Explainer: Europe’s coronavirus smartphone contact tracing apps – Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) – More than 20 countries and territories in Europe have launched or plan smartphone apps that seek to break the chain of coronavirus infection by tracking encounters between people and issuing a warning should one of them test positive.


Source: Explainer: Europe’s coronavirus smartphone contact tracing apps – Reuters

Trump cancels US cemetery visit amid diplomatic embarrassment | US news | The Guardian

Comment from 61chrissterry

Trump a President who thinks and feels more for his hair than the fallen at a site of immense importance to the US military.

What does the Trump base think of that and their apparent saviour?

Hopefully not much, but then again if they fail to believe in Trump, then who can they, what an impossible choice.

They need to get their priorities right America or Trump, they can’t have both.

As Donald Trump met Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday, he was beset by potential diplomatic embarrassment.

First, the French newspaper Le Monde reported that on a previous diplomatic occasion in Washington, the American president caused embarrassment by mixing up the Baltic states and the Balkans.

Then, amidst ceremonies in the French capital to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, a planned presidential visit to the American cemetery at Belleau, a site of immense importance to the US military, was cancelled because it was raining.

Amidst brewing international consternation, Trump was criticised in harsh terms by Winston Churchill’s grandson, Nicholas Soames, who tweeted: “They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen #hesnotfittorepresenthisgreatcountry.”

Nicolas Burns, an American diplomat who served both Republican and Democratic presidents, called that choice “astonishing”.


Source: Trump cancels US cemetery visit amid diplomatic embarrassment | US news | The Guardian

Croatia Drowning Its Diaspora In EU Financial Problems

Croatia, the War, and the Future

One would need to be totally blind, or stupid, not to see the politically orchestrated communications from the pro-EU-leaning leftist Croatian mainstream media and European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker’s announcement mid-last week. Croatia’s so-called demographic experts say that Croatia could take at least 50,000 new immigrants in short-term to make up for the potential work-force losses that emerged through mass exodus of people due to unemployment the day before EC’s Juncker in his annual state of the union speech made an announcement regarding “swift inclusion in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area”. The fact that no special reference to the rich and large Croatian diaspora earned no mention as part of Croatia’s demographic “experts” contemplating immigration earns concern and utter disillusionment; after all, Croatia’s government’s mouth is full of calling upon the Croats from the diaspora to return to Croatia! Were this not a lip service only, there would…

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Croatia: A Small Country – Big Olympic Sport Talents – #Rio2016 | Ace News Room

Olympics 2016 Rio Opening ceremony Croatia team among best dressed Such a great buzz being able to say that having won 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals by day 13 of 2016 Olympic Games Croatia is Number 1…

Source: Croatia: A Small Country – Big Olympic Sport Talents – #Rio2016 | Ace News Room

Refugee crisis: Croatia has closed seven of eight border crossings with Serbia

Original post from The Independent


11,000 people entered Croatia in 48 hours after Hungary’s crackdown on migrants

Croatia has closed seven of eight road border crossings with Serbia because of an influx of over 11,000 migrants who evaded police to enter the country.

The closures – the day after Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia – is the latest desperate attempt by European governments to stem the flow of people hoping to reach countries such as Germany in the border-free Schengen area.

Officials in Zagreb said they were left with no choice after huge numbers of people broke though police lines, trekked through fields and entered rural villages, following the crackdown by Hungary, which has drawn international condemnation.

Others trying to enter Slovenia by train from Croatia were intercepted by border police, with officials stopping all rail traffic on the main line between the countries.

Between Croatia and Serbia, only the main Bajakovo crossing, on the highway between Belgrade and Zagreb, appeared to be open to traffic on Friday.

Refugees head to a train station to get to Zagreb in Tovarnik, Croatia
Refugees head to a train station to get to Zagreb in Tovarnik, Croatia

Migrants have been streaming into EU member Croatia for two days, with their path into Hungary blocked by a metal fence, as police fired tear-gas and water cannon on groups of angry migrants who threw stones. Budapest has threatened to imprison anyone trying to illegally enter the country.

There were desperate scenes at a railway station on Croatia’s eastern frontier with Serbia, where thousands were left stranded overnight under open skies.

The EU has called an emergency summit next week to overcome disarray in the 28-nation bloc.

Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic warned on Thursday that Croatia would close its border with Serbia if the flow of migrants continued at the same rate, saying his country was full to capacity.

Serbia's border with Croatia has become the latest flashpoint in Europe's refugee crisis
Serbia’s border with Croatia has become the latest flashpoint in Europe’s refugee crisis

Late on Thursday, police announced they had banned all traffic at seven border crossings. “The measure is valid until further notice,” police said in a statement. Serbia’s main highway north into Hungary is already closed by Hungarian riot police on the border.

It remained unclear whether or how police would stop migrants, many of them refugees from Syria, from streaming through fields across the border away from official crossings, though their path across much of the frontier is made more difficult by the River Danub.

Serbia warned its neighbours against shutting down the main arteries between them.


There, Slovenian police halted a train carrying some 150 migrants at Dobova train station on Slovenia’s side of the border and said they would be sent back. A Reuters TV crew said some tried to leave the train but were stopped by police. Some refused water in protest.

Slovenia – the eastern extreme of the Schengen area – has also introduced border controls, as Ljubljana announced on Thursday that its frontier with Hungary would be closed for at least 10 days.




Keeping Tito Afloat Then And Now – The detriment of Yugonostalgia To Croatia

Croatia, the War, and the Future

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A form of nostalgia for communist-led Yugoslavia (whether celebrating Tito as a great leader or starting a new organisation or political party that glorifies the so-called Tito’s antifascism) still, after 24 years of independence, interferes with the lives of Croats almost every day. One comes across a plethora of incompatible or opposite reactions in media and on the streets: horror, anger, irritation, longing, romanticising about the past…
Those who react to this nostalgia with horror, anger and irritation are, without doubt, those who remember well the awful reality Tito’s communist Yugoslavia ended up with and want to move further with democracy and as far as possible away from the communist totalitarian regime that once was. Those who long for and romanticise about Tito’s communist Yugoslavia, without doubt, promote an inaccurate economic and political reality of that past – and seemingly want to go back to it!
Why anyone would want…

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