From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"GLOBALISM - ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT VERSUS NATIONALISM IN 2019"
This file is attached to http://www.mazzaroth.com/ChapterEight/2014-2017.htm from “Astronomical Events To Appear Between 2014 Through 2017 A.D.” - Chapter Eight by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved.
GLOBALISM - ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT VERSUS NATIONALISM IN 2019
I continued this from the biblical verses to keep in mind for our future and at this point continued this file with the following information of new news articles about the battle of Globalism versus Nationalism to the future for you to peruse.
4/9/2019 France and Germany concerned about Polish judiciary
People carry Polish flags during a march marking the 100th anniversary of Polish
independence in Warsaw, Poland November 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – France and Germany expressed concern over the independence of Polish courts at a meeting of European Union ministers on Tuesday, keeping up pressure on Warsaw to drop changes to the judiciary that the EU believes undermine the separation of powers.
Last week, the European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Poland over a new disciplinary system for judges, which the Commission argues is meant to scare them into sentencing in line with the wishes of the ruling euro-sceptic and nationalist PiS party.
“We hope that the infringement procedure launched by the European Commission last week regarding the new disciplinary regime for judges will allow some improvements, in particular regarding the right to an effective remedy before an independent and impartial court,” a Franco-German statement said.
The Commission, guardian of the EU treaties, has already opened two infringement procedures against Poland, in mid-2017 and in mid-2018, over changes to retirement provisions for Polish judges and the possible impact on their independence.
Poland is also already subject to an unprecedented EU rule-of-law procedure, called Article 7 from the article of the EU treaty it is based on, since 2017 over judiciary reforms.
The process could in theory result in Poland losing its EU voting rights, though this is unlikely because all other 27 EU member states would have to agree. Hungary, also under the same procedure, has vowed to veto such a move.
“We want to seize the opportunity … to stress, once again, our concerns regarding the overall situation created by the reform of the judiciary system in Poland,” the joint statement said.
“In our view, the combined effect of the legislative changes could put at risk the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers in Poland,” it said.
Paris and Berlin said concerns over the rule of law in Poland that led to the launch of the Article 7 procedure had not been completely and properly addressed.
“We reaffirm our support to the Commission in this regard… In view of the recent developments, we propose to hold a new session of the hearing of Poland after the European elections … in June.”
(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Giles Elgood)
[Give them hell Poland and Hungary for their demand to control your thoughts against what you believe to be righteous.].
4/10/2019 Hungary will not soften laws to allow Soros college to stay by Marton Dunai
FILE PHOTO - Business magnate George Soros arrives to speak at the Open Russia Club in
London, Britain June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/File Photo
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary will not relax rules for international universities despite pressure from the European Union and offers from Germany to mediate in a row over a college founded by U.S. billionaire George Soros, the government spokesman said on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a nationalist who has often clashed with the European Union, has been accused of restricting academic freedom with his new higher education rules, which the Central European University said forced it out of the country.
“There is no change in our core view,” government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told Reuters. “We will not change the laws and regulations that govern higher education in Hungary. We still operate on that basis.”
Central European University, set up by Soros, a Hungarian-born liberal philanthropist, will move part of its operations to Austria from September because of rules forbidding it to issue U.S. degrees.
The dispute, often seen as a proxy for disagreements between Soros and Orban on migration, is one of the main issues that caused the European Peoples’ Party to suspend Orban’s Fidesz before European Parliament elections.
At the initiative of Manfred Weber, the EPP’s lead candidate to head the EU executive after the May elections, the government of the German state of Bavaria and the Technical University of Munich stepped in to help.
Offering three new professorships and new courses to augment CEU’s teaching, they said they would open a way for CEU to issue international degrees.
A Hungarian government official told an opposition member of the Budapest parliament that Hungary considered Bavarian participation in the Hungarian higher education sector “a step that builds trust.”
Balazs Orban, a state secretary on the prime minister’s staff, said the government was “ready to examine the possibility for issuing diplomas recognized in the United States and Germany as well as in Hungary.”
But he reiterated that all universities had to comply with Hungarian law, and Kovacs also made it clear that Bavarian participation, while welcome, would lead to no legal amendments.
CEU Rector Michael Ignatieff was not immediately available to comment. He said in a statement last month that to reverse a plan to leave Budapest CEU wanted a clear political commitment from Orban that it could issue degrees freely.
“This political commitment (must be) backed up by legislation that provides legally binding authorization for all of CEU’s operations in Budapest,” Ignatieff said.
After the Bavarian offer and the EPP’s threat to oust Fidesz “a door has opened,” Ignatieff said subsequently, but legal guarantees were still critical.
(Reporting by Marton Dunai; Editing by Giles Elgood)
[Hungary built a wall to control immigration and they will enforce that as they want and all deals with E.U. will be based on their legislation only and Soros will not get his way in any form.].
5/3/2019 Bavarian, Austrian conservatives reject Orban’s call to work with populists
FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban applauds as he presents the programme of his Fidesz party for
European Parliament elections in Budapest, Hungary, April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo
VIENNA (Reuters) – The leaders of Austria and Bavaria rejected on Friday a call by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for their center-right group in the European Parliament to ally with populist, nationalist parties ahead of EU elections later this month.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder both head parties that are part of the European People’s Party (EPP), the main conservative bloc in the European assembly.
In March the EPP suspended Orban’s nationalist Fidesz party over accusations it had violated EU principles on the rule of law, freedom of the press and minorities’ rights.
In the run-up to the European Parliament elections on May 23-26, Orban has called for the EPP to drop its aversion to the far right and forge an alliance after the vote.
“No cooperation in Europe with right-wing populists, of course,” Soeder, who heads the Christian Social Union, the sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, told a joint news conference with Kurz after meeting in Vienna.
“Nothing good would come of it,” he added.
Matteo Salvini, the head of Italy’s far-right League, is trying to put together a Europe-wide alliance of nationalist, anti-immigration parties including the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in France.
“I think nothing of cooperating with parties such as the AfD and Le Pen, which want to leave the European Union,” Kurz said. “These parties have long ruled themselves out through their anti-European position.”
He added, however, that one would have to see what alliances were possible after the European Parliament election later this month and that the priority for now was for the EPP to do as well as it can.
(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
5/8/2019 Broad coalitions key to fighting populism: Polish opposition by Marcin Goclowski and Justyna Pawlak
FILE PHOTO: Grzegorz Schetyna, leader of Civic Platform gestures during European Coalition meeting in
Warsaw, Poland, April 6, 2019. Picture taken April 6, 2019. Agencja Gazeta/Adam Stepien/File Photo via REUTERS
WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s newly formed broad opposition alliance should be an example to others in Europe hoping to stem a tide of rightist populism ahead of European Parliament elections on May 26, centrist leader Grzegorz Schetyna said in an interview.
His European Coalition – comprising the Civic Platform formerly led by European Council President Donald Tusk and a motley of leftist and rural politicians – is polling a close second to the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party.
Set up in February, the grouping has emerged as the first potential challenge to PiS rule since the arch-conservative, populist party won power in 2015 and set Poland on a collision course with the European Union over democratic standards.
The European Parliament ballot shapes up as a test ahead of the parliamentary election in Poland due in the autumn that will decide whether central Europe’s largest economy can overcome its growing isolation within the EU.
“The example of Poland is being closely watched in Europe,” Schetyna said in an interview with Reuters. “If we manage to win, it will be a signal to all countries.”
“This election, in Poland, will show that you can successfully combat populism, that you can effectively combat those who demolish democracy.”
Like rising nationalist parties elsewhere in Europe, PiS has benefited from voter concerns over migration and a disenchantment with political elites many believe neglect poorer voters at the expense of big business.
The PiS remains popular despite accusations that it is tilting formerly communist Poland back toward authoritarianism with a blend of vast social spending and nationalist rhetoric.
A poll summarizing recent polls published by ONET portal put PiS support at 38.7 percent against 34.5 percent for the European Coalition, compared with 36.1 percent versus 34 percent in March.
The polls indicate broadly, however, that an opposition coalition led by Schetyna could have a shot at forming a government after the parliamentary vote if it garners support by from new progressive group, Spring, founded by Poland’s first openly gay lawmaker, Robert Biedron, this year.
The ONET poll put their combined support at 43.2 percent, compared with 43.9 percent for PiS and a small anti-establishment group.
Schetyna said that, if successful, he would set up a commission to investigate whether PiS’ leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski violated the constitution as a de facto decision maker in Poland. Kaczynski holds no official government jobs.
A Schetyna-led government would also dismantle PiS reforms of the judiciary that have been criticized by the EU as a violation of the democratic separation of powers.
