Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Recovery Fund. Europarlamento e Commissione litigano come lavandaie ai trogoli.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-09-29.

Cabanel Alexandre. L'angelo caduto. 1847. Museè Fabre di Montpellier. Particolare

A parte il trascurabile fatto che il Recovery Fund ha al momento in dotazione zero euro, ossia non ha denari di sorta né in cassa né quindi da distribuire, la sua gestazione si presenta distocica, bloccando di fatto tutto l’operato della Unione Europea.

I liberal socialisti europei sono sul piede di guerra, ancora malconci all’annuncio del decesso di Sua Giustizia Ruth Ginsburg, cui conseguirà la perdita del massimo centro di potere americano, da sempre loro amico fidato.

È una vicenda pallocolosa ed arzigogolata, ove le parole altisonanti celano interessi monetari di vilissima bottega.

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«Differences were laid bare among EU countries on the link between respect for rule of law and EU funding on Tuesday (22 September).»

«The conditionality was also one of the main hurdles EU leaders had to overcome at their summit in late July, when it took them five days to strike a deal on the budget and recovery package»

«Having produced a vague compromise in July, divisions among EU governments remained between those who want the possibility to suspend EU funds if rule of law is not being respected in a given country, and those who want to narrow the conditionality down to fraud and corruption.»

«Ministers from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden spoke about the need for an “effective” mechanism»

«”We really need a direct link between EU funding and adherence to the principles of rule of law,” Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said.»

«While the ministers from Denmark and Sweden acknowledged that the basis of the final mechanism needs to be based on the deal struck by EU leaders, they also warned against moving an inch away from that»

«Hungary and Poland, however, had threatened to block the €1.8 trillion budget and recovery fund, if the new conditions become too strict and have a broader link to the respect for the rule of law»

«And a delay in unlocking the economic stimulus is a no-go for most member states»

«The European Council [EU leaders’s summit] did not support the conditionality as proposed by the commission in 2018, otherwise we would see a clear reference to this»

«Szymański was backed by Hungary’s justice minister Judit Varga, who said the “only task is to stick to leaders’ fragile compromise …. Those who want more or bigger, they all risk that very fragile compromise and the rapid adoption of the whole package»

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«Abbiamo urgente bisogno di un accordo globale sul pacchetto …. le trattative procedono troppo lentamente e così corriamo il rischio di ritardare anche il Recovery Fund»

«Il bilancio comunitario per il 2021-2027 e il Recovery Fund sono politicamente e tecnicamente inseparabili e il tempo stringe»

«la spaccatura più importante è sulla condizionalità legata al rispetto dello stato di diritto»

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Nella loro modestia ed umiltà, i liberal socialisti ritengono di essere gli inappellabili giudici supremi della moralità e dell’etica di tutto il resto dell’universo, che anatemizzano, e con il quale non intendono avere rapporto alcuno, se questo non condividesse la loro Weltanschauung. Ça va sans dire, essi considerano la propria ideologia una verità assoluta, la verità, che gli altri devono accettare, e loro imporla. Senza se e senza ma.

Capito questo, resta immediatamente comprensibile quanto stia accadendo, anche perché molti stati dell’Unione dell’ideologia liberal non sano proprio cosa farsene.

Poi, sotto il sudario, il lenzuolo funebre, si cela il dissesto del sistema di industrie e servizi che i liberal socialisti si sono costruiti nel corso di decenni: sistema che vive di erogazioni di denaro pubblico e che ora necessità più che mai del denaro europeo, pena la bancarotta.

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Germania: negoziati lenti, rischio ritardo sul Recovery Fund.

Ambasciatore tedesco in Ue, nodo stato di diritto su bilancio Ue.

“Abbiamo urgente bisogno di un accordo globale sul pacchetto” sul quadro finanziario pluriennale Ue e il Recovery Fund, ma le trattative procedono “troppo lentamente” e così “corriamo il rischio di ritardare anche il Recovery Fund”. E’ il monito dell’ambasciatore tedesco presso la Ue, Michael Clauss, in una nota in cui fa appello ad “aumentare notevolmente il ritmo dei negoziati” in corso tra il Consiglio Ue e il Parlamento Ue. Il bilancio comunitario per il 2021-2027 e il Recovery Fund “sono politicamente e tecnicamente inseparabili” e “il tempo stringe. L’Europa deve mantenere la sua parola”, avverte Clauss, evidenziando come i nodi si concentrino principalmente nelle trattative sul bilancio Ue. In particolare, l’ambasciatore riferisce che la spaccatura più importante è sulla condizionalità legata al rispetto dello stato di diritto, mentre sull’introduzione di nuove risorse proprie dell’Ue le parti sono “già vicine”.

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EU migration pact to deter asylum.

The European Commission unveiled its long-awaited migration and asylum pact on Wednesday (23 September).

Following months of delays, it is one of president Ursula von der Leyen’s core proposals and comes with promises not to repeat past failures, which turned EU states against one another.

“The old system to deal with it in Europe no longer works. The commission’s package on migration and asylum, which we present today, offers a fresh start,” she announced.

The existing system saw Greece and Italy largely abandoned to deal with tens of thousands of arrivals on their own, while over a million settled in Germany.

The new one includes ideas that are likely to appeal to the more anti-immigrant doctrines of countries such as Hungary or Poland.

It includes placing extra emphasis on returns, making sure countries outside Europe accept back their nationals, while at the same time speeding up asylum procedures.

The whole comes amid a backdrop of recent fires that destroyed an open-air prison for refugees and migrants in Moria, an EU hotspot on the Greek island of Lesbos.

It also comes after Greece suspended asylum claims for a month earlier this year, as thousands of people were pushed backed into Turkey.

The commission’s latest efforts to overhaul the rules is designed to act as a deterrence for anyone not obviously entitled to international protection.

In practice, it means everyone arriving at an EU external border will have to go through security, health, and identity checks within five days.

They will not be able to immediately contest those findings, which will ultimately determine their fates.

The idea is to deny asylum to most people, especially anyone coming from a country where the recognition rates for international protection drops below 20 percent.

“It has to be done very quickly and I think that many of those will have a negative decision,” EU commissioner for home affairs Ylva Johansson told reporters on Wednesday.

People are then to be shuffled into a 12-week asylum border procedure, which does include appeals.

Here, they will be granted access to a normal asylum process later on or returned with the help of a beefed up Frontex, the EU border and coast guard agency.

Anyone alone and under the age of 18 will not have to go through the asylum border procedure, nor will families with children under the age of 12.

The commission is also demanding member states create an independent monitoring system to make sure rights are not violated throughout the process.

Part of that proposal includes turning the Malta-based European Asylum and Support Office (Easo) into a European asylum agency to make sure capitals are doing their jobs correctly.

But years of neglect and suffering in the EU hotspots in Greece, combined with the commission’s refusal to launch infringements against Athens for violating EU laws, is likely to cast a shadow over any such monitoring system.

On Wednesday, EU commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas described those Greek closures as a model for migration management.

“As we proved in Evros at the beginning of March, Europe can now effectively ensure border management,” he said.

The statement carried with it an insight into the commission’s thinking on how to juggle the competing interests of EU member states when it comes to migration.

Schinas had previously described it as a mix between solidarity and responsibility.

The term he coined on Wednesday was “permanent effective constant solidarity”, a phrase that was meant to appeal to everyone whether in Athens, Budapest, or Berlin.

Return sponsorships

“We have looked for a solution between the red lines,” said Schinas.

“And we have done so by introducing a new concept which we call ‘returns sponsorships’ that allow to do something that is new,” he added.

The idea is a departure from the previous commission, which had demanded a mandatory system of quotas that required each EU state to take in people arriving on Italian and Greek shores.

EU states will now be given the option to return people instead, in a bid to help remove the pressure on the member state put under pressure by arrivals.

Those that choose to return someone from the member state under stress will have eight months to do it or will be required to take in that person to finalise the return from their own territory.

The member state sponsoring the returns, will be able to select the nationalities of the asylum claimants they handle.

The commission describes the sponsorship as a viable alternative to relocation, the practice of accepting migrant arrivals already on European territory.

In reality, the proposal is a numbers game based on a distribution key that can be triggered by the commission on its own or by request from a member state under arrival pressure.

The key is based on population size and GDP of the member state and aims to calculate its share of aid to another in need.

Numbers game

It is not straightforward.

For instance, Greece wants 100 people relocated from its territory.

The distribution key is applied and determines two other EU states must take in 50 percent each, meaning they each have 50 people to relocate or return.

But one of the member states refuses to help, resulting in a contribution shortfall.

The commission will then demand everyone to revise their contributions in a so-called “solidarity forum”.

If there is a still a shortfall capped at more than 30 percent, then it can apply a “critical mass correction mechanism”.

The mechanism gives the commission the power to demand the member state with the shortfall to increase its contribution by 50 percent.

In this case, it would mean they would need to relocate or return 25 people.

“What that means is that we have corrected to ensure ‘critical mass’, ” said a commission official, noting the country under pressure will always get at least 70 percent of what was demanded.

Rights groups like Amnesty International and Oxfam International were unimpressed, however, with both describing the proposals as one that shores up walls and defences against asylum seekers and refugees.

“The commission has bowed to pressure from EU governments whose only objective is to decrease the number of people granted protection in Europe,”said Marissa Ryan, head of Oxfam’s EU office.

