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Juncker. Scoppio di ira impotente. Il caso Romania ed Estonia.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-07-10.

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In uno dei sempre più rari momenti in cui Mr Juncker non decombe in pre-coma etilico, ma è soltanto ubriaco fradicio, ha dato di matto dalla rabbia.

Il problema è semplice.

I Commissari europei sono ripartiti uno per ogni nazione, che ne indica il nominativo alla presidenza.

Orbene.

Mrs Corina Cretu, commissaria europea alla politica regionale e Mr Andrus Ansip, commissario estone, si erano candidati all’europarlamento ed hanno saputo conquistarsi un seggio.

Avendo optato perl’europarlamento hanno di conseguenza rinunciato al posto in Commissione.

«I governi di Romania ed Estonia hanno formalizzato la loro volontà di sostituire i commissari europei dimissionari dando le cariche a Mr Ioan Mircea Pascu  ed Kadri Simson , rispettivamente.»

«Una scelta di cui si “rammarica” la Commissione Ue, ha dichiarato la portavoce dell’esecutivo, visto che il presidente Jean-Claude Juncker aveva chiesto ai governi di evitare la sostituzione dei membri dimissionari per i restanti quattro mesi di mandato»

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Mr Juncker è su tutte le furie, perché avrebbe voluto nominare lui i sostituti, ed annuncia durissima battaglia. Già: chi mai si credono di essere i rumeni e gli estoni? I regolamenti servono a chi proprio non sappiamo come fare a regolarsi.

Pigliamo atto che con il primo novembre Mr Juncker potrà ritirarsi nella sua tenuta, per potersi dedicare alla sua occupazione preferita.


Ansa. 2019-07-10. Romania ed Estonia chiedono di sostituire loro commissari Ue

I governi di Romania ed Estonia hanno formalizzato la loro volontà di sostituire i commissari europei dimissionari Corina Cretu e Andrus Ansip con altri due rappresentanti dei rispettivi Paesi. Bucarest ha chiesto di dare le deleghe alla politica regionale che erano di Cretu, oggi europarlamentare, all’ex eurodeputato Ioan Mircea Pascu. Tallinn ha invece suggerito il nome dell’ex ministro degli Affari economici Kadri Simson per prendere il posto di Ansip, ex responsabile per il Mercato unico digitale oggi eurodeputato.

Una scelta di cui si “rammarica” la Commissione Ue, ha dichiarato la portavoce dell’esecutivo, visto che il presidente Jean-Claude Juncker aveva chiesto ai governi di evitare la sostituzione dei membri dimissionari per i restanti quattro mesi di mandato. “Ora la responsabilità è del Consiglio, comprese le conseguenze sul bilancio sottolineate da Juncker quando aveva fatto la sua proposta”, ha detto la portavoce, ricordando che queste includono “un milione di euro a commissario per costi legati a stipendi, diritti pensionistici, uffici, indennità transitorie e al gabinetto”. La settimana scorsa le deleghe alle politiche regionali e al mercato unico digitale erano state assegnate temporaneamente ai commissari Johannes Hahn e Maros Sefcovic. La procedura seguirà ora il corso stabilito dai trattati, compresa l’audizione davanti al Parlamento Ue. “Juncker ha intenzione di intervistare i candidati nei prossimi giorni”, ha chiarito la portavoce.

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Consiglio Europeo boccia 21 – 7 la proposta Juncker sul 5G.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-07-06.

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I tempi  che cambiano alla velocità della luce.

Il Consiglio Europeo, con votazione 21 contro 7, ha bocciato la “Delegated regulation” proposta dal presidente Juncker.

Un poderoso calcio nella protoneovagina: Mr Juncker ha persino interrotto di bere per qualche minuti primo.

I cinque anni della sua presidenza ci hanno insegnato che nulla è sufficientemente sordido per quell’essere.

«L’Italia, in sede di Consiglio Europeo, ha votato contro la proposta della commissione Ue in relazione alla “Delegated regulation” sui sistemi di trasporto intelligenti, un regolamento che propone il wi-fi come standard privilegiato per l’utilizzo di alcune frequenze potenzialmente sfruttabili nell’immediato futuro anche dal 5G»

«La proposta non è passata …. essendo stata respinta dalla maggioranza qualificata rinforzata di 21 Paesi, tra cui l’Italia»

«L’approccio della Commissione non garantisce, infatti, la dovuta neutralità tecnologica rispetto all’esigenza di mettere a punto infrastrutture digitali integrate a livello europeo”»

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La “Delegated regulation” era stata congegnata apposta da poter permettere di erogare fondi comunitari agli amici degli amici di Mr Juncker.


Aska. 2019-07-04. Ue, Italia vota “no” a proposta su wi-fi per trasporti con 5G

L’Italia, in sede di Consiglio Europeo, ha votato contro la proposta della commissione Ue in relazione alla “Delegated regulation” sui sistemi di trasporto intelligenti, un regolamento che propone il wi-fi come standard privilegiato per l’utilizzo di alcune frequenze potenzialmente sfruttabili nell’immediato futuro anche dal 5G. Lo ha reso noto il ministero dei trasporti.

“La proposta non è passata – sottolinea il ministero guidato da Danilo Toninelli – essendo stata respinta dalla maggioranza qualificata rinforzata di 21 Paesi, tra cui l’Italia. L’approccio della Commissione non garantisce, infatti, la dovuta neutralità tecnologica rispetto all’esigenza di mettere a punto infrastrutture digitali integrate a livello europeo”.

Il ministero ha “come obiettivo primario la promozione della qualità e la salvaguardia della sicurezza dei trasporti. Tuttavia, non potendosi modificare la proposta dell’esecutivo Ue, che non è emendabile, in particolare l’articolo 33 e la clausola di compatibilità a posteriori, l’Italia ha scelto di votare contro il vincolo tecnologico che conduce a una soluzione le cui prospettive di mercato sono peraltro ancora labili e lontane e che comunque non garantisce la possibilità di sfruttare appieno tutte le potenzialità del 5G”.

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Europarlamento. Mica è detto che ratifichi la von der Leyen.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-07-04

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Durer Albrecht. Quattro cavallieri dell'Apocalisse. 1498.

«Poland and other countries of the V4 group are “definitely against” the candidacy of Frans Timmermans for the position of the President of the European Commission, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at a briefing in Brussels.
At the EU summit convened to fill in the block’s top offices, Poland has been opting for candidates who favor compromise, Morawiecki added. » [The Warsaw Voice]

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«Amid far-right alliance dreams, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán no longer supports Manfred Weber’s bid to be European Commission president. Speaking in Budapest alongside Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), Orbán criticized Weber’s pledge not to accept the position of Commission president if his success depended on the support of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party» [Free Hungary]

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“No a Timmermans”, Conte con i ribelli sul carro di Visegrad

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Il Consiglio Europeo, ossia l’assise dei capi di stato o di governo dei 28 paesi membri delibera a maggioranza qualificata i candidati alle cariche europee apicali, candidature che poi il parlamento europeo è chiamato a ratificare o meno. Se non le approvasse, tutta la procedura decisionale dovrebbe essere ripetuta.

È quindi necessario disporre di una maggioranza in ciascuno dei due centri direzionale: il Consiglio Europeo e l’europarlamento.

Ma questi due consessi seguono logiche decisionali differenti. Mentre nell’europarlamento la maggioranza è quella scaturita dalle urne elettorali, nel Consiglio Europeo deve coagulare, di volta in volta, il voto di almeno ventuno stati membri. Questo a parziale tutela degli stati meno popolosi.

