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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby chetak » 28 Jan 2020 12:39

EU distances itself from its lawmakers’ anti-CAA move: Not our official position



EU distances itself from its lawmakers’ anti-CAA move: Not our official position

This distancing of the EU and France from the European Parliament, sources said, comes at a time when New Delhi has diplomatically “engaged” Brussels and European parliamentarians.



Shubhajit Roy
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January 28, 2020


With five key political groupings in the European Parliament — these range from centre-right to far-left — moving resolutions slamming India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the European Union Monday said the opinions expressed by the European Parliament and its members “do not represent the official position of the European Union”.

French diplomatic sources underlined that France, a founding member of the European Union, considers the new citizenship law an “internal political matter of India” and that European Parliament is an institution “independent of member states” and the European Commission.

This distancing of the EU and France from the European Parliament, sources said, comes at a time when New Delhi has diplomatically “engaged” Brussels and European parliamentarians.



Sources said Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has shot off a “strong protest letter” to the chairperson of the European Parliament, objecting to a potential situation of European Parliament taking up resolutions against the CAA approved by the Indian Parliament.

In an email response to The Indian Express Monday, EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Virginie Battu-Henriksson said: “The European Parliament is currently planning to hold a debate on legislation adopted by the Government of India last December establishing a fast track procedure for irregular migrants belonging to certain religious groups originating from neighbouring countries. The Supreme Court of India is currently assessing the constitutionality of this law. As per its regular procedures, the European Parliament published the draft Resolutions. It is important to recall that these texts are only drafts tabled by various political groups in the European Parliament.”

“Let me also remind you that the opinions expressed by the European Parliament and its Members do not represent the official position of the European Union. The EU will host its 15th Summit with India on the 13th March 2020 in Brussels, with a view to strengthen its Strategic Partnership with India. India is a key partner for the EU to address global challenges and to jointly promote the rules based multilateral order,” she said.

The Indian Express has learnt that Indian Ambassador to Belgium, Gaitri Issar Kumar, who liaises with the EU and the European Parliament, and her team have reached out to European lawmakers.

Sources said Speaker Om Birla’s protest letter to the chairperson of European Parliament has cited the mutual understanding among member states of the Inter-Parliamentary Union that considers the legislatures of respective nation states as sovereign, and does not interfere in their business and processes.

In this context, Birla is said to have stressed that it will be inappropriate for the European Parliament to pass a judgment on a legislation approved by both Houses of Parliament after due deliberations. In fact, the Speaker has cautioned against the precedent that European Parliament may set by allowing resolutions moved against the CAA.

Sources said the Speaker has used his communication to underline the CAA provisions, and that the law does not seek to revoke the citizenship of any citizen to make them stateless. He is learnt to have said that it offers citizenship to persecuted religious minorities from certain neighbouring countries.

Reacting to the resolutions, official sources in Delhi said that the CAA is a matter “entirely internal” to India. “We hope the sponsors and supporters of the draft will engage with us to get a full and accurate assessment of the facts before they proceed further. As fellow democracies, the EU Parliament should not take actions that call into question the rights and authority of democratically elected legislatures in other regions of the world,” the sources said, maintaining that the CAA is an entirely internal matter of India.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby Philip » 28 Jan 2020 23:14

"Fools step in where angels fear to tread" .The Euro-buffoons of Brussels are dangerously attempting to shoot themselves in the groin by attempting to interfere in India's internal affairs. The best route for India ias not to attempt to debate the issue by sending our diplo-ducks of the MEA, but to boycott the crooked conspiracy of a,conference .Let us NOT give the Brussels buffoons the " oxygen of publicity",but treat its " deliberations" with the utter contempt that it deserves.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby UlanBatori » 29 Jan 2020 05:08

EU shows how to manage demonstrations: Polis vs. Firefighters.

RT dot com is having a field day putting up these videos of the Gentle Civilized Non-Brutal French.

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Postby UlanBatori » 29 Jan 2020 05:10

OTOH, Philip, did the EU Parliament actually pass any of those resolutions, or is all this noise about the equivalent of the Dan Burton gang of the 1980s-90s? You KNOW that there had to be a come-back after the GOI stunt of bringing a bunch of EU politicos on conducted tour of JKL. So I hope this turns out to be an equal-equal non-event as well.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby Philip » 29 Jan 2020 10:50

Well put.I was totally against cherry-picking a bunch of mostly EU "minnows" to Kashmir for the all-paid-'for guided tour.Colossal waste of money and time. What's our business is our business.It betrays the MEA's lack of confidence and still afflicted by the disease of kowtowing to white massas.The Chinx don't debase themselves like our mandarins who are better preachers to lesser nations than standing upto to larger ones.

