France is never far from the news these days for alt_news sites like this one. As we watch the European Union unravel as a result of policies imposed on member states aimed at turn 28 (soon to be 27) member states into a single, federal bureaucratic dictatorship run by a committee of faceless civil servants in Brussels, there is a mobid fascination in seeing hoe the three most rabidly federalist and politically correct members, Germany, France and Sweden fall apart as a result of governments’ embracing EU globalist politicies ahead of addressing the needs of their own nations.
Paris was once again at a near standstill on Monday as the general strike called by unionists and activist groups to protest against the reforms to the pension system planned by the government of President Macron, which unions and economists say would leave pensioned in poverty, closed communter line trains, buses and subways for a fifth day.
Macron, a deeply unpopular president from the beginning of his term of office, faces one of the toughest weeks yet of his presidency, that has already seen France rocked by terrorist attacks and life disrupted by the “Yellow Vests” protests against high taxes and EU immigration policies. Now his government’s planned redesign of the complex French pension system is in danger as prolonged civil unrest could force withdrawal of the policy.
Macron and his advisers failed to foresee the problems likely to result from combining 42 different retirement plans into one capable of delivering a more equitable, financially sustainable system. Unions claiim the move s an attack on the French way of life even though the government does not plan to change the current retirement age of 62 at this time.
With people living longer it is inevitable the retirement age must rose at some point.
The SNCF national rail network warned travelers to stay home or use “alternative means of locomotion” to get around Monday instead of thronging platforms in hopes of getting the few available trains running. Mysteriously, they cited safety concerns as justification for their advice rather than admitting few trains would be running.
Because of the lack of trains and other forms of public transport, he national road authority reported more than 600 kilometers (360 miles) of traffic jams at morning rush hour around the Paris region – up from 150 kilometers (90 miles) on an average day.
Traffic problems were worse on Monday than when the strike started last week, because many French employees managed to work from home for a couple of days or take time off. But businesses cannot continue to run on that basis for long if the strike continues.
Gabriella Micuci, an office worker from the Paris suburb of Le Bourget, walked several kilometers in cold rain before reaching a station on one of the two Metro (subway) lines that are automated and don’t need drivers. Other commuters used bikes or electric scooters.
“I left home earlier than usual, I thought I was going to be able to catch an early train but not at all,” Micuci told The Associated Press. “It´s a real catastrophe, people are becoming even more violent, they are pushing you.”
Encouraged by the biggest nationwide protests in decades, unions plan renewed protests on Tuesday and hope to keep up the pressure on Macron’s government to withdraw the retirement reforms.
Macron summoned Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and other top officials to a summit meeting on Sunday night to create a strategy for dealing with the crisis.
The prime minister will reveal the government’s plan on Wednesday, but this is only expected to urge people to defer retirement.
The reform is central to Macron’s vision of transforming the French economy though considering his open doors immigartion policy which has seen unskilled, illiterate migrants flood into the country, what he plans to transform it into is unclear, a fairy princess maybe?. Government ministers insist the current system is unfair and financially unsustainable, while unions say the reform undercuts worker rights and will force people to work longer for less. Macron’s main political opponent, Eurosceptic Marine Le Pen, and her Rassemblement National party point out that the immigration policy is unfair and financially unsustainable.
Seeking to head off public anger, Macron asked veteran politician Jean-Paul Delevoye to hold months of meetings with workers, employers and others to come up with recommendations for France’s new retirement plan. Delevoye is presenting his conclusions to unions on Monday. A similar exercise of colsultations at grass roots level with Yellow Vest protestors only served to deepen the division between the ruling elite and the people.
General Strike brings France To Standstill As Nation Protests Macron Policies
Today, in response to calls by unions and activist groups for a nationwide strike, public workers across the country stayed home on Thursday, immobilizing public transit across the country as the first general strike in more than 20 years began.
The main reason for the walkout was President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms (not unlike how a planned – then scrapped – gas tax hike sparked the gilets jaunes)…
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France must slash taxes now, or face ongoing civil unrest. According to the French prime minister, this is the main message from an unprecedented three-month “great debate” in the wake of anti-government “yellow vest” protests. Announcing publication of the findings from two million online contributions and 10,000 hours of town hall debates around the country, Edouard Philippe said on Monday there was “huge discontent” in the country. Astronomical levels of taxation was one of the prime concerns, alongside unemployment, immigration, and surrender of national sovereignty to the European Union.
