Sunday, April 26, 2015

Τι πυροδοτεί τον νέο γύρο αλβανικού εθνικισμού

KATHIMERINI


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Αρματα μεταφοράς προσωπικού με ένοπλους αστυνομικούς σπεύδουν στο μεθοριακό φυλάκιο του Γκοσίντσε, στα βόρεια σύνορα της ΠΓΔΜ, όπου τα χαράματα Τετάρτης, σαράντα οπλισμένοι, φορώντας στολές παραλλαγής με τα διακριτικά του UCK, ξυλοφόρτωσαν τους αστυνομικούς και τους πέρασαν χειροπέδες. 

http://www.kathimerini.gr/812861/article/epikairothta/kosmos/ti-pyrodotei-ton-neo-gyro-alvanikoy-e8nikismoy

What happens if Greece can’t pay its debts?

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The standoff between a leftwing government and the financial powers of the EU is near to breaking point. What if the worst happens?
A woman walks past Greek flags for sale in central Athen. Greece is running perilously short of cash
A woman walks past Greek flags for sale in central Athen. Greece is running perilously short of cash. Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP
On Friday, after a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in the Latvian capital Riga, the signs were ominous. Malta’s finance minister Edward Scicluna, said: “I would describe today’s meeting as a complete breakdown in communication with Greece.”
The Dutch finance minister and chair of the 19-member eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, warned that it was very hard to consider a new programme for Greece to cover its funding needs beyond June, given the lack of recent progress. Time was running out, he said, again ruling out giving Greece a slice of the €7.2bn (£5.1bn) of previously agreed bailout cash being held back until a series of self-help economic reforms, ranging from a privatisation programme to pension changes, were agreed.
Since January the newly elected radical-left government in Athens has fought for a complete overhaul of a £180bn rescue package that was due to end in February but was extended until June while new terms were discussed.
The last three months have produced a series of meetings characterised by increasing frustration on both sides. Officials in Brussels have become tetchy and irritated at the lack of detail from Athens about planned reforms. A series of speeches by finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, which have been highly critical of “orthodox” and “failed” policies championed by Brussels, has also driven a wedge between them.
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Greek disappointment has mounted at the perceived disrespect shown for its democratic independence and the general election vote that shocked Europe, ushering in as it did the Syriza-led government of leftists and Marxists, many opposed to any deal with Brussels. Syriza supporters argue that the election revealed the depth of feeling against austerity and should force the euro elite to consider the failure of past policies.
In the tug-of-war over a deal, recent weeks have seen Brussels gain the upper hand. Even countries that began talks offering Varoufakis a sympathetic ear – the French, Italians and Dutch – have wearied of his lectures on Keynesian economics and how he would have handled the post-2008 banking crash differently. While not as hardline as the Germans, the Finns and the Spanish, all of which have finance ministers who would gladly see the back of Greece, the rest now talk privately of a post-Greece eurozone.
Athens is convinced it can hold out for a fresh deal - one way or another - until at least the end of June. The government of Alexis Tsipras has been using all means possible to make required repayments to its lenders, meet welfare bills and pay wages to civil servants, from sequestering cash from state-owned bodies to delaying paying bills for medical supplies. Officials insist they can lay their hands on enough cash to refinance outstanding loans due in the next two months while honouring welfare payments and public sector salary cheques. During this time a new negotiated settlement can be forged.
On Friday, Varoufakis said: “Greece is willing to make compromises to reach a deal on its debt. We want an agreement and we are willing to make compromises to achieve this. The cost of not having a solution would be huge for all of us, Greece and the eurozone.”
Varoufakis, who described himself as a “bad politician” last week for his need to say what he believed, admitted achieving to a deal was difficult but that “we will have a solution in the end”.
But can Greece make it to the end of June? Time is running out, there are huge doubts about the money available to Varoufakis and willingness on both sides is weaker than at any time in the last four years.

What if the government fails to pay £2bn of public sector wages on 1 May?

This prospect is unlikely after the coalition administration defeated rightwing opposition groups to force through a decree on Friday that now obliges state bodies and local authorities to transfer their cash reserves to the Bank of Greece.
Deputy finance minister Dimitris Mardas said he could find €2.5bn in loans from state enterprises: “I want this to cover any needs that may occur… taking into account the worst-case scenarios and the needs for May.”
On the same day the ministry must repay €200m of interest on a loan from the International Monetary Fund and a further €760m loan repayment is due on 12 May.
The European Central Bank is allowing the Greek central bank to borrow, but only to roll over loans from foreign banks. The ECB is determined that the Greek central bank does not hand ECB cash to the government.
Several big payments from the Greek central bank to private lenders are due in May. Last week the ECB raised the cap on its loan facility to keep Greece alive and talking. However, on Friday ECB president Mario Draghi raised the prospect of changing the amount, warning that the ECB could potentially impose tougher conditions in return for keeping Greek banks afloat. Another €1.5bn of IMF loan repayments is due in June.

What about more drastic measures?

