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Rightwing Operation New EU 'Enlightenment’

by Oui Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 01:53:03 PM EST

'Protecting citizens from influence by Brussels on divergent principles of society.

Destroying the founding principles of the EEC and European Union one year after the other ...

NATO Shows Off Missile Base In Romania, Calling It 'Purely Defensive' | RFERL - Nov. 25, 2019 |

Relationship DNC security hack and Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike.

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CrowdStrike: Making it up as they go along?

Poland's cooperation with the U.S. brings internal and diplomatic disapproval | ICIJ - May 24, 2007 |

Investigators also suspect that Poland, part of what former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld termed "New Europe," supportive of the Iraq war and U.S. counterterrorism efforts, has allowed the CIA to use Stare Kiejkuty, a Polish intelligence center that's a 15-minute drive from the Szymany airport, as a detention center for terrorist suspects.

If the allegations are true ― Polish officials deny them; American officials won't comment ― Szymany and Stare Kiejkuty represent just two of the ways Poland and the United States have worked together in the post-9/11 world.

  • In the three years post 9/12, the total was nearly tenfold: more than $300 million, mostly in Coalition Support Funds as reimbursement for expenses incurred by Polish forces in Iraq, according to ICIJ's database of military training and assistance.
  • Poland spent close to $500,000 annually influencing American public opinion in the three years after 9/11 through lobbying, public relations, and trade promotion activities regulated and disclosed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
  • With Polish support, the U.S. is pressing to place an anti-missile system in Eastern Europe ― with radar based in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles based in Poland ― in the event Iran develops missiles and fires them at the U.S. or Europe.

The Polish government is under pressure domestically for its support of an unpopular war in Iraq and for its alleged involvement in the CIA's trafficking of terrorist suspects.

Six out of 10 Poles opposed the proposed American missile sites, according to an August 2006 poll. Diplomatic tangles abound. To Poland's east, U.S. anti-missile plans have drawn increasingly harsh responses from Russia. Poland, once a Communist country under Moscow's influence, has gained membership in NATO and the European Union with U.S. support. To Poland's west, the country's close relations with the U.S. have led to strains with "Old Europe," including France and Germany, which opposed the Iraq war from the start.

Trump Warsaw visit and Three Seas Initiative summit in July 2017 ...

Speech on US Ties with New Europe | July 6, 2017 |

On Trump's first meeting, I understand he came in through the back door as there was no crowd to greet the great leader from ascross the Atlantic. At the Thee Seas Summit he promised to deliver LNG to Eastern Europe and oust Russian gas. Great timing for the GCC blockade of Qatar and the world's largest gas deposits in the Persian Gulf.

Quite an amazing quick turnabout after the failure to conquer Syria and the opportunity for gas transport lines.

Poland likes Trump, how about Hamburg? | DW News - July 6, 2017 |

Trump was to hold a major speech in Warsaw's central Krasinski Square.

Organizers expect thousands, or even tens of thousands, to attend. Many of them will have been bussed in for free by Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), according to Polish news reports.

    As opposition protesters and MPs continued to lay siege to Poland's parliament, the highest court was paralyzed by internecine war and the European Commission accused the country of violating the EU's democratic principles, President Andrzej Duda put the blame for the political and constitutional impasse in one place: the political opposition.

Polish president tells opposition, Brussels to back off

The Polish leader also asserted that the most senior judge in the country, who stepped down earlier this week, broke the law and rebuffed the Commission's warnings about backsliding by Warsaw, saying that Brussels had "overstepped" its authority.

Anti-globalization protests in Hamburg as G20 leaders gather

The Brussels Consensus: economic disaster in EU candidate countries (III) | May 7, 2013 |

The Visegrad Group as an Ambitious Actor of (Central‐)European Foreign and Security Policy | 2018 |

Mainly from the perspective of Central European political science, the Visegrad Group is one of the most significant regional groupings functioning in contemporary Europe or the European Union. In addition to groups (past and present) such as the CEFTA initiative, the Three Seas Initiative, and to a certain degree European macro‐regional strategy, which is strongly reflected in Central and Central‐Eastern Europe (cf. Walsch 2015; Cabada - Walsch 2017), the V4 is the bearer of active policies and engages in a number of issues independently both within the EU and outside the Union's area and agenda.

