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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:38 am    Post subject: ‘France is back at the core of Europe’ Reply with quote

Emmanuel Macron: ‘France is back at the core of Europe’
French president told World Economic Forum: ‘We need a stronger Europe.’
By Judith Mischke
1/24/18, 7:30 PM CET

“Ladies and gentleman, my first message is that France is back. France is back at the core of Europe,” French President Emmanuel Macron told the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday.

The French president, who spoke in English, said there would not be a “French success without a European success” and demanded stronger and better cooperation within the bloc. “We need a stronger Europe. It’s absolutely key,” he said.

Macron demanded the EU “deliver a reform of Europe,” saying the EU had to “fix some short-term issues, on energy, on digital, migration and investment.”

“This year will be the year where we have to redesign a ten-year strategy for Europe […] because in this current environment, Europe has a responsibility and a role to play vis-a-vis China and the U.S.”

Macron said the European “vision, our DNA in terms of relationship between freedom, justice, fairness and individual rights, is unique” and the “kind of balance between these different values” only existed in Europe.

He said he wanted “to make Europe an actual economic, social, green, scientific and political power” and demanded “more ambition” from EU countries in order to achieve a “more sovereign, united and democratic Europe.”

“Im not naive,” Macron said. “We will never build something sufficiently ambitious at 27,” he added, referring to the number of EU countries minus the departing United Kingdom. “I don’t want to say it’s impossible to build at 27,” he said, but called on the bloc to “change our methodology” and “not to wait for all the people around the table before moving forward.”

“If some people are ready to be more ambitious, to go further in terms of integration and ambition of what makes you sovereign as a power in this global environment, to defend your values and your interests, let’s move,” Macron said. “Those who don’t want to move forward should not block the most ambitious people in the room,” he said.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:37 pm    Post subject: Macron at Davos, a different prez when he speaks English Reply with quote

Emmanuel Macron is a different president when he speaks English and not French
Eshe Nelson
Davos, Switzerland

Emmanuel Macron made an ambitious effort today (Jan. 24) to woo a large crowd of business and political leaders eager to hear him speak for the first time as French president at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In a speech that ran longer than that of other high-profile leaders so far—about an hour, but it sometimes seemed longer—Macron effortlessly ran through a laundry list of popular Davos subjects, switching between English and French.
He warmed up the cavernous hall with a joke at Donald Trump’s expense, without directly naming him (and in English, so nothing could be lost in translation back in Washington). “The most obvious paradox is to be talking about globalization in a place cut off by snow,” he said. There’s so much snow you can see why some might say it’s hard to believe in global warming, he added. “Fortunately, you didn’t invite anyone skeptical about global warming this year.”

The first half of his speech, in English, was a direct appeal to business leaders, as he announced investments in education, climate change, R&D, and innovation, while promising tax and fiscal incentives to encourage more risk-taking in France. Macron said he wanted to make the country’s notoriously rigid rules more flexible—developed in concert with business, instead of simply enforced by the government. He also called for a change in the culture of French regulation, which breeds bureaucracy.

He continued his pitch as a leader of Europe, and not just France, by saying that the EU needed a fresh 10-year strategy to establish its place on the global stage. “France is back, France is back at the core of Europe,” he said, to applause. “We will never have any French success without European success.”

In English, Macron’s investment-banking background is on display, but in French he takes on a different tone.

The second half of his speech, delivered in his mother tongue, delved into troubling social issues. He spoke about the folly of obsessing over economic growth, the excessive influence of financial institutions in globalization, the need for international tax cooperation, as well as topics such as nationalism, terrorism, migration, climate change, artificial intelligence, big data, human rights, lagging education of girls, the potential environmental harm of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, and capitalism.

It was long, it was meandering, but it was popular. Macron finished his speech—in English—finally, to a standing ovation.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:06 am    Post subject: A Baroque Opera of Economic Proportions at Versailles Reply with quote

A Baroque Opera of Economic Proportions at Versailles
Power is shifting from politics to economics — a change demonstrated by Emmanuel Macron, who invited CEOs of the biggest multinationals to a gala dinner at the Château de Versailles.

Power is shifting from politics to economics — a change demonstrated by Emmanuel Macron, who invited CEOs of the biggest multinationals to a gala dinner at the Château de Versailles.

