the group is preparing a programme to strengthen Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan. His remarks follow a joint meeting of CSTO foreign ministers, defence ministers, and security council secretaries in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The organisation earlier adopted a statement on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, as well as statements on coordinating joints effort in information security and the fight against cyberterrorism.

Sep 14 07:21

Hyperinflation In Europe's Power Markets Is Disastrous For Working-Poor Ahead Of Winter

European natural gas and electricity prices are unlikely to ease in the coming months ahead of what could be a costly winter season for stressed-out consumers. The price increases for natgas and power are unusual for this time of year, raising concern prices will remain sticky and eat away wages.

Natgas prices hit a record high last month due to slowing Russian supply causing a storage crunch on the continent. Then the lack of wind-driven electricity production forced European utility companies to fire up natgas turbines to satisfy energy shortfalls. This episode underlines the precarious state of the continent's energy markets ahead of winter.

Sep 14 07:21

Watch: Latvian Army Conducts Shooting Drills In Busy Streets

Footage of a war exercise in the busy streets of Latvia's capital, Riga, shows heavily armed soldiers firing assault rifles among frightened residents.

According to RT News, videos of a field training exercise in Riga were first published online on Saturday morning, have since gone viral. Dozens of heavily armed soldiers conducted what appears to be urban warfare training, firing weapons with blank rounds.

In one scene, a soldier fired his assault rifle as a young woman walked by, causing her baby to cry.

Sep 13 08:24

Sweden Proposes Law to Compensate Those Injured by Coronavirus Vaccines

The Swedish government has announced a new proposal that would see those who have taken coronavirus vaccines and have been injured as a result will be entitled to compensation.

The Swedish government announced the new proposal on Thursday, with Social Minister Lena Hallengren commenting: “Serious side effects of vaccines against COVID-19 are uncommon, but as an individual, you should be sure that financial compensation is paid in the event of injury.”

“With this bill, the state takes it upon itself to pay the compensation for damage due to approved vaccines against COVID-19, in cases where a vaccine is not covered by Pharmaceutical Insurance or if the Pharmaceutical Insurance money is not enough,” Hallengren added.

The new law comes after the Swedish Board of Pharmaceutical Insurance made moves in December of last year to limit insurance liability in the case of injuries caused by vaccines during the Wuhan virus pandemic.

Sep 11 07:38

THE FOURTH REICH IS HERE: AUSTRIA BEGINS RESTRICTING ONLY THE UNVACCINATED

“We don’t have any plans for restrictions of the vaccinated population but will implement protective measures for the unvaccinated population,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a press conference. That means, if you refuse to take the shot the ruling class desperately needs to get into every human being on Earth, you are about to have your illusion of freedom shattered – that is if it hasn’t already been.

With vaccination numbers stagnating at 60% and the constant propaganda to remind the public there’s a scamdemic they wouldn’t even know about if it weren’t for the mainstream media who tell us there’s a “rise in infection rates”, Austria was forced to introduce more restrictive measures.

Sep 11 06:24

Denmark Just Cancelled Covid-19

Sep 11 05:44

Denmark Lifts All Covid Restrictions, Including Requirement That People Show Proof of Vaccination – Virus No Longer Considered ‘Socially Critical Disease’

Denmark lifted all Covid restrictions, including the requirement that people show proof of vaccination to enter venues.

Government officials lifted the restrictions on Friday and said Covid is no longer considered a ‘socially critical disease.’

Denmark’s Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said the “epidemic is under control” but cautioned it is still not over and threatened to reimpose Covid restrictions.

Sep 10 15:21

The ECB is the Reason We Have the Great Reset

Sep 10 15:21

Civil Unrest in Europe Rising

Sep 10 11:12

EU To Propose Exempting "Green" Bonds From Deficit And Debt Limit Calculations

Yesterday, the ECB announced that in Q4, it would "modestly lower the pace of net asset purchases under the PEPP than in the previous two quarters" (even as Lagarde scrambled to convince markets not to call it tapering) with Reuters sources adding that "policymakers set a monthly target of between 60 billion and 70 billion euros" down from 80 billion currently "with flexibility to buy more or less, depending on market conditions." Putting this non-taper taper in context, Nomura calculated that "even if net PEPP is scaled down to €60bn/month the ECB would still buy 85% of the remaining gross supply, strongly supporting EUR rates."

