Archive for 2009/11 :

Open letter to the new Commission on supranational democracy

Posted by David on 30/11/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

Subject: Europe’s foundational Declaration of Inter-Dependence and Communication policy Dear President Barroso and Commissioners, Congratulations on your new positions. During the coming months, the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration must be planned to take place on 9 May 2010. I hope that the entire Commission will give great thought to the preparations for this [...]

Carbon tax ignorance

Posted by Mr N Grady on 26/11/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

Commission waters down CO2 proposal for vans

Sir, Regarding ‘Commission waters down CO2 proposal for vans‘: These proposals are all well and good in theory, but do the proposers actually have any kind of engineering background, and if not, where are they getting their advice from? Due to the combustible mechanics of modern fuel and efficiency curves for work output, there is [...]

What Europe is really seeking

Posted by Svetoslav Apostolov on 26/11/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

Europe desperately seeking leaders

Sir, Regarding ‘Europe desperately seeking leaders‘: The sad truth is that Europe is not seeking a leader, someone who will be the best professional in his/her field of expertise with a personal opinion and the guts to stand behind this opinion, but that high-ranking EU politicians are seeking the ‘consensus candidate’ – a person so [...]

Enough food, too many people

Posted by Mieke, Private citizen on 26/11/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

World Food Summit deepens rich-poor country divide

Sir, Regarding ‘World Food Summit deepens rich-poor country divide‘: There can be no meaningful discussion about world hunger and how to solve this problem without addressing popuation growth. The world has reached its ‘carrying capacity’: a severe shortage of water is staring many countries in the face, and agricultural land has to make way for [...]

Van Rompuy: The Consensual Guy!

Posted by Laura Heuvinck, Ireland on 25/11/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

Sir, Regarding ‘EU elects discrete, consensual leaders‘: Henry Kissinger asked ‘If I want to call Europe who do I call?’ After his appointment, Herman Van Rompuy replied jokingly that he awaits the first phone call. In Belgium, Van Rompuy was seen as the consolidating force bringing the country out of its political impasse. His role [...]

The hazy promises of the UK Conservatives

Posted by Davor Jancic, Utrecht University on 23/11/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

UK Conservatives vow to fight back after Lisbon setback

Sir, Regarding ‘UK Conservatives vow to fight back after Lisbon setback‘: David Cameron’s pledge to change British law so that any future transfer of power to Brussels would have to be put to referendum and the Conservatives’ vow to enact a ‘legal lock’ to prevent British accession to the euro zone without a referendum are [...]

Turkey must repent

Posted by Dimocritos on 23/11/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

Miliband: Turning Turkey away from EU \

Sir, Regarding ‘Miliband: Turning Turkey away from EU ‘unconscionable’‘: In response to UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband’s comments regarding Turkey’s integration into the EU, allow me to state below what U.S. Ambassador James Gerald once wrote: “The Turks should not be accepted into the society of decent nations until they show sincere repentance for their [...]

No competition for land?

Posted by Jim Roland on 23/11/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

Algae: The ultimate biofuel?

Sir, Regarding ‘Algae: The ultimate biofuel‘: Your section headed “no competition for land” ends by describing algae as “ending the potential for conflict with food production which comes with increased energy crop cultivation”. We’d all like this to work, but let’s not get carried away. If this could work profitably there would be the incentive [...]

Tories’ EU policy: Flawed thinking and an old problem

Posted by Ronald Grünebaum on 06/11/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

UK Conservatives vow to fight back after Lisbon setback

Sir, Regarding ‘UK Conservatives vow to fight back after Lisbon setback‘: Mr Cameron’s position is intellectually dishonest. He knows full well that he cannot “negotiate” further opt-outs, not least because the UK already has quite many. He wants to have his cake and eat it: staying in the EU in order to throw a spanner [...]

An Unlawful Commission

Posted by Dr D R Cooper on 02/11/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

The new European Commission

Sir, Regarding ‘The new European Commisssion‘: The long-standing plan to reduce the size of the European Commission has just succeeded beyond all expectations, but not quite as intended. Legally there is now only one commissioner, José Manuel Barroso, who was recently re-appointed as president according the procedure laid down in the treaties. The five-year terms [...]

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