If the cash runs out, Tsipras could pay workers and welfare payments and delay IMF payments. He has already asked for the IMF to accept a delay and been rebuffed. The IMF pointed out during its recent spring conference that any such delays will not be countenanced: it has not happened in 30 years, and prior to that only to the poorest of central African nations.
Without a deal, the opposition will demand fresh elections rather than see Greece crash out of the euro. The Syriza/Anel coalition remains strong, but Tsipras could be forced to go down this route or offer a referendum. Deputy prime minister Yannis Dragasakis said these alternatives are “at the back of our mind, as options to seek a solution, in case of deadlock”.
These routes are strewn with mines ready to explode, in particular, the consistent support for remaining inside the euro area. There are plenty of MPs in Syriza and the populist Anel in favour of monetary independence, but this is a minority view among voters.

What happens when the exchequer runs dry?

A chess player, thinking a few moves ahead, would advise against missing any IMF payments because the lender of last resort to bankrupt nations would be the only institution capable of rescuing Greece if a Brussels deal fails.
If the cash runs out Tsipras will be forced to impose capital controls to prevent a flight of funds out of the Greek banks and into neighbouring countries as ATMs run dry.
Cyprus showed what can happen when capital controls are imposed – and that it solves only one problem. It cannot provide the government with fresh funds. In the case of the Mediterranean island, that came from seizing the savings of bank account holders. Cyprus also turned to the IMF and Russia for loans. Tsipras is due to visit Moscow, at the invitation of Vladimir Putin, on 9 May for the second world war victory celebrations.
If the Greek government also set in motion printing a new currency, something it is many months from putting in place, euros seized by the state could prove valuable foreign currency. However, before such a drastic move, Greeks could take to the streets. The far-right Golden Dawn party , which came joint third in the January election, has seen its poll ratings jump as the Syriza negotiating position has failed to make headway.
Varoufakis ended Friday saying his ministry was not bluffing when it said Brussels must support an agenda of reform without demands for further spending cuts and a regime of monitoring that he previously likened to waterboarding. German chancellor Angela Merkel also agreed – as usual – that a deal with Greece was the best result. It’s unfortunate for both that negotiators remain so far apart.
Greece's Prime minister Alexis Tsipras in Brussels this month.
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The main players and where they stand

ALEXIS TSIPRAS
The Greek prime minister leads a government that fell just short of a majority in January elections after winning 36% of the vote. His Syriza party, which rules with the populist Independent Greeks party, draws strength from its own and supporters’ strong conviction that the country was badly treated by fellow euro members hell bent on making it pay back every cent of every loan. But conviction may not be enough to win the battle. Hardliners such as Panagiotis Lafazanis, the minister for productive recovery, energy and the environment, have cast themselves as enemies of capitalism and are reluctant to agree a deal at any price. Tsipras’s implied threat of a euro exit is undermined by a consistent majority of voters wanting to keep the currency, which may encourage Brussels to call his bluff.

YANIS VAROUFAKIS
The former economics professor, now finance minister, went into Friday’s meeting of eurozone colleagues in Riga repeating his demand that his counterparts admit that their policies towards Greece, Ireland, Portugal and the rest have failed. It is not a message that wins many friends. In Riga he faced a volley of criticism for his repeated expounding of Keynesian economics, with its emphasis on government spending. His opposite numbers find it childish and patronising. They understand Keynesianism, but don’t think it works. Varoufakis admits he is adverse to the compromises familiar to diplomats and politicians, and many think that rather than be responsible for a fudge he would prefer to go down in flames.

JEROEN DIJSSELBLOEM
The Dutch finance minister is a Labour party MP under pressure at home from falling poll ratings. He rushed to Athens soon after Tsipras took office to offer his hand in friendship, only to be told he was part of the eurozone’s failed austerity project. As chair of the eurogroup of 19 finance ministers, he was a potentially powerful ally, but a meeting with Varoufakis was famously short and ended with a press conference during which the new Greek finance chief said: “We respect institutions but don’t plan to cooperate with that committee.” A member of a coalition government led by the right-of-centre WD party, Dijsselbloem is now understood to be light on sympathy for the Syriza government and frustrated at its posturing and a lack of detail on proposed reforms. But he is against a cheap stitch-up to prevent the Greeks dropping out of the euro, fearing it will prove to be the beginning of a break-up of the single currency.

WOLFGANG SCHÄUBLE
An architect of German reunification, in the 1990s, the veteran Christian Democrat is a venerable eurocrat. That hasn’t stopped him standing in the opposite corner to Varoufakis from the moment Syriza came to power. In recent weeks he has begun to smile much more and appear more relaxed as Varoufakis has upset one euro finance minister after another, consolidating the German position that Greece must stick to the austerity plan. Unlike those at the International Monetary Fund, Schäuble is an advocate of the previous Greek bailouts, which did not so much fix Athens’ debt problems as rescue German and French banks faced with Greek liabilities. He has the support of prime minister Angela Merkel, but she may force him to accept a compromise if one becomes possible.

CHRISTINE LAGARDE
Like most players in the crisis, the boss of the International Monetary Fund is a rightwing politician more susceptible to arguments in favour of restraining public spending and cutting debt than the hell-for-leather growth promotion the radical left Syriza government wants to pursue. The Washington-based IMF is a major lender to Greece and has played a cautious game that involves forcing Athens to adopt the usual neo-liberal policies of labour market reform and privatisations. Lagarde has supported a scaling-down of the demands made on Athens and an extension of the current bailout, though a large gap has still to be bridged.