This impression is made stronger by the emphasized presentation of accomplished goals that were defined during the group's foundation in 1991, i.e. membership in the North Atlantic Alliance and full‐fledged membership in the EU. This impression was also strengthened by a perception of the group as the leader of the countries of Central‐Eastern Europe, whether these countries were EU members or still at‐ tempting to gain membership. Self‐presentation of the V4 as a successful model that should be followed by other countries of Central‐Eastern and Southeast Europe is one of the basic starting points of the V4 member states' foreign and development policy toward the region of the Western Balkans or the group of countries engaged in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) program.

In addition to building its position as a model and mediator of "Europe‐ anization" and European policies toward the group of candidate countries of the Western Balkans, the Visegrad Group has attempted in the last decade to promote itself as an alternative or - neutrally speaking - an additional group of countries that introduces agenda within the EU and profiles itself as a signifi‐ cant collective actor. For instance, according to Czech political scientist Michal Kořan (2012: 208-209), after 2009 the V4 changed its rather defensive style and began to offer significantly more proactive stances "when it emphasized its ambition to become one of the needed and energizing factors in the project of European integration as its goal."

In this context, Kořan points out that the V4 is characterized by three clearly declared goals that are incorporated into V4 policy: 1) the support of the Eastern and Southeastern direction of EU enlargement; 2) the support of the Eastern dimension of European neighborhood policy; and 3) a shared vision of regional energy policy. All three topics are reflected in the individual contributions brought together in this collective monograph, which deals with the security, foreign and European policy of the Visegrad Group and of its member states.

The ambition to modify various European policies or promote its own priorities - of which energy policy has seemed in the past and present to be crucial, as well as policies concerning further EU enlargement and the EU's relationship toward Eastern neighbors located between the present EU and Russia - has thus been degraded. This includes the risk that rational V4 propositions will be refused due to the fact that they are being promoted by countries that are seen as problematic by the European mainstream. As Hungarian political scientist Boglárka Koller pointed out at a debate on Central European cooperation at the 23rd annual conference of the Central European Political Science Association (CEPSA) in Wrocław (September 14-15, 2017), Western Europe sees the V4 as "laggards" while the countries of Central Europe see themselves as "pioneers".

Trump to send more troops to Poland |  DW News - June 12, 2019 |

The US and Polish presidents agreed that the US would deploy 1,000 additional US troops. Military hardware and LNG sales were agreed, and Trump mooted Nord Stream 2 sanctions to protect Germany from Russia

US President Donald Trump welcomed Polish President Andrzej Duda to the White House. The visit, Duda's second within a year, was ostensibly to deal with two issues: Poland's desire for an expanded US military presence and the US' desire to sell natural gas to Poland. During the meeting, Trump also touched on the possibility of sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 project and warned Germany not to be dependent on Russian energy.

Addressing reporters in the White House Rose Garden after a day of meetings, Trump announced a memorandum of military co-operation, saying, "As the declaration makes very clear, the United States and Poland are not only bound by a strategic partnership but deep common values, shared goals and a very strong and abiding friendship."

Trump also praised Poland's commitment to NATO, singling it out for meeting spending aims, unlike Germany, whom he also singled out. 

During the Trump presidency, he lit up the Trump Heights illegal settlement on Syria Israel's Golan Heights. US talking UN Charter, borders and sovereignty. Ambassador John Bolton 🤥 🤥 😡

Furthermore, his close partnership with Poland was to the detriment of building Trump Towers on the Red Square in Moscow. FOB Fort Trump in Poland ...

'We won't let Brussels dictate us': Eurosceptic populism in Hungary and Poland | Paper by Csehi and Zgut - Jan. 2020 |

As a result of various crises, the European Union (EU) witnessed the rise of Eurosceptic and/or populist parties in its member states. However, the link between Euroscepticism and populism remains under-theorized, and the East-Central European (ECE) region is still surprisingly under-studied.

This paper aims to fill these gaps by studying the development of Eurosceptic populist narratives in Hungary and Poland. Connecting the literature on Euroscepticism and the ideational approach to populism, it is shown through Orbán's and Kaczyński's discourses how (1) the EU is equated with 'the corrupt elite' that stands in conflict with 'the pure people', the Hungarians and Poles, and (2) how the EU is claimed to act against the notion of popular sovereignty.

