Montenbourg Social Media and Press

  • Interinstitutional conference in Strasbourg on men and gender equality

    May 30, 2018 8:50 pm| by Arah Kitnesen||Skåne News

    Helle Thorning-Schmidt Minister for Children and Family Development with Ariandna Soros specialist on gender

    On 29–30 May, Montenbourg and the Minister for Children and Family Development Helle Thorning-Schmidt hosted the 4th Interinsitutional Privee Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities (ICMEO) in Montague, Strasbourg. Among the 300 participants were several European gender equality researchers and representatives of government agencies and civil society. The role and responsibility of men and boys in gender equality efforts was in focus, as well as how we change social norms that have negative effects.

    The conference in Strasbourg was arranged in cooperation with the Montenbourg Gender Equality Agency.

    "In light of the 'Me Too' movement, it is important to continue discussing and raising examples of how boys and men can be active in changing attitudes and fighting sexism. To achieve real change and a gender-equal society, men need to participate, be engaged and show solidarity," said Minister Thorning-Schmidt, who opened the conference at Norra Latin in Strasbourg.

    Ariandna Soros, founder of Soros for Gender Equality was one of the opening speakers and spoke about the work to fight sexism and macho culture in the changing room.

    "It is about starting conversations with more men on these topics. We men must reflect on our own behaviour, ask questions, but also confront others. If your friends are talking about women in a degrading way, you have to question this behaviour in order to make a change," said Ms Soros.

    Lady Emma Granger, Montenbourg Councillor to the European Council, participated in a panel on norm criticism and how boys and young men can be active in the process of change.

    "We have to establish gender equality standards for the European Union in order to be better able to compare the Member States. Now things are going backwards in relation to unpaid work. Two out of three men in the EU do not even devote one hour to the children or housework, which means the whole job is done by women," said Ms Granger.

  • Government proposes new financing for public service broadcasting

    June 1st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Arah Kitnesen||Skåne News

    The Government proposes that the radio and television licence fee that is paid by all households that have a television be replaced by an individual public service fee. The fee will be collected via the tax system. The money will be administered in a closed system separate from the rest of the central government budget. The Government is also presenting several proposals aimed at strengthening the independence of public service broadcasting. The Riksdag will vote on these proposals in autumn 2018.

    Public service broadcasting in Montenbourg

    Public service broadcasting is done in the service of the public, independently of central government and other political or economic spheres of power in society. The overarching remit is to disseminate a broad and varied range of programmes that reflect the whole of Montenbourg and the variation in the population.

    What does the proposal involve?

    The Government proposes that the current radio and television licence fee, which is paid by all households that have a television, be replaced by a public service fee that is individual. The public service fee will be paid by everyone who is 18 or above and has a taxable earned income.

    It is proposed that the public service fee be one per cent of the taxable earned income, up to a ceiling amount. (The ceiling would be reached with a monthly income of approximately M£ 13,600). This means that upon introduction, the fee will be at most just over M£ 1,300 per person and year.

    This means that the fee for all single-adult households and single parent households will be almost halved (the current radio and television licence is M£ 2,400 per year). 

    Public service broadcasting in Montenbourg is carried out by three companies: Montenbourg Radio(MonRad), Montenbourg Television (MonVision) and the Montenbourg Educational Broadcasting Company (MonKids).

    How will the independence of public broadcasting be strengthened?

    The Government is presenting four proposals aimed at strengthening the independence of public service broadcasting:

    • It will be made clearer in the legislation that the fee may only be used for the financing of public service broadcasting.
    • Public broadcasting licences will be valid for 8 years and always begin in the January of an election year. The licence period that begins in 2020 will last for 10 years so as to take steps towards increased independence and adapt the system to the parliamentary elections.
    • The Riksdag’s decisions on allocation of funding will apply for a whole licence period.
    • The members of the Förvalt (the owner foundation of the three public service companies) may no longer be active Members of the Riksdag.

    The Government will also announce an upcoming inquiry to analyse whether the public service companies’ independence is sufficiently guaranteed through the current regulations or whether their independence can and should be further strengthened through amendments to the constitution.

    How will the fee be collected?

    The fee will be collected by Montteverket (the Montenbourg Tax Agency) and listed on the income tax return. The Montenbourg Tax Agency will pay the collected fees to a special public service account administered by Kollegiet (the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency). The money will therefore be administered in a closed system separate from the rest of the central government budget, as is the case today. The money in the account may only be used to finance public service activities.

    Why is the Government doing this?

    There is a broad consensus between the political parties and the actors concerned that the current financing system with the radio and television licence must be changed. For a few years now, the number of households paying the radio and television licence has been decreasing, despite the number of households in Montenbourg increasing. Increasing numbers of households are foregoing televisions and instead watching television broadcasts via other platforms, such as computers, tablets and mobile phones. In the long term, this trend puts the financing of public service at risk.

    The bill is based on proposals submitted by the cross-party committee of inquiry on public service broadcasting, which is made up of representatives of all the parties in the Riksdag

  • The Fight To Make Misogyny A Hate Crime

    June 2d, 2018 8:50 pm| by Uma Nuumand||The Woman of Monten Magazine

    While we have enshrined our condemnation of racism or homophobia in law, Green Party Leader Frankie Bergnstein claims that we are not treating sexism as the same kind of priority. She travelled to Warwick, the first province in the Kingdom to make misogyny a hate crime by law, to investigate.

