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“Centrist” Macron faces populist, anti-open borders Le Pen on May 7 Runoff

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 5:05pm 4/23/2017 at 5:05pm
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Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and Front National’s Marine Le Pen have qualified for the second round in the French presidential election securing 23.7 and 21.7 percent of votes respectively, French news agency AFP reports. Conservative François Fillon conceded defeat after getting 19.5 percent of the votes. Fillon endorsed Macron and called his...

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British Left Freaks Out Over Theresa May Calling Quick General Election

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10:00am 4/18/2017 at 10:00am
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British Prime Minister Theresa May stunned many British politicians on Tuesday morning when she called for a snap election on June 8 as a way to help her negotiate through the Brexit process with the European Union.

May had said before that she would not hold a general election, but opposition from...

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Truck Used in Terror Attack In Sweden, Several Killed

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 7, 2017 at 1:00pm 4/7/2017 at 1:00pm
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A man plowed a truck into a shopping center in Stockholm, Sweden, killing at least five people and injuring many more. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has called it a terror attack:

“Sweden has been attacked. Everything indicates an act of terror,” PM Stefan Löfven said at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

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Israeli 13-year-old firebomb terror victim Ayala Shapira tells her story to European Parliament

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8:40pm 4/4/2017 at 8:40pm
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In August 2015, we ran a post by Anne in Petah Tikva about Ayla (Ayala) Shapira, an 11-year old Israeli girl horribly burned in a terror attack.

That attack received almost no media attention outside Israel.

Anne’s post was, This child #WasBurnedAlive in West Bank, but you probably never heard of her:

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Merkel, Hollande Push Back Against Theresa May & Brexit

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 11:30am 3/30/2017 at 11:30am
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Back in October, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande warned British Prime Minister Theresa May that the United Kingdom might face a tough time leaving the European Union.

Those warnings have come to fruition a day after the UK delivered the official Brexit letter to the EU. Merkel and...

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Theresa May Signs Brexit Letter, Delivers it to the EU

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:00pm 3/29/2017 at 3:00pm
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The divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union has officially begun. Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which allows a member to leave the union.

Wednesday morning, British Ambassador to the EU Sir Tim...

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‘No European…can walk safely on the streets,’ Turkey’s Islamist President Erdogan Warns Europe

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:00pm 3/22/2017 at 5:00pm
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With the diplomatic row between Europe and Turkey escalating further, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan issued an unveiled threat to Europeans. “If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara, Turkey. Earlier, several cities in Germany and...

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Theresa May’s Brexit Plan Moves Forward

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 20, 2017 at 2:30pm 3/20/2017 at 2:30pm
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British Prime Minister Theresa May will activate Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to start the Brexit process on March 29, which will start the two year negotiations for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. From The London Times:

Britain is keen to seek a comprehensive free-trade deal with the...

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Dutch Election: Geert Wilders’ Party Places Second

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 8:30am 3/16/2017 at 8:30am
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According to final vote count tallies, Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right VVD has scored a commanding lead over his main rival Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV).

With 95 percent of votes counted, PM Rutte’s VVD won 33 seats in the 150-place legislature, down from 41 at the last vote in 2012. Wilders came second with 20...

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EU Court Allows Employers to Ban Islamic Headscarves

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 2:30pm 3/14/2017 at 2:30pm
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The top European Union court has ruled that employers can ban the Islamic headscarf from the workplace. From the BBC:

The European Court of Justice (ECJ), ruled on Tuesday morning that employers are allowed to ban workers from the “visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign” including headscarves.

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Scotland May Seek New Independence Referendum

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As Brexit looms around the United Kingdom, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced she may ask for approval to have another independence referendum. From CNN:

Sturgeon said it was clear that the UK was heading for a “hard Brexit” to the detriment...

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EU Sets Up Unified Military Headquarters

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:30am 3/7/2017 at 11:30am
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‘Never believe anything until it has been officially denied,’ they use to say in days of the Soviet Union. Today, the same is apparently true for the European Union. After years of official denials, E.U. has announced its plans to build a unified military command in the Belgian city of Brussels — a...

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As EU Mulls Tougher Gun Laws, Czechs Debate Gun Rights Amendment

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 12:30pm 3/5/2017 at 12:30pm
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The EU, in its ongoing effort to impose ever-increasing control over the countries under its purview, will be voting later this month to further tighten gun laws.  In response, the Czech government is considering amending their constitution to include the right to keep and bear arms.

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EU Parliament Calls For End To Visa-free Travel For US Citizens

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2:30pm 3/4/2017 at 2:30pm
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The Obama administration refused to grant visa-free travel to the U. S. from five EU countries:  Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania.  The EU Parliament has been protesting that decision since at least 2014 and had been putting pressure on the Obama administration to relent; however, no progress was made.

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Dutch Election: Geert Wilders Gets Military Protection

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:30am 3/2/2017 at 11:30am
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With less than 2 weeks until Dutch election, the government has assigned special forces of the Dutch military to protect the frontrunner Geert Wilders, European newspapers report.

Europe’s most prominent critic of Islam and leader of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), Wilder had suspended his public campaign last week after a police officer...

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European NGOs Colluding With Migrant Traffickers, says European Border Agency FRONTEX

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The Chief of European border agency Frontex has accused non-government organisations (NGOs) of encouraging migrant traffickers. The ‘rescue operations’ by European NGOs off the North African coast are putting lives at risk, as they encourage traffickers to “put even more migrants onto unseaworthy boats with little water and fuel”, Frontex Chief Fabrice Leggeri...

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Hungary to Build Second Border Fence

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 6:00pm 2/26/2017 at 6:00pm

In a move sure to draw the ire of its EU fellows, Hungary is building a second border fence to serve as backup to their existing one that has reduced illegal entry to a “comparative trickle.”

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