With the coming into force of the EP’s new Rule 165, the President (or whoever presides over a session of the plenary or a committee at any time) will have the right to interrupt live broadcasting of the session in case of “defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior” by a member. Furthermore, the president may decide, “to delete from the audiovisual record of the proceedings” the parts in question. Continue reading
For quite a while now, representatives of the EU and its institutions have relentlessly expressed their “concern” over the political situation in Hungary and Poland, accusing the respective governments of undermining what is vaguely described as the “rule of law”.
Given these antecedents, it is astonishing to observe that the current situation in Romania does not seem to trigger any such concerns.
Documents obtained by Brussels-based news service EUobserver reveal that the majority of EU laws passed in 2016 were agreed behind closed doors in secret meetings between the European Parliament and national governments. This is against a backdrop of EU claims to be the most transparent legislator in the world, and an increasing crisis of confidence among EU citizens. Continue reading
Members and staff of the European Parliament breathed a collective sigh of relief to see Martin Schulz finally booted out of the assembly’s presidency. Under his successor, Antonio Tajani, they expect to breathe the air of freedom. Continue reading
The French Senate adopted a law on 7 December which could lead to pro-life campaigners being prosecuted for expressing their views about the moral evil of abortion or posting information on websites about the dangers of abortion. This is a totalitarian move by the French pro-abortion elite, increasingly intolerant of any view that deviates from State Ideology. Continue reading
On 8 December the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee concluded its work on two major reports dealing with the current and future constitutional framework of the EU. The three MEPs involved, Guy Verhofstadt, Elmar Brok and Mercedes Bresso, are all longtime federalists, so it is not surprising that their proposals for getting the EU out of its current malaise is more Europe, and faster. Continue reading