After Italy’s interior minister Salvini banned the NGO boat “Aquarius” from entering his country’s ports, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez expressed his solidarity and opened the port of Valencia.

After Italy’s interior minister Salvini banned the NGO boat “Aquarius” from entering his country’s ports, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez expressed his solidarity and opened the port of Valencia.

Only Spain’s new socialist minority government acts differently. After Italy’s interior minister Salvini banned the NGO boat “Aquarius” from entering his country’s ports, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez expressed his solidarity and opened the port of Valencia.

Merkel’s most important ally, Emmanuel Macron, is more opaque. On the one hand, shortly after his election in France, the president implemented a rigid asylum law, had the border with Italy cordoned off, rejected migrants there and only met one fifth of the refugee distribution quota himself. On the other hand, he likes to speak publicly of European solidarity and common solutions. So far, all EU states have only agreed on stronger protection of external borders and the expansion of the agency responsible for this, Frontex.

8 How many refugees are currently coming?

Far less than last. From the beginning of the year to the end of May, 43,200 migrant arrivals were counted within the EU. That is 46 percent less than in the same period last year. The decline is particularly strong in Italy, which is likely to be attributable to the cooperation with the Libyan coast guard and various rebel groups. On the other hand, Greece reports almost doubling in arrivals. The reason for this is a sharp increase in crossings of the land border with Turkey. However, the development in summer remains decisive along all routes, when in the past there was a sharp increase in arrivals due to the calmer sea.

9 What about the new “” Albania Route “”?

The media has been talking about a new refugee route along the states of the Western Balkans for several weeks. The local government warned loudly about this and is now preparing a protective exercise on the border with Slovenia. Critics see it as mere propaganda and speak of an aggravation that cannot be justified by numbers. In fact, the number of those who try to get to Bosnia via Greece and Albania and from there to Croatia, Slovenia and Austria is manageable and is less than 10,000 people. But at the same time this figure represents a huge increase compared to the previous year. In addition, up to 60,000 migrants are estimated to be stranded in Greece and the number of new arrivals from Turkey is on the rise, which indicates that the refugee deal with Erdoğan could be in danger. There are currently up to three million migrants in Turkey.

10 And what’s next?

Either, in a European show of strength, the turn to a common solution to the migration question succeeds. In addition to clear responsibilities, this would also have to include procedural centers outside the EU and include a large-scale plan for more local help.https://123helpme.me/ If this fails, each affected state will try harder to find its own solutions. This leads to isolation within the EU, the arming of internal borders and the attempt to outsource the migration issue to the more southern neighbors. It would be the end of a borderless Europe.

This article originally appeared in the print edition No. 25/2018.

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Log in Connect with Facebook Rigi9 Thursday, June 28th. 2018 09:57 report

A woman without conscience and responsibility! There is only one thing that ships are not allowed to land in Europe and borders, everything else is a crime of the highest level! Even before that, everything went well and waiting times and changing money was normal! If you don’t like it, stay at home !! The (T) Euro was a crime anyway! Schilling just became euro, but not in terms of salary !!

Xillo Bonnie Thursday June 28th. 2018 12:45 report

It never gets more stupid.

Login Connect with Facebook Superguppy Thu., June 28th. 2018 09:18 report reply

TJA, Ms. Merkel has done a great job. The borders are closing again. Long waiting times at the borders are the result. Europe with the Europeans – no problem. Europe with Muslims and refugees – a big problem. No more refugees from Africa! Neither by ship nor by land routes.

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After a long silence in the debate about conscription, high-ranking generals are taking up positions. It turns out that Chief of Staff Edmund Entacher is not alone with his concerns about the professional army preferred by Defense Minister Norbert Darabos. The dispute was recently focused on Entacher in the media, now other generals have spoken out and warn of the higher costs of a professional army.

The army chief of operations, Lieutenant General Christian Segur-Cabanac, said at an event that it was “a clear fact that a professional army that should have the same scope of services as today’s armed forces would cost several times as much.” “Also the former chief of defense and now adjutant to the Federal President, Major General Gregor Keller, said in the “Kurier” that “in times of sinking budgets and simultaneously increasing threat potential, especially in the sub-conventional area, the tasks can only be covered with general conscription.” “

Minister Darabos has so far denied that a professional army would cost more. In the “Tiroler Tageszeitung” he now admitted that “transitional financing would be needed” “because we cannot reduce staff so quickly”, but he maintains that a professional army is “cost-neutral” in the end.

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Login Connect with Facebook Sun, Oct 28th 2012 8:28 am report reply

The generals get mobile. I like to think so, because they run the risk of losing their state-guaranteed slack beds, in which they lead a peaceful life, if the professional army should come. In no other army of the same size in the world are there as many generals and officers as in Austria – not even in North Korea. I can even understand that the gentlemen fear for their undeserved mites. Maybe then you would really have to work once in your life!

Hermann Gugger Sat., Oct. 27th 2012 21:12 report reply

For them it is not about the higher costs in the professional army but about the fact that with the abolition or suspension of compulsory military service, almost 5000 positions in the higher ranks are “” virtually unnecessary “”. Now that there are enough experts in the Ministry of Defense, I think the opinion of these “Gulfasans” is absolutely dispensable

Ignaz-Kutschnberger Sat., Oct. 27, 2012 11:31 am

What HIGHER costs? Everyone over 2,400 euros automatically only receives 50% of their previous salary … then we are ultimately cheaper than NOW !!

Ignaz-Kutschnberger Sat., Oct. 27, 2012 11:35 am

…the 2,400 were meant gross!

