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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 18 May 2016 08:37
by sanjaykumar
That is rather a sad piece. I don't believe her act of leaving is racist. I would leave too. In fact Hindus do leave Muslim areas in Britain. Islam can be quite alienating. Hindus, whatever their faults, are a gregarious, loquacious people with low propensity to crime or demands of accommodation/ special privileges.

Both English and India society have essentially treated the Muslim as alien. Thus there has been little effort at turning them into common citizens. Probably because fundamentally the Muslims do not want to be there- as their societal milleu is currently constituted. And probably as there is a default position of low expectation of them. I

Of course it takes harder work than lamentation to engineer a population into a common citizenry. Perhaps English and Indian societies expect democracy, freedom and a modicum of opportunity to induce a transition out of medievalism. Of course this happens such as Abdul Kalaam or the new mayor of London. But can these societies afford to give them one or two centuries?

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 21 May 2016 20:14
by RajeshA

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 23 May 2016 19:55
by Varoon Shekhar
"Hindus, whatever their faults, are a gregarious, loquacious people..."

Yes, and credit to them. But they could also use a little moderation, balance and eloquence. I am often quite disappointed at the language skills of the Indians I encounter in Canada. On a few instances, I have been quite put off, even disgusted. I suppose it's because I expect better, much better, from Indians. And this is my error. Many Indians are almost as narrowly focused as any other ethnicity. And their levels of awareness, though almost by definition higher than say, the average North American, is still low. But it's generally the absence of eloquence and incisiveness, that is off putting.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 10 Mar 2017 18:43
by A_Gupta
The European Union and Bannon/Trump - long, but worth reading, IMO: ... ion-214889
“Bannon hates the EU,” says Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart writer who split with Bannon last year but who shares the sentiment. “He figures it’s mainly an instrument for globalism—as opposed to an instrument for the bettering of Western civilization.”

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 11 Mar 2017 01:25
by sanjaykumar
Varoon Shekhar wrote:"Hindus, whatever their faults, are a gregarious, loquacious people..."

Yes, and credit to them. But they could also use a little moderation, balance and eloquence. I am often quite disappointed at the language skills of the Indians I encounter in Canada. On a few instances, I have been quite put off, even disgusted. I suppose it's because I expect better, much better, from Indians. And this is my error. Many Indians are almost as narrowly focused as any other ethnicity. And their levels of awareness, though almost by definition higher than say, the average North American, is still low. But it's generally the absence of eloquence and incisiveness, that is off putting.

Just saw this, I hope you are not referring to the taxi driver demographic; that would be unfair. However I once heard a provincial legislative member (apparently trained as an engineer) give a speech to a mixed Indian/local crowd. The man came across as an idiot (being charitable here) displaying gross grammatical and syntactical errors. But worst of all this speech discovered an intellect at the Grade III level (being charitable here). Offensive text deleted - JE Menon

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 07:25
by Dipanker
After Austria it is Netherlands, 2nd loss of the right wing in Europe. I am guessing Marie Le Pen will be next!

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, exit polls say.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 11:59
by JE Menon
^^The reportage is accurate but incomplete, in short economical with the truth. The Dutch political landscape is highly fragmented. There are 24 parties in a population of 17M. It virtually ensures a coalition government. The results are not fully out. If the exit polls are right, and here they actually tend to be, Prime Minister Rutte's party will come down from 40 to 32 seats. The second largest party PvDA will come from 35 to about 10.

Wilder's party will go from 15 to 19 seats, from 10% seat share to 13%.

The above reality is not reflected in the BBC story above.

My post here yesterday, stands:


Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 14:26
by JE Menon
^^updating Wilder's party will get 20 seats, if latest forecasts are right, making it the second largest party.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 14:34
by JE Menon ... se-benefit

Turkey Scuffles with the Netherlands, Why & For Whose Benefit

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 15:16
by vinod
Dipanker wrote:After Austria it is Netherlands, 2nd loss of the right wing in Europe. I am guessing Marie Le Pen will be next!

