Posts tagged ‘European Union’

June 7, 2011

UK in revolt over creeping rise of EU Commissioners’ power as they impose stealth taxes on British families and reduce EU inward contribution to Britain

[Tonya Gillam, EU News Contributor]

Britain’s greedy EU masters in Europe have gone a tad to far this time with the British in a move that will involve British families paying more than £200 a year apiece directly into the coffers of the unelected Commissioners.

The move is part of another bid to save the troubled Euro, by imposing stealth taxes upon member states and also cutting contributions inward to those states.

Bill Cash, chairman of the Commons European Scrutiny committee  is reported to have said: ‘This kind of attempt to stitch up the British people can only be answered by the simple word: No. The veto must be used…the Prime Minister knows he is heading for a showdown which he can only lose now that the Liberal Democrats are so weak.’

Another MP, Douglas Carswell said: “Eurocrats simply don’t get it..we have been forced this year to increase massively the amount of money we pay to the EU, both in the budget and through the bailouts of eurozone countries, and still they want more…iIf people want good public services and reasonable rates of tax, we need to decide whether it’s possible to remain members of the EU. The time has come to ask: Is it worth all this?’  He is calling , together is a significant number of other MPs, for Britain to leave the EU as a matter of priority.

Well Britain, don’t say you weren’t warned – check out UK Independence Party Leader, Nigel Farage‘s video commentary on the criminal past of the incumbent EU Commissioners – viewer discretion advised as the video is shocking.

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June 6, 2011

European Union’s own public expenditure goes up by a staggering 5% in 2012 whilst it orders member states to put theirs in reverse

[Tammy Jones, UK Financial News Contributor]

In a gesture, breathtaking by its sheer slime-oozing texture, MailOnline reports that UK Tax Minister, George Osborne, joined the ranks of the EU slithering elite which are bringing the economy of Britain to a shuddering halt, by pronouncing that the government’s austerity measures imposed by the IMF and the EU in return for the country’s bailout loans are: ‘essential’ for Britain’s recovery.

The Tax Minister’s pronouncement spawns from the emptiness of the IMF and EU’s failure to produce any model for austerity measures (which essentially entail a dramatic cessation in public spending) ever bringing back any country in Europe from ruin to prosperity, coupled with the PIGS countries clear inability to not only sustain any kind of prolonged public expenditure cuts, but now clearly to pay back their bailouts.

And in a dramatic failure to lead from the front on public expenditure cuts, whilst the EU Commissioners are so busy championing ‘austerity measures’ to member states, they are in shopping mode with member states’ taxpayer’s contributions as the EU’s own public spending/ administration costs are set to go up by 5% in 2012.

As such, the clear-cut strategy for the EU Commissioners seems to be:-

a) transfer public spending from member states to the EU (which has never been audited)
b) EU Commissioners will then control and eventually dominate all member states
c) member states, via economic and political union, become ‘prefectures’/ ‘regions’ of the European Union.

May 29, 2011

Nicht gut! Deadly E.Coli bacteria outbreak kills many in Germany, hundreds infected

[Sarah Dunkelmann, Health News Contributor]

Mail.com reports that after the dioxin contamination scandal which dissuaded many families from having fresh milk, eggs, chicken and pork for breakfast, German food is contaminated again, this time with the bacteria E.Coli  which has been found in German tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables.

According to the official data, at least nine people have died so far from deadly infection, which causes fever, severe stomach cramps, watery diarrhea which continues unstoppably for several days until only blood is pouring out when relief is only delivered by death due to severe red blood cells count fall and/or renal failure.  Around three hundred E.Coli infected are reported  to have reached this final, life-threatening sickness stage.

The deadly bacteria was initially found in cucumbers imported from Spain, and currently investigation is being carried out in order to establish whether the cucumbers were contaminated from the start or became so during shipment or during their handling in Germany.

May 18, 2011

European Union Commissioners passed secret emergency law to increase radiation contamination in food to 20 times higher than before

[BRUSSELS: Becky Griffiths, Food Safety Contributor]

On 27th March, the European Union Commissioners secretly implemented Emergency Ordinance 297/2011 which upped the amount of permitted radioactive contamination in food to more that 20 times higher than the previous standard.

