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Last post for Portuguese democracy NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
This will be my last post on this blog I’m afraid, as you can tell from my absence there have been some problems. It will be goodbye from me, on this forum at least. You can follow me doing my day job here. But by the way of a farewell… O...
Libyans are doing it by themselves NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 4 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The iPad imperialists are a twitter over the prospect of a “liberal intervention” in Libya, beginning with a no-fly zone as a first step to militarising the conflict. Next Friday EU leaders will meet to discuss the Libyan revolution and military...
Time to get shot of Nato NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 20 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Is it wrong for the authorities to gun down protesters? It depends, apparently, on who is protesting and where. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato secretary-general, was asked today about the killing of four Albanian protesters, shot with live rounds, d...
Res publica, royalty and EU NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 6 Months, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Jerzy Buzek has been pontificating on the “very dangerous” idea that EU budgets should not always increase as if by divine right – hat tip Open Europe. The European Parliament’s current president is showing the same Marie Antoinette, “let t...
Is absent Ashton a part-timer? NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Last week I wrote an article about Baroness Ashton’s poor track record of attendance at European Commission meetings. It stirred up debate so I thought it worth coming back to. It’s all matter of record, along with the rest of the “college”,...
A dirty EU stitch-up by the big 3? NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 7 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Rumours are growing here in the corridors of the Justus Lipsius of a profoundly dirty, retrograde deal between Britain, France and Germany on EU spending between 2014 and 2020. A document has been glimpsed and a letter from David Cameron, Nicolas Sar...
Danger! EU aid! NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 22 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Beware of Europeans offering “aid” and “solidarity”. The punitive amounts of interest the Irish will pay on the EU “loans” they were forced into accepting are beginning to emerge. Britain – for example – will trouser
The Irish, TINA and the EU NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 8 Months, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
The Irish are going to pay a high price for the EU decision two years to bailout Europe’s failing banks. EU finance ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss the detail of €85,000,000,000 of EU-IMF loans to Ireland. Not least will be the quest...
The EU-IMF humiliates Ireland NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
This is a new posting to move on the debate here. I am not a fan of Brian Cowen (who is?) but anyone with a heart had to feel some pity for the man this morning. The Irish PM was in his country’s parliament (a body that is self-evidently no lon...
The EU versus Irish freedom NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 8 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Herman Van Rompuy’s euroscepticism leads to war speech last week is being thrown into sharp relief by the growing campaign for Ireland to abandon its historical desire for an “ourselves alone” independence. The EU president’s diatribe against...
Estranged EU NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
The estrangement of the world of officialdom from everyday life is further evidenced by Open Europe’s top 50 EU funded projects that are cringe worthy, crappy, dodgy or manage to be all three at once. The sense of alienation and antagonism becomes...
The EU’s political accountancy NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
My coverage of the European Court of Auditors report on the spending of the EU’s 2009 budget will be in the newspaper tomorrow. While there had been some improvement on 2008 there is still plenty of red meat irregularity in the full report – espe...
Is there justice ‘beyond GDP’? NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
I was speaking last weekend at the Battle of Ideas conference in London on the theme of “Whose social justice is it anyway?”. My full speech is below. Its aim is to state principles of equality against the dominant “values” or beliefs that un...
Treaty change in the Evasion Union NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 9 Months, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
European leaders are here in Brussels to tie themselves in knots over the prospect of a change to the Lisbon Treaty. The agony and anxiety is not about the substance of creating a permanent “crisis management mechanism” (CMM) for the euro zone bu...
Prohibido prohibir – Ban the bans NEW
Europe not EU 4 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Europe’s smoking bans have always been emblematic for me of the bureaucratic mentality’s spreading mistrust of the public and the drive to regulate informal relations between people, especially in the social realm. What could be more European tha...