Posts Tagged ‘ EU ’

Antitrust vs. “cannibal capitalism”

January 15, 2016
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"A new complaint against McDonald's has been brought to the European Commission. Interestingly enough, this is the result of a sort of 'globalisation of trade-unionism': a coalition of Italian consumer organizations and European and U.S. trade unions accuses the restaurant chain of 'abusing its market power to harm franchisees who run its burger restaurants as well as customers, workers and rivals.' ... the notion that McDonald's market dominance may harm 'franchisees who run burger restaurants as well as customers, workers and rivals' is to me rather astonishing.
It might well be that franchisees do not like the contractual conditions they agreed to .... But are they complaining they are locked in outdated agreements and can't go fishing for different solutions? This is not clear from the news reports. Generally speaking, and judging from the number of new restaurants opening their doors, this particular industry does not appear to be stagnating." (01/14/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/01/antitrust_vs_ca.html  

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UK: Cameron will allow cabinet ministers to campaign for “Brexit”

January 5, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"Prime Minister David Cameron will allow ministers in his Cabinet to decide for themselves whether to campaign for Britain to stay in or leave the European Union -- a so-called Brexit -- in a referendum expected later this year. ... British ministers are usually expected to abide by the principle of collective responsibility, which means supporting the government's agreed position even if they have personal doubts. With Cameron on course to campaign to stay inside the EU, ministers who wish to publicly disagree would currently have to quit their posts." (01/05/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-britain-fa5b64f0-b3a0-11e5-8abc-d09392edc612-20160105-story.html  

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An entirely vain hope but here goes anyway

December 31, 2015
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"We are undoubtedly all going to have the most hugely enjoyable slanging matches over this upcoming European Union referendum. But would it be possible, we ask politely, that such arguments stay with what is in fact true rather than just wander off into whatever sort of nonsense makes rhetorical sense? For we do think that we're more likely to end up with a reasonable policy in the end if we do in fact continually refer to reality rather than whatever phantasms sell a particular position." (12/30/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/politics-government/an-entirely-vain-hope-but-here-goes-anyway/  

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EU officially extends Russia sanctions for six months

December 21, 2015
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"The EU has decided to maintain economic sanctions against Moscow citing incomplete implementation of the Minsk peace accord. Moscow claims the extension will encourage Kyiv to 'sabotage' the peace process. ... The EU concluded that Russia had failed to fully respect the roadmap to peace in [the seceded states that were once part of] eastern Ukraine, as determined by the so-called Minsk accord." (12/21/15)

http://www.dw.com/en/eu-officially-extends-russia-sanctions-for-six-months-over-ukraine-conflict/a-18932985  

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Schengen, adieu

December 15, 2015
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"The European Union is a mixed bag, as are all human things, but Schengen granted people that freedom of movement that people valued who remembered life under the bombs in WWII and later in the face of the Iron Curtain that was dividing Europe in two. If Schengen is over, the EU will be over soon. Moving unchecked all around the continent is one of the very few things that give people an impression of political unity. Take this away, and the justification for Brussels'[s] meddling bureaucracy will appear even weaker to national voters who are increasingly less willing to swallow it." (12/14/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/12/schengen_adieu.html  

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Israel: Regime suspends EU role in “peace process” over truth-in-labeling requirements

November 29, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Israel has said it is suspending contact with EU officials involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians. The move follows the bloc's decision to label goods from Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 'ordered suspension of diplomatic contacts with the institutions of the European Union on this issue,' a foreign ministry statement said. ... Just over two weeks ago the European Commission issued new guidelines for the labelling of some products made in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian and Syrian land. The guidelines stipulate that agricultural produce and cosmetics sold in EU member states must have clear labels showing their place of origin. The EU considers settlements built on territories occupied by Israel in 1967 to be illegal under international law, but Israel disputes this position." (11/29/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34959807  

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EU: Politicians plan Bitcoin crackdown because TERRORISM

November 20, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"European Union countries plan a crackdown on virtual currencies and anonymous payments made online and via pre-paid cards in a bid to tackle terrorism financing [sic] after the Paris attacks, a draft document seen by Reuters said. EU interior and justice ministers will gather in Brussels on Friday for a crisis meeting called after the Paris carnage of last weekend. They will urge the European Commission, the EU executive arm, to propose measures to 'strengthen controls of non-banking payment methods such as electronic/anonymous payments and virtual currencies and transfers of gold, precious metals, by pre-paid cards,' draft conclusions of the meeting said." [editor's note: They're not trying to "tackle terrorism financing," they're just trying to keep their tax slaves on the chain - TLK] (11/09/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/19/us-france-shoooting-eu-terrorism-funding-idUSKCN0T81BW20151119#kAWX5Ft0P71Zluu0.97  

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Israel: Regime denounces EU label rules for products made in squats

