European Union Heading For Disaster As Italy’s Patriot Parties JOIN FORCES To Destabilize Brussels

Luigi Di Maio ~ Both Lega and Five Star patriot parties share common ground on their critical view of the deep state left governments.

ITALY’s two patriot parties could be set to join forces to build a coalition majority in a move viewed by critics as the most destabilising potential outcome of the election.

Lega and the Five Star patriot parties could rise to power in a shocking change of direction for Italy in protest of years of painful rules from Brussels.

Despite the deep ideological differences between the Eurosceptic party and fellow insurgents Five Star, Fabrizio Nusca, a vet and local official with Italy’s Lega party, believes an alliance is worth a shot.

He said: “There are similarities in our platforms, we share some things. If we find a few common issues to work on, it’s feasible.”

Mr Nusca is still lapping up his anti-immigrant party’s gains following the general election on March 4.

He said: “We expected a signal from the voters and it came.”

Lega, translated as The League, took 18 percent of the vote in Mr Nusca’s town Cerveteri, which lies about 25 miles north-west of Rome, compared with 0.1 percent in 2013.

Meanwhile Five Star, founded in 2009 by comedian Beppe Grillo, took home 34 percent of the vote in the town.

It was a similar story in the national vote, with Five Star winning 32 percent, making them the largest party in parliament, and Lega coming out as the leading conservative force, with 18 percent of the vote.

But after voters delivered a damaging rebuke to the establishment in the polls, questions are emerging about whether the two populist parties can set aside their significant political and cultural differences to join forces to form an alliance in government.

EU investors and policymakers fear a coalition between the pair, based on defiance of EU fiscal rules and economic nationalism, could cause clashes with Brussels and damage confidence in the country’s ability to pay off its significant debt.

President Sergio Mattarella is due to lead formal coalition talks after the new parliament convenes on March 23 and the speakers of both chambers are elected.

Officials have warned that the talks may last weeks, with no simple solution in sight.

Political conversation between Lega and Five Star began this week for the first time since the election. On Wednesday evening, Luigi Di Maio, 31, who leads Five Star and 45-year-old Matteo Salvini spoke by phone and agreed to meet face-to-face next week.

Both Lega and Five Star share common ground on their critical view of the centre-left governments led by Matteo Renzi and then Paolo Gentiloni, speaking out about their labour market reform, bank bailouts, pensions stance and their insistence to have vaccines.

The two patriot parties have also criticised the government for being insufficient in challenging the EU over its fiscal rules, including sanctions on Russia.

But the general election vote, and their campaigns highlighted major differences between the parties.

Five Star’s leader, Mr Di Maio who saw his party heavily win in impoverished southern Italy, presented the priority for its main economic policy as a guaranteed income subsidy for the poor.

This differs from the League’s base of business owners and workers, which sees it as a handout.

Lega which triumphed in more prosperous northern and central Italy, has been more unsympathetic towards Brussels, aligning itself with Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France.

The party has presented its main economic policy as a flat tax at 15 per cent, which activists for Five Star view as being beneficial for the wealthy.

Saver Garbarino, a Five Star councillor in Cerveteri said: “It’s a gift to the rich, it’s openly a gift to the rich.”

Mr Garbarino also views the Lega’s anti-immigrant pledge to deport 600,000 illegal immigrants with suspicion. He added: “We need integration here.”

In order to form an alliance, the League leader would have to break his pact with former prime minister and leader of the centre-right Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi.

Mr Salvini would also have to come to terms with being Five Star’s junior partner.

A Lega official said Mr Salvini plans to avoid a coalition deal with Five Star, but rather aims to tighten his party’s hold on the Italian right in hopes of a stronger victory if alliance talks fail and early elections are called later this year or in 2019.

It has been speculated that Five Star would let down some of its base by joining forces with the League, as the party has always presented itself as the purest of the country’s political parties, because of its unwillingness to engage with the opposition.

Andrea Mammone, a professor of history at Royal Holloway University of London said: “If we look at the genesis and evolution of the party, any alliance is clearly problematic. But this is a test for them: what do they want to be?”

But in Cerveteri, Lega activist Vilma Pavin said: “We are super happy, to say the least.”


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WATCH: Congressman Ominously Warns BOTH Parties Quietly Plotting to Take Your Guns

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The same congressman who warned in late 2017 that the United States government was waiting for the next mass shooting in order to pass sweeping gun control measures, is now claiming that those measures could be passed in the next week, but they will be slipped into a larger bill.

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie warned that while members of Congress have suggested raising the legal age to buy guns or banning certain firearms, the real legislation is much worse, and it could be passed as early as next week.

