AUSTRIAN LOBBYING AGAINST RUSSIAN SANCTIONS IN THE MAKING

The Austrian far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) will work to rescind anti-Russian sanctions as part of the new government, its leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, said. He added that ending the sanctions would benefit the whole of Europe. Strache listed the lifting of the sanctions the EU imposed against Russia among other goals his party would like to achieve as part of the newly formed Austrian government, adding that it would defend its position at the EU level as well.

AUSTRIA'S NEW POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

People's Party (OVP) leader Sebastian Kurz will become the next Austrian chancellor and coalition partner Freedom Party (FPO) head Heinz-Christian Strache will become Vice-Chancellor in the new Austrian government. Strache will also be the Minister for Sports and Public Servants. The FPO will lead the Ministries of Interior, Defence and Foreign Affairs. The OVP will have seven Ministers and one DEputy. They include the Ministries of Finance, Economy and Justice.

CRIMEA WILL NEVER RETURN TO UKRAINE !!!!

Crimea will never return to Ukraine. Russia won’t even negotiate this topic. For Moscow, it is almost a national issue. Any negotiations on the issue would discredit Russia’s national security and Moscow won’t go down this path. The Russian people would not understand it, so the negotiations can never even begin.

EU LOBBYING EXPENDITURES (2016) BY MEMBER STATES

Source: Transparency Register/Politico Research

EU Lobbying Expenditures from entities in each country

EU-NAMED TAX HAVENS

BLACKLISTED TERRITORIES

  1. American Samoa
  2. Bahrain
  3. Barbados
  4. Grenada
  5. Guam
  6. Macau
  7. Marshall Islands
  8. Mongolia
  9. Namibia
  10. Palau
  11. Panama
  12. Samoa
  13. South Korea
  14. St. Lucia
  15. Trinidad & Tobago
  16. Tunisia
  17. United Arab Emirates

GREY LIST 

OIC AND EAST JERUSALEM

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has declared East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, and called on the international community to follow in its footsteps.

ABOUT PESCO

On 11 December 2017, the Council adopted a decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), less than a month after receiving a joint notification by member states of their intention to participate.

The 25 member states participating in PESCO are:

WHAT DO EU COUNTRIES THINK ABOUT RUSSIA?

Source: Jakub Janda, Head of the Kremlin Watch Program and deputy director at the European Values Think-Tank based in Prague.

All views and opinions expressed here below published by Kremlin Watch (A Strategic program of the European Values Think Tank based in the Czech Republic dealing with Russian influence and disinformation campaigns) are the sole responsibility of the author of the article. It does not necessarily reflect those of AALEP.

ITEMIZED CHARGES AGAINST TRUMP

Source: The Globalist.com

All views and opinions expressed here below  published by The Globalist.com are the sole responsibility of the author of the article. It does not necessarily reflect those of AALEP. Orginal text has been edited.

CHINA’S PERCEPTION OF THE EU

The EU is generally seen in positive terms in China, especially as an economic international player, but is not very visible in other areas, for example in security.

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