European Union becomes more militarist

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6 March 2017

The EU will set up its own military headquarters, ministers agreed on Monday.

The entity will initially have some 30 staff and fit together with the bloc’s existing military structures.

“Today we decided to establish a MPCC (Military Planning Conduct and Capability facility) which will command the EU’s non-executive military missions,” she told reporters.

But top EU officials, including Mogherini, have had to repeatedly issue reassurances that the bloc is not going to undercut NATO.

By Johannes Stern in Germany:

EU sets up joint military command centre and European defence fund

9 June 2017

Under conditions of growing transatlantic tensions and the departure of Britain from the European Union, the 27 remaining EU member states are rapidly pushing ahead with the establishment of an independent military policy.

In Luxembourg on Thursday, the EU finally decided to establish a joint command centre for civilian and military operations. It will initially be used to direct EU missions “without executive powers,” such as training missions in Mali, Somalia and South Africa. In the medium term, “executive” EU military operations could also follow, i.e. comprehensive war operations such as in Syria or Iraq, which have hitherto been directed from headquarters in the respective member states.

The day before, the European Commission had initiated a European Defence Fund of €5.5 billion per year. This year, the EU will “for the first time offer grants for collaborative research in innovative defence technologies and products, fully and directly funded from the EU budget,” the official press release said. In 2018, the Commission will then propose “a dedicated EU defence research programme with an estimated annual budget of €500 million, making the EU one of the biggest defence research investors in Europe.”

The second level of the fund concerns the “development and the acquisition of defence equipment and technology.” Some €500 million will be spent directly in this area, for example, to “jointly invest in developing drone technology or satellite communication, or bulk buy helicopters to reduce costs.” After 2020, “It could therefore generate a total investment in defence capability development of €5 billion per year.”

The aim of the measures is the development of the EU as an aggressive great power, able to intervene militarily and conduct war independently of NATO and the United States.

In a “Reflection Paper on the Future of European Defence,” also published by the European Commission on Wednesday, the following is stated: “The onus on improving European security lies first of all in European hands. The resources should be there: collectively European countries are the second largest military spender worldwide … While acting together with our partners will remain the EU’s norm and preference, we should be able to act alone when necessary.”

The declared objective of the Commission is the massive rearmament of Europe in order to “help keep pace with new trends and generate the technological and industrial capabilities Europe needs to ensure its strategic autonomy.” In 2016, the defence budgets had already been increased, “but the road ahead is still long,” the paper warns. “Moving towards Europe’s strategic autonomy requires spending more on our defences, as well as spending better and spending together.”

The US, China and Russia are now the benchmarks for the EU: “The United States already invests more than twice as much on defence than all Member States combined and will increase its budget by almost 10 percent in 2018. China has increased its budget by 150 percent over the past decade, with a further rise of 7 percent expected in 2017, while Russia invested 5.4 percent of its GDP on defence last year.”

The message is unmistakable. Europe must also take part in the arms race in order to assert its global interests militarily against the other great powers. In the section “Europe in 2025—moving towards a Security and Defence Union,” the paper gives an insight into three rearmament scenarios that are being prepared behind the backs of the European population, all of which aim to build a veritable military-police state.

“In this scenario, Member States would deepen cooperation and integration further towards a common defence and security,” the document states. As a result, the EU would “be able to run high-end operations to better protect Europe, potentially including operations against terrorist groups, naval operations in hostile environments or cyber-defence actions.”

The new defence fund would provide “capabilities in areas such as space, air and maritime surveillance, communication, strategic airlift and cyber … to ensure immediate responses.” In addition, Europe would have “detection and offensive cyber-capabilities,” and a “dedicated European Defence Research Agency” would conduct “forward-looking defence innovation and help translate it into the military capabilities of tomorrow.”

The European elites know that a more independent and aggressive European war policy also requires the internal militarization of the continent. “Security threats would be systematically monitored and assessed jointly, in close cooperation with national security and intelligence services,” the Commission says. “Contingency planning would be carried out at the European level, bringing internal and external security closer together. The interconnection of national security interests would lead to genuine European security interests.”

