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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 1st, 2024 at 05:18:01 PM EST

Organizational hygiene. Pragmatic pro-Ukraine Meloni. Nationalist pro-Ursula Meloni.
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euractiv | Green lead candidate hits back at EPP attempts to exclude her group from Commission majority, 31 May
The centre-right EPP is projected to remain in charge of the European Commission after the EU elections, but it needs to team up with other European Parliament groups for its candidate for the presidency to pass the investiture vote.
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euractiv | Meet the parties fighting for power in the European [Parliament], 1 June illustrated
However, the Greens' offer to join the Commission's majority in exchange for policy concessions has been received coolly by the EPP. Daniel Caspary, leader of the EPP's largest delegation, the German CDU, claimed that the Greens proved unreliable when voting against the EU's migration reform.

"The Greens should not be part of the Commission majority because they are very dogmatic and ideological in the European Parliament," Jens Spahn, a leading national CDU lawmaker, told Euractiv. Commission President and EPP lead candidate Ursula von der Leyen also appeared to doubt the Greens' suitability.

"We will see how the Greens behave after the elections", she told WDR on Monday when asked about her coalition options, noting that the Greens voted against parts of the Green deal "because they wanted more."
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dailynewshungary | Hungary to lose important Brussels position
"Fed up with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's constant obstructionism on Ukraine, his fellow EU leaders plan to punish him by giving his country a weak portfolio in the next European Commission," POLITICO writes, citing three diplomats who requested anonymity.
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reuters | Thousands rally to back Hungary's Orban ahead of EU vote, 1 June
"The results of the EP and local elections on June 9 will reveal how big Orban's domestic political challenges are and whether Magyar poses a greater threat to Fidesz or other opposition parties," said Andrius Tursa at think tank Teneo.
The diplomats also told POLITICO that EU officials "have no appetite for" Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement from Hungary.
euractiv | EU ministers fume as 'outrageous' Hungary yet again blocks military aid for Ukraine, 27 May absent 'abstention'
The Commissioner plays a significant role in discussions about Ukraine's and Balkan states' accession to the EU, which is problematic because, as the diplomats note, Hungary has been openly and consistently attempting to halt the accession talks and block aid to Ukraine.
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by Cat on Sun Jun 2nd, 2024 at 05:06:25 PM EST
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😂

How about letting the folks vote first  and quite likely punish the elitists in Ivory Tower managing the enlarged EU of Brussels.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 2nd, 2024 at 05:41:33 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 2nd, 2024 at 05:46:56 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Mega-rumor to the Top Job for Baerbock, 1 June GOTV
Könnte unsere Außenministerin Annalena Baerbock (43, Grüne) die EU-Chefin ablösen? Gar nicht mal ausgeschlossen, berichtet ,,Politico" (gehört wie BILD zur Axel Springer SE).
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Scholz und Macron wollen Wechsel an der EU-Spitze
Und immer klarer wird: Der Unmut über von der Leyen auf dem Top-Posten ist bei vielen wichtigen EU-Akteuren groß.
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Wenn eine deutsche EU-Chefin, dann grün
ABER: Im Koalitionsvertrag der Ampel ist festgehalten, welche Partei das Vorschlagsrecht bekommt, sollte Deutschland einen oder eine neue Kandidatin für das mächtigste EU-Amt ins Rennen schicken. Es sind: die Grünen!
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EU-Konservative haben jetzt schon genug Grün
Was noch gegen eine weitere Amtszeit von Ursula von der Leyen spricht: Selbst wenn sie von Frankreich und Deutschland im EU-Rat unterstützt würde, ist ihr eine Mehrheit im Parlament nicht sicher. Schon beim letzten Wahlgang hatte sie nur neun Stimmen mehr als nötig. Sogar in ihrer Fraktion werden wohl einige Abgeordnete von der Leyen ihre Stimme verweigern, möglicherweise auch in CDU und CSU, wo ebenfalls einiger Frust über die aktuelle EU-Chefin herrscht. Hauptgrund dafür: Von der Leyen ist ihnen zu grün, treibt für ihren Geschmack zu viele Öko-Projekte voran - insbesondere ihr ,,Green Deal" ist bei vielen EU-Konservativen verhasst.
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by Cat on Sun Jun 2nd, 2024 at 11:41:43 PM EST
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Is this Sino- or Ruso-disinfoo?
In 2018 the National Assembly of France established a single EP electoral "constituency" (81 seats). Prior to that, eight EP electoral districts, drawn in proportion to population size, elected candidates for the number of EP seats apportioned to each. It's rumored that 37 parties registered 3,000 candidates for France's trailing EP election (9 June). I am thrilled to learn, le gouvernment requires original identity documents in lieu of a valid voter card at one's polling place—a contentious limitation to freedoms of persons resident in US America. I suppose, also-ran EP candidates will nominate themselves for NA seats in 2027.

Atlantic MSM, G7 MSM, fixation on the outcome of MEP elections this week contrasts with months-long alarm that corruption of EU27 parliaments by far-right EPP "national populists" is imminent (2027).

