EUROPEAN REFERENDUM INITIATIVE
June 26, 2015
Jacques Delors awarded the title of “Honorary Citizen of Europe”
The European Council has awarded Jacques Delors the title of “Honorary Citizen of Europe” at the occasion of its meeting on the 25th and 26th of June 2015. After Jean Monnet in 1976 (Luxembourg European Council) and Helmut Kohl in 1998 (Vienna European Council), Jacques Delors is the third major actor of the European construction to be distinguished by such a title.
Read article at delorsinstitute.eu
Comment: In an astonishing act of hubris, while the euro was falling deeper into trouble with each passing minute, the Brussels EU dictators took time out at their summit meeting to award the currency's architect, Jacques Delors, the title of “Honorary Citizen of Europe”. In receiving this dubious award, however, it has to be said that Delors is in good company. Jean Monnet, a political wheeler-dealer who received the award in 1976, founded the little-known Action Committee for the United States of Europe in 1955 and played a key role in luring Great Britain into the Brussels EU. Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who received the award in 1998, was initially employed by BASF and between 1959 and 1969 was a full-time lobbyist for the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Kohl was disgraced in 1999 by revelations that his political party had received donations from an arms dealer and lobbyist accused of bribing officials.
June 17, 2015
MEPs on industry payroll: potential conflicts of interest persist in EU parliament – new research
Potential conflicts of interest continue to plague the European Parliament one year after elections, finds new research released today.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website
June 15, 2015
Britain Celebrates 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta
LONDON — The 800th anniversary on Monday of Magna Carta, a medieval political truce that inspired protections for some of the world’s most cherished liberties, prompted a range of celebrations in Britain that included a ceremony involving Queen Elizabeth II and a national beer day.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: Signed at Runnymede, in the English county of Surrey, on 15th June 1215, the Magna Carta stood for centuries as a bulwark against tyranny in England. By recognizing rights such as habeas corpus – the right of a detained person to a hearing before an independent court to determine whether the detention is lawful – and placing even sovereigns and magistrates within the rule of law, Magna Carta led the world in the development of constitutional law. Unbeknown to many British people, however, the Brussels EU’s so-called “European Arrest Warrant”, passed in 2002, has repealed habeas corpus. Similarly, the construct’s Lisbon Treaty repealed not only Magna Carta’s protections against arbitrary and capricious rule but also the very sovereignty of the British Parliament itself – a body that has been the model for parliamentary systems throughout the world.
June 10, 2015
EU parliament postpones TTIP trade deal vote
The European Parliament should have been taking a first vote on the controversial TTIP trade agreement with the United States. But 200 proposed amendments and a 2 million signature petition have caused a delay.
Read article on the Deutsche Welle website (Germany)
Comment: Also known as the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is being negotiated between the Obama Administration and unelected bureaucrats of the so-called “Brussels EU”. Conducted in clandestine under the guise of “free trade” and “international harmonization”, the negotiations primarily serve the goal of protecting the trillion-dollar-per-year global business with patented pharmaceutical drugs. The greatest obstacle towards this goal is the “Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act” (DSHEA) – the law that has guaranteed free access to natural therapies for millions of Americans since 1994. Across the United States, every member of the natural health community, every health food store and every citizen needs to be alerted: TTIP/TAFTA threatens US vitamin freedom and would inevitably destroy DSHEA! Every citizen in Europe also needs to be alerted: TTIP/TAFTA would inevitably flood Europe with GMOs, destroy environmental safeguards and threaten entire economies! For more information, please visit our Say NO to TAFTA! campaign page.
June 2, 2015
Danish rightwing party to push for British-style EU referendum
A Danish rightwing party expected to hold the balance of power after an election later this month has endorsed a British-style referendum on EU membership, a position that could crack the pro-EU consensus of northern Europe's political elite.
