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Grecia. Rivolta armata contro immigrati e centri di raccolta.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-28.

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Il popolo è in rivolta contro gli immigrati clandestini illegali con i quali il governi riempie sempre nuovi campi di raccolta.

Ma per il governo, e per l’Unione Europea, non ce ne saranno mai a sufficienza.

Il popolo ex-sovrano non li gradisce?

Contro questa genia di xenofobi razzisti si fa intervenire l’esercito, che massacra chiunque non gradisca il gentile cadeau.

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«Greece will tighten border controls to prevent the spread of coronavirus, focusing on island routes used by migrants to enter the country, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday»

«His comments came as Greece reported two new cases of coronavirus, bringing its total of confirmed cases to three – two in the northern city of Thessaloniki and one in Athens»

«Greece is a gateway for refugees and asylum seekers fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and beyond, with more than one million having passed through the country in 2015 and 2016»

«Thousands of migrants are stuck in overcrowded refugee camps in conditions aid organizations say are appalling and which the government itself has described as a “ticking health bomb”»

«“Our islands are already overburdened with public health issues and they must be doubly protected,” Mitsotakis, whose administration has taken a tough stance on migration, told a cabinet meeting»

«The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says there are more than 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers on Greek islands. Many have waited for months for their applications to be processed»

«Riot police on the Greek island of Lesbos fired tear gas on Wednesday to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing protesters angry over the creation of a new detention center for migrants, the latest bout of unrest over the matter»

«The Athens government infuriated residents of five Aegean islands – all straddling a key route to Europe used by thousands of migrants – by announcing two weeks ago that it would expedite the construction of secured detention centers to replace open-access, severely overcrowded camps»

«In a second straight day of disturbances on Wednesday, local crowds tried to approach a site earmarked for a new migrant center, triggering clashes with helmeted police on a road winding through a hilly forest»

«At least 10 protesters and dozens of police officers were injured during the clashes before they subsided early in the evening, another police official said»

«More police were deployed this week to the five affected islands to deal with the protesters. On the island of Chios on Wednesday, local people stormed into a hotel where newly arrived police officers were staying, precipitating scuffles»

«Earlier in the day, hundreds of people gathered in the town of Mytilene on Lesbos as part of a general strike to protest at government plans to create the new closed migrant facility»

«The Athens government says the closed centers will offer greater security and safety to both asylum seekers and local residents, and plans to build them on the islands of Samos, Kos, Leros and Chios in addition to Lesbos»

«Locals say the islands are carrying a disproportionate burden from a migrant crisis that began in 2015 when more than one million people fled violence in the Middle East and beyond via Turkey, reaching Greece and then moving on to wealthier central and northern Europe, their preferred destinations»

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Ma cosa mai si crede di essere il popolo sovrano?

Ha il piacere e l’onore di essere suddito di governanti liberal ed è così misconoscente da osare concepire l’idea di ribellarsi, di scendere nelle strade, di avere una sua propria idea che contrasta quella illuminata dei liberal?

Gas lacrimogeni e sane manganellate sulla testa dovrebbero calmarli.

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Greece speeds up creation of migrant holding centers to ease tension 2020-02-10

ATHENS Greece plans to accelerate the creation of detention centers on its outlying islands in the Aegean Sea after a backlash against overcrowded camps by some migrants and nearby residents.

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Greek islands should not be migrant warehouses, residents say 2020-02-13

ATHENS Residents of outlying Greek islands urged authorities on Thursday to shut overcrowded migrant camps that host thousands of asylum seekers.

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In night of violence, Greeks try to block access to migrant camp building sites 2020-02-25

ATHENS Police in riot gear threw teargas and fired water cannon at Greek islanders as they tried to prevent access to construction sites for new migrant detention centers by setting fires, hurling flares and blockading the gates.Video

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Greek islanders opposed to new migrant center clash with police 2020-02-26

ATHENS Riot police on the Greek island of Lesbos fired tear gas on Wednesday to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing protesters angry over the creation of a new detention center for migrants, the latest bout of unrest over the matter.

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As coronavirus takes hold, Greece worries about migrant camps 2020-02-27.

ATHENS Greece will tighten border controls to prevent the spread of coronavirus, focusing on island routes used by migrants to enter the country, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday.

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ABC rimuove un senior reporter, un socialista che la reputa manipolatrice dei fatti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-28.

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ABC News ha sospeso il corrispondente senior David Wright dopo essere stato ripreso in un filmato sotto copertura da Project Veritas, ammettendo che i capi della rete spiano le notizie importanti per gli elettori e che ABC non è in grado di fornire notizie rilevanti agli americani a causa del loro pregiudizio.

In qualità di reporter politico nazionale presso un’emittente televisiva di vecchia data, Wright ha detto di sentirsi lasciato indietro dai nuovi media digitali.

«ABC News suspended senior correspondent David Wright after he was caught on undercover film by Project Veritas admitting that the network bosses spike news that is important to voters, and that ABC is unable to provide relevant news to Americans due to their bias»

«As a national political reporter at a legacy broadcaster, Wright said he feels left behind by the new digital media»

«We’ve been in the mainstream media we have an effort to match the zippy news cycle with responding to the latest tweet and trying to keep pace with the desperate pace of it all.”»

«“I think, some of that at least in the place that I work [ABC News], and places like it, is that we’ve, with Trump we’re interested in three things: the outrage of the day, the investigation, and of the palace intrigue of who’s backstabbing whom. Beyond that, we don’t really cover the guy [Trump]»

«Wright added that networks can’t stop Trump from dominating news cycles every day. “The first story is the big story, about Trump. And it’s about whatever outrageous thing he said or tweeted about, and it’s about, or it’s about this effort to unseat him, or it’s about, you know, ‘Today we found anonymous’ or ‘Who’s he [Trump] throwing out of the White House today,’ or ‘Who’s blowing the whistle and stabbing him [Trump] in the back?’”»

«Trump’s domination of the media also leads to reporters not reporting the positive stories about the president. “We don’t hold him [Trump] to account. We also don’t give him credit for what things he does do.”»

«I feel that the truth suffers, the voters are poorly informed, and people don’t have the opportunity to tune into whatever they want to here»

«It’s like there no upside in, or our bosses don’t see an upside in doing the job we’re supposed to do which is to speak truth to power and hold people to account»

«More than that I would consider myself a socialist; like I think there should be national health insurance»

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Project Veritas è una delle organizzazioni 501(c)3 che si prefigge le seguenti finalità.

«Founded by James O’Keefe, the mission of Project Veritas is to:

Investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions in order to achieve a more ethical and transparent society.

Project Veritas is the most effective non-profit on the national scene, period.

We’ve had dozens of successes, many of which are detailed on this site.  The pattern is clear:

Project Veritas launches an investigation with the placement of our undercover journalists. The rollout of our findings creates a growing and uncontainable firestorm of press coverage. Corruption is exposed, leaders resign, and organizations are shut down.

We get immediate, measurable and impactful results, and our return on investment is unparalleled.

Project Veritas is a registered 501(c)3 organization.  Project Veritas does not advocate specific resolutions to the issues that are raised through its investigations, nor do we encourage others to do so. Our goal is to inform the public of wrongdoing and allow the public to make judgments on the issues.»

Come tutte le ngo, Project Veritas si erge a giudice che emette sentenze già andate in giudicato, ossia irrevocabili, mettendo alla pubblica gogna fatti e persone sui quali al massimo avrebbe dovuto giudicare un corte di giustizia legalmente costituita.

