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Old 10th December 2012, 12:19
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Angry Europe - More rewards for failure?

Today the great and the good of the European Union have vacated their ivory towers to go to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “Maintaining the peace throughout Europe”!
These faceless bureaucrats, many of whom are not elected by Europe’s citizens, enjoy enormous salaries, extravagant expense accounts and enviable protected pension plans. The financial accounts of the European Parliament have remained irreconcilable for official audit for years, yet the EU administration demands more and more contributions from the member states coffers year on year, despite the fact that the major contributing countries are cutting back on government expenditure within their own borders.
This prize giving is another example of rewards for failure akin to the massive cash payments given to the CEO’s of failing banks or other huge business collapses. These “leaders” attending this prize giving ceremony are overseeing the creation of the possible collapse of Western Europe as we know it. Every week somewhere within EU cities there are mass protest marches bordering on riots because of the austerity measures being imposed upon their municipal, health or education services. Their wages are being frozen whilst food and fuel costs continue to rise, and more of them (especially youth) cannot find employment, whilst social benefits are being cut.
What contribution have these EU dignitaries done to reduce tension between the Walloons (French speaking) and the Flamands (Dutch speaking) in Belgium who tried for years to separate? What was the EU’s contribution to quell the killings between the bigoted factions of the Protestants and Catholics in the north of Ireland? How is it that the EU’s governance of Europe is so magnificent that, as I write, in Spain the Catalans in the south, and the Basques in the north seek separation from Spain? That in Britain the Scots are going to hold a referendum on independence from the rest of the United Kingdom. That the EU having created the common “Euro” currency failed to control it, by allowing participating states to run amok, so that the Germans now dislike Greeks for having to bail them out, whilst Greeks have goose step marched in Athens with swastikas, enraged that Germany is dictating their fiscal policy. The EU bureaucrats have also failed to control the pillage and parasitical ability of big multi-national corporations to remove their billions from within EU borders to tax free havens.
Do you think that in view of the real and not imaginary matters above, the EU’s leadership contributes to the worthiness of being awarded a most prestigious prize for peace in Europe?
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Old 7th February 2013, 12:59
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"Give them Austerity Too!

European Union leaders are gathering for a two-day summit in Brussels to try to strike a deal on the next seven years of EU spending. The EU hierarchy are requesting a 5% increase of contributions from the member states.

But isn't this the same organisation that is promoting punitive austerity measures against the several EU's member states that are facing cash flow problems since the international banking crisis? How hypocritical to demand those countries to reduce their citizens pensions, health, and general welfare services, whilst demanding that their own perks and privileges are protected by more than inflation index increases! A disproportionate amount of their funding is spent on their own administration. If commercial organisations ran their operations with this ratio of internal costs, they would quickly become bankrupt!

The British government, supported by the German government are among a few EU countries opposing any increase. These are the largest contributors in real terms, given that their efficient agriculture does not entitle them to the the same agricultural subsidies as France and other Mediterranean countries smaller "family" farms. Italy has benefited from huge development grants for the poorer southern part of the country. But a significant amount of this money has been siphoned off by dubious mafia led construction projects.

The current EU is a far cry from the European Common Market (customs union) that we thought we were signing up to in the 1970's. It is now just another self serving political elite that requires dramatic down sizing to its former customs union activities only.
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Old 8th February 2013, 01:38
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Do you think the EU will break up?
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Old 9th February 2013, 15:38
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Europe - Changing and uncertain times!

The EU has been forced to accept a freezing of its contributions from the member states, which in real terms will mean a reduction in revenue over the coming years. Although the newer EU members (the former communist countries) where happy to pay up because they get more back in development aid than they actually put in, the major contributing northern European countries (except France which is a large benefactor of agricultural subsidies) were demanding that they paid less. Britain is threatening to have a referendum on whether or not it should remain in the EU.

Lordtiberius, you ask "Do you think the EU will break up? Who knows! I only know that the Euroland countries (those using the Euro as its currency) are in a perilous position. Spain, Portugal, and Ireland are heavily indebted. Greece in particular is so indebted that I cannot foresee how and when it will ever be able to pay its debts back. But the European Central Bank supported by the IMF still keep allowing Greece to have periodic loans so that it make the payments against the loans it already has. I believe that the only answer for Greece is to default on its loans, return to the Drachma and face the scorn from the world markets (the oligarchy) and other European creditors.

However, the forces that do not want this to happen are frightened that such an action would precipitate a collapse of the status quo, with Portugal, Spain and Ireland following down this road, as European bank interest rates would rise, rendering those other countries unable to pay their dues. Should the above happen, I predict that Italy, then France would go also. Britain's economic interests in global banking would suffer to the point that the British economy would then also be at very high risk. At this point Wall Street would raise the drawbridge with strictures against Dollar flows to Europe and elsewhere to protect its own well being.

Global capitalism has been to greedy to centralise capital into the hands of a relative few, by sophisticated, trading / banking (often illegal), avoiding taxes where profits were made, and the cost of this miscreant behaviour may well strike a lethal toll in the unforeseeable future.
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Old 9th February 2013, 19:51
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I know that there are currency wars going on now and that the US and the UK are in recession. The situation is not good. In America, our banking laws Dodd-Frank (D-F) and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) inhibit growth and ObamaCare and there is no war we will be out of recession. War seems to be on the horizon and a war no one wants (or expects).
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Old 27th February 2013, 08:42
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Your Rights within the European Union

The European Union's Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Agency, in acknowledgment that its citizens are increasingly becoming unemployed and in dire circumstances, have published a guide to assist those considering taking flight from their own country to another EU country where they may survive better.

I suppose that these overpaid and ineffective time wasters must be seen to be doing something when so much seems to be falling apart at the seams.
Perhaps if the EU had done something worthwhile in recent years, like making international business profiteers within the EU pay their due taxes, and employing people only within the local frontiers of their commercial activity . If they had stopped the flight of cash beyond its control. If they had insisted on bilateral trading (I will buy from you, only if you buy something from me). If they had controlled effectively the multi-national banksters, forex racketeers, hedge fund gansters, money laundering etc, then these economies would not be in such dire states, and it's citizens would not be in need of such a guide.
http://http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=858&langId=en

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Old 13th March 2013, 16:45
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Euro MP's resist budget cuts!

Those cozy, overpaid and unproductive Euro MP's who are the leaches of the hard pressed European taxpayers are wincing at the prospect of having to tighten their belts resulting from some northern european countries decision to restrict their funding.
The European Parliament has demanded further negotiations on the EU's multi-year budget, after national leaders agreed to a cut of 3.3%.:-
BBC News - MEPs want renegotiation of EU budget deal

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