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, exit polls say.

Well, we all know the trend... as the inevitable islamisation of Europe happens, the more popularity of these right parties increases. They are still not critical mass yet...

We have to just watch whether EU reforms to stall this.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 21:32
by Lalmohan
so Wilders did get the number 2 slot and more MP's but he will not be part of the coalition that forms the new government
this can be spun in different ways, but overall it is being hailed as a reverse for right wing populism

marine le pen is playing a similar angle... lets see where that goes

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 17 Mar 2017 05:59
by Bhurishravas
It doesnt matter if the right wing keeps losing. As long as they are in opposition, they dont have any liability and can keep criticising the govt and taking up populist positions.
Either other parties follow suit or eventually these parties will break through and reach the goal. Either ways, Europe is changing for the islamic immigrants, even if slowly.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 07 May 2017 15:00
by ricky_v
Not necessarily related to India, but couldnt find a thread related to purely eu related discussion. Posting in full, author is Robert Kaplan
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia —Elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany this year have brought much drama to the old Carolingian core, where Charlemagne founded his empire in the ninth century. This has always been the richest and most strongly institutionalized part of Europe. But should the European Union continue to weaken, the most profound repercussions will be felt farther east and south.

There, along the fault line of the Austrian Hapsburg and Ottoman Turkish empires, former Communist countries lack the sturdy middle-class base of core Europe, and in many cases are still distracted by ethnic and territorial disputes 25 years after the siege of Sarajevo. They depend on pro-European Union governments as never before.

Here in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, a country squeezed between Central Europe and the Balkans, officials and experts talk about a so-called phantom frontier that still exercises people’s imagination. This is the “Antemurale Christianitatis,” the “Bulwark of Christianity,” proclaimed in 1519 by Pope Leo X, in a reference to the Roman Catholic Slavs considered the front line against the Ottoman Empire. Croatia was the first line of defense against the Muslim Sultanate, and Slovenia the second. “When Yugoslavia collapsed, it was assumed that none of this earlier history was important,” one official said to me recently. “But a quarter-century after the disintegration of Tito’s Yugoslavia, we find that we are back to late-medieval and early-modern history.”

The Slovenes, governed for hundreds of years by the Austrian Hapsburgs, had in 2016 a per-capita income of $32,000. The Croats, with their mixed history of being heirs in part to the Austro-Hungarian tradition and in part to Ottoman and Venetian traditions, had a per-capita income of $22,400. But then comes the rest of the former Yugoslavia, which fell almost completely within the Ottoman Empire. Here we have Montenegro with a per-capita income of $17,000, Serbia with $14,000 and Macedonia, Kosovo and the former Ottoman parts of Bosnia with similarly low numbers. The economic and social distinctions from older, imperial divisions remain.This is not ethnic or racial determinism, since the Slavs of southeastern Europe have been shaped politically and economically more by the agency of foreign imperialism than by their own blood and language. The former Byzantine and Ottoman part of Europe — the part closest to the Middle East — is still the poorest, least stable and most in need of support and guidance from the European Union. Whether Europe remains a secure and prosperous continent, or fractures along traditional east-west fault lines — with authoritarians in Russia and Turkey carving out zones of interest — will play out most vividly in the Balkans. Thus, political developments in Paris, Berlin and Brussels have repercussions far afield.President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has been active throughout Central and Eastern Europe, and particularly in the Balkans, using various forms of subversion, from running organized crime rings to financing nationalist-populist movements to influencing local news media. Montenegro may be close to joining NATO, but it is often viewed as a veritable colony of Russian oligarchs and crime groups, where by some accounts Russia tried to stage a coup last year. Serbia and Bulgaria are seen as beachheads of Russian regional influence, even as neo-authoritarian governments farther north in Hungary and Poland increasingly bear similarities to the Russian regime. The effort by the Hungarian government to end the freedom of Central European University, founded in Budapest by the Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros after the fall of the Berlin Wall, has to be seen in this geopolitical context.

