"Federalism might make eurosceptics laugh but, with the creation of the euro,the halfway stage would be reached. Four key organisms would have a federal or quasi-federal status: the Central Bank, the Court of Justice, the Commission and the Parliament. Only one institution is missing: a federal government."
~ M.Jacques Lang, Foreign Affairs Spokesman, French National Assembly, The Guardian, London, 22 July 1997 ~

From the Bosom of Communism to the Central Control of EU Planners

Current European development can be described as an orchestrated political attempt to establish a European State. And the dreamt-of European state is to be based upon the same devastating public policies, regulation, taxation and inflation as national policies over the previous several decades known too well to everyone. The only difference between these devastating policies of national states and devastating policies of one supranational European state is in its degree not in kind. All problems stay as they are, only their magnitude will escalate enormously. A revelation of the fact that there are pernicious problems inherent in state policies – policies conducted now on the supernational level – may be postponed for some time, but solutions which would help to solve them will be, however, harsher than ever before. The “judgement day” cannot be avoided. More »
17-02-08 | 16:49 |

Europe Gets First Big Punch-Prelude TO EU Bust-Up?

The economies of Spain, Portugal and Italy are smaller and vulnerable to export sales and international credit disruptions. We hope they can hang on for a normal, negative recession but are expecting something much worse. The resources are fading fast with no growth and no economic engine of merit to pull them forward. Housing in the region was grossly over-built and the building continues to this day based upon months ago commitments. Southern Europe is often referred to ClubMed for it’s southern weather drawing Europeans to warmer, extended vacations. Housing was largely over-built in this region as prices sky-rocketed with easy money for homebuilders and buyers alike. Now, sales have skidded, inventories are rising and the area’s economy is grinding to a halt. For the fall of 2008, economic conditions might be worse and severely tested. More »
17-02-08 | 16:37 |

The EU is a self-perpetuating racket

The EU is no longer an ideological project; it’s a racket: a mechanism for redistributing money to the people who work for it. If that sounds harsh, ask yourself when you last met a Euro-enthusiast who was not being indirectly paid by Brussels. More »
17-02-08 | 16:33 |

A look at the Lisbon treaty

In support of the case for a referendum the Bruges Group is exposing the damage that the Lisbon Treaty will do to our freedom, prosperity and democracy if it is ratified. The analysis clearly shows that the red lines are little more than a fallacy. It is also shown how the Lisbon Treaty, as well as being profoundly undemocratic, also threatens our civil liberties allowing the EU to take control over our legal system. The Treaty will also blow a hole wide open in Britain’s borders permitting the EU to take full control over our asylum and immigration policies. It is also shown in our analysis that the EU’s latest power grab will threaten jobs as it will undermine the last vestiges of Britain’s competitive free market, bringing to an end the reforms introduced by Margaret Thatcher. What is more, the Lisbon Treaty will allow the EU to further jeopardise the City of London and endanger UK control over our North Sea oil reserves. The Government’s claim that the Lisbon Treaty is markedly different from the EU Constitution is refuted by quotes from European leaders which show that the Treaty is essentially the same as the Constitution rejected in the French and Dutch referenda. More »
17-02-08 | 16:29 |

What the treaty of Lisbon does

The Treaty of Lisbon is a revamped version of the treaty which gave the EU its own Constitution over and above the constitutions of its Member States, but which the peoples of France and Holland rejected in referendums in 2005. Instead of accepting that decision the EU Prime Ministers and Presidents decided to give the EU a constitution indirectly rather than directly, but not to call it a constitution, and on no account to hold referendums on it for fear people would reject it again. More »
17-02-08 | 16:17 | 2 comments

They lied yesterday; they will lie tomorrow – The Lisbon treaty is a dangerous betrayal

I was struck yesterday by an observation of the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband. He said: “The reform treaty gives Britain a bigger voice in Europe.” That seems to me to be the opposite of the truth. The reform or Lisbon treaty gives Europe a much bigger voice in Britain. It follows the original constitutional treaty in giving the European institutions that are not democratically accountable important additional powers, while failing to repatriate any powers to the individual European nations. The original constitutional convention was supposed to reduce the democratic deficit of Europe. The Lisbon treaty has done the opposite, taking powers away from the nations and their electorate. The treaty is a defeat for the idea of a liberal democratic Europe; it is surprising that British Liberal Democrats are among its keenest supporters. More »
22-01-08 | 10:20 |

EU Commission Official in Dublin weighs in improperly in debate on the Lisbon Treaty

This is a clear indication of the intention of the EU Commission and its employees to interfere in the referendum decision of the Irish people with the aim of ensuring that it, the Commission, can gain more power for itself at the expense of the citizens of this State. It is quite improper of the EU Commission or its employees to take part in the national debate on the Lisbon Treaty. It is probably unlawful under Irish law, in the light of the Supreme Court’s judgement in the McKenna case, and it possibly unlawful under European law also as entailing an improper use of European Community funds. More »
15-01-08 | 10:46 |

Brussels Will Lose Moral Authority on Democracy

The leaders of 27 member states of the European Union met last month in Lisbon, Portugal, to sign a new constitutional treaty that will, they hope, replace the previous draft that was rejected in 2005. With his typical penchant for hyperbole, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso declared, “From this old continent, a new Europe is born.” In fact, the planned ratification of the Lisbon Treaty smacks of old Europe – when the ruling elite got its way regardless of the wishes of the people over whom it ruled. More »
02-01-08 | 18:21 | 2 comments

These Boots Are Gonna Walk All Over You

Allowing for the special features of each case, all the classical Federal States which have been formed on the basis of power being surrendered by lower constituent states to a higher Federal authority have developed in a gradual way, just as has happened in the case of the European Union. Nineteenth century Germany, the USA, Canada and Australia are classical examples. Indeed the EU has accumulated its powers much more rapidly than some of these Federal States ‘” in the short historical time-span of some sixty years. The key difference between these classical Federations and the new European Union is that the former, once their people had settled, share a common language, history, culture and national solidarity that gave them a democratic basis and made their State authority popularly legitimate and acceptable. All stable States are founded on such communities where people speak a common language and mutually identify with one another as one people ‘” a "We". In the EU however there is no European people or "demos", except statistically. The Lisbon Treaty is an attempt to construct a highly centralised European Federation artificially, from the top down, out of Europe’s many nations, peoples and States, without their free consent and knowledge. More »
14-12-07 | 14:44 |

The new European Union – the Empire Returns?

For our cousins the European people, the great question is whether they can keep their individual freedoms. The EU has shown no interested in individual rights, only group rights under labels like gender, class and race. Structurally and ideologically the EU has much in common with the old Soviet Union, as many observers have pointed out. Like the USSR, it is a creation of a power elite. More »
14-12-07 | 14:39 |