Leaked government document: ‘Indefinite Brexit transition period’

 

A leaked government document has revealed the Brexit transition period could go on for an indefinite period of time – that’s not time limited, it’s not Brexit. Continue reading

Juncker calls for united EU under one leader

Juncker wants a single EU president who campaigns in the 2019 elections (Photo: European Commission)

 

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker outlined his post-Brexit vision for a confident EU in his state of the union address on Wednesday (14 September), speaking of a Europe that has bounced back from the economic downturn and regained the political ground from populists and eurosceptics.

Juncker, in his second to last state of the union speech, has argued for a more united and effective EU that is based on freedom, equality and the rule of law, and signalled that he wants all EU countries to become full eurozone and Schengen area members by 2019 – except those with opt-outs. Continue reading

European Union Tells Hungary and Poland To Accept Mass Migration Or Leave

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France and Germany, along with a host of up to 21 other countries, are set to demand Hungary and Poland either accept migrants under the quota system or leave the European Union (EU).

The two nations have ignored Brussels’ insistence that they take migrants presently residing in great numbers in Italy and Greece. Public opinion in Hungary and Poland is also strongly against being forced to accept thousands of migrants from non-European cultures.

Poland’s conservative Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość – PiS) swept to victory in 2015, partly due to voter anger over the previous government agreeing to take migrants under the quota system. Continue reading

REVEALED: 10 bombshells the EU is hiding until AFTER the referendum

As the UK gears up for a historic vote on whether to leave the EU in just nine days, it has been claimed that a series of bizarre and costly decisions are being shelved until after the poll.

The issues have been highlighted by MEP Daniel Hannan, author of Why Vote Leave, and detail weird and occasionally sinister proposals, which have apparently been put on the back burner until after the vote. Continue reading

Bigger ECB asset-buying expansion planned

The much-awaited expansion of the European Central Bank’s asset-buying, or quantitative easing (QE), program will be larger-scale than expected, according to Royal Bank of Scotland, which says the objective now is to head off mounting deflationary pressures in the euro zone.

RBS, in a research paper published this week, says the ECB will expand its balance sheet from €2.2 trillion ($3.2 trillion) now to €4.5 trillion, and not the €3.1 trillion previously envisaged. This suggests a further €2.3 trillion of bond purchases, which is more than twice the amount so far mentioned by ECB officials. Continue reading

The eurozone crisis is just getting started

The project to impose political union is bringing economic ruin, making the legitimacy of the EU project ever more vulnerable

On the face of it, they seem worlds apart. Switzerland’s referendum vote against the free movement of labour, the ruling by the German Constitutional Court on the European Central Bank’s (ECB) attempts to save the euro, and the warning to Scotland that it won’t be allowed to keep the pound if it votes for independence – these might seem unrelated, but in truth they are all part of an increasingly explosive stand-off between the forces of national sovereignty on the one hand, and political and economic integration on the other. Continue reading

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants German austerity to dominate the European Union

To understand the European Union is to understand Germany is the core nation. Therefore, to understand where the EU is heading we must look closer at its respective foreign policy and regional ambitions as the main drivers behind the continent’s future.

The Eurozone crisis is turning into a bonfire, and along comes German Chancellor Angela Merkel trying to put it out with gasoline. Look, she’s bringing her little red canister to Monday’s European Council summit.

While other European nations were tangled up trying to rescue Greece ahead of the meeting, she said this week not just that Greece may be beyond rescue, which may well be true, but that the solution to the crisis lies in greater political union within Europe. The clause that went unspoken was that German-style austerity is in charge, as it has been for two years since the Eurozone conflagration began, with resistance from everyone including the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

She foresees a future European central government, its powers expanding with time. She said the European Court of Justice must become the EU’s supreme court and be allowed to decide the public spending and budget of the EU’s 17 nations. “That means giving our (European) institutions more monitoring rights — and more bite . . . greater integration would involve the European court of justice enforcing controls for national budgets.” Yeah, Berlin (and Paris, because Nicolas Sarkozy is suddenly Merkel’s best friend) sets Britain’s health care budget. That would work.

She said this and many other things in an interview with The Guardian and five other newspapers including El Pais, Le Monde and La Stampa, and with that she scared the daylights out of politicians in Europe and elsewhere.

Continue reading article: German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants German austerity to dominate the European Union (The Star)