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  • Polish LOT to pick Boeing in $500 mln deal

    09/06/2005 3:07:50 PM PDT · by lizol · 12 replies · 550+ views
    Reuters India ^ | Tue Sep 6, 2005
    Polish LOT to pick Boeing in $500 mln deal - source Tue Sep 6, 2005 5:25 PM IST WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish airline LOT will choose long-haul jets from Boeing over rival Airbus at a supervisory board meeting on Wednesday, a board source told Reuters. Industry sources have estimated the value of the tender to lease around six long-haul jets at $500 million or more. Boeing's 787 is competing with the Airbus A350 in the tender. "As far as I understand, and based on what board members have said, there will be a decision tomorrow, and it will be in...
  • Paris Olympics failure is a blow for Chirac

    07/06/2005 12:37:08 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 77 replies · 1,772+ views
    reuters ^ | 07/06/05 | Timothy Heritage
    Paris Olympics failure is a blow for Chirac Wed Jul 6, 2005 7:16 PM BST By Timothy Heritage PARIS (Reuters) - Paris's defeat by London in the race to host the 2012 Olympic Games was a bitter blow for French President Jacques Chirac that was all the more painful because he lost out again to his rival Tony Blair. Chirac badly needed a victory to lift his political fortunes after a French "No" vote on the European constitution that left him sorely wounded and a furore over comments attributed to him criticising British food. The prime minister not only emerged...
  • France Mourns As It Destroys Fine Wine

    07/02/2005 5:47:22 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 80 replies · 2,080+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | July 3, 2005 | Nicola Smith and Matthew Campbell
    They used to uncork their best bottles for festivals on July 14, but French wine growers such as Bernard Farges have little to celebrate next week. Far from evoking the triumphant storming of the Bastille, the date makes him and other bordeaux vignerons queasy. “I feel sick to the heart,” said Farges, from Mauriac. The source of his melancholy is a European Union-funded process in which some of the quality red wine he produces will be distilled into undrinkable ethanol for use as factory fuel. The deadline for participating in the scheme is Bastille Day, a cruel irony. Farges has...
  • A Different Ending to Europe's Script (Confusion to our enemies!)

    06/30/2005 11:07:21 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 6 replies · 634+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | June 30, 2005 | Lord Lamont of Lerwick
    Nine years ago on a train I had a chance conversation with Tony Blair about Europe. He concluded: "The thing is, you have to get in there, be as constructive as possible, and they will come round to our way of thinking." I was astonished by this apparent naivety and replied: "I have seen this film before and I know the ending." I hope the UK prime minister will forgive me for breaking this confidence. But I want to say that I was wrong. His recent poisonous exchanges with Jacques Chirac may sound like previous British failed attempts at constructive...
  • Eurozone's Growth 'Is Grinding to a Halt'

    06/23/2005 6:11:55 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 37 replies · 854+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | June 24, 2005 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The eurozone is sliding towards a Japanese-style "liquidity trap" and may have trouble holding monetary union together unless the EU authorities take prompt action, according to a report yesterday by HSBC. The bank warned that eurozone GDP growth was likely to "grind to a halt" as exports weaken in the second half. "The dangers of a liquidity trap are rising in the region," it said. "Germany is perilously close to deflation. We believe it is only a question of time before there are generalised price falls in the country. This will in turn raise more questions about the rules governing...
  • EU's 'Waterloo' summit angers~Europe's press, sees summit as battlefield for national interests

    06/20/2005 10:12:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 487+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 18 June, 2005, 12:21 GMT 13:21 UK | staff
    EU's 'Waterloo' summit angers press As one French paper invokes the Battle of Waterloo, Europe's press depict the summit as a battlefield for national interests - and many editorials condemn leaders for treating it as such. French papers are infuriated at the summit haggling, but elsewhere Tony Blair wins approval for raising questions of where Europe is headed. Europe has been left high and dry, with neither a plan nor a strategy. Blair is proposing to set a course for globalisation by speeding up the free-market process and the reform of its social model... reducing Brussels to the role...
  • Caustic Turn Jolts Europe