Sep 10 08:31

Nord Stream 2 has finally been completed, Russia's Gazprom announces, despite US efforts to block major European gas pipeline

The final sections of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline have now been welded into place, Moscow’s state energy giant Gazprom has revealed, bringing construction of the underwater link between Russia and Germany to an end.

In a statement issued on Friday, Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Saint Petersburg-based energy giant, said that "at 8.45am this morning Moscow time, work on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been completed."

Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed that the laying of pipes under the Baltic Sea would be "completed in a few days and (it) will begin working." Bloomberg reports that gas is expected to begin flowing through its network from the start of next month, and that final testing and preparations are underway.

Sep 10 08:05

Italy: Anti-Vax is Terrorism

Sep 08 09:48

EXCLUSIVE: Vaccine Passports ENFORCED In Italy! - This Is INSANE!

Sep 08 09:12

Boris Johnson’s biggest lie about Europe is finally coming home to roost

It was the big Brexit lie. No, not the £350m a week to spend on the NHS or the “bonfire” of red tape. The lie was that the shambles now enveloping British trade with Europe was an unavoidable price worth paying to leave the EU. That was rubbish.

In order to further his chances of becoming Tory leader Boris Johnson made two commitments. One was to resign from the EU, the other was to depart Europe’s customs union and single market, aspects of which embrace other non-EU states such as Norway. The second decision was an almost casual gesture to make him look macho to the party’s hardline Brexiters. It was not put to referendum and was beyond stupid.

Sep 08 09:11

A New Storm Is Brewing in the Balkans

Well, what else is new? Afghanistan is said to be the graveyard of empires, but turbulence in the Balkans often is also the precursor to an empire or two being buried in its wake. Not for nothing, in the fall of 1918, as the Salonica front was crumbling, Kaiser Wilhelm complained to his General Staff what a shame it was for the outcome of the Great War to be decided by 70,000 Serbs. Some decades previously, his chancellor Bismarck (who himself had more than a few drops of Serbian blood on his grandmother’s side) averred dismissively that the Balkan riff-raff was not worth the bones of a single one of his Pomeranian Grenadiers. By 1918 Wilhelm had learned better.

Sep 08 07:41

After calling vaccine passports a “conspiracy theory,” U.K. government now says everyone will need to show proof of vaccination to live

The U.K. is moving in the same direction as France, which recently imposed a much stricter vaccine passport scheme that requires proof of vaccination to even just shop at the grocery store.

Sep 07 08:55

With its plan to unite Eurasia from sea to sea, Russia is betting the days of total US economic supremacy are now coming to an end

The centre of the world is moving. While once it sat somewhere within the Atlantic, balanced between Europe and the US, it is now moving east. With Asia on the rise, Russia is now planning its role at the heart of two continents.

The annual Eastern Economic Forum, held in Vladivostok, has just come to an end. Focusing on the development of Russia’s Far East and enhancing interconnectivity between Russia and Asia, it has become a key arena for the promotion of Russia’s Greater Eurasian Partnership.

Sep 07 07:35

European Nations Adopting National IDs Linked to Digital Wallets

By Katya Pivcevic

From Estonia’s long-time running national identity scheme to the Netherlands’s foundational ID, Europe will soon be conducting much of its digital identity authentication and vaccination verification via an EU-wide shared app.

Estonia’s national digital identity system has been established for many years, and now that the European Commission plans to bring in a European Digital Identity in the form of a mobile app, the country is well ahead and planning further...

Sep 06 05:49

Brexit Isn’t Done: Boris Govt Happy to Let EU Law Apply in Northern Ireland, Keep Internal Border for EU’s Sake

Britain’s Minister for EU Relations has admitted Boris Johnson’s government is happy to let European Union law continue to apply in Northern Ireland for some purposes and keep an internal border between the British province and the rest of the United Kingdom for the EU’s sake.

