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Old 31st Jan 2016, 14:55
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Old 2nd May 2016, 10:06
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EU set to open up Europe's passenger railway market ? EUbusiness.com | EU news, business and politics
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Old 2nd May 2016, 23:01
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On the issue of fraudulent passports, U.S. officials see a particular problem with two of the five: Greece and Italy...............
Since these two countries get no proper help from the EU in dealing with mass illegal immigration (let's face it, Frontex is an ineffective farce), there must be a temptation for them to issue citizenship papers and send them on their way north-westwards......

It could also be a reason why some EU countries are not included in the US visa-waiver programme.

And on top of that you have the 'legal scams' such as the one currently in demand in India.

Portuguese passports are being handed out to anyone who claims they have Portuguese connections in areas of that countries former colony.

Tens of thousands have already enabled Indians to move straight to UK and onto benefits without even stopping in Portugal.

There are others in areas of Eastern Europe that have ethnic communities elsewhere and are now giving them EU passports.

This will continue unless Governments start to toughen up.
There is also "citizenship by investment" and/or "permanent residence by investment". Many countries have this including several in the West Indies. In the John Major government "permanent leave to remain" was possible for a £750,000 investment. The trouble is that in some countries, the checks are less than cursory. In the case of citizenship, freedom to settle anywhere in the EU becomes available.

EU set to open up Europe's passenger railway market ? EUbusiness.com | EU news, business and politics
Does this mean that a UK-style railway shambles will be imposed on the rest of the EU?
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Old 23rd Jun 2016, 12:19
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Death and Taxes

No more - in future you won't even have to be alive to pay taxes. Nothing escapes the tax man.

Query, if they pay social security, will they be eligible for a pension? And if so, after how many years and for how long?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/europes-r...or.html?ref=gs

"MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Europe's growing army of robot workers could be classed as "electronic persons" and their owners liable to paying social security for them if the European Union adopts a draft plan to address the realities of a new industrial revolution..........."
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Old 27th Sep 2016, 04:29
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Billions wiped off the FTSE 100 after Merkel rules out rescue at Deutsche Bank
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Old 24th Nov 2016, 13:44
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Matteo Renzi may be headed for a Pyrrhic victory - POLITICO
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Old 24th Nov 2016, 15:06
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The UK's internal problems caused by BREXIT might well turn out to be a storm in a teacup compared to the possible meltdown of the EU during the two years of BREXIT negotiations.

The problem appears to be that although most of us want the EU to return to a trading association, the EU's refusal to recognise this means that they risk not only the collapse of the EU itself, but the collapse of economies in all major countries and trading areas.

Selfish ? Probably....The collateral damage while the EU is eventually forced to reorganise, to reform and to get back to its roots will be global.

Politically, a very interesting 2017 and economically, a potentially catastrophic 2018 in prospect for us all, sadly....
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Old 29th Nov 2016, 16:16
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All coming to an end?

The end of the EU: how the dominoes could fall and bring about the political collapse of Europe as we know it
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Old 1st Dec 2016, 07:01
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Old 5th Dec 2016, 00:29
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Interesting times ahead......

Italy's Renzi vows to resign after crushing referendum defeat | Reuters
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Old 5th Dec 2016, 06:50
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Austria far-right candidate Norbert Hofer defeated in presidential poll - BBC News

To quote from that article:

"European Council President Donald Tusk conveyed "wholehearted congratulations" while Germany's Social Democrat Vice-Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, called the result "a clear victory for reason against right-wing populism"."

(For "populism" read "democracy". Democracy has never been an option favoured by the Eurocrats, unless it can be made to subvert to their will.)

Now we have it from those at the centre of the EU, left-wing 'democracy'* is fine, right-wing democracy is not.

* As subversion to the 'society' (or whatever they define as 'society') is central to 'left-wing-ism' it could easily be questioned if the left-wing is actually democratic.
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Old 5th Dec 2016, 07:55
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Trossie, are You familiar with the party that put up Mr Hofer as a candidate? If You were, You would likely not have made that statement.

The FPÖ is a party that -if at all - keeps only a small distance from National Socialism and uses language, wordings and strategies the NSDAP used in the late 1920s/early 1930s. Several of its representatives have been convicted of violent crimes, others of economic crimes and corruption. A federal state that has suffered this party governing it (Jörg Haider might ring a bell) is truly and well ruined as a consequence. And also federal courts are still busy working through that partys actions from when it was in the federal government (2000-2006).

That partys candidate has been twice defeated in a democratic election and will not become federal president. I trust You are not under the impression that the election was in some way rigged, falsified or in any other way not up to democratic standards.
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Old 7th Dec 2016, 08:41
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From POLITICO, just about as close to an EU fanzine as you can find.......

Where European democracy goes to die
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Old 8th Dec 2016, 20:43
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Trossie, are You familiar with the party that put up Mr Hofer as a candidate? If You were, You would likely not have made that statement.

The FPÖ is a party that -if at all - keeps only a small distance from National Socialism and uses language, wordings and strategies the NSDAP used in the late 1920s/early 1930s. Several of its representatives have been convicted of violent crimes, others of economic crimes and corruption. A federal state that has suffered this party governing it (Jörg Haider might ring a bell) is truly and well ruined as a consequence. And also federal courts are still busy working through that partys actions from when it was in the federal government (2000-2006).

That partys candidate has been twice defeated in a democratic election and will not become federal president. I trust You are not under the impression that the election was in some way rigged, falsified or in any other way not up to democratic standards.
I was not referring to any national political party in my post, simply the concept. If I knew of the details of that party I would probably fully agree with you. However, if you were referring to a party in those same terms and switched the initials of the party in the 1920s/1930s to the CPSU they would be just as repulsive but too many in the 'elites' would be cheering for them. See how many have been praising Castro but would vilify any right-winger who was just as repressive. Right-wing (and I'm not talking about the extremists, just the plain decent folk) support is 'populist' and somehow 'evil', but isn't popular support also democratic? But if it is left-wing, no matter what repressive bastards they are, they are somehow 'good'.

