EUROPEAN REFERENDUM INITIATIVE
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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