European Union - A sinking ship

Cosmos

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There you go - von der Leyen is the new Glorious Leader of the EU... against the normal parliamentary procedures BTW. In other words, the tiny bit of democracy existing in the EU just go further reduced.

Here's a pre-election overview of her positions from mainstream news. Get ready for "unity against Climate Change", Gender Parity in the Commission (= worst kind of Equality of Outcome), building a European army and other lovely things...


The EU is really a sinking ship... There is no other way to put it. And all the circus in the last couple of days in the EU-Parliament about the undemocratic way Von der Leyen was put into place was likely just that: a circus to show the EU-Citizen that "they care about democracy". Yeah right... And by the way, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (or short; AKK) has now replaced Ursula Von der Leyen here in germany as the new Minister of Defence. Yes you heard right, the same Person that was at Bilderberg together with Ursula recently and who has been hyped for years as the next chancellor after Merkel here in germany.

You can hardly get more democratic than that.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
'There will be no dialogue from the position of strength,' the Russian parliamentarian stated.

EU Commission head got off on wrong foot urging to join forces against Russia
Germany's Ursula von der Leyen delivering her speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias

Germany's Ursula von der Leyen delivering her speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg © AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias

MOSCOW, July 19, 2019 - Moscow suggests that Russia and the European Union start talking instead of making threats, but it is impossible to talk about partner relations until European politicians cease advancing aggressive policies against Russia, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Konstantin Kosachev said on Friday.

"We equally cannot hold dialogue in the same way with those who advance aggressive economic, information and other policies against our country, issue ultimatums, use incorrect terms, carry out large-scale disinformation and fact-meddling campaigns, boost military presence near our borders and brazenly interfere in our domestic affairs," Kosachev wrote on his official Facebook page.

"Until it all stops, we cannot talk about partner relations. We are not asking the EU, we are proposing moving from threats to dialogue. However, judging by the first speeches of the European Commission president, flexibility and diplomacy are not the strengths of the new leaders," the senator added.

His comments were made after former German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, appointed President of the European Commission, delivered speeches, saying that the EU and NATO should continue dialogue with Russia from the position of strength.

"I believe that Ursula von der Leyen got off on the wrong foot. She urged to do everything possible so that the EU and the United States join their efforts to collectively oppose Russia and not counter it separately, continue abiding by the sanctions against Russia from the position of strength, because the Kremlin allegedly is merciless in the face of weaknesses," Kosachev pointed out.

Bad Advisors
According to the senator, the European Commission head’s advisors are bad if they are convincing her that talking to a partner with respect is a weakness. The senator is certain that "von der Leyen’s statements on successes in exposing Russian disinformation and fake [news] spreading campaigns (in other words, everything that does not fit the solely true Western point of view) reflect the continuation of the policy of autosuggestions and denial of the very possibility of alternatives to complicated situations."

At the same time, the head of the Federation Council Committee believes that "mundane reassurances of the European Commission president that [the EU] is ready for dialogue with Russia do not seem convincing." "Just like her predecessors, Ursula von der Leyen does not seem to realize that it is not Russia longing for dialogue at any cost and under any conditions. It is equally needed by both sides and our nations. There will be no dialogue from the position of strength," Kosachev underscored.

On July 16, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved the nomination of Ursula von der Leyen as president of the European Commission. She will assume office on November 1, when the term of current president Jean-Claude Juncker expires.

Germany's Merkel, planning to serve full term, backs under-fire protégée
German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds the annual summer news conference in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Germany's Angela Merkel threw her weight behind her embattled new defense minister and heir-apparent on Friday, while insisting she herself was fit to carry on serving as chancellor through to the end of her term in 2021.

EU plans to offer Boris Johnson no-deal Brexit extension - The Guardian
Boris Johnson, a leadership candidate for Britain's Conservative Party, leaves offices in central in London, Britain, July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

The European Union is preparing to offer Boris Johnson, the favourite to be Britain's next prime minister, a no-deal Brexit extension beyond Oct. 31, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.

