Thursday, July 21, 2022

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Digital Authoritarianism: AI Surveillance Signals The Death Of Privacy


Authored by John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“There are no private lives. This a most important aspect of modern life. One of the biggest transformations we have seen in our society is the diminution of the sphere of the private. We must reasonably now all regard the fact that there are no secrets and nothing is private. Everything is public.” 

- Philip K. Dick

Nothing is private.

We teeter on the cusp of a cultural, technological and societal revolution the likes of which have never been seen before.

While the political Left and Right continue to make abortion the face of the debate over the right to privacy in America, the government and its corporate partners, aided by rapidly advancing technology, are reshaping the world into one in which there is no privacy at all.

Nothing that was once private is protected.

We have not even begun to register the fallout from the tsunami bearing down upon us in the form of AI (artificial intelligence) surveillance, and yet it is already re-orienting our world into one in which freedom is almost unrecognizable.

AI surveillance harnesses the power of artificial intelligence and widespread surveillance technology to do what the police state lacks the manpower and resources to do efficiently or effectively: be everywhere, watch everyone and everything, monitor, identify, catalogue, cross-check, cross-reference, and collude.

Everything that was once private is now up for grabs to the right buyer.

Governments and corporations alike have heedlessly adopted AI surveillance technologies without any care or concern for their long-term impact on the rights of the citizenry.

As a special report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace warns, “A growing number of states are deploying advanced AI surveillance tools to monitor, track, and surveil citizens to accomplish a range of policy objectives—some lawful, others that violate human rights, and many of which fall into a murky middle ground.”

Indeed, with every new AI surveillance technology that is adopted and deployed without any regard for privacy, Fourth Amendment rights and due process, the rights of the citizenry are being marginalized, undermined and eviscerated.

Cue the rise of digital authoritarianism.

Digital authoritarianism, as the Center for Strategic and International Studies cautions, involves the use of information technology to surveil, repress, and manipulate the populace, endangering human rights and civil liberties, and co-opting and corrupting the foundational principles of democratic and open societies, “including freedom of movement, the right to speak freely and express political dissent, and the right to personal privacy, online and off.”

The seeds of digital authoritarianism were planted in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, with the passage of the USA Patriot Act. A massive 342-page wish list of expanded powers for the FBI and CIA, the Patriot Act justified broader domestic surveillance, the logic being that if government agents knew more about each American, they could distinguish the terrorists from law-abiding citizens. ... Continue reading >>>





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Free Speech Is Being Murdered By The Media And Left Wing Authoritarianism Without free speech there is no democracy. Without democracy there is no freedom. But all over the developed world free speech is under attack from politically correct politics. It is time to start resisting, do not believe the propaganda published by mainstream media, question everything and make up your own mind. as The Buddha said, "Believe nothing you read or are told unless it agrees with your own experience and common sense."

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German Government Admits Covid Vaccines Cause Serious Injury for One in 5,000 Doses – But its Own Data Show the Real Rate is One in 300 Doses

by Will Jones, Daily Sceptic, 21 July 2022

The German Government publicly acknowledged on Wednesday that the Covid vaccines cause serious side effects for one in every 5,000 doses.

A tweet from the Ministry of Health stated (via Google translate): “One in 5,000 people is affected by a serious side effect after a COVID19 #vaccination. If you suspect #sideeffects, get medical attention and report your symptoms to @PEI_Germany.” It later added a correction that the figure related to the reporting rate and to doses rather than individuals: “Correction: According to @PEI_Germany, the reporting rate for serious reactions is 0.2 reports per 1,000 vaccine doses.”

This is an unusual and welcome admission from a Government, and perhaps the beginning of governments properly acknowledging the scale of injuries caused by the novel Covid vaccines.

However, the one in 5,000 figure is certainly on the low side. The correction tweet clarified that it was a reporting rate of serious reactions, and it appears from the PEI website to refer to the rate of adverse event reports to the German equivalent of the Yellow Card and VAERS passive reporting systems. Assuming this is correct, then we might expect an under-reporting factor of around 10, meaning the true number of serious side-effects may be 10 times higher.

