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  1. What in your opinion is the best/most objective news site/publication?
  2. Isn't Politico a serious publication Karb?
  3. Europe accuses US of profiting from war EU officials attack Joe Biden over sky-high gas prices, weapons sales and trade as Vladimir Putin’s war threatens to destroy Western unity. Nine months after invading Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is beginning to fracture the West. Top European officials are furious with Joe Biden’s administration and now accuse the Americans of making a fortune from the war, while EU countries suffer. “The fact is, if you look at it soberly, the country that is most profiting from this war is the U.S. because they are selling more gas and at higher prices, and because they are selling more weapons,” one senior official told POLITICO. The explosive comments — backed in public and private by officials, diplomats and ministers elsewhere — follow mounting anger in Europe over American subsidies that threaten to wreck European industry. The Kremlin is likely to welcome the poisoning of the atmosphere among Western allies. “We are really at a historic juncture,” the senior EU official said, arguing that the double hit of trade disruption from U.S. subsidies and high energy prices risks turning public opinion against both the war effort and the transatlantic alliance. “America needs to realize that public opinion is shifting in many EU countries.” Another top official, the EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell, called on Washington to respond to European concerns. “Americans — our friends — take decisions which have an economic impact on us,” he said in an interview with POLITICO. The U.S. rejected Europe's complaints. “The rise in gas prices in Europe is caused by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and Putin's energy war against Europe, period," a spokesperson for Biden's National Security Council said. Exports of liquefied natural gas from the U.S. to Europe "increased dramatically and enabled Europe to diversify away from Russia," the NSC spokesperson said. The biggest point of tension in recent weeks has been Biden’s green subsidies and taxes that Brussels says unfairly tilt trade away from the EU and threaten to destroy European industries. Despite formal objections from Europe, Washington has so far shown no sign of backing down. At the same time, the disruption caused by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is tipping European economies into recession, with inflation rocketing and a devastating squeeze on energy supplies threatening blackouts and rationing this winter. As they attempt to reduce their reliance on Russian energy, EU countries are turning to gas from the U.S. instead — but the price Europeans pay is almost four times as high as the same fuel costs in America. Then there’s the likely surge in orders for American-made military kit as European armies run short after sending weapons to Ukraine. It's all got too much for top officials in Brussels and other EU capitals. French President Emmanuel Macron said high U.S. gas prices were not “friendly” and Germany’s economy minister has called on Washington to show more “solidarity” and help reduce energy costs. Ministers and diplomats based elsewhere in the bloc voiced frustration at the way Biden’s government simply ignores the impact of its domestic economic policies on European allies. When EU leaders tackled Biden over high U.S. gas prices at the G20 meeting in Bali last week, the American president simply seemed unaware of the issue, according to the senior official quoted above. Other EU officials and diplomats agreed that American ignorance about the consequences for Europe was a major problem. "The Europeans are discernibly frustrated about the lack of prior information and consultation," said David Kleimann of the Bruegel think tank. https://www.politico.eu/article/vladimir-putin-war-europe-ukraine-gas-inflation-reduction-act-ira-joe-biden-rift-west-eu-accuses-us-of-profiting-from-war/
  4. according to Corriere della sera Zelensky was pressing Nato to join the war after the missiles in Poland ,aka 3rd world war
  5. Rumor has it that the Americans are in talks with Russia .Biden is urging both Russia and Ukraine to start peace talks .Americans say that the missils hitting Poland were Ukrainian trying to hit russian missiles .I hope these are signs that something is changing
  6. Are they allergic on elections in England? This mess should be solved with general election in my humble opinion
  7. in Greece the government is covering an amount of the increases but i know people that have to pay 300 euros with a salary of 500 - 600
  8. well Biden has a hard time remembering his own name
  9. German conservative leader accuses Ukrainian refugees of ‘welfare tourism’ BERLIN — German opposition leader Friedrich Merz accused Ukrainian refugees of taking advantage of Germany’s social welfare system by seeking protection in the country, collecting benefits and then returning to Ukraine. “What we’re seeing is welfare tourism on the part of these refugees to Germany, back to Ukraine, to Germany, back to Ukraine,” Merz, the leader of the center-right Christian Democrats (CDU), told Bild TV in an interview, adding that “a large number” of the more than 1.1 million Ukrainian refugees registered in Germany were milking the state. “We have a problem here that’s getting worse.” The German government has no statistics on whether and to what degree the abuse Merz alleged is actually occurring. Merz, who took over the party last year after it lost control of the chancellery for the first time in 16 years, said it was “unfair” for the state to pay to heat the homes of refugees and German welfare recipients at a time when many working-class Germans can’t afford their energy bills.
  10. I'm not at all happy when the EU commission President is trying to intervene to a country's election and threatening voters
  11. and here we are wondering why the far right is huge all over Europe Von der Leyen’s warning message to Italy irks election candidates Italian politicians asked European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen not to intervene in domestic politics after she warned that Europe has “the tools” to deal with Italy if things go in a “difficult direction.” During a conference on Thursday at Princeton University, an attendant pointed out to von der Leyen that “figures close to Putin” were among candidates for the upcoming legislative election on Sunday. “We’ll see,” she replied. “If things go in a difficult direction — and I’ve spoken about Hungary and Poland — we have the tools.” This is a clear reference to the ability of the European Commission to cut funds allocated to member countries when they are deemed to be violating the rule of law. Last week, the Commission proposed to cut €7.5 billion of funds allocated to Hungary. Von der Leyen’s remark came just a day before Italy’s campaign goes quiet for the weekend, and has provoked the ire of multiple candidates during their final stretch “What is this, a threat? This is shameful arrogance,” tweeted Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s far-right League party. He asked von der Leyen to “respect the free, democratic and sovereign vote of the Italian people.” He also said on Italian TV that “if anyone in Brussels thinks of cutting the funds that belong to Italy, because the League wins the elections, then we have to rethink this Europe,” adding that “this is institutional bullying.”
  12. In the lead up to the meeting, Madonna was nervously practicing her curtsy with comedian John Cleese, but when the Queen had to whisper in the ear of an adviser to find out who exactly Madonna was, the popstar actually took it very well. According to the Sun, when Madonna explained she was the singer of the theme song the monarch sounded surprised, asking: "Oh really, did you?" Fortunately Cleese received the same treatment, her majesty asking: "And what do you do?" All of this awkwardness left Madonna giddy and once the Queen had moved on she broke out into fits of giggles, turning to her co-stars to laugh at the awkward interactions. You'd have to assume the Queen isn't much of a fan!
  13. is it true she didn't recognise Madonna at the premiere of DAD ?
  14. yes i saw that but if they use for example the number of Pakistan people living in Greece from 2011 you can see that the statistics are not always saying the whole truth of course now my estimation of 5 mil is exaggerated
  15. I think you're right but a country of 10mil cannot have 5 million immigrants most of them illegal that do not have a chance not the will to be integrated .People in the centre are selling their houses in humiliating prices because they are afraid ( especially the elderly) .You think you're living in a different country .That's not normal imo
  16. I think that the problem is panEuropean , i don't know a single person here that is happy with what illegal immigration has caused , are we all far right voters ? of course not But for example the center of Athens is a ghetto you can't even take a walk anymore, people have had enough
  17. During the election, the main issues for voters appeared to have been health care, immigration and integration, the energy crisis that has been prompted in large part by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and law and order — in particular, the increasing prevalence of gun crime in a country normally known for high living standards.
  18. Swedish right prepares for power as PM accepts election defeat Swedish election: The astonishing rise of the right-wing Sweden Democrats
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