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September 26 2019

Russia's return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: Diplomacy or defeat?

Amending the Council of Europe’s (CoE) sanctioning rules to restore Russia’s voting rights in its Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has divided democracy and human rights advocates.
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September 24 2019

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European Parliament strongly condemns repression of women in Iran

«In her remarks to the session, MEP Anna Fotyga from Poland said she commended the women of Iran for their bravery, determination and will not only for their struggle for women’s rights, but for their protests against the regime.» … I feel this remark is about (illegal) regime change, rather than human rights.

Wikipedia: National Council of Resistance of Iran (redirect from NCRI women's committee)

February 15 2019

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June 14 2018

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November 07 2017

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October 10 2017

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‘Double standard & hypocrisy’: Serbian president on EU denouncement of Catalan referendum — RT News

video (twitter.com)

‘The question every citizen of Serbia has for the European Union today is: How come that in the case of Catalonia the referendum on independence is not valid, while in the case of Kosovo secession is allowed even without a referendum,’ B92 quoted Vucic as saying during a news conference.

‘How did you proclaim the secession of Kosovo to be legal, even without a referendum, and how did 22 European Union countries legalize this secession, while destroying European law and the foundations of European law, on which the European policy and EU policy are based?’

On Monday the European Commission echoed the Spanish government’s stance that the referendum held in Catalonia was illegal, describing the events on Sunday, which saw voters being beaten by Spanish riot police, as an ‘internal matter’. By contrast in 2010, the European Parliament adopted a resolution urging its member states to recognize Kosovo’s independence.

‘This is the best example of the double standards and hypocrisy of the world politics,’ Vucic said.”

“Russia has consistently pointed out the hypocrisy in the EU allowing the Kosovars to declare independence at Serbia’s expense, but condemning the 2014 referendum in Crimea which saw the formerly Ukrainian peninsula join the Russian Federation.

The reunification of Crimea with Russia has been a contentious issue between Russia and Western governments which have attempted to hold Moscow accountable through sanctions.

‘Our western partners created the Kosovo precedent with their own hands. In a situation absolutely the same as the one in Crimea they recognized Kosovo’s secession from Serbia legitimate while arguing that no permission from a country’s central authority for a unilateral declaration of independence is necessary,’ President Vladimir Putin told the Russian parliament in 2014.

‘It’s beyond double standards,’ Putin said. ”

June 23 2015

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Greece's Russian Card: Russo-Greek Gas Deal Likely to Infuriate Brussels / Sputnik International

“Alex Tsipras' recent visit to Russia sparked a heated debate among Western experts which suggested that the meeting between the Greek Prime Minister and Russian President Vladimir Putin would be focused on a potential financial aid package to Athens. However, ‘Mr. Putin emerged from the meeting saying the issue of Russian cash assistance was never even raised,’ the journalist [Moscow-based Christian Science Monitor correspondent Fred Weir] underscored.

Nevertheless, Moscow and Athens have concluded a significant and mutually beneficial agreement, Mr. Weir stressed, referring to a memorandum on extending Russia's Turkish Stream gas pipeline through the territory of Greece inked by Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak in St. Petersburg.

The deal is evidently playing into the hands of Moscow, which needs ‘an EU member to become the new “gas hub” for distribution to Europe.’ Russia's previous South Stream project, which was considered an opportunity to provide gas to Europe avoiding troublesome Ukraine, was suspended last year under the EU pressure.

Remarkably, some Western media outlets emphasize that the Russo-Greek agreement is likely to infuriate those EU countries which are calling to toughen the European sanctions policy against Moscow.”

June 19 2015

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“イルナー通信がギリシャの首都アテネから報じたところによりますと、アテネなどギリシャの各都市で、17日水曜夜、人々が大規模なデモを行い、EUに対し、ギリシャの経済問題に対する自らの非合理的な要求をやめるよう求めました。
アテネでは、住民が、国会の建物の前に集まり、ヨーロッパの緊縮財政を非難し、ギリシャでの緊縮財政の終結を求めました。
14日日曜に行われた、ギリシャとEU、IMF・国際通貨基金などの債権者との協議は、再度、失敗に終わりました。
ギリシャ政府は、債務の返済条件の緩和と緊縮財政の停止を求めていますが、国際債権者は、緊縮財政を実行させるためにギリシャ政府に圧力をかけています。
ギリシャは、圧力が継続されれば、EUから脱退すると脅迫しています”

ギリシャで、EUの政策に反対するデモが実施 (IRIB Japanese Radio 2015年6月18日)