“We’ve got about a week to act,” Massie said in a video he shared on social media. “I want to let you know what’s going on in Congress as far as gun control goes. You’ve heard a lot of ideas floating in the news—raising the legal age to buy a long gun, for instance—or a new assault weapons ban. Any number of bad things have been mentioned. But I wanted to boil it down for you.”

Massie referenced comments he made in December, when he warned of the provisions included in H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which states that its purpose was to amend the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.”

Packaged with that bill was H.R. 4477, the Fix NICS Act, which would amend the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to “require each federal agency and department, including a federal court, to certify whether it has provided to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) disqualifying records of persons prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm.” 

Massie noted that the Senate is proposing an almost identical version of the Fix NICS Act, which has been cosponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer—both extreme gun control advocates. It will allocate $625 million to expand the national background check database and will advance former President Obama’s goal to pressure other government agencies into increasing the number of names in the NICS database that are banned from gun purchases.

What you don’t know, and what virtually no one in Washington wants you to know, is that House leadership plans to merge the Fix NICS bill with popular Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation, HR 38, and pass both of them with a single vote,” Massie said in December.

While it may seem like they are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the Second Amendment, it appears that both Democrats and Republicans are working together to advance this legislation. The Fix NICS Act was originally introduced on Nov. 16, 2017, as H.R. 4434 and it was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar. Then on Nov. 29, 2017, an identical version of the bill with language added to commission a bump-stock study was introduced as H.R. 4477 and it was sponsored by Republican Rep. John Abney Culberson.

Massie noted that while there are a number of glaring problems with the Fix NICS Act, one of the most alarming is that “it compels administrative agencies, not just courts, to adjudicate your second amendment rights.”

“The bill encourages administrative agencies, not the courts, to submit more names to a national database that will determine whether you can or can’t obtain a firearm. When President Obama couldn’t get Congress to pass gun control, he implemented a strategy of compelling, through administrative rules, the Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration to submit lists of veterans and seniors, many of whom never had a day in court, to be included in the NICS database of people prohibited from owning a firearm. Only a state court, a federal (article III) court, or a military court, should ever be able to suspend your rights for any significant period of time.”

Congress is now attempting to pass the Fix NICS Act by including it in H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, which it plans to pass next week. Massie warned that the constituents who call their representatives and express support for “stopping school violence,” will unknowingly offer their support for a bill that could allow unqualified government agencies to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

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EU Parliament Reportedly Demanding Over 420,000 Euros From Euroskeptic Parties


The Europe of Nations and Freedom, a group of European Parliament members, is obliged to reimburse Europe’s parliament for expenses which include meals costing more than 400 euros per person and one hundred Christmas presents worth more than 100 euros each, according to AFP.

Agence France Presse has seen a document drafted by the European Parliament’s budget control committee, which cited the more than 427,000 euros ($527,000) which a group of right-wing parties, dominated by France’s National Front, should pay back.

The parties include the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENL) group of European deputies, including those from Italy’s Lega Party and its leader Matteo Salvini, who dominated last week’s general election in Italy.

“The ENL group has, since 2016, insufficiently justified 38,889 euros ($47,950) of expenses and violated the rules of tender on another 388,278 euros,” the document reportedly reads.

The expenses, due to be paid back by the ENL to the European Parliament, include meals worth more than 400 euros per person and another hundred Christmas presents worth more than 100 euros each.

Additionally, ENL deputies should repay money spent on about 230 bottles of champagne, according to the European Parliament’s watchdog.

At the current stage, the watchdog’s document remains advisory and is scheduled to be submitted to the European Parliament office on March 12.

Right now, these right-wing parties are continuing to gain momentum in Europe, including Salvini’s Lega Party which managed to obtain more than 18 percent of the vote during the March 4 general election in Italy.

Lega Nord is part of the country’s center-right coalition, also consisting of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, the right-wing Brothers of Italy and Us with Italy, which gained 37.48 percent of the vote.



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Ron Paul: FISA Memo Proves Both Parties Lie To & Spy On Americans to Push the Police State


The left is for war, if with big government. The right is for big government, if with war. The perceived differences between the two parties in Washington D.C. are little more than smoke and mirrors to keep Americans constantly arguing while the welfare-warfare state marches on. The recent FISA memo scandal hammers home this point as it shows both democrats and republicans are both lying to us to further their agenda.

Ron Paul wrote an op-ed this week pointing out the hypocrisy exposed in Washington from the release of the FISA memo and it will likely cause heads to explode as it shatters the partisan narrative.

As Paul noted, Americans were told that the FISA memo would lead to the sky falling from space. People would be jailed, classified information would be exposed and our entire system of security would be compromised.