As for Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a referendum granting him near-dictatorial powers last month. The next day, he visited the tomb not of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, modern Turkey’s founder, but the tomb of Mehmed II, known as the Conqueror, the 15th-century Ottoman sultan whose imperial armies marched westward from Constantinople as far as Bosnia. Whether it is in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo or elsewhere in the region, Mr. Erdogan is determined to fill the void opened by a declining European Union. Lawlessness in Macedonia, including violence in the Parliament itself over a contested government transition, demonstrates the political fragility of southeastern Europe.

Yet it is only the European Union that can stabilize the Balkans. Only if Serbia, Albania and Kosovo all become members of the union can the ethnic dispute between Serbs and Albanians truly be solved. Within the European Union, Albania and Kosovo will have no need of unifying on their own. But if they were to attempt unification, it could become a casus belli for the Serbs. A similar dynamic holds for the continuing contest between Croatia and Serbia for influence in Bosnia-Herzegovina. There is peace for everyone in the former Yugoslavia within the framework of the European Union. There is only protracted conflict without it. Indeed, the European Union offers a world of legal states instead of ethnic nations, governed by impersonal laws rather than fiat, where individuals are protected over the group.

The European Union, in other words, is the necessary empire.I use the word “empire” advisedly. The European Union has been such an ambitious enterprise mainly because it has sought a union over the former Carolingian, Prussian, Hapsburg, Byzantine and Ottoman domains, all with starkly different histories and economic development patterns. To accomplish that, the European Union has had, in effect, to replace the functionality of those former empires. Even inside the open borders of the Schengen Area, within which European Union citizens are guaranteed free movement, the union represents a sprawling territory, governed to a significant degree by a remote and only partially democratic bureaucracy, with many of its people demanding more direct representation. Isn’t this a form of late and declining empire?

Yet, it must be saved — and improved. Jan Zielonka of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, writes optimistically of a vibrant “neo-medievalism” in Europe: a dynamic overlapping of identities and sovereignties — supranational, national and local — as cities and regions vie with a revitalized European Union for a claim on people’s loyalties. Unless there is a credible European Union, none of the other layers of identity are possible without conflict.I recently visited the Croatian port city of Rijeka, close to the Slovenian and Italian borders, when the two-headed eagle was put back atop the bell tower. “It is a Hapsburg emblem, not a Croat, Hungarian or Italian one,” a local ethnic-Italian writer, Giacomo Scotti, explained to me. “It was taken down by the Fascists and symbolizes the local freedom and autonomy that this city enjoyed under the Hapsburgs.” Mainly because Croatia is a sovereign state within the European Union, and working toward entry into the Schengen and euro zones, do the circumstances exist for such a nonthreatening display of local pride.

Here it is wise to consider what Yugoslavia was ultimately about. The great Italian scholar of Central Europe, Claudio Magris, refers to Tito in his epic travel book, “Danube,” as the last of the Hapsburg emperors, resembling Franz Joseph “because of his awareness of inheriting a supranational, Danubian legacy.” Like Franz Joseph, Tito held Yugoslavia together through a mixture of repression and, compared with other Communist states, benevolence. Now the states that were once part of Yugoslavia will find peace and security only through a new, far more benign imperial system: the European Union. So what happens next in the core of Europe — whether, for instance, France joins Britain in seeking to exit the European Union — is crucial to the rest of the continent.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 08 May 2017 04:29
by Dipanker
Yet another defeat for European far right, first it was Austria, then Netherlands, and now France!

Macron Decisively Defeats Le Pen in French Presidential Race

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 08 May 2017 10:46
by JE Menon
^^Yes if history ends here. In Netherlands and in France, the so-called "extreme right" are a strong second. Now all outside observers need to do is wait for the new government to continue with the old policies with minor changes, let the ISIS morons do their thing, allow the immigration kumbaya to go on with minor tweaks, and twiddle thumbs for a few years.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 08 May 2017 10:52
by JE Menon

For the record.

