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‘Unless G20 Summit is Held on a Deserted Island, there will be protests’

‘Unless G20 Summit is Held on a Deserted Island, there will be protests’

People walk during the protest demonstration at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. © Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters

 

It is not so much the case where these economic summits are being held, it is the fact that increasingly the powers that be are no longer able to rule in the old way, political commentator and writer John Wight told RT.

Violence broke out on the streets of Hamburg during a mass demonstration against the G20 summit on Thursday. Police deployed water cannon and tear gas against protesters who hurled bottles and reportedly refused to remove their masks.

RT: Do you think questions should be asked about holding the G20 Summit in Hamburg at all, given the logistics and layout and size of the city?

John Wight: Unless you hold these events somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic on a deserted island then these protests are going to take place. It is not so much the case where they are being held, it is the fact that increasingly the powers that be are no longer able to rule in the old way and people are not willing to be ruled in the old way. And they have a point when you consider the disaster that is taking place both within a global economy and ensuing untenable and exponential levels of inequality. Not only within states but also between states, you have the issue of climate change. You have a growing crisis on the Korean peninsula, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South and East China seas. This is a growing crisis. These scenes are the norm and unless these world leaders are willing to meet on a desert island in the middle of nowhere, then these [protests] are going to be happening increasingly, unless there is a serious structural change.

“I think it was a deliberate decision because everybody knows that Hamburg has a community of young radicals that are ready to resort to violence. And also everybody in Germany knows that the police of Hamburg have a record of a lot of violence and rudeness against protesters themselves. This was a riot that was bound to happen. I think it was a very deliberate decision. Angela Merkel could have held the meeting in a castle somewhere in Bavaria or on some island of the coast of Germany, and they wouldn’t have had to deploy [thousands of] police…This whole thing is a show of force…Everybody is reporting on these violent clashes, but everybody is forgetting that there were 12,000 peaceful protesters and these peaceful protesters are being thrown into one bag with a few violent young radicals…The government is trying to tell the people that if you protest against us or the system, you are going to be associated with violence and radicalism.” – Ernst Wolff, journalist and author

RT: Do you think the authorities were correct to respond in that way?

JW: It is inflaming things but authorities are between a rock and a hard place because of the threat of terrorism, a very real threat. Obviously, we’ve had an increasing spate of terrorist attacks throughout Western Europe, so they are mindful of the possibility of something of that order. After all, we are talking about world leaders. So obviously there is going to be a heavy security presence. Questions will obviously be asked, but I think ultimately it is due to a status quo that more and more people are growing angry about, given the levels if inequality, the march to war, the tensions all over the world. And this is all fitting into this growing ocean of anti-politics. And it is this anti-politics that fed Brexit, fed the election of Donald Trump, and so forth. This is now the rule rather than an exception. And if the authorities want to forestall these scenes, then they have to do something about their own role in creating the conditions in which these protests are emerging.

Culture of violent protests’

RT: Both the protesters and police were ready for violence. What is your impression about what is happening in Hamburg?

Dr. Rainer Rothfuss, geopolitical analyst and consultant: For me this is a clear sign of disintegration of European societies. If you see such a form of taking the rights of democracy, as the protesters claim, to the streets. Of course, these are mostly peaceful protesters; roughly 1,000 among the 12,000 who have the tendency to become violent or to cover up their faces. But the scenes in the streets and which you could also see at former incidents, like the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm in 2007, and two years ago in Frankfurt when the European Central Bank opened its doors, it really gives you the impression that society is heavily under tension. And I ask myself, ‘How will the media blame Russia for this?’ because they claim [Russia] is attempting to disintegrate European society. No! It is internal problems, it is a confrontation between left-wing representatives who don’t believe any longer in the system that it really pursues … the interests of normal, less-favored people in the society. It is becoming like a culture of a violent protests. And I think it is a dangerous development.

RT: The focus in the U.S. and Russia is largely on Donald Trump meeting President Putin. How do you see that going?

Janice Atkinson, independent British European Parliament member: It is the only game in town, it is the only story in town. The two most powerful men in the world are going to be talking and they are going to be talking about the threat of Western civilization as Trump was talking about in Poland…High on their priority is going to be the defeat of ISIS, because that is our common enemy. The defeat of terrorism and security threats, the security is linked to the nation states, taking back the control of our borders, stopping the flow of migration out of Africa and the Middle East and trying to get to grips with the Middle East. That is what they should be talking about. Forget the Paris Climate Change agreement, let the Europeans and the others warble on about that. That’s is not the greatest threat we face at the moment.

