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“The biggest added value of the European Union is the national identity of each country. A strong Europe thanks to strong states – that’s logical, no? We have to fight for what our ancestors built here. If there will be more Muslims than Belgians in Brussels, that’s their problem. I don’t want that here. They won’t be telling us who should live here.”
The British think-tank Chatham House has published a report on the future of the European Union, focusing on what it calls the ‘divide’ between the elite and the public. The report is a very curious document. Amongst other things, it claims that the EU “was established in 1957.”
Turkey has received almost €1 billion from the EU meant for the rule of law and democracy, and that’s not the whole picture; between 2007 and this year, Turkey was allocated roughly €4.8 billion, which is more than 40 percent of the EU’s Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance fund’s (IPA) allocations. Of that, €2.68 billion was committed and €2.19 billion paid out. A further €1.65 billion has been allocated since 2014 but has not yet been paid out.
At 11:00 BST today, day one of the Brexit negotiations will lift off at the European Commission buildings in Brussels. Subjects for the negotiations include the status of expats, the UK’s “divorce bill” and the Northern Ireland border. Brexit Secretary David Davis will call for “a deal like no other in history,” and sources say the talks will follow the EU’s preferred pattern of exit negotiations first, with the future relations between the two sides – including the free trade deal the UK is seeking – at a later date.
European Commissioner Frans Timmermans and NGO Doctors without Borders have now been sewed for wrongful death, incitement and human trafficking (Article 197a). The Dutch police were also asked to investigate NGO ships, like those of the German organisation Sea Watch, that fly the Dutch flag.
“Schäuble recognises our reforms, and said we complied with the requirements (…) then all of a sudden he changed his mind. I never met the man, so I do not want to sound rude, but to me, this behaviour is dishonest (…) Greece is being made a sacrificial lamb.”
As long as the negotiations aren’t finished, the door remains (a bit) open. Those words were spoken by French President Macron in the gardens of the Élysée Palace in Paris…
“We fundamentally oppose the EU’s decision to start legal procedures against the Czech Republic because of our unwillingness to accept the migrant redistribution regulations dictated by Brussels. We oppose the attempt to punish us and force us into obedience.”
The current $1 billion (!) HQ of the European Parliament is hardly 24 years young, which, on planet EU means it’s right about time to take the whole thing down and build a new one.
Twitter was singled out for lagging behind the other players. While Facebook ad YouTube removed 66% and 66.5% of flagged ‘hate speech’ respectively, Twitter only removed 37.5%.
On top of a salary of €8.484 before taxes a month, MEPs are allowed a lump sum allowance for expenses to the tune of €4.342, mainly intended to be spent on office space in their country of origin. This amounts to €39 million each year, but it is completely unclear what it is used for.