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Europe turns towards Russia in major foreign policy change

Posted by seumasach on December 1, 2016

Strategic Culture

1st December, 2016

Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, believes that Europe does not need to dependent on US foreign policy regarding its relationship with Russia.

In his interview with Euronews, the EU Commission President said that he «would like to have an agreement with Russia that goes beyond the ordinary framework, bearing in mind that without Russia, there is no security architecture in Europe». Mr. Juncker noted that «Russia must be treated as one big entity, as a proud nation». The president emphasized that he «would like to have discussions on a level footing with Russia». He thinks that President Obama was wrong saying that Russia was only «a regional power».

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France’s Fillon wants global coalition including Russia to fight terrorism

Posted by seumasach on November 21, 2016

The UK government will be hoping for a Le Pen victory in next year’s presidential election and a corresponding fragmentation of Europe. However, Fillon looks well on the way to winning the centre-right nomination and his candidacy offers salvation for the european project in the form of a move towards Russia and the stabilization of the Middle East.

Sputnik News

18th November, 201§6

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova — “We need a global coalition including Russia to eradicate Islamic totalitarianism,” Fillon said during the last Republican debates in France, held on Thursday, ahead of primaries that are scheduled for November 20.

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Jeremy Corbyn seeks to reach out to independence supporters

Posted by seumasach on October 9, 2016

Whether Labour can make a comeback in Scotland remains to be seen but the important thing here is the potential for a pro-European  alliance between Labour , SNP, Libdems and the progressive unionists.

Sunday Herald

9th October, 2016

JEREMY Corbyn has reached out to supporters of Scottish independence saying he understands their anger with Westminster.

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Brexit and the flash crash mystery

Posted by seumasach on October 9, 2016

Cailean Bochanan

9th October, 2016

Friday’s flash crash may remain a mystery but it should be no mystery that the pound is in freefall and that it could become the focus of hostile trading.

This is not just about Brexit itself but what is behind Brexit. If we want to destroy our own economy by leaving the single market that it is our business. But if we want to use Brexit to turn the UK into a base for hostile operations against our creditors and closest trading partners that is their business.

Incredibly, that is exactly what has happened. We have appointed negotiators who delight in the prospect of the implosion of the EU. Boris Johnson has endorsed Change Britain whose neo-conservative leadership sees the end of the EU as inevitable and desirable. His clowning has taken him as far as putting a good word in for Erdogan regarding EU membership for Turkey. This is our foreign secretary. Liam Fox’s ultra-atlanticist views and his visceral animosity to the EU are well known. Defense secretary Fallon has seen fit to launch the amazing provocation of vetoing EU security arrangements.Much is being made of supposed European hostility towards us but with this crowd it looks more the other way round.

The May government wasted no time at all in reversing our growing ties with China. Obviously we weren’t going to be entering into a strategic partnership with a”security threat”. Wrecking out rapport with our biggest creditor and supplier was simply destructive. You either enter negotiations with your creditors or you wait for the bailiffs to come in. Jumping on the “isolate China” bandwagon only made sense if you were thinking in terms of “taking them out”. The dramatic developments in the USA where the Pentagon has effectively marginalized the White House on foreign policy were our cue to enter into just such a hostile posture towards both Russia and China. So at the first key test of our supposed new-found sovereignty and independence we chose to align ourselves with the Pentagon.

So “Global Britain” now has a hostile stance towards most of the Eurasian land mass. Meaningful negotiations with the EU, Russia or China are precluded. At the same time the dreadful reality of our economic plight cannot be hidden by the massaging of statistics. You only have to walk down any high street to see that Britain’s consumer economy model is dead. We are not a great trading nation. Out deficits and debts only get worse. If we were a business we would have closed down years ago. We are a bankrupt country that has chosen to go down hitting out wildly just so that the military industrial complex can keep itself afloat. We cannot of course afford Trident but will press on with it regardless. Everyone else will have to pay the price. It is an astonishing fact that the opposition of virtually the entire legally operating business community is as vehemently opposed to this whole unfolding scenario as it is marginalized by it. It seems we are to be taught a lesson in where the real power in this country lies.

A few months after the Brexit referendum we have made clear our indifference to our economic future and instead are intent on bringing the world to the brink of WW3. And then we wonder about the “mysterious” sinking of the pound.

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May dismisses City demands in Brexit plans

Posted by seumasach on October 4, 2016

If the government aren’t prioritizing the City, who on earth could they be prioritizing? The answer is the military-industrial complex and the security state. Almost every speech at the Tory conference testifies to this fact culminating in Johnson’s anti-Russia rant.

