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Sep 28 14:28

ECONOMIC TERRORISM: Italy tells companies to stop paying “unvaccinated” workers

To help “save lives,” the government of Italy has issued a decree ordering all employers both in the public and private sectors to stop paying workers who refuse to take Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines.” -- In order to keep their jobs, Italians are now being told that they must get a vaccination “green pass” proving that they took the “Operation Warp Speed” injections in obedience to the government and the Vatican.

Sep 28 08:14

NATO patrols Kosovo-Serbia border as tensions soar

NATO forces in Kosovo have increased their patrols on the northern border near Serbia.

It comes after Serbia deployed armored vehicles by a border crossing and ethnic Serbs in Kosovo protested a decision by Kosovo's government concerning license plates.

What is the row about license plates about?

Serbia does not recognize Kosovo nor its license plates and has required drivers from Kosovo to remove them and purchase temporary ones while driving through Serbia.

Likewise, Kosovo opted to impose a similar measure, demanding that Serbian drivers in Kosovo pay €5 ($5.85) for a temporary license plate good in Kosovo for two months.

Ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo reacted with fury last week, blocking roads and the two border crossings to Serbia while Serbia deployed armored vehicles and military aircraft flew over the border. The result has been the worst regional tensions in a decade.

Sep 28 07:39

Scandinavian Governments Announce “Covid Is Over,” Israel Announces the Vaccine Doesn’t Protect

I have had confirmation of my report last Saturday that Norway has terminated all Covid restrictions ( https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/09/25/norway-has-the-opposite-co... ). I am uncertain whether it is an immediate termination or the beginning of a phase out. Norway’s equivalent to the CDC has downgraded Covid-19 to a strong flu. There will be no Covid passport. In Sweden Covid restrictions are scheduled to end this Wednesday September 29. The Danish government decided two weeks ago to end Covid restrictions. The President of Croatia has also declared: “We will not be vaccinated anymore.” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXTGgup_Yto ) Have you heard any of this on CNN, NPR, MSNBC or read it in The NY Times?

How do we explain Scandinavia and Croatia going the opposite direction to the EU?

Sep 28 06:50

Patrick J. Buchanan: The Eclipse of Europe

For centuries up to and including the 20th, Europe seemed the central pivot of world history.

Then came the Great Civil War of the West, our Thirty Years' War (1914–1945), where all of the great European powers—Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia—along with almost all of the rest, fought some of history's greatest battles.

Result: Europe's greatest nations were all bloodied. All of Europe's empires fell. The colonial peoples were all largely liberated and began the great migration to the mother countries. And Europe was split between a U.S.-led West and a Moscow-dominated Soviet bloc.

Yet, even during that four-decade Cold War, Europe was viewed as the prize in the struggle.

By the time that Cold War ended in triumph for the Free World, a European Union modeled on the American Union was rising, and almost all of Europe's newly freed nations began to join the NATO alliance.

Sep 28 06:04

Dutch PM receives extra security on high alert over fears of Moroccan Mafia kidnapping plot – media

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has reportedly received extra security after the appearance of “spotters” in his vicinity sparked fears of a potential Moroccan Mafia kidnapping plot.

Citing “well-informed sources” on Monday, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that suspicious “spotters” who are believed to be affiliated with the Moroccan Mafia, also known as the Mocro Mafia, were observed near Rutte and that he has subsequently been receiving extra security on high alert.

De Telegraaf also reported that such spotters are commonly deployed by the mafia before an attack is set to take place, which could include kidnapping or even assassination. Spotters were deployed before the 2019 murder of lawyer Derk Wiersum, who was shot to death while working for a client who was a witness against the Moroccan Mafia, and the July 2021 murder of crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, according to the newspaper.

Sep 28 05:47

Hungary Accuses Ukraine of Meddling Amid Budapest's 15-Year Contract for Gas Supplies With Russia

Earlier in the day, the Russian gas giant Gazprom and the Hungarian government signed a contract for gas supplies until the end of 2036.
Hungary has accused Ukraine of meddling in its internal affairs after Kiev criticised it over the signing of a new 15-year natural gas supply deal with Russia's Gazprom.

"(European) gas consumption will not decline, and Gazprom's role will not decline either...For Hungary, energy safety is a matter of security, sovereignty and economy rather than a political matter...You cannot heat homes with political statements."
Peter Szijjarto
Hungarian Foreign Minister

Sep 27 09:19

IN ITALIË

Sep 27 08:26

President of Croatia exposes media for LYING and spreading panic about covid, says NO MORE vaccination allowed in his country

President Zoran Milanovi? of Croatia is done with the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccine” scam.

In a scathing indictment of the medical establishment, Milanovi? announced that Croatians have been “vaccinated enough” and that “we will not be vaccinated anymore in Croatia.”

“The media spread panic and nonsense,” Milanovi? boldly proclaimed. “I start every day with CNN and those few channels and I wonder if I am normal or are they crazy. They spread panic. They do it from the beginning.”

Sep 27 08:06

Norway Has the Opposite Covid Policy to the US, UK, and EU

Earlier today I reported on freedom’s departure from the Western world, but Norway has made an independent and different decision. Norway’s Prime Minister said “the time has come to return to a normal daily life.” The Assistant Director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said, “We are now in a new phase where we must look at the coronavirus as one of several respiratory diseases with seasonal variation.” In other words, it is just another flu. As of today September 25, Norway ends all Covid-19 restrictions.

