Whatever it takes?
Germany, we were told, would do whatever it takes to save the euro. Such a clear, unequivocal commitment should serve to reassure the markets and convince the public that the European Union would be put back on the right road. However, such a commitment cannot be kept. Not by Germany, and not by anyone else. Read more at http://www.federalunion.org.uk/whatever-it-takes/
The agony of Greece
The word agony comes from the Greek agōnia, meaning struggle, and struggle there certainly is. Can the Greek government implement the changes deemed necessary by the other EU governments in order for them to continue lending money to keep the Greek state afloat? Read more at http://www.federalunion.org.uk/the-agony-of-greece/
The national interest in Syria
Foreign secretary William Hague has been outspoken in his criticism of Russia and China for their position on the conflict in Syria. Those two permanent members of the UN Security Council vetoed a resolution that would have increased the pressure on the Syrian regime; instead, Mr Hague will have to look to the European Union as a means of tightening the noose. Read more at http://www.federalunion.org.uk/the-national-interest-in-syria/
Can the union be saved? AGM and annual conference (17 March 2012)
The Federal Union AGM and annual conference will be held in London on Saturday 17 March 2012. It will discuss:
(1) the latest developments in the new eurozone-plus treaty: to discuss the new EU-lite treaty, to consider whether the economic model that it embodies will be adequate to deliver growth and prosperity in the future and whether its political model will be sufficient to establish the legitimacy of that economic model. Will the new treaty enable the European Union and/or the euro to survive?
(2) the future of the union between England and Scotland: to discuss the merits and legitimacy of the referendum in Scotland to settle the fate of the Anglo-Scottish union, and also what kind of reforms to that union might be possible that would satisfy both the Scots and the English, short of outright dissolution. Can the traditional notions of parliamentary sovereignty and a unitary state survive?
Reform of the European Court of Human Rights (22 February 2012)
Wednesday 22 February 2012 in Europe House, Smith Square, Westminster. Speakers include Dr Martyn Bond, Visiting Professor of European Politics and Policy at Royal Holloway, University of London; Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, EU Representative to the Council of Europe, (tbc); Baroness Sarah Ludford, MEP, Liberal Democrat Justice and Human Rights Spokeswoman (tbc); Lord Lester of Herne Hill, QC; Dr Daniel Holtgen, Spokesperson for the Secretary General, and Director of Communications, Council of Europe.
European citizenship: the concept and the reality (1 March 2012)
Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB, 11.00am – 4.00pm. The Federal Trust is part of the LISBOAN network, an association of academic organizations and thinktanks, co-sponsored by the European Commission and under the aegis of TEPSA. As part of the network’s activities, the Trust will be holding a conference/workshop on the topic of ‘European Citizenship’ on 1st March from 11.00am until 4.00pm. Lunch will be provided.
The UK and the new eurozone governance: what place for Britain in the new EU? (1 March 2012)
A conference to bring together politicians, bankers, journalists, academics and seasoned Brussels watchers in order to examine two core issues, as follows. First, we will investigate what the potential scenarios are for the outcome of the eurozone crisis in the short- and long-term and what the risks are for the UK, both economically and politically. Second, we will examine how Britain’s relationship with its European partners is evolving in the wake of the UK veto of an EU-wide treaty to resolve the eurozone crisis, and the decision of the remaining Member States to push ahead without Britain. The event will be held at the Aston Business School (ABS), Aston University, from 4.00pm to 7.15 pm and will be followed by a drinks reception. Registration will be open from 3.30 pm.
Austerity or stimulus: which is right for Europe? (23 February 2012)
Speakers include Graham Bishop, founder of grahambishop.com; Professor Clemens Fuest, Research Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and Professor of Business Taxation, member of the Academic Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Finance and member of the Academic Advisory Board of Ernst and Young AG, Germany; Professor Stephen Haseler, Director of the Global Policy Institute and Professor of Government, London Metropolitan University; and Holger Wessling, General Manager, DZ Bank AG London Branch, Councillor of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce.
The lady in the lake
Taking a break from thinking about the future of the eurozone or the prospects for a UN Parliamentary Assembly, I took a trip to 1940s California in the company of Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler’s iconic, hardbitten private detective. But amidst the glitz of Hollywood and the grime of Bay City, I found the same worries about public life and public behaviour as inhabit the rest of this website. Read more at http://www.federalunion.org.uk/the-lady-in-the-lake/
The democratic deficit is the price Norway pays for being outside the EU
Incident on the A598
We the undersigned citizens and associations of the European Union petition the European Parliament as follows:
Alarmed at the continuing financial instability and economic difficulties across Europe,
Noting that the new intergovernmental treaty will contribute to the strengthening of fiscal discipline but does not address the problem of sovereign debt,
Call on the European Parliament to use its powers under Article 48(2) of the Treaty on European Union to initiate the formation of a fiscal union in which national debt is issued in the form of Eurobonds backed by mutual guarantee of the eurozone states;
Insist that such fiscal solidarity needs a common budgetary policy run by a federal economic government which is democratically accountable to the European Parliament and subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice;
Strongly support the use of enhanced cooperation to complete the single market and to undertake structural reforms aimed at raising competitiveness and employment;
Urge the Parliament to draw up a comprehensive agenda for a new constitutional Convention charged with making the changes needed to create the fiscal union, reform the EU's financial system and restore market and democratic confidence in the future of the European Union.