The nationalist trend continues in Europe. Similar to the United States under president Trump. A poll on Friday last week revealed that Chancellor Angela Merkel`s party CDU dropped from 21,7 percent to «only» 12 percent. What a bombshell.
Only a few days later, we have a new bombshell. This time it is in Ireland were Sinn Fèin are celebrating a historic result. Sinn Fèin won 37 seats which is an increase of 14 on the 2016 election. Fianna Fàil lost 6 seats, but is the largest party with 38 seats. Only one more.
The IRA`s former political wing Sinn Fèin`s leader Mary Lou McDonald said the outcome was «something of a revolution in the ballot box». Sinn Fèin used to be a political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which fought for Irish unity during the decades-long sectarian conflict known as “the troubles.”
This election has been different from others and the main issues has been housing, healthcare and childcare. The answer to that is the nationalist party Sinn Fèin which is not a left-wing party but a nationalist party. A party more like a pragmatic party according to specialists.
This is a complicated phenomen because the party was changed to Sinn Fèin – The Worker`s Party in 1977 and then to the Workers’ Party in 1982. The party has been closely associated with the IRA. Natable organisations that derived from it include Democratic Left and the Irish Republic Socialist Party.
Before the split with the terrorist organisation IRA in 1969-1970, the Workers’ Party was a Marxist-Leninist political party. But the Marxist outlook became unpopular with many of the more traditionalist republicans, and the party/army leadership was criticised for failing to defend northern Catholic enclaves from loyalist attachs.
(These debates took place against the background of the violent beginning of what would become «The Troubles»).
Mr. Varadkar`s center-right party Fine Gael slumped in opinion polls amid crisis in housing and healthcare. They have been trading power for decades along with another center-right party Fianna Fail. A duopol that is now coming to an end.
Both center-right parties had ruled out an alliance with Sinn Fèin during the campaign, and Mr Varadkar said Sinn Fèin was «not a normal party.»
Sinn Fèin support a policy of «critical engagement with the EU», and have a «principled opposition» to a European superstate. It opposes an EU constitution because it would reduce the sovereignty of the member-states.
It also criticises the EU on grounds of neoliberalism. Sinn Fèin MEP Matt Carthy says the «European Union must become a cooperative union of nation states committed to working together on issus such as climate change, migration, trade, and using our common strengths to improve the lives of citizens.
If it does not, EU disintegration becomes a real possibility.
The phrase «Sinn Fèin» is Irish for «Ourselves» or «We Ourselves».The name is an assertion of Irish national soverignity and self-determination; i.e., the Irish people governing themselves, rather than being part of a political union with Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) under the Westminister Parliament.
Sinn Fèin is the largest Irish republican party, and a republican document of the early 1980`s stated: «Both Sinn Fèin and the IRA play different but converging roles in the war of national liberation. The Irish Republican Army wages an armed campaign….. Sinn Fèin maintains the propaganda war and is the public and political voice of the movement.
The British government stated in 2005 that «we had always said all the way through we believed that Sinn Fèin and the IRA were inextricably linked and that had obvious implications at leadership level.»
«This is not a protest vote», leader of Sinn Fèin Mary Lou McDonald said on national TV yesterday. Why people voted for Sinn Fèin is their deep dissatisfaction with the traditional big two parties in Ireland. What people ask for is an alternative party for government. Huh…sounds like AfD in Germany. Another alternative party.
The risk now is a destabilisation of the Good Friday Agreement. The Belfast Agreement is a pair of agreements signed on 10 April 1998 that ended most of the violence of the Troubles. A political conflict in Northern Ireland that had been going on since the 1960`s.
It was a peace agreement between the British and Irish governemtns, and most of the political parties in Northern Irealand, on how Northern Ireland should be governed.
MEP`s (Members og the European Parlieament) voted overwhelmingly to approve the withdrawal agreement today. MEP`s ratified the Brexit Withdrawel Agreement by 621 votes to 49 following an emotional debate in Brussels today.
The UK will leave the EU on Friday night this week, and Nigel Farage is the happiest man in the world right now.
Nigel Farage had a speech in the parliament today and said the EU is anti-democratic, while most British MEP`s who spoke expressed deep sadness about Brexit. Many of them predicted that the UK will return to EU some times in the future.
The Brexit party leader said this earlier today: «I`m hoping this begins the end of this project. It`s a bad project, it isn`t just undemocratic it`s anti-democratic…..
There is a historic battle going on now across the West. In Europe, America and elswhere. It is globalism against populism. And you may loathe populism, but I`ll tell you a funny thing – it`s becoming very popular.
And it has great benefits. No more financial contributions, no more European Court of Justice, no more common fisheries policy, no more being talked down to, no more being bullied, no more Guy Verhofstadt.»
Guy Verhofstadt is a Belgian politician who was the leader of the Allicance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe from 2009 to 2019. He has been a MEP from Belgium since 2009. He was also a Prime Minister of Beligium from 1999 to 2008.
He led the Allicance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (ALDE) from 2009 to 2019, and founded the inter-parliamentarian federalist Spinelli Group. He has been the European Parliament`s Brexit Coordinator and Chair of the Brexit Steering Group since 2016.
Verhofstadt is an advocate for federalisation of the European Union, and earlier today he said this; «What is in fact threatening Britain`s sovereignty most – the rules of our single market or the fact that tomorrow they may be planting Chinese 5G masts in the British islands?…..
It is sad to see a country leaving that twice liberated us, has twice given its blood to liberate Europe…
In the last couple of days I have received hundreds of mails from British citizens saying they desperately want to stay or return….. So this vote is not an adieu, this vote, in my opinion, is only an au revoir.»
Verhofstadt and Farage know the history of the United Kingdom. What`s happening today is similar to the era of Henry VIII who broke England`s ties with the Roman Catholic Church, becoming the sole head of the English Church. It was time for the English Reformation.
The English Reformation was a series of events in 16th – century England by which the Church of England broke away from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church.
These events were, in part, associated with the wider European Protestant Reformation, a religious and political movement that affected the practice of Christianity across western and central Europe.
Caused included the invention of the printing press and increased circulation of the Bible, and the transmission of new knowledge and ideas among scholars, the upper and middle classes and readers in general.
However, the various phases of the English Reformation, which also covered Wales and Ireland, were largely driven by changes in government policy, to which public opinion gradually accommodated itself.
The English Reformation was at the outset more of a political affair than a theological dispute. The reality of political differences between Rome and England allowed growing theological disputes to come to the force.
Until the break with Rome, it was the Pope and general councils of the church that declared doctrine. Church law was governed by canon law with final jurisdiction in Rome. Church taxes were paid straight to Rome, and the Pope had the final word in the appointment of bishops.
The break with Rome was effected by a series of acts of Parliament passed between 1532 and 1534, among the 1534 Act of Supremacy, which declared that Henry was the «Supreme Head on earth of the Church of England».
But this title was renounced by Mary I in 1553. Under Mary, the whole process was reversed and the Church of England was again placed under papal jurisdiction. Soon after, Elizabeth reintroduced the Protestant faith but in a more moderate manner.
The structure and theology of the church was a matter of fierce dispute for generations.
The violent aspect of these disputes, manifested in the English Civil Wars, ended when the last Roman Catholic monarch, James II was desposed, and Parliament asked William III and Mary II to rule jointly in conjunction with the English Bill of Rights in 1688 (in the «Glorious Revolution»), from which emerged a church polity with an establshed church and a number of non-conformist churches whose members at first suffered various civil disabilities that were removed ove time.
The legacy of the previous Roman Catholic heritage and establishment as the state church remained an issue for some time and still exists today. A Substantial but dwindling minority from the late 16th to early 19th centuries remained Roman Catholic in England. Their chuch organisation remained illegal until the Relief Act of 1829.
