Wednesday 1st of February 2023

democracy alla sauce de fascist brusselloise.......

The new “EU Political Community”, an invention of French President Emmanuel Macron consisting of the 27-nation bloc and 17 other countries, most of which aspire to join the EU, recently wrapped up its inaugural PR exercise in Prague. The whole point of this event at Prague Castle seemed to be to convince onlookers of European unity, particularly in favor of Ukraine and against Russia, while papering over any other cracks in the solidarity façade. 

 

BY RACHEL MARSDEN

 

Attacks on Italy’s new leader put EU disunity into spotlight


Brussels stands ready to use its ‘tools’ should right-wing Georgia Meloni step out of line, but it’s far from the only element of discord plaguing the European Union

 

All eyes have been on the newest addition to the class: Italian prime minister-elect Georgia Meloni. Her right-wing populist coalition had just been elected and already the knives were out. Actually, they were out even before the election, as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned, in response to a query about the far right being on the cusp of power in Italy, that the bloc had “tools” to deal with member states whose governments drifted away from Brussels’ agenda. So despite von der Leyen and other EU leaders’ ridiculous claims of fighting for democracy in notoriously corrupt Ukraine, apparently by flooding it with endless Western weapons, von der Leyen can’t even bother to pay lip service to the most basic respect of the democratic will of the citizens of Italy. 

In line with von der Leyen, French European Affairs Minister Laurence Boone said in an interview with Italian newspaper, La Repubblica: “We want to work with Rome but we will monitor respect for rights and freedoms,” adding that “we will pay close attention to respect of values and the rule of law. The EU has already shown that it is vigilant toward other countries such as Hungary and Poland.” It sure did. Notably by withholding funds from countries that don’t fall in line. The ostensible motive is that these countries lag in the “democratic values” department. That is, in the specific way that EU defines democracy to serve the interests of the Western economic and political establishment, which often diverge from those of the average citizen. 

Meloni subsequently commented that the French minister’s words “resemble too much of an unacceptable threat of interference against a sovereign state and a member of the European Union,” and said she hoped the “leftist press” had “misrepresented” Boone’s comments. But they indeed resemble exactly the kind of anti-democratic talk that’s often on the tongues of bloc’s officials. German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock said recently at a democracy conference in Prague that she was personally intent on delivering for Ukraine, “no matter what my German voters think,” despite paying lip service to her solidarity with the German people facing an energy crisis as a direct result of German and EU sanctions policies.  

So not only are there internal EU divisions festering between average citizens and the top-down policies imposed on them and their governments by Brussels like a Made In Europe straitjacket, but there’s also no shortage of divisions between member states.  

The bloc’s current members can’t even get along, and already Brussels has set up a whole new structure in a bid to bring in more players with this new summit. Turkish President Erdogan used his platform to lash out at Greece over their territorial disputes in the region, accusing the EU of supporting illegal initiatives masquerading as unity or solidarity.

The whole bloc is upset with Norway for maintaining high energy prices and profits amid the gas crunch caused by Brussels’ auto-sanctions. German economy minister Robert Habeck brought up the issue of so-called friends like the US and Norway exploiting other EU countries’ desperation through price gouging.  

French President Macron used his summit platform to repeat his opposition to building a new gas pipeline between Spain and France, which Germany really wants, because it would allow cheap gas from North Africa to flow into neighboring countries. But let’s face it – France would lose a market in the long run if it supported the project, given its interest in exporting nuclear energy, particularly now that the EU considers it “green” as of earlier this year. There’s even dissent on this reclassification too, as Austria is now pushing back against the designation by suing EU brass. 

New UK Prime Minister Liz Truss was also in attendance at the summit and made a point of calling Macron a friend, even though just weeks ago she said that the jury was out on whether he’s a friend or foe for Britain.  

The Polish prime minister didn’t miss the opportunity to pick yet another fight with Germany, this time over subsidizing its industry amid the EU sanctions-induced energy crisis while industry in other EU countries suffer under the bloc’s pro-Ukraine policies (which Poland ironically supports because it’s anti-Russian). Poland also decided recently to demand reparations from Germany for World War 2. And now Greece is also seeking hundreds of billions of euros from Germany for both World Wars 1 and 2.

Guess it doesn’t matter that Germany has been doing the heavy lifting for both of these net recipients of EU funds as the bloc’s primary economic engine. And now Berlin, which is staring down the barrel of deindustrialization and rationing because of EU energy sanctions, isn’t exactly in the best position right now to be stuck with bills to pay to right historical wrongs.  

