RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN CALLED FOR THE SETTING UP A PAN-EUROPEAN SECURITY STRUCTURE THAT WOULD REPLACE NATO AND INCLUDE RUSSIA.
Speaking at a Kremlin press conference yesterday, before heading
to the G8 Summit in Genoa, Mr Putin said that we wont be
able the achieve unity in Europe unless we create a common security
and defense zone. Options for creating this common security
zone include dismantling NATO, admitting Russia in NATO, or starting
from scratch with a new structure encompassing both Europe and
GERMANS OFFER PLAN TO REMAKE EUROPEAN UNION
NEW YORK TIMES: FRANKFURT, April 30 (excerpt) Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's governing party proposed a far-reaching plan today to turn the European Union into a more centralized federal system, a plan that would give much more power to the European Parliament but will raise national anxieties in countries like Britain and France.
The proposal reflects Germany's increased self-assurance and willingness to play a leading role in European affairs, and it comes just a few months after the French government failed in its attempt to persuade member nations of a plan to reform Europe's current tangled system for making decisions.
The plan unveiled today by Mr. Schröder's Social Democrats would create a federal system modeled after Germany's. It would give the European Parliament the power to set budgets and would try to establish clearer divisions of authority between a European government and individual national governments...
The plan calls for creating a two- chambered system of government,
with one chamber being the popularly elected European Parliament
.. and a second made up of ministers from each country.
QUEEN ELISABETH STATED PUBLICALLY FULL STEAM AHEAD WITH EUROS AND VARIOUS TREATIES
[ED Note: Queen Elisabeth, at Toni Blair's reelection, stated that they would now allow the EU requirements full play. Prime Minister Blair's reelection was a green light from the British people to go ahead with Toni's agenda.]
WHAT WILL THE CONSEQUENCES OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S LEADERSHIP BRING?
[Ed Note: Unexpected events from the U.S. will drive the European Union to compete for power and ultimately cause faster integration due to the "unknown" factor they are now presented with by the U.S.. People are either run by faith in God or fear. Since most of the leaders are not run by faith in God, they are under the fear factor. Errors will be made in guessing games. President Bush is worried about enemies attacking the U.S. which will inflict the same sentiment in other nations.
If he is the most powerful leader in the world and his example is fear, what will the rest of the world learn from that, but fear. Members of the EU fear each other but as of President Bush's last visit to Europe, they now fear his agenda, a bigger enemy?
On July 29, 2001 CSPAN brought on the the new German Ambassador to the United States. When asked about his past he said he was an exchange student and graduated from an American High school and got his law degree from Harvard University. Wouldn't you know it, the think tank.
The New York Times continues: "Few Europeans doubt that the European Union badly needs structural reform. Under the current structure, power is divided in a very uneven way between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. But the requirement that big decisions require unanimous agreement has made it very difficult to push through much-needed changes in areas like agricultural policy. Mr. Schröder also called for strengthening the executive arm of the European Union, the European Commission.
Perhaps the most urgent area in need of better decision-making is farm subsidies, which account for nearly half of the European Union's annual budget of 95 billion euros, or $84 billion. European leaders made limited progress last year in reducing the volume of subsidies, but the system is still on track to rupture the budget if, as expected, countries like Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic join the European Union in the next several years.
"The current system doesn't have the necessary transparency," Franz Müntefering, the party's secretary general, said at a news briefing in Berlin. "We want to make sure that citizens can see who has responsibility for what areas of policy."
Part of the proposal calls for national governments to assume much greater control in some areas, like agriculture and welfare policy. Agricultural policy in all the member nations has long been determined by the European Union and administered by the bureaucracy in Brussels, but Mr. Schröder believes that it would be more democratic to let individual nations take more responsibility for policies directly affecting their farmers. But France, the greatest beneficiary of the agricultural policy, opposes such a change.
German officials were careful to avoid controversy that would result from being too specific, and did not mention taxation, one of the most vexed issues. Germany and other nations have long advocated "harmonized" tax systems which would block tax breaks to lure individual companies or immigrants but Britain is strictly opposed.
"There is a long tradition in German foreign policy of giving up sovereignty in order to increase, indirectly, Germany's influence over Europe," Professor Seidelmann said. Thus, he said, Germans gave up the mark and adopted the euro as a common European currency yet essentially created a European monetary system modeled on their own, with a central bank whose headquarters are in Frankfurt.
"If you look at the European Monetary Union, this is basically a replica of the German system," he said. "This has been the German recipe for increasing power ever since the end of World War II."
BILDERBERG URGES TORRIES TO SUPPORT THE EURO
EU Observer June 6, 2001. This year's conference was hosted by Sweden's Investor Group, headed by SEB bank chairman Jacob Wallenberg.
"Bilderberg is fearful that the EU might be coming apart; it had expected Britain to be a full partner and to have embraced the euro by now," Jim Tucker, a Bilderberg expert and writer told the weekly newspaper, the European Voice, after having attended the secretive Bilderberg summit of the world's 'power elite' held last week in Sweden [Stenungsbaden (3 days)][100 business leaders and politicians including Mario Monti and Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler].