“Let’s hope something positive will come out of it. But a word of caution: President Trump comes facing hostile atmosphere back home in America, hostile atmosphere – apart from Britain – most of the European Union leaders are hostile to him. We have seen a thawing of relations with the French president, who extended an invitation to him for Bastille Day. In general, he will need to appear to be tough so will probably will make some lip service, tough talk against Russia. He will have to do that for the domestic audience and to get some brownie points in Europe, in general.” – Adel Darwish, journalist and co-author of ‘Water Wars: Coming Conflicts’

RT: Vladimir Putin has worked with previous US leaders: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton. How likely is a working relationship with the current US leader?

JA: There’s more in common with Putin and Trump than there ever was with the previous presidents. Particularly, Obama, who was just a puppet for the rest of the world leaders. But these two men actually understand each other. Trump has written “The Art of the Deal;” Putin gets the art of the deal – Putin is trading on the world’s states with energy, trying to do business in spite of the sanctions levied against him. Trump understands that he is a businessman. The art of the deal, and what I would advise them is: “Come on guys, you can do this!”

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Melania Trump trapped in Hamburg guesthouse as G20 protests rage

 

Melania Trump is unable to leave her Hamburg accommodation due to G20 protests taking place outside, her spokeswoman confirmed to German media. The demonstrations are keeping the US first lady from attending an event with the spouses of other world leaders.

“We have no security clearance from the police to leave the guesthouse,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told German news agency DPA.

Grisham also called the situation “unfortunate,” according to NBC’s chief White House correspondent, Hallie Jackson.

German riot police use water cannons against protesters during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017.© Pawel Kopczynski

 

German riot police use water cannons against protesters during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017. © Fabrizio Bensch

German riot police confront protesters during the demonstration at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017. © Hannibal Hanschke

 

Anti-G20 protesters light garbage in the middle of a road in the Schanze district following clashes with German riot police in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017. © Kai Pfaffenbach

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On July 5th, 2017, 20k people participated in a #NoG20 “Rave-Demo” which danced through the streets of Hamburg. As the street party ended and people dispersed, police began arresting individuals in the area.

The event held July 5th was dubbed a “demo rave” and started near the harbor in Hamburg, Germany. Unicorn Riot livestreamed the action.

The mobile rave had multiple music trucks each with different types of music from Hip Hop to EDM. The moving dance party wound its way through Hamburg swelling to an estimated twenty thousand people. The police mostly kept their distance while thousands danced. The demo passed Rote Flora, a squat in Hamburg and was greeted with flares, colored smoke, and fireworks.

When the rave ended it had met riot police in the street and while for a moment things seemed on the verge of escalation, people inside the crowd kept it focused on dancing.

We spoke to people in the rave who said the day was about having fun and enjoying yourself. While people seemed willing to engage the police, people kept the focus on the music and dance. When dancers seemed intent on moving through the police lines, others would dance towards them and get them back to the music.

While today featured 20,000 people with thousands of riot police in town as well, things remained relatively calm until later into the night. When numbers thinned, police started sending snatch squads into the crowd who sprinted after people they seemed to target. Bottles once again shattered among the police.

Unicorn Riot witnessed multiple arrests as other people in crowd tried to remind people that the summit had yet to start. Rumors are that in the next days we will be witnessing one of the largest black blocs in history. Police already have flexed with armored vehicles and water cannons, but the rest of the weeks marks the day people say they will fight for the streets.

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One of the largest anticapitalist black blocs in history was attacked before they were able to march. The day before the G20 Summit was slated to begin, police in Hamburg attacked the march from behind for refusing to de-mask. The march then turned into hours of running street battles.

Before the march could leave the port area, it was stalled as liaisons communicated with police. Police began issuing threats if protestors did not remove their masks. Protesters then de-masked and were attacked about fifteen minutes later by rampaging hordes of police officers punching, kicking, and beating protesters.

Protesters that were stuck on the road were beat when they attempted to climb up to the side portions of the street to get away from the violent rampage.

Water cannons were frequently used from the beginning of the repression and all through the night.

These protests occurred on the day that Putin, Erdogan, and Trump arrived. Most of those involved in the protests believed that worldwide capitalism needs to be destroyed, and had no interest in symbolic action.

