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.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Mrs Ursula von der Leyen. Ora attacca bega con la Polonia.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-05.

2017-11-05__von_Leyden Masonry.

Mrs Ursula von der Leyden ha un debole per i “masonry works”


«Il silenzio dà alle donne la grazia che loro si addice.»

Sofocle. Aice.


Mrs Ursula von der Leyen sarebbe stata una perfetta ierodula al tempio di Mylitta, con gran sollievo altrui perché nessuno le avrebbe mai buttato la fatidica monetina.

La nostra Mrs Ursula von der Leyen, classe 1958, laurea in medicina nel 1987, Dottorato nel 1991.

Proprio la sua tesi di dottorato suscita molti dubbi:

«tre delle 70 pagine contengono tra il 50 e il 75 per cento di testo plagiato, mentre cinque pagine più del 75 per cento».

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«Prima di lei, nel 2011, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, anch’egli titolare della Difesa, e nel 2013 il ministro dell’istruzione Annette Schavan, avevano rassegnato le dimissioni dopo l’annullamento dei loro titoli»

Ma Mrs von der Leyen si è scelta un ottimo padrino, che noi deferentemente salutiamo augurandogli lunga e prospera vita, per cui è rimasta ministro della difesa.

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«she spoke to German public broadcaster ARD, promising on-the-ground investigations concerning cases of abuse, sexual degradation, harassment and humiliation among Bundeswehr ranks …. the German army has an attitude problem, and it has apparently weak leadership at different levels»

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«Representatives of the German armed forces association have responded by saying, “If Mrs. von der Leyen says there is a leadership problem, then one must naturally say: leadership goes from the top down.”»

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«The German army is investigating 275 suspected cases of right-wing extremism within its ranks, according to an answer provided by the defense ministry in response to a parliamentary question»

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Traduzione dal politichese al linguaggio corrente: 275 militari sono sospettati di non condividere le opinioni del Ministro della Difesa, Mrs Ursula von der Leyen.

Ne è nata una bega che ancora adesso sobbolle nel calderone della Bundeswehr.

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Adesso Mrs von der Leyen, in perfetto stile teutone, cerca di allargare il raggio della propria impopolarità, prendendosela con la Polonia, nazione di gente mite, mansueta e remissiva.

«Germany on Saturday sought to defuse a diplomatic row with Poland, saying a call by the German defense minister to support a “democratic resistance” in the neighboring country had been taken out of context.»

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«The Polish government, whose judiciary reform has been met with youth protests and legal action from the European Union, had accused German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen of interference after she called for supporting “the healthy democratic resistance of the young generation” in Poland»

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«Mrs von der Leyen has emphasized that the EU is an inclusive process, which is about securing and consolidating the common values of the EU and dealing with all positions.»

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«Precisely this healthy democratic resistance of the young people, also there in Poland, must be supported»

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Resistenza?

Il termine “resistance” è utilizzato per designare il movimento dei partigiani polacchi contro il regime di occupazione hitleriano.

Molto forte, specie sulle labbra di un ministro tedesco, per indicare nel caso opposizione democratica al governo in carica.

Né si potrebbe dire errore dovuto alla scarsa padronanza dell’inglese: Mrs von der Leyen è stata per cinque anni a Stanford, California.

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I polacchi si sono imbufaliti.

Giusto qualche giorno or sono Mr Macron aveva proclamato:

«I believe in the sovereignty of states, and therefore, just as I don’t accept being lectured on how to govern my country, I don’t lecture others».

Ecco cosa scrive Radio Poland.

Poland demands explanations over German minister’s words

«Officials in Warsaw have demanded explanations after the German defence minister suggested it was necessary to support the “resistance of the young generation” in Poland.

The Polish defence minister has issued instructions to summon the German defence attaché in Warsaw over the statement, and Poland’s foreign minister described the remark as an unacceptable attempt by a German politician to meddle in Poland’s internal affairs.

