(BRUSSELS) JUST IN: Major armed police operation underway as officers ‘block gunmen in building as helicopters are circling overhead according to local media one man is believed to be inside but this is prese ntly unconfirmed #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.22: This is an updated report from our breaking news earlier and this is what we know so far: Armed police and a helicopter have been deployed to a house in Brussels. At least one armed man is believed to be inside, according to local media: The incident is taking place near a primary school in the municipality of Forest, on Rue Jean-Baptiste Vanpe. The school is attended by approximately 350 pupils, and the children have been taken inside as a safety precaution. The mayor of Forest, Marc-Jean Ghyssels, has also confirmed the police operation, citing “suspicion of the presence of armed men,” RTBF reported #AceNewsDesk reports

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Published time: 22 Feb, 2018 12:49 Edited time: 22 Feb, 2018 14:09: A security perimeter has been established, with a witness telling RTL Info that police have ordered residents of the neighborhood to stay inside their homes. Armed police and snipers have been deployed to the scene. Police helicopters are also flying above the area:

Last month, Prime Minister Charles Michel announced that Belgium’s terrorism threat level had been reduced from three to two, stating that there was “little likelihood” of an attack:The country’s terrorism threat level had hovered at three or higher on the four-point scale since January 2015, when a terrorist cell planning an attack on police was foiled in the town of Verviers. In March 2016, the level was raised to four after 32 people were killed in Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) suicide bomb attacks that targeted Brussels Airport and a metro station.

The Belgian capital has been the scene of multiple attacks and attempted attacks, with a knife-wielding man terrifying train passengers in October while reportedly screaming that he wanted to “finish the work started by the Nazis.” In August, a separate knife-wielding man was shot dead in the center of Brussels after attacking a group of soldiers.

Local media reported in August that Belgian prosecutors had opened an average of more than 20 probes per month against people suspected of terrorism-related offenses since the start of 2017, many of whom were thought to be “homegrown” extremists: https://acebreakingnews.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/breaking144-live-belgian-police-seal-off-part-of-brussels-amid-reports-of-gunman-at-large-acebreakingnews/ A special operation is being carried out: there may be one or more armed people in the house – officials https://t.co/cTUNbAmRqG #Brussels pic.twitter.com/FVMTYqksWs— Sputnik Major armed police operation in Brussels as officers ‘block gunmen in building’ https://t.co/zGkBxbXSpQpic.twitter.com/5O9sGgSdSt RT NEWS February 22, 2018: Editor says ongoing situation ….

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#AceNewsReport – Sept.18: Croatia has closed seven of its eight border crossings with Serbia overwhelmed by a huge surge of refugees turned away by Hungary. PM said Croatia will not accept or accommodate asylum seekers any longer.

Some of the refugees appear to be stuck on the border between Croatia and Hungary. Reuters reported on Thursday that a convoy of more than 10 buses which was heading towards the Croatian city of Osijek was turned towards the Hungarian border. Refugees were offloaded at the Croatian border village Beremend, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene. Hundreds of migrants were also witnessed on Friday at a petrol station by a road in the Croatian border town of Beli Manastir.

Scuffles between refugees erupted on Friday at the Croatian Beli Monastir train station as the people were boarding the trains bound for Zagreb. Some were injured and received first aid.

Some were injured and received first aid.

Dozens of refugees staged a silent sit-in protest at the Serbian-Hungarian border near the town of Horgos on Friday. They held placards which read: “We don’t have houses anymore. We will live here,” and “This is shame for Europe.”

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The site was a scene of violence on Tuesday, when police used water cannon and teargas to push back refugees attempting to enter Hungary.

 

Milanovic said on Friday he has called a session of Croatia’s National Security Council. Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic told N1 Television that “it’s a matter of time” before Croatia closes all borders.

Columns of asylum seekers were expected to turn to Slovenia, however the Interior Ministry said on Friday that Slovenia does not intend to open a corridor for the refugees heading to Western Europe to pass through.

“At the moment we have no basis on which we could form a corridor,” Interior Ministry state secretary Bostjan Sefic told reporters.

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MACEDONIA: ‘ Political Crisis continues as EU calls for Regime Change ‘

#AceNewsReport – MACEDONIA:June.14: Macedonia continues to go through a political crisis, after Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and the leaders of the four main political parties in Macedonia failed to reach an agreement on settling the crisis earlier this week.

