The latest issue of Peoples News
The PEOPLES NEWS contains commentary on developments in the EU from an Irish and democratic perspective
P 1. The real Commissioner Hogan!
An assessment of the government’s nomination of Phil Hogan as Ireland’s EU Commissioner
P 2. Remembering Albert Reynolds
Remember the scare tactics used by Reynolds and his govt in getting the Maastricht Treaty passed in a referendum in 1992
P 2. Ireland loses permanent seat at ECB
Ireland will be relegated to the second tier of smaller Eurozone countries, which will have less voting rights than the five biggest countries sitting on the European Council
P 3. Peoples Movement pamphlet on the TTIP launched
Politicians, trade unionists, international development campaigners and civil society groups have come together to warn of dangers in EU-US trade and investment treaty
P5. The Congress of Trade Unions responds to the Investor-State Dispute Settlement’ (ISDS) mechanism
This mechanism allows companies to sue govts !
P 5. EuroPol chief takes instructions on document access from Americans
The head of the EU police agency EuroPol is taking instructions from the Americans on what EU-drafted documents he can and cannot release to EU lawmakers
P 6. The Media and the Crisis.
“The Political Economy and Media Coverage of the European Economic Crisis: The Case of Ireland” is a powerful new book by UCD academic Julien Mercille that has just been released. It is a devastating study of the Irish media and the economic crisis.
P 7. The Sierra Club spells it out
Environmental group points out that despite the hype the TTIP will have little to do with traditional trade issues such as tariffs because the tariffs in the U.S. and the EU are already very low
P 8. EU Commission stifles citizens’ voices on secret deals
The European Citizens' Initiative – one of the great selling points of the Lisbon Treaty – is exposed as weak. The European Commission rejected a proposal from an alliance of European campaigners to hold a 'European Citizens' Initiative' against the EU-US and EU-Canada trade deals (known as TTIP and CETA).
P 8. Deflation a real prospect for the eurozone
‘Just as a bad cold leads to pneumonia, so over-indebtedness leads to deflation,” wrote the US economist Irving Fisher in 1933.
P 9. EU-Canada trade deal – yet another threat to democracy.
The campaign group War on Want has branded a trade deal being negotiated between Canada and the EU as ‘a threat to democracy’.
P 10. Peripheral members only an aside.
Popular politicians from smaller countries miss important posts in the European Parliament
P 10. San Marino - The 29th EU Member State?
A report on San Marino’s accession process – this enclaved microstate uses the Euro currency and is entirely surrounded by the Italian Province of Rimini
P 11. Fracking - Poland forges ahead!
The 65 shale gas wells and drills in Poland shows the future for eastern European countries
P 11. Cosmetic harmonisation poses threats to consumers
This is one powerful industrial sector that will benefit from the elimination / reduction of regulations if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement is signed
P 11. Norwegian Consumer Council fears poorer consumer protection with TTIP
Randi Flesland of the Norwegian Consumer Council has added his voice to warnings that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could lead to reduced protection for Norwegian and European consumers
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