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Macron Awakening Fossil Fuel Reliance

by Oui Sat Oct 22nd, 2022 at 05:57:03 PM EST

My recent diary ...

German Dissent Cause for Sabotage Pipelines?

By destruction of Nord Stream 1 and 2, the United States and/or a NATO ally succeeded in destruction of an off-ramp for de-escalation of the Ukraine crisis. Listening to national security experts from the States there is only a way forward to go for the "kill" of Putin's demise and the annihilation of the Russian Federation, a Republic crossing eleven time zones.

Is Macron just fu*king stupid? Didn't he get Joe's script to bash Russia and win the Mid-terms. #texas #lng #koch

France, the latest--and largest--country to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, has switched from being a net exporter of energy last year, to being a net importer of energy this year, after problems with its nuclear fleet surfaced.

To compensate for its declining nuclear fleet and Russia's complete halt of natural gas shipments into the country, France has turned to the United States for LNG--only Macron is unhappy with the price it's paying. 

U.S. natural gas exports to France increased 421% during the first eight months of 2022--but the value of that LNG increased by 1094% in August alone due to the higher prices of LNG.

Jérôme a Paris on EU Energy Charter Treaty

When will we learn? Sometimes toughness is just stupid | by Jerome a Paris on Jan 28th, 2007 |

It's hard to avoid thinking that some people are stupid and that they will never learn, when they keep on proposing the same solutions over and over again, despite obvious failure in previous attempts. Trouble is, these people are still in power - or in positions of influence.  

I'm not talking about the neocons on Iraq or Iran, nor about the neolibs on Social Security privatisation, labor market "reform" or trickle down, but it's the same kind of behavior.  

No, in this case, I worry (again) about the growing body of institutional support for "toughness" against Russia on gas matters.  A lot of people have discovered in the past year that Europe's dependence on Russian gas was growing, and have begun to panic. The result has been increasing stridency and hostility against Russia, or coldwaritis, as exemplified by the latest opus from the CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies, a well known think tank), written by former ambassador to Lithuania Keith Smith.

The full text of his article can be downloaded from here, but I'll focus only on his list of recommendations for the EU. It's scary.

Thank God (for NATO) - we're at war with Russia | by Jerome a Paris on Dec 28th, 2006 |

The only country in the world where oil companies have not been "bullied" into more favorable terms for the host country is the USA - that reflects the changed balance of power between oil companies and host countries in each case - and suggests that the US government is the weakest and the least able to face oil companies.

Keynote Speaker Keith Smith

Nord Stream and European Energy Security | Jamestown - Nov. 15, 2017 |

The Nord Stream project would bypass a number of key U.S. allies in Central-Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, potentially eliminating Ukraine as a major transit route to Europe.

The project presents a dilemma for the European Union, which will have to find a consensus among its members to protect its energy security and anti-monopoly policies. It would also undermine the expansion of U.S. LNG supplies to Europe, if Gazprom starts dumping gas prices to undercut the budding spot market and unfairly compete with American LNG companies.

The expert speakers convened for "Nord Stream and European Energy Security" provide a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the Russian objectives, European responses, and American policies related to this large project.

Polish EU Parliament member on Nord Stream explosion: "Thank you, USA" | Al Mayadeen - Sept. 28, 2022 |

Sikorski tweeted "Thank you USA," along with a picture of the massive gas spill in the Baltic Sea. Off the shore of the Danish island of Bornholm, both pipelines sustained significant damage in what is now largely seen as a premeditated attack.

Later, Sikorski tweeted in Polish that if Russia wants to continue supplying gas to Europe, it must "talk to the countries controlling the Brotherhood and Yamal gas pipelines, Ukraine and Poland." 

Analysis of Changes in Natural Gas Physical Flows for Europe via Ukraine in 2020

Qatar on Europe's Energy Crisis


Politico.eu.com | France to leave Energy Charter Treaty, says Macron, 21 Oct
France's withdrawal is a major blow to the deal and also to the European Commission, which has urged countries to back reforms to the treaty.