Such laws are designed to prevent food shortages in Europe during nuclear emergency situations.  However, this one was directed towards Japan to aid its food export trade which has been severely damaged by the Fukushima disaster which has resulted in high levels of radioactive contamination in most of Japan which now has spread worldwide.

Before the secret law was implemented, a maximum of 600 becquerels of radioactivity (cesium 134 and cesium 137) per kilogram had been permitted.  However, the law had permitted food supplies from Japan recording more than 12,500 becquerels per kilogram to be safe for importation and consumption in Europe.  Emergency Ordinance 297/2011 is still in force.

It was the valiant effort of the European foreign news agencies like Kopp Online and Xander News which had alerted the public to the Commissioners’ secret “emergency” law which had gone ahead without informing members of the public and which had not been directed towards the safety of Europeans, but for the convenience of a sovereign foreign power.

Due to the anger emanating from ordinary people living in Europe over the secret law when there appeared to be no threat to food in Europe from the Fukushima disaster and following intense lobbying from consumer safety groups, such as Food Watch, the European Commission has revised its policy and is now applying more stringent limits:-

Friday, 8 April 2011:  most foods from Japan cesium values ​​are allowed up to 500 becquerels per kilogram down from the Emergency Ordinance’s 600 to 12,500 becquerels per kilogram;

Update 14th April 2011:  Commissioners announce the radiation limits again to be moved downward – see implementing Regulation 351/2011 and Annex.

In the meantime, the US Department of Energy has recently reported that the radioactive contamination situation in Japan is severe and getting worse. Over 800 square kilometers of the area surrounding the Fukushima plant is now heavily contaminated with cesium and deadly plutonium. The Pacific ocean is also seriously contaminated and high radioactive readings have been reported in food and water in France, other European countries, China and the USA.  Read more…..

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May 15, 2011

Shock news – Greece on fringe of bankruptcy, IMF to inject a further EUR100 billion in bailout money

[Paul Letterhaur, European Union Politics Contributor]

EUObserver:  As Greece has indicated that it is unable to make the current bailout repayments, the IMF, as a last ditch measure, is going to inject another EUR100 billion into the country’s coffers to enable it to do so and also to stave off its bankruptcy.

Analysts are saying that Greece’s situation is a striking example that EU bailouts are not working and that EU/IMF austerity programs aimed at forcing baileout countries to drastically reduce public spending when more prosperous countries are increasing theirs, also are not working.

Greece’s position is grave. Last week the country experienced a major general strike against EU-IMF austerity programs which have brought the country to desolation. Police and demonstrators in the streets of 14 cities all over Greece, last Wednesday, were in battle mode with demonstrators throwing stones in retaliation against police tear gas and stun grenades.

Workers of all classes including teachers, stevedores, government administrators and medical professionals were on the streets and schools, public transport, hospital and airports were all affected, with some services stopping to function entirely.

The protests coincided with the government’s announcements of a EUR 26 billion cuts measure and massive tax increases coupled with government sell-offs to the tune of some EUR50 billion at a time of 15% unemployment in the country.  Greece is in chaos, that is sure, as government ministers, MPs are showing increasing disaffection with the EU/IMF program bailout/ austerity program which is proving to be Greece’s poisoned chalice par extraordinaire.

As if all that was not enough, the Greek Daily newspaper, Kathimerini has reported that the IMF, upon request of the government, is going to put in another round of bailout money – this time to the tune of some EUR 100 billion into Greece to save its debt to the Eurozone and its reported inability to meet its current bailout repayments.

Economists are saying that Greece’s position is untenable as it has reached a stage when only bankruptcy would be a feasible option. However, the EU is not keen for this to happen as Greece’s debts are spread over most European Union states and its bankruptcy would result in some of the countries which are its creditors collapsing as well.   In addition, Greece’s demise would surely end the Euro because of the collossal amount of debt which would would need to be absorbed by the European Central Bank.

