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  • #16
    Corporate Tax Evasion

    Corporate tax evasion remains a big issue in both Europe and the USA. However in the USA the power to rectify corporate tax evasion lies with the government, if only it chooses to do something about it.

    However, in Britain the government is very restricted in what it can do because of its membership in the European Union. Also the current Conservative led ConDem coalition government has demonstrated again and again with the British bankers and other UK / international corporations, that it will not do anything to put at risk its political party's funding or its associates best interests.

    This is Why They Tried to Assassinate Nigel Farage - YouTube

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    • #17
      Susan George against Davos & friends brigade

      Susan George highlights the demise of Europeans,due to the USA bank's disaster caused by the USA banksters /gamblers. The European business elites who meet in Davos, Switzerland with their friends the EU Commissioners to discuss how the poorest of Europeans should economise in order to maintain the status quo of the top 1% of the population continuing to prosper exponentially.

      Susan George: austerity means socialising losses and privatising profits | Global development - YouTube

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      • #18
        Your chance to join the dysfunctionality club!

        Who would choose to become part of the European Union dysfunctionality club where political correctness overcomes common sense and casts well established religious and cultural traditions overboard. People with greater life time experience and knowledge are shouted down by fashionable young johnny come latelys who apparently have all the answers, but cannot perceive that the underlying trend is a continuous downward one.
        I am NOT a UKIP party supporter but other English speaking political parties will not produce actual information against the support of the European Union.

        UKIP Multiculturalism has Failed in Europe (Must Watch) 2013 - YouTube

        UK Independence day - Leaving the European Union - YouTube
        Last edited by Gotno Gizmo; 1st January 2014, 15:11. Reason: additional URL

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        • #19
          Germany becoming disenchanted with you!

          Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure from the Euro Sceptics within his Conservative Party as it's believed that they are in danger of losing votes to the right wing United kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) at the next general election. David Cameron has been talking to Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel as the German people's enthusiasm is on the wane, probably because German's can see that they are having to subsidise the aiing member states, to keep them within the Euro currency zone.

          Here is a German columnist take on the EU situation:

          http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/op...f=opinion&_r=0

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          • #20
            The European Union and the International Monetary Fund have initiated the closure of one of Romania’s last remaining coal mines. It will bring about the losses of 3000 plus jobs, plus many more related jobs in an area of high unemployment. It is unlikely therefore that those effected will not find new jobs anytime soon. This action will also cause a shortfall in Romania’s energy needs, and it will probably have to acquire more expensive energy elsewhere.

            Apparently the mine is in an area of exceptional natural beauty and it is considered a blot on the landscape. It is intended to remove the mine’s infrastructure and convert the land into natural park land. I cannot but wonder if this has any bearing on the popular protests against Chevron Corporation’s attempted fracking elsewhere in Romania. Whatever the reasons behind this EU/IMF intervention, I’m sure that once again it will not be gladly received by most Romanian citizens. Let this be a warning to any other country from becoming a full member of the “democratic” (where no elite politicians were elected) European Union.

            The video is a German production in German and Romanian languages.
            Răsună valea - Un proiect cu finanțare de tip crowd-funding, care are nevoie de susținerea voastră.

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            • #21
              I think that each nation should have the right to control it's own destiny. Is it because of subsidies that this plant is shutting down?



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              • #22
                Perhaps a subsidy can be worthwhile.

                stepanstas
                I'm not aware whether this particular mine was subsidized or not, but I'm aware that Romania receives significant initiative funding from EU coffers. I'm also aware of an EU policy to reduce carbon emissions, and that many countries are finding the year on year reduced emissions targets difficult to maintain. Italy and Romania are rated index jointly at 69 in a corruption index.

                The EU have squandered millions of Euros to the Italian Mafia in recent years through their funding of development projects in the poorer parts of southern Italy and Sicilia. The projects were either overpriced, completed but short of specification, or not completed before funds disappeared. As corruption is deemed to be as bad in Romania, I must conclude that it's likely that some fiddling is going on here. I think that perhaps inept EU officials have been persuaded to direct part of regional development funds in compliance with nature conservation and carbon emissions reductions targets. Thus giving a nice little earner to corrupt Romanian politicians whose friends will benefit from the likely overpriced demolition of mine work and natural park creation. The fact that Romania will have to fund more unemployment and have to source more expensive energy elsewhere is not their concern, as growing discontent with Romania's government is likely to cause them to be outvoted at the next elections. You might say that the fault therefore lies with Romania's politician's, but I put it to you that the EU's modus operandi for issuing funds is so convoluted, that tracking responsibility for it becomes impossible.

                I've witnessed the closure of coal mines in the UK under Margaret Thatcher and and have watched the resultant social decline that long term unemployment brings in these semi remote areas were alternative employment is miniscule.