Read article at todayonline.com
Comment: In the Brussels EU today, the health and lives of European citizens are controlled by corporate interests whose multi-billion dollar profits derive from turning the human body into a marketplace. The common denominators of these interests, which primarily include the pharmaceutical and genetically modified food industries, are patented products that serve the interests of giant investment groups at the expense of the health and lives of millions of people. Naturally, our own vision for the future of Europe is a very different one and calls for the right to health; the right to life; the right to natural food; the right to a healthy environment; respect for human dignity and the protection of social values. To learn more and to sign the petition calling for a Europe for the People, by the People, visit the European Referendum Initiative website.
May 14, 2015
Varoufakis refuses any bailout plan that would send Greece into ‘death spiral’
Finance minister continues war of words with eurozone policymakers, saying he wished Greece still had the drachma and had not entered monetary union.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)
May 11, 2015
David Cameron may bring EU referendum forward to 2016
David Cameron is drawing up plans to bring forward an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union by a year to 2016 in order to avoid a politically dangerous clash with the French and German elections in 2017.
Read article in the Guardian
May 10, 2015
OLAF investigated over illegal wiretapping during Dalli investigation
OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud agency, is being investigated over claims that it illegally tapped phones during its investigation into former European Commissioner John Dalli, the UK Sunday Times reports.
Read article on the Malta Today website
April 27, 2015
Towards legalised corporate secrecy in the EU?
How industry, law firms and the European Commission worked together on EU “trade secrets” legislation - a threat to consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers.
Read report on the Corporate Europe Observatory website
April 20, 2015
Thousands across Europe protest against TTIP
Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Europe on Saturday (18 April) to oppose what could be the world's biggest free trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and European Union.
Read article at euractiv.com
Comment: Also known as the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), this trade deal is being negotiated between the Obama Administration and unelected bureaucrats of the so-called "Brussels European Union“. Across the United States, every member of the natural health community, every health food store and every citizen needs to be alerted: TAFTA would inevitably destroy free access to vitamins and other effective natural health therapies! Every citizen in Europe also needs to be alerted: TAFTA would inevitably flood Europe with GMOs, destroy environmental safeguards and threaten entire economies! To learn more, visit the Say No to TAFTA! campaign page on our website.
April 20, 2015
TTIP leak: EU proposal undermines democratic values
According to a leaked European Commission proposal in the ongoing EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, EU member state legislative initiatives will have to be vetted for potential impacts on private business interests. The proposal forms part of a wider plan for so-called “regulatory cooperation”. Civil society groups have already denounced earlier iterations of this plan as being a tool to stop or roll back regulation intended to protect the public interest. The new elements in the leaked proposal expand the problem, according to civil society organisations.
Read press release on the Corporate Europe Observatory website
April 14, 2015
Carte blanche for fracking
How the European Commission’s new advisory group is letting the shale gas industry set the agenda
The newly created “European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction” (or Network) is supposed to assess current projects, as well as recommend which technologies are appropriate and safe enough for Europe. Unfortunately for the public, the majority of its members (including those from industry, academia and other research bodies) have a clear financial stake in the expansion of fracking and are in no position to objectively assess its safety. Moreover, many have aggressively lobbied for weaker safety rules.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website
April 7, 2015
Greece is demanding €279 billion in Nazi-era reparations from Germany
The Greek government confirmed late Monday how much money it believes the country is owed by Germany in reparations for Nazi era-crimes: €278.8 billion ($304.8 billion).
Read article at businessinsider.com
March 28, 2015
Eurozone can’t survive in current form, says PIMCO
The eurozone is "untenable" in its current form and cannot survive unless countries are prepared to cede sovereignty and become a "United States of Europe", the manager of the world’s biggest bond fund has warned.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: The creation of a "United States of Europe" under the control of the Oil and Drug Cartel and its multinational corporate stakeholders is precisely the goal that the undemocratic Brussels EU was designed to achieve. Towards this end, the construct’s key architects were specifically recruited from among the same technocrats who had previously designed the plans for a post-WWII Europe under the control of the Nazis and the IG Farben Cartel.
