"I don't think any of us would want to put our fate in the hands of the big countries now."
~Netherlands Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm, Irish Times, 29 November 2003 ~

British Revolution

As a result of its 1973 entry into the European Economic Community, Britain gave up sovereignty over matters of trade to Brussels. Today, trade issues are subjected to qualified majority voting in the European Union’s Council of Ministers, which means that powerful defenders of protectionism, such as France, are usually able to derail moves toward greater trade openness. EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson’s pathetic inability to commit to further liberalization of agriculture was partly responsible for the derailment of the Doha round of trade negotiations. His pandering to special interest groups ranging from French farmers to Italian shoemakers harms European consumers and shows the shortcomings of the common EU approach to trade negotiations. More »
21-08-06 | 21:14 |

A Sheep in Wolf's Clothes

Thus, according to Vanhanen, the EU, originally conceived as the means for keeping Germany from invading France, today has only one remaining tangible reason for existence – to keep Serbs from invading Croatia. Now, there is a reason that an average voter in, say, Belgium can relate to. Given that it took NATO and the US to get the Serbs out of the game of killing their neighbors, while the EU stood by incapable of any meaningful action, suggests that it will take serious re-writing of history to get Vanhanen’s ideas on sources for EU’s legitimacy pass a first grade lesson in civics. More »
16-08-06 | 20:34 |

The list of EU scandals as reported in BILD: here's how the EU squanders our money

Year after year, thousands of millions of our tax money disappear in numerous EU subsidy pots. Our good money evaporates like rain water on a hot stone. The above examples are only the tip of an iceberg. Not to mention the distinct help-yourself mentality of Brussels institutions. It’s the peak of audacity that the EU parliament has nothing better to do – of all times, straight after the failure of the finance summit – than to quietly and sneakily decide upon a parliamentary allowance package of 60 million euros (₤40 million) a year. More »
15-08-06 | 20:53 |

96.9% against the Europe constitution in phone-in vote. Germany says NO!

No politician can get around this result! 390,694 BILD readers took part in the great BILD phone-in poll on the Europe constitution. 96.9% said NO! Only 3.1% are for the EU constitution. If the dead could speak (by Peter Boenisch)More devastating than the “Non” and the “Nee” is the German “Nein”. According to the BILD poll, 96.9% are against the European constitutional treaty.This is clear to understand. Annoyance with politics in the nations’ own capital cities. Frustration over Brussels bureaucracy. Nearly 500 page constitutional treaty. Who, apart from the authors, is going to read it?The American declaration of independence needed only 6 pages and that was sufficient for the multiracial mix USA to become a world power. 390,694 BILD readers voted on Europe!That’s a fantastic record; nearly 400,000 readers rang in the great phone-in action organised by BILD and RTL television – more than ever before!The result is a resounding slap in the face for EU politicians; 96.9% have voted against the Europe constitution. More »
15-08-06 | 20:41 | 4 comments

Friedman's Lessons for Europe

Milton Friedman – Nobel economist, arch-monetarist, barely five feet tall but still utterly ebullient – turned 94 this month. His thinking has a lot to tell Europeans about how to run their governments and their economies. It was Friedman who knocked the stuffing out of Keynesianism – the postwar consensus shared by almost all economists, that governments could guarantee stable growth through cheap credit and a few tweaks to the tax system. In fact, it delivered worldwide stagflation. That, said Friedman, was because the Keynesians had forgotten the importance of money – the stuff we hold in our pockets, cash registers, and bank accounts. Like anything else, the more there is of it, the less it is worth. And the more money the government mints and prints, the less it will buy. In other words, you get inflation. More »
15-08-06 | 20:34 | 1 comment

Brussels commission makes power grab for control of crime and justice

Last month the Brussels Commission proposed that EU Member States should scrap their national vetoes in the field of police and judicial cooperation and adopt EU laws in this area by qualified majority voting. This means that crimes and criminal penalties could be decided at EU rather than national level, so that Member States would no longer be able to decide or defend the fundamental rights of their citizens. If adopted, this proposal would mean a further huge extension of of EU power over our lives. It would give more power to the EU Commision, that body of unelected supranational officials which French President Charles de Gaulle once described as “a conclave of technocrats without a country responsible to nobody”. It would mean lifting a proposal from the EU Constitution which was rejected by French and Dutch voters last summer, and trying to push it through on the sly, supposedly on the basis of the existing EC/EU Treaties. More »
27-07-06 | 11:22 | 1 comment

Two-thirds of Ireland's laws now come from brussels…

And Bertie Ahern, Enda Kenny, Mary Harney and Pat Rabbitte want this proportion to increase More »
27-07-06 | 11:21 |

EU constitution through the backdoor

There was no agreement at the mid-June EU summit EU summit on how to revive the EU Constitution which the French and Dutch peoples voted down last year. Germany, which holds the EU presidency in the first half of 2007, is to produce a report this time next year. There will be a new French President after May 2007. The Presidents and Prime Ministers will work on a grand rhetorical statement for next year’s 50th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaty, which they hope may give a boost to the grand project. More »
27-07-06 | 11:21 |

What "Europe Day" (9 may) really stands for…the strategy of deceptive steps

The political objective of establishing a supranational European Federal State has been central from the start to the various stages of the integration project: Coal and Steel Community, Economic Community, European Community, European Union. “Europe Day”(May 9th) commemorates the Schuman Declaration on 9 May 1950, which stated frankly that the establishment of the supranational Coal and Steel Community was “a first step in the federation of Europe” and that “this proposal will lead to the realization of the first concrete foundation of a European federation.” More »
27-07-06 | 11:20 |

What is the alternative to the eu we have now got?

Opinion polls in every EU country show that people want powers that have been taken by Brussels “repatriated” or brought back to the member nation States. “Hardline” EU-critics who would like to leave the EU or who believe the EU’s lack of democracy is bound to blow it apart in time, and “soft-liners” who think the EU can be reformed into becoming something quite different from what it is now, can unite in demanding that powers be taken back from Brussels. This is one alternative they can all agree on: to return powers to democratic States and national Parliaments where laws can be made by people elected by citizens and where a country’s own people can change the laws they do not like, which it is impossible for them to do in the EU. More »
27-07-06 | 11:19 |