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09.07.2018 - 16:13 [ Consortium News ]

Failure of the Left Leaves Italy a Victim of the Market

(24.6.2018) At the end of last month, European Commissioner Günther Oettinger scolded rebellious Italian voters who are fed up with European Union bureaucrats and European Central bankers dominating their country. “The market will teach Italians how to vote,” Oettingerm said.

He had made this remark when it seemed Italy was heading toward fresh elections after the latest political crisis. At the time the spread between Italian and German bonds jumped more than 300 points, aggravating Italy’s heavy public debt. In other words, Oettinger was convinced that the need for financial stability would force upstart Italian voters to get back in line with what the bankers want.

08.07.2018 - 16:11 [ Haaretz / googlewebusercontent.com ]

Splitting the EU: Israel’s Tightening Alliance With Central Europe’s Nationalist Leaders

In tandem with the upgrading of relations with Israel, there is growing friction between central European states and the EU. This revolves mainly around the issue of migrants. Tensions reached new heights this month over a compromise on closing the EU’s external borders and the establishment of screening centers for migrants. The measures were opposed by Germany, but strongly promoted by Hungary and Poland.

08.07.2018 - 15:43 [ Ansa.it ]

Salvini agrees with Lieberman: Northern League leader on second day of visit to Israel

(30.3.2016) Salvini said that the pair also agreed on the need to intervene „in any way possible“ against ISIS, including with action on the ground, „above all in Libya“.
He said they both thought that migrant flows brought „dangers of all kinds“. Salvini also visited Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and blasted Islamist extremists as today’s Nazis.
„The new Nazis are those who kill in the name of Allah,“ he said.

08.07.2018 - 14:40 [ opensocietyfoundations.org ]

European Advisory Board – Open Society Foundations: Federico Fubini

As a board member, Fubini brings economic expertise and important insights and connections to members of Italy’s media and political institutions. He is an insightful analyst both of the Italian and of the European economic and political scenes, and an influential opinion maker in his home country.

07.07.2018 - 19:00 [ Newsweek ]

U.S. Iran Deal Exit Brings Russia and China Closer to Europe as They Meet Behind Trump’s Back

The top diplomats of China, EU, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. have assured Iran that they were willing to salvage a historic nuclear deal abandoned by the U.S.

The deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was forged under the administration of former President Barack Obama in 2015 and scrapped by his successor, President Donald Trump, in May. With Iran looking to face stricter U.S. sanctions, the foreign ministers of the EU and five other nations who signed the nuclear agreement met Friday in Vienna in an attempt to negotiate a viable framework in the absence of Washington.

05.07.2018 - 11:20 [ Techdirt ]

Latest Text Of EU Copyright Directive Shows It’s Even Worse Than Expected: Must Be Stopped

One of the oddities of the vote a few weeks back in the EU Parliament’s JURI Committee concerning the proposed EU Copyright Directive, was that there was no published text of what they were voting on. There were snippets and earlier proposals released, but the full actual text was only just released, and it’s not in the most readable of formats. However, what is now clear is that the JURI Committee not only failed in its attempts to „fix“ the many, many, many problems people have been raising about the Directive, but it actually makes many of the problems worse

05.07.2018 - 11:18 [ theNextWeb.com ]

The EU’s disastrous copyright reform will sabotage internet culture

Indeed, how the vote unfolds will impact countless, more interesting topics — from selfies and online entertainment to popular parody and memes. Here’s why.

Let’s start with how copyright law directly affects everyday internet users. Some of these activities, or a version of them, are things you’ve probably done recently: uploading a new Twitter profile picture of you wearing your favorite Star Wars t-shirt. Sharing a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower. Live streaming an extract of a concert on Facebook Live. Sharing a “Game of Thrones” meme on Reddit. Or watching that so-funny parody video on YouTube.

14.06.2018 - 19:20 [ Techdirt ]

European Citizens: You Stopped ACTA, But The New Copyright Directive Is Much, Much Worse: Speak Up

It’s understandable that people are getting fatigued from all the various attacks on the internet, but as I’ve noted recently, one of the biggest threats to our open internet is the incredibly bad Copyright Directive that is on the verge of being voted on by the EU Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee.

14.06.2018 - 15:27 [ Express.co.uk ]

‚The softest of soft Brexits!‘ Expert warns Theresa May WON’T implement Britons‘ will

BREXITEER Andrew Lilico hit out at Theresa May’s Government claiming the latest concessions made by the Prime Minister to Tory Rebels in the House of Commons was proof the British political system has no intention of delivering on Brexit.

04.06.2018 - 15:22 [ Ansa.it ]

Basic income is priority – Di Maio

„We’ll get it there because we have the men (needed) to be treated on the same terms as the other European countries“. He also said that the new government will abolish the centre-left’s Jobs Act labour reform „at once“ because this has „made work precarious“.
„Work is necessary for everyone and it must be dignified. You cannot have starvation salaries,“ he said.