The Germans are actually very good at monitoring vaccine safety. In addition to their passive reporting system, the German medicines regulator, the PEI, runs an active vaccine safety monitoring app called SafeVac 2.0. The data from this monitoring tool were included in a Europe-wide report on vaccine safety published last month; they showed that 0.3% of vaccine recipients in Germany reported at least one serious adverse reaction to the first dose of the vaccine. ... Continue reading


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Germany is at Russia’s mercy
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While Britain bakes in a heatwave, politicians in Germany are worrying about the winter. The Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom has notified its European customers that it can no longer guarantee the supply of fuel due to ‘extraordinary’ circumstances. In Berlin, politicians and regulators are preparing for an ice-cold Christmas, drawing up lists for rationing priorities and emergency plans to stop the population freezing.

Entertainment and frivolities will be the first things to go, while newspapers and medical production will be prioritised alongside households and hospitals. Mothballed coal power plants are being prepared for reactivation. Some local governments are planning to turn public buildings into ‘warming halls’ for those unable to heat their homes or turn off traffic lights, setting up ‘industrial-scale dormitories’.

The most heated debate is whether the government should prioritise residential consumption over the economy. While current plans aim to sacrifice economic output in favour of keeping homes warm, industry groups are pushing back, claiming a shutdown would be the ‘worst crisis since the second world war’. The charity Caritas has also come out against the plans, warning that gas is needed ‘to produce basic foodstuffs like milk and essential medicines’, and ‘blood reserves for the gravely injured’. One set of estimates reckoned a full shutdown would cost Germany 2 per cent of GDP and 400,000 jobs; another put the cost closer to 12 per cent of output.

Take a step back and appreciate the insanity of these paragraphs. A 21st century European country is warning households to prepare for rolling power cuts as the state attempts to keep the economy functioning without fuel. Housing associations are already rationing hot water and heating as prices rise; a full shut-down would be exponentially worse.

The Nord Stream 1 pipeline carrying gas from Russia to Germany is currently down for scheduled maintenance, with supplies scheduled to resume on Thursday. The concern in European capitals is that the tap won’t be turned back on. Prior to the shutdown, Gazprom had already cut flows significantly, claiming that the absence of a replacement turbine – held up by sanctions – was to blame. German sources rejected this claim, pointing out that the new part wasn’t intended for use until September. Instead, the disruption looks like a reminder: push us too far, and we will turn off the taps.




Germany faces its greatest economic crisis since the Second World War, thanks to the unrelenting idiocy of our political and media classes.


As EU energy ministers EU wait with bated breath to see if Russia restarts the pumps that pusg gas through the NordStream1 pipeline on after their 10 days downtime for scheduled maintenance on 22nd of this month, the European Commission, while publicly reiterating its committment to wind and solar as the future of electricity generation, has approved a 5.4 billion euro package for the research and development of hydrogen power.

Hydrogen is often wrongly hailed as the solution to “climate change” and carbon emissions (which are not a legitimate threat to the planet in any way, as shown by the NOAA's own temperature data and the mere 1 DEGREE Celsius rise in world temps in the past century).

Hydrogen is a notoriously difficult and expensive fuel to produce in terms of efficiency.  For hydrogen to be completely green, it must be produced by electrolyzing water, which splits into the H2 and O that its molecules of.  Hydrogen fuel cells consistently prove to be substandard and lose 30% their energy in the process of splitting H2 from Oxygen, on top of the 26% energy loss from transporting the electrolyzing water. Not looking good so far is it?

Why is EU leadership continuing to pursue fairy tale technologies when they have access to CO2 free energy production in the form of nuclear power?  While nuclear power is often demonized by environmentalists, it is an actual “zero emissions” source that is already developed and waiting to take over from coal and gas (fossil fuels.).  If they actually cared about an immediate reduction in carbon output, governments would stop wasting their time and taxpapers money on terribly inefficient windmill farms and dream technologies like hydrogen and focus on “clean” energy sources that are already proven.

Hydro electric power is great so long as the green lobby don't mind a few valleys being flooded, tidal barrages could be great if the green lobby were willing to sacrifice the habitat of an endangered species of two toed toad or something. And nuclear is great so long as we understand the difference in danger level between a nuclear power station fuel rod and weapons grade plutonium.