                Finally on the subject of corrupt European governments, the best European country is Denmark given rated 1, Germany 12, UK 14, France 22, Greece 80, Russia 127 and Ukraine 144.
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                • #23
                  And that's a major problem with the EU. Those at the top make decisions like reducing polutions and all these "green" projects. It's all nonsense if you ask me. All these efforts to "help" the enviroment cost lots of money and fill up the pockets of those sponsoring these moves. They claim "green" creates a lot of jobs. That's not true. As as you point out, those moves certainly kill honest jobs.



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                  • #24
                    EU austerity, a spectacular failure

                    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) report details a trail of wreckage across the ‘programme countries’ in higher unemployment, lower wages and shredded social security safety nets.

                    EU austerity: a spectacular failure for workers and democracy | ToUChstone blog: A public policy blog from the TUC

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                    • #25
                      UKIP gaining voters

                      At a time when many Europeans are learning more about Bosnia and how the elite politicos there had siphoned off billions of Euros from European Union development aid funds. Inept EU bureaucrats took years before realising that little development was being achieved and stopped funds.

                      Just another nail in the coffin for British EU support enabling the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) to gain more votes in one local UK election and are tipped to increase their vote in forthcoming ones.
                      Anti-European Union party beats Conservatives into third place in UK vote | South China Morning Post

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                      • #26
                        I have criticised the EU within this thread and elsewhere and I am therefore supplying a URL to their most comprehensive statement yet issued concerning Ukraine's signing of the EU Association Agreement. It addresses many of the concerns that I have raised concerning the protection of Ukraine's producers as trade between Ukraine and EU states is liberalised.
                        It is a long read and comprehensive resulting from the complexities of this agreement.

                        It does not answer adequately the probabilities of consequences if Russia restricts trade with Ukraine in the future resulting from current breakdown in relationships. One must also bear in mind that the EU is not itself in a complete position of well being, either in strong financial position or complete lack of support and confidence from many European citizens who increasingly find themselves at odds with the elite politicos and their policies/ actions:-

                        http://www.eeas.europa.eu/statements...0612_01_en.pdf

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                        • #27
                          Juncker, junk president?

                          As you may know, Jean Claude Juncker from Luxembourg is the new President of the European Union Commission. This wasn’t a popular decision for many Brits, as he is best known for being a champion of low taxes for Business Cooperates within Europe. Coming from Luxembourg he seized the quite legal opportunity to ensure his country had the cheapest corporate tax regime. Subsequently companies generating profits from their client/customer bases in those countries have taken their balance sheets to Luxembourg to pay their taxes there. Whilst being great for the already rich Luxembourg, it’s most damaging to those larger populated EU states with greater spending turnover, but with greater need of funding for public needs/services etc.

                          Of course all of the above is just another factor of being under the EU’s administration, which seems to bring many more negative consequences that positive ones to the EU’s sponsoring citizens. The disenchantment to this inept and bungling brigade of highly paid politicians increases monthly among those EU citizens trapped by the ineffectual “austerity” measures designed to raise indebted states back into developing economies.

                          Unfortunately, my concern regarding Ukraine’s dependence upon the EU for funding and political support is that it may become increasingly at risk if the EU continues to lose the goodwill of the very people the EU is declared to support. Britain is now not alone with significant numbers of its population involved in discussions relating future withdrawal of EU membership.

                          Today I put on my Twitter page “If Putin wins his proxy war it’ll be indicative of a weak, indecisive EU & USA not of Putin’s supremacy”. It was supported by the photo image below to give more contexts. I have been unable to find the producer of the texts in the photo image.
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                          • #28
                            Gotno, I love your argument. And it begs to question when will there be a wake up moment for the EU. Frankly it's turned from a largely one voice using in support of mutual benefit to a free for all where each state either wants out or direct benefits to itself.

                            Looks like the quote was from George Soros. This is a really well written piece, all should read it in full. I like this quote very much.

                            Unfortunately democracies are slow to act and an association of democracies like the European Union is even slower.



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                            • #29
                              George Soros thinks the future of the European Union is at risk over Ukraine

                              The full text is too long to post but it is an excellent read. Talks a lot about the EU, Russia, and Ukraine.

                              George Soros thinks the future of the European Union is at risk over Ukraine – Quartz



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                              • #30
                                Charlemagne - A walk down solidarity street
                                The migration crisis will test one of Europe’s dearest values
                                Jun 13th 2015 THE ECONOMIST

                                ENGAGEMENT, governance, stakeholder: the European Union is awash with abstract nouns that defy attempts to tether them to reality. Until recently “solidarity” fell into this category. At best it was deployed as code by politicians seeking money or other goodies from their peers. Greece’s increasingly baroque attempts to secure debt relief from its creditors, for example, are often shrouded in calls for solidarity.