“On November 3, Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, in response to a statement by German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, instructed Col. Tomasz Kowalik, Director of the [Polish defence ministry’s] Department of Military Foreign Affairs, to summon the German Defence Attache for explanations,” the Polish defence ministry said in a statement.

Speaking to German broadcaster ZDF, von der Leyen on Thursday said her children had been studying in Poland as part of the European Union’s Erasmus student exchange programme at a time when there was a power shift in Warsaw. She added that it was important to support the “healthy, democratic resistance of the young generation” in Poland.

“Our task is to maintain the discourse, to argue with Poland and Hungary,” von der Leyen also said, as quoted by Poland’s PAP state news agency.

Referring to von der Leyen’s words, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said her statement was a case of explicitly “admitting that the German side is interfering in political life in Poland.”

Waszczykowski added: “For the last two years we have been hearing from German politicians that they are neutral and that whatever is being said in the local [German] media is just independent publications that the German authorities have no influence on.”

Waszczykowski also said he would make efforts — “in a gentle way, because we remain neighbours and friends” — to ensure German officials “explain why such unacceptable words are spoken publicly.”

“We hope it’s just a slip of the tongue that can happen to a politician,” he said, as quoted by the wPolityce news service. “We will give [the German defence minister] a chance to take these words back without creating some kind of diplomatic incident.”»

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I tedeschi hanno la mentalità degli sfasciacarrozze.

La loro capacità diplomatica è nettamente inferiore a quella di Brenno.

Sono eccellenti nell’arte di trovarsi i nemici.

E con una Bundeskanzlerin azzoppata ne vedremo delle belle.

Nota.

La riforma della giustizia polacca ne renderebbe strutture e criteri di nomina simili a quela tedesca.


Reuters. 2017-11-04. Germany seeks to calm Poland’s outrage over minister’s call for ‘resistance’

BERLIN/WARSAW (Reuters) – Germany on Saturday sought to defuse a diplomatic row with Poland, saying a call by the German defense minister to support a “democratic resistance” in the neighboring country had been taken out of context.

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The Polish government, whose judiciary reform has been met with youth protests and legal action from the European Union, had accused German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen of interference after she called for supporting “the healthy democratic resistance of the young generation” in Poland.

But a spokesman for von der Leyen said the comments had been misinterpreted and the minister had instead praised Poland’s achievements since the fall of communism and called for a more inclusive approach to European integration.

“The defense minister’s quote was changed in social media and ripped out of context,” a spokesman for von der Leyen told Reuters on Saturday.

“Mrs von der Leyen has emphasized that the EU is an inclusive process, which is about securing and consolidating the common values of the EU and dealing with all positions.”

The Polish reform of the courts would give nearly a free hand to the ruling conservatives in picking the country’s top judges.

It has triggered protests by thousands of young people and others over the summer and an “infringement procedure” from the European Union.

It comes as some European leaders call for letting some member states in the wealthier, Western part of the bloc push ahead with further integration without the others following suit.

During the show broadcast Thursday on ZDF television, von der Leyen highlighted significant efforts undertaken by the Baltic states and Poland to “live in freedom” and to be part of the European Union.

“Precisely this healthy democratic resistance of the young people, also there in Poland, must be supported,” she said.

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski called on von der Leyen to withdraw her words.

“This is one of the most explicit statements, which I am not sure whether it is a warning or an admission by the German side of interfering into our internal affairs,” Waszczykowski told the wpolitice.pl right-wing news portal.

The Polish defense ministry said it would summon the defense attache from the German embassy for an explanation.

Von der Leyen is part of the conservative team trying to negotiate a new coalition government with the pro-business Free Democrats and the environmental Greens.

Earlier this year she sparked outrage among the armed forces after she decried what she called “weak leadership” in the military.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Ungheria. Sospesi i rapporti diplomatici con l’Olanda.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-08-26.

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Il fattaccio era nell’aria: un qualcosa del genere era atteso da tempo.

