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The following letter was sent to Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council about public access to discussions inside the European Council on public money. Schuman Project 11 November 2010 Mr Herman Van Rompuy President, European Council Public access to Budgetary draft legislation meetings Dear President Van Rompuy, At the European Council press… » 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

‘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

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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

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I must admit I was a bit surprised when I received a press release from the European Parliament last week. It said tersely: Communiqué de presse – 24.06.2010. Eighteen additional MEPs a step closer to starting work The 18 additional MEPs envisaged by the Lisbon Treaty are a step closer to starting work. The treaty… » 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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The proposed treaty will make it impossible for Parliament to sack the Commission for overt corruption, even of the type that stinks in the public’s noses. Here’s how the degradation of Europe’s democracy was instigated. Either by malice, lust for power or ignorance, political party machines are trying to block or subvert the checks and… » 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