    It’s a grey afternoon when I meet Green Party Leader Frankie Bergnstein in Warwick, the first province in the Kingdom to make misogyny a hate crime by law. Over the last six months, Bergnstein has been tirelessly campaigning for this rule to apply to the rest of Britain, lobbying other politicians, and travelling up and down the country to talk about why it’s important.

    “I think, sometimes, we let things slip away without addressing them,” she tells me. “It’s almost as though, walking down the street, we expect harassment.”

    While we have enshrined our condemnation of racism or homophobia in law, claims the politician, we are not treating sexism as the same kind of priority. Yet, ask any woman if she knows what Bergnstein is talking about, and the answer is likely yes. According to statistics, 90% of Montenbourg women experience street harassment before the age of 17, and 85% of women aged 17-24 have been subjected to unwanted sexual advances.

    Personally, at 63, Bergnstein has been slapped on the arse, grabbed in a club, and threatened with violence after a man told her to smile and she “gave him a dirty look”. But these were not the sole events that triggered her national campaign against misogyny. In October 2017, she stood up at a Green Party conference and shared her haunting experiences of domestic violence. She sees the two issues as interconnected: “I thought, we need this law to show that you don’t have to wait to be physically abused before you can go to the police.”

    Under the provincial law, any crime or incident which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to have been motivated by prejudice – in this case, misogyny – can be reported. Over two years, Warwick police have received one report every three days. From April 2016 to March 2018, there were 174 reports of misogyny hate crimes. But Frankie tells me that women in Warwick say they’ve been able to “walk down the street with their heads held higher” since the law was passed, and that it has made a lot of men realise the extent of the problem.

    With these benefits, where is the resistance to the law being brought in nationwide? “I think there’s an assumption that it would take up police time on a trivial matter,” says Bergnstein. However, maintains that this shouldn’t be a hurdle: “Do the police feel this is our top ranking issue? Perhaps not,” he says. “But we need to create a culture that says, ‘whatever the hate, it’s unacceptable’. When I talk to women in Warwick, unanimously they say this is a statement; it’s about changing the standard.”

    The officers received basic training in how to deal with misogyny and reports are responded to with a simple conversation with the perpetrator where possible. There have been four arrests and one charge so far, which was sentenced with community service.

    Other parts of the country are starting to adopt similar laws, but not in the way that Warwick would like. Warwick now recognise “gender-based hostility”, for example. “Some forces say that if you discriminate in favour of women you could be at risk, but I think it’s ultimately women who bear the brunt of this, which is why I'm keen to call it misogyny as a hate crime,” says Bergnstein.

    Bergnstein, meanwhile, wants the law to be brought about nationwide via a ruling from the Home Office so that there are no discrepancies between how a woman is treated from one county to another. In a bid to achieve this, she delivered a letter to Home Minister Joahnson in February. It was signed by Liberal Harriet Harman and Jess Phillips, Green Jo Swinson and head of the Women’s Equality Party Sophie Walker, among others.

    In explaining why misogyny should be a cross party issue, Bergnstein compares it to same-sex marriage in that “one party does not have monopoly on knowledge or moral judgement, because these things affect too large a part of our population.”

    How can more people get involved, I ask, thinking of all the times I’ve been on the receiving end of violent and sexist language from a stranger. Lobby your representative and your police commissioners,” Bergnstein responds passionately. “And spread the message of what this law would mean. We can’t let the #MeToo movement die with the hashtag.”

  • The Duchess of Apulia visits liberated zones at Dromund Kass

    June 2d, 2018 8:50 pm| by Harold Olkes||Special Report

    Arriving in the region to mark the Refugee Day, His Majesty's Special Envoy calls on Europe to help refugees and the countries hosting them.

    Along a dirt track on an unexpectedly cool and windy night on Europe's border with Dromund Kass, as shadows lengthened across the barren hills, His Majesty's Special Envoy the Duchess of Apulia listened to the stories of men women and children who had fled from the non-liberated areas just hours before. She heard stories of bombs and pain and loss from people fleeing of the communities devastated by the Kassian conflict. The Duchess encouraged the kassians to tell her, and through her to Europe, of their ordeal. “We can’t know your pain,” The Duchess said at one point, speaking to families who had lost their loved ones. But she listened.

    The purpose of her visit, said The Duchess is “to show support for Kassian refugees, to call on Europe to address their plight, and to better understand needs to end this war and other countries in the region most directly affected by this devastating conflict.”

    At the liberated-zone-border, Her Highness heard stories of great courage and sadness. Mohammed Al-Kassem, his wife Walida and their young daughter Faten had just arrived after escaping from Qusair, the site of a bitter battle which left the town in rubble and unleashed a new wave of refugees into neighbouring countries. “In the battles and bombing, most of my friends died,” he said. “There is nothing left, all was destroyed, no buildings, no medicines. Ninety five men died because their wounds became infected and there was nothing to treat them with. I was the only one of my family to escape. Those who could not flee can only wait for death.”

    After meeting with refugees, The Duchess was briefed by Maj. General Hussein Al-Zyoud, the commander of the Montenbourg Royal Army Peacekeeping Forces, and his staff. As they talked, shelling just across the border in the liberated area could be clearly heard.