Con questo, talora riporta fatti veri e controllabili, ma questa non è la norma.

Mr David Wright aveva detto che i capi della rete ABC spiano le notizie importanti per gli elettori e che ABC non è in grado di fornire notizie rilevanti agli americani a causa del loro pregiudizio.

Nulla quindi da stupirsi che ABC lo abbia immediatamente rimosso.

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Nota. una registered 501(c)3 organization  

«is a corporation, trust, unincorporated association, or other type of organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the United States Code. It is one of the 29 types of 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the US»

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ABC Suspends Socialist Correspondent After Project Veritas Sting

ABC News suspended senior correspondent David Wright after he was caught on undercover film by Project Veritas admitting that the network bosses spike news that is important to voters, and that ABC is unable to provide relevant news to Americans due to their bias.

Wright, who joined ABC nearly 20 years ago, reports for “World News Tonight,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.”

As a national political reporter at a legacy broadcaster, Wright said he feels left behind by the new digital media.

“We live in a moment where people live in echo chambers and the truth suffers and, in an effort, to compete, we’ve become an echo chamber ourselves. We’ve been in the mainstream media we have an effort to match the zippy news cycle with responding to the latest tweet and trying to keep pace with the desperate pace of it all.”

The desperate pace means reporters like him lose focus, he said.

“As a result, we’re easily distracted and that means that we don’t bring focused attention to something that could make a difference,” he said. “I think, some of that at least in the place that I work [ABC News], and places like it, is that we’ve, with Trump we’re interested in three things: the outrage of the day, the investigation, and of the palace intrigue of who’s backstabbing whom. Beyond that, we don’t really cover the guy [Trump]. – Project Veritas

Wright added that networks can’t stop Trump from dominating news cycles every day. “The first story is the big story, about Trump. And it’s about whatever outrageous thing he said or tweeted about, and it’s about, or it’s about this effort to unseat him, or it’s about, you know, ‘Today we found anonymous’ or ‘Who’s he [Trump] throwing out of the White House today,’ or ‘Who’s blowing the whistle and stabbing him [Trump] in the back?’”

We’re not disciplined enough to cut [Trump] off and we second-guess ourselves because we’re sensitive to the accusation that we’re in the tank for the Democrats. And so that enables them, and so we enable them. And every time we take the bait on it and that’s what he wants,” Wright told a Veritas operative at the Doubletree Hotel in Manchester during ABC‘s coverage of the first Democratic primary.

“It’s totally and abusive relationship. He’s [Trump’s] the nightmare spouse that you can’t win an argument with,” Wright added.

Trump’s domination of the media also leads to reporters not reporting the positive stories about the president. “We don’t hold him [Trump] to account. We also don’t give him credit for what things he does do.”

Q: “How do you feel about it though?”

Wright: “I feel terrible about it. I feel that the truth suffers, the voters are poorly informed, and people don’t have the opportunity to tune into whatever they want to here. It’s like there no upside in, or our bosses don’t see an upside in doing the job we’re supposed to do which is to speak truth to power and hold people to account.”

Would you consider yourself a Democrat Socialist?” Wright was asked.

Oh yeah. More than that I would consider myself a socialist; like I think there should be national health insurance. I’m totally fine with reining in corporations, I think there are too many billionaires, and I think there’s a wealth gap–that’s a problem.”

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Ungheria, Orban e memorandum inviato all’EPP.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-28.

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Il partito popolare europeo ha rinnovato la sospensione degli eurodeputati ungheresi.

Mr Orban ha inviato a Mr Donald Tusk, presidente dell’EPP, un memorandum, che riportiamo nella sua interezza in calce.

«The EPP has stood firm and courageous in the storms of European debates. The EPP was resolutely pro-democracy, anti-communist, pro-market, anti-Marxist, pro-nation, in favour of building the Union on the basis of nations, pro-subsidiarity, anti-bureaucracy, Christian-inspired, and a committed representative and devotee of the Christian family model and the matrimony of one man and one woman.»

«The EPP represented these values courageously, proudly and successfully under the pressure of its opponents, fashion trends and the left-wing liberal media majority»

«The citizens of the continent have acknowledged and recognised EPP members and helped them form governments in most Member States. In 2011, we had 16 heads of government in the 27 countries of the Union, and 271 members in the European Parliament»

«By today, everything has changed»

«Today we have only 9 prime ministers, we have 187 seats in the European Parliament and only few of our members can govern without a coalition partner»

«Instead of stepping up against communism and Marxism, which left behind a painful legacy in Europe, we are applauding Fidel Castro and Karl Marx. Instead of the Christian-social Rhine model, we embrace egalitarian, socialistic social theories. Instead of subsidiarity, we are in favour of further centralisation and reinforcing the bureaucracy in Brussels»

«We became a centrist party alliance, sliding from the Christian right-wing towards the left. In the eyes of voters, we are slowly becoming indistinguishable from the liberal, green, socialist left. We created an impression that the compromises necessary to secure our participation in government have become the core of our policy»

«We are not fending off the attacks of the liberal left, we are conforming our views step-by-step and fail to stand up for our own values. We are not raising our voice loud enough against the socialists who are helping the radical anarchist communist left into government. We have created an impression that we are afraid to declare and openly accept who we are and what we want, as if we were afraid of losing our share of governmental authority because of ourselves»

«In this situation, an internal debate on the future mission of the EPP is inevitable. …. Unfortunately, this did not take place at our last congress in Zagreb. On the contrary, instead of a productive debate, we elected a president who brought Polish domestic conflicts and interests into the EPP. This fact could have been experienced by everyone on the most recent Political Assembly»

«We, the members of Fidesz have never concealed our opinion written on these pages. We believe that it is a democratic, legitimate and natural endeavour for a member party of our political family to initiate changing our policy guideline. Democracy and political success is always the result of a lively debate.»

«We recommend returning to the heritage of Martens. Wilfried Martens successfully united centre-right and right-wing parties of various roots and geographic backgrounds, he formed an alliance between traditional, continental Christian Democrats and northern conservatives, and managed to incorporate the Christian, right-wing, nation-oriented parties of the former communist countries into the EPP with an offensive enlargement policy»

«We recommend supporting our member parties to cooperate and build coalitions not only with the left, but also with the right-wing in their countries»

«Unity is the most important thing, but in our situation today, unity, a new unity, can only be achieved through honest internal debates»

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Questo scritto sintetizza le posizioni conflittuali all’interno del partito popolare europeo, ma anche dell’europarlamento.

Scritto in modo comprensibile a chiunque, la sua lettura rende lampanti i problemi che stanno travagliando l’Unione Europea, precipitandola in una palude decisionale.

Il partito popolare europeo, fondato con questi obiettivi

«The EPP has stood firm and courageous in the storms of European debates. The EPP was resolutely pro-democracy, anti-communist, pro-market, anti-Marxist, pro-nation, in favour of building the Union on the basis of nations, pro-subsidiarity, anti-bureaucracy, Christian-inspired, and a committed representative and devotee of the Christian family model and the matrimony of one man and one woman.»

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«Instead of stepping up against communism and Marxism, which left behind a painful legacy in Europe, we are applauding Fidel Castro and Karl Marx. Instead of the Christian-social Rhine model, we embrace egalitarian, socialistic social theories. Instead of subsidiarity, we are in favour of further centralisation and reinforcing the bureaucracy in Brussels»

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Hungary’s Orbán questions EPP ideology and leader

Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s Prime Minister, in a memorandum sent to European People’s Party (EPP) leadership called for an internal debate on the future mission of EPP, aiming at altering its strategic line.