As expected, the loudest applause for the European Commission’s plans came from Berlin. The German government regards Brexit and disengagement from the USA as an opportunity to reorganize the EU as a military alliance under German leadership and the starting point of its own great power policy.

“I expressly welcome the Commission’s proposal on the future of European defence policy. It is ambitious and shows how far we have moved towards a security and defence union in the last twelve months,” declared German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (Christian Democratic Union, CDU). We must “now take advantage of the momentum to reach the next milestones, such as the European Defence Fund and PESCO [Permanent Structured Cooperation] with our European partners in the second half of the year.”

Specifically, the German defence minister is working to establish the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) as a so-called “anchor army” for the European NATO states, to upgrade them and gradually subordinate them to the command structures of the Bundeswehr. One would have to think “again in larger federations,” wrote von der Leyen several weeks ago in a comment in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in which she explained her strategy.

In his new book, New Assessments, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (Social Democratic Party, SPD) leaves no doubt that the government is striving to build a European Army under German leadership. “It is a question of more closely integrating the armaments industry in Europe and concentrating forces. It is about creating a common European security identity that opens the way to a European Army through increasingly integrated structures,” he says in the chapter “Foreign policy following the election of Trump.”

… In reality, the ruling elites in Germany and Europe have long since matched the right-wing billionaire in the White House. They are rearming and stepping up state powers at home, and preparing for war.

Following the beginning of the Brexit talks at the start of this past week, the European Union’s (EU) member states are moving rapidly to transform the bloc into a military and defence union. At the center of the EU summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels were far-reaching measures aimed at militarisation at home and abroad: here.


Brexit, but British government pro-European Union army

Greek neonazi general Georgios Epitideios, ex-European Union military staff commander

The European Union already has, not an official European Union army, but something close to it: the European Union Military Staff. The commander of its ‘department of crisis response and current operations’ used to be Greek general Georgios Epitideios. Also in Brussels, Epiteidios was senior staff member of NATO’s Central Command.

Recently, General Epitideios came back to Brussels. This time as Member of the European Parliament for the Greek nazi party Golden Dawn. Does European Commission boss Mr Juncker want someone like neo-nazi General Epitideios as commander of the European Union’s ‘stronger military fist’ plans?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Johnson looks for deal on EU forces HQ

Tuesday 16th May 2017

BRITISH Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson played down differences with his EU counterparts yesterday, saying that Brexit would not halt the bloc’s greater military integration.

Speaking in Brussels, where he was attending an EU foreign ministers’ summit, Mr Johnson said: “We understand the vital importance of European countries working together to strengthen our defences.”

Reports claimed on Friday that Mr Johnson would be snubbed over Britain’s opposition to a new EU military HQ.

Yesterday, he confirmed that the government objected to its classification as an “operational headquarters.

We just [need to] work on the language to make sure that we get it totally right,” he said.

Mr Johnson echoed the US demand for all Nato members to raise defence spending to at least 2 per cent of GDP.

One wonders whether this new European Army would support the Spanish armed forces in a war about Gibraltar, advocated by British Conservative poliicians, of Boris Johnson’s party.

Or whether it would support the Republic of Ireland in a war against Britain, as Brexit may mean the end of European Union support for the British partition of Ireland.

Theresa May to claim Britain’s role in Europe’s defence ‘has never been more vital’: here.

European Union-financed Libyans endanger refugees, rescuers

This 10 May 2017 video is called Libyan Coast Guard puts refugees and rescuers in danger.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

“They brought the people on board without life jackets. That is extremely dangerous. What happens there is unacceptable.”

Captain Ruben Lampart

He has no good word for the action of the Libyan coast guard on the Mediterranean. Ruben Lampart is the captain of Sea Watch lifeboat that was almost collided on purpose by Libyans yesterday. “Those people have seriously endangered us and themselves, and we’re lucky we’re still alive.”

The coast guard attacked to intercept a boat with migrants. According to a spokesman [of one of many governments in Libya], the Libyans were bothered during their work by Sea Watch. “They wanted to bring the migrants to Italy because Libya would not be safe.”

Dear Mr Spokesman of one of the various governments in the bloody civil war in Libya: Libya IS not safe. Ever since NATO started its ‘humanitarian’ regime change war in 2011, Libya became a country of massive bloodshed, torture, ruined healthcare, and the worst child abuse in the world.

