|March 17th, 2008||#1|
European Union (EU)
The E.U.’s Totalitarian Founding Fathers
by Rodney Atkinson
Rodney AtkinsonToday the 800-year-old British constitution has been fatally undermined, and the British Parliament, against the wishes of the true “sovereigns” (the voters) has delegated the government of Britain to others. Britons have become “citizens” of a European Union, with duties towards and taxable by that supranational power. The British courts now interpret very little of our law, the British people have lost their exclusively British passport and the British Parliament is no longer responsible for 70% of legislation applying to the British people. This emasculation of sovereign Parliaments was recently confirmed by a German Parliamentary Committee which found that 70% of German legislation is now decided by Brussels, not Germans.
To most people this seems like a fatal surrender of everything which characterizes our country, our Parliament and our democracy. But even more disturbing is the fact that so many of the founders of the European Union in the 1950s had leading roles in the violent attempt to create a European Union in the 1930s and 1940s. Leading figures like Walter Hallstein, Walter Funk, Alfred Toepfer, Paul Henri Spaak and Hans Josef Globke were both active supporters of European Fascism in the 1940s and critical promoters of the European Union in the 1950s. The question is would most people wish to surrender their democratic sovereignty to a supranational power founded by such individuals? For that is precisely what has happened to the British people as the straightjacket of European constitutional power has tightened around their necks.
The British Constitution is (or was before Edward Heath’s 1972 European Act) principally the written historical record of the statutes of our Parliament, case law and convention since the 13th century. Each Act of Parliament was capable of overturning previous Acts or parts of previous Acts. Heath’s 1972 European Act purported to completely reverse that principle—thus binding all future parliaments to the rule of Brussels with all future Acts prey to that 1972 Act. Thus Westminster statutes like the 1985 Weights and Measures Act and the Merchant Shipping Act have been overturned by those who passed them (British MPs) on the orders of the Euro-State. Later Treaties merely extended the 1972 obeisance to alien law (usually by deceit and sleight of hand) to ever more areas of policy making. None of this was ever contained in a British Party’s election manifesto.
But given the nature of the European Union and the history of its founders this is not surprising. It was Nazis who developed the Charlemagne Prize given to those who have done most to build the European Union (Bill Clinton, Edward Heath, Tony Blair, Roy Jenkins etc). And one of the leading European movements promoting ethnic regionalism was founded by the Nazis and is today funded by the German Government (the Federal Union of European Nationalities).
The modern European Union incorporates that same mixture of powers which we fought two world wars to defeat. Today, through the supranational power of the European Union, its single currency and its alienation of 27 national constitutions those defeated powers have largely overturned the Treaties of Versailles which concluded the First World War and the Treaties of Potsdam and Yalta which concluded the Second World War.
Western European (principally German) interests are gradually acquiring industrial and financial corporations, newspapers, television and radio stations in Poland, the Czech Republic and the former Yugoslavia. Czechoslovakia has been broken up as has Yugoslavia—and into virtually the same petty states created by Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany in the 1940s. Britain and the USA have managed to destroy their historic allies (the Serbs, Czechs, Poles and others) and promote their historic enemies like the Croats, Kosovo Albanians and Muslim Bosnians, all of which were devoted followers of Fascism in the 1940s.
The break up of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia in the 1990s was based on a careful structuring of the European Union’s supranational law (to bypass parliaments), its presumption of “European citizenship” (to bypass nation states), regionalism (to bypass democratic governments in national capitals) a central bureaucracy and “European Court of Justice” (to replace democratic accountability with non parliamentary bureaucratic control) and the promotion of ethnic groups as a battering ram to destroy the homogeneity of the nation states.
None of this would have been possible without the removal of two fundamental pillars of democratic internationalism. Firstly popular sovereignty, parliament and the rule of law were made subservient to bureaucratic and corporate power.