01.06.2018 - 13:24 [ Express.co.uk ]

EU debate LIVE: Juncker makes shock demand for Brussels to STAND UP to ‚rampant populism‘

(30.5.2018) Mr Oettinger was forced to apologise for his comments after Italy’s populist Five Star Movement and Lega, reacted strongly to the calling the statement “absurd”.

European Council President Donald Tusk, tweeted an “appeal” to EU institutions, saying “please respect the voters, we are there to serve them, not to lecture them”.

30.05.2018 - 15:02 [ Prof. Michel Chossudovsky and James Corbett / Global Research ]

Video: The European Union: Part of America’s Imperial Project

First published by Global Research in July 2016

The EU is a Cold War Construct, a US imperial project formulated by the Washington Consensus. The growing movement against EU domination is an anti-imperial initiative of Worldwide significance.

30.05.2018 - 11:25 [ David C Bannerman, Abgeordneter des EU-Parlaments / Twitter ]

What’s happening in Italy is an absolute democratic outrage & shows EU will trample over all democracy to protect its tottering Empire & Euro. First they parachuted in Monti as PM 2011-13, a technocrat & ex EU Commissioner, now they parachute in Carlo Cottarelli, ex-IMF economist

30.05.2018 - 11:21 [ Teelgraph.co.uk ]

Europe’s soft coup d’etat in Italy is a watershed moment

Italy’s pro-euro elites have overreached disastrously. President Sergio Mattarella has asserted the extraordinary precedent that no political movement or constellation of parties can ever take power if they challenge the orthodoxy of monetary union.

He has inadvertently framed events as a battle between the Italian people and an eternal ‘casta’ with foreign loyalties, playing straight into the hands of the insurgent Five Star ‘Grillini’ and anti-euro Lega nationalists.

30.05.2018 - 11:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘It’s a financial coup!’ Five Star RAGES as President makes Italy ‘colony of Germany’

ITALY has become “a colony of Germany”, according to a Five Star MEP who lashed out after President Sergio Mattarella brought in his own unelected europhile Prime Minister to keep a eurozone crisis at bay.

30.05.2018 - 10:12 [ Ansa.it ]

Italy irked by Oettinger ‚markets‘ jibe

Italy’s two populist parties, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the anti-migrant Euroskeptic League, led the reaction but were not alone.
Democratic Party bigwig Carlo Calenda, the outgoing industry minister, for instance, called Oettinger’s intervention „intolerable“ and called for him to apologise or resign.

28.05.2018 - 17:19 [ Seattle Times ]

Ex-IMF official tapped to head Italy firmly backs euro

The man tapped to head a neutral government in Italy after two populists failed in their bid is a former official at the International Monetary Fund who is a firm believer in the euro and in the necessity of Italy cutting its stubbornly high-debt load.

28.05.2018 - 16:43 [ Ansa.it ]

No one contemplated euro exit-Salvini

„No one ever thought about quitting the euro,“ Salvini told Radio Capital.
„It wasn’t in our programmes, it wasn’t in Savona’s programme.
„There was just the revision of the banking system and the taxes“.

28.05.2018 - 16:31 [ Ansa.it ]

PD backs Mattarella

The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday backed President Sergio Matterella after his controversial rejection the nomination of Paolo Savona as economy minister.
„The League and the 5-Star Movement are using unheard of words and unprecedented threats,“ caretaker PD leader Maurizio Martina said via Twitter.

28.05.2018 - 16:20 [ Bloomberg ]

Italy’s Establishment Vetoes the Populists

Italy’s two populist leaders forged a coalition from very different policy platforms. They found a prime minister that both could accept. Then President Sergio Mattarella vetoed their finance minister and their bid for power foundered, unleashing chaos and rage in equal measure in Rome.

28.05.2018 - 16:19 [ Euractiv.com ]

Technocrat PM to take over in Italy as President steps in to protect the euro

Shortly afterwards, he summoned former International Monetary Fund (IMF) senior official Carlo Cottarelli for a Monday morning meeting — an indication he may be considering asking him to head a government of unelected technocrats.

26.05.2018 - 13:13 [ Techdirt ]

The GDPR: Ghastly, Dumb, Paralyzing Regulation It’s Hard To Celebrate

The rational panic we see in the flurry of emails we’ve all been getting, with subject lines of varying degrees of grief, and often with plaintive appeals to re-join previously vibrant subscriber communities now being split apart by regulatory pressure, reveals fundamental defects in the regulation’s implementation. As does the blocking of EU users by terrified entities afraid that doing so is the only way to cope with the GDPR’s troubling scope.

The GDPR’s list of infirmities is long, ranging from its complexity and corresponding ambiguity, to some notably expensive requirements, to the lack of harmonization among crucial aspects of member states‘ local implementations, to the failure of many of these member states to produce these local regulations at any point usefully in advance of today, and to the GDPR’s untested global reach. And they fairly raise the concern that the GDPR is poorly tailored to its overall policy purpose.

23.05.2018 - 10:36 [ Washington Post ]

Europeans want to break up with America. Deep down, they should know that they can’t.