(Reporting by Justyna Pawlak and Marcin Goclowski; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
5/10/2019 EU heads put climate, democracy and jobs at heart of future course by Gabriela Baczynska and Luiza Ilie
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis arrives for the informal meeting of
European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania, May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
SIBIU, Romania (Reuters) – Fighting climate change, safeguarding the rule of law and finding a modern model for growth must be at the heart of the European Union, the bloc’s leaders agreed in Thursday talks meant to show unity despite the damage from Brexit.
However, their informal gathering in the Romanian town of Sibiu did not produce clear decisions on how to achieve the ambitious goals, underscoring divisions in the EU along multiple fault lines and setting up battles ahead.
The leaders of all members except Britain met on Europe Day in Sibiu, which has German and Hungarian roots, 15 years after the EU’s expansion east finally consigned to history the Iron Curtain that had divided Europe since World War Two.
Ahead of European Parliament elections on May 23-26, the 27 leaders also had a first look at assigning the bloc’s most powerful jobs later this year.
“In 15 days, some 400 million Europeans will choose between a project … to build Europe further or a project to destroy, deconstruct Europe and return to nationalism,” Macron told the gathering.
“Climate, protection of borders and a model of growth, a social model… is what I really want for the coming years.”
On climate change, France and eight other EU countries proposed getting to “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” by 2050 and the bloc will now fight about how to frame and finance any transition to more environmentally-friendly policies.
“Nothing has changed when it comes to divides and different opinions about it,” said the chairman of the talks, European Council President Donald Tusk who used to be the prime minister of Poland, one of the biggest EU stallers on climate reforms.
“What is new is this very fresh and energetic pressure,” he said of youth protests growing in Europe to demand radical action to safeguard the planet. “There is no future for politicians without this sensitivity and imagination.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, mindful of her country’s powerful car industry, refused to endorse the French-led proposal entirely but backed spending a quarter of the EU’s next joint budget for 2021-28 on climate and energy efficiency.
A report released on Thursday by the World Wide Fund (WWF) and Global Footprint Network sharply criticized the EU, saying its members consumed the Earth’s resources faster than they can be renewed.
The leaders pledged to protect the rule of law at a time when the governments in post-communist members Poland, Hungary and Romania stand accused of undercutting democracy.
Divided over issues ranging from democratic standards to migration, the EU is grappling with the prospect of Britain’s departure, a wave of populism, and external challenges from China to Russia to the United States.
It is also lagging behind in areas from artificial intelligence to cyber security, and is scrambling to keep alive a troubled nuclear deal with Iran.
But the leaders signed off on a declaration promising to “defend one Europe,” “stay united, through thick and thin” and “always look for joint solutions” ahead.
TOP JOBS UP FOR GRABS
Tusk announced another summit on May 28, two days after the European Parliament vote, to let the national leaders agree on appointing new people to hold the EU’s top roles until 2024.
This will involve fierce horse-trading over names to head the European Council, which brings together national leaders, the executive European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Central Bank and the joint diplomatic service.
All five posts are up for grabs later this year and the outgoing European Parliament has already picked its favorites for the Commission job including a conservative German, Manfred Weber, and a Dutch socialist, Frans Timmermans.
Many national leaders, however, want to keep control of the opaque process to themselves.
Agreement on top roles took three summits the last time round but Tusk said he wanted the new leadership in place in July and was ready to go for a majority vote if unanimity was missing.
Hungary’s eurosceptic Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke against Weber.
He did, however, get the backing of Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Macron, the leaders of Luxembourg and Lithuania opposed the idea of following the parliament’s choice.
Other names in the hat include Brexit negotiator Frenchman Michel Barnier, or Margrethe Vestager, Denmark’s current commissioner who imposed hefty fines on global tech giants Google and Apple.
(Reporting by Luiza Ilie, Gabriela Baczynska, Andreas Rinke in Sibiu, Jan Strupczewski and Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels, Michel Rose in Paris and Michael Nienaber in Berlin; Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Hugh Lawson, Angus MacSwan and Frances Kerry)
5/10/2019 Republicans, Democrats concerned about Hungary’s Orban ahead of U.S. visit by Patricia Zengerle
FILE PHOTO - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for the informal meeting of
European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania, May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior Republican and Democratic members of the U.S. Congress told President Donald Trump on Friday they were concerned about Hungary’s “downward democratic trajectory,” ahead of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s visit to Washington next week.
“In recent years, democracy in Hungary has significantly eroded. Under Orban, the election process has become less competitive and the judiciary is increasingly controlled by the state,” Republican Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch and Bob Menendez, the panel’s top Democrat, said in a letter to Trump.
The letter was also signed by Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
Several Democratic members of the House of Representatives, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Orban, citing similar concerns as well as his anti-Semitic and xenophobic comments.
Orban is a nationalist leader who has often had conflicts with the European Union over his anti-immigration campaigns and judicial reforms. He clashed with the administration of then-U.S. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, over what critics said was an erosion of democratic values by his government.
Trump is due to meet with Orban on Monday.
The senators also said they were very concerned about the close relationship between Hungary, a NATO partner, and Russia. They said Hungary has failed to diversify its energy resources from Moscow and allowed Russia to exploit its visa system to evade U.S. sanctions.
They called the relocation of the International Investment Bank from Moscow to Budapest “an exercise in Russian power projection.” And they said it was disturbing that Hungary rejected a U.S. extradition request for two arms dealers and instead sent them “to their freedom in Moscow.”
The senators asked Trump to raise those concerns in his meeting with Orban and underscore U.S. support for the Hungarian people.
White House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter.
However, a senior administration official told reporters at the White House that Orban’s visit was part of a Trump administration strategy of re-engagement in Central and Eastern Europe, trying to encourage nations to work together and engage with NATO and neighbors like Ukraine.
“The point of this meeting is simply just to reinforce the strategic relationship between allies … not necessarily to thrash out every issue on the bilateral agenda, which we have been doing constantly for the past two years,” the official said.
(Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton and Alexandra Alper; Editing by James Dalgleish and Jonathan Oatis)
[Orban has been fighting against immigration and George Soros influence over anti-Christian values and it is not hard to see in the above comments as the U.S. Democrats and the socialist E.U. want there anti-religious viewpoints and even playing the Russia card also pushed on Hungary who is trying to prevent it at the cost of being shunned for doing what is right, and I hope Trump can see that since they have been doing the same to him for the past two and half years.].
5/28/2019 Defying scientists, Hungary will overhaul academic network, website reports
FILE PHOTO: People raise red cards to protest against government's plans to overhaul the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
outside the Ministry for Innovation and Technology in Budapest, Hungary, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Tamas Kaszas/File Photo
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary is preparing legislation to strip the Hungarian Academy of Sciences of its research network, giving the government more control over scientific activity, the news website index.hu reported on Tuesday.
Hungary’s oldest and largest academic institution, the Hungarian Academy (HAS) is solely funded by the government but self-managing, with a network of scientific research bodies employing about 5,000 people.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Hungary’s right-wing leader, has tightened control over the country’s courts, media, economy, education and now scientific research. His aggrandizing measures have triggered criticism from the European Union.
A months-long tussle between Orban’s government and academics resisting the reforms is moving towards its final stages with the impending submission of a bill to parliament in the coming weeks, index.hu said citing the draft legislation.
No one from the government was immediately available for comment.
The overhaul, which Budapest said was needed to reap more economic benefits as Hungary tries to shift towards more innovative industries, has triggered protests from civil groups and academics.
A resolution passed by the Academy earlier this month said it disagreed with what it called the “political motivation for the arbitrary restructuring of the institutional network.”
The academy, which carries out scientific research using a network of specialized research institutions, receives 40 billion forints ($137.27 million) a year from the government.
Index said the government proposal would move all the research units into a new public institution with a 13-member governing board comprising six government and six academy delegates. Orban would appoint the chairman based on a joint proposal by the board.
That would go against calls by scientists for only a third of board members to be picked by the government.
Index also said a new National Scientific Policy Council chaired by Innovation and Technology Minister Laszlo Palkovics, the architect of the academic overhaul, would make the proposals for main areas of research to be funded.
The legislation would force the academy to hand over the buildings and assets of its research institutions to the new state-run organization, the report said.
(Reporting by Gergely Szakacs, editing by Larry King)
[Get em Orban, tell the leftist socialist where to stick it, and bring some sanity back to your country with God's help.].
5/29/2019 Scientists accuse Hungary of seeking “total political control” over research by Krisztina Than
FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: People take part in a protest against government's plans to overhaul the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, on the
Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, March 21, 2019. The banner reads "Free academy." REUTERS/Tamas Kaszas/File Photo/File Photo
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s oldest and biggest scientific institute accused the government on Wednesday of trying to take “total political control” of vital research through plans to set up a new state body to oversee funding and work.
The government is drafting legislation to strip the Hungarian Academy of Sciences of its network of research institutions and hand over their buildings and assets to the new council, news website Index.hu on Tuesday.