Secondly at the supranational level all the historic and legal precedents which protected the nation state as sovereign (ie self governing) were systematically abandoned. The interventions by the European Union in Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia and today’s illegal recognition of an Albanian Kosovo were in defiance of the explicit terms of Section III of the 1975 Helsinki final Act (inviolability of frontiers), of Article 2 (4) of the UN Charter and of the first international treaty to set these principles, the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia. Significantly the latter treaty brought peace to Europe after decades of religious wars. But that principle is perhaps even more vital today to counter the supranational hegemonies of the secular supranational religions of corporatism, communism and fascism.
To say that the European Union is a combination of modern corporatism and historic fascism may sound extraordinary but I have laid out substantial evidence of just such development in my two books (Europe’s Full Circle and Fascist Europe Rising). Readers of this article might like to guess which of these quotations from European leaders stem from the 1930s and 40s and which from the 1980s and 1990s:
“Might is right in politics and war . . . ”
“Genocide is a natural phenomenon, it is recommended, even commanded by the Almighty.”
“Many Jews survive today thanks to the circumstance that they were forced Labourers. Germans are tired of philo-semitic over-compensation in the media and sterile grief Rituals by politicians . . . ”
“The Jews should consider whether they would have behaved heroically if they had not been victims of the persecution . . . ”
“Germany should now, as it has become peaceful and reasonable, get all that Europe and the whole world has refused in two gigantic wars—a sort of smooth hegemony over Europe . . . ”
In fact all the above quotes are from European leaders of the 1980s and 1990s—in the following order: Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of Germany; Franjo Tudjman, President of Croatia; Professor Lutz Niethammer, Advisor to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder; Klaus von Dohnanyi, the Former Mayor of Hamburg; and Joschka Fischer, former German Foreign Secretary.
No wonder, as Newsweek noted on June 6, 1997, that German troops who marched into Bosnia after the break up of Yugoslavia were greeted with cries of “Sieg Heil.” We live in very dangerous times.
|March 26th, 2008||#2|
Across Europe, politicians try to be culturally sensitive to Muslim citizens, who total 16 million, or 3 percent, of the 495 million people in the 27-member European Union, according to Central Institute Islam-Archives in Germany. In France, one in 10 inhabitants is Muslim, the highest proportion in the EU.
|September 5th, 2008||#3|
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MEPs want TV regulators in the EU to set guidelines which would see the end of anything deemed to portray women as sex objects or reinforce gender stereotypes.
This could potentially mean an end to attractive women advertising perfume, housewives in the kitchen or men doing DIY.
Such classic adverts as the Diet Coke commercial featuring the bare-chested builder, or Wonderbra's "Hello Boys" featuring model Eva Herzigova would have been banned.
The new rules come in a report by the EU's women's rights committee.
Swedish MEP Eva-Britt Svensson urged Britain and other members to use existing equality, sexism and discrimination laws to control advertising.
She wants regulatory bodies set up to monitor ads and introduce a "zero-tolerance" policy against "sexist insults or degrading images".
Ms Svensson said: "Gender stereotyping in advertising straitjackets women, men, girls and boys by restricting individuals to predetermined and artificial roles that are often degrading, humiliating and dumbed down for both sexes."
She added: "Gender stereotyping in advertising is one of several factors that have a big influence in efforts to make society more gender equal.
"When women and men are portrayed in a stereotypical way the consequence may be that it becomes difficult in other contexts to see women and men's resources and abilities."
The Advertising Standards Authority however had said there are already checks in place to prevent "discriminatory or harmful" material.
A spokesman said: "Although the ASA supports the overall objectives of the report... the approach suggested is inflexible and impractical."
|September 5th, 2008||#4|
Hath not a Goy eyes?
Join Date: Dec 2007
Blog Entries: 6
Why don't you open your fucking mouth about the shitskin gang rape epidemic in your country, you stupid whore?