VLADIMIR PUTIN
Unrest inside the eurozone is an opportunity the Russian president is unlikely to miss. He welcomed Tsipras to Moscow a few weeks ago and hinted at aid for Greece should it leave the currency union. He has a war chest from years of oil tax receipts and would be happy to offer guarantees and loans for a deal that would upset Berlin and Washington, despite a domestic recession and the clamour from struggling state enterprises for extra cash. Greece is also a key Nato member and has a large army, which Putin would enjoy drawing closer to his sphere of influence.


Russia sees "lingering conflict potential in Balkans"


MOSCOW -- Russia was "deeply alarmed to learn that in the early hours of April 21 a group of armed men attacked the Macedonian checkpoint of Gosince."
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A statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website explained that the incident happenedd on the Kosovo section of the border between Serbia and Macedonia.
Quoting the Macedonian Ministry of the Interior, the statement added that "around 40 attackers wearing camouflage uniforms marked with the emblem of the Kosovo Liberation Army tied up four policemen, whom they treated in a humiliating manner, while filming the incident with a video camera and chanting politically and ethnically motivated threats."

The criminals made it clear that this was a “warning” and then fled the scene, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted, and added:

"The incident on the Macedonian border is proof of the lingering sharp ethnic problems and conflict potential in that part of the Balkans. The situation is made worse by a major lack of law abidance and security in Kosovo, which obviously stems from the unresolved Kosovo problem in general. The calls for a Greater Albania that are heard more and more often in the region cannot be overlooked either."

"We hope that the Macedonian government’s efforts to restore order in the troubled area will receive the necessary international support," the statement concluded.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Greek FM Kotzias: If Syriza fails, Golden Dawn is coming


First entry: 25 April 2015
Greek FM Kotzias: If Syriza fails, Golden Dawn is coming
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Friday he respects Germany just not German politics, nor the way Berlin views Greece's economy, which faces the prospect of running out of money if it cannot agree to new bailout terms with creditors.
Kotzias said Greece and its euro zone partners need to compromise on creating political policies that will foster growth and allow the country to pay its debts.
Asked if he is simply asking the rest of Europe to trust Greece, he said: "No. To be pragmatic. Trust is a very important thing but they have to be pragmatic."
"Do they want to support us to have growth... or do they decide to have Greece struggle, to punish Greece and to create an example of what happens to a country that has a left government," Kotzias said at the end a four-day visit to Washington and New York.
He further dismissed talk the 19-nation euro zone currency area could better handle a Greek default now versus the financial crisis that resulted in a Greek bailout of 240 billion euros."It is like a game of chicken, but not the kind of game you know. What our friends are forgetting is that we don't have gas to move... We like to come back to compromising and at the end we will do it," said Kotzias, a fluent German speaker.
"So you are not giving a solution to Greece, you press the Greek government? What can be the solution? Golden Dawn is coming. Nobody has an interest in that, so that is why they will find a solution," said Kotzias, highlighting the far-right political party that is the third largest in parliament.
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Greece's governors agree to lend cash to central government


First entry: 25 April 2015
Greece's governors agree to lend cash to central government -PHOTOS
Greece's governors and other local officials agreed on Saturday to lend cash to the central government after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras assured them the measure would last for only a short period of time.
Greek lawmakers approved a decree late on Friday to force state entities to lend cash to the central government in spite of protests by municipalities and labor unions.
The measure, which was approved by 156 lawmakers in the 300-seat chamber, caused an outcry by local governors, who met Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday to seek an explanation about the necessity of the action.
"We got assurances that the measure is an emergency and temporary one, so it will become optional in a short time," the head of the Greek group representing local government officials, Kostas Agorastos, told reporters after the meeting.
"Since he (Tsipras) talked to us honestly, and since our country needs this negotiating tool now for the negotiations to be completed, we will give it this tool," he said.
Just weeks away from running out of cash, Athens has been tapping the cash reserves of public sector entities through so-called repo transactions to cover its needs.
On Monday it ordered entities including local governments to lend spare cash to the state while it tries to reach a deal with skeptical foreign creditors on new financial aid

Eurogroup ‘Unfriendly’ to Greece, Varoufakis Hammered by Peers


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dra708by Philip Chrysopoulos - Apr 24, 2015


Friday’s meeting of euro zone finance ministers bore no fruit for Greece and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was hammered by his peers.

Athens was hoping that the meeting in Riga would help release much-needed partial funding. Especially after Thursday’s statements of support from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A EU official described the atmosphere of the session as “unfriendly” to Greece.

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the critical discussion on the Greek issue left the group “still far from where we wanted to be.” He reiterated that Athens must come to a comprehensive agreement with creditors before any bailout funds are disbursed.

Eurogroup vice president Valdis Dombrovskis said there was “not enough progress” on talks, while Malta’s Edward Scicluna talked of a “complete breakdown in communication” with Greece’s leadership. “We want to save Greece, but we’re speaking a different language,” he said characteristically.

Dijsselbloem said the Greek issue will be discussed in May’s scheduled meeting of euro zone finance ministers, adding that there won’t be an emergency Eurogroup before that.

Yanis Varoufakis was harshly criticized

Finance ministers expressed their frustration over the Greek minister’s procrastination and lack of urgency in negotiations. According to a Bloomberg report, a source characterized him as “a time-waster, a gambler and an amateur.”

