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    Reinfeldt Steps Up Pressure to Ensure Lisbon Treaty Adoption

    Sweden's Fredrik Reinfeldt on Monday pushed the Czech Republic and Britain not to further delay passage of the European Union's Lisbon reform treaty.

    After the Irish electorate voted last week in a referendum to approve the treaty, which streamlines EU institutions and creates the post of president of Europe, Czech President Vaclav Klaus is one of two key holdouts.

    Klaus is already a eurosceptic but the Czech constitutional court has ordered him not to sign the treaty into force until it has reviewed the legality of the document.

    If he delays the treaty long enough for Britain's Conservative Party to win a general election expected next year, they in turn could call for a new national referendum and freeze the implementation process.

    Reinfeldt, speaking to the French daily Le Monde, said Klaus ought to sign the treaty within two or three weeks of the Czech court making its ruling.

    "I have tried in vain to reach him by telephone," Reinfeldt told Le Monde.

    "I've heard that he might be in Albania next week, but I've no idea what he really plans to do."

    Poland is the other country still to ratify the treaty, but Britain's opposition Conservative party is also causing concern.

    Reinfeldt said he has spoken to Conservative leader David Cameron who is favourite to win the British election and has promised a referendum on the treaty if it is not yet ratified.

    "Making such a promise won't help him in terms of being Britain's probable next prime minister. For me, Britain is already a country that has ratified the treaty," the Swedish leader said.

    "The British elections will be held by June at the latest. I hope for progress on the Czech side more quickly than that."

    If the Czechs approve the treaty before the British vote it will enter into EU law. Cameron, while insisting he opposes the treaty, says he will not reopen the debate if it has already been approved.

    France's minister for European affairs, Pierre Lellouche, also called on Prague and London not to stand in the way of the treaty.

    There has been widespread speculation that if the treaty is rapidly approved former British prime minister Tony Blair will be chosen as the first EU president.
    http://www.thelocal.se/22474/20091005/

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    I really hope that Mr Klaus don't sign the treaty.

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    FPÖ to File Complaint Against the EU Lisbon Treaty

    The right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) is planning to file a complaint against the new EU Lisbon Treaty as soon as it comes into force on 1 December.

    Czech President Vaclav Klaus signed the Czech instrument of ratification yesterday (Tues) afternoon after the Czech Constitutional Court had dismissed complaints against the treaty. The Czech Republic had been the last hold-out in ratification of the treaty.

    FPÖ MEP Andreas Mölzer said: "The FPÖ will file a complaint against the Lisbon Treaty at the Austrian Constitutional Court. There may be an unpleasant surprise in store for EU centralists.

    "The enactment of the treaty means that all EU member states, including Austria, will have lost the rest of their sovereignty. They will be degraded to the status of provinces of Brussels. The fight for a different and better Europe, for a Europe of free states and peoples, will continue," he pledged.

    FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache also weighed in, arguing that the Lisbon Treaty served the interests only of centralism and economic liberalism. "On the day that the treaty comes into force, the FPÖ will file a complaint against it," he confirmed.

    In comparison, many Austrian officials welcomed ratification of the treaty. Chamber of Commerce (WKO) President Christoph Leitl said: "Klaus has opened the way to a democratic and stronger Europe, and that is good. Europe faces tremendous challenges.

    "The theoretical basis for a more capable European Union is in place. The new opportunities at the EU level must be taken advantage of and turned into concrete policies," he added.

    Social Democratic (SPÖ) MEP Hannes Swoboda, vice president of the European Parliament’s (EP) social democratic faction, said: "Klaus has finally realised he cannot hold the European Union hostage to his individual, anti-European ideology."

    Swoboda called on EU heads of state and government to act quickly to fill the new positions of EU Council president and high representative for foreign and security policy. He stressed that the high representative needed to be a strong character who could represent Europe in the best possible way to the rest of the world.

    Other Austrian MEPs were also pleased by the Czech court’s ruling yesterday.

    MEP Ernst Strasser, the head of the People’s Party (ÖVP) faction in the EP, said: "The court’s strong 'yes' finally opens the way to a new Europe and a strong EP."

    ÖVP MEP Othmar Karas called on national parliaments to make use of the new abilities the treaty would give them.

    SPÖ MEP Evelyn Regner said: "It is a good day for Europe and another big step towards the overdue ratification of the Lisbon Treaty."

    Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) President Erich Foglar said: "The treaty is a step in the right direction but is a long way away from what we as trade unionists want a social Europe to be."

    He said trade unions should become more involved in EU decision-making, because "we want, for example, basic social rights to take precedence over economic freedom."
    http://www.austriantimes.at/news/Gen..._Lisbon_Treaty

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    This is a pretty interesting article about the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union & the potential effects on the United States. This article is from a Christian-Based Web-site, and while I don't subscribe to many of the socio-political views sometimes presented, the author does on occassion write quality articles. At times his religious biases are clear, but he does have a unique perspective on World events and current affairs.

    November 5, 2009 - Europe Takes a Giant Step Forward
    Dear World News and Prophecy Subscriber,

    There are times when you get a clear glimpse of the future. This happened to me last weekend in Toronto, Ontario. Melvin Rhodes, one of our WNP writers, and I were presenting a World News and Prophecy seminar to readers of our publications. Over one hundred people attended the seminar to hear about current world trends in the light of Bible prophecy.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city with about 2.5 million residents, and upwards of 6 million in the greater Toronto area. It is a diverse city of cultures from around the world. Immigrants have brought with them their native cultures to create a mosaic that is quite unique among the world's cities.

    The group of readers we spoke to came from Africa, Latin America, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and across Europe. It was highly multicultural–a mini-United Nations. We found it to be quite interesting hearing the many dialects and voices mingling in conversation throughout the day.

    The group was also multigenerational. Young and old mixed easily throughout the day. Young adults operated the cameras and worked to provide food for others. Everyone worked together, creating a pleasant atmosphere.

    I had to realize I was looking at the future: A multigenerational, multinational group that came together seeking understanding of today's world and wanting to understand what God's Word, the Bible, says about the future. It was reminiscent of Isaiah 2:2-3.

    God has always called people from many nations. As in the days of first-century Jerusalem where we are told there were "devout men, from every nation under heaven," so today there are devout people whom God is calling from around the world. As the gospel goes to the world, God will add whom He wills to the Body of Christ.

    It is eye-opening to visit a group like this in Toronto, one of the world's great cities. Doing so provides understanding of the larger world and the diversity of people. It serves to sharpen our focus on preaching the gospel.

    The Lisbon Treaty

    This week the European Union took a major step forward in achieving political unity. The Czech Republic became the 27th EU member to sign the treaty, making it official. Presumably the next item of priority will be to select a president as provided for in the treaty.

    The EU has a long way to go in becoming a truly unified "state" capable of acting in the world like a true superpower. Many analysts look only at this element and fail to see this development in a larger context of the gradual decline of America or in light of Bible prophecy.

    Rather than get into a larger discussion here, I refer you to our current November issue of World News and Prophecy now online. In it we have in-depth articles on this subject you will not want to miss.

    Significant events are taking place, and so many people are not aware of the long-term significance. Be sure you read these biblically based articles on these topics to get the right context.


    Until next time...keep watching,
    Darris McNeely
    Managing editor
    World News & Prophecy


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    Germany's Nazi Exception: Constitutional Court OKs Curtailing of Free Speech

    Germany's constitution strongly and explicitly protects the freedom of speech. Still, the country's highest court has now said that -- given the injustice and horrors of the Nazi regime -- it is constitutional to make an exception that bans speech glorifying Hitler's ideology.

    Wunsiedel is a small town of about 10,000 in the northeastern corner of Bavaria. Every year, on one particular day, this otherwise sleepy town is on high alert. In late August, thousands of people come here from all over Germany and abroad. Dressed in black, these neo-Nazis come to march in commemoration of Rudolf Hess, the Hitler deputy and convicted war criminal who has been buried here since 1987.

    Some of the locals board up their houses and get out of town. Others bring banners to protest the parade and even block it with vehicles used for transporting liquid manure. In 2004, the town's mayor, Karl-Willi Beck, launched a campaign called "Wunsiedel is colorful, not brown." Together with town councilors, church officials and citizens, he tried to block the streets. A group of skinheads insulted him as a "traitor to his fatherland" and a "grave desecrator." The neo-Nazis threatened to run him out of town.

    But, since 2005, he hasn't had to deal with the crowds. In that year, the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany's federal parliament, passed an amendment that strengthened the legal article dealing with incitement to hatred. Otto Shily, who was Germany's interior minister at the time, said that it was done "in solidarity with the democratic public of Wunsiedel." The amendment was meant to make it easier to outlaw neo-Nazi commemorative marches in Wunsiedel and elsewhere. The amendment worked. And, last year, the Federal Administrative Court confirmed the decision upholding a ban on such assemblies based on the new law.