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Le recenti elezioni europee hanno rotto i pristini equilibri. Ppe ed S&D hanno perso la maggioranza, che potrebbero formare solo alleandosi con il gruppo liberal: ma nei fatti sono i veri sconfitti, avendo perso ciascuno un po’ più di quaranta seggi. Ma la sconfitta elettorale è solo l’epifenomeno di quella della sconfitta dell’ideologia liberal socialista.

Putin. L’ideologia liberal è ‘obsoleta’.

Però l’europarlamento è in grande maggioranza di ideologia liberal socialista, ed intenderebbe proseguire in questo alveo.

Fëdor Dostoevskij ha magistralmente sintetizzato nel Monologo del Grande Inquisitore, ne I Fratelli Karamazov, il cuore centrale dell’ideologia liberal socialista.

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Ma gli equilibri sono stati rotti anche nel Consiglio Europeo.

La passata gestione Juncker – Tusk ha fatto il possibile e l’impossibile per imporre a tutti gli stati membri la propria ideologia. Nei confronti degli stati i punti portanti erano:

– the rule of law, ovvero una magistratura che applicasse l’ideologia liberal socialista;

– il passaggio da unione di stati sovrani ad uno stato europeo centralizzato;

– l’imposizione dell’etica e morale insita nell’ideologia liberal socialista;

– identificazione della democrazia nell’accettazione delle ngo, ong, sul proprio territorio.

Questa linea comportamentale ha generato un’immediata reazione da parte dei paesi dell’ex est europeo, massimamente da quelli del Gruppo Visegrad, che si sono fatti paladini identitari sovranisti. Si pensi solo che il Partito Popolare Europeo, sotto impulso di Herr Weber, sia arrivato a sospendere per motivazioni ideologiche il Fidesz di Mr Orban, proprio pochi giorni prima delle votazioni. Un modo molto singolare di cercare di raccogliere consensi. Con le elezioni politiche italiane, anche la nostra nazione si è spostata su queste posizioni. In breve, al momento attuale sono undici gli stati membri dell’Unione Europea che formano il blocco degli identitari sovranisti: sufficit per bloccare tutte le decisioni che debbano essere prese alla unanimità ovvero a maggioranza qualificata.

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Arrivati alla conta, gli identitari sovranisti hanno dapprima affondato la candidatura di Herr Weber, patrocinato dalla Germania di Frau Merkel, quindi hanno distrutto la candidatura di Mr Timmermans, patrocinata dalla Francia di Mr Maron, ed infine hanno fatto svanire l’ultima proposta di Frau Merkel, di un’alternanza alla Presidenza dei due candidati già bocciati. L’epoca in cui Germania e Francia si vedevano a quattro occhi e decidevano per tutta la Unione era defunta.

La candidatura di Frau Ursula von der Leyen è stata accettata e pienamente appoggiata dagli identitari sovranisti solo quando questa ha espressamente e chiaramente assunto l’impegno a non parlare mai più di rule of law, stato europeo, ed etica e morale liberal, per non parlare poi delle ngo.

Mr Junker, Mr Tusk, la Germania di Frau Merkel e la Francia di Mr Macron hanno subito una sconfitta annientante.

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Se è vero che le candidature di Frau Ursula von der Leyen e di Mrs Christine Lagarde siano fatiscenti, sarebbe altrettanto vero constatare come ratificandole l’europarlamento dovrebbe ammettere la propria sconfitta ideologica e politica. Per il Ppe e S&D sarebbe una resa senza condizioni.

Quindi nulla è ancora definitivo ed i giochi sono ancora aperti.

Però, sempre che sia approvata la nomina, Frau Ursula von der Leyen farà bene a ricordarsi sempre delle promesse fatte. I Consiglio Europeo vota anche i budget, per esempio.


EU Observer. 2019-07-03. German minister presidency plan upsets MEPs

Germany’s defence minister Ursula von der Leyen emerged on Tuesday (2 July) as a possible compromise among EU leaders for the European Commission presidency – after three days of intensive negotiations in Brussels.

The 60-year old conservative politician was put forward by France, with Germany and the eastern European block of ‘Visegrad Four’ countries in support, and she also has the backing of Italy. If it happens, it would make her the first female president of the EU commission.

Under this scenario, the presidency of the EU Council would go to the liberals, with Belgian prime minister Charles Michel getting the post.

Spanish foreign minister Josep Borrell would be named EU foreign policy chief, who hails from the Socialist party.

The International Monetary Fund’s French managing director Christine Lagarde would be the new head of the European Central Bank, according to officials familiar with the discussions.

European Socialist party leader, Bulgarian MEP Sergei Stanishev could become the president of the European Parliament, according to the EU leaders’ plan, with Germany’s centre-right lead candidate Manfred Weber possibly taking the second half of the five-year term.

This new list of frontrunners emerged after the Visegrad countries, Italy and several leaders aligned with the centre-right. European People’s Party (EPP) objected to a package cooked up at the weekend at the G20 summit in Japan that would have seen the Socialist lead candidate, Dutch commissioner Frans Timmermans take the commission presidency.

The discussions among EU leaders were delayed on Tuesday by several hours of consultations among different leaders chaired by EU Council president Donald Tusk.

The 28 leaders gathered together late afternoon to discuss the new package of names.

Unhappy MEPs

The candidate for the presidency of the EU commission needs a majority in the European Parliament, and so the European leaders have for the first time decided to seek consultations with the parliament on the package they plan to agree.

If the three major political groups – EPP, the Socialists & Democrats, and the liberals of Renew Europe – agree with the proposal from the European Council, there will be an overall deal. If not, national leaders will need to go back to the drawing board.

Meanwhile, early reactions from MEPs who were gathered in Strasbourg for the first session of the new parliament criticised the emerging deal.

German Social democrat MEP Bernd Lange‏ tweeted that the current names discussed by leaders are “unacceptable” for the socialists in the EP.

Vice-chair for the Socialist group, Tania Fajon also said in a tweet: “Very clear no, majority is not prepared to support the current deal on EU top jobs”.

“Hearing strong messages to the European council that the current package proposal is not acceptable for many heads of delegations,” she added, referring to the Socialist member parties.

The Greens’ lead candidate Bas Eickhout also dismissed the emerging new deal in a tweet saying “Congratulations Council. Rule of law slaughtered for some positions for Merkel, Macron and Sanchez”.

The Dutch politician referred to German, French and Spanish leaders giving up on Timmermans because of objections from the Visegrad Four, whose members, Poland and Hungary have been heavily criticised by the Dutch commissioner over the rule of law.

The different parliamentary groups were now expected to meet in the early evening to discuss whether they can support the German defence minister for the commission presidency.

In a resolution last February, the European parliament had firmly reiterated that the commission presidency should go to one of the ‘Spitzenkandidaten’, or lead candidates for the European parties – which Von den Leyen is not.

The negotiations between the prime ministers and heads of state are already more complicated than ever before, as they try to juggle political groupings, gender balance, and east-west internal EU positions.

By adding the parliament to the decision-making process the aim was to boost the democratic legitimacy of the process, but an increase in the party political aspect has made any agreement more difficult.

Parliament program

MEPs’ vote on the European Parliament president was postponed last week to Wednesday morning (3 July), as the EU heads of state in Brussels were still negotiating in Brussels on how to distribute the top posts in the future European power architecture.

But even without a deal in Brussels over the new EU leadership, the parliament is expected to go ahead with the vote.

