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December 08, 2008 | Out of the frying pan and into the fire
From the Dalai Lama's inner peace in Strasbourg, to MEP arrogance in Prague The day began with a meeting with the Dalai Lama. He was invited to speak in the plenary and prior to that he was to meet with the presidents of the European Parliament's groups, and I did not want to miss the opportunity to meet such a personality.
December 05, 2008 | McCreevy: Irish No should be respected
Irish EU commissioner Charlie McCreevy has argued that the negative result of his country's referendum on Europe's Lisbon treaty should be respected, admitting that the No campaign had won the argument against "the might" of media and most politicians.
November 26, 2008 | David Heathcoat-Amory on Lisbon
In 2001, the EU heads of government issued the Laeken Declaration, calling for a reformed Europe, "closer to its citizens". That reform has never been carried out. Look at the EU budget, now rejected by the auditors for the 14th year.
November 11, 2008 | From crisis to victory
Read an article written by Hanne Dahl for her blog, translated into English by popular demand, concerning the visit to Prague of the European Parliament's Constitutional Committee.
November 10, 2008 | What the Government should now do on Lisbon
The EUD recommend you to read a Letter written by Anthony Coughlan on the manner in which the Irish Government should and would act concerning the Lisbon Treaty.
October 13, 2008 | President's Dinner 08
Jens Peter Bonde, President of EUDemocrats, Patricia McKenna, one of the leaders of The Irish campaign against the Lisbon Treaty and Roger Helmer (MEP) attended the President's dinner organized by Friends of Europe. Over 200 senior EU and national decision makers, business and NGOs leaders and editors-in-chief gathered in the Brussels Palais d'Egmont to discuss Europe's future.
September 17, 2008 | Stop the European Court of Justice
Judicial decision-making in Europe is in deep trouble. The reason is to be found in the European Court of Justice (ECJ), whose justifications for depriving member states of their very own fundamental competences and interfering heavily in their legal systems are becoming increasingly astonishing.
September 16, 2008 | The re-run in Ireland
This week the EUD President, Jens-Peter Bonde, talks about how the Irish elites are already paving the way for a new referendum on the already rejected Lisbon Treaty.
September 16, 2008 | An Alternative Vision for Europe
In the aftermath of the Irish referendum, it is clearer than ever that fundamental change is required in the EU. When the EU elites refused to accept the death of the Lisbon Treaty despite its rejection by the Irish people, it became clear that democracy in Europe was about to enter an especially troubled period.
September 05, 2008 | IEA advises the EU to unite on energy matters
EU capitals should create a united front in order to beef up their position vis-a-vis major energy suppliers such as Russia, the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggested on Thursday (4 September).
September 03, 2008 | Declan Ganley calls for EU wide referendum
The leader of the Irish No campaign, Daclan Ganley, has renewed calls for an EU wide referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, as Irish media reported parts of the pact may be ratified by the Irish parliament instead.
September 01, 2008 | The EU faces Georgia-Russia propaganda war
The guns may have fallen silent in Georgia but the propaganda war on who started the conflict has just begun, with Russia and Georgia each selling their side of the story to diplomats, MEPs and media in Brussels.
August 26, 2008 | EU governments face blame for weakening economy
With increasing signs of a worsening European economy, a survey has found that citizens in large EU countries are mainly blaming their own governments, but more and more, the European Central Bank is also a target for discontent.
August 11, 2008 | EU under pressure to shed light on expert panels
A transparency campaign group has written to seven European commissioners to pressure them to make good on a promise to reveal the names of the people who sit on the expert groups that influence EU legislation in key areas.
August 08, 2008 | Think tank claims the EU can survive without the Lisbon Treaty
Europe continues to work without the Lisbon treaty and the demise of the document would not be a catastrophe for the bloc, an influential think tank has said.
The Irish government is considering calling a second Lisbon treaty referendum in autumn 2009 after securing concessions on the number of commissioners, abortion, taxation and military neutrality, a major Irish daily reports.
July 24, 2008 | Italian Lisbon vote builds pressure on Ireland
The Italian senate's unanimous support for the Lisbon treaty on Wednesday (23 July) should help force Ireland into a revote, Italian politicians have said, with Ireland looking increasingly likely to stand out as the only EU country not to ratify the text.
July 24, 2008 | Four years in jail for illegal migrants in Italy
EU home affairs ministers are gathering in Brussels to discuss a number of proposals on immigration, attempting to set a common approach across member states. Eyes will also be on Italy after the country passed a controversial law on Wednesday (23 July) that would make undocumented migration a crime punishable by up to four years in jail.