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As Sanctions Against Russia Take Hold, They Are Having The Effect Of Devastating Economies All Over Europe, Who Will Be The First To Fall?

The political impact of the cost-of-living squeeze is ultimately likely to test the continent’s resolve to keep confronting Russia at a time when its president, Vladimir Putin, is threatening to shut off gas supplies amounting to about a third of EU consumption. “This is a sword of Damocles,” said Yves Dubief, whose grandfather founded textile weaver Tenthorey, an employer of 50 people in northeastern France that produces 5 million meters of cloth a year. In such circumstances, the business leader says the state would need to revive measures used during Covid to need help with fixed costs and furloughing workers. “If there is an embargo and we have to reduce our production, whatever the price of gas, it will be a question of whether we are compensated by public authorities.”

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Two weeks since Russia began the biggest conflict in Europe since World War II, businesses across the continent are already in varying stages of despair at the consequences on livelihoods from economic sanctions.

Economic sanctions to bring Putler and Russia to their knees? Don’t count on it. In fact, the sanctions placed on Russia over the past 2 weeks is hurting the economies of Europe just as much as it is Russia, and on some levels, even more so. The thing people forget is that Russia is a nation whose people have suffering as their birthright, shutting down McDonald’s and Starbucks doesn’t do anything. But $20 a gallon petrol for the Europeans will wreck their lives and inflict pain that they will not likely survive.

“And the famine was sore in the land.” Genesis 43:1 (KJB)

In many places in the Middle East, flour is already being rationed as Ukraine and Russia account for nearly 30 percent of wheat, 17 percent of corn and over half of sunflower seed oil exports. Critically, Russia is also a major exporter of fertilizer, the price of which has already been soaring. Significant disruptions of Russian exports could see that price jump more — further driving up the cost of food production globally. In the United States soaring gas prices combined with the Biden inflation is already beginning to be felt. But Bidenflation was already in progress before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Shockwaves Spread as Europe’s Economy Reels at Energy Fallout

FROM YAHOO NEWS: A crisis of human suffering in Ukraine, whose wider economic impact prompted European Central Bank officials to quicken their withdrawal from stimulus this week, is affecting prosperity from the farmlands of Spain to the euro zone’s manufacturing core in Germany and France.

Surging energy costs are the central complaint, though disrupted supply chains, sanctions and worries about a looming demand drop are also weighing on enterprises. The abrupt shock of war nearby, combined with broad effects and an uncertain duration, will pile pressure on governments to cushion the blow as well as testing their resolve to confront Russia.

“I don’t know what to do if the war in Ukraine continues for much longer,” Spanish pig farmer Lorenzo Rivera said in an interview this week. “I either have to halt production — or close business for good.”

Rivera, whose 200 sows outnumber people in Peleas de Arriba, the settlement in northern Spain where he lives, has endured cost increases for a while — first electricity, then fuel, and then animal feed. It was all manageable until war broke out on the other side of the continent.

The root of the difficulty is the European Union’s reliance on Ukraine for over half its supply of corn, a key source of feed for pigs. With farmers unable to access fields, analysts are slashing outlooks for crops and exports there by as much as a third, sending prices to the highest in about a decade. Other economic disruption is being inflicted by the geography of the crisis. In Germany, the heartland of the euro-zone economy, Porsche AG stopped production of its Taycan electric car in Stuttgart because it lacks cable trees made in Ukraine. Meanwhile its parent, Volkswagen AG, has halted exports to Russia and stopped production at an auto factory in Kaluga outside Moscow.

Most onerous is the energy impact. If current prices persist, the extra cost of importing gas and oil will amount to an income shock of 550 billion euros ($605 billion) or 4.5% of annual gross domestic product, according to JPMorgan economist Greg Fuzesi. Goldman Sachs now reckons inflation will reach toward 8% and the euro zone will suffer a contraction in the second quarter. To many euro-zone businesses, that pinch has been immediately crippling. Just in December, Manuel Rodriguez’s Groupe Kramer took over a century-old porcelain factory in eastern France called Jurassienne de Ceramique Francaise. He has now taken the painful decision to put it in hibernation.

“If we were to pay a gas bill that’s increased 10-fold, we’d hit the wall,” he said. “We would have no other choice but to file for bankruptcy and close down the factory.”

