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London must allow Wilders' agitation 14/10 [EN]

February 2009, British Government did the right thing. They did not allow Geert Wilders to come on British soil in order to spread his venomous ideas under the umbrella of the anti-European UKIP party.

Blocking an elected representative from a befriended country is indeed exceptional. But in my view, British Government set an example of integrity, ashaming Dutch Parliament, that allows a no-membership "party" to agitate on racial issues. Most parties in Holland, exception made for the left liberal D66 group as well as for the "Green-Left", are stuck like rabbits in the headlights of a Mercedes, not knowing what to do about this utterly un-Dutch Wilders movement.

Wilders is jubilating

The London Immigration Court, in condemning yesterday the UK Government decision concerning Wilders' dangerous upsetting of public order, put itself on the accomodating Chamberlain (1938) line. I hope that the UK Government will oppose that decision and continue in a more Churchillian line, blocking continental follies and preserving democracy and humanism in Europe as a whole.

But, for the moment, Wilders is jubilating.

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Woche 36: Ulfkotte nominiert für Schlechtsellerliste... 3/9 [DE]

Ulfkottes Platz 41 auf der Spiegel-Buchreport "Bestsellerliste" von Hardcover-Sachbücher hat sich in dieser Woche (36) nicht geändert. Verdiente Verkaufskatastrophe!


Ulfkottes Buch sinkt 7 Plätze in einer Woche bei Spiegel-Buchreport [27/8]

Im heutigen wöchentlichen Update (Woche 35/2009) des Spiegel-Buchreports, besetzt Udo Ulfkottes neues Buch Vorsicht Bürgerkrieg den 41. Platz unter den Hardcover-Sachbüchern. Letzte Woche war es noch der 34sten:


Trotz aller Einstrengungen von Stephan Herre bei "PI", ist "Vorsicht!" nach 6 Wochen fast von der Liste verschwunden.

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Bulgaria: A political change that Europe shouldn't neglect 9/7 [EN]

For the third time since 1989, Bulgarian voters have inflicted a massive "no" to their political class.
The GERB party (a Bulgarian language shortcut for "Citizens for an European Development of Bulgaria") got 116 of the available 240 seats in the one-cameral parliament of Sofia. Their nearly 40% of the more than 60% vote, propelled the vociferous major of the capital Sofia, Boiko Borissof, into the seat of prime minister.
(Borissov, the virtually nominated prime minister, said on July 9, 2009: I have a program of support to the legal officers who are charged with corruption cases, we are going to invest massively into infrastructure and in European cooperation ... [Photo: Sofia Echo, Krassimir Yuskesseliev])

At the European elections of last month it was already impossible to deny, that Borissovs party was going to carry the national elections, scheduled for July 5.
The high level of participation in the election helped to justify the GERB victory, in spite of frequent vote-buying, an ethnic Turkish vote and "election tourism" on an unprecented scale.

In 1990, Bulgarian voters chased the historic Todor Zhivkov gerontocracy. In 2001, they invested their hopes in the former king Simeon. Every time, they were disappointed. Will the Borissov landslide of 2009 be their ultimate revenge?

Will the third Bulgarian electoral revolution finally bring peace and progress?
In recent years, I had the opportunity to spend some time in the country.

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