Ι am Autolycus and this is the Europa Report for the past week, September 2nd to September 9th, bringing you the latest news on the Continent regarding new political developments and the ever ongoing ‘’refugee’’ crisis.
We begin with Germany where on September 4th German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party was beaten by the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state elections.
However, the far left Socialist party topped the vote, offering little comfort to those Germans concerned about the Third World invasion of their nation.
Final results put the Socialist Party of Germany (SPD) at first place, with 30.6 percent of the vote. Second came the AfD with 20.8 percent, and the CDU with 19 percent.
In addition to the high socialist vote, the Die Linke party—the former East German Communist Party—gained 13.2 percent of the vote, and the Greens—also a barely disguised communist party—gained 4.8 percent of the vote. The National Democratic Party of Germany gained 3 percent of the vote.
This means that the combined pro-invasion vote in the election topped 67 percent, compared to the combined anti-invasion vote of 23.8 percent.
The state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania lies in the far northeast of Germany, in the heartland of the former east Germany, which has not seen the sort of mass invasion prevalent in other states, and which still holds a strong affinity for the previous East Germany.
This electoral result was met with shock and condemnation by the central council of Jews in Germany.
Israeli-born Central Council of German Jews president Josef Schuster expressed his “shock” to the Jüdische Allgemeine that the AfD had polled 20 percent of the vote in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state elections.
“The AfD is not an option for Germany, but an indictment of Germany,” Schuster said.
The AFD, “with their tactics of stirring up resentment against minorities and offering slogans rather than solutions, has unfortunately been successful,” he said.
In response to her party’s electoral defeat Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday urged German politicians against stooping to the levels of anti-immigration populists.
In her first address to parliament since Sunday’s election in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Merkel defended her welcoming stance to refugees and called on all parties to unite against the Alternative for Germany (AfD).
Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) garnered its lowest ever score in the northeastern, ex-Communist state, falling to third place behind the anti-immigrant AfD, which was running there for the first time.
Merkel noted that not just her conservative party, but all mainstream parties from the left to the right, had lost ground to the AfD, which has railed against Merkel’s welcoming liberal refugee stance.
“A party like the AfD is not only a challenge for the CDU… but a challenge for all of us sitting here,” she told the Bundestag.
Apart from electoral politics the German Chancellor said the European Union should keep negotiating with the United States on a new free trade deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The EU and the US are officially aiming to sign the deal before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in January, but there are now major doubts about it.
Merkel’s deputy, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel – a member of the Social Democrats, junior coalition partner in Germany’s ruling coalition – unleashed a firestorm last month when he said the free trade talks are “de facto dead”. France and Belgium have cast doubt on the prospect of the new trade deal and scepticism is growing among Americans.
We move on south, to Austria, where the government pays nonwhite invader families more in cash handouts than what many working-class Austrians earn after tax in that country.
The “conservative”-controlled government of the state of Upper Austria has announced a “lowering” of the monthly cash handout it pays to nonwhite invaders from €914 (US $1,030) per month to a “mere” €520 (US $581) per month.
However, a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) on the reduction also revealed that this move does not affect the payments to invader families, which are set at €1257 per couple, and an additional €150 per child. With two or three children in tow, this will easily come out to more than a working-class Austrian makes in take-home pay.
A tax professional interviewed by the FAZ, Gottfried Schell, pointed out that an ordinary working Austrian with three children needs to earn at least €2,300 gross per month in order “to achieve the same net disbursements.
On top of that there is also the looming threat of terrorist activity as prosecutors in Austria have charged two more refugee-terrorists—a Moroccan and an Algerian—over their links to the November 2015 attack in Paris which killed 130 people.
They are accused of helping other nonwhites extradited to France earlier this year, all part of an ISIS attack team sent to Europe while posing as refugees.
The two invaders were identified as a 26-year-old Moroccan and a 40-year-old Algerian, but are not named in keeping with Austrian privacy laws.
The two extradited in July were a 35-year-old Pakistani, Mohamad Usman, and a 29-year-old Algerian, Adel Haddadi.
This is the reason Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka from the SPÖ-ÖVP coalition, the Social democratic Party of Austria and the Austrian People’s party, said on Wednesday 7, that Hungary had to take back the migrants she sent to Austria after they crossed her border.
This statement comes less than a month before the presidential election in Austria, on October, 2 – and the anti-mass migration candidate from the Freedom Party (FPÖ) Norbert Hofer is predicted to win according to leading pollster.
Sobotka now threatens to sue Hungary about the migrants that it lets pass into Austria.
According to European laws, migrants are supposed to stay in the first EU country they reach, for the administrative part. But it seems that the migrants had arrived in other EU states first. “Hungary cannot and will not take responsibility for, and suffer the consequences of, the irresponsible conduct of other member states – Austria, Germany – which expressly suggested ignoring the rules, or for other states – Greece – that neglected to do their job,” said a Hungarian government’s spokesman.
If Germany and Austria initially welcomed a lot of migrants, this year Austria has started to toughen her asylum rules and introduced an annual limit on the number of asylum requests she accepts.
In other news, in Denmark a school has been criticized for limiting the number of students from ethnic minorities in several classes. According to the headmaster, while the benchmark would select “Danish-sounding” names, the policy actually aims at better integration.
The controversial measure was introduced in Langkær upper secondary school near Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark.
