Council of Europe (CoE) - European Human Rights Court - founding fathers (1949)

Council of Europe (CoE) - European Human Rights Court - founding fathers (1949)
French National Assembly head Edouard Herriot and British Foreign minister Ernest Bevin surrounded by Italian, Luxembourg and other delegates at the first meeting of Council of Europe's Consultative Assembly in Strasbourg, August 1949 (AFP Photo)

EU founding fathers signed 'blank' Treaty of Rome (1957)

EU founding fathers signed 'blank' Treaty of Rome (1957)
The Treaty of Rome was signed in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, one of the Renaissance palaces that line the Michelangelo-designed Capitoline Square in the Italian capital

Shuttered: EU ditches summit 'family photo'

Shuttered: EU ditches summit 'family photo'
EU leaders pose for a family photo during the European Summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 28, 2016 (AFP Photo/JOHN THYS)

Merkel says fall of Wall proves 'dreams can come true'


“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013. They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)


"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Friday, April 20, 2012

Spain's model monarchy shoots itself in the foot

King Juan Carlos's solidarity with austerity-hit subjects collapses amid hunting trips, corruption claims and bedroom intrigue

guardian.co.uk, Giles Tremlett in Madrid, Friday 20 April 2012

King Juan Carlos on his €10,000-a-day hunting safari in Botswana, which
had  been hushed up before he fell and broke his hip. Photograph: Target
Press/Barcroft Media

They were once the star royal family of Europe, seen as hard-working, frugal, modern and genuinely popular among ordinary Spaniards who adored King Juan Carlos as the great bringer of democracy.

But now Spain's royals have revealed an ability to shoot themselves in the foot, both literally and metaphorically, in a way that has left angry citizens wondering if they even notice how ordinary people are suffering.

As unemployment reached 24%, austerity measures bit and the economy headed back towards double-dip recession, the 74-year-old monarch had publicly claimed he lay in bed at night worrying about the plight of the young jobless. But a fall as he walked to the bathroom in an exclusive safari camp in Botswana, where he had gone to shoot elephants, water buffaloes and other exotic animals, has revealed a different story.

While Spaniards desperately sought work or struggled to meet basic needs, the king was on a hush-hush, all-expenses-paid hunting trip, blasting at animals in one of the world's most exotic landscapes – Botswana's Okavango delta.

His big-game-slaying holiday was estimated to cost €10,000 (£8,000) a day, with a Syrian businessman close to the Saudi royal family rumoured to be picking up the tab.

It was not the kind of thing Spaniards wanted to hear as the government announced health and education cuts and fears grew of a bailout accompanied by years of harsh austerity.

"We all have to tighten our belts a bit because of the difficult times for the economy," the king had told them over the summer, as he backed austerity.

The hunting trip was just the latest in a series of gaffes which have seen Spain's normally respectful press tear up a decades-old deal not to scrutinise the royal family.

That agreement had stayed in place since Juan Carlos inherited General Francisco Franco's powers after the dictator's death in 1975 and oversaw the restoration of monarchy and democracy. His role in quashing a 1981 coup attempt appeared to cement his position.

In recent months, however, the king has struggled to separate the monarchy from a corruption scandal surrounding his son-in-law Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma.

The duke, a former Olympic medal winner with Spain's handball team, denies allegations that he used charities as fronts for taking millions of euros in public money, some of it hidden from tax authorities, so that he could cash in on his royal title by appearing at events alongside politicians.

"Everyone, especially those of us with public functions, must behave correctly, in an exemplary fashion," the king solemnly declared in his Christmas broadcast as the scandal snowballed and the monarchy's popularity tumbled in opinion polls.

He hired a new public relations chief, former El País columnist Javier Ayuso, with glowing pro-monarchy editorials appearing in the centre-left daily and other newspapers. The royal palace's accounts were also made public in what Spaniards were told was a new era of transparency.

But Juan Carlos's attempts at portraying his family as hard-working, humble and law-abiding had taken a blow when his 13-year-old grandson, Froilán Marichalar, shot himself through the foot with a 36-calibre shotgun just a few days before the Botswana incident.

Newspapers reported that Froilán was too young to use the shotgun legally, raising further questions about whether the royals felt normal rules did not apply to them.

"These people just don't understand the reality of this country," complained Mercedes Munarriz, a sound engineer. "They even seem to be running a perfect campaign against themselves."

But it was the king's Botswana fall, which required him to fly back for a hip operation in Madrid, that provoked an unprecedented torrent of criticism of a monarch unused to harsh words from the press or mainstream politicians.

"The king should choose between responsibility and abdication," said Tomás Gómez, head of Madrid's Socialist party, as pressure grew for Juan Carlos to make way for his son, Felipe.

"The African elephant scandal is not anecdotal," said Ignacio Escolar, one of Spain's most popular bloggers. "It cannot be so when the Spanish monarchy has spent months going from scandal to scandal, when the economic crisis makes Spaniards question all their institutions and when even his own family cannot escape the stain of corruption."

Even the king's private life, where rumours of lovers have always been rife, is no longer out of bounds – and neither is his friendship with a German aristocrat whose name is widely available in Spain and Germany, but whose lawyers say she denies any inappropriate relationship and have threatened legal action against any British newspapers that reveal her name.

"The failure of his marriage to Queen Sofia, from whom he is practically separated, is public knowledge," said José Antonio Zarzalejos, a former editor of the conservative ABC newspaper, in his online column.

Officials at the king's Zarzuela palace declined to say who had travelled with him or paid for a trip that they described as private, nor would they comment on his personal life.

A more ferocious debate was taking place on social networks and the internet. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said it had received more than 80,000 internet complaints against the king – its honorary president in Spain – for shooting elephants for fun.

"The impact is huge in Britain, Germany, Holland, the United States and other countries," said WWF Spain's boss, Juan Carlos del Olmo, explaining why it was considering sacking the king. "It is more of an image problem, both national and international, than a conservation question."

Palace officials said they had not been formally told of any plans by the WWF to break with the monarch.

Foreign Policy magazine blogger Joshua E Keating added to Spain's sense of humiliation by asking whether the king had deliberately sought the least politically correct holiday. "Was the baby-seal-clubbing junket all booked up?" he wondered.

The Spanish government has also received a deluge of requests that taxpayer funds given to the king should not be excluded from a new transparency law. All this pales, however, beside the latest allegations made by defence lawyers representing a business partner of the king's son-in-law.

This week they provided copies of emails which allegedly showed that Juan Carlos acted as an intermediary between Urdangarín and public officials, trying to persuade politicians to get involved with the creation of a new America's Cup sailing project. Urdangarín had allegedly hoped to earn money from it.

There was no suggestion the king had done anything illegal, though his status excludes him from the legal process anyway. Officials said the emails reflected his support for sailing, one of his family's favourite sports. The news magazine Interviú this week claimed anticorruption investigators are trying to find up to €5m allegedly kept in tax havens by Urdangarín – whose appearances in court have proved an embarrassment. On Wednesday the king appeared on his crutches to issue an 11-word apology for his behaviour. "I am very sorry. I made a mistake and it will not happen again," he said.

"I applaud the apology, but am left with a question. Exactly what is it that won't happen again?" asked Escolar.

Even ministers find themselves getting tangled up in the lexicon of royal gaffes, as the expression "shoot yourself in the foot" gains new significance in Madrid. The foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, had to apologise for using it as a way of describing Argentina's nationalisation of the Spanish-owned oil company YPF this week. "It was an unfortunate expression," he said. "I meant no double-meaning."


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