European Union

Good news, Brexit looks more likely

The Poms have had enough of Europe.

A new poll has suggested more Britons favour leaving the EU over staying in, with 45% supporting “Brexit” compared with 36% against, while a fifth remain undecided.

The YouGov poll for the Times was carried out in the two days after publication of an outline deal that David Cameron negotiated which could change the UK’s relationship with Brussels while keeping it within the European Union.   Read more »

How New Year’s Eve in Cologne Has Changed Germany

Der Spiegel reports:

A lot happened on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, much of it contradictory, much of it real, much of it imagined. Some was happenstance, some was exaggerated and much of it was horrifying. In its entirety, the events of Cologne on New Year’s Eve and in the days that followed adhered to a script that many had feared would come true even before it actually did. The fears of both immigration supporters and virulent xenophobes came true. The fears of Pegida people and refugee helpers; the fears of unknown women and of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Even Donald Trump, the brash Republican presidential candidate in the US, felt it necessary to comment. Germany, he trumpeted, “is going through massive attacks to its people by the migrants allowed to enter the country.”

For some, the events finally bring to light what they have always been saying: that too many foreigners in the country bring too many problems along with them. For the others, that which happened is what they have been afraid of from the very beginning: that ugly images of ugly behavior by migrants would endanger what has been a generally positive mood in Germany with respect to the refugees.

As inexact and unclear as the facts from Cologne may be, they carry a clear message: Difficult days are ahead. And they beg a couple of clear questions: Is Germany really sure that it can handle the influx of refugees? And: Does Germany really have the courage and the desire to become the country in Europe with the greatest number of immigrants?

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Poms are over it, set to exit EU

It looks like the Brexit is on.

A majority of Britons who have made up their minds would vote to leave the European Union, making Britain by far the most Eurosceptic country in the 28-member bloc, according to a new poll.

As Prime Minister David Cameron pushes for a deal from other EU leaders before a referendum which he could call as early as June this year, the ORB poll showed that opposition to the European Union was growing in Britain.

While 21 percent of voters were still undecided, the poll showed 43 percent of British voters wanted to leave the EU while 36 percent wanted to stay.  Read more »

Is Europe finished?

Raheem Kassam thinks Europe may well be finished:

So this is the way 2015 ends for Europe, not with a bang, but with a whimper. With Brussels, Paris, London and Berlin all on high alert, having either cancelled or drastically altered their plans for traditional New Year’s celebrations across the capitals of the continent.

It would be amusing were it not such a tragic development for those of us who have to live among them, that the open-door, terrorist-apologist policies of the liberal left which has its tentacles deep in the “old” conservative parties across Europe have led in many ways to the decline of their own ideals.

“Tolerance” – going. “Sexual liberation” – going. “Feminism” – gone. These, if not yet fully dead, are ideals in their death throes as Europe undergoes a seismic shift in demographics and inevitably, our politics.

And what better way than to mark the occasion that German Chancellor Angela Merkel – not so much the architect as the project manager – delivering her annual New Year speech, for the first time, subtitled in Arabic?

Some have deeply pessimistic takes on it all. It’s hard not to. It is very hard to sit across from someone at a dinner table, and with a straight face proclaim, “I’m sure it’s going to be alright”.

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Is it time for Britain to leave the European Union?

David Cameron is holding a referendum on whether or not Britain should remain part of the European Union. One of the key aspects that most concerns me is that…

Within the Schengen Area, passport controls have been abolished.[16] EU policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital,

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 …The result of the referendum will play into the future of Europe itself, at a time when Europe’s elites – including even the continent’s strongest leaders, like Germany’s Angela Merkel – find themselves in an ever-more precarious position.

So what are the merits of membership?

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This will help with the EU referendum

The UK is to have a referendum next year on the EU. In the past the Euro-sceptics have been pasted but given recent developments I’d suggest that they are now likely to win, especially after this recent incident.

As many as 1000 migrants have been involved in a plan to storm the Calais entrance to the Channel Tunnel in a bid to reach England, some armed with iron bars and hammers. The A16 road into Calais had to be shut for an hour as police fired tear gas at the crowd to drive them back.

Vigilant locals have taken to the Facebook group ‘Les Calaisians en Colère’ (Calaisians are Angry) to warn that gangs of around 50-60 migrants at a time were working to bring traffic to a standstill as their accomplices attacked the tunnel.

