¿No habrá más los Juegos Olímpicos?

Es probable que los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno de 2026 no se celebren. Y esto es real. Estoy de acuerdo en que no es un tema importante para los habitantes de España. Pero la Olimpiada misma es un gran acontecimiento. Lo más importante que la actual situación en torno a los Juegos es una representación de la realidad del mundo.
Actualmente la canadiense Calgary, las italianas Cortina d’Ampezzo-Milan-Turin, la sueca Estocolmo son precandidatas para ser sede de los Juegos Olímpicos de 2026. Hasta ahora Calgary en Canadá se ha considerado un candidato más viable, pero ahora es difícil decirlo.
Para el 13 de noviembre se ha planeado una consulta pública donde los residentes de la ciudad canadiense expresarán su actitud a dicha iniciativa. Sin embargo, un poco antes el gobierno canadiense se negó a cumplir con su compromiso de financiar la Olimpiada por un monto de 2.000 millones de dólares. Se espera que ser sede le cueste a Calgary más de 4.000 millones de dólares. Es que la legislación federal permite asignar tanto dinero a los proyectos internacionales, incluidos los deportivos, como las autoridades locales pueden invertir. La provincia de Alberta y la ciudad de Calgary recaudaron un poco más de 800 millones; no tiene ningún sentido pedir más de Ottawa. En realidad, los gastos de preparación y celebración de los JJOO son muy superiores a los previstos. Por ejemplo, la Olimpiada de 2018 costó más de 12.000 millones de dólares, lo que resulta que el posible déficit ha adquirido proporciones inquietantes.
Con grandes dificultades las autoridades federales han podido llegar a un acuerdo sobre la asignación de 2.213 millones de dólares. El Consejo municipal de Calgary votó 7-8 a favor de continuar con la candidatura para albergar los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno. Y si los que en contra fueron 10, ahora el Comité Olímpico Internacional (COI) no está al borde del abismo, sino ya fracasó. Por eso este tema será consultado en un plebiscito el 13 de noviembre, en el cual se preguntará a la gente de Calgary si respalda la iniciativa.
Es muy probable que los suecos e italianos renuncien ser candidato para la organización de los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno de 2026. Después de todo, hasta ahora, las autoridades de las ciudades no llegaron a un acuerdo sobre el apoyo financiero con el gobierno de los países. Quizás, eso no suceda nunca. En Suecia, después de las elecciones parlamentarias en septiembre, las fuerzas de derecha reforzaron sus posiciones, lo que les impidió a las fuerzas tradicionales recibir la mayoría y formar un gobierno. La próxima semana el Parlamento sueco votará a la candidatura del líder de la coalición del Partido Moderado (en sueco, Moderata samlingspartiet) Ulf Kristofferson a primer ministro. Debido a las posiciones de derechas, puede que eso no pase. No olvidemos sobre el problema de los inmigrantes que es el tema actual para todos los países europeos. En tales condiciones, Estocolmo tiene problemas más serios que pensar en celebrar los Juegos Olímpicos.
En ese contexto, podemos olvidar sobre Italia. En el país la situación económica empeora y lo más probable es que continúe empeorando en el futuro. La Comisión Europea rechaza el presupuesto de Italia, exigiendo reducir los gastos sociales. Roma se niega a hacerlo y ese enfrentamiento entra en callejón sin salida. El Gobierno italiano aprueba un duro decreto sobre seguridad que endurece las medidas contra los inmigrantes; la oposición acusa al gobierno en racismo e incitación al odio racial. ¿Por qué Italia necesita pensar en la Olimpiada en este caso?
No quiero acusar a estos países en particular. Me parece que actualmente la mayoría de los países europeos no puedan albergar los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno, ni los de Verano. Hoy en día hay muchos problemas importantes: Brexit, inmigración, aumento de las fuerzas de derecha, tensiones dentro de la UE y etc. En tales circunstancias las competiciones deportivas ocupan un lugar secundario en la agenda europea.
Al mismo tiempo, ahora podemos decir con seguridad sobre los Juegos Olímpicos de Los Ángeles que tendrán lugar del 21 de julio al 6 de agosto de 2028.
La crisis del COI es un duplicado de la crisis política mundial, en la que el mundo está cayendo con la participación directa de los líderes mundiales. Esto es una consecuencia muy grave para todos.

