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End of Europe’s entire political civilization? It’s coming soon if Britain leaves the EU. So says Mr Tusk, the President of the European Council. That’s what he told the German newspaper Bild. What a pessimistic, black forecast! All the more astounding when Europe could be on the brink of its greatest Golden Age in its… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

Europe today is like a tennis club. Imagine you paid fees to a tennis club and that gave you right to elect the executive committee. All the membership agreed in a vote that the executive should be reduced in size and that it should no longer be composed exclusively of white, 60+, male, left-handed, millionaires.… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

Commissioners are obliged by Treaty law to swear or affirm on their honour that they are absolutely impartial and independent. They must pledge not to take any instructions or seek instructions from governments, political parties or any interest groups or any ‘entities’, that is, anybody else. Is that clear? Believers in divine justice in our… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has called for a ‘Grand Bargain’ to set Europe on the right track. Part of his idea, said Mr Blair speaking in Berlin at the Council for the Future of Europe on 29 October 2012, is the election of the President of the European Commission. ‘My feeling is… » read more

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On 9 May the leaders of the European Parliament met with the Commission and Council representatives. First they spoke of European solidarity and European values. They praised Robert Schuman for introducing a great democratic experiment that has brought the longest period of peace in Europe’s several thousand year history. That is true. Then they spoiled… » read more

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The EU leaders are now repeating their mantra: the solution to the crisis is the Community method. The Community method involves open democracy. We haven’t got it! We have the ‘Council method‘ which involves a political cartel, a Politburo, ruling Europe behind closed doors. It is an oligarchy of political party chiefs. It is the… » read more

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A euro based on supranational democracy would not fail to gain the highest credit ratings in all rating agencies worldwide. That is evident because it would have already been examined and rated that way by European civil organisations, businesses, workers and consumers, via their controlling chamber. Yet EU politicians want to do it their way:… » read more

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‘A fiasco!‘ ‘A kindergarten.’ That’s what Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski called the failure of the Council of Ministers and Parliament to agree in the Budget Conciliation Committee. It broke up soon after midnight on 16 November 2010. It became a dialogue of the deaf, the politics of the ‘kindergarten‘. Each was claiming the budget is my… » read more

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Seventy years ago Europeans fought a war about theft of property. The Nazis were kleptocrats. The gang stole from everyone they could. It became a planetary war. In Germany Hitler disenfranchised many of his honest citizens. He stripped them of their wealth and then sent them with any persistent supporters, Jews, Christians, journalists or political… » read more

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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