In the summer, the Commission completed a negotiation with the other members of the treaty that ended with a proposal to give the EU an exemption to phase out protections for fossil fuel projects in the EU in the next 10 years....

archived Germany-Spain summit: Pyrenees pipeline project

source: Eurasia Review | "An Opportunity for Africa", 27 May 2022

Politico.eu.com | France 1-0 Germany, 21 Oct

Arriving at the EU summit on Thursday, Macron told reporters that Berlin was "isolated" in its opposition to a temporary gas price cap -- which France favors as a way to contain the EU's rampant energy crisis.

To add insult to injury, Macron also used the summit in Brussels as a stage to effectively kill off Germany's hopes for the construction of the so-called Midcat pipeline that Berlin had hoped could bring more gas from [Algeria] North Africa into the heart of Europe via Spain and France. Macron preemptorily announced the construction of another energy project that would take much longer than Germany wanted....

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by Cat on Sun Oct 23rd, 2022 at 12:55:36 AM EST
Barron's AFP | US Officials Not Invited To ["]Saudi["] Investment Forum: Organiser, 17 Oct, 12 days after OPEC+ quota call
The Future Investment Initiative (FII), a three-day conference [25-27 Oct] set to begin on October 25 in Riyadh, typically draws Wall Street titans and high-ranking officials from around the world, and up to 400 American CEOs are expected to participate this year, said Richard Attias, CEO of the group behind the event. It is often referred to as "Davos in the Desert".
That is, since 2017
Asked about US attendance this year, Attias said: "We didn't invite any US government" figures.

"We are not inviting too many politicians... because I realised that when you have political leaders on stage, the attention of the media, let's be very frank, is diverted to the political agenda, and we don't want FII to become a political platform."

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by Cat on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 05:06:53 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 05:38:52 PM EST
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I monitor I wide variety of innerboob "news" syndicates (aka "social media"), altho' 90% of these are amateur day traders hooked on bidness press tip sheets and money managers of dubious merit.

by Cat on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 06:56:34 PM EST
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Today's headline in Dutch evening news: ban on Russian oil from December 5th will bring the important sector Transport & Logistics to a halt. The Russian blend of heavy oil is needed for Rotterdam refineries to deliver diesel. There are no alternatives in the short-term. Well done Rutte & Co. in Brussels.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 06:45:17 PM EST
Dutch will do an appeal on President Biden

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 06:47:49 PM EST
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Shell CEO warns about looming 'industrial rationalisation' in Europe: Scholz's pyrrihic victories
Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden agreed a deal for a 9.3% stake in Qatar Energy's North Field South project, that will play a major role in the Gulf state's effort to increase liquefied natural gas (LNG) production by 50% ["about 127 million tonnes"] in the next five years.
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Europe has reduced consumption "quite effectively, quite significantly" following the loss of 120 million tonnes of Russian gas a year, van Beurden said, but "a lot of this reduction [read:"rationalisation"] is achieved by switching off industry".

Europe has desperately searched for quick alternatives to Russian gas, but van Beurden said Europe would need large amounts of LNG for decades.
25% of the project [PSA] has been reserved for international energy giants G7 fuel refining corporations.

archived Habeck Begs Qatar, deadlock, "divertible" contracts and stinky beggars

UAE's ["]first hydrogen-derived["] shipment delivered to Germany

Germany and the UAE officially began their energy partnership in 2017. The UAE aims for a 25% share of the global hydrogen market by 2030, while German industry is looking at hydrogen to decarbonise its energy-intensive production processes.
The "hydrogen" was UAE shipped in the form of 13 tonnes of ammonia, filling up a storage container the size of a standardised twenty-foot equivalent unit [TEU], the usual size of shipping containers.