Money Marketing 

4th October, 2016

Prime Minister Theresa May and her team have dismissed the demands of the City of London to agree an interim deal with the European Union to ease the transition of Brexit, according to reports.

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While the media whines on about Labour, the Conservative government descends into chaos

Posted by seumasach on September 26, 2016

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Germany to Britain: Live up to promise not to block EU reforms

Posted by seumasach on September 26, 2016

Reuters

26th September, 2016

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said she does not expect Britain to block a Franco-German initiative to deepen military cooperation among the 27 remaining European Union members after Britain’s vote to leave the bloc.

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Jeremy Corbyn warns against ‘hard Brexit’

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2016

An important statement from Corbyn. He is effectively coming out for “Remain” by supporting membership of the single market as well as free movement of labour. All the claims that he actually favoured Brexit as would be consistent with his Bennite background therefore come to nothing. Corbyn has shown himself to be an astute politician. He is now in a strong position within the Labour Party and within the country. He will win support of almost everyone who has anything to do with the real economy which will be crucified by Brexit. Now we know why the Murdoch press hate him so much. Their attacks will be unrelenting as they try to cement their alliance with a substantial sector of the working class now aligned behind the military-industrial-financial complex. This latter group can now be seen to be, if there was ever any doubt, at the core of the British system. The same grouping is asserting itself in the USA by sabotaging Obama’s Russian diplomacy. On both sides of the Atlantic we hear the rumblings, the insane rumblings, of war.

Belfast Telegraph

25th September, 2016

The Labour leader dismissed the vision of some in the Brexit camp that the UK could become an offshore tax haven by breaking away from Brussels.

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Britain will veto EU army

Posted by seumasach on September 19, 2016

This is simply astonishing. No government seriously engaged in talks aimed at an amicable parting of ways with the EU would have its top level spokesmen engage in provocations of this kind. Neo-conservative elements continue to push for the destabilisation of the EU rather than separation from it. This does not bode well for Brexit talks if they are ever to happen.

Independent

17th September, 2016

The UK would exercise its power of veto to block the creation of an EU army while it remains a member of the European Union, according to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

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France and Germany propose EU ‘defence union’

Posted by seumasach on September 15, 2016

The UK had in the past opposed steps toward the creation of an EU army or duplication of Nato structures.

But the Franco-German paper says that “taking into account the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU, we have to henceforth act as 27 [member states]”.

EUObserver

12th September, 2016

Germany and France have drawn up plans for closer EU defence cooperation, including a new military HQ and swifter deployment of overseas missions.

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Boris Johnson backs Brexit pressure campaign Change Britain

Posted by seumasach on September 13, 2016

So Boris Johnson, who is the Foreign Secretary, rather than speaking for the government is speaking for those elements who were sidelined by Theresa May subsequent to her taking office. What makes it more incredible is that May had every reason to sideline the likes of Michael Gove who openly calls for the dismantling of the EU:

“For Europe, Britain voting to leave will be the beginning of something potentially even more exciting — the democratic liberation of a whole continent”.

The same goes for Gisella Stuart, who leads Change Britain, whose perspectives for the EU were outlined recently:

And the UK would have been forced to change its relationship with the EU eventually – because the Eurozone will one day collapse, she predicted.

“We either do that in a planned way now or if we’d stayed in the EU and waited for the inevitable, I think, collapse of part of the Eurozone or that structure, [we] would have had to do it under conditions of panic.

Both Gove and Stuart, leaders of the “Leave” campaign, are signatories to the Henry Jackson Society, a neoconservative group.

According to the blog Greater Surbiton:

“The HJS’s Associate Director, Douglas Murray, appointed in April 2011, is on record as having stated that ‘the EU is a monstrosity – no good can come of it… The best thing could just simply be for it to be razed to the ground and don’t start again [sic]‘).”

Johnson’s endorsement of Change Britain is a simply unbelievable development even although he is not meant to play a role as a negotiator in the event of article 50 being triggered. He is after all the Foreign Secretary.

The HJS held a discussion in July after the referendum on the theme: ‘The Aftermath of Brexit: “Could the EU and UK both die?”. Very reassuring.

Guardian

11th September, 2016

Boris Johnson has endorsed a new cross-party campaign created by prominent pro-Brexit politicians aimed at pressuring Theresa May into fully delivering on the promise that Britain will leave the EU.

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