Right-wing prime minister Viktor Orban, who took power in 2010, has tightened controls over public life, including the courts, the media and education – moves that have put him on a collision course with the European Union.
The government has said he wants to shake up funding to encourage more lucrative and innovative research.
“The modifications would amount to total government – political – control over the network of research institutions,” said the governing body of the Academy’s research network which is funded by the government but manages itself.
The proposed set-up of a new National Scientific Policy Council to run the networks “potentially poses a threat to the academic freedom and freedom of research” guaranteed in the Hungarian Constitution, the statement said.
Staff would mount a protest on Sunday, it added without going into more details. Scientists and rights groups have campaigned against earlier calls by government for an overhaul of the system.
The new Council – chaired by Innovation and Technology Minister Laszlo Palkovics – would set out areas of research that would receive funding, said website Index.hu, citing the government’s proposal.
His ministry said on Tuesday the current system was inefficient and the aim of the plans was to push more funding and research into “patents and inventions serving the Hungarian economy.”
The European Commission said on Tuesday it would monitor the developments in Hungary’s public research system and urged authorities “to refrain from any decision restricting scientific and academic freedom.”
(Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Andrea Heavens)
[I am glad to see that Orban is getting control of his country for the people, but as usual the leftist Socialist will now have to do their worst to undo his gains.].
9/16/2019 EU questions Hungary over rule of law concerns by Jorrit Donner-Wittkopf
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban applauds as he presents the programme of his Fidesz party
for European Parliament elections in Budapest, Hungary April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union ministers grilled Hungary on Monday over Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s tightening of restrictions around free media, judges, academics, minorities and rights groups, which the bloc worries weakens democracy in the ex-communist country.
A year after the European Parliament said Orban’s actions carried “a clear risk of a serious breach” of core EU values, ministers met in Brussels for a first formal hearing on Hungary.
“The EU is like a family in many regards. And in a family there has to be a common set of rules… otherwise it cannot work. And rule of law is a foundation of that,” said Austria’s EU affairs minister Alexander Schallenberg.
Orban, in power since 2010, has also angered the EU with his harsh anti-immigration stance and crude campaigns against the bloc with anti-Semitic undertones.
But, widely seen as a Machiavellian and shrewd operator, he has mostly escaped punishment beyond being suspended from the bloc’s biggest centre-right parliamentary group.
The bloc is, however, seeking to make its generous assistance to poorer members like Hungary and Poland – where Orban’s fellow nationalists have also put media and judges under more state control – conditional on upholding the rule of law.
The hearing was part of a prominent probe by the bloc against Hungary over flouting of the rule of law, the so-called Article 7 investigation, which could lead to the suspension of Budapest’s EU voting rights if all other capitals agreed.
But, offering Budapest a clear lifeline, Poland’s EU minister Konrad Szymanski said after the session that Warsaw did not believe Orban’s policies constituted any systemic risk for democratic standards.
Others stressed that Budapest would not be let off the hook.
“Without respect for the rule of law there is no EU. This is the very foundation on which the EU was biult,” said Frans Timmermans, who has led the probes by the bloc’s executive European Commission both against Hungary and Poland.
Speaking for both Paris and Berlin, French EU minister said the situation in Hungary was “worrying.”
“When we speak of the independence of judges, the freedom of the media, when we speak of the protection of minorities, academic freedom… it reminds us of our identity, of our values,” said Amelie de Montchalin.
With eurosceptic and nationalist politicians in several EU countries riding a wave of public discontent perpetuated by sluggish economies, anxiety over globalisation and immigration to Europe, the bloc is seeking to step up democratic defences.
Hungary, however, rejects the bloc’s criticism, with Hungary’s Justice Minister Judit Varga saying after the session:
“To deny the community of values with a member state only because of different positions in certain issues related to EU politics and policies would create a dangerous precedent and would question the very foundations of European integration.”
“It is in the interest of the EU as a whole to close this unfortunate chapter and focus on the vast challenges that are in front of us.”
(Writing by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Ed Osmond and Deepa Babington)
11/11/2019 Polish far-right groups march on independence anniversary by Anna Koper and Kacper Pempel
People take part in a march marking the National Independence Day in Warsaw, Poland
November 11, 2019. Dawid Zuchowicz/Agencja Gazeta via REUTERS
WARSAW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Poles took part in a far-right march in the capital Warsaw on Monday to mark Polish independence, an annual event that has become a focus of friction between nationalists and liberals.
Some chanted “God, honor, homeland!” and “No to the European Union!” and waved red-and-white Polish flags. Others lit red flares, blanketing sections of the parade with smoke.
“We have to return to our roots. Our world has abandoned God and Christianity,” Robert Bakiewicz, head of a group organizing the march, told participants in central Warsaw. “We will die as the nations of western Europe are dying.”
A small group of hardline Italian far-right group Forza Nuova members also took part, waving flags.
Poland has become increasingly polarized since the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in 2015, calling for a revival of patriotic and Catholic values in public life and a rejection of Western liberalism.
Critics say PiS, which won a second term last month with 44% of the vote, has tacitly encouraged groups with roots in the fascist and anti-Semitic movements of the 1930s that organize the march, although the party denies this.
Last year, on the centenary of Polish independence, government officials and President Andrzej Duda, an ally of the PiS, agreed to hold a joint event with the annual march organizers, but walked at a distance, away from any overt displays of nationalism.
This year, PiS held its own, separate events.
“Our nation has a mission and it has to fulfill it,” PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Sunday. “Our mission is to sustain everything that’s a foundation of our Christian civilization.
“We will walk this path, and if it’s done in a thoughtful way, it will bring us to victory.”
On Nov. 11, Poles commemorate the establishment in 1918 of the second Polish republic, created after World War One from parts of what was then Russia, Germany and Austria.
Two years ago, the march was dotted with racist banners, some of them reading “Pure blood, clear mind” or “Europe will be white or uninhabited.”
Before PiS came to power, scuffles between participants and police were not uncommon, but in recent years, more families with children have joined.
On Monday, some wore stickers saying “Stop 447,” in a protest against a U.S. law on the restitution of Jewish property seized during or after World War Two, an issue increasingly featuring in public debate in Poland.
The U.S. Department of State is expected to provide a non-binding report to Congress later this year on property restitution, under legislation known as the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act, or Act 447.
Poland was home to one of the world’s biggest Jewish communities before it was almost entirely wiped out by Nazi German occupiers who set up death camps such as Auschwitz on Polish soil.
(Editing by Kevin Liffey and Andrew Cawthorne)
11/18/2019 Trade tensions to hit goods growth in fourth quarter as tariffs bite: WTO
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters next to a
red traffic light in Geneva, Switzerland, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Monday that growth in global goods trade is expected to remain “below trend” in the fourth quarter amid tensions and rising tariffs in key sectors.
Its latest quarterly barometer showed growth in global merchandise trade rose by 0.2 pct in the second quarter of this year against 3.5 pct in same period of 2018.
“Some components of the barometer have stabilized since the last reading in August, while others remain on a downward trajectory reflecting heightened trade tensions and rising tariffs in key sectors,” it said.
Air freight, raw materials and electronic components indices “all deteriorated further below trend," with electronic components weakest amid tariff hikes, while automotive products and container shipping have firmed up, it said.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge; Editing by Catherine Evans)
11/22/2019 Hungary’s ruling Fidesz could quit European conservative bloc: Orban by Marton Dunai
FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech in the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music during the celebrations of
the 63rd anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, in Budapest, Hungary, October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party may leave the European Union’s umbrella centre-right bloc after receiving mixed signals about its intentions following Fidesz’s suspension from the group, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.
The European People’s Party suspended Fidesz’s membership in March over concern about Orban’s populist anti-immigration campaigns and erosion of the rule of law, freedom of the press and minority rights under his tenure. Fidesz was not invited to a two-day EPP gathering in Croatia this week.
The EPP has said it will send a group of “wise men” to investigate conditions in Hungary and decide whether to keep Fidesz among its ranks, a process that new EPP Chairman Donald Tusk expects to close by the end of January.
The nationalist Orban was defiant in remarks to Hungarian state radio on Friday. ”We keep our membership suspended. We are waiting for the EPP to come clean about its views and plans, and then we will make up our minds,” he said.
“The question is whether the (EPP’s) new chairman can stop its drift to the left. If he can, we have a common future. If not, we will have to build another political community.”
In a speech to the EPP congress in Zagreb, Tusk did not name Orban but made clear the mainstream conservative party group would not change to accommodate right-wing populism.
“We must put a stop to this,” said Tusk, the outgoing president of the European Council. “In a political fight, truth and decency cannot be completely helpless against fake news, manipulation and hate.”
