October 03, 2009 | The last referendum on EU Treaties
By Jens-Peter Bonde Author, Member of the European Parliament 1979-2008 Friday 2 October 2009 will be seen as a sad day in European history. A re-run of a referendum rejecting the Lisbon Treaty has been approved by a majority of Irish voters. This and a possible British may be the last referendums on EU Treaties. Next time they will amend the Treaties without asking any voters.
September 30, 2009 | Irish referendum based on agreed half-truths on Lisbon
Op Ed By Patricia McKenna and Jens-Peter Bonde, former MEPs The Irish Government, the independent Referendum Commission, the leading parties and the European Commission have all agreed to give misleading information about the Lisbon Treaty, a treaty they should know very well.
September 27, 2009 | The European Commission acts illegally in Ireland
By Jens-Peter Bonde On Sunday 27 September the European Commission placed a 16-page propaganda supplement in all Irish newspapers as a paid insert. This is an unlawful use of European taxpayer`s money, since the European Commission has no competence whatever in the ratification of treaties. The Commission is positively misleading on the single topic it should know best about, the appointment of the Commission itself.
September 20, 2009 | New opinion poll shows massive surge in support for the No side
A new opinion poll shows that there has been a massive surge in support for the No side, which, if it holds till voting day would result in the Lisbon Treaty being heavily defeated by a margin of 59% NO ‘V’ 41% YES. In one of the largest polls of its kind ever carried out: Gael Poll polled 1,500 respondents in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Kilkenny, Galway, Athlone, Tralee, Dundalk and Letterkenny over the course of six days last week.
September 08, 2009 | Support for Lisbon Treaty drops in Ireland
With just a month to go until Ireland's second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, a poll has shown that 46 percent support a yes vote, down eight points since May. Published by the Irish Times, the TNS mrbi poll shows a rise of one point in those saying they plan to vote No to 29 percent with the Don't Knows registering at 25 percent, up seven points in comparison to a pre-summer survey.
August 25, 2009 | Commission under fire in Irish Lisbon treaty campaign
The European Commission's delegation in Ireland has stirred complaints by publishing a statement about the Lisbon treaty in the midst of the referendum campaign. The delegation on its website on Friday (21 August) wrote a five point refutation of Irish farmers' allegations that Lisbon would alter inheritance rights, reduce Ireland's EU voting weight and lead to Turkish accession.
January 01, 2009 | Iceland wants to join the EU, but not to share resources
July 22, 2009 - Iceland is hoping to become a member of the EU within three years but will not give up its fishing resources as part of a deal, its foreign minister Ossur Skarpheoinsson said Thursday (23 July) after handing in the country's formal membership application.
July 09, 2009 | Ireland announces Lisbon referendum date
Just over a year after Ireland's shock rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, Dublin has announced that a second referendum on the charter will take place on 2 October.
July 7, 2009 - Every household in Ireland is to receive a postcard detailing the guarantees obtained by the country in the June European Council over the Lisbon Treaty. The move is aimed at better informing the general public, yet it has come under fire because it will use taxpayers' money to promote a message which, some say, only caters to desires of segment of Ireland's population.
June 25, 2009 | End of Czech EU presidency “relatively successful”
The Czechs have more than one reason to breathe a sigh of relief as the turbulent EU presidency of their country comes to an end next week. The Czech presidency has been shaped by gaffes and commotion, but according to observers ended with a reasonably successful EU summit.
June 23, 2009 | British Conservatives form new group in the European Parliament
When the new parliament meets for the first time on 14 July the Tories will sit in a new block, known as the European Conservatives and Reformists. This fulfils a pledge by David Cameron during the 2005 Conservative leadership contest to leave the EPP-ED group in Strasbourg with members from the main centre-right parties across the EU.
June 22, 2009 | Ireland ready to hold second vote on the Lisbon Treaty
EU leaders during last week’s summit agreed on a protocol with treaty guarantees on interpretations of the treaty in the areas of tax, neutrality and ethical issues that will be eventually enshrined into EU law.
June 18, 2009 | Barroso's two fingers to Europe
For the next few weeks, there will probably be only one real topic of conversation within the Brussels beltway: jobs. This prattle will have little to do with the grim litany of layoffs that can easily be found in news bulletins from the outside world. Rather, it will revolve around what posts a smug cabal of overpaid and uninspiring men (and one or two women) will be able to wangle for themselves.
June 17, 2009 | Germany fails to reveal its EU farm aid beneficiaries
The European Commission yesterday decided to take legal action against Germany, because it failed to disclose the full list of names of those receiving EU farm subsidies.
June 16, 2009 | EU close to deal on Irish Lisbon guarantees
European Union leaders are close to a deal on the legal guarantees of national sovereignty that will be offered to Ireland so that it can hold a second referendum that could unblock the group’s Lisbon reform treaty, EU diplomats said on Monday.
June 15, 2009 | Sweden ready for the unexpected
On 1 July 2009, Sweden will take over the rotating presidency of the European Union. It will lead the EU’s work for six months and be responsible for moving important EU issues forward.
June 11, 2009 | EU politics after the elections
We present you three articles that analyse the impact of the EU elections last weekend on the future of EU politics: which new alliances are going to be formed, which parties are likely to become dominant in the European Parliament, and will the far-right be able to form their own political group? Find out more here.
June 10, 2009 | Barroso heading for a second term?
José Manuel Barroso yesterday officially confirmed his candidacy for a second term as Commission president. After a meeting with the Czech prime minister and current Council president Jan Fisher, Barroso said he accepted the request of the Czech Presidency to present him as a candidate for a second term.