    06/19/2005 6:41:47 AM PDT · by demlosers · 30 replies · 1,113+ views
    NYT International ^ | June 19, 2005 | ELAINE SCIOLINO
    BRUSSELS, June 18 - Something shattered in Europe Friday night. The leaders of the 25 European Union nations went home after a failed two-day summit meeting in anger and in shame, as domestic politics and national interests defeated lofty notions of sacrifice and solidarity for the benefit of all. The battle over money and the shelving of the bloc's historic constitution, after the crushing no votes in France and the Netherlands, stripped away all pretense of an organization with a common vision and reflected the fears of many leaders in the face of rising popular opposition to the project called...
  • Faded Vision Splits Europe

    06/18/2005 10:30:57 AM PDT · by 68skylark · 49 replies · 817+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 19, 2005 | ELAINE SCIOLINO
    BRUSSELS, June 18 - Something shattered in Europe last night. The leaders of the 25 European Union nations went home after a failed two-day summit meeting in anger and in shame, as domestic politics and national interests defeated lofty notions of sacrifice and solidarity for the benefit of all. The battle over money and the shelving of the bloc's historic constitution, after the crushing no votes in France and the Netherlands, stripped away all pretense of an organization with a common vision and reflected the fears of many leaders as they face rising popular opposition to the project called Europe....
  • EU deeper in crisis after summit budget failure

    06/18/2005 4:56:56 AM PDT · by RobFromGa · 47 replies · 1,175+ views
    Swiss Info ^ | June 18, 2005 | Mark John
    EU deeper in crisis after summit budget failure   swissinfo   June 18, 2005 1:05 PM   EU deeper in crisis after summit budget failure   By Mark John and John Chalmers BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union was plunged deeper into crisis on Saturday after its leaders failed to agree on a long-term budget, two weeks after French and Dutch voters rejected a proposed EU constitution. The summit breakdown threatens the enlarged 25-nation bloc with financial paralysis on top of the political uncertainty wrought by the double referendum defeats, unnerving financial markets and weakening the euro, the EU's single...
  • European Union Implosion

    06/17/2005 1:57:25 PM PDT · by backhoe · 18 replies · 955+ views
    various FR links & stories | 06-17-05 | the heavy equipment guy
    A more extensive listing can be found under our Keyword Database:  KEYWORDS: EU; EUROFREUDE; EUROPE; EUROPEANUNION; EUROPEDECLINE; ============================================ First, required background reading:   Review of “A Throne in Brussels” by Dr. Paul Belien -- an extremely readable book which should be paid attention to by the citizens of EU member states, and those wishing to understand how such a monstrosity came into being--  You can read the entire EWWW Constitution HERE If you really want to. It has over 400 of the most interesting is that the "EWWW" can take away your personal property if it is in the...
  • Europe’s painful summit

    06/17/2005 12:46:28 PM PDT · by Renfield · 6 replies · 450+ views
    The Economist ^ | 6-17-05 | Staff
    At a summit in Brussels, leaders have agreed to put the European Union’s proposed constitution on hold, but a deal on the EU's budget looks unlikely. Nor is much progress expected on the long-term challenges of economic reform and enlargement THE European Union has faced crisis before. The 1970s are widely considered a lost decade for European integration. In the 1990s, Danish voters rejected the Maastricht treaty. And Irish voters did the same with the Nice treaty in 2001. So while French and Dutch voters have recently delivered a stinging slap in the face for “ever closer union” between the...
  • The End of Europe

    06/15/2005 9:16:40 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 47 replies · 1,547+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 15, 2005 | Robert J. Samuelson
    Europe as we know it is slowly going out of business. Since French and Dutch voters rejected the proposed constitution of the European Union, we've heard countless theories as to why: the unreality of trying to forge 25 E.U. countries into a United States of Europe; fear of ceding excessive power to Brussels, the E.U. capital; and an irrational backlash against globalization. Whatever their truth, these theories miss a larger reality: Unless Europe reverses two trends — low birthrates and meager economic growth — it faces a bleak future of rising domestic discontent and falling global power. Actually, that future...
  • French No campaigners launch new bid to bring back the franc

    06/16/2005 10:25:21 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 22 replies · 656+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 17, 2005 | NICOLA SMITH
    FRANCE's triumphant campaign against the European constitution is now turning its guns toward the single currency as the crisis in European politics continues to spread.Phillipe de Villiers, the nationalist MEP who spearheaded the referendum fight against the European constitution, is now calling for a popular vote on France's continued membership of the single currency. The French establishment remains united behind the euro, just as it did behind the constitution. But an opinion poll conducted by Ifop has suggested that the Elysee is out of touch with public sentiment, with 61 per cent of French voters saying they miss the franc....
  • France Buries The EU Constitution (Doomed!)