Sweden announced that its restrictions on public venues such as restaurants, theaters, and stadiums will be removed on September 29.

What explains a Scandinavian policy so different from the US and Europe?

Norway has 67% of its population vaccinated and regards this as sufficient protection. Why is the vaccine providing protection in Norway when it does not in the US, necessitating, according to public health authorities, booster shots?

Sep 27 07:50

Italy Orders Companies Not to Pay Unvaccinated Workers

The Italian government has passed a decree applying to both the private and public sector ordering companies to withhold pay from workers who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

The decree mandates that all employees get the vaccine ‘green pass’, which led to questions about what would happen to the millions of Italians who remain unvaccinated.

The government is attempting to avoid potential legal action by directing companies not to fire the unvaccinated, but simply to not pay them while telling employees not to show up to work under threat of being fined if they do so.

“Instead, they should be considered to be on an unjustified absence and have their wages or salaries withheld,” writes Ken Macon.

Sep 27 07:49

Dutch protest against COVID-19 vaccine pass to enter bars, restaurants

Hundreds of protesters marched against the introduction of a "corona pass" in the Netherlands on Saturday, as proof of COVID-19 vaccination became compulsory to get into bars, restaurants, theatres and other venues.

Sep 27 06:27

Austria Denies Social Programs to Non-Vaccinated. “Loose All Benefits”. The Gates Agenda

Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, who was inaugurated as the Federal President of the Republic of Austria on January 26, 2017, has taken another undemocratic, authoritarian position that anyone unemployed because of the state’s lockdowns who refuses the vaccine will lose ALL benefits. This is absolute tyranny and a disgrace to any country that pretends to be free. It has been reported:

“Unusual measure: Austria’s Minister of Labor Martin Kocher (ÖVP) has decided to block unemployment benefits for job seekers if they do not apply for a reasonable position because a vaccination is required there or simply not accepting an offered position.”

Something is seriously wrong. The vaccination was supposed to protect you, but now the unvaccinated threaten the vaccinated. Does that then prove that the vaccinations do not work? If the death rate is less than 1%, then why are governments forcing such vaccines?

Sep 27 05:59

The mess Merkel leaves behind could eventually lead to the collapse of the EU. Now that would be a legacy to be proud of

What legacy does Merkel leave behind for the European Union? It’s one of resentment, border fences, anti-EU parties on the rise, a cultural divide between east and west, and who knows how many would-be jihadists on our streets.

One thing is for certain, Germany will have a new chancellor next week. This is important, not only for Germany, but also for Europe, and, indeed, the world.

The German chancellor is not only the highest ranking politician in Germany – the president is largely ceremonial – it also comes with the title of being the most powerful politician in the European Union.

Indeed, when it comes to European politics, what the German chancellor wants, they almost always get. It has ever been so.

This means that the German chancellor has the ability to frame European policy, and what they decide or do has a knock-on effect for everybody else.

Sep 27 05:55

Defiant Clinton tells Twitter to call her ‘Madam Chancellor,’ as fans fantasize of her being POTUS & critics call her ‘Palpatine’

After a not-so-hearty reception from a crowd outside Queen’s University in Belfast as it honored her with the title of its first-ever female chancellor, ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton flaunted caped pics on Twitter.

Clinton became the chancellor of Queen’s University on Friday to the cries of “war criminal” from a small crowd of hecklers outside, but reactions to her visit and social media mockery of the images of her wardrobe have done little to deter her from celebrating the newly acquired title.

“Just call me Madam Chancellor,” Clinton tweeted on Saturday, attaching images of her in a large gown at Friday’s ceremony, while a child carried her cape behind her.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, is Hillary now living in Ireland? And if so, has she separated from Bill?

Sep 27 05:32

Serbia’s president blasts world’s ‘thunderous silence’ over ‘occupation’ of northern Kosovo as tensions in breakaway region soar

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says foreign partners are turning a blind eye to a security crackdown in Serb-majority areas of Kosovo, where the breakaway region’s forces have brought essential cross-border traffic to a halt.

“The complete occupation of northern Kosovo and Metohija with armored vehicles by Pristina has been going on for the past seven days, and everyone in the international community stays thunderously silent,” Vucic said on Sunday, referring to the region by its Serbian name.

The statement refers to the ongoing crisis in northern Kosovo, involving several crossings into inner Serbia, which have been effectively blocked by the partially recognized authorities of Kosovo after the government in Pristina banned cars with Serbian license plates from entering the region.

Sep 27 05:27

Headed to Georgia, Turkey: NATO ships return to Black Sea

Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey are full NATO members, Georgia and Ukraine are NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partners. The only littoral state not a NATO member or advanced partner is Russia. Non-recognized Abkhazia also is on the Black Sea. It would be an immediate target in NATO’s plans for the “liberation of occupied territories.” Moldova is also near the Black Sea, so a coordinated assault in the region would include Abkhazia, Crimea, Donetsk, South Ossetia and Transdniester.

Sep 26 07:19

Norway reclassifies Covid-19: No more dangerous than ordinary flu

Covid-19 is treated in the mass media as a very dangerous disease in the face of which mass vaccination and severe restrictions for the whole society are applauded despite few deaths beyond the risk groups. But in Norway, it has now been decided to treat it like other respiratory diseases, such as influenza or the cold virus, because according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health it is no longer more dangerous than these.

