The EU Commission’s proposal reduces influence of small countries
“The European Commission claims to be the guarantor of the small countries’ influence in the EU. Their draft institutional plan shows that this is not true. It will create a powerful alliance between a strong, independent Commission and a handful of powerful countries making up EU-policies by themselves”, says Hans Lindqvist, Coordinator of TEAM and former MEP for the Swedish Centre Party 1995-1999.
Giscard’s European Union State - a stab in the back for democracy
For years supporters of the European Community, the European Union and the Monetary Union have claimed that these bodies were not building blocks for what would in effect be a European State. However, the proposal just presented by the president of the European Convention, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, drafted by its ruling Praesidium, clearly shows that these earlier claims were false.
The signatories denounce the United State’s threat of war against Iraq. None of the pled pretexts can justify military intervention, which would only represent a hegemonic will of the United States to take control over the principal oil reserves of the world. An attack against Iraq would result in the exacerbation of tension in the Middle East, and support the rise to power of the extremists and to worsen the risks of a “shock of civilisations”.
How do you stop a self-consolidating supranational entity from taking over further competencies from weakened Member States under its control? How do you control a political behemoth that rules over your means?
For every problem there’s a solution, they say. And this time the solution is provided by the Anglo-Saxon, eurosceptic-turned-eurobsessed New Labour philosophy: you appoint a people’s watchdog, teach it the Rules of the Game, and unleash it on the federal version of Byzantium.
The European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, which is made up of Conservatives and Christian Democrats, has presented the first draft of a real Constitution for a federal EU State. The EPP Group’s federalist dream is crystal clear: An EU Government, an EU Prime Minister appointed by an absolute majority of MEPs, a common Foreign Minister and defence policy, and a common direct taxation.
“The Commission’s suspension of former chief accountant Marta Andreasen shows clearly that President Romano Prodi and Vice President Neil Kinnock does not have any ambition to deal with fraud and mismanagement. Instead, they use more efforts to silence their critics”, says Helle Hagenau, member of TEAM’s Board and Secretary General of No to EU in Norway.
The four Applicant Countries in the so-called Višegrad Group - Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary - are planning to co-ordinate next years referenda on EU-membership, reports the internet news portal EUobserver.com. The idea is that the country with the highest support for EU-membership will hold the referendum first to influence the outcome in the other countries.
Statement on the death of Professor Kristen Nygaard, Oslo, Norway:
Professor Kristen Nygaard died suddenly on Friday 9 August 2002 aged seventy-five years. Kristen Nygaard was a central person for the EU-critical movement, both in his home country and in Europe as a whole. He was more than anyone else responsible for Norway´s No to EU-membership in the second referendum in 1994.
The political perspective of the Red-Green Alliance is international, not Danish or European. We therefore dissociate ourselves from both old-fashioned nationalism and “modern” Euronationalism. Our alternative contains both socialist and democratic elements. Socialism, for us, is an essential condition for fully fledged democracy, but a number of democratic reforms can obviously be implemented under capitalism.
The EU has been created to adapt Europe to the needs of European big capital, and as such forms part of the global liberalisation project of the bourgeoisie. EU integration has steadily increased in intensity with the establishment of the framework for the formation of an actual European state, as well as the continued liberalisation of societies.
The latest accusations of budget fraud within the EU and harassment of former chief accountant Marta Andreasen shows that the Commission can not be trusted. An institution which has no control over its spendings can not claim increased powers. This needs to be taken into consideration when discussing the future roles of the EU´s institutions, says TEAM´s Coordinator Hans Lindqvist, Värmdö, Stockholm, Sweden.
The Paris-based think tank “Europe 2020” has presented a vision for the future European cooperation, which accordning to themselves “throws the traditional European visions up-side down”. The think tank is very critical of how the EU works today. The working methods are described as “obsolete” and “outdated”, they “can no longer handle the consequences of what they brought to life, nor do they correspond to world as it looks today and tomorrow”. The proposals presented are supposed to create a future EU, which will “reinforce the legitimacy” and create an “effective democratic control”.
Statement from Anthony Coughlan, Secretary of the The National Platform, Ireland, followed by the Irish Government´s “National Declaration on Neutrality” and the “Declaration of the European Council” from the Summit in Seville, issued 21 June 2002.
The Seville Declarations on neutrality do not derogate one iota from the Treaty of Nice. They do not change the military provisions of the Nice Treaty or previous EU Treaties in any way. Today’s Government Declaration is no different in that respect from the very similar Declaration it made at the time of the 1987 Single European Act Treaty and which it also deposited with the SEA instrument of ratification in Rome.
