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European Commission’s ‘woke’ U-turn

At the end of October, Helena Dalli, the Maltese European Commissioner for Equality launched ‘Commission guidelines for inclusive communication’

"Like much of what happens in international life, COP26 was less about solving difficult problems than helping politicians survive their inability to provide effective leadership on issues that matter".

The Glasgow COP26 Summit

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Is there anyone surprised that COP26 failed to solve the climate problem?

"It is clear, the new pipeline plays its role in the new ‘cold war’ between the EU and Russia".

Setback for Nord Stream 2: German consumers pay the price

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 17, 2021

EU wholesale gas prices have risen by 17% after Germany’s regulator suspended approval of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany

According to EU figures, 7.935 migrants from Belarus have entered the EU: 4.216 in Lithuania, 414 in Latvia and 3.305 in Poland. The migrants try to travel on from there.

How the EU deals with Lukashenko’s hybrid warfare

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Since the summer, the EU has been confronted with a new type of challenge, a form of hybrid warfare in which migrants are used as weapons

The EU is fragmented; tensions and divisions have increasingly built up in the crisis years since 2010 and are paralysing the EU both internally and externally.

Future of Europe Conference: a flop

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, November 2, 2021

EU federalists in particular, and other europhiles in general, had great expectations for the Conference on the Future of Europe

"The Commission’s ‘toolbox’ of short-term measures available to member states was widely endorsed".

EU doesn’t want to react “hastily” on high energy prices

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, October 27, 2021

After last week, EU heads of government failed to reach an agreement after 10 hours of discussion, they passed the hot issue to an emergency meeting of EU energy-ministers

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The report concludes that environmental improvements of the Farm to Fork strategy would be accompanied by a 10% reduction of EU supply for agricultural products, reaching a maximum of 15% reduction for meats.

‘Sneaky’ Commission tried to conceal important study

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, October 20, 2021

MEP’s were furious that the Commission put an important study for half a year ‘in somebody’s draw in an office’ to keep it away from the EP

"It is clear. The EU’s energy system, which has sought to banish domestic fossil fuels, has left the member states vulnerable to the global surge in oil and gas prices."

Rising energy prices expose EU’s dependence

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Rising energy prices are mercilessly exposing dependence of the EU. The EU must import 90 percent of its gas, 43 percent of which came through Gazprom last year

"Although 89 Sahrawi organisations wrote a letter of protest to the European Commission against the conclusion of fishing and trade agreements with Morocco over the area belonging to the Sahrawi people, the Commission continued the deals."

EU fisheries policy: destructive and un-democratic

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The EU is no longer allowed to fish the ocean off Western Sahara without the consent of the people of Western Sahara, according to the European (read: EU) Court of Justice

"Whenever a major crisis occurred at home or in the EU, Germans and other Europeans knew, that a sound, well-informed and skilfully negotiating Chancellor Angela Merkel would solve the problems as best as possible and would minimise the damage."

Better than Merkel

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The end of the Merkel era makes many people nervous

"He was the man who was going to turn the horrible Trump page."

‘Biden is Trump without tweets’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The EU is an illusion poorer. ‘They’ were so excited when Joe Biden was elected

A Eurosceptic as one of the most powerful leaders in the EU? It could bring a refreshing new tone in the monotonous ‘more EU’ debate.

Barnier, from Europhile to Eurosceptic

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Speaking at a campaign event in Nimes, Michel Barnier told his audience that he, if been elected French President, would propose a referendum on a so-called ‘constitutional shield’ on immigration issues

"In a subsequent attempt, the EU created a system of EU battalion-sized battlegroups of 1.500 soldiers in 2007, which have never been used in operations either due to disputes over funding or reluctance to deploy."

An EU Army, the ultimate dream of europhiles

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Will the humiliating and dramatic withdrawal from Kabul lead to EU armed forces? Don’t count on it

"Coal made a come back in the EU. The cold weather, disappointing electricity production from wind energy, and high gas prices mean that coal-fired power stations in the EU have to step in more often."

The coal age is not over

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 1, 2021

If the world wants to limit global warming, it must get rid of coal, the most carbon-intensive of all energy resources, as quickly as possible

"While signals are being exchanged in the diplomatic arena, a showdown is taking place in the economic field."

China versus the US: where is the EU?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

For the second time this year, high level diplomats from the United States and China met. Like last time, the conversation was described as ‘open and direct’

The commission has chosen ‘to sacrifice rather than admit that current EU bio energy policy is making the climate crisis worse’, Protect Forest Sweden said.

‘Commission stimulates sacrificing forests’, another environmental blunder

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The European Commission has been accused of ‘sacrificing forests’ after it published proposals that would allow trees to continue to be burned for fuel

"It is hard to find amongst leaders anywhere in the western world any serious interest in the dramatic effect of the withdrawal for the Afghan people, especially for women."

A shameless and heartless withdrawal

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Once again, the Taliban rule Afghanistan. The western forces, led by the US, have not even completed their ignominious withdrawal, yet the country has been overtaken by the Taliban

"EU sustainability criteria are not enough to stop destruction of nature in Estonia, the EU’s second- largest exporter of wood pellets."

EU rules destroying Estonia’s forests

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, July 7, 2021

EU rules that encourage the use of wood pellets to meet renewable energy targets are driving the destruction and degradation of forests in Estonia, research commissioned by Greenpeace has found

"Merkel is due to step down this year after 16 years as German chancellor and the heated discussions during the summit were not her smooth send-off everyone expected."

Merkel’s last EU summit

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Angela Merkel said fellow EU leaders’ decision to scupper her idea to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin showed that ‘we don’t trust each other much’

"While the EU continues to sharpen its overall climate ambitions, emissions from the agricultural sector are not falling or are falling only marginally."

EU Court of Auditors: greening agriculture fails

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Despite billions of euros that should contribute to climate friendly agriculture, there is little or no progress

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