People fought back the heavily armored police by throwing bottles, fireworks, paint, and more. The protest, which was estimated at around 10,000, was dispersed into many fragments. Many splintered, but well organized militant groups of anti-capitalists then roved through Hamburg wrecking havoc to corporate shops, luxury cars, and creating barricade road blocks.

Actions went deep into the night, as barricades on fire were a common sight. Not long after barricades throughout the city were lit, police sent force units to beat people, water cannons to put out fires, and armored personnel carriers with plows in front to push aside the barricades.

The Welcome to Hell march was able to re-generate itself and finally leave the port hours after the violent crackdown. The march got attacked multiple times as it made its way deeper into the St. Pauli neighborhood.

Police indiscriminately beat press, bystanders, and hundreds of innocent protesters seeking to demonstrate against capitalism and the G20. Some people were seen unconscious getting taken away on stretchers and others were receiving medical help at the scene.

Watch the livestream of the protests that happened after the police rampaged through the crowd at the starting point.

Unicorn Riot journalists were injured throughout the day. One’s knee was badly sprained when forced to leap over a wall as police ran into crowd swinging batons and fists. Unicorn Riot also lost a camera when a police officer punched it when our journalist was standing to the side documenting an arrest. All our collective members were struck by police officers at various times as we documented the Welcome to Hell protests. Much of our camera gear was damaged by water cannons.

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Iraqis Travel to Mosul to Celebrate Eid in a Show of Solidarity*

Iraqis Travel to Mosul to Celebrate Eid in a Show of Solidarity*

By Sali Mahdy

 

‘Mosul celebrates first Eid in three years with the Eid in Mosul campaign’ uploaded on June 28, 2017 by the AlMawsleya channel.

A group of around 300 Iraqis recently traveled from south and central Iraq to Mosul to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday with their newly liberated compatriots.

In the summer of 2014, the militant group Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) drove out Iraqi security forces and seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, in a territorial sweep of much of northern Iraq.

It was in Mosul that the militant group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared an Islamic Caliphate spanning Syria and Iraq.

Since then, life for Mosul’s residents has been one of fear, oppression, and hardship.

Daily life changed for the worse with the persecution of minorities, food and fuel shortages, and intimidation and harsh punishment.

An effort to retake the city by Iraqi security forces began in October 2016. After eight months of intense battle just a handful of neighbourhoods remain under the group’s control, prompting Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to recently declare the end of the Islamic State.

The “Eid in Mosul” campaign was organized by a group of Iraqi activists led by Hamid al-Sayed, Ali al-Touki, and Mohammed al-Raji.

Originally an idea to visit old friends who had been trapped under Islamic State rule, the plan turned into a full-blown campaign after generating enormous interest on Facebook. More than 1,700 people expressed interest in joining the trip but security conditions would only allow 300.

This Eid was the first in three years in which Maslawis (people of Mosul) were able to publicly celebrate. The day was filled with events forbidden under the Islamic State, including poetry readings, theatre, and live music. Mosul’s visitors also brought a gift of more than 1,000 books from Baghdad as part of the “I am Iraq, I Read” campaign, an initiative promoting culture and a more educated Iraq. This gift is a start to replacing thousands of books destroyed in Mosul’s libraries by the Islamic State.

The day was joyous, bringing together Iraqis to not only celebrate the holiday, but to also celebrate the liberation of Mosul. Scenes hit social media of men and women from across the country singing the national anthem and chanting

“Brothers, Sunnis and Shia, this country is not for sale,” demonstrating a feeling of unbreakable unity shared among Iraqis.

While the event was mostly organized by activists, the government stepped in to help providing transportation and security for the event.

 

Men and women of Mosul greeted the “freedom caravan” at Mosul University.

 

Crowds gather chanting “welcome to Mosul” and singing the national anthem.

 

 

Over 1,000 books donated to restock Mosul’s libraries.

Ameen Mukdad, violinist from Mosul, plays a traditional Maslawi folk song.

The evening concluded with a fireworks display celebrating Eid and Mosul’s liberation.

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Rothschild’s Israel Pushes Russia and U.S. Towards Nuclear Confrontation Over Syria*

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Attack on Muslims in London Was Terrorism, U.K. Prime Minister Says*

Attack on Muslims in London Was Terrorism, U.K. Prime Minister Says*

Forensic investigators work the scene in the Finsbury Park area of north London on June 19, 2017, after a vehicle hit pedestrians

By Robert Mackey

“This morning, our country woke to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday, hours after a white, male van driver drove into a crowd of Muslim pedestrians outside a mosque in north London, wounding at least 10 people.

“Hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed” – Theresa May responds to #FinsburyPark attack https://t.co/3A5ouLb4Ph pic.twitter.com/LH6iJUZD8P

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 19, 2017

The attack outside the Finsbury Park mosque, May added, was “the second this month, and every bit as sickening as those which have come before.”

The Metropolitan Police confirmed later in the day that a 47-year-old suspect “was arrested for attempted murder” and “the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism.” Officers on the scene first described it as “a terrorist incident” at 12:29 a.m. just eight minutes after they were alerted to the crime. A man who had fallen ill moments before the attack was pronounced dead at the scene 40 minutes after it, but it was not immediately clear if he was a victim of the attack.

May’s clear statement that the assault on innocent civilians was terrorist in nature stood in stark contrast to the reticence officials in the United States have shown about using that term to describe violence perpetrated by far-right extremists against Muslims. It also clashed with President Donald Trump’s obsession with only one form of terrorism, that carried put by “radical Islamic” fundamentalists.

Perhaps because the U.K. has relatively recent experience with a conflict, in Northern Ireland, in which more than a thousand civilians were killed by terrorists who were either Protestant or Catholic, British authorities are more forthright about acknowledging that terrorism is a tactic and a crime that is not specific to a single faith or ethnic group.

Similar language was used by the police and other leading politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, and the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.

‘An attack on a mosque … is actually an attack on all of us’: Jeremy Corbyn on the #FinsburyPark terror attack https://t.co/gi4Jikjd1Y pic.twitter.com/mrXNadtbLq

— ITV News (@itvnews) June 19, 2017

London Mayor @SadiqKhan has condemned the #FinsburyPark terror attack pic.twitter.com/AwWYUbbpM5

— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 19, 2017

The suspected attacker was captured and turned over to the police by witnesses to the assault, who told BuzzFeed News that he made his motivation for it clear by screaming, “I’m going to kill all Muslims!”

Eyewitness tells @jamesrbuk man drove van at pedestrians outside London mosque, then shouted “Kill me, kill me, I want to kill all Muslims” pic.twitter.com/gSgTX05aSQ

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 19, 2017

As the bystanders who tackled the driver held him down and waited for the authorities to arrive, one said, the man had urged them to kill him.

The police later praised a local imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, for urging people not to harm the attacker.

Footage shows the moment crowds restrain man suspected of driving van into pedestrians near #FinsburyPark mosquehttps://t.co/CBG8mzBpgY pic.twitter.com/NtYoQbLGXC

— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 19, 2017

Video of the suspect being loaded into a police van just before 1 a.m. local time, shared on social networks by witnesses, gave a sense of the raw anger among members of the community, who demanded to know how he could justify the murder of innocent civilians.

This racist bastard ran over innocent civilians on their way home from taraweh #FinsburyPark pic.twitter.com/YHvsVZHqIY

— Didier (@Known_As_H) June 18, 2017

 

In the aftermath of the attack, some observers suggested that anti-Muslim screeds in the British tabloids and on social networks could have incited the attacker to violence.

Just a couple of weeks since The Sun carried a headline stating ‘…We Need Less Islam’. A fool could see some might take it literally. https://t.co/S0VmTINCph

— James O’Brien (@mrjamesob) June 19, 2017

We need to look at the real issue of the radicalisation of supremacist terrorists aka right wing media #FinsburyPark

— Ahmed Masoud (@masoud_ahmed) June 19, 2017

Two notorious Islamophobes came in for particular criticism: the Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins and the former head of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who uses the alias Tommy Robinson.

You’re a hate preacher @KTHopkins and it would appear that someone was listening #FinsburyPark pic.twitter.com/E8arelx5ve

— Otto English (@Otto_English) June 19, 2017

Two extremists.
Both shunned by Muslim Community.
Both preach hate to their minions.