“We became a centrist party alliance, sliding from the Christian-right wing towards the left,” said the Hungarian PM, adding that the party has failed its voters, which explains why it has lost much of the power it used to have.

In a three pages letter, the Hungarian PM slammed the party for “applauding Fidel Castro and Karl Marx,” instead of “stepping up against communism and Marxism,” in an effort to demonstrate the party’s degeneration from its “traditional” beliefs.

“We gave up the family model based on the matrimony of one woman and one man, and fell into the arms of gender ideology,” the Hungarian PM added.

Orbán also questioned Donald Tusk‘s election as EPP leader and his capacities to take over the post, citing that he brought “Polish domestic conflicts and interests” into the party.

He also criticised the party for trying to address Europe’s demographic crisis through migration and not through encouraging birth rates, as Hungary has been long campaigning for increasing fertility rates across the country and the bloc, and has called in vitro fertilisation (IVF) a matter of “strategic importance”.

Orban’s ‘s ruling Fidesz party was suspended from EPP last March and an evaluation committee was tasked by the party to make a suggestion regarding the Hungarian party’s future. On early February, EPP leaders agreed with Tusk’s decision to extend the suspension of Fidesz party’s membership.

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EPP coup: Orbán sends angry memo to party leadership

Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s strongman and prime minister, called for an “internal debate on the future mission of the EPP” in a memorandum sent to the leadership of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), whose dominance has receded following the May European elections.

The move follows a decision by the EPP president Donald Tusk to prolong the suspension of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party during a political assembly last month over concerns for the rule of law. Orbán is the president of Fidesz.

“We have exposed our internal conflicts to the general public,” says the letter, published on the Facebook page of family minister and Fidesz vice-president Katalin Novák on 18 February.

“Instead of stepping up against communism and Marxism… we are applauding Fidel Castro and Karl Marx,” Orbán complains in the letter.

On the same day, Novák met with EPP secretary-general Antonio López-Istúriz White, where the “Orbán memorandum” was one of the topics of discussion.

Orbán calls on the EPP to protest louder against the socialists helping “the radical anarchist communist left into government,” and criticises the political family’s decision to elect former European Council president, Donald Tusk, as its leader during the party’s summit in Zagreb in November 2019.

“We elected a president who brought Polish domestic conflicts and interests into the EPP,” Orbán writes. “This fact could have been experienced by anyone on the most recent political assembly.”

To preserve unity at the party’s February political assembly, Tusk announced the indefinite prolongation of Fidesz’s suspended status, which came into effect in March 2019 over  Hungary’s alleged violations of EU rule-of-law principles.

Tusk was aggressive in his speech, saying the situation in Hungary had deteriorated since Fidesz’s suspension, EPP sources told EURACTIV. Almost the entire meeting was dedicated to Orbán’s future in the group, the source said at the time.

Tusk said he would present specific proposals about the Fidesz case for the EPP’s next assembly in April and suggested that an extraordinary congress could be held early next year to make final decisions.

“We believe that it is a democratic, legitimate, and natural endeavour for a member party of our political family to initiate changing our policy guideline,” Orbán wrote to party leaders, suggesting member parties alter “the strategic guideline of the EPP.”

“We recommend supporting our member parties to cooperate and build coalitions not only with the left, but also with the right wing in their countries,” wrote the prime minister, urging that “besides the representatives of centrist forces, the representatives of the Christian right-wing” be also represented in the EPP’s governing bodies.

The move is likely to divide the political family further, with hardline conservatives claiming it is unwise to alienate Fidesz.

“Punishing the most successful party in the group would not make any sense,” Slovenia’s former Prime Minister Janez Janša said at the EPP Congress in Zagreb last November.

“We are interested in the future EPP” but will leave the political family if it “is unable to change,” Orbán said at a press conference on January 9, adding that a new Christian Democrat initiative in the European Union “may be warranted.”

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PM Orbán to debate EPP with Tusk in March

PM Orbán is set to meet Donald Tusk on the sidelines of an EU summit on March 26 and 27.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is set to meet European People’s Party President Donald Tusk for an EPP showdown in March.

According to the prime minister’s press secretary Bertalan Havasi, PM Orbán will meet with Tusk on the sidelines of an EU summit on March 26 and 27.

Sources confirm that PM Orbán is still waiting for a response from Tusk after he called for a debate within the EPP on the future of the grouping in a memo on Tuesday.

In the memo, PM Orbán said that “the EPP was resolutely pro-democracy, anti-communist, pro-market, anti-Marxist, pro-nation, in favor of building the Union on the basis of nations, pro-subsidiarity, anti-bureaucracy, Christian-inspired, and a committed representative and devotee of the Christian family model and the matrimony of one man and one woman.”

“The EPP represented these values courageously, proudly and successfully under the pressure of its opponents, fashion trends and the left-wing liberal media majority,” the prime minister said. He added that by now “everything has changed”.

According to MTI, PM Orbán lamented what he saw as the grouping’s failure to represent Christian inspirations “if there are any left”. He recommended that the party alliance should modify its strategic guideline and return to the heritage of Wilfried Martens.

The prime minister wrote that the EPP should support its member parties in cooperating and building coalitions not only with the left, but also with the right-wing in their countries. He added that besides centrist forces, representatives of the Christian right-wing should also be given a seat at the table.

Meanwhile, party vice-president Katalin Novák confirmed on Wednesday that Fidesz is still waiting for a response to PM Orbán’s thought-provoking missive from both the leaders of the EPP and its member parties.

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Memorandum on the state of the European People’s Party

I.

From the outset, members of the European People’s Party have played an active and important role in European public discourse.

Without the EPP, Europe could not have formed a majority opinion and a political majority on such important issues as the ousting of the Soviet Union from Central Europe, the rejection and overthrow of communist political systems, the reunification of Europe with the countries liberated from Soviet occupation, the establishment of the Schengen Area and the creation of the Euro.

The EPP has stood firm and courageous in the storms of European debates. The EPP was resolutely pro-democracy, anti-communist, pro-market, anti-Marxist, pro-nation, in favour of building the Union on the basis of nations, pro-subsidiarity, anti-bureaucracy, Christian-inspired, and a committed representative and devotee of the Christian family model and the matrimony of one man and one woman. The EPP represented these values courageously, proudly and successfully under the pressure of its opponents, fashion trends and the left-wing liberal media majority.

In other words, the EPP’s mission was not merely to gain and retain governmental authority. The EPP strived for a Christian-conservative majority in society, and worked to create and to preserve it. It demanded and obtained government power as a natural consequence of the majority opinion of society.

The citizens of the continent have acknowledged and recognised EPP members and helped them form governments in most Member States. In 2011, we had 16 heads of government in the 27 countries of the Union, and 271 members in the European Parliament.

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By today, everything has changed.

Today we have only 9 prime ministers, we have 187 seats in the European Parliament and only few of our members can govern without a coalition partner.

Instead of stepping up against communism and Marxism, which left behind a painful legacy in Europe, we are applauding Fidel Castro and Karl Marx. Instead of the Christian-social Rhine model, we embrace egalitarian, socialistic social theories. Instead of subsidiarity, we are in favour of further centralisation and reinforcing the bureaucracy in Brussels.

We fail to represent Christian inspirations openly and self-consciously, if there are any left.

We gave up the family model based on the matrimony of one woman and one man, and fell into the arms of gender ideology. Instead of supporting the birth of children, we see mass migration as the solution to our demographic problems.

