Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dear Germany – this time you’re making the front pages

This time we’re watching and taking you to account. We’re on top of every move you make.
This is not 1933, nor is it 1943. Things are different. Israel is the big difference and what a difference a generation makes.
These days Israel celebrates the 69th Anniversary of its Independence. The Jewish State is not to be trifled, as were the Jews in the good old days.
Back then when you kicked us around you managed to get the cooperation of The New York Times and others to hide your dirty work.
The papers – led by the Times – let you off the hook as you rounded up, shot and gassed millions of our people.
They buried the news on the back pages.
Sorry to bring it up, all that, especially in this era of reconciliation, but it didn’t come from us – that sucker punch.
The news today is about your foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, and the disgusting thing he did – with your approval, Angela Merkel.
That was a bad move on the part of your foreign minister. He travelled to Israel where he was sure to be warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But Minister Gabriel chose to meet both, one at a time, the Prime Minister of Israel – and at least two fanatical leftist groups who seek Israel’s destruction.
That was too much of an insult and against the norms of diplomacy. But the Israelis were willing to overlook it as a faux pas that only needed correcting.
Netanyahu offered a fix and a simple choice – “them or me.” Minister Gabriel chose them, and Chancellor Merkel, given a chance to reflect and make amends, has instead been quoted as saying that snubbing the Prime Minister of Israel was okay with her, too.
“Yes he has my backing,” she said of her foreign minister who tossed a coin that landed wrong side up.
Would he have your backing, Miss Merkel, if he’d been as bad mannered against any other country, for example Saudi Arabia?
Or would that be considered diplomatically too rude from one country to another, particularly if that other country practiced Islam?
Chances are you’d make your bows to Sharia, given the six million Muslims invited into Germany to replace the Six Million Jews Germany extinguished.
You would offer the respect that is owed to any sovereign nation. That’s how it works. Allies are courteous one nation to another. Sensitivities are respected.
Except – once again – for the Jews?
That sort of German arrogance is all too familiar to the Jewish people. Throughout these past decades of polite give-and-take we’ve had suspicions that you’ve only been hiding your true colors, and now we wonder if our suspicions have been justified.
Finding Mein Kampf stocked high in many German bookstores has been no comfort to the few, or the many, who thought Germany was truly a new Germany.
What sort of message was Minister Gabriel sending – and what is your story Chancellor Merkel?

That you are still the boss…that the Jews can still be pushed around?
That’s exactly how it comes across. Only this time your behavior won’t be tucked inside the back pages.
This time you’re making headlines.
New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. His books, including “The Bathsheba Deadline,” are available from Amazon and other retailers. Engelhard wrote the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the award-winning Montreal memoir “Escape from Mount Moriah.” His latest is “News Anchor Sweetheart.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com

 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/20454

Two ‘Active’ Islamist Terror Plots Presently Targeting London: Police

Scotland Yard, the headquarters of London’s Metropolitan Police force has detected and is tracking two new “active” terror plots targeting the city.

The information, as reported by the Sunday Times comes after days of intense activity for counter-terror forces in London, with two plots intercepted within days of each other leading to seven arrests. In one case, 27-year-old suspect Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali was arrested just yards from the gates of the Palace of Westminster with a rucksack type bag containing three knives.
Breitbart London reported Sunday the terror suspect had previously been involved in anti-Israel activism and had travelled to Gaza to support Palestine.
While little is known about the two new plots now being monitored by police, they are not thought to be related to the two attacks foiled this week, but are “active”, inspired by either the Islamic State or al-Qaeda, and are targeting London.
Meanwhile, British police say they have arrested a woman who was shot and seriously injured during a counter-terrorism raid in London earlier this week.
Scotland Yard said the 21-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of preparing or instigating terrorism acts after she was discharged from the hospital Sunday.
The woman was shot when counter-terrorism police on Thursday stormed a north-west London house. Police said they had disrupted an active terror plot, but did not elaborate. Six other suspects, aged 16 to 43, were arrested in the operation, which also included a raid in southeastern England.
A police spokesman said: “On the afternoon of Sunday, April 30, the woman was discharged from hospital and arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
“She has been taken into custody at a south London police station.”
The arrest came as the woman, who was observed to be wearing an Islamic garment and shouted at police and paramedics “Don’t touch my body!” as she was carried out of the house for treatment. It is reported the woman may have been pregnant when she was shot by counter-terrorism officers.
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/30/two-active-islamist-terror-plots-presently-targeting-london-police/

Israel blames Germany for EU support of UNESCO anti-Israel resolution

Israel is angry at Germany for the anticipated European support for the resolution attacking Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, which UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris is scheduled to approve this Tuesday, diplomatic sources told The Jerusalem Post. The behind-the-scenes conflict preceded the public argument between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over his meeting with the left-wing group Breaking the Silence during his visit to Israel last week. Netanyahu canceled his meeting with Gabriel and attacked the foreign minister in an interview with the German newspaper Bild. Israel believes that Berlin led the charge for an amended resolution — submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan — which European Union states are likely to vote “yes” on, or abstain.Now that the 11 EU member states on the 58-member UNESCO Executive Board have given their tacit approval for the document, diplomatic sources said, it would be difficult for Israel to sway other nations to oppose it. The United States, which is also a board member, is expected to vote against the resolution. The new text, which appears to cut out some of their more egregious elements of the resolution, could be seen as a victory for Israel, were it not for the apparent loss of Europe in the process. Germany has been part of a growing bloc of European countries in the last two years that has opposed the annual resolution voted on by the 58-member board which condemns Israeli actions over the pre-1967 lines. Last year, five of the 11 EU Executive Board members, including Germany, opposed the resolution and six abstained. Italy had promised to oppose the resolution this year. Israel had hoped the number of EU votes at Tuesday’s UNESCO’s Executive Board meeting would grow even larger, thereby scoring a “moral” victory over the politicization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural institutions. Its battle for European support had been made easier by the Arab-authored text of the UNESCO resolution. For the last two years, it reclassified Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount, solely by its Muslim name of al-Haram al-Sharif. This year, in a sudden strategy change, the Arab states dropped that language altogether. The newest text, drafted by the Arab states on Friday, reaffirmed “the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls to the three monotheistic religions” and eliminated any language that solely identified the Old City’s holy sites by their Arabic names. Instead, the Arab states focused on an issue for which there is large international consensus against the Jewish state —Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. The international community is split over recognition of Israeli sovereignty over west Jerusalem, with many countries acknowledging Israel’s governing bodies there without formally accepting its status as part of Israel. Just last week, Russia recognized west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It is not, however, a member of the UNESCO board. A March draft asked the UNESCO Executive Board to deny Israel sovereignty over all of Jerusalem, including the western party of the city. The resolution’s text stated: "Any action taken by Israel, the occupying power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction, and administration on the city of Jerusalem, are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever.” This week in Paris, according to diplomatic sources, European diplomats, led by Germany, met with Arab states to amend the text even further so that EU states could either abstain or support the document. A new draft circulated on Friday seemed to also water down the sovereignty issue, possibly limiting it to east Jerusalem, including the Old City. It stated: “All legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the “basic law” on Jerusalem, are null and must be rescinded forthwith.” The Foreign Ministry is now studying the amended text to determine if it refers to east Jerusalem or all of Jerusalem.
 http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israel-blames-Germany-for-EU-support-of-UNESCO-anti-Israel-resolution-489358