The main downside to nuclear power in reality is the cost, which is around $15 billion per plant.  But the EU has already spent $232 billion from 2014 to 2020 on climate change initiatives that have apparently been useless because they are still spreading hysteria about global warming to this day and are still having to burn coal and gas because their beloved windmills and solar panels have failed miserably to live up to expectations.  They could have built dozens of nuclear plants across Europe in that time and been done with it.    

But, they won't do that, because climate change movements are not about science, they are about ideology, and part of their ideology is about bringing down industry and undermining capitalism.  Nuclear power doesn't fit the image and works a little too well from industry's point of view, so, they ignore it. 



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What Isn't Being Talked About

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There is, of course, a LOT going on… and fast. This is both a time to really pay attention and also a time to ensure we do not get caught up in a panic making irrational decisions that hurt us later. For that one needs to step away from the fray and attempt to view things from a different perspective.

Before we dive in, I think it worth asking the question. What ISN’T being talked about and that is, of course, Taiwan. You’ll recall that I’ve always said that power abhors a vacuum, and the power vacuum being left by the US globally would be filled. It always happens. The catastrophically conducted withdrawal from Afghanistan really was the icing on the cake. It was a signal to American allies that America can’t be trusted. It was a signal to America’s foes that America was weak. Nobody was going to take America seriously again after that fiasco. And so here we are.







BORIS Johnson is accusing Vladimir Putin of war crimes in the Ukraine after describing air strikes which have killed civilians and hit the Babi Yar Holocaust memorial as barbaric and indiscriminate. The International Criminal Court at The Hague is already considering an investigation into the Russian president’s liability.

Would Putin ever stand trial? Unlikely but not impossible. The ICC successfully went after Serb leaders for their acts during the war in Yugoslavia, forcing the country to hand them over under threat of sanctions after peace had been restored.

Russia, however, is not Serbia. It is too big to defeat by conventional means and has a huge nuclear arsenal whereas Serbia was primitively equipped only to fight a Balkan war. Post-Soviet Russia has rebuilt itself as a superpower under Putin. It has already been hit with some of the stiffest sanctions the West can muster.

Strangely, Nato countries including the US are still importing the Russian oil and gas on which they depend. No western politician has explained the morality of trading with an enemy in wartime although we all know the reason.

It’s unlikely anyway that Putin went to war without being certain that any sanctions could be weathered once President Biden had signalled that the US and Nato would not get involved in the fighting. Nato has sent arms but has refused to deploy troops in Ukraine or to make its airspace a no-fly zone for the Russian air force.

 In a sense, Johnson and the ICC are demanding victor’s justice before winning; we don’t know yet how the crisis will end.

Does Nato have any responsibility for what has happened? The answer is certainly yes. Biden could stop the fighting tomorrow and save Ukraine more suffering if he agreed to Putin’s demand for an East-West security settlement in central Europe which removed Nato from Russia’s western border. This is clear to ordinary people if not their leaders.

 If Putin is a war criminal, what about George W Bush and Tony Blair, who lied their way into an unprovoked war against Iraq? Presidents Obama and Sarkozy and UK prime minister David Cameron destroyed Libya at the behest of anti-Gaddafi rebels after he unwisely scrapped nuclear weapons.

These elective wars cost hundreds of thousands of casualties. Perversely the Libyan rebels were anti-western Islamists who later murdered an American ambassador.

 It appears that the western governments who created the ICC exempt themselves from accountability to its prosecutors, who sensibly recognise hypocrisy when they smell it and don’t ask.


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Wednesday, Mar 02, 2022 - 03:45 AM

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Cradle,

The US and EU are over-reaching on Russian sanctions. The end result could be the de-dollarization of the global economy and massive commodity shortages worldwide...

While politicians and media in the western 'democracies' have been playing "We the guys in white hats, they the guys in black hats over the kerfuffle between Russian and Ukraine the real war is being fought on a very different battlefield. BoJo and Biden the two circus clowns of the western alliance can bluster all they want, the fact is while public attention is diverted by propaganda form each side about the atrocities of the other in Ukraine, in the battle being fought in financial and commodity markets, Putin has the NATO alliance by the bollocks.