We indolently tolerate the disintegration of the Schengen Area and helplessly view the failure to involve the countries of the Balkans into the integration of Europe.

We are not offering an attractive alternative to our political adversaries, and we regard their issues and their interpretations as points of reference. We have exposed our internal conflicts to the general public. The differences between eastern and western, old and new member parties are not narrowed, but widened.

This is what we, the European People’s Party, are today.

We don’t stand up for ourselves as old and great Europeans, and don’t take on the fight against left-liberal intellectual forces and the media they influence and control.

We became a centrist party alliance, sliding from the Christian right-wing towards the left. In the eyes of voters, we are slowly becoming indistinguishable from the liberal, green, socialist left. We created an impression that the compromises necessary to secure our participation in government have become the core of our policy.

We are not fending off the attacks of the liberal left, we are conforming our views step-by-step and fail to stand up for our own values. We are not raising our voice loud enough against the socialists who are helping the radical anarchist communist left into government. We have created an impression that we are afraid to declare and openly accept who we are and what we want, as if we were afraid of losing our share of governmental authority because of ourselves.

III.

In this situation, an internal debate on the future mission of the EPP is inevitable.

Unfortunately, this did not take place at our last congress in Zagreb. On the contrary, instead of a productive debate, we elected a president who brought Polish domestic conflicts and interests into the EPP. This fact could have been experienced by everyone on the most recent Political Assembly.

We, the members of Fidesz have never concealed our opinion written on these pages. We believe that it is a democratic, legitimate and natural endeavour for a member party of our political family to initiate changing our policy guideline. Democracy and political success is always the result of a lively debate.

Therefore, we suggest the member parties of our political group to consider altering the strategic guideline of the EPP.

We recommend returning to the heritage of Martens. Wilfried Martens successfully united centre-right and right-wing parties of various roots and geographic backgrounds, he formed an alliance between traditional, continental Christian Democrats and northern conservatives, and managed to incorporate the Christian, right-wing, nation-oriented parties of the former communist countries into the EPP with an offensive enlargement policy. This helped us overtake the then strongest socialist left in the European Parliament. He formed a close parliamentary alliance with the Tories and a cooperation agreement with the ECR. Wilfried Martens sought alliances outside the Union as well, with the Turks, the Russians, and even the Chinese. He regarded American parties, especially the Republicans, as our natural allies.

We recommend supporting our member parties to cooperate and build coalitions not only with the left, but also with the right-wing in their countries.

We recommend that the diversity of our political group be reflected in the EPP’s governing bodies and that besides the representatives of the centrist forces, the representatives of the Christian right-wing also be given a seat at the table.

Unity is the most important thing, but in our situation today, unity, a new unity, can only be achieved through honest internal debates.

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Slovakia. Domenica si vota. I sondaggi indicherebbero una inversione di rotta.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-28.

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Le elezioni in Slovakia sembrerebbero riservare delle sorprese.

Solo un mese fa la situazione era fluida, la parcellizzazione politica molto elevata, ma lo Smer-SD guidava saldamente le propensioni al voto.

Slovakia. Il 29 febbraio terrà le elezioni politiche. Grandi incertezze.

La situazione politica slovacca è di grande interesse per l’Europa e per l’Italia sia perché essa ha un voto in sede del Consiglio Europeo, sia perché al momento è travagliata da una severa crisi politica, accentuata da una legge elettorale proporzionale. Ma il quadro politico è fortemente frammentato: si presentano infatti ben venticinque partiti politici. Tutto potrebbe essere possibile.

Alle elezioni presidenziali del 30 marzo 2019:

«Zuzana Caputova ha vinto al ballottaggio le elezioni presidenziali in Slovacchia con il 58,27 per cento dei voti. Caputova si impone sul suo rivale, il socialista Maros Sefcovic, che ha ottenuto il 41,73% dei voti. Paladina di ecologisti e minoranze e prima donna capo di Stato del Paese ha incentrato la sua campagna elettorale sull’anti-corruzione, e con un approccio più vicino all’Unione europea.» [Fonte]

Zuzana Čaputová era la leader di Progressive Slovakia, e fu appoggiata dal SaS e dallo SPOLU.

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Per migliorare la comprensione di questo quadro chaotico, riportiamo le definizioni delle sigle usate.

Smer – SD. Direction – Social Democracy is a social-democratic and left-wing populist political party in Slovakia. It is led by former Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico. Smer-SD is the largest party in the National Council, with a plurality of 49 seats following the parliamentary Election held on 5 March 2016.

SaS. Freedom and Solidarity is a liberal, libertarian, and Eurosceptic political party in Slovakia. The party was established in 2009 and is led by its founder, the economist Richard Sulík, who designed Slovakia’s flat tax system. In the 2012 parliamentary election, the SaS lost half of its 22 seats in the National Council. The party held four positions in the government of Slovakia before the election.

Ol’aNO. Ordinary People, full name Ordinary People and Independent Personalities, is a populist, conservative political party in Slovakia. It ran four candidates on the list of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party in the 2010 parliamentary election to the National Council, and all four were elected. The party is led by Igor Matovič, one of the four MPs.

SNS. The Slovak National Party is a nationalist political party in Slovakia. The party characterizes itself as a nationalist party based on both social and the European Christian values.

Kotlebovci-L’SNS. The People’s Party – Our Slovakia, formerly known as Kotleba – People’s Party – Our Slovakia, and since November 2019 officially known as Kotlebists – People’s Party Our Slovakia, is a far-right neo-Nazi political party in Slovakia. The party derives its origin from the legacy of Ľudovít Štúr, Andrej Hlinka and Jozef Tiso.

PS – Spolu. Progressive Slovakia is a social-liberal, progressive and pro-European political party in Slovakia. It was established in 2017. TOGETHER – Civic Democracy is a liberal conservative political party in Slovakia. It was established in 2018.

Za L’udì. For the People is a slovak political party founded by former Slovak president Andrej Kiska in 2019. Kiska became party’s leader on founding convention on 28 September 2019.

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«With polls suggesting his OLaNO party is skyrocketing in popularity, eccentric MP and party leader Igor Matovic appears to have galvanised public outrage over the murder and the high-level corruption it exposed.

“I like their (OLaNO) anti-corruption measures,” butcher Miroslav Drugda told AFP at a packed Matovic election rally in Lucenec, a small central Slovak town some 250 kilometres (155 miles) east of Bratislava.

A self-made millionaire and former media boss who set up the “Ordinary People and Independent Personalities – OLaNO” a decade ago, Matovic, 46, could become premier should he manage to unify the splintered opposition» [Fonte]

A ciò si aggiungano i lai dei liberal per la presunta crescita di Sns, che però nei fatti è quotata attorno al 3.4%: difficile comprendere di cosa si lamentino.

Riassumendo.

Sembrerebbe prospettarsi una vittoria del Ol’aNO, ad oggi quotato al 19.1%.

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The rise of yet another neofascist party expands Europe’s populist reach.

In elections around the world, a familiar pattern is emerging.

It usually goes something like this: To the surprise of the establishment, a fringe party rises in the polls, appealing to populist sentiments and a frustration with the status quo. Everyone worries about it, but not overly. After all, the political landscape has for decades been dominated by the usual parties. Then, the extremist party pulls off a surprise victory. In the mea culpa that ensues, pundits will say the elites failed to listen to the silent majority of voters who felt they’d been left behind—by globalization, the European Union, you name it.

