The French judicial authorities have opened an investigation into the finances of the leader of the French far-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon. It is alleged that he while he was a Member of the European Parliament for two terms, he illegally used EU funds intended to pay salaries of parliamentary assistants to pay for work done for his national far-left party back home. Continue reading
Christophe Billan, President of the Group “Sens commun” (Common Sense) that defends basic values such as marriage, family, and the right to life within the French conservative party “Les Républicains”, has expressed his disappointment with regard to the narrow defeat of François fillon in the first round of the French presidential elections. The remaining choice is between Emmanuel Macron, a slick investment banker whose programme remains totally unclear but who is liked by the liberal press, and right-wing Marine Le Pen who wants to lead France out of the EU. According to “Sens commun”, this is a choice between chaos (Le Pen) and decay (Macron) – the group is therefore not giving any advice to its supporters.
Among the contenders for the French Presidency, François Fillon surely is the only one whose election could be considered as desirable both with regard to the values that this blog defends and the economic reform program he proposes. Continue reading
Leading candidate in the French presidential elections, Member of the European Parliament Marine Le Pen has attacked the EU Parliament’s former president Martin Schulz, himself the leading candidate to be German Chancellor, for double standards on fraud investigations. Continue reading
Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz, respectively European Commission and Parliament Presidents, have been repeatedly telling anyone who cares to listen that they alone can save Europe from the problems it currently faces. A damning article in German weekly Der Spiegel, however, concludes the very opposite: Juncker and Schulz are the epitome of the self-serving elite at the very heart of the EU’s “exisistential crisis”. Continue reading
A recent cover page of The Economist announced “Art of the lie: Post-truth politics in the age of social media”. Inside the lead article warns darkly of the threat to democracy posed by the notion that “feelings, not facts, are what matter”. The examples used to sustain The Economist’s thesis – Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, the Polish Law and Justice Government, the Brexit ‘Leave’ campaign – leave us in no doubt about who the editor of this liberal newspaper believes is responsible for this threat, the political right. Continue reading
Strangely, this important news is not yet on the European Parliament’s website – apparently there is no great eagerness to announce the unwelcome news to the wider public. But there is already an official note from the Parliament’s administration to acknowledge the creation of the new right-wing group called Europe of Nations and Freedoms (ENF).
According to the note, the new group, consisting of 36 members, does not comprise Jobbik from Hungary or NDP from Germany, which were regarded too disreputable even by the standards of Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders. Instead it includes one (ex-UKIP) member from the UK and the sole representative of the Vlaams Belang from Belgium. This means that the defection of any of these two members would lead to the immediate dissolution of the group.
This does not look very stable. How long will this coalition last?