Macron Isolated After More High Profile Resignations. Pressure Mounts On French President
On top of the Yellow Vests debacle, which is now destabilising France as the anti – government protests continue, a string of resignations from the tottering government of President Emmanuel Macron has prompted Gérard Larcher, leader of the French Senate to warn Macron that his authoritarian tendencies were partly to blame for the civil unrest crisis and political instability that have weakened his presidency.
Ghosts Of ’68 Threaten Macron’s Technocratic Dream.
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Reuters reports French “yellow vest” protesters wreaked havoc with road transport on Tuesday by occupying autoroute toll booths and even torching some of them. France’s biggest toll road operator, Vinci Autoroutes , said there were demonstrations at 40 of its sites and that several highway intersections had been heavily damaged, mainly in southern of France. … Continue reading
Dozens of elderly native Swedish tenants were forced to leave their apartment homes in an area of Stockholm after the block was closed, only to be re-opened immediately and occupied by Muslim migrants to replace the former tenants.
Residents at Dianagården were told they would have to leave because the toilets in the facility were 5cm too small to comply with regulations. However, soon after the 48 apartments were emptied, they were filled with newly arrived migrants.
“It was later revealed that politicians planned that immigrants would instead move into the premises,” reports Fria Tider.
In 2015, Sweden accepted more refugees per capita than any other country, and despite worsening problems with sexual assaults, grenade attacks and violent crime, the inflow shows no sign of being seriously restricted.
A recent opinion poll found that the anti-mass Muslim migration Sweden Democrats are now the most popular party in Sweden. The Sweden Democrats would get 24.2% of the votes if an election was held today, beating the ruling Social Democrats.
Back in October, Leif Östling, former CEO of trucking company Scania, warned that Sweden is heading towards civil war due to uncontrolled mass immigration.
“We’ve taken in far too many people from outside. And we have. Those who come from the Middle East and Africa live in a society that we left almost a hundred years ago,” he said.
Sadly the Swedish goverrnment consists of such pathetical, emotionally needy, virtue signalling, leftie, intestinal parasites, they give in to every demand made by Muslim community leaders in migrant communities, even if this means inflicting total injustices on Swedish people. So much for their socialist bullshit, as George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, “all the animals are equal,but some are more equal than others.
France has been closer to social breakdown than the political establishment in the EU and their mainstream media sock puppets will ever admit since the the gilets jaunes demonstrations at their height nearly torched Paris and other cities. It would be a mistake to think, as television news bulletins and large circulation newspapers have suggested that support fot the protest movement has dwindled or the national mood is any less angry. Last month we reported on protests promted by new, over – zealous restrictions on agriculture imposed by the EU, as thousands of French farmers drove their tractors into Paris and other cities and blocked the main highways.
Today, in responce to calls by unions and activist groups for a nationwide strike, public workers across the country stayed home on Thursday, immobilizing public transit across the country as the first general strike in more than 20 years began.
The main reason for the walkout was President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms (not unlike how a planned – then scrapped – gas tax hike sparked the giles jaunes).
On the fist day of the strike, which is planned to last through the weekend, parts of Paris resembled ghost towns during the morning rush hours. Roads were empty, and train stations were deserted, according to the Times.
The biggest industrial action of Macron’s tenure is, so far, outweighting by a huge margin the Yellow Vests protests in scale: 50% of French teachers are reported to be off work, nine out of ten trains have been cancelled today and eleven of the fourteen lines in the Paris Metro are closed. A total of 245 separate demonstrations have been announced across France as students, police officers and firefighters, healthcare workers and others joining the action. Striking ground staff at Air France forced numerous flight cancellations, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. Air France cancelled 30% of its domestic flights and 10% of international short- and medium-haul flights on Thursday, RT reports.
Millions of workers are staying home.
In Paris, some commuters and shoppers resorted to bikes, skateboards or walking in the bitter cold as buses and underground trains failed to run. Some joked that the strike had made Paris into a much more ‘eco-friendly’ city. This way of looking at the situation must have appealed to thousands of Extinction Rebellion activists and other environmentalist groups who took the opportunity to link their the climate action agenda to the protests.
