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The article first published in americanthinker.com on 09/18/2017.   Commenting on Jean-Claude Junker’s state of the European Union speech last week, the usually restrained German economic weekly, Wirtschafts Woche, said the following: “Today the chief of the European Commission gave a great speech… a speech full of great nonsense.” What prompted that staid publication to use such undiplomatic language, especially since the European Parliament gave the speech a standing ovation? Hopefully, it is the realization of more and more Europeans that the cheap EU triumphalism and prescriptions peddled by Juncker are, at best, inappropriate and, at worst, a recipe for disaster.   Of triumphalism there was plenty in the speech. “The wind is back in Europe’s sails” Junker assured the audience and told it that the EU is “in the fifth year

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  “Russia might be the leverage point for the recovery of Europe, we, the Russians are more Europeans, than the Europeans themselves. We are Christians, ancestors of the Greek philosophy” Alexander Dugin   In politics prose comes more naturally than rare moments of romance or spiritual elevation. While EU leaders are soul-searching and contemplating the future of the European Union, Russia’s rulers are using Alexander Dugin’s geo-philosophical pursuits into the past to substitute reality with pious beliefs in the infallible Putin and his moral superiority over Western leaders.   Bulgaria’s elite is oscillating between its fears and rare moments of self-confidence. The notion of a multi-speed Europe, which is riding the waves at the moment, is extrapolated beyond conceivable margins into expectancy of an imminent tsunami that is just about

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  It was with great fanfare that the EU announced its Bratislava meeting last Sept. 16 as a crucial get together of its leaders to take stock of the state of the union after Brexit and the turbulent year in which more than a million migrants came to Germany alone. In previous meetings of the kind, the operational mantra had always been “ever closer union” as the panacea for all problems. Not this time. The meeting started with Angela Merkel, the real boss of the EU opining that the EU was in a “critical situation” only to be mildly contradicted a day later by Junker who said in his state of the  union speech that the EU was not disintegrating. It is possible that both of them were right, but

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www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/08/the_real_weak_link_in_europe.html   With some weeks now passed since the event, the Brexit doom and gloom mongers have taken a well-deserved break from conjuring up the imminent demise of the UK, the EU and perhaps the world itself. This may be an appropriate opportunity to consider whether or not there might be an even better candidate for such ‘end-of-times’ prognostications – Germany. On the face of it, this is surely preposterous. Europe’s largest economy, most stable government and the main if not only pillar of the EU and the euro is hardly a destabilizing factor most would agree. Germany may indeed be all of that, but only in comparison to the rest of the EU which has been stagnating economically for a decade and is beset by major political instability and

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  What is the agreement between EU and Canada? The Comprehensive economic and trade agreement – (CETA) is the biggest commercial agreement the EU was supposed to sign with a third country so far in its history. The deal removes 98% of all customs, opens doors for direct investments from both sides of the Atlantic and gives companies equal access to public procurements. The negotiations started in 2009 and although the final draft was completed in 2014, the EU is struggling to ratify it because of internal conflicts of interests and the alleged juridical complexity of the matter. In the last two decades Canada has developed into a European-style welfare state with high standards for consumer protection and tight environmental regulations – therefore most of the concerns regarding the other