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Can EU Survive its “Successes”: 7-Year Recession, Jobless Youth, Migrant Flood, Greek ‘Coup’?

Can EU Survive its “Successes”: 7-Year Recession, Jobless Youth, Migrant Flood, Greek ‘Coup’?

Three senior European Union figures have warned recently that the tensions of the past year are straining the EU to breaking point and a collapse of the project is possible. EU President Donald Tusk, Parliament President Martin Schulz and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker all spoke in calamitous terms (scroll down for Reuters report) of […]

That EU Recovery – 1% For The Next Decade

That EU Recovery – 1% For The Next Decade

Anyone who continues to be taken in by European Union leaders desperately talking up a non-existent recovery in the Euro-zone might care to read the latest Quarterly Report on the Euro Area. Key and worrying conclusions to the first section (The euro area’s growth prospects over the coming decade) set out at page 16, are as shown below: France and […]

The Most Dangerous Europeans in 70 Years

The Most Dangerous Europeans in 70 Years

An Orwellian troll patrol to “correct wrong views” expressed on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks is being set up by Brussels to try and win over angered voters in a recession-wracked European Union.    Allegations that funds may be pumped into defending the EU on social networking sites were originally made by The Daily Telegraph, a leading UK newspaper published in […]

Foie Gras Cuisine – The Quack-Back Begins

Foie Gras Cuisine – The Quack-Back Begins

Angered by German and Californian campaigns badmouthing foie gras and all who produce or eat the delicacy, powerful poultry producers in south-west France are mounting a fightback. Their campaign comes as pressures from food extremists and lobbies opposing what they call “torture in a tin”, are ratcheting up in the EU. The French news agency AFP reported […]

Euro crisis is Also a Crisis of Europe

Euro crisis is Also a Crisis of Europe

The euro crisis started as a problem between banks and debtors but (thanks in part to moral hazard) it has now turned into a political and social problem, writes Georg Vobruba on Open Democracy.  A complex conflict constellation : distributional conflict in the euro crisis GEORG VOBRUBA  This article by Georg Vobruba is published by opendemocracy.net under a Creative Commons […]

Everything Is Illegal

Everything Is Illegal

As goes the US so go the rest of us. This John Stossel report (on the Fox News channel) could be adapted — through simple word substitution — to be just as relevant across the vastly-over regulated European Union. Time for a shakedown?   It is not just over-regulation however. The core philosophy of the EU […]

Is Germany Picking a Fight with France?

Is Germany Picking a Fight with France?

An astonishing attack on France — possibly heralding a new era of Franco-German tension over the EU’s banker-imposed austerity policies — has been published in the leading German magazine Der Speigel. Headed “Nostalgic and Narcissistic- France’s Obsession with the Past Hinders Reform” the article is by Der Speigel’s Paris bureau chief Mathieu von Rohr and […]

European Democracy Hijacked by Crisis?

European Democracy Hijacked by Crisis?

Authoritarian threats to European democracies have increased in direct proportion to the worsening of an EU sovereign debt crisis fomented by recklessly out-of-control global bankers who appear to have captured the Brussels machine, regulators, and governments. The article below adds a further piece to the jigsaw of dubious intent this newspaper has drawn attention to since […]

Euroland Mega-Meurons will Destroy Us

Euroland Mega-Meurons will Destroy Us

Would you feel safe in a country ruled by morons and populated by zombies? Well that is one very senior economist’s rating of the leadership of the EU sovereign debt crisis, now of course steered by Horkel (Hollande-Merkel). Eurozone crisis: between meurons and zombies Europe’s financial-existential crisis has been intensified at every stage by the […]

The Forces that Face (Socialist) France

The Forces that Face (Socialist) France

France’s new Socialist President François Holland faces forces that could well undermine his manifesto pledges of growth and rollback before he even gets started. In the article below Martin Feldstein, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and President Emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research (extract reprinted with permission) reminds us that it was a […]

Can Monsieur Flanby Now Pull It Off ?

Can Monsieur Flanby Now Pull It Off ?

Socialist leader François Holland– unkindly dubbed Monsieur Flanby in reference to a caramel pudding reminiscent of his flaccid politics — appeared to be facing a tough battle in the second round of the presidential elections after a neck in neck race in which protest votes were the most striking outcome. This Youtube video which appeared […]

Zarkface and Zollandman in Limited Editions

Zarkface and Zollandman in Limited Editions

Bastien Rochard, a 25-year-old entrepreneur from Lille, is marketing collectible figurines of France’s two main presidential contenders ahead of the May 5 runoff. The drawcard — and a possibly unintended comment on politics in general — is that they are limited editions. If it catches on, this limited-edition-politician idea – numbered, rare and destined for […]

Parisians Lineup for Portuguese Tarts

Parisians Lineup for Portuguese Tarts

An unpretentious 11-letter word is set to be a hot topic on election bandwagons rolling across France as left and right contenders attempt to unseat the sitting head of state from his apparently highly precarious perch. Most polls and commentators suggest President Nicolas Sarkozy is fighting for his political life in the April 2012 ballot which […]

Thoughts on the EU’s Jackboot Egalitarians

Thoughts on the EU’s Jackboot Egalitarians

Senior EU leaders declared multiculturalism dead and buried last February, but defeating the rights industry is being thwarted by what a London newspaper columnist labels  “jackboot egalitarians”. Jeff Randall in London’s Daily Telegraph makes a case for a return to the tried and tested values so long out of fashion and a cry for common sense — […]

Its between Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Its between Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Writer, activist and former French communist, Alain Soral, tells RT that Marine Le Pen is the only real alternative to the socialists and UMP in the upcoming French presidential elections. Alain Soral says neither Nicolas Sarkozy nor his Socialist rival, François Hollande can do what they say they want to do namely save French companies and […]

The Euro: the Beginning of the End

The Euro: the Beginning of the End

As EU leaders loll in the sun the Euro lurches from crisis to collapse but there appears to be little sense of urgency in resolving the worst global financial crisis in 70 years . Could it be that Humpty Dumpty is now truly dead and broken and there is no way to put him back […]

DSK, France and a Eurozone Collapse

DSK, France and a Eurozone Collapse

In a sort of Death of a President or Samson sheared by unworthy Delilah moment… le Tout Paris has been beating its collective breast for days over L’affaire DSK. (Read more online French News here) As more and more damning details of the case emerged and the storm clouds darkened daily, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) resigned his highly-paid post […]

EU Carbon Tariff Scheme Hits Buffers?

EU Carbon Tariff Scheme Hits Buffers?

A Le Monde report suggests plans for an EU carbon tariff scheme may have hit the buffers amid signs that the climate change industry is in disarray.

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