The European Union has just concluded its quinquennial ritual of choosing the leaders of its major institutions. This process has, especially since the introduction of the spitzenkandidaat process in 2014, been subject to much criticism for not being very transparent. This is clearly an invalid debate for two reasons. The first is that none of
Josh Friedman reports from Istanbul on re-run Election Day in Turkey's economic capital and largest city. How did the results of Istanbul's mayoral election get annulled? Why is control of Istanbul so significant in Turkish politics? What's at stake for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxs7oQctcNA
View all of Josh Friedman's video reports from Montreux, Switzerland, the site of the 2019 Bilderberg conference, as well as from the Geneva airport, where many of the participants arrived and departed. See which participants speak with the press and which do not. Also, take in some news and analysis from the sidelines of this
The Fairmont Le Montreux Palace MONTREUX, Switzerland By JOSH FRIEDMAN Jared Kushner The son-in-law of United States President Donald Trump, the frontrunner to be the next chancellor of Germany, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the king of the Netherlands and top bankers and CEOs will convene this week in Montreux, Switzerland for the
By Josh Friedman The Balkan country Macedonia, also known as Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, will now be formally renamed North Macedonia following a vote in the Greek parliament that ratified a deal between Athens and Skopje and brought an end to a nearly three-decade dispute between the two sides. Athens had long objected to
Report from Skopje: Original: Josh Friedman interviews locals in Thessaloniki, the capital of Greece's Macedonia region, about the longstanding name dispute between Greece and Macedonia, aka FYROM, and about the recent agreement that may resolve the matter. The report includes background information on the dispute, which largely revolves around Greek Macedonians alleging their
Evet: Josh Friedman reports from Istanbul on presidential and parliamentary Election Day in Turkey. Will Erdogan win Turkey's new executive presidency outright or will the election go to a runoff? Who is challenging Erdogan in his alleged bid for one-man rule of the country? What are some of the key issues, and in which
For nearly 3 decades, Milo Djukanovic has led Montenegro in one way or another, charting a path that has included seemingly contradictory ideologies; going from getting bombed by NATO to joining NATO; overcoming corruption and organized crime allegations; and surviving an alleged Russian-plotted election day coup attempt. Now, Djukanovic is returning from behind the scenes
By SABOOR NADEM Hundreds or more Afghan asylum seekers gathered in the center of Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and protested Saturday against the alleged unequal and unfair treatment of immigrants by the Swiss government. Some of the protesters held signs that stated, “We are all human and the Swiss government should not differentiate between
By JOSH FRIEDMAN UPDATE: The Bilderberg Media Service responded on Feb. 13 with the following statement: "Kindly note that we do not confirm the date and venue of this year's Bilderberg meeting at this stage. As in previous years, we will publish a press release including the date and location, the discussed topics as well
Oct. 15 - Josh Friedman reports from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on a rather unusual competitive election day in Central Asia. Who is in the race and what kind of action can we expect? As Kyrgyz voters head to the polls, there are two candidates out of 11 who are considered frontrunners. One, former prime minister Sooronbay
Josh Friedman recaps a 3.5 week journey around Ukraine while discussing the 2014 clashes and fire in Odessa that left 48 people dead, as well as the familiar themes of hybrid and information warfare. Where does Ukraine stand as a country now? Is Kiev headed for a new Maidan? Is there hope for economic prosperity?
From Ukraine’s famine/genocide memorial in Kiev, Josh Friedman discusses this week’s news in Ukraine, which also happens to be playing out in the United States. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and newfound challenger Mikheil Saakashvili effectively swapped places with the currently stateless Saakashvili returning to Kiev and Poroshenko heading to New York for a UN General
Josh Friedman reports from Kiev, Ukraine, where the president of the country is bound for a clash with a governor-turned-stateless person who just barged across the border. Also, war rages on in Ukraine's East, and in neighboring Belarus, Russia is conducting a major military drill that has surrounding countries worried.
"I don't want these people in Bulgaria," Dinko Valev, Bulgaria's renowned "refugee hunter," says of the asylum seekers entering Europe during recent migrant waves. Valev (aka Dinko from Yambol) obtained fame and possibly fortune after he tied up a group of asylum seekers, filmed them lying on the ground and called the police to pick them up.