“We will not sacrifice values like civic liberties, the rule of law, and decency in public life on the altar of security and order,” Tusk said. “Whoever is unable to accept it, is de facto placing himself outside our (EPP) family.”
Orban is a self-proclaimed “illiberal” whose signature policies have included a double razor-wire fence along Hungary’s border with Serbia to keep out migrants, billboard campaigns and constant anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Tusk is a former centre-right premier of Poland from the Civic Platform party. He stepped down in 2014 to become European Council chairman and Civic Platform was defeated a year later by the right-wing nationalist Law and Justice party, an Orban ally that has governed Poland since.
(Reporting by Marton Dunai; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
[The Globalist are trying to control everyone and I suggest you get out while you can as you can see they are fighting the UK to keep it from leaving the EU, and your Nationalism is more important than what they offer.].
12/3/2019 WTO tussles over hard stop vs phase-out of appeals system
FILE PHOTO: The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters are pictured
in Geneva, Switzerland, July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization (WTO) battled on Tuesday over whether to bring its Appellate Body to an abrupt halt or allow its adjudicators to settle a handful of pending cases, according to trade officials present at a meeting on the subject.
The Trump administration has for more than two years been blocking appointments to the top body that rules on trade disputes, which means that after Dec. 10 it will have too few members to function.
The mandates of two of the three Appellate Body’s members end on Dec. 10.
David Walker, New Zealand’s ambassador who chairs the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), proposed to WTO members that the Appellate Body should be allowed to conclude three cases that have already had hearings, trade officials said. A further 10 pending appeals are to be left in limbo.
However, even that limited case load drew an objection from U.S. ambassador Dennis Shea at the meeting, the officials said.
“We have heard today statements actively encouraging the Appellate Body to continue to break the rules set out in the DSU (Dispute Settlement Understanding). We strongly disagree with this approach and do not consider it to be constructive,” Shea said in a speech, the text of which was seen by Reuters.
“It appears there will be no consensus between members on how to proceed on the Appellate Body by December 10,” he said, voicing disappointment.
The European Union (EU) told the talks that the impasse was undermining the dispute settlement system. China’s delegation said the “illegal blockade” by Washington had resulted in an unprecedented number of pending appeals, trade officials said.
The three appeals for which hearings have been completed are a combined case on Australia’s plain packaging for tobacco products, one on Russian measures to limit imports of railway equipment filed by Ukraine, and another concerning U.S. anti-subsidy duties on paper from Canada.
The proposal would mean that no appeal could be heard in a WTO panel decision on Monday on subsidies for EU planemaker Airbus.
Two appeals brought by the United States will also not be settled.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Ed Osmond and Grant McCool)
12/8/2019 France ready to take Trump’s tariff threat to WTO: Le Maire
FILE PHOTO: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire attends a news conference in
Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo
PARIS (Reuters) – France is ready to go to the World Trade Organization to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to put tariffs on champagne and other French goods in a row over a French tax on internet companies, its finance minister said on Sunday.
“We are ready to take this to an international court, notably the WTO, because the national tax on digital companies touches U.S. companies in the same way as EU or French companies or Chinese. It is not discriminatory,” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told France 3 television.
Paris has long complained about U.S. digital companies not paying enough tax on revenues earned in France.
In July, the French government decided to apply a 3% levy on revenue from digital services earned in France by firms with more than 25 million euros in French revenue and 750 million euros ($845 million) worldwide.
It is due to kick in retroactively from the start of 2019.
Washington is threatening to retaliate with heavy duties on imports of French champagne, cheeses and luxury handbags, but France and the European Union say they are ready to retaliate in turn if Trump carries out the threat.
Le Maire said France was willing to discuss a global digital tax with the United States at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), but that such a tax could not be optional for internet companies.
“If there is agreement at the OECD, all the better, then we will finally have a global digital tax. If there is no agreement at OECD level, we will restart talks at EU level,” Le Maire said.
He added that new EU Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni had already proposed to restart such talks.
France pushed ahead with its digital tax after EU member states, under the previous executive European Commission, failed to agree on a levy valid across the bloc after opposition from Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
The new European Commission assumed office on Dec. 1.
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Edmund Blair and Timothy Heritage)
12/9/2019 U.S. seals demise of WTO appeals bench: trade officials by Stephanie Nebehay
Delegates talk before the opening of the General Council at the WTO headquarters
in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
GENEVA (Reuters) – The fate of the World Trade Organization’s top court was effectively sealed on Monday after the United States said it would not back a proposal to allow it to continue, trade officials said, although the WTO chief vowed to find a solution.
The Trump administration has been blocking appointments to the WTO’s seven-member Appellate Body that rules on trade disputes for more than two years, with U.S. officials saying the court had gone beyond its remit.
The Appellate Body needs a mininum of three judges to function but the terms of two of the three remaining members of the appeals panel expire on Tuesday and there are no replacements in sight because of the U.S. blocking strategy.
Another attempt was made on Monday to reach a consensus on laying down arrangements for filling the vacancies, as well as obliging the appeals panel to issue rulings within 90 days.
But the U.S. ambassador to the WTO, Dennis Shea, said other members had not addressed Washington’s concerns about what he called the court’s “overreach” and “disregard” of WTO rules.
Shea said in a speech, the text of which was released by the U.S. mission, that the United States did not support the proposal to start filling Appellate Body positions.
Much of the U.S. displeasure stems from how the WTO has tied its hands in dealing with China. In binding rulings, WTO judges have given Beijing the benefit of the doubt on subsidies and rejected Washington’s treatment of dumping.
One Asian ambassador told Reuters: “The United States said it can’t join a consensus. We’ll be writing the obituaries.”
But WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo said that a “well-functioning, impartial and binding dispute settlement system is a core pillar of the WTO system,” adding: “We cannot abandon what must be our priority, namely finding a permanent solution for the Appellate Body.”
China’s trade ambassador, Zhang Xiangchen, who wore a black tie for the occasion, said: “This is no doubt the most severe blow to the multilateral trading system since its establishment.”
João Aguiar Machado, the European Union’s ambassador, put the blame squarely on Washington.
“In two days from now, we will have an unprecedented situation in the World Trade Organization, which will no longer be able to deliver binding resolution of trade disputes and will no longer guarantee the right to appeal review,” Machado said.
“The actions of one member will deprive other members of their right to a binding and two-step dispute settlement system, even though this right is specifically envisaged in the WTO contract,” he said.
The EU would continue supporting efforts to unblock Appellate Body appointments while preparing its own contingency measures, Machado said.
The EU has already reached agreements with Canada and Norway to subject any appeals to ad hoc adjudication by former Appellate Body members.
David Walker, New Zealand’s ambassador who chairs the WTO’s committee on dispute settlement, proposed to WTO members last week that the Appellate Body should at least be allowed to conclude four cases that have already had hearings.
Ten pending appeals would be left in limbo, along with a 100 or so more further back in the system.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Philip Blenkinsop, David Clarke and Nick Macfie)
12/10/209 U.S. trade offensive takes out WTO as global arbiter by Philip Blenkinsop
World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo arrives for the General Council
at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. disruption of the global economic order reaches a major milestone on Tuesday as the World Trade Organization (WTO) loses its ability to intervene in trade wars, threatening the future of the Geneva-based body.
Two years after starting to block appointments, the United States will finally paralyze the WTO’s Appellate Body, which acts as the supreme court for international trade, as two of three members exit and leave it unable to issue rulings.
Major trade disputes, including the U.S. conflict with China and metal tariffs imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, will not be resolved by the global trade arbiter.
Stephen Vaughn, who served as general counsel to the U.S. Trade Representative during Trump’s first two years, said many disputes would be settled in future by negotiations.
Critics say this means a return to a post-war period of inconsistent settlements, problems the WTO’s creation in 1995 was designed to fix.
The EU ambassador to the WTO told counterparts in Geneva on Monday the Appellate Body’s paralysis risked creating a system of economic relations based on power rather than rules.
The crippling of dispute settlement comes as the WTO also struggles in its other major role of opening markets.
The WTO club of 164 has not produced any international accord since abandoning “Doha Round” negotiations in 2015.
Trade-restrictive measures among the G20 group of largest economies are at historic highs, compounded by Trump’s “America First” agenda and the trade war with China.
Phil Hogan, the European Union’s new trade commissioner, said on Friday the WTO was no longer fit for purpose and in dire need of reforms going beyond just fixing the appeals mechanism.
For developed countries, in particular, the WTO’s rules must change to take account of state-controlled enterprises.
In 2017, Japan brought together the United States and the European Union in a joint bid to set new global rules on state subsidies and forced technology transfers.
The U.S. is also pushing to limit the ability of WTO members to grant themselves developing status, which for example gives them longer to implement WTO agreements.
