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  EU Referendum
Elsewhere on this blog we recorded the difficulties EU member states had in equipping its force for Chad and latterly we concluded that – in terms of military performance, the idea of European defence was an "unrealisable dream".
Despite this, we have seen continued attempts by the EU to create a "European Army" – but all that actually amounts to is a "dedicated military headquarters", more structures and oversight of the military function by the EU parliament.
As did it help the EU on its way, therefore, there is now a glimmer of hope that the US could be instrumental in prising away the UK from the "project", having seen – at last – that the EU represents a danger to the interests of democracy and global security.
eureferendum.blogspot.com   (6262 words)

 Learning the Lessons of the European Union's Failed Middle East Policies - Gerald M. Steinberg
Similarly, and in sharp contrast to the U.S., the EU allowed the "political" arm of Hamas and other terror groups to collect funds and engage in other activities while this group was engaged in brutal suicide bombings, repeating the argument that these resources do not find their way into the hands of the "military" wing.
EU policy is also strongly criticized on ethical grounds for its "moral equivalence," in which Israeli actions to protect the lives of its citizens are equated with Palestinian terror.
The official institutions of the EU have maintained a disproportionate dependence on interpretations and analyses presented by the secular Israeli Left, as well as journalists and academics that are closely associated with this pole of Israeli society.
www.jcpa.org /jl/vp510.htm   (4533 words)

The EU and the US are to meet on Tuesday to freshen up transatlantic relations, with issues such as Iran, climate change, the current food price crisis and US visa policy on the table.
EU environment ministers have decided that the risk assessment procedures within Europe's GMO evalution and authorisation system need to be improved and there should be longer-term discussion of GMOs' impact on the environment.
EU telecoms commissioner Reding's plans for a pan-European telecoms regulator are dead, according a document from the Slovenian EU presidency on the proposal issued last year.
www.euobserver.com   (1079 words)

 Scotsman.com News - European Union - CIA gives grim warning on European prospects
In a devastating indictment of EU economic prospects, the report warns: "The current EU welfare state is unsustainable and the lack of any economic revitalisation could lead to the splintering or, at worst, disintegration of the EU, undermining its ambitions to play a heavyweight international role."
The EU is also set for a looming demographic crisis because of a drop in birth rates and increased longevity, with devastating economic consequences.
But this means the EU will have to deal with Russia, which the report also warns "faces a severe demographic crisis resulting from low birth rates, poor medical care and a potentially explosive Aids situation".
news.scotsman.com /topics.cfm?tid=591&id=56762005   (881 words)

 Scotsman.com News - European Union
GERMANY faces the threat of EU sanctions unless it curbs its large budget deficits, the Austrian finance minister said yesterday.
THE EU is to give 120 million in urgent aid to the Palestinians before a Hamas-led government...
EU to investigate price-fixing by continental gas firms
news.scotsman.com /topics.cfm?tid=591&id=56762005   (478 words)

 Turkey’s EU Bid - Council on Foreign Relations
Austria is the remnant of the Habsburg and Austro-Hungarian Empires, historic rivals of the Ottoman Empire that preceded Turkey; Ottoman Turks laid siege to Vienna in 1529 and 1683.
Austrian EU Ambassador Gregor Waschnagg said September 21 that much has changed since Europe granted Turkey the right to begin accession talks in December 2004: France and the Netherlands rejected the EU Constitution this summer, EU ministers haven’t agreed on a new budget, and opposition to Turkey’s membership in the EU is growing rapidly.
EU ministers have demanded Ankara recognize the divided island or jeopardize the accession negotiations.
www.cfr.org /publication/8939/turkeys_eu_bid.html   (1717 words)

 EU perspective slowly vanishing on the horizon - Turkish Daily News Jul 18, 2006
Parallel to this, no tangible EU support and presence was there to “counterbalance” the political reforms by improving the life of the man in the street.
Second is the disappointment felt at EU's failure to adopt a balanced Cyprus policy, to honor its moral obligations vis-à-vis the north of the island and to avoid abusing the Cyprus stalemate to block Turkey's membership.
Today we are faced with a steady erosion of support for the EU and a government who, a year from the next elections feels the need to dampen down its EU efforts in view of the disappointment of its grassroots as well as the public at large.
www.turkishdailynews.com.tr /article.php?enewsid=49095   (947 words)

 EU & Israel - The European Commission's Delegation to Israel   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Israel's special status is the result of its very high level of scientific competence and the dense network of longstanding relations in scientific and technical cooperation between Israel and the EU.
In the EU the provisions of Article 36 of the Utilities Directive (93/38 EEC) will not be applied against tenders comprising products of Israeli origin.
The two Agreements build on the close political and economic relationship established between Israel and the EU under the Association Agreement thus making a concrete contribution to the region's economic development and political stabilisation.
www.eu-del.org.il /english/content/eu_and_country/1.asp   (929 words)