The strike is expected to continue until Monday as the unions and Macron butt heads over the controversial pension reform proposals. Paris police are deploying 6,000 riot police to do battle with demonstrators who have decided to take their yellow vests out of the closet and back into action.
Many of the French capital’s most popular tourist spots were forced to shut their doors because of the strikes. The Eiffel Tower and the Orsay museum did not open on Thursday, while the large parts of The Louvre, the Pompidou Center and other museums were mostly closed with only the most popular exhibits accessible.
Outside the busy Gare du Nord railway station taxis lined up with their green lights on, struggling to find customers in the deserted streets.
Of more immediate concern for Macron and his beleagured government is the fact that dozens of gilet jaunes protesters are blocking the nations major fuel terminals in the south and near the city of Orleans, leaving more than 200 petrol stations without fuel on Thursday, while another 400 report they will run out on Friday. If that action persists the country could be at a standstill by the end of next week. These blockades show the protesters have a coherent strategy which could bring the country to its knees and force Macron out of office or at least into a humiliating climb down. No matter how many times political leaders wax lyrical about the wonders of clean, green, sustainable energy, society still needs oil, in spite what the Swedeish Baby Troll Greta Thunberg and her supporters wish for.
Isobel Schnable – worried about anti EU mood in Germany
As Germany’s economy continues to stutter one of the country’s top economists has warned the country is desending into “anti-Europe hysteria” amid growing criticism in the country of the European Central Bank (ECB) and surging support for the Eurosceptic, anti – immigration AfD Party.
Marcel Fratzscher said the entire European Union would be damaged by the backlash against the ECB’s austerity policies and the cost to Germany of propping up the single currency. Mr Fratscher is chief of the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin and has also been an executive of the Eurozone’s central bank. He told UK financial newspaper The Financial Times: “Germany is sliding into a dangerous anti-Europe, anti-ECB mood, which threatens to damage the ECB’s credibility, the Euro an ultimately all of Europe.”
The warning comes less than two weeks after Chancellor Merkel’s ruling coalition suuffered heavy defeats intwo regional elections and Germany’s newly appointed ECB board member Isabel Schnabel called on her fellow economists to tone down their scathing analysis of the ECB’s performance. Ms Schnabel, an economics professor at the University of Bonn, predicted a crisis for the Euro if Germans did not take a step back to reflect on their country’s direction. Unfortunately for EU fans in Germany, voters have had years to reflect on the direction in which Merkel is leading the country and have decided they do not like it.
In an attempt to appeal to other German economists Schnable tweeted: “Dear fellow German economists, if you are wondering what you can do for Europe: Please help to dispel the harmful & wrong narratives about the ECB’s monetary policy, floating around in political and media circles. These threaten the euro more than many other things.”
This is rather spurious as nobody takes any notice of economists because they are always wrong. And the voters are in no mood to listen.
Unfortunately, the majority of Germans are opposed to further political and economic integration of EU member states, the country is politically polarised and with left and right more opposed to the idea of working with each other to bring down the government than they are to allowing Merkel’s centrist coalition to blunder on with the country politically paralyzed, it seems things can only get worse. In another blow to The Chancellor, her main coalition partner, the Social Democrats (SDP) this week lurched to the left by electing a far left candidate as its leader.
Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte, aonter European leader prepared to betray his country
Matteo Salvini leader of the hugely popular Populist League (Lega) party, which, despite having a democratic mandate, was excluded from the government of Italy by a stitch up enigineered by the Euronazi EU Commission in Brussels, has accused Giuseppe Conte the Italian prime minister apponted by the EU, of handing over Italian sovereignty to the European Union bureaucrats without parliamentary approval with changes to an EU bailout fund.
Changes the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), a fund that gives emergency loans to countries and banks, has been criticized by Salvini and his colleagues in League, who argue that the new system could force Italy to restructure its massive debt in a way that would have the subsequent negative effect of preventing the heavily indebted nation from leavthe Euro single currency, according to a report from Reuters. We should remember that it was the EU’s forcing Italy to join the single currency system that is responsible for most of Italy’s current economic woes.
On Friday (29 Nov,) Salvini said that the reform was a danger for Italian sovereignty and that, as was the case with the creation of the single currency system, the beneficiary would be Germany, which has banks in crisis, such as Deutschebank which recently laid off a large section of its workforce after losing billions of euros this year. The future of Deutschebank is still in doubt as the bank was forced by the EU to buy €€€billions of negative performing bonds from the EU’s basket case economies to fund previous bail outs.
