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April 18, 2008 | Bush's climate plan met with criticism in the EU
European reactions to US President George Bush's plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions range from the critical to the decidedly undiplomatic, with Germany's environment minister describing the proposals as 'losership not leadership'.
An issue that has come to the attention of the Irish public lately the declaration by France's finance minister, Christine Lagarde, concerning a wanted common method to compute corporate taxes. Ireland's government has dismissed fears that this can indeed happen, overlooking a certain amendment in the soon-to-be voted upon Lisbon Treaty.
April 16, 2008 | Facebook and EUD Malta
Launched in 2004, Facebook is a social network that has gathered more than 69 million users within its pages. Created initially as an university network for students, it is now the place to go for exchanging photos, ideas or simply staying in touch with friends and like-minded people.
April 15, 2008 | Leaked Irish government email reveals Lisbon Treaty issues
German chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Irish voters to back the EU treaty on the same day that the Irish government was embarrassed by a leaked email outlining what a UK diplomat says is Dublin's strategy for holding and winning a referendum.
April 14, 2008 | New EU President details are being discussed
EU member states have begun preliminary talks on some of the most political aspects of the bloc's new treaty the office set-up for the proposed new full-time president, the shape of the diplomatic service and the power-sharing arrangement for the regular ministerial meetings in Brussels.
April 09, 2008 | France tax strategy threatens Irish referendum
Ireland has been sent into a political tailspin by France's announcement that it is to push ahead with plans for a harmonised company tax base. Politicians fear it will affect the outcome of the country's referendum on the EU treaty in June.
April 08, 2008 | EUDemocrats Congress
On 4th of April 2008, representatives from all over Europe attended the EUD Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. With over 12 leading figures from national parties and movements, the Congress addressed such issues as the leadership of the party and future projects. One of the major targets is to pave the way for local member movements for the 2009 European Parliament elections, the odds looking quite bright at the moment.
April 07, 2008 | Danes changing views on euro, Slovakia will bid for it in 2009
A majority of Danes favour adopting the euro, a fresh survey has suggested while Slovakia has officially filed its application to become the 16th eurozone member state in 2009, just as the EU's monetary union is due to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
April 03, 2008 | Make politics, not war
Reform, debate, protest and professionalism but not hate or rivalry: these are words that can best describe the career of Jens-Peter Bonde during his long tenure at the European Parliament. He was always one of the voices supporting the few and actively opposing the majority, yet this never led to bitter grudges or enmity. In one of his latest articles, Mr Bonde talks about how you can be a friend with the person you disagree with in the plenary session.
April 03, 2008 | New democratic push for the European Union
The European Commission on Wednesday (2 April) presented a new plan aimed at increasing EU citizens' involvement in the decision-making process of the 27 nation bloc, as well as making it more popular. Dubbed "Debate Europe", the initiative is part of the commission's so-called Plan D a concept put forward in 2005 to boost the EU's public image after the No votes to the EU constitution in France and the Netherlands.
April 01, 2008 | Germany opposes EU budget increase
Germany has signalled it will not accept similar increases to the EU budget during the current financial seven year period, which runs to 2013. As the biggest contributor to the bloc's coffers, Berlin argues that farm funds in particular should be strongly cut back in future, a message likely to ruffle feathers in France - the key beneficiary of agricultural support.
March 27, 2008 | Sarkozy charms British MPs
On the first day of his state visit to Britain, French president Nicolas Sarkozy called for closer Franco-British ties and for the UK to take its full place in Europe in order to bring along necessary changes to the bloc.
March 25, 2008 | New agreement between France and UK
The leaders of France and Britain are to hold a joint meeting later this week expected to result in an agreement to promote nuclear power as well as further co-operation on defence, immigration and money markets.
March 24, 2008 | Jens-Peter Bonde leaves the European Parliament
Veteran MEP decides to focus on leading the EUDemocrats: On 9 May this year, the euro deputy who was first elected in 1979 and has been active in the European Parliament ever since, will quit the position in order to focus on building a better European Union. Mr Bonde decided to use his unmatched experience in the affairs of the Parliament for the benefit of the EUDemocrats, a European Political Party he helped found. His parliamentary seat will be taken by Hanne Dahl, leader of the Danish June Movement.
March 21, 2008 | The EU and the Iraq War: after five years
It has been five years since the United States began its military operation dubbed 'Iraqi Freedom'. The war resulted in a deep rift in transatlantic relations, caused a split within the European Union and made Iraqis the single largest group seeking refuge in Europe.
March 19, 2008 | Around Europe with the EUDemocrats
Today we will take a look at the activities of EUD member organizations or politicians inside the European Union. We, at the EUDemocrats, always strive to promote our values for democracy and transparency further. This work is as important at the local level of Member States as it is in the European Institutions. The EUD members everywhere are actively involved in political campaigns and actions that seek to protect and promote the interests of the citizens of each Member State. We take a quick look now at four developing stories and reports in four different countries of the Union.
March 17, 2008 | Mediterranean Union plan has a green light from EU leaders
EU leaders on Thursday (13 March) approved a watered-down version of a plan put forward by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for a grand Mediterranean Union stretching from Morocco to Turkey and aiming to foster cooperation with the EU's southern neighbours.
March 13, 2008 | EU leaders meet in Brussels
EU leaders are gathering in Brussels for what is likely to be unusually conflict-free summit. European Commission proposals on how to turn ambitious green goals into concrete laws, the union's Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs and ways in which to strengthen fragile financial markets are the main topics up for debate.