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Re: The EU Commission; it`s functions and dysfunctions.
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2017, 00:51 »
Juncker’s great leap forward

From; http://www.politico.eu/article/jean-claude-juncker-commission-state-of-the-union-great-leap-forward/


A leap into the dark.

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In the European Union, change comes in fits and starts. The early phases are often painfully slow; the later ones recklessly fast. So the true significance of Jean-Claude Juncker’s speech this week may well emerge only in retrospect. My early guess is that it will go down in the history books as a momentous step.

But even if Juncker is thwarted in his ambitions to bind the EU27 closer together after Brexit, even if his impassioned defense of European values and the rule of law makes no impact in Poland and Hungary, his speech may yet prove to be a landmark in the EU’s evolution because of what it said about reform of the bloc’s institutions.

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The suggestion that the president of the European Commission and the president of the European Council should be combined was swiftly derided in some quarters as an attempt to resurrect an argument that took place during the Convention on the Future of Europe back in 2001-2003.

We made our choice, its opponents say, and those decisions were enshrined in the Treaty of Lisbon.

This is how Juncker put it: “More democracy means more efficiency. Europe would function better if we were to merge the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council … Europe would be easier to understand if one captain was steering the ship. Having a single president would better reflect the true nature of our European Union as both a Union of states and a Union of citizens.”

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The EU’s founding fathers took great care not to create a supranational government that would be perceived as a threat to national governments. The main decision-making body, the Council, was composed of representatives of those governments. The right to initiate legislation lay with the Commission, whose members were not elected but nominated by elected governments. The fairly complicated voting arrangements and the Commission’s hybrid role were supposed to guard against both tyranny and stasis.

It would be easy to dismiss Junker`s statement as wishful thinking from a man who`s legacy will be brexit. But I see this suggestion as his marker, put in place as a stepping stone for future use by his successors.

It is natural for those in power to try to increase their powers and the simplest manner in which the EU`s elites could do so is to amalgamate the Council and Commission. In one bold stroke the two highest elements of any state would be welded into an instrument of power that would be unchallengable and impossible to circumnavigate.

Even Soviet states usually maintain the pretense of a separation of the arms of governance, not however the EU`s Commission!
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Re: The EU Commission; it`s functions and dysfunctions.
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2017, 10:25 »

Even Soviet states usually maintain the pretense of a separation of the arms of governance, not however the EU`s Commission!
Tell CMEA, then it is right. CMEA was the counterpart to the EEC. But what you're talking about is a very important point. The EU wants to govern every country, and the people in the countries do not know - who rules at all? Everyone suspects the other. And because there is still " the other " , it can not work.
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Re: The EU Commission; it`s functions and dysfunctions.
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2017, 20:36 »
Jean-Claude Juncker’s Roadmap for European Disaster

By; Hans-Werner Sinn, Professor of Economics and Public Finance at the University of Munich, was President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research and serves on the German economy ministry’s Advisory Council. He is the author, most recently, of The Euro Trap: On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs.

From; https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/juncker-eu-eastward-expansion-by-hans-werner-sinn-2017-09


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This month, the European Commission's president called for an acceleration of the eurozone's eastward expansion. But his plan for doing so could recreate the conditions that fueled the EU-wide crisis stemming from Southern Europe just a few years ago.

MUNICH – A group of hikers has lost its way. They want to get to a castle on a hill in the distance, but the path they are on seems to be leading in a different direction, and their leader’s only advice is to hurry up.

Today, the eurozone is in the same situation as those hikers. It has become increasingly clear that establishing the euro was the wrong path to take. The single currency caused an inflationary credit bubble in Southern Europe. When the bubble burst, the region’s competitiveness was destroyed, and Northern Europe was called on to provide huge loan guarantees, public credit, and transfers. These measures have sustained the wrong relative prices that resulted from the bubble, and papered over the underlying problem.

Meanwhile, the Schengen Agreement, which eliminated most border checks between European Union member states, has facilitated the ability of immigrants from the poorer parts of Asia and Africa to flock to Northern European welfare states in recent years.

In response to these events, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker used his State of the Union address this month to call for even more countries to join the eurozone and the Schengen Area. Juncker is the charismatic but confused guide who is leading our metaphorical group of hikers astray.

