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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The ReCommonsEurope Manifesto: A Left-Wing Initiative in Europe

19 May 2019 — London Green Left

Written by Eric Toussaint and first published at CADTM

While the campaign for the European elections on 26 May (on the 23 May in the UK) draws very little interest outside of the UK, the initiative launched by ReCommonsEurope with its ‘Manifesto for a new popular internationalism in Europe’ is on to a promising start.

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Statewatch News Online, 13 May 2019 (12/19)

13 May 2019 — Statewatch

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STATEWATCH NEWS

1.    Mytilene, Greece: Peaceful demonstration and the human right to freedom of assembly prevails
2.    EU: Frontex gets ready to deploy to the Balkans
3.    EU: Construction of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)
4.    EU criminal law could cover “crimes relating to artificial intelligence”
5.    EU: The human rights monitoring ship Mare Liberum is being prevented from leaving port
6.    Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe 
7.    EU: Common European Asylum System: deadlock in the Council
8.    ECHR: Terrorism convict can be deported from France to Algeria without any ri

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Orientalism and the Myth of Independence By Shahzada Rahim

30 April 2019 — Off Guardian

In the nineteenth century more half of the world was colonized by the European imperial powers and according to historians like Eric Hobsbawm, it was the peak century of western colonialism in Africa and Asia: the largest continents by population. Moreover, the very industrial heydays across Europe were the result of colonization, that provided cheap labor, raw material and other resources for the industrial boom.

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The European elections and the revival of class struggle By Ulrich Rippert

29 April 2019 — WSWS

Four weeks before the European elections are due to take place in late May, there is very little of any campaign in many European countries. In Germany, the various parties represented in the German parliament are hanging up election posters that are virtually identical. The demands raised are largely interchangeable. Election meetings are not taking place because of fears that hardly anyone will turn up.

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Statewatch News Online, 29 April 2019 (10/19)

29 April 2019 — Statewatch

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STATEWATCH NEWS

1.  EU: Police press ahead with efforts to automate cross-border information-sharing
2.  EU: National security and fundamental rights: problems with definitions and the rule of law
3.  SPAIN: Ethnic profiling in Catalonia: for every police identity check on a Spanish national
4.  Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (9-15.4.19)

NEWS

1.   EU lawmakers rubber-stamp European Defence Fund, give up parliamentary veto
2.   UK: Self-harm in detention centre up threefold in three years despite drop in population
3.   German Police launches “National Internet Referral Unit“
4.   MALTA: Media reports on foreign suspects show worrying trends, researchers say
5.   Case filed against Greece in Strasbourg Court over Crackdown on Humanitarian Organisations
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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

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Statewatch: Italy’s redefinition of sea rescue as a crime draws on EU policy for inspiration

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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