Pope repeats concentration camps comparison


Despite previous criticism from Jewish groups, Pope Francis on Saturday repeated his assertion that some migrant holding centers in Europe amount to "concentration camps", The Associated Press reports.
A German reporter asked the Pope if he had made a linguistic slip when he first made the remarks last week, adding that they had been met with shock in Germany.
In response, the Pope appeared to not appreciate the controversy, saying that there are some refugee holding centers where migrants are penned in and prevented from leaving.
"There are refugee camps that are true concentration camps," he said, according to AP.
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) last week sharply criticized the Pope's remarks and urged him to use a different choice of words.
“The conditions in which migrants are currently living in some European countries may well be difficult, and deserve still greater international attention, but concentration camps they certainly are not,” said AJC CEO David Harris in a statement.
“The Nazis and their allies erected and used concentration camps for slave labor and the extermination of millions of people during World War II. There is no comparison to the magnitude of that tragedy,” he added.
“We respectfully urge the Pope to reconsider his regrettable choice of words,” continued Harris. “Precision of language and facts is absolutely essential when making any historical reference, all the more so when coming from such a prominent and admired world figure.”
 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228804

After His Endorsement, Le Pen Picks ‘Gaullist’ Conservative As Potential Prime Minister

 

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen named the defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister if she is elected president, in a bid to attract his voters and help her beat favourite Emmanuel Macron.

The 56-year-old Dupont-Aignan and his party Debout la France (‘Stand up France’) secured 4.7 percent (1.7 million ) in the first round of the presidential elections on April 23, coming in sixth out of the original 11 candidates.
Dupont-Aignan calls himself a “Gaullist” – after France’s wartime leader General Charles de Gaulle – a term that is meant to evoke sovereignty, patriotism and economic independence. Essentially, his party is an offshoot of the conservative mainstream right.
The former candidate strongly favours France leaving the European Union and the Eurozone; even going so far as to support Britain’s divorce from the European Union.
“The French understand that the stakes in this election are to re-orient Europe” away from globalisation, said Dupont-Aignan during a televised debate on April 4.
About face on the far-right
Dupont-Aignan is less hardline than Le Pen in some areas such as reintroduction of the death penalty. Furthermore, in 2013 he said on Twitter that his party “cannot align ourselves with the extreme right”.
However, he has hardened his position on immigration since then.
Dupont-Aignan said he had signed an agreement on a future government with Le Pen that took into account some “modifications” of her programme. However, a copy of an alliance document put on social media by a TV journalist included no significant policy changes.
Since 1995, he has been the mayor of Yerres, a city of about 29,000 located 18 kilometers to the south of Paris. He has also been MP for the Essonne region since 1997.
Dupont-Aignan was previously a member of the UMP party (the predecessor to Les Républicains), but left in 2007 due to disagreements with then party leader, Nicolas Sarkozy.
Dupont-Aignan ran for president as a euro-skeptic before, garnering just 1.8% in the first round of voting in 2012.
Alliance against Le Pen dead?
This new alliance has however raised concerns. Many had hoped that mainstream politicians – on both the left and right — would unite against Le Pen’s far-right in the run-off.
Polls show Macron winning next Sunday with about 59-60 percent, but the momentum has been with Le Pen, who has clawed back about five percentage points over the past week.
Centrist Macron, on a campaign trip in central France said on Saturday the alliance between Dupont-Aignan and Le Pen clarified the choice on offer to voters.
 http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/30/endorsement-le-pen-picks-gaullist-conservative-potential-prime-minister/