Credited with getting “Brexit done” at the beginning of 2021 after years of delays and rearguard action against breaking with the European bloc by pro-EU politicians, Prime Minister Johnson did in fact make many major concessions to Brussels for a last-minute deal rather than countenance a clean “no-deal” exit.

Sep 03 06:42

EU is split on taking Afghan refugees, and it’s hard to blame those who don’t want another mass influx

The countries that bore the brunt of the European Union’s refugee crisis five years ago are now expressing doubts over the wisdom of accepting those fleeing Afghanistan. As harsh as this may sound, I understand their concerns.

Cracks are beginning to develop within the EU regarding its response to the inevitable Afghan refugee crisis. Whereas some member states want the bloc to continue with a liberal approach and welcoming fleeing Afghans, others seem determined not to see a repeat of the mistakes made five years ago.

These differences burst out into the open yesterday, when the EU’s interior ministers met in Brussels. For example, Luxembourg’s Jean Asselborn, who is keen to pursue a liberal policy, argued that “it can’t be just the UK that has pledged 20,000 settlements. Europe must also go in that direction.”

Sep 03 05:08

Victor Orbán: 'Migration Must Be Stopped"

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a forum of leaders in Slovenia that “migration must be stopped” in order to preserve Europe’s cultural heritage.

Speaking during a roundtable discussion at the International Strategy Forum (BSF) in Bled, Orbán asserted that mass migration from Muslim countries was not a reasonable solution to the continent’s demographic decline.

“We do not need outsiders, because they are changing the composition of European societies, the cultural image of Europe, the Christian, family-based system,” Orbán said, noting that the overwhelming majority of migrants were Muslim.

Highlighting how mass migration leads to social dislocation, rising crime and terrorism, Orbán stated plainly, “migration must be stopped.”

Orbán wants the European Union to hand more power back to sovereign states to control their own borders, arguing that a federalized approach to the issue would exacerbate the problem.

Sep 03 04:52

Poland Says It Is Taking Steps to Counter Any Threat From Military Drills in Belarus

Poland is taking all steps necessary to counter any threats that could take place during military exercises in Belarus organised by the Russian army that will start on Sept. 10, the defence ministry said on Thursday.

Poland is expected to announce a state of emergency on Thursday in regions bordering Belarus after a sharp increase in migrants from countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan trying to cross the border, and the "West-2021" exercises have added to tensions.

Sep 01 07:26

Google, Facebook & Microsoft top EU lobbying spending amid clampdown on Big Tech’s powers by Brussels – study

The biggest spender among them was Google, which invested €5.75 million into various lobbying activities. Facebook and Microsoft weren’t far behind, at €5.5 million euros and €5.25 million respectively. The Top Six were rounded out by Apple at €3.5 million, Huawei at €3 million and Amazon at €2.75 million, according to the paper.

Sep 01 05:10

EU Backs Helping Afghanistan's Neighbors Cope With Refugees

European Union justice and home affairs ministers pledged Tuesday to support Afghanistan's neighbors to help them host people fleeing the new Taliban regime and prevent a new wave of migrants heading to Europe.

In a closing statement following a meeting in Brussels, the ministers said the EU and its 27 nations “stand determined to act jointly to prevent the recurrence of uncontrolled large-scale illegal migration movements faced in the past, by preparing a coordinated and orderly response.”

European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson said there has not been a big exodus of Afghans out of the war-torn country so far but insisted there is a huge risk of a humanitarian crisis “if the Taliban turns out to be the same Taliban that we have seen in the past."

Johansson added that the EU is “quite far from recognizing the Taliban regime."

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Sep 01 04:57

Google, Facebook & Microsoft top EU lobbying spending amid clampdown on Big Tech’s powers by Brussels – study

Tech firms have allocated almost €100 million to lobby the EU over the past year in an attempt to counter new tough laws regulating their activities, with Google, Facebook and Microsoft laying out the most cash, a study has found.

The paper, published by Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl campaign groups on Tuesday, revealed that the annual spending on lobbying on EU digital economy policies has reached a whopping €100 million ($114.4 million).

