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Check out TOC’s brand trailer to see what we’re all about!

  • By: Timon Dias
  • It’s been a long time in the making lads, but here it is: the future of European online media. The Old Continent is designed to push back against the Social Justice and Identity Politics agenda of VICE, Huffington Post and BuzzFeed, while at the same time offering a centre right, more fun and light-hearted alternative to Breitbart’s and Infowars’ high octane polemics and conspiracies that don’t get anyone laid.
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    The Economist says “Germany becoming more open and diverse, a model for Europe”. Der Spiegel begs to differ radically 

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Germany is becoming more diverse, open, informal and hip. (…) Many of the country’s defining traits—its ethnic and cultural homogeneity, conformist and conservative society, and unwillingness to punch its weight in international diplomacy—are suddenly in flux.”
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    Watch: Guy Verhofstadt implicitly calls for EU army capable of carrying out similar strikes on Syria

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Verhofstadt calls it “a weakness” that sovereign member states of the European Union can pursue their own foreign policy, separate from the EU. For whom? Not for the member states, so surely it is a weakness for the EU. Verhofstadt would rather have it be the EU that “shoots missiles” and is more than willing to take away member states’ sovereignty in order to be the one that does the shooting. One cannot accuse Verhofstadt of not being open about this.
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    German cities plagued by violent ‘Lebanese clans’, many members registered as depending on state welfare benefits

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The list of offences committed by members of these clans is long: robbery, theft, bodily harm, threats, protection rackets, drugs trafficking, illegal possession of firearms, right up to murder. In many areas, the clans control the streets, with critics going as far as to speak of ‘no-go areas’. Meanwhile, many of the criminal members are officially registered as depending on benefits (Hartz IV).
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    Tired of the left and right-wing tribal reporting on Viktor Orbán? Read this essay by a centrist Hungarian student

  • By: Levi Varga
  • In my honest opinion, Hungary is not ready for capitalism and civil society. Every attempt beforehand to establish these was more or less amateurish and resulting in more of a feudal outcome where we copied a Western nation without harmonizing any differences between the two states. Those who voted for Orbán did not vote because of hate and fear, although the campaign to demonize immigrants worked like a charm, they voted for FIDESZ because they wanted to receive a familiar sense of safety that they did not get from Gyurcsány or the previous cabinets since 1989.
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    As much as we’d want to believe POLITICO’s claim that “sexual harassment runs rampant” at the EU Institute for Gender Equality, it’s a bit hyperbolic

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The impression that is strongest, after reading the article, is that of one or two anonymous interns have been hit hard by things that happened to them. What happened to them, doesn’t become completely clear. What does become clear, is that Politico can’t really prove its – repeated – accusations of a ‘culture of sexual harassment’. It proves inappropriate behaviour took place, just as well as it proves that this behaviour wasn’t accepted.
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    Belgian Integration expert Montasser AlDe’emeh: “Europe is importing a civil war”

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “On a lot of the schools I visit in Brussels, a majority is Muslim: 70, 80, in a few years 100%. Those children, they have to protect us in the future. They will also become police officers. Is that a reassuring thought? In view of the lack of critical thought characterising many of them, the mentality of segregation of the adults they live among, the irrational fears, poured into their ears by imams and preachers, the lack of empathy for those of different faiths? Those children, they might live here physically, but mentally they often live in Medieval structures.”
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    A Quiet Place is the worst movie ever to have a 95% Rotten Tomatoes rating (Spoiler Alert)

  • By: Wolf
  • Yes, the movie was shot well, Emily Blunt’s acting is amazing and the kids do a good job. In fact, all four actors are strong characters who deal with loss, love and survival, and yes, it even has its share of tense moments. But because the family was acting so dumb and stupid all the time, they kind of had all the horror and misery coming. We’re going to spoil this movie to death, so if you haven’t seen it. Stop reading!
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    Summary: Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation Part 8 – The Light of Experience in The Netherlands

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Clark explains that he is in Holland because he thinks the Dutch Republic is the first country to profit from a civilisational shift: “the revolution that replaced Divine Authority by experience, experiment and observation.” His characterisation of this revolution as the changing of the question ‘is it God’s will?’ into ‘does it work?’ or even ‘does it pay?’, is at least easy to remember.
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    Solomonica de Winter – Daydreaming Donatello’s David to life

  • By: Solomonica de Winter
  • Donatello chose to portray a boy, the young body of someone not destined for war and who would not survive one. But, and this was the message; through the power of god even a small boy like David could win a battle. What he lacked in physical strength he made up for with his unquestioned religious faith. A strange kind of magical delirium which turns a boy into a godly warrior.
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    Belgian Army ridiculed for plan catering to ‘homesick’ recruits by abolishing obligatory stay at barracks

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The Belgian Ministry of Defence is considering to drop the obligation to stay at barracks during military training. It calls it a “meeting the needs of the modern soldier halfway”, because one in six recruits doesn’t finish training. Allegedly because they miss the free life, family and friends too much.
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    French President Macron says he has “proof that chemical weapons were used by Assad regime”, declines to comment on details

  • By: Timon Dias
  • “We have proof that last week, now 10 days ago, that chemical weapons were used, at least with chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of (President) Bashar al-Assad. (…) Our teams have been working on this all week and we will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective.”
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