Europe: What Happens to Christians There Will Come Here

by Giulio Meotti
  • "Be careful, be very careful. What has happened here will come to you." — An elderly priest in Iraq, to Father Benedict Kiely.
  • Last year, more than 90,000 people chose to drop out of the Church of Sweden -- almost twice as many as the year before. Meanwhile, in one year, 163,000 migrants, most of them Muslim, entered the country.
  • "Shouldn't the issue of Middle Eastern Christians wake up European civilization to its core identity? Shouldn't we in Europe and the West be telling ourselves that these attacks are also aimed at us?" — Mathieu Bock-Côté, in Le Figaro.
"I fear we are approaching a situation resembling the tragic fate of Christianity in Northern Africa in Islam's early days", a Lutheran bishop, Jobst Schoene, warned a few years ago.
In ancient times, Algeria and Tunisia, entirely Christian, gave us great thinkers such as Tertullian and Augustine. Two centuries later, Christianity has disappeared, replaced by Arab-Islamic civilization.
Is Europe now meeting the same fate?
In the Middle East, "Christianity is over in Iraq" due to Islamic extremism; in Europe, Christianity is committing suicide.
Within 20 years, more babies will be born to Muslim women than to Christian women world-wide; it is just the latest sign of the rapid growth that seems to be making Islam the world's largest religion by the end of the century, according to a new study released by the Pew Research Center.
"Christianity is literally dying in Europe," said Conrad Hackett, the head of the researchers who worked on the Pew report.
According to it, between 2010 and 2015, the Muslim population increased by more than 150 million people to 1.8 billion.
In Europe, how many Christians have been "lost"? Between 2010 and 2015, "deaths outnumbered births by nearly 6 million during this brief period".
At this pace, Christianity will vanish in Europe.
In the same time frame, in most European countries -- including Britain, Germany, Italy and Russia -- Christian deaths outnumbered Christian births. "In Germany alone, for example, there were an estimated 1.4 million more Christian deaths than births between 2010 and 2015, a pattern that is expected to continue across much of Europe in the decades ahead", Pew discovered. There are clear patterns of demographic trends, church attendance, closures of parishes and the declining number of priests.
These patterns are why Islamic leaders, such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have been waging a demographic war against Europe. "Have not just three but five children", Erdogan said to Muslims in the old continent. "You are the future of Europe". This plan is called, in Islam, hijrah: expanding Islam by migration, based on Mohammad's flight from Mecca to Medina in 622.
Christianity in Northern Europe has already been weakened by atheism, a trend possibly accelerated by modern gains in science and medicine. The American sociologist Phil Zuckerman, after spending more than a year in Scandinavia, published a book, Society Without God. Recently, after a nationwide advertising campaign by the Atheist Society thousands of people left the Church of Denmark. Norway's state church lost more than 25,000 members in a month. Last year, more than 90,000 people chose to drop out of the Church of Sweden -- almost twice as many as the year before. Meanwhile, in one year, 163,000 migrants, most of them Muslim, entered the country.
Christianity is also collapsing in the UK. Across Greater Manchester, 20 churches will soon close. According to some reports, Anglicanism will disappear from Britain by 2033. The Catholic Church's Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh is planning to cut the number of parishes from more than 100 to 30. The Archdiocese of Glasgow, by far the country's largest, will soon -- within two decades -- have only 45 priests and probably shut down half its parishes. Imagine, a huge Catholic community will close half its churches.
The Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, headed by Archbishop Leo Cushley (right), is planning to cut the number of parishes from more than 100 to 30. (Image source: Lawrence OP/Flickr)
Catholics in the Netherlands are also embracing a "future without churches". Cardinal Willem Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, announced that by 2025 about a thousand Catholic parishes would close. "We predict that a third of Catholic churches will be closed by 2020 and two-thirds by 2025", he said.
Most churches in Brussels will be also closed-- 108 of them. Vienna Archdiocese in Austria will also liquidate most of its parishes -- 660 of them -- in the next 10 years. Instead, the Archdiocese will merge them into 150 larger parishes.
One finds similar numbers everywhere in Europe, from Catholic Spain to the Protestant United Kingdom.
Father Benedict Kiely, a Catholic priest who founded nasarean.org, which helps persecuted Christians in the Middle East, recently met some Christians persecuted by ISIS in Iraq. As he left the country, another elderly priest, himself a refugee, gripped Kiely's hand and told him in Arabic: "Be careful, be very careful. What has happened here will come to you".
As the attacks against two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday reminds us, the war of extermination being waged against Christians in the Middle East is very real indeed.
Canadian philosopher Mathieu Bock-Côté writes in Le Figaro:
"The Western world has long gotten used to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, as if their bad lot is inevitable and has to simply be accepted. Shouldn't the issue of Middle Eastern Christians wake up European civilization to its core identity? Shouldn't we in Europe and the West be telling ourselves that these attacks are also aimed at us?"
Europe has, for some time, been experiencing this war against Christianity on its own soil: the terror attack at a French church in Normandy, in which Islamic extremists murdered a priest before the altar; the terror plot against the Cathedral of Notre Dame; the threat by ISIS to turn Saint Peter's Cathedral into a mosque; the deadly terror attack at a Christmas market in Berlin, to name just a few of them.
"The mother tongue of Europe is Christianity", said the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe -- not a Pope. Maybe that language will again be strong in the future. Maybe priests will keep Christianity alive in London, Brussels and Paris. Maybe. But that is not what happened in North Africa.
By now, Goethe's "mother tongue" has, in Europe, been reduced to a barely-discernible whisper. Instead, one can hear, instead, the "Islamic tongue" getting stronger every year.
 https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10230/europe-christians

WATCH: Radiohead Ignores Roger Waters and Pushes Ahead with Tel Aviv Concert


British rock band Radiohead has no intention of listening to Roger Waters and will go ahead as planned with a concert in Tel Aviv later this summer.

“I have engaged in a correspondence with some of Radiohead and they seem to have decided that they’re going to go ahead and do a concert in Tel Aviv, So there’s very little more that I can say on the matter,” Waters confirmed during an onstage interview with New York Times music critic Jon Pareles.
As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, Pink Floyd’s Waters, along with dozens of other artists, had called on Radiohead in a letter organised by Artists For Palestine UK  to cancel the July 19 concert. He told the band to “think again” about heading to Tel Aviv and playing in a country  “where a system of apartheid has been imposed on the Palestinian people.”
Now it appears the band has no intention of canceling.
Radiohead also has backing from other members of the industry, with the Creative Community for Peace (CCP) offering its unconditional support for the band. In a statement released to Breitbart Jerusalem, CCP said:
“We applaud Radiohead for joining their peers and using their art as a way to bring people together. On their US tour, Radiohead chose two Israeli acts — one Jewish and one Arab — to open for them, sending the powerful message to the world that coexistence is entirely possible, and music can be a catalyst for making it happen. Radiohead are sure to continue to foster this message when they perform in Israel in July.
“Unfortunately, artists continue to be subjected to tremendous pressure from some of our peers in the entertainment community. Rather than expend this energy to divide, we hope that one day these groups and individuals will band together to unite. We invite them to sit at the table with us and work side by side to be sure no one is silenced.”
The band made its original announcement of the gig in Feberuary. As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, the band’s upcoming summer tour is intended to promote their latest album.
Radiohead played three shows in Tel Aviv in 1993 when they were still a struggling band with only a single album under their belt.
“Creep,” the most famous song from their debut album, gained wide radio play in Israel and the country was one of the first places outside the UK where the band won recognition.
 http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017/04/30/watch-radiohead-ignores-roger-waters-pushes-ahead-tel-aviv-concert/

Leaked Memo: Airport Border Guards Ordered to Turn Blind Eye to Illegal Immigrants

Border guards at Heathrow Airport have been privately told not to ‘waste time’ interrogating potential illegal immigrants, and instead focus on jihadis with European travel papers.