The Reformation was a clash of two opposed schemes of salvation. The Catholic Church taught that the contrite person could cooperate with God towards their salvation by performing good works. Medieval Catholic worship was centered on the Mass, the church’s offering of the sacrifice of Christ’s body and blood.
The Mass was also an offering of prayer by which the living could help souls in purgatory. Protestants taught that fallen humanity was helpless and under condemnation until gien the grace of God trhough faith.
They believed the Chatholic emphasis on purgatory was an obstacle to true faith in God and the identification of the Mass with Christ’s sacrifice a blasphemous perversion of the Eucharist. In place of the Mass, Protestant worship was centered on the Bible, to them the only road to faith in Christ, either read or presented in sermons.
More calls for reform came from Renaissance humanists, such as Erasmus. Humanists downplayed the role of rites and ceremonies in achieving salvation and criticised the superstitious veneration of relics.
Erasmus and John Colet emphasised a simple, personal piety and a return ad fones («back to the sources») of Christian faith. Colet’s commentaries on the Pauline epistles emphasized double predestination and the worthlessness of human works.
Anne Boleyn’s own religious views were shaped by French humanists such as Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples, whose 1512 commentaries on Paul’s epistles stated that human works were irrelevant to salvation five years before Luther publiched the same views.
Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples was a French theologian and humanist. He was a precursor of the Protestant movement in France, and a friend of Erasmus. He anticipated some ideas that were important to the Protestant Reformation.
Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples remained a Roman Catholic throughout his life, and sought to reform the Church without seperating from it. Several of his books were condemned as heretical, and he spent some time in exile. He was, however, a favorite of the king of France, Francis I, and enjoyed his protection.
By the early 1520’s, the views of German reformer Martin Luther were known and disputed in England. The main plank of Luther’s theology was justification by faith alone rather than by good works. In this view, only faith, itself a gift from God, can secure the grace of God.
Justfication by faith alone threatened the whole basis of the Roman Catholic penitential system with its doctrine of purgatory, prayer for the death, indulgences, and the sacrifice character of the Mass.
Early Protestans portrayed Catholic practices such as confession to priests, clerical celibacy, and requirements to fast and kepp vows as burdensome and spiritually oppressive. Not only did purgatory lack any biblical basis according to Protestants, but the clergy were accused of using fear of purgatory to makke money from prayers and masses.
Catholics countered that justification by faith alone was a «licence to sin».
English Catholicism was strong and popular in the early 1500’s, and those who held Protestant sympathies would remain a religious minority until political events intervened. Protestant ideas were popular among some parts of the English population, especially among academics and merchants with connections to continental Europe.
Martin Luther was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a ceminal figure in the protestant Reformation. Another word is the European Reformation, and it was a movement within Western Christianity in the sixteenth-century Europe that posed a religious and political challenge to the Roman Catholic Church and papal authority in particuar.
It started with Luther’s Ninety-five Thesis in 1517. About 500 years ago. There was no schism between the Catholic Church and the nascent Luther until the 1521 Edict of Worms. The edict condemned Luther and officially banned citizens of the Holy Roman Empire from defending or prpagating his ideas.
The end of the Reformation era is disputed: it could be considered to end with the enactment of the confessions of faith which began the Age of Orthodoxy.
Other suggested ending years relate to the Counter-Reformation, the Peace of Westphalia, or that it never ende since there are still Protesters today.
Those who identify with Luther`s wider teachings, are called Lutherans, though Luther insisted on Christian or Evangelical as the only acceptable names for individuals who professed Christ.
In two of his later works, Martin Luther expressed antagonistic, violent views toward Jews, and called for the burning of their synagogues and their deaths. His rhetoric was not directed at Jews alone, but also towards Roman Catholics, Anabaptists, and nontrinitarian Christians.
Luther was the most widely read author of his generation, and within Germany he acquired the status of a prophet. According to the prevailing opinion among historians, his anti-Jewish rhetoric contributed significantly to the development of antisemitism in Germany, and in the 1930’s and 1940’s provided an «ideal underpinning» for the Nazis’ attacks on Jews.
