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  1. Putin would never aid/ play with EU. EU has the soft power/appeal to lure in countries that he consider his like Georgia or Ukraine. He does everything to see the union fall, because it would benefit him immensely.
  2. Maybe China needs to be scared? I dont wanna live in a world where China is the leading country to be honest. The West takes alot for granted, including human rights and freedoms, which are severely disrespected in China. Or Russia for that matter. I can not agree that Biden has done nearly as much (or even anything) to disrupt European security as Putin. Actually its only Putin, who again tries to make the Russians look the other way so that he continues ruling unopposed for decades. Because Crimea grab made him popular with the Russians, why not do it again with another Ukraine land? In this way he would expose the weakness of Europe and USA and show that the countries he considers "his" should do what he tells them. This has no analog in the West, even in the East.
  3. Which are "they"? I only see one wanna be "macho", who is 1.50 sm also.
  4. NATO on Friday rejected Russia’s demand to withdraw its troops from Bulgaria and Romania. “NATO will not renounce our ability to protect and defend each other, including with the presence of troops in the eastern part of the Alliance,” NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said in a statement in reaction to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks. In a statement issued on Friday, Lavrov explained that Russian proposals on European security arrangement are “about withdrawing foreign troops, equipment and weapons, as well as about other steps aimed at restoring the 1997 configuration of those countries who weren't NATO members at that time and that includes both Bulgaria and Romania.”
 Lungescu said the military bloc cannot accept Russia’s demands because they are based on the “idea of spheres of influence in Europe” and “would create first and second class NATO members.” She added that NATO will respond to any deterioration of the security environment and will continue to “assess the need to reinforce the eastern part of our Alliance.” US State Secretary Blinken and his Russian counterpart met on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland to continue talks on the two draft treaties that Moscow handed last month to the US and NATO after last week’s negotiations that ended without progress. At the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Jan. 12, the military alliance already rejected Russia’s demand to halt the NATO enlargement process and to withdraw forces from NATO’s eastern flanks and called on Moscow to end threatening rhetoric and the military buildup in and around Ukraine. https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/nato-rejects-russian-demand-to-withdraw-from-bulgaria-romania-3588166 not only is Putin preparing a full on war on Ukraine for wanting to side with the West, he wants NATO to return to where it was in 1997, which means NATO must leave all of Eastern Europe, including states which are both NATO and European Union members. I m amazed no one is talking about this disaster here.
  5. Its no surprise Norway is one of the best places you can live on the earth. This just proves why it is so.
  6. Same. Trump will always be the worst leader USA has ever had. However, what has been happening with prices/inflation is not helping Biden especially when Trump made his presidency all about money etc. Biden has to do alot to win back supporters or dissuade Trump lackeys. Its really BAD when a normal person is in charge and economically things get sour. I wonder if its deliberate and the financially powerful do prefer someone like Trump with his cuts.
  7. Not of the European Commission, but of the future United States of Europe is what I had in mind. Hopefully some kind of federation or confederation is in the future of Europe.
  8. Love her. I could see her being the first European president if we ever come to have one.
  9. https://mvariety.com/news/signs-of-radicalization-in-bow-and-arrow-attack-suspect-norway-police/article_cb8338fa-2cfe-11ec-ad5c-8f80aac6425f.html Horrible. It seems like the killer might have been a local Norwegian who has converted to islam and/or has been mentally ill.
  10. Yes, their government has been right wing trump wanna bes. The lgbtq free zones were established by local authorities as a “way to fight the lgbtq doctrine”. However EU stopped the funding for those localities and they repealed that shameful status.
  11. Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.com T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email licensing@ft.com to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found here. https://www.ft.com/content/6abff800-1b3e-4e73-ad66-2cbb9e280a3dFor years after Poland joined the EU in 2004, the country was the biggest success story of the bloc’s eastern expansion — seemingly set to be a permanent and reliable bulwark of European integration. But Thursday’s ruling by Polish judges — that parts of EU law are incompatible with the country’s constitution — has sparked fears that a “Polexit”, to follow the UK’s Brexit from the EU, could one day cease to be an idea from political fiction. Luxembourg’s foreign minister Jean Asselborn warned on Friday that the ruling was “playing with fire”. France’s Europe minister Clément Beaune said it flew in the face of the rules Poland had accepted by joining the bloc, and raised the risk of a “de facto exit”. “When you sign a contract with someone and say ‘My rule, which I define when I want and how I want, is worth more than what I have signed with you’, there is no more contract,” Beaune said in an interview with BFM TV. Opinion surveys suggest that more than 80 per cent of Poles want their country to remain in the EU. Poland’s conservative-nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS) insists that the idea that it could take the country out of the union is nonsense. “The entry of Poland and the countries of central Europe to the EU was one of the most important events of the last decades. Both for us and for the EU itself. We all won from this,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Thursday. “That is why I say clearly: the place of Poland is and will be in the European family of nations.” Yet critics fear that even if PiS does not want to undo Poland’s EU membership, its constant clashes with Brussels could set in train a dynamic that eventually leads that way, much as David Cameron’s attempts to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU paved the way for Brexit. “Cameron