Terrorists must be the Border Force’s “number one” priority, according to a leaked memo seen by the Mail on Sunday, because extremists entering Britain with European Union (EU) documents don’t require visas.
The memo comes as thousands of EU citizens who fought with ISIS are fleeing Iraq and Syria, attempting to return to Europe as the Islamist terror group loses ground.
Warning Islamists are plotting “indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians” in UK cities, in February Britain’s terrorism watchdog Max Hill expressed “enormous concern” at the prospect of large numbers of returning jihadis.
Deputy director of Heathrow Airport’s Border Security Command, Nick Jariwalla, spelled out the threat in a recent message to Border Force guards entitled “Protecting the Public”.
In it, he insisted staff change the way they work so as to “really focus” on the threat of terrorists arriving from Europe, writing: “We are not sufficiently focused on the threat from passengers seeking to enter on EU documents.
“This is the number one thing that colleagues from the security services talk to me about.”
Interrogating potential illegal immigrants is “a poor use of our time”, Jariwalla told staff in the memo, stating that visa holders already have permission to enter Britain.
“We must recognise that every minute you spend with a potential doubtful visitor is a minute less you have to spend on passengers who might have more sinister intent,” he added.
A Home Office representative told the Mail on Sunday: “100 per cent of scheduled passengers are checked when arriving in the UK’ and visa holders are subject to ‘extensive mandatory checks.”
Earlier this year Breitbart London reported that illegal migrants found stowed away in lorries are frequently told to make their own way to a processing centre more than 50 miles away, and that Britain’s lax border controls mean authorities have “no way of knowing” the identities of individuals entering the UK.
 http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/30/border-guards-blind-eye-illegal-migrants/

Macron Threatens Poland with Future Sanctions over Refusal to Take in Migrants


Polish lawmakers are furious at French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron who has proposed potential sanctions on the country for refusing to take in migrants from other European Union states.

Globalist candidate  Macron has threatened Poland with sanctions if he becomes France’s new leader on 7 May. Speaking to several newspapers he said: “When the rights and values of the European Union are not respected, I want sanctions to be taken,” referring to the refusal of Poland to take in migrants from Italy and Greece, Reuters reports.
The Polish government has also clashed with the EU on the subject of its judiciary, which the EU has claimed has been weakened by the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) led government.
“In the three months after I’m elected, there will be a decision on Poland,” Macron said.
“You cannot have a European Union which argues over every single decimal place on the issue of budgets with each country, and which, when you have an EU member which acts like Poland or Hungary on issues linked to universities and learning, or refugees, or fundamental values, decides to do nothing.”
Hungary, like Poland, has also rejected attempts to redistribute migrants from other countries, recently rejecting 5,000 individuals from Sweden.
Hungary has also come under attack from the EU after passing a new education bill that could affect left-wing billionaire and open borders financier George Soros’s Central European University. In a recent speech, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Soros had ruined “the lives of millions of European with his financial speculations”.
Poland’s government reacted angrily with Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski calling Macron’s comments “unacceptable”. According to the foreign minister, Macron had “violated European standards and the principles of friendship with Poland”.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański accused Macron of using “populist” tactics and said that his comments went against the EU’s spirit of cooperation. Szymański said these comments were a contradiction given that Macron had earlier described himself as “pro-European”.
Earlier this week, Macron was jeered at by workers at a Whirlpool factory looking to move to Poland in his hometown of Amiens after Marine Le Pen had visited them hours before and was greeted with cheers. Macron complained saying: “You cannot have a country that plays on the fiscal and social gaps in the European Union and which is infringing European principles.”
Macron’s campaign has faced a tough opening week appearing lacklustre according to polls. Surveys after the Whirlpool factory event have shown him slipping in his once commanding lead.

A further endorsement of Marine Le Pen Friday evening by the heir to the political legacy of World War Two hero and former French President Charles De Gaulle, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, could see his lead slip even further.
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/30/macron-threatens-poland-future-sanctions-refusal-take-migrants/

George Soros and German Media

By Mark Musser

While Russian political tampering concerns dominate news headlines, one area of concern that has been overlooked for many decades is Germany’s mounting influential power over media, academia, and/or book publishing, something which Dr. Robert E. Kaplan of Jerusalem calls “soft power” in his illuminating book titled The Soros Connection, where he demonstrates the very real possibility that George Soros is a political and economic wrecking ball working as a foreign agent for the German state. Dr. Kaplan received his Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. He was heavily influenced by historian Edward Whiting Fox.  
Around 2000, Kaplan began noticing that Germany and German based trusts, foundations, and publishers, etc. seemed to have developed a habit of sending grants to Holocaust research projects. While some of this was most certainly done to help ease the problem of Holocaust guilt, there was too much altruism to be credible. The more Kaplan investigated, the more skeptical he became of Germany’s philanthropy -- all with a seemingly limitless supply of money. Kaplan then noticed that similar German funding and/or gifting had been a longstanding practice for well over 100 years, including strong ties to yellow journalism together with the meteoric rise of both the Hearst and Newhouse media empires in New York. Further, Kaplan submits evidence of strong German financial connections to the Rockefellers, Carnegies, J.P. Morgan, and the Ford Foundation. All this strongly suggested to Kaplan a coordinated effort of German government policy. Worse, German media has a very poor historical record relative to the freedom of the press precisely because of its close ties to the state going all the way back to the beginning of the Second Reich in 1871, when Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) exerted authoritarian control over what was printed. While the interwar years was concerned with whitewashing German war guilt from World War I, the aftermath of World War II was preoccupied with saving face following the terrors of the Holocaust.
In an article titled, “The German Problem,” the late syndicated columnist William Safire wrote, “I bridle at German book publishing hegemony. Few Americans realize that two German Gesellschaften are gaining stranglehold on US books.” Thus, the German media influences Kaplan writes about is also tied up with book publishing as well. Holtzbrinck Publishers and Bertelsmann control most of the big name publishing houses and a sizable market share of all the books produced in the United States. Bertelsmann is a media colossus that has been described as a “state within a state.” Bertelsmann played no small role in the dramatic rise of both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.  
Kaplan writes that in the past 20-25 years, both Bertelsmann and Holztzbrinck have done an admirable job of publishing any number of different books that share Holocaustic blame and guilt with other players and participants in different countries in order to help launder Germany’s history. Both Bertelsmann and Holtzbrinck also have substantial Nazi pedigrees in their past. Bertelsmann is controlled by the Mohn family, who had a strong pro-Nazi history in the 1930s and 40s. Today the Mohns are active environmentalists who belong to the ultra-green Club of Rome. Scientific American and Nature magazines are owned by Holtzbrinck.
Kaplan then goes on to show how George Soros parrots virtually the same agenda that Germany and its media allies have been peddling for years. In particular, Soros mimicked Germany’s desire to break up Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Initially, only Germany wanted to break up the Balkans. President Clinton followed suit. The U.S. and Europe thus sided with the Albanian Muslims in both Bosnia and Kosovo. While Milosevich was no saint, the Bosnian/Albanian Muslims were/are not much better. During World War II, they fought on the same side as the SS and were Nazi collaborators. Kaplan is also convinced that the Balkanization of Yugoslavia was the first salvo of what is today called the Arab Spring, in order to help resurrect some form of the old Ottoman Empire. Germany and Turkey were allies in World War I. After Serbia was bombed in the Bosnian War, the USA then lost Russia, which is at the very heart of the crisis now fomenting in Ukraine. Is it not possible that much of the vitriol over Russia right now in the media is being largely promoted by German concerns?

