Why is France’s Macron Threatening Poland With Sanctions?

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron presents his program

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French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron said that if elected, he would call for EU sanctions against Poland. Macron’s threat flies in the face of Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, who only recently hailed Macron as “a predictable and experienced” politician.

In an interview with Sputnik, Polish political analyst and journalist Konrad Rekas said that the ruling Law and Justice Party had shot itself in the foot by rejecting Marine Le Pen’s offer of a serious discussion of the EU’s future and reaffirming its allegiance to Brussels and EU supporters at home by backing Macron whom they never bothered to learn about even during the ongoing presidential campaign in France.

“France’s fledgling Demo-Liberal political camp is totally at variance with what Law and Justice Party’s voters are holding out for. It wants a stronger EU and will try to persuade Poland and Hungary to embrace Brussel’s idea of a European super-state. This new diplomatic and geopolitical flop speaks volumes about the party’s dim view of the European future,” Konrad Rekas told Sputnik Poland.When asked about the unfolding scandal in France over the planned closure of a Whirlpool factory in northern France and its relocation on Poland causing hundreds of French workers to lose their jobs, he said that Poland is just a passive victim of a game played by the world’s high and mighty.

“Securing foreign investments has been topmost on our government’s mind ever since 1989. Another underlying premise  was that Poland is competitive because labor here is cheap. As a result, our cheap labor moved to places where it was no longer cheap and Poland ended up as an assembly line foreign companies use to put together their products,” Rekas emphasized.

He added that just as before, Poland remains a source of cheap labor and a major market for outsourcing in Europe.Macron’s criticism of Warsaw comes amid an ongoing row over the planned closure of a Whirlpool tumble-dryer factory in France as production shifts to Poland.

Emmanuel Macron criticized local companies, which employ cheaper labor from other EU member-states or move production to lower-wage countries like Poland.

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Here Come The Bilderbergs: The Complete 2014 Cast And Host Nation Breakdown

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The only thing more ominous for the world than a Fed raising interest rates is a Bilderberg Group meeting. The concentration of politicians and business leaders has meant the organisation, founded at the Bilderberg Hotel near Arnhem in 1954, has faced accusations of secrecy. Meetings take place behind closed doors, with a ban on journalists. As InfoWars notes, the 2014 Bilderberg meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark is taking place amidst a climate of panic for many of the 120 globalists set to attend the secretive confab, with Russia’s intransigence on the crisis in Ukraine and the anti-EU revolution sweeping Europe posing a serious threat to the unipolar world order Bilderberg spent over 60 years helping to build.

Current list of Participants (source):