Three British ministers set to resign if Johnson becomes PM: The Times
Britain's Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke leaves the BBC headquarters after appearing on the Andrew Marr show in London, Britain July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Three British cabinet ministers are set to resign the day Boris Johnson, if as expected, becomes Britain's next prime minister, The Times newspaper reported on Thursday.

Incoming EU chief von der Leyen says 'we don't want a hard Brexit'
FILE PHOTO: Elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attends a news conference after the vote on her election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File Photo

The future head of the European Commission said she would be minded to grant Britain an extension to talks on its exit from the EU if London gave good grounds, adding that an orderly departure was important to launch future ties on a good footing.

League's decision not to back von der Leyen risks isolating Italy: Deputy PM
FILE PHOTO: Designated European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a debate on her election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, July 16, 2019.   REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File Photo

The decision of Italy's ruling League party not to back Ursula von der Leyen as the next European Commission president risks isolating the country, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday in the latest sign of coalition friction.

Merkel: Britain will remain partner even if it is no longer EU member
German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds the annual summer news conference in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Britain would remain a partner even if it is no longer a member of the European Union in future, adding that work with British Prime Minister Theresa May's successor would depend on how he approaches the European Commission.

Greece picks Commisssion chief spokesman as its EU Commissioner
FILE PHOTO: European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas attends a press conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Greece nominated the EU Commission's chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas as its next commissioner, the prime minister's office said in a statement on Thursday.

Austria confirms it wants Hahn to remain its European commissioner
FILE PHOTO: European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn presents the Commission's Enlargement Package for 2019, which sets out the way forward for candidate countries and takes stock of the situation in each candidate country and potential candidate, in Brussels, Belgium May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Austria confirmed on Thursday that it wants Johannes Hahn, the current European Commissioner for enlargement, to stay on as its member of the next commission, headed by Ursula von der Leyen.

Citing Brexit, Ireland to oppose EU move to scrap spring/autumn time change
FILE PHOTO -Mountains are seen in Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and a clock is seen in Fermanagh in Northern Ireland at the border village of Belleek, Northern Ireland, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Ireland will oppose an EU proposal to stop moving the bloc's clocks forward by an hour in spring and back again in the autumn, as it fears Brexit could otherwise leave the island split into two time zones.
 

c.a.

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
France Climbs Above Italy on Europe’s Debt Mountain
July 19, 2019, 11:07 AM GMT+2
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France has squeaked past Italy to become the country with the biggest debt load in the euro area in absolute terms, according to quarterly data from Eurostat. Its debt-to-GDP ratio is still just below 100%, compared with Italy’s 134%, and the nation’s borrowing costs are far, far lower, but the dubious honor may undermine its moral high ground when it comes to lecturing Italy’s government about its controversial budget plans.

July 18, 2019 7:01 pm ET

The Élysée has exploded its budget in 2018 - ZAPPING ACTU 19/07/2019
Published on Jul 19, 2019
 

thorbiorn

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
This is not about the negative aspects of the EU, proving that it is a sinking ship. But what the EU has difficulty realizing, as long distance public trains in several places of the EU are giving way for more busses and planes, are fast speed train network like in China:
This is China: Chinese Speed
Published time: 19 Jul, 2019 09:55

The newest Chinese high-speed trains offer the fastest commercial service in the world. China’s railway network is the largest and most rapidly expanding in the world. RTD follows two very different passengers on the new lines, and meets those driving, building and designing the trains that are making China proud.

Watch "This is China: Chinese Speed" on July 22 on RTD website.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
EU's Juncker cuts holiday short for urgent surgery: statement
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker poses with future head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron

BRUSSELS August 17, 2019 - The outgoing head of the European Union’s executive, Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission, has cut short a holiday to undergo urgent surgery, his press team said in a statement on Saturday.

“Jean-Claude Juncker had to shorten his holiday in Austria for medical reasons. He was taken back to Luxembourg where he will undergo an urgent cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder)," the team said of what is normally a routine medical procedure.

