The Serbian leader appears caught in a juggling act. At home, he must retain the good graces of his conservative base; abroad he must maintain relations with China, Russia, and the ‘progressive’, staunchly anti-Russian, European Union.
A better strategy for the EU could be to clean up its own house first. The enormous amounts the EU spends on agriculture, a few hundred billion over seven years, heavily subsidize intensive agriculture, with 80% of EU cash going to 20% of the recipients.
While total government spending increased, total government revenue fell from 2019 to 2020. The decline of €247 billion was equal to 3.8% of 2019 revenue. A total budget deficit of €77 billion in 2019 widened to €921 billion in 2020.
Banning Russia from SWIFT may be one of the quickest ways to cripple Russia financially, but some European countries hesitated to enact such a sanction because it makes commerce with the country nearly impossible.
Since the beginning of the conflict, the treatment of news on Russia Today television network has differed significantly from other media. Several European countries have already taken measures against the channel.
As the Russia-NATO standoff preoccupied Western leaders in late 2021, the worrying development did not receive the care it merited. At a meeting of EU foreign ministers last Monday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell at last presented their response.
Bismarck succeeded, by a combination of chicanery and bullying in uniting Germany militarily, legally, and culturally in the image of Prussia. Subtract the military element, and the EU seems to have been trying to do the same thing to Poland, albeit using more subtle methods.
Frontex says its new system will “centralize and store information on external borders crossings, including the non-EU traveller’s name, travel document, biometric data . . . and the date, time and place of entry or exit, in full respect of fundamental rights and data protection.”
From questions concerning intellectual property restrictions on COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing, to the spread of jihadi militias and the growing Chinese presence in Africa, the current EU-AU summit is fraught with pressing issues.
The issue of tense relations with Armenia does not seem to be at the heart of the European negotiations. Energy imperatives take priority, and the destruction of Armenian cultural and religious heritage in Artsakh continues without major international reaction.
The communist revolution of today is far more difficult to fight than that during the 20th century. Perhaps the first thing that needs to be done to bolster our fight is admit that what we are facing is essentially a revolution aimed at moving the world towards communism.
Government has a negative impact on the economy through spending, taxes, and its budget deficits. The most hard-hitting impact does not come through taxes, as conventional wisdom suggests, but through spending—spending governed by ideological preferences, which determine what money is spent, where, and when.
What strikes one is Karl von Habsburg’s willingness to say things which—while entirely true—would not be said by any current politician. Moreover, it hints at a vision entirely in keeping with that of his Habsburg predecessors, yet once again altered to fit the vastly changed circumstances in which we now find ourselves.
Thankfully, the authors of the European Economic and Financial System plan had the wisdom to include an executive summary. After all, there’s no way anyone’s going to read the whole thing. And we don’t have to read the whole thing because it’s obvious. As we all irresistibly jump on the bandwagon, we will learn that planned capitalism is the answer.
The euro itself is only part of the failure. An entire structure of government institutions, laws, and even constitutional provisions were erected around it in order to secure its success. It all looked impressive two decades ago; today, the structure itself, from the European Central Bank (ECB), to the so-called Stability and Growth Pact, is a package of sordid evidence that even under democratic governments, central economic planning is a bad idea.
The common currency was a gigantic economic experiment, an application of political preferences rather than the product of sound scholarly research. As is always the case with grand government plans, for every problem they solve a new one is created.
Spanish political life will polarize around those offering policies that have straightforwardly led to present difficulties, and those whose program has promised to drastically reduce a state whose regional level is notoriously hypertrophic and reindustrializing the country. VOX is the most obviously poised to take advantage of this.
While French President Emmanuel Macron proposed a vision for a more federalized European Union in assuming the presidency of the European Union, his government has also made it clear that does not apply to arms exports.
The main culprit for the drop in exports was a decrease in sales to the EU caused by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the new trade barriers with Europe. The UK lost 24% of its sales to the EU, worth £2.4bn.
While he has a history of denouncing certain policies of the Hungarian government, Emmanuel Macron last week said he regarded Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as a political opponent but also as a European partner.
In addition to free roaming, the new regulation will require telecommunications companies to provide 5G network to its roaming customers whenever available. It also requires them to be more transparent about extra charges for services.
When asked about the EU’s intention to excise the word ‘Christmas’ from all official documentation, the 84-year-old head of the Catholic Church denounced the idea, borne of a “watered-down secularism,” saying that “in history many, many dictatorships have tried to do this kind of thing. Think of Napoleon … think of the Nazi dictatorship, the communist one,” reminding them that “it is something that throughout history hasn’t worked.”
The closer one gets to the source of policy, the less explicitly things are expressed, so I did not expect to find so direct a formulation in print. All the same, it is now worth digging into what is really intended by this conceptual guiding light of ‘resilience.’
The Social Democrats, Greens, and Free Democrats announced on Wednesday their plans for Germany’s transition to a green economy and other reforms that effectively mark the end of 16 years of government under Angela Merkel and her CDU. Social Democrat party leader Olaf Scholz is set to head the three-party coalition, along with the Greens and the Free […]
The EU puts little faith in the people of Europe; it prefers to oversee national policies—all for the common good, it argues—and to preach progressive values. It is a self-absorbed and overbearing organisation, drowning in red tape, one that costs billions to taxpayers across the continent.
The European Commission launched three proceedings against Hungary and Poland over what it sees as violations of fundamental rights of LGBTIQ+ people, leaving Budapest and Warsaw two months to respond to its concerns, Euractiv.com reports. The Commission said it considers Budapest’s new controversial legislative bans on “promoting or portraying” homosexuality or sex reassignment to minors […]
The European Commission reviewed the EU’s energy and climate law, aiming to cut carbon emissions by 55% before the end of the decade and initiate a decisive break away from fossil fuels. At the centre of the reform is a review of the bloc’s carbon market, the emissions trading scheme (EU ETS), which puts a […]
Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal said the EU’s top court has no authority to impose an injunction on its legal reforms. The EU court in 2020, had ordered Poland to suspend a new judicial disciplinary chamber, citing political reasons. The EU court repeated its appeal for Poland to obey in a statement by its vice-president on Wednesday […]
Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Janša has told the country’s parliament that the EU must come up with strategic answers to strategic challenges, working both on its soft and hard power to become a major player regionally and globally. As Euractiv.com quotes Janša, the bloc has for years been dealing mainly with the consequences of a […]
Once prime minister of Poland, then president of the European Council, and later the leader of the European People’s Party, Donald Tusk is now back in Polish politics. “I’m back in 100 percent,” he told a congress of Civic Platform (PO), the conservative-liberal party he founded in 2001. Donald Tusk is now the head of […]