“An attack on the tunnel by the illegal immigrants is in progress!” they posted “Be vigilant if you go to this area, especially around avenue Roger Salengro where groups of 50 to 60 illegal immigrants have been sighted…”

WARNING! There are reports from reliable sources that a group of six or seven migrants are running around with iron bars, stones and hammers.”    Read more »

Greece is the latest country to give the European Union the finger

Jewish shop "Kopp & Joseph" in Nazi Germany

Jewish shop “Kopp & Joseph” in Nazi Germany

The European Union has dictated that all European Union countries must label as Jewish-made, all settlement goods to enable followers of the BDS movement to easily boycott them. Greece along with Hungary have refused to label the goods, but distressingly given Germany’s history, their Foreign Ministry has announced that it will be abiding by the new EU labelling procedures.

How is it that a country so haunted by the holocaust that it is taking in millions of Muslim migrants out of guilt, ( ironically followers of a religion that hates Jews) is on the other hand once again labelling Jews  in order to damage them economically?

Jews throughout Nazi-occupied Europe were forced to wear a badge in the form of a Yellow Star as a means of identification. This was not a new idea; ...

Jews throughout Nazi-occupied Europe were forced to wear a badge in the form of a Yellow Star as a means of identification. This was not a new idea; since medieval times many other societies had forced their Jewish citizens to wear badges to identify themselves. – bl.uk.com

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Big right-wing shift expected in French regional elections as anti-immigration message finds fertile soil

The liberal left are getting a pasting in France in elections over the weekend.

Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front is leading in six out of 12 regions in the first round of regional elections, Reuters reports citing exit polls.

Le Pen and her niece, Marion Marechal-Le Pen, are both set to take more than 40 percent of the vote in the north and southeast of the country, TV exit polls showed on Sunday.

Assemblies in the 13 regions of metropolitan France and in four overseas territories were being elected. Results for Paris are not yet in.

The Ifop, OpinionWay and Ipsos project polling agencies predict that the National Front won between 27 and 30 percent of the ballots in Sunday’s voting, followed by former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party, The Republicans, and President Francois Hollande’s governing Socialists.   Read more »

Merkel imports misogyny and anti-semitism and now her own people are scared

Angela Merkel and other ‘progressive’ governments and politicians are going to be rinsed in coming years in European elections.

Unfortunately the damage they have done to their countries is already done and in some cases may well prove fatal.

In August, when Chancellor Angela Merkel controversially welcomed all Syrians, promising them asylum, benefits and housing as war refugees, the country’s mood was buoyant. Helping out was the right thing to do, said most Germans.

But other faraway nations, such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, took note of Mrs Merkel’s message. Within weeks, thousands of migrants, only 20 per cent of whom are believed to be Syrians, had grabbed the chance of a new life in the West. In what has become the biggest European movement of people since World War II, countries from Sweden to Hungary have hurriedly introduced border checks to try to assess who are genuine refugees.

Yet each day 7,000 migrants still arrive in Germany. They are predominantly young Muslim men from the Middle East, Africa and even the Balkans, and their numbers have topped 180,000 since the beginning of this month — equivalent to the population of Luton.

By the end of 2015, a million new migrants will have reached Germany — a nation of around 80 million — in a year, most after paying huge sums to people smugglers for dangerous crossings from Turkey to Greece en route to Mrs Merkel’s land of milk and honey.

The surge of new arrivals is likely to reach the same tally in 2016.

But terror is far from the only worry on German minds.

It is bitterly ironic that postwar Germany, still battling with national guilt over the Nazi slaughter of six million Jews in the Holocaust, is importing so many people who are avowedly anti-Semitic.   Read more »

Stuff the business backlash, the Commerce Commission is a joke

Richard Harman from Politik reports that big business is feeling a bit hurty over proposed changes to the Commerce Commission by Paul Goldsmith.

Though Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith is playing it down, a Government review of competition law that he announced yesterday has the potential to make radical changes that could affect some of New Zealand’s largest companies.

Mr Goldsmith describes the review as a “health check” on the current law.

But accompanying documentation from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says the current law, administered by the Commerce Commission.

The Ministry argues that it has not been working satisfactorily because it is:

  • failing to punish anti-competitive conduct by powerful firms and
  • too complex to allow for cost-effective and timely application,

Commenting on the announcement, the law firm Chapman Tripp, says the prospect of amendments to the Commerce Act will have implications for the commercial and compliance strategies of New Zealand’s most strategically important companies.

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