March 26, 2015
EU-US trade pact to miss 2015 deadline
A 2015 deadline to agree a landmark trade deal with the United States is likely to be missed, EU trade officials have conceded. "We cannot exclude that it may take longer", Latvian foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, told reporters following a meeting of EU trade ministers on Wednesday (25 March). "We have to do our best to get an agreement but we don’t want to reach an agreement just for the sake of it", he added.
Read article at euobserver.com
Comment: Whilst it is good news that this trade deal seems likely to be delayed, the fact remains that the battle to stop it from being signed altogether has yet to be won. For further information on the deal and to understand why it should be vigorously opposed by US and European citizens alike, visit the Say No to TAFTA! campaign page on our Foundation website.
March 12, 2015
Iceland drops EU membership bid
The government of Iceland has announced it is no longer seeking EU membership for the North Atlantic state. Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson said he had already informed current EU president Latvia and the European Commission about the cabinet's move.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
March 11, 2015
Greece threatens to seize German property, Berlin refuses to pay WWII reparations
Germany says it won’t pay Greece World War 2 reparations after Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said Berlin is using legal tricks to avoid paying compensation. Germany says it’s honored its obligations, while Greece says it may start seizing German property.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)
March 9, 2015
Defiant Greece at daggers drawn with EU creditors
If Greeks are forced to choose between a restoration of their dignity or continued Troika humiliation, they will choose dignity, says the Greek prime minister.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Threatened with bankruptcy by the so-called Troika (the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank), the people of Greece are calling loudly and clearly for a new Europe and an end to the crippling economic austerity policies that have brought poverty and misery to millions of Greek families. With the political situation now close to breaking point, and Greece’s withdrawal from the Brussels EU single currency (the “euro”) increasingly being seen as inevitable, we may soon see which way the dominoes will fall.
March 8, 2015
Jean-Claude Juncker calls for EU army
The European Union needs its own army to help address the problem that it is not “taken entirely seriously” as an international force, the president of the European commission has said.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)
Comment: The Lisbon Treaty, which became law in Europe in December 2009, specifically provides for the creation of a Brussels EU army by stating that member countries shall provide the construct with “an operational capacity drawing on civilian and military assets” and that they shall make their “civilian and military capabilities” available to it when required to do so. Predictably backed by German leader Angela Merkel, not only could this dangerous development give the Brussels EU direct access to, and possibly control over, nuclear weapons via eventual British and French participation in such an army, it could also result in the implementation of civilian conscription. To learn more about the Lisbon Treaty, download this educational PDF from our Foundation website.
February 23, 2015
'Massive' tobacco industry third party lobbying for revised European Directive
The tobacco industry deployed "massive" third party lobbying to subvert revised European regulations on tobacco products, helped by regulatory reforms that seem to have made it easier for corporate interests to influence public health legislation, reveals research published online in Tobacco Control.
Read article at medicalxpress.com
February 12, 2015
Greece revives Nazi-era reparation claims amid EU debt row
Greece’s new far-left government has promised to seek millions of euros in reparations for the brutal Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II amid a row with Berlin over repaying an EU-IMF bailout.
Read article and watch video on the France 24 website
January 26, 2015
Young Greeks want a 'new Europe' after Syriza wins election
Young Greek voters have told Newsbeat they want to see a "new Europe" emerge after the radical left-wing party, Syriza, won elections in a vote which could have significant implications for the EU. "We need change. I voted for change," said Achilles, who says he works three jobs to pay rent in Athens. I expect and demand for Syriza to give us a big change in society."
Read Newsbeat report on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: With an unemployment rate of around 26% and half of young people out of work, it is hardly surprising that Greece voted for change in this election. Shackled by the chains of the dictatorial Brussels EU and its euro currency, the resulting tax rises and spending cuts of the last five years have all but destroyed the country. In this situation, the question now is whether the new Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, can hold firm on his promises to the Greek people, or will he give in to the threats of the Brussels EU?
January 8, 2015
The Stumbling, Tumbling Euro
European leaders and central bankers have been saying for years that their economic policies would soon revive the economies of the eurozone. It seems that investors have finally stopped believing those fairy tales.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)
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