Two groups, the Socialists and Renew, had not officially announced a candidate for the post. They have time to do that until 22h00 tonight.

“There is no Socialist candidate to be parliament president as the party is relying on Timmermans” to get a top post,” said out-going German Social democrat MEP, Jo Leinen.

Leaders of the four main political groups in parliament, EPP, Socialists, liberals of Renew Europe and the Greens were also meeting in Strasbourg in the afternoon as part of long series of meetings set to formulate a legislative program for the next five years.

That joint program must be finalised before the next parliament session in mid-July – and is aimed at binding the commission president politically.

The Greens does not have a prime minister at the EU summit in Brussels distributing top posts, but their support is important to secure a broad majority in parliament in the next five years.

One Green insider told EUobserver that the party was not happy what it was currently offered in return for supporting the wider deal.

“The legislative program would not be the first of its kind, as Juncker also met with the different political groups in parliament and listened to them, with the Juncker plan being one result of that process,” Leinen said.

“But this time there is a shift in the character of the deal, it is meant to become formally a legislative program,” he added.

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Juncker, Tusk, Macron e Merkel. I migliori alleati dei sovranisti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-07-03.

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Premessa. Cosa li accomuna.

Liberal democratici. I rantoli di superba rabbia impotente. – Cnn

«La superbia è una esagerata stima di sé e dei proprî meriti (reali o presunti), che si manifesta esteriormente con un atteggiamento altezzoso e sprezzante e con un ostentato senso di superiorità nei confronti degli altri. Ma questa condizione degenera quasi invariabilmente in un qualcosa di molto peggio. Si dilata in una considerazione talmente alta di sé stessi da giungere al punto di stimarsi come principio e fine del proprio essere: l’uomo si crede di essere dio.

Successo e denaro sono ottimi concimi della superbia, e la serva piaggeria adulatrice dei clientes porta a perdere completamente la percezione del reale.

Ma non ci si illuda che il superbo sia felice. Tutt’altro.

La sua vita è un continuo rodersi cuore, mente e fegato perché gli altri non riconoscono la sua immensità: lo contraddicono, lo ostacolano, tramano contro di lui. In altri termini, gli altri non si sottomettono ai suoi voleri, contrastano la sua volontà.

Se è vero che il superbo si percepisce onnipotente, sarebbe altrettanto vero che gli altri gli negano codesto attributo: di qui l’odio mortale verso gli altri, rei di non riconoscere l’immensa superiorità.

Ma sono ira, rabbia, odio impotenti, perché non aiutano ad imporre il proprio volere, anzi, si rivelano per quello che sono. Sono i tormenti caratteristici dei superbi. Ed iniziano già in questa vita terrea, che il superbo fa di tutto per rendersela più odiosa il possibile.»

Juncker, Tusk, Macron e Merkel si comportano, e sono nei fatti, solo degli alteri superbi con uno smisurato delirio di onnipotenza.

Se è vero che l’umiltà evita di essere umiliati dai fatti o dagli altri, questa virtù é loro del tutto aliena.

Stanno schiumando di livida e biliosa rabbia impotente perché non sono riusciti ad imporre la propria volontà all’Unione Europea.

Soffrono le pene infernali nel costatare come ben undici paesi dell’Unione abbiano saputo dir loro di no: bocciare le loro proposte.

Quegli undici paesi li hanno platealmente umiliati, fatti tornare nei ranghi. Si riversi quindi su di essi tutto l’odio accumulato nel cuore. Non potendo assassinarli fisicamente, cercano di farlo con le parole.

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«Reazioni arrivano intanto dalla Germania dove il presidente tedesco Frank-Walter Steinmeier critica l’arresto della comandante della Sea Watch. “Può darsi che ci sia una legislazione italiana su quando una nave può entrare in porto e quando no, e può anche essere che ci siano reati amministrativi o reati penali. Tuttavia – ha detto Steinmeier alla Zdf – l’Italia non è uno Stato qualsiasi, è al centro dell’Ue, è uno Stato fondatore dell’Ue. Ed è per questo che ci aspettiamo che affronti un caso del genere in modo diverso. Coloro che salvano vite umane non possono essere criminali”, ha concluso.» [Fonte]

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Francia all’attacco: Italia vomitevole

«Credo che la posizione, la linea del governo italiano sia vomitevole. E’ inammissibile fare della politica spicciola con delle vite umane. Trovo che sia immondo»

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Sea Watch, nuovo scontro tra governo Macron e Salvini

«la Francia “si rammarica” che si “sia arrivati a questa situazione perché il governo italiano sceglie una strategia per rendere isterico” il dibattito su “argomenti dolorosi”. Lo ha dichiarata alla tv Lci la portavoce del governo Macron, Sibeth Ndiaye, commentando la tormentata vicenda»

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Migranti, Macron: «I populisti in Europa come la lebbra». Di Maio: «Offensivo e ipocrita»

«Li vedete crescere come una lebbra, un po’ ovunque in Europa, in Paesi in cui credevamo fosse impossibile vederli riapparire. I nostri amici vicini dicono le cose peggiori e noi ci abituiamo! Fanno le peggiori provocazioni e nessuno si scandalizza di questo»

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Orbene.

Non biasimiamoli e non irritiamoci di ciò che hanno detto.

Merkel si arrende alla evidenza ed inizia a trattare per la EU.

Salvini il leader più amato in Francia: il sondaggio che fa irritare Macron

«Dei tre leader politici italiani al governo, il vicepremier leghista è quello che va per la maggiore in Francia con il 19 % di opinioni positive. Il premier Giuseppe Conte si ferma al 18 per %, uno smacco per Macron»

In Francia è più popolare Salvini di Macron: quanto basta per alimentare una nuova  colica colecistica associata ad una renale ed ai tremori compulsivi degli arti.

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Juncker, Tusk, Macron e Merkel sono stati superlativi maestri nell’arte di farsi odiare ed esecrare.

Si credono di essere divinità, ma non ne hanno la potenza.

Hanno trattato gli altri come pezze da piedi.

Adesso si aggirano per Bruxelles leccando la rima anale degli identitari sovranisti, piatendo il loro voto in Consiglio Europeo.

Ci ha pensato la storia ad umiliarli: sono trattati per come hanno trattato.

Se non ci fossero stati loro, non ci sarebbero nemmeno gli identitari sovranisti.

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Mrs May. Dimissioni dopo il quarto voto, indipendentemente dal risultato.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-05-18.

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«British prime minister Theresa May has agreed to step down at some point after her fourth attempt to pass an EU exit deal in June, no matter what the outcome»

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«Her decision was revealed on Thursday (16 May) by a senior Conservative MP, Graham Brady, the chairman of the so-called 1922 Committee, an influential backbench group within the party»

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«We have agreed to meet to decide the timetable for the election of a new leader of the Conservative Party as soon as the second reading has occurred and that will take place regardless of what the vote is on the second reading – whether it passes or whether it fails»

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«The deal has already been defeated three times on grounds that provisions related to the Irish border could see Britain stuck in a customs union with the EU for an indefinite amount of time»

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«The first defeat, in January, by 230 votes, was the largest ever for a government motion in British history»

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«May, who herself wanted to keep Britain in the EU during in the 2016 referendum, has been vilified by hardline Brexiteers for her handling of the process»

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«further procrastination which is causing appalling damage to the Conservative party»

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«For his part, Boris Johnson, a former foreign minister and hard Brexiteer, said he would “of course” throw his hat into the ring to take May’s job when she left.»