By 2030, the German government estimates that domestic demand for hydrogen will be at about 90 to 110 TWh, which is upwards of 3 million tonnes (mt) of hydrogen. The EU target for green hydrogen production by 2030 is 10 mt annually, combined with another 10 mt in imports.
The ammonia shipped by the Emirate's state-owned oil company was derived from hydrogen produced using fossil gas. Part of the CO2 emitted during the process was sequestered and stored, making it classified "blue" ammonia.

archived green hydrogen "market case", Green Hydrogen Investment by Shell, UAE on global 'gray' list, Timmermans and Borrell explore Africa
It is time to boost the EU's relations with Africa, "Post-Cotonou Agreement"
That's the reason why we all expect that the upcoming ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (29 October - 2 November 2022), in Maputo, Mozambique, will represent a turning point.

by Cat on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 09:09:46 PM EST
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"No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2021" or "NOPEC" | Reuters |

No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act - (NOPEC)

Initially introduced in 2000 designed to remove state immunity from national oil companies (NOCs) of OPEC member countries. The bill aims to enable the U.S. Department of Justice to take judiciary action under U.S. antitrust law for "anti-competitive attempts to limit the supply of petroleum and its impact on oil prices". These NOCs are currently exempt from the provisions of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act when acting in a commercial capacity. Various versions of the bill have been introduced and debated in U.S. Congress for almost 20 years, but the bill has never passed into law. Iterations of the bill were introduced 16 times from 2000 to 2012, with various levels of "success" in advancing in the legislative process.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 24th, 2022 at 09:51:19 PM EST
Halliburton Earnings Double Amid Surging Global Crude Demand | BNN Bloomberg |

Halliburton Co. surpassed profit expectations amid a tight market for oilfield supplies as the world's biggest provider of frack services gears up for increasing activity around the world.

The hired hands of the shale patch are reaping the rewards of a tight market for workers and equipment as oil explorers expand production. Miller has already warned that energy companies that don't already have frack gear under lease will likely be out of luck until next year.

Halliburton boosted sales by more than a third to $5.4 billion, led by North America, which posted its best period of revenue in three years.

As Europe suffers an economic set-back with sky-rocketing energy prices as sanctions on Russia are piled on.

West Texas Natural Gas Prices Go Negative for First Time in Two Years

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 05:42:05 PM EST
Big Oil's Profits Just Keep Rolling in as World Economy Sputters | Bloomberg News |

Big Oil's run of record profit will suffer only a minor dent for the third quarter, even as the global economy shows signs of cracking under the pressure of rising inflation and interest rates.

Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., Shell Plc, TotalEnergies SE and BP Plc will report combined earnings of $50.7 billion in the third quarter, down from the second quarter's record of more than $62 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 05:43:06 PM EST
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Bloomberg | LNG Market Shows the Strains of Replacing Russian Gas, 19 Oct
At least seven tankers laden with LNG are moored off Spain's southwest coast waiting to unload, while in the UK another two are anchored near the country's Milford Haven terminal, according to ship-tracking data. [...] As LNG tankers sit idle off the shores of Europe, Asian consumers of the fuel are struggling to find ships to serve their needs. The cost of hiring these vessels has already jumped to unprecedented levels, and could surge another 25% to 50% according to ship owners, brokers and traders....
Reuters | U.S. natgas languishes near 7-month low after big storage build, 20 Oct
"It (data) was a little bearish, but it's not bearish enough to where we should see a massive price swing," said Robert DiDona of Energy Ventures Analysis. Looking toward November, "if we don't see a bullish weather pattern start to set up for the early start of winter, that could result in additional price volatility because we'll see selling subsequently," DiDona said.
yahoo! New Voice of Ukraine | Gas prices in Europe drop to PRE-WAR levels, 24 Oct
TTF gas futures price for November dropped to $1,000 per 1,000 cubic meters, sometimes as low as $952 per 1,000 cubic meters.
Russia's Gazprom currently sends 42.4 million cubic meters of natural gas to Europe per day via [one] Ukrainian transit route.
yahoo! investing | European Gas Prices Slump Again on Warm Weather, Full Storage, 25 Oct
The lack of storage availability is forcing spot prices to fall sharply to clear the market, said Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen via Twitter, warning of a risk of a "short-term price collapse".