Regarding the National Assembly of France, French PM steps in to boost Macron's ailing EU parliament campaign

Regarding G7 joint ventures to vanquish RUSSIA, with or without the imprimatur of global peace summit delegates, Macron, Zelensk* to discuss Ukraine's needs in Paris on Friday. The Ukrainian president will be welcomed by France's Armed Forces Minister Sebastien Lecornu with military honours on Friday morning, deliver a speech in the National Assembly, and meet with the speaker of the lower house Yael Braun-Pivet. Opposition leader of right-wing Republicans in parliament, Olivier Marleix, said, it was "inappropriate" to invite Zelensk* during EP elections.

Biden to meet with Zelensk* in France
Jake Sullivan debriefed reporters en route to France on Tuesday night. He also noted that Biden will "be with" Zelensk* in Italy for the G7 meeting next week.

by Cat on Wed Jun 5th, 2024 at 07:12:28 PM EST
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European citizens still face administrative hurdles to vote, 10 June
The [EP] elections are the world's second-largest democratic ballot after India.
SIMILE SUICIDE
However, compared to other elections, EU citizens face a complicated web of administrative hurdles they need to overcome to be eligible to vote.

While citizens are automatically registered to vote in national elections, things are more complicated when it comes to the [EP] elections, especially for people not living in their country of citizenship.

In most EU countries, these citizens have to register with local authorities to be eligible to vote in their country of residence if they hold citizenship from another EU state—with procedures and deadlines varying from country to country and voters having to register up to 90 days in advance, as is the case in Italy.
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GOTV 2024 Managment is still crunching the numbers
by Cat on Mon Jun 10th, 2024 at 02:01:33 PM EST
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For Politico.com.eu "D-Day" isn't Democracy Day. It's Joe Macron memorial services versus PUTIN oligarchs Day.

Meanwhile

euronews AI-enabled "political families" matrix prepares to run numbers

by Cat on Thu Jun 6th, 2024 at 08:03:04 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Voting in 20 EU countries under way as elections for the European Parliament enters its final day, 9 June
Surveys suggest that mainstream and pro-European parties will retain their majority in parliament, but they will lose seats to hard right [EPP] parties like those led by Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni, Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen in France. That would make it harder for Europe to pass legislation and could at times paralyze decision-making in the world's biggest trading bloc.
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euronews | Poll Centre, "pre-bunking"
DISCLAIMER
Euronews Polls Centre builds its parliamentary graphs, polls and projections from an array of sources. Our Euronews Polls Average is developed using publicly available polls from across the European Union. Euronews aggregated findings are built with a proprietary methodology utilizing a Kalman Filter (LQE), a predictive statistical algorithm that uses large data sets for predictive purposes. Euronews does not adjust results for house effect, weight any polls, or favor specific polling houses. Euronews only collects data with sample populations over 800 < wipes tears >, except under unique [!] circumstances where data is limited. Euronews Parliamentary seat predictions are based on polling results. All information regarding E.U. parliamentary seats, party affiliations and MEPs can be found on the E.U.'s website. Euronews-Ipsos [abbynormal sampling] methodology can be found on the Ipsos website.
by Cat on Sun Jun 9th, 2024 at 01:28:14 PM EST
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yahoo! DPA | Germany's Scholz to attend D-Day 80th anniversary events, 31 May
"Macron did not invite any representatives from the Russian government to attend the D-Day anniversary events because of Russia's ongoing military invasion of Ukraine."

ChatGPT | A MASS PARACHUTE JUMP over Normandy kicks off commemorations for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, 4 June
"Part of the purpose of fireworks shows, parachute jumps, solemn commemorations and ceremonies that world leaders will attend this week is to pass the baton of remembrance to the current generations now seeing war again in Europe, in Ukraine. U.S. President Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* and British royals are among the VIPs that France is expecting for D-Day events."

NY Yella Cake | Zelensk* Shares Emotional Moment With U.S. Veteran at D-Day Ceremony, 6 June

