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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • After 4 days of elections in the EU, the dust has now settled. Despite claims to the contrary, populists have won the elections in the UK, France, Italy and Flanders. Don’t believe the EU Commission hype though: uncritical politics is on the way out. The populists will probably win more with rising numbers of voter turnout.
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  • London-based online news outlet Middle East Eye claims that the UK government is attempting “mind control” of the British population after terrorist attacks. ‘Veteran contingency planners’ are quoted as saying that planning now includes social media campaigns, and ‘grass roots’ responses in order to generate “controlled spontaneity”. In fact, after every terrorist incident in recent years, the government has engineered responses aimed at controlling public reaction.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • During this week’s EU ‘presidential’ debate first vice president Timmermans promised to fight violence against women, which is a European problem despite his vice-presidency. Only those under 25 in the Netherlands now seem to trust him. Meanwhile about 50% of Europeans wonder why you would trust the European Parliament in the first place.
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  • Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reveals attempts by the Ministry of Justice and Safety to obfuscate the amount of crime committed by asylum seekers. It is trying to hide rape, child abuse and murder under the category of ‘other incidents’, with the Ministry of Justice claiming it doesn’t have the full information, but apparently not interested in getting it either.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • As the ‘yellow vests’-protests continue, regular riot police are seen equipped with firearms. Policemen report firing on innocent protesters and cracking under stress. With politicians wanting a more aggressive stance, is France heading into even more violent clashes?
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • German magazine Welt raises the possibility of a so-called ‘mosque tax’, analogous to Church tax, to be raised to finance German mosques. Replying to questions, various German states weigh in, all welcoming the possibility to limit foreign financing to reduce “the danger of possible radicalisation.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Finally, a nation also exists by virtue of its limits and borders. I believe very deeply in an open patriotism, in a France that is radiant internationally and conquering, but to be open, we have to have limits. To welcome people in a house, you need to have borders, and it is necessary they are respected, rules are needed. And today, one is forced to conclude that these things are not as they should be. First, on a European level, we have decided to have a common border, the famous Schengen Area, ruled by the Dublin Agreements. That doesn’t work anymore.”
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  • “I don’t believe in a merger of armies. You can’t just put soldiers together and make them serve Europe. The idea of a supranational state cannot be imposed on people, that will only scare them of. A soldier doesn’t die on the battlefield for an economic community, for something abstract.”
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  • By: Eva Vlaardingerbroek
  • It’s been almost 4 years now, that a group of about 60 illegal immigrants has been wandering the streets of Amsterdam under the name of “We Are Here”. Refusing to abide by the national asylum procedure, the group has claimed they “are here” to stay and has made it very clear they have no intention of going back to their home countries any time soon.
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  • “Italians have to take care of the poor regions of Italy. That means more work; less corruption; seriousness. We will help them as we always did. But don’t play this game of loading with responsibility the EU. A country is a country, a nation is a nation. Countries first, Europe second.”
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  • Because it wants to “match ambitions with resources” the EC says it will fund “new and pressing priorities”. Amongst those are research and innovation, young people (?), the digital economy (?), the pet peeve sustainability, border management, and security and defense. The EC believes this will “contribute to prosperity, sustainability and security in the future.”
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