Sep 26 07:18

Norway Has the Opposite Covid Policy to the US, UK, and EU

Earlier today I reported on freedom’s departure from the Western world, but Norway has made an independent and different decision. Norway’s Prime Minister said “the time has come to return to a normal daily life.” The Assistant Director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said, “We are now in a new phase where we must look at the coronavirus as one of several respiratory diseases with seasonal variation.” In other words, it is just another flu. As of today September 25, Norway ends all Covid-19 restrictions.

Sweden announced that its restrictions on public venues such as restaurants, theaters, and stadiums will be removed on September 29.

What explains a Scandinavian policy so different from the US and Europe?

Norway has 67% of its population vaccinated and regards this as sufficient protection. Why is the vaccine providing protection in Norway when it does not in the US, necessitating, according to public health authorities, booster shots?

Sep 26 06:34

Inquiry Launched Into Secret Talks Between Pfizer And EU Commission Chief For Sale Of Vaccines

Earlier this year GreatGameIndia reported how the pharma giant Pfizer has been holding sovereign governments to ransom making bizarre demands asking for bank reserves, embassy buildings and military bases as collateral in return for COVID-19 vaccines.

Pfizer even wanted India to order its COVID-19 vaccines without any local trials.

Moreover, governments have signed secret agreements with coronavirus vaccine manufacturers as per which the pharma companies cannot be held legally in case of an adverse reaction to the vaccine or in worst case if a patient dies from the vaccine.

In contrast, the US government paid over $57 million in compensation for vaccine injuries and deaths till March 2020 alone.

Sep 26 06:32

Dutch junior minister SACKED after criticizing ‘illogical’ vaccine passports

Junior Economic Affairs Minister Mona Keijzer has been fired by Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Her crime? Suggesting that the country’s vaccine passport scheme is “illogical” and the Netherlands should “go back to the old normal.”

As of Sunday, people hoping to visit bars, cafés, restaurants, and other venues will have to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or the results of a recent negative test. The pass system was introduced despite recent mass protests in Amsterdam, and demonstrations against the now-compulsory vaccine passports took place again on Sunday.

Sep 26 06:29

Lavrov says EU foreign policy head told him to STAY OUT of ‘our’ Africa, as he denies Moscow’s role in mercenaries invited to Mali

With the terrorist-fighting government of Mali in talks with a private Russian military firm, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov to bluntly stay out of Africa, allegedly calling it “our place.”

The modern EU bureaucracy may seem light years away from the rapacious colonial powers of olden Europe, but geopolitics seemingly still reigns in Brussels, with the fight this time over influence in the troubled West African nation of Mali. With Mali’s military-ruled government struggling to quell a wave of jihadism, and France on the cusp of withdrawing its forces from the region, the country is now reportedly looking to hire as many as 1,000 private mercenaries from the controversial Russian Wagner Group to bolster its own forces.

Sep 25 05:38

WATCH: Swiss police use rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse Bern protest against Covid passports

Police in Switzerland’s de facto capital of Bern fortified the parliament building and used water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets to forcibly disperse a crowd protesting against government-mandated Covid-19 passports.

Thursday’s rally against the coronavirus measures was officially canceled by organizers and banned by the authorities, but a large number of people still turned up and marched through the city, chanting “freedom” and booing the police.

Sep 25 05:38

‘Back to normal everyday life’: Norwegian PM announces end of Covid restrictions

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg, stated that the country will reopen the country on Saturday, ending Covid restrictions on businesses and social interactions.

The decision to remove the strict Covid measures comes 561 days after they were first introduced to reduce the spread of the virus, with Norwegian health authorities also giving the green light for other restrictions, such as those on sports venues and travel to end in the coming weeks.

“Now we are going back to a normal everyday life,” Solberg stated, as she announced that, from 4pm (3pm GMT) on Saturday, the country will “remove most of the infection control measures,” giving “a big thank you” to citizens for complying.

Celebrating the removal of restrictions, Solberg hugged Health Minister Bent Hoie at the press conference, which the two said was acceptable as they are both fully vaccinated.

Sep 24 09:02

Can Biden's short-lived honeymoon with Europe be salvaged?

When President Biden stood before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday urging global coordination in battling crises like climate change and COVID while touting U.S. efforts to restore an “era of relentless diplomacy,” the words rang hollow in Europe, particularly in France.

The government of French President Emmanuel Macron has been lambasting the Biden administration over its undiplomatic behavior ever since last week’s announcement that the U.S., U.K. and Australia had formed a new Indo-Pacific security pact called AUKUS, in which Australia will buy $66 billion of U.S.-made nuclear submarines. That alliance, which Macron learned about only hours before being made public, effectively torpedoed a $37 billion Australian order with France for a submarine fleet.

Sep 24 03:24

IEA Demands Russia Deliver More Gas To A Reeling Europe

Over the weekend, Morgan Stanley's global energy head Martijn Rats shared comprehensive yet streamlined analysis of what happened in 2021 that has sent many commodity prices, including Europe's nat gas and electricity prices, surging to never before seen levels.

For those who missed it, Rats explained that A common set of factors has tied all these commodity rallies together. As often happens, the story starts in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Demands?!? It's Russia's gas. They get to do with it whatever they want!

Sep 23 11:51

The Bank of England is lost at sea

Sep 23 06:30

‘From October 20, the Covid pass and vaccination will be abolished on the entire territory of the EU’ – French Doctor

DISTRIBUTE TO EVERYONE who does not want to be “vaccinated”.
All vaccines will no longer be justified from 20.10.2021: verified information.