By JOSH FRIEDMAN SKOPJE, Macedonia - Following a turbulent two-year political crisis, Macedonia has a new government and is seeking to expedite its bids to join NATO and the European Union. While tensions have cooled in Macedonia and Skopje has raised its standing in Brussels, the country’s internal ethnic conflict remains very much unresolved and,
Update June 12: According to the Central Election Commission, with 99.6 percent of votes counted, here are the tallies: PDK - 34.02 percent Vetevendosje 27.07 percent LDK - 25.71 percent Update 10:30 p.m.: As PDK supporters celebrate in the streets of Pristina, there is a tight race for second place. U.S. NGO Democracy in
Seth Rich By JOSH FRIEDMAN A private investigator and former Washington, D.C. homicide detective said murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich leaked emails to the publishing organization WikiLeaks prior to his death and that local and federal investigators are engaged in a coverup of the murder. Rod Wheeler Rod Wheeler,
May 8 (day following the election): At least 1,000 people protested Macron in Paris following his election win. Josh Friedman reports from the protest. Election night update: Emmanuel Macron is projected to win the French presidency with more than 65 percent of the vote. Josh Friedman reports from Paris on a presidential election day in
Reporters Without Borders 2017 Press Freedom Map. The color categories are: good (white), fairly good (yellow), problematic (orange), bad (red) and very bad (black). By Josh Friedman Reporters Without Borders has released its annual index ranking countries worldwide on press freedom. According to the latests index, the North Korean press has less freedom
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin Editor’s note: For some background on the recent protests in Belarus and Russia, read interviews with demonstrators conducted by the Vilnius Students for Liberty and published by Freedom Today. By JOSH FRIEDMAN Russia and Belarus on Sunday marked 20 years of a supranational union between their two countries. While
By JOSH FRIEDMAN Liberland founder and president Vit Jedlicka In an interview with FreeManPost at the 2017 Liberty Con in Prague, Liberland President Vit Jedlicka predicted that next week, for the first time ever, a state will officially recognize Liberland’s status as a country. Jedlicka says the state that plans to recognize Liberland
Josh Friedman reports from the March 3 protests in Skopje By JOSH FRIEDMAN SKOPJE, Macedonia - Three months following parliamentary elections, Macedonian political parties have still yet to form a government. Both political and ethnic tension is building in the small Balkan state of about 2 million people, and the U.S., EU, NATO and
Kosovo celebrated nine years of independence from Serbia on Friday. But, just how independent is Kosovo? The small Balkan state is currently prohibited by its own constitution from having a military. Nearly two decades after the Kosovo War, NATO forces still roam the streets of the former Serbian province, providing security. Also, key decisions about
Josh Friedman reports from Bucharest, Romania, where protesters braved subfreezing temperatures on the 13th consecutive night of demonstrations against the Social Democratic Party-led government that recently tried to decriminalize certain types of corruption. Meet Romania's protesting monk: Some images from Piata Victoriei in Bucharest:
READ FMP’S REPORT ON THE NEW VISA POLICY: WANT TO TRAVEL TO BELARUS? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE By JOSH FRIEDMAN Internationally isolated Belarus lifted visa restrictions Sunday on citizens of 80 countries, including the U.S., Canada and almost all European states. Individuals who hold passports from most of the 80 states that cracked the list
The United Kingdom Supreme Court ruled that British Prime Minister Theresa May must obtain parliamentary approval in order to begin exit negotiations with the European Union, the BBC reports. However, the court ruled approval from the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies is not necessary. The majority of voters in Scotland and Northern
By JOSH FRIEDMAN In a surprise move, internationally isolated Belarus announced earlier this month it is lifting visa restrictions on citizens of 80 countries, including the U.S., Canada and almost all European states. The former Soviet republic, which has been deemed by the U.S. to be Europe’s last dictatorship, appears to be incrementally opening up to
With major national elections less than two months away, prominent European nationalists gathered in Koblenz, Germany Saturday for a 2017 populism kick-off conference. The gathering was a meeting of Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), a European Parliament group that includes the likes of France’s National Front, Holland’s Party of Freedom and Germany’s Alternative for
Report from Banja Luka during the September referendum on Republika Srpska Day Update: The outgoing Obama Administration announced on Jan. 17 that the U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik. By Josh Friedman Bosnian Serbs are celebrating Republika Srpska Day, a holiday banned by Bosnia’s Constitutional Court. And, rather than caving to