' EU Calls for Regime Change in Macedonia '
‘ EU Calls for Regime Change in Macedonia ‘

Western media claims that Nikola Gruevski, the current Prime Minister of Macedonia, created the crisis that puts his government at risk, EUobserver reported.

Recently, Gruevski was accused of mass illegal surveillance, election fraud, as well as abuse of the country’s justice system and media.

Now the European Commission wants to send the government in Skopje a list of tough rule-of-law reforms. If Gruevski doesn’t react and there is no action taken by his government, the Commission will stop backing Macedonia’s EU entry talks, EUobserver said.

Macedonia has been a candidate country for EU accession since 2005. However, negotiations haven’t made any significant progress and there are many obstacles that stand in the way.

Gruevski and Zoran Zaev, the Macedonian opposition leader, agreed to hold early parliamentary elections in April 2016. However, the two politicians can’t agree when Gruevski must step down.

Zaev wants Gruevski to step down in October so that a technocratic government can prepare fair elections. According to Zaev, if Gruevski doesn’t step down, he will rig the new elections in 2016, EUobserver said.

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#BREAKING REPORT: ‘ US plans to deploy missiles in Europe ‘

#AceBreakingNews – June.08: Reports of US plans to deploy missiles in Europe hardly promote the balance of interests on the continent and mutual trust, President Vladimir Putin’s press spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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US Plan to put Missiles in Europe

“Certain actions aimed at escalating tensions, of course, will not be in anyone’s interests,” Peskov said. “For sure, this issue itself hardly promotes mutual trust and the balance of interests on the European continent.”He added: “On the other hand, we do not have any concrete information.”

The statement was made after British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK would consider hosting US nuclear missiles amid escalating tensions between Russia and the West.

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‘ EXTERNAL INVESTIGATION REQUIRED TO RESTORE FAITH IN EULEX OVER MISSION IN KOSOVO ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – November 01 – Only an external investigation can restore faith in Eulex, the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo, Maria Bamieh, the British prosecutor at the heart of corruption revelations has told EUobserver.

'EXTERNAL INVESTIGATION REQUIRED TO RESTORE FAITH IN EULEX OVER MISSION IN KOSOVO '

‘EXTERNAL INVESTIGATION REQUIRED TO RESTORE FAITH IN EULEX OVER MISSION IN KOSOVO ‘

The revelations, first published in Kosovo daily Koha Ditore earlier this week, say: that a senior official colluded with suspects in criminal cases; that another official took bribes to shut down prosecutions; and that a third one quashed internal Eulex probes.

'Press Conference: Allegations of Corruption against EULEX are being pursued vigorously'

‘Press Conference: Allegations of Corruption against EULEX are being pursued vigorously’

The story cited transcripts of wire-tapped conversations as well as internal letters written by Bamieh to her superiors to alert them of wrongdoing.

In a second story, published on Friday (31 October), Koha Ditore cited other documents showing that Eulex gave confidential information to Serbian intelligence services.

Bamieh told EUobserver on Thursday the EU mission also: turned a blind eye to a miscarriage of justice in a triple-murder case; failed to protect witnesses; and lied to press.

She said two Kosovo men – who are in jail for a bombing in 2007 and for killing three other people the same year – were convicted of the triple murder on evidence “that would never stand up in a British court”.

The men agreed to give Eulex information on the Kosovo mafia in return for promises that Eulex would re-examine the triple-murder case and would guarantee their future safety.

But Bamieh said neither promise was kept.

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‘ BRUSSELS AIRPORT STARTS EBOLA SCREENING ON INCOMING FLIGHTS FROM WEST AFRICA ‘

#AceBreakingNews – BRUSSELS – October 20 – Brussels airport has started Ebola screening as it receives four direct flights a week from the three West African countries stricken by the Ebola outbreak. 

Passengers arriving in Brussels from west Africa will be screened for high temperatures (Photo: Filip Bunkens)

Passengers arriving in Brussels from west Africa will be screened for high temperatures (Photo: Filip Bunkens)

At around 4am on Monday (20 October), passengers arriving at Brussels airport from Guinea and Liberia were the first to be screened at Belgium’s main airport.

The Belgian ministry of health announced the precautionary measures on Sunday.

All passengers arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – the three west African countries where most of the Ebola cases are – will be checked for fever.

Those with a fever will be questioned by a nurse or doctor at the airport, and sent to the hospital if they are suspected of having the virus.

