The EU Parliament’s Procedure to Decide on the Immunity of Catalan MEPs Carles Puigdemont, Clara Ponsatí and Toni Comín to Begin Tomorrow Monday


I do hope that the EU Parliament come down on the side of Catalan leaders Puigdemont, Ponsatí and Comín, rather than the Spanish authorities.

For the leaders Puigdemont, Ponsatí and Comín were following their convictions and the wishes of the Catalonian population in the 2017 independence referendum.

For, if, the results of any referendum are not abided by, then what is the point of having a referendum.

However, the EU and some countries within the EU are not good in progressing the views of referendums, has can be seen with the UK Brexit referendum of 2016 and previously referendums in Ireland in 2001 and 2008, Greece in 2019 and France and The Netherlands in 2005, .

Lets hope on this occasion the views of the Catalonian population will be upheld.

Josep Goded

Tomorrow Monday, November 16th, the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs will start discussing whether to lift the immunity of Catalan leaders Puigdemont, Ponsatí and Comín. This comes at the request of Spanish authorities, who have openly expressed their desire to have them extradited in order to jail them for their roles in the 2017 independence referendum, even though Belgian justice recently rejected the extradition of exiled Catalan leader Lluís Puig arguing that the Supreme Court did not have the authority to issue a European arrest warrant against him.

The ultra-conservative Bulgarian MEP Angel Dzhambazki will be the head of the committee and will present the case, which will then be discussed by the rest of MEPs on the committee.

Monday’s session will be held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions. Puigdemont, Comín and Ponsatí will be summoned for a hearing at a later date. The debate on their immunity is…

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Macron upsets his EU masters with his attempted appeasement of the people | Nye Bevan News


President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to buy off a nationwide protest movement with much needed measures for low-paid workers and retirees is likely to come at a cost — inflating the budget deficit, pushing the national debt over 100 percent of gross domestic product and reneging on EU commitments to fiscal discipline.

EU Budget rules are yet another reason to leave the EU, it is extremely unlikely Labours ambitious spending plans would ever meet the stringent requirements of the EU.

Brussels has insisted it would sanction Italy if its budget doesn’t meet European Union spending rules, focusing on the proposed deficit level of 2.4 percent.

European Union’s obsession with austerity: Greece. EU austerity measures, forced on the Greek people against their democratic will, have decimated the lives of millions in the country. This frenzied commitment to austerity is largely driven by the EU’s demand that all countries must keep their budget deficits at or below 3% of GDP. Even when research asserts that austerity is not the answer, as an International Monetary Fund paper did last year, the EU’s commitment to its austerity agenda remains unshaken. And yet you would struggle to find any allusion to this key contradiction in any of the mainstream discourse around the stance of left-leaning Remainers.

The question that needs to be asked is how can anti-austerity, anti-Conservative voters support an organisation with such an inauspicious track record on austerity? An organisation that will, when the next financial crisis strikes, impose austerity measures on countries at a far higher order of magnitude than we here in the UK have experienced?

But, of course, this question is never asked. In public discourse, left-leaning voters want to remain in the EU because they support free-movement and protection of workers’ rights and the debate ends there. The intricacies and contradictions of this stance are rarely, if ever, addressed, contributing to the disorientation and lack of clarity that has characterised the whole Brexit debate.

Too little too late!

 

Source: Macron upsets his EU masters with his attempted appeasement of the people | Nye Bevan News

Austerity is linked to increased deaths – the data is clear


A recent BMJ study showed that government cuts in England have caused extra deaths compared with trends before 2010. But how reliable are studies that link austerity with increased deaths?

There is strong evidence that budget cuts affect health. In Greece, the recent economic crisis led to large cuts in government spending. Spending on health was capped at six per cent of rapidly falling gross domestic product (GDP). A single example of the effect of this policy is on drug users and needles. In 2009, cuts were made in the number of syringes and condoms distributed by the government. In just three years, the number of new HIV infections increased from 15 to 484 a year.

In Eastern Europe, the collapse of communism led to mass privatisations of key industries. This was strongly linked to increased deaths in men of working age. This was partly due to an increase in alcohol consumption, some of which was not produced for human use.

There is also a link between spending cuts and increases in suicide. This was seen in the US during the Great Depression and during the recent Eurozone crisis, particularly in Greece.

Limitations

We see that there is good evidence linking cuts to deaths, but these studies have limitations. The first is that we don’t see the alternative scenario. What would have happened if the cuts had not been made; we see increases in deaths, but could they have been avoided? A partial solution is to look at countries that avoided austerity.

 

Source: Austerity is linked to increased deaths – the data is clear

The challenge for the United States


It is certainly worrying times.

Cllr. Stephanos Ioannou

From its beginnings, Democracy has opened the way for people with overweening ambition, who employ lies, division and bigotry to achieve their goals. From ancient Athens to modern Europe, we have often seen leaders who challenged the endurance of the political system. But however many wounds those people caused, the democratic system repeatedly proved that it could heal them and lead citizens back towards stability and prosperity. As long as there was some force to restore democracy, the way the United States did in Europe twice last century.

Seldom, though, has a person been able to wield so much power as the US president today, and, at the same time, seldom has an elected leader seemed so unqualified to wield that power as does Donald Trump. The United States’ technological and military superiority, its economic power, its history as winner of two world wars and guarantor of the international order…

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With friends like Brussels, who needs enemies? EU to fine Greece for saving ship builders : Express.


How true, ‘With friends like Brussels, who needs enemies? ‘.

So far as I am concerned if there was not a valid reason for Brexit, there is now, for who in their right mind would wish to be in ‘club’ as the European Union, as it is not a Union, but a dictatorship by the bueurocrats of Brussels in league with Germany, Merkel.

Bring on Article 50.

Will Brexit Lead to Grexit? Interview with Dimitri Lascaris


Stop Making Sense

Sharmini Peries speaks to Dimitri Lascaris who says so-called leftist or socialist governments throughout the EU are engaging in self-immolation by embracing austerity, and then become wildly unpopular with the electorate. (The Real News)

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We’re told the EU makes us all stronger but Greece may make you change your mind  | Daily Mail Online


Here in Athens’s Syntagma Square, just after breakfast time one weekday morning, pensioner Dimitris Christoulas put a handgun to his head and pulled the trigger, writes SUE REID.

Source: We’re told the EU makes us all stronger but Greece may make you change your mind  | Daily Mail Online

“Deliberately Overblown” Brexit Fears Backfire | Zero Hedge


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Source: “Deliberately Overblown” Brexit Fears Backfire | Zero Hedge

The Greek bailout shows the EU is on its best behaviour – until 24 June | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian


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Source: The Greek bailout shows the EU is on its best behaviour – until 24 June | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian