Germany and Britain on “a collision course” over the future of Europe: Britain must submit to an EU-wide tax on financial transactions, Volker Kauder, parliamentary leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union, said at the party congress November 15. “I can understand that the British don’t want that when they generate almost 30 percent of their gross domestic product from financial-market business in the City of London,” said Volker at the keynote speech. “But Britain also carries responsibility for making Europe a success. Only being after their own benefit and refusing to contribute is not the message we’re letting the British get away with.” The day before, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne criticized an EU-wide financial transaction tax (ftt) in an article published in the Evening Standard. “Europe certainly shouldn’t be creating new burdens,” he said. “Proposals for a Europe-only financial transactions tax are a bullet aimed at the heart of London. Even the European Commission admit that it would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.” “Germany and the UK are on a collision course,” the director of the European center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Jan Techau, told Bloomberg news. “The clashes we see now about deepening ties in the EU have always been there, but the crisis makes them more visible. Now it’s crunch time.” The financial transaction tax is a direct attack on Britain. But even apart from that issue, Britain and Germany are trying to push Europe in opposite directions. Germany, however, is the leader of Europe. As Kauder said, “Now all of a sudden, Europe is speaking German. Not as a language, but in its acceptance of the instruments for which Angela Merkel has fought so hard, and with success in the end.” Britain won’t be able to keep its foot on the brake while Germany is pressing on the accelerator. Sooner or later Britain will get fed up with Europe and quit, or the EU will get fed up with Britain and kick it out.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/eur ... 23,00.html
British Parliament Demands Change to Extradition Treaty With U.S.
The British Parliament has urged the government to do more to protect British citizens by renegotiating its extradition treaty with the United States. Anger over the current treaty is just another contention driving the former close friends further apart.
The House of Commons agreed on Monday without a vote that extradition between Britain and the U.S., as well as Britain’s involvement with the European Arrest Warrant (eaw), must be “urgently renegotiated.” But it is the extradition treaty with the U.S., rather than the criticism of the eaw, that has received the most attention. The eaw has led to gross miscarriages of justice as it allows countries with no tradition of habeas corpus to arrest British citizens anywhere in the European Union. Habeas corpus protects against wrongful imprisonment. Without it, a person can be jailed for a long time before facing trial—as has happened to several British citizens in foreign jails. It is very unpopular and has led to some terrible injustices.
That the America extradition treaty should be treated as the biggest issue shows the strength of feeling against it.
The extradition treaty is seen as one-sided and unfair, though America’s ambassador to Britain, Louis Susman, argues that this is a misunderstanding.
One of the most prominent causes of upset over the treaty is the American effort to extradite Gary McKinnon, who could face up to 70 years in an American jail for hacking U.S. military and nasa computers. McKinnon has Asperger’s syndrome and claims he only hacked the computers to search for evidence of aliens. Medical experts claim that if extradited, McKinnon could become suicidal. With the help of a prominent PR firm, McKinnon’s case has received a lot of media attention and stirred outrage in Britain.
But extradition arrangements with the U.S. have sparked anger in Britain for years. The U.S. has constantly refused to extradite ira terrorists and murderers to Britain and has instead let them live free.
This type of disagreement would not be a major hurdle for close friends. But the special relationship is over. The alliance is getting weaker every day. That makes the extradition row another part of the crumbling of the alliance.
For more on this subject, read this article from 2009
Israel is looking for new allies as it becomes increasingly threatened by radical Islam, the Jerusalem Post wrote December 2, citing an anonymous government official. The source said that Israel was looking for allies in three groups of countries. The first group is eastern Mediterranean nations, the second is nations in sub-Sahara Africa, and the source didn’t say which countries were in the third, but the Post suspects these are Persian Gulf countries. It may be right. But the Trumpet has long forecast that Israel would be forced to look for new allies, and that ultimately it would find its new best friend in Germany. The relationship between the two is already close. Last week, the Associated Press wrote that “Since Germany and Israel established diplomatic ties in 1965, Germany has become perhaps Israel’s strongest ally in Europe.” Germany approved the sale of a sixth Dolphin-class submarine to Israel on November 30. Watch for Germany and Israel to grow even closer.
http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPoliti ... ?id=247838
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood won the most number of votes in Egypt’s first round of parliamentary elections, with the ultraconservative Salafis coming second. In the initial phase of the voting last month, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (fjp) won 37 percent of the vote, the Salifis 24 percent, and the liberal Egyptian Bloc 13 percent. The Brotherhood’s winning position was consolidated in run-off contests, which gave it 36 of 56 seats. These results indicate that nearly two thirds of Egyptians want Islam to play a greater role in the nation’s government. The strong showing by the hard-line Islamist Salifis took many by surprise. Their success will only cause to strengthen the Muslim Brotherhood, which will appear to be the “moderate” alternative. But in foreign policy, hostility to the West, and strategic objectives for Egypt, the Islamist parties differ little. It is mostly tactics that they disagree on. “A common reaction among Western politicians and in the mainstream Western media has been that this unwelcome result mostly reflects better organization on the part of the Islamist trend rather than the extreme weakness of liberal tendencies in Egyptian society,” wrote JKC de Courcy. “Our view is simpler, it is that the results are an accurate reflection of the preferences of Egypt’s 50 million voters, and the significance of this can hardly be exaggerated” (Courcy’s Intelligence Brief, December 7). The second round of voting in Egypt begins December 14.
