Swiss Role Models
Last weekend the Swiss exercised some of their superb direct democracy and legislated for a new cap on asylum claims after a spike of new asylum requests. Being completely free from the EU, the Swiss are allowed to legislate their own laws. The citizens initiative they use is a remarkable tool of democratic government. Of… Read more
Another crisis, another power grab for the EU
City AM today reports that the EU is to use the Libor scandal to take interest rate regulation away from the City and place it in the hands of a French regulator. Under the EU proposals, all EU bank interest rate supervision would be handed to the European Securities and Markets Authority, one of the… Read more
To bait fish withal.
Britain is heading to a European ‘banking union’. A recent measure to set up an emergency fund to bail banks is the first concrete step to bringing the banking sectors of Member States ever closer to supervision by Brussels. The banking union was agreed to go ahead a year ago. Some European leaders, like the… Read more
A troubled flock.
The Tory Party is experiencing difficulties in recent days, to say the least. Lord Andrew Feldman is said to have insulted the support base of the Tory Party as ‘swivel-eyed loons’. Mr Cameron has circulated an apology letter of sorts, hoping to restore what remains of Party unity that’s rapidly slipping away. Signs are pointing… Read more
Fire rises, and so does the money.
On 14 May, the institutions of the EU agreed to pass a €7.3 billion increase in the 2013 amended budget; an amount which represents just a portion of an overall €11.2 billion increase, with the remaining €3.9 billion to be paid into the budget later this year. This increase was pressed by the European Parliament… Read more
By the Commission, for the Commission.
As the number of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants surges in the UK, so does antagonism towards the EU all across Europe. France is even more Eurosceptic than Britain according to a Pew survey, at a 41% approval rate, in contrast to the UK approval rate of 43%. Sir Andrew Green of the MigrationWatch estimates that… Read more
A slippery solution
If you look at the current state of Europe, you see the EU struggling to salvage its plummeting approval rate with an increasingly Eurosceptic population as austerity measures breed contempt and unrest, fiscal catastrophes and unemployment drive the people of Europe into disillusionment with the project entirely. Despite facing the brink of collapse, the European… Read more
What an EU mess
The government’s position on the EU is all over the place. It’s gimmick after gimmick, trying to fool the public that half-baked promises amount to cast-iron guarantees. First there was the ‘amendment’ to the Queen’s Speech that didn’t offer a referendum – it just merely expressed regret at the lack of an EU vote. Then… Read more