ANGELA Merkel cut an increasingly isolated figure in Europe tonight as the rest of the continent ganged up on Germany over its imposition of crippling austerity.
Preliminary discussions on how to outmanoeuvre the all-powerful leader had already taken place, with Mr Tsipras and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi having held informal talks about the possibility of setting up an “Alliance of Europe’s South” on the sidelines of June’s EU summit.
The Turkish President said that he believes talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin offer a chance to open "a new page" in bilateral relations.
Turkish President Recep Rayyip Erdogan said that he expects talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week will open "a new page" in bilateral relations between the two countries in an interview with Russia’s TASS news agency. The openness towards restoring cooperative diplomatic relations with the Kremlin comes at a time when Ankara has repeatedly accused US military and intelligence officials of masterminding the failed coup and as the country’s relations with Brussels has hit an impasse.
The talks set to take place in the city of St. Petersburg are intended to end a period of heightened tensions between Moscow and Ankara following the fatal downing of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border last November.
At a time when the implausible has become the norm, Turkey has subsequently stated that the decision to down the fighter jet was pushed forward by coup plotters and at the behest of NATO in an attempt to avert blame and normalize relations. Turkish President Erdogan did finally issue an apology to Moscow, over eight months after the incident, in the wake of the failed coup attempt.
The Turkish President sees the failed coup attempt as an opportunity to start a fresh relationship with Russia despite the tragic past. "This will be a historic visit, a new beginning,” said Erdogan. “At the talks with my friend Vladimir (Putin), I believe, a new page in bilateral relations will be opened. Our countries have a lot to do together."
The parade ground, built to hold more than a million people, was overflowing, with the streets of surrounding neighborhoods clogged by crowds. One presidency official put the numbers at around five million and the event was broadcast live on public screens at smaller rallies across Turkey’s 81 provinces.
There are already opposition concerns that the restructuring of the military lacks parliamentary oversight and is going too far, with thousands of soldiers discharged, including around 40 percent of generals.
In comments published on Sunday, the leader of Germany’s liberal Free Democrats said he saw parallels between Erdogan’s behavior and the aftermath of the Reichstag fire in 1933, portrayed by the Nazis as a Communist plot against the government and used by Adolf Hitler to justify massively curtailing civil liberties.
The world is rebelling against the pseudo-science of climate change. Despite the fact that the academic proponents have been caught faking data, colleges are universally forcing this fiction down the throats of their students and the public as a whole with fake data, and contrived samples that are not randomized.
In Australia, one brave politician is speaking up.
One of Australia’s new senators has said climate change is a global conspiracy created by bankers seeking to establish a worldwide government.
Malcolm Roberts won a Queensland Senate seat as member of the anti-immigration One Nation party in recent elections.
He says the United Nations is using climate change to lay the foundations for an unelected global government.
His previous writing indicates that he believes a shadowy cabal of bankers is controlling world affairs.
One Nation is led by Pauline Hanson, who during the 1990s was a controversial figure in Australian politics for her views on immigration and Indigenous Australians.
The party won four seats in Australia’s Senate during the election, making it the fourth-largest voting bloc in the upper house.
The BBC has asked Mr Roberts for an interview and submitted questions to him by email, but has not received a reply.
But in recent interviews with the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC), Mr Roberts stood by his previous positions.
He called for an investigation into Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over its handling of climate change science.
When asked if he still believed the UN was trying to impose a worldwide government through climate change policy, Mr Roberts answered: “Definitely”.
Mr Roberts also wrote a report in 2013 entitled CSRIOh!: Climate of Deception, Or First Step to Freedom? that detailed his rejection of man-made global warming.
“The UN IPCC’s unfounded core claim about human CO2 is part of UN Agenda 21 campaign for global governance,” the report said.
In a 135-page appendix to the report, Mr Roberts wrote in detail about his belief that an international cabal of bankers is exercising enormous influence on world affairs.
The report says the US Federal Reserve and Bank of England are privately controlled corporations, and that their owners are seeking to introduce carbon trading into the world economy as a way to generate money and extend their control.
The entire objective of those pursuing the political agenda was to create the illusion that current weather is abnormal and therefore unnatural. They wanted to show that all this occurred in the last 100 years as a result of human industrial activity. The objective was to create false science, which was easy because few people know about weather and climate, a fact confirmed by a Yale University study that created a High School exam. Figure 1 shows the raw results with 52 percent getting an F and 25 percent a D for a total failure of 77 percent.
Promoters of the false story also knew people know even less about climate. Indeed, most don’t even know the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the atmospheric conditions you experience at any point in time. The climate is the average of those conditions in a region or over time.
* The world was warmer than today for 97 percent of the last 10,000 years, a period known variously as the Climatic Optimum, or more recently the Holocene Optimum. We have known about this warmer period for at least 75 years.
* The world was 2°C warmer than today 1000 years ago during the Medieval warming. Remember, you are told that the world is going to warm by 2°C, and that is catastrophic.
* The world was 4°C warmer than today during the Minoan warming.
* We are told the amount and rate of temperature increase in the last 100 years (shown in red) is abnormal. Compare the slope with any of the previous increases.
* The green line indicates the larger trend and shows that the Earth has cooled for approximately the last 7000 years.
The CO2 changes over this period, but those changes follow the temperature. The global warming proponents tell the public it is the opposite. As in all temperature changes, there is a logical explanation that does not include CO2. In this case the longer trend fits what is called the Milankovitch Effect (ME). These are the collective changes caused by Sun/Earth relationships, including orbit, tilt, and precession of the Equinox (Figure 3).
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