June 17 2015

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ギリシャ中央銀行がユーロ圏離脱を警告

“フランス通信によりますと、ギリシャ中央銀行は、17日水曜、ギリシャ政府と債権団の支援協議が決裂すれば、ギリシャはユーロ圏とEUを脱退することになると警告しました。
ギリシャ中央銀行はさらに、「ギリシャのユーロ圏とEU脱退のプロセスは莫大な費用がかかるだろう。そのため、ギリシャ政府は、残留のためにあらゆる方法を試すべきだと考えている」としました。
また、「債権者と全体的な問題については合意に至っているが、双方は詳細についてまだ対立している」としました”

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Greece Could Exit Euro and EU Without Bailout Deal: Central Bank

source: AFP

“In one of the starkest warnings so far from a Greek institution, the Bank of Greece said: ‘Failure to reach an agreement would... mark the beginning of a painful course that would lead initially to a Greek default and ultimately to the country's exit from the euro area and — most likely — from the European Union.’

Analysts have long warned that a default may set off a chain of events leading to a messy exit from the eurozone, a so-called Grexit, but not the country leaving the EU altogether.

Negotiations over the release of the last 7.2 billion euros ($8.1 billion) in rescue funds from Greece's massive bailout from the International Monetary Fund, European Union and European Central Bank are deadlocked as payment deadlines loom.

Yet while the atmosphere between Greece and its creditors has deteriorated in recent days, the Bank of Greece insisted that the two sides were not that far apart, with only ‘little ground’ between them before a deal could be struck.

Greece is due to make a 1.6 billion euro payment to the IMF at the end of the month, with another 6.7 billion euros due to the ECB in July and August — payments which Greek officials have said the government cannot afford.

With his options running out and his creditors saying his reform proposals are insufficient, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday angrily accused creditors of trying to ‘humiliate’ his Greece.”

May 22 2015

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February 23 2015

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ヨーロッパにおける急進左派の躍進

“ギリシャで、緊縮財政政策に反対する左翼政党シリザが選挙で勝利を収め、政権を掌握してから1週間後、今度はスペインの首都マドリードで、数千人の人々が街頭に繰り出し、やはり緊縮財政に反対する左派政党ポデモスを支持するデモを行ないました。ポデモスは、「この政党を支持する多数の人々が『変化のためのデモ行進』を行なうため、マドリードに集結している」と表明しています。警察の発表では、このデモの参加者は10万人に上ったということです。また、このデモはポデモスが企画した最初の大規模なデモとなりました。
ギリシャの左派政党シリザは、緊縮財政の停止を約束することにより、選挙でそれまでの2大政党を破りました。また、スペインのポデモスも、このスローガンを掲げて今年11月に行なわれる選挙に臨もうとしています。ポデモスも、シリザと同様に、経済危機からの脱出を目的とした緊縮財政の停止をモットーにし、腐敗を非難することで高い支持率を獲得しています。
ポデモスは、昨年1月にパブロ・イグレシアスにより創立されました。彼は、政治家になる前にはマドリード・コンプルテンセ大学の政治学教授を務めており、昨年5月からは欧州議会の議員を務めています。彼は、今回のデモの実施により権力を示し、また現在スペインの政治の転換期が訪れており、権力を掌握する時期が到来したと表明しています。
また、同時にアイルランドでも緊縮財政に反対する抗議デモが行なわれ、左派政党が政権を掌握する兆しが見えています”

February 12 2015

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has secured a parliamentary confidence vote after pledging not to return to austerity or bailout programs. Lawmakers voted 162-137 for Tsipras and his leftist Syriza party government. The backing of 162 deputies in the 300-seat parliament comes from a coalition with the right-wing, anti-bailout Independent Greeks party. The support vote comes ahead of Thursday's eurozone EU leaders meeting aimed at discussing Greece's future.
​Greek govt wins confidence vote in parliament (RT News, Feb. 11 2015)

January 27 2015

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西側の新たなイスラム排斥

ヨーロッパでは、イスラム排斥の新たな時代が始まっています。パリで起きたイスラム教徒を名乗る武装集団のテロ行為は、イスラム教とイスラム教徒によるものとされました。彼らは、つい先日までフランスやEUの政策のために、シリアやイラクで戦争を行っていたテロリストです。また、パリの事件も2001年のアメリカ同時多発テロのように、パリ西側の自由の基盤に対する攻撃とみなされています。このような解釈により、西側ではイスラム恐怖症やイスラム排斥が拡大し、新たな側面を見せるようになりました。 ...

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