November 12, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The European Union set new guidelines Wednesday requiring that Jewish settlements [sic] clearly label export products as coming from occupied territories. Israeli leaders condemned the move as discriminatory and warned that relations with their nation's biggest trading partner could suffer. The measures, issued by the European Commission, mean that farmers, vintners and manufacturers in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights -- even those employing Palestinian [Arab] workers -- may no longer boast a 'Made in Israel' label for Europe-bound goods. Instead, they must tell consumers that the products come from a 'settlement' in the territories, which were captured by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war." [editor's note: Products made in occupied territory outside Israel are by definition not "made in Israel," so labeling them as such is plain fraud regardless of any EU laws - TLK] (11/11/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-denounces-eu-label-rules-for-products-made-in-settlements/2015/11/11/9883ace6-87eb-11e5-bd91-d385b244482f_story.html  

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EU lawmakers ask member states to protect Edward Snowden

October 30, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"The European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday urging European Union nations to protect former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden from extradition to the U.S., calling him an 'international human rights defender.' The resolution, barely gaining approval by a 285-281 vote, was a symbolic nod to Snowden and snub to the Obama administration. ... The resolution calls on EU member states to 'drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender.'" (10/29/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/10/29/eu-parliament-calls-snowden-human-rights-defender/74797138/  

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EU offers Turkey cash, closer ties for migration help

October 16, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The European Union offered Turkey a possible 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in aid and the prospect of easier travel visas and 're-energised' talks on joining the bloc in return for its help stemming the flow of migrants to Europe. EU leaders at a summit in Brussels said they agreed on an 'action plan' with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to cooperate on improving the lives of two million Syrian refugees in Turkey and encouraging them to stay put. They also agreed to coordinate border controls to slow the influx of migrants crossing Turkey from Asia." (10/16/15)

http://reut.rs/1NKW9Su  

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EU ministers to step up deportations in bid to deter refugees

October 8, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"EU governments are to attempt to come up with a battery of policies aimed at sealing off 'Fortress Europe' from unwanted migrants and stepping up the speed and volume of deportations for refused asylum seekers. According to 10 pages of draft decisions prepared for the session on Thursday, the European institutions and national governments are to make a show of deporting refused asylum seekers in what looks like a vain attempt to try to discourage others from making the journey." (10/08/15)

http://bit.ly/1WPkpUZ  

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The Catalonian secession and the EU

October 1, 2015
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"Of course, with the exception of Scotland, what most secessionist movements are opposed to is the drainage of resources from their pockets to the benefit of other areas within the same national boundaries. This rhetoric of 'exploitation' may be exaggerated but if there is some truth in it, it is easy to see that Catalonia (or Lombardy or Bavaria) seceding may entail a few headaches for profligate national governments. There would be room here for the EU to act as a mediator, to propose guidelines for ordered secession, to guarantee impeccable democratic procedures in the process." (10/01/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/10/the_catalonian.html  

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EU approves plan to relocate 120,000 migrants

September 22, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"European Union ministers approved a plan Tuesday to relocate 120,000 migrants across Europe as hundreds camped near the Turkish border with Greece in the hope that they will be allowed in. The mainly Syrian refugees are staying at a wrestling arena in the city of Edirne, about 5 miles from the Greek border, in the hope of moving on to Greece or Bulgaria and avoiding the alternative and dangerous voyage across the Mediterranean Sea, the Associated Press reported." (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhjgdxh  

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Hungary: Regime declares “emergency,” seals border, abducts migrants

September 15, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"Declaring a state of emergency, Hungary sealed off its southern border with Serbia on Tuesday and detained those trying to enter illegally, aiming to shut down the flow of migrants pouring in. Chaos ensued at the border, as hundreds of migrants piled up in a no man's land, and Serbian officials reacted with outrage. Stuck for an unknown amount of time on a strip of road between the two countries' checkpoints, those fleeing violence in their homelands pitched tents and settled in. But frustrations were on the rise. As a police helicopter hovered above, migrants chanted 'Open the border!' and shouted insults at Hungarian riot police." (09/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pqdr63d  

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Is the European Union collapsing?

September 14, 2015
posted by

Notes on Liberty
by Edwin van de Haar  

"Lately, the European Union (EU) stumbles from crisis to crisis. After a long hot spring dominated by the financial crisis in Greece, we now see the collapse of the system based on the Schengen Treaty, which secures the free movement of people within most countries of the EU. The upheaval is the result of the huge numbers of refugees entering the EU, mostly from Syria, Eritrea and Sudan. It is expected that Germany alone will offer asylum to approximately 1 million people this year. With no end of the refugee wave in sight more and more countries are either closing their borders, building fences, or reintroducing border patrols. " (09/14/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/09/14/is-the-european-union-collapsing/  

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After the Greek crisis, euro elites dream of a unified euro state