Yet @TRobinsonNewEra not stopped. Why?#FinsburyPark pic.twitter.com/04V1Is2MNZ

— Siema Iqbal (@siemaiqbal) June 19, 2017

“Extremist preacher sends out chilling warning weeks before terror attack.” pic.twitter.com/pbUM69b9v1

— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) June 19, 2017

Before the motive for the early morning attack was reported, Hopkins incorrectly suggested that it was Islamist in nature. Later on Monday, Robinson referred to it as a “revenge attack,” and claimed that it justified his dire prediction that far-right militias would soon form to defend Britain against the perceived threat from multiculturalism.

The attack came just after Britons marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Jo Cox, a pro-Europe member of Parliament who was killed by a pro-Brexit extremist who screamed “Britain First!” as he shot her.

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Russian Gov’t Approves European Convention against Terrorism Financing*

Russian Gov’t Approves European Convention against Terrorism Financing*

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev chairs a Government meeting. © Alexander Astafyev / Sputnik

 

 

The Russian government has approved the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism and recommended the document for ratification by the parliament.

The government statement that recommends President Vladimir Putin submit the convention to the State Duma for ratification was published on the cabinet’s website on Friday. The bill on ratification of the convention has been prepared jointly by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian State Agency for Financial Monitoring.

The Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism was introduced in May 2005 and signed by Russia in January 2009. The explanatory note published by the government as an attachment to the bill on the ratification of the convention reads that, once ratified, the document would boost the effectiveness of cooperation between Russian and foreign agencies targeting terrorism and money laundering.

The convention is also expected to give additional impetus for international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Russia introduced the latest major package of anti-terrorist amendments to its legislation about a year ago, making international terrorism a separate crime punished with up to 10 years in prison, as well as ordering up to 15 years behind bars for anyone found guilty of financing terrorist groups.

Attracting new recruits to a terrorist organization was also criminalized, and will be punished with prison terms of between five and 10 years. Public calls for terrorism and public justification of terrorist crimes were also criminalized, with possible punishment of up to seven years in prison.

The new bill also lowered the age threshold for terrorist crimes, such as terrorist attacks and hostage taking, to 14 years of age from the current 16. Presently the age of minors in Russia is 16, with exceptions for crimes such as murder, rape, kidnapping and several others, where the age of criminal responsibility is 14.

Most recent changes to the Russian anti-terrorist laws was made in late May this year when Putin signed into law the bill that introduced administrative surveillance for people who have committed terrorist crimes and have already served their sentences.

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Europe Moves Away from U.S. to Become Independent in Terms of Defense Capability*

Europe Moves Away from U.S. to Become Independent in Terms of Defense Capability*

By Alex Gorka

The idea to create a European defense structure independent from NATO had been floated for some time. It was a topic for discussions but no concrete steps have been taken to make it come true. It appears to be changing now after U.S. President Trump apparently made no mention of Article 5 or collective defense during the May 25 NATO summit to stun his European allies. «Trump Leaves NATO» was the Carnegie Endowment’s assessment of the event. No such thing ever happened before. It provides a powerful incentive for the Europeans to push ahead with plans to convert the words into deeds. German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Europeans “to take our destiny in our hands” and warned that the United States was no longer a reliable partner. Her words marked a turning point.

The first thing German, French defense chiefs did right after the summit was to launch a joint initiative to create a European security force. The Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is at the core of the effort. PESCO is a mechanism allowing willing countries to launch joint security projects without requiring all E.U. member states to agree or participate. The Initiative has been supported by the E.U. executive branch of power.

On June 7, the European Commission proposed a new common defence fund to reverse billions of euros in defense cuts to let governments club together to develop and buy new helicopters and planes at lower costs, also opening the door to new drones, cyberwarfare systems and other hi-tech gear. The measure would help Europe stand alone as a global military power while the ties with the U.S. get more strained.

The E.U. executive is mobilizing €39 ($43, 8) billion by 2027 to support the joint development of military capabilities. Together with national contributions, the Commission expects to mobilize €5.5 ($6, 2) billion per year after 2020. National governments will identify jointly with the European Defence Agency what military capabilities should be prioritized.

The E.U. estimates it loses up to a €100 ($112, 3) billion a year on duplication, leaving it with far fewer capabilities than the U.S. Europe has 37 types of armoured personal carriers and 12 types of tanker aircraft compared to nine and four respectively in the United States, according to E.U. analysis. For the future, an idea of a common European defence bond for joint purchases is floated, though no decisions have been taken so far.