Varoufakis suggested that the negotiation process would be speeded up if creditors would agree to a “partial disbursement” in return for a “narrower list of reforms.”

On his part, Varoufakis said after the meeting that discussions had “converged” and he expressed optimism that a deal for Greece would come soon.

Eurogroup members also expressed their disapproval of the effort made by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to bypass them and appeal to the German chancellor for a political solution.
 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Greece Could Give Up ‘Economic Logic’ for Politics on Russian Gas Offer

Nikos Kotzias / John Kerry

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Opinion
A political approach to Russia's economic proposal to invest in a gas pipeline running through Greece may prevent Athens from pursuing its own economic interests, a Greek expert told Sputnik on Friday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Greece is currently weighing the political and economic effects of Gazprom's offer for gas price discounts as well as potential profits for its cash-strapped economy in exchange for building an EU-bound gas line for Russian natural gas shipments. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said Tuesday he was approached by US Secretary of State John Kerry who said the United States was willing to make a counteroffer, although details were not disclosed, according to the Associated Press.
Kotzias commented on his nation's considerations, saying they were purely economic, and not political.
George Kapopoulos, a senior political analyst for the Greek business magazine Imerisia, told Sputnik that Greece was at a crossroads.
"There are two attitudes to the energy strategy. The first one corresponds to the reality, to the real supply and transportation export. The second one has purely political and geopolitical priorities, and it often leads to choices that do not have economic logic."
The pundit added that Russia, a major gas supplier for Europe, cannot easily be replaced.
Under the label of energy security for Europe, Washington has been promoting its own energy projects in the region in a bid to wean it off Russian natural gas. If Greece agrees to a joint energy project with Russia, this may put it at odds with Washington, which has long been critical of the European Union's reliance on Russian gas supplies.
If Greece refuses Russia, the United States may try to step in, although there is no knowing if it could out-compete Russia, which accounts for around 30 percent of EU gas imports.
Andreas Marazis, Junior Researcher at FRIDE, an EU-Spanish think tank on European development and dialogue, said it was impossible to predict the outcome without knowing the details of a purported US "counteroffer."
"Russia has made a concrete and seemingly attractive offer to Greece, but since the US has not yet clarified the precise details of its proposal, it is impossible to tell at this stage if it would be competitive with that of Gazprom."
Russia is building a major gas pipeline across the Black Sea to Turkey, continuing to its border with Greece. The Greek energy minister told Sputnik in early April that the countries would sign a memorandum of understanding on the Greek section soon.
The Greek pipeline could be built by a consortium of Russian and European companies, according to Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller.

Can Europe stop migrants dying in the Mediterranean?

  • 25 February 2015
  • From the section Europe
The coffins containing bodies of immigrants who died were taken to Porto Empedocle in Sicily
More than 3,000 people are estimated to have died in the Mediterranean Sea last year. The Pope has warned the waters are in danger of becoming "a vast cemetery".
People smugglers have been described as the most ruthless travel agents on the planet and the Italian Navy rescue mission has been downsized among claims that helping migrants at sea creates a "pull factor".
What could European countries do to stop these deaths? Four expert witnesses give their perspective with the BBC World Service's The Inquiry.

Andrea di Nicola: Demand is high for 'ruthless travel agents'

The Italian criminologist and author spent two years travelling around Africa and the Middle East speaking to smugglers.
Andrea de Nicola says Europe faces a huge battle against the smugglers
"When we interview and spend time with the smugglers, they were almost laughing at Europe saying 'You cannot stop this. If you try and stop this, if you close your border I will earn more, my prices will increase.' This is what they told us."
Some smugglers pack migrants into unseaworthy boats in the face of winter storms. Others have sent a freighter packed with people on autopilot towards the shore.
"Travelling by sea can be the cheapest way into Europe, but a better class of service can be bought.
"A Turkish smuggler made his clients enter Italy on yachts with two or three skippers and they were full of Afghans and Syrians. They were sailing through the Mediterranean Sea during spring time or summer time. It was less risky and more costly for them.
"The price paid [by migrants] was something like 7-8,000 euros for each person."
Large, sophisticated networks stretching across continents, comprising thousands of individuals will be hard to stop.
"They trust each other. They work together. They are more capable of co-operating among each other in a criminal system than we are among countries of the European Union. This is incredible.
"It's essential [for the EU] to co-operate in terms of judicial and investigative co-operation. For instance, the co-operation with Turkish authorities should be boosted in order to make the life of the smugglers more difficult."