Slovakia, a Central European country that’s been part of the EU since 2004, now looks set to follow this trend. On Feb. 29, Slovakians will elect 150 members of the country’s parliament. Polls show the incumbent Social Democratic party leading, with a projected 17% to 20% of the popular vote. But not far behind, with 10% to 12%, is the People’s Party-Our Slovakia, a far-right group led by neofascist politician Marian Kotleba.

The party’s success could have far-reaching implications for Slovakia’s young democracy, and for the populist tide sweeping through Europe.

In a class of its own

In recent years, far-right parties have joined governments across Europe in what some have called a populist wave. This has been especially true in the Central European countries of Poland, Czechia, Hungary, and Slovakia.

Aliaksei Kazharski, a researcher at Comenius University in Bratislava, wrote in a 2017 paper that since the 2013 European migrant crisis, political elites in these countries have been building new identities to counter the liberalism of Western Europe. “These new identities favor a culturalist, conservative interpretation of the nation and reject humanitarian universalism, epitomized by the European Union’s decision to welcome the refugees,” he wrote.

And while other ultraconservative and ultranationalist parties have made gains in Slovakia in recent years—including the Slovak National Party and the We Are Family Party, now polling at 5% and 7%, respectively—the People’s Party stands in a class of its own.

Marian Kotleba, the head of the People’s Party, openly admires Jozef Tiso, who was the leader of Slovakia’s Nazi-allied state. Tiso was executed for war crimes in 1947 after he sent more than 70,000 Slovakian Jews to their death in concentration camps. Kotleba unsuccessfully ran for president last year and, according to Reuters, is now on trial for handing out social subsidy checks to poor families for €1,488, “a number used by extremists to represent white supremacism and a Nazi salute.”

Miroslava Sawiris, a researcher who tracks online disinformation in political campaigns at the Bratislava-based think tank GLOBSEC, said that even in the European Parliament, where a far-right bloc controls 10% of seats and the People’s Party has one elected representative, “they are isolated because this party is extreme, even for the other far-right parties” in Europe.

The party’s platform, officially called the “Ten Commandments,” includes the following proposals.

The election

For years, the left-leaning Social Democrat party has dominated Slovakian politics. But trust in the party has eroded due to accusations of corruption and ties government officials had to the murder of an investigative journalist and his fiancée.

These scandals help explain why the virulent anti-corruption and anti-establishment message of the People’s Party seems to be resonating with Slovakian voters. In fact, says Martin Reguli, a senior analyst at the Bratislava-based F.A. Hayek Foundation, “a lot of what is going on right now is a referendum on their record.” In the latest Eurobarometer survey, 70% of Slovaks said they didn’t trust their national parliament or their government.

Sawiris says social media platforms, especially Facebook, have also played a role.

“The unregulated landscape that they offer is contributing towards this radicalization and polarization of people in Slovakia,” she said. The People’s Party was able to “build up a very efficient network of related pages on Facebook…and what they offer is basically a constant stream of anti-campaign for all the other parties and very strong propaganda machine for this particular party.”

As a result, the party has grown in popularity. It got more than 8% of the vote in the last parliamentary election in 2016, and more than 12% of the vote in the 2019 European Parliament election, propelled by central and northern districts with high levels of unemployment, and which are home to large settlements of Roma (pdf),  a large ethnic minority in Europe that has long been a favorite scapegoat of far-right parties. There are about 400,000 Roma living in Slovakia.

“Around a third of the Roma people in Slovakia live in extreme poverty, and they present an easy image for the ‘other,’” said Pavol Hardoš, a lecturer at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations at Comenius University.

The People’s Party has so far failed to poll higher than 14% ahead of the upcoming general election. But analysts say that, depending on turnout and the performance of smaller groups in the upcoming election, more mainstream parties may have to ally themselves with the People’s Party—even though all the major parties that make up the current parliament have ruled that out.

Reguli said that even if the party performs worse than expected on election day, their ideas have already successfully entered the mainstream. Last year, members of the Slovak National Party proposed a bill that would have forced women seeking an abortion to first listen to the fetal heartbeat and look at ultrasound images of the fetus. (The bill was rejected.) And officials say that an amendment to the constitution passed in 2014 defining marriage as “the unique bond between one man and one woman” has institutionalized homophobia.

“The danger isn’t necessarily from Kotleba and his party,” Hardoš said. “The danger is that his ideas, or the ideas of the radical right, are already very much normalized in Slovak discourse.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Finanza e Sistema Bancario, Unione Europea

Borse Europee. Quotazioni alla chiusura. In Europa -9% circa.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-27.

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In meno di cinque giorni, dal 21 febbraio, le principali borse europee hanno perso il Ftse Mib il -8.5%, il Cac il -8.9% ed il Dax il -9.5%.

A nostro sommesso avviso, il coronavirus ha funzionato da trigger, innescando il franamento di mercati fin troppo vulnerabili. Francia e Germania sono virtualmente immuni dal coronavirus

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Mercati oggi: coronavirus abbatte Europa e USA. Nuovo tonfo delle Borse

Anche oggi i mercati globali sono stati trascinati al ribasso dal coronavirus.

Neanche nella quarta seduta della settimana le cose sono migliorate per l’azionario, che ha continuato a scontare i timori riguardanti la diffusione dell’epidemia e il suo impatto globale. Il tutto mentre anche il prezzo del petrolio è scivolato visibilmente.

Sicuramente sul sentiment degli investitori non hanno avuto un impatto positivo le ultime analisi degli esperti. Secondo Moody’s, ad esempio, il mondo intero potrebbe cadere in recessione in caso di pandemia. I mercati oggi non sono riusciti a resistere alla nuova ondata di scetticismo e, soprattutto in Europa, sono crollati.

Mercati oggi: affondano Europa e USA

I maggiori indici del Vecchio Continente, Borsa Italiana compresa, hanno avviato la penultima seduta della settimana con ribassi imponenti. A Milano, nella prima mezz’ora di contrattazioni nessun titolo è riuscito a scambiare sopra la parità.

Con il passare delle ore le cose sono peggiorate e quotate come STM, Juventus, Prysmian, Azimut e Amplifon hanno perso più di 5-6 punti percentuali. Il tutto mentre il resto delle Borse europee ha lasciato sul campo più del 3%.

Poi è stata la volta di Wall Street. Tutti i principali indici della Borsa USA hanno bruciato più dell’1% nei primi minuti di contrattazione.

I mercati oggi, insomma, non hanno avuto la forza per reagire ai rinnovati timori riguardanti la diffusione del coronavirus.

L’Asia in rosso, meglio la Cina

Come di consueto le perdite dei mercati oggi sono iniziate in Asia, dove il Nikkei ha lasciato sul campo il 2,13%, seguito a ruota dal Kospi sudcoreano a -1,05%. Ancora in rosso l’Australia e la Nuova Zelanda, rispettivamente a -0,75% e -1,01%.

Bene invece la Cina, con tutti i principali indici tornati a scambiare sopra la parità nel momento in cui il numero dei contagi e dei morti da coronavirus è sembrato affievolirsi.

    Shanghai: +0,11%

    SZSE Component: +0,32%

    China A50: +0,37%

    DJ Shanghai: +0,22%

    Hang Seng: +0,49%

A reagire con più difficoltà alla diffusione del coronavirus sono state dunque le Borse europee. In generale però i mercati oggi non sono ancora riusciti a invertire la rotta.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Finanza e Sistema Bancario

Borse europee tutte in calo.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-27.

