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The hundredth anniversary of World War One is a stark reminder of dangers behind the politicians’ fraudulent action on the European Commission. Should someone who received less than ten percent support of the European electorate become Commission President? If this ludicrous choice is questioned, who decides? A closed-door European Council cut off from democratic accountability?… » read more

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FIRST Build Supranational Counter-Instruments! (Part three of series)  What would be the nature of the instruments that UK would need for the negotiations? Here are some of the issues needing action BEFORE the UK Government sends its letter of withdrawal. The strategy requires implementation as soon as possible, even before the referendum. If not the… » read more

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European Commission President Barroso, in his ‘State of the Union’ speech to the European Parliament on 12 September 2012 called for a Federation of Nation States. Was he confused or just badly informed? His proposal was to try to solve the EU’s politician-generated woes, both falling trust in politicians and skyrocketing debt mechanisms mortgaging future… » read more

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Three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have been caught in alleged corrupt practice. Demanding loads of money, they agreed to make amendments to legislation that favoured a private financial interest. Or so they thought. It turned out that the offer came from reporters of London’s Sunday Times. They had been caught in a public… » 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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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

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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

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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

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Quite often in the last years, going through the European Parliament is like entering a bazaar. In the spacious hallways you are faced with many companies, NGOs and interest groups each with their stalls. Quite often they hold major exhibitions. They show off what each group considers useful propaganda films. Enthusiastic ‘sales assistants’ press leaflets… » read more

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