Category Archives: EU

Trudeau tries to calm Trump fears in Europe, which sees Canada as bridge to U.S.

“The European Union is a truly remarkable achievement, and an unprecedented model for peaceful co-operation. Canada knows that an effective European voice on the global stage isn’t just preferable — it’s essential,” Trudeau said in the first address by a Canadian prime minister to the European Parliament.

Dion to Be EU Ambassador

Something has to be done with this wet noodle:

Former Liberal leader and foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion says he has agreed to be Canada’s ambassador to the European Union and Germany.

Dion made the announcement while saying goodbye to his colleagues in the House of Commons, following a similar tribute to former immigration minister John McCallum.

Dion, who represents a Montreal riding, was shuffled out of cabinet earlier this month in favour of Chrystia Freeland, a move widely seen as part of the Liberal government’s response to the ascendance of Donald Trump.

Dion did not initially accept the “senior position” he was offered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a sign that he was not happy about the decision to relieve him of his portfolio.

Saudi blogger faces more lashes. Is Euro prez Schultz fit to govern?

Last I heard, as of October 19, 2016, at BBC:

A Canadian foundation campaigning for his release said a source had told it the flogging could happen at any time.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who gave Mr Badawi the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2015, said he was shocked and saddened.

Saddened, doubtless, but is Schulz fit to govern if he is “shocked”?

This Reuters header says it all:  U.N. torture watchdog urges Saudi to halt flogging, amputations

When one is reduced to depending on the UN, that may be even worse than depending on the Eurocrats. Brexit happened not a moment too soon… Provided, that is, it becomes possible to speak honestly in England again.

The 32 year old was sentenced in 2014 to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam” online.

There was an international outcry after he received the first 50 lashes in public in January 2015, and he has not been flogged since.

Mouse under the cat’s paw…

Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar, who fled to the Canadian province of Quebec with the couple’s three children in 2012 following an attempt on her husband’s life, told Deutsche Welle on Tuesday: “I was totally shocked by the news. I’m worried and scared that they’ll carrying on whipping him.” More.

Reality check: It’s all our fault, of course, for not understanding and admiring Islam.

And remember, globalization does not mean bringing civil liberties to unfree nations; it means averaging them between formerly free and unfree.  So the safety of all of us depends on the clued-in-ness of people like President Schultz and his North American counterparts.

It won’t be too long before the Sakharov Prize become dangerous to accept. If it isn’t now – unless, of course, one is just writing worthy but dismissible drivel. Which is probably where the Prize is headed.

Civil libertarians, especially writers and other intellectuals, often pretend to see artistic merit in whatever form of human expression is threatened by the prosecutor or the censor. Frankly, I have never felt the need for that. It is not necessary to defend people’s tastes or views in order to defend their right to have and express them. – George Jonas, “Throwing the Book at Pages” (1985)

See also: Free speech an offence at historic Tufts U. But Tufts isn’t allowed to use torture.

Germany Wants Migrants Sent Back to Greece

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In an interview with a Greek daily, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said he wants to reinstate EU rules which oblige asylum seekers to be sent back to Greece as the first EU country they reached.

“I would like the Dublin convention to be applied again… we will take up discussions on this in a meeting with (EU) interior ministers” later in October, he told the Greek daily Kathimerini.

The Dublin accord gives responsibility for asylum seekers’ application to the first country they reach – which put Greece on the frontline of more than a million migrants who arrived in the EU last year.

Hungary’s Orban Aims to ‘Give the Finger’ to Europe in Migrant Referendum

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This is nothing new. He previously referred to migrants as “poison” and — two months before Donald Trump proposed banning Muslims entering the U.S. — argued countries needed to “keep Europe Christian” by defending their borders from Muslim incomers.

NBC can’t resist taking a shot at Trump, even in a story that doesn’t involve him.

European Leaders Discuss Plan for European Army

European leaders are discussing “far-reaching proposals” to build a pan-European military, according to a French defense ministry document leaked to the German newspaper, the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The efforts are part of plans to relaunch the European Union at celebrations in Rome next March marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Community.

The document confirms rumors that European officials are rushing ahead with defense integration now that Britain — the leading military power in Europe — will be exiting the 28-member European Union.

Hungary blasts EU open borders as minister says ‘link between immigration and terrorism’

The country is set to hold a referendum to ask its citizens whether they support the EU’s current migration policy on October 2.

But Karoly Kontrat, the Minister of State of the Ministry of Interior, did not hold back on his criticism as he insisted there are hundreds of terrorists in Europe. 

He said: “It is clearly demonstrable and can be stated as a fact that there is a connection between immigration and terrorism.

Heresy!

BREXIT BLOCK: EU bureaucrats tell Britain to PAY £20BN bill or we WON’T let you leave

The European Union has threatened to hold the UK to ransom if it fails to pay the bill, in a scathing attack on democracy following Britain’s momentous Brexit vote.

An EU source told a German newspaper: “A deal with Britain is inconceivable if the British do not settle these liabilities.”

Sooner or later they’ll find the right lever to avoid Brexit.