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German FDP leader: recognise Russian Crimea, end sanctions on Russia

Posted by seumasach on August 14, 2017

The Duran

12th August, 2017

Crack in German consensus on sanctions as Christine Lindner head of Germany’s FDP says sanctions policy has failed and time has come to face reality by recognising Crimea as Russian.

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Ireland to SNUB Brexit Britain and get energy direct from FRANCE

Posted by seumasach on August 11, 2017

Express

27th July, 2017

IRELAND is threatening to snub Brexit Britain as the country’s leaders turn to the European Union to help bolster its supply of gas and electricity.

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UK needs new party to stop ‘catastrophic’ Brexit

Posted by seumasach on August 9, 2017

The pro-European faction within the British ruling class has finally made it’s move after biding it’s time for so long. Behind it, of course, is George Osborne, the architect of the aborted strategic deal with China. This split goes right to the top and no quarter will be asked or given as it is fought to a conclusion over the coming months and years. The Brexiteers will be hoping to exploit divisions within Europe reducing the continent to the CIA’s old Europe of the regions, a chaos on a par with the fragmentation of Yugoslavia. The Osborne faction is betting on the failure of this neocon wet dream and sees the Brexit faction left twisting in the wind. But our fate lies not in our own hands but depends on developments in the USA, as well as Europe.

Guardian

9th August, 2017

A former chief of staff to David Davis has said Brexit is a catastrophe that must be stopped and called on centrist MPs to form a new party.

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European business seethes over new US sanctions law

Posted by seumasach on August 9, 2017

What Mr Mercuris fails to point out here is that this is an existential challenge to Europe. His response to this is a defeatist one insisting on the EU’s subordination as a kind of iron law. Like the rest of the RT crowd Mercuris sees in the “EU’s disintegration…. the possibility of a fresh start.” I sincerely hope the Russian leadership doesn’t actually  share this idiocy. It is noteworthy that Mercuris sees no connection whatever between a largely neocon London government negotiating in bad faith over EU withdrawal and a neocon led Congress targeting Europe with sanctions. Fortunately, there are signs of resistance to the neo-con onslaught within the EU and, quite frankly, it is ridiculous to cite Rasmussen as typifying the European response.

Alexander Mercuris

The Duran

8th August, 2017

The dispute between the US and Germany over the anti-Russian pipeline provisions of the new sanctions law continues to mount, with RT reporting Klaus Schaefer, a German businessman whom it describes as the CEO of German energy major Uniper fiercely denouncing the new sanctions as a ploy to force Europe to buy expensive liquified American natural gas instead of cheap Russian pipeline gas.

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Brexit: a neoconservative coup

Posted by seumasach on August 4, 2017

I’ve decided to repost my initial response to the Brexit vote. I feel a bit like the German professor who was asked whether he had ever been wrong.” Once, just once,” he replied: “I thought I was wrong but I was right.” This appeared to be wrong since the neo-con agenda was disrupted by Trump’s election victory. The ascendency of Congress and the passage of the anti-Russian sanctions with only five congressmen voting against effectively reverses this. We now see how Brexit ties in with the US establishment’s plans to destabilize the EU as a prelude to doing the same to Russia and China. It’s all as clear as day!

Cailean Bochanan

26th June, 2016

Now that we have voted for Brexit we will not know what exactly the program of the Remain camp was.

However, the program of the Brexit leadership was blurted out by an emotional Nigel Farrage in the early hours of Friday morning:

“For the whole of Europe.  I hope this victory brings down this failed project and leads us to a Europe of sovereign nations, trading together, being friends together, co-operating together.  And let’s get rid of the flag, the [EU] anthem, Brussels and all that has gone wrong.”

It may come as a surprise to little englander Brexit voters that they weren’t voting to leave Europe but to destroy it. It wasn’t a vote against globalisation but for Anglo-American globalisation. Neo-conservatism, the infection that just won’t go away, is back in the form of a new unelected junta about to take control of Britain. It’s chief ideologue is Michael Gove of the neocon Henry Jackson society. According to Gove:

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

So we are to leave Europe in order, subsequently, to meddle in it.

This is Gove’s permanent revolution agenda to borrow a term from one of the neocons great inspirational figures, Leon Trotsky.

