Islam versus Europe Qatar’s Shopping Spree Includes Europe’s Politicians

March 13, 2013

(Islam versus Europe)
A few days ago the Financial Times had a story about Sarkozy being mooted as the head of a 500 million euro fund backed by Qatar.

Nicolas Sarkozy is being wooed by sovereign wealth funds including Qatar’s who are ready to back him to start a private equity fund.

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund and other investors have offered to commit as much as €500m in total to a fund run by the former French president, people familiar with the matter said. Mr Sarkozy has sought advice from close advisers on the plan.

However, he has put it on hold in recent weeks because he sees an opportunity to return to politics following the rapid decline in the polls of President François Hollande, who defeated him in May, two people familiar with Mr Sarkozy’s thinking said. “The Qataris are taking an option on the next president of France,” a third person with knowledge of the venture said.

Source: Financial Times

This is far from exceptional.

Tony Blair is regularly employed by Qatar as a consultant and middleman.

A few months ago it was reported that Berlusconi was considering selling a 30% stake in AC Milan to Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund.

The Gazzetta dello Sport says the deal could be worth $323 million, and would facilitate the building of a new stadium or the refurbishment of the San Siro.

The deal could also include aspects involving Berlusconi’s media empire and the Qatari-run Al-Jazeera network.

Source


Italy’s sovereign debt rating cut by S&P on growth fear

September 20, 2011

Another country gets downgraded. Who is going well? That is the question. The country that does well has to sell to the country who is broke!

Italy has had its sovereign debt rating cut by Standard & Poor’s, the latest move in a deepening and continuing European debt crisis.

S&P cut its rating on Italy’s long- and short-term sovereign debt rating to A/A-1 from A+/A-1+, adding that the outlook for the country was “negative”.
It cited fears over Italy’s ability to cut state spending and bring its finances in order.
Italy is currently trying to push through an austerity budget.
“We believe the reduced pace of Italy’s economic activity to date will make the government’s revised fiscal targets difficult to achieve,” S&P said in a statement.
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(Seeker 401) like the old picture of silvio?
they are the 6th european nation to get downgraded on their debt..more to come…

France and Italy in call to close EU borders in wake of Arab protests

April 27, 2011
Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi

Sarkozy_and_Berlusconi are demanding European deportation pacts with the countries of revolutionary north Africa to send migrants home.

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France and Italy have thrown down the gauntlet over Europe’s system of passport-free travel, saying a crisis of immigration sparked by the Arab spring was calling into question the borderless regime enjoyed by more than 400 million people in 25 countries.Challenging one of the biggest achievements of European integration of recent decades, Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi also launched a joint effort to stem immigration and demanded European deportation pacts with the countries of revolutionary north Africa to send new arrivals packing.
The French president and the Italian prime minister, at a summit in Rome, opted to pile the pressure on Brussels and the governments of the other 25 EU states, demanding an “in-depth revision” of European law regulating the passport-free travel that takes in almost all of the EU with the exception of Britain and Ireland.
Prompted by the influx to Italy of almost 30,000 immigrants, mainly from Tunisia, in recent months, the two leaders warned that the upheavals in north Africa “could swiftly become an out-and-out crisis capable of undermining the trust our fellow citizens place in the free circulation within the Schengen area”.
The passport-free travel system known as the Schengen regime was agreed by a handful of countries in 1985 and put into practice in 1995. Since then it has been embraced by 22 EU countries as well as Norway, Switzerland and Iceland, but spurned by Britain and Ireland. It is widely seen, along with the euro single currency, as Europe’s signature unification project of recent decades.
But like the euro, fighting its biggest crisis over the past year, the Schengen regime is being tested amid mounting populism and the renationalisation of politics across the EU.
In other setbacks to borderless Europe, Germany, France and other countries have been blocking the admission of Bulgaria and Romania to Schengen in recent months, while the arrival of thousands of Middle Eastern migrants in Greece has fed exasperation with Athens’s inability to control the EU’s southern border.
The Franco-Italian move, following weeks of bad-tempered exchanges between Paris and Rome over how to deal with the Tunisian influx, is the biggest threat yet to the Schengen regime.
“For the treaty to stay alive, it must be reformed,” Sarkozy said. Berlusconi added: “We both believe that in exceptional circumstances there should be variations to the Schengen treaty.”
They sent a joint letter to the European commission and European council chiefs, José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, urging proposals from Brussels and agreement on a new system at an EU summit of government heads in June.
The commission said it was drawing up new proposals, tinkering with the current system, to be unveiled next week. But it has resisted, with the support of most EU governments, intense Italian pressure to label the arrivals from north Africa an emergency.
Under European law the border-free regime can be suspended only for reasons of national security, routinely invoked in recent years by member states hosting major international sporting events such as the World Cup or the European football championships, where individual countries contend with a huge, one-off influx of foreigners.
Sarkozy and Berlusconi insisted the rules be changed to allow more restrictions on freedom of travel. A new deal was “indispensable”, they said. The June summit should “examine the possibility of temporarily re-establishing internal frontier controls in case of exceptional difficulty in the management of the [EU’s] common external frontiers”.
This, however, would clearly not be in the interests of Italy, which fears an end to the hostilities in Libya could spark an even bigger exodus. In that event, the letter said, the EU should provide “mechanisms of specific solidarity” including the distribution of immigrants among member states.
This will prove extremely divisive and will be rejected by countries such as Germany and Sweden, which have much higher numbers of asylum seekers than Italy, less restrictive immigration policies, and little sympathy for Italy’s plight.
The concerted Franco-Italian initiative also called for accords between the EU and north African countries on repatriating immigrants, a policy certain to spark outrage among human rights groups, the refugee lobby, and more liberal EU governments.
Promising strong support for the democratic revolutions sweeping the Maghreb and the Middle East, Sarkozy and Berlusconi added: “In exchange we have the right to expect from our partner countries a commitment to a rapid and efficacious co-operation with the European Union and its member states in fighting illegal immigration.”
Tuesday’s move followed weeks of feuding between Rome and Paris over the Tunisian exodus. Furious at the failure of other EU countries to “share the burden”, the Italians granted visas to the immigrants enabling them to move elsewhere in the EU. The Germans and the Austrians complained. The Belgians accused Rome of “cheating” on the Schengen rulebook. The French government promptly closed a part of the border with Italy briefly, re-erecting passport controls to halt trains.
But Berlusconi and Sarkozy, seeking to curry favour with the strong far-right constituencies in both countries, sought to bury their differences by urging the rest of Europe to buy into their anti-immigration agenda.