Prior to the outbreak of hostilities Europe was in the throes of an energy crisis due mainly to the folloy of green energy obsessions leading to energy policies which entailed reliance on unreliable and intermittent sources such as wind and solar farms, with the only fallback being imported oil and natural gas from Russia. The USA, while not in as bad a position as their European allies, are experiencing problems of their own with rising energy costs driving millions of homes into poverty.

On top of that, and a few days behind this blog it has to be said, mainstream media seems to be catching on to the fact that Russia and Ukraine are key suppliers of wheat, maize and food - oil crops, supplying around a third of the total wheat exported around the world. It's unlikely Ukrain will be producing its usual quantities of these essential foods, it's rather difficult to tend and harvest crops when the bombs and shells are falling on your fields and the majority of the workforce have been conscripted into the military. And Russia? As sanctions hit, either nations will be barred from buying Russian wheat by sanctions imposed on trade, or Russia will stop exporting wheat and its other crops in retaliation for the sanctions. Either way this will force up food prices and the overall cost of living.

And then there is the impending fertilizer crisis, again this blog reported a week ago that Russia produces around two thirds of the world's ammonium nitrate, the main ingredient in commercial fertilizers. Foreseeing the imposition of western sanctions the Russian government blocked all exports of Ammonium Nitrate early in February. This will result in vast reductions in crop yields, with a knock on effect on food availability and prices in the shopes of European and American towns.

In spite ofg all this, government economists and economics correspondents in the west are still insisting these NATO sanctions , particularly removing several Russian banks from the SWIFT international finance system and confiscating a few mansions and luxury yachts owned by oligarchs will  will “ruin Russia financially,” As this does not align with the view of our own economics experts, Phil T. Looker, we looked for any analysis of the situation that owed more to facts than to a desire to remain in the safety of the herd. Michael Hudson, co - author of a revised edition of the must-read critique of American economic bullying, Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire. is one of the few economists to break ranks.

Hudson remarked how he is “simply numbed over the near-atomic escalation of the US.” On the confiscation of Russian foreign reserves and cut-off from SWIFT,observes he  the main point is “it will force Russia to put in a new system, with China. The result will end dollarization for good, as countries threatened with ‘democracy’ or displaying diplomatic independence will be afraid to use US banks.”

In reality there is no need to speculate on how quickly a new Russia-China payment system bypassing SWIFT, and combining the Russian SPFS (System for Transfer of Financial Messages) with the Chinese CIPS (Cross-Border Interbank Payment System), it is already in place. Hudson has no doubts “the Russian-China system will be expanded. The Global South, Africa where many nations are quietly supporting Putin and South East Asia where nobody wants to antagonise The Chinese, will seek to join and at the same time keep SWIFT – moving their reserves into the new system.”

This, Hudson says, leads us to “the great question: whether Europe and the Dollar Bloc will be able to buy raw materials controlled by Russia and China, not just food crops and fossil fuels but lithium, cobalt, palladium, rare earth metals etc, which are essential to high tech industries, particularlt the manufacture of batteries for electric cars which the powers that be have decided we must all be driving by the end of the decade and whether China will join Russia in a minerals boycott.” Again we see that western political and business leaders have not thought their policies through, while pursing a campaign of provoking Russia for the past ten years they have not given a moments consideration to the consequences of the confrontation the assiduously sought, hoping it would provide the pretext for recruiting Ukraine into the NATO alliance, thus continuing the encirclement of Russia.

Russia’s Central Bank has foreign bank assets  and gold which it can use to prop up the Rouble in curreny exchange markets and defend the economy. The ruble has plunged in western markets but Russia has plenty of buyers elsewhere for its commodities. There will be new trade routes via proxies. It is up to Russia to decide whether to sell its wheat to the west where customers will pay top price or Asia and Africa where it is needed; or to stop selling oil, gas and fertilizer to Europe and the USA. The problem is Russia has very little trade with the west apart from in the commodities mentioned here. Sanctions imposed so far do not prevent European nations buying Russian gas and oil. China and the Arab state will no doubt be happy to act as middlemen for other commodities and charge an enormous premium for receiving an invoice and sending out a new one.

The propaganda we are fed in western news may suggest Ukrainian resistance is thwarting Russian advances everywhere but in the real economic battlefield it looks like Russia is winning hands down.