Soros was infamously known for being the man who broke the bank of England in the early 1990s. According to Kaplan, Soros had inside information from the German government as he used the mark to make a killing involvong deliberate currency manipulation that hit England particularly hard. Soros has since used that incredible haul to make even more money, usually at the hefty expense of other nations. He then uses his profits to heavily influence and manipulate politics worldwide, particularly in America.

The first time we hear of Soros was in 1944 Budapest, Hungary. Thanks to the protective efforts of his father, Tivadar, Soros worked with a Nazi godfather to help locate and shake down fellow Jews of their belongings before they were shipped off to Auschwitz. Soros alleges his father put him in that position to shield him from the Nazis, but it becomes very difficult not to presume that Tivadar had strong connections with the Judenrat in Budapest. The Judenrat were Jewish councils that the Nazis set up all over Europe to force them to do their dirty work for them. The Judenrat were placed in charge of the ghettos that housed the Jews in horrific conditions. While many of the Judenrat tried to serve the best they could with what was forced upon them, some actually enjoyed the virtual godlike powers that were granted. How Soros’s father related to all this is unknown. What is known is that Soros himself, though a Jew and a free man, constantly works against Zionism and pro-Jewish policies today.
According to Pamela Geller, there is a dossier on Soros that alleges previous strong connections between Soros and Francois Genoud (1915-1996), the Swiss Nazi banker who helped bankroll the Third Reich and was later flush with Holocaust cash after the war. Genoud used Nazi money to lay the foundation stones for Islamic terrorism during the early 1970s. Many also believe Genoud was the very founder of the international Al Taqwa Bank in Switzerland that was directed by a neo-Nazi Islamicist by the name of Ahmad Huber, originally Albert Huber, who was a Swiss convert to Islam. This bank supposedly helped sponsor Osama bin Laden and was shut down after the 9/11 terrorist attacks for aiding and abetting both Al Qaeda and Hamas. Italian security dubbed it, “The Bank of the Muslim Brotherhood.” Many today complain of the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into various branches of the U.S. government.
While more than a few will look at Dr. Robert Kaplan’s assessment of Soros with incredulity, it is highly unlikely that even a rich, powerful man like Soros could have such a dominating influence over world affairs without state sponsorship of his activities. Even Bill O’Reilly once called Soros, “Blofeld.” In the original Ian Fleming James Bond series, Blofeld was in charge of an underground, but very rich and powerful semi-fascist terrorist organization of sorts called Spectre.
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/04/george_soros_and_german_media.html#ixzz4fj5MN13h

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Suspected London terrorist was part of Gaza flotilla

 Terrorist arrested outside UK Parliament in London on way to attack
A man arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in London on Thursday was on the Mavi Marmara ship, which was raided by Israeli soldiers in 2010 while trying to violate Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, sources familiar with the investigation told Reuters on Friday.
The 27-year-old man was arrested with knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office by armed counter-terrorism officers during a stop-and-search as part of an ongoing security operation, British police said.
No one was injured in the incident and police said knives had been recovered from the man, who was being monitored by British intelligence agents and counter-terrorism officers.
He remains in custody on suspicion of terrorism offences and possession of an offensive weapon, according to Reuters.
Sources who spoke to the news agency on Friday identified the suspect as Khalid Omar Ali from London.
Ali was on board the Mavi Marmara, the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.
However, one source close to the current investigation told Reuters that investigators believed that Ali's involvement in the boat protest was entirely separate from whatever might have led up to Thursday's incident.
The Mavi Marmara incident occurred when IDF soldiers boarded the ship after the Islamists on board, who claimed they were carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza, refused to reverse course and dock at the Ashdod Port.
As soon as they boarded the ship, the soldiers were attacked by the Islamists with clubs and knives, forcing the troops to open fire and killing 10 of those on board.
Upon inspection it was discovered that there was no humanitarian aid whatsoever aboard the Marmara. After the raid Turkey angrily cut off ties with Israel.
As part of a reconciliation agreement with Turkey last June, Israel paid $20 million in compensation for the Marmara incident. In December, a court in Istanbul dropped a case against four top former Israeli commanders who were being tried in absentia over the Marmara raid.
 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228786

‘There is no free lunch’: Germany Talks Tough on Brexit, But Other EU Nations Want Trade, Partnership

 

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has been talking tough on Brexit, attempting to create the impression that the apparently hardline view on negotiations adopted by Germany and the European Commission is unanimous.