Similar comments were given by Amnesty, who said the EU scheme will do little to help those most in need.

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EU countries stuck on rule of law-budget link.

Differences were laid bare among EU countries on the link between respect for rule of law and EU funding on Tuesday (22 September).

EU affairs ministers discussed negotiations between member states and the European Parliament on the bloc’s seven-year budget and its pandemic recovery fund, where rule-of-law conditionality has been one of the key political disagreements.

The conditionality was also one of the main hurdles EU leaders had to overcome at their summit in late July, when it took them five days to strike a deal on the budget and recovery package.

Having produced a vague compromise in July, divisions among EU governments remained between those who want the possibility to suspend EU funds if rule of law is not being respected in a given country, and those who want to narrow the conditionality down to fraud and corruption.

Ministers from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden spoke about the need for an “effective” mechanism.

“We really need a direct link between EU funding and adherence to the principles of rule of law,” Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said.

“This is more than only protecting the budget against fraud and corruption,” he added.

While the ministers from Denmark and Sweden acknowledged that the basis of the final mechanism needs to be based on the deal struck by EU leaders, they also warned against moving an inch away from that.

“We simply can not accept any watering down of the mechanism,” Finland’s EU minister Tytti Tuppurainen warned.

Hungary and Poland, however, had threatened to block the €1.8 trillion budget and recovery fund, if the new conditions become too strict and have a broader link to the respect for the rule of law.

And a delay in unlocking the economic stimulus is a no-go for most member states.

Poland’s EU affairs minister Konrad Szymański said on Tuesday that the legislation on rule-of-law conditionality should stick to the leaders’ agreement.

“The European Council [EU leaders’s summit] did not support the conditionality as proposed by the commission in 2018, otherwise we would see a clear reference to this,” he said, referring to the European Commission’s original, tougher proposal.

He said the new legislative proposal should “address the flaws” of the 2018 proposal.

“We cannot accept any mechanism that is not legally sound, circumvents treaties, undermines institutional balance, proposes disproportionate measures, and could be used to exercise political pressure on member states,” he said.

Szymański was backed by Hungary’s justice minister Judit Varga, who said the “only task is to stick to leaders’ fragile compromise”.

“Those who want more or bigger, they all risk that very fragile compromise and the rapid adoption of the whole package,” she said.

Varga referred to EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen’s recentstate of the union speech , in which the German politician said such conditionality should protect against fraud, corruption, and conflict of interest, but did not go further.

And all that leaves the German EU presidency stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Four big political groups in the European Parliament, the centre-right EPP, the Socialists and Democrats, the liberal Renew and the Greens have said they would not approve the budget and recovery package unless there is a strong rule-of-law link.

The German EU presidency plans to come forward with its own version of a possible compromise by the end of the month in talks with MEPs.

Meanwhile, Hungary and Poland are already under EU scrutiny for violating European rules and values.

On Tuesday, ministers also discussed the state of play of the two, so-called ‘Article 7’ sanctions procedures against Warsaw and Budapest.

The commission said the situation had not improved in either of the two countries and that serious concerns persisted.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Eurostat. Netto calo dei consumi reali pro capite sia nell’area dell’euro sia nell’EU.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-08-02.

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«Sharpest drop of household real consumption per capita in both euro area and EU»

«In the first quarter of 2020, when Member States began to widely introduce COVID-19 containment measures in March 2020, household real consumption per capita dropped by 3.0% in the euro area, after a decrease of 0.4% in the previous quarter»

«In the EU household real consumption per capita decreased by 2.9% in the first quarter of 2020, after a decrease of 0.2% in the previous quarter»

«During the first quarter of 2020, household gross disposable income increased by 0.9% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU»

«In the first quarter of 2020, the saving rate increased in both the euro area and the EU by 4.3 percentage points, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019»

«The drop in the individual consumption expenditure of households was the most pronounced in Italy, Spain and Belgium, followed by France»

«At the same time, the gross disposable income varied, increasing in Poland, Denmark, Czechia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Finland and decreasing in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Austria»


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Eurostat. Sharpest drop of household real consumption per capita in both euro area and EU.

In the first quarter of 2020, when Member States began to widely introduce COVID-19 containment measures in March 2020, household real consumption per capita dropped by 3.0% in the euro area, after a decrease of 0.4% in the previous quarter. This decline is the highest since the beginning of the time series in 1999. Household real income per capita increased in the first quarter of 2020 by 1.1%, after a decrease of 1.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019.

In the EU household real consumption per capita decreased by 2.9% in the first quarter of 2020, after a decrease of 0.2% in the previous quarter. This decline is the highest since the beginning of the time series in 1999. Household real income per capita increased by 1.2% in the first quarter of 2020, after a decrease of 1.0% in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Household gross disposable income and its components

During the first quarter of 2020, household gross disposable income increased by 0.9% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU. The reduction in current taxes and net social contributions had a strong positive contribution to gross disposable income, while the contribution of social benefits was higher than usual. The decrease observed in received wages, operating gross operating surplus and mixed income of households contributed negatively in the growth of gross disposable income in both zones.

Household saving rate significantly up in the euro area, the EU and in the Member States

In the first quarter of 2020, the saving rate increased in both the euro area and the EU by 4.3 percentage points, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.

The household saving rate increased in all Member States, for which data are available for the first quarter of 2020.

The highest increases were observed in Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands, and the lowest in Poland, Sweden and Czechia. For all but two Member States, the increase of the saving rate was explained by the strong decrease of individual consumption expenditure. The drop in the individual consumption expenditure of households was the most pronounced in Italy, Spain and Belgium, followed by France. At the same time, the gross disposable income varied, increasing in Poland, Denmark, Czechia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Finland and decreasing in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Austria.

Household investment rate down in the euro area and the EU, varied in the Member States

In the first quarter of 2020 the investment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points for the euro area and 0.3 percentage points in the EU.

Among the Member States for which data are available for the first quarter of 2020, the decrease in investment rate of households was the highest in Spain, France and Belgium. Seven Member States recorded an increase in the household investment rate, the highest being observed in Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark.

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Geographical information

The euro area (EA19) consists of 19 Member States: Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland, plus the European Central Bank and the European Stability Mechanism.

The European Union (EU27) includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden plus the EU institutions.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Unione Europea

Ferrovia Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe. 11,920 km in dieci giorni. 1,033 convogli al mese.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-07-13.

2020-07-07__Cina Ferrovie 013

Sarebbe inutile produrre qualcosa senza la possibilità di trasportarla dal luogo di produzione fino al consumatore.

La Cina deve sicuramente utilizzare il trasporto marittimo per recapitare le proprie merci, ma la rotta verso l’Europa ha come passaggio obbligato lo Stretto di Malacca, una strozzatura larga appena una decina di kilometri ed intensamente trafficata. Un usuale cargo impiega oltre un mese nel viaggio tra la Cina e l’Europa.

«the freight trains have been playing a crucial role in supporting Europe’s anti-epidemic fight by opening “green passages” for the transport of important supplies and raw materials»

«the rail connection between China and Europe, since the restoration of its regular operation, has also brought an impetus to economic resumption in the Eurasian continent amid the pandemic by stabilizing trade and supply chains»

«Amid efforts to expand common interests in China-EU cooperation, the China-Europe rail transport service, which was initiated in 2011, is widely expected to play an increasingly important role in the post-pandemic era»

«Among many China-Europe express operations for transport of much-needed medical supplies since the COVID-19 outbreak, this train had run over 11,920 km through seven countries before delivering some 20 million surgical masks and gloves, water-soluble bags, contactless gel dispensers and other resources, which marked the first dedicated rail transport of protective materials directly from China to France amid the pandemic»

«In the meantime, two additional China-Europe freight trains carrying anti-coronavirus supplies are on their way to Duisburg, Germany, and Madrid, Spain respectively, expected to arrive on Saturday and Monday»

«From January to May, a total of 12,524 tonnes of anti-epidemic materials were sent from China to European countries by train»

«Carrying 35 containers of COVID-19 control and prevention materials, all of which were manufactured in central China’s Hubei Province, a freight train from Wuhan, the provincial capital, is expected to arrive in the western German city of Duisburg, a logistics hub in central Europe on Saturday»

«From January to May, the number and shipments of China-Europe freight trains surged by 28 percent and 32 percent year-on-year respectively, according to the China State Railway Group.»

«Notably, freight trains made a new high of 1,033 trips in May, up 43 percent year-on-year, transporting a record of 93,000 TEUs»

La linea ferroviaria che collega la Cina centrale con l’Europa è una realtà, e riduce in modo significativo i tempi di trasporto, che risultano anche essere ben più economici di quello marittimo.

È chiaro come si sia solo agli inizi, ma il futuro sembrerebbe essere proficuo per ambo le parti. Dai mille convogli al mese la linea potrebbe salire a cinquemila.

Però, si noti la fotografia.

«Chinese-made Volvo XC60 vehicles exported to Europe via China Railway Express (Chang’an) are seen at the Port of Ghent in Belgium on July 4, 2019. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)»

La Cina esporta a prezzi concorrenziali in Europa automobili che la Volvo, industria svedese, produce in Cina, e che prima produceva in patria. Altro non è che lavoro, guadagni e know-how persi.