    Still, Jürgen Rieger, the recently deceased Hamburg-based lawyer and neo-Nazi who organized the Hess commemorations, was determined to keep marching. To do so, he placed his hope in Germany's Federal Constitutional Court, based in Karlsruhe. Sure, the judges had already dismissed a number of Rieger's expedited motions. But, in this case, they had expressly determined that the new ban "raised a series of difficult constitutional issues." However, they also felt that these were not the type of questions that could be dealt with in expedited proceedings.

    Challenging the Amendment

    Now, the Constitutional Court has finally decided that the strengthening of the article in the penal code is constitutional -- and that the administrative court's ban on such assemblies can logically follow from it. Although the judges have determined that Rieger's constitutional complaint is "unfounded," their decision, announced on Tuesday, also shows the enduring trickiness surrounding the fourth paragraph of Article 130 of the German Penal Code. That paragraph prescribes a sentence of up to three years for whoever "approves of, glorifies or justifies the violent and despotic rule of the National Socialists" in a way that "disturbs the public peace in a manner that violates the dignity of the victims."

    In German law, if a complainant dies, a legal case is usually closed. Accordingly, Rieger's sudden death in October almost allowed the legal dispute to remain unanswered. But, in this case, the judges believed it was warranted to still deliver a judgment that was long in the making. It was their belief that, since the decision was meant to clarify a legal issue that "transcended the highly personal matter of the complainant" and applied to "a number of future gatherings," the decision had "a general constitutional significance."

    Wrangling over Wunsiedel

    Neo-Nazis held their first march to honor Rudolf Hess, their "martyr of the fatherland," in Wunsiedel in 1988. Two years later, the march saw violent confrontations between skinheads and counterdemonstrators. As a response, the gathering was outlawed in 1991. For years, various courts approved the ban.

    But, beginning in 2000, Rieger was given the legal green light to start marching again. The increasingly astute lawyer was able to persuade the Constitutional Court with his arguments. In 2003, the court's justices determined, on the one hand, that there was "no indication" that the police were not able to carry out "their duties" related to preventing and combating individual criminal acts and, on the other hand, that "glorifying persons and ideologies of National Socialism" could not, in and of itself, be used to justify a ban on such gatherings.

    Peter Seisser, a member of the Social Democrats (SPD) who represented Wunseidel's district in the state parliament at the time, was not impressed with the ruling. He said that -- according to its legal reasoning -- if it gave the go ahead for a march for Hess, then it couldn't forbid a public ceremony to commemorate Adolf Hitler. In early 2005, 40 prominent residents of Wunsiedel -- from state-level politicians to Catholic priests -- traveled to Berlin to ask members of the federal parliament specializing in domestic issues to draft new criminal legislation specifically tailored to Wunsiedel's particular situation. "They really pestered us," recalls Cornelie Sonntag-Wolgast, who chaired the Bundestag's Internal Affairs Committee at the time. "It was one of the major reasons we managed to get a majority to amend this law."

    Legal Wranglings

    The amendment made itself felt. Whether it was in Wunsiedel, Magdeburg, Aachen or Hanover, a whole series of demonstrations were outlawed for providing "sufficient indication" that events surrounding the gatherings would violate the newly amended law.

    But, in the wake of the decision, there was also serious doubt about whether the strengthening of the penal code was constitutional. It's a doubt that has now actually been confirmed by the Constitutional Court.

    According to the Basic Law, the name given to Germany's constitution, limitations of freedom of speech are only permitted when they are based on a "general law." In the case of this paragraph, however, the justices determined that it is not a "general law." What's more, earlier court decisions also hold that such a law cannot "be directed toward the expression of an opinion as such." Instead, it must serve to protect a "legal right per se, without regard for a certain opinion."

    The Nazi Exception

    Ulli Rühl is a Bremen-based expert on constitutional law and legal philosopher. Already during the process of drafting the law, he warned that, in constitutional terms, the proposed expansion of the law against incitement was very "borderline." As he saw it, "in point of fact," the law only applied to "adherents of old- or neo-Nazi ideologies," which automatically meant it wasn't "free of bias when it comes to opinions." And Rieger criticized the law on his Web site, saying things like: "Stalin killed over 30 million people, but he can be glorified."