“There is no free lunch. Britons must know that,” said Schäuble.
“We don’t want to weaken Britain, but we also don’t want that the rest of Europe is weakened,” he added, according to Sky News.
“Britain should not have advantages after the exit, that other countries don’t have.”
Whilst the finance minister’s rhetoric is harsh, it does, in fact, suggest that a fairly ambitious trade agreement could be achieved.
Mexico provides an example of a country where trade in manufactured goods and even services has been liberalised extensively, whilst countries such as Israel have been able to participate in EU-led initiatives such as the European Research Area – but neither have had to join the Single Market or submit to its Free Movement immigration regime.
European Council President Donald Tusk hinted at this in his own statement, saying: “We all want a close and strong future relationship with the UK. There is absolutely no question about it.”
Tusk was clear that “before discussing the future, we have to sort out our past” – referring to the various arguments around payments currently being leaked to the European media. Tusk did, however, indicate that it was important to “handle [these issues] with genuine care, [and] fairly”.
Tusk’s less combative tone hints at the divided opinion amongst EU member states with regard to how the Brexit negotiations should be handled.
Whilst much of the formerly Remain-leaning media has indicated the stance of Germany and the Juncker Commission reflects prevailing opinion, there is strong evidence that many European governments would prefer a more conciliatory approach.
“Some people really want to make it as tough as possible for the United Kingdom,” noted Jarosław Kaczyński, chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), in February 2017.
“Meanwhile some of us would like to sustain a kind of partnership with the United Kingdom. Not within Europe – since you do not wish to remain inside – but very close and friendly relations from outside the European Union. Poland belongs to the second category of voices.”
The Minister-President of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois, has also complained that “a couple of countries [in the EU] are in a punishment project”, and believes that their “lose-lose” approach to the negotiations must not prevail.
The Hungarian foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó, too, has indicated that his government will push for a comprehensive free trade agreement, “to avoid a situation whereby the EU goes to the back of the line for Britain”.
Szijjártó believes that “a situation where Britain is better off trading with the Americans, Turks, Indians, Australians or Japanese” would be extremely detrimental to the EU.
“Losing such a partner and giving it away to others would be a suicidal strategy,” Szijjártó emphasised in March 2017.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has himself questioned whether the EU can maintain a united front during the negotiations.
“Do the Poles and the Hungarians want exactly the same thing as the Germans and the French?” he asked, whilst announcing that he would not be seeking a second term at the helm. “I have serious doubts.”
 http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/29/germany-talks-tough-brexit-no-free-lunch/

‘Remain’ Activist Attacks UKIP Event Attendee

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An alleged ‘Remain’ activist attacked a woman attending a UKIP event on Saturday in Hartlepool, leaving her bloodied and injured on the floor.

Photographs show the alleged Remain activist arguing with a UKIP party member moments before the altercation between the two women broke out.
It is not known who initiated the fight, but the woman identified as the Remain supporter grabbed at the sweater of the woman attending the UKIP event and both fell to the ground.
A UK Independence Party member (L) argues with a pro-EU supporter outside a pub in Hartlepool ahead of a visit by UKIP
 leader Paul Nuttall on April 29, 2017 in Hartlepool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
UKIP and the Remain campaign group have both denied either of these women were their supporters.
A UK Independence Party supporter (L) scuffles with a pro-europe supporter ahead of a visit by UKIP leader 
Paul Nuttall to Hartlepool on April 29, 2017 in Hartlepool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
One man attempted to break up the fight whilst another man, wearing a striped scarf and a grey jumper, stood between the women.
Both were later seen with bloodied faces.
A UK Independence Party member (L) scuffles on the floor with a pro-EU supporter outside a pub in Hartlepool 
ahead of a visit by UKIP leader Paul Nuttall on April 29, 2017 in Hartlepool,
 United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

The alleged UKIP supporter is reported to have said: “Look at what you’ve done! I’m 62 years old.”
A spokesman for Cleveland Police confirmed to the MailOnline officers attended the scene, saying: “We were called to an incident today but we weren’t aware that Ukip were going to be there.”

UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall, who on Saturday announced he was running for MP in Boston and Skegness, was door knocking in Hartlepool supporting a local by-election candidate.
A spokesman for UKIP said: “One woman was a local resident and one was a hard left activist who was disrupting things. They are absolutely nothing to do with us.
“[The resident] wasn’t a Ukip supporter – she wanted to hear what we had to say but she is not known to us.”
This is not the first time UKIP supporters or UKIP members have been attacked by Remain and hard left activists.
Two years ago, a Bournemouth resident was attacked by five men and pushed to the floor leaving him with injuries to his face, arms, and legs for having a UKIP sign in his garden.
UKIP MEP Margot Parker’s office window was smashed by vandals in July 2016, and a month later a shop’s windows, owned by two elderly brothers, were smashed in an early-morning raid because they were displaying pro-Brexit and UKIP signs.
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has also received constant threats to his safety. Mr. Farage and UKIP have had to pay for private security for the MEP for years, and in March 2015 his wife and two young daughters were chased out of their local pub by far left activists whilst they were eating a Sunday meal together.
And recently in February 2017, self-proclaimed ‘anti-fascists’ admitted to attacking young UKIP campaigners in the run-up to the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, grabbing one “by the scruff”, ripping his UKIP rosette from his jacket, and attempting to steal his bag.
 http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/29/remain-activist-attacks-ukip-event-attendee/

Outrage over German Foreign Minister's alleged belittling of Holocaust

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel came under fire from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and German NGOs on Friday for his alleged trivialization of the Holocaust, in which he wrote that Jewish victims and social democrats were equal victims of the Nazis. Gabriel wrote in an opinion article on Tuesday in the Frankfurter Rundschau daily that "Social democrats were, like the Jews, the first victims of the Holocaust. The social democrats were the victims of political persecution, the others [Jews] were victims of race madness." The head of the Jerusalem office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, told The Jerusalem Post that "anyone with knowledge of the Final Solution is aware of the fact that the fate of European Jews under the Nazis was different than any of the other victims of the Nazis." Zuroff, who is the Wiesenthal Center's chief Nazi-hunter, said Gabriel's assertion is an "abuse of the memory of the Holocaust." Gabriel's article appeared in newspapers in Cologne, Frankfurt and Berlin. Dr. Elvira Grozinger, the head of the German chapter of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), told the Post: "Our Minister of Foreign Affairs seems to have no idea of what the Holocaust meant for the Jews. The Social Democrats were political opponents and therefore -like in any other dictatorship - unwanted and imprisoned but never systematically gassed. Six million dead Jewish victims including over 1 Million children." She said, "The comparison of these Jewish victims who were murdered just because they were born as Jews and Social Democrats as political opponents in the '3rd Reich' is therefore not acceptable. It is a symptom of lack of historical and social differentiation which disqualifies such a member of government as a minister." SPME has over 50,000 members world-wide. A spokesperson for Germany's foreign ministry told the Post, "Foreign minster Gabriel is a close friend of Israel and has always unambiguously embraced German responsibility for the Holocaust and the security of Israel. There can be no doubt about this. The foreign minister made this again a point of his visit to Yad Vashem on Yom HaShoah." Gabriel was the subject of a scandal in Israel this week because he refused to cancel meetings with far-left NGOs who seek, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to delegitimize the Jewish state and the IDF. Netanyahu protested Gabriel's meeting with the NGOs Breaking the Silence and B'Tselem by cancelling his meeting with Germany's top diplomat. Gabriel's alleged playing down of the Holocaust prompted criticism in the media and among historians. The popular Spiegel columnist Sascha Lobo tweeted "We were however also Holocaust victims!!!--wrote the German social democratic foreign minister about Israel. Unbelievable." Wolfgang Wippermann, a history professor at the Free University in Berlin, called Gabriel's parallel "terrible." Michael Spaney, the executive director fo the Mideast Freedom Forum in Berlin, told the Post: "The FM’s statement clearly shows how he misunderstands the Holocaust as something as a general catastrophe that can happen to anyone. And how he disregards the centrality of antisemitism to the Nazi ideology. No wonder that he disregards the antisemitism of Israel’s enemies. No wonder that he fails to see that not Israel is responsible for the collapse of negotiations to a two-state-solution." He added, " Gabriel said that Netanyahu rejected the meeting this week out of domestic reasons while he himself is using the scandal for the social democrat’s election campaign in Germany. He used his post for party politics in order to gain support with his electorate while he was expected to make a first encounter with his Israeli colleague. Taking into account his new statement about the Holocaust one can definitely say that he is unfit for the job of Germany’s highest diplomat."
 http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Outrage-over-German-FMs-belittling-of-Holocaust-489280

