EUropean Disunion

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.<p>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 …

Coca-Cola

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<p>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 …

Greece

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

Greece

Greek debt crisis: Goldman Sachs could be sued for helping hide debts when it joined euro

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

Greece

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

Greece

How the euro caused the Greek crisis - Vox

Control over the supply of currency is one of the most important tools of economic stabilization that any country has. If used poorly, it can wreak devastation. But if used correctly, it can be a great cure for unemployment.<p>The problem is that Europe's various countries have very different …

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 as Norway warns against cutting links with Brussels

• <b>51% would vote to leave, while 49% of people would choose to stay</b>• <b><br>41% of people think that the EU is generally a good thing for the UK</b>• <b><br>Norway's Europe</b> …

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</i> …

Brexit

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<p>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 …

Brexit

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<p>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 …

Economy

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<p>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 …

Greece

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

Getting political analysis right is difficult at the best of times. There are too many moving parts. There's too much complexity out there ever to be …

Mario Draghi

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<p>Of all the instabilities that concern international …

Greece

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

Italy is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations. The ruins of the Roman Empire, in particular, the Coliseum, Palatine Hill, the Pantheon and …

Economy

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

LODZ, Poland (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.<p>Passenger stairs are seen in front of the airport in Lodz October 10, 2014. …

Aviation

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<p>As Karl Marx was one of the earliest to point out, economics (though so much less interesting) is far more important than politics.<p>Marx considered all political events as epiphenomena. He viewed …

Brexit

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<p>Britain could still join the Euro despite the crisis in the Eurozone, Lord Mandelson has said.<p>Lord Mandelson, the former Labour business secretary, said that getting rid of the pound …

Brexit

Poland warns it will block Cameron's EU benefits crackdown unless curbs apply to British workers as well

• <b>Poland's deputy foreign minister expresses alarm at Cameron's plan</b>• <b><br>Rafal Trzaskowski says rules on migrants must also apply to Britons</b>• <b><br>PM wants no tax</b> …

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<p>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.<p>After …

Nigel Farage

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.<p>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 …

Christianity