The situation in Italy as a new cause for concern in the EU

On May 27, an attempt to form a coalition government in Italy consisting of the populist and anti-system Five Star Movement and the right-wing League ended in failure. The President of the Italian Republic and the coalition failed to agree on the candidature of Minister of Economy and Finance. Sergio Mattarella announced that he would never agree with the appointment of Minister of Finance, Paolo Savona, an eurosceptic and opponent of Italy’s participation in the eurozone.
So, who is Paolo Savona, whose figure led to the collapse of the new government? – He is Professor of Economics, worked in the Central Bank and in the largest employers’ organizations in Italy, he was in the councils of many large companies and banks. The 81-year-old politician had political experience: he was Minister of Industry and Head of the Department of Public Policy. But over the years, Savona’s views became more rigid. The candidate for Minister of Finance, proposed by anti-system parties, is not only a strong critic of the euro, but also a convinced nationalist and opponent of Germany’s policy. The media published often his statements, and in one of his scientific works he claimed that “Chancellor Angela Merkel managed to realize – though peacefully – Hitler’s plan for German hegemony in Europe”.
And since earlier Mr. Mattarella has repeatedly said about the inviolability of the European parameters for the future of Italy, he does not agree to see in the most important public posts people who lead the country in a different direction. It turns out that the prospect of forming an Italian cabinet of ministers has rested on the figure of the 81-year-old possible minister. And in whose favor this problem is resolved, it has not yet known. In any case, it is not good for the integrity of the European Union.
The process of forming the Italian Cabinet is being watched very carefully in Brussels. Because this situation can lead to another crisis in the eurozone. Let me remind you that the amount of Italy’s public debt is 130% of GDP – after Greece it is the second largest public debt among the EU countries. However, Italy ranked first among the EU debtors, given that it is the third largest economy in the eurozone.
And given the upcoming exit of Britain from the European Union (Brexit), the discontent of Poland and Hungary with the EU migration policy, the withdrawal of Washington from the Iranian nuclear deal, the trade wars with the USA, new sanctions and energy security issues, the current situation in Italy will add problems to Brussels. In addition, on May 29, at the peak of the Italian political crisis, the Project Syndicate published Soros’s comments on the possible collapse of the European Union. It may have been his doing, creating chaos in Italy. Therefore, it is quite possible that soon Rome will say “ciao” to Europe, as London has recently done…