The Libyan mission is supported by the European Union with money, equipment and training. At an EU summit in early February, the member states agreed to work closely with the Libyans …

The precedent was the EU-Turkey [anti-refugee] deal … The problem for the EU is that there is big chaos in Libya, which still enables migrants to travel to Italy. There are three governments fighting for power, the EU recognizes one of these. …

To make it even more problematic: the Libyans turn out not to have a strategy to curb the migrant stream. EU officials told Reuters news agency that at the end of last month. …

More than 1150 people drowned or went missing [in the first four months of 2017].

The approximately 500 people aboard the ship intercepted yesterday were mostly from Morocco and Bangladesh. “The latter are a completely new group of migrants that originated in Libya,” says [NOS] correspondent Zoutberg. “The Bengalis are now the third most numerous category of migrants who try to cross.”

Zoutberg makes it look as if Moroccans and Bangladeshis now suddenly appear out of nowhere in Libya. However, before the NATO war started in 2011, Libya was the richest country in Africa. That attracted many immigrant workers: eg, from Morocco and other North African countries, European countries like Croatia, from sub-Saharan Africa, and Bangladesh. When the war started, racist and xenophobic propaganda by NATO’s Libyan allies depicted immigrant workers as supposedly ‘Gaddafi regime mercenaries’. That led to torture and other violence against them. Ever since, these immigrant workers try to flee NATO’s ‘new’ Libya.

The group has been taken to the naval base in Tripoli by the coast guard. According to Sea Watch, the entire operation was illegal because the migrants had to be brought to a safe port from international waters. Libya can not provide safety, the rescuers say. They want the EU to change its migration policy in the Mediterranean.

‘European refugee camps are concentration camps’, pope says

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Pope likens migrant holding centers to ‘concentration camps’

22 apr. 2017

Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become “concentration camps”.

During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his trip to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year.

He met a Muslim refugee from the Middle East there who told him how “terrorists came to our country”. Islamists had slit the throat of the man’s Christian wife because she refused to throw her crucifix on the ground.

“I don’t know if he managed to leave that concentration camp, because refugee camps, many of them, are of concentration (type) because of the great number of people left there inside them,” the pope said. …

Francis praised countries helping refugees and thanked them for “bearing this extra burden, because it seems that international accords are more important than human rights”.

He did not elaborate but appeared to be referring to agreements that keep migrants from crossing borders, such as deals between the European Union (EU) and Libya and the EU and Turkey. Humanitarian groups have criticized both deals.

The pope urged people in northern Italy, home to an anti-immigrant party, to take more migrants, hoping that the generosity of southern Italy could “infect the north a bit”.

Noting that Italy had one of the world’s lowest birth rates, he said: “If we also close the door to migrants, this is called suicide.”

The basilica of St Bartholomew is a shine to Christians killed for their faith in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The European Union bosses not only blackmail the Greek leftist Syriza government into breaking their promises to the Greek voters of stopping the disastrous austerity policies.

They also pressure Greece, and other European Union member governments, into treating refugees more harshly.

Another video which used to be on YouTube used to say about itself:

Greek minister slams conditions at Idomeni refugee camp

18 March 2016

Greek Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis compared the Idomeni refugee site on the border between Greece and Macedonia to the infamous Dachau concentration camp while on a visit.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to say that this is a modern Dachau,” Kouroumplis said during his visit to the camp where thousands of people live in improvised tents, deprived of basic necessities, on Friday.

Idomeni “is a logical result of closed borders,” he said, adding that Greece “believes in Europe without borders.” Two improvised camps, hosting over 15,000 migrants, sprung up near the Idomeni crossing in late February after the Macedonian authorities closed its borders amid a massive refugee crisis in the EU.

Kouroumplis expressed regret over “the awakening of a kind of nationalism against the persecuted people” in Europe. He acknowledged that accepting 1.5 million migrants in no easy task, but said that the people stuck at Idomeni “didn’t leave their countries by choice, but were forced to flee by wars, in which Europe also participated.”

