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By Ian Geldard | The downfall of a dystopia

EU 'spends £500m a year promoting itself'

EU accused of trying to 'indoctrinate' children and trying to influence EU referendum after it emerges it is spending £500million a year promoting itself.

The EU is spending more than £500million a year promoting itself amid growing concern that it could have an "insidious" impact on the result of …


Greece is a victim of its own cronyism and corruption

Postwar Greece never established welfare systems or open institutions - now it's paying the price

Why is Greece so different and why does the government of Alexis Tsipras send such mixed messages towards Europe? Many people believe that the origins of Greece’s problems lie in its four-century …


Bewildered Greeks left wondering what happened to referendum 'No' vote

Less than a week after they celebrated their rejection of a harsh austerity plan, many Greeks are struggling to understand why Alexis Tsipras is signing up to even deeper spending cuts

Less than a week after they triumphantly gave international creditors a bloody nose by rejecting a harsh austerity …


Greeks urged to sue Goldman Sachs for role in euro debacle

Goldman Sachs faces the prospect of potential legal action from Greece over the complex financial deals in 2001 that many blame for its subsequent …


Whether Greece votes yes or no, the euro cannot survive in its current form

Best case scenario? The EU will undergo years of painful convulsions, precipitating a new treaty that imposes greater centralisation and restrictions on the fiscal independence of nation states

Whether Greece votes to back or reject austerity on Sunday, the euro in its current form is dead, and …


How the euro caused the Greek crisis

Greece is in a state of economic and financial crisis that's dominated global headlines this week, but the real roots of the crisis lie over a decade …


Common sense suggests Britain's economy doesn’t depend on the EU

They say you have to be nearly 60 to have voted in the 1975 referendum. I voted in that referendum. I was 12. My mum had forgotten her glasses. We were a Labour household and as we left the polling station she said, ‘You did vote “in”, like Harold Wilson suggested?’ ‘No,’ I replied, ‘I’m with Tony …

Common Sense

More than half of Brits would vote to leave the European Union

Norway's Europe minister warned Britain not to copy its own situation outside the EU, which leaves it unable to influence key economic rules it must …


On the front line against the Dracula tax: Eurosceptics meet for first conference

Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman strode into the room with firm handshake at the ready, steely glint in his eye and free copies of his book …

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Europe could be torn apart by the wrong sort of Eurosceptics

In Greece, France, Spain – and increasingly in Italy – populist parties have emerged as the greatest internal threat faced by the European Union since its inception

My enemy’s enemy isn’t always my friend. As a Eurosceptic, you may think that I would be delighted by the rise of parties across the …


Europe's bond yields fall to lowest since the Black Death

'What we are seeing is the "Japanification" trade. The eurozone is sinking into corrosive deflation,' warns RBS

Bond yields have plummeted to record lows across the eurozone as deflation becomes lodged in the system and markets bet on a blitz of asset purchases by the European Central Bank this …

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Greek expulsion from the euro would demolish EMU’s contagion firewall

Should EMU leaders choose to cut off liquidity support for the Greek banking system they might find that their contagion defences are a fiction

We know from memoirs and a torrent of leaks that Europe’s creditor bloc came frighteningly close to ejecting Greece from the euro in early 2012, and would …

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Euro disaster rolls on, as the "stupid club" expands

The euro is the stupidest idea in international political economy since the end of the Cold War. It has proved immensly destructive. Yet Europe's …


To save itself, Greece must exit the euro

A Syriza election victory threatens default and disorderly exit from the euro for Greece. This would be a disaster for all. But done properly, the reintroduction of sovereign currencies within the eurozone would provide a bright new beginning

Of all the instabilities that concern international …


The EU's Day of Reckoning: Italy Is Too Big to Bail Out

An Italian sovereign debt crisis is the ultimate European nightmare.Italy is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations. The ruins of the Roman …


Special Report: EU funds help Poland build 'ghost' airports | Reuters

The European Union has given Poland more than 100 million euros ($125 million) to build at least three "ghost" airports in places where there are not enough passengers to keep them in business.

The result is gleaming new airport terminals which, even at the peak of the holiday season, echo to the …


The euro is heading for disaster - what luck for David Cameron!

The final unwinding of the disastrous single currency could give Britain everything it wants from Europe

As Karl Marx was one of the earliest to point out, economics (though so much less interesting) is far more important than politics.

Marx considered all political events as epiphenomena. He viewed …

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Lord Mandelson: Britain could still join the Euro

The Labour peer says that joining Euro could be on the "British agenda" in years to come despite the Eurozone crisis

Britain could still join the Euro despite the crisis in the Eurozone, Lord Mandelson has said.

Lord Mandelson, the former Labour business secretary, said that getting rid of the pound …

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Poland will block EU benefits crackdown unless curbs apply to British workers as well

Rafal Trzaskowski, Poland's deputy foreign minister, said it was an 'absolute red line' for his government that there is no discrimination in the …

Herman Van Rompuy will be paid more than £500,000 by the EU to do nothing

Generous golden goodbye and pension means the retired former EU president will earn £578,000 over the next three years

Herman Van Rompuy will be entitled to more than £500,000 for doing nothing at the taxpayer’s expense over the next three years, after finishing his term as president of Europe.

After …

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The Pope is not the only one out of his depth on the EU

Reading Pope Francis's speech in full, he doesn’t seem to have grasped the EU’s real nature at all, says Christopher Booker.

As the issue of “Europe” continued to swirl daily through the headlines, two remarkable speeches last week illustrated one of the crucial problems with this “debate”. This is …

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Juncker reprimands Oettinger over French deficit editorial

The President of the European Commission has reprimanded the German Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, in front of the College of Commissioners. …


EU: only 17 percent of Norwegians want in

Nearly three-quarters of people in Norway do not want to join the European Union, a poll has shown.


France, Italy, Belgium promise reform to avoid sanctions

France, Italy and Belgium have sent letters to the European Commission pledging structural reforms and possible extra fiscal steps to buy time before …


2015 EU budget in dire straits

The European Commission on Friday (28 November) presented a new proposal for the 2015 EU budget, after member states rejected it on 17 November. …


EC warns Italy over budget - English

(ANSA) - Rome, November 28 - The European Commission said Friday that Italy is at risk of not respecting the EU's Stability and Growth Pact with its …

EU could give France until 2015 on budget

The EU could delay a decision on France's budget overshoot until early 2015 instead of making a ruling next week as expected, sources said on Friday.


Lorry drivers warned not to stop within 130 miles of Calais

Haulage firms have told truckers that taking a break close to the port risks stowaways sneaking on to their vehicles before they cross the Channel.

French gloat over EU budget bill as they pocket a billion

Finance minister Michel Sapin says his country will benefit from the new EU budget contributions despite the country's economy having underperformed for over a decade

France sent a gloating message to David Cameron on Thursday saying that a €2.1 billion budget bill from Brussels to Britain had …