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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

Posted by David Heilbron Price

According to the law of the jungle, powerful beasts dominate and exploit the weak and unprotected. It is the law of Europe’s history over centuries. The only viable and successful alternative so far tried is the remarkable supranational innovation of Community democracy. It protected the weak, reconciled former enemies and laid the foundation for a… » read more

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The initiator of modern European democracy, Robert Schuman warned about counterfeit democracy. Are the European voters now being sold a pig in a poke? The answer is undoubtedly: Yes. Schuman wrote that pure democracy involves the full consent of the people and the obligation of the legislator to inform the people and any organizations affected… » 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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The Constitutional Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty have one thing in common: both want to make the most destructive inroads to the independence of the Commission as a whole, and of the independence of the Commissioners in particular. This is a disgraceful betrayal of European democracy and the principles of Community. All the previous treaties… » read more

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First step: Read the Treaties! Here’s what Europe’s founding treaty says: “Members … shall exercise their functions in complete independence, in the general interest of the Community. In the fulfilment of their duties, they shall neither solicit nor accept instructions from any government or from any organization. They shall abstain from all conduct incompatible with… » read more

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In what amounts to a political cartel, European leaders have insisted that the Irish people cannot be trusted. This autumn the Irish will have to vote again. They expect the Irish in general and each voter in particular to behave like a schizophrenic. They must grovel and say they were wrong when they voted No… » read more

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America has had its presidential election. Where is Europe’s democracy? Who should be the leader of the economic Super-Power on this side of the Atlantic? Where and how can European voters find the most suitable person to help organize a Community of some 500 million people and the world’s largest trading power? On 15 April… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price