 Al Jazeera English - News - Turkey Condemns Eu Decision
EU foreign ministers decided on Monday evening to suspend Turkey's accession talks in eight of the 35 chapters, or policy areas, into which the process is divided following Ankara's continued refusal to open its ports to traffic from Cyprus.
Divided EU EU debate over 'punishing' Turkey mirrors deeper-running differences within the bloc over the desirability of admitting a large, relatively poor and predominantly Muslim country.
Separately, EU sources said current EU president Finland hoped to restart talks before the end of the year, possibly on the economic and monetary affairs chapter.
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/B3A053F4-378C-4DE5-83E1-9B02BA4606FF.htm   (540 words)

 Asia Times - EU's North Korea policy a non-starter
EU policymakers, of course, are more optimistic, even hoping that EU policy toward North Korea could become a test case for the union's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).
Whereas the EU was unable to formulate anything resembling a common position during the US-led invasion of Iraq, agreeing to collectively condemning North Korea's nuclear-weapons program seemed feasible.
Gone also seem to be the days when EU policymakers hoped that the advantage of being a "distant power" with no strategic interests and colonial legacy on the Korean Peninsula would enable the EU to act as a mediator between the United States and North Korea.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Korea/EG10Dg01.html   (1499 words)

 Expanding Europe: The Ethics of EU-Turkey Relations [Full Text]
The arguments for and against Turkish EU membership, with the exception of the last one discussed, are largely grounded in an understanding of the world that juxtaposes political communities organized into states, on the one hand, and a global society of human beings, on the other.
The road to EU membership may be seen as problematic in terms of the liberalization of the economic regime it imposes, but from a political angle it has undoubtedly supported those who are in favor of a pluralization of Turkish society and a stricter separation between the military and politics.
With the Republic of Cyprus now a member of the EU and the still prevailing international legal discourse putting the blame for the continued separation of the island on Turkey’s shoulders, it is easy to block negotiations on the grounds that Turkey does not recognize an EU member, which is a formal requirement for membership.
www.cceia.org /resources/journal/21_4/essays/002.html   (3175 words)

 Corruption and Anti-corruption Policy
As part of the EU accession process, the Commission has scrutinised corruption in the framework of its regular evaluations of the progress of each of the candidate countries towards fulfilment of the so-called ‘‘Copenhagen criteria’’ (the political and economic criteria, and ability to take on the obligations of membership - acquis communautaire).
The EU's concerns with corruption are understandable, given that corruption can (directly or indirectly) impact on each of the three areas evaluated by the Commission, undermining implementation of the acquis communautaire, the smooth functioning of the single market, and the quality of democratic institutions and core democratic values the Union seeks to represent.
A main finding of the reports was that that the EU accession process had on the whole had a major positive impact on candidate States' legal and institutional frameworks for fighting against corruption.
www.eumap.org /topics/corruption   (1729 words)

 European Voice - c
EU court could be called in to rule on three cases involving waste, water and conservation.
Their openness and trust are admirable, but EU institutions should look more closely at who wanders their corridors.
Despite technological improvements to EU countries' healthcare systems, cancer and other diseases will continue to take their toll.
www.europeanvoice.com   (844 words)

 European Union: News & Videos about European Union - CNN.com
EU leaders are working to resolve their budget deadlock, but "the issues remain difficult," British Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman says.
Latvia's parliament voted overwhelmingly to support the EU constitution Thursday, a decision lawmakers and analysts said sent a message from the new Europe to the old that the approval process must continue.
EU leaders are urging Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to reconsider his threat to use the veto to protect Britain's multi-billion pound rebate.
topics.edition.cnn.com /topics/european_union   (3167 words)

 EU pours £3.8bn into 'brainwashing campaign' - Telegraph
However, most of us believe the EU has been doing it to us since we joined and Blair-Brown have been at it so far as the middle class is concerned for 10 the past years.
The main fact is that progress towards the EU super state depends on an unholy alliance between big business and an unelected bureaucracy, usually known as fascism.
This was the strategy formulated by the forefathers of the EU right from its inception in the 1920’s, when they were struggling to have their way with the League of Nations, its forerunner.
www.telegraph.co.uk /news/worldnews/1556174/EU-pours-andpound3.8bn-into-'brainwashing-campaign'.html   (3001 words)

 EU: Bloc Edges Closer To Reform Treaty - RADIO FREE EUROPE / RADIO LIBERTY
It streamlines EU decision-making, curbing member-state veto rights in certain areas, and ties member-state voting weights in majority decisions to their population size.
The EU's 27 member states would then be expected to ratify the reform treaty in time for the next European Parliament elections in the summer of 2009.
Although EU officials have said a new treaty is necessary to allow the bloc to enlarge, some member states are already looking to put further brakes on the process.
www.rferl.org /featuresarticle/2007/07/c9dc7f44-8b3c-4e28-9a29-21c216a84767.html   (766 words)