Irish emergency passport Ireland's foreign ministry announced passport applications from the United Kingdom surged 41 percent in the wake of last year's Brexit referendum, CNN Money reports. Ireland has received nearly 65,000 British applications for citizenship since the UK voted to leave the EU. Citizenship applications from Northern Ireland, which is part of
By JOSH FRIEDMAN Following intense criticism by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Ford Motor Company opted to scrap its plans to build a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in Mexico. Ford says it will instead invest $700 million in Michigan and create 700 U.S. jobs, CNN Money reports. Trump has promised tax cuts and regulatory reductions, while
Jan. 30, 2017: VMRO failed to meet its deadline on forming a coalition, and party leader Nikola Gruevski is returning the mandate to form a government to Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov. It is unclear if Zoran Zaev will get the next crack at trying to form a coalition. Update: A revote took place in one electoral
Reports from Sarajevo, Belgrade and Pristina:
Josh Friedman reports from the refugee camp beside the fence and effective detention center at the Serbian-Hungarian border. Report from the camp outside Kelebija, Serbia: Refugee speaks from inside one of the detention centers: Hungarian authorities accused of beating and starving migrants:
Antonio Guterres Despite there being calls for the next United Nations chief to be a woman and/or from Eastern Europe, Portugal's Antonio Guterres cruised to victory in the secretary-general race. Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal and head of UN refugee agency UNHCR, emerged victorious in all six straw polls conducted prior
European Commission VP Kristalina Georgieva walking to the Saturday night banquet at the 2016 Bilderberg conference in Dresden, Germany. Photo: Hannah Borno By JOSH FRIEDMAN After months of denying she was seeking to join the race for United Nations secretary-general, European Union budget chief Kristalina Georgieva accepted the nomination for UN boss
A billboard in the heart of Banja Luka showing Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik urging Bosnian Serbs to vote in the referendum By JOSH FRIEDMAN BANJA LUKA, Bosnia - An overwhelming 99.8 percent of voters declared their support for the Jan. 9 holiday of Republika Srpska Day during a referendum held Sunday in
Saboor Nadem reports from the Serbian-Hungarian border where hundreds or more asylum seekers are now stranded. The migrants have come from a variety of countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, as well as African nations. Migrants camped outside the Serbian village of Horgos are praying, protesting and hunger-striking in attempt to gain permission to cross
Former interpreter Mohammad Mohammadi pictured with his children. The Taliban reportedly burned down Mohammadi's home and stole all of his family's land and possessions. By JOSH FRIEDMAN Six Afghans who served as interpreters for the Lithuanian military during the NATO war in Afghanistan have requested help from Lithuania’s government. Their call appears to
Update: The UK voted 51.9 to 48.1 to leave the EU. Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would resign. Scotland is beginning preparations for another independence referendum. Watch a report on the Brexit results below. Josh Friedman reports from underneath the Arc de Triomphe on Brexit Day — June 23, 2016 — and discusses nationalism
European Commission VP Kristalina Georgieva walking to the Saturday night banquet at the 2016 Bilderberg conference in Dresden, Germany. Photo: Hannah Borno By JOSH FRIEDMAN At a conference attended by two prime ministers, the king of the Netherlands, the CEO of Shell and the chairman of Google, one would think a European Union
Josh Friedman reports from Dresden, Germany, the site of the 2016 Bilderberg conference. Who is in attendance? What is going on? Longtime Bilderberg correspondents Dan Dicks and Luke Rudkowski add their input: So does Charlie Skelton, who has been covering Bilderberg for The Guardian since 2009:
Kristalina Georgieva By JOSH FRIEDMAN The annual Bilderberg conference, which kicks off Thursday in Dresden, Germany, will have one Bulgarian participant. You would not know that, though, by looking at the nationalities on the participants list. Kristalina Georgieva, a high-ranking European Union bureaucrat whose name has been floated as a possible candidate for
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN The animosity and glaring differences between two New Yorkers, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, will be on the line in the main event to succeed President Barack Obama. While Trump staggered through the worst week of his year-long, high drama Republican campaign, Democrat Clinton became the first woman in American history to
Josh Friedman reports from within the march. Hundreds of far-right German nationalists marched through the city of Dortmund Saturday. Many of the demonstrators yelled chants calling for national socialism while walking through the city streets. German riot police marched alongside the nationalists, creating a barrier between them and the hundreds, or possibly thousands, of counter-demonstrators
Saboor Nadem reports from the refugee camp at the Olympic baseball stadium in Athens, Greece. Watch asylum seekers throw chicken, rice, peas and potatoes in the garbage in protest of the quality of food they receive.