More than 600 companies have been involved in such activities, with at least 20% of them being US-based, the authors said after analyzing data submitted by the market players to the EU Transparency Register before mid-June 2021.

Aug 31 13:24

COVID shots linked to 2 million injuries, 21,766 deaths in Europe, EU reports

More than 2 million adverse events and 21,000 deaths have been reported to a European Union (EU) drug reaction database following the use of currently available COVID jabs.

The EU, comprising around 450 million people – roughly 60 percent of Europe’s estimated 750 million inhabitants – has reported administering 522.4 million doses of the jabs, corresponding to 75.1 percent of the EU’s citizens receiving at least one dose of either Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID shots.

The EnduraVigilance system is the EU-wide database for recording vaccine injury reports, as well as other medicine-induced injuries, corresponding to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), jointly run by both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Aug 31 11:05

Swiss stocking up on gold!

Aug 31 10:44

Poland to introduce state of emergency to stop migrant flows

The Polish government has asked the president to introduce a state of emergency in parts of two regions next to the border with Belarus, the prime minister said today, as the country faces a spike in illegal border crossings, Reuters reports.

The state of emergency will last for 30 days, Mateusz Morawiecki said.

Poland — like Lithuania — has seen a surge of migrants arriving across its border with Belarus in recent weeks. The government in Warsaw accuses Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of sending migrants from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere across the border in a "hybrid war" to create instability in the 27-nation EU. The borders that Lithuania and Poland have with Belarus form part of the EU's eastern border, according to Euronews.

Poland has begun building a barbed-wire fence along the border.

Aug 31 05:29

Switzerland Warns Of Terror Attacks At Public Vaccination Centers

Swiss authorities are warning the public of potential terror attacks on the country's pandemic response infrastructure, including vaccination centers, transportation centers, and manufacturing facilities, according to the Straits Times, citing a Sunday report by NZZ am Sonntag.

"Attacks on such targets would both hit large crowds and generate intensive media coverage," said Isabelle Graber, spokeswoman for Switzerland's Federal Intelligence Service.

Aug 30 05:50

Romania Stops Vaccine Imports, Shutters Vaccination Centers, Transfers Vaccine Stocks to Denmark, Vietnam, Ireland, S. Korea, etc

Declining demand for coronavirus vaccinations in Romania has prompted authorities to close 117 vaccination centers and to reduce the schedule at 371 others, health officials said Tuesday.

“In the previous week we re-evaluated the efficiency of fixed vaccination centers. About 80% of fixed vaccination centers vaccinate less than 25% of the vaccination capacity allocated to each stream,” national vaccination committee chief Valeriu Gheorghita said at a press conference Tuesday.

Aug 27 07:18

Soaring: European Union Reports 1.9 Million Vaccine Injuries, 20,595 Deaths

The European Union database of suspected drug reaction reports is EudraVigilance, and they are now reporting 20,595 fatalities, and 1,960,607 injuries, following COVID-19 injections.

A Health Impact News subscriber from Europe reminded us that this database maintained at EudraVigilance is only for countries in Europe who are part of the European Union (EU), which comprises 27 countries.

The total number of countries in Europe is much higher, almost twice as many, numbering around 50. (There are some differences of opinion as to which countries are technically part of Europe.)

So as high as these numbers are, they do NOT reflect all of Europe. The actual number in Europe who are reported dead or injured due to COVID-19 shots would be much higher than what we are reporting here.

Aug 25 10:14

Denmark Abolishes All Corona Measures

Danish parliament recently decided in Copenhagen that all Corona measures should be ended from October 1. There will therefore no longer be a mask requirement and the test regime will be abolished. The Danes will then no longer have to provide evidence of whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated, or whether they have tested positive or negative.

All Corona measures are being lifted in view of the increasing incidence figures in Denmark, reported RT Deutsch. Since the beginning of July this value has risen from 31 to 107.2 (as of August 8). At the same time, the upper limits of this Corona indicator has increased significantly.