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Diamo atto a Mrs May di come sia stato, e sia tuttora. impossibile trattare con persone quali Mr. Juncker, Mr Tusk, Mr Oettinger, Mr Macron e Frau Merkel, la rigidità mentale delle quali supera l’immaginabile e l’inimmaginabile. Si sono comportate come galline isteriche, avendo recepito il Brexit per quello che è: un severo e pesante giudizio sul loro comportamento ed operato.

Ma nel contempo non possiamo negare quanta sprovvida imperizia abbia dispiegato Mrs May nello svolgere il ruolo di primo ministro di Sua Maestà Britannica. Un esempio per tutti, la convocazione delle elezioni anticipate, dalle quali Mrs May è uscita con le ossa rotte.

Sia l’Unione Europea sia il Regno Unito avrebbero un disperato bisogno di personaggi politici meno ideologizzati e ben più pragmatici.


EU Observer. 2019-05-17. May to step down after fourth EU vote

British prime minister Theresa May has agreed to step down at some point after her fourth attempt to pass an EU exit deal in June, no matter what the outcome.

Her decision was revealed on Thursday (16 May) by a senior Conservative MP, Graham Brady, the chairman of the so-called 1922 Committee, an influential backbench group within the party.

“We have agreed to meet to decide the timetable for the election of a new leader of the Conservative Party as soon as the second reading has occurred and that will take place regardless of what the vote is on the second reading – whether it passes or whether it fails,” Brady said, following what he called a “very frank” 90-minute long discussion with the British leader.

British MPs are to hold two days of debate on the exit deal on 3 June, shortly after the European Parliament elections, with a vote likely on 5 June.

The deal has already been defeated three times on grounds that provisions related to the Irish border could see Britain stuck in a customs union with the EU for an indefinite amount of time.

The first defeat, in January, by 230 votes, was the largest ever for a government motion in British history.

The third defeat, in March, saw the bill fail by just 58 votes.

It prompted May to hold talks with the opposition Labour party, but these are expected to break up in the coming days without a new compromise due to Labour’s red lines, which include staying in the customs union in any case.

May, who herself wanted to keep Britain in the EU during in the 2016 referendum, has been vilified by hardline Brexiteers for her handling of the process.

Brady said on Thursday that she was “determined to secure our departure from the European Union”.

But Andrew Bridgen, a pro-Brexit Tory MP, continued to attack her, saying that her plan for a fourth Brexit vote was “further procrastination which is causing appalling damage to the Conservative party”.

May was “an increasingly beleaguered and isolated prime minister, who is desperate to salvage something from her premiership and is prepared to drive through an agreement that would fatally hamstring any future prime minister in negotiations with the EU,” he added.

For his part, Boris Johnson, a former foreign minister and hard Brexiteer, said he would “of course” throw his hat into the ring to take May’s job when she left.

The UK was due to leave the EU in March, but the political stalemate in Westminster have seen that delayed to 31 October.

They have also seen support for the Tories plunge to new lows – just 11 percent of people plan to vote Conservative in the European Parliament (EP) elections, according to recent polls, putting it in fourth place behind the Brexit Party, Labour, and the Liberal Democrats – in what would mark its worst result in any vote since the Conservative party was formed in 1834.

The prospects of a potentially protracted Tory leadership battle and new general elections, on top of Westminster’s summer recess, bode ill for the UK agreeing a new exit deal by the October deadline.

The prospects of a new, anti-EU Tory leader taking over the talks, in the context of a powerful show of support for the anti-EU Brexit Party in the EP vote also bode ill.

Some in Europe have said it should offer to extend the deadline still further in the hope that Brexit might fall by the wayside.

“We should go soft on Britain, give them time, they are still in the EU, let’s give them space,” Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz told the Reuters news agency this week.

“It’s a matter of changing the rhetoric to let the Brits rethink their decision,” he said.

Others, such as German chancellor Angela Merkel, are playing their cards close to their chest.

When asked in a recent interview what might happen if a new British leader tried to renegotiate the UK’s exit terms in the autumn, she said merely: “Should there be anything to negotiate, the European commission will do so on behalf of the 27 member states, as it has done so far”.

But with few in the UK or in Europe keen for Britain to live with no deal in place, in what would likely wreak economic havoc on both sides of the English Channel, she added that British indecisiveness could see the process strung out even further.

“In order for the UK to leave the EU, there needs to be a parliamentary majority in London for, rather than merely against, something,” Merkel said.

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Eurozona. I dolori del giovane Juncker. Mica che sia sua la colpa.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-05-10.

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Mr Juncker ha 65 anni, età che per i tempi che corrono sconfina ancora nella giovinezza. Di conseguenza gli siano perdonate frasi spiritose che nell’età adulta non avrebbero dovuto uscire di bocca.

Il mea culpa di Juncker: “Lʼausterità fu avventata, con i greci poco solidali”

«Eʼ stata molto criticata la politica dellʼEurozona, è una cosa che mi riguarda perché sono stato presidente dellʼEurogruppo»

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«Le riforme strutturali restano essenziali ma, durante la crisi del debito in Ue,l’austerità fu avventata, e non perché volevamo sanzionare chi lavora e chi è disoccupato»

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«Non siamo stati sufficientemente solidali con i greci»

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«E’ stata molto criticata la politica dell’Eurozona, è una cosa che mi riguarda personalmente …. perchè sono stato presidente dell’Eurogruppo nel momento più grave della crisi economica e finanziaria …. Mi rammarico di aver dato troppa importanza all’influenza del Fondo monetario internazionale. Al momento dell’inizio della crisi, molti di noi pensavano che l’Europa avrebbe potuto resistere all’influenza del Fmi. Se la California è in difficoltà, gli Stati Uniti non si rivolgono al Fondo monetario internazionale e noi avremmo dovuto fare altrettanto.»

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La Germania ha violato il Patto di stabilità 18 volte, come dice Juncker?

«i tedeschi amano lamentarsi degli italiani. Ma loro stessi hanno violato il Patto di stabilità 18 volte»

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Ammettere i propri errori è sempre cosa buona, ma Mr Juncker non trova difficoltà alcuna ad identificarne i veri colpevoli.

E qui arrivano le sorprese.

«The Netherlands, Austria, and Germany prevent deepening Eurozone integration»

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«Juncker was making reference to what he suggested was an obstructionist agenda by countries that are net contributors to the EU budget loath the prospect of any form of transfers union»

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«There is no progress with the deepening of the monetary union because The Netherlands, Austria and all too often, Germany, all stand in the way of more solidarity and joint responsibility»

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«Throughout the sovereign debt crisis, Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland resisted any notion of Eurobonds»

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«One of the most vociferous opponents of deepening the project for the political integration of the Eurozone has been the president of the German Central Bank, Jens Weidman, who is also a candidate to succeed Mario Draghi as the head of European Central Bank (ECB).»

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«This candidacy has limited support in the ECB board, as Weidman has also been a staunch critic and opponent of Mario Draghi’s quantitative easing and “whatever it takes” position»

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Ricapitoliamo.

Mr Juncker ammette di aver fatto molti errori, pagati ben salati dal popolo europeo.

Ma la colpa sarebbe degli olandesi, degli austriaci e dei tedeschi.

Toh!! Chi mai lo avrebbe detto??


New Europe. 2019-05-06. Juncker says several core EU members actively resist Eurozone integration

The Netherlands, Austria, and Germany prevent deepening Eurozone integration, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told German newspaper Handelsblatt, published on 3 May.

