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France’s Fillon seeks European defense boost

Posted by seumasach on January 23, 2017

Brexit and now the Trump presidency have been instrumental in pushing Europe towards integration and independence. Europe must now look east and forge close ties of cooperation with Russia, Iran and China.


22nd January, 2017

PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Conservative French presidential front-runner Francois Fillon urged Europe in an interview published on Sunday to boost its defense capacities with a pooled fund to finance foreign operations.

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Germany seeks closer military ties within EU after Brexit

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2016

Brexit has already had dramatic geopolitical consequences. This is the first one: an independent Europe logically leading to the demise of NATO. Meanwhile “independence day”, as you might expect, means for Britain an even deeper integration into the US security sphere.


Berlin and Paris will push for closer military ties with EU member states, the German defense minister said, adding that the long-contended issue was let loose by UK’s vote to leave the bloc. It comes as Germany is looking for a new global role for its military.

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EU proposals will force multinationals to disclose tax arrangements

Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2016

“This will anger Washington, which is already on the warpath over what it perceives as partial targeting of the big US digital companies by the EU.

Robert Stack, the US Treasury’s deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs, said last month he is concerned about the “basic fairness” of investigations of US companies and their tax affairs in Europe. Meanwhile the commission has said it will consider adding Google’s heavily criticised £130m tax deal with the UK to its lengthy list of inquiries.


7th February, 2016

US multinationals such as Google, Facebook and Amazon will be forced to publicly disclose their earnings and tax bills in Europe, under legislation being drafted by the EU executive.

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Juncker says EU needs a better attitude towards Russia

Posted by seumasach on October 13, 2015

The chaos resulting from the destabilisation of Libya and Syria, for which Europe cannot escape responsibility, have at least triggered a decisive shift towards a more independent European foreign policy

Deutsche Welle

8th October, 2015

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has warned that Europe’s refugee crisis will continue for “years.” He also criticized Western countries for ostracizing Russia amid growing tensions.

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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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German Vice-Chancellor opposes Russia sanctions

Posted by seumasach on January 7, 2015

German Vice-Chancellor Is Strongly Against More Russia Sanctions

Russia Insider

5th January, 2015

his article originally appeared at German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten). It was translated by Google Translate


Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel has a surprisingly strong opposition to new sanctions against Russia.

A few months ago Gabriel had appeased, and now he even says that the isolation of Russia “for the whole world highly dangerous” could be.


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NATO’s new Cold War runs into trouble in Germany

Posted by seumasach on May 3, 2014

Cristoph Germann

Boiling Frogs Post

2nd May, 2014

Edward Bernays once famously promoted the “conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses” through the use of propaganda, which he considered an “important element in democratic society”.[1] Today’s so-called “liberal democracies” are testament to Bernays’ assertion. The “father of public relations” demonstrated early on that propaganda can be used for many different purposes, from selling cars to selling wars. Especially the latter has become the primary task of media in the United States and other NATO countries in recent years. With Iraq still burning, Western media played a decisive role in turning Libya and Syria into failed states as well. The propaganda was never particularly sophisticated. After “Saddam has weapons of mass destruction” came “Gaddafi is killing his own people” and eventually “Assad is like Hitler”. But mainstream media reporting got even worse during the Ukraine crisis and this could have unforeseen consequences for those in power.

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Uncouple Europe from the USA

Posted by seumasach on April 16, 2014

Europe is at a crucial turning point: it can either go on to emerge as sovereign, political union at the heart of  the post-imperial, multipolar world order or it will fragment politically and revert to a fiefdom of Anglo-Saxon financial feudalism. Given the terminal economic crisis in the US/UK,  and the weakness of the dollar/pound, the latter prospect seems unlikely, but, if the disfunctionality of the European leadership which the Ukrainian crisis has revealed is not remedied, the worst cannot be discounted.

Découpler l’Europe des Etats-Unis

Jean-Paul Baquiast

15th April, 2014


Cette idée ne doit pas être confondue avec celle recommandant une rupture avec les Etats-Unis. Il s’agirait seulement de prendre beaucoup plus d’indépendance à leur égard. La politique qu’ils conduisent actuellement dans la crise ukrainienne, en entrainant l’Otan avec eux, ne peut que conduire à des difficultés insurmontables pour l’Europe. Beaucoup d’Européens sensés commencent à s’en rendre compte, mais les vieilles adhérences sont difficiles à dénouer.

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German intellectuals support Putin

Posted by seumasach on April 9, 2014

“Instead they want to bring Ukraine under the NATO control,” retired serviceman told RT, stressing that he supports Putin’s proposal to build a “common European House,” united under “a common economic zone from Lisbon to Vladivostok.”

US wants to destroy Ukrainian ‘bridge’ between EU and Russia


9th April, 2014

Members of German civil society have written an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemning Russophobia in mass media and German political establishment while showing support for Moscow’s actions in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.


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Ukrainian crisis: Eight strategic recommendations

Posted by seumasach on March 31, 2014

GEAB N°83: Global systemic crisis – The Ukrainian crisis, the ultimate test of Europeans’ ability to build their political union to take control of their common destiny

Newropeans Magazine

31st March, 2014

This crisis is well and truly a test of national leaders’ ability to grasp the tools of independence, power and peace that their fathers (the generations of politicians which ruled right until the end of the 80s basically) have put at their disposal, this united and institutionalized Europe which only remains to be put under political control.…

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