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Xinhua Headlines: Railway freight express puts China-EU cooperation amid pandemic on fast track.

–Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the freight trains have been playing a crucial role in supporting Europe’s anti-epidemic fight by opening “green passages” for the transport of important supplies and raw materials.

–Beyond the contributions to underpinning anti-pandemic actions, the rail connection between China and Europe, since the restoration of its regular operation, has also brought an impetus to economic resumption in the Eurasian continent amid the pandemic by stabilizing trade and supply chains.

–Amid efforts to expand common interests in China-EU cooperation, the China-Europe rail transport service, which was initiated in 2011, is widely expected to play an increasingly important role in the post-pandemic era.

FRANKFURT, June 27 (Xinhua) — Departing from Nanchang, the capital of China’s Jiangxi Province, a cargo train loaded with medical materials against COVID-19 arrived in Paris Tuesday morning, vividly reflecting the sustained pragmatic anti-pandemic cooperation between China and Europe.

Among many China-Europe express operations for transport of much-needed medical supplies since the COVID-19 outbreak, this train had run over 11,920 km through seven countries before delivering some 20 million surgical masks and gloves, water-soluble bags, contactless gel dispensers and other resources, which marked the first dedicated rail transport of protective materials directly from China to France amid the pandemic.

In the meantime, two additional China-Europe freight trains carrying anti-coronavirus supplies are on their way to Duisburg, Germany, and Madrid, Spain respectively, expected to arrive on Saturday and Monday.

ANTI-PANDEMIC “GREEN PASSAGE”

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the freight trains have been playing a crucial role in supporting Europe’s anti-epidemic fight by opening “green passages” for the transport of important supplies and raw materials.

From January to May, a total of 12,524 tonnes of anti-epidemic materials were sent from China to European countries by train.

Lyazid Benhami, vice-president of the Paris Association of French-Chinese Friendship, was delighted to witness the arrival of the “medical train” from China.

“In this period of health crisis, we are pleased to note that this important volume of materials transported (to France), including 20 million surgical masks and protective equipment, is up to meet the demand and needs of consumers and the market,” he said.

The smooth operation of this anti-virus supply train has proven the feasibility, punctuality and safety of this land corridor with lower delivery costs than air freight, but less time consumption and more flexibility than sea freight, said Yao Hongzhi, general manager of COSCO Shipping (France) Agency.

“Against the backdrop of current international anti-pandemic cooperation, China-Europe freight trains have fully demonstrated their advantages in transporting medical materials,” Yao added.

Carrying 35 containers of COVID-19 control and prevention materials, all of which were manufactured in central China’s Hubei Province, a freight train from Wuhan, the provincial capital, is expected to arrive in the western German city of Duisburg, a logistics hub in central Europe on Saturday, before running further towards Hamburg.

“The original mode of transportation was container shipping to Europe, but now the products need to be delivered as soon as possible,” said Gao Zandong, deputy general manager of COSCO Shipping Lines (Wuhan).

Gao noted that only a little bit more than 10 days were needed to transport much-needed medical materials from Hubei to Germany.

On June 29, Madrid will also greet a freight train from the city of Yiwu, east China’s Zhejiang Province, carrying 86 TEUs with about 257 tonnes of cargo, including 25.05 million face masks and 400,000 protective suits.

Carlos Santana, who is responsible for the company which operates the Yiwu-Madrid line in Spain, told Xinhua that railway transport has been proven to be a reliable means of importing health materials from China in the midst of the pandemic.

Chinese Ambassador to Spain Wu Haitao said the Yiwu-Madrid express with medical materials is a living proof of international anti-coronavirus cooperation.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

Beyond the contributions to underpinning anti-pandemic actions, the rail connection between China and Europe, since the restoration of its regular operation, has also brought an impetus to economic resumption in the Eurasian continent amid the pandemic by stabilizing trade and supply chains.

From January to May, the number and shipments of China-Europe freight trains surged by 28 percent and 32 percent year-on-year respectively, according to the China State Railway Group.

Notably, freight trains made a new high of 1,033 trips in May, up 43 percent year-on-year, transporting a record of 93,000 TEUs.

China-Europe freight trains open an opportunity for boosting trade between France and China, Benhami noted, adding that “the ‘win-win’ approach is very real for everyone, including the environment, businesses and consumers.”

Xulio Rios, director of the Observatory of Chinese Politics in Spain, said the railway connection between Yiwu and Madrid offers an important route for goods traffic, from medical materials to items for everyday use during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

From Santana’s perspective, rail transport from Asia continues to upgrade from moving small-sized, low-cost goods towards delivering goods with added value, as China is exporting goods with added value in greater quantities, such as watches, Bluetooth devices, automobile parts, electrical goods, and so on.

From Spain, he added, top-end consumer goods like extra virgin olive oil, wine and cured ham are brought to China by rail as well, with clear advantages of being speedy, ecological and cost-effective.

Laszlo Mosoczi, secretary of state for transport policy at Hungarian Ministry of Innovation and Technology, said that “as a transit country, Hungary benefits from freight traffic from Asia to Europe, and Hungary can become the logistics center of the region.”

PROMISING IN POST-PANDEMIC ERA

China is willing to join hands with the European side to push for a more stable and mature relationship in the post-pandemic era and lift bilateral ties to a new height, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday when meeting via video link with EU leaders.

“Our two major economies should play the role as dual engines of the world economy, drive the recovery of global economy, jointly support a scientific and orderly resumption of work and production, strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination, and keep global industrial and supply chains stable and smooth,” Xi said.

Amid efforts to expand common interests in China-EU cooperation, the China-Europe rail transport service, which was initiated in 2011, is widely expected to play an increasingly important role in the post-pandemic era.

The freight trains that link China and Europe have become a symbol of mutual benefits, said Rios.

“If we refer to the ongoing Belt and Road Initiative, we notice that the land route brings hope for both French and Chinese companies,” Benhami said, noting that the initiative brings new opportunities of economic development.

The Yiwu-Madrid line can play an important role in cross-border e-commerce between China and Spain, Wu said.

He stressed that local governments and companies in Spain have shown a positive attitude toward strengthening cooperation on Yixin’ou cargo line (Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe) by expanding exports to China in a more convenient manner.

“We wish to offer French and Chinese companies occasional train solutions,” said Xavier Wanderpepen, who is responsible for China-Europe rail freight activities at Forwardis, a subsidiary of France’s national railway company SNCF Logistics.

“And we wish to work with China on the development of freight wagons with variable gauge capable of adapting to the situation in Western Europe, Russia and China. In a few years, we will be able to connect China and Europe in 10 days,” Wanderpepen added.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Green Deal. ‘The hypocritical deal on climate neutrality by 2050’. [C Hasselbach]

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-12-17.

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Fa davvero molta specie che un giornale così posizionato sull’ideologia liberal socialista esca con un simile titolo:

«The hypocritical deal on climate neutrality by 2050».

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«They all agree, but they won’t all agree to participate»

«The hypocritical deal on climate neutrality by 2050 reached at the EU summit demonstrates how isolated Germany is on this issue»

«All 27 heads of state and government, including Poland …., have agreed that the EU should be climate neutral by the year 2050. However, Poland has been granted a concession — it can take a bit longer to get there»

«Ursula von der Leyen’s contortion allows her to save face, but only with the greatest of difficulty»

«She even went so far as to compare it to the first moon»

«Hypocritical pretense of unanimity»

«In doing so, she put pressure EU governments to fall into line»

«If just one country had refused to go along with the resolution, the European Council would have stabbed von der Leyen in the back. The EU as a whole would have looked utterly ridiculous. Hence this hypocritical pretense of unanimity»

«However, in order to achieve it, concessions had to be made. Poland will not only essentially be able to decide for itself when to decommission its many coal-fired power stations — it currently derives almost 80 percent of its electricity from coal»

«The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland also managed to ensure that nuclear power was specifically mentioned in the closing statement as an energy source en route to climate neutrality»

«French President Emmanuel Macron, supposedly Germany’s closest ally, is of course also behind this. As is well known, France generates the majority of its electricity in CO2-emission-free nuclear power plants; it’s planning to build several new nuclear reactors, and sees absolutely no reason why that should not be acknowledged as a contribution to climate protection»

«This summit has shown how little the German model is regarded as a desirable example»

«Worse still: Although Ursula von der Leyen is responsible for the whole of the EU, many eastern Europeans still see her as the German who’s now trying, in the EU’s name, to impose a German agenda in climate policy, too»

«German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to get her position on refugee issues accepted as the policy of the EU as a whole — and failed»

«Germany now needs to acknowledge that other countries also have views on climate policy that differ from its own.»

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Riassumendo.

L’European New Green Deal ricorda strettamente le famose grida di manzoniana memoria.

Senza unanimità e sostanziale adesione di tutte le componenti, più che un provvedimento è una farsa.

Senza poi finanziamenti adeguati, la farsa diventa anche una tragedia.

«Grida fresca: son quelle che fanno più paura».

La massima di oggi viene pronunciata dall’Azzecca-garbugli nel terzo capitolo dei Promessi Sposi, e potrebbe addirittura essere presa come un monito contro i decreti legge, e contro il riformismo e le novità legislative in genere.

