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Can the Council and the European Council be taken to Court for illegal action on the budget? The question was raised following my last commentary. Billions of public money are involved in a time of austerity and financial crises. The European Council, the Council of Ministers and the Parliament could all be potential offenders and… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

With breath-taking frankness, European leaders admitted in public that they had no intention to make European ‘democratic’ institutions open and responsive to civil society. They want them to remain closed and in the hands of a small cartel of politicians and their party machines. But this is ILLEGAL. Their admission flies in the face of… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

The European Parliament conducts its plenary Budget debate in public. It is obliged by Treaty articles, even if did not want to. Its Budget Committee is also open to the public. That is defined by the Rules of Procedure. There are many other meetings that Parliament holds, all usually in public. Parliaments feel that they… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

If the largest industrial and financial lobby controlled the European Parliament, what would they vote as their Resolutions? Second question, if they overwhelmingly agreed on priorities, could they make it European policy? Would such priorities revive the European economy? Let us assume it was a measure that would reform the whole financial system, create masses… » read more

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Quite often in the last years, going through the European Parliament is like entering a bazaar. In the spacious hallways you are faced with many companies, NGOs and interest groups each with their stalls. Quite often they hold major exhibitions. They show off what each group considers useful propaganda films. Enthusiastic ‘sales assistants’ press leaflets… » read more

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In 1989 leaders of the European Community were shocked and worried about what they considered the dangerous consequences of the fall of the Berlin Wall. German unity –the 1990 reunification of West Germany, the Federal Republic with East Germany, the DDR, the so-called Democratic Republic of Germany was inevitable. It would create the biggest Member… » read more

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‘This is the beginning of a process for a European Foreign Policy,’ declared the President of the European Council, Mr Herman van Rompuy. He was speaking at the curt and unilluminating press conference after leaving the secret conclave of leaders of the European Council on 16 September 2010. It was reportedly a stormy meeting. However… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

On 13 October 2005, European officials launched a Plan D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate. They did this as a response: the European people had made their view clear — they did not want the European Constitutional Treaty. The overall view was confirmed by referendums in The Netherlands and France. One such ‘NO’ should have… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

Thirty years ago, the European Communities succumbed abjectly to energy blackmail. It was a shameful act. In fact, a series of shameful events that European leaders would like to forget. My purpose today is to help them remember. At stake is Europe’s survival and dealing with its Achilles’ heel — energy. Under pressure of the… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

Ever wanted to know exactly what happens INSIDE the European Council? How did the President of France respond to the British Prime Minister or the German Chancellor’s suggestions? Do you want the griff on how the Maltese Prime Minister or the Luxembourg Prime Minister said that a discussion was totally unacceptable to the interests of… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price