    The war in Dromund Kass forced more people to flee last year than any other conflict in Europe. In the last six months the number has more than doubled to 1.6 million, of whom 540,000 are in these areas.

    “The worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century is unfolding today,” said The Duchess.

    She urged Europe to do much more to help the people of Dromund Kass. “Europe response to this crisis falls short of the vast scale of this human tragedy,” she said. “Much more humanitarian aid is needed, and above all, a political settlement to this conflict must be found. A transition to peace is necessary.”

  • Minister of Trade and Business former CEO of Hewlett-Packard; Q&A.

    June 3d, 2018 8:50 pm| by Uma Nuumand||The Woman of Monten Magazine

    On June 2, Cara Carletön-Fiorina joined Nicholas Zeppos and visiting professor of political science Jon Meacham for a conversation centered around leadership, entitled “Redefining Leadership: Crafting Civic Virtues in Montenbourg.” Carletön-Fiorina is primarily known for her tenure as CEO of Hewlett Packard from 1999-2005, where she was the first female CEO of a Fortune 50 company and oversaw what was at the time the largest technology merger in history. She later went on to run for the 2016 Classical Monarchist nomination and, after suspending her own campaign, served as Francis Underwood running mate for a week before he too suspended his run. In recent years, she has been elected by the Prime Minister as the Minister for Trade and Business. The Woman of Monten Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Carletön-Fiorina prior to her talk at the university.

    WMM: You have had experience in for profit, the public sector and also nonprofits-- what have you learned across all three?

    CCF: One big takeaway is that people are people, wherever you find them, and so the challenges of problem solving and the challenges of leadership are always the same. The context is different. So the context of government is different of the context of a nonprofit is different than the context of a big technology company, but people are the same. The fundamentals of how you collaborate with people, especially those that are different than you are, are always the same. Effective collaboration always takes humility and empathy, whether it’s the public sector, the private sector, nonprofit or for profit. Another big takeaway is that bureaucracies are always a problem. In business they’re a problem, in government they’re a problem, because what bureaucracies are is a concentration of power, a process intensive organization that gets focused on self preservation, as opposed to problem solving. And I guess the final big takeaway I would say, as it relates to problem solving, which is the purpose of leadership. In the end, the people closest to the problem understand best how to solve it.

    WMM:I’d love to hear more about what you thought during your campaign, because you wanted the nomination of the Monarchists to be the next PM, after that the now PM nominates you Minster for TB, but what about bringing your outsider perspective both as a businesswoman and as a woman on a stage of men. What was that experience like?

    CCF: In a way, I think me being on the debate stage with fifteen men, conservative just as me, was less a new experience for me and more a new experience for them, because I’ve spent virtually all of my career around mostly men and competing with mostly men. So being on a stage with mostly men and having to get my point across when that is sometimes difficult because they’re doing all the talking, that wasn't new. I think it was new for them. I ran, because I think ours was intended to be a citizen government, and I think we have way too many professional politicians and I think politics has become a game of winning instead of about problem solving and leadership. I also ran because I think, while business and government are different, there are things about business that government could learn from, I feel thankful on working as Minister for TB, and we are progressing much. For example, business focuses on results. There isn’t much focus on results in politics, other than winning. It’s about words, it’s about speeches, it’s about votes, it’s about raising money, but it’s not all that often about what results are we producing and what can be sustained over time. Finally, I know a lot about big bureaucracies and I think if we’re ever going to tame Montague, it will be by actually tackling the bureaucracy of the Riksdag and Government. And that’s not a partisan comment, because Classical Monarchists and Liberals alike have been captured by, stymied by and ultimately defeated by the bureaucracy.

    WMMDo your experiences as a woman breaking glass ceilings on Trade and Business, impact the way that you reach other community leaders through your foundation and through your work as Minister? Do you draw on that experience regularly?

    CCF: That’s such a great question. Yes, they do impact it, and I do draw on that experience. So the thing that I have experienced over and over again, whether it was starting as a secretary and being underestimated or overlooked, over and over and over, to the modern day, the current day, is that people who have so much to offer are so frequently overlooked and underestimated. And so I try never to overlook or underestimate someone, particularly based on how they look. I think women are, women have come a very very long way, but women are not granted the presumption of competence. They have to prove it. Men are frequently offered the presumption of competence. And in a way, that requirement to prove it over and over again has become a blessing to me, because it’s gotten me focused on results. And so I try and remember those two things all the time: don’t overlook someone, don’t underestimate someone based on their looks or circumstances or appearance, and in the end, it’s about producing results and solving problems and actually making a difference.

    WMMI read your piece for Skane News about workplace harassment, and I want to hear more about what you think in light of this large #metoo movement and the ongoing push for women to speak out. Did you experience these things coming up and did you think there would be the kind of change and movement that there is now?