Juncker, a former Luxembourg premier whose health has been the subject of rife speculation among EU politicians, analysts and media for years, is due to step down on Oct. 31 as head of the Commission.

He will be replaced by German conservative Ursula von der Leyen, the first woman to lead the institution that proposes EU laws, polices the economies of all members of the bloc and negotiates trade deals around the world.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
EU's Juncker to miss G7 summit after surgery: spokeswoman
FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrives for a European Union leaders summit that aims to select candidates for top EU institution jobs, in Brussels, Belgium June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will miss the G7 summit in France later this week following surgery to remove his gallbladder, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

The spokeswoman, Natasha Bertaud, said Juncker underwent successful surgery over the weekend but his doctors advised he should not travel.

“I can confirm that the surgery went well and that president Juncker currently remains in hospital in recovery,” Bertaud told a daily news briefing in Brussels.

“His doctors have specified that he should not travel at this time, and we are also able to confirm that he will not be able to attend this weekend’s G7 meeting.”

She said Juncker would discuss G7 matters before the Saturday-Monday summit in Biarritz with the host, French President Emmanuel Macron, and European Council President Donald Tusk.
 

Ursus Minor

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🇪🇺 The EU - A Sinking Ship


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While they are celebrating on the captain's bridge the immovable vessel is holed below the waterline, but it seems that the r*ts are not abandoning ship, yet (due to first-class accommodation).


We are on a sinking ship
We are on a sinking ship

You say we are one
You say we are having fun

You say we are all in the same boat
You say that this thing will float

You say you had your doubts
Sometimes you wanted to get out

Instead you said give this a little more time
And everything is gonna be fine

And if your people are the best
Tell me why are you wearing a vest
This investigation into disinformation
keeps putting everyone to the test

And as an outlook for 2020... 🌊
So now we are getting drunk
What was sinking now is sunk
And everything we were just trying to save is now vanishing under the wave

[ Or maybe "The Wave"? ]

Lyrics by Cake

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Cosmos

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As expected, Ursula pushes full steam ahead, destroying Europe on the way. Didn't take long for her to spring into action. I'm afraid though, that this is just the beginning of the crazy deeds that can be expected from this woman at the highest position in Europe. She isn't even shying away to compare her plan to the moon landing.


Press conference after the adoption of her plan:


Ursula thinking moon landing is an appropriate comparison:


It is for the people! Sure...

 
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thorbiorn

The Living Force
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As expected, Ursula pushes full steam ahead, destroying Europe on the way. Didn't take long for her to spring into action. I'm afraid though, that this is just the beginning of the crazy deeds that can be expected from this woman at the highest position in Europe. She isn't even shying away to compare her plan to the moon landing.
I think you are right. The choice of the the word moon landing is fraught with undertones, like technological advance, discovery, risk, cooperation, sacrifice, expensive, loss of life and not going back for a long time. While the original moon landing was based on science much of the ideology surrounding this push for "Green" is mistaken which gives one more meaning - lunacy or should we say political lunacy, the effects of which can be understood from the work by Dr. Andrzej M. Łobaczewski on Political Ponerology. If the Green ideology policies began in earnest some ten years ago, then we can probably expect much more of this in the coming years - until something else intervenes.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
Thirty years ago, on December 18, 1989, Brussels hosted the signing of the Agreement on Trade and Commercial and Economic Cooperation between the USSR and the European communities. This date became the point of departure for official relations between Russia as the successor state of the USSR and the European Union.

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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s article Neighbours in Europe. Russia-EU: Thirty Years of Relations for Rossiyskaya Gazeta, December 18, 2019
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s article Neighbours in Europe. Russia-EU: Thirty Years of Relations for Rossiyskaya Gazeta, December 18, 2019
 

Ina

The Living Force
Pushed to the extreme Europe could become the biggest UNESCO protected heritage+natural reservation dedicated to the select annual Davos meetings. I propose the next Davos meetings to take place on the Moon. As a plan B how about moving it to Siberia?
 
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