Chairman

  • FRA    Castries, Henri de    Chairman and CEO, AXA Group

Attendees

  • DEU    Achleitner, Paul M.    Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG
  • DEU    Ackermann, Josef    Former CEO, Deutsche Bank AG
  • GBR    Agius, Marcus    Non-Executive Chairman, PA Consulting Group
  • FIN    Alahuhta, Matti    Member of the Board, KONE; Chairman, Aalto University Foundation
  • GBR    Alexander, Helen    Chairman, UBM plc
  • USA    Alexander, Keith B.    Former Comdr, U.S. Cyber Command; Former Director, NSA
  • USA    Altman, Roger C.    Executive Chairman, Evercore
  • FIN    Apunen, Matti    Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
  • DEU    Asmussen, Jörg    State Secretary of Labour and Social Affairs
  • HUN    Bajnai, Gordon    Former Prime Minister; Party Leader, Together 2014
  • GBR    Balls, Edward M.    Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • PRT    Balsemão, Francisco Pinto    Chairman, Impresa SGPS
  • FRA    Baroin, François    Member of Parliament (UMP); Mayor of Troyes
  • FRA    Baverez, Nicolas    Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • USA    Berggruen, Nicolas    Chairman, Berggruen Institute on Governance
  • ITA    Bernabè, Franco    Chairman, FB Group SRL
  • DNK    Besenbacher, Flemming    Chairman, The Carlsberg Group
  • NLD    Beurden, Ben van    CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • SWE    Bildt, Carl    Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • NOR    Brandtzæg, Svein Richard    President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
  • INT    Breedlove, Philip M.    Supreme Allied Commander Europe
  • AUT    Bronner, Oscar    Publisher, Der STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.
  • SWE    Buskhe, Håkan    President and CEO, Saab AB
  • TUR    Çandar, Cengiz    Senior Columnist, Al Monitor and Radikal
  • ESP    Cebrián, Juan Luis    Executive Chairman, Grupo PRISA
  • FRA    Chalendar, Pierre-André de    Chairman and CEO, Saint-Gobain
  • CAN    Clark, W. Edmund    Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group
  • INT    Coeuré, Benoît    Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
  • IRL    Coveney, Simon    Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • GBR    Cowper-Coles, Sherard    Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
  • BEL    Davignon, Etienne    Minister of State
  • USA    Donilon, Thomas E.    Senior Partner, O’Melveny and Myers; Former U.S. NSA
  • DEU    Döpfner, Mathias    CEO, Axel Springer SE
  • GBR    Dudley, Robert    Group Chief Executive, BP plc
  • FIN    Ehrnrooth, Henrik    Chairman, Caverion Corporation, Otava and Pöyry PLC
  • ITA    Elkann, John    Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
  • DEU    Enders, Thomas    CEO, Airbus Group
  • DNK    Federspiel, Ulrik    Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
  • USA    Feldstein, Martin S.    Professor of Economics, Harvard University; President Emeritus, NBER
  • CAN    Ferguson, Brian    President and CEO, Cenovus Energy Inc.
  • GBR    Flint, Douglas J.    Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
  • ESP    García-Margallo, José Manuel    Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
  • USA    Gfoeller, Michael    Independent Consultant
  • TUR    Göle, Nilüfer    Professor of Sociology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
  • USA    Greenberg, Evan G.    Chairman and CEO, ACE Group
  • GBR    Greening, Justine    Secretary of State for International Development
  • NLD    Halberstadt, Victor    Professor of Economics, Leiden University
  • USA    Hockfield, Susan    President Emerita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • NOR    Høegh, Leif O.    Chairman, Höegh Autoliners AS
  • NOR    Høegh, Westye    Senior Advisor, Höegh Autoliners AS
  • USA    Hoffman, Reid    Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
  • CHN    Huang, Yiping    Professor of Economics, National School of Development, Peking University
  • USA    Jackson, Shirley Ann    President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • USA    Jacobs, Kenneth M.    Chairman and CEO, Lazard
  • USA    Johnson, James A.    Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners
  • USA    Karp, Alex    CEO, Palantir Technologies
  • USA    Katz, Bruce J.    Vice President and Co-Director, The Brookings Institution
  • CAN    Kenney, Jason T.    Minister of Employment and Social Development
  • GBR    Kerr, John    Deputy Chairman, Scottish Power
  • USA    Kissinger, Henry A.    Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
  • USA    Kleinfeld, Klaus    Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
  • TUR    Koç, Mustafa    Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
  • DNK    Kragh, Steffen    President and CEO, Egmont
  • USA    Kravis, Henry R.    Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  • USA    Kravis, Marie-Josée    Senior Fellow and Vice Chair, Hudson Institute
  • CHE    Kudelski, André    Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
  • INT    Lagarde, Christine    Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • BEL    Leysen, Thomas    Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group
  • USA    Li, Cheng    Director, John L.Thornton China Center,The Brookings Institution
  • SWE    Lifvendahl, Tove    Political Editor in Chief, Svenska Dagbladet
  • CHN    Liu, He    Minister, Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs
  • PRT    Macedo, Paulo    Minister of Health
  • FRA    Macron, Emmanuel    Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency
  • ITA    Maggioni, Monica    Editor-in-Chief, Rainews24, RAI TV
  • GBR    Mandelson, Peter    Chairman, Global Counsel LLP
  • USA    McAfee, Andrew    Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • PRT    Medeiros, Inês de    Member of Parliament, Socialist Party
  • GBR    Micklethwait, John    Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
  • GRC    Mitsotaki, Alexandra    Chair, ActionAid Hellas
  • ITA    Monti, Mario    Senator-for-life; President, Bocconi University
  • USA    Mundie, Craig J.    Senior Advisor to the CEO, Microsoft Corporation
  • CAN    Munroe-Blum, Heather    Professor of Medicine,, McGill University
  • USA    Murray, Charles A.    W.H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise for Public Policy Research
  • NLD    Netherlands, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of the
  • ESP    Nin Génova, Juan María    Deputy Chairman and CEO, CaixaBank
  • FRA    Nougayrède, Natalie    Director and Executive Editor, Le Monde
  • DNK    Olesen, Søren-Peter    Professor; Member of the Board of Directors, The Carlsberg Foundation
  • FIN    Ollila, Jorma    Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc; Chairman, Outokumpu Plc
  • TUR    Oran, Umut    Deputy Chairman, Republican People’s Party (CHP)
  • GBR    Osborne, George    Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • FRA    Pellerin, Fleur    State Secretary for Foreign Trade
  • USA    Perle, Richard N.    Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • USA    Petraeus, David H.    Chairman, KKR Global Institute
  • CAN    Poloz, Stephen S.    Governor, Bank of Canada
  • INT    Rasmussen, Anders Fogh    Secretary General, NATO
  • DNK    Rasmussen, Jørgen Huno    Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Lundbeck Foundation
  • INT    Reding, Viviane    Vice President and Commissioner for Justice,European Commission
  • USA    Reed, Kasim    Mayor of Atlanta
  • CAN    Reisman, Heather M.    Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
  • NOR    Reiten, Eivind    Chairman, Klaveness Marine Holding AS
  • DEU    Röttgen, Norbert    Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag
  • USA    Rubin, Robert E.    Co-Chair, Council For’n Rel’ns; Former Secretary of the Treasury
  • USA    Rumer, Eugene    Senior Associate and Director, Russia Carnegie Endowment for Intnl Peace
  • NOR    Rynning-Tønnesen, Christian    President and CEO, Statkraft AS
  • NLD    Samsom, Diederik M.    Parliamentary Leader PvdA (Labour Party)
  • GBR    Sawers, John    Chief, Secret Intelligence Service
  • NLD    Scheffer, Paul J.    Author; Professor of European Studies, Tilburg University
  • NLD    Schippers, Edith    Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
  • USA   Schmidt, Eric E.    Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
  • AUT    Scholten, Rudolf    CEO, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
  • USA    Shih, Clara    CEO and Founder, Hearsay Social
  • FIN    Siilasmaa, Risto K.    Chairman of the Board of Directors and Interim CEO, Nokia Corporation
  • ESP    Spain, H.M. the Queen of
  • USA    Spence, A. Michael    Professor of Economics, New York University
  • FIN    Stadigh, Kari    President and CEO, Sampo plc
  • USA   Summers, Lawrence H.    Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University
  • IRL    Sutherland, Peter D.    Chairman, Goldman Sachs International;
  • SWE   Svanberg, Carl-Henric    Chairman, Volvo AB and BP plc
  • TUR    Taftal?, A. Ümit    Member of the Board, Suna and Inan Kiraç Foundation
  • USA    Thiel, Peter A.    President, Thiel Capital
  • DNK    Topsøe, Henrik    Chairman, Haldor Topsøe A/S
  • GRC    Tsoukalis, Loukas    President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
  • NOR    Ulltveit-Moe, Jens    Founder and CEO, Umoe AS
  • INT    Üzümcü, Ahmet    Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • CHE    Vasella, Daniel L.    Honorary Chairman, Novartis International
  • FIN    Wahlroos, Björn    Chairman, Sampo plc
  • SWE    Wallenberg, Jacob    Chairman, Investor AB
  • SWE    Wallenberg, Marcus    Chairman of the Board of Directors, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
  • USA    Warsh, Kevin M.    Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Lecturer, Stanford University
  • GBR    Wolf, Martin H.    Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
  • USA    Wolfensohn, James D.    Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company
  • NLD    Zalm, Gerrit    Chairman of the Managing Board, ABN-AMRO Bank N.V.
  • GRC    Zanias, George    Chairman of the Board, National Bank of Greece
  • USA    Zoellick, Robert B.    Chairman, The Goldman Sachs Group

