Posts Tagged ‘ EU ’

Brexit: Individualism > Nationalism > Globalism

June 23, 2016
posted by

Jeff Deist Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeff Deist  

"Globalism, championed almost exclusively by political and economic elites, has been the dominant force in the West for a hundred years. World War I and the League of Nations established the framework for multinational military excursions, while the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank set the stage for the eventual emergence of the US dollar as a worldwide reserve currency. Progressive government programs in Western countries promised a new model for universalism and peace in the aftermath of the destruction of Europe. Human rights, democracy, and enlightened social views were now to serve as hallmarks of a post-monarchical Europe and rising US. But globalism was never liberalism, nor was it intended to be by its architects." (06/23/16)

https://mises.org/blog/brexit-individualism-nationalism-globalism-0  

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How fear won in Britain

June 23, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Freddy Gray  

"It now looks as if the killing of Jo Cox has tipped wavering voters decisively toward the Remain campaign. The pro-EU side looks all but certain to win tomorrow. Perhaps that is wrong. Perhaps Leave will surprise the pundits and pollsters by pulling off a shock victory. Or perhaps single events, however disturbing, do not really swing elections, and Remain was always bound to win. They have maintained a consistent overall advantage in the polls all year, after all. Within hours of Jo Cox being killed ... Leave was tarred as hate-peddling and racist, and the Remainians were energized. They were the forces of tolerance and progress. The speed and cynicism with which Remain has taken advantage has been breathtaking." (06/23/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-fear-won-in-britain/  

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Why today is a great day for democracy

June 23, 2016
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Today is a really good day for democracy. For British voters have been entrusted to make a real decision. A decision that could have a massive impact on both British politics and the global order. Where in recent years voting in General Elections has come to feel routine, and possibly even a little pointless, given you couldn't squeeze so much as a beermat between the policy programmes of the main parties, today's vote feels heavy, solid, like we've been given real democratic responsibility." (06/23/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-today-is-a-great-day-for-democracy/  

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UK: Voters head to polls for Brexit referendum

June 23, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Voters headed to the polls Thursday in a historic referendum on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union. ... A record number of people -- almost 46.5 million -- are registered to take part in the once-in-a generation vote. The registered voters include Britons from England, Wales, Scotland, [six occupied counties of] Ireland and Gibraltar -- a British territory off the southern coast of Spain." (06/23/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/23/europe/uk-eu-referendum/  

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“Brexit” could push Europe deeper into scapegoating and xenophobia

June 23, 2016
posted by

Murtaza Hussain The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain  

"On Thursday, millions of Britons will go to the polls to vote in a referendum that could see Britain exit the EU, or 'Brexit.' Not only would such a move deal a serious economic blow to the European Union, depriving it of its second largest economy and likely triggering an immediate recession, it could also set a dangerously compelling example for other anti-EU political parties on the continent, most of which are associated with the political far-right." (06/22/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/22/brexit-could-push-europe-deeper-into-scapegoating-and-xenophobia/  

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Remain: The left has lined up with the establishment

June 23, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tom Slater  

"'Brexit is a fake revolt,' writes Paul Mason in the Guardian this week: ‘Working-class culture is being hijacked to help the elite.’ A withering article in Vice agrees. 'Brexit is the upper classes in revolt,' writes Sam Kriss. 'They see an undemocratic and unaccountable EU elite ruling by diktat and an unfounded sense of their own superiority, and they think: hey, that's our job.' Among nominally metropolitan, nominally left-wing Remainers -- or, in Mason's case, Abstainers -- this has become the overriding narrative: that Brexit is the establishment. It's also utter balls." (06/22/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/remain-the-left-has-lined-up-with-the-establishment-eu-brexit/  

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Britain doesn’t need the EU to thrive