However, longer-dated contracts indicate that markets expect the current weakness to be short-lived. TTF prices for the first quarter of next year still trade at 144.64 EUR/MWh, while prices for the whole 2023 calendar year trade at 142.43 EUR/MWh. That reflects the fact that, if the war in Ukraine continues, Europe is likely to face a full year without Russian gas next year, forcing it to make bigger, and more regular, purchases on the spot market throughout 2023....

archived Odds of annuder "mild winter" are 50/50
by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 06:32:17 PM EST
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oilprice | China Imports Record Levels Of LNG And Coking Coal From Russia, 25 Oct
China, however, is importing more LNG from Russia while Europe shuns Russian cargoes. Chinese imports of Russian coking coal, used in steelmaking, nearly tripled to 2.5 million tons last month from 900,000 tons in September last year.
In  recent months, China has been taking advantage of discounted cargoes of Russian energy products, including oil, LNG, and coal. China also imports natural gas via a pipeline from Russia, the Power of Siberia [Sakhalin I, II], but Beijing hasn't disclosed its pipeline import volumes this year. ...
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oilprice | Chinese Steel Manufacturers On The Brink Of Bankruptcy, sez Ag Metal Miner's book, 18 Oct
I idly wonder, Wut will China's "energy" traders do with inventory they don't need ... now?
by Cat on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 07:03:26 PM EST
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No gas transport pipeline to France, Brussels mediates for a decision with Paris. Algeria had blocked natural gas export to Spain, instead is facilitated through Tunesië to Italy. Italy does have pipelines to connect Germany via Austria.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 08:02:05 PM EST
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Europe risks losing green hydrogen funding to US, industry leader says | FT - Aug. 22, 2022 |

Related reading ...

Why von der Leyen's `European Hydrogen Bank' is a bad idea | EurActiv |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 25th, 2022 at 08:03:41 PM EST
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#StopWars #Ukraine 🇺🇦

Finding a whip to beat the dog ... Americans are blaming "green" transition. Stupid.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 02:38:57 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 02:39:47 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 02:41:37 PM EST

23 Climate Change documentaries you need to watch because this planet is NOT fine

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 02:42:32 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 02:43:28 PM EST
Saving precious natural gas ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 02:45:24 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 04:49:24 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | The EU wants to mine its way out of reliance on CHINA for raw materials. It'll have to convince the locals, 27 Oct self-serving santimonious oil, LNG, and coal burning assholes
in an attempt to end reliance on CHINA for raw materials crucial for ["]green["] technologies like electric car batteries. But for the Europeans who live near mineral-rich grounds, opening new mines -- with their potential for local environmental damage -- is out of the question.

"It's been my family's home area since time immemorial," said Carina Gustafsson, a campaigner who lives near a major reserve of rare earth minerals in southern Sweden that's a potential mining site. "I really feel like it's personal -- this mining is threatening in so many ways."


MEANWHILE on the COP27 climate "adaptation" post-REDD+ reparations pledge agenda
G7 offered Vietnam and Indonesia $15B [DEBT] to drop coal. They said 'maybe'

The ["]cash["] offers are combinations of public and private finance as well as [worthless prixe fix "embargo" racketeering] technical assistance. But raising public funds for climate efforts abroad has become increasingly challenging even for the world's richest countries as [commodity price] inflation, rising energy capital costs[,] and the war in Ukraine < wipes tears > add to the strain on treasuries APEC central banks' liquidity.
from €300B Global Gateway to Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) in less than one year
The European External Action Service (EEAS) reported that the deal being brokered with Indonesia by the U.S. and Japan was endangered by a coal power project in the province of Northern Kalimantan. Indonesia's government approved the 5-gigawatt "captive coal-fired facility" despite the donor group's "consistent position" ​​that if this project were to move forward the JETP would be off the table, the EEAS said....
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[US Treasury Foreign Asset Controls envoy John] Kerry said countries that failed to jump to renewables now risked being economically damaged: "This is the trend. This is the future. And we need more countries to embrace that future and make this transition happen."
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by Cat on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 04:13:54 PM EST
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euractiv | Burning or recycling? EU weighs options on used tyres [US-Eng., tires], 28 Oct
More than 50 million waste tyres could end up being indefinitely stockpiled in Europe or exported outside the EU for dumping under new rules currently being discussed in Brussels, a European recycling body has warned.
Under the plans, expected to be tabled next year and which are still subject to change, the EU would reclassify rubber infill as an ["]intentionally added microplastic["], which would essentially prohibit their use in artificial sports pitches.