And here's the ugly thing itself (doesn't look very Swedish to me):
The Goy cries out in ecstasy as the Jew strikes him.
|September 6th, 2008||#6|
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Location: JUDEAware, originally MassaJEWsetts
EU Seeks Legal Means to Shut Up Eurosceptic Bloggers
The European Union has issued a document recommending that some means be found to regulate and identify bloggers. The report by the Committee on Culture and Education "suggests clarifying the status, legal or otherwise" of weblogs. But bloggers have in response issued a warning that the EU’s desire to "clarify the status" of bloggers is a code for finding a means of government control of expression on the internet and keeping a bureaucratic eye on who is doing the blogging.
British political blogger Iain Dale, who writes under the masthead "Iain Dale’s Diary", linked to the report that complains that the identity and status of blog "authors and publishers, including their legal status, is neither determined nor made clear to the readers of the weblogs, causing uncertainties regarding impartiality, reliability, source protection, applicability of ethical codes and the assignment of liability in the event of lawsuits."
While the Committee said it only "encourages" the "voluntary labelling" of blogs to identify the authors, Dale wrote that the bureaucrats of the EU do not, to say the least, enjoy the complete trust of Europe’s blogging community. Of particular interest to the EU, they warn, are those bloggers who have been successful at revealing the anti-democratic machinations of the EU itself.
Bloggers have defended the complete freedom of the bloggosphere that allows anyone with a computer to say whatever he wants about any subject of interest. Blogs, they contend, are the last bastion of completely free speech, unencumbered by Europe’s sticky and stultifying mesh of bureaucratic regulations. They are also self-regulating. A blogger who is boring or whose facts are off, is quickly corrected by legions of commenters and other bloggers, a scrutiny not felt by mainstream media. The popularity of blogging, they say, is a direct result of this unregulated environment.
"They don’t seem to like blogs or even understand the concept of blogging, do they?" Dale wrote about EU bureaucrats. "We all know that ‘voluntary’ soon becomes ‘compulsory’. My label is the title of my blog. That is quite sufficient, and I don’t need some faceless Eurocrat to tell me otherwise."
Daniel Hannan, a blogger and writer for the Daily Telegraph, warned that the EU has been trying to get regulatory control over bloggers for some time. "Eurocrats instinctively dislike spontaneous activity. To them, ‘unregulated’ is almost synonymous with ‘illegal’. The bureaucratic mindset demands uniformity, licensing, order."
"Eurocrats are especially upset," he continued, "because many bloggers, being of an anarchic disposition, are anti-Brussels. In the French, Dutch and Irish referendums, the MSM were uniformly pro-treaty, whereas internet activity was overwhelmingly sceptical."
When Hannan first saw, in June, a report on the efforts of the EU to "clarify the status" of blogs, he dismissed it. Hannan says, "Not even the European Parliament, I thought, would actually try to censor the internet. I was wrong."
In June, the principal drafter of the Committee’s report, Estonian Socialist Marianne Mikko, said that bloggers "are in position…to considerably pollute cyberspace." She said that there is a growing amount of "misinformation and malicious intent in cyberspace" and that it is in the public’s interest to have "a quality mark, a disclosure of who is really writing and why."
European bloggers make up the vanguard of public discussion on pressing political issues, many of which are ignored or politely glossed over in more traditional media. Of particular note are the large number of "Eurosceptic" ‘blogs that investigate and question, and frequently expose to public view, the inner machinations of the European Union.
Foremost among these is the blog, EU Referendum, one of the leading engines of the popular movement to force governments to grant citizens a plebiscite on the various manifestations of the European Constitution. EU Referendum has short words for attempts of the EU to gain some political control over their fiercest critics.
Marianne Mikko made her comments as the European Parliament debated whether there should be controls on bloggers with "malicious intent" or "hidden agenda." Dr. Helen Szamuely, one of EU Referendum’s editors, wrote, "Our agenda is not hidden. We are full of malicious intent towards the European Union and all its many minions. I wonder if they mean us. Surely not."