Full article in other languages at; https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/juncker-eu-eastward-expansion-by-hans-werner-sinn-2017-09.
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Re: The EU Commission; it`s functions and dysfunctions.
« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2017, 21:20 »
In European Parliament debate, Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans sides squarely with Madrid.

From; http://www.politico.eu/article/brussels-defends-use-of-proportionate-force-in-catalonia/

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STRASBOURG — The Spanish government’s “proportionate use of force” in Catalonia was necessary to uphold the rule of law, the European Commission declared on Wednesday.

As the European Parliament opened a debate on the Catalonia crisis, Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans sided unequivocally with the Madrid government.

Timmermans minced no words in condemning the effort to hold an independence referendum as a violation of the Spanish constitution and, therefore, as a threat to the rule of law in all EU countries.

Full article here;http://www.politico.eu/article/brussels-defends-use-of-proportionate-force-in-catalonia/



Some, of many, readers comments;

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Deirdre Walsh

If this is how the EU thinks member states should treat unarmed innocent civilians, regardless of the legality of the referendum. Then BREXIT cannot come soon enough. Facism is now acceptable to the EU elite to meet their political goals.

Posted on 10/4/17 | 3:59 PM CEST
cinceur

To anyone who may not have lived in Spain, this is just; “policing in southern Europe”. I’ve seen the Mossos do much worse at squat clearances, anti-austerity marches, uh…..music festivals.

As someone who actually attended a dozen polling stations on Sunday, I can confirm that it was predominantly proportionate. There were a few instances of the police over-stepping the line (jumping down a flight of stairs to stamp on someone…), but the reason the same few videos are being shown ad nauseum is because there wasn’t actually that much of it.

2,200,000 people try and take part in an illegal vote. The police follow their lawfully given orders to prevent it. The fact so few have been hurt deserves noting. Also, even the official (Ajuntament) figures say the vast majority of injuries were ‘anxiety related’ (ie: not injured…).

The most disgusting thing I saw personally was some CUP-looking perro-flauta spitting on some little girl wearing a Spanish flag.

It’s not how I would have handled it if I were Rajoy (probably), but the way it’s being presented in some places is like the GC and Policia Nacional brutally crushed a democratic vote with ubiquitous, and hot-blooded violence.

They just didn’t.

I was there.

Before you refute that, were you?

Posted on 10/4/17 | 4:03 PM CEST
Stan

Sorry Catalans, you are fcked.

Posted on 10/4/17 | 4:04 PM CEST
Peter

Where all the europhiles?? Nobody jumping to defend the stance of the glorious and liberal Eu?? In light of this gem Undoubtedly EU citizens will be far safer in the UK under UK law than under the facist rule of the ECJ!!!

Posted on 10/4/17 | 4:04 PM CEST
Jack Boot

I hear Catalan intends to declare independence in the next few days.

Posted on 10/4/17 | 4:19 PM CEST
cinceur

@Jack

If they do, they may find the ‘silent majority’ no longer wishes to remain silent. I won’t. I never saw Spanish flags on the streets of Barcelona, I’m starting to now.

Posted on 10/4/17 | 4:25 PM CEST
Ted

@cinceur If the vote was illegal then why not leave the Catalans to get on with it and ignore the result? All it would have meant was that 2 million Catalans wasted their Sunday morning on a vote that held no weight. Instead, by sending in riot police, Rajoy has shown the world he is running scared of Catalonia.

No amount of force is justifiable when all people are doing is waiting in line for the opportunity to express an opinion, which is all the vote would have amounted to under the law.

Posted on 10/4/17 | 4:26 PM CEST
pexit

@cinceur

The law under the Reich was to exterminate people like Jews, Polish, Roms, and many others…all Germans were respecting the law by killing, shooting and others atrocities …so sometimes the law and the rule of law are more than wrong even when voted by a democratic elected government like the III Reich…everything was legal…each law was voted…

But in reality some people are more able to judge what ‘s right and wrong…and about Catalonia for me the action of the Spanish government is wrong as the position of the EC…

About EC, they are clearly in line with their main objective to get us in a IV Reich with the assistance of Rajoy’s PP created by Franco as an old good serving from very long fellow…

Posted on 10/4/17 | 4:27 PM CEST
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