Wednesday, January 17, 2007

EU Update

"Succeeding together" is Germany’s chosen motto for its six-month tenure of the EU presidency...And yet the more I hear about the German presidency, the more disturbed I become. Following on from yesterdays post on matters EU, brace yourselves for more bad news from the Brussels front.
German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries (yes, her again) said yesterday that the EU was planning to submit a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly on a global death penalty ban. Capital punishment is banned in the EU, of course, but continues to be permitted in 68 other countries. The truth is that there is barely a country in Europe where the death penalty was abolished in response to public opinion rather than in spite of it.

Yesterday, Germany together with the European Commission also succeeded in rallying all 27 member states behind a plan to grant mutual access to vehicle registration data, DNA files and stored fingerprints. But it gets worse. Now EU justice and interior ministers are discussing measures to reduce illegal immigration by (guess what?) making it easier to enter Europe legally. Vetoed by French and Dutch voters in 2005, the constitutional treaty had been put on ice for a yearlong "period of reflection" but the controversial issue has begun to reappear on the European agenda following Germany's taking over the EU presidency.

As for Blighty, better off out, perhaps?

3 comments:

Voyager said...

Brigitte Zypries is SPD, a professional apparatchik with her own Blog which is this:

http://blog.brigittezypries.de/

Sehr geehrter Besucher,

leider ist ein Problem aufgetreten. Die angeforderte Seite hat einen
Script-Fehler verursacht.


which for English-speakers reads:

Dear Visitor

Unfortunately we have a problem. this link caused an error.


which to my mind sums up Brigittte Zypries

Colin said...

Istanbultory,

More disturbing events are likely to come in the following months. You might remember that I was rather pessimistic in regard to the conservative agenda for the EU. Conservatives in France and Germany planned the EU. A conservative PM brought GB into the EU. Hopefully, I am wrong with my prediction that Mr. Cameron and Mrs. Merkel are not very different in their desire for a powerful EU empire.

However, that doesn't mean that socialists or social democrats will save us from this empire.

BTW, you wrote "Succeeding together" is Germany’s chosen motto..." This means to confuse politicians with the people. Mrs. Merkel is as much Germany as Mr. Blair is Great Britain.

The majority in Germany was always against the EU and the Euro and still is against the expansion of the EU: here.

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