Da tempo la dirigenza dell’Unione Europea e molti stati membri, capitanati dalla Francia di Mr Macron e la Germania di Frau Merkel, stanno guidando una campagna di linciaggio morale e giuridico dei paesi del Visegrad, specialmente Polonia ed Ungheria.

Il motivo del contendere è stato sinteticamente ricordato dal Ministro degli esteri olandese, Mr Bert Koenders:

«the Netherlands does have some criticisms of Hungary which – despite EU agreements – will not accept refugees and has very strict regulations for NGOs.»

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I fatti come sono riportati da uno dei principali quotidiani olandesi.

«Hungary has pulled its ambassador out of the Netherlands, in response to criticism by the outgoing Dutch ambassador in Hungary.»

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«Gajus Scheltema reportedly criticised Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s government in a magazine interview, comparing its rhetoric to that of Islamic terrorists, and sparking the row.»

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«According to the ANP, Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó announced on Friday that ‘contacts at an ambassadorial level have been suspended indefinitely’, and said Scheltema had overstepped the boundaries of his role.»

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«On Friday, Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders distanced himself from the ambassador’s reported comments.»

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«“Of course, we can in no way say or give the impression that the Hungarian government has the same methods as terrorists,” he told the Dutch press. “That is simply not good and I distance myself from that.”»

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L’Ambasciatore olandese in Ungheria ha ripetutamente paragonato l’Ungheria ad uno stato islamico terrorista.

Di qui il ritiro degli ambasciatori, grado più elevato di conflitto diplomatico.

Le parole del Ministro degli esteri olandese,Mr Bert Koenders gettano immediatamente acqua sul fuoco:

«“Of course, we can in no way say or give the impression that the Hungarian government has the same methods as terrorists,” he told the Dutch press. “That is simply not good and I distance myself from that.”»

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«But this has nothing to do with the methods of ISIS»

Ma questa dichiarazione non è per nulla sufficiente.

Deve intervenire il Governo olandese con un comunicato ufficiale.

Vedremo come evolverà la situazione, ma proseguendo di questo passo l’Unione Europea corre il serio pericolo di disgregarsi, ed anche in malo modo.

Il fatto che Mr Macron abbia escluso dal suo viaggio nei paesi dell’est Polonia ed Ungheria non preannuncia proprio nulla di buono. Ricorda strettamente il comportamento dei politici tedeschi nell’agosto 1939.


Deutsche Welle. 2017-08-26. Hungary suspends diplomatic ties with the Netherlands

Hungary has recalled its ambassador in The Hague. The move comes in response to remarks made by the Dutch envoy, in which he compared Budapest’s efforts to “create enemies” to those of the “Islamic State” jihadist group.

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Blunt remarks by the Netherlands’ ambassador to Hungary, Gajus Scheltema, have ruptured relations between the two EU member states and prompted Budapest to take “one of the most radical steps in diplomacy” by withdrawing its ambassador from The Hague.

In an interview published Thursday in the Hungarian opposition magazine 168 Ora, Scheltema lambasted Hungary’s unwillingness to take part in the EU’s plan to relocate asylum seekers, expressed concerns over corruption and press freedom in the country, and decried the Orban government’s campaign against billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros.

However, what most enraged Budapest was when he drew parallels between the Hungarian

government and the so-called “Islamic State” jihadist group.

“Here it is always an immediate search for an enemy,” he said, accusing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of “creating enemies according to the same principle as globalization losers and religious fanatics.”

The interview was published in Hungarian, although it remains unclear in what language it was conducted.

Budapest hits back

Following the interview, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto announced that Budapest would withdraw its ambassador from The Hague and bar Scheltema from entering any Hungarian ministry or state institution.

“Relations at the level of ambassadors have been suspended indeterminably,” Szijjarto said.

Hungary’s top diplomat described the decision as “one of the most radical steps in diplomacy,” adding that he would ask for the Dutch Foreign Ministry’s position on ambassador Scheltema’s statements. “We won’t settle for an explanation behind closed doors,” he said.

Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Scheltema’s remarks were “totally unacceptable and impermissible.”