 The U.S.-EU Trade Relationship: Partners and Competitors
TIESweb is clearly a positive example of what can be achieved when the U.S. and the EU civil society communities work together, just as it is a positive example of the kind of linkages that can and should be established between the civil societies on both sides of the Atlantic.
That said, there are ways to increase the scope for collaborative outcomes with the EU on trade and economic issues; as well, there are similar opportunities across the breadth of the transatlantic relationship.
This summer the EU backed off threats of unilateral relationship in the steel case, realizing the bad precedent it would set and recognizing the effort the U.S. Government made to provide exemptions to free tariffs for many products where there was no reasonable domestic supplier.
www.state.gov /p/eur/rls/rm/2002/15491.htm   (2479 words)

 CIA - The World Factbook -- European Union   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The evolution of the European Union (EU) from a regional economic agreement among six neighboring states in 1951 to today's supranational organization of 25 countries across the European continent stands as an unprecedented phenomenon in the annals of history.
An EU Constitutional Treaty, signed in Rome on 29 October 2004, gave member states two years to ratify the document before it was scheduled to take effect on 1 November 2006.
In 2004, the EU admitted 10 central and eastern European countries that are, in general, less advanced technologically and economically than the existing 15.
www.cia.gov /cia/publications/factbook/geos/ee.html   (2010 words)

 EU | 100777.com
The EU has been sold to Britain as our best hope for the future.
In this shocking new documentary featuring EU insiders and commentators, independent author Phillip Day covers the history and goals of the European Union, as well as the disturbing, irrevocable implications this new government has for every British citizen.
The article also states that the EU is poised to overtake America to become the premier superpower in the world.
100777.com /eu   (2164 words)

 EU Diplomacy
The current EU diplomatic system is examined in light of proposed reforms to EU foreign policy decision-making structures and methods of European-level diplomatic conduct.
EU aspirations to be a formidable player in international relations are also analysed in light of the transatlantic relationship.
In the view of Germany, combining the EU embassies in Asian countries would serve as a signal of the solidity of European cooperation.
textus.diplomacy.edu /textusBin/BViewers/oview/eudiplomacy/oview.asp   (519 words)

 EU: Uphold Sanctions on Uzbekistan (Human Rights Watch, 28-9-2007)
It was the first time the EU linked its sanctions policy to the imperative of releasing these rights defenders, thereby giving the sanctions much-needed practical meaning, and centering its policy on those bearing the brunt of Tashkent’s repressive policies.
The EU wisely stopped short of welcoming Niazova’s release under such conditions, instead “taking note” of it and calling on the authorities to lift the significant restrictions imposed on her as part of the terms of her parole.
It is our hope that the EU will be similarly measured in its reaction to Turaeva’s release, so as not to run the risk of condoning the obviously inappropriate manner in which these “releases” have taken place.
hrw.org /english/docs/2007/09/28/uzbeki17101.htm   (1433 words)

Finland - currently holding the rotating EU presidency - along with the European Commission, failed on Friday (22 September) to convince the bloc's 25 justice and home affairs ministers to scrap their right to veto decisions related to crime, the judiciary and immigration in order to boost effective EU policy-making in this area.
The issue has escalated into a major obstacle to the EU's security and anti-terrorism ambitions, the commission said, arguing that the bloc could not wait for the adoption of the shelved EU constitution which would introduce voting by majority.
Germany as expected was among the member states opposing the passrelle, fearing that it will undermine efforts to revive the EU constitution as a whole — one of the prime objectives of the German EU presidency starting next January.
euobserver.com /9/22486   (965 words)

 USATODAY.com - Protests mark EU parliament elections
But most of the 350 million EU citizens eligible to vote didn't bother to: turnout was a record low of 45.3%.
Of the 10 new members that joined the EU in May, the eight from the former Soviet bloc showed particularly little appetite for the vote, with the worst turnout — a mere 20% — in Slovakia.
The third-largest group in the EU assembly was the Liberal Democrats with 64.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2004-06-13-euro-elections_x.htm   (1004 words)

 BBC NEWS | Europe | EU celebrates its 50th birthday
The statement, drawn up by the EU's German presidency, hails some of the EU's achievements over the past 50 years, including open borders, the common market and the euro, and an end to Europe's Cold War divisions.
A single coded reference to the constitution talks about "placing the EU on a renewed common basis" before the 2009 elections to the European Parliament.
According to the poll, carried out in all 27 EU countries, 41% of people in the EU would Yes in such a referendum and the same proportion, 41%, would vote against.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/europe/6490437.stm   (658 words)

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