Belgian Airspace Closed, Transport Paralyzed Amid Nationwide Wage Protest

Belgium has closed its airspace for 24 hours during a nationwide strike.

The industrial action, which continues to Wednesday night, is also affecting police, hospitals, buses and trains.

All flights in and out of Belgium have been canceled until Wednesday night as public transport workers went on a 24-hour strike.

All sectors, from public transport to rubbish collection, postal services, hospitals and commercial centers have been affected.

Belgium's air traffic control authority said on Tuesday it was forced to close the country's airspace between Tuesday 10 p.m. CET (2100 UTC) and the same time on Wednesday.

 

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Germany closes Islamist-linked Muslim kindergarten

Officials in the city of Mainz withdrew the license of the only Muslim kindergarten amid allegations that the facility in the state Rhineland-Palatinate was promoting Salafism.

The president of the state’s youth office, Detlef Placzek, said the promotion of Salafist materials meant that the nursery no longer adhered to the German constitution.

Officials had a duty to intervene, Placzek said, when an operator was unwilling or unable “to create the conditions that ensure the well-being of children.”

Arab Nil-Rhein chairman Samy El Hagrasy rejected the accusations of extremism and said he would be appealing. “We accept and respect the constitution”, said El Hagrasy, adding that the decision was “incomprehensible and a mystery”.

 

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Eurocrat Suggests Brexiteers Could ’End up on the Guillotine’

The European Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt has suggested that Tory Brexiteers who reject a soft Brexit deal will be sent to the guillotine like the leaders of the French revolution.

“Within the Tory Party, the hard Brexiteers are compared to the leaders of the French Revolution,” Mr Vehofstadt said during a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday.

“I think Gove is Brissot, Boris Johnson is Danton, and Rees-Mogg is compared to Robespierre.

“But we should not forget that the efforts of these men were not appreciated by the Common Man they claimed to represent because they all ended up on the guillotine.

 

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EXCLUSIVE – Hungary Rejects Mass Migration, Prefers Social Cohesion, Pro-Family Policies

Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó has described how his country has rejected multiculturalism and mass migration and as a solution to demographic and labour market challenges, favouring a more socially cohesive society and policies which support local people to raise their own families and up-skill.

“We have made it very clear during the debate in the European Union that we do not consider migration as a proper answer to our challenges regarding demography, or our challenges regarding the labour market,” the Hungarian told Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House in an exclusive interview.

“When it comes to demography, we would rather support our families to be able to raise more kids, and not to make it an economic decision whether to have another kid or not,” he explained.

 

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Hard Brexit risks 100,000 German jobs: report

A study has shown that Germany stands to lose the greatest number of jobs if Britain exits the EU without a deal. Some of the country's well-known auto and tech hubs are likely to be the worst hit.

A hard Brexit could cost more than 100,000 jobs in Germany, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a study by the Leibniz Institute for Economic Research Halle (IWH) and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

The study, which looks at the effect of a hard Brexit down to individual districts and cities, showed that some of Germany's well-known auto and technology hubs could face the maximum brunt.

"In no other country is the effect on total employment as great as in Germany," Oliver Holtemöller, one of the authors of the study,

 

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Grenoble Mosque Shut Down Due to Radical Islamic Preaching

Authorities in Grenoble have shut down the Al-Kawthar mosque for six months following accusations of links to radical Islamic ideologies.

The decision was made by the prefect of Grenoble who issued a statement on the closure, saying “The elements collected by the specialised services have established that the remarks made and the ideas and theories disseminated within this place of worship provoke violence, hate, and discrimination.”

“Through many of his sermons, the imam legitimates armed jihad, provokes violence, hatred, and discrimination against the faithful of other religions and conveys a message contrary to republican values by legitimising sharia and discrimination against women,” the prefect added, according to Le Dauphine.

 

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Despite Promises to Trump, NATO, Germany to Miss Defence Spending Target

Having already admitted it would fail to meet the two per cent of GDP spent on defence it promised in 2014, Germany is now set to likely miss even its reduced target in news that will doubtless do nothing to ease tensions between Chancellor Merkel and U.S. President Trump, who is pushing for fellow NATO members to pull their own weight.

All North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members pledged to spend two per cent of their national GDP on defence expenditure at the Cardiff summit in 2014, a move to encourage nations to actually meet the treaty obligation which is technically a requirement for membership but has in most cases never been realised.