Macron doesn’t want to run only France

Probably everyone has already noticed that after coming to power in France Macron determined to extend his political influence throughout all Europe. His ambitious plans are to create a European super-state under his own leadership.
Emmanuel Macron has already begun to plan to exercise control over the European Parliament and create a common political space for the European Union. If this plan of the French president works, then the European Union will come close to becoming a ‘United States of Europe’, actually governed from Paris – despite the fact that no one elected Macron as the head of the European Union.
But it is very interesting what is the point of Macron or is someone else behind that? Let’s figure it out.
First of all, France needs money for their ambitious economic programs. And Macron has offered many times the following the scheme: the European Union issues debt instruments, then all of the EU countries respond to them according to their possibilities, and those EU countries that have more needs use them. In fact, this scheme assumes that German, Italian and Spanish taxpayers will pay for fulfilling the promises given by Macron to French voters. It is not surprising that Merkel strongly opposed it, and therefore, to solve the problem, she will be forced to agree with the Macron’s plan for the plundering of Germany. Moreover, due to recent events, Merkel has ceased to be perceived as a leading politician in the EU. And instead of her the French president with the support of the political forces that want to make ‘the United States of Europe’ from the EU seeks to take the reins of government.
The American agency Bloomberg writes that Macron is not content with France alone, he is preparing to challenge the whole of Europe, but notes that the task of conquering Europe is not simple. People started to compare Macron to Napoleon and predict great problems for him in the implementation of his plans.
The fact is that in order to gain control over the structures of the European Union, the French leader needs control over the European Parliament, which, in turn, will give him a serious lever of influence on the European Commission – the structure that plays the role of the EU government. In addition, Macron himself does not want to leave his presidential post, and for this he needs to change the political system of the EU. Because neither the president nor the prime minister of a European country can simultaneously control the all-European authorities.
So far, he has a chance to implement his plans. He has already enlisted the support of representatives of the En Marche party, who are seeking in all EU countries candidates willing to support Macron in the European elections. Moreover, they are waiting for support from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, a transnational alliance of liberal parties supporting the globalization and centralization of the European Union and having its own group in the European Parliament. And if this coalition is large enough, then the French president will become even closer to radical reforms in the European Union and control over the pan-European budget and foreign policy.
And everything seems so good, but this plan to expand its political influence to the whole of Europe has several problems. First of all, it’s money. Macron is a former high-ranking Rothschild banker, and he has serious connections in financial circles and very large material resources. However, mass buying and promotion of candidates and European deputies will require huge sums. An even more important problem is the resistance of the political elites of those EU countries that will lose all their political and economic influence. The Austrian, Hungarian, Italian and other national elites will greatly impede the Macron’s candidates, and in case of real danger of the EU federalization, the withdrawal from the union of specific countries may come on the agenda.
Secondly, I’ve already wrote that these plans of Napoleon-Macron do not coincide with the plans of the German political elite. The European Union does not need an ambitious banker with Napoleon’s habits, which means that the new German government will seek and will certainly find the necessary political and administrative levers to suppress Macro attempts to put the European Parliament under its control. The only way to avoid a tough Franco-German confrontation, which is quite capable of destroying the European Union, is the achievement of some sort of compromise between Berlin and Paris. In general, it is still difficult to say whether the French leader will succeed or Europe will win the forces advocating the preservation of national states in their current form. But all these actions of Macron, which, of course, can lead to the collapse of the European Union, are very frightening and it is necessary to take some steps. Until it’s not too late…

EU policy can lead to the collapse of the whole system or why the EU needs the countries of the Western Balkans?

The European Union, concerned by the crises, decided to take an unexpected step – the integration of the Western Balkans. The EU seeks to complete the unification of Europe by 2025 through the integration of six states: Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Kosovo. The president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker made such a statement the other day. Although the official website of the European Commission refers only to the real EU accession of Montenegro and Serbia, if they comply with all the requirements for EU membership.
It is still unclear why Brussels is dragging into the EU countries that are not completely ready and economically backward?!
The European Commission believes that the integration of the Western Balkans into the EU meets the political and economic interests of the European Union. And the idea of ​​constant expansion is laid down in the EU philosophy. But I would like to recall that to join the European Union new countries need unanimous support of all its members, some of them seriously doubt that the EU will benefit from this integration of poor and troubled Balkan countries. As the EU has got enough troubles already… And earlier the dictatorship of Brussels, Berlin and Paris dominated in the Union, now it is increasingly failing. In Eastern and Central Europe, there were “dissident countries” led by Hungary and Poland, who can say “no.” The Czech Republic and Slovakia also clearly will not want to sit in Brussels next to representatives of Albania or Kosovo. In the Balkan countries, there have always been and now there are internal conflicts, as a result of which there may be a conflict already within the EU.
In addition, after the expansion of the Balkan countries, the funds, whose task is to redistribute funds in order to equalize the economies of the backward members, will be seriously reduced. As a result, there will be a decrease in revenues due to the withdrawal of Britain, and a change in the structure of the cost. The rich countries of the European Union, such as Germany, France, the Netherlands or Sweden, will now have to pay even more contributions to the EU overall budget, from which the EU structural funds spent on economic development of poorer EU countries like Romania, Hungary or Lithuania. And what will happen to the EU economy if even poorer countries join it?! I think that it will just collapse. After all, rich countries clearly do not like this situation.
The implementation of the large-scale project, drafted by Juncker, together with additional transformations, suggests that by 2025 the European Union will again claim the role of one of political centers of the world. Nevertheless, taking into account corruption, criminality and the state of the market economy of the Western Balkan countries, they will definitely not be ready to join the Union by 2025. As a result, this project is unlikely to materialize. Still I would like to see Europe strong and safe!
In conclusion, I would like to say that the integration of the Balkan countries into the European Union will now simply lead to the collapse of the EU. The fact is that the situation in Europe is so sad … The European Union is already on the verge of collapse. And the accession of such backward and ruined countries will simply accelerate its disintegration. It is believed that the EU is a bastion of well-being, but it turns out that lately only economically backward, corrupt and poor countries are trying to get it.

