EU-US trade deal threatens NHS and corrodes sovereignty

Barack Obama is meeting European leaders at The Hague to discuss Ukraine, but the ‘Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ (TTIP) won’t be far from his mind. TTIP is intended to be the jewel in Obama’s legacy crown, a free-trade and regulation-harmony deal that for the world’s two largest markets in concert. David Cameron is also championing TTIP, arguing ambitious deals like it should be pursued aggressively as part of his EU renegotiation. Kenneth Clarke, the government’s main TTIP cheerleader, thinks the £180 billion deal ‘will create the largest single market ever known’. Continue reading…

Crimea voted ‘Out’. Yatsenyuk should offer East Ukraine the same choice

Both Ukraine’s territorial integrity and Russia’s respect for the 1994 Budapest memorandum are dead in the water. The EU and Obama are powerless to stop further land grabs. Avoiding bloodshed and establishing stability is imperative. Continue reading…

The only ‘Party of In’: what arguments will Clegg pick?

The Daily Mail, Guardian and Times all speculate that Nick Clegg’s Lib Dem leadership is teetering this morning. His riposte is surprising – to double down on his love for the EU at his party’s spring conference. He is to debate twice with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, on LBC radio on 26th March, and on BBC2 on 2nd April, each for an hour. Continue reading…

Farage’s greatest gamble – win or resign

UKIP’s leader Nigel Farage has a spring (conference promise) in his step – UKIP will win this May’s EU parliamentary elections, and at least one seat in the general election. If they fail to place an MP, Farage will quit. Continue reading…

EU cap makes bank bonuses worse than ever

Whether you love your bankers free range and content or caged and taxed to the nines, the bonus cap was a bad idea. It was clear before the measure even passed that capping bonuses wouldn’t actually restrict behemoth payouts. Now HSBC has shown they can still award eye-watering sums with a little jiggery-pokery – their acrobatics  are actually worse than before. Continue reading…

Swiss migration limit: gruyère or guillotine?

50.3 per cent of Swiss voters, and a majority of the cantons, have voted in favour of new quotas on immigration. This includes EU immigration, so implies a serious shift in relations between landlocked Switzerland and all her neighbours. Continue reading…

New Geert Wilders report claims Dutch ‘NExit’ could save over €500 billion

Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch ‘Party For Freedom’ (PVV), presented a new document yesterday, which he argued shows the Netherlands should leave the EU and the Euro currency. ‘We must become boss of our own money, our own budget, our own borders, and our own future again,’ he announced at the Hague. Continue reading…

Theresa May’s flip-flops on European anti-Semitic bans

Two prominent, divisive Europeans tried to visit Britain this year: Gábor Vona and Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. Both aroused outrage and protest. Both were considered by the Home Office. Only one visitor, arguably the more dangerous, was allowed entry.

Vona, leader of ‘Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom’, came to London on 26 January, the day before Holocaust Memorial Day. Jobbik describe themselves as ‘radical right’ and exhibit populist ethno-nationalist traits. With the slogan ‘Hungary for the Hungarians’, Jobbik is now the third largest Hungarian party, with 16.7% of the 2010 vote, behind Fidesz and the Socialists.  

Jobbik has links to the outlawed ‘Hungarian Guard’, a neo-fascist paramilitary movement compared to the 1930s ‘brownshirts’ (Sturmabteilung) which Vona himself founded. They held marches against Hungarian Roma, accusing them of criminality. Jobbik agitates for Hungary’s 1914 borders, including parts of Romania, Ukraine, Serbia and Slovakia. Its members spoke to the British National Party at Nick Griffin’s invitation, and Griffin addressed Jobbik in 2008. Party leaders have made numerous anti-Semitic statements, notably the party’s deputy leader demanding a list of Jews in government and parliament, as they ‘pose a national security risk to Hungary’.[1]

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