THE EUROPEAN GREENS

European Greens have always stood for the politics of progressive change, favouring environmental and social responsibility, freedom, democracy and openness to the world. In the current societal and political climate, many people fear change as much as they strive for it. The politics of change and hope must also address the question of security. To restore the confidence and trust of the people, the European Greens want to advance economic balance and social justice as alternatives to fear-mongering right-wing politics.

PERCEE DES PARTIS EUROPHOBES (EUROPEAN ELECTIONS MAY 2019)

Source : Reuters 31/08/3018

Une compilation des sondages pour les élections européennes de mai 2019 prévoit un recul des partis classiques, à l’exception des libéraux, au profit de l’extrême droite.

Le groupe politique Europe des nations et des libertés (ENL), où l’on retrouve le Vlaams Belang, le Rassemblement National français, le FPÖ autrichien, le PVV néerlandais et la Ligue du Nord, profiteraient le plus de la vague europhobe agitant l’Europe. ENL passerait de 35 à 63 sièges dans le prochain hémicycle.

JOHN McCAIN: IN MEMORIAM

Extract from Senator John McCain’s speech on foreign policy on March 26, 2008 to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council

EU AND JAPAN ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

The key parts of the agreement

With regards to agricultural exports from the EU, the agreement will, in particular:

TRUMP’S CLAIMS RELATED TO EUROPEAN UNION AND NATO

Source: Toronto Star

"Last year, we lost $151 billion with the European Union."

In fact: The U.S. had a $102 billion trade deficit with the European Union in 2017. The $151 billion figure counts only trade in goods and excludes trade in services. Trump, as usual, did not say he was doing so.

"...We do not have a fair deal with the European Union, right now, on trade. They treat the United States horribly...they won't take many of our things, including our cars."

COMPROMISING MATERIAL (KOMPROMAT) ON TRUMP

Author: Scott Radnitz, Associate Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies and director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Some very serious people believe Russia may in fact possess kompromat-compromising material - on Trump and is using it to blackmail him.

First scenario: If the kompromat would seriously damage Trump

UK GOVERNMENT BREXIT PROPOSAL

Executive Summary

The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. The Government is advancing a detailed proposal for a principled and practical Brexit.  At its core, it is a package that strikes a new and fair balance of rights and obligations. One that the Government hopes will yield a redoubling of effort in the negotiations, as the UK and the EU work together to develop and agree the framework for the future relationship this autumn.

REDISCOVERING THE ART OF DIPLOMACY WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN

Author: Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow in defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and a contributing editor at The American Conservative.

The upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin affords an opportunity to relearn the requirements of effective diplomacy. If handled poorly, though, it will underscore the adverse consequences of Washington’s rigid approach to world affairs.

THE UK ECONOMY AND KEY STATS ON SECTORS IMPACTED BY BREXIT

Source: CBI

Agriculture: 476,000 employees

  • £18 billion exports
  • £38.5 billion imports
  • Negative balance of trade: £ 20.5 billion

Aviation: 961,000 employees

  • £ 26 billion exports

Chemicals and Plastics: 277,000 employees

  • £ 26.9 billion exports
  • £ 27.8 billion imports
  • Negative balance of trade: £ 0.9 billion

Construction: 2.2 million employees

NATIONALIST AND POPULIST PARTIES IN THE EU

Nationalist and populist parties are alive and kicking in Europe. Nationalist/populist parties (most, but not all, are from the far right) remain strong in Europe and could benefit from the current disarray in the European Union. Deep-rooted and popular concerns remain about illegal migration and the concentration of power in Brussels, compounded by poor governance in some European countries and disillusionment with traditional political parties. Economic problems continue in many European countries, as do concerns about globalization. 

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