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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, 27 Dec 2021
(10) Enhancing security and stability in the Western Balkans [?] is a goal that the United States shares with European allies and partners. The United States should continue its efforts to build interoperability and support institutional reforms of the militaries of the Western Balkan nations, including both NATO allies and partners. The United States should also support those nations' efforts to resist disinformation campaigns, predatory investments, efforts to promote instability, and other means by which Russia and China may seek to influence this region of Europe.
(11) Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are model allies and play a critical role in strategic efforts to ensure continued deterrence against aggression by Russia and maintain the collective security of the NATO alliance. The security of the Baltic region is crucial to the security of the NATO alliance.
(12) The United States should continue to pursue efforts consistent with the comprehensive, multilateral Baltic Defense Assessment of the military requirements of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania issued in December 2020. Robust support to accomplish United States strategic objectives, including by providing assistance to the Baltic countries through security cooperation referred to as the Baltic Security Initiative pursuant to sections 332 and 333 of title 10, United States Code, should be prioritized in the years to come.
EU Observer | Lithuania only EU state to back Pelosi on Taiwan, 3 Aug 2022
"Now speaker Pelosi has opened the door to Taiwan much wider, I am sure other defenders of freedom and democracy will be walking through very soon," Lithuanian foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Twitter on Tuesday (2 August).
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"In the event of a military invasion [of Taiwan], we have made it very clear that the EU, with the United States and its allies, will impose similar or even greater measures than we have now taken against Russia," Jorge Toledo, the EU's incoming ambassador to China, said on 17 July.
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by Cat on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 05:50:23 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Poland warns it will turn cannons* on the EU in rule of law dispute, 9 Aug ingrates
Poland's de facto [PiS] leader Jarosław Kaczyński is vowing that his government will take no further steps to meet the European Commission's rule of law demands to unlock €35 billion in grants and loans from the EU pandemic relief program.

"We have shown maximum goodwill, but concessions have yielded nothing," Kaczyński told the pro-government Sieci news portal. He insisted that Poland has met its side of a deal with Brussels to backtrack on some aspects of judicial system reforms in return for the EU cash, but the agreement was "broken" by the other side. "It's time to learn lessons," he added.
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He sees the issue as part of a broader conspiracy aimed at subverting Poland and accused the Commission of trying "to break Poland and force it into full submission to Germany."

22 July Polish lawmakers eye lease of German nuclear power plants
"We do not fit into German-Russian plans to rule Europe," he warned. "An independent, economically, socially and militarily strong Poland is an obstacle for them."
US News | Poland Warns of Repercussions if Brussels Keeps Blocking Funds

* Krzysztof Sobolewski on radio Jedynka: "'we will have no choice but to pull out all the cannons in our arsenal' and respond 'an eye for an eye'"

by Cat on Tue Aug 9th, 2022 at 10:29:19 PM EST
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DW | Why euro falling below dollar parity is a big deal, 25 Aug
Parity basically means that $1 buys €1. It is nothing more than a psychological threshold for market participants, who are well-known for their fondness for round figures.
by Cat on Thu Aug 25th, 2022 at 02:38:42 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 25th, 2022 at 06:22:08 PM EST
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"Europe as a developing nation [!]" like Africa and Asia
by Cat on Thu Aug 25th, 2022 at 06:42:47 PM EST
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APsplainin vision for bigger, more coherent EU, 29 Aug
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Monday for a growing European Union to agree on a series of changes that would help it overcome internal divisions and stand up to external rivals such as Russia and China.