Le Pen's mistake was messing about with the EU structure. That was what those huge abstention numbers were about primarily, in my opinion. These Europeans non-crazy right-wingers should hire me as a political advisor to nuance their positions to just right. They get carried away with populism, and forget they are there for the country and "all the people".

Learn from how well Modi does it.

Not that if she was more pro-EU she would have won the elections, but her party would have ended up much stronger in the political sphere. Macron's win suggests that the red force is still strong in le Republique, but this should not be surprising - France has always been closer to the socialist tendency. It will just take more of the above than has been the case hitherto. The alternative is that Macron will do much of what Le Pen promised. That would be the smart thing to do (no Macron, don't listen to Trudeau, but get the stud-buddy photo ops that can't hurt). My reading of Macron is that he has the smarts to do it.

And this is where the right-wing has to learn from the left. It does not matter what the colour of the cat is, so long as it catches the mice.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 08 May 2017 19:41
by JE Menon ... tion-maybe

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 09 May 2017 10:47
by chetak

Noticed an interesting contrast. When Hillary lost,liberals went to town calling it misogyny. When Le Pen lost nobody said it was misogyny

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 09 May 2017 11:13
by chetak

A ban on the slaughter of animals without stunning will come into effect in January 2019 in the Flemish region of Belgium, the De Morgen daily newspaper reports.

Belgium's Muslim community said its religious council has previously expressed its opposition to stunned slaughter and there had been no change in its stance since then.

"Muslims are worried about whether they can eat halal food ... in conformity with their religious rites and beliefs," the Belgian Muslim Executive said.

Countries including Denmark, Switzerland and New Zealand already prohibit unstunned slaughter.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 09 May 2017 22:38
by rsingh
Other region (Flemish) has banned it already. So it is true for all Belgium.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 09 May 2017 22:55
by Bheeshma
I think another massive roll back of the muzzies like from spain is going to occur soon in Europe.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 23 May 2017 11:34
by Karthik S

Indian origin man to be next Irish PM.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 03 Jun 2017 20:26
by JE Menon
I believe it's just been confirmed that the next prime minister of Ireland will be Leo Varadkar, half-Indian.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 03 Jun 2017 22:49
by Prem
Now if he can take other Ireland away from UK ,it will be great manifestation of Karma 's Dharma to do the accounting of past deeds .

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 01:37
by Muns
Prime Minister Narendra Modi In France: Promises to take ‘Paris Climate Accord’ forward, after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron ;

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of more than 120 countries, most of them being sunshine countries, which come either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.The alliance’s primary objective is work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

This initiative was first proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a speech in November 2015 at Wembley Stadium. The alliance is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization. Countries that do not fall within the Tropics can join the ISA and enjoy all benefits as other members, with the exception of voting rights.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 02:50
by Lalmohan
Prem wrote:Now if he can take other Ireland away from UK ,it will be great manifestation of Karma 's Dharma to do the accounting of past deeds .

definite possibility depending on brexit progress...

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 10:44
by Muns
PM Modi to talk about Paris deal, trade barriers at G20 in Hamburg

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unequivocally reiterated India’s commitment to Paris Agreement on climate change that was signed by 195 countries in December, 2015.

Modi is expected to reinforce India’s commitment to Paris climate accord and renewables, express concern over trade protectionism and stress on India’s support to Africa’s development at the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7-8, the first such meeting of major global economies since Donald Trump was elected as the US President.

The Paris Agreement or Paris climate accord and Paris climate agreement, is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaption and finance starting in the year 2020.

The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 196 parties at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015. As of June 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 17 Jun 2017 11:26
by Muns
PM Narendra Modi government: Switzerland ratifies automatic exchange of Black money information with India


The Swiss Federal Council said that the implementation of the information exchange is planned for 2018 and that the first set of data exchange would happen in 2019.

This decision by Switzerland comes as a great relief for Narendra Modi government who has vowed to bring back all the black money stashed outside India.