Reinhold Lewin writes that anybody who «wrote against the Jews for whatever reason believed he had the right to justify himself by triumphantly referring to Luther.»
According to Michael, just about every anti-Jewish book printed in the Third Reich contained references to and quotations from Luther.
The leading member of the Nazi Party of Germany, Heinrich Himmler was one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany and a main architect of the Holocaust. He formed the Einsatzgruppen and built extermination camps.
Himmler directed the killing of some six million Jews, between 200,000 and 500,000 Romani people, and other victims. The total number of civilians killed by the Nazi regime is estimated at eleven to fourteen million people Most of them Polish and Soviet citizens.
Heinrich Himmler (albeit never a Lutheran, having been brought up Catholic) wrote admiringly of his writing and sermons on the Jews in 1940. Professor Richard Geary noted, based on his research, that the Nazi Party received disproportionately more votes from Protestants than Catholic areas of Germany.
Chruch historian Martin Brecht said; «There is a world of difference between his belief in salvation and a racial ideology. Neverthless, his misguided agitation had the evil result that Luther fatefully became one of the «church fathers» of anti-semitism and thus provided material for the modern hatred of the Jews, cloaking it with the authority of the Reformer.»
Luther saw the Turks as a scourgge sent by God to punish Christians, as agents of the Biblical apocalypse that would destroy the Antichrist, whom Luther believed to be the papacy, and the Roman Church.
He went on to produce several critical pamphlets on Islam, which he called «Mohammedanism» or «the Turk». Though Luther saw the Muslim faith as a tool of the devil, he was indifferent to its practice: «Let the Turk believe and live as he will, just as one lets the papacy and others false Christians live».
Henry VIII broke England`s ties with the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church hundreds of year ago and said goodbye. Church taxes were paid straight to Rome, but not anymore. The Pope had the final word in the appointment of bishops, but that also came to an end. So is it today. The UK will no longer pay to the EU, and the EU has nothing they can say.
But they didn`t say goodbye to Europe, and so is it today. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the United Kingdom is leaving the club European Union, but they are still a part of Europe.
The UK isn`t leaving Europe but a trading club that provides several non-rival but excludable goods to its members. Now, they want free trade and to be a member of another club like EU. We can assume the United States is on top of that list.
This is the end of the relationship with EU, but it is also the beginning of a new era for those who are building Europe. The UK is leaving the EU because EU is the problem. Not the UK. Therefore, the European Union must change.
The old European model is dead. So is the globalisation as we know it. It`s tragic for those in charge of building Europe not to see that this is a great opportunity to build a new one.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international day on 27 January commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the deaths of 6 million Jews.
But they were not alone. In addition to 6 million Jews, the Nazis killed 11 million others. All this done by the Nazis and its collaborators. On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Russian Red Army. That sounds a bit strange because the Russian Red Army was the Communists.
In a second speech at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Forum last week, where 46 world leaders gathered to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Putin highlighted the fact that som 40% of the victims of the Holocaust were Soviet-Jews who were murdered in German-occupied Soviet territories.
Resolution 60/7 establishing 27 January as International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation of the U.N to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, and encourages the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide.
It rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an event and condemns all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origion or religious belief.
Resolution 60/7 and the International Holocaust Day was an initiative of the State of Israel. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel Silvan Shalom, was the head of the delegation of Israel to the United Nations.
The essence of the text lies in its twofold approach; one that deals with the memory and remembrance of those who were massacred during the Holocaust, and the other with educating future generations of its horrors.
On 19 January 2008, Ban Ki-Moon said; The International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is thus a day on which we must rassert our commitment to human rights.
We must also go beyond remembrance, and make sure that new generations know this history. We must apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today`s world. And we must do our utmost so that all peoples may enjoy the protection and rights for which the United Nations stands.
6 million Jews were killed, but 11 million others were also killed, but few pay much attention to that. Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice is a collective action against antisemitism and other forms of bias to ensure respect for the dignity and human rights of all people everywhere.