The budget for the EU shows that the European Women’s Lobby, the Florence Institute and JEF (Young European Federalists) amongst others, are funded by the EU system. Many of these organisations will also address the Convention during the sessions on 24th & 25th of June.
Klaus Hänsch MEP and Pervenche Beres MEP, members of the Convention, have together with some socialist collegues presented their vision for the future EU under the heading “A New Federalism”. It is a concrete plan for a Federal Superstate/Superpower with greater economic and military powers at the centre. This supranational European Federal State is supposed to be based on a Constitution and headed by a President, a Prime Minister and a Government, according to the proposal.
Jacques Chirac won the second round of the French Presidential elections on Sunday May 5th with a majority of over 80 per cent. This is a clear message from the French people. They have said “No” to the National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen’s extremist and xenophobic policies. Even though Le Pen was defeated, the election must generally be regarded as a victory for him on a personal level, for he got more votes and media exposure than ever before.
Yes to international co-operation and No to EU-membership
The signing organisations support democracy, human rights, non-violence and respect and tolerance between all ethnic and religious groups. We hereby agree upon the following platform and alternatives to membership of the European Union. We are against any kind of discrimination based on e.g. gender, age, culture, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, political belief, sexual orientation and social groupings.
Europe as a continent has existed geographically for centuries. Throughout its history there have been many attempts to unite it politically under one superpower and to use military and economic means to subordinate its free nations and peoples to one dominant Big State. Today we must resist the latest attempt to do this in the name of the European Union and EU integration.
AWARE OF the need to strengthen democracy, and respect for the rule of law and Human Rights in Europe
OBSERVING THE growing gap between the EU institutions and the people of Europe and the loss of popular support for the EU as proved by several referenda and European Parliament elections
CONCERNED THAT the Convention on the Future of Europe is not adequately addressing the ‘democratic challenge facing Europe’, as described in the Laeken Declaration
WE PROPOSE to transform the EU into a Europe of Democracies (ED), which shall be a treaty association of free and self-governing European states and an open economic area.
Just before the bombing of Afghanistan last year, senior British Foreign Office diplomat and chief Blair advisor Robert Cooper published a piece in Prospect magazine promoting “imperialism” as a serious concept to enable western powers to rule the world. This explicitly put forward the intellectual case for a new European empire to rule the resource-rich and, equally, poverty-stricken third world.
TEAM meets new challenges
The 6th AGM of TEAM was held in Prague March 9-10 at the Klub Techniku, just by the Charles Bridge in the city centre. About 100 persons, representing 35 organisations and parties from 15 countries, came to Prague for the TEAM conference Saturday and the AGM Sunday.
This document has been circulated by The National Platform, Ireland, which is one of TEAM’s affiliated organisations, for the information of people interested in questions relating to nationality, the Nation State, State sovereignty and the European Union. It has been drafted by Anthony Coughlan, secretary of the National Platform, who is a member of the Board of TEAM.
He wishes to express his gratitude to Dr. Dalibor Plichta, Prague, Czech Republic, for some of the formulations in point 6. Any responses, criticisms or suggestions for improvement to this document would be welcome, and should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com or by letter post to The National Platform, 24 Crawford Ave., Dublin 9, Ireland.
The EU Convention and the way in which the June Movement and the People’s Movement Against EU relate to it have made the difference between the two movements still more evident. The June Movement is trying, by means of their so-called “European Agreement”, to take part in the coming EU Treaty, the EU Constitution. A project for which the June Movement has no support in its own group in the European Parliament, the EDD.
Statement from the TEAM Board, September 16, 2001:
1. The assault on democracy
Europe’s democrats should use the introduction of the euro to highlight the assault on democracy and national independence by the European integration project and to begin the task of organising to reestablish their national currencies, however long that takes, as the only basis for sound economies and rational cooperation between Europe’s States.
The Treaty of Nice is not necessary for EU enlargement. Here is what Commission President Romano Prodi had to say about it when he visited Ireland a week after the Irish 54 percent No vote to Nice last summer:
“Legally, ratification of the Nice Treaty is not necessary for enlargement. It’s without any problem up to 20 members, and those beyond 20 members have only to put in the accession agreement some notes of change, some clause. But legally, it’s not necessary…This doesn’t mean the Irish referendum is not important. But from this specific point of view, enlargement is possible without Nice.”