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
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):
- FRA Castries, Henri de Chairman and CEO, AXA Group
- 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…
National Security Adviser Reaffirms US to Pay for THAAD Deployment in S Korea
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.