For more on this:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/spi ... _blog.html
It’s easy to glance at Ethiopia, a pro-Western, comparatively stable, predominantly Christian country that rarely makes prime-time news, and think that’s absurd. But if you look closely, and consider the broader perspective, Ethiopia’s future is grim, very grim. In fact, Ethiopia is in jeopardy right now.
First, consider Islam’s control over the region. We’ll start in Morocco, the western gateway into the Mediterranean, where last month the Islamist Justice and Development Party, which represents the Muslim Brotherhood, came out on top in parliamentary elections and will now lead the nation’s coalition government. Islam’s victory in Morocco occurred less than a month after the Ennahda Party, another outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood, dominated national elections down the road in Tunisia. Next door in Libya, where Col. Muammar Qadhafi was recently ousted and killed, Islamist parties, some of which are associated with radical terrorists, are gaining the upper hand.
Head a little farther east and we come to Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood and hardline Islamist political parties in the first round of parliamentary elections last week won more than 60 percent of the vote. It’s now abundantly clear, lamented Caroline Glick this week, that “Egypt is on the fast track to becoming a totalitarian Islamic state” (emphasis added throughout).
Travel north from Cairo and we hit Gaza, the stronghold of Iranian proxy Hamas. Farther north still are Lebanon and Syria, where there are an assortment of Islamic terrorist organizations, one of which recently lobbed two missiles into Israel. Syria is led (still) by Bashar Assad, a stalwart ally of Iran, and is a key staging ground for radical Islam’s war on Israel. North of Syria is Turkey, a nation that has in recent years slid toward the radical Islamist camp.
East of Turkey are Pakistan and Afghanistan, two bastions of radical Islamic terrorism. Turn south and there’s Iran, the command center of global Islamic terrorism, a nation on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons, led by mullahs determined to create a nuclear apocalypse. Across the border in Iraq, Iranian proxies are right now filling the power vacuum created by the departure of U.S. forces.
Farther south, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states are all alarmed by the rise of Iran-sponsored Islamic terrorism. Head south from Riyadh and we come to Yemen, a chaotic, headless state where Islah, the Islamist political party created by the Muslim Brotherhood, will likely get the victory when Yemenis finally get around to voting. From Yemen we hop the Gulf of Aden to get to Somalia, where Islamist pirates routinely hijack vessels in the Indian Ocean and the newly created and fragile Transitional Federal Government (tfg) routinely wards off attacks by al-Shaabab and its terrorist partners.
Finally, we come to Ethiopia, a nation standing in the path of this barreling, Iran-steered, radical Islamist freight train! Is it any surprise that the Ethiopian government recently discovered a plot by Wahhabi Muslims to turn the country into an Islamic country governed by sharia law?
Meanwhile, radical Islamist forces have gotten a foothold in Eritrea, Ethiopia’s regional adversary and a nation strategically situated at the gateway of the Red Sea. In 2006, the United Nations accused Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Hezbollah of providing arms, training and financing to Islamic militants in Somalia via Eritrea. In December 2008, reports emerged that Iranian naval vessels had visited the Eritrean port of Assab and deposited an undisclosed number of Iranian troops and weapons there, including long-range and ballistic missiles. A few months later, an official in Somalia’s tfg government accused Iran of arming al-Shaabab via Eritrean middlemen.
Most recently, Kenyan media reported that a shipment of arms, the third of its kind, had been delivered via Eritrea to al-Shaabab in Somalia. Eritrea’s support of al-Shaabab, and of Islamic terrorism in general, is so serious the UN Security Council this week imposed sanctions on the country. The sanctions, stated U.S. ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, will send the message to “Eritrea that it will pay an ever higher price” for its support of Iran and radical Islamist groups. Truth is, it could also drive Eritrea more firmly into the Iranian camp.
In addition to the radical Islamist problem festering inside its borders, and the growing threat from Eritrea, Ethiopia is also alarmed by the radical Islamist presence in Somalia. Mogadishu’s Transitional Federal Government is frail and politically immature, two issues made worse by the fact that it is under near-constant attack from al-Shaabab and its regional supporters, including Iran. Ethiopia’s border with Somalia is nearly 1,000 miles, and the risk of the Islamist war spilling over into Ethiopia is real, which is why it supports the tfg. By doing so, however, Ethiopia risks becoming a target of al Shabaab and its radical Islamist partners.