While the article highlights differences between the Eurosceptic populist narratives of the two party leaders, a politically driven 'anti-imperialist' theme prevails in both cases, which differentiates them from their Western-European counterparts as well.

NATO's Battleground Ukraine v. Russia | Nov. 8, 2021 |

In retrospect, despite the Ukraine war, the former chancellor believes her Russia policy was the right one

Published on Zeit Online

Merkel once again defended her Russia policy. She described the efforts to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 as part of the so-called Minsk process as correct. "I stand by these diplomatic attempts," Merkel said. She said she "worried with the greatest intensity" about Ukraine. "To my great chagrin, there were quite a few who weren't that interested." In the European Council, for example, Germany and France had made efforts to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

"Diplomacy is a necessity"

Regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine last year, Merkel said: "I tried to prevent this situation with what I had at my disposal. The fact that it didn't work is no proof that it wasn't the right thing to do attempt." Diplomacy is a "necessity," said the former chancellor.

My earlier diary on first interview with Chancellor Merkel after her retirement from active politics ...

Merkel's Explosive Interview Die Zeit | Dec. 25, 2022 |

Biden and Stoltenberg can mince words and tell the world "we are united" .... that's total hogwash. Usual neocon war narrative, repeated, repeated, until it sinks in you dumba$$ 😡

 The Elites in Brussels, London and Washington D.C. ...

Car ownership and house ownership for the happy few only ... social democracy of the 20th century overturned by US purity of capitalism ...

Special Focus - Begin of World War II | by Fran |

Warsaw and Moscow, rethinking 1939 | VoxEurop - Aug. 31, 2009 |

On 1st September, Polish, German and Russian leaders will attend a ceremony to remember the German invasion of Poland, which triggered the start of the Second World War. But behind the scenes, Warsaw and Moscow are involved in a war of words about the responsibility of the Soviet Union in the tragic events of 1939.  

On the eve of official ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of World War II in Gdańsk, Russia's PM Vladimir Putin has condemned the so-called Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany in 1939. In an open letter published by Gazeta Wyborcza, the Russian leader underlined however, that it wasn't the only "trigger" which started the war.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 05:27:44 PM EST

US Air Force moves refueling mission from Germany to Poland: report

The aircraft in Powidz could be tasked with refueling combat jets, including the world's most advanced fighter jet, the F-35A Lightning II, potentially extending the range of NATO missions, according to a Stars and Stripes article by Jennifer H. Svan.

The eastward surge is another example of US efforts to create a durable presence in Poland, a vital NATO member that shares a border with Ukraine, the article said.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 06:20:26 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 06:21:04 PM EST
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Ukraine isn't ready for its big offensive, but it has no choice | The Sunday Times |

Kyiv is locked into a spring or summer push despite burning through ammo so fast that the West can't keep up. Luckily Russia is out of ideas too

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 07:15:46 PM EST
Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli, commander, U.S. European Command, delivered the 2023 Posture Statement to the House Armed Services Committee April 26, 2023, and to the Senate Armed Services Committee April 27, 2023

Russia remains a formidable and unpredictable threat that will challenge U.S. and European interests for the foreseeable future. Russian air, maritime, space, cyber, and strategic forces have not suffered significant degradation in the current war.

Moreover, Russia will likely rebuild its future Army into a sizeable and more capable land force, all while suspending its implementation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, as it has done since 2007. Russia retains a vast stockpile of deployed and non-deployed nuclear weapons, which present an existential threat to the U.S. Homeland, our Allies, and partners, and is failing to comply with several of its legal obligations under the New START Treaty. President Putin's dangerous nuclear rhetoric introduces strategic uncertainty. All of these factors indicate that Russia remains an immediate and persistent threat to American interests in Europe and around the world.

Russia pursues a military modernization program that prioritizes a range of advanced conventional, hybrid, and nuclear capabilities to coerce the West. Its primary focus is on development of six specific systems: a nuclear-powered cruise missile; a nuclear-armed hypersonic boost glide vehicle; a more capable heavy Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (Sarmat); a nuclear-armed, nuclear powered underwater drone (Poseidon); hypersonic cruise missiles; and lasers. These weapons provide Russia asymmetric threats to NATO and present new challenges to Western response options.