In a secret report, leaked to the Irish Times this week, the European Commission is blaming the recent stalling of the Lisbon Treaty by the Irish referendum, on the influence of Eurosceptic bloggers. The Daily Telegraph’s Bruno Waterfield wrote earlier this week that the Commission’s report on the Irish referendum, the "strongest language and darkest fears are reserved for the realm of the internet with its message boards, blogs and independence."
The Commission’s report complains of the power of blogs to disrupt their plans for Europe, saying, "Blog activity remains overwhelmingly negative."
"Blogging is also seen as an anti-establishment activity. Few Yes campaigners [in favour of Lisbon] came out with forceful counter arguments or were inspired to do so. Because of the many different sources of No campaigners on the internet, classic rebuttals is [sic] made impossible."
Waterfield comments, "The web, you see, is not yet dominated by the conformist consensus that permeates the traditional media and political establishment. This is why the EU does badly there and also why it does badly in popular votes where the demographic of younger, often working class, voters untouched by old politics is becoming more important."
|October 26th, 2008||#7|
Join Date: Aug 2007
If Europeans were smart they would simply stop recognizing the "European Union". There is nothing European about it. It's just a bunch of ego-maniacs selling out their homelands and peoples for the N.W.O.
|December 10th, 2008||#8|
The paranormal silent type
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Location: Where you least expect
An interesting enemy database, parliamentary watchdog & Jew watch site:
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|October 27th, 2009||#9|
Brussels 'Home Office' plot to snoop on all of Europe
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Brussels bureaucrats are plotting a massive expansion in the use of surveillance and controversial extradition powers, a report warned last night.
At the same time they will also increase their meddling in Britain's justice system, it was claimed.
The EU wants to create its own version of the Home Office to oversee the policy changes, and even has plans to train a third of the police service to create a Blocwide 'common culture of policing'.
|January 28th, 2010||#10|
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27 January 2010
Written Declaration No 435
This written declaration commits only the members who have signed it
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe firmly condemns all those who deny, question or admit doubts, in whole or in part, the respect of the historical fact of the extermination of millions of Jews as a result of extremist right-wing racist and anti-Semitic ideology put into practice by the Nazis at the death camps situated on Polish soil during the Second World War.
We are concerned to learn of the ambiguous statements made on the Polish radio station, Radio Maryja, and elsewhere, by Senator Ryszard Bender who chaired the first part of the Assembly sitting on 25 January by virtue of being the oldest delegate present. We note that Mr Bender’s statements have been condemned by democratic politicians and historians inside Poland. We urge the Assembly authorities to take more care before any delegate chairs an Assembly sitting who has made any ambiguous remarks about Jews in any context. We note and regret the election of members of the European Parliament who have made anti-Jewish statements or who have denied the Holocaust. We urge Mr Bender to clarify his position and uphold the clear and unequivocal view of the Council of Europe that what happened to Jews on Polish soil under nazi occupation was a monstrous crime unprecedented in world history, which present and future generations must comprehend and learn why the hatred of Jews leads to ultimate evil.