“There is no need for such unprecedented statements, neither in bilateral relations nor in Europe,” Kovacs said. “We decidedly reject (them) and we expect the Netherlands to take steps in this regard.”

Scheltema was reportedly already scheduled to leave his diplomatic post in the near future.

Dutch top diplomat ‘embarrassed’

Speaking to reporters later on Friday, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders admitted that he was “embarrassed” by the ambassador’s comments and that “that comparisons should not be made.”

“For me, it’s clear there is no link between terrorism and the actions of the Hungarian government,” he told Dutch news agency ANP. “I can’t imagine that this is what the ambassador had wanted to say,” he added.

Orban has repeatedly gone head to head with the EU over his hard-line stand on immigration, which he has described as the “Trojan horse of terrorism.”


Dutch News. 2017-08-26. Hungary pulls ambassador from Netherlands after criticism

Hungary has pulled its ambassador out of the Netherlands, in response to criticism by the outgoing Dutch ambassador in Hungary. Gajus Scheltema reportedly criticised Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s government in a magazine interview, comparing its rhetoric to that of Islamic terrorists, and sparking the row. According to the ANP, Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó announced on Friday that ‘contacts at an ambassadorial level have been suspended indefinitely’, and said Scheltema had overstepped the boundaries of his role. On Friday, Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders distanced himself from the ambassador’s reported comments. “Of course, we can in no way say or give the impression that the Hungarian government has the same methods as terrorists,” he told the Dutch press. “That is simply not good and I distance myself from that.” He said he would be discussing the matter with the Hungarian foreign minister, but did not want it to be a big issue. He added, though, that the Netherlands does have some criticisms of Hungary which – despite EU agreements – will not accept refugees and has very strict regulations for NGOs. “But this,” added Koenders, “has nothing to do with the methods of ISIS.”

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

Ungheria. L’orgoglio nazionale come carta vincente.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2016-08-14.

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«We don’t want to follow the market, we want to lead it» [Nagy, Hungary’s Central Bank, Vice Governor]

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«May 4 Hungary will further cut the tax burden on the country’s banks next year according to a draft tax bill submitted by the government to parliament late on Tuesday»

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«Hungary’s economy rebounded as a broad-based expansion bolstered government optimism after an unexpected quarterly contraction at the start of the year»

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«Gross domestic production grew 2.6 percent from a year earlier in the second quarter, following 0.9 percent expansion in the previous three months»

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«Hungary’s economic rebound was fueled by services, industrial output and agriculture»

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Alcuni dati sembrerebbero essere molto incoraggianti.

Dal 2011 al 2015 il tasso di disoccupazione è sceso dall’11.1% al 6.8%, il debito pubblico espresso in termini di percentuale del pil è passato dall’80.8% al 75.3%, mentre il debito estero è calato dal 135% all’attuale 108%. La produzione industriale vanta una variazione a/a del +7.2%, le esportazioni assommano a 90.5 miliardi di euro contro gli 82.4 miliardi di importazioni.

Di interesse ancora maggiore, il peso delle tasse sul sistema bancario scende ed è destinato a scendere ancora.

Senza diminuzione del peso fiscale non esiste, non può esistere, ripresa economica.

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Ma questi dati, pur lusinghieri, non danno ancora un quadro ragionevole della situazione.

È mutato il clima di fiducia nel sistema, nella compagine statale.

Mr Orban si sta dimostrando all’altezza della nazione che governa, delle sue tradizioni.

L’Ungheria è stato uno dei primi stati europei a ribellarsi all’usbergo dell’attuale dirigenza dell’Unione Europea.

L’orgoglio nazionale, cosa del tutto differente dal nazionalismo, è forse una delle più potenti motivazioni cui un popolo possa aspirare. Senza di esso si resta dei succubi.

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Unione Europea. Anche l’Ungheria fa fronda.

«The EU today is not capable of defending and representing Europe’s values and interests»

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Repubblica Ceka, Slovakia, Ungheria e Grecia stanno per far fagotto.