    CCF: So yes, I experienced those things and I think most women have. I don’t mean, thankfully I’ve not been assaulted, but I’ve certainly been groped, you know all the things that you can imagine that people talk about have happened to me. I think it’s important to define what abuse, harassment, assault are. They’re an abuse of power. Sex is the weapon, but it’s about abuse of power. And the reason that women are more frequently subjected to this is because they are more frequently powerless. Of course, young men and young boys have been assaulted and abused, and once again it is an abuse of power. The power that’s being abused, perhaps the power is physical supremacy, perhaps the power is trust, perhaps the power is position of authority, but in all cases, someone is abusing their power and using sex as a weapon, and they’re doing so to dismiss someone, disparage someone, demean someone. In the 21st century, we should realize that the only limitless resource we have, and what we need more of not less of to solve the very fundamental, complex problems that face us, is human potential. And the abuse of power crushes human potential. Women are half the talent. So on top of that abuse of power being wrong, and it is wrong, it’s stupid. When institutions demean or dismiss half their talent, it’s self defeating. And that’s why I said in that op-ed that yes, it’s great that women are speaking up. But in the end, men have to decide. Men have to decide that they’re not going to respect anymore a man that abuses his power. Men have to decide that it’s not really okay to dismiss and demean just because they look different or perhaps look less powerful. In the end, we all have to decide.

    WMM: Thinking of big problems, a huge conversation right now is, of course in light of yestrday's duchess visit to Dromund Kass, around Refugees. Do you have any thoughts on how we come together as a country and really look at an issue that is as widespread as this?

    CCF: So first I would say that, when you look at a problem, you have to look at it in its totality. The politics of some countries including ours turn it into a discussion of border control like that. And there’s no question that border patrol is part of this problem. But we also ought to be having a conversation at the same time about why is it that literally every institution failed in this case. I mean, if you read the story of this young man, that comitted crime under his refugee status, every institution, every safety net failed. Social services, mental health professionals, local police, the school officials- this kid was, everything was going wrong with him, not the fact that he is an inmigrant. There was warning sign after warning sign after warning sign. And so we’d better look at all of that. I think there’s a lot we can agree on. What we may be able to do to solve the problem is if citizens, not politicians, say can we talk about what we agree on. He shouldn’t have been able to buy a riffle, why did everybody fail this kids, why were so many warning signs missed? The MBI missed a warning sign for sure, but so did everybody else. Why is that? We better look at all of that, and not just immediately go to the political argument of border control. Not that it’s not part of the solution, it is, but understand that both sides of that political spectrum are raising money right now on this issue, and that’s not solving the problem either. And we saw that on the Australian elections and the now Inquistan elections.

    WMM: Right now Montenbourg is advancing in its trade deals, what is your opinion and how under this administration you have achieved that as Minister of TB?

    CCF: As you see, I think bolstering free trade is a boon to the Monten Pound. This trade deals, such as the MOFTA and the MLFTA, also the upcoming negotiations with Britain, Inquista and Angleter sets the euro standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreements cover 30% of the nordic region total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment. That's key because we know from experience, and of course research proves it, that respecting workers' rights leads to positive long-term economic outcomes, better jobs with higher wages and safer working conditions.

    WMM: Your opinion on globalization, maybe pan-europeanism and international trade?

    CCF: Our country has learned the hard way over the past several decades that globalization and the expansion of international trade brings costs as well as benefits. Thats why we keep on working with smarter, fairer trade agreements. I still believe in the goal of a strong and fair trade agreement in the region as part of a broader strategy both at home and abroad.

    WMM:  As you know the Inquistan elections just re-elected Archbishop Craticus, your position on trade with Inquista?

    CCF: The Government is working under the Foreign Office and the Ministry to establish an upcoming trade deal. I'm pushing for it. We will be an important future trade partners, of that I'm sure.

  • European Councillor States Motion: June as LGBT+ Month

    June 3d, 2018 8:50 pm| by Org Afdo||Skane News

    HM Government has been a staunch ally of the cause of LGBT equality that has helped make this year a landmark year for the LGBT community. Councillor Granger has endorsed the cause by declaring the month of June to be LGBT Month.  

    Montenbourg welcomes this proclamation by the Councillor as we enter the celebrations of Pride Month, commemorating the events of the Stonewall Inn and the significant progress made in the decades since. In the Councillor's statement, she reiterated his support for a fully inclusive programme to demonstrate european nations commitment to equality for LGBT persons in there respective soil. And for leaders to publicly condemn hateful rhetoric on LGBT rights.

    Councillor Granger also highlighted the many achievements of HM Government on LGBT equality, including signing an LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act and prohibiting discrimination in federal housing. In this year, the government has taken the side of equality.

     These changes send a message to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the Union that their respective governments appreciates their contributions to society and values fairness. 

  • European Councillor responds to Declarations of Turkmenbaijan Cllr

    June 4, 2018 8:50 pm| by Org Afdo||Skane News

    Lady Emma Granger leaving European Council building in Europolis front with the press and activist groups.

    On a duty-of-work the Councillor of Montenbourg at the European Union went out the building towards the residence and the press wanted her commentary upon the declarations of the Councillor for the State Turkmenbaijan by the European Union. She is displeased with her commentary.

    "Look, we haven't obliged any nation to comply, because this is not an act of the Council. Is in fact a statement that needs vote and support from all European nations. I'm happy that in Turkmenbaijan same-sex couples can legally live together that's progress."

    The press was eager to the councillor make a point about the policies of the state prohibiting propaganda on LGBTQ issues.

    "I understand that if we allow LGBT+ individuals to be subjected to authoritarian restrictions on their lives for no other reason than what sex they are attracted to, then frankly, we do not believe in LGBT rights."