Heading south, along Italy’s coastline, the spiraling cost of fuel has also left many trawlers unable to go to sea and sparked a week-long strike of fishing boats. Carlo Lista, who owns a fishmonger business in Rome’s Monteverde district, says the effect has been dramatic.

“About 80% of fishing boats have stopped due to the surge in fuel prices,” he said. “You go there, and it’s maybe one boat, and one guy bids and then another, and the price just goes up — whoever bids more gets the fish. Prices are just soaring and soaring.”

Grumpy fishermen are calling on Italy’s government to do something about their predicament beyond the 16 billion euros already spent to protect consumers and companies from rising energy costs. That’s a plea being echoed around the continent. In Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has already extended a series of energy tax breaks to the end of June. Portugal will cut fuel levies starting on Friday, and other counterparts are likely to take similar action.

With the EU also under pressure to act, leaders are discussing the crisis in Versailles on Friday. One measure the bloc could consider would be to temporarily lift a ban on imports of genetically modified grains from the U.S. and South America to help farmers struggling with supply disruptions, according to Spain’s Agriculture Minister Luis Planas.

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“If the gas supply is turned off, Germany and Eastern Europe almost certainly face a crunching blow to output, pushing the euro area into recession.”

The political impact of the cost-of-living squeeze is ultimately likely to test the continent’s resolve to keep confronting Russia at a time when its president, Vladimir Putin, is threatening to shut off gas supplies amounting to about a third of EU consumption.

“This is a sword of Damocles,” said Yves Dubief, whose grandfather founded textile weaver Tenthorey, an employer of 50 people in northeastern France that produces 5 million meters of cloth a year. In such circumstances, the business leader says the state would need to revive measures used during Covid to need help with fixed costs and furloughing workers. “If there is an embargo and we have to reduce our production, whatever the price of gas, it will be a question of whether we are compensated by public authorities.”

While such challenges are likely to focus governments in coming weeks, the most immediate task of addressing economic fallout has been left to ECB President Christine Lagarde. Officials accelerated stimulus withdrawal on Thursday as they unveiled forecasts showing inflation averaging 5.1% this year. The war presents a “substantial upside risk” to prices, she said.

Rodriguez, the French ceramics entrepreneur, looks on that threat with dread. He warns that the problems he’s seeing are likely to cascade throughout global manufacturing.

“There is a domino effect,” he said. “All big industrial firms on the planet have the same problem. In the more or less long term, we will all be faced with this problem of gas that’s too expensive.” READ MORE

Russia sanctions: Moscow warns it will retaliate to Europe gas changes

Russia sanctions: Alexander Novak, Russian Deputy Prime Minister speaks of how Russia will retaliate to the European gas movements as he also warned that the actions will cause prices to rise. Novak said Russia, which supplies 40% of Europe’s gas, was fulfilling its obligations in full but that it would be entirely within its rights to retaliate against the European Union after Germany last month froze the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Oil price surge and any sanctions hurt Europe more than U.S., expert explains

Seton Hall University Professor Margarita Balmaceda sits down with Yahoo Finance Live to discuss how the energy market would be impacted by the U.S. import ban on Russian oil, additional operational costs for European refineries, and crude oil prices.

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We Warned You Years Ago That Muslim Population Growth Would Overtake England, And That Day Has Officially Arrived As Christians At Less Than Half

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Fewer than half the people in England and Wales consider themselves Christian, according to the most recent census — the first time a minority of the population has followed the country’s official religion.

Here at NTEB, we have published nearly 10,000 articles and stories since 2011, and no matter how outrageous or shocking some of them have been, they all have aged quite well. Back in 2016, we wrote an article showing that according to population demographics, that Islamization of England had reached critical mass and could not be stopped. 6 years later, the headlines are blaring the news that Christians make up less than half of England’s population, making them the minority with the Muslims and the non-religious constituting the majority. Hate to say we told you so, but…pass the salt please, thanks.

“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Genesis 16:12 (KJB)

This becomes all the more striking when you think of how powerful England was at the start of the 20th century, how they ruled the 7 Seas, and how the sun never set on their vast empire. But their light had gone about because of their mistreatment of the Jews in the Balfour Declaration. When you consider that England is the birthplace of the most important Book in human history, the King James Bible, and that Christians are vanishing in record numbers it present quite a sobering end times landscape indeed. There’s a lot of things God might overlook in the Age of Grace, but mistreatment of His chosen people is not one of them. Keep that in mind as you listen to London’s Muslim mayor, and walk the streets looking at the thousands of shuttered churches and all the shiny, new mosques under construction in Leeds, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Nelson in Lancashire, and Boston in Lincolnshire.