["]Rubber infill["} has been added to some 32,000 artificial pitches across Europe to replicate the feel of natural turf. Around 80% of artificial sports pitches use rubber infill, a more affordable option than alternatives such as cork or hemp.

However, such pitches could soon be outlawed due to an update of the so-called REACH legislation, which aims to substitute toxic chemicals for safer ones. The ban covers added microplastics, including for cosmetics, cleaning products, and fertilisers.

archived capping firewood prices, "You must burn everything but tires!"

Green Peace, "CIRCULAR CLAIMS FALL FLAT AGAIN, 2022, 40 pp

by Cat on Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 06:39:08 PM EST
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O, Hai, REnewEU national security! dis will fix dependence on jungle resources that make cheap, clean electricity safe for landscape gardening!

Handelsblatt | French group wants to become Europe's leading lithium producer, 24 Oct +5% p/s

The French raw materials company Imerys wants to become the leading supplier of lithium in Europe with a new mining project . The results of research at the Beauvoir mine in the Allier department of central France indicated that 34,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide could be produced for at least [!] 25 years from 2028 - enough for 700,000 [!] electric car batteries, the company said on Monday.
Almost all major minerals currently come from outside Europe, with China dominating the global supply chain. "It's even more serious when it comes to further processing: almost 50 percent of the world's refined product production comes from CHINA!"
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said Sven-Uwe Schulz, deputy head of the German Raw Materials Agency (Dera), the Reuters news agency.
In order to reduce dependency, various mining companies are exploring European lithium projects, including in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Imerys' French competitor, Eramet, is investigating a deposit in Alsace. Imerys indicated that his Beauvoir project would require an investment of around €1 billion.
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by Cat on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 05:22:11 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 04:13:44 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 04:17:05 PM EST

Shell exits Gazprom assets:

Shell exits equity partnership with Gazprom

Sakhalin-2 is one of the world's largest integrated, export-oriented oil and gas projects, as well as Russia's first offshore gas project

Dutch government and King have to adjust from Sochi 2014 meeting Vladimir Putin to Doha 2022 and the Emir Al-Thani. Criticism is not acceptable, stepping over human rights abuses issues. Aligning foreign policy with Brussels #VDL #Borrell #Biden

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 04:18:18 PM EST
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Let's be honest. "Human rights" is a figment of latter day European christology d/b/a R2P savages from property rights d/b/a "bodily autonomy".
by Cat on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 05:31:16 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 05:58:09 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 10:34:25 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 10:34:50 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 10:35:27 PM EST
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Quite a bit of contention at home ... and with (former) good old ally France [read: Macron].

Angela Merkel made a last ditch sales pitch on EU trade with China, to the chagrin of Joe in America .... counteracts MAGA encouragement from the White House.

HAMBURG - Gateway to the New Silk Road

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 05:47:22 PM EST
Hamburg's China Fudge Adds Another Notch to Xi's Belt | Bloomberg |

The German government's agreement to sell a stake of less than 25% in one of Hamburg's port terminals to a state-owned Chinese company is a face-saving compromise that enables Chancellor Olaf Scholz to travel to Beijing bearing at least one gift next week. The deal signals openness to investment from the nation's biggest trading partner while capping its influence. What's remarkable is that handing over even a measure of control of such strategic infrastructure was ever on the table to begin with.

After the Ukraine invasion and the cutting of the Russian gas pipeline to Europe, one might think that German officials would have lost their enthusiasm for economic dependence on unpredictable autocratic regimes. Not so for Scholz, at least. His support for the sale of a 35% stake to Cosco Shipping Holdings Co. put him at odds with six members of his own cabinet -- including ministers in charge of the economy, foreign affairs, finance, transport and defense -- as well as the security services.

