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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.
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.
July 31, 2012 | Ratification of the ESM treaty faces legal hurdles in Germany, Austria and at the ECJ
The tale of the two treaties aiming to save the eurozone goes on. The ratification process is still under way in most eurozone member states, but the treaties are facing increased legal scrutiny after the Irish Supreme Court referred the appeal of TD Thomas Pringle on the legality of the ESM to the European Court of Justice. In Germany the Constitutional Court is expected to deliver its ruling on September 12th while the Austrian Constitutional Court will take three to six months to issue its ruling. In Finland the Chancellor of Justice has launched an investigation into the legality of the implemented ESM law, possibly leading to a new vote in parliament on the treaty.
The European Parliament has for years lobbied for a direct EU tax to be levied on the citizens of the EU member states. You can find the study here and read
January 19, 2012 | EUD Press Release - Referendum in Croatia
2012-01-19 If Croatia votes no – a new possibility for Europe will rise We support a democratic, open and tolerant Europe. We believe that if Croatia votes no to EU membership it can open the door for broader co-operation in Europe. Norway and Switzerland are excellent examples of how a country can work better by not being member of the European Union. Membership of the European Union is not necessary for integration and the peaceful development of Europe. In fact, the Euro crisis and the European Union budget policy actually create new tensions in Europe. By saying 'No' to EU membership Croatia can open up for new possibilities to develop true democracy and tolerance in Europe.
December 14, 2011 | Dublin, Prague, and Helsinki express worry over new open-ended proposals
The EU’s new fiscal compact is again getting a bumpy ride from a number of quarters in member states, with opposition parties in Ireland warning over loss of sovereignty and the leaders of the Czech Republic and Finland also underlining concerns.
December 13, 2011 | Doubt already cast on IMF euro rescue
Days after leaders pledged to channel €200 billion through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help rescue the eurozone, the Czech Republic, Estonia and the German central bank have come out against the idea. Japan, Canada and the US are also sending negative signals.
December 12, 2011 | UK to be left out of intergovernmental treaty
A group of 26 EU member states is to forge ahead with an intergovernmental agreement on tightening economic governance in the eurozone, following a stormy summit in Brussels that saw the UK sidelined after it overplayed its hand.