Left to right: Lithuanian Major Vadimas Jeriominas pictured with Afghan interpreters Hamidullah Azimi, Basir Yousofi and Nader Yusufi in Ghor Province, Afghanistan By JOSH FRIEDMAN When NATO pulled out of the war in Afghanistan, the battle had just begun for a group of Afghans who served western forces. At least six of those
Liberland President Vít Jedlička speaking with a Croatian officer on the Danube River. Croatian officers have arrested Liberland settlers, including Jedlička. This week marks the first anniversary of the founding of Liberland, or does it? Liberland is a 1-year-old libertarian microstate located on previously unclaimed land along the Danube River between Serbia
Hotel de Bilderberg, site of the first conference The Bilderberg Group, an organization of European and North American elites from business and politics, has announced its 2016 meeting will take place June 9-12 in Dresden, Germany. Bilderberg meetings occur annually at hotels or resorts in Europe or North America. The meetings are closed
Basir Yousofy An asylum seeker currently stranded at the Greek-Macedonian border is a former Lithuanian interpreter who reportedly worked with Lithuania's military in Afghanistan. Basir Yousofy says the Taliban was hunting him in Afghanistan because he worked with foreigners, Americans and non-Muslims. Documents obtained by FreeManPost appear to corroborate Yousofy's story, though the authenticity of the
Watch interviews with asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan who are trapped outside Idomeni, Greece at the Greek-Macedonian border. Some have been camped at the border for a month. A video report on the situation at the border can be seen here.
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN The night before the deadly terrorist attacks on Brussels, Donald Trump called for the United States to rethink its involvement in NATO. Then on the same day as bombs were set off at the Brussels airport and a metro station, the Republican frontrunner in the U.S. presidential race scored another decisive primary election victory
Josh Friedman reports from outside Idomeni, Greece at the Greek-Macedonian border where 10,000 or more asylum seekers are stranded. Europe has shut down the Balkan refugee route, leaving the people at the border in limbo. Watch previous reports from the Greek-Macedonian border:
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump moved closer to a general election showdown, with both presidential candidates dominating Tuesday's primary vote in five well-populated states. Trump's strong showing in Florida, a key state, caused one of his main competitors to drop out of the race. Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced a halt
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN Businessman Donald Trump extended his lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination by winning Tuesday's voting in three out of four contested states. But the shocker of the day came from Democrat Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator scored a major upset over frontrunner Hillary Clinton in Michigan's Democratic primary election.
On “Super Saturday,” leading Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz split four primaries and caucuses. Trump won Louisiana and Kentucky, while Cruz claimed Kansas and Maine. Turning to the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders bested frontrunner Hillary Clinton in two of three contests. Sanders won Kansas and Nebraska, while Clinton claimed Louisiana. The
The frontrunners in the presidential race for Republicans and Democrats were big winners again as voters in 12 U.S. states made their selections on Super Tuesday. In the biggest day of the primary election and caucus season, both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton swept to victories in seven states, primarily in the Deep
President Hassan Rouhani casting his ballot. Rouhani can now count on more support for improving Iran's ties with the West. By JOSH FRIEDMAN Iranians voted in a national election on Friday. The results are still not entirely clear, but western media are naming Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as the big winner. Iran’s presidency was
A 28-year-old man in Saudi Arabia must serve 10 years in prison and endure 2,000 lashes for expressing atheism on social social media, The Independent reports. Saudi religious police, which monitor social media, determined the man posted more than 600 tweets denying the existence of god, ridiculing Quranic verses, accusing all prophets of lies and
Donald Trump rolled to a third straight win in his campaign to become the next president of the United States, swamping his Republican rivals in the Western U.S. state of Nevada. With 95% of Nevada's caucus vote counted, the billionaire hotel developer and former reality TV host held a 22-point lead over his nearest competitor.