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Deutsche Welle. 2019-12-14. Germany’s climate policy doesn’t suit the EU

They all agree, but they won’t all agree to participate. The hypocritical deal on climate neutrality by 2050 reached at the EU summit demonstrates how isolated Germany is on this issue, says DW’s Christoph Hasselbach.

How can you obtain a unanimous decision from which one country is excepted? But this is exactly what the European Council has done. All 27 heads of state and government, including Poland (the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, was understandably absent), have agreed that the EU should be climate neutral by the year 2050. However, Poland has been granted a concession — it can take a bit longer to get there. How long has not been stipulated.

Ursula von der Leyen’s contortion allows her to save face, but only with the greatest of difficulty. The new president of the Commission was keen to demonstrate at the start of her term in office what the EU, and she herself, are capable of. Shortly before the EU summit, parallel to the World Climate Conference in Madrid, she announced the great aim of “European climate neutrality in just 30 years.” She even went so far as to compare it to the first moon landing — as if climate neutrality were an event that could be pinned to a specific date!

Hypocritical pretense of unanimity

In doing so, she put pressure EU governments to fall into line. If just one country had refused to go along with the resolution, the European Council would have stabbed von der Leyen in the back. The EU as a whole would have looked utterly ridiculous. Hence this hypocritical pretense of unanimity.

However, in order to achieve it, concessions had to be made. Poland will not only essentially be able to decide for itself when to decommission its many coal-fired power stations — it currently derives almost 80 percent of its electricity from coal! The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland also managed to ensure that nuclear power was specifically mentioned in the closing statement as an energy source en route to climate neutrality.

French President Emmanuel Macron, supposedly Germany’s closest ally, is of course also behind this. As is well known, France generates the majority of its electricity in CO2-emission-free nuclear power plants; it’s planning to build several new nuclear reactors, and sees absolutely no reason why that should not be acknowledged as a contribution to climate protection.

Memories of Merkel’s refugee policy

Germany, on the other hand, is phasing out both coal-fired power generation and nuclear power over a relatively short period of time. No other European country is taking this route, and it looks as if it’s going to stay that way.

This summit has shown how little the German model is regarded as a desirable example. Worse still: Although Ursula von der Leyen is responsible for the whole of the EU, many eastern Europeans still see her as the German who’s now trying, in the EU’s name, to impose a German agenda in climate policy, too.

And that’s gone wrong before. German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to get her position on refugee issues accepted as the policy of the EU as a whole — and failed. Germany now needs to acknowledge that other countries also have views on climate policy that differ from its own.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Timmermans prende atto che il ‘Clima’ è morto stecchito. Originale il mezzo.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-12-17.

Diavolo

I liberal socialisti dell’Unione Europea hanno una fantasia galattica e sottilmente malvagia.

Avevano posto grandiose speranze nella riunione Onu Cop5, fallita in modo definitivo per la mancata adesione di Stati Uniti, Cina, India e Russia alle ardite tesi liberal. Nessun accordo è stato possibile.

Orfani del Cop25, in attesa di un futuribile Cop26, adesso i liberal devono confrontarsi nel parlamento europeo e con la Commissione.

Ben poco possono Herr Timmermans e sodali contro il Consiglio e la Commissione Europea.

Troppo orgogliosi per ammettere la loro sconfitta, si dedicano ad un sport in cui i liberal eccellono: mutare il significato delle parole.

Si sono generati un loro proprio dizionario specifico, che può trarre in inganno qualsiasi Lettore. Per esempio, ‘human rights’ per i liberal indica ciò che la loro ideologia reputa essere tali, anche se il resto del mondo non se ne cale più di tanto.

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«”Taxonomy”: is the process of naming and classifying things such as animals and plants into groups within a larger system, according to their similarities and differences.».

Il termine equivalente italiano sarebbe tassonomia.

«EU ambassadors have agreed on a slightly-modified version of the EU sustainable investment taxonomy – which aims to clarify which sectors are fully sustainable»

«The previous version was blocked last week by nine countries (France, UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia), because they wanted more guarantees regarding “technological neutrality”.»

«Now MEPs will have to decide if the newly agreed council position is strong enough.»

«A classification system for sustainable investments, known as EU taxonomy, is currently being negotiated with the European Parliament by the European Council, which comprises heads of EU states. Following the negotiation, one taxonomy is set to be implemented into all EU legislation»

«The ministers also endorsed the council’s action plan on climate change, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions across Europe by 2030. To accomplish that, the EU has said it needs an estimated €180 billion ($198 billion) in investments»

«As the voice of the European asset management industry, we support the EU’s political objective to fight climate change and meet the Paris agreement goals, and have been following closely the negotiations on EU taxonomy regulation. (It’s) crucial that investee companies are required to disclose all key data needed to evaluate the investment against the EU taxonomy.»

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«Energia nucleare e gas sono da intendersi come ‘di transizione’, quindi gli investimenti nei settori ad esse associate non vanno considerati ‘verdi’ tout court ma capaci di contribuire a un’economia a emissioni zero»

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Ricapitoliamo.

– La richiesta di finanziamenti di 180 miliardi euro in dieci anni significa 18 miliardi l’anno, ossia quanto basta a non far morire di fame i liberal socialisti. La richiesta iniziale era stata di 1.300 miliardi….

– Classificandoli come ‘di transizione’ anche nucleare e gas possono legalmente essere sostenuti da fondi europei.

– È in corso la battaglia per l’uso del carbone e, più specificatamente, della lignite. Nessuno dubiterebbe però che a breve un ritocchino della tassonomia lo renda benvenuto e bene accetto.

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Clima: Paesi Ue, continuiamo negoziato su investimenti verdi

Compromesso su nucleare e gas, è ‘transizione’ a emissioni zero

BRUXELLES – Energia nucleare e gas sono da intendersi come ‘di transizione’, quindi gli investimenti nei settori ad esse associate non vanno considerati ‘verdi’ tout court ma capaci di contribuire a un’economia a emissioni zero. E’ il compromesso tra i paesi Ue su cui si basa il nuovo mandato alla presidenza finlandese per negoziare con l’Europarlamento la classificazione degli investimenti sostenibili (tassonomia). Mercoledì scorso gli Stati Ue avevano bocciato un accordo già raggiunto con l’Eurocamera per disaccordi sul nucleare.

Gli eurodeputati incaricati del negoziato vedranno le carte nelle prossime ore, e stasera decideranno il da farsi. La tassonomia su cui le istituzioni europee stanno discutendo potrebbe avere importanti ricadute economiche e finanziarie, quale primo passo per dare una patente di sostenibilità agli investimenti in determinati settori. La settimana scorsa, nella sua prima conferenza stampa da presidente della Bce a Francoforte, Christine Lagarde, si era detta “dispiaciuta” del naufragio dell’accordo tra Pe e Consiglio

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EU countries agree on ‘sustainable investment’


EU ambassadors have agreed on a slightly-modified version of the EU sustainable investment taxonomy – which aims to clarify which sectors are fully sustainable. The previous version was blocked last week by nine countries (France, UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia), because they wanted more guarantees regarding “technological neutrality”. Now MEPs will have to decide if the newly agreed council position is strong enough.

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EU finance ministers endorse ‘green’ taxonomy

Officials also pledge to help move private capital toward sustainable investments

Setting their priorities for the coming years, European Union finance ministers endorsed a classification system for sustainable investments and said they would work to direct additional private capital to such investments at an Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting Thursday.

A classification system for sustainable investments, known as EU taxonomy, is currently being negotiated with the European Parliament by the European Council, which comprises heads of EU states. Following the negotiation, one taxonomy is set to be implemented into all EU legislation.

The EU finance ministers did not provide additional information on how they planned to increase private capital allocated to sustainable investments.

The ministers also endorsed the council’s action plan on climate change, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions across Europe by 2030. To accomplish that, the EU has said it needs an estimated €180 billion ($198 billion) in investments.

The ministers said they will continue to engage with each other on issues such as sustainable finance, green budgeting, carbon pricing, green taxation and environmentally harmful subsidies.

Responding to the political agreement, Fiona Reynolds, CEO of United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, said in an emailed comment that the classification system underpins disclosure requirements and bridges the gap between the 2015 Paris Agreements and investment practices.

“The taxonomy will enable investors to determine the proportion of revenue from sustainable economic activities financed by the investment portfolio,” Ms. Reynolds said. “The taxonomy will also support active ownership efforts: Investors and companies can use the taxonomy to identify future growth opportunities.”

Tanguy van de Werve, director general of European Fund Management Association, said in an emailed comment: “As the voice of the European asset management industry, we support the EU’s political objective to fight climate change and meet the Paris agreement goals, and have been following closely the negotiations on EU taxonomy regulation. (It’s) crucial that investee companies are required to disclose all key data needed to evaluate the investment against the EU taxonomy.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Ursula von der Leyen. Alcune frasi da meditare.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-07-20.

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Riprendiamo dal Deutsche Welle alcune frasi che Mrs Ursula von der Leyen avrebbe pronunciato durante una intervista.

«von der Leyen was narrowly elected to the EU’s top post this week after gaining the support from Visegrad countries — Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary — which had opposed Socialist candidate Frans Timmermans»

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«We must reform Dublin in order to achieve more fairness and burden sharing, …. I’ve never really understood why Dublin started with the simple equation: Where a migrant first stepped foot in the EU, that’s where he or she must stay.

