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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Everybody that chooses to give this group a stage – whether for ideological, indifferent [sic] or commercial reason – contributes to the spread and normalisation of fascism and thereby makes himself a target.”

    The post closes by announcing “appropriate action” while inviting “autonomous action.” The last words are “FCK FVD”.

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  • By: Richard Cunningham
  • “Ethnic jokes serve one purpose; to defuse ethnic tensions by normalising the differences between ethnicities. If we are not free to offend one another, then we are not free to make the kind of ethnic jokes that strengthen the social fabric of this country. Without the freedom to offend, we create a series of armed camps, each watching the others for any signs of transgression, both obsessed with defending the honour of their respective tribe. This can only divide a country by setting us apart from one another and making us strangers to our neighbours.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Dutch Newspaper De Telegraaf reports that the annual €13 billion shortfall is going to be compensated by raising the seven-year budget plan from €1000 billion to €1300 billion, amounting to a raise of €300 billion, from 1% of the EU’s GDP to 1.14%. Seven years without the Red Coats amounts to a budget shortfall of €91 billion. So one wonders how they’ll spend the surplus €209 billion this new seven-year budget plan entails. According to EU sources, €30 billion will be spent on “guarding the EU’s outer borders”. How the remaining €121 billion will be spent, is not yet clear.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Without a strong Europe, the populists win – and then there will be war. In Germany, it is up to the SPD [Social Democrats] to prevent that. We have, in the coalition agreement, decided on a [new] start for Europe, that [start] must come now. To that start, I want to contribute, in the future as well.”
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • -‘That was your mistake?’

    ‘Yeah. Fully. That was our core voters. It was working class, middle class voters who were saying to us, we have a problem with integration. And what our leadership in the social democratic party, basically told them was: you don’t have a problem. O.K., you have one problem, that you are racist if you are raising your voice in any way.”

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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The delegation went to Slovakia for two days, which is not long for what is a complicated investigation. It then took time to go and visit the place where the bodies were found. Which just sounds like some sort of tourist-trip: hardly a place to go for a delegation investigating the political implications of the murder, especially when there isn’t much time.
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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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