Login Connect with Facebook dageier Sat, Oct 27th 2012 10:43 am report reply

When I had to go to work in 1990, I was not at all enthusiastic. In 1991, it was time, I had to move to Straß. The first two months then went off quite quickly, sports, drills, gun knowledge and practice laps, ABC alarms on the sports field etc … Demonstrations in Feldbach, securing the Slovenian Defense Minister under real weapons, but also an aid mission. Thought it would be over after this time .. But it wasn’t like that, we were then transferred to Radkersburg and from there we went straight on. Combat exercises with live ammunition etc. were quite normal … But we also had students, bricklayers, across the board and if someone claims that most of the system maintainers are, it can only have to do with the fact that such people are better off Holding a ballpoint pen instead of a rifle. One thing is clear, I would do it again immediately. It was very often a lot of fun and I still meet some of my colleagues from back then now and then.

freeyourmind Sat, Oct 27th 2012 10:40 am report reply

Experts … 97% of the cadre are only experts in story telling, Call of Duty, drinking beer and in strict adherence to paradigms. You should be able to pass on this knowledge in six months. You would not get real experts even with 12 months GWD, i.e. this is not considered a new argument. 2% probably understand something about the war of the 20th century …. SENSE?

stabilis Sat., Oct. 27th 2012 09:26 am

My daughter’s friends were now – after graduating from high school – with the army. Not a single one (!) Reported positively about it, most of them were system maintainers or in the kitchen, one was telecommunications. Everyone was told “” … in the short time we can’t really teach you anything, everything is only for experts … “” – that’s the reality!

stabilis Sat., Oct. 27, 2012 09:28 am

It clearly means that the highly technical systems can no longer be operated by military personnel. So you either have to extend compulsory military service to 12 months again (God forbid) or make an army of specialists, slim and slim, but agile, but that doesn’t suit the old, dusty rulers and generals, of course. So get away with them!

stabilis Sat., Oct. 27th 2012 09:30 am

And nobody needs “” the same scope of services “” as they do today – everything needs to be rearranged. Clear NO to foreign missions, upgrade the Ministry of the Interior with a border guard for domestic protection and the army will become a SearchRescue Team that can be deployed worldwide. Earthquake? Call the Austrians! That’s how it should be!

stabilis Sat., Oct. 27, 2012 09:32 am

But there is no interest in that – you have to send soldiers to Africa, etc. – all nonsense. A specialized search Rescue Army, the super pioneers, then we also have everything for internal problems such as avalanches, floods, etc. – we prefer the most modern recovery equipment instead of jets. And give the police the heavier equipment for national defense with the GSG. Cost less, is more efficient!

Sat, Oct. 27, 2012 9:39 am

The generals and officers are afraid for their jobs, have done nothing but get a fat salary. My time in the army was in vain, Bullying people who believe that if they wear a uniform they can act out their aggressions. Today I couldn’t even load a machine gun anymore. Stolen time!

Login Connect with Facebook Sat, Oct 27th 2012 9:17 am report reply

From 1978 to 1979 I was with the armed forces for 8 months. A completely wasted time. Just what we were told for nonsense. For example anti-tank pipe. Simply shoot the tank when it approaches one. In 1989 I played “” Tank Platon “” and had to find out in the manual that no battle tank can be impressed head-on with an anti-tank tube. Only from the side, or even better from the rear, where the armor is much thinner.

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Vladimir Putin, who has been in charge of the country for 18 years, “” has become a synonym for the Russian state, “” explains Alexander Baunov from the Moscow Carnegie Center. And he will lead it for another six years. With 76.7 percent of the vote, he was clearly re-elected.

The 65-year-old is perceived as a “sacred body”, while the opposition is seen as a threat to the state, said Baunow. Russia expert Anna Schor-Tschudnowskaja sees it similarly. Putin is a “” mystical figure “” for most Russians. But at the same time as the high approval for the president, there is a high level of rejection of the concrete work of the government and authorities in view of widespread corruption and poverty.

“” Anchors of stability in a chaotic world “”

According to Stefan Meister, head of the Robert Bosch Center of the German Society for Foreign Policy, Putin presents himself “” as an anchor of stability in a chaotic world “” and “as a leading figure” “, wrote Meister in a guest commentary in the” “Neue Zürcher Zeitung “”. Putin’s campaign to fight internal and external enemies is fueling the fears of an aging society.

Poison Affair fits in well with the script

The fact that the poison affair broke out just before the ballot box fits into the script. The Kremlin brusquely rejected the allegations directed against Moscow relating to the poison attack on the Russian ex-double agent Sergei Skripal. “Any reference or mention of our president in this context is nothing more than a shocking and unforgivable violation of diplomatic etiquette,” said Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Putin, who was born on October 7, 1952 in a poor working class family in Leningrad (today’s St. Petersburg), knows the secret services very well. Putin had been with the Soviet secret service since 1975. Between 1985 and 1989 he was stationed for the KGB in the GDR. According to rumors, Putin came to Austria again and again during this time: to go skiing.

Again and again visits to Vienna

After his return to St. Petersburg, he was the right-hand man of the then mayor Anatoly Sobchak, who was responsible for foreign trade and relations from 1991 to 1996. According to Russian media reports, he is likely to have accompanied his boss Sobchak repeatedly on business trips to Vienna. In 1998 Putin became head of the domestic secret service FSB, the successor to the KGB and Prime Minister under Boris Yeltsin. When the latter resigned from office due to serious illness, Putin, who was 47 at the time, took over. He was officially elected President in 2000 and confirmed in office four years later.

As President, the German-speaking Putin also came to Austria privately more often. In 2001 and 2002, according to his biographer Roj Medvedev, he took lessons from winter sports legend Karl Schranz. In 2001 he officially traveled to the World Ski Championships in St. Anton. Pictures showing former Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel and the Russian President skiing together went around the world.

Putin also had a warm relationship with the late Federal President Thomas Klestil.

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