'Brexit is already HURTING' Industry boss warns Merkel against 'wounding' German economy

THE leader of the German Chamber of Commerce has warned Angela Merkel that punishing Britain will hurt her own country's economy.A leading voice of German trade has warned that the country has a lot to lose in Brexit talks. Dr Volker Treier warned Angela Merkel, who criticised British "illusions" about Brexit yesterday, that German economy will suffer if she does not treat the UK well. The foreign trade chief of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce said that the first signs of damage from Brexit could already be seen in the country.During a panel discussion about Brexit on German television, the host asked: "Mr Treier, will the German economy after Brexit be left running around with a black eye? Great Britain is the third biggest trade partner." Dr Treier responded: "Yes, we can already feel it. The British Pound has been devalued since the Brexit decision, it has been devalued if we go back even further. "And in the past year our exports were in the black till the Brexit decision. In the end we landed at minus three per cent. In the fourth quarter there was a decline of nine per cent."He added: "This means there is already some damage. Great Britain and the economy are helped by the weak pound at the moment. "There will be obstacles in our relationship. Great Britain will no longer be a member of the EU and therefore we will have a different type of relationship and not the same good one we have today." However, Dr Treier also warned that the UK will be the biggest victim of the break-up process.The business chief explained: "We will suffer injury but the United Kingdom will suffer bigger damage, at least with the relations to the German economy."Because of the Brexit decision there will be a decline of investment activities of German companies in Great Britain. Germany is responsible for 400,000 jobs on the island." He also insisted that the Brexit talks implement a transitional period to help local businesses cope. Others on the panel warned that Britain "has more to lose". This comes ahead of a EU summit tomorrow that will approve the bloc's negotiating strategy for Brexit discussions. The European Council President Donald Tusk has already demanded that Britain settle its finance commitments - including a £50billion bill - before talks begin.
 http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/797871/German-Industry-Merkel-Brexit-Sounds-Warning-On-Economy

Terror Raid Suspect Allegedly Took Teens to Join Islamic State in 2015

Terror suspect Mohamed Amoudi, arrested in raids on Thursday, is claimed to have previously been released without charge after being accused of taking two teenage boys to join Islamic State in Syria. Amoudi is believed to have taken the teens out of the country after attending a talk given by Moazzam Begg’s CAGE organisation hosted by an Islamic society at Queen Mary, University of London.

Amoudi, 21, who is reportedly a teacher with a master’s degree in physics, is considered a key suspect in an Islamist bomb plot. He was one of six people arrested in raids conducted by armed counterterror police in London and Kent.
The Times reports that Amoudi is a British citizen born in Yemen. In 2015, Amoudi took two 17-year-old boys from the Wembly area to Turkey. Turkish authorities suspected they were heading for the border with Syria, and were stopped and sent back to Britain. He was detained by British police, but was never charged.
Amoudi and the teenagers made the trip days after the suspect attended talks organised by human rights group CAGE, which represents former Guantanamo Bay inmates. The event was hosted by an Islamic society at Queen Mary, University of London, where Amoudi was studying. CAGE had described Islamic State executioner “Jihadi John”, Mohamed Emwazi, as a “beautiful young man”.
The event was addressed by Haitham al-Haddad, who has called for apostates from Islam to be stoned to death. Begg, a director of CAGE, also spoke at the event where he told students that Muslims were “feared and hated”.
Begg served as an inmate in Guantanamo Bay, where he signed a confession stating that he was an Al Qaeda recruiter. After his release, negotiated by the Blair government, he returned to the UK and retracted those statements, but admitted being at Islamic training camps.
Amoudi was part of a group called Strivin Muslims, through which it is believed he met the schoolboys.
One source told The Times that the alleged plotters were “rapidly moving towards putting their plan into action”. It is believed their intended target was in central London.
During the operation on Thursday, Amoudi is understood to have fled undercover officers who followed him on a bus to a busy high street in north-west London. Counterterrorism police eventually arrested him outside Willesden Green library on suspicion of involvement in the “active plot”.
 http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/29/terror-raid-suspect-released-two-teens-join-islamic-state-syria/