MacSHANE Denis, United Kingdom, SOC
ANDERSON Donald, United Kingdom, SOC
BARNETT Doris, Germany, SOC
BLONDIN Maryvonne, France, SOC
CARTES IVERN Joan, Andorra, SOC
CHIDGEY David, United Kingdom, ALDE
CILEVIČS Boriss, Latvia, SOC
CURTIS-THOMAS Claire, United Kingdom, SOC
DÍAZ TEJERA Arcadio, Spain, SOC
DURRIEU Josette, France, SOC
ELZINGA Tuur, Netherlands, UEL
ETHERINGTON Bill, United Kingdom, SOC
GOJKOVIĆ Obrad, Montenegro, SOC
GROSS Andreas, Switzerland, SOC
HAGBERG Michael, Sweden, SOC
HÄGG Carina, Sweden, SOC
HOOD Jim, United Kingdom, SOC
HURSKAINEN Sinikka, Finland, SOC
HUSS Jean, Luxembourg, SOC
JOHN-CALAME Francine, Switzerland, SOC
KATRINIS Michail, Greece, SOC
KOX Tiny, Netherlands, UEL
LAXTON Bob, United Kingdom, SOC
MARCENARO Pietro, Italy, SOC
MAURY PASQUIER Liliane, Switzerland, SOC
McCAFFERTY Christine, United Kingdom, SOC
MEALE Alan, United Kingdom, SOC
MOSCOSO DEL PRADO HERNÁNDEZ Juan, Spain, SOC
O'HARA Edward, United Kingdom, SOC
ORTEL Holger, Germany, SOC
de PUIG i OLIVE Lluís Maria, Spain, SOC
RIBA FONT Maria Pilar, Andorra, SOC
ROTH Karin, Germany, SOC
ROUQUET René, France, SOC
ROWEN Paul, United Kingdom, ALDE
SARIKAS Fidias, Chypre, SOC
SPAHIĆ Ervin, Montenegro, SOC
STOILOV Yanaki, Bulgaria, SOC
STRIK Tineke, Netherlands, SOC
STUMP Doris, Switzerland, SOC
SZABÓ Zoltán, Hungary, SOC
TOMLINSON John E., United Kingdom, SOC
VĖSAITĖ Birutė, Lithuania, SOC
VIS Rudi, United Kingdom, SOC
VRETTOS Konstantinos, Greece, SOC
VRIES Klaas De, Netherlands, SOC
Total = 46
1 EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
SOC: Socialist Group
ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
EDG: European Democratic Group
UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
NR: not registered in a group
|October 7th, 2010||#11|
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EU lawmakers lift visa rules for Albania,Bosnia
EU lawmakers lift visa rules for Albania,Bosnia
October 7, 2010 – 6:38 am
World Bulletin 07 October 2010
EU lawmakers approved plans to lift visa requirements for visitors from Bosnia and Albania on Thursday, in a step towards closer integration of the western Balkans with the European Union.
Visa liberalisation is part of EU efforts to stabilise the region after years of ethnic conflict and to encourage democratic reforms.
Bosnia and Albania, with populations of about 3.8 million and 3.2 million respectively, hope to join the European Union.
Bosnian Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj said he hoped visa restrictions would be lifted quickly if EU ministers approve parliament’s decision next month as expected.
“It is our hope that (Bosnian) citizens are granted visa-free travel by the end of the year,” he said in a statement.
|July 12th, 2014||#12|
Amor Patriae Nostra Lex
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European leaders in Brussels have nominated Jean-Claude Juncker, the former prime minister of Luxembourg, to be the next president of the European Commission, the powerful bureaucratic arm of the European Union.
Juncker, a European federalist, is well known for his commitment to further expanding the power of the European Union. His nomination—expected to be easily approved by the European Parliament on July 16—sends a clear signal that the European establishment has no intention of slowing the relentless march towards a United States of Europe, despite the surge of anti-EU sentiment across Europe.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban were the only two leaders of the 28-member bloc to vote against Juncker during a special meeting held in Brussels on June 27.
Cameron said he was opposed not only to Juncker as a candidate, but also to the way in which his candidacy was put forward.
Previously, the president of the European Commission was selected by European leaders on the basis of consensus.
But in what many see as a power grab aimed at downgrading the influence of national governments within the EU, new rules—based on an expansive interpretation of the Lisbon Treaty (aka the European Constitution)—state that the party winning the most votes in elections for European Parliament puts forth its preferred candidate. National governments are then obliged to "nominate" the candidate, after which the individual is formally approved by the European Parliament.
Juncker was the "lead candidate" (Spitzenkandidat) of the center-right European People's Party (EPP), which won the European Parliament elections that ended on May 25. He therefore has a "popular mandate" to lead the European Commission, according to Juncker and his supporters.