The veteran, Melvin Hurwitz, embraced the Ukrainian president and called him "the savior of the people." Mr. Zelensk* told Mr. Hurwitz that he and his fellow World War II veterans had "saved Europe."
yahoo! Hill | Zelensk* compares retaking of Kherson to D-Day (15.11.22)
Their embrace mirrored a connection that President Biden made explicit in his remarks at the ceremony, in which he cast the allied effort to repel the Russian invasion of Ukraine as an extension of the ["]battle for freedom in Europe["] that unfolded on Normandy's beaches eight decades ago."
Biden and Zelensk* to meet amid tensions over pace of U.S. military aid, 6 June: "It's a familiar pattern we've seen again and again. It's usually: `No, No, Maybe, Yes,'" said John Herbst, a retired career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
"We know the DARK FORCES that these heroes fought against 80 years ago," Mr. Biden said, addressing a crowd of thousands, including 180 surviving veterans of the D-Day operation, near the graves of 9,388 American service members.
abcnews | 9 members of Congress parachute jump over Normandy for D-Day anniversary: Reps. Crow (D-CO), Waltz (R-FL), Crenshaw (R-TX), Jackson, (R-TX), McCormick (R-GA), Green (R-TN), Mills (R-FL), Issa (R-CA), Self (R-TX)
"They never fade," Mr. Biden added. "Aggression and greed, the desire to dominate and control, to change borders by force—these are perennial. The struggle between dictatorship and freedom is unending."
globalsecurity.org | Federal Chancellor at D-Day commemoration ceremony - Ouest France Olaf
The Allied landing in Normandy on 6 June 1944, 80 years ago today, was a day of liberation. It was a day of liberation for France and for many countries of Europe that had to endure a reign of terror under German occupation. But it was also a day of liberation for Germany itself. After all, the landing of the Allies on the beaches of Normandy marked the beginning of the end of the barbaric system of National Socialism, of its racist fanaticism, and militarism, of its will to exterminate and its imperialistic < wipes tears > fantasies....
I noted with interest that several aged US American veterans, included by ChatGPT in Genocide Joe's entourage, were no where on the beach—or the eastern front.
archive Aug 19th, 2022
by Cat on Sun Jun 9th, 2024 at 02:53:04 PM EST
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SIDEBAR WARNING ChatGPT "hallucination" based on 2024 estimates by country.
by Cat on Sun Jun 9th, 2024 at 07:18:52 PM EST
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F24 | France's Macron calls new legislative elections over projected far-right [EPP] victory, 9 June
In an address to the nation from the Elysee presidential palace, Macron said: "I've decided to give you back the choice of our parliamentary future through the vote. I am therefore dissolving the National Assembly." The vote will take place in two rounds on June 30 and July 7, he said.
by Cat on Sun Jun 9th, 2024 at 07:27:09 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Voter turnout at record high as Macron tries to thwart far right -- live updates
Nearly 60 percent of registered voters cast their ballots before 5 p.m.—a roughly 20 percentage point increase compared with 2022. It sets the vote on track to have the highest turnout in at least 25 years.
THE FRENCH ELECTION RISKS TORPEDOING THE GLOBAL ORDER!
France's leadership position in the EU, its seat on the U.N. Security Council and its military reach as a global power make this almost as much of a "world election" as Biden vs. Trump! in November. An open letter signed last weekend by 170 serving and former French diplomats said that Moscow! but also Beijing!, New Caledonia!  would see a far-right victory "as an enfeeblement of France and an invitation to interference in our national life, to aggression against Europe ... and the economic vassalisation of France and the continent."
The stakes are high as the country prepares for a political big bang: French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist coalition risks annihilation, not only by the far-right National Rally (which polls show could be ruling the country as of next month), but also by the left.
EP Election 2024 Turnout (%): FR, 51
by Cat on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 05:56:24 PM EST
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cnn | Markets fear the French far right could trigger a FINANCIAL CRISIS, 14 June
Finance minister, Bruno Le Maire noted that France now has to pay a higher interest rate than Portugal—one of the countries bailed out during the [PIIGS] European debt crisis more than a decade ago—to borrow from investors. "This comes down to the (parties') plans that are on the table, whether we can, yes or no, finance this debt," Le Maire said.
reuters | France election 2024: Why public finances will lose, whoever win, 30 June
Already under scrutiny from ratings agencies, financial markets and Brussels, France's public finances are likely to come under more strain no matter what the outcome of a snap parliamentary election, which starts with a first round of voting on Sunday.
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The outgoing government had promised to cut the budget deficit from 5.5% of Gross Domestic Product last year to a European Union ceiling of LOL! 3% by 2027—an objective that may be unattainable after the vote, which concludes with a second round on July 7.

FAR-RIGHT NATIONAL RALLY
If it forms a government, the RN wants as soon as July to cut value added (VAT) sales tax on energy, which it says would cost 7 billion euros for the rest of this year and 12 billion in a full year.
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by Cat on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 06:51:25 PM EST
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LeChatGPT | Le Pen questions French president's 'reserved domain' on defense and foreign policy, 28 June
"Head of the armed forces, for the president, it's an honorary title since it's the prime minister who holds the purse strings. Jordan Bardella, president of the RN, has no intention of picking a quarrel with him, but he has set red lines," said Le Pen, when asked how a possible future prime minister from her party's ranks might get on with Macron. "On Ukraine, the president would not send troops," she also insisted, even though Macron and his government, in the absence of concrete progress, have for several weeks begun to clear the air on this option, speaking of "instructors" as part of a "coalition" of willing states, rather than "troops."
archive Weimar Triangle 2022 in Antagonizing, Weimar plane geometry 2024 tabloid USA reuters | France election: How does it work - and what's next?
France has had three periods of "cohabitation," where the government is of a different political stripe from the president, in its post-war history. The government has most of the power on the domestic front, but the president is the head of the military < wipes tears > and wields influence abroad. However, the division of power on foreign policy is not clear cut and that could be an issue for France's stance on the war in Ukraine or European Union policy.
lefigaro | Résultats des législatives 2024 : le RN et ses alliés largement en tête devant la gauche, la macronie distancée, June 30
by Cat on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 06:25:02 PM EST
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F24. France's far-right National Rally party makes big gains in first round of legislative elections
by Cat on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 07:26:26 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 10:10:11 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jun 11th, 2024 at 04:45:38 AM EST
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sofagate has entered the room.
by Cat on Thu Jun 13th, 2024 at 11:27:06 PM EST
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ChatGPT | 14 MEPs vie to join European People's Party [EPP] in European Parliament, 18 June head count
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The EPP group is meeting between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday to vote on new members.

