Friday, February 26, 2010

The European Parliament is the only elected institution in the EU, but it has no legislative powers. It is, to quote Pravda, “a mere rubber stamp institution, just like the ‘Supreme Soviet’ in the old USSR.”

From the desk of Paul Belien on Mon, 2009-11-30 06:35 (article)

The Russian newspaper Pravda (Nov. 4) recently wrote that the EU is beginning to look like a “reincarnation of the USSR.” The appointment of Cathy Ashton as the first EU Foreign Minister (full title” “High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy”) would seem to confirm this.

[…] Exactly 20 years after this liberation, at last month’s secret meeting of the governments of the 27 EU member states, Ashton, now a Baroness, was appointed Europe’s Foreign Minister. It came as an insult to the brave men and women who fought and died for Eastern Europe’s liberty in the four decades between 1945 and 1989. Last Wednesday, Nov. 25, Nigel Farage, a British member of the European Parliament (MEP), brought up Ashton’s CND past in a speech in the Parliament. He was shouted down and reprimanded by the Speaker. Farage was told that, if he continued to show “disrespect” for the EU leadership, he would face “disciplinary action.”

[…] Mr. Bukovsky, who spent 12 years in Soviet jails, concentration camps and psychiatric institutions, knows a totalitarian dictatorship when he sees one. Since 1976, when the USSR exchanged Mr. Bukovsky for a Chilean Communist, he has been living in Britain. A few years ago, he joined the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), a party which advocates the withdrawal of Britain from the EU. Bukovsky considers the transformation of the EU, which was once a free-trade organization, into a genuine federal state to be an extremely dangerous development. With the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU has officially become such a federal state. This United States of Europe, however, resembles the former USSR more than it does the USA, warns Mr. Bukovsky, who has coined the term “EUSSR” for the new EU.

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