And, broken down by country of origin:

Oddly, not many Russians in there…


A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor arrives at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, in this handout picture provided by the United States Forces Korea (USFK) and released by Yonhap on March 7, 2017. Picture taken on March 6, 2017

National Security Adviser Reaffirms US to Pay for THAAD Deployment in S Korea

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US National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster has reaffirmed on Sunday that Washington, and not Seoul, should pay for the deployment of its anti-ballistic missile system the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), despite US President Donald Trump’s claims, media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday Trump told in an interview with the Washington Times that Seoul should pay for the $1-billion defense system, which will be stationed in South Korea in order to shield it from a possible missile attack by Pyongyang. The South Korean military in response reiterated that its position on the system’s deployment remained unchanged, meaning that Washington has to pay.

McMaster had a 35-minute talk with his South Korean counterpart on Sunday at Washington’s request, saying that Trump’s statements “were made in a general context with American people’s hopes for [defense] cost sharing by allies in mind,” as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

According to the agency, both sides have agreed that South Korea’s only contribution will be the land that it has provided for the THAAD deployment earlier.

Kim and McMaster also agreed to increase their pressure on North Korea in cooperation with China and the international community in the light of Pyongyang’s failed missile launch on Saturday, the agency reported.

On Friday, the South Korean Foreign Ministry’s representative said that Seoul has not received US demands to pay the costs of the THAAD despite Trump’s statements.

In July 2016, Seoul and Washington reached an agreement to deploy THAAD in South Korea amid growing tensions with North Korea. China and Russia have criticized the decision, calling it inappropriate, possibly disproportionate and likely to affect the interests of other nations.

The construction of the system had begun in South Korean Seongju County on Wednesday despite protests from the local residents.

The THAAD system has a range of some 200 kilometers (125 miles) and is designed to intercept short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage.

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