    06/13/2005 7:30:53 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 1,001+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-14-2005 | David Rennie
    France buries the EU constitution By David Rennie in Luxembourg (Filed: 14/06/2005) France performed a historic about-turn yesterday and abandoned the European Union constitution to its fate, dropping demands that other nations ratify the treaty. The unexpected move appeared to seal the constitution's doom, even if its most passionate supporters still refuse to accept its demise for several months more. Days before a crisis EU summit, Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French foreign minister, simply waived Paris's insistence that the treaty still be put to the vote, country by country. Philippe Douste-Blazy "Our humble and modest position says we simply respect the...
  • The decline and fall of the European empire-basic laws of economic gravity idiotically denied

    06/10/2005 5:40:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 636+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-10-05 | AMOTZ ASA-EL
    The basic laws of economic gravity are so idiotically denied in Europe. One of the more hilarious calls made during this week's Ba'ath Party convention in Damascus was to permit the restructuring of ailing state firms, but without firing anyone. Faced with such economic alchemy, one wonders where else in this day and age anyone in his right mind still thinks that basic laws of economic gravity could be so idiotically denied. Well, such a place does exist, and it's called Europe. The morning after the effective demise of the United States of Europe vision, it is clear that the...
  • The Reason That Europe Is Having a Breakdown … It's the Euro, Stupid

    06/08/2005 6:52:33 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 15 replies · 956+ views
    The Times [UK] ^ | June 9, 2005 | Anatole Kaletsky
    Nobody should be surprised that Europe’s politicians are in denial after their referendum defeats. Politicians are usually slow to understand truly historic events, especially when they involve economics. Remember John Major after Black Wednesday: Britain had not been ejected but “temporarily suspended” from the ERM? Politicians often behave like bad actors who find it impossibly difficult to deviate from their prepared and rehearsed scripts, even when the theatre is on fire. Anyway, why should we care what Europe’s leaders are thinking? After all, Gerhard Schröder and Jacques Chirac are finished and so, presumably, is their concept of Europe. This may...
  • Decadent Europe(Stop the neocon gloating!)

    06/08/2005 8:48:32 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 17 replies · 759+ views
    Guardian ^ | 06/09/05 | Timothy Garton Ash
    Decadent Europe The EU crisis can be read as evidence of a declining civilisation. Let's stop neocons gloating Timothy Garton Ash Thursday June 9, 2005 Guardian Contemplating the European Crisis (I think a capital C is called for) I find myself driven even to reading Toynbee. Not Polly Toynbee of the Guardian, whose work I always follow with the greatest pleasure, but her long-dead and largely forgotten ancestor, Arnold Toynbee, the philosophical historian of the rise and fall of civilisations. For one plausible long-term interpretation of the chaotic reaction in Europe since the French non of May 29 is that...
  • Rejected by two nations, but the bureaucracy rumbles on

    06/07/2005 3:57:59 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 11 replies · 564+ views
    The Times ^ | June 8, 2005 | Anthony Browne
    Officials are already implementing parts of the constitution before it has been approvedTHE European constitution may have been rejected by France and the Netherlands, and been put on ice by Britain, but in Brussels the work of implementing it is forging ahead. European officials started working on many of the constitution’s innovations as soon as it was written, insisting that they should not wait until it was ratified. In some cases the work has no legal basis and is dubbed preparatory; in others, a special legal basis has been developed so that policies could be specially implemented even before the...
  • Boeing Has Airbus on the Ropes

    06/07/2005 10:39:47 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 29 replies · 2,238+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 6, 2005 | Dinah Deckstein
    After years of losing market share to its European rival, Boeing is now quickly making up ground. Its new Dreamliner looks to be a hit and Airbus seems to prefer squabbling to strategizing. Delays in manufacturing their super-jumbo A380 could turn the prestige project into the company's biggest-ever flop. June 14, 2005 could have been a big day for Gustav Humbert, 55. The affable native of the German state of Lower Saxony had intended to make his first public appearance as the new CEO of Airbus at the upcoming Paris Air Show, the Aerosalon, at Le Bourget Airport near Paris....
  • Eutopia Is Dead. What Now?