#German plan of the #destruction of #Europe

Good evening, my dear readers! I continue the theme of national minorities and regionalisms in Europe.
The modern situation in Europe makes us believe that modern European elites are capable of leading only to a destructive process, to the “real Europe of regions”. Such aspirations exist in many structures of the European Union, including the European Commission. Thus, a number of EU acts promote the implementation of such principles as the development of regionalism and the protection of ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities. Among them are the European Charter of Regional Languages, the European Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Minorities, the European Charter on Local and Regional Autonomy, as well as the Madrid Charter on transregional cooperation, which is designed to facilitate the way out of regions from the power of national governments with their subsequent accession to adjacent regions neighboring states under the supervision of the EU. This policy is supported by European countries, whose goal is the abolition of existing national states with the creation of “Europe of regions” that will allow them to assert their own hegemony on the European continent.
In my articles, I have written many times that George Soros, the famous American billionaire, may be one of the stakeholders in creating unrest in Europe and, in particular, holding a referendum in Catalonia. In addition, there is evidence that the European Commission, together with the Soros Institute, has created a structure that works to promote local specificities and ethnic characteristics – the “Platform for Enriching the Cultural and Ethnic Diversity of Europe”. Its activities are heavily influenced by Anglo-American influence through the International Group for Minority Rights, headquartered in London and the US-based Ethnic Relations Project, headquartered in Princeton. Behind these there are the US State Department and well-known globalist organizations – the Carnegie Endowment, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Marshall Fund, and others.
But I want to note that “German interest” is the most obvious in the creation of the “Europe of regions”. After all, Germany is one of the most influential countries in Europe. Moreover, for a long time Germany has offered to Europe its concept of policy. For example, Germany is promoting through the EU a whole stream of organizations such as the Federal Union of European Ethnic Communities (UFCE-FUEV), the European Center for Minority Issues (ECMI) or the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML), approved by the Council of Europe and the OSCE, whose goal is the effective disintegration of European states. Similarly, the legal recognition of regionalist federalism by European institutions is reflected in such documents as the “Charter of Local and Regional Autonomy” or the framework agreement on cross-border cooperation known as the “Madrid Charter”.
And the consequences of this activity of the Germans are already obvious: the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, the continuing division of Belgium, the destruction of Spain through separatist sentiments in Catalonia. And if the current trend continues, the separation of the provincial regions of France can become a reality (it is already known that a referendum on independence will be held in Caledonia in 2018), the implementation of the “League of the North” project in Italy, autonomy with ” Celtic” territories of Great Britain.
To all of the above, I can add that the policy of the anti-immigration party “AfD” in Germany can also become a disaster that will destroy Europe.
Thus, the movement for minority autonomy has strong support, and it can be argued that under these conditions the process of fragmentation of European states into ethnoregions, well managed and coordinated, will continue, causing instability, local conflicts, and, if necessary, chaos.
I think that it is impossible to allow German and American provocateurs to establish their own order in Europe, which in the future can lead to the dismemberment of the EU.