For the most part, the vast majority of defence spending in NATO has been carried by just a handful of nations — predominantly the United States but also the United Kingdom, an imbalance President Trump has sought to redress since taking the Presidency.

 

 

12 people fined for violating new Danish ‘burqa ban’ law

The new law against facial coverings in public in Denmark was introduced six months ago. Since then, 20 people have been served with suspicion of the crime classification, and twelve of those were then also convicted.

The law came into force on 1 August, 2018. Anyone who defies the ban risks a €135 fine, a sum that is raised to €1,350 if it happens on repeated occasions.
Exceptions can be made when there is a so-called reasonable purpose, such as cold weather. In such cases, it will be up to the police to determine whether or not an offense has been committed.
The law was voted through with a large majority in the Danish Parliament Folketinget, 75 votes in favour and 30 against.
 
 

Salvini to Trump: “I can be your closest ally on the European continent”

With EU parliamentary elections fast approaching in May, Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is seeking to court a powerful ally across the Atlantic – Donald Trump.

In the past months, both Trump and Salvini have exchanged their fair share of blows with Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s embattled president Emmanuel Macron.

But is an alliance based primarily on the common adversaries of the two populist leaders practical?

Without a doubt.

Salvini and Trump have more in common with one another than simply their distrust and antipathy towards the French and German leaders who recently joined hands to raise a ‘European Army’.
 
On the 25th of January Merkel and Macron met in the ancient western German city of Aachen and signed a new Franco-German friendship treaty which Merkel has stated ‘’contributes to the creation of a European army’.
 
 

Macron Claims 50,000 ‘Ultra Militants’ Hijacked Yellow Vest Movement

French president Emmanuel Macron has claimed that the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement has been largely hijacked by up to 40-50,000 “ultra militants” from the far-right and far-left in France.

Earlier this week President Macron received several journalists at the Elysee Palace and told them his thoughts on the Yellow Vest movement, saying he thought that the movement, which goes into its twelfth weekend of protests this Saturday,

had been hijacked by the ultra-left and the far-right, Paris Match reports

Macron defined the group as a “social and political movement without a fixed claim, without a leader, outside of business and which has undergone several mutations.

 

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Planned Margaret Thatcher Statue Will Be Target of Vandals, Police Say

A statue planned for the former prime minister’s home town of Grantham will need to be put on a plinth ten feet high to protect it from vandals, police have said.

The £300,000 memorial to the Tory Party’s last staunchly-conservative prime minister was intended to take its place amongst other great political figures in Parliament Square, opposite the Palace of Westminster,

but the plan was rejected on grounds that it would, too, be a target for leftist activists.

The sculpture, by artist Douglas Jennings, needs final approval by South Kesteven district council in Lincolnshire, according to The Times,

with the council’s crime prevention coordinator writing in a preliminary report that the artwork would need to be placed on a “sufficiently high plinth” to deter attacks.

 

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Nearly 130 Jihadists Set to Return to France in Coming Weeks

France is expected to receive around 130 jihadists from Syria who went to fight for terror groups, with the returning fighters expected to be detained and face trial.

All of the men expected to return in the next few weeks are members of Islamic State who were captured by Kurdish forces and are expected to return to France by plane.

The move comes after French authorities feared that the withdrawal of U.S. troops could impact their ability to keep track of the jihadist fighters, BFMTV reports.

“All those who will return to France will be incarcerated and entrusted to the judges. When the judges will estimate that it will be necessary to put them in prison, and that will be the main case,

they will be put in jail,” said French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.

 

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Merkel: We Must ‘Stand up’ to ‘Excessive Populism and Nationalism’

Globalist chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel has used an award acceptance speech to call on the international community to “stand up” to “excessive populism and nationalism.”

Dr Merkel said that as those who lived through World War II are dwindling in numbers, the lessons learnt from the conflict are being lost, resulting in a rise of “populism and nationalism,

” affirming that “we have to resolutely stand up against this type of thinking.”

The Chancellor made the comments after being awarded the Fulbright Prize for International Understanding in Berlin on Monday, the first time the American award was presented outside of the United States.

While Dr Merkel made her thinly-veiled criticism of President Trump, his hand-picked ambassador to Germany Rick Grenell looked on.