Migration takes place by land or sea. We can only have stability on our external borders if we provide sufficient help to member states that are exposed to a lot of migration pressure because of their position on the map.»

«called for taking a softer approach to central and eastern EU member states on the rule of law, saying that in disputes with Hungary and Poland it is important to make the debates more objective …. Establishing the rule of law is the goal, but no one is perfect …. financial sanctions against EU member states should only be a “very last resort after other steps have been exhausted»

«Von der Leyen also suggested she would strive for a more accommodating line with Italy over its high budget deficit. Although she said there were good reasons for the EU’s budget rules, “there is also a lot of flexibility” to encourage investment and growth.»

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Sono tutte parole che riecheggiano sano buon senso. Forse il quinquennio di velenoso odio politico è morto assieme alle candidature di Herr Weber e di Herr Timmermans.

Si prospettano  però alcune problematiche, tra le quali la principale è questa.

Can the EU’s Ursula von der Leyen fulfill her promises?

«In her bid for the European Union’s top job, she made a range of promises and announcements, many of which appealed tremendously to Green and socialist MEPs. But whether she will actually be able to deliver on those promises over the next five years will not depend on her political prowess alone»

«She will require majority support in the European Parliament, and above all the backing of the Council of the European Union, which is comprised of ministers from all of the EU’s 28 member states. When it comes to EU lawmaking, those two bodies are more or less equally powerful.»

«The Commission may suggest creating a new climate fund, and transforming the European Investment Bank (EIB) into a kind of “climate bank.” However, the EU member states themselves are the EIB’s shareholders and they would have agree to that kind of policy. So far, it unclear to what extent EU members will back von der Leyen’s environmental policies.»

«The EU is deeply divided over how to deal with migrants and asylum-seekers attempting to enter the bloc via the Mediterranean or the Balkan route»

«Italy, Poland, Hungary, Austria and other states strictly reject taking in refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. Some member states insist on binding redistribution quotas for refugees, though enforcing them has proven impossible. Even rulings by the European Court of Justice have been ignored»

«When she praised various ongoing sea rescue operations, von der Leyen earned thunderous applause from MEPs — even though these operations are run by or originate from EU member states, not the EU itself»

«She wants to strike a balance between eastern and western member states, as well as between large and small ones, to ensure each have a say in key matters»

«So far, incidentally, eastern member states have not secured any top jobs»

«Poland’s ruling national-conservative PiS party now claims von der Leyen only secured the bloc’s top job thanks to its support, which is why Polish Prime Minster Mateusz Morawiecki said he now expects her to go easy on his country.»

«In principle, the right to propose legislation lies with the Commission. However, the European Parliament and Council of the European Union can ask the Commission to introduce legislation on their behalf.»

Come si constata, la strada di Mrs Ursula von der Leyen è tutta in salita.

Però, ricordiamoci sempre che ci ha salvati da Herr Weber e da Herr Timmermans.

Pubblicato in: Demografia, Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Unione Europea ed il mito del 2050. Cui prodest?

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-06-29.

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Four states block EU 2050 carbon neutral target

«Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Estonia prevented the EU from adopting a clear long-term climate neutrality goal at the summit in Brussels on Thursday evening (20 June).

The central and eastern European leaders could not get behind a draft text which said the EU should take measures “to ensure a transition to a climate-neutral EU by 2050”

Climate neutrality refers to an economy in which the emission of greenhouse gases caused by human activity is mostly prevented, and any remaining emissions are compensated through for example planting additional trees or capturing emissions and storing them.

That 2050 target seemed to gain momentum recently after the EU’s largest state, Germany, decided to support it.

Consensus is needed for leaders to adopt official conclusions.

Meanwhile at the summit, the leaders did agree in the text to submit a long-term climate strategy to the UN climate body in “early 2020”, and adopted a Strategic Agenda which identified climate action as one of the EU’s priorities.»

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Tutte queste parole diventano immediatamente comprensibili leggendosi con cura il testo rilasciato dal Consiglio Europeo.

«The EU and its Member States remain committed to scaling up the mobilisation of international climate finance from a wide variety of private and public sources and to working towards a timely, well-managed and successful replenishment process for the Green Climate Fund»

La posta in gioco è il governo del Green Climate Fund, che dovrebbe essere finanziato con un minimo di duecento miliardi di euro all’anno.

Tuttavia i budget pluriennali devono essere deliberati alla unanimità, cosa che Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, ed Estonia hanno bloccato, con grande sollievo di molti, perché la maggior quota avrebbe dovuto essere elargita a Francia e Germania.

Ci si dovrebbero sobbarcare duecento miliardi all’anno per trenta anni per arrivare ecologicamente puliti al famoso 2050, ossia tra trenta anni. Ma duecento per trenta rende 6,000.

Adesso abbiamo in Europa Frau Merkel, Mr Macron, Mr Juncker, etc, ma sarà ben difficile che durino in carico fino al 2050. Nulla vieterebbe di pensare che a questi possano nel tempo subentrare governanti con visioni politiche diametralmente opposte. In Italia un governo gialloverde è subentrato a quello del partito democratico e pochi lo avevano previsto.

La conseguenza sarebbe solo che grandi investimenti sarebbero stati spesi senza costrutto.

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«lunga promessa con l’attender corto / ti farà trïunfar ne l’alto seggio»

Con questa frase Guido da Montefeltro finì all’inferno, mentre gli eurocrati contano invece di arricchirsi.

Tra trenta anni tutti gli attuali over-65 saranno deceduti, e quindi non ne potranno materialmente godere dei promessi vantaggi.

Domandiamoci allora in quale mondo vivranno gli attuali ventenni, giunti alla soglia dei cinquanta.

L’unico dato sicuro è quello demografico, ed in questo ci aiuta Destati, l’Istituto di Statistica tedesco. Pigliamo in considerazione la Germania per alleggerire l’esposizione dei dati che sono peraltro estensibili a quasi tutta l’Unione Europea.

Destatis.

Al momento attuale, la popolazione tedesca ha 10.833 milioni di persone sotto i 15 anni, 54.165 milioni in età compresa tra i 15 ed i 64, e 17.779 milioni di over-65.

«Regarding the immigrant background, 22.5% of the country’s residents, or more than 18.6 million people, were of immigrant or partially immigrant descent in 2016 (including persons descending or partially descending from ethnic German repatriates).»

«In 2015, 36% of children under 5 were of immigrant or partially immigrant descent»

Il conto è semplice: dei 10.883 milioni di under-15 solo 6.933 milioni sono di stirpe germanica.

Il tasso medio di fertilità, 1.42, è sostenuto dalle nascite dagli immigrati: quello delle tedesche autoctone è poco sotto la unità.

Per il 2050 Destatis prevede una popolazione tedesca di 65.742 milioni, sotto la ipotesi W0, con una contrazione della popolazione autoctona dagli attuali 64.191 milioni a 42.027 milioni.

Però, di questi 42.027 milioni oltre 23 saranno over-65.

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È naturale che si auguri a tutti ogni sorta di bene, ma le prospettive di vita dei tedeschi nel 2050 sono tutto tranne che rosee. Il termine ‘Germania‘ indicherà una realtà geografica, non più un popolo od una nazione.

Forse una cifra di tale portata potrebbe trovare destinazioni maggiormente proficue.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Commercio, Geopolitica Mondiale, Unione Europea

Cina. Nuova Via della Seta. 6,000 miliardi Usd in cinque anni.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-05-01.

Cina

«Nel 2018, l’economia cinese si è mantenuta complessivamente stabile, mostrando nel frattempo qualche miglioramento»

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«Il tasso di crescita è stato del 6,6% annuo, al primo posto tra le prime cinque economie del mondo, contribuendo per il 30% della crescita globale»

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«Il commercio estero cinese ha sfondato la soglia di 30 mila miliardi di renminbi, con un incremento relativo del 9,7%»

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«Sono stati 13 milioni e 600 mila i nuovi posti di lavoro creati e più di 13 milioni e 800 mila i residenti rurali usciti dalla soglia di povertà»

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«Da oltre cinque anni, la costruzione della nuova Via della Seta procede dal particolare al generale, avanzando nella pratica e crescendo con la cooperazione»

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«Ad oggi sono già 123 i paesi e 29 le organizzazioni internazionali che hanno sottoscritto con la Cina accordi di vario genere nell’ambito dell’iniziativa»

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«Gli scambi commerciali tra la Cina e i paesi lungo questa nuova arteria commerciale hanno superato la quota di 6000 miliardi di dollari.»

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«La Cina sostiene il principio della partecipazione di tutti alla discussione, alla realizzazione e alla condivisione della proposta nel promuovere la cooperazione internazionale sul tema, avanzando nello spirito della Via della Seta i concetti della cooperazione nella pace, dell’inclusione nell’apertura, nella vicendevole conoscenza e nel reciproco guadagno»

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«Lo scorso anno il valore degli scambi commerciali bilaterali [Cina – Italia] ha raggiunto quota 54 miliardi e 23 milioni di dollari, stabilendo un nuovo primato storico, mentre il complesso  degli investimenti nelle due direzioni ha superato il valore di 20 miliardi di dollari.»