Victor Orban, the prime minister of the EU’s perennial pariah, Hungary, took issue with Brussels directly. “The Brussels bureaucrats and the European elites decided on the sanctions, nobody asked the European people,” Orban said in his summit address as Budapest goes its own way, ignoring the bloc’s sanctions in favor of new energy deals with Moscow. 

So despite all the smiles and backslapping in images from the summit, Ukraine is arguably the least of the EU’s worries as it merely underscores long-festering problems.

Not that you’re supposed to notice, as they demand your undivided support and focus on sticking it to Putin. 

 

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people loosing out......

Massive crowds of protesters took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to voice discontent over the rising cost of living. It comes as the country’s largest trade union continues a refinery strike that has closed gas stations across the country.

The protest was organized by Jean-Luc Melenchon, a former presidential candidate and leader of the left-wing France Unbowed (LFI) party. A number of other leftist parties and organizations participated, with some calling on President Emmanuel Macron to take stronger action against climate change.

However, economic concerns are first and foremost on the minds of protesters. “It’s not the march of Mr. Melenchon,” the LFI leader told France 3 TV on Sunday morning. “It’s a march of the people who are hungry, who are cold and who want to be better paid.”

“The rise in prices is unbearable,” LFI deputy Manon Aubry told AFP. “It is the greatest loss of purchasing power in 40 years.”

 

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angry hungary.......

Budapest repeatedly raised its voice against anti-Russia sanctions, stressing that Hungary won't support any measures which damage its economy.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that Washington had fueled the movement against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, since the US doesn't consider the country obedient enough.

 

"Now, it turns out that the opposition in Budapest was also financed. The Hungarian [newspaper] Magyar Nemzet published an investigation into the funding of the liberal-left coalition of opponents of [Prime Minister] Viktor Orban by the American NGO Action for Democracy. The investigators and special services will probe all the circumstances of the attempts of foreign meddling in the political life of the country, but it is already obvious that the bill approaches millions of dollars," Zakharova said.

 

According to the report, the foundation, created just before the February elections, enjoyed close ties with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). The report also suggested that Action for Democracy is connected to Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros, who funds Open Society Foundations, banned by Hungary several years ago.

Zakharova also reminded that the EU leadership was also discontent with Budapest's independent stance, threatening Hungary with fines and sanctions, while calling it an "electoral autocracy" for refusing to follow orders from Brussels.

Hungary has staunchly opposed the EU sanctions against Russia. Budapest has repeatedly warned that Brussels' decision to send military aid to Kiev amid the Russian special military op there and to impose restrictions against Moscow will result in a major economic collapse of the bloc.

The sanctions, backed by the US, Britain, and the EU, exacerbated fuel market issues, resulting in a major energy crisis across Europe, with record-high inflation and skyrocketing cost of living.

 

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greater Hungary......

 

by Sergei Andreev

 

The other day, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban appeared at a football match in a scarf with the image of the “Greater Hungary” map which included part of Ukraine. This happened a few days after the leader of one of the Hungarian political parties openly expressed a desire to annex Ukrainian Transcarpathia. Judging by these facts, as well as by the growing negative attitude towards the kyiv regime (critical evaluations in the media, reluctance to participate in the supply of arms, etc.), Hungary and its politicians not only do not do not hide, but, on the contrary, emphasize all possible ways of preparing for the annexation of part of Ukraine.

It seems that the Hungarian leader has decided not to wait for the implementation of his own forecast that hostilities in Ukraine may continue until 2030. As a result, kyiv may lose a third or a half of the territory.

Poland, Romania: the same “Orban scarf”

Let us recall that the Hungarian Prime Minister made this announcement on 18 September. And almost the same day (!), he had been publicly supported by the former Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrei Marga. This one had stated, during the presentation of his book “The destiny of democracy”: “ I say this frankly, with full responsibility. Ukraine is within artificial borders. She has to give up territory. Hungary – Transcarpathia, Poland – Galicia, Romania – Bukovina and Russia – Donbass and Crimea. These are territories of other countries. Otherwise, there will be conflict ».

Poland is not left out. Sergei Naryshkin, director of the foreign intelligence service of the Russian Federation, said the other day that the United States and Poland are developing a plan to establish the control of Poland on its "historical possessions" in Ukraine.

Hungarians and people of Hungarian nationality in the plans to annex part of Ukrainian territory are not given the last role. This is also the reason why experts have been reporting, for several years, a series of significant contradictions between Hungary and Ukraine on the subject of the “Magyar” national minorities in Transcarpathia. At the same time, the Hungarian authorities are effectively contributing to their expansion and strengthening. 

