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Eurosceptics oppose the idea of a federal Europe in the sense of a federation that is as integrated as, or more closely integrated than, the United States of America.
In the aftermath of the electoral defeat of the UK Conservatives in 2001, the issue of eurosceptism was important in the contest to succeed William Hague as party leader.
This move was vetoed by Tory MEPs partly on account of the degree of euroscepticism represented by this move and partly because of the presence within the UEN of representatives of neo-fascist parties.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/eu/Euroscepticism.html   (646 words)

 The Spectator.co.uk
Eurosceptics come in all nationalities, but it is true they often come in unorthodox shapes and colours.
The second largest Eurosceptic party in the European Parliament after Ukip is the Roman Catholic Polish League of Families, which is as opposed to the EU as it is to people enjoying an uninhibited sex life.
Mr Farage’s co-president of the Eurosceptic group in Parliament is the ex-communist and still left-wing veteran Danish MEP Jens-Peter Bonde, who is as eminently lovable as he is quotable.
www.antiwar.com /spectator/spec362.html   (1180 words)

 Sample Chapter for Morgan, G.: The Idea of a European Superstate: Public Justification and European Integration.
In short, when eurosceptics speak fearfully of the EU turning into a "United States of Europe," which is to say adopting the form of government that we see today in the United States of America, their fear is not misplaced.
Given the transformative aspirations of eurosceptics, it is essential that their own arguments satisfy the requirements of a democratic standard of justification.
Eurosceptics come in a variety of different forms, but principled euroscepticism--which is opposed to the very idea of European political integration--draws its support and much of its strength from nationalism.
www.pupress.princeton.edu /chapters/i8082.html   (8391 words)

 'Kingmaker' Eurosceptics eye poll surge — EUbusiness - EU business, legal and financial news and information - ...
Eurosceptics were hoping to confirm a surge in support in weekend European Parliament elections, fueling concern in some quarters that they could even emerge as kingmakers in the new EU assembly.
Euro-MP Jens-Peter Bonde, head of the avowedly eurosceptic Group for a Europe of Democracies and Diversities -- of which UKIP is a member -- claims that his group could hold the balance of power in the new parliament between the dominant centre-right and the Social Democrats, expected to come in second.
But experts underline that most eurosceptics tend to be scattered around mainstream parties and therefore not liable to forming a group in the EU assembly.
www.eubusiness.com /Europarl/040613020329.x66j7yg0   (759 words)

 Euroscepticism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In European countries outside the EU, eurosceptics focus attention on the perceived disadvantages of Union membership; for instance, in the case of Norway, the greatest concern is the effect of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy.
Eurosceptics oppose the idea of a centralised European superstate, a United States of Europe akin to the U.S., which many see as the inevitable outcome of current integrationist trends.
Eurosceptics who feel that their position should emphasise a desire for greater national and parliamentary independence over specific criticisms of the EU sometimes argue that the positive-sounding antonym pro-European contrasts with the more negative eurosceptic, giving a rhetorical advantage to those who advocate European integration.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Euroscepticism   (2335 words)

 This England: 'Eurosceptics'
As always, I can only shake my head in stupefied flabbergastedness at the naive belief that so many "Eurosceptics" have that the UK can be completely politically and economically independent in a world carved up into massive power blocs, and ruled by multinational companies with turnovers that dwarf many nations' GDPs.
Of course, not all "Eurosceptics" have this naive belief.
I doubt, though, that petit-bourgeois English nationalists - sorry, "Eurosceptics" (hacking cough) - would criticise the EU for being rampantly capitalist and anti-immigrant, as these are articles of faith for the Mail- and Express-reading Little Englanders and US agents in the "UK Independence movement" (stop it, please, I can't breathe for coughing).
www.fredriley.org.uk /weblog/2005/01/eurosceptics.html   (1198 words)

 TEAM - No shame to be a Eurosceptic
Eurosceptics in the European Parliament are facing the a priori judgement of many of their colleagues from other Groups, which often portray them as fanatic, and thus dangerous opponents of the European Union.
The truth is that if some Eurosceptics frankly despise the current European Union and openly fight for the withdrawal of their country from its smothering bosom, this does not apply to all Eurosceptics.
This is why Czech Eurosceptics stress the necessity of increasing the level of transparency and decision-markers' accountability in the overall management of public affairs, and especially in relation to the use of tax-payers money for the European Union's activities.
www.teameurope.info /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=105   (1007 words)

 BBC NEWS | Europe | Eurosceptics storm the citadel
Even in France, the leader of the French "Souverainistes", Philippe de Villiers, held on to three seats for his Movement for France, which rejects both the euro and France's EU membership.
Eurosceptics of various colours won small victories elsewhere, too.
And in Sweden, another new-born Eurosceptic group, the June Movement, captured 3 seats.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/europe/3806503.stm   (640 words)