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Census: Christians a minority in England; non-religious grow

FROM THE AP: Britain has become less religious — and less white — in the decade since the last census, figures from the 2021 census released Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics revealed. Some 46.2% of the population of England and Wales described themselves as Christian on the day of the 2021 census, down from 59.3% a decade earlier. The Muslim population grew from 4.9% to 6.5% of the total, while 1.7% identified as Hindu, up from 1.5%.

More than 1 in 3 people — 37% — said they had no religion, up from 25% in 2011. The other parts of the U.K., Scotland and Northern Ireland, report their census results separately.

Secularism campaigners said the shift should trigger a rethink of the way religion is entrenched in British society. The U.K. has state-funded Church of England schools, Anglican bishops sit in Parliament’s upper chamber, and the monarch is “defender of the faith” and supreme governor of the church.

Andrew Copson, chief executive of the charity Humanists U.K., said “the dramatic growth of the non-religious” had made the U.K. “almost certainly one of the least religious countries on Earth.”

“One of the most striking things about these results is how at odds the population is from the state itself,” he said. “No state in Europe has such a religious set-up as we do in terms of law and public policy, while at the same time having such a non-religious population.”

Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, one of the most senior clerics in the Church of England, said the data was “not a great surprise,” but was a challenge to Christians to work harder to promote their faith.

“We have left behind the era when many people almost automatically identified as Christian, but other surveys consistently show how the same people still seek spiritual truth and wisdom and a set of values to live by,” he said.

Almost 82% of people in England and Wales identified as white in the census, down from 86% in 2011. Some 9% said they were Asian, 4% Black and 3% from “mixed or multiple” ethnic backgrounds, while 2% identified with another ethnic group. READ MORE

2016: It’s called Biological Jihad, and when fully implemented will result in a bloodless takeover of Europe by Muslims and Islam. More than a decade ago historian Bernard Lewis warned that if current migration trends continue, Europe will be Islamic by the end of the 21st century. Germany’s political elites are at the vanguard of making that prediction come true

2022: Just about finished. 

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As Russian Missile Fall In Poland Killing 2 People, Will It Trigger NATO’s Article 5 Provisions That Authorizes An Allied Attack Against Putin’s Forces?

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Two people have been killed in Poland after two stray Russian rockets landed near the border with Ukraine. The rockets landed in the NATO state following Russia’s mass bombardment of Ukrainian cities earlier today, which saw over 100 rockets launched.

As Russia pounded Ukraine with a series of fresh and aggressive missile strikes, two of those rockets went astray, landing in Poland and killing two people. According to the NATO charter, member nations would now be 100% justified in moving against Russia with military action. The only question is, does NATO have the appetite for world war with Russia? We are about to find out. The fact that this is happening during the G-20 Summit is wonderfully coincidental timing, to say the least.

But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.” Luke 21:9 (KJB)

Speaking of the G-20, the nearly 80-year old pretend president Joe Biden was not able to attend the high profile dinner because he ‘had a full day of meetings’. I wonder how much longer the New World Order will be able to continue renting Biden’s failing body? At some point, the whole charade will be exposed to the public, but honestly, it’s the worst-kept secret in Washington.

At least two dead after Russian missiles land in NATO state Poland on Ukraine border

FROM EXPRESS UK: According to the AP news agency, a senior US intelligence official said that the missiles were of Russian origin. Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has convened the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs “as a matter of urgency”, government spokesman Piotr Müller confirmed, with local news sites claiming this is likely the result of the explosions. The meeting will reportedly take place at 9pm local time (8pm British time).

The rockets fell in the town of Przewodów, hitting grain dryers. The police, prosecutor’s office and the army are reportedly already on the site. Meanwhile, Polish Armed Forces are reportedly on “high alert”. The attack could prompt Poland to trigger NATO’s Article 5 provisions, calling on all of the treaty’s members to attack Russia. According to Article 5, an attack against one NATO Ally is considered an attack against all Allies.

Some analysts have suggested the rockets’ intended target may have been Lviv, a Ukrainian city about 100km south of Przewodów. The missile fell 65 kilometres within Poland.