What they got instead was Russia’s deterrence forces bumped up to “a special regime of duty” – which means the Northern and Pacific fleets, the Long-Range Aviation Command, strategic bombers and the entire Russian nuclear apparatus on maximum alert.

One Pentagon general very quickly did the basic math on that, and mere minutes later, a Ukrainian delegation was dispatched to conduct negotiations with Russia in an undisclosed location in Gomel, Belarus.

Meanwhile, in the vassal realms, the German government was busy “setting limits to warmongers like Putin” – quite a rich undertaking considering that Berlin never set any such limits for western warmongers who bombed Yugoslavia, invaded Iraq, or destroyed Libya in complete violation of international law.

While openly proclaiming their desire to “stop the development of Russian industry,” damage its economy, and “ruin Russia” – echoing American edicts on Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Cuba, Venezuela and others in the Global South – the Germans could not possibly recognize a new categorical imperative.

They were finally liberated from their WWII culpability complex by none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin. Germany is finally free to support and weaponize neo-Nazis out in the open all over again – now of the Ukrainian Azov battalion variety.

To get the hang of how these NATO sanctions will “ruin Russia,” I asked for the succinct analysis of one of the most competent economic minds on the planet, Michael Hudson, author, among others, of a revised edition of the must-read Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire.

Hudson remarked how he is “simply numbed over the near-atomic escalation of the US.” On the confiscation of Russian foreign reserves and cut-off from SWIFT, the main point is “it will take some time for Russia to put in a new system, with China. The result will end dollarization for good, as countries threatened with ‘democracy’ or displaying diplomatic independence will be afraid to use US banks.”

This, Hudson says, leads us to “the great question: whether Europe and the Dollar Bloc can buy Russian raw materials – cobalt, palladium, etc, and whether China will join Russia in a minerals boycott.”

Hudson is adamant that “Russia’s Central Bank, of course, has foreign bank assets in order to intervene in exchange markets to defend its currency from fluctuations. The ruble has plunged. There will be new exchange rates. Yet it’s up to Russia to decide whether to sell its wheat to West Asia, that needs it; or to stop selling gas to Europe via Ukraine, now that the US can grab it.”

About the possible introduction of a new Russia-China payment system bypassing SWIFT, and combining the Russian SPFS (System for Transfer of Financial Messages) with the Chinese CIPS (Cross-Border Interbank Payment System), Hudson has no doubts “the Russian-China system will be implemented. The Global South will seek to join and at the same time keep SWIFT – moving their reserves into the new system.”

I’m going to de-dollarize myself

So the US itself, in another massive strategic blunder, will speed up de-dollarization. As the managing director of Bocom International Hong Hao told the Global Times, with energy trade between Europe and Russia de-dollarized, “that will be the beginning of the disintegration of dollar hegemony.”

It’s a refrain the US administration was quietly hearing last week from some of its own largest multinational banks, including notables like JPMorgan and Citigroup.



Uninteded Consequences - How Sanctions On Russia Will Hit The West

Ammonium Nitrate mine - not an environmentally friendly industry (Picture:


A few days ago we posted on the impact a full trade embargo on Russia if a full scale war was launched against Ukraine, crippling that nation economically and logistically. Few people realise how much of the world's wheat, corn and edible oil producing crops are produced on the vast fertile plains of those nations and loss of Ukranian and Russian grain and edible oil exports to many North African, Middle Eastern and South East Asian nations will in the medium term have just as great an impact as the loss of Russian gas suplies to some EU member states.

For the longer term however, there is an even greater problem.

Russia produces roughly two-thirds of the world’s ammonia nitrate. And in February this year the Russian government, aware of the direction in which US and NATO emboldening of the puppet regime in Kiev was inevitably leading, the government of Russia did this:

Russia introduces export ban on ammonium nitrate for two months — government – Business & Economy – TASS 

Russia imposed a temporary ban on ammonium nitrate export for two months, until April. The Kremlin's the press service released this statement:

“This is a temporary measure. The remaining volume can be exported from April , when Russian companies will receive the ammonium nitrate in required volume and the demand for it on the domestic market will pass peak values,” First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov said.

Ammonium nitrate, so what's the big deal if those ISIS goons can't make their IEDs for a while? you might well ask.