The collapse of #Europe: the ideas of #separatism prevail

Good afternoon, dear readers! In the Old World, the ideas of seperatism are increasing day by day. For most people, Europe is associated with integrity and well-being. However, that is not quite true. After all, thousands of residents of this most “prosperous” Europe are willing to re-examine the borders of their states, or at least get more autonomy.
A striking example is Catalonia, which fights so fiercely for its independence. I believe that Catalan separatism is not just a struggle for national independence, but the struggle for the possibility of direct subordination of Catalonia to the bureaucrats of Brussels without mediators of Madrid, they want “more Europe and less Madrid.” Most likely, it can even be called a separation from the European Commission. It’s no coincidence that the main advocate of strengthening the European Commission’s influence and dismantling European nation states, George Soros, finances two Catalan organizations that play a key role in the struggle for Catalan pseudo-independence. And I’ve already written about this in my article. I think the Catalan example was contagious for territories like Italy and France not for a reason.
Just recently, on October 22, the referendums in Italy, in Veneto and Lombardy, were held. Although it was not a question of complete separation of the regions, only the vote for getting more autonomy. In turn, 95% of the interviewed supported the idea of ​​autonomy. I think that this famous American oligarch was also involved here. In addition, France is likely be the next in his list.
So, a few days ago it became known that New Caledonia (France), intended to hold a referendum on secession and gaining sovereignty in 2018. I want to note that the separation can seriously hit the archipelago, since the association with France, one of the central European countries, is access to high technologies and the most advanced developments in the field of economics. Moreover, the archipelago produces nickel, and still there are deposits of manganese, cobalt, chromium and other ores.
That’s right, Americans are quietly shaking Europe, causing another burst of separatism. And the European Union, meanwhile, stayed away from these events. Apparently, the EU doesn’t defend longer basic political and human rights.
Apparently, the restraint of the European Union and its members is due to the fact that frozen problems with individual regions exist in many countries. In the same Belgium, the richer region of Flanders declared many times the desire to get more autonomy, and its radical political wing – even complete independence. I think, in view of the ongoing government crises, to start the process of “divorce” in Belgium, it will be enough to help the former Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, who fled there in late October, at the end of the separation process, as they immediately begin to pursue their policy on independence.
There are many questions in this field even in Poland – where the residents of Silesia want to get more autonomy. While they are only asking for national recognition and some autonomy, it is not known how they will behave if they are not be heard …
I think that the problem of separatism in the world is largely “fueled” by the double standards of the countries of the West (where some are fighting for independence and others are trying to prevent it), as well as contradictions that are hiding in the basic documents of the UN. In order to stop fierce political battles throughout the world, I believe it is time for members of the United Nations to begin negotiating what is meant by the “right to self-determination” and “territorial integrity” and how to reconcile each other these two conflicting principles. The formulating rules of the game in this matter will make the whole world calmer. Otherwise, these American billionaires will take advantage of this “parade of sovereignties” and adjust themselves to disunited European countries and newly formed regions.

#Catalonia: #Belgium – the new home of the escaped #Puigdemont?

The story with an attempt to proclaim the state sovereignty of Catalonia passed into the phase of legal proceedings. After the declaration of independence of the region was suspended, the Spanish court first decided to arrest eight ministers of the “rebellious” government of the autonomy, including Vice President Oriol Junqueras and ex-ministers Carles Mundo, Joaquim Forn, Meritxell Borras, Dolors Bassa, Raul Romeva, Jordi Turull and Josep Rull. They are accused of organizing rebellion, insurgency and waste of public funds. They face up to 30 years in prison.
After the Spanish court issued a European warrant for the arrest of politicians catalanes, on Sunday, November 5, the former head of Catalonia and 4 local government ministers appeared themselves at the police station in Brussels, accompanied by their lawyers. Let me remind you that they have been in Belgium since the end of October.
On November 6, it became known that the Belgian court released the ex-President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and his former advisers, provided that they did not leave the country until the issue of their extradition to Madrid was resolved, that is, until November 17, when a court decision on the execution of the European warrant for arrest issued by Spain will be rendered.
It can be assumed that Belgium has already become a new home for the escaped Puigdemont and his associates from Catalonia. Puigdemont did not just choose this country. The Belgian authorities were almost the only ones in Europe with a restrained support of Catalonia’s claims for independence, and the Minister of Migration of Belgium, Theo Francken, even said that Puigdemont could well get political asylum.
That is, the escape of the ex-head of Catalonia turned out to be an escape – from obligations, from politics, from the choice of the people, from their political status. He does not control his destiny today, it is made by external players. And I believe that for a politician – this is a defeat. He lost the fate of Catalonia itself. I believe that he had to stay in Spain, no matter what the consequences. Political leadership is, first of all, a character and a personal example.
Whatever the outcome of the early parliamentary elections, the initiative for the Catalans is missed strategically, and the will to obtain national sovereignty is substantially broken by the betrayal of leaders.

