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The past month’s debates in the Commons over the EU Bill have once again revived the thorny issue of the Lisbon Treaty and its abandoned twin the EU Constitution. Many members of Parliament still talk bitterly of the referendum that never came. Let’s…

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Except for fishing, farming, and the euro, Norway is practically speaking already part of the EU’s inner market. The only thing it lacks is the right of co-determination.- Norwegian Conservative MP Nikolai Astrup takes issue with polling-results sh…

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No EU, No…Cognac

Europhiles have a peculiar habit of crediting “Europe” – though it’s never entirely clear what the concept refers to – for achievements ranging from more cosmopolitan restaurants in Britain to “so much to choose from in the supermarket” to world peace …

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In a letter to today’s International Herald Tribune, Former US ambassador Alfred Kingon summarises the situation facing the euro and the EU:When I was the United States ambassador to the European Union (then the European Communities) in the late ’80s…

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Last night MPs debated amendments to the EU Bill to strengthen Parliament’s power over the Government on decisions about which EU crime, justice and immigration laws the UK signs up to. These were not abstract or merely technical points. This was abou…

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Forever in your debt

One proposal that keeps popping up in the debate on how to restructure the struggling Euro zone economies, is the idea that they be allowed to buy back their own bonds using money lent from the EU.Reuters notes that the successful bond issue by the eur…

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Germans’ trust in the EU has taken a giddy nosedive of late.A poll of German citizens, conducted by German pollsters the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion, for FAZ reveals:Trust in the EU has fallen to an all time low: 67% of respondents had “lit…

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