The answer to the Kashmir problrm lies is a sound military strategy to exterminate Paki terror anywhere in the valley,POK,wherever,plus building fortified aesthetic settlements for the return of the Pandits,exiling locals indulging in anti- national violence to camps in the Thar desert, ANC island,etc. Opening up the state to the rest of the nation for investment,etc. on a war gooting.

The EU must be ignored and if it continues to poke its nose where it isn't wanted,we must do likewise.There are enough war crimes committed by EU Nations in the ME ,anti- semitism,Islamophobia in return to put them on the mat!

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby rsingh » 29 Jan 2020 14:35

We have to take PFI to EU court. We have good case. PFI is trying to break a democratic country, thus creating Human Right situation. Indian parliament has sovereign right to make laws. WTF PFI has to do with Indian laws.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby IndraD » 29 Jan 2020 18:18

British Pak MEP Mohammad behind Anti CAA resolutions in EU parliament, voting tomorrow.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby UlanBatori » 29 Jan 2020 18:25

How governments can afford to send their baboon flying first class: Reuters
Airbus To Be Fined Nearly $4 Billion In Corruption Case
(1/28, Kar-Gupta, Hepher) reports that per a “preliminary deal with French, British and U.S. authorities,” Airbus is facing a “record $4 billion fine” to settle accusations of corruption and bribery. The deal is “believed to be” the “largest ever in a bribery case” by “anti-corruption experts.” It still requires approval from the courts but would “allow Airbus to avoid criminal charges that risked banning the company from public contracts in the United States and European Union.” When announcing the agreement, Airbus “said it would take a provision of 3.6 billion euros ($3.96 billion) in its 2019 earnings if the deal won approval in court hearings in the United States, Britain and France on Jan 31.”

Bloomberg (1/28) reports that the deal lets CEO Guillaume "Baksheesh" Faury “clear away a major distraction for himself as well as investors.” Jefferies International Research Analyst Sand Morris said that the news means “perhaps Airbus can steal a march on [The Boeing Company] while [it] is preoccupied.” Following the news, Airbus “shares closed up 1%.” Commerzbank Analyst Norbert Kretlow said, “For the stock market, relief of uncertainty is important.”

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby IndraD » 30 Jan 2020 03:52

BIG diplomatic win for India. Pakistani lobbyists in European Union Parliament DEFEATED. No vote on resolutions against India https://twitter.com/AartiTikoo/status/1 ... 79456?s=20

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby UlanBatori » 30 Jan 2020 04:42

Ya All**! Yindoo shopkeeper bibi marches out with a kilo of red chili powder into the street. Bearded "protestors" trying to shut down shops, suddenly vamoose.
ANI @ANI 12h
#WATCH A shopkeeper in Yavatmal uses Red Chilli powder to stop the agitators protesting against CAA, NRC and NPR from shutting her shop today during Bharat Bandh called by multiple organisations. #Maharashtra


MAYBE the aam desi's patience with the oiseules is getting a bit tested?

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby UlanBatori » 31 Jan 2020 02:18

RT dot com does what they do best.

They got an exact double, almost. OK, maybe a bit thinner and brighter-eyed. Probably trying hard not to burst out giggling.

Russian prankster duo ‘Vovan and Lexus’ posed as Greta Thunberg and her father in call to ‘Joker’ actor Joaquin Phoenix, lobbying for a cameo in the sequel – and getting praise from Phoenix once he figured out the deception.
Following up their first successful prank acting as Greta Thunberg and her father Svante – targeting Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California) – Vovan and Lexus set their sights on Joaquin Phoenix, fresh from his Oscar nomination for his role in ‘Joker.’
Phoenix brought his fiancée Rooney Mara into the call, who was just as excited to talk to the young environmental activist as he was.
“Greta” introduced a campaign called “Stars Save the Earth,” in which she wanted to enlist celebrities to help spread awareness of climate change. Phoenix and Mara enthusiastically supported this move, offering to help in any way they could.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby Vips » 15 Jul 2020 04:05

India, EU sign civil nuclear cooperation agreement on eve of Summit.

India and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement on the eve of a virtual summit, while Europol and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are negotiating a working arrangement to combat organised crime and terrorism.

The agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community or Euratom and Indian authorities will focus on cooperation between EU’s research programmes on new ways of using nuclear energy and similar activities on the Indian side, EU officials said during a briefing for journalists.

“The agreement is on research and development cooperation for peaceful uses of nuclear energy, which was negotiated for 13 years and finally can be cemented by the summit,” said one of the EU officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The India-EU Summit, to be co-chaired on Wednesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, is expected to focus on strengthening multilateralism and global institutions in the face of the rise of an increasingly assertive China.

The leadership of both sides are expected to reiterate their strong commitment to combat terrorism in all forms during the summit, the EU officials said. The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation or Europol and CBI are negotiating a working arrangement that will support law enforcement authorities of EU member states and India to prevent and combat organised crime and terror, they said.

