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Seventy years ago, on 14 July 1946, Robert Schuman hosted Winston Churchill in Metz to discuss the future of Europe. Later as Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Schuman initiated the Council of Europe, the European Community, the defensive basis of NATO and the European Payments Union, the core of European monetary stability, as four pillars… » read more

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At the December European Summit, the political leaders announced an exhibition with a brazen propaganda falsification about Peace in Europe. It contradicts what the Nobel Foundation said that the EU and its forerunners had brought ‘more than six decades of peace‘. That apparently was a great shock for Europe’s leaders! On 10 December 2012 the… » read more

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‘A moment of joy‘ said Belgian Foreign Minister Vanackere for the European Council of Ministers. ‘A day of celebration,’ said Icelandic Foreign Minister Össur Skarphéðinsson, With the meeting of the Accession Conference on 27 July 2010, Iceland has now embarked on the route to full membership of the European Union. This followed the decision of… » read more

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‘The euro crisis could lead to the destruction of the European Union,’ announced George Soros on 23 June 2010 in Berlin. Is the Hungarian investor/ economist right? He was right in 1992 that the British Pound Sterling was going to have to devalue by dropping out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM). He made… » read more

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The European Council, called on 11 February to deal with the Greek financial crisis that is undermining the euro, issued a statement. “All euro members must conduct sound national policies in line with the agreed rules,” it said. Fine. The original idea of a European Community in 1950 was to avoid ‘beggar my neighbour’ policies… » read more

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As the only institution allowed to propose European legislation, the European Commission represents the general interest of the whole Community. As an independent, impartial, honest broker, it represents all the people, all the organisations of civil society involved and all the governments forming part of the European Community. That’s what the founding fathers wrote as… » read more

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A Council protocol will aim to completely reverse the basic rule of European democracy defended passionately and with courage over decades by such European democrats as Robert Schuman, Paul-Henri Spaak and Joseph Luns. Many Commissioners in the past also fought an unequal battle to maintain democratic values against the return to raw, bare-knuckle, power politics.… » read more

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In October 1957 the Council of Ministers asked the High Authority to prepare a general Energy policy for Europe. Why? because Europe was becoming more and more dependent on Middle East oil and this was a highly unstable area. The High Authority was equivalent of today’s Commission in Europe’s founding and pioneering European Community for… » read more

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It would be unwise for politicians to presume that the EU will become any entity based on the Lisbon Treaty. The Irish are most likely to vote No again. Many politicians, diplomats and officials have been planning their careers while waiting for the ratification with its promised bonanza of new top jobs. Simple, back-of-the-envelope calculations… » read more

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Posted on Mrs Wallstrom’s blog about the Irish Parliament’s report on the second referendum December 2008 7 jan 2009 Dear Vice President Wallstrom, I am very happy to see your support for a proper understanding of European history and the integration process. Obviously the founding philosophy of Europe is essential material for politicians and for… » read more

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