The Commission also presented a reflection paper that hopes to kick off the process of articulating a political vision on three possible scenarios for the development of nascent cooperation on defense. One of the options foresees a mutual assistance clause to respond to external attacks, sharing the cost of expensive military assets, and the E.U.’s «high-end security and defence operations» with a greater level of integration of national defence forces. It envisages the creation of «pre-positioned permanently available forces» for rapid deployment «on behalf of the union,» as well as a European border and coast guard relying on joint intelligence assets, such as remotely piloted aircraft systems or satellites. All these measures would enable the bloc to run high-end operations in hostile environments.

The European Union’s defense fund idea, which still needs to be approved by governments and the European Parliament, is part of an emerging network of proposals that E.U. leaders are set to consider at a summit in Brussels on June 22-23. The European Union is setting up a military headquarters – the Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC) – for training missions abroad. It wants to make it easier to use its E.U. battlegroups that have never been put to action.

The 13 battalion-sized battle groups were envisioned as small, collective defense forces ready for rapid response to developing crises anywhere in the world. Declared fully operational in 2007, they have never deployed due to political and financial considerations. In 2013, European leaders drew up plans to send a battle group to the Central African Republic to help avert the developing civil war there but the UK strongly opposed the idea to make it be swept under the rug. The plans will be revived when Estonia assumes the rotating presidency of the Council of the E.U. on July 1. The Estonian government says one of its main priorities will be securing common funding for the battle groups. Today, the nations comprising each battle group cover their own costs.

Actually, the new decisions dovetail with the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign And Security Policy adopted a year ago when Brexit hit headlines meaning the staunchest opponent of the European defense was leaving the bloc, paving the way for implementation of the European defense concept. The document says it is highly desirable for Europeans to build foreign policy, security, and defense capabilities instead of relying solely on the United States for protection and global services.

The meaning is obvious – the E.U. must develop the capability to carry out its own military operations without Americans. Allocating military resources to an independent European structure will greatly weaken NATO. But the idea of a European military independent from the U.S. is gaining traction. If the idea goes through, arrangements could allow Norway, a NATO member outside the E.U., to contribute, while Sweden and Finland, E.U. members outside NATO, might find an E.U. alliance preferable to one that crosses the Atlantic.

In the past, E.U. members have been dragged into conflicts, like Afghanistan and Iraq that had no relation to European security in order to demonstrate solidarity with America. If implemented, the European defense concept will allow to give priority to European, rather than transatlantic, security interests. For instance, creating a E.U. border force to counter the refugees’ problem. Europe is facing multiple threats in its strategic neighbourhood, while the U.S. is moving to Asia. Better relations with Russia would be an additional bonus for a E.U. security alliance independent from U.S.-dominated NATO. United by common threats to the European continent, the two could more easily reduce tensions and mistrust.

With the U.S. and Europe apparently going separate ways, NATO will be weakened and a new pattern of European security will emerge. This process has been launched and it’s hardly possible to stop it.

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Putin says European Elites Are Working to Prevent Brexit*

Putin says European Elites Are Working to Prevent Brexit*

By Baxter Dmitry

President Vladimir Putin has sent a warning to the people of the United Kingdom, telling them that “Brexit will never happen” if left to the elites, and that the “the final battle for British sovereignty” is being fought right now.

The U.K. election resulted in a hung parliament and Putin explained that although Conservative PM Theresa May campaigned on a pro-Brexit platform, she relied on “fake enthusiasm” and had “more bad days than good” during the campaign.

The British people saw through her act and refused to rally behind her, according to Putin. The sad fact is that in 2017 Britain does not have leaders who are willing to stand up to the European elite and fight for the British people’s desire to reject the New World Order.

President Vladimir Putin said he fears that the United Kingdom “will never leave” the European Union because “Brexit was untenable for the powers that be.

The British people must fight for their rights now, right now,” Putin explained, “or else the elites will get them in a vice-like grip of which they will never be able to free themselves.

“It is now or never for them. They rejected the globalist vision, the European superstate, in favor of their national identity, their great history, their great culture. Now they need to force their leaders to respect them. Because, mark my words, their leaders are doing everything they can to betray them.”

Putin also warned that the gains made by the Labour Party in the election represent the start of a complete overhaul of the Brexit decision. Theresa May’s Conservative Party have lost their parliamentary majority and another election in the near future is highly likely.

Another swing towards the socialist Labour Party in the future will be the final nail in the coffin of the “Brexit dream”. The European elites will have recovered from the devastating loss of the United Kingdom from their New World Order project.

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