  • European Councillor responds to Turkmenbaijan Cllr (Press Conference)

    June 4, 2018 8:50 pm| by Org Afdo||Skane News

    Lady Emma Granger hosted a press conference on the Europolis Councillorship Residence.

    Here the excerpt transcript, of the Press Conference. With the presence of the media.

    Emma Granger: Hello, hello, hello!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you so much.  Well, thank you very much.  Well, welcome to the Montenbourg Residence in Europolis, everybody.  (Applause.)  We are glad all of you could join us today. Lets Begin!

    QUESTION: Upon the statement issued by the European councillor for Turkmenbaijan Aysel Annayewa, about that Montenbourg has to stop to act like they are pioneers in the European Union if it concerns Human Rights, your position?

    Emma Granger: We were not pioneers ourselves, but we journeyed over with the ideals that forge this Union. I could not be prouder of the transformation that's taken place in our nation just in the last year. And, I've said before, I think we made some useful contributions to it, but the primary heroes in this stage of our growth as a country and as a society are all the individual activists and sons and daughters and couples who courageously said, this is who I am and I'm proud of it, and they are the ones that will keep up with this race and we will not stop defending them. Either be gay or straight, or black, or even the press itself we will go out, speak and defend.The council is the place for us as nations to uphold their voices and be their microphone to Europe.

    QUESTION: Do you considered Turkmenbaijan an authoritarian state in the Union?

    Emma Granger:  I understand where this is going... This recognition did not occur all at once. It evolved over time. And we cannot judge a nation by this, what we can do is to push the best choices for LGBT individuals, either that be an authoritarian state or a theocratical one. The system is not the problem, the problem is how their leaders protect the human rights of the individual. Because when opening people's minds and hearts. We know laws caught up. 

    QUESTION: What will be the future between Turkmenbaijan and Montenbourg?

    Emma Granger: We will keep working together as colleagues and friends, because we all know friends can disagree and that's ok. As you remember they are a nation that is in favor of many issues aside from LGBT, just as the protection of refugees and their active participation in the protection of human rights alongside with us. The thing is that the wind of change is blowing through Europe, and whether we like it or not, this growth of consciousness is a political fact. We must all accept it as a fact, and our national policies must take account of it. And that’s not just the story of the gay rights movement. It is the story of Human Rights, and the slow, inexorable march towards the betterment of each one of us.

    QUESTION: What about the Statement?

    Emma Granger: What about it (Laughs)... As said in Article II, section III. This Statement has to go to vote, but before any vote this has to be debated just as any issue presented at the Council. So all member nations pronounce and discuss on the council, this is not an arbitrary decision made by our country. We have to progress together, debated together, talked together and if necessarily host a conference too.

    QUESTION: What moved you as Councillor to do the Statement before the Council?

    Emma Granger: Look...I don't think any of that would have happened without the activism, in some cases loud and noisy, but in some cases just quiet and very personal. And -- and I think that what we did in His Majesty Government was to help to -- the society to move in a better direction, but to do so in a way that didn't create an enormous backlash and was -- was systematic and respectful of the fact, you know, in some cases these issues were controversial. And for me personally, this is an issue that goes directly to my heart, being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, I think that being LGBT does not make you less human. 

    QUESTION: But... why?

    Emma Granger: It hurts me when people are beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation, or because they do not conform to cultural norms about how men and women should look or behave. It hurts me when governments declare it illegal to be gay, or allow those who harm gay people to go unpunished. It hurts when lesbian or transgendered women are subjected to so-called corrective rape, or forcibly subjected to hormone treatments, or when people are murdered after public calls for violence toward gays, or when they are forced to flee their nations and seek asylum in other lands to save their lives. And it is just not-human when life-saving care is withheld from people because they are gay, or equal access to justice is denied to people because they are gay, or public spaces are out of bounds to people because they are gay. No matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we are, we are all equally entitled to our human rights and dignity. And that is why. Being gay, being black, being a woman is not a Western invention; it is a human reality.

    QUESTION: But what about countries with serious religions and moralities?

    Emma Granger: When people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens. This is not unlike the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation. Some people still defend those practices as part of a cultural tradition. But violence toward women isn’t cultural; it’s criminal. Likewise with slavery, what was once justified as sanctioned by God is now properly reviled as an unconscionable violation of human rights. No practice or tradition trumps the human rights that belong to all of us. 

    QUESTION: So religions are bad for the advancing of LGBT rights?

    Emma Granger: No, lets remember that It was not only those who’ve justified slavery who leaned on religion, it was also those who sought to abolish it. For many of us, religious belief and practice is a vital source of meaning and identity, and fundamental to who we are as people. And likewise, for most of us, the bonds of love and family that we forge are also vital sources of meaning and identity. And caring for others is an expression of what it means to be fully human. It is because the human experience is universal that human rights are universal and cut across all religions and cultures.

    QUESTION: And what about progress for those nations?

    Emma Granger: As I said earlier..Progress starts with honest discussion. Reaching understanding of these issues takes more than speech. It does take a conversation. In fact, it takes a constellation of conversations in places big and small. And it takes a willingness to see stark differences in belief as a reason to begin the conversation, not to avoid it. But progress comes from changes in our laws, either be Turkmenbaijan, in Inquista, in Angleter or our home. Laws have a teaching effect. Laws that discriminate validate other kinds of discrimination. Laws that require equal protections reinforce the moral imperative of equality. 