Kouroumplis is hardly the only one comparing the present refugee camps to Adolf Hitler’s camps, as we can see about Pope Francis.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 22 April 2017:

The situation in the Greek islands is very bad according to human rights organizations. … Migrants sleep in unheated tents, many refugees are ill and there are too few resources on the islands to recover health.

Tragedy off Lesvos: Sixteen Migrants Drown in Open Sea. By Katherine Filippeos – Apr 24, 2017: here.

‘European Union, don’t send refugees back to Hungarian xenophobia’

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(21 Sep 2016) Hungarian prison inmates have ramped up their production of razor wire, working around the clock as Hungary prepares to build a second fence on the border with Serbia to keep out refugees and other migrants.

Razor wire manufacture at the prison in Marianosztra, northern Hungary, has increased from two shifts earlier this year, to three.

Besides its domestic use, Hungary has also sold or donated fence elements, including wire and steel posts, to other countries in the region, including Slovenia and Macedonia.

Human rights organizations, meanwhile, consider Hungary’s fences erected last year as the first step in efforts by Prime Minister Viktor Orban‘s government to dismantle the country’s asylum system.

Hungary’s Helsinki Committee for Human Rights says the fence, the closure of asylum centers and other measures are destroying the asylum system.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

UN: don’t send refugees back to Hungary

Today, 17:05

The UN refugee agency UNHCR wants EU member states to stop returning asylum seekers to Hungary. According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, the situation for asylum seekers in the country has deteriorated significantly since the establishment of closed refugee camps on the border with Serbia.

The country has built two closed container camps late last month and they are intended for refugees who are still in the asylum procedure.

Dublin agreements

EU Member States may return refugees according to the so-called Dublin agreements to the first safe country which they had reached in the EU. In many cases this is Hungary, because refugees now often opt for that route to get to Western Europe. Prime Minister Orbán hates the current asylum seekers coming. He has long argued for a stricter approach to reduce the number of refugees.

His attitude and the new law led to sharp criticism from the international community. UN Commissioner Grandi calls on European countries to suspend the “Dublin transfers” until the Hungarians will bring their policies in line with European and international law.

He says that since March 28 in the camps 110 people have been detained, including children. Orbán denies that the asylum seekers re jailed. He points out that the refugees can leave the camps indeed, through an opening which opens in Serbia.

Governments torturing refugees, new report

This video from Britain says about itself:

18 July 2016

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Families are being ripped apart. The 6 richest countries which own half the world’s wealth host less than 9% of refugees. Wealthy governments need to welcome more refugees and provide more support so they are safe.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Oxfam: refugees mistreated at European Union borders

Today, 06:25

Refugees attempting to travel to northern Europe via the Balkans are often faced with violence and intimidation by authorities. Oxfam charity organisation says in a report (.pdf) that policemen, border guards and other officials in the Balkans regularly cross red lines and wrongly send migrants back or treat them unlawfully.

Oxfam bases itself on interviews with 140 refugees who came to Europe in 2015 and 2016. They expose, according to the aid organization “a disturbing pattern” of abuse of power and violence. According to aid agencies border guards do everything to get people back across the borders.

In the report a man from Afghanistan says that he was put into a cage in Bulgaria and did not get any food for three days. “And I was not the only one treated cruelly. They beat us and even did electric shocks,” said Issaq.

Hungarian border guards are said to have snatched valuables from migrants. They were then deported. “Our cell phones were destroyed, they took our money away“, said Afghan Malik. “We were beaten and then driven back to the border.”


Other examples mentioned in the report were in Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia. Eg, a group of migrants in Serbia was told that they would be taken to a refugee center. Instead, the group was dumped along the border with Bulgaria in the freezing cold. By the time they were found, two of them had become hypothermic and unconscious.

Also, several migrants tell that policemen used air conditioning of cars to scare them off. Nabil from Afghanistan says he deliberately had to sit in the cold, though he had ended up in the water in an attempt to reach Croatia. “After the police had caught us, we were locked into a car with air conditioning. It was really cold.”

Oxfam says that some things are extra bad as Bulgaria, Hungary and Croatia are European Union countries. “The EU should be a bastion for human rights, but by accepting such conditions, they really support violent behaviour“, says Oxfam.