That’s not all Ethiopia has to worry about. In August, Iran’s foreign minister visited Somalia and met with President Shariff Ahmed and other leaders in the tfg. The official purpose of the visit was to discuss Iran providing humanitarian aid. Thing is, that’s generally above the pay grade of a foreign minister. According to Stratfor, relations between Ethiopia’s leaders and Ahmed are strained. It’s possible, explained Stratfor, that the meeting between the Iranian foreign minister and the president of Somalia “could have been used to explore other sources of political backing.”
No doubt, the visit to Somalia by the foreign minister of the number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism gave more than a few Ethiopian officials nightmares!
No matter what angle you view it from, the picture is the same: Ethiopia is under extreme pressure to come under the influence of radical Islam!
When you look at a map, it’s not hard to see why Iran wants to ramp up its presence in this region. It wants control of the southern entrance to the Red Sea! To get this, the regime in Tehran needs sympathetic Islamic governments in Eritrea, Djibouti and Ethiopia. This is what makes the Islamist encroachment on Ethiopia so significant!
Iran controls the Strait of Hormuz, and via its Islamic allies in Egypt is fast gaining decisive influence over the Suez Canal. When it eventually gains influence over Ethiopia and Eritrea, Iran will control the Red Sea!
When that happens, Iran will have the power to lock down virtually the entire Middle East!
There’s another reason we can tell Ethiopia and Eritrea will soon fall to Iran. Thanks primarily to Bible prophecy, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry was able to warn as far back as April, long before the Islamic winter set in, that both Libya and Ethiopia (including Eritrea and Djibouti) would soon align with Iran. You can read his prophecy in “Libya and Ethiopia Reveal Iran’s Military Strategy.”
In his article, Mr. Flurry explained the prophecy in Daniel 11:40-43, which foretells an end-time clash between a German-led Holy Roman Empire and an Iranian-led Islamic coalition called the king of the south. In verse 33, Daniel lists the “Libyans and the Ethiopians” as part of the king of the south alliance. “This verse states that Libya and Ethiopia are also going to be closely allied with Iran!” explained Mr. Flurry.
“Watch Libya and Ethiopia,” he wrote. “They are about to fall under the heavy influence or control of Iran, the king of the south.”
It’s amazing, though not surprising, that since Mr. Flurry penned that article radical Islam’s grip on North Africa and the Middle East has tightened immensely. From Morocco to Yemen, Istanbul to Cairo, Iran and radical Islam have grown, albeit to varying degrees, in power and influence. Believe the facts, believe Bible prophecy and believe Gerald Flurry. It won’t be long now till you read this headline: Islamists gain control of Ethiopia, Eritrea.
The sectarian violence targeted Shiites during their mourning period of Ashura. In the first attack, on Tuesday, 55 people were killed and more than 154 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up while in line to enter a Shiite shrine in Kabul. The explosions were the largest sectarian attack in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban government. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Pakistani militant network, claimed responsibility for the December 6 attacks. With tensions increasing between Pakistan and Afghanistan, one Afghan official even accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (isi) spy agency of orchestrating the bombings. “isi is directly involved in the attack,” the senior Afghan security official said. “The main purpose is to spark sectarian violence among Afghans.” Pakistan denied the charge. Stratfor notes that as a negotiated settlement between Washington, the Afghan government and the Taliban is pursued in order for U.S.-led nato forces to exit the country, rival jihadist groups could choose to disrupt such a move through attacks such as those this week. The attacks are a reminder of yet another obstacle to a successful conclusion of the Afghanistan war.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/ ... ational%29
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Germany is single-handedly preventing Serbia from becoming a formal candidate member of the European Union, showing that Germany controls which Balkan nations get access to the cash and trade advantages that come with EU membership.
Serbia was scheduled to be approved for formal candidature by EU leaders on December 9, but Germany is threatening to block that. “The path of Serbia into the EU can only lead through the normalization of its relations with Kosovo,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said December 2. “I regret that Serbia has so far not lived up to these expectations sufficiently and therefore the conditions for being awarded the status of a candidate are not yet in place.”
“Serbia is moving away from a positive decision with every day,” German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière said.
“Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, has been ratcheting up the pressure on Serbia in recent weeks, but Germany’s tough line has still surprised other member states,” wrote the European Voice.
It quotes a senior EU official saying: “It looks like we have to get used to Germany doing things that other member states find hard to understand. It’s just the same [on Serbia] as with the eurozone.”
Other nations oppose Germany’s stance; one diplomat said: “The Serbs have done what was asked of them. They deserve candidate status.”
Part of Germany’s discontent is a result of efforts by Serbs living in northern Kosovo—where they are in the majority—to stop the area coming under control of the Kosovar Albanians.
Long-time German allies are put on the fast track toward EU membership while Germany’s historic enemy, the Serbs, are left out.
The Trumpet has long said that Germany provoked the Yugoslav wars to gain control of the Balkan Peninsula. Now its control is clear. Of course, gathering Balkan nations into the EU could be another way to gain control over them. But for now, Germany is using its control of EU entry to try to force Serbia into submission.
For more information:
http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/im ... 72784.aspx
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