On January 22, 2018, the French president invited 140 heads of the world’s biggest companies to the Château de Versailles. The summit was entitled "Choose France" and was held in the Gallery of Great Battles, where vast paintings depict the military victories of Louis XIV against his European neighbors. The contrast between the power of the past and of modern times could not be more striking. The kings of France waged war, and contemporary monarchs do business.

Emmanuel Macron was host for the evening, but what was his real power in the face of his American, Chinese, and Japanese guests...

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:17 pm    Post subject: Suddenly, France is not so bad after all... Reply with quote

A number of Arab immigrants have written books denigrating France as a terrible terrible ("racist and post-colonial") country to live in. Political correctness has made the authorities stay silent (though the French public not so). Now that some Jihadists captured in Syria have received the death sentence, they changed their tune!

French Jihadists captured in Irak and Syria demand their extradition to France after a German Jihadist was condemned to death by hanging in Iraq. After applauding the attacks against CharlieHebdo and Bataclan, they suddenly decided to repent and prefer the FRench Judicial system to the Shariah law they were promoting! Twisted Evil

From Le Dauphiné, a French regional paper:

Western legal system finds grace in the eyes of some captured Jihadists

Ah yes, no later than last Sunday, 22 January, a German woman Jihadist was sentenced to death by hanging in Iraq... So now, we understand better the French Jihadists arrested over there who are clamoring to be repatriated to France - All of a sudden, as if by chance, France became a "good" country. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:49 pm    Post subject: Grumbles in Merkel's ranks over deal with centre-left Reply with quote

Grumbles in Merkel's ranks over deal with centre-left
Isabelle LE PAGE with Tom BARFIELD in Frankfurt, AFP•February 8, 2018

Berlin (AFP) - Ire is growing among German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives over a coalition deal they say sells out their interests, packed with painful concessions to the centre-left to ensure a fourth term for the veteran leader.

With the weakened Social Democrats (SPD) claiming six ministries and Merkel's conservative CDU ceding the interior brief to their Bavarian allies, "Merkel has gifted the government to the SPD" in the name of clinging on to office, influential daily Bild charged Thursday.

"The way the cabinet is now set up is a political mistake," CDU MP Christian von Stetten said bluntly on ARD public television.

It is rare to hear such outright criticism of the party chief from the ranks of Merkel's conservatives, traditionally united as much behind leaders as policies.

But Stetten was not alone in his disquiet.

Merkel had brought home a "miserable" result from coalition talks, the head of the CDU's business council Wolfgang Steiger told regional newspaper Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung.

Wednesday's pact saw two parties weakened in September elections reluctantly agree to renew their left-right "grand coalition" or "GroKo".

If approved in a postal ballot of SPD members in the coming weeks, it will mark the third time the two parties that dominated decades of German postwar politics as opponents have been yoked together under Merkel's leadership since 2005.

Media spotlights for weeks glared on the centre-left's internal debate on whether to back the chancellor yet again.

Now "some in the CDU leadership will be relieved that they haven't arranged their own vote by members," Munich-based daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung quipped.

- Slip of the purse strings -

Merkel's flagship concession to the SPD was the finance ministry, previously a lever of control over the government under balanced-budget champion Wolfgang Schaeuble.

One of Schaeuble's top priorities was upholding conservatives' view of German interests in Brussels, pushing for strict adherence to European Union debt and deficit rules and rejecting increased flows of cash between member states.

With the ministry falling to the much more pro-EU SPD, "Germany is slipping deeper into responsibility for debts run up in other countries using the euro", business council chief Steiger lamented.

The agreement struck Wednesday proposes more EU budget contributions and is cautiously open to French President Emmanuel Macron's proposals for a joint eurozone budget.

Merkel's cabinet roster also includes gaps where observers might look for rising stars of her party, ready to make their mark during what is expected to be her final term.

There is no ministry for young and ambitious CDU board member Jens Spahn, or for Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the state premier of tiny Saarland viewed as a potential successor to the chancellor.

- Merkel's fate on the line? -

"The preliminary list of CDU ministers is not a very inspiring read... Merkel's fourth cabinet already looks tired before it's even certain whether it will come to be," commented Spiegel magazine's online edition.

Neither have conservatives brought home trophies in the shape of policy red meat they can throw to a hungry base.