The first-year students in the school were organized into seven classes. Three of the classes had special quotas – 50 percent of students should be of Danish background and 50 percent could be ethnic minorities. The four other classes consist solely of students with immigrant backgrounds.
Turkish-born former lawmaker Özlem Cekic is planning to report the school to Denmark’s Board of Equal Treatment.
“When a headmaster isolates the brown children from the white in an upper secondary school, this is a signal that the whites must be protected from the brown,” she wrote on Facebook.
The school’s headmaster Yago Bundgaard defended the move, saying that it is not racist, but is meant to prevent ethnic Danes from leaving the school.
“For real integration to take place in a class there has to be sufficient numbers from both groups for it to happen,” he told DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation).
In another Nordic country, Sweden, an interpreter has been suspended from duty by the Migration Board for remarking that many Arabs lie about their background to boost their chance of getting asylum and higher welfare payments.
An investigation is being launched after a journalist who spoke with the unnamed interpreter reported her “inappropriate” comments to the body which authorises interpreters.
In the Migration Board’s premises in Örebro, the woman reportedly disagreed with the journalist’s disapproval over Sweden’s tightening of its immigration laws.
Moving on to France where three women were arrested in Paris in a side road near Notre Dame cathedral. According to Reuters they were planning an attack on a Paris railway station using a car loaded with gas cylinders.
A ministry official said on Friday after the arrests overnight : “An alert has been issued to all stations but they had planned to attack the Gare de Lyon on Thursday,”.
The Gare de Lyon station is in the southeast of the capital, less than 3 kilometres from the cathedral which marks the centre.
The official also said the youngest of the three women, a 19 year-old whose father was the owner of the car and who was already suspected by police of wanting to go and fight for Islamic State in Syria, had written a letter pledging allegiance to the militant Islamist group.
At the same time, an anti-racism group in France has announced that it is taking legal action against a National Front mayor after he told journalists that being French means being “European, white, and Catholic”.
Robert Ménard, mayor of the southern French town of Béziers, has repeatedly made headlines for his nationalist rhetoric and tough stance on migrant crime.
Now he has hit the headlines again, telling French news channel LCI that being French means, “in the words of Charles De Gaulle, being European, white and Catholic”.
In the United Kingdom a building of “a great wall of Calais” on its southern border was announced to keep migrants out. On the next day the left-wing establishment rallied to condemn the plan, with many comparing it to the policies of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The wall was announced by the UK’s immigration minister Robert Goodwill on Wednesday, after attempts to illegally enter the UK via Calais quadrupled. Construction is expected to begin this month.
“When Donald Trump said he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico, most of us recoiled. How had politics in the ‘land of the free’ descended so low, so fast?”, asked Caroline Lucas, a Member of Parliament (MP) and co-leader of Britain’s Green party.
As far as the implementation of “Brexit” is concerned, a former Scottish first minister predicts Scotland will not hold another vote on independence in the next five years because there is no sign it can be won, but the risk of secession from the United Kingdom is growing, he notes.
Henry McLeish said Scotland’s future would depend on the deal struck by British Prime Minister Theresa May in divorce talks with the European Union and its impact on the overwhelming majority of Scots who had wanted to remain in the bloc.
That carried more weight than any fresh independence offer from the Scottish National Party (SNP) which runs the country’s devolved government, he said.
In Hungary the Orban administration announced it will repay the 2008 loan from the International Monetary Fund in full by the end of the year.
In 2008, Hungary survived economic turmoil by relying on a €20 billion ($26 billion) loan from IMF and aid from the EU. This was before Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was elected into office.
In 2013, however, the former economy minister and current central bank governor, Gyorgy Matolcsy, wrote a letter to IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde calling for the fund to close its representative office in Budapest. Matolcsy noted that it was “not necessary to maintain” it any longer.
The central bank governor says that the government succeeded in pushing its budget deficit below the EU ceiling of 3% in GDP and reduced government debt. Though the EU Commission expected it to return to weak growth shortly after the decision, the unorthodox system of imposing heavy special taxes on large companies seems to be working for the country.
Reportedly, this is the first time a European country has stood up to the international fund, since Germany did so in the 1930s.
Lastly, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, head of the conservative party Fidesz, and Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the conservative Law and Justice party in power in Poland, have called for a counter-cultural revolution in Europe, participating in a debate of the Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland.
At a debate held on Tuesday, Jarosław Kaczyński and Viktor Orbán made no secret that Poland and Hungary are mutually inspiring reforms undertaken by each country, and the Hungarian Prime Minister joked about the fact that hostility of the international press against the two countries is rather a proof of recognition of the efforts.
And if the two countries campaigning for the UK to remain in the EU, in order to preserve the freedom of movement of workers but also because London was so far the best bulwark against the excesses of Brussels, Viktor Orbán, supported by Jarosław Kaczyński spoke about the opportunities created by the decision of the British people.
“I have been going regularly to Brussels for 11 years,” said Orbán, “the European elites, policy makers, the people who run the media imagine that the development of humanity needs the liquidation of our identities, that it is not to be modern Polish, Czech or Hungarian, it is not modern to be a Christian. A new identity appeared instead, that of a European. We wanted to push things. And we said Brexit? The British have said “no”. They wanted to remain British.
That was all for this week!
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