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«Dopo una seduta di assestamento tornano i ribassi: visto l’aumento di contagi fuori dalla Cina si teme che l’epidemia diventi una pandemia, con ricadute sull’economia. Male anche Piazza Affari. Juve, St e Atlantia in coda. Spread in rialzo in area 154 punti»

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Borse europee in rosso, è ancora alert coronavirus. Tokyo perde il 2%

Dopo una seduta di assestamento tornano i ribassi: visto l’aumento di contagi fuori dalla Cina si teme che l’epidemia diventi una pandemia, con ricadute sull’economia. Male anche Piazza Affari. Juve, St e Atlantia in coda. Spread in rialzo in area 154 punti. Greggio a minimi da gennaio 2019, oro in rialzo.

Avvio pesante per le Borse europee, con i principali listini arrivati a cedere anche più del 2%: la paura per la diffusione dell’epidemia di coronavirus che continua a essere l’elemento che orienta l’andamento dei mercati. Anche Milano, che ieri si era salvata grazie alla buona performance di Saipem, Cnh Industrial e Telecom, torna a perdere quota e si allinea al resto del Vecchio Continente, complice anche il rialzo dello spread a 154 punti, contro i 149 della chiusura di ieri.
Mentre la situazione in Cina sembra in qualche misura migliorare (la Commissione sanitaria nazionale ha detto che i nuovi contagi giornalieri sono stati 433, per la prima volta meno che fuori dal Paese, e le vittime 29, il livello più basso in un mese), nel resto del mondo, a partire dall’Italia, la diffusione del virus ancora rapida. Il timore degli investitori è che l’epidemia diventi una pandemia, con ricadute potenzialmente molto dannose per l’economia globale, che rischierebbe di finire in recessione. Negli Stati Uniti il presidente americano Donald Trump ha messo il vicepresidente Mike Pence a capo della task force per rispondere all’emergenza.

A Piazza Affari giù Juve, tengono Moncler e Telecom

A Piazza Affari tra le peggiori Juventus , Cnh Industrial e Leonardo, con il comparto industriale particolarmente penalizzato in Europa. Tutti i titoli del FTSE MIBsono in calo, con Moncler e Telecom Italia, ieri tra le migliori, che riescono a limitare le perdite. Fuori dal listino principale, Trevi Finnon riesce a fare prezzo, dopo le stime preliminari di chiusura dell’esercizio 2019 inferiori a quelle del piano industriale.

Petrolio a minimi da gennaio 2019, oro in rialzo

Il petrolio è in calo per la quinta seduta consecutiva e scivola ai minimi da inizio gennaio 2019: il Wti ad aprile cede l’1,4% a 48 dollari al barile, il Brent di pari scadenza cede l’1,37% a 52,7 dollari. Sul mercato valutario, l’euro sale e vale 1,091 dollari (1,0875 ieri), mentre contro yen vale a 120,281 (da 120,13 ieri). Il dollaro/yen è a 110,145. Oro in rialzo a 1.650 dollari per oncia (+0,5%). Oro in rialzo a 1.650 dollari per oncia (+0,5%).

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Polonia. Il Presidente Duda ha firmato la legge di riforma della giustizia.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-27.

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«On 4 February, amid mass domestic and international protest, Polish president Andrzej Duda signed into law a deeply-controversial set of new reforms openly defying the authority of the EU’s top court and seeking to prevent Polish judges from applying EU law under penalty of suspension, fines, salary cuts and dismissal»

«As multiple sources point to what has been described as an unprecedented blow in an EU member state to the delicate balance of powers that holds together consolidated democracies founded on respect for the rule of law and human rights, the progressive and forcible subordination of the Polish judiciary to the whims of the ruling majority can only be compared to a Soviet-style, single-party system of executive control over the courts to date unknown to post-war Europe»

«In the wake of these most recent reforms, Poland’s Supreme Court, government and Constitutional Tribunal are now pitched in an open power struggle over the future of the Polish courts»

«Barring urgent intervention, the Polish government will likely break the standoff by simply waiting for the expiration of the current Supreme Court president’s term on 30 April and appointing a party loyalist to replace her, beyond which point serious prospects for reasserting judicial independence will by most accounts no longer be viable»

«Not only does that independence now hang in the balance, but so does Poland’s very integration in the EU legal order»

«The European Institutions and the member states alike are the keepers of the common values of the Union, especially democracy, rule of law and human rights, and must now act decisively to preserve these principles before creeping authoritarianism metastasises and threatens to compromise the very future of the European project»

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Il virgolettato è riportato da EU Observer, testata dei liberal socialisti europei, e riflette quindi la loro visione ideologica.

Dal loro punto di vista, l’adesione all’Unione Europea, così come ogni rapporto  economico e commerciale deve sottostare alla accettazione piena e totale della loro Weltanschauung.

Nel loro linguaggio, i liberal socialisti con il termine ‘the rule of law‘ indendono la sottomissione alle loro concezioni giuridiche, espresse dalle corti di giustizia europee. Con il termine ‘human rights‘ intendono invece la conversione alla concezione di vita degli alteramente senzienti ed operandi.

Non a caso Mr Macron aveva definito gli identitari sovranisti come dei “lebbrosi“.

Per i liberal è questione di prendere o lasciare, ed è il motivo fondamentale per cui il Regno Unito è andato alla Brexit.

Brexit. Il Regno Unito manda al diavolo le ‘regole’ dell’Unione Europea.

«The PM is expected to tell the EU in the speech that he will accept no alignment, no jurisdiction of the European courts, and no concessions to any Brussels’ demands when talks start in March»

«We won’t take your rules, PM to tell Brussels»

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Che uno stato sovrano voglia applicare le sue proprie leggi sembrerebbe essere invero una asserzione del tutto ragionevole.

Tuttavia, su di una eventuale applicazione dell’Art 7, ossia l’allontanamento della Polonia dall’Unione Europea, deve decidere il Consiglio Europeo, e deve farlo a maggioranza assoluta.

Con la loro intransigenza, i liberal socialisti stanno entrando in una spirale di contrapposizione dalle quali non è assolutamente detto che ne escano vincitori. Ma se perdessero, sarebbero finiti.

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Polish rule of law crisis at point of no return

Following four-plus years of assault by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, the embattled Polish judiciary may be on its last legs.

On 4 February, amid mass domestic and international protest, Polish president Andrzej Duda signed into law a deeply-controversial set of new reforms openly defying the authority of the EU’s top court and seeking to prevent Polish judges from applying EU law under penalty of suspension, fines, salary cuts and dismissal.

The power consolidation strategy pursued by the Law and Justice government since it came to power in 2015 has taken repeated aim at judicial restraints on the government’s ability to act, and represents at its core an effort to dismantle the very checks and balances that characterise democratic forms of government.

Modelled in many respects on the same blueprint for democratic decline followed in Hungary by strongman Viktor Orbán and his ruling Fidesz party – which, within less than a decade, has managed to overturn the fundamental tenets of European constitutional order and supersede them with the political oxymoron dubbed ‘illiberal democracy’ – the government in Poland has sought to fuse the ruling party and the state.

As multiple sources point to what has been described as an unprecedented blow in an EU member state to the delicate balance of powers that holds together consolidated democracies founded on respect for the rule of law and human rights, the progressive and forcible subordination of the Polish judiciary to the whims of the ruling majority can only be compared to a Soviet-style, single-party system of executive control over the courts to date unknown to post-war Europe.

In the wake of these most recent reforms, Poland’s Supreme Court, government and Constitutional Tribunal are now pitched in an open power struggle over the future of the Polish courts.