 Well OK, ammonium nitrate is used in explosives, both legitimately and by terrorists so the world (apart from Ukraine,) might be a slightly safer place for a while. However the main use of this chemical compound is in agriculture where it is an essential component of commercial fertilizers

 Usually sold in the form of pellets which are coated with clay the compound is probably the most important of all growing aids from food crops apart from water. The high nitrogen amount in this compound is the main reason why it is very popular in agriculture. Nitrogen is an important plant nutrient that assists in the metabolic processes and growth that the plant undergoes. But nitrogen is a gas so it must be put into the soil in captive form in order for the plant to absorb it.

 And if there is a shortage of commercial fertilizers it means food prices will inevitably go up. And they will go up a lot as crop yields are reduced. This is mega - important. Any economist will tell you that when food costs increase to exceed 30% of disposable income, protests, riots, civil unrest and possibly regime change become highly probable. We have seen it recently in  France where the Yellow Vests movement of 2018 and 2019 started as protests against rising fuel prices caused by President Macron's green energy policies, then expanded into riots over rising living costs and stagnant incomes.

There are deposits of Ammoinum Nitrate around the world, Australia, USA and Canada spring to mind, but as has become the norm. lobbying from the Green blob over environmental concerns has led to restrictions and taxes which make the industry economically unviable for operators in the developed nations. So once again Putin has us by the bollocks. 

It seems that while Dementia Joe Biden, Bumbling BoJo the Clown and the rest of the western leadership have been blustering about imposing ball - crushing sanctions on Russia if Putin dared to move against Ukraine, old Vlad was busy gtting his retaliation in first by banning exports of this vital substance until we have passed the point at which it can be any use for this years crops. Which means by next winter there will be widespread food shortages and spiralling cost increases on staple food products.

And if the USA, EU and the rest of the globalist alliance impose a trade embargo once this temporary ban is lifted, the problems will continue for longer.

Maybe not 2022, but at some point in the next few years we’re almost guaranteed a breakdown of law and order,  and maybe regime change in countries whichone would expect only political stability. We are already seeing it in Canada, and as mentioned above in France without any additional stirring from Vladimir Putin.

The message everybody needs to take on board is thatwe’re going to have a food crisis and resource nationalism as a substitute for armed conflict is going to become more popular than free fudge brownies.

Ammonium nitrate

Sticking with this part of the world..

Belarus bans transit of oil products, fertilisers from Lithuania

Belarus will ban oil and chemical products from crossing its territory from Lithuania, including fertilisers, in response to Lithuania’s decision to stop the transit of potash fertiliser from Belarus, the Belarusian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

The ban comes into effect on Feb. 7, the ministry said, adding that the products in question amounted to 1.6 million tonnes a year, and were worth more than $1 billion.

Lithuania ceased transporting the potash, a major cash earner for Belarus, after the Vilnius government decided the transit goes against its national security interests.

Could it be that the market is waking up to what we’ve been hammering on about for two years now? That we’re going to have a food crisis and resource nationalism is going to become more popular than a “cancel Joe Rogan party” at Gavin Newsom’s place.

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Spanish Populists to Enter Government for First Time After Regional Deal

Leader of far-right Vox party in Castilla y Leon, Juan Garcia Gallardo gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Valladolid on February 14, 2022, a day after the results of the regional election. - Spain's far-right party Vox is posed to enter a regional government for the first …
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Spanish populist-conservative party VOX is set to enter government in Castile and León following a historic deal with the conservative People’s Party (PP) that will see VOX enter its first government in the party’s history.

Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, head of the PP in Castile and León, announced on Thursday that his party had come to a deal with VOX to form the next regional government, saying the parties had reached an agreement “that allows a stable and solid government with full respect for the constitutional order and the Statute of Autonomy of Castile and León.”

Juan García-Gallardo, who headed the VOX campaign in the region, confirmed the deal stating, “We celebrate today a sensible agreement, without winners or losers. Together, with a desire for dialogue and agreement, let us make a useful legislature for the citizens. Serving Castile and León must be our way of serving Spain.”

The agreement comes weeks after the regional election in Castile and León, which was held on February 13th and saw VOX surge from just a single regional seat with 5.5 per cent of the vote in the last election in 2019, to 17.6 per cent of the vote and 13 seats.



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