came to the EU . . . with a gun to his head threatening that if he wasn’t granted what he wanted he would shoot himself,” said an official from one EU state. “This is similar: the Poles are threatening to shoot themselves in the foot, if not the head.” For the EU, which has to balance the need to protect its legal order against the risk of inflaming tensions with Warsaw, deciding how to respond to Thursday’s verdict is a perilously difficult decision. The European Commission, the EU executive, has faced increased questioning of the primacy of EU law — and the right of the European Court of Justice to have the final word — in a number of member states. But the Polish ruling is more serious given that it explicitly rejects key parts of EU law as incompatible with the country’s constitution in a challenge brought by the country’s own prime minister. It also follows five years of clashes between Warsaw and Brussels over changes by PiS — including an attempt to purge the supreme court and the introduction of a system allowing judges to be punished for the content of their rulings — which have sparked deep concerns in Brussels that the independence of Poland’s judiciary is being dismantled. Previous disciplinary proceedings against Poland under the so-called Article 7 process have foundered due to opposition from Warsaw’s key ally Hungary. Ursula von der Leyen, the commission’s president, has additional means of leverage if she wishes to use them. Recommended The FT ViewThe editorial board Brussels is tightening the screws on Warsaw The commission is likely to consider as a minimum bringing infringement proceedings over the judgment — although only after it has been published and comes into effect. The commission is also weighing up a €36bn Polish bid for recovery funding, which Warsaw submitted in May. While Brussels has been seeking to insert “rule of law” conditions into the plan, Thu Nguyen, a policy fellow at the Jacques Delors Centre, said the commission should now reject the Polish plan outright. The commission is also under pressure to examine powers that would allow it to hold back Poland’s regional development funds under certain circumstances. It has also been considering whether to bring a case against Poland under a new mechanism that allows money to be withheld from member states where there is a clear risk of waste and fraud. While such a case would not be founded on the tribunal ruling itself, it could politically strengthen the hand of those arguing in favour of deploying the mechanism. The risk is that withholding billions of euros of EU funding would only embolden anti-Brussels politicians in Poland, worsening the stand-off. But Nguyen said the risks of inaction were worse still. “This is quite unprecedented — a country so fundamentally rejecting EU law primacy,” she said. “Letting these things slide and doing nothing would risk giving the impression that member states can do what they want. This would mean that we may as well give up on the EU project.” https://www.ft.com/content/6abff800-1b3e-4e73-ad66-2cbb9e280a3d Its hard to believe Poland is disputing supremacy of EU law. Supremacy of the EU law as a principle is accepted since 1962 - in the Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen (Case 26/62), the Court declared that the laws adopted by European institutions must be integrated into the legal systems of EU countries, which are obliged to comply with them. EU law therefore has primacy over national laws. This follows from the fact that the case law (jurisprudence) of the Court of Justice of the European UnionCourt is mandatory: see Art 251 and the following of TFEU. That principle has been in effect since the 60ties and every country that entered the EU knew about this. In practice that means that as the EU law develops and changes (as does any law), the Member States have already agreed to change their legal system in line with the EU one. The relation between national courts and the EU court is similar to the relation between US Supreme court and the courts of US states. Its hard for me to believe there would be no consequence for Poland for such a shameful decision.
  12. Preach. A day must come when such scumbags are punished for their stealing.
  13. France Threatens U.K. Power Supply as Brexit Tensions Escalate https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-05/france-threatens-u-k-power-supply-as-brexit-tensions-escalate when will the English/Welsch face the fact that Brexit was a stupid idea??? Practically all countries in Europe that are not within EU, are strongly linked to it: Iceland, Norway etc. I d like to see how UK, even though big, makes an exception.
  14. Yes, the Good Friday agreement… but I never thought that Scotland was de facto the only part of UK that didn’t get what they voted for. NI at least is within the common market. And you are right, it would probably have led to a quicker split of Scotland with the other parts of UK
  15. Well Greece-France deal is far from surprising having in mind the Turkey-Greek tension around the gas/border in the Eastern Mediterranean. I still remember France and Italy and maybe Spain were the ones who firmly backed Greece and Germany tried to mediate between Turkey and Greece. I d say this is kind of expected. And it’s high time for EU defence, on that subject. But of course u are probably right the French were in the know. Maybe the french “rage” has a lot to do with the upcoming elections in France
  16. The Scotland situation is really absurd. The least Boris could have done if he wanted to keep UK united is negotiate the same deal for Scotland that he did for Northern Ireland...
  17. How much till Britain rejoins EU or at least Scotland and united Ireland?
  18. Hmm. No-one could beat Trump, but Biden has done like so little to make amends with EU, hasn't he? I mean do USA not care at all about EU at this point? Would EU even be in the alley club or what? As far as I know the Afganistan withdrawal was never even coordinated with EU and now this deal wit AUS, for which the French had to learn from the press? He still is better than Trump, but it seems like the focus of USA is firmly on Asia (and China) and Europe is just there... Weird.
  19. This is one of the reasons I so love Spain. Its really socially liberal regarding LGBTQ, its like the Netherlands of the south! And its a fucking beautiful country with great ppl!
  20. I dont think US should be blamed for how Afganistan is functioning... Obviously the state is such that it could be easily occupied by the Talibans and I wouldn't be surprised if the majority are for the Taliban regime.
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