Italy’s New Coalition Vows To Leave European Union

Italy's new conservative coalition has plans to pull the country out of the European Union and form closer ties with the United States and Russia, according to a leaked report that has sent shockwaves through Europe.

 Italy’s new conservative coalition has plans to pull the country out of the European Union and form closer ties with the United States and Russia, according to a leaked report that has sent shockwaves through Europe.

 The explosive manifesto, entitled Government for Change, reveals plans for Italy to leave the crumbling EU, as well as controversially calling for closer ties with Russia and demands to be released from the European Central Bank’s financial shackles.

 The 39-page document emerged as Italy’s political deadlock looks set to continue with Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi refusing to stand aside to let his anti-EU election allies Lega form an anti-EU government with anti-establishment party 5Star Movement.

The Express reports: President Sergio Mattarella has demanded action after a third inconclusive round of coalition talks and warned party leaders to find an agreement, accept a “neutral government” or go to the polls all over again, believe the nationalist parties Lega and 5Star Movement are likely to form a coalition and form a conservative government, clearing the path for Italy to reject the European Union and its globalist agenda and throwing it’s weight behind Russia and President Putin’s respect for national sovereignty.

 The joint Government for Change programme appears to show plenty of common ground between Lega and 5Star Movement and is signed by their respective leaders Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio.

 The leaked report makes pleasant reading for anyone who is against the globalist agenda. It appears Italy is about to follow Britain out of the European Union. The report demands radical change in Italy’s relationship wth Brussels with “a need to revise EU treaties” and to “re-discuss the Italian contribution to the EU”.

 On the international front, the new nationalist coalition in Italy would consider the US, a “privileged ally”, while at the same time establishing “the opening to Russia, to be perceived not as a threat, but as an economic and commercial partner”.

 During the election campaign Lega promised “the immediate withdrawal of sanctions imposed on Russia” and the rehabilitation of Moscow as a “strategic interlocutor” in crisis areas such as Syria, Libya and Yemen.

 On public finance, Mr Salvini and Mr Di Maio resolve to ask European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi to cancel the £250 billion government bonds it owed.

 According to the Express, the parties have issued a joint statement insisting the report is a draft that is subject to change and contains many proposals that had been amended.

 However the general direction of the new powers in Italian politics — pulling themselves out of the European Union and the crippling shackles of the European Central Bank — must be applauded. The future of Europe is looking brighter.

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 Judge Orders Mueller To Prove  Russia Meddled In Election 

Judge Dabney L. Friedrich

A Washington federal judge on Thursday ordered special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to clarify election meddling claims lodged against a Russian company operated by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Bloomberg.

Concord Management and Consulting, LLC. – one of three businesses indicted by Mueller in February along with 13 individuals for election meddling, surprised the special counsel in April when they actually showed up in court to fight the charges. Mueller’s team tried to delay Concord from entering the case, arguing that thee Russian company not been properly served, however Judge Dabney Friedrich denied the request – effectively telling prosecutors ‘well, they’re here.’

Concord was accused in the indictment of supporting the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian ‘troll farm’ accused of trying to influence the 2016 US election.

On Thursday, Judge Freidrich asked Mueller’s prosecutors if she should assume they aren’t accusing Concord of violating US laws applicable to election expenditures and failure to register as a foreign agent.

Concord has asked Dabney to throw out the charges – claiming that Mueller’s office fabricated a crime, and that there is no law against interfering in elections.

According to the judge’s request for clarification, the Justice Department has argued that it doesn’t have to show that Concord had a legal duty to report its expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. Rather, the allegation is that the company knowingly engaged in deceptive acts that precluded the FEC, or the Justice Department, from ascertaining whether they had broken the law. -Bloomberg

On Monday, Friedrich raised questions over whether the special counsel’s office could prove a key element of their case – saying that it was “hard to see” how allegations of Russian influence were intended to interfere with US government operations vs. simply “confusing voters,” reports law.com.

During a 90-minute hearing, Friedrich questioned prosecutor Jonathan Kravis about how the government would be able to show the Russian defendants were aware of the Justice Department and FEC’s functions and then deliberately sought to skirt them.

“You still have to show knowledge of the agencies and what they do. How do you do that?” Friedrich asked.

Kravis, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, argued that the government needed only to show that Concord Management and the other defendants were generally aware that the U.S. government “regulates and monitors” foreign participation in American politics. That awareness, Kravis said, could be inferred from the Russians’ alleged creation of fake social media accounts that appeared to be run by U.S. citizens and “computer infrastructure” intended to mask the Russian origin of the influence operation.

“That is deception that is directed at a higher level,” Kravis said. Kravis appeared in court with Michael Dreeben, a top Justice Department appellate lawyer on detail to the special counsel’s office. -law.com

Concord pleaded not guilty in May. Their attorney, Eric Dubelier – a partner at Reed Smith, has described the election meddling charges as “make believe,” arguing on Monday that Mueller’s indictment against Concord “doesn’t charge a crime.”

“There is no statute of interfering with an election. There just isn’t,” said Dubelier, who added that Mueller’s office alleged a “made-up crime to fit the facts they have.”

Dubelier added that the case against Concord Management is the first in US history “where anyone has ever been charged with defrauding the Justice Department” through their failure to register under FARA.

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