Proponents of the new Spitzenkandidat system say it enhances the democratic legitimacy of the unelected European Commission. Rather than EU governments picking a candidate behind closed doors, the individual is appointed by the European Parliament, which supposedly speaks for the people.
Critics rebut that the new system amounts to an "institutional coup" because it severs any remaining direct connection with the democratic process at the national level. At least under the old system, they say, the leaders who chose the Commission president were in some way accountable to their national electorates.
Juncker's so-called popular mandate is also undermined by an analysis carried out by Open Europe, a think tank campaigning for EU reform. The analysis notes that out of a total electorate of approximately 395 million people, 40.3 million (10.2%) voted for EPP affiliated parties during the most recent election. However, this number falls to 38.4 million (9.7%) when excluding Hungary and Sweden, two countries that refused to endorse the new system.
"In reality," writes Open Europe, "far less than 9.7% can be said to have genuinely voted 'for Juncker' given that the majority (outside of his native Luxembourg) did not know that he was standing—or even who he was."
In any event, German Chancellor Angela Merkel successfully pushed for Juncker, presumably out of fear that choosing an alternative candidate—after paying lip service to the need for democratic legitimacy within the EU—would provoke even more resentment of the European project.
Cameron said the selection of Juncker was "a bad day for Europe" because it deliberately ignored the "pro-reform message" sent by European voters in May. Cameron added that "this whole process has simply reinforced my conviction that Europe needs to change."
That sentiment was almost certainly reinforced on July 1, when Members of the European Parliament elected Martin Schulz, a German Socialist, for a second term as president of the European Parliament.
As part of a backroom deal to ensure that Schulz—who has long been suspected of political cronyism—would support Juncker as Commission president, Schulz was offered a pay and perks package worth over €265,000 ($365,000), more than half of which will be exempt from income tax.
"The re-election of Schulz via a secret ballot following a backroom stitch-up between the main center-right and center-left blocks epitomizes the EU's democratic flaws and exposes the hollow nature of the arguments in favor of spitzenkandidaten," Pawel Swidlicki, a research analyst at Open Europe, said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
"Schulz is an aggressive proponent of increasing the power of the European Parliament and so will be a big obstacle to EU reform."
Indeed, Schulz can be expected to join forces with Juncker to prevent anti-EU parties from achieving any meaningful reforms to the European Union.
Juncker, a 59-year-old veteran of EU deal-making, has been an unabashed advocate for expanding the powers of the EU. Like Schulz, he will be unlikely to favor transferring any powers from Brussels back to EU member states. Nor has Juncker ever been an advocate for more democratic accountability within the EU.
Commenting on the introduction of the European single currency in 1999, Juncker said: "We decide on something, leave it lying around and wait and see what happens. If no one kicks up a fuss, because most people don't understand what has been decided, we continue step by step until there is no turning back."
Referring to the European Constitution in 2003, Juncker said: "The Convention has been touted as the great democracy-show. I have not seen a darker darkroom than the Convention."
Commenting on the 2005 French referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Juncker said: "If it's a Yes, we will say 'on we go,' and if it's a No we will say 'we continue.'" He also said: "Those countries that vote No must vote again... to obtain the right answer."
Referring to the popular opposition to the Lisbon Treaty in 2007, Juncker said: "I am astonished at those who are afraid of the people: one can always explain that what is in the interest of Europe is in the interests of our countries." He added: "Britain is different. Of course there will be transfers of sovereignty. But would I be intelligent to draw the attention of public opinion to this fact?"
Commenting on EU monetary policy in 2011, Juncker said: "Monetary policy is a serious issue. We should discuss this in secret, in the Eurogroup [the main forum for managing the European single currency] ... I'm ready to be insulted as being insufficiently democratic, but I want to be serious ... I am for secret, dark debates."
Referring to the economic meltdown in Greece in 2011, Juncker said: "When it becomes serious, you have to lie."
