"Defence Europe is an essential dimension of Europe. Without it, the voice of the European nations won't be heard in the international arena. Without the requisite capabilities for military action, Europe will remain impotent or dependent."
~President Jacques Chirac, speech at Creil, 30 September 2002 ~

Sweet Dreams

Carrying on with my earlier theme, again I will base my title and my article on a song from the eighties. Sweet dreams is one of the greatest ever hits released by a group called The Eurythmics. While listening to the song on my way to school, I thought about dreams; sweet dreams. I imagined a Britain, and indeed, a Europe in which things went as I wished and things were done when they needed to be done. Sweet dreams indeed….. More »
23-12-06 | 01:39 |

Euroscepticism and Europeism

Europe of the last fifty years can not be described by dominance of any one of – in encyclopedias well described – “isms” because each one of them is partial and expresses only one component of our multidimensional reality. The current thinking in Europe is based on a wider, more general and evidently heterogeneous doctrine. I call it Europeism. It is a doctrine which is not systematically formulated (de facto only some of its critics talk about it seriously). It is unfortunately not possible to refer to clearly defined sources, from which it could be “read”. The text of the European constitution was a certain “summary” of Europeism but it is not a good source, because this text did its best to suppress many important features and manifestations of it. More »
08-12-06 | 15:08 |

The Real Face of the European Union

The EU has been sold to Britain as our best hope for the future… But behind the scenes, has another, more unsettling agenda been unfolding? The European Economic Community (EEC) began for Britain as a free-trade agreement in 1972. Today’s European Union is well on its way to becoming a federal superstate, complete with one currency, one legal system, one military, one police force and even its own national anthem. In this shocking new documentary featuring EU insiders and commentators, independent author Phillip Day covers the history and goals of the European Union, as well as the disturbing, irrevocable implications this new government has for every British citizen. Whether the viewer is for or against Britain’s participation, this film asks the troubling questions the mainstream media has refused to confront. More »
21-11-06 | 15:25 | 1 comment

Eurocrats want EU army tied to Nato

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given an interview to Sueddeutsche Zeitung in which she argues that the French and Dutch ‘no’ votes were not against the EU Constitution “per se”. She goes on to insist that the EU Constitution must be rescued, arguing that although “I don’t know either whether every German has a need for the Basic Law every minute? when one agrees on a platform of common rights and obligations, it is substantial”. Discussing European defence, Merkel argues, “I do not want to go so far as to demand a European army. We are going in that direction already”. Adding to the growing anti-Turkish feeling amongst some members of the EU, she warns that “we cannot promise full membership”. More »
09-11-06 | 11:25 |

Europe: Don't Vote with Your Feet

If you are fed up with paying taxes, you’ll certainly like the idea of tax competition. It gives the opportunity to escape fiscal pressure from your own government by eventually “voting with your feet” to other jurisdictions with more favourable tax regimes. And it gives strong incentives for governments elsewhere to lower their own taxes. But some governments are trying, through the European Commission, to impose tax harmonisation across Europe. The Commission has a very strange concept of free competition, with an absence of tax pressure defined as “state aid”. More »
26-10-06 | 16:36 |

"Go West"

Last night, I sat infront of my computer with my geeky KOSS Portapro headphones listening to my usual selection of pre-1995 tunes when eventually, “Go West” came on. “Go West” is arguably one of the most famous Pet Shop Boys songs despite the fact that it’s just a cover.Funnily enough, it got me thinking. “Uh-oh!” I hear you say, but don’t worry I’ll try to remain coherent…. More »
14-09-06 | 22:04 |

Europe in Hibernation

As Madeleine Albright once said, “To understand Europe, you have to be a genius – or French.” John Gillingham, author of Design for a New Europe, is definitively not French – as a matter of fact, he is an American historian – but he is undoubtedly one of today’s most original thinkers on European integration. He sheds an outsider’s light on Europe, which makes his views all the more interesting and valuable. More »
11-09-06 | 21:42 |

Au Revoir, Les Entrepreneurs

European media reported earlier this month that the French economy had grown by 1.1 percent in the second quarter of 2006, the biggest quarterly jump in five years for the country. Could this mean that France has become more attractive for entrepreneurs? Perhaps. But on the other hand, there are signs that the country’s traditional obstacles for growth and innovation are still in place. Recently, the Washington Post ran a story about how wealthy citizens choose to leave France due to its punishingly high taxes on the successful. The article cites a government study which concluded that on average at least one millionaire leaves France every day to settle in a more wealth-friendly country. More »
01-09-06 | 11:46 |

Txt Msg Tax = :-(

In May, a senior centre-right French MEP named Alain Lamassoure suggested that the EU should levy a tax on text messages (SMS) and email messages to shore up the future financing of EU programs. The suggestion came at the joint European Parliament and national parliament conference on the future of Europe in Brussels and was later debated in the Committee on Budgets. It now appears increasingly likely that the proposal will be considered at the next committee meeting in September despite widespread opposition to the measure that eventually prompted even Lamassoure to distance himself it. More »
30-08-06 | 21:58 | 2 comments

America: More Like Sweden Than You Thought

Things are actually looking pretty good for the US economy, then — wealthier to start with, getting richer faster and productivity growth is also highest in the USA, meaning that this trend is only likely to continue. Looking at all of that it’s really rather difficult to see that there’s anything wrong with the way things are being managed (or not). Ah, but, we can always find something nasty in the woodpile. The US has the most unequal distribution of income of all the countries studied. More »
29-08-06 | 21:56 | 6 comments