"Speakers called for Europhiles in the opposition Conservative Party to bring participation in the single currency to the top of the list of priorities as soon as the expected Labour Party victory in the 7 June election is official, Mr Jim Tucker said.
Two EU Commissioners and an executive board member of the European Central Bank took part in the Bilderberg summit .. discussions under 'Chatham House' rules. The summit hotel was protected by a 900-metre-long metal fence and patrolled by secret servicemen.
Other leading participants included NATO Secretary-General George Robertson, Finnish premier Paavo Lipponen, US Senators Chuck Hagel and Christopher Dodd, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Swedish Trade Minister Leif Pagrotsky, ECB executive board member Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa and newspaper tycoon Conrad Black.
Critics say the Bilderberg group, named after a Dutch hotel where it first met in 1954, is an unaccountable shadow government, which seeks to exert its influence over the world's leading politicians. [Written by Lisbeth Kirk, Edited by Blake Evans-Pritchard [European Voice] http://www.euobserver.com/index.phtml?selected_topic=none&action=view&article_id=2503
CHIRAC AND PUTIN DISCUSS COMMON ECONOMIC ZONE
02-07-2001 - Chirac and Putin discuss common economic zone French President Jacques Chirac met with his Russian counterpart Vladamir Putin in St Petersburg on Sunday to discuss, among other things, the creation of a common economic zone from the European Union to Russia, reports the International Herald Tribune.
EU ROTATING PRESIDENCY PASSED FROM SWEDEN TO BELGIUM
http://EUobserver.com/index.phtml?selected_topic=9&action=view&article_id=2820 EUobserver 02-07-2001 Belgium takes over EU presidency - The EU's rotating presidency passed from Sweden to Belgium on Sunday. Belgium is one of the most federalist member states, according to the Times, and the next six months will see a deepening of the academic debate on where the EU should go next. Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt wants a stronger European Commission with an elected president, a constitution, a European tax and a more powerful parliament. http://EUobserver.com/index.phtml?selected_topic=9&action=view&article_id=2818
NORDIC EU POLICIES FORMALIZED
Nordic co-operation on EU policies formalised: Finland, Sweden and Denmark have agreed to meet before future EU summits and co-ordinate their EU policies, according to a decision taken by Scandinavian leaders at a meeting held during the weekend in Imatra near the Finnish border to Russia.Norway and Iceland are not members of the EU but should also be invited to the meetings. http://EUobserver.com/index.phtml?selected_topic=9&action=view&article_id=2822
ANTI-GLOBALISTS PROTEST IN SALZBURG
Salzburg protests turn violent: Hundreds of anti-globalisation protestors clashed in Salzburg on Sunday, where 15 heads of state and government were gathering for the World Economic Forum's sixth annual European economic summit, reports the Independent. However, tight security measures kept the protests under control compared to last month's riots in Göteborg. http://EUobserver.com/index.phtml?selected_topic=9&action=view&article_id=2821
GREECE PARTICIPATES IN EU PRESIDENCY IN 2002
Denmark to hand parts of EU-Presidency to Greece: When Denmark takes over the EU-Presidency in the second half of 2002, parts of the job will have to be carried out by Greece, because Denmark is not a full member and has reservations to important EU policy areas such as the euro, defence, citizenship and judicial co-operation. http://EUobserver.com/index.phtml?selected_topic=9&action=view&article_id=2823
US LIFTS SANCTIONS AGAINST EU
US lifts sanctions against EU (published on: On Sunday evening, the US formally lifted sanctions that it imposed on EU exports more than two years ago after the EU's failure to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling against its banana import regime, according to the Financial Times. http://EUobserver.com/index.phtml?selected_topic=9&action=view&article_id=2819
SECRET CARTEL FINED FOR PRICE FIXING BY EU
EUobserver.com - 19.07.2001 Secret cartel fined for price fixing by the EU The European Commission has fined eight companies, a total of 218.8 million, for fixing the price and sharing the market for graphite electrodes. Thorough investigation revealed that eight producers operated a secret cartel during most of the 90s resulting in considerably higher prices than if the companies had competed freely. [http://EUobserver.com/index.phtml?selected_topic=9&action=view&article_id=2965
178 NATIONS REACH ACCORD FOR CLIMATE ACCORD WHILE THE US EXTRICATES ITSELF
BONN, July 23 2001 - With the Bush administration on the sidelines, the world's leading countries hammered out a compromise agreement today finishing a treaty that for the first time would formally require industrialized countries to cut emissions of gases linked to global warming.
The agreement, which was announced here today after three days of marathon bargaining, rescued the Kyoto Protocol, the preliminary accord framed in Japan in 1997, that was the first step toward requiring cuts in such gases. That agreement has been repudiated by President Bush, who has called it "fatally flawed," saying it places too much of the cleanup burden on industrial countries and would be too costly to the American economy.
Today, his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, said in Rome, where the president met with the pope, "I don't believe that it is a surprise to anyone that the United States believes that this particular protocol is not in its interests, nor do we believe that it really addresses the problem of global climate change." She reiterated that the president had created a task force to come up with alternatives.