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La Cina sta seguendo la direttiva di Realpolitik che le è connaturata e che a suo tempo Mr Deng Xiaoping aveva ribadito con forza: i rapporti commerciali non devono essere condizionati da visioni ideologiche e nessuno deve permettersi di sindacare la politica interna degli stati.

Negli ultimi cinque anni la Nuova Via della Seta ha comportato interscambi per 6,000 miliardi di dollari americani. Mentre nei confronti dell’Unione Europea la Cine sembrerebbe ricercare prevalentemente rapporti bilaterali, nei confronti dei paesi europei ex est l’approccio è rappresentato dal Ceec, ovvero il 16 + 1.

Cina. Ceec, un nome da imparare. Dazi ridotti dal 17.3% al 7.7%.

Cina. Ulteriore potenziamento del Ceec, Europa dell’est.

Asia alla conquista dell’Europa dell’Est.

Cina e Serbia. Belt and Road si approfonda nei Balcani.

Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern Countries.

Ceec, China and Central and Eastern European Countries

Cina. Sta colonizzando l’Europa dell’Est e l’Unione si strappa i capelli.

Eastern Europe cozies up to China

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«The 16+1 format is an initiative by the People’s Republic of China aimed at intensifying and expanding cooperation with 11 EU Member States and 5 Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia) in the fields of investments, transport, finance, science, education, and culture»

La attuale eurodirigenza uscente ha dei grandi problemi di rapporto diplomatico e politico con la Cina. Il giornale della confindustria tedesca ne ha recentemente preso atto in un lungo e dettagliato editoriale.

Cina. Grande Muraglia contro la Germania. – Handelsblatt.

«On paper there is nothing to stop German companies buying Chinese firms …. But the reality is very different»

Ue-Cina: Commissione, “Pechino partner strategico ma rivale sistemico che promuove modelli di governance alternativi”

«“L’Ue e la Cina sono partner economici strategici ma anche concorrenti.  …. parole del vicepresidente della Commissione Jyrki Katainen, …. “L’Unione europea e la Cina si sono impegnate a costruire un partenariato strategico globale, ma in Europa – si legge in un documento della Commissione – è sempre più diffusa la sensazione che l’equilibrio tra le sfide e le opportunità associate alla Cina si sia modificato”. La Cina “è al tempo stesso – vi si legge – un partner di cooperazione con obiettivi strettamente allineati a quelli dell’Ue, un partner di negoziato con cui l’Unione deve trovare un equilibrio di interessi, un concorrente economico che ambisce alla leadership tecnologica e un rivale sistemico che promuove modelli di governance alternativi”.»

Cina: l’Europa alzi la voce contro il mancato rispetto dei diritti umani

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La posizione dell’attuale eurodirigenza uscente nei confronti della Cina è riassunto chiaramente dalla proposta di risoluzione del parlamento europeo          sullo stato delle relazioni UE-Cina, votata dal parlamento europeo il 2018-06-12:

«…. considerando che la situazione dei diritti umani in Cina ha continuato a peggiorare, con un’intensificazione dell’ostilità del governo nei confronti del dissenso pacifico, della libertà di espressione e di religione e dello Stato di diritto; che gli attivisti della società civile e i difensori dei diritti umani sono arrestati, processati e condannati sulla base di capi d’imputazione vaghi come quello di “sovvertire il potere dello Stato” e di “scatenare liti e provocare problemi”, e che spesso sono detenuti in isolamento in località ignote, senza alcun accesso a cure mediche o all’assistenza legale; che i difensori dei diritti umani e gli attivisti sono trattenuti, talvolta, in “sorveglianza residenziale in un luogo designato”, un sistema utilizzato per impedire a queste persone qualsiasi contatto, e che durante tale detenzione sono spesso segnalati torture e maltrattamenti; che la Cina continua a negare la libertà di espressione e la libertà di informazione, e sono stati incarcerati molti giornalisti, blogger e voci indipendenti; che, nel suo quadro strategico sui diritti umani e la democrazia, l’UE si è impegnata a far sì che i diritti umani, la democrazia e lo Stato di diritto siano promossi in tutti i settori della sua azione esterna, senza eccezioni, ponendo i diritti umani al centro delle sue relazioni con tutti i paesi terzi, ivi compresi i suoi partner strategici; che i vertici UE-Cina devono essere impiegati per ottenere risultati concreti nell’ambito dei diritti umani, segnatamente il rilascio dei difensori dei diritti umani, degli avvocati e degli attivisti incarcerati;»

Concludendo.

Vedremo come la nuova Commissione Europea si relazionerà con la Cina: quella uscente avrebbe voluto imporre alla Cina condizioni di interferenza con i suoi problemi politici interni, cosa che la Cina né vuole né può accettare. Di qui lo stallo delle trattative.


Sole 24 Ore. 2019-04-21. L’economia cinese cerca il progresso nella stabilità: prospettiva luminosa per la cooperazione italo-cinese

Qualche tempo fa, con l’avvenuta apertura delle Due Sessioni cinesi, lo sguardo di tutto il mondo si è concentrato su Pechino. Ho visto che anche la stampa italiana ha dedicato ampio spazio a questo evento. Non sono mancati dell’evento resoconti accurati e bene illustrati, ma allo stesso tempo c’è stato chi ha espresso preoccupazione per l’andamento dell’economia cinese, sollevando obiezioni nel merito della cooperazione sino-italiana, soprattutto per quanto riguarda l’iniziativa OBOR (One Belt One Road).

Nel merito di ciò, vorrei esprimere alcune opinioni personali. Alcune sfide attendono l’economia cinese, ma il suo andamento positivo sul lungo periodo non cambia. Nel 2018, l’economia cinese si è mantenuta complessivamente stabile, mostrando nel frattempo qualche miglioramento. Il tasso di crescita è stato del 6,6% annuo, al primo posto tra le prime cinque economie del mondo, contribuendo per il 30% della crescita globale. Il commercio estero cinese ha sfondato la soglia di 30 mila miliardi di renminbi, con un incremento relativo del 9,7%. Sono stati 13 milioni e 600 mila i nuovi posti di lavoro creati e più di 13 milioni e 800 mila i residenti rurali usciti dalla soglia di povertà. Sullo sfondo di un’economia globale complessivamente priva di vigore, questi risultati ottenuti dalla Cina non possono mutare. Nella relazione di governo delle due Assemblee, l’obiettivo di crescita per quest’anno è stato fissato al 6,0–6,5%. Trovo che si tratti di una decisione oggettiva, basata sull’attuale congiuntura economica interna ed esterna al Paese, oltre che di una scelta obbligata per un’economia cinese che punta verso alti standard di sviluppo.

L’economia cinese è vasta, solida e sta sviluppando in fretta nuovi processi e nuovi modelli di gestione. Di fronte alla congiuntura di quest’anno, più complessa e severa, svilupperemo attivamente le nostre eccellenze, continuando ad intensificare le riforme strutturali sul lato della domanda e ad allargare la nostra apertura all’estero, a promuovere un modello di sviluppo guidato dall’innovazione, ad accelerare l’avvicendamento tra energie vecchie e nuove. Inoltre, il Governo spera di stimolare ancora la vitalità dell’economia e del mercato cinesi con misure concrete quali politiche finanziarie e monetarie ragionate, l’abbassamento delle imposte e il contenimento delle spese. Siamo certi di vincere queste sfide e queste difficoltà, realizzando gli obiettivi di crescita fissati e contribuendo ancora allo sviluppo stabile e salutare dell’economia globale.

La cooperazione sino-italiana è vantaggiosa per entrambi i paesi e le prospettive della Via della Seta ampie ed estese. L’iniziativa OBOR non è uno strumento geopolitico, ma un’importante occasione per promuovere l’integrazione regionale e realizzare lo sviluppo di tutti. Da oltre cinque anni, la costruzione della nuova Via della Seta procede dal particolare al generale, avanzando nella pratica e crescendo con la cooperazione. Ad oggi sono già 123 i paesi e 29 le organizzazioni internazionali che hanno sottoscritto con la Cina accordi di vario genere nell’ambito dell’iniziativa. Gli scambi commercia-li tra la Cina e i paesi lungo questa nuova arteria commerciale hanno superato la quota di 6000 miliardi di dollari. Una serie di progetti fondamentali dell’iniziativa OBOR è realizzata ed in funzione, giovando concretamente a diversi popoli. La Cina sostiene il principio della partecipazione di tutti alla discussione, alla realizzazione-ne e alla condivisione della proposta nel promuovere la cooperazione internazionale sul tema, avanzando nello spirito della Via della Seta i concetti della cooperazione nella pace, dell’inclusione nell’apertura, nella vicendevole conoscenza e nel reciproco guadagno. Tutto ciò ha poco o nulla a che fare con il “disegno egemonico” e la “trappola del debito” di cui qualcuno si diletta a parlare.

Attualmente l’andamento della cooperazione tra i nostri Paesi nell’ambito dell’iniziativa OBOR è molto positivo. Lo scorso anno il valore degli scambi commerciali bilaterali ha raggiunto quota 54 miliardi e 23 milioni di dollari, stabilendo-do un nuovo primato storico, mentre il complesso-so degli investimenti nelle due direzioni ha superato il valore di 20 miliardi di dollari. La cooperazione in settori come le infrastrutture portuali, le reti 5G, lo sviluppo di mercati in paesi terzi è in fase di ascesa. Il prossimo mese si terrà in Cina il secondo summit per la coopera-zione internazionale alla Via della Seta. Questo sarà un’altra ricca occasione per permettere ai diversi paesi di incontrarsi con le rispettive strategie e di intensificare la cooperazione effettiva. Poco tempo indietro, il premier Conte ha dichiarato che interverrà personalmente a questo evento in Cina, fatto che accogliamo con grande apprezzamento.