Juncker was making reference to what he suggested was an obstructionist agenda by countries that are net contributors to the EU budget loath the prospect of any form of transfers union.

“There is no progress with the deepening of the monetary union because The Netherlands, Austria and all too often, Germany, all stand in the way of more solidarity and joint responsibility,” said Juncker, who added that he is “still hopeful” that several German politicians want to make progress when it comes to taking the next steps towards further integration of the 19-members of the common currency.

Throughout the sovereign debt crisis, Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland resisted any notion of Eurobonds, which would resolve the “death loop” between national banks and sovereigns, by pooling the credit-rating of the Eurozone members. Juncker also said jointly issued debts should be expected in the future.

One of the most vociferous opponents of deepening the project for the political integration of the Eurozone has been the president of the German Central Bank, Jens Weidman, who is also a candidate to succeed Mario Draghi as the head of European Central Bank (ECB).

This candidacy has limited support in the ECB board, as Weidman has also been a staunch critic and opponent of Mario Draghi’s quantitative easing and “whatever it takes” position, a policy that is largely credited with helping the Eurozone recover for the worst of the global financial crisis. Asked whether he would support Weidman’s candidacy, Juncker said he was “not advocating for or against.”

“I wouldn’t mind at all if there was a German president of the ECB,” Juncker said, adding that “I definitely do not share the view that is prevalent in parts of southern Europe that a German should not be president of the ECB.”

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Macron nella fossa dei serpenti. – Bloomberg

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-04-15.

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Francia. Il Senato arrostisce Mr Macron a fuoco lento.

Germania ripudia in toto il progetto europeo di Macron

Macron. Tasso di esecrazione arrivato al 74%.

Francia come Venezuela, Soudan, Haïti e Zimbabwe. L’Onu condanna Macron.

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«Le gouvernement français, devant l’exigence formulée par l’Onu d’ouvrir une enquête sur «l’usage excessif de la force», s’est dit «étonné» de se retrouver sur une liste entre le Venezuela et Haïti et a donné sa vision de la situation.»

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«No matter how charming the French are — in France, it’s always and above all about French interests» [AKK]

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Il problema è semplicissimo

«Emmanuel Macron portrays himself as the great proponent of European Union integration. But his electioneering is opening rifts with his EU allies.»

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«In the past 48 hours, the French president has taken divisive positions on Brexit, trade talks with the U.S. and the explosive situation in Libya. On all those issues, Macron has found himself opposed by the rest of the EU.»

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«That means speaking out against a potential trade deal with the U.S., even as the EU moves toward negotiations. It means fighting the rest of the EU to limit the amount over extra time given to the U.K. to complete Brexit»

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«It even meant watering EU criticism of Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar»

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«That might not resonate much with voters, but it’s another sign of the new fighting spirit in France»

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«EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker accused Macron of hijacking the Brexit talks to serve his own domestic political purposes»

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Tra quaranta giorni circa ci saranno le elezioni e le manfrine elettorali dovrebbero terminare.

Però gli equilibri sono stati rotti, e la gente ha memoria buona. Mr Macron si sta isolando con le sue mani.

«No matter how charming the French are — in France, it’s always and above all about French interests» [AKK]

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Bloomberg. 2019-04-12. Macron Picks a Fights With Friends and Rivals

Emmanuel Macron portrays himself as the great proponent of European Union integration. But his electioneering is opening rifts with his EU allies.

In the past 48 hours, the French president has taken divisive positions on Brexit, trade talks with the U.S. and the explosive situation in Libya. On all those issues, Macron has found himself opposed by the rest of the EU.

The 41-year-old leader is gearing up for the European parliamentary elections at the end of May, his first major electoral test since winning power in 2017. With only a narrow lead in polls over the nationalist group led by Marine Le Pen, Macron is on the look out for any opportunity to show French voters he will fight for their interests.

That means speaking out against a potential trade deal with the U.S., even as the EU moves toward negotiations. It means fighting the rest of the EU to limit the amount over extra time given to the U.K. to complete Brexit.

It even meant watering EU criticism of Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar, a French ally, despite the fact he ignored French calls to halt his offensive against Tripoli. That might not resonate much with voters, but it’s another sign of the new fighting spirit in France.

In Brussels, on Wednesday, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker accused Macron of hijacking the Brexit talks to serve his own domestic political purposes. “I assume this role but I think it’s for the common good,” Macron told reporters as he left the meeting.

Macron’s courtship of voters will continue next week with the results of his 10-week debate with citizens across the country on how to tackle France’s problems. The president is due to set out his conclusions from the process, designed to take the heat out of the Yellow Vest protests which have been roiling the country for almost six months.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Commercio, Unione Europea

Summit Eu – China. Dichiarazioni di intenti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-04-09.

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Si è aperto il summit tra Mr Li, Mr Juncker e Mr Tusk.

Come si vede dalla fotografia, pur essendo Mr Juncker e Mr Tusk equiparati a capi di stato, la Cina era presente con il suo primo ministro: sbavatura sostanziale ai comuni protocolli diplomatici. Capi di stato ricevono capi di stato.

È uno dei modi cinesi per ricordare come stiano le cose.

Subito gli eventi lieti. Mr Juncker barcollava per gli evidenti segni della sciatica alcolica che lo affligge da anni, la voce era abburattata, ma questa volta però non ha urinato sulle parti della sala riunione. Ma c’è ancora tempo.

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Germany’s Manfred Weber warns of China ‘shopping spree’

«The European Union should prevent Chinese firms from going on a “shopping spree,” buying up strategic assets, a top contender for the European Commission presidency said Saturday.

Manfred Weber, the leader of the conservative European People’s Party (EPP), warned that the EU should not be naive in its approach to China.»

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EU seeks more assertive strategy with China

«The “distortive” effects of China’s economic policies and growing power top the agenda on the final day of the EU summit. Leaders are looking for ways to counter what they describe as a “systemic rival.

European leaders are set to sign off on a 10-point plan regarding relations with China at the EU summit Friday. 

In the face of China’s growing economic and political influence, Brussels is seeking a “more realistic” and “assertive” approach towards what the bloc describes as both a “partner” and a “systemic rival” due to China’s tightly controlled market.”

The strategy formulated by the EU includes:

– protection against “unfair practices of third countries and investments that threaten security or public order”

– a more “balanced and reciprocal economic relationship” including a reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

– addressing the “distortive effects of foreign state ownership and state financing”

– reciprocal access to public procurement markets

-strengthening cooperation on climate change and in international organizations».

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Con questi presupposti non si poteva attendere altro che dichiarazioni di intenti.

Poi, forse, potrebbe anche maturare qualcosa di più consistente, ma Mr Li sa bene come questa dirigenza europea stia volgendo a termine mandato.


Deutsche Welle. 2019-04-09. EU announces ‘breakthrough’ on trade with China

China has vowed at a summit with the EU not to make companies share intellectual property. The talks marked a significant shift for Beijing amid growing concerns about China’s influence in Europe.

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The European Union and China pledged to strengthen their trade relationship and work towards opening up China’s economy for foreign investors at a summit in Brussels on Tuesday.

The annual summit comes a month after the European Commission branded Beijing a “systemic rival” over what they said were unfair trade practices, and amid an ongoing US trade war with China.

The main takeaways from the summit:

In a seven-page joint declaration that was signed after last-minute negotiations, Brussels and Beijing agreed to the following changes:

– A commitment toward “broader” and “non-discriminatory” market access, in wording that the EU saw as a shift from China on opening up its economy.