 

Transcarpathia has lowest voter turnout in Ukraine

Moreover, even the most ultra-liberal Western structures do this, which cannot be suspected of sympathy for Hungarian nationalism or any other nationalism, or anything like that. For example, in 2019, the Vozrozhdeniye Foundation, affiliated with the Open Society of D. Soros, had organized a life-size study of the sociopolitical preferences of the inhabitants of Transcarpathia, of which approximately 12% have a Magyar identity. This area is regularly among the administrative departments with the lowest participation rate in elections at different levels. Based on the results of the study, the Foundation's experts recommended " analyze and prepare proposals to involve as many Ukrainians as possible in voting ". The document pointed out that the situation was complicated by the presence of a large Hungarian diaspora, which receives support from Budapest. It was also noted that this project should make it possible to reduce the possible influence of Hungary on the results of the presidential and legislative elections by raising the level of awareness of the citizens and thus by increasing the rate of participation. The document, among other things, already then indicated Hungary's will " gain more control over the territory where the largest Hungarian community lives ».

One sort of response to these Hungarian aspirations was the large-scale drills held last December by the kyiv regime's security forces to counter separatism in Ukraine. At the same time, documents were leaked on the networks, from which the main justification for the exercises was communicated. Radical “Western” political leaders are said to openly support separatist movements in the Lviv region, Transcarpathia and northern Bukovina. The text also clearly mentions that the separatists are armed, are preparing terrorist acts and want to create ethnic autonomy in order to link them to their "historic homeland".

The Democratic Initiatives Foundation's opinion poll, released at the same time, at the end of 2021, showed that more than 41% of Ukrainians at the time already saw Hungary's actions as preparations for a possible occupation and annexation of part of Ukrainian territory. At the beginning of this year, Ukrainian generals – like A. Mogilev, who in January declared that the creation of territorial defense formations “would divide Ukraine into principalities” – began to sound the alarm. We emphasize that all this took place even before the start of the "special operation" (NWO).

 Get rid of the "Hungarians" by placing them in the front line of the NWO front...

And already in the first weeks of the conflict, the territorial communities of the district of Beregovsky (Transcarpathia) had launched an organizing committee to organize a referendum on the adhesion to Hungary of the territories of Ukraine inhabited by Hungarians. At the same time, activists of Hungarian origin, living in the region, had sent a letter to Viktor Orban with a request to protect them from "genocide", the text containing the following sentences: It is quite obvious to us that the Ukrainian authorities indulge the whims and interests of neo-Nazis and right-wing radicals, for a long time restrict our rights and humiliate the dignity of Greater Hungary and its citizens ».

In mid-July, the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, Peter Szijjarto, officially announced that Hungary was ready, by "force of arms", to save and protect Hungarians living in western Ukraine. . Budapest was considering a military emergency scenario to protect, " in case of emergency in Ukrainian Transcarpathia », the 150 ethnic Hungarians.

At the beginning of autumn, it became known that the kyiv regime was trying to get rid of the Hungarian element by all means. Including by sending, to the places of the most disastrous military operations near Kherson, military personnel of Hungarian nationality, those of the 128th mountain assault brigade of Transcarpathia. The Hungarians and their fellow Rusyns – also seeking greater independence in the west of the former Ukrainian SSR – were in fact eliminated during the “counter-offensive” implemented at the time in an area of open steppe, taken under the fire of artillery and aeronautics of the RF armed forces.

 Hungary and Poland: meet at the old border…

It happened almost at the same time as the scandal that broke out between the diplomatic departments of Hungary and Ukraine over a geography textbook for eighth graders in Hungarian schools. Ukraine, in the manual, is referred to as a country " unfavorable to Hungarians whose sovereignty is in question. The spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolaenko, strongly criticized this book and demanded that the "false information" be removed. He also said that on September 7, the Ukrainian ambassador visited the Hungarian Foreign Ministry and called the content of the manual “unacceptable”.

Instead of listening to such cries from kyiv, Budapest, on the contrary, began to make increasingly harsh statements about the reluctance to support, arm, etc., the Ukrainian side during the NWO. And on November 11, Hungarian lawmaker Laszlo Torotsky openly expressed a desire to annex Transcarpathia. 

The leader of the Hungarian "Our Fatherland" party congratulated Poland on the occasion of Independence Day and wished that it once again had a common border with Hungary, thus calling for the revision of the Ukrainian borders. To this message, he had attached a photo taken in March 1939 near the village of Uzhok (the territory of present-day Ukraine near the Polish border), showing Polish and Hungarian border guards shaking hands on the Polish border. -Hungarian formed after the capture of Transcarpathian Ukraine by Hungary. 

The Hungarian politician had expressed hope that Hungarians and Poles would meet there soon, writing on Twitter: “ Today is Poland's Independence Day. May God bless Poland! See you at the joint Polish-Hungarian border! »

source: The Courier of Strategists

 

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