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Hofer sees no trace of politics in election result -- asks fans to respect it

Published by carolyn on Tue, 2016-05-24 17:41

Norbert Hofer and H-C Strache enter the press conference room on Tuesday, May 24. Hofer made clear he would not run for Chancellor himself but would support Strache's bid "with all his personality."

In a news conference today, presidential candidate Norbert Hofer and FPÖ party leader Heinz-Christian Strache made statements and took questions. They offered that there would be no protest of the close election result, but Strache said they had received a lot of letters [of complaints] and would follow up on them. “Only then can you tell if there is some truth” about irregularities so many are reporting.

Strache also called for a new electoral system with a restriction on the absentee ballot.

But Hofer said he could see no trace of “politics” interfering anywhere in the country and requested that Austrians respect the election results. Despite the outcome, he didn't regret his candidacy in any way and called the election campaign an "incredibly positive experience."

We're on the move! Austrian Freedom Party presidential candidate Hofer wins big in first round

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2016-04-24 20:24

Norbert Hofer, presidential candidate of the "right-wing populist" FPÖ [Austrian Freedom Party led by Heinz-Christian Strache] has won over 36 percent of the vote in a five-way contest that included the major parties!

Exit polls show that the two candidates nominated by the ruling parties failed to even make it to the runoff to be held May 22. This is the first time since 1945 that Austria's president will not come from the Social Democrats (SPOe) or the center-right People's Party (OeVP). Both party's candidates won only around 11 percent.

Independent Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, 72 (pictured right) did manage to advance to the second and final round with 21 percent of the vote. The independent candidate from the bourgeois NEOS Irmgard Griss got 18.5 percent of the vote.

It is a turning point in Austrian politics, with the best-ever performance for the Freedom Party at the federal level since its creation after World War II.

Greece's euro failure due to politics placed above economic reality

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2015-08-03 13:46

The "Birthplace of Democracy" theme has become a political trap.

By Carolyn Yeager

Everything is political … as I have recognized and repeatedly said for a while now.

The Greek euro crisis and collapse was inevitable since it was an impossible union to begin with. Greece was allowed into the Euro Group in 2001 for political reasons, when the economic data was screaming against it.

The director of an American-based 'think tank' has expressed this in her own words on a recent radio program. Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the Euro currency project “was a structually flawed project” from the start because it was designed POLITICALLY with the purpose of uniting Europe.

"They were warned about it. This was an economic project designed politically to make Europe more united. But instead it’s pulling Europe apart.”

An intelligent Greek

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2015-07-15 18:59

"We are Europe's bankrupt child and as a child, Europe has been supporting us for five years and told us what we needed to do to get out of this situation. We did nothing and now we are paying the consequences."

... Yannis Theodosis, a 35-year-old civil engineer

The Trouble with Greece

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2015-07-12 16:52

A Greek "Evzones" presidential guard stands to attention in front of the parliament during a demonstration against austerity measures in central Athens on July 12, 2015 (AFP Photo/Angelos Tzortzinis)

By Carolyn Yeager

Modern Greece is a fairly new experiment in independence, and as such has never actually functioned totally independently. The world expects too much from Greeks, confusing them with the ancient Athenian democracy that we learn about in school. The Greeks are also confused about this, since they encourage this comparison with those great Greek citizens of old … a comparison they cannot live up to.

First Greece was incorporated into the Roman Empire, followed by the Byzantine, and then for 300 years Greeks were subsumed into the Ottoman Empire ruled by Muslim Turks. Their modern state was formed only in 1830 with the help of the European Powers who helped the Greeks win their war of independence.

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Greece loses, but thinks it's won

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2015-07-05 19:37

Democracy wins!

The childish Greeks who are cheering "victory for democracy" in Athen's Syntagma square tonight don't yet realize that Greece has lost ... or is lost. Greece came into the Eurogroup in 2001 in a weakened state and has been on the receiving end ever since. Yet they are portraying themselves as victims of a system that they forced their way into, thinking only of the benefits to be gained at the outset. When the time inevitably comes to stand up as a responsible partner, Greeks are not up to that and they turn to the communist promises every time. I am very happy, though, about the "No" vote. It's a prayer answered.

The news is still breaking but following are some of the first comments made by responsible Eurozone members and EU national leaders:

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, leader of Merkel's centre-left Social Democratic junior coalition partner, said it was hard to conceive of fresh negotiations on lending more billions to Athens after Greeks voted against more austerity.

What a Syriza office in Athens looks like

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2015-07-05 12:52

From Business Insider: Mike Bird got this photo of the inside of one of Syriza's offices in Athens, in Exarcheia. Apparently quite recently.

That's Lenin, Engels, and Che Guevara on the wall. 

Is that Marxist enough for you? Naturally they love to make Germany the fall-guy.

I wish Merkel would stop playing Mom to Greece's Tsipris

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2015-05-10 17:06

It's disgusting to watch Angela Merkel cooing and comforting Greece's  momma's boy Alexis Tsipris, the communist Prime Minister who thinks he can get his country out from under its self-made financial crisis by piling on the charm for the lady Chancellor of the Eurozone's most influential member nation.

Merkel continues to have private conversations with the young communist PM, seemingly at his request, just so it doesn't appear that her warm, womanly German heart is cold to the plight of the Greeks.  They, after all, suffered so much under the now despised regime of Adolf Hitler, whose government from 75 years ago German politicians like Merkel must continue to apologize and pay reparations for.

Thank God there are at least some men in her government who have enough sense to talk straight and true, acting more like some Germans of old. It would be better in my book if Wolfgang Schäuble could take over as Chancellor and let the overly sympathetic Merkel go back to civilian life. Her useful days seem to be over. Everything with her is give, give, give.

The Heretics" Hour: Does Germany owe Greece ... anything?

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2015-04-13 20:53
 
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April 13, 2015

German soldiers raise the Reichskriegsflagge over the Acropolis at Athens in 1941. Enlarge

Greece has come up with "war crimes" from WWII against "Nazi" Germany that they want today's German government to compensate them for, and which they say amount to several hundred billions of euros. Germany's economy minister has called it "stupid" but the new Greek government, with a communist at its head, isn't giving up. Are these legitimate claims or just another instance of wanting to "stick it to Germany?"

Carolyn looks into the historical background of the claims and at what some financial experts say.

The Heretics's Hour: Greek and Russian Disconnect from Reality

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2015-03-22 18:07
 
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March 23-2015

Notice to listeners:  The first 8 minutes sound like I'm in an echo chamber, but then it clears up. Not to worry, the whole program is not like that.

  • Carolyn speaks to the way the (Jewish-American, leftist) media portrays Greece vis a vis Germany. And why tying “Grexit” to euro zone failure, thus to EU failure, is a lie;
  • Who attended Sunday's first “Russian International Conservative Forum” in St. Petersburg, sponsored by the Rodina nationalist party? It was openly billed as a gathering to “defend the interests of Russia” in the ongoing occupation-dispute over Crimea and Ukraine, so there were very few antifa protestors.

Image: Latest cover of Der Spiegel magazine says, "How Europeans look at the Germans - the German Superiority." Enlarge

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