– On surrendering intellectual property to gain access to China’s market, both sides agreed “there should not be a forced transfer of technology.”

– Increase efforts to strengthen international rules against state subsidies for industries.

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Equal treatment’ for European companies

Speaking after the summit in Brussels, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said that European companies will enjoy “equal treatment” in China.

“We will not treat EU companies, especially those registered in China, with discriminatory policy, including solely foreign-owned companies in China,” Li said. “And likewise Chinese companies should not be discriminated against in their operation in the European Union, he added.

European Council President Donald Tusk hailed China’s signing of the joint statement as a “breakthrough,” particularly Beijing’s commitment to strengthen rules against industrial subsidies.

“This is a breakthrough. For the first time China has agree to engage with Europe on this key WTO reform,” Tusk said.

Concerns over China’s influence

The EU has grown increasingly concerned about Chinese state-led companies buying key European assets, while the level of market openness is not reciprocated in China.

Politicians and businesses in the EU and the United States have criticized China for forcing foreign companies to hand over intellectual property in order to gain access to China’s economy — which is the second largest in the world.

Beijing has repeatedly pledged to open up its economy to foreign companies and investors, but critics say that China hasn’t done much to fulfill this promise.

As US President Donald Trump’s administration is currently embroiled in a trade war with China, Washington has also been pressuring Brussels to take steps against Beijing. Most notably, the US has urged the EU to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei over the company’s alleged ties to state security.

High stakes talks: The EU is China’s biggest trading partner, with two-way trade between the bloc and China worth around €575 billion ($648 billion) annually. The stakes were high for the EU as well, as China is the bloc’s second-biggest trading partner, coming in only after the US.

What happens next: Prime Minister Li will now head to Croatia for another European summit in Croatia on Thursday and Friday with the so-called 16+1 summit. The meeting grants central and eastern European states the chance to meet alone with Beijing, in a move that has garnered criticism from other European countries.

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Deutsche Welle. 2019-04-09. China to ‘further open’ its doors to Europe, PM Li says ahead of summit

China’s Li Keqiang has attempted to quell European skepticism towards China’s investment approach ahead of this week’s EU-China summit. Some fear projects like the Belt and Road initiative aim to bind countries to China.

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China is prepared to “further develop its cooperation” with Europe “to build an open world economy,” Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said in an op-ed published in business daily Handelsblatt on Monday.

“China is ready to work with Europe to promote a mutual opening and a fair and equitable business environment for enhanced cooperation between firms on both sides,” Li said.

Li said China intends to “further develop its cooperation” with Europe over the maintenance of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Iran Nuclear Deal, the fight against terrorism and reforming the World Trade Organization (WTO).

China and the European Union are set to hold a summit on Tuesday on trade relations and global governance.

‘United and prosperous Europe’

Some Europeans worry that China is taking a “divide and conquer” approach to the EU. Those fears were enhanced by trade agreements struck with the 16 countries comprising the Central and Eastern European Cooperation (CEEC) last year and recent nonbinding agreements with some EU countries as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, an industrial investment project spearheaded by President Xi Jinping.

Read more: Can the new foreign investment law level the playing field in China?

But Li said the China-CEEC cooperation “is beneficial to balanced development within the EU, serves to bring unity to the EU and is a useful compliment to relations between China and Europe.”

“We strongly support the European integration process in the hope of a united and prosperous Europe,” Li added.

Fears over ‘New Silk Road’

China has made a strong push to expand their Belt and Road Initiative to Europe. In March, Italy became the first G7 country to join the scheme. Xi has also sought to recruit France for the initiative.

However, since its inception in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative has drawn complaints that it racks up huge debts and leaves nations reliant on China. Some countries, such as Malaysia, have cancelled plans to join the project. Others are also critical of how China forces foreign businesses to relinquish trade secrets to do business within its borders. 

Germany’s Manfred Weber, who aims to succeed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, has cautioned that the bloc should not be naive in its approach to China. He believes that the Belt and Road Initiative has “political motivation” to leave countries beholden to China. 

The European Commission has also recently labeled China a “systemic rival” and an economic competitor. Günther Oettinger, Germany’s EU commissioner, has even called for EU veto rights  over China’s attempts to commandeer European infrastructure projects. 

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Unione Europea ed i passaporti di oro, venduti sottobanco. Più il resto.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-04-06.

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Nulla più del crimine disonesto ama ammantarsi di legalità e giustizia.

Il denaro esercita un richiamo sfacciato ed imperioso ed alla fine chi vi cede ne diventa schiavo. Non ne sarà mai sazio.

L’ingordigia si ingigantisce quasi senza fine, fino ad arrivare al punto di rottura.

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«Cyprus and Malta have made billions of euros from the passport industry.»

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«They have attracted hundreds of wealthy Russians, many of whom were Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) – people who posed a high risk of money laundering.»

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«Cyprus sold an EU passport to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska who is currently under US sanctions for “malign activities”»

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«It also offered one to Viktor Vekselberg, another Russian tycoon, who is under US sanctions, but who owns a significant part of Cyprus’ largest bank, the Bank of Cyprus.»

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«Malta sold passports to Alexey Marey, the former CEO of Alfa Bank Russia, the country’s largest private lender; Alexey De-Monderik, a co-founder of Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab; and Alexander Mechatin, the CEO of Beluga Group, Russia’s largest private spirits company.»

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«The schemes have also attracted wealthy Middle Eastern buyers.»

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«The two member states, the only ones which sell their nationality, as well as the 18 others who sell residency permits, were urged to end the practice»

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«The golden passport and visa schemes all too-often acted as “a gateway for money laundering and organised crime” into the EU financial system»

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«Malta and Cyprus have already sold about 6,000 national and EU passports in “schemes … that potentially pose a high risk to the integrity” of European financial due diligence»

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«these schemes may serve Russian citizens included in the sanctions list adopted after the illegal annexation of Crimea [from Ukraine] by Russia … as a means to avoid EU sanctions,»

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«Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, and the Netherlands played host to “deplorable cases of money laundering” which showed “complete lack of responsibility”»

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«Denmark’s largest lender, Danske Bank, admitted last year that it handled some €200bn of “suspicious” transactions emanating mostly from Russia in the biggest case of its type in EU history.»

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«other crimes in the EU amounted to €110bn a year. »

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Il commercio dei passaporti, il riciclaggio di denaro sporco, ed tutte le altre manifestazioni di una vera e propria criminalità organizzata hanno assunto nell’Unione Europea dimensioni impressionanti: il giro di affari della criminalità supera ampiamente il budget europeo.

«mille miliardi di euro all’anno, tra elusione ed evasione fiscale»

Nessuno venga a dirci che la dirigenza europea ed il corpo burocratico ne fossero all’oscuro.

Significativo è questo titolo, fatto dall’Espresso, la cui dottrina liberal socialista è fuori discussione.

Così Jean-Claude Juncker ha ucciso il sogno dell’’Europa

«Favori giganteschi alle multinazionali. Aiuti ai miliardari. E beffe ai cittadini. Ecco come il numero uno della Commissione ha scatenato il populismo.