 New Statesman - Hearing sceptic harmonies
The Eurosceptics are right: the aim of the EU is, and has always been, towards ever closer economic and political union.
The Eurosceptics, in reality, are every bit as strong for harmonisation as Oskar Lafontaine; they just want the rest of Europe to harmonise with the British.
Nor should we dismiss the ultimate Eurosceptic nightmare: a Brussels chancellor presenting an annual budget that is at least as important as the British budget.
www.newstatesman.com /199812110001   (890 words)

 Print news - IPS Inter Press Service
As results came in Sunday night (June 13) the indications were that many opposition and Eurosceptic parties across the bloc recorded their best result.
Eurosceptics also achieved major victories in other EU member states.
However, Sunday night's results may now threaten the ability of EU leaders to sell the constitution to hostile voters, many of who will be asked to ratify the treaty in national referendums.
www.ipsnews.net /print.asp?idnews=24178   (659 words)

 Jon Worth Euroblog » Blog Archive » Eurosceptics’ Plan D campaign - too good
It makes me most concerned to have to write something positive about eurosceptics here, but give credit where it’s due: the Independence-Democracy group in the European Parliament, containing luminaries [sic] such as Jens Peter Bonde and Nigel Farage are sending a bus around the EU to talk about EU democracy.
Eurosceptics and Euro-realists have to rely on donations, great and small because we don’t have access to any European funds to put our case.
Moreover, many so-called “eurosceptics” are not against the EU as a concept, they simply do not want more integration since what we have is already an achievment (and I’m refering here to the four freedoms of movement).
blog.jonworth.eu /?p=256   (1389 words)

 The eurosceptics speak outThe eurosceptics speak out - Deccan Herald   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
While Denmark's eurosceptic June Movement, led by Jens-Peter Bonde, unexpectedly lost ground, its Swedish sister organisation, which was created specifically for the election, won more than 14 percent of the vote.
Buoyed by their success at the ballot box, eurosceptics were promising to lobby the political center with their increased voters' base such issues as economic policy and a new constitution.
Discontent with the way the EU is run differs across countries, with a big gulf between old member states in the West and their new neighbors in the East.
www.deccanherald.com /deccanherald/jun202004/fp1.asp   (973 words)

 Why I am no longer a European | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
Britain's economic relationship with the continent has been a huge and vital success for the past 30 years, and must continue to be so.
I reject the Eurosceptic view that the US is our natural partner.
Unlike the Eurosceptics, I feel no principled fear about losing national sovereignty, which has become an almost meaningless concept.
www.guardian.co.uk /eu/story/0,7369,1107138,00.html   (1178 words)

 TCS Daily - Eurosceptics Rising
Instead of opting for integrationists to help the Franco-German axis build its vaunted counterweight to America's hegemonic ambitions, a sizable chunk of the people chose to send a bunch of cranks and gadflies sworn on wrecking the very system they are sworn to uphold.
Together with the conservative League of Polish Families, eurosceptic parties in Poland took 29 percent of the ballot.
But the poster-child for this new movement is surely the silver-haired Robert Kilroy-Silk, a former BBC talk show host who was run out of town after referring to Muslims as "suicide bombers, limb amputators" and "women repressors" in a newspaper column.
www.tcsdaily.com /article.aspx?id=061504G   (661 words)

 Viagra ration for Eurocrats angers public - theage.com.au
The long list of perks for Eurocrats is already the stuff of legend: outrageously low tax rates, chauffeur-driven BMWs, three-hour lunches and, for European Parliament members, their own in-office showers.
But to the undoubted horror of Eurosceptics, the officials in Brussels everyone loves to hate have just been given another "fringe benefit" to perk them up: a cut-price monthly ration of Viagra.
That Viagra is now being supplied to EU officials at a fraction of its cost is likely to whip up Eurosceptics into a new frenzy - especially since two-thirds of the EU's social security fund comprises taxpayer contributions.
www.theage.com.au /articles/2002/08/09/1028158015291.html   (271 words)

 Eurodebate in Estonia
Estonian eurosceptics have expressed the belief that EU membership will bring along the increasing unemployment (average unemployment is about 10% in EU countries, while in Estonia the official number is about 2-3%).
The eurosceptics imply on the experience of Norway or Switzerland, totally neglected the different economic and geo-political status of these countries, which makes it quite simple for eur o-optimists to overthrow these allegations.
Many of the arguments used by Estonian eurosceptics are in fact "imported" from the eurosceptics of the West.
www.ies.ee /061198paper.html   (2722 words)

 Open Europe - independent think tank calling for radical reform of the EU
Written by an independent balanced panel of eurosceptics and europhiles, it clears the BBC of deliberately trying to bend its coverage in favour of the EU and against eurosceptics.
However, it said that there was substance to the concern that the BBC “suffers from certain forms of cultural and unintentionial bias” and that, despite the good intentions of producers, “nobody thinks the outcome is impartial”.
Eurosceptics, including Conservative politicians, claimed that the report vindicated their longstanding complaint that the BBC was biased against them.
www.openeurope.org.uk /media-centre/article.aspx?newsid=512   (644 words)

