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Let go Italian Marines, India needs EU policy

Posted by seumasach on March 25, 2015

 “Schulz was received by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who hailed amongst other things, the development of Europe as “an important component of the multi-polarization progress” in the world order. Xi noted”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

25th March, 2015

The reported ‘diplomatic snub’ by the European Union ignoring the Indian proposal seeking a summit meeting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi is traceable to Delhi’s impudence to keep under detention two Italian Marines for over three years now without trial. The Narendra Modi government is caught in a dilemma because it was the Bharatiya Janata Party that literally forced the UPA government into a corner. In fact, Modi himself contributed to the rabble-rousing.

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Major US allies to join China-backed AIIB bank

Posted by seumasach on March 23, 2015

Deutsche Welle

17th March, 2015

Against the advice of the US, several European nations have decided to join the China-backed AIIB development bank. Washington had expressed concern over funding transparency and competition for the World Bank.

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Cracks In Washington’s empire

Posted by seumasach on March 23, 2015

Paul Craig Roberts

17th March, 2015

Washington’s EU vassals might be finding their backbone. Britain, Germany, France, and Italy are reported to have defied Washington’s orders and applied to join the Chinese-led Asian Investment Bank. Australia, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland and Luxembourg might also join.

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Who’s won the ‘sanctions war’ so far?

Posted by seumasach on March 19, 2015

Andrew Korybko

Oriental Review

18th March, 2015

It’s been one year since European sanctions were first enacted against Russia on 17 March, 2014, and it’s worthy to briefly highlight their consequences on Moscow. Likewise, the counter-sanctions that Russia imposed on the EU last summer must also be critically looked at in order to assess the economic and political impact of the ‘sanctions war’ on both parties. The results are certainly not at all what the West had anticipated.

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Greece adopts anti-poverty law in face of EU opposition

Posted by seumasach on March 19, 2015

A “humanitarian crisis” is exactly the correct characterization of the situation prevailing in Greece as well as in  much of Europe, including, of course, Britain. It is crucial to support defendable red-lines in terms of minimum conditions of life regarding food, heating, shelter, water etc. just as one would do in a humanitarian crisis. The right to these requirements should be expressed in real terms, so much food, so much heating etc. since we are in an inflationary environment where wages and benefits are constantly being eroded.

RT

18th March, 2015

The Greek parliament approved a “humanitarian crisis” bill Wednesday, the first of a raft of social measures proposed by new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, despite stiff opposition from the European Commission, who called the law a “unilateral” action.

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Spain: Russia sanctions ‘beneficial for no one’

Posted by seumasach on March 12, 2015

GEAB

10th March, 2015

Spain on Tuesday (10 March) joined a list of EU countries which are publicly critical of Russia sanctions and keen to mend ties.

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Russia’s remarkable renaissance

Posted by seumasach on March 11, 2015

F.William Engdahl

New Eastern Outlook

9th March, 2015

Something remarkable is taking place in Russia, and it’s quite different from what we might expect. Rather than feel humiliated and depressed Russia is undergoing what I would call a kind of renaissance, a rebirth as a nation. This despite or in fact because the West, led by the so-called neo-conservatives in Washington, is trying everything including war on her doorstep in Ukraine, to collapse the Russian economy, humiliate Putin and paint Russians generally as bad. In the process, Russia is discovering positive attributes about her culture, her people, her land that had long been forgotten or suppressed.


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European Commission chief urges ‘joint EU army’

Posted by seumasach on March 9, 2015

The big Russian scare is also a useful pretext for sidelining NATO and furthering European integration and independence

RT

8th March, 2015

The European Commission chief has called for the creation of an “EU joint army” that would “react credibly” to any external threat and defend the bloc’s “values.” While the UK and France are wary it could undermine NATO, Germany has backed the idea.

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EU won’t be pushed into confrontation over Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on March 8, 2015

RT

7th March, 2015

The EU is resisting calls from hotheads to supply arms to Ukraine, saying it won’t be pulled into a confrontation with Russia. Europeans cite the progress in implementing a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine between Kiev and local rebels.

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Berlin alarmed by aggressive NATO stance on Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on March 8, 2015

Spiegel

6th March, 2015

US President Obama supports Chancellor Merkel’s efforts at finding a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. But hawks in Washington seem determined to torpedo Berlin’s approach. And NATO’s top commander in Europe hasn’t been helping either.

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Who is trying to destabilize the Balkans?

Posted by seumasach on March 8, 2015

Boiling Frog’s Post

3rd March, 2015

Though seemingly spontaneous, it is likely that the US Secretary of State John Kerry knew that several sentences he said during the hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on February 24, 2015 could create a storm of media controversy across the Balkan region. Although he said many things concerning this year’s activities of the US foreign policy establishment during the nearly three-hour long session, these few sentences took the spotlight because they had to do with the Balkans and Russia.[1] In the Washington’s resurgent warmongering political discourse, Russia is once again, after two decades, being presented to the American people as the enemy number one (the “evil empire”). – See more at: http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2015/03/03/bfp-exclusive-who-is-trying-to-destabilize-the-balkans/#sthash.779sz02X.dpuf

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