The European Union has approved (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/fr/ip_21_3299) 5 therapies that will be available in all hospitals in the Member States for the treatment of Covid.

These therapies have been approved by a decree of the European Council (European Parliament) and will be in force from 1/10, so they will be distributed little by little around 20/10.

Vaccines were approved on a “temporary experimental basis”.

Sep 22 05:09

Zelensky meets with European Commission President, U.S. investors

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, as well as with a group of American investors.

The meeting took place at Ukraine’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, according to Ukrinform’s own correspondent in New York.

Zelensky thanked von der Leyen for supporting Ukraine's independence in the face of Russian aggression and supporting the Crimea Platform initiative.

Sep 22 05:08

Poland obliged to defend EU, NATO borders from Belarus: security chief

Statement by Stanis?aw ?aryn, spokesman for Poland’s security services chief:

“…We are dealing with an attempt to use an artificial migration route to destabilize first the Belarusian-Lithuanian, Belarusian-Latvian and now mainly Belarusian-Polish border. Belarusian state structures are involved in bringing migrants to their territory, mainly from the Middle East. More and more often they come to Belarus also from Russia….”

“Poland is obliged to secure the Polish-Belarusian border, which is also the external border of the European Union and NATO. The Polish government makes decisions aimed at neutralizing the actions of Belarus and Russia against the European Union.”

Sep 22 04:56

Netherlands to introduce COVID pass for restaurants, cultural venues despite low cases

The Netherlands is set to abolish the majority of COVID restrictions, according to international news reports, but as has now become increasingly frequent in Europe, a wide-ranging “health pass” will replace them.

As of September 25, leaked information from the “Outbreak Management Team” has revealed that proof of “complete” vaccination, recovery from COVID less than six months ago, or a negative COVID test less than 24-hours old will be required to enter cultural venues except museums and libraries and indoor spaces in hotels, restaurants, and cafés.

Strong opposition in Parliament has already obliged the government to scrap plans to make the pass compulsory on restaurant and café terraces. Some cities such as Amsterdam have made clear that they will not actively inspect or implement fines against restaurant and bar managers on customer checks. Workers in the said venues will not be required to have a valid health pass.

Sep 21 10:04

Covid Pass in Lithuania and throughout Europe:

In this article, I'll describe the details of how the Covid Pass works in my country and how it affects my family. As a start, we're banned from shopping centers, non-essential stores, and restaurants. And my wife and I were both were suspended from our jobs without pay.

But as I'll explain, it's not just Lithuania. Covid Pass restrictions are being imposed throughout Europe. By my count, at least 14 European countries now have different types of domestic restrictions based on the Covid Pass. And every country has travel restrictions within Europe based on the Covid Pass.

There hasn't been much reporting in English-language media about what has happened. So I thought a detailed first-hand account would be useful.

Sep 21 09:32

Operation 'Go It Alone': Disenchanted Europeans May Build Their Own Army

The chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal has renewed talk about striking out and leaning less on the U.S. But is it possible?

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen , Eric Trappier and Emmanuel Macron attend the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport and the unveiling of the French-German-Spanish New Generation Fighter (NGF) model, June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/PoolPhoto by Jacques Witt/Pool/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo by Jacques Witt/pool/ABACAPRESS.COM

Europeans are a moody lot. Whenever they feel neglected by America - meaning most anytime Washington is busy elsewhere - there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth. And endless demands for “reassurance,” as in additional promises to spend and do even more to defend the continent.

Sep 21 07:43

Poland sending 500 more troops to protect Belarus border

Poland is sending 500 additional army troops and special vehicles to its border with Belarus to strengthen it against increasing migrant pressures which the government says is orchestrated by Belarus and Russia to destabilize the European Union.

“We are dealing with a well-organized action directed from Minsk and Moscow,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a news conference Monday.

“We will defend Poland’s border with full determination,” and prevent migrants from crossing in, Morawiecki said after a meeting with Poland’s interior minister and the head of the Border Guards.

Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said 500 more troops and eight specialized vehicles will be sent to the border this week.

Sep 21 07:42

Kosovo deploys police, Serbs protest amid border tension

Tensions have soared at the border between Kosovo and Serbia as Kosovo deployed additional police to implement a rule to remove Serbian licence plates from cars entering Kosovo, while Serbs protested the move.

Kosovo special police with armoured vehicles were sent to the border on Monday as hundreds of Kosovar Serbs reportedly drove to the border in their cars and trucks, blocking a road leading to one of the crossing points in protest.

Sep 21 05:42

Poland must pay €500,000 DAILY for ignoring top EU court’s ruling on Turow mine

Poland must pay a daily penalty of €500,000 ($585,550) for ignoring a previous order from the European Union’s top court to cease operations at the Turow lignite mine, with its CEO slamming the fine as “bizarre”.

On Monday, the EU’s Court of Justice (CJEU) confirmed it was enforcing the financial penalty against Warsaw, stating that Poland must pay the European Commission the daily half-million euro fine until it sees compliance with the earlier order.

Judges from the Luxembourg-based court said that the fine is “necessary… to deter that member state from delaying bringing its conduct into line with that order.”

Sep 20 11:41

Futures Slide, Europe Tumbles As Evergrande Contagion Shockwave Goes Global

In retrospect, China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan picked a great day to take a holiday, which as we noted last night hammered Hong Kong stocks more than 3%, slamming the Hong Kong property sector and sending Evergrande - which is expected to default within hours to a bank loan due Monday while crucial interest payment deadline on its offshore bonds looms on Thursday - to its lowest market cap ever (it closed down 10.2% just off the worst levels of the day) before the rout spread to European bourses and US equity futures as Evergrande's escalating liquidity - and now solvency - crisis spread beyond the sector.