Declining Italy

By Herbert London

Italy is romance. Caruso’s ghost sings in the corridors of narrow streets. Each meal is an adventure for the palate. Tourists travel the seven seas to recapture the past of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Signorile, Puehini, Bernini. Italy is the reservoir of Western culture.  
That said, Italy is declining -- like the Colossus of Rhodes, it is sinking into the Mediterranean. The tourists come in droves and like locusts they can cover a city. But the tourists and natives only look through the rear-view mirror. Contemporary Italy is bankrupt and kept afloat by the panjandrums at the E.U. The northern half of the country works; the southern half lives on the dole. Sardinia is an island comprised of retirees with only one manufacturing plant on it.  
Five Star, the movement to withdraw from the E.U., is led by a comedian. Some would say a perfect example of Italian politics. The growing migrant population is another issue. North Africans have poured into the country at an unprecedented rate. No one could tell me how many reside in the country because residency is based on obtaining records, an often impossible task.            
So Italian hip-hoppers, supported by government largess, wearing Michael Jordan tee-shirts, enjoy the benefits of the country but give little in return. It is the anti-migrant sentiment that fuels an exit from the E.U.           
The once majestic Italian family sitting around a dining table with grandma and grandpa is nonexistent. Italians have one of the lowest birthrates in the world and 85 percent of them who have children have “only children”. Italy is on the path to demographic suicide.            
Still, the charm of yesteryear remains as a form of faded glory. On a recent trip to Amalfi, I went to the world-famous Lunar hotel. In its time dignitaries from around the globe visited. Mussolini stayed there, as did Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, and Richard Wagner. Humphrey Bogart and Gina Lollabridgida filmed Beat the Devil on the premises. The courtyard offers bowls of flowers and memories of the past. But this is not a 21st century hotel like those in Singapore. The plumbing is failing and the paint peeling. Rooms are large, but dank. In so many ways the Lunar hotel captures Italy. Breathtaking, and nostalgic, a time-goes-by classic.            
How Italy rights the ship of state is not clear. It doesn’t produce the products that satisfy global demands. Unemployment for the 20 to 40 set is near Depression levels. Young college graduates with ambition head for London, Paris, or New York. There are civil service positions and opportunities in the tourist trade, but government work does nothing for economic growth and tourist jobs pay poorly. There are those who contend Italy could make it if a secessionist movement had the north break with the south. Politically, this is a nonstarter.    
So Italy will limp along, an album of civilizational glory, until it cannot walk at all. For the West that will be a moment of despair. For those with a memory Italy will survive; for the existentialists it will be a myth -- the story of a place long ago.

 http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/04/declining_italy.html#ixzz4fdY6BY99

EU’s Federica Mogherini Still Wants Turkey to Join Bloc


EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Friday that accession talks with Turkey have not been halted and she still wants it to join, if Ankara can meet necessary conditions. Her remarks, following a EU foreign ministers meeting in Valletta, came after recent calls from some countries that negotiations over Turkey’s potential membership of the bloc should be stopped. The talks in Malta highlighted sharp differences on ties with Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in a referendum to reform the constitution gave him increased powers. Germany urged its EU peers not to end accession talks despite deep misgivings over Turkey’s rights record, saying the country is key to European interests, not least as a NATO ally. Austria however reiterated its demand that negotiations be ditched, saying Erdogan had violated the EU rule of law and eschewed democratic norms that candidate countries must put in place. After a “very frank and open” meeting with the foreign ministers, Mogherini said she was “happy to have (Turkey) in but a level of clarification” was needed from Ankara. “The accession process continues, it is not suspended, not ended (although) we are currently not working on any new chapters,” she told reporters. “The criteria are very clear, well known and if Turkey is interested in joining, as the foreign minister told us today, … it knows very well what that implies, especially in the field of human rights, rule of law, democracy and freedoms,” she said. Erdogan meanwhile accused the EU of backing the ‘No’ campaign in this month’s referendum on expanding his powers, but insisted Turkey’s door was still open. The EU backed the losing side but that was in the past and from now on the EU should “put efforts into how you will develop your relations with Turkey. Although you carried out that campaign, we are opening our door,” he said. Mogherini, who said the EU respected the outcome of the vote, was due to meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu later Friday. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said earlier that his government was “strictly against breaking off the accession talks…. It would be the completely wrong reaction.” “In NATO, we did not even exclude Turkey even during the times of military dictatorship (there). Why should we now have an interest in pushing it in the direction of Russia?” he said. But Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz repeated his call for talks to be halted and told his EU colleagues to make their minds up. “I consider it completely wrong if we hold up this fiction of an accession (to the EU) as Turkey moves away even further from Europe every year,” Kurz said. “We need, finally, a clear decision.” In March last year, the European Union signed an accord with Turkey to speed up the accession talks, along with visa liberalisation and billions in aid in return for Ankara halting a flood of migrants, mostly from Syria and Iraq, coming to Europe. Erdogan and top Turkish officials have repeatedly threatened to rip up the deal because of the lack of progress in membership talks. The president also warned that he would review relations with the EU as a whole after the referendum.
 http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/29/eu-mogherini-says-still-wants-turkey-join/

Political Heir to Charles De Gaulle Endorses Le Pen

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Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, leader of the pro-sovereignty France Arise party (DLF) has said he will support Marine Le Pen.

Mr. Dupont-Aignan announced his intentions to vote for Le Pen Friday evening on broadcaster France 2. “We signed a government agreement with an evolution of the programme, clarifications, and additions … I officially announce tonight that I will support Marine Le Pen and campaign with her on an expanded government project,” Dupont-Aignan told the channel RTL reports.
A meeting between Ms. Le Pen and the DLF leader occurred in private Friday afternoon as Le Pen sought the recommendation and endorsement of Mr. Dupont-Aignan going into the second round of the presidential race on 7 May.  Until now, the DLF have rejected the Front National, and the endorsement could send shockwaves across the French political establishment.
The endorsement from Dupont-Aignan is not unusual as Le Pen supports many of the issues that he ran on in the first round of the presidential race including getting France out of the euro and being broadly against a European Union superstate.
Dupont-Aignan, who identifies himself with the legacy of World War Two hero and former French President Charles De Gaulle, obtained  1,695,186 votes in the first round or close to five per cent of all votes cast. The endorsement will likely further close the gap between Le Pen and her globalist rival Emmanuel Macron.
Nicolas Bay, the secretary general for the Front National, suggested there could be a possibility for Dupont-Aignan to become prime minister under a Le Pen presidency after endorsing her. Though the position of prime minister in France is largely ceremonial, the move would likely benefit the DLF in June’s legislative elections.
The endorsement is the largest name so far to support Le Pen in the second round of the elections and will likely carry the most weight in terms of votes. Dupont-Aignan will join Christine Boutin, founder and leader of the Christian Democratic Party, another first-round candidate, to have endorsed Le Pen. Many of the other candidates knocked out in the first round, except for far left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, have endorsed Macron. 
Le Pen criticised the immediate endorsement of Macron by conservative Republican party candidate François Fillon who gave his support only five minutes after exit polls emerged. Le Pen called Fillon a “traitor” to his supporters for his actions. Despite his endorsement, Fillon admitted in February that if he were eliminated most of his supporters would flock to Le Pen.
 http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/29/political-heir-charles-de-gaulle-endorses-le-pen/