My guess on futures? Greece will default on the bailout, go bankrupt, or leave the Eurozone within 12 months from now.

May 7, 2011

No survivors as Indonesian passenger aircraft crashes into the sea in West Papua

[Travel News Contributor, Johan Sminter]

Sadly there were no survivors from the crash of the Indonesian passenger aircraft  today which had been carrying 27 people when it plummeted into the sea of West Papua in a landing attempt which went short of the Kaimana town airstrip.

So far only 15 bodies have been accounted for and rescuers are still searching for survivors. Papau has a terrible air safety record and this incident will do little to inspire confidence in the many travelers who have to rely on air travel to get to the Indonesian archipelago.

Indonesia has had many commercial airline disasters in the past few years and in 2007, the European Union had effectively banned all of the country’s airlines.

April 26, 2011

Germany, new mecca for cash-strapped eastern Europeans

[Daciana Antonescu, EU News Contributor]

Spiegel Online International: It seems that, in times of the global financial crisis, ‘wealthy Germany‘ has become not only the final destination for many disadvantaged fortune-seekers from the less affluent east and south, but also a favoured destination for desperate eastern Europeans whose counties are practically bankrupt states.

Because of that, the trade for human trafficking is Germany is going through the roof as traders flood the country with cheap work forces from Bulgaria, Romania and other ‘new member states’ made up of those who are so desperate to get any kind of work. For them, the prospect of as little as 3 EUR per hour (tax and social insurance free) and a place to sleep in a crowded warehouse, or cellar, is a vision from heaven itself.

The Outskirts of the EU

Since 2007 when Bulgaria was accepted in the European Union, the number of Bulgarians residing  in Germany is estimated to be 36,000, although no one really knows the true figure. Thousands and thousands are there, unknown and unaccounted for, living on less than EUR15 a day and having their children around as still cheaper workers.

The flow of labour from the eastern Europe is intense because, being citizens of the European Union, Bulgarians and other eastern European citizens, whose countries are in the EU, can enter any EU state without a visa.  Many of the workers have no choice.  “If the children weren’t in Germany we would starve,” says one old woman from Bulgarian countryside as her son leaves for Germany. The majority of them can afford to send home no more than around EUR 200 a month, however, in Bulgaria it is the size of the average salary and their parents need it to pay their debts and for food.

Sinan Kemal’s – a Bulgarian slave labourer in Germany

Sinan Kemal, 27, has worked in Germany for four years. His ‘luck story’ is quite different from what many prospective immigrants would like to think. For example, he had to pay  EUR150 a month for a bed which comprised a dirty mattress at an acquaintance’s house. At some time, he had worked at a warehouse under the surveillance of Turkish managers and remembers that each time he had slowed down in his task of packing boxes, he had got hit in the face by one of the managers. He reflects:  “You’re an EU citizen, but you just happen to be born in the wrong country. But EUR3 an hour is good, compared with going hungry in Bulgaria.”

April 23, 2011

European Union’s EUR500m foreign public spending grants

[Anne Marwick, EU Finance & Economy Contributor]

Whilst the ‘bailout’ funds injected by the EU into their failing member states’ economies during the financial crisis will need to be paid back by them and in the meantime, their public spending programs remain severely restricted by the EU, the EU has  committed more than EUR 500m in free grants to foreign states to boost the foreign countries’ public spending programs.

As a result, the PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain) countries and others in the European Union like Latvia, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom, struggling to keep their citizens from dire straits during the financial crisis as a result of the EU’s clampdown on their public spending, are becoming increasingly angry over the EU’s public spending double standards.

New Europe reports that the European Commission is to spend more than €500 million in non-repayable grants  under its Vulnerability FLEX mechanism which is a program for helping African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries  deal with the effects of the global financial crisis. The funds are targeted as assisting the countries to maintain their public spending programs.  Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development said: “Developing countries continue to face important difficulties, including funding gaps in their government’s budgets, as a direct consequence of the global financial crisis. This year, this EU mechanism will help 19 ACP countries maintain their level of public spending in priority areas, and therefore mitigate the social impact of the economic downturn”.