According to a document seen by POLITICO, 7 of the 14 applicants hail from the Tisza party led by Hungarian [HU] opposition leader Péter Magyar. Two from the Dutch Farmer-Citizen Movement known as BBB, two from the Czech [CZ] Mayors and Independents party known as STAN, one from the Danish [DK] Liberal Alliance, one from the Dutch [NL] New Social Contract party and one from the German [DE] Family Party.

BBB and NSC are forming a coalition government with far-right Geert Wilders in the Netherlands. EPP leader Manfred Weber has said any politicians wishing to join the group must be pro-EU, pro-Ukraine, and in favor of the rule of law.
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ibid Green EPP archive 'The new Ursula', EUSA TikTok ELECTION 2024, T -103

Prepare for a July SURGE! Axel's count of "nonaligned" seats has dropped from 100 to 89 since 10 June. I imagine, Axel prefers all the orphans are adopted by the families before summer holiday in August, when president pick fever, EC and EUCO, has subsided. Bundles of far-right "nationalist populists" groups are easier to track.

by Cat on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 03:29:05 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 11:53:16 PM EST
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reuters | Super Mario could give weak EU a shot in the arm, 10 June
The official once known as "Super Mario" believes the EU must adapt to the new reality. In a speech in April he called for "radical change", saying the EU's "organisation, decision-making, and financing are designed for "the world of yesterday['—pre-Covid, pre-Ukraine, pre-conflagration in the Middle East, pre-return of great power rivalry']".
China, for example, is aiming to capture and internalise all parts of the supply chain in green and advanced technologies and is securing the access to the required resources....

The US, for its part, is using large-scale industrial policy to attract high-value domestic manufacturing capacity within its borders—including that of European firms—while using protectionism to shut out competitors and deploying its geopolitical power to re-orient and secure supply chains....

We have never had an equivalent "Industrial Deal" at the EU level, even though the Commission has been doing everything in its power to fill this gap....

Draghi is putting the finishing touches to a soon-to-be-published report on how to boost the bloc's competitiveness. This could almost serve as a personal manifesto for a top EU role, though the Italian said in 2022 that he does not want another big position.
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The EU's 27 prime ministers and presidents may ultimately reject Draghi because they do not want to centralise more power. If they pick Super Mario, however, it would be a good indication they are prepared to do < wipes tears> whatever it takes to create a stronger EU.
ChatGPT LLM iterations

ChatGPT v.0 A new economics playbook is about to drop on Europe. (21.06.24)
ChatGPT v.1.5 The man who saved the euro aims to take on China and the US, 21 June
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The person familiar with his report's drafting said it would assess weaknesses in Europe's competitiveness with an eye toward more coordination across EU member states, a trade policy that reduces geopolitical risks for the bloc and the development of a defense industrial capacity, among other recommendations.If Draghi's push is successful, such policies could further shake up the transatlantic relationship at a time when the U.S. is trying to build more secure supply chains, attract investment and fight climate change.
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archive over-politicizing "pragmatic federalism"
by Cat on Wed Jun 26th, 2024 at 09:05:30 PM EST
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From my diary ...

Europe's Last Stand

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 26th, 2024 at 09:21:38 PM EST
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ChatGPT 2024 legitimacy "training" update a/o 29 June

elections.europa.eu | Turnout by country (%), provisional results a/o 28.06.24
high: Belgium, 89
low: Croatia, 21 (Baltic and Balkan states' omen)
median: 55
mode: N/A
avg: 48 (27 reporting)
elections.europa.eu | EP pie chart, provisional "family" portions a/o 27.06.24

by Cat on Sat Jun 29th, 2024 at 04:00:23 PM EST
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"world's second-largest democratic ballot after India" might want more weeks to vote?

