Despite the light rain, French President Emmanuel Macron and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel held a moving ceremony in Compiegne, northeast
of Paris, to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the World War
Powerful show of unity from Merkel, Macron to mark centenary of the end of WWI
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with French President Emmanuel
Macron on Saturday in Compiegne, the northern French city where an
armistice was signed to bring an end to the First World War.
The EU’s Copernicus emergency satellite mapping service has been activated on the request of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency to support the US authorities face Hurricane Michael. Maps will be provided for Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “Our Emergency Response Coordination Centre is monitoring the situation 24/7. We are helping our American friends face yet another threatening hurricane. Our thoughts are with all the people who are in the path of this powerful storm. The EU stands ready to provide further assistance”. This is the second time this year Copernicus has been activated for hurricanes in the US. Photos of the Emergency Centre are available, as well as a video of the EU’s Copernicusprogramme and a factsheet on the EU’s emergency centre.
EU always answer a call for help! Lets us know how we can help.
A recent poll by German television revealed that only 25% of Germans trust the US government. Slightly more, 30%, trust the Russian one. Reasonably low, but slightly worrying that trust in Russia seems on the rise, without any real reason for it. Neither Putin nor Russia has changed its politics.
One example; At a recent visit to Austria, Putin gave a rare interview to Austrian television (ORF). Unlike Trump he sounded very intelligent and indeed reasonable. One would be forgiven to think that our image of him is not entirely reasonable after all. That is until we have a look at how Russian State media has covered the interview and overall trip to Vienna:
#Russia’s state TV: Dean of Moscow state University: “The EU is coming apart at the seams —thanks to American God & voters, Trump is smashing it with a sledgehammer. That’s why Putin says he isn’t trying to weaken the EU. Why would he bother? Trump is doing all the work for him.” pic.twitter.com/ot4siOyzAx
I normally restrain from sharing links to Breitbart, but this is a bombshell: Interview to Breitbart by Ric Grenell, US Ambassador to Germany!
He says he will personally intervene in internal politics of Europe to empower anti-establishment conservatives.
Thereby directly contradicting the State Department line that the Trump administration is neutral.
_ p.s. Side note about the comment regarding Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, there is a misinformation campaign running about him in the right wing media that started last year https://derstandard.at/2000066611577/Welle-an-dubiosen-prorussischen-Fake-News-ueber-Sebastian-Kurz The goal is not clear, but they try to make him look more anti-system than he really is. This is all fake news, and important to remember that Kurz ran the elections on a conservative, but distinguish pro EU platform. Unlike his coalition partner, the Freedom Party.