The countries that have benefited from the program so far include:  Benin, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Comoros, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Malawi, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Island, and Zambia.

In addition, Dominica Central Newspaper reported last week that the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) received over €32 million from the European Union to assist governments in developing the private sector in CARIFORUM countries.

Analysts are asking that if the EU, by its foreign grants program policy, like the IMF, recognises that a country’s public spending is vital to its economic recovery, it is not logical, nor financially viable for the member states in the long run  for it to require  them to enforce austerity measures in their public spending programs.

April 22, 2011

European Union and the USA set to deploy occupation forces in Libya

[Jonas Griffiths, Middle East and Africa Contributor]

Guardian.co.uk/ PrisonPlanet TV: In what many international observers are saying is a thinly camouflaged scramble for Libya‘s oil riches, the EU and USA are ramping up to deploy ‘occupation’ forces in the guise of  ground troops for the protection of  ‘humanitarian’ supplies to the rebels in the besieged country.

According to WeeklyIntercept.Blogspot.com, the US’s ground troops will be sent to complement and assist the hundreds of special forces military personnel from the US, UK and France already deployed within Libya as trainers and advisors.

Furthermore, this week, despite the controversy over the use of the missile-armed US Predator drones in Pakistan by its tendency to inflict unpalatable levels of ‘collateral’ damage upon the Pakistanis, President Obama has ordered that the very same machines may be used in Libya in aid of the rebels. In particular, it is hoped that the rebels in Misrata will have an easier time in overcoming the vastly superior firepower of the incumbent Col Gaddafi’s forces when the drones are deployed.

In the meantime, PrisonPlanet TV reports that the EU has prepared a plan for rubber stamping by Nato which will allow it to deploy more than 1,000 ground troops in Libya for the protection of humanitarian aid supplies to the rebels.  Whilst  the soldiers will be fully armed and instructed to fight if the humanitarian aid supplies are threatened, the Nato forces countries, despite having armed Col. Gaddafi’s forces in the years preceding the ‘people power’ movement in Libya, are still refusing to arm the rebels. Military analysts have commented that all this is causing concern among the rebel forces who are suspicious that using the cover of Nato’s barely-legalised involvement in their conflict, EU and US forces will quickly become ‘occupying’ forces similar to events in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In addition, as there is nothing in place by  that sets out a plan of action for any of the foreign occupation forces to be deployed in Libya to be commanded by the Libyan rebel leaders, the rebel leaders are declining the troops deployment and becoming increasingly suspicious that the offer of assistance will be yet another ‘occupation’ move for the exploitation of the country’s oil-wealth by foreign western powers.

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April 19, 2011

IMF – world banks in trouble with $3.6 trillion in debts which need to be repaid in two years

[Anna Sergijenko, Chartered Journalist (MCIoJ) Financial News Contributor]

The Daily Telegraph: The International Monetary Fund came recently out with exact figures of banks’ debts worldwide – its $3.6 trillion in debts which will need to be repaid pretty soon – in two years’ time from now. If that isn’t done, the world economy, even with ex-UK prime minister, Gordon Brown at the helm of the IMF, will face a Fukushima-type meltdown.

In the report, the most ‘unfortunate’ of the bunch of world banks were found to be Irish and German banks. Government debts, too, were recognized to be undesirably high in many wealthy countries, and most of all in the USA and Japan, who got an official IMF ‘red card’ warning.

However, notwithstanding the wide-spread debt problems, IMF officials also warned world governments against reducing public spending and other costs.   According Strauss-Kahn, the IMF’s current head: Fiscal tightening can lower growth in the short term, and this can even increase long-term unemployment, turning a cyclical into a structural problem……the bottom line is that fiscal adjustment must be done with an eye kept keenly on growth.’

In general, though, global markets were now more stable. However, as regards the most ‘suffering’  market – the EU – there is some good news for the future. The European Central Bank is planning to do a series of stress tests, which according to the IMF will see what the future holds for the Eurozone despite the EU’s buoyancy that it is ‘mission accomplished’ for the saving of the Euro.