Euractiv reports: "Interim EU commissioners, elected in July, will receive roughly half a million euros for just four months of work, along with a bonus and pension plan comparable to fully-fledged commissioners. This system needs reform, critics contend." This is absolutely ludicrous particularly when several member states have been applying pay freezes, and cutting pensions, to their civil servants.

Sometimes in history ideologies arise that transcend national borders, such as the anti-Catholicism of the 1600s, or the revolutionary fever of the early 1800s. In recent periods, we have seen the fight against communism and the related battle between Keynesian economics and monetarism.
Yet when the ideological fervour has calmed, it is the nation-state that resurges and fills the vacuum that the ‘idea’ has vacated. The rise of nationalism across Europe is testament to this: as the vacuous European Union struggles from crisis to crisis, so have far-right parties and nationalism across Europe emerged. ...continue reading

Like it or not - and the Kremlin most certainly does not like it - the downing of flight MH17 almost certainly involved Russian equipment, supplied by Moscow, to the rebels in Eastern Ukraine. To a greater or lesser extent, the President of Russia has blood on his hands.
Questions over how much actual control the Kremlin exerts on the ground are valid and remain open, but this tragic event reflects Putin’s breakdown in strategic thinking and lack of direction in what he wants. ...continue reading

Sir William Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the initiative of which member states the wording of the draft Conclusions of the EU Presidency at the European Council meeting on 26-27 June 2014 relating to the role of national parliaments in the EU was reduced in scope and significance in the final version. [203162]

Mr Lidington: We welcome the reference in the June European Council Conclusions to the closer involvement of national parliaments in EU decision-making. We will continue to push for a strong voice for national parliaments within the EU, but Her Majesty’s Government is not able to disclose the detail of negotiations.

Sir William Cash (Stone) (Con): Is my right hon. Friend aware that at the conference this weekend in Athens of the national chairmen of the European Select Committees, which was attended by delegates from all parties as well as by chairmen of the European parliamentary committees, the British delegation defeated an attempt to treat the word “euroscepticism” as equivalent to xenophobia and racism; and, furthermore, that on the question of the procedure relating to the proposed appointment or election of Mr Juncker, the conference agreed with the British delegation that that was an unprecedented, unacceptable and unsuccessful procedure?

The Prime Minister: There are no surprises that my hon. Friend was successful in this very important negotiation on behalf of Britain. There is support right around Europe for the concept of the Council of Ministers making these choices, but, as I say, it requires the elected Prime Ministers and Presidents to vote in the way that they believe.

It is now crystal clear that the Directive on the application of patient’s rights in cross-border healthcare is having a negativeimpact on member states ability to organise their respective national healthsystems. The EU legislation does not protect the rights of patients who seek/receive cross-border healthcare whilst ensuring the Member State’s responsibility for the organisation and delivery of health services and medical care. In fact, it creates further bureaucratic and administrative burdens for the UK health commissioning bodies.

There have been further costs in administering mechanisms for reimbursing costs. In the other hand, there has been a wave of ´health tourism´, which is having a negative impact on NHS. ...continue reading

Bill Cash has received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his political service.

Bill Cash said to the BBC:

"I am greatly honoured and delighted to receive this knighthood,"

"Having been in the House for a long time and having devoted so much of my time as a backbencher to my determination to uphold parliamentary sovereignty and to have a referendum on the Europe question and to oppose European integration, I believe that we are now moving in the right direction.

"Raising the question of parliamentary sovereignty was regarded as unhelpful in the 1990s - it is now regarded as essential."