June 22, 2016
posted by

Frank Hollenbeck Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Hollenbeck  

"A recent poll showed that if the UK could keep free trade with EU nations, the British people would vote overwhelmingly to leave the EU. To drum up support for staying in the EU, the UK government and quasi-government agencies, like the IMF and OECD, have issued continuous warnings about the costs of such a divorce. The IMF recently reiterated its forecasts that Brexit would have a significant negative effect on the UK economy with a drop in GDP anywhere between 1% and 9% over the long term. The reality is that Brexit would probably only have a minor initial impact on trade or GDP and, on the contrary, would open up vast possibilities for the UK to exploit trade relations with other faster growing regions of the world without having to reach complex trade agreements that satisfy the vested interests of the other 28 members of the EU." (06/21/16)

https://mises.org/blog/britain-doesn%E2%80%99t-need-eu-thrive  

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Hysteria, assassination, and big government

June 21, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"The biggest political story of the month? Brexit. The people of Great Britain will vote, this week, whether to remain in, or exit, the European Union. (Britain+exit='Brexit,' you see.) Establishment forces in Britain have engaged in hysterical, hyperbolic overkill, warning of grave disaster were Britain to leave the union. America's President Barack Obama contributed to this, recently, when he warned that an independent Britain might find itself placed 'at the back of the queue' in trade talks. Tragically, things got more troubling last week when anti-Brexit, pro-union campaigner Jo Cox, a Member of Parliament and prominent Labour Party activist, was brutally slain last week in front of her local library." (06/21/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/21/hysteria-assassination-and-big-government/  

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The European dead end

June 21, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jean Bricmont  

"European construction began as the dream of European elites and has become the nightmare of European peoples. For a number of European intellectuals and politicians, the dream was to transform Europe into a sort of Superstate, capable of rivaling the United States. For others, the idea was to get rid of the Nation-State once and for all, since it was considered chiefly to blame for the woes of the 20th century. However, aside from the fact that this dream always enjoyed strong United States support, which casts doubts on its claim to constitute an alternative to American domination, it suffers from a fatal flaw: the nonexistence of a European people. That is, an overwhelming majority of European citizens feel part of their respective Nation-States, or of even smaller entities (Scotland, Catalonia, Flanders, etc.), much more than they feel 'European.'" (06/21/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/21/the-european-dead-end/  

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Forget the EU — the world is waiting

June 21, 2016
posted by

Ella Whelan spiked
by Ella Whelan  

"A vote for a Brexit would spell the end of global relations for the UK, we are told. Apparently, being a member of the EU ensures Britain doesn't become a nationalist, isolated island. But a closer look at the EU's relationship with countries outside of its borders tells a very different story. The EU has an ongoing policy of guarding itself against foreign peoples." (06/20/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/forget-the-eu-the-world-is-waiting-referendum-brexit/  

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Why Brexit is better for Britain

June 20, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thorsten Polleit  

"On 23 June 2016, the people of Great Britain will vote whether to stay in the European Union (EU) or leave it. The pro-EU camp argues that leaving the EU will cost Britain dearly in terms of economic prosperity, financial stability, and domestic security. In fact, people are being told that exiting the EU will bring dismal times to Britain. The anti-EU camp argues that leaving the EU will be good, as it gives Britain freedom to determine its own fate: to decide about taxes, fishing, immigration, and other issues which are of the utmost importance for the economic and political well-being of the British people." (06/20/16)

https://mises.org/blog/why-brexit-better-britain  

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Cameron riles Spanish regime with anti-Brexit rally in disputed Gibraltar

June 16, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Prime Minister David Cameron managed to upset the Spanish government with his planned trip to Gibraltar before he even left London. Cameron is due to hold a rally on the British territory later on Thursday as part of his campaign to convince voters to back staying in the European Union in next week's referendum. The visit will be the first by a serving British prime minister to the disputed enclave on the southern tip of Spain since 1968, according to the Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper. 'What's clear is that Spain has always thought that Gibraltar is part of our national territory and not part of the U.K., whatever happens in the referendum,' Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in an interview with RNE Radio. The Brexit campaign 'should take place in the U.K. and not in Gibraltar,' he said." (06/16/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-16/cameron-riles-spain-with-anti-brexit-rally-in-disputed-gibraltar  

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The class rift behind the EU debate