Such “developing countries” include Singapore and Israel, but China is the clear focus.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Reuters last week the United States wanted to end concessions given to then struggling economies that were no longer appropriate.
“We’ve been spoiling countries for a very, very long time, so naturally they’re pushing back as we try to change things,” he said.
The trouble with WTO reform is that changes require consensus to pass. That includes Chinese backing.
Beijing has published its own reform proposals with a string of grievances against U.S. actions. Reform should resolve crucial issues threatening the WTO’s existence, while preserving the interests of developing countries.
Many observers believe the WTO faces a pivotal moment in mid-2020 when its trade ministers gather in a drive to push though a multinational deal – on cutting fishing subsidies.
“It’s not the WTO that will save the fish. It’s the fish that are going to save the WTO,” said one ambassador.
(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; additional reporting by Emma Farge in Geneva, Andrea Shalal and David Lawder in Washington, Daniel Leussink and Kaori Kaneko in Tokyo and Gabriel Crossley in Beijing; Editing by Ed Osmond)
12/10/2019 WTO ban on tariffs for digital trade extended until June 2020 by Emma Farge
FILE PHOTO: The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters are pictured in
Geneva, Switzerland, July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
GENEVA (Reuters) – World Trade Organization (WTO) members agreed on Tuesday to renew a 20-year moratorium on placing tariffs on digital trade for six months, allaying fears that people would have to pay duties on e-books and software for the first time.
The moratorium on digital trade worth an estimated $225 billion a year has been in place since 1998, but was due to expire in December and required unanimity at the WTO for renewal.
“Members agree to maintain the current practice of not imposing customs duties on electronic transmissions until the 12th Ministerial Conference,” the General Council’s decision said, referring to a WTO meeting in Kazakhstan in June.
The decision came after talks ran late into Monday evening, two trade officials said.
Several countries, including India and South Africa, have expressed interest in lifting the moratorium as they develop their digital economies and seek to recuperate lost customs revenue as more trade becomes digital. Some said this could lead to tit-to-tat tariffs on the internet.
John Denton, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the decision and said it indicated “the continued value of the WTO as a forum for multilateral trade policy making” after members failed to resolve a crisis at its top court on Monday.
(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by David Clarke and Mark Potter)
12/11/2019 Germany wants solution for WTO appeals panel by June: spokeswoman
FILE PHOTO: A red light is pictured at a pedestrian crossing in front of the World Trade Organization
headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany aims to find a permanent solution for the composition of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Appellate Body by June, Germany said on Wednesday after the United States effectively sealed the fate of the body.
The Appellate Body needs a mininum of three judges to function but the terms of two of the three remaining members of the appeals panel expired on Tuesday without replacements due to a blocking strategy by the United States.
That was a “heavy blow against the rules-based multilateral trade system,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Reuters, warning that the court was especially needed at a time when the global economy was suffering from a revival of protectionism.
A foreign ministry spokeswoman had earlier said Germany would work with the European Union to devise a temporary solution and she hoped a permanent solution could be found before a WTO ministerial conference in June.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has been blocking appointments to the WTO’s seven-member Appellate Body that rules on trade disputes for more than two years.
(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel and Andreas Rinke; Editing by Madeline Chambers and David Clarke)
12/12/2019 Report: Boris Johnson’s conservatives win majority in Parliament by OAN Newsroom
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during his ruling Conservative Party’s final election campaign rally at the
Copper Box Arena in London, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured a large conservative majority in Parliament following the U.K.’s snap general election on Thursday. According to preliminary results from BBC, Johnson’s Conservative Party is on course to get 368 seats in Parliament, which is up from the current 298 seats.
The Labour opposition is projected to get 198 seats, while its allies – Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats – are expected to get 55 and 13 seats respectively.
The prime minister took to Twitter to thank voters and volunteers for their support.
Ballots are still being counted and the final results are expected on Friday. Experts said Johnson will be able to pass his Brexit deal and advance his post-Brexit agenda in the coming weeks.
Ballot boxes are opened at the Leisure Centre, in Omagh, Northern Ireland, as counting gets
underway for the 2019 General Election, Thursday Dec. 12, 2019. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)
12/13/2019 Oil up $0.62 to $59.42, DOW up 221 to 28,132 another record during the Democrats Impeachment hearing which is a sign that “AMERICA FIRST” is working for the people.
12/13/2019 Panel moves toward Trump vote - Parties maintain unity as long debate rages by Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro, ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee argued through a marathon session Thursday ahead of voting to send impeachment charges against President Donald Trump to the full House, the latest big step as the politically split Congress debates whether to remove Trump from office.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi sounded confident Democrats will have the votes to impeach the president next week but said it is up to individual lawmakers to weigh the evidence and decide for themselves. Republicans seem unwavering in their opposition to expelling Trump.
“The fact is we take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi told reporters. “No one is above the law; the president will be held accountable for his abuse of power and his obstruction of Congress.”
Trump, apparently watching the live proceedings on television, tweeted his criticism of two Democratic women on the panel, Reps. Veronica Escobar and Sheila Jackson Lee, both of Texas. He called their comments about his actions inaccurate.
“Very sad,” Trump tweeted.
As the hearing began, lawmakers dug in for the second day of the Judiciary session, only the fourth time in U.S. history a president is facing impeachment, to consider the two articles brought by Democrats. They charge Trump with abuse of power for asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden while withholding aid as leverage and with obstruction of Congress for stonewalling the House’s investigation.
Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., immediately asked for a full reading of the nine-page resolution, airing the two articles of impeachment against the president for the live TV cameras. It was expected to be a long day of fights over amendments, primarily by Republicans trying to stop the impeachment. They were likely to be rejected by Democrats along party lines.
The top Republican, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, called the proceedings a “farce” and said they should be halted until his side was provided a chance for its own hearing. The request was denied.
First up was an amendment from GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who tried to delete the first charge against Trump. “This amendment strikes article 1 because article 1 ignores the truth,” he declared.
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., argued there was “overwhelming evidence” that the president, in pushing Ukraine to investigate rival Biden, was engaged in an abuse of power “to corrupt American elections.”
Debate on that first Republican amendment lasted for nearly three hours before the panel rejected it, 23-17, on a party-line vote.
Thursday’s hearing picked up where Wednesday’s late-night session left off.
Into the night, Democrats and Republicans delivered sharp, poignant and, at times, personal arguments for and against impeachment.
Cicilline asked Republicans standing with Trump to “wake up” and honor their oath of office. Republican Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana responded with his own request to “put your country over party.”
For all the debate, the articles weren’t likely to be changed. Democrats were unlikely to accept any amendments proposed by Republicans unified against Trump’s impeachment.
Democrats are also unified. They have agreed to the articles’ language, which says that Trump acted “corruptly” and “betrayed the nation.” Hamstrung in the minority, Republicans wouldn’t have the votes to make changes without support from at least some Democrats.
Nadler said the committee should consider whether the evidence shows that Trump committed the acts he’s accused of, whether they rise to the level of impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors and what the consequences will be if Congress fails to act.
“When his time has passed, when his grip on our politics is gone, when our country returns, as surely it will, to calmer times and stronger leadership, history will look back on our actions here today,” Nadler said.
“How would you be remembered?”
Republicans are also sending messages to the American people – and to Trump himself – as they argue that the articles show Democrats are out to get the president. Most Republicans contend, as Trump does, that he has done nothing wrong, and all of them are expected to vote against the articles.
Collins argued that Democrats are impeaching the president because they think they can’t beat him in the 2020 election.
Democrats think the only thing they need is a “32-second commercial saying we impeached him,” Collins said.
Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is heckled Thursday during a break from the House Judiciary Committee proceedings. ANDREW HARNIK/AP
12/13/2019 How Boris Johnson’s election gamble paid off by Elizabeth Piper
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves a polling station at the Methodist Central Hall, with his dog Dilyn,
after voting in the general election in London, Britain, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
(Reuters) – It was a straight forward message: “Get Brexit done.”
The mantra of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party during the national election campaign was aimed at harnessing voter frustration at a parliamentary logjam over Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Beyond the traditional strategy of swaying voters in swing districts held by the main opposition Labour Party, Johnson wanted to strike directly at Labour’s heartlands in the hopes of winning support from people who had never voted Conservative but for whom Brexit had come to trump even traditional party allegiances.
The Conservatives secured a sweeping victory, winning more than 360 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons – the party’s largest majority since under Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. The result handed Johnson his first national election victory but also delivered a dramatic blow to his main competitor, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose Labour Party suffered heavy losses.
For 55-year old Johnson, who only entered Downing Street this summer after his Conservative predecessor resigned, calling an election had been a high-stakes gamble.
But he also considered it a necessity to convert his party’s minority in the House of Commons into a majority and move his government’s agenda forward. Notably, that includes Britain – the world’s fifth largest economy – exiting the European Union by the end of January, which would mark the country’s most significant trade and foreign policy move since World War Two.