In my last article on the EU question I noted that that Cameron had failed to negotiate the opt-outs that City of London interests would require whilst at the same time Brexit would leave British banks excluded from the EU. That depended on the assumption, of course, that the EU still existed. If it could be subverted then the dilemma could be resolved.

As a Brexit campaigner from Chatham House told me it was a question of stepping back from Europe and watching it disintegrate. This implies passivity on behalf of these Brexit interests but I would suggest that in reality they would be proactive. Just as the State Department and the CIA have been proactive in destabilizing Europe’s periphery with a view to destabilizing Europe itself.

The fact that Brexit is only a trigger for “more exciting” perspectives explains many of the peculiarities of the Brexit campaign. They have done nothing to elaborate a clear alternative to EU membership, they don’t want to leave any time soon and many of their promises over the NHS and immigration have already been shown to be worthless.These things are beside the point and there will be no attempt to negotiate in good faith It also explains why 250 billion has already been “made available” to the British economy i.e. the City of London: while the revolution is awaited in Europe an interim bailout of the zombie banks is inevitable. All the talk of freeing up funds for social spending, the Brexit turn to the working class, is simply hot air. It’s the banks, silly!

Of course, Brexit brings in its stead enormous costs. We have ,at one fell swoop, thrown away all our geopolitical trump cards- cards which would have enabled us to negotiate a way out of the troubled waters of end of empire. The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with China was of enormous potential benefit to us but was entirely dependent on our being a bridge into Europe. A deal with our largest creditor and, therefore, holder of sterling denominated assets was crucial if we were to achieve , at least, an orderly decline in our currency. It also brought with it the possibility of a new role for the City as an offshore trading hub for the Yuan and the extension of the finance necessary for national reconstruction. That is all effectively over- powerful financial interests did not want the deal and they have won out.

And yet, man does not live by bread alone. The English people have expressed a wish to regain control of their own destiny. They have every right to do so. The regional integration process which is everywhere evident, from Mercosur and ALBA, to the African Union, Asean and the Eurasian Union concerns the voluntary ceding of sovereignty not the submission to a Bonaparte or a Bolivar. It is true that the UK, in as far as it still exists, can negotiate deals with whoever it wishes without belonging to the EU’s formal structures. Were it a question, that is, simply of Brexit rather than of turning Britain into a base for a neocolonial project, for the next episode in the extension of the Empire of Chaos.

Here is the rub. Here is why the British people made a catastrophic error on Thursday, one which they will live to bitterly regret. Britain will pay a terrible price for hosting a neocon junta which is set to continue Britain’s long and dishonorable tradition of interference in the sovereign affairs of other countries. Until we remove it “the markets” will be ruthless. China who intimated back in 2010 that they were no longer buying UK government bonds, no longer have a motive to hold them or to invest them in Britain. Several hundred billion could be dumped for gold, for example, leaving sterling reeling and subjecting Britain to an apocalyptic inflationary crisis.

In the meantime events are moving a breakneck speed.

All the signs are that the Junta has already lost it’s nerve following the massive, unprecedented falls in sterling on Friday. Following Cameron’s resignation Johnson and Gove appeared at one of the most lackluster press conferences ever given. It was positively funereal. Johnson appeared to be in state of bewilderment  whilst Gove with his langue de bois makes Van Rompuy look like d’Artagnan. Significantly, Johnson blurted out some incoherences seemingly addressed to Britain’s youth implying that there would still be free movement. He knows and fears that while the brexiteers hold the cabbage patches, the youth may hold the streets.

At the same time the European leadership have shown that they are not completely inept and have seen through the game. That’s why they put out the blunt message: get out now! They know that Gove wants to string things out, a bit like Trotsky at Brest-Litovsk, scoring propaganda points whilst awaiting for Clinton and the neocon cavalry to help put the European “establishment”to the sword.

On the home front, Salmond and McGuinness, two of the sharpest cards in British politics reacted promptly and appositely. The union is now dead in the water: Scotland will begin negotiations to remain in Europe and will only be able to do so as an independent country. We will inevitably choose that option especially as the true enormity of Thursday’s aberration become evident. At the same time, there can be no repartition of Ireland now that the existing border has de facto ceased to exist.

Unsurprisingly, the Brexit vote has triggered a conspiracy to remove Corbyn from the Labour leadership.

