Outrage as EU blocks democratic challenge to US trade deal
The following is extracted from Caroline Stephens' (UKIP PPC) daily newsletter:
By John Hilary
There is something rotten in the state of Europe when an unelected, unaccountable EU body can glibly inform millions of us that we no longer have the right to question its most dangerous and unpopular policies.
This is exactly what has just happened, as the European Commission has announced that it will not allow a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to challenge the secret trade talks it is holding with the US government, supposedly on our behalf.
Last Updated (Sunday, 14 September 2014 07:17)
A lorry load of trouble: Shortage of truck drivers caused by EU rules puts economic recovery at risk… with Christmas deliveries already under threat
Saturday, 13 September 2014 21:09
EU rules insisting on higher training has made shortage worse
Thousands of British heavy goods drivers retiring as population ages
Shortfall could lead to problems stocking shelves for Christmas and transporting grit for winter
A shortage of UK lorry drivers caused by European rules is threatening the economic recovery and putting deliveries to shops and homes at risk, hauliers and MPs have warned.
The EU needs a completely new direction
Friday, 12 September 2014 11:40
The new Commission needs to start a drastic reform programme to save the EU. Only then can Europe survive in a world of tectonic shifts, warns Joop Hazenberg.
Joop Hazenberg is a young Dutch writer who has been based in Brussels since early 2013. He has just published a new book: Next Europe, How can the EU survive in a world of tectonic shifts
The turbulent and bloody summer of 2014 is nothing but a precursor for the next decades. Geopolitical shifts and economic shocks will continue to dominate the news in the years to come, and the shocks will be much bigger and more dangerous than the downing of an airplane, beheadings in the Levant or the current crisis in the eurozone.
Europe’s quiet evenings are over. We have to prepare mentally, physically and structurally for a bumpy ride. And if we do it well, by 2030 the old continent may be stronger and find itself in a solid position, thriving and popular.
Divided European Union in new talks on Russia sanctions over Ukraine European Union meets with some members arguing ceasefire should be given a chance to succeed before new measures against Russia are considered
Friday, 12 September 2014 10:53
The European Union holds a new round of talks on Thursday to try to agree on the latest round of sanctions against Moscow as a fragile truce in Ukraine appeared to be largely holding.
EU leaders agreed last week to slap more punitive measures targeting Russia’s stagnant economy but Friday’s ceasefire forced a rethink on the timing of the sanctions.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Wednesday for the new restrictions to be introduced quickly as they could always be lifted if the ceasefire keeps a lid on the five months of fighting in eastern Ukraine.
But EU envoys decided to suspend their debate until Thursday after some members – wary of further economic reprisals by Russia – said they wanted to wait and see what happened on the ground in Ukraine.
Tories select sitcom star to fight Ukip threat: Former actor who appeared in 80s show Bread will fight Douglas Carswell in Clacton
Friday, 12 September 2014 09:06
Tory councillor Giles Watling is best known for his role in 80s series Bread
Will stand against Ukip defector Douglas Carswell in October's by-election
Two polls have predicted Mr Carswell will retain the seat by a landslide
A former sitcom actor has been selected as the Conservative candidate to head off a Ukip advance in Clacton.
Giles Watling, best known for his role in 80s series Bread, about a family living on benefits in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, will stand against Ukip defector Douglas Carswell in next month’s crunch by-election in the Essex seaside town.
Editorial - That silly old bugger.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:35
I came across this poem in the daily newsletter from Caroline Stephens UKIP PPC. It struck me as being extremely poignant and something that we should all remember especially in this centenary year.
written by Bill Bradshaw
Last Updated (Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:16)
Independent Scotland No Shoo-In for the EU On Its Own, Scotland Could Face Trouble in Brussels
Friday, 12 September 2014 11:51
BRUSSELS—As polls suggest a tight race for Scotland's independence referendum next week, the European Union is reluctantly confronting a thorny problem: How would it respond to an independent Scotland's bid to join the EU?
Democratic, peaceful Scotland would seem to meet the requirements for EU membership, and Scottish leaders have promised to join 18 months after a referendum victory, which is when it says it would become independent. But the application process is complex, especially since Scotland wants exemptions to EU rules similar to those Britain enjoys.
Potentially more important, many European countries face their own separatist movements, making them wary of welcoming a breakaway region.
Government Willing to Go for FTA With European Union: Commerce Minister
Friday, 12 September 2014 11:24
New Delhi: The government is willing to go in for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union but wants the 27-member bloc to address the issues flagged by New Delhi, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said.
"Nothing stops us from doing it but, of course, let him (the EU ambassador) also come back saying that they are interested...it's not as if we are holding back...," Ms Sitharaman told reporters in Delhi.
The EU's main focus at present is on the mega trade pact - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The minister said the EU Ambassador had met her recently and the agreement came up for discussion.
Juncker gives key EU economy jobs to UK and France
Friday, 12 September 2014 09:22
The UK will oversee financial services in the new 28-strong European Commission - a surprise move that delighted the UK's PM David Cameron.
The job goes to Jonathan Hill, former leader of the House of Lords.
France also got a powerful post - ex-Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, a socialist, will run EU economic policy.
Last Updated (Friday, 12 September 2014 09:39)
BRITAIN GIVES UP LEGAL SOVEREIGNTY OVER EUROPEAN TREATY
Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:37
Britain yesterday surrendered 1,000 years of legal sovereignty in return for a European extradition treaty.
Judges and magistrates across the continent will be given the power to demand the arrest and handover of British citizens simply by naming them as suspects.
Change YOUR Gmail password now! Google issues warning after hackers expose 5 million account details on a Russian website
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:26
Hackers exposed nearly 5 million Gmail account details and passwords on Bitcoin Security – a popular Russian website devoted to cryptocurrency
The leak became known after a user posted a link to the log-in credentials on Reddit frequented by hackers, professional and aspiring
The account holders are mostly English, Russian, and Spanish and 60 percent of accounts were active
A Google spokesman said many of the passwords in question were likely taken from a website other than Google.
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