- Catalonia releases plans to tax the internet
- Up to 170,000 anti-Holland protestors march on the streets of Paris
- Denmark’s scheme to get skilled immigrant workers jobs has failed, leading them only to menial work
- Italy’s Agriculture Minister Nunzia De Girolamo resigns amid allegations of abuse of power over the appointment of staff in the public health care system and in the wake of an investigation into the management of EU funds for agriculture.
- EU funded groups like ENAR are actively campaigning with Europe’s 60 million minorities to vote pro-EU parties in May
- New European Directive on Data protection will hand all data powers to the EU
- The EU hands €140 million to Guinea
- EU official admits tomorrow’s EU-Russia summit will achieve nothing
- Renewable energy targets increase Romanian energy prices by one third
- Ukraine considers state of emergency as justice ministry seized, a crisis directly the result of EU meddling
- Germany’s Central Bank now touting the idea of a mass wealth grab to pay government debts
- The City of Krakow in Poland has applied for €1.2 billion from the EU to build a metro.
- EU put Greece’s €11 billion loan for 2014 on hold
- European Business Investment rates fall again. Now down to 19%, the lowest for over a decade
- Emigration from Italy rose by 38% latest figures show, chief among destinations were the UK and Germany
- France’s unemployment rises to a new record. What recovery?
- New EU rules mean that 8,000 Danish small holders will lose funding to the largest farms
- Former Romanian Minister sentenced to five years in prison for corruption
- 7 months after it joined the EU, Croatia has broken the deficit rules
- 10 years after GPS became available the EU will launch its own version, Galileo, later in 2014 costing a mere €5 billion.
- European Commissioner Reding threatens the UK with legal action over spying programme
- Danish Government is embroiled in controversy over its plan to sell 19% of the state energy company to Goldman Sachs
- French TV claims that Sarkozy’s political campaigns were funded by Colonel Gaddafi
- Youth unemployment in Belgium rose by 4.8% in 2013.
- Romanian Finance Minister’s wife investigated in corruption case
- Transparency campaigners cannot find a single area of “good progress” made by the EU and its lobbying fraternity
- Germany’s Finance Minister calls for a separate Eurozone parliament calling Cameron’s bluff
- Commissioner Barnier (EC Presidential candidate) faces embarrassment as his plan to ban banks from trading fails
- Mrs Merkel calls for more economic scrutiny, stronger EU institutions + EU treaty change. “A quantum leap is needed to emerge stronger.”
- Mrs Merkel threatens to halt EU US trade talks over spying scandal “We have no leverage to force the US to change its mind”
- European Commission fines 4 foam manufacturers €114 million. Where does that money go?
- The crisis had led to the growth of Spain’s black economy to 25% of GDP
- The EU aims to ‘normalise’ relations with Cuba, the only country in Lat Am to repress all forms of political dissent.
- EU warns that Spain’s non-existent recovery will be hampered by the meltdown in emerging markets
- The two largest voting blocs in the European Parliament oppose transparent voting records
- Investment in France dropped by 77% in 2013. What recovery?
- EU funded bank hands €130 million to Romanian energy supplier
- Romanian financial markets supervisor held in corruption probe
- The UK’s leg of EU’s Horizon 2020 is launched today in London. €6 billion in grants researching Energy and Climate
- The European Commission overrule Germany’s request to deal with mergers and acquisitions itself
- European Consumer Organisation say, with regard to horsemeat scandal, the European Commission has ignored the wishes of 90% of consumers
- The cost of shipping freight has dropped 50% in a month on low demand. What recovery?
- The IMF tells Spain to further reduce salaries although it has already cut average wages by 20% over the past 2 years
- European Commission handed out €4.5 billion to NGOs in 2013.
- Germany’s highest court will decide this spring on the legality of ECB’s activities in the bond market
- EU hands €82 billion to Poland.
- German renewables firm Prokon goes bankrupt to the tune of €1.4 billion despite oodles of subsidies slushing around
- Former Romanian Transport Minister Relu Fenechiu sentenced to five years in jail for corruption
- Belgium to expel 2,712 EU citizens for being an unreasonable burden on the welfare system the majority from Romania and Bulgaria
- EU sending €25 mill to the African Union to fund peacekeeping in Central African Republic and €20 mill to support the ‘electoral process’
- The European Commission has decided not to include a chapter on EU institutions in a report on corruption in member states due out next week.
- New European rules mean that banks will be able to lend less to Governments who will have to look elsewhere for finance
- Hollande ruins Cameron’s day
Editors Note: The “boys and girls” in Brussels and across the EU have been busy this week, mostly planning ways to get more money from us, throwing it around at others, or just taking it for themselves … and it seems mostly failing at it.