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For the first time in decades, two Iranian warships plan to transit the Suez Canal on route for Syria. Israel has denounced this as a provocation. At a time when Egyptians are in a delicate state of political and religious turmoil this is a brazen signal of growing Persian outreach. It is directed at the… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

‘Islam Awakes!‘ That’s what the news ticker said on the monitors of the press area of the European Council building on 4 February. Mubarak had already announced he was going. The European Council was in its usual secret session, closed to the press and closed to the public. On its agenda the topic of most… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

‘If someone dishonors Islam in front of me, I will shoot him dead!’ Those are the reported remarks of Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik at a press conference. He was speaking after the assassination of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who had championed the rights of Aasia Bibi and denounced the blasphemy charges against her as… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

Three lessons should be clear to Europe’s policy-makers from the WikiLeaks affair. War is coming in the Mid-East and it is mainly about religio-political ideologies among Islamic states. Sectarians of both the Shi’ite and Sunni persuasion, both arming with nuclear bombs, are also involved in extensive terrorist activities to destroy the West. Policy-leaders must decide… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

The 18th April 2011 represents the 60th anniversary of the founding of the European Community and signature by the Founding Fathers of the great Charter of the Community, laying down the democratic principles on which Europe should organize itself. The Charter has not been published since the 1950s. Why? Because de Gaulle’s subsequent rise in… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

To The European Ombudsman COMPLAINT ABOUT MALADMINISTRATION Against the European Commission What is the decision or matter about which you complain? When did you become aware of it? Add annexes if necessary. The complaint is about the continuing failure of European Institutions in particular the European Commission to publish the full text of the Schuman… » read more

Posted by David Heilbron Price

‘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

Posted by David Heilbron Price

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

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

Posted by David Heilbron Price

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