Russia employs a range of tools to advance its foreign policy objectives to coerce neighboring states, divide the Alliance, and expand its global influence. Beyond its war of aggression in Ukraine, Russia also retains a military presence in 20% of Georgia's sovereign territory, and in Moldova against the will of those states. Russia also uses disinformation, cyber operations, and energy supply manipulation to coerce our Allies and partners. Russian private military contractors operate in Syria, Ukraine, and multiple African nations, working to advance Russian state interests.

Video statement on Cyprus, Greece and challenges Eastern Mediterranean, Russian Naval presence in Tartus

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 07:17:02 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 2nd, 2023 at 07:18:16 PM EST
Ideals of the European Union broken apart by global power players as NATO's US military command wreaked havoc leaving a trail of destruction. The perfect storm.

European Union in the World 2025

Scenarios for EU relations with its neighbours and strategic partners

Who would have thought a decade ago that not only the European Union but also its neighbourhood both in the East and in the South would have been turned upside down due to a series of crises? Back in 2006 the EU had gone through a successful `big bang' enlargement absorbing ten Central and Eastern European countries and was about to take two more states on board. The economy was doing well, ideas for establishing a 'ring of friends' in the immediate neighbourhood were flowering and Russia was seen as a close partner.

Yet things have gone differently than one might have expected. The financial crisis, the Arab Spring and its consequences, the Russian annexation of Crimea and the war in Ukraine, the development of ISIS, the war in Syria and the growing number of refugees and migrants from North Africa and the Middle East are challenges the European Union has been facing in recent years.

Although the predictions of the end of the European project seem to be premature, it has become obvious that the EU is in a serious crisis, both as an idea and as an organisation and international actor. Therefore simply reacting to crises is no longer an option. The EU desperately needs to think and act strategically if it wants to survive and to have any influence on the global stage. Above all, it needs to define its future-oriented interests and how these interests can be reconciled with values that the EU attempts to project and protect.

Setting out a forward-looking strategy for the relations between the EU and its neighbours and strategic partners is challenging particularly because of the unend- ing impact of globalisation, which makes foresight analysis even more difficult than before. However, it is a vital exercise if the EU wants to have an idea of how it will look in 2025 and what economic, social and intellectual tools to gird it- self with.

Against this backdrop, the Dahrendorf Forum - Debating Europe initiated a foresight project which aimed to set out different scenarios for the future relationship between the European Union and the five countries/regions of the Dahrendorf Forum: Ukraine and Russia, Turkey, MENA, United States and China. The alternative futures engage in defining the most likely trajectories, downside risks, new trends and 'unknown unknowns'.

This bouquet of essays painted an ideal where the EU should have headed.

Today the European Commission by mouth of Josep Borrell has bluntly admitted defeat.

Spaniard Borrell's Fascist Gaffe Us vs Them

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 09:57:40 AM EST

Over many years, I have voiced strong views about the choice of NATO to set a policy of division. Former US Ambassador Ivo Daalder to Brussels stated as such: make Russia a pariah state. The process followed a step-by-step procedure to boot Russia out of all channels of diplomacy and communication. Angering the Russian Bear, the expected and calculated push-back followed in response.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 10:07:17 AM EST
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Related reading ...

Review of Eirikur Bergmann, Neo-Nationalism: The Rise of Nativist Populism

This chapter examines the third wave of nativist populism in the post-war era, which began to brew in the wake of the International Financial Crisis starting in 2008. A fundamental shift occurred in the third wave with the Refugee Crisis heightening in 2015. Nativist populism spread further into the mainstream in European and American politics than ever before, for instance bringing Brexit to the UK, Donald Trump to power in America.

Once populist claims entered the mainstream, 'the centre-left/centre-right duopoly that dominated Western liberal democracies in the post-war era' gradually was dissolved, a trend that hit harder in two-party systems like the UK and the US and elsewhere has led to centre parties 'largely losing to the periphery on both sides'.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 11th, 2023 at 10:08:10 AM EST
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