Studying the European Elections Scoreboard and observing the rise of nationalist and right-wing extremists-neo-Nazi groups, as signalled by Le Pen’s percentages in France (for the first time …), Salvini in Italy, Faratz in Britain, Kadinsky in Poland and Orban in Hungary, lead to pessimistic conclusions for an upcoming “neo-conservative winter”. The new situation underway in Europe is reminiscent of the climate that had been created in the US and Brazil just after the election of Tramp and Bolsonaro.
As is well known, until recently, there was only one political group in Europe representing only the right-wing extremists and the neo-Nazis. Read More
The rise of populism is beginning to shake the institutions that bring Europe together, but despite the promises of several populist figureheads and the fears of many, it is not taking over European politics. The far right has made significant gains, especially in Italy, where Lega picked up an unprecedented 23 seats. In France, the Rassemblement National came first with 23.5 percent of the vote, but it has lost two Members of the European Parliament. The governing populist parties in Hungary and Poland have also performed strongly. Other populist parties expected to fare well in Germany and the Netherlands have underperformed. The populist left is shrinking. Read More
Time counts backwards for the operation of the first official Islamic mosque in Athens, after years of struggle by the Muslim communities of Greece. The government has been involved in a race to complete the next few days the work of redevelopment of the surrounding area, the shaping and equipping of the interior of the mosque, and the process of recruiting Imam. The intention of the government is to function it officially at the beginning of April, and certainly before Easter.
At Maximum’s Palace, there is the thought of giving the proper splendour to the inauguration of the mosque with a great ceremony, to which even the leaders of Islamic states will be invited to attend. This shows that the country’s domestic affair, with the signature of Antonis Samaras, will be exploited by the government to promote the image of the Prime Minister internationally, while at the same time strengthening Greece’s profile, that it fully respects religious rights, constructing and operating a state mosque, as a continuation of the image he has achieved abroad after the Prespa Agreement.
The position of the Muslim communities is that the mosque in Islam is an obligation of the followers and believers rather than the state. They could take advantage of this suggestion without thinking that the mosque was made because Islamic countries were pressing, and not because it was a need to satisfy the religious needs of a large community living in Attica. Read More
On November 19, the EU’s foreign and defense ministers approved the project of a joint intelligence training school (Joint EU Intelligence School – JEIS), led by Greece with the participation of Cyprus.
This project is part of a list of 17 joint projectssigned within the PESCO framework. PESCO (permanent structured cooperation) was launched in December 2017 by the EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS), whose purpose is to broaden and deepen defence cooperation between EU countries, on air, land and sea. It has been signed by all EU states except Denmark, Malta and the United Kingdom. Read More
Wanted: More diverse candidates
MEPs and black politicians call on political groups to select candidates from diverse backgrounds of the next European elections.
With the European elections less than year away, Italian S&D group deputy Cecile Kyenge says, “It is my hope to see more black politicians in the European institution.” She adds, “Political parties should support black Europeans than seek to become candidate MEPs, by encouraging minority communities to participate on political issues.” Speaking after the first EU People of African Descent (PAD) week conference in the European Parliament in May, Kyenge said the purpose of the event was to honour and recognise the contributions of black Europeans. It was also, “an opportunity to raise issues concerning racial violence and Afrophobia, which is often overlooked by the European institutions.”
In February 2010, I published an article on Lieberman’s threats in Syria. The point I made was that the Lieberman threats are motivated by fear. Now, three years later, the threats of the West against Syria escalate, and in the same time, threats to Israel with the possibility of a military conflict with Syria and Iran. The next hour of the Israeli attack is now expected in Iran. The threats are staggered with the two fronts on the one hand being Israel and on the other Syria, Iran and Lebanon.
It should be noted that US Secretary of State John Kerry recently met with Arab officials and mentioned to them that Israel’s direct attack on Iran is a matter of time, zero time is coming, and Arab countries will have to take the necessary measures. Read More
Joyful characterization of a gypsy as extreme right !!
The meaning of interculturalism is to be a patriot carrying another religion, culture or color and being at the forefront of protecting the country you belong, by paying taxes and offering work to society …
For my friends (the lefts) of SYRIZA, interculturalism is first identifying with their ideology and then declaring an immigrant – even if you carry the Greek identity in your wallet – to make you a nationalist of the country you come from, even though you do not have a contact
Sambiha Suleiman: We are a “minority within the minority” Read More
Ι am opposed to the inclusion of even legal immigrants who are numerous in Greece for the simple reason that for me there is no difference between the migrant born in his country of origin and the immigrant who was born and lives in Greece. In both cases, immigrants also represent the offender and the victim.
Whatever the country of origin does, they obey blindly.
So I would say at this point that parents play a particularly important role in developing this behavior of children as they convey to them the feeling of nostalgia or return to their homeland. Read More
A Greek-French born in Spain, Mr. Colombani, journalist in the profession, has been living in Athens for the last six years. He is the president of the Union of Immigrants of Greece, who long been housed in brand-new offices, at 155 Acharnes Street.
“The Union of Immigrants of Greece started in November 2008 as a federation of three immigrant associations, as an umbrella for all immigrants in Greece,” he says. “We have a library that includes books in all languages, a playground, an internet access point and a multi-ethnic canteen where we organize events. We also teach Greek, English, French and Spanish lessons “. It is a Tuesday night, and the sense of community is diffused in space. Read More