The five-week campaign also saw Johnson facing questions about his personal trustworthiness after his repeated failed promises during the year to deliver Brexit by the end of October “do or die.”
He faced allegations of failing to disclose close personal ties with a U.S. businesswoman who had received thousands of pounds in public business funding while he had been mayor. Jennifer Arcuri publicly said during the campaign she had had “a very special relationship” with Johnson, who has denied any impropriety. A government audit report ruled that a ministerial department’s decision to award a 100,000 pound ($128,000) grant to a company run by Arcuri was appropriate.
The plan early in the campaign was to target around 40 traditionally Labour supporting seats in northern and central England, a party source close to the campaign said. Johnson launched the Conservative campaign battle bus in Middleton in northwest England, in a district with a slim Labour majority but which saw 62% of voters back Brexit in 2016.
“The strategy is to woo Brexit Party supporters of all colors and to specifically court Labour leave voters especially in the North and Midlands,” said the source, speaking on Oct. 29, the day the House of Commons approved an early election.
“The themes are people versus parliament, let’s get Brexit done and move on, and a very merry Brexit to everyone.”
Exit polls Thursday evening suggesting a major victory for Johnson caught some in the Conservative camp off guard. “I was stunned,” said one member of Johnson’s campaign team, who described the sense of relief that the campaign strategy to keep on message had worked.
As the results of the election rolled in early Friday, it became clear that the Conservatives had succeeded in scooping up seats in districts that had voted Labour for generations, including places like Bishop Auckland and Sedgefield, the seat held by former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair. However, Johnson’s party had lost seats in some more pro-EU constituencies, such as Putney in London.
“This election means that getting Brexit down is now the irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people,” said an ebullient Johnson on Friday morning.
He also addressed those who had voted Conservative for the first time by saying “you may only have lent us your vote” and “you may intend to return to Labour next time round.” He added: “I and we will never take your support for granted.”
His often-ruffled appearance, including a distinctive mop of blonde hair, marks a contrast to the discipline and ruthlessness he displayed to get to this point.
Johnson – full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson – took office in July after winning a Conservative Party leadership contest triggered by the resignation of former Prime Minister Theresa May. She had failed to win backing by parliament for a Brexit divorce agreement she had negotiated with the EU.
The new prime minister and his team concluded early on that the only way to change the arithmetic in the House of Commons was to force a new election. But he needed a united front – no easy feat for a party where the issue of Europe has caused infighting and played a role in the downfall of the previous four Conservative prime ministers.
During his first weeks in office he oversaw one of the biggest purges of cabinet ministers in modern British history and expelled from his party 21 Conservative lawmakers who had voted against the prime minister on Brexit, including the grandson of Winston Churchill.
“We weren’t bluffing, and they were wilfully ignorant if they thought differently,” said a senior prime ministerial aide at the time, referring to a message from Johnson to lawmakers that he expected loyalty.
The election campaign officially started in early November and Johnson sought to convince voters that his party was the only one which could break the impasse among politicians in Westminster to enable the country to move forward.
The campaign focused heavily on core Brexit-related messages and was relatively light on policy detail, several members of his campaign team said. “The whole point of this campaign was to keep it tight and focused,” said one of his team. “.”
Team Johnson received a boost when the Brexit Party led by veteran eurosceptic Nigel Farage early on in the campaign said his candidates would not fight for 317 Conservative-held seats to avoid splitting the Leave vote.
Labour, meanwhile, pursued a compromise position on Brexit.
In an effort to unite his party, which was also divided over Europe, Labour’s leader Corbyn settled on a policy of negotiating a new deal to leave the EU followed by a second referendum – a stance that was unpopular with the party’s Brexit voters and even some in his own team.
He instead sought to focus the campaign agenda on a manifesto that included widespread nationalization and spending on public services such as the National Health Service, which the Labour Party established in 1948 and provides health care to all free at the point of delivery.
Johnson’s pitch included a pledge to lower immigration and that Brexit would free up money that Britain would otherwise pay to the EU that could be redirected to spending on public services, including the NHS, at home.
One pledge was to add 50,000 more nurses but, under scrutiny from the opposition and media, the prime minister acknowledged that 19,000 were already working in the NHS, adding that his policies would retain those workers that might otherwise leave.
During an Oct. 13 visit to the northern town of Doncaster, a female member of the public accused him of peddling fiction by promising a rosy future for Britain outside of the EU and being part of a government that had made cuts to public services.
“You’ve got the cheek to come here and tell us that austerity’s over and it’s all good now – we’re gonna leave the EU and everything’s going to be great,” the woman told the prime minister during a visit to Doncaster. “It’s just a fairy tale.”
His responded by saying his government was investing in the area.
Some voters said they planned to support him even if lack of trust was a factor.
“It’s tough to believe what they’re saying after the time that we’ve had recently,” said Tim Turner, 41, operations director at knitwear manufacturer John Smedley, during a visit by Johnson to a company mill in Derbyshire in central England on Dec. 5, questioning his assertion over the 50,000 nurses.
“I think he’s got the best chance, but whether I believe him or not is a different matter,” he said. Turner said he had voted before for other parties, including Labour, but would vote for Johnson in this election.
Johnson has repeatedly said that any breach of trust should be blamed on parliament, not him. “The issue before the country is after three and a half years politicians of all parties are held in low esteem because they have refused to get on and deliver on the mandate of the people,” he said on the campaign trail.
Conservative strategists considered Johnson’s personal popularity and proven ability to reach across party lines a key election asset. The charismatic politician helped lead the successful Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum and is the only Conservative to have been London mayor.
By contrast, recent polls have ranked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn the least popular opposition leader in decades.
But Johnson’s team were also aware the prime minister, known for his often-colorful turn of phrase and a tendency to go off script, was a potential liability. On the campaign trail, his team sought to minimize the risk of unflattering encounters with members of the public and with some television interviewers, according to a campaign source.
Many of his interactions with voters were in Conservative-held seats, while in traditional Labour districts the prime minister often visited businesses with sympathetic bosses or organized rallies in venues where attendees could be screened.
In the final days of the campaign, Johnson crisscrossed districts in the north and central England, regions where Labour has traditionally had strong support.
At a factory of British construction equipment maker JCB near Uttoxeter in central England on Tuesday, Johnson drove a digger emblazoned with “get Brexit done” through a makeshift wall emblazoned with the word “GRIDLOCK.”
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Cassell Bryan-Low)
12/13/2019 Britain speeds towards Brexit as Johnson wins large majority in election by Guy Faulconbridge and William James
Conservatives' British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures while speaking after winning his seat at the
counting centre in Britain's general election in Uxbridge, Britain, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31.
Brexit represents the country’s biggest political and economic gamble since World War Two, cutting the world’s fifth largest economy adrift from the vast trading bloc and threatening the integrity of the United Kingdom.
For Johnson, who campaigned on a vow to “Get Brexit Done,” victory was a vindication after anti-Brexit opponents tried one maneuver after another to thwart him during his first chaotic months in office.
“We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes,” a triumphant Johnson told supporters at a rally in London.
“Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people,” he said, reprising the refrains of his successful Brexit referendum campaign of 2016.
Sterling soared, on course for one of its biggest one-day gains in the past two decades.
Nearly half a century after Britain joined the EU, Johnson must now strike new international trade deals, preserving London’s position as a top global financial capital and keeping the United Kingdom together.
That last goal looks more challenging, with Scotland voting for a nationalist party that wants an independence referendum, and Irish nationalists performing strongly in Northern Ireland.
“Boris Johnson may have a mandate to take England out of the European Union. He emphatically does not have a mandate to take Scotland out of the European Union,” said Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
Her Scottish National Party (SNP) won 48 of Scotland’s 59 seats in the national parliament.
RED WALL CRUMBLES
In England, the Conservatives won large numbers of seats in the opposition Labour Party’s so-called Red Wall, declining industrial heartlands once hostile to Johnson’s party.
Brexit, which has shattered old party loyalties and divided Britain along new fault lines, was the cause of the shift. In the Red Wall, a majority of voters favored leaving the European Union and rejected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s ambiguous stance on the issue.
In a symbolic win, the Conservatives took Sedgefield, once held by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Labour’s most successful leader.
Educated at Eton, the country’s most elite private school, and known for his bombastic rhetoric, Johnson seemed to critics to be an unlikely candidate to win over working class communities, but Brexit helped him redraw the electoral map.
In his victory speech, he struck a rare note of humility as he addressed voters who had deserted Labour in his favor.
“Your hand may have quivered over the ballot paper before you put your cross in the Conservative box, and you may hope to return to Labour next time round, and if that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me,” he said.
U.S. President Donald Trump was quick to congratulate Johnson.
“Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT. This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U.,” Trump wrote on Twitter “Celebrate Boris!”
European politicians were less enthusiastic.
German lawmaker Norbert Roettgen of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party said “the British people have decided and we have to accept their choice. With Johnson’s victory Brexit has become inevitable.”
NO MORE DELAYS
Johnson, 55, will now be able to lead Britain out of the EU by Jan. 31, 10 months after the original deadline of March 29, which was repeatedly pushed back as a gridlocked parliament failed to take any clear decisions on Brexit.
However, with the complex task of negotiating his country’s future relationship with the bloc still ahead of him, he may struggle to reunite a divided nation.
Many voters regard him as a populist charlatan who played fast and loose with the facts and made unrealistic promises.
But his landslide win marks the ultimate failure of the anti-Brexit camp, who tried to thwart the 2016 referendum vote through complex legislative maneuvers and could not convert huge anti-Brexit street protests into a coherent political strategy.
With Labour split and unclear on Brexit, the strongly anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats had hoped to do well but they won only 11 seats, a crushing result. Party leader Jo Swinson lost her seat in Scotland to the SNP and resigned.
With results in from all but one of the 650 parliamentary seats, the Conservatives had won 364, their biggest election win since Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 triumph.
Labour, led since 2015 by the veteran socialist Corbyn, had won just 203 seats, the party’s worst result since 1935.
Corbyn’s offer of nationalizations and big state spending failed to win over voters, while his equivocal position on Brexit left many angry and confused, especially in Red Wall areas where large majorities had voted for Brexit in 2016.
Corbyn said he would quit as Labour leader after a “process of reflection.”
The party now faces a brutal battle between Corbyn’s socialist followers and his centrist critics.
A SOFTER BREXIT?
After Jan. 31, Britain will enter a transition period during which it will negotiate a new relationship with the EU.
This can run until the end of 2022, but the Conservatives have pledged not to extend the transition beyond 2020.
A big majority may allow Johnson to extend trade talks beyond 2020 because he could overrule the Brexit hardline European Research Group (ERG) faction in the party.
“The bigger the Tory majority of course the less influence over this the ERG and Eurosceptics will have,” said hardline Brexiteer Nigel Farage, whose anti-EU campaigning played a major part in persuading former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron to call the 2016 referendum.
“It will be called Brexit but it won’t really be,” Farage said.
Johnson was helped by Farage’s Brexit Party, which stood down hundreds of candidates to prevent the pro-Brexit vote from being split. The insurgent party poached a significant number of voters from Labour.
In his victory speech, Johnson gave no details of how he would handle Brexit after Jan. 31. Instead, he made a typically light-hearted offer to his supporters.
“Let’s get Brexit done but first, my friends, let’s get breakfast done.”
See also: What would a UK Conservative majority government do? https://reut.rs/2Pe0X8P
GRAPHIC-Live election results https://tmsnrt.rs/2r0WtJp
EXPLAINER-Reality check for Johnson’s Brexit: it’s just the beginning https://reut.rs/35jwD25
(Reporting by Alistair Smout, Elizabeth Piper, David Milliken, Kate Holton, Kylie MacLellan, Andy Bruce, Paul Sandle, William James, Michael Urquhart, Tommy Reggiori Wilkes, Costas Pitas and Andy MacAskill in London and Michel Rose in Brussels; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge, Michael Holden and Estelle Shirbon; Editing by William Maclean and Giles Elgood)
[THE BOTTOMLINE HERE IS THE UK THE 5TH LARGEST TRADING BLOC WILL LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION ON JANUARY 31ST, 2020 AND IT WAS DUE TO REJECTING THE SOCIALISM AND GLOBALIST VIEWS THAT HAD TAKEN OVER THE EU.].
12/14/2019 Taylor Swift says George Soros funded deal that exploited her music rights by OAN Newsroom
Taylor Swift arrives at Billboard’s Women in Music at the Hollywood Palladium
on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Pop singer Taylor Swift called out Democrat billionaire George Soros during her acceptance speech for Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Decade’ award. On Thursday, Swift took time to discuss her battles in the music industry as she was being honored as the first ever recipient of the award.
During her speech, she blasted Soros for funding music executive Scooter Braun’s deal, which bought the rights to her music.
Swift stated Soros and other groups helped sell her life’s worth of art without her “approval, consultation or consent.”
“After I was denied the chance to purchase my music outright, my entire catalog was sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings in a deal that I’m told was funded by the Soros family, 23 Capital and that Carlyle group,” she said.
The singer went on to say she will keep fighting Soros Braun and the other groups that exploited her in the hopes of regaining the rights to her music.
[Maybe she should switch to the winning Trump team who will do her right in her activity and dump that Globalist Socialist George Soros who exploited many more than just her. Since you know who has been backing her radical push against Trump and Republican campaign will she change or continue to be controlled by the leftist views and her base she created].
12/15/2019 UK PM Johnson cannot keep Scotland in union against its will: Sturgeon
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for a photograph with Scotland's First Minister
Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House in Edinburgh, Britain, July 29, 2019. Duncan McGlynn/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday that he could not keep Scotland in the United Kingdom against the country’s will.
Johnson and his government have repeatedly said they will not give the go ahead for another referendum on Scottish independence, but Sturgeon said after the Scottish National Party won 48 of Scotland’s 59 seats in the UK parliament, her party had been given a mandate for one.
“If he thinks … saying no is the end of the matter then he is going to find himself completely and utterly wrong,” Sturgeon told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
“You cannot hold Scotland in the union against its will … If the United Kingdom is to continue it can only be by consent. And if Boris Johnson is confident in the case for the union then he should be confident enough to make that case and allow people to decide.”
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)
12/16/2019 EU to check whether Polish bill on judges undermines court independence
FILE PHOTO: People gather in front of the Presidential Palace during the "Chain of lights"
protest against judicial overhaul in Warsaw, Poland July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Monday it would closely examine whether a new Polish draft law undermines the independence of the judiciary, amid tensions between Brussels and Warsaw over democratic standards.
The EU has accused Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party of politicizing the judiciary since it swept to power in 2015. PiS argues that the reforms are necessary to make Poland’s courts more efficient.
Under legislation PiS submitted to parliament on Dec. 12, judges could be sacked if they question the legitimacy of its judicial reforms. It also says judges must inform their superiors of past membership of political parties and of any activity in non-governmental organizations and on social media.
“The Commission continues to follow the situation in Poland closely,” a spokesman for the European Union’s executive, Christian Wigand, told a regular news briefing.
“The Commission will analyze the legislation proposed, in particular its compliance with EU law, regarding judicial independence,” he said.
PiS wants to prevent Polish judges from ruling that their peers, nominated by a panel appointed by PiS, are not independent and therefore that their rulings can be questioned.
Last month the EU’s top court, whose rulings under EU treaties trump national laws, said it was up to Poland’s Supreme Court to decide whether the PiS-appointed panel was independent. The Polish Supreme Court then ruled that it was not independent.
The Polish parliament is due to discuss the draft legislation this week.
“The Commission has a very clear position on protecting the judiciary from political interference,” Wigand said.
“We have already referred Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU regarding its new disciplinary regime for judges in October,” he added.
The EU has launched a rule-of-law investigation that could in theory lead to Poland losing its EU voting rights.
Brussels is also considering whether to link access to EU budget funds – of which Poland is a big beneficiary – to the rule of law and democratic standards.
(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Gareth Jones)
12/17/2019 Poland could exit EU over judicial reform clash: top Polish court
FILE PHOTO: People gather in front of the Presidential Palace during the "Chain of lights"
protest against judicial overhaul in Warsaw, Poland July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland could end up leaving the European Union because of plans by the ruling nationalists that would allow judges to be fired if they question the legitimacy of the government’s judicial reforms, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday.
The court said the plans could contravene European law and exacerbate existing tensions between Brussels and Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS).
“Contradictions between Polish law and EU law … will in all likelihood lead to an intervention by the EU institutions regarding an infringement of the EU treaties, and in the longer perspective (will lead to) the need to leave the European Union,” Poland’s Supreme Court said in a statement.
The EU has accused PiS of politicizing the judiciary since the party swept to power in 2015. Pis says its reforms are necessary to make the court system more efficient.
Under draft legislation now before parliament, PiS aims to prevent judges from ruling that peers, nominated by a panel appointed by the party, are not independent.
“The Commission has a very clear position on protecting the judiciary from political interference,” European Commission spokesman Christian Wigand told Reuters in response to the Supreme Court statement.
“The Commission continues to follow the situation closely. We remain ready and available to discuss with the Polish authorities ways forward to resolving the issues at hand.”
The EU had said on Monday it would investigate whether the draft law undermines judicial independence.
