P 1. EU addresses the Democratic Deficit! With a Parliament that cannot initiate legislation and an executive that is unelected, the EU’s attempt under the Lisbon Treaty to get closer to its ‘citizens’ has been a dismal failure.
P 1. WE KNOW WHAT THEY’RE UP TO! Let them know that you are opposed to TTIP and CETA! Do come down to the EU offices in Molesworth St at lunchtime on Wednesday next; 22nd – even if you can spare only five minutes – It is important.
P 2. The Greek lesson; so far! Upon coming to power the Greek Syriza Government wanted to end all existing agreements with the “troika” on the grounds that these had been decisively rejected by the Greek people.
P 3. Commission’s advisory group lets shale gas industry set the agenda. The EU Commission is talking up its climate ambition on the road to the Paris UN climate talks. But a new briefing shows that its advisory group on shale gas is opening the back door to fracking, despite massive public opposition.
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Peoples News No. 122 Out Now
P1. Greeks do the decent thing – Irish EU officials helpful; as usual! The Greek parliament has overwhelmingly adopted a “humanitarian crisis” bill to help its poorest people, ignoring pressure from the EU to halt the legislation.
P1. TTIP and education. Proposals to make education a ‘traded’ commodity could cost the Irish taxpayer millions, by allowing investors in ‘for-profit’ colleges to sue the government for loss of profit as a result of state investment in public education.
P2. Draghi calls for quicker and deeper Eurozone integration. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has called for a “quantum leap” in institutional convergence of the eurozone.
P3. The IFA pronounces on TTIP. EU negotiators must ensure the interests of Irish and European farmers are not sacrificed in pursuit of an overall trade deal with the US, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has warned.
P4. Blockupy!! This week some 17,000 people gathered in Frankfurt to protest against the European Central Bank (ECB). The protest culminated in acts of violence which of course attracted a great deal of publicity.
P5. Irish data commissioner happy with EU/US data transfer agreement! A lawyer for the European Commission told an EU judge on Tuesday last that he should close his Facebook page if he wants to stop the US snooping on him.
P6. Next, an Energy Union – as EU integration deepens! EU leaders agreed on 19 March to construct an Energy Union with what the EU Commission has spoken of as a ?dynamic governance process.
P7. How to Measure Impacts of Trade – The Copenhagen Report for the Irish Government on the impact of TTIP. The Copenhagen Economics Report (CER) released today Friday 27th is sure to cause controversy on the basis of its underlying rationale for the initiative.
P9. To know the truth and call it a lie. The reaction among German political parties to EU President Juncker’s call for a full blown EU army provides a cautionary tale for us all.
P11. Why the agri-food community should oppose TTIP. Here are some reasons the agri-food community need to oppose TTIP and fight for something far better as agri-food policy in the EU in general!
P14. TTIP 2015 deadline likely to be missed. EU trade officials have conceded that the 2015 deadline to agree the TTIP trade deal with the United States is likely to be missed.
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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.
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Issue PN 120 of the People’s News Out Now (PDF)
Page1. Report reveals escalating poverty across EU – the mirage of Social Europe Caritas Europa, has just published a report: Poverty and Inequalities on the Rise –Just social systems needed as the solution!
P1. Ukraine, the EU and Russia
P3. The poor Germans! An unbelievable total of twelve million people in Germany are classed as poor, according to a study by a German welfare association.
P4. Greece baiting seems to have become the favorite sport of the political and media elite
P6. TTIP points to the demise of the public health service. A key part of the TTIP is ‘harmonisation’ between EU and US regulation, especially for regulation in the process of being formulated.
P8. Government prepared for the collapse of euro zone
P8. A lackluster defence of public services
P9. Plain packaging. There’s a big difference between the threatened tobacco plain packaging legal case and what a similar case might look like under TTIP!
P10. Another EU con job
P12. Giscard: ‘Greece should leave the euro.’ Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, author of the EU Constitution/Lisbon Treaty, has said that abandoning the single currency would be the best way for Greece to solve its debt crisis.
P12. Ireland continues to suffer from Common Fisheries Policy
P13. TTIP; education and for-profit colleges. Proposals to make education a ‘traded’ commodity could cost the Irish taxpayer millions, by allowing investors in ‘for-profit’ colleges to sue the government for loss of profit as a result of state investment in public education.
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The latest edition of the Peoples’ News is out now.
The articles in this issue include:
P1. Greeks seek to control their fate. While the new Greek Government has yet to talk of leaving the European Union or the eurozone an erstwhile high priest of free markets and former head of the US central bank, Alan Greenspan, has predicted that Greece will have to leave the eurozone.
P3. The Dáil votes against an EU debt conference! Last week, a Technical Group Motion calling for a European debt conference was defeated by 72 votes to 42 in the Dáil.
P4. EU trade secrets proposal – a threat to freedom of speech! The European Parliament has commenced consideration of a European Commission proposal on the protection of company secrets.
P5. Not so loony! That infamous “loony of the left” Tony Benn was forecasting developments such as TTIP as far back as the early 70s.
P5. Are public services on the block at TISA talks? Another leaked paper made public last week on the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) negotiations shows that there is – at the very least – ambiguity surrounding the assurances given by the EU about the protection of public services in trade agreements.
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Issue 118 of the People’s News is out now
Page 1: EU may take another blow to its legitimacy
Page 1: TEEU warns against corporations being given the power to dictate to Governments
Page 3: Meeting in Galway on TTIP and CETA
Page 3: Scrap TTIP and CETA demonstration – 4th February
Page 3: Is QE another blow for euro?
Page 4: Scary stuff
Page 4: Surely not
Page 5: Greece will not be taken for granted
Page 5: Germany’s past must be confronted
Page 7: Greek election strengthens Canadian opposition to CETA
Page 8: A roadmap to corporate plunder
Page 8: Lobbying organisations’ culture of secrecy
Page 11: British politician highlights EU/Partition contradiction
Page 12: “Light” and “darkness according to Brussels
Page 13: ECB intensifies power grab
Page 14: New Greek PM at national shrine to resistance
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The current issue of the People’s News No. 115 is out now.
P.1 “Water in its natural state” – the threat posed by CETA to public ownership of water. The treatment of water and water services in international trade agreements remains a controversial issue globally.
P.3 Dutch had euro-exit plan while we were being ruled by troika. Details have emerged that both the Dutch and German governments were preparing emergency plans for a return to their national currencies at the height of the euro crisis.
P4 Italian campaign against Euro launched. The leader of Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has taken his campaign for a referendum on the euro to Brussels.
P.5 The current status of CETA. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a trade agreement – very similar to TTIP – between the EU and Canada.
P.5 European Commission threatens to leave small firms in the lurch. Since 2009 the Commission has been examining new legislation for its effects on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
P.6 TEEU votes to ‘Scrap TTIP’. The recent TEEU Biennial Delegate Conference in Kilkenny pledged the union ‘to oppose the ratification and implementation of TTIP in all forums in which it participates.’
P.6 Need for Plan B? It is quite clear that the Eurozone structural problems have never been resolved and probably never can be.
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Thursday NEXT is protest day! THE FINANCE BILL The debate on the Finance Bill which on becoming law, will implement the provisions of the ‘Brussels Budget'; the most horrendous in the history of this state,…
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