Starting 2019, India and Switzerland will exchange financial account information a move meant to flush out black money, much of which is parked in Swiss banks. Flushing out black money is one of the key initiatives of the Narendra Modi government, which swept to power in 2014 on an anti-corruption plank.

Authorities of India and Switzerland were in talks with each other for a long time for the introduction of the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI). The proposal to introduce AEOI with India “met with widespread approval from the interested parties who voiced their opinions in the consultations”, according to sources.

The Swiss Federal Council said it would soon notify the Indian government regarding the exact date from which the “automatic exchange” would begin. It added that it will prepare a situation report before the first exchange of data takes place somewhere around autumn 2019.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 25 Jun 2017 10:19
by JE Menon
Modi visits Portugal. Among other engagements visits Radha Krishna temple and does aarti with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

Modi also gives the Portuguese Prime Minister the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card. Yes, you read that right. As of now, there are two people of Indian origin/descent in EU head of government roles.

Tongue in cheek: we may in the not too distant future face a ridiculous situation where an Indian origin Prime Minister of Britain apologises to the Indian Prime Minister for the wrongs of colonialism, and pays Rs 1 in compensation.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 25 Jun 2017 11:14
by Muns
India, Portugal sign 11 pacts to boost ties:Modi offers prayers at Radha Krishna temple in Lisbon: Portuguese PM treats Modi with special Gujarati vegetarian lunch

In a joint address to the media after signing 11 bilateral agreements, Modi and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who traces his origin to Goa, said the two countries have made substantial progress since Costa visited India in January
Costa had visited India in January, when he went to see his family members at his ancestral house in Goa.

Earlier today, Modi and Costa took a stroll around the Palacio das Necessidades, a historic building in the Largo do Rilvas, a public square in Lisbon.

Modi said Portuguese Prime Minister Costa represents the best of the Indian diaspora across the world. Portugal has a large Indian-origin diaspora with the Indian community in Portugal estimated at 65,000.

He also praised Indian films having a presence in the country. “Indian films are being subtitled in Portuguese and a Hindi-Portuguese dictionary is being developed for our mutual benefit,” Modi said.

Modi today offered prayers at the Radha Krishna temple in Lisbon and interacted with prominent people of the Indian community.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 29 Jun 2017 14:47
by Philip
The Vatican being a city-state,posting here. Sensational accusations for the 3rd most sr. Vatican figure. ... l-offences
Cardinal George Pell: Vatican official charged with multiple sexual offences
Pell will return to Australia to ‘clear his name’ after being charged by police
Move against third-ranking official in Vatican sends shockwaves around church
George Pell takes leave from Vatican to fight sexual abuse charges in Australia

Victoria police: Cardinal George Pell charged with multiple sexual offences

Melissa Davey in Melbourne and Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome
Thursday 29 June 2017 08.07 BST First published on Thursday 29 June 2017 01.06 BST
Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic and the third-ranking official in the Vatican, has been charged with multiple sexual offences by police.

The charges were served on Pell’s legal representatives in Melbourne on Thursday and they have been lodged also at Melbourne magistrates court. He has been ordered to appear at the court on 18 July.

“Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges … and there are multiple complainants,” Victoria police’s deputy commissioner Shane Patton said. The charges were “historical sexual assault offences”.
Publisher withdraws book on George Pell from Victorian shops

In a statement released by the Catholic archdiocese of Sydney 90 minutes after the charges were announced, Pell announced he would “return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name”.

Pell is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic church’s long-running sexual abuse scandal.

Pell’s statement, issued at 4.30am Rome time, said: “Although it is still in the early hours of the morning in Rome, Cardinal George Pell has been informed of the decision and action of Victoria police. He has again strenuously denied all allegations.

“Cardinal Pell will return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors who will also advise on his travel arrangements.

“He said he is looking forward to his day in court and will defend the charges vigorously.”

It is so far unclear just what allegations Pell has been charged with. Pell was due to make a further statement in Rome later on Thursday.

Detectives from Victoria police’s Sano taskforce, established to investigate allegations that emerged during a parliamentary inquiry in Victoria and the later royal commission, interviewed Pell in Rome in October about allegations against him.