Sep 19 18:14

'Not unusual': No wind causes energy price hike in Europe

The Global Warming Policy Forum's Energy Editor Dr John Constable says Europe's sustained high electricity prices are an indication of an "underlying health condition" in the energy sector.

In Europe, the wind stopped, seeing electricity prices around the continent rise dramatically, with the UK hit particularly hard.

Dr Constable told Sky News host Andrew Bolt this event is "not that unusual".

"This is now quite standard for us," he said.

Sep 19 07:44

'Why Would US Ensure Our Defence?' France Urges EU to Boost 'Strategic Autonomy' Amid AUKUS Fallout

France earlier recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia amid Washington, Canberra, and London creating a trilateral security deal to supply Australia with nuclear-powered submarines instead of French-made conventional vessels.
French Secretary of Foreign Affairs Clement Beaune urged Europe to "strengthen [its] capacities for reflection, strategic autonomy, and defence" when speaking to France24 on Saturday.

Sep 19 06:11

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns Brexit could scupper transatlantic trade deal

There will be no trade deal between the U.K. and U.S. if Brexit tensions between Britain and the EU damage peace in Northern Ireland, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Boris Johnson.

The leading Democrat told the Chatham House think tank during a visit to London that her comment was “not a threat, it’s a prediction.” Pelosi also met Johnson in Downing Street, just days before the prime minister is set to meet U.S. President Joe Biden in the White House.

London and Washington negotiated on a trade deal for about six months, but the talks were thrown into a deep freeze after the Biden administration won the 2020 election.

Relations between Britain and the U.S. soured further during the fraught withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan, and Johnson’s visit to the White House is being seen as an attempt to rekindle the relationship, which was given a boost this week with the launch of a strategic partnership between the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

Sep 19 05:13

EU Parliament Threatens Sanctions on Lebanon Amid Economic Crisis

EU’s parliament is threatening potential sanctions on Lebanon as the country is mired in an economic crisis.

Lebanon formed a new government last week after over a year of being under an interim government since August 2020, when Lebanese officials stepped down over the Beirut port blast.

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrel, said because Lebanon formed a new government, the time for sanctions had passed. But on Thursday, the EU’s parliament passed a resolution that said sanctions were still on the table.

“The introduction of targeted sanctions for obstructing or undermining the democratic political process remains an option,” the resolution said. The parliament called on Lebanon’s leaders “to keep their promises and be a functional government.”

Sep 16 09:51

EU s biggest corruption scandal unfolds as €4M appear on Commissioner s account

One of the biggest corruption scandals in the history of the EU is unfolding, Miklos Omolnar said in his video blog. The case focuses on Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, who signed the EU s flawed and belated vaccine procurement contracts, according to the journalist.

According to Mr Omolnar, 4 million euros appeared in the Health Commissioner s bank account that she holds jointly with her husband. Media outlets in Cyprus have already floated the idea of passive bribery. The money landed on the Commissioner s family bank account through the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank and, in order to fend off any scandals, they tried to portray the amount as some type of loan. However, the politician has no financial coverage whatsoever to take out such a huge loan.

Sep 16 09:37

Hungary PM Viktor Orban Gave Pope Francis A 'Provocative Gift'

"At the meeting on Sunday, according to state media, Orban even handed the Pope a provocative gift: A copy of a letter from a 13th-century Hungarian king to then-Pope Innocent IV, asking for Rome's help to defeat an onslaught of foreign invaders — an apparent reference to migrants in the 21st century."

Sep 16 07:36

U.S., Britain, Norway and Finland Came to Monitor Russia's Arctic Exercises - Interfax

Russia's military said on Wednesday that the United States, Britain, Norway and Finland had sent vessels and aircraft to monitor military exercises involving the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet in the Arctic, the Interfax news agency reported.

The manoeuvres this month involved 8,500 people and 50 vessels, and the Northern Fleet is now beginning to return those forces to base as they draw to a close, Russia's military was quoted as saying.

Sep 16 07:27

Italy readies law to make COVID health pass mandatory for all workers

Italy is poised to become the first country in Europe to make it obligatory for all workers to have a COVID-19 "Green Pass", with the cabinet due to approve the measure at a meeting later on Thursday, officials said.

Sep 16 06:52

24,526 Deaths 2,317,495 Injuries Following COVID Shots Reported in European Union’s Database of Adverse Drug Reactions

The European Union database of suspected drug reaction reports is EudraVigilance, and they are now reporting 24,526 fatalities, and 2,317,495 injuries, following COVID-19 injections.

A Health Impact News subscriber from Europe reminded us that this database maintained at EudraVigilance is only for countries in Europe who are part of the European Union (EU), which comprises 27 countries.

The total number of countries in Europe is much higher, almost twice as many, numbering around 50. (There are some differences of opinion as to which countries are technically part of Europe.)

So as high as these numbers are, they do NOT reflect all of Europe. The actual number in Europe who are reported dead or injured following COVID-19 shots would be much higher than what we are reporting here.

Sep 15 07:14

Spanish Gov't Announces Temporary Tax Cuts To Relieve Consumers After Record Power Prices

Spain's Socialist-led government announced temporary tax cuts on power prices in an attempt to drive down household electricity costs, which have surged this summer and triggered outrage among working-poor, according to FT.

