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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Apart from the press release, there was, of course, a speech. Because you can’t have a day of remembrance without hollow platitudes. Both the press release and the speech have one problem in common: they’re not actually about combating terrorism.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “With regard to the article in question, we accept that the original wording used on the geenstijl.com (sic) website – ‘fascist political undercurrent’ – was incorrectly transcribed into the EUvsDisinfo database as ‘fascistic country’. For this reason, we can confirm that the item in question has been permanently removed from the EUvsDisinfo database.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “More than 600,000 migrants have travelled from Libya to reach Italy since 2013, which has upset many Italians. The state of the economy was also at the centre of the debates. In 2016, some 18 million people were at risk of poverty, and unemployment is currently at 11%.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • There doesn’t seem to be a clear, logical argument in this quote. Yet the EU selected it for one of its tweets. It is certainly true that online trolls and haters cannot limit our rights to express ourselves. She might mean that they cannot be allowed to do so, but it doesn’t say that. The suggestion now is that she is fighting ‘online trolls and haters’ who cannot limit rights, by setting up a system that will in effect do so, in the name of ‘online justice’.
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  • By: Timon Dias
  • Frans, true friends tell each other the truth, so here goes. Just stick to orating crowds halfway into a coma with talks of the absolute necessity to impose a political union and single currency on the incompatible fiscal cultures of Southern and Northern Europe. That’s what you do best and it’s what landed you the second highest unelected office in the EU.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • It’s not legally allowed to directly promote from cabinet chief of staff to Secretary-General to the Secretariat-General of the European Commission. So what did they do? They first promoted Selmayr to deputy Secretary-General, after which the then sitting Dutch Secretary-General Alexander Italianer announced his retirement. After that, Selmayr simply stepped out of his deputy chair to replace him as the real deal.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “The 2025 date is open to all candidate countries and to the extent that a candidate country by then or later or earlier would have met all the criteria for membership, we will proceed in such a way that its efforts will be recognised by the EU.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Its most eye-catching finding is the fact that the number of illegal border crossings detected in 2017 represents a 60% drop compared to 2016. However, Frontex is upfront about this representing a change of pattern, perhaps a return to a more ‘normal’ situation, but still: “The overall pressure on Europe’s external borders remained relatively high, and the Western Mediterranean route saw the highest number of irregular migrants since Frontex began systematically collecting data in 2009.”
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  • By: Timon Dias
  • It’s always funny to hear him use his home country of Belgium as an example in his emotional pleads for a federal Europe. Because Belgium is not actually a country and it’s nearly impossible to run it at all. Just watch the video below, and ask yourself if you want Europe, which, like Belgium, is a multilingual landmass with various differing fiscal cultures, to be more or less like Verhofstadt’s federation.
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