Who Pays for the European Union?

From American Thinker.Com August 20, 2011 By Zbigniew Mazurak The financial burden of running Europe is not divided evenly among European countries.  This fact makes the upcoming 2012 EU budget negotiations noteworthy even across the Atlantic. Next year, the EU will decide on the exact composition of its budget document for the years 2014-2020 -- how much will be spent on what, and who will shoulder the lion's share of the Continue Reading

Don’t let the Euro hit you in the butt on the way out

From American Thinker.Com May 07, 2011 Don't let the Euro hit you in the butt on the way out Rick Moran If you're like me and have a dummy's knowledge of high finance, you can still appreciate the irony, as well as the historical nature of what Greece might be about to do. Athens is seriously considering abandoning the Euro and going back to it's own currency: Sources told SPIEGEL ONLINE that Schäuble intends to seek to prevent Continue Reading

Go green and die: CFL’s found hazardous to your health

From American Thinker.Com April 21, 2011 Go green and die: CFL's found hazardous to your health Rick Moran Schaedenfreud is a bitch, eh greenies? The Telegraph: Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone's head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on.Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: "For such carcinogenic Continue Reading

Will the Euro-Elites Listen to the European Voters?

From American Thinker.Com April 19, 2011 Will the Euro-Elites Listen to the European Voters? Another anti-EU, anti-immigration party now stands on the verge of political power in Western Europe. In Finland's national parliamentary elections this past Sunday, the spanking-new True Finns Party came in with 19% of the popular vote.  That third-place finish virtually ties the National Coalition Party and the Social Democrats for seats Continue Reading

Prepare for a European Union Divided in Two

From Online WSJ.Com Twenty-seven divided by two equals 17, with 10 left over. That's the new Euromath. Sooner or later, the euro-zone financial crisis will be over. Greek, Irish, Portuguese and probably Spanish creditors will have neatly trimmed hair, the banks will have had to shore up their inadequate capital, German exporters will continue to cash the profits from the euro their southern partners have obligingly weakened, and the Continue Reading

Israel ‘Shocked, Insulted’ as EU Calls Jerusalem a Settlement

From Israel National News.Com Israel is shocked by international criticism of the demolition of a Jewish-owned property in Jerusalem. "Calling Jerusalem a settlement is a misinterpretation, an insult to the history of the city," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told the French news agency AFP. "It is incomprehensible that they are mixing questions of private rights, international law and politics," he added. He was Continue Reading

European political integration still an elusive dream

From News Xinhuanet.Com One year after the Lisbon Treaty entered into force, the prospect of a politically united Europe remains just as dim. The treaty, which came after eight years of horse-trading, was aimed to streamline the 27-nation bloc's institutions, and to win Europe as a whole a greater role on the world stage. For one thing, Herman Van Rompuy, who was appointed as president of the European Council, silenced doubts over his Continue Reading

EU: ‘Turkey more influential globally than any of our members’

From JPost.Com European Union foreign ministers met Saturday to discuss their vexed relationship with Turkey, a nation that is becoming a key player on the global stage even as talks to join the bloc languish. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the talks at a palace in Brussels aim to recognize that even though Turkey has not joined the EU, it already is "a partner with us in lots of issues around the world." Negotiations Continue Reading

Quartet ‘aims to start Mideast peace talks September 2’

From Haaretz.Com World powers will invite Israelis and Palestinians to begin direct peace talks on Sept. 2 in Washington, a diplomatic source said on Thursday. Envoys from the so-called Quartet of powers - the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations - agreed to the details on Thursday, the source told Reuters. A formal statement is due to be issued on Friday. "They've got an agreement that the talks will start Continue Reading

Major powers prepare for push on Middle East Peace Treaty

From Reuters.com Major powers are working on a statement to set the basis for direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the European Union's foreign policy chief told EU foreign ministers on Thursday. High Representative Catherine Ashton said in a letter seen by Reuters the statement would be issued early next week, if both parties agreed to proceed to direct talks, and negotiations launched in August. The EU works with Continue Reading