    Still, if you look at the reasoning of the Constitution Court in a certain way, you can see that the Germans are in no way trying to pass judgment on Stalin's crimes. Rather, the real issue here is the horror of Hitler's regime.

    In a sense, the fact that Germany's Basic Law was meant to consciously and decisively make a break from the Nazi era means that, in its very essence, it is designed to explicitly forbid Nazi propaganda. As the judges put it, the Basic Law can "almost be understood as the exact opposite of the totalitarianism of the Nazi regime." For this reason, they claim, it is permissible to have "regulations that set limits on the propagandistic endorsement" of the Nazi regime and that this was permissible -- as an exceptional circumstance -- as a targeted restriction on one's freedom of speech.

    When it comes to Rieger's argument that the march was only meant "to honor Rudolf Hess," the Federal Administrative Court had already delivered a decision that shot it down. According to that court's decision, a "reasonable observer" would have "clearly recognized" that the commemorative march -- if it were to ever be held again -- "would endorse the totality of the National Socialist regime without restriction."
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/...662031,00.html

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    Why is nobody talking about the lisbon treaty, the treaty that comes into force 2020



    ITS WORSE THAN THE SO CALLED DEAL, IF 99% OF THE BRITISH THINK TERESA MAYS DEAL IS BAD, JUST LOOK AT THE LISBON TREATY. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW, LEAVERS AND REMAIN


    “What will actually happen if we the UK stay in the EU”
    is a question no remainer will ever answer but here it is warts and all.


    Check it out ——>>


    1: The UK along with all existing members of the EU lose their abstention veto in 2020 as laid down in the Lisbon Treaty when the system changes to that of majority acceptance with no abstentions or veto’s being allowed.


    2: All member nations will become states of the new federal nation of the EU by 2022 as clearly laid out in the Lisbon treaty with no exceptions or veto’s.


    3: All member states must adopt the Euro by 2022 and any new member state must do so within 2 years of joining the EU as laid down in the Lisbon treaty.


    4: The London stock exchange will move to Frankfurt in 2020 and be integrated into the EU stock exchange resulting in a loss of 200,000 plus jobs in the UK because of the relocation. (This has already been pre-agreed and is only on a holding pattern due to the Brexit negotiations, which if Brexit does happen, the move is fully cancelled - but if not and the UK remains a member it’s full steam ahead for the move.)


    5: The EU Parliament and ECJ become supreme over all legislative bodies of the UK.


    6: The UK will adopt 100% of whatever the EU Parliament and ECJ lays down without any means of abstention or veto, negating the need for the UK to have the Lords or even the Commons as we know it today.


    7: The UK will NOT be able to make its own trade deals.


    8: The UK will NOT be able to set its own trade tariffs.


    9 The UK will NOT be able to set its own trade quotas.


    10: The UK loses control of its fishing rights


    11: The UK loses control of its oil and gas rights


    12: The UK loses control of its borders and enters the Schengen region by 2022 - as clearly laid down in the Lisbon treaty


    13: The UK loses control of its planning legislation


    14: The UK loses control of its armed forces including its nuclear deterrent


    15: The UK loses full control of its taxation policy


    16: The UK loses the ability to create its own laws and to implement them


    17: The UK loses its standing in the Commonwealths


    18: The UK loses control of any provinces or affiliated nations e.g.: Falklands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar etc


    19: The UK loses control of its judicial system


    20: The UK loses control of its international policy


    21: The UK loses full control of its national policy


    22: The UK loses its right to call itself a nation in its own right.


    23: The UK loses control of its space exploration program


    24: The UK loses control of its Aviation and Sea lane jurisdiction


    25: The UK loses its rebate in 2020 as laid down in the Lisbon treaty


    26: The UK’s contribution to the EU is set to increase by an average of 1.2bn pa and by 2.3bn pa by 2020


    This is the future that the youths of today think we stole from them?



    They should be on their knees thanking us for saving them from being turned into Orwellian automatons!


    Forget Deals no deals its time for remainers and brexiteers to unite and see whats coming before its to late. This is the whole reason they are dragging brexit out. So we can get to 2020 then we have no choices anymore.



    The sad thing is that if you read all this out to a young person, they’ll think that you’re mad. That’s how heavily the young have been brainwashed!



    Not the Lisbon Treaty – Building Order from Chaos28 Feb 2019.


    You don't have to buy the country just the clique at the top - the politicians. MSM has always been owned and managed.

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