Last year, citing ill health, Pell declined to return to Australia to give evidence to the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse in person last year and instead gave evidence by videolink from Rome.

The royal commission, ordered by then-Australian prime minister Julia Gillard in 2012 and formed in 2013, is due to deliver its final report by 15 December.

In February the Australian Senate called on the cardinal to return home “to assist the Victorian police and office of public prosecutions with their investigation into these matters”.

Pell dismissed the parliamentary resolution as “an interference on the part of the Senate in the due process of the Victoria police investigation”.

The cardinal is a former archbishop of Sydney and Melbourne. Since 2014 he has been prefect of the secretariat for the economy – the Vatican’s treasurer. He was ordained in Rome in 1966.

The news, which broke in the middle of the night in Rome, represents the biggest crisis of Pope Francis’s papacy. The Vatican declined to comment immediately on the news, but inside the Vatican questions were swirling about how Francis would respond to the stunning charges and whether his longstanding support of Pell, despite his ideological differences with the staunchly conservative Australian, would tarnish his own reputation.

The pope has historically been loath to respond to legally unsubstantiated allegations of sexual abuse against senior clerics. The fact that legal charges have been filed means his support for Pell will now be heavily scrutinised and the case will be seen as a test of whether the pope, who has claimed that the church ought to have zero tolerance for sexual offenders, will be willing to cast out one of the most powerful officials in the Vatican

When Pope Francis was asked about allegations against Pell last year, he told reporters: “It’s true, there is a doubt. We have to wait for justice and not first make a mediatic judgment – a judgment of gossip – because that won’t help. Once justice has spoken, I will speak.”

Shane Patton, Victoria state police deputy commissioner, announces charges against George Pell in Melbourne
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Shane Patton, Victoria state police deputy commissioner, announces charges against George Pell in Melbourne. Photograph: Reuters
Patton told the media conference: “During the course of the investigation in relation to Cardinal Pell, there has been a lot of reporting in the media and speculation about the process that has been involved in the investigation and also the charging.

“For clarity, I want to be perfectly clear, the process and procedures that are being followed in the charging of Cardinal Pell have been the same that have been applied in a whole range of historical sex offences whenever we investigate them.
George Pell charged with sexual offences: a timeline of the cardinal's life

“The fact that he has been charged on summons, we have used advice from the office of public prosecutions and also we have engaged with his legal representatives is common and standard practice. There has been no change in any procedures whatsoever. Advice was received and sought from the office of public prosecutions, however ultimately, the choice to charge Cardinal Pell was one that was made by Victoria police.

“Cardinal Pell, like any other defendant, has a right to due process and so therefore, it is important that the process is allowed to run its natural course.”

Patton said as the matter was now due before the court, police would be making no further comment.

Victoria’s director of public prosecutions, John Champion, released a statement saying he would be involved in “conducting these criminal proceedings”.

“I will be required to do so in a manner that is fair and just to all parties, including the alleged offender,” he said.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 06:38
by Muns
G20 Hamburg summit 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral meeting with Shinzo Abe and Justin Trudeau ... n-trudeau/

The 2017 G20 Hamburg summit was the 12th meeting of the Group of Twenty-G20, which was held on 7 and 8 July 2017, at Hanburg Messe, in the city of Hamburg, Germany.

Apart from the usual, recurring themes ‘relating to global economic growth, international trade and financial market regulation’, the G20 Hamburg summit is expected to focus on the issues of global significance.

The G20 final communique places a new emphasis on the need for trade deals to be reciprocal and non-discriminatory towards developing countries, reducing the previous emphasis on the primacy of liberalization and the promotion of free market economics across the board.

In a joint statement, G20 leaders vowed to take steps to choke financing to terror groups and to take steps to prevent the internet from being used to spread propaganda. The statement, which came hours after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi indirectly targeted Pakistan which is not a member of G20 by naming terrorist organisations that operate from its soil and saying that the groups all share the same ideology and purpose of spreading hate and killing people.