Barring urgent intervention, the Polish government will likely break the standoff by simply waiting for the expiration of the current Supreme Court president’s term on 30 April and appointing a party loyalist to replace her, beyond which point serious prospects for reasserting judicial independence will by most accounts no longer be viable.

Not only does that independence now hang in the balance, but so does Poland’s very integration in the EU legal order.

With the de-democratisation of Poland unfolding in full view – a country which in recent memory was seen as the paragon of successful European integration among the former communist bloc countries – the integrity of the Union’s normative foundations may be facing its greatest challenge to date.

Not only is the rule of law, itself an essential precondition for robust and consolidated democracy, under direct threat, other EU principles, not least respect for human rights, are also trampled upon as individuals and civil society organisations are deprived of the possibility to seek justice before independent courts when their rights are violated.

No more ‘softly, softly’

It is simply a misreading of the current state of play to believe, as some have recently suggested, that a softer or more conciliatory approach would be an effective strategy for the EU and fellow member states at this stage.

The stakes are too high and the timing is now urgent.

The EU and its member states must take decisive action. This must include both improving the use of existing mechanisms, such as the procedure laid down in Article 7 of the EU treaty, and developing new tools that would guarantee a more systematic, regular and accountable review of all member states’ compliance with EU standards, accompanied by more effective means of enforcement.

To date, efforts by the Council to bring Poland – and Hungary – back into the fold, notably through the Article 7 TEU procedure, have faltered due to lack of sufficient political will, even as the crisis continues to deepen.

Faced with the hesitance of their peers in response to an ever greater defiance of EU values by their governments, both Poland and Hungary have instead continued dismantling the democratic foundations common to the member states, almost now to the point of no return.

The council must open its eyes to the magnitude of the crisis, and make full and immediate use of its powers to induce an urgent course correction before it is too late.

The time for waiting is over.

The European Institutions and the member states alike are the keepers of the common values of the Union, especially democracy, rule of law and human rights, and must now act decisively to preserve these principles before creeping authoritarianism metastasises and threatens to compromise the very future of the European project.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Belgio. L’industria minaccia i politici di formare un governo.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-27.

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“There is nothing worse than the appalling uncertainty

«In Belgio, l’argomento etnico è profondamente legato a quello linguistico e ha portato alla creazione di uno stato federale unico al mondo nel suo genere. In effetti, nel Paese si parlano tre lingue alle quali viene associata l’esistenza di tre gruppi linguistici: fiamminghi (di lingua olandese, nella sua forma locale chiamata fiammingo), valloni (di lingua francese) e tedeschi di lingua tedesca. Ognuno dei tre maggiori gruppi linguistici viene chiamato Comunità, termine che corrisponde a una suddivisione culturale amministrativa all’interno dello Stato federale, accanto a un’ulteriore suddivisione delle Federazione in tre regioni, regioni che non combaciano con la stretta definizione delle comunità descritte. In realtà parlare di “etnie” per il Belgio è molto difficile: si appartiene a un gruppo linguistico per localizzazione geografica, non a un gruppo etnico o familiare. ….

Il Governo federale del Belgio è composto da un massimo di 15 ministri, oltre ai segretari di stato, che costituiscono il governo federale, di solito provenienti da una coalizione di partiti diversi. Il potere esecutivo in Belgio è esercitato dal re e dal governo.» [Fonte]

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Al momento attuale il Belgio ha un Governo di minoranza dal 28 ottobre 2019

Belgio, si insedia Sophie Wilmès: è la prima donna premier in 189 anni. Ma l’incarico è a termine

«La leader liberale di 44 anni, che succede a Charles Michel, resterà in carica senza poteri decisionali sulle politiche future, fino a che i negoziati tra i partiti non saranno finiti. È dal 26 maggio che il Paese non riesce a formare una coalizione in grado di formare un nuovo governo.

Per la prima volta in 189 anni di storia, il Belgio ha eletto la sua prima donna premier. È Sophie Wilmès, 44 anni, entrata in carica succedendo al leader liberale Charles Michel che diventerà presidente del Consiglio europeo il prossimo primo dicembre.

Il suo non è un ruolo facile e la liberale scelta per guidare l’attuale esecutivo non avrà molto margine di manovra, considerando il crollo avvenuto lo scorso dicembre della coalizione di quattro partiti di Michel dovuta all’uscita dei nazionalisti fiamminghi che protestavano contro il migration Pact dell’Onu. Dopo la caduta del governo, neanche le elezioni politiche di maggio sono state in grado di fare uscire il Paese dallo stallo politico.

Wilmes, che è dunque alla guida di un Governo in carica solo per gli affari correnti, ha descritto il suo incarico come “un grande onore e una grande responsabilità”, riconoscendo che guidare un governo facente funzioni “non ci lascia molte possibilità di agire”. La premier ha ricordato anche la necessità della formazione al più presto possibile di un governo con pieno mandato.

La premier resterà in carica senza poteri decisionali sulle politiche future, fino a che i negoziati tra i partiti non saranno finiti. Il Belgio non è nuovo alla lentezza nella formazione degli esecutivi: nel 2011 ha battuto il record mondiale dopo 541 giorni senza governo.»

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Il sistema elettorale federale belga è sostanzialmente un proporzionale, corretto per la presenza dei gruppi linguistici. Come quasi tutti i governi europei, soffre una grande parcellizzazione delle formazioni politiche, senza poi tener conto del peso delle etnie che circa corrispondono a differenti gruppi linguistici. Se vi sono incompatibilità di carattere tra i vari leader politici, le discrepanze politiche ed economiche sembrerebbero essere apparentemente inconciliabili.

Visto dall’esterno, con giudizio tranchant, l’unica soluzione possibile sembrerebbe essere la separazione in due stati: Fiandre e Wallonia.

Di fatto, il paese è ingovernabile e le posizioni prese dall’ex premier liberal Charles Michel sul Migration Pact dell’Onu hanno acuito le tensioni, peraltro già alte.

La situazione di stasi è arrivata al limite della rottura del sistema economico.

Di qui, la presa di posizione degli industriali nei confronti dei politici.

«“Elections would only waste our precious time,” say 33 bosses in an open letter mentioned in L’Echo and De Tijd on Friday, in the absence of a federal government formed 270 days after the last election »

«there is nothing worse than the appalling uncertainty»

«They ask the political world to avoid “at all costs” the organization of new elections»

«a new ballot would offer “no hope of improvement”»

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EN24. “If Belgium were a company, it would have filed for bankruptcy a long time ago”

“Elections would only waste our precious time,” say 33 bosses in an open letter mentioned in L’Echo and De Tijd on Friday, in the absence of a federal government formed 270 days after the last election.

For the signatories of this open letter, “there is nothing worse than the appalling uncertainty” in which companies in the country are currently operating. “We are literally stagnating. And stagnating means – ultimately – regressing”, write in chorus business personalities such as Jean-Jacques Delmée (Eneco), Olivier Carette (Upsi), Luc Priem (G4S Belgium), Dirk Lindemans ( Lindemans Brewery), Wouter Torfs (Schoenen Torfs), Johan Krijgsman (ERA Belgium), Heidi De Pauw (Child Focus) or Jo De Wolf (Montea).

They ask the political world to avoid “at all costs” the organization of new elections, because a new ballot would offer “no hope of improvement”.

“If Belgium were a company, it would have filed for bankruptcy a long time ago,” deplore the leaders. And to conclude: “let’s start now to prepare our economy for 2030. The country and its companies will be very grateful to you”.