    06/07/2005 9:58:53 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 13 replies · 926+ views
    The National Post ^ | June 7, 2005 | David Frum
    Lucca, Italy – Don't let the dateline fool you. I'm not on holiday. On Wednesday, Dutch voters finished off the unwieldy and absurd EU constitution. That afternoon I got a hasty phone call from the organizers of a conference here in Tuscany. I had just published an article arguing that the defeat of the constitution was in fact a good thing for both Europeans and Americans — could I please fly over the next day to repeat the message to a roomful of anxious Italian politicians and journalists? "Don't panic" is not a very complicated message, but it's one that...
  • European press accuses Britain of killing off EU constitution

    06/07/2005 7:07:29 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 17 replies · 672+ views
    AFP ^ | 06/07/05 | AFP
    European press accuses Britain of killing off EU constitution Document Actions 07/06/2005 Europe's press on Tuesday accused Britain of killing off the EU constitution, dealing a blow to the French-German axis and trying to divide and rule the continent by shelving plans for a referendum on the treaty. Newspapers in Paris and Berlin said Prime Minister Tony Blair had undermined the French and German leaders by ignoring their appeals to move ahead with the referendum despite its rejection by French and Dutch voters in the last week. "London has dealt a serious blow to the Franco-German couple" of President Jacques...
  • Brussels breathes sigh of relief that 'treaty is not dead' (DENIAL NOT JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT)

    06/06/2005 10:39:38 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 19 replies · 552+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 7, 2005 | NICOLA SMITH
    BRUSSELS gave a cautious welcome to Jack Straw's announcement yesterday, with many leaders believing it showed that the constitution was still alive.Speaking before a meeting of European Union finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg's prime minister, whose country holds the EU presidency, said the UK decision was a signal the constitution was "not dead". Jean Asselborn, his foreign minister, expressed the general sense of relief in Brussels that the British government had not shelved its constitution plans altogether. "Despite the setbacks suffered over the last few days, the Treaty is still alive," he said. "We welcome the fact that the British...
  • Straw to put EU constitution on ice

    06/06/2005 3:52:09 AM PDT · by Piefloater · 7 replies · 453+ views
    Times Online ^ | June 06, 2005 | Philippe Naughton
    Britain will defy French and German demands to press ahead with the ratification of the European Union constitution when Jack Straw announces this afternoon that the UK's referendum on the charter is to be put on ice. The Foreign Secretary is due to make a statement to MPs at 3.30pm during which he will explain that there is no point clogging the legislative agenda with the Bill paving the way for a referendum next year until EU member states work out how to deal with the French and Dutch 'no' votes last week. At a Franco-German summit in Berlin at...
  • Break Out From Brussels: Europe was on its way to a bureaucratic prison camp. …

    06/05/2005 6:27:20 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 802+ views
    The Times [UK] ^ | June 6, 2005 | William Rees-Mogg
    …Now it can choose a more attractive destination First of all, the triumph. The treaty for a European constitution was a rotten treaty for a rotten constitution. It should never have been negotiated, it should never have been signed, it was essential that it should be defeated. The treaty took us a long stride closer to a United States of Europe, run by bureaucrats for the benefit of the European political class. The French and Dutch voters showed the power of democracy, and justified the use of referendums on constitutional issues. The German and British voters would have done the...
  • The Peasant's Revolt

    06/05/2005 2:24:19 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 699+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | June 5, 2005 | Simon Jenkins
    The death throes of old Europe are a rebellion that is both thrilling and laced with menace In Brussels the “mannequin pis” winked. In Holland the boy took his finger from the dyke. In Paris Marianne bared not her breast but her buttock. The cock crowed, the lion roared, the bear growled. Bliss it was last week to be alive and in Amsterdam, the city which since the 17th century has embodied civic autonomy and global commerce. It has just perpetrated a revolution and can hardly believe it. Two hundred kilometres to the south in Brussels, the humiliated courtiers of...
  • Europe No Longer a Model for Us (A Canadian's plaintive cri de coeur)

