European Union rearms for World War III By Johannes Stern

21 June 2019 — WSWS

EU powers build joint “Future Combat Air System”

Following the announcement last week by the US Defense Department of its biggest ever arms deal involving the purchase of nearly 500 F-35 fighters, Europe replied in kind on Monday. At the world’s largest air show in Le Bourget near Paris, the German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, together with her colleagues from France, Florence Parly, and Spain, Margarita Robles, signed major agreements to develop a joint European air combat system (Future Combat Air System—FCAS).
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The Red Locomotive in Brussels? Interview with the Workers’ Party of Belgium

18 June 2019 — Novara Media

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On 27 May, Europe woke up to what seemed like a new stage in the resurgence of the far-right and reactionary forces and a major retreat for left in the elections to the European parliament. But the story looked different in Belgium, which saw a political earthquake as the far-left Workers’ party (PTB/PDVA) won big across regional, federal and European elections and firmly established itself as the left alternative to both the socialist and green parties across the country.

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Europe Has No Freedom But to Choose “Freedom Gas” (Made in America) By Tony Cartalucci

7 June 2019 — Global Research

Switch over to more expensive US gas under the threat of sanctions?

The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently renamed US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports “freedom gas.” But freedom for who? For Europe which already has a cheap and reliable source of natural gas, but is being forced to switch over to more expensive US gas under the threat of sanctions? Certainly not.

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European parliament election: the far right stopped — for now By Dick Nichols

6 June 2019 — Links International

In the end, the European establishment parties’ almighty scare campaign about the threat of a far-right surge at the May 26 elections to the European parliament worked out quite nicely for them. True, guarding the power structures of the neoliberal European Union (EU) has become trickier now that the duopoly of the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) has ended in a loss of 72 seats[i], but the centre has held—for now.

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North American, European Public: Finally Wake Up, Damn It! By Andre Vltchek

6 June 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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Year after year, month after month, I see two sides of the world; two extremes which are getting more and more disconnected:

I see great cities like Homs in Syria, reduced to horrifying ruins. I see Kabul and Jalalabad in Afghanistan, fragmented by enormous concrete walls intended to protect NATO occupation armies and their local puppets. I see monstrous environmental devastation in places such as Indonesian Borneo, Peruvian gold mining towns, or the by now almost uninhabitable atoll island-nations of Oceania: Tuvalu, Kiribati or Marshall Islands.

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Zizek: Only a pan-European left can defeat ‘populism’

6 June 2019 — RT

Slavoj ZizekSlavoj Zizek is a cultural philosopher. He’s a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana and Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University.

After last week’s European Parliament elections has everything changed or has absolutely nothing changed?

There were some spectacular details, such as the crushing defeat of both main parties in the United Kingdom. However, these should not blind us to the basic fact that nothing really big and surprising happened. Yes, the populist new right did make progress, but it remains far from a prevailing trend.

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The EU Votes and the CIA Wins Again By Aidan O’Brien

5 June 2019 — Global Research

The European Union voted last month but not one of its 21st century war crimes and war criminals were a topic of conversation. The real possibility of a nuclear war between the EU and Russia wasn’t an issue either. The great European economic crime – bank bailouts and austerity – was brushed aside too. Instead the talk was about an abstract parliament of an even more abstract Europe. Like children in a playground, the 400 million EU voters are oblivious to the world around them. And so they voted in favor of the status quo.

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Statewatch News Online, 30 May 2019 (13/19)

30 May 2019 — Statewatch

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STATEWATCH NEWS

1.    EU: Council of the EU wants data retention without cause – Germany joins in
2.    EU: European elections: results and commentary
3.    UK: Lessons from the past: the long history of political policing in the UK
4.    EU: Council discuss Member States the right to veto releasing trilogue discussions
5.    ITALY: UN special rapporteurs call for withdrawal of Salvini decree criminalising rescue activities
6.    FRANCE: We accuse! A statement against the criminalisation of protest in France
7.    EU: Frontex launches first formal operation outside of the EU and deploys to Albania
8.    FRANCE: Les Gilets Noirs: We are in the airport in France
9.    Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (14-20.5.19)
10.  ITALY: Ill-treatment and detention: investigation of the Lampedusa centre
11.  EU: Council discussing yet another small step towards full, open, democratic decision-making
12.  Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (30.4-13.5.19)

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French bloggers feel like in Orwellian novel as Brussels teaches them to promote ‘EU angles’

30 May 2019 — RT

French bloggers feel like in Orwellian novel as Brussels teaches them to promote ‘EU angles’

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French news and political bloggers were left unimpressed after the EU officials condemned “Russian disinformation” and encouraged online influencers to stick to a pro-EU narrative during a promo trip to the European Commission.

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European election debacle for Conservatives and Labour By Robert Stevens

28 May 2019 — WSWS

The ruling Conservatives have suffered their worst ever election result, while Labour suffered a debacle almost as bad.

Coming fifth nationwide with just 9 percent of the vote and taking just three seats, the Tories were eviscerated, suffering the largest ever loss since the party was founded in 1834. Their previous worst national performance was in the 2014 European election when they received just 24 percent, more than double that just recorded.

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Russia Grinds Out Wins In Europe By Tom Luongo

20 May 2019 — Greanville Post

  • Europe is finally coming to its senses five years after the coup in Kiev started what is now the new Cold War between Russia and the West.

Crossposted with The Duran


The first part of Russia’s win comes from Italian leader Matteo Salvini. Speaking for the under-represented in European politics, Salvini declared this week, “I continue to believe that we don’t need sanctions. The issue of their removal unites all decent people.“

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