The People’s News No. 121 Out Now!

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The latest issue of The People’s News is out now.


P1. Juncker: The EU needs an army. The European Union needs its own army “to face up to Russia“, as well as to restore the bloc’s standing around the world, according to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. 

P2. Is “Another Europe” Possible? There are over 100,000 EU rules, international agreements and legal acts binding on or affecting Irish and other citizens across the EU. 

P3. Save the Date:  Friday, 27 March 2015: Protest – Scrap TTIP! 10.00 – 11.00.  Venue:  Dublin Castle, (Dame St Entrance). EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, will be in town.

P4. A Dilemma for 2016? Dominic Hannigan, Labour TD, the chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Union Affairs seems to believe that were Britain the leave the EU many of the financial institutions currently based in London would move to Dublin!

P4. An obstacle to real and sustained growth: Despite a fairly shameless campaign to persuade us that the worst is behind us most people are aware of the fact that we are still burdened with huge government, corporate and private debts. 

P5. Ukraine Land Grab: in the wake of the war in the Eastern Ukraine and largely unnoticed by the general public there is “a massive sell-out of Ukrainian agricultural land to named Ukrainian and international agricultural corporations”.

P7. TTIP and Food safety: The EU published proposals for the TTIP chapter on food safety in January 2015, raising a number of concerns about the impact on food safety including the priority given to maximizing trade. 

P7. Public Meeting: TTIP and Water; ROYSTON SOCIAL CLUB, NEWBRIDGE AT 20:00 on Wednesday next – March 18th.

P10. Quantitative Easing – whose interest does it serve? What has been happening to date may be summed up as the ECB lending money cheaply to bust banks, which then lend that money at higher interest rates to bust governments, making substantial profits for themselves in the process, while the real economy endures a credit crush.

P11.Understanding the Common Agricultural Policy: At least 90% of so called “EU money” comes from the Irish taxpayer. 

P13. A communication “failure” or cracking the whip! France has blamed a communication “failure” after EurActiv revealed the existence of a letter instructing French MEPs how to vote on the controversial question of ISDS. 

P14. Iceland opts out. Iceland has dropped its EU membership application, just six years after the initial submission. “The government of Iceland has no intentions to resume accession talks”, country’s foreign affair minister, Gunnar Sveinsson, wrote this week.


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