In a wide-ranging speech at Charles University in Prague, Scholz said the EU must make itself "fit" for future enlargement from 27 to 30 -- or even 36 -- nations by taking more decisions by majority vote, rather than requiring unanimity on all issues that has in the past allowed individual member states to veto key decisions.
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"We have to remember that swearing allegiance to the principle of unanimity only works for as long as the pressure to act is low," Scholz said, arguing that Russia's invasion of Ukraine was a wake-up call for the EU to change the way it takes decisions.
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The German leader also backed calls to reconsider the composition of the European Parliament, which currently has 751 deputies, to prevent it becoming "bloated" through future expansion. A similar reform of the way each member state is represented in the bloc's executive Commission could see commissioners share responsibility in certain areas, he said.

archived It's democracy, Europe CAMPAIGN 2019 gerrymander and apportionment calculations
by Cat on Mon Aug 29th, 2022 at 07:23:39 PM EST
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Le Figaro | Le premier ministre polonais au Figaro: «Sur la guerre en Ukraine, il y a un risque d'implosion de l'Europe», 29 Aug Zelensk*'s social calendar
Mateusz MORAWIECKI. - Nous avons discuté du contexte géopolitique, de l'agression russe en Ukraine, de la manière de l'arrêter le plus vite possible et de forcer les troupes russes à se retirer. Mais nous avons aussi évoqué les effets indirects de la guerre, notamment la désorganisation du marché de l'énergie et l'inflation. Ce sont les défis d'aujourd'hui, nous devons y répondre et trouver des solutions. J'incite aussi Emmanuel Macron à suspendre le système ETS (système d'échange de droits d'émission de l'UE) pour quelque temps, afin de créer un espace de respiration pour les économies européennes. Comment rendre le système énergétique européen résilient et souverain, mais aussi comment mieux aider l'Ukraine à ne pas céder au chantage russe? Nous partageons tous deux l'idée qu'il faut...
by Cat on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 10:51:06 PM EST
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EU Observer | opEd | Why the EU is not an 'Empire', AMSTERDAM, 30. AUG, 07:02
At the time of the great enlargement of the EU with 10 new member states in 2004, the Polish-born Oxford [!] scholar Jan Zielonka suggested in his book Europe as Empire that the EU should leave the dream of a Westphalian super-state [wtaf] behind and instead adopt a neo-medieval [wtaf] paradigm.
subtext the German European empire
"The European state is dead, long live the European empire!", he wrote. Shortly afterwards, the then president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso [?] launched the suggestion during a press conference that the EU was to become the first-ever "non-imperial empire" [wut].
archived a Ukrainian textbook on geography, Urheimat de Gauls
Faced with the Russian aggression against his country, the Ukrainian minister of foreign affairs Dmytro Kuleba [?!] used an interview with the New York [Yella Cake] for elaborating his conviction that the EU should be seen as a 'liberal empire'.
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... In the past, under the empires, Central Europe was ethnically diverse. Everyone lived together. But after the mass murders, ethnic cleansing and border changes of World War II, these countries are more ethnically homogeneous than Western European countries. And while they were under the communists, the moment they lost their colonies, Western European countries started European integration - France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands. They brought people from ["]the colonies["] to Europe, and later labor from Turkey or Morocco. It was never easy, but Western Europeans were used to ethnic diversity. < wipes tears > For Central Europeans, the product of decolonization after 1989 [?!], this was new and scary. Partly because of this, a European asylum and immigration policy has been impossible for years....
Whatever the reason for the appeal of the concept of the EU as an empire may be, it contradicts both the idea and the construction of the Union.

The vision of the founding fathers [wut] was to curb the absolute sovereignty of the bellicose European states rather than [?] to vest absolute sovereignty in a new[!] overarching European empire. ...

Or, Do you have the faintest fuckin clue what in hell The Bloody Reformation was all about or why the several petty kingdoms of Europe expelled teh jews and seized the "resource-rich" lands of savages around the world? No problem! Never. happened.
Politico.eu.com | European leaders to skip climate summit with Africa, 25 Aug
euractiv | African states to use threat of fossil fuels to get EU climate finance, 25 Aug Rutte story / 26 Aug "blackmail" story
by Cat on Thu Sep 1st, 2022 at 08:24:38 PM EST
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