As well as securing three cabinet posts, the Bavarian CSU pressed through a mild form of its long-desired annual limit on refugee arrivals, ahead of a regional election later this year.

And the SPD wrung out concessions on labour law and healthcare on top of the six ministries.

In the judgement of conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: "What is left to the CDU? Merkel."

"It will take time for Merkel to regain her starting position" as the uncontested leader of her party following the grating concessions, University of Trier political scientist Uwe Jun told ZDF television.

The next test of her authority will be a party congress on February 26.

Whatever happens, it may well be that "this government does not last long," the Sueddeutsche Zeitung predicted.

"In large parts of the country, the feeling is spreading that things can't continue this way."

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:50 pm    Post subject: Merkel clinches German coalition govt deal, hurdle remains Reply with quote

Merkel clinches German coalition govt deal, hurdle remains
GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press•February 7, 2018

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel finally reached a deal Wednesday to form a new German coalition government, handing the powerful finance ministry to the country's main center-left party in an agreement aimed at ending months of political gridlock.

The center-left Social Democrats' leaders now have one last major hurdle to overcome — winning their skeptical members' approval of the deal.

Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister, the Christian Social Union, and the center-left Social Democrats agreed after a grueling final 24 hours of negotiations on a 177-page deal that promises "a new awakening for Europe."

"I know that millions of citizens have been watching us closely on this long road over recent weeks," Merkel said. "They had two justified demands of us: First, finally form a government — a stable government — and second, think ... of people's real needs and interests."

The coalition deal could be "the foundation of a good and stable government, which our country needs and many in the world expect of us," she added.

Germany has already broken its post-World War II record for the longest time between its last election on Sept. 24 to the swearing-in of a new government. That is still at least several weeks away.

Merkel currently leads a caretaker government, which isn't in a position to launch major initiatives or play any significant role in the debate on the European Union's future, led so far by French President Emmanuel Macron.

A key role in the EU is particularly dear to Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz, a former European Parliament president.

On Wednesday he declared that, with the coalition deal, Germany "will return to an active and leading role in the European Union." The agreement states, among other things, that Germany is prepared to pay more into the EU budget.

To help that process, Schulz announced later he would hand over his party's leadership to Andrea Nahles, the head of its parliamentary group, and take on the role of Germany's foreign minister. Nahles will still have to be confirmed by the party.

Yet before addressing Europe's future, Schulz faces hard work at home.

The coalition accord will be put to a ballot of the Social Democrats' more than 460,000 members, a process that will take a few weeks. Germany's highest court said Wednesday it had dismissed a series of complaints against the ballot.

Many Social Democrats are skeptical after the party's disastrous election result, which followed four years of serving as the junior partner to Merkel's conservatives in a so-called "grand coalition." The party's youth wing vehemently opposes a repeat of that alliance.

If Social Democrat members say no, the new coalition government can't be formed. That would leave only an unprecedented minority government under Merkel or a new election as options.

Schulz had previously ruled out taking a Cabinet position under Merkel, and his decision to become foreign minister may complicate his efforts to sell the coalition deal to party members.

"We are optimistic that we can convince a wide majority of our members to enter this coalition," he said, speaking with Nahles at his side.

Schulz's zigzag course has undermined his authority. He vowed to take the party into opposition on election night, but reversed course in November after Merkel's efforts to build a coalition with two smaller parties collapsed.

On the conservative side, Merkel needs only the approval of a party congress of her CDU, a far lower hurdle.

"I am counting on convincing our members that we have negotiated a very good coalition agreement," Schulz said.

His party reached compromises on two key demands: curbing the use of temporary work contracts in larger companies and at least considering narrowing differences between Germany's public and private health insurance systems.

In addition to the Foreign Ministry, the Social Democrats are set to get the Labor and Finance Ministries — the latter a major prize, held by Merkel's CDU for the past eight years and an influential position given Germany's status as the eurozone's biggest economy. Unconfirmed reports in the German media say the new finance minister and vice chancellor would be Olaf Scholz, Hamburg's center-left mayor.

The Interior Ministry, also held by the CDU, would go to Bavaria's CSU, which has pushed hard to curb the number of migrants entering Germany.