Professor Alessio Patalano: 'Italy's dilemma'

The visiting professor at the Italian Naval War College says Italy's now-defunct operation Mare Nostrum (Our Sea), which saved thousands of lives, should be reinstated and funded by European countries.
Prof Alessio Patalano says Italy's rescue model should be adopted by the EU
In October 2013, an Italian fisherman and his crew rescued 155 migrants from the sea near the island of Lampedusa when their boat capsized. Some 368 died.
The Italian government set up operation Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) to patrol and save lives in the Mediterranean.
"It was something that was popular in terms of the broader public and even within the political corridors in Italy, it's something that touched pretty much everybody.
"The military deployed planes, helicopters, submarines and destroyers to find and pull people out of the sea.
"The mission was pretty clear really. We should try very hard to prevent further disasters of this kind from happening at sea.
"What Mare Nostrum presented to them was a scale of humanitarian crisis that went past the standard numbers that you would deal with if you were in the Italian Navy."
The Italian Navy and Coastguard expected to save about 3,000 people a year.
"There is nothing in the recent history of the Mediterranean that would suggest in that year you had 156-157,000 people rescued at sea.
"There is absolutely no precedent in that sense, in terms of scale, the impact, the costs and the ability to meet the challenge."
The £10m a month cost of Mare Nostrum was too much of a strain on Italy's naval budget. It turned to Europe for help. In response, the EU launched Operation Triton which has a budget a third the size.

Forensic anthropologist Robin Reineke,: 'Shifting the problem creates more deaths'

The forensic anthropologist is the Executive Director, Colibrí Center for Human Rights and works on the Mexican/US border tracking migrant deaths. She says using geography - like the desert, or the sea - to deter migration does not work. Desperate people will try to make the crossing however dangerous it is.
Robin Reineke says changing strategies bring different issues.
"In 1994, the border patrol under the Clinton administration shifted strategy. It was known as 'prevention through deterrence' and was predicated on this idea that if people got to the border wall and they saw how difficult it would be, they wouldn't try."
Borders in El Paso, San Diego and Arizona were strengthened. The reaction from migrants was to find another way to cross.
"Essentially, would-be migrants were pushed into the very, very remote mountainous and arid parts of Arizona. In the early 2000s we saw a rapid, tragic increase in the number of fatalities in southern Arizona in the span of just a couple of years.
"Prevention through deterrence has not been a strategy that's been successful in deterring people. Unfortunately it's led to the deaths of thousands of people but it has not had an impact on the flow of unauthorised immigrants across the US-Mexico border."

President of the European Parliament Martin Shulz: 'We need a proper structure'

The president of the European Parliament says Europe needs to increase the humanitarian effort, but a political solution is needed in the long term.
Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, says a new system must be introduced
"We need a complete new system of migration. Fifty per cent of all refugees are going to five member states of the European Union, which has 28 members.
"So what we need first of all is what we call 'burden sharing'. All member states of the European Union must contribute to manage this problem of refugees."
He says one way to reduce the number of people who die trying to get into Europe illegally is to make it easier for them to do so legally.
"We need rules for access to the European Union. Who will take how much quota of immigrants and which kind of immigrants get access to the European Union.
"This is for sure the better way than to allow illegal uncontrolled immigration."
Mr Schulz understands it is a hard political sell but argues national governments must be honest with their citizens.
"The question is: Is a government obliged to tell its citizens what they want to hear or what is the real need to explain?
"The Europeans must understand that we are in the beginning of a major change in the structure, not only of Europe, but the world as a whole with a lot of migration.
"People in this global world are moving and they will move also to Europe."
The Inquiry is broadcast on the BBC World Service, on Tuesdays from 13:05 GMT. Listen online or download the podcast.

Russia Issues International ARREST WARRANT For ROTHSCHILD & SOROS!


Vladimir Putin, now in full control of Russia as Prime Minister (then) NOW President , wishes to build a strong Christian nation. In a televised Christmas message on January 7 2008 Putin said:

 “The Russian Orthodox Church contributes to the promotion of moral values in society. One should not completely draw a line between the culture and the church. Of course by law in our country the church is separate from the state. But in the soul and the history of our people it’s all together. It always has been and always will be.”
Russia will make The United States reflect upon what they allowed Rothschild to do to their own country. So when you see protests against Vladimir now, keep in mind it is probably staged by The Rothschild’s trying to control Russia once again.
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Putin Issues Arrest Warrant for Financial Terrorist George Soros!!
Financial terrorist and Hungarian banker, Convicted Felon George Soros… Russian Intelligence has fingered Soros for using cross-collateralized compounded Swedish and Danish foreign currency derivatives for the purpose of an attack on the Russian stock market..
Soros’ use of these cross-collateralized compounded derivatives utilizing Luxembourg banks violates the terms of the Basil II European Union banking agreement.
The thing that should give pause to the Heads of State Western is like Putin did in freeing Russia from those who wanted to bring the total economic and social collapse and beat up in jail all those who have tried.
Are they influencing Lubawitschern Putin? The fact is that Putin is loyal to Russia and its people, and never allow anyone, even when he is in command in that nation, to sell out and to let his country into the clutches of the NWO. For this he ordered to issue an international arrest warrant against George Soros, who has been caught red-handed as he prepared to send financial aid to what is called opposition in Russia, which recently made the streets in dozens of thousands of people telling lies and misinformation-cheating during the elections.
Now Mr. Soros has little room to continue his dirty games with the speculation that has devastated the entire global financial system, in collaboration Rothschild / Rockefeller and other jackals.
Putin’s speech, which was officially issued by the Russian authorities.
Today it is made public the following statement by the Russian Federation and its Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has been asked for an arrest warrant against the International Terrorist Finance, the Hungarian currency-Mogul George Soros, the Russian secret services have found that Soros was using foreign currency derivatives with other Danes to start an attack against the Russian Currency Shares in the market.
It should be noted that Soros was using these derivatives with the help of Luxembourg banks, which is forbidden after the contract was made by the EU called Basel II.
Both the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and European Union have issued an Interpol “Red Notice” which is not only against the immediate arrest of Soros, but also against the Sharks on Finance, Bush, Clinton, criminal organization, Marc Rich and his firm, which is located in Switzerland, the Commodities Broker-Richfield, which is why the Russian Premier Putin has recently met the Chef of the Federal Reserve  making clear that the Russian Federation will not accept that such use is made of people like Soros and Rich to commit criminal acts of the derivatives market and Finance, which led to social destabilization across the globe.
Putin will be done and start the hunt for these criminals and their accomplices Bankers Rothschild, Rockefeller……….