Pedro Sánchez, Spain's prime minister, addressed the nation on Monday night to minimize political damage from the hyperinflationary rise in power prices. He said taxes on electricity would be significantly reduced, and energy companies would be taxed on their "extraordinary profits" and "redirected to consumers."

Sep 15 07:14

Live Updates: Von der Leyen Says EU to Give Extra 100 Mln Euros in Humanitarian Aid for Afghanistan

In early August, the Taliban* stepped up their offensive against Afghan government forces and entered the capital, Kabul, on 15 August, completing the takeover of the country. The events prompted a mass evacuation of western citizens and Afghans who had aided or worked for foreign troops and organisations.

Secretary General of Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Stanislav Zas stated on 15 September that the group is preparing a programme to strengthen Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan. His remarks follow a joint meeting of CSTO foreign ministers, defence ministers, and security council secretaries in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The organisation earlier adopted a statement on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, as well as statements on coordinating joints effort in information security and the fight against cyberterrorism.

Sep 14 07:21

Hyperinflation In Europe's Power Markets Is Disastrous For Working-Poor Ahead Of Winter

European natural gas and electricity prices are unlikely to ease in the coming months ahead of what could be a costly winter season for stressed-out consumers. The price increases for natgas and power are unusual for this time of year, raising concern prices will remain sticky and eat away wages.

Natgas prices hit a record high last month due to slowing Russian supply causing a storage crunch on the continent. Then the lack of wind-driven electricity production forced European utility companies to fire up natgas turbines to satisfy energy shortfalls. This episode underlines the precarious state of the continent's energy markets ahead of winter.

Sep 14 07:21

Watch: Latvian Army Conducts Shooting Drills In Busy Streets

Footage of a war exercise in the busy streets of Latvia's capital, Riga, shows heavily armed soldiers firing assault rifles among frightened residents.

According to RT News, videos of a field training exercise in Riga were first published online on Saturday morning, have since gone viral. Dozens of heavily armed soldiers conducted what appears to be urban warfare training, firing weapons with blank rounds.

In one scene, a soldier fired his assault rifle as a young woman walked by, causing her baby to cry.

Sep 13 08:24

Sweden Proposes Law to Compensate Those Injured by Coronavirus Vaccines

The Swedish government has announced a new proposal that would see those who have taken coronavirus vaccines and have been injured as a result will be entitled to compensation.

The Swedish government announced the new proposal on Thursday, with Social Minister Lena Hallengren commenting: “Serious side effects of vaccines against COVID-19 are uncommon, but as an individual, you should be sure that financial compensation is paid in the event of injury.”

“With this bill, the state takes it upon itself to pay the compensation for damage due to approved vaccines against COVID-19, in cases where a vaccine is not covered by Pharmaceutical Insurance or if the Pharmaceutical Insurance money is not enough,” Hallengren added.

The new law comes after the Swedish Board of Pharmaceutical Insurance made moves in December of last year to limit insurance liability in the case of injuries caused by vaccines during the Wuhan virus pandemic.

Sep 11 07:38

THE FOURTH REICH IS HERE: AUSTRIA BEGINS RESTRICTING ONLY THE UNVACCINATED

“We don’t have any plans for restrictions of the vaccinated population but will implement protective measures for the unvaccinated population,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a press conference. That means, if you refuse to take the shot the ruling class desperately needs to get into every human being on Earth, you are about to have your illusion of freedom shattered – that is if it hasn’t already been.

With vaccination numbers stagnating at 60% and the constant propaganda to remind the public there’s a scamdemic they wouldn’t even know about if it weren’t for the mainstream media who tell us there’s a “rise in infection rates”, Austria was forced to introduce more restrictive measures.

Sep 11 06:24

Denmark Just Cancelled Covid-19

Sep 11 05:44

Denmark Lifts All Covid Restrictions, Including Requirement That People Show Proof of Vaccination – Virus No Longer Considered ‘Socially Critical Disease’

Denmark lifted all Covid restrictions, including the requirement that people show proof of vaccination to enter venues.

Government officials lifted the restrictions on Friday and said Covid is no longer considered a ‘socially critical disease.’

Denmark’s Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said the “epidemic is under control” but cautioned it is still not over and threatened to reimpose Covid restrictions.

Sep 10 15:21

The ECB is the Reason We Have the Great Reset

Sep 10 15:21

Civil Unrest in Europe Rising

Sep 10 11:12

EU To Propose Exempting "Green" Bonds From Deficit And Debt Limit Calculations

Yesterday, the ECB announced that in Q4, it would "modestly lower the pace of net asset purchases under the PEPP than in the previous two quarters" (even as Lagarde scrambled to convince markets not to call it tapering) with Reuters sources adding that "policymakers set a monthly target of between 60 billion and 70 billion euros" down from 80 billion currently "with flexibility to buy more or less, depending on market conditions." Putting this non-taper taper in context, Nomura calculated that "even if net PEPP is scaled down to €60bn/month the ECB would still buy 85% of the remaining gross supply, strongly supporting EUR rates."

Sep 10 08:31

Nord Stream 2 has finally been completed, Russia's Gazprom announces, despite US efforts to block major European gas pipeline

The final sections of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline have now been welded into place, Moscow’s state energy giant Gazprom has revealed, bringing construction of the underwater link between Russia and Germany to an end.

In a statement issued on Friday, Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Saint Petersburg-based energy giant, said that "at 8.45am this morning Moscow time, work on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been completed."

Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed that the laying of pipes under the Baltic Sea would be "completed in a few days and (it) will begin working." Bloomberg reports that gas is expected to begin flowing through its network from the start of next month, and that final testing and preparations are underway.

Sep 10 08:05

Italy: Anti-Vax is Terrorism

Sep 08 09:48

EXCLUSIVE: Vaccine Passports ENFORCED In Italy! - This Is INSANE!

Sep 08 09:12

Boris Johnson’s biggest lie about Europe is finally coming home to roost

It was the big Brexit lie. No, not the £350m a week to spend on the NHS or the “bonfire” of red tape. The lie was that the shambles now enveloping British trade with Europe was an unavoidable price worth paying to leave the EU. That was rubbish.

In order to further his chances of becoming Tory leader Boris Johnson made two commitments. One was to resign from the EU, the other was to depart Europe’s customs union and single market, aspects of which embrace other non-EU states such as Norway. The second decision was an almost casual gesture to make him look macho to the party’s hardline Brexiters. It was not put to referendum and was beyond stupid.

Sep 08 09:11

A New Storm Is Brewing in the Balkans

Well, what else is new? Afghanistan is said to be the graveyard of empires, but turbulence in the Balkans often is also the precursor to an empire or two being buried in its wake. Not for nothing, in the fall of 1918, as the Salonica front was crumbling, Kaiser Wilhelm complained to his General Staff what a shame it was for the outcome of the Great War to be decided by 70,000 Serbs. Some decades previously, his chancellor Bismarck (who himself had more than a few drops of Serbian blood on his grandmother’s side) averred dismissively that the Balkan riff-raff was not worth the bones of a single one of his Pomeranian Grenadiers. By 1918 Wilhelm had learned better.

Sep 08 07:41

After calling vaccine passports a “conspiracy theory,” U.K. government now says everyone will need to show proof of vaccination to live

The U.K. is moving in the same direction as France, which recently imposed a much stricter vaccine passport scheme that requires proof of vaccination to even just shop at the grocery store.

Sep 07 08:55

With its plan to unite Eurasia from sea to sea, Russia is betting the days of total US economic supremacy are now coming to an end

The centre of the world is moving. While once it sat somewhere within the Atlantic, balanced between Europe and the US, it is now moving east. With Asia on the rise, Russia is now planning its role at the heart of two continents.

The annual Eastern Economic Forum, held in Vladivostok, has just come to an end. Focusing on the development of Russia’s Far East and enhancing interconnectivity between Russia and Asia, it has become a key arena for the promotion of Russia’s Greater Eurasian Partnership.

Sep 07 07:35

European Nations Adopting National IDs Linked to Digital Wallets

By Katya Pivcevic

From Estonia’s long-time running national identity scheme to the Netherlands’s foundational ID, Europe will soon be conducting much of its digital identity authentication and vaccination verification via an EU-wide shared app.

Estonia’s national digital identity system has been established for many years, and now that the European Commission plans to bring in a European Digital Identity in the form of a mobile app, the country is well ahead and planning further...

Sep 06 05:49

Brexit Isn’t Done: Boris Govt Happy to Let EU Law Apply in Northern Ireland, Keep Internal Border for EU’s Sake

Britain’s Minister for EU Relations has admitted Boris Johnson’s government is happy to let European Union law continue to apply in Northern Ireland for some purposes and keep an internal border between the British province and the rest of the United Kingdom for the EU’s sake.

Credited with getting “Brexit done” at the beginning of 2021 after years of delays and rearguard action against breaking with the European bloc by pro-EU politicians, Prime Minister Johnson did in fact make many major concessions to Brussels for a last-minute deal rather than countenance a clean “no-deal” exit.

Sep 03 06:42

EU is split on taking Afghan refugees, and it’s hard to blame those who don’t want another mass influx

The countries that bore the brunt of the European Union’s refugee crisis five years ago are now expressing doubts over the wisdom of accepting those fleeing Afghanistan. As harsh as this may sound, I understand their concerns.

Cracks are beginning to develop within the EU regarding its response to the inevitable Afghan refugee crisis. Whereas some member states want the bloc to continue with a liberal approach and welcoming fleeing Afghans, others seem determined not to see a repeat of the mistakes made five years ago.

These differences burst out into the open yesterday, when the EU’s interior ministers met in Brussels. For example, Luxembourg’s Jean Asselborn, who is keen to pursue a liberal policy, argued that “it can’t be just the UK that has pledged 20,000 settlements. Europe must also go in that direction.”

Sep 03 05:08

Victor Orbán: 'Migration Must Be Stopped"

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a forum of leaders in Slovenia that “migration must be stopped” in order to preserve Europe’s cultural heritage.

Speaking during a roundtable discussion at the International Strategy Forum (BSF) in Bled, Orbán asserted that mass migration from Muslim countries was not a reasonable solution to the continent’s demographic decline.

“We do not need outsiders, because they are changing the composition of European societies, the cultural image of Europe, the Christian, family-based system,” Orbán said, noting that the overwhelming majority of migrants were Muslim.

Highlighting how mass migration leads to social dislocation, rising crime and terrorism, Orbán stated plainly, “migration must be stopped.”

Orbán wants the European Union to hand more power back to sovereign states to control their own borders, arguing that a federalized approach to the issue would exacerbate the problem.

