Ι am Autolycus and this is the Europa Report for the past week, September 9th to September 16th, bringing you the latest news on the Continent regarding new political developments and the ever ongoing ‘’refugee’’ crisis.
Let us begin with Austria where a total of 11,158 nonwhite invaders were arrested for violent assaults, drugs, thefts, and sexual assaults committed during the first six months of this year.
The figures, obtained by the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) after a Freedom of Information request and published in the Kronen Zeitung newspaper, revealed that most of the refugee-criminal crimes were committed in Vienna, where 4,967 of the nonwhites were arrested.
The nationalities of those arrested were listed as Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Morocco, Nigeria and Syria.
Also, the Austrian presidential election is likely to be postponed from October 2 to November 27 or December 4, after it emerged that there have once again been serious problems preparing postal ballots.
According to Kleine Zeitung newspaper, the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) has only agreed to a postponement if postal ballots are abolished completely—a demand that is unlikely to be met. The decision to postpone the election was taken after it emerged that the glue used to close the postal ballots for the rerun was not sealing permanently, and that this would inevitably lead to the result being successfully challenged once again.
North of the border, in Germany a specialist task force has been created to combat the massive number of crimes committed by the flood of nonwhite invaders pouring into the country.
Called the “Multiple Offender Immigrants unit (EGMTZ)” the task force specializes in tracking criminals who are resident in invader centers.
According to a report in the Stuttgarter Zeitung, the unit targets “violent and sexual crimes by migrants”.
Three nonwhites—an Algerian, a Moroccan, and a Somali, were arrested last week by the unit in the town of Bietigheim-Bissingen.
The invaders are all accused of stealing electrical goods from local German houses in the area
Not to mention the burgeoning cost of providing welfare to migrants which has tripled during the past 2 years reaching 5.3 billion Euros.
The number of “asylum seekers” jumped 169 percent from 363,000 in 2014 to 975,000 in 2015—the sixth consecutive year of increases.
In addition, the claimants were 67 percent male and 33 percent female in 2015, and almost 30 percent claimed to be minors.
Some 63 percent of the invaders came from Asia, while 22 percent came from “Europe” (that is, the southwest Balkans, namely Serbia, Albania, FYROM, Kosovo or Montenegro), and 13 percent from Africa. Almost none of these claimants actually qualify for asylum at all.
Moreover, UN envoy Martin Kobler said in an interview published on Thursday: “Some 235,000 migrants and refugees in Libya are ready to make the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Italy as soon as the opportunity arises.”
According to Italy’s interior ministry, nearly 128,400 migrants have arrived via the Mediterranean since the start of the year – which is a five percent jump over the same period in 2015.
“We have on our lists 235,000 migrants who are just waiting for a good opportunity to depart for Italy, and they will do it,” Kobler told Italian daily La Stampa.
“Reinforcing security is the most important issue at the moment. If we have a strong and unified army… then the dangers of terrorism and human trafficking will cease,” he added.
Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli is struggling to assert its authority and has been facing staunch resistance from a rival administration based in the country’s remote east.
To make matters worse, Italy is in the middle of a period of amazing political and financial turmoil.
On the one hand, the country faces a constitutional referendum that could lead to the fall of its government. Its banking system is — despite a rescue package for its weakest lenders — experiencing unprecedented problems thanks to a huge surfeit of non-performing loans.
On the other hand, the country’s problems with debt are enormous, and are described by Citi as “A €2.2 trillion ‘Whatever it Takes’ Headache.” Essentially, the European Central Bank is bound by president Mario Draghi’s statement that he will do “whatever it takes” to save the euro back in 2012, Citi argues.
Italy has a public debt of more than 131% of GDP, and if that starts to go sour, things could get real ugly, really quick. As Citi notes: “The euro might come under renewed pressure on Italian public debt. And European partners might not want to have Italy run by parties targeting debt restructuring.”
In Britain, London’s Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan has continued his pro-Hillary Clinton tour of the United States by declaring that immigrants into the West should not be forced to assimilate.
His comments come hot on the heels of the Chicago press exposing his connections to radical Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Mr. Khan, who was elected to be London’s mayor in May 2016, has also used his trip to claim that Republican candidate Donald Trump is “playing into the hands” of the Islamic State.
In contrast to Mayor Khan , Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson claimed: “Migrants attempting to reach Europe by sailing across the Mediterranean should be turned back”
In a press conference in Florence yesterday, Mr Johnson suggested that ships involved in Operation Sophia, which have been picking up migrants and ferrying them to Italy, should instead send them back to North Africa.
“I think personally they should be turned back as close to the shore as possible so they don’t reach the Italian mainland and there’s more of a deterrent effect,” he said.
The most notable event of the week was the election of Diane James as leader οf UKIP.
The new party leader finished the race with 8,451 out of 17,970 votes cast in total — 47.6-per-cent.
Mrs. James is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Southeast England, Deputy Chairman of the party, and a seasoned media performer with experience out of politics, having trained as a business analyst before working in healthcare for more than 30 years.
The competition has been dominated by factional infighting after immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP – a long-time Farage supporter – was excluded from the race on a technicality by the National Executive Committee (NEC), which has been observed to be dominated by an anti-Farage faction of the party.
Mrs. James presented herself as a reliable choice to steady the ship after the referendum, choosing not to “rush” into formulating any new policies and instead “refreshing and reviewing” what she called the “very successful” 2015 general election manifesto.
Mr. Farage did not endorse a candidate, yet he was the guest of honour at a dinner organised by supporters of Mrs. James and his close ally Arron Banks who said that UKIP had “no future” and would be “dead in the water” unless she won.
Moving on to Eastern Europe where Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán visited this past Wednesday, 13 the Bulgarian-Turkish border. There he was awaited by his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov to join together the barbed wire fence that will soon cover the 259 kilometers of border with Turkey.
Bulgarian Prime Minister had asked the European Commission an emergency aid of EUR 160 M to protect the border. Boyko Borisov would welcome a positive response from the Commission by Friday 16, day of the summit of the 27 in Bratislava. Orbán added that if the European Union could find 3 billion Euros to ensure the assistance of Turkey in managing the migration crisis, it could perhaps give some to Bulgaria.
About 13,000 migrants have been recorded in Bulgaria since the beginning of the year, 4,000 illegal migrants have been arrested, with a influx that has doubled in August. Regularly illegal migrants cross Bulgaria, without being arrested. The Hungarian Prime Minister recalled how “naive” the EU in Brussels is for wanting to welcome migrants.
Lastly, President Miloš Zeman received the Austrian FPÖ candidate Norbert Hofer on Monday, September 12.
The “friendly visit” was concluded by the wish to strengthen Central Europe and enlarge the Visegrád group by including Austria, and President Zeman gave his support to Norbert Hofer in the Austrian presidential election.
Mr. Zeman and Hofer discussed several topics as the Beneš decrees, which provided for the confiscation of the property of collaborators, traitors, ethnic Germans and Hungarians, except for those who themselves suffered under the Nazis. They also formed a basis for the transfer of the former groups from Czechoslovakia, recalled the Prague Monitor.
After their one hour-long discussion, Mr. Hofer said the meeting took place in a wonderful atmosphere, and he expressed his wish to enlarge the Visegrád group with the adhesion of Austria, once he’d be president.
This would give more voice to Central Europe which should have more power, according to Mr. Hofer. The spokesperson of President Zeman, Jiří Ovčáček, declared that Mr. Hofer were pledging for “a Union within the Union”.
That was all for this week!
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