This is happening 75 years after the end of World War II, but also in a time were there are so much HATE and so much BIAS around the world. How can you get rid of all the hate and bias if you see the worst of it in the media? Among journalists and politicians. If you have it on top, you`ll have at the bottom.
We see religious intolerance, incitement, harassment and violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origion or religious beliefs every day. But something is about to change. For year, people in the U.S didn`t say Merry Christmas. They said; Happy holiday, but that changed in December last year thanks to Trump. A group of Ant-Christ people have risen for years in the U.S. Is that about to change now?
It is a Conservative trend going on. Not only in the U.S but also in some countries in Europe. Prime Minister Victor Orbàn is a member of the Calvinist Hungarian Reformed Church, while his wife and their five children are Roman Catholics.
Right Wing Viktor Orbàn is a defender of Christianity, and he links the persecution of Christians in other parts of the globe to the increasing hostality towards mainstream Christianity in Europe. A «mysterious force seals the lips,» he asserts, not only of politicians in the West to this persecution, but also of most of those in the media. Is there, in fact, as he also believes, an «organized and wide-ranging attack on European culture and civilization»?
He wonders why so much European countries have been targeted by Islamist attack and why other countries have not been targeted at all. Hungary, the host nation for the second World Conference on Persecuted Christians, and still the only nation in the world to have a specific governmental ministry devoted to the assistance of persecuted Christians everywhere, is regularly attacked by the European elites.
Orbàn said in a speech which should be seen as a clarion call for European renewal, stated that the «key» to Hungary`s survival over the last 1100 years was the adoption of Christianity, meaning of course, Catholicism, by the great Hungarian king St. Stephen. This was a «spiritual rebirth and a true conversion.»
One answer or significant piece of evidence to affirm his contention goes back to deliberate omission from the European Constitution of the foundational place of Christianity in the formation of all that is meant by the term «Europe.»
At the time, St. John Paul, and then his successors, pointed out the grave danger this «forgetfulness» would bring to the future of Europe. Both Popes Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have spoken of the «spiritual vacuum» at the heart of secular Europe; a vacuum will eventually be filled and, as the demographics of Europe shift via massive immigration, what will fill the vacuum will be islam.
The curious marriage between radical Islam and the secular liberalism of the elites in Europe is, at least on the surface, difficult to comprehend, but if Orbàn is correct and it is essentially an attack on European culture and civilization, the ugly union becomes more obvious.
On a spiritual level, secularism and radical Islam hate the cross and the victory it signifies. European civilization and culture is, or was, inescapably a Christian culture, and the hatred for that culture and history is almost a hallmark of the left.
The policies of the Orbàn government is to promote family, Christianity, and authentic Hungarian culture which is so relentlessly condemned by the empty vessels who direct the European Union, which is the most hostile agency in Europe towards orthodox Christianity.
«Citadel of Christian freedom,» is leading the way to save European civilization, Budapest spokesperson said, and Hilaire Belloc so prophetically said; «either Europe will return to the Faith or she will perish.»
Victor Orbàn has in recent years postulated a political and state model; it has constructed a Christian democratic state, and this model works with huge success, he said. The model rests on three pillars: the family, the nation and Christian freedom. He said a family is a union between a man and a woman, adding that every child has the right to a father and a mother. He acknowledged steps Hungary`s government has taken to support families, but said there are still too few children being born.
He said nations are supreme and cannot be forced under the laws of any kind of global government. That is an irreplaceable value which must be defended, he added.
We can see the same conservative trend in Poland were the Polish Bishops and President Duda declared Jesus Christ King of Poland. In 2016, the Catholic Bishops of Poland in the presence of President Andrzei Duda and many Catholic pilgrims, officially recognized Jesus Christ as the King of Poland and called upon Him to rule over their nation, its people and their political leaders.
«Immortal King of Ages Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior,» they declared at the ceremony, «bowing our heads before you, King of the Universe, we acknowledge Thy dominion over Poland, those living in our homeland and throughout the world. Wishing to worship the majesty of Thy power and glory, with great faith and love, we cry out: Rule us, Christ!»