    06/04/2005 8:12:55 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 32 replies · 995+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | June 3, 2005 | Richard Gwyn
    During the past week The New York Times, which is far and away the most international-minded of American newspapers, has run not a single editorial on the rejection of the European Union constitution by voters in France and the Netherlands. And, up to yesterday, only one among its large stable of columnists has bothered to offer comment on the topic. By contrast, all the major Canadian newspapers have run either editorials or commentaries on this topic, or both. The explanation for this that comes most easily to mind is that while we, as medium-sized guys, pay assiduous attention to what...
  • Blair gives up on his EU dream

    06/04/2005 8:10:53 PM PDT · by lainie · 50 replies · 1,099+ views
    London Telegraph via Drudge ^ | 6/5/2005 | Melissa Kite, Toby Harnden and Tony Paterson
    Tony Blair has given up on Europe as an issue worth fighting for, senior allies of the Prime Minister have told The Sunday Telegraph. A leading Blairite cabinet minister made the admission last night as the European Union descended into deeper turmoil, with doubts surfacing over the future of the single currency. Mr Blair, who will seek to shift the focus of his administration on to poverty in the Third World this week during talks with President Bush, has told his closest allies: "Africa is worth fighting for. Europe, in its present form, is not." The signal is an astonishing...
  • Review of “A Throne in Brussels” by Dr. Paul Belien

    06/04/2005 12:37:45 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 17 replies · 11,377+ views
    Right Goths ^ | June 4, 2005 | Ivan Groznii
    We live in a time of reassessment and reappraisal of the European project; the defeat of ratification of the EU Constitution in both France and the Netherlands has left the bureaucracy in Brussels dazed and confused. Worse, the Brussels establishment is now suffering from cognitive dissonance, as their continued call for ratification votes in the countries that have not yet voted on it shows.People searching for an explanation as to why the EU behaves as it does, namely, in such a bureaucratic, statist and anti-democratic fashion, will find Paul Belien’s new book "A Throne in Brussels: Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs and...
  • Don't Cry for the European Union -- Nor Emulate Its Mistakes

    06/04/2005 9:03:02 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 523+ views ^ | Friday, June 03, 2005 | William R. Hawkins
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. The rejection of the proposed European Union constitution by the French people on May 29 and by the Dutch people on June 1, in high-turnout referenda, is a clear indication of the sad state of Old Europe. Many pundits have claimed that the negative vote in France, the country that created the EU as a way to harness German energy to French ambition, has thrown the continent into disarray. The causation runs the other way. The popular rejection of the constitution is the result of the failure of the "European model"...
  • Barroso issues rallying call to EU leaders

    06/04/2005 10:21:55 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 318+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 4, 2005 | Staff
    Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, has urged EU leaders to "turn a crisis into an opportunity".He said it was now up to them to pull Europe together, avoid the "blame game" and address the conflicting issues which led to this week's emphatic rejection of the constitutional treaty by French and Dutch voters. Mr Barroso was speaking in Messina, Sicily, on the 50th anniversary of the six-nation conference there which launched the common market, now the European Union. The Commission president took full advantage of the irony of the timing, pointing out that the circumstances then were...
  • Euro Facing Meltdown as Italy Considers Backing Out

    06/03/2005 6:16:32 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 31 replies · 1,263+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 4, 2005 | James Kirkup and Nicola Smith
    Brussels – Europe's political crisis spread to the euro yesterday after Italy publicly discussed abandoning the single currency and reverting to the lira. The Italian suggestion, once unthinkable to the European establishment, comes as a poll showed a majority of Germans want to pull out of the euro and revive the Deutschmark. The threats to the future of the euro have disturbed currency markets already nervous about the growing crisis over the European Constitution. In his remarks yesterday, Roberto Maroni, the Italian welfare minister, said it was no longer unthinkable that the country would abandon the euro and revert to...
  • Why Did the French and Dutch Vote No? Because they were asked, for a change.

