"When we build the euro - and with what a success - when we advance on the European defence, with difficulties but with considerable progress, when we build a European arrest-warrant, when we move towards creating a European prosecutor, we are building something deeply federal, or a true union of states. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union must become a charter of rights that is applicable and effective. I wish this Constitution to be the Constitution of a rebuilt Union, able to reflect its social cohesion, deepen its political unity, express its power externally."
~M.Pierre Moscovici, French Minister for Europe, Le Monde,28 February 2002 ~

From Single Market to Single Currency: Evaluating Europe's Economic Experiment

European monetary union is a very old idea. The Roman Empire effectively exercised a single currency system, and during the last few hundred years, particularly the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, gold and silver were effectively common European currencies which existed alongside national currencies. Napoleon planned a customs union and monetary union, and during World War Two, not surprisingly, there were German plans for a European currency once Hitler had been victorious. More »
05-10-03 | 16:45 |

From Single Market to Single Currency: Evaluating Europe's Economic Experiment

The EC’s Single Market is currently being hailed as a resounding success by Euroenthusiasts of all persuasions. To supporters of this view the benefits of Britain’s access to the Single Market by themselves preclude any deeper discussion of other aspects of EC membership such as the CAP, the Common Fisheries Policy, the Budgetary contributions or even the loss of parliamentary self-governance. But how successful is the Single Market? How can its progress since 1 January 1993 be gauged? Do its advantages really outweigh its drawbacks? For too long these questions have not been properly addressed: the Single Market is simply assumed to work well rather than is proved to do so. A Eurorealist analysis of the Single Market is long overdue. More »
03-10-03 | 16:26 |

Death By Taxes

In March 2000, EU leaders, assembled in Lisbon, outlined an ambition and set a target for the European Union: to create the most competitive economy in the world by 2010. Yet, three years later, the EU has not made much progress towards this goal. With an average tax burden consuming almost 45 percent of GNP, workers in the current 15 EU member states are 20 percent less efficient than U.S. workers. And this will get worse because many European countries have huge government unfunded liabilities, particularly for pensions. By 2050, Europe will have 75 pensioners for every 100 workers. And since pensions in France, Germany and Italy are paid out of current tax revenue; tax will have to soar to fund this unsustainable system. More »
02-10-03 | 17:40 |

Swedish Sense

By saying “No” to the euro, whether for good or bad reasons, the Swedes have done a great favor for themselves and other Europeans. As Professor Jean-Jacques Rosa demonstrated in his book The European Error, the euro is economic nonsense whose main purpose is to give more power to the unaccountable top European bureaucrats. The euro is antithetical to economic efficiency, democracy and freedom. A single currency for all European countries inevitably leads to a single European “super-state” — the supreme goal of the eurocrats. More »
29-09-03 | 20:27 |

Feminism uber Alles

When we hear about the Middle East, we frequently hear about the holy places that are important to religious believers. Some date back to the beginning of recorded history. There are holy places that are mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. This is true about Israel and what may become Palestine and now we hear the same thing about Iraq. There are many shrines that Muslims regard as extremely holy. Iraqi tradition holds that Iraq was the Garden of Eden, the paradise created by God for man. Disobedience resulted in Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden. More »
28-09-03 | 20:23 |

Two Swords for Hegelian Supranationalism

At the time of writing, Giscard d’Estaing released Parts II, III and IV of the draft EU Constitution. But I will not be technical in this third part. The whole Constitutional saga unfolds so predictably it offers no challenge of analysis. And with the pragmatisms surrounding the Summits at Thessaloniki and Rome, it is bound to become a case of bad soap, rendering it even unethical to analyse. Giscard’s latest bid, for example, offers ‘reduced’ powers for the proposed EU Presidency, as well as queued, rotating Commissioners so that each Member State could at some stage get to have a Commissioner (which makes no difference since Commissioners never represent their country, but are sworn to Union allegiance). There is even an offer for postponing the implementation of the new divisions of institutional powers till 2009. More »
27-09-03 | 13:04 |

The European MegaState: Controlling the Four Freedoms

The European Union is meant to ensure the free movement of people, capital, goods and services across the territories of its Member States. It is this free interaction that socially unifies Europeans, not a centralised EU government bent on hegemonic law-making. Yet what we have in Giscard’s draft is a constitutional blueprint for a centralised European State. Opposition to the draft is increasing, and proposals for amendments have been pouring in, but they do not go deep enough. Today’s EU goes deeper than it appears, and this constitutional draft helps it seize more legislative power from Member States, while seeking to further diminish the power that enables them to block its pursued direction. More »
26-09-03 | 12:54 | 1 comment

The European MegaState Creates Centralized Control

On June 13 the final version of the draft EU Constitution will be presented by the president of the ‘Convention on the Future of Europe’, former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing, in time for the EU Summit in Thessaloniki, Greece, on June 20-21. In the background, the peoples of Europe, if not oblivious, are simply too happy with European integration to perceive any threats. The EU looks great and opportunities seem boundless. It still thrives on the accomplishments of the nation States that built it, coupled with the freedom of movement that unification itself has allowed. So the rulers do their thing, while the people enjoy the bread and circus. More »
25-09-03 | 13:03 | 1 comment

Francolateralism

When it comes to non-compliance with EU rules or international law there are two kinds of perpetrators. The first type is subject to legislative and administrative problems resulting from organizational, legal, technical and financial factors. The second one sees non-compliance as a political game to be played for domestic reasons. It is becoming increasingly clear that France falls within the second category. When it comes to the three main forms of non-compliance — refusal to enact, refusal to comply and refusal to enforce — France is the EU’s least obedient country. More »
24-09-03 | 12:33 |

An Act of Supremacy

Professor Stephen Bush spells out the steps the British Government would need to take to bring Britain out of the European Union, and looks at some of the policies an independent Britain would pursue… More »
23-09-03 | 12:29 | 1 comment