German authorities “lost” 30 thousand refugees

Good morning everyone! The theme of the migration crisis is still topical. After all, the number of people arriving in Europe from the countries of Africa and the Middle East is only increasing. But yesterday, October 2, it turned out that the German authorities did not know anything about where there were more than 30,000 people who had been refused asylum and were subject to expulsion. Although according to the government, at the end of December 2016, 54 thousand 437 people were deported from Germany. However, according to the Federal Statistical Office, in 2016 only 23 thousand 617 of them received benefits. The authorities had no information on the location of the remaining 30 thousand 820 people. Is Germany not able to control the situation of refugees on its own territory?!
And, after all, the German Chancellor most of all invited migrants to her country. In addition, speaking at a press conference in Berlin, she said: “I’m glad that for many people abroad Germany is associated with hope.” This behavior of German Chancellor Angela Merkel provoked the influx of refugees into the EU. After all, migrants follow the appeal of responsible European politicians. They all believe in the promise of the opportunity to live in Europe. But, apparently, these are just statements… Merkel, perhaps, understood the coming nightmare that can drop from the clouds. Or this country began to understand that a large number of migrants could really threaten the security of the country?!
In addition, everyone probably understood that migrants would integrate into European society for several generations, and their massive influx into Europe could have dire consequences. We all see that every day Islamic aggression is only growing and becomes deadly dangerous for the whole of European civilization. We need only to wait that the leadership of the alliance will start to solve this global problem, otherwise the EU people are expecting far from the best times.

Another #terrorist #attack in #Europe: there are #victims

Good morning everyone! Although it is not quite “good”, as it is necessary to start it with the news about such a terrible tragedy. After all, the celebration of Halloween turned into a nightmare for all Americans.
So, yesterday, October 31, in New York on the eve of Halloween, around 3 p.m. local time, the car crashed into a crowd of people, and then into the school bus, in which the children were. According to the latest information, eight people were killed, 15 were injured. Among the dead there are citizens of Argentina and Belgium. A truck driver shouted “Allahu Akbar!” during the movement, that points to the Islamist nature of the crime.
The attack occurred according to the familiar scenario, a car was again in the hands of terrorists. Nice, Berlin, London, Barcelona, ​​Stockholm and now New York, for which the current attack was the first after the tragedy of 9/11. Probably, the location of this attack was selected for a reason, because the act of terrorism occurred near the memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
The identity of the terrorist has already been identified: a 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, who was living in Tampa, Florida. Saipov immigrated to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010.
I want to draw your attention to the fact that European countries are increasingly becoming targets of radical Islamists. In this regard, it is impossible not to touch upon the issue of migration and measures against the struggle of migrants, which are being undertaken by the countries of Europe. Maybe it is still worth reducing the number of migrants?! Or are the politicians of the countries of Europe waiting for when, and in other countries, this will happen? In addition, these acts of terrorism have recently shown the impossibility of the special services of the countries of Europe to prevent them! Maybe it’s time to think about the safety of civilians in these countries ?!
I also express my condolences to the families of the victims of the terrorist attack in New York!

The Constitutional Court of #Spain suspended the #resolution on the #independence of #Catalonia

Good evening, dear readers! So the events in Spain continue to worry me. So, today, October 31, the Сourt granted the petition of the Spanish authorities against the resolution of the Catalan Chamber of Parliament on the proclamation of independence.
Let me remind you that on October 27, the Catalan parliament voted to adopt a resolution proposed by supporters of the independence of the autonomous community from Spain. And later, Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, announced the removal of the head of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and the dissolution of the local government and parliament.
As explained by Oriol Junqueras, K.Puchedemon’s deputy, in his address the former head of Catalonia will tell about the “work” he is performing while he is in Brussels. Although the only reason for his visit to Belgium is currently being actively discussed with a view to obtaining asylum from possible criminal prosecution by the Spanish authorities. According to El Periodico, five former members of the deported Catalan government arrived together with Puigdemont in Brussels.
In addition, lawsuits for rebellion, rebellion and embezzlement have been filed against members of the remote government of the region and a number of local parliamentarians. Maybe they’re the reason they ran …
Nevertheless, we will only hope for the best that justice will triumph and Catalonia will eventually surrender. In the meantime, it is already noted that virtually the whole of the Catalan administration submitted orders to Madrid.