The Rise of the EU Quangos

EU agencies are bodies that are distinct from the main EU institutions, but handle tasks on their behalf. The EU currently has a total of 52 agencies, also known as quangos (quasi-governmental organisations), double the number in 2004. Prior to 1990, there were only three. The tasks of agencies range from providing the EU institutions […]

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Growing mistrust between Europeans and their Parliament

Citing the most recent European ‘Parlemeter’, a Eurobarometer poll that sounds out Europeans’ knowledge of the European Parliament and how they view it, the International Herald Tribune reports that since 2008, when the European economic crisis burst onto the scene, the image of the Strasbourg assembly has experienced a “sharp decline”. Twenty-six percent of the […]

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Brussels takes aim at books portraying ‘traditional’ families

Books which portray ‘traditional’ images of mothers caring for their children or fathers going out to work could be barred from schools under proposals from Brussels. An EU report claims that ‘gender stereotyping’ in schools influences the perception of the way boys and girls should behave and damages women’s career opportunities in the future. The […]

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EU: Die Vorstellung der traditionellen Familie soll schon im Kindesalter ausgemerzt werden

Benno Hofschulte Das Europäische Parlament hat, neben vielen Ausschüssen, auch einen „Ausschuss für Frauenrechte und Gleichstellung der Geschlechter“. Diese Bezeichnung enthält eigentlich eine Redundanz, da ja der zweite Teil ebenfalls meistens nur besorgt ist, die Frau als Maßstab zu nehmen, so dass erreicht werden soll, was bis heute angeblich nur den Männern vorbehalten ist, und […]

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Commissioner Reding: Member States should have no veto on sensitive areas

EU Member states should take decisions by majority voting, including in sensitive areas like taxation, instead of having a veto right capable of blocking attempts to harmonise rules across the EU, justice commissioner Viviane Reding has said. “The veto right in the EU council has to be scrapped. Qualified majority voting should be extended to […]

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Muslim lobbyist represents U.S. at European human rights conference

Annually sponsored by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), a major international conference on human rights was held from September 24 to October 5 in Warsaw, Poland: the Human Dimension Implementation Meetings (HDIM). As the OSCE includes Turkey and other Muslim countries among its 56 members, two NGOs, the Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa […]

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Droits de l’homme et Christianisme (4)

Le 2 octobre dernier, il y a eu au Parlement européen un Séminaire sur la discrimination des chrétiens en Europe, au cours duquel M. Grégor Puppinck, docteur en droit et directeur du European Centre for Law and Justice, a fait une intervention orale remarquable. Nous publions ci-dessous une sélection d’extraits de sa présentation préparée par […]

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Droits de l’homme et Christianisme (3)

Le 2 octobre dernier, il y a eu au Parlement européen un Séminaire sur la discrimination des chrétiens en Europe, au cours duquel M. Grégor Puppinck, docteur en droit et directeur du European Centre for Law and Justice, a fait une intervention orale remarquable. Nous publions ci-dessous une sélection d’extraits de sa présentation préparée par […]

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Quand l’UE fait “crac” !

Lu sur Le Salon beige_: Nous en parlions déjà au début du mois. Le Parlement européen a décidé aujourd’hui d’annuler la tenue d’une «mini-session» plénière prévue à Bruxelles en novembre en raison de la découverte de fissures dans des poutres en bois surplombant l’hémicycle. Déjà, en août 2008, une partie du faux plafond de l’hémicycle […]

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EU flying rules changes raise crash risk, say pilots

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published plans to “harmonise” flying rules in the EU. They include proposals for new EU pilot fatigue rules with “30 improvements” that will replace national standards. The new rules are expected to be adopted into EU law after mid-2013 and fully implemented by the end of 2015. The […]

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