                                But deaths on one’s doorstep can concentrate minds. Last month, after over 800 migrants had drowned in the Mediterranean, the European Commission issued proposals to deal with the crisis. At their heart were two controversial suggestions: first, the relocation of 40,000 Eritrean and Syrian asylum-seekers arriving in Italy and Greece, which have been flooded with arrivals, across other EU countries; and second, the resettlement inside the EU of 20,000 refugees now outside its borders.

                                Under both plans a “distribution key” allocates precise quotas of people to EU countries, taking into account population, GDP, unemployment and previous resettlement efforts. Crucially, the commission wants the relocation plan to be mandatory (by EU law, the resettlement proposal must be voluntary). This is solidarity in stark, arithmetical form—and for many it is too much.

                                The numbers are small compared with the hordes that reach European shores. Over 100,000 have made the Mediterranean crossing this year alone, according to the International Organisation for Migration. Millions more refugees languish in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. But their political impact is huge, particularly in countries with little experience of asylum-seekers. Matti Maasikas, Estonia’s ambassador to the EU, says the row over relocation is the biggest EU-related debate in his country since it joined the club in 2004. Estonia, which would have to accept 738 asylum-seekers, is among several central and east European countries with reservations about an obligatory relocation scheme.

                                t is largely thanks to their opposition that the commission’s plan, which needs majority approval, is tottering, despite backing from Germany, France and Italy. Discussions of it could now dominate a summit of EU leaders on June 25th-26th. Nobody thinks the relocation work itself can begin until September at the earliest, which means that the Italians and Greeks will have to cope with the busy summer months alone.

                                To sugar the pill the commission has recruited another abstract noun: responsibility. This week Dimitris Avramopoulos, the (Greek) migration commissioner, is writing to interior ministers urging them to raise the EU’s dismally low rate of return for failed asylum-seekers, which last year stood at just 39% (with wide variation from country to country). The relocation proposal will be suspended if Italy and Greece do not start processing asylum-seekers properly, instead of just pushing them into other EU countries. Such moves, the commission hopes, will signal to eastern countries that the southerners must also raise their game, and reassure sceptical voters worried by an influx of newcomers.

                                Officials point out that the relocation and resettlement proposals are part of a larger package, including an effort to intercept smugglers’ vessels. Mercifully, another element, the expansion of naval search-and-rescue operations, seems to be working: last weekend over 5,700 would-be migrants were rescued at sea and taken to Italy. But they must all be processed, increasing the burden on the Italians and Greeks. Perversely, the absence of migrant tragedies from the headlines could also reduce pressure on governments to act. One Eurocrat notes that it is harder to get “shows of leadership” when memories of emergencies fade.

                                The proposal is a huge gamble, and an unusually aggressive move for a commission that dislikes picking battles. In part it reflects the frustration of Jean-Claude Juncker, the commission’s president, with the “voluntary solidarity” failures of the past. Previous tragedies have generated ambitious words but little action—or worse, calls to restore frontier controls between EU countries. But as sceptical diplomats point out, telling countries that they must accept certain numbers of migrants rubs up against the strongest tenets of national sovereignty.

                                My solidarity, your sovereignty, his responsibility

                                Eagle-eyed readers will detect parallels with other European debates. Condemned as heartless dictators of austerity, politicians from euro-zone countries like Germany speak of the multi-billion-euro solidarity they have shown the countries they have bailed out. A minister from one Mediterranean country suggests that easterners hesitating over the relocation plan should bear in mind the solidarity of the southerners in signing up to sanctions on Russia, to their own material disadvantage. “Everybody speaks about solidarity,” says another Eurocrat. “But they all have their own dictionary.”

                                That is to be expected in a club of 28 members. A bigger worry is that the debate quickly turns myopic. Europe’s hard-won solidarity on Russia, which governments are likely to maintain by extending their toughest sanctions until at least January 2016, is fine as far as it goes, but little has been done to aid Ukraine, the victim of Russian aggression. EU leaders will not even offer Kiev a vague hint that one day Ukraine might be allowed to join the EU. On Greece, as the endless bail-out talks approach their conclusion, solidarity is revealed as a tedious tug-of-war over such details as the VAT rate on theatre tickets.

                                And on migration, inevitably, the risk is that the relocation squabble distracts from two far more serious issues: the human tragedies that drove Europe to act in the first place, and the violence and poverty that force so many migrants to risk their lives for a better future abroad. Like charity, solidarity begins at home, but that is not where it should end. A walk down solidarity street | The Economist

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