The Supreme Court statement also said the proposed bill was “evidently” designed to allow President Andrzej Duda, an ally of PiS, to pick a new head of the court before a presidential election expected in May.
The current head of the Supreme Court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, is due to stand down in April. She was appointed before PiS came to power and has been openly critical of the party’s reforms.
Gersdorf has called a meeting of all judges for March 17 so they can participate in the process of choosing the next head of the Supreme Court, court spokesman Michal Laskowski told a news conference on Tuesday.
Moves by Hungary and Poland to bring their courts and media under tighter state control have led the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, to begin rule-of-law investigations that could in theory lead to a suspension of their EU voting rights.
Brussels is considering tying adherence to the rule of law and democratic standards with access to EU budget funds.
Poland joined the EU in 2004 and public support for membership remains strong, despite the tussles between Brussels and PiS. Poland is a major beneficiary of EU funds for its farmers and infrastructure projects.
There is no mechanism for the EU to expel a member state. So far only Britain has chosen to leave the bloc, following a referendum in 2016. It is expected to exit the EU next month.
(Reporting by Alicja Ptak in Warsaw; Jonas Ekblom in Brussels, Writing by Joanna Plucinska; Editing by Gareth Jones)
12/18/2019 U.S. files appeal into WTO system it has broken
A red light is pictured at a pedestrian crossing in front of the World Trade Organization
headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday fell foul of its own actions that have weakened the World Trade Organization after it filed an appeal in a steel dispute with India, even though WTO adjudicators are no longer able to handle such a case.
Washington has paralyzed the WTO’s Appellate Body, which acts as a supreme court for international trade, by blocking appointments for over two years. Two of the body’s three members came to the end of their terms last week, leaving it unable to issue rulings.
The United States notified fellow WTO members that it had lodged the appeal, a Geneva trade official said. It planned to consult India to determine how to settle the dispute, possibly by finding “alternatives” to the WTO appeals process.
One person who attended Wednesday’s meeting on the matter called it “almost a comical development.”
“It seems that the United States is either seeking a correction of possible errors in the Panel Report from the Appellate Body, or intentionally delaying or mooting the case in a bad faith manner,” China’s delegation said in a speech.
“We encourage prompt unblockage of the Appellate Body by the United States to show to the public its genuine and sincere good faith in this appeal.”
The U.S-Indian row arose from U.S. tariffs on hot-rolled carbon steel products from India. India argued the U.S. measures breached global trade rules and that Washington subsequently failed to comply with a WTO decision on the matter.
A three-person WTO panel largely rejected India’s claims last month.
At the same meeting on Wednesday, 119 of the WTO’s 164 member states proposed that the six Appellate Body vacancies be filled. The United States rejected this, saying the Appellate Body had abused its authority and members needed first to discuss how this had happened.
The European Union has agreed with Canada and Norway to allow appeals to go before former Appellate Body adjudicators, permissible under WTO rules, and wants to sign up other countries with which it has more active disputes.
(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop and Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
12/19/2019 Lights out for multilateralism? Alarm as U.N. faces cash squeeze by Emma Farge and Cecile Mantovani
Delegates gather around an empty screen at a meeting on lethal autonomous weapons in the United Nations
in Geneva, Switzerland in this picture released to Reuters and taken November 15, 2019. Picture taken
November 15, 2019. Campaign to Stop Killer Robots/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
GENEVA (Reuters) – During talks on disarmament at the U.N.’s Geneva headquarters last month, alarm bells went off in the chamber to indicate that delegates had infringed new cost-cutting rules that restrict the length of meetings.
Screens and microphones were also shut off, forcing ambassadors to shout their speeches across the hall as events became “chaotic, confusing and noisy,” and some feared the lights would be next, according to one of several people present who described the scene to Reuters.
“I was really concerned about the lights,” said the Pakistani chair, Ambassador Khalil Hashmi, who eventually managed to get a limited agreement after assembling participants in a huddle.
The disruptions – which have happened on at least two occasions – were the result of emergency measures to cut costs at U.N. centers such as Geneva and New York.
The cuts, now in their third month, are a response to a situation described by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as “extremely alarming.”
The United Nations has a $768 million hole in its $2.85 billion 2019 general budget because 51 countries have not paid all their fees, including two big paymasters: the United States and Brazil. Both say they intend to pay most of their dues, but even if they do, arrears remain from past years and spill into future budgets.
“Cash deficits occur earlier in the year, linger longer and run deeper,” said Guterres.
Diplomats and analysts say the cash crisis points to some states’ weak commitment to multilateral diplomacy, as evidenced by the suspension of the Geneva-based World Trade Organization’s top appeals court and U.N. climate talks in Madrid last week reaching only a limited deal.
France and Germany have launched an “Alliance for Multilateralism” to support the U.N. and other institutions.
Richard Gowan, a U.N. expert at the International Crisis Group think-tank, said cash shortages were a symptom of a broader “crisis of political confidence” in the institution. “Most U.N. members just aren’t that bothered about the financial problems the organization faces,” he said.
Ambassador Hashmi urged member states to pay their dues, saying important U.N. business should not be “held hostage” to financial constraints.
Some critics say the United Nations could spend less on perks and bloated, often tax-free, salaries for senior officials.
“There is huge waste in the U.N.,” said Marc Limon, a former diplomat and Executive Director of Universal Rights Group. “Instead of focusing on the U.N. mandate … the U.N. spends a lot of money on high salaries in many cases.”
U.N. officials have said they are unwilling at this stage to cut permanent staff salaries and are focusing on cutting costs in other areas.
Built nearly 100 years ago to house the U.N.’s forerunner the League of Nations, Geneva’s colossal Palais des Nations – the home of multilateralism – hosts thousands of meetings each year on everything from refugee rights to peace in Syria and is showing its age.
Telephone booths abound, its art deco facade is yellowing and a monument donated by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation needs treatment for corrosion. Switzerland is lending $800 million for works.
Corridor notices say the cash crisis has forced the closure of lifts and escalators. Hallway lights have been dimmed and some diplomats have brought in heaters as radiators have been dialed down despite the Swiss winter.
Nonetheless, a library exhibition celebrates 100 years of multilateralism since parades and fireworks first rang out in Geneva to celebrate the new “city of peace.”
“The United Nations has been under pressure for many years to reduce its resources yet to deliver more. At one point it becomes very difficult,” said Corinne Momal-Vanian, U.N. Geneva’s director of conference management, who confirmed that meeting costs had been cut, for example, by using fewer interpreters and sound technicians.
Some speculate that cost-saving measures, thought to be making just small dents in the $14 million annual running costs for the Palais, are aimed more at annoying diplomats so they urge their capitals to pay up.
U.N. officials deny this and say savings are necessary.
Some critics question whether U.N. meetings such as deadlocked talks on nuclear weapons are worth pursuing at all, noting that any agreements get watered down by arms producers.
Mary Wareham, coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, described the process as zombie-like. “We are looking outside the U.N. to where the action is.”
(Additional reporting by Michelle Nichols in New York, Cecile Mantovani in Geneva and Anthony Boadle in Brasilia; Editing by Giles Elgood)
12/24/2019 Reports: Soros-backed media spread disinformation to advance impeachment narratives by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 21, 2019 file photo, George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations,
looks before the Joseph A. Schumpeter award ceremony in Vienna, Austria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)
Media outlets backed by billionaire George Soros are allegedly spreading misinformation to advance the impeachment narrative.
Tuesday reports said the Soros-backed Center for Public Integrity is stirring allegations that President Trump ordered a freeze on Ukraine military aid on the day of his phone call with the Ukrainian president.
The narrative was designed to back Democrat claims of a ‘quid pro quo’ related to Joe and Hunter Biden’s corruption in that country.
However, the Office of Management and Budget has refuted those claims. The OMB released a real timeline of events, which showed military aid had been frozen days before the July phone call and released weeks after.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters after saying on the floor that he wants to call
top White House officials to testify for the Senate trial, which is set to start next year if the House impeaches
President Donald Trump this week, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
This came just after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for new information to be released to allow for a “fair and honest trial” in the Senate. This week, Schumer referenced recently released emails that he said shed more light onto the alleged ‘quid pro quo’ between the Trump administration and Ukraine.
One email in particular, which was sent 91 minutes after the July 25th phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky, was written by senior OMB political appointee Michael Duffey. The email appeared to instruct Defense Department officials to withhold aid to Ukraine and keep the administration’s request confidential.
“This email is explosive,” stated Schumer. “A top administration official, one that we requested, is saying ‘stop the aid’ 91 minutes after Trump called Zelensky and said ‘keep it hush hush.’”
[If it was so explosive why was it not brought out in the Impeachment Hoax. Thats right the Article 1 Congress did not take it to the Article 3 Judicial system which Article 2 Executive branch which they have a right to separation of powers which Shumer is now ignoring.].
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