Should environmentalists think twice about their support for the EU?

Brussels is a haven for the fossil fuel and motor industry lobbies, while the EU is increasingly undermining its own environmental protections.

 

Migrant crisis: Pope to visit Lesbos

Pope Francis will visit the Greek island of Lesbos on 16 April to meet migrants, in a sign of concern about Europe’s handling of the crisis.
MEP: The Cypriot economy will be hard hit by a Brexit

Cyprus has many reasons to worry about the economic consequences of a Brexit, MEP Takis Hadjigeorgiou told EurActiv Greece.
As a trade unionist, this is why Britain must vote to Leave

The British left has a proud history of opposing the bureaucratic, undemocratic super state that is the EU. The case for Leave is stronger now than it has ever been,.

Flickr/Chris Boland. Some rights reserved.

 

I’m going to set aside my views about the rights and wrongs of Britain staying in the EU for a moment, and instead focus on the way the Remain campaign is trying to make its case. This is especially relevant today after the Dutch expressed their vague frustration towards the EU in their Ukraine referendum yesterday.

 

The EU Commission has come under fire for its proposal for a common European asylum system. Experts view the plans, under which asylum applications would be reviewed at the EU level to ensure a fairer distribution of the refugees, as unrealistic. Commentators also ask how the Commission plans to get the member states to go along with this proposal.

For everybody who knows a bit about the EU, the nationwide, expensive and low-turnout Dutch plebiscite on this EU-Ukraine contract looks in itself rather odd.

Ukrainian students gather in Kiev to back Ukraine’s cause in Dutch referendum, April5,2016. Sergei Chuzavkov / Press Association. All rights reserved.On 6 April 2016, the Netherlands held a national referendum where the Dutch people were asked speak out for or against the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine – a large treaty between Brussels and Kyiv, signed in 2014 and ratified in 2015. As expected, the Association enemies won the referendum with approximately two thirds speaking out against, and circa one in favor. Yet, for everybody who knows a bit about the EU, the nationwide, expensive and low-turnout Dutch plebiscite on this EU-Ukraine contract looks itself odd.

 

A majority of Dutch rejected the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine on Wednesday in a referendum. Voter turnout was just 32 percent, so that the quorum was reached. Commentators call the result a slap in the face for the EU, which they see as dangerously weakened just over two months before the Brexit referendum.

The Guardian view on the refugee crisis: little time left to find a solution | Editorial

There are more and more refugees at Europe’s gates, but teargas and barbed wire are not the answerEurope is approaching the point where the only way to control desperate migrants could soon be the regular use of physical force. Scenes of violence this week on the Greek-Macedonian border, where refugees breached a border fencewith a homemade battering ram, and in Calais, where police fired teargas atpeople protesting against the demolition of their shelters, suggest we are close to a line that we absolutely must not cross.

Inside the Calais Jungle

For more than 15 years, Calais was one of the transit points for thousands trying to enter the United Kingdom.

People who work in European Union politics in some way often bemoan the EU’s communications problem.

Their classic diagnosis goes something like this:

If only people would search out the facts about the European Union, people would better understand that the European Union does work in their interests, and that it is not some sort of evil construct. To help citizens understand that the European Union is a good thing, the EU institutions need to bring the EU ‘closer’ to its citizens. This should be done by explaining in practical terms what the EU does for people. This, by extension, means the institutions need to invest in communications activities – by providing support for journalists, by live streaming what they do, and by using online communication to reach out to citizens directly.

Rare diseases in the EU

Rare diseases affect more than 30 million Europeans, many of whom are children! What is the European Union doing about it?

American progressives distressed about the prospect of being offered a choice this fall between a right-wing billionaire and a one-time corporate lawyer on the board of Wal-Mart, might look to Spain for a reminder that left-wing leaders with principles and charisma do still exist.

Reforms to Austria’s Islam law came into force on Tuesday (1 March). Muslim associations will now be subject to stricter rules on funding and even educational institutions will have to change. EurActiv Germany reports.
Granting special powers back to member states essentially mean legitimising local nationalisms.
VIDEO: Why Spanish politics is a juggling act

Spain’s Socialist leader looks certain to fail in his bid to become PM after both main rival parties vowed to oppose him.
Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot dead in Stockholm on 28 February 1986. Thirty years after his death the press discusses the social democrat’s lasting impact on Sweden.

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