September 14, 2015
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"Understandably, then, the Greeks have become cynical about their own elections, and realized that once you've committed your economy to the playground of European elites known as the eurozone, your local elections don't mean much anymore. In reference to the upcoming polls, one Greek remarked 'It's just a pointless election.' Indeed it is, and countries with small and poor economies in Europe should get used to it. As a net receiver of EU funds, Greece handed over national economic policy and local control to a Europe-wide bureaucracy in exchange for freebies from the EU. So now their bargaining position isn't exactly a strong one." (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ovs7w3k  

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Ben Wright on the euro

September 13, 2015
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"The political elites' view is that all of Europe's problems will be solved by 'an ever closer union.' It might or might not be true. But it is safe to predict this 'ever closer union' is not going to be happen. The messy debate on refugees' quotas signals how difficult, and unpopular, is to transform the idea of overcoming 'national democracies' into an action plan. So is this bad news for the future of the euro? Well, it could be good news." (09/13/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/09/ben_wright_on_t.html  

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Immigration, welfare and the EU

September 9, 2015
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"Within the E.U., there is now free migration. That puts pressure on national welfare systems either to reduce the level of transfers or raise redistribution to the supranational level. That pressure was limited as long as all E.U. members were relatively wealthy countries, became greater with the admission of poorer members from eastern Europe. It is now greater still as the willingness of some European states to accept refugees and treat them generously, combined with conflicts that produce large numbers of actual refugees while making it difficult to distinguish them from voluntary migrants, is creating a flood tide of would-be residents on Europe's southern and eastern borders." (09/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oyj96wm  

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Hungary: Hundreds surge past police near border, march north

September 8, 2015
posted by

New York Times    

"Hundreds of angry and frustrated asylum-seekers broke through police lines Monday near Hungary's southern border with Serbia and began marching north toward Budapest, while Britain and France pledged to take in tens of thousands more refugees to try to ease the crisis. As European leaders debated how to share responsibility for the more than 340,000 people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia who are already seeking refuge, Germany promised to spend billions of euros in extra aid for those already there and those yet to arrive. France weighed whether increased airstrikes against Islamic State militants would help to stem the flow of those fleeing Syria." (09/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6x3aqa  

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UK: Cameron suffers parliamentary defeat over EU referendum rules

September 8, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered an embarrassing defeat in parliament on Monday after Euroskeptic members of his Conservatives joined forces with opposition lawmakers to reject proposed rules for a European Union membership referendum. It was Cameron's first parliamentary defeat since he was re-elected in May with a slim majority and highlighted the historic splits over Europe in his Conservative Party that contributed to the downfall of two of his predecessors." (09/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4ql6p7  

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Germany: Lawmakers overwhelmingly back Greek bailout, clearing path for loans

August 20, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"German lawmakers overwhelmingly approved another bailout for debt-ridden Greece on Wednesday, removing the last major obstacle for Athens to receive an emergency infusion of funds to avoid an imminent default. The Greek government is now expected to receive an installment of loans just in time to repay a debt owed to the European Central Bank on Thursday. Missing that deadline would almost certainly result in Greece stumbling into a default and then a disastrous exit from the Eurozone, the group of 19 nations that share the euro currency." (08/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qf8fjl9  

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Four economic myths that perpetuate the euro crisis

August 10, 2015
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institue
by Patrick Barron  

"Too much of the commentary about the Greek crisis has focused on whether or not Greece should drop the euro and not enough on the structural problems arising out of decades of socialism. Meanwhile, the Greek government has borrowed more money than the Greek people can possibly repay, and debased money will not make this fact disappear. On the contrary, more easy money will cause even more harm." (08/10/15)

https://mises.org/library/four-economic-myths-perpetuate-euro-crisis  

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Open letter to Alexis Tsipras

August 2, 2015
posted by

The Cobden Centre
by Keith Weiner  

"The troika wants you to accept another bailout deal, to service Greek debts a while longer. Since bailouts mean borrowing more, you cannot avoid default in the end. Going deeper into debt is no good for anyone. Should you choose to default instead, you will not be able to continue using the euro. Even if the troika doesn't immediately act, the threat is real. No one would lend to the Greek government, or even businesses, with that Sword of Damocles hanging over you. However, you need outside capital to restart production and trade. Otherwise, your industries will be shuttered, even including exports." (07/31/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/07/open-letter-to-alexis-tsipras/  

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The IMF experts flunk, again

July 30, 2015
posted by

Steve H. Hanke Cato Institute
by Steve H Hanke  

"My Globe Asia column in May was titled 'Greece: Down and Probably Out.' Well, it's out. Yes, Greece descended from drama to farce rapidly." (07/30/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/imf-experts-flunk-again  

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Greece: Regime advances in loan talks, under fire for euro exit plan

July 29, 2015
posted by

Killeen Daily Herald    

"Greece pushed ahead with talks on a new rescue loan Tuesday, but its government came under increasing pressure over claims it had a top-secret plan to prepare for a euro exit that involved accessing citizens' personal tax data. Emissaries from Greece's international creditors held a second day of preparatory talks with Greek officials, ahead of higher-level negotiations later this week on the country's new multi-billion euro lifeline." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pasexe6  

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