Europe is in turmoil as Greece is poised to exit the Euro and possibly the European Union. On Tuesday evening Greece defaulted on repaying the latest bailout instalment - the first developed country to do so. They joined the ranks of a club which includes Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe, the only other countries still in arrears to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
On Wednesday Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister and leader of the recently elected radical left party Syriza, offered to accept the demands of their creditors - the Troika (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF) - but with some minor adjustments. Led by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brussels has rejected the offer - refusing to continue any negotiations until after Sunday’s referendum. Tsipras went on TV to urge the Greek people to vote NO in the referendum and reject the stubborn demands of their EU creditors, accusing the EU of being unreasonable. Yet, he foolishly claimed a NO vote would not lead to Greece exiting the Euro.
The unfortunate reality is Greece should have never joined the Euro - and they should not have remained in the Euro after the recession. If they brought back the drachma and devalued their currency, they would soonbe on the road to recovery. Holidays in Greece would get cheaper bringing in much needed revenue, and Greece would have a competitive advantage when they export their goods abroad. As we approach an In/Out referendum on our own membership of the EU, it is important to remember the interests of Member States will always be sacrificed for the expanding Federal EU super-state. (Our article in The Commentator on Greece today is a must-read – see below)
We have an exclusive article from UKIP MEP and Economics Spokesman Steven Woolfe, who argues the political establishment wants to gerrymander the EU Referendum (Rigging the EU Referendum is an Insult to Democracy). Woolfe says this would be done because each of the main parties would have their own spending limits to campaign before the referendum, along with both the Outers and those who want to stay in the EU. Yet we know all the main political parties - barring UKIP - will want to campaign to stay In (Labour, Liberal Democrats, and Conservatives), so the other side will be able to outspend the No campaign by boosting the Yes campaign.
As if the EU didn't have other things to worry about - the potential collapse of the euro being just one of them - their latest bright idea to annoy the Great British Public is a preposterous and arrogant demand Britain must do more to get mothers back work (The Commentator: Brussels to Mothers: Get Back to Work!).
We have crossposted numerous articles from John Redwood’s Diary onour website, including the Conservative MP’s excellent article on Greece’s troubles (The Euro vs Democracy – A Greek Tragedy). We also shared his article in praise of Sajid Javid MP’s scolding of the CBI for their fanatical support of the EU (Mr Javid Gives Good Advice). Read them both and more on our website.
In June, we also released a timely article coinciding with the 800th Magna Carta Anniversary (Distant Strasbourg Lawyers Do Not Guarantee Britain's Rights). Crossposted in Breitbart, London, it reveals how the Europhiles will use any excuse to paint the EU in a good light. It’s the Magna Carta which helped evolve Britain into a liberal land which respects individual rights, not the European Court of Human Rights,which causes more harm than it’s worth.
The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo was commemorated last month. Posted on our website (Waterloo Undermines the Europhile Version of History), we demonstrate why certain Europhiles would like to forget about Waterloo altogether. This was revealed in the bizarre episode whereby the French government vetoed the Belgian commemorative coin marking the battle. For many, Waterloo represents the triumph of individual nation states and their sovereignty, not the European super-state Napoleon wished to build.
One of the more astonishing stories we have reported on has been a new amendment to the InfoSoc Directive which will give the EU the power to ban holiday snaps which include famous buildings and artwork (The Commentator: EU Wants Control Over Our Holiday Snaps, Amazingly Enough). The proposal threatens the long-established ‘freedom of panorama’ and is yet another example of the attempts of bureaucrats in Brussels to meddle in the affairs of sovereign nations and to intervene in people's lives.
Adding to the long pattern of EU arrogance, you may recall EU President Juncker’s call for a European Army. We wrote about this for Breitbart London (EU Commissioners Exploit Defence to Push Federalism), which shows how crises are not seen for the catastrophes they are, but as opportunities for the superstate to expand further. NATO is the real source of our peace on the continent, so does it make any sense to duplicate another army when these resources could contribute to the Atlantic alliance instead? Of course not.
We also shed light on the government’s dilemma about the so-called EU ‘renegotiation’ as Business Secretary Savid Javid decided to speak out against the pro-EU Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The CBI is unashamedly attached to the interests of lobbyists in Brussels. They wanted to join the Euro and then skewed the facts through dodgy opinion polling. Fortunately, they were ignored then and we should do the same now regarding ‘renegotiation’ (Breitbart London: Business Secretary Smacks Down Pro-EU Group).
You may recall Andrew Rosindell MPs’ recent guest article for Get Britain Out where he extolled the virtues of Britain having closer ties with the Commonwealth, instead of being obsessed with EU membership. Breitbart London also promoted it with a quote from us: “The EU is past its sell-by date, it makes no sense for Britain to focus its energy on a declining trading bloc. The EU remains the only regional economy struggling to enjoy a recovery. There is a world outside the EU, and it is full with opportunity for Britain.” (Europe 'Outdated', English-Speaking World is the Future).
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