Italy: A Little Help from Putin

Huge story breaking in Italy. Putin agreed to a request from Lega Nord leader Matteo Salvini to covertly finance his Euro election campaign. The plan was to conceal the payment behind an apparently normal business deal. Sound familiar? via @espressonline

— David Clark (@David_K_Clark) February 22, 2019

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Now it's available in German too. Publisher is an Austrian social-democratic magazine.

— Goetz Kluge (@Bonnetmaker) February 22, 2019


In English.

— Goetz Kluge (@Bonnetmaker) February 22, 2019

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How Anti-Europeans Plan to Wreck Europe

No time to read our brand new scorecard on how anti-European parties will incapacitate the European Parliament after the #EUelections2019? Listen to @markhleonard, @sd270 and @PawelZerka discussing the results of this EU wide study. #podcast #WorldIn30

— ECFR (@ecfr) February 12, 2019

Just published: Our latest report finds that anti-European parties are on course to win the third of seats in @Europarl_EN #EUelections2019 necessary to paralyse
the #EU: @PawelZerka @ECFRPower

— ECFR (@ecfr) February 11, 2019


The 2019 European election: How anti-Europeans plan to wreck Europe and what can be done to stop it
European Council on Foreign Relations
Authors: Susi Dennison and Pawel Zerka
Published: February 2019


  • With anti-Europeans on their way to winning more than one-third of seats in the next European Parliament, the stakes in the May 2019 election are unusually high.
  • While there are significant divides between them on substance, anti-European parties could align with one another tactically in support of a range of ideas: from abolishing sanctions on Russia to blocking the EU’s foreign trade agenda, to pulling the drawbridge up against migration. This would put at risk Europe’s capacity to defend its citizens from external threats at exactly the time when, given global turmoil, it needs to show more resolve, cooperation, and global leadership.
  • This paper marks the start of ECFR’s campaign to strengthen Europe in the face of efforts by anti-European parties to divide it and make it weaker. We analyse, in detail, the political situation in each of the EU’s 27 member states ahead of the 2019 EP election.
  • For supporters of an outward-looking Europe, we offer a strategy to fight back: by driving a wedge between anti-European parties, exposing the real-world costs of their key policy ideas, and identifying new issues that could inspire voters: from the rule of law and the environment to prosperity and Europe’s foreign policy goals.
  • In the coming months, ECFR will explore these issues at a more granular level through quantitative and qualitative surveys across the EU27.


Polarize, Divide and Rule

The “Wall” in the USA:

Polarize. Divide and rule. The cartoonist @MarianKamensky1 explains how Trump did it:

— Goetz Kluge (@Bonnetmaker) January 24, 2019

Donald Trump thrives on divisiveness. It’s how he keeps himself the center of attention, fuels his base and ensures that no matter what facts are revealed, his followers will stick by him.

— Robert Reich (@RBReich) February 8, 2019



The “Brexit” in the UK:

Well, I doubt Lucifer would welcome them, as after what they did to Britain, they would even manage to divide hell 🙂

— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) February 6, 2019

Hi @KateHoeyMP, thanks for the feedback. Actually, I was elected by my constituents with over 500k votes.

Imagine an elected MP campaigning on Europe, not knowing that MEPs are elected?

— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) February 8, 2019

Trump and His Campaign’s Contacts with Russians

Looking for one good reason why Trump and his campaign’s contacts with Russians are a counterintelligence nightmare?

How about one hundred?

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 26, 2019


Donald Trump and and his associates had more than 100 contacts with
Russians before the inauguration

— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 27, 2019

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Is Trump an Russian Intelligence Asset?

The headline is stunning, and does not at all overstate the story

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 12, 2019



And Republicans in Congress know all this — but they're covering for him anyway. Remember this whenever they claim to be more patriotic than liberals — or patriots at all

— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) January 13, 2019


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