india.gov.in |  the importance of civic responsibility

Phase 1 of the elections commenced on April 19, 2024, with a voter turnout of 66.14%. The turnout slightly increased to 66.71% in Phase 2, held on April 26, 2024. Phase 3, which took place on May 7, 2024, saw a turnout of 65.68%. Notably, Phase 4, conducted on May 13, 2024, recorded the highest voter turnout at 69.16%, demonstrating peak participation. The turnout dipped in Phase 5, held on May 20, 2024, to 62.2%. Phase 6 on May 25, 2024, had a turnout of 63.37%, while Phase 7, the final phase held on June 1, 2024, recorded a turnout of 61.63%.
by Cat on Sat Jun 29th, 2024 at 06:46:39 PM EST
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wapoo | Ukraine can use U.S. weapons for limited strikes in Russia (30.05.24)
The shift allows Ukraine to use U.S.-provided artillery and rocket launchers to hit Russian troops and equipment just across the border from Kharkiv and to strike missiles headed toward Ukrainian territory, U.S. officials said. They emphasized that the Biden administration's policy barring longer-range strikes inside Russia "has not changed."
dw | NATO chief: Time to rethink restrictions on Ukraine weaponry, 30 May
Biden signed off on the change several days ago, and the policy went info effect Thursday [30 May]. In a visit to Kyiv this month, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said Ukraine has the right to use London-provided weapons to strike targets in Russia.
dw | Kyiv can now hit Russia with German weapons, 31 May
by Cat on Sun Jun 2nd, 2024 at 08:20:08 PM EST
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wapoo | U.S. concerned about Ukraine strikes on Russian nuclear radar stations, 29 May
At least one strike in Armavir, in Russia's southeastern Krasnodar region, appeared to have caused some damage....A Ukrainian official familiar with the matter, however, said that Russia has used the radar sites to monitor the Ukrainian military's activities, particularly Kyiv's use of aerial weaponry, such as drones and missiles.
wapoo | As Ukraine stumbles in war, Kyiv and Western powers struggle to coordinate (30.05.24)
The sharpest battlefield disagreement at the moment is whether Ukraine can use donated weapons to strike targets on Russian soil. The Biden administration has strictly prohibited Ukraine from using U.S. weaponry to do so because it fears that the heavy U.S. involvement required to operate the weapons could escalate the war into a direct conflict between Washington and Moscow, though it is reexamining its policy.
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new fissures appear to emerge daily. On Wednesday, a U.S. official said Washington had expressed concerns to Kyiv over Ukraine's strikes—using its own weapons—on Russian radar stations that provide conventional air defense and early warning of nuclear launches by the West.
by Cat on Sun Jun 2nd, 2024 at 08:33:52 PM EST
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reuters | Switzerland flags cyberattacks, disinformation ahead of Ukraine summit, 10 June
Ninety states and organisations have registered to take part in the talks due to be held at a resort near the central city of Lucerne from June 15-16, roughly half of them from South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Switzerland said. Russia has not been invited, but the Swiss government said the talks aimed to "jointly define a roadmap" on how to involve both it and Ukraine in a future peace process.

Swiss President Viola Amherd told a press conference cyber attacks had increased in recent weeks and was asked how her government was addressing personal attacks against her in Russian media that have been publicised in Switzerland.

"We haven't summoned the ambassador," she said. "That's how I wanted it, because the disinformation campaign is so extreme that one can see that little of it reflects reality."
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Roughly half the countries taking part will be represented by heads of state or government, Switzerland said.

The summit is due to conclude with a final declaration, "ideally" one backed unanimously, [FM Foreign Minister Ignazio] Cassis said. It also aims to set out what the next step would be in the peace process. When asked who might succeed Switzerland in the next phase, Cassis said he could not give details, but noted efforts were underway for something "outside the western part of the world". Doing so could boost inclusion of the "Global South and Arabian countries" in the process, he said.

Arabian country foreign minister arrives in Russia for BRICS meeting, 10 June
by Cat on Tue Jun 11th, 2024 at 06:33:46 AM EST
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strana | 92 countries and 8 organizations will take part in the Swiss[-Ukrainian] peace Summit, 14 June hmmm
Meanwhile, Vladimir Zelensky has already arrived in Switzerland to participate in the summit, as he wrote in his social networks.
archive May 2024 Slava Big Israel!, casting call UPDATE
strana | Zelensk* meets with Indian Prime Minister Modi at G7 summit in Italy
"We discussed the development of bilateral relations and the expansion of trade, in particular in the context of the functioning of the Black Sea export corridor. We considered the possibility of exchanging experience in using new technologies in agriculture, " Zelensk* writes.
eda.ch | List of participating states and organisations (as of 14 June 2024)
Kapoor, Pavan (India 2024 MEA Sec. West, Amb. to Russia (2021-2024), UAE (2019-2021), IL (2016-2019)
They also talked about the upcoming peace summit in Switzerland, where India will send a delegation, but it is not clear who exactly.
archive "high-level" schedule conflict

Yermak's "global south" hit list is conspicuously...not intimidated. BUT. Every EU member, wannabe, and eNTiTY—"the whole world"—is booked. The next host for Zelensk*'s "debt-raising" roadshow best stick "strategic ambiguity" on the promos for the next  OUTREACH Summit 2024 v. < checks watch > 5.

Stay tuned. eda.CH just might livestream sessions to YouTube.

by Cat on Fri Jun 14th, 2024 at 08:23:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 11:02:58 PM EST
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alkhaleej.ae | Why the UAE did not sign, 18 June adjustment bureaus
Because the conference, hosted by Switzerland on June 15 and 16, with the presence of more than 90 delegations from different countries of the world, carried the slogan "peace in Ukraine". And because the items of the statement issued by [them] are difficult to achieve, in order to achieve the goal of achieving peace, with the absence of Russia from the conference, which is a key party to the war.