Medvedev invites Vucic to visit Moscow


Published: BELGRADE – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has invited his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic to visit Moscow. The invitation was extended to Vucic by Russian Ambassador Alexander Chepurin during a meeting in the Serbian government Thursday.
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Vucic and Chepurin discussed political and economic cooperation between Serbia and Russia, the government’s media relations office said in a release.
They agreed that the upcoming exchange of high level visits would significantly contribute to improving relations between the two countries, especially given that preparation of several intergovernmental agreements on cooperation in the field of social security, culture and other fields of common interest was underway.
They also believe that Serbia’s participation in the upcoming business forum in St. Petersburg will give additional impetus to cooperation, the release said.

Albania, Germany to cooperate in terrorism fight


TIRANA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Albanian Prosecutor-General Adriatik Llalla and German federal prosecutor Harald Range Thursday stressed the great importance of cooperation in identifying the groups involved in the recruitment of "foreign fighters" for Middle Eastern armed conflicts.

Llalla, who is in Germany at the invitation of his counterpart, stressed the need for close partnership in the fight against terrorism and organized crime.

In addition, both interlocutors shared views on the need for swift communication between the two countries' prosecution offices to increase efficiency in investigations.

Apart from the existing cooperation between the two countries' judicial authorities, the two senior officials expressed willingness to sign an extradition pact between the two countries to send sentenced people from Albania to Germany and vice versa.

The Albanian chief prosecutor also requested Germany's technical and legal assistance to strengthen investigative capacity in Albania, as well as increasing the institution's independence.

Dnevnik, Macedonia: Edi Rama eyes Balkans border restructuring, while Brussels hugs him


23 April 2015 | 09:48 | FOCUS News Agency
Dnevnik, Macedonia: Edi Rama eyes Balkans border restructuring, while Brussels hugs himPicture: AFP
Skopje. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama received Brussels’ support for the European integration of Albania and was praised as “constructive partner in the region”, while just a few days earlier the prime minister repeated his position that the restructuring of the borders in the Balkans was inevitable and the unification of Albania and Kosovo was a clear project, Macedonian journalist Iskra Korovesovska in a commentary published in the Macedonian Dnevnik daily.
“He even made an appeal towards the EU, since it was up to its approach to determine the development of the things.
Instead of reaction to Rama’s statement for change of the border, which Brussels considers impossible, the Union kept silent about the issue and on the top of it even praised the politician.
How should we interpret this silence, while the Albanian prime minister is firmly talking about restructure of the European borders,” the author writes.
Dnevnik also cites a statement of Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, who said that if Voislav Sesel said only a two words, then everyone would rise in Brussels, though Sesel is currently nobody in Serbia, while when a prime minister of a country talks about border changes, everyone kept silent.

Albania charges local youth with trying to join Syria rebels


TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities say they have charged a young man with allegedly trying to join Muslim extremists fighting in Syria.

Police say the 18-year-old was detained in Greece for illegally entering the country from Albania, and promptly handed over to Albanian authorities who arrested him Thursday.

Although Albanian officials say some 70 local people are believed to have joined extremists from the Islamic State group fighting in Syria, the teenager is the first to have been arrested and charged.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years to jail.

Nine Albanian Muslims, including two preachers, are on trial for recruiting for Syrian rebels.
About two-thirds of Albania's 3.2 million people are Muslims. Mainstream religious leaders have called on believers not to join rebel groups in Syria.
Prosecution or Persecution

