Tag Archives: European Union

It’s the Remainers who are the conspiracy theorists

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“Given the overwhelming sense among too many members of our chastened political and cultural elite that Brexit was a conspiracy drawn up by a cabal of old men, probably backed by shadowy Russian cash, it should come as no surprise that the solution proffered has a nasty historical undertone. As pro-EU Labour peer Lord Adonis put it in a piece on those ‘behind’ Brexit in the New European: ‘Britain needs not only a change of policy but a complete purification. Let’s hope it is not too painful.’ A purification? Have these people listened to themselves?” (02/15/18)


The EU is no friend of Irish independence

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“As a freedom-loving democrat, I have long supported the view that Ireland should be one united, 32-county sovereign republic. But, as a freedom-loving democrat, I am fiercely opposed to any attempt via the European Union to impose some bureaucratic version of ‘Irish unity’ in order to undermine Brexit. That would be a serious attack on sovereignty and democracy in both Britain and Ireland.” (02/14/18)


Leaked regime report: UK will be “worse off” in every Brexit scenario

Source: Hindustan Times [India]

“Rival groups in the Brexit debate came to a head again on Tuesday after a leaked official analysis claimed that Brexit will leave the United Kingdom worse off. BuzzFeed reported that the analysis by the department for exiting the European Union … looked at three possible Brexit scenarios. All scenarios suggested that the country’s economy will take a hit outside the EU. It said the UK’s national income would be 8% lower under a ‘no deal’ scenario, around 5% lower with a free trade agreement with the EU and about 2% lower with a soft Brexit option of single market membership over a 15-year period. The analysis, allegedly leaked by pro-EU elements in the government, was promptly dismissed by pro-Brexit MPs, who called it ‘highly suspicious,’ while it added more grist to the anti-Brexit forces who are keen to ensure as close a link with the EU as possible.” (01/30/18)


EU regulators demand $1.23 billion bribe from Qualcomm

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

“European anti-monopoly regulators on Wednesday fined Qualcomm $1.23 billion for making payments to Apple in exchange for exclusively using Qualcomm smartphone radio chips in iPhones between 2011 and 2016. Qualcomm said it disagrees with the decision and will immediately appeal to the General Court of the European Union. The large fine comes as Qualcomm is embroiled in a fierce legal battle with Apple and global antitrust regulators over its business practices surrounding patent licensing.” (01/24/18)


Free trade and Brexit can help Africa flourish

Source: Acton Institute
by Ibrahim B Anoba

“In early 2018, all 54 member-states of the African Union (AU) will sign an agreement for a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) to make Africa the world’s largest common market. The CFTA could increase trade within the region by an unprecedented 50 percent and create about $35 billion in benefits. This is necessary, as intra-African trade only constitutes 18 percent of the continent’s total trade — an abysmal rating compared to the European Union’s (EU) 70 percent. But a well-implemented free trade treaty could increase trade and benefit the ever-growing population of the continent with more material resources. It would also likely give Africa an advantage in negotiating more equitable agreements with the EU.” (01/16/18)


Poland can protect its judiciary without the EU

Source: Acton Institute
by Marcin Rzegocki

“Last month, the European Union took the first steps to invoke Article 7 of its constitution to punish Poland — but critics disagree about the underlying issue: to what extent the actions of the Polish government’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) Party undermine judicial independence and merit international condemnation. During the last month, both sides of the Atlantic have published a wave of articles about an alleged political crisis within Poland — particularly in anglophone outlets like the New York Times, The Washington Post, and so on. Many of the articles describing the current political situation in Poland present it from only the secular-progressive viewpoint and, thus, are already highly critical of PiS on other grounds, before condemning the judicial legislation.” (01/12/18)


America’s relationship with Europe: Collateral damage if Trump kills the Iran deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Trita Parsi

“What was once only whispered is now clearly said: Europe is readying itself for a post-American world, even after the end of the Donald Trump era. And in a surprising twist, the fate of the U.S.-European Union axis may come down to what Trump decides to do with the Iran nuclear deal later this month. Many drew a sigh of relief back in December as the congressional deadline to impose new sanctions on Iran passed. The nuclear deal had survived another challenge, they thought. But the celebrations were premature. Trump can kill the deal this week by simply doing nothing. We’ve seen this movie before — but this time America’s relationship with Europe is at the center of the drama.” (01/10/18)


The EU invokes Article 7 against Poland, but only Poles can defend their liberty

Source: Acton Institute
by Marek Tatala

“Poland is often compared to Hungary under Victor Orban. I personally wrote about the Orbanization of Polish politics two years before the Law and Justice took power. In Hungary, Orban won a supermajority in the parliament and, by changing the constitution, consolidated his powers, while speaking about so-called ‘illiberal democracy.’ Today, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who has never won a constitutional majority, follows Orban’s path — a harmful path for the Polish economy, the rule of law, and democracy. Victor Orban’s support for the Polish government is now the key to block any further steps mentioned in Article 7, as some of them require unanimous support. But even without these steps, the Polish government’s role in the EU will be marginalized. Undermining the Polish position in the EU is bad foreign policy, weakening our influence on EU rules and future reforms. But most importantly, the Polish government’s policies are bad for Poland.” (01/05/18)


Brexit — everything changes so it can stay the same?

Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Varga Llosa

“If we want everything to remain the same, everything must change. These famous words from The Leopard, Lampedusa’s masterpiece of social upheaval in Sicily during the Italian unification, might as well have been inspired by Brexit, to judge by the first phase of the negotiations between London and the European Union, which have finally produced an agreement. The terms of the agreement are these: London will pay the EU about 40 billion pounds; Europeans living in British territory can stay (and vice versa); and the border between Northern Ireland, which belongs to the United Kingdom, and Ireland, which belongs to the EU, will be soft. It remains to define what ‘soft’ means, but since London has agreed to ‘align’ its norms with those of the union to ensure that there will not be a ‘hard’ border, clearly the outcome will resemble the current situation.” (12/20/17)


EU triggers Article 7 versus Poland over judicial reforms

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“The European Commission has launched proceedings against Poland for breaching European common values and rule of law. While only a warning, Article 7 could lead to sanctions and a suspension of EU voting rights. The European Commission will suggest member states recognize that Poland’s judicial reforms seriously risk breaching the bloc’s common values. … Polish President Andrzej Duda rejected the EU’s rhetoric as lies and said its push to invoke Article 7 was driven by political motives.” (12/20/17)