June 15, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Neil Davenport  

"This is the conceit of much of the Remain camp: that supporting the EU is a marker for tolerance, open-mindedness, decency and niceness. The divisions over the EU are often posed as a generational war, between cosmopolitan twentysomethings and older white proles, or a cultural war, between fresh-faced hipster creatives and the unattractive plebs. Are you on the side of open-minded 'us' or are you bunking up with backward 'them' -- that has been the conformist cry of leading Remain backers. This is why even left-wingers who instinctively understand that the EU is an elitist, anti-democratic institution don't have the guts to come out for Brexit. Because to do so would mean associating yourself with modern-day untouchables: the riff-raff, the unsophisticated, the possibly racist." (06/14/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-class-rift-behind-the-eu-debate-brexit/  

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Support free movement? Then vote against the EU

June 8, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Ella Whelan  

"The Remain camp often says that a vote for Brexit is a vote in favour of xenophobia. 'This is no longer a referendum about the European Union,' said one pro-EU commentator. 'It's a referendum about your attitude to foreigners.' This is the most disingenuous of all its arguments. If you want to see a prejudiced and illiberal approach to foreigners, look no further than the EU institutions these campaigners are fighting to defend." (06/08/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/support-free-movement-vote-against-the-eu-brexit-referendum/  

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EU gang wants quota of European films on providers like Netflix

May 25, 2016
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"On-demand video providers like Netflix, iTunes and Amazon will be required to have a fifth of their films and TV shows on offer in the European Union be Europe-made, under new proposals issued Wednesday. The quota would match one that already exists for TV networks in European countries and aims to protect the film industry, culture and national languages of the EU's 28 states in an increasingly globalized world dominated by programs in English and from the U.S. The system, however, is not popular in the industry and was immediately criticized by some." (05/25/16)

http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/top-news/european-union-seeks-to-make-life-easier-for-onlin/nrStP/  

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France: Google appeals order to apply “right to be forgotten” globally

May 19, 2016
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CNet News CNet News    

"Google has appealed an order from France compelling it to scrap certain search results not just by country but across the world. In May 2014, Google started complying with a European Union ruling that requires it to honor requests from a European citizen to remove search results that may no longer be relevant or may infringe upon that person's privacy. Initially, the company limited those take-down requests to just the countries from which they originated. A year later, France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) ordered Google to remove search results upon request from all its global domains, including those in the US." (05/19/16)

http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/google-appeals-france-order-on-right-to-be-forgotten-globally/  

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The Human Rights Act is no friend of freedom

May 10, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Luke Gittos  

"Those opposed to the Human Rights Act paint it as a devastatingly effective way for criminals to evade justice. Its supporters describe it as the legacy of the Enlightenment and a vital protection against the excesses of executive power. Both of these positions demonstrate rampant intellectual dishonesty. The Human Rights Act should be repealed, not because it makes our courts 'slaves' to foreign powers, but because it has done nothing to stop clamp downs on democratic freedoms over recent decades." (05/10/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-human-rights-act-is-no-friend-of-freedom/18335  

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France threatens “no” to US-EU trade zone, amid new tensions

May 3, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"France is threatening to reject a huge free trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, saying it's too friendly to U.S. business and probably doomed. Signs of trouble are dogging the creation of a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a U.S.-EU free trade zone encompassing half the world economy. President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that France 'will never accept' challenges to its farming and culture in exchange for better access to U.S. markets. ... European officials appear to be toughening their rhetoric after Greenpeace leaked large amounts of confidential negotiating documents that suggest the EU is coming under U.S. pressure to weaken consumer protections in key sectors." (05/03/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/france-us-eu-trade-deal-blocked-probably-doomed/2016/05/03/18c5d736-1111-11e6-a9b5-bf703a5a7191_story.html  

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How Brexit could help all of Europe

May 2, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ferghane Azihari  

"The United Kingdom (UK) is about to hold a referendum on June 23rd on whether it should leave or remain within the European Union (EU). Once unthinkable, the 'Brexit' is becoming more and more plausible. It is seen by the mainstream media as a factor of uncertainty in Europe. For its critics, Brexit would lead to increasing nationalism and protectionism. Nevertheless, those same critics forget the European Union is not a free-trade area. On the contrary, Brexit could open new perspectives for the old continent, not by bringing more protectionism but by bringing more competition between governments." (05/02/16)

https://mises.org/blog/how-brexit-could-help-all-europe  

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The EU — a CIA covert operation