According to joint declaration made in the official communique of G20 Summit 2017, Globalisation and technological change have contributed significantly to driving economic growth and raising living standards across the globe.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 08:13
by sanjaykumar
The Vatican being a city-state,posting here. Sensational accusations for the 3rd most sr. Vatican figure.

Please post news here.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 17:53
by panduranghari
Philip wrote:The Vatican being a city-state,posting here. Sensational accusations for the 3rd most sr. Vatican figure. ... l-offences
Cardinal George Pell: Vatican official charged with multiple sexual offences

The sudden resignation a couple of years back by PopeRatzzi might be due to these allegations and also the high level fraud at the Vatican Bank. PopeRatzzi was a SS guard and Argentines are portrayed as sympathetic to Nazis. Pope Francis is Argentine national.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 11 Jul 2017 18:56
by Haresh
panduranghari wrote:PopeRatzzi was a SS guard

I am curious, where did you get that info from?
He was conscripted into the Hitler Youth, then the infantry, he deserted.
One of his relations was murdered by the Nazis.

He still covered up for peados, but he was never an SS guard. Even though some Catholics were in league with the Nazis.

His Wiki

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 11:29
by Philip
At a time when EU unity is the grand Q is EU unity,the clarion cry from JC Juncker,as Britain careers dangerously like a car out of control towards Brexit,the Q must also arise,whether any in India have a similar grand plan for the unification of the Indian subcontinent.SAARC has been a dismal failure,For the sake of history,here are the architect's of the EU. ... fathers_en
The Founding Fathers of the EU
Konrad Adenauer | Joseph Bech | Johan Willem Beyen | Winston Churchill | Alcide De Gasperi | Walter Hallstein | Sicco Mansholt | Jean Monnet | Robert Schuman | Paul-Henri Spaak | Altiero Spinelli

The following visionary leaders inspired the creation of the European Union we live in today. Without their energy and motivation we would not be living in the sphere of peace and stability that we take for granted. From resistance fighters to lawyers, the founding fathers were a diverse group of people who held the same ideals: a peaceful, united and prosperous Europe. Beyond the founding fathers described below, many others have worked tirelessly towards and inspired the European project. This section on the founding fathers is therefore a work in progress.

Konrad Adenauer
a pragmatic democrat and tireless unifier
The first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, who stood at the head of the newly-formed state from 1949-63, changed the face of post-war German and European history more than any other individual.
A cornerstone of Adenauer's foreign policy was reconciliation with France. Together with French President Charles de Gaulle a historic turning point was achieved: in 1963 the one-time arch-enemies Germany and France signed a treaty of friendship, which became one of the milestones on the road to European integration.
Read more about Konrad Adenauerpdf(685 kB)

Joseph Bech
how a small country can play a crucial role in European integration

Joseph Bech was the Luxembourgish politician that helped set up the European Coal and Steel Community in the early 1950s and a leading architect behind European integration in the later 1950s.
It was a joint memorandum from the Benelux countries that led to the convening of the Messina Conference in June 1955, paving the way for the European Economic Community.
Read more about Joseph Bechpdf(531 kB)