The agreement by 178 countries was largely the product of give and take involving Japan, Australia, Canada and the European Union. But Japan's role was crucial because it is the largest economy after the United States and its opposition would have killed any agreement...
The Kyoto accord calls for the 38 industrialized countries by 2012 to reduce their combined annual gas emissions to 5.2 percent below levels measured in 1990. It set a different, negotiated target for each, with Japan, for example, accepting a target of cutting gas emissions back to 6 percent below 1990 emissions. Those targets were included in the Kyoto agreement and were untouched by the compromise today. Developing countries do not have to do anything to reduce emissions.
In general, Japan was in the driver's seat. After Mr. Bush rejected the treaty, Japan became a pivotal player. It sought, and received, extra credits toward its emissions goals for protecting its forests.
The European Union pledged $410 million a year through the first years of the treaty to help developing countries adapt to climate change and build the technological ability to avoid adding to the problem.
"There's really a new force on the world stage," said Philip, the president of the National Environmental Trust, a lobbying group based in Washington. "If the United States will not lead, Europe can and will."
BELGIUM'S MISSION TO SAVE THE EU FROM ITSELF
AFP - July 1,2001 -- The agenda-setting EU presidency comes home Sunday to Belgium, with Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt setting himself a daunting mission: to save the European Union from itself as it grows in size and clout. With the 15-nation club of rich western European nations poised to expand into the poorer, ex-communist east, the boyish Belgian leader sees his six-month turn at the EU helm in nothing less than historic terms.
The Belgian presidency, and Finance Minister Didier Reynders in particular, will also be at the forefront of the January 2002 launch of euro notes and coins in the 12 EU member states that use the single European currency. "This time, more than ever before, the people will be dealing in their everyday lives with a tangible, concrete result of European integration," Verhofstadt has said of the euro. In foreign policy, the Belgians want to beef up the EU's fledgling peacemaker role in the Middle East and the Balkans, and also in Central Africa -- where Belgium used to be a colonial power.
But for Verhofstadt, the success or failure of the Belgian EU presidency will depend in great part on its ability to get enough of a debate on Europe's future going to ignite a new round of talks on EU reforms -- known in Eurojargon as an "inter-governmental conference" or IGC. His goal is for a December 14-15 summit meeting in Laeken, to produce a "declaration... to think about the post-enlargement EU, its powers and responsibilities".
Coming from a small country that regards the European Union as protection against bigger neighbors France and Germany, Verhofstadt is personally pitching for a constitutionally-based EU with a popularly elected European Commission president. [Weekend News Today]
GOD BLESS AND GOODNIGHT ENGLAND, WRITES IAN COOK, IT IS ABOUT "THE TREATY OF ROME"
To my fellow countrymen and parishioners,
July 8, 2001 - On June 6th, 1944 Allied Forces assault the beaches of Normandy to establish a bridgehead, that will build up to eventually overthrow the evil which has ravished Europe; and killed and enslaved millions of its inhabitants.
June 7th, 2001 My country has an election, the core issue of which, are those very forces (in a different coat of paint).
Today is June 8th. Two days after invading Normandy, my country is sold to the very forces we swore to defeat. And not even sold to the highest bidder, but to the lowest common denominator. For the forces we swore to defeat, are not interested in our welfare, but in our subjection. We are seen simply as a money pit to plunder, until our once proud heritage is reduced to total dependence on the Government of Europe for our welfare. Some might say it is all we deserve, for we have plundered many others in the past. They conveniently forget we have also given many great things to the world, and made many others stronger and richer than they might have been without our influence, and many still come to us to be educated.
This story of course is a very old one, but again not many are interested in real history. Augustine came to Canterbury, Europe has sought to interfere, control and dominate these islands. Early, middle and later mideaval history is generally all about the Roman Church's power to control the lives of people both spiritually and temporally. England stood virtually alone against this overwhelming tide. Much as we did against Germany after Dunkerque. The Popes tried to get at us through Spain, Potugal, France, Scotland and Ireland. Even the great Catholic conquerer William, resisted this control in his realm as he put it.
Lastly the forces of National Socialism were broght to bear upon us. We survived the Battle of Britain (miraculously) in 1940; and largely with American help and other free Europeans; we overcame. In 1500 years the cost of resisting Europe has been beyond all measure, not least in human suffering. Today my country has said it all counts for nothing in our modern world, and we should change the way history is taught. Today the very forces we have spent so long fighting, are rubbing their hands at the prospect of raping my country of its wealth and spirit.
The whole problem is that people at large, even Christians, just do not understand the religious implications of the European question. They have not bothered to inform themselves about the driving force behind it all. Anybody who has tried to open up the questions has either been removed completely or silenced; and there have been many who have tried to do so. For all the apparent religiosity of its leaders; Europe is basically anti-Christian in its ethos and philosophy. Even here in Britain, we have seen the erosion of (normal) family values and the relegating of Christianity to a lower status in education. I firmly believe we are at the stage just after the writing appreared on the wall. We shall all pay heavilly for our decision or lack of it. It is not for nothing the original treaty that was the foundation of the European dream, is called The Treaty of Rome.