Juncker's appointment as the supreme Eurocrat makes it all but certain that the European Union will seek to centralize even more power in the hands of an unaccountable elite.
|July 12th, 2014||#13|
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It seems, he's one of the few, if only, honest one presently serving there.
|July 12th, 2014||#14|
Amor Patriae Nostra Lex
Join Date: Jan 2013
Honest about being dishonest I suppose. He's also a big backer of tax dodging.
Why big time tax dodgers love Mr Juncker
SUPPORTERS of would-be European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker should perhaps pause to examine the great man’s record of wreaking fiscal havoc across the continent. Thanks to Luxembourg’s warm embrace of corporate tax dodgers under his watch, those same austerity-hit EU governments who are backing his appointment have been denied huge sums in tax revenue over the years.
Juncker was prime minister of Luxembourg from 1995 until the end of last year, as well as its finance minister for 20 years until 2009. But in the Grand Duchy (population: 525,000) these roles weren’t enough for Juncker. In the early 1990s, as chair of the European Union’s council of economic and financial affairs, he played a key role shaping the economic and monetary aspects of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, and in 2005 became president of the Eurogroup of finance ministers within the euro area.
Tax-free flows of money
Luxembourg under Juncker certainly exploited the economic freedoms enshrined by the EU’s founding treaty and assiduously promoted by Brussels’s big cheeses. Over the 20th century’s closing decades it would turn itself into little more than a tax haven – but, crucially, one at the heart of Europe entitled to tax-free flows of money in and out of its borders in a way traditional sunny island havens such as the Caymans could only dream of. The Grand Duchy became the member of the economic club that pilfered from the club’s funds.
An especially fruitful line has been multi-billion-pound corporate tax avoidance at its neighbours’ expense. In the most infamous case, Vodafone still routes more than £50bn worth of loans through Luxembourg for no purpose other than taking advantage of tax laws and administrative rulings carefully tailored by Juncker’s governments to facilitate large-scale tax avoidance. As the last Eye reported, the company is sitting on a £17.4bn “tax asset”, ie reduction in future tax bills around the world, courtesy of Här Juncker. Funnily enough, the company’s largest tax dodge is in the country on whose leader’s support he depends for his Brussels elevation: Germany.
As Eye 1314 reported two years ago, hundreds of other multinationals, including the UK’s Glaxo, Tesco and Financial Times publisher Pearson, use Luxembourg in similar ways at enormous cost to Europe’s economies.
The European Commission has never taken serious action against this tax dodging, however – unlike the use of undeclared accounts by tax evaders against which it has tried, with mixed success, to act – but with no thanks to Juncker’s Luxembourg. The Grand Duchy has resisted transparency initiatives at every step and has only just been persuaded to sign up to a new EU “savings directive” aimed at informing tax authorities of hidden accounts.
When Juncker announced he would relent last year, after looking at Switzerland and noticing what an angry US can do to small countries that hide its citizens’ dirty money, he admitted it was only “because the Americans leave us no other choice”.
Tax dodging isn’t Luxembourg’s sole selling point. Despite experiences such as the collapse of the fraudulent Luxembourg-registered bank BCCI in 1991, Juncker pursued an aggressive regime of financial deregulation, especially in the area of investment fund administration. So it was no surprise that when Bernard Madoff’s ponzi scheme collapsed in 2008, a large chunk of the money had come through loosely regulated Luxembourg funds set up by Swiss banks.
With economic credentials like these, who could argue with Juncker’s appointment as supreme Eurocrat?
|August 29th, 2014||#15|
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Merkel seeks to strengthen EU ties to Western Balkans
Published: 29/08/2014 - 17:08 | Updated: 29/08/2014 - 18:13
German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans on working closely with Western Balkan countries to bring them closer to the EU, a process she initiated by hosting a high profile Western Balkan Conference in Berlin on Thursday (28 August). EurActiv Germany reports.