    06/03/2005 9:45:39 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 780+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 13, 2005 | Christopher Caldwell
    When the Russian army chased Napoleon's troops all the way back to Paris in 1814, the occupiers were not just tolerated but welcomed. They were chic. The empress Josephine herself went riding with the young czar. The locals seemed to delight in subjugation, the more undignified, the better. "We women," wrote Mme. Chateaubriand, "would cry 'Off with our heads!' were we to hear our neighbors do so." The French are funny. They will always stand up against usurpation of their rights and liberties by foreigners — but they do take their time about it. Last week, their time came. French...
  • No easy escape for nations facing financial crises (DEATH OF THE EURO)

    06/04/2005 12:13:35 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 15 replies · 897+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 4, 2005 | JAMES KIRKUP
    FOR all the hard work of its founding fathers, there are two ways the young currency could falter and die. One is quick and painful. The other slow and possibly even more agonising.The most dramatic outcome of a euro crisis would be for one member of the currency union to leave. This would be far more difficult and damaging than Britain's expulsion from the Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1990. The ties that bind the dozen euro economies would be vastly harder to break. Since 1999, they have intertwined their economies, and especially their government borrowing. Any country leaving the euro...
  • Lame Ducks Sitting Tight On the ‘Axis of Losers’

    06/03/2005 6:40:38 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 11 replies · 657+ views
    The Times [UK] ^ | June 4, 2005 | Charles Bremner
    Paris – Another European crisis, another Franco-German summit. President Chirac will meet Gerhard Schröder, the Chancellor, tonight after this week’s referendum debacles, but this time the pair are largely impotent. The Franco-German “locomotive” that has hauled Europe since President de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer, the then Chancellor, sealed the partnership in 1963 looks more like a train wreck or, to mix metaphors, a wobbly tandem pedalled by two lame ducks. Both leaders have been thrashed by voters recently. Their economies are among the sickliest in Europe, with double-digit unemployment. The European Union’s eastward enlargement has shifted its political centre of...
  • EU leaders forced to calm jitters over euro

    06/03/2005 4:12:53 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 21 replies · 712+ views
    The Times ^ | June 4, 2005 | Anthony Browne
    THE political crisis that has engulfed the European Union since France and the Netherlands rejected its proposed constitution yesterday threatened to spill over and damage the euro.Embattled EU financial leaders spent the day defending the currency, dismissing talk of its break-up as “absurd”. One senior EU official said: “Euro notes and coins are for ever, like the euro.” In a symptom of the seriousness of the creeping doubts, Roberto Maroni, the Italian Welfare Minister, had suggested in an interview with La Repubblica that a referendum should be held on bringing back the lira. The euro had “proved inadequate in the...
  • To leaders in Alice's magical land, it was a 'yes' (EU CONSTITUTION)

    06/03/2005 3:57:55 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 13 replies · 500+ views
    The Times ^ | June 3, 2005 | Anthony Browne
    THE warped-cross “Berlaymonster” headquarters of the European Commission was still standing yesterday. The announcements poured out — on the welfare of broiler chickens, carbon dioxide trading schemes, telephone regulation and approval for the takeover of a Finnish copper company.Workmen continued constructing vast new offices for the Council of Ministers. The subsidised canteens echoed with the polylingual chatter of well-heeled functionaries. The EU has been plunged into its deepest crisis for fifty years after two of its founding members overwhelmingly rejected its proposed constitution. But in Europe’s capital there was little sign that anything had changed. Berlaymont was a place in...
  • Doom scenarios over euro's future (Yippee)

    06/03/2005 3:05:36 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 68 replies · 1,726+ views ^ | 3 June 2005 | expatica
    AMSTERDAM — Doom scenarios about the future of the euro are being heard in France and the Netherlands after both nations rejected the EU Constitution in recent referendums. The president of the Dutch reserve bank DNB, Nout Wellink, has dismissed the speculation as "nonsense", while German Finance Minister Hans Eichel claims such talk is "irresponsible". But the word is out: after two 'no' votes and a persistent economic malaise, doom and gloom scenarios are being heard about the future of the euro, Dutch newspaper 'De Volkskrant' reported on Friday. "It is no longer unthinkable that the euro will bust," Leuven...
  • Inside Politics (Frog pops the Big Question but she says, 'NON!')