Sep 03 04:52

Poland Says It Is Taking Steps to Counter Any Threat From Military Drills in Belarus

Poland is taking all steps necessary to counter any threats that could take place during military exercises in Belarus organised by the Russian army that will start on Sept. 10, the defence ministry said on Thursday.

Poland is expected to announce a state of emergency on Thursday in regions bordering Belarus after a sharp increase in migrants from countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan trying to cross the border, and the "West-2021" exercises have added to tensions.

Sep 01 07:26

Google, Facebook & Microsoft top EU lobbying spending amid clampdown on Big Tech’s powers by Brussels – study

The biggest spender among them was Google, which invested €5.75 million into various lobbying activities. Facebook and Microsoft weren’t far behind, at €5.5 million euros and €5.25 million respectively. The Top Six were rounded out by Apple at €3.5 million, Huawei at €3 million and Amazon at €2.75 million, according to the paper.

Sep 01 05:10

EU Backs Helping Afghanistan's Neighbors Cope With Refugees

European Union justice and home affairs ministers pledged Tuesday to support Afghanistan's neighbors to help them host people fleeing the new Taliban regime and prevent a new wave of migrants heading to Europe.

In a closing statement following a meeting in Brussels, the ministers said the EU and its 27 nations “stand determined to act jointly to prevent the recurrence of uncontrolled large-scale illegal migration movements faced in the past, by preparing a coordinated and orderly response.”

European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson said there has not been a big exodus of Afghans out of the war-torn country so far but insisted there is a huge risk of a humanitarian crisis “if the Taliban turns out to be the same Taliban that we have seen in the past."

Johansson added that the EU is “quite far from recognizing the Taliban regime."

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Sep 01 04:57

Google, Facebook & Microsoft top EU lobbying spending amid clampdown on Big Tech’s powers by Brussels – study

Tech firms have allocated almost €100 million to lobby the EU over the past year in an attempt to counter new tough laws regulating their activities, with Google, Facebook and Microsoft laying out the most cash, a study has found.

The paper, published by Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl campaign groups on Tuesday, revealed that the annual spending on lobbying on EU digital economy policies has reached a whopping €100 million ($114.4 million).

More than 600 companies have been involved in such activities, with at least 20% of them being US-based, the authors said after analyzing data submitted by the market players to the EU Transparency Register before mid-June 2021.

Aug 31 13:24

COVID shots linked to 2 million injuries, 21,766 deaths in Europe, EU reports

More than 2 million adverse events and 21,000 deaths have been reported to a European Union (EU) drug reaction database following the use of currently available COVID jabs.

The EU, comprising around 450 million people – roughly 60 percent of Europe’s estimated 750 million inhabitants – has reported administering 522.4 million doses of the jabs, corresponding to 75.1 percent of the EU’s citizens receiving at least one dose of either Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID shots.

The EnduraVigilance system is the EU-wide database for recording vaccine injury reports, as well as other medicine-induced injuries, corresponding to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), jointly run by both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Aug 31 11:05

Swiss stocking up on gold!

Aug 31 10:44

Poland to introduce state of emergency to stop migrant flows

The Polish government has asked the president to introduce a state of emergency in parts of two regions next to the border with Belarus, the prime minister said today, as the country faces a spike in illegal border crossings, Reuters reports.

The state of emergency will last for 30 days, Mateusz Morawiecki said.

Poland — like Lithuania — has seen a surge of migrants arriving across its border with Belarus in recent weeks. The government in Warsaw accuses Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of sending migrants from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere across the border in a "hybrid war" to create instability in the 27-nation EU. The borders that Lithuania and Poland have with Belarus form part of the EU's eastern border, according to Euronews.

Poland has begun building a barbed-wire fence along the border.

Aug 31 05:29

Switzerland Warns Of Terror Attacks At Public Vaccination Centers

Swiss authorities are warning the public of potential terror attacks on the country's pandemic response infrastructure, including vaccination centers, transportation centers, and manufacturing facilities, according to the Straits Times, citing a Sunday report by NZZ am Sonntag.

"Attacks on such targets would both hit large crowds and generate intensive media coverage," said Isabelle Graber, spokeswoman for Switzerland's Federal Intelligence Service.

Aug 30 05:50

Romania Stops Vaccine Imports, Shutters Vaccination Centers, Transfers Vaccine Stocks to Denmark, Vietnam, Ireland, S. Korea, etc

Declining demand for coronavirus vaccinations in Romania has prompted authorities to close 117 vaccination centers and to reduce the schedule at 371 others, health officials said Tuesday.

“In the previous week we re-evaluated the efficiency of fixed vaccination centers. About 80% of fixed vaccination centers vaccinate less than 25% of the vaccination capacity allocated to each stream,” national vaccination committee chief Valeriu Gheorghita said at a press conference Tuesday.

Aug 27 07:18

Soaring: European Union Reports 1.9 Million Vaccine Injuries, 20,595 Deaths

The European Union database of suspected drug reaction reports is EudraVigilance, and they are now reporting 20,595 fatalities, and 1,960,607 injuries, following COVID-19 injections.

A Health Impact News subscriber from Europe reminded us that this database maintained at EudraVigilance is only for countries in Europe who are part of the European Union (EU), which comprises 27 countries.

The total number of countries in Europe is much higher, almost twice as many, numbering around 50. (There are some differences of opinion as to which countries are technically part of Europe.)

So as high as these numbers are, they do NOT reflect all of Europe. The actual number in Europe who are reported dead or injured due to COVID-19 shots would be much higher than what we are reporting here.

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