Victor Davis Hanson told Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily that French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal for a European Union army is “absurd,” noting France’s failure to meet its financial commitments to NATO. Hanson reflected on Macron’s Sunday remarks at the centennial commemoration of World War I’s armistice in Paris, France, where the French leader said, “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: Nationalism is treason.”Hanson said, “I was kind of shocked, because here the host was taking the occasion to pose as Europe’s next leader by basically attacking not only Eastern European leaders, but Trump with his nationalist point, and then framing a hyper-fascist nationalist like Petain, who not only, you could argue about his behavior in World War I, good and bad, but he was the leader of French fascist nationalism in World War II, and yet … [Read more...] about Victor Davis Hanson: Macron Wants ‘European Union Army,’ Can’t Make NATO Payments
0 Have your say Voters in the European Parliament elections should be given a greater say in the selection of the president of the European Commission, writes Eva Oer. May I suggest a disillusioning experiment for Europhiles? Ask your friends if they know anyone by the name of Alexander Stubb or Manfred Weber. I tried with German friends – and it was depressing. Stubb, a former Finnish prime minister, and Weber, a German conservative, are both vying for the most powerful position in the European Union. Both want to replace European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker after the European elections in May 2019. Over the next two days, the conservative EPP group, the biggest group in the European Parliament, is meeting up to elect their “spitzenkandidat“, meaning “lead candidate“. Whoever this is going to be, he has a substantial chance to climb up to Brussel’s top job next year. And nobody has even heard of the … [Read more...] about Democracy in the European Union isn’t what it should be – Eva Oer
THE UK and the European Union are now on a countdown to B-day with both sides trying to reach a deal before the clock strikes midnight on March 29, 2019. Talks have hit a roadblock over the Irish border backstop issue ahead of a crunch summit. Here's the latest. What is Brexit? Brexit comes from merging the words "Britain" and "exit". The term has been widely used ever since the idea of a referendum n leaving the EU was put forward. More than 30million people voted in the June 2016 referendum with a turnout of 71.8 per cent. Leave won by 52 per cent to 48 per cent. People now talk about “soft” and “hard” Brexit in reference to how close the UK will be to the EU post separation. The road to triggering Article 50 - which saw Britain officially start the process of leaving the EU - was paved with complications for the PM, including a Supreme Court case ruling MPs needed to vote on Brexit negotiations. But it was finally triggered on March 29, 2017, meaning the … [Read more...] about What is Brexit, when will Britain leave the European Union and what will happen after March 29 2019?
A Eurobarometer poll has found that Italy has become the most eurosceptic country within the European Union as only 44 percent of Italians would vote to remain in the bloc if a referendum were held. The results of the survey were much different when Italians were asked about keeping the euro, with 65 percent saying they supported Italy continuing to use the currency, Il Giornale reports.The Italians are much less positive on membership of the EU compared to the average across the political bloc in which 66 percent said they would favour remaining in the union. Italy is even less positive on the European Union than the United Kingdom, which is in the process of leaving the continental bloc. Populist Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini reacted to the data saying of the EU: “It is clear now to everyone that it needs to be re-founded.” “I dream of a Europe that does few things and does them well. The next year’s European elections will … [Read more...] about Poll Shows Only 44 Percent of Italians Want to Remain in the European Union
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is formally notifying Congress that it plans to pursue trade agreements with the European Union, Japan and Britain. The announcement comes two weeks after the administration reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement. Late last month, the United States and Japan announced that they would open trade negotiations. And in July, President Donald Trump reached a somewhat vague agreement to begin talks to reduce trade barriers with the EU. Trump has long said he wants a pact with Britain, which is in the process of negotiating a messy exit from the EU. Under American trade law, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative must tell lawmakers what it hopes to achieve at least 30 days before talks formally begin. … [Read more...] about US to enter trade talks with Japan, European Union, Britain