    06/03/2005 2:53:42 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 18 replies · 806+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, June 3, 2005 | By Greg Pierce
    Liberalism in crisis "Forgive me for making a blunt and obvious point, but events in Western Europe are slowly discrediting large swaths of American liberalism," New York Times columnist David Brooks writes. "Most of the policy ideas advocated by American liberals have already been enacted in Europe: generous welfare measures, ample labor protections, highly progressive tax rates, single-payer health care systems, zoning restrictions to limit big retailers Continues...============================================================== Frog pops the Big Question but she says, 'NON!' So, the French overwhelmingly rejected the proposed European Union constitution. Must be those tricky Diebold machines again. The vote Sunday dealt the second...
  • Death throes

    06/03/2005 2:00:07 PM PDT · by oldtimer2 · 12 replies · 708+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Death throes . . . By Victor Davis Hanson Published June 3, 2005 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The French and Dutch rebuffs of the European Union constitution will soon be followed by other rejections. Millions of proud, educated Europeans are tired of being told by unelected grandees that the mess they see is abstract art. The EU constitution -- and its promise of a new Europe -- supposedly offered a corrective to the Anglo-American strain of Western civilization. More government, higher taxes, richer entitlements, pacifism, statism and atheism would make a more humane and powerful new Continent of more than 400 million to...
  • Europe Must Heed Voice of Democracy (A "Must Read")

    05/29/2005 1:31:01 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 33 replies · 814+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 5/29/2005 | Staff Opinion
    TODAY the electorate of France votes in its national referendum on the proposed EU constitution; it will be followed by voters in the Netherlands giving their verdict on Wednesday. The stakes could not be higher for the European Union, its ruling elite and the citizens of its member states, including Britain, whose own referendum on the constitution is now being subjected to a cynical game of political brinkmanship. Despite the consistency of poll findings showing the No vote ahead in both France and Holland, the large proportion of undecided voters makes it hazardous - as well as presumptuous - to...
  • Why Brussels can't bore us into submission any longer

    05/30/2005 10:23:03 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 17 replies · 877+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 31, 2005 | Freddie Sayers
    It must have been such fun to be there. Readers of The Daily Telegraph will have been struck by the picture, carried on yesterday's front page, of the Non camp celebrations in Toulouse. The faces of those celebrating were not the grumpy Front National types you might expect (there wasn't a moustache in sight). They were, in fact, the radiant, immaculately made-up faces of happy twentysomethings.Two years ago it would have been unthinkable that more people in France aged under 26 would vote against a European constitution than for it. But it happened on Sunday, and it is likely to...
  • French No Vote on European Constitution Rattles Continent

    05/31/2005 6:51:53 AM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 31 replies · 990+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 31, 2005 | ELAINE SCIOLINO
    PARIS, May 30 - The shock waves of France's rejection of a constitution for Europe reverberated throughout the Continent on Monday, with Britain suggesting that it might cancel its own popular vote on the document and the naysayers in the Netherlands gaining even more confidence that a no vote will prevail in a referendum there on Wednesday. In France, the vote plunged the center-right government into crisis. President Jacques Chirac will announce "decisions concerning the government" and make a declaration on French television on Tuesday. The statement was interpreted to mean that he would dismiss Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and...
  • EU Meets Democracy. Will France stand for it?

    06/01/2005 12:05:12 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 25 replies · 925+ views
    NRO ^ | May 31, 2005, 2:39 p.m. | Rich Lowry
    French President Jacques Chirac forgot the first rule of European Union politics: “Don’t consult the voters (it will only encourage them).” For that, he suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday, when 55 percent of French voters delivered a stirring “non” to the proposed new EU constitution, potentially ending the EU project as we have known it. See what mischief comes from allowing pesky public opinion to have too large a say in EU affairs? To this point, the EU has become steadily more powerful on the basis of bureaucratic aggrandizement and elite bullying. After the French vote, EU worthies lined...
  • Dutch voters deliver second blow to EU (63% Say NO/62% turnout!!!)

