It is fairly clear, even among Europhiles who want to stay in, what most people object to about the current state of the EU and what they would like to see changed. The membership fee is uncomfortably large, some £11bn every year. Free movement of labour works well between countries of similar living … Continue reading The European future that faces is
Arguably the so-called deal that has been forced down the throats of the Greek people represents the worst of all worlds. It imposes even more draconian terms than were on offer even a week or two ago, with very little conceded in terms of debt relief, but with such added conditions of austerity as … Continue reading The Greek ‘deal’ represents the supplanting of European democracy by neoliberal economics
Osborne’s austerity is not only unnecessary, gratuitously cruel in punishing the poor for the sins of ultra-rich bankers, but it has now emerged has hit the poorest in Britain far harder than in any comparable State in the EU. What has now been revealed from OECD data is that poor people in the UK … Continue reading The poor in Britain are among worst-off in Western Europe
The irony for the EU, which even its leaders now recognise must change course radically, is that it can’t. At least it can’t in its present structure without such dislocating changes as to be scarcely credible. The central problem has been, and remains, the single currency. As long as countries, particularly on … Continue reading So where now for Europe?
Commentators continue to misunderstand and misinterpret the EU election results, totting up the far-Right votes in France, UK, Denmark and elsewhere as mounting an almighty challenge to the ‘European project’. They miss the point. The far-Right managed to achieve their breakthroughs, not because their supporters were voting against Europe as such (despite its … Continue reading EU results confirm rejection of austerity is key issue across whole of Europe
There are two kinds of referenda – those that are for the benefit of the political class and those that are for the benefit of the public. They are quite different. When referenda are mooted, it is invariably the former kind. Political leaders only consent to holding a referendum when they are almost certain to win … Continue reading The current Tory hysterics over Europe have tarnished the real role of referenda
Tomorrow it must be one of the most bizarre votes that the Commons have ever seen. Here we have the PLP whipped to support the government in rejecting an amendment put down to the Queen’s Speech by the Tory Right which Cameron is now supporting being tabled against his own legislative programme. This pantomime reflects … Continue reading Tories are having a hissy fit over EU, but what’s Labour’s view on Europe?
A remarkable insight has just come, not from the ETUC, but from the EU employers which is worth listening to. Their view is that Britain is steadily turning into a third world country – low pay, low productivity, low growth, low capital investment, heavily indebted, and sinking. Manufacturing has been hollowed out by foreigners, the … Continue reading Osborne should listen to the Federation of European Employers
The 1st round Socialist victory in the French presidential elections on Sunday, the collapse of the Right-wing Dutch government on Monday, the probable demise soon of the Right-wing Czech government , and the likely election on 6 May of an anti-Merkel government in Greece point conclusively in one direction. Across Europe the democratic backlash against extreme … Continue reading Where Europe is going, Britain will follow