Berlusconi tells a Jew Joke, then Ass Kisses Libya

February 24, 2011


The Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano criticized Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Sunday for telling an anti-Semitic joke at his 74th birthday party last week. The poor taste joke was recorded on video and posted on the website of Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Saturday. The newspaper described the joke as “deplorable”, adding that it “offended the sentiment of believers and the sacred memory of six million Holocaust victims”.
Berlusconi told supporters outside his home: “A Jew hides a fellow Jew in his basement at the time of the concentration camps and charges him 3,000 euro a day”. “The Jew paid up because he had the money, but do you think he should tell him that Hitler has died and the war is over?”
The prime minister was unrepentant Sunday and said the joke was “just a laugh” “made in private, not offensive and not a sin.”

RELATIONS WITH LIBYA – BERLUSCONI KISSES GADAFFI’S HAND
“Somehow it feels like I didn’t go about this properly!”

Muammar Gadaffi has been greeted with all appropriate pomp and ceremony in Italy, with whom he has buried the post-colonial hatchet following a series of lucrative deals. Meanwhile, he has obtained a full apology and damages from the Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs Micheline Calmy-Rey to close the diplomatic incident arising from the arrest of his son in Geneva.

smack!

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday that a Moroccan teenage girl at the centre of a new sex scandal threatening the premier may have attended a party hosted by Berlusconi.
Emilio Fede, who anchors a news programme on a television channel owned by Berlusconi’s Mediaset network, is being investigated on charges of procuring prostitutes, news reports said.
The probe, reportedly conducted by magistrates in Milan, is linked to allegations made by the 17-year-old Moroccan that she, together with dozens of young women, attended parties at Berlusconi’s villa in the northern town of Arcore.
The girl, whom news reports have only identified as “Ruby R”, was questioned in May by investigators in Milan in connection with the theft of cash from a friend’s apartment, the leftist newspaper La Repubblica reported.
During her interrogation, she reportedly made allegations that she had visited the conservative premier’s Villa San Martino on three occasions after being contacted by Fede.
Ruby R told investigators that Fede first accompanied her to Berlusconi’s villa for a Feb 14 Valentine’s Day party.
The girl also claimed that the party was attended by about 20 young women and only two men — Fede and Berlusconi.
“I think I met that girl at some dinner at Berlusconi’s house,” Fede was quoted as saying Thursday by the ANSA news agency.
The 79-year-old Fede, however, denied reports in which the girl alleged he had introduced her to the 74-year-old premier.
Fede also denied he is under investigation.
Berlusconi minimised the significance of the reports.
“See what a fuss they have kicked up? Over nothing,” he joked with TV cameramen on the margins of an EU summit in Brussels.
At a news conference in Naples earlier Thursday, he refused to answer questions related to the case.
On Wednesday, the premier’s lawyers described as “totally unfounded” a report by another leftist newspaper, Il Fatto Quotidiano, alleging that Ruby had sex with him.
The media-magnate-turned-politician has been embroiled in a series of sex scandals — including one in May 2009 when his wife, Veronica Lario, announced her intention to divorce after reports that Berlusconi had attended the birthday party of an 18-year-old lingerie model.
Lario also accused her husband of “frequenting” underage women, a charge the premier denied.
In June 2009, a self-described escort, Patrizia D’Addario, alleged she spent the night with Berlusconi at his residence in Rome.
Berlusconi has said he is “no saint”, but denied ever paying for sex.

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Whose side is he on anyway?

February 4, 2010
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Berlusconi: Goldstone tried to incriminate Israel – Israel News, Ynetnews

February 4, 2010

finally someone in Europe is listening and understands:  

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi expressed support Wednesday of Israel’s opposition to the Goldstone Report.

 
“We opposed Goldstone who tried to incriminate Israel for responding to Hamas’ rocket firing,” he said during his speech in the Knesset plenum. “I am proud that Italy knew to act on time during the bombing of Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Italy is proud of gestures such as our government’s refusal to attend the second Durban conference which sought to make intolerable accusations of racism and violence against Israel.”

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