At the same time, the incidence limits are increased significantly: In communities from 300 to 500 infected people within seven days, in the districts from 500 to 1000. However, the prerequisite is that an increasing number of Covid-19 patients does not overload the health care system.

Aug 25 10:08

NATO Knives Out for US

It was bound to end like this. The United States and its NATO partners went into Afghanistan in the first place to subjugate and plunder with imperial swagger.

Now that the whole criminal enterprise has collapsed 20 years later, the recriminations are intense and bitter.

There were extraordinary scenes in the British parliament this week and among other European capitals. Politicians across the board have been slamming US President Joe Biden’s administration for the disastrous failure in Afghanistan.

Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel who was recently referring to Biden as “dear Joe” has taken to blaming his administration for the mess that has hit the fan this week as Western states rush to evacuate embassies.

Aug 25 08:55

Israel's outrage over Poland's law on Jewish stolen property is a farce

New legislation, approved a few days ago by Polish President Andrzej Duda, stipulating that Jews can no longer receive compensation for property taken from them during the Holocaust and under Communist rule in Poland, evoked extraordinary outrage from Israel.

Israel’s response to the Polish legislation borders on grotesque, given that Israel has a very similar, albeit much more draconian, law of its own

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, terming the law "antisemitic and immoral", announced that he had instructed Israel’s charge d’affaires in Warsaw, Tal Ben-Ari, to return to Israel for consultation of indefinite duration; the departure to Poland of Israel’s newly named ambassador, Yacov Livne, was put on hold.

Aug 25 07:39

Spain’s Supreme Court Rules Against Using Vaccine Passports to Restrict Access to Public Spaces

It’s the first time a high court of a European Member State has challenged the use of vaccine passports domestically.

Spain’s Supreme Court made waves last week by becoming the first judicial authority in Europe to rule against the use of covid passports to restrict access to public spaces — specifically hospitality businesses (bars, restaurants and nightclubs). It is not the first Spanish court to come out against vaccine passports but it is the most important. So far, only five of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions – the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla, Andalusia, Cantabria and Galicia – have proposed using vaccine passports to restrict access to public spaces. And all have been rejected by local judges.

Aug 25 06:19

EU Prez to Member States: Host Afghan Migrants and Get Cash

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has promised financial incentives to European Union member states who take in refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan.

President Von der Leyen made the announcement after a visit to a reception centre for Afghan EU employees at the Torrejon Air Base in Spain at the weekend and called on member states to take in refugees from the country which recently fell to the Taliban.

“I call on all states that have participated in the missions in Afghanistan, Europeans and others, to allocate sufficient reception quotas so that collectively we can come to the aid of those in need of protection,” Von der Leyen said, 20 Minutes reports.

“The Commission is ready to consider the necessary budgetary means to support EU Member States that will offer to help refugees settle on their territory,” she added.

Aug 25 06:19

SAFE SKIES NATO AIR POLICING BULGARIA AND ROMANIA

Across Europe, NATO fighter jets are on duty around the clock, ready to scramble in case of suspicious or unannounced flights near the airspace of our Allies. NATO calls this activity Air Policing, which has been an integral part of NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence for 60 years. In this series, we'll explore NATO's five special air policing arrangements to ensure the integrity of NATO's airspace and the defence of our almost one billion citizens.

Aug 24 09:42

In Europe 15,472 Covid Vaccine Deaths, 1,509,266 Covid Vaccine Injuries

In Europe 15,472 Covid Vaccine Deaths, 1,509,266 Covid Vaccine Injuries

The European database of suspected drug reactions, EudraVigilance, tracks for the 27 countries of the European Union the injuries and deaths from the Covid “vaccines.” As of June 19, 2021, there have been 15,472 death and 1,509,266 injuries of which 753,657 are serious injuries.

Ask yourself: why are public health authorities and media keeping this information from you?

Aug 23 14:22

La Dépêche: How low can you sink?

Aug 23 08:49

Greece Erects Steel Wall Along Turkish Border Over Afghan Migration Fears

Greece has completed the construction of a 25-mile (40-km) long steel wall and a new surveillance system along the border with Turkey amid concerns about a possible surge of illegal immigrants trying to reach Europe following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan this month.