 Airstrip One by Emmanuel Goldstein
There is, however, one basic flaw – he stands apart from the rest of the Conservative Party on an issue that they regard as central to their identity – Europe.
Eurosceptics now have to stop trying to persuade the conservatives that Europe is important, and try to persuade their potential electorate that it is important.
The Eurosceptic movement has made great strides in locating money (although some has been acquired unwisely – more of that in a later column).
www.antiwar.com /goldstein/g070901.html   (912 words)

 Conservative Comment
As almost all right wingers are eurosceptic, this makes three groups in the European Parliament who think that it should not exist: The Movement For A Europe Of Nations, UKIP's Independence and Democracy grouping, and this right wing one.
Now, if they were consolidated into a giant supergroup, eurosceptics would hold the biggest bargaining tool in Brussels - the balance of power between the EPP and the Socialists.
A Eurosceptic In Brussels - Musings On The Europea...
conscomm.blogspot.com   (1329 words)

 The Pound
Some of the Eurosceptics to be found on the extremes of the Conservative and Labour parties are actually in favour of EU withdrawal, whilst the majority are just hostile to the Single European Currency.
The Eurosceptics often claim that a single currency with a "one-size-fits-all" monetary policy would inevitably require a single fiscal policy.
Clearly, the Tory Eurosceptics (currently under the leadership of William Hague) nominally support the notion of an independent Britain, but in reality represent the pro-US section of the British capitalist class.
www.worldsocialism.org /spgb/jun99/pound.html   (1622 words)

 BBC accused of bias by Labour Eurosceptics
LABOUR Eurosceptics have accused the BBC of "outrageous bias" in its coverage of Europe and complained that their views are being ignored by broadcasters obsessed by Conservative splits over the single currency.
Lord Shore of Stepney, the former Labour Cabinet minister, has made a formal complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Commission that the BBC and other television channels are failing to provide balanced and impartial news.
The former minister, who was Labour's spokesman on Europe in the run-up to the 1975 referendum on EEC membership, singled out the BBC for criticism.
telegraph.co.uk /htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/2000/01/25/nbbc25.html   (596 words)

 Don't create Eastern eurosceptics by Heather Grabbe
The EU is in danger of turning the east Europeans into eurosceptics, even before they join the Union.
If people hear constantly that the EU has done the dirty on them, they will be more prone to vote for populist eurosceptics.
The French and Germans have long bemoaned a lack of 'esprit communautaire' among the British and Danes.
www.cer.org.uk /articles/25_grabbe.html   (960 words)

 The Institute of World Politics > News & Publication > East Goes West: The EU and Poland
The born-again Eurosceptics are yet to join forces with the principled Eurosceptics, not to mention Poland’s Europhobes.
The principled Eurosceptics never voted for the EU for they correctly foresaw the serious flaws of the project.
Nonetheless, the Eurosceptics would not mind a European union, provided it was based upon free market principles, a parliamentary democracy of nation states affiliated within a loose confederation, and firm Atlanticism.
www.iwp.edu /news/newsID.214/news_detail.asp   (2717 words)

 ConservativeHome's ToryDiary: Are Eurosceptics more likely to be friends of Israel?
Eurosceptics Julian Brazier and Edward Leigh tend to be more Arabist in outlook - although they're far from hostile to Israel.
Eurosceptics, Atlanticists and Zionists are united in their determination to uphold Enlightenment values in the face of our enemies, be they the sick, self-hating white Left or the demented, envy-filled Jihadists of the East.
I have no truck with UKIP, am pretty eurosceptic but dislike the activities of Israel and the US, am not bothered in the slightest by the empire but Israel's democracy is not one to be held up as an example (and as for the nebulous 'values' that really is going into UKIP nutty territory!)
conservativehome.blogs.com /torydiary/2006/08/are_eurosceptic.html   (6494 words)

 Europundit: Eurosceptics behind EUobserver
EUobserver is closely affiliated with the Group for a Europe of Democracies and Diversities in the European Parliament, an Eurosceptic faction.
It's weird, I've thought I've detected a federalist bias sometimes, and never a eurosceptic one.
Update: And there's never any eurosceptics in their op-ed section.
www.europundit.com /archives/000165.html   (231 words)

 Outflanking the Eurosceptics | Samizdata.net
There may be some who hope this Treaty can be made to fly but it would be an insult to France and her citizens to say the Treaty they reject will continue on as a dead man walking.
The Eurosceptic critique of the project needs to respond to the flanking movement of pro-Europeans like McShane, who borrow their ideas in order to promote different conclusions.
As such, the Eurosceptic movement needs to counter conservatives and reformers within the EU, forcefully argueing that such approaches will prove inferior to the development of a free-trading area.
www.samizdata.net /blog/archives/007609.html   (1414 words)

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