Britain now enters into a prolonged economic and constitutional crisis. Its resolution depends most of all on the recognition of the sovereign wishes of all the nations which make up the UK and the exposure of the false position of the Brexit Junta and its neoconservative, neocolonial agenda.

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Brussels fears Britain’s ‘Brexit chaos’ part of cunning plan

Posted by seumasach on August 4, 2017

“I think it’s tactics: They are playing for time on purpose,” one attaché from a Western EU country said, “under the pretext of chaos in London.”

“In September they’re going to swamp us with [position] papers on the fault lines — exactly the issues where they know we [the EU27 countries] are divided,” he warned.

Good to see that some European leaders are twigging it. To complete the puzzle  we need to tie this in with the machinations of Congress aimed both at removing Trump and dividing Europe over the anti-Russian sanctions.

Politico

3rd August, 2017

Viewed from Brussels, the U.K. seemed so ill-prepared in the early rounds of Brexit negotiations that some EU countries think it must be a trap.

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Corbyn allies urge him to commit to EU freedom of movement

Posted by seumasach on August 4, 2017

Independent

4th August, 2017

Allies of Jeremy Corbyn have publicly urged the Labour leader to commit to retaining the free movement of workers between Britain and the European Union – as the party’s Brexit stance comes under increasing scrutiny.

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Why Europe opposes America’s new Russia sanctions

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2017

Then there was this somewhat surprising objection: The law, Trump said, “hurts the interests of our European allies.” It is not Trump who wishes to challenge Russia or destabilize Europe: it is Congress and their allies in the British government. Here Trump is signaling that quite clearly.

MSN

3rd August, 2017

When President Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will impose new sanctions on Russia, he simultaneously expressed his opposition to the measure. The law aims to punish Moscow for its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and limit the president’s own ability to unilaterally lift such sanctions. “By limiting the Executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together,” Trump said in a signing statement, adding that the bill was “seriously flawed.”

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What’s behind Trump lambasting the anti-Russian sanctions law he signed?

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2017

“According to the expert, the newly signed sanctions law will also intensify the political struggle in the European Union. However, Smirnov noted that European countries would change their foreign policy agenda only after a reshuffle in their leadership.” There are also constitutional problems since any EU member, for example, Poland could veto any retaliatory measures. There is, thus, considerable play in using the sanctions to divide Europe.

Sputnik

3rd August, 2017

US President Donald Trump signed new anti-Russian sanctions but also criticized the bill as contradicting the Constitution. This criticism signals the ongoing struggle between the US establishment and the Trump team, a political analyst told Radio Sputnik.

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EU bets on US ‘consultations’ to save Russia pipeline

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2017

EU Observer

3rdAugust, 2017

EU firms are betting that a non-binding “consultation” process on new US sanctions will stop their investment in a Russian gas pipeline from turning into a fiasco.

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Juncker: New US sanctions on Russia only after consultation of allies

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2017

European Commission – Statement

2nd August, 2017

In the wake of Donald Trump signing off on stricter US sanctions against Russia, the Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his satisfaction, in principle, over the softening of the bill after the EU had expressed its concerns. “I stated at the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy, and at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, that if the Americans proceeded [with the adoption of new sanctions], we would be ready to react adequately in a matter of days. As a result, a significant proportion of the intended sanctions against Russia have been dropped. Moreover, the US Congress has now also committed to only apply sanctions after the country’s allies are consulted. And I do believe we are still allies of the US”, President Juncker said. European interests can thus be taken into account in the implementation of any sanctions. If not, the President of the European Commission reserves the right to take adequate measures. If the US sanctions specifically disadvantage EU companies trading with Russia in the energy sector the EU is prepared to take appropriate steps in response within days. “We are prepared”, President Juncker said during a radio interview with the ARD’s European studio in Brussels, broadcast today (Wednesday) at 20:30 on NDR Info. “We must defend our economic interests vis-à-vis the United States. And we will do that.” The EU is maintaining its own sanctions against Russia. However, in order to fully implement the Minsk Agreements, the G7 must unanimously agree on the sanctions, with close cooperation between the allies. The US bill could have an unintended impact on EU interests relating to energy supply security. The sanctions would affect energy transport and the maintenance of pipeline systems in Russia which supply the Ukrainian gas transit system. The new US sanctions could also impact EU efforts to further diversify the energy sector, particularly in the Baltic.

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