“Our borders remain secure and inviolable. The new boundary wall has been completed and is actively guarded,” Greece’s Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis told reporters during a press briefing while visiting the site in the region of Evros on Friday.

“We cannot wait passively to see the impact of the Afghan crisis,” he added.

“The high-tech, automated monitoring system is active. Possible refugee flows from Afghanistan will be stopped.”

Aug 23 08:11

Soaring: European Union Reports 1.9 Million Vaccine Injuries, 20,595 Deaths

The European Union database of suspected drug reaction reports is EudraVigilance, and they are now reporting 20,595 fatalities, and 1,960,607 injuries, following COVID-19 injections.

Aug 23 05:20

Moscow Says NATO Destroyed All Cooperation Formats With Russia, Including on Afghanistan

NATO has destroyed all possible formats of cooperation with Russia, including on Afghanistan, and will most likely only increase its anti-Russian rhetoric after the Afghan disaster, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said Sunday.

"Yes, the alliance has destroyed all formats of cooperation, including on Afghanistan. The price for this geopolitical game, which has nothing to do with security interests, ultimately had to be paid by the Afghans," Grushko said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.

The end of NATO's decade-long mission in Afghanistan may lead to further warmongering and revival of the "Russian threat" rhetoric since "searching for the evidence of its own relevance" has always been part of the bloc's history, the diplomat noted. As examples of such behavior, Grushko named operations in former Yugoslavia, as well as in Afghanistan and Libya.

Aug 23 05:18

NL a global leader when it comes to meat substitutes

The Netherlands is a global leader when it comes to meat substitutes, with companies and investors from all over the world turning to the Vegan Valley in the east of the country for its innovative technologies, EenVandaag reports.

Five years ago, the Netherlands counted 40 companies specifically working on meat substitutes. Now there are 72 working on everything ranging from insects as food to plant-based steak.

The world is in a "protein transition" and the Netherlands is a front-runner, FoodValley innovation manager Jeroen Willemsen said to EenVandaag. "Proteins are building materials that every body needs. We often get them from meat and other animal products, but by making and eating meat variations you also get these proteins, without having to burden the earth for it," Willemsen said.

Aug 23 05:07

EU politicians go Trumpian on Afghan refugees – will walls & fences become a new symbol of ‘United in Diversity’?

With the EU bracing itself for an influx of Afghans, politicians seem determined not to repeat mistakes of the last ‘refugee crisis.’ Many would-be migrants may find Europe a very different place than it was five years ago.

In 2015 alone, over 1.3 million migrants came from the Middle East into Europe. Some made their way across the Mediterranean Sea but many came through Turkey and crossed Europe’s borders with ease, which only encouraged even more people to come. With a potential wave of refugees that may flee to Europe from Afghanistan after the Taliban retook control over the country, Europe’s politicians seem to be somewhat less enthusiastic about throwing open their doors to the travelling masses.

Aug 22 09:07

Romanians, Bulgarians Overwhelmingly Reject CV Shots - Govts Forced to Sell Off Their Supplies

Romanians and Bulgarians have overwhelmingly rejected Big Pharma's experimental shots and now their governments are selling them off to Ireland and Denmark.

Aug 21 06:15

Afghan Aftermath: Europe Braces For Another US-Induced Migration Crisis

President Joe Biden vowed “America is back” when he took office, meaning that Washington would realign with and respect European allies under its global leadership after the years of Trump discord.

The European political establishment swooned and cooed like dutiful debutantes apparently having Uncle Sam’s affections and patronage again.

How quickly indeed has that supposedly rosy relation between the U.S. and the Europeans been ruptured with bitter recriminations following the disastrous collapse in Afghanistan. The EU is scrambling to cope with the potential fallout of mass migration from the Central Asian country after the return to power of the Taliban.

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Aug 20 07:14

US Expansionism in Eurasia, Control over Afghanistan

The ex-Soviet states of the Caucasus and Central Asia have, following the early 1990s, been “all about America’s energy security” according to Bill Richardson, the Clinton era diplomat and former American ambassador to the United Nations.