    06/01/2005 12:16:19 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 66 replies · 2,510+ views
    Dutch voters have decisively turned against the European constitution in their national referendum, according to exit polls. Their vote comes just days after France plunged Europe into months of constitutional turmoil by becoming the first country to reject the new treaty. Some 63 per cent of voters in the Netherlands were said to be opposed to the constitution, according to the polls, with the Yes campaign garnering the support of just 37 per cent. Turnout was also set to be high at around 62 per cent - leaving the Dutch government with no option but to abide by the public's...
  • EU Chief Says Summit Will Try to Solve Treaty Crisis ("NO MEANS NO, YOU FOOL" ALERT)

    06/01/2005 1:46:30 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 27 replies · 723+ views ^ | June 1, 2005 | Staff
    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso urged EU nations tonight not to halt the ratification process for the bloc’s constitution before a mid-June summit assesses the devastating results of French and Dutch referendums.“I will ask member states to avoid any unilateral initiatives before the summit,” Barroso said even before exit polls predicted a resounding defeat in the Dutch referendum. Nearly 55% of French voters rejected the constitution in a referendum Sunday. All eyes will now be on the June 16-17 meetings of EU leaders in Brussels. “We need to know where we’re going,” Barroso said. “I hope the heads of...
  • Europe in crisis after Dutch, French reject treaty

    06/01/2005 5:04:40 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 36 replies · 1,188+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Reuters
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The European Union was in disarray on Thursday after the Netherlands followed France in resoundingly rejecting the bloc's new constitution, possibly stalling future expansion and disrupting decision making. The rejection of the charter by two of the six countries that founded the bloc in the 1950s could deal a fatal blow to a treaty designed to make the EU run more smoothly following its enlargement from 15 to 25 states last year. The votes also cast doubt on the EU's hopes for a stronger foreign policy and its plans to expand further to the western Balkans, Turkey...
  • Mark Steyn: Arrogant Eurocracy – Why the European Union elites won’t take ‘no’ for an answer

    05/31/2005 10:48:33 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 1,279+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | May 31, 2005 | Mark Steyn
    A couple of days before Sunday’s referendum on the European constitution, Jean-Claude Juncker, the “president” of the European Union, let French and Dutch voters know how much he values their opinion: “If at the end of the ratification process, we do not manage to solve the problems, the countries that would have said ‘No,’ would have to ask themselves the question again,” “President” Juncker told the Belgian newspaper Le Soir. Got that? You have the right to vote, but only if you give the answer your rulers want you to give. But don’t worry, if you don’t, we’ll treat you...

    06/01/2005 9:25:40 PM PDT · by Destro · 23 replies · 787+ views ^ | June 1, 2005 | RALPH PETERS
    EUROPE ESCHEWS 'UNION': RETURN OF THE TRIBES By RALPH PETERS June 1, 2005 -- TODAY, the Dutch vote on the proposed European Union constitution. They're expected to reject it, as the French did Sunday. But whatever the result of the referendum, something's happening in Europe that international elites swore was impossible. Tribes are back. In Europe, they're called nations, which sounds more distinguished. For Europe's political elites — accustomed to docile, bought-off populations — the turn against further EU integration has been an enormous shock. Satisfying to watch? You bet. But the pleasure we can take in the humiliation of...
  • Polish plumber puts a spanner in the works

    06/02/2005 11:07:43 AM PDT · by lizol · 22 replies · 1,812+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 31.05.05 | Peter Gentle
    Polish plumber puts a spanner in the works Letter from Poland By Peter Gentle 31.05.05 A new spectre is haunting Europe. He’s called the Polish plumber. He’s not necessarily Polish, and he isn’t even necessarily a plumber. But, if some commentators are to be believed, he has been endowed with almost supernatural powers. If you thought that a plumber was just someone who, at enormous cost, comes to your home and bleeds your radiator and fiddles with your ball-cock, then think again. The Polish plumber will fix your tap, for sure, but then he charges you less than the normal...
  • We Said "No" First!

    06/02/2005 6:30:24 AM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 491+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | March 2004 | Jonathan Kallmer
    With the recent French “no” to the new E.U. constitution still echoing in the ears of staggered European elites, one might ask, “Is it so surprising the constitution was voted down? Could E.U. leaders have foreseen this result?” They might have, had they paid attention to Jonathan Kallmer’s “Europe’s Constitution Confusion” in TAE’s March 2004 issue. In reference to the new E.U. constitution, Kallmer laments: “With this unfortunate document, the cause of European integration has shifted ominously into reverse.” He notes many flaws in the constitution, from the chronic vagueness of its language to its failure to create a framework...