Citizens’ Demonstration outside the Dáil on Monday, “Europe Day”, 9 May, from 12.30 to 2:00, against the farce within

JOIN THE DEMONSTRATION  AGAINST THE  “EU RE-DEDICATION RITES” OUTSIDE THE DÁIL,  MONDAY  9 MAY, FROM 12.30 TO 2:00PM

Ireland’s Euro-fanatics and ultra-Europhiles are getting panicky.

As the European Central Bank turns us all into indentured debt peons for a generation and France and Germany plan assaults on our 12.5% company tax rate, they fear that Ireland’s long love-affair with the EU may be coming to an end.

Hence the ceremony of re-dedication planned for the Dáil this Monday, “Europe Day”, 9 May.

It is meant as an opportunity for the political  leaders of  the Euro-faithful to renew their vows.

Lucinda Creighton, Dick Roche’s successor as Minister for Europe, is the occasion’s impresario.

Ireland’s Commissar, the exorbitantly-paid Fianna Fail appointee Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, will address the Dáil.

The State’s 12 MEPs will attend so that TDs can ask them questions. Let us hope that at least some TDs will have good questions ready on the power-grabbing, expenses-fiddling and corruption of the European Parliament.

This special Dáil session will undoubtedly see much cant about “the European ideal”,  “our European partners” etc. in the hope of impressing the continentals. But they just want our money these days, as Irish taxpayers are mulcted under the aegis of the ECB to meet the bad debts of German and French private banks.

The reason 9 May is “Europe Day” is to commemorate French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman’s launch of the European Coal and Steel Community on 9 May 1950. The “Schuman Declaration” which he issued that day spoke frankly of the establishment of this first supranational European community as “a first step in the federation of Europe” – a federation being of course a State. That is what makes this statement and this day so important for the Euro-federalists.

Irish people have been lied to time and time again to conceal the fact of a federal-style quasi-Superstate under Franco-German hegemony being the ultimate political purpose of the EU.  For decades they have been sold the falsehood that the EU is just about jobs and growth, and not a political/fiscal union.  Remember the “Vote Yes for Jobs” slogan of the Yes-side groups in the second Lisbon Treaty referendum?

The “myth of origin” of the EU/EC is that it is essentially  a “peace project” to end wars between France and Germany. This is quite unhistorical. The truth is that the 1950 Coal and Steel Community was thought up to reconcile France to German rearmament in the newly founded NATO – a key aim of American policy at the start of the Cold War. The French were alarmed at the thought of Germany being rearmed just six years after the Germans occupied France.  Jean Monnet, who authored Schuman’s declaration, was America’s man in the affair. The Americans backed strongly the Monnet/Schuman proposal to put the coal and steel industries of France, Germany and the Benelux  countries under a common supranational High Authority, of which Monnet was made first Secretary-General. This was the predecessor of the later Brussels Commission. This step quelled French anxieties at the time. In those days European integration was US Government policy, and it  is well-known that the CIA financed the European Movement throughout the 1950s and 1960s and perhaps later to push that objective.

CITIZENS’ DEMONSTRATION: There will be a non-party Citizens’ Demonstration against this Europe Day farce outside the Dáil in Kildare Street  from 12.30 to 2.00 pm. on Monday, 9 May.

PEOPLE ARE INVITED TO BRING A POSTER WITH THEM, WITH AN APPROPRIATE MESSAGE, but no party banners: for example  “EU/ECB Rule: Death of Irish Democracy”,  “Ireland Yes, EU/ECB No”, “Europe Day Dail Farce”, or some variant of these.

AND PLEASE PASS ON THIS MESSAGE TO OTHERS.

(Signed) Anthony Coughlan
Director
The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre
24 Crawford Avenue
Dublin 9
Tel.: 01-8305792

⁂ French Europe Minister – We want a single EU military HQ; plus – gravy train, directive costs, lack of confidence

French Europe Minister: We want a single EU military HQ

French Europe Minister Bruno Le Maire has announced in an interview with French radio that France wants the EU to have its own single defence headquarters, autonomous of NATO. He said: “While it may be a difficult objective, in time we will need to have a single military command for the European Union, a European staff headquarters which could be installed for example in Brussels, and which would allow us to command European operations wherever European security interests are at stake. Today there are three staff headquarters which do that: one in England, one in France, one in Germany. I think it would be more logical, more reasonable and also more economic for public money to have a single operational headquarters.”