Quest’anno ricorre il quindicesimo anniversario del partenariato strategico tra i nostri Paesi, mentre il prossimo ricorreranno i cinquant’anni dallo stabilimento delle relazioni diplomatiche. Proprio in questo momento storico, il presidente Xi Jinping si appresta a compiere una visita di stato in Italia. Si tratterà del secondo viaggio in Italia di un Capo di Stato cinese in quasi dieci anni e della prima volta per Xi Jinping da quando ricopre questo incarico. Durante la visita, il Presidente discorrerà con i leader italiani dell’amicizia tra i nostri Paesi, per promuovere la cooperazione ed assistere alla firma di una serie di importanti accordi bilaterali. Inoltre, i due paesi rilasceranno una dichiarazione congiunta a stabilire le linee guida per lo sviluppo futuro delle relazioni sino-italiane, fissandone la direzione. Una visita storica che porterà con sé un’occasione storica. Spero che, con l’impegno condiviso delle Parti, esse riescano a coglierla, per approfondire la tradizionale amicizia sino-ita-liana, promuovendo a un livello più alto la cooperazione reciprocamente vantaggiosa tra i nostri Paesi ed arricchendo ancora e meglio i nostri Popoli.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Unione Europea. Juncker porta in giudizio il Visegrad.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-12-08.

Caravaggio. Davide con la testa di Golia

«La Commissione europea è una delle principali istituzioni dell’Unione europea, suo organo esecutivo e promotrice del processo legislativo. È composta da un delegato per ogni stato membro (detto Commissario): a ciascun delegato è però richiesta la massima indipendenza dal governo nazionale che lo ha indicato.

La Commissione rappresenta e tutela gli interessi dell’Unione europea nella sua interezza; avendo il monopolio del potere di iniziativa legislativa, propone l’adozione degli atti normativi dell’UE, la cui approvazione ultima spetta al Parlamento europeo e al Consiglio dell’Unione europea; è responsabile inoltre dell’attuazione delle decisioni politiche da parte degli organi legislativi, gestisce i programmi UE e la spesa dei suoi fondi.» [Fonte]

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«The European Commission is suing the eastern bloc countries for failing to fulfill their legal obligations in accepting a share of asylum seekers»

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«The defendants claim that the EU is interfering with their sovereignty»

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«The European Commission took the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Thursday over their failure to accept their required quotas for refugees»

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«The European Commission has today decided to refer the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for non-compliance with their legal obligations on relocation …. This is why the Commission has decided to move to the next stage of the infringement procedure and refer the three member states to the Court of Justice of the EU»

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«The European Commission on Thursday also announced that it was also taking Hungary to court for additional breaches of EU laws.»

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«Recent reforms concerning foreign-funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and universities have drawn major ire from Brussels. Thursday’s announcement came after the ECJ said Hungary’s conservative government, led by Viktor Orban, had failed to satisfy the Commission’s concerns on the two issues»

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La European Court of Justice è composta da giudici di stretta osservanza liberal e socialista.

La raccolta delle sue sentenze mette chiaramente in luce il suo comportamento da braccio armato dei liberal e dei socialisti ideologici, ad oggi inviperiti dal fatto che gli Elettori non li votano più.

Major ire from Brussels” dipendono dal rifiuto di Mr Orban e dell’Ungheria di continuare a lasciar operare sul proprio territorio delle ngo (ong) facenti capo a Mr Soros: in fondo quel buon filantropo vorrebbe soltanto rovesciare il governo liberamente eletto con libere elezioni ed istituirvi il proprio governatorato.

Mr Juncker è il fattorino plurigallonato di Mr Soros.

Vedremo come evolveranno le cose.


Deutsche Welle. 2017-12-07. EU sues Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland over low refugee intake

The European Commission is suing the eastern bloc countries for failing to fulfill their legal obligations in accepting a share of asylum seekers. The defendants claim that the EU is interfering with their sovereignty.

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The European Commission took the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Thursday over their failure to accept their required quotas for refugees.

The contentious scheme, which was adopted at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, was focused on “burden-sharing,” meaning that 160,000 refugees should be relocated across most of the bloc’s 28 member-states to ease the burden on Greece and Italy.

It means that the three eastern nations would have to settle around 8,000 migrants between them as part of the quota. However, so far Hungary and Poland have taken in none at all, while the Czech Republic has accepted just 12.

By pursuing these countries at the ECJ, Brussels is showing its determination to see this scheme carried out. It is also fueling a new clash between the EU body and important eastern bloc states.

“The European Commission has today decided to refer the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for non-compliance with their legal obligations on relocation,” the Commission said in a statement. “This is why the Commission has decided to move to the next stage of the infringement procedure and refer the three member states to the Court of Justice of the EU.”

The three countries, however, claim that Brussels is attempting to interfere with their national sovereignty. They could face heavy fines if they do not comply with any court ruling on their duty to accept refugees.

The refugee relocation scheme has been mostly unsuccessful in the two-and-a-half years since it was adopted. As of last week, only around 32,000 refugees had been relocated as part of the program. 

The continued disagreement over the refugee quota scheme has hampered attempts to reform the EU’s asylum policy, with EU leaders set to address the issue at a summit in Brussels on December 14-15.

Poland says it’s ready to defend position

Following the European Commission’s declaration Thursday, Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said his government was ready to defend its decision to refuse migrants before the ECJ. 

Poland’s ruling populist Law and Justice (PiS) party has long insisted that it will not admit migrants from Africa and the Middle East, citing security concerns following a spate deadly Islamist attacks in western Europe, as well as problems associated with determining the identify of migrants.

“No one will lift the duty of providing public safety from the Polish government,” Szymanski told state news agency PAP. 

Hungary also in the dock for NGO, education reforms

The European Commission on Thursday also announced that it was also taking Hungary to court for additional breaches of EU laws

Recent reforms concerning foreign-funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and universities have drawn major ire from Brussels. Thursday’s announcement came after the ECJ said Hungary’s conservative government, led by Viktor Orban, had failed to satisfy the Commission’s concerns on the two issues.

Under the new NGO reforms, organizations receiving over €24,000 ($28,293) of foreign financing have to register as “civic organizations funded from abroad.” The new education law, meanwhile, changes the requirements for foreign universities, forcing them to have run operations in their home country to also run in Hungary. The Commission found that the act “disproportionately restricts” an institution’s operations and runs counter to the right to academic freedom.

The new laws are widely seen as a government bid to curtail the influence of Hungarian-born financier George Soros, who founded the Central European University in Budapest and whose Open Society Foundations includes a number NGOs. 

Pubblicato in: Criminalità Organizzata, Devoluzione socialismo

Soros furibondo attacca Orban e l’Ungheria: sono degli ingrati.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-21.

Soros George 010

Soros il filantropo aveva fatto all’Ungheria la carità di impiantare sul suo territorio tutta una serie di organizzazione non governative da lui finanziate, che svolgevano un’intensa attività antigovernativa. Non si proponevano nulla di male, ovviamente: volevano solo rovesciare il governo democraticamente eletto e sostituirsi allo stesso alla guida della nazione. Essendo quelle ong (ngo) tutte formate da persone illuminate, le elezioni sarebbero state del tutto inutili, anzi, dannose: non sempre il popolo comprende quale sia il suo bene, e potrebbe anche votare male. I pochi illuminati sono così buoni da essersi assunti l’onere di guidare i popoli.

Orbene, quel misconoscente di Mr Orban e gran parte del popolo ungherese hanno declinato cortesemente l’offerta fatta da Mr Soros, ed è stata varata una legge in ossequio alla quale le ogn a capitale straniero debbano essere registrate in Ungheria, allegando una regolare denuncia delle entrate. Nelle prospezioni ad oggi mr Orban raccoglierebbe il 48% dei voti, ma si sa che il popolo bue si fa facilmente ingannare: per fortuna Mr Soros vede e provvede.

È comprensibile il risentimento che ha provato Mr Soros di fronte a simile ingratitudine. Se Mr Orban e gli ungheresi non accettavano le offerte caritative e filantropiche con le buone, le avrebbero allora dovute accettare con le cattive.

In fondo Mr Soros ha ancora qualche buon amico, persone del suo stampo, di quelle con il cuore in mano e, talora, ma lo dicono i malpensanti, anche un bicchiere di buon vino. Ci correggiamo subito: una bottiglia di buon vino.

Juncker and Soros hold Brussels meeting to plot legal action against Hungarian government

«JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker will hold a behind closed doors meeting with George Soros at which the pair will discuss legal action against the Hungarian government, EU officials announced today.

The EU Commission chief will host the billionaire financier in Brussels as part of eurocrats’ preparations to take Budapest to court over a number of alleged breaches of EU law. 

Brussels has been enraged by the actions of firebrand prime minister Viktor Orban, who has passed a new law in an attempt to close a university backed by Mr Soros. 

