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The European Union is an insufferable charade but it can emerge stronger after covid-19

The coronavirus epidemic has once again shown the true face of the European Union, just as the euro crisis in 2011 and the subsequent treatment of Greece showed. There are the beautiful slogans and proclaims of common values, solidarity and prosperity – and there is the hard, brutal and cold reality. Before this latest crisis, […]

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German arrogance will destroy the European Union

In recent years, Germany came to be seen as one of the few forces for good in the world: it took over a million refugees from Syria and other countries ravaged by war or simply poor; it led in the struggle against climate change and emissions, in particular after the Fukushima disaster, when it decided […]

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Europe Russia

Italian PM Conte: “Insinuations about Russian aid offend me deeply”

In an interview with the BBC, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said Russian aid to Italy, until now the country that has registred the highest number of CoViD-19 deaths, has come with no strings attached. Answering to a question from BBC journalist Mark Lowen, who asked if Russia was planning to use aid to […]

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Europe

The EU may be a noble ideal, but its reality is grim

Defenders of the European Union argue that the institution may have flaws, but that it represents a noble ideal and for this reason the union must stand above everything else, like for example sovereignty, the will of the people in the individual nations and other petty and narrow-minded matters like national legislations. For the European […]

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Europe Journalism Russia

The fake news about Russian fake news

Yesterday, once again, Russia was accused of spreading fake news by a European government. It was the UK turn this time, where government officials have rebuttedas fake news the news, reported by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, that the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who contracted the coronavirus, was put in intensive care on […]

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Europe Poland

Diego Fusaro: “The European Union remains the main enemy of Italy”

The open society is coming to an end these days with the lockdown: the fuchsia-rainbows brigade of the “Bella Ciao” suddenly became a lover of drones and the army, mobile phone traceability and “law and order”. We would be laughing if we weren’t crying. Meanwhile, Albania has given its splendid lesson of dignity and solidarity […]

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Europe Politics

Экс-президент Еврокомиссии Романо Проди: «Евросоюз рискует распасться»

В статье для газеты «Il Messaggero» итальянский политик Романо Проди, экс-президент Европейской комиссии, пишет, что после отказа Европейского совета договориться о выпуске общесоюзных облигаций ЕС рискует распасться. «Становится невозможным идентифицировать себя с сообществом, если члены этого сообщества не чувствуют общности, даже когда коллективные страдания достигают невыносимого уровня», – написал итальянец. «Если европейские правители реагируют только […]

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Итальянская газета La Stampa: «Из России больше военных, чем помощи»

Когда вечером прошлого воскресенья 9 российских самолетов с медицинским оборудованием и персоналом приземлились в Италии, многие итальянцы почувствовали благодарность за помощь, оказанную в один из самых трудных моментов в новейшей итальянской истории. Некоторые, однако, в том числе журналист La Stampa Якопо Якобони, увидели в доставке из России, в которой были российские военные вирусологи и эпидемиологи, […]

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Europe Politics

Ex-President of the European Commission Romano Prodi: “The European Union risks to dissolve”

In an article for the newspaper “Il Messaggero” the Italian politician Romano Prodi, ex-President of the European Commission, wrote that after the refusal of the European Council to agree on the emission of union-wide bonds the European Union risks to dissolve. “It becomes impossible to identify with a community if the members of the same […]

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Europe Journalism

Italian newspaper La Stampa: “More military men than help from Russia”

When last Sunday night 9 Russian air planes arrived with medical equipment and personnel, many in Italy felt gratitude for the help delivered in one of the most difficult moments in recent Italian history. Some, however, including La Stampa journalist Jacopo Iacoboni, saw in the delivery coming from Russia, that included Russian military virologists and […]

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Stop Fake: “Behind Russian aid to Italy there are German Neonazis”

The delivery of Russian aid to Italy was coordinated with the help of German “neonazis”, the Italian version of Stop Fake, the famous web operation whose statutory mission is to unmask fake news, has claimed. Russia sent several planes with medical equipment and doctors to Italy on Sunday, in an effort to help the country […]

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Europe Geopolitics Russia

Is Italy NATO and the EU’s weakest link?

Many in Italy celebrated the arrival of 9 military planes from Russia on Sunday. Russia agreed to deliver aid in the form of much needed medical equipment, masks and doctors to the country most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. For many experts, however, in government quarters as well as in editorial rooms, Russia’s gesture was […]

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Europe Geopolitics

L’Italia è l’anello debole della NATO e dell’Unione Europea?

Molti in Italia hanno accolto con sollievo e gioia l’arrivo di 9 aerei militari russi domenica sera. La Russia ha accettato di fornire aiuti sotto forma di attrezzature mediche, maschere e dottori molto necessari nel paese maggiormente colpito dalla pandemia di coronavirus. Per molti esperti, tuttavia, in particolare nei quartieri governativi e nelle redazioni, il […]

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Europe Opinion

Für die Europäische Union kann das Coronavirus ein Glück im Unglück sein

Die Coronavirus-Epidemie und die schweren wirtschaftlichen Folgen der Finanzturbulenzen der letzten Wochen sowie aufgrund der Maßnahmen vieler europäischer Länder zur Eindämmung der Ansteckung, könnten für die Europäische Union eigentlich zu einem Glück im Unglück werden. In den letzten Jahren waren die Eurokrise von 2010, der lange Flüchtlingssommer 2015, der Brexit 2016, das katalanische Unabhängigkeitsreferendum 2017 […]

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For the European Union the coronavirus can be a blessing in disguise

The coronavirus epidemic and the heavy economic consequences provoked by the financial turbulences of recent weeks and the measures adopted by many European countries to contain the contagion may be a blessing in disguise for the European Union. In recent years the euro crisis of 2010, the long summer of refugees in 2015, Brexit in […]

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Europe Russia

“Russia is spreading disinformation on coronavirus”, claims the EU

A report by the European External Action Service’s strategic communications division, revealed by the Financial Times today, claims that “Russian pro-Kremlin media” are conducting a “significant disinformation campaign” to exploit the coronavirus pandemic crisis in Western countries by “destroying confidence in the emergency response”. The story has subsequently been taken up by much of the […]

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Польша и Россия: испорченные отношения навсегда?

Современная Польша – прекрасная и приятная страна, которая снова обрела себя в европейской культуре и традициях, где всегда и было ее место. Однако, менее прекрасной и приятной вещью в сегодняшней Польше является вездесущая вражда в отношении к России. Конечно, не обязательно любить Россию, и исторически у Польши могут быть серьезные основания испытывать враждебность к своему […]

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Europe Poland Russia

Poland and Russia: a relationship damaged beyond repair? It does not have to be

Contemporary Poland is a fine and pleasant place, a country that has found again its place in the realm of European culture and tradition where it always belonged. A less fine and pleasant thing about today’s Poland is, however, the omnipresence of hostility towards Russia. One does not have to love Russia, of course, and […]

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Polish intellectual: “Brexit is like fascism and bolshevism”

It is probably the greatest of all truism that in the XXI century the world changes very rapidly. The problem is that it has become immensly hard to keep up with all the changes, be it in the sphere of technology, views on adoption for homosexual couples or in the realm of grand politics. The […]

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Europe United States

A brain-dead Moloch called NATO – by Mathias Bröckers

Because current survey results should always be treated with caution, let’s take one from the past first. In 2015, 58 percent of Germans said that Germany should not provide military assistance to the ally in the event of a “serious military conflict” between Russia and a neighboring NATO country. In other countries, too, the willingness […]

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