Prosecution or Persecution

By Andy Manatos
 
A gunshot rang out in the Russell Senate Office Building as U.S. Senator Lester Hunt pressed the end of the barrel of his gun to his temple. He experienced the destructive, often lethal, power of threatened national humiliation. A group of U.S. Senators, including Joseph McCarthy, attempted to secure their party’s majority of the Senate by keeping Senator Hunt from running for re-election. They threatened to have spread in headlines across America about his son’s 1954 arrest for gay activities, which were then considered scandalous.
National humiliation is a mega-weapon that carries life-shattering ramifications even when wielded honorably. For example, two U.S. Senators who were censured by the Senate in the 1950s and ’60s died prematurely in the wake of their national humiliation. Taken alone, the high-profile prosecution tarnishes reputations and careers with irrevocable consequence; it must only be applied to the indisputably guilty. Otherwise, we victimize the innocent.
Essential to the determination of indisputable guilt is presumed innocence. Today’s media-led portrayals of Congressional activities are too often presumed as nefarious. Ironically, this Congress is the cleanest in history and in the world. This negative presumption makes perfectly legitimate activities, like Congressional questioning of apparent agency wrongdoing, appear improperly motivated and against the public interest.
The Congress and agencies were better understood in the 1970s and ’80s when Senator Bill Proxmire gave his highly publicized “Golden Fleece Award.” His monthly prize, given to the worst example of agency misconduct, made the American public more aware of the need for Congressional oversight of agency transgressions.
Today, America is virtually unaware of the egregiousness of agency wrongdoing. Who knows of the recent case of a paraplegic widow of a WWII hero and Army general who had her pension, tax returns and social security checks withheld by the Veterans Administration (VA), to the tune of $140,000? Years of family efforts to secure her funds failed, and she was on the verge of being forced from her daughter’s home. At a contributor’s request, a Member of Congress raised it to the VA Secretary’s level and the widow’s funds were returned.
Or take the case of a builder who signed a contract with the federal government and fell victim to a foreman who wanted a different contractor. This foreman gave the builder a change-order with a 30-day deadline, withheld for 31 days his approval of the required change-order plans, and then fired the builder for missing the deadline. A Senator’s questions, urged by a contributor, corrected this agency wrongdoing.
Incorrect presumptions about Congressional oversight of agencies ignore the fact that Senators and members: (1) Come to Washington to spend significant amounts of time questioning apparent U.S. government wrongdoing; (2) Have no actual control over agencies except for the moral weight of their questions; (3) Have their questions essentially ignored by the agencies 99 percent of the time; (4) Gain information about questionable agency actions from many sources including friends, some of whom support their reelection; and (5) Scrupulously refuse to raise questions lacking in merit, regardless of who makes the request.
For those who work with the Congress, smelling the occasional crooks among the hard working public servants is not difficult. And, too frequently, we see the innocent attacked. The investigations and prosecution of Senators Ted Stevens, John McCain and national hero John Glenn come to mind, as does the impending case against Senator Bob Menendez.
Misuse of this life-shattering mega-weapon intruded into my life as a boy when my father discovered the slumped body of his boss, Senator Hunt. Its intrusion continues today into the lives of my friends.
• Two friends and likely-to-win Senate candidates lost Senate seats and their dreams due to unjust ethics investigations and prosecutions during their campaigns from which they were exonerated after the elections.
• An innocent friend was terribly humiliated before his neighbors, horrified family and the invited media as he was handcuffed and arrested at 5 a.m. in his nightclothes. The arrest and charges against my friend were dropped but they unnecessarily hurt his reputation and business, and he lost over $1 million in legal fees.
• Another later-exonerated friend lost his honor, hundreds of thousands in legal fees and his health. Friends attribute his early death to his acutely felt humiliation.
• And, finally, a very bright, very shy and very innocent high school friend escaped the humiliation of an unjust government prosecution by taking his own life.

Joseph Walsh said to Senator Joseph McCarthy, his era’s destroyer of lives in the sincere pursuit of wrongdoing, “Let us not assassinate this lad further, have you no sense of decency at long last?”

Mignatiou.com

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Fourteen migrants killed in FYROM, hit by train


First entry: 24 April 2015
Fourteen migrants killed in FYROM, hit by train
Fourteen migrants were hit by a train and killed in central Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) late on Thursday as they walked through a canyon along an increasingly well-trodden Balkan route for migrants trying to reach western Europe.
The accident happened at around 10.30 p.m. near the central city of Veles. Rescue efforts were hampered by difficult terrain, with the site of the accident accessible only by foot or railway.
FYROM's state prosecutor said that from interviewing survivors it appeared most of the group were from Somalia and Afghanistan.
Local media reported that the group numbered around 50. They were hit by an international train traveling from the southern border town of Gevgelija to the Serbian capital, Belgrade, the same route taken by migrants trying to get from Greece to Hungary.
"The driver saw a large group, dozens of people," the prosecutor said in a statement.
"At that moment, he took action to stop the train and engage the siren, at which point some people left the tracks. The train was unable to stop before hitting and running over some of them."
Reuters

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Tsipras - Holland meeting

The 'Grexit' Issue and the Problem of Free Trade

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By George Friedman
The Greek crisis is moving toward a climax. The issue is actually quite simple. The Greek government owes a great deal of money to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund. It has accumulated this debt over time, but it has become increasingly difficult for Greece to meet its payments. If Greece doesn't meet these payments, the IMF and European institutions have said they will not extend any more loans to Greece. Greece must make a calculation. If it pays the loans on time and receives additional funding, will it be better off than not paying the loans and being cut off from more?
Obviously, the question is more complex. It is not clear that if the Greeks refuse to pay, they will be cut off from further loans. First, the other side might be bluffing, as it has in the past. Second, if they do pay the next round, and they do get the next tranche of funding, is this simply kicking the can down the road? Does it solve Greece's underlying problem, which is that its debt structure is unsustainable? In a world that contains Argentina and American Airlines, we have learned that bankruptcy and lack of access to credit markets do not necessarily go hand in hand.
To understand what might happen, we need to look at Hungary. Hungary did not join the euro, and its currency, the forint, had declined in value. Mortgages taken out by Hungarians denominated in euros, Swiss francs and yen spiraled in terms of forints, and large numbers of Hungarians faced foreclosure from European banks. In a complex move, the Hungarian government declared that these debts would be repaid in forints. The banks by and large accepted Prime Minister Viktor Orban's terms, and the European Union grumbled but went along. Hungary was not the only country to experience this problem, but its response was the most assertive.
A strategy inspired by Budapest would have the Greeks print drachmas and announce (not offer) that the debt would be repaid in that currency. The euro could still circulate in Greece and be legal tender, but the government would pay its debts in drachmas.