Erika Vlieghe, who was appointed Belgium’s national Ebola co-ordinator on Friday (17 October), said the measures add “value” to the screenings already being done in west Africa before departure.

But she admitted the chances are small that temperature screenings catch an Ebola case.

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BRUSSELS: ‘ BRITAIN RISKS ALIENATING FRIENDS IN EUROPE OVER TALK OF MIGRATION CURBS ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS VIEW – October 20 – Britain risks “alienating” friends in Europe by loose talk of migration curbs, the outgoing European Commission chief is to warn.

“It is an illusion to believe that space for dialogue can be created if the tone and substance of the arguments you put forward … offend fellow member states”, Jose Manuel Barroso is to say in a speech at the Chatham House think tank in London on Monday (20 October).

“It would be an historic mistake if on these issues Britain were to continue to alienate its natural allies in Central and Eastern Europe, when you were one of the strongest advocates for their accession”.

The speech describes EU freedom of movement as a “basic right, which cannot be decoupled from other single market freedoms”.

It also urges the British government to make the case for the EU ahead of an in/out referendum in 2017.

“This case is one which needs to be made nationally. It is now high time to get out there and dispel the illusions”.

Barroso’s speech comes amid a shrill debate on EU immigration in the UK.

The ruling Conservative Party wants to renegotiate Britain’s obligation to the EU treaty principle amid electoral gains by the anti-immigrant Ukip party.

British media report one idea is to cap the number of net migrants to 100,000 a year by limiting national insurance numbers issued to unskilled workers.

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BELGIUM: ‘ Agreement Reached on Centre Right Coalition Government after 135 Days ‘

#AceNewsServices – BELGIUM (Brussels) – Political negotiators in Belgium reached an agreement for a centre-right coalition government Tuesday (7 October), 135 days after general elections. 

Compared to the previous government formation, negotiators got there quickly.

The previous grand coalition government of prime minister Elio di Rupo was the result of a formation period of 541 days, a world record.

Following the results of the federal elections of 25 May, which was held on the same day as the European Parliament elections, experts expected another lengthy formation period.

But with 135 days, the Belgian negotiators moved relatively swiftly.

The final push was made in a marathon meeting, starting on Monday 6 October at 14:30, and ending on Tuesday at 19:00.

Shortly after that, the two lead negotiators announced a coalition agreement.

“After 29 hours of negotiating, we are very happy to have succeeded”, said Kris Peeters, who until recently was the Flemish prime minister. 

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DAWN2DUSK: ‘ Anti-Coalition Bomb ISIS in Syria and Iraq ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 07 – The US-led coalition is conducting airstrike assault on positions of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) organization in Syria and Iraq.

The strikes involve a mix of fighter, bomber and tomahawk land-attack missiles.

Tuesday, October 7

23:38 GMT:

US-led airstrikes against Islamic State will not destroy the extremists, Pentagon spokeswoman Cmdr. Elissa Smith told RIA Novosti.

“This isn’t going to be solved through airstrikes or military power alone. There has to be more to this than just airstrikes. It doesn’t mean that the airstrikes aren’t important, that they won’t continue or that they aren’t being effective. What it does mean is that airstrikes are just one piece of a much larger strategy that’s going to take some time,” Cmdr. Smith said in a statement.

23:34 GMT:

22:31 GMT:

At least 9 people have reportedly been killed and scores others wounded as pro-Kurdish demonstrators clashed with police in eastern provinces as well as in Istanbul and Ankara, according to local media, as people demand action against the Islamic State.

Protesters clash with riot police in Istanbul, during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, October 7, 2014. (Reuters/Osman Orsal)

Protesters clash with riot police in Istanbul, during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, October 7, 2014. (Reuters/Osman Orsal)

17:48 GMT:

Turkey has asked the US to step up air strikes to keep Islamic State militants from seizing a key Syrian Kurdish border town, Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said.

Our government and our related institutions have emphasized to US officials the necessity of immediately ramping up air bombardment in a more active and efficient way,” Akdogan said as quoted by TV channel AHaber. (Reuters)

15:48 GMT:

Dutch F-16 jets have undertaken their first strikes on ISIS in Iraq, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense. “Two Dutch F-16s this morning used weapons for the first time in Iraq against the ISIS terror group. They dropped three bombs on armed ISIS vehicles that were shooting at (Kurdish) Peshmerga fighters in the north of the country,” a statement from the department said, according to AFP. “Vehicles were destroyed in the attack and ISIS fighters possibly killed,” it added.