 

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EU Moves Against Austria for Changing Benefit Payments for Children Living Abroad

The European Union (EU) has launched infringement proceedings that could lead to sanctions against Austria over a controversial new reform to benefit payments for children living abroad.

The European Commission began infringement procedures this week following Austria’s new policy, which will see benefits for children abroad adjusted to the cost of living in the country they reside in, Le Figaro reports.

EU Social Affairs Commissioner Marianne Thyssen announced the infringement procedure at a press conference slamming Austria’s conservative-populist government, saying there were no “second-class children” in the European Union.

“When mobile workers contribute to a social security system in the same way as local workers, they must receive identical benefits, even when their children live abroad,” she insisted.

The new law, which came into effect this year, will affect around 150,000 children of foreign EU workers, with the largest number coming from Romania, and would likely save Austrian taxpayers more than 100 million euros per year.

 

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Brexit ‘Can’t Be Delivered’, Leave Vote Was ‘Manipulated’, Macron Tells France

The UK’s Brexit vote was caused by misplaced “anger” and foreign disinformation, Emmanuel Macron said, in a speech warning critics of his globalist regime in France to beware “people who manipulate you with miracle ideas”.

Speaking at an event near Lyon as part of his ‘grand debate’ tour launched after weeks of anti-government protests, the French president told unhappy citizens to “be aware of people who sell you dreams,

that tell you all your anger can be solved by a referendum”, before dismissing Brexit as “rubbish”.

“Take the British. They voted for Brexit,” Macron told the audience in Bourg-de-Peage of around 250 people, a number of whom were dressed in the yellow vests of the ‘gilet jaunes’ movement.

 

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Alert Issued After Reports of Explosion Near U.S. Consular Agency in Geneva, Switzerland

The United States Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, has issued a security alert after reports of an explosion near its consular agency in Geneva.

“There are reports of an explosion in the area around the Consular Agency” on Rue François-Versonnex 7, CH-1207, Geneva, the alert advises.

“Avoid the area and seek shelter if in vicinity. Follow advice of security personnel.”

People are advised to “Monitor local media for information”, “Keep a low proifle” and  “Avoid crowds and demonstrations.”

 

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3 Michigan men arrested for conspiracy to support ISIS

Three Michigan residents were arrested Monday afternoon for conspiring to support ISIS, federal authorities said.

Muse Abdikadir Muse, 20, was arrested by law enforcement officers during security screening at the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan,

after checking in for the first of a series of flights to Mogadishu, Somalia. His 23-year-old brother, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse, and their 26-year-old brother-in-law,

Mohamed Salat Haji, were arrested in the airport terminal soon after, according to a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

 

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1,500 Private Jets Descend on Davos Carrying Globalist Elite for Climate Talks

At least 1,500 private jets are expected to descend on Davos and nearby airports in Switzerland this week as the international financial and political elite gathers to talk about global climate challenges.

That would be up from the more than 1,300 aircraft movements seen at last year’s forum,

despite climate change registering as the top risk factor identified for the global economy in a survey of World Economic Forum (WEF) movers and shakers last week.

Sir David Attenborough, a lead speaker this year, has already stated that climate is the issue of our time.

The veteran broadcaster, 92, used his acceptance speech to tell business leaders and governments to come up with “practical solutions”.

Speaking at the beginning of the forum on Monday, the Blue Planet and Dynasties narrator told the crowd he is “quite literally from another age” and warned of “man-made disaster of global scale” that lies ahead.

 

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Italy envoy called to French foreign ministry over Di Maio

Africa remarks 'hostile and without cause'

Italian Ambassador to France Teresa Castaldo was summoned to the French foreign ministry Monday over remarks Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio made over alleged French policy in Africa, diplomatic sources told ANSA. 

French diplomatic sources told ANSA Monday that Di Maio's remarks were "hostile and without cause given the partnership between France and Italy in the European Union." They said "they must be read in a context of Italian internal politics".    

Castaldo was summoned by the cabinet chief of French European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau over remarks Di Maio made at a rally Sunday, French media said.

The head of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), who is also labour and economy minister, said "if today people are leaving Africa is it because some European countries, with France in the lead, have never stopped colonizing tens of African States".

Di Maio said French President Emmanuel Macron "first lectures us (on migrants), then continues to finance public debt with the money with which he exploits Africa".

 

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