Recent ‘revelations’ about the extent of US spying on the EU and private email communications around the world have caused a stir in Brussels, with the Green MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit of the European Parliament calling for the EU to “terminate all agreements” with the United States in response.
The EU’s stance against Israel is often seen as being critical and harsh. While EU relations with the Middle-East are generally sensible, and while Israel has certainly overreacted in many situations, the EU still appears to downplay Israel’s rights.
Europe’s criticisms are based on what it mistakenly believes is a clear-cut legal case, a lack of its own realpolitik, and ignorance of how to deal with terrorism.
The European Union has more than a few reasons to approach relations with the Middle East with utmost caution, and more than a small historical debt to the Jewish people. Yet Israel has noted with concern that, as the EU has welcomed more and more immigrants in a desperate attempt to boost economic growth via immigration and upping the population, so too has Islamism increased in Europe, and so too have the foreign policies of European capitals turned colder towards Israel.
“By Europe, for Europe” is one of the European Commission’s proud logos on the Galileo satellite webpage of the behemoth Europa website. Yet by the time the system is in place, the wider Europe as we know it might be gone!
The Cypriot population rightly has reacted with fury at the outrageous and frightening attempt by the European Union and its heart, Germany, to rob them.
And robbery it is. No Cypriot saver has had a say as to whether the EU and IMF can take their personal and private funds. And the people of Cyprus are only partly to blame for the mess others created of their country's finances.
The European Parliament recently voted by 368 votes to 159 to reject the report from Dutch MEP Kartika Liotard that could have led to a Europe-wide ban on pornography. Liotard's resolution had already attracted the condemnation of Sweden's Pirate Party, but underneath the messed-up logic of the MEPs lies a serious issue that needs tackling.
The tragic conflict that erupted in Mali towards the end of 2012 has highlighted and exposed the weakness of Europe and the European ideal of a single-state entity, the natural conclusion of 'ever closer union'.
Recent comments by Philip Gordon, the US assistant secretary for European affairs in the Obama administration, were pounced upon by opponents of the Euro-realist debate as evidence of the dangerousness of questioning the UK’s problems in Europe and twisted to make it sound like the UK should shun the EU and sit in glorious isolation.
The numerous problems being experienced by the Eurozone are completely expected, and have thankfully silenced Tony Blair and the other Euro-obsessives. Despite the imperial elite of Europe preaching that the problems are all behind them (despite unemployment being at its highest ever, and the debt problems no-where near being solved), turning on the European Central Bank’s printing machine is simply a way to make everyone in Europe poorer as a way of improving global competitiveness. Black Wednesday showed everyone that you can’t buck the market.
The European Commission, towards the end of October, announced its work programme for 2013, with President of the Commission Barroso using the opportunity afforded the Commission by this and the crisis to give the EU institutions a mandate to push for further integration.