The Deeper Questions

In considering this and other scenarios, the pervading question is whether Greece leaves or stays in the eurozone. But before that, there are still two fundamental questions. First, in or out of the euro, how does Greece pay its debts currently without engendering social chaos? The second and far more important question is how does Greece revive its economy? Lurching from debt payment to debt payment, from German and IMF threats to German and IMF threats is amusing from a distance. It does not, however, address the real issue: Greece, and other countries, cannot exist as normal, coherent states under these circumstances, and in European history, long-term economic dysfunction tends to lead to political extremism and instability. The euro question may be interesting, but the deeper economic question is of profound importance to both the debtor and creditors.......................................................

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U.S. Prepared to Intercept Iranian Convoy Suspected of Carrying Weapons to Yemen

U.S. Warships Prepare for Possible High Seas Standoff With Iran

Nightly NewsAmerican warships are prepared to intercept a convoy of Iranian ships suspected of carrying weapons to Houthi rebel forces in Yemen, senior defense and military officials told NBC News on Monday.
An Iranian convoy of freighters, escorted by warships from the Iranian military and Revolutionary Guard forces, appears headed for Yemen, the officials said.
They emphasized that while the USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier group would be in position to intercept the convoy, an intercept could also be carried out by Saudi Arabia, Egypt or the United Arab Emirates, which are patrolling the waters off Yemen.
Supported by the United States, Saudi Arabia has led Sunni Arab countries in carrying out more than three weeks of airstrikes targeting the rebels, who are backed by Iran and have seized parts of Yemen.
There is no indication that U.S. or other coalition warships have been in contact with the Iranians, but one official told NBC News, "They know we're there."
Some U.S. officials are concerned that the leak of the information is not good, coming at the same time as the United States and other countries try to reach a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
"Since this is now public, the Iranians may feel they've been backed into a corner" and attempt to run through any blockade set up by the coalition warships, one official said.
The deployment comes after a U.N. Security Council resolution approved last week imposed an arms embargo on leaders of the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who have taken over much of Yemen.
The resolution passed in a 14-0 vote with Russia abstaining. Navy officials said Monday that the Roosevelt was moving through the Arabian Sea. A massive ship that carries F/A-18 fighter jets, the "TR" is seen more of a deterrent and show of force in the region.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest would not comment specifically on any Navy movements in Yemeni waters, but said the U.S. has concerns about Iran's "continued support for the Houthis.
"We have seen evidence that the Iranians are supplying weapons and other armed support to the Houthis in Yemen," Earnest said Monday. "That support will only contribute to greater violence in that country. These are exactly the kind of destabilizing activities that we have in mind when we raise concerns about Iran's destabilizing activities in the Middle East."
He added, "Iranians are acutely aware of our concerns for their continued support of the Houthis by sending them large shipments of weapons."

Alexis Tsipras meets Angela Merkel


First entry: 23 April 2015
Alexis Tsipras meets Angela Merkel - PHOTOS- BREAKING
The meeting between Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under way in Brussels on the sidelines of the extraordinary summit on migration.  


Commissioner Avramopoulos: 'EU at war with people smugglers'


First entry: 23 April 2015
Commissioner Avramopoulos: 'EU at war with people smugglers'
The European Commissioner for migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said the European Union will “hunt down” human smugglers in the Mediterranean to bring them to justice. 
“We cannot allow these criminals to continue exploiting human lives,” Avramopoulos told a press conference at Auberge de Castille, ahead of an extraordinary EU summit to discuss a way forward on migration after some 650 unidentified migrants perished at sea in one of the deadliest shipwrecks ever.
“The EU is at war with human smugglers and we will hunt them down and destroy their capacities.  We will seize the smugglers’ boats, destroy them and bring the smugglers to justice.” 
Avramopolous, flanked by Italian minister for the interior Angelino Alfano and deputy prime minister Louis Grech, insisted that European countries cannot tackle migration flows ‘alone and divided”, and that immediate remedies must be sought to prevent any further loss of life. 
But he warned that migratory flows would not disappear anytime soon. “The EU must come up with structural and holistic solutions to the instability in the migrants’ countries of origin,” Avramopolous said. “Global migration won’t end, no matter how much money the EU pours into its policies.” 
When asked, Avramopolous added that migration issues should play a key role in ongoing UN-brokered Libyan peace talks. 
Louis Grech praised the EU for sending a “strong message” that it is willing to take action. 
“Passiveness in the face of such tragedies is no longer an option,” Grech said, referring to two recent shipwrecks off the coast of Libya that resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 migrants. “The EU must take charge.” 
Deputy Italian Prime Minister Angelino Alfano described the recent tragedy as a “punch in the stomach” for those who are indifferent about the Mediterranean’s migration problems.
He said that the EU has “finally woken up” and realized that the problem is a European one, and not just a southern European one. 
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