15:48 GMT:

Dutch F-16 jets have undertaken their first strikes on ISIS in Iraq, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense. “Two Dutch F-16s this morning used weapons for the first time in Iraq against the ISIS terror group. They dropped three bombs on armed ISIS vehicles that were shooting at (Kurdish) Peshmerga fighters in the north of the country,” a statement from the department said, according to AFP. “Vehicles were destroyed in the attack and ISIS fighters possibly killed,” it added.

13:19 GMT:

Clashes have erupted across Turkey as Kurdish protesters have taken to the streets against the Islamic State’s advances on the town of Kobani on the Turkish-Syrian border, and what they said was Ankara’s inadequate response to the threat.

12:49 GMT:

Pro-Kurdish demonstrations calling for support of the town of Kobani in Syria, which is besieged by Islamic State militants, swept through Europe.

In Belgium, some 50 activists made their way into the European Parliament building in Brussels.

In London, Kurd protesters occupied Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2.

Demonstrations also took place in Berlin and Rome.

11:30 GMT:

At least 412 people have been killed during three weeks of fighting between Islamic State and Kurdish fighters in and outside the Syrian border town of Kobani, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The estimate, coming from sources on the ground, includes fighters from both sides and civilians, but real figures may be bigger than that.

08:52 GMT:

Tokyo police are investigating reports that a Japanese student tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State militants, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told the media.

Local Asahi Shimbun daily reported that a 26-year-old man, a student at Hokkaido University, was questioned by police after taking a leave of absence. His passport was confiscated, the newspaper said.

02:52 GMT:

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged “all those with the means to do so” to protect the residents of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) in Syria amid the assault from the Islamic State.

“In light of the gross and extensive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law the terrorist group has committed in areas that have fallen under its control in Syria and Iraq during its barbarous campaign, he [Ban] urgently calls on all those with the means to do so to take immediate action to protect the beleaguered civilian population of Ayn al-Arab,” UN said in a press release.

Ban is “following with grave concern the ongoing offensive by ISIL [IS] on the northern Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab, which has already resulted in massive displacement of civilians, including into Turkey, and numerous death and injuries,” the statement continues.

01:38 GMT:

The US has been carrying out the majority of bombings against Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq since the initial air campaign against the extremists began on August 8, US defense officials told AFP.

US war-planes have conducted 1,768 air-strikes, while Arab and other allied countries have launched 195 strikes against IS jihadists.

Sources: Reuters – RT – AFP – Twitter – Media  

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‘ Google Could Face Record Fine for Breaching EU Competition Rules ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – September 22 – Google could face a record fine for breaching EU competition rules, the European Commission’s competition chief has said, warning that its four year investigation into the US search engine could eventually rival the sixteen years spent investigating software rival Microsoft.

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Presenting the Commission’s annual competition report in the European Parliament on Tuesday (23 September), Joaquin Almunia said that he had asked Google “to improve its proposals” or face a formal ‘Statement of Objections’, including a possible fine, if its latest offer did not go “in the right direction”.

Google faces a total of twenty complaints from its rivals, including Microsoft.

“Some of the twenty formal complainants have given us fresh evidence and solid arguments against several aspects of the latest proposals put forward by Google,” Almunia told MEPs.

“We now need to see if Google can address these issues and allay our concerns,” said Almunia, although he noted that “Microsoft was investigated for 16 years, which is four times as much as the Google investigation has taken, and there are more problems with Google than there were with Microsoft.”

#ANS2014

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‘ Threat to Attack European Commission by Belgium Terrorists Thwarted ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – September 22 – The European Commission headquarters in Brussels was going to be the target of an alleged terrorist plot, according to media reports it was reported by EUobserver today.

' Shariah4Belgium'

‘ Shariah4Belgium’

Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on Monday (22 September) say police found a cache of weapons and explosives in an apartment in Brussels.

One of the two suspects, both Dutch nationals of Turkish origin, is said to have links to Shariah4Belgium, a Belgian radical Salafist organisation.

The couple, said to be residents in The Hague, were detained early August at the Brussels airport after returning from Syria via Turkey.

A European Commission spokesperson said they are aware of the plot but had received no warnings or threats, reports the Guardian.

Authorities, for their part, are increasingly stepping up efforts to contain possible threats from returning nationals who have fought alongside Islamist militia groups in Syria and Iraq.