The Democrats warned us beforehand that declassifying the memo would be the end the world as we know it. It was reckless to allow Americans to see this classified material, they said. Agents in the field could be harmed, sources and methods would be compromised, they claimed.

Republicans who had seen the memo claimed that it was far worse than Watergate. They said that mass firings would begin immediately after it became public. They said that the criminality of US government agencies exposed by the memo would shock Americans.

However, in reality, none of these things happened and it is business as usual behind the marble walls in Washington D.C. After the release of the memo, very little changed—with the exception of more divide and hatred among Americans.

Then it was released and the world did not end. FBI agents have thus far not been fired. Seeing “classified” material did not terrify us, but rather it demonstrated clearly that information is kept from us by claiming it is “classified.”

Indeed, the FISA memo was little more than political theater meant to distract Americans and keep them at each other’s throats. And, in the cover of all this divide and distract rhetoric, the military-industrial complex marches on.

“In the end, both sides got it wrong.” -Ron Paul

Paul explains how the memo essentially proves that the “deep state” is a very real entity with control over both parties and is hell-bent on maintaining control to bolster the war machine.

First, the memo demonstrates that there is a “deep state” that does not want things like elections to threaten its existence. Candidate Trump’s repeated promises to get along with Russia and to re-assess NATO so many years after the end of the Cold War were threatening to a Washington that depends on creating enemies to sustain the fear needed to justify a trillion dollar yearly military budget.

Imagine if candidate Trump had kept his campaign promises when he became President. Without the “Russia threat” and without the “China threat” and without the need to dump billions into NATO, we might actually have reaped a “peace dividend” more than a quarter century after the end of the Cold War. That would have starved the war-promoting military-industrial complex and its network of pro-war “think tanks” that populate the Washington Beltway area.

Paul’s explanation serves to put into context the reason for Trump’s first year being little more than a series of broken campaign promises. No matter what hot air spews from the mouths of presidential candidates, when they are allowed into the circle, very little changes.

Also, as Paul points out, the release of the memo and Trump’s subsequent approval of FISA show us that both parties know the ever-expanding nefarious and corrupt reach of the surveillance state, but will do anything to keep it going.

Second, the memo shows us that neither Republicans nor Democrats really care that much about surveillance abuse when average Americans are the victims. It is clear that the FISA abuse detailed in the memo was well known to Republicans like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes before the memo was actually released. It was likely also well known by Democrats in the House. But both parties suppressed this evidence of FBI abuse of the FISA process until after the FISA Amendments Act could be re-authorized. They didn’t want Americans to know how corrupt the surveillance system really is and how the US has become far too much like East Germany. That might cause more Americans to call up their Representatives and demand that the FISA mass surveillance amendment be allowed to sunset.

Ironically, Chairman Nunes was the biggest cheerleader for the extension of the FISA Amendments even as he knew how terribly the FISA process had been abused!

The FISA memo also showed us that corrupt politicians on both sides kept the fear mongering about Russia-gate alive in an effort to foster a new cold war with Russia—and it worked.

Finally, hawks on both sides of the aisle in Congress used “Russia-gate” as an excuse to build animosity toward Russia among average Americans. They knew from the classified information that there was no basis for their claims that the Trump Administration was put into office with Moscow’s assistance, but they played along because it served their real goal of keeping the US on war footing and keeping the gravy train rolling.

But don’t worry: the neocons in both parties will soon find another excuse to keep us terrified and ready to flush away a trillion dollars a year on military spending and continue our arguments and new “Cold War” with Russia.

There you have it. In spite of one of the most damning documents proving mass corruption to ever be released to the public, nothing has really changed because—to quote the immortal George Carlin—”It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.”

Paul ended his epic rant with a wonderful bit of advice about this big club: “be skeptical of both parties. With few exceptions they are not protecting liberty but promoting its opposite.”

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German parties resume talks on coalition as deadline missed

Negotiators for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) reconvened on Monday. They are seeking compromises on healthcare and labor policy, the stumbling blocks in the way of another “grand coalition,” Reuters reports. The parties missed a self-imposed Sunday deadline to clinch a deal on renewing the coalition that has governed since 2013. However, both sides cited progress and said the remaining differences did not appear insurmountable. The Rheinische Post newspaper, citing an internal SPD schedule, said that Merkel, the leader of her Bavarian allies Horst Seehofer and SPD chief Martin Schulz wanted to present a final coalition agreement on Tuesday.

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As Trump Gives Out Fake News Awards, WikiLeaks Reminds the World BOTH Parties Are Liars


While the same media outlets that have been openly critical of President Trump became the topics of his “Fake News Awards,” the entire event was filled with hypocrisy, and served as a depiction of the pot calling the kettle black—both entities have spent a significant amount of time lying to and misleading the public.