This is similar to what Trump and his administration stands for; God given rights. It is also the opposite of what the godless Communists in China stands for; nothing above the CCP. But the moral leader of the world must be Putin.
«We are no longer a Christian nation», Obama said to Putin a few year ago. Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with Obama`s assessment in a 2013 keynote speech, criticizing Western countries for having «moved» away from their roots, including Christian values.»
Putin is a supporter of Christian values and stand side by side with the Orthodox Church in Russia. «Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multichild family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation,» he added.
So, here we are. 75 years after Auschwitz in Poland. A symbol of terror, genocide and the Shoah. Thousands of years after Jesus was killed by dark forces from Rome. A jewish man who tried to build a stable society with his 10 commandments like; (4) “Honor thy father and mother” and (5) “Thou shalt not kill.”
According to Exodus in the Old Testament, God issued his own set of laws (the Ten Commandments) to Moses on Mount Sinai. In Catholicism, the Ten Commandments are considered divine law because God himself revealed them. And because they were spelled out specifically with no room for ambiguity, they`re also positive law. Hence they`re also known as divine positie law.
The Church doesn`t see the Ten Commandments as arbitrary rules and regulations from the man upstairs but as commandments for protection. Obey them and eternal happiness is yours. Disobey them and suffer the consequences.
On Monday 27 January 2020, 15:30 CET, you can see live broadcast of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in Poland.
Iran is the no.1 state sponsor of terror and according to president Trump, Soleimani was a monster. Obama was taking out Osama Bin Laden and everybody said is was OK, but there is hysteria because Trump was taking out Soleimani who was a dangerous terrorist.
When Osama Bin Laden was taken out, oil prices did spike before it declined again, and we see the same situation now. But there is one thing that makes this case different. America has become the nr.1 exporter of oil, and that is a game changer.
Soleimani was designated as a terrorist by the U.S and the EU for his alleged involvement in attacks that led to the deaths of American troops stationed abroad. The entity he led, the Quds Force is considered a terrorist arganization by Canada, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and The U.S.
Soleimani supported Hezbollah in Lebanon and helped bolster the government of Bashar al-Assad, a key Iranian ally, during Irans operations in the Syrian Civil War. He also helped to plan the Russian military intervention in Syria. Some countries in Europe are also supporting Hezbollah.
Hezbollah allies are Iran, Syria, Russia, Lebanon, Iraq, Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela. They also get support from Amal Movement, Houthis and Hamas. Hezbollah was founded in the early 1980`s as part of an Iranian effort to aggregate a variety of militant Lebanese Shia group into a unified organization.
Hezbollah acts as a proxy for Iran in the ongoing Iran-Israel proxy conflict. Hezbollah was conceived by Muslim clerics and funded by Iran primarily to harass Israel. Its leaders were followers of Ayatollah Khomeini.
Hezbollah`s military strength has grown so significantly that its paramilitary wing is considered more powerful than the Lebanese Army, and they organized volunteers who fought on the Bosnian side during the Bosnian War.
Since 2012, Hezbollah has helped the Syrian government during the Syrian civil war in its fight against the Syrian opposition, which Hezbollah has described as a Zionist plot and a «Wahhabi-Zionist conspiracy» to destroy its alliance with Assad against Israel. It has deployed its militia in both Syria and Iraq to fight or train local forces to fight against ISIL.
ISIL stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Officially known as Islamic State (IS). Also known by its Arabic-language acronym Daesh.
ISIL gained global prominence in early 2014 when it drove Iraqi government forces out of key cities in its Western Iraq offensive, followed by its capture of Mosul and the Sinjar massacre.
The group has been designated a terrorist organization by the United Nations. ISIL is widely known for its videos of beheadings and other types of executions of both soldiers and civilians, including journalists and aid workers, and its destruction of cultural heritage sites.
The United Nations holds ISIL responsible for committing human rights abuses, genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. ISIL committed ethnic cleansing on a historic and unprecedented scale in northern Iraq.