Governments are concerned some of the more radical may be seeking to stage attacks on their home turf.

In Belgium, around a quarter of the 400 nationals who have left to fight have since returned. Most are entering the warzone in Syria through by crossing over the Turkish border.

Belgian paper L’Echo says police are actively tracking around 90 of the returned fighters.

“Our starting point is that among them, one out of nine aim to carry out an attack,” an unnamed source told the paper.

That is a conservative estimate, if you also take into account the people who help them,” added the source.

Some are said to have joined the Islamic State (Isis), the extremist group behind recent be-headings of reporters and aid workers.

#ANS2014

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‘ Intelligence Sources Prevented Terror Attacks Planned by Muslims Returning From Syria ‘

#AceWorldNews – BELGIUM (Brussels) – September 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Belgium’s intelligence services prevented several terror attacks, which were planned by Muslim Belgians, who had returned from Syria where they supported the militants, local media reported on Saturday.

Archiv© AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

Archiv© AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

The media say radicals, who shared views of the Islamic State terrorist organisation, also planned bloody actions. All suspects were detained.

The authorities preferred not to publish the information earlier to avoid possible panic in the society.

The media write up to 90 nationals of the Kingdom have returned from Syria, and every ninth was involved in preparing terror attacks similar to the firing at people near the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

As many  as about 300 Belgian nationals are among radical Muslim militants fighting in Syria.

#ANS2014

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‘ Eyes of the World are on Scotland as Other Countries Gather for the Vote on Independence ‘

#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) – BRUSSELS – September 15 – This week most of the EU’s attention will focus on Scottish voters who, on Thursday, will decide whether they want their country to break away from its 300-year union with rest of the UK the EUobserver reported from Brussels on September 12 on the agenda.   

Already a searing political issue in the UK where polls put the yes and no camp neck and neck, it is also of huge interest to the rest of the EU which contains several independence-minded regions.

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Topping the list of such regions is Catalonia which wants to have an independence referendum of its own on 9 November.

A Catalan government envoy as well as several lawmakers will be in Scotland in the run-up to the vote.

The interest is so large because a Yes vote would represent the first time an EU member state has broken up and would raise a series of EU questions about the newly independent state – including whether it would become an EU member, what it would pay into the EU budget, how many EP seats it would have, would it have an EU commissioner and what currency it would use.

There has been much debate over the ‘automaticity’ of membership for a putative independent Scotland, given that it is already part of the EU.

The European Commission, for its part, has gone from saying earlier this year that it would be “difficult, if not impossible” for Scotland to join to maintaining a tightlipped silence on the matter.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has suggested EU membership terms would be negotiated in the 18 months after any Yes vote, with the latest poll putting the No camp slighty ahead (51%) of the Yes camp (49%).

The European Parliament will gather for its first work session after the summer. The new-look parliament, the eighth EU assembly, is again dominated by men (63%) and ranges from a deputy of 26 years (a Dane) to a 91-year old Greek.

Around half (50.6%) of MEPs are unfamiliar with the EP’s Strasbourg corridors, including all of Greece’s MEPs. Deputies from Germany, on the other hand, largely remain the same (70% are returning MEPs)..

On the EP’s agenda is a vote on the EU’s trade agreement with Ukraine (Tuesday); a discussion with outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on conflicts in the Middle East (Wednesday); and a debate on the European Youth Initiative – a €6bn fund launched in January meant to help member states implement a job-finding scheme for young people, but on which progress has been very slow.

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#ANS2014

#brussels, #catalonia, #scotland

GERMANY: ‘ Anti-Euro Party Alternative (AfD) Gains Seats on Wind of Change ‘

#AceWorldNews – GERMANY (Berlin) – September 15 – Germany’s anti-euro party Alternative for Germany (AfD) got a further boost on Sunday (14 September) entering two more state parliaments following regional votes.

Alternative (AfD) Party

Alternative (AfD) Party

We are a party that is renewing the political landscape in Germany where people turn their back to traditional parties that have lost their profile,” said AfD party head Bernd Lucke.

AfD party head Bernd Lucke

AfD party head Bernd Lucke

One can’t deny it any more: the citizens are thirsting for political change,” he added.

Preliminary results suggest the right-wing party secured around 10.6 percent of the vote in Thuringia state and 12.2 percent in Brandenburg.

The two states are traditionally seen as a power base of support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats.