For seven decades, the Soviet Union’s existence blocked the way to the vast fossil fuel sources of the Caucasus, Central Asia and also the Caspian Sea. This reality had been of ongoing frustration to Western strategic planners, but the Soviet collapse 30 years ago provoked jubilant scenes in Washington and London.

Aug 20 06:45

European Nat Gas Prices Plunge After Gazprom Says May Start Nord Stream 2 Deliveries This Year

We recently wrote about Europe's soaring, record gas prices as Russian nat gas supplies have been suspiciously low, amid growing concerns about Europe's inventory levels as the winter approaches.

The price uptrend was finally broken yesterday - if only for the time being - when as Bloomberg's Stephen Stapczynski explains, Dutch nat gas futures prices (TTF) plummeted by 10% after data suggested Nord Stream 2 started flowing. But that data turned out to be incorrect, and prices quickly rebounded recovered.

Aug 20 05:21

Polish regional council votes to retain ‘LGBT free’ stance despite risk of €2.5 BILLION EU funding loss

A Polish regional assembly has decided against revoking a 2019 decision promoting ‘LGBT-free zones’ in spite of receiving a warning from the European Commision of having more than €2.5 billion cut from EU funding.

On Thursday, the regional council in Poland’s southern Malopolska region voted against an opposition motion to revoke the 2019 resolution, which declared the strongly Catholic area as being free from ‘LGBT ideology’. The measure banned the promotion of homosexuality and other minority sexual identities in public spaces such as schools.

Votes from representatives of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party were key in ensuring that the LGBT-free zoning legislation was not revoked, according to local reports.

Aug 20 05:20

EU must move quickly to push back against Russian & Chinese influence in Afghanistan or face being made IRRELEVANT – FM Borrell

The EU must intervene immediately and not allow Russia and China to take control of the situation in Afghanistan and become the main players in Kabul, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs told MEPs on Thursday morning.

Josep Borrell expressed his opinion that the EU must take immediate steps in the country.

“Faced with the disturbing images of Taliban takeover, we Europeans and the international community have to ask ourselves what went wrong,” Borrell said. “What we cannot do is let the Chinese and Russians take control of the situation and be supporters of Kabul, and we become irrelevant.”

To work out the bloc’s next actions, he convened a meeting on Tuesday with the EU foreign ministers, he said, also noting that he hopes to work closely with the US to intensify diplomatic efforts.

Aug 19 05:59

European Luxury Stocks Tumble On China's "Wealth Redistribution" Plans

European luxury stocks slumped, and were among the worst performers in Europe’s Stoxx 600, after Chinese state media this week said President Xi Jinping offered an outline for “common prosperity” via "wealth redistribution" - who know that China was communist after all - that includes income regulation and redistribution, putting China’s wealthiest citizens on notice. Among the biggest losers were Richemont -5.6%, Kering -5.3%, LVMH -4.2%, Swatch -3.6%, Burberry -2.7%, Hermes -2.2%. Hong Kong-listed Prada plunges 10%.

Aug 18 10:15

EUROPE will not take Afghan MIGRANTS...

Aug 18 08:00

‘Russia is NOT the enemy’: After failure in Afghanistan, Czech president calls on NATO to focus on terrorism instead of Moscow

The enemy of NATO is not Russia, but international terrorism. That’s according to Czech President Milos Zeman, who spoke on Tuesday about the failure of the American-led military bloc to defeat Taliban militants in Afghanistan.

Zeman’s comments, given to Prague-based newspaper Parlamentní listy, echo remarks given by French President Emmanuel Macron in November last year, when he urged NATO leaders to shift focus away from Russia and China, noting that terrorism is a “common enemy” for all nations.

The Czech leader also slammed NATO for failing “dramatically” in Afghanistan but noted that he supported the war and the mission to beat Islamic terrorism. He claimed he told both US Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden during NATO summits that troop withdrawal was “cowardice.” The legitimacy of the bloc’s existence is now in question, he said.

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