Johan Willem Beyen
a plan for a common market
The international banker, businessman and politician Johan Willem Beyen was a Dutch politician who, with his 'Beyen Plan', breathed new life into the process of European integration in the mid-1950s.
Beyen is one of the lesser-known members of the group of Founding Fathers of the EU. Amongst the people who knew him he was admired for his charm, international orientation and social ease.
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Winston Churchill
calling for a United States of Europe
Winston Churchill, a former army officer, war reporter and British Prime Minister (1940-45 and 1951-55), was one of the first to call for the creation of a 'United States of Europe'. Following the Second World War, he was convinced that only a united Europe could guarantee peace. His aim was to eliminate the European ills of nationalism and war-mongering once and for all.
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Alcide De Gasperi
an inspired mediator for democracy and freedom in Europe
From 1945 to 1953, in his roles as Italian Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Alcide De Gasperi forged the path of the country’s destiny in the post-war years.
Time and time again he promoted initiatives aimed at the fusion of Western Europe, working on the realisation of the Marshall Plan and creating close economic ties with other European countries, in particular France.
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Walter Hallstein
a diplomatic force propelling swift European integration
Walter Hallstein was the first President of the European Commission from 1958 to 1967, a committed European and a decisive proponent of European integration.
As President of the European Commission, Hallstein worked towards a rapid realisation of the Common Market. His energetic enthusiasm and powers of persuasion furthered the cause of integration even beyond the period of his presidency. During his mandate, the integration advanced significantly.
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Sicco Mansholt
farmer, resistance fighter and a true European
Sicco Mansholt was a farmer, a member of the Dutch resistance during the Second World War, a national politician and the first European Commissioner responsible for Agriculture. Mansholt's ideas laid the basis for the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union, one of the most prominent policies since its founding days.
Having witnessed the horrors of the Dutch famine at the end of the Second World War, Mansholt was convinced that Europe needed to become self-sufficient and that a stable supply of affordable food should be guaranteed for all.
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Jean Monnet
the unifying force behind the birth of the European Union
The French political and economic adviser Jean Monnet dedicated himself to the cause of European integration. He was the inspiration behind the 'Schuman Plan', which foresaw the merger of west European heavy industry.
Monnet was from the Cognac region of France. When he left school at 16 he travelled internationally as a cognac dealer, later also as a banker. During both world wars he held high-level positions relating to the coordination of industrial production in France and the United Kingdom.
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Robert Schuman
the architect of the European integration project
The statesman Robert Schuman, a qualified lawyer and French foreign minister between 1948 and 1952, is regarded as one of the founding fathers of European unity.
In cooperation with Jean Monnet he drew up the internationally renowned Schuman Plan, which he published on 9 May 1950, the date now regarded as the birth of the European Union. He proposed joint control of coal and steel production, the most important materials for the armaments industry. The basic idea was that whoever did not have control over coal and steel production would not be able to fight a war.
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Paul-Henri Spaak
a European visionary and talented persuader
'A European statesman' – Belgian Paul-Henri Spaak's long political career fully merits this title.
Spaak was a leading figure in formulating the content of the Treaty of Rome. At the 'Messina Conference' in 1955, the six participating governments appointed him president of the working committee that prepared the Treaty.
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Altiero Spinelli
an unrelenting federalist
The Italian politician Altiero Spinelli was one of the fathers of the European Union. He was the leading figure behind the European Parliament's proposal for a Treaty on a federal European Union - the so-called 'Spinelli Plan'. This was adopted in 1984 by an overwhelming majority in the Parliament and provided an important inspiration for the strengthening of the EU Treaties in the 1980s and '90s.
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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 19 Sep 2017 03:45
by ramana
About 6 days ago European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker gave a State of EU speech.

It was not reported widely but here is link

Juncker says EU will 'move on' from Brexit in state of union speech

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 16 Nov 2017 00:51
by A_Gupta ... an-region/
After India-US-Japan-Australia quadrilateral, France to deepen ties with India in Indian Ocean Region
France has around 10 islands in the region with Reunion being the biggest one with a population of over one million. It has military bases in Reunion as well as Djibouti, which borders the Indian Ocean.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 19 Mar 2018 15:44
by panduranghari

Lest it clouds our judgement. People in the EU believe its beneficial to them- its almost overwhelming. Irrespective of the rise of far right and far left.

India should use this to their advantage. India- EU should in theory be natural allies.

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Posted: 21 Mar 2018 17:38
by JE Menon
^^Indeed... we should no be sidetracked or misled by the constant whine in the background about the EU, its far reach, its bureaucracy, its centralisation, its overbearing attitude, its interference in local politics etc etc... In that sense, the Europeans more than the Americans are like Indians - non-stop whiners. But very very few in reality want to the EU to end in disarray. They are quite happy with it on a baseline level.