Founded 19 months ago, the AfD manifesto calls for a scrapping of the euro in favour of the German Deutsche Mark.

The eurosceptic party has strongly criticised the eurozone bailouts and opposes the concentrated power base of the EU institutions in Brussels.

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#ANS2014 

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BRUSSELS: ‘ Scotland Would Have To Reapply to Join EU and NATO Officials Stress ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – (Opinion) September 15 – If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they’ll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe’s postwar prosperity and security – the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defence alliance.

In breaking away from the rest of the United Kingdom, Scotland would automatically find itself outside both the EU and NATO, and have to reapply to join both, officials from those Brussels-based organizations have stressed.

#ANS2014

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‘ YES or NO Everyone in Scotland Has an Opinion Either Sassenach or Scot ‘

#AceWorldNews – SCOTLAND – September 15 – Travellers to Scotland, beware. In buses, pubs and street rallies, people have only one thing on their mind these days: Scottish independence.

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They wear bumper stickers with “Yes” or “No thanks”, dye their hair white and blue, sing folk songs and hand out leaflets.

' YES or NO The Scottish People Decide '

‘ YES or NO The Scottish People Decide ‘

Posters are everywhere.

For the yes camp, it is about a nation going its own way, breaking away from a political elite in Westminister.

To “naysayers”, it is a foolish decision instigated by populists, that will ruin two nations for generations to come.

Both camps are virtually equal, with pollsters saying the referendum on Thursday (18 September) can go either way.

The referendum will also have an impact on other independence-minded regions in the EU, such as Catalonia in Spain and Flanders in Belgium.

Scotland will set a precedent for how Brussels deals with territories breaking off from an EU member state.

Aye or nay

Any person over 16 who resides in Scotland, irrespective of their nationality, will be allowed to answer the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

Several foreign students and an English shopkeeper told this website they will not cast their vote, however, because this is a “Scottish matter”.

But David Warren, a 50-year old accountant who is originally from Trinidad and has been living in Edinburgh for over 20 years, said he will vote yes “because I want Scotland to experience what my home country experienced in 1962 when it became independent from the UK”.

#ANS2014

#belgium, #brussels, #catalonia, #eu, #flanders, #saasenach, #scotland, #spain, #yes

BRUSSELS: ‘ Gas Supplies for Poland and Slovakia Dip As EU Imposes Sanctions ‘

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – BRUSSELS – September 12 – Poland and Slovakia have said gas supplies from Russia are down, as the EU impose’s new sanctions.

Gazprom

A Polish diplomat told EUobserver on Thursday (11 September) that volumes fell by 20 percent on Monday and were down by 45 percent by Thursday.

The same day Slovak PM Robert Fico said supplies to his country had dipped by eight to 11 percent.

Both countries are trying to find out what is going on amid denials by Russian supplier Gazprom that its shipments are any lower than normal.

The Polish diplomat said the enquiries are being made by Polish gas distribution firms. But Fico told press he has tasked officials to contact Moscow.

Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary are involved in shipping “reverse-flow” gas to Ukraine after Russia cut off Ukraine gas in a price dispute.

But a Hungarian diplomat told this website its Russia gas deliveries are normal for now.

We did not see a drop in supplies. But we are filling up our storage tanks so that we are prepared for any scenario that may come”, the source noted.

The Polish diplomat added: “On the Polish side, there is no risk to national consumers at this stage. We have generous reserves. But the supply reductions could be a burden on reverse-flow and I have heard talk that this is being scaled down”.

Gazprom’s reductions come the same week the EU adopted a new round of economic sanctions against Russia following its invasion of east Ukraine.

Some EU states had wanted to wait and see if a ceasefire deal with Russia holds before implementing the new measures.

But EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy announced on Thursday that they will enter into life the following morning.

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The most vulnerable to gas cuts is Finland and according to report by EUobserver

“A Russian gas export embargo during the winter of 2014/15 lasting for more than 6 months would cause supply shortfalls in many European countries, in particular, in central and eastern Europe, including Germany,” according to a study published Wednesday (3 September) by the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne. 

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BRUSSELS: ‘ EU Publishes New Sanctions on Russia in Bloc’s Official Journal ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – September 12 – EU countries have added Russia’s top oil firms, an oligarch, and a leading nationalist MP to their blacklist.

The names were published in the bloc’s Official Journal on Friday (12 September) in reaction to Russia’s invasion of east Ukraine last week.