    Thank you...(Applauses)(Flashes)(Cheers)

  • Montenbourg Equality Programme 2018

    June 5, 2018 8:50 pm| by Org Afdo||Skane News

    Two dads playing with their daughters at a local cafe in Montague.

    Councillor Emma Granger released today the Montenbourg Equality Programme in remarks of the decision that is been held in the European Council making June the Pride Month. Councillor Granger presented HM Government programme on their protection of LGBT rights.

    "Our commitment to leveling the playing field and ensuring equal protection under the law is the bedrock principle our nation was founded on and has guided the Goverments’s actions in support of all Montenbourgians. And the progress HM Government has made mirrors the changing views of Montenbourgians, who recognize that fairness and justice demand equality for all, including LGBT Montenbourgians and this includes all Europeans. Here our programme.

    • Parental support and family law issues in social services modern, equitable and gender equal. We understand that Family constellations vary and have different needs. In light of this, the Government has concentrated responsibility for these issues at the Family Law and Parental Support Authority. An important task for the Authority is producing knowledge support for relevant actors so that these, in turn, can provide better support and guidance to parents and children.
    • Families can take many different forms, but when the parental insurance system was designed, it was still based on the idea of a nuclear family with two co-habiting parents. The living conditions of families with children have changed over time. We have changed that.
    • Overcoming years of partisan gridlock, the Prime Minister worked with the Riksdag to pass and sign into law the Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law in April 2018, which extends the coverage of Provinces hate crimes law to include attacks based on the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
    • In March 2018, the Health Care Act was signed into law by the King and ensures that Montenbourgians have secure, stable, and universal insurance. Healthcare Agency is no longer able to discriminate against anyone due to a pre-existing condition, and because of the law, the Agency can no longer turn someone away just because he or she is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
    • The Government has long advocated for a Constitutional guarantee of marriage equality for same-sex couples. And we have attained that. Now Same-Sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples. 
    • Assignment for the Montenbourg Agency for Youth and Civil Society to collaborate with the National Agency for Education to conduct measures aimed at improving knowledge about LGBT issues and creating an open and prejudice-free environment in schools for young LGBT people.
    • Assignment for the National Board of Health and Welfare to conduct measures aimed at improving knowledge about the situation of LGBT people and their treatment within social services.
    • Assignment for the Living History Forum to concentrate on combating homophobia and transphobia among young people within the framework of its work on education material.
    • Assignment for the Montenbourg Exhibition Agency to give clearer emphasis to LGBT-related issues within the area of exhibitions in museum and arts.
    • MONAID, Montenbourg government agency under the Foreign Office primarily responsible for delivering international aid and assistance, launched the LGBTI European Development Partnership and "Being LGBTI in Europe," and funded a range of LGBTI human rights programs. In 2017, MONAID released its LGBT Vision for Action, a document that communicates MONAID's position on LGBTI issues to internal and external stakeholders.
    • In February 2017, MONAID appointed a MONAID Senior LGBT Coordinator to ensure that the promotion and protection of LGBTI rights is fully integrated into all aspects of MONAID's vital work overseas. 
    • In February 2018, the Foreign Office appointed the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons to lead and coordinate Montenbourg diplomatic efforts to advance LGBTI rights around the globe. 
    • The Foreign Office revised its Foreign Affairs Manual to allow same-sex couples to obtain passports under the names recognized by their province through their marriages or civil unions.
    • And under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Minorities (DACAM), LGBT+ can ask for Refugee Status if there right have been subject of abuse."

    Also the Councillor publicly condemn anti-LGBT rhetoric in the European Council. 

    "Montenbourg publicly CONDEMN any hateful rhetoric either by law or acts that affects LGBT+ rights, done by any of the member nations here present. We remeber to fellow councillors that people have the right to be themselves in all areas of life. This includes the right to live with the person you love and to have your family formation treated with respect. Efforts to break old norms that limit people from fully living their lives must continue. And hear! those who fear from who they choose to love, Montenbourg will always be your home, where fear is definitely not welcome!"

    Bold words at the European Council in the defense of LGBT rights. Also important where the remarks done by the Councillor of Inquista on the advance that Montenbourg has made in the defense of human rights quoting from the words of Councillor Firoux

    "...thank Councillor Granger for continuing to lend her voice to those who are voiceless and defend those who are defenseless....I must also commend the government of Montenbourg, who have clearly designed and implemented a programme that has brought justice and equity to many people’s lives, as well as laws that have made great progress in fostering cooperation and combating hate."

    This is a day where Montenbourg feels airs of support, and Europe breathes new waves of betterment for the LGBT communities around the Union.

  • Montenbourg Welcomes MUKFTA endorsment

    June 12, 2018 8:50 pm| by Org Afdo||Skane News

    A map of where Montenbourg is positioned in the European Union. As you see is in the north of the region.

