Europe's Silent Majority Speaks

The item copied below from the 9 March edition of the InFacts newsletter (http://infacts.org) should appeal to those who prefer their debates dished up in the form of one-liners. But the InFacts reflections also make interesting reading for those who simply would like to brush up their knowledge of things “cross European” — or “EU”,… » read more

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“Philip (Whyte)’s work refuted the Eurosceptic canard that EU membership damaged the British economy. He showed that, despite the EU’s supposed shackles, the UK’s product and labour markets were among the least deregulated in the developed world. None of the main supply-side constraints on the British economy, such as poor infrastructure, skills shortages or rigid… » read more

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“Excavations of a neolithic village close to Stonehenge have provided new explanations of its origins. It was not made by aliens or foreigners. It was built by Britons at a time of remarkable cultural interconnectedness. Shards of 4,500-year-old pottery excavated in Wiltshire follow a pattern originating in Orkney, a Scottish archipelago; the bones of animals… » read more

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Dutch MP Stientje van Veldhoven has urged the European Commission to make the data of Europe’s railway companies freely available (“open data”) so that app developers can start creating a Europe-wide travel planning app. “A European-wide travel app will make international travel by rail more accessible and customer-friendly,” she told the Dutch lower house of… » read more

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“The country benefits when key aspects of economic and financial affairs and the single market are dealt with properly in Brussels. But our politicians look at such joint (EU; rg) agreements as infected, europhile dossiers that they’d rather not be seen with in public. As soon as yet another European agreement has been reached, they… » read more

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“Many proponents of traditional values across Europe have started feeling uneasy about finding themselves in Putin’s camp ideologically. In Lithuania, for example, the Christian Democrats abstained from voting, thereby blocking a proposed law against ‘gay propaganda’ similar to the one introduced in Russia, while the Catholic hierarchy swapped its usual nationalist stance for an enthusiastic… » read more

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