«“the giant part” of people in Europe refuse the migration policy of the EU and is discontented with the economic policy too»

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Ungheria. Esercito sgombra il fence serbo dai migranti.

Ungheria. A ottobre referendum sui migranti.

Il quesito referendario è un capolavoro di chiarezza:

«Do you want the European Union to prescribe the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary even without the consent of Parliament?»

Il problema vero è questo:

“deve o non deve, può o non può, l’Ungheria restare uno stato sovrano?”

Il vero quesito non è quindi tanto se accettare o meno l’immigrazione illegale patrocinata dall’Unione Europea, quanto piuttosto se riconoscere o meno la capacità giuridica dell’Unione di imporla.

È l’Unione Europea ad essere messa in discussione.

 

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L’Ungheria guidata da Mr Orban intende chiaramente riappropriarsi della propria tradizione religiosa, storica, culturale, sociale e di comune sentire della gente. Vuole vivere e realizzare tutti quei valori che la attuale dirigenza dell’Unione Europea ha pervicacemente cercato di distruggere, di eradicare, di demonizzare.

Questo non è “nazionalismo”, è orgoglio di essere ungheresi.

Gli Ungheresi vogliono avere un ideale degno di essere vissuto.

Quindi, sì ad un’Unione Europea economica, ossia ad una zona di libero scambio e mercato, sicuramente con regole comuni, ma un fermo no all’integrazione politica in un’unica formazione statale costruita secondo i dettami dell’attuale dirigenza dell’Unione Europea.


Bloomberg. 2016-08-13.Hungary’s Economy Grows More Than Forecast in Broad-Based Pickup.

– Services, industries, agriculture carried growth last quarter

– Second-quarter uptick follows decline in first three months

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Hungary’s economy rebounded as a broad-based expansion bolstered government optimism after an unexpected quarterly contraction at the start of the year.

Gross domestic production grew 2.6 percent from a year earlier in the second quarter, following 0.9 percent expansion in the previous three months, the Budapest-based statistics office said Friday, citing preliminary data. The median of 17 estimates in a Bloomberg survey was for 1.9 percent growth. GDP expanded 1.1 percent from the first quarter, compared with a revised 0.7 percent drop in the first three months.

Hungary’s economic rebound was fueled by services, industrial output and agriculture, according to the statistics office, outweighing a drop in construction, as European Union funding that had financed public works projects dried up. The pace of growth heartened the government, which had stuck to its 2.5 percent expansion forecast for the full year even after the dip in the first quarter.

“The data show that Hungary’s economic momentum continues,” Economy Minister Mihaly Varga told reporters in Budapest after the data release. “We have high hopes that this dynamism will be even stronger in the second half of the year” as consumption drives growth.

The forint was little changed at 310.03 per euro at 9:17 a.m. in Budapest. A second reading of economic growth figures is due on Sept. 6.

Hungarians have more money to spend as record-low unemployment, deflation and the exodus of hundreds of thousands in recent years to western Europe has produced a labor shortage, driving up wages across the economy. The average salary grew 6.8 percent in the first five months of 2016 from a year earlier, including a 10.6 percent increase in the public sector, according to statistics office data that excludes wages paid to people employed on public works.


Reuters. 2016-08-13. Hungary to cut special tax on banks further in 2017.

May 4 Hungary will further cut the tax burden on the country’s banks next year according to a draft tax bill submitted by the government to parliament late on Tuesday.

The document shows that as of Jan. 1, 2017, the special tax on banks will be levied on banks’ balance sheet total of two years preceding the tax year instead of their end-2009 balance sheet total.

The tax rate will be set at 0.15 percent for up to 50 billion forints of the tax base, and at 0.21 percent on the amount above — down from 0.24 percent this year.

Economy Minister Mihaly Varga has said the government would cut banks’ taxes by 20 billion forints ($73.53 million) for the sector as a whole next year. ($1 = 272 forints) (Reporting by Krisztina Than and Gergely Szakacs)