Asked specifically about the India-China border standoff, the EU officials described the recent incidents on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as a matter of considerable concern.

“We are pleased to see that since these very deadly clashes took place on the LAC, both sides have committed to show restraint, to engage in military de-escalation and to engage in dialogue,” one of the officials said.

Reports showed there has been a withdrawal of troops by both sides in key areas, and diplomatic and military efforts are having a “de-escalatory effect and we trust that both sides will continue dialogue to find a peaceful solution to their differences”, the official added.

However, the EU officials said two sides are “quite far apart” on the issue of a Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA), negotiations for which were suspended in 2017. They were also critical of what they described as “protectionist” measures adopted by India and the termination of bilateral investment treaties with 25 EU member states.

The trade relationship was far below the potential, with India accounting for less than 3% of EU’s total trade, they said. They added EU wants an ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement that brings in strong rules, removes barriers to trade in goods and services and investments and opens up human markets.

“India maintains a quite protectionist stance when it comes to negotiations on tariffs and on opening up its services sector, it goes backward in many areas, [such as] reducing access to the Indian procurement market for European companies,” one of the EU officials said. “At the moment, we are quite far apart in agreeing on joint operations we want to see in such an exercise.”

EU is looking forward to the launch of a high-level trade dialogue between the EU trade commissioner and India’s comer minister to address these issues, they said.

Besides the trade dialogue and a cooperation roadmap for the period till 2025, other deliverables expected from the summit are a joint declaration on circular economy and resource efficiency, the renewal of a science and technology cooperation agreement, the launch of a new maritime security dialogue, and the development of security and defence consultations and military contacts, the officials said.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby ricky_v » 21 Jul 2020 06:06

Not India related.
https://www.ecfr.eu/publications/summary/the_big_engine_that_might_how_france_and_germany_can_build_a_geopolitical_e

https://www.ecfr.eu/page/-/the_big_engine_that_might_how_france_and_germany.pdf
ECFR sent invitations to complete the questionnaire by email to foreign ministries, government and parliament offices, think-tanks, research institutions, journalists, and other organisations that work on European affairs. The 2020 edition is based on the expert opinions of 845 respondents. For each EU member state, between 15 and 51 respondents answered the questions.

When French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced they would support a €500 billion EU bond to help with Europe’s economic recovery, it was not quite François Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl holding hands in Verdun.

Since the publication of the first edition of the Coalition Explorer, in 2016, the overall picture has largely remained the same: Germany is the EU’s centre of gravity – its most influential country. This time, a whopping 97 per cent of respondents to the survey held this view. Germany is firmly embedded at the centre of a web of connections, relationships, and alliances that stretches across the EU. In 2020 Germany is once again not only the most-contacted country (82 per cent), receiving votes from every EU member state, but is also perceived as the most responsive and the easiest to work with (55 per cent). It ranks in first place on the question of shared interests in EU policy – albeit with only 44 per cent of the vote.

The EU27 survey shows that Germany’s relations with other states are not evenly balanced – everybody contacts Berlin, but Berlin is not equally responsive. Germany reaches out to France more often than any other EU country, followed – albeit at a distance – by the Netherlands and Austria. Spain, Poland, and Italy (in descending order) are also on the list of those contacted regularly by Germany.

This second-place status is a recurring theme of France’s role in Europe. Experts and policymakers around Europe see France as influential and important, but always after Germany. The German juggernaut, it seems, cannot be overtaken – charming presidents notwithstanding. While France sometimes comes close to rivalling Germany, the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU has ensured that there is no competition for second place. The Netherlands’ position in third place on most questions is quite remarkable, given the country’s size. It is an achievement that deserves its own analysis, especially since respondents agree that no one does more to punch above their weight than the Dutch.

France’s position is stronger among southern European respondents, who report that they often contact the country and work well with it. In Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, and Spain, at least 80 per cent of respondents view France as easy to work with. This suggests that France can build bridges between northern and southern Europe: all southern European respondents list France among the countries they contact most; and Italy, Greece, and Cyprus even view France as their most important interlocutor.

Recent compromises on EU bonds suggest that one of the biggest roles that France can play is in influencing Germany. This is also reflected in language – initially, German elites were no fans of the “European sovereignty” line used by their French partners. Now, even the German foreign minister cites this term as a primary goal for the German EU presidency. And, as France builds bridges to the south, Germany can do so to the east.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby srikandan » 13 Apr 2021 06:29



Editorial in the American Express -- repeats John Kerry's gurglings about climate change and "net zero" and wants to impose some sort of "international order" on India. Same Biden shyte in an european package. EU/Germany's trade with China has increased in the past year, and in this context we have this aryan brother preaching the same message that Xiden did a few weeks ago.

the region’s rise has created three Asias. There is the familiar Asia of business — open, dynamic, interconnected. However, there is also an Asia of geopolitics, with ever-starker nationalisms, territorial conflicts, arms races and Sino-American rivalry. Lastly, we have an Asia of global challenges, without which fair globalisation and getting on top of the pandemic or the climate crisis are impossible.