The Hungarian PM has cast the institution as an ‘enemy within’ and says it is being used by the billionaire to push a liberal pro-EU agenda against his right-wing government.»

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‘Brexit should be a lesson!’ Furious Hungary promises EU WAR over new Brussels crackdown

«HUNGARY today defiantly vowed to “fight” the European Union after it was slapped with fresh infringement proceedings over Viktor Orban’s crackdown on charities and NGOs.

Budapest reacted furiously to news that Brussels is stepping up its case against new rules targeting foreign-funded organisations which eurocrats say contravene European law. 

A government spokesman fumed “if we have to fight it, we’re going to go for it” and warned the EU that Brexit “should be a lesson” for what happens if it meddles too far in nations’ sovereignty.»

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Riassumiamo.

Quanti siano così scriteriati da rifiutare l’aiuto fraterno delle ngo di Mr Soros, saranno trascinati davanti alle corti di giustizia europee, che ovviamente li condanneranno. Se non bastasse, allora sarebbero invasi: centinaia, migliaia, decine di migliaia, centinaia di migliaia di migranti in cerca di calore umano, comprensione. Le ogn di Mr Soros li accudirebbe con amore, previo finanziamento dello sttao che avesse l’onore di ospitarli.

Non è pensabile appartenere all’Unione Europea senza accettare le attività del santo patrono: sarebbe un comportamento evidentemente antidemocratico, xenofobo, razzista e financo omofobo, il ché è tutto dire.

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Di oggi quel Venerabile Maestro che è Mr George Soros ha fatto un lungo sfogo con il Venerabile Confratello del Financial Times, che qui riportiamo in allegato. Si piange meglio in loggia che nei suburbi di Washington.

Quel bravo uomo risponde con il cuore in mano, e ci commuove al punto tale che vorremmo che non si incomodasse e se ne restassero negli Stati Uniti, lui e le sue iniziative caritative e filantropiche.

Nota.

Can che abbaia, non morde. Difficilmente si avvisa in modo così chiaro l’avversario nell’imminenza di una azione legale.



Financial Times. 2017-11-20. George Soros attacks ‘hate-mongering’ of Viktor Orban’s Hungary

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Zero Hedges. 2017-11-20. George Responds To Hungary’s “Massive Anti-Soros Propaganda Effort”

Over the past several months we’ve frequently noted the devolving relationship between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and billionaire financier George Soros.  Tensions escalated last month when Orban took it upon himself to mail a Soros-related questionnaire to all 8 million Hungarian voters (see: Hungary Launches Anti-Soros Political Campaign) and then followed that up with an announcement that Hungary’s intelligence services had been instructed to “map” Soros’ network of influence.

As Orban’s ruling party gears up for parliamentary elections in April – where it is the prohibitive favorite to win largely thanks to its refusal to accept refugees under a plan devised by the European Commission – the prime minister has instructed his intelligence services to map what he described as the networks run by the billionaire financier’s “empire” targeting his country, Bloomberg reported.

Intelligence agencies will help evaluate what he sees as efforts by Soros to get Hungary punished by EU institutions pursuing a “mixed-population” continent, Orban said in an interview with Kossuth Radio on Friday.

The Associated Press added that the investigation will also focus on alleged Hungarian members of the network.

Intelligence agencies will help evaluate what Orban sees as efforts by Soros to get Hungary punished by EU institutions pursuing a “mixed-population” continent, Orban said in an interview with Kossuth Radio on Friday.

Today, Soros has decided to strike back with a scathing “rebuttal” posted to his website blasting Orban for his “anti-Soros, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic propaganda effort.”

On October 9, 2017, the Hungarian government mailed a national consultation to all eight million eligible Hungarian voters purporting to solicit their opinions about a so-called “Soros Plan.” The statements in the national consultation contain distortions and outright lies that deliberately mislead Hungarians about George Soros’s views on migrants and refugees. Hungarian government officials also falsely claim that George Soros is somehow controlling the European Union decision-making process. In fact, decisions on how to address the migration crisis are made by EU member states and institutions, including the Hungarian government.

With Hungary’s health care and education systems in distress and corruption rife, the current government has sought to create an outside enemy to distract citizens. The government selected George Soros for this purpose, launching a massive anti-Soros media campaign costing tens of millions of euros in taxpayer money, stoking anti-Muslim sentiment, and employing anti-Semitic tropes reminiscent of the 1930s. The national consultation is part of an ongoing propaganda effort that has been underway since May 2015 that included the “Stop Brussels” consultation in the spring of 2017 and the referendum that vilified migrants and refugees in 2016.

National Consultation Statement 1: George Soros wants Brussels to resettle at least one million immigrants per year onto European Union territory, including in Hungary.

Soros Response: FALSE.  In a 2015 opinion piece, George Soros said that because of the war in Syria, the European Union would have to “accept at least a million asylum-seekers annually for the foreseeable future. And, to do that, it must share the burden fairly” (“Rebuilding the Asylum System,” Project Syndicate, September 26, 2015). A year later, when circumstances had changed, he suggested that the EU should make a “commitment to admit even a mere 300,000 refugees annually” (“Saving Refugees to Save Europe,” Project Syndicate, September 12, 2016).

National Consultation Statement 2: Together with officials in Brussels, George Soros is planning to dismantle border fences in EU member states, including in Hungary, to open the borders for immigrants.

Soros Response: FALSE. George Soros has clearly stated his belief that “the EU must regain control of its borders.” He believes that “the EU must build common mechanisms for protecting borders, determining asylum claims, and relocating refugees.” (“Saving Refugees to Save Europe,” Project Syndicate, September 12, 2016).

National Consultation Statement 3: One part of the Soros Plan is to use Brussels to force the EU-wide distribution of immigrants that have accumulated in Western Europe, with special focus on Eastern European countries. Hungary must also take part in this.

Soros Response: FALSE. In his most recent commentary on the refugee crisis, George Soros endorsed “a voluntary matching mechanism for relocating refugees.” He made clear that “the EU cannot coerce member states to accept refugees they do not want, or refugees to go where they are not wanted.” (“Saving Refugees to Save Europe,” Project Syndicate, September 12, 2016).

National Consultation Statement 4: Based on the Soros Plan, Brussels should force all EU member states, including Hungary, to pay immigrants HUF 9 million (€28,000) in welfare.

Soros Response: FALSE. George Soros did not say that Hungary should be forced to pay HUF 9 million in welfare to immigrants. He did say, “Adequate financing is critical. The EU should provide €15,000 per asylum-seeker for each of the first two years to help cover housing, health care, and education costs—and to make accepting refugees more appealing to member states.” (“Rebuilding the Asylum System,” Project Syndicate, September 26, 2015). This would clearly be a subsidy from the EU to the Hungarian government. Last year George Soros announced that he would contribute to the financial effort by earmarking €430 million of his personal fortune “for investments that specifically address the needs of migrants, refugees and host communities.” (“Why I’m Investing $500 Million in Migrants,” The Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2016).

National Consultation Statement 5: Another goal of George Soros is to make sure that migrants receive milder criminal sentences for the crimes they commit.

Soros Response:  FALSE. Nowhere has Soros made any such statement. This is a lie.

National Consultation Statement 6: The goal of the Soros Plan is to push the languages and cultures of Europe into the background so that integration of illegal immigrants happens much more quickly.

Soros Response: FALSE. Nowhere has Soros made any such statement. This is a lie.

National Consultation Statement 7: It is also part of the Soros Plan to initiate political attacks against those countries which oppose immigration, and to severely punish them.

Soros Response: FALSE. Nowhere has Soros made any such statement. This is a lie.

Of course, as we’ve noted before, three decades ago, billionaire financier George Soros paid for a young Viktor Orbán to study in Britain. And as recently as 2010, Soros donated $1 million to Orbán’s government to help the cleanup effort following the infamous “red sludge” disaster.

But the once-warm relationship between the two men has deteriorated substantially over the past seven years, as Orban has drifted further to the right. In 2014, the leader of Hungary’s Fidesz party declared he would seek to model Hungary’s government after “illiberal” democracies like the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In response, Soros this summer denounced his former protege and accused him of creating a “mafia state” in Hungary.

Orban responded by accusing Soros’s network of using the European Union to achieve its own aims, including the promotion of mass migration into Europe.

Orban was no doubt provoked to launch the probe by reports Soros has donated $18 billion from his family office to his “Open Society” foundation, his primary tool for influence policy throughout the west. The group funds a network of dozens of organizations that fund liberal, globalist causes throughout Europe and the US. At times, recipients of funding have included Black Lives Matter groups, and even Antifa.

But will Orban’s investigation morph into a full-on, Turkey-style purge of anyone with ties to Soros’ linked organizations, regardless of their actual complicity? That, of course, remains to be seen.



Reuters. 2017-11-20. Hungary Says It Is Facing ‘Frontal Assault’ From U.S. Financier Soros

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary is facing a frontal assault from U.S. financier George Soros who is attacking the country via his non-government organizations and European Union bureaucrats, a top ruling party politician said on Monday.

Fidesz Vice Chairman Gergely Gulyas said Soros’ claims that the Hungarian government lied in its campaign against him were “not substantial”, adding the billionaire and the European Union pushed the same pro-migrant agenda.

He rejected charges by Soros that the government’s campaign stoked anti-Muslim sentiment and employed anti-Semitic tropes.