May 2, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The upcoming British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union (EU) represents the culmination of a long term project by the United States to destroy the concept of national sovereignty in the Old World and replace it with a supranational entity with ironclad links to Washington. Whether that longstanding ambition has succeeded will be decided on June 23 -- which is why President Barack Obama made a special trip to the Mother Country to give them a little lecture on the alleged evils of nationalism and the goodness of the EU." (05/02/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/05/01/eu-cia-covert-operation/  

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Obama vs. Britain’s “isolationists”

April 25, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"American interventionism isn't just sending in the Marines -- more often it's sending in the President. The 'bully pulpit' has worldwide resonance, and President Obama recently used it to urge the British to reject 'isolationism' and stay in the EU. As usual with the White House -- and not just this one -- the little lecture was accompanied by a threat: if the Brits abjured his advice, and that of British Prime Minister David Cameron, they would be put 'at the back of the queue' when it comes to signing trade deals with the US. This is nonsense, as London mayor Boris Johnson pointed out: the European Union's routinely protectionist stance would actually made it harder rather than easier to negotiate any kind of trade deal. But Obama, undeterred by the furious reaction to his intervention in the debate, continued his assault on British 'isolationism' the next day ..." (04/25/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/04/24/obama-vs-britains-isolationists/  

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EU set to slap Google with frivolous antitrust charges over Android

April 19, 2016
posted by

MarketWatch MarketWatch    

"The European Union is set to slap Alphabet Inc.’s Google with formal antitrust charges over the U.S. tech company’s conduct with its Android mobile-operating system, according to two people briefed on the investigation. ... EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday that the commission was focusing on Google's demand that smartphone makers and mobile carriers using Android load Google apps on their devices if they offer any of the company's services -- including search -- on their phones." (04/;19/16)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/eu-set-to-slap-google-with-antitrust-charges-over-android-2016-04-19  

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EU: MEPs approve plan to collect and share air passenger data

April 14, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Security services will have easier access to information about people flying into and out of Europe, after MEPs voted in favour of a mass data collection plan aimed at combating terrorists and organised criminals. The European parliament voted by 461 to 179 to share passenger name records (PNR), a measure that has been five years in the making and the subject of a rancorous debate on how to balance security against privacy. Only nine MEPs abstained, in a sign of the sharp polarisation over the plans." (04/14/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/14/meps-approve-plan-collect-share-air-passenger-data-pnr  

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Netherlands: Voters reject EU-Ukraine deal in referendum

April 7, 2016
posted by

Leesville Daily Leader    

"A clear majority of people who voted Wednesday in a Dutch referendum rejected a far-reaching European Union free trade deal with Ukraine, and with all votes counted it was clear that the threshold of 30 percent voter turnout would be met and the result would be valid. The turnout was at 32.2 percent, broadcasters NOS and RTL reported after all votes were counted and reported by municipalities to national news agency ANP's election service. While it was long in doubt if the result would be valid, the sentiment among those in the nation of 17 million who voted was crystal clear: According to the ANP count, 61.1 percent rejected the EU-Ukraine pact and 38.1 percent voted for it. The remaining votes were blank or spoiled." (04/06/16)

http://www.leesvilledailyleader.com/news/20160406/reports-dutch-reject-eu-ukraine-deal-in-referendum  

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Greece: Regime halts migrant deportations while it processes rush of asylum applications

April 6, 2016
posted by

National Post [Canada]    

"The expulsion of migrants from Greece to Turkey was suspended Tuesday after authorities admitted it could take months to process thousands of asylum seekers stranded on the Aegean Islands. A group of 202 mostly Pakistani and Afghan migrants was sent by boat from the islands of Lesbos and Chios on Monday, as the EU’s plan to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis got under way, but none followed them Tuesday." (04/05/16)

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/migrants-day-two-and-greece-stops-sending-back-the-migrants  

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