Israel shows its support for Hungary and Poland, the EU’s “patriotic nations”

sobotka_netanjahu_orban_fico_szydlovaIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week attended a summit of the so-called “Visegrad Group” in Budapest with the leaders of “V4” states – Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Czechia. The host of the summit, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, described the four plus Israel as “patriotic nations”. Continue reading “Israel shows its support for Hungary and Poland, the EU’s “patriotic nations””

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Donald Trump puts his finger on the EU’s real problem

3a7196351d6fd64e2976de5db2ed926d.jpgUS President Donald Trump gave an extraordinary speech in the EU on 6 July in which he clearly identified the European Union’s underlying problems and identity crisis. Pointedly, he chose not to give it in Brussels or Strasbourg, or even in front of the Brandenburg Gate like his predecessor Mr Obama. Rather, he spoke in the heart of “New Europe” in Warsaw, Poland. Continue reading “Donald Trump puts his finger on the EU’s real problem”

EU Commission invites religious leaders to Brussels to discuss migration and integration in Europe

Group photo in the presence of Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the EC in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental RightsEarlier this week, the European Commission hosted its 12th annual high-level meeting with religious leaders from across Europe. The group included Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Mormon, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders and the theme of this year’s discussion was: “Migration, integration and European values”. Continue reading “EU Commission invites religious leaders to Brussels to discuss migration and integration in Europe”

EU Commission President mourns loss of Cuban dictator

https://i2.wp.com/cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/1/590x/juncker-castro-736929.jpgIn an astounding lack of sensitivity for the families of the victims of the Castro dictatorship, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker fell over himself in expressing his sadness at this ‘great loss’. Fidel Castro, who passed away on 26 November, ruled communist Cuba with an iron fist for almost five decades. While it would be unchristian to welcome the death of any human being, it is important not to forget the inhuman legacy of the Castro regime. Continue reading “EU Commission President mourns loss of Cuban dictator”

EU foreign policy chief calls for respect for religious voices in political debate

https://assets.euractiv.com/lazy-load/img/crop/16x9/666/https://www.euractiv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/05/mogherini_1.jpegThe EU’s Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, has defended the rights of religious actors to have their voices heard in political debates. Replying to a Written Question from a Member of the European Parliament, Ms Mogherini referred to Europe’s “dark years, when one could be deprived of one’s political rights because of faith.” Continue reading “EU foreign policy chief calls for respect for religious voices in political debate”

“Progressive values” – the Guardian’s plea for donations

Like many other newspapers that try to force their ideology on readers rather than informing them, the Guardian is losing readers and, by consequence, revenues. But it seems that this is not going to lead to a change in the editorial line (for example to be more factual and less opinionated). Instead, the editors have chosen to use the unexpected outcome of the US elections as an occasion for a rather unusual fundraising campaign: Continue reading ““Progressive values” – the Guardian’s plea for donations”