[B]ecause many of the countries that participated in the conference take a neutral positive position on the war, and play a mediation role between Russia and Ukraine, and play a positive role in finding a solution to the crisis, including the UAE, they chose not to sign the final statement of the conference, in addition to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Brazil, South Africa, and India, Indonesia, Mexico, Armenia, Libya, Colombia, Vatican, Jordan, Iraq.
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With respect to Rwanda also 2 retracting communique approval (1), (2), other eda.CH program "irregularities" have surfaced. The communique was prepared without all participant consultation. (note Gustavo Petro's and Harris' abrupt D1 departures.) Third-country rumors suggest, all participants were automatically added to the list of signatories (eda.ch display, above, which could be mistaken for lounge decor). Some state representative were not informed that eda.cha required application submission to retract their country indicia from the communique. And eda did not conduct a procedural vote on final communique. AFIACT, eda.CH has neither confirmed nor denied authenticity of listed signatories but has issued a revised list, replacing Rwanda with Ecumenical Patriarchate. The complete list of participant states and "observers" who withheld and withdrew communique approval appears to be 17 (UAE list + Rwanda, Mauritania, OAS). Whether fait accompli or forgery this event failed to accomplish stated purposes of conference organizers.
by Cat on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 08:01:26 PM EST
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strana | The Caribbean offshore joined the Swiss peace declaration after the summit, 19 June
The island nation of Antigua and Barbuda joined the Swiss peace declaration, although its representatives were not present at the summit in Burgenstock. This is reported by Vladimir Zelensk* on his page in the social network.
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Shortly after Zelensk*'s publication, the Swiss government announced that the Organization of American States [OAS] had joined the peace declaration, increasing the number of states and organizations that supported the communique to 84 [?].
Slava Big Israel!
by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2024 at 03:32:52 PM EST
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swissinfo.ch | 'Real peace closer for Ukraine' despite lack of consensus at Swiss summit (16.06.24)
Eighty-four [?] out of around [92] states and [8 eNTiTIeS*] at the Ukraine peace conference in Switzerland have agreed on a final declaration. However, Swiss President Viola Amherd acknowledged there was no agreement on how and when Russia should be involved.Participating countries that did not sign the final [3-point] communique included Saudi Arabia, India, South Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates. Brazil, which was listed as an "observer" on the list of attendees, also did not feature as a signatory.
*  Council of Europe, European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, OAS, OSCE, observers: UN (DiCarlo), Ecumenical Patriarchate (UA). bold face denotes signatory.
However, initial reactions were somewhat muted. "Expectations of the meeting with 57 heads of state and government were modest—and they underwhelmed rather than overwhelmed," reckoned Sebastian Ramspeck, international correspondent for Swiss public broadcaster, SRF.

"Particularly disappointing for Switzerland as host: there's no follow-up summit in another host country for the time being. Whether the Bürgenstock summit has initiated a peace process is therefore more than questionable."

ChatGPT | 78 countries at Swiss conference agree Ukraine's territorial integrity must be basis of any peace, 16 June
About 100 delegations, mostly Western countries, attended the conference that was billed as a first step toward peace.
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Testifying to war fatigue and other preoccupations, only about half of U.N. member countries took part. It's a far cry from March 2022, when condemnation of Russia's invasion led to passage of a non-binding resolution at the U.N. General Assembly by 141 countries calling for Russian troops to leave Ukraine.
A/RES/ES-11/1 (2022/141-5-35)  and A/RES/ES-11/6 (2023/94-14-73)
It wasn't clear why some developing countries attending didn't line up behind the final statement, but they may be hesitant to rankle Russia or have cultivated a middle ground between Moscow, its ally China and Western powers backing Kyiv.

"Some did not sign—even though very few—since they are playing 'Let's have peace based on concessions' game, and they usually mean concessions by Ukraine, and basically accommodating Russian demands," said Volodymyr Dubovyk, a Ukraine expert and senior fellow at Center for European Policy Analysis, a Washington-based think tank. "They also like this 'neutrality positioning'."

meaning no weapons, boots to donate, no USD to lend, and no licenses to validate?
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The Ukrainian government believes that 19,546 [?] children have been deported or forcibly displaced, and Russian Children's Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova previously confirmed that at least 2,000 were taken from Ukrainian orphanages.
archive Data Sources and Manipulation?
Memorable Quote
Andrzej Duda: "Russia remains the largest colonial empire in the world, which—unlike European states—has never gone through the process of decolonization and has never been able to deal with the demons of its past"
Start with Findland, end with "overseas territories and possessions"
by Cat on Sun Jun 16th, 2024 at 11:40:18 PM EST
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nypost | Kamala Harris zips back to DC after blink-and-miss-it appearance at Ukraine Peace Summit, 15 June
Harris told Kyiv's delegation, which included Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, that the largest chunk of the funding would help restore Ukraine's energy infrastructure, which Russian forces have relentlessly targeted.
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"President Biden and my support for the people of Ukraine ... not out of charity, but because of the people of Ukraine and their future is in our strategic interest," Harris said. "It is in the interest of the United States to defend democratic values and stand up to dictators."
one day early and "ten to twelve trillion dollars" short
Harris intends to leave the summit after a leaders' dinner Saturday evening, according to the White House, but told reporters that the gathering has already been "productive."

"Jeddah Jake" Sullivan remained in Switzerland at the luxury Bürgenstock hotel home to take part in the summit in her place. He insisted Harris is not the only leader to skip out on Sunday's events, which will including break-out sessions to work on key issues, such as ways to secure the release of < wipes tears > kidnapped Ukrainian children in Russia's custody.

