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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.
July 22, 2008 | Bonde calls for Referendum in 2009
French President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested today that the Irish revote on the Lisbon Treaty in June 2009. The French president's strategy for holding a second poll will be unveiled at the December Summit in Brussels.
July 22, 2008 | June 2009: date for Irish revote
French President Nicholas Sarkozy has proposed to the Irish prime minister that a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty be held on the same day as elections to the European Parliament next June.
July 22, 2008 | Ukraine making steps towards EU association
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed French proposals for the EU to sign an "association" pact with Ukraine in September, amid uncertainty over what the move could mean for Ukraine's EU membership aspirations.
July 18, 2008 | Bulgarian corruption draws sanctions from Brussels
The European Commission is next week to release a report harshly criticising Bulgaria for the way it has been handling EU funds, and suspend payments to two of the country's agencies charged with managing EU projects.
July 16, 2008 | Sarkozy calls for new Irish vote
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said that Ireland will have to vote once more on the EU treaty, in a move bound to ruffle feathers in Dublin, which has yet to say publicly how it plans to react to last month's treaty rejection.
July 14, 2008 | Union for the Mediterranean launched
France officially announced the launch of the Union for the Mediterranean on Sunday (13 July). The brainchild of its president Nicolas Sarkozy, who did not hide his pride in seeing the project's official birth.