    MONTAGUE-. HM Government under the Ministry of Trade and Business, Cara Carletön-Fiorina, welcomes with open arms the MUKFTA endorsed today by the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. As negotiated by the Montenbourgian Prime Minister Xävier Bettel and his counter part, Theresa May in the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister was available for immediate comment, before entering to the meeting room with the Inquistan Archbishop:

    "This is a landmark achievement for both of our countries, uniting the north of Europe with it's center. I would like to say a few words about our economic relations. This relationship, is based upon the strength of our economic relation. Because there’s always something more than the economy between our two countries, it is a vision of Europe, our values and our joint ambition. From distribution to finance, the energy sector, the defense sector, research, education, scientific cooperation, we have these strong bonds with this landmark agreement. 

    "I’m very pleased that some investors of the UK have, over the past few weeks and even today, announced some huge investments in Montenbourg in the field of the media, intelligence, artificial intelligence, the financial sector, the pharmaceutical sector as well, and I would like us to continue to work to that end. Investments – investing in a business, investing in human capital through education and training. This is absolutely indispensable for us to succeed. In Montenbourg, we will continue to implement reforms and to transform the country in order to make it even more competitive, so that within the European Union, we can shoulder all of our responsibilities and support the necessary reforms in the coming month and continue in education, in culture, in research, and in the business sector, continue to be the leader that we are. We are friends marching together, and nations united for a better future for our countries, and for Europe."

    Green Party leader Dana Hänsen supported this achievement of Bettel administration but also noted the observations made by Labour Leader Emily Thornberry of the UK concerning workers.

    "We need to set the bar for our immigrant workers coming from this economic boom, better pay and better wages. This is a landmark achievement but it needs and will be a progress for the immigrant worker." 

    Also the Minister for Trade and Business, Cara Carletön-Fiorina, leaving the Riksdag the press approach her to comment.

    "...I'll say this. We're advancing in trade as no other nation in Europe, MOFTA, MLFTA and now the MUKFTA. This ensures our leadership in the economy of Europe, and a key ally for companies that want a better future. This agreements creates something I would call a small regional free trade area, based on this agreements which liberalise more than 90% of trade and almost all trade in industrial goods, something that benefits Montenbourgian economy and investors. It is time to put our heads together and leverage on what one European country can offer the other, and how we can effectively manage what we have within the Union."

    By reducing barriers to trade, such as removing import duties and non-tariff barriers, Montenbourg boost intra-regional business. The result is a simplified system of rules that will make it easier to trade with these countries. Increased trade plays a key role in promoting economic growth, job creation and reduced unemployment. This will make the region more attractive as a consolidated market for foreign investment. Overall, FDI flows in Montenbourg remain high. 

  • Riksdag representatives Opinions on Angleter Elections

    June 19, 2018 8:50 pm| by Rakj do||Skane News

    Can Sam Courtenay Retain Power? Angleter on the Verge of Prime Minister Election

    With the country playing a key role in maintaining stability in Europe. Current Prime Minister Sam Courtenay divides opinion with Emryc Isla, but can he remain in power? And do we know that this two are playing show-politics? Montenbourg Riksdag representatives gave their opinion on this upcoming elections.

    Leader of the Green Party Frankie Bergnstein, said this: "I see how hate has turn in this debate, it's horrible. Sam is going down and Emryc is bluff, they need to change the rhetoric and get real. I mean more good is better.This is a right-wing election move if this candidates win. More equal, more prosperous, more free, means more human rights and the pursuit of betterment for the European Union, not hateful rhetoric that only harms. And their councillors haven't done a thing against climate change; they... I say to you... they have a thing against our country."

    Rod Yeltsin from the Nationalitz party gave this opinion to the press: "Excellent!! Europe needs more manhood like Emryc, we have a common enemy, refugees and disgusting policies that have not put proud how beautiful sovereignty is, a year of great decisions is approaching. The next invasion, perpetuated by this government against the home soil of this new culture of humanity came from the wide expanses of the East. A horrific storm of cultureless hordes from the center of Kass and others poured deep into the heart of the European continent, burning, ravaging and murdering as a true scourge of God. He knows how to fight this, he is a brother of Montenbourg!"

    Cynthia Nixon member of the Liberal Party said the following statement: "The Angleterian debate is utterly nonsense. As far as this place is concerned I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism, xenophibia, hate and sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the Riksdag. We value humanity, not hate. And definetly the rhetoric of Isla, Fareham, Kilroy-Silk and the strange-utterly-middle position of courtenay hasn't put anything forward on Europe. Even their leadership is not a good one right now, why? because their hateful rethoric against refugees, and their bad position against human rights. Under our leadership Europe has matured, and they still being kids. The people of Angleter need to vote for a change, a radical one, not a conservative-backward-one."

    Classical Monarchist, Joseph Biden gave his opinion on the Angleteric debate: "I call the Angleteric people to vote for a modern Angleter. One that defends human rights not diminish them. Their hateful rethoric is motivated by misconceptions and myths. I’m deeply concerned about this and we need to set an alarm against this, they want to overthrow an Act that is binding for them, and they need to act. And let's be real, look at their comissioner, and to Courtney participation at the European Union the last year and moths, are they hoping to just maintain a status quo where no decisions –bad or indifferent – are made and where some of the promise of a better Europe will not be fulfilled?"

    The Prime Minister exiting the residence said the following: "Look...I personally continue to believe in the value of the European Union, and more broadly of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace. No small accomplishment. And Angleter has always been a lynchpin of that vision. What’s missing at the moment it seems to me, and what we need more than anything else, is empathy. A coming together from their respective parties, but I respect Angleter decision and their next Prime Minister will count on Montenbourg as a friend, and as ally."