More EU bears on the road ...

Slovak PM calls Taiwan a vital partner for EU

Europe already has a major cheerleader for ties with Taiwan: Lithuania ... hardly done with getting Ukraine into NATO.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 05:48:30 PM EST
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Not really. Unscrupulous pols pretend that INTSC, ULTC rail and trailer freight hasn't been shipping over land to C and W Europe for the past 20+ years, when it flatters the "knowledge economy" to crush Asian so-called partner "reliability". I really don't know how ROW has put up with this slander for long.
by Cat on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 07:11:19 PM EST
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When Olaf Scholz referred in writing to his policy competence as Federal Chancellor in the nuclear dispute and announced that the nuclear power plant in Emsland would continue to operate for the time being, many were startled. A chancellor who has to remind his coalition partners that he has the right to make decisions - many commentators in the media saw that as a weakness. Within the short legislative period, Scholz has already spoken a word of power three times. He is much more like a "basta" chancellor than his predecessor, Angela Merkel, ever was.

For Scholz confidants, this is not new: in Hamburg, when he was mayor, there was a winged abbreviation "OWD" - "Olaf wants that," the quiet but resolute claim to power is rumored again and again. And according to information from government circles, cabinet members have already had to listen to this saying behind the scenes in the internal traffic light vote.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 08:36:29 PM EST
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Tajani: «A Bruxelles dobbiamo contare come Germania e Francia»

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 30th, 2022 at 07:59:49 PM EST
F24 | Clashes as thousands march in France against agro industry water 'grab'
Minister Gerald Darmanin reporting that 61 officers had been hurt, 22 seriously, but giving no toll for casualties among protesters.

"Bassines Non Merci" a pressure group that brings together environmental associations, trade unions and anti-capitalist groups, organised the demonstration against what it claims is a "water grab" by the "agro-industry" in western France.
Around 1,500 police were deployed according to the prefect of the Deux-Sevres department Emmanuelle Dubee who said she expected some 5,000 demonstrators to descend on the village of around 350 inhabitants.
Opponents claim the "megabasins" are wrongly reserved for large export-oriented grain farms and deprive the community of access to the essential resource.

bassinesnonmerci.fr | Pari tenu pour les anti-bassines : plus de 7000 opposants investissent le chantier de Sainte-Soline !
A l'appel de 150 associations et collectifs (Bassines Non Merci, Soulèvements de la Terre, la Confédération Paysanne, la CGT, ATTAC, SUD Solidaires...), plus de 7000 personnes étaient en effet rassemblées ce week-end pour arrêter le chantier de méga-bassines à Sainte-Soline, qui a démarré début octobre. Elles ont été rejointes par une dizaine de députés et élus locaux (Sandrine Rousseau, Manon Meunier, Yannick Jadot, Philippe Poutou, ...), après que 200 personnalités aient dénoncées dans une tribune jeudi l'interdiction de manifester et apporté leur soutien au camp anti-bassines....
classic Russian technique | French protesters clash with police over water facilities
"A rally against 'megabasins' in western France turned violent, with dozens of injured on both sides"
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 30th, 2022 at 11:26:21 PM EST
Tiniest of margins ...

Lula stages astonishing comeback to beat far-right Bolsonaro in Brazil election

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 30th, 2022 at 11:30:33 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 08:05:07 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 08:28:50 AM EST
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Candidato Lula da Silva es el presidente electo de Brasil

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 09:06:26 AM EST
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In a letter to Xi Jinping, Lula apologizes in the Brazilian name for the aggressions of the Bolsonaro family in China

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 12:21:31 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 1st, 2022 at 07:55:34 PM EST

#JairBolsonaro: just gave his speech, it did not last more than 3 minutes, he thanked his constituents, but did NOT recognize Lula's "triumph", he did not answer questions from the press and left. This is going to take a long time...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 1st, 2022 at 07:56:54 PM EST
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