Their ideology is Islamic nationalism, Anti-Zionism, Anti-imperialism, Shia Jihad, Khomeinism, Anti-West and Antisemitism. Their religion is Shia Islam. Trump said he is trying to stop a war. Not to start a war. Huh. Is he trying to stop Islamic globalism?
Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq end at session highs amid tensions with Iran.
The next election to the European Parliament is expected to be held between 23 and 26 May 2019, and will be the ninth parliamentary election since the first direct elections in 1979. A total of 751 members of the European Parliament (MEP`s) currently represent more than 512 million people from 28 member states.
The polarization of the European Parliament after the 2019 election is growing. Centrist parties, including center-left, center-right and liberal parties, are struggling to maintain a majority (376) of seats.
The ninth parliamentary election will make a big change because new parties such as Confederation and Kukiz15 of Poland, Czech Pirate Party of Czech Republic, Alliance, Basta! And Liberal Initiative of Portugal, USR and PLUS of Romania, LMS of Slovenia, Human Shield, Most and Workers Front of Croatia, L`SNS and Sme Rodina of Slovakia will participate.
For the liberals, the biggest hope is that the new La Rèpublique En Marche! of French President Macron will choose to join ALDE after the elctions.
However, En marche is expected to be more likely to try to form a new parliamentary group of pro-European centrists who support Macron`s plans to reform the European institutions, thus drawing away members from ALDE, EPP and S&D.
Possible partners for such a project might include Spanish Ciudadanos, Progressive Slovakia and the Hungarian Momentum Movement. While it is likely that En Marche will put together the minimum of 25 MEPs needed to form a group, the requirement to include MEPs from at least seven member states would be more difficult.
The European Spring initiated from the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 will run as a pan-European party alliance with one unified vision for Europe; the European Green New Deal.
The most prominent figure is the former Greek minister Yanis Varoufakis, who will run as candidate in the constituency of Germany.
Volt Europa, a pan-European progressive movement, will run in several countries under the same name in the attempt to form its own group.
The leader of the Italian Five Star Movement has expressed a desire to form an anti-establishment faction of their own within the EU.
Pablo Iglesias, Catarina Martins, Jean-Luc Mèlenchon and several others have formed an alliance in Maintenant le Peuple opposed to the PEL, but they are likely remain in GUE/NGL.
The Movement is an alliance of right-wing populist parties set up by Steve Bannon with the purpose of contesting the European elections. Participating parties include Lega Nord, People`s Party of Belgium and Brothers of Italy and possible French National Rally.
Originally envisioned as an attempt to unite the right-wing populist parties in Europe. The Movement has so far been snubbed by the Alternative for Germany, the Freedom Party of Austria and the UK Independence Party.
The biggest party is the European Peoples Party (EPP), followed by Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) + En Marche! Next can be Salvinis European Alliance of People and Nations (ex ENF).
EPP`s Incumbent Jean-Claude Juncker has stated he will not seek a second term as President. Two candidates sought the nomination of the EPP: Alexander Stubb, the Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, former prime minister, foreign minister and finance minister of Finland.
Manfred Weber, current group leader for the European People`s Party in the European Parliament and member of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria has been backed by Angela merkel as Spitzenkadidat for the party.
Oriol Junqueras, a Catalan historian, academic and former Vice President of Catalonia who is currently imprisoned because of his involvement in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum, is the Spitzenkadidat of the European Free Alliance.
Eurosceptic parties are expected to make a strong showing at the polls and all the Brexit-mess have made Eurosceptics more silent. So, instead of leaving the EU, Europes right-wing nationalists like Marine Le Pen of France, Italys Matteo Salvini, and the AfD will stay and rather try to «change the EU from the inside».
European economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici has warned of the dangers of a populist «breakthrough» for the EU`s future. He describes these elections as the «most delicate and most dangerous ever».
The nationalist Eurosceptics threatened to «destroy the EU as we know it», Pierre said. Choose your future.
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