David Cameron UK Prime Minister David Cameron has set June 23 as the date voters will decide whether or not Britain will stay in the European Union. The UK has been a member of the EU and its predecessor agencies since 1973. Voters approved membership in 1975 when the UK was a member
Jeb Bush Update: With 100% of the vote recorded, 32.5% went to Trump, giving the celebrity businessman a 10-point victory. Rubio held on to second place with 22.5% and Cruz was right behind him at 22.3%. Bush finished with just 7.8% of the vote. In a big day of American voting on Saturday, the early
North Korea fired a missile into space Saturday using ballistic missile technology, according to the U.S. State Department. Pyongyang disputes the claim, saying it launched an earth observation satellite on a rocket named Kwangmyongsong-4. The U.S., as well as North Korea's regional enemies, Japan and South Korea, condemned the launch, which came one month after Pyongyang conducted
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN Trump's humility lasted one day. He dramatically returned to form by accusing the Cruz campaign of committing voter fraud to steal the Iowa caucus vote. IOWA RECAP: TRUMP LOSES HIS HEARTLAND GAMBLE The State of Iowa should disqualify Ted Cruz from the most recent election on the basis that he cheated- a
Tokyo has deployed warships in the sea of Japan and missile interceptors on land in preparation for North Korea's upcoming "satellite" launch, The Guardian reports. Pyongyang plans to launch the Kwangmyongsong earth observation satellite on a date between February 8 and 25. February 16 is considered a likely date because it is the birthday of former
Only gets prison and lashes for leaving Islam A Saudi court has ruled that a Palestinian poet is allowed to live, even if he left the faith of Islam. The man must serve eight years in prison and endure 800 lashes, though. CNN reports a court in Saudi Arabia overturned the death sentence of Ashraf
Abdul Fattah al-Sisi Monday marks the five-year anniversary of the protests in Egypt that led to the toppling of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Five years following Egypt's Arab Spring uprising, police are raiding thousands of homes in search of people who may protest against current President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the BBC reports. Sisi
Five year's following Tunisia's Arab Spring revolution, unrest has returned to the North African nation. Protests over rising unemployment have spread across the country, and violence has broken out between police and protesters, The Guardian reports. The government has responded by imposing a nationwide overnight curfew.
Relive the 2015 edition of the European refugee crisis in a series of video reports from the Balkans and beyond. More than 1 million asylum seekers arrived in Europe in 2015, the majority of whom beached in Greece and traveled across the Western Balkans to reach more prosperous European Union states. Interviews with asylum seekers from
Two pivotal elections, deadly terror attacks and a resumption of war between Turks and Kurds highlighted a tumultuous 2015 in Turkey. Ankara also added Moscow to its enemies list. Josh Friedman reports. Watch a playlist of reports from Istanbul in 2015. Coverage of both election days in included.
Josh Friedman interviews Iranian refugees who are protesting the Macedonian government's decision to refuse them passage.
Refugees, or economic migrants, have poured into Europe from all over Africa and as far east as Bangladesh. Many are now stuck in no man's land at the Greek-Macedonian border. Josh Friedman reports.
Josh Friedman reports from Istanbul on Turkey's second election day of the year. Watch the video reports below:
FMP's Josh Friedman returns to Turkey two months following Turkish parliamentary elections. Turkey still has not formed a new government, but it does have a new war or two. Friedman reports from Istanbul, where a day prior, not one, but two terror attacks occurred. Might the chaos have a political purpose? Watch the previous reports
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump picked up an endorsement Friday from a former basketball champion, a man who once wore a wedding dress and a self-appointed U.S. diplomat to North Korea. Dennis Rodman stated on Twitter that Trump has been a great friend for many years. "We don't need another politician, we need a businessman
Hi there, Check out our latest episode. We cover the city of lights that is Paris, the quaint Czech capital that is Prague, and the terrifying Greek Crisis.
FMP's Josh Friedman covers the Turkish elections from Istanbul. Watch the video reports below:
A day before a nationwide vote in Greece that could decide the country's future in the eurozone and European Union, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis accused Greece's creditors of terrorism, BBC reports. "Why did they force us to close the banks? To instil fear in people. And spreading fear is called terrorism," Varoufakis said. Greece's
Mr. Cameron's Conservative party has won a landslide victory in the recent UK elections. Such a wide majority was expected by very few sources. While not all might agree with the result, this cloud does have a clear silver lining. The leader of the xenophobic UKIP party, Nigel Farage has resigned. This follows the disappointing
Every day we come across inspirational and amazing stories. None can be more inspirational than going from having only a single rat as a friend to not only leading a nation, but setting an example for world leaders across the globe. This story is that of the former president of Uruguay, José Mujica. Mr. Mujica
A few days ago Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp attracted controversy once again. This time it was not for a phone hacking scandal or anything else which affects our impoverished and eternally persecuted ultra-wealthy celebrities. This time it was for something much, much more worrying. Although we might discount her opinion as that of only one individual,
The European Central Bank, also known as the ECB was struck by protests today. The whole affair involved the arrest of nearly 400 anti capitalists with one agenda. They seek to try to make Mario Draghi and their colleagues go back on opening the new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt. Once again the Occupy Movement shows its
Nigerian Islamist terror group Boko Haram has reportedly sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, the world's foremost Muslim militant group that currently occupies much of Syria and Iraq. Boko Harma Abubakar Shekau purportedly released a video in which he says that he is announcing his organization's "allegiance to the Caliph of Muslims."