"Tomorrow is really—and it's not just with her, but other leaders, as well—turning it over to their teams to really try to drive through how we convert [the issues discussed] into practical progress in these various areas," said Sullivan, whose hotel sits atop a steep mountain dotted with sheep, and overlooks the beautiful Lake Lucerne below.

by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2024 at 03:15:17 PM EST
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pravda.ua | Switzerland seeks discussing Peace Summit with Russia and China
Asked whether Putin's arrival in Switzerland can be organised taking into account the arrest warrant of the ICC for further negotiations and, perhaps, conference on the peace in Ukraine, Amherd said that it was possible.

ukrinform. President's Office investigating whether some countries really withdrew their signatures

Lack of ratification of security agreement between USA and Ukraine will not affect its implementation

Merezhko noted that for American Presidents, so-called executive agreements are a more convenient tool for regulating international relations than those international treaties that, according to the US Constitution, require ratification, that is, the consent of two-thirds of the US Senate.
Putin's allies at Peace Summit make offer to help Ukraine
Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for human rights, Dmytro Lubinets noted that offers of help unexpectedly came even from countries that are considered pro-russian. These states offered their channels of communication with the Russian Federation. The Ombudsman did not specify which countries made such proposals.
The next summit with the participation of Russia should lead to the end of the war
"This is not the language that we hear from our Western partners," the Foreign Minister said.
by Cat on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 01:40:38 AM EST
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energyglobal | Honeywell and DTEK join forces for renewables integration into the energy mix (31.07.20)
The system will help maintain Ukraine's energy system, enable the integration of renewables into the energy mix, and decrease fossil fuel power generation. Moreover, the energy storage system will increase the flexibility of Ukraine's power grid and help pave the way for the country to join Europe's energy community (ENTSO-E) in the future.
archive DTEK Group invests $1 bln, DTEK Energy, ENTSO-E Ukraine, 400 MW export
dtek | DTEK Group enters Polish renewables market to build the first large-scale battery storage project in the country, 27 Mar 2024
DRI signed a final binding share purchase agreement with Poland's Columbus Energy on 27th March which will give it the right to build a 133 MW battery storage facility in southern Poland, subject to permitting approvals. which will give it the right to build a 133 MW battery storage facility in southern Poland, subject to permitting approvals. The agreement is DTEK's first major infrastructure investment in Poland and a key building block in the company's plan to create a pan-European energy system uniting Ukraine and the EU.
reuters | Ukraine agrees on first LNG supply deal with US company, 13 June
Under the agreement, DTEK's trading unit D. Trading will buy cargoes from Venture Global's Plaquemines LNG facility in Louisiana from later this year until the end of 2026. D. Trading will also purchase up to 2 million tonnes per year of LNG from Venture Global's third facility, Calcasieu Pass 2, for 20 years.

Ukraine currently has no regasification terminals for LNG imports but DTEK has contracts for re-gasification capacity elsewhere in Europe which have connecting pipelines [?] with Ukraine. DTEK was not immediately available for comment.

interfax | DTEK, Honeywell sign strategic partnership agreement at URC-24, 14 June
DTEK CEO Maxim Timchenko and Honeywell President for Central and Eastern Europe Przemek Szuder signed a strategic cooperation memorandum at the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin....Szuder said, for his part, that Honeywell with a portfolio focused on three global megatrends—automation, energy transition and the future of aviation—is an innovator in delivering technologies that accelerate energy transition and automation.
by Cat on Fri Jun 14th, 2024 at 09:13:51 PM EST
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rbc.ua | Dmitry Pletenchuk, Navy: A third of the Russian Black Sea Fleet has already been disabled, starving Africans memo to Lord Cameron
In an interview with RBC-Ukraine, the speaker of the Naval Forces Dmitry Pletenchuk told how Russian ships are fleeing from the occupied Crimea, where they are hiding, why they have not used Kalibry for rocket attacks for a long time, and how the enemy is now using the Crimean Bridge.
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And how many launch vehicles did our Defense Forces manage to destroy?
Two MRCS and a submarine: Askold, Zyklon and Rostov-on-Don. That leaves eight, including three submarines, three Buyan-M ICBMs, and two Essen and Makarov frigates. I repeat, the Russians, in principle, could fire even from the Caspian Sea. But they are well aware that to leave is to show weakness, it is surrender. And now they are ready to die here for the sake of their imperial show-offs. Let's not disturb them.
And what would the destruction of the Crimean Bridge give Ukraine now?
Not the same effect anymore. Because it is almost never used for military logistics. Less than a quarter of the total load is carried by this bridge. The rest goes to the ferry crossing that was recently hit. Therefore, this bridge is already of such tactical and strategic importance after the damage it received as a result of a joint operation of the SBU and the Navy with a drone attack.
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What is the current threat to Ukraine from Russia from the sea?
Kalibr cruise missile carriers and aircraft over the sea. Plus, they use the air space above the sea to launch other missiles from the Iskander OTRK, the Bal and Bastion coastal complexes.
Why have the Russians been systematically firing ballistics at Odessa from Crimea lately?
Because they can't get anything else. The key goal is port infrastructure.
Is there still a threat of amphibious landings in Odessa or our other regions?
No, it's completely absent. We must understand that, first of all, the enemy's amphibious capabilities are greatly reduced. Of the 14 ships, five remain in service. Secondly, they cannot approach our shore. Big ships aren't that fast. And, accordingly, it will be a very easy goal. They can try, but everyone knows how it will end: if they land on the beach, they will all be killed there, plus everything is booby-trapped.
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by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2024 at 02:47:20 PM EST
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fp | Patriot Missiles Are Made in America and Fail Everywhere (28.03.18)
On March 25, Houthi forces in Yemen fired seven missiles at Riyadh. Saudi Arabia confirmed the launches and asserted that it successfully intercepted all seven.
This wasn't true. It's not just that falling debris in Riyadh killed at least one person and sent two more to the hospital. There's no evidence that Saudi Arabia intercepted any missiles at all. And that raises uncomfortable questions not just about the Saudis, but about the United States, which seems to have sold them —and its own public—a lemon of a missile defense system.
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In fairness, the system deployed in Saudi Arabia—the Patriot Advanced Capability-2 or PAC-2 —is not well designed to intercept the Burkan-2 missiles that the Houthis are firing at Riyadh. The Burkan-2 flies around 600 miles and appears to have a warhead that separates from the missile itself.
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Lockheed-Martin. PAC-3® MSE Overview.ppt 2023
ft | US to redirect Patriot air defence orders to Ukraine, 20 June
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A senior White House official said the US would be "re-sequencing deliveries" of air defence systems including Patriots "so interceptors rolling off the production line now are provided to Ukraine".
Russia is firing a staggering 20,000 [!] artillery rounds per day (10.11.22)
Ukraine says Russia has launched over 8,000 [!] missiles, 4,630 [!] drones during war (22.02.24)
Russia is producing about 250,000 [!] artillery munitions per month (11.03.24)
"This decision demonstrates our commitment to supporting our partners when they're in existential danger. And our second message really is to Russia, which is that if they think they can outlast Ukraine in this war, they are mistaken," the official said. Washington has briefed all affected countries privately; air defence exports to Taiwan are not expected to be affected [?!]
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The US-made Patriot systems are Washington's most advanced air defence weapons. They consist of a radar system and mobile launchers that can fire interceptor missiles at incoming projectiles or aircraft.
archive Lego Patriot, Ukraine's iron dome
by Cat on Thu Jun 20th, 2024 at 07:09:27 PM EST
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strana | Ukraine has started accession negotiations with the EU. What does it mean?
Negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union have begun in Luxembourg, DW reports.

