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December 31, 2013 | Most Swedes, Finns and Danes favour deeper Nordic co-operation over EU-membership

A TNS/Gallup poll published by the EUD April 2 2014 shows 50% of respondents in Finland and 49% in Sweden would vote for Nordic countries deepening co-operation (nordiskt förbund) in many policy areas and negotiating a trade agreement with the EU. A poll conducted in February by Danish think-tank Ny Agenda showed similar results (47%). Fewer than one in three respondents would vote for EU-membership if the Nordic countries instead would establish a joint trade agreement with the EU and deeper co-operation among the Nordic countries in areas such as justice, environment, foreign- and trade policy. Given this choice only 31% in Finland and 28% in Sweden and Denmark would support EU membership.

December 31, 2013 | New report: The EU's principle of subsidiarity - an empty promise

The Lisbon Treaty was supposed to draw clear borders for the competences of the EU. This would be accomplished through changes in the subsidiarity control. A Swedish report finds that this promise has not been fulfilled. The author argues that: "the competences of the EU are so wide, its targets so ambitious and the criterions when a proposal is in breach of the principle are so imprecisely formulated that this control lacks all prerequisites to stop the transfer of new competences to the EU". The report not only presents a critique of the system as it functions today, it proposes concrete ways to reform and improve the subsidiarity control at EU and national level.

December 30, 2013 | EUDemocrats opinion poll: Irish public not aware of changes to EU decision making process

A new EUDemocrats poll also found that 69% of the Irish public would oppose any suggestion of cuts to areas such as pay, welfare or pensions; if these were required by people in the Eurozone to ensure the continued existence of the euro currency.

December 11, 2013 | EUD welcomes new Croatian member by hosting a discussion on the EU and its system of values

EUDemocrats welcomes new Croatian member Dr. sc. Don Ivan Grubišić, MP, by hosting a discussion on the European Union and its system of values ("Europska unija I sustav vrijednosti") in Zagreb, Croatia.

November 04, 2013 | More and more laws originate from political decisions in EU-institutions

The Swedish Parliament Magazine, Riksdag & Departement, has reviewed 1300 law proposals from the last Social Democrat and the current center-right government dating back to 2005. The report found that the number of law proposals originating from political decisions in EU-institutions has increased dramatically since 2010.

October 07, 2013 | Swedish Parliament to “yellow card” Banking Union proposals

The Swedish Parliament will “yellow card” EU-legislation intended to establish a bank resolution fund and single resolution mechanism (SRM). The Parliament's Finance Committee claims the proposals contradict the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality.

September 24, 2013 | EUD hosts discussion on Latvia's future in the EU and the euro

EUDemocrats hosted a discussion on Latvia's future in the EU and the eurozone September 21st in Riga, Latvia. Speakers Stefan Törnqvist (Finland), Anne-Marie Pålsson (Sweden) and Pieter Cleppe (Belgium) discussed the euro, the subsidiarity principle and EU-overregulation as well as Latvia's 2014 introduction of the euro.

September 16, 2013 | EUD and its foundation hosts 10-year anniversary celebration of Sweden's No to the euro

On September 14th EUDemocrats and its political foundation the OEIC hosted a 10-year anniversary celebration in Stockholm, Sweden. Gathering representatives from the 2003 No-campaign, we remembered the past and discussed the future, including how Sweden (and others) can obtain a permanent derogation from the 3rd stage of the EMU. The yes-elite, to this day, has learned little and still admits no fault or misjudgement despite suffering such a shocking defeat in the referendum and the euro crisis proving the no-side was in fact right.

June 09, 2013 | EUDemocrats gathers for 2013 Annual General Meeting

EUDemocrats gathered parliamentarians, experts and activists involved in EU affairs on the Åland Islands in conjunction with the Islanders celebrations of self-rule day (självstyrelsedagen)7-9th of June. In total twelve EU countries were represented at the Annual General Meeting.

May 25, 2013 | Introduction of the direct EU tax is going slowly – perhaps it could even fail?

The eternal strive of EU federalists to introduce their own taxes in order for them to receive their first "own resources" independent of member states continues. The latest attempt, under the cover of a financial transaction tax (FTT), seems to have hit a few (un)expected roadblocks. Read more.

March 22, 2013 | EUDemocrats hosts information session on the euro in Latvia

Today EUDemocrats hosted its fourth information session and discussion on the euro in Riga, Latvia. The information sessions intend to bring balance to the debate on the euro in Latvia. This year the European Commission and the pro-euro Latvian government will spend two million euro on a one-sided "communication" campaign promoting the failing common currency in Latvia.

January 29, 2013 | The EU's assault on democracy

A summary on how the EU undermines democracy written by Anthony Coughlan,issued on the 40th anniversary of Ireland, Britain and Denmark joining the then EEC and on Ireland's assumption of the six-month EU presidency in January 2013.

December 17, 2012 | EUDemocrats hosts second debate on the euro in Latvia

As Latvia prepares to adopt the Euro in 2014, EUDemocrats, together with local MP's, legal experts and economists hosted a second debate on the euro, as part of its Baltic States' Information Campaign. The event was well attended and covered by the Latvian TV3 channel.

December 11, 2012 | S&D, EPP and ALDE vote the same way in the European Parliament

EUDemocrats and its affiliated think-tank, the Organization for European Interstate Cooperation, has conducted a study entitled: “Is there really a political difference in the European Parliament between the big groups?” The report examines all final votes with Roll Call in the European Parliament during 2010. The result is clear: in 484 final votes on resolutions and reports, the Christian Democrats (EPP) and the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) disagreed in just 2.9%. This means they agreed in 97.1% of all final votes. The PPE and the Liberals in ALDE disagreed in 2.5% of the final votes while S&D and ALDE disagreed in 1.9% of all final votes. A previous study examining voting behaviour in 2008 showed similar results. The main question raised by this study is; does it matter which one of the three large European parties you vote for since they appear to act as a bloc in European Parliament votes?

December 06, 2012 | EUDemocrats hosts events dealing with the crucial issues of democracy in the EU and the eurocrisis

EUDemocrats recently hosted two events, one in Bratislava, Slovakia on the state of democracy in the European Union and one in Riga, Latvia on the eurocrisis.

August 29, 2012 | Free and open debate on the future of the euro and EU must be supported and not suppressed

Statement by the EUD Annual General Meeting: EUDemocrats supports a democratic, open and tolerant Europe. We consider a climate of free and open debate a pre-requisite for any well-functioning political system. Recent statements by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn and President of the Eurogroup Jean-Claude Juncker, which urged suppression of comments on the euro crisis, are contrary to the European tradition of open, free and fact based political debate. Dissenting opinions and alternative approaches must be allowed to exist, even in public. The EUDemocrats wholeheartedly support free speech and constructive debate, and exceptions cannot be made for euro-related issues or EU policy.


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