A poll taken in the immediate aftermath of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea found more Germans preferred a position of neutrality than did standing with Western allies. A Pew survey the following year reported majorities in Germany, Italy and France opposed defending a NATO ally hypothetically attacked by Russia — a more categorical rejection of alliance solidarity than anything to come out of Trump’s mouth. While the president’s threats to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel may be counterproductive to strengthening transatlantic ties, so was the 2015 Berlin protest, with a crowd estimated at 150,000, against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union.

17.05.2018 - 20:54 [ Wall Street Journalq ]

Trump Presses Germany to Drop Russian Pipeline for Trade Deal

President Donald Trump is pressing Germany to pull the brakes on a major gas deal with Russia as the price for avoiding a trans-Atlantic trade war, according to German, U.S. and European officials.

The officials said Mr. Trump told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in April that Germany should drop support for Nord Stream 2, an offshore pipeline that would bring gas directly from Russia via the Baltic Sea. This would be in exchange for the U.S. starting talks with the European Union on a new trade deal.

16.05.2018 - 09:24 [ bloombergquint.com ]

EU Pledges Steps to Salvage Iran Oil Shipments `Within Weeks‘

Technical experts from both sides were commissioned to find ways to maintain oil shipments and to protect European companies doing business with Iran, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in Brussels late on Tuesday. The experts will also propose ways to avert disruptions in air, sea and land transport from and to Iran and keep channels open for “effective banking transactions.”

06.05.2018 - 20:42 [ Techdirt ]

EU Commission Asks Public To Weigh In On Survey About Just How Much They Want The Internet To Be Censored

A few years ago, when the EU Commission was first considering some really bad copyright policies designed to attack fundamental principles of how the internet worked, we pointed out the many, many problems with the EU Commission’s online survey (including the fact that their survey tool was literally broken, which eventually resulted in them expanding the time that the survey could be answered). It appears that one thing the EU Commission is good at doing is pushing silly one-sided online surveys that seem uniquely designed to get people to answer in a manner that blesses whatever awful policy the EU Commission has already decided to adopt.

26.04.2018 - 10:25 [ europa.eu ]

2018 Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region: Departure and doorstep DE (Maas)

As the situation on the ground in Syria deteriorates, the second Brussels Conference on „Supporting the Future of Syria and the region“ focuses on humanitarian support and bolstering the UN-led political peace process in Geneva. The conference takes place on 24 and 25 April 2018 and is co-hosted by the European Union and the United Nations.

25.04.2018 - 18:37 [ New York Times ]

Trump Signals Openness to a ‘New Deal’ to Constrain Iran

President Trump signaled on Tuesday that he was open to a new arrangement with European allies that would preserve the Iran nuclear agreement by expanding and extending its terms to constrain Tehran’s development of missiles and other destabilizing activities in the Middle East.

Hosting President Emmanuel Macron of France at the White House, Mr. Trump again assailed the agreement made by the Obama administration as “insane” and “ridiculous,” but said he could agree to “a new deal” negotiated by American and European officials if it was strong enough.

22.04.2018 - 11:41 [ computerweekly.com ]

Future of internet regulation is focus of Lords inquiry

(3.4.2018) The House of Lords Communications Committee has opened an inquiry exploring the possibility of internet regulation in the UK, seeking input around issues such as the legal liability of online platforms for the content they host and how they moderate it, and how user data is protected.

The inquiry comes as platforms such as Facebook continue to draw public hostility for its role in enabling the activities of Cambridge Analytica, the data science firm at the heart of ongoing allegations of exploiting the data of Facebook users to influence the EU referendum campaign and the 2016 US presidential election.

17.04.2018 - 09:15 [ euronews.com ]

EU calls on Russia to bring Syria back to talks

Some analysts hope that the western airstrikes can bring the parties to a peace deal. Here is Marc Pierini of Carnegie Europe.
„Russia has been carefully warned, it has sheltered its staff and equipment, and so it is to be hoped that these strikes, which are in no way an aggression against Russia and not even against the Assad regime, also serve to give the signal that it would be time after 7 years of an atrocious war to talk politics and talk about a settlement of the conflict.“

06.04.2018 - 11:17 [ Julia Reda ]

To Axel Voss, the European Commission’s plan for a link tax is not extreme enough

(28.3.2018) Should the European Commission’s proposal for an extra copyright for news sites become law, restricting how we can share news online?

After repeated delays, MEP Axel Voss (EPP) has just released his proposal for the European Parliament’s position. His view? The Commission proposal for the “link tax” does not go far enough!

After he already advocated giving the green light to “censorship machines”, Voss wants the Parliament to double down on another disastrous law that would limit freedom of expression on the internet. It’s a direct attack on who big publishers feel threatened by: Internet platforms and web startups, as well as smaller, more innovative competitors.

04.04.2018 - 01:52 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: Facebook CEO says no plans to extend all of European privacy law globally

Zuckerberg told Reuters in a phone interview that Facebook already complies with many parts of the law ahead of its implementation in May. He said the company wanted to extend privacy guarantees worldwide in spirit, but would make exceptions, which he declined to describe.