Una voragine nei conti dei 28 Paesi dell’Unione europea: mille miliardi di euro all’anno, tra elusione ed evasione fiscale. Multinazionali che non pagano le imposte e smistano decine di miliardi di dollari dei loro profitti, accantonati grazie a operazioni finanziarie privilegiate in Lussemburgo, verso altri paradisi rigorosamente “tax free”. Stati membri dell’Unione che si fanno concorrenza sleale sulle tasse. È disastroso il bilancio che sta lasciando Jean-Claude Juncker, presidente della Commissione europea, nonché ex padre-padrone del Granducato, mentre imbocca l’ultimo anno del suo mandato, in scadenza dopo le elezioni del 2019: il suo viale del tramonto. Ormai ogni giorno il numero uno della Ue deve incrociare i ferri con populisti e sovranisti, pronti a sfidare regole, limiti e vincoli europei. In Italia ad attaccarlo è soprattutto Matteo Salvini, con un avvertimento: «Pensi al suo paradiso fiscale in Lussemburgo». Dove Juncker è stato presidente del Consiglio dal 1995 al 2013 e, già prima, più volte ministro delle Finanze, esordendo con il primo incarico politico nel 1982, ad appena 28 anni. Ed è proprio il Lussemburgo il vero nodo del caso Juncker, di cui ora approfittano i nemici dell’Europa. Il nodo di un paese fondatore della Ue che spinge i ricchissimi a eludere le tasse. ….»

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Pensiamoci bene sopra.

«mille miliardi di euro all’anno, tra elusione ed evasione fiscale»

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Eu Observer. 2019-02-28. Golden EU passports more risky than indicated

The EU substantially watered down its recent warning on golden passport schemes, an investigation has shown.

The European Commission published a report on 23 January on the “security, money laundering, tax evasion and corruption” risks associated with the schemes.

But it left out tougher provisions contained in an earlier draft, seen by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a club of investigative journalists.

This October 2018 draft had proposed “member states should not accept investor scheme applications from persons listed on UN and EU sanctions lists.”

But this was cut from the published text.

The EU commission report also called for “clarity in procedures and in responsibilities” of private firms involved in passport sales to avoid conflict of interest.

But it redacted detailed recommendations on how to do it.

“Intermediaries involved in the handling of applications should not have any decision-making power or screening duties, tasks which should be reserved for government authorities,” the October draft had said.

“They should make publicly available information about those intermediaries and the procedure for selecting them,” the draft had also said.

Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Malta are the only member states that sell EU passports, while several others have golden residency schemes.

The sales are governed by national law, but the October draft indicated that commission lawyers were looking into whether EU legislation could get a hook into the practice.

“Whether such legislation and practice, which permit third country nationals to obtain national citizenship, and hence citizenship of the [European] Union, without requiring any genuine connection to the country, are compatible with Union law is being questioned,” the draft said, according to the OCCRP.

Cyprus and Malta have made billions of euros from the passport industry.

They have attracted hundreds of wealthy Russians, many of whom were Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) – people who posed a high risk of money laundering.

Cyprus sold an EU passport to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska who is currently under US sanctions for “malign activities”.

It also offered one to Viktor Vekselberg, another Russian tycoon, who is under US sanctions, but who owns a significant part of Cyprus’ largest bank, the Bank of Cyprus.

Malta sold passports to Alexey Marey, the former CEO of Alfa Bank Russia, the country’s largest private lender; Alexey De-Monderik, a co-founder of Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab; and Alexander Mechatin, the CEO of Beluga Group, Russia’s largest private spirits company.

The schemes have also attracted wealthy Middle Eastern buyers.

Cyprus sold an EU passport to Rami Makhlouf, a senior member of the Syrian regime, in 2010.

It later rescinded his citizenship when the regime began to massacre its own people in the Syrian war.

Malta also sold 62 EU passports to two billionaire Saudi Arabian families – the Al-Muhaidibs and Al-Agils – in 2018, according to its official gazette.

Bulgaria was less successful, however.

Its justice ministry said in January it had failed to attract enough buyers and would fold its scheme, leaving Cyprus and Malta on their own.

Golden EU passports offer the prospect of free movement of people and their money in the 28 member states, as well as visa-free travel to 160 countries worldwide, including the US.

But Malta’s relations with foreign PEPs ended in tragedy when a car bomb killed Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist, in October 2017.

She had alleged that top people in the Maltese government had taken kick-backs from passport sales to Azerbaijan prior to her murder, in a case which remains unsolved.

PEPs also harmed Cyprus’ image, when it emerged that a Russian used a Cypriot firm to fund a far-right party in France and that Ukrainians used a Cypriot bank to pay Paul Manafort, a US lobbyist on trial for Russia-collusion in the 2016 US election.

For Cypriot authorities, neither its passport sales nor its bank probity were at fault, however.

For Maltese leader Joseph Muscat, Caruana Galizia’s corruption allegations were also little more than “dubious” social media “gossip”.

“I’m in a quite horrible situation of having to criticise someone who was killed brutally,” Muscat told British broadcaster the BBC in an interview in January 2018.

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Eu Observer. 2019-03-28. Malta and Cyprus EU passport sales under fire

Malta and Cyprus should end their golden passport schemes, MEPs have said, while sounding an EU-wide alert on Russian money laundering.

The two member states, the only ones which sell their nationality, as well as the 18 others who sell residency permits, were urged to end the practice by MEPs in a plenary vote in Strasbourg on Tuesday (26 March).

The economic benefits of the schemes “do not offset the serious security, money laundering, and tax evasion risks they present” the European Parliament (EP) report said.

Inflows of criminal money served to “weaken” EU “democracies” and “institutions”, it warned.

The EU should also create a joint financial police to go after cross-border money laundering and clamp down on tax avoidance, the wide-ranging proposals added.

The golden passport and visa schemes all too-often acted as “a gateway for money laundering and organised crime” into the EU financial system, Markus Ferber, a German centre-right deputy, who helped draft the recommendations, said.

EU states are not bound to take the ideas forward – and recently diluted related ones from the European Commission.

But the EP report bore the weight of one year of research by a special committee set up in times of mass-scale leaks on financial fraud, bank scandals of vast proportions, and murders of journalists who tried to expose them.

Malta and Cyprus have already sold about 6,000 national and EU passports in “schemes … that potentially pose a high risk to the integrity” of European financial due diligence, the MEPs said.

Both of these, as well as several of the golden residency schemes, “have been used profusely by Russian citizens and by citizens from countries under Russian influence,” they added.

The risk of money-laundering aside, “these schemes may serve Russian citizens included in the sanctions list adopted after the illegal annexation of Crimea [from Ukraine] by Russia … as a means to avoid EU sanctions,” they also said.

Malta looked especially worrying, the MEPs found, because it failed to stop money-laundering by Azerbaijan and Russia in the now-defunct Pilatus Bank and because senior Maltese officials were connected to a shady energy project.

The EP also “noted” that Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist who wrote about the issues, was murdered in 2017 in a crime which remains unsolved.

For their part, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, and the Netherlands played host to “deplorable cases of money laundering” which showed “complete lack of responsibility”, the MEPs’ findings added.

Denmark’s largest lender, Danske Bank, admitted last year that it handled some €200bn of “suspicious” transactions emanating mostly from Russia in the biggest case of its type in EU history.

It remains to be seen if it will lead to criminal convictions.

But with no joint EU financial watchdog, the European Banking Authority (EBA), an EU agency now moving out of London due to Brexit, is the only European body with a mandate to put pressure on national regulators.

The MEPs highlighted that the “various recent cases of money laundering within the [European] Union are linked to capital, ruling elites, and/or citizens who come from Russia and from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in particular”.

The CIS also includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, and four central Asian states.

