Brexit Delay: the Soviets Would Have Understood It By Seth Ferris

20 April 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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So the Brexit saga has taken another twist, and become even more confusing and uncertain. All we can predict is that whatever the UK government says will happen is the one thing which won’t. May has failed to deliver Brexit. Instead she keeps coming back to parliament with an appalling deal. She’s now delaying Brexit and trying to get her deal passed again.

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China’s Belt and Road Continues to Win Over Europe While Technocrats Scream and Howl By Matthew Ehret

20 April 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

China’s Belt and Road Continues to Win Over Europe While Technocrats Scream and Howl

On April 10th, China’s Premier Li Keqiang celebrated the completion of the 1st phase of the 2.5 kilometer Chinese-built Pelgesac Bridge in Croatia across the Bay of Mali Ston alongside Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. This ceremony marked a striking victory as the following day ushered in an important 16+1 Heads of State summit that saw Greece inducted as the newest member of a new alliance of Central and Eastern European nations who wish to cooperate with China. At this summit held on April 12, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stated that this was “a very crucial moment for global and regional developments” and “we have to leave behind the crisis and find new models of regional and global cooperation.”

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Statewatch News Online, 15 April 2019 (09/19)

15 April 2019 — Statewatch

Also available as a pdf file: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2019/apr/email-15-april.pdf

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STATEWATCH NEWS

1.   EU: Europol’s anti-terrorist unit demands removal of adverts, books, and more from web archives
2.   EU: Council wants a “comprehensive study” on data retention to get “a future legislative initiative”
3.   EU: Terrorist content online: Civil Liberties Committee improves but proposal still dangerous
4.   Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (2-8.4.19)
5.   EU: MEPs make last-ditch attempt to halt mandatory fingerprinting of all ID holders
6.   EP: Civil Liberties Committee to adopt new Regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard
7.  Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (26.3-1.4.19)

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The ReCommonsEurope Manifesto: A Left-wing Initiative in Europe By Eric Toussaint

12 April 2019 — Global Research

While the campaign for the European elections on 26 May 2019 draws very little interest, the initiative launched by ReCommonsEurope with its ‘Manifesto for a new popular internationalism in Europe’ is on to a promising start. The text was drafted over some twelve months by sixteen people from six different countries (Belgium, Bosnia, France, Greece, Spain and the UK), all active in different organizations and movements (trade unions, political parties, activist movements) and relying on various and complementary fields of expertise (economics, political sciences, philosophy, anthropology, law, ecology, trade unionism, feminism, North/South solidarity, etc.). They represent three generations. The Manifesto is supported by over 160 signatories from 21 different European countries, among whom a majority of women. Signatures are still being collected.
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Washington’s Attempt to Impose its Will on the EU Stirs Anti-American Moods By Grete Mautner

10 April 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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The untamed desire of the Trump administration to impose all sorts of conditions and restrictions on the way that Europe operates is clearly leading to an abrupt increase in anti-American moods across various social layers of the European society. Practically speaking, there’s an avid hatred visible all across the EU towards Trump’s use of the ‘Al Capone approach’ , which is typical for American businessmen who would try to brute force their way into foreign markets and influence them in any way possible.

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EU: ‘Fingerprinting Regulation’ approved now we need your help to monitor its implementation

4 April 2019 — Statewatch

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‘Fingerprinting Regulation’ approved – now we need your help to monitor its implementation

On 4 April the European Parliament voted in favour of a Regulation that introduces a requirement for the mandatory fingerprinting of all national identity card holders in the EU – but this is not the end of the story, because now the measures will be implemented by national governments. We need your support to continue monitoring this dangerous new law.

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Gangster Economics Against Huawei & Nordstream 2 By Caleb Maupin

4 April 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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Many Americans base their entire view of the world, and their understanding of the relationship of the United States to other countries, on the contents of a college-level “Economics 101” course. They view the world market as a land of “free competition” in which different countries and international corporations “compete.” They then believe that consumers, communities and countries “vote with their dollars” rewarding the best products and services.

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China – and Macron’s U-Turn By Peter Koenig

1 April 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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Less than a week ago, President Macron was lambasting Italy for signing agreements with China in the context of their New Silk Road, alias President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in the same breath he was criticizing China for attempting to undermine Europe with new trade individual country deals under the pretext of BRI. However, Italy, also scolded by Brussels for her single-handed deals with China, was, in fact, the first G7 country for signing a number of contracts with China to use Italian ports under the BRI, making Italy also the first official EU partner of China’s BRI.

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Class struggle and socialism are the only answer to the Brexit crisis

1 April 2019 — WSWS

The prospect of leaving the European Union has provoked the deepest crisis of rule in the post-war history of British imperialism. But the great danger is that the working class is not only being prevented from intervening in its own interests, it is being divided against itself and politically subordinated to one or the other of two right-wing pro-capitalist factions.

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Statewatch News Online, 1 April 2019 (08/19)

1 April 2019 — Statewatch

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STATEWATCH NEWS

1.    EU: New Roles for Frontex agreed – including returning non-EU nationals to non-EU countries
2.    Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (19-25.3.18
3.   EU: “Policing in a Connected World”: Council to help police access “Novel Actionable Information”
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EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next? By Danny O’Brien

26 March 2019 — Electronic Frontier Foundation

In a stunning rejection of the will of five million online petitioners, and over 100,000 protestors this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive in its entirety.

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