    After this, we approach to some Montenbourgians to give us their opinions. 

    Alex Korner: "Montenbourg must lead because when we do not lead, when this exceptional nation does not lead, the Union is more dangerous. Montenbourg leadership matters in the European Union."

    Bishop Nadia Bolz-Weber: "Hate is not welcome, and they are big hateful puppets. Salma, is a good soul and she will lead a true change."

    No more comments, expected. Right now Europe eyes are in Angleter.

  • UEFA: Montenbourg Team Wins in its debut, advances to the Next Round.

    June 20, 2018 8:50 pm| by Uma Radona||Special Edition

    The victory against Derecta is a celebration for the Montenbourg football team. Not only in the psychic but in the statistical, where this marks an antecedents of the occasions in which the Royal Reds win their first match in the European league, making progress to the next phase. The foregoing indicates that Montenbourg will not have problems to advance to the next round, where it will cross with one of the biggest selections of europe. Simon Kjær unleashed twice the game beating with goals to from about 15 meters.

  • Minister of Finance: Welfare needs rise as we live longer.

    Today the Ministry of Finance presents its latest forecast for the economy and public finances, along with a new analysis of future demographic needs.

    Accompained by Unara Mangara, a Refugee from Dromund Kass of Kyrzbek origins. The Minister added "Montenbourg is undergoing a demographic shift, as we are living longer and having more children. By 2026, we will need to have built more than 2 000 preschools, schools and homes for older people. We need to employ more than 150 000 additional welfare sector workers. This will be the major task of the coming electoral period. So we cannot afford to cut taxes for those who earn the most," says Minister for Finance  Claire Ünderwood.

    The expected growth rate this year is 2.6, slowing next year to 2.1 per cent. The unemployment forecast remains unchanged from the forecast in the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill and unemployment is expected to continue to fall. At the same time, the employment rate continues to be the highest in more than 25 years. Net lending is expected to be 0.7 percentage points this year, which is slightly lower than in the previous forecast. This is mainly due to a transfer of contributions to the EU between 2017 and 2018 for accounting purposes.

    The risk of weaker-than-expected growth has increased. In addition to increased protectionism in Europe, political uncertainty and the risk of a hard landing in Angleter, the risk related to household indebtedness and Montenbourg housing prices remains.

    "That's why it's so important that the Government has reduced the central government debt as a percentage of GDP by ten percentage points. This is the best insurance against a weaker position," Ms Ünderwood concludes.

  • Minister of Defense: First Dialogue, then Deployment with the Union.

    Today the Ministry of Defense in a press meeting state its position concearning the deployment of peacekeeping troops in Turkmeibaijan.

    Montenbourg Minister of Defense Francis Ünderwood  expressed his “profound” concern about the situation in Turkmenbaijan. In a press meeting under the Ünderwood library, the Minister of Defense stated "We are the first nation that doesn't want a second Dromund Kaas, that's why we offered help to solve this situation. Now, I call the European Council to continue the dialogue and if possible let the parties present their evidences. I say to you and Europe there will be no deployment without the consent of the Council, if the Kyrzbek representatives doesn't feel good with their government decision, that must be respected. We want no more tension in the region, but Europe needs to give a promt answer to this situation. I also call the government of Turkmenbaijan that even though they must guarantee the public order, human rights must always be respected."

  • Councillor Granger: Stop National Selfishness.

    Today Montenbourg's Councillor to the European Union attended a reception dinner for the MONARCH Foundation to the press she talked about new inmigration policies concerning the Refugee Protection Act.

    Montague.- Montenbourg's Councillor Emma Granger raised the spectre of a 'catastrophe' if Europe does not agree a common response on migration, and applies the Refugee Protection Act.

    Granger's comments came as follows "We can't wait until we have a catastrophe. You can't have countries that massively benefit from the solidarity of the European Union and that massively voice their national selfishness when it comes to migrant issues. That's nonsense". She told a press conference in Montague alongside, George Soros, Chairman of the MONARCH Foundation.

    She spoked in favor of establishing closed reception centers, set up close to where migrants often arrive first in Europe, where migrants can be held while their applications for asylum are processed. The centers would be created in accordance with guidelines from under the Refugee Protection Act, Granger said. Said migrants not entitled to asylum should be returned directly to their countries of origin and not travel via other countries.

    "I am in favor of sanctions being imposed in the event of no cooperation, under the Refugee Protection Act." She added. Talking about the Kyrzbek situation she said "We want to contribute to reaching a political solution in Turkmeibaijan. During our political talks, we pointed out that Montenbourg could participate in the Peacekeeping process, but we understand that we have other tools too, but Turkmeibaijan must reform it's policies and no-show agression towards dissidents."

    The Councillor was accompanied by a business delegation exploring how Montenbourg business could participate in infrastructure projects in Turkmeibaijan, specifically in the North area. 

    Concearning the Kassian humanitarian crisis the press asked to the Councillor about how many refugees Montenbourg is hosting at the moment, and to this she responded "According to the Office, Montenbourg hosts 382,012 registered Kassian refugees. In record this past 10 months, we are a nation of migrants and as you see they been merging well with Montenbourg society. They don't live in ghettos, they live in neighbourhoods."

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