That is the hypocrisy that I am talking about.
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 06:30
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Populist upstart warns of race to ditch the euro | World | The Times & The Sunday Times

Countries will compete to leave the eurozone next year, a leading candidate to become the prime minister of Italy has forecast. “The first country to pull the plug will save itself and the others will be in trouble,” said Luigi Di Maio, a senior member of the eurosceptic Five Star Movement. “The first to go will have an exit strategy while the others will implode along with the euro.”

Five Star, which wants to withdraw Italy from the currency, was riding high this week after leading the successful referendum campaign against proposals to streamline parliament in Italy...... The movement, which is a close second to Mr Renzi’s Democratic Party in the polls, still lacks a candidate to be prime minister. Many political observers believe that party members will vote for Mr Di Maio in an online election.

The 30-year-old MP from Avellino near Naples said that elections in France and Germany next year would inspire doubts about the euro. “Whoever wins in France will be more critical of the European Central Bank and the EU,” he said. Mr Di Maio said that the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany would influence Angela Merkel’s politics. “Even there the euro is being criticised,” he said. “You will no longer talk of austerity but of the 50 million poor in the EU and 120 million unemployed.”

Five Star has promised to hold a referendum on the euro. Mr Di Maio said that he favoured creating a second eurozone for southern Europe, to allow Italy’s economy to revive. “The biggest illusion has been to think that southern and northern Europe can move at the same speed,” he said. “Failing that, we could even go back to our old money. I don’t know if the euro will fail in the coming years but I am saying that we are 25 per cent poorer than when we entered the euro.”.........
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 07:00
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Eurozone turmoil to give a boost to the City in London?

Britain holds the aces in Brexit talks

See especially this part:

Renzi’s departure would also be likely to lead to fresh Italian elections. Currently, the polls — for what they are worth — indicate that the country’s next prime minister will be from the Five Star movement, which is committed to a referendum on Italy’s euro membership. This would precipitate a far bigger crisis for the single currency than anything we have seen before. After all, the plot against (and downfall of) Silvio Berlusconi in 2011 came about because he mused about the possibility of Italy quitting the currency union.

This all plays to Mrs May’s advantage because London is the de facto financial and banking capital of the eurozone. The more trouble the single currency gets into, the more dangerous it would be to erect barriers between the two. These could threaten the finances of some eurozone states by making it legally complicated for them to sell their sovereign debt on the London market. One of those intimately involved in preparing the UK’s negotiating strategy tells me that only the French appear oblivious to this. However, the UK does not want to publicly highlight so explosive an issue.

It is often said that politics will trump economics in the Brexit negotiations. But the single currency’s stability is not just an economic issue — the euro is the ultimate expression of the European political project. So the financial services sector may get a significantly better Brexit deal than expected.
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 07:11
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On 'that other thread':
Who altered the Title..of this thread.... smells like some EU remianiacs Plot !!
Who posted that? The Thread Starter of the thread!! There is a smell of a big rat!
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 10:55
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...mmanuel-macron

The euro may not exist in 10 years’ time if Paris and Berlin fail to bolster the single currency union, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has said, adding that the current system benefits Germany at the expense of weaker member states. Macron was economy minister under Socialist President François Hollande until he resigned this year to create his own political movement and stand as an independent candidate in this year’s presidential election.

“The truth is that we must collectively recognise that the euro is incomplete and cannot last without major reforms,” Macron said in a speech at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Speaking in English, he added: “It has not provided Europe with full international sovereignty against the dollar on its rules. It has not provided Europe with a natural convergence between the different member states.”.......

“The dysfunctioning of the euro is of good use to Germany, I have to say,” said Macron, adding that a lack of trust between France and Germany was blocking major reforms that would increase solidarity among the 19 members of the eurozone. “The euro is a weak Deutsche Mark,” said Macron. “The status quo is synonymous, in 10 years’ time, with the dismantling of the euro.”

He proposed the creation of a eurozone budget to finance growth-oriented investments and to extend financial assistance to struggling member states. However, this would be anathema to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, whose conservatives face an election this year and have faced domestic resistance to bailouts for Greece by hawks who say such payments turn the euro zone into a “transfer union”.........
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 14:48
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I think any ( even amateur ) economist would tell you that for the past 10 years or so the German currency has been massively undervalued and the Greek / Spanish / Portuguese currencies have been massively overvalued....

But as they're all the same currency, what can you do ?

The euro might just be the final tipping point for the whole EU.

In the meantime, the chances of France joining the UK in its own FREXIT appear to be diminishing - not because of a love of the EU amongst the French, but more a fear of electing the only politician openly supporting a FREXIT but who is also, unfortunately, surrounded by a bunch of ' unelectables ' in her own party....Pity !!

Fillon seen beating Le Pen in French presidential runoff: poll | Reuters
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 20:54
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The euro works just fine as long as there are transfer payments from the countries doing well to fund the benefits of those that arnt.. when I say countries I mean states as that's all they can be if this shiteshow is the work.. also young people from southern Italy need to be able to stroll into Germany and get a job. With no language or cultural barriers. Like a yank going from New York to Texas . And of course get the same benefits they would get at home. And a house when they lose their job. And and and. Etc etc etc.

Do the governmental ,social and cultural thing first. Then the currencies would be so closely entwined merging them would be seamless . Like say Holland and Germany.
At the moment it's cart then. Er no horse even in sight
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