WikiLeaks, an organization that the mainstream media have attempted to claim is a pro-Trump, pro-Russia propaganda firm, took to Twitter to point out the hypocrisy surrounding the awards:

“While WikiLeaks, as a primary source organization with a perfect verification record welcomes debate over ‘fake news’ it should be noted that along with the U.S. establishment press, the Trump administration is a frequent source of false information,” the organization claimed.

The statement is notable because it serves as a reminder of the relationship between WikiLeaks and the Trump administration. When Trump was running for office, and WikiLeaks was releasing emails from members of the Democratic National Committee, Trump was more than happy to credit the organization when citing the damning information that it released about his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

However, now that Trump is in office, he has made no attempt to pardon WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange, who is currently living at the London embassy in Ecuador after he was granted political asylum.

Trump has also openly criticized Chelsea Manning, the Army whistleblower who helped to put WikiLeaks on the map by releasing 700,000 files and documents that revealed atrocities committed by the U.S. military in Iraq.

Trump’s hypocrisy when it comes to WikiLeaks is notable because it serves as a reminder of his hypocrisy when it comes to foreign policy. He uses stories of innocent children killed by airstrikes and the dangers of blowback when it suits him but ignores those same factors when they challenge his administration’s policies.

When Trump was viewed as the “outsider” candidate in the 2016 election, and he needed support from an anti-establishment fan base, he was fully in support of holding Saudi Arabia accountable for the role it played in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, once Trump was in office, his tune quickly changed, and Saudi Arabia became the first stop on his first foreign trip as president—paving the way for the completion of the largest single arms deal in U.S. history.

Trump’s cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia has resulted in pure genocide in the poorest country in the Middle East. While the massacre was initially started by the Obama Administration, the Trump Administration’s foreign policy has only made conditions worse in Yemen, where the latest records show that since 2015, 5,000 children have been killed or injured, 3 million were born into war, and 1.8 million children are acutely malnourished.

Trump’s hypocrisy on foreign policy extends to Syria, where he began criticizing Obama’s attempts to invade the country in 2013. He also used his time on the campaign trail to accuse the Obama Administration of helping to create ISIS in its attempts to overthrow Assad.

However, despite Trump’s rhetoric, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boasted a “new” strategy in Syria centered around long-term U.S. military presence that would eventually lead to overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad, during a speech at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

Tillerson vowed that the U.S. will stay until “ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Syria suffer an enduring defeat; do not present a threat to the homeland; and do not resurface in a new form; and that Syria never again serves as a platform or safe haven for terrorists to organize, recruit, finance, train and carry out attacks on American citizens at home or abroad or against our allies.”

Tillerson also said the U.S. still seeks to overthrow Assad “through an incremental process of constitutional reform and UN-supervised elections.”

“A stable, unified and independent Syria ultimately requires post-Assad leadership in order to be successful,” Tillerson said. “The departure of Assad through the UN-led Geneva process will create the conditions for a durable peace within Syria and security along the border for Syria’s neighbors.”

Ultimately, Trump is correct in stating that the mainstream media has published stories about him that were false or misleading. But Trump is guilty of the exact same offenses that he accusing CNN and MSNBC of committing.

While one might wonder why the mainstream media would focus more on Russiagate than on the dramatic increase in civilian casualties, or the escalation of military spending under the Trump Administration, they should also realize that in order to provide accurate and honest coverage of Trump, the media would have to admit that he is only continuing the exact same thing his predecessors have been doing—and the media has been covering up—for years.

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Re: Algeria pro-government parties divided over Bouteflika succession

The succession of Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has once again stirred political differences between the country’s main pro-government political parties, this time between Secretary General of the National Liberation Front, Gamal Ould Abbas, and his main ally in power, the current Prime Minister and Secretary General of the National Rally for Democracy Party, Ahmed Ouyahia.

It began when Ouyahia invited Secretary General of the General Union of Algerian Workers Abdul Majid Sidhoum Saeid and head of the Forum of Heads of Enterprises (CFE), Ali Haddad, for a tripartite meeting with the government.

The meeting ended with controversial decisions including the privatisation of bankrupt public sector companies, the abandonment of import licenses and the cancellation of the import of 1,000 products in 2018.

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A few days later Secretary General of the National Liberation Front, Gamal Ould Abbas called for a parallel meeting at his party’s headquarters which was viewed as an objection to the government’s meeting with its economic partners.

Former Energy Minister Chakib Khalil, a close friend of President Bouteflika, has recently launched through social media a sharp and unprecedented attack on Ouyahia.

President of the Movement of Society for Peace, Abdul Razzaq Makri, described the differences as “real political decay”.

Algeria is scheduled to hold presidential elections in 2019.

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