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Belgian CEOs raise alarm on political crisis

The chiefs of 33 leading Belgian firms, such as Eneco and Upsi, wrote a letter on Friday to Belgian dailies L’Echo et De Tijd calling for politicians to avoid new elections, 270 days after the last vote had still failed to produce a coalition government. “There is nothing worse than the appalling uncertainty” in which the firms have begun “stagnating”, they said, adding that new elections would not help.

Pubblicato in: Diplomazia, Putin, Russia

Putin. Avrebbe sostituito Vladislav Surkov con Sergei Kiriyenko.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-27.

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La struttura dei centri di potere russi sembrerebbe essere mutata, silenziosamente: verosimilmente questo rimaneggiamento potrebbe preludere ad un cambio di impostazione strategica della politica interna ed estera russa.

Putin avrebbe sostituito Vladislav Surkov con Sergei Kiriyenko.

«Who is Vladislav Surkov?»

«The secretive strategist was known as the grey cardinal in Russia due to his perceived influence on the president behind the scenes»

«As first deputy head of the Kremlin administration, Mr Surkov oversaw political parties in parliament and electoral campaigns that delivered victory for Mr Putin»

«But his influence began to wane in 2011, when he was made a deputy prime minister»

«In 2013, he was given the responsibility of overseeing Russia’s ties with Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries»

«Moscow annexed Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula in 2014 and supported Russian-speaking separatists in Ukraine’s east»

«There was a time, at the height of his powers, when nothing could happen in Russian politics without the hand of Vladislav Surkov being in some way detected behind the scenes»

«He controlled political parties in the Duma, and pro-Putin youth groups on the streets. He supported artists who opposed the Kremlin’s policies; indeed, many suspected he controlled the political opposition too»

«His first fall from grace came during mass protests against Mr Putin’s rule in 2011-12. His air of omnipotence was so complete, his inability to control the streets looked to many like failure, or worse: treachery»

«But this isn’t the first time Mr Surkov has been sacked. It may not be the last»

«The Kremlin did not make it clear whether Mr Surkov would be given a new position»

«He controlled political parties in the Duma, and pro-Putin youth groups on the streets. He supported artists who opposed the Kremlin’s policies; indeed, many suspected he controlled the political opposition too»

«Who is Sergei Kiriyenko?»

«Sergey Vladilenovich Kiriyenko is a Russian politician. He serves as the First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of Russia since 5 October 2016. Previously he served as the 30th Prime Minister of Russia from 23 March to 23 August 1998 under President Boris Yeltsin. Between 2005 and 2016 he was the head of Rosatom, the state nuclear energy corporation.

Kiriyenko was the youngest Prime Minister of Russia, taking the post at the age of 35 years. ….

Kiriyenko was appointed to head Rosatom, the Federal Atomic Energy Agency, on November 30, 2005. He is also chairman of the board of directors of the vertically integrated Atomenergoprom nuclear company ….

For his work in Rosatom Kirienko was awarded by a confidential decree a Hero of Russia honorary title»

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Ogni capo di stato o di governo ha una sua propria eminenza grigia.

Sono persone che amano una quasi ossessiva riservatezza e che aborriscono ruoli che possano metterli in pubblica evidenza. Questo circospetto riserbo è proprio la loro forza, perché consente loro un margine di manovra altrimenti impossibile. Quasi invariabilmente infatti l’eminenza grigia può svolgere il suo compito al di fuori di ogni schema prefissato, garantendosi in questa maniera delle possibilità operative altrimenti impossibili. La sua comunione di vedute e la sua vicinanza ed influenza con il boss lo rendono interlocutore finale quanto potente. Non solo: il capo può sempre smentirlo, senza mai dover perdere la faccia.

Questa mutazione sembrerebbe preludere a significative variazioni della politica interna ed estera della Russia.

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Lo strano caso di come Putin ha licenziato la sua eminenza grigia

Vladislav Surkov è un nome che non dice molto a chi non si occupa di Russia e di Cremlino.

Eppure se il potere in Russia è così come lo vediamo oggi, lo si deve a lui. E per questo il suo licenziamento da parte di Vladimir Putin è diventato una notizia. Non solo e non tanto perchè fino a ieri era il negoziatore chiave di Mosca sui dossier ucraini.

Surkov è un personaggio leggendario nella politica russa. È riuscito a lavorare come curatore della politica interna sotto tre presidenti: Boris Eltsin, Vladimir Putin e Dmitry Medvedev. Mai in primo piano, eppure sempre nel centro dell’azione. Colui che ha inventato il termine “democrazia sovrana” o “gestita”, ovvero la macchina politica che ha permesso a Putin di rimanere in sella per oltre 20 anni. Come sottolineato da lui stesso nel 2019, “il putinismo è un trucco di vita politica globale, un metodo di governo ben funzionante”.

Cosa andrà a fare ora?

E soprattutto il suo licenziamento è reale? Molti ci credono: un cambio deciso della politica di Mosca nei confronti di Kiev. Per altri ormai è il turno di Sergei Kiriyenko che sta diventando silenziosamente una figura sempre più influente. Altri parlano di un posto importante nell’impero Gazprom Media o in consiglio di Sicurezza. Per la verità il fatto che Vladislav Surkov non abbia più intenzione di lavorare al Cremlino, era già diventato noto il 25 gennaio. E potrebbe essere anche un’altra mossa del più sapiente dei prestigiatori, che come noto amano soprattutto le ombre.

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Vladislav Surkov: Russia’s Putin dismisses secretive adviser

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed one of his closest advisers, Vladislav Surkov.

The secretive strategist was known as the grey cardinal in Russia due to his perceived influence on the president behind the scenes.

He was widely seen as an aide who helped Mr Putin cement his hold on power.

Mr Surkov oversaw policy towards Ukraine, but was recently relieved of some of that responsibility.

Dmitry Kozak, a political veteran and close ally of the president, took over the Ukraine role earlier this month.

The Kremlin did not make it clear whether Mr Surkov would be given a new position.

A statement on its website also gave no indication as to why he had been dismissed.

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This may not be the last we hear of Surkov

Gabriel Gatehouse, international editor, BBC Newsnight

There was a time, at the height of his powers, when nothing could happen in Russian politics without the hand of Vladislav Surkov being in some way detected behind the scenes.

He controlled political parties in the Duma, and pro-Putin youth groups on the streets. He supported artists who opposed the Kremlin’s policies; indeed, many suspected he controlled the political opposition too.

By turns erudite and irascible, he drew on a wide range of cultural references – from western media theory to Beat poetry and gangster rap – all the while centralising power for himself and his boss.

His first fall from grace came during mass protests against Mr Putin’s rule in 2011-12. His air of omnipotence was so complete, his inability to control the streets looked to many like failure, or worse: treachery.

When he resurfaced, as the man effectively running Russia’s war in eastern Ukraine, those who knew him well sensed a restless man with diminished powers – a “golden cage” was how one former friend described his new role. Now that, too, is gone.

But this isn’t the first time Mr Surkov has been sacked. It may not be the last.

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Who is Vladislav Surkov?

As first deputy head of the Kremlin administration, Mr Surkov oversaw political parties in parliament and electoral campaigns that delivered victory for Mr Putin.

But his influence began to wane in 2011, when he was made a deputy prime minister.

In 2013, he was given the responsibility of overseeing Russia’s ties with Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries.

Moscow annexed Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula in 2014 and supported Russian-speaking separatists in Ukraine’s east.