But inflow of criminal money aside, the MEPs also cited estimates that income generated by corruption, arms and human trafficking, drug dealing, tax evasion, and other crimes in the EU amounted to €110bn a year.

They said VAT fraud cost EU taxpayers up to €147bn a year and aggressive tax planning cost them a further €50bn to €190bn a year.

They also shamed six EU jurisdictions – Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, and The Netherlands – for behaving like “tax havens”, which drained income from their EU neighbours.

Transparency International, a Brussels-based NGO, welcomed Tuesday’s vote, saying it was “happy to see that [the EP] … has adopted” its “report on fairer and more effective taxation and tackling financial crimes, including money laundering and risky golden visa schemes”.

The EU commission has voiced similar misgivings to the MEPs.

But the non-binding EP report comes amid resistance from member states to gran EU bodies extra powers over sensitive areas of their jurisdictions.

EU ministers, last Thursday, diluted commission proposals to give the EBA, which currently has just a few staff who specialise in money laundering, a greater oversight role.

“It is irresponsible that EU governments blocked a true European restart for common financial supervision,” Sven Giegold, a German green MEP, said at the time.

All 28 EU states, earlier in March, also blocked commission proposals for enhanced due diligence in bank transactions from Saudi Arabia, Panama, and Libya, among others, in a sign of the mood in EU capitals.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Senza categoria, Unione Europea

Romania. Arrestata Laura Kövesi, candidata di Juncker a capo della Procura Europea.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-03-29.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573–1610). Die Festnahme Christi (1598) - Il bacio di Giuda. Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art.

Questo era il titolo ed il relativo incipit del Financial Times, a suo tempo.

The right woman to be Europe’s chief prosecutor

«EU should resist Romanian demands and appoint Laura Codruta Kovesi.

A majority of EU governments, backed by the European Parliament’s main political parties, often speak up strongly in defence of judicial independence and the rule of law in their 28-nation club. Now it is time for them to put their words into action. The EU is in the process of appointing the first head of its newly established European Public Prosecutor’s Office. They should choose the person best qualified for the job. She is Laura Codruta Kovesi, a brave and distinguished prosecutor from Romania. There are several excellent arguments in favour of Ms Kovesi, not least of which is that Romania’s government, fast becoming a serial abuser of EU norms and values on the rule of law, fiercely opposes her appointment. Doubtless the two other candidates for the job, one each from France and Germany, would do it well. But neither has Ms Kovesi’s frontline experience of conducting a struggle, arduous and sometimes lonely, against deep-rooted political corruption in her homeland.»

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Di Mrs Laura Codruta Kövesi già ce ne occupammo.

Unione Europea. Quella cesta di serpi velenosi vorrebbe colpire ancora.

Bruxelles. Laura Kövesi. Ricordatevi bene questo nome.

«EU states have already endorsed French candidate Bohnert.

For a prosecutor with an uncommon record of putting corrupt politicians behind bars, the former head of Romania’s anti-graft agency is facing one more hurdle than her rivals: the opposition of her own government.

Laura Codruta Kövesi, who was fired by Romania’s ruling Social Democrats after she put dozens of corrupt politicians behind bars, will try to convince European Parliament members in Brussels on Tuesday to support her bid to become the European Union’s first chief prosecutor after the bloc’s governments endorsed a French rival for the job.

Bohnert received almost twice as many votes from member states last week as Kövesi and Ritter did ….»

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Nonostante che gli stati membri abbiano dato a Mr Bohnert più del doppio dei voti dati a Mrs Kövesi, Mr Juncker e Mr Tusk non sanno darsi pace e requie. vogliono molto democraticamente imporla come capo della Procura Europea. Sono infatti sodali.

Mrs Laura Codruta Kövesi, classe 1973, a soli 33 anni fu nominata il 2 ottobre 2006 Procuratore capo della procura dell’Alta corte di cassazione e giustizia ed il 17 maggio 2013 Procuratore capo della Direzione nazionale anticorruzione della Romania.

La Kövesi ha sposato la fazione giustizialista, ossia quella che ha usato il potere giudiziario per eliminare gli oppositori dell’élite dominante. E lo ha fatto molto bene, quasi eguagliando Andrej Januar’evič Vyšinskij.

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«Romania silences candidate to be EU’s first prosecutor»

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«Romanian authorities on Thursday indicted the leading candidate to become the first head of the European Prosecutor’s Office, Laura Codruta Kovesi. After seven hours of questioning, she was also banned from leaving the country and speaking to the press»

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«After seven hours of questioning, she was also banned from leaving the country and speaking to the press.»

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«Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top prosecutor, was indicted on corruption charges Thursday»

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«Kovesi received the news during a six-hour hearing in front of a special panel charged with investigating magistrates»

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«Kovesi would be forbidden from exercising her profession and would have to report regularly to police in Bucharest.»

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«she would not be allowed to leave the country»

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A questo punto sarà ben difficile che Mr Juncker e Mr Tusk possano imporre la Kövesi a capo della Procura Europea.

Passi che la volevano imporre contro le votazioni fatte in europarlamento, ma contro la volontà della Romania hanno morsicato la lastra di marmo.

È uno dei segni che i tempi sono cambiati. Intanto, Mrs Kövesi sta bevendo la pozione che aveva fatto trangugiare ad altri.


Eu Observer. 2019-03-29. Romania silences candidate to be EU’s first prosecutor

Romanian authorities on Thursday indicted the leading candidate to become the first head of the European Prosecutor’s Office, Laura Codruta Kovesi. After seven hours of questioning, she was also banned from leaving the country and speaking to the press. Romania’s social democrat-led government has long opposed her candidacy. As head of Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate she had the social democrat leader Liviu Dragnea convicted of vote rigging in 2015 and corruption.

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France 24. 2019-03-29. Romania former anti-graft chief indicted

Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top prosecutor, was indicted on corruption charges Thursday, a judicial source told AFP, confirming local media reports.

Kovesi received the news during a six-hour hearing in front of a special panel charged with investigating magistrates.

Kovesi told reporters after the hearing that prosecutors had barred from publicly discussing the specifics of the case.

However, she said: “It’s a measure intended to silence me, to harass all of us in the judicial system who did our job.

“Probably some people are in such despair that I might get this job (of chief EU prosecutor) that I’m not allowed to speak to the media anymore.”

Kovesi became a household name as head of Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), which she led from 2013 to 2018 before being controversially removed at the government’s behest.

She was questioned in two different cases. In one she is accused of abuse of office, bribery and giving false testimony, charges she rejects.

A source told AFP that Kovesi would be forbidden from exercising her profession and would have to report regularly to police in Bucharest.

Local media reported she would not be allowed to leave the country.

Kovesi is expected to challenge these measures in court but they will complicate her candidacy for head of the new European Prosecutor’s Office.

The former anti-graft chief has been locked in an escalating battle with Romania’s leftwing government in the last few years.

The rows have overshadowed Romania’s first-ever term as president of the European Union, with the government in Bucharest making clear its opposition to Kovesi taking the job in Brussels.

During her time as head of the DNA, hundreds of elected officials were convicted of corruption offences, earning her the enmity of many in Romania’s political class and criticism that she had overstepped her mandate.

Many Romanians retain a positive view of her as a symbol of the fight to rid the country of endemic corruption.

Bucharest has sought to dissuade other EU countries from appointing the 45-year-old to lead the European prosecutor’s office, meant to be in place by the end of 2020.

MEPs defied Bucharest and threw their support behind the Romanian magistrate, but member states have backed Kovesi’s French rival Jean-Francois Bohnert.