The Ukrainian delegation of 13 people is headed by Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanyshina. She says that Kiev plans to fully prepare for accession by 2030. On the EU side, ministers from all 27 countries are taking part in the conference, and the delegation is led by Belgian Foreign Minister Haja Labib.
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In reality, as long as there is a war, Ukraine will not join the European Union, no matter how many negotiations are conducted and no matter what words and promises are made from Brussels. The day of the end of the war will be the day when the movement of Ukraine to Europe and real negotiations on joining the EU will really begin. But it is also clear that this process will not be easy. Since it is after the end of the war that Brussels will begin to demand solutions from Kiev to those problematic issues that the EU is now turning a blind eye to, taking into account the "specifics of wartime".

by Cat on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 07:01:45 PM EST
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defense.gov | Africa Defense Chiefs, U.S. Slated to Meet Tomorrow in Botswana , 24 June
The United States and Botswana will co-host the conference in the capital city Gaborone during the last week of June.
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"In every country, there are layered threats ... especially across the Sahel," said Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, commander of U.S. Africa Command [AFRICOM]. "Every country has their different type challenges and drivers of instability. That's ... what's going to be tabled for discussions."
archive G7-Africa partnership, UK migrant deportation scheme, Lobito Corridor
dw | How Ukraine is combating Russia's influence in Africa
"Ukraine realized that Africa is very, very important when it comes to building a strong position in the United Nations, in particular the General Assembly, because Africa presents the largest voting bloc of any continent," Ovigwe Eguegu, a Nigerian-based policy analyst at the international consultancy Development Reimagined.
biznews | Thelo Group to raise $250M for African rail expansion
It's also part of groups who have been shortlisted to develop the Trans-Kalahari Railway project, which will connect Botswana to Namibia's Walvis Bay, and the Boegoebaai project, a 50 billion rand ($2.7 billion) green hydrogen-focused port and rail network in South Africa should they go ahead.
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Another way Ukraine is seeking to garner influence is through food diplomacy. Before the war, Ukraine was Africa's second-biggest supplier of maize and third-biggest supplier of wheat outside the continent, making it vital to food security on the continent.
archive 2023 Slava Big Israel! starving Africans
Ukraine started donating free grain as part of its Grain from Ukraine program set up in November 2022. So far, war-torn Sudan has received two shipments of flour, totaling more than 21,000 tons, milled from Ukrainian wheat. Ukraine has also donated wheat to Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.

Fighting Russia on African soil
It seems that Ukraine is learning from Russia. It has reportedly sent a special forces unit to Sudan to support the army fight's against the rebel Rapid Support Forces, who, in turn, are backed by Russian mercenaries. While Ukraine hasn't officially confirmed or denied this, Ukraine military official Andriy Yusov told Politico magazine that "Ukrainian intelligence has to be present wherever there is a need to destroy the enemy, which is waging a full-scale war against Ukraine."

archive Ukrainian Special Forces 'Cleaning Up' Wagner Fighters in Sudan
by Cat on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 08:46:43 PM EST
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