Salvini, who along with his party becomes more popular with Italian voters as a result of every EU power grab, went as far as to address Italian President Sergio Mattarella directly, stating that if Prime Minister Conte signs the treaty to go ahead with the reform “it would sanction a sale of unbalanced national sovereignty.”
We expect the collapse of the Brussels appointed, pro Brussels government in Rome imminently.
Angela Merkel in front of the Bundestag (Picture: Deutsche Welle)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered an emotional speech to the German Budestag this week on a subject obviously close to her heart, the need for limiting freedom of speech to suppress criticism of policies implemented by her government and the EU commission.
Since the departure of Barack Obama, Merkel has set herself up as leader of the globalist and Cultural Marxist movements on the international stage.
The Chancellor argued that the government must take away freedom of speech to save preserve the freedom of the free world, or something. Given that the topics she currently wants to slience dissent on are her catastrophic ‘open doors’ immigration policy and the EU’s effort to force European nations and people to accept Islam and assimilate to Islamic values.
Merkel told German politicians: “For those who claim they can no longer express th”eir opinion, I say this to them: If you express and pronounced opinion, you must live with the fact that you will be contradicted. Expressing an opinion does not come at zero cost. But freedom of expression has its limits. Those limits begin where hatred is spread. They begin where the dignity of other people is violated. This house will and must oppose extreme speech. Otherwise our society will no longer be the free society that it was.
The problem Merkel, along with other left wing authoritarians have with their use of “hate speech” (apart from the usual lefties hypocrisy and double standards,) is that ‘hate’ is a very loose concept. Because the left see their route to establishing an authoritarian global government as being eased by importing millions of unskilled, uneducated, illiterate, fanatically religious Muslims from Africa, the middle east and South East Asia and using their clerics to manipulate opinion and also disrupt and divide national communities.
Thus people like Merkel, France’s Macron, Jeremy Corbyn and The Labour Party in the UK and the Democratic Party in the USA are quick to define as “hate speech” anyone suggesting uncontrolled immigration is not a god idea but are happy to allow Islamic Preachers to call on Muslims to rise up and “kill all infidels,” or encouraging Muslim men to rape European secular and Christian women.
Eight out of ten civic authorities in Sweden will have to slash basic public services provided to residents who have paid their civic taxes for years in order to offset the astronomical cost of taking in, housing, feeding and caring for thousands of uneducated, illiterate, unemployable, welfare-dependent migrants.
The survey found that 46 percent of authorities reported they have had to draw up plans to drastically reduce disability services, while half said that they would be forced to make serious spending cuts in individual and family care to save money, SVT News reports.
Göran Eriksson, the city manager of Bengstfors, a small town in Western Sweden told SVT that his municipality would not be able to fund the increasing costs of social services and welfare programs for immigrants without help from the federal government. Costs are increased due to the fact that many of the migrants refuse to learn even basic Swedish and interpreters hve to be employed.
Bengstfors faces a 2.4 million budget deficit for the current financial year and hopes to decrease that deficit by slashing social services and maintenance costs.
“The situation is strained, and we now are forced to take some effort after the council has decided on a new budget for 2020,” said Eriksson, adding “I think there are two reasons. We have been generous and received many new arrivals, but basically, it is also a demographic problem. We have an aging population and the municipality is shrinking.”
To reduce the cost of supporting Sweden’s continuing acceptance of overwhelming numbers of immigrants, state organizations tasked with promoting for migrant integration will be merged with those focused on welfare and employment. Money budgeted for subsidizing healthcare for schoolchildren and preschools will also be slashed. Street light usage is to be reduced by 20 percent and snow plowing will only occur when large amounts of snow are on the road.
Back in Voice of Europe reported that the city officials of Bengstfors had reached out to the federal government for a financial bail out because the municipality was facing bankruptcy having taken in too many welfare-dependent migrants.
Stig Bertilsson, a local politician of the center-right Moderate Party, explained the problem to reporters, saying: “Costs in municipalities that have received new arrivals have continued to be substantial even when government revenues have stopped. This creates a large negative hole in the municipal cash register.”
As Charles Dickens’ character Wilkins Micawber would have said, “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds, nineteen shillings and six pence – result happiness; annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds and sixpence – result misery.