The new regulation forbids EU entities from buying debt with a 30 or more day maturity, issuing loans, or selling financial services to five banks, three oil firms, and three defence companies.

The banks, already named in an earlier ban on 90-day bonds, are: Gazprombank; Rosselkhozbank; Sberbank; VEB; and VTB.

The newly named oil firms are: Rosneft; Transneft; and Gazprom Neft. The newly sanctioned defence companies are: Oboronprom; United Aircraft Corporation; and Uralvagonzavod.

The regulation blocks the sale of “dual-use” items to eight more newly named defence and technology firms: Almaz Antey; Bazalt; Chemcomposite; Kalashnikov; Sirius; Stankoinstrument; Technologii Maschinostrojenija; Wysokototschnye Kompleksi.

It forbids EU entities from supplying services for Russian deep water, Arctic, or shale oil exploration, including: drilling; well testing; logging and completion services; and supply of specialised floating vessels.

It also imposes an asset freeze and visa ban on 24 people, bringing the total since the Ukraine conflict erupted in March to 119.

Ten of the people are pro-Russia rebel chiefs in east and south Ukraine and in Crimea, including Donetsk region “prime minister” Aleksandr Zakharchenko, who recently co-signed a peace deal with Ukraine and Russia.

Twelve more are Russian MPs who supported the war on Ukraine, including firebrand nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

The new blacklist also names Russian oligarch Sergey Chemezov and major-general Aleksey Naumets.

It says that Chemezov, who chairs the Rostec arms conglomerate, is a “close associate” of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and that one of his firms is now building an energy plant in Crimea, which Russia annexed in March.

It says Naumets “is the commander of the 76th airborne division, which has been involved in the Russian military presence on the territory of Ukraine”.

EU Council head Herman Van Rompuy noted in a statement on Thursday the EU will assess “before the end of the month” whether Russia’s recent peace deal with Ukraine is being implemented.

He added that “in the light of the review and if the situation on the ground so warrants” the EU will “amend, suspend or repeal the set of sanctions in force, in all or in part”.

The White House on Thursday said it will also publish details of new measures on Friday.

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FRANCE: ‘ PM Maual Valls Warns Far-Right at Gates of Power ‘

#AceWorldNews – FRANCE (Paris) – September 08 – French Prime Minister Manual Valls on Sunday (7 September) warned that the far-right is “at the gates of power”, as the ruling left struggles under its unpopular president, Francois Hollande.

“In France, the extreme right of Marine Le Pen is at the gates of power,” he said, speaking at an annual gathering of fellow left-wing politicians in Bologna, Italy.

The warning followed an IFOP opinion poll over the weekend, which suggests Marine Le Pen would beat all her rivals by winning the first round of a presidential election.

It also comes on the heels of an unflattering memoir by Hollande’s former partner Valerie Trierweiler, who describes the 60-year old French president as an opportunist and as someone who spurns the poor.

But under Le Pen the weakest would be the first to suffer, said Valls, “and it will also be a terrible, perhaps fatal, blow to Europe”.

Countering the far-right momentum across Europe requires socialist governments and politicians to act and speak differently “in order to be listened to and to be heard,” he said.

Although Le Pen failed to muster enough MEPs to create her own far-right faction in the European Parliament, her precipitous rise in France over the past year has shocked many on the left.

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BRUSSELS: ' EU Leaders Sabre Rattle as Petro Poroshenko's Ultimatum Threatens Full Scale War with Russia '

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – August 31 – EU leaders have given Russian president Vladimir Putin one week to stop attacking Ukraine or face more sanctions EUObserver reported.

The latest ultimatum came after Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko personally told the 28 presidents and PMs at a summit in Brussels on Saturday (30 August) that he is a hair’s breadth away from “full-scale war” with his neighbour.

The summit conclusions corroborated his claim that last week saw an open “aggression by Russian armed forces on Ukrainian soil”.

The conclusions tasked the European Commission to present new sanctions options “within a week” and said they will include “a provision on the basis of which every person and institution dealing with the separatist groups in the Donbass [east Ukraine] will be listed”.

They did not spell out what will prompt the EU decision, referring only to “the evolution of the situation on the ground”.

“There is no precise criterion”, EU Council chairman Herman Van Rompuy told press.

For her part, German chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the Russian army’s incursion into Ukraine marks “a new step in the escalation”.

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