Merkel's party would keep the Defense Ministry and get the Economy and Energy Ministry, held by the Social Democrats in the outgoing government. One CDU lawmaker, Olav Gutting, wrote on Twitter: "Phew! At least we still have the chancellery!"

Merkel defended the carve-up of ministries.

"Of course, after many years in which Wolfgang Schaeuble led the finance ministry and really was an institution, many find it difficult that we can no longer hold this ministry, and the same goes for the interior ministry," she said. "But we have important jobs. We have the economy ministry for the first time in decades."

She dismissed suggestions that Social Democrat-led ministries would force her to open Germany's purse wider for Macron's European reform proposals than she would like.

"Regardless of whether a ministry is led by the Social Democrats or the (Christian Democratic) Union, you can only spend the money you have," Merkel said.

If the coalition comes together, the nationalist Alternative for Germany will be the biggest opposition party. Co-leader Alexander Gauland criticized the deal, particularly the possibility of deeper European financial integration.

"You ask yourself why Mr. Macron doesn't just move into the chancellery," he said.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:53 pm    Post subject: Germany's Schulz to step down as leader of Social Democrats Reply with quote

Germany's Schulz to step down as leader of Social Democrats
AFP•February 7, 2018

Berlin (AFP) - Martin Schulz announced Wednesday he would step down as leader of Germany's centre-left Social Democrats and that he intended to serve as foreign minister in the next coalition government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"I have decided to enter the government as foreign minister," he told reporters hours after clinching a hard-fought coalition deal with Merkel's conservatives.

Schulz tapped the party's parliamentary group leader Andrea Nahles to replace him as SPD chief, a role he himself held for just over a year.

Nahles, 47, would be the first woman to run Germany's oldest party.

"The party has to become younger and more female. After 150 years, the party finally belongs to a woman," Schulz told reporters at a Berlin press conference, flanked by Nahles.

"I believe that this step will appeal to large groups in our party," the 62-year-old said.

The SPD will hold a special party congress to propose Nahles for the leadership role.

That congress will take place after the SPD's 460,000 rank-and-file members vote on whether to approve the coalition deal hammered out with Merkel.

The result of the yes-or-no referendum is expected on March 4.

If they vote it down, Germany could be headed for fresh elections.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:28 pm    Post subject: Putin’s Opposition Stabbed, Bludgeoned,... Reply with quote

Putin’s Opposition Stabbed, Bludgeoned, Burned, Even Attacked With Poison Gas
The police response to these attacks is predictable. Either assailants are never identified, or they are said to have had a personal, not a political, motive.
BY Amy Knight

Why did it take a full week for Russian authorities to reveal the brutal murder, on Jan. 26, of 53-year-old St. Petersburg political activist Konstantin Sinitsyn? To give it a little time before shock waves emerged?

In fact, there were few shock waves, even among Russia’s community of democratic oppositionists, because Sinitsyn’s murder was just another in a growing list of violent attacks against members of that community that have occurred in the past several months, with the March presidential elections approaching.

As Russian journalist Iulia Latynina observed Sunday on the radio station Ekho Moskvy, “the statistics are bad.”

Latynina herself was forced to flee Russia last autumn in fear for her life. The violence against her, accompanied by death threats, began in the summer of 2016, when an unidentified assailant threw human feces on her as she walked down a Moscow street.

Then the attacks escalated.

Her car was set on fire in an apparent assassination attempt last July, and poisonous gas was later funneled into her home.

Latynina is now safely in exile abroad, but Sinitsyn, a “citizen journalist,” who often photographed protest movements led by anti-Putin crusader Aleksei Navalny and reported about them on social media, was not so lucky.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:19 am    Post subject: Bumped off... Reply with quote

Seems like Putin is surreptitiously having all his political opponents bumped off... Wonder how long it will take before Trump starts doing the same?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:41 am    Post subject: Re: Bumped off... Reply with quote

inkling7 wrote:
Seems like Putin is surreptitiously having all his political opponents bumped off... Wonder how long it will take before Trump starts doing the same?

Oh Putin has been doing that for a while now, and not that surreptitiously either. All dictators do that. The sainted Hô Chi Minh certainly did, except of course the contemporary history books are careful not to mention it.

Trump doesn't "bump them off", he smears them or fires them... He wouldn't get away with having his opponents, or just people not "loyal" enough to him, beaten up or killed, or he'd do it.
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