All seven successor states of the former Yugoslavia, as well as Albania, have a "European perspective", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday (28 August) at the much-anticipated Western Balkan Conference that ended with optimism for the region's EU integration.
"All states in the Western Balkans should have the opportunity to join the European Union if they fulfill the accession requirements," Merkel emphasised.
The Chancellor spoke in the Federal Chancellery during a joint press conference with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. Rama also serves as chief of the South-East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP).
Before the start of the Western Balkan Conference, Barroso had a one-hour meeting with Merkel, where the two exchanged views on the upcoming EU special summit and the developments in Ukraine.
Government leaders, EU representatives and economic and foreign ministers from Western Balkan states, Slovenia and Croatia participated in the Berlin event. The conference was a continuation of the so-called Brdo Summit in Dubrovnik, Croatia, which Merkel attended in July. The goal of the Berlin conference, initiated by Chancellor Merkel, was to strengthen cooperation between the regions and explore the states' perspectives for EU accession.
At the press conference, Barroso outlined the shared interests between the EU and the Western Balkan region. "Our common goal is clear: We want to see the Western Balkan countries ultimately join the European Union. This is in our joint political, economic and geo-strategic interest. This is the right way to defend the long term prosperity of all the citizens in our European family and also to defend European stability," he said.
He emphasised that further EU accessions, "depend on our partners' own speed of reforms. But they will happen over time. We don't want to leave any doubt about it".
All participating countries hope the accession process will move forward quickly, Merkel said. But it is up to the individual countries, the Chancellor pointed out, to fulfill the high expectations of their populations.
Most of all, the people hope for "economic advancement and measures tackling unemployment", she said.
The process initiated in Berlin is expected to continue and be converted into a longer working process. The next host is expected to be Austria in 2015.
VUČIĆ IN BERLIN proposed customs union between Serbia and Albania
|September 12th, 2014||#16|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Waiting for the solar micronova
Poll: France Wants the UK Kicked Out of the EU
Good idea, merci France.
September 12, 2014
The majority of French people would like Britain to be ejected from the EU, rather than meet London’s demands for renegotiation, a recent poll found. France is the only one of the polled countries who felt this way.
The polling was undertaken by think tank The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), as part of a wide-ranging annual report on global trends, The Local has reported. For the first time it included a question on whether the EU should accommodate London’s demands for reform or risk Britain pulling out of the Union. The question was prompted by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to push for renegotiation ahead of a referendum on British membership of the EU in 2017.
Citizens of eleven countries, including France, Britain, Germany, Italy and Poland were quizzed, but only the French favoured Britain leaving: 42 percent thought that London’s demands should be met, whereas 52 percent thought Britain should instead leave the EU. The Dutch were also fairly ambivalent, with just 45 percent saying Britain should be able to renegotiate, but fewer, 40 percent, thought that a British exit was preferable.
In a result that will worry strong proponents of a UK exit, the British respondents were the most in favour of renegotiation, with 57 percent saying that Brussels should negotiate with London. Just 35 percent of Brits were in favour of Britain leaving the EU outright.
Earlier this year, former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard, who served under François Mitterand, called for Britain to leave the Union saying that Britain was the cause of all of the EU’s problems. “Britain is a great country that has always refused to allow Europe to interfere in its affairs. It has blocked any further integration,” he told Trombinoscope, a French parliamentary magazine.
“If they go, it becomes possible to respond to the needs of governing in Europe. Even Germany realises this and demands it. I hope for it a lot because they have prevented it from developing, they killed it.”
I would like to see a poll about how many people in each country think the EU should simply be dissolved completely.
My guess is that the following countries would say “yes, dissolve it”:
And these would say “no, no, no – we need it”:
Oh. And Germany would want to keep it, of course.
Trying to unite all of these vastly different people into a single union was an incomprehensible act of pure retardedness.
What do you guys think?
The Bloodbath is Coming
7.6 billion savages multiplying and running wild over the earth, devouring everything in sight, trampling over every other lifeform without mercy or compassion.