He admitted it would be “very difficult” to convince Britain of the need for a single headquarters, which has for years blocked the creation of a proper permanent EU military headquarters, because of the risk of duplicating NATO structures. But, Mr. Le Maire said, with the return of France into the integrated military structures of NATO, “we can no longer be accused (…) of doing it against NATO because we are now fully in NATO.”

Meanwhile, Le Figaro reports that Le Maire has said that he wants a “politically strong Europe, with an autonomous defence force, which is responsible and advocates financial regulation”. Le Maire also said that Nicolas Sarkozy’s Presidency of the EU has changed Europe for the better and he hopes that Sarkozy will become involved in the election campaign. He argued that the French Socialist Party is “neither honest nor responsible” and wants to transform European issues into national issues.

AFP Le Figaro Open Europe blog


MEPs create new scheme allowing them to claim £257 for each journey to work;
Taxpayers to fund £100m hole in MEP pension fund created by financial crisis

The Mail reports that from June MEPs will be able to claim up to £257 per journey under a ‘duration allowance’ which reimburses them for the time spent travelling between their homes and European Parliament buildings. The article notes that this comes on top of free business class travel to anywhere in the EU and a ‘distance allowance’ – which is supposed to cover the cost of meals, taxis and any other expenses incurred while travelling.

There is also further coverage of the revelations on Tuesday that the European Parliament has guaranteed that all MEPs who are members of the institution’s voluntary supplementary pension scheme will receive their full entitlements even though the fund currently has a deficit of ¤120 million because of the financial market crash. According to the Mail, between £35 and £50 million was allegedly lost in the Bernie Madoff debacle. According to the Telegraph, the European Parliament’s authorities are expected to bypass a decision by its budget control committee not to bail out the scheme in order to “honour legal requirements”, meaning that additional taxpayers’ money could be used in future to cover the deficit.

The Telegraph notes that two thirds of the optional extra pension is paid for in supplementary payments by the taxpayer. MEPs pay £1,052 (€1,194) a month into the scheme. That cash is added to by a publicly funded payment of £2,104 (€2,388). MEPs, on reaching retirement age, can expect an extra pension benefit, on top of generous national schemes, worth an annual £14,736 for every five year term of office. An MEP benefiting from the perk can net a combined pension of over £35,000 after just 10 years in office.
The management of the supplementary pension fund has repeatedly been criticised since 1999 by the European Court of Auditors, which questioned the legality of the scheme.

Telegraph: Waterfield blog



Costs of EU directive on biofuel to be passed on to motorists

The Times reports that the EU’s directive on biofuels, recently passed as part of the EU’s climate and energy package, will raise the cost of motoring for drivers. The EU rules state that 13 per cent of petrol and diesel fuels need to be derived from biofuel by 2020. Oil companies have had to spend more than £100 million in the past year on adapting refineries and storage facilities to cope with biofuels. The paper notes that the costs of complying with the EU directive will increase sharply over the next five years and most of the cost will be passed on to drivers.
A Friends of the Earth report this week said that biofuels could increase emissions because forests were being cut down to clear land for crops.

Times


Confidence in EU institutions at an all time low ahead of European elections

El País reports that public confidence in EU institutions has plummeted with the economic crisis and that record levels of abstention predicted for the European elections threaten Europe’s future. According to the Eurobaromoter survey, in Spain only 27% of the electorate are likely to vote, and yet in 1987, the year after Spain joined the EU, turnout was at 69%.
Le Figaro has published an article by Jean-Dominique Giuliani from the Fondation Robert-Schuman analysing the European elections. Entitled “A Parliament in search of credibility”, the article highlights voter apathy and explains that while the electorate demands more transparency and proximity to EU issues, the majority of French citizens prefer national politics. He argues that the candidates chosen by political parties and the size of the constituencies contribute to the nationalisation of European elections. However he also emphasises how the Parliament has become increasingly powerful and influential.
In article in the Independent looking at the European elections, Adrian Hamilton writes that the expected low voter turnout “is an indication of just how little the great European experiment has impressed itself upon the consciousness of the ordinary citizen.”
He writes that, with a resurgence of the Franco-German axis, evident at the G20 summit, and with the recession testing the EU’s ability to co-operate, “All of a sudden Europe has become an interesting place, although you won’t have any reflection of that when voters come to choose their European candidate in June.”

El País Independent: Hamilton Le Figaro

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