“The most important people in the country” are attending Poland’s emergency meeting, according to local news outlet Radio Zet.

The station also reported that military planes were scrambled in response. The price of oil has already reacted to the rockets landing in Poland, climbing 2.3 percent to $87.82 according to the West Texas Intermediate benchmark. Latvia’s Minister of Defence, Artis Pabriks, said: “My condolences to our Polish brothers in arms. Criminal Russian regime fired missiles which target not only Ukrainian civilians but also landed on NATO territory in Poland.

“Latvia fully stands with Polish friends and condemns this crime.”

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has also reportedly convened his defense council. The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have also declared their “full solidarity” with Poland, saying it is “convening closely with Poland and other Allies.”

The ministry added: “Estonia is ready to defend every inch of NATO territory.” READ MORE

Russian Missiles Hit Poland, Killing 2 People

Russia’s latest missile attack on Ukraine has taken an unexpected turn with two stray rockets hitting a village in Poland.

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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Turns Against Israel By Refusing To Follow Through On His Previous Pledge To Move The British Embassy To Jerusalem

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has apparently scrapped plans to look at moving Britain’s embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite previously claiming to support its recognition.

Back after World War I, England lost their status as a world superpower by betraying the Jews in what is known as the Balfour Declaration. In a nutshell, they promised to create a homeland for the Jews in Palestine, and reneged on their promise. Just this week, newly-elected Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who had promised to move the British embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, showing recognition for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversed course and now has refused to do it. Why? Because Rishi Sunak does not believe that Jerusalem is part of Israel, regardless of any previous statements he may have made.

“And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.” 2 Chronicles 20:29 (KJB) 

As we told you this afternoon on our Friday Prophecy News Podcast, the Middle East is a beehive of end times activity, and the stage has been set for the soon arrival of Antichrist. Benjamin Netanyahu has been returned to power in a miraculous turn of events, and the table appears to be nearly set for the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble. What does all this mean? It means that the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, a doctrine no longer preached in hardly any Christian church, is mere moments away. The last Baptist church I was a part of didn’t preach one sermon on the Rapture, rightly dividing, or dispensational truth, and your church probably hasn’t either. That’s why we’re here, to stand in the gap and give you the Bible, so you can know just how close we really are. And guess what? We are closer than you could possibly imagine.

PM Rishi Sunak Scraps Planning to Move British Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

FROM BREITBART NEWS: Prime Minister Sunak’s short-lived predecessor as premier, Liz Truss, said she would “review a move” of the British embassy to Israel during her campaign for the Conservative Party leadership in August, following in the footsteps of President Donald Trump.

While the State of Israel officially regards Jerusalem as its capital, and key institutions including the Knesset (legislature), Supreme Court, central bank, and several government ministries are sited there, principally in the neighbourhood of Givat Ram, most Western countries do not recognise it as such and have their embassies commute into the city from bases in Tel Aviv, in order to appease the Palestinian Authority and various Islamic polities.

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Sunak, who lost to Liz Truss in the Conservative Party leadership race but was installed by fellow MPs shortly afterwards without an election anyway, does not appear willing to buck this trend, with a spokesman for 10 Downing Street that a move had been “looked at” but there are now “no plans to move the British embassy,” according to the left-wing Guardian.

This is despite the fact that, while he was running for leader in August, Sunak claimed he believed that Jerusalem was “undisputedly the historic capital” of Israel and that there was “clearly” a “very strong case for it to be recognised” as such.

“It is something I would like to do,” he added.

The fact he will apparently not be doing so has been welcomed by Husam Said Zomlot, Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom.

“We would like thank the UK government, faith leaders, activists and members of the public whose efforts have helped keep the UK in line with international law in this matter,” Zomlot said. “The question about the location of the UK’s embassy should never have been asked for in the first place.”

Sunak’s climbdown follows an even more dramatic about-face by Australia’s relatively new leftist government, which reversed a decision to recognise even West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — East Jerusalem, only annexed by Israel in 1980, was not part of the recognition — earlier this month, souring relations with the Israeli government. READ MORE

The recent change of government in the UK seems to be ushering in not only an economic shift but also a foreign policy shift. It seems that the UK is now backing down from a controversial move proposed by the former Prime Minister Liz Truss to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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