So, "open dynamic, interconnected" == south korea, Japan(?)
"asia of Geopolitics and Nationalism" == China, the main business partner of the aryan nations in EU, and India with its Yindoo notionalists.
"asia of challenges" == India (maye) and everyone else in asia

The message is still about "climate crisis" -- another way of pushing "net zero", which seems to be inspired by Greta Thunberg's grades in school when she took a year off and boldly asked no one in particular: "how dare you?".

If this message from the EU is about the paris accords, they can't say anything that India has not already done above and beyond.

so this seems like another attempt to get the "asia of challenges" to hobble itself for the benefit of neo-imperial powers, US/UK/EU. *Yawn*

What is interesting is "there is also an Asia of geopolitics, with ever-starker nationalisms", which could refer to China or it could refer to the Mudi, who must rejine if you read what the nazi turds in Deutsche welle have to say about Yindoo nationalist these days, and even before these days.


Geopolitical rivalries threaten free trade. The fight against the pandemic is mutating into a systemic competition between democracy and authoritarianism.


What free trade is being threatened? And what is this "systemic competition" that is different from what the colonials have been indulging in for the past few centuries? This whole "democracy and authoritarianism" shyte being repeated by these white christians in EU and USA is laughable when both the americans and Germans are making all their money from the "authoritarians" while they preach about "climate change" and "religious freedom" to the "democracies".

What is this free trade that is being threatened today in Asia, that was not being threatened 10 years ago, when Germans, USA, and the Chinese CCP where feeling each other up on hot sultry nights? Sure China is putting the screws on EU, Australia and the rest of the jerks, which is not a bad thing, really. About time someone did it them tools.

For open economies and free trade; for the fight against pandemics and climate change; and for an inclusive, rules-based order.

Against the same "inclusive rules-based order" shyte where they get to create the rules while they still can, as this guy admits shortly after.

To my mind, this shows that if we Europeans do not become more proactive, others will write the rulebook of the future.


Make them all sign on the dotted line before they get too powerful...same old trick that started with the East India Company, or the dutch did when they bought New York for 60 guilders from some bunch of guys that did not use money for commerce. Now the Dutch and Germans think that they can do it again 400 years later. They can try.

Europeans have been writing the rulebook for a few centuries, so maybe other should write a new rulebook for the future.
Just emphasises that this whole "rules-based order" nonsense must be treated with the contempt it deserves. After all, we are allegedly living in a "rules based order" imposed by post-world war II colonial and imperial powers today.

we will hold close consultations with the new administration under US President Joe Biden with a view to ensuring fair market access and investment conditions.


Biden sends warships to India's EZ yesterday, and today we have this.

We are underscoring Germany’s interest in cooperation, open shipping routes and respect for international law — the sanctions against North Korea are a case in point — by dispatching a German Navy vessel to the region and signing up to the agreement on combating piracy in Asia


Suddenly, every neo-imperial scumbag and his mother-in-law has "Respect for international law" when they have not bothered to follow these rules if it was not convenient to them.

As for EU sanctions against North Korea, it is no secret that they are about as effective as a toot in the wind -- China continues and will continue to fill in the gaps, and keep North Korea's economy going, even with all these EU/US sanctions in place.

The Leaders Summit on Climate that will be hosted by the US next week sets the stage for cooperation. Germany and Europe will stand to benefit from this, as we have been investing in renewable energies, climate protection and biodiversity in the Indo-Pacific for many years.


Same old "net zero" carbon emissions shyte that John Kerry presented from his bag of used diapers.

Europe will continue to stand up for human rights and democracy in the Indo-Pacific. We demonstrated this recently with sanctions against those responsible for human rights violations in Xinjiang — and also against Myanmar’s generals, who are taking their country to the brink of civil war.


Same old "hyooman rites so important" song that these guys sing with easter eggs in hand, waiting for Myanmar to rise again as a friendly christian nation. The song and dance from the EU and the US is so obviously orchestrated that it would be foolish to fall for it.

What a wonderful time to be alive.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby srikandan » 14 Apr 2021 04:28

Unlike the aryan nation (Germany), France has been pragmatic and non-interfering:




A statement by the Ministry of External Affairs said that India welcomes France’s decision to take up the “Maritime Resources” pillar of India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI).

The French minister arrived here on Monday evening on a three-day visit to explore ways to further boost cooperation between the two countries, including in the Indo-Pacific region.


IPOI places myanmar's stability at the center of India's regional policy

IPOI Link


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